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Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by R Leonard, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. R Leonard

    R Leonard Member

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    Captain Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa, USN (Ret) passed away on 24 Jan 2013; 98 1/2 years old.

    6/1938-7/1939 -- Flight Training, NAS Pensacola, FL
    8/1939-5/1942 -- Pilot, VS-5, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
    6/1942-7/1943 -- VF-10 Pilot, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    8/1943-4/1945 -- CO, VF-97, NAS Atlantic City (Fighter Training Officer)
    5/1945-10/1945 -- Commander Air Group Forty-Four
    10/1945-6/1946 -- CO, VF-17, NAS Fallon, Nevada and NAS Brunswick, Maine
    7/1946-5/1947 -- General Line School (Student), Newport, RI
    5/1947-11/1947 -- Navigator, USS Sicily (CV-118)
    11/1947-1/1949 -- CO, VF-10 A & VF-92, USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
    2/1949-1/1951 -- Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Navy Liaison Officer & Officer in Charge of NAS Mojave. BuAer Rep at Edwards AAFB
    1/1951-4/1953 -- Air Officer, USS Essex (CV-9)
    4/1953-4/1955 -- CO, NAF China Lake Calif. Ordnance Test & Development
    4/1955-7/1956 -- Staff, Commander Carrier Division Five (Operations Officer)
    7/1956-6/1957 -- Student - Senior Course, Naval War College
    6/1957-3/1959 -- Bureau of Ordnance (Air Weapons Officer)
    3/1959-8/1960 -- CO, USS Firedrake (AE-14)
    8/1960-10/1962 -- Fleet Operations Officer, CinCPacFlt Staff
    10/1962-11/1963 -- CO, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
    11/1963-8/1965 -- Office of Chief of Naval Operations (Carrier Readiness)
    8/1965-9/1968 -- Commander Fleet Air Miramar, NAS Miramar, CA
    9/196-7/1970 -- Chief of Staff, Commander 11th Naval District, San Diego, CA
    7/1970 -- Retired from active duty

    Combat Awards:
    3 Navy Crosses
    Legion of Merit
    Bronze Star
    Navy Commendation Medal
    Presidential Unit Citation
    Meritorious Service Medal
     
  2. Biak

    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    :poppy:

    Rest in Peace
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Be at peace, Captain Vejtasa. :S!
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Undoubtably an honorable man.

    What unit was he serving with when he earned the PUC?
     
  5. R Leonard

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    USS Enterprise, his time aboard while in VF-10 fell into the period of the Enterprise award, 7 Dec 41 though 15 Nov 42.
     
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    Rest in Peace Captain!
     
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    A small correction to R Leonard's announcement - "Swede" actually passed away on 23 Jan 2013. And thank you Rich for the detailed record of Swede's service in the Navy. We've lost a national treasure, for sure.
     

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