Shartzer, Joseph Clarence, AO2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Ordnanceman
Primary Unit
1967-1967, COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)
Service Years
1964 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
AO-Aviation Ordnanceman

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Alexandria
Last Address
Alexandria

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Burns
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 042

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUSS Forrestal AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam WarVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1967, USS Forrestal Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1967, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Forrestal (CV-59)VA-65 TigersCOMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)
  1964-1965, (AO) Aviation Ordnanceman A School
  1965-1965, (AO) Aviation Ordnance Apprentice Course
  1967-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1967-1967, VA-65 Tigers
  1967-1967, COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


                           VA-65, CVW-17, USS FORRESTAL



The supercarrier USS Forrestal (CV-59), formerly AVT-59 and CVA-59, was named after former Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers. The other carriers of her class were the Saratoga (CV-60), USS Ranger and USS Independence. She was the largest aircraft carrier since Shinano of World War II vintage, and the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was affectionately called "The FID", because James Forrestal was the first ever Secretary of Defense, FID standing for "First In Defense". This is also the slogan on the ship's insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the "Zippo" and "Forrest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires onboard.

Forrestal was launched 11 December 1954 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, sponsored by Josephine Forrestal, widow of Secretary Forrestal; and commissioned 1 October 1955, Captain R. L. Johnson in command.

Forrestal was the first American aircraft carrier to be constructed with an angled flight deck, steam catapult, and landing signal lights, as opposed to having them installed after launching.

   
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In July 1967, Forrestal departed Norfolk for duty in waters off Vietnam. In the Gulf of Tonkin on 29 July, Forrestal had been launching aircraft from her flight deck. For four days, the planes of Attack Carrier Air Wing 17 flew about 150 missions against targets in North Vietnam from the ship. On 29 July 1967, during preparation for another strike, a Zuni rocket misfired, knocking off an external tank on another aircraft. Fuel from the leaking tank caught fire creating a massive conflagration that burned for hours, killing 134, injuring 161, destroying 21 aircraft and costing the Navy $72 million.



  
 

   
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