VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ACORD, Ray MAcord@cs.com "...Assigned to VU-5A in February, 1958 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Crew member in Jig Dogs for two years. I would be interested in communicating with anyone who served in VU-5A from 1958 through 1960. I have some great memories. Even the few misadventures aren't so bad looking back. Now, I'm looking for old Shipmates..." [20AUG2001]

ALBERS, Wiliam (Bill) P. usna1953@aol.com "...I served in three squadrons listed in VPNavy: VU-5 ( NAS Atsugi, Japan 3/55 - 8/57), VP-1 ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 7/60 - 4/62) and VO-67 (formed at NAS Alameda, California and deployed to Nakon Phonom, 5/67 - 8/68)..." [15MAR99]

BEESON, Ken 1066-kwb@sensible-net.com "...I was with VU-5 Det "A" at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines during 1961 - 1963. We flew a JD (actually a B-26 Martin Marauder) and all the AD's as platforms for pulling sleeves for the surface fleet to shoot at. The C.O. was CDR. Gordon (crash) Duncan. I recall the WV's (all Super Connies, with Radomes on top) from Guam coming there to ride out a typhoon. They sat on the pad as I recall for 2-3 days turned up pointed into the wind. I was there when Nam was becoming active and one day we were rolling out and saw a U-2 lift off the run way. NO ONE even knew it was there. ANYONE who remembers me, or was there when I was I was, please e-mail me..." WebSite: http://www.sensible-net.com/1066-kwb/ [13OCT99]

Memorial Picture "...BLUM, James Orville Jr. "Joe"...4/21/1935 - 6/3/2009 - Born in Saxon, SC to Florence & James Blum. Joe earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with Silver Palms. He joined the US Navy in 1953, and had a 20 year career in naval aviation which would take him all over the Pacific. He proudly served with VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1955 to 1959, VU-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field in 1954, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1962 to 1963, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1973. He later worked at Ford Aerospace and the Kennedy Space Center in spacecraft electrical engineering. Joe's wife Dorothy preceded him in death just a few months ago. He leaves behind two children, John Blum (Diane) of San Jose, CA, and Nancy Wilson (Neil) of Lafayette, CA; three step-children, Stephanie Zimmerman (Dean) of Titusville, FL, Wendy Taylor (Bobby) of Duncan, SC, and Dwane Church (Kim) of Moore, SC; 15 grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Medlock of SC..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [14JUL2009]

BLUM, Joe joeblum@excite.com "...I served in VU-5( NAS Atsugi, Japan) during the period 1955-1959. I also served in VU-7 ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field) (1954), VP-4 (Okinawa and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-30 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) in 1973..." [08MAY2002]

BOWER, George E. c/o His Son Mike Bower mncbower@msn.com "...I served with VU-5 NAS Atsugi, Japan from February 1956 to February 1958..." [07MAY2004]

BRIGGS, Bryce bryceb@nctimes.net "...From 1948 thru 1952 served in VU-7a (later VU-3) LTA Santa Ana, VU-7B (later VU-5) NAS Agana, Guam (and detatchments in AFB Tachikawa & AFB Itazuki, Japan and VU-7 located at various times at NAS Miramar, ALF Ream, & NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Served the rest of my 22 years in VF & VA sqdns on CVAs. Have kept in touch with many VU Shipmates and would enjoy hearing from more..." [07SEP2001]

BROUTHERS, Joe joebr@frontiernet.net "...I served with VU-5 from 1960 to 1962 in the AT Shop..." [13MAY2009]

CAVALLI, Fred Jr. edfre1@aol.com "...I was assigned to VU-5, Detachment "B" in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I was there in l962-64. I worked in the Operations Department, as Ops Yoeman. Interested in finding any/all enlisted, or officers also assigned. I really enjoyed this assignment. I did, (what is now called) Aviation Logs and Record assignment (AZ??)..." [06APR2001]

CULVER, PH3 Dale dec4@cox.net "...I served with VU-5A at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from March 1964 to September 1965, VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in October 1965, TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in January 1966, NAS North Island, San Diego, California in May 1966 until E.O.E. I worked in respective Photo Labs..." [BIO Updated 23AUG2009 | E-Mail Updated 07SEP2007 | Rate Updated 07SEP2005 | 28JAN2005]

ELY, AD2 Laurence (Larry) llely@comcast.net "...I served with VU-7A and VU-1 1951 to 1952 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where I was the Plane Captain of TBM-17 until they brought in 2 more JD-1s, which I was then Plane Captain of UA-4. Went to NAS Agana, Guam and was 1st Mechanic on a JD-1, then went to Miho, Japan to VU-5 Det. C where I took over as Plane Captain of UE-14. I was there when they shut down Det. C and went to NAS Atsugi, Japan where I remained until discharged in November 1954..." [13APR2006]

