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BLAZIER, AM2 Bill thebblaz@aol.com "...AM2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii VP-22 1955 then transferred to FASRON-117 when VP-22 deployed. Remember flag football at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and the following FASRON-117 team members - Red Pitts, Lou Henault, B J England, Paul Sampson, Phil Cotton, Ellis Douglas, Duke DiSaia, Terry Moore, Bob Carpenter, Dusty Lytle, J R Oxford, and McDowell...." [14NOV2012]

BRADY, CDR Fred L. Retired Frayd@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-117 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1946. Charlie Brower was the skipper and was a great one for morning exercise. As a radioman, I was a test crewman on every aircraft we serviced from the PV of Willington's old squaron to PB4Y2's that were left over after the war. I made 7 TRANSPACs to NAAS Camp Kearny, California were the planes were accepted one day and chopped up the next. In the early 1950's I was transferred to VP-861 NAS Jacksonville, Florida for NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. VP-861 was deployed they sent us over to VP-5 for about two months and then on to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco for the rest of the deployment. I was a plankowner VP-18 and a crewmember with crew six and seven. It was with crew seven that CDR Grainger convinced me to try for OCS and thanks to him and LT (later VADM) Murphy I made it and completed a 35 year career in 1979. I love the VPNavy. I am a volunteer at the National Museum of Naval Aviation were it is my pleasure to meet and greet many of the old timers from those great years in my life..." [11FEB2003]

CHARBONNEAUX, Thomas E. c/o Jean Charbonneaux jcharb8@msn.com "...I'm writing on behalf of my father, Thomas E. Charbonneaux, and Merlin "Ike" Eichelberger, a good friend of the family. We were going through some of my fathers navy things and came across a patch for FASRON-117. They were stationed in Hawaii from about 1951 - 1954. Tom was later transferredred to NAS Alameda, California, then Sasebo, then Hunters Point, then Tokyo, then San Francisco before retiring from the Navy at 20 years. Ike only stayed in the Navy for a few years, then made his home in Southern California. Would like to hear from anyone who knew Ike or Tom..." [08JUN2004]

CLUNAN, AT1 James A. clunanjames8@gmail.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (1951-1953) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a detachment to NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (PBM) and Dillingham gun range. A few Shipmate names are AO1 Krebs, AT2 Kaphammer, AOAN Heifner, AO3 Fox and AOAN Carson. I left the Navy in July 1953 and re-enlisted in 1961 and reported to AEWBarRonPac (1961-12/1964) and loved flying the "Willy Victors," AT "A" School Instructor (1968), VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Shop Supervisor) and a deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1970) as an Instructor, VA-34 (1973) and VT-7 (1978). I retired from Litton Industries in 1995 the U. S. Census Bureau in 2010. Now looking for new career!..." [22JUL2011]

DUGGAN, AT3 William scrunchy1@live.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (1952-1954) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas (1954-1955)..." [03NOV2010]

FRAZIER, Wesley L. weslfrazier@msn.com "...I served with VR-21 from December 1964 through December 1966. I was sent TAD to AMD, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Worked in AMD in the Carb. shop. I transferred to FASRON-117 in February 1960 until disestablishment in June 1960. It became AMD (Air Craft Maintance Department) part of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [19NOV2002]

GARRETT, CAPTAIN Ned Retired http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/G.htm "...First, Ned was ordered to MARYLAND in communications, and, in February, 1941, to NORTH CAROLINA for commissioning and fitting out. Serving first in communications then to 16" gun turret III, operating in Atlantic and Pacific until torpedoed during Guadalcanal campaign at which time he was ordered to flight training. After receiving wings, he reported as exec to VPB-201, a PBM squadron, covering convoys and various ASW operations in the Atlantic. At war's ending, he went to MIT for his masters in aero engineering. Next, Ned was ordered to BAR El Segundo in a special engineering assignment. Then, after a refresher course in PB4Y's at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he reported to FASRON-117 in Hawaii and, as C.O. built it into a heavy maintenance facility during the Korean War. Now designated for engineering duty, he reported to BuAer as Service Engines Branch Head, then as Engines Technical Officer at COMNAVAIRPAC, totaling six years of Fleet-wide engine problems. Next came BAR and INSORD at Aerojet Azusa and Sacramento on Polaris, rocket engines and torpedo programs. Making Captain, he was ordered to NAVAIRSYSCOM as Aircraft Division R&D Plans and Programs officer. Then, as C.O. of the overhaul facility, NAS Pensacola, Florida, he was back enjoying all phases of aircraft repair and production. His last duty station was as the Navy Plant Representative, Long Beach. Upon retiring, Ned went into the brokerage business, but gravitated back into aviation by going, with family, to Iran as depot manager for the F-14 program and as Advisor Director of Engineering, developing a large aircraft and engine overhaul facility in Tehran. Navy technical experience proved invaluable in a most difficult environment, but all enjoyed R&R trips throughout the Middle East, Russia, and on around the world. Mark, their youngest, skiied each winter weekend and had his high school graduation on the Tehran embassy grounds. After three years, all departed before the hostage crisis and Ned joined McDonnell-Douglas in various duties until retiring in 1984..." [21JUL2003]

HUHMANN, PO3 William J. huhmannb@juno.com "...I joined FASRON-117 in August 1957 after being transferredred from VW-2 also NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was assigned to the Supply Deptartment. Our supply quarters were in the large hanger below the Duty Officer quarters and EO's office. I remained with the squardon until my discharge in November 1959. When I left NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii I was an E4. I really enjoyed the time I spent in Hawaii, 2 years 11 months..." [14DEC2005]

JOHNSON, Floyd Clifton (Sonny) c/o His Son Captain T.A. Johnson arkansas.traveler@netzero.net "...I am posting this message for my father, Floyd Clifton (Sonny) Johnson, who was assigned to FASRON-117, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served there as a personnelman sometime between 1957 to 1960 and now lives in Jefferson County, Arkansas..." [06AUG2001]

LINGG, Everett Dale boonescreek@charter.net "...I was in FASRON-117 from the later part of 1948 through 1949, working out of the flight line. I would like to locate fellow Shipmate Orville Barbee. Orv was an AD3. I would welcome correspondence with any other Shipmates..." [18NOV2005]

LOWREY, Robert Keith klowrey31@msn.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (02/1952-02/1954) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I completed the schooling in Memphis for Aviation Machist Mates but was not a very good mechanic. My first assignment was KP duty at NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for 3 weeks. Later, I was given another assignment to NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as part of a beaching crew for PBMs taking off and landing in NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I was also on a n undefeated water polo team where we had a great goalie and two outstanding swimmers. One was a Chief and the other was a LT(jg). I was in Power Plants and have a group shot of the division taken probably in the summer of 1953. I am part Cherokee and was quite dark. While there, I was known as Waiphu Joe. Upon my transfer out, the Personnel Clerk had to ask me, "Waipahu, what is your name?" :)..." [07DEC2016]

LUDWIG, Fred R. custer500@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1957 to 1959 while assigned with FASRON-117. I believe CDR Mitchell was the CO when i came aboard. I can't remember the next CO but I do remember LCDR Joe Gentileni as the XO. He was from Philly, then he was passed over and retired..." [18JUN2002]

MAY, Ronald feather510@comcast.net "...I was in FASRON-117 from 1956 to 1959 , I was a Plane Captain out of the line shack. Then was sent to The carrier USS Bon Homm Richard. I would like to find the guys I worked with on the flight line..." [BIO Updated 18SEP2015 | BIO Updated 28MAR2013 | 29JAN2013]

Memorial Picture "...MCKINNEY, AE William B. Jr...My Father, William B. McKinney Jr., served with FASRON-117 on 10 June 1952 as an Aviation Electrician (AE) until his separation from the Navy in September of 1954. My father passed away in 2005, but in loving memory I respectfully add his name back to the rolls of your brotherhood. Thank you very much!...Andrew McKinney mckinneya001@hawaii.rr.com..." [13SEP2007]

MILLER, Roger L. millerrogerl@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to FASRON-117 between 1959 and 1960 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I worked in the Communications Office and issued registered publications to flight crews. My office space was located next to the Personel Office in the large FASRON-117 hanger. Ltjg Matovich was my division officer and another shipmate we called "Sparks" worked in the same office area. At that time I was an E-3 AN and was issued orders to NAS Pensacola, Florida to attend NATTU, Photographers Mate Class A School when FASRON-117 was decommissioned to my knowledge in 1960. All squadron personel had received new orders at that time. It doesn't seem like too many FASRON-117 Shipmates know about this web site. I would be great to have a Reunion some day before we are all gone..." [16OCT2001]

MORROW, ETCS (SS)(AC) David H. Retired twomorrowsbnb@juno.com "...I served with VP-22 from 1953 to 1954. I married and shipped out in January 1955. Couldn't stand MT winters so reuped and served with FASRON-117 VP-48 (P5M's), FASRON-108 NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-18 (P2V-7S's) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Then I got some sea duty and commissioned the USS kitty Hawk and deployed around the horn to a new home port of San Diego. In 1963 I switched to ETC and went to the Submarine USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 GOLD to get back to the Islands. Was there to 1969 and went to the USS Halibut (SSN-587). On the USS Halibut (SSN-587) I got to see what rusion rivers looked like. Read all about me in the book called "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage" written by Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew. I made the first two deployments with the USS Halibut (SSN-587) and the retired as ETCS (SS) (AC). Wings and Dolphins! There are so few of us. Worked for the Indian Health Service for 20 years on Indian reservations from San Diego, CA to Barrow, Alaska fixing & calibrating medical equipment..." [17FEB2003]

NELLESSEN, Jim jnell@interaccess.com "...Served as Leading Chief's Yeoman during part of my time in FASRON-117. Was at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from early 1956 thourgh late 1957..." [14FEB2003]

NORMAN, Charles Newt newt@icsi.net "...I have been trying to fine something on FASRON-117 and came on to this site but it is not the FASRON-117 I served with. I was in FASRON-117 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from February 1952 to September 1955. I saw a lot of airplanes come and go. I left there as an Aviation Machinest Mate 2nd. class and went to Ellyson Field, Pensacola for two years. I got out and became a pilot and flew for the same corporation for over 36 years and now retired. Does anyone know anything about FASRON-117 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii?..." [13DEC2000]

OSBURN, Ralph osburnjrl@intercorp.com "...I served with FASRON-117 from 1956-1957 then AIRBARSON-2 Hawaii from 1957-1959. Looking for Ray Fleck, Billy Smith, and Jody Russell..." [27OCT2002]

PAVISICH, George judi.l.pavisich@gmail.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (1951-1953) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15DEC2016]

PENZA, Robert J. rpenza@yahoo.com "...I served with FASRON-117 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1956 to 1957. I remember Shipmates names like Red, Sandy, Kehoe, Skabelund and Despins. I would love to hear from any Shipmates who may have served with me. I need help since I am trying to file a VA Claim. I noticed that NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii was disestablished in 1999. It sure had a beautiful beach nicknamed "Admiral Nimitz's Beach" including a bar! Unfortunately, now it is loaded with Rental Property (what a shame). I used to be a lifeguard there - wore a bikini - had a surf board, etc. I sure wish I had pictures now. It seems like a world away. I can remember falling asleep on a surf board one day and drifting out to sea! I ended up a mile down beach and was lucky to get to shore (in retrospect)..." [BIO Updated 09DEC2008 | 04DEC2008]

PETERSON, Loren loren950@hotmail.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (1950-1951) and VF-194 aboard the USS Valley Forge (CV-45)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JAN2013 | E-Mail Updated 12SEP2003 | 17OCT2000]

PITTS, Roger rogerpitts@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-28 in 1952 and in FASRON-117 later the same year. Just wanted to see if I could get in contact with any one from that time..." [BIO Updated 19APR2003 | 02MAY99]

RALLE, AE1 John johnralle@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-117 (1954-1956). One of the best times of my life!..." [14JUN2015]

REEVES, John V. r_reeves3@yahoo.com "...I served with FASRON-117 from 1952 to 1955 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would be interested in communicating with any past Shipmates..." [30OCT2003]

RICHARDSON, Mac mrichardson@psas.org "...I am posting for my father who says hello and remembers fondly his time with FASRON-117 at Ford Island & NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He was there 49'-52' aviation machinist mate in the engine shop. Finished flying with a Radar Training Unit back in the states..." [17NOV2000]

SHIRLEY, AT3 Jimmie Charles jcshirley701@sbcglobal.net "...I served with FASRON-117 (12/1952-12/1954) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii / NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and VR-3 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I will be 80 years old in October and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 13MAR2012 | BIO Updated 01DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 10MAY2008 | E-Mail Updated 22FEB2008 | 26DEC2007]

STEINLE, AT2 Gerald "Jerry" kage55@bellsouth.net "...I served with FASRON-117 1956 to 1958 and worked in the Electronics Lab. We pulled maintenance on P2V-5 Neptunes assigned to VP-6, VP-22 and VP-28. I was attached temporarily to VP-28 out of NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands in 1958 for the last H bomb test in the Marshall islands. It was called "Operation Hartack". Our FASRON group had training aircraft to keep pilots up to snuff on instrument flying etc. We had SNB's TV-2's and two Grumman T2's to shuttle people and stuff on and of carriers. Our flight line was used for all the carrier aircraft to come to when the carriers went into Pearl, so the planes wouldn't be with the ship while docked. I got to see and work on just about everything the Navy was flying off carriers at that time period. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27NOV2009 | 02MAR2002]

SUTTON, Fred A. Sr. c/o Laura Sutton lmsaeling@cablerocket.com "...My grandfather, Fred A. Sutton, Sr. was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1944 - 1946 and was assigned to CASU-2 and FASRON-117. ANY information, connections, etc. are requested ... thank you! He is still alive and well (April 2005)..." [08APR2005]

TEBO, Kenneth M. http://www.lib.ecu.edu/SpclColl/ead/vault/frmvault/0620.body.html "...Kenneth M. Tebo was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, in 1919. In 1936 he entered Admiral Farragut Academy (Pine Beach, New Jersey) and enlisted in the Naval Reserves in order to be able to compete for enrollment in the Naval Academy. He enrolled in the Academy in 1937 and graduated on February 7, 1941. Tebo served as an officer aboard the USS ROPER (DD147) on anti-submarine patrol along the Atlantic coast (1941-1942); attended gunnery school in Washington, D.C. (1942-1943); attended flight training in NAS Dallas, Texas, and NAS Pensacola, Florida, and received his wings; and served as Executive Officer of VP-45, which operated on anti-submarine patrols out of NAF Belem, Brazil. In 1945, he attended post-graduate school in aeronautical engineering, after which he served as Executive Officer for FASRON-117 in Hawaii, and anti-submarine warfare officer for FAW-2. During the Korean War, he served as aviation fleet readiness officer on the staff of the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet. He then served as branch head (1953) for the Torpedo Research and Development Branch of the Bureau of Ordinance; was Commanding Officer of FASRON-101 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1955-1957); and Executive Officer on the seaplane tender USS Albemarle (AV-5) (1957-1959). His final duty with the Navy was as head of the Program Evaluation Branch which analyzed the status of the Polaris nuclear submarine/missile project (1959-1961). Tebo retired from the Navy in 1961, after which he worked at General Motors (1961-1963) as director of program analysis, with the Midwest Research Institute (1963-1965) on Program Management Techniques, the Central Intelligence Agency (1965-1975) as program manager for scientific intelligence gathering, and at George Washington University in continuing engineering education (1975-1988)..." [12JUL2003]

TURNER, Ronald W. tronsjoy@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-117 from 1955 to 1956. I was a Line Captain with Chief Jascot..." [29APR2011]

WHITE, Eldred Archie joyearch@jps.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1952-54 stationed in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. When the squardon was going to NAS Adak, Alaska I went to FASRON-117. If anyone sees this and knows of someone from that eras, please contact me..." [05SEP2003]

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