Past Reunions


Attack Squadron Twelve
2015 Reunion was in Cocoa Beach, Florida

The 2015 Ubangi Reunion is now history and it was a GREAT SUCCESS!  We met Thursday evening at the Ice Breaker. Bright and early Friday morning we mustered and traveled to Midway Airboat Rides for a thrilling and informative ride on the Upper St. Johns River. Friday afternoon the Golfers Golfed and some ladies went shopping in Old Cocoa Village. Others relaxed on the beach.  In the evening dinners were at some of the best sea food  restaurants that the area at Port Canaveral could offer. Saturday morning we mustered again and traveled to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum where we toured  the museum, had lunch, and dedicated the A7 aircraft. A Girl Scout Troop from Tampa presented the Ubangi Vets a small quilt each thanking us for our service. Saturday evening we had our big evening at the hotel. Bill Doody gave a very interesting talk on the Battle of Midway. Paul Hiott from the VA gave us some very interesting insight on obtaining our Veterans benefits.  We all learned  a lot. We also took nominations for the location of the next reunion and had a preliminary vote.  Sunday as some Ubangi's departed several others traveled to the Kennedy Space Center for a day tour of the facility and to view the Shuttle Atlantis. We had mostly perfect weather for the weekend. 
Ubangi? Ubetcha!

2015 Reunion photos are here Click to see them

2015 Group  Photo

There is a Ships Store set up where you can order VA 12 items.  Go to and place your order.

2012 Reunion

2012 Ubangi Reunion is now in the history books as another GREAT gathering of the FLYING UBANGIS! The 2012 Reunion was held in Charleston, S.C. at the Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel, October 5-6, 2012.  Early arrivers on Thursday October 4 enjoyed a round or two of Golf and early shopping.  Friday evening started things with the traditional Ice Breaker followed by dinner at the Fleet Landing Restaurant. The Fleet Landing is an Historical location where the crewmen from visiting ships came ashore to partake of the sights and sounds of historic Charleston. Today it houses an excellent seafood restaurant that we all enjoyed.
Saturday we visited Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum where we toured the USS Yorktown and lunched in the Chiefs Mess.  Saturday evening was the Banquet at the hotel. We recognized the fallen shipmates and tolled the VA12 Memorial Bell as each name was read.  We nominated and voted on the top two destinations for the 2014 reunion.  The final ballot will be sent out to those members not in attendance.  Sunday was day of departure for most members with fond farewells and promises to see each other again in 2 years.  Pictures will be posted as received from attendees.

Click here to see photos of the 2012 reunion

Click here to see a video of the reunion
Courtesy of Eric Harvie

2010  Washington D.C.

It is hard to believe but another successful UBANGI Reunion has come and gone and now falls into the PAST reunions. The 2010 edition was held in our nations capital, Washington, D.C. at the Washington National Crowne Plaza June 24th to the 27th.Thanks again to Joe (Killer) Kyle for doing a spectacular job of putting this reunion together!  Our Official Photographers Mate, Bob Fossum, has completed his task and has provided us with a wonderful collection of pictures for all of us to reminisce over and especially for those that were not able to make it to this one.  This was a very special reunion with the primary mission of dedicating our VA12 Plaque at the US Navy Memorial in DC and visiting the graves of former Ubangi's at Arlington National Cemetery which was quite moving.
The Ubangi Newsletter has been published with all the details of the reunion. 
Remember, you must be a dues paying member of the VA12 Reunion Association to receive the Newsletter.
If you are not a current member, please contact
 Joe Kyle  to join.

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2010 Reunion Pictures by Bob Fossum  

66-67 West Pac Slide Show from BJ Smith

Video by Eric Harvie

Slide show #1 Thursday Icebreaker from John Gynan

Slide show #2 Around DC from John Gynan

2008 Chattanooga, Tn.

The VA12 Ubangi's 2008 Reunion was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee May 22-25.  At the Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Chattanooga.  Bill ( Pig) and Lynn Heck and Robert and Dottie Kaplen were very gracious hosts for their city. We all had a wonderful time! Thank You! 
The 2008 Gathering of the Attack Squadron Twelve Reunion Association was a tremendous success! We all gathered at the Courtyard Marriot to renew old friendships and to meet new shipmates from other eras other then our own. A few of the hardier arrived a couple of days earlier for rounds of golf in the wonderful weather that the Chattanooga area presented us.
The icebreaker Thursday evening provided for a nice event to have a drink and to relax after a long days travel.
Friday "on our own" afforded several of us the opportunity to visit some of the many other sites in and around the Chattanooga area such as the Chattanooga Choo Choo and Lookout Mountain to name a few. Of course Bob Kaplan gave us all a history lesson in how Lookout Mountain got its name.  Friday evening we all gathered for an informal dinner at a local brew pub and enjoyed great fun and food.
Saturday was filled with the tour of the Tennessee Aquarium. This aquarium was very well stocked and laid out with two separate buildings. One for the fresh water and a second for the salt water inhabitants. The evening was filled with a very enjoyable and relaxing two and a half hour dinner cruise aboard the Southern Bell on the Tennessee River. This was followed by a gathering in the hospitality room where Joe remembered our recently fallen shipmates and thanked the Hecks and Kaplans for the great job that they did setting up this reunion event. This was followed by a presentation to Joe of our gratitude for all the hard work and dedication that he has committed to keeping this organization afloat and organizing the VA12 Reunion Association.
After the tributes several of us stayed and viewed a slide show until most of us old farts had to turn in for early departures the next morning. The slides brought back lots of memories. We all look forward to 2010 when we will Muster again.

Bob Fossum's 2008 Reunion Pictures  << Click Here 

2008 Reunion Video  <<<Click Here Video provided by Eric Harvie


The 2006 Attack Squadron Twelve Reunion, was held in Pensacola Beach, FL April 20-23, 2006. Best Western Resort Pensacola Beach hosted our event. All that Attended reported having a really Grand time. The highlight of the event was the Naval Aviation Museum for both the tour and the banquette.
Thanks to Bob (Bolter) Brooks for being the "Man on the Ground" for us in Pensacola Beach.

Ubangi's one and all!

Ubagie's with their better halves!

Bob Fossum's excellent 2006 reunion pictures 


The 2004 Attack Squadron Twelve Reunion was held at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. April 23-25, 2004. 53 veterans of VA12 representing the 1950s to the 1970s were in attendance.

2004 Reunion  Photos
Bob Fossum's 2004 Jacksonville Reunion Photo Page  


The 2002 Attack Squadron Twelve Reunion was held in Norfolk, Va. at the Lake Wright Resort.

2002 reunion photos << click here


The first ever 2000 Attack Squadron Twelve Reunion was held June 2000 in Roanoke, Va. Fourteen Ubangi's from the 66,67 WestPac Cruise gathered for the weekend. No one was shot, no one went to jail, and the Shore Patrol didn't show up.  All and all a very successful first reunion.

2000 reunion photos << click here