The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was preparing to launch
attacks into North Vietnam when one of its jets accidentally fired
a rocket into an aircraft occupied by pilot John McCain. A huge
fire ensued, and McCain barely escaped before a 1,000-pound bomb on
his plane exploded, causing a chain reaction with other bombs on
surrounding planes. The crew struggled for days to extinguish the
fires, but, in the end, the tragedy took the lives of 134 men. For
thirty-five years, the terrible loss of life has been blamed on the
sailors themselves, but this meticulously documented history shows
that they were truly the victims and heroes.
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