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REUNION: "...VP-7 "Black Falcons" / VPB-119 / VP-HL-9 "Dragon Patrol Squadron" Reunion will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Maritime Patrol Association Symposium in Jacksonville, FL April 2015. Tentative dates for the Reunion are April 15 check-in, April 19 check-out, Reunion/MPA events on the 16th and 17th, Reunion events on the 18th. To my Shipmates - if you don't go, you won't be there. Cardfilers welcome..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [27MAY2014]

REUNION: "...VP-7 "Black Falcons" / VPB-119 / VP-HL-9 "Dragon Patrol Squadron" (1944-1969) Reunion will be held in Pensacola, FL May 5th through 9th, 2013. Our reunion be held in the Ashton Inn and Suites, 910 North Navy Blvd. Phone 850-455-4561 for room reservations on http://www.ashtoninnsuites.com/. Additional Reunion information can be found on our WebSite at: http://beachbumtrolley.com/vp7.htm. Just drop Chief Dick Heintze heintzer@pohick.org or Woody Woodruff whw00dy@att.net an e-mail for additional information..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [02MAR2013]

REUNION: "...We are planning a 2010 VP-7 / VPB-119 Reunion (September 30th through October 3rd, 2010) in Dayton, Ohio. The main attraction will be the AIR Force Museum. Here is the info as of today. We have 75 rooms set aside at Holiday Inn Dayton. Check in starting at 4PM Thursday September 30 - Sunday October 3, 2010. Check out by 12 noon. King or double, daily rate $89.27 inclusive - all taxes included, 3 day window on group rates Continental breakfast Friday and Saturday. Across the street the Dayton mall has 150 shops, restaurants and movie theaters. Also within walking distance to other attractions. At this time we would like to know if you would and can attend so we can make sure there are adequate rooms,and finish planning for Saturday evening events. Please reply along with number of people in your party. If you have any questions email me. Hope to see you in Dayton. Regards..." Contributed by BOARD, Jim vega008@earthlink.net [19OCT2009]

REUNION: "...The 2009 VP-7 / VPB-119 Reunion is definitely set for April 16-19, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Shipmates please mark your calenders. Details to follow..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [03JUN2008]

UPDATE "...Reunion Update..." Contributed by RIPOLL, AT1 James "Rip" jmripoll@comcast.net [25DEC2008]

This is the news that you've been waiting for. The 2009 reunion IS being held in Jacksonville, FL on April 16, 17, 18, 19 at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Orange Park. The hotel is located off of I-295 and Rt. 17. Frank Houle has reserved a block of 80 rooms at a reserved room rate of $68 for a single. Please print out this form for addition information: VP-7 Reunion 2009 Registration Form PDF 8KB

If you have already responded to the first email blast and cannot attend the reunion, there is no need to respond again, then please forgive this email. We just wanted to keep everyone on our list up to date on VP-7 happenings.

Hope to see you there in Jacksonville in April 2009!

Jim "RIP" Ripoll

UPDATE "...Reunion Update..." Contributed by Frank Houle fhoul933@bellsouth.net [01SEP2008]

Although we are still several months away from the event, we would like to get a count of prospective attendees. Any questions call or email Frank. Phone and email address included at the end of this email. Hope to see as many as possible in April. Talk to your other friends from VP-7 to insure that they received this email as well.

The VP-7 2009 reunion is on for April 16 through 19, 2009 in Jacksonville at the Howard Johnson Hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn at I-295 and Hwy 17 in Orange Park.

The rates are for a block of 80 rooms is $68.00 single or double occupancy.

I am working on other aspects since I have completed my therapy after a total left knee replacement.

The contact numbers (Howard Johnson) are:

If you have any problems, let me know by e-mail as soon as possible and I will take care of them.

