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Offline KFC

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I was on the bridge that day. Watched two of our mates go down. I will never forget it. Very sad day for the King.

Offline Harrold

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    I will never forget the events of Feb7,1980. HT2 Bilicek was originally scheduled to have the 8-12 SS watch. At quarters they came down and and switched us so that he could go out and clean up the firefighting gear thaat was scattered all over the deck. I was down in the Aft Gen Room on the second round of the watch when the ship took a heavy roll to starboard, then almost immediately they called " Man Overboard "
    I saw HT1 Callicoat helping BM2 Irby to Sickbay. I got down to the shop, and everyone started making their way in. I remember the empty feeling when I realized that Rick was one of the ones who went overboard. Later I helped take Sam out to the Fantail to be flown to the hospital.

Offline Chuck White

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The following link gives an account of that storm from the perspective of an OS2 aboad USS LUCE DDG-38.  This link is to the Discussion Forum of the Historic Battles website.

http://www.historic-battles.com/HBforum/index.php?action=printpage;topic=86.0

IN REMEMBERANCE - USS KING (DDG-41) OFF OF CAPE HATTERAS, VA, FEBRUARY 7TH, 1980

HT2 Richard Bilicek - Lost at Sea
SM Steven M. Campbell - Lost at Sea
SM Edwin L. Traylor - Lost at Sea

BM3 Billy Irby - Broken bones
HT2 Sam Callicoat - Broken bones
BM3 Winfred Morris - Bruised but alive
« Last Edit: June 30, 2009, 14:08:00 PM by Chuck White »
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Offline david hill

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i was just getting off watch. then the alarm came over the 1mc. we went to cic to begin the search. we were on station all day long.negtive find. i knew all three men. it was the saddest day i spend abroad the king. we became a band of brothers. every time we were in rough weather. i thought of those men. :'(

Offline Chuck White

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Posted on the 2001 Guestbook by Gary Wommack EN2

My most vivid memory was when we lost the 4 guys over board off Cape Hatteras, I am in marine towing and salvage and when I'm alone on my boat at nite when the weather is bad I think of them often and what it must have been like.

Chuck White 1963-1967
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Offline Chuck White

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This is to honor the memory of those individuals lost at sea.

Richard Bilicek, HT2
Steven Campbell, SM
Edwin Traylor, SM

Read the newspaper article contributed by Milton Craven

http://www.uss-king.com/Newspapers/19800225-Destroyers%20Storm%20Death-1.JPG
http://www.uss-king.com/Newspapers/19800225-Destroyers%20Storm%20Death-2.JPG
« Last Edit: June 30, 2009, 14:09:02 PM by Chuck White »
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2011-2017 Communications Director