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USS INDEPENDENCE
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STRICKEN
After decommissioning, the carrier remained in mothballs for five and a half years before being struck on March 8, 2004. During the time in mothballs, ex-Independence was said to have been heavily stripped to support the active carrier fleet, especially the Kitty Hawk-class carriers. Her port anchor and both anchor chains were used on the new Nimitz-class carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The recycling of parts and the poor material condition of Independence at the time she was retired made a strong argument against retaining her as a potential museum ship. In April 2004, U.S. Navy officials identified her as one of 24 decommissioned ships available to be sunk as artificial reefs.

As of February 2008, she was scheduled to be dismantled in the next five years along with ex-Constellation.



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SPECIAL THANKS !
For their help in developing
these Ship's Co. Pages

Leigh D. Allvord
M Div. * 1958-1960
Richard E. Binder
S3 Div. * 1974-1975
Michael Craven
A Div. 1962-1965
Dave Foley
"Sparrowhawk"
V0 Div. * 1980-1983
Earl D. Galloway
V1 Div. * 1960 - 1963
John L. Hedinger
RVAH-1 * 1964-1967
OZ Div. * 1970 - 1974
Harry B. Kidd
OP Div. 1969 - 1970
Pat Little
V2 Div. 1967 - 1971
OX Div. 1984 / 1985
Ron Phillips
CR Div. * 1977 - 1980
Stanley Richardson
RVAH-12 * 1971
Bill Sullens
V1 Div. * 1959 - 1963
Steve D. West
A Div. * 1976 - 1978


Cruise Books
These Cruise Books
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Independence Memorial Library
for use in developing this site


1959 Shake Down
Dave Foley
"Sparrow Hawk"
VO Division
1961 Med Cruise
Charles D. Arnold
OE Division
1965 WestPac Cruise
John L. Hedinger
RVAH-1
1966 / 1967 Med Cruise
John L. Hedinger
RVAH-1
1971 / 1972 Med Cruise
John Zieba
VAW-122
1974 / 1975 Med Cruise
Richard E. Binder
S-3 Division
1977 Med Cruise
Steve D. West
A Division



 
My Apologies
To those who have sent
their names and additional
information,

Thank You All
For Your Support


George Fetherman AN

Made his final sailing

May, 2010


 



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on any of Indy Reunion subject matter,
feel free to send me
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Robert Alderman, ABH3
V-1 Division
1962 -
AB3
*
Drowned while ship was tied
up at pier 12, Norfolk.
Information provided by Bill Sullens, V-1 Div * Nov 1959 - Feb 1963

Bruce Aldrich, BT2
1959 - 1960
BT2
*
Deceased September 2005
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Pat Allen.AN
V-1 Division
1959 -
AN
*
Yellow Shirt
Killed in a freak accident on
elevator #3, where the Tractors
were parked when not in use.
Information provided by Bill Sullens, V-1 Div * Nov 1959 - Feb 1963

Leigh D. Allvord MM3
M Division
1958 - 1960
mm3
L.D.Allvord 1958 L.D.Allvord 2000
Died 02 October 2008
of an aneurysm in an aorta in
the heart. He is survived by
his wife Kathleen and his
three children.

Leigh was a
Plank Owner
a member of the
Reunion Association
and a regular at our reunions.

Dad had a blast at the reunions
and loved being involved with the
website and the people he has met
through the reunions. He was very
proud of his service to our country.
My mother and brothers were also
very proud of him.
Dan Allvord

Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Robert L. Anderson
*
Died 03 February 1990

1964 /Nam World Tour
All I know is he did something
with pictures that were taken
by the air planes over nam.

information provided by: His son D. Anderson

Ray Auston ABCS
1963 - 1969
ABCS
*
Died, March 1999
information provided by: Bobby Burditt

Thomas J. Bennet ADJ2
VFP-62
1964
AD2
*
Killed in a flight deck accident
May 23,1964.
Born in December of 1941.
information provided by: John Sees * VFP-62

