MIYF ROYAL MACE DECK LOG 2000-2007


Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 14:51:31 (MST)
A. J. Williamson <andrew-williamson@sbcglobal.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Will
Rank/Rate: AMH 3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Troubleshooter
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1981/82 WestPac/ Indian Ocean

Comments: Royal Maces


Monday, November 26, 2007 at 17:47:46 (MST)
joe ledesma <jpl3_2000@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: weasel or dez
Rank/Rate: e 3
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: vfa 27
Stationed at: atsugi base

Comments: just wanted to say whuts up and if any one knows me get bac at me...


Monday, November 26, 2007 at 17:47:26 (MST)
joe ledesma <jpl3_2000@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: weasel or dez
Rank/Rate: e 3
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: vfa 27
Stationed at: atsugi base

Comments: just wanted to whuts up and if any one knows me get bac at me...


Monday, November 12, 2007 at 13:56:25 (MST)
Jeremy Walker <mr_belay@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: AT2 x 2
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C&E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Atsugi
Deployments: OIF '03

Comments: Great command. I miss Japan more every day.


Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 20:24:45 (MDT)
Keith Kuhn <kwkuhny@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Kuhndog
Rank/Rate: YNSR - YN2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: World Cruise on Coral Sea/West Pac on Carl Vinson

Comments: Would love to hear from some old ship mates from the Green Lizards from 1982 to 1986. Especially Scott "Scooter" Curtier or Jeff Thomas or Danny Bruce


Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 10:37:13 (MDT)
Tod Hunter <mutant27@gmail.com>
Rank/Rate: AT2(AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer/Troubleshooter
Aircraft Type: F/A-18 A/C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1991-92 and 1993-94

Comments: I arrived at VFA-27 in October of 1992 and proceeded directly to my first cruise. I still remember arriving at the USS Kitty Hawk and smelling urine from 200 yards away, wondering what the hell I got myself into. The experienced guys I worked with really helped me to learn the particulars of nightly Release Checks. I was a Flight Deck Troubleshooter on my second cruise. This was my favorite job because our shop really worked well together and we cross-trained ourselves to make us more effective. I also really enjoyed working with the pilots, performing our Indy 500 pit crew tasks. The training with FLIR Pods has helped me get a really good job on the outside. I'll never forget my experiences, such as getting to take a flight in one of VFA-125's B models with Lt. Hilterman (QAO)to re-enlist in the air and riding in the Blue Angels' Fat Albert thanks to Tony Dicapo (my roomie for a while). I still keep in contact with Dan Peistrup as well. I feel a sense of pride being a part of such a good team and even though I was glad to get out of the Navy, I have great memories of my experiences.


Monday, October 08, 2007 at 14:30:55 (MDT)
Thomas Sample (Tom) <tommy_tesco@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Junior
Rank/Rate: AMH3/2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: A7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA27
Stationed at: NAS LeMoore Ca.
Deployments: west pac 8? world ??

Comments: I you rmember me, I was in CC airframes and troubleshooters as you can see I have a memory glitch that why I an asking for help, names i do remember are, AMH1/C Myrick airframes, AMS1 Hendricson (?) Corrosion Control AD2/1 Smyth, I can not recall the po incharge of the line, help please


Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 06:56:28 (MDT)
Bruce Sczepaniak <Bruce_Sczepaniak@TransCanada.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Ski
Rank/Rate: ADJ
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore

Comments: I am one of the original plank holders for VA-27. Fresh out of school at Memphis, I spent a couple of months with VA-122and then was transferred to VA-27 power plants shop. Unfortunately, I was transferred out before the first WestPac on the Connie. I eventually ended up in VA-25.


Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 21:53:07 (MDT)
Robert (RAT) Thomas <myvega@charter.net>
Callsign/Nickname: RAT
Rank/Rate: AR/AA/AN/ADJ3/ADC
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Captain/ Mech
Aircraft Type: A7E / FA-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27 / VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 74-75 Enterprise / 89-90 Carl Vinson / 91-92 Kitty Hawk

Comments: Wow, I came across this site and felt at home, I'm a 2 tour Charger. First 73-77 as a Plane captain and ADJ Troubleshooter, of couse I can't forget the 3 months in the laundry my first cruise. Those four years were truly my best in the 24 years of active duty, we had such a bond that even those 8 month cruises seemed short. The officers and enlisted worked so well together and of couse partied real well together also. My second tour was 89-92, I tried to come back sooner with the help of CDR Mal Branch (CO) but my detailer said now way shipmate. I was an Instructor at Namtra at the time. I had my second best tour as the 110 WC Supervisor, my crew was the best A7E TF-41 mechs (And D704 Buddy store) anywhere bar none. Even those guys in VA-97 hated us because we were good. The highlight of my second tour was making ADC, what better command to make it in. Reviewing the decklog I came across so many names of the past its just awesome. If any of you remember me please drop me an e-mail. Forever a Royal Mace


Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 15:00:36 (MDT)
John Powe <johnpowe@wildblue.net>
Callsign/Nickname: WOPO
Rank/Rate: CWO 3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Maint Warrant
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Deployments: WestPac 86/87, 88/89

Comments: First tour as a warrant. Learned a lot from everyone.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 14:51:21 (MDT)
Marc Haering <marc.w.haering@boeing.com>
Rank/Rate: AM2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: F/A 18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Atsugi
Deployments: Cobra Gold, Southern Cross, OEF, OIF

Comments: Just wanted to see who in the old crew is still around... MIYF


Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 10:41:33 (PDT)
David D. Thompson <david@dutasta.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Grouch
Rank/Rate: Lcdr
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, NAS
Deployments: 1977-1978 Enterprise, 1979-1980 Coral Sea

Comments: With VA-27 from Jan 1977-May 1981. 2 full deployments and workups. Then to VA-122 and VFA-125 as a plank owner.


Monday, October 10, 2005 at 10:25:41 (PDT)
Jason Chang <jchang23@sbcglobal.net>
Rank/Rate: E-4
Driver/Fixer/Support: Ordie Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E / F/A-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA / VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac 90, Around the Horn Cruise '91

Comments: Great site guys, keep up the good work. Lot of memories. Was there for the last deployment as A-7's, and transition period from A-7's to F/A-18's. It was chaos at first, but through team spirit and professionilism we pulled through with flying colors. Worked for AOC John Dawson, AO1 Hotz, and AO1 Mize. Take it easy and drop me a line or something.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 09:05:45 (PDT)
Larry Jansen <Seabring50@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: ADJ5
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Captain/Power Plant
Aircraft Type: A-7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Deployments: West Pac 2 68-69 & 69-70

Comments: Started off as Plane Captain on the "Connie" with the best group of men in the Navy. I have lots of good memories of these guys and truely miss them all. I was Plane Captain for John Vomastic and Cmdr. Pappas. Hello MR. Powell. After first cruise I went to power plant shop and proudly took orders from Chief Heilbrooner. During the second cruise the VA-27 power plant was the best.We were still working with the TF30-P6 but we made them hummm. I'd like to hear from all you guys..Stew, Paul, Jeff, Bill, John Watson, Bob Smiley etc. We were the first men in the newly commissioned VA-27 and our first assignment was Viet Nam. I say to all the crew and the pilots....we were the BEST.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 16:08:03 (PDT)
Edwin T. Alvarez <edwin.t.alvarez@navy.mil>
Rank/Rate: AMEC
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAF ATSUGI
Deployments: Numerous Depolyments from: 2000-2003

Comments: Go Maces in your Face!


Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 13:39:36 (PDT)
Mike Trotter <dd729agmr@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: E4
Driver/Fixer/Support: Lyman K Swenson DD729
Stationed at: west pack
Deployments: Three trips to Vietnam

Comments: My cousin flew whith you LTJG Vess Trotter back in 1968


Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 21:33:22 (PDT)
Tim Ake <bronco_fans@comcast.net>
Rank/Rate: AT1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac/IO 1988,CVN70

Comments: Last official active duty before transferring to USNR


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 18:07:08 (PDT)
william coker

Comments: just updating my e-mail : new address is wtreeclimber@comcast.net


Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 10:00:56 (PDT)
Richard Stewart <stewbert@peoplepc.com>
Callsign/Nickname: "Stew"
Rank/Rate: AMH3
Driver/Fixer/Support: plane captain
Aircraft Type: A7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: West Pac 1968-69 1969-1970

Comments: Looking for some of the plank owner plane captains. "Frenchy" Larry Jensen Paul Landry You out there somewhere?


Monday, June 13, 2005 at 19:32:06 (PDT)
Bob Silvis <meandu@zoominternet.net>
Rank/Rate: AQCS
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore

Comments: This input is just to update my email address from an earlier entry some time ago. Hope everyone is doing ok. If you remember me and would like to communicate give me a holler at my new email address. Go MACES!


