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Comment by David W. Bell AQ - B - 3 on November 30, 2019 at 4:40am

David W. Bell, RVAH - 3 , 1965 - 1968, AQ-B shop, NAS Sanford.. I couldn't find my name so made this new post..   Been a while since I've been on so, "HELLO" all....

Comment by Steve Rehmann on November 29, 2018 at 11:34am

Glad to join. Was assigned to RVAH-3 from March 1970 until May 1973. AQB-3 assigned to line and intermediate repair. Great times.

Comment by Philip Brown on August 7, 2016 at 9:00am

I was in Kwest last Sunday (Mel Fisher's Treasures and Sloppy Joes) for the 1st time since I left Rvah-3 for Officer Candidate School Newport in '76.

I had several Miller and peppermint schappes in honor of my shipmate Dennis from Milwaukee.  Shout out to you Dennis wherever you are buddy!

Lastly, a shout out to shipmate Becky Hunt from WV who helped me to paint the seal on our hangar roof summer of '75.

Comment by Dusty Tubbs on November 4, 2015 at 6:44pm

Got it Mark. So Scott was an HM3. He could have been assigned to the base or he could have been attached to one of the squadrons.

You might try reaching out to some of the other Hospital Corpsmen that were station at NAS Albany at the same time. For the most part the HM community was a lot closer than most other units. A good place to check would be with Together We Served (http://togetherweserved.com/)

Good luck,


Comment by Mark B Knowlton on November 3, 2015 at 8:21pm

Dusty, Hospital Corpsman Don't remember what the EMOS Designation is, Scott Campbell is the guy, he lived next door to my wife and I in Albany, I taught his wife Melba to drive.  he was deployed to Fleet Naples just before I was Discharged.

Mark Knowlton AME3

Comment by Dusty Tubbs on November 3, 2015 at 8:54am

I remember a Knowlton... were you an AT?

As for the question on HC-3... HC-3 was established on September 1st 1967 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Imperial Beach. They were the Navy's sole vertical replenishment squadron (VERTREP). They operated the CH-46 Sea Knight from supply vessels operated by the Combat Logistics Force (CLF) to carry across supplies from the deck of the supply ships to fleet ships being re-supplied. The squadron was soon moved to NAS North Island in July 1973.

So they were their own squadron and not part of Heavy 3.

Hope this helps you Mark.

Comment by Mark B Knowlton on November 2, 2015 at 9:27pm

I started looking for lost buddies, I was attached to Heavy 3 as a student.  I met some great guys and some that were on their way out as not so desirable but no one is perfect.  I am looking for a HC3 and was wondering if they were attached to RVAH 3 as ships company or was there actually a NAS squad? 

Comment by Mike Baker on December 4, 2014 at 7:48am

Billy, thanks for reaching out and you have no idea how good it was to hear from you (you owe me a phone call).  Great times in the H3 AE shop in those days; in many ways working on that aircraft defined my career...if you could fix that beast you could fix anything.  I will retire in May and move to our place on a mountain in east TN and I can't wait.  Take care, my friend and we do need to chat.

Comment by Diane Brown on November 29, 2014 at 10:38am

AND  I know you all were waiting for me to say something..........and not to disappoint you!!!   I think most of the MEN AND WOMEN in Heavy 3 were great and we still are!!!!!!!!

AT Diane

Comment by Billy Smith AE3 on November 29, 2014 at 10:31am

I was so surprised to find this site on the net.  RVAH-3 was my first squadron, and I loved it. I followed my dad with love for aircraft. He was in the 351 bomber squadron during WW2.  I joined Heavy 3 in early 1970, officers and men were  absolutely great. I worked in the electric shop starting under Chief Kline, (SUPER CHIEF).  Famous words I have carried.  (ANY EXCUSE YOU CAN GIVE IS BASICALLY AN EXCUSE).  Famous words living in infamy.  (THIS IS NOT A DRILL). I made AE2 and got stuck in the wage and price frees.  Great disappointment.  Oh well, can't have everything. Could have extended but decided college was more attractive.  I was transferred out of Heavies to Oceana VA. with VF-14, F4b's. Navair has been good to me. I functioned as Aero space engineer for gyroscopic guidance tools for 25 years. Started a small Business in 1983 working with oil field survey guidance equipment.  Still turning screws.  Turning this business over to my son and the story continues.  Guys what has happened to our beautiful country.  Great to find my lost family.


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