Richard E. Binder SA
S-3 Division
1974 -1978
SA
Richard E. Binder
Richard Binder of
Marinette, Wisconsin
Died of a Heart attack at age 44
27 Dec 1999

Anyone who remembers Richard,
please contact his Daughter Jenny
flying_babyb@yahoo.com
Thank You !!!

information provided by: his Brother LeRoy and his Daughter Jenny. (baby b)

Lawrence J. Birchell BTC
BTC
*
Chief Birchell USN ret. * Died
14 July 2008 at his home in
Pine Beach, New Jersey While in
the Navy, he served aboard the
USS Compton, the USS Tarawa
CV-40 and the USS Independence
CV-62. He was a member of the
Disabled American Veterans
(DAV) in Bricktown, New Jersey.
Information provided by: Denis Bagley

Robert Lewis Bowes Jr. FN

Onboard during Desert storm.
FN

*
Died 10 March 2003

Anyone who remembers Robert,
please contact his brother Leon
leon_smith_2000@yahoo.com
Thank You !!!

Information provided by his brother Leon Smith

Patrick J. Brophy
E Division
1963
IC3
Patrick J. Brophy
03 Sep 1942 - 01 Jul 1984
information provided by: George W. Lewis - E Div. 60-63

Buckstone ABF2
abf2
*
ABF2 buckstone when he was pulled
through an S-3 engine on the
flight deck.
information provided by: Brian Miller - 3rd. Div. 80-82

James W. Carter ADR-2
VAQ-33
1968

adr2
air crewman wings
*
Died 28 Oct 1968
Air Crewman on an EA-1F
information provided by: Dave Foley ABH2 "SparrowHawk" VO Div.Mar 80 - Oct 83

James E. Casey AM3
1977 - 1979
AM3
*
Died of cancer, age 22
02 April 1982
Diagnoised while at sea
on the INDEPENDENCE

Roy N. Chambers, ADJ3
1960 - 1962
*
Deceased January 2013
Information provided by Carol Chambers, Wife of 50+ Years
Cuylar Charlton, BT3
1959 - 1962
*
Deceased January 2010
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Odis F. Chauncey
*
Died 14 September 1990

His daughter Lisa Ann Jones is looking
for anyone who knew her father.
If you did please contact
Dave Foley
SparrowHawk60@aol.com
Thank You !!!

information provided by: His Daughter Lisa Ann Jones

Robert L. Chicoine CPO
1958 - 1959
*
Plank Owner
Died 2003
Joined the navy when he was seventeen
and served in WWII. Retired from the
USN after 20 years. A member of VFW
Howard Plant Post 782 and was the
Chaplain and the Junior Vice Commander.
He also was a member of the RVA in
Winooski, Vermont. Our whole family
was so proud of him, we still are.
We have a real true hero
in our family.
In formation provided by his granddaughter Aubrey J. Chicoine

Julian Ray Chilidonia
VMA-331
06 Jul 1948 - 30 Janl 1995
Sgt.
*
Died of a heart attack at age 46
at home in Charmco, West Virginia
information provided by: His close friend and shipmate Daniel P. Petersen VA-65

Walter Claycomb, RD1
1958 - 1962
*
Deceased June 2013
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Robert L. Cook AD2
Robert L, Cook
Died 11 Jan 2003

information provided by: His Son MSgt Robert A. Cook, USAF

Tom Costello DTCM
1964 - 1965
abh1
*
Deceased October 2003
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

John D'Amico AM3
VFP-62
1960 - 1964
AM3
*
Died 1995
Information Provided by His son Jeff D'Amico

"A. J." Dale
VAH-1
*
Died during 1st. Med. cruise 3rd
crewman of an A3D that had its
left main mount collapse. The
aircraft trapped, went into the
port catwalk and hung to the
arresting gear cable for about
1 minute, then the tail hook
failed and the plane went into
the water. The pilot Lt. Bill
Reyn, also died in this crash.
The BN was picked up by the
helicopter on plane guard.
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

