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Shipmate  CLARIDGE, PN3 Tom
I served with VP-742 / VP-16 (1951-1955) with deployments to Malta (1952) and Iceland (1954). We originally flew the P2V-2ís and transitioned to the P2V-3. The squadron transitioned over to the P2V-5 after I was discharged in February 1955.
7/11/2024 3:06 PM
Memorial  Shipmate Pix HASTINGS, Robert O.
Timothy Hinds VP-31 (1966-1969). I want to report the death of Robert O. Hastings. He was a good friend of mine. He was an AT1 VP-31 (1968-1969). We served together in the Electronics shop. He came to my wedding. I learned of his death recently when I was looking him up. I havenít been able to get in touch with his family. He was a good friend with a wife and kids. He is missed.
7/11/2024 12:12 AM
Shipmate  PATTERSON, AZ2 John W.
I served with VP-45 (1970-1972) with deployes to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and detachment to NAS Bermuda, NAS China Lake, California, VT-7 at NAS Meridian and VA-46 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).
7/9/2024 9:44 PM
Shipmate  LAU, AZ3 Dennis
I served with VP-94 (10/1970-10/1973) and was a squadron Plankholder. Worked in Maintenance Control with AZ1 Brashears, Chief Guilden and Chief Herbert.
7/4/2024 2:24 PM
Shipmate  GORE, TDI2 Donald
I served with Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit (FAETULANT) (1954-1957) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as an in flight instructor and flight simulator technician. Our unit serviced many active and reserve VP squadrons from the Eastern US and overseas air stations in ASW strategies and techniques both in-flight and using advanced P2V simulators. I would love to hear from former Shipmates (particularly those who worked at SP96 during that period).
6/29/2024 6:13 PM
Shipmate  ADAMS, Richard Craig
I served with VXN-8 (1971-1974) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Now living in Urbana Il. Hello to all my Shipmates.
6/28/2024 10:49 PM
Notice  I served with VAW-124 [1966-1970] with deployment aboard the USS America (CV-66) in 1970. I now find myself battling both prostate and lung cancer. I have been denied VA disability benefits due to the fact I cannot document to prove I was "feet dry" in Vietnam. As plane captain on E2A aircraft I flew to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam on numerous occasions. My local congressman in NY Mike Lawler and his staff did a records search to no avail. I am hoping to find a former member of VAW-124 who remembers me or who also flew to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam to write an affidavit to support my claim. Thank you.
MAYER, AMH2 Laszlo
6/9/2024 3:12 PM
Memorial  RODMAN, AMME3 Harold Dodge
I finally found my father's (Harold Dodge Rodman) notice of separation which contains the FAW-18 and VPB-108 listings. I have no idea which aircraft my dad was assigned to. As a child, I remember seeing photos of him posing with his crewmates but that documentation is long lost. I do know that he was awarded numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and multiple Air Medal awards from his flying in the Pacific. I also knew he saw this action in 1945 from March 28 until July 28. In one instance his aircraft attacked a Japanese installation near Kozu Shima. He was on Iwo Jima for a time, the engines of his aircraft were rebuilt but a junior officer crashed the aircraft and a new one needed to be sent from other assets. His aircraft was squadron leader at some point after another aircraft failed to return from a mission. Just wondering if anyone has access to records or a way to identify his aircraft.
David Rodman
6/6/2024 9:55 PM
Notice  My father, ATC (NAC) (Ret) Fred STUFFLEBEAM, was stationed with FASRON-895. He is now 94 years old and for his birthday (in August) - I am getting him a G1 flight jacket with all squadron patches where he was assigned. I have found them all except FASRON-895 and am hoping that the wealth of knowledge within VPNAVY will steer me in the right direction to locate this elusive patch so that I can present a complete patch and flight jacket to my dad on his birthday. My name is Gordon Stufflebeam, AWC USN Ret and I hope I have had the pleasure of serving with some of you. Thank you in advance for any hints as to where I can find this patch. I've tried Amazon, EBay, and most military patch websites. Thanks again.
6/5/2024 6:51 PM
Memorial  HOLLENBECK, William C.
I regret to inform you that shipmate William C. Hollenbeck passed away yesterday, 5/29/2024. Bill served in VP-47 (1961-1964) and flew as panel operator in crew 11. He was an outstanding sailor and the closest of friends.
GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. "Ed"
5/30/2024 9:15 PM
E-Mail Updated  ARNOUTS, AE2 Jack
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!

Memorial  Shipmate Pix NEWHOUSE, Kim
My father, Kim Newhouse, served with VP-42 (18SEP1964-01SEP1966). Are the deployment books available online anywhere? I would love to see pictures of which crew he was in and where he went during those years. I do have pictures showing he was at Tan Son Nhut at one point but not sure which year. I am not sure if all of these are at the same location but the last one does show a sign that says Tan Son Nhut (NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam).
Susan McDonald
5/18/2024 8:05 PM
Guestbook Entries 19,400 [31DEC2023] through 19,420 [21MAY2024]

Memorial  HEIKKINEN, LTjg Carl
My late father, Carl Heikkinen ( LTjg ) served as a PV-1 pilot of crew #19 during 1944 with VPB-139 during the Kurile island campaign. He told me his experience was the best of times, the worst of times. Stretching from ďOĒ Club hijinks to having a bomb drop from a frozen bomb rack and frozen open bomb bay door onto the NAS Attu, Alaska runway as he was returning from a mission. No detonation as the fuse hadnít had a chance to arm.
James Heikkinen
5/20/2024 11:05 AM
Shipmate  CRANMER, AE2 Jerry
I served with VR-1. VR-1 was my first duty station after graduating from AE "A" school NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The year was 1966. I learned a lot working on those transport aircraft. We had C-118 four engine transports, and Convair 2 engine planes. One was the admirals private transport. After 2 years I was allowed to take the 2nd class PO exam. I passed the test, and was promoted! Little did I know, but the navy had another plan for me.I was shortly transferred to VAW-125 for sea duty. This was a new squadron with the navy's newly acquired E2A Hawkey aircraft. After completion of training on E2A "C" school we deployed on several carriers. USS America (CV-66), USS LEXINGTON (CV-16) and finally aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60). That cruise was the most memorable of my life . We were at sea for 9 months in the Med. I wanted to document this short history, because according to the navy historical society they have no records for these early squadrons. It's as if we didn't exist, according to their records. Well they did! I have many memories of the sailors I served with at the time. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland is still there. VR-1 is now stationed near Washington D. C.
5/19/2024 8:28 AM
My late father, John M. Elliott, served with VP-94 during WWII and was stationed in Brazil. He received the DFC for sinking a U-Boat. My question is: how many DFCís did my Dadís squadron get during WWII? Thanks. Roy Elliott
5/18/2024 3:55 PM
E-Mail Updated  LEBLANC, David
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
5/6/2024 6:42 PM
Shipmate  WILSON, PN2 John M.
I served with VP-49 (02/1972-11/1973) with deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In charge of Legal, Education and Public Affairs. I also served in Vietnam (1970-1972) with the Navy Seabees.
5/2/2024 5:02 PM
E-Mail Updated  STEPANUK, CWO Kenneth
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
4/17/2024 7:01 PM
Shipmate  McDONALD, AT2 Dan
I served with VP-47 (2005-2008) and CMO-2 (2007-2008). At VP-47, we did 3 deployments in 3 years to Talil Airbase in beautiful Southern Iraq. The second was a large surge and the 3rd we had less than a months' notice. For many of us, we were only home for 5 weeks before redeploying back to Talil. As proud as I am of those successful deployments, I am very happy to hear they did away with CMO-2! My favorite aircraft would have to have 012, and my least without a doubt was 788. I am pretty sure we permanently ruined the HF2 system trying to rebuild its main harnesses. Many of us who experienced our first deployment within those 3 VP-47 deployments still remain close friends and are now in our retirement windows for those who stayed in. I may be most remembered in my squadron for parking in the Marine Corps Commandant's parking space, or getting caught stealing Aquafina water from the Air Force MP compound in Iraq and getting caught.
4/7/2024 10:16 PM
Shipmate  HOLST, ATN3 Ken
I served with VP-31 (1967-1969) Operations and VP-50 (1969-03/1971) Crew-11 Radioman with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and other stops along the way. Occasionally open up the deployment books and wonder how life worked out for the friends I made back in the day. I pray all had a good life with Godís Blessings. Send a note if you happen to share some of the same memories.
