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ABBINK, AMEC(AW/NAC) Daniel W. Retired dano8251@ameritech.net "...I served with VP-24 (June 1981 to June 1984), NAMTGD 1011 (August 1984 to August 1987), VP-56 (August 1987 to June 1991), VP-5 (March 1992 to June 1996), RTC Great Lakes (July 1996 to December 2000) and Retired December 2000. I would appreciate any emails from fellow Shipmates..." [31JUL2007]

ABRETSKE, AX1 Anthony I Retired aabret@juno.com "...From 1962 till 1979 I served in VP-7, VP-30, VP-5, VX-1, VP-24, and retired from VP-49 in Sept 1979. Most of my shore duty was at NAS Jacksonville, Florida AMD. I was a "Madman". These were the best years of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2000 | 29JUL98]

ABRAHAM, AOC(NAC) Michael F. Retired ballistics_technician@outlook.com "...I served with VP-56, VFA-106, VP-24, VP-62, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and retired (04/2011)..." [06MAY2013]

Memorial Picture "...ACKERMAN, Barney "Bud"...My husband, Barney "Bud" ACKERMAN, lost his life in an accident near NAS Millington, Tennessee on August 23, 1969 while serving with VP-24. I would love to here from his Shipmates Chris Keizer (sp?) or Kaiser, Cpt K. L. Geitz or any others who remember him when we were stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Millington, Tennessee, or NAS Sigonella, Sicily. We also lived at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where he was with a VS squadron for a short time. I would really like to hear from anyone that remembers "Bud". Gloria Ackerman gvplaats@hotmail.com..." [22FEB2010]

ADDINGTON, LTJG H. B. hadwen@southwind.net "...I joined VP-HL-4 in Atlantic City in May of 1947. We rotated to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada regularly to fly supplies into Bluie West 1 in Greenland when the Fjords were frozen in. We delivered mail, refreshments (booze) and fresh fruit. We were normally on 1 month duration with two aircraft out of the squadron. When not on rotation we were practicing Anti-submarine warfare with the black shoe underwater crews. We also flew into NAS Bermuda, San Juan, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and went on Air-sea searches for lost ships and/or aircraft. The Squadron was transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. in I believe the fall of 1948 and continued the same rotations and exercises. VP-HL-3 was also in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and left later to become "Hurricane Hunters" in Florida. I lost contact and information about VP-HL-4 and would appreciate any information anyone has on it. I have some 8 x 10 photos of our squadron in flight. I donated a model to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola along with my flight manual and some photos of the squadron in flight. I rotated from sea duty to the Training Command, Pensacola Fla. in Nov. 1949 and left the Navy in April, 1950..." [28APR99]

ADRION, CAPT Robert J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...CAPT Robert J. Adrion - CPRW-2 - Captain Robert J. Adrion was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Pine Bush, NY and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1984, his first operational assignment was with VP-24. During this tour as a "Batman", he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served as the Pilot Training, Pilot NATOPS, and Safety/NATOPS Officer. In March 1988, Captain Adrion transferred to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 serving as Tactical Training Team Pilot, Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Training Officer. His following sea duty was as the Operations Administration Officer aboard the USS SARATOGA where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. In August 1993, Captain Adrion reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as the Command Services and Maintenance Officer. During his tour, he deployed to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans in support of United Nations' sanctions against Iraq. Following his Department Head tour, Captain Adrion was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC to serve as the VP / VQ Combat Placement Officer. In July 1997, he was selected to attend the Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA where he completed a Masters Degree in Military Science. Captain Adrion reported to NAS Brunswick, Maine in March of 1999, serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26. From April 2001 to March 2003, he was Training Officer for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic and from March 2003 to March 2005 he was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Division Chief and Division Chief for the J-3 Reconnaissance Operations Division..." [08DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...ALBENZI, AT2 Angelo...To all who knew AT2 Angelo Albenzi who served with VP-24 as an IFT from 1977 to 1979 and was searching for those of the squadron that served with him. After avionics training at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from 1975-1976, he went for additional training VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 1976-1977 and became attached to VP-24 as IFT, AT2, from 1977-1979. From there to NADU, 1979-1981. Angelo fought a good fight, from the very beginning when he was diagnosed with cancer as a child. He managed to stay free from it almost until the end. Angelo went on after his service to obtain a B.A.in Accounting from PennState University and worked in the field until his late 30's. It was about that time that I think the cancer had probably started to come back, but he was unaware of ti until about 2 years prior to his death. Angelo died in June of 2003. I knew him for the past 13 years and would be happy to relate details of his life to any of his former crewmembers and comrades that are interested. I hope that some of you were able to contact him from his posting on this site prior to his death. God bless is soul and may he finally rest in peace...B. Brown bhayesbr@aol.com..." [24AUG2004]

ALBENZI, AT2 Angelo "Al" aalbenzi@magpage.com "...I served with VP-24 as an IFT from 1977 to 1979. I am searching for those of the squadron that served with me, especially those that flew with me into hostile airspace. To my fellow Shipmates, crewmembers, friends and comrades and to the best years of my life! After avionics training at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from 1975-1976, I went for additional training VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 1976-1977. I became attached to VP-24 as IFT, AT2, from 1977-1979. From there to Naval Air Development Center, 1979-1981. I would enjoy hearing from anyone that I served with..." [08JAN2002]

ALVAREZ, Robert mcsurvey@juno.com "...AW3, VP-24, CAC-7 1978-1980 from Boston, Mass..." [24APR2000]

AMBROSE, Gary ggary.ambrose@randolph.af.mil "...Bull Ensign for the Batmen (VP-24) from Feb 92 to decommission. Will assist with any reunions or things of that sort. Looking to say hello to all BATMEN..." [E-Mail Updated 27OCT99 | 25OCT99]

AMES, REAR ADMIRAL Christopher Conlan http://www.transcom.mil/bios/tcames.pdf "...Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Christopher Conlan Ames is the director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, the admiral was commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. During his 26-year career, the admiral was the assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV 66); Commanding Officer, VP-16; Commanding Officer, Amphibious Assault Ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1); and deputy for operations, United States Pacific Command. He is a Naval aviator with more than 2,000 hours in the P-3C aircraft. EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of science, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1991 Masters in public administration, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. June 1976 August 1976, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla. 2. August 1976 February 1977, student, VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. 3. February 1977 February 1977, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 4. February 1977 July 1977, student, VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 5. July 1977 November 1977, student, VP-31, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 6. November 1977 January 1981, instructor pilot/senior NATOPS pilot evaluator, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. 7. February 1981 March 1982, Joint Chief of Staff intern, Strategic Planner, J5 Strategy Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 8. April 1982 October 1982, aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations, OP-06, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 9. October 1982 December 1983, flag lieutenant, Third Fleet, Pacific 10. December 1983 April 1986, assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV-66), aircraft carrier, Atlantic 11. April 1986 May 1989, maintenance officer, VP-30, then operations officer, VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 12. May 1989 July 1990, assistant Washington placement, Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. 13. July 1990 June 1991, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 14. July 1991 February 1994, executive officer, then Commanding Officer, VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 15. February 1994 May 1994, executive assistant to the commander, CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 16. May 1994 August 1994, under instruction, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course, Newport Naval Station, R.I. 17. August 1994 December 1997, executive officer, then commanding officer, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Amphibious Assault Ship, Pacific 18. December 1997 July 2000, deputy for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 19. August 2000 April 2002, commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, San Diego, Calif. 20. April 2002 present, director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill..." [24JUN2003]

AMICK, Ron raamick@mtnhome.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1959-62 and VP-18 from 1964-1967..." [09AUG2005]

ANDERSON, AE2 Bob "Andy" andy_bob13@hotmail.com "...I served VP-24 (1969-1973). A few of my Shipmates were Ed Soroka, Mike Randall, Don Schultz, Terry Qaunrude to name a few!..." [05JAN2013]

ANDREWS, Bill bandrews59@yahoo.com "...AW '77-'89/LDO '89-'98. Retired 2/98. Served in VP-22(81-85), CPW2(85-88), VP-24(91-95), and VP-30(95-98). Let me know of any Reunion..." [E-Mail Updated 16AUG2001 | 07JUN98]

ARKON AC1 Steven M. Retired sarkon@twlakes.net "...Served with USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) from September 1963 - February 1964, NSD Machanicsburg, PA March 1964 - July 1964, VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from August 1964 - September 1969, NAS Alameda, California from October 1969 - February 1971, VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California from March 1971 - November 1975, NALF Goliad, TX from December 1975 - November 1979, NAS Keflavik, Iceland from December 1979 - December 1981, and NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from January 1981 - September 1983. My Navy carrier was very wide spread. Starting out as a FN on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and ending up as an Air Traffic Controller teaching ATC School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. During my VP days I was an AO2 and was on several crews, but mainly with VP-24. I was on crew 4 and 6. In VP-40 I was on the intently famous Crew 13. Being retired now I work for a Banking Software Company and jet around the country fixing computers and networks. I live in a little 5.5 ac. ranch on the Cumberland River in Middle Tennessee, with my wife Windy three sons and 2 horses 2 cats a dog and 1 turtle called Taz..." [07DEC2002]

ARNDT, AW3 Karl H. karl9@talkcity.com "...I served in VP-24 85-88. I Have many happy memories from those years including deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. I was mostly in CAC-8, and I recognize a few names here. I would love to hear from any of you guys from that time..." [18AUG2000]

ARSCOTT, Bob bobarscott@sgmnow.com "...I was in VP-24 in 1954 to 1956 stationed back and forth at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia and Halfa Malta. Is there anyone who was also stationed there at that time - I would like to hear from you..." [02JUN2002]

ASKEY, GF2 John P. pavelochkay@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VPB-124 from may 1945 to May 1946. I was discharged; reenlisted and went to VP-24 in March/April 1949. I served until July 1956 with a break for "B" school sometime in 1953. I made one Reunion, which was in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm still in contact with James (Buck) Buchanan who lives in Arizona. I was an ARM 2/c, then changed to GF 2/c..." [16JUL2001]

AUSTIN, GARY B. JAGSMAN@BELELSOUTH.NET "...I RETIRED IN OCT. 91 AND HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH MOST OF MY OLD FRIENDS. I SERVED IN VP-5, VP-30, VP-24, AND FASO DET MAYPORT. I MISS FLYING WITH MY CREW AND READING TO MESSAGE BOARDS AND REALLY KNOWING WHATS GOING ON AROUND THE GLOBE. I'AM NOW WORKING AS A DVOP IN THE ORANGE PARK JOBS & BENEFITS OFFICE IN ORANGE PARK, FL. 904-213-3060 EXT 111. IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING WORK CALL ME, I'LL HELP..." [23APR99]


BACHELLER, AD1 Ken Retired KTABACH@MSN.com "...I was a P-3 Flight Engineer with VP-16, VP-24, and VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [07APR2003]

BAHTO, George ggb313@aol.com "...I served VP-24 when we were station at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland - flew as head electronics - 2nd class Petty officer - 1st Radioman - I flew on HA-7 from sometime in 1952 to 1954..." [E-Mail Updated 02APR2005 | 06SEP98]

BAKKER, Denny dtbak@earthlink.net "...Served in VP-44 67-71, VP-30 71-74, VQ-2 74-77, VX-1 77-79, NMPC SEA Duty Det Dallas 79-85, VP-24 85-88, VP-30 as maint MCPO 88-91. Let me know how you're doing..." [E-Mail Updated 01OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | 09NOV97]

BARBER, AVCM Carl L. clbarber@aol.com "...VAHM-13/VP-24 8/57-9/60; VW-15/VW-13 1/61-7/62; NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 3/63-3/66; VP-4 8/66-2/69; NAMTD12 NAS Moffett Field, California 3/69-5/72; CPWP 5/72-10/76; NAMTRAGRU NAS Memphis, Tennessee 10/76-11/79..." [25MAY99]

BARNEY, AVCM Bruce Retired ibbarney@comcast.net "...Joined the Navy in 1969. After AW training and from 1970-1975, was stationed in VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until a homeport change that took the squadron to NAS Brunswick, Maine In 1975, I changed rate from AW2 to AX2 and was assigned to VP-30 as an Inflight Tech from 1975-1978. Then to VP-16 from 1978-1982 as a Inflight Tech where I made AXC. 1982-1984 was assigned to VP-30 Framp as an Inflight Tech Instructor where I made AXCS. Went to VP-24 from 1984-1986 as an Inflight Tech and Maintenance Control Supervisor and made AVCM. Final tour from 1986-1989 was COMPATWINGSLANT Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Advanced Maritime Projects Office. Retired in Dec 89..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY99 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN99 | 14DEC97] [Updated ICQ# 277185191 | ICQ# 215446 215446]

BARRERAS, Andy starship@clark.net"...I am a P-3 Flight Engineer currently serving as one of the aircrew detailers in DC. I just came from VQ-2 in Rota. Before that I was in VP-24 then VAQ-33 in Key West, Fl..."

Memorial Picture "...BAXLEY, CMC Frank Shipmate Pix...Frank Baxley, 64, died Feb. 12th, 2006 at his home in Lexington Park, Md. Frank is the son of the late John Lester Baxley Sr and Marguerite Brown Baxley of Marion Sc. Frank has worked for the government since 1961 - first as active duty Navy, and then as a civil servant at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He joined Navy in 1961 and went through boot camp in San Diego. He attended Anti-Submarine Warfare electronics technician, advanced electronics training in NAS Millington, Tennessee. Followed with flight crew operator training in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and P2V specific training in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Frank's I first duty station as an operator was with VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and detachments in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Crete, Greece, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While assigned to VP-56 Frank logged 5000 flight hours in 5 years. I After his arduous duty with VP-56 during the Cuban missile crisis, Frank transferred to VP-30 to attend 16 weeks of factory training for computer and data processing systems. After returning to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland he attended In-Flight Technician (IFT) training at NAMTRADET, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As an IFT with VP-24 he made four deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He was then assigned to NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida as P-3C IFT and Weapon Systems Technician instructor. He also taught community college electronics theory and all related math necessary to get a First Class Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. He then transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-48 serving as the Maintenance/Material Control Senior Chief and Command Senior Chief when he retired from the NAVY. After retiring in 1982 from the NAVY he continued supporting the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft RM&S department for Naval Air Systems Command. In 1985 he then accepted his first Government Service position as Engineering Technician, Antisubmarine AlC Test Directorate for NATC serving as manager of the airborne advanced signal processor being developed for incorporation into the P-3 Update IV aircraft. With the initiation of the P-7A development in 1989, his duties expanded to include the oversight of concurrent integration of the Update IV avionics suite into the P-7A airframe design. 1993 he was promoted as an Engineering Technician, Force Warfare Aircraft Directorate, NAWCAD as the Technical Lead for the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AlP). He developed the groundbreaking acquisition strategy based on the extensive use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf/Non-Development Items. He led the technical integrated program team through program concept definition, requirements and location to a successful ACAT II P-3C Update IV mission avionics upgrade program. I 1996 assisted the P-3 PMA office coordinating staffing of issues with Program Executive Offices and Financial Management offices. 1997 until his Government service retirement, September 2005 he managed the P-3 AlP, BMUP, FMS, and P-8A MMA , Mission System logistics. Frank was an active member of the Lion's Club of Lexingiton Park and enjoyed volunteering his time at historic St. Mary's City. Frank and his family call St Mary's County home since his retirement from the Navy in 1982...St. Mary's Today Sunday, February 19, 2006..." WebSite: St. Mary's Today http://www.stmarystoday.com/ [19FEB2006]

BAYLESS, ADCS Charles B. (C.B.) Retired CBAYLESS@cfl.rr.com "...Served in VP-10 from November 1962-September 1964, VP-56 from February 1969-June 1972, and VP-24 from June 1975-June 1978. Other duty stations: NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from October 1958-December 1960, VF-161 from December 1960-November 1962, VF-101 from September 1964-October 1968, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from October 1968-February 1969, NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June 1972-June 1975 and NARF NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June 1978-July 1981. Retired NARF NAS Jacksonville, Florida on July 1981..." [05APR2000]

Memorial Picture "...BEAVERS, LCDR Troy C...My father-in-law, Troy C. Beavers, was a naval aviator during WWII. He flew PBY's (Black Cats) for VP-24 and VPB-24. I believe he started in VP-6. He stayed in the Navy after the war and eventually retired as LCDR. He became a school teacher and, later, school principal. He died in July 2002...Clifford E. Jackson cliffmary@att.net..." [E-Mail Updated 22APR2010 | 18JAN2005]

BECK, Tom tombeck@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 from 1986 - 1990. After leaving active duty in 1993, I went to VP-68 located in Andrews AFB from 1993 to 1995. After that I went VP-66 out of NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Right now (June 1999) I'm still there. I live in Maryland outside of DC (301.933.6284)..." [06JUN99]

BECKWITH, CAPTAIN Reynolds Retired http://boatcoach.tripod.com/flightline/id55.html "...Service dates: September, 1943 to September, 1975. Graduated USNA, 1949, USNPGS, MSEE (1953-1956) and Armed Forces Staff College. Aircraft flown: P4Y-2, P2V-3, SP2H, SNB, SH-3A/D, H-34, UH-1B (gunship) Squadrons: VP-871 / VP-19, VX-1, VP-24, HS-7, HS-10, and HA(L)-3. Commands: CO/XO HS-7, CO HS-10, and CO HA(L)-3. Served in Korean and Vietnam Wars; as Director, Air Division, OP-95; Operations Officer on USS Princeton (LPH-7). Awards: Legion of Merit (V), DFC, Air Medals, Vietnamese Navy DSO, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry..." [05JUL2003]

BELLAMY, Dave bellamyd@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-47 (1969), VP-64 (1971), VP-30 (1972), RAF 206 (1975), VP-24 (1978), VP-10 (1981), and NAS Bermuda (1987). Looking forward to Andy Jampoler's book about the VP-9 ditching (ADAK, The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586) due to be published in April 2003..." [04MAR2003]

BELUSCAK, LCDR TIMOTHY J. II beluscak@earthlink.net "...VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1989-1992 and VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1992. PRESENT TACTICAL COORDINATOR (NFO) CURRENTLY SERVING AS A SELECTED RESERVIST CREW-06..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2000 | 01MAR98]

BENDGEN, PO1 Leonard leebendgen@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 during their move from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I deployed with them to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I later served in HS-85 at NAS Alameda, California..." [28NOV2009]

BENNETT, AW3 Stanley W. swbenn@ipa.net "...EX VP-24 sailor here. I enlisted in July 67. I attended bootcamp in San Diego (393) NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I then served with VP-24 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) until April of 71. I would love to here from any one who remembers me. The sacred cow is still alive (152727 LR 27 Crew 4)..." [15MAY99]

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]

BIGGAR, Thomas H. dtbiggar@comcast.net "...I enlisted in AUG 1963, went to A school ADJ in Tenn. Assigned to VP-24 during split deployment NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain. I was lucky and went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Served on LR-1, LR-11 and LR-4. Flew with Dimond Dick Dixon and many others. Discharged in Dec 1966..." [13JAN2005]

BIRD, CWO3 Dennis Retired dkbird@earthlink.net"...BUPERS from from 1976 to 1979, VP-24 from 1979 to 1982, Detachment NAS Point Mugu, California and NAS Dallas, Texas from 1982 to 1985, NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1989 to 1992, VP-1 from 1992 to 1995, CPW-10 (NAS Whidbey Island, Washington) from 1996 to 1998 and retired August 1, 1998. Currently working as a Learning and Development Specialist for Northrop Grumman Corporation in St. Augustine, FL..." [BIO Updated 19NOV2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 25MAY99 | Updated E-Mail 04SEP98 | Updated 15MAY98]

BISHOP, ADJ2 Gary L. gary@worldmissionsfarcorners.com "...I served with VP-24 from December 4, 1966 to December 13, 1968. I was a Plane Captain on SP2H (P2V-7) on triple nickle 7 with LT Whealton and LT(jg) Magalis. When we moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was a FE on LR7 with CDR Gruenwald and LT Maglis. I was on crew with Stephens, Mack and Wilgus. I went to the Naval Reserves at NAS Dallas, Texas in 1969. I transfered over to the Air Force reserves and the reserve unit sent me to Air Force OTC and then Pilot Training atCraig AFB, Alabama. I ended up in the 182 Tactiacal Fighter group which flew F-100 D, F-4D and F16s. I flew for several corporations and served as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and then became the Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Airport. In 1998 my wife and I were called into full-time missionary service as the President/CEO of Mission Aviation Fellowship..." [15MAY2010]

BLOOM, Fred fbloom1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1962 through 1964, Cuba during missle crisis, just learned how tense it was at that time in the states from my local movie house. Would love to learn whereabouts of Deke Weaver, John Thompson, Larry Creswell, Jack Vita, John Videgar, and others. After VP-24 returned to school, became M.D. and live and practice in Sarasota, FL. Hope y'all are well..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2005 | 28JUN2001]

BLUMBERG, AW2 David david@blumberg.cc "...I served with VP-24 from 1976-1978. If you are a VP-24 shipmate, register with http://www.Planetall.com and attach your name to the VP-24 group. Would like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 27DEC2007 | E-Mail Updated 07JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 13OCT2001 | 11DEC97]

BOATRIGHT, Rudy rboatright@lsijax.com"...Served in VP-18 from 11/61 to 4/64, VP-23 from 7/69 to 12/72, VP-24 from 7/76 to 8/89, and VP-30 from 8/79 to 8/82. Saw some names who looked familiar, and will try and get in touch..."

BOBBITT, John RETBBSTACR@JUNCT.COM "...Served with VP-24 from 56-60, VP-18 from 64-68, VP-5 during the 70's, and Retired fom NAMTRA Det 75. Send me an E-mail if you remember me...Also served with VAHM-13..." [E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | BIO Updated 12FEB99 | [09FEB99]

BORRESEN, Dave jetsdad@concentric.net "...Former AW in VP-24, VP-62...then did some boat time and time in ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. To all my former Shipmates, take care and good luck..." [23MAY98]

BOSARGE, CAPTAIN Roy rbosarge@erols.com "...I was a NFO (NAV/COMM; TACCO, Mission Commander) in VP-24 from May 1979 to May 1982. During this time, I served with some of the finest people that I've ever known. I have particularly fond memories of flying with Killer Crew 6 during the WestPac/ NAS Bermuda deployment in 1981. I also remember some great flights in our BEARTRAP bird (LR-5). Would love to hear from some old squadronmates..." [05NOV2000]

Memorial Picture "...BOSWORTH, ADR1 Warren R...Why did it take the death of my Dad, Warren R. Bosworth, to find out that he was in Vietnam before it was a WAR. Good grief. Dad served with VP-21 and VP-24. I miss my bat man. He was my Dah and I never got to know that part of him. I would have loved to fly with ya'll. yocom@bellsouth.net..." [14APR2009]

BOURGEOIS, Dennis L. dlbourg@msn.com "...I had 2 VP tours. My first VP was with VP-11 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine from July/August 1963 to March/April 1965. At that time VP-11 was flying P2Vs. My second VP tour was with VP-24, first in NAS Norfolk, Virginia then NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, from August 1966 to August 1970. Early in this tour VP-24 transitioned from the P2V to the P-3C..." [BIO Updated 04JAN2002 | 08OCT97]

BOYETT, Lynda (Ross) LyndBoyett@aol.com "...I was an AZ1 with VP-24 85-89, then NAMTRADET 1011. I would love to catch up with former shipmates..."

BOYLE, AO3 Joe patron24circa1968@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24 (1968-1970). I worked for AOC Youngson and flew with Crew-1. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22APR2013 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2010 | 07AUG2003]

BOZIN, REAR ADMIRAL Stanley D. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/bozinsd.html "...Rear Adm. Stanley D. Bozin, a native of Union, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers College of Engineering at New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He received his commission in November of 1974 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1975. Following flight training, he reported to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Achieving designation as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot, he deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Misawa, Japan. While attached to VP-48, he served as Communications Officer, AW Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Flight Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In October 1979, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. There he served as the Schedules Officer, Test and Evaluation Project Support Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Department Head. While attached to Naval Air Development Center he flew all variants of the P3C aircraft, and also qualified as Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the UC-27 aircraft. Rear Adm. Bozin was then ordered to the USS Coral Sea as the Assistant Navigator in January 1983. He deployed with the "Ageless Warrior" on the "around the world cruise" and homeport change from Alameda, California to Norfolk, Virginia. In June 1985, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. Upon graduation in December 1986, he received a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. Following refresher training. Rear Adm. Bozin reported to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in May 1987. During his tour, he served as Maintenance Officer, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In January 1989, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare (OP-OS), as the lead Naval Aircraft Procurement Program and Budget Analyst. In May 1991, he reported to VP-24 on deployment in NAS Keflavik, Iceland as the Executive Officer. In May 1992, he assumed command of VP-24 and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in October 1992. While in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Rear Adm.(sel) Bozin was assigned as Commander, Task Group 67.1. On deployment, the squadron worked closely with the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group and participated in OPERATIONS DESERT CALM, MARITIME MONITOR/GUARD, RESTORE HOPE and ASSURED VICTOR. In June 1993, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C), as the Assistant to the Appropriations Matters Office. He was assigned as the lead liaison for all Navy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation programs between Congressional Appropriations committees and senior navy leadership. On August 15, 1996, Rear Adm. Bozin assumed command of CPW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In addition to his Wing Commander training oversight responsibilities, he also assumed the operational duties as Commander, Task Group 12.1. In June 1998, he was assigned to the J8 Directorate of the Joint Staff as the Division Chief for the Sea, Air, Space, Superiority Assessment Division. He provided assessments as directed by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and reported to the Chairman of the Joint Staff. The Chairman used this information in communications with the Secretary of Defense on budget preparation and issues. In May 2000, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C), as the Head of the Appropriations Matters Office. Rear Adm. Bozin has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various other unit awards..." [24JUN2003]

BRACEWELL, AWCS Cameron bracewell@ilnk.com "...I served in the best VP squadron on the east coast, VP-24, from 89-92. Sensor One on CAC-09. The greatest bunch of professionals who worked hard and played hard!...a href="vp46.html">VP-46 was by far my most memorable tour. ASW was good and there was fun to be had. 82-85, SS-1 CAC-09..." [BIO Updated 07AUG98 | 05AUG98]

BRADLEY, Lawrence bradley@email.kcc.edu "...I served with VP-24 from 1962 thru July 1965..." [06MAY2000]

BRAUTIGAM, ADJ2 Clyde cdbrautigam@msn.com "...I served with VP-24 from July 1972 to October 1975. I joined squadron in NAS Keflavik, Iceland as E-3, left as ADJ-2 Power Plant Shop NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [01AUG2007]

BREWSTER, CPO Brian Retired ezduzitinmaine@verizon.net "...I was a brand new AMSAA checking aboard VP-16 in July '64. I am Brian Brewster and we had P2's that kept dropping screws and fasteners every flight. We transitioned to P-3A's and did BDA a couple of times then on to the PI.I wound up in a Quonset hut in Okinawa for three months as check crew. I left 16 may 67 to go to NAS Brunswick, Maine then B school 72. Then I went to VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida again. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine VP-26 73-75. NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal alot..next as a AMS1 went to NAF Washington, D.C. 76-79 Maintaining PFP for the Pentagon. Sea Duty Brand new CPO Attack Squadron 35 USS Nimitz ( they caught me ...) and Carl Vinson ...Two Med/Indian oceans back to back worked hard and played some.. Left haze grey for inst duty Millington.PD KING Where are you ? 82-85 Retired back to Brunswick.. Oh! Point worth mentioning became a friend of BILL W Oct 78..this helped me see parts of the world that I surely would of missed just like the first 13 years of my journey. I could list many people that helped me throughout my time but they know who they are and I say Thank you... I certainly appreciate you.. Civilian life was diff finally fell into a job with Lockheed spar cap work BORING. Worked as a contractor for power company and got into sales...So if you need a new Buick,Pontiac or GMC truck give me a ring.. Life is good...." [18NOV2004]

BRICKLER, Joe brickhaus43@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 from 10-64 thru 10-66 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would like to hear from anyone who served with me at that time. I was unable to attend the decommissioning. Sad to find out the Bat Girl is permanently grounded, those beautiful wings clipped. Please contact me if you can..." [22FEB2002]

BRILLANT, PH3 Henry W. ullshj@netscape.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1966 to 1969. I was with the squadron at NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P2V's. We then went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for transition to the new P-3B's. When I left the Navy in 1969 the squadron was still at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and still flying P-3B's. It was a good squadron and I have a lot of good memories. Thank you VP-24..." [29JAN2003]

BRISCOE, Bill wcbriscoe@aol.com "...I was transfered to VA(HM)-13 in March of 1959 and stationed at NAS Norfolk, Virginia now called Chambers Field. In July of that year the squadron was re-designated as VP-24. We flew P2V-5F's and split our squadron in aproximately April of that year into two units one going to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and one unit going to Malta for a six month tour. I left the squadron in February of 1961. I am looking for a VA(HM)-13 patch if anyone knows where I can find one please e mail me..." [14MAY2005]

BRITCLIFFE, Bill billbritcliffe@msn.com "...I served with VP-24 (1961-1965) as a Radio Operator..." [30JUL2013]

BROCH, AO Brad trycess222@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 when all my friends were on ships! I was was there from April 1980 to August 1983. I was an ordnanceman. I was proud of VP-24, as we were the best on the east coast. I miss it and I wish I were back. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 25APR2003 | 18JUL2002]

BROUILLETTE, John Jr. c/o His Son Stewart Brouillette sbrou@embarqmail.com "...My dad, John Brouillette, Jr. served in the Navy from 1943 to 1963. He started as Recip Mechanic and worked his way up to Flight Engineer. Don't know much about his career. He served with VP-24 flying in the PB4Y-2's in 1940's chasing subs in Atlantic. He participated in Berlin airlift. Also flew in P2V's and EC-121's during his career. It would be great to find someone who knew him. E-mail me or call 254-699-9870..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04DEC2007 | E-Mail Updated 06JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP99 | 24SEP98]

