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Started by William L Wilkerson. Last reply by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski Apr 9, 2012.
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.
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.
Chief "Willyford's" yeoman.
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.
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.
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?
This is how I know that RVAH-13 was there.
Night Ops during the Forrestal ORI in '69
I'm looking for anyone that was aboard Forrestal for an ORI cruise to Guantanamo Bay in the fall of '69. I was with VAW-126 at that time but myself and a bunch of other sailors witnessed an unusual event in the night sky one evening. If you saw it, I don't have to describe it, and I don't really want to be ridiculed about UFO sightings. I never heard an explanation, have you?
Two days before I leave for Rolling Thunder.
Gunder Creager reports the passing of former Heavy 13 CO (Nov 70 - Nov 71) and author, Captain Frank "Hammer" Hamrick on May 2nd, 2016.
Captain Hamrick also served with Heavy 1, 5, and 7.May he have fair winds and following seas on his last great deployment into eternity.Reccenet Forum post with Captain Hamrick's Obituary
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