Archive for the ‘VA-82 Marauders’ Category

This Letters From War Wednesday features a note from naval aviator, Scotty Greiling, serving aboard the carrier, USS America, treading water off the coast of Vietnam. Greiling wrote the letter to his brother, Paul, on June 4, 1968, 43 years ago this week. Fifth day “on the line” and like all wars a great deal [...]

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, a time when we get together to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women, past and present.  Memorial Day weekend also marks the annual motorcycle pilgrimage to our nation’s capital.  Known as Rolling Thunder, the event now attracts literally hundreds of thousands of bikers from all over [...]

During the Greiling Dedication Ceremony, Scotty’s brother, Paul shared a few words on the “Scotty” many in the audience may not have known. “My sister, Gail, my niece, Karen, and I want to thank all of you for this wonderful tribute to Cmdr David Scott Greiling. To me, this tribute is really to all of [...]

Last month, members from Attack Squadron VA-82, gathered at the Hickory Aviation Museum in Hickory, North Carolina for a reunion.  The event also served as a dedication ceremony in which the museum’s A-7 Corsair, Streetcar 313, actually flown on missions by the group in the Vietnam War, was inscribed with the name of a fallen [...]

On July 24, 1968, with over 30 strike missions and three Air Medals to his credit, Scotty Greiling once again soared into the night skies.  He launched his A-7A as the flight leader of a two-plane team.  Potential targets included activity along Route 22, a well-traveled feeder into the Ho Chi Minh Trail, North Vietnam’s [...]

Scotty Greiling and VA-82

November 29, 2010

Last month, Attack Squadron VA-82, the Marauders, held a reunion at the Hickory Aviation Museum in Hickory, North Carolina.  The museum had recently acquired an A-7A Corsair II, the aircraft the group had flown in the Vietnam War.  But after further review, it was determined that this particular A-7, Streetcar 313, was part of VA-82′s [...]

Yesterday, I blogged about Kenny Wayne Fields’ book, Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot’s Forty Hours on the Run in Laos (Ausa).  One of Fields’ squadron mates in VA-82 was a local (Kendallville, Indiana) named Scotty Greiling.  Interestingly, Greiling mentioned Fields’ odyssey in a 4 June 1968 letter home from the carrier, USS America. [...]

Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot’s Forty Hours on the Run in Laos (Ausa) by Kenny Wayne Fields (Naval Institute Press) tells the story of the author’s harrowing three-day odyssey during the Vietnam War.  In late May 1968, Fields, a member of attack squadron VA-82, launched his A-7 Corsair from the carrier, USS America.  [...]

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