Navy Vet Honors Fallen with Custom Bike

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A Clay County native home for a visit from his job assignment in Saudi Arabia was featured on the History Channel Tuesday night with his amazing story of survival and faith. Preston Fitzwater, 60, was just 22 years old when on board the U.S.S. Belknap. In 1975, the Belknap collided with an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. The men who died in that collision were honored on the History Channel show “Counting Cars,” with their names memorialized in a custom bike. Read more at

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  1. MercASE2
    MercASE2 Sep 16, 2015

    I was stationed at NAF Naples when this happened. A lot of the injured saliors were flown here and it was all hands on deck pulling the stretchers out of the hell's. The guys looked real badly burned and in shock. I can still see their eyes looking at me.

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