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PH rate symbol history

Started by Bernard Cleary Apr 1, 2014.

changes to rate symbol 5 Replies

Started by Larry Quentin Sawyer. Last reply by Arthur Jorgensen Dec 15, 2010.

VAH 1 & Photomates

Started by Bernard Cleary Dec 13, 2010.

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Comment by Randolph Hodges on September 24, 2009 at 9:01am
Just wanted to say hello,Hope all is going well with each and everyone of you'all
Comment by Thomas M. Kidwell on September 24, 2009 at 1:44am
Hey shipmates. I was in Rvah-9 for her first cruise with the Viggie 64-65 to the Medon the Saratoga. I was in Quality Control. Our next cruise was Dec. 65 to Aug. 66 on the Ranger off the Nam coast, as first shift (0600 to 1800) recon line leading PO(PH1) till April 66, then in IOIC as second shift leading PO. Transferred to RVAH-3 at the end of the cruise and was leading PO and PH8133 class room instructor. Stan Baker, my photo officer sent me and two others in the advance party to NAS Albany to get IOIC up for the wing fly-in. Now that was real work. And yes, at times I truly miss it. Smooth sailing to all of you. And I think dropping the PH rate SUCKS.
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on September 17, 2009 at 11:44pm
Does anyone know what happened to PHC Bob Orin? "Fat Bob" as he liked to be called was my chief with RVAH-11 (1973-1974) during the USS JFK Med Cruise. I wish I could say that we got along great, but I was a little immature. I was a little too rambunctious for Bob back then, but I really liked him, even though I might have been a thorn in his side. I learned a lot during his tenure as our Chief.
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on September 13, 2009 at 2:45pm
I ETS'd on 15 Jan 1974...took a 5 month early out that was offered to several of us in lieu of making the move to Key West. I agree completely about being retired. I retired from Civil Service a few days after reaching the 35 year service mark. Now, I relax, fish a little, and play a lot of pool, one of my long-time passions... www.bamacues.com
Comment by Randolph Hodges on September 13, 2009 at 12:35pm
Welcome Joe. I was in RVAH-11 early 74 to late 75 then to 12. I stayed in photography after retireing in 1984, I managed a lab in Orlando Fl for 15 years and then called it quits, And now it is just days to do my own thing, t=retired for ever ha.
Take care,Randy
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on September 13, 2009 at 12:21pm
Thanks Larry. I look back on my time in the Navy with a much better appreciation of the training, etc that I was receiving now that I am older. After leaving the Navy, I went to work as a Civil Service civilian (sand-crab) photographer, and worked with the government in that capacity for 30 years. I retired from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in 2005 as the Visual Information Officer. All in all, my time spent in the Visual Information field (including the Navy) was a blast.

Comment by Larry Quentin Sawyer on September 13, 2009 at 10:24am
Joe, welcome to the group. Good to see more photomates joining in.
Comment by Joe E. Lolley on September 13, 2009 at 1:22am
Joe Lolley
PH-2 Rvah-11
WestPac 1971-72
USS Constellation
Med Cruise 1972-73
USS John F. Kennedy

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