VA-923 Attack Squadron


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Entry: 94778
Subject: MIGS SIGHTED

Carl Jordan JORDAN wrote on July 6, 2017


City and State: FOLSOM CA

Unit: VA923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Was Aviation Electrician trained parachute rigger assigned to parachute loft. A 1st Class rigger, Charlie Spelts, taught me how to sow. Packed chutes and responsible for safety and survival gear for pilots. Knew both Lt. Savage and Lt. Cook. Helped draw cartoons for the ship's book. My book disappeared long ago --- sure like to have one if any are still around.
Capt. Cecil B. Gill commanding.
When the carrier prepared to go back to states, I transferred to VP 46 stationed in Iwakuni Japan.
At 85 yrs. married for 62 yrs. live in Folsom, CA
Like to hear from any old VA923 or VP46 or any old PR types.

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Entry: 92747
Subject: VA923

Robert Rockford SR. wrote on February 22, 2016


City and State: GREENWOOD AR

Unit: VA923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hi I'm Bob Rockford. I was a Navy Reserve Photographer at the base in ST. Louis and was called up when VA923 was called up. I went to San Diego with the squadron and was assigned to the base Photo Lab. I kept active as the squadron photographer and have a lot of pictures. Just before the carrier shipped out I was sent to Pensacola Florida For an advanced training school and never got back to the squadron. I was also a Navy Bombardier during WW2. I lived in St. Louis until 2013. At that time my wife of 69 years was quite ill and I had no living relatives left in St. Louis so I moved to Greenwood AR. to be closer to my son and his family. My wife passed away at 89 years old four months after we moved to Arkansas. I'll spend the rest of my life here. My work life was always in manufacturing management with different companies. Wish I could find some odd jobs down here but when employers see that I'm going to be 90 this year that's the end of the interview. I'm lucky because I'm in good health and can do about anything.
Good talking to everyone.

Keywords: Everyone calls me Rocky



Entry: 91333
Subject: VA-923 INTERVIEW

Kent Murphy wrote on June 5, 2015


City and State: CHESTERFIELD MO

Unit: VA-923

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I posted a video on YouTube which features an interview with the pilots and crew of VA-923 during their 1951 deployment aboard CV-31 to the Korean theater of war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10M2U1zvqkY

Keywords: 1951 VA-923 CV-31 SKYRAIDER CORSAIR IDENTIFICATION EDWARD WOELM
CVG-102



Entry: 88271
Subject: SQUADRON MEMBER VA23 KOREA

James McCormack SR. wrote on February 5, 2014


City and State: IPSWICH MA

Unit: FLIGHT DECK TOUBLE SHOOTER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Joined squadron at SanDiego navy air station for traing before heading to Korea. Worked flight deck .James Scott Jr. Worked with me. Also rember Walter Wolpers I am 92 still able to take care of myself with the help of my Wife of 66years

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Entry: 85946
Subject: VIDEOS OF VA-923 ABOARD CV-31 (PILOT IDENTIFICATION NEEDED)

Kent Murphy wrote on April 11, 2013


City and State: CHESTERFIELD MO

Unit: VA-923

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have posted two videos on YouTube of VA-923 which were filmed during their 1951 deployment aboard CV-31 to the Korean theater of war.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHgxF0Us_po

The first video depicts carrier operations aboard CV-31.

Included on the film are a flight of F4Us in formation, several landings, and pilots conducting their pre-flight inspections.

I would like help in identifying the 3 pilots shown in the film.

If you have any information on them please contact me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8KYsJ4ib4

The second video is gun camera film from my grandfather's plane.
My grandfather, Edward Woelm, was a Skyraider pilot in VA-923.

Keywords: 1951 VA-923 CV-31 SKYRAIDER CORSAIR IDENTIFICATION EDWARD WOELM
CVG-102



Entry: 76852
Subject: VA-923 ATTACK SQDN

Katie Humphreys wrote on November 19, 2010


City and State: CHESTERFIELD MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was in this unit from July 1950 to July 1951, I have pictures from a 20yr reunion of the unit and also a group image of the XO's and the ship. I would like to share this with other members of the unit and hopefully find out who the people are in the reunion pictures. My father is Jesse Owen Cord Jr he went only by Bud. Bud died in 2000.

Keywords: VA-923, Korean War, pictures, St. Louis,MO



Entry: 75571
Subject: PHOTO OF AD-3 TAKEN BY ARMY SOLDIER

Lorne Murphy wrote on July 25, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: My uncle was in Korea as a Army soldier...He witnessed a Navy plane crash a AD-3 ..from VA-923 a/c 516 ...tail cone D...my uncle pulled the aviator from this a/c...he would like any info on its pilot ... I have 2 pictures of this crash...



