Attack Squadron 172

"Checkmates", "Night Owls", "Blue Bolts"

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Linage 

20. August 1945 VBF-82 Established at NAS
15. November 1946 VBF-82  was redesignated VF-18A
11. August 1948 VF-18A  was redesignated VF-172
1. November 1955 VF-172  was redesignated VA-172
15. January 1971 VA-172 Disestablished at NAS
Planes:
 

 

 

1945 - 1945
F6F-5
     
 

 

 

1945 - 1949
F4U-4
     
 

 

 

1949 - 1950
F2H-1
 
 

 

 

1950 - 1956
F2H-2
 
 

 

 

1957 - 1958
A4D-1
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1958 - 1961
A4D-2
 
 

 

 

1961 - 1971
A4D-2N (A-4C)
 
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VBF-82, VF-18A, VF-172, VA-172 Deployments 
VBF-82
22. October 1946 - 21. December 1946 CV-15 USS Randolph CVG-82 F4U-4 82-BF-0
VF-18A
2. February 1947 - 19. March 1947 CV-15 USS Randolph CVAG-17 F4U-4, F6F-5P R 200
20. May 1947 - 11. August 1947 CV-15 USS Randolph CVAG-17 F4U-4, F6F-5P R 200
7. June 1948 - 6. August 1948 CVB-43 USS Coral Sea CVEG-2 F4U-4 R 200
VF-172
4. January 1949 - 5. March 1949 CVB-41 USS Midway CVG-17 F4U-4 R 200
9.  September 1950 - 1. February 1951 CVB-43 USS Coral Sea CVG-17 F2H-2 R 200
26. June 1951 - 25. March 1951 CV-9 USS Essex CVG-5 F2H-2 R 200
26. August 1952 - 19. December 1952 CVB-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-17 F2H-2 R 200
16. September 1953 - 1. May 1954 CVA-18 USS Wasp CVG-17 F2H-2 R 200
5. April 1955 - 29. September 1955 CVB-43 USS Coral Sea CVG-17 F2H-2 R 200
9. August 1956 - 25. October 1956 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-17 F2H-2B R 200
7. November 1956 - 9. December 1956 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-17 F2H-2B R 200
19. August 1957 - 22. October 1957 CVS-40 USS Tarawa - F2H-2 R 200
3. September 1957 - 22. October 1957 CVA-60 USS Saratoga CVG-7 F2H-2 AG 100
VA-172
13. February 1959 - 1. September 1959 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-1 A4D-2 AB 300
28. January 1960 - 24. August 1960 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-1 A4D-2 AB 300
15. February 1961 - 28. August 1961 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-1 A4D-2 AB 300
19. November 1961 - 30. November 1961 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-1 A4D-2N AB 300
5. February 1962 - 8 April 1962 CVAN-65 USS Enterprise CVG-1 A4D-2N AB 300
14. September 1962 - 22. April 1963 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVG-1 A-4C AB 300
28. April 1964 - 22. December 1964 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVW-1 A-4C AB 300
28. June 1965 - 17. December 1965 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVW-1 A-4C AB 300
21. June 1966 - 21. February 1967 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVW-1 A-4C AB 300
24. August  1967 - 19. May 1968 CVA-42 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVW-1 A-4C AB 300
7. January 1969 - 29. July 1969 CVA-38 USS Shangri La CVW-8 A-4C AJ 300
5. March 1970 - 17. December 1970 CVS-38 USS Shangri La CVW-8 A-4C AJ 300
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VBF-82, VF-18A, VF-172, VA-172 Commanding Officers 
LT Benjamin T. Pugh (acting) 20 Aug 1945 10 Sep 1945
LCdr. Jacob W. Onstott 10 Sep 1945 28 May 1946
LCdr. Pierre N. Charbonnet, Jr. 28 May 1946 12 Feb 1948
LCdr. V. P. de Poix 12 Feb 1948 19 Apr 1950
LCdr. C. A. Blouin 19 Apr 1950 15 Mar 1951
LCdr. Marvin E. Barnett 15 Mar 1951 17 Jun 1952
LCdr. James B. Cain 17 Jun 1952 4 Aug 1954
LT R. P. McCloskey (acting) 4 Aug 1954 26 Aug 1954
Cdr. Glenn G. Estes, Jr. 26 Aug 1954 31 Oct 1955
Cdr. Robert M. McConnell, Jr. 31 Oct 1955 25 Apr 1957
LCdr. F. A. Fox (acting) 25 Apr 1957 10 Jun 1957
Cdr. Robert J. Robison 10 Jun 1957 25 Jul 1958
LCdr. H. O. Cutler 25 Jul 1958 21 Sep 1959
Cdr. Arthur Barker, Jr. 21 Sep 1959 19 Dec 1960
Cdr. John D. Kidd 19 Dec 1960 19 Dec 1961
Cdr. William S. Stewart 19 Dec 1961 19 Dec 1962
Cdr. M. Blaylock 19 Dec 1962 9 Dec 1963
Cdr. E. D. Herbert 9 Dec 1963 8 Dec 1964
Cdr. K. A. Burrows 8 Dec 1964 23 Dec 1965
Cdr. Bruce A. Nystrom 23 Dec 1965 3 Dec 1966
Cdr. Robert D. Harris, Jr. 3 Dec 1966  24 Nov 1967
Cdr. Thomas A. Francis  24 Nov 1967 27 Nov 1968
Cdr. John D. Yamnicky 27 Nov 1968 31 Oct 1969
Cdr. Conrad B. Olson 31 Oct 1969 15. January 1971

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