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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:32 am 
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GULF OF MEXICO (July 6, 2007) - Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kevin Armold, attached on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, is reenlisted by Army Maj. Shean Phelps on the main deck of the newly sunken aircraft carrier USS Oriskany at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico about 23 miles south of Pensacola. This was the first reenlistment to be held on the sunken aircraft carrier.

Kevin sent me a couple of photos of this event:

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Where did the ceremony take place? The story says "main deck."


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Ron,

I contacted Kevin and this is his reply:


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Doc, thanks for the post on your site. It was done on the smoking deck (so I'm told). It is just aft of where they have the flags hanging. Here is the info from the story:

Maj. Shean Phelps, an aerospace medicine resident at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, conducted the ceremony via underwater talking apparatus on Oriskany’s “smoking deck” at a depth of 85 feet.

Thanks again Doc and it sure was/is an honor!!!


I believe the ceremony took place on the island structure somewhere near the stack. I sent him the image below to see if he can identify the approximate area they were at in the photo.

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