FETZER, MCPO Edwin L. Retired elfetzer@embarqmail.com "...I served with VU-5A (10/1962-1964) with a detachment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (still have Cruise Book). I flew aboard the old A1-E/AD-5 towing targets, etc. and retired in 1986. I currently live in New Bern, NC..." [23APR2013]

FLYNN, ADR Tom sailingdogflynn@gmail.com "...I served with VU-5A at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1964 to 1965 on the line. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JAN2010]

GIBSON, AM2 Sam L. lee1try@fbtc.net "...Looking for fellow Shipmates from VU-3K (1954 - 1955), VU-5 (1953 - 1954 ), and VU-7 (1951 - 1953). Details: VU-3K, ALF Reem Field, San Ysidro, CA.; 1954 - 1955 VU-5, NAS Agana, Guam; 1953 - 1954 VU-7, San Diego area from 1951 - 1953: NAS Miramar; ALF Reem Field, San Ysidro, CA.; NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [22JUL2001]

HADDAWAY, Joseph "Joe" joehaddaway@aol.com "...I served with VP-28 (1956 to 1959), NTPS NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1959 to 1962), VU-5 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1962 to 1963), VF-162 NAS Miramar (1963 to 1965), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1965 to 1966), NAS Moffett Field, California (1966 to 1969), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1969 to 1970), VP-6 (1972 to 1974), NAESU NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1974 to 1978), VP-17 (1978 to 1980), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1980 to 1983), NAESU NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1983 to 1985) and then retired 1985. Closed NS Subic Bay, Philippines with NSD in 1992..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2002 | 30NOV2000]

HADLEY, AME3 Rich wanettah@msn.com "...I served with VU-5A (12/1964-06/1966) at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in the Safety and Survival Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25AUG2011]

HALL, Charles E. challl@charter.net "...I served with VU-5 from April 1963 utill November 1963 and then transfered November 1963 to A school NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I would like to hear from anyone that was there during that time period. Our Commanding Officer was Commander Pope..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUL2010 | 11MAR2000]

HARRIS, AO Ken quinlanharris@earthlink.net "...I was an AO with VU-5 from January 1954 to June 1956 stationed at NAS Agana, Guam; NAS Atsugi, Japan; Itazuke Air Force Base, Fukuoka, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. We flew JD-1 (B26) and worn out TBM's..." [27JAN2001]

HATHAWAY, James W. (Red Dog) reddog1937@aol.com "...I was assigned to VU-5A from 1957 to late 1959 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I would like to hear from anyone assigned to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I do have some pictures of our aircraft JD-1's and some of the town of Olongapo..." [BIO Updated 07SEP2003 | 15DEC2000]

HAYNES, AMS3 William "Bill" bajabil@aol.com "...I served with VU-5 (1961-1962) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan in Airframes. I flew aboard the P2, Beachcraft and Helos. Great times and alot of memories..." [04JUL2012]

INFANTE, PN3 John johni_ijohn@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1959 to 1961..." [27FEB2011]

KENNEDY, Bill aqua165@cfaith.com "...Went to VP-57, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from Aviation Prep School, NAS Norman, Oklahoma in 1955. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska as 2nd Radioman with Crew 8, LCDR Brown I think. Still remember all the missed (GCA) approaches. Was with the squadron when it was redesignated VAH-4. Left in 1957 for NATTU at NAS Olathe, Kansas, then to VF-213, NAS Moffett Field, California and WESTPAC Cruise aboard USS Lexington (CVA-16), then to VU-5 NAS Atsugi, Japan then VT-3, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and out. Great memories. Still attend USS Lexington (CVA-16) and VF-213 Reunions..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2004 | 26DEC2001]

LACHAPELLE, AMH3 Dick dlachapelle@peoplepc.com "...Served with VU-5A NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from March 1961 to October 1962. 1 JD1 in service but she flew very few hours and was gone within 5 or 6 months. I never flew in that aircraft. 3 AD5'S #22, 23 and 24 were the main stay aircraft and an SNB was added towards the end of my service. I was an AMH3 worked in the structural shop for chief Jess Geraro and flew aircrew, Right seat and the reels. Had a few fun incidences and of course helped trap pigs. When a Boar was in the trap all worked stopped while we went to get it and the mess guys would butcher it for us. Great experiences with great guys and pilots. Love to here from anyone from that era. Aircraft 23 was BUNO: 33856. Aircraft 24 still had not been painted with the grey, yellow and high visability orange when I arrived I painted it. We were the Workhorse of the Luzon and Our patch has a carabao pulling a bucket I still have mine with other odds and ends..." [01APR2002]

