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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: Holiday 2019

Once again the Season of Hope is upon us. And as of right now Hope is fulfilled, for Lincoln is finally pointed east. But, even at her best speed it is still some weeks before they can cross half the globe, and stand-in to San Diego Bay. Holiday greetings will be long over, but to a sailor home from a long and wearying cruise the only words that matter are “Stand Down!” Then it’s off to home, family and friends, and a merry homecoming it will be. Christmas and New Year’s aboard will be warm with these thoughts, spent in the comfort of mariners and aviators, seafarers all, who shared the long hours and hard work with scant relief and time ashore. But such is the nature of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the Sea and it has not changed through the millennia. Whether going about the maritime affairs of their nations, or the naval missions they are called upon to serve in, Sailors throughout the world rely on their brethren to help see them through to port again. They share a deep and abiding love for the sea, of its majesty and mysteries, of its power and its glory. And should great Neptune rise in tempest or Mars call them forth to war they will meet both with the same steely-eyed resolve as those ancients of Rome, Carthage or Greece once did. They carry the legacy with them each day of their lives. Honor these, our Brothers and Sisters, this Christmas.

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