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ALL Whale Squadrons


ALL Whale Squadrons

This place is for all of our shipmates who were in A3 Whale squadrons.

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2018

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"Whale"squadrons 1 Reply

Started by Rodney D Chapman. Last reply by Robert L. John Allison Aug 11, 2016.

Where have all the Whales gone? 2 Replies

Started by Larry B Wing. Last reply by Larry B Wing Nov 8, 2010.

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Comment by Harold W. Challis on May 17, 2014 at 12:06pm

Email me Ken at Haroldsplace@suddenlink.net.  I was in VAH-6 same time you were.

Comment by Norman E. Royce on May 16, 2014 at 2:38pm

I was in Heavy six from 1960 to 1963 aboard the Ranger, did 3 cruises on her and then went to NWEF in Albuquerque NM from whence I retired in 1966. Loved those whales.

Comment by Ken Estes on March 30, 2014 at 6:58pm

I see lots of typos, can not find a way to correct them.....Sorry guys.


Comment by Ken Estes on March 30, 2014 at 6:52pm

I was the TD guy from VAH-6.  Arrived at NAS No. Island from NAS Pensacola Photo School, assigned to VAH-6 who were flying AJ's.  Sent TD to Fleet Photo Lab (PHAN), When Squad split and the AJ part became Tankers, When they ask for volunteers to go to NAS Whidbey Is. with A3D's I volunteered.(PHA3).  Served 2 months as OD (we only had two Officers, four enlisted above E-5) and when the Whales arrived, the sent me TD Base Photo Lab.  Went on first WESTPAC USS Ranger with Squadron--yep TAD to Ship Photo Lab. Returned Whidbey and TAD to Photo Lab (now PH2).  Next year VAH-6 scheduled to go on second WESTPAC, I only had 2 months to go and spent them at Treasure Island.  Like others looking back there are times I wished I stayed in, might of been LDO or Warrant if I had.  But I have had a good life sense so no complaints.  Worst park about the TD stuff was made friends with Photo people and did not get to bond with my Squadron Mates.  Jointed the Photo group and just today discovered this group.  Hope to meet up with others who might have been with Heavy 6 from 57-60.   I still have my Cruise book from 1959.  Mater of fact I have every Ranger Cruise book from 57-93 when she was decommissioned and own website: www.uss-ranger.org..

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:48pm

I've put together a few ideas about how to search for that buddy we all lost contact with years ago when they or we shipped out to a new duty station or left the service..

1) Did you check here on Reccenet to see if they've "shipped over with us?  Click on Shipmates in the menu at the top of the page (or click this link: Shipmates!) and enter their first or last name in the search box and click the magnifying glass icon (or just hit the enter key on your keyboard) and you'll see any and all matching that name who are registered here on Reccenet.

I2) f you know their approximate age and where they were from or where they went after the Navy you can get leads from this website without paying them for everything they may know: http://www.intelius.com/

3) There's the "Buddy Finder" on military.com

4) I've had luck just typing the name in a websearch like google.com.

5) If you belong to facebook or an other social media site you can sometimes find folks there. Just recently I found a former Heavy 6 and 12 sailor on facebook  when I finally managed to spell his last name correctly. ;-)

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 13, 2014 at 2:48pm

If anyone is trying to find a "long lost buddy" send me an email to rvahroster@gmail.com and I'll look and see if we have anything on them. I can't release their info, but I will email them (if they have a current email address on record) and let them know you're looking for them. Tell me in the email what you're willing for me to give your old shipmate for contact info (email. phone, snailmail address). Then it's up to them to try and contact you back (If they don't respond or hide even better there's nothing I can do).

Comment by Edmund A Rassler on December 28, 2013 at 8:17pm

I started with Project Atlas (ASB-1A & ASB-7) in China Lake with P2V-2Bs and P2V-3Bs; A2Js, and ASD-1 and A3D-2s.  My division officer was CDR Leo Zok - I think he was the last of the Navy's Master Bombadiers.  From there to VAP-62 at Jax for 4 years and then to VAH-3 (changed to RVAH shortly thereafter).  I had 3-1/2 years as mostly swing shift crew leader in the ASB-12 line shack and I remember Bill Wilkerson working in the ASB-1 shop next door and on the A3D-2T line.  Re the articles below on the Checkertails - I had a good friend, AQ1 Chuck Boswell, on the Det 8 cruise (Forrestal ?) on which they bent a prop and were late getting home from the Med.  He went to Jax and from there to Lemoore.  He died last year and was probably known by many in the A3 community.

Comment by William L Wilkerson on April 11, 2012 at 6:59pm

By the way, where are all the other whale sailor's - mechs, tweet's, bubble chasers, spark hunters, bomb huggers, etc????????????? 

Comment by William L Wilkerson on April 11, 2012 at 6:57pm

Forgot - VAH-11 started accumulating A3D's when the other SQ started getting A3J1's (A5A's).  I think at one time we had somewhere btween 24 and 30 A/C.  They broke us in two.  VAH-11 and VAH-11 Det8.  '11 mad the Med cruises on the 'Rosie and Det 8 ended up on (?) the 'Indie for the Cuban blockade - I was told lated that Sanford was a "TENT CITY" for and invasion force, if needed.  All's well thyat ended well.

Comment by William L Wilkerson on April 11, 2012 at 6:51pm

I went to VAH-7 in early 1960 as an AQBAN.  Was booted out in '61, with the rest off the "OLD" SQ when '7 got the A3J1. Went to VaH-11 as an AQB3 for three (3) Med cruises on the Roosevelt (CV-42).  Also was part of the three man crew on the MSQ-44 Bomb Scoring Unit situated across the runway at Sanford in (I think) the summer and fall of '63. That was fun until the TD's from NAS Jax took it for their own.  Went to VAH-3 in Dec '64.  Made AQB2 reuped and went to "B" school in Memphis. Went to RVAH-13 as an AQ1: WestPac - Kitty Hawk, WestPac - America, Med Cruise - Forrestal.  AS an AQC - NAMTRAGRU Agony (Albany) GA, taught ASB-12 sys, helped write new training manual for asb-12, VX-4 - Point Mugu, VF-154 - WestPac Ranger.  2 Med cruises on Forrestal, retired from TI!


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