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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

Started by danny conatser. Last reply by Edward Trubenbach Jun 30, 2016.


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Comment by Gus Villarini on August 26, 2012 at 3:29pm

RAVH-1  was my 1st command at Albany, Ga 1971 I was in the AME shop, made the USS Ranger Cruise also the WESPAC aboard the USS Saratoga. My 2nd tour with the "SMOKEING TIGERS" was in Key West 76 -79 when we decommisoned.

Comment by Jack R. Leonard on July 13, 2012 at 4:40pm

Does anyone remember an RA5C in RVAH-1 aboard the USS Independence diverting to Da Nang Air Force Base in July/August 1965 due to hydralic failure?  The pilot also lost pneumatic power and couldn't open the cockp it and had to blow the canopy off while stranded on the end of the runway.  I need someone with personal knowledge of this incident to support a claim with VA.

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.

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