BRUCE, Robert "Juicy" bobbruce17@msn.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1966 to 1969 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Got my nick name - Juicy - from a radio DJ on the ASR in Rota. Naturally in stuck. Married 5 kids and 21 grandkids, retired after 37 years with Cargill. Would enjoy hearing from former Shipmates..." [12NOV2009]

BRYNTESON, AWC Val R. Retired vbryn@aol.com "...I served with VP-44 from l961 through 1964 Crew 4 Buno 131453. Our crew: PPC R. A. Stephen, PP2P R. W. Minnerly, PP3P R. Schug, TACCO Lloyd, P. C. P. D. Owens/Gary Lake, 2nd Mech Ralph Cook/McGhee, 1st Tech P. F. Gustwick, 2nd tech (me), Radio H. O. Talley. Elect. Gibson, and Ord. Dave Reeves. I would like to hear from any Shipmates. I can be found on the VP-24 Reunion roster...I served with VP-24 from 1968 through 1972 as NATOPS evaluator for radar. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 29MAR2000 | Squadron Changed 23MAR2000 | 22MAR2000]

BUDDE, Tom tbudde420@aol.com "...Tours included ROC NEWPORT, RI 7204, VXE-6, VP-24, and VP-60. Anyone know the whereabouts of Harry Peterson VP-24 1976-1979? Wife Sue or his son Geoffrey? Reply to my e-mail or phone at (319)556-5361..." [29JUL98]

BUONI, LCDR Fred Retired fbuoni@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1984 through 1987 (LCDR), VP-24 from 1994 until DECOM in 1995, and the MO in VP-46, "The Grey Knights" from 1995 to 1996. Retired in 2002..." [E-Mail Updated 17SEP2002]

BURNS, AO1 Barnie ao1p3fe@yahoo.com "...I have been in VP aviation from July 1973 to April 1988 doing inflight Ord duties out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Had alot of fun with VP's VP-24, VP-16, VP-5, VP-45, VP-56, and VP-49. Then out for 8 years and sure missed the flying. Returned in August 1988 to fly with VP-62, still in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Went Flight Engineer in 1999 and now am attached to VP-94 here in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Couldn't begin to describe the times (both good and bad) I had in the trusty P-3. She always brought me home, sometimes with less than 4 engines, but still brought me home. Wouldn't trade pratforms for anything! Am looking forward to swapping sea stories with old Shipmates. Remember...IYAOYAS!..." [05MAR2003]

BURNS, ATCS Wesley E. Retired wes@cpbid.com "...I served with VP-24 from January 1961 to November 1963. I was discharged on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I served as a radioman and MAD Operator on LR-8. LT Meyers was the pilot and LT McCullough (I think) Co-Pilot. The only crew members I can remember were AD Harry Windslow, AE1 George Peters and AO3 Fred Knight. I remember the Cuban Crisis flying endless hours rigging ships, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and holding onto the ropes in blinding snow storms to find your way around and the great time we had in Norway, can't remember the base we flew out of but it was a young man's dream. I spent a year and a half in civilian life and then reentered the service in 1965. My career was as ships company aboard the aircraft carriers Saratoga, Kennedy, and Independence. Ashore I taught at NAMTRADET Oceana. I retired February 1983 as an ATCS. I went on to consult to the US Department of State and US Customs assisting in the flight testing and selection of aviation electronics equipment for their aviation drug interdiction programs in the states and world-wide. Hello to all my Shipmates! If you know where I can get the squadron patch of that time, or emblem, I would appreciate it..." [01APR2010]

BUTCHER, Larry shado50@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 as a jet mechanic from 1971 through 1972..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2002 | 18NOV99]


CALANDE, CDR John Retired usn21@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1965 through 1968, VP-30 from 1968 through 1970, and VP-56 from 1970 through 1972. I flew P2V Neptunes, SP2H-P2v7 Neptunes, P-3A and P-3B Orions. I was one of the original seven pilots to go to Lockheed for P-3C Factory training..." [E-Mail Updated 11NOV2000 | 27OCT99]

CALL, AT2 Richard RCALL90519@aol.com "...I flew as radio op (AT-2) with VP-24 out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1960 to 1962. We flew the missile crisis out of GITMO from October 24th till mid November 1962. I was due to get out on October 23, 62 but got extended like everyone else. I didn't get out until December 1962, it really changed my plans and my life. At the time that we were in the middle of it I had no idea what an incredible thing the world was experiencing. I just wanted a cold beer, a place to sleep and a swim. I wonder if "dumb kids at war" always think so small. Give me a call if you want to talk about it. 615-376-2333..." [04FEB2001]

CAMDEN, ABHC Thomas H. Retired tomc@townsqr.com "...I served with VP-24 from July 1966 through November 1966 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as an ABH2 in charge of the line crew. I believe it was the most enjoyble time I spent in the Navy. VPers are a close family..." [06MAY2000]

CAMPBELL, CAPTAIN Chip ccampbe1@juno.com "...TACCO; Served with VP-24 "Batman" Jul 78 - Jul 81; two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily ('78; '79), and the "infamous" 4-crew, 3-plane Det to WestPac/ NAS Bermuda ('81 -- 3 months between NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Diego, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; followed for 4 great months in NAS Bermuda -- not much more a bacholer could ask for!!). Spent alot of hours "trapping" in LR5! With VP-93 "Executioners" as a SELRES Aug 84 - Decommisioning (Sept 94). Had great AT's in NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, Lajes, UK (during Desert Storm), Key West (Haiti), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (Operation Sharp Guard -- where we were hosted by none other than my old squadron VP-24). VP was a great ride, and a wonderful family. The flying days are over (since VP was shut down at Selfridge ANGB (Detroit), but the spirit lives on! Sorry to see both my squadrons decommissioned. Did command NR TSC 1173 ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii) from 94-96, and "rejoined" the VP community at RIMPAC96. The TSC world and RIMPAC96 was like a VP Reunion! Presently CO of NR CVN69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 0373 at Selfridge ANGB. Based on my at-sea period aboard IKE last year, I think the VP community had more than the "extra bucks" going for it..." [05MAR98]

CAMPBELL, Gary M. garydona@winco.net "...I was with VA(HM)13/VP-24 from Oct.'57 until my discharge in Oct '59. Served as 2nd radioman under J. T. Givens until his discharge then I was the radioman on LR-9 with LTCDR Gard as Pilot..." [06OCT2000]

CAMPBELL, Ian (Mikie C.) beebleque@aol.com "...Served with VP-24 from 1987-1991. I started with CAC-11 and went to CAC-7. We were so good at what we did - that sometimes Ii had to kiss myself. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Looking back, it was some of the most exciting times in life. If any old friends want to say "hi" please do and e-mail me..." [13JAN2003]

CANNON, CDR Sean http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/front.htm "...Commander Cannon graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1986 and earned Naval Aviator designation in 1988. Following initial P-3C Orion training, he reported to VP-24 for Cold War anti-submarine warfare deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In 1995, Commander Cannon reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWO embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73). As Assistant Air Operations Officer and Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Commander Cannon joined VPU-1 in 1997, serving as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and leading operational detachments to each of the geographical combatant commanders' areas of responsibility in support of national and theater requirements. Ashore, Commander Cannon served as the alternate COMNAVAIRLANT P-3 NATOPS Evaluator as a lieutenant at VP-30. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, he earned a Master of Arts at the Naval War College with additional research and analysis as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Associate Fellow. Ordered to the Joint Staff in 2000, Commander Cannon served in the Reconnaissance Operations Division in the Operations Directorate (J-3) and in the Chairman's Strategic Planning Cell subsequent to the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following detachment from the Joint Staff in July 2002, Commander Cannon reported to CPRW-11 and served as Chief Staff Officer prior to joining VP-5 in May of 2003. Commander Cannon assumed command of VP-5 in April 2004..." [18MAR2005]

CARDIN, AW2 JoCarl JCardin@aol.com"...Dec 93 - March 95..."

CARPENTER, John F. jaxusn@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 in the Powerplants Shop from late 1975 through June of 1979. Would like to hear from anyone that remembers me and find out where some of my frieds are now..." [17MAR2004]

CARRIER, ABH1 DENNIS H. Retired dcarrierfam@aol.com "...I was a GOLDEN EAGLE from July '67 untill Aug. '70. I went on three WestPac deployments with VP-9 while onboard. We went to such nice places as NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Cam-Rahn Bay, and back to NAS Adak, Alaska. I matured into a man while in VP-9 and I'll always be gratefull for the great patience and understanding that the Commanding Officers had for a nut like me. Sail on Golden Eagles!!!...Just a short note from a former "BATMAN" from '84 to '86. The best deployment I ever went on in the 15 years I spent in the NAV...! I think you did a 4.0 job on the WEB Timmy. Sorry you never made Chief. But us good guys stayed employed at the E-6 rank. BERMA-DO....forever. As long as there are "BATMEN" and "BATWOMEN" alive there will be a VP-24..." [16JUL2001 | 12APR98]

CASTALDI, Jim jimcastaldi@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 from March 1962 to December 1964 and flew on "Shortage" 10 as MSR operator for most of that period. In 1964 I served as first tech on LR-12. Both crews were really close and received several commendations for proficiency. I volunteered for duty at Leeward Point during the Cuban crises and flew countless hours around the Carribean monitoring the hasty departure of Soviet missiles from that island. VP-24 had several other noteworthy achievements in the early 1960's. I wouldn't mind sharing some of these "war stories" with 1962 to 1964 era Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2011 | 15JUN2001]

CELMER, ATCS Ronald Retired tercsta@yahoo.com "...Attended "A" School, served with VW-12, AEWBarRonPac (Detachment NAS Midway Island), VP-17, VT-27, VP-50 (both P2's & P-3's), VA-125, VP-24, VA-145, VAW-112, VAW-110 and NAMTRDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired 1988..." [16AUG2008]

CHANCELLOR, Brian K. p3bkc@aol.com "...In VP-24 89-91. Deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Some of the best years of my life. Looking for AW2 (MAYBE AW1 by now) Micheal Ted Johnson..." [20MAR98]

CHIDICHIMO, Matt agm84matt@aol.com "...I was a BATMAN (VP-24) Ordy 91 thru 94. Had a great time! I recently moved back to Florida from Idaho to go to school and would like to find some friends from 24. Mike Banzen and Dan Gillespie, if your out there, call me. (407)302-4573..." [E-Mail Updated 15APR2005 | E-Mail Removed 29JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 07NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 03MAR2000 | Updated BIO/E-Mail 09SEP99 | 06OCT97]

CHILDS, AX3 Larry larry.childs@comcast.net "...I served in VP-24 from 1964 to 1967 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I was an "AX3", Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician. As a designated Aircrewman, I flew and operated Julie/ECM/Mad/Sniffer avionics equipmnet aboard Flight Crew LR-12 (BUNO: 135550). Would like to hear from anyone else who served in that squadron during those years..." [13DEC2004]

CLAIRE, AVCM (AW/NAC) Robert F. bobnjul@bellsouth.net "...Served in NAS Jacksonville, Florida VP Navy as an FE from 80-91, VP-24, NAMTGD 1011, VP-5. Still on active duty, but will retire on 01Dec01, (ceremony on 07Sep01). I'm stationed at NETPDTC at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida and intend to stay in Pensacola after my hitch is up. Thanks..." [22JAN2001]

CLARKE, CDR Tom Retired frederic.clarke@navy.mil "...Served as a pilot with VP-18, VP-24, VP-30, VP-45, and TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Broke ranks and flew Herks with VR-24 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retired and flew a Convair 880 for a while and am now a contractor pilot flying C-130 and P-3 for Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Work as assistant Ops when not flying! C301-757-3317 or DSN 757-3317..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2004]

CLAUSS, AWC(AW) Fred p3cewo@mediaone.net "...VP-16 - 1984-1989...NADC/NAWC - 1989-1992...VP-24 - 1992-Decom..:( (1995)...VP-30 - 1995-1996...PWLD AMPO - 1996-present..."

CLUBB, Gary more@seatac.net "...I was in VP-24 from 92 to Decomm.. I had alot of good memories from those days, especially deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I separated at Decomm. I am now an engineer here in sunny Irvine California If there's anybody out there who knows or remembers me feel free to email!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09JUL99 | Updated 01APR98]

Memorial Picture "...COLEMAN, Edward (Ned) P...My dad, Edward (Ned) P. Coleman, (USNA Class of 1945) was Missile Officer with VP-24 (probably about 1953-54, but possibly a little earlier). He has just recently died, and we are trying to find information about his career for his obituary and to satisfy our own curiosity. It is very interesting to see how my memories match up with actual history! I know where we were stationed and when, but I don't always have the most accurate understanding of what my Dad was actually doing while we were there. If anyone has any information that would be helpful, my sisters and I would certainly appreciate it! Thanks for any help you can offer...Margaret Coleman Soule soule@vermontel.net..." [21APR2002]

CONLAN, ADC(AC) Edward T. Retired econlan@suffolk.lib.ny.us "...Served with O&R Flight Test, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, from 1952-1954; served with VP-24 from 1954-1956; served with VP-834, VP-832, VP-62R2, VP-66 at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Privilege to serve with all great members. Hope to see/hear from old friends..." [BIO Updated 30JUN2001 | 08JAN2000]

COONS, Devin and Ann lonestar@foxinternet.net "...Served with VP-24 Batmen 1987-1992. Looking for old friends..." [18MAY99]

CORRIDEN, John jmcorrid@stvincent.org "...I served with VP-24 (1972). I would like to purchase a VP-24 Ballcap - any suggestions where I can find one?..." [02APR2013]

COTTON, CDR John W. Retired john.w.cotton@lmco.com "...Commissioned January 1981 (AOCS 25-80), NFO Wings January 1982, VP-30, VP-24, USNA, USS Coral Sea CV-43 (shooter), USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (shooter, V-2 Divo), CPW-5, VP-30, VP-23, CPWL (Flag Sec), ODC BELLUX, Nat'l Security Fellow (Harvard), Navy IPO, retired July 2002. God, I miss being a JO in the 1980's VPNavy..." [28FEB2009]

CRAIG, Weymon weymon.craig@ge.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1972 to 1975. I would like infomation about the next Reunion and would also like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03AUG2009]

CRAWFORD, AD1 Rick rickcrawford@juno.com "...I started out in VP-24, 78 to 81 then VP-30 from 81 to 84 working in the mech. shop (alot of good times). Then it was off to FE school and to my suprise all my FE friends were still nice to me when I was their student even after being their QAR. After school it was off to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-47 from 85 to 89. There I got the true honor of bringing home Buno # 162776 from the factory in Palmdale (I even had to find the box with the gearpins before we landed). Then it was off to VP-31 from 89 to 92 where I truely had the best of times and the worst of times, but I would not change a thing. After VP-31 I left active service and finished up with VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California. My final flight as a P-3 Flight Engineer was taken with LCDR John Ujihara who I went through the training sylibus with in VP-47 (how fitting). I'm now working in Mountain View just a few miles from Hanger 1, someone has to keep an eye on the place so I figured it might as well be me. I'm now employed as a Controller for a company and enjoying the civilian life. Would like to hear from some of the old gang stop in any time. I've seen some names I know and I'll be in touch soon..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2001 | 10DEC98]

CREASEY, CDR Mark https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/xo_bio_creasey.htm "...Commander Mark Creasey is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for flight training and received his pilot wings in December, 1992. Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), Commander Creasey reported to the "Batmen" of Patrol Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VP-24) stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1993, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following VP-24's decommissioning in April 1995, Commander Creasey reported to the "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), where he completed two tri-site deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Panama, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He served as the Operations Plans Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. He was selected as VP-5's nomination for the Association of Naval Aviation's (ANA) "Pilot of the Year" award in 1996. In October 1997 Commander Creasey reported to VP-30 for duty as an FRS Instructor Pilot. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Schedules Officer, and Flight Officer and was also selected as a Pilot Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Airshow Demonstration Team Leader. In February 2000 he reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in Norfolk, Virginia as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He served as the V-3 Hangar Deck Officer, V-2 Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport). He deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2002 Commander Creasey reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for his operational department head tour. He completed a deployment to the Fifth Fleet AOR while serving as Safety / NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Officer-in-Charge, NSF Diego Garcia detachment. In December 2003 he reported again to VP-30 for duty as Training Officer. He assumed the duties of VP-30 Executive Officer in 2005. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and unit and campaign decorations..." [27MAR2005]

CROCKETT, CPO Paul L. "Davy" c/o His Daughter Linda Crockett Seal southernkisst@yahoo.com "...I am looking for anyone who may have served with my Dad Paul L. "Davey" Crockett. Dad enlisted in 1946 and served with VP-MS-4, VP-56, VP-24, VS-27 and VP-44 until his retirement in 1975 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. If you knew my Dad, have any pictures of him, or just some interesting stories please contact me. Dad turns 80 next month and I would love to help him contact former Shipmates. Thank you..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11JAN2009 | 03JUN2001]

CROY, Robert L. croy@radiks.net "...I served with VP-24 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from June 49 to July 52 as an Aviation Machinist Mate..." [25APR99]

CULLIS, Robert N. rcullis@nebula.ispace.com "...Apr 53 - Apr 55. Served on HA-1 as 2nd Radio with CDR Paxton, pilot; then 1st Radio on HA-3 with Lt. Robert Holmes, pilot-both PB4Y-2B's. Next 1st Radio on HA-3, P2V-6B with Lt. Richard Harlan, pilot. Served 2 winters in Argentia and then Malta and Pt. Lyautey. Home bases - Patuxent River and then Chincoteague. Afterwards got Electrical Engr. degree at North Carolina State and spent 35+ years at Martin Marietta in the development of missile systems, retiring as a Technical Director on 1 Jan 1995. Would like to hear from people I served with in VP-24..."

CUMMINS, Les (Mouse) lcummins@televar.com "...VP-24 from 1973 to 1977. Two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Currently reservist with MIUW 102 in Spokane but soon to be retired..." [31DEC2000]

CURTIS, LT Jim Retired jim.curtis.va@cox.net "...Retired in 1992 after 21 1/2 years. NAS Glynco, Georgia 71-73 Helo and Connie Crew, VP-4 SS1/3 1974-1976, VP-50 76-78 SS1/4, VP-30 78-81 Acoustic instructor and CNAL evaluator, VP-24 SS1/4 81-82 commissioned in 82, VP-24 TACCO/MC 83-87, CPW-11 87-88 MC&E, CPWP 88-92 Special Projects. Had about 10,000 hours when I retired, over 7500 in P-3's. I will always remember the projects crews I was a memeber of, the teamwork and fun was exceptional, plus some rather unusual flying. I worked for 4 years in DC supporting NAVAIR and SPAWAR, but got smart and left DC. Went to Columbia, South Carolina, managing telecommunications for the University of South Carolina until 2003 now back working for ONR in DC managing the LWAD program (at sea testing) So I still get to work with the folks in the field..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2007 | BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | 25FEB98]


DARWIN, Chuck prgreengo@yahoo.com "...Chuck Darwin here!!! and still kickin'. HS1, USS Intrepid, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, 1970 through 1974. VP-30, VP-24, VP-30, VP-24 1974 through 1986. AW "A" staff 1986 through 1989. NSF Diego Garcia, Oman, Desert Storm. NTSC Orlando till 1994 then retired as AWCM. Now Executive Director for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Puerto Rico. Looking for Shipmates that were in VP-24. Flew projects for awhile and learned to really enjoy NAS Keflavik, Iceland in the 70s. Let's here from you all..." [15DEC99]

DAVIS, John S. davisj@orlando.veda.com "...Formally AT3. I went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily with VP-24 in 92-93. Now developing military simulations instead. Good ol' VP-24..." [14MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...DAVIS, Lloyd James...Retired Captain Lloyd James Davis went to meet the Supreme Commander on January 29, 2002. He passed away at his home in Port Tobacco, MD. He joined the Navy in 1951 and advanced to Chief Petty Officer, he was commissioned an officer in 1960, and retired from actice duty in 1985. Capt. Davis was in several Squadrons including VP-24, we are not sure when he was in VP-24, but it was in the days of the P2's. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on February 6, 2002...ERION, ADJC Darcy Retired darc41@erols.com..." [03DEC2001]

DEAN, ATN2 Brian (Phil) brianddean@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24. I joined the squadron in 1967, in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, when they were flying P2s, and remained with it through the transition to P3As. Deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (never got to Spain!) and was discharged in 1969..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 14AUG2002 | 22SEP97]

DECK, James A. goalie1958@AOL.com "...I'd just like to say it's good to be able to look back at all the squadron info and patches. I was a member of VP-56, VP-24, Beartrap, and two tours with staff of VP-30..." [05SEP99]

DEUTSCH, REAR ADMIRAL (Select) Kenneth William http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/deutschkw.html "...Rear Admiral (Select) Kenneth William Deutsch is a native of Burlington, Ill. He attended Illinois State University, graduating in June 1978, and received his commission in August 1978 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program. In July 1979 Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch was designated a Naval Flight Officer. In February of 1980, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-16 and completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported in July 1983 to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as Communications Officer, Tactical Training Team (TTT) Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. In July 1986, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Commander, Carrier Group Five, homeported in Cubi Point, R.P., where he served as Flag Secretary and Flag Lieutenant. While on board the staff, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and served on several flagships, including USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Ranger (CV 61). In September 1987 the Carrier Group Five staff became the first Joint Task Force Middle East staff. During this tour, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch served as Flag Lieutenant for the Commander, completing a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on board USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS Iowa (BB 61) during the Iran/Iraq War and Operation Earnest Will. Following his tour in the Philippines, he was assigned in August 1988 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as the VP Shore and then Sea Detailer in the Aviation Assignment Branch. In November 1990, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment. Upon completion of this tour in February 1992, he reported to CPW-11 as Operations Officer until January, 1994. In April 1994, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to VP-24 as the Executive Officer, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, prior to the squadron's decommissioning in May 1995. He then reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In June 1997 he reported to the Commander of Task Force Sixty Seven, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch assumed command of CRPW-5, homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine, in May 1999. As Commodore, he directed the training and operations of four Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons until his Change of Command in October, 2000. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to The Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2000 where he served as the Chief, Communications and Computer Networks Division, J6T, in the C4 Systems Directorate, J6. Following his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he reported to the OPNAV staff in October 2002 where he is currently serving as the Deputy for Resources and Requirements in the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, CNO N-61..." [22JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix...DEYHLE, Charles Edgar...We recently lost my dad, Charles Edgar Deyhle, age 87. He was served with VPB-24 from 1941-1945. His service during WW II was one accomplishment he was proudest of..." Contributed by Jenny Deyhle Rapp jenrapp77@gmail.com [06FEB2011]

DIFRANCESCO, AE2 Vincent Miadia10@Hotmail.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1952 to 1955 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Malta)..." [22FEB2003]

DIGBY, Randy RD435@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 in the Tron Shop from July 1989 until my separation as an AT2 in July 1994. I did deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and once to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I am currently living and working in Findlay, Ohio as a police narcotics detective and the department's technical surveilance specialist. Looking forward to hearing from any former members of the squadron..." [17MAR99]

DIXON, LT Robert E. "Bob" bobdixon@reagan.com "...I served with VP-24 (03/1963-01/1966) and flew with Crew-3, Crew-8, Crew-4 and Crew-10. I retired from the TWA July 1998. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09DEC2012 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV2011 | 01FEB98]

DONAHUE, Charlie airdale@voyager.net "...I served in VP-24 from Octrober 1962 till June of 1964. Worked on the line and made ABH-3 there. I was in Iceland in 1963 and 1964 and then down to Getmo for that Cuba thing..." [21JUL98]

DOXRUDE, AO2 William (Bill) H. c/o a friend k9mif@coredcs.com "...I served with VP-24 from l961 thru 1962. Flew out of NAS Norva. Any of the Ordnance men I flew with, Cdr M T Lulu, in P2V-7 (Neptune) (LR 1). I can be reached via my friend. My address is 4911 Hyway 66, Stevens Point, Wi 54481. Phone 715-345-0468...I also served on USS Midway CVA 4l, from 1959 to 1960 WestPac Cruise. G Division. I was a airman stiker at that time. Also flew as my previous statement on VP-24 out of NAS Norva..." [BIO Updated 08JAN99 | 02DEC98]

DRAKE, CMC Frank "Paco" Retired frankdrake44@yahoo.com "...Served in the US Navy from 1962-1990, retired as Command Master Chief of NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Some of my best memories are when I was in VP-24 (66-69) with the likes of Charley Mulligan, Harry Fletcher, Herb (Hub) Bradley, Les York, Tiny McCormick, LT Edgar, LT(jg) Ryglowski, and so many more. Am looking forward to the Squadron Reunion in Baltimore in Nov 07. Hope to see all of you there..." [14JUL2007]

DREHOFF, AOC(NAC/AW) Dan Retired aocretireddan94@hotmail.com "...I started flying P-3s in VX-1 (78-80), transfered to VP-24 (80-83), then Aircrew Ordnance instructor in VP-30 (83-86). Went back to sea duty in VP-45 (86-89). I flew with the best crews in the P-3 community and enjoyed working with some of the best AO's around. I stayed involved with the Patrol community as the LCPO of the Weapons Dept. at NAS Bermuda (89-92). Retired in 94 while attached to Naval Aviation Depot Operations Center (NADOC), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [06AUG2001]


ECKHARDT, Walter L. walteckhardt@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24 (1965) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I flew as a Radioman aboard the P2 BUNO: 131557. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22JUL2013]

ECOTT, Lee H Lee4825@AOL.Com "...I was in VP-24 Dec-1959 to June 1960, However spent the rest of my tour. VP-4 Okinawa 1961 thru 1963. Many great times & friends during those times, especially typhoon fly aways & Hong Kong R&R's. Would like more info letters, etc. via e-Mail..."

