VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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AUTHEMENT, P01 Michael Retired mauthementsr68@gmail.com "...I served with VAW-11 (1965), VAW-11 Detachment delta and VAW-113 (1967). I worked on the line getting the planes ready for flight..." [24AUG2011]

BAIRD, Thomas F. tbaird1@frontier.com "...I served with VAW-11 (1958-1961) at NAS Agana, Guam. I also served aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), USS Kearsarge (CV-33), USS Hornet (CV-12) and USS Bennington (CV-20)..." [21AUG2013]

BARBER, Edward F. plezureseeker42@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS TICONDEROGA. VAW-11 DET BRAVO in the Tonkin gulf from 1964-65..." [18JAN2006]

BEAN, ATN1 John A. tony@hamrings.info "...Joined Navy in February 1960, AT "A" and ARCO Schools at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VT-29 (1960-1963) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, AT "B" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VAW-11 (1963-1966) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with Detatchment "C" aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), NAMTD 1025 (1966-1968) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and discharged November 1968 as an ATN1. Currently live in West Topsham, Vermont..." [11OCT2010]

BEIL, Rick beilr@bellsouth.net "...I served with VAW-11 (03/1964-08/1966) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. There was one E2A when I arrived in March but n pilots to fly it yet. I worked as a PC on the old Willy Fudds because I was the only ADJ there. Eventually went to the E2 line crew and was a PC on WesPac Det Charlie (1965-1966) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)..." [15JAN2016]

BROWN, ATC Dennis E. newgeezer@earthlink.net "...I served with VW-2 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (01/06/58 to 02/05/58) as an AT1 in training, VW-11 NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (02/05/58 to 11/20/59) as an AT1 First tech, VAW-11 USS Constellation Det Foxtrot E1B Electronics CPO (1964) WestPac ATC, VAW-11 USS Constellation Det Delta E2A AIMD COMPUTER Repair (1965 to 1966), WestPac ATC, USS Constellation Calibration Lab CPO (1971 to 1972) WestPac ATC, and retired July 1972..." [08DEC2003]

COLE, William wcole5@sc.rr.com "...1952 -1955 After completion of An(P) and AD(A) school. My first permanent duty station was NAAS Kingsville, Texas. Assigned to Crash Fire. Went TAD to Alice Municipal Airport with 17 other men. Advanced to AD3. Our equipment included (1) FFN5 Crash Fire Truck. (1) Dodge Power Wagon Ambulance with Corpsman. (1) Flatbed Truck with a CB as Maintenance Man. Received orders to VR-21 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Assigned to Flight Planning/Navigation Division of Operations Department. LCDR George informed me that I would be the Navigation Supervisor, and forced me through VR-21 Nav School..Having completed Nav School, I was assigned as VR-21 Navigation Supervisor/ Flight Planning Supervisor for all VR flights departing NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Also assigned flight crew for VR-21 flights from VR-21 EAST & West. My assignment on the manifest was as 2nd Mech., and also worked as 3rd Navigator in a training mode. Advanced to ADR2, received orders in July 1957 to ATi-301 NAAS Cabanniss Field. Cosed this base and moved to main base NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and squadron redesignated VT-30. Assisted in the training of young cadets such as John S. McCain III. 1960 received orders to VAW-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California. The squadron currently had AD-4, AD-5Q, AD-5W, & E-1B Aircraft. I was assigned as Logs & Records Supervisor to train young sailors to maintain Aircaft History and Schedule Aircraft Maintenance. Mission Accomplished. 1967 Transferred to VA-97 NAS Lemoore. Assigned as Assistant Maintenance Chief/Maintenance Administrative Supervisor. Deployed in USS Constellation (CV64). Did 2 tours to the Tonkin Gulf. 1970 received orders to ComNavAirPac, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA as NMMMs Analyst..Shipmate AFCM Richard W. Mills was retiring. I was offered the position of Aircraft Power Plants Manager. 1974 Submitte my letter requesting retirement. Approved..." [04NOV2003]

COOK, Dean E. dean_cook@charter.net "...Entered the Navy September 1957. Seaparated June 1961. Was in HU-1 for short time. Was in VAW-11 (NAS North Island, San Diego, California) and was transferred to VAW-13 at NAS Agana, Guam. Was in transit on the Midway until we transferred to the Kearsarge outside of Yokuska by Helicopter. We were designated VAW-13 Detachment "ALFA" at that time..." [01OCT2006]

DREESZEN, Robert rdreeszen@starband.net "...VAW-11 Det Tango Yorktown 1963 Det Echo BonHomme Richard 64..." [13JAN2005]

