Kenneth V. Killmeyer Chronicles the Real Story of the Forrestal Fire

Kenneth V. Killmeyer marks his publishing debut with the release of “Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill” (published by AuthorHouse). The book charts the inconceivable story of brave men battling raging fires and high-order explosions to save their shipmates and the world’s first super aircraft carrier during the 1967 USS Forrestal fire.

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Off the coast of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, July 1967, the 5,500 crewmembers of the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) experienced “the worst naval disaster to befall a ship since World War II.” The Forrestal fire started with a surprising accidental rocket launch, followed by billowing smoke and an all-consuming fire. Then, the first 1,000-pound bomb explodes high-order.

From his personal recollection, collected firsthand accounts of other crewmembers’ deck logs and the official navy investigation, Killmeyer tells the story of how the fire claimed sailors and pilots, and seriously injured others. The book describes how the men aboard risked life and limb to rescue their shipmates, battle the raging flames and save their ship — the world’s first super aircraft carrier.

“Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill” is offered to readers who are interested in true military stories and historical events, of tales of bravery and never giving up. “[The book is about] how great the crew did that tragic day. Valor under fire and learning from your training for it will save your life,” the author says.

“Twenty-two years ago, I began a journey to write the story of the Forrestal fire. All aboard that day, vividly remember what they experienced. Here in this book, I have joined their shared experiences into one story,” Killmeyer adds.

“Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill”
By Kenneth V. Killmeyer
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 898 pages | ISBN 9781546248583
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 898 pages | ISBN 9781546248590
E-Book | 898 pages | ISBN 9781546248576
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
In March 1967, Kenneth V. Killmeyer became a crewmember of USS Forrestal (CVA-59), first of the super aircraft carriers. In 1995, he was offered the position of historian at the USS Forrestal Association. During his time as historian, Killmeyer began collecting personal experiences of crewmembers who were aboard along with him during the worst naval disaster to befall a ship since World War II. What he has done is combined those stories with USS Forrestal’s deck logs, the official investigation report into the cause of the “Forrestal Fire,” and give the reader an undeniable window into the devastating event. “Fire, Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck Aft; This Is Not a Drill” is his first book. For additional information about the book, visit

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