A-4E Lady Jessie onboard USS Hancock – Yankee Station Gulf of Tonkin 1968
THE STORY OF THE A-4E LADY JESSIE
Lady Jessie was married to Fred Beck. They ran the Keno game at Harold’s Club in Reno. They became acquainted with Dick Perry,(She was like an adopted Mother to Lcdr Dick Perry.) who was shot down and killed over Vietnam.)
Ltcdr USN Dick Perry
Worked part-time at Harold’s as a dealer, before becoming a Navy Pilot. She was always sending us care packages of playing cards and stuff from the casino. She continued this long after the death of Lcdr Dick Perry. We named Dick Perry’s plane 407 after Lady Jessie for her continued support of Attack Squadron 164.
Later VA-164 continued to honor the gracious lady from Reno after Dick’s death by displaying her name on each CO’s aircraft until the squadron was disestablished Dec 12, 1975.
Lady Jessie Beck, 83, died in Reno, Nevada in july 1987.
“Lady Jessie in the middle of her hero’s from VA-164”
A-4E Douglas Skyhawk (Scooter) Attack Squadron 164.
Monogram 1/48 scale, purchased in 1984 on the island of Curacao, for the price of 8 dollar.
Came of the shelf, dusted and was constructed without any problems.
Decals: Micro Scale.
Mule and Fire truck: Verlinden.
2x Bulpup air to ground missile, command guided.
6xMK82 unguided-low drag general purpose bomb on centerline TER.
2x20mm (0.79 in caliber) Colt MK12 cannon.
2x Long Range fuel tank.
(In flight refueling was necessary to complete the mission (sometimes several times)
USS Hancock CVA-19 (CVA= Carrier Vessel Attack)
Air Wing CVW -21.(F8H/F-8H/A-4F/A-4E/RF-8G/EKA-3B)
Departure North Island (San Diego) 18 July 1968 / Return 03 March 1969
Total 107 days on the line in the Gulf of Tonkin.
“In remembrance to Lady Jessie and Lcdr Dick Perry.”
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club. US Carrier Operations off Vietnam.
René J. Francillon (ISBN 0 85177 484 9 (1988)
Hard back 214 pages.
Highest Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.