LaCHAPELLE, ATC Ernie Retired erniej@gte.net "...I retired in 1975 from NAS Lemoore, California. I served with VP-22 from 1960-1962 Crew 4 with LT Dwight Hahn PPC, Rags PC, and others whose names I have forgotten and VP-40 from 1957-1959. Years in between VU-7, VU-5 and irony VA-22. Loved the years in VP's, but on recollection wonder how we survived. Would like to hear from some old timers. Just retired from the Boeing Company..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 03DEC2002 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 08SEP99]

LOCKHART, Kay M. c/o Adam Lockhart aka@usfamily.net "...I served with VU-7 at NAS Miramar, California and VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan between 1950 - 1952. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28SEP2014]

MAYO, Charles "Chuck" chuckmayo@suddenlink.net "...I served with VU-5 from November 1952 to July 1954. Flew as AO crew member on a JD-1 #16 & 20 with deployments to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Atsugi, Japan, Miho, Fukioka, Phippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. I'm 80, so I doubt there are many left. Carlo, Fiero, Renfro, Szmborski, Sota, to name a few. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02APR2011]


McGHEE, AT3 Gary garym@ktc.com "...Assigned to VU-5A, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from January of 1958 until September of 1960. Twidget and crew member in the Jig Dogs. I can remember some good times, some adventures, and a couple of misadventures while in the P.I. I would enjoy hearing from any of the Shipmates who served with me. We were a small attachment, but often made a lot of noise..." [E-Mail Updated 17NOV2002 | 20AUG2001]

MILES, Joseph D. "Jig Dog Miles" jigdogmiles@hotmail.com "...I served with VU-3 (1951-1952), VU-5 (1952-1954) at NAS Agana, Guam, VR-3 (1954-1957) MATS at NAS Moffett Field, California as well as VR-21 later assigned to VP-31, VR-7, VQ-1, VW-4 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VRF-31 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and PMTC at NAS Point Mugu, California..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2013 | BIO Updated 23JAN2005 | 30MAY2004]

MYERS, Jerry glmyers@whidbey.net "...I served in VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan Jun-61 through Aug-63. Flew to Hong Kong in one of Det Bravo's P2's as a reward for an outstanding on the COMUTWINGPAC ADMAT inspection. Used to run with Jim Simmons, Charlie Dalberg, and most of the other avionics gang. Came back to VC-5 as CMC 1986-1989..." [04JAN99]

PAESE, AMS3 Emanuel M. mkpaese46@gmail.com "...I served with VC-5 / VU-5 (1965-1967) in Airframes and Powerplants. I was discharged in 1968..." [21JUL2011]

PERKINS, PH2 Daniel J. perkindj@uwec.edu "...I served with VU-5 Det. A. from March 1962 at the photo lab. I see on Google Earth the place is a resort!. Oh, well, I've still got good memories..." [23MAR2008]

PERRYMAN, Danny A. dannyp_72002@up link.net "...I served in VU-5, NAS Atsugi, Japan from January 1959 until June 1961. I had a lot of good times in Sagmi and Yamata. I would like to hear from anyone who was there at the time I was. Would like to hear from my old friends and talk about old times..." [26JUN2001]

PHELPS, AO3 Kenneth vu5a@neo.rr.com "...I served with VU-5A from 1963 to 1964. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 26JAN2009 | 01JUL2001]

PRINGLE, AFCM James Retired jrpfishpond@awsomenet.net "...I served with VU-5 from 1958 to 1960. My step brother, Richard Chambers, was also in VU-5 and transfered in 1959. What a great time it was in Japan back in those days. Loved the JD-1. I was an a non-designated striker when I check on board VU-5 working out of airfames and the liberty was so good I was still a non-designated airman when I transfered to VAH-4 two years later. I retired from the Navy in 1990 as an AFCM. Would to hear from anyone was in VU-5 during the same time period that might remember me..." [11OCT2003]

ROACH, ATC Jim Retired jimroach@ipa.net "...I was an ATAN-AT2 in VU-5 and VC-5 from 1964-1968. I later was in NAS Atsugi, Japan 1968-1971, VA-55 1971-1974, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1974-1977, VP-9 1977-1981, and NAS Moffett Field, California 1981-1983 where I retired as an ATC. I can truthfully say that the 4 years with VC-5 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan were the best of my career, although my VP-9 deployment to Iceland in 1980 has to rank right up there at the top!If anyone remembers me, feel free to e-mail me..." [04FEB2001]

SCHMUTZLER, AK2 Robert trebor462@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-5 (04/1963-06/1965) at NAS Atsugi, Japan including one 6 month (1964) TDY to Main Supply..." [05AUG2014]

SIMS, AE3 William H. "Bill" whsts865@gmail.com "...I served with VU-5A (1962-1963), VX-6 (1963-1964) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island with an Operation Deep Freeze (1963) and aboard the USS Essex (CVS-9) (1964-1965) until my discharge (1965)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03DEC2010 | 18NOV2010]

SMITH, Victor L. vsmith312@charter.net "...Served in the Navy from 1947 to 1952. Stationed at Santa Ana LTA Base, Guam and Japan. I served with VU-7a, VU-3 and VU-5. We towed targets with Jig Dogs and Turkeys..." [10OCT2003]

SCHENCK, AMCS Eugene Retired Shipmate Pix gschnavy@aol.com "...Served in the Overhaul of Navy P5M Aircraft at Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka/Kobe, Japan for both VP-40 and VP-50 1960 to 1963. Made serveral visits to both Squadrons for Aircraft Inspections with Tommy Thompson Martin Aircraft Company Rep. Served in VU-5B / VC-5B in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1965 to 1968, served in Airframes Shop and as a flight crew member on the US-2C. Crew Member on the 1st flight into Vietnam and then to an Aircraft Carrier off the coast of Vietnam for Mail Delivery. Also in the crew that made a wheels up landing at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1967. Retired from the Navy in 1974, then worked for 21 years with Boeing Aircraft Company. In 1968 returned to Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka, Japan to assist in starting some production work for the Boeing 767 Aircraft. Would love hearing from some of Shipmates in VP-40, VP-50 and VU-5 or VC-5, now living in Wichita, Kansas..." [PIX Added 09SEP2007 | BIO Updated 09APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 05NOV2004 | 13JAN2002]

TAROLI, ATN3 Jack jacktaroli@yahoo.com "...Attended AT "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VU-5/VC-5 Det B (1964-1965) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and VA-146 aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) with a WesPac deployment (1965-1966). Looking for a squadron patch and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19DEC2014 | BIO Updated 22JAN2014 | BIO Updated 05NOV2005 | 24DEC2004]

TUCKER, AMS2 William R. tuckerwtoccoa@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-5 (1963-1965)NAS Atsugi, Japan and was TDY to KDU 25 stationed at Yokosuka, Japan. We were TDY on ships, Tug Boats, LST's, DE's, DD's and Crusiers to Carriers for drone surface to air gunnery exercises. In 1964 I was assigned to remote control speed boats and was TDY to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NS Subic Bay, Philippines for surface to surface exercises. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [30JUL2013]

WAKEFIELD, Wendell genboblee@gbronline.com "...I served with FASRON-11 in June 1958 to February 1959 and VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan..." [25JAN2004]

WALLACE, AT3 Donald A. Shipmate Pix cdad800@comcast.net "...I served with VU-5 (1953-1954) at Guam and Itazuki, Japan and VU-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (which was moved to Brown Field outside of Chulavista in California). Also 3-4 week temperary detachment NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Looking for VU-5 patch "We Drag The Rag". Looking for Buddy George Connors or any other Shipmates..." [18MAR2013]

WENTZEL, Don c087946@pweh.com "...Served in VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan, Naha, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines--4/62 till 7/64. Flew right seat in the JD's and plane capt. the F-8's..." [21APR99]

WILLIAMS, MCPO Jerry G. Retired saltydog327@att.net "...I served with VU-5 (1960-1962) at NAS Atsugi, Japan and worked on the line and Power Plants Shop. I was a Plane Captain aboard the SNB-5P and JD1. I retired in 1990..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2014 | 02APR2006]

WOOD, Doyle doylew283@gmail.com "...I served with VU-5 (08/1957-09/1959) as a JD1 plane captain..." [08AUG2016]

ZIRIN, Joseph zir121527@aol.com "...I was assigned to VJ-15, which very soon was changed to VU-5 in the fall of 1946, right out of boot camp - Bainbrige. The OGU from Bainbridge was composed of all the draft leftovers that accumalated after a period of time that caused the last names of the draft to begin with w,x,y, and z. We were shipped to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and bussed to VJ-15, for roster call. The Leading Chief was a gray haired guy with hash marks to the groung. When he started to take the roster, after about six names he said what the hell? He never saw so many names that were at the end of the alphabet. Anyways were all split up and assigned to fill in empty slots in the squadron jobe or tasks. After a year and some months I was was sent to NAS Norfolk, Virginia to be assigned to the TDD-5 unit there that was a field unit of VU-5...." [03DEC2002]

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