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ASH, Tom tomcat@whidbey.net "...Served with VP-29 from 1953 through 1955. Stoud down VP-29 and reformed as VAH-2 . I then transfered to VP-4 and then to VP-2. After completing my only tour of shore duty I was transfered to VAH-4..." [03MAY98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 2009 "...CAIRNS, Irving...My father, Irving Cairns, passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2012. Dad served with VP-212, VP-HL-12 and VP-29..." Contributed by Family Member jcairnsflaherty@gmail.com [Updated PIX 23JAN2012 | 22JAN2012]


CALLAHAN, Ed Irishejc@aol.com "...I served with VP-29 from 1953-1956 on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was an AO and in flight Crew #6..." [04NOV99]

CARAWAY, AEC Tom Retired trbltom@earthlink.net "...I was an AEAN in ATU-10 in 1948, then to FASRON-114 in 49-AE3. Transfered to FASRON-112 in 50. Made AE2 and was one of 26 regulars transfered with Cheif Fred Murcray to VP-812 to help them get checked out in P2Vs in 52. The squadron was redesignated VP-29. We deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan where I made AE1. Upon return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington I am told I was the first AE to be made Plane Captain on P2Vs. January 1954 we deployed to Kwajalien as Crew 8, Lt. Bob Hubenette was PPC, Ed Meyers Copilot, R. D. Butler AT1, W. R. Miller ALC, R. D. Day AT3, McMahon AD3 and Joe Teague. We participated in Operation Castle out of Entawetok. Went back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington trained and deployed to Okinawa as Crew 5, LCDR Gene Lane PPC, Stan Onderdonk Copilot, Ens Graves Navigator, Zalenski AT3, Donahue AD3, J. S. McDonald AL1, Henrey Arrends AT3, and Phil Rossi AO1. We flew the Straits of Formosa. Upon arrival back at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on 16 Oct 54, VP-29 was disbanded and redesignated VAH-2 home ported at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I went thru the training for Plane Captain on A3Ds but went to B school. Made AEC in 1955. Shore duty and to AIRBOSSRON 2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1959. Flew as ECC and Chief Cook on SH 12 over a year. The squadron combined with the VWs to become AEWBarRonPac. Started teaching in BLDG 109 and set up a leadership program. I made E8. Capt John Mishan named me Leading Chief until shorevey got me in 1963 - to shore duty. In 1966 back to sea duty with VP-19 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan completed the deployment and back to NAS Moffett Field, California to retire October 1967. I have lots of memories, photos, and still remain in contact with several of my "old" Shipmates. Give me a call!..." [27JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...COMEAUX, James Nester...I'm looking for anyone with any information about my father James Nester Comeaux. Dad served with VP-29 and passed away when I was only 18 months old. Any help would be greatly appreciated...Harry Comeaux harrycomeaux@yahoo.com..." [28OCT2009]

JOHNSON, Robert Heuer c/o LTC Leslie Achterberg leslie.achterberg@us.army.mil "...My father-in-law, Robert Johnson, served VP-29 on Kwajelein sometime between 1951-1954 and flew 52 missions in support of the Korean War. He would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04MAY2011]

JONES, AD2 Roy E. rej914131@aol.com "...I served with VP-29 from 1952 to 1954 in the Operation Castle. Have Picture of Engineering Department with all names..." [11DEC2009]

KRINARD, ARM2 Edward Neal c/o His Son Neal Krinard neal@jp2way.com "...My Dad, ARM2 Edward Neal Krinard, served with VP-29. Dad is 91 and lives in Paducah, KY and worked for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from 1951 to 1984. Dad would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [01JUL2013]

LaCOURSIERE, AO3 Larry larlorlac@aol.com "...I served with VP-29 (1952-1955). I was an AO2 for a couple months until I missed a flight and the commanding officer decided that I should be an A03 again! I took advantage of the GI-bill and became an electrical engineer in 1959. After that, it was many government programs such as Apollo, Minuteman, airborne torpedos, Marine Corps communications van, electromagnetics and ergonomics. I was involved with the design of Control Data Mainframe and Airborne Computers from 1969 to 1983..." [BIO Updated 14MAY2018 | 12MAY2018]

MITCHELL, CAPTAIN Edgar Dean Retired http://vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov/er/seh/mitchell.htm "...Edgar Dean Mitchell (Captain, USN, Ret.) - NASA Astronaut. EDUCATION: Attended primary schools in Roswell, New Mexico, and is a graduate of Artesia High School in Artesia, New Mexico; received a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1952, a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1961, and a doctorate of science degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964; presented an honorary doctorate of science from New Mexico State University in 1971, and an honorary doctorate of engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1971. EXPERIENCE: Captain Mitchell's experience includes Navy operational flight, test flight, engineering, engineering management, and experience as a college instructor. Mitchell came to the Manned Spacecraft Center after graduating first in his class from the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School where he was both student and instructor. He entered the Navy in 1952 and completed his basic training at the San Diego Recruit Depot. In May 1953, after completing instruction at the Officers' Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, he was commissioned as an Ensign. He completed flight training in July 1954 at Hutchinson, Kansas, and subsequently was assigned to VP-29 deployed to Okinawa. From 1957 to 1958, he flew A3 aircraft while assigned to Heavy Attack Squadron Two deployed aboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD and USS TICONDEROGA; and he was a research project pilot with Air Development Squadron Five until 1959. His assignment from 1964 to 1965 was as Chief, Project Management Division of the Navy Field Office for Manned Orbiting Laboratory. He has accumulated 5,000 hours flight time--2,000 hours in jets. NASA EXPERIENCE: Captain Mitchell was in the group selected for astronaut training in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 10. He completed his first space flight as lunar module Pilot on Apollo 14, January 31 - February 9, 1971. With him on man's third lunar landing mission were Alan B. Shepard, spacecraft commander, and Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot. Maneuvering their lunar module, "Antares," to a landing in the hilly upland Fra Mauro region of the moon, Shepard and Mitchell subsequently deployed and activated various scientific equipment and experiments and collected almost 100 pounds of lunar samples for return to Earth. Other Apollo 14 achievements include: first use of Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET); largest payload placed in lunar orbit; longest distance traversed on the lunar surface; largest payload returned from the lunar surface; longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours); longest lunar surface EVA (9 hours and 17 minutes); first use of shortened lunar orbit rendezvous techniques; first use of color TV with new vidicon tube on lunar surface; and first extensive orbital science period conducted during CSM solo operations. In completing his first space flight, Mitchell logged a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes. He was subsequently designated to serve as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 16. He is currently Chairman of the Board, Forecast Systems Inc., Provo, Utah, and West Palm Beach, Florida..." [29JUN2003]

MORRIS, Bob B. morris.bob732@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-29 (1952-1955) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. I flew as a Radar Operator with Crew-6 and Crew-2..." [05SEP2020]

PREHNAL, AM2 Rudy okmouse2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-812 at NAS Kodiak, Alaska from 1951 to 1952 and VP-29 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAS Atsugi, Japan in 1952. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2009 | 20JAN98]

SERING, Darwin "Charlie" dub@charter.net "...I was in VP-29 from 1953 - 1956 and was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and later at NAS North Island, San Diego, California when the squadron was changed to VAH-2. I would like to hear from anybody that was in VP-29 during those years. Also I would like to hear of any upcoming Reunions for this squadron. It seems like it is next to impossible to trace any of my Shipmates in VP-29. I was an Ordnanceman in the squadron and remember alot of my buddies names but have no way of contacting them. I can only hope that they visit this site and recognize my name..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 02AUG2001 | 28OCT99]

SPARR, Marion E. edwashsparrs@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-29 when it was activated from VP-812 in 1951 or 2 and while deployed in Japan . I was an enlisted man radar operator on the Neptune..." [E-Mail Updated 25DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 04OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 18JUL2000 | 09APR2000]

SRAMEK, William b.sramek@comcast.net "...I served with VP-29 (arrived three days after hurricane CELIA hit) in August 1970. I spent the next three years at AMD Praloft and 4 years with VP-60. Great time spent in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I finally returned to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 4 years ago and hardly recognized it..." [22MAY2011]

SULLIVAN, Thomas P. c/o His Daughter Cori Miller taekwondokids@aol.com "...We are researching information on my dad's service, Thomas P. Sullivan of St. Louis, Mo. He served with VP-29, Crew 7, based in NAS Atsugi, Japan in the years approx 1952-1954. We also are interested in learning more about the time he spent in the winter of 1954 in Operation Castle. For anyone stationed with him, my mother has numerous photos from his service time, though we are unable to identify most of the people in the photos. Some are large base and squadron photos, others are personal photos..." [22APR2002]

TALBOTT, Richard fishmonger_92586@Yahoo.com "...I served in VP-29 (VPHL-12) at NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1949. Tailhooks until Aug? l952, then to VW-2 Det A at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco until July of l955, then more tailhooks. Retired in 1968. I had some great times flying over Europe in the P4Ms We had three. I can only remember the last three #s 208, 370,and 372. We also had a P2V for training. No operations. I was an AO2 at the time and spent many watchful hours in the tail turret. Anyway, enough Sea Stories. CAVU..." [14OCT2000]

TEAGUE, Joseph "Joe" jhteague2002@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-812 on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in September 1951 shortly before VP-812 was decommissioned and the squadron was recommissioned as VP-29. Went to NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1952 to 1953 and to Qwajaline in 1954. I flew as 'Gunner" with Crew 8 replacing Doug Broom upon his discharge. Our Commander and pilot was Lt. Hubinette. First Mech was Tom Carroway. Second Mech was "Mac" MaHon. Radar was R.D. Butler. First Radio was Chief MIller and Second Radio was Clarence Day. I was discharged in September 1st after our return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in August 1954. Visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacoala, Fla. I gave them a Logo patch as shown at the beginning of the VP-29 page. I also gave them as much information about us that I was sure I was remembering correctly. This was in 1996. I had a great time in the Navy. My total time served was with VP-29 after Boot Camp in San Diego and the Combat Air Training School at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2002 | 20JUN2000]

TRUELOVE, Gil Gil@trianglemech.com "...Following boot camp & "A" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, I was assigned to VP-812 in January 1951 at NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I was one of the "in mass" transferred to VP-29 when it was formed in 1952. I was assigned as Plane Captain on crew four and remained there on tours to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I was transferred to shore duty in May 1955 from NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I understand that VP-29 was deactivated on return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Following 24 months at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C., I was assigned to AEW-11 and a 24 month tour to Newfoundland. I decided that I needed a change and took my discharge after ten years..." [18OCT2002]

VanSTAALDUINE, Gene genevans@home.com "...I served in VP-812, and then in VP-29 which deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan in September 1952. I was an Aviation Machinist Mate (AD2) and served as Crew 8 Plane Captain and Bow Gunner on the P2V-5s. We converted to new P2V-6s after returning to the States in April 1953. Crew 8 was in one of the 3 planes shown in the above photo of the Mt. Fuji fly-by. The fly-by occurred on November 2nd, 1952, and is listed (in my flight log-book) as a 1.6 hr FAM flight..." [02APR99]

WILLIAMS, AT2 Robert "Willy" bandgwilliams@msn.com "...I served with VP-29 (04/1951-04/1954) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as Radar Operator aboard Crew-7 with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan (10/1952-Spring/1953), Operation Castle Eniwetok (11/1953-04/1954) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (06/1955-11/1955)..." [10JUL2011]

WILLIFORD, Dick dwilliford@webtv.net "...I served in VP-812 5-51 which changed to VP-29 to NAS Atsugi, Japan. I later joined VP-19 at NAS Alameda, California thence back to NAS Atsugi, Japan. I still have cruise book "The Tail of The Tiger."..." [02APR99]

WILSON, Gene wilsongenenel@gmail.com "...I served with VP-29 (1952-1955) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and a few side trips to the Phillipines. We flew patrols off Tiawan (Formosa) during the Quemoy-Matsu Islands dispute between Nationalist & Red China. Looking for Al Irola, George Schism, the Bridges twins (Bob & Ray) and Swede Tollefson..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 05APR2009 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2003 | 02NOV2001]

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