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Lt. Nick J. Mergo passed away and family needs assistance

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USS RANGER 64-65 CRUISE-- ANY RVAH-5 Crew Members THAT filed Agent Orange claim Columbia South Carolina R.O. 4 Replies

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

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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.

Comment by Steven R. (Slik) Myslik on August 3, 2014 at 10:11pm
I joined H-5 in Albany. Made three Westpac's on 2 carriers, Ranger and Constellation. I remember Klein and Ausley and Ausley's turquoise XKE. Ed Woolgar was my Boss as well as Bill Dineen and Charley Becker. Now he was a character. Wally Vloedman a couple others I can't recall the names right now, one of which I traded my 68 Camaro to for his 65 Midget. Made the move to Key West. Got my jaw broke because I just made ADJ3 and thought that meant something. Married AE 3 Nelson Evans sister and that lasted for 9 yrs. remember Kenny Bonlien painting the Vigi's. Remember lifting those CSD Generators by myself so the rest could align and bolt them up. My back remembers them also:(.
Woody Woodring was the Golden Boy of the ADJ locker when I left. Always thought he was destined for greatness. Lots of old memories are coming crashing back. Olongapo, P. I., Bugis St. In Singapore. Karachi scared me to death and Hong Kong was a blast. Things I haven't thought of in many years are crashing back since I found this site last night. Good to be here.
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 Steven R. 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 Steven R. 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).


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