USS Enterprise alumnus Jimmy Gonzales struggles to hold back tears during a ceremony to honor those who were killed in the Jan. 14, 1969 fire, on the ships flight deck at Naval Station

 

              USS Enterprise alumnus Jimmy Gonzales struggles to hold back tears during a ceremony to honor those who were killed in the Jan. 14, 1969 fire, on the ships flight deck at Naval Station
USS Enterprise alumnus Jimmy Gonzales struggles to hold back tears during a ceremony to honor those who were killed in the Jan. 14, 1969 fire, on the ships flight deck at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, Gonzales, who lives near Dallas, set foot on The Big E for the first time since he was an 18 year-old Seaman Apprentice who helped care for the wounded and dying. "I hadn't even made it to Vietnam yet," Gonzales remembers, "and I had already seen more than most." Thousands of alumni will visit the ship this weekend during the carrier's inactivation ceremony events at Naval Station Norfolk. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Stephen M. Katz) MAGS OUT
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