CHAPTER XVIII to XVIII, Appendix III

(16 February 1961 to 5 April 1962)

Underway in the Pacific, possibly during the ship's third WestPac deployment, February 16-September 28, 1961. An A3D-2 Skywarrior of VAH-8 "Fireballers" is in the foreground. Photo by SM2 Robert Parrott, OS Division, USS Midway (CVA-41), 1959-1962 - NS024177 - Submitted by his son, John. http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024177.jpg

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Fourth “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet, conducting Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her fourth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam (15 February to 28 September 1961); San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca. under going intensive upkeep and repair work (3 October to 3 November 1961), shiftng back to the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California where Carrier Qualifications for various units until CVG-2, arrived in January 1962, in the Easter Pacific operating area and Exercise “Potshot” was a combined major STRIKEX, AAWEX, ASWEX, and MEBLEX scheduled by COMFIRSTFLT and conducted by COMFIRSTFLT and designated subordinate commanders, participating as a unit of TF 17 and TG 17.1 (COMCARDIV ONE), operating in the Easter Pacific (3 November 1961 to 5 April 1962). (15 February 1961 to 5 April 1962)

CHAPTER XVIII

 

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) with Rearl Admiral Frank B. Miller (assumed command in 1960), Commander and Captain French Wampler (assumed command in 1960), as Chief of Staff, Carrier Division Three and Commander R. J. Selmer, Commander, Carrier Air Grup Two (CVG-2) embarked departed Naval Air Station, Alameda, California 15 February 1961, with Captain Robert George Dosé, NAVCAD ’37, relieving Captain Ralph W. Cousins, as Commanding Officer and Commander Kenneth E. Gulledge, as Executive Officer, ending her fourth “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet, conducting Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her fourth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, conducting Operation Handclasp missions in Hong Kong, that will involve delivering 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies and will conduct Exercise Checkertail, Exercise Big Shot and Exercise Checkertail. She will under go her third deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. She will under go her 13th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (15 February to 28 September 1961)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1(1 January to 31 March 1961) and AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (Rev. 4-60) (1 April 1961 to 30 September 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1961).

 

Fourth “WestPac” deployment and 1961 Senior Command and Staff of USS Midway (CVA 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1961 – Chapter 18, Appendix I. https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-61/index.html

 

Deployment Schedule

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-61/011.htm

Command and Staff

https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-61/index_018.htm

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) with CVG-2 (M)

(15 February to 28 September 1961)

 

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVA-41) – 1st & 7th

4th WestPac

4th SCS

CVG-2

M

15 Feb 1961

28 Sep 1961

Western Pacific

13th FWFD

226-days

Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her fourth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, conducting Operation Handclasp missions in Hong Kong, that will involve delivering 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies and will conduct Exercise Checkertail, Exercise Big Shot and Exercise Checkertail.

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-24

Red Checkertails -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Crusader -         Jet Fighter

M100

F8U-1 (F-8A)

VF-21

Free Lancers -

Fighter Squadron

McDonnell - Demon -         Jet Attack Fighter

M200

F3H-2 (F-3B)

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -  Jet Fighter -                   Special armament

M300

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-23

Black Knights -

Attack Squadron

North American - Fury -     Jet Fighter -                    Special armament

M400

FJ-4B (AF-1E)

VA-25

Fist of the Fleet -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M500

AD-7 (A-1J)

VAH-8

Fireballers -               Heavy Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

60x

A3D-2 (A-3B)

VAW-11 Det. A

Early Eleven -

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron

Grumman - Tracer - Airborne Early Warning

78x

WF-2 (E-1B)

VMA-311 (*1)

Tomcats - Marine  -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skywarrior - Attack

(WL) 800

A4D-2

(*2) VCP-63 Det. A

Eyes of the Fleet - Photographic Composite Squadron

Vought - Crusader -

Jet Fighter

9xx

F8U-1P (RF-8A)

HU-1 Det. A

Pacific Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Piasecki -

'Retriever' Chopper

(UP)

xx

HUP-2 (UH-25B)

CVG-2 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/index_016.htm

(*1) VMA-311 deployed aboard CVA-41 from 27 Mar. 1961 from Apr. 1961. Embarked at Subic Bay.

(*2) VCP-63 redesignated VFP-63 on Jul.1, 1961

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) pulled into port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 20 February 1961. Twenty-two Secretary of the Navy guests observed carrier operations while the ship was en route from Alameda, California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 15 to 19 February 1961. Underwent Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI).

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Hawaiian operating area on 21 February 1961, pulling into port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii a second time on 22 February 1961.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii a third time from 25 to 26 February 1961, operating in the Hawaiian area from 23 to 24 February 1961, conducting Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) – conducted by COMFAIRHAWAII from 20 to 25 February 1961, scoring 81.15% Tentative.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) inchopped the Seventh Fleet on 4 March 1961, transiting to the San Bernardino Straits on 10 March 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Apea Harbor, Guam from 6 to 7 March 1961.

