VA-155

VA-155 Silver Foxes

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VT-153 "Gremlin" - 1946
Drawn by Bud Southworth

"Mushroom Shaped Cloud" - 1958
Patch created by Hank "Soloman" Bowman

"Skull and Cobra" - 1959
Gary Wright

"Combat Centurion" - 1966
Al Hyde

"Silver Fox" - 1987
Jim Ritchie


Patch

  • February 11, 1946, Torpedo Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE adopted the "Gremlin Riding a Torpedo" patch displayed above.
  • June 12, 1947, after VT-153 was redesignated VA-16A, a new "Two Turkey" patch was adopted. The patch had a yellow sky and light green ocean background and blue TBFs, The crest had yellow lettering, red was used for the rockets, lightning bolts, and the mouth and eyes of the TBFs, the radome was light green. The cloud and hands of the TBFs were white; all other details were black.
  • February 18, 1949, VA-155 adopted the "Skull and Cobra" patch. The insignia had a red background, white skull, and yellow cobra.
  • September 23, 1952, VA-71E adopted a "Lightening Flash" patch. The crest had a silver-gray disk with a red border; a yellow-winged white and red lightening flash in front of a black cloud.
  • February 4, 1953, VA-155 adopted the "Skull and Cobra" patch.
  • 1957 --- The VA-155 unofficial "Mushroom Shaped Cloud" patch (shown above) was designed by VA-155 ground-pounder Hank "Soloman" Bowman. This occurred while VA-155 was flying the Douglas Skyraider in the orient. The "Mushroom Shaped Cloud" crest was used by squadron personnel on jackets and other items such as cigarette lighters. Information from "Rico."
  • July 8, 1959, VA-155 modified the "Skull and Cobra" patch with the addition of two diagonal green stripes. The patch had a red background outlined in green, the scroll was white outlined in green with black lettering. The cobra's upper body was a salmon color with black lines, its head was green with white eyes and black pupils, the coiled part of the snake was greenish black.
  • Before 1965 VA-155 personnel wore an unofficial "Fox Head" patch. The "Fox Head" logo was incorporated in the 1966 Combat Centurion" patch.
  • During the Vietnam war squadron pilots wore an unofficial "Combat Centurion" patch. 1966 example is displayed above.
  • July 24, 1987 and after reestablishment VA-155 adopted the "Silver Fox" patch. Displayed above.


Handle

  • 1945 - ? Gremlins
  • 1960 - 1993 Silver Fox (rumour has it that C.O. John Smith had a full head of silver hair, and thus the "silver foxes".)


Heritage

  • March 26, 1945, Torpedo Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VT-153) established.
  • November 15, 1946, VT-153 redesignated as Attack Squadron SIXTEEN A (VA-16A).
  • July 15, 1948, VA-16A redesignated as Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155).
  • November 30, 1949, VA-155 disestablished.
  • 1946, Reserve Attack Squadron SEVENTY-ONE E (VA-71E) established.
  • October 1, 1948, VA-71E redesignated Reserve Attack Squadron FIFTY-EIGHT A (VA-58A).
  • November 1, 1949, VA-58A redesignated Reserve Composite Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (VC-722).
  • April 1, 1950, VC-722, redesignated Reserve Attack Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (VA-728).
  • February 1, 1951, VA-728 called to active duty as Attack Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (VA-728).
  • February 4, 1953, VA-728 redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155).
  • September 30, 1977, Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE disestablished.
  • September 1, 1987 Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155) re-established.
  • April 30, 1993, Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE disestablished.
  • Note: There are three time periods a VA-155 squadron appeared. The root squadron VA-71E (established 1946) of the second VA-155 occurred before the first VA-155 was disestablished in 1949.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • March 26 1945 - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Lewiston
  • June 1, 1945- - - - - - - Naval Air Station Oceana
  • July 2, 1946- - - - - - - Naval Air Station Norfolk
  • August 8, 1946- - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • 1946- - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Glenview
  • 1951- - - - - - - - - - - Naval Air Station Alameda
  • May 1952- - - - - - - - - Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Santa Rosa *
  • August 25, 1952 - - - - - Naval Air Station Moffett Field
  • August 21 1961- - - - - - Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • September 1, 1987 - - - - Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  • * Following the Korea combat tour temporary base for training and reforming.


Air Wings

  • March 26, 1945 - - - - - B/A †- - - - CVG-153/CVAG-15/CVG-15 **
  • April 1, 1951- - - - - - H/NL*- - - - CVG-15/CVW-15 ††
  • April 1968 - - - - - - - - AH - - - - CVW-16
  • September 12, 1968 - - - - NE - - - - CVW-2
  • June 24, 1969 - - - - - - - - - - - - CVW-12‡
  • November 22, 1969- - - - - NM - - - - CVW-19
  • December 1, 1987 - - - - - NM - - - - CVW-10
  • May 1, 1988- - - - - - - - AA - - - - CVW-17
  • October 1, 1989- - - - - - NE - - - - CVW-2
  • * CVG-153 was redesignated CVAG-15 November 15, 1946. CVAG-15 was redesignated CVG-15 September 1, 1948.
  • † December 12, 1946 CVAG-15 was assigned the tail code "B". On August 4, 1948 the tail code "B" was changed to "A".
  • ** July 1, 1957 the tail code was changed from "H" to "NL".
  • †† December 20, 1963 CVG-15 was redesignated CVW-15 as Carrier Air Groups (CVG) were redesignated Carrier Air Wings (CVW).
  • ‡ When the squadron was assigned to CVW-12, it operated under the control of VA-122 while undergoing training for the transition to the A-7 Corsair II


