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Navy remembers North Korean shoot-down on 50th anniversary

  • (Video: William Cole)

    Retired Cmdr. Joe Overstreet read an excerpt from an account from one of the former crew members of the events of April 15, 1969.


    Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii commemorated the 50th anniversary of the loss of Deep Sea 129 in a ceremony in Hangar 26-A of Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, on Monday. Petty Officers 2nd Class Gianni Cedarblade, left, and Jeon Kim carried the floral wreath to the water’s edge of Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.


    Guests bowed their heads during the invocation. Twenty-one relatives of three crew members who died in 1969 attended the ceremony.

  • U.S. NAVY

    A Navy Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star is accompanied by a McDonnell F-4B Phantom II. The Lockheed EC-121 is used for military surveillance.

Fifty years ago in 1969, on the 57th birthday of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, a MiG 21 fighter jet vectored in on a U.S. EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft operating far outside the North’s territorial limits, firing two missiles that killed all 30 sailors and a Marine aboard the Navy plane. Read more

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