Covering the USS Maddox & USS Turner Joy


“This audio clip was Lt Everett Alvarez explaining his role during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident on the night of 4 August, 1964.¬† This phone conversation was recorded on the 45th anniversary of the Incident¬† 9/4/09.”

Click here to listen: Tonkin Alvarez


  1. While a young LTJG in VAW-13 in 1965 flying the EA-1F, a group of us had the occasion to catch a ride on the USS Turner Joy in order to transfer between carriers. While having lunch in the Wardroom with the ship’s XO, he discussed the incident and said that they definitely had been attacked by torpedoes. He said they had turned the ship into the torpedoes (to reduce frontel area) and one came right down the side of the ship. He observed it from the wing of the bridge.

    Landon “Lanny” Cox
    CDR USN (Ret)

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