(n. p.): (n. d.). Ca 1969. 25 leaves of mounting stock, clear mylar covers. Numerous pages, and slips, of typed biographical & historical information regarding the squadrons & their current leaders. 4 full color 10" x 8" photographs of the divers airplanes employed by the squardrons. 8 full color 10" x 8" photographs of the squadron's COs & XOs. 103 b/w 5" x 3-3/4" captioned photographs of the squadron's pilots & officer support staff. Album: 12-1/2" x 14". Vinyl faux-wood album, screw-post design. Title gilt stamped to front cover. General wear to album, VG - VG+. Photographs generally clear, sharp & show little signs of aging. Item #50453
The first of Air Wing Two's "seven combat deployments to Southeast Asia began in 1965. Air Wing Two was credited with the first three confirmed Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 kills over North Vietnam. In July 1966, the Air Wing marked its first all-Phantom deployment and E-2A Hawkeyes joined the team. Coordinated carrier operations in the Gulf of Tonkin earned the air wing the Navy Unit Commendation in February 1967.
The air wing began a long affiliation with USS Ranger (CVA-61) during the 1967-68 deployment. New A-7A Corsairs and A-6A Intruders made CVW-2 the first all jet Attack Carrier Air Wing. CVW-2 spent thirty days of the deployment in the Sea of Japan reacting to North Korea's seizure of USS Pueblo (AGER-2), earning the Air Wing the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation." [military wiki]
This album, we believe, compiled as a momento for a departing senior officer, and contains an encapsulated history of the Air Wing's actions, and officers so involved. An invaluable primary source for any naval historian interested in the Vietnam war era.