For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
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Started by William L Wilkerson. Last reply by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski Apr 9, 2012.
You're not wrong. In 1973, Reconnaissance Attack Wing 1 began relocation from NAS Albany to NAS Key West in preparation for eventual closure of the base in Georgia. All RECONATKRON squadrons had relocated to NAS Key West by late 1974. They were decommissioned over a six-year period that coincided with the phased retirement of the RA-5C. RAW-1 went away in early 1980, following decommissioning of the last Vigie squadron, RVAH-7.
Joined the RVAH-13 Squadron from NAS Pensacola, Fl. in June of l964. Was assigned as the Classified Material Control Yeoman when I joined the squadron. The Officer I worked for was LCDR Griffin, the Admin. Officer of the Squadron, between him & LTJG Walters couldn't have worked for such fine officers, they treated me as just another person & with respect. Was really suprised about the next cruise when they were lost, such a great loss. Ran into Richard Aldridge here on the net & was very suprised. Have to send him a e-mail down in Florida. Great to read all these comments about the old squadron, was informed last year about SK3 Jim Ellers dying, he was probably know around the heavy attach area, he & his wife Yosiko were our best friends. Ran into him in Pensacola, Fl back around 1996 & he only lived about a mile from me, small world. Good to see all the comments & remember old times
I went from RVAH-13 to Photo "B" school and then to run the photo lab at ComNavMarianas on Guam (I won an award for the Best News Photo of 1968 by the local Press Assn. then to ComCruDesLant in Newport Rhode Island- then home. Lastly I went to work for US Customs as a law enforcer for 30 years and retired minus two legs at 50 yrs old. Now doing OK drop me a note when coming to the best beach in the U.S. Fred
I live down near Brownsville, Texas - Stop in and say Hi.
Happy New Year from the PI - Ted - Fred Drew
Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope the New Year finds everyone healthy, happy, and wise :-) In reply to Willilam Wilkersons post I remember "Burner Betts" landing aboard the Enterpirse with a broken 756 frame. Had to check the whole bird because he overstressed the entire airframe with g loads trying to evade a mig/missle coming out of country. Seems it was Oct, Nov, Dec 72 but I could be wrong. Old age setting in. North American Rockwell sent techs to the boat to see the frames on his plane.
Merry Christmas to everyone in the rvah community. Best wishes for the
Remembering Mike Haifley.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hope that everyone has a chance to spend the holiday with family, we can all recall times when we could not. Thanks to you all for your service. Stay well, stay close.
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