Ken Heitel was a “Cold War warrior.” He flew an A-4E “Skyhawk” jet fighter off the USS Independence, a Forrestal-class carrier, as a Marine Corps aviator serving in the Mediterranean during the early 1970s.
“When I was aboard the carrier we did a lot of patrol work. The Soviets were trying to dominate the Mediterranean with their fleet and planes,” the 68-year-old Venice jeweler said. “We’d fly up along the Soviet border playing cat-and-mouse games with the Russians.”
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