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Old 8th July 2023, 17:34
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Re: CVG-5 Korea

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Richard Carey Mueller (085350) -
6/6/1940 - ENS USN Date of rank from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register
4/15/1942 - LTJG USN Date of rank from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register
10/1/1942 - LT USN Date of rank from 1 Jul 1943 USN Register
10/1/1942 - LT USN Date of rank from 1 Jul 1944 USN Register
4/1/1944 - LT USN VF-82 NAS Atlantic City
7/23/1944 - LT USN USS Bogue (CVE-9) attach recd frm VF-82
10/17/1944 - LCDR USN Date of rank from 1 Jul 1945 USN Register
10/17/1944 - LCDR USN Date of rank from 1 Jun 15 VF-74B roster
5/1/1945 - LCDR USN CVBG-74 (CAG - acting) NAS Norfolk
5/1/1945 - LCDR USN CVG-74 (CAG - acting) as noted in 31 Dec 1945 AirLant CAG listing
5/1/1945 - LCDR USN VF-74B (CO) as noted in 31 Dec 1945 AirLant CO listing
5/10/1945 - LCDR USN CVG-74 (relv acting) as noted in 31 Dec 1945 AirLant CAG listing
6/1/1945 - LCDR USN VF-74B NAAS Otis Field South Weymouth MA
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Old 8th July 2023, 18:39
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Re: CVG-5 Korea

Just to clarify, Mueller was appointed C.O. of VF74B on the date of its commissioning, 1 May 1945. At the same time he became temporary CAG of Air Group 74, but only for ten days until Cdr. J.T. Blackburn arrived to take over. On 1 August 1945 VF74B ceased to exist and VF74A became VF74, absorbing the pilots from 74B. I don't know what happened to Mueller at that point.
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Old 10th July 2023, 09:59
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Re: CVG-5 Korea

Thanks chaps he was Lieutenant Commander or Commander in 1951-52, leading VF-23 (F9F-2) off USS Princeton. Maybe he decided to do another tour, accepting a demotion? I haven't found another Mueller anywhere.

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Old 10th July 2023, 10:21
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His rank when leading VF-23 is confirmed as Commander in an issue of "Naval Aviation News"
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Old 19th July 2023, 16:45
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Mueller is, as we say in Scotland "doing my box in!". His photograph (as part of VF-51) shows at least two rows of medal awards indicating he had served in WW2 (not startling, to be a Lieutenant Commander in 1953 would argue some service as a junior officer in WW2.) But this leaves no clues. I shall just have to hope he appears in some random account. The fact that he does not appear to have made the jump to squadron commander after 1953 may mean he left the Navy?
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Old 20th July 2023, 02:56
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Maybe he decided to do another tour, accepting a demotion?
How gallant, but the USN won't, and would not, allowed that.
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Old 23rd July 2023, 13:38
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Is he Gregg Mueller. Born California 17 August 1919. Enlisted in the USN in June 1939. Midshipman 2nd Class 1940. Ensign 19 June 1942. Annapolis 1943 (Graduated in the shortened three-year class June 1942). Made Lieutenant 1 July 1944. Lieutenant Commander 1952 (?), Commander January 1955. This officer retired in January 1963. Naval Designator 1310 and later 1313 (grades of aviator pilot?). He is listed in the USNA Yearbook for 1943.

I am looking for a navy pilot named Mueller who served in the Korean war in 1953. Can anyone put some meat on these very bare bones? I assume he served in WW2 but was still a Lieutenant in 1949 therefore he might not have seen active service. His record has the designation Av43 (is that pilot qualified in 1943?)

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Old 23rd July 2023, 14:00
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Incidentally he taught at Annapolis in 1956.
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Old 23rd July 2023, 15:56
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Found another. Lawrence Burton Green, born 1920, Annapolis '42 (Graduated 1941). LtCdr by 1949. Retired as a Captain in August 1964. WW2 Service. According to the records he won the Silver Star as commander of PT-363 in 1944. Qualifying as an aviator post war he then won the Navy and MC medal for saving his c.o after a flying accident off Oahu in 1947 (does anyone have more details?)before winning two DFCs in Korea!

I found CE Mulligan. Aviator 1942. He flew TBF with VC-7 (USS Manila Bay)in the Pacific.

Hank Suerstedt flew with VC-21 in the Pacific in WW2 and won the Silver Star and DFC for damaging a cruiser and a submarine.

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