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Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 1952 "...ANDERSON, CAPTAIN F. P...Regret to report death of my father, Capt. F.P. Anderson, USN (Ret.), CO VP/VPB-33, on 2 January 2005 at age 89. 27 AUG 1915 - 2 JAN 2005 - Fernald P. (Flip) Anderson, 89, a decorated Navy captain whose flying squadron amassed a distinguished World War II record, died January 2 of cardiac arrest at his home in Arlington. Deployed to the Southwest Pacific from September 1943 to February 1944, Capt. Anderson held several leadership positions in VPB-33, a squadron that flew PBY-5 Catalina seaplanes referred to as "Black Cats" for their black non-reflective paint and the ability to attack Japanese strongholds and ships at night deep behind enemy lines. During September 1944 while Capt. Anderson was the Commanding Officer, VPB-33 sank or destroyed 103,500 tons of valuable enemy shipping and damaged an additional 53,000 tons. This was the highest one-month total achieved by any WW II flying unit. For this feat, the squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation and Capt. Anderson was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V". It was also during this period that Captain Anderson earned personally the Distinguished Flying Cross for attacking and sinking a Japanese tanker and its escort despite intense antiaircraft fire damaging his aircraft. A longtime Arlington resident, Fernald Philip Anderson was born in New Sweden, Maine. He was the first young man from this Swedish community in northern Maine to attend the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in 1939. For the next two years, Capt. Anderson served in the surface Navy as a gunnery officer. In September 1941, he was detached from the battleship, USS ARKANSAS, with orders to report to NAS Pensacola, Florida, for flight training. Designated a Naval Aviator on May 8, 1942, Capt. Anderson was assigned to VP-33 as it was forming in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. In August 1942, VP-33 was ordered to the Panama Canal Zone and participated in anti-submarine operations protecting the Panama Canal. For his conduct during this deployment, Capt. Anderson was awarded the Cross of Boyaca by the Government of Columbia. Now re-designated VPB-33, the squadron deployed to the Southwest Pacific via Hawaii and Australia in August 1943. The squadron participated in every campaign in this combat theater of operations until February 1945 following the liberation of the Philippines. In addition to the combat sorties deep into enemy territory, these operations included regular daytime patrols and rescue missions As reported in the 1992 book, Black Cats with Wings of Gold by A. J. Mueller, VPB-33 "became the most highly decorated squadron in the Pacific Area of Operations". The exploits of VPB-33 were the subject of a 1999 Birds of a Feather video production entitled "Black Cats" that has been aired on various cable television channels. Following his return to the United States in March 1945, Capt. Anderson served in several aviation training assignments, most notably as Executive Officer, NAS Brunswick, Maine. In February 1948 he reported for duty at Air (sic) Early Warning Squadron One (VPW-1), NAS North Island, San Diego, California, as the Executive Officer. VPW-1 was the Navy's first dedicated land-based airborne early warning (AEW) squadron flying the Navy's variant of the Army Air Forces radar-equipped EB-17G or PB-1W. After a tour of shore duty at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., as Program Officer and Atomic Energy Commission Liaison, Capt. Anderson returned to flying in June 1952 when he became the first Commanding Officer of the new AEW Squadron One (VW-1). During Capt. Anderson's tour, VW-1 participated in combat operations in Korea and transitioned from the PB-1W to the Lockheed Constellation (WV-2) in December 1952. Capt. Anderson returned to Washington, D. C., in July 1954 and was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. From August 1956 to July 1957, he was a student at the National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair. After tours in Norfolk, Virginia, on the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, and Commander-in-Chief, NATO's Atlantic Command, Capt. Anderson returned to Washington when he was appointed the Director of the Navy's Astronautics Operations Division serving as the Navy's liaison with NASA's Project Mercury and the original 7 astronauts.. This office was instrumental in the early days of the U.S. space program. From 1962 to 1965, Capt. Anderson served on the staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. On July 1, 1965, he retired from the Navy after 26 years commissioned service. Effective September 1, 1970, after working as a research and systems analyst with a defense contractor, Capt. Anderson was recalled to active duty as Director, Navy Council of Personnel Boards. In this position, he served also as the President, Navy Discharge Review Board and Navy Clemency and Parole Board. His duties were expanded in 1975 to include Director, Office of Naval Disability Evaluation. Retiring for the second time in 1976, Capt. Anderson was awarded his second Legion of Merit for his performance of duty during this period. In retirement, finally, Capt. Anderson remained in Arlington, Virginia, where he was active in community and business affairs for many years. He was a deacon in the Memorial Baptist Church and was church clerk for 36 years. Capt. Anderson also was a member of the church choir and served as the interim choir director for a period during the 1970's. An active member of the Arlington Host Lions Club, he was also the secretary of U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1939 and served as class president from 1980 to 1986. Beginning in 1976, Capt. Anderson was a tax consultant affiliated with the Executive Tax Service of H&R Block. In 1981, he was appointed the Director of H&R Block's Premium Tax Service for Arlington, a post he held until 2002. Capt. Anderson was very proud of his Swedish heritage. In 1959, he was awarded the Royal Order of the Sword (Knight Commander) by the King of Sweden in appreciation of services rendered as escort officer for Admiral Stig Ericsson, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Swedish Navy, during a visit to the United States in 1958. In addition, Capt. Anderson was deeply touched and honored when the citizen's committee from New Sweden, Maine, asked him to be the Grand Marshall in the community's centennial parade in 1970 as his grandfather was one of the founders of the town. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Carolyn R. Anderson, of Arlington; two sons, Philip R. Anderson M.D., of South Berwick, Maine, and Colonel William T. Anderson USMC (Ret.), of Casteau, Belgium; a sister, Enid Olivenbaum, of Clermont, Florida; and five grandchildren...Earlier, Dad and Mom were interviewed for video, Birds of a Feather, by Wings Production Group, a couple of years ago. Dad and spouse were interviewed for video, Birds of a Feather, by Wings Production Group, a couple of years ago. Colonel Bill Anderson, Retired windtree4@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 19SEP2007 | Memorial Listing 17FEB2005 | 11MAY2003]

