MCVG-2 Photo Albums
MCVG-2 is shorthand for 'Marine Carrier Air Group Two', the leading aviation unit on the carrier USS Gilbert Islands. Sometimes I see it written as MCAG-2. Its twelve USMC officers are depicted in this photograph and named below. Thanks to the contributors six of the 12 can be identified in the photo. If you can put another face with a name please let me know via the email link on the home page.
I have contributions from 3 veterans albums: Col. Campbell and Captains Fidler and Fulwood. I welcome any inputs you have.
'Soupy' Campbell commanded the USMC Air Group on the USS
Gilbert Islands. As the ranking Marine on the carrier he was
responsible for the performance, maintenance and well-being of the 2 squadrons.
I've heard nothing but good things about Col. Campbell from the other
Marines. The enlisted men told me he saved them from having to
perform menial tasks on the carrier such as scraping paint. And
they recall the time he went to bat to be sure those on patrol would
get fed after they returned from missions even if the dining room was
John Fidler was the LSO on the USS Gilbert Islands. He earned his wings in 1942, and in 1943 was posted to VMF-214, the "Swashbucklers", where he flew the F4U Corsair. After 214 was disbanded (it was later reformed by Maj. Boyington) John returned to the states. He volunteered for and completed LSO training and was assigned to the Gilbert Islands. LSOs were required to first be pilots. He and Capt. Marshall Tutton, the assistant LSO, launched and landed the planes. After the war he represented the Fulton Company in the California/Nevada/Washington/Oregon region. John contributed photos of Capt. Tutton and himself which you can see by clicking on his picture.
Eldon 'Fred' Fulwood was a captain on Col. Campbell's staff in charge of the Marine Carrier Air Service Detachment (MarCASD-2) on the USS Gilbert Islands. His unit had overall responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the aircraft. Capt. Fulwood enlisted in the Corps in 1939 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1941 after 31 months of enlisted service. He attained the rank of captain in 1944, altogether a rather swift rise through the ranks. Before coming aboard the USS Gilbert Islands his prior wartime service was on Guadalcanal where he earned 4 combat stars while assigned to Marine Air Group 14. After the war he stayed in the Corps in various capacities, retiring as a major in 1966. Eldon Fulwood passed away in 1986. His son Scott Fulwood sent many nice photos spanning his father's career. Please click on the picture of Capt. Fulwood to see them.
This site was last updated 11/26/07