3/27/2024 4:13 PM
E-Mail Updated  GOUSE, AW2(NAC/AW) SS3 Frederick
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
3/25/2024 1:34 PM
Memorial  RAYMOND, E. J.
My Great Grandfather, E.J. Raymond served with VP-27 during the Second World War, he served in Korea but Iím unsure when, where, or with who. During the war he flew a PBM-5 with Crew 14, the PBM with E14 plastered on the side of the fuselage. But I couldnít thank this page and those who contributed to it enough. Because of this page Iíve been able to find out who he served with, what plane he was in, and learn more about the units history. He passed away just before I was born and I was given his middle name, so this page will always have a special place in my heart, and Iíve been able to reconnect my mother and grandmother with pictures of him. Thank you.
Joseph Hnulik
3/24/2024 06:35 PM
Shipmate  OVERMAN, Graham
I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California, P-3C NAV/COM, TACCO, MC, addu WST Instructor, Oct 1981 to Aug 1985. CAC-10, CAC-9, CAC-3. Deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia. Follow-on tour at DIA (1985-1989), then RAD to USNR VP-1649 at NAF Andrews, Maryland (1989-1991) in P-3B TACNAV MOD, VP-68 (1991-1996) at NAF Andrews, Maryland in P-3B TACNAV MOD and P-3C U1 and P-3C U2, Naval Space Reserve Program (1996-2009) when I retired. DoD contractor from 1989 to 2022 when I retired again. Now live in the Northern Virginia area.
3/22/2024 6:06 PM
E-Mail Updated  BREWER, ATC Landon J. "Jack" Jr.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
3/19/2024 4:52 PM
Shipmate  BULIFANT, Thomas Haynes
I served with VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California.
3/15/2024 12:29 AM
Mishaps  VP-16 Mishap - July 27th, 1965
History Thumbnail My uncle, Michael George Nation, was a member of VP-16. He was either the pilot or the co-pilot on July 27, 1965 when P-3A Orion 151380 crashed. He was 10 days shy of his 25th birthday.
Jeremy Nation
3/13/2024 10:24 PM
Memorial  YOUNG, Arthur William
Followed up on my Father Arthur W. Young ( deceased 12-8-94 ). He was a crew member of Ed Garlits, Eglies, Bradford , crew 12 VP-27 and his crew participated in Japanese Convoy raid on April 27, 1945! All 3 Mariners of VPB-27 and VPB-208 made it back to base damaged but no loss of life!
Dan Young
3/11/2024 8:20 PM
Notice  My father in law served in the Navy and was an electrician on this type of plane. He told me stories about sitting the coffee on the beam (SEE: COFFEE ON THE WING BEAM-Memories of the P2V Neptune By Capt. Brian McGuiness USNR (Ret.) - I enjoy this stories every time we get to visit. I found him your book in good condition from an online book store and he loved every word of it. Plus, it is a signed copy :) from 1998. He asked me to reach out and offer the book (no cost of course) to someone else that might like to read it and then they can maybe pass it on to anyone else wanting to read it. Please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to mail it to anyone wanting to enjoy your book. Thank you.
John Cicack
3/6/2024 3:24 AM
E-Mail Updated  MAKOWSKI, AW3 Keith "Ski"
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
3/5/2024 2:05 PM
E-Mail Updated  GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. "Ed"
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
2/27/2024 1:02 PM
E-Mail Updated  UPPERMAN, PT3 Buford
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2/27/2024 1:02 PM
Shipmate  HOOPER, ADJ2 Konrad
I served with VP-16 (1979-1982), TAD to Depot Level Maint NAS Jacksonville, Florida Prop Shop.
2/8/2024 4:31 PM
Guestbook Entries 19,380 [05JUL2023] through 19,400 [31DEC2023]

E-Mail Updated  LOFDAHL, AW John
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
12/31/2023 12:51 AM
Shipmate  HERSHEY, AMH3 Nicholas John
I served with VP-91 (1978-1982). Looking for a graphic of our Pink Panther Logo pre Black Cats. Any help would be great.
12/29/2023 7:37 PM
Shipmate  PINKNEY, AS3 Kimberly "Kim"
I served with VP-26 (1989-1993) and was an angry undesignated airdale for a while, worked the line, washed planes, cleaned crappers, worked the Gedunk. Did a lot of drawings, a crappy mural, caricatures, tattoo and cruise patch designs. The awesome captain at the time was big on sending his folks to ďAĒ School. My undesignated supe and Chief Dunlap had me do a crapton of books in my "spare time". I went to AS "A" School since I worked with SE on the daily, may as well learn to maintain them. Found out I had made AS3 off the test while attending. Completed the training as #3 in the class with my pick of stations. Went to NAS North Island, San Diego, California at their AIMD. Finally saw ďThe Real NavyĒ and served on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) then at the AIMD at VA. Served until my mom got sick and then got out to take care of her for her last 3 years. Please visit my website at: The Art of Kim Pinkney.
12/20/2023 7:28 PM
Shipmate  WILSON, ATN3 Gary
I have since changed my last name back to Reed (my birth name). I served with VP-50 (1966-1968). Was the radio/panel operator in Crew 8 when we were flying the P5M Martin Marlin, then the radio operator in Crew 2 after we transitioned to P-3's. Two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was the radio/panel operator on the P5M flying bounce hops that hit a log/phone pole floating the water at South Bay, San Diego. It was a hard landing so Flight Engineer Lloyd Plush went down to the lower deck to see if there was any damage, when he opened the door to the electronics compartment the water was pouring in from a breach in the hull. We couldn't taxi back to North Bay so the plane was beached on the Silver Strand. While standing on the wing after the beaching, the officers joked about wading ashore, planting a flag and claiming the land - pretty funny at the time. That plane went directly into the mothball fleet and never flew again. I was also flying radio/panel while doing sub ops out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines on the day Crew 13 went missing while doing rocket runs. The base called me to see if I could reach them on the radio, when I couldn't they sent the two crews doing sub ops out to look for them. All we found was an oil slick, one of the wings and some orange floating seat cushions. I remember joking with Charlie Goetz (SEE: VP-50 In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967) while we were pre-flighting that morning - he had just become a father and never got to meet his new son. Sad times. Am still in touch with Jeff Jones from our squadron.
12/20/2023 2:32 PM
E-Mail Updated  DUNCAN, Norman C.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
12/8/2023 11:18 PM
E-Mail Updated  DEGONISH, AW2 Paul
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
12/7/2023, at 6:03†PM
Shipmate  BOWERS, Kirk Lewis
My husband served with VQ-1 (1962-1964) at NAS Atsugi, Japan with a deployment to NS Rota, Spain. He would love to hear from former Shipmates.
Linda Bowers
11/12/2023 4:31 AM
Mishaps  History ThumbnailCameraCAC-8 "...AE1 Melvin Carl THOMPSON was my grandfather. He and his crewmen were killed on Feb 6, 1968 (SEE: VP-26 Mishap - February 5th, 1968). Melvin is the short one in the back.
Anthony Lee Roller
11/5/2023 10:08 AM
Shipmate  LOVETT, AW3 James R.
I was the second reserve AW recruited at NARTU NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1970 After completing boot camp at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I was assigned to VP-67 after completing RESTACEAST at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I flew as a sensor 1 operator on the P2V Neptune until 1976.
10/28/2023 11:12 AM
Shipmate  DeVOS, AT3 Pamela J.
I served with VP-9 (1991-1993) at NAS Moffett Field, California.
10/27/2023 2:03 PM
Memorial  McCULLOUGH, PO2 William A. "Bill"
My husband, William A McCullough, passed away April 20, 2022. He served with VP-11 (1995-1997) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-8 (1997-2000). He also spent time at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I do have a NAS Adak, Alaska Cruisebook (1988-1989). If there is anyone on here that would like this, I am happy to pass it along. It is history, but will mean more to others than to me. I am not sure how many will remember after all these years, but I just found this site and thought someone might be wondering. We left NAS Brunswick, Maine and moved to Baltimore MD and from there came here to FL. Bill is laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. See: The Journey of Loving William Mccullough and Bill's Wonderful Life.
Shirley McCullough
10/11/2023 12:45 PM
Memorial  Shipmate Pix CONLAN, ADC Edward Thomas
My Father, ADC Edward Thomas CONLAN, was in the Navy from March 1952 through September 1979. Dad passed away September 22, 2002. He served with O&R Flight Test (1952-1954) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, VP-24 (1954-1956), VP-834, VP-832, VP-62R2 and VP-66 at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
Brenda Conlan-O'Brien
10/13/2023 9:40 AM
E-Mail Updated  YEAGER, AMH2 Albert F.
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
9/24/2023 6:21 PM
E-Mail Updated  RICKEL, AFCM Don
E-Mail/BIO Update Request Posted!
9/10/2023 4:02 PM
E-Mail Updated  MORTIMER, AZ2 Greg
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9/5/2023 11:07 PM
Shipmate  CROCKER, AW3 Anthony W. "Tony"
I served with VP-56 (1976-1978) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I flew with Crew-2.
8/19/2023 10:28 PM
History  History ThumbnailCameraPB4Y Circa 1951 Crew My father was Gayle G. Varner, a CWO in the navy with the rating AMSC (Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures). He served in active duty from 1933 to 1953. During the Korean War he was made an acting ensign and an acting lieutenant (as there were no senior or master chief ratings then). After 10 years at reserve status he retired as a CW-2. During this time he became a missile engineer and eventually worked on the Apollo and Skylab missions in the 1960s and 1970. This photo shows my father, Gayle Varner, in the first row. He is the chief at right with no mustache. His crew are standing in front of a P4Y-2 Consolidated Privateer. I believe this is from about 1951. The aircraft has the new P4Y-2 designation. The BuNo is 59924. This patrol plane had an acceptance date of 26 May 1945 and a delivery date of 23 August 1945. It was assigned to patrol squadron VP-114. On 15 November 1946 the squadron was redesigned VP-HL-6. If Iím reading the remarks for the airframe history, it was detached from VP-HL-6 in late 1947 and became an aircraft in the small utility squadron VU-4.
Steven Varner
7/24/2023 5:41 PM
Shipmate  INSLEY, PS1 Thomas (USCG) Retired
Joined the Navy 29 July 1959, graduated NTC Great Lakes, ill. Co. 381. My first duty station was at NAS Norfolk, Virginia with FASRON-3 as an airman apprentice. FASRON-3 was decommissioned and personnel became part of Aviation Maintenance Department NAS Norfolk, Virginia. In 1961 I was rotated to Attack Squadron 122 (VA-122) a training squadron for the AD6 Sky Raider at NAS Moffett Field, California. After training I was assigned to Attack Squadron 152 (VA-152). VA-152 who had already deployed and attached to the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) (1962 WestPac) I had fly to Yokosuka Japan in order to catch up with my new squadron. I remained with VA-152 until my discharge in March 1963 as an ADR-2 (E-5). I ended up retiring from the US Coast Guard Reserves as a PS-1 (E-6). Naval Aviation was my first love and To this day I still reminisce and miss serving in the United States Navy.
7/22/2023 9:45 PM
Shipmate  WORLEY, AE2 Craig W.
I served with VP-23 (1973-1977). Maintenance - Navigation system specialist - "Best job I ever had" - wonderful duty in P-3's. Great deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda. Great Homeport at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Some of the best times of my life with the best Shipmates ever.
7/14/2023 12:16 PM
Notice  I am looking for anyone remembering a young Navy Avaition electronics tech E-5 (AT2) that was TAD from the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and assisted the navy VO/VAH P2 squadrons and the Crazy Cat's/1st Radio Research with their systems. THis relates to AO Claims - please contact me as soon as possible.
Carl Holland
7/5/2023 11:32 AM
Guestbook Entries 19,360 [25MAR2022] through 19,380 [05JUL2023]

Memorial  Shipmate Pix HARRELL, CDR James M.
My father, CDR James M. Harrell passed away in July of 2022 at the age of 94. He was Navy Reserve CDR of VR-743 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1970's, and flew the C-118 (twice to Viet Nam and back). He was also on the Midway Aircraft Carrier for the early 1950 Med tour, flying the AD-1 Skyraider with the VA-45 Black Knights. He retired as a Pan Am 747 Captain.
James Harrell, Jr.
7/4/2023 5:58 PM
Memorial  WRIGHT, William Weigle
My father, William Weigle Wright was from Bridgewater, PA, stationed in Long Beach, Ca and on the USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14) 1941-1945. He had a Japanese pilotís scarf which he got when the Kamakaze hit the ship. The scarf was a replica of the Japanese flag, with family names written on it. We donated it to the Museum in San Pedro for Japanese families, when he died in 1967. He also had a ring made from shrapnel from the Japanese plane, also donated to museum. He was proud to have served with the crew on the USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14). He was a local Long Beach bartender until 1966.
Linda Cox
6/25/2023 10:03 PM
Shipmate  WOMBLE, Jerry "Tex"
I served with VAW-13 and VAQ-135.
6/22/2023 9:50 AM
Shipmate  SANDERS, AE2 Samuel R. Jr. "Sam"
Attended AE (Electrician) school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida 4-24-53. Joined VP-3 immediately As AE3, Electric shop. Deployed Dec 10, 1953 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, arrived about same week as loss of plane and crew on the glacier. Duties in Iceland was Shop Electrician. Squadron returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in May 1954. Became member of Crew 2 shortly after return, rank AE2, crew position MAD Operator. Deployed with squadron to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada 2-22-1955. Mission conducted mostly from bases in Greenland, ie: BW1 and BW2. 6-27-1955 Departed NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Active Duty Release and Released 7-5-1955.
5/28/2023 10:37 AM
Shipmate  HAYNES, PN2 William O.
I served with VT-26 (1968-1970) working in the Educational Services Office.
5/20/2023 2:27 PM
Shipmate  PETTIPAS, AW3 John M.
Started in Basic at Orlando, from there to NAS Millington, Tennessee. For A School, then left for VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Completed. NATOPS Training and Air Crew Qualified. Then ended up at VP-5 CAC. 10. SS3. OPERATOR. There I began an exciting tour in. ASW. ON TOP. ON TIME. ANYWHERE... CAC 10. MOTTO.. 1977. TO. 1980. MOST EXCITING EVENT- FOUND. ALFA CLASS NUCLEAR FAST ATTACK SUBMARINE It was on the surface with an AGI Russian Trawler, CAC10. GOT some pretty good acoustic info. VERY VERY FAST SUB, Underwater 40 +. Knots.
5/11/2023 2:44 PM
Shipmate  SHIELDS, PR2 Verl Dwayne
I served (TAR) with VP-66 (1983Ė1986) and VP-65 (1979Ė1983).
5/5/2023 1:49 AM
Memorial  Shipmate Pix MAZUR, Julius
Dad was a member of Naval Air Transport Service Command, Pacific Wing, Squadron VR-11, serving as a crewman onboard R5D aircraft and totaling 1,500 hours flight time from July 1945 to December 1945. The majority of flying took place in CENtral PACific (CENPAC) and WEStern PACific (WESPAC), with an occasional trip back to NAS Oakland, California. H is logbook entries indicated destinations such as Johnston Island, NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands, Manila, and NAS Agana, Guam with the return leg in reverse order back to Honolulu. After the Japanese surrender, his logbook entries indicated flights into Tokyo, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Dad razzed me when I enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1973. However, that became good banter back and forth over the years with an occasional unexpected jab or indignity thrown into a conversation about the otherís branch of service. Dad passed away in September 2014 at the age of 89. I was just looking through Dadís aviatorís logbook again and it occurred to me there is an indirect service connection between the two of us. In the Coast Guard I was an ET specializing in radio transmitter stations for LORAN A systems. LORAN A was state-of-the-art technology in the late stages of the war for long distance navigation. During my enlistment in the Coast Guard, I was stationed at a LORAN A station in Northern California which was part of the chain of stations up and down the West Coast. Navy pilots likely used that system when flying into and out of Oakland. I was then stationed in CENPAC on Tern Island in French Frigate Shoals located in the middle of the Hawaiian Archipelago. That station was paired with the LORAN A systems located on Kauai and Johnston Island. That LORAN A system, along with others, was also very likely used by the pilots flying with Dad and so many other crews as they journeyed across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. With Best Regards to All Who Read This.
John Mazur
4/29/2023 11:27 AM
Shipmate  VAUGHAN, AMH2 Russell Gregory
I served with VP-26 (1967-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Declined reserve service upon discharge because local squadrons flew the P2Vís.
4/20/2023 10:43 AM
Memorial  GATES, David Ewing
My father, David Ewing Gates, passed away in 1979. I was looking through my fatherís Flight Log Books - VP-772 / VP-17 (Nov 51 - Dec 52 Flying P4Y-2ís), Transpacíd to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (16-28 Dec 52), Detached to NAS Atsugi, Japan (Jan 53 - 02 Jul Ď53), became VP-17 (Jan 53 - Jul 53). FASRON-113 (Aug 53 - JUN 54), 12 - 23 OCT í53 - did a cross country in P4Y-2 from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico and back -13 legs. On 17Nov53 flying PBY-6A Bu# 64089 from NAS Adak, Alaska they ran into bad weather and strong winds and had no place to land, they were directed to fly south for warmer water and they ditched North of NAS Midway Island after a 19.7 hr flight (SEE: Wednesday 18 November 1953 "...Crashed and broke up in rough seas north of Midway Island when it force landed due to fuel exhaustion. Crew rescued by ship..."
4/19/2023 8:18 AM
Notice  Shipmate Pix I am Larisa Peterson, the widow who recently lost her husband Bradley A. Peterson from CA (ADR3) and who was in VP-9 (1961-1965) and was in several plane crashes (P-3A and P2V) . Bradley had been in 3 plane crashes, also was in the crash in 1963 in SF and was involved in 1962. In two months being in two plane crashes was too much for him to carry for the rest of his life, in December 1964 he was miraculously pulled out from the flight crew at the last moment which saved his life. Maybe somebody remember him. I have the info about Bradley being in the Dominic nuclear tests at Johnston Atoll in his history and tried to use it to get some benefits, but Bradley did not have cancer. He was totally broken, from the head to his legs and had PTSD after being 3 times in plane crashes. He had been fighting for his benefits for 40 years since 1974 and VA could not find any records about crashes and his medical reports, just lying to him. In 2016 using Congresswoman' help we found his records in the Pentagon/National Records and then VA refused to pay him retroactive since his first claim was submitted in 1974. Eventually the VA gave him 10% when he was bound to a wheelchair for many years (back, shoulders, ankle) . Now VA is playing the same game with me saying they could not find any records as to VP-9 history. Do you remember names of ships /assignments you were assigned or done? Did you also go to the Okinawa base (1964), Alaska, Hawaii? My husband had been there. I am trying to see if VP-9 was ever close to the Agent Orange area (Vietnam and so on) while flying around West Pac. Did you go around Vietnam or Guam, or any area close to the Agent Orange area? Only the case with Agent Orange (he had many health problems matched to their requirements) can help now since Bradley was totally disabled (100%) just for 2 years not 10 years to get DIC. I have been taking care of him for years and working full time without any support and help. VA even did not sign his death certificate for months while he was in the freezer. What to say about their service. We also had fought and fought with VA for many years for simple things. If you have any info about VP-9 route/ships/assignments in 1963 - 1964 years that are missing now I would be glad and grateful for it . According to the VA letter they could not find records particularly about the history of the VP-9. Were you in Okinawa in 1964 with this VP-9? Do you remember aircrafts routs , logistics? Any info would help me. I really appreciate anything you can give me. Thank you so much for your time and for your help since I am getting exhausted from this battle, and this is what they wanted. Thank you for being responsible for unearthing the truth and adding it to the history of VP-9. I attached a photo where he is the fourth from the left.
Larisa Peterson
4/5/2023 6:24 PM
Mishaps  VP-31 Mishap - May 26th, 1972
On the afternoon of 26 MAY 1972 I was the Crew Chief on Huey VT-7 over Big Sur California when the Caution Light illuminated of a possible tail gear box failure. We immediately spiraled down and landed on a Hollywood Directors parking lot. Our May Day was picked up by one of our Hueys going south. I landed him off Highway 1, and passed along what I needed to repair my Huey. The Major responded to me if we had any sighting of Navy P-3 patrol planes, that had not returned to their base. Any way he returned back the next day with with a new Gear Box and QA and I repaired it and we headed to Fort Ord and then back home to Mag-14 at Camp Pendleton CA. My condolences to all the Navy famalies that lost their loved ones that day.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Johnny Herrmann
4/2/2023 4:54 PM
Shipmate  BRITT, PNCM(SW)(AW) Michael C. Retired
I served with VF-121 (1972-1975) at NAS Miramar, California, VP-19 (1975-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Navy Recruiting District (1978-1981) at Peoria, IL, USS Gallery (FFG-26) (1981-1984) at Naval Station Mayport, FL, Enlisted Personnel Management Center (1984-1988) at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, Navy Management Systems Support Office (NAVMASSO) (1988-1992) at Chesapeake, VA and VAW-121 (1992-1994) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia.
