VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ADDIS, Craig A. craig.a.addis@saic.com "...I served with VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1979 as an airmen and VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California for training and learning MAD, Difar/Lofar, and other ASW equipment for "I" Level maintainablity. Being an AX, which is not a part of the Navy rate designation today, made my job more rewarding knowing that to operate, search and find you must know how it works! All AW's and TACCO's were great to contribute ideas and their inputs to help keep the equipment in top shape. Being TDY to NAS's made "I" Level guys dealing with two commands vs. just one. Detached in 1980 to NAS Agana, Guam during one of the first terrorist strikes, the Iranian Hostage takeover. Vietnam Boat People and the Iranians kept us hopping in the Pacific from 1980 to 1981. Deployment to PI in 1981 was completed during the timeframe of Med cruises taking shots at Libya. I miss one Shipmate dearly, AXC Blair who died later in the mid 1980's. Recently I found out how he passed! My request of information on him was answered by several Shipmates, including his CO. Thanks again, Pete and Chuck. ;-) I flew many flights as a non-aircrewman to help out on battered Super B ASW equipment and to enhance communications between AW's TACCO's and repair. These were the most exciting days of my career. ASW searchs and "Time on Top" was by far the best ride that a salior could ask for. I accounted for over 40 + mission flights in the Pacific between all of the islands that made up the USN footprint back then. Not bad for a non-aircrewman. The VP-17 White Lightings were flight accident free for 17 years when I left in late 1982. That record stood for a longtime. Like to hear from old Shipmates....you know who you are.! Kids are grown up and out of college....Tara and I are living it up!..." [25APR2006]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 1964 "...ADDISON, LCDR LeRoy E. II, "Roy"...LeRoy E. Addison II, “Roy”, faithful husband, loving father, and loyal friend died peacefully in El Cajon after a second battle with colon cancer at the age of 78. Roy is survived by his wife, Sylvia, and four children: Bennett (preceded in death), James, Victor and Angelique. Roy also had seven loving grandchildren: BJ (preceded in death), Justin, Sylvia, Christina, Harper, Crawford, Story, Crenshaw and two great grandchildren: Evelynne and Maurice. Roy loved his country and actively served in the United States Navy for 26 years, retiring as a Lt. Commander. Roy went on to a second career with the San Diego Union Tribune. He was committed to his church, served with Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the VFW. Roy was described as "that guy who would help you in any way he could." He was a mentor to many young people in his life and had long lasting relationships with them. Roy had an engaging smile and took the time to talk with everyone. He was most commonly described as "such a sweet man." Roy’s kindness and generosity will be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on February 09 at 1:30 pm. It was Roy’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to St Jude’s Children Hospital. I served with Leroy in VP-17 when an AT2; picture from deployment to Okinawa, 1964.." Contributed by FETSCHER, AXC Dennis "Fetch" dfetscher@cox.net [06JUL2022]

AGNEW, James scarab9339@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1983-1986 as a SS1. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25APR2006]

AHERN, LTJG Bob Graeagle5@aol.com "...I was Tacco/Legal Officer in VP-17, April 1962 through August 1964; made NAS Kodiak, Alaska and Naha deployments; due to typhoon fly-away and Tonkin thing, I never really got a chance to say farewell to all; I changed my designator to 1635 and remained affiliated with Reserves until 1983 when I retired as CDR; have been a Judge in San Jose, Ca since 1979; I found this site in 9-99 and would very much like to hear from anyone from who served at same time; I have wonderful memories. Best wishes to all!..." [05OCT99]

ALKIN, John M. jma@megalink.net "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served with VP-31, VP-17, VP-8, VP-10, VP-30, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VT-3..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 12APR99 | 00DEC96]

ALFORD, AO2 Edward B. edward.alford@acsalaska.net "...I served with VP-17 as an AO2 on Crew 4 from 1970 to 1974. Changed rates in 1982 to DS. I retired in 1988. Now working happily as a locomotive engineer for the Alaska Railroad..." [22APR2004 | 06MAR99]

ALLEN, John T. k4hni@bellsouth.net "...I served with VPB-17 aboard the USS Pocomoke (AV-9) 6 days in March 1945 and then departed & later 3 days at San Pedro Bay At Lingayen Gulf Luzon PI. in April 1945..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2004 | 28NOV2000]

ALLEN, AOC (NAC/AW) Steve (Snuffy) Retired SaSteveCPO@aol.com "...Hello FELLOW Shipmates. I have some outstanding memories of numerous deployments with some of the most outstanding people in the world - P-3 SAILORS. Served with VP-49 1979-82, VP-16 1982-85, VP-1 1985-88, VP-17 1993-95, and CPWP 1995-98. Never under-estimate the usefulness of ordnance!!!!!!..." [E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 13JUL98]

ALLEY, CWO3 Larry K. Retired kdine@joimail.com "...I served with VR-21 (1954-1957) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VW-1 (1959-1962) at NAS Agana, Guam, VP-17 (1962-1963) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VA-65 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, CAG aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Independence (1968-1971), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and Retired. I made some 1000 hours in the old Douglas birds, some of which literally fell out of the sky occasionaly..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV2011 | 24MAY2010]

ALLRED, AO John (Jack) captjackone@netscape.net "...Served with VP-4 1960-63 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. VP-17 from 1963-1964 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-4 from 1964-1963 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. VC-5 Det Bravo, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1964-1969. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1976-79. I was an Aviation Ordnanceman. Would enjoy hearing from any Shipmate who may remember me..." [24FEB2002]


APPLING, AX2 George E. applesappling@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 6 March 1964 to 10 May 1967. I have my copy of personel who traveled to Saigon in the fall of 1966. If your name is on it and you can't prove you were in nam to collect VA benefits for agent orange I can send you a copy. I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [15AUG2008]

ARSENAULT, Michael marsenault.1@netzero.com "...I served as a SS-3 with VP-17 from 1986 to 1990 on Crews 1, 2 and 7. It's great to see some of the names that are here. I'll be talking to some of you guys real soon..." [17JUL2004 | 22APR2003]

AUSTIN, Jay jyaustin@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (03/1974-08/1977) and TAD to VC-1 (03/1974-1975) with tours aboard the USS Constellation (CV-64). I would like to hear from Mar Richards, Vic, Wendy, Chief Curtis, and anyone who remembers the "MagiC Forest" or Casa Mia's in Ewa Beach..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAR2019 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC99 | BIO Updated 08JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...BAAS, CAPTAIN Daniel L....It is with great sadness that I report that Captain Daniel L. Baas, Retired, passed away July 17th, 2006 following a brief illness. Captain Daniel L. Baas was Commanding Officer of VP-17, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii around 1988-1989. He leaves behind a loving wife and 2 children. He was working as a pilot for UPS in Louisville, Ky...BOWLING, Charles J. "Bumble" Retired db006@earthlink.net..." [28JUL2006]

BAIRD, CDR Don Retired drbii@cableone.net "...I served with VP-94 as a SELRES from 1983-1992 flying P3A's and later P3B-Mods. Most of that time I was the Mission Commander/TACCO for CAC 3 and Squadron TACCO/NAV NATOPS Evaluator. After that I spent a year in the VTU at NAS Dallas, Texas and retired. While on active duty I was in VP-17 from 1976 to 1979 and NAS Kingsville, Texas from 1979 to 1982. If we served together or flew together I would like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 18DEC2003 | 19DEC97]

BAKER, Richard L. gbldivmrk@aol.com "...I was stationed with VP-17 from 1966 until early 1970. Made the deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Most of my time was spent TAD to the photo lab except for the time at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Had a lot of fun doing the cruise book and its photos. Hope that those that still have their book enjoy our history together. Have located a few of the guys from that time including Lt. Tolley. Still trying to locate the others, Kurt and Bobby Wagner, from NY. Those were fine years and carry many good memories..." [E-Mail Updated 30MAY2007 | 18FEB99]

BALDRIDGE, Doug flyguy3@msn.com "...I was a FE and I served with VP-11, VP-17, VP-30, VP-31 and VP-46..." [03JUN2007]

BALUKONIS, Vincent "JJ" vjjb@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 (07/1969-08/1972) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I flew as NAV, C/P and PPC..." [15APR2016]

BENNETT, Tina (was BAKER) Tinamorganel@aol.com "...I was an AE3 with VP-17 from 1990-1994. Now residing in the big town of Mebane, NC. I now work in telecommunications. Would love to hear from any of my old running partners..." [25APR2000]

BARGER, Dave Retired davidbargersr@cs.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1965-1969 ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-31 from 1971-1974, and VP-44 from 1978-1981. Retired in '84. I teach school. Math, Spanish, and Physics..." [24DEC2001]

BARNES, AWC Charles Ray Jr. Retired lucky___62@hotmail.com "...All VP and ASCAC/ASWOC duty. I first served in VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California 59 - 62 as an ATN3, ATN2 and AT1. I first worked nights doing repairs, then became a MAD/ECM operator, then Radar and Sniffer (who remembers the good olde sniffer?) in the P2V-7Q. I flew in Crew One. Made a deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska in 60. TAD to the first ASCAC in mid 61 till transfer May 62. Learned Jezebel system AQA-3-v. Then at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland AMD 63 - 65 as AX1 repairing ASA-16s in support of the VPs there. Then to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Dec. 65 - Nov 67, doing electronic repairs, flew in the P2V-7Qs until late 66 and transition to the P-3 (pre-deltics) and P-3A. Was 1st Tech/Radar Operator on CAC 1 with the Skipper Cdr. Boween, with a deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan with a TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 67. And yes, I still remember the loss of CAC 10 and AT1 Harris a good friend on that crew. Next VP-9 again at NAS Moffett Field, California from 68 - 70 as AX1, AW1 and AWC on Jan. 16, 1969. Made the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 69. Then to FAETUPAC later FASOTRAGRUPAC Det. NAS Moffett Field, California from Apr 70 to Nov 73. Taught P-3C SS-3 systems. Served as the Leading Chief also. Trained at VP-31 In the AQA-7. Then to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Apr 74 - Apr. 78. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and moved to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74 - 75 with detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76 with detachments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Agana, Guam. To Dam Neck, Va. for ASWOC training May 78 - Jun 78. To ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Jul 78 - Sep 79. To ASWOC NAS Bermuda Nov. 79 - Oct. 81. To ASWOC NAS Agana, Guam Nov. 81 - Feb 84 with a TAD to NSF Diego Garcia in 82. To ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal May 84 - Jun 86. To ASWOC COMASWWINGPAC NAS N.I. San Diego Jul 86 until retirement on Oct. 12, 1989. Hope to hear from Shipmates to talk about old memories and swap sea stories..." [12JAN2002]

BARRETT, LTJG David E. db0309@earthlink.net "...Served as TACCO VP-17 MAR-62 thru AUG-64. My service & tour was the greatest experience of my life and I served with some of the best people on earth. Proud to be in both Crew 1 and Crew 12..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP99 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN99 | Updated 07FEB98]

BARTLETT, DK3 Bruce R. bruce4150@gbis.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1964 at 1966 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [06JUN2011]

BATTERSHELL, AX Daniel dancbat@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 flying as radioman in Crew-7 with LT Norman Cook as my PPC in 1967. Our crew was deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam as part of Operation Market Time..." [25JAN2010]

BAUMANN, Fred razbdaz1@comcast.net "...I proudly served with VP-17 from January 1963 to February 1966 as Aircrew Bow/MAD operator and will never forget the great experiences that I treasure to this day. I believe we all recall that these times spent, sometimes under difficult conditions still remain our best years. Who can forget those 11 hour patrols in Poopie suits, with the only relief for internal air coming out of the plexi neck brace. My first crew position, a green AEAN flying in CDR McKinney's ZE-1 out of NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Adak, Alaska and AF Shemya, and unloading our garbage bags on the iced in Ruskie fishing trawlers. Or, was that on our second tour in LCDR Child's ZE-5 that took us up around Pt. Barrow to become "Blue Noses" and those unforgettable ATC talk downs to no seeum runway approaches into NAS Adak, Alaska and AFB Shemya. Especially exciting when they were ready to scramble the "Sky King" Tankers! Coming home with a Bombay full of cooked King Crab legs. Then our great deployments in Crew-5 (Ole Yellar) 1964 to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 1965 to NAS Iwakuni, Japan with detachments twice to Taiwan, remember the continuous Monopoly game as "Ready Crew", twice to frigid AF Sapporo, Japan and who can forget our stay in the 5 Star Bien Hoa Hotel , I believe three times. Bami Bam (33), Pomme Frites and Buffalo Steaks, all on our Per Diem of course. How about drain holes in the Maintenance tent courtesy of a M-14 or, hanging with the AT's in the A/C cooled trailers. "Xin Loi" (Sorry about that) said the side of ZE-5 as we cruised down and around Nam, looking for the bad guys. Sitting on our traded for Flak Jackets from the Helo Boys and calling in the AF when we spotted something. Who complained we were young and invincible. Great times, love to hear from my old Shipmates, if you remember me..." [28MAY2006]

BAUSTIAN, Jerry jbaustian@gmail.com "...I served in VP-10 from 1983 til 1987, making deployments to NAS Bermuda (CAC-10), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (CAC-8), and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal- NS Rota, Spain (CAC-10). After shore duty in San Diego. I transferred to VP-17 in 1991 and made two deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah Island, Oman, one deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. Always pleased to hear from old Shipmates - especially anyone with stories about "George the Crook" or the Airman's Mess in Masirah!..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB2009 | 05FEB2000]

BAXTER, AVCM Jim Retired Jim_A_Baxter@amat.com "...Served with VP-17, VF-124, NAS Atsugi, Japan (AMD/VQ-1), VP-31, VP-19, VP-31, VP-46, VP-31, and VP-9 FE/CMC. Flight Engineers: The best group of in the Navy..." [18JAN99]

BEACHY, AE3 Tracy (Now Tracy Davis) scrappin1@comcast.net "...Served with VP-17 from 1991-1994 as an AE3. Now living in Michigan..." [20MAR2003 | 28JUN98]

Memorial Picture "...BELINC, AO3 Joe...Passing of a VP-17 Shipmate, AO3 Joe Belinc, forwarded from a squadron shipmate Nick Urbano. Condolences to his Shipmate brother Marty, we all served for the love of country. Will miss you..." Contributed by FETSCHER, AXC Dennis "Fetch" Retired dfetscher@cox.net [15FEB2020]

BELINC, AO3 Joe jbelinc@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1962-1965) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15JAN2015 | E-Mail Updated 08JAN2005 | 22FEB2004]

BELIN, John johnwb64@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (06/1983-1986) with WesPac deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines..." [14MAR2012]

BENNING, ADC John Retired navychief97@hotmail.com "...Enlisted August 1973 with the intention of serving for a couple of years.....24-years later I retired as an ADC...Quite a ride! Throughout my career I moved around the aviation community, serving in VF-124, VRC-50, NAS Key West, Florida, VP-4, VP-17, VQ-2, NADC Johnsville, Pennsylvania and CPW-10. It was all memorable, but the P-3 time was especially rewarding. As a FE working in the maintenance department I had the best of both worlds, interacting with professional flight crew as well as outstanding maintainers. My Navy training and experience directly resulted in my continuing with aviation after retirement, first with Boeing, then with the FAA, where I currently manage the FAA International Field Office in Frankfurt, Germany. My experience an an FAA manager requires me to be "The Chief" years after hanging up the uniform and donning civvies. I am eternally grateful for all Shipmates that helped guide this young sailor toward a solid understanding of what integrity and leadership are all about..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2011 | E-Mail Updated 02AUG99 | Updated 14APR98]

BENNING, LCDR VJ (Ben) Retired c/o Cindy Bartlett bilcin5@aol.com "...I am the daugther of retired LT Commander VJ Benning (BEN). He served with VP-2, VP-8, VP-10, VP-17 and VP-30. I have fond memories of growing up in the Navy - and very proud of my father and his accompishments. If any of you have any fond memories of my father or good stories I would be happy to tell him. I am also interested in any Reunion that my be in the works..." [17JUL2005]

BENNETT, Terry Retired bbstacker09@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in 1972 at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-4 from 1972 to 1975 (Crew 4 AO seat) at NAS BARBER,s Point, Hawaii, VX-4 at NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-17 from 1978 to 1980 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-22 from 1980 to 1983 (AO shop), Naval Recruiting, and retired October 1990 with 22years Naval Service. I'm living in Brandon, SD. The best times of my life were with my friends and Shipmates in the VP Navy. Loved the deployments to anywhere and everywhere anytime. That's the one part of the Navy I really miss. Would love to hear from anyone that might remember me. I remember alot of names as I go down thru this web page. Everyone knows AO's make the best coffee!!!..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAR2023 | E-Mail Updated 29JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 06JUL2000 | 17NOV98]

BENOIT, AO2 Linda ljbenoit48@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from March 1985 to February 1988. I worked at AIMD after deployment to PI in 1985. AO1 Brock was the LCPO AO2 Rojas was there too..." [06JAN2009]

BENSEN, Gar garkath@earthlink.net "...Looking for any VP-17 squadron folks that were in VP-17 the same time I was..." [E-Mail Updated 18JAN2007 | 26FEB99]

BESTE, AW3 Neil "Beasty Boy" neilbeste@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1986 to 1990 on CAC 4, The Fighting Lampreys. I was SS2 AW3 "Beasty Boy" at the beginning of my tour. I remember getting orders to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and flying straight to NAS Adak, Alaska. The airline sent my luggage to New Orleans. CAC 4 was then PP1 LT Greg Marturano, PP2 ENS Chaconas, PP3 ENS Hank Morrison, MC LT Chris Beilik, NAV ENS Meeker, SS1 AW2 Larry White, SS2 AWAN Neil Beste, SS3 AW1 Carl Becker, IFT AT2 T. Jones, ORD AO1 Steve Lutman, FFE AE1 R. (Oz) Osgood, and 2FE AE2 (Jughead) Jasper..." [07DEC2003]

BETHKE, CDR Steven G. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/co/CommandingOfficer.htm "...A native of Los Angeles, California, Commander Steven G. Bethke graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He entered the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School and received a commission in January 1988. After designation as Naval Flight Officer and fleet replacement training in the P-3C (MOD) aircraft at VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-17, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June 1989. Commander Bethke made one deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and a tri-site deployment during Operation DESERT STORM to NSF Diego Garcia; Masirah, Omanand NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. He served as the Electronic Branch Officer, Training Plans Officer and Command Services Officer. Commander Bethke reported to VP-31, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor NFO in June 1992 where he served as the Community Services Officer, Assistant Safety Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. During this tour he attended Webster University earning a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. Reporting back to sea duty, Commander Bethke checked into USS KITTY HAWK air department in March 1995 where he qualified as Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway). Following this, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School from June 1997 to December 1998 receiving a Masters of Art degree in National Security Affairs with regional specialty in the Far East. He reported to VP-47, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in June 1999 for his department head tour. Commander Bethke served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, Tactics Officer and Operations Officer completing 2 multi-site deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman/ NSA Bahrain. In August 2001 he reported to CPRW-1, Kami Seya Japan where he served as Current Operations Officer for Commander Task Forces 57 and 72 spending equal time in Japan and NSA Bahrain. During this tour he participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Moving back to Hawaii, Commander Bethke reported to VP-4 in April 2004 as executive officer. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards and campaign medals..." [19APR2005]

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]

