Joseph Clarence ShartzerAviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class
VA-65, CVW-17, USS FORRESTAL
United States Navy
16 February 1944 - 29 July 1967
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Four of my squadronmates died on 29 July 1967,
Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph C Shartzer
They are remembered.Mark Whitworth
Attack Squadron 65, 1966-70
E-mail address is not available.
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.
More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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