Bob,This is another Great day for VO 67. For those that dont know the significance of this Decoration. IT IS THE EQUIVILANT OF VO 67 being awarded the NAVY CROSS TO THE ENTIRE SQD.
The Small part i played was neglible, I just planted the Seed and helped with the initial Paperwork. I give Credit where it is due. for without the Dedication and Perserverance of ADJ2 KERRY BIGNALL and CDR ALEXANDER who never gave up this would never have happened. WHAT AN HONOR to be the only VP Sqd to recieve this decoration since WW11.
AECS Bill Rutledge
VO 67 associate Member
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Congratulations to you all... you deserve all that this will bring. And please... someone send my dad a pair of Depends... he's so happy he is about to pee himself! Good on 'ya
Thanks guys! I had no clue that we were given any awards, and the original poster mentioned we had a unit citation? Is this correct? And if so, am I eligible to wear that unit citation?
Thanks again for the great work guys!
P.S. Alexander, do you need an order of Depends too? Mine are already on the way... haha!
In answer to "Whitey" , everyone who was in the squadron at any time is allowed to wear the Presidential Unit Commendation ribbon. As shown on the website, it goes to the top since it is equal to the Navy Cross.
Great news! Thanks to all of you who worked so hard, esp. Kerry & Alex. What great timing as well, to coincide in time for the 2009 reunion. What else could be more perfect than to have the 2009 reunion in DC for the presentation of the award.
Congratulations VO-67 on receiving the Presidential Unit Citation after all these years! As an ex Navy man I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I believe at this time proper credit should be given to the individuals whose hard work, unselfish dedication, and steadfast determination accomplished this unprecedented feat. The following individuals Kerry and Maxine Bignall with the advisement of CDR A.G. Alexander and the support of U.S. Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID) and his office were the main spearheads of this action for 5 long years. Special thanks go to Josh Callihan (USMC), congressional aide to Bill Sali. Without his belief and support this would not have been possible. Respectfully, R. Bignall (USN)
Well put Big nalls JR. i myself am surprised at the lack of postings from the VO 67 Os /Es for such an outstanding event. This should be written up and placed in every Military and Historical Magazine available to further the History of VO 67. Navy TImes, Wings of Gold, Navy Historical, Tailhook, Approach, just to name a few.