VF 191 entered the Vietnam war zone at the beginning of 1964, aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31). During their second deployment the following year, again aboard USS Bon Homme Richard, the squadron lost four pilots. Two were killed Lieutenant (jg) Edward D. Brown, 29 July 1965 and Lieutenant (jg) Gerald Green on 12 September 1965, and two were taken prisoner.
On 27 October 1965, Lieutenant Dennis A. Moore's F8E was shot down about 5 miles west of the city of Hoa Binh. Moore was captured by the North Vietnamese and was held in various prisoner of war camps, including the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" complex in Hanoi. He was released in the general prisoner release in 1973. Later that year, Commander Howie Rutledge was shot down over the Thanh Hoa Province on 28 November 1965. During his capture, he managed to killed one of his would-be captors. He too was released in the general prisoner release in 1973.
During the next three deployments, the squadron lost three more pilots. While aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) they lost Lieutenant Robert L. Millerwho was killed 7 March 1967 and Lieutenant Peter F. Cherney on 2 February 1968. Lieutenant John B. Martin was killed on 06 October 1970, operating from USS Oriskany (CV 34).
The only recorded 'shoot down' of the Vietnam war was on 9 July 1968. Lieutenant Commander John B. Nichols III, in an F8-E, shot down a MiG-17.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Crusaders began to be replaced by F-4 Phantoms, especially aboard the larger aircraft carriers. By 1972, F-8s had disappeared from most carrier based fighter squadrons, having been relegated to the reserves or placed in storage. By the last year of the Vietnam war, only four fighter squadrons flew the Crusaders: VF 24 and VF 211 from the Hancock and VF 191 and VF 194 from the Oriskany. All of them flew the F-8J upgrade of the F-8B. VFP 63's detachments still continued to operate the RF8G. Most of the smaller 27C carriers had been retired by this time, leaving only the Oriskany and the Hancock still in service. Most of the Atlantic Fleet Crusader squadrons had already been decommissioned.
The turn of the decade also saw changes in the carrier group's organization. When CVG 19 emabrked aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34) in May 1970, the attack (VA) squadrons had been replaced by VA 153, VA 155 and VA 215. Along with VF 191 and VF 194, these squadrons would form the core of CVG 19 for several more years.
|Lieutenant (jg) Edward D. Brown||Killed||29 Jul 1965||F-8E #150337||USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31)||Binh Binh Province|
|Lieutenant (jg) Gerald Green||Killed||12 Sep 1965||F-8E #150331||USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31)||Phat Diem Hanh Ho|
|Lieutenant Robert L. Miller||Killed||07 Mar 1967||F-8E #150350||USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)||Thanh Hoa Province|
|Lieutenant Peter F. Cherney||Killed||02 Feb 1968||F-8E #150667||USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)||Gulf of Tonkin|
|Lieutenant John B. Martin||Killed||06 Oct 1970||F-8J #150289||USS Oriskany (CVA 34)||Gulf of Tonkin|
|Jan 1964||Nov 1964||USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31)||Vought F-8B Crusader||NF||Vietnam|
|Apr 1965||Jan 1966||USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31)||Vought F-8B Crusader||NF||Vietnam|
|Oct 1966||May 1967||USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)||Vought F-8B Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|
|Dec 1967||Aug 1968||USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14)||Vought F-8B Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|
|Apr 1969||Nov 1969||USS Oriskany (CVA 34)||Vought F-8J Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|
|May 1970||Dec 1970||USS Oriskany (CVA 34)||Vought F-8J Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|
|Jun 1972||Mar 1973||USS Oriskany (CVA 34)||Vought F-8J Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|
|Oct 1973||Jun 1974||USS Oriskany (CVA 34)||Vought F-8J Crusader||NM||Western Pacific, Vietnam|