Vincent F. "Vic" Vicari

15 November 1927 - 24 October 1990

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Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals for the attempted rescue of Lt Deane Woods, USN - 12-16 October 1966

Read rescue synopsis - October 16, 1966

Pictures of loss of Indian Gal 69

Read Steve Caple's recollection of the rescue attempt

 

Ed Marsyla and Vic ready for a flight

Vic, an aerial gunner in three wars, keeps a vigilant lookout while airborne during the 1966 deployment

Steve Caple, Ed Marsyla and Vic Vicari are returned to the USS Intrepid by  Clementine in their new orange flight suits courtesy of the HC-2 Det

Ed Marsyla, Dave Murphy, Steve Caple and Vic in either Danang or Chu Lai after the mission. They were then flown by COD to Cubi Point and eventually to R&R at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, P.I.

 

Vic waits for his Silver Star and Purple Heart alongside Dave Murphy (Navy Cross & Purple Heart) and Ed Marsyla (Silver Star & Purple Heart)

Ream Echo article about Vic's Silver Star Award Ceremony - 7 April 1967
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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 Amazon.com and many other book sellers.
   
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.
 
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Awarded the Air Medal for the rescue of Lt Neal Holben, USN - 5 July 1966

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Read more about the rescue of Neal Holben 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 Amazon.com and many other book sellers.
   

Shipmate Comments: from AW2 Pete Swanson:
AW1 Vincent Vicari was universally known as Vic. He served as an aerial gunner in 3 wars and was one of the few aircrewman to be awarded a Silver Star in an action for which the pilot got a lesser award. He always got a chuckle out of walking on base at NTC, because he said "When those recruits get a load of all this fruit salad and about a yard of longevity, they think the expletive Fleet Admiral is coming."

He said when he retired he was going to move to Florida and be a security guard at Disney World. I hope he got to enjoy his retired years.

Comments from Vic's daughter, Andréa Vicari Payer*

August 12, 2012

My dad is Vincent F. Vicari "Vic" and I too have pictures from this part of his life! Unfortunately, he left us far too early, but shared so many of these stories with me and my brother, his namesake.

It is very moving to read other's accounts from their perspectives. To hear more about the men he served with and see actual Navy photos from the life he was so passionate about, makes it easier to share the kind of man and Hero my dad really was to the grandchildren he never got a chance to meet :)

Thank you kindly for putting this website together.

Updated: 10/05/12