Dyke, Robert Louis, SN Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman
Last Primary Designator/NEC
JO-0000-Journalist
Last Rating/NEC Group
Journalist
Last Duty Station
1966-1966, JO-0000, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
Service Years
1965 - 1966
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1944
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Alamo, CA
Last Address
Alamo, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War*
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 108

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Miscellaneous/Other Schools/Military Visual Photo Journalism CoursesUSS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1965-1966, Military Visual Photo Journalism Courses/Military Photo Journalism (MVPJ - MPJ)
  1966-1966, JO-0000, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
 Combat and Operations History
  1964-1975 Vietnam War*/YANKEE STATION - Gulf of Tonkin Operatons
  1965-1966 Vietnam War*/Dixie Station-Gulf Of Tonkin Operations
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Comments/Citation
The carrier was on station the morning of 26 October 1966 when a fire erupted on the starboard side of the ship's forward hangar bay and raced through five decks, killing 44 men. Many who lost their lives were veteran combat pilots who had flown raids over Vietnam a few hours earlier. Oriskany had been put in danger when a magnesium parachute flare exploded in the forward flare locker of Hangar Bay 1, beneath the carrier's flight deck. Subsequent investigation showed the flare functioned as designed and the cause of the fire was human error. A seaman accidentally ignited the flare, and in a panic, threw it into the weapons locker where the flares were kept for storage, instead of throwing it over the side into the water; this allowed the entire storage locker to ignite and caused horrific damage. Some of her crewmen jettisoned heavy bombs which lay within reach of the flames, while others wheeled planes out of danger, rescued pilots, and helped quell the blaze throughout the next three hours. Medical assistance was rushed to the carrier from sister aircraft carriers Constellation and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Later investigation by Captain Iarrobino of the Oriskany and analysis by the Naval Ammunition Depot in Crane, Indiana, showed that one in every thousand flares could ignite accidentally if jarred. Five crew members were court-martialed as a result of the incident but were acquitted. After this incident and others, the flare design used by the Navy was changed to a safer design immune to accidental ignition, and crews were increased to stabilize numbers so all activities could be properly supervised.[2]
Oriskany steamed to Subic Bay on 28 October, where victims of the fire were transferred to waiting aircraft for transportation to the United States.
   
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