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55th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident Commemoration

The Commemoration of the 55th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident will take place September 17, 2019 at NAS Lemoore, CA. The official event will commence at 1330 at the base theater followed by a reception at the Oasis (former O’Club) around 1500. In attendance as honorees will be Capt John Nicholson, CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr. and LT Ron Boch of VA-144 who all flew together the night of August 4th off USS Constellation, CV-64, in what became the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

The leadership team at NASL is very supportive and excited about this event and extends the formal invitation link attached below. If you plan on attending you must RSVP via the link at the bottom of the invitation so the NAS Lemoore folks can create an official list for entry on the base. Please try to respond by Friday August 16th.

Click on the link below for your einvitation.



LT Ron Boch, LTJG Everett Alvarez, Jr. and LCDR John Nicholson headed to the flightdeck night of Aug 4, 1964

Latest Edition: Spring 2019

At the end of the Jan Newsletter I had said “ Well, hopefully no more polar blasts or big snow this year.” Kiss. Of. Death. Not only did we get additional frigid air masses we also got our entire annual snowfall of appx. 54” in the month of Feb. The

overnight temps struggled mightily to get above freezing thru Apr 19th , and now as I write this on the morning of the 28th we just concluded a Winter Storm Watch and got 5” of snow. This type of snow event is unusual but not unheard of. Back in May of ‘04 I was out raking on what was supposed to be a mild Spring Saturday when a blast of polar air came screaming out of Canada and dropped about 4” of snow, which caught everyone by surprise. Well, it’s days like this that makes the Southwest start to look better and better.

Somewhere out at sea there are a whole bunch of folks that don’t have to worry about snow, or cold, or raking leaves. The

Fist departed Norfolk Naval Station Apr 1st with CVW-7 aboard USS Lincoln (CVN-72) and Carrier Strike Group 12. At the end of this cruise Lincoln will arrive at her new new home port of San Diego, so no more of this cross-country junk. That might be good for the old log book but it’s a hell of a logistical nightmare for a squadron, any squadron. And, it’s expensive. Don’t forget Murphy’s Law. ( As a refresher it states” Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” ) How many times did we make that run from Lemoore to the boat in our own vehicles, usually finding a place to crash in LA for the night and then reporting aboard the next day hung-over as hell and thrown straight in to a working party on-loading the squadrons’ gear, only to spend the next couple of weeks idling around the cold coastal waters off Southern California running to one drill after another. Busy days.

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