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The 2016 HATRON-2 Reunion

The latest from Washington DC (Otto Kreisher):  Haven't focused on specific dates, but are considering late Sept, early Oct - times after the tourist season and brutal heat, but before likely snow; probably the end of September.


Several other things we want all shipmates’ preference on: Consider a Fri-Sun session, instead of the usual Thurs-Sat. That would mean arriving Thursday, leaving Monday. We are worried about the cost of hotels here and think we can get better rates if we book the weekend.


Events that are in the planning: 1) A Pentagon tour - has to be on a week day, 2) A Capitol tour, 3) The new Air & Space museum and 4) Tours of the Vietnam, Korean and WWII memorials will be scheduled on the weekend.


We want to get a hotel close to a Metro (subway) stop so our Shipmates can get to other things in DC beside the planned events. No one should plan to drive to anything here, so we will have to have bus transportation for all the group events.


So if all Shipmates would let us know your preference for dates, the option of the full weekend, and if you are planning on being there; it would help in our scheduling - so we can bargain with the hotels and determine how big a bus we need.


Looking at my calendar, time is flying by, so let us know and mark your calendar for HATRON 2’s 2016 Reunion.

Raymond Cook

Freedom Comes With A Price


Posted 11/22/2013

The 2014 HATRON-2 Reunion - NAS Whidbey Island

17-20 September 2014

The pictures have been posted


Posted: 5/28/2013

A3 Skywarrior Friends,


In the month of March as I was beginning to think about getting this letter written on behalf of A3 Skywarrior 144825,  which is currently stranded on the flight ramp at NAS Whidbey IS, our hearts were saddened by the breaking news of the crash of an EA-6B Prowler flying out of NAS Whidbey Island.  All crew members, unfortunately, were lost.  When these things happen  my mind always quickly moves to those who have been left behind.  I think of wives, husbands, children, parents, friends and co-workers who are left behind to suffer the loss of these dedicated crew members who were willing to give their lives for our country.  Regardless of  our heartfelt feelings for those who have loved these individuals, there always seems to be so little we can do to show our concern for those who will grieve, in the coming years, for these who were taken out of their lives.

When I saw the newsflash about the recent loss of the EA-6B and its crew my mind went to a Memorial on the base at NAS Whidbey IS, where an EA-6B Prowler proudly stands in honor of those who served in squadrons flying this plane.  Sometimes in order to honor the heroes who gave their lives for our country, a memorial site such as this is all we can do. 

This is why I would never give up on the idea of a Skywarrior for Whidbey Island. Our committee of six dedicated people, Jim Vannice, James VanderHoek, Ralph “Digger” O’Dell, Lanny Kee, Ralph Estes and Al Archer voted on April 24, 2009 to get a Skywarrior.  The decision to take this action was perhaps daring, but was backed by an undying faith that there were people who loved the Skywarrior as much as the members of our committee and who would support the effort to bring one back to our base.   Our confidence in the Skywarrior veterans was rewarded as people responded to the cause.  The love and dedication of many people was fulfilled on April 29, 2011 when we saw 144825 settle on the runway at NAS Whidbey IS.  It has truly taken contributions from distant places and the effort of many dedicated people who have spent countless hours on this project in order to bring 144825 to the spot on the ramp where it sits today.

Unfortunately, we still need help.  As you likely know by this time, the exact spot where our plane needs to sit had an underground oil tank which required removal, the dirt cleaned and then replaced before the slab could be poured and the plane moved to its final resting place.   At this time we are unsure of the expense we will have in the completion of the project.  Cutbacks in military support have placed limitations on military spending and this has slowed our efforts, in that we are not certain how much help the base will be able to provide to us in the final phase of the project.

Due to this setback, we are asking you to stand by us and consider a Memorial Day gift toward the completion of this project to honor those we lost. 

Al Archer 
Fund Raising Chairman


Good news about memorial paver bricks! Before we struck oil through an oil tank entering our lives which delayed the completion of the memorial, the paver availability had to end in order to complete the paver work before we finished our project.  Now with the delay on the completion of the memorial, our committee has been able to offer the opportunity for us to order more bricks.

See our Website  for an order form.


Posted: 5/17/2013

A Member of VAH 2 is Being Honored


I do not know if you remember me, but I contacted you a while ago looking for information on my uncle, Jackie Allen Young, who's Skywarrior slid off of the deck of the U.S.S. Coral Sea into the Sea of Japan on 3/3/61. You were all so kind and the information you gave me helped my in my search. I am writing to you all to let you know that my search has reached a successful conclusion.

With your help, I was able to get from the Navy his full service record as well as the transcript of the investigation into his accident. I was also able to get a medal he was due awarded to him. He is not eligible to have his name put on the wall, but The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has something they call the In Memory program. It was created for veterans like my uncle, who lost their lives in defense of their country, but who do not meet the criteria to be included on the wall. Once a year they hold a ceremony at the Wall in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, the names of all those veterans being honored are read aloud, by their relatives if they are there. A tribute is then placed at the wall, again by the family if they are present. The tribute contains the honoree's application, supplementary materials, photographs, and a certificate created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. This tribute, along with anything else left by the family, will be collected and archived by the National Park Service. The ceremony will take place on Friday, June 14 2013 at 10:00 am at the Wall.

