Logo by LT Charles “Wingnut” Wickware

Gulf of Tonkin Incident Reunion

Fist of the Fleet Association was proud to sponsor the reunion of three former VA-144 naval aviators who last flew together on August 4 & 5, 1964 from USS Constellation, CV-64 in the Gulf of Tonkin. The event took place at NAS Lemoore, CA on September 16 & 17, 2019 and was hosted by the Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and NAS Lemoore. The reunion was very memorable for all who attended and especially for the three honorees Capt John “Nick” Nicholson, CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr. and CDR Ron Boch.

LT Ron Boch, LTJG Everett Alvarez, Jr. and LCDR John “Nick” Nicholson 8/4/1964

Everett, “Nick” and Ron 9/16/2019 NASL

Latest Edition: Autumn 2020

COVID has certainly changed a lot of things. For one thing, trying to get contractors has been a real nightmare. Every time someone on a crew gets exposed the whole team shuts down for two weeks. This has led to innumerable delays. So, Halloween week we are expecting to have our trees trimmed, a plumber replace the deep sink fixtures, the last of our doors replaced, the touch-up painting completed and have new gutters installed. As of the 23rd no one had called to reschedule anything. Then, to round out the week, the girls will be down on Friday and stay for the weekend. Sometimes I get the feeling like I should just jump out of an airplane but then, I’m not that crazy.
Speaking of which, who the hell was I kidding? By the end of August I was off-roading my bike. There are some single-bike “mountain” trails here and I’ve been on them a few times. This is a new experience for me. The trails in Arizona I rode were wide, with groomed packed-sand and gravel, plenty of elbow room and moderate grades. Up here these single trails run through woods that are steep, with barely a foot of clearance on either side and full of nasty roots. Quite unlike anything I’ve ever been on. There is a fine “balance versus speed plus center-of-gravity” line that has to be maintained. And quite accidentally, and only because I am unfamiliar with these runs, I got airborne. It was kind of a “fear can be exciting” feeling.

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