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Comment by Greg Scott on November 10, 2018 at 2:19pm

Checked into ABH-A School NAS Lakehurst November 1970 Class ABH 121, still have the flag.

Comment by David De Rooy on September 30, 2018 at 2:04pm

As is often the case, one memory triggers another. Aviation Boatswains mate school was coming to an end. I got my orders for my next duty station. NAS Cecil field. We were allowed to take a short leave before reporting, but since I'd just been home two months earlier I decided I would skip my leave and save it for later. At the last minute I changed my mind and got a seat on a flight going home. I had very little cash left ,after buying the ticket, maybe just a few dollars. I had told my family that I wasn't taking leave a few days earlier and I didn't take the time to call and let them know I'd changed my plan. I just got on the plane and flew west. I got to Spokane late at night around midnight. I checked my pockets and I had less than a dollars in change, so buying a bus ticket was out. I walked to the highway and stuck out my thumb. I was in my dress blues and I got a ride right away with a young lady who was in the Air Force. She took me about ten miles down the road until the turnoff to Fairchild AFB. I resumed hitchiking and shortly got a ride with a father and son who were taking the Spokesman review newspaper to the communities west of Spokane and as far as Wenatchee (my hometown) After stopping at every town on Highway 2 we arrived in Wenatchee about 0500. They dropped me off at the end of the street and I walked up to my family home. Everyone was still asleep so I decided to sneak in quietly and wait. The patio door was unlocked so I went in and lay down on the couch and fell asleep. I was awakened an hour later by my sister discovering her brother was home To say the least I had surprised everyone and that morning was different than usual as everybody got ready for work or school. It felt good to be home and I knew I had made the right decision. Cecil Field could wait.

Comment by David De Rooy on September 29, 2018 at 5:02pm

I got my orders after boot camp at San Diego to attend ABH A school at NAS Lakehurst In 1969. It was only two months long and went by too fast. I would like to hear from others who went to this A school This was a fun place to be with NYC and Philly only a short bus ride away. I wish I would have had more time to explore the big cities. Please leave a comment if you were  here too

Comment by Skip Neel on May 26, 2017 at 6:25pm

I went to a Emergency Shore Based arresting Gear School there in May/Jun, 1966. The AB Schools were just getting started as they were being moved from Philly.

Comment by Edward A. Blumberg on May 25, 2014 at 2:15pm

Went to "A" school in Nov. of '65 to Jan '66. Anybody know of anyone in Class 545. Winter of 65-66 was so bad, we got a bus from the terminal in Lakewood and it got stuck 2 miles from the gate. We walked through knee deep snow all the way back to the barracks on a Sunday night. Anyone in class 545 PLEASE respond!!!

Comment by Steve Rutkowski on May 11, 2014 at 9:36am

Attended PR 'A' school in late '62 thru April '63. I still can't get over the size of those blimp hangars!

Comment by Jacqueline L. Franks on March 22, 2014 at 11:00pm
Hank, I just reread the comments here and was pleasantly surprised to read yours of Oct 2012. My Dad, Jack Scherck, was also blimp aircrew in ZW-1. Earlier than when you were there, I was also born at Lakehurst in 1955. I saw on your page that you volunteer on the U.S.S. Yorktown and I now live in Moncks Corner, I would like to get together if that is possible.
Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on March 20, 2014 at 11:05am

I went to PR "A" school from 8/81-10/81. I was the class leader as an "AA" because I had 6 months in the fleet. I had a lot of fun there and met some really great guys. Our class was only 6 people, but we made it work.

Comment by Hank Siegfried on October 26, 2012 at 1:29pm

Flew on blimps as crewmember while serving in  ZW-! out of Lakehurst 1958-1961.

Comment by Richard Bonilla, USS Ranger CV61 on September 28, 2012 at 6:08pm

A School / Aviation Boatswain Mate / Crash & Rescue / Hoists / Fire Fighting training....we got to train on the big old foam the big old hangar building ( with the mock up flight deck in it )  ...   around October/Nov 1974 .....    


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