EDGAR, John johnEFSU@bellsouth.net "...VP-24! 1976-78 It is a real surprise to find this network. I was just a kid out of high school, but the memories of those deployments ( NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland) are some of the most vivid. I would not trade them for gold....(well maby gold). I have always found it ironic that all those sonobouys we threw away are made right here in my home town (DeLand, FL)..." [10JAN2000]

Memorial Picture "...EDMONDS, AMS1 L. A...My Grandfather, AMS1 L. A. EDMONDS, passed away last Easter and he never talked much about his military carear. He was a FE and served with VP-24, VP-26, VP-30 and VP-44 from 1955 to 1975. I am looking for challenge coins from that time im trying to put together a memorial of his military service and just find out a lilte but more about my Grandfather. Ashlee fear_personfied@bellsouth.net..." [02APR2009]

EDMONDS, CDR Robert F. Retired Daddyedmonds@aol.com "...Proud Batman (VP-24) 1971 to 1976. Deployments (2) to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Proud member and PPC of CAC 3. Second set of order to VP-31. Left active duty in 1978. Retired from reserves in 1996 as CDR. Reserve squadrons of VP-65, VP-64, and VP-94. Presently captain with Continental Air Lines..." [06JUN2001]

EDWARDS, Jim redstar3605@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 (1966-1968) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1968) and NS Rota, Spain. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2013 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2005 | 27MAY2005]

EDWARDS, ADJ1 Thomas L. Retired tledwards5@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24 (1964-07/1969) with deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. I was a crew member on the P2V, as 2nd Mechanic with Lou Wallace. After transitioning to P-3's I became FE on crew LR9. LCDR LUEHRING was my pilot. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17AUG2014]

EGER, LCDR John Retired jeger@sbcglobal.net "...I served in the P-3 community for 21 years as a NFO TACCO on the baseline P-3C and the "Super Bee" P-3B. My first tour was with VP-24 and Department Head tour with VP-22. Releted tours with ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska. Made three deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and two to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I was the XO at NAVFAC Lewes, DE and an Instructor at VS-41 in the S-3A Viking in NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [E-Mail Updated 19FEB2007 | 06MAY2003]

EGER, LCDR John Retired jeger@sbcglobal.net "...I served in the P-3 community for 21 years as a NFO TACCO on the baseline P-3C and the "Super Bee" P-3B. My first tour was with VP-24 and Department Head tour with VP-22. Releted tours with ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska. Made three deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and two to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I was the XO at NAVFAC Lewes, DE and an Instructor at VS-41 in the S-3A Viking in NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [E-Mail Updated 19FEB2007 | 06MAY2003]

ELLMORE, Scott "FUDS" s_ellmore@yahoo.com "...Most will remember me as "FUDS". I served with VP-24 from October 1986-March 2001 in the infamous "Tron Shop". Past Shipmates and friends include Johnny Brauner (JB), Lorrenzo Aragon (LA), Jimmy Roy (Cajun), Scott Shuberg (Shubes), Mike Fleetwood (Commander Sparky/Sushi I), Ken Taylor (Sushi II), Rick Lobb (Bleeber) Danny Milner, Larry Miles, Steve Harrington, and many others. Graduated from VP-24 and left the Navy to work on the Space Shuttle. Found my way back to New England and currently work as a test engineer in Marlboro, Ma. For those enlightened, I am also a member of Montgomery Lodge AF&AM, Milford, Ma. Drop me line..." [30SEP2005]

ELLROD, AX1 Jim james.e.ellrod@boeing.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1981 to 1985 as an IFT on Crew 6. Then went to NAMTRADET 1011 as an instructor until I got out in 1988. Live up in the Great Northwest working for Boeing Defense and Space Group. I've been in touch with some of my old Shipmates, looking to find some more..." [26JUN98]

ELMORE, AX1 Mike Retired elmosfire1@comcast.net "...I served with the USAF from 1969 to 1974 (Mobile Combat Unit), USS Saratoga (1979 to 1981), VP-49 (1981 to 1986), VP-24 (1986 to 1989), ASWOC NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1989 to 1991) and finally retired..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 13APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 16DEC2000 | 27DEC99]

ENDY, RONALD ambercat@rendy.ip.portal.com "...I was stationed on Malta from Jan. 1955 to July 1955 at Halfar field outside of Birzebbuga. I was attached to VP-24 flying P2V Neptune Patrol Bombers. I am trying to contact anyone on Malta who can remember our outfit. Thanks..." http://www.fred.net/malta/Guestbook/E.html

ENGEN, Wayne L. wayne.engen@us.army.mil "...I served with VT-86 From December 1982 to 1985 (worked in the Line Shack and Corr-Cont with AE2 Val Baldiva, ATAN Diego Serano, AT3 Stankawitz, AMH2 Ward and AMS1 Leon Henderson) VP-24 from 1985 to 1990 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (worked with AMS2 Felix Mata, AMS3 Rob Lee, AMS3 Devin Coons, AMS3 Jacobs, AMS1 Mike Vanderhoff, AMS3 Smitty Smith, AD2 Tim Richardson, AD2 Honsowitz, AT2 Milner, AMS2 Kim Mayers, AMHC Torres, AMS3 Donna Wallace, AMS2 John Ostdiek, AME3 Cinkovich, AE2 Nelms, AE2 Bell, PR3 Randy Deville and my now wife AZ3 Prudence (Robinson) Engen). It was the best of times! After i got back from nas sigonella, sicily (January 1990) I served with vaq-33 at NAS Key West, Florida from 1990 to 1992 (worked in AMU-4 P-3 Shop then move to the QA Shop for Airframes. I'm now out of the Navy working as a fulltime Tech in the Louisiana National Guard as a Sheetmetal Mechanic SSG/E-6 1992. I have 20 years now and 20 more to go. Isn't the military great!..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2010 | 05FEB2002]

ERTWINE, AME1 Charles R (BOB) charles.ertwine@stpaul.com "...Served in VP-24 from January 1964 until March 1969. Plane Captian Crew 2, SP2H. Flight Engineer Crew 5, P-3B. Just found this web site. Looking through it sure brings back a lot of forgotten memories. I have two cruise books, Med 1965 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal March-August 1968. I'll try to contact some of the fellow VP-24ers when I get a chance. I was from Baltimore Maryland until about a year ago. A job relocation moved me to St Paul MN. Looking foward to hearing from the troops..." [15FEB2000]

ESCHE, PO6 Mark Retired readman51@aol.com "...Joined VP-49 in 1976, just before we deployed for 6 months to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Worked the Comm/Nav IMA as one of the lost sheep of the TAD zone. Same with the next two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and then to NAS Bermuda. Liked the P-3 community so much. I worked on 'em in Naval Air Development Center Warminster. Returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-24 ('82-'85). I then took orders to NS Rota, Spain AIMD. Took wife. Came back with Preg wife, and son. Did AVIC7, met daughter, and then took orders to NAS Bermuda (AAhhhh!) AIMD, then base Safety Office. Retired after twenty out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, as an E-6. So what? I never did any boat time! I lived in Spain! I spent a total of four years in Bermuda! So, I ended my twenty years in Norfolk. I was on shore duty!..." [27JAN2006]

ESLER, Robert (BoB) ooidabob@sbcglobal.net "...I served in VP-24 from 9-64 to 9-66. I was probably the only E-3 on flight skins. Flew with crew 4. Lt. Herman, Chief Love, and Ensign Matson were some of the names that come to mind. Did find Chief Love's and Rollie Soderholn's e-mail. It was nice to hear from them. I wonder if "triple nickel zero" is still around? I would like to hear from anyone who was with VP-24 during that time. I started out at Olathe NAS. If anyone out their knows the name VIC KISH, please let me know. He was in the reserves at Olathe and served with a VR outfit..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2004 | 30SEP97]


FALVEY, AW1 kfalvey@wi.rr.com <kfalvey@wi.rr.com> "...I served with VP-24, VP-60, VP-0122, VP-90, and currently with VP-64..." [10DEC2003]

FARRELL, Jim JimFa@swbell.net "...I was in VP-24 from December 1963 through November 1965. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Crete as an AO3. I think a guy by the name of Fox was on nightcheck with me in NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Crete. Looking for "Mohair" Maloney, "Pete" Petersen, Eddie Allan and "Nick the Greek". I've already, today, found Bobby Ertwine. Also, there was a little guy from Mississippi, "Qwick Draw" McGraw. Great times with good group of guys, even though I may have driven Chief Walker (?) mad. He wanted to send me on to the new carrier, America (God, I'm really dating myself), but I told him, "Thanks, Chief, but I'm a short timer. Perhaps, you can go in my place????" He didn't smile. Looking forward to hearing from fellow "Batmen"..." [25APR2000]

FAY, YN3 Richard rfay@bigpond.com "...I served with VP-24 in NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Malta during 1954-55 as a YN3. I look forward to hearing from others serving at that time..." [30JAN2003]

FEDERICE, JOHN JFEDERICE2@AOL.COM "...I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND ALOT OF MY OLD Shipmates THROUGH IT. I SERVED IN VP-24 FROM 7/75-7/77, NARF NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NOW KNOWN AS NADEP 7/77-7/80, VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine 10/80-10/83, VP-30 11/83-3/87, VP-44 4/87 UNTIL IT WAS DISSATABLISHED MAY 91. I WAS SEPARATED FROM THE VP COMMUNITY MY NEXT TWO TOURS. I SERVED AT CINCLTFLTAND NAPLES ITALY. MY FINAL TOUR WAS WITH COMPAT WING 11 HERE IN NAS Jacksonville, Florida. RETIRED 2-1-99 WITH 30 YEARS. I FLEW AS A FLIGHT ENGINEER FROM 7/77-12/90 WHEN THEY TOLD ME YOUR A MASTER CHIEF AND WE DON'T NEED YOU IN THE AIR ANYMORE. SURE DO MISS THOSE FLYING DAYS. I SERVED WITH THE BEST. SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ALL YOU Shipmates I WAS STATIONED WITH ESPECIALLY FROM FORMER GOLDEN PELICANS. ALL WILL BE ANSWERED. BEST OF LUCK FOR ALL WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THERE CAREERS AND TO THOSE THAT HAVE..." [19APR99]

FEHNEL, ADCS(AW) Gary Retired garyf7193@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1975-1979), AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1979-1982), VP-24 (1982-1985), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1985-1989) Instructor, VP-19 (1989-1991) and Recruit Training Center, Orlando, FL (1991-1993). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2011 | 01MAY2004]

FELKEL, AE3 S. Blaine bfelkel@windstream.net "...I served with VP-24 (1965-1966) and flew with Crew-5. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21NOV2012]

FENNER, AMS2 Ron rfenner@westernaero.com "...I served with VP-24 (Airframes Shop) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1979 to 1982..." [06OCT2009]

FIACCO, LCDR Bob "Penguin" robert.fiacco@navy.mil"...I served with VXE-6, VP-24, VP-64 and VP-62. Enjoying the TAR life, but look forward to retirement in 2009! I am still painting; see my website ( http://www.robertfiacco.com/ ) for some PB4Y-2/PBY/P2/P-3C/ paintings...including aircraft of VP-24 and VP-62. Take care..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAR2007 | 00XX97]

FLEETWOOD, LT Mike "Sparky" mfleetwood@worldnet.att.net "...Started out in early '86 as an IFT in VP-24. Made the '86 NAS Sigonella, Sicily, the arduous '88 "World Tour" NAS Bermuda, and the first two months of the late '89 NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Rolled to VP-30 as a shop IFT and decided to "move-up-not-out" and spent my weekends going to SIU. Finally got picked up for as an NFO and went to AOCS in early '92. I spent the next two years in training commands. Received orders to VP-5 in mid '94 and served there until early '98. I did the tail end of the NAS Keflavik, Iceland then two back to back tri-sites spending the majority of the time in Panama. Currently, I'm serving as the SEI coordinator at Special Projects in Jacksonville..." [01JUL98]

FLEMING, Jim jim-fleming@swbell.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1969 through 1971. I was a AW serving on Commander Martini's aircrew. I'd love to hear from any former squadron mates. Drop me a line. I am also still in contact with John DoGiovanni and Stanley Bennett for those of you who might remember these guys..." [10MAY99]

FLETCHER, Harry flyfish1948@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates--I was attatched to VP-24 from the years 1966-1968 staioned in both NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would very mch like to hear from anyone hat served with me during this period of time. Thank you..." [E-Mail Updated | 24MAY2005]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FORD, Lyndall C. lford4@comcast.net "...VP-19 from Aug 1959 to Aug 1962. VP-24 from Mar 1966 to Jul 1968. Current residence is in Olathe, Kansas..." [21JAN2005]

FORGIE, Robert (Bob) robertdf@hiwaay.net "...VP-24 1953-1955 AT-2 Batman Radar Alignment Bat Missile. Served at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Chincoteaque, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and Marraco. What is thew location and date of next Reunion?..." [14MAY99]

FORKNER, LCDR Carl B. forknerc@cna.org "...NFO serving with VP-24 1985-1989. Deployed to NAS Bermuda (1985, 1988) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1986-87). Dets to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, Lajes, Kinloss, Nordholz, Nimes, and Greenwood. Trained numerous future NAVs/TACCOs while instructing at Mather AFB 1989-1991. Flew with various S-3B and Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) squadrons 1991-1993 while serving as Fixed Wing Ops/Asst ASW Officer at COMCARGRU-1. Flew the LC-130 "Ski-Herc" and HH-1N during DH tour at VXE-6, where I was Asst Personnel Resources Officer, Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, and OIC of Det Christchurch, New Zealand. Currently serving as CNO N3/N5 Fellow and Deputy Director for Naval Matters at the Center for Naval Analyses. It was good to see everyone at the VP Symposium this April!..." [08JUN98]

FOWLER, CAPTAIN Charles W. III http://www.nrl.navy.mil/content.php?P=IG "...CAPT Fowler reported to NRL in September 2002, from the Pentagon, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program at Pensacola, Florida, in June 1980. He began flight training that same month and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1981. In November 1981, after completion of the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30, CAPT Fowler reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and subsequently completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Bermuda. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. In February 1985, CAPT Fowler was ordered to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Joint Planning Staff for Space (JPS) and Office of the Director, Joint Staff as a JCS Intern and Action Officer. After completing the internship, he was assigned in March 1986 to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff in the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division (OP-60), as the Air Warfare and Space Warfare Capabilities and Objectives Officer. In 1987, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Three, homeported at NAS Alameda, California, as Aide and Flag Lieutenant. During this tour, he deployed with Battle Group CHARLIE to the North Arabian Sea aboard US Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation EARNEST WILL. CAPT Fowler received orders in July 1989 to serve as a P-3C Instructor TACCO/Mission Commander at VP-30, the east coast FRS, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1991, he returned to sea duty as a Department Head and joined the "Batmen" of VP-24 on a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In May 1993, CAPT Fowler was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO). After completing a 27-month tour in VCNO's ofice, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies as a selectee for the FY96 Pol/Mil Masters Program. In May 1996, he received a master's degree in International Public Policy. CAPT Fowler next reported as Executive Officer of the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and subsequently assumed command of the squadron in December 1997. During his tenure, VP-40 earned a Meritorious Unit Citation, COMNAVAIRPAC Batte "E," CNO Safety "S," the Golden Wrench, two consecutive Arnold J. Isbell Trophys for ASW Excellence from CNO, and deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. While in the SEVENTHFLT area of responsibility, he served as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1999, CAPT Fowler reported as a student to the National War College and graduated in June 2000 with a master's degree in National Security Studies. He subsequently was selected to serve as Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the midst of this tour of duty, he was sent to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Operations Officer for Task Force 57, in NSA Bahrain, during November/December 2001..." [25JUN2003]

FOX, Jesse jfox3@bellsouth.net "...Served in VP-5 from 1980-1987 and in VP-24 from 1990-1992 as a flight engineer retired AEC in 1992..." [09FEB98]

FRAME, Gene gframe2@raytheon.com "...Retired LT(USN) May 1998. Currently: Raytheon Electronics Systems, Software Quality Engineer. Flying tours include: VP-5 AW(76-81); VP-30 AW instructor(81-83); VP-24 NAV/TACCO (88-91); Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit (MPEU) Canada (VX-1) TAC NAV(96-98). I encourage all VP crew past and present with 1500+ hours to join VP International. Email: vpihq@glinx.com Website: http://www.14wing.dnd.ca/vpi..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2000 | 17SEP97

FRIES, Dave dfries@u.washington.edu "...I was attached to VP-24 from 1968 to 1971. The squadron was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at the time. I was on the deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1969 as an AT3, my shop was Chief David Webber After my discharge I went to Montana State University and received a degree in engineering. After graduation I went to work at Boeing and eventually up on the New Zeland P-3 program and the USNavy P-3 Update IV program. I would love to hear from fellow batmen who I served with..." [19JAN99]

FROST, CDR Paul J. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~uscnrotc/Decades/d-1980/c1983bio/b83FRO.htm "...BS Business Administration Finance 1983. Warfare Specialty Flight Officer - Commissioned Ensign USN 13 May 1983 - Industrial College of the Armed Forces ICAP - National Defense University 2003 - Military History: Flight School: VT-10 / NATU Mather Airforce Base, Winged out October 1984, VP-30 - Student P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron - November 1984 - May 1985, VP-24 - Pilot - May 1985 - January 1989, VP-30 - Instructor - January 1989 - February 1992, CV-64 - Communications Officer - May 1992 - May 1994, VP-47 - Department Head - November 1994 - September 1996, CPRFL - Training Officer - October 1996 - May 1999, VP-30 - Executive Officer - May 1999 - Jun 2000, VP-5 - Executive Officer then Commanding Officer June 2000 - June 2002, and ICAF - Aug 2002 - Jun 2003..." [21JUN2003]

FRY, Michael H. Retired frymh@olg.com "...I served in VP-24 from 03JUN67 to 27JUL76, from ATRAN to AT1 and from Radioman on Bravos to Inflight Technician on P-3Cs. I went to AVIB and came back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to serve with VP-30 where I made Chief in 1978. In June 1979, I reported to ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. We lived through the earthquake in 1980 and I transferred to CPWL Topsham, ME in June 1982 as ASWOC Maintenance Coordinator. I went on the serve with VP-44 from July 1985 to October 1989 as a Inflight Technician and after I made Senior in 1986 as a Division Chief and finally the Operations Chief until transfer. I checked into VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and served until retirement August 1993. Strange thing is I started and finished my Navy career in the same Hangar, 306, and the same "Tron Shop." In fact, I still work directly across the street from it..." [07MAR2002]


GABEL, AE3 Dale R. Retire0899@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1953 through 1955. I was an AE3 assigned to squadron communications..." [15JAN2002]

Memorial Picture "...GABRIEL, AOM1 Floyd J...My Father, AOM1 Floyd J. Gabriel, served with VPB-214 NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. Are there any ex squadron personel who could tell me if they remember him? Dad passed away September 13th, 1983...John Gabriel jgabriel@regence.com..." [17OCT2003]

GALLO, REAR ADMIRAL S. Frank http://www.sunymaritimealumni.org/HallOfFame/Resume_FrankGallo.cfm "...Rear Admiral Gallo attended SUNY Maritime College and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering in addition to a Third Engineer's Merchant Marine License in Steam and Diesels. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in November 1958. His first assignment was aboard the USS Estes (AGC-12) home ported in San Diego, California where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant until July 1960. Rear Admiral Gallo commenced flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1961. After designation, he reported to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, flying the P2V Neptune, serving there until June 1965. He then reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (AeE) in June 1968. His next assignment was as Communications Officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Division TWENTY, initially aboard USS ESSEX and later aboard USS INTREPID. After the decommissioning of CARDIV TWENTY, Admiral Gallo reported as Communications Officer to the staff of COMCARDIV FOURTEEN aboard USS WASP where he served until January l971. Rear Admiral Gallo next reported to VP-30 for transition to the P-3 Orion en route VP-11 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as Safety Officer and Operations Officer. In 1973, Rear Admiral Gallo attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, designated as a Distinguished Graduate. After refresher training at VP-30, he reported to VP-24 as Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer, serving until December 1976. He then reported to the staff of CPW-5 as Operations Officer, serving until February 1979. His next assignment was to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., as P-3 Program Coordinator until April 1980 when he became the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare) until June 1981. He was then ordered as CPW-11 from July 1981 to August 1982. Following his tour with CPW-11, he served as Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic; Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command; and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet until June 1985 when he was promoted to flag rank and assigned as Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Brunswick, Maine. Rear Admiral Gallo assumed command of Fleet Air Mediterranean, Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean and Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF-67) in July 1987 in NAF Naples, Italy. He returned to Washington, D.C. in January 1990 as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel in which position he served until his retirement from the Navy in September 1993. He became the National Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA in December 1994 and currently holds that position..." [18JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...GATES, J. Herbert...Graveside services for J. Herbert Gates will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 1, 2008, with Reverend Aubrey Whitlock and Reverend David Blackburn officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. Mr. James Herbert Gates, died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at home with wife and family present. He was in the U. S. Navy Reserve from September 15, 1941, until January 4, 1946. He was commissioned a Naval Aviator on August 28, 1942, and served two tours in the South Pacific Theater. The first was in VP-24 flying "Dumbo (rescue) Missions" in PBY flying boats. The second tour was at the battle of Iwo Jima as a Patrol Plane Commander in VPB-19, Crew 15..." WebSite: The Town Talk http://www.thetowntalk.com/ [30NOV2008]

GERKE, Scott scoot2520@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 from 1977 to 1980 as an aircrew AO. I am still in the Reserves as an AO1 on the JFK. I would like to hear from anyone that was in VP-24 about the same time..." [27JUN99]

GILLMORE, PN2 Gerald pn2usn.56.66@gmail.com "...I served with VA(HM)-13/VP-24 (08/1957-06/1961), USS Saipan (CVL-48) through its decommissioning (01/1970), Naval Station Chasn SC, USS Princeton (LPH-5) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5)..." [05OCT2011]

GILLOOLY, Michael J. cpo7890@aol.com OR mjgillooly@aol.com "...Still browsing,looking to find anyone from VP-23 from 1978 to 1981, VP-24 from 1972 to 1975, and VP-49 from 1965 to 1966..." [25SEP98]

GOSS, AWC Tom Retired jtgoss@aol.com "...On 03/31/98, I completed 25 years of "VP" Naval Service. Started out with VP-24, then on to CPW-11, VP-45, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46, CPWP, and VP-4. To all the men and women who I have served with and met throughout my career, I would just like to say thank you for your support, professionalism, and friendship. If your ever in Reno or just want to chat, drop me an e-mail and we can talk about old times. Best of luck to all and fly safe!..." [19APR98]

GOUGH, CWO3 Paula Thompson Retired jgough@whidbey.net "...Formerly ISC Paula Thompson. Joined VP-24 in NAS Bermuda '88. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily ' 89 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland '91. OINC of the CROF supporting VQ-2 and Rivot Joint operations at Souda Bay, Crete from Nov '93 to June '95. Currently at VAQ-129 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I retired in June 1999. I'm currently as a defense contractor at Strike Fighter Weapons School in Oceana..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAY2002 | 20MAY98]

GRAHAM, CAPTAIN Genie K. (Gene) Retired gene.graham@mchsi.com "...My first tour of duty after flight training was VW-11 (1960 to 1962), all on Crew 3. Started flying at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada but moved to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1961. Flew first operational flight out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland on July 1, 1961. Next came a tour with the "Flying Phantoms", VP-18 (1963 to 1965), Crew 3, 12, 5 and 9 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After two years in Monterey, reported to VP-31 Det NORIS as Safety Officer (1967 to 1969). My tour in purgatory came on USS, Independence from 1969 to 1971 as Assistantt CIC and then CIC after boss was fired. On to the "Pelicans", VP-45, as ADMIN and OPS Officer (1972 to 1975) Crew 21. Finally made it into the P-3 community, brand new P-3C's by the way. A new airplane smells just like a new car. One year in DC at George Washington University for my MBA and back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as XO of VP-30 (1976 to 1977). Next stop with "World Famous Batmen", VP-24 as XO/CO (1977 to 1979). After four years on OPNAV and SECNAV staff, retired as Captain in 1983. Payback is HELL, my son was NROTC and stayed in Navy for 9 years. Seems that everywhere he was stationed, someone was waiting with a "Genie K story". Not all of those would I have chosen to share with my son! Happily, I can say, he was not tainted. Second career was with EDS and I enjoyed it very much. Jerry Lynn, bless her heart, has stayed with me for 44 years and counting, and we have retired to Fairhope, AL. Stay in touch!..." [08APR2004]

GRIMES, William T. (Tim) grimeswt@navair.navy.mil "...I was a Batman (VP-24) from 1980 to 1983 before being transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for my final tour. I joined the Navy in 1966 under the delayed entry program and started bootcamp in January 1967 at Great Lakes. I arrived home to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "A" school, then on to NAS Atsugi, Japan for a tour with VRC-50. In 1970, I went back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "B" school, then on to NAS Oceana and a tour with VA-42. In 1974, I transferred to NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AEIc7 school then on to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California for Flight Engineer training. 1975 found me in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17, where I stayed for five years before transferring to VP-24 in 1980. In November 1983, I transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from the Navy in December 1986 as an AEC. I have been at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland ever since. I now work as a Civil Servant in the pressure calibration lab of Test Article Preparation. Looking through all of the Guest Book entries for VP-24 and VP-17, I noticed quite a few names that I remember well, and nostalgia engulfed me. Memories of past deployments, some of the antics and good times we had together, suddenly seemed like they only happened yesterday. I miss you all. If anyone out there still remembers me, please E-Mail, call (301)342-1610, or write (Test Article Preparation, attn: Tim Grimes, NAWCAD, 47765 Ranch Road Unit 1, Patuxent River, MD 20670-1469). I look forward to hearing from all of my Shipmates..." [16JUN99]

GROW, John M seawolf275@hotmail.com "...I was with VP-24 from 88-92, TSC NS Rota, Spain 92-96, VP-46 96-99. I started out as a Batman I just wish I could have finished there, but I will always be a VP-24 Batman until then end..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC98 | 16SEP98]

GULDEN, ATN2(AC) Neil nagjrg@aol.com "...Served in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in early 1961 as 2nd Radioman on 2 flight crews with VW-11. One of my Plane Commanders was a LTjg (best pilot in the squadron). I loved watching him teach the Commanders how to fly. Anyone remember what his name was? I went to VP-24 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, October, 1962 as ATN2(AC). Squadron was in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, came back, guess what, squadron was deployed back to NAS Keflavik, Iceland! I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [12SEP2004]


Memorial Picture "...HACKER, REAR ADMIRAL Benjamin Thurman...(VP-10, VP-21, VP-24, VP-31, VP-47, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Moffett Field, California and NAF Naples, Italy) - Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker - Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker, USN (Ret.), age 68, of Norfolk, VA, passed away on December 28, 2003 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Washington, DC, he was a graduate of Wittenburg University in Springfield, OH. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, he was commissioned Ensign in 1958. He was selected for flag rank in the US Navy in 1980, and assumed duties as Commander U.S. Military Enlistment Processing Command with headquarters in Fort Sheridan, IL. In 1982, he became Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean; Commander Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, Sixth Fleet; and Commander Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean with headquarters in Naples, Italy. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1988...http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=benjamin-t-hacker&pid=1746775 - December 31, 2003..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. "Ed" edinsea@hotmail.com [29JUN2012]

HACKER, REAR ADMIRAL Benjamin Thurman http://www.quarterdeck.org/book/cencoms/hacker.html "...Rear Adm. Benjamin Thurman Hacker was born in Washington, D.C., in September. 19, 1935. Completing most of his high school in Daytona Beach, Fla., He attended the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated 1 June, 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in Science. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., he as commissioned an ensign in September, 1958. He was designated a Naval flight Officer on June 7, 1960. He served with VP-10 and VP-21 from June, 1960 to June, 1963. On March 19, 1960, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade and in 1963, he reported the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he completed the Engineering Science Curriculum. He was promoted to lieutenant on October 1, 1962. In 1964, he reported to VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California., where he served as personnel officer and a flight and ground instructor in the P-3A aircraft. He attended Fleet Sonar School, Key West, Fla. in June, 1966 and in August, he reported to the NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, where he served as operations officer. In 1967, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval facility, Barbados, West Indies as executive officer. He became commanding officer of that station in 1968. He was promoted to lieutenant commander at this duty station. In 1970, Rear Adm. Hacker reported to VP-47, NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour, he completed numerous deployments in the P-3C Aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and the Western Pacific. He was promoted to commander at VP-47. In 1972, he established the Naval ROTC Unit at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla., and served as the first professor of Naval Science and commanding officer of this unit. He reported to VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in October, 1973. He served for one year as executive officer, prior to assuming command in November, 1974. During this tour, the squadron completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and was heavily tasked in major exercises in the Northern and Central Atlantic. From 1975 to 1977, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as director, Equal Opportunity Divisions and special assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for Minority Affairs, Washington, D.C. He became a captain on September 1, 1977. In June, 1978, he completed studies in National Security Policy at the Industrial College of the Armed forces, and earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington, University. In August, 1978, he was assigned as commanding officer of NAS Brunswick, Maine and in August, 1980, he assumed duties as commander, U.S. Military Enlistment Processing Command with headquarters in Fort Sheridan, Ill. On September 1, 1980, he was designated a rear admiral while serving in this billet. In 1982, he reported for duties as commander Fleet Air Mediterranean; commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance forces, U.S. Sixth fleet; and commander, Maritime Air forces, Mediterranean, with headquarters in NAF Naples, Italy. He assumed duties as director, Total Force Training and Education Division (OP-11) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in October, 1984. In May, 1986, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa by the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.. Rear Adm. Hacker became commander, NTC in August, 1986. following NTC, he became commander, Naval Base, San Diego. He holds the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)..." [22JUN2003]

HADLEY, AMS1 Bud bud3769@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (Crew 1 with Big John and Hal Wilcox) from 1965 to 1967. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09OCT2009]

HALL, Don "Madman" djhdestin@cox.net "...I served with VP-24 as an Aircrewman on Crew 11 from 1962 thru 1964. I was wondering if anyone would know how to locate Larry Walkey and Hal Tolleson? Larry flew with Crew 11 and Hal flew on Crew 6. The last I knew of Hal, he was on the Fire Department in Paris, Texas. I attended my first squadron Reunion at Pensacola last year which won't be my last. I was elated to see some old Shipmates such as John Orrill, Colin Wilson, Andy Massa, Sid Edelman, Etc. It would be fantastic to hear from anyone that might know the whereabouts of these two fellows as I know they would really enjoy coming to the Reunions. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 23NOV2001 | 08MAR2001]

HAMMOND, Jim JTHammond@aol.com "...I served in VP-24 1967-1970. Did two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Flew with most of the crews as a photographer..." [27JAN2000]

HANICH, AD1 John j2sox24@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (1983-1987). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17JUN2013]

HANSON, CAPTAIN Edwin (Ed) E. Retired edanddottiehanson@juno.com "...Served in the following squadrons and staffs during years noted: VP-24/VAHM-13 (1956-59), VP-46 (1962-64), FAW-10 (1965-67), VP-8 (1972-74; CO 1974), NS Rota, Spain (CO 1978-80), and COMPATWINGSPAC (COS 1982-84). Retired Navy with rank of Captain in 1984 The Boeing Company, Navy Programs (1984-95). Retired Boeing 1995..." [E-Mail Updated 30AUG2005 | 05APR99]

HARRIS, AW Cecil E. (Grit) madmact@charter.net "...I served with VP-24 as an AW from 1969 through 1972. I went on both Iceland deployments first on Crew 1, then on crew 10 (Beartrap). I see several Shipmates listed from that period; Neubauer, Rather, Reid, and Wilson. Anyone who wants to swap some lies, feel free to contact me via email..." [E-Mail Updated 03NOV2004 | 23APR2001]

HARRISON, LCDR Cecil A. "Harry" Retired p3-tacco@netdoor.com "...Enlisted 1955; VC-33/VA(AW)/VAW-33, 1956-1959; NAMDDU, 1960-61; NESEP (NC State Univ.), 1961-65; AOC/Pre-flight/BNAO/Nav School, 1965-66; VP-24, 1966-69 (SP2H and P-3B); VP-30, 1969-73 (P-3A/B); VP-11, 1973-75; NROTC Unit, Univ. of Mississippi, 1975-1979; Instructor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Univ. of Mississippi, 1979-1983; Professor of Engineering Technology, University of Southern Mississippi, 1983-present. I'd like to hear from any of my Shipmates, anytime..." [08APR2000]

HARRISON, Glendon C. c/o His Son Ron Harrison ronharrison@alba1.com "...My Father, Glendon C. Harrison, served in VP-12 and VP-24 (or VP-22) during WWII. I know he was at Midway when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He participated in the Battle of Midway and served at Guadacanal during the War. It has been only after the Film, "Saving Private Ryan", has come out that he has discussed WWII with me. I would like to learn more about his Crewmates during the War. I would appreciate any messages, I could pass along to my Father. Regards..." [13JUL2001]

HARTMAN, CMDCM(SW) Dan Shipmate Pix http://reserves.navy.mil/NR/exeres/72C24B44-D65E-4B6B-A52D-D57B79F14805.htm "...Master Chief Petty Officer Daniel Hartman, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, enlisted in the United States Navy upon graduation from Portage High School, Portage, Wisconsin in 1974. After completing recruit training at Orlando, Florida, he attended Yeoman "A" School in Meridian, Mississippi. In November 1974 he reported to his first duty station, VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and was assigned as the Maintenance Department Yeoman. In November 1976 Master Chief Hartman transferred to VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he was assigned as the Officer Records Yeoman and Leading Petty Officer. While attached to VP-24 Master Chief Hartman deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. During his tour with VP-24 Master Chief Hartman advanced to Yeoman Second Class. In December 1978 Master Chief Hartman separated from the Navy and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from UW-Madison in December 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Also during this time Master Chief Hartman was a drilling Reservist at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Madison, Wisconsin assigned to the NR CG-19 DALE 1913 unit. Following graduation from college Master Chief Hartman reenlisted in the Naval Reserve Full Time Support program in February 1984 and accepted orders to Personnel Support Activity, New Orleans. In February 1987 Master Chief Hartman transferred to Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Thirteen in Great Lakes where he was assigned as Training Administrator and Administrative Department Supervisor. While attached to REDCOM Thirteen Master Chief Hartman advanced to Yeoman First Class and was the 1989 Sailor of the Year. Transferring in May 1990 to USS COPELAND (FFG 25) homeported in San Diego, California Master Chief Hartman experienced his first afloat assignment. Assigned as the Ship's Secretary he advanced to Chief Yeoman and qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Officer of the Deck (Underway). In July 1993 Master Chief Hartman reported to Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Readiness Center Salt Lake City as the Administrative Department Head. In April 1994 he was advanced to Senior Chief Yeoman and assumed the additional duties of Command Senior Chief until his transfer in June 1996 to the Flag Writer billet on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Reserve Force based in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. In September 1998 Master Chief Hartman transferred to Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Sixteen in Minneapolis, Minnesota and assumed responsibilities as Director of Command Services and in July of 2000 he transferred to Naval Air Reserve Center Chicago at Naval Training Center Great Lakes and assumed duties as Command Master Chief. In July 2003 Master Chief Hartman transferred to his current assignment of Command Master Chief at Naval Air Reserve Whidbey, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Master Chief Hartman's personal decorations, service awards and campaign/unit awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (with Silver Star), Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (with four Bronze Stars), Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with two Bronze Stars), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with Bronze Star), Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Rifle Expert Medal, Navy Pistol Expert Medal. Master Chief Hartman and his wife, Trisha, reside in Anacortes, Washington. They have one son, Kenneth, who is employed in Madison, Wisconsin..." [25APR2005]

HATCHETT, ATC David dhatch@ata.attmil.ne.jp "...My first tour of duty and my best to date was VP-24, 1981-1984. After that served at ASWOC Cecil Field, ASWOC NSF Diego Garcia, USS Independence, NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Miramar, USS Kitty Hawk. I am currently stationed at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Atsugi, Japan..." [06DEC99]

HAVENS, Doug Retired dhavens@worldnet.att.net "...I retired under the TERA program as an AW in April 1995. I served in VP-44 (1981-84), VS-35 (1986-88), CV-64 ASWM (1988-1990), ASWOC NS Rota, Spain (1990-93), VP-24 Crew 6 until I retired in April 1995. I live in Jacksonville, Florida..." [18SEP98]

HENDERSHOT, Bob 'SHOT' capriole@compuserve.com "...Served with VP-24 August 1992 to Feb 1995 when discharged. AT3, radio operator on Crew 3. Enjoyed the many great times and experiences we had and looking forward to seeing many Shipmates at the 1998 Reunion..." [25FEB98]

HERBST, Marvin E. (Marv) marherbst7@AOL.com "...I joined VP-24 in May 1941 after completing flight school at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 3 March , 1941. CO was CDR Fitzimmons. Went to NAS Midway Island on 6 June. Returned to NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii around 1 July and went to NOB Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, Tulagi and NAB Henderson/Carney Field, Guadalcanal flying patrols fron those bases. Detached about 1 July 1943 to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for PPC school. Any one else served with VP-24 during that time? Let me know...My crew and I joined VP-62 as a replacement for another crew that was lost at sea. That was in February 1944 at Amchitka. We served at Amchitka until October 24, 1944 and was ordered to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas to check out in the PB4Y. Any of the members of that Squadron around anymore? Would be great to hear from you..." [BIO Updated 02JUN2003 | 29MAY2003]

HESS, AO1 Paul P. Retired phess@sun-link.com "...I flew in the P5M's/P2V-7/P-3A/B. VP-8 twice, VP-10, VP-24, and VP-49..."

Memorial Picture "...HIBBS, CAPTAIN Alvin S...I regret to inform you of the death of former VP-24 squadron Commanding Officer CAPTAIN Alvin S. HIBBS. NAGS HEAD, NC - Captain Alvin Stanley Hibbs, US Navy (Retired), died January 11, 2013. Hibbs was born in Everett, Massachusetts in 1925. He had a 31 year military career in the United States Navy, serving aboard amphibious ships during WW II. In 1947, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University and was commissioned. Hibbs was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1950. He spent the next 23 years serving in that capacity within the Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialty. See http://www.findagrave.com/ for additional information..." Contributed by OVERMAN, William J. Jr. "Jack" fourbranch@earthlink.net [05FEB2013]

HIL, Edward W. ehill2275@aol.com "...Former member of VP-21, 66-67, VX-1, 67-71, VP-16, 71-74, VP-24, 76-79. Working for NAESU DET. JAX as a Tech Rep for the P3C. Love to hear from old VP friends..."

HILL, Edward hill2102@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-26, VP-21, VX-1, VP-16, VP-24 and ended my Navy Active Duty with a tour instructing in AW School NAS Millington, Tennessee. I worked another 20 years with Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) / Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) as an electronics techrep for the P-3 aircraft. Settled down in Orange Park, FL..." [26FEB2010]

HINKLE, LT Gary pastorgary24@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1982 to 1985. It was a good squadron and with some good people. I've been a pastor and missionary for 25+ years. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [08JUN2011]

HOLBROOK, Scott (Vinny) vinnman@freewwweb.com "...VP-24 Batmen 88-93 deployed NAS Bermuda 88 NAS Sigonella, Sicily 89 Iceland 90-91 NAS Sigonella, Sicily 92 Faso Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida 93-96 back to hanger 1000 to VP-45 Pelicans From Hell deployed NAS Sigonella, Sicily 96 NAS Sigonella, Sicily 97-98 Getting a little sick of Sigonella! Looking for Diamond Dave and the Roth brothers (SEALS) from VP-24..." [10APR98]

HOLLENBERG, Andrew ahollen@clientele.com "...Hey all you VP BB stackers and Yellow Shirts. I served in VP-24 from 87-90 out of good old NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Give me a hollar if you were there during the same time frame..." [12MAR98]

HOLLIDAY, AMS3 Michael mikeholliday412@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 (1984-1988) with deployments to NAS Bermuda (Tire Shop fiberglass repair) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (Tire Shop with AMS1 DeJesus). I also was TAD to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [02OCT2012]

HOLLISTER AD1 Don donh@mwr.is or donh@mediaone.net "...I served in in VP-24 from 92-95. I did deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, where I'm now stationed, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Looking forward to hearing from you..." [31JAN98]

HOLT, AT3 Donnie Lee dawghey@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 in 1969 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. NAS Keflavik, Iceland - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment 1969. Curious as to how many Vintage survivors are still around. Still in contact with Digi, Jim Fleming and Stan Bennett. Anyone else bobbing to the surface, let me hear from you. I understand Commander Martini is now an Admiral. If anyone out there has access to USN Aircraft Recognition Manual 70-on with a picture of the NATO Code name May Soviet ASW Aircraft. I would like to have a copy of that page since I took the picture. Pepper Ingram was driving when we ran across the aircraft doing maneuvers with the Soviet fleet. Saddened by reports Mr. Ingrams demise. Anybody remembering the trouble me, Digi and others got into let me hear from you. (I am sure Commander Martini must remember.) Remember a lot of names and faces, too many to mention here..." [01FEB2000]

HOOKER, AVCM Harry G. Retired HarryJudyH@aol.com "...Served with VP(HM) 13 in NAS Chincoteague, Virginia in 1957 - 1960 as an AT3/AT2. Deployed to Malta and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Squadron redesignated as VP-24 and transferred to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Commissioned VP-30 in June 1960. 1962-Transferred to VP-45 (P5Ms) in Bermuda as an AT/AX1, deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with P-3s in 1963. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1964 (AXC). Reassigned to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966. Transferred to VP-44 at Patuxent River in 1968 (AXCS). Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Squadron moved to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1970, deployed to NAS Bermuda. Transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1971, retired as AVCM in 1973. Currently live in Alachua, FL..." [23SEP2002]

HORTON, YN3 Leanne (Horton) Forster SnOOpy2166@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 Batmen from '92-'94 as a YN3. If anyone out there remembers me, I would like to hear from you. I am currently working at Navy Recruiting District, Denver as a contracted employee. While here, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Batmen shipmate AT1 Chuck Ericksen. I wasn't able to meet up with his wife, MS3 Vasil, also from VP-24, before he transferred to Hawaii. It's always nice when a familiar face crosses your path! I hope the years have been kind to you all. Drop me a line or two!..." [05APR2002]

HOWELL, AWC Ken STOTAW2666@AOL.COM "...I served proudly with the Batmen (VP-24) from '81 to 85, then did time with VP-30, VP-45, RATCEN, VS-41 and now with FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida. "The worst day in the air is still better than the best day on the ground!"..." [26FEB99]

HULIEN, AE1 Charlie Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1960's nogaps@aol.com "...I served with VP-56 from 1965 to 1970. I flew bow observer on P2V 145915, Crew 6 (I could find NAS Sigonella, Sicily using the sniffer) and later became a Flight Engineer on the P-3C's. Anyone remember the Road Runner? I taught Pilot and Flight Engineer Fam at NANTD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and flew with VP-24. Retired from the USN and worked for Lockheed as a P-3 tech rep and a Quality Engineer on the F117A Stealth Fighter. Sure enjoyed my times in the VPNavy..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2007 | 25FEB2001]

HUTCHISON, Paul phutch@gulftel.com "...I was a Radioman with VP-24, later VA(HM)-13, at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia 1956-58. I moved with the squadron to NAS Norfolk, Virginia when NAS Chincoteague, Virginia closed..." [27JAN2005]


JAKOSITZ, Joe irjo@iserve.net "...Reading Log makes me realize how really long ago my 1951-52, VP-24 service was. I had been discharged only about a month and was returning from an interview at Georgetown U. on the Penn. RR. A man got on at Phil. and sat next to me. As he opened his newspaper I noted a story headlined " Phil. sailor killed in aircrash." It was the story of HA-7 and I believe the sailor was a young AL on the crew. I also believe that VP-24's Personnel Officer, a really good guy, was PPC on 7. I think I remember Bahto, since I was also from NJ. I like your site and found it thru USNA Class of 64 Homepage. Would like to here from any circa 1949-52, Service Test & VP-24 Shipmates..." [24APR99]

JACOBS, AO2 Henry T. jamaraven@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 from August 1955 through October 1957 at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. Served as Ordnanceman on P2V-6M's. Some were capable of carrying the "Bat" (hung from each wing) - a glide bomb and the "Petrel" an Air to Surface Missle, a jet powered guided torpedo carried on each wing. Was on deployment to RNAS Halfar, Malta, spring of 1956. Countries visited, New Foundland, Azores, French Morroco, Lisbon Portugal, Barcelona Spain, Marseilles France, Pisa Italy (14 days), Venice Italy, Naples Italy, Athens Greece (10 days), Izmir Turkey, Beirut Lebanon, Wheelus AFB Libya, and Munich Germany (Garmish-in Alps) AAlborg Denmark (14days). I was an AO2 when discharged in 1957..." [23FEB2002]

JACOBS, Herman wild1930@aol.com "...I server in VP-24 from 1949 untl 1952. We deployed all over the east cost from NS Roosevelt Roads, PR to BW Greenland also French Marroco and Malta. We toured most of the Med and Europe during the time I was there. I enlisted in the navy in 1947, server in VP-24, VF-74 and VF-41 before discharge in 1956. I was an AE1 and would like to hear from any one serving in those outfits. VP-24 was the greatest will always love it. Drop me a line..." [08JUL99]

JACKOLA, Mark jackola@prodigy.net "...I served in VP-24 from 1990 till we disestablished as a F.E. Those are the most fond years of my 20 years in the Navy. Any of you Batmen and Batwomen feel free to drop me a line..." [23MAY2001]

JARVIS, AZ1 Alen Retired coolha25@cox.net "...I was an AZ with VP-24 from August 1981 to April 1986. I worked in First Lt, the Line, Maintenance Control, Maintenance Admin and deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Bermuda. Afer my tour as a BATMAN I transfer'd to NAS Memphis, Tennessee, where I made First Class Petty Officer. From there I transferred back to VP life, this with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In 1992 I transferred to HM-15 at NAS Alameda, California, from there to NAMTRAGRU DET NAS Miramar, California and from there to HSL-45 from Nov 1997 until retirement on 17 January 2003. I currently live in the San Diego community of Spring Valley, I am employed on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) as a W2k System Administrator and work at the San Diego Network Operations Center (NOC)..." [19AUG2003]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...JENKINS, AVCM William H...William H. Jenkins passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, March 7th following a long battle with cancer. Harvey was born in Washington, DC August 12, 1938 but resided the last 33 years in Orange Park having retired from a 30 year Naval Career. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elbreta (Al) Jenkins; daughters: Wendy and Kelley Jenkins; son, William and his wife, Jill and their sons: Fenn, Jack and Will Jenkins and their daughter, Meredith "Meri" and her husband, Robert Pyle and their daughter Erin and son William Pyle. He is also survived by his cousin, Linda Martin. He was a past Master of Orange Park Lodge #267 F&AM, a past Patron of Orange Park OES #226, and a member of the Middleburg Presbyterian Church. A viewing will be held Thursday, 6-8 PM on March 9th and funeral services will be held Friday, 11 AM, March 10th at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to OP Lodge #267 F&AM and Middleburg Presbyterian Church. AWCM Jenkins, a native of Washington D.C., began his naval career in September 1955 with tours of duty in VP-622, NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. and later VP-861 at NAS New York, New York. His next assignment included NAS Pensacola, Florida at "A" and "B" schools at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee and VP-8. He then served with the Federal German Naval Air Wing at FGNAS Nordholz, West Germany, where he earned designation as an ASW aircrewman in the BR-1150 Atlantic ASW aircraft. Following a tour with VP-30 he was transferred to the staff of Commander Fleet Air, Keflavik, Iceland, where he served as Tactical Support Center Watch Officer. He joined the USS Saratoga (CV-60) as ASW Watch Officer in 1974, following his tour with service on the staff of Commander Air ASW Wing One, Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. He reported to VP-24 in January 1980 and assumed the duties of Command Master Chief until June 1985 retiring with 30 years of Naval Service..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [03APR2006]

JENSEN, CDR Leo R. http://209.165.152.119/navy/1946jan_apr.txt "...13MAY46 - Commander Leo R. Jensen started his Naval career when he entered the Naval Academy on June 4, 1934. Upon graduation from the Academy on June 2, 1938, he was assigned to the U. S. S. Maryland, and remained aboard until 1939. He then served aboard the U. S. S. Tucker until September of 1940. In September 1940, Commander Jensen entered Flight Training at Pensacola, receiving his wings in April 1941. He was assigned to VP-12 (which was later changed to VP-24), until October 1943. In November 1943, he proceeded to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he was assigned to VPB-201 until July of 1945. In July 1945, Commander Jensen was ordered to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, for one month training in PB4Y-2A's. In the latter part of August, he reported to Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, for duty. He was attached to that station until November 1945, when he was ordered to duty at NAAS Camp Kearny, California. Commander Jensen reported aboard NAS Kodiak, Alaska, from NAAS Camp Kearny, California, in March 1946, where he relieved Commander A. L. Burgess, USN, as Commanding Officer of VPB-122..." [05JUL2003]

JOHNSON, Donnie johndaj@aol.com "...After serving 5 years in an A-7 Squadron, (VA-15) and making 4 cruises. I decided to try out this thing called VP. That was somewhat of a good decision on my part. I started out in VP-30 from December 1985 to June 1989. Then went to VP-24 from July 1989 to decom in May 1995. From there I went back to VP-30 from May 1995 till my retirement in October 1998. My current job still has me venturing through the hangars from time to time. I have a lot of good memories of the deployments I was on and can say I met a hell of a lot of good people I can call Friends and Shipmates. Drop me a line sometime..." [26OCT99]

JOHNSON, CAPTAIN Laurence E. Retired julajohnson@aol.com "...I graduated from the USNA (1967), Flight Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida (1968), P-3 Qualified, VP-44 (1969 to 1972), NAS Point Mugu, California Flag Aide (1972 to 1975), A-Nav aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19) (1975), Naval War College (1976), VP-24 (1977 to 1980), Deptment Head at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Washington, D.C. (1980 to 1981), VP-24 as Executive Officer/Commanding Officer (1981 to 1984), Naval War College (1984 to 1985), back to NAVAIR Washington, D.C. and retired in 1995. I worked in the Defense Industry till 2002. The Batman of VP-24 was the best time of all! I am now retired in the Northern Neck of Virginia..." [03MAY2010]


KAUFFMAN, George E. GEKAUFFMAN@AOL.COM "...I did one tour in VP-24 and VP-30 back in the 70s and retired in 1992 as an AOCM..." [19FEB2000]

KENNEDY, J J jjpk@flash.net "...I served with VP-24 1963 to 1966. I flew co pilot on crew 12, 8, and 4. Spent my deployments in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and we all went to R R for Springboard. Hello Bruce Herman and Ken Pearl,where are you?..." [03JUN98]

Memorial Picture "...KERR, AD1 Charles "Chuck"...AD1 Charles "Chuck" Kerr passed away in July, 2011. Chuck served in VP-24 (VA(HM)-13) (1956-1960) and commissioned VP-30 on July 1, 1960. He was an excellent Plane Captain/Flight Engineer and will be sorely missed..." Contributed by McCOMAS, AVCM Finis "Mac" Retired mcporet@newwavecomm.net [03OCT2011]

KINGSLEY, Rohn HROHN272@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 from July 1973 to July 1976 in the AT shop. I was really sad to see the decommissioning of the 'ole "BAT" squadron. We had a lot of great times in NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Looking for a couple Shipmates for a visit this spring. If Dave Ross (Joplin, Missouri) or Jim Buchannan (Albequrque) are checking this out shoot me a line. To all you current VP sailors, Take advantage of the good times, they may end sooner then you think..." [16FEB2000]

KINNEY, Clifford M. fireandrescue_1@hotmail.com "...Just looking for my old friends. I served with VP-24 from October 1991 to December 1993..." [15JUN2006]

KIRK, Doug dkirk@netease.net "...I served in VP-22 65-70, VP-24 71-75, VP-30 75-77. Did some time in VF101, NAS Chase Fld, TEX. USS IDEPENDENCE Retired AOC(AW) at Beeville Texas 1988. Would like to here from the BLUE GEESE Shipmates back in the mid and late 60's. Would like to find AT Steve Marshall, AO Dale Hood, and AT Billy Hicks..." [26OCT2000]

KOENIG, AD2 Jerry "Stretch" sherjer2@live.com "...Served with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1984-1988..." [13MAR2010]

KOLT, AO2 Richard obman50@yahoo.com "...After all these years, decided to re-surface - Dick Kolt (AO2) VP-24, Crew 6 3/73-9/76. NAS Keflavik, Iceland x2 (how about "Fish Condition 3"?), NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Kinloss, Canal Street, Stavanger...0200 pre-flights in NAS Keflavik, Iceland (winter of course-loading externals in 30kt cross winds, driving rain and sleet, 12 pt crampons on my boots-living large!)...dropping mail/supplies onto Jan Mayen out the main door (bombay doors inop so I was "requested" to don a SAR harness) ambient temp was -15F, we were doing 150kt or so-do the math...LT CC Johnson was our TACCO and he "voluntered??" to sit in the port aft observer station watching me kick the goods out the door-he was pointed forward-he MAY have thawed by now! Working the first big Yankees, working EVERYTHING off line that day, 3 P tubes, FF Tube + externals and coming home with 2 BT buoys - AT1 Jim Mason (RIP) really humped on that one, feeding the beast - we expended everything in 2 hours (plus another 20 or so Lofar I had lashed to the deck). HUMPTY DUMPTY! Looking for former Shipmates and "Traveling Men." Blue Skies..." [E-Mail Updated 12SEP2005 | 10OCT2004]

Memorial Picture "...KOOY, H. Peter...Herman PETER Kooy - Captain, USN (Ret) - 10 Nov. 1914 -31 March 2003. H. Peter Kooy was born to Architect and Civil Engineer Cornelius and wife Johanna Kooy on 10 November 1917 in Weehawken, New Jersey. He attended New York University and graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelors degree in Government. He graduated from the Navy Flight School in Pensacola and was a designated Naval Aviator. He finished Line School in Newport, Rhode Island. His active duty military career began in 1940 and he was commissioned as Ensign on 7 December 1941. The entire unit deployed to Pearl Harbor and was re-designated as Bombing Squadron 101 and equipped with Liberator B-24s- the first such aircraft used in the Navy. The squadron deployed to the Southwest Pacific, flying reconnaissance and bombing missions from the New Habrides and Guadalcanal. The squadron lost 30 percent of its aircraft during this employment. Captain Kooy was Commanding Officer of VP-24 which deployed to Malta in 1953-1955. Forty-five hundred officers and men were involved in that operation. In 1946 he was appointed Executive Officer of VP-111 that was involved in anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic and Europe. This involved coordinating flight and training activities of 275 officers and men, and 12 large Lockheed Neptunes. Between 1955 and 1958 he served as Executive Officer of the NROTC at Ohio State University, handling recruiting, curriculum matters of University midshipmen. From 1958 to 1960, he held the position as Plans, Operations, and Assistant Chief of Staff of Fleet Air Wings Atlantic based in Norfolk. Between 1960 and 1963, he was ordered to the Pentagon where he was Programs Manager for anti-submarine Aircraft in the Undersea Programs Directorate. He then took over as Assistant Director of Support Systems, which concerned budgeting, planning and programming of all Navy training of such systems. In 1963, he was ordered to Boston as the Navy's Representative at the Raytheon Company. As such, he was technical and contract administrator for the Navy and all other programs performed by Raytheon Company for the Military. He supervised a staff of about 100 people. Captain Kooy earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Metal, American Theater, and Asiatic Theater Campaign ribbons. After retirement, his feeling of duty to his country called him back. He was asked to start a NJROTC in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. He answered that call and taught for seven years, driving 130 miles daily through snow and ice to teach high school students. Captain Kooy's wife of 48 years is the former Miss Mozelle Porter, a native of Rural Retreat, VA. They have two sons, David Peter Kooy of New York and Christian Porter Kooy of Dallas. A sister, Judith Kooy Uhlig and niece Christina Uhlig Hechard and husband Scott; and a nephew Peter Kooy Uhlig and wife Nancy survive. Just recently, Captain Kooy received a letter from former student Colonel Michael Therrien, a teacher's finest reward. It reads as follows: "Sir, you may not remember me but I was your first cadet commander. I had trouble at the Air Force Academy and almost got kicked out because of a poor attitude. You intervened by calling and writing the ROTC commander and went to bat for me. You believed in a 20 year old kid and never gave up .So what happened to me?" "I stayed in the Air Force and make it my career. I made Colonel (06) and have been in 26 years. I am seriously thinking of going back and teaching NJROTC and doing for other kids what you helped me do for myself. . Whenever I came across my troops that had a poor attitude, I helped them, versus ignoring them. You were always on my mind." "I never ever forgot that someone took the time to help. Without your help in the beginning, I don't know what would have happened." "Sir, this is to salute you and to say thank you. If you get a chance, tell me what has happened in your life." Colonel Mike Therrien, USAF Hanscom AFB, MA. Retired Navy Chaplain, Captain James G. Goode, a long time friend of the family will conduct the services..." Contributed by MASSA, Andy navyvp24@hotmail.com [01APR2002]

KYSER, AT1 David P. Shipmate Pix Circa 2004 davekyser@yahoo.com "...In-flight Technician (IFT), served with VP-24 from 1984-1987. My experiences in VP-24 with the Batmen were nothing short of incredible. (Remember the "Battle of Bermuda"?) "Stumble-in CAC-1", Not to mention, the good old days of really being on top of the Bear every day. After a fabulous shore tour at NAMTGD NAS Jacksonville, Florida Det 1011 teaching IFTs; I went to VP-5 from 1990-1992. Good tour with the Mad Foxes ("Desert Storm" went well enough). Got out in 1992 and started my own business. After September 11th, 2001, I felt compelled to serve again, and was fortunate enough to get a Sel/Res IFT billet with the Broadarrows of VP-62, served 2001-2004. Became an Ord-Qualified AIP IFT. Participated in OEF and several other "good" deals. Went IRR 11/2004..." [BIO/PIX Updated 11FEB2006 | 01JUL2003]


LANCASTER, Rich "Burt" riccon71@verizon.net "...Here goes - VP-24 65-70 flew with Big John Evanchik, Little John Eskew, Hal Wilcox, Bob Beers, and Bob Ertwine. That's some of the names I remember. NAVDET Souda Bay, Crete 70-71, NAF Washington, D.C. 71-75, VP-19 76-79. Big Red made CPO while on the first deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. NADC Warminster, Pa 79-82, worked nite maint control promoted to SCPO, VP-10 82-85, back to NADC twilight tour 85-88 retired 88,back to NADC as a crab untill two months before NADC closed. I was lucky to pick up job at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania at AIMD T-56 engine shop. I do remember alot of names I have seen on this guest list. SP2H and P-3 forever..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB2006 | E-Mail Added 30MAY2001 | Updated Phone Number 16JAN99 | 17JUL98]

LANTER, Bill skooter1@swayzee.com "...Served in VP-24 from 8-62 to 8-64 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would enjoy talking to anyone from the squadron during this period or from any period..." [E-Mail Updated 29NOV2001 | 28JUL99]

LAWLER, Jim JLawler303@aol.com "...Was AE2. Served in VP-24 1962-63 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Just after coming back from Gitmo we did our stint in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Can hardley believe I found this web site. Sure would be nice to find some old (no pun Intended) flight mates. WE Had to Bat-girl emblem at that time. I still have it and the A/C wings. You might get the Airdale out of the Navy but you never get loose of those best of times, ever..." [15APR99]

Memorial Picture "...LEE, Jack...Passed away on Monday, June 16, 2003 in Orange Park, FL. Jack was a 20 year resident of Orange Park and retired in 1991 from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief after 23 years service, serving as a flight engineer in the P-3 community. He was a member of F&AM, Cabul Lodge, Green Cove Springs, Fleet Reserve Branch 93, and an active member of the Clay County Gator Nation. Mr. Lee was currently employed by Nav Air. Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years, Cullene; daughter, Angela Fuller; mother, Corrine Gore; mother-in- law, Wilda Fuller; sisters, Amber Ka Lee, Mary Sue Nolte and Mona Pearl Constable; brother, James Guy Lee; numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2003, 10:00 AM in the chapel of JACKSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL. Inurnment of ashes will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Hospice of NE Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL: 32257 in Jacks memory, would be appreciated. Please sign the Guestbook at Jacksonville.com (Published in the Florida Times-Union from 6/18/2003 - 6/19/2003.) Jack served with VP-24, VP-30, VP-48, and VQ-2..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [22JUN2003]

LEE, Jack [Passed away on Monday, June 16, 2003 in Orange Park, FL] "...I served in VP-48, VQ-2, VP-30 and VP-24. I retired in 1992 while serving at AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I'm now a support contractor for the P3 APML working PDM, SRP, and scheduled maintenance programs. If I could be of any help to anyone drop me a line. I would like to here from shipmates I served with..." [ICQ# 6133630] [15DEC97]

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]

LEINHAUSER, AWC John Retired jleinhauser@earthlink.net "...VP-16, VP-30, CPWL TTT, VP-24, CPWL Special Projects..." [26FEB98]

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LESTER, ATCS (NAC/AW) Albert "Al" Retired sakotrg@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-8 (IFT) from 1979 to 1987, VQ-2 (EW Operator) from 1987 to 1990, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (AIMD AV/ARM DIV Chief) from 1990 to 1993, VP-49 (IFT) 1994 to its disestablishment, VP-24 from 1994 to 1995 for their last deployment and then I hung it up and went to work with Raytheon Systems still supporting the P-3. I am still supporting the P-3 as the LSRS FST Avionics Representative out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 02MAY2011 | 22NOV98]

LIGGETT, Todd TL32616@swt.edu "...I was a Bat Man (VP-24) from 88 till 90. I am a senior at Southwest Texas State University. I work for World Airways as a representative. If Mike Wisenhunt, John Leinhauser, the Roth brothers, Joe Ellis or Dewy Skiers reads this give me a buz. I'd love to chat. You can call me at (512) 396-4632. Best of luck to you all!..."

LITTLE, Dave david.little@ci.slc.ut.us "...Served with VP-24 from 1968 through 1970 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. After all these years, was given this web site by a P-3 crew member flying for the NOAA. They came to our airport last week, it was great to share old navy stories and hear about NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I imediately began searching the web site to see what I could find and it was great. Ran on to the name of Donnie Holt who served the same time I did but don't recognize his name. He did however mention a few familiar names like Digi (would like to get in touch with him) and David Martini (that salute of his, I will never forget how wierd it was!). Oh well, he was a good squadron commander and a good pilot. One other name I can remember and wish I could find is Ron Dexter. LCMR Williams flew No. 8 and I'll never forget how we flew into NAS Keflavik, Iceland on deployment, forgot to radio in advance we were coming, and those Delta Wings had to scramble out and escort us in! What an embarassment. Then all those Russian subs we "pinged" to the surface. I wonder it they ever got their decks cleaned up from our "gifts" while flying over. Then, who was that ole salt, First Class, who couldn't or wouldn't stand in formation for muster each morning waiting for Martini to come, and so he just broke rank and left the hangar most mornings. He amazed everyone. Those were the best years my life. I will never forget them and the great friends. If there is anyone out there from that time, give me a buzz. Maybe we can find others and make a connection. Would you guys go through that SERE again up in Maine? Hope to make contact with someone, so I'll send this out on the airwaves and wait for a response. Life is good so far..." [07FEB2000]

LOCHNER, Fred flochner@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 as a Radioman in 1953. I left the squadron just before that so missed it as I returned to civilian life. After picking up my Engineering Degree from University of Michigan I worked for Lockheed in Flight Testing (you guessed it) the P2V's! Worked on the YP3V later and on the first P3V's to reach the fleet..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAY2008 | 00XX97]

LONG, Ron L. Sr. m886s@aol.com "...Started my career as an AW at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AW "A" School, in the summer of 1972, with fellow student AW Roger Schorr. Attended FASOLant and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Anyone remember the mexican food place outside Lexington Park?? Heard it burned down, to bad great food. Roger Schorr went to NAS Brunswick, Maine, thank goodness LOL and I transferred to VP-24 at their home base at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, while the squadron was finishing it's NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment which started at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as I recall. From 73 to 78, I was with VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and numerous deployments to various sites; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and other assorted sites. Next duty station was CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, not so exciting as VP flight hours and on top sub time, just many long shifts and office politics. My next tour was a real eye opener, HS1 FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida and training in the H3 ASW Helo which sets one for up for HS duty or in my case ASW Module duty onboard USS Kitty Hawk at San Diego. Remained onboard the Hawk for three years and one direct submarine contact with a Victor III in the Sea of Japan. The prop blade left in the Hawk's starboard bow revealed lots of data, until WO Walker's deal with the enemy. In January 86, it was off to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan. It was my last duty station in the Navy, retirement followed in January of 1989. It's hard to believe that I used to do HF radio check in NAS Keflavik, Iceland with some Air Force Electronics HF site, go figure? Met lots wonderful people both Es and Os,learned lots and remember many happy times..." [BIO Updated 29JUN99 | 30JUN98]

LONGAR, Jim jplongar@aol.com. "...I served in VP-24 from the spring of 1957 until Feb. 1960. I was an AT-2, and flew as the radio operator on LR-11 Buno 128396 most of that time. The PPC most of that time was LT. Vic Schoen. The plane captain was Jesse Franklin AD-1. I would enjoy hearing from any of my old Shipmates..." [12JUN98]

LORENTZ, AWC/AEC Scott S. Retired SSLORENTZ@AOL.COM "...I served in the following squadrons: VP-30 1969 , VP-24 1969-1972, VP-30 1975-1979, VP-49 1979-1984, and also CPW-11 1984-1986. I started out as an MSR (Mad/Sniffer/Radar) operator, and cross trained as a Julie/ECM operator, and a Jezebel operator in the P-3B platform. After the P-3C was introduced I was a SS-3 (Non-Acoustic) operator and crosstrained again as a SS-1 (Acoustic) operator. I was an instructor at VP-30 and the AirLant NATOPS evalutaor for both P-3B and P-3C Non-Acoustics. I made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (2), NAS Bermuda (2), and Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily (2), as well as numerous Dets to the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and other fine places. I truly miss the excitement of flying and mostly the many friends I made over the years. I was forced to change rate to AEC due to knee injury and was permanently grounded in 1986. I completed my last few years as a Recruiter (Pennsylvania) and at AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. For those I left behind I send my regards, and those that have followed since I wish them the Best of Luck and Safe Flying..." [12AUG99]

LOVE, CAPTAIN Craig R. Shipmate Pix http://reserves.navy.mil/ Public/ Staff/ Centers/ Forces+Command/Centers/ Naval+Air+Reserves/ Centers/ NAR+Jacksonville/ WelcomeAboard/ CommandingOfficer/ default.htm "...Captain Craig R. Love was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania in 1953. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Technical University and a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. Prior to commissioning in 1980, he was enlisted in both the Air Force and later in the Navy. During his enlisted Navy career he was attached to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as a non-acoustic operator on the P-3C aircraft. After graduating from Aviation Officer Candidate School and Naval Flight Officer training, he reported to VP-24. In August 1984, he was selected for the Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) program. From 1985 to 1988, Captain Love was assigned to TSC NAS Bermuda. He served as Mission Control and Evaluation Officer responsible for the effective tactical employment of assigned U.S. and allied air and surfaces assets. In April 1988, Captain Love reported to Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a program manager and as the Deputy Reserve Program Director. He joined VP-62 in February 1989. While attached to VP-62, he was designated as a Naval Air Reserve Force P-3C UIII NATOPS evaluator and was selected by the Association of Naval Aviation as the 1990 Jacksonville Reserve Naval Flight Officer of the Year. Captain Love detached from VP-62 in May 1991 to join the staff of Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific. While attached to the wing he served as Operations Officer. It was during this tour he was selected to serve as a squadron Officer-in-Charge. He reported to VP-69 in July 1993 where he served as Officer-in-Charge from October 1993 to July 1995. In August 1995, he reported to CPW-11 as the Operational Support Officer. In July 1997, he reported to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations responsible for 19,000 Naval Air Reservists and over 250 aircraft. In September 1999, he was assigned as Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth. Captain Love reported back to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve in September 2001 where he was assigned as Chief of Staff. Captain Love has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various unit awards. Captain Love assumed command of Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville on June 12, 2004..." [25APR2005]

LOVE, AXC(AC) William R. (Bill) Jr. Retired Shipmate Pix bilbiker@suscom-maine.net"...I joined VP-34 in July 1949 as an AOAN straight out of AO(A) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. We were in NAS Norfolk, Virginia at Breezy Point in hangar SP-31. We had 9 PBM-5E aircraft. The squadron had just finished transitioning from the PBY-6A and had changed designations from VP-AM-4 to VP-34. I went to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies with them and stayed in the squadron until 1953. Going from AOAN when I joined them to AO1 by the time that I transfered. I still remember a lot of good things about that outfit and recently received a picture from Norm Roinstad that was taken in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies of the "White Hats" in the Aviation Ordnance Division. After VP-34 I went to FAWTULANT, now VF-101 in Key West Fl. Then to VP-8 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Task Group Alfa, and Project Little Joe. Flew recovery missions for the "monkey in space" low orbit rides. Left there in Feb 1960 and went to VA-125 at NAS Moffett Field, California made AOC in September 1960 and moved to NAS Lemoore, California, when that base opened. Instructed "Light Jet Attack" A4 aircraft, Conventional Weapons loading and delivery. Changed my rate to AX on the first AX list and in 1963 went to VP-24 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as and AXC. Went through Task Group Delta (the best deal a sailor ever had) and left there in 1967 for VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. 1967 to 1970 VP-23. Changed rate to AWC on the first AW list, took over as the first AW Division Chief. Transitioned VP-23 from P-2 to P-3 A/C I flew Radio and we borrowed an F/E from Lovin' 11 until we got some qualified people. 1970 to 1971 FAETUATL Det NAS Brunswick, Maine, taught MAD, Radar and worked at Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School (SERE). 1971 to 1974 transferred to VP-8 when they moved up from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was their second AW division CPO. Quit flying in 1973 after 10,500 hours and 20 years in 8 different aircraft types and returned to AXC. I went to VP-26 as Night Maintenance CPO, then to First Lt. and left there in 1976 for "Shore Duty" Twilight Cruise. Assigned to the Counselling and Assistance Center at NAS Brunswick, Maine, as Leading Chief until I retired in July 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2002 | 18JAN2000]

LOVETT, Keith bklovett@hotmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Keflavik, Iceland AIMD from 1988-1991, and VP-24 from 1991-1993, including a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (November 1992 to April 1993). While at NAS Keflavik, Iceland, I helped provide support for VP-10, VP-11, VP-8, VP-44, VP-49, VP-56, and VP-24. I was an AT2 at time of discharge, April 1993..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT99 | Updated 26MAR98 | 06JAN98]

LUKE, AXC Jimmie Earl Retired jimluke38@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1965 to 1966. I was an AX1 flying as First Tech and MSR Operator on Crew 8 (LR-8). Our PPC was CDR Haley, Co-Pilot LT Wolf, NAV LT(jg) Tims, TACCO LT Gary Rinn and our Plane Captain was ADR1 Bosworth. I would like to hear from anyone that was in VP-24 during that time period. It was a good part of my Navy career. I served with VP-28 from 1967 to 1969. I was Chief on Check Crew then AV/Weps Division until I went back to NAS Millington, Tennessee. I made the Okinawa deplowment in 1968. I retired in 1979 as an AXC..." [BIO Updated 29NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2006 | 22JUN2001]

LYTLE, James bigshot454@hotmail.com "...Serving in the early 1970's was not as "cool" then, as it is now. However, the friends made, the sights seen, the lessons learned and the job done are every bit as important. Thanks to all my fellow Shipmates for the hard work, the great memories and the fun. Thanks to Uncle Sam for trusting a 19 year old kid with life keeping responsibilities. Jim Lytle NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1972-1975 and VP-24 1975-1976..." [02APR2002]


MADGETT, ATC(AW) Steve Retired BULLETT437@AOL.COM "...Served with VP-24 72-74, VP-45 77-80, 84-87, and VP-30 80-84. Saw some old friends here would like to see more..."

MAGALIS, CAPTAIN Rick Retired rmagalis@aol.com "...Enlisted 1963 to 1964, NAVCAD 1964 to 1965 (Commissioned and Winged December 1965), VP-24 from 1966 to 1968, Seaboard World Airlines 1968 to 1970, VP-30 1970 to 1974, USS Independence CV-62 ANav 1974 to 1976, Degree Completion Program 1976 to 1978, VP-44 1978 to 1981, PATWINGSLANT 1981, VT-31 1981 to 1983, COMFAIRKEF ASW Ops O 1983 to 1985, Naval War College 1985 to 1989, CO Rice University NROTC 1989 to 1991, Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., Royal Saudi Navy Program 1991 to present..." [30DEC98]

MAHL, Scottie sjmahl@alltel.net "...Served with VP-24 as a FE from 1992 to decom (1995). Had many interesting moments, both on the ground and in the air. I'd like to hear from the many people associated with those moments. what's up hippies from the past, "Gone Fishing"? PEACE..." [22MAR2000]

MALBON, Robert rmalbon@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1983-1985)..." [22JUL2011]

MALTRY, AD1 Jay Sr Retired maltry1@hotmail.com "...I was stationed at VP-24 "85-88" and VP-10 from "88-91" where I retired. I would like to hear from my old buddies who were stationed with me at the time. If you have any information on some of my old crew i would like to hear from them..." [14FEB2000]

MANN, AMSC J. R. Retired jrmshmsr@yahoo.com "...Entered the Navy on July 1959. I served with the USS Independence (CV-62), USS Antietam (CV-36), NAS Pensacola, Florida, B-School and FE School, VP-9 (1965 to 1968), VP-44, Recruiting Duty and VP-24 (1975 to 1979) FE Crew 7..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15MAR2009 | 07NOV2006]

MARKLAND, M. A. sonnykay@yahoo.com "...I served with VA(HM)-13 / VP-24 (09/1956-12/1959) and flew as ECM Operater..." [22SEP2012]

MASSA, Andy Shipmate Pix navyvp24@hotmail.com "...VP-24 is reunioning everyear. We need old, new and interested vets and former shipmates. This year we're meeting in St. Louis..."

MASTERS, Garrel De themarbleman@hotmail.com "...I was stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida with VP-24 from 1987-1989. I then served with HS-1 from 1989-1991. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that remembers me. Just email me and i'll try and get back with you..." [19NOV2001]

Memorial Picture "...MATTON, CAPTAIN W. G. History Thumbnail ...In February, 1941 Captain Matton received his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. After serving two years on USS WASHINGTON, he was awarded his Naval Aviator wings in November, 1943. Following a tour as a flight instructor, he became Executive Officer in 1945, of Photo Squadron 4 (VD-4) which was engaged in mapping operations of post World War II China. Captain Matton was later to serve as an intelligence officer on the staff of CINCLANTFLT, as Executive Officer of VP-24 and then to attend the U. S. Naval War College. In June, 1951 he commenced a tour of duty with the Central Intelligence Agency and then served as Executive Officer of the USS CORREGIDOR. In April, 1954 he took command of VP-5 which won the CNO Safety Award in fiscal year 1955. Captain Matton then went to the U. S. Naval Photographic Center as Executive Officer and to Commander, Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic as Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness. Captain Matton was on the faculty of the Armed Forces Staff College from 1960 to 1962. Captain Matton was Commanding Officer USS DENEBOLA from August 1962 to August 1963 and then Commanding Officer of the Naval Reconnaissance and Technical Support Center until December 1965. He was Commander FAW-2 from February 1966 until May 1967 and FAW-2 received the Navy Unit Commendation during this period. Prior to his retirement in 1968 he was Deputy Inspector General, CINCLANTFLT. Captain Matton died in July 1992..." WebSite: USS Denebola (AF-56) http://www.ussdenebola.org/CommandingOfficers/Commanding%20Officers.htm [24APR2007]

MAXWELL, CDR Pete Retired petermaxwell@cox.net "...I was in VP-22 from 1970-1973 and was very interested in Larry Forney's list of WestPac and Hawaii memories. I was in the right seat of the aircraft that did the emergency landing on Miyako Jima and share that and several other memories with him and others here at this great website. I was in VA-128, flying the TC-4's, 1976-1979, on the USS Midway 1979-1980, VP-30 as a flight instructor 1981-1982, VP-24 as the operations officer til mid 83, 2 years in the Pentagon, then took over VR-22, NS Rota, Spain, as a direct input CO in August 1985. My final tour was as the navigator on USS Eisenhower from late 1986 til 1988. My final 6 months in the Navy found me TAD to VA42 flying the TC-4C again so I could get current in the air again and become competative for an airline job. It worked-- I'm in my tenth year at Northwest Airlines flying the A-320 Airbus and loving life. I'll be in touch with several guys that I've found on this page. Would love to hear from some of my long lost Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | 27NOV98]

MAYERS, AMS1 Kimberly midget40@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-24 from 1988 to 1991. I was wondering if there are still some people around from then..." [19DEC99]

McCLANAHAN, Doug mccland@wsdot.wa.gov "...At the ripe ol' age of 20 I never thought I would be interested in my navy service once I left it. Time tends to change ones perspective. It is good to see so many of you having so much interest in your past. If any one served in VP-24 from 1984-1988 I would like to hear from you! By the way, I am looking for Randy Deville - he was a parachute rigger from the same era..."

McCAUSLAND, LTJG Orrin J [Deceased] c/o His Sister Barbara McCausland Peterson barbypete@home.com "...My brother Lt(jg) Orrin J McCausland was at NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1938-10/39 then stationed in San Diego until still in 1939 was sent to Honolulu HA. He flew PBYs with VP-24. In about June of 1941 he went to the new base at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and was there on Dec. 7, 1941, he was lost at sea in Dec. 1942. What I have is his letters from the time he left Minneapolis MN in 1938 telling us all about his days going through the sqd I to V-explaining all his flying and school work. Who would be interested in this bit of history? He explains all the sqd. flying from 3 to 9 planes. All the Ups and Downs-- some downs he liked so he got extra hours... troubles with learning the code-getting up to 22 wpm. Troubles with all the rainy days- night flying- he loved the big planes--sqd IV--how it felt to be catapulted- and how it worked..." [04FEB2001]

McCOMAS, AVCM Finis "Mac" Retired Shipmate Pix mcporet@newwavecomm.net "...Served with VA(HM)-13/VP-24 from 1957 to 1960 as ATAN, AT3, and AT2. Flew on Crew 1 with CDR Rau and LTjg Stan Harmon and then with Mr. Harmon with CDR Rau moved on. It's been a long time. Commissioned VP-30 1960 as an AT2 (and then AT1). I won the contest for designing the VP-30 patch (owls with mortarboards on and sub underneath), but the Walt Disney artists said it was too detailed to make a patch from. I won a $25 savings bond and a trip to St. Augustine with my wife and kids. I was a radar instructor for a lot of students that came through during the period of 1960-1963. I remember the two planes we lost (one with all hands and one with no casualties). Served in VP-5 as AX1 and AXC from late 1963 to 1967 and transitioned from P2's to P-3's. Definitely remember Chief's initiation for me set up by Chiefs Dietz and Warner. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1967. Mainly ran Night Check as Maintenance Control Chief...Served in VP-1 with 2 tours in Vietnam from 1971-74...Served as Maintenance Control Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor in VP-1 as AVCM. Finished career as instructor in Aircraft Maintenance Officers School at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee. Retired in 1975..." [PIX added 24JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 06SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV2001 | BIO Updated 24OCT2000 | 21OCT2000]

McDONOUGH, Bill Williemacs@aol.com "...VP-44 '77-'80, CAC 3, a couple of arduous BDA/LPLA split deployments, from Alphas to Charlies, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. What a blast! Great Shipmates and great leadership! VT-2 '80-'81, CVN-69 '82'-'84, CPW-5 '85-'86, VP-24 '87-'89, BUPERS Carrier Placement '90-'91, CO NAF Mildenhall '91-'92, XO/CO VT-3 '93-'95. Retired '96 and flying with Northwest Airlines ever since! What a life!..." [17DEC99]

McDOWELL, James R. jinapals57@yahoo.com "...I am going on 84 years of age and reminiscing about my Naval Experience. I thought about VP-732 / VP-731 where I served as a Naval Reservist. I experienced at a two week reservist experience some flight time and flew with Ed Kennedy in the BlackCats. What a experience. After almost two years of Reserve time I went Active Duty and served for a wee bit over 5 yrs. I attended "A" school at NAS Millington, Tennessee and extended training at NAS Norman, Oklahoma. I later had a Reunion with Ed Kennedy at the YANKEE AIRFORCE at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Run airport. As well as a lot of great vets and people and their stories. I was assigned NAS Chincoteague, Virginia to serve with VP-24 at that time flying the PB4Y-2 Privateer's at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. VP-24 was known at "Batmen" and Squadron Emblem symbolized the Bat Girl and parachuted Sony Buoy. We experimented with guided bomb. Bomb was cradled into a wing and tail section carrier and dropped (one from each wing) and guided or would seek target - no physical control. The weapon was called the "BAT". NAS Patuxent River, Maryland duty was mostly training and adapting. I attended ABC School at NAS Norfolk, Virginia Fire Fighting Training, qualified for CAC duty (Combat Air Crew) and wore my wings proudly. At NAS Patuxent River, Maryland the Privateer was phased out and we were then operating with a much more advanced aircraft the P2V Neptune, great aircraft. Just prior to moving into the P2V aircraft we had a tour of duty on the International Ice Patrol flying north out of NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. VP-24 lost a couple aircraft in the Artic - sad time. Weather could be horrific at times and was. But the little White Chapel on the hill did help!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19JUL2013 | 22DEC2000]

McINTYRE, LCDR William T. Retired lcdrbillm@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 (1969-1973) as an AW2 when I left for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)..." [06AUG2011]

McKEE, AEC Kent LKMCKEE@JUNO.COM "...I served with VP-30 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-1991 (DECOM), VP-24 from 1991-1993, and back to VP-30 from 1993-1996, BUPERS SDC Dallas, Tx, Commander Patrol and Reconnassaince Force Atlantic, Norfolk, VA. from December 1999 to August 2002, and currently onboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD3) Norfolk, VA as the lone P-3 Bubba. No perdiem here!..." [BIO Updated 01SEP2002 | 05MAY99]

McKEEVER, ADJ2 Walter P. dblbogey@lcix.net "...I was attached to VP-24 from December 1966 to June 1970 first as a mechanic and subsquently TAD to flight engineer school. After school I was assigned to the EX-Officers Crew 7 as second engineer and then to crew 1 as first engineer on the CO's crew. While serving in VP-24 I made two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. My most vivid memory of my entire tour was the search for the Scorpion. If Charley A. Mulligan ADJC is out there or anyone knows where he is, I would love to hear from him or anyone else that might remember me..." [17APR2000]

McLESTER, LT Bill Retired info@hobbycentralrc.com "...AXAN-AX2, ASWOC NS Rota, Spain 80-83, AX1 ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 83-85, ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily 85-87, ATC ASWOC NAS Moffett Field, California 87-90, PACFAST NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 90-91, NFO-NAVCOM VP-24 94-95, TACCO VP-5 95-98. NATTC 98-2000. Retired in Pensacola and opened a business. Lots of great memories, Bennies in Rota, Spain, Brass Nut in Keflavik, Iceland, Great deployments to Panama. Great to see lots of names from my two live in the Navy, my enlisted days in the WOC's and my NFO days in VP..." [09MAR2002]

McMAHON, Marty moos16@aol.com "...I served as a pilot in VP-24 from 1988 - 1991, deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I then served as an instructor at VP-30 until 1994. I completed my dept head tour in VP-16, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I reported to my current job as the Air Ops Officer in NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997..." [23DEC97]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...McMICHAEL, CPO Pelham Jackson "Jack" Retired...Sadly - I must report that my Dad, CPO Pelham Jackson McMICHAEL, passed away this morning around 8:30 a.m. Dad served with VP-81, attended school at NAS Banana River, Florida, VP-32, additional training at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, FAW-6, VS-32, FASRON-821, VC-9, FASRON-41, back to school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VA(HM)-13, VP-24 and back to school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Dad will be missed. Additional information on my Dad's services can be found on In Loving Memory - Pelham Jackson "Jack" McMichael - 5/1/1924 - 4/16/2011. My sister, Margaret, created a slide show on Daddy at: Pelham Jackson McMichael Video.." Contributed by Leila McMichael keela001@gmail.com [BIO Updated 15AUG2011 | 16APR2011]

McMICHAEL, CPO Pelham Jackson "Jack" Retired c/o Leila McMichael... Shipmate Pix...keela001@gmail.com "...7-9-41: Dad joined the Navy in Montgomery, AL. He was in Platoon 185 in boot camp under Chief P. E. Stein. He was in AMM School Class 16 under Chief Sweeney. He graduated circa 8-19-41 and went to A School to become an aircraft mechanic at AD3 rank. 12-7-41: Pearl Harbor was attacked and WWII began while he was still in school. 1-3-42: Dad joined VP-81 at NAS Key West, Florida working on PBY's. He had traveled by train 3-4 days to Homestead, FL, then by bus to Key West. His first job was with AP First Class Red Schiebler in the oxygen lab. 8-14-42: Dad went to NAS Banana River, Florida to train as a flight engineer on PBM's. Some pilots were training at the same time their crew was, but the crew assumed they already knew what they were doing. 11-10-42: Dad went by bus to NAS Norfolk, Virginia then to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by transport plane. He joined VP-32 in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba working on PBM aircraft. He bought a horse named Specks while there. From there he was sent to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies as a maintenance man in VP-53. They flew mostly PBY's instead of PBM's. Jack sailed on a destroyer from NAS Trinidad, British West Indies to Miami, FL through Torpedo Alley. Then he traveled by train to San Francisco by way of Chicago. 4-12-43: Dad was with VP-53 working on PBY 5 A's that could land on sea or land. Went to San Diego for flight to Hawaii, but he was taken off the plane to let a yeoman get on board to pay those there. Unfortunately the plane blew up on the trip, killing everyone on board. Jack did not find out what had happened until he was assigned to another crew, under LT Henry P. Gausman. Jack was a second class mechanic. Hank Gausman was a good pilot and saved his crew's lives more than once through his piloting skills. Jack also had high praise for the plane captain, M. P. Martin, who always made sure the fuel line clamp from the pump was tightened down before every flight. [My father wanted to add a excerpt from his autobiography at this point. He wrote: We flew [from Heilo] to Kaneohe and landed in the bay there. The pilot brought the plane up to the beach and the beach crew put temporary wheels on it and pulled us up on the ramp. We left the plane and found a place to stay in the barracks. The next day when we came down, we found they'd taken the wheels out of the plane and put them on, so now we could take off and touch down on either land or water. They issued each of us a pistol with a shoulder holster. I got a 38 pistol with 5 rounds. I said, "Man, 5 rounds ain't much to go fight a war with." He said that was all they had. They couldn't send regular ball ammunition out there, it had to be metal jacketed because that was international law of warfare. The ordinance man got a machine gun. The next day we took off for Johnson Island. When we landed there, they gassed us up. I noticed they had lots of mosquitoes there. I said to the man gassing us up, "You've got some big mosquitoes here." He said, "Yes, one of them landed yesterday and I put 180 gallons in it before I found out that it was a mosquito!" I said, "Oh NO!!" We took off from Johnson Island and flew for a good while before we got to Palmala Island where we landed and were gassed up again, and took off for Canton Island. From Canton Island we gassed up and flew to Phune Phune Island. We were there three days. I dug myself a fox hole as soon as I could. Some laughed at me, but as stated earlier, my mother didn't raise a fool. They told us to go flying and we took off and were gone a long time on patrol. It was after dark when we got back and while landing, I noticed that there was a military jeep running alongside of us. I raised the hatch and asked, "What's the matter?" "He said, "Were under attack! Put that plane into revetment and get into your fox hole!" I told the pilot and he quickly guided the plane into a revetment, and we all jumped out and ran for our fox holes. I couldn't get into mine because it was full of people! I said, "This is my damn fox hole, get the hell out or move over or something!" I had dug the fox hole 6 feet long and 3 feet deep and 3 feet wide. I had intended lying down in it. There were about 5 or 6 men squatting in it, and I wiggled down in there beside them. The Japanese came over and started bombing. One plane dropped 4 bombs and scored on 4 planes including ours which we had just gotten out of moments before. Our plane was blown to pieces. The Japanese bomber knew just how far apart those revetments were and he set his invelometer to drop a bomb exactly in the center of each one of them. All he had to do was hit the center of the first one and the other bombs automatically fell in the right place. It scared the devil out of me and when it was all over, we went back around the revetment to survey the damage. Our plane was just a pile of metal. The gas tank had blown up and burned everything. I picked up a piece of the propeller, put it in my pocket. I still have it today. The ordinance man said, "Boy I wish I had thought about grabbing that machine gun." He was like the rest of us and got out so fast that he didn't think about it.] Daddy added that the PBY's had to go out at night because they flew so slow that sometimes they could get shot down. To avoid being shot down at night, they ran the right engine 200 rpms slower than other. That would throw the Japanese "big ears" off and they would miss on the right. He said that they eventually lost 9 aircraft of the 15 they had. They lost so many planes his squadron was replaced with another. They flew back to Kaneohe Island in Hawaii and turned in their guns. He returned the same 5 rounds of ammo he was issued and was really glad he didn't have to use them. 7-2-44: From MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii Jack was put on U.S.S. Barnes, an aircraft carrier to NAS Alameda, California. From there took a train, then a bus to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington where the squadron was reforming. Transferred to FASRON. 4-15-45: Dad was a student in NAS Norman, Oklahoma, for Combat Air Crew (CAC) "B" school. 7-4-45: Dad went to Naval Air Gunnery School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He was trained on 3 different machine guns: 30, 50 caliber and 20 millimeter. 8-4-45: Dad was transferred to the NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he joined FAW-6. He was put on the PBY planes. Successfully tested for and became first class. Because of illness, he was made Master of Arms in the barracks. 12-31-46: WWII officially ended. 5-10-47: Jack's time was up and he left to try civilian life. 7-4-49: Dad re-entered the Navy in Montgomery, AL. Would not let him come back in as first class, so he re-entered as second class. Sent to Naval Operating Base in Charleston, SC on permanent shore patrol. 8-30-49: Dad transferred to VS-32 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia working on TBM's (torpedo bomber by Martin). He had only worked on seaplanes, but he had to learn about this carrier plane fast. Became first class again and the Commander's plane captain. Met Gene Manken from Washington state. While there he met Lavelle Estes, his future wife. He married her on August 4, 1950. April 1951 the squadron transferred to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. From 9-51 to 11-51 he served on the U.S.S. Antietam on its Mediterranean cruise. He was hanger deck Petty Officer. They visited Gibraltar. 2-19-52: They went on cruise to Puerto Rico which lasted to March of the same year. The U.S.S. Oriskany had to go around the Horn because it was too wide for the Panama Canal. They offered the men to serve on board during the journey, but warned them it would be hazardous. They stopped at Guantanamo Bay, where he found out that his horse Specks had died. On 6-16-52: Dad was initiated into the reign of Neptune Rex. The trip around the Horn was dangerous. They had welders working night and day repairing the ship. After they made it around the horn safely, he got his Mossback card on 6-29-52. 10-31-52: Dad was in FASRON-821 in NAS Sanford, Florida. 1-5-53: Dad's first child was born, daughter, Leila Melinda, in Orlando, FL at the Air Force Base. 6-10-53: Dad was in VC-9 in NAS Sanford, Florida, AJ Squadron working on atomic bombers. They used reciprocating engines to deliver payload and jet engine to escape. They went on a cruise to the Azores. 3-15-54: During that trip second daughter, Rebecca Ann, was born in Orlando, FL at the Air Force Base. 6-28-54: Dad was in FASRON-41 (formerly FASRON-821) NAS Sanford, Florida. 12-5-54: Dad was in VS-26 working on S2F's at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. These were carrier-based submarine hunter/killer aircraft by Grumman. 11-31-55: Dad went to Electronics "A" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Afterwards he transferred to Mech "B" School. 3-10-56: Dad's third daughter, Margaret Jean, was born in Memphis, TN. Afterwards Dad was transferred to NAS Chincoteague, Virginia where VA(HM)-13 became VP-24. 10-17-56: Dad was in VP-24 working on P2V's These were land-based aircraft with both reciprocating and jet engines by Lockheed. Some were adapted for flight off carriers. VP-24 went on a cruise to Malta for 5 months. 5-3-59: Dad was deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. 8-28-59: Dad's fourth child, a son, Philip Jackson, born in Blowing Rock, NC. 10-4-59: Dad went back to NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. 1-5-60: Dad went to AD "B" Instructor's School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. From 2-12-60 he taught airplane mechanics on both jet and reciprocating engines. January 1961 he took the test to be a Chief Petty Officer. Went to Chief leadership school 3-1-61 in Pensacola, FL. He remembers James A. Mann, an officer. 6-1-61: Dad returned to NAS Memphis, Tennessee as an instructor. Taught until 4-1-63 when he retired and went into the U.S. Naval Reserve where he served 10 years. Served as Caldwell County's Veterans Service Officer (in Lenoir, North Carolina) from 1966 to 1977. 3-22-82: Dad's first wife "Val" died of pancreatic cancer. 2-28-87: Dad married second wife, Billie Sue Barlow McMichael. She takes good care of him. Jack McMichael is a member of the American Legion Post 29; VFW Post 5381; Disabled Veterans of America, Chapter 6; Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 60; The Retired Enlisted Association; Nat'l Association for Uniformed Services; The National Chief Petty Officers Association; and the PBY Catalina International Association, to name a few..." [19SEP2010]

MEANS, AX2 Bobby Joe "BJ" bobbym1@swbell.net "...I joined VP-24 in late Dec. 1962. I was a Jez operator on Crew 8 and later on Crew 4. I was a AX-2. I was discharged in Feb. 1966. I really enjoyed my tour in VP-24. I hope to make one of the Reunions in the future..." [BIO Updated 20NOV2010 | 18JUN2010]

MEEK, CPO Michael Kevin meek_53@hotmail.com "...I served with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) at MCAS El Toro, California from 1990 to 1992, VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1990, VP-24 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas from 1982 to 1985, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1976 to 1982 and VFP-63 at NAS Miramar, California from 1972 to 1976. Retired Moved to Lake Havasu Az. Became a Health inspector for t Mophave County Looking to reitre the second time around 2 years to go. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 14APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2009 | 29AUG2001]

MENSEN, ADCS Scott Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 2001 porsche413@aol.com "...I joined the Naval Air Reserves in Dec 1972 on the delayed entry program. Just two weeks out of high school and after a short Reserve boot camp in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I completed T-56 "I" level repair training and was sent to AIMD NS Rota, Spain where I spent two years in the shop as well as at the jet test cell (and 6 mos in the crash crew), while in NS Rota, Spain I completed training for a Private Pilots License and flew all over southern Spain in the flying club's two Cherokees, 150's and the T-34. It was a great time for a young teenager living off base and touring around Spain. I spent many a weekend in Torremolinos, or at the various Ferias. I joined the Navy with the desire to fly and when my time was up in Spain I was given orders to Second Mech training at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California and then across the runways to VP-46 where I deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1976 ( back to 31 for FE trng.) and later NAS Misawa, Japan in 1979, both great deployments with a lot of flying and a lot of traveling to other countries, P.I., Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong , Australia, Indonesia, and many more. In 1980 I moved to the other coast with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and low and behold my next deployment took me back to the Pacific with the first 2 + months of the NAS Bermuda deployment in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and various points in that AOR. In 1982 I moved across the street to VP-30 as an FE Instructor doing Alt NATOPS and Fleet IUT. I missed WestPac though and in '85 transferred to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and to VP-6, my first deployment there in '86 to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the pinnacle of deployments especially since I had become a CPO by that time. You can't top being a CPO in Cubi!! The next VP-6 deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska and that was obviously the payback for a great NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment, it sucked really bad and the only good thing was the dets to Elmendorf for training flights, Chillkoots is da bomb!! In '88 I got my wish to go to Special Projects (VPU-2) and that is the best place to be as an FE! I spent the next 5 years there and felt like I was stationed in NAS Misawa, Japan and made frequent dets to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We spent Christmas and New Years in NSA Bahrain during the Gulf war in 90/91. In '93 I left Hawaii for NAS Jacksonville, Florida again, this time in VP-30 as the FE Airlant Evaluator and then with the decommissioning of VP-31 we became the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation team, It was a great job and I really met a lot of people but I missed WestPac so at the end of the tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VPU-2. Shortly after checking in I found myself at Entebbe, Uganda during the Ruwandan refugee crisis, followed the next year with a NAS Sigonella, Sicily det flying over Bosnia and then a year and a half later in NAS Sigonella, Sicily again for Kosovo, this time with the whole squadron! In between were many dets to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSA Bahrain and a lot of Utaphao Thailand stopovers. In Oct. 2000 I completed my last det and in May 2001 I flew my last P-3 flight which put me at 25 years to the day and 14,050 flight hours, and 28 years of Naval Service. During my terminal leave I accepted a position with Hawaiian Airlines in the pilot training department as a DC-10 ground school instructor. In late 2002 we transitioned to the B-767 and taught all of the various pilot ground school classes on that aircraft. In 2007 I moved to the Safety department at Hawaiian as a Flight Safety Analyst for which I manage the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). My wife and I are still living in Kapolei, Hawaii. Any old squadron mates please drop me an email, I love to hear from old friends. Mahalo..." [BIO Updated 27JAN2014 | BIO/Pix Updated 04FEB2007 | BIO Updated 15OCT2001 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

MESSER, Randall S. rmesser@lsijax.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (1983 to 1985), VP-26 (1985 to 1988), VXN-8 (1988 to 1991), VP-24 (1992 to 1995), VQ-1 (1995 to 1997), Naval Research Lab (1998 to 2000) and VP-16 (2000 to 2002). I am now retired and working with LSI as a P-3 Enlisted Aircrew/Maintenance SME..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2001 | 22OCT98]

MEZYNSKI, AK John mezynskijohn@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 (1976-1978)..." [30APR2014]

MIKE, Jim jmike@zoominternet.net "...I attended AE "A" school (1972) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VR-1 (01/1975-05/1975) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 17AUG2011 | 29DEC99]

MILBURN, Albert L. post6473@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1961 to 1963 and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland twice and enjoyed both times. The first was during the summer and the other was during the winter. Boy, what an experience that was. On one of our deployments to Iceland (I don't remember which one) we were approaching the Island we flew over an erupting volcano. What a sight that was. During the "Cuban Crisis" we were flying ASW missions out of Antigua and Panama. And believe me when I say there were Russian ships carrying missile's toward Cuba. I personally saw them. We releived VP-18 in September 1962 in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I remembered that..." [05JUL99]

MILLER, AMS1 Charles P. Retired MillercharlieM@cs.com "...Assigned to VP-30 from 1960 to 1963 (plank owner). Served in VP-10, NAS Brunswick, Maine 1963 to 1966. Attended F4 Phantom maint school at NAS Miramar and then assigned to NAS Atsugi, Japan until 1970. Attended P-3 Flight Engineer school in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Assigned to VP-24 from 1970 to 1974. Because I was a short timer and VP-24 was deploying I transferred to VP-56 and retired from there. I would like to make a short comment about the outstanding job that VP-30 performs. While in VP-30 it was routine to repack landing gear struts and a daily chore changing tires. After being assinged to operational squadrons I cannot remember repacking a main landing gear strut, maby a nost strut once in a while, and tire changes were very few. I think this says it all for a training outfit..." [16FEB2002]

MILLER, Doug appa@bellsouth.net "...Started in the P5s with VP-50 (1965 - 1968) and made it to the P-3. Went from VP-50 to VP-31 (1968 - 1971) and at same time switched from AMS to AW so I could keep flying. In 1971 transferred to VP-19 and stayed there until 1975 at which time I joined FASO DET MOFFETT (good shore duty) and screwed up and went to the other navy (East Coast VP-24) 1978 to 1981. Spent my time and finally transferred back West to NAVPRO Lockheed which was a great tour (because I reitred from there). Now working Lockheed Georgia (after California shut down). Would be glad to hear from some of the old gang..." [27AUG98]

MILLER, Edward emiller3@cox.net "...I served in VP-24 from December 1976 to May of 1980 where I left as a qualified 2nd FE under ADCS Pappy Nansteel..." [20FEB2006]

MILLER, AVCM Michael E. Retired melisahe@netzero.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1966 to 1968 (AX Crew 4 Jezz 0perator), AW "A" School in 1968, VP-66 from 1970 to 1975, NARDET NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1975 to 1977, VP-64 from 1977 to 1979 and retired from VA-204 in 1983 as an AVCM selectee..." [13FEB2010]

MILLER, AWC/AEC Robert W. Retired rwmljm@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (1968-1964) and flew with Crew-6 and Crew-8. I retired 1976..." [07APR2013]

MINNIS, CW04 Jessie C. Retired sueminnis@aol.com "...Served with VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine 10/63-10/66. Previously VP-16, Plank owner VP-30. After VP-10 served in AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Supporting the local VP's made W-1 there, followed by duty in VP-24. Later to HM-12 Then the Naval Safety Center and retired from VAW-126 as a CWO4. Have been retired since 01/01/82. Love it..." [29JAN2002]

MITTS, Denny Earl dennyemitts@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida fron October 1961 to October 1963. I was a plane captain on the west line, assisting in preflight inspections, refueling, etc. I've always wanted a picture of one of the T-28's from the west line (like 308 or 400). Be nice if there was a way I could get a nice one. In October 1963 I was transfered to VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I worked mainly in maintenance control, taking care of aircraft logs, sending out work orders to the respective shops, airframes, avionics, electric shop, etc. When the work (that had downed the aircraft) was done and the paperwork was returned to me, I was then able to place the aircraft in the up position on the ready board (green tag). The P2V-7 Neptune was a beautiful aircraft. On ocasions I was able to fly as part of the flight crew, usually as bow observer. Never could get the camera to work fast enough on a pass though. What a ride it was, sitting in the nose, cuttin through the clouds. I guess one of the things I was proud of was we were the only squadron that still had a woman in the emblem, the Bat Laddie. Sharp. While I was there, we flew coal road out of Island, Norway. I flew with the crew of LR-6. LCDR Fromer was a great pilot. I served with VP-24 until March 1965, when my inlistment was up for active duty. I've always regreted not shipping over. The P2V-7 Neptune was one of the greatist planes ever. I often wonder what ever happened to all my Shipmates. I've not been able to contact any of them but one. Perhaps some will read this, and say, Al Yea, I remember Mitts. I'm 62 now but I'll never forget the times we had there..." [18NOV2006]

MOERSCHEL, Neal moerschel@hotmail.com "...I also was attached to VP-24 as an Air Intelligence Officer from 1953 to 1955...In May 1955, I was reassigned to FAETULANT in NAS Norfolk, Virginia where I stayed until August 1956 moving back into civilian life after that. But there is no doubt about it, I have missed the Navy life. I was privileged to serve with many fine officers and men of VP-24 in those years. To name a few: LCDR Jess Farr, LCDR Bernie Batchelder, CDR Bernie Joy, LTJG Ralph Maskell, LTJG Marty Long, LTJG Dick Vos, LTJG Pat Gigliotti, LTJG Bob Latta, LT Dick Scott (Naval Academy football All American), LT Fred Gambke (Naval Academy football), LT Howie Meyer, LTJG Gene Sich, W.A. Walsh, ADC, A.W. Sefick, AN, W.M. Bryant, PR1 and more..." [30MAY2000]

MOLINARI, James R. jmolinrnl@aol.com "...I served with AOCS Class 13-90 from May 9, 1990 to August 24, 1990, VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from August 90 to August 1991, VT-31 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from September 1991 to April 1992, Wings of Gold February 14, 1992, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1992 to September 1992, VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1992 to March 1995, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from March 1995 to October 1996, DLI Washington from October 1996 to May 1997; Dutch PEP tour with VSQ-320 and VSQ-321 from June 1997 to December 1999, VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 2000 to May 2002, American Eagle Airlines from March 2000 to November 2000, Delta Airlines from March 2001 to November 2001; and furloughed November 1, 2001. Returned to active duty (Air Force this time) from May 2002 to present (452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA.)..." [BIO Updated 17MAY2004 | 15SEP2000]

MONROE, Bill billmonroe@suscom-maine.net "...Photo of SP-2E BUNO: 131488 (Incorrectly identified as an SP-2H) on the VP-26 page shows her in the light grey livery. 131488 carried the side number LK-2 during the period May 1963 to October 1964 while our superb Crew 2 and I accumulated about 650 hours in her while I was the PPC , much of the hours in the Med, operating out of NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Athens and many other locations. During those very enjoyable months with a fine crew, she wore the dark blue and white top paint job. I have a picture of her hanging on my office wall with me in the left seat and our outstanding AO Molnar in the aft station window, taken over Maine. I re-enlisted our radioman, John Coles, currently retired and living in Lexington Park, in flight during a patrol over the North Atlantic, during which he announced over the intercom that President Kennedy had been shot. My wife and I retired here to Harpswell, right under the base leg to the BNAS north runway with these clunky new P-3s passing overhead to keep the memories alive. Would like to hear from anyone that was on our crew, or in VP-26, during those years - or in VAHM-13/VP-24 from 1956 through 1958..." [04JUN2001]

MOORE, ADR2 James W. jwbaz@hotmail.com "...Was attached to VR-1 from fall of 60 to Aug of 63. Went to AEWBARONPAC Midway Island for a year. Went to rag VP at NORIS, on to VP-50 for three tours in P5M out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines, & Nam. Onto NORIS at VC-5 (skeet for the fleet), to NS Subic Bay, Philippines Crete Greece for a year, then to VP-24 until Sept of 74. Wish to hear from some of the people I have served with..." [02FEB2001]

MORROW, Steve jmorrow11@charter.net "...I served with VP-24 from 1978 to 1982..." [14MAR2009]

Memorial Picture "...MOSELY, AFCM Dennis R...AFCM Dennis R. Mosely, 58, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2004. Master Chief Mosely retired from the US Navy after 32 years of service as a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran. A reserve officer with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Dennis was the Service Manager for River's Bus & RV and a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Luella M. Mosely; sons, Greg Mosely (Teresa), AMC Bill Mosely (Jenny) & Chuck Mosely (Amanda); brothers, CDR Charles Mosely (Mary Ann) & Michael Mosely and grandchildren, Amber (Clay), Shelby, Charlie, Hayley, Andrew & Adam. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, December 27, 2004 at Lake Shore Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Mouzon officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@access4less.net [27DEC2004]

Memorial Picture "...MOUNT, Carl Jr...MOUNT CARL "CHUCK" and "SPUD" KOERNER MOUNT, JR. died July 20, 2003 in Kendal Lakes, Miami, Florida. He was born May 31, 1935 in Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston in 1960. He served in the U.S. Navy in Naval Aviation Squadron Twenty Four, where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant. Spud joined Eastern Airlines in 1963 and in 1967 was based in Miami where he had lived for the past 33 years. In 1989 he retired from Eastern as a Captain. He is survived by his sons, Bryan Mount and Michael Mount; grandchildren, Kirsten Mount and Selina Mount; his mother, Cleo Lawson Mount; his brother, Charles Mount; and a sister, Sue Tinder. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, Westheimer at Dairy Ashford, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery..." COntributed by Andy Massa navyvp24@hotmail.com [01NOV2003]

MUELLER, Bill sangleykid@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1966-1968. NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Saigon and MCAS Iwakuni, Japan - the best times of my life. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (no comment). Does anyone know the whereabouts of Tom Yuengling, Jim Bynum or Lt. Bruce Bergondy?..." [31OCT2001]

MUIR, CDR Greg "Big Daddy" gmuir@cox.net "...I began my VP career after serving as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS Estocin (FFG-15) and USS Lexington (AVT-16). I completed tours in VP-24, CPW-11, and VP-16. I am currently the Senior Naval Advisor to the Commander of HQ NORAD Western Sector at McChord AFB, WA. I am slated for the Safety Officer job onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). I report to Carl Vinson in May 99...Currently am completing assignment as Safety Officer in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Will report to next assignment, Naval Safety Center, in May 2001. VP was the best, Smakum-Yakum! - Completed my tour at the Naval Safety Center in June 04...transferred to CTF-84 in June 04 and am now serving as the N5...back in ASW, my new job has me running the Atlantic Fleet ASW Exercise Smart Search..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JAN2005 | BIO Updated 02FEB2001 | 22MAY98]

MULLANE, AME1 Robert Retired rmullane@mci2000.com "...Served in VP-24 from 1976 to 1986. Made serveral NAS Bermuda and Iceland trips. Went to VP-1 in 1989 and found a place worse than Iceland for snow NAS Adak, Alaska and Japan! Drop a line if ya want..." [25FEB98]

MULLIGAN, ADJC Charles Retired camull916@msn.com "...Served at COMFAIR NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1965 to 1967. I was an instuctor at the Career Counselling School at this time (ADR2). I'm interesting in hearing from AMS1 Tom Thompson, AMSC Weakley and PN1 Darrel Brock. That was some good liberty at the "QI" (Embers Lounge - The Red Barn). I also tended Bar at the Acey Duce at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, Acey Duce at Davisville, and the Officer's Club at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1967 I left for VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I made ADJ1 in the Aircraft Division and flew as 2nd Engineer. In 1971 I was assigned to NAVAIR NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I made ADJC in 1972. I managed MRC's for A4/A7 Airframe/Engines. In 1974 I was assigned to VAW-126 aboard the USS Constellation. I retired in 1977. God Bless America..." [28SEP2004]

MURPHY, IS3 Jamie 7murphys@bellsouth.net "...I was an IS3 in VP-24 from 1993 to 1995. I was on the last deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Would love to hear from my old softball Shipmates..." [17JAN2007]

MYERS, AMS1 Mike Retired karaoksngr1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-1 fron 1976 to 1979, VP-30 from 1980 to 1982, VP-5 from 1982 to 1989 and VP-24 1992 to 1995. I retired as an AMS-1 in August 1995. Would like to talk to any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2009 | 18FEB2001]


NANSTEEL, ADCS(AC) Robert L. "Pappy" Retired bobgert1@netins.net "...Shipmates (fellow Bat Men). AHOY from the "Original OLD BAT", and I have a big red easy chair to prove that title. I was best known as PAPPY NANSTEEL, my given name is Robert L. Nansteel ADCS(AC) U.S.N. Ret.. retired from VP-24 in May of '79 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. At retirement I had logged 12,000+ total flight hrs. 5,000+ hrs. in P-3B/C A/C,, 3,000+ hrs.in C-130E A/C, 2,200+ hrs. in P2V-7 A/C, 1,200+ hrs. in C-118 A/C, Instructor/Examiner qualified in all of them. The remainder of flight time in various naval aircraft (i.e, UF-1, AD-5W, F3D-2T2, R4D, JRF-4, SNB/JRB-5, etc.) and a few others I'd just as soon forget. All of them however were single wingers. My naval duties were as follows: Great Lakes Boot Co. # 389, OCT. '48--NAS Flight Operations, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. JAN.'49--VF-921/84 OCT.'51 with cruises on the U.S.S. Tarawa, Antietem, Lake Champlain, and Bennington.--O&R Flight Test NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island AUG. '54--Mobile FASRON-121 Chinco. VA. SEPT. '56--VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida APRIL '59--VR-6 McGuire AFB NJ. MAY '62--VR-3 McGuire AFB NJ. NOV.'62--VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland July '67--VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland & NAS Jacksonville, Florida until retirement in May '79--Retired in Hanger 1000 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Held Full Dress Inspection, piped over the side by ABH-1 Lanier, Side Boys ADCS Bayless, Burris, & Bell, AMCS Cannady, & Espinosa, AWCS Williams, AXCS Boatright, & ATCS Denny. Any names sound familiar? Thank you all for a very touching day. Fair winds and following seas to all. Hope to see some of you at E-Mail..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2005 | 19FEB2000]

NELMS, ADCS Melvin E.(Gene) Retired skyhawk3@bellsouth.net "...I served in VP-16 (1975-78), VP-30 (1978-81), VP-24 (1981-84) and COMPATWING ELEVEN from 1984-88..." [26JUL98]

NELSON, AD2 Jack jncnelson8@charter.net "...I served with VP-24 (12/1972-12/1975) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (2), NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda to mention a few. Looking for ABH3 Ricky Bridge and ABH3 Weyman Craig and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11JAN2013 | 15FEB2001]

NEUBAUER, B. F. "Bud" bneub@hctc.net "...I served with VP-24 (1969-1972), VP-5 (1973-1978), VP-30 (1978-1981) and retired. I went to work as a P-3 Resident Manager for Lockheed at Brunswick until retirement again. I now live in Texas..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2012 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 07OCT2000 | 26SEP97]

Memorial Picture "...NEWELL, CAPTAIN Dale S...My Dad, Captain Dale S. Newell, retired from NAS Atlanta, Georgia in October 1961. Dad was flying the PBY with VP-24 out of Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Dad flew in the Pacific during the entire war. Please email me if anyone has any info about my Dad. Thanks. Fred T. Newell bayonet@c-gate.net..." [28FEB2009]

NORTON, ADC(AW) Jim j_norton88@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1988 to 1993, VF-101 "GrimReapers" from 1993 to 1996, VP-10 from 1996 to September 2002, and OMD NAS Brunswick, Maine where we perform Search and Rescue for NAS Brunswick, Maine and the state of Maine until 2006. See a lot of old Shipmates I worked with. Drop me a line, would like to hear from ya..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08DEC2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 04MAY2002 | E-Mail Updated 05SEP2000 | 27MAR99]

NORTON, AXC Tommy Retired tnorton6@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-49 (Woodpeckers). Retired October 1975 from VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Made the 1974 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment and the 1975 NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip. Enjoyed my surfing trip back to memory lane today. Found Earl Delfel, Al Evans, Capt Howie Rundell, and Eddie Wells listed here. Lots of GOOD GUYS still around!! Also spent a very good year with VP-24 in 1960. PS That I'm final really retired as of May 2003..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 08JAN2003 | 22OCT99]

NOVAK, CAPTAIN Bob bnovak3478@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (February 1981 to February 1984), VX-1 (1988 to 1990), VP-44 (1990 to 1991), VP-26 (1991 to 1992) and NAVAIR and the test world since 1992. I will be closing out on 30 years in Naval Aviation -- retire 01 JUL 08. It has been a great ride..." [15APR2008]

NUYEN, AT1 (AW\NAC) Jim jnuyen@poconos-online.com "...First two tours were with VR-1 and RVAW-120, both in Norfolk. Then went Guard Three to IFT school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Was in VP-24 (CAC 9) from 1980-1986. Transfered to NADC Warminster, PA (now located at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland). From NADC to VP-11 (CAC 6 "The crew from Hell") in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Final shore tour at COMPATWING FIVE Special Projects. I currently teach NJROTC at Passaic High School in Passaic, NJ. Live in the Pocono's in Broadheadsville, PA..." [17JAN98] [ICQ# 6775847]


ORSKEY, HMC (AW/SW/FMF) Dave orskey@pilot.infi.net "...I was a BATMAN from 1989-92. VP-24 was the best tour of duty I've had in the past 18 years. Since leaving the BATMEN I've been stationed at NAWC NAF Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pennsylvania, 2D Marine Aircraft Wing New River NC, and now on the oldest amphib in the Navy, the USS AUSTIN. I see many names of my squadron mates from my tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. As bad as many of you think NAS Sigonella, Sicily is, try the jungles of El Salvador or worse, the AUSTIN! Looking forward to hearing from those I served with, have bumped into many more across the globe. Sure miss the great times of the VP-Navy, jungle juice, beer bongs and toga parties, Tailhook had nothing on the deployments! (HA-HA)..." [11APR99]

OSTERHOUDT, AMS2 (AW/NAC) Kyle big_apple31@hotmail.com "...VP-24 was my first squadron. I was one of the Batmen from May 1991 to December 1994. I made two NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments and a NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment there as a dreaded FEAP. I spent four years (1994 - 1998) in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-9 Golden Eagles. (The west coast deployments are much better). Now I'm back on the east coast, still an FE, and flying with NRL in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm still proud to say that I was one of the Batmen. What are you up to Scotty Mahl, Tommy South, Phil Carlucci, etc.?..." [23APR99]

OZANICH, Mark mozanich@webtv.net "...I was stationed with the (VP-24) Batmen from June 1979 to December 1980. Had the good pleasure of making one deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from October thru March. Retired from the Navy in 1994. HMC O sends best regards to all Batmen!..." [17AUG2001]


PACALO, CAPTAIN Nicholas Retired Safetynick@aol.com "...I served as a pilot in VP-24 (redesignated VA(HM)-13 at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia and NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1956-1960) flying as PPC of Crew-6 NAS Norfolk. I flew the P2V-6M/5F/7 and P2V-2/3 while in Advanced Flight Training at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas (1956). I was also the writer of Grampaw Pettibone (1971-1977) while attached to the CNO..." [BIO Updated 15MAY2013 | 18NOV99]

PARKER, Kenneth F. kfsbpark@gmail.com "...I served with VP-56 (02/1969-07/1972) and VP-24 (09/1975-10/1978). I crewed as a P-3C IFT with over 2500 hours flight time..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2014 | 02JAN97]

PATTERSON, CDR Robert "Bob" Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1991 bpatters1950@verizon.net "...Attended Avionics School (for future ATs and AEs - I became an AT) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1968), HT-8 at NAS Pensacola, Florida, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and was accepted to the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). I attended the Naval Academy Prep school in Bainbridge, MD before attending NC State in Raleigh, NC (1971-1974), graduating with a BS in Computer Sciences, received my commission and completed NFO Flight School. I then served with VP-24 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments toNAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey where I obtained a MS in Systems Technology (1979-1982), ASWOC at NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1984), Instructor Duty (Math Dept) at the US Naval Academy (1986) and VP-24 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. During the NAS Bermuda deployment my crew, with PPC Earl Byers, CDR (Ret) and Chris Ames ADM (Ret), was launched on a SAR effort in which they located a shipwrecked lady, Ms. BJ Watkins, several hundred miles north of the island. We were able to coordinate with a cargo ship, the Charolette Lyke, to have her spotted and rescued (SEE: VP-24 SAR Rescue of BJ Watkins 1988). Shortly after returning from NAS Bermuda in 1988 I received orders to the new US Transportation Command as Software Development Branch Chief until I retired in 1992. After leaving the Navy - I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (20+ years) and now with Mantech, International Corp at Aberdeen Proving Grounds supporting the US Army's Software Engineering Center..." [05DEC2013]

PATTERSON, AW1(AW) Tim Retired tmp0654@bellsouth.net "...I served with Search and Rescue at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1972-1976), HS-3 (1977-1978) aboard the USS Forrestal (CV-59) in 1978, VP-56 (05/1979-09/1982) flying with CAC-7, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) (11/1982-12/1985) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-24 (12/1985-10/1989) flying with CAC-8 and Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) at Naval Station Mayport, FL (10/1989-12/1992). I then retired in December 1992 and residing in the Jacksonville area..." [02OCT2013]

PENDLETON, AO2 Morriss A. mpendleton@sextonconstruction.com "...Service with HA(L)-3 (Seawolves) 67-68 as crew chief and door gunner. VP-24 69-70 as flying AO one crew one with CDR Martini's crew..." [03JAN2002]

PETERSON, ALLAN B. (PETE) ABPETE@JUNO.COM "...I served in VP-26 from June, 1949 until October 1953. The squadron was in Port Lyautey when I joined it and then went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where we transitioned to the P-2V2 from the PB4Y2. We went to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1952. I was an AEAN when I joined the squadron and AE1 when I left in 1953. It was a great tour of duty. I also served in VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-24 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia during my 20 year career in the Navy..." [12JAN98]

PHILLIPS, AE2 Donald L. taurus.33@live.com "...I served with VP-24 (Aircraft #12) from 1954 to 1956. Are ther any crew members still around?..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26APR2008 | 24AUG99]

PIATT, Bud dp418@iopener.net "...Served in VP-24 from Jan. '49 to May, '52. NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Malta. Big Christmas in Malta '51. Anyone remember?..." [14AUG2001]

PILKENTON, H. R. (Pinky) pilk07@webtv.net "...I was an AD1 on crew 3 in PB4Y2's and Crew 1 in P2V-6's. During part of my tour (53-56) VP-24 was designated VA(HM)-13. Enjoyed one deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and two to Halfar Malta & Port Lyautey. During my next tour at NAS Pensacola I was promoted to ENS LDO and my remaining sea duty was in shipboard deploying squadrons, HS-9 abd Essex, VA-15 abd Intrepid & Forrestal. Retired after 29 years as LT at NAS Oceana VA. Would like to hear from former VP-24 Shipmates that knew me..." [20MAY98]

PISECHKO, AW1(AW/NAC) Don dpisechko@zdnetonebox.com "...A VP sailor all my career. I started out a BATMAN (VP-24), then became a Proud Pegasus (VP-11), and am presently a Red Lancer (VP-10). I am proud to be part of VP Community and can only imagine what the Navy is like outside of it..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2001 | 21APR98]

POUNDS, William F. fjlbs@ipa.net "...I served with VP-24 when the Japanese bombed MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. We changed to VP-12 (HedRon squadron). We took part in the Battle of Midway. We transitioned from PBY`s to PV1`s while we assigned to patrol duty at Midway. I served 6 years, getting out in 1946..." [06SEP2000]

POWELL, Garland garland.powell@mwrd.org "...I served with VP-24 from 1963 to 1967. I was wondering if there any of my Shipmates are still out there. LCDR Wieking (sp?) was the PPC..." [02AUG2004]

PRESLEY, NCCS Terry Retired tpresley@garberautomall.com "...I served with VP-49 from April 1974 to 1976, VP-24 from 1986 to 1988, and CPRW-11 April 1988 to June 1992 retired as a NCCS..." [24SEP2006]

PRIDDY, CAPTAIN Clarence L. Jr. Retired Y22L29@aol.com "...I served as Commanding Officer of VP-24 from November 1968 to December 1969. Have lost track of everyone since then. Just discovered this site. Hope to hear from someone..." [17APR2002]

PROVOST, Bob pro67442@aol.com"...I served with VP-24 December 1963 to 1965. I left the Brooklyn Navy Yard and headed to NAS Norfolk, Virginia only to find half the squadron at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and the other half in NS Rota, Spain. I lucked out and went to NS Rota, Spain. I also deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Souda Bay, and 3 months in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1964. I was billeted on the USS Tallahatchie County. My first CO was CDR R. D. Amme. I remenber him well because he was from Hamden, CT. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25JAN2004]

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RASFELD, LT Joe Retired rasfeldj@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1961-1963)as a AT Jez-Radio Operator. I applied (and was accepted in 1963) into the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. in 1967. I reported to VP-30 (1969) and learned about Jay R. Beasley and all the wonderful things he did for the men and the machine we flew. I then served with VP-17 (1969-1972) as a TACCO, ASWOC at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and retired December 1970. I am now retired again after working as engineer and inventor. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2013 | 10MAR98]

RATHER, JAMES Ratherjj@aol.com "...Served in VP-24 from 1969-1972, VP-30 from 1972-1975, and VP-5 from 1976-1979. Was a TACCO and Instructor. I now am with NAVAIR in PMA205 as a Program Manager for International P-3 operators, such as Norway, Korea, Netherlands, Australia, etc. I have fond memories of the old days and the great friends from the past. I sure would like to hear from any of the old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUL99 | E-Mail Updated 02OCT98 | BIO Updated 03SEP98 | 27AUG98]

RAY, Alan "Birdyray" bluegoose1106@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 as a Second Mechanic on Crew 8. We bought watches and cameras in NSF Diego Garcia. Actually I got there late becuase I went to town and missed my flight. It was great to see this page would be better to hear from folks. Hey drifty how ya doin?..." [14MAR2001]

