6 JUNE 1967 - 47 Years Ago - USS FORRESTAL
Author: Ken Killmeyer (FID Historian)
On the afternoon of 6 June 1967, FORRESTAL got underway to participate in the war in South East Asia.
FORRESTAL’s ELEVENTH DEPLOYMENT, and first to Western Pacific, Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam with CVW-17 embarked. FORRESTAL’s first Combat Deployment. VF-11, VF-74, VA-106, VA-46, VA-65, RVAH-11, VAH-10, VAW-123, HC-2 and later joined by VAP-61, VQ-1, VAW-13, and HS-2. A voyage that would change the lives of her 5,500 crew members forever; even too this day 47 years later. God Bless Our Crew!