For survivors of a deadly fire aboard the USS Forrestal, the passage of 48 years has not wiped away the pain.
Tears were shed Friday as former shipmates and members of the USS Forrestal Association gathered to remember the 134 sailors killed and the 161 injured when explosions and fire swept across the ship's flight deck on July 29, 1967.
The Forrestal was America's first super carrier, a new class of ship constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding and based in Norfolk, pulling combat duty in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Fighter jets from Forrestal launched the first airstrike into North Vietnam on July 24.
For Walter Stinner, an aviation ordnance man, July...