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VA-163 SAINTS GRAM
15th Year Edition
Established Nov 2002
VOL 1 Issue 179
Standing the Watch
Ed Copher, Editor, “Saints Everlasting Keeper of the Flame”
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Contains 80 Albums (Sets).... 4,832 Photos
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Message from the Saints Webmaster: Submitted by Jim Houston
Saints Website Roster & Newsletter changes:
I made a change in how the Roster changes will be posted on the website. It is too time consuming to publish the complete Roster list every month, so from now on only the changes will be posted. A complete updated roster will be posted once a year, and the complete roster is still available at any time on the website.
Check out the website to see how it works. Comments and suggestions are encouraged and appreciated.
Along the same lines, I'm going to edit the newsletters down and only publish the changes each month. I understand you have put a lot of work into them, but in my opinion, the members want to see the "news" in "newsletters", and not so much of the same stuff every month.
Saints Reunion Cruise 2019 survey: Date will be around April 2019 out of Galveston
This is the survey for count on how many might be interested.
Survey: April 2019 Saints/Ghost Riders Cruise
Please return to firstname.lastname@example.org
____Yes/No would like to go on a cruise ____ Maybe, (will advise by January 2018)
____ Number of adults in your party 21 and over ____ Number of minors in your party
____ Early or late seating at Dinner (the majority will win and all do as the Romans)
____ Yes/No do you plan to drive to Galveston and park at the facility
Names of parties to attend: __________________________________________________
Connie Frances: Submitted by Ed Chadwick
Francis visited the USS Oriskany in 1967. Check out the patches on this
jacket. There is one our air group, one from an F8 squadron and another
from VA164. One morning we had an Alpha strike scheduled for a target near
Hanoi and I was the only person having breakfast before the mission. [Most guys
didn't eat before going "Downtown", but I didn't want to be shot down
on an empty stomach.] She walked in to the area where we could eat in flight
suits and sat down across from me. We talked for several minutes. I was very
Link to info: Connie Francis Jacket
Information help needed : From George Blosser
I need a little help tracking down some information from an inquiry I received at Tailhook17. A formal Naval Aviator is helping the widow of Bill Johnson who died in the Oriskany fire in late 66. I believe Bill was in VA-166 in Air Wing 16 at the time. Apparently the events surrounding his death were never completely explained to the family. Bill’s wife raised their two children and has remained a widow. The youngsters at the time are now adult and are curious about what happened to their Dad. The guy asking the questions at Hook17 was Dennis Harris who lives in Charlotte, NC presently. I thought perhaps you could put me on the trail of someone from that cruise that might have some information.
Thanks in advance, George Blosser email@example.com
Hi Ed, I don’t know if this mail is still good but if it is: I’m looking for some pictures of Jim Busey's A-4 during 67-68. At least his AH number. I am finishing an A-4 remote control JET and would like to paint it as Jim Busey’s.
Thanks in advance
Sebastian Davanzo/ CDSUR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four photos submitted by Ed Chadwick:
From Dan Lestage:
Helen and I have relocated to be closer to one of our kids (it’s an aging thing). Here is the new stuff:
Dan & Helen Lestage
601 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532-2010
I’m sure I’ve missed some of our “old shipmates” but pass it on if you would. Sorry we missed the last Saints/Ghostriders reunion but maybe next time.
Best to all form South Alabama,
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