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Don Boyd | all galleries >> People, Family and Friends Photo Galleries >> Friends Gallery #1 - 1955 to 1999 > Late 1960's - (L-R) Jim Galchick, Albert "Chip"Albertelly and George Phander with A-4 Skyhawk of VMA-311 in Vietnam
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Late 1960's From a USMC vet website

Late 1960's - (L-R) Jim Galchick, Albert "Chip"Albertelly and George Phander with A-4 Skyhawk of VMA-311 in Vietnam

VMA 311, Chu Lai, Vietnam

I downloaded this photo from a Marine veteran website about ten years ago (2006) when I recognized Chip's name. I have tried to find the website again but I've been unsuccessful. Thank you to Jim Galchick for identifying himself and George Phander with Albert.

Albert "Chip" Albertelly and I were friends and we were classmates at Palm Springs Jr. High and at Hialeah High School. He lived at 5860 NW 120th Street in the county section of Hialeah in between Red Road and Lake Tahoe during high school.

Chip enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps after graduation from Hialeah High School in the class of 1965 when the Vietnam War was building up and he served three tours in-country with the VMA-311 (Marine Attack Squadron 311 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing) Tomcats. VMA-311 had earlier deployed to the air base at Chu Lai in April 1965 and the operations tempo was intense. The squadron flew 240 sorties flown from May 5-8, 1968, and by September the Tomcats had logged 25,000 combat sorties and were the undisputed pacesetter in what was believed to be a record number of combat sorties for any fixed wing squadron in a single conflict of war. The squadron relocated to Da Nang air base in the summer of 1970. For VMA-311 the war ended on Jan. 29, 1973, with a total of 54,625 combat sorties flown and 105,000 tons of ordnance dropped in support of troops throughout Southeast Asia.

Chip and I lost contact after high school thanks to our military service so I don't have any more information on what he did in life after his service in the Marine Corps.

Chip was born on February 11, 1948 and he passed away at the age of 54 on February 5, 2003, in Pompano Beach, Florida. My condolences to his son Anthony and to Chip's family. Rest in peace, Chip, it was an honor to be your friend back in our high school days. My memoriam gallery for Chip is located at:

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Don Boyd13-Jun-2016 17:00
Thanks Tom. I downloaded the photo about ten years and three computers ago and thought I lost the image over time but I recently found it on an external drive after numerous searches.

Tom Briggs13-Jun-2016 11:59
So long ago, still so fresh today ..............v