USS Forrestal (CVA/CV/AVT-59)
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
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...
Identifier: OHP 002
Scope and Contents Gerald Feola served aboard Intrepid as an aviation structural mechanic third class with VAW 33 during the ship’s second Vietnam War deployment, from May to December 1967. He began his interview by mentioning his two uncles and one cousin who served in World War II, and his Catholic Church’s sea cadets program, which provided him with somewhat of an exposure to the Navy. Feola then described his decision to join the Navy, being assigned to a squadron, seeing Intrepid for the first time, and...
Identifier: OHP 023
Scope and Contents Jimm Larry Hendren served aboard Intrepid as the ship’s legal officer during the 1966 WESTPAC cruise to Vietnam. Hendren began his interview by discussing his family’s history and describing his education, from high school through Naval Justice School. He then continued, stating that his first orders were as Assistant Legal Officer at Commander Fleet Air Norfolk, where a fortuitous meeting with Captain Giuseppe Macri and Captain John Fair resulted in Hendren becoming Intrepid’s legal officer....
Identifier: OHP 081
Scope and Contents Mike Krebs served aboard Intrepid as an attack aviator in VA-34, flying A-4 Skyhawks during Intrepid’s second deployment to Vietnam in 1967. He began his interview by explaining that he grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, studied electrical engineering at Marquette University, and joined the NROTC. Krebs then continued, stating that after graduation he received orders to attend fight school at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida. While discussing his flight training, Krebs noted that he also flew...
Identifier: OHP 086
Scope and Contents Mike Wade served aboard Intrepid as an air intelligence officer in VA-34 during Intrepid’s second deployment to Vietnam in 1967. He began his interview by discussing his life before joining the Navy, stating that he grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attended the University of Georgia, and graduated with a degree in chemistry. Wade then discussed his route to Navy flight training, noting that he had initially intended to be a pilot, before explaining why he eventually became an air intelligence...