VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ALDEMAN, Gary gdennisalderman@aol.com "...I served with VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam from May or June 1969 until December of 1970. I played basketball with our Squadron Team two years with Bob Turner and some other people I just can't remember. I was in Oson, Korea in November 1970 and got food poisoning and almost did not make it. I left NAS Agana, Guam and went to the USS Constellation. I have alot of slides of NAS Agana, Guam and someday hope to put them on a disk where I can share them with other VAPers..." [26MAY2005]

ASTON, J. Shelby jsaston@bwsc.net "...I served with VAP-61 from October 1969 thru September 1971. Worked in the PIP div. in the Photo Lab. Lived in Dededo with PT2 Coyner, PT2 Weber, PH2 Edwards, and PT3 Williams. I am in touch with all but Rick Williams. Anyone know his whereabouts. I have something that he left behind over 30 years ago. Have always wanted to get it to him for Christmas. Would love to hear from any of you VAPPERS out there. I am also in touch with Cheryl Kotz from Townsville, Australia just in case any of you are interested..." [27DEC2002]

AUMEND, AMS3 Kenneth kaumend@emergency.qld.gov.au "...I served with VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam from February 1966 to September 1967 (Detachment to Townsville, Australia (twice) in 1967) and HS-8 in Imperial Beach, Ca. until leaving Navy in December 1968. I moved to Brisbane, Australia in 1971 with a girl I met on Detachment. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02JAN2009]

BAGBY, John R. lawjrb@aol.com "...VAP-61, '65-67, Yeoman, Communications Dept, short stint as CMC. You out there Harvey Ridgeway, Ted Lui, and everybody knew Smiley Gatherum; and how 'bout my favorite skipper CDR Horace Bay Chambers, and Ensign Narsico--any info? anybody..Hey Avalos, I'll bet you have some info. And how 'bout you Blackwelder. Sorry I didn't stick around but I had to get back to re-harrass the protesters. Tried to teach them to say "Bring them Home" instead of "Hell no I won't go" but they would get hostile when I asked them to do that. Didn't like me to stop their marches either. Anyway..love to hear some "sea stories" and am genuinely interested in learning about you guys and others. Remember when Lee wised off and divebombed that train up in Yankee land..?..." [03AUG99]

BARRETT, AE2 Don dbarrett55@msn.com "...I was an AE2 with VAP-61 from September 1965 to March 1967. I was on detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and Townsville, Australia (the second one). I would love to hear from some of you guys that went on detachments with me. I worked in the Avionics Shop and road motorcycles around the island on the weekends. It's been a long time, so I have a hard time remembering some of your names. When I left VAP-61 I went to HC-5 in Imperial Beach, California along with AMS2 Marvin Poell. Please let me hear from you..." [19MAR2003]

BELDEN, AMH2 Duane duanebelden@msn.com "...I was in VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam fron the fall of 1957 to May 1959. I was an AMH-2 and worked mostly on the night check crew and flew on detachments to Japan with Lt. Wally Doolittle..." [BIO Updated 03AUG2007 | E-Mail Updated 19MAY2003 | 05NOV99]

BOSS, PT3 Micael uppermanbuford4@gmail.com "...Attended PT A School (09/1963) at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver Colorado, VAP-61, NAS Agana, Guam, TAD to FICPACFAC at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Commander Carrier Division Staff and USS Bennington (CV-20). After separation I obtained a bachelor's degree in industrial safety then a number graduate courses and schooling in medical imaging, medical legal death investigation and forensic photography. During my working life I worked in the public sector, a staff member in consulting engineering offices and as a private consultant for federal government construction..." [27OCT2020]

BREYFOGLE, David timchris@fls.infi.net "...I was a photo mate with the squadron from 1972 to 1975, made two NAS Bermuda dets and one NS Rota, Spain det. I was the one who shot all the photos for those cruise books. I came to the VP squadrons after two Whale squadrons (VAH-123 and VAP-61) antisub work was a whole new world for me. I am looking for any of the photo mates from that time..." [06MAR99]

BRUNO, Bob bob.bruno@gmail.com "...I served with VAP-61 (1966-1968), VAQ-33 (1980-1988) and retired in 1990. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11JUN2012]

