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Rodney D Chapman
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50th Reunion

I would like to extend an invitation to all former Whale Squadron personnel to the 50th (and last) reunion of NAS Sanford to be held at the FRA Branch 147 home at 3040 W. State Road 46.As previously…Continue

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Started Mar 19, 2018

Challange coins/Tee shirts
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Somewhere out there is a website claiming to be a RVAH Navy that is taking orders for the e above items.!  The shirts were previously offered  at the NAS Sanford reunion 2-3 years ago.RECENET claims…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Shea Feb 1, 2018.

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A recent article in the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel telling of the remains of a Navy Pilot whose remains were returned to his family after 52 years.I've looked through my NAS Sanford cruise book; but,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rodney D Chapman Jun 5, 2017.

Tee shirts, caps, etc.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye:Anyone interested that lives in the Sanford, Fl. area!  Including retired members, members of the Fleet Reserve Branch 147, VFW, American Legion!  I've contacted the FRA since…Continue

Started Jan 3, 2017

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NAS Sanford reunion at Branch home

June 20, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Here we go again!!A decision has been made to continue with the NAS Sanford's closure with the 51st Annual Reunion!This year it will be held  June 20 - 23. Tentative menu for Saturday BBQ chicken and ribs.For more please contact Tina at fleetreservists3040@aol.comAn email and/or letter will be sent to those already on her list.See More
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It is with great sadness I report the death of one CDR Jesse Stewart "Red" Cleveland!

You that spent any time at all at NAS surely have heard of him.  He was XO at Sanford prior retirement.

Death Notice can be found in todays issue of the Orlando Sentinel.

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 12:05pm

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At 8:18am on September 20, 2020, Bobby Rogers said…

Sorry, it was the story of the A-3 losing the starboard engine.

At 8:17am on September 20, 2020, Bobby Rogers said…

Hello Rodney.  I remember a Chief John Eudy when I was in H-5 when we were at NAS Albany, GA.  He told me that story and I very much remember it to this day.  I enjoyed when I worked with him.  I was in Airframes and I think he was in charge of the jet mechs or worked in Maintenance control or Quality Assurance. 

At 10:49pm on February 23, 2020, michael e mercer said…

Rodney, Mike Mercer touching base with you, Scroll down to latest Activities and you will run across some of my pics. See if that brings back some Sanford memories.

At 11:56am on November 30, 2019, James Michael Philpott said…

Thanks, Rod. Best regards, Mike 

At 8:41am on June 4, 2017, Charles David Prescott III said…

Rodney,  I checked into VAH-7 in March, 1961.  I made AQB2 before I was discharged on Nov. 27, 1963.   Thank you for emailing me!  Charles

At 3:50pm on October 4, 2016, Robert W. Flynn said…

Breakers was a great watering hole, spent lots of weekends enjoying the beach & good friends. David I Mackie's

lives in Sanford & was in Rvah 7 same time as I was. He spends lots of time at Fleet Reserve & American legion in Sanford.

Glade you came aboard & we just need to get a reunion going for 2017. – Later 



At 12:22pm on July 7, 2016, John Attanasio said…

Hi Rod,

I didn't know Smith, as I left the Navy in June 1960. Sure would have loved to make an around the world cruise. How was it?


At 10:18pm on July 4, 2016, John Attanasio said…

Hello Rod,

Welcome aboard.

John VAH-9

At 7:29pm on July 4, 2016, Terrill R. Saylor said…
Welcome Aboard Rodney!


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