For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
Rod, I was in the squadron for the 1967 cruise. Your name sounds familiar. Who did you fly with? I was an AME and was on deck for the pre flight of 124 . Hyatt was very well liked by most of the enlisted guys and his lose was a shock to us. At the time we did not know he was captured. Thanks for making the web site about the cruise i have been looking at it. I have many pictures and some notes about the flights of that time. I was the AME on the flight deck most of the cruise. I dont think I will be able to get to the reunion. I went to the one in Key West a few years ago. John Provenzano
I dont remember being with the plane capts. I remember when we lost the 2nd plane and crew, I think that was Dion & Hom. We were told they were flying off the coast with no escort and did not send out a mayday. All that was found was a slick and pieces of helmet. Check out my video on this site. 124 is in it. My camera was on its way out when i took it. I have a lot of stills from that cruise. It always feels good to make any kind of connection with someone from the squadron. take care, John
My video is not on my page its on the main page, click on Videos at top. there are a lot of them ,mine is on page 2. Or I think this link will get you there. http://rvahnavy.ning.com/video/john-provanzano-connie-1967 . We always wondered as the guys who maintained the ejection seats if there was something wrong with them with their plane. It made us even more aware of the importance of our job. I saw your take on it, I always wondered if the story about the found helmet was true. I dont have any thing on the web but can send you some of my photos if you send me your email address. they might also be on the squadrons web site since I sent many years ago.
Hi John watching your video sure brought back memories. Hard to believe its been 50 years I was filling oxygen converters on the flight deck as an AME from Heavy 12. I talked to Lee Harvey this summer about the good time in Sanford. I'm here in Eustis FL.
Hope you are well. I also missed word on the September reunion for RVAH-12 though I had time conflicts and also had password issues with this site. Hope to keep more in touch.
Me? Retired from USNR 20 years, and from federal civil service; but finished a Marine Corps Marathon Oct 22, and also released 2 books on Amazon.com in the last 2 years.
Tom Whitaker, RVAH 12 1968-1971