Memorial Picture "...ANDRUSZKIEWICZ, Tony (Skevy)...I received word today that a long time P-3 Aircrewman (AT1 Tony (Skevy) Andruszkiewicz) was killed in a motorcycle accident in Sigonela Italy. Tony (Skevy) was attached to Executive Transport there in NAS Sigonella, Sicily and was a Radio/Radar Operator. Skevy had done tours in VQ-1, NRL and a few other P-3 Squadrons. He will be remembered by a great number of people in the VQ/NRL community. Details have not been forthcoming. Time will be short but I will be accepting donations to be contributed to a flower fund or foundation/charity if his family so chooses to name one. Being this has happened in the past 24hrs no details on burial or family desires have been impaired. Todd Cochrane cochrane@bbsnets.com..." [18JUN2001]

UPDATE "...I have contacted as many of you that I have e-mail or voice telephone numbers for. Those of you that did not get the word in time or are seeing it now for the first time I want to pass my feelings and some info on the tragic death of our Shipmate AT1 Tony "Skevy" Andrusziewicz. Skevy was killed 17 Jun 2001 in Sigonela, Italy. He was involved in single rider motorcycle accident while out touring the countryside. Skevy was stationed in NAS Sigonella, Sicily attached to ETD. Skevy left his immediate family as survivors he was not married. For those of you wishing to forward a letter, pictures or mementos to the family you can contact me via e-mail at cochrane@bbsnets.com and I will forward you the families address. Skevy had tours of duty in VQ/VPU/NRL/ETD. Skevy always had a sense of humor and like many of us Aircrewman loved practical jokes. Many sea stories involving Skevy will be forever folklore of the VQ community. There was a serious side to Skevy and although he had fun in his job he was always a professonal and was a team player. His death is a reminder to all of us that we need to live every day to the fullest. For those of us that are from the old school where Natops are for New Guys, that Sleep is Overated and Beer is food. I hope you all raise a mug in rememberance to a aircrewman who did his duty to the fullest and was many times the best. He accomplished much and will be missed by many...Todd Cochrane AT1 (NAC/AW) cochrane@bbsnets.com..." [23JUN2001]

BARGER, AD1 Barry Retired barry.e.barger@rolls-royce.com "...I'm very pleased to find a site where a close community can share stories that no one would understand if they hadn't been there. I was a ground pounder with VP-50 from 1978 to 1981, based in NAS Moffett Field, California. Like everyone else, went through VP-31 FRAMP, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan; NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on all the dets I could, to the PI, NSF Diego Garcia (Dodge City), all the inflight stops of Osan, Yakota, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. I then transfered to NRL-FSD and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1981 met my wife and had a boy that has a Navy birth certificate. In 1983 transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to pursue a career as a P-3 Flight Engineer. Made it through VP-30 and arrived at VP-56, also at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I immediately was deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I succeeded in getting the quals by the time we returned home. In 1985 I was retired, but it hasn't held me back. I still work with T56 series engines at the OEM. It's been great to talk to guys I haven't heard from in such long time. Good health to all the VP'ers out there!..." [03OCT2003]

BARKER, AECS Paul Retired pbarker@chartertn.net "...I have served at AIMD, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, 78-79; OMD NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, 79-81; HM-14, NAS Norfolk, Virginia 82-85; VP-44 86-91; NRL Flt Sup Det. 91-94; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, IC Station UP-3A (OMD) 94-97; Force Aircraft Test Squadron 97-2000.." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25JAN2002]

BARKER, AT3 WILLIAM WJB8769@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-44 from 1990 til decom and VP-23 from 1990 to 1993. I'd welcome e-mail from some of my former Shipmates and friends..." [14APR99]

BILLINGER, ADCS Bill Retired #098;ill.billinger@navy.mil "...I started out in 1984 as the only guy in my company going from bootcamp (via a bus ride) straight to VP-30. My 1st tour was with VP-17 84-88. Seen a lot of places that today's Sailor probably won't. As an AD2 I did my "I" level tour at NAS Point Mugu, California IMA 88-90. Got a phone call to go work in Dallas with NMPC SDC (later redesignated BUPERS SDC) 90-94. What a time there. I didn't know one could travel so much. As an AD1 I made my way to NRL FSD at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Rich, Dean, Don and the rest of the Mess, Thanks. Went kicking and screaming to HM-15 out of NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 98-01. Turned out to be just what I needed. Nothing like jumping on an old ship (USS INCHON) and going straight into a combat zone (Kosovo). The USS TARAWA was much nicer. Or was that because I was no longer the Flight Deck coordinator? HA! My last tour brought me back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at NAVAIR only to ride a desk 01-05. I retired and now am working as a "Sand Crab"! (Silly Servant). Good seeing all the familiar names..." [28DEC2005]

