March 2020 Meeting Photos

On 12 March 2020, we held our monthly meeting at the Dobson's Restaurant 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 this link: https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/4040.  Our members and guests enjoyed Fred's informative and entertaining presentation!  Click here for Col Cone's Biography.


Col Cone discussed flying the amazing Marine A-6.


Our members and guests enjoyed Fred's entertaining talk.


Col Cone was thanked by Flt Capt Harvel.


Our 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.  (For more, visit:  https://www.afhistory.af.mil/FAQs/Fact-Sheets/Article/458992/operation-rolling-thunder/.)

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