Deployments

  • 03-31-47 to 10-08-47 - CVAG-15 - CV 36 - TBM-3E/3Q/3W - WestPac
  • 09-08-51 to 05-02-52 - CVG-15 - CV 36- - AD-4/L/Q & AD-2 - Korea
  • 01-24-53 to 09-21-53 - CVG-15 - CVA 37 - AD-4NA - Korea/WestPac
  • 07-01-54 to 02-28-55 - CVG-15 - CVA 10 - AD-6 - WestPac
  • 04-23-56 to 10-15-56 - CVG-15 - CVA 18 - AD-6 - WestPac
  • 02-15-58 to 10-02-58 - CVG-15 - CVA 19 - AD-7 - WestPac
  • 08-01-59 to 01-18-60 - CVG-15 - CVA 19 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 09-19-60 to 05-27-61 - CVG-15 - CVA 43 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 12-12-61 to 07-17-62 - CVG-15 - CVA 43 - A4D-2 - WestPac
  • 04-03-63 to 11-25-63 - CVG-15 - CVA 43 - A-4B - WestPac
  • 12-07-64 to 11-01-65 - CVW-15 - CVA 43 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 05-12-66 to 12-03-66 - CVW-15 - CVA 64 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 07-26-67 to 04-06-68 - CVW-15 - CVA 43 - A-4E - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10-26-68 to 05-17-69 - CVW-2- - CVA 61 - A-4F - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 05-14-70 to 12-10-70 - CVW-19 - CVA 34 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 05-14-71 to 12-18-71 - CVW-19 - CVA 34 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 06-05-72 to 03-30-73 - CVW-19 - CVA 34 - A-7B - WestPac/Vietnam
  • 10-18-73 to 06-05-74 - CVW-19 - CVA 34 - A-7B - WestPac/IO
  • 09-16-75 to 03-03-76 - CVW-19 - CV 34- - A-7B - WestPac
  • 19-04-76 to 04-21-77 - CVW-19 - CV 42- - A-7B - Mediterranean
  • 12-08-90 to 06-09-91 - CVW-2 - CV 61 - A-6E - WestPac/IO/ Persian Gulf
  • 08-01-92 to 01-31-93 - CVW-2 - CV 61 - A-6E - WestPac/IO/ Persian Gulf.


Aircraft

  • March 30, 1945 - - - - - - - - - TBM-3E Grumman Avenger
  • April 1946 - - - - - - - - - - - North American SNJ Trainer
  • April 1946 - - - - - - - - - - - TBM-3Q Grumman Avenger
  • April 1947 - - - - - - - - - - - TBM-3W Grumman Avenger
  • July 19, 1949- - - - - - - - - - AD-2/4 Douglas Skyraider
  • 1951 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Martin AM-1 Mauler *
  • 1951 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver *
  • July 26, 1952- - - - - - - - - - AD-4NA/6/7 Douglas Skyraider **
  • October 8, 1958- - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk **
  • December 1963- - - - - - - - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk **
  • April 10, 1968 - - - - - - - - - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
  • April 23, 1968 - - - - - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
  • September 29, 1969 - - - - - - - A-7B Vought Corsair II
  • November 16, 1987- - - - - - - - Grumman KA-6D/A-6E Intruder
  • * During the squadron's Reserve duty between 1946 and its activation in February 1951, it flew SB2Cs, TBMs and AMs.
  • ** November 30, 1962
    • The AD-6 designation was changed to A-1H
    • The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E
  • A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142082 c/n 11336
        • 31 Mar 1959 - VA-155 - NAS Miramar, CA
        • 26 Jul 1960 - VA-153 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
      • 142083 c/n 11337
        • 26 Nov 1960 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 12 May 1961 - H&MS-12 - NAS Cubi Point, RP

        • 02 Aug 1962 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 02 Jan 1963 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 142084 c/n 11338
        • 01 Aug 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 May 1962 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 14 Aug 1962 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Nov 1962 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142121 c/n 11375
        • 30 Oct 1960 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 06 Jan 1964 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142816 c/n 11878
        • 15 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 27 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142817 c/n 11879
        • 14 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 08 Jul 1959 - Stricken - 1AA0
      • 142822 c/n 11884
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 22 Sep 1959 - FASron-11 - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 142824 c/n 11886
        • 21 Dec 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142828 c/n 11890
        • 07 Jul 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142830 c/n 11892
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 27 Dec 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142839 c/n 11901
        • 26 Feb 1959 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 16 Oct 1959 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 142840 c/n 11902
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 25 Oct 1963 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 142842 c/n 11904
        • 14 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 08 Feb 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142843 c/n 11905
        • 27 Jun 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142849 c/n 11911
        • 14 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 23 Dec 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142857 c/n 11919
        • 21 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 07 Jan 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142862 c/n 11924
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 14 Mar 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142865 c/n 11927
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 07 Nov 1961 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 142866 c/n 11928
        • 12 Jul 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142867 c/n 11929
        • 08 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, FL
        • 03 Nov 1961 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 142885 c/n 11947
        • 30 Nov 1962 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 19 Mar 1963 - NAS - NAS Lemoore,CA
      • 142893 c/n 11955
        • 28 Feb 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 06 Jan 1964 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142899 c/n 11961
        • 01 Sep 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 06 Jan 1964 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142907 c/n 11969
        • 03 Aug 1960 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 23 Mar 1961 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 142915 c/n 11977
        • 21 Oct 1958 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 31 Dec 1958 - Stricken - 1AA1
      • 142916 c/n 11978
        • 22 Sep 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 27 Dec 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142952 c/n 12014
        • 31 Oct 1959 - VA-155 - USS Hancock
        • 13 Jul 1960 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 144879 C/N 12125
        • 11 Jul 1961 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 31 Oct 1961 - VA-163 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 144887 C/N 12133
        • 28 Mar 1961 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 03 Nov 1961 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 144976 C/N 12222
        • 11 Nov 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145038 C/N 12284
        • 10 Jul 1959 - VA-155 - NAS Moffett Field, CA
        • 12 May 1961 - H&MS-12 - NAS Cubi Point, RP

        • 14 Apr 1962 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 29 Jun 1962 - FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 145041 C/N 12287
        • 30 Jan 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Nov 1963 - NAS - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 145046 C/N 12292
        • 22 Sep 1959 - VA-155 - USS Hancock
        • 12 May 1961 - H&MS-12 - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149658 c/n 12983
        • 16 Oct 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149666 c/n 12991
        • 06 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 01 Oct 1967 - NAS COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA

    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149959 c/n 13012
        • 07 Oct 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 16 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149967 c/n 13020
        • 03 Aug 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 16 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149976 c/n 13029
        • 29 Jan 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 16 Oct 1965 - VA-153 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 149977 c/n 13030
        • 08 Feb 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 16 Nov 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 149981 c/n 13034
        • 08 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 06 Jul 1967 - VA-192 - USS Ticonderoga
      • 149989 c/n 13042
        • 03 Aug 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 16 Oct 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 149991 c/n 13044
        • 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 10 Sep 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150007 c/n 13060
        • 13 Jun 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 28 Jun 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150010 c/n 13063
        • 08 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 01 Aug 1967 - VA-56 - USS Enterprise
      • 150017 c/n 13070
        • 08 Mar 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 01 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150037 c/n 13090
        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 25 Nov 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150055 c/n 13108
        • 19 Nov 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 02 Jun 1967 - VA-212 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 150058 c/n 13111
        • 19 Nov 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 13 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150059 c/n 13112
        • 02 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 26 Oct 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150062 c/n 13115
        • 19 Nov 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 02 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150067 c/n 13120
        • 07 Dec 1964 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 12 Aug 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150072 c/n 13125
        • 04 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 18 Jul 1965 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150073 c/n 13126
        • 14 Jul 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Oct 1965 - VA-163 - USS Oriskany
      • 150074 c/n 13127
        • 04 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Aug 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150075 c/n 13128
        • 04 Dec 1963 - VA-155 NL-503 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Feb 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150077 c/n 13130
        • 05 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 20 Feb 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 150078 c/n 13131
        • 05 Dec 1963 - VA-155 NL505 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 29 Mar 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 150079 c/n 13132
        • 05 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Aug 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150094 c/n 13147
        • 16 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 03 Aug 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150097 c/n 13150
        • 16 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Feb 1965 - NAS - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150102 c/n 13155
        • 19 Nov 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 07 Mar 1967 - VA-163 - USS Oriskany
    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk (Continued
      • 150119 c/n 13172
        • 16 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 25 Oct 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA

        • 18 Nov 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 25 Apr 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150121 c/n 13174
        • 16 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 26 Aug 1965 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 150124 c/n 13177
        • 16 Dec 1963 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 15 Nov 1966 - NAS - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 150126 c/n 13179
        • 16 Dec 1964 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Apr 1964 - Stricken - 1AA2
      • 150132 c/n 13185
        • 08 Jul 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 24 Mar 1967 - VA-163 - USS Oriskany
      • 151026 c/n 13196
        • 01 Feb 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 05 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151040 c/n 13210
        • 13 Dec 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 may 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151054 c/n 13224
        • 16 Mar 1964 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Feb 1965 - VA-153 - USS Coral Sea

        • 23 Nov 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Nov 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151065 c/n 13235
        • 01 Feb 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 10 Aug 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 151073 c/n 13243
        • 26 Feb 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 27 Dec 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151074 c/n 13244
        • 18 Feb 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Nov 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151075 c/n 13245
        • 20 Feb 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 03 Mar 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151076 c/n 13246
        • 15 Apr 1964 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 27 Dec 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151079 c/n 13249
        • 16 Apr 1964 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Mar 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151084 c/n 13254
        • 19 Aug 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 29 Dec 1966 - VA-192 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151105 c/n 13275
        • 03 Mar 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 03 Apr 1965 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 151108 c/n 13278
        • 05 Apr 1965 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 16 Nov 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 151139 c/n 13309
        • 17 Aug 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 02 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 151181 c/n 13351
        • 23 Feb 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 29 Mar 1966 - VA-23 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152016 c/n 13404
        • 07 Dec 1964 - VA-155 - USS Coral Sea
        • 11 Oct 1965 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152017 c/n 13405
        • 19 Nov 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 02 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152019 c/n 13407
        • 29 Jun 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 Sep 1968 - VA-144 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 152037 c/n 13425
        • 07 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 19 Mar 1968 - NAS A&T - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152038 c/n 13426
        • 02 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 17 Oct 1967 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152043 c/n 13431
        • 21 Aug 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 13 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152044 c/n 13432
        • 08 Jul 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 07 Mar 1969 - VA-94 - USS Bon Homme Richard
      • 152045 c/n 13433
        • 08 Jul 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 29 Jul 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152050 c/n 13438
        • 11 Aug 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 28 Jun 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152058 c/n 13446
        • 11 Jan 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 06 May 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152061 c/n 13449
        • 27 Mar 1967 - VA-155 - NAS Alameda, CA
        • 11 Dec 1967 - NAS - NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 152068 c/n 13456
        • 10 Mar 1966 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 11 Nov 1966 - NAS COSA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 152073 c/n 13461
        • 12 May 1966 - VA-155 - USS Constellation
        • 27 Jun 1966 - Stricken - 1S
      • 152074 c/n 13462
        • 09 Nov 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 25 Apr 1966 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 152075 c/n 13463
        • 09 Nov 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 10 Feb 1966 - VA-164 - USS Oriskany
      • 152076 c/n 13464
        • 09 Nov 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 01 Dec 1965 - VA-164 - USS Oriskany
      • 152077 c/n 13465
        • 10 Nov 1965 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 07 Feb 1966 - VA-164 - USS Oriskany
      • 153467 c/n 13533
        • 10 Jun 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 19 Oct 1968 - VA-112 - USS Ticonderoga

    • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
      • 154989 c/n 13805
        • 02 May 1969 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 28 Aug 1969 - VA-125 COSA - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154999 c/n 13815
        • 02 May 1969 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 May 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 155040 c/n 13856
        • 02 May 1969 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 15 Jul 1969 - VA-164 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155041 c/n 13857
        • 22 Sep 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 02 Oct 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155047 c/n 13863
        • 11 Oct 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 24 May 1969 - VA-155 - USS Oriskany
      • 155050 c/n 13866
        • 10 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 29 Aug 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155051 c/n 13867
        • 10 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Jul 1969 - VA-55 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155052 c/n 13868
        • 11 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Jul 1969 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155054 c/n 13870
        • 15 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 May 1968 - Stricken - 1S
      • 155055 c/n 13871
        • 17 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Oct 1968 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155056 c/n 13872
        • 30 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 03 Jul 1969 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155057 c/n 13873
        • 30 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 16 Sep 1969 - VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155058 c/n 13874
        • 02 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 31 Mar 1969 - FS FAWPRA - NAS Atsugi, Japan
      • 155059 c/n 13875
        • 29 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 17 Jan 1969 - Stricken - 1S
      • 155060 c/n 13876
        • 02 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 12 Nov 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
      • 155061 c/n 13877
        • 29 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 03 Jul 1969 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155062 c/n 13878
        • 09 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 23 Jul 1969 - VA-55 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155063 c/n 13879
        • 08 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 08 Jul 1969 - VA-55 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155064 c/n 13880
        • 09 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 09 Jul 1969 - VA-212 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 155069 c/n 13885 - Last A-4F built
        • 21 Jun 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Nov 1969 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 154326 c/n 13714
        • 23 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 13 Jun 1968 – VA-125 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154327 c/n 13715
        • 23 Apr 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Oct 1968 - VA-93 - NAS Lemoore, CA
      • 154332 c/n 13720
        • 23 May 1968 - VA-155 - NAS Lemoore, CA
        • 21 Oct 1968 - VA-93 - NAS Lemoore, CA


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • January 10, 1942 - - - - LT Wallace A. Sherrill
  • March 26, 1945 - - - - - LT Harlan C. McFadden, Jr. (acting)
  • April 6, 1945- - - - - - LCDR Frederick G. Lewis
  • June 26, 1946- - - - - - LCDR Richard D. King (acting)
  • July 3, 1946 - - - - - - LCDR Gaylord T. Forrest
  • January 10, 1948 - - - - LCDR Gerald R. Stablein
  • January 1949 - - - - - - LCDR Donald L. Ely
  • August 29, 1946- - - - - LCDR Soule T. Bitting
  • May 1952 - - - - - - - - LCDR B. K. Harrison (acting)
  • August 8, 1952 - - - - - LCDR Raymond S. Osterhoudt
  • October 1953 - - - - - - LCDR Frank R. West
  • March 21, 1955 - - - - - LCDR Jack B. Jones
  • December 10, 1956- - - - CDR Henry E. Clark
  • October 29, 1958 - - - - CDR Deforest Q. Joralmon
  • February 1960- - - - - - CDR Robert E. McElwee
  • August 4, 1961 - - - - - CDR Ira K. Kruger
  • July 31, 1962- - - - - - CDR Patrick F. Cunningham
  • June 27, 1963- - - - - - CDR T. B. Russell, Jr.
  • July 17, 1964- - - - - - CDR J. H. Harris
  • 1965 - - - - - - - - - - CDR J. B. Morin
  • 1966 - - - - - - - - - - CDR Charles H. Peters
  • July 11, 1966- - - - - - CDR E. W. Ingley
  • June 1967- - - - - - - - CDR William H. Searfus
  • December 1967- - - - - - CDR David J. Sperling
  • December 7, 1968 - - - - CDR Robert F. Reynolds, Jr.
  • October 24, 1969 - - - - CDR Edwin C. Adamson, Jr.
  • August 28, 1970- - - - - CDR James H. Mauldin
  • 1971 - - - - - - - - - - CDR Markley R. Seibert
  • June 2, 1972 - - - - - - CDR Dean E. Cramer
  • June 7, 1973 - - - - - - CDR Robert L. Leuschner, Jr.
  • July 17, 1974- - - - - - CDR Larry E. Kaufman
  • October 24, 1975 - - - - CDR Robert D. Miller
  • January 5, 1977- - - - - CDR Robert C. Kaup
  • September 1, 1987- - - - CDR Jack J. Samar
  • January 12, 1989 - - - - CDR Kenneth R. Zimmerman
  • June 29, 1990- - - - - - CDR Frank Sweigart
  • September 12, 1991 - - - CDR Larry J. Munns


Events

  • March 26, 1945:
    Torpedo Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VT-153) established at Naval Auxiliary Air Field Lewiston, Idaho.

  • March 30, 1945:
    VT-153 was assigned the TBM-3E Grumman Avenger.

  • June 1, 1945:
    VT-153 moved to Naval Auxiliary Air Field Oceana, Virginia.

  • April 1946:
    VT-153 was assigned the TBM-3Q Grumman Avenger.

  • July 2, 1946:
    Torpedo Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VT-153) moved to Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia.

  • August 8, 1946:
    VT-153 moved to Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • November 15, 1946:
    VT-153 was redesignated Attack Squadron SIXTEEN A (VA-16A).

  • 1946:
    Reserve Attack Squadron SEVENTY-ONE E (VA-71E) was established at Naval Air Station Glenview, Illinois. This Reserve Attack Squadron VA-71E would on February 4, 1953 become the second VA-155. Reserve Attack Squadron VA-71E was assigned the: Martin AM-1 Mauler, Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver and the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider.

  • March 31, 1947 through October 8, 1947:
    VA-16A flying the TBM-3 Avenger deployed with CVAG-15 on United States Ship Antietam CV 36 to WestPac. In April during the deployment three of the squadron's aircraft (Grumman TBM-3W Avengers) were equipped as ASW planes, giving the squadron an ASW mission as well as attack.

  • July 15, 1948:
    VA-16A was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155). On July 19, VA-155 was assigned the Douglas AD-4 Skyraider.

  • October 1, 1948:
    Reserve squadron VA-71E was redesignated Reserve Attack Squadron FIFTY-EIGHT A (VA-58A).

  • November 1, 1949:
    Reserve Attack Squadron FIFTY-EIGHT A (VA-58A) was redesignated Reserve Composite Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (VC-722).

  • November 30, 1949:
    The first VA-155 was disestablished at Naval Air Station Alameda, California.

  • April 1, 1950:
    Reserve Composite Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-TWO (VC-722) was redesignated Reserve Attack Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (VA-728).

  • February 1, 1951:
    Reserve Attack Squadron VA-728 was called to active duty as Attack Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (VA-728) at Naval Air Station Alameda, California. The squadron was assigned the AD-1, AD-2, AD-4, AD-4L and AD-4Q versions of the Douglas Skyraider.

  • September 8, 1951 through May 2, 1952:
    VA-728 flying the AD-2, AD-4, AD-4L and AD-4Q versions of the Skyraider deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Antietam CV 36 for combat in Korea.

