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Navy League Comes to Estrella WarBirds Museum, Paso Robles. Saturday, 26 April

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  • Phelps Hobart
    Navy League Comes to Estrella WarBirds April 26 The Estrella WarBirds Museum and Navy League welcome Navy Ace, Willy Driscoll for a special dinner, awards, and
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      Navy League Comes to Estrella WarBirds April 26

      The Estrella WarBirds Museum and Navy League welcome Navy Ace, Willy Driscoll for a special dinner, awards, and auction event held on Saturday, April 26th. The Navy League will be presenting the "Bug Roach Prayer Award" to Willie Driscoll. Also included will be an auction to raise funds for the Sea Cadet Program and a special update of the Freedom Flight program. We expect another most excellent meal from Larry Eastwood catering. Ticket price: $25/person. For more information click here. Tickets/reservations can be made via secure on-line server here, or call (805) 466-4196

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      From: Rob Bryn
      Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 7:37 PM
      Subject: 26 April Navy League-Paso Robles

      Central Coast Council-Navy League and friends:
       
      The seats are going fast for the combined event at Estrella Warbirds Museum with legendary naval aviator Willy "Irish" Driscoll on Saturday, April 26, 2008. No host bar at 1800, program at 1900.
       
      A auction will be held for a die cast edition of Willy's aircraft "Showtime 100" which he will autograph for the winner, with proceeds going to Sea Cadets!

      RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: CALL 466-4196 OR ON LINE AT http://www.ewarbirds.org.
       
      Hurry and make your reservations today, we expect this event to sell out!
       
      See you in Paso Robles on Saturday, April 26th at 6:00PM for the event honoring naval aviator legend Willy Driscoll.
       
      Rob Bryn
      Board Chairman
      Central Coast Council
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      William P. Driscoll

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_P._Driscoll

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      June 1972 - Lieutenant (JG) William P. Driscoll (right) and Lieutenant Randall H. Cunningham in a ceremony honoring them, the Navy's only Vietnam War air "Aces".
      June 1972 - Lieutenant (JG) William P. Driscoll (right) and Lieutenant Randall H. Cunningham in a ceremony honoring them, the Navy's only Vietnam War air "Aces".
       
       
      Showtime 100 by Philip West. Lt Randy Cunningham with his back-seaeter Willie Driscoll, score their second of three MiG kills on a single mission on May 10, 1972. With two previous victories, Cunningham and Driscoll became the only US Navy Aces of the Vietnam war. http://www.military-art.com/mall/more.php?ProdID=4644
       
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      "Ace Shot" On 10 March '72, Lt. Randy Cunningham and his RIO Lt. Willie Driscoll shot down a total of three enemy aircraft. The third being their fifth career kill thus becoming the only Navy aces of the Vietnam war. Ace Shot captures their F-4J rolling over the dying Mig. Cunningham confirms his kill while Driscoll checks six for any other possible threats. http://www.arance.net/aceshot_1.htm

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      William "Willy" "Irish" Driscoll (born March 1947), http://www.willydriscoll.com - Driscoll's personal web page ,  is a former United States Navy Flight Officer who received the Navy Cross during the Vietnam War for his role in an aerial dogfight with North Vietnamese MiGs. He and Naval Aviator Randy "Duke" Cunningham became the Navy's only two flying aces during the war.

      Driscoll was born in 1947 and received a BA in Economics from Stonehill College, North Easton, Massachusetts in 1966 and a MS in System Management from University of Southern California in 1978.

      Lt.(jg) Driscoll joined the Naval Reserve in 1968 and received his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1970. He served as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) with pilot "Duke" Cunningham; they became the Navy's only two flying aces during the Vietnam War flying F-4 Phantom II jets off the aircraft carrier USS Constellation in Squadron VF-96, The Fighting Falcons.

      Their third, fourth and fifth kills occurred during a single day, May 10, 1972. Having bombed their intended ground target, Cunningham and Driscoll engaged North Vietnamese MiGs. After shooting down two MiG-17s, they became separated from the other aircraft in their strike package. The pair headed for the coast where they spotted a lone North Vietnamese MiG-17. This final engagement was to become one of the most celebrated aerial dogfights in the war.

      Driscoll was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on May 10, 1972 when he shot down three of the sixteen MiG interceptors that converged on a US bomber convoy attacking a railyard in Hai Duong – later a Surface-to-air missile exploded near their plane, and he managed to help the pilot bring it to the Gulf of Tonkin where both ejected and awaited their rescue. During the course of the war he garnered two Silver Stars, a Purple Heart, 10 Air Medals, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor.

      Driscoll later became an instructor at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at NAS Miramar, in San Diego, California. He resigned from active duty in 1982, and currently works in real estate in San Diego County, though he continues to serve as a consultant.


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