Entry: 75428
Subject: PICTURES OF AIRCRAFT 516 AD-3 SHOT DOWN IN KOREA....

Lorne Murphy wrote on July 11, 2010


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

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Entry: 73990
Subject:

James Herring wrote on March 20, 2010


City and State: BROKEN ARROW OK

Unit: V.A. 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 72150
Subject: VA-923 VA-125

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on October 30, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: THE SQUADRON WAS ESTABLISHED,AND ACTIVATED IN 1946,
AS RESERVE ATTACK SQUADRON--VA-55E, AND REMAINED IN AN
INACTIVE STATUS. WAS THEN REDESIGNATED, RESERVE ATTACK
SQUADRON (VA-923)IN JAN.,1950. VA-923 WAS CALLED TO
ACTIVE DUTY, 20,JULY,1950. REDESIGNATED ATTACK SQUADRON (VA-125)ON 4,FEB.,1953. DISESTABLISHED ON
10,APRIL,1958. THE FIRST SQUADRON TO BE ASSIGNED THE
VA-125 DESIGNATION. SQUADRON'S HOME PORTS; NAS ST.LOUIS--NAS SAN DIEGO(AUG.1950)--NAS MIRAMAR(1952).
--------KOREAN WAR ERA; SQUADRON'S TAIL CODE,"D"--
SQUADRON NICKNAME,"ROUGH RIDERS",SQUADRON INSIGNIA
STATED THE LATIN PHRASE;MORS AB ALTO,(DEATH FROM ABOVE).KOREA ERA SQUADRON COMMANDING OFFICERS; LCDR.
HERB W. WILEY, CDR.JOHN CARL MICHEEL(KIA-1,FEB.,1953--
USNA-CLASS OF-1940--WWII VETERAN), LCDR.ALLAN H.
GUNDERSON, LCDR. JOHN L.McMAHON,JR.-------------------
KOREAN WAR DEPLOYMENTS; 10,MAY,1951 TO 17,DEC.,1951,
USS BON HOMME RICHARD-CV-31(BONNIE DICK), CVG-102(CVG-12),C.O.,CDR.HAROLD N.FUNK,USN; VF-781(100)-F9F-2B--
VF-783(200)-F4U-4--VF-874(400)-F4U-4--VA-923(500)-AD-
3/4Q--VC-3-DET.G(NP)-F4U-5NL--VC-61-DET.G(PP)-F9F-2P--
VC-35-DET.G(NR)-AD-4N--VC-11-DET.G(ND)-AD-4W--HU-1-DET.G(UP)-HO3S-1--VR-21-DET.(RZ)-TBM-3R.--------------
15,SEPT.,1952 TO 18,MAY,1953, USS ORISKANY-CVA-34, CVG-102(CVG-12); VF-781{VF-121}(100)-F9F-5--VF-783{VF-
122}(200)-F9F-5--VF-874{VF-124}(400)-F4U-4--VA-923{VA-
125}(500)-AD-3/4--VC-3-DET.G(NP)-F4U-5N--VC-61-DET.G(PP)-F2H-2P--VC-35-DET.G(NR)-AD-4N--VC-11-(ND)-AD-3W--
HU-1-DET.G(UP)-H03S-1.--------------------------------

KOREAN WAR LOST SQUADRON PILOTS;-------*LT.JAMES A.
SAVAGE-BROOKLIN,NY-KIA,6,JULY,1951---*LT.ORVILLE M.
COOK-BAGLEY,WI and SAVANNA,IL-KIA,18,JULY,1951-NAVY CROSS and 2 GOLD STARS-D.F.C.-AIR MEDAL---*LT.GEORGE A.
GAUDETTE JR.-UTICA,NY-KIA,15,NOV.,1952-D.F.C.---*LT.(jg)JAMES A. HUDSON-HOLLYWOOD,CA-KIA,22,DEC.,1952-D.F.
C.-AIR MEDAL---*CDR.JOHN C.MICHEEL-CAVOUR,SD-KIA,01,
FEB.,1953-D.F.C.------------------------

Keywords: VA-55-E------TAIL CODE-"D"------"ROUGH RIDERS"------

"DEATH FROM ABOVE"------NAS ST.LOUIS------NAS MIRAMAR-

-----NAS SAN DIEGO------"SKYRAIDER"------VA-923------

--VA-125-----------------------------------------



Entry: 59896
Subject: ATTACK SQUADRON VA-923

Jack Reynolds wrote on February 3, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: MELBOURNE FL

Unit: VA-923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: At the time I thought being aboard ship was terrible but now I look back and fondly remember the tour in Korea,the film I developed of the Mig dog fight, the first multi jet dog fight in Naval history,and the terrible bomb explosion that took the life of my best friend Tom McGraw

Keywords: USS ORISKANY



Entry: 56544
Subject: PLANE CAPTAIN, VA-923, 1951

Jack Campbell SR. wrote on April 4, 2006


City and State: MENIFEE CA

Unit: VA-923 BON HOMME RICHARD

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: WAS PLANE CAPTAIN TO THE AIR GROUP COMMANDER, (FUNK).

