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1952, 1960, 2018

VMFA-531 1st Marine F4 Squadron on the East Coast.
I was there for the first F4.  We were trained by VF-101 at NAS Oceana, commanded by Walt Freeman. Years later, as a civilian, I met Admiral Freeman (retired), CFI, owner/operator of fixed base operations at Orange County (VA) airport. As part of my biennial flight review, Admiral Freeman offered me spin recovery training in my Cessna 150. I never expected to be sharing a cockpit with an admiral. And I loved listening to his war stories.

 

 

High Expert, Parris Island, Plt 162, Jul-Sept 1960
Winner of the illegal pot of money.

 

MOS 6611 Com/Nav