 

    During March 1961, USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted four minor AAWEX’s and three ECM exercises with the destroyers in company conducting Exercise “Top Hat”, a combined major STRIKEX, AAWEX and ASWEX scheduled by COMSEVENTHFLT from 14 to 16 March 1961. COMCARDIV THREE was Officer Conducting Exercise and Commander Task Force 77. As CTG 77.5, Midway operated as directed in CTF 77 Operation Order No. 322-61 in carrying out simulated iron bomb and nuclear warfare against designated domestic targets.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 7 to 19 March 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 6 to 20 March 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Honkkong, B.C.C. from 20 to 22 March 1961. Midway cut short her scheduled stay in Hong Kong and preceded to the South China Sea as ordered in response to the Laos situation, underway early in the morning on 23 March 1961, the ship moves to designated positions in the South China Sea. Throughout the Far East, the complicated US military machine is alerted, moving quickly to the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. Taken by surprise, the crew was forced to leave in Hong Kong over $13,000.00 in deposits, shirts and other clothes. (These deposits plus much laundry were later recovered by a special Supply Department task force.) The cause of the sudden departure is the rapidly deteriorating situation in the small, landlocked Indochinese country of Laos. In the dense, uncivilized jungles and rugged mountains, a rebel army, supported and supplied by Russia and Communist China, continues to move south, advancing against the poorly trained and in many cases poorly equipped Royal Laotian Army. At issue is possible military intervention by the US and/or SEATO, which has pledged aid to Laos. Midway delivered 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies via Operation Handclasp to missions in Hong Kong from 20 to 23 March 1961. The ship also contributed cash donations to Protestant and Catholic missions. Support was continued for the ship’s adopted son, Pang Ia Iong, a 14 - year old Hong Kong refugee, by providing his mission school with expenses for another year's lodging and schooling. Vice Admiral F. N. Kivette, recent Seventh Fleet Commander-in-Chief, has described the mission of the Seventh Fleet in one phrase: “We’re a fire department.” In other words, the fleet is ready to take action if – if a foreign military threat should arise against those countries with whom the U. S. has SEATO treaty obligations, and if the nation should request military assistance. If the Communists take any overt action, the Seventh Fleet and other deployed armed forces may serve their purpose merely by their presence. But to be effective, the threat must be no more buff.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) is one of three aircraft carriers that comprise Task Force 77, the fleet’s attack carrier striking force. At least one of these carriers is at sea at all times. The Midway stands ready as a military and diplomatic weapon for the maintenance of peace. In the words of Admiral James S. Russell, Vice Chief of Naval Operations: “The modern flexible offensive power of our navy, the ability to apply force with Discernment, precise in location and appropriate in degree, lies in the manned aircraft of our fleets.” The aircraft carrier is their base”. Throughout the Far East, the complicated US military machine is alerted. Other units of the Seventh Fleet – USS Lexington (CVA-16) with CVG-10 embarked, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) with CVG-15 embarked, USS Bennington (CVS-20) with CVSG-59 embarked and smaller support ships – move to designated positions in the South China Sea. Midway was underway in the South China Sea as ordered in response to the Laos situation, underway early in the morning on 23 March 1961, the ship moves to designated positions in the South China Sea from 23 to 26 March 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a brief port at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines on 27 March 1961 for six to eight hours to embark VMF-311, a Marine F8U squadron, underway from 23 to 26 March 1961.

 

     Throughout the Far East, the complicated US military machine is alerted, Midway operated in the South China Sea from 23 to 31 March 1961.

 

     At the end of the reporting period on 31 March 1961, Midway was still in the South China Sea; ready for any task that she might be called upon to carry out” (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 October 1960 to 31 March 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1961).

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 October 1960 to 31 March 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1960) – Chapter 18, Appendix II.

 

    “USS Midway (CVA-41) observed holiday routine during Easter Sunday, on 2 April 1961. Many crewmembers turned out for Easter church services and later bask on the flight deck in the hot tropical sun. The weather continues hot, in the low nineties. The sea water injection temperature is 84 degrees. In Laos and in Bangkok, the two sides exchange offers of conditional cease-fires, but the fighting in Laos’s steaming jungles continues. As hopes continue to rise for a cease-fire, Midway is ordered to proceed again to Subic Bay, this time to offload the Marines. Rumors of a trip North are persistent, yet at sea the ship lives in ignorance. As day after broiling day passes, the average sailor feels like a pawn on a great chess board. He has no idea when a move is coming, nor to where a move is coming, nor to where or for what purpose. He is curious, anxious, bored. He reads the morning news of conferences, discussions, studies, proposals, plans, and wonders why we can’t just fight it out and be done with it.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) steams in circles again around a stationary PIM in the South China Sea from 1 to 4 April 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea from 28 March to 7 April 1961. To relieve the monotony, a gala Olympaid is held of thee flight deck of Midway, featuring such events as a bridle drag race and a swab throwing contest. In the final event, a tug of war, the burly flight and hangar deck crew from the Air Department bests everyone including the hefty, ominous-looking chiefs. In the meantime the ship was at last ordered North.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port at Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines from 8 to 9 April 1961 (In port approx 71/2 hours).

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) pulled into port at Yokosula, Japan on 14 April 1961, underway in the Western Pacific from 8 to 13 April 1961.

