Thank you Steve. WOW....never thought I'd see so many familiar faces, and surprised at the ones I had almost forgotten. I wouldn't have changed any of it for all the gold in China. Racked up a lot of experience with the "SIXPAC." I retired a few years back from the government. I did 4 years active Navy when I got out in Sept. 75, went back to my hometown in KCMO, back to school and became an ART (Air Reserve Tech) at Richards Gebaur AFB,Mo in 77 with the 442d Maint Sq. We had C-130's and I worked in the Fuel System Shop. By 82 we transitioned over to A-10's. The BRAC commission closed the base aat RG (aka Dickey Goober) and moved us over to Whiteman AFB, Mo in 94. I retired from Civil Service in 2004 both on the military and civilian side with 442 Fighter Wing with more than 30years in each. I still look at my career with the Navy and especially with RVAH 6 "THE BEST !"
Thanks for the welcome. I am sorry to learn of John Lomenick's passing, how long ago was it? Attached are couple of snaps taken with John on the Forrestal in the Med. The one is a poor old Polaroid of me and him on the flight deck. We just got finished changing an AB fuel pump; I'm the grimey one. Everyone had left for the beach and he caught me before I could go ashore and said: "Weaver, time for some OJT!" So I had to stay and work.
The other picture was taken in the P/P shop with Jim Carter horsing around. That's Roger Bennett sitting in back. I forgot to mention Clyde Sanders on the group shot. He left the squadron when we made port of call in Athens and transitioned back to the States on a medical. He was a rent-a-crow and wanted to get out early but they ended up sending him to another Heavy squadron. We all remained pretty close.
That makes sense. I vaguely remember that you came aboard as an AT2, so you were my boss. You chewed me out one time for jury rigging the safety wire on a TACAN box mounting screw. We were at sea off Norfolk and you were back at the base or at at Oceana, when one of our birds landed during touch and goes with a problem. I remember it was at night during a storm and they parked the plane to the side of the waist cats and while engines running, and standing on Doug Cables shoulders up in the nose wheel compartment I had to change out the box. They were still landing and launching planes all the while. I was scared shitless. Needless to say I didn't properly safety wire the thing and you hit me up for it. Well now at least you know why. lol Amazing the things that you remember.
After looking at it closer I see the difference and realized I probably did it because of my hat. This was probably taken not long after I transferred in and di not have an RVAH 6 cap yet. Man getting old and brain and eyes aren't what they used to be. :) I am looking for my cruise books so I can do some verifications as well as ID some of t he people I can't remember names for. Thanks for pointing it out.
Steve: I just added a photo to my page of a group of guys standing around on the ramp. The photo was taken from the back cockpit of a Vigi at NAS Fallon Nevada during a work up det in 1973. I think you are the guy second from the right. Can you identify yourself and anyone else in the picture. I apologize for it being such a poor quality photo. I tried to enhance it, but that is the best I can do.
Steve, thank you for taking the time to post so many great pictures. It was such a pleasant supprise to open my e-mail this morning. 30 plus years later I think about the tremendous responsibility the Navy placed on our young shoulders, both officer and enlisted, and how it shaped our character and future lives. Thanks again for your efforts.