VF-151 Fighter Squadron


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Entry: 94598
Subject: LCDR (RET.) ALAN BEDFORD

Neil O. Myers wrote on May 9, 2017


City and State: AIKEN SC

Unit: VF-653, VF-151

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: LCDR (Ret.) Alan Bedford of Colville, WA passed away May 2, 2017. He was 86. He leaves behind his wife, Sandra, and an extended family.

Alan served as my Division Officer (and a pilot) in VF-151 aboard the USS Boxer and we were off Korea when the war ended. Alan donated his pilot's log books and other service equipment such as his helmet to the Naval Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

A fine friend, an officer, and a gentleman.

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Entry: 90166
Subject: A POEM IN MEMORY OF 1953

Neil O. Myers wrote on December 9, 2014


City and State: AIKEN SC

Unit: VF-151 ABOARD USS BOXER - 1953

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: A MEMORY OF MY LAST CRUISE

The ocean was frothy that night with foam,
The wind from the North, though invisible, was strong.
The Carrier cut through the water at thirty-five knots,
To launch our planes as they were moved from their slots.

I saw sailors in red suits, yellow, and green.
They moved through their tasks like well-oiled machines.
Two by two our planes were positioned on cats,
To be boosted away into the night with a blast.

They were brave men on aircraft loaded with bombs.
Following orders Man Your Planes from the intercom.
Such men as these, with no fear ever shown,
So it seemed to me as I stood there  all alone.

Once launched to the sky they assembled in formation.
With Leaders and Wingmen -well trained demonstration.
As the lights from wing tips and burners disappeared,
I knew their targets, our enemy, would soon know fear.

The ship was again silent and dark as we waited,
We slowed and turned with the wind - and it abated.
Two hours would pass, and then it was three.
Not knowing anything, just darkness and the sea.

In due time the old lady again turned to the wind.
The ships engine rumble increased, men moved again.
Our craft were returning, ship lights suddenly bright.
The LSO was in position; his paddles had lights.

The cables rose up from the deck in a flash,
The barriers positioned as backup for a crash.
The copters were aloft for rescue if required.
All was in order, good training to be admired.

I watched as one landed, tail hook secure,
Pushed forward by sailors, deck clear and secure.
Then a wave off - too high - an Ensign amateur.
Hell learn, in time, or there is a certain cure!

One came in fine, but a hung rocket came free,
Sailors ran to avoid it  a real sight to see.
It bounced and rolled as I said a prayer,
Dropped over the bow  my what a scare.

The last plane then landed - all were moved forward.
Our speed was reduced as we slowly turned leeward.
The pilots went below, to relax from their flight,
Just another sortie by VF-151 Black Knights!

By Neil O. Myers
12/8/2014
In memory of my last cruise on the USS Boxer with
Fighter Squadron 151 in 1953; our emblem The Black Knights.

Keywords: USS Boxer
VF-151 with members from VF-653
F9F-Panthers
Tom Ledford. Watched him go under - last casualty in the war before cease fire.
Alan Bedford - an officer, a gentleman, and a friend.
John Motty - was with him with VF-653 and VF-151.
Everett Cook. Another good friend. Have remained in touch with the last three
mentioned.



Entry: 86516
Subject: K-18 KOREA/ENSIGN SHEETS

Richard Foster wrote on June 14, 2013


City and State: NORTH COLLINS NY

Unit: FASRON 11/DETACHMENT K-18

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was stationed at K-18 Korea in mid 1953. I recently came
across a photo I had taken then of a Navy pilot standing next to
his F9F2 which had been hit in the tail section by flak. On the
back I had simply written Ensign Sheets. My research suggests
that it may be Roger E. Sheets who retired as a Captain. I would
like to contact him to see if he would care to have a picture of
him as a young man just starting his career.

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Entry: 84114
Subject: GRUMMAN F9F PANTHER

Warren Thompson wrote on September 8, 2012


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I just had a book published entitled NAVAL AVIATION
IN THE KOREAN WAR CURRENTLY, I am writing a book on
all F9F Operations during the war. I would like to
hear from anyone that was affiliated with VF-151
during that war.

Sincerely,

Warren Thompson

Keywords: I am writing a book on Navy F9F Panther Operations in
the Korean War.






Entry: 76648
Subject: VF-151

Don Lunden wrote on November 7, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was in Fighter Squadren VF-151 from March 1949
until November 1949
At that time we were flying F-8 Bear Cats (props)
We were based at N.A.S. Alemeda (?) Ca.
We did go to Falon Nevada for a week, and onboard
Antetium for a week.
If you were with me then, call or E-mail me at donsplaks@aol.com
Thanks,
Don

Keywords: S 113



Entry: 76646
Subject: V-F 151

Don Lunden wrote on November 7, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on the Flight Deck with V-3 division (Gas)
Had a very memorable time on the West Coast, Hawaii,
Japan (Yokusko) and of course off the Coast of Korea

Contact me if you want to swap stories or whatever.
I was on board from Brementon (Nov. 1950) til San Diego (Aug 1952)

My name is Don Lunden, or as some called me
"Jack" Lunden.

I have built a 19 foot long model of Essex CV-9,
complete with scale model Planes, and 2456 pieces of Teak Planking on the Flight Deck I enter the Ship in many local parades with my Grand Kids sitting in the Deck Elevators
Call or E-mail me at donsplaks@aol.com.
Hope to hear from some of you.

Thanks,
Don

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Entry: 67343
Subject: ANYONE FROM VF-151?

Richard Laughlin wrote on September 27, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: U.S.S. Boxer--1953---U.S.S.Wasp--1954-5--Alameda Naval Air Station--Fallon, Nev. gunnery school



Entry: 65745
Subject: VF-151

Richard Laughlin wrote on May 25, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit: VF-151

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was a 17 year old "kidde cruiser" when I boarded the Uss Boxer in San Diego to be assigned to VF-151 for the Korean Cruise and we sailed that night. I knew no one----



Entry: 11159
Subject: LOST SHIPMATES FROM

Robert J. (Bob) Brozovich wrote on August 19, 2000

Deceased

City and State: WHITING IN

Unit: VF-151 ATG 1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for Doug Fraser,Medford Mass.Dan LeBlanc Port Arthur Tex Jim NAleway from Chi.Jim lives in Alameda-but has an unlisted phone# We all made the Korean Boxer cruise in 1953 WHile with VF 151.At one time DAn was with the Tex.Boxer assoc.Al Gabor at 1-360-675-5545 would like to talk to Doug and Dan I would also.I know it's been a long time but miracles happen.Anyone out there. PLease help,help help.Dated 19 AUG 2000

Keywords: Broz Needs Lotsa Help!!!!



Entry: 5844
Subject: MAY 1953 WEB SITE LINK

Carole Ann Brozovich wrote on December 26, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: WHITING IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: .........

Comments: My father (Robert Brozovich) was a member of the Squadron 151. It was called the Black Knights and Fighting 151. The squadron flew F-9-F-2 Panthers. The Squadron was based in Alamed, CA.

I spoke with my father who relayed this info. to me:
Yes, he was on the fighting line on May1953. July 25, 1953 a pilot by the name of Jack Ingram went down. On July 26,1953 Tom Ledford (a pilot) got a cold catapult shot and went into the ocean. The impact was believed to have killed him. While on board the USS Boxer July 27, 1953, the armistice was signed. My father served with and now corresponds with a Navy Historian by the name of Alan Bedord, he has compiled a history of Squadron 151. If you would be interested in this info you might be able to reach him at apelican@theofficenet.net. He recently had rotator cuff surgery so he might be slow in responding
though.

Keywords: VF - 151

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