BLAND, ADCS John E. Retired nba121@foothills.net "...Served with (ADJ2) VP-17 (Power Plants Branch) from 1961 to 1963 and VP-49 from November 1967 to January 1971 (Power Plants Branch and Detachment CPO). What a wonderful experience to have served with some of the most talented, dedicated men ever. Would appreciate hearing from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2004 | BIO Updated 30NOV99 | 27MAR99]

BOLDEN, ADR1 Marvin G. Uspeak@webtv.net "...I served three years as a Plane Captain with VP-17 stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I had many hours in P2V7 aircraft and lots of Market Time patrol missions. Not once did we have any controlled crashes or major accidents. We all came back home in good shape. I have lots of photo's of the ASW type Neptunes from my Vietnam days..." [E-Mail Updated 19APR2003 | 04NOV2000]


BONDURANT, AT3 James james.bond@sprynet.com "...I joined VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in May 1968 just prior to the transition. After a few months more of training at NAS Moffett Field, California I rejoined the squadron at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in October of 1968. I deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (69-70) and to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (70-71). I worked in the AT shop and I was alternate aircrew and flew as aft observer/Sonabouy humper/coffee gofer/1st assistant honey bucket engineer and occasionally as in-flight tech for several crews. Finding familiar names, Lt. McLaughlin, Wiele, Cox, Elbert and Clapp stirs memories of fun and adventure. Bon Chance Shipmates and remember L'Audace, L'Audace, toujours L'Audace!..." [11JUL2004]

BONNETT, LCDR Ken kbonnett@hsonline.net "...Hi, gang. I was in VP-17 fm APR88-JUN91, deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (WOW!), NAS Adak, Alaska, & Dodge (Masira). Shoved paper for NATO, Naples, IT; got zapped by downsizing. Now a TSC W/O w/ NR TSC 1079, Memphis. Remember, we're just here to help..." [06SEP98]

BOOTH, AOM2 Don donbooth10@juno.com "...I was an AOM 2/c stuck in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1944-45 as reserves in case of need for replacements down south. Volunteered during battle of Midway to go with a new PBM crew aboard the USS Norton Sound (AV-11) in VPB-17. I've been writing Sunday School stories and have several involving some crazy things that happened in our patrols around the South China seas and then 4 days after VJ Day flying into Shanghai for 3 months of flying mail to Korea. I'm amazed at how many of us old timers are still alive and kicking..." [30JAN2005]


BORST, Thomas F. CoBegger@AOL.Com "...Served with VPB-17..." [16APR2000]

BOSERMAN, CDR Robert W. (Bob) boserman.robert@fallon.navy.mil "...I served as an "Airframer" in VP-17 from 76 -79, left as an AMH2. Am now an LDO Commander serving as the OIC of AIMU (AIMD) Fallon, NV. Would love to hear from Shipmates. VP-17 was my first tour and was most definitely the reason I stayed Navy..." [06FEB2002]

BOUCH, Don ZAZ880@MSN.COM "...I was in VP-17 from early 1975 till August 1979. Looking for some old Shipmates who would remember much of any thing during that time, 2 deployments to P.I. and all that time off in Hawaii made it all a foggy blurr..." [04SEP2001]

BOWEN, AWC Arthur Retired artbwn@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1958-1961) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-17 (1970-1973)..." [02AUG2014]

BOWEN, LT Ray jurabo@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1984 to 1988 with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (Combat Crew 10 flying the P-3B) and NAS Adak, Alaska (Combat Crew One "The Ice Riders" flying the P-3C). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11JUL2010]

BOWLES, Frank "Pat" F3p8b61@AOL.COM "...I was assigned to VP-17 W/C 220 from February 1980 to May 1985. It was the best time I ever had. Made alot of good friends and if any of them care to get in touch feel free to e-mail me. I would really like to hear from any of the guys. I presently work for NavAir PMA-205 E2/C2 Maintenance Trainers..." [02MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...BOYD, Jim...Jim Boyd (served with VP-1, VP-17, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50), 58 years of age, passed away at 12:31 on July 18, 2003 at the hospital. He had Sepsis and his whole body just shut down. The funeral will be on Monday, July 21, 2003 - at 10:00 A.M. and will be held at the Hartman Funeral Home in McComb, Miss. Cards may be sent to: James Boyd Family, 1037 Golf Lane, Summit, MISS 39648. Forwarded by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [19JUL2003]

BOYD, Jim (Deceased) chiefjb@netdoor.com "...My patrol squadron career began in 1966, I reported to VP-48 from B school in Jacksonville, the were flying SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I made one detachment as a maintenance electrician an returned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California; we were selected for transition to new P-3's, my first flight experience was in pig boats. I remained in VP-48 until 1972 transferring to NAMTG 1012 at Moffett. I was a flight engineer on the NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments, both deployments were fun, however, we lost "F" troop: a tragedy I will never forget. I was also assigned to Patron VP-50, VP-17, VP-1, VP-22, and VRF-31, with numerous TAD'S throughout the Pacific fleet. I retired as a Senior Chief Aviation Electric out of NAMTG Headquarters, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. My career also include tours of duty with the Iranian Airforce and the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy..." [Deceased 19JUL2003 | 13FEB2000 | 20NOV99]

BOYER, CAPTAIN Michael F. www.narjax.navy.mil/staff/leadership/xo.html "...Captain Michael F. Boyer was born in Washington, D.C., attended the University of Maryland, and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Later that year, he was accepted into the Aviation Officer Candidate Program at Pensacola, Florida, was commissioned an Ensign in 1978, and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1979. Following fleet replacement training in the P-3 Orion aircraft, in April 1980 he reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Flying the P-3, he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot and Maintenance Check Pilot. His ground assignments included Avionics/ Armament Division Officer and Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. During his tour of duty, Captain Boyer deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and participated in detachments to NAS Agana, Guam, NSF Diego Garcia, and NAS Adak, Alaska. His next assignment in August 1983 was to Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville, Florida where he served for three years as an Officer Programs Recruiter. During this tour, he was accepted into the Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR) program. In August 1986 Captain Boyer reported to his first Reserve squadron, VP-62, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he re-qualified as a plane commander and mission commander. His ground jobs included Safety Officer and Operations Officer. During his tour, VP-62 underwent an extensive transition from the P-3C MOD aircraft to the then state-of-the-art P-3C Update III. He was next assigned to VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania where he served as both the Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he was selected for follow-on assignment as a squadron Officer-in-Charge (OIC). In July 1991 Captain Boyer reported to VP-62 as the OIC. Over the next 18 months, VP-62 conducted counter-drug operations out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Key West, Florida, and was deployed to NAS Bermuda for six weeks of Annual Training. Following his OIC tour in January 1993, he reported to Naval Air Reserve (NAR) Jacksonville where he served as the Reserve Programs Director and Executive Officer. During his tour, NAR Jacksonville won the Ensign C.H. Hammann Award as the most efficient NAR in the Force. From August 1996 to June 1997, Captain Boyer attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., graduating with a Masters Degree in National Resource Strategy. His next assignment was at Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Chief Staff Officer (CSO). As CSO, he managed the Wing's Squadron Assist Visit Program for five (and later seven) squadrons, and oversaw the career progression of numerous TAR aviation officers. He was also instrumental in the consolidation of Reserve Patrol Wings Atlantic and Pacific into a single Reserve Patrol Wing. In September 1999 Captain Boyer reported to the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. where he served as the Deputy Division Chief in the Forces Division, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate, J-8. He was selected for Major Command in September 2001. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (4) and numerous other unit awards and decorations. Captain Boyer assumed command of Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville on July 27, 2002..." [03JUL2003]

BRAITHWAITE, Ambassador (Rear Admiral) Kenneth J. Retired secnav77@gmail.com "...I served in VP-17 “the White Lightnings” from 1986 to 1988 under the leadership of Commander White and Commander Baas. I also served at Patrol Wing Two under Commodore Dan Oliver. I went on to serve aboard USS America CV-66, commanded Navy Combat Camera Atlantic 193 out of NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania deploying to Iraq in 2003 and later to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2005-2006 with Joint Forces Command. I retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral in 2011 after serving as the first Navy Vice Chief of Information. After a successful private sector career predominately in healthcare, I most recently served as the 31st Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway from 2017 to 2019 and then as the 77th Secretary of the Navy from 2020 to 2021. I would welcome hearing from those I had the honor to serve with..." [14NOV2021]

BREYFOGLE, Delane "Brey" honeybrey@aol.com "...I was in VP-17 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from June 1963 until I came home from deployment in Vietnam in Dec. of 1966. I was on the Crew 7 plane. Some names I remember are, B.Carter, Thompson, Schamp, O'Brien, Grams, and a few more. Would like to hear from anyone from that time. My wife, Honey worked in the Dispensary as a Gray Lady. I retired in December 1968 in Norfolk, Va. where I am still..." [13JAN2001]

BREWER, COMMANDER http://home.hawaii.rr.com/daveandval/bios/cobio.htm "...Commander Brewer is a native of Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After designation as a Naval Aviator in August 1984, he reported to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and NATOPS Instructor. During this tour he deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia with detachments to NAS Misawa, Japan and Saudi Arabia. After completing his initial sea tour in December 1988, Commander Brewer reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and Alternate Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. In January 1991 Commander Brewer reported aboard USS LaSalle in NSA Bahrain, where he served as Flag Secretary to Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Central Command. Commander Brewer reported to the Naval War College in August 1992 where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Securities and Strategic Studies and was a Distinguished Graduate. In January 1994 Commander Brewer reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his department head tour he completed a six-month deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and served as Officer in Charge of PATRON DET, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Safety NATOPS Officer. After VP-17 was decommissioned in December 1994, Commander Brewer reported to VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he served as Operations Officer and completed a deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In July 1996 Commander Brewer reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet where he served as Current Operations Officer and later as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Commander Brewer's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and various other campaign and service awards..." [28JUN2003]

BREWER, ADCS(AW) George george@corporatejetcenter.com "...VT-86 NAS Pensacola, Florida 1976-1980, (E-2 -E-5) started out as a TA-4J and T-39 Plane Captain. Went to the Powerplant shop around 1978. VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine 1980-1984, (E-5-E-6) Powerplant shop and Quality Assurance. Deployed to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Bermuda along with a few dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. This was the best duty station I had. RTC Great Lakes Il, 1984-1987 (E-6-CPO). Pushed 9 Recurit Companies and 7 ATD Classes. This was the worsted duty station I had. VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1987-1990, (CPO-SCPO) Started out running the powerplant shop then moved into Maintenance Control. Deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippinest and NAS Adak, Alaska. NAESU Det NAS Point Mugu, California 1990-1994, (SCPO) Assistant Officer in charge and then Officer in charge. What borning duty that was. VXE-6 NAS Point Mugu, California, Maintenance Control CPO. Two deployments to Christchurch NZ and one to Mc Mudro. What a great tour, NZ is a beautiful place and a person cannot even begin to what it is like on the "ice" you have to be there! I really don't miss the Navy, but I sure miss Navy people..." [29JAN2009]

BRINK, Larry M lbrink@semcor.com "...I spent 21 years in the old USN as as AW. Ten years in P-3's (VP-17, NADC and VP-4 / VPU-2) and 11 in direct support (ASWOC / TSC) or training (FCTC LANT) at Dam Neck..."

BRITTON, Al albie36@proaxis.com "...I served with VP-17 / VA(HM)-10 from 1955 to 1958, VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1959 to 1962, FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1962 to 1965, VP-47 from 1966 to 1970 at NAS Moffett Field, California and was the Commander Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Electronics Elaluator from 1970 to 1974..." [26JAN2007]

SHIPMATE Requested Removal [Listing Removed 27FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 20OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 15APR2004 | E-Mail Updated 29MAY2001 | 25MAY2001]

BROWN, John (Jack) W. Shipmate Pix Circa 1954 tazinc@gci.net "...I was with VP-772 flying out of Sand Point, Seattle, WA in 1952. The squadron was activated and became VP-17. We were flying PB4Y-2's at the time and were sent to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in December of 1952. We flew anti-sub patrol for Task Force 77. When we returned to the States we were stationed at Ault Field on Whidbey Is., WA. At that time we were issued P2V-5's for training and later P2V-6's. The squadron returned to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1954 and back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in early 1955. I was an AM-2 and served in flight Crew 12. I would like to make contact with anyone that served with VP-17 1952-1955. I am especially looking for Sherman Carroll, Missouri, and Bobby Moore, Up State NY..." [12JAN2001]

BROWNELL, AZ1 (AW) David d_brownell@yahoo.com "...I am looking for anyone who served in VP-17 from 77-79 and made the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment..." [12NOV98]

BROYE, AE/AW-3 Richard rbroye@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1967-1970) while we transitioned from the P2 (1967-1968) to the P-3 (1968-1970). I live in Tampa, Florida with my wife of 43 years. I am semi-retired with a management company for rentals & leases..." [08JUN2016]

BRYANT, George E. gbryant@ritternet.com "...I served served with VP-6 (1966 to 1973) as Mechanic / FENAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1973 to 1974), VP-17 (1974 to 1978), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1978 to 1979), VP-17 (1979 to 1984) and retired out from PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California 1987..." [12OCT2008]

BUFFINGTON, H. E. "Hoppy" buff767@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-17 from January 1983 - January 1986 and VX-1 from January 1986 - April 1987. Would like to hear from any squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 29SEP2002 | 15OCT97]

BURGESS, AW3 Mike einsteinnc7@hotmail.com "...I was in the AW Shop with VP-17 from December 1989 to August 1993. I was SS1 on crews 1, 2, and 10. Have since graduated from college and been teaching 7th grade Math and Science for 4 years now. Love it! Married for 8 years and living in NC. Drop me a line!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24APR2004 | 06JUN99]

BURKETT, Terry B. tburkett1@austin.rr.com "...I was a member of VP-9 from October 1965 to November 1967 and a member of VP-17 from October 1968 to May 1971. In both squadrons I flew primarily as a radioman (Crew 7 in VP-9 and Crew 10 in VP-17). In May 1971 I transferred to FASTRAGRUPAC Det NAS Moffett Field, California until May 1975 when I joined the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47. This was the best duty of my naval career. We made two NAF Misawa, Japan and one NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment during my time in the squadron. I served with the best Chiefs and AWs in the fleet while in VP-47! In January 1980 I transferred to VS-41, then on to FASOTRAGRUPAC NASNI, and finally NMPC Det NAS Dallas, Texas. I retired 31 Dec 1986. I own and maintain http://www.vp47tribute.com, a web site dedicated to the history of VP-47 from September 1948 to the present. I am interested in communicating with any Shipmate and particularly those from VP-47 of any year. Thanks!..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAR2006 | BIO Updated 19MAR2006 | 19MAY2005]

BURKHOLDER, ATC (NAC) Jerry A. Retired burkholderja@msn.com "...Interesting seeing some familiar names. I retired July 1994 after 20 years, 6 months, 3 days. Started out with VP-17 from 1975 to 1978, PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California from 1978 to 1981, and VP-4 Detachment Special Projects from 1981 to 1988 (that's what VPU-2 was called before establishment). That's right Boys and Girls - 8 years. If you haven't figured it out - I am a Plankholder. I finished my career at the Executive Transport Department NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1988 to 1994. I would have to say that the best tour I had was with VPU-2. It was the first command that i was able to truely reach my potential. I was on Crew 12, The Whipped Dogs, for 7 years and don't remember any bad crew members or Detachments (even the 3 months I spent in Masirah). VPU-2 made you feel like you were really contributing something important. Last thought - Jack Lyons and Mike Griffen if you see this E-Mail me. It would be great to hear from you. Aloha..." [01SEP2004]

BURNETT, Larry larry2372@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from March 1984 thru March 1987. I was a NAV/COM on Crew 7 and Crew 2, becoming the TACCO on Crew 2 with Lt. Dave Gilliland, USN (PPC). Ground duties included Line Branch Officer, ASW Tactics Officer, and AW Division Officer. Later, I did my DH tour in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17 from September 1992 thru October 1984. Recently, I ran into Sig Johnson (Capt., USNR) who resides in the Severna Park (MD) area, as I do..." [10NOV2009]

BUSTAMANTE, ADJ Armando (Moses) P. armandomoses@aol.com "...I served in VP-17 from 73 thru 75. I was a ADJ and a F/E. In 73 I flew with crew 2 and in 75 crew 3. I left Hawaii in Oct 75 and live in Colorado. I would like to hear from Shipmates that I served with. When I was on the ground I worked out of powerplants..." [06FEB2005]

BUTTS, LT Joseph W. "...MILITARY RECORD OF LIEUTENANT JOSEPH W. BUTTS, A-V(N), USNR (RETIRED) - June 17, 1941, Enlisted in US Naval Air Corp. as a Seaman 1st Class in Pueblo, CO. Sent to U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Oakland Airport, Oakland CA. Soloed in N3N Aircraft. Remained on base till July 23, 1941. Sent to U.S. Naval Air Training Base, Corpus Christi, TX. Appointed Seaman Second Class V-5 on September 23, 1941. Named an Aviation Cadet on October 11, 1941. Appointed Ensign June 12, 1942. With designation Naval Aviator A-V(N). Operational training was in OS2U type seaplanes. Ordered to report to scouting squadron VS-1-D7, NAS Banana River, Florida. On June 27, 1942. We did antisubmarine and ship identification patrols off the coast of Florida. On January 5, 1943 I was ordered to the U.S.S. Iowa Aviation Unit, NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York. We were to outfit the unit with OS2U-3 aircraft, which we ferried from Norfolk, VA. We trained personnel for the U.S.S. Iowa, which was being built in the New York shipyards. On February 19, 1943, I was ordered to the U.S.S South Dakota Aviation Unit, and remained aboard ship until September 10, 1944, A total of nineteen months. I went from Ensign to full Lieutenant, and Senior Aviator aboard. During this period we were attached to the British Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland, with code name "H.M.S. Black Prince" to disguise our identity. We operated out of Iceland attempting to lure the Von Terpitz (German Pocket Battleship), out of its Norway fjord. In this endeavor we crossed the Artic Circle shadowing a convoy of ships to Spitzbergen, Norway. No luck! We then went to the Pacific, and were involved in the bombardments of Nauru Island, (Gilbert Islands), Ponape (Caroline Islands), Roi-Namur (Marshall Islands), and Saipan (Mariana Islands). We were also involved in the Mariana Turkey Shoot, where we took a 500-pound armor-piercing bomb dropped by a Japanese "Judy dive bomber", which we shot down. Detached from the U.S.S. South Dakota on September 10, 1944, and spent 15 days with a Utility Squadron on NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, flying B-26 tow planes, towing targets for the 5 inch guns on the destroyers for target practice. Assigned to Naval Air Operational Training at NAS Jacksonville, Florida for temporary duty in multi engine aircraft on September 26, 1944. Assigned to Naval Air Operational Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida flying PBY aircraft, November 23, 1944. Assigned to NAS Banana River, Florida for flight training in PBM aircraft, on February 26, 1945. Designated Patrol Plane Commander, May 23, 1945. Assigned to VPB-99 squadron for training my crew. Attached to VPB-100 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a Mariner combat replacement crew, on August 14, 1945. On August 30, 1945, assigned VPB-17 in (NS Sangley Point, Philippines) Cavite, Philippines. We then were ordered to Shanghai, China, and operated from a seaplane tender on the Whangpoo River. We made daily flights on a squadron schedule to Hong Kong south, and to Singtao, China, over to Jinsen, Korea north. We flew cargo, military personnel, and what have you on a daily basis. On January 30, 1946 I was assigned to VPB-212, at Oak Harbor, WA, as flight officer. On May 17, 1946 the squadron was deactivated, and I was released from active duty, and placed on reserve status..." Contributed by EASTMAN, Jack G. vsnavy.org@westnet.com.au WebSite: VSNAVY http://www.vsnavy.org/ [19MAR2006]

CADDELL, ADCS Glenn Retired glenjoy@wavecable.com "...I reported to VP-17 in October 1955 and was discharged on March 31, 1958. I flew as second mech to PC Dahlbeck in Crew 9. While there we flew P2V-6's then P2V-6m's (VA(HM)-10). We were called vomit 10. Then we went to P2V-5Fs. The last deployment I was on was to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I remember on the return leg home we had to stop at Okinawa and trade our fairly new P2V-5Fs for VP-4s Old P2V-6 and we had them scattered all across the Pacific. My crew was one of the very lucky few to make it home on time. On Qwagilan Island We found a cracked exhaust stack on a 15 hour check and thought we were stuck but another crew flew in and had an engine change. They were gracious enough to give us their Exhaust stack and thats why we made it home on time. Our pilot was LTjg Lawless. WE recently remodeled our home and am unable to locate my cruise book but when I find it I'll write again and list all the crew. I retired as ADCS from NAS Lemoore, California in August 1980. Repsy..." [13SEP2005]

CADIEUX, AW2(AW) Scott cadieuxnh@comcast.net "...I was an EWO (SS-3) with VP-22 from December 1990 to March 1994 and VP-17 from March 1994 to September 1994. Following the disestablishments of squadrons around NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, I got out as a AW2(AW) after my first tour, and then went 1 year reserves to VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. I'm now presently a CPT in the National Guard and would love to hear from any "Shipmates" from my time in the P-3 community, especially CAC's 5 and 8!..." [E-Mail Updated 16NOV2003 | Updated 16MAR98]

CAMACHO, Ipo ac137@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-31 from JAN 92-NOV 93. Transfered to VP-17 Dec 93 and ORDER MOD'ed to VP-9 later that month. Now I'm stationed out of the sunny beaches of China Lake (yeah right) running the Oxygen shop for NAVWPNTESTRON China Lake. Can't wait to get out of here. Kinda miss the old days deploying with the "knucle-heads" while "DOIN' TIME IN NINE!" And Uncle Pat? Somewhere lost in Whidbey? I'll be droppin' you a line soon so stand-by! I'm outta here!!!!!!!!!!..." [17SEP98]

CAMPBELL, Dan Retired dfwthebold@mchsi.com "...Was a "homesteader" in Hawaii for 14+ years. I served with VP-17 from 1979-1983, ASWOC/TSC at CPW-11 from 1983 to 1987, VP-4 from 1987-1990, and the weather office at Pearl (with a bunch of crybaby AGs) from 1990 to retirement in 1994. Had a brush with death after retirement in June of 1998. Now, suffer from Central Pontine Myelinolysis (thanks to a hospital in Iowa). Miss the squadron life, at times and miss Hawaii (especially during these Iowa winters)..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2003 | 01AUG2000]

CAMPBELL, ADRAN Rickey D. "Rick" Shipmate Pix rcampbell55@woh.rr.com "...VP-17 from `65 - `67. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan `65. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan again in `66 to Tan San Nhut AFB. Saigon, Viet Nam to NS Sangley Point, Philippines to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for discharge May,19,1967. In states, was on Port check crew, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan I was TAD to Base O&R most of deployment. Also on rapid response team (off base engine changes on any of our birds down at other Stations). Would like to hear from anyone serving at these times. Especially those TAD to Tan San Nhut in `66 ground crew (nights - 16 on & 32 off). Looking for a TAD list with my name on it to prove I was there. Lost all my pictures, camera and some records that were packed together. (Disapeared in customs at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii on our return to States in `67) Looking to share pictures I have and would like copies of your pictures to build a scrap book..." [BIO/PIX Updated 07JAN2010 | E-Mail Updated 17SEP2009 | 22JUL2005]

CAPRIOTTI, Blair bcapriotti@verizon.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1962 to 1964. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17FEB2009]

CARNEGHI, A. "...VP-18 Mr. A. Carneghi, 4175 Lakeside Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32210-3303..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

CARPENTER, Ed carpenters@frs-l.com "...I was in VP-17 from Oct. 1960 to Oct. 1963. I was in VP-31 from Oct. 1963 to June 1965 training Vietnamise crews. I left the Navy in 1965 as a ADR2. I would like to talk to any of my old Shipmates..." [06MAR99]

CARROLL, Dale dalecarroll@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 (1982-1985)..." [17NOV2010]

CARTER, Bob bobcarter55@me.com "...Painted label San Migoos for the house, BC TC/MC VP-17 Crew 4 Fighting Lampreys 1982-1985..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2017 | E-Mail Updated 30AUG2000 | 22JAN99]

CATON, AFCM David Retired dcaton@worldnet.att.net "...flew for 18 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer (VP-31 schooled). . .VP-50 (76-79), VX-1 (79-82), served with the German Navy for 3 years flying the Atlantic in Nordholz, GE on the Personal Exchange Program (83-86), afterwards VXN-8 (86-90), and finally with VP-17 where I ended my career as the Maintenance Master Chief (90-94) with over 11,000 hrs. Hello to old Shipmates...drop a line..." [13FEB99]

CELMER, ATCS Ronald Retired tercsta@yahoo.com "...Attended "A" School, served with VW-12, AEWBarRonPac (Detachment NAS Midway Island), VP-17, VT-27, VP-50 (both P2's & P-3's), VA-125, VP-24, VA-145, VAW-112, VAW-110 and NAMTRDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired 1988..." [16AUG2008]

CHIASSON, AW1 Earl A. III aswkingfish@yahoo.com "...I served at NAS Millington, TN in 1975 flying S-2 aircraft and transfered over to VP-67 in 1976 also at NAS Millington, TN. I was a TAR until 1981 and began my SELRES career in 1981 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana until 1985 when I was transfered to VP-5056 for a few short months until finally transferring into VP-94 in 1985 to present. I will be retiring December 7, 2002. Would love to here from any Shipmates..." Personal WebSite: http://kingfishland.com/ [URL Updated 30JUL2009 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 08AUG2002 | 02MAR2000]

CHAUVIN, AX2 Daniel dchauvin@dcconsultinggroup.net "...I served with VP-17 as a Crew-5 and Crew-17 IFT. Too many stories to tell but fond memories of the PI with Rich Youdall, Ken Pounds , Bill Waite and may others. Will never forget the repo to Malaysia when we lost 5K’ in five seconds in heavy weather. If wasn’t for LCDR Wally Gorrell and LT Tony Falk we would have been in the drink. Many laughs..." [28NOV2017]

CHOSE, Fred fld586@yahoo.com "...VP-17 from 1976 through 1979 with two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25JAN2010]

CHRISTENSEN, AX2 Kent kentc57@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1976-05/1979)..." [23AUG2014]

CHURCHILL, Ryan L. mtnmanrc61@hotmail.com "...Proudly served with VP-17 from 86-89..." [25APR2005]

CLAPP, James jwc1948rr@yahoo.com "...I joined the Navy February 1968. After basic in SAN Diego, CA I reported to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for Electronics school. Went to San Diego for radio/radar operator school then home to NAS Moffett Field, California and onto VP-31 for the transition to P-3A. Arrived in Hawaii in April/May of 1969 I was one of the new P-3 replacement crewmembers who show up as a snot nosed E-4 with all the answers. Arrived in VP-17 and sent to NAS as a runner of movies around the Island. Returned when my slot reopened in VP-17 just before we departed to NAS Iwakuni, Japann. Ended up in the AT shop doing Peak and TWEAK to the ARN-52 system. Deployed to DANANG in December 1969 to that AT shop till end of deployment. Returning from work/flight in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June of 1970. I got run over by a car while I was on my Yamaha. Went to the Hospital with a broken HIP. Aircraft that was lost in LAS Vegas, Nevada would have been mine if I was with the squadron. I now live with may wife in Minden, Nv. Please include me in any Reunion notifications..." [07FEB2001]

CLARK, CDR Charles F. Jr. Retired chicknger@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (03/1955-03/1958) and VP-22 (03/1962-06/1964), Editor of APPROACH Magazine at the Naval Aviation Safety Center and FAW-6 at NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2012 | E-Mail Updated 22JUL2004 | BIO Updated 28NOV2001 | 26NOV2001]

CLARK, D. 1033@aol.com "...Served in both VP-17 and VP-47. Flew in P2V's P3A, B, C. Presently a NAESU Rep on P3's at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..."

CLARK, Steven G. runsfrombear8@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1965 to 1967. I was a Radio Operator on Crew-6. I am trying to located George Bringle, Joe Cox, Danny Hites, Mike Keenan, Gary Miller, Paul Nichols, Ken Slater, Tom Smith, Leon Stallins, Mike Steven and Jim Walker..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2010 | E-Mail Updated 29JUL2009 | E-Mail Updated 02APR2005 | BIO Updated 17JAN2000 | 12APR98]

CLAYBURN, Rich "Quazimoto" clayburn@erols.com "...Hello VP-17 and fellow P-3'ers!! I was stationed in VP-17 from 1988 to 1991. Wow, what a great time I had. Some of the best people I have ever met were in 17. After 17 I went to C-7 school and then to NAF Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pennsylvania. I got out of the Navy in 1995 and went to work for Lockheed in the P-3 lab. I am still working in the P-3 lab in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. If anyone would like to contact me my work phone is 301-342-2628 I would love to hear from anyone!! Hope life is treating everyone good!!..." [11DEC98]

CLAYTON, Eddie R. eddierclayton@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1979-1983) and retired in 1999..." [03FEB2013]

COATES, Richard (Dick) Retired rcoates654@yahoo.com "...I started my NAVY journey 9/55 with 3 yrs at GMAU-0411, Oceana (GF3); 12/58 GM div. USS Intrepid (GF2/AT2); 8/60 Kitty Hawk CVA-63 pre-com; 2/62; AT(B), (AT1); 12/62 VA-127 NAS Lemoore, California; My life changed 1/66 when I got orders to VP-17 via VP-31 at NORIS. I was destined to have the time of my life in the VP Navy. My wife was worried that I could get hurt flying in "one of those things!" I said "flying in a P2V is safer than walking the store." The next day there was a picture of a sinking VP-31 P2V on the front page of the local rag. They had cross feed problems, and the fans quit turnin'. They set her down alongside a Coast Guard cutter loaded with PSA stewardeses on a survival training cruise! (I don't think they even got wet.) After the RAG, I was assigned to VP-17 crew 12 with a great bunch of guys. PPC Charlie Cook, P2P Lee Houston, NAV Rick Tolly, TACCO is fuzzy, he was LT. ex QM, PC Snick Gramms ADJ1 (NY good guy), JULIE AT3 Rothlesburger, JEZ-(brain lapse.. I saw him in 79 at NORIS CPO club (he was a AWCS), AO1 Jim Young, and last, but not least AE2 Robert J. Prestovic our token electrician and fantastic scrounger. (He "borrowed" a trailing wire weight from the Coastes at NS Sangley Point, Philippines! I needed a spare, but I made him take it back anyway.) (Ski is USCG ret now.) We had a good deployment to TSN Saigon, but when the skipper said we were going home and returning asap (6 Mo) I was struck with this gawd awfull dumb-ass attack and said, "I not goin', my enlistment is up in 6 mo." JUNE 1967 I transferred to reserve VP-891 at NAS Sand Point, WA. Which became VP-69. Flew with a bunch of good guys there for 3 years, but I missed the REAL NAVY! July 70 transferred to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew for a while, but not assigned to a crew. If I remember right they had more than enough flyers, and short on folks to keep em flyin' so I spent most of my 3 years there in WC210 with AXC Domier, AT2 O.T. Frampton III, AT2 Moore (UH student), AT3 Don Inaura, (now AVCM ret, a good friend and neighbor), many IFT and RDO crews, too many more, I don't remember. I left VP-6 July 73 for NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and AVC7 school. Three years of Instructor duty at AVC7. Then on to - VF-1 (The NAVY should never send VP sailors to fix F14's) Finished my BS Ed in San Diego. I put on the Hat in 77 and retired 12/79. The Navy had exacted their revenge for breaking the faith in 1967. Any one out there that wants to tell sea stories, send me an e-mail or stop by I'm your friendly travel agent at NAS Miramar. I would really like to hear a better one than I can tell..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2001 | 01JUN2001]

COCHRAN, CDR Thomas L. Retired rollingc@charter.net "...I served in VP-17 from 1962-1964 when the squadron homeport was NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [13FEB2002]

COLE, Deane deanecole2@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 0ctober 1966-1968 then VP-42 from 1968-August 1969 including two deployments to WestPac. I was an Aviation Storekeeper. I remember the great crew memebers and all the fun we had with spending two Christmases in Nam. I think of you all this time of year would like to hear from any old White Lightin crew members..." [09DEC2000]

COLLAZO, Rose (Now Rose Collins) sars@lightstream.net "...I served in VP-17 from 89 to 93. Would enjoy hearing from anyone there during those times..." [21JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...COLLETT, CMDCM Charles Edward...CMDCM Charles Edward COLLETT, 65, of Pensacola died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. During his service years of 1962 - 1992, Chuck was a Flight Engineer in VP-17 (71-74) and VP-4 (77-81). He served as Command Senior Chief in VPU-2 (84-86) and as Command Master Chief in VRC-50 (87-92). For those wishing to post a remembrance for CMDCM Charles E. "Chuck" Collett there is a guestbook at http://www.webfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=331574&fh_id=10966..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [22OCT2010]

COLLINS, Kevin sars@lightstream.net "...Hello everyone that might remember me. I was stationed in VP-17 from 1988 to 1993 and I was also stationed at AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1993 to 1996. If anyone remembers me I would like to hear from you..." [02APR99]

COOK, AT3 Bobbie (Kirk) Jo pinkmonkeyflower@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-17 from September 1989 till February 1993. Used to be AT3 Kirk. Like alot of Navy marriages, mine didn't last. Now living in Minnesota studying herbs and selling toys at the Mall of America. See you all at the Reunion!......I was attached to VP-17 from 1989-1993. Did NAS Adak, Alaska, NSF Diego Garcia, and NAS Misawa, Japan deployments. Now living in Minnesota and working at the Mall of America..." [BIO Updated 07DEC99 | 28APR99]

COOK, Norman windsong@starstream.net "...I first came to Viet Nam with VP-17 at Tan Son Nhut in early 1965. We were a part of the MACV group headquartered in downtown Saigon. We hadn't even organized Market Time Patrols yet. In 1967 we were moved out to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and I finally left Viet Nam in May of 1968! I spent a lot of my life over there. I was a Patrol Plane Commander on Crew #7 when I finally left. VP-17 was a long time ago, but I still think of it often..." [13APR2003]

CORDERO, Gary gary@tpsaviation.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1989 to 1993. I'm currently married and living in California. Would like to hear from some of my old friends..." [07APR2009]

COX, Ed Nep147967@aol.com Shipmate Pix...Circa 1970-1971... "...I served with VP-17 from 67 to 71. Was a Jet Mech. and crewmember in both the P-2 and P-3. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 67-68, Iwakuni/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 69-70, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Utapao, Thailand, 70-71. Worked and flew with many great people. We were the "Best in the West". Hey "ZEKE", you out there?..." [Updated 21APR98]

COYLE, CAPTAIN JAMES JOSEPH Retired http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/C.htm [21FEB2002]
Jim was appointed to the Naval Academy from Philadelphia. Upon graduation in 1940, he was assigned duty in USS RALEIGH in the Pacific Fleet. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, RALEIGH was heavily damaged. Jim was awarded the Bronze Star with combat V for his actions as senior Engineering Officer aboard during the battle. He returned to CONUS in 1942 and married Eleanor McGlinchey of Philadelphia. After flight training in 1943, he reported as XO, Patrol Squadron 17, and returned to the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Gold Star for combat missions performed from Saipan, Ulithi, Palau and the Philippine Islands.

Upon returning from the Pacific in 1945, Jim reported as C.O. VN-18A at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. This was a multi-national training squadron for French and Latin American flight students. For his work with the French, he received the honorary designation French Naval Aviator. He next went to the PG School at Annapolis, graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1949. From there, he served as Maintenance Officer, Air Transport Squadron Three, Continental Division, MATS. With a change of designator to AED in 1950, he was ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics as Project Officer to develop the Sparrow 1 air-launched guided missile.

In 1953, Jim reported to the Naval Air Material Center, Philadelphia, as Assistant Superintendent, Aeronautical Engine Laboratory, and later Superintendent. In 1957, he became Logistics Officer for Fleet Air Wings Atlantic/Fleet Air Wing FIVE in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, where he assisted in the evaluation of a replacement for the P2 aircraft as a land-based patrol plane. Next assignment was as the Bureau of Naval Weapons Representative to the Bendix Corporation, Teterboro, NJ. Following that, he returned to the Bureau of Naval Weapons, where he served as Head, Aircraft Branch, Maintenance Division; Assistant Director and finally Director, Maintenance Division.

Jim retired from the Navy in 1964 and then taught for 18 years at Villanova University, Villanova, PA. He taught the freshman engineers the rudiments of Engineering Graphics and Fortran programming as well as teaching courses in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a member of the engineering honor societies, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He retired from Villanova in 1982.

Captain and Mrs. Coyle have seven children. The Coyles also have fourteen grandchildren.

