Cdr. Jack E. Davis
Cdr. Jack Carman
CDR Robair Mohrhardt
CDR Bill Gureck
CDR Paul Gillcrist
CDR Bob Weedon
CDR Dean Kaiser
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE IRON ANGELS
The first squadron to sport the
Iron Angels insignia was VF-14, commissioned at NAS Atlantic
City in Aug 1943 and assigned to CAG-14. In Mar 1944 CAG-14 and VF-14
deployed to the
Western Pacific (Westpac) embarked in USS Wasp. During that deployment
among many other accomplishments, engaged enemy aircraft in the
Marianas " turkey shoot" and
returned to CONUS (San Diego) in Nov 1944 with nine "Aces." VF-14 was
While deployed in the Korean
theater in Mar 1953, VF-721 was redesignated VF-141 and
adopted the Iron Angels insignia. Successive deployments for VF-141
Feb 54 - Aug 54 F2H-3 Banshee USS Randolph Med C.O.: Frank Standring
Oct 55 - Mar 56 F2H-3 Banshee USS Kearsarge WestPac Callsign: Kremlin C.O.: Wm. Weigold Jones
Jul 57 - Dec 57 F4D Skyray USS Bon Homme Richard WesPac C.O.: Dale Klahn
Jan 59 - Jul 59 F4D Skyray USS Ranger Westpac ?
Jan 60 - Dec 60 F3H Demon USS Oriskany Westpac ?
Nov 61 - May 62 F3H Demon USS Lexington Westpac ?
Feb 63 - Sep 63 F8 Crusader USS
Constellation Westpac ?
Apr 64 - Dec 64 F8 Crusader USS Ticonderoga Westpac ?
Sep 65 - May 66 F8 Crusader USS Ticonderoga Westpac ?
Jan 67 - Jul 67 F8 Crusader USS Hancock Westpac ?
Jan 68 - Oct 68 F8 Crusader USS Bon Homme Richard Westpac CDR D.B. Miller
Mar 69 - Nov 69 F8 Crusader USS
Bon Homme Richard Westpac CAPT A.A. ("Shoes") Schaufelberger
(There were a couple of more
deployments before VF-53 was decommissioned but I do not have
the data. It was after "my time." We'll have to wait for someone to add
on to this deployment
07 March 1998
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