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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


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.



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