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 2021

Growing up surrounded by Italian relations usually meant that during the holidays we would pop in and visit each and every house either for lunch or dinner, depending on the adults schedules and day of the week, and so eat our way through December. This does have its drawbacks because, well, not all lasagnas are created equal, and the benchmark was my grandmother Christine. She was a tremendously talented cook and baker from the “old country” up in the Abruzzi mountains, a talent not shared by many of our first-generation Italian-Americans relations. She would start baking for the holidays about three weeks before Christmas from cookie recipes she had pulled from a variety of sources and put on 3 x 5 index cards. She never made less than 4 dozen each of 15 recipes and these were carefully portioned out to each of our relations houses. When she passed my sister transcribed all the recipes into word docs and sent me the ones I wanted. Now you’d think that following directions would result in cookies, and you’d be wrong. Patty and I have been working to get these right for years, and finally this year I was able to get 5 recipes to come out nearly perfect. So Christmas Eve I will be bringing cookies to selected friends of ours, but our really good friends always get cannoli. It’s not really a holiday tradition as we give these out for any occasion and they’re a lot easier to make.

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