 

     Captain Robert George Dosé, NAVCAD ‘37, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 22 April 1961, relieving Captain Ralph Wynne Cousins, USNA ‘37, 19th Commanding Officer, serving from June 15, 1960 - April 22, 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Yokosula, Japan from 14 to 24 April 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Philippine Sea from 24 to 27 April 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted operations in the South China Sea from 27 April to 7 May 1961 and was off Buckner Bay, Okinawa on 8 May 1961. Commander Clarence F. Frossard, assumed command Executive Officer during a change of command ceremony aboard Midway in May 1961, relieving Commander Kenneth E. Gulledge, as Executive Officer serving from December 1960 to May 1961.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port call at Kobe, Japan from 15 to 20 May 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 24 April to 14 May 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Exercise Checkertail on 22 May 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 20 to 28 May 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Iwakuni, Japan from 29 May to 2 June 1961.

 

     On 1 June 1961 JACKS, Eugene E. 487 22 94, ABF2, USN received a letter of commendation from the Air Research Corporation of Phoenix, Arizona for his suggestion on how to better the refueling operations of aircraft.  (JACKS is presently attached to VR-8 at NAS Moffett Field, Ca.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 3 to 8 June 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Sasebo, Japan from 9 to 17 June 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Exercise Big Shot from 20 to 23 June 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 17 to 25 June 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Yokosula, Japan a second time from 26 to 29 June 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 30 June to 9 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) pulled into port at Yokosula, Japan a third time on 10 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 16 June to 10 July 1961. It is believed that the Midway set a record for the number of highline transfers conducted during a “WestPac” deployment when the 300th was made on 10 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Yokosula, Japan a fourth time from 10 to 20 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 20 to 25 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) pulled into port at Sasebo, Japan a second time from 27 to 30 July 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 19 to 26 July 1961. On 27 July 1961 RADM R. N. SHARP, COMCARDIV ONE, embarked and relieved RADM F. B. MILLER, COMCARDIV THREE, as CTF 77 and CTG 77.5. The occasion was highlighted with attendance and a speech by VADM C. D. GRIFFIN, Commander SEVENTH Fleet.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway evading Typhoon Helen in the Western Pacific from 30 July to 2 August 1961, making a port of call at Sasebo, Japan a third time from 2 to 4 August 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Exercise Checkertail on 7 August 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) conducted Sparrow Missile Shoot from 9 to 10 August 1961.


     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 5 to 18 August 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Yokosula, Japan a fifth time from 19 August to 2 September 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 5 to 18 August 1961, underway in the Western Pacific from 2 to 6 September 1961.


     USS Midway (CVA-41) made a port of call at Hongkong, B.C.C. from 7 to 12 September 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway from 2 to 7 September 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway evading Typhoon Nancy in the Western Pacific from 12 to 14 September 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) inchopped to First Fleet on 19 September 1961.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) was underway in the Western Pacific from 12 to 27 September 1961” (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 October 1960 to 31 March 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1961).

 

    “On 28 September 1961, USS Midway (CVA-41) with Rearl Admiral Frank B. Miller (assumed command in 1960), Commander Carrier Division Three and Captain French Wampler, as Chief of Staff, Carrier Division Three and Commander R. J. Selmer, Commander, Carrier Air Grup Two (CVG-2) embarked arrived Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, with Captain Robert George Dosé, NAVCAD ’37, relieving Captain Ralph W. Cousins, as Commanding Officer and Commander Kenneth E. Gulledge, as Executive Officer, ending her fourth “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet, conducting Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Maneuver (NORM) and the 7th Fleet, on her fourth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, conducting Operation Handclasp missions in Hong Kong, that involved delivering 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies and will conduct Exercise Checkertail, Exercise Big Shot and Exercise Checkertail. Ports of calls include: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii four times; Apea Harbor, Hguam; Honkkong, B.C.C.; Leyte Pier, NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Republic of Philippines, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, a bay forming part of Luzon Sea on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay and is a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the United States Navy located in Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines; Yokosuka, Japan, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, covering an area of 100.7 km² and is the 11th most populous city in Greater Tokyo, 12th in the Kantō region; Kobe, Japan, the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, approximately 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka; Iwakuni, a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan; Sasebo, a city in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan; Yokosula, Japan a second time; Sasebo, Japan a second time; Yokosula, Japan a third time and Hongkong, B.C.C., situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Over 2,300 people visited and toured the ship while it was in “WestPac”. Most visitors were members of special local groups such as city officials, college professors and students, school children, Chamber of Commerce member of the Nippon Kyokai on 22 August. See Midway’s Cruise Summary for a comprehensive summary report of operations and problems encountered while deployed to “WestPac” under operational control of COMSEVENTHFLT. A copy is appended herewith since the reporting period encompassed 80% of the deployment. Squadrons: VF-24, F8U-1 (F-8A); VF-21, F3H-2 (F-3B); VA-22, A4D-2 (A-4B); VA-23, VA-22, A4D-2 (A-4B); VA-25, AD-7 (A-1J); VAH-8, A3D-2 (A-3B); VAW-11 Det. A, WF-2 (E-1B); VCP-63 Det. A, F8U-1P (RF-8A) and HU-1 Det. A, HUP-2 (UH-25B). (*1) VMA-311 deployed aboard CVA-41 from 27 Mar. 1961 from Apr. 1961. Embarked at Subic Bay and (*2) VCP-63 redesignated VFP-63 on Jul.1, 1961. Her third deployment since her first recommission upon completion of SCB-110 (August 1955 to 30 September 1957), decommissioning in August 1955 upon arrival from her World Cruise and first “WestPac” deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the 2nd Fleet and Pacific Fleet and tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, on her first South China Sea deployment, for a five month SCB-110 modernization that included new innovations such as an enclosed bow and an angled flight deck to be installed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton Washington; redesignated CVA-41 on 1 October 1952. Her 13th Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (15 February to 28 September 1961)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1178-A, 1178-B, 1178-C, 1178-D, 1178-E, 1178-F, 1178-G, 1178-H, 1178-I, 1178-J, 1178-K, 1178-L, 1178-M, 1178-N, 1178-O, 1178-P, 1178-Q, 1179Z3, 1179Z4 & AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 January to 31 March 1961) and AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (Rev. 4-60) (1 April to 30 September 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1961).

