Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Archives

Mike Krebs Oral History Edit


OHP 081


  • September 17, 2015 (Creation)


  • 20 Sheets (Part)
  • 5 Files (Part)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Mike Krebs begins by describing growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin and studying electrical engineering at Marquette University. While at Marquette, he had a three year obligation as a regular in the Navy NROTC. After his graduation he got his orders to go to fight school at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida until being sent to fly jets in Meridian, Mississippi. Krebs went through Flight Indoctrination Programs and was then sent to Kingsville, Texas where he practiced bombing and gunnery in the F9. He was initially sent to fly with VA-44 where he learned to fly the A-4 until being sent to Memphis, Tennessee for Maintenance Officer School. He was then sent to fly with VA-34. Some time was also spent flying with VA-174 where he flew A7s. Krebs follows up by describing the crew and life on board the Intrepid. Later, Krebs describes his experience carrying-out Alpha Strikes in North Vietnam while avoiding anti-aircraft guns and SAM missiles. Ground fire did cause his plane to catch fire which forced him to eject over the ocean where he was quickly picked up by a US PIRAZ ship. He followed up with his thoughts on POWs Ed Martin and Denny Key. He concluded by discussing how he met his wife, and how his life went on after his service in Vietnam.