This photograph of the USS Midway (CV-41), turning into the wind and preparing to launch aircraft, was taken after Midway underwent extensive modifications at the Bremerton Navy Yard from 1955 to 1957. The original straight deck was removed and the angled deck installed, along with steam catapults and other modernizations. Midway was launched too late to join the battles of World War Two, but saw action in Vietnam. Midway was decommissioned in 1992. Plans to turn Midway into a museum in San Diego Bay have been approved by the city of San Diego and the Midway museum is set for opening in June of 2004 at Navy Pier.
Chief Data Processing Technician
United States Navy - Retired
Feb '52 - May '52 Naval Recruit Training Center,
San Diego, CA
May '52 - Promoted to Airman Apprentice (HSAA)
26 May 1952 - 24 Oct 1952 Naval Air Technical
Training Center, Norman, OK
26 May 1952-18 Jul 1952 - AN "P" School
21 Jul 1952-24 Oct 1952 - AD "A" School
Nov '52 - Promoted to Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman (ADAN)
Nov '52 - Jun '54 NAAS Whiting Field, Milton,
Basic Training Unit 1-North
flying SNJ-5 and SNJ-6 aircraft.
Jun '54 - Mar '56 Fighter Squadron 12 (VF-12)
NAS Cecil Field - Jacksonville, FL
flying F2H-2 Banshees
Squadron Nickname - The Flying Ubangis
Squadron Insignia - The Kiss of Death
Presidential Unit Citation
Nov '54 - Promoted to Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class (AD3)
28 Dec 1954 - Departed Mayport, Florida with Fighter Squadron 12 and Carrier Air Group One aboard the USS Midway (CVA-41)
15 Jan 1955 - 16 Jan 1955 - Visited Capetown, South Africa.
27 Jan 1955 - 28 Jan 1955 - Visited Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
29 Jan 1955 - Departed Colombo and proceeded to the Formosa Strait to join Task Force 77 and participate in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands.
China Service Ribbon
Visited Subic Bay, Philippines once and Manila, Philippines five times.
22 Mar 1955 - Visited Hong Kong for five days.
Visited Yokosuka, Japan three times.
Operated for two weeks with the 41st Fighter Interceptor Squadron (USAF), flying F-86 Sabres, under the command of Major Clarence Dufresne of Laplace, LA, at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan.
F2H-2 Banshees (VF-101) over Mount Fuji
Visited Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for two days.
14 Jul 1955 - Docked at NAS Alameda, California. Departed the Midway and flew back to NAS Cecil Field, Fla. The squadron mission was changed from fighter to attack, the squadron was renamed Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12) and began flying the F7U-3 Cutlass.
Mar '56 - Nov '56 Naval Air Technical Training
Center, Memphis, TN
Apr '56 - Promoted to Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (AD2)
Nov '56 - Jul '57 Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32)
NAS Cecil Field - Jacksonville, FL
flying F8U-1 Crusaders
Jul '57 - Jul '60 NAS North Island, San Diego,
Overhaul & Repair Flight Test Line
Flight-testing HSS1, HRS, HO4S, HUP2 and Bell helicopters
Security Investigations Department
Air Operations Department
Flying R4D, R4Y, JRB, S2F, T28 and TV aircraft.
National Defense Service Ribbon - two awards
Jul '60 - 17 Mar 1961 Composite Photographic
Squadron 63 (VCP-63)
NAS Miramar, CA
Flying F8U-1P Crusaders, A3D-2P Sky Warriors and A4D Skyhawks
Commissioned on 20 January 1949, as Composite Squadron Sixty-One, this unit was successively redesignated Fighter Photographic Squadron 61 (VFP-61) in July, 1956, and Composite Photographic Squadron Sixty-Three (VCP-63) on 1 July 1959. At that time, VCP-63 received A3D-2P Sky Warriors to complement its inventory of F8U-1P Crusaders. However, the photographic version of the Skywarrior was phased out after only two years with VCP-63, and the squadron's designation was changed to VFP-63 on 1 July 1961.
Apr '61 - Dec '62 Naval Station Sangley Point,
Nov '61 - Promoted to Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class (ADR1)
Dec '62 - Jul '65 Training Squadron 2 (VT-2)
NAAS Whiting Field - Milton, FL
flying T28-B and T28-C aircraft.
2 Aug 1965 - 22 Oct 1965 Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.
Oct '65 - Dec '65
Naval Station Norfolk, VA
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL
Dec '65 - Dec '68 Fleet Operations Control Center
16 Nov 1966 - Promoted to Chief Data Processing Technician (DPC)
Dec '68 - Jul '71 Navy Information Center, Pentagon
Jul '71 - Sep '73 Staff, Commander Submarine
Pearl Harbor, HI
10 Sep 1973 Retired from active duty
Navy Good Conduct Ribbon - six awards
Official U.S. Navy Site
To The Eagle's Nest
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