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Departed Ubangis

Clarence Charles Fleming - Edward Fennell - James Fay - Scott Allen Sherman -
Charles J. Dickey Jr. - James D. Eaton - Rickey Ohle Sr. Robert Fortin - Jack Yezzi - Walter R. Petersen - Jack T. Swann - Kelly Don Burton - Ronald R. Witt -
William D. Watson - Randy F. Brame - Gary W. Hall - John Ballinger -
Louis V. Ferrante - Robert L. Kiem - Jackie D. Grant - Kenneth B. Russel -
John McLane - Marion M. Lumby - Robert J. Scheuch Jr. -
Billy J. Manly - Richard K. Sennes - Charles Graham - Hamilton McWhorter - Jerry Thomas - Charles Pendelton - George Davis - John Creaturo - James Milam -
Charlie Lehoist - Albert Wallace Newhall Jr - Neal Russo - Hank Zambie -
William Counts - Floyd Urshel - Fletcher Moore - Ted Carpenter - James M. Elias-Robert Buckner-Joel R. Parrish

Lost in the Line of Duty

Clint Nicely - William J. Becker - David M. Santille - James W. Hall - Rick St.Claire - Mike Gibson - Frank Neuman - Robert Frosio - James Jones - John Sullivan - Thomas Davis - Norbert Navarre - John Breen - John Lackey

1lt Clarence Charles Fleming 1lt
LTjg Clarence Charles Fleming was a pilot in VA12 1955-1958

LTjg  Clarence Charles Flemings ashes were interred at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015.

PO3 Edward Russell Fennell II PO3
AMS3  Ed Fennell  served n VA12 1966 - 1969

Edward Russell Fennell II, of Piney Flats, TN, was born September 12,1946 and died unexpectedly on April 12, 2017, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Edward Fennell, and a brother, Charles Fennell. He was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, and grew up in Clearwater, Florida. He was a graduate of Dunedin High School. He was a Vietnam Veteran while enlisted in the US Navy and serving inVA12.  He attended East Tennessee State University on a baseball scholarship. He retired as the Human Resources Director for the City of Johnson City, TN. He was a charter member of the Johnson City Radio Controllers Club and was instrumental in the refurbishing of the T33 airplane located at the Bowser Ridge Flying Site. He was also a member of the East Tennessee Thunderbird Club and the Blue Ridge Pioneers RV Club. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nancy, daughter Robin and husband Paul, son Edward and wife Ann, five grandchildren, Alyssa, Cameron, Cole, Allison, and Carson, brother Noel and wife Shirley, sister Lauretta and husband Joseph, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Baseball Program at East Tennessee State University. Please send contributions to: ETSU Advancement, PO Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614

Ed Fennell


Lt Scott Allen Sherman Lt
Lt. Scott Sherman was a pilot n VA12 1978 - 1981

Mr. Scott Allen Sherman age 60 passed away at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Florida on October 10, 2016. Scott was born on September 24, 1956 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Dennis Martin Sherman and Sharon Aleece (Weigle) Sherman. Scott loved flying from an early age, soloing five airplanes on his sixteenth birthday. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy as an A-7 pilot on the USS Eisenhower and later was an instructor at NAS Meridian. He started his professional airline career with Eastern Airlines and then later became a pilot with American Airlines where he served for 27 years. In addition to his parents he is survived by his former wife of 28 years Susan Sherman, children; Madison (Heather) Woo and Rebecca (Dan) Woo Floyd, grandchildren; Miles, Amelia, Vivian, Marshall, and Winston, sisters; Denise (Tripp) Tiller and Jean (David) Hoover, brothers; Kent (Patty) Sherman, and Terry (Ivonne) Sherman, nieces and nephews; Remick, Clint and Rese, Kelley, Lindsay and Adam, Travis and Derek, T.J., Rachel and Steven. A private memorial mass was held on October 13, 2016. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Scott Sherman


PO2 James Fay PO2
AMS1 James Fay served n VA12 1981 - 1984

AMS1 James (Jim) Fay Passed away in 2001. No further information is available at this time.


PO2 Charles J. Dickey Jr. PO2
AT2 Chuck Dickey  was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1971 to 1973.
Chuck was a dedicated Ubangi.  He registered and donated the Domain name many years ago. We have him to thank for our website.

AT2 Charles "Chuck" J. Dickey Jr. JOANNA - Charles J. Dickey Jr. "Chuck" greeted his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 24, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Christine G. Dickey; sister, Gwen Muriset (Alan); children: Jason Dickey, Jeff Dickey and Jenny Penner (Josh). He is also survived by his stepchildren: Sharon Courchesne (Ian), Michael Norman (Tami), Kevin Norman (Jessica), and Jennifer Dunaway (Chris); seven nieces and nephews, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his first wife, Wanda Dickey; parents, Dorothy and Jerry Dickey; and niece, Phyllis Roof. Chuck was born in Chester, SC, in 1951, and at eighteen he joined the United States Navy where he proudly served his country In VA12. After his service, he settled down to raise his family on the banks of Lake Murray and was employed as a nuclear reactor operator for SCE&G until his retirement. After the passing of his first wife, Chuck moved to the small town of Joanna, SC, where he became a member of his beloved Sharon of the Rose Methodist Church. He met and found a soul mate in his wife Chris and enjoyed his retirement by sharing his sense of adventure, humor, and love of life with her. We are saddened by the loss of a magnificent man who took care of those he loved and did so with thoroughness and an unmatched sense of humor. We will join together to celebrate his life on Sunday, July 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park at the River Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to Thornwell Children's Home in Clinton, SC, in his honor.


