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Comment by David S Miller on February 3, 2016 at 10:06pm
I believe I remember Dinsmore and Pettit. After we got home from Nam in 66 they shared an apartment in Orlando. Next door to them was a pretty girl they were competing to get her attention. They both had their own cars and used to race home right after work to visit this lady. One day, one of them (can't remember which one) had a flat tire on 17&92. The other one went right past without bothering to help. Dinsmore, my nickname was Killer Miller, an AT that was on the Sara and Ranger with all you photo mates. I believe your 1st class was Fitzgerald. My chief was WAC Wigg.
Comment by Jim Manes on August 22, 2015 at 9:54am
Dinsmore, I was in Heavy 9 from Sept.,63 to Dec., 66. We had A3's until early 64 when we converted to Vigies. I am pretty sure I remember you, I know I remember the name. I looked you up in my Ranger 65/66 cruise book and one picture I thought might be you showed you scrubbing down the horizontal stabilizer of one of our birds. Is it you?

Jim Manes - I was an AE2 65-66
Comment by Don Dinsmore on August 2, 2015 at 2:20am

Comment by ROBERT "BEAR" HASTINGS on June 19, 2015 at 2:14pm
Remembering Master Chief Ron O'Neal...RVAH 9 1968 with the 1968 MED and part of the WESTPAC cruise..he was a mentor and encouraged me to shoot for the Officer program...we still remain in NAVYBEAR@comcast.net contact with his lovely wife, Dee Dee residing in Florida. Best days in my Navy career...I still connect with AKC Gene Holland ... We had a great Maintenance Officer, CDR JOE MCINVALE....these were my heroes who I modeled myself after in my 30 year career.
Comment by Don Dinsmore on June 2, 2015 at 2:55pm

Sonny got out in early 66 and joined the reserves while in college to take hop to see his girl friend. He didn't attend meetings after the hop and SP showed up at his door. They gave him a choice and long story short, he ended up a LCOM, flying helos. I took his idea and reenlisted with my oldest, he first, when he raised his hand for the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday, and I did another 12 years retiring at age 60.

Comment by Don Dinsmore on June 2, 2015 at 1:33pm

We, Sonny Pettit, Pat Obrien, Bob Vaughn and myself, arrived from photo school the last of 63 to VAH-9 to be ground floor of a State of the Art photo system. We were elated and proud to be chosen.The bomb was hung on the emblem, below the Owl and we tried to get it replaced with a camera. The bomb waved at me as I left in 66, and I never knew when it was removed. The Speedgraphic would have been a cool touch.

Comment by John Attanasio on June 1, 2015 at 8:20am

Hello Marion,

I was in VAH-9 from July 1957 to June 1960, so I made most of those cruises with you. So, I too am an old timer. Marvin Miller & I keep a Hoot Owl Roster and I see a Rankin listed, but no contact information. If you are interested in getting listed on our roster, please contact me at attn9@aol.com. There are quite a few officers and men from our era on the list. I was an AT and worked in the Radio Shop. I would love to add you to our roster.       John A. VAH-9

Comment by Marion H Rankin on May 31, 2015 at 11:28pm

I'm an old timer, I was VAH-9 from Dec 1956 until Oct 1959.made Fastback in 57[Arctic Ocean] . Made carrier Quals on Forrestal, Ranger[shakedown] , and much time on Sara. Later served in RVAH-1 [made first west pac in 65], and RVAH-14. Two tours in training command in between. Also spent a tour in VQ-2 in Rota. Spent a year at PJC in Pensacola and finished up with a tour in Mildenhall, Eng. Am now retired in Pensacola.

Comment by Steven Denoo on April 14, 2015 at 3:37pm

I never saw the bomb thing, could that be when the role was as a Nuclear Bomber?

I always found it amusing that the Pentagon felt that the Vigilante couldn't drop a nuclear bomb accurately on target. I could be wrong, but doesn't a nuclear weapon have a pretty good range on Blast and Radiation? 

I still think the Vigilante was the best camera platform out there.

Comment by John Attanasio on April 14, 2015 at 1:24pm


I don't know about the RVAH-9 patch, but the original patch for VAH-9 had a bomb on it. I posted a picture of our patch a while back. Go to page 32 on "photos" and you will see it. I was in Heavy Nine from July 1957 to June 1960.

John VAH-9


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