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Started by William L Wilkerson. Last reply by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski Apr 9, 2012.

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Comment by John Eckel on September 5, 2018 at 1:14pm


Good to hear from you.  I was an ADJ-2 working power plants.  Spent a lot of time in maint control picking up the yellow sheets for my guys and playing a little poker. not for money, ha.  Got out and went to college at Penn State then a job in Colorado and Kansas..  Spent 40 years as a cop then retires in Sept. 2010. Now trying to live the good  life.

Comment by John Eckel on September 1, 2018 at 11:26pm

Dennis, I still have some photos taken by our aircraft of ships, planes, and in country. I had some great times and remember an aircraft division party in Olonapo on the roof of a hotel there. You're right great enlisted and great officers. 

Comment by Dennis Kimberlin on September 1, 2018 at 2:30pm

Was on that same cruise John, I was a PT2 working mission hours in IOIC reading out film from our missions over Vietnam.  Awesome Squadron with some great officers and enlisted men.Nothing but good memories remain.  Was released from active duty in March of 1974 when doing carrier quals on the USS Ranger.  Stayed in the reserves and finally retired in 1998 as an O5 Intel Officer. 

Comment by John Eckel on August 31, 2018 at 10:39pm

I joined RVAH-13 Power Plants  in November 1971 until April 1973 when I separated in the Philippines  back to Treasure Is. in Ca. I did a Westpac aboard the Enterprise in 1972-1973. I worked night check my entire time with the squadron as night check supervisor  then flight deck troubleshooter for P/P.  I've lost track of the guys who worked for me particularly Johnny Duncan and Pat Summers. If anyone knows where they are I would appreciate a reply.

Comment by Mike McAllister on August 3, 2018 at 4:23pm

Kind of a shame how few members there are. This was such an important time in my young days. Its seems more folks would want to reconnect.

Comment by Richard Aldrich on July 31, 2018 at 7:40pm

Chief "Willyford's" yeoman.

Comment by Carl (Bub) Wilkins on July 31, 2018 at 4:58pm

Richard Aldrich, I remember them all. I was called “Bub” and was on the line crew. Do you also remember “snowball” Chief Wilfords yeoman?  I was on the 65/66 & 66/67 cruises. 

Comment by Dennis Lieburn AQ-2 on January 8, 2018 at 9:45pm

As I said, I was attached to VAW-126 for that ORI. Right after we returned to Norfolk, I was transferred to NATTC Millington to change rate from PR to AQ. as I recall, the only port we entered was Gitmo. There was talk about Kingston, but it never panned out. We did have a cookout ashore in Gitmo though, but that may just have been for VAW-126. After Millington, I went to the RVAH-3, RVAH-14 and RVAH-9.  Did Med cruises with 14 and 9 aboard Independence in '73 and '74.

Comment by David Bennett on January 8, 2018 at 5:12pm

Thank you for that memory, Dennis. I knew we went to Gitmo, but I couldn't remember when. Unfortunately, I don't recall any unusual observations in the Caribbean sky. As I recall, we also made port at Montego Bay, Jamaica. And do you also recall ever conducting ops from USS Independence, or did I imagine that?

Comment by Dennis Lieburn AQ-2 on January 6, 2018 at 8:54pm

This is how I know that RVAH-13 was there.

Night Ops during the Forrestal ORI in '69


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