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DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume I~~Page 133~~ 8 Jan 1980: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander A. J. Lynch, and Lieutenant Charles J. Morrow were lost when their aircraft struck several parked planes during a night landing and careened into the sea.

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At SEA; abt. 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida 1
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Cmdr. Anthony J. "Tony" Lynch
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Dedicated to the Crew Members of the Saratoga Killed In Service.
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USS Saratoga
Name: USS Saratoga Commissioned:14 April 1956 Class and type:Forrestal-class aircraft carrier Displacement:81,101 tons full Length:1,063 feet Beam:130 feet Propulsion:4 geared turbines, 4 shafts, 8 Babcock and Wilcox boilers Speed:35 knots
A6 Intruder
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The CV-60 is the 6th ship of the U.S.Navy to be named for the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War. After 38 years in Service, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Gulf War 1, The USS Saratoga was sent to the scrap heap in May 1995.
Cmdr. Anthony J. Lynch
Cmdr. Anthony J. Lynch
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DFC & Air Medal
The Distinguished Flying Cross is on the left. The Air Medal is on the right. The two gold stars on the Air Medal's ribbon represent a second and third award of the same medal. Cmdr Lynch had 13, Both rest beneath the embroidered version of the Naval Aviator badge. (Wings)
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08 Jan 1980 1
At SEA; abt. 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida 1
Cause: Equipment Malfunction; Plane Crash 1
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Duty Station: Attack Squadron (VA-75) on board the USS Saratoga.

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Duty Station: Attack Squadron (VA-75) on board the USS Saratoga.

Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75 or ATKRON 75) was an attack squadron of the United States Navy that was active from World War II through the 1990s. Nicknamed the "Sunday Punchers," they were based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The squadron flew combat missions during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and saw its last action during the Gulf War in 1991. They were the first fleet squadron to get the A-6 Intruder and the last unit to fly it in operational service. VA-75 was deactivated as part of the post-Cold War drawdown of forces on February 28, 1997.

The Squadron was established as a Bombing Squadron EIGHTEEN (VB-18) on July 20, 1943. Redesignated Attack Squadron VA-7A on 15 November 1946. Redesignated Attack Squadron VA-74 on 27 July 1948. Redesignated Attack Squadron VA-75 on 15 February 1950. They were the second squadron to be assigned the VA-75 designation.


The USS Saratoga CV-60, formerly CVB-60 and CVA-60, was a Forrestal class supercarrier. She was the last aircraft carrier in the US Navy to be laid down as an axial-deck ship, and was converted while under construction to an angled deck ship.

The CV-60 is the SIXTH (6th) ship of the United States Navy to be named for the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.

Name: USS Saratoga
Namesake: Battle of Saratoga
Ordered: 23 July 1952
Builder: New York Naval Shipyard, New York City
Cost: $209.7 million[1]
Laid down: 16 December 1952
Launched: 8 October 1955
Acquired: 14 April 1956
Commissioned: 14 April 1956
Decommissioned: 20 August 1994
Reclassified: CV-60
Struck: 20 August 1994
Fate: Stricken, available for donation as a museum and memorial, 2000
General characteristics
Class and type: Forrestal-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 81,101 tons full, 61,235 tons light, 19,866 tons dead
Length: 1,063 feet (324 m)
Beam: 130 feet (39.6 m) waterline, 252 feet (76.8 m) extreme
Draft: 37 feet (11.3 m)
Propulsion: 4 geared turbines, 4 shafts, 280,000 shp (210,000 kW)
8 Babcock and Wilcox boilers
Speed: 35 knots
Complement: 552 officers, 4988 men
Sensors and
processing systems: AN/SPS-48 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-48 2D air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
Electronic warfare
and decoys: Mark 36 SRBOC
Armament: 8x 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 guns (127 mm) (removed)
NATO Sea Sparrow
Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: 70-90
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8 Jan 1980: The squadron’s commanding officer,
Commander A. J. Lynch, and Lieutenant Charles J.
Morrow were lost when their aircraft struck several
parked planes during a night landing and careened
into the sea.
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After 38 years in Service, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Gulf War 1, The USS Saratoga was sent to the scrap heap in May of 1995.
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Navy Career

