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ALL Whale Squadrons


ALL Whale Squadrons

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

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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 Larry O Sparks on April 11, 2012 at 9:15am

I joined VAH-1 Smoking Tigers in 1961 as an AQBAN.  I made two med cruses with them before transferring to VAH-11 Det 8 as a 2nd class.  After the Cuban embargo I shipped over and went to B school in Memphis.  I went back to Sanford to VAH-11 for one med cruse.  Shore duty followed at Pax River,  Advance B school in Memphis. As AQCS ,  RVAH -12 was next.  While on instructor duty in Memphis in 74 I was selected for LDO.   My final sea duty was with VAQ-134.  Retired in 1979 while serving as AE A School Training Officer at Memphis.

Comment by Stick on November 16, 2011 at 3:17pm

You can upload your pic from your computer to your profile..You can also ask questions or make comments on the forum...and you can also upload any pics from your computer to the forum...Have any problems let me know...

Comment by Harold W. Challis on November 16, 2011 at 1:05pm

Made a mistake in my last comment.  I transferred to VAH-6 from NAAS Cory Field in Pensacola, Fl.  Some time had past before Cory Field became a Nuclear Training Base.  Stick I see you live in Carrolton, Texas.  I live in Georgetown and come up to Dallas at different times to visit children.  Maybe we could get together sometime for coffee and yes my name is on the RVAH roster so I guess I'll be notified when the next reunion is.  Just how do you get your picture on profile?  With VAH-6 did CARQUALS on the Ranger and than one Westpac cruise. When I was transferred from VT-6 to "B" school than to RVAH-5 I made one Ranger cruise and two Enterprise cruses. That was from 1969 to 1972.

Comment by Harold W. Challis on November 15, 2011 at 4:18pm

I transferred from AMD Pensacola to VAH-6 in San Diego flying AJ Savage one burning and two turning.  Moved to Whidbey Island in 1957 and worked on F9's until we could get the A3's.  Made one WestPac cruise than left in 1959.  I was an AMH2 at the time.  Only one person I keep up with from that time was another second class name Blaine.  Harold Challis AMHC Ret.  Haroldsplace@suddenlink.net 

Comment by Stick on April 7, 2011 at 7:19pm

I was here before...but due to my inability to notice which tab I clicked I wiped myself out...Live n Learn I guess.

Did Basic at Gt Lakes the went back to stand gate watches w/ADCOM SECURITY DEPT until 63'


I was in VAH 6 from 63'-65'..Messcook on the Seaplane base..90 days and was sent back to the Squadron.Coop cleaned for another 90.Got sent to Maint Ctl.

We did CARQUALS a couple times w/USS RANGER..64' we transed to NAS Virginia Beach..CARQUALED w/USS FORRESTAL...did a shake down then

 Med Cruise with The USS FORRESTAL..1st and only cruise..It's definately a learning experience...one I don't think I will ever forget...unfortunately I decided to get out just before the end of the cruise..something I've kicked myself in the butt for ever since

Comment by tony hoffmann on April 7, 2011 at 5:06pm
Was with VAH-6 my first year out of boot camp. Played intermural basketball with and got to go to Bremerton for a touney. We transitioned to the Vigi after my first Med cruise. Sorry Ron but I like Sanford better. Walking them 4 hour line watches in the cold an rain was not my idea of the Navy
Comment by Richard Huss on June 26, 2010 at 1:15pm
As I study this photo, it appears that someone did a remarkable job editing it. Look at the mainmounts. All in exactly the same position. And the airplanes appear NOT to be taking off from an active runway or they are out of proportion to the surrounding scenery. Still a remarkable photo!
Comment by Warren Clement on June 26, 2010 at 8:02am
This picture is from 1964 0r 65 Heavy 6 AE
Comment by Richard Huss on April 2, 2010 at 2:41pm

I believe they said the same thing about our Vigi's too!!! BUT . . . We know it CAN HAPPEN!!!
Comment by Kenny Wayne Fields on April 1, 2010 at 5:58pm
Edward...No...Bud was not in my crew. Got any more names? Sorry for not recalling that I was your division officer and was that when I was Power Plants Officer with Henry Gill as the Division Officer? I remember that once I had to really talk fast to get one of my 2nd class POs from Power Plants out of the brig at the Consulate in Nice, and that took all the smarts I had. An Ensign at the time... that was

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