Jerry Paul RodgersAviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class
VF-11, CVW-17, USS FORRESTAL
United States Navy
22 April 1944 - 29 July 1967
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The database page for Jerry Paul Rodgers
Jerry Rodgers was from Snyder, Texas an oilfield and agriculture town in West Texas. He joined the Navy from high school and was on the USS FORRESTAL, the Nation's first supercarrier. On July 29, 1967, the carrier was on station in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam, when a Zuni rocket was accidentally fired and struck a parked A-4 Skyhawk that was piloted by Lt. John McCain, now Senator McCain and former POW. This set off a chain reaction. AMS3 Rodgers was killed in the incident. He is remembered by his hometown, and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Midland, Texas.
A Note from The Virtual WallUSS FORRESTAL arrived on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 July 1967 and immediately began combat operations. The first four days were routine; the fifth day, 29 July, was not.
At 10:52 AM a 5-inch Zuni rocket accidentally fired across the crowded flight deck, impacting an armed A-4 Skyhawk. The resulting explosions and fires raged for 13 hours and more, killing 135 crewmen with hundreds more injured.
Some of Fighter Squadron 11's berthing spaces were located immediately below the area of the flight deck first involved, and many off-duty men from VF-11 died in these compartments. VF-11 lost a total of 48 men.
More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
1 Dec 2004
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 04/11/2005