CARNEY, Don H. don_felipa_carney@yahoo.com "...Served with VAP-61. I was an AMS2. Worked on AJ2Ps and F8Us. Made the New Zealand Deployment. Would love to hear from my old Shipmates. This includes the girls in the photo div. (remember guys thats the joke that got me wrapped up in ordanace tape and thrown into the airframes). Also was a AW1 in VP-9, VP-46, and ships company in the ASCAC on the CVS TIconderoga, CVS Kitty Hawk. I retired Aug of 1975 and would love to hear from any of the guys I served with and wouldn't dare name names as I would surely leave some one out. Hate to admit it but I'm getting old..." [16MAR2000]

CONTRYMAN, Eric R. drcontryman@embarqmail.com "...I served with VAP-61 (1964-1965) with deployments aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Midway (CVA-41) and the USS Ranger (CVA-4). I also served with VS-25 with deployments aboard the USS Yorktown (CVA-10)..." [24DEC2018]

DAGANG, Dave dagangd@wwdb.org "...I'm looking for Shipmates that were stationed with VAP-61 during 1965 to 1968. I worked as an AQ on the A3D. A group of us recently met up in Las Vegas and we are to make it an annual event. I went on detachments to the P.I., Australia, Thailand, and Danang..." [27JUN2001]

DiLEO, Fred J. dileofamily@verizon.net "...I served with VAP-61 at NAS Agana, Guam from late 1967 to 1969 in the Photo Lab on base and NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1965 to 1967..." [25FEB2010]

DOMENECH, Tony tdomenech@aol.com "...I served with VAP-62 from 1968 to 1969. Detached with Steve Baber, Scott Weekly, et al. to VAP-61 at NAS Agana, Guam and detached from there to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. I would love to know where we can get information on TAD from 1961 to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. This is not reflected in personnel papers. Any ideas? Go Gators! Hope you guys are doing well..." [08APR2010]

DUDLEY, John johnsemail@mindspring.com "...I served with VAP-61 from April 1967 to August 1969 in the Photo Line shop. Spent most of my time "on Det" and really enjoyed my time in VAP (except for the rocket attacks in Danang). Would like to hear from former Shipmates. Hope to see you in Branson, MO October 2005..." [02SEP2004]

EIDSON, Dan eidsond@planttel.net "...I served with VAP-62 from May, 1967 to October, 1969. Did TAD work with VAP-61 the summer of 1969. See the page http://www.webspawner.com/users/vap62 for email address from both squadrons. Also, there are some photos..." [14JAN2002]

FISHER, John W. jwfgarfield@msn.com "...Arrived on Guam in late 64 early 65 as AZ2. Went on many deployments to Phillipines. Helped set up up detachment in Townsville Australia. Mucho good times there. I can't remember many names. I lived on base next to "Ski". Rode motorcycle all over the place. Lost some good guys over Nam stayen in VAP-61 3 years, maybe longer..." [13APR2001]

FLYNN, AQB3 Rick rhflynn52@yahoo.com "...I served with VAP-61 around 1968. I worked for Chief Decker for a while before I made AQB3. I knew a Dan Fox, Smitty and Tim Flarity..." [12MAY2010]

FROIMOVITZ, Bob rfroimov@frontiernet.net "...Served with VAP-61 from October 1961 thru May 1963. Made three detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and one to NAS Atsugi, Japan during that timre. Was a PH-2 working mostly in the Photo Lab. Heard from a Shipmate about a uear ago, but lost his return e-mail. Would love to respond at this late date or hear from any Shipmates who were in VAP-61 during that period..." [16JAN2001]

GANSKOPP, AMH2 David C. ganskopp@centurytel.net "...I served with VAP-61 (1968-1970) at NAS Agana, Guam working mostly on the line with a few months in the structural shop. Went on multiple detachments to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, Bangkok, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Osan, Korea, Townsville, Australia and a brief stint to Taiwan. Exciting and enjoyable times that helped me grow a person. After severa subsequent years of college (West Virginia Univ, and Oregon State University) I had a career with USDA-ARS as a rangeland scientist and am now retired living in Hines, Oregon..." [03AUG2022]

