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Where are they ? 6 Replies

Started by peter c derose. Last reply by Reynolds Beardsley Jul 20.

Heavy 6 cruises 14 Replies

Started by herbert l. (tony) hutcheson. Last reply by Brian Hunter Sep 30, 2015.

Question 23 Replies

Started by Bob Protomastro. Last reply by Kirk J Rogers Dec 3, 2013.

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Comment by Don F Bailey on July 7, 2018 at 10:11am


Marty Huisman has passed away. Obit at Banks Funeral Home or Albany Herald newspaper. Service is today 7/72018

Comment by Steven Allen Manchook on June 30, 2017 at 7:04pm

So cool to see some pics from the 1974 cruise here. I may post a few myself. Greetings to all. This is former PH2 Steve Manchook signing on.

Comment by Steve Weaver on November 30, 2016 at 3:54pm

Hey Monty,  I really like your Shore Patrol picture.  I think I know about all the guys except the other S.P. was he in Heavy Six?

Also, I have attached a picture from Athens on the same cruise.  I know who Big John Nordstrom & J.T. Marlin are sitting on the ruined column but I don't recognize the guy in the middle.  He was in H-6 too but I can't recall what shop. Does he look familiar to you?


Comment by Harley "Monty" Montelongo on November 30, 2016 at 3:48am

Shore Patrol, RVAH-6 USS Forrestal 1974.  This was a free tour when you did the Shore Patrol duty.  I was awaiting offload for transfer to Naples, Italy for shore dury.  

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on April 30, 2016 at 1:21pm

Former Heavy 13 CO (Aug 69 - Nov 69) and Former Heavy 6 CO (Nov-69 to?) Captain Edmond M. Feeks, USN Retired passed away April 26 2016.

May he have fair winds and following seas on his last great deployment into eternity.

Captain E.M. Feeks Obituary

Comment by Brian Hunter on April 6, 2015 at 9:25pm

I see that a Virgil Reece just joined the group and that name sounds real familiar. Was he is Heavy 6?  Would like to catch up with him and trade stories.

Comment by Ronald (Reconron) Richards on March 9, 2015 at 4:42pm

I checked into RVAH-6 1 May 1970 as an ADJC from recruiting duty in my home of record Knoxville, TN after a three year assignment there. Initially I was assigned as the Power Plants Branch Chief.  That lasted for about a week until the Maintenance Officer reviewed my record and discovered that I had previously been a Vigilante Plane Captain and a Line Supervisor and immediately I became the Flight Deck Coordinator for the upcoming deployment in Kitty Hawk.  The squadron had just received five factory fresh Vigilantes from NAA all with consecutive Bunos!  They were all 156XXX series with the -10s and the wing extension LEXs. They were resplendent with their glistening polyurethane camo gray and anti flash white coats.We launched the birds for the cross country flight to CA and then we departed NAS Albany late one evening in mid August 1970 for North Island and the "Hawk".  We flew aboard some commercial chartered airliner in the wee hours of the night.  Our three semi truck trailers of squadron support gear to include spare aircraft recce modules, tools, test equipment and our tech library and our personal gear were at pier side waiting for us that morning to be uploaded to the Hawk and dispersed to the far flung maintenance spaces about the ship. This load evolution commenced on our arrival and was quite a chore. On or about 7 Nov. after President Nixon's motorcade sped past the ship to bid us farewell, the Hawk got underway for SE Asia.  Two events that I recall that happened within the first hour or so after passing Point Loma was that a couple of F-4s from Miramar made low level high speed passes over the ship.  The other one was one crew member was false mustered as being onboard the ship when we departed and was suspected of being on the ship and in hiding somewhere.  Numerous 1MC calls by the Captain, asking for the sailor to come out of hiding were fruitless.  When the ship arrived in HI it was discovered that the sailor was never on the ship and was picked up back in San Diego.The ship made brief ports of call at Pearl and Subic Bay and we arrived on station off the coast of Vietnam in early December.  We had a terrific "can do" Maintenance Department headed up by the late Lcdr Barry Gastrock with LTJG Buddy Williams as MCO and AECS Frank Foster the Maintenance CPO on days in Maintenance Control.  AEC Joe Knight was the Night Check Maintenance Chief with yours truly coordinating the flight deck maintenance and launch/recovery evolutions. We had some great pilots and RANs. Besides the Skipper RR Taylor, we had Cdr. Belay, and Lcdrs Ream, Wileen (late), and LTs Pemberton, Powell, and Conrad.  I accepted an appointment to WO-1 and left 6 in June 72 with orders to VT-22 Kingsville, TX

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:46pm

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 2:43pm

Steve Weaver!

Only Dewey Rhoades appears in the other master roster. Anyone else listed is still hiding from us (unless you find them here on reccenet).

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 Steve Weaver on February 26, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm looking for some of my Power Plants buddies form H-6.  Has anyone heard from Clyde A. Sanders, PO-3?  He was from Lincoln, NB and left the squadron during the `74 Med Cruise on medical.  He was then attached to another heavy squadron in Key West and I lost track of him.  Also looking for Alan D. Lane, PO-1 last contact he was living in San Diego.  Jim Carter, PO-2 from New York.

I know Dewey Rhoades, PO-1 retired to Pensacola, FL and Roger Bennett retired to Eustis, Fl.  Haven't heard from these guys in a long while.  Would be great to have a squadron reunion.  Just got a call from J.T. Marlin, PH-3 who retired from the Chattanooga, TN police force in 2006.  He's alive and doing well.


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