Thursday, May 22, 2008

David Stanbrough, Viet Nam War Veteran

David Stanbrough, United States Navy 1964-1968

In honor of his service to our country, I wanted all of our blog readers to know of Dave's significant contribution in chronicling one of the worst disasters in US Naval history.

Dave served on board the U.S.S Forrestal from 1966 to 1968. On July 29, 1967 his GQ station was on the flight deck as motion picture cameraman when tragedy struck. A missile was accidentally fired from a nearby plane striking the fuel tanks of Lt. Commander John McCain's A-4 Skyhawk. A series of horrendous explosions ensued causing a raging inferno that lasted 24 hours. 134 men lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. This accident on board the USS Forrestal was the worst non-combat related accident in the history of the US Navy.

Dave was featured in an episode of the "Caught on Film" series on the History Channel, where he shared his memories of having captured such a historic event on film. Many of his still photographs can be found on our website devoted to the USS Forrestal tragedy.

To all the veterans of wars past and present, we thank you for the sacrifice you and your families have made for our country.