Henry Delamotte, BT3
1958 - 1962
*
Deceased April 2012
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Leo Depasquale AOC
W & G divisions
Sep 1958 - Sep 1961
AOC
Leo Depasquale
Plank Owner
Died 01 Apr 2003
*

Charles Devenney AE2
1961 - 1962
ae2
*
Deceased August 2000
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Don Diehl RD2
OI Division
1968 - 1970
rd2
*
Retired as LCDR in the early
1990's. Worked in OI Division
& CIC whil on INDY.

Died 1998 of cancer

Information Provided by Lt. Pat Little

Thomas Keith Dobson
*
GSEC Thomas Keith Dobson,
U.S. Navy retired,
died Thursday, February 5, 2004
after battling cancer, surrounded
by faimly and friends. He was a
native of Belton, Missouri and
had lived in Savannah , GA. for
the past 12 years. He attended
Belton public school and graduated
in 1967. He then attended South
west Baptist College prior to
joining the U.S. Navy. He served
for 22 years, beginning in San
Diego for training. He served
aboard the USS Sierra, USS
Independence, service craft in
Bangor, Washington, USS Saipan,
USS Clark and USS Samuel Eliot
Morison, helping to commission the
USS Saipan and USS S. E. Morison.
He was also stationed at Phila.PA,
Great Lakes, IL. Norfolk, VA,
Pensacola, FL and Charleston S.C.
Information provided by: Jackie Ray U. S. N. Ret.
Charles R. Eakes, AN
1958 - 1960
AN
*
Deceased May 2010

Killed on flight deck between cats 3&4 during air ops

Information provided by: John P. Koonce  ABAN  61-63

George Fetherman, AN
1962
AN
*
Deceased August  1962

Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Bob Fletcher PH3
1964 -1966
ph3
*
Deceased October 2006
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

George K. Fullam Jr. ADJ3
VF-33
1968 - 1971
ADJ3
*
Passed away 31 Mar 2005 in
Florida from a heart attack.
George was laid to rest in
Calverton National Cemetary
on Long Island, NY with
full military honors.
Information provided by his brother Thomas "Tom" Fullam. thetribe@localnet.com

Lawrence Gallagher AT1
VQ-2
at1
*
Died 03 November 1966
information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

Michael J. Gary, Jr. YNCS
1962 - 1964
YNCS
*
Michael J. Gary, Jr., 62, of
Gulfport died March 28, 2004
in Gulfport, Ms.
Mr. Gary had been a resident of
the Coast for 2 years. He was a
member of the North Jackson
Lodge #620 A&FM, former member
of Scottish Rite & Wahabi Temple
in Jackson, MS, secretary of the
Gulf Coast Sportsman Club, and
President of the Gulf Coast
Nomads Chapter of Good Sams.
Mr. Gary was retired as a Chief
Petty Officer from the United
States Navy. He served as
secretary for the USS
Independence CV62 Reunion
Committee, was Vice Commander
of the Redfish Base USSVI,
and was a member of the VFW
Toxie Stapleton Post in Jackson, MS
information provided by: Denis Bagley

Donald J. Gauthier
May 1963 - Apr 1964
FN
Donald J.Gauthier
Died Mar 2002

Engineering Yeoman
Engine Log Room

information provided by his son Patrick Gauthier,
daughter Doris Rae Aarhus & son Donald J. Gauthier, Jr.

Julian Brent Gislason
1966 - 1969
*
Died of cancer 21 February 2007

He was born on January 27th. 1947.
He passed away just after celebrating
is 60th birthday and his 25th wedding
anniversary. He was able to see me
(his son) get married and was able
to see his other son, Julian Robert
Gislason come home from his second
tour in Iraq.

information provided by his son Steve L Gislason

Dennis Greene
1959
ph3
*
TAD To The
INDY OPS From Pax River
Died 24 August 1959 In Flight Accident.

