D 8 tractor driven by CD1 Max R. The cab of the tractor was smashed by impact with the narrowing ice walls and Kiel was instantly crushed. Parks DD off Luzon. During a night march at the Parris Island recruit depot, an exceptionally strong tidal current in Ribbon Creek swept over Marine Platoon 71, drowning six men.
Anti-aircraft gun explosion killed two, injured 11, on John R. Pierce DD while off Nice. Marze, USN, died. Commander Ollie B. Bartley killed when his Weasel tracked carrier fell through the ice at Hut Point, Antarctica. Roosevelt CVB Two killed, three injured, following a steam catapult explosion in Kearsarge CV , Yokosuka, Japan. Two killed. At Pearl Harbor, an accidental explosion in the depth charge fuse locker injured five destroyer escort Silverstein DE crewmen.
Holed in the resulting collision, the submarine gradually flooded and sank in 1, fathoms of water. No injuries. Lieutenant Harvey E. Farrell died. A collision in the Strait of Gibraltar between Kenneth D. Bailey DD and supply ship Haiti Victory killed one and hurt four. During a test in the hangar of aircraft carrier USS Wasp CV , a runaway helicopter engine exploded, killing two and injuring During a storm off Virginia, destroyer USS Daly DD was caught in a huge swell, killing one sailor and sweeping five others over board.
Of the 41 passengers and crew on the R6D, 3 survived. The dead included 19 US Navy Bandsmen. An oxygen feed-line fire and explosion in Sargo SSN after torpedo room. One killed. Steel Worker 1 Orlan F. Following the accidental flooding of the passenger compartment, Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather drowned before rescue crews could arrive on the scene. While anchored at Cannes, France, a fire in No. Lieutenant Commander William D. Gray, and a civilian seismologist were killed.
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Four personnel died. During a practice torpedo firing exercise west of Pearl Harbor, toxic gases from a fire in the forward torpedo room of USS Tiru SS injured 18 sailors. A two-alarm fire swept through a storage building on the Washington Navy Yard, DC, injuring two sailors. Three men recovered, two drowned. Ten crew members killed.
Twelve crew members killed. One sailor died before the fire was extinguished. USS Newman K. Fire destroyed another Phantom and spread into aviation stores compartment before being extinguished. All six members of the crew killed. During handling in a high explosives magazine a Mk Mod 3 flare was dropped and its safety lanyard inadvertently pulled, starting the fire which ignited more flares, 2. USS Franklin D.
Roosevelt CV fire in a supply store room asphyxiated eight men, injured four more. One submariner injured. Three sailors injured. After an inadvertent firing of a Zuni rocket which struck an A-4 aircraft igniting its JP-5 fuel, other aircraft loaded with bombs and missiles were consumed leading to explosions.
Sixty aircraft were damaged or destroyed. At Mayport, a spontaneous-combustion fire in a rag store room in aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La CV killed one sailor in the fire party and severely injured another. During deck operations in the Tonkin Gulf, jet blast from a taxiing aircraft knocked an A-4 Skyhawk into the sea, drowning the pilot. No major personnel injuries. Five Navy personnel including a Filipino steward killed. Fox DD killed two sailors and injured six others. Fifteen aircraft were destroyed and 17 were damaged. USS Frank E. USS Trenton LPD engine room main guarding steam valve ruptured, instantly killing four sailors and burning six others, two of whom later died from burns.
While operating off Vietnam, a turret fire and explosion in Newport News CA killed 20 and injured another 36 sailors. Two sailors were injured in premature shell explosion on Henry B. Commander A. One crew member killed and another injured. Kennedy CV 67 in the Mediterranean. One Kennedy crewman killed, seven Belknap crewmen killed and 47 injured.
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USS John F. Russell Eugene Ward and perhaps others died. Seven crewmen killed. Two sailors drowned, one rescued. Smaller lesser-known incidents involving fewer personnel are only included if data was readily at hand in the Navy Department Library or in some cases in the Ships history Branch of the Naval Historical Center.
A comprehensive list of such incidents would require many years of research in archival records at numerous repositories. As examples of data not included, according to the Annual report of the Secretary of the Navy, in , sailors died in accidents; 67 in motor vehicles, and 43 by drowning. Only a few of these accidents are listed above, however, primarily owing to the lack of easy access to detailed information.
Data are based on incomplete and sometimes conflicting sources. This alpha numeric hull designation system is still in use today. Annual Reports of the Navy Department. Washington: Government Printing Office, s, Arkin, William M. Naval Accidents, Neptune Papers, No. Greenpeace Institute for Policy Studies, June Bauer, K. She was sold for scrapping in August of that year. Boxer was commissioned in April , too late to yake part in World War II operations, but was actively employed in the Pacific during the post-war years, making ten deployments to the Western Pacific from September into Boxer had just returned to the U.
She carried badly-needed Air Force and Navy planes and personnel to the war zone in a record Pacific transit during July, then was quickly outfitted for combat service and spent September and October providing air support for United Nations ' forces fighting ashore.
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Her planes, along with those from other Task Force 77 carriers, hit transportation and infrastructure targets in North Korea and gave close air support to troops fighting on the front lines. On 5 August , while engaged in combat operations, she suffered damage and casualties when a fire broke out in her hangar deck, but was able to return to duty off Korea after two weeks of repairs.
Following her last Korean War deployment, which extended into the post-Armistice period, Boxer served as a Seventh Fleet attack carrier CVA on two more cruises, in and in Converted to an anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier CVS in early , she made a final Western Pacific tour in that role during Later in , Boxer operated briefly as an experimental assault helicopter aircraft carrier, an indication of things to come for her, the Navy and the Marine Corps. In , she was flagship for Operation "Hardtack", a nuclear weapons test program in the Central Pacific.
Late in that year, she was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet as an "interim amphibious assault ship"and was formally redesignated LPH-4 on 30 January For the next decade, Boxer and her "main battery" of Marines and transport helicopters were vital components of the United States' amphibious warfare capabilities. She mainly operated in the Caribbean area, including participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Dominican Republic intervention.
She deployed to European waters in late to participate in Operation "Steel Pike". In mid, Boxer served as an aircraft transport, carrying more than two-hundred Army helicopters and airplanes to Vietnam as part of the deployment of the First Cavalry Division Air Mobile. After serving as a spacecraft recovery vessel in early , she made a second trip to Vietnam, this time carrying Marine Corps aircraft. Boxer decommissioned in December and was sold for scrapping in February Leyte was commissioned in April Her initial cruise was made along the South American Pacific coast in the fall of That was followed by three years of Atlantic Fleet operations, including four deployments to the Mediterranean in , and Leyte had just returned from the last of those tours in August when she was quickly prepared for another, taking her to the other side of the world to augment naval forces during the Korean War.
She operated off Korea from October into January , providing nearly aircraft sorties to support UN forces ashore.
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Hudner, Jr. Leyte returned to the Atlantic in February and spent the rest of her service career there. She made two more Mediterranean deployments later in and in , receiving the new designation CVA in October During the last part of , Leyte was converted to an anti-submarine warfare support carrier and was redesignated CVS On 16 October , while in the Boston Naval Shipyard undergoing this conversion, she suffered an explosion and fire that killed 37 men and injured many more.