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Iron Angels (VF 53) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Iron Angels (VF 53). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 15 crew members registered for the Iron Angels (VF 53).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Johnston, RobertAO3/2Jun 1, 1956 – Jan 3, 1958Was with 53 at Miramar, later at Moffet Field, then deployed in Kearsarge for a westpac cruise
Becker, RonaldATNAN, ATN3, ATN2Sep 1959 – Mar 1962Made two cruises on USS Ticonderoga
Blunt, CharleyAQF 2Jan 5, 1960 – Sep 5, 1960Always interesting to look back.
Luxon Ams-2, WilliamAMS-2, E-5May 15, 1960 – Oct 1, 1964We still welcome you to join us in New Orleans May 18-22. This will be the 28th reunion. Bob Moore is the host this year. My number is 724-899-2108
Beshears, Robertams-31964 – Dec 15, 1967I am retired now,I also have adopted my 3 great grandsons and enjoy raising them .Anybody that was in VF-53 from 1964 to 1967 I would like to hear from you,You can call 336-566-6391,
Coates, DanielADJ 3Jun 5, 1965 – Mar 27, 1969I made three WSTPACS with VF-53.
Slater, RoyAK - 3Jun 22, 1965 – Mar 31, 1967I was assigned to VF-53 and Air Wing 5, and we were on the USS Ticonderoga, for the cruise dated July 1965 to May 1966, and flew out of Miramar Air Station. I received a early out in January 1967.
Delos Reyes, EddieAK2Jan 1966 – Nov 1969Been retired for a couple of years now, from DECA....Also retired as a wrestling coach after 44 years, and just finished my 26th year as a football official. Hello Steve Ripka, and Ron Neilsen.
Matonovich, RonaldAO 2Sep 1966 – Oct 28, 1969
Wilson, William profile iconAMH31967 – 1970I served 4 tours in Vietnam with VF-53. In 1967 aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19). The last 3 on board the USS Bon Homme Richard. Home ported at NAS Miramar, San Diego.
Ripka, SteveAKANMar 16, 1967 – Sep 1, 1970First deployment was with USS HANCOCK. The next 3 were with USS Bon Homme Richard
Johnson, PatrickCDR1968 – 1970AMSC - WO1 while serving with VF-53
Marchisotto, VinceADJ3Dec 15, 1968 – Sep 15, 1969WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AIRDALE AND A BACK SHOE ? FRESH AIR & JET FUEL
Johnson, J D Or DanAQ3Jan 1969 – Jan 1971Made the last two deployments. Am currently a member of the Iron Angles reunion group. I was the little surfer guy from San Diego County. Rode motorcycles everywhere. Live in NC now.
Harris, GeorgePN-2Jan 3, 1969 – Jan 22, 1971

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