Richard Joseph ValloneAviation Electrician 3rd Class
VF-11, CVW-17, USS FORRESTAL
United States Navy
22 December 1945 - 29 July 1967
Somerville, New Jersey
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The database page for Richard Joseph Vallone
You are still missed.
From a neighbor.
A Note from The Virtual WallUSS 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.
Some of Fighter Squadron 11's berthing spaces were located immediately below the area of the flight deck first involved, and many off-duty men from VF-11 died in those compartments. The squadron lost a total of 48 men, including Petty Officer Richard Vallone.
More information and a list of the dead are on The Virtual Wall's
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 07 Mar 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009