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Vietnam Veterans: Grady Jackson – Search And Rescue In North Vietnam


April 9, 2018

Lt. Cdr. Grady Jackson poses on an A-6 jet during his Vietnam cruise in 1972. (Courtesy photo)

In May 1972, Lieut-enant Commander Grady Jackson was the senior bombardier/navigator in Navy VA-75 A-6 squadron, home-ported in Norfolk, Va. The squadron had just completed a deployment to the Mediterranean on the USS Saratoga and was anticipating another peaceful trip to the Mediterranean. Instead, on three days' notice, it ended up on an 11-month deployment to Vietnam.

"When I got the news, I was excited," Jackson said. "I was 13 years into my naval career and I had trained my whole life to do what I was about to go do."

Jackson left at home his wife, Linda, and two small children....

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