CRAVER, Bob derry@wa-net.com "...I served with VP-17 / VAHM-10 from 1956 to 1958..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2013 | 01JAN2007]

CROSIER, Dave davecrosier@hotmail.com "...If anyone remembers me from my crazy days with VP-17 from 69 to 71 please drop me a line. I would really like to hear from you. Murphree, Kiner, King, Dwyer, Evans or any of the rest..." [19FEB2000]

CUMMINS, AT3 Mickey juker01@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1976 to 1978 as a radio operater on Crew 12..." [31JAN2007]

CURRY, G. L. gcurry147@earthlink.net "...I served with the U. S. Navy from 1951 through 1954. My stations included: USS Essex from 1951-1952, NAS Adak, Alaska from 1952-1954 Air/Sea Rescue, and VP-17 from 1953-1954 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Iwakuni, Japan...." [24MAY2002]

DAHLLOF, CAPT Robert L. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=99 "...CAPT Robert L. Dahllof, USN - NFL Number: 99 - Date of Birth: 7/19/1914 - Date In: 1/1/1939 - Date Out: 1/1/1971 - City, State: Grass Valley, CA - School Attended: Cal. Maritime Acad - Aircraft Flown: PBY, PBM, PB4Y, F2H, R4D - Ship or Unit: USS Cape Esperance, XO - USS Regulus, CO - VP-172, CO - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Atlant.,Pac.,Korea - Associations/Service Organizations: Navy Mutual Aid Assn - U.S. Naval Institute - Ret. Officers Assn - Highest personal decoration or award: Legion of Merit - Significant Achievements: 6000 hours flight time. CO of VP-17 (Korea). Officer-in-Charge of ASW Training Unit Pacific from 1943-45. Served in VP-53 (ASW Atlantic). In Memoriam? No..." [26NOV2005]

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]

DANA, Garvel "Gar" garvello@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1989 to 1993. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26APR2009 | 12AUG98]

DAIGLE, Karen (Duncan) fithippie@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1990 to 1994 (I was Karen Duncan back then) as an AT and then as an EWOP with VQ-2 from 1994 to 1997. Am now employed as a Sport Physiologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. Would love to hear what my old Shipmates are up to!..." [10SEP2004]

DAVENPORT, ADC Leif E. daven@whidbey.net "...Served as a Flight Engineer in VP-46 85-89, VP-17 92-94, VP-47 94-95, VP-46 95-97. Flew with a lot of great guys. But I'll never forget my fellow crash test dummies of VP-47 crew 9, thanks guys..." [06MAR98]

DAVIS, (Reed/Dotson) Denise davisda@oldendorf.navy.mil "...I was Denise Reed/Dotson when I served in VP-17 from 1985-1989. I was the IS who always got in trouble. From VP-17, I went to NAVSPECWARGRU ONE Coronado, CA. (1989-1992), FITCPAC San Diego, CA (1992-1995), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (1995-1999), COMSTRATCOMMWING ONE Tinker AFB OK (1999-2001), and am now on the USS Oldendorf (DD-972). I'm on independent duty as an IS1, and I may very well retire from here. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me!..." [03DEC2001]

DAVIS, Jeff Jeff.Davis1@Juno.com "...Served with VP-17 from 1990-95 as an AE2. Now living in Michigan..." [28JUN98]

DAVIS, Rich davis_rich@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 (04/1976-10/1980) flying as a IFT with Crew-5 and Crew-11..." [07FEB2015]

DAVIS, Steve scifier99@comcast.net "...Looking for old crewmembers from any of the outfits I was with...VP-4, VP-10,VP-17, VP-23 and VP-26..." [BIO Updated 10FEB2005 | 21AUG2001]

DAY, David dday@allriskga.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1975 to 1977. I remember Shipmates Mike Emory, Steve, Clark, Larry Shryock, Dusty Rhodes, Walt, Red, Big Dan, Tony (from Ft. Gay WVA), Jacobsen (who punched LT(jg) Vogel in-flight), Tom (and his Datsun 810), Jim Long, Tom (Ops) and fifty other characters. I was the guy put in charge of the Pee Tests! The guy who advanced Sr. Chief Sheehan to Master Chief 2 years ahead of schedule. If any of you guys are still kickin' - drop me a line..." [06APR2010]

DAY, James F. jfday@me.com "...I served with VP-1, VP-10 and VP-17 from 1975 through 1978..." {E-Mail Updated 11AUG2019 | E-Mail Updated 27AUG99 | 00XXX1997]

DeGRAFF, Leonard dotnlen@juno.com "...I served with VPB-17 from 1944-1945 in the South Pacific. I would love to hear from anyone in the squadron and especially Crew 4 and Crew 18. My captain's name was LT Nixon and our Navigator was LTjg Griswald. Thanks..." [07JUN2003]

DeLANGE, YN2 Joel joel.delange@ey.com "...VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1983-1987..." [31JAN2011]

DeMOTT, Robert bond_jamesbond_@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-17 from 78-80 and would like to hear from any of my friends from that time, especially anyone in the AW shop from the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment 78-79. I hope your all doing well and have great memories of our adventures together!..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2001 | 06JUN99]

DENDAUW, Russ rrden@charter.net "...I would like to hear from old VP-56 buds from 1982-1985 and VP-17 from 1985-1988. I'm currently working at NAS Fallon, Nv transiet line for past 9 years and work as a part-time EMT for local ambulance service for the past 6 years..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2003 | 01SEP98]

DeROUCHEY, Gary gary@madfoamer.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1970 to 1972 with the ground crew. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11DEC2009]

DERRINGTON, AO3 Chad webmaster@vp4association.com "...Attached to VP-4 from May 1989 thru September 1992 including '89 NAS Adak, Alaska deployment and both NSF Diego Garcia Deployments in 1990/91 and 1992. I finnished my Tour with the Navy in VP-17 during Oct/Nov 1992. Looking to make contact with any of my Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10FEB2000 | 18FEB98]

DeSALVO, JIM jdesalvo12@aol.com "...Had the great pleasure of serving in VP-17 as an AO in Crews 1 ,6, 7, 11, & 12 from 1961-1964. Arrived as airman & left as AO2. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington was great duty. Transfered to reserves in Miami Oct 64. In 85 tried to buy P2V-7 in mothball New Mexico but it didn't work out. Was really sad to see aircraft chopped up. At least some went to Japan to be refitted with turbo props. Would like to hear from anyone from VP-17 during my term..." [22JUL2001]

DeSANTO, Ellery "Don" Jr. JUELKDH@aol.com "...I served with VW-2 early 60's, VS-29 63-64, VP-17 74-77..." [14OCT2000]

DeSHAZO, Bob bjdeshazo@fedex.com "...I served with VP-17 from late 1966 to mid 1967 where we deployed to Westpac twice out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Hello to any of you guys out there I served with! Any of you still out there?..." [23JUL98]

DeSOCIO, AK Mark desocim@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1988-1991) and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1991-1994). I am currently living in Ocean City, Maryland..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUN2016 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19AUG2006 | BIO Updated 06FEB2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2004 | 06JAN2000]

DEYO, AWCS (AC/AWS) Ralph M. Retired Rotor-Head@msn.com "...out of Barbers point from 68 to 71..."


DICKSON, AEC Dave Retired dicksondg@navair.navy.mil "...I was a career VP sailor, retiring as an AEC in January 1990. Starting in the VP-30 Electric Shop in 1970 and ending in the Maintenance Division of VP-16 in 1990. In between I was in VP-45, VX-1, VP-17, and Naval Air Development Center. The nine years in the electric shop was a great back ground for the P-3 and really helped me through flight engineer school in 1980. I'm currently working for Boeing on the F-18 Super Hornet program in the Maintenance Data Center as a Product Support Technician. I have many good memories of experiences and friends in the Navy and would like to hear from anyone who I was stationed with!..." [19DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...DORNBOS, John (Slim)...I am the widow of John (Slim) Dornbos, one of the original pilots of VP-17, dating back to January 1944. Would love to hear any tales of his or other crews' adventures in WWII. If any of you remember him, you will know that John told his share, especially of the flight from Harvey Point to California in May 1944. But more stories are always welcome. I have put together an account of his life and military service for his grandchildren, and they have eaten it up! Anything anyone can add would be most welcome..." Nancy Dornbos nandorn@cfl.rr.com [E-Mail Updated 20JUN2004 | 04FEB2002]

DOUGAN, AW1 Robert H. dougansr.robert@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1970-1971), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRoup PACific Fleet (12/1971-05/1975) and VP-1 (05/1975-05/1976). I am also looking for any Shipmates that went to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and was exposed to Agent Orange. I really need some help regarding this issue. I would also like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 21OCT2013 | 15OCT2013]

DOYLE, Tim tdoyle@gmpexpress.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1971 to 1973. I was crew 11's resident cook, scrub woman, steward, piss can dumper, and was equally proud to be placed in charge of throwing all the sonobuoys, smokes, and SUS out the holes in the floor, after Ben Nettles decided to let me assume his responsibilities..." [E-Mail Updated 22APR2004 | 25FEB99]

DUKE, AD Richard rzimmerman8@comcast.net "...I was stationed on NAS Adak, Alaska in 1987 with patrol squadron VP-17 as a AD. I have lots of great memories of cold bitter nights and flights to NAS Midway Island & Wake Island just to name a couple. If anyone was part of this tour, I'd love to hear from you..." [24JUN2007]

DUNBAR, ATR2 Alan dunb4990@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-17 from July of 1965 to March of 1968 and would like to get in touch with some of the guys that I served with. I reported as an ATRAN and departed as an ATR2..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2009 | 23JUL2006]

DUNCAN, Dave ddandtj@yahoo.com "...I served with VC-7 at NAS Miramar, California from 1976 to 1979, VP-30 (FE School), VP-17 from 1980 to 1984, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1984 to 1987, VP-4 from 1987 to 1990, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWC/WPNS) at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1990 to 1993 and VP-45 from 1993 to 1995. I had a great time time in all of these commands. I miss my times as a FE and wish that I was still flying in the Mighty Orion. I am currently living in Abilen, Texas and every once in a while a P-3 will be in the pattern here and would love to know were they are from. I retired in 1995 and started working at American Eagle Airlines and have been here ever since. I would love to hear from anyone that were in these commands at the same time..." [27DEC2009]

DUNCAN-DAIGLE, Karen fithippie@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1990-1994 as a groundpounder AT (My last name was Duncan back then). Then I "converted" to aircrew as an EWOP and flew with VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain from 1994-1997. I'm planning a VP-17 WC 210 Reunion for people that were in the shop from about 1990-1995. If you need more info. e-mail me. I have graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Dietetics and am now pursuing a M.S. in Sports Nutrition at FSU. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 30MAR2002 | 07APR99]

DUNN, Kevin kmdunnster@excite.com "...I was an AW/SS-3 in VP-17 from 1989-94 and had a great time! My first deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of 89-90.(oh boy) Then I did two more deployments to Diego Garcia/Oman, and NAS Misawa, Japan. The Whole time I was one of the only AWs to stay on the same crew, the infamous CAC 3. After VP-17, I went to be an instructor at NAVAIRESASWTRACEN (that's a mouthfull) in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I worked with the Reserves and got to see some of my old buds that went from active duty to reserves. I got out in 97 and after a year at Delta Airlines (working in "operations"), which I quickly found out was the ramp. I got hired on to do all the internet marketing/web site development for a Chevrolet Dealership. Any former "White Lightnings" out there that I had the pleasure of serving with, me a ring!..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT99 | 09SEP99]

DURKIN, CPO William T. bill@durkinsrealty.com "...Duty stations include FASRON-895 1951 NAS Sand Point, WA from there I transferred to mobile FASRON-113 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. My next duty station was VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Following a deployment from Japan I returned to the states and was discharged in 1955. I reentered the navy through the TAR program in 1956. I served at Staff Line until 1960. I reupped regular Navy and picked up VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1964 to Test Pilot school were I had a chance to become a F/E in the P-3's. I went to school at VP-30 and after graduating went to WST at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I then cancelled out my shore duty to transfer to VP-8, best move I ever made. I was assigned to Crew 12 and met some of the best men I ever flew with. I stayed with Crew 12 until the squadron was transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was assigned to VP-30 where I stayed until I retired in September 1973. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates! Aircraft I flew with was PB4Y2's, PBY's, P2V's thru P2V7, R5D's, R4D8's, and the P-3's..." [25JAN2000]

DYE, AWCM (NAC/AW) Robert "Bob" r.dye@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-49 (1975-1980) on CAC-5 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda, VP-30 with TTT (1980-1981) then went to FJC (1981-1983) via Enlisted Education Advancement Program (Thanks CWB!), VP-17 (1983-1987) with deployments to the Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska, ASWOC NAS Bermuda (1987-1989), VQ-2 (1989-1991), CHSLW-2 (1991-1993), VP-16 (1993-1997), VP-30 (1997-2000), NATTC AW-A1 (2000-2003) and Center for Navy Aviation Technical Training Unit (5VM) 2003-2005. Retired in Pace, FL across the bay from NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [05SEP2011]

DYKE, AVCM(AW) Jeff Van vandykej@vp47.navy.mil "...Reading all the entries about VP-22 sure brought back some great memories for me. I was saddened to read that Rick Horn died. He was a die hard AC/DC and Clint Eastwood fan. I served in VP-17 ('84-'85), VP-22 ('85-89), VAQ-33 ('90-'93), NAVSUBTRACENPAC Pearl Harbor ('93-'96), HM-15 ('96-'99), NRD Seattle/NRS Moses Lake WA ('99-'01). I am currently stationed at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii serving as the MMCPO for VP-47. I had some of the greatest times of my life in VP-22 and did a lot of growing up as well. Drop me a line if you want to keep in touch, I would love to hear from you..." [21JUL2001]

ELBERT, Bob bob@midiowa.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1969 through 1972. Maybe I chased you around the hangar trying to get you to turn in your tool box at the end of your tour? I operated the tool shed for awhile and then graduated to the teletype ordering all the gear to replace the stuff you guys brought back broken. John Hood was my official "Sea Daddy" and I remember a lot of good times in the Material Shop. Anyone currently in contact with Warren Traub? I was an ATN3 (whatever that was) when I got out in 72. Never worked as one much although I remember firing up the APU a few times..that was always a rush for me. Back then I recreated mostly (got in trouble with) Ron Weeks and communicate with him via email now and then. I'm presently a Photographer working at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Drop me an email if you have memories to share..." [24AUG2000]

ELLSWORTH, AT2 Gary gnj.koolkars@verizon.net "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1968). I was the ordananceman on crew 8 for 3 WestPacs. Changed rate to AT2 in 1970 and did 3 Med cruises aboard the USS Independence in the DECM shop then the Cal lab.(1971-1974). I did a short father/son tour with CPO Rocky Ellsworth in VP-17 (1965-1966). My dad passed away 2004. He retired with 30 years service in 1972..." [16SEP2011]

Memorial Picture "...EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired...It's my sad duty to share the news about the death of one of our VP-17 Shipmates. I received the attached email from Linda Embach last night, regarding AWC Chuck Embach's sudden death Thursday October 18, 2007. I know we've always considered Chuck to be a good friend, valued Shipmate and bright spot in our memories of our VP-17. He always had a smile and cheerful words to share. If any of you don't exactly recall, AWC Chuck Embach worked in the Ops Dept and did his daily magic with our flight schedule during our '75-78 deployments. Most of us didn't see a lot of Chuck because he was constantly buried behind his desk, trying to figure out some way to make the tasking fit our assets. Chuck served with VP-17, VP-19, VP-30, VP-48, VP-50 and VX-1..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com [22OCT2007]

UPDATE "...I was sorry to see the message about Chuck Embach passing away. He was a good friend and will be missed. He and his wife Linda attended many of the VP-48 Reunions..." COntributed by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [24OCT2007]

EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired cwembach@gmpexpress.net "...I served with VP-50 (P5M Dec 64 - May 63), VP-48 (P5M Jul 63 - Dec 64), VX-1 (P2V, P-3A, P-3B Jan 65 - Dec 67), VP-19 (P-3B Jan 68 - Dec 70), VP-30 (P-3B, P-3C Jan 71 - Jul 74), VP-17 (P-3B Jul 74 - May 78), VX-1 (P-3C UP1, 2, 2.5 Oct 81 - May 85). Total of 11,500 flt hours as SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, Radio operator. Retired May 85 as AWCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2005 | 27JUL2000]

Memorial Picture "...FAIL, LT(jg) Joseph Jr., passed away May 30, 2012. Joseph was a (3rd) pilot (LTjg) and mostly navigator with VP-17 in P-3A's and P-3B's in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1970-1971. He joined the squadron in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and then deployed for some weeks to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He flew with Crew-1 and Crew-6. He was a Biology and Ecology teacher now at a small college in Charlotte, NC..." Contributed by markann@gmail.com [03JUN2012]

FAIL, Joseph Jr. jfail@jcsu.edu "...I was a (3rd) pilot (Ltjg) and mostly navigator in VP-17 in P-3A's and P-3B's in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1970-1971. I joined the squadron in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and then deployed for some weeks to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was in Crew 1 and Crew 6. As navigator I remember using the old Loran (A or B?) system and never believing our inertial navigation system. I also took a few star shots back then. I always have thought the Navy did their best teaching in Nav school (NAS Corpus Christi, Texas) during pilot training. We lost a plane with 4-5 crew that blew up over Searchlight, Nevada, during my time in the squadron. (SEE: VP-17 Crew - In Memorium - VP-17 Crew). These days I am a biology and ecology teacher now at a small college in Charlotte, NC. It would be fun to hear from any squadron folk from 1969-1971 if you are out there..." [22JUL2002]

FAILS, AWC(AW) Frank failsfx@yahoo.com "...I served VP-17 (Crew 3) from June 1991 to December 1994..." [E-Mail Updated 25AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 07DEC98 | 29APR98]

Memorial Picture "...FANNING, John...My son John Fanning (John Boy) served with VP-17. I would like to hear from anyone that served with him. He was killed in an automobile accident a short while after he got out of the Navy...John Fanning Sr. jff13boyce@aol.com..." [18MAR2001]

FANSLER, Ronald Retired anchordwn@home.com "...I was in VP-69 from 1976 to 1980 and enjoyed every minute of it. Before that it was VP-17 from 1969-1976, and after VP-69 it was VP-93 untill December 1988. Retired from the Navy and started flying cargo on DC-8's, L-1011's, and now 747's. VP-69 was a great time..." [BIO Updated 19FEB2002 | 27OCT2001]

FARRAR, CAPTAIN Bobby C. Retired bc@sierra.onr.com"...VP-46 (58-62) P5M-1, P2V-5, P2V-7 North Is.Sangley Pt, Johnston Is. VP-17 (67-71) P3V-7's, P3A, Whidbey, Barber's Pt, Sangley, Iwakuni VP-31 (71-74) P3ABC's NATOPS evaluator VP-40 (74-75) Moffett Field, Iwakuni CO COMPATWINGPAC (79-81) Moffett Field CTF-32 OPS Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (81-82) Moffett Field, Commissioned Wing Ten P3C CTF-72 (82-84) Kami Seya, Japan P3C NAF Misawa, Japan, OKI, Cubi Pt, NSF Diego Garcia Mogadisu, Oman, Pakistan, Djibouti, Berbera, Masirah...wonderful memories of aircrew shipmates, WESTPAC, the can-do attitude of getting the job done, and when the wheels are in the well, there are no secret..."

