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Old April 24th, 2017, 03:54 PM   #1
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USS Bonefish SS-582

I copied this from a FB post. RIP to the three sailors on eternal patrol. CSG6 is Commander Sub Group 6, who ran the boats out of Charleston.

Apr 24, 1988 I was getting ready to assume the job as duty officer at CSG6 it was a regular day in Charleston SC, weather was beautiful all was great, but this would all change when we received flash traffic of a fire onboard our boat the USS Bonefish conducting exercises off the coast of Charleston followed by reports of emergency surfacing due to fire, battery explosions and evacuation of sub. Rescue operations had commenced to save our fellow brothers but in the end we lost 3 men, heroes to the Bonefish battery fire.
RM1(SS) Robert W. Bordelon, Jr., LT. Ray Earl Everts, Jr. And Yeoman, Third Class (SS) Lindgren. When I heard the news my heart sank. My friend and fellow RM bobby had passed away, this was his last patrol as he was 6 months from retiring and going back to Texas. We honor you and remember your legacy. RIP brothers you will not be forgotten.
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 10:02 PM   #2
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The hazards are tremendous. The tragedies are few, considering the ever present risks. Some years after I left 56th Artillery Brigade (Pershing), in 1985 one the the second stages ignited from static electricity in the atmosphere during a missile assembly operation, killing three crew members and igniting all the solid rocket fuel. They were assembling the 16,000 pound Pershing II missile. And just doing their jobs right. And this stuff happens. We all know.



Considering the stuff that went on with these back in the 70's (Pershing 1A), we were all fortunate to not be involved in accidents. During a horrendous electrical storm right on top of us the lightning was striking the ground all around us. We could only see purple. After the storm cell passed and we did the equipment checks we found that the circuit breakers had all tripped on the launchers from the lightning ground strikes being so close and back charging the whole system. And these rounds all had LIVE nukes on them!

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If I am remembering correctly, the Bonefish incident began with a fire (or a fire drill) in the berthing compartment. In running hoses from the Torpedo Room, a loose coupling just happened to be over the Battery Compartment Hatch.

The hatch had a deteriorated seal. When the hose was charged, the leak at the coupling allowed sea water to enter the battery compartment. That caused a short circuit which started a fire in the battery cells. The heat from the fire caused the relief valves on the torpedo fuel tanks to open. The torpedo fuel then ignited. One of the "exhaust components" is Hydrogen Cyanide.

I think the fatalities were related to skin absorption of the gas. But all 3 individuals were at their stations when they succumbed. The YN was the helmsman, the Lt. the Officer of the Deck, and the RM was sending status updates before going topside as ordered.

I was not a member of ship's company, but a member of CSS4. Memory is based on conversations with surviving crew and from casualty reports that came out after the investigations. I could be mistaken or mis-remembering, but it was fortunate, and training, that more were not lost.

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