Frank Houle fhoul933@bellsouth.net

REUNION: "...VP-7 / VPB-119 Reunion is are now set. The dates are April 26-29, 2007, and the location is Williamsburg VA. a very interesting historical area convenient to many other vacation destinations. The venue is: Holiday Inn, Williamsburg-Dwtn/Busch Garden, 814 Capitol Landing Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185 | Hotel Front Desk: 1-757-2290200 | Hotel Fax: 1-757-2201642. http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/wbgea?_requestid=203268. We have a block of rooms reserved, but make your reservations early and be sure to mention that you are with the VP-7 / VPB-119 Group. I am looking forward to seeing you all there. Dimviewably yours, w00dy..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [20SEP2006]

REUNION: "...The VPB-119 / VP-7 Reunion and banquet that was cancelled last September due to hurricane Ivan has been rescheduled for May 13-15, 2005 in Pensacola, Florida. The Reunion Banquet will be the evening of May 14, at the Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola. Other meetings and meals will be held at the Bay Beach Inn, Gulf Breeze, Florida (near Pensacola Beach). Frank Houle is the point of contact for info and registration; email: fhoul933@bellsouth.net...Dave Deatherage satx_dave@flash.net..." [16MAR2005]

UPDATE "...60th ANNIVERSARY REUNION - LAST CALL!..." Contributed by William H. Woodruff whw00dy@att.net [28MAR2005]

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REUNION: "...VPB-119, VP-119, VP-HL-9, VP-ML-7, and VP-7: 2004 is the year to honor the 25-year history of our Squadron, 1944 - 1969, on the 60th Anniversary of its establishment..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [05MAR2003]

UPDATE "...Reunion Update!..." [21SEP2004]

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Due to Hurricane Ivan, it is clearly not going to be possible for us to hold our Reunion as scheduled four weeks from now. If you haven't already seen the extent of the damage in Pensacloa, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, and surroundings, check the Pensacola News-Journal site at http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/ (thanks to Larry Cravey for directing me to this site). Also, I will append a message below that gives an idea of the damage to NAS PCOLA.

We have a tentative plan for rescheduling the Reunion - after all, it is important to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and to honor our original VPB-119 members. We are looking at May 2005, the weekend following the 12th plus-or-minus one weekend. If there are serious problems with these times, or strong preferences, please let me know ASAP.

As for location, we plan to stick with Pensacola.

We will be getting in touch with those who have already paid their deposits, over the next few days. Frank Houle is handling the finances.

As for airline arrangements, please note the following email from Jim O'Reilly about rescheduling and refunds. Apparently the airlines are being lenient. We also want to give you firm dates for the rescheduled Reunion as soon as we can, so you can change airline reservations without penalty.

I will get back to you with more information as soon as I know it. If there are any questions, please contact me, Frank Houle fhoul933@bellsouth.net, or Pete Travis .

Dimview 11 sends

w00dy whw00dy@att.net

UPDATE "...Reunion Update!..." [02JUN2004]

Our 60th Anniversary Reunion, scheduled for 14-17 OCT 04. The venue is the Bay Beach Inn in Gulf Breeze FL, reservations number 1-866-932-2214 (You need to mention that you are with the VP-7/VPB-119 party). The latest version of the information form for the Reunion is attached. You should be able to fill it out by illuminating the text boxes and tabbing through them.

Microsoft Word DocumentVP7_VPB119_Reunion_Form_V5.doc 30 KB

The form has three purposes:
1. To communicate your personal information for the updated Roster.
2. To express the likelihood that you will attend the Reunion (this is new).
3. To join the VPB-119/VP-7 Association, if you wish.

If you have submitted the previous form, you don't have to do it again. You can return the form to me as an email attachment, or by regular mail to Pete Travis (name and address on the form)

Please note that you don't have to join the Association to return the form. We want to get your Roster information updated, and determine how many will be attending Reunion, regardless of whether you want to join the Association (Association membership helps to defray Reunion-associated expenses, such as mailings, and up-front expenses such as ordering mementos).

I am looking to seeing you all in Pensacola, October 14-17. The venue is the Bay Beach Inn in Gulf Breeze, and the banquet will be held at the Naval Aviation Museum on Mainside NAS Pensacola, Saturday evening 10/16.

UPDATE "...Reunion Update!..." [25DEC2003]

This is the SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT of the VPB-119/VP-7 Reunion. PLEASE

NOTE: Reunion And Attendance Form PDF Format 16KB

Our Reunion in October 2004 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of our Squadron's commissioning, and its 25 hears of distinguished service. We hope to have good attendance from all eras of VPB-119/VP-HL-9/VP-7 history.

