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M Div. * 1958-1960
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1961 Med Cruise
Charles D. Arnold
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1965 WestPac Cruise
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RVAH-1
1966 / 1967 Med Cruise
John L. Hedinger
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1971 / 1972 Med Cruise
John Zieba
VAW-122
1974 / 1975 Med Cruise
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S-3 Division
1977 Med Cruise
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V1 - Rep 8,
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VF-33 Tarsiers / Starfighters CVW-7
U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE CVA-62


VF33 cvw6 - cvw7


Home Base: NAS Oceana
First Established - September 1943


Planes
F6F Hellcat * 1943 Grumman
F4U Corsair * 1948 Vought
F8U-2NE Crusader * 1962 Vought
F-4B Phantom II * 1964 McDonnell"
F-4J Phantom II * 1967 McDonnell"
F-14A Tomcat * 1981 Grumman

While onboard the Indy, VF-33 flew the
McDonnell F-4J Phantom II.
VF-33 deployed most years between
1969 - 1977 on board the INDY with CVW-7
and 1979 - 1981 with CVW6
The squadron Consists of approximately
244 officers and men.



VF-33 deployed on board the INDY
1969 - 1977 with CVW-7
1979 - 1981 with CVW-6
The squadron Consists of approximately
244 officers and men.


1971 / 1972 Cruise Book Photo - Provided by John Zieba AMH2 * VAW-122


03 Sep 69 - 09 Oct 69 NorLant
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
John K Patterson Jr AQAN
Oct 1969 - Dec 1972
AQS
AQAN
JKP
Started My Duty at NAS Oceana
Oct 1969... Made 2 Med Cruises
With The Indy.... This Cruise
Became an Honerary Blue Nose.
William P. Brownell ADJ-3
1968 - Jun 1970
ADJ3
FLAG
Line Crew - Plane Captain
W.V. Carpenter ABH3
1968 - 1969
ABH3
FLAG
Line Crew
George Fullam ADJ-3
1968 - 1971
ADJ3
FLAG
Passed away 31 Mar 2005
Plane Captain & Santa Clause
Left for shore duty with VA-42 in 1971
NAS Oceana and transferred to AIMD Jet Shop
at the rate of ADJ2. Left the Navy in 1976.
William R. Clevenger AE2
"Bill"
1969
AE2
FLAG
*
Stanley Ramey ADJ-2
1969 - 1971

MUC
ADJ2
FLAG
*


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. O. G. Elliot
CO
Jun 1969 Jun 1970

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


jkp
John Patterson * Pompei * Dec 1970
23 Jun 70 - 31 Jan 71 Med
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
John K Patterson Jr AQAN
Oct 1969 - Dec 1972
AQS
AQAN
JKP
Black box Troubleshooter for the
F4 Phantons worked on the flight
deck, was quite a experience....
Never regret it! Never forget it!.
Worked on the AWG Radar Guidance
system used to guide the sparrow missles.
Dennis J Sommers AN
Sep 1970 - Mar 1971

djs ribbon
AN
FLAG
*
George Fullam ADJ-3
1968 - 1971
ADJ3
FLAG
Passed away 31 Mar 2005
Plane Captain & Santa Clause
Left for shore duty with VA-42 in 1971
NAS Oceana and transferred to AIMD Jet Shop
at the rate of ADJ2. Left the Navy in 1976.
Charles Simmers AMH3
1970 - 1972
AMH3
FLAG
Made three Med deployments with VF-33
Left the Indy as an AMH2
Did two tours in VF-33, one on the Indy
and one on the Kennedy CV-67 with F-14 block 65.
Chester H. Balzer Jr. AMS2
1970 - 1974
AMS2
FLAG
Some of the best years of my life.
Stanley Ramey ADJ-2
1969 - 1971

MUC
ADJ2
FLAG
*


F4 5553
Photo Provided by Charles Simmers VF-33

************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. L. R. Myers
CO
Jun 1970 Jun 1971

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot
Lt.William L. (Bill) Woods
1970 - 1971

NA
Lt.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot



1971 / 1972 Cruise Book Photo - Provided by John Zieba AMH2 * VAW-122


16 Sep 71 - 16 Mar 72
NorLant / Med - NATO Royal Knight

************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
Walter P. Barros AN
1971 - 1972
AN
FLAG
*
John K Patterson Jr AQAN
Oct 1969 - Dec 1972
AQS
AQAN
JKP
This Cruise I advanced and got to
work in intermediate Maintenance,
troubleshot the black boxes
down to the component....
Got a Zumwalt Early out
Christmas Of 1972.
Arthur W. Irvine AMS3
"Art"
1971 - 1972
AMS3
FLAG
brown shirt assigned to a/c 210
Athens was good liberty.
Chester H. Balzer Jr. AMS2
1970 - 1974
AMS2
FLAG
Some of the best years of my life.
Charles Simmers AMH2
1970 - 1972
AMH2
FLAG
Made three Med deployments with VF-33
Left the Indy as an AMH2
Did two tours in VF-33, one on the Indy
and one on the Kennedy CV-67 with F-14 block 65.


