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Comment by CDR Bryan Leese on September 13, 2018 at 5:49am

I am researching the IOIC system associated with the RA-5C. I am looking to talk to PH/PTs who worked on the RA-5C onboard systems as well as the IOIC within CVIC. While I am specifically looking at the Mediterranean deployments of the SARATOGA/RVAH-9 and AMERICA/RVAH-5 in 1967 (Six-Day War) and the JF KENNEDY/RVAH-11 and INDEPENDENCE/RVAH-14 in 1973 (Yom Kippur War), I want to talk to anyone who can describe the system's incorporation into the overall intelligence fusion and support to operations. I would like to speak to any intelligence officers or PH/PT that made those deployments.

CDR Bryan Leese

National Intelligence University, Bethesda, MD



Comment by Steven R. Ewing on June 25, 2017 at 11:27am
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on September 30, 2016 at 7:37am

Anyone know a couple of my photo mate buddies from 70-74?  There were 3 of us who made up the entire C school in photo systems back in early 71 at NATTU Pensacola.  I went to RVAH-11, Patrick Smith (Smitty) went to RVAH-7, and Mike Harville went to RVAH-12.  Curious if anyone remembers them or has had contact with them over the years.

Comment by Rick Hedden on May 1, 2016 at 1:40am

Hi, I got to Key West in late 74' and was in Heavy-12 during 75' & 76'.

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 4, 2015 at 9:35am

Hi Everyone,

I was a photographer in RVAH-5 from 1970-1972 on the photoline and then IOIC after the WestPac cruise on the Enterprise.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 24, 2014 at 4:47pm

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).

Comment by Ken Estes on May 11, 2013 at 11:47am

Well you may have heard the USS Ranger Foundation failed in it's attempt to save her.  Spent 6 years PH Navy, 14 years trying to save Ranger.  Guess I did my 20 the hard way without retirement (grin).  Belong to National Association of Naval Photographers, but now in semi-retirement and my time occupied in Politics.  My best buddy, Mike Herron (USS Ranger 1958-1960) died two months ago.  Wonder if any photographer I served with on Ranger is still alive.  Even any member of VAH-6 from 58-60 still around.   Hard part about growing older, your friends head off to new liberty ports before you are ready! 

Comment by Randolph Hodges on December 22, 2012 at 10:49am

I will say Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all my friends from the heavys,even if I never meant you we were all in the best outfit in the US Navy.


Comment by John T. Hartman (1967-1970) on April 11, 2012 at 12:19pm

At times I really wish I had stayed in, but that was a long time ago. I was sent to Sanford after photo school, deployed to the Med on Forrestal 1968, then to Albany. Deployed on Independence for a North Atlantic hurricane cruise in 1969 - that was rocking and rolling good time - you had to be there to apprciate it, green water on the flight deck. Finally a trip to Tonkin Gulf on America in 1970. A lot of ports, a lot of good times. Best to all - Fair winds and following seas.



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