Captain WYAND was born 5/23/1923 in Kisbey, Saskatchewan, Canada. He attended public schools in Santa Paula, California.  He enlisted in the Navy 3/16/1942, and commenced flight training in June 1943. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1945 and reported to Torpedo Squadron FORTY ONE embarked in the escort carriers BAIROKO, BAEDONG STRAIT, RENDOVA and POINT CRUZ.  In July 1948 he went to inactive duty.

From 1948 to 1952 he attended Western Michigan University, and continued post graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Captain WYAND  was recalled to active duty and assigned to the Staff, COMFAIRSEATTLE, in 1952. In 1953 he reported to Fleet All Weather Training Unit, Pacific as a Night Attack and Instrument Instructor.  He was ordered to the Naval Examining Center, Great Lakes, in 1955 as Aviator Section Head.  He is a graduate of the General Line School, Montrerey, California, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Naval Intelligence School, Washington, D.C.  In September 1958 he reported to the USS BENNINGTON.  He was ordered to CVG-9 Staff in April 1960 as Operations Officer.  Two WESTPAC deployments were completed in RANGER from 1961 to 1963.  In 1963 and 1964 he served as Executive Officer of ATKRONS 125 and 113. He participated in the flight operations incident to the summer 1964 Laos Crisis. ..............................................................................
In October 1964, he was ordered to the "Fighting Redcocks" of Attack Squadron TWENTY-TWO as Commanding Officer.  In 1965 Captain WYAND participated in 161 combat missions in Southeast Asia from USS MIDWAY.  He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, fifteen Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and Palm, and his squadron was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.  He reported to USS CORAL SEA as Navigator in November 1965, and in July 1966 he became the Operations Officer.  In May 1967 he reported to Staff, CINCPACFLT as Striking Forces Officer and later as Command and Control Officer.

CAPT, Donald M. Wyand, USN 
NFL Number:   2597
Aircraft Flown: TBF/TBM , AD-1/AD-5,

A4C,  R4D,  TV-1
Significant   Achievements:
181 missions in Vietnam;
C.O. Atkron 22. X.O. Atkron 113.

C.O. USS Kawishiwi (AO-146).
C.O. Fleet Support Office, Athens Greece
Date Out: 1/9/1975
From: National Flight Log

Captain Wyand assumed command of the USS Kawishiwi AO-146 may 28, 1970 in Pearl Harbor and deployed with the ship two months later.

Captain WYAND married the former Barbara BALDWIN of Greenville, Michigan in 1945.  the WYAND's have three children, Susan(amrried), Donald and Nancy, and resides in quarters MAKALAPA, Pearl Harbor.

In July 2004, Vern talked to Captain Wyand and he and Barbara then lived in California. He said his most exciting duty was of course, Fighting in Vietnam while flying Jet fighters. On the Kawishiwi the Typhoon, while the oiler was sitting high and empty, was rather exciting also.

Goto: 1971 Yearbook