|By Carmelo Turdo
Bob Miller met John Foy through his wife, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and they quickly became friends. Over time, he researched John Foy's World War II U.S. Navy wartime experience. Foy was in VF-80 (Fighting Squadron 80), named "Vorse's Vipers" after their commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Albert O. Vorse, Jr. The unit began combat operations in November of 1944, and initially flew 36 Grumman F-6F Hellcats off the USS Ticonderoga in attacks against the Japanese Empire. The squadron was transferred to the USS Hancock after their carrier was hit and damaged by a kamikaze attack in January, 1945. VF-80 supported operations in the Philippines and the invasion of Iwo Jima before being relieved in March of 1945. The squadron was credited with 159.5 aircraft destroyed and another 60 probably destroyed or damaged. Foy also flew Vought F-4U Corsairs until the war's end. One of his squadron-mates, Richard "Zeke" Cormier, led the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron in the early 1950s during its reactivation following the Korean War.
The Aero Experience thanks Bob Miller for introducing us this hero of the Greatest Generation, and to Mr. John Foy for his service to our nation and our community.