(USN) Kenneth G. Craig, originally from Seattle, Washington, served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 until 1991 and retired a Captain. Ken graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961. Upon graduation he served on the USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) as an Anti-Submarine Officer until 1963 when he went to pilot training in Pensacola, FL. In 1965 after completing all of his flight training at various bases, Ken was sent to VA-81, an A-4E Skyhawk squadron, and went on a Mediterranean cruise assignment on board the USS Forrestal (CVA-59). In 1966, he was assigned to VA-72, and sailed to Dixie Station off the coast of South Vietnam (RVN) aboard the USS Roosevelt (CVN-71). During this eight month cruise, Ken flew over 50 combat sorties over the RVN in close air support for ground troops and over North Vietnam attacking SAM sites and various other targets. In 1967 he went on a nine month cruise in the Mediterranean where he participated in training operations with other NATO countries. Between 1968 and 1970, Ken was an A-6A Intruder instructor with VA-42 in Virginia Beach, VA. In 1970 he was transferred to VA-115 at Whidbey Island, WA, where he was Weapons Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer. VA-115 went on two cruises aboard the USS Midway to the RVN, the first in 1971 (nine months) and the second in 1972 (eleven months). Ken flew most of his missions over Laos and the RVN during the first cruise and over the DRV on the second cruise. All told, he flew over 300 combat missions in the Vietnam War theater. He earned 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 22 Air Medals, 5 individual Air Medals, and 6 U.S. Navy Commendation Medals with V device for Valor. After the war ended, Ken served in a variety of positions in different places, to include CO of VA-95 in Whidbey Island, WA, from 1976 to 1979 as well as Deputy SACLANTREPEUR NATO between 1983 and 1987 in Brussels, Belgium.
Interview with Ken Craig, 12 July 2004, Kenneth Craig Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 20 Oct. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=OH0372>.
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OH0372, Kenneth Craig Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University