Charter in Memoriam Entry
VADM ROBERT E. KIRKSEY , USN
| Born in Atlanta, GA Robert E. Kirksey delivered newspapers, was a member of YMCA's Leaders Club and lettered in swimming. He attended Michigan State University, and entered the Navy as an aviation cadet, winning his wings in 1953.
Date of designation: 20 May 1953 NA#T-3331
Date of active duty: 31 Oct 1951 Sept. 30, 1986
Total flight hours: 4,300
Carrier.Ship Landings: Fixed wing 510
Approximate Flight Hours: Jet: 3800 prop:500
Combat Tours: Total 242 Combat Missions
VietNam/Laos: VA-195 (A4C) Nov. 1964-Dec. 1964
Vietnam: VA-55 (A4c) May 1967-Dec. 1967
Vietnam: VA-55 (A4F) May 1968-Dec. 1968
CO, VA-55, October 1967-Dec.1968
CO, USS Cleveland (LPD-7, October 1972-Oct. 1973
CO, USS Kittyhawk (CV-63) Nov. 1973-May 1975
Combat Awards: Silver Star Medal
4 Distinguished Flying Crosses
Bronze Star medal with Combat "V"
24 Air Medals (21 Strike/Flight and 4 Individual)
4 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V"
Combat Action Ribbon
VADM Robert E. Kirksey is survived by his wife Viola and their four children, Jennifer, Robert E. Jr., Gregg and Andrew.
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