Thousands of former sailors who served on the USS Kitty Hawk over her history are saddened by the sight of the former great aircraft carrier as she is on her last stop prior to being scrapped in Bremerton, Washington.
I served on the Kitty Hawk in 1970-1971 as a teenage sailor and I was aboard for a WESTPAC (Western Pacific) cruise. The carrier was stationed on "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea off the coast of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
We also made port of calls to Subic Bay in the Philippines, Sasebo, Japan and Hon Kong.
I'll never forget my time on the USS Kitty Hawk.
You can read about the aircraft carrier's great history in war and peace via the below link:
James Fulks posted the above and below photos of the great ship's coming end on the Kitty Hawk's Facebook Page.
You can read about the USS Kitty Hawk on Yankee Station during the Vietnam War via the below link:
And you can read about the USS Kitty Hawk's 1987 SLEP overhaul in Philadelphia via the below link:
Below is a photo of the USS Kitty Hawk in her greater days in 1970.
I have a framed four-foot poster of the photo in my basement office and library.
Note: You can click on the above photos to enlarge.