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Philip L. O'Brien
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Has anyone seen the political ad of Joe Kernan in which he talks about Donald Trump badmouthing POW's who were captured and spent time POW camps. In watching the ad I noticed a RA5C on his desk.…Continue

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January 14, 1945
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I served in heavy 7 from 8/66 till 8/68 most of my time was with the airframes division. I worked most of that time assigned to check crew. Had two of my friends who had enlisted with me stationed with me Joe Prestia (airframes) and Jim McGee (supply). Anyone remember us.

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At 10:10am on June 19, 2020, Robert W. Flynn said…

Thanks Philip - just glade I made it this long 

At 9:44am on March 7, 2018, Greg Pepitone said…

Hi Philip,

I know late replay, man we grew up in the best of times. What a mess things are now.

Have you used your AF skills to make a living?


At 7:18am on February 1, 2018, Rodney D Chapman said…

50th  (and last) NAS Sanford, Fl  reunion to be June 21 - 24th at FRA Branch 147 Post Home.

Contact: 407-330-1706 after 1500 for more information.   Please tell any former sailors stationed there?

At 3:24pm on January 4, 2017, Robert W. Flynn said…

Hey Philip,

Still have not made it down to Pensacola yet, wife & I have been looking for the last year but just have not found the right home yet. Been also checking out Spanish Fort, AL wear real-estate taxes are much lower.  Hope to be moved down there this year for surely don’t want to spend another winter up north. Check our naval air museum (http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org) web page because they have changed hours & you now have to come in from the back gate. Last time I was up there Vigi was in the back lot area so if you take the back lot trolley you might get to see it. Make sure you stop by Cubi Bar & have San Miguel!

Another attraction is if you go over to Mobil, AL they have the USS Alabama battle ship plus a nice museum along with USS Drum submarine. You can go any wear on either ship which makes one appreciates have been on air craft carrier.

I did semi retire last June & have very much been enjoying myself – Later & Fly Navy

At 5:39pm on May 14, 2016, Robert W. Flynn said…

I’ve been in pretty good health but as I gotten into my golden years just not movie as fast as before.

Still work 50 / 60 hours each week & exercise six days a week which keeps me fit to some degree. Other than that like I said thinking of retiring later this year down to Pensacola, FL area.  Hope things work out on skin cancer - later

At 6:36pm on May 10, 2016, Robert W. Flynn said…

Forgot about Vic boy how time passes with names & faces just a distend memory.  Always wonder what ever happen to john, he was my Pinochle partner on med cruise. So how are you doing these days? Myself I am still working but thinking about retiring later this year. See picture of John on Westpac in 69.RVAH7GUYS2701.JPG

At 7:47pm on May 2, 2016, Robert W. Flynn said…


Ken Missenheimer Mr. haircut from what I recall & John Selleny, he had the Austen Healy if I recall. I was TAD to CAG on west pack on Enterprise with lots of time on bingo deployment. If you check the RVAH 7 roster you see several old friends like Bob Hall, Greg Pepitone, Dave Mackie, John Carroll, Dillard & how about Mike Yondrick aka yackie.

Lots of good memory’s 

At 7:07pm on April 28, 2016, Robert W. Flynn said…

Hello Phil,


At 7:31pm on March 28, 2016, Robert L. John Allison said…

I was in squadron supply with Jerry Pigg and Earnie Gowans.  I don't remember Jim McGee being in supply. There was a time during my second West Pac that I was assigmed to another area of supply so it could have been during that time when Jim McGee was in Squadron Supply.  Good luck and God's speed.

At 5:27pm on March 27, 2016, Robert L. John Allison said…

Hello Phillip - when things stopped working and you guys needed parts to get back up me and Jerry Pigg were the two that scrounged, stole and bartered whatever we could to find them for you.



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