4/2/2023 3:39 PM
Shipmate  GILB, AT2 Robert
I served with VP-18 (1963-1964).
4/2/2023 12:55 PM
Memorial  MULLOY, RADM Paul Joseph
My father, RADM Paul J. Mulloy, USN (ret), passed away September 24, 2016. SEE: RADM Paul Joseph Mulloy Obituary PDF. His VP tours included: VP-26, VP-44 and VP-18. BTW, when my father was Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (COMPATWINGSLANT) and was responsible for bringing Jay R. Beasley back into the VP community and was with Jay R. Beasley during Jayís 25,000th landing.
MULLOY, CDR Stephen "Steve"
3/29/2023 4:30 PM
Notice  I am doing some research for a possible book. I am looking for any information on when VP-19 and VP-50 first started receiving women in the squadron maintenance and aircrew. While I was in VP-31 I was the CNAP P-3C IFT Evaluator and I gave a checkride to a young lady. I believe it was either 1979 or 1980 she was in VP-19. Also when did VP-31 start using dedicated observers for pilot training flights. I believe there were three females who qualified for the observer position around 1979. Jennifer, Marti, and Christy. They attended Deep Water Environmental Survival Training (DWEST) with the XO CDR Howard I believe.
3/27/2023 12:13 PM
Shipmate  Shipmate Pix WRAY, AD1 Charles B. Retired
VR-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired in 1984, with 24 years of service. I was in HC-6 at the time of retirement. I was in VXN-8 from November 1967 to April 1971. I was assigned TAD to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, AIMD reciprocating engine shop. I was the crew leader of the R3350-42W section. This engine was used on the C-121J used in Vietnam, as Television broadcasting aircraft, for the troops. When an engine went bad, it would be canned, and sent to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to be replaced with a newly rebuilt engine, by my crew an I, and sent back to Vietnam. In May 1971 until August 1972, I was in VR-1 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. When I reported in I was sent TAD to AIMD engine buildup, reciprocating engine shop and worked on reciprocating engine there also. I have worked on every model engine the navy had, plus a few that were civilian engines.
3/25/2023 4:21 PM
Shipmate  BAXTER, ATC John "Johnny" Retired
Joined in Jan 1966, attended boot camp at Great Lakes with tons of snow. Then headed to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for aircrew training. Went to NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-47 68-70 as P-3 radio operator. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and detached to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam 1 Nov 1968-31 Mar 1969. We returned to beautiful San Jose and then did it again, only this time via NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (great NCO club). We passed thru PI to load up the plane with San Miguel headed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam 16 Jan 1970-13 Jul 1970. I then went back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for B school and instructor training. I next made my first tour in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1971-1975 at NAMTD 1011. Then it was off to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (fun in the sun) as tech and load master on C-118, C-131, HU-16, UH-1N. We traveled all over the Caribbean. Then I headed back to NAS Moffett Field, California for P-3C Inflight tech training after which I went to VP-46. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and visited Norway, Netherlands, England and Scotland. I was recruited to come back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1980. Got to Force Warfare/VX-20 Aircraft Test Directorate and became part of the VP test community. I participated in the integration and test of the ARC-187 UHF, ALR-66 ESM, SS3 plasma panel, and DIFAR plasma upgrades. I picked up chief after 14 years. I went back to the fleet in 1984 to VP-1 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as P-3C inflight tech. Stayed there until Dec 1986 and came back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, same office, same job. I retired Feb 1987, took off my uniform, sat back down and been in the same office ever since. I am currently a contractor supporting P-3/P-8 communication systems.
3/17/2023 2:08 PM
Memorial  CHRISTIANSEN, LEON A. "Chris"
My Dad, CHRISTIANSEN, LEON A. "Chris", served with VPB-116 Crew 8. He flew with LT ICKE from NAB Tinian Island, Marianas Islands and Iwo Jima in 1945. I am writing a service history and would like to correspond with family from his crew or families of the crew of LT GEBERDING who were killed in action on June 29, 1945. Also interested in the history of the B-24 Liberator named "FOCAL YOKEL."
Brian Christiansen
3/13/2023 4:57 PM
Shipmate  JONES, HM1 Harold C.
I served with VP-31 (09/1970-1972) and was TAD to the mainside Dispensary.
3/10/2023 3:43 PM
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