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MARTEL, AT2 Richard
I served with VR-22 (1961). I left the Navy in 1962, received pilot training on GI bill and eventually became an airline pilot. After retiring I flew DC-3’s in the Florida Keys for mosquito control and was a fly fishing guide there also. Now retired for good and enjoying country life in East Tennessee at age 81 - still going strong “Anytime Anywhere.”
7/10/2019 11:30 PM
PLOTKIN, AME3 David
I served with VP-MAU (1987-1991) and worked in Lineshack an PR Shop. Left the Navy due to car accident. Now living in CA and would like to hear from former Shipmates.
7/9/2019 3:51 PM
THOMASON, HM2 Scott "Doc"
I served with VP-47 (1979-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments two NAF Misawa, Japan.
7/6/2019 5:44 AM
AMBROSE, LT Michael
I served with VP-56 (1970-1973) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.
7/3/2019 8:57 AM
TAYLOR, YNCM James "Jim"
I am a a Navy civilian Sailor at Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, HI. I thought it would be appropriate to pass along an article in the local newspaper about a member of the VP-22 Blue Geese - YNCM(Ret) James "Jim" Taylor. He passed away on 20 May 2019. Here is the link to the article: Star Advertiser - Pearl Harbor volunteer was ‘great friend’ to grieving families.
6/26/2019 4:06 PM
I am the grandson of LT(jg) Joseph Earl Cook who was a pilot with VP-208 “Oboe”. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enlisted November 1942 and at the age of 20 was commissioned as a naval aviator May 1944. He served in the Pacific before being honorably discharged as a lieutenant junior grade. He received the Navy Air Metal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the first wave invasion of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. I am looking for anyone with pictures of him, pictures of his plan or just any information in general. He left a journal with great stories of his missions but I’m wanting to put together more to pass down to future generations. Thanks and God Bless America.
6/25/2019 9:45 PM
PRATHER, AW1 Richard "Rick" "Rick the Rock"
I served with VP-30 (1972-1973) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-16 (1973-1978), NADC (1978-1980) and VPU-2 (1981-1984). I served 12 awesome years in the U S Navy as a Naval Aircrewman aboard the P-3 Aircraft. Started my worldwide adventures in VP-16 and then went on up to NADC. These two commands sent me to most of the free world accessible from the East Coast. Finished my enlistment off while assigned to VPU-2. Was able to see almost all areas of WEST-PAC while stationed with VPU-2. To all of the people I served with, thank you.
6/24/2019 4:53 PM
TALBOT, Tom Richard
I served with VP-46 and VP-9 from 1989 to 1992. When I discharged I worked in the medical field then did almost 20 years as a Washington State Corrections Officer and now I do armed security for SCIS at a DOD site. I am searching for a former Shipmate, Kimberly Bowman. Kimberly worked on the flight line with me. She was crushed between a heavy piece of equipment and a telephone pole. I pulled her out and called medical. Her quad was pulled outside her skin. I know she would remeber me and have tried the Facebook route with no success.
6/15/2019 5:23 PM
DOYLE, Michael Alvin
I served with VR-49 (10/1962-10/1963) at NAS Bermuda with a deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I worked on the beach crew launching Martin P5M Marlin Aircraft.
6/12/2019 12:46 PM
I served with ASWOC (1982-1984). Worked for Captain Cressy, CDR Armstrong, LCDR Falsetta, AWC Waghe and AWC Beatty. Visited NAS Brunswick, Maine last year. Old memories playing softball for the wing and the e-club still there.
6/4/2019 5:22 PM
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
6/3/2019 7:59 PM
BYRNE, Charles G.
>I served with VR-22 (1956-1958) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I was fortunate enough to be selected as Parchute Loft Sailor of the Month.
6/2/2019 4:44 PM
Looking for to contact anyone who knew AMSC Brian Patterson. Brian served with VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in the 1980’s. Thanks!
