VF-783 Fighter Squadron


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Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 78651
Subject: VF-783,VF-122

Vincent Castronova wrote on April 21, 2011


City and State:

Unit: VF-783/VF-122

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was airman aviation structural mechanic/designated striker.I was the squadron painter and in the 1952-53 deployment the squadron was never designated the black knights during this deployment.I remember the xo being a cmdr Tavernetti.The vf-783 squad were wwII reserves from nas dallas/tx and the unit was redesignated vf-122 ,regular navy during this deployment.

Keywords: nickname was "kaz"



Entry: 74277
Subject: OUR HONORED DEAD

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on April 9, 2010


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: *LT.EUGENE D. REDMOND (03,JUNE,1951)-LOS ANGELES,CA-
THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEDAL(2 GOLD STARS)-THE
AIR MEDAL(9-GOLD STARS).------------------------------

*LT.(JG)ARTHUR L. DIXON (04,JULY,1951)-MONTERAY PARK,
CA-THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL-----------------------------

*LT.LEONARD A. GUNDERT (03,OCT.,1951)-SAN LORENZO,CA-
THE NAVY CROSS MEDAL(VF-49-WW-II)-THE DISTINGUISHED
FLYING CROSS MEDAL(2 GOLD STARS)-THE AIR MEDAL(5 GOLD
STARS-THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL-TWO PRESIDENTIAL UNIT
CITATIONS---------------------------------------------

*LT.(jg)RALPH N. MEW (22,MARCH,1953)-COMPTON,CA-------
THE AIR MEDAL(3 GOLD STARS)-THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL----

*LT.(jg)ROY TAYLOR (13,APRIL,1953)-WATSONVILLE,CA-----
THE AIR MEDAL(2 GOLD STARS)---------------------------

---------------------REST IN PEACE--------------------

Keywords: REDMOND---DIXON---GUNDERT---MEW---TAYLOR---



Entry: 74274
Subject: VF-783--ON FEB.4,1953 --TO-VF-122

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on April 9, 2010


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: IN 1946 RESERVE SQUADRON VF-55L WAS LOCATED AT NORTH
ISLAND NAVAL AIR STATION (SAN DIEGO,CA), IN 1947 THE
RESERVE SQUADRON WAS AT N.A.S. LOS ALAMITOS, AND BECAME "VF-783". THE RESERVE SQUADRON WAS CALLED TO
ACTIVE DUTY ON 02,AUG.,1950, WITH THE OUTBREAK OF THE
KOREAN WAR IN JUNE,1950. THE RESERVE SQUADRON'S FIRST
TOUR IN THE KOREAN WAR WAS ABOARD THE USS BON HOMME
RICHARD-CV-31,(10,MAY,1951 TO 17,DEC.,1951),FLYING
WW-II F4UF-CORSAIRS, IN CVG-102(D). THE PLANES TAIL
CODE WAS "D". THE RESERVE SQUADRON'S SECOND KOREAN
WAR TOUR WAS ABOARD THE USS ORISKANY-CVA-34, (15,SEPT.
,1952 TO 18,MAY,1953), WITH CVG-102 (D), THE PLANES
TAIL CODE STILL "D", FLYING F9F-F PANTHER JET AIRCRAFT. THE FIRST F9F-5 PANTHER JET AIRCRAFT ENTERED
COMBAT IN KOREA, IN OCT.OF 1952, SERVING ABOARD THE
USS ORISKANY-CVA-34, WITH RESERVE SQUADRONS VF-781 AND
"VF-783". CVG-102 (D) WAS REDESIGNATED (CVG-12) ON
04,FEB.,1953, AND VF-783, WAS REDESIGNATED (VF-122) ON
04,FEB.,1953. VF-783(MINUTE-MEN),AND VF-122 (BLACK
ANGELS) SERVED WITH HONOR IN THE KOREAN WAR.---------
"WELL-DONE". --FREEDOM IS THEIR GIFT TO US.---------

Keywords: NORTH ISLAND NAS-----NAS LOSALAMITOS-------
USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CV-31)-------------------------
USS ORISKANY (CVA-34)--------------------------------
F4UF--CORSAIRS-----------F9F--PANTHERS---------------



Entry: 67193
Subject: VF-783 DURING 1951

Ray McCormack wrote on September 13, 2008


City and State: ST. JOSEPH IL

Unit: VF-783

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for anyone who served in this sauadron during this time. Hello to Fred Lauro.

Keywords:



Entry: 31234
Subject: VF-783 AIR COMBAT

Joe Brennan wrote on January 14, 2003


City and State:

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 VF-783 I am interested in any information about the MiG encounter of CVG-102 F4U’s and AD’s from Bob Homme Richard 27 November 1951, or the more well known encounter 18 November 1952 by CVG-102 F9F’s from Oriskany.
Any further info on any of these encounters, by VF-783 or any squadron in CVG-102, first hand or not, would be helpful.

Keywords: units, aircraft



Entry: 21359
Subject: VAH-6

Don Clarke wrote on December 10, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: JAMESTOWN RI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: VAH_6 uss ranger cva 61 1958 1961 whitby island washington

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