  • October 1951:
    VA-728 engaged in combat operations, flying its first sorties over Korea.

  • May 1952:
    Following the Korean combat tour the squadron was temporarily based at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Santa Rosa, California to reform. On July 26, the squadron was assigned the Douglas AD-4NA, AD-6 and AD-7 Skyraiders.

  • August 25, 1952:
    Following reformation the squadron moved to Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California for training.

  • January 24, 1953 through September 21, 1953:
    VA-728 flying the AD-4NA Skyraider deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Princeton CV 37 for its second combat tour in Korea.

  • February 4, 1953:
    During the second Korean combat tour VA-728 was redesignated Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155).

  • August 1, 1954 through February 28, 1955:
    VA-155 flying the AD-6 Skyraider deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Yorktown CV 10 to WestPac.

  • February 1955:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE aircraft flew sorties in support of the evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands.

  • April 23, 1956 through October 15, 1956:
    VA-155 flying the AD-6 Skyraider deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Wasp CVA 18 to WestPac.

  • February 15, 1958 through October 2, 1958:
    VA-155 flying the AD-7 Skyraider deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to WestPac.

  • August 21 through September 11, 1958:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE flew sorties in the Taiwan Straits after the Chinese Communists bombarded Quemoy Island.

  • October 8, 1958:
    After the Hancock CVA 19 WestPac cruise VA-155 was assigned the Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk.

  • Circa 1959
    In 1958 VA-155 returned from a Westpac cruise. The squadron flew ADs which were retired and A4D-2s were assigned to the unit. I joined the squadron with the new aircraft in 1958. Only two AD pilots were retained (Artie Cisson and Dale Klugman). All other officers were replaced. The new CO was Cdr. Jourolman who (I believe) flew torpedo planes in WWII. He was very “traditional Navy” although not an Academy graduate. He returned the squadron patch to the “cobra and skull” image which had been used earlier. His XO was Lcdr. John “Smitty” Smith. In the last phase of training prior to deployment on the U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19), the CO bought the farm on a low level training mission in Arizona. He was the second squadron pilot lost in the training cycle – the other was on a night landing engine failure. No replacement pilots were assigned for either loss.
    Since deployment was imminent, the XO was given command. John Smith was very handsome and had a very thick shock of prematurely silver hair. Obviously morale issues were important after having two pilot losses; therefore, one issue used to unify the group was to designate ourselves the “Silver Foxes” referring, of course, to Smitty’s hair. The move was very popular and spread outside the squadron – partly because Smitty was very personable and likeable.
    Comments by: Jerry McCleskey

  • July 9, 1959:
    CO Cmdr. DeForest Joralmon perished when he ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142817 too low for his parachute to deploy on a practice bombing run on Stoddard Mountain, near Victorville, CA
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article
    Redlands, CADaily Facts article

    On the morning of July 8, 1959 the Commander of VA-155, DeForest Joralmon took off from the USS Hancock (CVA-19) in Douglas A4D-2 Bu No 142817 with one other A4D-2 flown by LTJG J. F. Donahue. Their flight plan was to include a low altitude “Sandblower” (simulated special weapon attack mission) over the Mojave and Colorado deserts en route to El Centro NAF before returning to the USS Hancock. At about 8:30 AM CMDR Joralmon’s “Skyhawk suffered an explosion in the J65 jet engine, he immediately jettisoned his external fuel tanks and the inert practice weapon. CMDR Joralmon then tried to gain as much altitude as possible before ejecting. Sadly, the cannon armed ejection seat did not carry CMDR Joralmon high enough to allow full parachute deployment. His A4D-2 crashed into a ridge in the Stoddard Mountains and exploded scattering wreckage over a wide area.
    The official Navy investigation found that mechanical/engine failure was the primary cause of the accident. Most of Bu No 142817’s wreckage was removed by the Navy in 1959, but 1%-2% remains at the crash site today. Later models of the famed “Skyhawk” were equipped with the zero/zero rocket ejection seat that would certainly have saved CMDR Joralmon’s life. In 1962 the A4D series of aircraft were designated A-4, the A4D-2 became the A-4B. The “Skyhawk” went on to serve the Navy and Marines for many decades before their retirement but a few years ago.

  • July 13, 1960:
    LtCmdr. Garrett White ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142952 during a practice bombing run after his aircraft's engine over heated
    Oakland, CA Tribune article

  • August 1, 1959 through January 18, 1960:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Hancock CVA 19 to WestPac.

  • September 19, 1960 through May 27, 1961:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 to WestPac. In January the squadron operated in the South China Sea after Pathet Lao forces captured strategic positions in Laos.

  • January 7, 1961:
    Lt(jg) Dave Dunning was lost A4D-2 BuNo 142857 at launch due to asymetric slat extension and hit the water in an inverted attitude. USS Rupertus (DD 851) recovered a wing tank.
    History of the USS Henry W. Tucker - DDR 875 (1960-1964)

  • March 10, 1961:
    LCdr. William E. Orr ejected safely when his aircraft flamed out and crashed into a mountainous region east of Nagoya, Japan.
    US Armed Forces Pacific Stars & Stripes article

  • August 21 1961:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE was moved to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

  • December 12, 1961 through August 17, 1962:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 to WestPac.

  • April 3, 1963 through November 25, 1963:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE flying the Douglas A-4B Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 to WestPac.

  • December 1963:
    VA-155 Silver Fox were assigned the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk.