Reunion dates are 14-17 October, 2004. The venue is the Bay Beach Inn on Pensacola Beach. Our agreement with the Bay Beach Inn gives us quite reasonable rates: $59 for a standard double, $79 for a poolside double, and $99 for a suite as well as gathering rooms, etc. We expect the banquet price to be approximately $30 per person.

The Reunion Banquet will be the evening of October 16, at the Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola. The banquet will be catered by the Mustin Beach Officers' Club.

Recreational activities in the area include golf, tennis, the Naval Aviation Museum, the USS Alabama (in Mobile bay), beach activities, fishing - - - and legendary watering holes. More details will be coming in later mailings.

We are taking this opportunity to start The VPB-119/VP-7 Association. THE ATTACHED FORM HAS THREE PURPOSES - TO GIVE US YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, TO TELL US WHETHER YOU EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE REUNION, AND TO JOIN THE VPB-119/VP-7 ASSOCIATION IF YOU WISH. Those who join the Association will be sent the items listed on the form. The form (which is a MS Word document) should be printed and sent to Pete Travis by regular mail, or returned to me as an email attachment.

For more information, please contact Reunion Honcho Frank Houle, fhoul933@bellsouth.net.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Pensacola in October!

Dimviewably yours,

WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net

Our 60th Anniversary Reunion is set for Pensacola the weekend of October 15-17, 2004. Chief Frank Houle fhoule@bellsouth.net is the Honcho, and Banquet Night will be at the Naval Aviation Museum, Saturday October 16, 2004. Additional details are being arranged.

Our Squadron has a distinguished and heroic history that most of us only know in bits and pieces. At the Reunion, we will try to make the whole story known to all. Anybody with historical information, photos, cruise books, or other items, or rosters, addresses, email contacts, etc., should contact whw00dy@att.net. For the purpose of spreading the word and staying in touch, we will be organizing a VPB-119 / VP-HL-9 / VP-7 Association that *all* of you will want to join.

REUNION: "...VP-7 / VPB-119 Reunion is tentatively scheduled for October 2004 in Pensacola. This event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of VP-7 / VPB-119 in August 1944. Look forward to seeing y'all there..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [09SEP2002]

REUNION: Reunion NewsSEE: REUNION 2001 - Important Cut-Off Dates [21JAN2001]

REUNION: Reunion NewsSEE: REUNION 2001 - Update #2 [15JAN2001]

REUNION: Reunion NewsSEE: REUNION 2001 - Update #1 [05JAN2001]

REUNION: Reunion NewsSEE: REUNION 2001 - AN ODDESSY 1944-1969 [17JUL2000]

REUNION: "...Several of the old guys from VP-7 have recently gotten together on the internet and have decided that if we can find enough interested people we will try or organize a reunion for the middle of March 2001. If anyone was in the squadron prior to it being decommissioned in October 1969 and is interested in attending a reunion at that time please respond with an e-mail address or a snailmail address where you can be contacted to me or to upsouth@aol.com (Tom Adams) or TailSkag@aol.com (Brian Kettlehake). If you know of anyone that was in the squadron, please pass this on to them and let them know a reunion is in the planning stages..." Contributed by Brian Kettlehake TailSkag@aol.com [23FEB2000]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...San Francisco 20-24 May 1999 for PB4Y '99. Liberator and Privateer guys/gals, attend your own squadron reunion first. If you can't do that, then make good use of your limited time as many others have from the 50+ PB4Y squadrons and share those PB4Y Experiences with others who "speak" PB4Y. No translation necessary! All family, grandkids (Free & 1/2 price!) and friends are welcome! Please contact Ron Sathre (son of deceased Plane Captain Ray Sathre, VPB-121), Int'l PB4Y Association, 31262 San Andreas Drive, Union City, CA 94587-2856 (510) 487-PB4Y to register today. Visit the website for more information..." Contributed by PB4YGuy@aol.com WebSite: http://www.PB4Y.com [03MAY99]

REUNION: "I am currently chairman of the VPB-119/VP-7 Reunion Committee and we have held reunions since 1985. For further information on our upcoming reunion, contact Frank Houle, ATCS, Usn REt. fhoule@bellsouth.net..." [31DEC97]

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