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The July 2019 Newsletter

July!! Hot weather, vacations, cooking on the grill and sunburning my bald head (painful!) And of course, time for the July Newsletter!!Enjoy!…Continue

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The June 2019 Newsletter
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Greetings All!I don't know about y'all but Spring is sure taking it's time arriving here in Michigan. It was down in the 40's this morning and the best we've had so far is a couple of days in the…Continue

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The May Newsletter- Delayed!
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Now Hear This!Unfortunately (for me at least!) I will not be able to put out a Newsletter this month!I was putting it together but slowly because I wasn't feeling all that well.After several days of…Continue

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The April 2019 Newsletter

Happy April Fools Day Eve!!Why is it that some Holidays have an "Eve" celebration while others do not?There's Christmas Eve and New Years Eve but no Memorial Day Eve or Thanksgiving Eve or April…Continue

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The July 2019 Newsletter

July!! Hot weather, vacations, cooking on the grill and sunburning my bald head (painful!) And of course, time for the July Newsletter!!Enjoy!July%202019%20Newsletter.pdfSee More
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The June 2019 Newsletter

Greetings All!I don't know about y'all but Spring is sure taking it's time arriving here in Michigan. It was down in the 40's this morning and the best we've had so far is a couple of days in the high 60's.Global warming my ass!!Anyway, here's this months Newsletter. The subject was prompted by several of you sending me the info and saying that it would make a good Newsletter... I agree!!Enjoy!!…See More
May 31
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The May Newsletter- Delayed!

Now Hear This!Unfortunately (for me at least!) I will not be able to put out a Newsletter this month!I was putting it together but slowly because I wasn't feeling all that well.After several days of what I assumed was a stomach flu, it suddenly escalated to a lot of pain, puking and eruptions from other orifices, I ended up in the ER with what I thought was another heart attack... turned out it wasn't the flu OR a heart attack, but instead, it was a gastric ulcer! Apparently a BIG ulcer since…See More
Apr 29
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The April 2019 Newsletter

Happy April Fools Day Eve!!Why is it that some Holidays have an "Eve" celebration while others do not?There's Christmas Eve and New Years Eve but no Memorial Day Eve or Thanksgiving Eve or April Fools Day Eve... Just sayin....Anyway, here's your April Newsletter and I'm not fooling!!Enjoy!!April%202019%20Newsletter.pdfSee More
Mar 31
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The March 2019 Newsletter

I'm old and I remember fondly, the original SNL - And what better way to introduce the March Newsletter than to channel John Belushi... I give you...Chevy Chase: Last week we made the comment that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Now here to reply is our chief meteorologist, John Belushi, with a seasonal report.John Belushi: Thank you Chevy. Well, another winter is almost over and March true to form has come in like a lion, and hopefully will go out like a lamb. At least…See More
Feb 28
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The February 2019 Newsletter

Holy Crap!! As I send this, we have a wind chill outside of... wait for it....32 BELOW!!I'm so glad that I'm retired and don't have to go outside for anything if I don't want to... AND I DON'T WANT TO!Anyway, here's the February Newsletter!!Enjoy!!The%20February%202019%20Newsletter.pdfSee More
Jan 31
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The January 2019 Newsletter

Well, another year gone, but another year to go!! Still upright and functional and that's a good thing!!And as I begin my 6th year of doing this Newsletter, I wanted to thank ALL of you for your support, your input and your friendship...Happy New Year Shipmates!!…See More
Dec 31, 2018
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The Annual Christmas Issue Newsletter

Well, Thanksgiving is over and done with, the Black Friday Melee's are over and that means it's time to head in to the Holiday Season!!And to help y'all along, here's the Special Christmas Newsletter!!Enjoy....The%20December2018%20Newsletter.pdfSee More
Nov 30, 2018
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The November 2018 Newsletter

Today is Halloween!! And you know what that means!Todays is, by far,  the safest day to kill someone and leave the body sitting in the chair on your porch... Just sayin...It also means that it's time for the November Newsletter!!My treat!! No trick!!Enjoy!…See More
Oct 31, 2018
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The October 2018 Newsletter

Happy October!! That means colder weather, Pumpkin Spice everything and the beginning of flannel shirts and warm socks...And there are some important dates to look for in October... for instance...October 1st - International Day for the Elderly (I think that covers most of us!)October 2nd - Name Your Car Day (My car's name is "Paid For")And of course... OKTOBERFEST!! Beer!Anyway, enjoy the month and here's your Newsletter!!…See More
Sep 30, 2018
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NORTH AMERICAN A3J VIGILANTE / A-5 AIRCRAFT PROMOTIONAL FILM 81234

