Sexton, USMC (Ret.)
Harry E. Sexton
was born in Anaheim California in 1932. He graduated from Anaheim
Union High School in 1950 then obtained an AA degree from Long Beach
City College in June 1952. He entered Naval Flight Training in August
1952 and completed his training and received his Naval Aviator Wings
and commission to 2ndLt in the USMCR in February 1954. His first
squadron was in VMF-451 at MCAS El Toro flying FJ-2 aircraft; the
squadron later deployed to Atsugi Japan for a one-year tour.
the States in January 1956, he was assigned to VMF-115 flying the
F9F-5, and later, the F4D kyray. Following this assignment, he was
transferred to VMFT-10 as an instructor in fighter tactics. His
next assignment was back to MAG 13 / VMF 334 flying the newly-arrived
He was married
in 1958 to the former Ann Goodrich of Elmira New York.
1959 he was assigned to Helicopter training at Pensacola Florida
and following completion, was assigned to HMR (L)163 at the Tustin
Helicopter Base, flying the HUS-1 aircraft. The squadron deployed
in July 1960 to Futima, Okinawa for a one-year tour. Returning to
the states in July 1961 he was assigned to the Marine Air Reserve
Training Detachment at Floyd Bennett Naval Air Station, New York
flying the FJ-4, and later the A4 aircraft. In October 1963 he was
assigned to VMF (AW) 212 in Kaneohe, Hawaii flying the F8-D &
E aircraft. The squadron was selected to become part of Carrier
Air Group 16 aboard the USS Oriskany and in January 1965 transpacked
to N.A.S. Miramar and joined-up with the Navy. The Oriskany departed
San Diego for Vietnam, arriving on Yankee Station in April 1965
where the ship operated and completed its first combat tour until
their departure in December 1965.
In August 1966
he was assigned to the Marine Corp Command & Staff College,
Quantico Virginia. Following this assignment, he was assigned to
Syracuse University under the College Degree Program where he received
his business degree. He was then assigned to Headquarters Marine
Corp as the assignment officer for Aviators in
the rank of Major. In October 1969 he was assigned to the First
Marine Air Wing in DaNang, and upon arrival, was assigned as Squadron
Commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron 367 flying the AH-1G Cobra
helicopter. It was during this tour that "Operation Tailwind"
occurred for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.
combat tour, he was transferred to MCAS El Toro in January 1971
and assigned as Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Headquarter's
Group. He was later transferred to Marine Air Group 13 as Executive
Officer flying the T-A4 and A4M aircraft.
In June 1973,
he was assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Upon completion
he was assigned to the Pentagon in July 1974 and served as the Marine
Representative on the DOD Air Munitions Requirement and Development
Board. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit
the Distinguished Flying Cross, and 44 Air Medals.
He retired in
January 1978 and moved to Laguna Beach, Ca. Harry and Ann have two
children: Harry Jr. and Stacie, and three Grandchildren, Kyle, Paige
and Tori. He presently operates his Company, H & S Pipe, Inc.
in Dana Point.
Chairman & CEO of Lansmont Corp.
grew up in Boston, MA, graduated from Syracuse University and was
commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps
in 1968. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969 and received
his orders for Vietnam later that year. After first serving in VMO-6,
he joined HML-367 in mid-1970, flying
the AH-1G Cobra gunship. He completed 534 combat missions and was
twice awarded the Distinguished Fly Cross, one of which was for
Driscoll completed his active service in 1973 after a two year tour
of duty as a flight instructor at the Navy's Flight School in Pensacola
FL. Mr. Driscoll is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive of
Corporation in Monterey, CA. He began his business career in 1973
and was managing his own manufacturing business by 1978. During
his business career he has been the CEO of several manufacturing
companies and was a co-founder of Dactron Inc. His managerial experience
includes having served as a director, advisor and consultant to
a number of privately owned concerns. Mr. Driscoll has lectured
on business strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of California,
has published numerous articles on business management and is the
author of the book "It's Your Business".
currently resides in Monterey California where he was a member of
the Board of Directors and past
Treasurer for the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. He is
an avid, albeit mediocre, recreational athlete and his current flight
status consists of standing in long lines at the airport!