Above and Beyond - Other Disasters
1969 Huricane Camille:
I was a cook. While serving on the Bush we made a few short cruises.
One cruise I won't forget. We had to go to sea because the 2nd worst
ever to rip a swath of destruction to the mainland of the U.S.
Camille, August 17, 1969) was approaching Key West.
Camille was a category 5 in strength and had winds in excess of 200 mph,
tides over 24 feet, and wave heights that reached 30-35 feet. Camille
was responsible for the death of 256 people, 143 along the gulf coast of
Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana and 113 in the appalachians. Over 8,000
heads of cattle lost and over 1.4 billion in damage.
Once Camille's wrath was over, USS Bushnell AS-15 responded to the area.
will never forget as the Bush entered the mouth of the Mississippi River
and headed north toward New Orleans you could see the destruction every
where you looked. Several large cargo ships were washed high aground,
cattle floating in the river, and 85% of coastal homes destroyed. The
Bushnell give medical help and
supplies to some of the victims of Hurricane Camille.
Well that's the way I remember it, that was 31 years ago.
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