  • February 22, 1964:
    Lt. Edward A Dickson ejected over the Sierra Navada mountains when his A-4E BuNo 150077 lost power. His chute failed to open, he landed in a snow drift, bounced 50 ft but survived with only a broken leg.
    Hayward, CA The Daily Review article
    Titusville, PA The Titusville Herald article
    Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Sentinel article

    USN Douglas A-4E Skyhawk #150077 was one of four A-4s out of NAS Lemoore that were on a flight to practice aerial refueling, bomb and rocket deliveries and defensive tactics. The group of A-4s met up with the tanker at approximately 12,500 feet MSL and headed towards the target area with the A-4s practicing refueling enroute. The four aircraft, NL506, NL505, NL510 and NL504, in that order, all made routine plug-ins and received a token amount of fuel, 20-30 gallons. The exercise was repeated and another round of plug-ins commenced. NL505, NL506, and NL510 preformed the operation normally, but a small amount of fuel sprayed from the store drogue onto the windshield of NL510 when it unplugged, a common occurrence. Next Lt. Edward A. Dickson in NL504 moved into position and executed what appeared to be a smooth plug-in with an excellent closure rate. As NL504 pushed the drogue in, fuel began streaming from the drogue basket at a high rate and sprayed over the aircraft nose, canopy and into the engine intake ducts. Lt. Dickson radioed to the tanker telling him to turn the transfer off and at the same time reduced the throttle to at or near idle in attempt to back away from the drogue. The ingested fuel caused fumes in the cockpit and Lt. Dickson diverted his attention momentarily to place the air conditioning system to RAM AIR. NL504 moved under the tanker in spite of the throttle being at idle. Lt. Dickson then extended the speed brakes and NL504 back free from the drogue. The period during which fuel initially started streaming from the drogue until it stopped after NL504 backed free was 10 to 15 seconds. The ingested fuel damaged the engine and caused a compressor stall. Lt. Dickson entered a 180-190 knot glide with the throttle at idle which did not change the compressor stall condition. Next he shifted to manual fuel control and shortly thereafter advanced the throttle to about three quarters of full throttle position in an effort to stop his sink rate. There was no noticeable power response or any change in the compressor stall condition. At this time Lt. Dickson realized he would not clear the ridge ahead and ejected from the aircraft. The ESCAPAC seat fired but the parachute did not deploy due to the fact that the elevation of the terrain was too high to allow normal parachute deployment using the automatic features of the egress system and Lt. Dickson did not have time to manually deploy his parachute prior to ground impact. The pilot impacted on a 10 degree down slope near the top of a ridge in approximately 30 inches of snow and bounced 43 feet and hit a pine tree. The pilot only sustained moderate injuries consisting of a broken femur and a fractured ankle of the right leg. The pilot attempted to signal to his flight using 5 rounds of .38 caliber tracer ammunition with no success. Then he ignited the day smoke end of a MK 13 MOD O distress signal which was immediately seen by members of the flight. An Air Force HH 43 helicopter effected rescue at about 1450.

    After surviving the ejection from his A-4E over the Sierra Mountains, Lt. Edward A. Dickson was killed in action on 2/7/65 during Operation Flaming Dart over North Vietnam. He was flying the A-4E BuNo 150075 with the VA-155 off the carrier USS Coral Sea. Due to low clouds and rain the strikers flew in at a attitude of only 700 feet. As they started their attack run, Dicksons Skyhawk shuddered and burst into flames when hit by 37mm flak. With his aircraft trailing a 50 foot stream of flame, he radioed that he was staying with the burning A-4 to continue his attack run. Soon afterward, he dropped his bombs then turned heading for the sea, but by now his A-4 was engulfed in flames forcing him to eject. Unfortunately his parachute did not deploy and he was considered lost at sea, killed in action. In 1985, twenty years later, the Vietnamese returned his ID card. Lt Dickson received a posthumous Navy Cross in recognition of staying with his burning aircraft and completing the mission. It was the first award of the Navy highest citation for aerial action in Vietnam and the first for an A-4 pilot.

  • April 13, 1964:
    Lt G.J. Mischke ejected from A-4E BuNo 150126 and was injured after a mid-air collision with another A-4E flown by Ens. J. Starling who landed safely
    Winona, MN Winona Daily News article

  • December 7, 1964 through November 1, 1965:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 for its first combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • February 7 and 11, 1965:
    The Silver Fox participated in Flaming Dart I and II, reprisal strikes against targets in North Vietnam following a Viet Cong attack on the American advisors compound at Pleiku and the American billet in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

  • February 7, 1965:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150075 side number NL 503 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant Edward Andrew Dickson was KIA, and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions under fire.
    He was the first Skyhawk pilot killed in the Vietnam War.

  • March 1965:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE began participation in Rolling Thunder operations, the bombing of military targets in North Vietnam.

  • March 29, 1965:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150078 side number NL 505 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Commander J. H. Harris was rescued from the Gulf of Tonkin by the submarine USS Charr.

  • August 12, 1965:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150067 side number NL 507 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant W. T. Fidelibus was rescued.
    For his actions LCdr William T. Fidelibus was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Deleware County Daily Times, Thursday, January 27, 1966

  • May 12, 1966 through December 3, 1966:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Constellation CVA 64 for its second combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam. VA-155 was the first A-4 squadron deploying to Vietnam using a new camouflage paint scheme nicknamed the "Flying Mulberrybushes." The new paint scheme and colors were expected to reduce battle damage by making the aircraft more difficult to see.

  • June 27, 1966:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152073 side number NL 507 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander G. A. Smith was Killed in Action.

  • July 1, 1966:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE's commanding officer, Commander C. H. Peters, Silver Fox in A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152017 side number NL 511 was shot down and Killed In Action by North Vietnamese Triple A fire while leading an attack on petroleum facilities at Duong Nham, North Vietnam.

  • July 4, 1966:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151026 side number NL 513 was shot down by North Vietnamese gunboat Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant N. E. Holben was rescued.

  • July 29, 1966:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152045 side number NL 513 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade V. K. Cameron was Killed In Action.

  • August 10, 1966:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151065 was lost in a non-combat accident. LtCdr Joseph Stephen Henriquez perished.
    LCdr. Joseph Stephen Henriquez ejected and was killed when his engine failed on launch and his parachute failed to open. 0635 A-4E Bureau No 151065 of VA-155, pilot LCDR J.S. Henriquez crashed into the sea off the port bow at Lat. 18-31.1 N long. 107-22.4 E, and sank in 35 fathoms of water. Detached USS Greene (DD-711) for rescue operation. Changed course to avoid a/c in water. 0638 c/c to 210 degrees. 0642 Received report pilot picked up by helo. 0654 c/c to 030 degrees. 0709 Received report from Dr. R.W. Smith Flight Surgeon that LCDR J.S. Henriquez was dead on arrival aboard this ship. USS Constellation deck log, Wednesday, 10 August 1966.
    Unknown Newspapeer, DFC presentation
    USS Constellation, Deck Log (Page 1), Wednesday, 10 August 1966
    USS Constellation, Deck Log (Page 1), Wednesday, 10 August 1966

  • August 26, 1967 through April 6, 1968:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4E Skyhawk deployed with CVG-15 on United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43 for its third combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • October 17, 1967:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152038 side number NL 512 was shot down by his own 2.75 inch rockets exploding over North Vietnam. The pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade F. J. Fortner was Killed In Action.

