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Nelson Orth
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Mr. Anderson:

My first deployment to the Pacific was on the USS Yorktown (CVS-10). The “S” categorized the carrier as an Anti-Submarine Warfare carrier. We left in October 1962 and returned to San Diego in April 1963. My second deployment was on the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). The “A” categorizes this carrier as an Attack carrier. We deployed in April 1964 and returned in December 1964. We were delayed coming home due to the North Vietnamese attacking two US destroyers, the USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox, in early August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. At the same time the USS Ticonderoga was also in the Gulf, and we made the first strike against North Vietnam in August. I was then assigned to NAS Pensacola as a flight instructor for three years. Then from 1968 to 1973 I was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin on three different occasions. During those nine years I cannot ever remember reading where the USS Yorktown was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin. And I certainly know that during my time in the Gulf, the USS Yorktown was never there.

So, Mr. Anderson, I would appreciate it if you would provide me with the documentation you have that confirms that the USS Yorktown was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin any time between August 1964 and April 1975.