Navy Attack Squadron 12
The history of Navy Attack Squadron 12 (VA-12)
Major Overseas Deployments
Date of Departure Date of Return Air Wing Carrier Type of Aircraft Area of Operation
21 Jun 1966 21 Feb 1967 CVW-1 CVA 42 A-4E WestPac/Vietnam
05 Mar 1970 17 Dec 1970 CVW-8 CVS 38 A-4C WestPac/Vietnan
Air Wing Assignments
Air Wing Tail Code Assignment Date
CVG-1/CVW-1 AB 05 Dec 1960
CVW-8 AJ 25 Aug 1968
CDR Robert C. Frosio Apr 1966
CDR Gerald P. Barnett 18 Nov 1966
CDR Austin C. O’Brien, Jr. 21 Nov 1967
CDR Richard M. Fletcher Nov 1968
CDR Walter R. Petersen 30 Sep 1969
CDR Daniel H. L. Gholson 10 Jul 1970
LCDR Henry E. Nelson 16 Jun 1971
VA-12 flew its first combat sortie since its establishment 21 years
earlier. The squadron completed
its Vietnam deployment in December 1966 without sustaining any combat damage to its aircraft.
12 Nov 1966:
VA-12’s commanding officer, Commander Robert C. Frosio, was lost at
sea during flight operations from Franklin D. Roosevelt.
14 Dec 1966:
Commander Barnett, commanding officer of VA-12, led a 42-plane
strike against a heavily
defended target in North Vietnam and for which he was awarded the Silver Star.
Information from: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I
Information for time in Westpac/Vietnam
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