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Histories for VA-164 : Attack Squadron 164




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Events: September 1, 1960: Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (VA-164) established at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida. The Ghost Riders were assigned the Douglas A4D-2 / A-4B Skyhawk. June 7, 1962 through December 17, 1962: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4B Skyhawk first deployment on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34. This cruise was to Western Pacific. August 1, 1963 through March 10, 1964: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4B Skyhawk second deployment on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34. This cruise was to Western Pacific. March 13, 1964: The Ghost Riders were assigned the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk. April 4, 1965 through December 16, 1965: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4E Skyhawk third deployment on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34. This was the Ghost Rider's first combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. May 5, 1965 through July 1965: The Ghost Riders of VA-164 it flew close air support missions in South Vietnam. September 6, 1965: Lieutenant J. L. Burton in A-4E BuNo. 152042 side number AH 475 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Burton was rescued. October 31, 1965: Lieutenant Commander T. R. Powers in A-4E BuNo. 151173 side number AH 466 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Powers survived the ejection and was captured by the North Vietnamese and was murdered by the North Vietnamese while in captivity. November 7, 1965: Commander J. D. Shaw, VA-164, Commanding Officer, was awarded the Silver Star for successfully leading a strike against a North Vietnamese SAM site. May 26, 1966 through November 16, 1966: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4E Skyhawk fourth deployment on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34. This was the Ghost Rider's second combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. July 28, 1966: Ensign G. P. McSwain in A-4E BuNo. 152077 side number AH 407 was shot down by a SAM, over North Vietnam. Ensign McSwain survived the ejection and was captured by the North Vietnamese. August 25, 1966: A-4E BuNo. 152084 was lost in non-combat. The pilot was killed. August 26, 1966: A-4E BuNo. 152093 was lost in non-combat. The pilot was rescued. October 12, 1966: Lieutenant F. C. Elkins in A-4E BuNo. 152075 side number AH 411 was shot down by a SAM, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Elkins remains were never recovered and he is listed among those missing in Vietnam. October 26, 1966: A major fire broke out in United States Ship Oriskany on Yankee Station. VA-164 lost four officers in the fire. June 16, 1967 through January 31, 1967: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4E Skyhawk fifth deployment on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34. This was the Ghost Rider's third combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. July 14, 1967: Lieutenant Junior Grade L. J. Cunningham in A-4E BuNo. 152049 side number AH 407 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Ltjg. Cunningham was rescued. July 18, 1967: Lieutenant Commander R. D. Hartman in A-4E BuNo. 151986 side number AH 404 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Hartman survived the ejection and was captured by the North Vietnamese and was murdered by the North Vietnamese while in captivity. July 18, 1967: Lieutenant Junior Grade L. J. Duthie in A-4E BuNo. 151175 side number AH 415 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Ltjg. Duthie was rescued. July 18, 1967: Lieutenant Junior Grade B. T. Wood in A-4E BuNo. 152034 side number AH 401 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Ltjg. Wood was rescued. August 31, 1967: Lieutenant Commander R. C. Perry in A-4E BuNo. 151991 side number AH 402 was shot down by a SAM, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Perry was Killed In Action. October 7, 1967: Lieutenant David L. Hodges in A-4E BuNo. 152086 side number AH 413 was shot down by a SAM about twelve miles southwest of Hanoi., Lieutenant Hodges was Killed In Action. VA 164 pilot Lieutenant David L. Hodges remains were never recovered and he is listed among those missing in Vietnam. October 9, 1967: Lieutenant Junior Grade L. J. Cunningham in A-4E BuNo. 152085 side number AH 416 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Ltjg. Cunningham was rescued. October 18, 1967: Lieutenant Commander J. F. Barr in A-4E BuNo. 152048 side number AH 402 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Barr was Killed In Action. October 1967: Commander D. F. Mow, VA-164's commanding officer, was awarded the Silver Star for combat over North Vietnam. November 2, 1967: Lieutenant Junior Grade F. W. Knapp in A-4E BuNo. 151985 side number AH 414 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Ltjg. Knapp was Killed In Action. January 1, 1968: A-4E BuNo. 151133 was lost in non-combat. The pilot was rescued. January 11, 1968: Lieutenant Commander D. R. Weichman in A-4E BuNo. 151152 side number AH 404 was shot down by triple A, over Laos. Lieutenant Commander Weichman was rescued. July 18, 1968 through February 3, 1969: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4E Skyhawk sixth deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This was the Ghost Rider's fourth combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. October 2, 1968: Commander D. E. Erwin in A-4E BuNo. 151126 side number NP 411 was shot down by triple A, over North Vietnam. Commander Erwin was Killed In Action. February 8, 1969: A-4E BuNo. 151103 was lost in non-combat. The pilot was killed. April 