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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

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Comment by Richard "Mike" Mason on July 6, 2014 at 4:57pm

Joined H-5 in 73 Albany until Feb 77

Comment by Joseph Drake on July 2, 2014 at 3:51pm

J.C. Drake would like to say hello to all my shipmates 70-73,76-77

Comment by Steve Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:48pm

I've put together a few ideas about how to search for that buddy we all lost contact with years ago when they or we shipped out to a new duty station or left the service..

1) Did you check here on Reccenet to see if they've "shipped over with us?  Click on Shipmates in the menu at the top of the page (or click this link: Shipmates!) and enter their first or last name in the search box and click the magnifying glass icon (or just hit the enter key on your keyboard) and you'll see any and all matching that name who are registered here on Reccenet.

I2) f you know their approximate age and where they were from or where they went after the Navy you can get leads from this website without paying them for everything they may know: http://www.intelius.com/

3) There's the "Buddy Finder" on military.com

4) I've had luck just typing the name in a websearch like google.com.

5) If you belong to facebook or an other social media site you can sometimes find folks there. Just recently I found a former Heavy 6 and 12 sailor on facebook  when I finally managed to spell his last name correctly. ;-)

Comment by Steve Ewing on March 13, 2014 at 2:46pm

If anyone is trying to find a "long lost buddy" send me an email to rvahroster@gmail.com and I'll look and see if we have anything on them. I can't release their info, but I will email them (if they have a current email address on record) and let them know you're looking for them. Tell me in the email what you're willing for me to give your old shipmate for contact info (email. phone, snailmail address). Then it's up to them to try and contact you back (If they don't respond or hide even better there's nothing I can do).

Comment by Don Brumbaugh on November 25, 2013 at 2:28pm

Referencing Ed Cook's post of May 31, 2013 regarding the loss of Cdr. Everett / LCdr. Stokes, I recall reading the accident report and talking to many of the squadron officers.  The crew was attempting to aerial refuel at night off of the low tanker (500'-800' altitude).  It was a dark night with no visible horizon.  It is thought they became disoriented and flew into the water.  No remains or parts of the aircraft were found.  After that, the low tanking altitude was raised to 2000'-2500' altitude.  Cdr. Doug Coleman took over as CO.  I had orders to join Recce 5 as the junior pilot and Safety Officer when the squadron returned from the Enterprise cruise.  I was looking forward to meeting Paul Stokes as he was the RAN in a Vigilante that crashed across the street from me in 1964 in Debary FL.  He came down in the tree in front of the house.  His parachute snagged the limbs and broke his fall, saving his life.  The pilot, Tony Nolta, did not survive the crash.  As I recall, that accident report identified the cause as a pitch aug malfunction.  I was a pilot in RVAH-5 from 1972 to 1975.  My COs were Cdrs Coleman, Klein, Ausley and Shattuck.  What a great time!  I was in the Navy 7 years then with Southwest Airlines for the next 30 years.  Fully retired in 2011.

Comment by Bryan Smith on November 2, 2013 at 6:13pm

Howdy All,

BJ Smith here.  From 73 - 77 reported aboard in Key Wasted. I remember Woody, Kevin, Tom Chobot.  Hi y'all!  Has anyone heard from Wally Vloedman, Bill Dineen, or Chief Mac?

Great to see ya here.


Comment by richard callahan on August 31, 2013 at 9:38am

Good morning Dennis:  I rotated to shore duty after the West-Pac cruise in 65 and got out in December of 68.  lucky for me because the Tet offensive would have kept me in if I had not requested a early college out. I did 7 years active and thinking back I shoud have stayed in. I really liked the Navy but they were going to send me back to the grey machines and I didn't want any more of that so out I went. Might have been a mistake. I did OK though. You may have been my replacement. Was Chief Wadell there, Chief Barnes, Roy Karriker, Bill Kellehar? Thoes are the ones I can remember.  I was the assigned to the Aviation Physiliology training unit on the NAS my last several years and made second class while on that duty.  I was the diver who sat under the Dilbert Dunker and pulled the pilot out of the dunker that had trouble getting out.  Fun job.  Can you believe there were some pilots who could not swim! I held swimming classes as well for some of them. thanks for the mail.

Comment by Dennis Hoel on August 30, 2013 at 10:26pm

Hi Dick C. I received your info in my email and have some questions. You said you were on the Westpac cruise on the USS Ranger 64-65 and returned to Sanford. I was wondering when you left the Navy. The reason would like to know is: I think I may have have been your replacement. I think I reported to RVAH-5 in May of 65 right out of Parachute Rigger A School. Heck you may have been there at the same time. Ernie Parker also arrived about the same time. Let me know if this time line is about right. I remember everyone in the squadron talking about the Ranger cruise when I first arrived.

Comment by richard callahan on August 30, 2013 at 5:25am

Hi BOB and other heavy 5 members.  I have filed a claim with my local VA rep and will follow it.  I have the 64/65 Westpac USS Ranger cruise book on CD. I am listed as a member of RVAH5 with a picture.  So that confirms me as a blue water sailor in Vietnam duringthe war.  Not Brown water or in country but blue water. One of those guys who lost benefits, at least so far. I will keep you updated.  I am about half way through the IOM study and I will paraphrase the mess and report it here.  See Ya for Now.  Dick 

Comment by Robert "Bob" Burlander on August 28, 2013 at 12:26am

Hi Dick C., I was in RVAH-5, from 63 thru 66 and was on the 64-65 Westpac (USS Ranger) and also the Med cruise on the USS America (maiden voyage) I was a Plane Captain, always on the 1800 to 0600 shift on both cruises. Iuse to climb all over the bird during pre and post flight inspections and during the course of maintaining the flight worthiness of the aircraft. Yes! I remember coming out of the intakes during post flight inspection and was covered in some type of greasey crap which now when I put 2 and 2 together, I am sure I could identify it as A.O.. I say this with all honesty because last July (2012) I was diagnosed with NHL stage 4a, it was in all my lympnodes and bone marrow. I also am a Type 2 Diabetic, with hypertension, moderate hearing loss, bladder cancer survivor and other miscl defects. The picture kind of changes when you are a Blue Water Navy as far as compensation. I have filed 2 times and and the wheels of progress are extremely slow. I have challenged the I.O.M., Institute of Medicine that put out a report out in 2011 that pulled the plug on thousands of Blue Water Sailors that where being compensated. The IOM on checked 2 ridiculous areas when the real facts where ignored. The study director wrote back to me stating the funds where not available to do all the testing they wanted to do. I must end now I have an appointment with the VA tomorrow in Dallas and will be available to possibly talk with you. BTW, Currently my NHL is behaving and I am doing a maintenance chemo for the next 2 years, every 6 months, than we will see where to go than. The picture I posted was from Feb 2012 with my youngest grandson.


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