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


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As the new president of FOFA, I would like to recognize the contributions of our latest past presidents, John “Chalks” Chalker and Gary “Dome” Kerans. Both gentlemen have done a terrific job during their time as the FOFA “Air Boss” and I hope that I can continue the tradition going forward. Dome has been elected as secretary of the association, thus continuing his service to our organization. Well done, Dome!

One thing I think we all can agree on is the procession of time in our lives. I’m not saying our board members are getting old, but those of us who still have hair tend to the “silver fox” side of the coin. We are looking for the next generation of leaders for FOFA. I hope the Hornet drivers and maintainers are listening and will be interested in serving.

As many of you know, our former president, Bob Kison, passed away recently. Bob was one of the “founding fathers” of FOFA and spent many years building the membership and organizing reunions. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bob and Nita. It may be a little late, but fair winds and following seas, shipmate. You will be missed.

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