 

15/02/61 to 28/09/61

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

WEST COAST

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Vietnam

24 to 25 Mar 61 *b

28 Mar to 7 Apr 61 *b

4th WestPac

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam

Jan 1961 to Aug 1974

same

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Service outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces for more than six months.

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (Rev. 4-60) (1 April to 30 September 1961) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1960) – Chapter 18, Apppendix III.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) Fourth “WestPac”Operations Summary (15 February to 28 September 1961) – Chapter 18, Apppendix IV.

 

     Fourth “WestPac” deployment, operating with the Pacific Fleet and the 7th Fleet, conducting her Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) en route, on her fifth South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam Summary (16 February to 28 September 1961) – Chapter 18, Appendix V.

 

     “As this period began 1 October 1961, USS Midway (CVA-41) had just returned from a “WestPac” deployment 28 September 1961, remaining at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 28 September 1961 to 3 October 1961, shifting to San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cailfornia on 3 October 1961.

 

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Ca. under going intensive upkeep and repair work from 3 October to 3 November 1961, shiftng back to the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Following this yard period MIDWAY conducted carrier qualifications for various units until CVG-2 came aboard in January 1962.

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 3 to 8 November 1961, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 8 November 1961, operating in the Easter Pacific, conducting Carrier Qualifications for various units until CVG-2 came aboard in January 1962, operating in the Easter Pacific from 8 to 15 November 1961, returning on 15 November 1961,

 

     USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 15 November 1961 to 29 November 1961, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 29 November 1961, conducting Carrier Qualifications for various units until CVG-2 came aboard in January 1962, operating in the Easter Pacific from 29 November 1961 to 8 December 1961, returning on 8 December 1961.

                                    

    USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 8 December 1961 to 8 January 1962, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 8 January 1962, for Carrier Qualifications for units of CVG-2, arriving aboard in January 1962, operating in the Easter Pacific, pulling in for a port of call at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 10 January 1962, conducting Carrier Qualifications operating in the Easter Pacific for units of CVG-2 from 8 to 10 January 1962, departing the following day. This was Midway’s first to San Diego in her history. Midway returned on 29 January 1962, conducting Carrier Qualifications for units of CVG-2 operating in the Easter Pacific from 11 to 17 January 1962, making a port of call at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California on 10 January 1962.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 17 to 29 January 1962, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 29 January 1962, returning on 29 January 1962, conducting Carrier Qualifications for units of CVG-2 operating in the Easter Pacific from 29 January to 7 February 1962.

 

    On 22 February 1962, Faye Emerson visited USS Midway (CVA-41) as a personal guest of Capt. And Mrs. Dose.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 7 to 23 February 1962, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 23 February 1962, returning on 2 March 1962, conducting Carrier Qualifications for units of CVG-2 operating in the Easter Pacific from 23 February to 2 March 1962.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) remained in port from 2 to 12 March 1962, departing Naval Air Station, Alameda, California on 12 March 1962,  conducting Carrier Qualifications for units of CVG-2 and conducted Exercise “Potshot”, a combined major STRIKEX, AAWEX, ASWEX, and MEBLEX scheduled by COMFIRSTFLT and conducted by COMFIRSTFLT and designated subordinate commanders, participating as a unit of TF 17 and TG 17.1 (COMCARDIV ONE), operating in the Easter Pacific operating in the Easter Pacific from 12 to 23 March 1962. During the exercise Midway conducted simulated conventional warfare in support of an amphibious landing and simulated nuclear strikes against assigned domestic targets on the West Coast of the U. S. as directed in COMFIRSTFLT Operation Order 1-62 and COMCARDIV ONE Operation Order 301.62. During Exercise POTSHOT, A3D’s were launched from Midway to drop Marine Pathfinder Teams. This is believed to be a first for this type of operation returning on 23 March 1962.

