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Trial by Fire: The Disaster on USS Forrestal at 50  

On July 29, 1967, a Zuni rocket aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59) fired unexpectedly and ignited a series of explosions that sparked a fire that burned for the better part of a day. The fire killed 134 sailors and injured 161. The following is a 1973 U.S. Navy documentary Trial by Fire that recounts the actions of the crew that saved the ship 50 years ago.