FASCI, ADC Daniel Retired fascid@rbcinc.com "...Served with Naval Air Development Center from 1983 to 1986, VP-17 from 1986 to 1990, VP-31 from 1990 to 1993, VP-11 from 1993 to 1996 and Force Warfare from 1996 to retirement in 1999. Currently working contractor support at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [27JAN2003]

FETSCHER, AXC Dennis "Fetch" Retired dfetscher@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 (1962-1965) with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and many trips to Anacortes and Bellingham. I lived with my best friends on Rosario Beach. 2800 hours as Jez and first tech in the friendliest aircraft the navy ever flew. Would welcome hearing from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22OCT2012 | E-Mail Updated 12MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 31DEC2004 | 16FEB2004]

FILBY, ATX Neil E. Retired nfilby1@pacbell.net "...Served with: VP-50 (P5M-2) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and MCAS Iwakuni, Japan from July 1959 thru Dec. 1961. VP-1 (P2V-7) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from June 1962 thru Dec. 1962. VP-24 (P2V-7)(P3A) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from Jun. 1966 thru Oct. 1968. VP-17 (P3B) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Jun 1969 thru Feb. 1970. Retired Feb. 1984..." [17FEB98]

FINN, AT1 Kevin postmanjax@aol.com "...Looking for VP-17 Shipmates from 1986 through 1990 stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was an IFT with CAC-6 (86-90). I am organizing e-mail addresses to keep intouch. Trying to locate FE's John MacFadden, Bill Hunt; AT's John Selbe, Don Farnan, Perminder Gill, Wiley; IFT Mark "Fozzy" Krajeck; AO's Tony Ammon, Pete Dunn (to name a few). Any help or others who served during that time. Thanks..." [19JAN2001]

FISHBEIN, Steve stephenfishbein@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-17 (1984-1987) - the best tour of my 30 year career. Started in the P-3B and transitioned to the P-3C. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [18JUL2011]

FISHER, AMHC Don Retired dusty32109@yahoo.com "...I was attached to VP-46 as ground pounder and as a Flight Engineer in VP-50, VP-17 and the best tour of all which was with VPU-2. Retired in 1997 and have since moved to Thailand. Couldn't get enough of Thailand. I am looking for information on Dennis Gabe from VPU-2..." [20OCT2005]

FISHER, Stan sfishertx@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-17 in 71-72 during Okinawa deployment. Look forward to hear from old enlisted and officer friends. Where are you Dennis (Smiling Jack) Whitacre, (Honest) Wes Smith, Greg Lane, Jim Barr,LT George Mason, LT Scruggs? I'm living in Austin, Tx, greatest city in America..." [12DEC2001]

FITZGERALD, John E. fitzgerald@pisp.net "...I was in VP-17 from 1980 to 1984 which was the best time of my very short Naval Career. Made the 1980 and 1983 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deploymnents After VP-17 I went to VT-7 at NAS Meridian, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and subsequently given a medical retirement. After which I went to school attaining an MS degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Would love to hear from anyone who served in VP-17 when I did, and especially you ground pounders. "We the few have done so much,with so little for so long, that we are now qualified to do anything with nothing!" (Sign in Airframes, Circa 1983)...VT-23 NAS Kingsville was my first duty station (77-80) where I spent most of my time in Phase Crew on Mid Check. Then I was off to VP-17 (80-84) where I had some of the best times of my short career. Then I went to VT-7 in NAS Meridian (84-86) where I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and medically retired. I have since lost most of my sight, but I have also managed to attain an associated in Business Administration, a Bachelor's in Human Services Counseling, and a Master's in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and am job hunting..." [BIO Updated 15AUG2000 | 28JUN2000]

FLANAGAN, ATC Ray Retired RFFJr@aol.com "...04/29/75 - 07/28/75 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California, 07/31/75 - 07/07/80 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 12/22/83 - 03/31/86 VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 03/31/86 - 03/31/89 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 04/05/89 - 10/12/90 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and 11/03/93 - 11/30/96 VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." WEBSITE: http://members.aol.com/RFFJr/index.html

FORMAN, Fred W. FForman3rd@aol.com "...I flew with VP-12 (the original Black Cat Squadron) then VPB-17, also Black Cat squadron, during WWII and then VRF-1, VP-661, & VR-7, post war..." [07JUL99]

FOSTER, AT Ron ronfster@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1968-1970), VQ-1 (1974-1977) with Crew-36, VQ-2 (1978-1981) worked in Special Projects and VP-45 (1982-1985) with CAC-5..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2011 | 04NOV97]

FRANCISCO, Berte franassoc@caltel.com "...I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with VP-17/VA(HM)-10 from August 1955 through May 1958. We deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan in 1956 and NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1957. I flew with Crew 10, CDR Ferguson in charge of our crew. These were the best of times. As I look over the deployment book for the NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment that VA(HM)-10 squadron had printed, I am reminded on just how fortunate I was to serve with such fine people. The proud spirit of those Shipmates lives with me to this day. I am proud to have served with them..." [04DEC2000]

FRAZIER, Kim (Kimmi) (McCullough Jasenky) kdj0003@unt.edu "...Hey there to all the squids from the greates squadron ever, VP-17. I served at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Moffett Field, California from 1991-1993, and served in VP-17 from 1993-1995. I'm now a cicilian married to Ski Jasenky now AEC. I got my bachelor's and am now working on my master's at the University of North Texas. Ski's on his last tour before he can retire. We'd love to hear from any of you..." [15FEB99]


GACUSANA, Joe anjgac@bellsouth.net "...I served in three fine VP Squadrons while I flew over 2,500 hours in a P-3. I would like to know if there are any of my old crewmembers out there from VP-17 Crew 2/1 1989-92 or from VP-22 Crew 8 1992-94 and last but not least VP-47 Crew 5 from 1994-96. If any of you are out there give me a shot and an old BB Stacker will be happy to repley Bouy Away. For that matter if you were part of those Squadrons during that time gimme a line..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUL99 | 26JUL98]

GALLARDO, Chief Manuel R. "Manny" Retired mrgallad@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1970) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and between 1966 to 1968 I participated in detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. If any of my former Shipmates remember me, please get in touch with me, and we can help each other to establish our presence in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I am currently trying to prove my presence there for an Agent Orange VA Compensation Claim. Thank you..." [15MAR2018]

GANDRE, George gandre@mail2.quiknet.com "...VP-17 Apr 74-Jan 77 and VP-31 Jan 77-Apr 78. Great website! First time for me to have interest in the internet. I got the address from the SF Bay Area ANA newsletter. Have found several of you in my old cruisebooks, VP-17, Naha- NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74-75, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76..." [24MAY98]

GARITY, Tim tim_garity@duncanaviation.com "...I was an AMS in VP-17 from 1971-1974 based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, with some great det's to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Subic Bay, Philippines, Tainan and Utapou. Have found many Shipmates through the internet. I'm one of the few that stayed in aviation, and it has allowed me to continue to travel the world, such as visiting Subic last summer. (Federal Express is in our old hangar, and all the bars are gone from Olongapo) Would sure like to hear from anyone that remembers me, especially Dan Sharp, who used to live in Ohio..." [17JAN2001]

GARRETT, AD1 James james.a.garrett@navy.mil "...I served with HM-14 from 1985 to 1989, AIMD NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1989 to 1991, VP-17 from 1992 to 1995, VAW-121 from 1995 to 1996, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1997 to 2000 and AIMD NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 2000 to 2005..." [11SEP2009]

Memorial Picture "...GATES, David Ewing...My father, David Ewing Gates, passed away in 1979. I was looking through my father’s Flight Log Books - VP-772 / VP-17 (Nov 51 - Dec 52 Flying P4Y-2’s), Transpac’d to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (16-28 Dec 52), Detached to NAS Atsugi, Japan (Jan 53 - 02 Jul ‘53), became VP-17 (Jan 53 - Jul 53). FASRON-113 (Aug 53 - JUN 54), 12 - 23 OCT ’53 - did a cross country in P4Y-2 from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico and back -13 legs. On 17Nov53 flying PBY-6A Bu# 64089 from NAS Adak, Alaska they ran into bad weather and strong winds and had no place to land, they were directed to fly south for warmer water and they ditched North of NAS Midway Island after a 19.7 hr flight (SEE: Wednesday 18 November 1953 "...Crashed and broke up in rough seas north of Midway Island when it force landed due to fuel exhaustion. Crew rescued by ship..."..." Contributed by GATES, CAPTAIN Dave "Gator" ljreese357@aol.com [20APR2023]

GEAR, LT Robert robert.w.gear@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as a TACCO from 1967 to 1969. We were still flying P2s when we deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines that fall and flew Market Time ops out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. We transitioned to the P-3 in 1968 and moved to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1969. I left the squadron and returned to civilian life in 1969. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2010 | 26APR2001]

GENDREAU, Dave ceo@dmgengineering.com "...God is still watching out for me. I was in VP-17 (early '60) I was crew 4 (callsign - free-transit 4) that landing just AFTER the crew that went into the mountain in NAS Kodiak, Alaska (SEE: In memory of lost friends...7 Die In Kodiak Plane Crash...) - and - on the aircraft that landed just BEFORE the crew in Okinawa had gear trouble and had to land wheels up! I lost a good friend in NAS Kodiak, Alaska..." [30APR2002]

GHEESLING, Joe joe.gheesling@hallco.org "...I served with VP-17 (TACCO, MC and NATOPS Evaluator) from 1976 to 1979, VP-11 (PPC, MC and Assistant Maintenance Officer) from 1982 to 1984 and VP-10 (PPC, MC and Maintenance Officer) from 1988 to 1990..." [23SEP2009]

GIBSON, AD3 Glenn glenngibson@cox.net "...I served with VP-19 from 83-86 made the NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments. Looking back they weren't so bad. This site brought back a lot of old memories some good (like coming home from NSF Diego Garcia) some not so good (like going to NSF Diego Garcia). I left the Navy in 1986 but returned in 1989 to serve with VP-17 until I was injured and unable to continue causing trouble, I mean serving, in 1991. I would love to hear from some of the Shipmates I served with in powerplants, airframes, avionics, AW's, FE's, heck just the whole gang with VP-19. I have pictures of a lot of my Shipmates from that time..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2006 | 17MAY2005]

GILBERT, AE3 Thomas T. tgilbert000@cogeco.ca shipmate pix...Circa 1963... "...I'm a Canadian/American who served from 1959-1963 and my last year with VP-17 out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a 6 month deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. I was an AE3 with Crew 5 and 6. Unfortunately the years have made it difficult to remember names. I also served with A/C Maintenance, NAS Atsugi, Japan and started Boot Camp in Great Lakes in May 59 Company 204. Big Hi to all my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2002 | BIO Updated 06NOV98 | 28DEC97]

GILL, James iakopolika@hotmail.com "...Hello to my fellow CAC3/10 aircrewman. I was in VP-17 (87-91), FASO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (91-95), and the ASW Module USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) (95-00). Now I am at COMPATECONFORPAC MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. working with Dave Steele and Troy Snell..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13OCT2001 | 09SEP98]

GILLET, AFCM Douglass C. Dcgillet@aol.com "...I served in VP-22 from May 67 - July 90. I flew as a P3 Second Mech from Jan 69 - May 76 and then as a P-3 Flight Engineer from May 76 - July 90. From July 90 - Mar 93, I served with VPU-2 as a Flight Engineer. I went into the Command Master Chief Program in Mar 93 and went back to VP-22 to serve as the last Command Master Chief of the Command Mar 93 - Mar 94. I went on to VP-17 to serve once again as their last Command Master Chief, April 94 - Mar 95. In Sept 95 I went to VP-4 to serve as Command Master Chief and retired from VP-4 and the Navy in Sept of 98 after 32 years of service. I am now back into flying as a DC10-30F Flight Engineer with Gemini Air Cargo and am doing cargo runs world wide, what a great job to have after retirment. To all my Shipmates and Friend both past and present, a warm Aloha and Mahalo from a former Blue Goose, Wizard, White Lightning and Skinny Dragon of the Rainbow Fleet..." [BIO Updates 26AUG2001 | 24APR98]

GILMORE, AMS1 Pat Retired patgil@tctwest.net "...I was in VP-17 from 79-82 and VPU-2 from 85-88 and had some good times then. Drop me a line if you were Shipmates! Enjoy and smile..." [11MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...GLAESER, Dale...VP-17/VA(HM)-10 - Sad to hear of the passing of Shipmate Dale Glaeser on September 3, 1999. He was a big man with a big heart. Thanks for what you did for me Dale...Tom Scalese cleverdevil39@cox.net..." [23NOV2001]

GLIENNA, AW1 Marty Retired marty.glienna@erols.com"...VP-17, TSC Cubi PT, ASWOC Moffett Field, PACFAST Subic, FASO Brunswick, NOPF Dam Neck..." [Updated 05APR98]

GOKEY, William M. wgokey1@twcny.rr.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from May of 1968 to January 1972. We made deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand in support of the War. Shared a home on the North Shore with 3 other members. Would like to hear from my old buds..." [02MAY2009]

GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com "...Greetings to all the Shipmates I've been privileged to serve with over the years. I'd enjoy hearing from any and all. I joined the Navy in December of 1960. Upon completion of recruit training in San Diego I attended Aviation Electronics "A" school at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee as an ATS, a rating that later combined with others to become AX. While there I was also a member of the "Flying Rifles" Navy drill team. I was then assigned to VP-47 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, flying as crew 9's Panel Operator in P5M, later SP5B, aircraft BUNO: 135474. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1964 and the memories are as fresh today as then. What a wonderful place. My enlistment was up at end of the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1964; I left the service only to rejoin in 1966 and be assigned to VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, first as a groundpounder then as a member of crew 10. I became a plank owner in the AW rating in 1968 but then transferred to NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee once again to attend AVI "B" school, a condition of my reenlistment contract. My next assignment was to ASCAC at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. The command decommissioned during my tour of duty and I transferred to ASCAC in COMASWGRU-3 aboard USS Hornet then USS Ticonderoga. From February 1974 until November 1977 I was assigned to VP-17 Crew 11 flying P-3's out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While there I held assignments in QA, as instructor in NATOPS, then as AW division chief. Next I "vanished" into the unknown for awhile (1977 to 1982) while attached to NMPC S/D components. I finished my active duty career in 1985 while assigned to staff of CTF-67, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy. I made many a good friend while working with the VP squadrons who inchopped into the Mediterranean as well as staff from NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Souda Bay, Crete. I would like very much to hear from anyone who was there. I currently reside in Olympia, WA and work in Seattle, at least until years end when I retire once again..." [27APR2004]

GOODWIN, AE2 Jim goodylhs@yahoo.com "...I served with VW-1 (1961-1962) at NAS Agana, Guam and VP-17 (03/1963-08/1964) with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I worked in the Electric Shop and worked mostly nights. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2014 | E-Mail Updated 13DEC2007 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2000 | 10FEB99]

GORRINGE, Gordon G. c/o His Daughter Sandra Oxender sandra.oxender@gte.net "...My father, Gordon G. Gorringe, was a member of VPB-17. He served in the South Pacific during WWII and is searching for fellow squadron crews..." [21NOV2002]

GOSCHKE, Erwin "...VP-17/VAHM-10 Mr. Erwin Goschke, 486 Skyhill Ct, Chula Vista, CA 91910-6431, 619-482-8556..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...GOTT, David...My brother, David Gott, served aboard VP-17 as an Acoustic Operator stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1983 to 1887. He passed away 10/09/08. God bless his soul and those whom he knew. Arthur Gott a.gott2@verizon.net..." [10OCT2008]

GRAY, Keith "Catfish" BKGrAAy@AOL.COM "...Served VP-17 '81-'85. PPC on crew 11, "Sinners and Saints". Servived two NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployments. Happy to still be flying, working for American Airlines here in "sunny" Fort Worth! I look forward to hearing from old Shipmates..." [01MAY99]

GREENFIELD, Scott ggreenie3@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 83-87 as an AD would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. I had a great time and awsome memories..." [17JAN2001]

GREMLER, AX2 Bill bill.gremler@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1980 to 1985 as a In-flight Avionics Technician with Crews 1 and 2. Looking for old buddies and running mates..." [11AUG2009]

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]

GROSS, Joe jgross01@coair.com "...After a tour in F-4's with VF-103, Did the P-3 FE (and they paid me for it!!) with VP-90, VP-17, VP-6, and VQ-1. Finished up my career with VQ-5 as the Maint Chief. Now working with Continental Airlines in Cleveland. Yes, I really did leave WestPac. Looking for Gerald R. (Randy) Anderson. VP-6 NAV/TACCO, COMNAVPHIL, and ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Any e-mail address would be greatly appreciated..." [E-Mail Updated 13MAR2002 | 04JAN2001]

GUTTERMAN, ADR3 Robert W. rrwgman@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (11/1967-09/1970) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [29APR2013]

GUZAUSKAS, Jim jbguzauskas@verizon.net "...I served with VP-17 (1981-1983). I would like to hear from former Shipmates Howard Taylor, Ray McCrorken and Greg Ancheta..." [24FEB2018]

HADDAWAY, Joseph "Joe" joehaddaway@aol.com "...I served with VP-28 (1956 to 1959), NTPS NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1959 to 1962), VU-5 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1962 to 1963), VF-162 NAS Miramar (1963 to 1965), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1965 to 1966), NAS Moffett Field, California (1966 to 1969), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1969 to 1970), VP-6 (1972 to 1974), NAESU NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1974 to 1978), VP-17 (1978 to 1980), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1980 to 1983), NAESU NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1983 to 1985) and then retired 1985. Closed NS Subic Bay, Philippines with NSD in 1992..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2002 | 30NOV2000]

HALL, Terry tdhall@sowega.net "...I was in VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 73 to 74. Left there on hardship and after it was cleared up got orders to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I then went on to be a TAR at VP-94 in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I would love to hear from any of you that served with me or in the same capacity. I was a lowly AW1. I firmly believe that we as a country are much better off now because when it mattered we were there and we were better. You must know what I mean if you are here. Please email me. Sincerely and hope to hear from you..." [13APR98]

HALSTEAD, AMC Mark Retired ohio2004@wowway.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1987 - 1990. I made the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska deployment. I retired in 2003 as an AMC after 20 yrs of service. I currently live in Ohio. It would be great to hear from everyone..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16NOV2007 | 20OCT2000]

HAMILTON, James picker@harbornet.com "...VP-17 aircrew from 1970-1973. Inflight radio operator infligh ttech. crew 8 P-3A and P-3B..." [16MAR2010]

HAMILTON, C. David chamil@centuryinter.net "...I served as a LT PPC from 9-60 to 12-63 and closed out the P2V's at NAS Alameda, California while the P-3 squadron went to NAS Moffett Field, California. I made one deployment to COMFAIRALASKA March-June 1963 with about three aircraft augmenting VP-17. Our first contingent went up with them in January. It's time for another Reunion. The last one was SEP 1993 in San Diego and 44 attended. How about a Reunion out east or at Pensacola? Any helpers out there? Hambone...U.S. Navy experience: NROTC regular graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. 12/57 USS Porterfield (DD-682) First Lieutenant and qualified for OOD Underway. Passed my first flight physical in January 1958. 12/58 Finally got my orders to flight training after passing 5 more flight physicals 1/59 At Pensacola, Class Leader of Officer Preflight Class OI-8 59, went to Primary Training at Saufley in April. On our first flight, A-1, one of my classmates, Marine 2LT Chuck Devriess, augured in in a T-34, front flight stick was stuck under the instrument panel, the rear one was broken off by the instructor pilot. After earning my wings on June 20, 1960 at Corpus Christie went through P2V7 NAMO at San Diego, then to VP-19 at NAS Alameda, California in September 1960. As PPC became the first ALPHA Crew for VP-19. Skippers were B. B. Smith, Parker Cooper, Bob Anglemyer and Bob Burrell. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska 3-25-63. Dropped 500 pound bombs on the Kuskowim River at Bethel to attempt to break up an ice jam causing the river to flood the city. Landed back at Kodiak at 11:30 PM with a "Day" landing. It only got to be twilight between 12:30 PM and 1:30 AM at that time of the year. Returned to NAS Alameda, California 6-4-63. The rest of the squadron moved to NAS Moffett Field, California and I closed up the P2V's and short-timers between then and 12-10-63 when I left the active Navy. Within a week I had signed up with the weekend warriors at NAS Minneapolis and was there until it closed. Squadrons were VP-814, VP-815, etc. We moved A/C and operations to NAS Glenview, Illinois. Was with VP-90, VP-60, and was Exec of RTU-60 when I quit flying the navy kind of airplanes in June of 1972. Retired in 1982 and now have direct deposit..." [26JUL98 BIO Updated 27JUL98]

HANCOCK, ADC(AW) Robert L. rlhnjh@earthlink.net "...I'm just hoping to make contact with OLD Shipmates from the 1970's thru 1991. I served with VP-17, NARF NAS Alameda, California Flight Test, VP-31, VP-47, VP-40 and NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California in my 22 year career. My most exciting P-3 flight was during a trip home from deployment we lost three engines due to an icing SNAFU. Anyone remember that?..." [16MAR2004]

Memorial Picture "...HANISEE, AWC Sid...I am Kerry Hyder, daughter of Sid Hanisee. I am saddened to report that after a long battle with lymphatic and throat cancer, Sid passed away at home in his sleep in Houston, TX on October 28th. Sid Hanisee served with VP-22, NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California, and VP-31, and VP-17. His remains will be interred with his parents in New Orleans, his boyhood stomping grounds...Kerry Hyder zootis@aol.com..." [20NOV2003]