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) remained at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California from 23 March to 5 April 1962. The facilities of Fleet School and training activities were utilized heavily for training new men reporting aboard and maintaining the proficiency of others. During periods at sea extensive training was accomplished and many competitive exercises were completed. Heavy emphasis was placed on anti-warfare exercises and weapons loading to train and maintain the proficiency of all concerned in these vital functions. During the period 1 October to 31 March 1962, Midway was host to several groups of civilian guests of the Secretary of the Navy and guests from other services. On 22 February 1962, Faye Emerson visited the MIDWAY as a personal guest of Capt. And Mrs. Dose” (Ref. AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (6-57) PAGE 1 (1 October to 31 March 1962) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1961).

 

    USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (REV. 4-60) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1960) (1 October to 31 March 1962) – Chapter 18, Apppendix VI.

 

Fourth “WestPac” deployment and 1961 Senior Command and Staff

CHAPTER XVIII

Appendix I

 

USS Midway (CVA 41) WestPac Cruise Book 1961

 

Table of Contents:

The Navy and the Cold War

Concept

Deployment Schedule

Interlude One - San Francisco

Primary Mission - The Air Group

Air Group Support

Interlude Two - Hawaii

Control

Control Support

Interlude Three - Hong Kong

Supply Support

Gunnery Support

Admin Support

Medical Support

Interlude Four - Japan

Rest and Recreation

The People

Command and Staff

Admin Department

Air Department

Dental Department

Engineering Department

Gunnery Department

Medical Department

Navigation Department

Operations Department

Supply Department

                 Carrier Air Group 2

VF-21

VA-22

VA-23

VF-24

VA-25

VAH-8

VMA-311

VCP-63

VAW-11 Det. A

In Memoriam

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(1 October 1960 to 31 March 1961)

CHAPTER XVIII

Appendix II

 

 

Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)  

Reporting Period from 1 OCT 1960 to 31 MAR 1961

 

PART 1 – ALL UNITS

 

1.  Unit – U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

 

2.  Commanding Officer – Ralph W. Cousins, Capt.

 

3.  Personnel on Board

            

Naval                              Aviators            Air Pilots          Other    Total

Officer:                          32                                                  103      135

Enlisted                                                   None                  2318     2318

 

4.  Mission or function - No change

 

5.  Geographic Location: None stated

 

6.  Official or other Recognition of Unit Accomplishment: None

 

NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON

 

Administrative – COMCARDIV SEVEN

Operational – See appended page no. 5

 

8.  PARTICIPATION IN SPECIAL AND JOINT EXERCISES OR MANEUVERS

 

Brief Summary – Exercise “TOE HOLD”, AAWEX/STRIKEX 1-61, was a major Anti-Air Warfare/Strike exercise scheduled by COMFIRSTFLT.  Officer Conducting Exercise and Commander Task Force 16 was COMCARDIV ONE.  MIDWAY was designated CTU 16.1.1 and participated as the Attack Carrier carrying out simulated nuclear strikes against pre-assigned domestic targets.

 

Period -- 3/14/61 – 3/16/61

Exercise – “TOP HAT”

Brief Summary – Exercise “TOP HAT” was a combined major STRIKEX, AAWEX and ASWEX scheduled by COMSEVENTHFLT.  COMCARDIV THREE was Officer Conducting Exercise and Commander Task Force 77.  As CTG 77.5, MIDWAY operated as directed in CTF 77 Operation Order No. 322-61 in carrying out simulated iron bomb and nuclear warfare against designated domestic targets.

 

9.  PARTICIPATION IN OPERATIONAL TESTS - N.A.

 

10.  TRAINING:

 

             As the period began, MIDWAY was well into its Underway Refresher Training under COMFLTRAGRU SDIEGO.  The training was completed 14 October and MIDWAY reported back to COMNAVAIRPAC for operational control.  From then until departure for West Pac on 15 February, most efforts were devoted to readying the ship and air group for deployment.  At sea periods were spent conducting carrier qualifications for the air group.

 

             A Weapons Training Exercise was conducted during the period 16 January through 25 January.  Included in the exercise were aircraft missile firing, Composite Training Unit/Anti-Air Warfare exercises, and simulated nuclear weapons drops on raked targets.

 

             During March, the ship conducted four minor AAWEX’s and three ECM exercises with the destroyers in company.

 

PART II – SHIPS

 

1.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION – See appended page no. 5

 

2.  AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED:

            

Unit                                                                       Period

            

a.  Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE – Unit 63           10/22/60 – 11/10/60

             b.  Air Group TWO                                                          11/28/60 – 12/10/60

             c.  Air Group TWO                                                          1/16/61 – 3/31/61

 

3.  Miles 38,631

 

4.  Fuel Consumed – Ships Fuel:       12,226,862 gals.

                                    Aviation Fuel:       194,531 gals.

                                  AvGas - JP-5:     2,595,892 gals.

 

 

5.6 CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUCHINGS:

            

Carrier Landings:

            

86,000 – 1 NOV 1960

             87,000 – 29 NOV 1960

             88,000 – 9 DEC 1960

             89,000 – 24 FEB 1961

             90,000 – 30 MAR 1961

 

             Catapult Launchings: 19,853 Total as of 31 MAR 1961 (Total from recommissioning 30 SEP 1957.  No record of total from original commissioning.)

