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USS Belknap (CG 26)

 
 
USS Belknap (CG 26) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
1. USS Belknap (CG 26) Marker
Inscription. On 22 November 1975, the cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26) collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during night maneuvers in the Ionian Sea. As the carrier's overhanging flight deck sheared off Belknap's superstructure, Kennedy's refueling lines were ruptured. Thousands of gallons of aviation fuel poured onto Belknap, erupting into a raging inferno.
Belknap's crew, aided by the USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG 5) and USS Bordelon (DD 881) battled fires and exploding munitions for over six hours to save Belknap.
Seven Belknap sailors and one Kennedy sailor lost their lives.
 
Erected by This memorial is dedicated by their Belknap shipmates.
 
Location. 36° 50.919′ N, 76° 17.664′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia, in Norfolk. Marker is on Bousch Street near Wisconsin Square ft of Harbor St.. Click for map. Right side of Battle Ship Wisconsin on walkway headed toward the Chinese Pagoda Restaurant, & Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Iowa (BB-61) (here, next to this marker); USS Cole (DDG 67) (here, next to this marker); USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (here, next to
Wisconsin Square Dedciated May 2002 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 11, 2010
2. Wisconsin Square Dedciated May 2002
this marker); USS Scorpion (SSN-589) (here, next to this marker); USS Newport News CA-148 (here, next to this marker); The Pentagon (here, next to this marker); USS Kearsarge (CV-33) (here, next to this marker); USS Liberty AGTR-5 (here, next to this marker); USS Forrestal CVA/CV/AVT-59 (here, next to this marker); The Lone Sailor (here, next to this marker); USS Norfolk Bell (a few steps from this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Belknap (CG 26). In 1995, the BELKNAP was decommissioned and about 3 1/2 years later she became the "victim" of a Sinkex of the Navy. The BELKNAP was sunk on September 24, 1998, off the east coast of the United States. The exact location is 036 31' 00.3" North, 071 58' 00.5" West. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. USS Belknap Association Newsletter Winter 2003. After 27 years, a permanent memorial for the crew involved in the 1975 collision is a realization but we need your help. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. This memorial honors the ultimate sacrifice of
MM1 James W. Cass,
MM2 Douglas Freeman,
EM2 Michael Kowola,
DS2 Gordon St. Marie,
STG3 Brent Lassen,
DS3 Gerald Ketcham,
FA David Messmer
    — Submitted August 27, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.

2. Memorial
For the first time in my life I was beginning to feel like I had come home. I absolutely loved the sea, I loved my ship and I loved the guys in my division. I was a teenage jerk when I enlisted, but I was finally learning what it means to take pride in myself, my work, my ship and my nation's flag. Subsequently, I also learned a deep new level of pain and sense of loss. I sincerely believe I would have made a career of the Navy, but things just didn't work out that way. I will, however, forever look back on November 22, 1975 with a bittersweet sense of haunting pride, awe, and pain. And for the friends I lost, RIP mates. You will never be forgotton.
Robert Allport DAV/USN
    — Submitted January 4, 2014, by Allport, Robert E. of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,691 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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