F-8U hit ramp on landing and broke
off both landing gear. Left landing
gear flew into port catwaslk.

Information provided by Marvin Saldeen PHA3 Pax River TAD to OPS.

Thomas Frank Gubernatis Sr.
1971
ThomasFrankGubernatis
Died 06 January 2001
at the age of 53
due to complications of
melanoma cancer.
Information & Photo Provided by His son Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr.

Fred Hoffstatter ABE2
V-2 Division
Waist Catapults
1966 - 1970
abe2
Fred Hoffstatter
Died of Esophageal Cancer 12 May 1994
Survivrd by his wife Helen & 3 Children
Michelle, Lynn & Fred Jr.

Family 01
Family 02

Information provided by: Pat Little V-2 Div. 1967/71 & Frank Frizzell V-2 Div. 1965/68

Kenneth M. Jones
E Division 1963
05 Aug 1940 - 13 Jan 1988
FN
Kenneth M. Jones
*
Information provided by: George W. Lewis - E Div. 60-63

Terry Kilgo, ABE3
1964 - 1968
*
Deceased March 2012
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Keith A. Kleis ADJ2
VQ-2
adj2
*
Died 03 November 1966
Information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

Nick Kolasar SH1
1968 - 1969
sh1
*
Died 30 Apr 2006
He was from Goose Creek, SC.
Information provided by: Denis Bagley - President USS Independence Reunion Association

Allen Layne, ABH3
1960 - 1962
*
Deceased May 2012
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Pat Little

1967 - 1971

*
Deceased September 15, 2012
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Chief Lyons ABC
V1 Division
1958 - 1960
ABC
*
Plank Owner
Killed during night ops
09 January 1960
when an arresting
cable snapped.

Paul H. Marshall SH1
S-3 Division
1959 -1964
sh1
ngcnds
Paul H. Marshall
Plank Owner
Passed away June 5, 2005 of cancer.
Was 67 yrs.old. Born Nov. 23,1937.
Served in the Navy 25 May 1956
to 13 July 1966.
Anyone who remembers Paul
please contact his wife Kathleen
KEM39@insightbb.com
Thank You !!!
Information provided by: Paul's wife Kathleen

Thomas Marchisilo MSCS
S-8 Division
1982
mscs
*
Died of a heart attack
04 December 1982
while on deployment
Information provided by: His Son David Marchisilo & Daughter Lisa A. Kaempf

Richard Russell McCall SFP3
"Mac"
R Division
Jan 1959 - 19Jun 1962
sfp3
Mac McCall
Mac McCall
Plank Owner
Passed away July 20, 2007
of sarcoma of the abdomen.
He was 66 yrs.old.
Born Dec. 19,1940.
Served in the Navy from
Jan 1958 until
discharged Aug 1963.
USS Tarawa CVS-40
Nov 58 - Jan 59
USS Independence CVA-62
Jan 59 - Jun 1962
USS Greenwich Bay AVP-41
Jun 1962 - Aug 1963
(Seaplane Tender)
Information provided by: Mac's Daughter Sheree Stoothoff

David W. McCusker ATR3
VQ-2

atr3
*
Died 03 November 1966
Information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

Ronald "Ron" McFadden ABH1
1970 - 1972
abh1
*
Deceased November 2001 *
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Bobby J McWilliams ETCM
CMC
1978 - 1979
ETCM
*
*
information provided by: His Grandson SGT Christopher B. McWilliams - US ARMY

William Addison Mitchell AE3
VAW-12
1965
AE3
*
Killed In Action 12 September 1965
Westpac Cruise.
Westpac 1965 cruise book information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

Howard T. "Bear" Moore Jr. AN
V1 Division
01 Feb 1961 - 01 Feb 1963
AN
*
Died 28 October 1989

He was in Repair 8 and was a Tilly driver.

