12 March 2020, we held our monthly meeting at the
at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.
Our guest speaker was Col Fred Cone, US Marine Retired. He
discussed Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing of North Vietnam
from 1965 to 1967, and his experiences flying the Marine A-6 in the
operation -- he flew over 200 missions over the North during his 15
month tour. His expert airmanship dodging SAMs was a
highlight, and earned him the Navy Cross, see the information at
Our members and guests enjoyed Fred's informative and
Click here for Col Cone's Biography.
Col Cone discussed flying the amazing Marine A-6.
Our members and guests enjoyed Fred's entertaining
Col Cone was thanked by Flt Capt Harvel.
speaker flew the Marine A-6 over North Vietnam.
Our speaker flew the Marine OV-10.
Operation Rolling Thunder
was a frequently interrupted bombing campaign that began on 24
February 1965 and lasted until the end of October 1968. During this
period U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft engaged in a bombing
campaign designed to force Ho Chi Minh to abandon his ambition to
take over South Vietnam. The operation began primarily as a
diplomatic signal to impress Hanoi with America's determination,
essentially a warning that the violence would escalate until Ho Chi
Minh "blinked," and secondly it was intended to bolster the sagging
morale of the South Vietnamese.
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