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Buz Sawyer flying the RA-5C

Nice article on Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer comic strip in the August    But did you know he "flew" the RA-5C in combat over North Vietnam.  This series of strips was published in 1966.  Here's a powerpoint presentation of selected strips.

Buz Sawyer flies the RA-5C

Rod Anderson

Added by Rod Anderson on August 6, 2018 at 2:44pm — 4 Comments

Shipmate no longer with us

Just wanted to let everyone know about my long time buddy that I met in 1971 has passed away.

David J. St. Amant passed away on 5/17/2018. He was from Tampa, Florida. I believe he was in the Navy from 1969-1975.

He was stationed in Millington, TN, Albany, GA, and Key West, FL. He was an AQ. He made several cruises to the Mediterranean and was on the Forrestal. I am not sure which squadron he was in besides RVAH-3.

We were stationed together in the places mentioned above.…


Added by Dan Reyes on May 22, 2018 at 5:07pm — No Comments


For the first four month's of the year that was in question but the man above decided to keep me on the right side of the grass.  My email address is still the same joebr@frontiernet.net and I do check it.

Added by Joe Brouthers on July 31, 2017 at 6:22am — 3 Comments


For the first four month's of the year that was in question but the man above decided to keep me on the right side of the grass.  My email address is still the same joebr@frontiernet.net and I do check it.

Added by Joe Brouthers on July 31, 2017 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

New email address - trickers@ymail.com

New email address - trickers@ymail.com


Added by Thomas Ernest Rickers on June 26, 2017 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Best Duty

I was squadron Cook while attached to 13 most of my time was spent TAD to the Galley ran the speed line  burger and dogs for lunch. Weekends were spent either in the barracks or the Bamboo Room(as were most nights) I was TAD to the Ranger Galley on the 74 West Pac, I left the squadron right after coming back from the Ranger. Loved the squadron parties on Friday the 13th, RVAH13 was most definitely the best duty station during my 6 yr tour, many memories, friends and tequilas for 50 cents at…


Added by Kevin A McInerney on June 25, 2017 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Good carrier ops movie to look for

Not sure you all have seen this but my cable company has been running a 1980 movie called “Final Countdown” – Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katherine Ross.  It’s a story about USS Nimitz operating around Hawaii and enters a time warp taking it back to Dec. 6, 1941.  Great carrier ops video and of deployed squadron operations.  Interesting is a brief shot as the limo approaches the base in the opening scenes of an RA-5C parked on the ramp at Naval Station Pearl (but had to be NAS Key West –…


Added by Jim Bennett on November 15, 2016 at 5:01am — 5 Comments

Veterans Day.....

To all my fellow Vigi Sailors....... enjoy and have a great Veterans Day

Fly NAVY !!

Added by Joseph Alleman on November 11, 2016 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Political ad

New Trump ad bashing McCain and being captured, cameo shot of a Navy aircraft and BOOM! It is an RA5C Vigi. Nice, loving it.

Added by John M Huckno on August 14, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments


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.

Added by Rodney D Chapman on July 7, 2016 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Heavy attack reunion in Sanford as usual the last weekend in June ya all come

That's all. May be one of the last come to this one

Added by William (bill) wilkins on June 23, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Town Without Pity . .

Seems to me we have a huge dilemma in this country . . .

But I think our de-Commissioned carriers can come to the rescue.

We know a fully operational carrier will hold 4000- 5500 sailors. Hold all the food and water they need. Heck, they even have TV and Ping-Pong !

I think a de-commissioned carrier would make a fine 'community rehabilitation project' to help the worse of the worse re-commit to a lawful society. Who knows, some may survive the 'Town Without…


Added by Jerry Moffitt on May 1, 2016 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments


Has there been any more info concerning a Reunion Cruise in 2016?

Added by Bill Swoyer on November 17, 2015 at 8:42am — 4 Comments


t 1:40pm on October 9, 2015, Frederick Drew said…
I have had mine for 30 years and still nice -. About 4 years ago an infection in my legs flared terribly and  lost both legs at the knees, the VA (treating it as service connected) treated me well in Houston. Still alive after 6 years military and 24 years in U. S. Customs. (down here there is more combat than in the 'Nam).Ted Drew

Added by Frederick Drew on October 9, 2015 at 1:53pm — 2 Comments

McCuddin mountains

Many of you already know this, but I just discovered that there is a mountain range named after my all-time hero, RADM Leo B. McCuddin, who was Captain of the Ranger when I was aboard with RVAH 9.  The reference is:


Added by Mark Stanley Johnson on October 5, 2015 at 6:24pm — No Comments

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Hello everyone. I will be doing a Relay for Life to honor my father. It will be held on Capital Hill in Seattle, Washington. August 15, 2015 10:00am-10:00pm.
Please cut and paste the link to join my team, volunteer, or make a donation in his honor.  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/DadsTeam

Added by Valerie Klein on July 3, 2015 at 7:09am — No Comments

Services for LCDR James M. Klein USN RET

Comment by Valerie Klein 11 minutes agoDelete Comment

Jim's Viewing:

Wednsday, July 8th, 4-8 pm

Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care

7043 University Avenue

LaMesa, CA 91942


Jim's Memorial Service:

Friday, July 10th, 4 pm

Reception at the church following the service

Tierrasanta Lutheran Chuch

11240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92124-1524


All are invited. Please join… Continue

Added by Valerie Klein on July 3, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments


I just noted that I have been ranked #3 in the top members column.

Seriously, I was an E5... Nicely positioned between all the work and all the responsibility!  You need to find (easily) someone who is more deserving than me.   I look up to all you guys to do the right thing!

Enjoy the spring.  Fish are on the bed and there are simply too many

lakes to explore.

Added by Rick Adams on May 18, 2015 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Christmas 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all in the Armed Forces Community past and present.  Special Best Wishes to those who have served in the RVAH community.  Nothing better for Christmas than being home with Family and Good Friends.

Added by Rick Adams on December 22, 2014 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Stories From The IOIC:

REcently the USS Constellation began her final 140 day journey to Brownsville, Texas via the Straits of Magellan. Upon arrival she will be scrapped.
In August of '66 I cross decked from Ranger to Connie while on Yankee Station. I remained aboard her until December of 1967 when I went in country.
Here is a link fro a short story excerpted from my first book that happened in the Fall of 1967:…


Added by Bob (Nasty) Stockton on August 31, 2014 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

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