Navy Attack Squadron 172
The history of Navy Attack Squadron 172 (VA-172)
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-4C SoLant/IO/West Pac/Vietnam
05 Mar 1970 17 Dec 1970 CVW-8 CVS 38 A-4C SoLant/IO/West Pac/Vietnam
Air Wing Assignments
Air Wing Tail Code Assignment Date
CVG-1/CVW-1 AB 15 Mar 1958
CVW-8 AJ 25 Aug 1968
CDR Bruce A. Nystrom 23 Dec 1965
CDR Robert D. Harris, Jr. 03 Dec 1966
CDR Thomas A. Francis 24 Nov 1967
CDR John D. Yamnicky 27 Nov 1968
CDR Conrad B. Olson 31 Oct 1969
The squadron commenced combat operations in Vietnam. These were its
first combat sorties
since the Korean War in 1952.
2 Dec 1966:
The squadron’s commanding officer,Commander Bruce A. Nystrom, was
lost in a night
reconnaissance mission over the Red River delta area in North Vietnam.
Information from: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I
Information for time in Westpac/Vietnam
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