For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
I came aboard Heavy One in December 1955, one month after the commissioning, which
I believe was the first Saturday of November 1955. We were in Hanger One, NAS JAX. Age
has deleted too much of my memory to remember the names of the CO & XO. The Air Intell
officer was LT Nick Oakley, who just passed away, and some of the B/Ns were Ensigns
Dick Dunleavy, Bill Fleischmann, Dave Folger and John Hoffer. I arrived as a PH2, advanced
to PH1 the following May and left the squadron as it was leaving for a North Atlantic cruise.
My four years were up and I was offered more money in the GI Bill than to re-enlist. The
other Photomates were PHAN Les Baker from San Antonio and PH1 Daniel Webster who
made chief on that deployment or the next. I went to college in Austin Texas, reaffiliated
with USNR, advanced to PHCA in 1961, and during my annual active duty covered the
commissioning of NTC Orlando and the return of the POWs to Balboa NH in 1973, serving
with Combat Camera Atlantic and Combat Camera Pacific. I later spent four tours as
an instructor in photojournalism at DINFOS(Reserve Component). As a civilian, I spent 12
years as a United Press International newsphotographer in Austin and New Orleans. I left
UPI and for twenty years ran the photo lab at Naval Support Activity New Orleans, serving
fifty Navy, Army and Defense commands and detatchments. I am presently the Director of
the Retired Activities Office, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans.
I saw a query about PHC K.C. Putt. He retired about 1970 and died about 1990. I never
knew him but my good friend and photomate, LT Mike Kennedy, who was widowed about
2003 was living along the Florida east coat, met widow Bette Putt about 2006. They got
along so well they were married in late 2007. Dates are approximate. They live in Ormond