PO2 James D.Eaton PO2
James D. Eaton  was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1970 to 1973

OT2 James Desso Eaton Sr. passed away March 3, 2016 in Moselle, Ms. He was 65 years old. Memorial services will be at a later date,  Mr. Eaton was a member of Crossroads Church of Moselle. He was a disabled petty officer 2nd class U.S. Navy Veteran.  Jim was an ADJ while in VA12 and later became an OT2 ( Ocean Systems Technician). He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Milton, Sr. and Anna Mae Eaton; brother, Edward Milton Eaton, Jr.; and sister, Roberta Yurkiewicz.He is survived by his wife, Debbie Eaton of Moselle; sons, James Eaton, Jr. of Andover, KA and Forest Wayne (Ady) Eaton of Moselle; sister-in-law, Loretta Eaton of Rontonda, FL; brother-in-law, Ronnie Yurkiewicz of Sun City West, AR; grandchildren, Crystal Biffle, Keith Fullen, Jessica Massingham, Addie Mae Eaton, Baileigh Eaton, and Catricia Eat; great-grandchildren, Trenton Biffle, Brianne Biffle, Daryan Massingham, and Aleryia Massingham.More details to follow as they become available.


 PO2 Rickey Ohle Sr. PO2
AMS 3 Rickey Ohle was in VA12 1982 -1983

Rickey Allen Ohle Jr., 56, of Brilliant, OH, died January 28, 2016, in Lawrence County Pennsylvania.  He was born in Stuebenville, OH to Robert Ohle and the late Carol (Burkey) Ohle. Rickey was an AMS 3 in VA12 and was a 20 year US Navy Veteran and a truck driver.  He is survived by his wife Sherry Ohle, two sons Michael (Amanda) Ohle and Rickey Ohle Jr., two grand children Jason and Damien Ohle.  Private interment at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Rickey A. Ohle


PO3 Robert Fortin PO3

 ADJ3 Robert (Bob) Fortin was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1968 to 1971

Robert L. Fortin, 67, passed away peacefully at Ellis Hospital after a long illness on January 22, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cohoes, NY, he was the son of the late Leo and Simonne (Tremblay) Fortin. Robert graduated from St. Bernard's Keveny Memorial Academy in 1966 before enlisting in the US Navy a few years later where he served as a jet mechanic on the carriers USS Saratoga and Shangri-La during the Vietnam War. Bob married Linda Galkiewicz at St. Joseph's Church, Cohoes, on July 29, 1989. He was employed by General Electric at various locales in the immediate region serving Local 128 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union for 43 years before retiring in 2009. As a member of The American Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon, he was President and Treasurer of the dart league for many years, as well as past President of the Adirondack Modelers Airplane Club, past Secretary of the Albany Area Bass Masters, and past President of the Sag Enibrut hunting and fishing club in Speculator. He was also a past member of the Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Don Fortin. Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Fortin; their two sons, Daniel and Jonathan Fortin, of Burnt Hills; his brother, Francis Fortin (Alice Luther) of Crescent; and his sister, Beatrice (late Martin) Christopher of Clifton Park. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Catherine Fortin of Mechanicville and several nieces and nephews. A visitation period will be held Friday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Rd., Glenville. Military honors followed by inurnment will be held at the Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Contributions can be made in Bob's memory to the American Lung Association.

Robert Fortin


PO2 Jack Yezzi PO2
 AT3 Jack Yezzi was in Attack Squadron Twelve in the late 1960s

John (Jack) Joseph Yezzi Sr. of VA12 1966-1968 passed away in Clearwater, Fl. January 16,  2016. Jack was born Nov. 4, 1946. Jack was a Plane Captain and served in Vietnam while deployed with VA12 on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Jack retired from the US Navy Reserve while in VP64 as an AT2.
 Visitation will be Jan. 20, 2016 6- 8 PM at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home 1750 Curlew Rd Palm Harbor, Fl. Services will be Jan. 21, 2016 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 2281 State Rd. 580 Clearwater, Fl 33763

From the family of Jack Yezzi:
We would like to invite everyone to attend a memorial service followed by a celebration of Jack's life on Friday, January 29th in New Jersey.  The celebration will be casual dress, just like Jack would have wished.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided at the party.  Details below:
Memorial:  11 am, Friday, January 29th, 2016
Church of the Sacred Heart 103 4th St. Riverton, NJ  08077
Celebration:  2 pm - 5 pm, Friday, January 29th, 2016
Bobby Rays 6324 Westfield Ave. Pennsauken, NJ  08110

Jack Yezzi


Captain Walter R. Petersen Captain 
Captain Petersen was the Commanding Officer of VA12 in 1969-1970


Captain Walter R. Petersen, United States Navy, of East Hill, died peacefully on December 18, 2015. He was born on July 14, 1931 in Dundee, NY, and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rhode Island, and the Naval War College. Walt was an Eagle Scout and received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator in 1954 and flew the A-1 Skyraider and A-4 Skyhawk. He served as the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Twelve, and the Commander of Fleet Activities on Okinawa Japan, before retiring from the Navy in 1984 and establishing residence in Pensacola. He flew over 160 combat missions and was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal for his service during the Vietnam War. He had a passion for archaeology, pottery, fishing, and travel, and had a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and farming. Captain Petersen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty, his daughter Rebecca of Monroe, NC, son Craig (Amy) of Oakland, CA, and brother William (Alice) of Haines City, FL. He leaves behind a legacy of almost 100 years of naval aviation service – besides his own 32 year career, his son Craig, daughter-in-law Amy, grandson Austin, and granddaughter Audrey all flew or fly for the Navy  Petersen Eulogy  Petersen Memorial Program

Walter Petersen


 LTJG Jack T. Swann LTJG 
LtJG Jack T. Swan was in Attack Squadron Twelve in the 1960s

