For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
I added this category at Sticks request. Please feel free to tell us a little about yourself.
I was at Albany and on board the America the same time as you. I was in photo recon. Putting the camera "pods" in the belly of the Vigi's. I also switched from a seaman to an airdale, and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed working on the flight deck, and have posted a couple pictures of that sort of stuff in the forums. Well, you take shipmate!
I've been on serious "recalling mode" and hunting-for-old-pictures mode several weeks now...Sooner I'll find 'em pics and post 'em and right now am like seeing good 'ole faces in the mind of y'all, my shipmates! That picture of yours in headgear just made it all so much clearer for me of you John! You looking good, shipmate, and you sure have Italian longevity to boot! You take care, John.
I was at HT-8 in Pensacola in 1965 & part of 1966 worked in A/F, did you ever make it to Ellyson Field which was helicopter training Squadron?
I stumbled on this site while looking for a Hospital corpsman friend that I lost track of around 1980 or so and since he is Law Enforcement is virtually impossible to trace. I came to Albany in March of 1970 attached to RVAH 3, from NATTC Millington and Boot (7/69) with Company 471 at Great Lakes. AMEAN when I arrived and AME3 when I left before RVAH-5's Wespac in 1971, sometimes I regret not going and taking the 'walking papers' but who knows.
I noticed Gus Villarini went a LOOONG way, we went to Millington and Boot (Sister Company I Think) guess it agreed with him, I found a good long lost friend from Boot on Facebook, who'd of known, there are a few out there that I still owe money too but can't remember their names.
Hi shipmates, I am Mike Floyd formerly of Heavy 1 now I am still a heavy one for a fact .
I was a PH2 Jan 66 when I got to heavy 1 worked the line through the med cruise on Indy cva- 62 then went IOIC on Enterprise cvan-65 for Tonkin gulf fun, after a short stop in Sasabo Japan and a month of fun off Korea (remember the Pueblo incident)-happened same time as the TET offensive-coincidences happen all the time.
In my 8 years of naval service I can proudly say the Heavies were the best of my tenure-made so many great friends during the three years I was there.
I now live back in Florida in Fleming Island (near Jax) go over to Sanford from time to time- the RA5 on display is nice Rattled on long enough-contact me if you want to swap sea stories
If you're interested some of the Heavy 1 guys are having a Reunion in Key West this September. Information on the event can be found here: http://rvahnavy.ning.com/events/the-last-smoke-rvah-1-reunion
Hello. My name is Rodney Chapman. Attached to VAH-7 Dec 1960 - Jan 1964 at ANS Sanford, Made Ak3 and 2 while in the squadron; AK1 at NAS Sanford Supply Dept. Still live in Sanford.
Looking for a photo of an A5A suitable to make a T=shirt . I have a source that just made me several.
My idea is the squadron logo (Peacemakers patch on the left front with HATRON SEVEN) and the photo on back with A5A on top and VIGILANTE below.
scottees67@gmail created my shirts on 7/8/2016 (HATRON SEVEN, USS Enterprise, USS Independence, USS Tennessee SSBN734
As you maybe could tell, I did a little of everything! Including PBR's in Nam
You turned me on to this site and so here I am....you were my first Navy Supervisor when I was a AKAN at
I served in VAH-7 from 1961 through 1964 as a Plane Captain. After the Navy school and flight training to become a Corporate Pilot. In 1971 I was married to Sally and were still together.
I retired in 2009 as Aviation Manager for a Family flying a CL604. There were fond memories of serving in Heavy 7 and on the USS Enterprise.
The CL604 looks like a pretty good ride. I worked for a company and managed to get a few passenger flight hours (about 100) on a Falcon 50 and always enjoyed every trip. Way better than most every commercial flight I was ever on...and I did log nearly 1M air miles on commercial flights as a passenger.