United States NAVY

Commander Insignias
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ANTHONY J. LYNCH

NAS OCEANA, VA 1972  
Rate / Rank: CDR (Commander)
Service Branch: USN
Service Dates: 7/1954 -1/1980
Born: 12/16/1936
BETHLEHEM, PA

Significant Duty Stations:
VA-1, NAS ATSUGI, JAPAN
VA-75, USS KITTY HAWK CV-63, SOUTHEAST ASIA
COMMANDER U.S. 2ND FLEET - STAFF
VA-176, USS AMERICA CV-66, MEDITERRANEAN
VA-75, XO & CO

Significant Awards
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (2)
AIR MEDAL (13)
NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL W/COMBAT 'V'
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

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The NAVY Ranks:

O-1 Ensign ENS   
O-2 Lieutenant Junior Grade LTJG   
O-3 Lieutenant LT   
O-4 Lieutenant Commander LCDR   
O-5 Commander CDR

 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Newspaper) Article

Cleveland, OHIO

EX-Seven Hills Man Lost in Navy Crash

The crash of an airplane at sea during routine naval operations off
the coast of Florida Tuesday (January 08, 1980) is believed to have
killed two men, including a former Seven Hills (Ohio) resident.

The Victims who are missing and presumed dead by the Navy are
the pilot, Lt. Charles J. Morrow, 26, formerly of Seven Hills (Ohio)
and a 1971 graduate of St. Edward High School in Lakewood (Ohio)
and Cmdr. Anthony J. Lynch, navigator and bombardier.  Both men
lived in Virginia Beach, VA.

According to a Navy spokesman, Lt. Morrow was landing the plane,
an A-6 Intruder jet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga,
about 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida at about 7 p.m.  A ground
wire on the deck of the carrier, grabbed the plane, but malfunctioned,
and did not stop the plane's forward momentum.

The plane rolled off the deck and into the ocean, the spokesman said.
A search failed to find the plane or the men.  The Navy ended its search
last night and listed the men as missing and presumed dead.

A-6 Intruder

A6 Intruder

 

14 Nov 1963: VA-75 was the first operational fleet squadron to be assigned the A-6A Intruder.

May–Dec 1965: VA-75 was the first squadron to deploy with the A-6A Intruder and operate the aircraft in a combat environment.

The A-6 Intruder jet fighters came in two major versions, the A-6A, a two seater used for both bombing and as a tanker, and the EA-6B a four seat electronics countermeasures version called the Prowler. The A-6 Intruder jet fighters were manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Company.  The A6 Intruder is 59' 10" long, 16' 3" high and has a wingspan of  53' 0".  The A6 has  an empty weight of 32,160 lbs and a max weight of 65,000 lbs.  The A6 Intruder jet fighter uses two J52-P-8A engines each producing 9,300 lbs of thrust each for a total of 18,600 lbs of thrust.
  The Intruder had a cruise speed of 482 kts and a max speed of 658 kts and a maximum range of  1628 miles.  The military A-6 Intruder is one of the first all weather light attack bombers using special electronics and a navigational device called the "Highway in the Sky."   Just one more note:  The A-6 was one of the loudest aircraft ever built.

Cmdr. Lynch's Awards & Medals

DFC & Air Medal
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Commander Lynch's Awards and Medals:

Significant Awards
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (2)
AIR MEDAL (13)
NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL W/COMBAT 'V'
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight".  Cmdr Lynch held TWO such awards.
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The Air Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, shall have distinguished himself/herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. Award of the Air Medal is primarily intended to recognize those personnel who are on current crew member or non-crew member flying status which requires them to participate in aerial flight on a regular and frequent basis in the performance of their primary duties. However, it may also be awarded to certain other individuals whose combat duties require regular and frequent flying in other than a passenger status, or individuals who perform a particularly noteworthy act while performing the function of a crew member but who are not on flying status. These individuals must make a discernible contribution to the operational land combat mission or to the mission of the aircraft in flight.

