Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Archives

Brian Walker Oral History Edit


OHP 071


  • February 17, 2016 (Creation)


  • 39 Sheets (Part)
  • 8 Files (Part)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Brian Walker begins by describing growing up in Wisconsin and being interested in flying at an early age. He decided to join the Navy while attending the University of Wisconsin at Stout. He continues by describing his experience in flight training including flying T-34s, T-28s, and the F-9. In early 1967, Walker got his orders to join VA-34 on board Intrepid where he would fly attack aircraft (A-4), which he describes as being like a sports car. Prior to Vietnam, Walker spent about two weeks stationed in the Philippines where he recalled his survival training and memories of the local residents. He also describes personal stories from his time in “Triple Sticks” and the layout of its area on board Intrepid. Prior to arriving at Yankee Station off the coast of North Vietnam, Walker also describes time spent circling around in the Mediterranean and passing through the Suez Canal close to the same time of the Six Day War. Walker's first missions in Vietnam were “road recces” or road reconnaissance missions, where he was instructed to drop bombs if he saw a target. He then participated in Alpha Strikes, which involved many aircraft and focused on important targets. While flying his plane in Vietnam, he recalled seeing others being shot down and his own plane being hit while trying to avoid missiles. He later went on to describe his experiences while visiting ports of call. He finished by describing his coming home from the war and some of his contact with others from “Triple Sticks.”