Bertrand, Leslie, AT1

Aviation Electronics Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
AT-8265-P-3 Flight Communications Operator
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1982-1986, AT-6701, VA-203 Blue Dolphins
Previously Held NEC
00E-Unknown NEC/Rate
ATR-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
AT-9502-Instructor
AT-6622-Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Technician
AWV-8265-P-3 Comm
AT-6582-P-3A/B Weapons System OMA Technician
AT-6701-Advanced Avionics Integrated Computer Systems Maintenanceman
Service Years
1963 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club




 Military Association Memberships
Post 3787, Mission Valley PostAircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationPost 137Northeast Florida Chapter
Wounded Warrior ProjectChapter 1046
  1969, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 3787, Mission Valley Post (Member) (San Diego, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1976, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association [Verified]
  2002, American Legion, Post 137 (Member) (Jacksonville, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Patriot Guard Riders, Northeast Florida Chapter (Florida) [Verified]
  2010, Wounded Warrior Project
  2011, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 1046 (Member) (Jacksonville, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page




Yankee Station, North Vietnam
From Month/Year
January / 1964
To Month/Year
June / 1973

Description
Yankee Station was a point in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam used by the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers of Task Force 77 to launch strikes in the Vietnam War. While its official designation was "Point Yankee," it was universally referred to as Yankee Station. Carriers conducting air operations at Yankee Station were said to be "on the line" and statistical summaries were based on days on the line.
The name derived from it being the geographic reference point "Y", pronounced "Yankee" in the NATO phonetic alphabet. In turn the term Point Yankee derived from the launch point for "Yankee Team" aerial reconnaissance missions over Laos conducted in 1964. It was located about 190 km due east of Dong Hoi, at 17° 30' N and 108° 30' E.

During the two periods of sustained air operations against North Vietnam (March 2, 1965-October 31, 1968 and March 30, 1972-December 29, 1972) there were normally three carriers on the line, each conducting air operations for twelve hours, then off for twelve hours. One of the carriers would operate from noon to midnight, another from midnight to noon, and one during daylight hours, which gave 24-hour coverage plus additional effort during daylight hours, when sorties were most effective. However at the end of May, 1972, six carriers were for a short period of time on the line at Yankee Station conducting Linebacker strikes.

The first aircraft carrier at Yankee Station was USS Kitty Hawk, which was ordered there in April 1964 for the Yankee Team missions. Kitty Hawk was joined by Ticonderoga in May and Constellation in June, two months prior to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Ticonderoga and Constellation launched the first bombing missions from Yankee Station on August 5, 1964. Constellation was also the last carrier conducting operations at Yankee Station on August 15, 1973. USS Forrestal suffered a major accident while at Yankee Station when a series of fires and explosions on her deck killed 134 men and injured another 161.

A corresponding Dixie Station in the South China Sea off the Mekong Delta was a single carrier point for conducting strikes within South Vietnam from May 15, 1965 to August 3, 1966.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1972
To Month/Year
June / 1973
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  1757 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, Lou, CMC, (1968-1998)
  • Acord, Calvin, PO3, (1963-1967)
  • Adessa, Chester, CPO, (1962-1982)
  • Adkins, Edsel, PO2, (1970-1977)
  • Adkins, Gary, SCPO, (1971-1994)
  • Afflerbach, Ronald, SCPO, (1960-1989)
  • Agamaite, James, LT, (1957-1971)
  • Agee, Wayne, PO2, (1968-1972)
  • Ahern, William, PO2, (1974-1978)
  • Albrecht, Charles, CPO, (1965-1989)
  • Alexander, Darryl, PO1, (1972-1982)
  • Alexander, Ronnie, CPO, (1962-1983)
  • Allen, George, PO2, (1964-1968)
  • Allen, John, PO3, (1971-1975)
  • Allison, George, CAPT, (1971-2000)
  • Alspaugh, Edward, CPO, (1970-1994)
  • Alvarez, Jr., Everett, CDR, (1960-1980)
  • Ames, Kenneth, PO1, (1972-1980)
  • Andaya, Ronald, SCPO, (1967-1993)
  • Anderson, David, AN, (1971-1974)
  • Anderson, Jr., George D., CPO, (1953-1973)
  • Anderson, Richard, CMC, (1955-1988)
  • Anderson, Stephen, SCPO, (1962-1991)
  • Anderson, Steve, SR, (1971-1973)
  • Anez, Jim, PO2, (1968-1972)
  • Angel, Reynold, PO3, (1972-1976)
  • Ankrom, William, CPO, (1969-1992)
  • Anthony, William, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Armstrong, Dan, SCPO, (1969-1990)
  • Armstrong, Joe, PO2, (1957-1987)
  • Ashby, James, CPO, (1965-1992)
  • Ashley, Douglas, SCPO, (1955-1980)
  • Atkins, Bruce, PO3, (1962-1966)
  • Ault, Larry, PO1, (1970-1986)
  • Babcock, Mark, CPO, (1968-1994)
  • Bailey, Jerry, MCPO, (1968-1998)
  • Baker, Howard, PO2, (1969-1973)
  • Baker, Russ, PO2, (1969-1973)
  • Baldi, Dennis, PO1, (1970-1978)
  • Baldwin, Marvin, LT, (1969-1978)
  • Baldwin, Michael, CPO, (1971-1992)
  • Balent, Robert, PO2, (1963-1967)
  • Balkenhol, Gerhard, PO1, (1958-1967)
  • Ballard, Joe, PO3, (1971-1975)
  • Banach, Gregory, PO3, (1968-1970)
  • Banks, Harold, PO1, (1987-1989)
  • Banta, Steven, PO1, (1971-1980)
  • Barber, Theodore, CPO, (1972-1994)
  • Barker, Ken, PO2, (1960-1964)
  • Barner, Kenneth, PO3, (1964-1968)
  • Barnett, Kerry, CPO, (1963-1981)
  • Barney, Clyde, CMC, (1965-1994)
  • Barney, Dave, SCPO, (1962-1985)
  • Barrett, Bert, MCPO, (1968-1993)
  • Barrows, Lee, PO3, (1972-1978)
  • Barry, Kevin, PO3, (1971-1975)
  • BARTELS, ANN
  • Bartholomew, Conrad, PO3, (1970-1974)
  • Bartz, Ron, PO2, (1968-1973)
  • Bateman, Robert or George, PO1, (1963-1972)
  • Bayn, LeRoy, PO3, (1968-1972)
  • Baysinger, Ken, PO2, (1965-1968)
  • Bean, Michael, CPO, (1972-1992)
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