Information provided by Bill Sullens, V-1 Div * Nov 1959 - Feb 1963

James Thomas Moore
*
Died 06 April 1961
Information provided by: Charles D. Arnold OE Div. * 1961 - 1962

Darrell Thomas Morgan MM3
"Gomer"
M Division
18 Sep 70 - 24 Feb 74
MMCS
Darrell T Morgan
Died 04 February 2007

Information provided by: His daughter Michelle Leigh & Earl T. Langley, Jr.

Victor Narcisco, EM1
1959 - 1960
EM1
*
Deceased August 2007
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Sidney V. Nelson MMCS
1958 - 1961
MMCS
*
Plank Owner
USN Ret.
During his 26 years of service
considered the Indy one of
his best tours of duty
Died 5 May 2000
Survived by his wife Kathleen
and his son Jack
Information provided by: Jack Nelson - 82nd. Airborne

Willie D. Nickson RM2
CR Division
Dec 1961 - May 1963
RM2
SW
*
RMCM (SW) Nickson retired from
active duty August 1987.

Passed away November 18, 2002
From complications of a stroke
and prostate cancer.

Information provided by: LCDR Charles D. Arnold, USN (Ret) - OE Div. 61 - 62

Jerry L. Ottney YN1
1977 * VA-65
YN
*
*
*

James Parker, SFP3
1959 - 1960
*
Deceased February 2010
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Don Partain RD3
1960 - 1962
rd3
*
Deceased November 2004
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

William "Bill" Potts HMCM
H Division
1959 - 1962
HMCM
Bill Potts
Died 03 Jan 2003

Chief Potts regularly attended
the reuniions. of the
USS Independence.

Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Roy J. Price AN
V4 Division
1962 - 1966
AN
*
Passed away in 1988 at 42 years old.
While onboard he was also thrown
overboard and spent some time in
nets on the side of the ship,
when he was found he was very
sunburned and dehydrated.
Anyone who has a photo with
Roy in it please contact Cheryl
CHE4ELVIS@aol.com
Thank You !!!
Information provided by: His Sister, Cheryl Price Flynn

Thomas "Tom" Reilly EMC
E Division
1958 - 1962
EMC
Tom Reilly
Plank Owner
Died Mar 2008 - He was 83 or 84

Chief Reilly regularly attended
the reuniions of the
USS Independence.
As well as reunions of at least
five other ships that he served on.

The Chief was a survivor of the
Pearl Harbor attack, as he served
aboard the USS Helm.

Information provided by: Carl Mottern & Denis Bagley

Arthur Reyes SMSN
CS Division
1971 - 1972
SMS
SN
Art Reyes
Passed away in 1985
Anyone who remembers Arthur
please contact his daughter Jacqueline
rookprincess@sbcglobal.net
Thank You !!!
Information provided by: His Daughter, Jacqueline

James C. Rodgers ABC
V1 Division
1958 - 1959
ABC
*
Plank Owner
Information provided in memorial of her father by his proud daughter, Denise R. Thomas

Roger Dale Shaw BT3
B Division
17 May 1961 - 09 Feb 1963
BT3
RS
Died 08 February 1992
Information provided in memorial of his late father by his proud son, Daniel

'J' 'K' Sloan AE2
HC-2
1965
AE2
*
Killed In Action 16 May 1965
West Pac
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

John Sullivan, AN
1960 - 1961
AN
*
Deceased February 2009
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Don Sweeny, RD3
1959 - 1960
*
Deceased January 2009
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
 
Donald Tofil BT3
B Division
1962 - 1965
BT3
*
March 1942 to August 1995
Information provided at: 2007 Indy Reunion

Dennis Torreano, HNSN
1962 - 1965
*
Deceased March 2011
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Oscar Eugene Utzman AT2
VAW-33 * Det 41
1961
RD3
*
Died 04 November 1961
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

