Just a farewell salute for a job well done: IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, May 17 — As hundreds of veterans looked on solemnly, Navy divers blew holes in a retired aircraft carrier and sent the 888-foot USS Oriskany to the bottom of the sea Wednesday, forming the world's largest deliberately created artificial reef. Korean and Vietnam War veterans aboard charter boats watched from beyond a one-mile safety perimeter as the ''Mighty O'' went down in 212 feet of water, about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. The Oriskany, commissioned in 1950 and named after an American Revolutionary War battle, saw duty during the Korean War and was home to John McCain when the Navy pilot and future senator served in Vietnam. It was also among the ships used by President Kennedy in a show of force during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. It was decommissioned in 1976. McCain was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 after taking off from the Oriskany and was held as a prisoner of war for five years. ''It was a small, old carrier that fought very valiantly, and I'm very proud to have been a part of the air wing that served with great courage and distinction,'' McCain told CNN on Wednesday. :cya:
BF2 Files Staff
25th October 2004
I like this commemoration.
general rammelI like this commemoration.
Yep, old sailors get buried at sea. :) (still got a tear in me' eye, tho' - Blackbeard 'n, John Paul Jones, Farragut, Long John Silver'd all be proud)