Left to right; Robert
Tuggle Jr., AOM 1/c (with his dog Snatch), LT.Vernon Tebo,
Warren Loyd ARM 1/c
Robert, Vernon and Warren were shot down over the island of Ishigaki.
They were captured, tortured and executed. The
Bilingual Memorial Monument on Ishigaki is
dedicated to these men and tells the story of their sacrifice.
Ensign Bernard M. MacDonald, USNR piloting
his TBM Avenger over Okinawa
in April 1945 while attached to the USS Makassar Strait (CVE-91).
Composite Squadron VC-97 flies off for the last time at Guam, June
1945. The photo above was taken just after Squadron VC-97
streaked over the USS Shipley Bay's flight deck in a farewell salute.
Photo from the Lt. Everett Clifford Ladd collection. "We are now done with