Ropeyarn Sunday “Sea Stories” and Open Trackbacks

January 2nd, 2008 by xformed

Not my story, and not a “sea story,” but a military one for your reading pleasure.

A story of disaster, survival, rumor, and, finally truth:

54 days before July 1st, 1957, Lt David Steeves, USAF had to bail out of his T-33 over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

He walked (and hobbled and crawled) to safety, after the Air Force called off the search and notified his wife he had died…

And then the press ran amok, making assumptions and publically questioned the man. No one stood up for him, as they accused him, without any evidence, of selling his aircraft to our adversaries…

But…the happy ending comes 50 years later, with someone randomly surfing satellite pics on the net….

Read the incredible story.

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2 responses about “Ropeyarn Sunday “Sea Stories” and Open Trackbacks”

  1. Steeljaw Scribe said:

    Of Fire, Ice and Guts: 3 January 1944…

    0600L Aboard the Gleaves-class destroyer USS Turner (DD 648) the crew is either moving to breakfast or to stations in preparation for a 0700 underway time for the Brooklyn Navy Yards for a scheduled refit and repair period. Laid down in November 1…..

  2. Flatlander said:

    Fascinating story. Such a shame that the media has so little accountability, and had even fewer checks back then…

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