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

Veterans: 138
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2017

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 Scott Cross on May 21, 2013 at 10:36am

Hey Guys, Glad I found this I was with VA-85 from January 85 to August of 87. Worked Line and was AO. Did 85-86 Med IO and most of 87 Med. Great times and would be interested in any potential reunion.

Comment by Larry Kelly on May 13, 2013 at 10:06am

Leonard - I have a picture of you and Rick Slatniske holding up a pair of skivvies that looks like someone took a dump in them.We laughed our a**** off about that one.

Comment by Leonard R Hittle on May 13, 2013 at 9:39am

Hi guys, I transferred into the squadron from VA42 sometime in 1970 after they returned to Oceana from Vietnam. Was in the line div the whole time I was in 85 as a plane captain. Was onboard Forrestal with the squadron for the 1971 Med cruise. Allready have seen a few names I recognize. A special shout out to Larry Kelly and Larry Cooper. Hiya guys! Larry K, the AQ chief Rudy that you are trying to remember was probably Rudy Winterrmute. I remember him as a 1st class, didn't know he made chief on the cruise, great guy.

Comment by Robert Marion Willis, Jr on April 17, 2013 at 11:49pm

Joined VA-85 In Jan 1987.  Left in Jun 1990 to go to MSCU New Orleans.  Did a cruise on the Saratoga and one on the America.  Hi to all VA-85 Sailors.  Was a YN1 at the time of my time with the squadron.

Comment by KENNETH HENSLEY on February 8, 2013 at 6:53pm

Mike Hazel: I was talking to Ray Franklin a week ago about VA 85 and our WestPac time and he brought up your name.  He worked in AIMD.  He lives in North Carolina now.  Do you remember Rick Hannah and TC Nipper, I think they worked in AIMD too? I worked in the AQ shop and on the flight deck when at sea,

Comment by Larry Kelly on January 26, 2013 at 7:32pm

How about the 1st class AQ, Rudy? I think he made chief on the first Forestall cruise. Don't remember his last name, but he was one smart guy.

Comment by Jerry Lee Mason on January 26, 2013 at 10:43am

I don't remember those techs.  Do you remember AQ Dana Burnham?

Comment by Michael J Hazel Jr on January 25, 2013 at 1:45pm

After only a couple weeks, another AQB, Pat Hoover & I went to MATC school and then straight TAD to AIMD on the America.  We didn't get to meet many VA-85 shipmates in the mean time.  We were assigned to Shop 1 and only had contact with those guys and the SACE shop guys.  Occasionally met some of the Line Crew guys when they had unusual black box problems.  The only other contact was when we all mustered at Sick Bay for shots.  At NAS Oceana between cruises, we were also TAD to VA-42's AIMD.   Did you know Tom Barry & Pete something, they were the senior MATC techs at the time?

Comment by Jerry Lee Mason on January 25, 2013 at 8:25am


think you replaced me.  I was an AQB in VA-85 untill my dicharge in July of 1967. We were deployed on The Kittyhawk in 1965-66 and 66-67.  Welcome aboard. 

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


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