Jack Thomas Swann, Sr., age 83, of Tuscaloosa, died November 19, 2015, at Hunter Creek Health Care with Southern Care Hospice assisting with his care.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bradley and Catherine Swann; sisters, Louise McDowell, Marilyn Downs, and Dorothy Colvin; and brothers, John and Daniel Swann. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Robbye Jane "Janie" Hickman Swann; and his five children, daughters, Rhonda Suzanne Swann and Jennifer Karen Jacobson (Jay), and sons, Jack T. Swann Jr., Gregory C. Swann, and Richard B. Swann (Helen); grandchildren, Ashley Swann, John Jacobson (Miho), and William Jacobson (Rebecca); and great-grandchildren, Jenny Jacobson and West Minor. Jack grew up in Tarrant, Ala., and enlisted in the United States Navy at age 18. He served 20 years with duties including the Blue Angels, Korean War aboard the carrier Boxer, Instructor at Avionics School in Millington, Tenn., Photo Squadron VAP 62 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, followed by the Vietnam War aboard the carrier F.D. Roosevelt. He was promoted from enlisted to officer, and was the ordinance officer for attack squadron VA12, and was also an official United States Navy Courier and Special Weapons Officer while in Vietnam. During his tour of duty, he was exposed to Agent Orange, and his death was caused by five illnesses resulting from his exposure. He retired from the United States Navy, and moved to Tuscaloosa to start a second career with Alabama Power Company. He was a communications technician, and while there, he went with Power Crews to Birmingham after an ice storm and to the Carolinas after Hurricane Hugo. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, American Legion Retired Officers Association, Alabama Power Energizers, and the NRA. He supported the Nature Conservatory and Children's of Alabama in their efforts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to any of the organizations listed above, or of one's choice.

WO Jack T. Swann
Master Chief Kelly Don Burton Master Chief
AVCM Kelly Don Burton was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1981-1982 as a 1st Class PO

AVCV(Ret) Kelly Don Burton , passed away on August 2, 2015 in Jacksonville, Fl. at age 64,  He was born on January 12, 1951. He is well remembered by the sailors that served under him.

Kelly Burton


PO3 Ronald R. Witt PO3
Ronald (Ron) Witt  served in Attack Squadron Twelve in the late 1960s

Ronald (Ron) Witt was born October 25, 1947 and passed away July 17, 2015 in Palm City, Fl . He was raised and educated in Gary, Indiana and is survived by his two sister Betty (Dave) and Frieda (Tom) Zytko of North Las Vegas, NV and brother Joseph (Shirley) Witt and his long time companion Johanna Murphy, her two daughters and their families. Ronald served in the US Navy with VA12 during the Vietnam Conflict and upon leaving the Navy remained in Florida. After retiring from AT & T with over 30 years of service he worked in Real Estate and Insurance.

Ron Witt


William D. Watson
AK2 William Watson was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1964

AK2 William Davis Watson, passed away on December 14, 2014.  William Davis Watson, age 75, of Keystone Heights, Florida passed away on March 9, 2014 at Shands Starke. He was born on January 27, 1939 in Newton, AL to the late Tulley Jefferson Watson and Vassie Lee Dunway-Watson. William dedicated over 40 years of his life in service to his country as a 20 year retiree of the United States Navy and 20 years of dedicated service with the Department of Defense. William is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Pat Watson of Keystone Heights, FL, his children, Larry Watson of Martinsburg, WV, John Watson of Keystone Heights, FL and Sabrina Watson Markle of Lynchburg, VA; his sister Louise Lamb of Newton, AL, 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


Randy F. Brame

ATC Randy F. Brame was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1975  to 1978

Randy Ferrel Brame of Tellico Plains, Tn. Randy  passed away on November 4, 2014 at age 58. Randy served his country faithfully in the US Navy for 23 years. He served in  VA12 form 1975 to 1978  In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by: one son, Scott; one brother, Mike and one sister, Marcia. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife of fifteen years, Carrie Brame; Two sons, Jason and Randy; Two daughters, Amy and Melissa; One brother, Ken; Two grandchildren, Blake and Chloe.

Randy Brame


Gary W. Hall
AMS2 Gary W. Hall was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1966  to 1969

Gary Wayne Hall, 69, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born November 20, 1944 in Castlewood, Virginia to the late Edward & Zola Hall. Gary was Baptist by faith. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Susie; son, Gary Hall II (Ashlie); daughter, Kelly Britt (Blake); brother, Edward Hall Jr. (Jackie); grandchildren, Bayleigh and Layne Britt special nieces, Terri Grayson, Maria Mathis; nephews, Mike Canales, William Hall, Art Hall and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gary was an active member of the VA12 Reunion Association for many years and really enjoyed visiting with his shipmates at the reunions. Gary joined VA12 in 1966 for the 66-67 West Pac Cruise and left in 1969. Gary will be missed.  Memorial services will be held on Sunday, April 6 at 4PM in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Road, with Chaplain Reese Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday beginning at 2PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date at South West Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, Virginia. 714-1110. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Community Hospice of N.E. FL, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257


PO1 John Ballinger PO1
AO1 John Ballinger Served in Attack Squadron Twelve est 1975-1977

AO1  Johnnie Cicero Ballinger, Jr. age, 67, passed away at his residence Monday, September 30, 2013. JC, as he liked to be called, was born in Jacksonville, NC. A retired US Navy Veteran, who had a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, JC worked in the parts department of Adamec Harley Davidson on Baymeadows Rd. He enjoyed riding his Harley, taking care of his aquarium and playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Penny, daughter, Jaana Rhoden, her husband John and his grandchildren Natalee, Ian and Emma Rhoden. He is also survived by his mother Nina, brothers Charles, Michael, Arthur, Perry and sister Peggy. Interment is in the Jacksonville National Cemetery.


