I completed A-4 training and detached from VA-44 [Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida on October 5, 1965. Ten days later, on October 15, 1965 I flew my first combat mission over North Vietnam.
My first Vietnam deployment was in 1965. I was assigned to Attack Squadron [VA] 86 [Sidewinders] and flew A-4 Skyhawks off the USS Independence CV-62.
In 1968 I deployed again, still assigned to VA-86 and flew the A-7 Corsair II off the USS America CV-66.
Class: 1963 Degree: BA Service: USN
Years of Service: 1963-1969 Years in Vietnam: 1965 and 1968