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