Crist, Roy, RM2

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USN Veteran
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Petty Officer Second Class
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RM-2342-Teletype Repairman
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Primary Unit
1966-1969, RM-2342, USS Hoel (DDG-13)
Previously Held NEC
23CQ-Submarine Combined Cryptographic Equipment Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1965 - 1969

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Operation Rolling Thunder
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As part of Operation Rolling Thunder, aircraft from Enterprise carried out relentless strikes against the enemy, blasting transport and supply areas, bridges and coastal shipping carrying communist supplies. Operation Rolling Thunder was the title of a gradual and sustained US 2nd Air Division (later Seventh Air Force), US Navy, and Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) aerial bombardment campaign conducted against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 2 March 1965 until 2 November 1968, during the Vietnam War.

The four objectives of the operation (which evolved over time) were to boost the sagging morale of the Saigon regime in the Republic of Vietnam, to persuade North Vietnam to cease its support for the communist insurgency in South Vietnam without actually taking any ground forces into communist North Vietnam, to destroy North Vietnam's transportation system, industrial base, and air defenses, and to cease the flow of men and materiel into South Vietnam. Attainment of these objectives was made difficult by both the restraints imposed upon the U.S and its allies by Cold War exigencies and by the military aid and assistance received by North Vietnam from its communist allies, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (PRC).

The operation became the most intense air/ground battle waged during the Cold War period; indeed, it was the most difficult such campaign fought by the U.S. Air Force since the aerial bombardment of Germany during World War II. Supported by communist allies, North Vietnam fielded a potent mixture of sophisticated air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons that created one of the most effective air defenses ever faced by American military aviators.
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  37 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alcorn, Wendell R, CAPT, (1961-1992)
  • Allen, Richard, PO3, (1964-1968)
  • Brett, Tom, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Fischer, Jerome, PO3, (1963-1966)
  • Greenlee, James, PO1, (1960-1967)
  • McKeown, Kevin, PO1, (1958-1967)
  • Shepherd, Burton Hale, RADM, (1945-1978)
  • Shine, Terry, PO1, (1965-1977)
  • Spellman, Fred, CDR, (1952-1982)
  • Voelz, William, PO3, (1963-1967)
  • Wallace, Robert, CPO, (1958-1982)
  • Wozniak, Joseph, CWO4, (1958-1988)
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