U.S. 1st infantry Division cross river during exercise Return of forces to Germany III (REFORGER), in Europe. U.S. M-60 tanks and M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APCs) cross Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge (AVLB). Chaparral missiles mounted on carrier drives past spectators in the foreground. U.S. Army General Michael Shannon Davison, Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe, holds a press conference.
A Dutch invention called the 'Amphitron' or the 'Amphirol'. Men seated on it. The vehicle driven on land and in quicksand. Tracks in wet mud. The driver at the controls. The amphitron taken into water. The British Armys new six wheel gun and personnel carrier zips uphill and downhill on steep slopes. A jalopy race underway at the Brands Hatch Track in England. British and American drivers participate. The cars flip, bump and bash into oil barrels on the tracks. A large crowd witnesses the event.
A pallet containing several flag-draped coffins of those who perished in the October 26, 1966 fire, aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) are lowered to a pier from the ship, by crane. Several clergymen in robes stand on the pier. A flag on ship at half mast. Honor guard on pier with rifles. Sailors wheel the pallet of coffins across the pier. U.S. Navy Catholic Chaplain, Fr.Conall Richard Coughlin (who is stationed at Subic Bay) and the ship's Chaplain (Lt Commander) officiate on the ship's deck as coffins are placed on pallets.(The ship's own Catholic Chaplain, LCDR William John Garrity, perished, performing his duties, on October, 26, 1966, and is among these dead ). Sailors aboard the Oriskany open boxes of American flags as they prepare the coffins for transfer. Honor guard with rifles stand at parade rest on the pier. Church officials on the pier. A C-130 transport aircraft sits nearby with its rear door open ready to receive the coffins.
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.
Remains of 44 who lost their lives in the fire on October 26, 1966, aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Oriskany (CVA-34) are respectfully covered by American flags and placed on platforms for transfer from the ship to the shore at Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines. U.S.Navy Catholic Chaplain, Fr.Conall Richard Coughlin, who is stationed at Subic Bay assists the ship's Chaplain (Commander) in performing final religious rites over the flag-draped bodies.( The ship's Catholic Chaplain, LCDR William John Garrity, lost his own life, heroically serving the injured on October, 26, 1966). The bodies are transferred by crane to the dock, below where an honor guard stands. Sailors carry individual flag-draped coffins. Clergymen in ceremonial garb lead sailors carrying a coffin.
View from pier below as crane moves pallet of coffins from deck of the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) to the pier. (These are coffins of those who lost their lives in a fire aboard the Oriskany, on October 26, 1966.) View from behind two clergymen on the pier. Sailors carry coffins as clergy walk with them. Marine honor guard salute with rifles. Sailors load coffins on waiting C-130 transport airplane.