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James "Pineapple" Kalaaukahi - Crew Chief  

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Arrived in unit:  Jan. 1968  Sp-4

Departed unit:   Feb. 1969  Sp-5

Duties in unit:   UH-1 mechanic, UH-1D, UH-C crewchief- Crewchief, lift platoons, Mustangs

Other Assignments:    Assigned to various Army aviation units, Hawaii Army Guard. Flight Plt Sgt,UH-1.  Maintained and supervised maintenance on UH-1, AH-1, OH-58 and CH-47D (Chinook) helicopters and gas turbine engine repairs.  Last unit was Company C, 193rd Aviation (Heavy Helicopter), Wheeler Army Air field, Hawaii. -  AVUM platoon Sergeant.AH-1G/S,Maintenance Plt Sgt. CH-47D Maint Plt Sgt. Full-time tech. HI ARNG (32 yrs) Ret. Dec '03    

Training:   Basic Ft. Ord CA, AIT Ft. Rucker AL.  Huey maintenance 67N20, 67V20, 68B20, 67Y20, 67U40(Chinook) maintenance. 

DOS Army:  Dec 31,  2003.  Sergeant First Class, E-7   


Current Residence:   Makakilo, HI

Occupation:   Helicopter mechanic, Dept of Defense, 
 Army National Guard Hawaii.  Airport Security Officer Supervisor,  Kalaeloa Airport (Formally Barber's PT. NAS)

Family:   Married to Yvonne, 35 years. Daughter, Lori. 2 beautiful grandkids, Tihani, 11 & Ramsay 18 Mos.

Hobbies:  Love to travel, Volunteer work (aviation), spend time w/grandkids, keep in touch w/Vets(68th), surf the net, & reading.

Remarks:  I am truly honored to be a part of this organization (68th AHC Vets). I have been to 3 of the 4 past reunions & as long as I'm alive I plan to make the rest of em!. I give special thanks to Stan Christian for he recognized & contacted me and that started me going.  I've met fellow crew members I served with, talked stories, just awesome!. What a feeling!. I will keep in touch.

Email:     last update June 2006


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