 

PART III – AIR WINGS AND GROUPS - None given

 

PART IV – SQUADRONS -   None given

 

PART V – TRAINING UNITS - None given

 

PART VI – AIR STATIONS - None given

 

PART VII – SUPLEMENT -   See appended pages 6 and 7

 

Page 5:  Next Upper Command Echelon and Geographic Location

Page 6:  Special Operations, New Equipment, and Inspections

Page 7:  Guest Cruises and Special Programs

 

COMMANDING OFFICER:  R. W. COUSINS, CAPTAIN             

DATE FORWARDED: 21 APR 1961

 

AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY - PAGE 5

 

7. NEXT UPPER COMMAND ECHELON:

 

OPERATIONAL                                                                          ASSIGNED

 

COMFLTRAGRU SDIEGO                                                       9/23/60 - 10/14/60

COMAVAIRPAC                                                                         10/14/60 - 10/17/60

COMCARDIV THREE                                                               10/17/60 - 12/3/60

C01FIRSTFLT                                                                              12/3/60 - 3/4/61

COMMANDER TASK FORCE SEVENTY SEVEN            3/4/61 - 3/31/61

 

PART - II SHIPS

 

1. GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

 

LOCATION                                                                      PERIOD

 

Long Beach Naval Station                                              10/1/60 – 10/2/60

East Pac                                                                             10/3/60 – 10/7/60

Long Beach Naval Station                                              10/8/60 – 10/10/60

East Pac                                                                             10/11/60 – 10/14/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            10/15/60 – 10/23/60

East Pac                                                                             10/24/60 – 10/27/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            10/28/60- 10/30/60

East Pac                                                                             10/31/60- 11/4/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            11/5/60 -- 11/6/60

East Pac                                                                             11/7/60 -- 11/9/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            11/10/60- 11/27/60

East Pac                                                                             11/28/60- 12/2/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            12/3/60 -- 12/4/60

East Pac                                                                             12/5/60 -- 12/9/60

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            12/10/60- 12/11/60

East Pac                                                                             12/12/60 - 12/15/60

N.A.S.  Alameda, California                                           12/16/60- 1/15/61

East Pac                                                                             1/16/61 – 1/19/61

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            1/20/61 – 1/22/61

East Pac                                                                             1/23/61 – 2/2/61

N.A.S. Alameda, California                                            2/3/61 – 2/14/61

East Pac (enroute Pearl Harbor)                                    2/15/61 – 2/19/61

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii                                                       2/20/61

Hawaiian area                                                                   2/21/61

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii                                                       2/22/61

Hawaiian area                                                                   2/23/61 – 2/24/61

Pearl Harbor                                                                      2/25/61

Hawaiian area (enroute West Pac)                                 2/26/61 – 3/5/61

Guam                                                                                  3/6/61

West Pac                                                                           3/7/61 –3/19/61

Hong Kong                                                                        3/20/61 –3/22/61

West Pac   (six hours in port Subic Bay on 3/30/61)   3/23/61 – 3/31/61

 

AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY - PAGE 7

 

D. Guest Cruises:

30-31 Oct.    —   Thirty Spanish news media representatives in the U.S. to cover the election, embarked to observe carrier operations. A brief air show was provided by Air Group TWO.

 

3-10 Nov.      —   Twenty-three Secretary of the Navy guests observed a week of carrier operations.    Guests were from the Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Naval Districts.

 

13 Jan.         —   MIDWAY and Commander Fleet Air Alameda hosted 130 San Francisco and Bay area businessmen on a one day orientation cruise.

 

3 Feb.   —   1,400 dependents joined U.S.S. MIDWAY and Air Group TWO personnel on the 3rd Annual Dependents Day cruise.    Guests observed flight operations, a gunnery demonstration, a demonstration by the Marine detachment, and sampled "real Navy chow."

 

15-20 Feb.    —   Twenty-two Secretary of the Navy guests observed carrier operations while the ship was enroute from Alameda, California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

E. Special Programs:

 

22 Oct.  —   MIDWAY was host to the commissioning and awarding of merit badges to the U.S. Navy League Sea Cadet Ship U.S.S. MIDWAY.    125 cadets and approximately 400 guests attended.

 

20 Dec. —    Approximately 1,500 sailors and dependents gathered in Hangar Bay 1 to observe the Watsonville High School Choir, in co-operation with the Far Eastern Broadcasting Co., present their first annual Christmas Sing.

 

20-23 Mar.    —   MIDWAY delivered 2,000 lbs. of clothing, books and medical supplies via Operation Handclasp to missions in Hong Kong. The ship also contributed cash donations to Protestant and Catholic missions.    Support was continued for the ship’s adopted son, Pang Ia Iong, a 14 - year old Hong Kong refugee, by providing his mission school with expenses for another year's lodging and schooling.

 

AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY - PAGE 6

 

PART VII – SUPPLEMENT

 

OTHER SIGNIFICANT EVENTS:

 

A. Special Operations:

 

11-18 Nov. — A crew of Navy and civilian photographers shot scenes for the 28 Nov. - 2 Dec. production of Navy training film MN 8815D, Active Guided Missile Countermeasures in Combat Aircraft.