HANISEE, AWC Sid Retired wshj@ev1.net "...I put in a lot of hours at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-22 (4yrs). NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-31 (3 yrs). and VP-17 (4 yrs). I made several regular deployments to WestPac and God only knows how many short trips to some rock no one ever heard of . I like to say that if there is a rock in the Pacific with a runway, I've been there TWICE. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [09MAR2002]

HARDESTY, AKA Chuck SAFETY813@AOL.COM "...I was attached to VAHM-10 / VP-17 from 10/58 til 5/59 and prior to my being transfered to VP-1 they changed the designation from VAHM-10 to VP-17 and gave us a shoulder patch for dress blues indicating Patron-10. I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington at the time and the squadron was deploying to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and I was a short timer and had no desire to go back to Kodiak being that I had just spent a year there prior to joining the squadron. I was transfered to VP-1 as the result (where I extended my Enlistment to make the Iwakuni deployment)..." [12AUG98]

HARDY, John "JR" hardy.john@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 (1978-1980), VP-4 Special Projects (1980-1981) and VP-8 (1986-1989)..." [E-Mail Updated 03NOV2014 | 04MAY2007]

HARRISON, Lawrence R. Jr. (Harri, Harri-San) Shipmate Pix Circa 1963 mahlrh@home.com "...I was stationed with VP-17 from 9/62 to 2/66 and made deployments to Alaska ( NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska / Shemya) in '63; NAF NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan ('64); and NAS Iwakuni, Japan ('65); -- with detachments to various other places, including Vietnam. I held the ratings of ATNAN, ATN3 (AC), AX2 (AC) and ATR2 (AC) and was a Radio Operator in crews (Free Transit) 8, 3, 2, and 1. I proudly flew with LT "JR" Greenway in Alaska, and with CDR Holdren for many years thereafter. I had the honor of speaking with Charlie Boyce before he was medi-vac'd after ZE-10 crashed into "Old Woman" mountain in Jan of '63 (SEE: In memory of lost friends...7 Die In VP-17 Kodiak Plane Crash...)..." [19JUN2001]

HART, AX3 James gymheart@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (Jez/Radio Crew 12) from December 1965 to August 1967 with CDR Crogh, LT Yanish, LT Baldwin, PO1 "Snick" Gramm, PO2 LeRoy Addison (retired as LCDR), PO3 James "Sonny" McCutcheon, PO3 Mike Tyler and PO3 Jack Bryant. That's about all the names I can remember. After all, it was over 40 years ago. I'm a retired airline pilot and have a "retirement job" as an electrician at PHX Skyharbor airport. Have two grown sons and two marriages/divorces under my belt...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07AUG2009 | E-Mail Updated 07MAY2007 | 26DEC2002]

HARVILLE, AOC Larry Retired saraharville@earthlink.net "...I was an A0C when I retired in 1975. VP-17 (VA(HM)-10) 1956 to 1960. VP-2 1960 to 1962. VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1962 to 1964. VP-6 1964 to 1968. AO Class "B" school 1968 to mid 1969. VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 1969 1971. VP-19 1971 to 1975. NAS Alameda, California Wepons Department till retirement 1975. Would like to find AE-2 John Linkenhiemer who was a member of VP-17 crew 3 on the NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment of 1959. Other members of that crew were LT. Bob Weller, past away. ENS Paul Stevekin. Enlisted members were ADR-1 George Kelsea Plane Captain, who lives in Lexington Park, MD. ADR-3 Pat Shanklin 2nd wrench, who lives in Snora, CA. AN Governelli 3rd wrench, whereabouts unknown. AT-3 Marvin Dirks radio, who lives in Greeley, CO. AT-2 Walter K. O'Dowd radar, past away June 30 this year. AT-3 John Thompson whereabouts unknown. Sure would like to find John Thompson, Governelli and John Linkenheimer. I am in contact with George Kelsea, Marvin Dirks and Pat Shanklin. If you know me or would like to speak to an old cannon cocker contact me..." [28OCT2001]

HAUSER, George R. grhauser@sbcglobal.net "...Served with VPB-17 from June 14,1945 through September 9,1945. I was designated as PPC in April in April 1945 at NAS Alameda, California, VPB-99. I enlisted May 1,1942, Commisioned May 1,1943, instructed in SNV at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida, Pensacola instructed in PBY at Squadron 8A, Main Station, Pensacola, operational training at NAS Banana River, Florida, NAS Alameda, California, and MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, honhorable discharge January 25,1954. May first mission with VPB-17 is dated 17 June 1945. We were based on the Currituck at Linguyen, Luzon. We were credited with the sinking of a Fox Tare Charlie on June 22, 1945. I was detached from VPB-17 on 10/09/45 at Shanghai, China..." [12NOV2000]

HAWKINS, PH3 G. Ray hawkins@artnet.net "...VP-17 Photographers Mate from July '63 to Sept '66, Oak Harbor / NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was the photog. on the crash crew. Pissed off the jar heads at the north gate by not stopping when doing the crash run from the photo lab at the sea-plane base to the runway. Hey, I smiled & waved at them as I flew by in our 1950's Photo-Lab van! NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan & NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in '64. NAS Iwakuni, Japan in '65. Would love to hear from anyone who gave up their saturdays & helped build the baseball field at the orphanage. I've got some great pix. I photographed all you guys doing something or another. (Some will never get published..after all, "What happens on Okinawa, stays on Okinawa". Loved my 3+ years with the squadron. Even my first day when I was sent to the line shack to get a bucket of Prop-wash and was told that I needed a chit from disbursements, who said I needed a signed requisition form from somebody who said I had to talk to the Chief and ask him what kind of bucket I should get to put it into. I got over it. Anybody know the where-a-bouts of Adm. Joseph A. Jaap? I was his newsreel cameraman for my last 9 mos. All the squadrons that came back from Nam between January '66 & Sept. '66 got their homecoming on TV News that night. The Admiral always watched the news with his stop-watch. He timed how much coverage each station gave us. He had a helicopter fly my film to Seattle where a motorcycle cop took it to the lab where they processed it, made copies, & rushed it to all 3 TV stations so they had it in time for the evening news. He really wanted everybody to see you guys when you came home! The Navy taught me how get things done, how to navigate, negotiate, barter, etc., & anytime it gets rough, to lean into the wind. I wish you all well..." [07AUG2007]

HAYES, CDR Peter S. K. "Pete" http://www.nafec.navy.mil/NAF_xo.htm "...Commander Peter S. K. "Pete" Hayes graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1982, where he was commissioned a Naval Officer. Upon completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School, Basic Course in New Port, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) in October 1982. While aboard AYLWIN he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, during which the AYLWIN was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes entered flight training in June 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1986. Following initial training in the P-3C aircraft, Commander Hayes reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January 1987. While attached to VP-49, Commander Hayes served as the Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a split NAS Bermuda - NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour the squadron was awarded the Battle "E" twice and two Commander, SIXTH Fleet "Hookem" awards for Anti-Submarine Excellence. In October 1990 he transferred to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as the Operations Officer. Commander Hayes reported to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in August 1992 and completed the initial advanced "Air Campaign Course." Following graduation in June 1993, he transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for refresher training in the P-3C aircraft. In February 1994, he reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Commander Hayes served as the Administrative Officer, deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and when the squadron disestablished in March 1995, transferred to VP-4. While in VP-4 he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes reported to the Plans and Policy Directorate for the Staff, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in April 1996 where he was the Southeast Asia Political/Military Desk Officer. In August 1999 Commander Hayes reported to NAF El Centro, California as the Air Operations Officer. In June 2002 he assumed duties as the Executive Officer where he is currently assigned. Commander Hayes' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency "E" ribbon (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Media and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (sixth award)..." [19JUN2003]

HEDENBERG, William (Bill) Airide@msm.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 / VP-17 from 11/57 to 02/60 as AT stiker, deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, flew as relief crew member, but mostly with crew 7 as ecm operator with Porter and Hruby. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska 6/59 and flew as radio operator in crew 12, Bob McNeaL made ATC as a convertor from black-shoe Boatsman, pilots, Lt. Goodfellow, Lt. Thummel. Finally made AT3 after my discharge..." [21NOV2001]

Memorial Picture "...HEIMBUECHER, Fred...Heimbuecher...LCDR Fred Heimbuecher, PPC Crew 9, VP-17. Fred was a grand pilot of VP-17. Fred could fly a MAD trap with both feet on the instrument console..." Contributed by Jay Holland Crew9Boss@msn.com [02APR2000]

HEINRICH, AT Ronald airowh@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1956) with a deployment toNAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I flew with Crew-2 (LCDR Kepart Pilot and Lt Childs Co-pilot). I presently living in Spokane, WA and have been a pilot since 1958 (used my VA benefit to obtain my commercial license). I am still flying and instructing. I transfered to a training command in Hutchinson, KS. and had an opportunity to fly in many early models of the P2. I just turned 77 this year..." [23JUN2012]

HELDRETH, ADR3 Charles E. "Buddy" budandnanc@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 (1964-1967) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was the Squadron's Communications Yoeman..." [15JUL2012]

HERRING, David mrherring@me.com "...I served with VP-17 (1969-1972). Glad for the experience (wouldn't do it again!). Anybody heard from DeRouchy (sp)? Really miss the surf in Hawaii..." [E-Mail Updated 12JAN2019 | 22JAN99]

HIMELSPACH, Mike mch6467@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1983 through 1986. Trying to contact Scott Greedfield, Ray Watson or Al Constran. I had good times and will never forget!..." [25FEB2006]

HITES, Dan dmhites@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-17 from late 1965 to June of 1968. I met the squadron in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I first flew with Crew 11 and ended with Crew 2 L. Spaulding was the PPC. Lots of good memories with the "WE Care" crew..." [31MAR2001]

HOLLAND, Jay E. Retired gpjay84@aol.com "...Sure liked this web site although I only found 2 people I can remember. If there is anyone that was in crew 9 (Baron von Heimbuchers Express), VP-17 from 1965 (?) until the P-3 era. Have been reunited with some of my VP-17 Shipmates as well as a several of my crewmen from crew 9 after 33 years!..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 20NOV2001 | 18JUN99]

HOLLAND, Sean shdgh@aol.com "...I served in (VP-17) SEVENTEEN from March of '88 to April of '91 as a SS-3 on Crew 8, "Ain't no rules in a knife fight". I moved on to a Tour at ASWOC Deigo Garcia, TSC NS Rota, Spain, USS ENTERPRISE(CVAN/CVN-65) and currently I am teaching (ASWOC) TSC Operator course at Dam Neck, VA. If you would like to drop a line and say "HOWDY" I would appreciate the opportunity to correspond..." [07JAN99]

HOLLINSWORTH, AWC Jack Retired jhollinsw@yahoo.com "...I started my VP tours with VP-2 in Feb 1956, I ended my tours with VP-1 in NOV 1981. In between there was VP-17, VP-31, VP-19 CRAZY CATS [ARMY], ASWOC P.I., and ASWOC School Dam Neck. Would like to hear from anyone who knew me or has heard of me. Retired from the Navy in Nov 81 and retired from construction Nov 98..." [21FEB99]

HOOD, John W. JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net "...Hello from Sunny San Antonio, TX! Patrol Squadron TEN was my very first sea duty command. I had just completed the APS-20 B/E Radar Maintenance Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS when I was ordered to VP-10. I began my tour as an ATAN about September, 1956 and ended it as an AT2 about February, 1959. I served from July 1955 until July 1972 on active duty with the US Navy and retired as an AXC (I was one of the original 642 persons that were selected to form the AX rating while serving with VP-50 while permanently deployed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan). Served in various units including: NTC Great Lakes, IL - NATTC Norman, OK - NATTC Memphis, TN - Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS - VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine - NAS Corpus Christi, TX - VP-50 Iwakuni, Japan - NAMTRADET 1012, NAS Moffett Field, California - VS-31, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island - VP-17 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [22AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...HOPKINS, Jim...On the 28th of November 2006 we lost a member of VP-4, Jim Hopkins (1975-1978). He was killed in an accident. He was the TACCO on Crew 3 during the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment in 1977. He will be missed. He was also a Department Head in his second tour with VP-17. Here is the info on his visitation and burial: Visitation - Sunday, December 3, 2006, 2-5:00pm Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151 - 703-549-0074. Memorial Service - Saturday, December 9, 2006, 2:00pm (reception in church social hall to follow) Springfield United Methodist Church 7047 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150 - 703-451-2375. Interment - Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 9am (must arrive by 8:30am) Arlington National Cemetary. Donations in memory of James P. Hopkins IV, can be made to either of the following organizations: Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 4520-0301 - 1-877-426-2838 ext. 3302 - http://www.dav.org. GoodDog! Rescue, P.O. Box 41797, Arlington, VA 22204 - http://www.gooddogrescueva.org...LARSON, LCDR John F. Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com..." [02DEC2006]

HORGER, AT2 Michael horger4@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1979 to 1983 as an IFT. I am now a retired Firefighter living in northern California..." [26JUN2009]

HOWLE, AO2 Gleen howlegleen@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 and flew with Crew-9..." [04JUN2016]


HUGHES, Jack ejhug@msn.com "...VP-17 1966-to transistion to P-3. NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Oak Harbor. Spent the last 25+ years commerial fishing in Homer, Alaska. Now spending my winters as a ski bum in Crested Butte Co. Would like to hear from anyone that bla, bla, bla..." [E-Mail Updated 10NOV2005 | 26NOV2000]

HUNT, Rich RRRNwestcr@aol.com"...My first command was with VP-17 [60-67] at Whidby and shared deployment sights and hanger spaces with VP-1...served from 1960 through 1979..."

HUNTER, AXCS(AC) George Retired georgehunter@email.msn.com "...1957-1959 VP-50, (P5M-2's) AEAN-AE3 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, deployment to Iwakuni. 1960-1965 VF-193 and VR-8, AE2, NAS Moffett Field, California. 1965/66 Changed rate, Several schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, on to VP-17, 1966/1968 (SP2H) NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Deployments Iwakuni, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, detachments Saigon/Cam Ranh Bay. IFT/Jez op. Mostly crew 2. 1968/1969 AVIB School NAS Memphis, Tennessee, AX1/AXC.(AC) 1969/1970 VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1970 Instructor Training, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1970/1973 NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California, (P3C IT and SS3 inst., Phase Chief, AXCS(AC) 1973 AVB School, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1973/1975 VP-1,(P-3C) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. AV/ARM Division Chief Retired Sept. 1975..." [05NOV98]

IVEY, AE2 Brett BrettIvey@aol.com "...I served in VP-17 from Mar.91 to May 94 as a glorified Flight Engineer. Currently living in Greenville N.C. and would love to hear from anyone who I had the honor of serving with..." [06JAN99]

JAMES, AK2 David W. ildatjj@yahoo.com "...

JAMES, AK2 David W. ildatjj@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17. We were at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii for training in 1970 when one of our Chiefs died after walking into a prop on a P2. I would like to contact other Shipmates who remember this..." [22DEC2011]

JAMES, Whitmus tighowe@juno.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1966-1970 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We flew P2s and I flew with crew 2. We transitioned to the P-3 and went to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I served with VP-31 from 1970-1972. 1972-1974 assigned to the ASCAC van/TSC at NAS Moffett Field, California. Worked as a civilian in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard 1974-1985. Worked for Bonneville Power Admin. 1985-1997. Retired in 1997. Would love to hear from any of the old Shipmates..." [16JAN2002]

JEAN, James kitchenman100@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (03/1967-07/1968)..." [11JUN2012]

JEFFERS, AD1(AW) Billie billybob9597@yahoo.com "...My first squadron was VP-17 from 1985-1988 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VXN-8 from 1988-1991 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-8 from 1991-1995 NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD Power Plants from 1995-1998, and VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am now on my final tour of duty with VP-10 (currently on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily). Have met some good friends in my 17 years in the Navy. If we served together in a squadron and you remember me - drop me a line. Remember "Mechs Rule."..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2003 | 07JUN2002]

JEFFRIES, ATN2 Doug djeffries@mysticsheets.com "...I served with VP-17 from May of 1966 to December 1967. Graduated from Western Wash. Univ. in 1971. Taught high school Mathematics for 22 years. Went to work in the corrugated paper industry 15 years ago and I am retiring at age 65 in 3 months. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [19DEC2009]

JIAMPETTI, John jiampettijohn@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1979 to 1982. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03MAR2011]

JOHNSON, AE2 Glen O. gdjohnsn@tnics.com "...I served with VAHM-10 from December 1956 to December 1959. During this time we deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and also NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I was an ECM operator with relief crew 2. The last 6 months I was in the service, the squadron was redesignated VP-17. Would like to hear from Shipmates..." [06APR2002]

JOHNSON, Richard "Johnny" sevj@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 and VA(HM)-10 between August 1955 and June 1958 out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was assigned to Crew 3 (BH3) under CDR Donaldson and deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan then to Crew 2 (ZE2) piloted by Lt Cmdr Turner deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Some of the guys I flew with were Hyze, Guzman, Adney, Davis, Davis, Duffy, Rasmussen. 46 years has dimmed my memory some but the fondness for the squadron and Shipmates hasn't at all. I would like to hear from anyone in the squadron. It would be great to form up a Reunion..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2009 | 15NOV2001]

JONES, AME1 Dave Retired jones@iwvisp.com "...VP-17 1960-1961 and VP-50 1967-1969. Was Paraloft supervisor and did some time in the Check Crew. Jimm Marshall PR2 are you out there?..." [24MAY98]

JORDAN, CWO4 Larry P. Retired woforet@sc.rr.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-16, VP-17, HS-5 (1959 to 1961), VS-24 (1963 to 1967), FAETUATL (1967 to 1970), ADCOP Palomar College (1971 to 1973), CPW-5 (1976 to 1977), ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1977 to 1979), and FCTCLANT Dam Neck..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2003 | 14DEC98]

KAERCHER, YN Maury kaercher@msu.edu "...I served with VP-17 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as an Yeoman from 1968 to 1970. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I have been out of the service since 1970 and live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I graduated from Michigan State University with an Animal Husbandry degree and work for Michgan State Universtiy Extension Service as an Agriculture/Livestock Educator for the last 26 years. We have a farm and run livestock..." [07JAN2009]

KAUTZMAN, AW3 Eddie ELKAUTZMAN@AOL.COM "...I was the guy who designed our squadron's new Care Bear Rainbow Logo in 1989 (Crews 5 and 7). I went to college and worked at Disney World after I got out. When I graduated with my AA degree in 1995,I had a mental psycosis and joined the Marine Corps. "What a great move!!!" They kicked me out 2 years later. Now I'm going back to school to get my degree in education, and I'm a substitute teacher too. I live just down the street from Tom Wright. I have a beautiful wife "Lisa" and a 1 year old son "Josh." Any AWs out there (88 to 91)??? Give me a shout..." [02JAN2000]

KEIL, Don donlk@webtv.net "...Served with VP-772, VP-17, and VAHM-10. I flew in the PB to the P2V-6 from 1953 til 1956 as an AT Radar/Radio..." [12JUL98]

KELLEY, ADR1 Frank Retired burr65@aol.com "...I served in VP-19 in '56-'57 as PC in Crew 8 and in VP-17 where I had the power plant shop at night until making cruise to Alaska in 1963. There I had the NAS Adak, Alaska detachment..." [BIO Updated 12AUG98 | 26JUL98]

