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Comment by Troy Zipperer on April 7, 2014 at 6:46am

I was in RVAH-11 from 68 to 70 and again from 72 to 75 in the AE Shop.

Wayne, you remember John Hartt from the AME shop?  He was there during the 67 to 70 timeframe.  I have remained friends with him over the years and usually get together a couple of times a year.

Comment by Wayne Robert Wikoski on April 6, 2014 at 7:26pm

    I served with RVAH-11 from1967 to 1970. I was in the AME shop. We made two West-Pacs and I made a partial Med., at which time my enlistment was over.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:47pm

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 Arthur Jorgensen on March 14, 2014 at 6:40pm

Hi Joe,

I finished 30 my thirty in the submarine community Got in subs repairing a periscope camera made by Chicago Aerial, they made the KA-50 series cameras we had on the Viggie. Retired in 1988 and became a contractor at Naval Undersea Warfare Center basically doing what I was doing at Sub School (but getting paid a lot better). Retired for good in 2004 we bought a house in Valrico, FL (Tampa area). For the past six years I have been a volunteer with the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. Get to ride in a marked Crown Vic with lights and a radio. We relieve deputies on non-law enforcement calls, minor traffic accidents, traffic direction, etc. I you get a chance send me an email at navy230@hotmail.com We could trade phone numbers, it is easier to talk than type. Art

Comment by Joe E. Lolley on March 14, 2014 at 1:29pm

Hi Jorgie,

Good to see you around.  Man, those names bring back some good memories.  A whole lot of pinochle, spades and cribbage.  Where did all the years go?  What are you up to these days?  Joe Lolley (PH2)

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 13, 2014 at 2:47pm

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 Arthur Jorgensen on January 27, 2014 at 4:34pm


The guy you were trying to remember was John Mau. He was a little odd, when he got out he ran for the mayor of Albany. I don't know if he got elected or not. I remember the fine times in Heavy 11. I keep in touch with John Patton (PH2), Jerry Averet (PH2) Al Kalis (PH2 was Kalisczewski) and Rich Hoguet (ET2).

Comment by Joe E. Lolley on March 23, 2011 at 11:42pm
Now I recall....Mike Rebelez (bottom in your pic) and Scotty Engolio were my roommates back in Albany.  Although I was a photomate, I was assigned to Chief Matthews on the JFK tour to work in corrosion control.  I was a mouthy, thin redhead back then...now not too mouthy, not too thin, and no red hair left (mostly gone and what is left is white).  I had some good times with RVAH-11 and made some life-long friends.  Randy Lennon and I have remained friends forever..I even had the pleasure of being able to hire him into Civil Service back in the early 90s.
Comment by William Samuel Schriever on March 23, 2011 at 2:02pm

I started out as an Aviation Storekeeper in Heavy 11 in 1972 and after a few months transferred to the Jet Mechanics shop  at which time we went on a Med Cruise aboard the U.S.S. J.F.K.. We were at our end of our tour and getting ready to come home only to be sent back to the Med because of the Israeli/Egyptian crisis in 1973. When we returned home, the Heavy's moved from Albany Ga. to Key West Florida. After a moving the base I was sent to ADJ school at Millington NAS and then transferred to shore duty at Heavy 3 in 1974 and immediately went to Plane Captain school at which time I got married and remained with Heavy 3 until I was honorably discharged in 1976.

I remember spending just as much time at sea on shore duty as I did when I was on sea duty, as a Plane Captain I went on several Carrier Qual's. I loved my time with the Heavy's and the men that served in them, Go Checkertails!

Comment by Francis Shaw on March 22, 2011 at 10:29pm

My first outfit in the Navy was RVAH-11; joined the squadron in 1970, just in time for my first Westpac and I well remember the "Bullet Biters"! Sorry, I don't remember much else, that was a long time ago. Does anyone recall a guy by the name of Moa? He was a crazy guy in the squadron; just wonder what happened to him?To explain the photo; after I got out of the Nav in 79, I did a long stint as a sand crab but joined the Army National Guard in order to finish my twenty. Thought it would be easy as every one knows the guard never goes anywhere! (Did a tour in Iraq, 04-07) I should have stayed in the Navy!


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