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Comment by Steven R. Ewing on July 12, 2017 at 11:36am

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on July 11, 2017 at 3:26pm

Current schedule for George Geer's Funeral services are: Viewing - Friday, July 14th from 3-5pm at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fl.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on July 10, 2017 at 12:14pm
It has been reported that former Savage Sons NFO/RAN, George Geer, passed away in Pensacola yesterday. George was with Heavy 5 on the last cruise on the Ranger (not sure when he reported aboard). I will attempt to keep everyone updated on services and such as the info becomes available.
Comment by Joseph Alleman on July 1, 2017 at 11:32am

Greetings to All RVAH-5 Savage Sons, Family and Friends.  Attached is the 40 yr Decommissioning/Reunion Celebration update letter for the month of June 2017.RVAH-5%20Reunion%20June%20Update.docx

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on June 1, 2017 at 5:57pm

Latest Reunion newsletter from Joe:


Comment by Steven R. Ewing on March 13, 2017 at 12:39pm

If you had RSVP'd the original Reunion event listing please do it again on the new event listing. (RVAH-5 Reunion Event)

Tried to update original but for whatever reason the software wouldn't let me so I replaced it with a new one.

Comment by William (Buddy) Murray on January 6, 2017 at 11:04am


I am not sure how many PH's are in this Group, but all the Heavy-5 photographers took their "A" (photography) and "C" (electronics) schools in Building 1500 at NAS Pensacola.  It is no longer the "Naval School of Photography", but since it is now the headquarters for the NAS, their must be some history within for those interested.

Here is an interesting link about the building.


Here is an assignment picture I took and processed while going to "A" in 1970.

Note the name in the lower right-hand corner.

William (Buddy) Murray

PH2 RVAH-5 1970-1973

Comment by Gehl Benjamin Brabant on January 4, 2017 at 11:15pm

Notice Of Death Frank H. Brabant Jr. ADJ-1 Rvah-6

Comment by Joseph Alleman on December 31, 2016 at 2:48pm

Greetings to all Savage Son’s, Family and Friends….

This is my second monthly update to the RVAH-5 Reunion being planned for Sept 30, 2017.  I plan on sending monthly updates at the end of each month right up till reunion time.   Also, as we get farther along with this effort other details such as a daily schedule of events will be published. 

This auspicious occasion picked up three (3) additional attendees for a new total of twenty four (24), Savage Son’s who indicated they would make the gathering.  I’m thinking twenty four is not bad but I’m also thinking we will be picking up more as the word spreads.  Need your help to spread the word…..

Pensacola will be the reunion location.  P’Cola had more recommendations so we will go with this and I will start finalizing events details.   I have made several calls to various offices at NAS Pensacola regarding hosting our reunion events.  I’ve also reached out to the RA5C aircraft manufacture of record to see if they would like to participate and help sponsor.

Here are a few examples of events I’m working to get finalized / scheduled:

Friday – initial arrival & check in during lunch time.  After lunch visit the Naval Education and Training Center to see the latest and greatest training labs now being used to train the various aviation rates.  I think it would be very interesting to see and compare the classes / labs from my days in Millington (BE&E, AV-A and AVI-B schools) to what is being utilized today.  Later on in the evening gather at a local watering hole for libations of your choice and catch up with old friends.

Saturday – check in if not done on Friday, meet at the Naval Air Museum and play tourist.  Then at a specific time in the afternoon all will gather for a catered dinner, pic’s and various awards/presentations.

Sunday – meet at local dining establishment for a brunch for any last minute conversations, last photo op, one last chance to say “Hail and Farewell”.

Towards the end of Jan 2017 I will be heading to south Florida to play snowbird.  I plan on stopping in P’Cola for a few days to meet & talk with the various location offices (on and off base) involved to discuss and finalize these proposed plans.    I will provide the details of these meetings in the Jan 2017 update.  If anyone has additional suggestions for events please send them to me.  Any and all suggestions are welcome……

I will post monthly updates to the various FB websites for Heavy Squadrons as well as send them to you individually via the email you provided me.  If you did not receive this update via your email I do not have your email on the “official spreadsheet”.  

Please send any and all comments, suggestions and recommendations which will help make this reunion a success……

A wish of a safe & prosperous New Year to all Savage Sons, Family & Friends……

Joe Alleman,

RVAH-5,   1975 – 1977


Cell # 618 567 3982

Comment by Steven Sotir on December 23, 2016 at 11:11am

was the DK at Truman Annex starting in June or July of 1976.  Just got decommissioned in H13 after coming back from '75-'76 Med cruise.  Honestly didn't get to know many guys since we never cruised together.  If you had money business at the finance office then you might remember me.


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