MCPO Louis V. Ferrante MCPO
AVCM Ferrante served 3 tours in VA12. 1966 - 1969

Louis V. Ferrante was born March 9,1937 and passed away December 27, 2011 at the age of 74.
AVCM Ferrante  was a member of VA-12. He served 3 tours with VA-12 from 1966 thru 1969. He made one Med cruise and two Tonkin Gulf cruises as a chief petty officer assigned to VA-12 as Avionics Shop Supervisor, over the squadron aviation technicians from 1966 to 1969.  Chief Ferrante served 25 years retiring a Master Chief (AVCM) at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center, NAS Memphis, TN.  After retirement Louis went on to earn a doctoral education in Mathematics & Statistics and taught math at the college level for 28 years. Later in life, he attended seminary and was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church. He served in prison ministry and feeding the indigent.
According to his son John Ferrante,  "my dad loved the Navy, he loved the Skyhawks and he loved VA-12. Many years later he pinned my butter bars on me when I received my commission. I still have his squadron ball cap and leather flight jacket with the kiss of death patch."

Louis Ferrante


Capt Robert L. Kiem Capt 

Captain Robert L. Kiem USN Retired

Captain Robert L. Kiem, USN Retired, died November 29, 2011 in Orange Park, Florida following a brief illness. He was born in Pensacola, Florida in June 1939, was active in the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Following graduation from the University of Florida, he immediately entered the Navy flight program, was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1964, and reported to NAS Cecil Field for training in the A-4 Skyhawk. He joined VA-12 for his first sea duty and made deployments aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) to the Mediterranean and Viet Nam. This was followed by a tour as LSO and flight instructor with VA-44 at NAS Cecil Field. In 1969, still flying the A-4, he returned to sea and served as CAG 8 LSO in USS Shangri-la (CVS-38) for another deployment to Viet Nam. After completing a wide range of tours, including CNO, VA-82, CLAW-1, VT-25, VA-72, VA-174, Command of USS Guam (LPH-9) and then USS Peleliu (LHA-5), CINCPAC Cruise Missile Support Activity, and for his final assignment he served as Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Training Command in Corpus Christi, TX where he had the opportunity to get back into the cockpit of the TA-4 and the Navys newest training jet, the T-45 Goshawk.  After completing 4400 hours flying and 1044 carrier arrested landings, Captain Kiem retired from the Navy in May 1993. Bob is survived by his wife, Annie, three children: Doug (Bear) Kiem (Angie) of Poway, CA, Beth Schemenauer (Keith) of Fort Pierce, FL, and Katie Seslar (Dennis) of Riverview, FL., his siblings Betty Herndon (Dave) of Greenville, SC, Linda Nolte (Pat) of Springfield, Va., Michael Kiem (Jane) of Orlando, Fla., and Debbie Hodges (Ken) of Tallahassee, Fla. He was most proud of his six grandchildren, and relished his role as Grandpa. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, 32257.
Robert L. Kiem


PO3 Jackie D. Grant PO3 

ADJ3 Jackie Grant was in VA12 1955-1958

Jackie Donald (Jack) Grant, 72 passed away peacefully October 8, 2011. Jack was a four year Navy veteran and had a long career with PanAmerican and Delta Airlines. Jack was a well rounded sportsman and was always the life of the party providing never ending jokes. One of his favorite things was sitting around a huge fire with family and best friends Cliff & Jackie Jordan at the family farm in Live Oak Florida. He and Dianne, his devoted wife of 54 years, shared an exciting and loving life together. He was a devoted father to Kim Ryckewaert (husband, Rob) and Rhonda Rettstadt (husband, Rich) and a loving Grandfather (PaPa) to Megan Fantozzi, Robbie Ryckewaert, Brandon Fantozzi and Christy Rettstadt. He held dear his sisters, Donna Freeman, Deniece Oehmsen, Debbie Schirra, Darin Rager, nephew Doyle Renolds and all his cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial celebrating his life will be held at a later date. Details will be posted on If you would like to make a donation in his memory, the family supports JDR, Juvenile Diabetes Research.
Jackie Grant


Kenneth B. Russel

Cmdr Kenneth B. Russel

Commander Kenneth B. Russell, age 76, of East Boothbay, Maine, passed away at Radius Healthcare Center in Danvers, Massachusetts, on Sunday, May 24, 2009, following a courageous battle with Parkinsons disease.
Cdr. Russell was born February 2, 1933, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to the late Winslow and Francis Russell. He graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine in 1950. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and was commissioned to the U.S. Navy. In 1958, he received his wings and toured as a naval fighter pilot with the AJ Savages, the A-4 Skyhawks, and flew with VA-86 until 1962 aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Independence. He spent two years at the Navy Postgraduate School earning a Masters degree in Operations Analysis, followed by two years working in the Pentagon. In March 1966, Cdr. Russell returned to flying A-4s, making a Vietnam deployment aboard the USS Roosevelt in VA-12 and a Mediterranean deployment aboard the USS Shangrila in VA-81. After transitioning to the A-6 Intruder fighter jet, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of VA-35 in 1971. In 1974, Cdr. Russell reported to the Navy Recruiting District Boston and became Commanding Officer in 1975. By that time, he had moved to Acton, Massachusetts, with his wife and love of his life, Tudy, whom he married on April 20th, 1974, at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Cdr. Russells final tour was four years as Executive Officer and Director of Undergraduate Training at the NROTC Unit at M.I.T. in Boston, MA. Following retirement in 1980, he spent ten years teaching NJROTC at Athol High School in central Massachusetts, followed by nine years in industry at the Haartz Corporation in Acton, Massachusetts. Cdr. Russell retired to East Boothbay, Maine (previously his summer residence) in 1999.
Cdr. Russell will best be known for his deeply unconditional love of his family, his unwavering support for his country, his pride of his military service, and his dedication and commitment to the communities in which he has lived. He was a pillar of strength and care for strangers as well as loved ones, and took great pride in always doing everything in the most proper, respectful, and efficient manner. From sailing his sailboats, to cheering on the local high school football teams, to singing his grandchildren lullabies, he was an eternally captivating and spirited man who made each person feel important and loved. Cdr. Russell is survived by his wife Tudy; his son Ken and wife Amy; his son Greg and wife Jen; his daughter Betsy; his daughter Heather and husband Rick, and his daughter Dana and husband Evan; his ten grandchildren, and his brother Win. He is pre-deceased by his younger brother Peter, who died in combat on May 25th, 1969.