 

12 - 15 Dec. ---  Carrier suitability trials with A3J and F4H aircraft from NATC Patuxent River were conducted. Tests were also performed on the carrier suitability of the F8U-2N automatic throttle control; and work was done with respect to determining optimum winds for launching TF-1 aircraft. Operations were observed by 135 Navy and civilian technicians, officials and guests.

 

23 - 31 Mar. — MIDWAY cut short her scheduled stay in Hong Kong and proceeded to the South China Sea as ordered in response to the Laos situation. At the end of the reporting period she was still in that area; ready for any task that she might be called upon to carry out.

 

B. New Equipment:

 

1.  Prior to deployment in February, an AN/SPS-T2A Radar Trainer installed during the last yard period was put into operation. The use of this trainer has been valuable in permitting CIC personnel to practice air intercept control and surface tracking drills without the costly use of actual aircraft and ships.

 

2.  In February a AS 932/SPS-17A antenna was installed for use with the SPS-37A radar. The narrow beam width produced by this antenna provides the radar repeaters with narrow, clearly defined, target images that enhance accuracy in air intercept control work.

 

C. Inspections

 

INSPECTION                            CONDUCTED BY      DATE                GRADE

 

Naval Technical Proficiency    COMNAVAIRPAC     14-17 Nov        62 Satisfactory

 

Supply                                        COMNAVAIRPAC     15-18 Nov

 

Administrative                           COMCARDIV THREE 17-18 Nov.

 

Operational Readiness Inspection        COMFAIRHAWAII    20-25 Feb. 81.15 Tentative

 

USS Midway (CVA-41) AVIATION HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPNAV FORM 5750-2 (Rev. 4-60) of USS MIDWAY Command History for Calendar Year 1960).

(1 April to 30 September 1961)

CHAPTER XVIII

Appendix III

 

 

Unit:  U. S. S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

Period 1 April 1961 to 30 September 1961

Commanding Officer:  R. G. DOSE                 Date forwarded:  1 NOV 1961

 

PART I – ALL UNITS

 

1.  Designation:  U. S. S. MIDWAY

 

2.  Commanding Officer – CAPT. Robert G. DOSE, USN

 

             C.O. relieved if command changed this period – CAPT Ralph W. COUSINS

             Date of Change:  22 April 1961

 

3. PERSONNEL ON BOARD

 

             Officer  Aviators – 31    Air Pilots -0-    Other     100     Total     131

             Enlisted            --          --                                   2,277              2,277

             Civilian            --           --                        --                        --

 

4.  Mission or function - No change

 

5.  Next senior operational command - See Page 5 (appended).

 

6.  Geographic location: None given

 

7.  Participation in special exercises, operations, and operational tests.

             See page 5 (appended)

 

8.  Official or other recognition of accomplishments:

            

On 1 June 1961 JACKS, Eugene E. 487 22 94, ABF2, USN received a letter of commendation from the Air Research Corporation of Phoenix, Arizona for his suggestion on how to better the refueling operations of aircraft.  (JACKS is presently attached to VR-8 at NAS Moffett Field, CA.

 

             It is believed that the Midway set a record for the number of highline transfers conducted during a WESTPAC deployment when the 300th was made on 10 July 1961.

 

9.  General resume of activity:

 

             During periods at sea, heavy emphasis was placed on anti-air warfare training throughout the deployments. Seventeen minor AAWEX’s and six simulated AAWEX’s were conducted exclusive of the major AAWEX conducted during exercise “Big Shot”.In April, June, and September considerable attention was given to ECM training.  Several ISE hours were spent, especially in May and July, conducting engineering casualty drills and emergency ship’s handling and maneuvering drills. Numerous weapon loads were conducted during the course of the cruise to train and maintain the proficiency of the loading crews in this vital function.

 

             Fifty-three of the ship’s required annual competitive exercises were completed during the period of this report.

 

             On 27 July 1961 RADM R. N. SHARP, COMCARDIV ONE, embarked and relieved RADM F. B. MILLER, COMCARDIV THREE, as CTF 77 and CTG 77.5. The occasion was highlighted with attendance and a speech by VADM C. D. GRIFFIN, Commander SEVENTH Fleet.

 

             Over 2,300 people visited and toured the ship wile it was in WESTPAC. Most visitors were members of special local groups such as city officials, college professors and students, school children, Chamber of Commerce officials, social, commercial, and industrial organizations. One notable visitor was Admiral Takahoshi, former head of the Japanese Imperial Navy, who toured the ship as a member of the Nippon Kyokai on 22 August.

 

             See Midway’s Cruise Summary for a comprehensive summary report of operations and problems encountered while deployed to WESTPAC under operational control of COMSEVENTHFLT. A copy is appended herewith since the reporting period encompassed 80% of the deployment.

 

Unit:     U.S.S. MIDWAY (CVA-41)

PERIOD COVERED:  1 APRIL 1961 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 61

 

PART II -- SHIPS

1.  GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

             See Page 6 (Appended)

 

2.  AIR UNITS ON BOARD OR TENDED

             4/1/61 to 9/26/61 – Air Group TWO

 

3.  MILES STEAMED:  45,857

 

4.  SHIP’S FUEL CONSUMED – 13,096,400 gals. NSFO

             AVIATION FUEL CONSUMED:  JP-5 – 4,685,139 gals.

