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Gambier Bay &VC-10 Officers


USS Gambier Bay Commanding Officers


Captain Hugh H. Goodwin: Captain Hugh H Goodwin
(First Commanding Officer)
First Commanding Officer of the USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) was Captain Hugh H. Goodwin, USN. Although he had moved on to another assignment a few months before the ship's last battle, "his strict training while we were preparing for combat, his insistence that everyone aboard do every job right every time, made us fight our ship at her best and also saved many lives," according to Anthony Potochniak, an aviation technician aboard ship. Captain Goodwin continued his Naval career to become Vice Admiral.




Captain Walter V.R. Vieweg: Captain Walter V.R. Vieweg
(Second Commanding Officer)
Commanding Officer of the Gambier Bay in her final action. After skillfully handling his ship while under virtually constant bombardment from a Japanese fleet for more than two hours, he had to order "Abandon Ship" when his carrier was finally "in a sinking condition, surrounded by three enemy cruisers firing at point blank range," as his official ACTION REPORT stated. He retired from the Navy in 1954, as a Rear Admiral and died of a heart attack in 1960.




Rear Admiral Richard "Dick" BallingerRearAdmiral Richard Ballinger
(Executive Officer)
Retired 1959 after 35 years of service.
Executive Officer USS Belleau Wood (CVL-16);
Director Naval Air Testing Center in Patuxent River;
Chief of Staff Patrol Wing FOUR in Seattle and Alaska;
Commanding Officer USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108);
Staff, Supreme Commander NATO;
Commanding Officer NAS Seattle.
Decorations: Silver Star; Presidential Citation (2 Ships)



Composite Squadron VC-10 Commanding Officers


Captain Edward Huxtable: Captain Edward Huxtable
(Commander, VC-10)
Commander of VC-10, the Gambier Bay’s composite squadron (fighter and  dive bomber planes), was Edward J. Huxtable Jr.

 He was born in 1913 in Douglas, Ariz. His father owned one of the town’s first  drug stores and was active in civic affairs, including aviation promotion.

 Douglas had the first international airport in the Americas. In 1933, it ranked  as one of the 10 best airports in the U.S. When Huxtable Sr. became the  town’s postmaster, he helped place Douglas on the first, regularly  scheduled, federal airmail route.

Click here to read more of the article about Capt. Huxtable written by Cindy Hayostek of the Daily Dispatch in Douglas, Arizona


Captain H. Burt Bassett:
Captain H. Burt Basset(Executive Officer)
Captain Henry Burt Bassett attended Davidson College and the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Captain Bassett entered Flight Class 158, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on 15 October 1940 as an aviation cadet. After successful completion of training, he was commissioned an Ensign on 1 July 1941. His first duty station was NAS, Corpus Christi, Texas as a flight instructor and ground school instructor.

Click to read more to read more about Capt. Bassett




 The VC-10 insignia (Seahorse) shown VC-10 Emblem
at the right was designed by Ensign R.B. "Bob" "Tuffy" Barrows. Mr. Barrows was a Torpedo Pilot in Composite Squadron VC-10.






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