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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
(bluejacket.com)

USS FORRESTAL   (CVA-59)
(later CV-59 and AVT-59)


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Memorabilia
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Cover of a 32-page booklet.

Ron Reeves
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Mediterranean Cruise, 1963 (the photo is actually a little bit older, circa 1961).

John Adriani
Welcome Aboard
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Probably distributed in 1963 (CO's were CAPT Geis and CAPT Guinn.) This is a 22-page booklet.

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John N. Adriani Sr
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In Italian, June 1971.

Carmelo Roccasalva
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In Spanish, 1971.

Fabio Peña
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In French, 1988.

Robert M. Cieri
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In English, 1991.

Robert M. Cieri
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In English, 1992 (as AVT-59).

Robert M. Cieri
Newspaper Clippings
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"USS Forrestal decommissioned," "Connecticut Post," Sunday, September 12, 1993.

Note that (in all probability) the 1967 fire is mistakenly referred to as a never-existing "disastrous Vietcong firebombing."

John Adriani
Plaques
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Ship's Coat of Arms, given to Victor's father when USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was in Naples, Italy, about 1960–61.

Victor Felice
Postcards
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Postcard of Benidorm, Spain, featuring USS Forrestal.

Omar Rubido, former member of the Armada Española
Family Day Cruise Welcome Aboard Booklet, April 22, 1963
Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
Thanks to Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association Historian, who provided the exact date.

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Pages 5 & 6
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Patches
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Top: Ship's shoulder patch worn on the uniform sleeve identifying the ship that a sailor was assigned to.
Bottom: This black, 1965–66 Med Cruise Patch was made for the OI Division. At the time "What's New Pussycat?" (title theme of a film directed by Clive Donner) was a popular tune and the patch designers decided to use the cat and place the radar symbol on the cat's rear end. The arrow, circle and the line with the M was the symbol for radarman.
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Mediterranean Cruise, Executive Department, 1971.
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Forrestal Summit, 1989.
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"Spotlight Tour Med 91." "End of an Era 1955–1991."
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"W Division * USS Forrestal
Keeping Peace Through Strength."
Contributed by Ken Killmeyer,
USS Forrestal Association Historian
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Models
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This model of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) is how she looked in 1963–64, made by John Adriani.

This is a Heller plastic model kit (#81065, scale 1:600) representing the USS Forrestal as built in 1955, but this kit was modified to represent the USS Forrestal as she looked in 1963–1964.

Modeling details were obtained from 3 Forrestal cruise books, photos from the NavSource website (Fabio Peña), and the USS Forrestal Association historian (Ken Killmeyer). Some of the modifications to the plastic model were removal of the 4 forward 5" guns, modification of the starboard side officer quarter deck area, adding the SPS-43 radar antenna along with the aft triangle mast, changed out the anchors, and work out the correct flight deck markings for the 1963–64 time frame. MicroScale white line strip decals were used to make the solid white angle deck lines, and the outline number 59 on the forward part of the flight deck. The glass case was also built by John.

Notes on model modifications, and commentsExisting years
Forward Port and Starboard 5" guns removed1954–1960
Aft Port and Stbd 5" guns removed after July 29, 1967 fire; replaced with missiles1954–1967
Angle deck two white solid and one broken center line1961–1963
Aft triangle mast1961–1963
SPS-43 air search antenna1962–1967+
Angle deck three solid white lines1963–1964

Photos and text by John Adriani
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