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Naval Aviation Museum RA5C Aircraft
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         Dear Fellow Vigilante Brothers & Sisters,    I'm writing to you to ask for any contribution you can manage to help with the rehab of the Vigilante sitting on the back ramp at the Naval…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael e mercer Jul 26.

The Passing Of AMS3 Terry Loehring - RVAH 1 (October 16,2017)

This post is to inform all our "Smoking Tigers - RVAH 1"  shipmates and the rest of the Air Wing that my dear friend Terry Loehring passed away Monday October 16,2017. He was with our squadron on the…Continue

Started Oct 28, 2017

Beach Detachments Records During WestPac Cruises
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 I believe I posed this question before just why is there no records for most of us who went ashore to work on repairs for the aircraft or just be plane capt's aka ground ops people. Don Frederking…Continue

Tags: Westpac, 70-71, USS, Ranger, AMH-2

Started this discussion. Last reply by James J. Montalbano Jan 30, 2017.

Unarmed & Unafraid - Logo

Hi Guys,   I've always thought the wording just wasn't correct for our t-shirts. I mean just ask any of our Pilots or R/N's that flew combat missions I'm sure they were afraid / scared it would be…Continue

Tags: 70-71, RVAH-1, -, Banjo

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Naval Aviation Museum RA5C Aircraft

         Dear Fellow Vigilante Brothers & Sisters,    I'm writing to you to ask for any contribution you can manage to help with the rehab of the Vigilante sitting on the back ramp at the Naval Aviation Museum. It's the US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola everyone, it's one of our planes it is our history and legacy to future generations.                       I know kind of what your thinking another hand out, but we receive a half a dozen pieces of mail asking for donations on a daily…See More
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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
Tell us below what command if choosing "Other" for a non CRAW-1/RVAH/VAH commands
VT-10 NAS Pensacola,Fla.

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At 5:56pm on February 26, 2014, Richard A Slater said…


Sorry to hear of your condition.  I went through all of my old records that they give us when they clear the service record on transfer.  Strangely, I have nothing for my time in Heavy One either.  I have TAD orders from all other commands except that one.  I'm thinking that I might come across them in another box and will keep looking and will let you know if I find them.  I don't think I was exposed to Agent Orange while in Da Nang but was while at NKP.  Luckily, I have no problems & will be 69 in a couple of months so think I dodged a bullet.  I wish you well and hope that either I or someone else can find something on you at Da Nang.


At 12:33pm on February 26, 2014, Richard A Slater said…

I remember you being on that cruise.  You were the plane captain that gave the start signal while I was down the intake of the number two engine while we were on the beach in Cubi Point.  Matter of fact, the skipper was the pilot.  Your picture is in the cruise book.  That was a very memorable experience for me but I don't remember you on any of my dets to Da Nang.  Hope this helps some.

At 10:51am on May 8, 2013, Arthur J Fricchione said…
Jim I need your E mail address lost it when updating my computer not home right now. Serious medical concerns out at my daughters house in Ohio. Artie
At 4:37pm on May 19, 2011, Arthur J Fricchione said…

Hi Jim

It was great talking to you last night.It brought back alot of memories.I do not have your E Mail address.If you send it we can communicate thru it.My home address

110 Orchard Rd.

E.Patchogue NY 11772

I will try and scan some pictures I have of the cruise once I get your E Mail address and send them to you.

Stay in touch we have a lot of catching up to do

Artie Fricchione

At 1:47pm on May 17, 2011, Arthur J Fricchione said…

Hi Jim

Its Tuesday May 17 and I just saw your message.I will not be home tonight but I will be home tomorrow night.Lets get in touch.My number is 631-730-7731.Call whenever.Looking foward to hearing from you.Its been a long time.My E Mail is ajfricchione@optonline.net


At 12:13pm on April 27, 2011, Arthur J Fricchione said…

Hi James

I was down in Virginia visiting my daughter and grand kids.I work harder when I visit them than if I stay home.Its great to hear from you.It's hard to believe so many years have gone by.It's a part of my life I will never forget.We had a closeness like a family.I worked for Grumman Aerospace for 22yrs as a Plane Captain/Crew chief on the F-14 flight test program.A plane captain in civilian life is much different from Navy plane captains duties .You are responsible for the entire A/C your assigned to.I worked on A/C#2(the spin recovery flight test A/C)and A/C#14 the first fully loaded F-14.Worked out of the Naval Flight Test facility Patuxent River Maryland and made my way back aboard the a/c carriers Forestal and Enterprise for F-14 Carrier Suitability Trials.Navy could not deploy until the F-14 was certified for carrier use.So much to catch up on.My home phone # 1-631-730-7731(Home).Call any time.If not home leave message and I

will definately call back.When is good time to call you.


At 10:55pm on March 28, 2011, Stick said…


My names Phil Tucker..but I go by Stick

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At 1:59pm on March 28, 2011, James W. Staton Jr. said…
Don't know about the 70-71 reunion guys, but there is a all squadrons reunion at Sanford on 23-26 June 2011


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