VA 172

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

Commanders

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



Significant Events

 

Aug 1966:

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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