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USS RANGER 64-65 CRUISE-- ANY RVAH-5 Crew Members THAT filed Agent Orange claim Columbia South Carolina R.O. 4 Replies

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Comment by Bobby Rogers on September 19, 2020 at 10:13am

I joined Heavy-5 in Jan 72 at NAS Albany, GA.  Cruised on the USS Ranger CVA-61. Made the move to NAS Key West, FL in 1974.  Cruised on the USS Constellation CV-64.  Left Heavy-5 around Dec 74 and started flying in CH-46 helos at NAS North Island, in 1975.  I ran into some of my fellow Heavy shipmates over seas.  I made 4 cruises in the HC-11 flying in the H-46's out of NAS North Island, San Diego.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with you all.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on June 30, 2020 at 12:17pm

1974 Family Gram 1974 RVAH-5 Family Gram

Comment by richard callahan on May 20, 2019 at 6:57pm

I was in H5 61-66. West-pac cruise 64-65. Before that a Med cruise's with the A3's. I was a PR but always worked the mess decks until I made 3rd. I shipped over on the Star Program which got me "A"school ( Lakehurst, NJ) and third class. I was transfered to shore duty in 67, NAS Quonset Point, RI, discharged in Dec. 68. I have been diagnosed with NHL and type two diabetes. I believe it is a result of Agent Orange Exposure. I was exposed on DaNag Air base and Tan Son Nhut airbase while repairing squadron aircraft that vectored to thoes airbases. I worked with Roy Karriker PR1, Chief Glen Waddell, PR2 Bill Kelehar. I am looking for any documentation that squadron aircraft were bingoed to the above airbases for repair during the 64-65 West-pac cruise. Attached please find photo of squadron personnel including myself on the lower right photo, first row.

Any help would be appreciated. 

my direct e-mail: info@homedatabiz.com

Also worked the Aviation Physiology trainVAH5.Pilots.jpeging Unit NAS Quonset Point R.I. as the "dilbert dunker" diver. This unit was commanded by LT Paul Toops. 

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on April 3, 2019 at 8:15am

In case anyone missed it: Jerry Henson Memorial in May

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on February 17, 2019 at 9:26am

I worked flight line in H5 in Albany and the Big E from 1970-1972, and then IOIC in Albany in 1972. But, I was discharge before going on Westpac on the Ranger in late 1972.  Therefore, except for knowing everyone and delivering mission film in IOIC, I never worker there aboard ship. Here is a cruise book picture for the H5 IOIC crew in 1971-72.

Comment by Steven Sotir on February 16, 2019 at 4:02pm

I was in H-5 beginning June 76.  But I was the DK so likely you probably never saw me. 

Comment by Bill Neaveill on February 16, 2019 at 10:19am

Good morning Savage Sons, 

I was in RVAH5 CNI shop from 1974 - 1976 would love to hear from anyone in the squadron in that same time frame.  

Comment by CDR Bryan Leese on September 15, 2018 at 1:24pm
 I am researching the IOIC system associated with the RA-5C for a dissertation. I am specifically looking at the Mediterranean deployments of the SARATOGA/RVAH-9 and AMERICA/RVAH-5 in 1967 (Six-Day War) and the JF KENNEDY/RVAH-11 and INDEPENDENCE/RVAH-14 in 1973 (Yom Kippur War). I found PHs who have worked the A/C side of the RA-5C's collection system, like Jay, but also need to talk to PH/PTs that worked in the IOIC. I am looking to understand how the afloat intelligence organization operated. I am also looking to identify the squadron intelligence officers.  Sea stories welcomed!
Thank you!
CDR Bryan Leese
National Intelligence University
757.285,6425 or 717.889.8241
Comment by Joseph Alleman on October 22, 2017 at 7:24pm

RVAH-5 40TH DECOMMISSIONING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION/REUNION - After Action Report (AAR) Attached doc captures a bit of time in the great history of the RVAH-5 reunion.RVAH-5%20Reunion%20After%20Action%20Report.docx

Comment by Joseph Alleman on July 20, 2017 at 12:05pm


Greetings to All.....

Gary Kilbride, (H5 57 - 60) has gracisouly volunteered to provide his time and equipment enabling the viewing of pictures/video while we are gathered at the Naval Air Museum.  The museum will be providing a large screen tv/monitor which Gary will be able to plug directly into.
So, for all you folks who did a much better job than I did taking and keeping pic's of your "Heavy time" and would like to share with the reunion group please send your pic's (soft copy) to Gary.  Gary's email is brigand2@aol.com
I only had a few pic's to share but I sent them to Gary......  Hopefully many of you will be able to share you memories as well.
So far we have 53 fellow Savage Son's who have signed up for the reunion.  God willing and the river don't rise most will make it.
Also, don't forget to order your reunion T shirt if you are able........

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