Fallen Shipmates: 1975 Belknap ~ Kennedy Collision

By Kevin Leland

This is the information I have so far on the sailors who perished in the collision at sea, between the USS Belknap and the USS John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1975, off the coast of Italy.

To read more about the collision, click the image below:

Click this image to contribute to the biographies of our fallen shipmates

Click this image to contribute to the biographies of our fallen shipmates

Please comment below if you served with any of these sailors, and would like to help memorialize them by sharing your memories of them.

MM1 James W. Cass
Together we served: No record
Find a grave: Record
Born: June 8, 1939
Died: November 22, 1975
Buried: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk City, Virginia.

MM2 Douglas S. Freeman
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: Record
Born: June 22, 1950
Died: November 22, 1975
Buried: Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York
Known by David Luettgen

EM2 Michael W. Kawola
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: Record
Born: January 29, 1954
Died: December 2, 1975
Buried: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy, New York

DS3 Gerald A. Ketcham
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: No record

STG3 Brent W. Lassen
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: No Record

FA David A. Messmer
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: Record
Born: August 7, 1956 ~ Shawnee, Oklahoma
Died: November 22, 1975
Buried: Resthaven Memorial Park, Shawnee, Oklahoma

DS2 Gordon T. St. Marie
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: No Record

YN2 David A. Chivalette
Together We Served: No record
Find a grave: Record
Born: April 11, 1953 ~ Pennsylvania
Died: November 22, 1975
Buried: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Pennsylvania

 

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