Duty Assignment Chronology

 

1954-55            Flight Training   (Pensacola & Corpus Christi) (Jan ‘54 – May ‘55)

 

1955-59            VF-62   (NAS Cecil Field) ( July 1955 – Dec 1958)

Deployed:

USS Randolph, 1956, Mediterranean

USS Essex, 1958, Mediterranean, Pacific, Atlantic

1962-64            VA-144   (NAS Lemoore) ( Nov 1962 – Nov 1964)

Deployed:

USS Constellation, 1963, Pacific

USS Constellation, 1964, Pacific

1966-67            USS Hancock (CVA-19)   (NAS Alameda) ( Nov 1965 – June 1967)

Deployed:

1966, Pacific

1967, Pacific

1968-69            VA-56   (NAS Lemoore) (XO, CO) ( Dec 1967 – Nov 1969)

Deployed:

USS Enterprise, 1968, Pacific

USS Ranger, 1969, Pacific

1970-71            VA-122    (NAS Lemoore) (CO) ( Aug 1970 -Aug 1971)

 

1971                 USS Enterprise (CVN-65)  (NAS Alameda) (Operations Officer) (Oct 1971 – July 1972)

Deployed:

1971, Pacific

1972                 CinCPacFlt   (Hawaii) (Air Operations) ( Aug 1972 – July 1973)

 

1973-74           USS Kawishiwi (AO-146)   (Hawaii) (CO) (Aug 1973 – Sept 1974)

Deployed:

1973, Pacific, Indian Ocean

1974-76           USS Ranger (CV-61)   (NAS North Island) (CO) ( Nov 1974 – Sept 1976)

Deployed:

1976, Pacific, Indian Ocean


Combat Tours:

Vietnam:

1964        VA-144                USS Constellation

1966        Air Ops                USS Hancock

1967        Air Ops                USS Hancock

1968        VA-56                  USS Enterprise

1969        VA-56                  USS Ranger

1971        Ops                     USS Enterprise

Total Combat Missions:  120


Ship Commands:

1973 – 74    USS Kawishiwi   (AO-146)

1974 – 76    USS Ranger       (CV-61)


Aviation Commands:

1968        VA-56

1970        VA-122


Combat Awards:

1        Bronze Star

2        Distinguished Flying Cross

13      Air Medal


Brief Summary:

1956        Flew combat air patrol during Suez canal crisis.

1958        Flew FJ3 at the ‘World Air Show’, Liege, Belgium.

1958        Flew air cover for Marines in Lebanon

1958        Flew combat air patrol during Taiwan Strait Crisis.

1964        Flight leader for first air cover over USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy. Launched

.               from USS Constellation night of 4 August, 1964   (Gulf of Tonkin Incident) 

1964        Participated on strike against Hon Gay 5 August, 1964. First air strike against

.               NorthVietnam. Lt Everett Alvarez shot down taken POW and Lt Dick Sather killed. 

 

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