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Naval aviation played role in WWII leading up to Vietnam War

Hill Goodspeed, Aviation History
Published 11:00 a.m. CT Sept. 30, 2017


Official trailer for the new PBS documentary series, ‘The Vietnam War’ a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Florentine Films

The latest documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick has brought much attention to the Vietnam War, including the precursors to the large-scale American intervention there. One of these involved naval aviation in World War II.

By January 1945, Allied forces had fought their way across the Pacific to the point where attacks could be made against the Japanese in the Far East, one location being French Indochina (later called Vietnam). 

That month, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers launched strikes against targets there. The ships were under the command of Vice Adm. John S. McCain, whose 8-year old grandson would later experience a defining point in his life in the same region. Among the carriers was Ticonderoga, one of the ships destined to launch aircraft in response to the Tonkin Gulf incident in August 1964.


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