AFCM Walt Hall
6/2/2019 1:03 AM
RAMSAY, AT2 Stephen
I served with VP-17 (1981–1984) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew as a IFT with Crew-7.
5/28/2019 9:02 PM
HUDNALL, Thomas A.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
5/27/2019 9:29 PM
BUCKLEY, Claude Norman
I served aboard the UUSS Norton Sound (AV-11) (12/1960-08/1961), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee (0819/61 to 04/1962) A-School, VF-174 (04/1962 to 1963) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, FAETULANT (1966) Det NAS Brunswick, Maine and discharged 05/1968 then to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as GS-9 on SP2E OF/WST for a year.
5/24/2019 9:11 AM
TRULUCK, CDR David R. Retired
I served with VP-50 as soon as they arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California to transition to the P-3. I believe I was the first P-3 NFO to join the squadron. Was initially in Crew-2 then Crew-11. Made the Langley/NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1968) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan(1969/1970) deployments. Then to NAS Pensacola, Florida for the Baccalaureate Degree Completion program and instructor at Schools Command then nav flight instructor at VT-10. Riffed out January 1973 then to reserves NAS Jacksonville, Florida with VP-62. Flew with Crew-15. Forced to retire due to hearing loss. Would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates.
5/15/2019 10:30 PM
TRIMBLE, ATN3 Dennis
I served with VP-31 (1962-1965). I repaired electronic equipment for all squadrons on NAS North Island, San Diego, California and flew as cw radio operator.
5/4/2019 4:27 AM
MAHAN, AMH1 John D.
I served with VP-30 (1980-1984) and VP-22 (1984-1988) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii.
4/17/2019 3:19 PM
HEILMANN, AT3 William L.
I served with VAH-6 (1956) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to Japan for 6 months working on AJ Savage radio equipment. Came back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was one of those first to be sent North to be at that time Gunner navigator on the A3D that were coming. We were trained to get the aircraft to the proper place to make the bombing run. We went on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61) on it's first west coast tour. My tour of duty was up in the first of June and the carrier was not cumming home till end of July. I left in May.
4/8/2019 5:42 PM
WARD, YN3 Terry L.
I served with VR-22 (1961-1963). I was assigned to the Adminitrtive Office reporting to SCPO Joe WADE and then Operations Department LT TYLER.
4/1/2019 3:53 PM
WINN, AT2 Gregory
I served with VP-56 (1977–1980) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda.
3/26/2019 5:31 PM
STANO, Calvin Paul
I served with VT-9 (1966-1969).
3/24/2019 8:30 PM
BOYTE, AW3 "Steve"
One of the early AWs to come through school at NAS Millington, Tennessee. Then more school, including SERE School at Coronado (NAS North Island, San Diego, California), then VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Finally reached VP-47 in October 1969 and stayed until discharge in July 1972. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. ‘70 with detachments to The Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Was on the flight crew that found those sailors drifting, without power, on that amphibious craft up near Japan. Then enjoyed a deployment to beautiful, downtown NAS Adak, Alaska. Remember sitting in plane with engines revved up, listening to countdown to detonation of an atomic device. Thankfully, NAS Adak, Alaska did not sink and we just taxied back to the hanger. At different times, was on Crews 11, 5, and 1. Now living on the banks of a bayou in Louisiana. Would love to hear from former Shipmates.
3/22/2019 12:47 PM
McCANN, Brian Dale
I served with VP-11.
3/19/2019 8:44 PM
DIXON, AE1 Jim
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
3/15/2019 11:54 AM
BRAGG, PO2 Joseph Franklin
I served with VP-1.
3/14/2019 4:15 PM
HEILIG, QMQ3 Ralph E. Jr.
I served with VJ-62 (MAY1952-19NOV53) working in the Air Navigation Division under LT Roberts and LT(jg) Charles Monroe. Our CO was CDR Jefferson J. Kennedy and our XO was LCDR David McNiel. I am looking for anyone who knew Darrell Tallman. Tallman was on Detactment Item and at least one other detachment. Other names I recall: LT C.K O’Meara, LT Nicholson, LT Roberts (Plane Commander of TP12), ETAN Walter Blackwell, AM3 Stanley Baker, Chief QM Wurth (taught Celestial Navigation), ETAN Bill Daley and ETAN Bill Dooley. I would like to hear from former Shipmates.
3/10/2019 2:19 PM
OBLISKEY, AME2 John A.
I served with VP-46 (1967-1970).
3/9/2019 11:00 AM
VP-6 Reunion (02OCT2019-06OCT2019)
The next All Hands VP-6 Blue Shark Association Reunion will be in San Antonio, TX at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, from October 2nd, 2019 to October 6th, 2019. Check our website at: https://www.vp-6.org/ or http://www.patronsix.com for registration details. Point of contact is Jim Lamers or phone at: 703-727-7944. Register early for early bird discounts.
3/8/2019 10:45 AM
McSTAY, James W.
I served with VP-4 (1971-1974) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Departed the squadron as PPC of Crew 7. Flew with VP-65 and various SRU’s at NAS Point Mugu, California and retired from a VTU at NAS Alameda, California in 1991.
2/28/2019 4:00 PM
SCHROLL, AME2 Tim
I served with VX-1 (1970-1973) at NAS Key West, Florida. Worked on P-3's (A, B and C), S2F's and HS3D's.
2/28/2019 1:21 PM
VW-15 Mishap - October 15th, 1958
The VW-15 plane that crashed in Argentia in 1958 was BuNo 141294.
AT1 Dave Bowles, Retired
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 11:53 pm.
WOODWARD, William McGill "Mac"
My father, Dr. William McGill Woodward "Mac", served with VP-7 (1955-1957) leaving Naval Service as a LT. Dad passed away April 18, 2016 and is sorely missed.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 3:47 pm.
SENDEWICZ, AT2 Robert
I attended AT School (1959) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Guided Missile Service Squadron GMSRON-2 (1959-1960), redesignated VU-8 (1960-1962), left for discharge but ended up in the U.S. Naval Hospital, St. Albans, NY. I had an operation on my ear there which didn't work out. I was then sent to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. There I ran into fellow red Tail Bill Brenan. I was finally discharged on October 16 1962. I spent some of the best times of my life at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR.
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 8:50 pm.
CONTRYMAN, Eric R.
I served with VAP-61 (1964-1965) with deployments aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Midway (CVA-41) and the USS Ranger (CVA-4). I also served with VS-25 with deployments aboard the USS Yorktown (CVA-10).
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at 8:11 pm.
WIELAND, CTM Lou
I served with VQ-1 (1975) at NAS Agana, Guam. I was one of the first CTM s for Deepwell Techs. I also flew some flight with PR 36 crew out of Japan for a few observation flights.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 3:44 pm.
I served VP-5 (1987-1990), VP-50 (1990-1992), Ocean-O Instructor Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific Fleet(FASOTraGruPac) (1992-1994) and CPRW-10 (1994-1996). I am currently a Senior Toxicologist working for the Navy at Bangor, WA.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 9:42 pm.
PEARSON, AK3 JH
I served VT-24 (10/1968-02/1970) and worked in the Supply Department.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 8:23 am.
OLIVOLA, AZ3 John
I served VP-49 (09/1978-11/1979) with a deployment to NAS Bermuda. I changed rates to DS in 1984 and retired from the USN in 1996. Currently living north of Seattle.
Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 6:46 pm.
SANDLIN, Terry G.
I served VP-10 (10/1963-10/1964). I would like to hear from former Shipmates.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:41 am.
HULL, AZ3 Buddy
I served VP-31 (1972-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California.
Thursday, November 08th, 2018 at 7:55 pm.
VP-110 Mishap - March 31, 1944
Our Uncle, Donald C. Gamble, AOM2c, was killed over the Bay of Biscay, England on March 31, 1944 during anti-Submarine Patrols in WWII as his VP-110 PB4Y-1 (BuNo 63940 plane piloted by LT Harold Barton) was shot down by a German JU-88. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of his fellow crew members and their families. Even though it has been 74 years since they were killed, Donald's family has always kept his spirit and memories alive from generation to generation because he died to help his country and to make sure we continue to have our Freedom.
Thursday, November 01st, 2018 at 3:32 pm.
MAMBRO, Philip A.
My Father, Philip A. Mambro, served with VPB-110. Dad passed away in 1996. I would like to hear from his former Shipmates.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 3:43 pm.
WILSON, AT Craig C.
I served VP-16 (1975-1978) and NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD (W/C 610 and 640). Pitched on the squadron "B" team in NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1976 when we went to the base championship.
Monday, October 08th, 2018 at 9:24 pm.
I served VR-24 (1971-1974) at NAF Naples, Italy, VP-50 (1975-1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California and VT-86 at NAS Pensacola, Florida.
uesday, October 02nd, 2018 at 10:52 pm.
NORWOOD, ADCS Raymond L. Retired
I served VXE-6 (1971-1974) in the Willie Field Power Plants and a member of the Antartic Para Rescue Team. I was part of the salvage team after the crash of A/C 917 at Pole Station. My favorite tour of duty during my career. Life long friendships and memories were formed here. Retired as ADCS in 1985 now living in North Carolina.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 4:20 pm.
RIESBERG, AMS2 Daniel
I served VP-40 (1985-1988) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan.
Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at 6:01 pm.
TAVAREZ, CPO Anthony Retired
I served with VS-876, HS-6, USS Kearsarg (CVS-33) and VR-55.
Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 2:25 am.
SEVERSON, ADC Arne E. Retired
I served VP-6 (1956-1959).
Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 5:12 am.
LLOYD, ATN3 Arlie E.
I served VP-9 (03/1962-06/1964) flying as a crewman aboard PD-9 and later PD-12. LT Wheeler was my PPC and later LT Fink and LT Hap Smith. I was at Johnston Atoll during the nuclear testing (09/1962-10/1962). I was there when one of our planes crashed in the reef. Later I was back at NAS Alameda, California when we lost the plan in the Oakland Esturary., and in reading the list of VP-9 mishaps, there is one that is missing. on the list. In about March of 1964, we lost a plane on landing at NAS Kodiak, Alaska and again, all got out alive. The P2V7 broke up into 5 pieces, as I was told. There was a man named Wilhelm, who was in all three crashes, at Jonston Is, NAS Alameda, California and then at NAS Kodiak, Alaska. when they all got out alive. Wilhelm went home by boat and train and I never seen or heard from him again. He told me he would never set foot in a F-ing airplane again for the rest of his life. I knew some of those men that died in the crashes after I got out in June. ENS Mack was a fine officer, with flaming red hair. And if I remember right, I believe he married the woman he met in Kodiak, Ak. I new Frank Vega, who died in the a P-3 in the Phillipines (07APR65), when the landing gear collapsed. I contacted Frank Vega's son who ask to talk to anyone who knew their dad. Frank and I used to practice Morse code. We were both radio operators. I know some of the others as well. They were all wonderful young men who gave their all for their country. May they rest in peace, till we meet again.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 3:53 am.
SHUTE, ARM3 Kenneth W.
Mr. Kenneth W. Shute, formerly ARM3c of VPB-119, passed away April 6, 2018. I enjoyed exchanging several emails with Ken regarding his service and the history of squadron VPB-119. He was a member of Crew #21 and flew out of Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines in 1945. His obituary is available online at https://www.panebakerfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Kenneth-Shute/#!/Obituary.
David C. Deatherage
Saturday, August 04th, 2018 at 3:16 pm.
I served with VP-26 (1979-1980) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from former Shipmates.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 1:07 am.
BROWN, ATC(AW) Dennis
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 7:50 pm.
FOSTER, Brent Dean
I would like to let the community know that my father passed away July 28, 2017. Dad served with VP-22 (1963-1965), VP-31 (1966-1969), VP-50 (1973-1976) and VC-3.
Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 12:21 am.
RICE, ADR2 Leslie F.
I served with NAS Los Alamitos, California (04/1965-06/1968) as Stationkeeper. After the usual dog duty mess cooking, Security Division Gate Guard duty, I worked in Guard Support mostly on the GTC-85 jet starters. I loved those things, even pitched in for the Blues once with one of our units. Went throught Aircrew training OP5C (MAD and Radar) and F.C.P.C. training kind of a on-the-job as I worked on them too. The "VP Guys" were a good group and got our planes up and ahead of schedule. Not easy with 13 ADRs and as many planes. The Neptune was a tough aircraft and took a lot of punishment and once cruise was established she cruised happily. However, she didn't like sudden power changes. I was a student pilot and got some instruction and handel bar time as well. I loved her manners. I later got my commercial and multi engine ratings and appreciated what Lockheed builds and I still do. Our Neptunes are now TV stars seen often fighting wild fires. I still get a good feeling when I drive by on Lampson Rd and see the tower and mostly the same builings. It will always be NAS to me!
Sunday, July 08th, 2018 at 2:06 am.
SODERHOLM, AZCS Roland J.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
Friday, June 01st, 2018 at 5:33 am.
MORLAND, ATR2 Leo
I served with VP-24 (1965-1967).
Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 9:36 pm.
I served with VP-94 (1992) at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I'm the radiation safety officer at the Memphis VA Medical Center and have been here since 2006. Old Shipmates are always welcomed here.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 8:11 pm.
LaCOURSIERE, AO3 Larry
I served with VP-29 (1952-1955). I took advantage of the GI-bill and became an electrical engineer in 1959. After that, it was many government programs such as Apollo, Minuteman, airborne torpedos, Marine Corps communications van, electromagnetics and ergonomics.
Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 5:28 am.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 12:39 pm.
KUCHTA, HM Kenneth
I served with VQ-1 (05/1974-06/1976) at NAS Agana, Guam.
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 3:59 pm.
I served with VP-22 (11/1986-06/1990) and VP-10 (05/1992-06/1995) as a Acoustic Operator. Good to see so many familiar names rattling around these halls. Have to say my time is coming to an end. Battling stage 4 kidney cancer since 2007. Not much more time left. Just wanted to thank all my Shipmates. Best time of my life!
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 3:28 pm.
GRAVES, AT Steven
I served with VP-50 (1986-1988) with a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and TDY to Phillipines and Okinawa. I would like to hear from former Shipmates.
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 3:19 pm.
I served with VP-24 (1984-1989) as a Pilot and CAC-1 Mission Commander.
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 9:48 pm.
MORAN, Ronald K.
I served with Naval Reserve Squadron VP-663 (10/1965-06/1868) and then entered the U.S. Naval Academy. Worked flight line and trained as a ATR. Flew several times with the "Red Barron" and was supposed to drill the weekend of 109 crash in 107 aircraft but was notified of a shift of weekend drill.
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 6:10 pm.
I served aboard NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1966-1968). Fellow Wave, Billie Joe and I use to hang with VAQ-33 on Friday Happy Hour and Friday nights at the SeaAir Club and dated Niedert and Johnny Reb. Best Squadron ever! Saw Bill Ayers' e-mail and message...shout out to you Bill. I have a picture of you at Goddard Park, Memorial weekend with the Squadron. Miss the good times!
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 4:18 am.
I served with VP-17 (1981-1983). I would like to hear from former Shipmates Howard Taylor, Ray McCrorken and Greg Ancheta.
Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 2:34 pm.
I served with VP-49 (1967-1969) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines.
Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 12:42 am.
CYRUS, AT2 Sam
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 1:41 pm.