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Veterans Lecture Series: 2nd Class Petty Officer and Jet Mechanic, Jim Brewer, Shares His Vietnam Experiences


Veteran's Lecture Series
Adults, Seniors Closed 5/1/2017 10:00:00 AM 7/26/2017 10:00:00 AM

Jim Brewer will share his Vietnam story that began with his enlistment, boot camp and training to become a jet mechanic. His first squadron was set aboard the USS Forrestal. Jim will tell the story of the day they were preparing for a bombing run when a short circuit in a sidewinder rocket caused the missile to fly across the flight deck, causing a chain reaction of explosions that killed 134 sailors and injured 161. One of the survivors was navy pilot John McCain, who managed to get out of his jet just in time! Jim will also share stories of his time aboard the USS Kittyhawk and the few months of TDY he spent in Danang before leaving the Navy to return to civilian life.

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