VA 216

Navy Attack Squadron 216 

 

 





 


The history of Navy Attack Squadron 216 (VA-216)

Major Overseas Deployments


Date of Departure    Date of Return    Air Wing    Carrier      Type of Aircraft    Area of Operation

21 Oct 1964         29 May 1965       CVW-21     CVA 19         A-4C             WestPac/Vietnam
10 Nov 1965         01 Aug 1966       CVW-21    CVA 19         A-4C             WestPac/Vietnam
07 Sep 1968         18 Apr 1969       CVW-15     CVA 43         A-4C             WestPac/Vietnam


Air Wing Assignments


        Air Wing          Tail Code     Assignment Date

COMFAIRALAMEDA                 01 Sep 1966
CVW-3                 AC                  01 Feb 1967
COMFAIRALAMEDA                09 Dec 1967
CVW-15             NL                                 1968
CVW-17            AA                                  1969

Commanders

CDR R. E. Schwoeffermann 07 Nov 1964
CDR Carl Birdwell, Jr. 1965
CDR Robert S. Moore 21 Oct 1966
CDR James J. Tyson 10 Oct 1967
CDR James B. Busey IV 17 Dec 1968
CDR Roger A. Massey, Jr. 19 Sep 1969



Significant Events

 

Nov 1963:

Embarked in Hancock, the squadron operated off the coast of South Vietnam following the
coup that overthrew President Diem.


29 Dec 1964–May 1965:

 VA-216 participated in
Yankee Team operations, armed reconnaissance flights over Laos, and Barrel Roll operations, armed reconnaissance
and strike missions in eastern Laos covering the infiltration routes used by the Communists.


7 Feb 1965:

VA-216 participated in Flaming Dart I operations, striking the Dong Hoi Barracks. These
reprisal attacks against targets in North Vietnam were in response to the shelling of an American advisors
compound at Pleiku by the Viet Cong.


11 Feb 1965:

The squadron participated in Flaming Dart II operations, reprisal attacks against the barracks
at Chanh Hoa, North Vietnam.


Mar–May 1965:

VA-216’s Skyhawks participated in the Rolling Thunder campaign, strikes against designated
military targets in North Vietnam.


Mar 1966:

Squadron aircraft participated in Operation Jackstay, providing close air support for the
amphibious operations that cleared the Rung Sat zone,the river channels, southeast of Saigon.


1 May 1966:

Lieutenant C. O. Tolbert was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a combat mission
over North Vietnam involving the Xom Dom Dien supply area and the sighting of a SAM missile battery
which was destroyed in a later mission.


7 Jul 1966:

 The squadron’s commanding officer,Commander C. Birdwell, was awarded the Silver Star
for his actions in a strike against the Haiphong POL storage area.


Information from: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I

Information for time in Westpac/Vietnam


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