Ordeal of the USS Enterprise
14 January 1969
New 3rd Edition with Volume Two of three chapters and 90 more pages.
- Including complete testimony of previously censored Rescue Helo "Angels 004" crew.
- Twelve more color and two more black and white, for a total of 70 Powerful and Spectacular Photos!
out with the crew of the USS Enterprise as they sail off into
an adventure which endures today as her single most terrible
trial in all her history.
to flight quarters for night operations and watch the spectacle
of the mighty F-4J Phantom straining under full power with
afterburners thundering before hurtling down the catapult
and flaring the black sea with the light of her passing.
a fight to the death between an all consuming holocaust of
raging flames and stupendous explosions and a crew of ragged,
bleeding men who refused to give up their ship.
an emotional roller coaster ride and join the fight. Make
a stand with a flight deck hose team and be seared and suffocated
from the heat. Be blasted senseless --- as if stricken by
the hammer of Thor --- as exploding five hundred pound bombs
go off in multiples only yards away. Ask yourself if you have
the courage to stand up to it as storms of metals and sheets
of flame blast through defenseless hose teams gouging great,
bloody gaps through the ranks.
about nameless, faceless heroes who step over those who have
fallen to take up the fight knowing full-well that they are
feeding themselves into the meat grinder. In the twenty minutes
of exploding weapons nearly four hundred were cut down, the
vast majority from the flight deck hose teams. Yet, at no
time were there even a quarter of that number engaged during
the fury -- so great was the carnage, so intense was the battle
to halt the tide of burning fuel.
in spellbound humility as the finest virtue in human character
exhibits itself in those who step forward to take up the fight
even in the face of what fate surely awaits them. The red
agony and horror of it evidenced at every hand.
is a story of high drama on the high seas with a crew that
fought an unimaginable fight. Sail with us.
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