Monday, May 30, 2005 at 19:08:26 (PDT)
Ted Frederick <tfrede7276@earthlink.net>
Rank/Rate: AO3
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: 88-92
Stationed at: lemoore

Comments: would love to hear from you


Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 14:40:22 (PDT)
Tom Knudson <tom.knudson@sbcglobal.net>
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore/CVA(N) 65
Deployments: Westpac 71-72; Westpac 72-73

Comments: Hadn't been on the site in a long time and discovered I had an old, out of date email address - this is just to get a current one in the system. Lee Keeley has been trying to arrange a reunion of all pilots who flew for VA-27 during the Vietnam years and build a database of contact information. His email address is leekeely@comcast.net in case you want to get in touch with him


Monday, April 25, 2005 at 13:32:59 (PDT)
Barry E. Wood <woodbj2@verizon.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Grumpy
Rank/Rate: LT
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, CA
Deployments: Air Wing 14, USS ENTERPRISE, 1971 & 1972

Comments: I look forward to swapping sea stories with any of you that also served under Tom Durant, Lee Keely, Jerry Johnson or Bud Edney. Barry


Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 23:05:22 (PST)
steve story <twelvepack50@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: bear
Rank/Rate: ams-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA=27
Stationed at: nas lemoore
Deployments: 1977, 1978 rimpac,

Comments: Royal Maces first duty. Was assigned to the line division under Chief Chavas everbody remebers Chavas. Had the crew back then. Ted Johnston, Taco (bruce ) Espainosa Ross Shively, Ricky Watts we were know as the roof rats had the picture of a rat on our cranialsWhat a ride till the dat i die i will remeber the Royal Maces I transfered in late 79 got married to a Az in 81 have 3 great kids was stationed around the world, Pa, Japan, Va, Italy, Fl. Did 20 retired out 1992


Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 22:34:13 (PST)
steve story <twelvepack50@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: bear
Rank/Rate: ams-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA=27
Stationed at: nas lemoore
Deployments: 1977, 1978 rimpac,

Comments: Royal Maces firts duty. Did 20 retired out 1992


Friday, April 01, 2005 at 09:42:57 (PST)
terry w clift <terry.clift@navy.mil>
Rank/Rate: AM1 (AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: f/a 18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: vfa-27
Stationed at: nas atsugi
Deployments: All from 1997 to 2000

Comments: Participated in the 1997 southern swing cruise in 1997,when we lost mace 1,My crew and myself painted the new aircraft 500,then had to remove it for a gulf cruise ande repainted it again,also participated in crossdeck and did a couple cruises on the kitty hawk.


Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 20:23:33 (PST)
Ted Frederick <tfrede7276@earthlink.net>
Rank/Rate: E4/ AO3
Aircraft Type: A-7 F/A 18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: va- 27/VFA-27
Stationed at: lemoore
Deployments: 90 westpac

Comments: great web site would love to hear from old friends


Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 06:18:50 (PST)
Moscow <Moscow>
Callsign/Nickname: Moscow
Rank/Rate: http://www.russiamoscow.info
Driver/Fixer/Support: http://www.russiamoscow.info
Aircraft Type: http://www.russiamoscow.info
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: http://www.russiamoscow.info
Stationed at: http://www.russiamoscow.info
Deployments: http://www.russiamoscow.info

Comments: Hello friends! from http://www.russiamoscow.info


Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 18:45:49 (PST)
Jeffrey Barnes <smsgt51@att.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Jeff
Rank/Rate: AQ2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Tonkin Gulf, 71-72, 72-73

Comments: I would like to hear from any of my old shipmates that were with me on those cruises.


Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 18:53:28 (PST)
Carlos Gonzales <carlos.gonzales@navy.mil>
Callsign/Nickname: Gonzo
Rank/Rate: YNC(AW)
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: lemoore
Deployments: West 95-96

Comments: I was a YN1, I enjoyed the Chargers and now the Royal Maces.... Look forward to reading more sea stories. Ben Wheeler, hope you are doing well, Dave Williams is doing fine in Washington. Frank Rangel is back in Texas. Take care all.


Friday, January 28, 2005 at 12:28:51 (PST)
Mauro Enriquez <mauro_enriquez@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: PN3
Aircraft Type: F-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Atugi, Japan
Deployments: 30Dec1998-16Jul2002

Comments: // Miss the Navy. EOM//


Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 14:13:16 (PST)
Kurt Heilbronner <heilbronner@comcast.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Chief Kurt
Rank/Rate: ADJC
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7A/A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: USS Constellation and USS Enterprise

Comments: Updating my Email address. Many thanks for your website - its a good one!


Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 21:27:25 (PST)
Wayne Snyder <wesnyder@cox.net>
Rank/Rate: AQF2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7-A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WESTPAC 1968-1969 / USS Constellation

Comments: Plank Owner


Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 17:48:14 (PST)
WILLIAM KOCH <bolonybill@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: WILD BILL
Rank/Rate: AMH-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: ECHO FIXER
Aircraft Type: A7-E CORSAIR II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE/USS ENTERPRISE
Deployments: 1974 TO 1977 WESTPAC'S

Comments: I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU GUY'S. ANYONE KNOW WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO CHRIS CAGLE, BILL THOMAS, RAT THOMAS, MARIO CARDONA, B.C. CRANE, BILLY PERKINS, ROSS SHIVELY, DEWEY DOAK, COWBOY KING, LT.SNIDER, AND D.B. FENNESEY ? LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM ANY OF YOU.


Monday, January 03, 2005 at 18:38:53 (PST)
JULIAN ORDAZ <JJORDAZ@AOL.COM>
Callsign/Nickname: BIRD
Rank/Rate: AME3
Driver/Fixer/Support: FIXER
Aircraft Type: F/A18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: WESPAC92&94

Comments: LONG LIVE THE CHARGERS. MISS ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE SHARED FROM 92-96. HOPE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF YA SOON. CARRY ON


Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 14:16:30 (PST)
Justin McFarland <justinmcfarland@webtv.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Mack
Rank/Rate: ADAN
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Captain
Aircraft Type: A7E, FA-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: both
Stationed at: Lemoore

Comments: Took the 'Shitty Kitty" around the horn. Electrical fire at least once a day(fire-fire-fire). Carl Vinson was better. Should have gotten an award for what must have been the longest plane captain training in naval history. Started with the A7. Bout had it figured out, then BAM... we transition to the 18's. Start all over. With the countless TAD's,think I was finally certified a few months before my time was up. Cant say all was fun,but sure met some great guys that worked really hard for 27. Proud to be a Charger...


Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 17:36:24 (PST)
martin lucero <martyjlucero.net@sbcglobal.net>
Callsign/Nickname: troubleshooter-one
Rank/Rate: ams-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer/support
Aircraft Type: a-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: va-27
Stationed at: nas lemoore
Deployments: 1984-1988.

Comments: were are you guys havent seen anyone in decades. since I got out in 1988 January. I see on the screen not too many people update. Well I live up the state of California Anderson. I live in a purty good area hey if you guy's read this come by or call me (530) 365-6491 Adress is 19853 Loop Street. Hey has anyone seen bill moffat. If you do let him know that I have looking for him. Well guy's hopefully Ill hear from anyone. yours trully marty.


Monday, December 20, 2004 at 10:28:23 (PST)
Mike Ferrini <michaelferrini@juno.com>
Rank/Rate: E-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer/Support
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1985-1988

Comments: I have been in touch with Heberling, but would like to hear from others. I was pretty young and immature looking back on my days in the Line Shack, I barely spent time in Airframes due to lack of proper attitude. I bucked the military as much as I could and made some lifers pretty miserable. It was the only place that would tolerate me and for that I am thankful. Some memorable moments 1) Line shack mutiny by heaving the brand new wash bottle over the side of the ship on night shift 2) Nose jack rebellion 3) Jacking up the vending machine for free geedunk 4) Getting an RE-1 (Honorable) re-enlistment code after telling the Airframes chief to "kiss my ass YOU take the nose jack" two weeks before my 4 year hitch was up. Dave Chism said it best. "Mike, you are an asshole."


Friday, December 10, 2004 at 18:04:51 (PST)
DAVID SISK <BBSTACKER6769@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Callsign/Nickname: SISK
Rank/Rate: AO3/AO1
Driver/Fixer/Support: SUPPORT
Aircraft Type: A7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: 1968,1969

Comments: HI FELLOW MACES IWAS JUST SEARCHING THE INTERNET THOUGHT I WOULD TRY AND FIND SOME OLD SHIPMATES FROM VA-27 THAT WOULD REMEMBER ME I WAS THE SHORT AO that went from being a plane captain to becoming an ordnanceman I REMEMBER WORKING FOR THREE AOC'S ALFRED,ABSHIRE, AND FRITZ AO1(LCDR)RICHARD GRASS,john hamilton


Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 04:24:18 (PDT)
Geno Ramo <bigisleroots@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: hawaiian
Rank/Rate: AE2(AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: line/electrician
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C Hornets
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore/Atsugi
Deployments: all cruises from Jan 96 till Feb 00

Comments: Hey guys. Just want to let you all know that being a charger/mace has been great. I am still in the navy as we speak. Left good ol VFA for an AIMD tour in NS Mayport Florida, then got stationed in Nas Jax Florida working on H-60 helos with HS-5. Guess you can call me a rotorhead, but will always be a fixwing, well rather a charger/mace at heart. E-mail me at ramogs@hs5.navy.mil or at bigisleroots@yahoo.com


Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 19:15:03 (PDT)
Martin Lucero <martyjlucero.net@sbcglobal.net>
Callsign/Nickname: shooter-1
Rank/Rate: AMS-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer and support
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemmore
Deployments: 1985-1985 very long cruise

Comments: I found this web-site by accident and hopefully you guys will look at the new name to the list and maybe we can shoot the breeze I miss most of you guys and hope someone will call or write me miss you guy's. 19853 Loop Street Anderson,Cal.96007


Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 13:01:59 (PDT)
Field Martin <the-martin-family@cox.net>
Callsign/Nickname: saber 6

Comments: Love your web site, I built an F18 with your squadron's markings. I am 11 years old. Thanks for helping keep America free.


Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 14:30:43 (PDT)
Bob Montague <bobmontague@gra.midco.net>
Rank/Rate: YN2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: A7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac '68

Comments: Updating e-mail address.


Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 05:10:17 (PDT)
Rodolfo S. Reyes, Jr. <vouagrtus@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: rey-rey
Rank/Rate: AM2(AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAF Atsugi Japan
Deployments: Diego Garcia, Spring, Fall Cruises

Comments: Great Job!


Monday, June 28, 2004 at 14:12:06 (PDT)
Ron Maierle <ronald.maierle@navy.mil>
Rank/Rate: ADC (AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E Corsair II/ F/A 18A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27/ VFA -27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore CA.
Deployments: 1990 CVN 70 1992-1993 U.S.S Kitty Hawk CV-63

Comments: Great site!!


Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 09:30:21 (PDT)
Don Auten <duck1@san.rr.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Duck
Rank/Rate: Captain, USNR (Retired)
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: 1976 & 1978

Comments: Great looking websight. Sure brings back some memories ... all good! Keep the lift vector on! R, Duck


Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 13:30:49 (PDT)
Paul R. Cunningham <bentley617@cox.net>
Rank/Rate: AMH2 E5
Aircraft Type: A7E Corsair
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore, Ca.
Deployments: two Westpak, USS Enterprise

Comments: I served in VA27 out of NAS Lemoore, California from June 1971 - Sept 1974. My rate was AMH (Aviation Structural Mechanic - Hydraulics). I was honorably discharged as an E-5. I made two Westpak cruises on the USS Enterprise. Can you tell me how I might get a original Royal Maces patch? If you need any other info please contact me at bentley617@cox.net. Thank you


Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 23:30:32 (PDT)
Christopher Nipper <nippythefish@hotmail.com>
Callsign/Nickname: nipdawg
Rank/Rate: AT2
Driver/Fixer/Support: trons/310 and CAG 5 FLIR team
Aircraft Type: F/A-18's
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAF Atsugi
Deployments: The great CNO diversion gulf cruise of '99, Foal Eagle '99, Guam Detachment '00, Foal Eagle '00

Comments: Here's a hardy hey-hey from the Nip...had some good times in this squadron. Thanks to all I've known...it was a trip. For anybody who would like to contact me, I'm currently located on Okinawa working for MCCS as a computer support specialist. My email addie is nippythefish@hotmail.com. Stop by, have a beer!


Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 03:41:57 (PDT)
Clinton Morgan Weeks <kadillac27@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: nickname: kadillac
Rank/Rate: AM2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Shooter/320
Aircraft Type: F-18/C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: ATSUGI
Deployments: 1999-2003

Comments: JUST WANTED TO SAY I THUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT SITE, I SERVED MY FIRST TOUR IN 27 AND I AM QUITE SURE I WONT FORGET IT. I BROWSED THROUGH THE NAMES AND RECGONIZED A FEW. WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE OLD BUDDIES..


Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 20:06:04 (PDT)
Robert Rogers <RJRogers1@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: YN1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: A-7 and F/A18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: Both
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: '88 and '90

Comments: The best part of my Naval career was with this squadron. I grew up alot and felt like part a close family. Served under CDR Branch, CDR Clayton, and CDR Hlavka.


Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 00:32:02 (PDT)
David <dhirtz@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: NNN0UFV

Comments: Great shots, I will be sending them via slowscan TV (yes not everything is internet) to other Navy MARS radio operators.They are sure to be the hit of the net. Keem em flying. David


Monday, March 29, 2004 at 23:27:04 (PST)
Steve Story <twelvepack50@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Bear
Rank/Rate: AMSAA - AMS-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Nas Lemoore
Deployments: 1976, 1977, 1978 work ups 1979

Comments: assigen to line Division, Airframes and Quality Assurance. Finished 20 the Royal Maces was a good start to a long Tour


Monday, March 29, 2004 at 23:23:41 (PST)
Steven Story <twelvepack50@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: BEAR
Rank/Rate: AMS-1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1976, 1977-1978 work ups

Comments: Hey Hey, fellow maces, joined the maces in 1976, while on deployment. meet the squadron in the PI, was assigned to line division under chief chavzes. then assigned to airframes shop. made 2 crusies on the Big E, and all the work ups plus work ups on the Coral Sea. Departed Va-27 in Dec, 1979 for Naval Air Developement. a good start to a long and good tour of 20 years.


Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 19:20:36 (PST)
Don Boyd <traprat47@msn.com>
Rank/Rate: AT2
Stationed at: Nas lemoore
Deployments: 79-80 Westpac/ 81-82 Indian ocean102 day endurance cruise/ 83World cruise ..all aboard the classy

Comments: Some of lifes greatest memories for me are some of those aboard "The Ship"....I would like to hear from some of those that were there....Joseph "Bugs" Savino...."Where are you??"


Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 22:29:57 (PST)
Randy Weatherford <rawhide39@cox.net>
Rank/Rate: adj3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Caption
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA 27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac 74-75 with Vietnam Evacuation

Comments: I was a Plane Caption during the evacution. Just remember all those lone hours on deck and how hot it was. Does anyone remember JoLows or the East End Club. To this day when I here that song Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting I still think of the P.I. and the wild times we had over there. I wonder what ever happend to Randy Lee or Beaner, Willy, Curzer, John Boy and Cookie man it good to hear you are ok you always had the nasty books at your rack and I mean the bad ones HAHA.


Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 18:44:59 (PST)
Christopher E. Johnson <nermousinva@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Nermous
Rank/Rate: 0-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: F/A-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAF Atsugi
Deployments: Persian Gulf 1998 & 1999, WestPac 2000

Comments: Had the privilege of serving in VFA-27 straight out of OCS as an Ensign. Didn't know much about the Navy then and most would say I don't know much about the Navy now. After 27, I went to HC-8 in Norfolk, VA and then got out in 2002. Am currently going to law school in San Francisco, CA and am also a reservist drilling in Monterrey. Good to see some names I recognize. I keep in touch with quite a few Maces and will pass the word about this site on to them.


Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 23:08:47 (PST)
Michael S. bray <f7mbray@cvw5.navy.mil>
Callsign/Nickname: mike
Rank/Rate: AN
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: Vfa-27
Stationed at: NAF Atsugi VFA-27

Comments: hello


Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 08:22:29 (PST)
Kurt Heilbronner <heilbr24@charter.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Chief Kurt
Rank/Rate: ADJC
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7A/A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: USS Constellation/USS Enterprise 1967-1971

Comments: I was one of the original 'Plankowners'. Started out in 1967 as a 'Boot' Chief working Night Check Maintenance and later on transferring to Power Plants CPO and Aircraft Division CPO, when I transferred in late 1971. Had some good memories of VA-27, the fine Crew and Officers all top notch. Remember the many challenges with the TF30-P-6 engine in the A7A and what a relief it was to get the TF41 in the A7E (Sure know the pilots appreciated 15,000# thrust!). I can still remember the fine Powerplants crew, who never ceased to amaze me - they never let me down and that was what made life on the carriers/deployments meaningful. Anyway, to make a long story short, I was transferred to the F14 program and to VF-124 at NAS Miramar, finally retiring in September of 1974. Worked as a Millwright in El Centro for two years and was hired on as a Pratt & Whitney Field Rep in March of 1977. After 23 years and many assignments (My first Pratt assignment was a rep for VF-114 and VF-213 on the Kitty Hawk), finally retired at 62 years and settled in North Texas. I still work on aircraft engines, only this time they are Packard-Merlin and RR Griffon engines. Some fun, working for a 40 year old, but he really knows the Merlin and Griffon engines. Some of you folks may have heard a P51 Mustang during a flyby at an airshow, and the Merlin really sings. The old engines definitely have a personality all their own! And the Reno Air Races are something else. All the best to VA and VFA-27. Many memories and I truly appreciate what you do - your sacrifices and accomplishments are really the best. Take care, Kurt Heilbronner


Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 15:20:05 (PST)
Ted L Ayers Jr <TedandBert@valkyrie.net>
Rank/Rate: ADJ2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: 77-80 West-Pac Beach Debt Cubi pt. IO Floater

Comments: Glad to find this site. Brings back some fond memories. I see some names that are familier, after 20+++ yrs. not sure??? I dont see any mech's from my era though. I had been in touch with ADC Mark Allison in the past but have lost his e-mail add. Anyone with names or any other info from this time frame email and jog my memory!!!!!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 20:50:26 (PDT)
Tom Spees <speest@comcast.net>
Rank/Rate: ADJ-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemore
Deployments: 1970-1971 USS Enterpise CVAN65

Comments: Just updating my e mail address.


Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 18:59:33 (PDT)
william r. coker <wtreeclimber@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: bill
Rank/Rate: aqf2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: a-7a
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: va-27
Stationed at: lemoore NAS
Deployments: 69-70 westpac USS Constellation

Comments: found this site recently -- glad to recognize some of names of those I served with : particularly Doug Bolden ( how about an e-mail address , Doug ) --- deeply saddened to hear about Lt Karp - he was one of our best pilots. Lets expand this site -- need to hear from more of our shipmates. Royal Maces "keep em flying"


Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 18:51:18 (PDT)
william r. coker <wtreeclimber@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: bill
Rank/Rate: aqf2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: a-7a
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: va-27
Stationed at: lemoore NAS
Deployments: 69-70 westpac USS Constellation

Comments: found this site recently -- glad to recognize some of names of those I served with : particularly Doug Bolden ( how about an e-mail address , Doug ) --- deeply saddened to hear about Lt Karp - he was one of our best pilots. Lets expand this site -- need to hear from more of our shipmates. Royal Maces "keep em flying


Monday, September 22, 2003 at 01:38:36 (PDT)
Benjamin Wheeler <wheeler772001@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Wheels
Rank/Rate: YN 3 Ops
Driver/Fixer/Support: Operations Yeoman
Aircraft Type: FA-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Atsugi
Deployments: Independence and Kitty Hawk 96-98

Comments: Looking to hear from anyone that was there during that time( Dave Williams, Frank Rangel, Senior Chief Sullivan, Petty Officer Le, YN1 Carlos Gonzalez, Sergio Aguilar, David Hernandez, ...theres a lot more just wanted to make sure everyones still doing good out there. Ben Wheeler wheeler772001@yahoo.com


Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 15:31:33 (PDT)
Doug Martin <dmartin@kansas.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Pilgrim
Rank/Rate: Captain (USNR-Ret)
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: USS Enterprise and USS Coral Sea

Comments: Great to see this site. Hope to hear from anyone who was on cruise from 1977 through 1980. I miss the gang - Mojo, Dutasta, Spider, Phil, Dick, Jim, Pouch, Gator, etc. I got mobilized for Desert Storm (tough duty in London). I retired from the reserves in 2002, and now I have three teen-age sons who are driving, and a 11 year old daughter. Keeps me busy. Also a good Navy wife. She has spent 19 years in the Navy Reserves with me - and she's a keeper. I am practicing law in Clay Center, Kansas, and I am also the Clay County Attorney. Hope to hear from you all. Doug Martin (aka Junior)


Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 17:01:58 (PDT)
Mike Ball <mikeanddianna@ geotec.net>
Rank/Rate: AMH2
Driver/Fixer/Support: FIXER & CALENDER INSPECTIONS
Aircraft Type: A7A & A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA 27
Stationed at: NAS Lemore
Deployments: Westpac 68-69 &69-70 USS CONSTELLATION CVA 64

Comments: I SERVED IN VA-27 FROM ITS BEGINING TILL AUGUST 1970 GOOD TO HEAR FROM MY OLD FRIENDS


Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 17:44:26 (PDT)
Bob Mullinax <glock_doc@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: ADJ2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: WestPac 68, WestPac 69-70

Comments: Hi to all! I am a plankowner. I arrived at VA122 fresh out of jet school and was assigned to the prop shop, 'cause there were still A1E's and T-28's in the squadron and not enough jets! I was only there a few days before going into the jet shop. Good to see Mr Dreiling and Mr Powell aboard. I was really saddened to hear about Mr Karp passing away. I have a story about him that I'll pass on later. And who could forget Bergie! Checked the Dead Bear Locker lately, Bergie? Armie is here, too! I've kept in touch with "Pete" Peters and Dean Pruitt, and ran into Tom Ousley at a gun show in Dallas. More later. Any of you guys remember who it was that locked his knees and passed out at the commissioning ceremony?


Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 16:29:14 (PDT)
Paul Cunningham <bentley617@cox.net>
Rank/Rate: E-5
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore. California
Deployments: USS Enterprise - 1971-72 / 1972 - 1973

Comments: Served in VA-27 from April 1971 through September 1974. Made two WestPac cruises aboard the UUS Enterprise CVAN-65.


Monday, May 05, 2003 at 09:47:17 (PDT)
Ernesto B. Prospero <eprospero@invensys.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Chief
Rank/Rate: ADC
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer
Aircraft Type: FA-18A/A-7E/TA-7/A-4/T-28/T-29
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27/VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: 1986, 1989, 1994

Comments: I was stationed with VA-27 in Lemoore, Ca and deployed aboard CVN-70 Carl Vinson under Commander Sciabara, Commander Branch, Commander Clayton. After my shore tour with the decommissioned squadron VA-122 I finished my shore tour in Namtragrudet, Lemoore. I reported to VFA-27 after their westpac 1993 deployment. Under the command of Commander Knutson. Serving with this commander as the Aircraft Division Chief, Training Coordinator and Hazardous Waste CPO. I decided to hang up my uniform not because I do not like what I am doing or the the people I am with. I'd enjoyed every single minutes in the squadron.


Friday, May 02, 2003 at 09:53:16 (PDT)
Warren Weisenburg <a7ewizard@earthlink.net>
Callsign/Nickname: "LIZ"
Rank/Rate: O3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Attack Pilot
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac '88 and PacEx '89

Comments: I'll get back to you with some sea stories.


Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 13:01:45 (PDT)
James P. Dooley <jmbo20@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: LT

Comments: I am looking for a emblem patch for Attack Squadron 27 (the old version). Thanks, Jim


Monday, April 14, 2003 at 15:08:50 (PDT)
John W. Blackburn <jwblacburn@msn.com>
Rank/Rate: Civilian

Comments: Hi!


Wednesday, April 09, 2003 at 20:45:32 (PDT)
tim johnston <tgj67@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: E- 5/ams-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: corosion control
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: WESTPAC 86-87 WESTPAC 88 USS CARL VINSON

Comments: LOTS OF HARD WORK IN THOSE DAYS BUT IT WAS SOME OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE HOPE YOU ALL FEEL THE SAME


Wednesday, April 09, 2003 at 19:16:24 (PDT)
JAMES GRAVES <inkslinger916@hotmail.com>
Aircraft Type: USS KITTYHAWK
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: JAPAN

Comments: TO MY BROTHER AND ALL HIS CREW ABOARD THE USS KITTYHAWK. KEEP DOING A GREAT JOB IN BRINGING FREEDOM TO IRAQ. WE'VE ALL BEEN WATCHING THE LASTEST UPDATES AND IT WAS A GREAT DAY TO SEE THAT STATUE GO DOWN. COME HOME SOON. FROM ALL OF US IN THE CAROLINAS, GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.


Friday, April 04, 2003 at 12:45:18 (PST)
John P Noble (AO3) <Corsair410@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: AO3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer (IWT)
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WESTPAC 86/88 OP:EARNEST WILL

Comments: Anybody seen or heard from AO3 C.T. "Tom" Walker?


Friday, March 28, 2003 at 03:57:51 (PST)
Mitch Beulen <michel.beulen@skynet.be>
Callsign/Nickname: Mitch
Rank/Rate: Lt
Aircraft Type: F-16

Comments: Hey there, I am a pilot of a Belgian 349 (F) SQN flying the F-16AM, we also have the MACES as our SQN sign (2 Crossed MACES). We celebrated our 60th Birthday and are still proud to carry that embleem. Anyway, I was happy to find out there is also a ROYAL MACE sqn in the US NAVY with a nice history as I could read on your site. In name of our SQN I would like to wish you all the best of luck the Gulf, Strike hard and come home safely. Greetings from Belgium (EBBL)


Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 12:13:06 (PST)
RYAN ARMSTORNG <terriorfarms@emconnect.com>

Comments: just to say hello and wish all good luck and be safe. ordies kicking ass and taking names. ARMIE ARMSTORNG AO3


Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 18:34:30 (PST)
Laurie (Foster) Leeds <sissy_19692hotmail.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Round Down
Rank/Rate: AZ2
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Japan
Deployments: Persian Gulf

Comments: I am Robert C. Ramsdens cousin. Everyone I know is sooo proud and thankful of all you who are there. Doing a job that needs to be done!! Take care, be safe, complete the mission and come home.


Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 12:41:52 (PST)
Ralph Corry <rcorry5525@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: PN1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, CA
Deployments: Westpac 84-85

Comments: great site. Brought back some great memories.


Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 06:20:31 (PST)
Jackie Graves <ladyskyhawk39@netscape.net>

Comments: You guys keep up the good work.....my brother Graves,JC is a royal mace....love ya and miss ya jc....


Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 05:22:51 (PST)
Roxanne Ramsden (Mother of Robert C. Ramsden) <ramsdensetc@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Round Down
Rank/Rate: AZ2
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Japan
Deployments: Persian Gulf/

Comments: Thank you for your site. It gives us a chance to see some of what our guys are involved with. We at home are all behind you. Are thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We wish all a safe return. Roxanne


Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 05:13:36 (PST)
Roxanne Ramsden (other of Robert C. Ramsden) <ramsdensetc@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Round Down
Rank/Rate: AZ2
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27

Comments: Thank you for your site. It gives us a chance to see some of what our guys are involved with. Roxanne


Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 13:38:42 (PST)
Tim Ake <bronco_fans@hotmail.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Dudeman
Rank/Rate: AT1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS lemoore
Deployments: 1988 WestPac/IO

Comments: Last duty assignment before EAOS. Great cruise, awesome memories.


Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 16:39:59 (PST)
Michael T. Mlinar <mlinar@tds.net>
Callsign/Nickname: SSmike1
Rank/Rate: E5 army

Comments: My Family & I support You ALL! Thank You from Milwaukee Wisconsin


Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 16:28:13 (PST)
Tom Mlinar <tompackard@outdrs.net>
Callsign/Nickname: tom
Rank/Rate: n/a

Comments: I am a friend of Cmr Gary Shomans folks, his father and mother were my close friends as kids. His father was my best man at my wedding, and I am the god father of Garys older brother and sister. Paul and Laurie. I only remember Gary as a baby, like under 5 years of age. But I want everybody aboard the Kitty Hawk, and who are part of this great team. I am proud and honored to be able to be associated with it even though its a very small thing. Tom


Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 15:28:02 (PST)
Richard Stewart <stewbertky@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Stew
Rank/Rate: AHM-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: plane captain
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: West Pac 68-69 69-70

Comments: I just stumbled on to this site and it was a nice surprise. I wonder now and then about some of the guys. The only one I've seen since then is Dave Beaver. Hope everyone is doing well. Lot's of good memories.


Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 00:27:30 (PST)
Richard Dreiling <Dseawolf@msn.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Dick
Rank/Rate: CWO-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Avionics Officer
Aircraft Type: A7A
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 68-69 & 69-70 WestPac Uss Constellation CV-64

Comments: Good to see we have a website.


Monday, February 10, 2003 at 22:32:48 (PST)
Tom Spees <speestw@cs.com>
Rank/Rate: ADJ
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7 E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA 27
Stationed at: NAS Lemore...CVAN65

Comments: Doug Bolden, you did not leave an e mail address. Drop me a line, I'd like to chat.


Monday, February 03, 2003 at 11:35:15 (PST)
Nölling, Lothar Chr. <LCNOELLING>
Callsign/Nickname: German Fan

Comments: Hello Mr. I am big Fan of the F/A 18 Hornet Fighter, i have a great collection ower Picture ower the F/A 18. I have no foto from the VFA 27. I please your can you me a great Foto from the CAG Wing on the ground and a air to air shoot send. I will send your the price for the Picture or i give Picture from German or Russian Fighters. My adress in Germany L.C. Nölling, Neue Strasse 11, D-57319 BAD BERLEBURG I wish you all times good look an Good bless America. A Friend from Germany Lothar Nölling


Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 22:10:16 (PST)
James Mooney <hdjimbo@hotmail,com>
Callsign/Nickname: jimbo
Rank/Rate: AD3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Line/AD shop/Troubleshooter
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore/Coral Sea
Deployments: breach det cubi/wespac 82

Comments: i remember first getting to the pi and everyone was deployed doing what ended up to be the 102 days in the IO. when the ship finally got to subic everything went crazy. we had so many people in the squadron boarding the berthings were full and we the newbies had to berth with the black shoes behind the MAA shack towards the stearn. it was the first time on ship for me and the animosity towards the ships company and the airdales was enormious. every day we get off work and our racks was tore up and our personal gear was gone through and fighting over bullshit was a everday thing that was my first experience aboard the coral sea and will never forget. lastly i'd like to say greetings to all the shipmates i had a blast in charger country and still working in the milatary enviroment thanks to the ojt and training i recieved when i was active. god bless and good will "hooaha"


Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 14:49:16 (PST)
Robert Silvis <bsilvis@csonline.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Bob
Rank/Rate: AQC/AQCS
Driver/Fixer/Support: AV/ARM Division CPO
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 79-80 USS Coral Sea

Comments: This cruise was quite interesting and I actually enjoyed it. For being the oldest carrier in the fleet we never went on water hours. Capt Stanley was one hell of a CO. The one disappointment of the cruise was that the Maces were to offload at Cubi while VA-97 was to go to the Indian Ocean with the ship. We actually unloaded the whole squadron and moved to Cubi Pt only to be ordered back onto the ship to go to the Indian Ocean with the ship. It was a long 102 days at sea, but it enabled a lot of us to save money and eventually come home with money that we probably would have spent otherwise. The hostage rescue attempt with the painting of wings of the aircraft and the anxiety of the possibility of actually being involved in hostile action was quite exciting, yet tramatic. I had to field a lot of questions from my juniors about what was going on and I was just as much in the dark as everyone else. I was frocked to E-8, AQCS, by Commander Partington on the forecastle and that also was a highlite of the 79-80 cruise. I really enjoyed reading and seeing the inputs to the Mace web site. I will visit regularly hoping to read or see things from shipmates that I served with. Everyone take care.


Monday, December 30, 2002 at 13:06:23 (PST)
John Norbury <jnorbury@mmind.net>
Rank/Rate: AEC
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: LeMoore
Deployments: 1984 -1988

Comments: I worked as AE Shop supervisor, Line Division PO, QA Rep, QA Chief, Flt Deck Coord. and NX Maint. Chief


Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 23:06:06 (PST)
Wilford Vangordan <wilfordv@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: E4
Driver/Fixer/Support: AO3 Flight Deck Crew
Aircraft Type: A-7A Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: West Pac 68-69/69-70 USS Constellation(CVA-64)

Comments: Transfered to VA-27 from VA-122 in Jan 68. Spent the rest of my time in the Aviation Ordnance Shop until my release from active duty in Oct 1970. Made the 68/69 and the 69/70 West PAC Tours. The Connie was the first ship(to my knowledge) in the US Navy to ever repair a drive shaft underway, on the 68/69 cruise.


Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 17:28:48 (PST)
Steven Van Every
Rank/Rate: E-3
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemore

Comments: It was was a great time on the CVN-70. many wonderful memeries


Friday, November 08, 2002 at 09:48:36 (PST)
Dean Hubbard <dhubbard1@wi.rr.com>
Rank/Rate: AT2
Driver/Fixer/Support: IWT Shop
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 72-73 West Pac, 74-75 West Pac

Comments: Haven't thought about the old days is some time. It was an interesting time. Glad that I was there but don't want to do it again. Does anyone have E-mail addresses for the old IWT shop people from 72-75 time frame? See Monty Oakes entry for the names.


Monday, October 28, 2002 at 21:08:29 (PST)
Doug Bolden
Rank/Rate: E-5
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer, Plane Capt., Flight deck trbl. shooter, Final checker
Aircraft Type: A-7a, b & e
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WestPac 69/70 CVA-64 WestPac 71/72 CVAN-65

Comments: Good to see a few names from the past.


Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 19:56:52 (EDT)
Keith Lang <klanggolf@earthlink.net>
Rank/Rate: AMH3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: WESTPAC 1971-72/ 1972- CVAN65

Comments: I must say this is a great website, brought back some wonderful memories! I have always thought that this squadron was great, but after reading its history I am sure of it.A job well done by all who have served. After leaving the group in Oct of 72, I was able get a job with American Airlines in March of 73,and continue to work for them to this day as a "Fixer" on the 777, much of what I have learned came from my training in the NAVY.No this is not a comerical. Anyway you guys have me proud to have served with you , take care and God bless you all. Oh ya anyone know where I can find PR1 Chuck Zimmerman and PR3 Joe Callandra, and don't tell me under a table in bar at Cubi Point.


Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 00:00:29 (EDT)
Rob Ray <fxdwg@gis.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Razor
Rank/Rate: AMH3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Echo Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Nas Lemoore
Deployments: WestPac 79-80 81-82 USS Coral Sea CV - 43

Comments: Joined VA-27 after A-7E genfam with VA-122. Made 2 WestPacs 79-80 and 81-82 both aboard the USS Coral Sea.


