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

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Comment by Steven Sotir on May 29, 2011 at 1:16pm

I served with RVAH 13 from summer of 75 until decommissioning in 1976.   I got sent to Heavy 13 straight from A school and when I got to Key West I found out the squadron was already in Norfolk on a shakedown on the Independence getting ready for a Med Cruise. Did the '75-'76 Med cruise. I see a couple of names on here that were in 13 the same time I was.  I was the DK for the squadron so you all saw me at one time or another.  Great time living in the barracks on the beach on Truman Annex.  Lots of great friends from the squadron--Terry Plank (anyone remember Woody?), Stosh, Breck Halyard, Jim McBride, Joey Halpin,?  Great guy Herb Ward made me a parachute bag while we were on the Indy—said it would last me forever—35 years later and that bag is as good as new.

Transferred to RVAH 5 after that until my tour was finished.  Never did a cruise with 5 so I didn't get to know those guys very much so nothing against Heavy 5 but 13 will always be home to me.

Comment by Richard E. Bertrand (Dick) on April 4, 2011 at 3:13pm

After AQB A School I was assigned to VAH-1 in Jacksonville in 1958.  We soon moved to Sanford, FL and after three Med Cruises and numerous training cruises in 1962 we started transitioning to A5A Vigilantes.  I reenlisted and was sent to B School at Memphis where I was reassigned as an instructor.  In 1967 as an AQC I joined RVAH-13 in Sanford, just prior to moving to Albany, GA.  We deployed on the USS America in March 1968 and had a very successful WestPac deployment, coming home in Dec 1968.  During the cruise, I was promoted to Warrant Officer (W-1) and was eventually transferred to VT-1 at Saufley Field, FL.  Subsequent tours took me to the USS Oriskany as a ship's company AIMD Avionics Officer, VP-65 (a reserve P-2/P-3 squadron) as the active duty Maintenance Officer, VP-23 as the Maintenance Training Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer, and finally to COMPATWINGSLANT in Brunswick, Maine, as the staff Maintenance Training Officer.  Under the command of Cdr Higginbotham, Cdr Dave Fall, and Cdr R.S. Donaldson in RVAH-13, we completed our combat deployment on the America without losing a single plane or aircrewman!  We were all very proud of our squadron!!!  I'll always remember our committment and preparedness during that deployment! It was a highlight of my Navy career!

Comment by James W. Staton Jr. on March 9, 2011 at 9:15pm
I cross decked from RVAH-1 to the Kitty Hawk in Jan 66.  I picked up the Hawk in the PI, and stayed with 13 till I got out in Jan 68.  MY problem was like a lot of the guys that got rented out to the ship and other squadrons.  I was an AO so there wasn't much work in the recon business, so I spent a lot of time working for IMA repairing bomb racks and 20 MM cannons.  Great fun.
Comment by TERRY Fulton on December 30, 2010 at 6:29pm
Looking to connect with some RVAH13 shipmates.  I served in "13" from 1966 to 1970 and did the USS Kitty Hawk and USS America WestPac's and then the USS Forrestal cruise to the Med in 1969-70.  The first two years I was an ADJ2 on the Line Crew with St Amour, Tilley, Fat Jack Thompson, DJ Thompson, Muscovitch, Pappy, Boats, and the rest of the guys.  I spent the last year as Career Counselor (don't hold that against me) but would have rather been back on the line.  I've made contact with Earl Tilley and Walter McCord (AME2) but not many others.  Terry
Comment by Kevin Mc Inerney on December 9, 2010 at 8:34am
I was the Senior Stewburner for the Squadron from 1973-1975,though TAD to the galley at NAS Key West,I knew most of the squadron who lived in the barracks with me.Being attached to RVAH-13,was by far the best times I had while in the Navy.I did 1 West Pac tour aboard USS Ranger with the squadron, and qualification aboard the USS Hancock before transferring to shore duty at PNSY,Portsmouth,New Hampshire, where my enlistment ended
Comment by Jack (Walters) Stroup (son) on September 27, 2010 at 10:39am
Thank you. I have heard similar impressions from others who worked the line (deck?). It was hard to get a real impression of him from family. I don't know many of the basics, such as did he have a north carolina accent? My family were farmers, I loved them all, but I can't imagine a naval officer with a strong carolinian accent.
Comment by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski on September 27, 2010 at 10:02am
I believe I knew dad. I think he was a RAN. SInce I worked in the ASBline shack I'd debrief him after missions. We had a officer/enlisted relationship but I can say he was a technical man. He knoew the RADAR and digital computer to a TEE. He was soft spoken and a officer we lloked up to. He sdidn't look down on "White hats" Ski Grumboski (R)VAH-13 Dec 63 - December 67 Three tours to West Pac on the U.S.S. Kitt Hawk CVA-63
Comment by Jack (Walters) Stroup (son) on September 26, 2010 at 8:44pm
I joined in hopes that some of you may remember my father. Lt. Jack Walters, Jr. Shot Down May 19, 1967. I was almost two.

43 years later. I am trying to get to know the man, for me and his grandchildren. If you knew him.

Comment by Ronald Bryant on August 26, 2010 at 6:33pm
I served in RVAH13 Mar 74 to June 76 when it was decomissioned. Made a Med cruise and a West PAC cruise.
Comment by Lawrence (Ski) Grumboski on July 15, 2010 at 2:35pm
I served in RVAH/VAH-13 from December 63 through December 67.I did three West Pacs. I see a comment from Douglas Howard a AMS3. Did you know Jeff Lee? He was a AME.

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