VA-164 Ghostriders Squadron Patch – Plastic Backing
A squadron patch of the VA-164 Ghostriders Squadron with plastic backing.
VA-164, nicknamed the Ghostriders, was an Attack Squadron of the U.S. Navy. It was established on 1 September 1960 and disestablished on 12 December 1975.
November 1963: USS Oriskany, with VA-164 embarked, operated in the South China Sea during a crisis in South Vietnam and the coup that overthrew President Diem.
5 May 1965: The squadron flew its first combat sortie. From May through July 1965, it flew close air support missions in South Vietnam.
7 November 1965: The squadron’s commanding officer, Commander J. D. Shaw, was awarded the Silver Star for successfully leading a strike against a SAM site in North Vietnam.
26 October 1966: A major fire broke out on Oriskany on Yankee Station. The squadron lost four officers in the fire. Several squadron personnel received awards for their heroic actions during the fire.
19 July 1967: Lieutenant Commander Richard D. Hartman was shot down near Hanoi, a helicopter crewman on an SH-3A from USS Hornet was killed during an attempted rescue and another SH-3A was shot down killing all 4 crewmen. Hartman died in captivity October 1967: Commander D. F. Mow, the squadron’s commanding officer, was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a combat mission over North Vietnam.
March 1970: The squadron completed the last line period of its fifth combat deployment to Vietnam. This was the squadron’s first combat deployment without losing a pilot.
April 1972: The squadron participated in Operation Freedom Train, tactical air sorties against military and logistic targets in the southern part of North Vietnam. It also provided close air support for forces in South Vietnam following the Easter Offensive invasion by North Vietnam.
May 1972: Squadron aircraft participated in the early phase of Operation Linebacker, heavy air strikes against targets in North Vietnam.
August 1972: TA-4s acquired by VA-164 from the Marine Corps at MCAS Iwakuni were used for the first time operationally in a combat role from a carrier.
June 1973: Missions were flown in support of Operation End Sweep, the clearing of mines in the territorial waters of North Vietnam.
October 1973: With the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War USS Hancock, with VA-164 embarked, was directed to leave Yankee Station and operate in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden.