VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ADAMS, AWC James J. "JJ" Retired jimadamz@hotmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Atsugi, Japan from September 1965 to January 1967, VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from June 1967 to 1969, Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center at NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1969 through 1971, FAETUPAC NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey from 1972 to 1975, HSL-34 (Plankowner) frin 1976 through 1978, COMHELSEACONWING ONE from 1978 through 1982 and retired AWC in 1982..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUN2009 | BIO Updated 10NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 03AUG2000 | 02NOV99]

ADAMS, AWCS(AW) Mike Retired yardmarker08@gmail.com "...I entered into VP aviation as a Julie/ECM operator as an AX3 in 1964. My first squadron was VP-42, Crew-8, basically flying in the "maintenance officer's" crew (LCDR Ara Sarkisian and LCDR Marshall Martin). Leaving VP-42 with the disestablishment, I went to FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California as a TACCO ASA-16 Instructor. FAETUPAC moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1969. In 1970 I was transferredred to VP-4 as an SS1. I flew until I had blood pressure problems which landed me in Schedules. I remained there until 1976, when I transferredred to CNAP Natops. After a two year tour there, I was fortunate to fly with the Canadian Forces (CF) (VP-415 and VP-405). With the decommissioning of the ARGUS, the AW billet went away and was replaced by an NFO billet in the AROURA airframe. In July 1980 I landed in ASWOC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, ending up as the Senior Enlisted, Assistant Ops, Opcon, and Briefing/Debriefing Officer. In 1985 I came to Dam Neck as the ASWOC Watch Officer Instructor. While there, I incorporated Watch Officer "field trips" to NOPF Dam Neck, Bldg NH-95 Norfolk to "tie-in" NavFac, Command Watch Office, and the Command Center. I left this tour far a tour at ASWOC NSF Diego Garcia. Leaving there, I followed Harry Niestrath through the Senior Enlisted Academy, and then doing my twilight tour in FCDSSA Dam Neck, working on the op program for the ASWMOD's on the carriers. I was fortunate to work on ALL the carriers active in 1992, except the USS Constellation and USS Enterprise which were in the yards. I retired as an AWCS(AW) August 01, 1992 and still live down the road from Dam Neck in Virginia Beach..." [25DEC2010]

ALLEN, Joe W. jallen78@bellsouth.net "...I began my Naval career in June, 1955. My first VP tour was with VP-31 San Diego, CA as a student Radioman in the P5M Marlin. Next came VP-47, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We made a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1964 - 1965. This was truly an exciting tour. Remember Marie "T"s, Sonny's and San Miguel beer. I was sidetracked for 1965-1968 by Instructor Duty with NAMTRAGRU Det 1015 NAS Lemoore, California. I was one of the original new rate "AW"s changing from ATC to AWC in 1968. Soon after I received orders to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. This was the beginning of a very colorful and rewarding career. I served in VP-19 from 1968-1975 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Iwakuni, Japan; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; Naha, Okinawa; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines again with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and Utapao, Thailand. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1975-1978; VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1978-1981; FASOTRAGRULANT Det. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1981-1984, rounded out my Navy career. I retired in 1984 and returned to my home state of LA. Great career, too many unforgetable Shipmates to mention and a lifetime of great memories I wouldn't trade for anything..." [12JAN2000]

BARNES, AWC Charles Ray Jr. Retired lucky___62@hotmail.com "...All VP and ASCAC/ASWOC duty. I first served in VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California 59 - 62 as an ATN3, ATN2 and AT1. I first worked nights doing repairs, then became a MAD/ECM operator, then Radar and Sniffer (who remembers the good olde sniffer?) in the P2V-7Q. I flew in Crew One. Made a deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska in 60. TAD to the first ASCAC in mid 61 till transferred May 62. Learned Jezebel system AQA-3-v. Then at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland AMD 63 - 65 as AX1 repairing ASA-16s in support of the VPs there. Then to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Dec. 65 - Nov 67, doing electronic repairs, flew in the P2V-7Qs until late 66 and transition to the P-3 (pre-deltics) and P-3A. Was 1st Tech/Radar Operator on CAC 1 with the Skipper Cdr. Boween, with a deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan with a TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 67. And yes, I still remember the loss of CAC 10 and AT1 Harris a good friend on that crew. Next VP-9 again at NAS Moffett Field, California from 68 - 70 as AX1, AW1 and AWC on Jan. 16, 1969. Made the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 69. Then to FAETUPAC later FASOTRAGRUPAC Det. NAS Moffett Field, California from Apr 70 to Nov 73. Taught P-3C SS-3 systems. Served as the Leading Chief also. Trained at VP-31 In the AQA-7. Then to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Apr 74 - Apr. 78. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and moved to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74 - 75 with detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76 with detachments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Agana, Guam. To Dam Neck, Va. for ASWOC training May 78 - Jun 78. To ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Jul 78 - Sep 79. To ASWOC NAS Bermuda Nov. 79 - Oct. 81. To ASWOC NAS Agana, Guam Nov. 81 - Feb 84 with a TAD to NSF Diego Garcia in 82. To ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal May 84 - Jun 86. To ASWOC COMASWWINGPAC NAS N.I. San Diego Jul 86 until retirement on Oct. 12, 1989. Hope to hear from Shipmates to talk about old memories and swap sea stories..." [12JAN2002]

BARNES, AT2 Warren E. we2barnes@frontier.com "...I served with FAETUPAC Detachment-1 (1958-1960) at NAS Alameda, California as an instructor. I left the Navy as an AT2 and went on to garner my BSEE & MSEE, all thanks to the motivation of the Good Ol' U.S. Navy. I spent 30 years as a engineer at Magnavox in the ASW department where we designed & maufactured the AN/AQA-7 Acoustic Signal Processor. I was fortunate to fly with many Navy guys on opertional ASW missions. How proud I am of you guys who go out every day and do fantastic things for the security of our nation. Only GOD and you and die-hards like me will fully know of your service..." [20JAN2012]

BARRIS, AWCS(AW) Bill wbarris@juno.com "...I served in HSL-36 from 1976-1979, FASOTRAGRULANT Det Jax from 1979-1982 VP-16 from 1982-1986, CPW-11 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-Disestablishment, VP-5 from 1991-1993, TSC NS Rota, Spain from 1993-1996, VP-30 1996-present...brings back lots of memories both good and bad. Mostly good..." [01NOV2001 | 07JUN98]

BENTLEY, LCDR Alan C. Retired abent@verizon.net "...I served with VP-31 (1963) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-28 (1963-1964) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, COMFAIRALASKA Detachment NAS Adak, Alaska (1964-1966), VP-46 (1966-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAS Adak, Alaska. I left Active Duty (Enlisted) and served with VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida while attending Florida State and come back (Active Duty) with VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a TACCO and newly minted ENS with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, FASOTRAGRULANT (1976-1979) as a NFO Instructor Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida, USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1979-1981) as VP NFO, Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) Staff (1981-1985) and I retired in 1988 on the Staff of NTC Orlando, Florida. All together not a bad run of 27 years..." [E-Mail Updated 07NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 09NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 13JUN99 | 02FEB99]

BEWLEY, CWO3 Norm Retired primenb@aol.com "...USS Edmonds (DE-406) (1951-1954), AT "A" School (1958), VS-21 (1959-1961), VS-29 (1961-1962), FAETU (1962-1966) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (JEZ Instructor), AVIB School (1966-1967), VS-25 (1967-1968), Warrant School (1968), FAETU (1968-1971) Div Off at Operator Training, Selected AW Warrant and went to VF-211 (1971-1972) as Avionics Officer and VP-46 (1972-1974) AW Div Officer to retirement. I currently live in Oklahoma..." [BIO Updated 23AUG2011 | 22APR2002]

BINGHAM, MCPO Roger Retired rogerbingham39@gmail.com "...My first squadron after AT(AN) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee was VP-19 (1959-1962), Worked in the AT shop and later became an aircrew man. Was the First Tech in Crew 11 and was the first Alpha Crew in VP-19. Reenlisted and went to Advanced B school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Assigned to FAETUPAC (1963-1966), used my advanced training to help build a flight deck simulator (P2V and P-3) to train TACCOs on the Airborne Display System, and flew as an onboard instructor with VP-31. While at FAETUPAC I had the privilege to train the last TACCO in the P5M Seaplane. Assigned to VP-47 (1966-1969), as an AX1 I flew as an alternate crewmember, I advanced to Chief when the squadron was deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with side detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. We deployed the next year to NS Sangley Point, Philippines with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I remember some great people and great times. Then the AW rate started, I remained AXC and was assigned as a Navy Recruiter in Brainard, Minnesota (1970-1975). Advanced to Senior Chief (AXCS). Assigned to VP-46 (1975-1978), worked as Avionics Division Chief and later as Maintenance Chief, Deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; and NAF Misawa, Japan. Transferred across the field at NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-31 as FRAMP Training MCPO (1978-1981). Retired from VP-48 (1982-1985) as Command Master Chief...." [BIO Updated 25DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2008 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2004 | 02APR2001]

BRITTON, Al albie36@proaxis.com "...I served with VP-17 / VA(HM)-10 from 1955 to 1958, VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1959 to 1962, FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1962 to 1965, VP-47 from 1966 to 1970 at NAS Moffett Field, California and was the Commander Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Electronics Elaluator from 1970 to 1974..." [26JAN2007]

BURDETTE, CWO3 Bill Retired bill@theburdettes.com "...VP-44 62-64, FAETUPAC NI 65-68, CPWPac 68-69, VP-22 69-71, FASOTRAGRUPAC MFT 71-72, VP-50 72-74, CPWPac 74-77, USS Enterprise 77-78, CPWPac 78-81. Former ATS, AX, AW, retired as CWO3..."

COTTON, AW2 (NAC) Thomas tecote@whidbey.net"...FASOTRAGRUPAC Detachment Whidbey Island, WA (VP-1) SS-3 form '90 to '95..."

CULP, ENSIGN (Ex-AW2) David (Culprit) culprits@juno.com "...I served with VP-11 from August 1991 to October 1996. I was stationed at FASOTRAGRUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from November 1996 to May 1999 and Ohio State University ROTC from August 1999 to Jan 2001. I am currently stationed onboard USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) as Auxiliaries Officer until August 2003..." [BIO Updated 05APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 20SEP99 | 03DEC98]

DANIEL, LCDR Steve Retired sjdaniel@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1966-1968 (AX-3) flying P2E, P2F, and P5M, VP-16 from 1968-1973 flying the P-3A and C (changed rate to AW), and ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland as an Analysis and Beartrap CPO. Commissioned via LDO(6322), then ASWOC's Pacific then NFO school, graduating July 1982. I then served withVP-11 from 1983-1986 as NFO, TACCO and Mission Commander in P-3-C UII. PMA 205, Washington after that. Finally FASOTRAGRULANT XO at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then O-in-C of Rescue Swimmer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida. Now retired after 30 years and having success with a financial career, but sorely miss chasing and tracking Soviet submarines..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 28FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 19FEB2000 | 25NOV98]

DAS, LCDR Adrian "A.D." Retired phaedra.phlyer@comcast.net "...I served with VP-11 (06/1966-09/1969) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, FAETULANT at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Saratoga (CV-60) (12/1971-06/1974), VP-2406, VP-4549 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and retired from the Reserves in 1986. Logged nearly 3,000 hrs, 900 in P2's and the rest in P-3's. I was a Program Manager at Link during the development of the 2F140 series Tactics Simulators (2F140 #1 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, #2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, #3 at NAS Moffett Field, California and #4 in NAS Brunswick, Maine) and the upgrade of the 2F69 from NAS Brunswick, Maine to the ASN-124 Mod, which ended up at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2015 | E-Mail Updated 03JAN2000 | 09SEP98]

DAVIDSON, AL3 Harold haldavidson@sisna.com "...After A school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee for 28 weeks and a 12 week stint at FAETUATL I was assigned to VC-12 during April 1950 and flew the rear seat in the AD3W and 4W Skyraider (Guppys). We were known as "twidgets." Have many wonderful memories of flights over Cape Cod to Maine and down to Cape May NJ. Met my wife of 50 years while flying with VC-12. The National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pennsicola has a book, "Skyraider in Action" and has photos of the same plane I often flew in. Our radio call was "Painfull 27." I was transferredred to ZP-3 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1951 and flew in a blimp combat aircrew and was discharged from the squadron August 1952..." [22APR2002]

DeLONG, AT2 Jack jnjdel@juno.com "...I served in FAETUPAC, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1953 thru 1955 as an AT2. Anyone reading this who was serving with me, give me a shout thru the email address..." [14MAY2005]

DOBSON, ATR3 Richard G. rdobson10@tampabay.rr.com "...I served with FAETUPAC at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1966 to 1967 (Rooftop Trainer). Pt SUR, Caddy, Wakefield, Shannon and all the guys - where are you?..." [E-Mail Updated 10MAR2011 | 20AUG2008]

DODSON, TD2 Charles Dodson cwdodson@nacs.net "...Attended TD-A school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1955, then assigned to FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I was a flight simulator instructor in the F9F Cougar from 1956 thru 1958. Would like to hear from Shipmates..." [19AUG2001]

DOUDNA, AWC Ralph F. Retired ralphdoudna@aol.com "...I am from Maxwell, Nebraska and enlisted in the Navy in Feb 1958 went through boot camp at San Diego, "P" school Norman, ATA school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, was assigned to VP-47 at NAS Alameda, California and flew as an aircrewmen in P5Ms 1&2. VP-47 deployed to Japan 1959-1960 than relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in mid 1960. Also served in VP-16 (P-3As) NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AT1 from 1966 to 1967 did a deployment to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Vietnam. Served in VP-47 again from 1968 to Dec 1969 (this time flying in P-3B aircraft) durning which time We did another NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Vietnam deployment. Served in the Reserves at NAS Moffett Field, California from Dec 1969 to Nov 1981. Went back on active duty in 1981 and served in VP-4, FASOTRAGRUPAC and VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired from VP-1 as an AWC in July 1994..." [06AUG2000]

DOWNS, TD1 Lee B. leebdowns@aol.com "...I served with FAETULANT at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Detachment "A" NAS Brunswick, Maine (1963 to 1967), VP-30 somewhere in those years and VQ-2 (1967 to 1970). I was known as "Top Dog" and taught "C" School. Now retired and living in Mineral Wells Texas. Wrote a book called "The Funny side of Death" about my 30 years in the funeral business after retiring from the Navy in 1975..." [BIO Updated 05OCT2010 | 30SEP2010]

DURDEN, AWC Charles R. Retired btdurden@centurylink.net "...I served with FAW-6, TAD to FASRON-120 (1957), VQ-1 (1958) FAETUPAC (1959) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VAW-13 (1961), VP-6 (1963) with a deployment to Okinawa, Japan and Detachment to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California (1965), USS BENNINGTON (1968), VP-48 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) at NAS Moffett Field, California (1971) and retired in 1975. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAR2012 | 17JUL2001]

ESCOBAR, Robert "Esky" Jr. fra45@earthlink.net "...I was in VP-50 from about February 1957 (ATAN) through August 1963 (AT1). Went to FAETUPAC for instructor duty where I taught maintenance on the ASA-16 Integrated Display System. Advanced to E-7; AXC. Orders to NATTC, Millington (dreamsheet requested "any spanish speaking country") for AT-B School then on to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-44. Picked up E-8 and transferredred across the ramp to VP-49 where we made the first deployment in the P-3C's to "beautiful downtown NAS Keflavik, Iceland". Generated many "UR's" against the tech manuals. Made two deployments then received orders to NAVPRO, Burbank where I got to process all those "UR's" I'd generated while in the Fleet! Who says there's no justice? Retired from the Nav in August 1975..." [28JUN2000]

FARMER, Gary L. Gary.Farmer@agai.com or W7mm@aol.com "...I am one of the original cadre of "AW's", converting from AX back in '68. Did tours in FAETUPAC, VP-47, VP-46, VP-31, VP-48, FASOTRAGRUPAC & VP-50 UNTIL RETIRING Sep 86. To all VP, be proud of where you were, it was the best. Wings of Gold are forever..." [09NOV98]

FENNER, AXCS LeRoy H. (Lee) Retired leefenner@home.com "...Flew in P5's, P2's, P3's, and S2's as Radioman and ASW Operator. Served with FASRON 110 from 53-56, VP-48 in 56, FAETUPAC from 59-63, VP-4 from 64-67, VP-31 from 68-71, VS-33 from 71-74, and NAMTD 1036 from 74-77. Love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [02AUG98]

FLINSPACH, Ursula Jackson uflin@speakeasy.net "...USN Waves NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii...70-72 TD3 attached to training unit of P-3s. Looking for anyone remembering the good times we had on base and at the hangar. Remember the making of Tora Tora Tora? The first time the C1(?) landed on the base..we were all roused at midnight, had to be at the hangar, the plane was so large feared it would run off the runway and into the ammo dump! We were the gang at the end of the hangar with the shiny blue trailers where pilots and crews practiced emergency flight procedures. I was one of the few females attached there (I think one of two or three). If anyone remembers us, the softball games, the beach parties, body surfing, 'electric beach', the caves, good times ... contact me I'd love to hear from any of you where are you now? Close enough to visit? Consider a Reunion? FAETUPAC which became FASOTRAGRUPAC Oahu. Go Navy Waves..." [29MAY2007]

FOUTCH, YN Gary Vincent huckfinn493@comcast.net "...I served as a Yeoman at FAETUPAC on NAS North Island, San Diego, California from April, 1962 through August 27, 1965. Have a lot of good memories and would love to hear from anyone who served there during my hitch..." [27OCT2007]

FRANKLIN, AE2 Rod "Meyers" "Quaker" rodfrank2001@yahoo.com Shipmate Pix "...I served in VW-11 from January 1961 until July 1, 1962, came as an AEAN straight out of A School, left as an AE2. I flew the barrier from NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Remember the "tailess wonders" that they hid out back of Miami Hangar. I later deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in June of 1961. I stayed most of the time in Iceland after that. Anyone remember when Commander Baer took the two Air Force Nurses on the barrier patrol in Keflavik? How about when one of the Air Force's RC-121's taxied up to the hanger and collapsed its landing gear during the Berlin Buildup in 1962? Remember Commander Reddy, Maintenance Officer in VW-1, had an opportunity to assist his brother in Las Vegas when I was a police officer there. My twin brother Dick Franklin was a radio announcer at VOUS in Argentia - he was the one that got to kiss Jayne Mansfiled during Bob Hope's Xmas show in 1961. Went on to service with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine changed name to birth name of Franklin. After a short stint at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and FAETULANT at NAS Breeze Point. I acquired the nickname "Quaker" since nobody had been around us "Mormons", was in Crew-3 for two months and then Crew-1. In VP-23 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, searched for the Mayflower II, Operated from NAF Recife, Brazil and NAF Belem, Brazil when they hijacked the Santa Maria cruise liner, again in Paramaribo, Suriname in search of the Venezuelan sulphur tanker, Anzoataquay. Also NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the gunrunners to Venezuela during the National Elections in 1963. Had some good times in Panama. Anyone remember when our Radioman, the "Bone", Gilbert took out the radio compartment hatch while in flight? Needless to say some day a fisherman will drag it up in a net between Cuba and Haiti. We laid a wreath at the site of the sinking of the attack submarine, USS Thresher on Memorial Day 1963, LJ-1 was the first plane to reach the search area and were so honored to assist with the ceremony performed by the Governor of Maine. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." WebPage: http://www.rodfranklin.com [E-Mail/BIO/URL/Pix Updated 11JUN2010 | E-Mail/URL Updated 02SEP2000 | 08FEB98]

FULTON, AWC (AW) Walt wfulton@prb.net or walt_f@hotmail.com "...Homesteaded at NAS Moffett Field, California from July 69 until I retired in August 88. Served at FAETUPAC and VP-31 (69, RAG training), VP-46 (69-74, Julie/ECM, Jez, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator), VP-31 (74-77, P-3B Acoustic Instructor) VP-46 (77-80, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator, Weapons System Test (WST) Instructor Team, AW Div CPO) COMPATWINGSPAC and COMPATWING TEN (80-84, ASW Watch Officer, OPCON/ADP Div CPO), VP-46 (84-87, SS-1, Ops/Scheds CPO, AW Div CPO) COMPATWING TEN (88, Analysis Div). Deployed/detached to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Utapao, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Midway, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Misawa, Japan, Bandar Abbas, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Andoya, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Greenland, Cocos, Diego Garcia, Berbera, and Masirah. Moved to southern Maryland (Pax River) in 89. Since then I have been with PRB Associates, Inc. (Systems Engineer, working on P-3 and TSC-related programs). Flying in P-3s was fun. Saw a lot of places that Nebraska farm boys usually don't get to see. Too bad we didn't earn frequent flier mileage points back then..." [09FEB99]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...GENNARINO, CPO Bernard...My Dad, CPO Bernard GENNARINO, served with FAETULANT (07/1951-10/1951) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) (10/1951-01/1954) at Washington, DC, VA-95 (01/1954-09/1954), AT "B" School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VW-2 (04/1955-03/1958) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Airship Test & Development (AT&D) (03/1958-02/1960) at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VW-1 02/1960-01/1961) at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-8 (07/1961-04/1962) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-1 (01/1961-07/1961), AT "B" School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VP-30 (12/1962-02/1965) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Dad was improperly buried in a potters field (Dallas County Texas). We are having a party and some ceremonies to raise money to have him removed from there and placed in the new local vets cemetery. Please see my Facebook dedicated to Dad on The "Bernie Gennarino Memorial Trust Fund" 1st Annual Benefit @ Nolas BBQ..." Contributed by wingwrench@ymail.com [PIX Updated 12SEP2011 | 09SEP2011]

Memorial Picture "...GETZFRED, Lawrence Daniel...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center) loss: CAPT Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, 57, Elgin, Neb., I don't know his full backround, but he was N5/N7 at Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific when I arrived in 19. Please pass this on, say a few prayers for them and their families..." Contributed by LT Art Stiffel ahstiffel@home.com, Theater ASW Instructor, Tactical Training Group Pacific [14SEP2001]

GOLDEN, AXC James A. Retired j1mgolden@comcast.net "...I enlisted in the Navy in July 1955, was in VF-21 and aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20), after Boot Camp, AN-P School, AT-A School until May 1957, VX-6 from May 1957 until July 1959, VX-1 from May 1960 until May 1963, VP-10 from February 1964 until April 1967, FAETU Det NAS Brunswick, Mainek from April 1967 until 1970, NAVMACLANT from 1970 until 1972, VS-32 from 1972 until 1973 and NAMTD 1036 NAS North Island, San Diego, California until I retired in July 1975, as an AXC. That rating has since been retired, as well. November 16, 1966 was the highlight of my VP-10 career, when I got promoted to CPO, although being on P-3A CAC-11 offered more excitement..." [23MAY2009]

GOODELL, Billie N. Shipmate Pix ...Circa 2006 goodkemp@aol.com "...I joined the Navy at 17 and attended Boot Camp (Platoon 56) at NS Norfolk, Virginia followed by Aviation Machinist school. I reported to VP-83 in May 1941. VP-83 was flying PBY's. After training we departed for NAF Natal, Brazil (June 1942) and returned to NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 1943). We exchanged our PBY's for PB6Y-1 and formed VPB-107. I reported to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas for Combat Aircrewman School. We formed a crew known as M68. After graduation we were sent to VPB-197 NAAS Camp Kearny, California. We arrived June 1945 to train for VPB-109 on Okinawa, Japan. We deployed July 1945 for VPB-200 at NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for additional training. I left VPB-200 for VPB-109 August 1945. They were disestablishing VPB-109 and reassigned us to NAS Alameda, California (December 1945). I was then assigned to VPB-197 NAAS Camp Kearny, California. VPB-197 was disestablished April 1946. I was assigned to FAETUPAC NAAS Ream Field, San Ysidro, California. I was then assigned to BTU 2 NAAS Corry Field, Pensacola, Florida (January 1950). I then reported to VR-24 Det 1 NAF Naples, Italy (July 1955). I reported to VPB-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida December 1959 until retired in September 1962. Along the way I collected a Combat Aircrew Wings, Distinguished Flying Cross, Presidential Unit Citation with Star, Good Conduct Medal with Four Stars American Defense with Star, American Campaign, European African Mid Eastern Campaign Asiatic Pacific Campaign, World War II, and the Occupation Medal Europe and American Defense. After retirement, I got on civilian job at the Naval Air Rework Facility as a Production Controller where I retired after 18 years. I now live in Pleasant Grove, Alabama and enjoying life. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 25OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 08MAR2005 | 27MAR99]

GRAFF, LT Clinton G. Retired cgdg@earthlink.net "...Retired 1978 as LT. Served in VP (1953 to 1955) as AE-1. Ordered to FAETUPAC for instructor duty September 1955 until 1957 departed for AEB school NATTC Jacksonville, FL. Promoted to AEC 1958. Attached to CNAP 1960 to 1964..." [21JAN2006]

GRANTHAM, Carrol E. cgrantham4@kc.rr.com "...I served with FAETUPAC from early 1955 to my discharge in July 1955. I have great memories of the squadron and our great Skipper..." [11MAY2009]

GREENE, David (Ben) otislouie@aol.com "...Served with VP-4 1961 to 1964 as an AX2(AC). Flew with crews 1, 11, and 3. Served with FAETUPAC 1964 to 1965 as an AX1(AC). Instructed operator ASW training. Flew in the P-2V5, P-2V7 , P5M and S2F's. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [22MAR98]

GREGOR, ATCS Robert N. Retired tw4us@netscape.net "...I enlisted in the US NAVY September 26,1956, I went to Bainbridge, MD for Boot Camp. Went to AFUN "P" School in NAS Norman, Oklahoma (January 1957 to March 1957). NATTC Memphis, Tennessee (March 1957 to July 1957) for AT "A" School.. Went to Naval Development Unit NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as an AT3/AT2 (August 1957 to August 1959) Aircrew (Radar Operator/Technition) on P2V-5F,WV-2 aircraft. transferred to VP-46 as an AT2/AT1 (August 1958 to December 1961) Aircrew (Radio Operator/Technition)on P5M-1, P2V-5FS aircraft . Went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia (AMD Breezy Point) as an AT1 (January 1962 to January 1965). From there I went to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for AT "B" School, then on to FAETUATL NAS Norfolk, Virginia/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Training. Reported to VP-21 as an AT1/ATC from February 1966-September 1969. Aircrew (Jezabell Operator/Technition) on P2V-7/SP2H. Back to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty In AT "A" School. ( September 1969 to July 1971). VP-31 In-Flight Tech training then on to VP-1 as an ATC/ATCS (November 1971 to July 1976). Aircrew (In-Flight Tech) on P-3B aircraft. Back for one last tour at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty, AV"A" School (August 1976 to August 1979). Retired as an ATCS at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee Aug 1, 1979..." [02JUN2002]

HAGGERTON, Skeeter svhagg@citlink.net "...I am looking for all contacts with my old Shipmates serving with FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1952 to 1954. Can only rememmber a 1st Class named Welker, a 3rd class named Schos Miller, and Bob Junker. I was Plane Captain on the PBY6A, PB1W, F6 Bearcat, F8, and the DC3. Any information will be appreciated..." [06OCT2002]

HARTGROVE, LTjg Billy R. bhartgro@hotmail.com "...I served as an Ensign and then Ltjg. USNR with VP-34 from mid 1954 to 1956, first at NAAF/NAF Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies and then at NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. I served as Asst. Personnel Officer, Personnel Officer and then as Asst. Admin. I flew mostly on EC-7, Cdr. Stoinoff's (Exec) plane. After "stand down" of VP-34 I was with FAETUATL in NAS Norfolk, Virginia until my release in 1957..." [16APR2002]

HARTSFIELD, AVCM Rex Retired jrexmary@aol.com "...I was in FASRON-121 1958/1959 in the Avionics shop, then to FAETULANT where I taught APX-7 and APS-80. I left FAETULANT in October 1960 for VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California where I was in Crew #6. I reenlisted for AT "B" school and from there to VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was on Crew #11 and left VP-50 in December 1964. Went to instructor duty at NAMTRA NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired in Jan 1979 as AVCM working with VAQ squadrons..." [25OCT2005]

HEATON, AT3 Lee LEEVS37@msn.com "...I joined VS-871 / VS-37 in April 1953 just as the squadron was changing from TBM-3e's to Grumman Guardians. I had been transferredred from NAS Alameda, California (Operations Squadron) to NAS Los Alamitos, California VS-871 / VS-37 as an AT3 (flew as ECM Operator). Our ECM Gear was an APR-98 Countermeasure Receiver and an APA-70 Bearing Indicator. Of course this was installed on the (Guppy) with APS-20 360 degree scan radar. We were called the Hunter AF and the AS Version was called the Killer. in 1954 We deployed on the USS Rendova (CVE-114) from 18 to 20 August, 8 to 11 September and 30 September to 2 October 1954. VS-37 deployed on the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) from April to June. I was then transferredred to FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California where we flew P2V Neptunes that were equipped with 6 APS-20 Radar consoles for training Radar operators. I was discharged January 18, 1955. I would like to hear from anyone who might remember that far back! Best always..." [11JUL2003]

HUGHES, CPO James Donald "JD" "Don" Retired jdhughes@softcom.net "...I spent 7 years in VP-48, 1957-1959 and 1963-1966. I was an AT and a radioman. Also did a tour with FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1967 to 1969. Made Chief in 1968 and retired in 1974..." [24OCT2001]

JACKSON, AWC Ken Retired Ken@score.com Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1964... "...ATS/AX/AW. VP-40 P5M2's 62-65, FAETUPAC Noris 66-69, VP-50 P3's 70-75, ASWOC/TSC Noris 75-78 COMASWWINGPAC, Navfac NAS Agana, Guam 78-80, TSC NAS Agana, Guam 80-83 CPW-1 Det Guam, ASWOC/TSC Noris 83-87 (Tad to CNAP as Asst CVASWM Mod Mgr) COMASWWINGPAC, Ret in 1987. Currently work at SoCal Offshore Range (SCORE) as Ops Analyst. Would like to hear from anyone remembering me..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 00XXX97]

JORDAN, CWO4 Larry P. Retired woforet@sc.rr.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-16, VP-17, HS-5 (1959 to 1961), VS-24 (1963 to 1967), FAETUATL (1967 to 1970), ADCOP Palomar College (1971 to 1973), CPW-5 (1976 to 1977), ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1977 to 1979), and FCTCLANT Dam Neck..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2003 | 14DEC98]

KATZ, Dennis J. 11105djk@gmail.com "...I served with FAETUPAC (09/1966-11/1966) in the First LT Division..." [18FEB2015]

LAKIN, Toby B. Jr. alltbl@olg.com "...I was in FAETU (PAC) 1955 to 1957 and VP-42 1957 & 1958..." [24APR2001]

LAUSIER, Joseph Real "Frenchy" laurc36@verizon.net "...I served in the Navy between Nov. 1954 to Nov. 1958, I went to school for Aviation Machinest Mate in NAS Memphis, Tennessee then was assigned to FAETULANT form 1955 to 1956 where I was transferred to VA(HM)13. I stayed there until my discharge in November 21, 1958. I was assigned to the power plants and most of the last year I was in charge of the engine change crew. I was known as "Frenchy" and would like to hear from other Shipmates. I have been in contact with a few of my Shipmates, but would like to hear from more. Thank You..." [12AUG2005]

LEIGHTON, LCDR H. R. 'BERT' Retired bertl@lakegastoncc.org "...I served two tours in VP-24. 1965-1968 in P2V-7/SP2H and P-3B's and 1970-1972, in P-3C's, with a tour in VP-30 in between from 1968-1970, then as P-3C Training Director, FASOTRAGRULANT 1972-1975. VP TACCO for 10 years and enjoyed every minute and all the friends during those years. Retired 1975 and live on Lake Gaston, N.C. and at OLD PATUXENT FARM, Hollywood M.D. where sailing, golf, and fishing are tops at both places. Drop me a line and -come on down..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2002 | 17OCT99]

LEWIS, Clifford E. lewisc1@digitalexp.com "...I was stationed at NAS Alameda, California 1952-55, VR-2 as a Training Devicesman. Spent most of my assignment TAD to FAETUPAC Det 1 at Alameda, teaching instrument flying. Still have my flight log book with most of the squadron's pilots names..." [18NOV2001]

LEWIS, CDR Jack Retired [Phone Number: (360)897-6265] "...VP-49 as Safety Officer and PPC of Woodpecker Two from 1961 to 1963. Many slow hours between NAS Bermuda and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Reward for positive Soviet Foxtrot in Cuban quarantine was 3 yr tour at FAETULANT, NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Then Maintenance off., VP-28, 66-68, ALSEAFRON air ops, NAS Kodiak, Alaska baseops, VIP pilot NAF Washington, D.C. and retirement on 21 in 1974. Enjoyed next 16 yrs barnstorming around western states in a travel trailer, working seasonal pilot/mech jobs at resorts. Now happily settled in Wa. state, always happy to hear from old friends..." [Phone Number Replaced E-Mail 19DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 12NOV2000 | 21JUN2000]

LEWIS, Thad K. thadklewis@webtv.net "...VP-23 Masters Field, Miami, Florida. March 1950 to Dec. transferred to FAETULANT NAS Norfolk, Virginia 1951..." [10JUL2006]

MARQUIS, ABH2 Marvin mmarquis@mediaone.net "...I served with VP-11 1976-1979 and then S.E.R.E. I was an instructor at FASOTRAGRULANT DET NAS Brunswick, Maine (1979-1981). Last tour U.S.S. America (CVA-66 1981-1983)..." [11SEP99]

McEWEN, AWC Doyle Retired awcmc@msn.com "...Started Navy career with VW-13, then came HS-6, then a shore tour at FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Finally I make it to VP's - VP-50 (69-75), AWA School Staff (75-78), VP-9 (79-81), VP-31 (82-85), and last but not least VP-48 (85-89). Saw a whole lot of familiar names. Drop me a line when you get a chance..." [02DEC2001]

McKAY, AW1 Byron byron_mckay@flashcom.net Shipmate PixCirca 1974 Shipmate PixCirca 2000 "...I was an AW with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1973 to 1976, and an Instructor at FASOTRAGRUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California from 1976 to 1979, and spent 1980 on board USS Ranger out of San Diego as a member of the CIC ASW team, during which I got my flight time in SH-3 and S-3A/B aircraft. I was on around 3 deployments to WestPac during my stay at VP-6. I left the Nav in 1980 for personal reasons, and have always missed the sense of family with my Shipmates and squadron members. I've never had a better job since..." [Picture Updated 07JUL2000 | 11MAY2000]

McKENNA, AT3 John jmckenna47908@netscape.net "...I served as an AT3 radio operator and repairman with ATU-614 from sometime in 1957 until the outfit was closed. I then transferredred to FAETULANT DET3 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and became an instructor teaching Electronic counter measures operation..." [25JUL2005]

MILLER, Stephen c/o his son, Brian Miller motoxmiller@home.com "...Although I have never been in the service, my dad was a pilot in VP-46 around 1957 and 58. His name was Steve Miller, and he passed away in 1981. I have always loved Naval aviation, and enjoy viewing your site often. Just saw some VP-46 photos from 1957 that brought back some memories submitted by Kenneth P. Courtright kencourt@satx.rr.com..."[21FEB99]
UPDATE "...I've had several wonderful contacts regarding my father since my posting. I was hoping you might be able to post something else for me. My dad was also in "FAETUPAC" at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from '54-'56. Lt. Steve Miller. It wasn't a VP squadron, it was an electronic training squadron flying R4D's and P2V's. I saw by looking at your guestbook that quite a few other men served in this unit also, but maybe not in the same time period. I would be interested in finding men who flew with my father, and also any sqaudron history. Thanks again for all the contacts..." [E-Mail Updated 03DEC2000 | 21MAR99]

MOORE, AX3 Lawson gene1234@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. All the USN electronics training paid off in spades. Went to night school at the beginning of computer age 1968 and became an Engineer for Wang Labs. Millington, Tenn and FAETULANT gave me a great education. Have 4 kids and am now retired..." [29SEP2010]

MOULIN, AWC "Dick" Retired rmoulin@ctel.net "...VP-18, VP-8, VPU-1, Special Projects, NATC ASW Test, CPWL, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5), FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington-- Retired '80, 5600 P-3 Flight hrs, 2024 P2 Flight hrs. Qualified Aircrew P2/P3/WV-1/F3D/F4H -- and got 1 ride in a blimp just before it decomissioned. Duty Assignments: - NAS Glynco, Georgia/USNAVCIC Scol, '60-'62 - USS Saratoga, VA-36 Roadrunners, Cuban crisis ' '62, Med '63 - USS Enterprise, VA-66, Med '64, Operation Sea Orbit '64 - VP-18 Crew 7&1, (Roos Rds/ NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba/DOMREP), '65-'67 - FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington '68-'70 Weapons System Test (WST) & Non-Acoustic Instructor - VP-8 '70-'74, SS1, Crew 12, "The Tale of the Tiger" - Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Special Projects (Old Buzzards), '74-'75. Senior Acoustic Inel Analyst/Operator - Naval Air Test Center, ASW Directorate, P-3 Test. Acoustic Projects Test Chief, P-3 Skeds Officer '75-'78...Tech Evals; AQA-7 (3V), P-3 Super B, P3C UD1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, SLOT, SS Operator interactive displays. Flight Evals; Super B, UD 1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, IRDS. Omega Nav, Interactive Displays, TSCCS, Link 11. Factory Acceptance: IRDS, UD 2.5, 14B44, UYS-1. (Yep, you can blame most of the things used in current P-3's on me and the other guys at NATC/ASW/P-3 Test in the late '70's). - Special Projects (Old Buzzards) Senior Acoustic Operator '78-'80 - Retired 1980 -Vitro Corp, SOS Bath, '80-'83, programmer FFG-7 project - Summit Research Corp, COMPATWINGSLANT '83-'94 Tactical Information Management System, Site Manager/ Technology Advisor/ AIRDAS Project Manager/ NATO MPA Data & Programming Standards Committee/CNO ISAR Data Base Manager - LL Bean, Freeport, Maine, '95-pres. Customer Service representative/newhire,rehire training. Comments: From a position of semi retirement I'll say that I throughly enjoyed my 34 years of association with the airdale Navy. Most enjoyable was my time as an aircrewmember, and as a civilian at CPWL. A number of us retired in the Brunswick area, so I still see a lot of old Shipmates from CPWL, VP-8 and Special Projects. I remain fairly current on VP issues through the VPI magazine, and my son-in-law, who is an active duty chief presently assigned to the "Buzzards". Good luck &, "keep flying 'em safe"..." [07APR98]

MURRAY, CDR Robert L. Retired murray59@verizon.net "...Enlisted 1956: ATU-105/ATU-205, VF-73 - USS Randolph, VF-61 - USS Saratoga, VF-13 - USS Essex, VW-13 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAETULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AE-1 Integration Program 1963. VP-49 1965 - 1968; VT-2 1968 - 1970; USS Forrestal: Cat. & AG Officer, 1970 - 1973; Naval Electronics T&E Activity NAS Patuxent River, Maryland XO, 1973 - 1975; VP-23: Maint. Officer, 1976 - 1978; NAF Mildenhall UK: Ops Officer, 1978-1979; CINCUSNAVEUR Command Center: 1979 - 1980; NAF Mildenhall UK: CO, 1980 - 1982; JCS Joint Staff : C3I Action Officer , 1982 - 1984. Retired 1984. Consultant to NRL 1984 - 1998 - retired again to St. Michaels MD, Active with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Engineer/Driver...." [06FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...MUSE, LT Ken FAETULANT 1953 - 1956 time frame passed away in Orlando, FL last month. Ken was a pilot. The first time I met him he was in ASW School and he was the pilot of the R4D that had a MAD Boom in the tail. He flew us out and we practiced operation of the MAD equipment while Ken flew the clover leave pattern over the Submerged Sumarine we were working with. The next time I saw Ken I was stationed in NAS Key West, FL as the Naval Training Device Center On Station Rep 1963. There was six TechReps working out of his office on contracts with NTDC. Ken was still there when I left in 1966. In 1968 when I transferredred from MCAS Beaufort, SC to NAS Glynco, Georgia. Ken Muse was On Station Rep there for a year or so until he transferredred to Naval Training Device Center, Orlando, FL. where he retired with over thirty years Government Service..." Contributed by KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [22SEP2001]

NYLAND, AVCM Ken Retired avcmkn@tds.net "...I served with VP-49 from May 1951 to August 1954 as an AT and aircrewman on the PBM-5S2 and then on the P5MM. It was a great tour. After leaving VP-49 I was transferredred to VS-39 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where I served until getting out the first time in 1955. I re-entered the Navy in 1956 and served in FAETUATL NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1956 - 1958 then in VS-21 from 1960 to 1964 flying in S2F's and being a part of the recovery team for the recovery of Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper in the one man Mercury space program. In 1961 I made CPO. Then in 1964 I transferredred to VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and served there as a Division Chief. In 1967 I joined VS-722 as a reserve in NAS Glenview, Illinois. and then went to VP where I became a plankowner of VP-90 in 1970 and retired from there in 1990 as Master Chief. I had a fabulous career and am proud of being able to serve our Navy all of those 38 years plus. I do love hearing from Shipmates and look forward to hearing from more..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2002 | 04MAR2002]

PARKS, YNSN Robert sailor.ags30@windstream.net "...I served with FAETUPAC (1955) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I worked in legal for LCDR TAGG..." [21JUN2012]

PATTIN, AWC Virgil E. Retired k7vp@arrl.net "...I served my first tour on board the USS Wasp, then got lucky and was transferred to VP-48 in January 1957. I stayed till 1960 and became the first JEZ operator on the west coast. Helped decommission GMGRU 1 (Guided Missile Group ONE) at NAS Point Mugu, California. Went to FAETUPAC and had a blast in ASW. Went to VP-42 and helped transistion to the P2V-5's. Got some schooling at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee then off to VP-31. Got a short tour of sea duty while on shore duty with First Radio Research Co. (US Army) in 1967, great bunch of guys. Went to VP-2 where I was the last guy to make chief before the squadron decommissioned in 1969. Off to VP-1 just in time to deploy back to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Did a tour of ASCAC (Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, transisioned to the P-3's and did my final tour in VP-22. Was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Had a fun time in all the VP Squadrons. The best time in the navy was flying radio in the P5M 1 & 2's. Would love to hear from any of the old "Pig Boat" Sailors..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2002 | E-Mail Updated 31AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 08JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 31MAY2000 | 06JUN99][ICQ# 7699287]

PATTON, AE Jerry L. jlpatton@prodigy.net "...I EOD'd at VP-44 at NAS in March 1961 from AE "A" school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Almost immediately I was sent to FAETULANT and was sent to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for training as an AC. Shortly after returning to NAS Norfolk, Virginia VP-44 was getting rid of the P5M's for the P2V-5's. I was the AE for LM-11 in the P2's and was on the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Upon moving the squadron from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was the AE on LM-10 flying with LT Shoemeyer, LT Thune, LT Estes, Ltjg Schugg, F/E John Warren, 2nd Mech Miller, AT's John Atkins, Dan Pennington, T J Woodward, Klecz and radioman Steve Gardner, and A) Bob Mackey. I also served for a while on Capt Serrell's Crew 1 for a period of time. While on duty in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada I received notice I was getting a month and 4 day early out for the convience of the gov't and left VP-44 in May 1964 as well as the USN. I enjoyed my time with VP-44 and would do it all over again. After leaving VP-44 I entered Western Carolina University and following my graduation joined the US Border Patrol and spent the next 30 years with the US Imm & Natz Svc as a Border Patrol agent and a criminal investigator. I hope to see a lot of old Shipmates at the VP-44 Reunion in Datona, FL in Aug 2001..." [19APR2001]

PRICE, AW1 Ron Retired ronald.price@yahoo.com "...I served with FAETUPAC (08/1966-11/1968) NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was a ASWE Instructor - mostly ASA-13. Was supposed to go to ASW but got hijacked by ATC Lee..." [10FEB2016]

Memorial Picture "...PRIDGEN, TDC Harley...TDC Harley Pridgen passed away on August 7th, 2011 in Memphis, Tn. He served with VP-30 and VP-30 Detachment A (1959-1963) and FAETUANT. A good friend and my boss after TD "A" School..." Contributed by DOWNS, TD1 Lee B. leebdowns@aol.com [15AUG2011]

RARDEN, Harold W. hrarden1@gmail.com "...I served with FAETULANT (1951-1953) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1953) "A" School and VR-24 (12/1953-01/1955) at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco..." [E-Mail Updated 20DEC2016 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2008 | 25OCT2006]

RAY, Bob AW1 (Budda) rray3@austin.rr.com "...I served in VP-49 from 1964-1971. I flew on crew 1 or 2 as skippers changed. I was both a AE and AW. I left VP-49 in 1971 and transferredred to FASOTRAGRULANT det. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would enjoy hearing from any my old fiends..." [E-Mail Updated 03JAN2003 | 00XXX97]

RICE, Earl R. "Randy" Randy@cherokeetrace.com "...I was fresh out of AT B School when I arrived at VS-37 in about June of 59. Prior to B School I had been at radar instructor at FAETUPAC ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California). I taught APS 31, 38, and 45. I left the Navy in February '61 and a year later enlisted in the Air Force. Air Force billets included the 305th and 22nd Bomb Wings. I was discharged from the Air Force on 9/12/67 and entered the US Army the next day. I retired from the Army on 31 August 1972..." [06AUG2001]

RINALDI, AX1 Eugene "Geno" generinaldi@earthlink.net "...I arrived at NAS Brunswick, Maine in April of 1963 fresh out of FAETULANT NAS Norfolk, Virginia and "B" School at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee as a 2nd Class AX . I was assigned to VP-11 ground crew. My memories of Chiefs Eckles, Fry, Lemon and Gaboriault are still strong after 39 years. I made 1st Class AX while on deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At the same time and old salt named Stanley B. Grindle made Chief. SBG "Sugar Baker Golf" was a WWII sailor (that fact impresses me more more now than it did then). Stan took me under his wing about two days after I checked in to the squadron and I am still in his debt. We made 2 deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two or three of Springboards, 6 months in NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1964) and a split to NS Rota, Spain (1966). In the spring of 1967 my self and another tech named Barry D. Burnor volunteered to join VP-8 on a 6 month tour to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. We returned in December of 1966 and I was discharged in March 1967, a decision I still regret. I joined a company called Vocaline and flew with my old CO Ray Gault out of NAS Brunswick, Maine in a P2V BUNO: 135558 call sign was "Stopsign", we tested sonobuoys. Those years in VP11 and VP-8 were the best of my life. Some names I remember From VP-11: CDR's Gault, Richardson, Krause, Falkenstein, Smolinski and of course CDR Beatty, LCDR's Vanoski and McCormack. LTjg Bartolomei, Petty Officers Fred Haibon, Roy Kitterman, Bernie Bernard, Joe Reed. Jeff Clark, Andy Montaina, Don Libby, Joe Farrar, Frank Notarnicola, Jimmy Griffin,Bill Peria, Ronnie Korber, Dennis Bourgeois. VP-8 Chiefs, Gustwick and Black, Frank Kasper, Lt's Bruce and Allison. I'm in contact with Montaina, Libby, Peria,Grindle, Bourgeois, Korber and Kasper. If you're out there and you remember please contact me. Without a doubt "It was the best of times"..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26NOV2003 | 12JAN2002]

SAMPSON, Mark A. mksampson@earhlink.net "...Was a Sensor One in VP-9 from late 1980 to September 1984. The squadron was deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska at the time when I was transferredred to FASOTRAGRUPAC Det NAS Moffett Field, California. Was on Crew 8 the whole time. Let me know where you are!..." [29JAN2005 | 15SEP99]

SCHUETTE, Richard W jdschu@earthlink.net "...FAETUPAC Airborne searchlight training 1950-53..." [25MAR2001]

SEILER, TD2 Larry lseiler@softcom.net "...I attended AE School, TD "A" School NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1971, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRoUp, PACific (FASOTRAGRUPAC) and FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California from 1972 to 1974. I repaired/operated the onboard (P-3) ASW simulators and the 2F69 trainers in hanger one. Did a few WesPac's. Olongapo has really changed - - found this website with lots of more current photos: http://www.subicbaypi.com/..." [28APR2008]

SHUBERT, Jacque 9mmuzi@adelphia.net "...After graduating from Aviation Electronics "A" School, Memphis in 1949, I was sent to FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I received additional training. I was then sent to FASRON-8 NAS Alameda, California and later joined TF-77, USS Antietam CV-36 during the Korean War..." [13JUN2003]

SMITH, AW1 (NAC) Michael Clark smit9530@uidaho.edu "...I served '88 to '91 in VP-46 in NAS Moffett Field, California, '91 to '93 in FASOTRAGRUPAC Moffett Field, and Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) NAS Moffett Field, California from '93 to '95 during the transition from NAS Moffett Field, California to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Presently, I am attached to VP-69 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and there I will most likely remain, as a Reservist, for the duration. Gotta love that weekend stuff!..." [10MAY99]

STRAWSER, PN Jim vietnamveteran79@hotmail.com "...I served at FAETUPAC Detachment NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1963 to 1965. I was lucky enough to get some flight time in the EC-121 Constellation and P2V Neptune during that period (one of the highlight of my early USNR/USN career). I served with Commanding Officer CDR E. G Hope..." [BIO Updated 15MAY2009 | 12DEC2005]

SWANSON, ATC Daryl Retired darylswanson2@gmail.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 / VP-17 (1957 to 1960), VP-31 (1960 to 1964), VP-22 (1965 to 1967), FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1967 to 1969) teaching Julie operators with a Detachment to NAS Moffett Field, California teaching comm operators, VP-40 (1970 to 1975), NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California from December 1975 (teaching Micro-miniature module repair) until retired 1978..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2009 | 29MAY2008]

THOMAS, Walt rvfolks@earthlink.net "...I served in VP-45 from 64 - 67. I was part of the Avionics shop (AX1)until the first NAS Adak, Alaska deployment. At that time I became part of Crew 5 (LN-5 BuNo 151366). LCDR Bradley was PPC. I also served a tour in FASRON 111 (NOB Bermuda) Avionics 1959-1962 during the time when VP-49 & VP-45 were in P5M's (P5M-1 & P5M-2). Following FASRON 111 (AMD NAS Bermuda) I was assigned to FAETUPAC - NAS Norfolk, Virginia where I taught maintenance of ASA-16. I left the Navy in 1967 and have lost contact with most of my former Shipmates (but still have vivid memories) and would enjoy hearing from any of them..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2004 | 24APR99]

THORPE, AT1 Carl O. CARBETT@AOL.COM "...I started out in the navy in VPMS-11. We commissioned as VP-41 in 1948 and deployed aboard the Seaplane Tender USS Pine Island (AV-12), for Tsingtao, China. I was there in 49, when Chang left for Formosa and Mao came in. We lost a few people in the FASRON at our ramp, a few PBMs, a KINGFISHER from the cruiser ST. PAUL, and most of our hangar. I was an AD in those days, flying with the exec's crew, but switched to AT when we returned stateside in 49. I was an instructor in FAETUPAC, Ream Field, then at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I got orders to VP-28, Hawaii, but traded duty with a buddy, wound up in FASRON-8, NAS Alameda, California, then commissioned VC-7 at NAS Moffett Field, California, moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia, back to PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE, PT. MUGU, and from there to VW-3, Det A, NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I keep reading that VQ-1 was commissioned out of VW-1. I was in COM UNIT 38-Team Charley, but my address was VW-3, Det.A, FPO, San Francisco. I would appreciate hearing from any of my old Shipmates at any time......Out of boot camp in early 48, my first squadron was VPMS-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AD striker, flying with the Exec's crew in PBMs. Shortly before we deployed to Tsing-Tao, the designation was changed to VP-41. Came out of China in 1949, after spending some time at Opama Sea Plane base outside of Yokusuka, Japan and after losing some of our aircraft to Mao's people, and after Chang-Kai Shek left for Formose, and decommissioned VP-41. Next duty station-FAETUPAC Ream Field. Still trying to be an AD, I found out that no AD-3s were being made. Switched to AT and took the outfit to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. From there to FASRON-8 NAS Alameda, California. Then commissioned VC-7 at NAS Moffett Field, California and took her to NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P2V-3C A/C. Commissoned FASRON-51 and then transferredred to NAMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. Left there in 1954 for ComUnit 38C at NS Sangley Point, Philippines working within VW-3. Commissioned VQ-1 June 1, 1954 and took the outfit to NAS Iwakuni, Japan flying Martin Mercator P4Ms. Left there end of 1957 and went back to FAETUPAC Det A NAS Alameda, California. Got out soon after having made AT-1 in February 1954..." [BIO Updated 25JUN2002 | 30APR2001]

Van CAMP, AX1 Sid rpsid@nts-online.net "...I was in AEWBarRonPac from 1963 to 1965. I transferredred to VP-6 and then to FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AT2 and made AT1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew as a radar tech. I later changed my rate to AX1. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who might remember me..." [01MAY2004]

WALKER, Rich SkyBoss79@aol.com "...Served in RVAH-3 from September 1966 till August 1969 in FAETULANT Detachment as a pilot instructor on the CPT and WST trainers for the Vig. NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee January 1966 till Augugust 1966. Boot Camp at NTC San Diego October 1965 to December 1965..." [22APR2002]

WALTERS, AW Terry A. tersanfelipe@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1964-1969) and flew with Crew-5, FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and left the Navy in 1971. Went back to school and got my masters and taught at Oregon Institute of Technology for 15 years followed by 14 years at Laidlaw Transit as a Maintenance Manager. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24JUL2014]

WARREN, Craig S. cswarren3550@sbcglobal.net "...I have been wanting to say something via VPNAVY for some time. I was actually introduced to Naval Aviation in 1949 when my family moved to Squantum, Massachusetts across the bay from NAS Squantum, Massachusetts. One of my fifth grade classmates was one Tommy Fitzsimmons, whose Dad was the CO of NAS Squantum, Massachusetts. One of the prettiest sights I remember from back then was the arrival of the Caroline MARS, which visited NAS Squantum, Massachusetts for a few days about April 1950. I also remember the PBY's, PB4Y's and an occasional P2V, along with the other resident aircraft. Also made a couple trips to NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, including a field trip with the Aeronautics Class from North Quincy High School in 1957. In 1957 I joined the Navy and after a few schools went to the USS Midway as an Aviation Guided Missileman (GF), serving in GM Division from 1958 to 1961. In the meantime, the GF rating was disestablished and I became an AT2. I then served at MCAAS Yuma, AZ during 1961. When the "Berlin Wall" was put up, I reenlisted and was sent to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to serve in AEWBarRonPac from 1961 to 1964. I then was transferredred to NAS Moffett Field, California to serve with FAETUPAC Det. 1 (later Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California) from 1964 to 1967. We worked mainly with VP-31, but also worked with most of the other resident VP Squadrons at one time or another. I took an Honorable Discharge in August 1967, thinking I could save a shakey marriage, but was unsuccessful at that. Those nearly ten years in the Navy left mostly positive memories, and maybe I should have reenlisted to complete the 20 or 30 for retirement. Instead, I tried various jobs and finally started College in 1974, and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1982. I have been working as a Design Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation up to the present. I did join the US Naval Institute to keep up with the Navy and try to attend the "Amigo Airsho" here in El Paso at least when the Blue Angels are performing. I still remember seeing a P5M lifting off from Buckner Bay in Okinawa in 1958 with the help of JATO bottles. What a sight! There really has been nothing else like the VP Navy. I retired from working as a Transportation Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. My first duty station (USS Midway) is now a museum on the San Diego waterfront. MCAAS Yuma became MCAS Yuma. AEWBarRonPac and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii are long gone. FAETUPAC and NAS Moffett Field, California have disappeared and /or changed. Hello to all who served at those locations. Another Aviation Rating that seems to have been lost in the shadows of time was the Aviation Guided Missileman rating (GF). I spent the five weeks of AN-P School at NATTC NAS Norman, Oklahoma and then 24weeks of GF-A School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from February to August 1958. I don't know when the rating was established, but it was disestablished in 1960. We were a rather proud group and most were somewhat heartbroken when we were told we had to change to some other rating with no immediate training in the new rating. Several people were sent to a missile test set school after the GF rating was done away with. I never did hear a good explanation for the disstablishment of the rating except that somebody felt that the airborne missiles could be handled by Aviation Ordnancemen and tested by Aviation Fire Control Technicians or Aviation Electronics Technicians. I made GF2 in 1960 and was almost immediately changed to AT2. We seemed to be in a position where nobody knew what to do with us and we were usually one of the few divisions with an air conditioned shop in the late 1950's. Some people may have felt we were a little too "free-wheeling" and maybe not quite as disciplined as we should have been. Oh,well. It was a fun couple years and sometimes a bit amusing to see the confused expression on the face of anyone we tried to explain our purpose on the ship without violating some security rule. Are there many left who remember the rating?..." [BIO Updated 09JUN2010 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 01AUG2007 | E-Mail Updated 25JUN2001 | 21JAN2001]

