My Experiences as a US Naval Aviator during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 2/11/2019
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Presented by retired Navy Captain Dale Hendricks. According to Dale Hendricks, “When someone chooses to become a service member and swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, the life that follows is on a path that cannot be determined.” Little did Dale know nor anticipate that after he joined the US Navy, that he would directly participate in two very world-changing conflicts during his two cruises in the Mediterranean Sea with the US Sixth Fleet from 1973-1974. The 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the Yom Kippur War as it is more commonly known, was an “up close and personal” experience with and against the Soviet Union during his first cruise. During his second cruise, Dale found himself involved in the confrontation between Greece and Turkey over Cypress. Dale will relate his experiences during these conflicts.

Dale Hendricks was born and raised on a dairy farm in southeast Iowa, graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1968 with a BS in Engineering, and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1970 and as a Jet Basic flight instructor in Meridian, Mississippi from 1970-72. He participated in two cruises to the Mediterranean from 1972-75, flying the single seat A-7E attack jet with Air Wing 7 aboard the USS Independence, CV-62. Dale flew in support of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and the Greek–Turk confrontation over Cyprus in 1974–75. In 1978, he transferred to the Naval Reserves and began employment with John Deere & Company in the Quad Cities. He retired from the Navy in 1998 after 30 years of Naval service with the rank of Captain, and has 2400+ hours of flight time and 260+ carrier landings. Dale retired from John Deere in 2006 after 28 years.

For more information, contact Allan Ross of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (309-793-1300 or or Courtney Mongiat at the Bettendorf Public Library (563-344-5705 or

Location: Bettendorf Room
Contact: Courtney Mongiat