ENSOR, AT2 Gerald E. ensor@ccrtc.com "...I served with VAW-11 from 1959. Went to NAS Agana, Guam with VAW-13 on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). Stationed there until July 1961. My rate was AT2. E. N. Hitchcock was Commanding Officer..." [12JAN2003]

FROST, AT2 Richard raf4rc@hotmail.com "...I served with VAW-11 (transfered) after VAW-35 was diestablished in 1959 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was one of first 5 enlisted Airborne Controllers sent to school for this training (ASW/AD5W). Our detachment Tango (1960) was aboard the Yorktown CVS 10 (WesPac). I still have my cruisebook from that deployment. Upon return, was an instructor for ASW future deployments till September 1960. I was discharged (Honorably) as an AT2 after 3 years active. Anybody from that era or who was on the detachment please comment..." [27MAY2004]

GAMBLE, Dan racerdan77@msn.com "...I arrived at NAS North Island, San Diego, California about the 15th of December 1964. My orders said CARAEWRON ELEVEN and believe it or not, no one knew what that was. I was transported to the transit barracks and told that I was to wait for a ship to arrive. At about midnight I was awakened from a sound sleep and informed that I was late in reporting to my Squadron on the other side of the base. After orientation I was assigned to the GMT (general military training) office. I remember a few of the people that were there. Chief Cranford was my supervisor, LCDR Pascall was my division officer. I remember Bill Sweet, Anzio Sansoni, PO2 Dunn in Personnel and a few others. After being in Squadron for about a year I was assigned to Det Golf for deployment on the "Big O". We started quals in March and left for our WestPac in June 1966. I'm sure just about everyone familiar with VAW-11 and Westpac during that time remembers the fire on board the Oriskany. It was a time that is almost as vivid today as it was that 40 years ago. I thought a person would live through more than one experience like that in a life time. 30 years after the fire I was involved in the efforts at the Murrah Bldg bombing in OKC..." [25AUG2003]

HOLLAND, ATR2 John L. lawhol@bellsouth.net "...I served with VAW-11 from 1964 to 1969 when I left the Navy. First cruise aboard USS Constellation CVA-64 Det. Foxtrot May 1964 to December 1964. 2nd cruise USS Ticonderoga CVA 14 Det. Bravo 1965 to 1966. 3rd cruise USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 1969. I was on shore duty when VAW-11 became RVAW-110. A lot of the guys I worked with I remember quite well..." [26JUN2004]

KINGZETT, ADR3 Robert Thomas rkingzett@yahoo.com "...ADR-3 Kingzett--Plane Capt. Mech. Line P.O. Served in VAW-11 from 12/60 to 6/61 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Served in VAW-13 from 6/61 to 9/64 then discharged. Many Dets. Many adventures...served with Officers Lt. Engle Massey, Kilgore. Served with H.O. SWEENEY, BRUCE BAIRD, BILL YORKS, "HAPPY" DERRICK, HAINES,CHAMBERS CIESLIK, RIGGLE, BOATNER, McKINNEY, NEMETH, ALTMAN, SPADE for a few that I can thinks of..." [08AUG2005]

KLINGENER, Ed eeeker@msn.com "...Enlisted nov 1961, Boot camp Great Lakes Key West Crash Crew 62-63 NAS North Island, San Diego, California VAW-11 Det. lima Discharged 4/65..." [23JAN2007]

KOPPMANN, LT George C. geokoppmann@hotmail.com "...I served with VAW-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Former Fudd (E1B) & Super Fudd (E2A) driver). Served aboard USS Bonhomme Richard Legacy (CVA-31), USS Oriskany (CVA-34), and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) from 1962 to 1966. Please visit Carrier Airborne Early Warning Internet Air Wing..." [09SEP2002]

LOVE, AMH2 Harold E. helove@cox.net "...I served with VQ-2 from December 1963 to November 1965. I was a AMH2 assigned to Airframes. I later became crew member on the EC-121. I also served with VAW-11, VA-125 and VA-113. Would like to hear from former Shipmates. Thanks to each of you for your service to our great Nation..." [11SEP2008]

McHALE, Jim jimmchale@earthlink.net "...I served with VAW-11 from 1962 to 1967. Jeeze, the older I get the more I want to hear from guys I used to serve with. So many good friends..." [18AUG2003]

MOSER, AW1 Milton "Moe" C. II moe1383@live.com "...I served with VS-38, AT School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VAW-111 Det 14, Naval Air Reserve Unit (NARU) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, RVAW-110, VP-94, AW School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-94, VP-91, Reserve Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center (RESASWTRACEN) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-94 and Retired in August 1988 from Active Duty after serving 21 years. Enjoyed every moment of my service to this wonderful country. Sure miss flying in those P-3B's. Wife: PN-1 Nita S. Moser. Hello to all I know and God Bless America..." [23APR2009]

MURRAY, Kenneth Lee kenlee2108@aol.com "...I was in the first group that left VAW-11 from NAS North Island, San Diego, California. We sailed aboard the USS Hancock in July 1959 to NAS Agana, Guam and formed VAW-13. I was a plane captain at the time. When the second ship, USS Midway, arrived in NAS Agana, Guam with three more AD-5W's, some of us went aboard the Midway and sailed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines for reconnaissance. If I recall, we were there for about six months. After our squadron returned to NAS Agana, Guam, my service time was up and I was sent to Treasure Island, CA for discharge. This was a great experience for a young man..." [20FEB2021]

NAYER, Danny danny-mayer@att.net "...I served with VAW-11 (1962-1966) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk Det Charlie (1962-1963) and USS Hancock Det Lima (1964-1965)..." [21SEP2015]

OZBUN, Johnny jozbunart@aol.com "...I served with VAW-11 Detachment Delta in 1958. Looking for former Shipmates..." [10FEB2004]

PETERSON, AT1 Harold hpeterson2@kc.rr.com "...AT1 assigned TAD to VAW-11 waiting for VAW-13 return from NAS Agana, Guam. VAW-13 August 1961 to August 1962. Wanting to hear from Blum, Young or Mason, all went to B school together..." [08JUL2008]

ROBERTS, ATR3 Dale daler@nep.net "...I started my 2-year active duty at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1966 with VAW-11 Det Romeo, where I did all of my aircrew training in Willy Fudds. I still have my "plankholder" certificate when VAW-111 was commissioned on 04/28/67 and Det Romeo became Det-33. (U.S.S. Kearsarge CVS-33) I did a WESPAC cruise with missions flown on "Yankee Station" and over Wonson Harbor, N. Korea, right after the U.S.S. Pueblo hijacking. I was released from active duty in Dec.1968 to Fleet Standby Reserve. Since then, I have only had contact with "Rock" Hagemeister and Dennis Getman, who ended up flying for one of the major airlines. Sure would like to hear from anyone connected to VAW-111 Det-33 from this period of time..." [10OCT2004]

ROUSE, AE2 Bill billrouse1940@yahoo.com "...I served with VAW-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California / USS Yorktown (CV-10 Bob Creasy, Bob Dreezen, Chuck Mackey, David Crocker and others. Went into commercial aviation after 1967 and now retired and RV'ing full time with wife Carolyn..." [08NOV2009]

RUNDSTROM, Charles R. jd79cr@mainstycomm.net "...Looking to contact anyone from VAW-11 Det Lima from 1960-1963 especilly LCDR Ken Beckman or LT Harry A. Conner..." [19SEP2005]

SAFER, ATR2 Donald L. dlsafer@juno.com "...I reported to VT-31 after boot camp. I was with the line crew, December '62 until May '63 while waiting for an opening at NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee for avionics training. While with the line crew I got to jump in Corpus Christi Bay to assist in launch and recovery of P5 Marlins. I also walked wings and rode brakes on P2 Neptunes. I got to wash both types of aircraft. I was also responsible for maintaining proper air pressure in the P5 wheel mounts. NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee radar "A" school June '63 until January '64. I arrived at VAW-11, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, in February '64 a week or two after the first E-2A Hawkeye (Super Fudd). Since I was a highly trained radar technician, I was assigned to the radio shop. The first E-2A did not deploy until October '65 with me in Det C aboard the Kitty Hawk. We returned to San Diego in June '66. I secured from active duty in September as an ATR2. A few months later I joined VP-873, a P2 reserve squadron at NAS Alameda, California until September '68. This is the short version. More can be found on my web site http://www.donsafer.com/..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUL2010 | 13MAR2000]

