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TFH 4/26: LCDR Michael J. Estocin, USN

Michael John Estocin was born on April 27, 1931 in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania and grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania – both near where I live today outside Pittsburgh. After graduating from Slippery Rock University, he joined the United States Navy in 1954 and obtained his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Aviator.

In April of 1967, he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was a Douglas A-4E  purchase Orlistat Skyhawk pilot with Attack Squadron 192 (VA-192), the “Golden Dragons”, flying off the USS robaxin italiano Ticonderoga (CV-14) from “Yankee Station” off North Vietnam. During two raids over Communist North Vietnam on April 20 and 26, 1967 he lived up to VA-192’s motto –  Be Ready, our Enemy Must Lose – flying the suppression of enemy air defenses role. Their primary weapon was the AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile; it would home in on the emissions from enemy surface-to-air missile radars. His tenacity, courage, and devotion to duty in escorting attacking aircraft to their targets earned him our Nation’s highest honor. Continue reading TFH 4/26: LCDR Michael J. Estocin, USN

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