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Troubled Water: Race, Mutiny, and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk
In 1972, the United States was embroiled in an unpopular war in Vietnam, and the USS Kitty Hawk was headed to her station in the Gulf of Tonkin. Its five thousand men, cooped up for the longest at-sea tour of the war, rioted--or, as Troubled Water suggests, mutinied. Disturbingly, the lines were drawn racially, black against white. By the time order was restored, careers w ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
(first published 2009)
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Good exciting non-fiction. Freeman tells the story of a race riot on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam war. During the later stages of the war, the pentagon was getting creative in how to keep the troop strength up and lowering standards for entry into the military was one of the tactics used, along with trickery by recruiters. In 1972, when you put hundreds of these new NSM (new standards men)recruits aboard a vessel in cramped spaces, on a hectic wartime work schedule, where the anger and ...more
As an aircraft carrier flight deck veteran, I was surprised I’d never heard of this incident. However, I’m not surprised the Navy downplayed it, although I don’t condone that. Many have said an aircraft carrier is a city at sea. And like any city, it has its struggles and challenges. Freeman has captured the feel and reality of life on a carrier while telling this fascinating story. This is the second of Freeman’s books I’ve read, and I’ll be reading more.
This was a very interesting account of a race riot on the USS Kitty Hawk in the early seventies. I found the notion hard to believe, since the military is so thoroughly integrated now. In fact the military does the nation a service, putting people from all manner of races and backgrounds shoulder-to-shoulder, without tolerating prejudice. But things weren't always so. I'm not old enough to remember, but the US was apparently going through quite a bit of turmoil in the early seventies.
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May 09, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
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I remember reading about the riot in our local newspaper, the La Crosse Tribune in 1972 and thinking how awful. Then I joined the Navy and a year later was assigned to the Kitty Hawk. One of the first things I noticed was the racial tension. And one of the first things I asked about was that. I was in X-Division and a friend from the Safety Office advised me that if the stuff hit the fan again, to grab a dogging wrench ( a huge open end steel wrench) or a fire extinguisher and jump in my rack, p ...more
This book details the race riot/attempted mutiny which took place on the USS Kitty Hawk between 12 and 13 October 1972. Downplayed by the US Navy, the Kitty Hawk riot was apparently just one in a string of racially charged violent incidents that plagued the US military in the early 70's. Real and perceived slights, McNamara's Project 100,000, lax disciplinary protocols, self, segregation radical agitation, disunity of command and the raw anger that came with the newly found civil rights of the A ...more
It is hard to believe that this actually happened. I was serving aboard a sister ship at almost this same time. There were quite a few blacks in my division, and quite a few Project 100,000 sailors. Many of the Project 100,000 sailors were in over their heads, whether they were black or white. Some were a danger to themselves and others. Most of the black sailors were really great guys, and good shipmates.
I was surprised at shocked to learn about the race riot/mutiny aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk while on combat duty at Yankee Station off the coast of Viet Nam in 1972. Bravery, particularly by the Navy's first black XO aboard an aircraft carrier, Ben Cloud, helped end the violence.