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Comment by Stephen M Yager on October 1, 2014 at 11:07am

My name is Stephen M Yager AK,AN  I worked in Material handling. I was at the auto righter and window taking orders for parts. Also handed out Flight packets to Pilots. Stationed at NAS. Albany from 69 to Dec. 71. I was the Material handling  guy, on all the Care Qualls then.ON the Kennedy, Midway, Forestall, & 1 time shore group. I grew my Beard then & still have it.. GREAT TO BE on this site.

Comment by Bob Marioni on August 20, 2014 at 11:49am

I have to say you have a fantastic memory! Welcome to the RVAHNAVY!

Comment by Ronald (Reconron) Richards on August 20, 2014 at 10:52am

I checked into VAH-3 in late August 1960 as an ADJAN from NATTC Memphis. Prior to "A" School, I was attached to VF-53 at NAS Miramar and on board Ticonderoga.  I arrived at NAS Sanford/3 just before Hurricane Donna.  After a short stint as a compartment cleaner in Bld. 3 I was assigned the remainder of my tour (8-60 to 12-62) in Power Plants. I was an E-3 to E-5 during this time. I had formal training on the A-3, F9F-8T and the A3J-1.  Heavy 3 had 4 Cougars that were used for LABS pilot training and two other mechs (Cui and Halvates)  beside me were ordered to NAS Kingsville for Power Plant training.  After I made an agreement with LTJG Joe McInvale to withdraw my request for Third Crewman School, he sent me to the very first class for the A3J-1 Power Plants school. While in Power Plants here is a few names that come to mind: Chiefs Renfro, Charlie Snow, Lovern, Fraizer, Balchunas and Babbs. POs Owens, Gorday, Angel, Brunner, Ayres, Threewitt, Cawley, Froleich, Potter, North, Lemons, Brazeale, Laubb to name a few. Maintenance Officers, McInvale, Kaufmann, Bailey, Mercheif. A lot of the Chiefs and senior leaders had served during WWII. I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and how that NAS Sanford was transformed into an Army logistics base with over 3K soldiers overnight. I was released from active duty the middle of December 62 and after a reassessment of my priorities, I reenlisted in the Navy in my hometown of Knoxville, TN and received orders to report to VAH-9 in February 1963.  More to follow on VAH/RVAH-9 HHMF!

Comment by Ronald E. Moseley on April 13, 2014 at 6:21pm

Wore the new brown shirt for the first time today when I went to fly my RC Helicopters. Wears good, feels good; but in the sun I would say the color is more of a dark pumpkin orange. 

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:47pm

I've put together a few ideas about how to search for that buddy we all lost contact with years ago when they or we shipped out to a new duty station or left the service..

1) Did you check here on Reccenet to see if they've "shipped over with us?  Click on Shipmates in the menu at the top of the page (or click this link: Shipmates!) and enter their first or last name in the search box and click the magnifying glass icon (or just hit the enter key on your keyboard) and you'll see any and all matching that name who are registered here on Reccenet.

I2) f you know their approximate age and where they were from or where they went after the Navy you can get leads from this website without paying them for everything they may know: http://www.intelius.com/

3) There's the "Buddy Finder" on military.com

4) I've had luck just typing the name in a websearch like google.com.

5) If you belong to facebook or an other social media site you can sometimes find folks there. Just recently I found a former Heavy 6 and 12 sailor on facebook  when I finally managed to spell his last name correctly. ;-)

Comment by Ronald E. Moseley on March 18, 2014 at 4:50pm

Ok, I got the RVAH brown shirt. Since I also was a plane captain for our A-4; is there a brown shirt for that one too? 

Gary, not sure if you were the one I contacted before, but try contacting Sears in Albany and they may be able to lead you to Chief Bish. He worked in the appliance area. Been a while so I would think he retired or possibly deceased.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 13, 2014 at 2:44pm

If anyone is trying to find a "long lost buddy" send me an email to rvahroster@gmail.com and I'll look and see if we have anything on them. I can't release their info, but I will email them (if they have a current email address on record) and let them know you're looking for them. Tell me in the email what you're willing for me to give your old shipmate for contact info (email. phone, snailmail address). Then it's up to them to try and contact you back (If they don't respond or hide even better there's nothing I can do).

Comment by Bob (Nasty) Stockton on February 26, 2014 at 10:02am

Well the Sanford RVAH/VAH/Enlised Bombardier - Navigator reunion is from June 27 - 29 at the Fleet Reserve Home on route 46 in Sanford.

I haven't heard of an upcoming RVAH/Recce reunion. If one is scheduled I'd appreciate an update.

Comment by Davis Kenneth Harold on February 26, 2014 at 9:52am

Looking forward to the "Next" reunion , we are all getting a little older and these reunions help bring back days of our youth and rekindle friendships, make new friends  also.

Comment by Paul W. Franchina on January 15, 2014 at 12:26pm

Heavy 3 from late 67 thru mid 69. PTAN/PT3 with IOIC then NIPSTRAFAC. Made the move from Sanford to "Allbinny." Moved back to Orlando in mid 70's and stayed there until 06. Helped with the restoration of the RA5C that sits at the entrance of the (now) Sanford airport. Nice to find this site and maybe find some old friends


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