Monday, September 02, 2002 at 18:19:13 (EDT)
Kevin <navypilotcvn63@earthlink.net>
Callsign/Nickname: VooDoo
Rank/Rate: (NFO) Lt.CMDR
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: F/A-18 Hornet
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Atsugi Japan
Deployments: April`97-`January`99 USS Kitty Hawk CV-63

Comments: I am A United States Navy flyer, My Countrymen built the best airplane in the world and entrusted it to me.They trained me to fly it.I will use it to the absolute limit of my power. With my fellow pilots,air crews,and deck crews,my plane and I will do anything necessary to carry out our tremendous responibilities.I will always remember we are part of an unbeatable combat team-The United States Navy. When the going gets fast and rough,I will not falter,I will be Uncompromising in every blow I strike.I will be hunble in victory. I am a United States Navy Flyer.I have dedicated myself to my country,with its many millions of all races,colors,and creeds. I ask the help of God,in making that effort great enough. God Bless the Pilots and deck Crews,of the United States Navy Callsign VooDoo


Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 16:21:28 (EDT)
glenn cooke <glenncooke52@hotmail.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Cookie
Rank/Rate: AT3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Flight deck troubleshooter and final checker, tweet shop
Aircraft Type: A7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore, 73-77
Deployments: 74-75, 76-77, Westpac, USS Enterprise

Comments: Thanks to Don Unruh for the "Honorable Mention": nam myo ho ren ga kyo! I hung out alot with my future best man and STILL best friend AT3 Jim "JRP" Price. He covered my butt on the deck on many an occasion.


Thursday, August 01, 2002 at 16:49:52 (EDT)
James Batty <jbatty@i-55.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Jim
Rank/Rate: E-5
Driver/Fixer/Support: AMH 2
Aircraft Type: A7 E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1-71 to 2-71, and 6-71 to 2-72 USS Enterprise CVAN-65

Comments: Will check out later.


Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 14:05:57 (EDT)
Rick Alles <h2oskierrick@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: AMS2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WES PAC 1987,USS Carl Vinson

Comments: It's great to see a web page on my old squadron, although I got out after 4 years, I look back my time spent with the Royal Mace's, it I wouldn't change it for nothing! Working in the Airframe shop Trouble shooting was great!


Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 13:57:03 (EDT)
Rick Alles <h2oskierrick@yahoo.com>
Rank/Rate: AMS2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WES PAC 1987, Rim of FIre, Colonel Potlatch

Comments: It's great to see a web page on my old squadron, although I got out after 4 years, I look back my time spent with the Royal Mace's, it I wouldn't change it for nothing!


Monday, May 27, 2002 at 15:08:47 (EDT)
kenneth jason marshall <kmarsh1236@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: krayzrollen
Rank/Rate: AO/AN
Driver/Fixer/Support: n/a
Aircraft Type: FA/18c
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: vfa-27
Stationed at: atsugi.japan
Deployments: n/a

Comments: i miss what i used to do and i miss the squadren and the hard working women and men in it


Monday, May 27, 2002 at 12:29:31 (EDT)
Dave Lesser <dnpierce68@attbi.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Dumb Shit
Rank/Rate: AN
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Capt.
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, CVA-64
Deployments: 69-70 WesPac

Comments: For those of you closely following my quest, you will be happy to learn I have completed recreating a flight jacket for myself,(a CWU-45P that I was able to acquire in an XXX-Lg size, E-Mail me for where to find, if you are old fat and ugly like me). If you have a curosity I can even provide picture files. Thanks to all who offered suggestions in my quest. I woukld still like the WesPac cruise patches, but those are proving to be elusive, unless I could get them from someone in Japan, that is around Yokosuka. Dave Lesser


Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 22:53:27 (EDT)
Adam Currey <adamcurrey@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Frogman
Rank/Rate: AO3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Ordy
Aircraft Type: F/A- 18 Hornet
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore, NAF Atsugi
Deployments: Westpac 97 USS Indepence

Comments: If you ain't ordance you ain't#%#


Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 22:34:08 (EDT)
Tom Atkins <tomat2112@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: AO3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Ordnance
Aircraft Type: F/A-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore, NAF Atsugi
Deployments: Westpac '94 Uss Kitty Hawk, Westpac 97 Uss Independance

Comments: Charge on Chargers!


Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 17:46:34 (EDT)
Patrick Reimann <preiman@hvc.rr.com>
Rank/Rate: E4/ AMS3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E CorsairII
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 84-85 WestPac 86-87 Westpac

Comments: The email address is wrong on the roster. hope to hear from you guys that where stationed with me. Except for you Hebowitz I hear from you all the time.


Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 22:52:13 (EDT)
KUBERA DANIEL
Callsign/Nickname: KUBE
Rank/Rate: AD1
Driver/Fixer/Support: FIXER
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA27
Stationed at: ATSUGI JAPAN
Deployments: TOO MANY

Comments: WHAT'S UP MACES. POLLACK I KNOW YOU WERE ON THIS SITE I CAN SEE THE REMNANTS OF YOUR SLACKNESS, SLACKNASTY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE


Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 19:01:14 (EDT)
Dave Lesser <dnpierce68@attbi.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Dumb Shit?
Rank/Rate: AN
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Capt.
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: CVA-64 & Lemoore
Deployments: 69-70 WesPac

Comments: Next on the shopping list: I am trying to find a VA-27 large (approx. 5" Dia.) Patch. Anyone help? Dave


Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 15:51:26 (EDT)
Ray Anderson <raymond.anderson@sun.com>
Rank/Rate: AT1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: West Pac 74-75 onboard USS Enterprise

Comments: Joined the squadron with the beach det. a few weeks prior to the squadrons return from the '73 westpac deployment. Assigned to AIMD avionics shop at Lemoore and onboard the Enterprise. Kept the IFF, Tacan, Radar beacon, datalink up and running. Spent the last of my 6 years running the avionics shop (w/c 610) down at NAS Miramar. Got out in Dec. '77. Presently a Signal Integrity Engineer with Sun Microsystems Inc.


Monday, April 08, 2002 at 05:42:22 (EDT)
Dave Lesser <dnpierce68@attbi.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Dumb Shit?
Rank/Rate: AN
Driver/Fixer/Support: Plane Capt.
Aircraft Type: A-7
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: CVA-64 & Lemoore
Deployments: '69-'70 Cruise

Comments: anyone know where I can get a Constellation cruise patch for the 68-69 and the 69-70 cruises? The rectangular one with the six flags. Or any cruise patch with those six flags, any squadron, year or ship that I can modify to match? Dave Lesser


Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 01:27:00 (EST)
SHAUN L. RAMSEY <slrams@swbell.net>
Rank/Rate: AMH 3
Driver/Fixer/Support: TROUBLE SHOOTER
Aircraft Type: A7 E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: WEST PACK APRIL 78 UNTIL SEPARATION IN SEPT 78

Comments: RODE THE BOAT FROM ALAMEDA TO HAWAII. I GOT THE BEACH DET FOR TEN DAYS ( I WAS THE SHORT-TIMER ). WENT BACK ON THE BOAT FOR THE LEG TO P.I. THEN GOT THE BEACH DET THERE TOO. IT WAS SHURE PAINFULL HAVING TO WATCH THE BOAT LEAVE (NOT REALY).I STAYED IN SUBIC FOR THE BEST PART OF TWO MONTHS WHILE THE BOAT PROCEDED TO AUSTRAILIA. THAT WAS THE BEST THE NAVY COULD DO FOR ME ( TWO DETS ON ONE WESTPACK) I NEVER EXTENDED MY ENLISTMENT. LEFT P.I IN AUGUST 78 FOR LEMOORE AND NEVER LOOKED BACK, UNTIL NOW YES THOSE WHERE GOOD TIMES BECAUSE OF THE GOOD PEOPLE GOD BLESS THEM ALL.


Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 23:07:49 (EST)
James H. Houghton <houghtonjh@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: AM2/1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Airframes Shop Night Check Sup
Aircraft Type: F/A-18c
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: NAF Atsugi
Deployments: 10 Day cruise after the SEPT 11 Attacks, Kadena Weapons Det

Comments: I remember when 27 first came to Japan. I was with VFA-192 at the time. They have definitely become one of the best HORNET Squadrons around. They said that they would change CAG-5, nobody believed them at the time. They did and it was for the better. Remember working the night of those DAMN TERRORIST ATTACKS. They made us go on a 10 day cruise on the Sh*tty Kitty!!! Glad I will never go on that ship again!!! I wish I could have stayed longer than 6 months but I would rather fly the HORNET than fix 'em. Left 27 for the Seaman-To-Admiral Program. Hope to fly the Super Hornet they are going to be getting in the future.


Monday, March 11, 2002 at 19:23:24 (EST)
chris curry <ccurry79@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: pn3, usn
Stationed at: psd new london, ct

Comments: im actually tring to get orders to the squadron at this time just thought i woul say hi


Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 01:04:39 (EST)
Adam Brockie <oneadam1@pacbell.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Brock
Rank/Rate: ADAN
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer/launcher
Aircraft Type: A7E-F/A-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-VFA
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: 88'90

Comments: Hey, Chargers. If Bicknell is out there call me Bro! Now mister. To everyone else, We all grew together, we were more of a family in 27 than anywhere I have gone since. Get in touch.


