Sailors to the End : The Deadly Fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal and the HeroesWho Fought It

By: FREEMAN, Gregory A.

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FREEMAN, Gregory A. Sailors to the End : The Deadly Fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It. (New York) : William Morrow, (2002). First Printing. Pp. (8),[ix]-x,(2),[1]-307,(1) + 16 p. of plates. 8vo, blue cloth spine with light blue paper covered boards. "Sailors to the End tells the dramatic and until now forgotten story of the 1967 fire on board the USS Forrestal during its time at Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam. Theaircraft carrier, the mightiest of the U.S. fleet, was preparing to launch attacks into North Vietnam when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocke t across the flight deck and into an aircraft occupied by pilot John McCain. A huge fire ensued, and McCain barely escaped before a thousand-pound bomb on his plane exploded, causing a chain reaction with other bombs on surrounding planes. The crew struggled for days to extinguish the fires, the 5,000 men on board experiencing different kinds of hell - some trapped in damaged compartments waiting to die, some battling rivers of flaming jet fuel in order to rescue their buddies. Almost all of them were innocent eighteen-and nineten-year olds, but in an instant they were thrust into a tragedy t hat nearly destroyed the ship and took the lives of 134 men ." from the dj flap. Remainder mark to bottom edge, else v-fine in dj. 25.00

Title: Sailors to the End : The Deadly Fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal and the HeroesWho Fought It

Author Name: FREEMAN, Gregory A.

Categories: 888,

Publisher: William Morrow, New York, 2002,:

Seller ID: 52693

Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL UNITED STATES VIETNAM AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AMERICAN NAVY USN WARSHIPS HISTORY DISASTERS,