A-4E-VA-163 ATTACK SQUADRON ONE HUNDRED SIXTY THREE VA-163 "Saints" pilot CDR Wynn Franklin Foster SILVER STAR medal awarded USS Oriskany (CVA-34) - AIR WING 16 Vinh, North Vietnam. July 23rd, 1966 On July 23rd, 1966 over Vinh in North Vietnam, the vietnamese anti aircraft artillery hit the A-4E of the 39 years old Commander Wynn Franklin Foster, belonging to VA-163 based on carrier USS Oriskany.
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