  • October 20, 1967:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE aircraft sighted six North Vietnamese PT boats near Thanh Hoa and engaged the boats. Four PT boats were sunk, one damaged and the sixth escaped, seeking refuge in the mouth of the river near Thanh Hoa.

  • October 26, 1967:
    Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150059 side number NL 501 was shot down by a SAM over North Vietnam. The pilot, Commander V. D. Daniels successfully ejected and was captured by the North Vietnamese and made Prisoner Of War.

  • November 25, 1967:
    Commander W. H. Searfus, the VA-155 commanding officer, in Silver Fox A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 150037, was blown off the fantail by the jet blast from another aircraft. Both aircraft and pilot were lost.
    USS Coral Sea, Deck Log, Saturday, November 25, 1967

    [Submitted by - Gary Chappell] - A-4 Deck Mishap involving CDR William .H. Searfus. The following is a letter to the Commanders son....
    Dear Stan,
    Your dad used to come and see Bill Shawcross quite a bit, and generally would have to wait awhile to see him. I just remember your dad always asking me how I was doing, and where I was from? Just nice little personal things, that many others did not bother with. I could always tell he was sincere. He just seemed like a great guy to me.
    After I left the Marines, I became a professional pilot for many years of all things. Flew Citations and Learjets mainly later on, with quite a bit of time spent flying in Europe and Middle East. Caught the bug on Coral Sea of course.
    I served two Tonkin Gulf Tours and being on the bridge most of the time, I witnessed many unfortunate accidents. Several aircraft dead cat shots, shot up aircraft, and several guys either blown off deck or even driving tugs off deck. I grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, a somewhat small town, thus this was all pretty shocking to me to say the least.
    I along with Captain Shawcross was on the bridge when your dad's accident happened. I'm sure you know by now most of the details. Really they are not that important now, as your father's memory is what we all want to remember.
    However the following is what I recall:
    The Skyhawk (Bill's plane) was parked last slot/port/fantail. The F-4 was adjacent, and of course a full air strike was in progress, daylight hours, but late in day. As you probably are aware some confusion may exist as to whether your dad was fully strapped and buckled in. It was very hot and it was not uncommon for the pilots to wait until the last minute to get fully strapped. In any event, the F4 pilot made a very simple, but critical error. In applying thrust he under judged the required power to get his aircraft out of the slot, and turned up the deck. He obviously applied more power at about the 45 degree angle of the turn, when he realized he had mis judged his initial power application. This of course meant his secondary power increase was directed straight at the A-4. This coupled with about 40 knots of wind over the deck, turned the A-4's nose towards the fantail, and ultimately over the side.
    Neither Captain Shawcross nor I actually witnessed the accident, as it was happening. The Captain was of course notified immediately by the Air Boss, and it was at the end of the launch. Of course the ship was immediately put into a search pattern for several hours. No debris was found.
    About 15 minutes after the accident occurred the Captain and I were escorted to the scene by other members of the crew. Captain Shawcross was extremely upset. More than I had ever seen him. Arriving at the A-4 slot both of us basically had a tear in our eyes. We could clearly see where your father had locked up the brakes in a desperate attempt to stay on the deck. Solid rubber for about 20 feet in a nose first circular pattern was very evident. Shawcross thought Bill was not strapped in and could not eject. The plane was loaded with ordinance and hit the water inverted.
    I have read couple different accounts on the internet about your dad, just doing a maintenance check on the aircraft, and not scheduled for the actual air strike that was in progress. I do not remember that being the case at all. In addition I do not think a maintenance run up would be occurring during a actual air strike. That makes no sense to me. Especially with an aircraft loaded with ordinance.
    Lastly I recall what happened after all of the strike aircraft had been recovered. I'm sure you have not heard this part. The Captain ordered the F-4 pilot and Cmdr. Linder to the bridge immediately upon recovery. Linder was on the strike also, and was chief pilot for all squadrons (forget what his actual title was). In any event Linder and the young F-4 driver reported to the bridge, and the scene was not pretty. The F-4 pilot was either an ensign or JG, and pretty young. He was shaking like a leaf, and Cmdr. Linder was crying.
    Then Shawcross basically lost it, and literally unloaded on the young F-4 pilot. I had never seen the Captain in this type of emotional outburst ever. It ended with Shawcross telling the F-4 pilot he was finished as an aviator. I don't know if that proved true or not.
    Having recited all of these material facts, as I witnessed them, it was clearly an accident. Preventable sure, but an accident. These young pilots were under tremendous stress, and it went on day after day for 7-9 months.
    I will always remember your father. I am not sure exactly why, but I think about him often. I feel good just reciting this small bit of info to you. Your dad knew he was risking it all. He was a hero . It is that simple.

  • December 22, 1967:
    LCdr. Wilmer Paul & A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 152071 side number NL 506 was downed by his own Mark 82 bomb exploding over North Vietnam. Rescue attempted by USS Dale (DLG-19/CG-19) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 106 UH-2B Seasprite 18 miles, 130⁰ from Vinh, four miles inland, Helo hovered 4' above deceased pilot.

  • March 1968:
    United States Ship Coral Sea CVA 43, with VA-155 embarked, operated on station off the coast of Korea following the January capture of United States Ship Pueblo AGER 2 by North Korea.

  • April 10, 1968:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE was assigned the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk.

  • May 13, 1968:
    LCdr. Gary Jones ejected safely and was not injured when his A-4F BuNo 155054 crashed in an open field five miles west of NAS Lemoore.
    Long Beach, CA Press-Telegram, Tuesday, May 14, 1968.

