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VAH 1 & Photomates

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Comment by James J Hoormann on March 17, 2012 at 4:24pm

Just want to introduce myself. I was in RVAH5 from Nov 1973 to Jan 1977.  Got out as a PH2. Did two West Pac cruises, on the "Connie" in 74 and on the "Ranger" in 76. Hope all are well,

Comment by James E. (Jay) Langley on January 28, 2012 at 4:54pm

Still making pictures... just not as high as we did back in the day.

Worked my way through College using a camera at the Daytona Beach News Journal. I had worked at a photo studio before that and when I graduated with a degree in Education I shot stuff free lance for years. After 30 plus years in school administration I retired and have gone back to the Lens and Camera. Now my son is shooting and I still meet up with my best friend ( Alain Boniec) from Navy days to go shooting together. No more belly bands or belly band screws falling out to chase.  That is a good thing !  Loved my days in IOIC processing etc but especially operating the color processing machines which is what got me the job at the News Journal in the color department.

Comment by John Peluso on November 5, 2011 at 6:37pm
Is this the Sam Zadjura that was in RVAH-12, WestPac, during 1970? If so, this IS a small world indeed! If this IS you, please let me know. Not often you meet a sailor that was on the same boat at the same time, and in the same unit!
Comment by Tony "Sam" Zadjura on July 26, 2011 at 2:38am

"I  Still Hate Belly-Bands"

Tony "Sam" Zadjura

 Photo "A" school 1967

RVAH-3 Recon Line 1967

RVAH-12 Recon Line 1967-1970

USS Forrestal (Wating to be turned into Razor blades in Philly)

Med. Cruise 68-69

 USS Independence, (??? where? ) 

NATO Cruise 69

USS America,  (Sunk as a Target)

 West PAC  Cruise 70

Favorite spot on the Boats, ASSC "Back Porch"

Favorite Liberty Port, Treiste Italy (Blonde Italian Women!!)

Least Favorite Port,  "Gitmo" (Freeze dried Steaks)

Comment by Frederick Drew on December 8, 2010 at 5:54pm
Fortunately my photomate career bloomed after I left RVAH13 in the middle of my second WestPac and went to B-School and then to run the Lab at ComNavMarianas Guam. I had a PH3 named "Taco Landavazzo". During that tour I covered the "turning over" of ChiChi Jima to Japan. I also got to do a compendium of stills and movies of many of the islands in the Pacific riding on a tender named the Grasp or something like that. Then finished up at the Lab at ComCruDesLant in Newport. An interesting six year career but I just lost my motivation and got out.
Comment by Frederick Drew on May 21, 2010 at 9:10pm
Thanks for the note. It dragged me out of the "bla's". I was wondering what happened to PH Chief KC Putt. I last saw him running the bar accross from the Jai alai in Casselberry, he was my most memorable boss. My last chief was PHC Poole as I remember. I found another Photomate, Paul Richards up in Boston. Its sad to think of the Photographer Rate dying. I have had a number of Naval Officers see my rating badge in my memory box on the wall and not recognize it. When was it done away with?
Comment by Ken Estes on May 21, 2010 at 4:24pm
There were no other Photographers when I served VAH-6 (1958-60) at Whidbey Island, so they TAD me to NAS Photo Lab. Then when we went on USS Ranger CVA-61's first Westpac (1959) Cruise, I was then TAD to the Photo Lab.
Currently on Board of Directors trying to Save Ranger in Portland, OR. Anyone wanting to send money to save this ship www.ussranger.org !
Comment by Frederick Drew on November 15, 2009 at 9:24pm
Nice to see the welcome. I was in Sanford in '63 thru 66 including 1 1/2 cruises as I left to go to B School. Got out and went to US Customs and retired after 31 yrs Govt service.
Comment by Randolph Hodges on November 15, 2009 at 2:15pm
Hello Fred, Did not know you but welcome to the photo chat take care and keep talking, Randy
Comment by Frederick Drew on November 13, 2009 at 7:00pm
I was a Photo Mate in RVAH-1 and in RVAH-13 on the Kitty Hawk 2 times. Iworked on the line as well as in the shop. I went back to B school then to Guam.

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