The Greek ferry, 'Heraklion', en-route from Crete to Athen's Port, Piraeus, is sunk in the Aegean Sea during a fierce storm in which a truck reportedly broke loose and battered open her midship loading door, causing her to sink within 15 minutes. Search and rescue operations carried out from air and in water, the day after her sinking. . Rescue boats underway at the scene. Man wearing radio headset, looks from the window of a scout plane and throws out a flare to mark the location. Scattered debris on water. Sailors carry causalities on stretcher. Causalities put into ambulance. 235 passengers are reported dead or missing and only 49 managed to survive the tragedy. (Note : The USS Belknap (DLG-26) and the USS Columbus (CG-12) participated in the search for survivors but found none. The Belknap retrieved some remains that were transferred to Greek authorities, the next day.) (Additional note: Some music at start of this newsreel, but no other sound or narrative.)
British soldiers of the 11th (Service) Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) bivouacked on a seaside plain at Zeitenlik, Salonika (aka Thessalonika) in Greece, during World War 1. Their circular white tents are pitched and several campfires are burning. Their arms are stacked. The Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea is visible in the background.
Following the tragic fire aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) on October 26, 1966, remains of all 44 who died were returned to their families for burial, except for Lieutenant Commander Omar R. Ford, who's will requested burial at sea. Accordingly, on November 6, 1966, while the Oriskany was underway way to San Diego, from Subic Bay, a funeral with full military honors was conducted on board and Commander Ford's body was committed to the deep in the Philippine Sea. Marines form honor guard in full dress uniforms. Bugler holds trumpet. A Navy Commander and a Lt. Commander stand at attention. Group of ship's officers acting as pallbearers, stand by the flag-draped body. The ship's company in formation in dress whites. The Destroyer, USS Chevalier (DD-805) visible in water nearby. Ship's Captain, John H. Iarrobino, walks across the flight deck to a podium and speaks. Sailors with heads bowed. Pallbearers commit the body to the deep. Marine honor guard fire rifle salutes. Bugler plays taps. Officers salute. Pallbearers ceremoniously fold the American Flag into triangle and present to the Captain. Ceremony is ended.
Scenes from Funeral with full military honors, and burial at sea, for Lt. Commander Omar R. Ford, aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in the Philippine Sea. A Navy Commander (Chaplain) at podium on deck. Ship's officers and company with bowed heads. Navy officers as pallbearers around flag-draped body. They commit the body to the deep. U.S. Destroyer, USS Chevalier (DD-805) and another Destroyer are seen in water nearby. Bugler plays taps. Marine honor guards fire three-volley rifle salute. Officer pallbearers ceremoniously fold the American flag and present it to Ship's Captain, John H. Iarrobino who carries it as he leaves the deck. A Commander announces the end of the ceremony.
Salvage operations in the Mediterranean Sea by a U.S. ARS (Salvage Ship) after 1966 Palomares B-52 crash incident. An ARS underway. A large group of civilians and USAF (United States Air Force) personnel in the hold of an LCM (Landing Craft, Mechanized). Cameramen and reporters tour the search area with U.S. Deputy-Commander Strike Force South Rear Admiral William A Guest on board LCM. Rear Admiral Guest talk to the reporters. Rear Admiral Guest in a long, leather coat points out matter to the reporters. USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) in the background. Photographers take pictures of USS Fort Snelling.
Aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) the crew prepares a funeral with full military honors for Lt. Commander Omar R. Ford who was one of 44 who lost their lives in a tragic fire aboard the ship on October 26, 1966. Sailors are seen assembling and lining up in formation in dress whites. Ship's flag at half-mast. Captain John H. Iarrobino, the skipper, and other officers inspect the formations. View from above of Marine honor guard in full dress uniforms, and of officer pallbearers standing by flag-draped body. A formation of ship's officers.