Guest Book - January 2006 to date
FROM: Richard DAngelo
DATE: August 30, 2012
As a former member of Navy squadron VC-6 from 1952-1955, I am interested in finding information about shipmates during that time period.
FROM: PJ Imhof
DATE: January 12, 2011
I, along with others, would like to communicate with my fellow squadronmates, or others with AJ interests.
Look at reality--We're losing the energy and vigor that we once had --and still think that we can do, like we did !!
We can, if we communicate to each other and realize others exoeriences and dreams.
Give me a yell, or a soft, "Hello", what ever you wish.
Anyone that was a crewman in an AJ surely deserves a "Well done" !!
C'mon aboard and write.
(signed) PJ Imhof AM2 (VAH-15) 3rd crewman 1958
FROM: Mac Moise Jr.
DATE: Oct 5, 2010
SUBJ: Son of deceased pilot
I am McFaddin Moise Jr, sole surving son of Navy Lt. McFaddin Moise. He was an AJ2 Savage test pilot who died on 2/4/1953 on take off.
I have very few details of this crash or of anyone who knew my Dad.
On the web site his name is spelled wrong. You have him listed as McFaddin Hoise, typo with the H. If you could correct that would be great.
If there is anyone out there who knew Mac it would be great to hear the stories, sordid or otherwise.
Likewise every year all the "males" of the Moise Clan gather at the Moise Island in Charleston SC. All friends of the family are invited. Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McFaddin Moise Jr, father to McFaddin Moise III, Grandfather to McFaddin Moise IV
FROM: Carlo Tripodi
DATE: May 20, 2010, 6:00pm (MDT+8)
SUBJECT: BuNo 124854
I am in search of info about AJ Savage of VC-8 Bu# 124854. Thank you
Web Editor's note: Carlo is a well known researcher, especially of Cold War incidents in Italy. BuNo 124854 is the aircraft that crashed, killing the crew, in Naples Italy in 1955, and I think is also side # 7 involved in the USS Randolph crash in 1954 (both covered on this website. If anyone has flight log or any info, and you do not feel comfortable e-mailing Carlo, please send it to me, and I'll forward it.
(s) Chuck Huber, email@example.com
FROM: Melvin Reed
DATE: January 16, 2009
SUBJECT: Melvin L. Reed - PR2
I was in the Navy from 1/23/52 until 1/20/56.
I was in VJ-62 from 5/14/52 until 9/15/54.
Our airplane was an AJ2P, Photo Recon Squadron.
Commander was J. Kennedy, Jr. Our XO Was F.F. Favreau. Division Officer was LtJG Rohrer.
I was transferred to VC-5 on 9/15/54, and was released from active duty on 1/20/56.
While in VC-5 our Commander was Irving Peters. Also, Commander J.S. Stafford, Lt. Grover, Lt. Garreau.
FROM: (Philip Tucker)
DATE: February 10, 2008
SUBJ: Former Member of VAH 6... I started out at NAS WHIDBEY '63... The the squadron was xferred to NAS OCEANA '64... Cruised with the USS FORRESTAL in the MED..till '65 when I got out.
Have always wondered where everybody is now... Anybody from Heavy 6 out there can contact me at
There was a time I coulda listed most all the names...but time does things to the memory cells..either that or STML is setting in....along with the dreaded CRS....
I WAS ALWAYS TOLD TO RESPECT MY ELDERS.....I'M HAVIN TROUBLE FINDIN ANY
FROM: Paul Roales
DATE: October 30, 2007
SUBJ: Request for information
I acquired the original personel files of Donald S. Lindberg from his time in the Naval Academy thru WW2 thru assignment to Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP) thru pilot training to Nov. 1953 when he was a Lt. pilot attached to VC-7 assigned TDY to the USS FDR (CVA 42) on a tour of the Medeterranean. And one later item dated Jan 15, 1958 to Lt. Cdr. Lindberg saying he was recommended for promotion to Commander. I would like to uncover his career after 1953. I see you have a webpage on VC-7 at
http://community-2.webtv.net/charles379/USNComposite/page17.html and wonder
if you could recommend someone for me to contact about Donald S. Lindberg.
Also are there any other resources you are aware of that would allow me to track his career after 1953 (I am not related)? I tried a Google search on his name and basically came up empty. I believe from the Social Security Death Index that he died on June 4, 2000 in Virginia.