RAYNOR, William Larry@gibralter.net "...Trying to locate Shipmates from VP-24 from 58 60..." [26FEB99]

REAVES, John-David jdryeaua@cableone.net "...I served with VP-24 as a PN thru PN2 from April 1976 thru December 1978. I joined the squadron while it was deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in April 1976. We returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in June 1976. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in May 1977 and returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in September 1977. We deployed again to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in August 1978 and returned in December 1978. After leaving active duty in December 1978, I served in the Naval Reserve for 6 years. I also served a year in the Alabama Army National Guard where I went to OCS at Alabama Military Academy at Fort McClellan in Anniston, AL. I was injured during the officer training and medically released from that endeavor. I applied for transfer back to the Navy Reserve and remained another year before resigning in 1985. Since leaving VP-24, I have worked for the Federal Government at Anniston Army Depot. I earned a BS Degree from the University of Alabama in 1986 and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Jacksonville State University in 1991. I am still with the same little lady I married while serving with VP-24 back in June 1976. I look forward to corresponding with individuals who served with me at that time..." [14MAR2003]

REGISTER, Charles E. creg1927@aol.com "...I served with VP-24, VPB-104 and VP-HL-4. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2008]

REID, Robert B. rbreid@bendnet.com "...I WAS A PILOT WITH VP-24 FROM 1967 THROUGH 1972 MAKING TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO NAS Keflavik, Iceland. MET MY WIFE, KATHIE, WHO WAS A TEACHER AT THE BASE IN NAS Keflavik, Iceland AND WE WERE MARRIED ON THE BASE AUG 13, 1972. JUST CELEBRATED OUR 27TH ANNIVERSARY. LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ELSE WHO SERVED DURING THAT TIME PERIOD..." [16AUG99]

RHODES, Bob (Dusty) bob.rhodes@morefield.com "...I served in VP-24 from 59 to 62. Flew in LR 7 (1479460) as the Radioman..." [17FEB2000]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix"...RICE, PO3 Michael A...My son, Michael A. Rice, served with VP-50 and was lost March 21st, 1991 (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I would like to hear from other families and friends of VP-50. I have missed hearing from all of you. Shirley White shirleysue1304@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 21MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2009 | 28MAY2003]

RIEK, AWCM(AC) Anthony C. Retired acr@cswnet.com "...I retired after 25 years Navy service. My first tour was with VA(HM)-13 NAS Chincoteague, Virginia as a PR with P2s. Then we moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and redesignated VP-24. From there I attended PR-B school and went to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. After 9 months I became a member of the Chuting Stars Navy Parachute Team in NAS Pensacola, Florida until we disbanded in July 1964. I then went to VP-7 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then to AX-A School as a PR-1. Then to VP-5 back in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I then did a tour as an instructor, (AWC) with FASO in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and finally in NAS Moffett Field, California. Next was VP-9 (AWCS) and shore duty at VP-31 (AWCM). Probably my most enjoyable tour was at VP-31. I was selected for Warrant Officer and I declined the Commission. Many good memories, only wish my tour there had lasted longer..." [13MAY2004]

RISBON, AZC(AW/SW) Bobbie A. "Lester/Yoakem" Retired byoakem@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1984-1987), VFA-106 (1988-1992), VPU-1 (1992-1995), FASO Det NAS Brunswick, Maine (1995-1998), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) (1998-2001), VAW-120 (2001-2004) and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) (2004-2007)..." [02SEP2011]

RITCHIE, ATN2 Gerald F. GFR948@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-24 from 1964 to 1966 as an ATN2 on different crews. I usually did inflight electronics repair and would run the electronics shop for the squadron. I went many places such as NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, Greece, and Italy. The tour was great along with the extension during VietNam. Sorry to hear about the end of VP-24. I had a brother who was killed in VP-50 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967). I had some great times. Wish I had re-enlisted. To all the VPers, "Lord, Guard And Guide All The Men Who Fly." Peace my brothers..." [15NOV2002]

ROBERTS, AWC C. E. (Robbie) III Retired charles.roberts@nellis.af.mil "...I was in VP-24 from '66 to '70, made the transition from P2's to P-3's, became one of the original 1000 AW's in '68, made chief, went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland many times, ditto NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and interesting points in between. Chased an EII all over the Atlantic and was a charter member of the Boo Crew. Retired in '85 & came to Vegas. Still shoot, smoke a pipe, and believe in younger women. Ring any bells? Gimme a holler..." [20NOV2001]

ROBERTS, Gordy GordyRoberts@aol.com "...I did tours in VP-4 ('58-'60, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan), VP-24 ('65-'67, NAS Norfolk, Virginia), and VP-31 (Insturctor, '67-'69, NAS North Island, San Diego, California), plus the VU-3..." [09FEB2000]

RODGERS, Mark (Buck) mrodgers@crosslink.net "...I joined VP-24 in November 1983 in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I made two more deployments, one each to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily before transfering to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was a TSC (ASWOC) Watch Officer for 9 months, then took over as Weapons Officer. Harpoon was new back then and we had long before lost Bullpup. I got to bring 5" Zuni rockets, MK-20 Rockeye clusterbombs, and Mk-82 GP bombs back into the inventory. I left CPW-11 for my P-3 appreciation tour aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, and was qualified Tactical Action Officer in time to launch the first strikes of DESERT STORM. I completed the course at the Naval War College and did my Department Head tour in VP-26 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine). I was Safety, Training, and Admin and deployed twice more to NAS Sigonella, Sicily before detaching for Naval Space Command. I just retired on 31 July, and now have to find one of those "Jobs!" ..." [01SEP98]

RODRIGUEZ, CAPTAIN Bill Retired billrod1937@aol.com "...CO VP-45 1978 to 1979. I was fortunate to serve in VP-45 twice. First in NAS Bermuda flying P5s in 1962 to 1963 then transitioning to the P-3V-1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I returned to the squadron in 1977 for a tour as XO/CO. In between I served with VP-24 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland - one of the first P-3C squadrons. I stay in touch with many former Shipmates through the VP-45 Association. Carolyn and I are retired to Orange Park, FL and would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06AUG2006 | 31AUG2000]

RODGERS, Dick drodgers@livingstongroupdc.com "...Served in VP-24 '72-'76 ( NAS Keflavik, Iceland 2 times and NAS Sigonella, Sicily), VP-30 '76'-'79, USS NIMITZ '79-'81, BUPERS '81-'83, VP-49 '83-'85 ( NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal), CPW-11 '85-'86, VP-24 XO/CO '86-'88 ( NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda), Office of the Secretary of Defense '88 -'91, SECNAV Staff '91- '93, Commander, CPW-10 '93-'95, and CNO & SECNAV Staff '95-'00. Retired Feb 1 2000. What a great ride! Working now as a DC lobbyist. Miss all of you. Would love to trade stories..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | 11DEC2000]

ROGERS, MARK MARK.E.ROGERS@NOAA.GOV "...WAS IN VXN-8, VP-24, and VP-5 AIRCREW IFT. CURRENTLY WORK FOR NOAA THE HURRICANE HUNTERS ON A WP3-D..." [27FEB98]

ROSE, CPO Preston L. Retired mdrebel@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-11 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (relocated to NAS Brunswick, Maine) from 1952 to 1954, NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida (Training Command), VP-5 from 1962 to 1963 (Crew 5 as PC for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1963), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NATC) from November 1963 to 1966, VP-24 FE in 1967 and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for my final tour in the Logistics Center and retired in 1974. I worked as a civil servant doing R&M work in the UAV community for a while. Nancy passed in April of 1999. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2010 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 30MAY99 | 09APR98]

ROTUNDO, AVCM Bill Retired brotundo@comcast.net "...Tours of the good olde P-3 world included VP-49 (1973 to 1975), VX-1 (1975 to 1978), VP-24 (1978 to 1981), VP-30 (1981 to 1984), VP-24 (1984 to 1986), VS-28 (1986 to 1989), NAMTRA-1037 (1989 to 1991) and retired in 1991. It was a great career, would do it again in a heart beat. Now a contractor designing Flight Simulator mods for the S-3 program. Would love to hear from the old gang. Keep them safe..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2006 | 16DEC99]

RUSACK, Ann ludman@muhlberg.edu "...I was attached to VP-24 8/88-5/92, and then VP-64 '92-95. I would welcome anyone who wants to chat. I really miss the P-3 community, although I am now out of the Navy and am in school. However, I can still smell the JP-5 as if it were yesterday!..." [02NOV98]

RUSSERT, YN1 Lynne Retired russertlynne@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 in the Admin Office from 85 - 87. Made a NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. NAS Bermuda was a blast! Retired from HSL-40 at Mayport, FL in 93. Would love to hear from my old squadronmates..." [15NOV2001]

RUSTMANN, Henry Robert "Bob" Shipmate PixCirca 1964 rustmannhenry@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 (04/1964-03/1967), VP-24 (01/1973-06/1978) and VP-16 (01/1982-03/1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2014 | PIX Added 19FEB2012 | 18FEB2012]

RUTH, CAPTAIN Philip M. Retired http://mywebpages.comcast.net/ANAPitcairn/webdoc2.htm "...Captain Philip M. Ruth graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He entered Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in May, 1969. He earned his designation and Naval Aviator "Wings of Gold" in May, 1970, and was assigned to VP-24 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for his first operational assignment. During that assignment, CAPT Ruth deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with the P-3C aircraft and qualified as Patrol Plane Commander. In October, 1972, CAPT Ruth completed his active duty assignment and affiliated with VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he served for the next fifteen years. During the initial phase of his assignment, the squadron transitioned from the SP2H Neptune to the P-3A Orion. CAPT Ruth flew the acceptance flight of the first P-3 to be based at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and later in 1983, he was the Patrol Plane Commander of the first crew to become fully qualified in the P-3A TACNAVMOD modernized aircraft. Operational cruises with VP-64 included the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, England, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During his assignment with VP-64, CAPT Ruth qualified as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Maintenance Check Pilot. He has served in various billets including that of Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer. In October, 1987, CAPT Ruth transferred to the Volunteer Training Unit (GVTU 9393) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where he qualified as Command Duty Officer for the Naval Air Station. He later served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of GVTU 9393. CAPT Ruth became Commanding Officer of NR NAS Keflavik, Iceland 0293 in March 1993 where he served until October 1995. During his command he participated in two Northern Viking exercises in Iceland and the command was awarded the Willy Grover Award for excellence in retention three times. In October 1995, CAPT Ruth reaffiliated with GVTU 9393 serving as Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer until he reassumed command in November 1996. He retired from the Naval Reserve in June 1999. CAPT Ruth has been awarded the Navy "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3), U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (4), and the Navy/Marine Corps. Commendation Medal. CAPT Ruth has been affiliated with the Association of Naval Aviation for 20 years and has held the Pitcairn Squadron offices of Recruiting Officer, Special Events Chairman, Administrative Officer, and Executive Officer. CAPT Ruth is presently employed as a Captain for Delta Air Lines, Inc., based in New York..." [18JUN2003]

RUTHERFORD, AX3 Todd M. cattodd1@excite.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1977 to 1980 as an Avionics Technician. I would be glad to here from any old Shipmates..." [07MAY2004]

RYGLOWSKI, Gerry "Riggles" riggs@msn.com or GeraldR10@AOL.com "...My whole naval air career was VP. From Reserve at NAS Glenview, Illinois (1960) with VP-724 to ActDu with VP-24 (1965-69) and back to NavAir Resforan VP-70V-3, and VP-90 ('70-85). I've been searchin' All Over da World. I happen to visit here thru an ol' sqdn crewman estimating home repairs; now I'm alive- Again. Living in Lake county some 20 yrs my daughter has recently qual'd for NROTC thru NorthWesternUniv at Loyola. We're still a Navy family. Now Retired(8/85) I'm lookin' to Mark-On-Top another Datum. Any ol' Bosin's got a pipe? Thanks So Much for the memories!!! I'll be Passive Listn'ng for any more "contacts" with eyes-front. Buoy away!..." [04MAY98]


SADLER, Kenneth [Sandy] ssadler@granis.net "...I was in VP-45, VP-24, VR-1, VR-3, FASRON 821, Mobile FASRON 121, NAS Dahlgren Proving Grounds, HT-8. I see some mates I know. I am new with this computer stuff. Keepem flying men..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2000 | 18AUG98]

SAIENNI, Dante (si) dantesi@bellsouth.net "...I started flying in VP-7 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the early 60's with P2V5F's (never flew in 7's). From there I went VR-6 @ Mcguire AFB until decommissioning in 1963 or so. From there I went to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and flew as Plane Captain in P2V5F's and then transitioned to P-3A'sin 1966. Went to WestPac based out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. In 1968 I was an Instructor Flight Engineer in VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was in VP-30 for about 4 years then retired from the Navy in VP-24 in 1974. I went to work for VP-30 as a civilian FRAMP Instructror and stayed in the FRAMP Department until 1986. I spent a total of 15 years in VP-30 active and as a civilian instructor. Nice talking to you all..." [29NOV99]

SANDERS, AO2 Larry (Sandy) ljs29526@sccoast.net "...I served with VP-24 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In the mid 1970's I was an AO2 and worked with a bunch of great guys. I would very much like to hear from any of them. I also spent two years in Beeville, TX. I got out of the Navy in 1978. The years have made a lot of the names hard to recall but I am sure it will all come back if I hear from anyone..." [10OCT2003]

SAUERESSIG, Jim jimsaueressig@yahoo.com "...I grew up in VP-24 from May 1965 through June 1967 thanks to Chief Love, Bruce Herman and Mr. Pearl and many others. Started on crew four as the MAD operator, then to crew ten as JEZ. Graduated from college on the GI bill, then my wife and I raised four sons in Fargo. Two have been through the Navy and are now in college and had the same growing experiences. I would love to hear from any of my former squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2002 | 09SEP99]

SAXER, AMSC(AW) Charles Retired aurora1@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-24 (most enjoyable times and where I made Chief)..." [31OCT2013]

SCANNELL, ADJ3 Paul G. pgscuz@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-24 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia then NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1967 thru 1968. I worked in Chief Datson's crew and made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1968) and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I am looking for Shipmates at that time including Jim Meyers, Bowman and MacKeilany..." [24FEB2010]

SCHARFE, ATN Ellwood J. (Jim) jscharfe@fredward.com "...I enlisted in the Navy in June 1960. After going to avionics school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, I served with VP-24 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1961 until I was diischarged in July of 1963. I was an ATN ground pounder. I went to the NAS radio school and flew as a second radio operator with several crews although I was never a regular crew member. We went on several overseas deployments. The deployment that was the most fun was to Ireland where we were on some sort of joint program with the RAF and the French Airforce. It was great because I was young (18) and single, and there were so many girls. Also Kennedy was President and he was Irish, and so the Irish loved us. We also went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in the summer time. I remember coming out of a night club on the Keflavik Airport at closing time and the sun was still up. And of course the most exciting deployment was to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the missle crisis. We arrived at night and were put aboard buses and taken to our barracks. The next morning was a rude awakening when as we went to the mess hall on the same road we had taken the night before we saw all of the marines dug into their bunkers with their mortars,and machine guns. There were some good times though. Perry Como and his USO troop put on a show. When he arrived at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba we were there to see him get off the plane, and this black guy, who was a friend of mine from the AT shop, I can't remember his name, called to Perry and said "Mr. Como, remember me". Come to find out, this guy used to be the shoe shine boy in Mr. Como's barber shop before he became a star. Yes, Perry remembered him. They hugged and cried. It was very heart warming. We also had a thanksgiving meal in Cuba. All the turkey and dressing we could eat. All through this the planes were flying over the Russian ships taking pictures of the missles on the decks. I didn't know then, but I realize now, what an important mission we were on, and how close we were to a nuclear war..." [24DEC2003]

SCHNABLY, Dick schnab@citrus.infi.net "...Was stationed with VP-24 from 1949 to 1950..." [13AUG98]

SCHNEIDER, IS1(NAC) Ed Retired usnreted@gate.net "...Was a member of VP-24 from 1979 to 1981 working in the AIO Shop. Received my Aircrew Wings thanks to the help of, at that time, AW2 Tim Walker. Also got qualified on the radar for weather avoidance. I was also the roadie for the Squadron Band JC Bat ramroded by Timmy Walker. Also noticed PH1 Warmack on the list of VP-24 Vets. I currently am a Deputy Sheriff in South Florida. (Ft Luaderdale)..." [17JUN2000]

SCHNEIDER, Jim jim.dutch.man@bigfoot.com "...I served in VP-24 September 1962 - October 1964. Went to all the great places, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Balley Kelly, NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Enjoyed my time in the squad. Should have stayed. Did get to see VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in the 70's with P-3's, sure packed that puppy..." [22FEB2002]

SCHOENLEBER, YN2(AW) Stephen admin_port@cnrc.navy.mil "...reetings fellow Batmen. I worked in the Admin shop during the final deployment and decommissioning of VP-24. I'm now in Portland, Oregon at the Recruiting District Headquarters. I would love to hear from any of my fellow squadron-mates from that time. I would especially like to find my roommate, Troy Thomas and my friends MS3 Sarah Gunn and AN Melissa Smith. Please feel free to e-mail me if you know of their wearabouts or you just want to chat about the old days in VP-24..." [14JAN2000]

SCHULZE, AVDDAN Mike ms_democrat@msn.com "...I served with VP-24 (1966-1970) primarily as Duty driver. I worked with Tony Williamson and bunked with Rick (light lunch) Lang. I recently found out about the death of Len (Mad John) Johnston). He passed in May 2010. Sorely missed by his loving wife Bonnie who retired as a CDR. USN and his son Chris, his fathers best friend. I have been to 2 of the Reunions and will attend the October 2010 Reunion in Charleston. I got together with Willy at the Norfolk VA Beach Reunion. Would like to hear from other Shipmates! Come to a Reunion! Rick Lang if you are out there contact me. I have been looking for you!..." [10OCT2010]

SCHUTT, CPO Richard richardschutt@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (1987-1992), VP-30 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VQ-1 where I was placed on Limit Duty for 18 months and out I went on my butt with a $40k check and a pat on the butt ("Thanks Chief for serving but you are unfit to continue"). No retirement and still fighting after 16 years of being let go in 1997. Do any of ya'll know where I can get help to fight the Navy?..." [01MAR2013]

SHAFFER, LCDR William H. "Bill" Retired billshaffer93@attbi.com "...I was on active duty from 1965 to 1986. I was in VP-5 from 1966 to 1969, VP-31 from 1969 to 1971, FAW-8 from 1971 to 1972, and VP-24 from 1977 to 1980. I've recently moved back to Garland, Texas (Dallas) from San Diego. Anyone who was in these squadrons during these time periods, please send me a note. I'd like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 02MAR2002 | 27FEB98]

SHARP, AWC (AW) Walker "WD" Retired wsharp2@leo.gov "...I served with TSC/ASWOC (1978-1979) aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), TSC/ASWOC (1980-1982) at NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-24 (1982-1984) as a SS2, SS1 and Beartrap SS4, CTG (Commander Task Group) 168.1 and VP-11 (1992-1996) as a SS3 ...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09MAY2014 | 00DEC96]

SHAW, Bob bshaw@uwf.edu "...Served with VP-24 (69-72), ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (75-78), CPWP - NAS Moffett Field, California (78-80), VP-19 (80-82), VT-31 (83-85). Retired from CNET - NROTC/NJROTC in 93. Now at the University of West Florida in Pensacola..." [02DEC2000]

SIBERT, AMH2 D. P. DENNYROSE@SSSNET.COM "...I served in the Navy from 1967 through 1971 and spent from August 1969 to October 1971 in VP-24 out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I made (2) deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I'm proud to have been a "VP" sailor..." [20JUL2000]

SILVERMAN, CAPTAIN Dick Retired rsilverman@cfl.rr.com "...I entered the Navy in 1958 (OCS) as a blackshoe and started my VP career with VP-23 July 1964 to May 1966. Went to NAS Bermuda from 1966-1969 and ran the ASWOC, VP-24 from September 1969-July 1971, VP-30 Admin. Officer from August 1971-February 1975, VP-16 from February 1975-April 1977 XO/CO, XO of USS Iwo Jima, Chief of Staff Naval District Washington, Commander NTC Orlando for a few months and retired in June 1989. Went to work for Orange County Sheriff's Office and have been the Aviation Unit Commander for 10 years, having survived prostate cancer and 5 bypasses. Can't see retiring. Flying helicopters is still alot of fun..." [03OCT2002]

SIMPSON, AZ3 Steven scasey@ala.net "...I worked in Maintance Admin/Control (VP-24) 1984-1987. Made deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily respectively. Would love to hear from Shipmates who remember me. Let me know what you are up to!..." [17FEB2000]

SKILLMAN, Tom tskills10@aol.com "...I served with VP-24 from March 1992 until April 1995. After which I became a reservist with VP-62. I worked as an IN-flight Tech. I am currently in the Air Force as a Security Forces member but miss flying on the P-3 and miss the crew comerodity. Looking back those were good times..." [20AUG2002]

SLIGH, AME2 John K. johnsligh@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 (1979-1981) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. I was AME Shop Supervisor and Team "Bearcat Crew" member (1979-1980)..." [28MAY2014]

Memorial Picture "...SLIWINSKI, CDR Daniel "Ski" c/o Toni Bamford...Would love to hear from anyone who served with my Father, CDR Daniel Sliwinski (aka SKI). Dad passed away in 1992. He served with VP-24, VX-6 and went to the ice in 1956 with Operation Deep Freeze. Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated. Please just put Ski in your request if my spam tries to block you. Thanks!...Toni Bamford ttbamford@q.com..." [29FEB2008]

SMITH, AOC, Billy L. (MAC) Retired '75 lets@gte.net "...I was a former memeber of "boat bottom" airlines (VP-40 and VP-47) and VP-24. I am going to try and make the meeting in Pensacola..." [ICQ #6557733][26NOV99]

SMITH, Charles L. avcmsmith@email.msn.com "...Served with: VP-28, CAC 7, 1961-63 AE3 VP-45, Maintenance, 1977-79 AECS VP-24, Maintenance, 1982-85 AVCM VP-16, Maintenance, 1985-87 AVCM Retired in 1990..." [17JAN99]

SMITH, Linda J. ljsmith9@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-24 from August 89 to August 92. From there, I went to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, and retired in November 94. I'm trying to locate AVCM Jerry Lucas. Jerry served with the Ken and I at NAMO, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland around 85 to 89 when Ken retired to Middleburg, Florida..." [17SEP2000]

SMITH, AN Melissa milkie5@juno.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1994 to 1995 ( NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment and disestablishment). Looking for AW2 Zane Day. If anyone knows of contact, please email me. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT2003 | 16JAN2001]

SNYDER, Dave "Duke" dwatson@iquest.net "...Was assigned to VP-42 NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1950-1954. Stops at NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, etc. Interested in any info from members that squadron as well as Reunion info..." [14SEP2000]

SNYDER, Denis L. denis1941@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 from 60-63, attached to Powerplants Div. Wanted to be on aircrew but when I couldn't see the instruments with out my glasses. I was stuck as a ground pounder. My tour with VP-24 was an experience I have never forgotten. I was in VP-8 from 65-67 but missed them ole 3350 recips. Hope to hear from Shipmates..." [23OCT2000]

SODERHOLM, AZCS Roland J. Retired rolsal@verzion.net "...Served in VP-24 from October 1963 to December 1966. Flew with crews 2 and 7. Came in an AOAA and departed an A03. Served with VP-30, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Had a two year break in service from 1971 to 1973. Changed rates in 1973 and retired an AZCS in 1986. Would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates that I had served with..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2005 | 21JUN2002]

SPADACCINO, Martin spadman61@hotmail.com "...Started out in AE "A" school, NAS Millington, Tennessee, then on to P-3 FRAMP at VP-30, 1982. Assigned to VP-24, 1983-86, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. Next assigned to AIMD NAS Bermuda, 1986-90. Then VX-1, 1990-93. Move North to VP-26 , 1993-97, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NAS Keflavik, Iceland again. Moved back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, 1997-2000. Last trip North back to VP-26, and a last deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, again. Transferred to the Fleet Reserve Feb, 2002, and moved back home to Levittown, PA..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23APR2007 | 30JUN98]

STABENOW, AT2 Arthur "Buzz" bstabenow@sftrust.com "...I served with VA(HM)-13 and VP-24 from 1958 through 1960. I was an AT2 and a crew member on several crews. I deployed to Malta with the squadron in 1958 and to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1959. I would like to have my name posted and also to hear from anyone that served at the same time..." [22NOV2007]

STELLMACK, AMS3 Richard S. rss4735@aol.com "...VP-24 May 1976 to June 1979. AMS3 Worked Maint. Control in 1976 then Lineshack when not at base GSE..." [31JAN2009]

STELTER, AEC Duane Retired destelter@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-24, retired in 1976 and living in Orange Park Fl..." [23DEC2010]

STEWART, AE3 Terry terrydstewart@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (1976-1980) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and two to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12SEP2013 | E-Mail Updated 23FEB2002 | 23OCT98]

STOBERSKI, Lisa Warner lisaahh@rocketmail.com "...I was only in VP-24 for a short time; but I went on two deployments one to sunny Iceland and the other to NAS Sigonella, Sicily which was the best of the deployments I really enjoyed my time in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. If anyone was in the squadron from 1990-1992 I would enjoy hearing from you..." [19FEB98]

STONE, Eugene E. Estone1222@aol.com "...I was a flight crew member in VP-24 from 1941 till 1944. Returned to the states and was assigned to base ops at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I have a lot of old memories of WW2 flying the South Pacific. It would be nice to contact some of the old Shipmates..." [27MAR2000]

STROMBERG, David L. dstromb@bellsouth.net "...I was a BatGirl (VP-24), P2(V)7, TACCO, crew six and thirteen from 1964-67 flying out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia. We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Suda Bay, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Key West, USA. Flew with Plane Commander, Gus Gahaffer, Jim Neef, Dave Lences, and many other good folks. Left squadron when squadron transited to P-3Bs in 1967..." [24AUG2001]

STURGILL, Mark mark.sturgill@nrl.navy.mil "...I was in VP-24 from April 75 to December 75 and had a pretty good deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from Jan 76 to May 76. I was sorry to hear about Angelo Albenzi. He was my roomate for a while and saw him after he got out up at Naval Air Development Center Warminster. I am now an Electrical Engineer at the NRL in Washington DC. Vaya Con Dios..." [09MAY2006]

Memorial Picture "...SWAN, Charles W...VP-24 LCDR Charles W. Swan - Executive Officer July 1954 - August 1956 based at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia (Deceased 9 Jan 1998)Interred - Arlington National Cemetary. I just located your site and thought that the following information may be of interest: Based on the flight books, my father flew P2V6B's and P2V6M's and made 2 Med Cruises during his squadron tenure...Jerry Swan (son of LCDR Charles W. Swan) roadking1@msn.com..." [03DEC2001]

SWAN, LCDR Charles W. Retired/Deceased c/o His Son Jerry Swan roadking1@msn.com "...FLIGHT BOOK INFORMATION LTCDR, CHARLES W. SWAN...28 MARCH 1940 - 24 FEBRUARY 1941 NAS Pensacola, Florida Navy Flight School. Aircraft Flown: N3N-1, N2M, NS-1, 03U-3, OSN-1, SU-1, SU-2, SU-3, SNJ-1, NJ-1, N3U-3, N2S-1, P3M-2, P2Y-2, P2Y-3, R2D, R2D-1, N2D-1. Pilot Designation: 1 November 1940 per D.B. Duncan. Instrument Rating: #1137 20 September 1940 per E.B. Eldredge Assistant Operations Officer. Instructors School Completion: 27 January 1941 per J.C. Owens. Assigned to Squadron VN1D8 as Pilot Instructor -A Per C.R. Carroll. 27 MARCH 1941- 8 OCTOBER 1942 NAS LEE FIELD Pilot Instructor SQUADRON 11-B Jacksonville, Florida. Aircraft Flown: N2S-1, N2S-3, N2S-4, N3N-3, NR-1, R2D-1, R2D-1, SNJ-2, SNJ-3, SNJ-4. Ratings: 2S LAND, 3S LAND, 4M LAND, 2S WATER, 3S WATER, 4M WATER Per L.N. Young 2 JUNE 1941. 16 OCTOBER 1942 - 31 OCTOBER 1942 EASTERN DIVISION PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS, INC. MIAMI, FL. Aircraft Flown: S-40. *Note: This was the forerunner to Navy Seaplane Squadron VR-1 which flew out of Miami and Coconut Grove, FL. The Navy training was done in cooperation with Pan American Airways). 19 NOVEMBER 1942 -11 DECEMBER 1942 TRANSPORT SQUADRON ONE MIAMI SERVICES DETACHMENT. Aircraft Flown: PBM-3, RS-5. 6 JANUARY 1943- 31 JANUARY 1943 NAVAL AIR TRANSPORT SERVICE AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON One (VR-1) MIAMI, FL. Aircraft Flown: PBM-3, PBM-3C, PBM-3R, R4D-1, R4D-5, RS-4, RS-5, SNB-1. Commander Transport Sea Planes Designation: Air Transport Squadron Six (VR-6) Qualified as Commander Transport Sea Planes 21 November 1943 H.R. Banaday Commanding. 2 FEBRUARY 1944- 27 FEBRUARY 1944 NAVAL AIR TRANSPORT SERVICE AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON VR-6 MIAMI, FL. Aircraft Flown: PBM-3R, PBM-3, NH-1, SNB-2C. 2 MARCH 1944 - 3 MAY 1945 NAVAL AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON TWO NAS Alameda, California. Aircraft Flown: JRB, PBM, PB2Y, PBM2Y-3, PBM-3R, PBM-3, XPB2M, NH-1, SNB-2C. Plane Commander Designation: PB2Y Plane Commander 31 July 1944 J.S. Tarlton Flight Officer VR-2. Notes: 8/13/1944 - Lt. Swan's 1st XPB2M Flight Honolulu to NAS Alameda, California. 11/26/44 Lt. Swan's 1st MARS Flight Alameda -HNL (Same Plane and serial # 1520 just renamed. 6 MAY 1945 - 8 JULY 1945 ???? SQUADRON SIGN #?? NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Aircraft Flown: JRB, MARS, PB2Y,C-47B. Notes: 5/28/45 Lt. Swan's first flight with JRB Plane #44604 w/ Canady at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. 25 JULY - 24 APRIL 1946 TRANSPORT SQUADRON 3 (VR-3) NAS Olathe, Kansas. Aircraft Flown: R4D, R4D-1, R4D-5, R4D-6, R5D-4, SNB. Commander Transport Land Planes Designation: 12/31/45 V.E. Gessinger Commander Transport Squadron Three (VR-3). Satisfactory Completion G.C.A. Training: 3/6/46 Lt. Cdr. Arthur L. Ashwaltz OinC Pilot Training. 10 MAY 1946 - 1 NOVEMBER 1946 NAS ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. Aircraft Flown: SNB-2. 4 DECEMBER 1946 - 2 JUNE 1948 NAVAL CARRIER U.S.S. MIDWAY. Aircraft Flown: HO35-1, JD-1, JRB, JRB-4, PB4Y-2, R4D, R4D-5, R5D, SNB, SNB-3, SNJ-5, SNJ-5C. 1 JULY 1948 - 5 MAY 1949 GENERAL LINE SCHOOL NEWPORT, RI. Aircraft Flown: SNB3, SNJ-3, SNB-1, SNB-2, SNJ, SNJ-4. 20 JUNE 1949 - 1 OCTOBER 1950 NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. Aircraft Flown: PBJ (B-25), SNB, JRB, JRB-4, SNB-4, SNB-3P, R4D, B-25, JRB-3. 7 NOVEMBER 1950 - 5 JANUARY 1951 NAS HONOLULU, HI. Aircraft Flown: SNB, JRB. 6 FEBRUARY 1951 - 2 JUNE 1953 TOKYO, SEA OF JAPAN, YELLOW SEA, ITAMI AF BASE, TACHIKAWA, JAPAN. SEOUL, IWAKUM, POHANG, KOREA. Aircraft Flown: R4D, SNB, SNB-5, JRB, PB4Y, C-45, C-54. 17 AUGUST 1953 - 25 JUNE 1954 BUREAU OF AERONAUTICS GENERAL REPRESENTATIVE, CENTRAL DISTRICT WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO. Aircraft Flown: R4D-6, R4D-6R, JRB-4, JRB-6, PB4Y, C-45, C-47D, C-54. 7 JULY-1954 - 1 AUGUST 1956 PATROL SQUADRON VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. Aircraft Flown: P2V6B, P2V6M. Patrol Plane Commander - P2V 10 November 1954 HP Kooy Commanding. 3 OCTOBER 1956 - 2 FEBRUARY 1961 U.S. NAVAL BUREAU OF AERONAUTICS AND BUREAU OF WEAPONS WASHINGTON, DC. Aircraft Flown: JRB-6, SNB, SNB-5, T-28. 30 JUNE 1961 U.S. BUREAU OF AERONAUTICS AND BUREAU OF WEAPONS WASHINGTON, DC. RETIRED FROM SERVICE Ordered R.A. Schoech Rear Admiral, USN Acting Chief of Bureau..." [03JAN2001]


