Blaskis, James Lawrence, SN

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
SN-9700-Seaman - Infantry, Gun Crews, and Seamanship Specialists
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Euclid, OH
Last Address
Euclid, OH

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Accident
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
All Souls Cemetery - Chardon, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 015

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Tributes from Members  
The Forrestal Fire - compiled and edited... posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 439 

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1967-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 29, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was on of the 134 men killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. It was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions on 29 July 1967, that not only killed 134 sailors, but injured 161 on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), after an electrical anomaly discharged a Zuni rocket on the flight deck. Forrestal was engaged in combat operations in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War at the time.

Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Seaman James Lawrence Blaskis (NSN: 9999038), United States Navy, for heroism on 29 July 1967, while serving aboard U.S.S. FORRESTAL (CVA-59), in the Gulf of Tonkin. Seaman Blaskis was manning the port steering area in the extreme port quarter of the ship when fire broke out on the flight deck causing several explosions. One of the initial explosions hurled shrapnel into the port compartment, killing one man and seriously wounding Seaman Blaskis and his other shipmate. Despite his wounds, he administered first aid to his companion until he succumbed to his own wounds.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1968)
Action Date: July 29, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: Seaman
Ship: U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA-59)
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