Captain WYAND was
born 5/23/1923 in Kisbey, Saskatchewan, Canada. He attended public
in Santa Paula, California. He enlisted in the Navy 3/16/1942,
commenced flight training in June 1943. He was designated a Naval
in April 1945 and reported to Torpedo Squadron FORTY ONE embarked in
escort carriers BAIROKO, BAEDONG STRAIT, RENDOVA and POINT CRUZ.
In July 1948 he went to inactive duty.
1948 to 1952
he attended Western Michigan University, and continued post graduate
at the University of Michigan. Captain WYAND was recalled to
duty and assigned to the Staff, COMFAIRSEATTLE, in 1952. In 1953 he
to Fleet All Weather Training Unit, Pacific as a Night Attack and
Instructor. He was ordered to the Naval Examining Center, Great
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
operations incident to the summer 1964 Laos Crisis. ..............................................................................
In October 1964,
was ordered to the "Fighting Redcocks" of Attack Squadron TWENTY-TWO as
Commanding Officer. In 1965 Captain WYAND participated in 161
missions in Southeast Asia from USS
MIDWAY. He was awarded two
Flying Crosses, fifteen Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals,
Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and Palm, and his squadron was
the Navy Unit Commendation. He reported to USS CORAL SEA as
in November 1965, and in July 1966 he became the Operations
In May 1967 he reported to Staff, CINCPACFLT as Striking Forces Officer
and later as Command and Control Officer.
Donald M. Wyand, USN
Flown: TBF/TBM , AD-1/AD-5,
181 missions in Vietnam;
C.O. Atkron 22. X.O. Atkron 113.
C.O. USS Kawishiwi
Office, Athens Greece