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Offline xmayordan

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Re: 1972-1973 incident
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2006, 08:42:34 AM »
Mark,

Thank you so much for providing the deck logs of that fateful day. I remember it well. I had the pleasure of knowing the Chief by visiting him en route to the King. It could  have been me, because the Chief wanted me to get in the helicopter sling first. I thank God it was not.

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Re: 1972-1973 incident
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2006, 19:23:42 PM »
The incident occurred during a morning transfer with the USNS TALUGA (AO-62). Below are the deck logs from that day.
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Mike (Cecil) Smith

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Re: 1972-1973 incident
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2006, 10:01:41 AM »
I also remember this incident, although I was thinking it happened in 72.  I think this person was a replacement for our medical Chief and I can remember seeing our medical Chief working on him; I actually thought he died on our ship, but I see where somebody else said he died on the Enterprise.  I always wondered what went wrong, I had been airlifted off the King several times on a sling without a problem, and it seemed like a pretty simple operation for me. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006, 17:10:58 PM »
I remember it well. We worked our butts off all day fro unreps. An unusual amout of ordinance as I recall. We were just winding down. Jose was the last transport of the day. What a tragedy. He was to be our new shipmate. We never got to meet him. I'll never forget

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2006, 12:40:03 PM »
I believe you are referring to Jose Jalocon Javines, EMC - Died 8 January 1973   - Panel - 01W 109 (Vietnam Memorial Wall Panel) He was from the Phillipines.
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1972-1973 incident
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2006, 09:42:25 AM »
I was wondering if anyone recalls the incident where a Chief Petty Officer was killed while being transported from the USNS Taluga to the USS King DLG10 in about December 1972 or January of 1973. I was loaded onto the chopper just before him, and then he was in the Chopper's sling and the sling jammed. He was slammed against the ship and then dunked in the water and taken to the USS Enterprise where he passed away.

The Chief and I had talked for several days and after explaining to him that I had worked around choppers he said he wanted me to go first. The original plan was to hi-line us from the Taluga to the King but the seas were too rough. Then the decision to lift us via Helicopter resulted in this unfortunate incident.

If anybody remembers this please post a reply.