                                                                     AVGAS – 123,187 gals.

5. 6.  CARRIER LANDINGS AND CATAPULT LAUNCHINGS:

            

Carrier Landings:  See Page 6 (Appended)

             Catapult Launchings:  24,290 – Total as of 30 Sep 1961.

                          (Total is from recommissioning 30 Sept 1957.  No record of total from original commissioning is available.)

 

PART III – WINGS AND GROUPS: None given

 

PART IV – SQUADRONS -   None given

 

PART V – AIR STATIONS - None given

 

PART VI – DOCUMENTARY MATERIAL APPENDED

 

             Page 5 – Part I, Sections 5 and 7

             Page 6 – Part II, Sections 1 and 5

 

Enclosure (1) – U. S. S. MIDWAY CRUISE REPORT – 1961

 

PAGE 5, PART 1

 

5.6.  Next Senior Operational Command:

 

Command                                                                                       Dates

 

CTG 77.5 – C. O.  U.S.S. MIDWAY                                         3/31/61 – 5/8/61

CTG 77.5 – COMCARDIV THREE                                          5/8/61 – 7/27/61

CTG 77.5 – COMCARDIV ONE                                               7/27/61 – 9/2/61

CTG 77.5 – C.O.  U.S.S. MIDWAY                                          9/2/61 – 9/18/61

CTG 70.0 – COMDESFLOT SEVEN (For Group Sail to CONUS)  9/12/61 – 9/18/61

CTG 14.2 – COMDESFLOT SEVEN                                       9/18/61 – 9/28/61

COMNAVAIRPAC                                                                      9/28/61 – 9/31/61

 

7.  Participation in Special Exercises, Operations, and Operational Tests:

 

Laos Alert:  At the end of the previous reporting period, Midway was operating in the South China Sea as directed by COMSEVENTHFLT in response to the Laos situation.  From then until 8 April 1961 she remained in that area ready for any task that might have been assigned.  On 29 April 1961 Midway went back to the South China Sea and operated as before until 6 May 1961.

 

Exercise “Big Shot”:  Exercise “Big Shot” was a combined major STRIKEX, AAWEX and ASWEX scheduled by COMSEVENTHFLT and conducted during the period 20 to 22 June 1961 by Commander Task Force 77.  The Midway participated as the unit of TG 77.5 and conducted simulated nuclear and iron bomb warfare against assigned domestic targets in Japan and Okinawa as directed in CTF 77’s Operation Order 325-61.

 

PART II

 

1.  Geographical Location:

 

Period                                          Location

 

4/1/61 -- 4/8/61                         South China Sea

4/8/61 – 4/8/61                          Subic Bay,  P.I.   (In port approx 71/2 hours)

4/8/61 – 4/13/61                        WESTPAC

4/14/61 -- 4/23/61                     Yokosuka , Japan

4/24/61 – 4/28/61                      WESTPAC - Philippine Sea

4/29/61 -- 5/7/61                       WESTPAC - South China Sea

5/8/61 – 5/8/61                          Buckner Bay, Okinawa

5/8/61 -- 5/14/61                       WESTPAC

5/15/61 – 5/19/61                      Kobe, Japan

5/20/61-- 5/28/61                      WESTPAC

5/29/61 -- 6/2/61                       Iwakuni, Japan

6/3/61 -- 6/8/61                         WESTPAC

6/9/61 – 6/16/61                        Sasebo, Japan

6/17/61 -- 6/25/61                     WESTPAC

6/26/61 -- 6/29/61                     Yokosuka, Japan

6/30/61 -- 7/9/61                       WESTPAC

7/10/61 --7/19/61                      Yokosuka, Japan

7/20/61 -- 7/25/61                     WESTPAC

7/26/61 -- 7/29/61                     Sasebo, Japan

7/30/61 -- 8/2/61                       WESTPAC

8/3/61 -- 8/4/61                         Sasebo, Japan

8/5/61 -- 8/18/61                       WESTPAC

8/19/61 -- 9/1/61                       Yokosuka, Japan

9/2/61 -- 9/6/61                         WESTPAC

9/7/61 -- 9/11/61                       Hong Kong,  B.C.C.

9/12/61 -- 9/27/61                     WESTPAC  enroute EASTPAC

9/28/61 -- 9/30/61                     NAS Alameda, California

 

5.  Carrier Landings:

 

Thousands                     Date                   Unit                   Type A/C         Pilot

 

91,000                            5/1/61                VA-25               AD                     LT. J. F. Francis, 609520/1315

92,000                            5/26/61             VA-25               AD                     LTJG D. L. Clarke, 578577/1310

93,000                            6/30/61             VAH-8              A3D                   LTJG H. C. Nickerson, 626212/1315

94,000                            8/5/61                VA-25               AD                     LCDR J. “L” Brady, 406099/1310

95,000                            9/2/61                VF-24                F8U-2                LT. W. L. Galli, 543731/1310