John McLane
AZ2 John McLane
From the family of John McLane
Dear Friends,
      After a 2 year battle with Lung Cancer, John passed away May 3, 2010.

John B. McLane
Born December 22, 1944 Departed May 3, 2010
Celebration of Life 1:00 PM Saturday June 5, 2010
St. Ansgars Lutheran Church
Salinas, California

John B. McLane was a loving husband, brother, uncle and devoted father. He will be missed by all, especially his family for whom he was a rock of strength & integrity.
He was born to John B. McLane, Sr. & Blanche E. McLane on December 22, 1944. John leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Janis McLane his daughter Molly & son Matthew. John's siblings include his sister Patricia McLane Nauer, mother of Michelle Warner, grandmother to Amanda Warner and wife to David Nauer. His deceased brother Michael McLane, father of Christine McLane. And his youngest sister Mary Ann McLane Kretschmar, mother of Heather Venable, grandmother to Michael Venable and wife to Mark Kretschmar. John also leaves behind his wife's family in Bali, which includes his sister in law Jean Lane, nephew Wayan Lane, Wayan's wife Riri and their daughters Jasmine & Amara.
John's father was an officer in the Navy until John was 10 years old. John grew up in Palo Alto, California and attended the local public schools. He became an enthusiastic football player at Cubberly High School. After High School John enrolled in college, but soon decided to enlist in the Navy. His experiences in the Navy inspired a lifelong passion for airplanes & history. John was stationed for 2 years at China Lake, where he coached little league baseball when off duty. He was deployed overseas on the US Naval Carrier the Shangri-La. John travelled all over the world with the Naval Attack Squadron VA12, which inspired him to continue to travel later in life. He was a Vietnam Vet, awarded three medals and was a true patriot.
After his duty to the US Navy he came back to Palo Alto where he soon met and married the love of his life, Janis Lane. As a young person he was fun & adventurous with a winning smile. They lived in Southern California for five years, and it was during that time they became the proud parents of a baby girl they named "Molly". John & Jan's dream of living in the countryside inspired them to leave Los Angeles and move to Monterey County. John's creativity and entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to open up a hobby shop called "McLane's Historical Models". There he nurtured his talent for model building and his avidity for cars, planes and history. He was well known for his attention to detail and respected for his considerable knowledge.
During this time they had their second child, a son they named "Matthew". John decided to close his shop and pursue his lifelong interest in cars. He became a sales manager in the auto industry until he retired. John worked hard all of his life and was dedicated to his family. He was a role model to his children and a patient teacher of life. John passed on many things to his children, including his humor and enthusiasm for travel, along with his love of cars, planes, watches and music. After John retired he and his wife Janis decided to fulfill their lifelong dream of exploring the world together and traveled to many exotic places. They continued to travel right up until just two months ago when they visited South America.
John has had a blessed life and has always been surrounded by his family and friends who have loved him dearly. We are thankful he is out of pain and that we were able to take our wonderful trip to So. America in February and March.  Love and good health to you all, sincerely yours Jan McLane.


 Marion M. Lumby 
Marion Lumby served in VA12

Marion M. "Mick"  Lumby, - Age 70 died suddenly on June 30, 2009 at his "shack" in the woods in Britt, MN. Mick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in VA12, The Masons, a lifetime member of AMVETS, and the Moose Lodge. No further information available


Robert W. Scheuch Jr.
AE2 Robert Scheuch Jr. was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1972  to 1975

Dr.Robert Scheuch, Jr. of Southhampton, New York passed away Saturday, August 2, 2008, while on a rafting trip on the Lehigh River in eastern Pennsylvania. He was 56.
He was a great guy, loving father and loyal Ubangi. Dr. Robert William Scheuch Jr., an adult leader with Southampton Boy Scout Troop 58, collapsed and died during a whitewater rafting trip with the Scouts on Saturday, August 2.  Originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey, he moved to the Southhampton area in 1986 to join a group of practicing physicians.  In the mid-1990s Scheuch partnered with Dr. Howard Sklarek to establish Southampton Pulmonary Medicine, a private practice special izing in pulmonary care and therapy.  Dr. Scheuch is survived by his wife, Martine, his two sons, Robert “Bobby” III and Evan, and a daughter, Chloe.  

A funeral was held Wednesday at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton, followed by a burial at Sacred Hearts Cemetery with military honors. 


Billy J. Manly

LT. B.J. Manly  was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1962  to 1964

Billy J. (BJ) Manly LT. USN Retired, age 84, passed away, Monday, October 20, 2008.