BOURN, Dennis J. bourndj@aol.com "...Attended ATN "A" and "C" schools at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VQ-2 (01DEC1963-27SEP1965) at NS Rota, Spain (EC-121 Flight Radio Operator), VAW-12 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (08OCT1965-31JAN1966), OASU, VX-8, VXN-8 (11FEB1966-12SEP1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NC-121 Flight Radio Operator), NRL (12SEP1972-22JAN1975) Detachment NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NC-121/P-3 Flight Radio Operator), National Naval Medical Center (22JAN1975-19JUN1975) at Bethesda, Maryland, Naval District (19JUN1975-02JUL1975) at Washington, D.C., AIMD (02JUL1975-25JAN1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Medical Discharged (25JAN1978). I went to work for Litton Aero Products/Northrop Grumman (21JAN1980-25APR2003) at Woodland Hills, Ca.. I am currently retired and living in Lawrenceville, Ga..." [BIO Updated 27MAY2013 | 04NOV2006]

BROWN, AT1(AW) Johnny P Shipmate Pix kc5wau@yahoo.com "...VP-30 January 1988 - June 1990. VP-8 June 1990 - October 1996. NRLFSD October 1996 - November 1999. VP-8November 1999..." WebSite: http://www.qsl.net/kc5wau [BIO Updated 20NOV99 | 11APR99]

BURST, ADCS Barry Retired barryburst@cox.net "...I started my Navy career in 1979 but didn't get to a VP squadron until I joined VP-23 in 1982 served there until Oct. 1985. Worked for General Offshore Corp, you know that outfit in Hanger 3 in NAS Brunswick, Maine that everyone thought was CIA. I returned to active duty in 1989, after doing sometime as a SELRES in VP-MAU. Became a FE and flew with VP-10 from 1990 until 1993, I then transferred down to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NRL until 1997. My enlistment expired after the detailer offered me nothing but USS out of Norfolk, so I became a SELRES again and affiliated with VP-92. Made Chief in 1998, was recalled to support VP Squadrons in NAS Sigonella, Sicily during the Kosovo Campaign in 1999, VP-10 and VP-16. After that little excursion I found employment on the Staff of Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve in my hometown of New Orleans as the T56 Tech Rep and I began serving with VP-94 from 2000 until I retired in June of 2005. With the eminent departure of the Reserve Air Staff to Norfolk and the dwindling number of Reserve P-3 and C-130 squadrons I decided to take my leave. I am currently a final Quality Control inspector on the External Fuel tank for the Space Shuttle..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13APR2007 | 23SEP99]

CLAY, AT1(NAC) Tom "Staypuff" Retired tomkat83@alltel.net "...My first squadron was VP-50 (8/85-4-89). I was an IFT on Crew 9 and Crew 6 doing 2 NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments and 1 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. I saw several names on your list already from those days. From VP-50, I went to Naval Air Development Center Warminster (6/89-1/92) for shore duty (I was on det 1 month of every 3!) then to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan (1/92-5/95), VP-40 (7/95-3/97) for a NSF Diego Garcia/Jeddah/Masirah/any where sandy deployment, CPW-10 (3/97-10/98) on LIMDU, and now I'm back in VP-40 but grounded. I would love to hear from any Shipmates, especially from the "Tromba's Trojans" Crew 6 days...I retired out of NRL in July '03 and moved back to Georgia. I graduated with a BS in Physics and a BA in History in May 2006 and a Master's in Military History in June 2008..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 29OCT99]

COCHRANE, AT2 Todd cochrane@bbsnets.com "...Hello VQ-1/NRL Shipmates want to here from all of you drop me a line or add me to your ICQ list 2233255 look forward to getting up to date on were everyone has been and were there going..." [15JAN98] [ICQ# 2233255]

COOK, Randy Seven randycook503@yahoo.com "...Began Flight Engineer training on CAC-1 Captain Robert Fey's (crew "Delta Captain on 767-400") as AD-1 Ron Dodson's trainee. He was my big bother and roomate and alternate Natops IFE for Brian Attara - Squadron Natops instructor Instructor. Lt Fey was the Natops IP. Brian eventually became CNAL avaluatot and Ron was his alternate. I was lead and inspired a taught by the very best Orion IFE's know to mankind. My second crew was withMike Albright - Great man = he was family to me and he was a Natops IP when I was on his crew. Eric Wieman - was my third crew leader and Natops pilot and I was his Natops IFE. No man was braver or charged harder then now Captain Wieman - Skipper Rocy Gmeiner was or USNTPS grad skipper. Flew many PPC check rides with him - caring for his men. Admiral Ryan was my first skipper in VP-11. He is the Preseident of the CCL - Center of Creative Leadership - Worlds finest leader on earth. VX-1 was my next command - served as Natops office LPO, for Jerry Hyde, Mike Braun, and Peter Gamble. I was a SMILS flight engineer for CDR Stephen Mulloy - His welfare is my miision in life!!! After 5 weeks of class 9010 EOD leader, I reported to VP-8 as ab IFE and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah. On weekends I was a artic weather sea urchin diver during winter months in Maine diving 5 tanks a day solo in 20 degrees weather wit ha lobsterman. Summer weekends was a lobsterman's mate. After LBP injury, I became a PAO rep in NAS Brunswick, Maine and participated in 33 airshows and a jamboree. Awarded Navy Commendation medal for VIP visits, and two POTUS events. Hosted 5,000 base guests and earned 25 LOA's and nominated for Joshua Chamberlain award. Last civilian jobs was at NRL, Force Warfare/VX-20, and USNTPS. Hooyah Shipand mates of the wing. AD-1, 8251, NAC, EAWS, SERE grad, A-7E Plane Captain, Troubleshooter final checker on USS America, and USS Kitty Hawk. Worn all colors of flt deck jersy's - Rainbow Man, - Man of the non-slid steel beach bird farm..." [09SEP2015]

