These recruits have mostly just left high schools.They will be suject to basic training for about 16 weeks, and then be assigned to the fleet.
Pilots and crew of Navy VP-772 prepare to enplane for then 'secret' mission, ferrying aircraft to French forces in Indochina on orders from President Truman.
Shipmates, Frank Tatu (L) and
LCDR Jeffrey A. Bender, USNR, at 50-year reunion of Naval
Patrol Squadron VP-772 at Seattle, Sept. 1-3, 2000
Crewmen of VP-772 load 50 cal. guns on PB4Y-2preparatory to combat air mission over Korea. Dan Castro, far right,of San Diego
is only identifiable crewman.
Navy aerial photographer Frank
Tatu prepares to board SNJ for
photo reconnisance flight over
Example of 'Nose Art' cover on PB4Y-2 aircraft of VP-772 originated by Chief Rbt. Cluff. This particular plane, #7, went down with loss of 9 men. Individual is LTCDR Byron A. Morgan,US Navy VP-772 PB4Y-pilot.
LCDR James Hayward, USNR. Hayward was XO of Navy Patrol Squadron VP-772, which was activated Sept. 1, 1950 and deployed to the Korean Theater Jan. 1, 1951. The squadron was 'augmented' into the regular Navy as VP-17 on February 4, 1953.
LCDR Nittinger, CO Navy Patrol
Squadron VP-772, reports for
duty, having been activated for Korean War. Cake says 'We knew you were comig, so we baked a cake'
LCDR Hayward was XO of Navy Reserve Patrol Squadron VP- 772, activated 9/1/50, deployed 1/51. He became CO 6/9/52
Frank Tatu with one of the mysterious jars on the 'Plain of Jars' in Laos. These jars weigh over 2000 lbs; origins and purpose unknown.