LT. Manly was a native of Wright City, OK and he enlisted in the US Navy 2 September, 1941 in Dallas, TX as an Apprentice Seaman and retired July 31, 1973. He was commissioned in 1964 from ADJC to LTjg. He served aboard Aircraft Carriers in both the Pacific and Atlantic, including USS Princeton, Ticonderoga, Wasp, Boxer, Saratoga, FD Roosevelt, Oriskany, and America. He also served in ACTG Pacific, VSB-3, CASU-7, VF-132, VF-14A, VF-11, VA-66, VF-81, VF-31, FASRON 9, VA-12, NWEF, and VA-87. He was the Arresting Gear Officer (plank owner) in USS America. He was often referred to as a "Sailor's Sailor." Mr. Manly also retired from the NADEP Quality Engineering (aircraft engines) Department in 1988. He was a life member of American Legion, Post 137, VFW 7909, DAV Chapter 38, 32 degree Mason, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Jacksonville and was a member of Orange Park Masonic Lodge 267, F & AM. He was also a member of the FRA Post 91, Tailhook Assn., Navy Mustang Assn., and the MOAA. Mr. Manly was an accomplished athlete. In his youth, he was faster than a speeding bullet and could leap tall buildings in a single bound. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Esther (Kit), who died in 1998. Survivors from this marriage are his wife of 5 years, Nancy Manly, daughters, Jodi Hohlstein (Jeff) and Susie Repper (Tim), his son, William Manly. Also grandchildren Nicholas (Lauren), Aaron (Manou), and Melissa Repper (Joseph), and Ryan and Desiree Manly. Billy married Nancy K. McDonald in 2003, and spent a great deal of time traveling the US. Extended family members are son Everett (Susie), daughter Hazel (Bob), and grandson Chris. Graveside services will be held Friday, October 24, 2008 at 11:00AM in Riverside Memorial Park with full military honors. The family will receive friends at FRASER FUNERAL HOME, 8168 Normandy Blvd. (781-4314), Jacksonville, FL from 6:00 - 8:00pm Thursday, October 23, 2008. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the American Cancer Society or the American Legion Post of your choice.




 Richard K. Sennes
ADJAN Richard K. Sennes  was in Attack Squadron Twelve 1957 -  1958
From the Family of Richard K. Sennes:

I regret to inform you of the death of Richard K. Sennes ADJAN 1957-58. My father passed away of a heart attack July 19th 2008 at 12:01. He was very proud of the time he served and the group he was stationed with. Had he known of this page I am sure he would have been ecstatic and fully engaged. He was very loved and will be greatly missed.



Charles (Chuck) Graham
AE3 Chuck Graham served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1960 to 1962

Chuck Graham of Cape Coral, FL died in his sleep of an apparent  heart attack on Thursday night April 17, 2008. Chuck attended the 2002 and 2004 reunions. He served in VA12 in 60-62.
Chuck was from Parma, OH and retired in FL a couple of years ago. He was a good guy and loyal Ubangi.


Hamilton McWhorter
Commander Hamilton McWhorter commanded VF-12 from August, 1953 to October 1954
Commander Hamilton McWhorter USN (retired), passed away on April 12, 2008.

Hamilton McWhorter was born on February 8, 1921, in Athens, Georgia. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Navy on June 21, 1941, and was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator on February 9, 1942. McWhorter participated in the Invasion of North Africa in November 1942 with VF-9 aboard the USS Ranger and then served in the Pacific Theater with VF-9 aboard the USS Essex from January 1943 to April 1944, and with VF-12 aboard USS Randolph from June 1944 to July 1945, during which time he was credited with the destruction of 12 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. After the war, McWhorter served as an instructor pilot at NAAS Waldron Field, Texas, from August 1945 to May 1946. He was assigned to NATTC Ward Island, Texas, from May 1946 to December 1947, and then served as Operations Officer for VF-1A aboard the USS Boxer from February to June 1948. McWhorter served as Executive Officer of VF-13 aboard USS Tarawa and then USS Philippine Sea, from July 1948 to February 1950. After additional training at GLS Monterey, from February to December 1950, McWhorter served with the Bureau of Aeronautics from January 1951 to January 1953. He then served as Executive Officer of VF-12 aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt from February to September 1953, and then as Commanding Officer of VF-12 from September 1953 to September 1954. He served aboard the USS Coral Sea from October 1954 to April 1955, and then as Assistant Air Officer aboard USS Forrestal from May 1955 to July 1956. McWhorter served in the Naval Safety Center from August 1956 to October 1958, and was then assigned as Air Officer onboard USS Saratoga from November 1958 to March 1960. He served with the Chief of Naval Air Training from March 1960 to August 1963, and then with Naval Air Systems Command from September 1963 to July 1968. CDR McWhorter's final assignment was as Air Operations Officer at NAS Miramar, California, from July 1968 until his retirement from the Navy on June 30, 1969. Hamilton McWhorter died on April 12, 2008.


Jerry (JP) Thomas
ADJ1 Jerry Thomas served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1963 to 1968.

Jerry Thomas Sr. of Lake Wales, Florida passed away Friday, April 11, 2008, at the Lake Wales Medical Center. He was 63.

Jerry attended the 2002 and 2004 reunions. He was a great guy and loyal Ubangi. 
Jerry Thomas Sr. of Lake Wales died Friday, April 11, 2008, at the Lake Wales Medical Center. He was 63.
Born May 23, 1944, in Lewiston, Maine, he moved to Lake Wales in 2002 from Kissimmee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served in the Vietnam war and retired in 1981 as a Petty Officer First Class. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #2420 in Lake Wales, a life member of the Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent #64, the American Legion Post #10 in Kissimmee. He was of the Unitarian faith.
Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by two sons, Mark and William.
Survivors include his wife, Linda E. Thomas; five children, Jerry Thomas Jr. of Carlsbad, Calif., Arnold Thomas of Charleston, S.C., Cameron Thomas of Standish, Maine, Tamara Hudson of Marianna, Fla., and Patricia Ambrose of Lake Wales; three grandchildren, April Thomas, Robert Ambrose and Beatrice Ambrose; three brothers, Roger A. Thomas of Lewiston, Maine, Robert Thomas of Hebron, Maine, Berton Thomas of Brunswick, Maine; and two sisters, Sylvia Mills of Lake Wales and Nancy Roy of Durham, Maine.
Memorial services were held 2 p.m., Friday, April 18, at the Tower Lakes Clubhouse in Lake Wales, with Rev. Gerald Williams and the V.F.W. Honors Team officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the V.F.W. Post #2420 Children’s Fund. 