Vernon Wagner

1960 - 1961

*
Deceased September 13, 2012
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
John R. Walter Jr. AE-2
VAQ-33
1968
ae2
air crewman wings
*
Died 28 Oct 1968
Air Crewman on an EA-1F
information provided by: Dave Foley ABH2 "SparrowHawk" VO Div.Mar 80 - Oct 83

Christopher Warnebold SH3
S-3
(circa)1992 - 1994
sh3
*
Passed away in a terrible car
accident some years back.
May he rest in peace.
information provided by: Christopher Monahan SH3 * S-3 Div. 1992 - 1994

Norman Washburn AN
OA Division
1959 - 1960
AN
*
Plank Owner
Norman and His Sister
Died Labor Day 1975

James Watson RD3
OI Division
RD3
*
Died 02 December 1961
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

Thomas Wetzel, PH3
1958 - 1962
*
Deceased August 2010
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.
Walter H. White
1965
*
Died 11 February 2000
Information Provided by His son Brian White

Arthur Quentin Wigglesworth AMS3
VA-66
AMS3
*

Died 02 December 1971

while on Flight Deck

1971 - 1972 cruise book.information provided by: John Zieba VAW-122

Robert Wolke AN
1961 - 1964
abh1
*
Deceased October 1996
Information provided by Denis Bagley, President Independence Reunion Association.

Charles Arthur Woolwine AMS2
HC-2
1965
AMS2
*
Killed In Action 16 May 1965
West Pac
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

Roger Eugene Wright AN
V1 Division
1961
AN
*
Died 26 November 1961
It was bad. I was about 15 - 20
feet from him when it happened.
He died on the flight deck just
about where Fly 2 and Fly 3 meet.
"Bill Sullens"
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.



LT Robert Franklin Barber
A-6A Intruder Pilot
Lt
NA
*
VA-75
Killed In Action 18 September 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

LT Alfred H. Gabriels
EA-1F (AD-5Q) Skyraider Pilot
Lt
NA
*
VAQ-33
Died 28 October 1968
Information provided by: Dave Foley ABH2 "Sparrow Hawk" VO Div.Mar 80 - Oct 83

LTJG Robert H. Golden,
A-3D Skywarrior 'Whale' Pilot
1959
LTJG
NA
*
Joined VAH-1 March 1959
Died after his A3D crashed
immediately after a catapult
launching at 10:07 on
19 June 1959
Was one of the few
Lieutenants Junior Grade
to fly as an A3D pilot.
He was 24 years old.
information from the "Tiger Times" July 1959 provided by: Bob Alonzo VAH-1

LTJG Neil M. Grant
Ltjg
*
Plank Owner
Passed away 29 March 2002
Buried at the new
Georgia Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
Attended by a Navy Honor Guard.
Information provided by: Vincent P. Mancuso, Col. (U.S.Army, Ret.)

LT Carl Eugene Gronquist, Jr.
RA-5C Vigilante Pilot
1965
Lt
NA
*
RVAH-1
Killed In Action 20 July 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

Lt. Daniel Richard Hertzfeldt
F4H-1 Phantom II Pilot
Apr 1964 - Feb 1967
Lt
NA
*
VF-41
Died in 1968 just after take off from
Andrews AFB enroute to Kingsville Texas NAS

Anyone who knew him, please contact
Daniel R. Teasdale.
yamboy@teasdale.us
Thank You !!!

