Intrepid (CVS 11) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1968

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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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