Charles (Chuck) Pendelton
Captain Pendelton was the Commanding officer of Attack Squadron Twelve  from January 10, 1958 to January 22, 1959

Captain Charles A. Pendleton, Jr., 85, passed away June 15, 2007 at his home in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Captain Pendelton had attended the 2004 reunion and was a good guy and loyal Ubangi.




Neal Russo
AMS3 Neal Russo served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1966 to 1968

Neal Russo passed away on September 18, 2003 at his home in West Virginia.
Neal attended the 2002 reunion. He was a great guy and everyone that knew him from the 66-68 era would agree.



George Davis
George Davis served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1968 to 1972

George Robert Davis, age 58, of Manassas, Va., died on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
George attended the 2002 and 2004 reunions. He was a great guy and loyal Ubangi.

George Robert Davis, age 58, of Manassas, Va., died on Sunday, June 10, 2007, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of Hyde Park, N.Y., and was a veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict, a member of the American Legion Post in Stafford, Va., the VFW Post 9592 in Levittown, N.Y., and of All Saints Catholic Church. He was the restaurant manager at Quality Inn-Iwo Jima in Arlington, Va. He also was the owner of George's Restaurant in Manassas. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Ruth Davis and by a sister, Barbara A. Wilson. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Patricia Ann Davis and by a sister, Mary Torres. The family will receive friends at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas, Va., on Thursday, June 14, 2007, from 6 to 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Friday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. Interment Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to Veterans For America, 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. 



John (Creature) Creaturo
John Creaturo served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1966 to 1968

John Creaturo, 59, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2006 at his home in East Liverpool, Ohio.
Creature was a great guy and everyone that knew him from the 66-68 era would agree.



Hank Zambie
Commander Hank Zambie served in Attack Squadron Twelve from 1973 to 1974


James Milam
Master Chief James Milam served in Attack Squadron Twelve during 1985 and 1986

Master Chief James Milam passed away in Middleburg, Florida in 2006


Charlie Lehoist
Charlie Lehoist Served in Attack Squadron Twelve  during 1962 through 1964

Charlie Lehoist passed away in October, 2005.



Capt Albert Wallace Newhall Jr.
Captain Newhall  served as XO and CO of Attack Squadron Twelve in 1949

Captain Albert Wallace Newhall, Jr., United States Navy, retired, was born on 25 June 1917 in New Jersey.  He was the son of Edna T. and Albert W. Newhall, a Lieutenant in Headquarters Company, 1stBattalion, 158th Infantry, Arizona National Guard. Captain Newhall received his commission as a Naval Ensign on 6 June 1940 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy.   Some of his assignments included::
1941-1943.  Served aboard cruisers in the Pacific.
1943.  Designated a Naval Aviator.
1943.  Served as a flight instructor, Operational Training
    Unit, Melbourne, Florida

Unknown date.  Executive Officer, Bombing & Fighting
   Squadron 2, Light Carrier Air Group 21.

1944-1945.  Served as Staff Officer in various
    commands during the remainder of the War in the

1946-1947.  Staff Officer, Chief of Naval Operations.
1948.  Commander, Atlantic Air Force Training Unit

1948-1949.  Executive Officer, VF-45.
3 May 1949.  Commander, Attack Squadron VA-12,
   NAAS Cecil Field, Florida.  Commander Newhall had
   been the squadron’s executive officer.

29 Jun 1950.  Attended Command & Staff School,
   Montgomery Air Force Base, Alabama.

1956.  Air Group Commander, USS Boxer.
Captain Newhall served his Nation for 30 years, his service spanning three wars before retiring on 30 June 1970.

Captain Newhall, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on the 29th of October, 2002. 

Capt. Albert Wallace Newhall Jr.


William (Bill) Counts
Commander Bill Counts served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot during the 1966 -1967 WestPac Cruise.




Floyd (Mojack) Urshel
Floyd Urshel served in Attack Squadron Twelve during the 1966 -1967 WestPac cruise.



Fletcher F. Moore
Fletcher Moore served in Attack Squadron Twelve during the 1966 -1967 WestPac cruise.



Ted Carpenter
Ted Carpenter served in Attack Squadron Twelve during the 1966 -1967 WestPac cruise.



 James M. Elias
Jim Elias  served in Attack Squadron Twelve twice, 74-77 and again in 85-86 .

James Michael Elias
Born on Nov. 14, 1944
Departed on Feb. 23, 2009 and resided in Middleburg, FL

Chief Warrant Officer 4 James M. Elias USN Ret., 64, passed away on February 23, 2009. He was a resident of  Doctor's Inlet FL for 15 years.  He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; son, Tyler Elias; daughters, Marisa Freeman and Tamara Elias; and 3 grandchildren, Rylie and D.J. Elias and Hayzley Freeman. He proudly served in the US Navy for 30 years, including 3 tours in Vietnam. Continuing his career, he was employed by Wyle Labs for 13 years. He touched many lives with his smile, sense of humor, and kindness. He never met a stranger. He was a TRUE PATRIOT and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. A memorial service in celebration of his life was held at 10:00 AM February 28, 2009 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL.




War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always.




