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Comment by Steven R. Ewing on November 17, 2016 at 11:51am


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!

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


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

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.


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