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

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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.
Comment by Joe Brouthers on August 13, 2009 at 8:43pm
I do not know about the E but on the ranger if you had a heavy civilian coat it was allowed under your flight deck vest for there where no winter gear available.
Comment by Joe Brouthers on August 13, 2009 at 8:38pm
Yes I remember off the coast of Korea only I was not in Heavy 1 I was on the old Ranger in Heavy 6 and luckly I did not have the flight deck watches for I was 1st class but I still know the cold, and we had came up after a complete line period in the gulf instead of Hong Kong.
Comment by Heavy 1 on August 13, 2009 at 6:21pm
You remember how damn cold it was off the coast of Korea. No flight ops, no body allowed topside after dark except the flight deck watch and they were paired up and couldn't stayout over 5 minutes at a time.
Comment by Richard Jones, Jr. on August 13, 2009 at 3:37pm
I think we were on the Enterprrise and there was a lot of demostrations in Sasebo
because we were the first nuclear ship in Japan. Later on we were sent to help the USS Pueblo which had been seized.
Comment by Richard Huss on August 13, 2009 at 12:40pm
I was ONLY 18 or 19 then!!! Made up for it on our first port call in Sasebo in '68 though!!!
Comment by Heavy 1 on August 12, 2009 at 11:26pm
Remember "nickle" night in the club at Sanford. Night before payday Old Milwakee Beer for 5 cents. Gosh, I hated that stuff.
Comment by Heavy 1 on August 12, 2009 at 11:22pm
I think they sold them in the street shops in Japan
Comment by Richard Huss on August 12, 2009 at 10:54pm
Does anyone remember "Boats" Allen, our barracks MAA? How about the Humble/ESSO tiger sign he and the "coop cleaners" erected in front of the barracks in Sanford?
Comment by Richard Huss on August 12, 2009 at 10:50pm
Well, it was a looooong time ago, in a land far far away (Sanford) that I saw it! I think it was one of those "specialty" patches and NOT the "official" squadron patch.

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