VC-62 Detachments 1950-52
Last updated: November 22, 2017
VC-62 Korean War Detachment (1950-51)
USS Leyte CV-32
submitted by Roy Abraham
VC-62's detachment, with its F4U-5P photo-Corsairs, joined Task Force 77 aboard the USS Leyte (CV-32) September 6, 1950. Leyte arrived in Sasbo, Japan October 8, 1950 and supported Korean War operations October 9, 1950 to January 19, 1951. The carrier and airgroup spent 92 days at sea and flew 3,933 sorties against North Korea. The airgroup pilots accumulated 11,000 hours in the air.
Leyte returned to Norfolk, Virginia February 25, 1951.
[Roy writes the "slightly chewed tail" (above) refers to a liberty launch accident.]
VC-62 Detachments 1952
USS Tarawa (CV-40) & USS Midway (CV-41)
VC-62 Det 5 Officers
USS Midway CV-41 (July - Nov 1950 Med Cruise)
Lt j.g. John Grentzer (second row right side)-Conributed by son Richard)
VF-71 F9F Panther in Rear
VC-62 Det 5 USS Midway CV-41 with CVG-7, the only time it was deployed on Midway
Lt j.g. John Grentzer seated Left.
[Webmaster: The above two photos were contributed by Lt j.g. John Grentzer's son, Richard, who writes: "I knew that Dad had flow Bearcats, Corsairs and Banshees while with VC-62. I grew up studying the 2 cruise books, USS Midway and USS Tarawa.
(He is also pictured in the 'Det 1952 USS Tarawa CV-40 - USS Midway CV-41' photos [see above] kneeling left w/Banshee.)
And of course, always though one cruise book equaled one deployment/cruise.
I did not know that the Detachments cross decked. So it was really one deployment.]
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Created on ... September 14, 2013