On 28 June 1967, Commander (future Vice Admiral) William P. "Bill" Lawrence was the flying the lead plane of the flight of 36 aircraft from Fighter Squadron (VF) 143 off the USS Constellation (CV-64). Their target: transshipment points in Nam Dinh, North Vietnam. Lawrence's F-4B Phantom II was part of group of 8 F-4s flying as flak suppressors for attack aircraft. As he he streaked in at more than 500 knots, Vice Admiral Lawrence remembered thinking, "Boy, I won't have to sweat the missiles today, because we'll be outside the missile zone."
The Phantom (II) of the Naval Academy
The history of the Phantom (II) on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy
By Jon Hoppe