6, 1969: The Ghost Riders were assigned the A-4F Douglas Skyhawk. August 2, 1969 through April 15, 1970: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4F Skyhawk seventh deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This was the Ghost Rider's fifth combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. February 10, 1970: A-4F BuNo. 155023 was lost in non-combat. The pilot was recovered. October 22, 1970 through April 15, 1971: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4F Skyhawk eighth deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This was the Ghost Rider's sixth combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. January 26, 1971: Commanding Officer, Commander George Boaz, United States Navy, was on the angle deck elevator 2 firing up his A-4F Skyhawk. After applying external power, attaching the "huffer" hose, and completing all the necessary control surface checks the Skipper's Skyhawk went "down" for a secure communication failure. The Ghost Rider spare was Lieutenant Junior Grade Gerald Carter, United States Navy Reserve. Thus Lieutenant Carter taxied A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154930 forward to the port catapult, hooked up and went to tension. With 100% thrust Carter saluted for the catapult shot. Half way down the cat-track, one of the bridle hooks catastrophically failed. Lieutenant Carter had the immediate foresight to pull his emergency jettison handle; there were six olive drab streaks on the flight deck where his MK-82 bomb load slid across the cat-track non-skid paint and over the side. The Ghost Rider Skyhawk dribbled over the side and down into the sea where the carrier ran over the sinking Skyhawk. Lieutenant Junior Grade Gerald Carter, United States Navy Reserve did not survive the accident. Though this crash was technically classified an "operational accident," it still hit home to the plane captains, ordnance men and other flight deck crew as Lieutenant Carter had be-friended the men in the line division. Although shy and quiet, Lieutenant Carter exemplified many of the positive values described by the Admiral at the end of "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" when describing the character, Lieutenant Brubacker. We will not forget Lieutenant Junior Grade Gerald Carter, United States Navy Reserve. John R. Nelson (former) VA-164 AT-AN August 8, 1972: The Ghost Riders were assigned the TA-4F Skyhawk. January 7, 1972 through October 3, 1972: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4F and TA-4F Skyhawk ninth deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This was the Ghost Rider's seventh combat cruise to Western Pacific/Vietnam. May 8, 1973 through January 8, 1974: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4F and TA-4F Skyhawk tenth deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This Ghost Rider cruise was to Western Pacific/Vietnam. June 1973: VA-164 flew in Operation End Sweep, the clearing of mines in the territorial waters of North Vietnam. March 18, 1975 through October 20, 1975: The Ghost Riders flying the A-4F and TA-4F Skyhawk eleventh deployment on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19. This Ghost Rider cruise was to Western Pacific/Vietnam. December 12, 1975: Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (VA-164) was disestablished at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Back to Table of Contents Awards: Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates: Navy Unit Commendation 10 May 1965 to 06 Dec 1965 12Jun 1966 to 01 Nov 1966 14 Jul 1967 to 12 Jan 1968 01 Aug 1968 to 22 Feb 1969 08 Feb 1972 to 14 Sep 1972 NAVE 01 Jul 1971 to 31 Dec 1972 AFEM 05 Sep 1963 to 13 Sep 1963 03 Nov 1963 to 08 Nov 1963 07 May 1965 to 02 Jun 1965 10 Jun 1965 to 03 Jul 1965 17 Sep 1965 to 18 Sep 1965 02 Dec 1968 to 04 Dec 1968 30 Oct 1969 03 Jan 1970 to 08 Jan 1970 22 Feb 1970 to 25 Feb 1970 MUC 21 Aug 1969 to 31 Mar 1970 20 Nov 1970 to 07 May 1971 RVNGC 02 Oct 1965 30 Oct 1965 01 Nov 1965 03 Nov 1965 07 Nov 1965 11 Nov 1965 to 12 Nov 1965 06 Jul 1966 to 07 Jul 1966 26 Sep 1968 29 Sep 1968 09 Oct 1968 to 11 Oct 1968 13 Oct 1968 02 Nov 1968 07 Nov 1968 to 08 Nov 1968 10 Nov 1968 to 11 Nov 1968 13 Nov 1968 to 19 Nov 1968 21 Nov 1968 to 26 Nov 1968 21 Dec 1968 to 24 Dec 1968 26 Dec 1968 to 28 Dec 1968 30 Dec 1968 01 Jan 1969 to 03 Jan 1969 07 Jan 1969 to 14 Jan 1969 31 Jan 1969 to 08 Feb 1969 01 Aug 1969 to 01 Sep 1969 30 Mar 1972 to 15 Jul 1972 VNSM 04 Jul 1965 to 18 Jul 1965 09 Aug 1965 to 11 Sep 1965 30 Sep 1965 to 19 Oct 1965 28 Oct 1965 to 27 Nov 1965 29 Jun 1966 to 29 Jul 1966 06 Aug 1966 to 08 Sep 1966 23 Sep 1966 to 26 Oct 1966 13 Jul 1967 to 08 Aug 1967 17 Aug 1967 to 30 Sep 1967 04 Oct 1967 to 03 Nov 1967 19 Nov 1967 to 17 Dec 1967 30 Dec 1967 to 13 Jan 1968 21 Aug 1968 to 04 Sep 1968 13 Sep 1968 to 15 Oct 1968 23 Oct 1968 to 28 Nov 1968 20 Dec 1968 to 15 Jan 1969 29 Jan 1969 to 10 Feb 1969 31 Aug 1969 to 24 Sep 1969 03 Oct 1969 to 27 Oct 1969 24 Nov 1969 to 17 Dec 1969 18 Jan 1970 to 11 Feb 1970 09 Mar 1970 to 26 Mar 1970 19 Nov 1970 to 08 Dec 1970 29 Dec 1970 to 15 Jan 1971 23 Jan 1971 to 20 Feb 1971 09 Mar 1971 to 10 Apr 1971 17 Apr 1971 to 04 May 1971 07 Feb 1972 to 09 Mar 1972 25 Mar 1972 to 02 May 1972 11 May 1972 to 01 Jun 1972 12 Jun 1972 to 14 Jul 1972 24 Jul 1972 to 17 Aug 1972 27 Aug 1972 to 14 Sep 1972 Back to Table of Contents -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sources of VX-4 information: Admiral Thomas Brown, USN (Ret) Cdr. John C. Davis, USN (Ret) Harry S. Gann Richard W. Hamon Masaaki Hayakawa Takafumi Hiroe Cdr. Lance B. Massey, USN (Ret) Mike W. Mullane John R. Nelson Capt. Donald "Super" Snyder, USN (Ret) Tailhook Association Thanks for the help

Posted by Robert Richard
Dec 06 2003 12:13:05:000PM




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