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Med cruise in 69-70 on Saratoga and West package on Ranger with RVAH-1 5 Replies

Started by Rod Hildreth aka Rod Dubinsky. Last reply by John Silvio May 4, 2017.

Friends from 65 to 69 10 Replies

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Comment by Paul Kantner on April 4, 2012 at 10:45pm

The time was good, heavy 1 ams 2, worked the flight deck, saratoga, america,an theJFK.. always wondered what happen to those crazy brothers I worked along side of.... You don't realize the thrill till after its over.... enjOY!!

Comment by Richard E Hayes on March 21, 2012 at 10:56pm

I missed the Mig fly bye of Korea but saw the Russian Bears fly over us between Hawaii and Japan. They came in on the deck and had to climb to get over the ship. Really felt safe we could have been hole in the water by the time the Cap bird got back.

Comment by bill morgan on February 14, 2012 at 8:48pm

..sea of japan, feb 1968...It was sunrise as I made my way back to our line shack near the starboard cat when I saw two dots on the horizon. within seconds those two dots did a mach fly by at flight deck level. "migs 19,21s? I thought they could have toasted us and blamed the reactors". BOOM! BOOM! and they were gone.I looked around and saw no one. put my hands in my pocket walked into the line shack, picked up my book from the library and waited for my relief.

Comment by James R Witt on September 1, 2011 at 8:22pm
I arrived at Sanford NAS in late May 64 to join RVAH-1. My school buddy at ATR training in Memphis, Jimmy Rehberg aslo got the same orders. At that time at Sanford there were still "Whales" A5A's and A5B's as well as the brand spanking new RA5C. I made ATR3 in Sept 64 and normally worked on the line from the RECON department. As we left Norfolk for Nam in 65, I was transferred into the QC department and spent the time on the way to the Tonkin Gulf becoming  a fully qualified QC petty officer. I then worked as a "white shirt" on the flight deck during the rest of the WESTPAC 65 cruise. While my post Navy life has been successful  in becoming an engineer installing and maintaining some of the most advanced medical and scientific equipment, I look back on my days as a QC petty officer as the most responsible job I ever did, and all the rest of my time at "Heavy 1" with great fondness and joy. I left the squadron in August 66, part way through the MED cruise, to return to USA for separation.
Comment by James W. Staton Jr. on March 28, 2011 at 9:12pm
I was a member of RVAH-1 for the West PAC cruise in 65.  Being an airman at the time I spent a lot of time cleaning compartments sorting laundry working of Boats Allen.  As a matter of fact I held the position of head man on the 01 level of the Independence.  I cleaned a lot of toilets.  Why wouldn't anyone want to re up?
Comment by Francis Shaw on March 22, 2011 at 9:34pm
Started in RVAH-11 for my first Westpac on the Connie in 71(wild and crazy time). Last deployment was with RVAH-1 in 78 on the Big E. I'm surprised she's still sailing now. Regardless, was a great time in my life. Much like Mike Amick, I got out when we decommissioned in 79 but later joined the Army National Guard to finish up and did a tour in Iraq, 04-05.
Comment by Joe Brouthers on August 26, 2009 at 9:11am
Correction to my last post I was a AT1 not AR1 senior moment.
Comment by Joe Brouthers on August 23, 2009 at 10:27pm
I did all workups for 78 cruise but did not do the cruise and retired from the wing in Aug 78. I was in RAT Shop a AR1.
Comment by Jeffrey Amick on August 23, 2009 at 11:23am
I started my navy times in RVAH-9 and was a member until it closed in 1978. Recieved orders to RVAH-1 by request. In Both I worked in the AT shop. Made two deployments, one to the med in 9 in 1976 and then the west pac in 1 in 1978. Some really great guys to be assigned with. Many years later after my discharge in 1978 I joined the national guard. Stayed in and finished my military career with a deployment to operation iraqi freedom II at the age of 47. wow. love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Back then I went by my middle name Mike.
Comment by Michael J. Hampton on August 23, 2009 at 10:08am
When RVAH-13 was disestablished in 1976 I was transferred to RVAH-1. Before they were disestablished in 1979 I was able to make two cruises on board the “Big E” with some of the greatest guys I have ever met. I have awesome memories of the guys and the places we visited.
These guys were always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to make things happen. I remember one time while we were deployed, one of the wives were injured in a car accident back in the states and they pulled together to raise the funds needed for him to return to the states to be with his wife. They gave asking for nothing in return just to help out a squadron mate. You don’t find that kind of commitment to friendship in the civilian work force.
Would sure be great to get back in touch with some of the old gang and tell sea stories over a cup of java. I have retired my squadron coffee cup to my collection shelf but not the memories in it.

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