GRIER, ADJ2 John cheryljohn@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VAP-61 from November 1967 to May 1969 with three detachments to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam and one to Bangkok. I also served in IMD at NAS Agana, Guam for a few months. Had the joy of being assigned as a bus and fuel truck driver at DaNang before the fuel pits were installed..." [03MAR2011]

HAASE, Bruce vap61vap62@comcast.net "...I served with VAP-61 from 1961 to 1963..." [18AUG2004]

HARRISON, AMH3 Larry larry@hillsborochryslerjeep.com "...Served with VAP-61 as a Plane Captain from spring of 1964 to fall of 1965. Most of time spent on Detachment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and whatever boat was on the line. Operated off the Connie, Tico, Bonnie Dick, Midway and Coral Sea. Did one stint out on the line for almost 90 days before getting back to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. 1st 45 day detachment stretched to almost 5 months. Had a great time and have many good memories..." [13SEP2004]

HAWLEY, Dennis dhawley@myglnc.com "...I served with VAP-61 from 1967 to 1969 with detachments to Bangkok and three trips to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [18JUL2010]

HERZOG, PT Rob Roy rrherzog@bigpond.net.au "...I was a Photographic Intelligenceman with VAP-61 from 1963 to 1964 and deployed to Fleet Intelligence Center PACific FACility (FICPACFAC), USS Ticonderoga, USS Ranger and USS Constellation. I participated in a SouthPaw Detachment to Royal Australian Air Force Base Garbutt, Townsville, Queensland, Australia and returned there in 1967 to get married. I still reside in Australia but now in Canberra. Glad to hear from any of the old gang..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2006 | 05FEB2005]

HILL, ISC Gary T. Retired gtpahill@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 (12/1960-08/1964) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, Air Nav Office (09/1964-03/1967) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VAP-61 (04/1967-11/1969) NAS Agana, Guam and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, NAF New York, New York (01/1970-01/1971), Naval Reconnaissance & Technical Support Center (NRTSC) (02/1971-01/1975) at Washington, DC, USS Ranger (CVA-61) (02/1975-02/1978) and Naval Intelligence Support Center (NISC) (04/1978-12/1981) at Washington, DC until retirement..." [BIO Updated 07AUG2016 | 06AUG2016]

HINDLEY, AN Larry ljcjhindley@comcast.net "...I served with VAP-61 (1967-1968) in Photo Maintenance at NAS Agana, Guam with detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam..." [E-Mail Updated 13DEC2010 | 29JAN2002]

HOWELL, Willie Dean howellw1948@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48, VP-19, VP-40, VP-31, two tours VAP-61, USS Constellation, and NADEP Alameda, California..." [13DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...JACOBS, CDR Edward J...My Father, CDR Edward J Jacobs, Jr. went MIA 08-26-1967. At that time, Dad was serving with VAP-62 but was TDY to VAP-61. I would love to hear from anyone that served (or knew) my Dad. Thank you..." Contributed by Jeanie Cubin info@aphotomoment.com [09JUN2013]

JANUSZEWSKI, PN3 Jim "Ski" b00gityb00gity@aol.com "...I served with VAP-61 from May 1965 to April 1967. I worked in the Personel Office and Air Intelligence Office I have seen several familiar names including John Bagby and a few others. I was on the Australian, NS Subic Bay, Philippines, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments. I would be happy to hear from former Shipmates..." [14JUL2003]

JIMMERSON, Phillip pjimmer@charter.net "...Was with VAP-61 from 62-64 worked on the line crew as one of Big Jim Dooleys (Demonds) PC's a few other PC's were Haase, Powell, Doroff, Eanes, Burns, Treaster, Belze, Phillips Farley, Gunter, Gabitas, Blevens, Lily and many more. Went on many dets. The best days of my life, any body remember little old short me give a shout..." [15FEB2005]

JOE, Savala savalajose@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VAP-61 from 1965 to 1967. I am looking for close Shipmates Alvino Garcia and Castro (married Annie in Guam)..." [12OCT2009]

JONES, PH2 John Paul jpjones@cbs.comVAP-61 from 1969-1971. Worked in the photo repair shop maintaining and installing the cameras and camera mounts in the RA-3B. Wy wife hated Guam. I really enjoyed it, especially exploring the caves. Did detachments to Korea and Thailand. Later kicked myself for turning down dets to Australia and Da Nang to stay on Guam with my wife. I would like be in touch with Kenneth Setser, John Cartmill, Motika, Sablan, Nardone, any other Vappers of the late Viet era..." [15AUG2001]

LEBETER, Neal "Porky" neal@ctitech.com "...VAP-61 Line Crew ASM-3, Guam, Bangcock, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and Danang 67-69..." [03AUG99]

LEBLANC, Omer Jerry ompaseabas1@aol.com "...I served with VS-21 from 1965 through 1966 after being rotated out of VAP61- which I served with from 1963 through 1965. We were on the USS Kearsarge for a good part of my tour with VS-21. I would be interested in hearing from anyone from that era. I worked for Chief Shorts in the Metal Shop while onboard. Also worked the nite check while onboard the ship..." [14JUN2002]

LITZ, Earl elitz@swfla.rr.com "...PhotoMate at NAS Key West from February 1966 to August 1967, CIWS Coronado and VO-67 from September 1967 to June 1968, VAP-61 from June 1968 to October 1968, PH "B" School from November 1968 to August 1969, and MCB-58 and MCB 40 from September 1969 to June 1970. Flew in OP2E's out of NKP Thailand from October 1967 to June 1968. Would like to hear from others..." [E-Mail Updated 18SEP2003 | 06JAN99]

McCOWN, LCDR Marvin Retired marvin530@charter.net "...I served with VAP-61 from 1965-1968 an an Air Intelligent Officer. Received my commission as a LDO from PTl in 1963. CDR George Lee was skipper when I arrived. Did dets on carriers and in Townsville, Aust. Left VAP-61 to instruction at Armed Forces Intell School, Lowry AFB, Denver. Back to Vietnam again with NIS for year. Then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia as XO of Fleet Intelligence Training Center. Retired end February 1975 as LCDR. Good times in the Squadron, some of the best I had over my whole Navy career. "Zapped by VAP" was a great tradition and it was amazing how that VAP logo got but on things in the stranges places. I would also be interested in hearing from some old Shipmates..." [27APR2002]

PARKER, LCDR Joe W. Jr Retired helenjoepar@webtv.net "...Served with VP-61, VP-62, VD-5, VPP-1, VJ-61, and VAP-61..." [10MAR2000]

PETERSON, Douglas O. dpeterson1943@aol.com "...I served with VAP-61 from 1967 through 1968 with the photointelligence department. Shipmates with Steve Hurley, Richard Chromy, John Thomas, Mike McCarthy, Ed Stickel, PT1 Henry, Pt3 Valline, and others whose names I have yet to recall. Detachments at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Danang, and Bangkok. Would enjoy hearing from all..." [03JUN2000]

QUINN, PT2 William vectraquinn@comcast.net "...I served with VAP-61 (01/1967-11/1968) at NAS Agana, Guam with a detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam and USS Enterprise (CV-6). I retired from the USAF (E-7) in 1998 and worked for the USDA Forest Service. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22MAR2016]

ROBINSON, Bub BROBINSON@REESEUSA.COM "...I served with VAP-61 at NAS Agana, Guam from 1967-1968..." [19APR2002]

ROBINSON, Robbie rob91844@aol.com "...I served with VAP-61 (06/1962-12/1963) and worked on Dooley's line crew (aircraft 910) and USS Ranger (CV-61) (01/64-09/1965). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04AUG2013]

ROSSON, ADJC Curtis Retired cbrosson@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VAP-61 from August 1966 to August 1969. I served as Detachment Chief to Townsville, Australia, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Bangkok and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. I worked with WO Toy in QC and CPO Barrett in the Engine Shop when on NAS Agana, Guam..." [10JUN2009]

RUBIO, PN1 Louis Retired hope3104@aol.com "...I served with VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam from April 1958 to November 1960 and PNC Paul E. Perona was our squadron Personnel Chief. I lost contact with Chief Perona since November 1960. I completed 15 years active service and finished up 30 years Naval Service in Naval Reserve in 1988 in Jackson, Ms. I have some pictures of Chief Persona's family and would like to send them to him and would like to share them with his family..." [12JAN2004]