Plane Captains
VF 33 plane captains on the 71-72 Indy Med cruise
Provided by Art Irvine


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. G. L. Murray
CO
Jun 1971 Jun 1972

NA
Cdr.
GM
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot
LCdr. F. G. Staudenmayer
XO

NA
LCdr.
FS
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


Flt.Crews
1971-72 Cruise Book Photo Provided by Stanley Richardson


1971 / 1972 Cruise Book Photo - Provided by John Zieba AMH2 * VAW-122


VF-33 has won three consecutive COMNAVAIRLANT Battle Efficiency "E" awards,
and was awarded the CNO Aviation Safety award for fiscal year 1971

21 Jun 73 - 19 Jan 74 Med
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
Terry (Toby) Bishop AN
1973 - 1975
AN
FLAG
*
Victor Carbine AKAN
1973 - 1975
AK
AN
FLAG
1st. & 2nd. Med Cruises
Enjoyed every minute of it.
TAD S1A on 73/74 cruise
Mike Peek AZ3
Jun 1973 - Feb 1975
AZ3
FLAG
*
Chester H. Balzer Jr. AMS2
1970 - 1974
AMS2
FLAG
Some of the best years of my life.
Curtis Pennington AD2
1974 - 1978
AD2
FLAG
Line Div. P/P
Three Med cruises.
Charles Blankenship AMCS
1973 - 1975
AMCS
FLAG
*


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. F. G. Staudenmayer
CO
Jun 1972 Aug 1973

NA
Cdr.
FS
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot
Cdr. C. R. Collicott
CO
Aug 1973 Dec 1974

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


19 Jul 74 - 21 Jan 75 Med
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
Kevin D. Holloway AA
1974 - 1978
AA
FLAG
VF-33 line * Plane Captain's R US
2 Med, North Atlantic, 2 Caribs, ore's,
tyt's and many other fun times
Terry (Toby) Bishop AN
1973 - 1975
AN
FLAG
*
Victor Carbine AKAN
1973 - 1975
AK
AN
FLAG
1st. & 2nd. Med Cruises
Enjoyed every minute of it.
Vernon E. Grier YNSN
1974 - 1975
YNS
SN
FLAG
*
Mike Peek AZ3
Jun 1973 - Feb 1975
AZ3
FLAG
*
Larry J. Miller AO2
Oct 1974 Apr 1979
AO2
FLAG
I had the pleasure of being in VF-33
from Oct 1974 to my discharge Apr 1979
Curtis Pennington AD2
1974 - 1978
AD2
FLAG
Line Div. P/P
Three Med cruises.
Charles Blankenship AMCS
1973 - 1975
AMCS
FLAG
*


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. C. R. Collicott
CO
Aug 1973 Dec 1974

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot
Cdr. J. M. Welch
CO
Dec 1974 Mar 1976

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


15 Oct 75 - 05 May 76 Med
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
Kevin D. Holloway AA
1974 - 1978
AA
FLAG
VF-33 line * Plane Captain's R US
2 Med, North Atlantic, 2 Caribs, ore's,
tyt's and many other fun times
Chip Hysler AE2
1975 - 1979
AE2
FLAG
Two cruises and a bunch of workups.
Had a blast, worked and partied
with some of the finest people
I have ever Known.
Larry J. Miller AO2
Oct 1974 Apr 1979
AO2
FLAG
I had the pleasure of being in VF-33
from Oct 1974 to my discharge Apr 1979
2 Med Cruises From 75-78
Also did workups on the America and the
Ike while with VF-33
but always considered Indy to be the
Queen of the ball.
Curtis Pennington AD2
1974 - 1978
AD2
FLAG
Line Div. P/P
Three Med cruises.


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. J. M. Welch
CO
Dec 1974 Mar 1976

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot
Cdr. T. E. Davis
CO
Mar 1976 Mar 1977

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


Hang On
Photo Provided by Larry J. Miller AO2
31 Mar 77 - 21 Oct 77 Med
************* ENLISTED *************
Name
Rate
Photo
Comments
Kevin D. Holloway AN
1974 - 1978
AN
FLAG
VF-33 line * Plane Captain's R US
2 Med, North Atlantic, 2 Caribs, ore's,
tyt's and many other fun times
Chip Hysler AE2
1975 - 1979
AE2
FLAG
Two cruises and a bunch of workups.
Had a blast, worked and partied
with some of the finest people
I have ever Known.
Larry J. Miller AO2
Oct 1974 Apr 1979
AO2
FLAG
I had the pleasure of being in VF-33
from Oct 1974 to my discharge Apr 1979
2 Med Cruises From 75-78
Also did workups on the America and the
Ike while with VF-33
but always considered Indy to be the
Queen of the ball.
Curtis Pennington AD2
1974 - 1978
AD2
FLAG
Line Div. P/P
Three Medcruises.
George Carroll Hildebrand 3rd. AO1
1977
AO1
FLAG
They sent us over to the ship as a test
with the planes the squadrons left behind
in the states. They had to pull off the
hummer squadron to make room for us.
So I was on board about 1 or 2 months.


************* OFFICERS *************
Name
Rank
Photo
Comments
Cdr. S. Phimister
CO
Mar 1977 Jul 1978

NA
Cdr.
FLAG
VF-33 F-4J
"Phantom II" Pilot


COXO
1971-72 Cruise Book Photos Provided by Stanley Richardson

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