DALTON, Garrett gdalton@smurfit.com "...Started as an AD in VAW-122 attached to the USS Independence from 73-76, got smart and became a Flight Engineer in VP-19, 76-80, NRL from 80-82, VQ-2 from 82-85, VP-31 from 86-89 and retired out of VP-17 in 92. Crossed paths with the Indy at Pearl Harbor a couple of years ago when she was on her way to retirement in Washington, it was great to see her but made me feel old! Just like every one else on this web site, I miss it all so drop me a line, it would be great to hear from my past!..." [21DEC2004]

DECKER, AD2 Duane S. baddpj@yahoo.com "...Assigned to AOM/AIMD, NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1983 to 1986, VP-11 from 1986-89, and NRL NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1989 to 1992. Currently with VR-48 as a mobilized reservist. Otherwise, I am an Engineering Tech on the V-22 Osprey at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. All Shipmates please feel free to email me and say "hi". Anyone know where I can find Charles Niccum? VP-10? Thanks!..." [15JAN2004]

FLEURY, ATC Bill Retired fleuryb@hotmail.com "...I was in VXN-8 (Oceanagraphic Development Squadron 8) from 1975-1980, also NRL (Naval Research Laboratory Flt Support Detachment) from 1980-1983, both at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Previous A/C duties included a tour of duty at VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine with P2s, 1969-1970. I currently reside in the NAS Patuxent River, Marylandarea, work at the base here in the area of P-3 Configuration Management..." [10SEP2001]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FRENCH, ATC (AW/NAC) Ralph D. "Frenchy" Retired ralphdfrench@gmail.com "...Attended Boot Damp at NTTC San Diego, AV "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, Replacement Air Group (RAG) Training at NAS Moffett Field, California, SERE School, VP-1 (1978-1980) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NRL (1981-1983), "C" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VXN-8 (1984-1992), VQ-2 (1992-1994) at NS Rota, Spain, USS George Washington (CVN-73) (1994-1995), Cammander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Manpower Analysis Team (CMAT) (1995-1998) at NAB Little Creek, Norfolk and retired July 31, 1998. Went to work for a small Management Services Company, Warden Associates, Inc. and continue to do mostly manpower studies and contract writing..." [E-Mail Updated 18APR2020 | E-Mail Updated 19OCT2010 | E-Mail Updated 08FEB2004 | 28DEC2002]

GALLO, AMHC Rob Retired rgallo@olg.com "...I feel fortunate to be associated with the VP Navy having been assigned to VP-23 from '76 to '78 NRL Flt. Flt Supp Det '78 to'80 and VXN-8, '86 to '89. Too bad the detailers snagged me for Fighters and Ship's company the remaining years of my career! The VP Navy is truly a unique organization..." [12NOV98]

GATES, CAPTAIN Dave "Gator" Retired ljreese357@aol.com "...I served with VP-1 (1980-1983), NRL (1983-1988) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-64 (1989-1994) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania..." [07SEP2016]

GIBBS, Mike Retired mgibbsretired@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1966-1968, AVI B School from 1968-1969, VP-21 from 1969 to Diestablishment, NAS Norfolk, Virginia AIMD from 1969-1971, VP-30 A/B Flt Tech school 1971, VP-44 from 1971-1977, NRL FSD from 1977-1979, VP-10 from 1979-84, VP-31 and CPWP from 1984-1987. Worked at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as contractor for a couple of years, then drove a truck until May 2002 when knees quite on me. Graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2005 with a BS in Accounting, and from Gardner-Webb Graduate School of Business in August 2007 with a Masters of Accountancy. Serving at Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg Methodist College as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting. Drop me a line when you get the chance..." [BIO Updated 10NOV2007 | 13MAY2003]

GREELEY, Steve (Speedy) "...I am now onboard at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with the SAR outfit. I'm still flying and will retire from here in 2002. I would like to here from anybody who was in VXN-8 and NRL between 1986-1995. Eddie, Mac, Scott - I know your out there! We had some wild times boys! I'll be on line soon. 360-279-0792 give me a call. Later!..." [19JAN2000]