RUPPERT, AE R. W. rdruppert@embarqmail.com "...I served with VAP-61 from 1969 to 1971 at NAS Agana, Guam on Detachment in FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and Townsville, Austrailia. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31MAY2010]

SAVALA, Jose jsavala@houston.rr.com "...I served with VAP-61 from 1965 to 1967. It's great to have finally found someone. I was buddies with Garcia, Castro, Ingleking, and Dagangd. I also worked in Photo Shop. I would like to comunicate for old Shipmates..." [09AUG2003]

Memorial Picture "...SEIFERT, PHC Harry C...My father served in VJ-61 / VAP-61 from 1954 to 1958 when we left NAS Agana, Guam. He was the chief in the camera repair section. He retired in 1963 and went on to San Diego State and got his Industrial Arts teaching credential. He retired from San Diego City School District in 1990 and from San Diego Community College District in 1992. I would like to hear from any of my Dad's former Shipmates.
Harry C Seifert, Jr. bseifert71@mindspring.com..." [23MAY2010]

SIMS, Ronnie donna.sims@atk.com "...I served with VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam from June 1968 to May 1970. Searching for: Ron Bailey, Berry Pelligrini, Skip Vath, Mickey Finn, Nick Nickademus, Gene Cline, Rich, Larry, or anyone that may have been associated with VAP-61 during this timeframe. I was injured while on tour in Viet Namn December 1968 to January 1970. Please E-Mail or call 816-796-7268 (Day) or 660-259-4546 (Evenings). Trying to find those who were with me in Nam..." [12MAR2004]

SJOBERG, AMSC Gene Retired gsjoberg@centurytel.net "...I served abord NAS Agana, Guam (1962-1965). While servicing accumulator the airchuck failed was medevaced to states and returned to VAP-61 to complete the tour..." [24AUG2017]

STACEY, PH2 Reed E. C/O Laura Stacey sauralue@msn.com "...I am interested in hearing from anyone who served with VAP-61 in NAS Agana, Guam with detachments to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, Townesville Aust, Bangkok Thailand (1967 - 1970). My Husband is USN PH2 Reed E Stacey from Lorenzo, (Idaho Falls) Id..." [03SEP2003]

Memorial Picture "...STAUDT, John J...My husband, John J. Staudt, died on November 24, 2003. John was a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in Heavy Photo Recon Squadron VAP-62 in the early 1960's. I am trying to locate anyone who can prove that his squadron or squadron VAP-61 flew missions over Viet Nam or anyplace in Southeast before 1963. Please respond to jmstaudt@bellsouth.net..." [18JUL2004]

SUTTON, Thomas R. "Tom" papasutton@gmail.com "...I served with VAP-61 (1966-1968) and flew as a crewman..." [25JUL2013]

SWENSON, AD1 Roy roysartstudio@wildapache.net "...I was in VP-61..VCP61 1957-1960. If anyone has any photos of the AJs and has a scanner could you E mail them to me? I lost almost all of my photos in a fire. I worked on the flight line, photo lab and finaly in engine build up. I had my wife with me, my first daughter was born on NAS Agana, Guam while I was on detachment with the squadron in Japan. I would like to hear from any one who was there between 1957- 1959. We had just recieved A3s a few months before I was rotated back to the states, one A3 was lost during the detachment in Japan ,any one there during 1957-1960 or from power plants please contact me..." [18MAR2000]

UPPERMAN, PT3 Buford brentupperman59@gmail.com "...VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam, TAD FICPACFAC Philippines, CVA-41 USS Ticonderoga, CVA-43 USS Coral Sea CVA-41 USS Midway CVA-61 USS Ranger USS Constellation CVA-64, USS Kitty Hawk CVA-67, Det C NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam, USS Kearsarge CV-33, Long Beach, California. Task Force 77 Staff. 24 months service Yankee Station and Vietnam. 100 % Disabled Veteran Agent Orange. I was on station Aug 2 1964 in the Tonkin Gulf Incident. Received 4 Navy Unit Commendations, Vietnam Service With 3 bronze star attachments, Vietnam Civil Action , Vietnam Naval Service Honor Grade, Gallantry Cross and the usual medals for service. I separated to Naval Reserve and was stationed in Grosse Ile Michigan !967 Attended Columbus College Of Art And Design 4,5 years in Industrial Design. Retired as a Medical Assistant from Ohio State University Medical Center..." [E-MAIL Updated 28FEB2024 | BIO Updated 20OCT2020 | E-Mail Updated 18AUG2020 | 28AUG2019]