While doing some research for the upcoming Newsletter, I stumbled across this promotional video!A look back in history...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWGWC31CaVkSee More
Sep 24, 2018
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The September 2018 Newsletter

LABOR DAY!! LONG WEEKEND!! BACK TO SCHOOL!!Well, for those of us who are retired, there is no Labor, every weekend is a long weekend and "Back to School" just means sales in the stores...But today is also August 31st... The first prototype of the "YA3J-1 Vigilante", as it was formally designated, was rolled out on 16 May 1958. Initial flight was on 31 August 1958, with North American chief test pilot Dick Wenzel at the controls. That was 60 years ago!!More info on this in the Newsletter, thanks…See More
Aug 31, 2018
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Jul 31, 2018
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The July 2018 Newsletter

Greeting Shipmates!!Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! July 8th is International Town Criers Day!!Before there was Twitter, CNN, or even a newspaper, every respectable town had a town crier who kept the good public abreast of all relevant comings and goings. Today, you have full permission to shout your appreciation from the rooftops—it’s how they wanted it.But if the Town Crier doesn't make it our your way, here's the July Newsletter... feel free to yell while you read it!…See More
Jun 30, 2018
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The June 2018 Newsletter

Well... I don't know about where you are, but June means that it's finally Summer... Maybe...Here in Michigan, we can at least stop worrying about snow... Maybe...Anyway, here's hoping all y'all are enjoying some warm weather and...The June Newsletter!!TheJune%202018%20Newsletter.pdfSee More
May 31, 2018
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Memorial...

Remembering all those who gave it all so that we can live in freedom. Memorial Day 2014.Speech from Ronald Reagan, 1985 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arSiv9PRo04See More
May 28, 2018

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November 5, 1948
What Commands/Squadrons were you with? *Notes* only choose RVAH-3 if you were squadron personnel, all others there for training select the RAG/FRAMP option, IF YOU SELECTED "OTHER" THEN YOU MUST ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW. BE SPECIFIC
RVAH 3, RVAH 7
Tell us below what command if choosing "Other" for a non CRAW-1/RVAH/VAH commands
HC-6, CVW-3, USS Saratoga

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At 10:39am on February 28, 2017, Dennis M Fox said…
Hey Bill thanks for the quick answer. Only time will tell.
Dennis Fox PC RVAH9
At 6:54pm on July 27, 2016, Richard Duley said…

thanks bill.

At 2:21pm on April 1, 2015, Peter Odell said…

Hi Bill,

   I worked nights all the time with Craig Roberts, Tom Kirven, Glenn Watson, John Woods, Bill Bare (and some that I do not remember). 

I remember doing Shore Patrol duty in Barcelona, Spain...bringing drunken sailors back to the pier!

At 10:51am on March 27, 2015, Peter Odell said…

Hello Bill,

My name is Peter Odell (PH3) and was in RVAH-7 from 68-71.  Made a WestPac on the Constellation and Med cruises on the Independence and the Forrestall.  I believe I remember you.

At 10:23am on April 29, 2014, Harold B Rumler Jr. Ben said…
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At 3:38pm on March 29, 2014, John Oliver said…

Thanks Bill

At 7:46am on March 5, 2014, Donald Ennis said…

Thanks Bill, Grreat to be here. What a wonderful place. So many memories.

At 6:46pm on August 27, 2013, Robert John Szyska said…

Hi Bill They call me SiskaBob. I WAS IN Heavy Six 1966-1970. I met a guy who was in RVAH-7 He owns an Italian restraunt on garfield&17 mile road called Luciano,s Just wondering if you know him? I met him and he's a really great guy-really good food. I think he told me he worked in the engine shop. Good to talk to guys from Mich who were in the Heavy Squadrons! I live in Lenox Twp near New Haven.His full name is Luciano Gianino.

At 7:40pm on April 24, 2013, Robert W. Flynn said…

Bill,

I was in RVAH 7 A/F Sept 1966 to Sept 1969 don't recall you?

I am checking with David Mackie who still might have his wespac 69-70 cruise book. 

At 7:40pm on November 5, 2012, peter c derose said…

Nice pix Bill, oh and Happy Birthday !!

 
 
 

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