GREEN, Joe joegreen@insightbb.com "...I served with FASRON-104 from 1958 to 1959 (NS Rota, Spain), AEWBarRonPac from 1960 to 1963(NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), NRL 1964 (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland), and VR-7 from 1965 to 1966 (NAS Moffett Field, California)..." [24AUG2003]

GRIMES, William T. (Tim) grimeswt@navair.navy.mil "...I was a Batman (VP-24) from 1980 to 1983 before being transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for my final tour. I joined the Navy in 1966 under the delayed entry program and started bootcamp in January 1967 at Great Lakes. I arrived home to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "A" school, then on to NAS Atsugi, Japan for a tour with VRC-50. In 1970, I went back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "B" school, then on to NAS Oceana and a tour with VA-42. In 1974, I transferred to NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AEIc7 school then on to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California for Flight Engineer training. 1975 found me in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17, where I stayed for five years before transferring to VP-24 in 1980. In November 1983, I transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from the Navy in December 1986 as an AEC. I have been at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland ever since. I now work as a Civil Servant in the pressure calibration lab of Test Article Preparation. Looking through all of the Guest Book entries for VP-24 and VP-17, I noticed quite a few names that I remember well, and nostalgia engulfed me. Memories of past deployments, some of the antics and good times we had together, suddenly seemed like they only happened yesterday. I miss you all. If anyone out there still remembers me, please E-Mail, call (301)342-1610, or write (Test Article Preparation, attn: Tim Grimes, NAWCAD, 47765 Ranch Road Unit 1, Patuxent River, MD 20670-1469). I look forward to hearing from all of my Shipmates..." [16JUN99]

GUNTHER, William F. (Bill) Retired guntherwf@navair.navy.mil "...Served with VW-11 from 1962-1964. Worked EBU in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Sure wish I hadn't let that crusty old ADRC talk me out of becoming a "Scope Dope" those "Barrier Patrols" sounded like fun. Just the same I met my Bride Daphne Hann in St. Johns. Maybe someone out there rode the trip with me and my friend Leo Turchi. Thoes were good times. Served with VP-10 from 1971-1975. F/E on Crew 7 mostly. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily / NAS Bermuda with dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR chasing the "Johnney Express/ NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal & NAS Bermuda / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. "KEEP ON Truckin." Served with VX-11 from 1975-1978. F/E Those SMILS Dets were the best. 7 days "CREW REST" in Recife, Brazil or the Bermuda Castle Harbour. Served with VP-44 from 1978-1983. F/E CAC-9 (SO FINE). Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (Great Times in the PO1 Mess.) Deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan / Alongapo/ NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Bermuda. Served with NRL/FSD 38-86 & retirement after 27 yrs and approx 8,900 P-3 flight hours (not a record). Deployd to the West Coast of south america including Easter Island & then the east coast and over to Gabon. Wasn't the COLD WAR fun!..." [BIO Updated 19JAN2002 | 18JAN2002]

HALL, ADRC Marty Retired mjhall@awc.fairbanks.ak.us "...F/E Willie's AEWBarRonPac , VQ-1, NRL, wrenched the Willies VW-13 and VW-15. Let's see... also F/E'd Herc's in VR-7 and Plane Capt. station C-54 on NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Misc other squadrons wrench'd and flew misc other aircraft but my thoughts go back mostly to The " Q " and PR-21..." WebSite: http://home.awcable.com/~mjhall/ [E-Mail/URL Updated 11OCT2004 | 03NOV98]

HAYWARD, AMCS Robert (Beaner) Retired haywardrj@navair.navy.mil "...I retired in 1999 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and I'm gonna stay put. Stationed with VP-1 78-81, NRL 81-84, VP-9 84-87, VP-31 87-91, VP-40 91-94, and Force Warfare 94-99. I even have some boat time VF-2 74-77. I had some great times in ONE and I would be interested in hearing from any and all..." [17NOV99]

HEIN, ATC Jeff HeinJH@pax.nawcad.navy.mil "...Was in VP-66 from 86-89, NRL from 89 to 93, VPU-2 from 93 to 97. Presently assigned to Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...." [02FEB98]

HERRERA, Mario E. mario7_7@hotmail.com "...I served in VXN-8 from June 1986 thru August 1989 from there I transfered to NRL and was there until 1992. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to get back to VXN-8 and was there until we decomissioned in 1993. Afterwards I went back to NRL for one more year then was transfered to VRC-40 and flew CODS up to 1998 then transfered to VAW-120 where I performed C-2 Crewchief instructor duties until I retired in July of 1999. I went back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to work for NRL as a DynCorp emplyee, still doing the Mech thing. Now I am no longer with Dyn and presently working for Qualtech..." [13SEP2001]

JERDON, SCPO Henry P. Retired c/o his son Steve Jerdon sjerdon1@luna.cas.usf.edu "...My father often reminisces with me about the days he was part of the Navy's Oceanographic Office, Washington D.C., and of the many missions he was a part of on board the infamous P-3 Orion..." [23NOV98]

JOHNSON, Edward edjohn3408@gmail.com "...I served with RVAH-3 (1978-1979) at NAS Key West, Florida, NATC (1979-1981) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-10 (1981-1986), AIMD (1986-1989) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-56 (1989-1991), VP-45 (1991-1995) and Naval Research Laboratory FLighT SUPPort DETachment (NRLFLTSUPPDET) (1995-1998) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [11MAR2017]

LASSEN, CPO Otto "Frank" Retired ironduke@lassen.ws "...I served with VP-49 from 1968 to 1972, Naval Research Lab. at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1972 to 1975 and VP-11 as a FE. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." Personal WebSite: http://blade-knives.com/ [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2009 | 25NOV1997]

LEGG, CPO Paul P. Retired Fltenglegg@aol.com "...I started out as a PC/FE with VP-208 January 1946. Got out of the Navy and joined the Reserves assigned to VP-661. It so happened that I was the first guy to make chief in the reserves (1949). Recalled to active duty September 1950 and became Maintenance Chief then a Plane Captain till June 1953. Served with VP-34 NAS Trinidad, British West Indies till June 1955, EC-121K 's NAS Patuxent River, Maryland NRL till 1962, and VW-13 NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Enjoyed my naval aviation tremendously...I was assigned to VW-2 June 1955. Worked in power plants for a while. I then went to FE school at Burbank,Ca. I started as a student engineer under a guy known as Placidi. I then flew with Elwell an Vada and became a first engineer then a check engineer then the training chief for the FE's. VW-2 was absolutely one of the best squadrons I was ever attached to. I later went to NRL and the to VW-13 at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I was the engineer on the panel during the crash of BUNO: 141329. My seat safety belt was the only thing that saved me. I ended up pinned to the roof of the cockpit. The 2 pilots assisted me in getting back to the main cabin.As I've stated before. The men in the VW squadrons were absolutely the best..." [BIO Updated 06JUN2002 | 14MAY2002]

LENHARR, ADCS(AW) STAN slenharr@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from February 1981 through October 1984, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from November 1984 through June 1987, VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine from July 1987 until it was disestablished in May 1991, and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from August 1991 through July 1993. After 2nd tour at AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine checked into VP-8 July 1993 and enjoyed 7 fun-filled years there until I transfered to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland September 2000. I am currently still at NRL. Retirement is in the near future. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 17APR2002 | BIO Updated 10APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18MAR2002 | 10MAY98]

LOFLIN, AX2 Scott scott@loflin.net "...After school I was in VQ-1 (81-82), VP-17 Crew 3a "World Famous Killer Tomatoes" (82-84), NRL/FSD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (84-87) and finally VXN-8 (87-90). I'm now with the Naval Research Laboratory, Wash. DC and flew as Projects Specialist on NRL's assortment of P-3's at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Any buds out there, got a cold one waiting for ya..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2004 | 29JAN98]

MALINCHALK, AT1 Joe Retired jmalinchalk@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1981-1985), NRL (1985-1989), VXN-8 (1990-1992) and retired in 1995. I went to work for Disney as an Electronic Technician and Manager until my retirement in 2015. Loflin Zawacki and the rest of the party animals shoot me an email..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15SEP2017 | 13MAR99]

MESSER, Randall S. rmesser@lsijax.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (1983 to 1985), VP-26 (1985 to 1988), VXN-8 (1988 to 1991), VP-24 (1992 to 1995), VQ-1 (1995 to 1997), Naval Research Lab (1998 to 2000) and VP-16 (2000 to 2002). I am now retired and working with LSI as a P-3 Enlisted Aircrew/Maintenance SME..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2001 | 22OCT98]

MEYER, Gary C. gcmeyer@adelphia.net "...I served with VP-10 from 1967-1968, VP-22 (BlueGoose) from 1973-1976, NRL ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) from 1977-1979. I was a jet mechanic in VP-10 and later re enlisted for Flight Engineer School after a tour on the USS Oriskany. I flew F/E for about 8 years ended up getting out and started working at NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC). I retired from NASA in February 2002 and now work for a Government Construction Contractor as the Program Manager. Hi, to all the old "BlueGeese"..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20APR2002]

MURRAY, CDR Robert L. Retired murray59@verizon.net "...Enlisted 1956: ATU-105/ATU-205, VF-73 - USS Randolph, VF-61 - USS Saratoga, VF-13 - USS Essex, VW-13 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAETULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AE-1 Integration Program 1963. VP-49 1965 - 1968; VT-2 1968 - 1970; USS Forrestal: Cat. & AG Officer, 1970 - 1973; Naval Electronics T&E Activity NAS Patuxent River, Maryland XO, 1973 - 1975; VP-23: Maint. Officer, 1976 - 1978; NAF Mildenhall UK: Ops Officer, 1978-1979; CINCUSNAVEUR Command Center: 1979 - 1980; NAF Mildenhall UK: CO, 1980 - 1982; JCS Joint Staff : C3I Action Officer , 1982 - 1984. Retired 1984. Consultant to NRL 1984 - 1998 - retired again to St. Michaels MD, Active with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Engineer/Driver...." [06FEB2009]

NELSON, AT1 Lyle joannmn@tds.net "...I finished AT(A) school in September of 1955. I beat out a marine for first place in my class, so I got to choose my duty station, and I chose VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, because my buddy Jack Neesely went there 7 weeks earlier. I got stuck with 7 weeks of mess cooking at Memphis Northside, because the M.A. in picking out mess cooks, couldn't pronounce Neesely's or Nemecek's names and he could pronounce mine, which was right between them in the alphabetical list. I was the radio/ecm operator in BH11 with Crowell, Mayhew, Forsman, Parish, Hakbarth, Snyder, & can't recall the rest of the names, during our deployment to Okinawa in 1956. I left the squadron in May of 1957 after we had changed to VAHM-10, to finish my 4 year Navy stint with shore duty at NAS Minneapolis, instructing Navy and Marine Reservists. My time spent in the Navy and with the guys in VAHM-10 were some of my most enjoyable years. From 1960 through 1963, while a Tech Rep for RCA, I was assigned to the NRL, where our group was doing a VLF propagation study. We set up some of our VLF equip in radomes of NRL's WVII aircraft and the Navy crew flew us around the world calibrating ground stations we had previously set up..." [E-Mail Updated 30NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 22MAY2002 | 17MAR2002]

OLNEY, William "Bill" bill.olney@noaa.gov "...I was attached to VXN-8 as an Aviation Electricians Mate from 1987-1991. Moved on as a civilian working for Eagle Systems at NRL from 1991-2004 testing chaff and ECM. Currently working for NOAA's Aicraft Operations Center at MacDill AFB as an Electronics Technician..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15NOV2005 | E-Mail Updated 25JAN2001 | 11JAN99]

OSTERHOUDT, AMS2 (AW/NAC) Kyle big_apple31@hotmail.com "...VP-24 was my first squadron. I was one of the Batmen from May 1991 to December 1994. I made two NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments and a NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment there as a dreaded FEAP. I spent four years (1994 - 1998) in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-9 Golden Eagles. (The west coast deployments are much better). Now I'm back on the east coast, still an FE, and flying with NRL in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm still proud to say that I was one of the Batmen. What are you up to Scotty Mahl, Tommy South, Phil Carlucci, etc.?..." [23APR99]

PARTAIJ, Richard ka3qfa@earthlink.net "...Having served in the Navy from 1945 to 1965 I had the pleasure of serving with VP-5 from 1954 to 1956, and enjoyed every minute of it. My Pilots name was, at the time, Ens R. W. Wisdom PPC. We were on our way back from S.D. (at midnight) the time he was promoted to LTjg. I saw him again in 1965 and he was Commanding Officer of VP-3. We had many wonderful times and they are always stuck in my memory. I served with VS-24 from 1949-1954, VP-5 from 1954-1956, Shore Duty, ZW-1 Lakehurst, Shore Duty in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and made a fine round the world trip with the WV assigned to Naval Research Lab at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1965, VW-13 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada flying the Atlantic barrier, and finally retired from there in May 1965. Would enjoy hearing from anyone serving with me at the times indicated. Thank you..." [04JUL2000]

PASKEWIC, Kurt kurtpask@yahoo.com "...NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1983 to 1991. NRL and the great VXN-8. Currently in WI. Come on Shipmates, lets here what you got. Zawacki, Bosco, Loflin...where you at?..." [02SEP2010]

PORTER, Samuel J. portersj@navair.navy.mil "...My Navy career was spent in VW-13, VR-1, VQ-4, VX-8, and NRL FLT SUP DET all at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from NRL after putting EC121K 141297 in the bone yard in 1979. A/C 297 I am told is now at the Airforce Museum in Ohio painted Airforce Blue, what a death for a Great Navy Airplane. I also flew NRL's S2F, R5D (C54 w/bombay), all of their 121's 128324, 135753, 141297, and their P-3 149670 as Radio Operater/NATOPS evaluator. I flew with some of the greatest Shipmates in the Navy and the best skipper ever CDR. Ron Carlson Ret. I would love to hear from them.....Maybe Cook them a meal!..." [13NOV98]

RUFF, AE1 Barry bruff@oklahoma.net "...P-3A/B aft Observer..." WebSite: http://www.oklahoma.net/~bruff/tacamo.html [05MAR98][ICQ# 975633]

SNYDER, ATC Stuart "Duke" Retired ssnyder10@hotmail.com "...After Boot Camp in Bainbridge, MD, AN "P" school in NAS Norman, Oklahoma and AT "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I recieved orders to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey where I was assigne to AT&D and had the opportunity to fly as Radioman in several models of Blimps. In December 1957 I was ordered to VW-2 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until my release from active duty in September 1959. Reenlisted in November 1959 and was assigned to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Transferred to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in March 1961 until September 1961 at which time I was again ordered back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Then on to AT "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee from March 1964 to November 1964. My next assignment was to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from December 1964 to December 1965 and then on to VAW-33 in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Served in VAW-33 from January 1966 to October 1967 at which time I reported for duty to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until transferring to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine where I finished out my career in June 1976..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2004 | 23FEB2000]

SPADARELLA, Tony tonyspad@earthlink.net "...I served with VXN-8 (The World Travelers) from June 1976 to June 1979. I was a utility aircrewman and flew on Project MAGNET, BIRDSEYE, and SEASCAN. From April 1986 to September, 1993, I flew as a civilian technician/project specialist supporting worldwide geophysical and oceanographic surveys aboard those same aircraft while attached to NAVOCEANO. After the disestablishment of VXN-8, I flew with NRL for two years onboard MAGNET and BIRDSEYE. The Project SEASCAN aircraft (BUNO: 153443) is presently attached to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and is training future test pilots in the evaluation of FLIR and Radar systems. I am presently working with Fixed Wing Maritime Survailance (AIR here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and am supporting test pilot school with this effort. I am again an aircrewman aboard the P-3 and have approximately 6,000 hrs of flight time. I would like to hear from any of the old VXN-8 crews and swap some stories..." [E-Mail Updated 23DEC2002 | 19JAN98]

