Robert Earl Geller

United States Navy
12 September 1924 - 29 July 1967
Washington, DC
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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30 Sepember 2003

Four of my squadronmates died on 29 July 1967,
in the fire aboard USS FORRESTAL on Yankee Station:

Lieutenant Robert E Geller

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas J Dawson

Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph C Shartzer

Petty Officer 3nd Class Gerald A Wehde

They are remembered.

Mark Whitworth
Attack Squadron 65, 1966-70
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

USS FORRESTAL arrived on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 July 1967 and immediately began combat operations. The first four days were routine; the fifth day, 29 July, was not.

At 10:52 AM a 5-inch Zuni rocket accidentally fired across the crowded flight deck, impacting an armed A-4 Skyhawk. The resulting explosions and fires raged for 13 hours and more, killing 135 crewmen with hundreds more injured.

More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a squadronmate,
Mark Whitworth
E-Mail may be forwarded via the
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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