Clint (CC) Nicely
Lt Clint Nicely served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot 1980-1981

Killed on September 5, 1981 while attached to VA-12, which was deployed on-board CV-69  Dwight D. Eisenhower. The ship was operating in the Norwegian Sea at the  time.
While maneuvering on the flight deck, his  A-7E aircraft  BuNo 156844 (AG406) aircraft lost its brakes and rolled overboard on the starboard side of the carrier and sank immediately.
We understand from the archives that no remains of the pilot or the aircraft were ever recovered.
In March of the same year, VA-12 pilots Lt. Nicely and Lt. Steve Jasper had won bombing derby awards while flying from CV-69  USS D.W. Eisenhower.

Courtesy LCDR Steve Booher



LtJG William J. Becker
LtJG William J. Becker served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot

While attached to VA-12 which was deployed on-board CV-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lt(jg) Becker was lost at sea during night flight operations in the Mediterranean on February 27, 1979 in A-7E BuNo 157578.
No trace of his remains or aircraft were ever located. This loss occurred during the Ike's initial Mediterranean deployment.
The photo below is from the 1979 Cruise Book.

Courtesy LCDR Steve Booher



LT David M. Santille LT
Lt. David Santille  served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot 1974-1975

Lt.. David M. Santille was born June 3, 1947 in Pensacola Florida. He attended the University of Florida were he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism.  After graduation he entered flight training through the AOCS program and was designated as a distinguished naval graduate after receiving his wings in April 1971.  As a result of his demonstrated performance, Lt. Santille was appointed a Regular Officer in the United States Navy.
In August of 1971 Lt. Santille reported to VT19 at NAS Meridian, Ms where he served until March of 1974 as a basic jet flight instructor in the T2-B aircraft.
He joined Attack Squadron Twelve during the Squadron's Mediterranean Cruise onboard the USS Independence in November 1974. Lt. Santille qw married to the former Lisa Fisher of Corpus Christi, Texas on April 12, 1975.
Lt. Santille was Lost at Sea December 21, 1975.

Courtesy Isaac Lang

Lt. Santille



CDR James W. Hall CDR
CDR Hall served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a Lt. and a pilot 1962-1964

Born 18 May 1934
Incident Date 28 October 1972
Remains Returned July 1989
Remains Identified January 2000
Wall Location Panel W1 Line 84
Lt Cdr. James W. Hall was the pilot of an A-7C Corsair which launched on a mission over North Vietnam. On 28 October 1972 Hall took off from the carrier USS America in his A-7C Corsair, attached to the VA-86 Sidewinders (CVW-8, USS AMERICA, TF 77, 7TH FLEET) on a surface-to-air missile suppression mission. His target took him near the city of Thanh Hoa, in Thanh Hoa Province. Over the target area in Nghe An province, North Vietnam, Hall was heard to radio to his wingman, "Two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) lifting at 12 o'clock." No other radio messages were heard. The first missile missed his wingman, but the second struck Hall's aircraft. No parachute was observed, and no emergency radio beepers were heard.

CDR James Hall



Lt Rick St.Claire Lt
LT St.Claire  served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot 1971-1972

On June 23, 1972 LT Rick (Paddles) St.Claire, was lost at sea during flight operations from NAS Cecil Field. While off the coast of St. Augustine, Fl,  an A4C from VC-2 at NAS Cecil Field, returning from an off shore exercise, apparently flew through Lt. St. Claire's formation of A7's striking his aircraft causing him to eject. His remains were  recovered by a German destroyer and returned and returned to Hawaii for burial. (Updated by Capt Henry E.(Gene) Nelson USN Retired. CO VA12 1972)



Mike Gibson
LT(jg) Mike (Gibby) Gibson served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot

On June 24, 1971 LT(jg) Mike Gibson, was lost at sea while attempting to recover aboard USS Independence ( CVA-62) in a low overcast. Lt(jg) Gibson boltered on his first pass and, while going around for another attempt, contact was lost and it was presumed that he and his aircraft went into the see. His remains were never recovered.



Frank P. Neuman
LT(jg) Frank P. Neuman served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot

On February 12, 1969 LT(jg) Frank P. Neuman, was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Shangri-la (CVA-38)


Robert (Bob) Frosio
CDR Robert C. Frosio commanded VA-12 from April, 1966 to November 12, 1966

On November 12, 1966, VA-12’s commanding officer, Commander Robert C. Frosio, was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42).

Name: Robert Clarence Frosio
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O5
Unit: VA12
Date of Birth: 28 March 1928
Home City of Record: WARRINGTON, FL
Date of Loss: 12 November 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
Other Personnel in Incident: James G. Jones
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.
REMARKS: Commander of VA12 at time of death.

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/16 YRS United States Navy



James (Jim) Grady Jones
LT(jg) Jim Jones served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot

On November 12, 1966, LT(jg) Jim Jones, was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42).

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LT(jg) Jim Jones



John R. Sullivan
CDR John R. Sullivan served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot and squadron XO

On January 7, 1959 CDR John R. Sullivan, was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).




Thomas J. Davis
LT(jg) Thomas J. Davis served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot

On October 08, 1958 LT(jg) Thomas J. Davis, was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).




John M. Breen
LCDR John M. Breen commanded VF-12 from December 15, 1952 to August 19, 1953

While operating from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) on August 19, 1953, in the Mediterranean Sea, the squadron’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Breen, was lost at sea.



  Norbert Navarre
LT(jg) Norbert Navarre served in Attack Squadron Twelve as a pilot
On April 22, 1953  LT(jg) Norbert Navarre, was lost over the St. Johns River during flight operations after a fire in the cockpit caused his aircraft to explode.  He was never recovered.  LT (jg)  Navarre had been awarded the Navy "E" for high altitude gunnery about a month before his death.



John H. Lackey
LCDR John H. Lackey Commanded VBF-4 from May 19, 1945 to October 6, 1945

October 6, 1946, VBF-4’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Lackey, was killed during a training flight in an SNJ.

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