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: Summer 2023

Greetings everyone! I hope you have found your “cool spot” to chill during this hot summer. It’s been hotter than a match here in south Florida. Thankfully an afternoon rain shower shows up and cools things down.

Speaking of hot, our reservation total for the reunion continues to climb. We have three new lifetime members who will attend in November (Richard Williams VA-25 80-82, James Cason VFA-25 83-86, and David Thompson VFA-25 85-86 CAG LSO). Reunion info and signups are available on the FOFA website. Please reserve your room and registration fee as soon as possible. Thanks.

Skipper Tedrow wanted me to inform you that the squadron’s 80 birthday party will the 6th and 7th of October. Planning is underway and details will be available in the near future. Skipper is trying to tap MWR support as well as private support for a guest speaker. He would like to have Marcus Luttrell (of “Lone Survivor” fame) as the speaker. The appearance fee is significant and the FOFA board has cautiously agreed to help out if the speaker becomes a reality. Private funds (you and me) will also be welcome at

that time. I will keep you informed.

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