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Awarded the Silver Star medal for the attempted rescue of Lt Deane Woods, USN - 13-14 October 1966

1967-8 Cruisebook photo, L-R: Mullen, Harley Olsen, Russ Morris (upper) and Ross Ross at 2009 Reunion

9 October 1966 attempted rescue of Lcdr Charles Tanner and Lt Ross Terry, VF-154

Ream Echo article about the Award Ceremony where Ross was presented his Silver Star - 7 April 1967

Read rescue synopsis for Silver Star Medal

SAR Det C pilots reunited on the USS Intrepid (CVA-11)  after the loss of Indian Gal 69 on a Shining Brass mission deep in NVN - L to R; Back Row: Ross, Buck Carlton, Vern Von Sydow, Bob Burnand, Doug Heggie, Vann Goodloe, Bill Roy, Ed Marsyla - Front Row: Tom May, Leon Houglum, Bill Medley and Dave Murphy Ross was the driving force behind the development of a fixed-mount, forward firing M-60 - read about more here Ross drew many, many Snoopys during our cruises - see them all here
Read more about the efforts to rescue Deane Woods as described in "Leave No Man Behind - the Saga of Combat Search and Rescue" by George Galdorisi and Tom Phillips. This excerpt used with the gracious permission of the authors. The book can be ordered from and many other book sellers.
Read Steve Caple's recollection of the rescue attempt
Deane Woods (right center) with other participants of the panel discussion "Valiant Rescue Attempt: North Vietnam" at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's 2009 Symposium.
bulletOrder a DVD of the 2009 Symposium panel discussion "Valiant Rescue Attempt: North Vietnam" by calling the Naval Aviation Museum store at 1-800 247 6289. Ask for Session II.

Updated: 04/03/11