Information provided by: Daniel R. Teasdale

Cdr Harold F. Hicks
A-6A Intruder Pilot
1966
CDR
NA
*
VA-75
Killed 16 August 1966
information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

LT Roy Hubert Hodge 3rd.
EA-6B Prowler Pilot
1982
LT
NA
*
VAQ-131
Drowned after his EA6B
went into the water
30 July 1982
Information provided by: Dave Foley "Sparrow Hawk" - V0 Div. 80-83

LT Steven E. Kadas
A-4C Skyhawk Pilot
BUNO 148564 #304
Lt
NA
LT Steven E. Kadas
VA-72
Killed Making Night Landing
23 August 1963 - 22:40
Anyone Who Knew Lt. Kadas
Please Contact His Daughter Inlaw
Kara Kadas
ekkadas@nmia.com
Thank You !!!
Information provided by: Kara Kadas

LTJG Gene G. Kaup
EA-1F (AD-5Q)
Skyraider Flight Officer
Ltjg
NFO
*
VAQ-33
Died 28 October 1968
Information provided by: Dave Foley ABH2 "SparrowHawk" VO Div.Mar 80 - Oct 83

LCdr Donald F. Krysan
1959
LCDR
*
Plank Owner
Died 11 April 2008
information provided by: His Son Ron Krysan

LCdr Monard L. Lilleboe
A-6A Intruder Pilot
(1966)
LCDR
NA
*
VA-75
Died 03 November 1966
information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

CDR Valentin George Matula
RA-5C Vigilante Pilot
1965
Cdr
NA
*
RVAH-1
Killed In Action 20 July 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

CDR David "Barrel" McRae
RA-5C Vigilante Pilot
XO 1976 - 03 Jan 1977
CO 03 Jan 1977 - 24 Aug 1978
CDR
NA
CDR David
RVAH-12
David "Barrel" McRae
05 Jan 1939 - 01 Mar 1991
passed away from an
asthma attack/heart attack
on March 1st 1991
Information provided by his daughter Donna
A DECADE IN DREAMS

LTJG George J. McWilliams,
A3D Bombardier/ Navigator
1959
LTJG
NFO
*
Joined VAH-1January 1958
In July he was sent to
bombardier/navigator training,
returned back to squardron
March 1959.
Died after his A3D crashed
immediately after a catapult
launching at 10:07 on
19 June 1959
He was 33 years old.
Information from the "Tiger Times" July 1959 provided by: Bob Alonzo VAH-1
The Third Crewman Jonathan Shanks,AQB3 Survived with minor injuries.

LTJG Robert Floyd Mortimer
Ltjg
*
HU-2 * Det 41
Died 06 September 1961
Mr. Mortimer's helicopter rotor blade
hit a boom on a support ship.
The helicopter crewman got out,
Mr. Mortimer did not.
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

LTJG Joe Russell Mossman
A-4E Skyhawk Pilot
1965
Ltjg
NA
*
VA-72
Killed In Action 13 September 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

CAPT Ray D. Murphy
Executive / Commanding Officer
RVAH-1 Cool Tigers * CVW-7
1964 - 1968
Capt
NA
*
VAH-1
&
RVAH-1
Wanted to let you know of the passing of my father,
Capt Ray D Murphy on February 24, 2008.
He was xo under Cdr. Richard J Sample and then CO
of RVAH-1 June 2, 1967. He was with vah-1, then
RVAH-1 until Sanford NAS was closed and the
vigilantes moved to Albany.
We then went to Hawaii.
Information provided by: his daughter Kathryn Murphy Alexander

CAPT Gerald G. O'Rourke
Commanding Officer
USS Independence CVA-62

19 Aug 1970 - 09 Oct 1971
Capt
NA
*
Died 30 December 1997
at Kennebec, ME.
Information provided by: Ed Behney via Earl Langley

LCDR Stanley Edward Olmstead
F-4B Phantom II Pilot
1964 -1967
Lcdr
NA
*
VF-84
Killed In Action 17 October 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75

LTJG John Paul Price
Ltjg
*
VF-84
Died 22 August 1961
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

Lt Harold L. Quint
A-6A Intruder NFO
Navy Flight Officer
1966
LT
NFO
*
VA-75
Killed 16 August 1966
Information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