WALKLEY, Robert robert.mw@optusnet.com.au "...I served with VAP-61 (1968-1970). Now living in Townsville Australia since 1972. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27MAY2015]

WALL, AT2 Dan dwall@gmwlaw.com "...I served with VAP-61 as AT2 from 1968 to 1969 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Osan, FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, and Bangkok (missed Queensland). I remember Muskrat Ross, Badtoe Benson, Neil Herringshaw, Obie Parish, Ron Bailey, John Chacon, Tom Campbell and his big brother, CPO Williams, Hoard, and Dave Altcher..." [04AUG2003]

WAIIS, AT1 Kenneth M. agencajun4582@yahoo.com "...I served with VW-1 (1960-1963), VP-17 (1963-1964) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) (1964-1967) and VAP-61 with deployments to NAS Agana, Guam / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1967), FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam (1968)..." [18AUG2014]

Memorial Picture "...WILLS, PH Barry...Barry E. Wills is with the Lord today having passed away on 15 January 2010. Born on 13 January 1945 in Abilene, Texas he traveled around the world with his parents, Howard and Irene Wills along with his brother, Dale, before settling in Washington in 1961. He joined the Navy after graduating from Franklin Pierce High School in 1963. Following a successful tours with VAP-61 and the USS Ranger (CV-61) during the Vietnam War he left the Navy to attend Western Washington University and spent his summers as a Park Ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park. After graduating in 1972 he chose a career in education and dedicated the next 30 years teaching in the Auburn School District. During these years he also enjoyed his association with the Center for Capable Youth at University of Washington (Mars City Alpha) and as a Scout Master with Pack 561. Always the gentleman, he influenced and shaped thousands of young minds in the true value of hard work and strong moral character with his enthusiastic, encouraging and positive teaching style. He cherished his many long time friendships. He leaves his wife (Dolly), three sons (Erik, David, Kevin), mother (Irene) and brother (Dale). The family wishes to extend special thanks to Leon and Leanne Berg plus the staff of the Puyallup Saint Joseph's Dialysis Center WebSite: Legacy http://www.legacy.com/...." Contributed by Dale Culver dec4@cox.net [26JAN2010]

WILLS, PH Barry wills4550@comcast.net "...I was a photographers mate with VAP-61 from 64 to 65. I worked on the flight line on NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I worked on detachments to the carriers on Yankee Station. Life was great and exciting. I remember a guy named Whipple and another guy who drew cartoons of us. Acton would paint the pilot's helmets for a price and we drove around Guam in his rust bucket of a car. Three of us hiked inland and found a beautiful water fall that I still have great pictures of, I understand there's a hotel there now!..." [26APR2005]

WIMER, Kenneth E. ken@wimer.net "...I was a member of VAP-61 NAS Agana, Guam 1958 to 1960. I was on the detachment to Ohakia Royal New Zealand, Air Force Base Winter of 1959. Our squadron had AJ2-P then switched to F8U prior to being transferred to NAS Miramar. Now an Attorney in Sacramento, California, would be great to hear from others..." [07DEC2001]

WOOD, ADJC Doyle L. Retired woodywood255@earthlink.net "...I served two tours with VAP-61. The first tour with VAP-61 was from August 1961 to September 1962. I worked on the line as a Plane Captain. Two names still stay with me Mike Setzer (one of the biggest nuts that I ever met) and a sailor we all called Pappy Eanes (not sure if that's the way you spell his name). My second tour was from June 1966 to March 1969. I worked the line again for a while and went to the Power Plant Shop. We made many deployments. VAP-61 was the most enjoyable time that I had during my Navy career. I Got one extension while I was there and tried for the second but was refused. The Officers and Enlisted all were great..." [29AUG2004]

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