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Comment by Gehl Benjamin Brabant on January 4, 2017 at 11:15pm

Notice Of Death Frank H. Brabant Jr. ADJ-1 Rvah-6

Comment by Joseph Alleman on December 31, 2016 at 2:48pm

Greetings to all Savage Son’s, Family and Friends….

This is my second monthly update to the RVAH-5 Reunion being planned for Sept 30, 2017.  I plan on sending monthly updates at the end of each month right up till reunion time.   Also, as we get farther along with this effort other details such as a daily schedule of events will be published. 

This auspicious occasion picked up three (3) additional attendees for a new total of twenty four (24), Savage Son’s who indicated they would make the gathering.  I’m thinking twenty four is not bad but I’m also thinking we will be picking up more as the word spreads.  Need your help to spread the word…..

Pensacola will be the reunion location.  P’Cola had more recommendations so we will go with this and I will start finalizing events details.   I have made several calls to various offices at NAS Pensacola regarding hosting our reunion events.  I’ve also reached out to the RA5C aircraft manufacture of record to see if they would like to participate and help sponsor.

Here are a few examples of events I’m working to get finalized / scheduled:

Friday – initial arrival & check in during lunch time.  After lunch visit the Naval Education and Training Center to see the latest and greatest training labs now being used to train the various aviation rates.  I think it would be very interesting to see and compare the classes / labs from my days in Millington (BE&E, AV-A and AVI-B schools) to what is being utilized today.  Later on in the evening gather at a local watering hole for libations of your choice and catch up with old friends.

Saturday – check in if not done on Friday, meet at the Naval Air Museum and play tourist.  Then at a specific time in the afternoon all will gather for a catered dinner, pic’s and various awards/presentations.

Sunday – meet at local dining establishment for a brunch for any last minute conversations, last photo op, one last chance to say “Hail and Farewell”.

Towards the end of Jan 2017 I will be heading to south Florida to play snowbird.  I plan on stopping in P’Cola for a few days to meet & talk with the various location offices (on and off base) involved to discuss and finalize these proposed plans.    I will provide the details of these meetings in the Jan 2017 update.  If anyone has additional suggestions for events please send them to me.  Any and all suggestions are welcome……

I will post monthly updates to the various FB websites for Heavy Squadrons as well as send them to you individually via the email you provided me.  If you did not receive this update via your email I do not have your email on the “official spreadsheet”.  

Please send any and all comments, suggestions and recommendations which will help make this reunion a success……

A wish of a safe & prosperous New Year to all Savage Sons, Family & Friends……

Joe Alleman,

RVAH-5,   1975 – 1977

josephaalleman@gmail.com

Cell # 618 567 3982

Comment by Steven Sotir on December 23, 2016 at 11:11am

was the DK at Truman Annex starting in June or July of 1976.  Just got decommissioned in H13 after coming back from '75-'76 Med cruise.  Honestly didn't get to know many guys since we never cruised together.  If you had money business at the finance office then you might remember me.

Comment by Joseph Alleman on November 30, 2016 at 4:40pm

Greetings to all Savage Son’s, Family and Friends….

This is my first monthly update to the RVAH-5 Reunion being planned for Sept 30, 2017.  I plan on sending monthly updates at the end of each month right up till reunion time.  Updates will include the number of people who have responded and what location is garnering the most votes for hosting the reunion.   Also, as we get farther along with this effort other details such as a daily schedule of events will be published. 

As of now, twenty one (21) former Savage Son’s are on the “official spreadsheet” with plans to attend this auspicious occasion.  Here are the recommendations and vote count so far for the reunion location:  Pensacola 10, Sanford/Orlando 2, Jacksonville 1 and Key West 1.  The others said the location did not matter, just let them know where.

From WIKIPEDIA here is a quick synopsis of Heavy 5 from beginning to end.  RVAH-5 was a Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Originally established as Composite Squadron Five (VC-5) at NAS Moffett Field, California on 9 September 1948, it was re-designated as Heavy Attack Squadron Five (VAH-5) on 1 November 1955 and was later re-designated as Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron Five (RVAH-5) in May 1964. The squadron was disestablished on 30 September 1977.

I need to give a Big Shout Out to Kenneth Yeager.  Ken is the Elder Savage Son so far with his VAH-5 time of 1957 – 1960.  Ken has sent me his email and plans to attend our reunion.  Since VAH-5 was commissioned November 1, 1955 it might be hard for Ken to lose this honor of the “Elder Savage Son”.  I’m looking forward to meeting this young man. 

Please send me your thoughts and suggestions regarding events you would like to have take place during the reunion.  Examples:  group pictures, group tours, group outings to local events, etc….  Granted this info will firm up and become more detailed once the final location is selected.

To make the most of everyone’s time for traveling to the reunion location (regardless of the site chosen) the reunion would take place over a couple of days.  Sample itinerary: Friday afternoon informal gathering at a local watering hole for all to meet and exchange greetings, visit with Shipmates you have not seen in years.  Saturday – group picture, group tours, group dinner and presentation of awards, gag gifts, etc…  Sunday – a brunch, one last chance to say “Hail and Farewell”.

I will post these monthly updates to the various FB websites for Heavy Squadrons as well as send them to you individually via the email you provided me.  If you did not receive this update via your email I do not have your email on “the spreadsheet”.

Please send any and all comments, suggestions and recommendations which will help make this reunion a success……

Joe Alleman,

RVAH-5,  1975 – 1977

josephaalleman@gmail.com

Comment by Steve Ewing on November 17, 2016 at 11:51am

Joe,

Send something to the illustrious newsletter editor, Bill Shay (aztouche@gmail.com) and he will probably put something in the newsletter to help generate interest. I also just created a Heavy-5 facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/216622628773023/) for all the Savage Sons to use (The Heavy one guys used theirs to coordinate their recent reunion). Please join and encourage all the other former Heavy 5 sailors to join. I'll post in the RVAH Navy Group the link and mention the preplanning of a reunion is starting.

Comment by Joseph Alleman on November 16, 2016 at 4:03pm

Greetings to ALL former "Heavy 5" shipmates....... RVAH-5 decommissioned September 30, 1977. Thinking all former Savage Sons, family and friends should gather September 30, 2017 (30th is a Saturday) for a 40 year reunion. Possible locations Key West or Pensacola. Each location has its own advantages. I will investigate which location can provide the best facilities based upon availability, costs, etc......
If interested in attending please let me know. Also let me know if you have a preference for a reunion location.
Please help spread the word about the (possible) reunion. God willing and the river don't we can make this happen. I can be reached via email: josephaalleman@gmail.com
Remember, no slack in heavy attack!
Joe

Comment by Dave Fiack on June 8, 2016 at 5:47pm

Yes, I made that cross country trip to NAS Alameda.  I was on the advanced party that flew out on a C-131.  Stopped in Holloman Air Force Base (I think) for fuel and box lunches.  Seemed to take forever.

Comment by Al Shimkus on June 5, 2016 at 7:14pm

With all you youngsters out there are there any Savage Sons who flew across country to take the Vigi to Nam on the Ranger 65-65.  Also glad to see we have the most members at this time

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on May 14, 2016 at 10:06am

Donald,

Sorry, I cannot help with a Callahan.  I posted crew pictures of everyone I knew and bordered their photo in red if I located them.

Comment by Donald Lee Frederking on May 5, 2016 at 2:15pm

Buddy, you seem to have the ear of the members and I would like some help in contacting Richard "Dick" Callahan. I believe we both have something to talk about. "Buddy Statement" please pass on my e-mail & or phone#

don_ddms@yahoo.com or 309-968-7225

 

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