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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.

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    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.

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    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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