Liste, David Allen, AZAN

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Last Rank
Airman
Last Primary NEC
AZ-0000-Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
Primary Unit
1965-1966, AZ-0000, VA-152 Mavricks
Service Years
1960 - 1966
AZ-Aviation Maintenance Administrationman
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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1940
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake Charles, LA
Last Address
Lake Charles, LA

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens - West Lafayette, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 113

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 Duty Stations
USS Oriskany (CV-34)VA-152 Mavricks
  1965-1966, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1965-1966, AZ-0000, VA-152 Mavricks
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

At 0728 26 October fire broke out in a forward magazine and raged through 5 decks, claiming the lives of 44 sailors. Many of those killed were veteran combat pilots who, a few hours earlier, had flown on raids over Vietnam. Serious damage to the carrier ended ORISKANY's WestPac deployment and following limited repairs in Subic Bay (RP) she returned to San Diego on 03 Nov 1966. Four months later ORISKANY departed the San Francisco Naval Shipyard and began preparations for a return to Yankee Station, departing for WestPac on 16 June 1967. 

The fire started when a magnesium flare ignited in a ready ammo locker near frame 44 in the forward section of the ship. Shipboard fires are not uncommon, and ORISKANY's crew responded promptly and properly to this one. However, the primary firefighting tool available in the magazine area was an inexhaustable supply of salt water - but water alone cannot extinguish magnesium fires. The heat of the flare ignited other ordnance, including 5" ZUNI rocket warheads.

 Heavy, incapacitating smoke was rapidly drawn into the ship's ventilation system, while fireballs from exploding ordnance ignited secondary fires among fully fueled aircraft in Hangar Bay 1. The combination of toxic smoke and scattered secondary fires blocked passageways and caused numerous casualties. The Air Wing's officers were particularly vulnerable, since many of them occupied quarters in the immediate vicinity of the fires and were unable to escape to the hangar bays or flight deck.

For some, the only escape route was downward into the lowest decks of the ship - but they found that the unending stream of salt water being sprayed above them drained downwards with them. In one instance, a ship's company officer who was a qualified diver donned scuba gear and swam down a vertical trunk to rescue a seaman trapped in a 7th-deck pump room. By the time the fires were controlled and extinguished, dozens of ORISKANY's Air Wing and crew were dead and hundreds more injured.

   
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