Pearl Harbor, HI USS ENTERPRISE Fire, Jan 1969

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"The fires were set off by an explosion underneath of near an F4 Phantom jet which was loaded with bombs and rockets," Hyland said. "This triggered other explosions and spread the fire."

Hyland said reports a landing plane accidentally dropped a bomb were "just simply not correct." The admiral said 30 to 40 planes positioned on the rear of the flight deck prevented any planes from landing.

Investigators from San Diego and San Francisco already were aboard the carrier. Others were en route from the Pentagon and Bremerton, Wash., shipyards where the Enterprise recently underwent repairs.

Hyland said a determination would be shortly on where the carrier would be repaired. "We want to return the Enterprise to service as soon as possible," he said.
The Enterprise had been assigned to a fourth tour of duty off Vietnam. The tragedy was the third involving a carrier in the war.

Casualties of the USS Enterprise Incident:
FA PAUL AKERS, JR.
AN DAVID M. ASBURY.
LTJG CARL D. BERGHULT.
LTJG JAMES H. BERRY.
A03 RICHARD W. BOVAIRD.
AA PATRICK L. BULLINGTON.
AMS3 JAMES R. FLOYD, JR.
AN ERNEST L. FOSTER.
ABHAN DELBERT D. GIRTY.
AEC RONALD E. HAY.
ASH3 ROGER L. HOLBROOK.
AN DALE L. HUNT.
AOAN DONALD R. LACY.
ADJ3 ARMANDO LIMON.
AME3 DENNIS E. MARKS.
ABH1 JAMES P. MARTINEAU.
AOAN JOSEPH C. MASON.
AN DENNIS R. MILBURN.
AN JOE W. OATES.
LTJG BUDDY D. PYEATT.
ABE3 JACOB J. QUINTIS.
BM2 JAMES C. SNIPES.
AN RUSSELL J. TYLER.
AN LaVERNE R. VON FELDT.
AN ROBERT C. WARD.
AN JOHN R. WEBSTER.
AMS2 HENRY S. YATES.
AMS3 JEROME D. YOAKUM.

Argus Fremont California 1969-01-16