VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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CREPON, Don dcrepon@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-4 from 1948 to 1949 at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey..." [26JAN2008]

GLADE, Fred fglade@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-4 (1958-1960) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I worked in the Aircraft Logs and Record Office then the last year was a Plane Captain on the R4D8 and the TF-1 for a few flights. We were hit while taking off at night from NAS Miramar, California by a jet making a dead stick landing (out of fuel). The R4D was repaired then turned over to ships company at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in July 1960..." [01OCT2010]

McGOVERN, John (Jack) jmcgovern@metropo.mccneb.edu "...I served with FASRON-4 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1952 through 1953 and VS-37, NAS Los Alamitos, California in 1954 through 1955. Would really like to hear from my Shipmates..." [29MAY2000]

MOREHOUSE, AD3 Thomas temorehouse@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-4 (1959 to 1962) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I served as Plane Captain on several different aircraft while stationed there. I also was on the NAS Skyraiders Drill Team for two years from 1961 to 1962. I would like to be contacted by anyone from this squadron or the drill team during these years..." [28OCT2009]

O'TOOLE, Donald kismet51@optonline.net "...I served with VR-8 / VR-7 (1951-1953) and FASRON-4 (1954)..." [16MAR2012]

THOMAS, Alfred R. ffrugal@comcast.net "...I served with FASRON-4 during most of 1956. My first assignment with the squadron was the Tech Library working for a First Class by the name of Snook I think he was an AD. My second assignment was the tool room. I don't remember the First Class that I worked for's name but I remember he drank "I. W. Harper" whiskey. I had the privlege of flying with Chief White whom was I think the last Enlisted Naval Pilot from WWII. He could fly our R4D like it was a part of him. I left FASRON-4 when I was assigned to AM "A" school in NAS Millington Tenn. and after completeing "A" school I finished my 4 year enlistment assigned to VAH-4 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [08APR2003]

TUCKER, AT3 Bob tucker3926@suddenlink.net "...I volunteered from FASRON-701 at NAS Miramar, California to the 4 plane P4M1-Q squadron in August,1951. In late September, 1951 we departed NAS Miramar, California and were stationed at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Our squadron commander was LT John Douglass. The three other Patrol Plane Commanders were LT Dannettle, LT(jg) Nesbitt, and LT(jg) Dunn. I flew as the navigational radar operator with all four crews at various times, but mainly with Douglas and Nesbitt crews. All four crews were exceptional good plane and squadron mates. We served a 30 month tour and then rotated back to the states. So the original squadron was manned by replacements by late 1953. I rotated to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was assigned to FASRON-4 being discharged in November 1954. The P4M was a great plane and a real pleasure to fly in during our from 9-14 hour patrols. If any information is available about any original members of Squadron VW-1-Det "Able" I sure would like to hear from them. The only one I have had contact with is AL1 Al Wellnitz, a great radio man and a very wonderful person. One of our original crew members AT1 Willie Hawkins later was aboard one of our planes that was shot down by the Chinese with the loss of all 15 crew members..." [BIO Updated 20FEB2017 | 16FEB2017]

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