KENSINGER, Jim http://www.worldwar2pilots.com/USN-Kensinger-James-PBM-1.htm "...Born Neodesha, Kansas 1920 Joined Navy Air Corp and awarded pilot wings July 28, 1943 and graduated from flight school in Corpus Christi, TX. "My favorite airplane to fly?: Liked them all. "Jim Kensinger was born in Kansas, however, his parents moved back to Missouri when he was only a few months old. While he lived in several places, including London, England and New Mexico, he spent most of his growing-up-years living with his grandparents on a farm in southwestern Missouri. After graduating from high school he attended Southwest Missouri State College. During these school years he worked at various part-time jobs. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1942 as an Aviation Cadet, went through Pre-flight at St. Mary's College in Morago, CA, primary at Livermore, CA and then to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. After receiving his Navy wings he was based in Hollywood, Florida; ATU, NAS Banana River, Florida; Jim joined Squadron VPB-17 when it was commissioned; was stationed at NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina, then to the Pacific Theatre in the Spring of 1944..." [23APR2004]

KERNS, Wilmer L. wkerns4@gmail.com "...I served with VP-772 at NAS Seattle, Washington, VP-17 Crew-9, VP-4 and VP-7. We flew the old PB4Y2's..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2017 | E-Mail Updated 18FEB2002 | 05AUG99]

KERR, Charles kerrckmk@aol.com "...I served with ATU-614 from 1955-1957 on P2v-2/3/4s at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, VP-46 from 1957-1960 on P5M-1s at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 from 1960-1963 on P5M-2s at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and VP-17 from 1963-1966 on P2v-7s at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [19MAR2001]

KERR, ADR3 Douglas E. starrdoug@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-17 as a Plane Captain Crew 1 NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 1966-1967. Recently corresponded with Commander M.O. Paul by e-mail. Would like to hear from any of my Shipmates. M.O. Paul mentioned a VP-17 Reunion in Reno 2005..." [E-Mail Updated 10SEP2009 | 20APR2003]

KINGSBURY, Ken kingsbury429@msn.com "...I joined VP-17 in November of 1968..." [24APR2009]

KIYOHARA, CAPTAIN Dean M. http://www.naskef.navy.mil/ "...Captain Dean M. Kiyohara graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physical Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program in June 1979. He reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and was subsequently designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California in June 1980. In January 1981, he reported to at NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as a Navigator/ Communicator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P-3C Update I aircraft and completed deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska. Captain Kiyohara then reported to VP-31 in February 1984. During this tour he served as the P3C NFO Personnel Qualifications Standards Model Manager, NFO NATOPS Officer and NFO Training Officer. Captain Kiyohara was also the alternate Commander Naval Air Forces U. S. Pacific Fleet (CNAP) NFO NATOPS evaluator, managed the VP-31 Instructor Under Training program and the VP-31 Instructor Training Course. In January 1987, Captain Kiyohara was assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Group THREE as Aide and Flag Secretary. During this tour he embarked on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), and USS MIDWAY (CV-41) in Yokosuka, Japan, and completed two deployments on USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and North Arabian Gulf regions. Captain Kiyohara reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in January 1989. He completed his degree in Financial Management in June 1990, graduating with a Master of Science in Management. In October 1990, Captain Kiyohara reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-17, he served as NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan Detachment Officer in Charge, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer while deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Maintenance Officer. Captain Kiyohara was next assigned to the Directorate for Information Resources Management, the Joint Staff, as Chief, Information Resources Planning Branch and later to the Resources, Acquisition, Management Office, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J-8), as Budget Officer and Contracting Officer Representative. During this tour he was designated a proven sub-specialist in Financial Management. In April 1996 he reported to VP-4 as Executive Officer and assumed duties as Commanding Officer in April 1997. VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia with concurrent detachments to NSA Bahrain, Masirah, Oman, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Doha, Qatar. VP-4 flew over 5,600 mishap free flight hours in support of 5 Carrier Battle Groups and 2 Amphibious Ready Groups. VP-4 set new standards of excellence flying over 100 armed sorties totaling over 200,000 pounds of ordnance. VP-4 was the initial P-3 squadron to fly operationally with the Stand-Off Land Attack missile. Under his leadership, VP-4 earned two consecutive Battle "E" awards. Following his command tour, in May 1998, Captain Kiyohara was assigned to Kamiseya, Japan, as the Operations Officer, for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet encompassing all P-3 operations in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions. He spearheaded Maritime Patrol Aviation crisis response during numerous operations including Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation DESERT FOX. In September 2000, Captain Kiyohara returned to Monterey, California as Director, Facilities and Redevelopment, Naval Postgraduate School, prior to his current assignment as Commanding Officer, NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Captain Kiyohara's personal awards include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Various service and unit awards, and Legion of Merit.." [01JUN2003]

KLETT, Bill flyboynmate@cox.net "...I served with VP-2 from August 1959 to January 1962. Reported to the squadron as a fresh caught Ensign after flight training. Joined crew 11. Ace Beydler was PPC. Lee Jackson was co-pilot. Bill Haeckler was the third pilot and I did all the navigating. I also served with VP-17 from 1965-1967. During 1970-1974 I was assigned to VC-1 as "the" DP2E pilot and at the same time I transitioned to the A4C/E which was quite different from the P2..." [E-Mail Updated 10MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 01OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 09SEP2002 | E-Mail Updated 25SEP2000 | BIO Updated 30DEC98 | 18JAN98]

KLINE, Bob "Doc" vpninety@gmail.com "...My VP career started with VP-19 at NAS Alameda, California in 1961. Left the Navy July 1964. Reenlisted as a TAR and went back to NAS Alameda, California with NARTU. I worked the VP line till 1970 and left for VP-66 as a plank owner with them. Became an FE with them during their transistion to P-3's. During the 20 year career I also did tours with VP-17, VP-90, NARC NAS Minneapolis, Minnesota and I think a few other places. As a civilian I wrenched for an air tanker outfit flying P2's. A most interesting part of aviation. I've worked in the airline industry, maintenance director with a travel club and finally retiring from working on DC-10's for TIMCO Aviation in 2005. I live in North Carolina in a forest with my wife, 2 dogs, and 2 cats..." [BIO Updated 30JUN2010 | E-Mail Updated 23JUN2010 | E-Mail Updated 20NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 24JUL2000 | 23MAY99]

KNIGHT, Robert (Bob) J. rjknight@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-17 (White Lightenings) from May 1975 until Feb 1978. I flew as a PPC/PPMC and had duties as AV/ARM Division Officer, Electronics/IFT Branch Officer, Comm, and CMS. I reported in as an Ensign and departed as a LT and had the privilege to serve under several fine commanding officers: CDRs E. T. Maurer, R. K. Schulz, J. C. Murphy, and R. S. Richmond. I retired in 1992 and presently reside in San Jose, CA. Please feel free to e-mail me..." [26APR2003]

Memorial Picture "...KNUTSON, Grant...Sadly I must report that my brother, Grant Knutson, passed away December 9, 2014. Grant served served with VP-17/VA-HM-10 (1958-1959) with a deployment NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Anyone wanting additional information can contact me..." Contributed by Robert Knutson dialpro@aol.com [04JUL2017]

KOLESZAR, ADC Michael Retired michaelkoleszar@yahoo.com "...I served wotj VP-17 (05/1971-04/1974) with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1972) and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1973), VP-90 (09/1975-11/1982) TAR at NAS Glenview, Illinois, NAVAIRESCEN (1982-1986) at NAS Miramar, California (Instructor), COMNAVAIRESFOR (1986-1989) R-Track Coordinator, VP-60 (12/1989-09/1993) at NAS Glenview, Illinois and Retired. I currently live in Anderson, SC and work as a Engineering Recruiter for Experis (part of the ManpowerGroup). Unfortunately, I must tell all of my fellow Cobras and Lions, that our old VP Hangar (where I spent 10 years of my life) and just about every other building at NAS Glenview, Illinois has now been plowed under (no thanks to Bill Clinton) to make way for a new community of homes and a golf course. I Shipmates ASAP!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2011 | 03APR2001]

KOPP, John jmk3260@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1978-1982). I am married with 3 beautiful daughters and 1 precious granddaughter. Live in the Poconos in beautiful Pennsylvania. God bless all..." [03DEC2012]

KRAEMER, AOC(AC) Wayne W. wayne388@adelphia.net "...Entered US Navy at RTC San Diego 50-51. AO prep & AO school 51. NPG Dahlgren 51-53. USS Hornet CVA-12 53-54. VP-44 54-56. NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada 56-58. VS-39 58-59. VF-21 59-61. VP-8 61-64. NAS Moffett Field, California 64-66. VP-9 66-70. NWS Fallbrook 70-73. VP-17 73-77. PMRF NAS Point Mugu, California 77-80..." [27FEB2005]

KRAJECK, Mark "Fozzy" mkrajeck@yahoo.com "...Hey guys. I was an IFT with VP-17 CAC 6 "Bad Boy Crew" from 1989 to 1991. Took orders to PMTC (now NAWC) NAS Point Mugu, California as a Radar Operator (APS-80!). Went to school, got married, and got out. I got back in as a Selres with VP-65 and I'm currently an IFT on CAC 2. Through the years I've talked to or seen many VP-17ers. Drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2004 | 28DEC2001 | 23APR99]

KUNIECKI, AMH2 Pamela A. Retired amhr@erols.com "...I was attached to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from March of 1986 to September of 1989, when I transferred to VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. While at VP-17 I worked in the Airframes Shop and at VQ-2 I worked in Corrosion Control. From there I went to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where I was assigned to the Reliability and Maintainability Division. I was medically retired due to Rheumatoid Arthritis in April of 1996 and I am currently attending college in Southern Maryland..." [03JAN99]

LALLI, Jacob J. jjlfish@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1970), VP-31, VA-113 and VT-31..." [05JUL2013]

LAMECKER, AMH3 Dennis delameck@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (08/1971-08/1972) with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25NOV2016]

LANKFORD, William E. wlankfor@pop800.gsfc.nasa.gov "...I served with VP-17 from 1976 to 1980. I was an IFT then converted to ground pounder after 2 years of flight duty. I had alot of good friends and good times. It would be nice to hear from some of the old gang..." [12SEP2003]

LATHROP, Tony tap310@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-17 two tours (1964-1967) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and 1971-1974 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I know of several ex VP-17 vets in area..." [23AUG2000]

LATTA, CAPTAIN Stephen B. U. S. Naval Academy "...Captain Stephen B. Latta was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Naval Aviator. He entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980. After initial assignments to Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), and Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) as a FRS Instructor, Captain Latta reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. There, he served as ASW Plans Officer and Aide to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. After tours to the BUPERS as a Rating Assignment Officer, and Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) as a Department Head, Captain Latta reported to CPW-2 as Operations Officer in August 1992. After disestablishment of CPW-2 in June 1993, he joined Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Current Operations Officer. Captain Latta joined Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) as Executive Officer in June 1994. While there, the squadron deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT. During this deployment, VP-17 assumed detachment responsibilities for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from LANTFLT, thus becoming the first quad-site deployed VP squadron. Upon completion of deployment, the squadron was disestablished in March 1995. Captain Latta served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) from April 1995 to April 1997. While assigned, the squadron deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and supported dual Battlegroup operation during the China-Taiwan crisis. The squadron was also recognized as the Battle "E" winner twice, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" winner for maintenance excellence, and CNO Safety Award winner twice. Captain Latta reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1997 where he headed a DoD review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 as the Assistant Director for Joint Officer Management. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (DASD(MPP)). In August 1999, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Maritime and Surveillance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet as the Chief of Staff. Almost immediately, he oversaw the first real world ASW prosecution in the Mediterranean in nearly 10 years, initial Maritime Patrol support to Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and the integration of new technologies to Mediterranean operations. In June 2002, Captain Latta reported to USNA as Director of Admissions. Captain Latta's awards include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Naval Commendation Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as various service awards..." [31MAY2003]

LAZATIN, AFCM (AW) MERDANTE P. mlazatin@aimd.lemoore.navy.mil "...I was with VP-17 from Aug 1979 till July 1982 and with VP-46 from Nov 1985 till Feb 1989 and I am currently in NAS Lemoore, California AIMD. I want to say Hi to my old shipmates and ask them to keep in touch. Thanks..."

LEACH, AX1 Bob robtmleach@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-4 (Oct 75 - Nov 78), VP-17 (Nov 78 - Nov 80), COMPATWINGONEDETCUBI (Jan 81 - Jan 84). AXAN - AX1. I would like to hear from some Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02FEB2005 | 25OCT98]

LEASER, Dennis dleaser@crosslake.net "...I served in VP-4 from 8/61 to 6/63 in Naha, Okinawa. I was a ATN2 & a radioman in Crew 5 and was in Crew 1 when we flew the first P2V-7 back from NAS Alameda, California. BU 150280. Great times in Crew 5, LDCR Coleman was the best PPC!!! Transferred to VP-17 in 8/63 till 4/64 and flew in Crew 12. I did eventually retire out from the USNR-R as a ATC in 1987 with some broken service from 1966 to 1970. Best of luck to all my VP Shipmates..." [D-Mail Updated 13SEP99 | 24SEP98]

LEE, AO2(NAC) John Jan02rj@aol.com "...I was in VP-17 from Nov. 91-Jan 95. I also did a tour as an UC-12F crewman in Misawa Japan. I am currently stationed at HM-14 Vanguard NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Has anybody from this time frame heard anything of AO3 Ryan D. Basile?..." [13JUN99]

LEEMAN, AW2 Lance whamo9@yahoo.com "...I served with CVN-65 TSC from 1984 to 1985, VP-17 from 1986 to 1990, TSC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1990 to 1993, CVN-68 TSC from 1993 to 1997, TSC NAS Jacksonville, Florida Reserve Unit 0374 from 1997 to 1999, and MA1 Security Department Naval Base Mayport, FL until July 2005. Miss the Aircrew community but I'm glad to be back..." [04AUG2004]

LEVINGSTON, AO3 Gary glbassin@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1969 to 1972. I flew with Crew 1..." [22JAN2007]

LEWIS, PH1 Danny (Red Chimp) Shipmate Pix ohmss007dll@verizon.net "...I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from January 27, 1978 to March 17, 1984. I did many WestPacs. I was mostly TAD to VC-1 FAPL but returned to the squadron. I am a VP-17 White Lightning! Hello to all my favourite Chimps from Hawaii! Very nice website. When we gave the P2V Neptune to Japanese Navy I flew on it's last flight. You guys wants some GOOD pics let me know. My favourite memory was being on the set of "Hawaii 5-0" and meeting JACK LORD. I have the pics too. "Book-en Danno, Aloha Kui noa"..." [PIX Added 19AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 18AUG2005 | 24JUL2005]

LEWIS, AOC (AW/NAC) Richard Retired richl9548@gmail.com "...I served with VP-46 (1969-1972), Naval Air Development Center Warminster (1972-1976), VP-11 (1976-1978), NAS Midway Island (1978-1979), NAS Lemoore, California (1979-1981) (what was I thinking), VP-17 (1981-1984), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1985-1989), VP-40 (1989-1992) and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California (1992-1993). Finally retired in 1993 and settled in Florida. The names I've seen bring back so many memories. Middle of the night phone calls, alert launches, icing down beer for post-flight. From NAS Adak, Alaska to NAS Agana, Guam, Cavite to Catania, there was and is no better way to travel. Anyone out there care to drop a line, the coffee's on, the beer's cold and the smoking lamp is lit..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2013 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 28MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 04JAN2005 | 18APR2001]

Memorial Picture "...LIGHTBODY, ATCS Robert "Bob"...ATCS Bob Lightbody (Retired) passed away on 03-28-14 in Olympia, WA. He will be buried with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetary, Kent, WA. Bob served 24 years in the Navy serving with VP-17, VP-28, VP-47 and VP-50..." Contributed by SELF, AT Bob robertgself@comcast.net [03APR2014]


LINK, Carl carltlink@compuserve.com "...Served in VP-17 from 1976-80. Would like to hear from any old friends that happen upon this web site like I did. Sad to hear of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii closed..." [24FEB99]

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]

LOPEZ, AN Nathan amyna1@msn.com "...VP-17 from 93 to 95. Looking for some old line-shack buddies. In contact with E. Gartman, Ike Long and T. McCann. P.S. What happened to Greg Lawson "fro"?..." [14MAY2001]

LORD, AOCM Thomas E. Retired telord1246@cox.net "...I served with VP-19 (Crew-11) from 1970 to 1972 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1970-1971) and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/Utapao deployment (1971-1972). After I left the squadron, I did a one year tour in FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, two years in the Philippines, NAS Alameda, California (Air Launched Weapons Instructor), VP-17 (Ordnance Shop/Maintenance Control Chief) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1978 to 1982 with multiple deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Agana, Guam, ComPatWing TWO a couple of ships, shore duty and then I retired..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAY2011 | 24SEP98]

LORD, AX3 Terry terrylord@verizon.net "...I served with VP-17 (1966-1968) and flew with Crew-12. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04NOV2015 | 23SEP98]

LYON, Stan stanlyon@yahoo.com "...After VP-17 tour in the mid 1960s I attended law school at the University of San Diego. I graduated and passed the bar in 1972. I worked at an aerospace subcontractor at the time and in 1974 moved to the law department of the Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, CA. Couldn't get away from aircraft. Spent 25 years there and retired in 1999..." [30SEP2006]

MACDONALD, AW Dan dmaia@aol.com "...I was an AW with VP-17 between 1970 and 1972. I flew with Crew 2 as the JEZ operator. The only deployment I made was to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. In 1969 I went to Millington, Tennessee for basic training and A School. From there is was on to training in Southern Califronia, near Huntington Beach but I can't remember the name of that old Naval Air Station. Eventually I was shipped to San Diego for SERE School and then NAS Moffett Field, California. I had a lot of great times with my Shipmates in VP-17 while we lived in Hawaii, off base from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After the Navy I went on to college and eventually became an architect. My Navy experience definately changed my life. Say "Hello" if you remember me..." [09SEP2003]

MAIKAI, AFCM Bill Retired maikaiwk@valleyint.com "...Howzit folks long time no hear! I served with VP-17 73-77, VP-22 80-84, VP-31 84-88, and VP-22 88-92. My best tours were being a Blue Goose. I had lots of good fun and you guys and gals I served with made the VP Navy one heck of a time. I laugh alot just thinking how crazy I was. I live in Washington State and retired in 93. I hope to hear from you folks..." [E-Mail Updated 29NOV99 | 13MAY98]

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]

MANIX, Dean deanmanix@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1989-1992. I wish to thank you for our friendship..." [11FEB2003]

MARINO, Shannon sstmarino@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1991 to 1995. I am looking for anyone who can provide me a picture (or any information) of a P-3 that I painted on the wall in the duty office in NSF Diego Garcia VP hanger. I can't seem to get any info back from any old Shipmates about the condition of said painting (circa 1993). I am no living in Texas and still working for the FAA. I have two young boys and would look forward to hearing from anyone from the old squadron..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13JAN2007 | 27MAY99]

MARKHAM, Joe jamarkh@gmail.com "...I reported to VP-17 in November 1969 at NAS Iwakuni, Japan and became the Radio Operator for Crew 3. We returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii for 11 months and then deployed NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I left VP-17 in April 1971..." [13APR2009]