Friday, January 18, 2002 at 03:34:33 (EST)
Tom Spees <speestw@cs.com>
Rank/Rate: ADJ-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A 7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA 27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 1971 - 1972 USS Enterprise S. E. Asia

Comments: Like to hear from anyone. Have recently been in contact with Al Lakin, we are trying to get together.


Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 17:28:38 (EST)
Bob Montague <bobmontague@home.com>
Rank/Rate: YN2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Admin
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: '68 Westpac

Comments: Reported for duty at Lemoore in late August of '67 while the squadron was just forming. George Pappas was CO, Donald Felt XO and Mason Gilfry was personnel officer. I remember walking into VA-122's office and asking where VA-27 was. Finally found it. My time was up in late August of '68 so didn't complete the cruise. That was my first sea duty, and it was an experience I'll never forget. Flew from Clark AFB back to San Diego and was discharged.


Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:21:21 (EST)
J. Greg Travis <travbro@hotmail.com>
Callsign/Nickname: TravBro
Rank/Rate: AQ2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Tweak
Aircraft Type: A7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: Carl Vinson West Pac's 86-88

Comments: Remembering the Dead Boys of VA27! I don't want to get trivial, but here are some quick key-phrase memories and associated people. Mongo the War Wookie "Dogroll", A weekend at Pacers "Jingo", Hung over in the hanger at PI "All of Us", that horrible scenic trip to LA "John Thompson", the imaginary band PARASITE "Ron Jordon", hiding in my room "McNerney", the computer boxing game FightNight"a few bored dead boys", after they realize they aint got me yet... getting ordi-taped and hung like a bomb... then dropped on the flight line "Me", having everyone who passed by buy us a round of HOT Tusker Beer cause we we're really short timers our last few days in VA27 at White Castle in Kenya "US", OK I'll stop there... I can't name them all..., thanks guys for this website.


Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 14:23:14 (EST)
Mark Hahn <markh@onemain.com>
Rank/Rate: AME-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: AME/Fixer/Troubleshooter
Aircraft Type: A-7E Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS LEMOORE
Deployments: WestPac 84 & 85

Comments: I would Like to be on the all-time roster page


Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 13:08:42 (EST)
Montford E Oakes <Bumgouge2@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Monty
Rank/Rate: AQ3
Driver/Fixer/Support: IWT SHOP
Aircraft Type: A-7E Cosair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac 74-75 with Vietnam Evacuation

Comments: Hello to the gang from 1974 - 1976. Do you remember IWT Techs; Bill Glover, John Shelton, Mike Smith, Duran Elkins, Ben Harrison, Dean Hubbard, John Macy, Sookie, Cavanaugh, etc...Pilots; Fennessy, Purifoy, Wort, Branch, etc.. and COs Patrick, Kenney, and Iverson?


Monday, November 19, 2001 at 21:21:32 (EST)
Terry L. Eberhart <terry@eberharts.com>
Rank/Rate: AQF-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: AIMD/ APQ-116 & APQ-126 Radar
Aircraft Type: A7-B A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: '68-'69 USS Constellation, '71 USS Enterprise

Comments: A lot of fun people (and some not so much fun) all of which I have not seen since. Served under Cmd. Keeley in '71 married Linda Keeley (no relation that we know of) in '74.


Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 12:10:25 (EST)
Donald Unruh <dunruh@southwind..net>
Callsign/Nickname: Don
Rank/Rate: AT3/2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A-7E Avionics
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Retired USN
Deployments: Westpac Sep `74 - May 1975 U.SS. Enterprise CVAN-65

Comments: The Royal Maces where my first fleet squadron and my best outfit. Had a blast during Westpac on the "Big E" and transfered to NAS Cubi Point when the boat left for home in May of `75. I was TAD to AIMD W/C 610 nearly all the time (except for ship onloads and offloads. Ran with the likes of Glenn "Cookie" Cooke of the IWT shop, so it's a wonder I made it through.


Friday, October 05, 2001 at 07:52:22 (EDT)
Alex Heberling <alexheberling@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: AD3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7-E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: West-Pac 84/85 & West-Pac 86/87

Comments: Looking back at at it all, I must admit that I sure had alot of fun during my time there. Make no mistake, it wasn't all fun and there were plenty of people there who loved playing their games. Still, there were others whom I've had the privilege of knowing and think of till this day as my friends.


Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 12:28:09 (EDT)
Mike Ferrini <probation13@juno.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Mike
Rank/Rate: AMSAN
Driver/Fixer/Support: Galley Slave/Plane Capt/Squadron Punk
Aircraft Type: A7E II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WEST-PAC '84/85 and '86/'87 CVN-70

Comments: Let's have a moment of silence for Subic Bay.....


Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 05:58:18 (EDT)
Elison James Talabong <ejt614@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: "T-Bong"
Rank/Rate: AO2(AW)/E-5
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: S-3B Viking
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VS-41
Stationed at: VS-41 NASNI
Deployments: VS-21 Feb. 1995 to Feb. 1999

Comments: Hello, I'm AO2 Talabong, just visiting your website. I'm currently stationed at VS-41 NASNI, San Diego serving in the Ordnance shop here. I have taken orders there and will be reporting there late July 2002. I am very excited and motivated to change my platform. Here at VS-41, I'm currently the Day Shift Maintenance Supervisor. I cannot wait to leave the old S-3's and move on the HI-TECH Hornets!!! Sincerely, AO2(AW) Elison James Talabong


Monday, September 24, 2001 at 16:50:43 (EDT)
Stanley D. Carmody <ordchiefcarmody@hotmail.com>
Rank/Rate: AO1
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore
Deployments: Coral Sea 82/83 - Carl Vinson 84/85

Comments: Hi there.


Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 12:13:45 (EDT)
Jim Gifford <ualyngord@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: E-5/YN2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 81-82 Western Pacific/Indian Ocean and 83 World Cruise

Comments: Would love to hear from other shipmates that served with this squadron during this time frame 1981 through 1983.


Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 10:12:51 (EDT)
Jerry Jacobs <gkjacobs@msn.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Twitch
Rank/Rate: LT
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A-7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, CA
Deployments: Westpac 72-73 CVAN-65 Enterprise

Comments: When I joined the squadron in 72, T.R. Williams was still in the squadron. The wings folded flight was in his log book. We had an excellent safety record, won the Safety Award just prior to the 72 cruise. But the CAG OPS officer flew our aircraft and had a ramp strike and ejected. That went on our squadron record. I remember when a pilot was selected to fly into Ubon, Thailand, he would take thousands of dollars with orders for gold jewelry from everyone in the squadron. Our officers mess would get bills from the Cubi O Club, Subic O Club, and the Chuckwagon for damages incurred during our last in port period. The aircraft had great bombing systems. 20' CEPs were common and bullseyes during Compex.


Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 18:50:50 (EDT)
James M. Bray <Jamesmbray@aol.com>
Rank/Rate: AO-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer/Support - AIMD Enterprise
Aircraft Type: A7- E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore, CA
Deployments: Wespac 76 and 78 , Exercises Valiant Herritage and Kangaroo II abord USS Enterprise.

Comments: Nice site, I look forward to seeing it grow. Sure would like a current squadron patch.


Friday, August 17, 2001 at 20:16:07 (EDT)
Rob Bicknell <robert@mid-west.net>
Callsign/Nickname: Bick
Rank/Rate: AE2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Electrician
Aircraft Type: A-7, F/a-18
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: both
Deployments: westpac88,90

Comments: hey Posey and Bartels don't know if you guys remmeber Me but remember you both,tka ecare


Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 18:20:26 (EDT)
Dan Peistrup <pieman72@yahoo.com>
Callsign/Nickname: pieman
Rank/Rate: E-5/AT2
Aircraft Type: F/A-18C
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore and Atsugi
Deployments: July 1994-May 1997

Comments: I was in the squadron from July 1994 until May 1997, I worked in the paint shop for the initial CAG paint scheme. I have 2 of the original models, purchased in Atsugi 2 weeks after we unveiled the plane, not for sale. I also have pics of myself and another guy named Moya painting the plane during each step of the process. Great site, about 1 million times better than the official website. Great pics too!


Monday, July 02, 2001 at 12:24:16 (EDT)
Tom Knudson <tom.knudson@conoco.com>
Rank/Rate: Lt.
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore/USS Enterprise CVA(N) 65
Deployments: 71/72 Westpac; 72/73 Westpac

Comments: Nice to see a site up and running - I stay in touch via email with Jim Lee, Dan March, Jim Larkin, Jerry Johnson, and Bud Edney - have lost touch with the other pilots I flew with during my stint with the Royal Maces from June 70 to Jan 73. I still have a favorite photo of Chief Pete and I (AOCS Petersen)on the flight deck of the Big E before a launch.


Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 18:54:19 (EDT)
John Hilterman <johnhilterman@home.com>
Callsign/Nickname: Scooter
Rank/Rate: LCDR
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: Hornet
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Stationed at: Lemoore and Atsugi
Deployments: All of them since joining the squadron in April '94 until July '97

Comments: Hello to all the Chargers/Maces. Living in Denver and flying for United Airlines. You all take care. Scoot


Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 22:24:11 (EDT)
Patrick Reimann <reimann@spitfire.net>
Rank/Rate: AMS3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
Aircraft Type: A7E
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 84/85 WestPac 86/87 WestPac USS Carl Vinson

Comments: I made some great friends in the squadron and have some great memories. If anybody remebers me, drop me a line. I started out as a plane captain went to the airframe shop and finally reached the troubleshooter status.


Friday, May 18, 2001 at 20:30:06 (EDT)
Richard A. (Rich) Powell <pbprichp@aol.com>
Callsign/Nickname: "Smokey"
Rank/Rate: Ens/Ltjg/Lt
Driver/Fixer/Support: Driver
Aircraft Type: A-7A Corsair II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Stationed at: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WestPac/combat '68-'69 & '69-'70; CVA-64/CVW-14

Comments: Plankowner; wasn't it fun writing all those new directives (Thank God for the Argonauts!). Remember, we were the ONLY Sqd to bring back all our drivers - each cruise (lost some A/C, tho). Pete Walden, landed aboard "Connie" with the big hole in the wing; Jim Lee - bad hit, but made it out to just offshore NVN & was recovered; Skipper Pappas, battle-damaged divert, crashlanded and ejected in Da Nang, darn near took out a Hanger; Rod Karp, shot down over Laos, picked up by the CIA helo (Air America) - he was so happy to see them that he gave them his pistol (got some grief for that!); Bud Biery, a SAM got him while trying to fire his Shrike at night, then his raft wouldn't inflate, but they got him back to the ship. He was the "spare," but I was boxed in by a down A/C, so they launched him. I went down to watch the movie, quite pleased with the turn of events, at least 'til the word came down about his shoot-down; had a whole different perspective on it then. We're still friends, tho. Great to see this site; looking forward to reading more. Anyone know whereabouts of Jim Tuck, The best darn AV. Bosun Mate in the business?


Monday 05/14/2001 7:53:12pm
Name: Ron Mulcahy
E-Mail: Ronniejoe625@aol.com
Rank/Rating: AMEAN
Driver/Fixer/Support:
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned@: Lemoore and Alameda
Deployments: 1985-1988

Comments:

Thursday 05/10/2001 7:28:29pm
Name: Rodd Karp
E-Mail: snap@nwlink.com
Rank/Rating:
Driver/Fixer/Support:
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: Son of VA-27 Naval Aviator Raleigh (Rod)
Staioned@:
Deployments:

Comments:
My dad flew for VA-27 when it was started... he was shot down over Laos on his second cruise and picked up soon thereafter. After the Navy and instructing, he became an FAA Air Traffic Controller in Auburn, Washington. He passed away in 1978 by taking his own life.


Thursday 05/10/2001 5:45:06pm
Name: John Pfannenstiel
E-Mail: johnp@bluebird.com
Rank/Rating: AZ2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Logs and Records
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned@: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 69-72

Comments: Retired as AZCS 1995


Tuesday 03/20/2001 7:16:03pm
Name: Marc Williams
E-Mail: marc548@mediaone.net
Rank/Rating: ATR3/ATR2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned@: NAS LeMoore/ USS Constellation CVW-14
Deployments: 1st WestPac

Comments: Ended up spending 9 years working on A-7's (VA-27,VA-174 AND VA-46).


Wednesday 03/14/2001 7:40:28am
Name: Dave Lesser
E-Mail: dnpierce68@home.com
Rank/Rating: E-3
Driver/Fixer/Support: huh?
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned@: Lemoore, CVA-64
Deployments: 69-70 wespac

Comments: Plane Capt.


Friday 03/09/2001 1:30:18pm
Name: Edward Polack
E-Mail: epolack@smibdaddy.com
Rank/Rating: AME2(AW)
Driver/Fixer/Support: W/C 13B CDQAR-W/C 320 Troubleshooter
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Staioned@: NAF Atsugi
Deployments: USS Indy/USS Kitty Hawk 1998-2000

Comments: Originally with VFA-192 in Japan. Took orders to VFA-27 in 1998. Did 6 monther to the Gulf and several small detachments to Guam/Korea/Oman/and Quatar!


Sunday 02/04/2001 4:24:24am
Name: viana brandon
E-Mail: vianabrandon@hotmail.com
Rank/Rating: AD2
Driver/Fixer/Support: fixer powerplants / pc
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: vfa-27
Staioned@: now at vq-3
Deployments: 1996 to 1999

Comments: I have lots of picture of the planes and the flight deck ....


Friday 01/19/2001 10:04:08am
Name: Joe Posey
E-Mail: jeposey2@hotmail.com
Rank/Rating: AZ2/E-5
Driver/Fixer/Support: Admin/ Logs and Records
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: va-27 transition to vfa-27
Staioned@: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WESTPAC

Comments: served in the squadron from oct 88 to jun 92.


Sunday 01/14/2001 9:49:21pm
Name: William (Bill) Leuallen
E-Mail: leuallen@ridgenet.net
Rank/Rating: PR
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27 1971-1974
Staioned@: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: Westpac 1971-72 1972-73

Comments: PR-1 Retired at NAWC China Lake, CA. 1992. Last duty wasd as a Navy Test Parachutist.Anyone know the where abouts of PR-1 Charles Zimmerman Retired?


Saturday 01/13/2001 11:07:12pm
Name: Jay Bartels
E-Mail: jaybar5150@aol.com
Rank/Rating: PR3
Driver/Fixer/Support: Support
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27 and VFA-27
Staioned@: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: WESPAC 88' and 90/ USS Carl Vinson

Comments: I only did 1 tour while in the Navy but it is an expeierence I will never forget. At the time, I hated it. As time went I met more people and became comfortable with my surroundings it was a blast. The ports, the culture shock of walking across sh-t river in Olangapo PH. an 18 year old punk who thought what the hell did I do. Looking back I can't believe I made it back to the ship alive. Jay B.


Saturday 01/13/2001 9:52:34pm
Name: John Bergman
E-Mail: jcbergman@earthlink.net
Rank/Rating: AMH-2
Driver/Fixer/Support: Fixer & Flight Deck Troubleshooter
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned@: NAS Lemoore - USS Constellation CVA64
Deployments: 2 West Pacs 68-69 and 69-70 on Connie

Comments: Am a proud plank owner of the VA-27 Royal Maces and was aboard when she received each of her new A7A's and when she received each of her new A7E's.


Greg Lake - 12/01/00 00:25:36
My Email:golake@xmission.com
Rank/Rating: AN
Driver, Fixer or Support: Line
Aircraft type: A7E Coursar II
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned @: NAS Lemore
Deployments: West Pac 84-85

Comments:



Jay Bottorff AOC - 10/29/00 04:51:50
My Email:f7jbotto@aol.com
Rank/Rating: AOC (AW)
Driver, Fixer or Support: LOADER
Aircraft type: F/A-18C Hornet
Year(s) assigned to squadron: 1996-1998
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VFA-27
Staioned @: Lemoore, CA/Atsugi,JA
Deployments: 1996,1997 (CV-62)

Comments:
VFA-27 Ordnance CPO NAS Lemoore CA/NAF Atsugi Japan 1996-98. It's outstanding to see detailed and accurate history of "One of the Finest in the Light Attack/Strike Fighter communities". Look forward to the sea-stories and photos of past and present ROYA MACES!



WALTER HARDY,JR. ABH-1 USN RETIRED - 10/20/00 07:06:12
My Email:HARDYBUILT@AOL.COM

Comments:
I WAS WORKING THE HANGAR DECK BACK ON THE CORAL SEA IN THOSE DAYS AND WE ALL HAD A VERY GOOD TIME EVEN THOUGH THOSE VIETCONGS KEPT US BUSY. THE CORAL SEA IS GONE NOW BUT HER MEMORY LIVES ON IN THOSE WHO SERVED ABOARD HER.I LOOK THROUGH MY CRUISE BOOKS TO EMEMBER ALL THE GUYS I USED TO KNOW IN THOSE DAYS AND STILL SOME COME TO MIND EVEN NOW BUT WE ALL CAME TOGETHER ON THE CORAL SEA. TO ME SHE WAS THE GREATEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER AFLOAT PERIOD. WALT THE SALT!



Bob Dorais - 03/28/00 01:12:42
My URL:http://www.usscoralsea.net/27/index.html
My Email:27@usscoralsea.net
Rank/Rating: AE-2
Driver, Fixer or Support: Fixer, Flight deck troubleshooter, Final launch inspector
Aircraft type: A7-E Corsair II
Year(s) assigned to squadron: 1979-80
VA-27 and/or VFA-27: VA-27
Staioned @: NAS Lemoore
Deployments: 79/80 WestPac USS Coral Sea

Comments:
Hi! I hope to hear from other Royal Mace members. Keep the suggestions, stories and pictures coming!




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