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Old 07-04-2021, 01:59 PM
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Arrow Aircraft Carrier Down: This Sailor Went Down With the Ship...and Live to Tell It

Aircraft Carrier Down: This Sailor Went Down With the Ship...and Live to Tell It
By: Wafare History Network - 07-04-21

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Tags: World War II - Battle For The Pacific - U.S. Navy - Imperial Japan - Aircraft Carriers

The sinking of the Yorktown was a tragic and dramatic event.

Note: unlike some other post I've read - this one is accurate but too long to post on this site
but - its well worth reading when you go to this site.
The details are very accurate and its a true story of war that very few often remember
except to those who read military history.
Go to the site and read the radioman's report of that day!
Personal note:
I as a sailor during NAM can relate to the terror of being a primary target on a ship and
more-so on a carrier. The carrier alone is a weapon of major destruction. It's plane's
carry the terror of war to our enemies .
It's weapons are deadly and handling them is not to be taken lightly. As well as the
aviation fuels they carry they are also highly flammable.
Below decks in the bowels of the ship you can hear the breakers-banging against the
hull in rough sea's - its enough to give you the whilly's.
The aircraft bang-landings on the flight-decks and the catch wire's screaming when hooked.
The hangar bay loaded with aircraft and weapons being loaded both in both the hangar bay
and on the flight deck.
The aircraft lifts are bring aircraft up and down as well bomb loads. We had three elevators.
The O2 and fuels would race to the aircraft - first hooked up - the other had to wait.
Jets - Props- Willy Fud's - Helo's all moving at one time or another. Weapons rolling out
on the fight deck from below - JP or Avgas being pumped on the aircraft - there must be
a couple hundred working to get these aircraft ready for another launch and recovery.

Operations can be 24-7 sometimes - your exhausted - but you do your job. You also
had Bear Cat watch's - those who are online on the launchers with pilots are called
the ready birds - as we called them always running - pilot's in their planes - maintenance
and fuels being loaded while the aircraft is running - the pilots is in the seat - just waiting
for the his relief or the word that hostiles are in the area.
Suddenly! Bang they are shot off - other's roll into their spot for another launch.
A carrier is 24/7 on duty - your escorts are front and rear and on each side along
with a submarine that we never saw (they must come up at night) we we've never
seen one in the daytime or until we all pulling into port.
The Navy is like the other services are all working together - team work - and
experienced manpower - make all the difference in the world.
God Bless them All!! But do read the original post go to the link and you
will get a taste of what its like to be in a battle-at-sea. God Bless You All!

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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