The USS Iowa Turret Two Virtual Memorial
honors the 47 people who died on April 19, 1989.
Ken Adams was there:
The bosun and I looked at each other and I said, “was that the 5-inch?” As soon the words came out of my mouth, the GQ alarm sounded and we knew that something had gone horribly wrong. The voice of boatswain’s mate of the watch confirmed it as the bosun and I ran out the door and on our separate ways. “Explosion in Turret 2!”
I ran to the bridge through a fairly thick, but not overwhelming cloud of smoke. When I got there, it was chaotic. I was supposed to take the deck for GQ, but after about 5 seconds of consultation the port section OOD and I decided he should keep the deck and I should dive in and help pick up the slack.
I am thankful for people like Ken and his shipmates who serve our country.