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At 5:29pm on December 10, 2018, WILLIAM D. RUTLEDGE JR. (BILLY said…

David,  I was there from August 1969 until VA-44 was decommissioned in 1970. My best memory there was playing on the base football team with Chief Jackson.  We went on to the 6th fleet east coast championship and was defeated by the Navy Seal team.  What a ride that was.

Thanks, and thank you for your service also.

At 1:49pm on December 9, 2018, Charles (Chuck) Snyder said…

Thanks for the welcome. I've got some great pics I'd like to add of the ship and her crew. Will add soon.

At 10:58pm on December 8, 2018, Jeff Kemper said…

Thanks for the welcome, David. I need to get my profile squared away, and might have to do it over a few days time. I'm happy to be a part of this with all of y'all.

At 9:39pm on December 8, 2018, ROBERT VAN DER BORG said…

David, I am also a member of Hull.com. Under that web site I can see various info about the Anchorage's history. I am trying to find out how to get ahold of shipmates that may have info about our trip to Anchorage, AK back in 70 or 71. I happened to be in Anchorage a couple years ago and I visited their historical society and was asking about our visit, they said they had no record of our visit only the newest USS Anchorage a few years back.

Is there anything you can do?

Robert    

At 2:52am on November 22, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Mess cooking was a blast. Met some of my best friends ever there. We ate well without having to stand in line for hours. Good in-port liberty.

At 10:05pm on November 20, 2018, Jill Raines said…

Thank you for the welcome

At 6:20pm on November 18, 2018, Scotty Wallent said…

Thanks David .  Looks like some good stories in there. I'll have to look so more tomorrow when I'm not so tired. Been a long day.

At 5:40pm on November 18, 2018, Scotty Wallent said…
I did bootcamp and AT school in Orlando FL December 92-March 93. Reported to the USS Guadalcanal LPH7 April 1st 93. Went on a 6 Med cruise I think in August 93. We got sent to Smalia in October via the Suez Canal, Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and into the Arabian sea. We floated off the coast of Africa for a little more than a month. We got permission to leave our station temporarily to cross the equator so we could become Shellbacks. Eventually we decommissioned her in Norfolk VA in August of 94. Got set to the USS Connolly DD979 from there. Had so.e medical problems and got processed out in May of 95.
At 4:57pm on November 18, 2018, Scotty Wallent said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 4:38pm on November 18, 2018, Andrew Carter said…

And thanks for the welcome! RTC Company 153 RTC San Diego July 1984 - August 1984 RM "A:" School NTC San Diego Sep 84 - Jan 85 RM "C" School NTC San Diego Jan - Mar 85 USS Aubrey Fitch FFG-34 Apr 85 - Apr 88 USS Miller FF-1091 Sep 88 - Sep 89 NETC Newport RI Honorably discharged 7 Jul 90 NAS South Weymouth MA

At 4:27pm on November 18, 2018, Andrew Carter said…

I guess the one that stands out the most is while aboard the USS Aubrey Fitch FFG-34 while on our way home from ASW training we were just off the coast of Florida, by Cape Canaveral when the Shuttle Challenger was lost. We stuck around for about a week or so picking up debris, in all we recovered almost 2 tons of it. A few months later just before leaving for our Middle East Force deployment we received word that the Commandant of the Coast Guard authorized all crew members that were on the ship during the recovery operation to wear the US Coast Guard Unit Commendation with Operational Device.

At 4:57pm on November 11, 2018, Joe W Wilkinson, Sr. said…

Thanks David, Happy Veterans Day.

At 7:37pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

When I first got to OLF Middleton we had a old Dodge Power Wagon with Light water and PKP and when it went down maint would drive a MB 5 up and a flatbed tractor trailer to take the Dodge back, which seemed to happen often, LOL. Later we got a big F series Ford 16' flatbed 4x4 with a AFFF unit on it and PKP. This id the one I drove through the woods to get to the crash site. Wrecked the truck, got put on report for destroying Government Property and later a Letter of Commendation. I still got to the aircraft right behind the starboard wing, well what was left of it, with two crewman, one fell off rolling out of the setup spot. I remember it like it was yesterday. The T-28 was an amazing airplane I wish I was a pilot and able to afford a surplus, or at least get another ride.

At 4:55pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

There were six of us the senior Petty Officer was a 1st class, the runway crew consisted of four and one in the crash shack, and I do mean crash shack. Two runways four approaches 28/10 and 1/19.  All of us were married, lifers loved it, I wanted to be on a boat, actually it was good duty for married sailors. Daily routine man the runway when the T-28's started flying three squadrons out of Whiting. Lot of touch and goes. Routine emergencies, sump lights, electrical failures, one crash while I was there, T-28 in the trees, prop governor failure, all souls rescued, I was senior PO that day and drove the crash truck, never forget it.  More later, good to be here thanks 

Greg

At 3:44pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

Looks like you had some good duty stations, after Lakehurst all my requests were probably s*** canned, no 7th Fleet, no CVA, LPH, etc- NAS Whiting Field  Milton Florida then OLF Middleton Field Evergreen,  Alabama. Six petty officers 65 miles from the NAS, not even USN. I had plenty of time to study so made 2nd Class in record time. Good to hear from another air boatswain.

Greg 

At 3:33am on November 9, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Thanks for the welcome. I'll see you in the ready room for the movie.

At 3:30am on November 9, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Reporting for duty, Sir. Just PLEASE don't stick me in the Transit Barracks, OMG

At 5:16pm on November 1, 2018, Michael Bonaventura said…

Thanks for the warm welcome...

At 2:19pm on October 20, 2018, Wayne R. Gadberry said…

Thank you brother. Was a Aviation Storekeeper, attached to VP19. Deployed to Adak in 1969. and was assigned tad to base supply. Found VP19 in one photo on a wall but not our Squadron Patch, nor could I find any photos of VP19, nor our hanger or working spaces. At least I have my cruse book. Did you see the photo of the P@ that was wrecked on take off, then came down too fast, collapsing her nose gear? I was there when that happened, and many of my squadron donated clothing to the crew of the downed bird. No one was hurt badly, bit they lost all of their belongings. They were coming back from their West Pac tour.

At 9:43pm on October 16, 2018, Barry C McGuire said…

So glad to be apart of this group.

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