Crew of Carrier Mourns 21 Drowned Comrades
Crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Saratoga bade farewell Sunday to 21 drowned comrades with tears, salvos of rifle fire and the Navy hymn “Eternal Father.”
The shipboard memorial service was attended by about 1,200 of the Saratoga’s crew, including most of the 81 sailors and Navy fliers who survived the capsizing of the chartered ferry Tuvia early Saturday off the Israeli port of Haifa. The ferry had been bringing the sailors back to the Saratoga after shore leave.
Israeli navy divers Sunday recovered the 20th body near the submerged ferry, Haifa police said. A search continued for the body of the 21st victim. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
In Norfolk, Va., the U.S. Atlantic Fleet on Sunday said the missing sailor is Anthony J. Fleming, 25, of Buffalo, N.Y. It listed the 20 others as follows:
-- Michael L. Belliveau, 24, Lakewood, Colo.
-- Christopher B. Brown, 19, Leslie, Ga.
-- Darrell K. Brown, 19, Memphis, Tenn.
-- Monray C. Carrington, 22, North Braddock, Penn.
-- Larry M. Clark, 21, Decatur, Ga.
-- Delwin Delgado, 26, Jacksonville, Fla.
-- Gilbert Fontaine, 22, Spring Valley, N.Y.
-- Wilton L. Huyghue, 20, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
-- Timothy J. Jackson, 20, Anniston, Ala.
-- Alexander Jones, 19, St. Louis.
-- Nathaniel Kemp, 18, Greenwood, Fla.
-- Brent A. McCreight, 23, Eminence, Ky.
-- Randy L. Neel, 19, Albuquerque, N.M.
-- Marvin J. Plummer, 27, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
-- Matthew J. Schiedler, 20, Hubbard, Ore.
-- Timothy B. Seay, 22, Thomaston, Ga.
-- Jeffrey A. Settimi, 25, Fort Wayne, Ind.
-- Roderick T. Stewart, 20, Shreveport, La.
-- Jeffrey W. Shukers, 28, Union, Iowa
-- Philip L. Wilkinson, 35, Savannah, Ga.