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Captain W.J.McVey Captain William J. McVey was relieved as Commanding Officer of INTREPID by Captain V. F. Kelley in June of 1968. Captain McVey is now with the staff of Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. He was born in Lambert, Mississippi on July 18, 1920. After attending Mississippi State Univer- sity for one year, Captain McVey entered the U. S. Naval Academy, where he was graduated in 1943. He first served aboard the USS CAPERTON (DD-650) as CIC and Gunnery Officer, participating in the WWII campaigns in the Central and Western Pacific. In 1945 he was designated a Naval Aviator. His first assignment as an aviator was with Flight Squadron 172 on USS RANDOLPH (CV-15), during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Captain McVey flew 116 combat missions in Korea, was awarded the Air Medal on five occasions and received a letter of commend- ation from Commander Seventh Fleet. During the Korean conflict, he operated from the carriers BOXER and KEARSARGE. Subsequent tours of duty included Air Operations Officer for Commander, Naval Forces Far East and Flag Secretary for Commander, Naval Forces Korea. As a commander in 1957, he commanded Fighter Squadron 91. In 1961, he served as Com- manding Officer for Fighter Squadron 124. In 1963, Commander McVey was promoted to Captain. He joined the staff of Commander, Carrier Division Two and later received orders as Commanding Officer, USS SYLVANIA (AFS-2). He assumed com- mand of INTREPID in June of 1967 during its second deployment to Vietnam. Captain W. Wright Captain Whitney Wright assumed acting command of INTREPID, replacing hospitalized Captain Vincent F. Kelley, November 22, 1968. Captain Kelley resumed command December 18, 1968. Captain Wright came to the " Fighting I " from duties as Chief of Staff for Commander, Carrier Division Two. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he previously was Assistant Deputy for Current Operations with Commander in Chief, Pacific. Captain Wright received his wings and was commissioned an Ensign in November, 1939. He spent 36 months in the South Pacific during World War II, mostly with Patrol Bombing Squadron 104, which he commanded during ihe last year of the war. Later commands included VPB-197, VC-8, USS ALLAGASH (A097J and USS MID.. Y (CVA 41). He has also served on the staffs oi the Chief of Naval Air Training, Heavy Attack W One, the Strategic Air Command, the Supreme A Hied Com- mand, Europe, and the office of the Depi Chief of Naval Operations. He is a graduate of the General Line S nil and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His awards include the Navy Cross, Legion of Mein with Combat " V ' - ' and Gold Star, Dinstinguished Flying Cross with three Gold Stars, three Air Medals, the Purple Heart and two Presidential Unit Citations.
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Captain VRKelley Captain Vincent F. Kelley was born April 21, 1918 in Waterloo, Iowa. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1939. After joining the Navy in September 1941, Captain Kelley entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program at Pensacola and was commissioned an Ensign in August 1942. After serving at various air stations, Lieutenant Kelley served with Fighter Squadron 32 aboard the CABOT, his first of nine aircraft carriers, in 1945. Subsequent duty included Fighter Squadrons 14, 98 and 19A embarked in the BOXER. He served with the Navy ' s first operational jet (FJ-1 Fury) squadron, VF-51 on the PRINCETON and then moved on to the VALLEY FORGE. In 1950 he was serving with VF-31 on board the LEYTE off Korea, part- icipating in aerial combat against MIG jets. After shore duty as chief test pilot and pro- duction superintendent at McDonnel Aircraft Corp., Lieutenant Commander Kelley attended General Line School in Monterey, whereupon completion, he be- came assistant air boss of the HANCOCK for recommissioning and " Project Steam. " He was ex- ecutive officer of VF-113 in the ESSEX, then re- turned to the HANCOCK as commanding officer of VF-143 in 1956 as a commander. Additional stateside duty was with Air Force Fighter Weapons School and ATU-223. He formed ATU-222 introducing FllF aircraft into the training command. Following completion of Air War College at Maxwell AFB, he commanded VF -124 Pacific Crusader Replacement Squadron. Coincidentally, he was re- lieved in that tour by Captain William McVey, his predecessor on INTREPID. In 1962 Commander Kelley served as operations officer of the MIDWAY. On the MIDWAY he " fleeted up " to executive officer and was promoted to captain. After National War College, a master ' s degree at George Washington University and Chief, National Policy Division at the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Kelley served as commanding officer of the MONTICELLO (LSD-35) in 1966-67. He then went to Saigon with Military Assistance Command Vietnam as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit and Vietnam Honor Medal. He also holds the Air and Navy Commendation Medals, the Presidential and Navy Unit Citations, plus numerous campaign awards.
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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Captain William F. Sallada, anativeof Cincinnati, Ohio, assumed his duties as Executive Officer of INTREPID in October 1968. A Naval aviator, he served as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 174, the Atlantic Coast Corsair Replacement Squadron, flying A7A Corsair II ' s, prior to his assignment to INTREPID. Captain Sallada, whose father and brother are both Navymen, was commissioned in June 1948 upon graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy and won his aviator ' s wings in December 1949. Subsequent assignments sent him to the Mediterranean and on a Korean combat cruise flying the F4U Corsair. In 1959-1962, Captain Sallada attended the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he received Bachelor and Master ' s degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. Attack Squadron 86 was his next assignment, first as Executive Officer and then as Commanding Officer during a Vietnam deployment in 1965, flying the A4E Skyhawk. A tour as Attack Training Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, followed. Captain Sallada ' s awards include the Distin- guished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Navy Commend- ation Medals and Navy Unit Commendations. His campaign and service medals include Korean Service United Nations Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam), Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal and Occupation Medal (Europe and Asia) with clasps. Captain W. F. Sallada Commander T.D.Brown Commander Thomas D. Brown, the first pilot ever to shoot down a Regulus II missile with an air-to-air missile assumed his duties as Executive Officer of INTREPID in July 1967. He was formerly the ship ' s Weapons Officer. Originally from Port Washington, Long Island, New York, Commander Brown is a graduate of the Citadel and has attended the Armed Forces Staff College. He was commissioned an Ensign on January 1, 1944 and was designated a Naval aviator. He served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II and again on Formosa in 1958. During his stint on Formosa, Commander Brown was Executive Officer of the U. S. Air Force ' s 83rd Fighter Squadron. Before reporting to INTREPID in October 1966, Commander Brown was Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron Ten. His missile-downing achievement came in 1962 at the Naval Missile Center at Point Magu, California. He was flying an F4 Phantom when he earned the distinction. Among Commander Brown ' s service decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commend- ation, a Navy Unit Citation and the U. S. Air Force Citation. In May 1968 he was awarded the Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal.
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