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Comment by Joe E. Lolley on January 13, 2010 at 8:54pm
I had just turned 19 years old when I joined RVAH-11 on the West Pac cruise in 1971. Cmdr Wright was a great skipper...very calm and level headed. I have a great photo of him promoting me to PH3. It is a shame that he is gone. I understand that he went on his own terms. I would have expected nothing less from a man with the character he had. RVAH-11 was a great place to be on that West Pac, and CMDR Wright deserved most of the credit for that. Heres to one of the "Bullet Biters". He will be missed.
Comment by Sanford A Mullet on January 13, 2010 at 12:07pm
I do remember Commander Wright as he joined RVAH-11 as the Operations Officer during a Westpac cruise. He had transferred from the sqaudron which had the EC-121 shoot down in the Northern Pacific, which occurred shortly after he joined the Squadron. We were aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and were to diverted to Sasabo, Japan for a period. As I remember, he relieved CDR Harop as XO when CDR Harop had a heart attack as he was about to take off on a mission while on the cat. I remember CDR Wright a a true gentleman although I was transferred to RVAH-3 before he became the CO.
Comment by Benjamin G Coleman on January 13, 2010 at 10:07am
Heard today that Commander Murph Wright passed away January 12, 2010. He was the CO on 1971-72 West-Pac Cruise and a hellva good Skipper. As a young 21 year old at the time He took us his wing and I know I'm a lot better for it. He will be missed. A great patriot, pilot and person. My condolences to his family. Ben Coleman ADJ-3 RVAH-11 Line Division
Comment by Randolph Hodges on July 31, 2009 at 8:16am
My time in RVAH-11 was great , it was 1974-1975 I was one of the ones crawling on the flight under the best plane made with the photo stuff, It was loud, nasty, dirty and very tireing but would do it all over again, loved it. Hope all is well and maybe see all in 2011
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on July 20, 2009 at 12:57pm
I wasn't exactly the best sailor when I joined RVAH-11. I was just a typical 18 year old kid. Over the 3 years I was with RVAH-11, from 1971-1974, I grew up a lot, thanks to some really good guys in photo, electronics, the metal shop, and a few others. I did not realize, at the time, just what level of education I was receiving. After my tour was over, I found a job with the government as a civilian photographer, and retired in 2005 as Visual Information Officer at WRAIR in Washington, DC, receiving the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from The Surgeon General.

I want to thank all of the friends that I had, and the leaders who mentored a somewhat wild, and certainly immature young kid. They helped me stay straight, when it would have been easy to turn away.
Joe Lolley
Comment by Kenneth M Colgate on July 12, 2009 at 2:53pm
I was one of "Chubby Charlie's Cheerful Checkertail's" and couldn't have had a better Skipper, or tour of duty. Gollehon and Big Daddy Repp gave me the confidence and opportunity to accept challenges as they came. I said goodbye to Cdr. Lenhardt when he transferred out of Albany ... and spent a little time with him, as a volunteer work detail of one. The Heavy community had every element of electronics that a "Tweet" could expect to find and led directly to a tour of duty with the initial F-14 Cadre, in 1972 . Great memories and a greater appreciation for all with whom I was fortunate enough to have served. Most respectfully, ken
Comment by CAPT Neil C. Davis, USN-ret on July 10, 2009 at 3:34pm
Checkertails Forever!!!

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