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.
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.
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.
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.
View of hangar deck aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). Sailors place flag-draped coffins on a pallet. A Catholic Chaplain (Fr. Conall Richard Coughlin, who is stationed at Subic Bay) shares duties with the Ship's chaplain (a Lt. Commander) as they officiate during the solemn activity. Sailors secure the coffins and roll the pallet across the deck where they fasten it to a crane. On the pier below, a Marine honor guard salutes with rifles as sailors accompanied by clergymen carry the coffins aboard a waiting C-130 aircraft.