Hi Rich, I was attached to Heavy-5 from 1963 to 1966. I made the West Pac cruise aboard the Ranger in 64 -65. I am tryng to put together a Shadow Box of my career and need patches, pins or anything else I can find on RVAH-5. My Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone # 386-734-8516. I live in DeLand Florida.
Rich, what can you tell me about Cdr. Everett's crash into the ocean? Joe Brandl told me a little about it. I've had it on my mind a lot lately; I guess remembering him because of Memorial Day......my email is email@example.com
Rich, I am also a supporter of Sarah Palin. I have an ex VAP-62 shipmate that lives in Sarah's hometown and he says that she is the real deal. I was Cdr McCain's maint chief on a 3-week weapons det to Yuma when I was with VA-174 and he was XO and det OIC. He is the most principled man I have ever met and I blame his handlers for his defeat. Had they let McCain be McCain and also turned Palin loose to do her thing I think they would have won handily.
Rich, you mentioned that you have cruise books for the 68/69 and 69/70 Tonkin Gulf deployments on the Connie and Ranger respectively. On both of those cruises I left the ship at the last port (Cubi Pt) as a courier back to home base and I never received my cruise books. Would you be so kind as to email me the Avionics Division photos for those cruises ??
My name is Michael Wilbanks probabaly don't remember me we met at your leaving 5 and when you came back in in '70 I knew you as amimal. I have addresses of some who knew you better from 5 that you may not. David Begonia Partlow and Dean Puppydog Leibigot. I was on the 71-72 Enterprise cruse would like to talk with youmabout pix. .
The Palin book is pretty good. I have a Palin 2012 bumper sticker and get at least two or three thumbs up a day from other drivers.
Marques should have some pretty good photos of the reunion. It was good, you'll have to go to the next one.
By reading the profiles of other Heavy Five guys, I am surprised that those of you who stayed in were transferred to other Heavy squadrons. I would have thought that you all would have been assigned to someplace completely different. However after all of the Vigilantes were decommissioned you must have gone elsewhere.
Have good holidays.
Yes I am a Palin supporter. I did support and vote for McCain & Palin. However I have been very disappointed in McCain since his defeat as I think he and his staff blamed Palin for the defeat. The reality of it was that she was the one person that made him competitive. Hopefully she will be our next president in beginning in 2013.
I went to the RVAH reunion last Summer and had a great weekend. I drove up to New Hampshire last August to see Joe Brandl for his 60th birthday.
I live in the Chicago suburbs.
Keep in touch.
The photo of the RVAH 5 officers had to be Key West with CDR Hanson. Also in the lower row was an officer from the 74 RVAH 13 cruise that went to 5 from 13 as it decommisioned. I belive his name was Gaynor. The interesting thing for me of the 74 cruise was CDR Queen. When 13 was made an RVAH at Sanford I was TAD from 3 to it and Queen was the personnel officer so was suprised to see him again when I joined the squadron on that cruise.