  • October 26, 1968 through May 17, 1969:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-4F Skyhawk deployed with CVW-2 on United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 for its fourth combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • January 17, 1969:
    Silver Fox A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 155059 was lost in a combat sortie launch accident at 0006. Cdr. John Herbert Weaver perished.

  • April 15, 1969:
    After the Navy EC-121 Lockheed Constellation shoot down by North Korea, United States Ship Ranger CVA 61, with VA-155 embarked, left Yankee Station and proceeded to the Sea of Japan for operations off the coast of Korea.

  • May 16, 1969:
    Lt. Steven N. Poggi ejected safely following control problems after launch. The pilot was assigned A-4F BuNo 154999 Skyhawk for the flyoff to the beach and although a thorough brief was given by the CO no mention was made that his plane hadn't been flown since acceptance by the squadron and only four hours since a calendar inspection by another squadron 60 days earlier. Immediately after the cat shot things turned to worms, the nose came up to high and the pilot encountered a lot of resistance when he pushed forward on the stick and it required both hands on the stick to prevent a stall. Nose down trim was of no help and after several oscillations the pilot raised the gear and flaps and radioed his problem. The plane was buffeting and narrowly averted a stall several times and a slow climb was accomplished to about 5,000 feet. An attempt was made to get the nose down by putting the plane into a shallow turn but the plane continued to buffet and slowly losing altitude. After making a complete 360 the Skyhawk neared a completely stalled condition and the pilot ejected and he was rescued by the plane guard helicopter.
    Naval Aviation News, Grampaw Pettibone, January 1970

    Lt. Steven N. Poggi in VA-155 A-4F side number 412 reported control difficulties and advised intention to eject at 1335. Pilot seen to eject bearing 226T 7500 yards from ship at 1336. Ships position 37-56.3N, 128-36.9 W. Good chute sighted by ship and helos. Pick-up effected at 1346. Received injury report that Lt. Poggi received contusions of the shins in aircraft accident.
    USS Ranger, Deck Log, Friday, May 16, 1969
  • September 29, 1969:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE was assigned the A-7B Vought Corsair II.

  • May 14, 1970 through December 10, 1970:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 for its fifth combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • June 25, 1970:
    Silver Fox A-7B Corsair BuNo. 154525 was lost in a non-combat accident. The pilot was rescued.

  • November 21, 1970:
    VA-155 flew missions in support of an attempt to rescue American prisoners-of-war at the Son Tay prisoner compound, 20 miles west of Hanoi. No prisoners were found in the camp.

  • May 14, 1971 through December 18, 1971:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 for its sixth combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam. The Silver Fox did not lose any aircraft in accidents or combat this cruise.

  • June 5, 1972 through March 30, 1973:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 for its sixth combat cruise to WestPac/Vietnam.

  • July 17, 1972:
    Silver Fox A-7B Corsair BuNo. 154521 side number NM 510 was shot down by North Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant L. F. Haas was Killed In Action.

  • September 20, 1972:
    Silver Fox A-7B Corsair BuNo. 154353 was lost in a non-combat accident. The pilot was rescued.

  • September 24, 1972:
    Silver Fox A-7B Corsair BuNo. 154486 side number NM 510 was shot down by South Vietnamese Triple A fire. The pilot, Lieutenant D. V. Borah successfully ejected and was captured by the North Vietnamese and made Prisoner Of War.

  • February 1973:
    Following the cease fire with North Vietnam, VA-155 flew combat missions in Laos until a cease fire was signed with that country on February 22, 1973.

  • October 18, 1973 through June 5, 1974:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 cruise to WestPac.

  • November 1973:
    United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34, with VA-155 embarked, departed from operations in the South China Sea to relieve Hancock CVA 19 on station in the Arabian Sea due to the unsettled conditions following the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East.

  • September 16, 1975 through March 3, 1976:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Oriskany CVA 34 cruise to WestPac.

  • September 4, 1976 through April 21, 1977:
    VA-155 flying the Vought A-7B Corsair deployed with CVW-19 on United States Ship Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42 cruise to the Mediterranean.

  • September 30, 1977:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE was disestablished.

  • September 1, 1987:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE (VA-155) re-established at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington (The third VA-155). On November 16, VA-155 was assigned the Grumman KA-6D and A-6E Intruder.

  • August 15 through October 8, 1988:
    United States Ship Independence CV 62, with VA-155 embarked, conducted a change of home port transit from Norfolk to San Diego via Cape Horn. During the transit numerous air power demonstrations were conducted for dignitaries from various South American countries.

  • December 8, 1990 through June 9, 1991:
    VA-155 flying the Grumman A-6E Intruder deployed with CVW-2 on United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 cruise to WestPac and redeployment for combat in the Persian Gulf.

  • January 17, 1991:
    VA-155 conducted its first combat operations. VA-155's commanding officer, Commander Sweigart, led Air Wing Two's aircraft in its first strike against Iraq.

  • January 18, 1991:
    The squadron suffered its first and only loss during the war with Iraq when one of its A-6E Intruders was shot down while on a mining sortie by the Um Qasr Naval Base in Iraq.

  • February 28, 1991:
    United States Ship Ranger's CVA-61 last combat strike of the Gulf War was launched and led by VA-155 aircraft. During the 43 day Gulf War the squadron flew 635 sorties, and delivered 2,289,940 pounds of ordnance on Iraqi military targets.

  • August 1, 1992 through January 31, 1993:
    VA-155 flying the Douglas A-6E Intruder deployed with CVW-2 on United States Ship Ranger CVA 61 cruise to WestPac and redeployment for combat in the Persian Gulf.

  • September through December 1992:
    Squadron aircraft flew sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch, flights over southern Iraq south of the 32nd parallel to ensure Iraq was adhering to United Nations sanctions.

  • December 1992:
    The squadron participated in Operation Restore Hope, flying sorties in support of the humanitarian relief effort in Somalia.

  • April 30, 1993:
    Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE was disestablished.

  • February 19, 2002:
    Commander Robert Reynold former Silver Fox Commanding Officer from December 7, 1968 to October 24, 1969 died this day.


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