LT Bill Reyn
A-3D Skywarrior 'Whale' Pilot
1960 - 1961
Lt
NA
*
VAH-1
Died during 1st. Med. cruise
Pilot of an A3D that had its left main
mount collapse. The aircraft trapped,
went into the port catwalk and hung to
the arresting gear cable for about 1
minute, then the tail hook failed and the
plane went into the water. Mr. Reyn,
and the 3rd crewman "A. J." Dale both
died in this crash. The BN was picked
up by the helicopter on plane guard.
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

LT Louis Rogers
F-4B Phantom II Pilot
1964
Lt
NA
*
VF-41
Killed when his plane had an engine
failure. 3 Feb 1964
His RIO, LTJG Critchfield survived
largely because of his attempt at an
in flight restart and a few extra
seconds to eject. LT Rogers died
on his 33rd birthday on the way
home from a Med cruise.
He was a great guy and a class act!
*

Lt. Walter B. Shaw
F8U Crusader Pilot
1959
USNA 1954
Captain of Baseball Team
Lt
NA
*
VF-11
Pilot of the First F8U-1
Launched from the Independence
Lost Due To Cold Cat Shot
Accident Occured During
Shakedown 1959
Information provided by: Michael Couture

Cdr. John Shuff
A4D-2 Skyhawk Pilot
C.O. VA-86
1960 - 1961
Cdr
NA
*
VA-86
Died during 1st. Med. cruise
Cdr. John Shuff and LCdr Howie Thayer
had a night time in-flight collision
about 2 - 3 miles aft of the ship. One
went straight in, the other one made
a low pass over the angle deck, went
out turned downwind and also crashed.
All that was ever found of the two
aircraft was one tip tank. One of the
two was leading the other one back to
the ship, because he had a major
electrical failure, or had lost his
navigation system. After the collision,
nothing was heard from either aircraft.
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.

Ltjg James H. Stilz, Jr.
Ltjg
*
VQ-2
Died 03 November 1966
Information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

RADM Leroy V. Swanson
radm
*
Commanding Officer
Died 12 October 2008
My grandfather passed away this
morning at 0100, he was 93 and
lived a great life. He was CO of
the INDEPENDENCE during his
long career with the Navy.
Information provided by: His Grandson Chris Wilson

LCdr Howie Thayer
A4D-2 Skyhawk Pilot
C.O. VA-86
1960 - 1961
LCdr
NA
*
VA-86
Died during 1st. Med. cruise
LCdr Howie Thayer and Cdr. John Shuff
had a night time in-flight collision
about 2 - 3 miles aft of the ship. One
went straight in, the other one made
a low pass over the angle deck, went
out turned downwind and also crashed.
All that was ever found of the two
aircraft was one tip tank. One of the
two was leading the other one back to
the ship, because he had a major
electrical failure, or had lost his
navigation system. After the collision,
nothing was heard from either aircraft.
Information provided by: Bill Sullens & Earl Galloway V1 Div.
AdditionalInformation provided by: Dan Jacobs, USS Valley Forge CV45
Am a former-airdale who served aboard the VALLEY FORGE CV45 back in the fifties
and wanted to give you a note on LCDR Thayer. He was a hero from the Korean War
when he served aboard the VALLEY FORGE with VF-194
So much so that they used his story in the movie "Men Of The Fighting Lady"
starring Van Johnson as Lt.(jg) Howie Thayer.
You can read about the story here:
http://skyraider.org/skyassn/warstor/warstor.htm#anchor62930
Scroll down to "Blind and Alone Over North Korea"

Ltjg Victor C. Vogel
A-6A Intruder Pilot
Ltjg
*
VQ-2
Died 03 November 1966
Information provided by: John L. Hedinger PT2 - RVAH-1 1964 -1967

CDR Leonard Frederick Vogt, Jr.
Cdr
NA
Cdr L.Vogt Jr.
VA-75A-6A Pilot
Killed In Action 18 September 1965
Westpac 1965 cruise book.information provided by: Ed King Va72 & Pat Villani VA75


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