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.
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.
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.
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) in Japan Sea. Tanker ship refuels USS Philippine Sea. A destroyer ship in the background. Fuel lines from the tanker to the USS Philippine Sea. A snowstorm and waves splashing the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea.
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) in Japan Sea. A winch operator on the aircraft carrier. Crated ammunition hoisted to the USS Philippine Sea. Workers remove crates from cargo nets on hangar deck level. USS Mount Katmai (AE-16) along the USS Philippine Sea. Ammunition is transferred to USS Philippine Sea from USS Mount Katmai.