WEBBER, AXCS David D. Retired chiefwbr@webtv.net "...I am proud to say I spent the majority of my 20+ years in the VP NAVY. I had the good fortune to meet many memorable men during my various VP Squadron tours. I was also fortunate to be a Navy instructor with FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California and later on NAMTD at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. It really touched me to remember my NAVY career thru the many pages of information contained in VPNAVY - I served with VP-40, VP-24, and VP-56. I want to thank you for providing me with the resources with which I was able to take this trip into the past and remember friends, places, and experiences..." [06FEB2002]

WHATLEY, CW03 Ron Retired whatley@alumni.utexas.net "...I served with VP-23 from September 1963 - January 1967 (YN3) and then returned in early 1968 after AX "A" school. I transferredred to VP-21 in October 1968 when they decided to disestablish VP-23, which of course never happened. I transferredred to FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California in July 1969 and spent the rest of my career there in VP-47, CPW-10 and VP-40, with the exception of a tour at PACFAST in NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I retired out of VP-40 January 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 30NOV2000 | 08JUN99]

WHITE, Bob rdwhite1717@att.net "...I maintained, as well as taught ASW tactics from 1961-1964 while assigned to FAETU DET II. I trained P2V-5, P2V-7 and P5M flight crews on ASW tactics next to the seawall at NAS Jacksonville, Florida supporting VP-30 as a Tradevman (TD). I received a commission through the NESEP Program (Purdue U, BSEE in 1968). I was in VP-16 from 1969 - 1973 with deployments/dets to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1974-1977, I was assigned to CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and am a plankowner of the ASWOC. After a stint on USS Ranger (CV-61), I was in VP-22 (1982-1984) with deployments/dets to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was at CPW-2 from 1984-1985. Then I was in VP-17 as the XO/CO from 1985 - 1987 with deployments/dets to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, Utapao, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. From 1987-1990, I was at CTF-12 (COMASWFORPAC) responsible for the operations of VP squadrons in the Eastern Pacific. I was a Plankowner there as well. In 1991-1993, I was CO of NAF Misawa, Japan, a base for P-3 operations in Northern Japan (with the USAF and the JMSDF). I have flown ASW/Surveillance missions from NSF Diego Garcia, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Misawa, Japan, Osan, NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Midway, Iwo Jima, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Eilsson, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Key West, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Barbados, Eleuthera, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, Torrejon, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naples, Corfu, Souda Bay, and Valkenberg, - to name just a few. After 35 years in the Navy, I am now retired enjoying computers, tennis, grandchildren, traveling, climbing, biking, sailing, etc, etc...I flew in the P-3A, P-3B, P-3B (Mod), P3C, and P-3C (Mod) models..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | 23AUG99]

WILLIAMS, CAPTAIN Jim jmwesqret@aol.com "...I served with VP-46 as a TACCO with Crews 9, 2 and 1 from December 1962 to March 1966 and later a P-3 TACCO Instructor at FAETUPAC. Upon leaving active duty I affiliated with VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California in June 1969. transferredred to the Reserve Wing in 1974 and commanded two ASWOC Units and graduated from DRMEC at the NPGS and the Naval War College Reserve Command and Staff Course. I retired at the NRC Sacramento in 1989 as a Captain, USNR. I am planning a mid 1960s Officer Reunion at the Marines Memorial in San Francisco for the fall of 2004..." [22JUL2003]

WOODSON, Wade F. ggwf@rmci.net "...I served from 1944 to 1947 in Hedron 52 until the war ended and then in FAETU. I was out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia and patrolled along the east coast and the Carribean. Would be interested to hear from some of the men I served with. Also would like to have patches fo my squadron if they are available..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2003 | 08NOV2001]

YEAGER, Albert F. afy2766@cableone.net "...I served with FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (April 1956 through August 1957) and VP-4 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (August 1957 through February 1959) in the Airframes Division. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 25FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 25JUL2003 | 01JUN99]

YELLEN, LT Andrew E. pranayamananda@earthlink.net "...Attended Basic Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, ATU-700 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (where I got my wings in PBM's), Heli School at NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida (got my heli-wings (#1606)), FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP squadron at NAS Alameda, California, BUPERS, at the loss of LT Jim Burchfield's plane and crew, returning to NAS Kodiak, Alaska from NAS Adak, Alaska, reassigned me, to VP-42 mid deployment, as a navigator, PP2P for the balance of their tour. Back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, where we got our PBM's replaced with P5M's and I was made co-pilot, PP1P. Served a complete tour out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines, including patrols to Hainan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Formosa Straits, where I received the China Service Medal and made PPC. Released from active duty....I joined HU-771 as helicopter pilot in HUP's, piasecki, 2 rotor's at NAS Los Alamitos, California, with a tour to NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington. I restored an Alden Auxiliary Powered Sailing Schooner, 100 feet in length over all, 100 tons, and sailed off Cape Hatteras and through the Bahamas to the Virgin Islands. I have a license to fly passengers for pay, under my FAA Commercial pilot's ticket: single engine land, multi engined land and multi engined sea, helicopter and instrument. I am licensed to carry passengers for pay under my USCG captain's license, 100 tons, 100 miles at sea. I have a PADI open sea SCUBA rating. I have a card from Paramus Chutes to fly their Paraplane ultralite aircraft. At age eighty two>>>>>>>>>>>>I spend more time playing jazz on a chromatic harmonica than either flyin or sailing..." [BIO Updated 26SEP2011 | 24SEP2011]

YURICICH, Joe joemar@adelphia.ne "...I enlisted US Navy summer of 1950. Boot Camp @Great lakes, then on to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Was in FAETUPAC for a time then transferred to VP-892 (PBM Squadron) and then into VP-50 (PBM's) as Crew Member (MECH). We flew to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and flew patrols out of there. Our PPC was Lt. Abernathy (none better). VP-50 was full of great Shipmates. Discharged 1954. Wonderful experience..." [08MAR2005]

ZACHAR, AW1 Bob Robert6770@AOL.COM "...I was a Weekend Warrior with VP-92 9/70 - 6/72. VP-67 1/73 - 3/94. Flew countless Fri. & Sun night Airlifts picking up squadron mates on Thunder Chicken Airlines; 2600 hours in 21 years. Saw the world. Loved those PI trips!! Couldn't get past AW1, Got in trouble ?? sometimes. Now I'm a Platoon Sgt (E7) in MS Army National Guard - Tank Cmdr. on M1A1 Abrams tanks. 28 years service. The Army is different, but I love the sound of the tank's turbine starting up - reminds me of the P-3's APU. Any ole VP-67 Shipmates out there, email me..." [08JUN98]

ZAFRAN, LCDR Bob Retired vpfourever@gmail.com "...Flew in P2's, P-3's, and P5M's for 22 years. I was an ex-P2 Radioman (AT/AX). I was also a TACCO in the P-3 Orion. I served with VP-4 (1959-1962),FAETUPAC (1962-1965), Naval Flight Officer Training (1965-1966), NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron (1966-1968), Naval Postgraduate School (BS) (1968-1970), VP-4 (1971-1974), Naval Postgraduate School (MS) (1974-1976), VP-40 (1976-1978), NAS Moffett Field, California (1978-1979), and OinC PSD NAS Moffett Field, California 1979-1980)..." [E-Mail Updated 21OCT2008 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2002 | BIO Updated 20NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 30JUL98]

ZEILER, Charles G. cgz@sbcglobal.net "...I served with FAETUPAC at NAS Atsugi, Japan in 1969/70 and worked with VQ-1 & VP-17. I was in charge of the ASTA shop which took care of the gear to train aircrew all over westpac. I also went to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam with VQ-1..." [14JAN2005]

ZIMBA, Alexander A. Jr. ziemba481@juno.com "...I served aboard Naval Training Center (NTC) Bainbridge, Maryland in July 1955, NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (AE) from 1955 to 1956, FASRON-108 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 1956 to 1957, VP-7 in 1957 with a deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and FAETULANT at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1957 to 1959 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain..." [16AUG2010]

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