TARNASKI, PN2 Bryan bryansr@ris.net "...Served with VP-24 from 84/85, was on the NAS Bermuda Deployment in 89. Had the wonderful job of pushing paper for the Squadron. I worked in Personnel as PN2 Bryan Tarnaski, would be great to hear, from my old ship - plane mates..." [22AUG2001]

TAYLOR, CAPTAIN John Keith Retired jtaylor6@nctv.com "...I was in VW-15 and VW-13 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada where we flew the "SUPER CONNIES" WV (called willie victors). VW-11 also flew the same aircraft. Was later in VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 05JAN98]

TEAGUE, Robert J. "Goman" nursenavy@hotmail.com "...I served VP-24 (IFT) from 1989 to 1993. I flew with CAC-7 and CAC-11 (Beartrap). I left in 1993 and joined the Reserves drilling and flying with VP-62 while I finished up school at UNF. Went to OCS and was picked up as a Maintenance Officer, but laterally transferred to Intel and served with CENTCOM in Tampa followed by a tour with CTF-67 in NAF Naples, Italy. I am currently serving as in Intelligence Officer in Amphibious Squadron THREE (PHIBRON 3) based in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Looking forward to hearing from old Shipmates out there!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20JAN2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2003 | 05MAR98]

TEETZ, LCDR Bill Retired teetz.bill@gmail.com "...I served with VP-44 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as an AX3 (1964 to 1965), VP-56 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida (October 1969 to October 1972), NAVFAC Barbados (November 1972 to March 1975) and VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (May 1977 to April 1980). I retired in 1984..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2005 | 17JUN98]

THIBEAULT, AMS1 Robert tbolt@oakharbor.net "...I was in VP-24 from Feb 88 to Aug 92. I flew with CAC 4 briefly, CAC 2 and worked in airframes. Went on to push "Boots" at Great Lakes and then to VQ-1 in beautiful NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Being in 24 was my most enjoyable tour so far. I miss the good times in airframes and with the aircrews. I have fond memories of the Icelandic prison camp (the barracks), arduous Ready duty at the beach in Bermuda and my 3P's (Ens. Squeaky) infamous ditch (crew prank) at the North Pole. I'm transfering in Sep 99 to Force Warfare in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, possibly my last tour before retirement..." [14JUL99]

THOMAS, CDR Harry F. Retired jethog@etcmail.com "...I served with VW-4 (1972-1975), VT-3 (1975-1977), VP-16 (1977-1980), VP-30 (1980-1983) as a Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1983-1085), Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) (NATOPS) (1985-1987), VT-6 (1987-1988) as XO/CO, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1988-1991) as XO and retired in 1991. Since retirement, I have been flying Gulfstreams and Lears out of Atlanta (KFTY). Still living the dream..." [25FEB2012]

Memorial Picture "...THOMPSON, MCPO Micheal W...My Father, MCPO Micheal W. Thompson (Retired), passed away on November 17, 2003. In his 28 years of service he served with VP-46, VP-6, VP-24, along with many other squadrons. He had many friends in the Navy and his family is trying to spread the word to them. Also, can anyone tell me how I can get a copy of the Navy Times? Thank You...Arron Thompson mvcali88@hotmail.com..." [27NOV2003]

Memorial Picture "...TOLLESON, Hal...It is with regrets that I have to inform fellow VP-24 Shipmates that Hal Tolleson of Paris Texas passed away on March 29th, 2002. Hal was the radioman on Crew 6 from 1962-1964. Hal was a good friend, Shipmates and a hell of a radioman. His wife Sybil is doing well and plans to move back to North Carolina where she lived prior to meeting and marrying Hal. Good hunting Hal...Don Hall djhdestin@cox.net..." [01APR2002]

TRAVER, ASCS Douglas A. Retired dbtraver752@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-45 (1971-1974) and VP-24 (1987-1990). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10AUG2012 | 11DEC2001]

TURCHI, Francis L. Retired fltavcm9@bellsouth.net "...Served with VA(HM)-13/VP-24 from January 1957 through June 1960 at Chincoteage and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Flew crew on HA-6 and LR-8 at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from December 1953 through December 1956, NAF China Lake, CA from July 1960 through November 1962, HU-2/HC-2 from August 1963 through March 1968, AMD Lakehurst from March 1968 through July 1971, VQ-2 from August 1971 through July 1975, NAAS Corry Field, Florida from September 1975 through March 1978, USS Saratoga CV-60 from April 1978 through September 1980, VA-72 NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida from October 1980 through March 1982, AIMD Meridian, MS from April 1982 through June 1983, 4/82-6/83, VT-10 from July 1983 through June 1985, USS Nimitz CVN-68 from July 1985 through November 1987, and retired November 1, 1987. Went to work at NADEP Pensacola from January 1989 through April 1995. Been in contact with several VA(HM)-13/VP-24/HC-2/VQ-2 personnel through the years. Call anytime..." [E-Mail Updated 25FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 12MAY2001 | 28NOV99]


VANCE, Duane dvance@snet.net "...I served with VAHM-13/VP-24 from 1957-1960. I had various jobs AL/AT type. I hope to attend the next Reunion. I served with VPB-101/VX-4 from 1945-1951 and am now maintaining the mailing list for our next Reunion which will be near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in September 2000. For more information and to get on the mailing list, just send me your name and address..." [11APR2000]

VARILLA, Alex Alexnbabs@aol.com "...I served with the "Batmen" of VP-24 from 1977 - 1979, the "Pros Nest" of VP-30 from 1979 - 1981 and the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 from 1981 - 1985. I miss those days when the Navy was fun, we had a mission and an adversary..." [02JUN98]

VASSILAKIS, CDR George J. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/CSOtext.htm "...CDR George J. Vassilakis - United States Navy - Chief Staff Officer - Central Patrol and Reconaissance Wing Eleven. Commander Vassilakis was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1988. Completing flight training in October 1989, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Vassilakis joined VP-24 in March 1990. While assigned to the "Batmen", he served as Personnel Officer, Readiness Officer and Tactics/CNO Special Projects Officer and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) in December 1992, where he served as Flag Lieutenant. Following the disestablishment of CPWL he reported to Commander, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet and served as Flag Lieutenant from July 1993 to March 1995. In May 1995, Commander Vassilakis reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as Assistant Navigator, completing a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. During this tour, he earned a Surface Warfare Officer designation. Following this tour, he was assigned in February 1997 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC where he served as VP Aviation Assignments Officer for shore and sea detailing. He coordinated the homeport shift of the Aviation Assignments Branch to Millington, Tennessee in June 1998. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 for department head duty in July 1999. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In November 2001, Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Operations Officer. He currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer and has been selected for VP Operational Command. Commander Vassilakis' personal awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [22MAR2005]


WAGNER, AX3 Jim jimwagner@pobox.com "...I served with VP-24 (11/1966-10/1969) with 2 deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was a backup JEZ operator on Crew 4 and also worked on most of the electronics systems on the P-3-B out of the tron shop. I just got back from the 2012 VP-24 Reunion cruise and have to say it was great seeing everyone else and reconnecting after 43 years..." [21NOV2012]

WALLACE, Lou coalminer@tqci.net "...I served with VP-92, VP-83, VPB-107, VP-24. I flew in P2V7's and P-3's. I would like to hear from Shipmates in any of the squadrons I served with..." [28SEP99]

WALKER, AW1 (AW/NAC) Timothy M. Retired tmwalker@bellsouth.net "...I flew as a SS3 from 1975 until my retirement (against my will-damn high year tenure) in 1995. I started on A/B retrofits and ended with Charlie model Update llls. I flew as an instructor in VP-30 from 1975 to 1978, VP-24 from 1979 to 1985, VP-16 from 1989 to 1995 and FASO (EW Instructor) from 1985 to 1989. I retired with 9 deployments and 7000 hrs. I dont miss the BS but I do miss the flying and the friends. Any of y'all who want to, drop a line and we can re-live the old times, try and remember the stories, and end up telling a bunch of BIG lies..."

Memorial Picture "...WALLACE, Lou...It is with great sadness to inform you that our friend Lou Wallace coalminer@tqci.net (served with VP-92, VP-83, VPB-107, and VP-24) died January 15, 2001 Monday morning at 9:12 AM. May he rest in peace..." Contributed by William R. (Bill) Love Jr. AXC(AC)USN/RET bilbiker@suscom-maine.net [15JAN2001]

WALTER, MSC(SW) DALE "...I AM A BATMAN (VP-24). SERVED FROM 1/86 TO 11/88. I WAS A MS3 AND ASSIGNED TO FIRST LT DIVISION. MADE DEPLOYMENTS TO NAS Sigonella, Sicily 86 AND NAS Bermuda 88. HAD A GREAT TOUR OF DUTY AND MISS THE VP FAMILY. WOULD LIKE INFO ABOUT UNIT AWARDS RECEIVED DURING THIS PERIOD. THANKS! MSC(SW) DALE WALTERS USN BLDG 298 BMC/CAAC MAYPORT MAYPORT, FL 32218 WK:904 270-5791 HM:904 573-0628..." [01DEC98]

WALTON, CAPTAIN Pete Retired pete.walton@cox.net "...I served with VP-24 (PPC) with Bud Neubauer and Bill Wilson, VP-30 and VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Civilian life had me ending career as VP/CIO for Hess Corporation in NJ. Retired in 2008 to Surprise, AZ..." [20NOV2012]

Memorial Picture "...WARLICK, CDR Wilbur Wilson...My Father, CDR Wilbur Wilson Warlick, passed away in 2005. Dad served with VP-24 and left chrome lighters from the trip to South America, scores of official photographs showing him with members of his staff and the decommission plaque. The plaque is beautiful, and in its original case. I was Army Airborne...David Warlick david@warlick.biz..." [14JUL2010]

WARMACK, PH1 JD Retired retnavyphoto@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-26 (01/1973-03/1976), AIMD W/C 685 at NAS Key West, Florida (03/1976-02/1980) in the Camera Repair and VP-24 (02/1980-09/1985). Prior to joining the Navy I was an Air Force weenie but got smart, got out and joined the Navy. I am currently living in Ranson, WV..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 16OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 12AUG2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 24JUN2000]

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]

WEED, CDR Peter W. Retired (USNR) fireweed@cox.net "...I served with VP-24 (1967-1989), VP-30, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, VP SAU NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-69, CNAVRES NAS New Orleans, Louisiana and retired out of NAVAIRES NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I reside in Virginia Beach, VA. I wish all former and current Shipmates. Good fortune and fair winds in this challenging world arena. Keep your wings level!..." [11OCT2010]

WEHAN, Al AEW322@AOL.COM "...Served with VP-24/VAHM13 from 1955/58 stationed at Chincoteague & Malta. Flew as crewman on #3. Fond memories have been back to Malta 3 times..." [01APR98]

WELDEN, CMDMC (NAC/AW) Lawrence Thomas https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/cmc_weldon_bio.htm "...Master Chief Welden joined the Navy in July 1977. After completing recruit training in Orlando, FL, he reported to AD-A school in Millington, TN. In November 1977 he received his first orders to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, AIMD Power Plants. In September 1980, he received orders to VP-24 onboard NAS Jacksonville, Florida, assigned to Power Plants. While in VP-24 he became a P-3 Flight Engineer. He completed five deployments with VP-24 and was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. In November 1987, he reported to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate, Power Plants Division. He was selected for Chief Petty Officer during this tour. In October 1991, he received orders to VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After reporting to VP-6, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Upon his return from deployment with VP-6, he was instrumental with the decommissioning of the squadron. In March 1993, he reported to Executive Transport Department, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in support of CINCPACFLT. He was assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed a successful tour. In April 1995, he returned to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate and served as the VS Division Officer in Charge. While serving this tour, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer. In November 1997, he accepted orders as Command Master Chief to VS-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He completed two successful cruises with the squadron. In September 1999 he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in Rhode Island. He was awarded a citation from the Fleet Reserve Association for "Outstanding" Physical Readiness Training. In March 2001, he received orders to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he is currently the Command Master Chief. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit citations..." [15JUN2003]

WELLS, AMS1 Eddie Retired smart602@aol.com "...Found this great site and saw quite a few names I haven't heard in years. I retired in Mar 90 after tours in VA174/67-71, VP-49/71-75, NAS Key West AIMD/75-76, broken service until VP-24/79-83, VRF-31/83-86, and VS-22/86-90. Anyone from any of those outfits please contact me and we'll try to remember some of the old times. I move around the country all the time so let me know where you are and I may just give you a call sometime to meet for a cold one..." [02JUN98]

WERTH, BOBBY Rroadforeman@aol.com "...I WAS IN VP-24 1979 TO 1985, VP-30 1985 TO 1989, VP-45 1989 TO 1992, AND VP-30 1992 TO 1995. I HAVE ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT I HAVE BEEN STATIONED WITH OVER THE YEARS. IT'S TIME TO GET IN TOUCH AGAIN. IF ANY OF MY OLD Shipmates GET A CHANCE TO CONTACT ME PLEASE DO IT..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2001 | 13JUN98]

WESTON, AE3 Richard D rweston@deltaquick.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1962 to 1965. I was an AE3 on P2V-7 LR1 BUNO: 148362 which I believe was the last P2V built..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2004 | 13NOV2000]

WHISENHUNT, AW2 (Whiz) mwhisenhunt@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1988 to 1992 on crews 11 and 3. I am now living in Austin, TX. Still looking for Dan Verwys. Has anyone seen this guy? If so, contact me at my email address, or John Leinhauser at Special Projects, NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 08JAN2003 | Updated 03MAR98]

WHITE, Harry hrwhite821@centurytel.net "...Served a short time in VP-24 while in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, 1961. Looking for a squadron patch from 1961. Anyone who could advise me where to look please reply. Thank you..." [09MAR2004]

WIECKING, Ken wiecking@oceanic.com "...Served in VP-47 (P5M Seaplanes) 1956-60 and in VP-24 (Neptunes-P-2V-7) 1965-67...Forgot to add in my first note to you that since retiring I have followed my Navy Subspecialty of communications off and on and am now a Project Manager for telecomms projects with Time Warner Tele Comms Inc in our Hawaii subsidiary called Oceanic Communications. Have traveled the career road through Systems Analysis (another Navy Sub spec I picked up); Engineer for MITRE Corp; Realtor, real estate appraiser and devotee of this great though expensive life in paradise (also called tax hell). "Navy prepares us for almost anything" seems like a worthy tribute to our great Navy. VP-47 and VP-24 jobs set the stage for a great future in or out of the Navy..." [Updated 26MAY98]

WILLIAMS, CMDCM (AW) Jerry http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...A native of Aiken, South Carolina and a graduate of Aiken High School, Master Chief Williams enlisted in the Navy on 4 November 1975. Upon graduation from Basic Training in Orlando, Florida, he transferred to Millington, Tennessee for Aviation Ordnanceman "A" School. In August 1976, he commenced his first sea assignment onboard VP-5. He completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In December 1979, he reported for shore duty to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 as the Ordnance Night Check Supervisor. After completion of Aircrew Candidate School, Master Chief Williams earned his Naval Aircrew wings in November of 1982. He later transferred to the "Batmen" of VP-24 as an in-flight ordnanceman. While there he was selected as a Squadron Ordnance NATOPS Evaluator. Master Chief Williams's next assignment was as a Recruit Company Commander at Great Lakes, Illinois, from July 1985 to January 1989. He successfully trained five Rifle Companies, four Ceremonial Units, and 15 Ceremonial Drill Team Units (three earning the coveted "Hall of Fame" Award). He was twice selected as the distinguished leader of the graduating companies, and subsequently selected as the Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center 1987 Sailor of the Year. In January 1989, Master Chief Williams received orders to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 as the Ordnance Branch Chief Petty Officer. After a successful sea tour with the "Pelicans" he reported to CPW-11 as Assistant Weapons Officer and Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Williams received orders in May 1995 to the Pre-commissioning Unit for USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) serving as the Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. In November 1996, he assumed duties as Command Master Chief of the World Famous BULLS of VFA-37 and deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). In November 1998, Master Chief Williams reported as the Command Master Chief of Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In July 2001, Master Chief Williams was selected as Command Master Chief for the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5. He has earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare specialist, Naval Aircrew Wings, Master Training Specialist badge and is a Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, class 87. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and service medals..." [02JUN2003]

WILLIAMSON, Tony tony@hamptonroads-homefinder.com "...Reported to VP-24 directly from A School in Millington in 1967. After reporting in, I learned my services were required immediately in the 1st Lt. Division. Lt. Hudson did a great job in developing and then supervising my mop swinging abilities. Got a "promotion" to squadron duty driver. Mike Schultze where are you? On my first deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, "Schultzie" and me worked 2 months of 12 hrs on; 12 hrs off under the ever watchful eyes of Chief Arrington (did he really shoot at Jap zeros at Pearl Harbor?) and AB1 Vince Miller. Finally got to P/P and became acquainted with Chief Harold Dotson and ADJ1 Charlie Mulligan. Lt. Frank Heckler was the OIC and a nice guy. Other AD's I remember: Walt McKeever, AJ Jaramallio, KW Davis, Bill Clode (deceased), Frank Carmen, "Goose" Halter, Dick Johnson, "Deputy Dawg", Scotty, Bryant Hicks, Paul Enhle, "HUB" Bradley and Randall Rampke. Rampke was the guy who turned his VW over in the barracks parking lot one night! Was very fortunate to fly on Cdr. Martini's crew as 2nd. F/E. 1st. F/E was AM1 Frank Moore and I remember him as a class act. Other crew members I recall: Don Holt, Jim Fleming and Lt. Ingram. Also remember AM2 Walt Lasher, AO2 Tony Eicher. Great guys! Was discharged in July, 70 as an ADJ2. Returned to college, graduated and have been living and working the Hampton Roads, VA area. Would appreciate hearing from anybody that remembers me..." [E-Mail Updated 08JAN2003 | 29AUG2000]

WILSON, LCDR Bill Retired bjwilson@fastransit.net "...Flew 1st Radioman on WV-2s in VW-11 as AT3/AT2, then as a radioman on DP2Vs (DP2e) in VU-8, then made NESEP at NC State U, graduated in 1967, to OCS, Newport, then NFO training at VT-10, went on to VP-24 as NAV/TACCO in P-3Bs on CDR Martini's crew with Al Buckowick in 1969, transitioned to P-3C's, first to qualify as TACCO in squadron. As BEARTRAP projrct officer flew with PPC Jerry Zelfer, Dave Stevens, Jim Rather, BK Webb, Bud Neubauer, deploying on both coasts on BEARTRAP flights. Also served as the AW Division officer and NATOPS evaluator. Selected for PG School Monterey in 1972, after graduation was lassoed by USNA and taught there for 4 years. Selected for the AEDO program and sent to VP-30 where I retired as LCDR in Training/Plans Officer Job in 1978. Taught at Univ of North Fla in Math/Computer Science for a while then went to work for BellSouth as Systems Analyst until retirement in 1996..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | BIO Updated 24SEP2000 | 22SEP2000]

WILSON, Colin xlont@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-24 from 1962 until 1965 when I was discharged. I was an AT and flew on crew 7 (LR-7) 143175, call sign shortage 7. I believe VP-24 was the last active duty squadron that flew the P2V-7's. We were based out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia. We made many deployments as all VPers did but most notable was the one to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Crisis. While President Kennedy was announcing the blockade on national television we were touching down at Gitmo. I've seen many TV shows about the Cuban Crisis and in one of the films you can see a P2V-7 with LR on the tail. If anyone can make out the number of that plane I would really like to know. We tracked the Russian ships for many days and photographed the missles being removed by them. I was 18 years old at the time and was convinced I personally saved the world. LOL For all of you that might have heard otherwise there were really Russian Subs there, big time. NS Rota, Spain was a great place to serve in the early 60's. When they moved the submarine base from Holyoke, Scotland to NS Rota, Spain the price of everything in town almost doubled. Those submarine sailors came to town with dollars hanging out of their pockets and beer went from 5 cents to a dime overnite. I won't mention the other important purchases there. I have only remained in contact with one fellow vper over the years. If anyone can provide any info on Joe Kiel, Tom Jones, Mike Rumsey, Buz Carrol, Bob Wenzel Ben Rickert, or Carl Kowalke please e-mail me..." [19JUN99]

WISE, AD1(AW) Michael mrwise@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-24 (1981-1985) in Power Plants with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda and VT-4 (1985-1988) at NAS Pensacola, Florida until I was discharged. I went to work in 1988 as a mechanic for NorthWest Airlines In Minnesota until 2005. I now work as a Fire Fighter/EMT. I also own a Fire Extinguisher Servicing Company and am employed as a weekend supervisor for the Dow Chemical Company. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16DEC2010]

WITHINGTON, Stephen withingtons@bellsouth.net "...I was in VXN-8 in 1967 to 1970 then went to VP-24 to 1972..." [27MAR2007]

WITMER, AD1(AC) Jon A. Retired jwitmer59@comcast.net "...I served aboard NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1967 to 1968) flying C-54's as a Plane Captain . Joined up with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida on their moved from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 72. Was F/E on Crew 5 for 3 of the best years of my life. Left after the we got back from NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 75. Does any one know what happened to the P-3 that AT1 Jim Mason (rip) painted on the wall of our room on the trird floor of the VP barracks in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Remember "Pappy" Nansteel!!...I was a ADR2 in VS-24 P/P & QA from January 1969 till the end of the cruise on Yorktown. Had some great times, Springboard 69 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR & NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and what a cruise in Yorktown. Any old salts from the past E-mail and keep in touch..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 15APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 24AUG2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 16JUL2000 | 09APR99]

WOLFORD, Larry lwlasers@aol.com "...I was in VP-24 , NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. from Oct. 1955 thru Jan. 1959. During this time VP-24 was renamed VA(HM)-13, then subsequently reversed back to VP-24. I spent two tours of duty in Halfar Malta. in 1956 and 1958. Spent hundreds of hours off the coast of Florida looking for Russian submarines during the Cape Canaveral era. The squadron was made up of P2V-2's, P2V-6M's, then went to P2V-5F's. I was discharged in January of 1959 and shortly there after I was told that NAS Chincoteague was de-activated. I lost all contact with many squadron friends..." [11SEP2000]

WOOD, AE2 John woodymkiv@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 from May of 1990 through June of 1993. I was an Aircraft Electricians Mate 2cd class assigned to the the AE shop and TAD to 62F inertial nav shop aT AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [07JAN2009]

WOODARD, Bill billwood@mail.utexas.edu "...Served with VPB-104/VP-104/VPB-24 Squadron..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAR2000 | 05AUG98]

WOODBURN, AW John jw@johnwoodburn.com "...I served with VP-24 from 75-78, as an AW3. I was Radar operator on Jay Beasleys last flight on a P3 before he retired and also attended his retirement party in Burbank CA shortly thereafter. I am interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 02APR2001 | 11DEC97]

WOODS, PR1 John J. Retired jwoodsusn@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1984 to 1987. I worked in the PR/AME Shop with Ray John, Ed Miller, Paula Wittle, Saccamamaho, Chief Jackson and others. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUL2010]

WOOLEY, Bryan W. bwwooley@usa.net"...I am a P-3 Flight Engineer and was a proud "Batman" of VP-24 from 87-91 and went to NATC Pax River (FWATD) from 91-94 and I am currently a "Fighting Marlin" in VP-40, Whidbey Island. Glad to see we can all keep in touch!! Feel free to contact me via e-mail..."

WYNN, AX2 Andrew awynn55@yahoo.com "...Joined VP-24 right after 1977 deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Went on two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Have photographs of the "Over the Hump Party", 1979. Also have other incriminating photos from the same deployment, and stateside atrocities committed in partnership with fellow Batmen. Ready to spill the beans, so all my old pals had best cooperate. Ha!..." [25OCT2000]


YAEGER, CAPTAIN John W. http://www.ndu.edu/icaf/facultystaff/yaeger.htm "...Captain John W. Yaeger was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974. Following flight training he was assigned to VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1976 to March 1980. Captain Yaeger served as Ground Safety Officer, Line Division Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer while qualifying as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Maintenance Check Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Orion Aircraft. The Squadron deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily during Captain Yaeger's tour. Captain Yaeger received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in October of 1982. Subsequently he was assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Assistant Combat Direction Center (CDC) Officer. Captain Yaeger qualified as Combat Information Center Officer, Ships Weapon System Coordinator, Tactical Action Officer and Command Duty Officer. During his three years assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), he made two Mediterranean deployments and participated in numerous detachments along the United States East and Gulf Coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea. Following transfer from USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in late 1985, Captain Yaeger was assigned to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Yaeger performed duties as Command Services, Administrative and Operations Officer while deploying to the Mid-Atlantic region. From October 1987 until January 1991, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the Pentagon on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Branch Head, Mobile Surveillance Systems (OP-244). Captain Yaeger reported to Training Air Wing FIVE, in Milton, Florida, for assignment as Executive Officer of VT-2 in May 1991 and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer in October 1991. VT-2 provides primary flight training in the T-34C to USN, USMC, USAF, USCG, officers as well as officers from several Allied Nations. Captain Yaeger was named instructor of the quarter three times and designated a Master Training Specialist. Following command, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from July 1993 until July 1996 as the Commandant's Operations Officer. He instructed courses in leadership and character development. Captain Yaeger is the Class Vice President for the Naval Academy Class of 1974. He is also Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary's Parish School in Annapolis, Maryland. St. Mary's Parish School (K-12) provides a coeducational college preparatory curriculum. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the school. Captain Yaeger is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Academic Administration at The George Washington University. Captain Yaeger's current assignment is Dean of Faculty at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Captain Yaeger graduated from ICAF in June of 1997 and received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy..." [13JUN2003]

YOHO, John jryoho@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (12/1963-09/1966). I flew with Crew-11 and Crew-5 as a MAD Operator aboard the P2V-5 and 7..." [E-Mail Updated 14MAR2014 | 22MAY2002]


Memorial Picture "...ZABRISKIE, Donald...To all VP-24 Shipmates: I just received a letter from Jane Zabriski, the wife on Shipmate Donald Zabriskie. On February 4, 2001 Don answered the final muster. To those of you who knew Don, I think you will agree he was a good Shipmate. In his last years while suffering from terminal cancer, he was not to concearned with how much more time he had but rather how he would use the time granted him. I communicated with him frequently, he was always upbeat and never bitter. I hope you will all bid Don a good ferwell and hope we will all serve together again in the new life that never ends. God bless his wife and family..." Contributed by Herman Jacobs Wild1930@AOL.com [24FEB2001]

ZIMMERMAN, Zeke emrzim@aol.com "...Was in VP-4 79-81 as a flight engineer. Don't remember which crew but definately had a good time as a flight engineer. Still doing the same thing but with the U. S. Customs. Plan on retiring again in 2005. Hello and fair winds to all my old Shipmates. VP-45 71-74, VP-30 74-78, VP-24 78-79, VP-4 79-81, and VP-17 84-87. Hope to hear from you'all..." [05MAR98]


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