STRONG, CDR Tom tom.e.strong@earthlink.net "...I served about 2.5 years with VP-62 between 1989 and 1991 as an OSAM NFO. The experience was great right up to the last moment when the Navy said to leave active duty and become a SELRES. Nothing against the SELRES bunch, but I needed full time employment and took a job with NOAA as a navigator on the WP-3D hurricane hunter variant. After about 5 years, and mainly due to a pilot shortage and hiring freeze, NOAA sent me back to flight training. I squeeked through and became a Lake Seawolf and DHC-6 pilot. In an ironic twist of fate, 3 years later, NOAA then sent me back to the Navy as a pilot and a tour with the Naval Research Lab (NRL). What a great unit and bunch of folks! They were apprehensive at first since I was a trans-vest-FO but eventually they taught me everything a growing P-3 pilot needed to know. Now I'm back at NOAA and punching through hurricanes from the front seat and loving every minute of it. I'm a CDR now and still view my tour at VP-62 as some of the best years of my life..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04NOV2004 | 19MAR98]

VERMILLION, George vermilli@aol.com "...I served with VP-44 from 1978 to 1981 with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (ASW is not pretty) and WestPac, ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1983 to 1985, NRL from 1985 to 1987, and ASWOC NS Rota, Spain from 1988 to 1991. Now living near Annapolis, sailing on the Cheaspeake and playing music. Life is good. My best to Swamp Ratt, Sargeant Rock, Hillbilly, Bojangles, Jake, Elwood and all the rest..." [21OCT2003]

VESEY, AMS1 Dave dv4740@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (Fighting Marlins) NAS Moffett Field, California (started my P-3 career) from 1988 to 1991, VP-31 (Black Lightning) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1991-1993, VP-47 (Golden Swordsmen) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1993 to 1998, NRL NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1998 to 2001 and VP-5 (Mad Foxes) NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 2001 to 2004. Now fixin to go to shore duty with VP-30 (Pros Nest) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Trust me I've done both East and West VP and the West is the BEST!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05AUG2004 | 23APR99]

WARNECKE, James warnjg@bellsouth.net "...I started my P-3 career with VQ-1 as a Radio Op (back in the day when we were in Guam) from '88-'91, and then on to Key West from '91-'93 as a Radio and Radar Op in AMU-4. Did the first TEMPEST tests on GD-01 (EP-3J) after it came out of Waco. Moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) from '93-'96 and picked up "Vacation 8"'s missions worldwide. Finalized my Navy career in VQ-6 and CAG-8 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida from '96-'98. Currently working as an AT on P-3AEW aircraft for U. S. Customs Service in Jacksonville, Florida. Would enjoy hearing from anyone from these previous commands. "Anytime, anywhere..baby. For perdiem."..." [10NOV2000]

WEINBERG, Rick weinbergr1@earthlink.net "...I was an inflight ordnanceman with VP-47 from 1986-1990 and at NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1990-1994. I already found a few long lost crewmates. Anybody who remembers serving with me, I would love to hear from you. The "dirtbags" of VP-47 were the best aircrewman to ever operate the P-3. I miss flying with them, and am looking foward to hearing from them..." [25DEC2002]

WILLIAMS, Daryl Retired darylw1952@aol.com "...I served with VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from November 1970 til December 1973, VXN-8 from April 1974 til December 1978 and February 1982 til Feb 1986, NRL from January 1979 til February 1982 and from February 1986 until May 1990 when I retired. I now work for the Project Liaison Office, Force Aircraft Test Squadron (now VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 21FEB2004 | 08SEP99]

WILSON, ADC Stephen James Retired wilson_75@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 (1971 to 1979 and 1982 to 1986), NRL (1987 to 1988) and VP-6 (1989 to 1991). I've been going through the list of Shipmates and it sure brings back a lot of great memories..." [25JAN2008]

ZAWACKI, AT1 Ed Shipmate Pix ezawacki@md.metrocast.net "...ARN-14/18 Bench Tech AIMD NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1982-1984, P-3 Radio Operator VQ-1 from 1984-1987, P-3 Radio/Radar Operator VXN-8 from 1987-1991, NRL from 1991-1994, NRL from 1998-2001, and currently serving with NRL..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2021 | BIO Updated 07APR2003]

ZIMMERMAN, ADRC Roy Retired r_zim56@att.net "...I flew as a FE with AEWBarRonPac (1963-1965), VW-1 (1969-1970), VXN-8 (1970-1973) with a deployment to NAS Agana, Guam, NRL (1974-1977) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) (1977-1980) at NAS Point Mugu, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUL2017 | 27DEC97]

TUCKER, AZ2 Anthony Retired ttucker.anthony@mediacombb.net "...I served with VXN-8 from 1992 to 1993 and NRL from 1993 to 1994..." [15MAY2011]

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