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CASTOLDI, AT2 Steven F. summutt@allwest.net "...I served with VX-2 (1957-1958) at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia and crewed aboard JD-1 (Dron Control) and FASRON-118, at NAS Alameda, California. Does anyone recall a Shipmates called True Bird?..." [07OCT2012]

GARNSEY, Jim jgarnse1@twcny.rr.com "...While never assigned to a VP squadron, I in FASRON 118 from 1951 until 1952 at NAS Agana, Guam and helped service many VP squadrons. Later assigned to HS-4 at Ream Field. Discharged in 1953 as an AT2. FASRON 118 has a reunion scheduled for September of this year..." [E-Mail Updated 22JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 01AUG99 | 00DEC96]

HILLBRANT, AT3 W. R. hoterr@aol.com "...Yes, FASRON-118 was on NAS Agana, Guam. I served with the squadron as an AT-3 from February 1952 to November 1952. Two others who served with me are F. R. Wright and D. Vander Linden, both AT's..." [01JAN2007]

Memorial Picture "...HOLLIDAY, John R. "Doc"...FASRON-118/VP-4 1958-1960. Sad to report that 27 year US Navy veteran John R "Doc" Holliday, MRC USN (Retired) passed away 9/26/2002...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [18OCT2002]

KOLMAN, Leonard T. semo2@comcast.net "...I served with FASRON-118 at NAS Agana, Guam (February 1951 - August 1952), FASRON-119 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (September 1952 - November 1952) and VS-23 (November 1952- March 1954)..." [24JUN2010]

PLUMMER, AT2 Forrest Ben fbplummer@hotmail.com "...I was a four year active duty sailor form October 1954 until August 1958. Was ready reserve during Cuban Crisis. I attended Boot Camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Aviation Prep School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, AT-A school at NAS Millington, Tennessee, NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, FASRON-118 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, VP-4 Electronics Crew Chief - P2V-3 trade planes and upgrade to P2V-5F. Set Base Radio (CW). Went to base radio to quit flying, 3 mo before leaving NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. How low did we fly? After station to pilot - “Commander I think we’re a little low we’re sucking water in the after station). Great times and I’ m still here. Separated Treasure Island, CA..." [31OCT2020]

TUELL, Ramsey Marcus Retired exweather2@aol.com "...I am a retired twenty year sailor and was station on Okinawa at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and in FASRON-118 for 18 months during 1956-1958. Our squadron mission was to support the fleet in aircraft maintenance. True, we supported VP-5, that was also station on the island; however, about 50% of our work was heavy maintenance that came ashore from the fleet. And, of course, 50% of our work was on the Peter-Two-Victor-Five-Fox. We also maintained COMNAVAIRPATPAC's (I think that's right) aircraft, a TF-1 and a UF-1. As you can see the total of our work amounts to about 130%. Not unusual for sailors even when the manning levels were at 70% of what they should be. I made my first trip to Vetnam (there were 3) while in that squadron. This was prior to the advisors being sent over. I was an AD/ADR. Then I was sent to Jet Engine school at Opama, Japan, and upon return to Okinawa started the first Jet Engine Shop ever in FASRON-118. I also picked up a jet engine NEC and became a ADJ and with jet engines came tail hooks. I had nine years in before I went to sea. After that I made two cruises to the Gulf of Tokin, one cruise around the Horn and two cruises to the Med. and all the qual cruises that went with them. Sorry if I got carried away. It has been a long time and my mind is burning with memories. I don't remember ever hearing that FASRON-118 was station on Guam. I know it must be true but, I'm surprised. I would like to get a FASRON-118 squadron patch. Come Back..." [26JUL2001]

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