Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier's after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, July 29, 1967. The conflagration took place as heavily-armed and fueled aircraft were being prepared for combat missions over North Vietnam. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph.)
Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29
1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif.
1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland
1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.
1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal killed 134 members of the crew.
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