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Captain Edward A. Boyd
USS TICCN EROGA
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Since 1 944.
TICO DEROGA is there
When history is made.
c Your ship was 28 years old on 8 May 1972. Throughout those years,
TICONDEROGA has done much to maintain America's freedom. Our
technology made her a reality, but what it took for TICONDEROGA
to do her job was not technology, it was you, theman in the engine room
who controlled. and maintained the boilers under almost unbearable
working conditionsg it was the man who worked five hours in the hot
sun aloft repairing a navigational aid, it was the man on ,the flight deck
doing his part amidst constant danger. ,c i I ' '
' . As long as men come forth for their country to serve unselfishly. as you
have, this great nation shall endure. T r
TICONDEROGNS men have served magnificently in the past. One
hundred and forty-one gave their lives in the battle of the Philippine Sea
during World War II in order that America might survive. They have
earned TICO five Battle Stars, the Navy Uccupational Medal, and the
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Badge.
Vietnam! TICONDEROGA'S crew again was called forth for the
cause of freedom. During five at-sea periods on the line in six months,
the men of TICGNDEROGA didnot let her miss one day of scheduled
operations in order that another country might survive. For their
supreme efforts in this long war, TICONDEROGNS men earned her
two Navy Unit Citations and the Meritorious Unit Citation. ,
TICO and her crew were chosen as participants in yet another great'
mission-that of the Prime Recovery' Ship for Apollo 16. Through
recovering three astronauts and their spacecraftg you, the team that
insures America's freedom, have proudly and successfully projected her
into another chapter of man's greatest venture---the exploration of outer
space. The contribution of TICONDEROGA and each member of her
crew to this mission in the cause of freedom for all mankind is in keeping
with her historic role "Guardian of Freedom". i A -
This book tells of your
chapter in her proud history.
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Captain Edward Ayres Boyd was born on 21 August 1920 in
Louisiana, Missouri, but considers Rock Island, Illinois his home. He
received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College and did
graduate work in Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and New York University. He entered the Navy as an
Ensign in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 1944 and served as an
Aerological Officer in the Southwest Pacific with advance base units
in the Philippines, Japan, and Truk Island, Central Carolines.
After World War II he attended Lighter-than-Air flight training in
Lakehurst, New Jersey and was designated a Naval Aviator in April
1947. Lieutenant Boyd then served in Airship Squadron One out of
Santa Ana, California and Weeksville, North Carolina. He was
assistant Engineering Officer, O and R Department, Lakehurst, New
Jersey until he entered the Heavier-than-Air flight training in 1951.
Upon completion of the HTA curriculum he was assigned to Patrol
Squadron 26 at Brunswick, Maine in December 1952. In 1954,
LCDR Boyd completed the Naval Aviation Safety Engineering
course at the University of Southern California and was assigned to
the Staff of Commander Fleet Air Wings Atlantic as Aviation Safety
Officer. Hee attended Line School in, Monterey, California from
January 1957 to November 1957, at which time he was ordered to the
Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. He served as Naval
Liaison Officer to the Appropriations Committee, House of
Representativesiuntil July 1960. Commander Boyd served as
Executive Officer of VS-24 in Norfolk, Virginia and as Commanding
Officer of VS-20, Quonset Point, Rhode Island from October 1961
until September 1962.
Commander Boyd joined the USS Yorktown as Air Operations
Officer in October 1962 and became the Air Officer in April 1963.
Detached from the 'Fighting Lady' in 1964, Commander Boyd
assumed command of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 55 in
October 1964, the first ASW Air Group to be utilized in the Vietnam
Captain Boyd was ordered to the Office of DCNO for Research
and Development in November 1965 where he served for three years
as Head of Air Undersea Warfare Development. As additional duties
his assignments included National Leader, TRI Partite Airborne
Systems Panel, Sub-Group G3 U.S. Member Information Exchange
Group II, NATO, and Deputy Liaison Officer, President's Scientific
Advisor Committe for Naval Warfare.
Captain Boyd took command of the USS Taluga QAO-621 on 23
December 1968. Following two deployments to WestPac where the
'Flying Red Horse' won the Navy "E" for operational excellence, he
was ordered to Commander Naval Base Los Angeles-Long Beach as
Chief of Staff 15 June 1970. On 14 December 1970, Captain Boyd
assumed command of the USS TICONDEROGA fCVS-141. He was
selected for Rear Admiral on 27 April 1972, the day that
TICONDEROGA recovered Apollo 16.
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