WAS 25 YEARS OLD AT THAT TIME, WILL BE 80 COME DECEMBER. GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO WAS THERE AT THAT TIME AND PLACE.

Keywords: VA-923 BON HOMME RICHARD 1951-1952



Entry: 52776
Subject: LT(JG) PHILLIP JOHNSON

Braxton Bradford wrote on August 23, 2005


City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit: NONE

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: greetings. i'm hoping someome might have info on an
action that occurred on 11/10/1952 in which lt jg
johnson received the navy commendation w/V. best, brax

Keywords: commendation ribbon w/combat V, uss oriskany, 11/10/52



Entry: 43713
Subject: ON ORISKANY 52-53

Philip J. (Phil) Paden wrote on June 11, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: NAPLES FL

Unit: ATTACK SQUADRON VA 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I've found 7 guys from the squadron.Would like to hear from more

Keywords: Oriskany Cruise 1952-3



Entry: 42702
Subject: VA-923 (SPIRITS OF ST. LOUIS)

Terry O'Sullivan wrote on April 29, 2004


City and State: CHICAGO IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father LCDR John O'Sullivan, was the XO of this squadron. I enjoy speaking with any other naval aviators who served with him. I have a number of photograph, which I'd be happy to share if you contact me. Among those I have photos of include: James E. Dagon, Charles Badowitz, William H. Conboy, Dale E. Moritz (KIA), James A. Savage (KIA), Harold D. Reutebuch, Dee L. Rodd, Robert Renard, Robert G. Eno, Henry A. Schoknect III. Edward F. Woelm. Thanks to Jim Shadell...another member of the squadron, I know all these names are correct. Please email me, if you'd like to talk, or get copies of the photos.

Keywords: VA-923, Bonne Homme Richard, AD-3, Lambert Field, Yokosuka Sasebo.



Entry: 38824
Subject: INFO ON LT. RONALD MC MASTERS

Colin Shadell wrote on November 29, 2003


City and State: CHULA VISTA CA

Unit: VA-923, VA-125

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 38674
Subject: V.A. 923

James Herring wrote on November 24, 2003


City and State: BROKEN ARROW OK

Unit: V.A. 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: During my tour on the U.S.S. Oriskiny I was a plane caption most of the time. I was sometimes
called Herring or Jack or J.C.

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Entry: 38673
Subject:

James Herring wrote on November 24, 2003


City and State: BROKEN ARROW OK

Unit: V.A. 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: During my tour on the U.S.S. Oriskiny I was a plane caption most of the time. I was sometimes
called Herring or Jack or J.C.

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Entry: 38672
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James Herring wrote on November 24, 2003


City and State: BROKEN ARROW

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 38671
Subject: JAMES HERRING

James Herring wrote on November 24, 2003

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 36358
Subject: INFO ON JOHN MICHEEL

Scott Watson wrote on August 19, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I recently obtained the us Naval academy yearbook for 1940 embossed with the name "John Micheel"..I understand he was KIA in Korea with VA923, I"d be most greatful for any details about the man and the action in which he was killed.

Thanks,,

Scott Watson FC2 US Navy 1984-1990

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Entry: 31236
Subject: VA-923 AIR COMBAT

Joe Brennan wrote on January 14, 2003


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am trying to gather information about the air combat operations of USN squadrons in Korea. In case of VA-923 I am especially interested in any information about the MiG encounter of 27 November 1951, in which an AD-3 flown by a Lt/ McMasters was hit and damaged, although not downed, by a MiG-15. If someone even knows this pilot’s full name that would help. Any further info on this encounter, or that of CVG-102 F9F’s 18 November 1952 as well or any other, first hand or not, it would also be helpful.

Keywords: units, aircraft



Entry: 29530
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Edward James Wilson wrote on November 12, 2002


City and State: TAHLEQUAH OK

Unit: VA923

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone about this time in service.

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Entry: 29528
Subject:

Edward James Wilson wrote on November 12, 2002


City and State: TAHLEQUAH OK

Unit: VA923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Nickname: Willy

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Entry: 5158
Subject: LOOKING FOR JESSE CORD

Philip J. (Phil) Paden wrote on November 20, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: NAPLES FL

Unit: ATTACK SQUADRON VA 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: ATTACK SQUADRON VA 923

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Entry: 5157
Subject: PHIL PADEN

Philip J. (Phil) Paden wrote on November 20, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: NAPLES FL

Unit: ATTACK SQUADRON VA 923

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: ATTACK SQUADRON VA 923

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