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USS RANGER 64-65 CRUISE-- ANY RVAH-5 Crew Members THAT filed Agent Orange claim Columbia South Carolina R.O. 3 Replies

Started by Donald Lee Frederking. Last reply by Donald Lee Frederking Jan 3, 2018.


Started by micheal beasley. Last reply by Richard "Mike" Mason Oct 2, 2017.

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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

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 16, 2016 at 3:21am

Hi Donald,

My nick name is "Buddy", I was a PH2 with Heavy 5 from 1970-73. I worked photo line in Albany and the 1971 Westpac on the Big "E".  After the Westpac I worked in IOIC. 

Comment by Donald Lee Frederking on January 12, 2016 at 1:02pm

Don Frederking says hello to all my shipmates in Heavy Five especially 1963-1965 members. Love to hear from anyone.


Comment by Steven R. Ewing on July 24, 2015 at 8:13pm

Former Heavy 5 CO (1966-67) Captain David E. Dearolph, USN Retired departed on his last deployment on July 2, 2015.

Obituary for Captain David E. Dearolph

May he have fair winds and following seas on his last cruise into eternity

Comment by Al DiCosimo on June 2, 2015 at 11:21pm

hello to all H-5 shipmates, I came aboard Ranger by COD from Da Nang in Feb 70. Worked in the bake shop till we returned to Albany. Worked as AT2 in AIMD APN120 bench on the Enterprise cruise. Then went to the H-5 CNI / radio shop and we made the 72-73 West Pac on the Ranger again. A lot of good memories and some bad ones too. We spent the 1973 Chinese Lunar new years in port Hong Kong. That was a blast. I left Ranger in March 73, missed crossing the equator as a shellback and Australia.

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 3, 2015 at 9:39am

I just tested the upload of the pic, and it did not resize. If anyone wants a page or two, just let me know.

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 3, 2015 at 8:44am

If anyone is looking for John Coleman, he was one om my students 5 years ago at MGCCC. And yes, he is still a pain.

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 3, 2015 at 8:38am

Hi everyone,

Sorry but I am still trying to figure this forum out.  I was with Heavy 5 during the 71-72 cruise aboard the Enterprise, and I found the cruise book stored on a book shelf for the last 40 years.  I know the book is available on ebay and a low resolution is available free by pages.  If anyone wants a high resolution copy of the pages for Heavy 5, I have already scanned them, but I am not sure if I can post a 3Meg pic on this forum without it resizing.  Anyway, her is page two with Eds' pic.H5_P2.jpg

Comment by Bill Keech on January 1, 2015 at 8:17am

Just thought I'd say hello. I joined heavy five in early '65 as a member of the line division, after completing FAM with RVAH-3. I started as a first Mech, then plane captain. Went on all the Quals and First America Med Cruise.In fact on today January 1st 1966, while in port (Genoa?) Ships company seaman Ronald Epps, accidently ejected himself from an aircraft on the flight deck (Rest in Peace Seaman Epps). I re-enlisted on June 6, 1966, on CVA-66 for 6 years by Cdr. Jarvis(?). Upon completion of B school I was ordered to RVAH-7 as plane captain/final cat checker, awaiting to commission RVAH-14 (plank owner). I went from Sanford to Albany, did first JFK cruise in '69, left to Join NAS Atsugi Japan/ TAD to VQ-!, then to NAS Glynco Ga. Instructing until my enlistment expired in  1972. Heavy 5 was my favorite :). We went through good times and bad..together. I regret we lost so many A/C to accidents that upon return from Quals in 65 aboard America we earned the the short lived name as "Salvage Sons of Sanford. All in all at age 72 now and looking back, I'd do it all over again.

Comment by Fred M. Lauderbaugh on September 4, 2014 at 11:05am

I was in H-5 for the 72 cruise on the Ranger and the 74 cruise on the Connie. I worked in the CNI shop as AT2.


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