Examples of personnel whose combat duties require them to fly include those in the attack elements of units involved in air-land assaults against an armed enemy and those directly involved in airborne command and control of combat operations.

Subsequent decorations of the Air Medal are denoted in the NAVY by gold and silver award Stars for "individual" Air Medals. Gold stars were used for the second through the fifth, seventh through tenth awards, and so on. Silver stars were used in lieu of five gold stars, and denote the sixth and eleventh (and so on) awards.  Cmdr. Lynch was Awarded the Air Medal 13 Times.
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The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military award decoration which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. For valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force, but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Bronze Star, the Valor device ("V" device) may be authorized as an attachment to the decoration.

The Valor device (also known as a combat distinguishing device, "V" device, and Combat V) is an award of the United States military which is a bronze attachment to certain medals to indicate that it was received for valor. The device serves as a clarification for medals that are awarded for both valor (bravery in the face of the enemy), and merit (an extraordinary job under noncombat conditions).

The Valor device denotes those individuals who were awarded a decoration in recognition of valorous act performed during direct combat with an enemy force. It may also denote an accomplishment of a heroic nature in direct support of operations against an enemy force.  Generally, the Valor device is for specific heroic acts during or supporting direct combat with the enemy. The award must also be personally recommended by a superior and is not an automatic decoration or upgrade.

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The Presidential Unit Citation is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed an extremely meritorious or heroic act, usually in the face of an armed enemy.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) U.S. Navy 1969 Vietnam War 9 Jan 1969: The Presidential Unit Citation, covering 23 Dec 1967–1 Jun 1968, was awarded to the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) for their exceptional performance during the fierce fighting of the enemy’s Tet Offensive, in part noting that they “succeeded in inflicting extensive damage and destruction to sites and installations vital to the enemy’s operations.” ADM Hyland noted during the award ceremony: “The ship is recognized in professional circles as having been on Yankee Station during the toughest part of the war and against the most heavily defended area in the world.” Kitty Hawk launched 185 major strikes, 150 of them against northern North Vietnam, hitting the Hanoi and Haiphong areas 65 times. Due to fluid enemy tactics additional emphasis was placed upon “lucrative targets of a fleeting nature.”

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USS Kitty Hawk
Career (United States) 
Name: USS Kitty Hawk
Namesake: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Ordered: 1 October 1955
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 27 December 1956
Launched: 21 May 1960
Commissioned: 29 April 1961
Decommissioned: 12 May 2009
Out of service: 31 January 2009
Reclassified: CV-63
Homeport: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: 61,351 long tons (62,335 t),
81,985 long tons (83,301 t) full load
Length: 1,068.9 feet (325.8 m) LOA
Beam: 282 feet (86 m) extreme
130 feet (40 m) waterline
Draught: 40 feet (12 m)
Draft: 38 feet (12 m)
Propulsion: Westinghouse geared steam turbines, eight steam boilers, four shafts; 280,000 shp
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Complement: 5,624 officers and men
Armament: RIM-7 Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, 2 RIM-116 RAM, 2 Phalanx CIWS Automated Anti-Missile/Aircraft Defenses
Aircraft carried: 85
Typical 2000 air wing (70 aircraft):
40 F/A-18C Hornet fighter-bombers,
4 EA-6B Prowler combat EW,
4 E-2C Hawkeye AEW,
5 SH-60F/HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopters,
1 C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery
The supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), formerly CVA-63, was the second naval ship named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the site of the Wright brothers' first powered airplane flight. Kitty Hawk was both the first and last active ship of her class, and the last conventionally-fueled aircraft carrier in service with the U.S. Navy.

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