Tunick, Franklin Michael, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Supply Corps
Last Primary NEC
310X-Supply Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1966, 310X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1963 - 1966
Supply Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Linden, NJ
Last Address
Linden, NJ

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Drowned, Suffocated
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beth Israel Memorial Park - Woodbridge, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 116

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1964-1966, 310X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
 Colleges Attended 
New York University
  1959-1963, New York University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Marital Status
  Nov 19, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The USS Oriskany was on "Yankee station" off the coast of North Vietnam when a fire broke out in a locker containing illumination flares and quickly enveloped five decks in the forward portion of the ship. Thirty-four of the men who died, including LTJG McWilliams, were pilots who had just returned from missions and were sleeping in quarters forward of the flare locker. They were suffocated in the dense smoke.

Crewmen valiantly fought the fire, performing feats of amazing courage, jettisoning heavy bombs which lay within reach of the flames. Other men wheeled planes out of danger, rescued pilots, and helped control the fire. Medical assistance was rushed to the carrier from the USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42). In the end, 44 sailors died and 156 were injured. After the fires aboard Oriskany, Forrestal and Enterprise (all occurred within a two year span), the Navy completely revamped its ordnance handling procedures. No accident of this magnitude has happened on an aircraft carrier since.
Service Number: 674833
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