SHACKELFORD, ADJC Clyde Retired Shack45@cox.net "... I joined the Navy in 1956. After boot camp and a tour at NAS Glynco, Brunswick, GA I joined VP-11 as a ADJ3 in summer of 1958. I flew with LE 6 as plane captian. LT Wallace was PC, AM1 J. Turck was 2nd mech, AO2 Goodwin, and AE3 Hensley (can't remember the rest). March of 1959 we went to NS Rota, Spain. I believe we were the second VP squardon to operate out of there. Spring of 1960 we went to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for operation Springboard then on to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in July 1960. I left the squardon in the summer of 1961. Briefly, served with VA-43 Oceana, VA, VAW-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VA-146 NAS Lemoore, California, NAMTD 1001 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, USS Coral Sea NAS Alameda, California, NAMTD 1006 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and retired ADJC Sept 1975. Glad to hear from people of that time..." [28MAR2003]

SHELDON, LCDR Henry (Hank) henrysheldon@ameritech.net "...I joined VAW-11 in January of 1963 as a LTjg and departed for the civilian world and a career with United Airlines in June of 1966 as a LT. I joined the Naval Reserves at NAF Andrews, Maryland for about four years, and left the Navy as a LCDR. While in VAW-11 I made the 1963-1964 cruise with Det. Charlie in the USS Kitty Hawk, and the 1964-1965 cruise with Det. Delta in the USS Coral Sea. I attended the first two VAW Reunions which were held in San Diego, and I encourage any VAWers to plan to attend the third reunion which will be held in Pensacola in 2004. Contact Bob Allwine at: Rallwine@aol.com to be put on the mailing list and to get more information on the Reunion..." [25FEB2003]

SHOUP, E. E. "Gene" genes599b@hotmail.com "...Attended AO School, served with VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1953 to 1955 (flew with Crew-12), left Navy from 1956 to 1959, returned with VAW-11 from 1960 to 1963, attended AT School, VF-124, AT B school, snapped up by the Submarine Service, Polaris Missile Training(Navigation Field Specialty) then submarine school and served aboard the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609) and USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) and retired in 1977 while attached to the Submarine Training Center, Pearl Harbor, HI..." [10JUN2011]

SHRYOCK, AT1 George deolslyfox@yahoo.com "...I served with VAW-11 (1964-1967) Det Delta aboard the USS Constellation, VX-1 (1968-1971) at NAS Key West, Florida, and flew as IFT on Crew-5 with Chief J. T. Strickland and ADJ1 Joe Logue, VP-49 (1971-1972) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I left the Navy and worked for Lockheed for nearly 26 years and now working at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on the E-6B program. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUL2015 | 25APR2001]

SIMAR, Dean dean_simar@yahoo.com "...I served with VAW-11 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1957 to 1960 with one Detachment (Hotel) aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16JUN2011]

SMITH, Joseph F. Retired sailmail@verizon.net "...I reported to VP-1 around September 1956 after AT-A school. Served with Goddard and Honer and Snuggs. Was a crew member in #10, the tail letters at that time were Charlie Dog. We still had the twenties fore and after, with a twin 50 on top. No Mad gear yet. Left in May 1958. Subsequent assignments, after getting my wings, VAW-11, flight instructor NAS Norfolk, Virginia, ships company USS Intrepid at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, four years in Naples Italy, back to NavSta Newport whence I retired in July 1979..." [22JUN2003]

SMITH, Sam samuelsmith@earthlink.net "...I served with VAW-11 from 1960 to 1962. Mid-Pac on the Midway, full cruise with Det Mike on the Ranger. Exercise cruise on the Tico, where I was co-pilot of the first operational WF loss at sea. I was an LSO and am looking for Gary Starbird, If anyone knows where he is..." [10JUN2004]

VOIGT, ADR3 David J. voigtd@hotmail.com "...I served with VAW-11 (Plane Captain) aboard the USS Kearsarge from 1957 to 1958 (Team Juliet) and aboard the USS Ticonderoga from 1958 to 1959. I sure loved those oil burning 18 cylinder radials! I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT2009 | 04DEC2002]

WADLE, ATN2 Maurice "Mike" moewadle@yahoo.com "...I served with VAW-11 (02/1964-02/1966) deployed with Det Delta with Carrier Air Wing 15 on the USS Coral Sea (12/1964-11/1965). That was the first combat cruise for the Coral Sea during the Vietnam war..." [BIO Updated 12FEB2015 | 07FEB2003]

WHEELER, Don d7whee9@aol.com "...I served with VAW-11 on board the Yorktown in 1957. We were part of CAG 19, flying the guppy gut AD5w. Our CO was CDR William Braddock. I was a Plane Captain and Gas 02 tech. I was a young kid of 19. We left NAS Alameda, California im March 1957 and returned in August or September. My ship is now down in South Carolina and I have been down twice to see her. Boy did that bring back a lot of memories. Thanks..." [06DEC2004]

WOODS, Mike knightfan99@msn.com "...I served with VAW-11 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)..." [11OCT2010]

YOUNG, AZC Arthur Retired seadog381@comcast.net "...Reported to NAS Moffett Field, California in late April 1955, right out of Boot camp in San Diego. San Jose was a very exciting place for a poor, 16 year old black kid, from the red clay hill of Cobb county Georgia. I feel in love with the Bay area at first sight. And what luck, my next duty station was aboard the USS Bon Homme Richards (CVA 31) in V2 division, home ported at NAS Alameda, California (from Feb 1957 to July 1958). My flight station aboard was on the LSO platform. A perfect place to learn Carrier operations, but I had a very close call when the first A3D aircraft crashed aboard and aircraft parts scattered all over the LSO area. The ship deployed to the Far east from August 1957 to FEB 1958 In those days a Carrier did six months on deployment & JUST SIX months home. My next duty station was at NAS Alameda, California - man what luck. I was there from August 1958 to August 1961. Next PCS was VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a six month deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. We were called home early to take part in the last open air nuclear test operations out of Johnston Island. I was on Johnston the night they made that famous, first test shot in space. If anyone ever tell you that Nuclear warfare can be handle, you tell that person to visit my nightmares - nightmares I have to this day. After the bomb went off above at around 200 miles up, we were told we could look up. The sky from horizon to horizon was cover with fire that changed colors every 30 seconds or so. I don't remember the order of the colors - Red - Green, Blue, purple - just the final color was yellow which slowly faded. One of the older guys standing near me said: Old my God, this should never happen again. A few months later, the world went through the Cuban Missile crises. You can imagine the bad dreams I had during that period. My next PCS was to VAW-11 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. My Detachment (Lima) deployed aboard the USS Hancock (CVA19). Two close calls on the flight deck convince me to try get the hell out of harm's way. During this deployment the date November 22 (23 local Asian time) 1962 occurred while we were off on Vietnam. It happen after 0100 hours, while most of us were sleeping. That date changed my life. I got serious with my career. I was a 2nd class when that happen and would become a Chief by 1968. My next PCS was at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines as a AZ2. I would spent one year at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and then be transferred to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, across the bay from Manila - the PCS gods were always smiling on me. My next PCS (Feb 1967) was at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York, in Brooklyn New York, training reservers. My wife loved New York City, but I was bored in a training people. After two years, I asked to return to duty in WESTPAC. VQ-3 at NAS Agana, Guam came up. A great command. After two year I was back at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. This time as a AZC. 12 to 15 hours work days - 6 day work week were the norm this time around. My next tour was at VF-124 at NAS Miramar, California. When I got to the squadron, Dec 1972) they had just transferred their last F8 aircraft and were awaiting the new F-14 Aircraft. We got the first one in Feb 1973. I had a good crew and was my own Division officer - no problems, except my twenty years was coming up and I needed to buy a house while on active duty. I called my detailer to agree to stay on active duty for another tour if I could be transferred to the Bay area. He said okay and I got order to VP-48 at (lets hear the drum roll) NAS Moffett Field, California. Life is NOT FAIR. Hey this is where I came in at. The Squadron was due for a WESTPAC deployment in Sept 1974 to the Misawa Air Force base on the extreme tip of northern Honshu Island. We would be the first Naval Air squadron to go there. We were told it would start to snow (like clock work) on 15 Oct. I don't recall if it started to snow on that date, but it was close enough and it started snow in a way a Georgia boy should never have to endure. Right before the deployment begin, BUPERS started a major reduction in force and I made the cut. In mid-Jan 1976 I packed my bags and headed back to NAS Moffett Field, California from retirement. But I was not finish with the Navy. Many months later, I would sign up with the Military Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC) and become a REAL Sailor. I would sail on eight ships before getting my dream Job - A shipboard Inspector / Instructor in logistic & Desktop Computers. In this job I would travel the world, inspecting ships and training crew members and best of all staying in 4 star hotel with great room serve. Since no one in my department had ever been aboard a ship, I wrote up my own trip tickets deciding where, when and how to go. The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, All over Japan, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Israel, Australia , Kenya, Canada, Up & down the West , Gulf and East coasts of America. The only place I never made it to was Brazel & New Zealand. Since our ships never went to those places, it was hard slipping a trip through our travel department - God knows I tried a few times. And they paid me good money to have me do this. Not bad for a poor country kid from Georgia, whos main abition in the early 1950s was to make it up north to the midwest and get a job in the Auto industry..." [17AUG2007]

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