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Attack Squadron 85; Official Nickname: Black Falcons, 1958–1994. A-6 squadron / NAS Oceana

Veterans: 138
Latest Activity: Nov 30

Discussion Forum

2017 VA85 Reunion

Started by Al Lieberman. Last reply by Al Lieberman Jul 5, 2017. 6 Replies

Locating an old shipmate.

Started by Terry Nelson. Last reply by Terry Nelson Jul 22, 2014. 3 Replies

2014 VA-85 Reunion

Started by Al Lieberman. Last reply by Edwin Constantine Jun 27, 2014. 60 Replies

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Comment by Michael J Hazel Jr on January 24, 2013 at 10:06pm

Al, I was with VA-85 from Spring 1967 until April 1970 as an AQB in AIMD.  I made the 1968 & 1969-1970 WESTPAC deployments.  Are there any other AQ's from this period in your membership?   Mike Hazel

Comment by Larry Kelly on January 23, 2013 at 8:37pm
Several of us went on a beach detachment and spent a day or 2 at DaNang. Those few days count as boots on ground in RVN when it comes to agent orange claims. I have a copy of those orders. Some of the names are Swede, Jim Crow, & Jim Lively. Orders show April 4, 1970
Comment by Al Lieberman on January 15, 2013 at 3:30pm

If any of you are in touch with other former VA-85 personnel, I ask that you encourage them to join us here (VA-85) on NavyVets.  Also, I ask that if you, or others you're in contact with, are not on the Reunion Roster, message me so I can add you and others to it.  Thanks!

Comment by George W. Schmidt on January 3, 2013 at 10:46pm

I served in VA-85 from May 1965 to December 1967 as an AT1 and then ATC.  I was a Weapons Systems Specialist and debriefer.  We deployed to SEAsia in 1965 and 1966 in the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).  With my OMIAS Card I also had flights in the A-6A to fix the radios in X-C birds so they could return to NAS Oceana.

Comment by Al Lieberman on December 19, 2012 at 11:58am

David....That box is definitely a keepsake!

Comment by David Gordon on December 13, 2012 at 12:35pm

Was VA-85's Disbursing clerk from 1975 - 1978. After my enlistment I attended Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1985 and have been teaching high school science ever since.  A lot of good memories from two Med cruises and living in Virginia Beach.  In 1976 the AO guys in the squadron painted an ammo box green and stenciled the squadron logo on the side, and I used it to carry pay records to and from the Forrestal.  I still have the box.

Comment by charles KUNK kunkel on June 10, 2012 at 6:49pm

6/9  went to see the blue angels in mankato, i'll never get tired of em

Comment by Larry A. Powles on May 31, 2012 at 6:28pm

VA-85, Line Shack from 81-82.  Frank, I have A LOT of stories I could share...  LMBO

Comment by Al Lieberman on May 15, 2012 at 9:43am

Glad to hear all went well Dave. Hope to see everyone again at the next reunion (where and when ever that is).

Comment by David Bevis on May 15, 2012 at 5:03am

Bruce...and all whom replied, All went well with surgeries, had a total of three to get every thing back in working order.   Doc says I am good to go {good thing they didn't send in a Psychiatrist } Had a lot of internal bleeding just re-appear out of nowhere. Got everything reattached and if it lasts another forty years I wont complain. Thanks again for your concerns and prayers, Most of you knew I was to damned mean to die yet anyway...


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