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Fipp, Bernard



  • Existence: June 11, 1940 - March 20, 2018
  • Existence: VA-34 squadron: 1967

Military Service

Bernard Fipp, from San Diego, California, served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11) as an attack aviator in VA-34, flying A-4 Skyhawks. However, before his time in the Navy, Fipp served in the Coast Guard from January 1963 to September 1964. He joined the Navy in September 1964 and remained in the Navy until September 1969, having served aboard Intrepid during the 1967 WESTPAC cruise to Vietnam. After his time in the Navy, Fipp worked in real estate and owned a car dealership, before retiring and traveling with his wife and visiting his children and grandchildren. Fipp also wrote the book "Triple Sticks," which is based on the Triple Sticks log that Fipp and his bunkmates kept in 1967.
Career Post-Military Bernard Fipp worked as a real estate investor after his U.S. Navy service.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Bernard Fipp Oral History

Identifier: OHP 056
Scope and Contents - Bernard Fipp served aboard Intrepid as an attack aviator in VA-34, flying A-4 Skyhawks during Intrepid’s second deployment to Vietnam in 1967. Fipp began his interview by discussing his early life in San Diego, California. He then explained his decision to join the Coast Guard in 1963, after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1962. Fipp then stated that he finished his active duty in the Coast Guard, decided to join the Navy, and trained at Pensacola in 1965, under the AOC...

Brian Walker Oral History

Identifier: OHP-071
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...

Mike Krebs Oral History

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...

Triple Stix Diary

Identifier: 2012.04
Overview During the ship’s 1967 deployment to Vietnam, four junior pilots in squadron VA-34 – Bernard Fipp, Ben Heald, James VanLiere and Brian Walker shared bunkroom 0111 in the fo’c’s’le. They nicknamed their accommodations “Triple Stix.” The four men kept a shared diary from 11 May 1967 through 23 Nov 1967 in which they describe their missions, as well as their antics aboard the ship. The diary is a highly opinionated account of their service and their squadronmates. In 2010, Bernard Fipp...