Hart, Greg Eugene, AA

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Last Rank
Airman Apprentice
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
Service Years
1965 - 1966

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Maria, CA
Last Address
Santa Maria, CA
(enter service in Seattle WA)

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Drowned, Suffocated
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Santa Maria Cemetery - Santa Maria, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 111

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
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Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1965-1966, AN-0000, (AN) Airman Apprenticeship School
  1966-1966, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
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  Nov 15, 2012, General Photos1
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                                           USS Oriskany (CV-34)

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 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.

Listed in the newspapers for Washington were Airman Appren. Greg Eugene Hart, whose uncle lived in Seattle, Lt. Comdr. Clement J. Morrisette, whose mother lived at American Lake, Cmdr. George K. Farris and Lt. Cmdr. J. A. Smith, both of Oak Harbor, and John J. NUSSBAUMER, of Vancouver.

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Santa Maria High School
Airman Apprentice Greg E. Hart and ten other Santa Maria High School graduates have been memorialized in a display case located in the administration building at Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria, CA. Their images were placed there decades ago and have recently been moved to a main corridor in a new exhibit. This exhibit includes rubbings of their names from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. in addition to the names of 18 others who lost their lives in Vietnam. This newly located display will remind students, staff, and other passersby each day of the tremendous sacrifice these young men made for their country.
Email: wkillian@smjuhsd.org
Saturday, March 13, 2010

my friend and shipmate
greg was at the pao office i was supply s-1 div ..i was the sailor to find greg and sailor jim liste during shipboard fire .we had liberty together many times and worked hand in hand as well in our duties.he was a nice young man ...i was aboard for three years 65-67 i can still picture greg in my mind.i to lost a brother in the navy in 57` 40 years have gone by but it forever will remain alive in my heart ... love to greg hart`s family and friends.. i am open to receive correspondence about the big o may the lord bless all
Posted by: romey {red} rose sk3 s-i divison cva3334
Email: rar41@verizon.net
Relationship: We served together
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

34 Years Later (written in 2000)
Greg: We were both kids on our first tour of duty, and the world looked so big to us. Remember KHAN and the music. It stopped on that terrible morning in October. I said goodbye to the Oriskany last April in Mare island just before they towed her away. Later that year I saw your name on the wall in Olympia. You left us too soon, buddy. Thanks for the music... you'll never be forgotten.
Posted by: Frank Cajar (AE2, VA-163)
Relationship: We served together
Tuesday, May 30, 2000
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