Frazier, Johnnie Lee, AN

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Last Rank
Airman
Last Primary NEC
AN-0000-Airman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Airman
Primary Unit
1966-1967, COMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)
Service Years
1966 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
AN-Airman

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Plainview
Last Address
Plainview

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Other Accident
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 023

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

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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 Ribbon Bar
Air Crew Wings

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Forrestal (CV-59)HC-2 Fleet Angels/Circuit RidersCOMNAVAIRLANT/Commander Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17)
  1966-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1966-1967, HC-2 Fleet Angels/Circuit Riders
  1966-1967, 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
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  remembered BY Carlos X. Esqueda
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity




                     HC-2, CVW-17, USS FORRESTAL, 7TH FLEET



         
           USS Forrestal

USS FORRESTAL arrived on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 July 1967 and immediately began combat operations. The first four days were routine; the fifth day, 29 July, was not.

At 10:52 AM a 5-inch Zuni rocket accidentally fired across the crowded flight deck, impacting an armed A-4 Skyhawk. The resulting explosions and fires raged for 13 hours and more, killing 135 crewmen with hundreds more injured.




                HC-2  Fleet Angels

                                   

               Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King
        
      


   
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The ship was preparing to launch a major strike and many fully fueled and armed aircraft were parked about the deck. At 10:52 AM a 5" ZUNI rocket accidentally fired from an F-4 Phantom parked on the starboard side of the ship and pointed inboard. The rocket impacted an armed A-4 Skyhawk (piloted by then-LCDR, now Senator, John McCain) parked on the port side.

The rocket's impact dislodged and ruptured the Skyhawk's 400-gallon external fuel tank and ignited the jet fuel which poured out. A 1000-pound bomb also fell to the deck, into the spreading pool of flaming jet fuel. Within 90 seconds the bomb "cooked off" and detonated. That explosion resulted in a chain reaction as the closely-packed aircraft were first engulfed in and then contributed to a massive fire with repeated high-order bomb detonations. The ship's "plat" cameras, mounted on the island and embedded in the deck itself, provided ample video coverage of the initial accident and the subsequent catastrophe.

The first responders were Repair Party 8, led by Chief Petty Officer Gerald Farrier, who can be seen in the plat tapes running toward McCain's Skyhawk immediately after the rocket strike. The fuel tank had already ruptured and burning fuel was spreading around the aircraft. Chief Farrier had, as his weapon against this blaze, a hand-held fire extinguisher. He had not yet reached the Skyhawk when the first detonation occurred . . . he simply disappeared in the blast. A number of air- and deck crew were trapped in the inferno; many died there, while others were able to escape to the deck-edge catwalks.

 

   
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