July 29, 1967 : Fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam

Introduction

Fire sweeps the U.S. aircraft carrier Forrestal off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. It was the worst U.S. naval disaster in a combat zone since World War II. The accident took the lives of 134 crewmen and injured 62 more. Of the carrier’s 80 planes, 21 were destroyed and 42 were damaged.

Article Details:

July 29, 1967 : Fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    July 29, 1967 : Fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fire-ravages-u-s-carrier-off-vietnam

  • Access Date

    November 24, 2017

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    A+E Networks