Words cannot express how much this means to me and my family. Your information and assistance helped me get to this point and I am very grateful. If you would like any more information about the ceremony feel free to contact me or you can call The Fund at 202-393-0090 ext. 106. You can also send an email to Thank you all for what you did and thank you for your service.


Jim Heater  734-788-0362


Posted 5/14/2013

Due to recent delays to accommodate the EPA after removing a fuel cell from our proposed Whidbey site, we have decided to reinstate the paver program with a 31 December 2013 deadline.  Each paver is authorized to have three lines, with a maximum of 21 characters or spaces per line.  Provided we can meet a minimum order of 50 pavers, we will be able to keep the same price of $35 per paver.  Individuals may obtain an order form from our updated website.  <>  Check and form may be mailed to: A3SWMF or A-3 Skywarrior Whidbey Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 1402, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.  Should you have any questions, you may contact Ralph directly or myself.  Thanks for your support.


Whales Forever,
Bill Young
Director, A3SWMF


Posted 5/6/2013                                                                                      

                    A-3 Memorial Site - Underground Storage Tank removal. 26 March 2013

 On 26 March, the underground storage tank was removed from the site where the Whidbey A-3 Skywarrior  Memorial will be located. Removal was done under a contract between NAS Whidbey Island and a company called Diane’s  Tanks. The soil surrounding the tank has been found to be contaminated with oil that has leaked from the tank. Cleanup of the site is the responsibility of NAS Whidbey Island. So far, we have received the following information from the Public Works Department of NAS Whidbey Island concerning the status of the site:

 On 2 April (In response to our request for information about tests on the soil samples taken on 26 March):  “We  haven’t received any result yet. We don’t expect them to come in for a few weeks. The results won’t change our schedule for clean-up unfortunately. At the earliest, 2014 is the most optimistic for completion.”

On 4 April:  “Please share this with the rest of the A-3 Foundation if I left someone out.   We’ve been talking to Diane’s Tanks about the contamination data. Unfortunately, we cannot allow the results to be available for public release. Our spill response employee is the project manager and needs to develop a mitigation strategy coordinated with the State. The data is treated as sensitive information during this coordination period.   I can keep you apprised of the schedule and progress we are making as it pertains to the A-3 construction schedule. So let me know if you have questions and I’ll do my best to find you the answers.”

 What this means is that construction of the memorial site is postponed until the site can be cleaned up. Because of cutbacks related to the budget sequestration, NAS Whidbey does not have the funds to begin cleaning up the site this year.  Therefore, we are hoping that construction of the site will resume sometime in 2014. The technical plans for the site have been drawn up, the memorial wall is being engraved , and all the memorial pavers are ready to be laid at the site. As soon as we get the go-ahead from NAS Whidbey, we will finish construction of the site and move the Whale to it.  We regret this delay, but there is nothing we can do to expedite the process. The site is on NAS Whidbey property and they must adhere to established regulations and procedures in order to clean up the contamination before any other work can be done.  Please watch this page for any additional information that may become available.                                                                   



Posted 10/29/2012

Whale of a groundbreaking near Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

The Salmon Wrapper has the full story.

Go to the link below:


Posted 9/20/2012

Isn't she a beauty.

A very special thank you to all who brought this great tribute to completion

 from all Heavy Two's Royal Rampants - Thank You

Posted 8/15/2012

A3 Memorial Update

This report is from Bill Burklow:

Jeff Hansen & I attended an aircraft movement meeting this morning and here is a short breakdown of that meeting.

1. Bill MacMillan stated that the movement of the aircraft will be in two phases on the same day, rather than move the aircraft while it’s still nice out and before the rains start (however this is still subject to change due to a few unforeseen circumstances).

2. Only those actually needed to be present for the move will be allowed to be involved in the movement no matter when it happens. However, they want to move the aircraft to the site as soon as possible to get it off the Flight Line.

3. Aircraft will not move from present site at Hangar 9, to its permanent site until the following things happen first.

a. The site is constructed and this will be only the concrete pad at first, without any sidewalks, parking lots, signs, etc. The aircraft will be chained at the appropriate tie down points. The site will also be built in phases as time, money and weather permits. I will get with Jeff Wallin at a later date to determine dates of follow on construction.

b. Site construction (ground breaking) cannot begin until NAS Public Works Engineering approves the submitted revised drawings from P&L Construction, anticipated to be completed in a day or two.

1.) Earliest site construction may now happen can be Thursday of this week but no later than Monday of next week.

2.) It will take a week to build the site and then have it inspected by NAS Public Works before the concrete can be poured.

a.) Once the concrete is poured, it will take another week to set and cure properly.

b.) Then it will have a week of testing to insure proper curing and weight bearing properties, etc.

c. Estimated time of completion and ready for aircraft movement to sight will be the last of Sept or 1 Aug.

(Basically 3 wks from groundbreaking).

4. When aircraft is moved, only NAS, FRC, Chugach and A3SWMF personnel will be involved.

a. A3SWMF personnel involved in aircraft movement.

1.) Jeff Hansen

2.) Jim Croft

3.) Larry Irvin

4.) Bill Burklow

Note: A3SWMF members wishing to view the movement of aircraft along Ault Field Rd will be allowed, however they must stay off the roadway and no heckling or interference with movement is requested. Movement time has yet to be established, but let it be noted that it will be in the very earlier hours (darkness) of the morning.


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