From: Joseph Kaposi
Subject: "flying footage"
I am an ex aircraft handler from Australia,
i served aboard our last carrier HMAS Melbourne late 70's. I am keen to obtain copies of 'privately filmed' carrier flying footage, squadron or shipboard productions, PLAT footage or hard to get mishap footage to add to my private collection.
If you have footage to swap i have a large collection of mishap clips and other films that may be of interest to you.
From: Ed Metzger
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Subject: VAH-7, Sanford
Ed Metzger, AFCM, USN, retired
Assigned to VAH-7, Feb 1956 to Dec 1959. Made deployments aboard, USS Lake Champlain, USS Franklin Roosevelt, and USS Essex.
Reported to Heavy 7 straight out of boot camp and made ADR3 before I was transferred. Worked the line crew and was a plane Captain on the AJ-2 aircraft. I left VAH-7 during it's transition from the AJ's to the A3D's.
Have very fond memories of that little town of Sanford and of NAAS Sanford.
Due to timing have made only one of the Sanford reunions. It was when they where held out at Lake Golden. It's a shame too because I only live about 80 miles away in Inverness, FL
Hope to make one in the next year or so.
I'll miss this one 2007, I'll be on a trip with my grand daughter to Colorado Springs and we don't return till the 27th of June.
From: James P. Melson
Date: Thu, Mar 22, 2007
James P. Melson AD2, HATU l954 to l957. Norfolk to Sanford, FL, then to VS-27 in Norfolk.
Discharged November 1957.
Have a Auto Repair Garage in New Hope, PA.
Judy and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.
We have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
From: Mike Mercer firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, Jan 21, 2007
Subject: Sanford NAS.
Were there any nukes stored at the base?
I remember where the ammo bunkers were located just east of the north- south runway, And what was in that bldg that the marine guard was stationed with the fence located in between the NAMTD bldg and the main hangar on the north side. Also i recall a snack shop in the same area.
- MIke Mercer.
James J. (Spike) Erdmann, 83 years old, having bad medical problems.
Besides several other problems he had in months past, he now is having something that doctors are unable to diagnose: loses ability to speak for a few second/minutes.
Docs say is not stroke or seizures,. Will try and keep you informed on his condition.
Al Erdmann (his brother)
Gordon T. Ghrist
10/14/2006 - Just discovered the website, will e-mail what I remember when I can. I was the ASB-1 maintenance officer in VC7 and VC8, then as a civilian in BuOrd/Aer/Weaps was the lead engineer on ASB1 support. I was the last member of VC8 as duty officer when it was decommissioned,all others having been transferred to VAH11. Made the last log book entry Mar 56 and left for Washington. Have a griinch of pictures somewhere.
Richard G. (Dick, D babe) D'Antonio
Lt USNR ret
09/15/2006 - Fred Carment, Captain USN (ret.) has passed away. Fred was one of the first pilots flying AJ-1P Savages photo-reconnaissance in the Pacific/China Sea area in the early 1950s; later he flew A3D-1/2 Skywarriors in VAH squadrons and then in VQ-1 where he was Commanding Officer.
For those who may wish to send a note
to his wife Jeanne , the address is:
4324 Blue Herron Drive
Ponte Vedre Beach, FL 32082
(Chuck Huber - VC-8, VAH-11, VAH-1, VQ-2)
08/04/2006 - Ray "Buck" Buchanan (AM3
VC7 From Oct. 1953 - Mar. 1955)
Home town: West Bay, Fl
04/02/2006 - terry d. burch (rvah 3 rvah9 amh2 amh1) email@example.com
Home town: meadville pennsylvania
Current City/Country: meadville pennsylvania
assigned to vah3 in 63 transfered to heavy 9 in 67 Tuesday
03/07/2006 - Tom Guttery aka Spot (VAH-9, HATWING 1, VAH-3, Ens, LtJg, LT) THGuttery@aol.com
Home town: Carbon Hill, Al.
Current City/Country: Destin, Fl.
Career Naval Intelligence Officer.
See Navy Log, http://www.lonesailor.org. Retired CAPT,USN. Sanford 1957-1964.
The day I checked into VAH-9, Crump Ferrell (sp?) had crashed his AJ at the end of the runway.
We were transitioning to A3Ds.
03/05/2006 - Harley Olson (VAH-3/AQ2) firstname.lastname@example.org
Home town: White Earth, North Dakota
Current City/Country: Lewiston, Idaho
02/17/2006 - Rex Crum (VAH-5 /AT-3 /1957-1958)
Looking for CMD Jim Osborne's phone number or email address.