MARTIN, AW2 David G. dgmflyer@dmartinassoc.com "...I served in VP-17 from December of 1967 through April 1970 in both P2's and P-3's. In P2's, I was in the Avionics Shop and on Relief Crew as a Radio Operator and in P-3's I was in Crew 5 also as Radio Operator (ATN2 & AW2). After a slight break I affiliated with VP-91 as a Plank Owner at commissioning in October 1970 ( NAS Moffett Field, California). I have CAPT Bobbie Farrar to thank for this as he convinced me that I should over look my bad attitude toward the Navy as they were a good outfit. He was indeed right. I then became a JEZ Operator and eventually SS1/SS2 and NATOPS Evaluator for that seat position. I left VP-91 in May 1976. I still keep up with a lot of Shipmates from both squadrons. Cherished memories now faded..." [07JUN2002]

MARTIN, Lawrence "Larry" ldldmartin@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from 1966 - 1970. Worked in A/F Shop on scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintainance. Deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Would love to hear from anyone I served with. Many good memories of good times...ie. Smowball fight near Mt. Baker, WA. Please contact me. Searching for a VP-17 A/F patch with a hammer and a teardrop..." [28OCT2001]

MARTIN, AE1 Todd 802home@gmail.com "...I served with VPU-2 (1983-1989) and VP-17 (1989-1993)..." [E-Mail Updated 23APR2013 | E-Mail Updated 04FEB2000 | 12JAN99]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...MARTIN, Wayne L...My father, Wayne Lawrence Martin, passed away on January 7th, 2018. Dad served with VP-17 (12/1969-08/1971) as a P-3 pilot. Please see The family of Wayne Lawrence Martin Life Tributes Page..." Contributed by Eric Martin eric129@gmail.com [13JAN2018]

MARTIN, Wayne L. wayneandkaymartin@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (12/1969-08/1971) as third pilot with PPC Bill Chamberlain and co-pilot Tim Berwick and later co-pilot with Zeph Thorning..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUL2014 | 03SEP2002]

MARTINSEN, CDR Glenn Tracy (Deceased) http://1963usna.topcities.com/classmates/roster/cur-bio/316250.html "...Commander Glenn T. "Marty" Martinsen was born in Santa Monica, California in 1941. He attended the University of Southern California prior to entering the United States Naval Academy in 1959. Upon graduation in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an Ensign, he entered flight training in Pensacola, Florida. Receiving his wings in November 1964, Commander Martinsen was assigned to VP-17, flying the SP2H Neptune aircraft out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and on three deployments to the Far East. From 1968 to 1970, he was assigned to the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received his Master of Science degree in computer science. He then reported to the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60) as the Assistant Combat Information Center Officer and qualified as an Officer of the Deck, Underway, while operating in the Mediterranean and Vietnam waters. In 1972, he attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction in 1973. Commander Martinsen transitioned to the P-3 Orion aircraft and reported to VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as the squadron Administrative Officer and later as the Maintenance Officer. While with VP-8, he deployed to various sites in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In 1976, he was assigned to the staff, Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Force Tactical Development and Evaluation Officer until reporting to VP-11 as Executive Officer. Commander Glenn T. Martinsen, USN 33rd Commanding Officer Patrol Squadron Eleven passed away on active duty on July 24, 1979..." [29JUN2003]

MARTUCCI/HALSTEAD, AZ3 Laura halstead19881@home.com "...I was an AZ3 in VP-17 from 1986-1990. I worked in the Maintenance Control and did 3 deployments- NAS Adak, Alaska-1986, NS Sangley Point, Philippines-1988, NAS Adak, Alaska-1989. I left the Navy after my tour with VP-17, and now live in San Diego, CA with my husband Mark Halstead. Would love to hear from anyone who may remember me..." [21OCT2000]

MAULER, AD2 Richard Dale jamauler@gtmc.net "...I served with VP-28 (1953-1955) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I flew (Crew-3 BUNO: 131429) with Bud Nelson (Crew Chief). I transfered to VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and then FASRON-112 where I was discharged from the Navy (05/1956)..." [05APR2013]

MAYER, Steve flyn8251@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17, VP-4, VP-30, VP-9, Catbird ETD, VP-16 and NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [18MAY2013]

MAYEUX, Rob rmayeux@navpoint.com "...I was in VP-94 as an Ordnanceman ('70-74), VP-17 ('77-80 Tacco/MC), VP-91 (83-86), and VP-94 (86-88)..." [26APR2000]

MAYHEW, Lawrence lmayhew4@home.com "...Served in VP-17 and VA(HM)-10 from February 1955 through June 1958. Always enjoy contact with old friends and squadron mates..." [29NOV2001]

MCCANN, Thomas (T.J.) Retired papavwson@aol.com "...Retired 1991, started out in helos (HC-4, HSL-30, HSL-32). Then got smart and went to VP (VP-30, VP-17, VPU-1) with a tour of Service School Command and finished with a tour as a SERE instructor at NAS Brunswick, Maine (yes it was a lot of fun being an instructor, not the student part!!!!) Love to hear from fellow Shipmates I have served with..." [12AUG2004]

McCOY, John johnmccoy@erols.com "...I was a romping stomping AO3 in VP-7 from March 1968 until decom. I would like to find a model of the P-2 if anyone has a location please let me know. I also was in VP-16, VP-31, and VP-17..." [24APR98]

McCRORKEN, Eugene MACREALL@AOL.COM "...I severed with VP-17 from 1981-1984 and never had a better time in the NAVY since then. I will be retiring in SEPT 2000. Good luck to all of you..." [10FEB2000]

McDANIEL, Kenneth P. ken.mcdaniel@tdi.state.tx.us "...I served with VP-17 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1965 to 1968. I had many good friends in VP-42. I heard that the P2 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Christmas 1967) that crashed returning from Alaska in 1967. A very good friend (LT(jg) Gary A. Klessig) was aboard. Gary was just married..." [06APR2004]

McDONALD, Bobby Bobby.Mcdonald@trw.com "...I served with VP-17 from late 1955 until late 1956..." [21DEC2001]

McDONOUGH, AO(AC) Edward A. jashry@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1964 to 1966. I flew with Crew-11 and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06FEB2010]

McFALL, Melita (or Hoffman) mlmcfall@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-22 from '92-decom, VP-17 '94-decom, and VP-9 '95-'97. Love to hear from old squadron-mates, am currently an AT2 in a CT community, teaching electronics to surface-types at NTTC Corry Station..."

McGUINESS, CAPTAIN Brian Retired (360)856-4010 "...VP-17 12/66 through 12/69 SP2H and P-3A Plane Commander VP-71 01/70 through 11/70 SP2H CoPilot VP-91 12/70 through 03/72 P-3A CoPilot VP-69 04/72 through 06/84 SP2H and P-3A Plane Commander, Ninth Commanding Officer. Retired August 1, 1987 with 24 years total active and reserve duty..." [16SEP98]

McKENNA, Doug "DougieMac" Retired dhmckii64@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1977 to 1983, VP-1 from 1983 to 1986, VP-22 from 1986 to 1988 including TAD to VP-17 NAS Adak, Alaska in 1987, VP-31 (2nd Mech School) in 1979 and FE School 1981 and VP-62 (Reserve) from 1989 to 1996. I got a few degrees from Embry-Riddle and an A & P Cert and currently have my own consulting company. I travel extensively so let's communicate a hook-up. Aloha!..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAY2011 | E-Mail Updated 22JAN2003 | 27DEC98]

McKINNEY, ATC(AW) Bruce D. Retired brucedmckinney@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-1, VP-17, VP-22, and VQ-2 (EP-3E's). I retired in 1993. I retired and am currently a High School Teacher in Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24AUG2004 | 03JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...McKINNEY, CDR C. B...My father, CDR C.B. McKINNEY, passed away April 1st, 1999. Dad served as VP-17 Commanding Officer (29APR1960-21APR1961)..." Contributed by his son Mike McKinney macknmo@gmail.com [E-Mail Updated 07FEB2017 | 25AUG99]

McLAUGHLIN, LT Bob Shipmate Pix...Circa 1970... banddmcl1964@msn.com "...I served as a pilot with VP-17 from October 1967 to July 1970. We were on the last P2 deployment ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines - Crew 12) and the first P-3 deployment ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii/Iwakuni - Crew 10). We operated out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand on MarketTime patrols, PUEBLO incident, all the WESTPAC "good deals". After Hawaii I did a tour as Flight Instructor with VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida then Civ-Pac. Hello to all the "Shipmates" and "crewmembers". Drop a note! I'd like to hear from you!..." [E-Mail Updated 07FEB2008 | 16OCT98]

McNEAL, AVCM Robert S. Retired taloft@westsound.com "...VAHM-10/VP-17, 1958-1960, Crew 9, Radar Operator MN1(AT) CO (Larson), Pilot (Goodfellow), Co-Pilot (Osborn), great people, go anywhere with them. Even to the Mountain.....Wish I could remember the rest of the crews names...Made E-7 (ATC) in that Squadron -- hard to forget that..." [28APR98]

MEIDE, AMS1 Dave Retired demeide@lemoorenet.com "...Was in VP-17 73-77 in the airframe shop. Am glad to see a web site on the squadron. Had some wonderful times. Wish I took Chief Marzettys (sp) advice and stay in P-3. I ended up my career in tailhooks.(FA-18s). Glad to see the outfit prospered into the 90"s. Fair winds and following seas and a good tail wind. Wish everyone well and good fortunes..." [14APR2001]

MEYER, Danny Lee planey713@bellsouth.net "...I finally found a connection to VP-17...I trained for the Plane Captain (PC) position on LZ-9 early in 1966. My PPC was LCDR Keaney, and my instructor was PO-1 Seversen. I finally and proudly passed the PC Board and was assigned by CDR M. O. Paul to Crew-9 with LCDR Heimbacher before deploying to WESTPAC and the Ton San Nhut DET-1966 to 1967. Those were some of my proudest days as a young sailor. I did discharge in July 1967 to the civilian world only to join up with VP-94 as a Reservist P2 PC, and a P-3 FE until I retired from the Reserves in 1990. VP was good to me - I actually was hired by U. S. Customs Service to fill a position of a P-3 FE and eventually an Aviation Maintence Officer until that retirement in July 2008. Thank you VP for a most interesting life. One thing I missed was the squadron never did send me my DET Cruisebook for 66-67 - I would have liked to have shared it wih my family. I paid for it, but it was lost in the cracks..." [13MAR2010]

MICHEL, AOCM David P. dpmichel38@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-2 from 1958 to 1962 (Crew-11 and Crew-6) and in VP-17 from 1965 to 1968 (Crew-10 and Ordnance Supervisor)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28OCT2003 | 21NOV98]

MILL, AD3 Donaml L. millds@uswestmail.net "...I served with VP-2 and VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1952 thru 1955 (AD3). Was involved in deployments to the Marshall Islands, Operation IVY (first above ground Hydrogen Device tests), as well as NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Would like to hear from any Shipmates serving in VP-2 and VP-17 during the early 1950s..." [16MAY2002]

MILLER, Marvin miller43@msn.com "...Served in the Navy From January 1958 to mid 1962. I served at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Norman, Oklahoma, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I served with VP-17 in 1959 with deployments to to NAS Adak, Alaska and VU-1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [16JUN2004]

Memorial Picture "...MILLER, Harold David...My Grandfather, Harold David Miller, passed away a few years ago. He served with VP-17 and flew with Crew-5. I would like to hear from any Shipmates that may have known him..." Contributed by SSgt Michael A Heacock heacockma@gmail.com [11FEB2012]

MINES, Todd Gageman18@aol.com "...Served with VP-17 from 1990-94 as an AE2. Now living in Michigan..." [28JUN98]

MINYARD, PO1 Edward D. Retired EMinyard54613704@aol.com "...I served with the Navy from 1969 to August 31, 1993. I have spent most of my time in the Hawaiian Island serving with VR-21, VC-1, VP-6, VP-22, VP-17, NAS Pensacola, Florida Test Cell Operator, NS Mayport Florida (USS Saratoga), NAF St. Louis Mo. Douglas Corp. A-12, and Naval Recruiting Office St. Louis, Mo. I would like to talk to any one of my former Shipmates just to know how you are doing and to let them know that I am thinking of them. Hey Doc - how is the old Watermellon Gang doing? Fair wings and good sailing..." [18MAR2001]

MITCHELL, CAPTAIN Dave Shipmate Pix p3dave@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1980-1983 as a TN/TC/MC and Schedules Officer. Also served with VP-93 from 1990-1994 and VP-66 from 1994-1999 where I was CO. During 2003 I served as Deputy Commander of CTF-57 in NSA Bahrain, Oman where we were flying the P-3 flying overland Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the ground war and maritime patrol throughout the CENTCOM AOR. The Task Force was a coalition of 40 plus aircraft from 8 countries flying out of 7 sites with 1,200 personnel. Sadly, since I left CTF-57 I have not been in a P-3. I've been attached to CSG-12, COMPHIBGRUTWO and Second Fleet. Currently I'm serving a year long deployment on the ground in Afghanistan with CJTF Phoenix mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces (Army, Police, Intel) in setting up a new joint coordination network. Cheers to all my Shipmates past, present and future..." [PIX/BIO Updated 28FEB2009 | 06APR2003]

MITCHELL, AE3 Hartwell harmitche@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from November 1959 through August 1962. Would like to hear from Shipmates from that era..." [24MAR2006]

MITCHELL, Jack L. mitchell_jack@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 (1966 - 1968) we a deployment (1966) to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and a Detachment to NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam. I flew with the Skipper as JULIE/JEZ Operator..." [09MAY2016]

Memorial Picture "...MITCHUSSON, Richard "Mitch"...Richard "Mitch" Mitchusson passed away on November 19th, after a long, hard-fought battle against prostate cancer and Pick's disease. He had a life-long dedication to service and community; Mitch was well known and well liked by all. He was born January 3, 1939, in Bradley, Oklahoma, to Allie and Van Mitchusson. On his 17th birthday, he asked his mom to sign permission for him to join the Navy, leaving those wonderful hot Oklahoma summers of earning money cutting and baling broomcorn. In 1957 he fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during his assignment onboard the USS Boxer, which stopped in at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. In 1963 while stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, he survived a plane crash onboard VP-17 at the NAS Kodiak, Alaska, one of only five survivors. In 1968 he qualified for submarine service and was stationed onboard the USS Stonewall Jackson, SSN-634; and later a short tour on the USS Medregal, SS-480. After a tour at BUPERS in Washington DC, he was assigned to the USS Seawolf, SSN-575 stationed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1972-1974. After retiring from the Navy in 1975 as a Senior Chief Yeoman, he moved to Poulsbo and was hired in to the Poulsbo Public Works department, where he worked from 1975 to 1985, later reaching the position of Director of Public Works. In 1985 the next level of service called and he was voted in as Mayor of Poulsbo, and continued with dedication and loyalty until retiring in 1999. As Mayor, he was highly respected throughout the state, and was elected and served as Executive President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, working with the now U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. During his tenure as Mayor of Poulsbo, Mitch made daily trips through town ensuring "things" were okay, talking to the citizens and merchants to see if they needed anything, always sharing stories, hugs, and smiles. Some major accomplishments he will be known for include the Olhava/College Market Place area, the widening of Highway 305, and a Poulsbo branch of Olympic College. The Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce recognized and awarded him as their 1998 Person of the Year for "his unfailing commitment to the City of Poulsbo and his leadership in the community". He was a proud, golden member of the Poulsbo Sons of Norway, where he spent many mornings with his "coffee" buddies, sharing stories and political opinions and enjoyed Wii bowling competition Thursday evenings. He was a charter member of the Poulsbo Historical Society, a past member of the Poulsbo Lions Club, and member of the NK Friends of the Library. On June 1st, 1997, he married Barbara and lived in their Lemolo waterfront home, where they spent many evenings hosting get-togethers with friends. His parents, sister Alta Walker, and brother Harold Dean Mitchusson preceded him in death. He is survived by his first wife, Nancy Mitchusson, son Rick Mitchusson (Denise), daughter Rhonda Mitchusson, and his loving and supportive wife Barbara. In addition, he leaves granddaughters Jessica Edwards (Jon) and Sarah Meyer (Mark), and grandson Michael Mitchusson (Ashley Anderson); and nieces and a nephew in Oklahoma and Colorado. Donations in Mitch's name may be made to the Poulsbo Sons of Norway or NK Fishline Foodbank. A celebration of life will be held in early January. Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/..." Contributed by Brian O'Kelley okelleyb@aol.com [28NOV2010]

MITCHUSSON, Richard "Mitch" mtchssn@comcast.net "...As I go through the comments I have difficulty remembering my Shipmates in VP-17 (March 1960 to June 1963). If you are out there, I would love to hear from you. I have alot of good memories and one sad one - the day 135559 crashed on old Woman Mountain (SEE: In memory of lost friends...7 Die In Kodiak Plane Crash...)..." [E-Mail Updated 04AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 16AUG2002 | 23MAR99]

MONTOUR, ADJC Robert Retired robert_teri@hotmail.com "...I served aboard the Sally (1955-1957), VP-28 FE (1966-1969), VP-17 (1969-1970), VP-31 (1970-1974) and VP-46 (1974-1975)..." [09DEC2017]

MORGAN, AT2 Michael D. (Mad Dog) mmorgan146@nc.rr.com "...I reported for duty with VP-17 from May 1971 to July 1974. Wasn't in the squadron more than a week and LT Sikes ask me if I wanted to be a radio operator. Had a great time flying. Introduced me to photography and my life long passion. Many of you have seen my photos and did not even know it. Have seen the world twice at no expense. First with the Navy and second with the newspapers that I've worked for over the years. Yes I do remember the 4th of July in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. How about the CO of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan coming down in his car. Getting out and telling us to stop and then both 17 and 22 barracks turning their bottle rockets towards his car and firing at him. We never saw him or the MP's again. QUESTION: Does anyone remember the time i got mugged on the way to the em club on may 1, 1972? Have had neck problem for 30 years and am fighting the system for service contected disability. Went to VP-31 and was only there for a few months. Quit flying after they tried to kill me again with a stupid pilot mistake. They thought they where sending me to a terrible duty station at MCAS Yuma, AZ. The best duty that I ever had. Went fishing almost ever day with the Master Sargent that ran the flight line. 7 great years and never really worked as an AT that I was trained for. Became a single father and left Navy. Wished I could have stayed but glad I did not. Have a great daughter and now have a granddaughter and a dumb son-in-law that is the Track Head Coach for a college in High Point, NC. Would like to hear from all and the following if they are out there: Crew 10 on NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan Deployment, ADJC Gerster, AW3 Wiley, AWAN Poteet, AW3 Unabia and AO2 Wheeler and AT3 Larry Terhune. Crew eight on the PI Deployment: LT Crash Crandall, AW1 Mike Jones and AO2 Collette. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 29NOV2002 | 02NOV2002]

MORRILL, AME1(AW) James E. skippy5361@aol.com "...I'm retired now and am presently working for United Airlines. I served in VA-97 (80-83), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (83-86), VP-4 (86-89), VC-5 (89-92), VP-17 (92-95), VPU-2 (95-98), and completed my career in VP-9 back in July of 1999. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates that I had the honor of serving with. I would really like to hear from my old friend PR1 Myron Arnold. If anyone knows his where abouts please let him know my address..." [BIO Updated 31DEC2000 | BIO Updated 17SEP2000 | 15SEP2000]

MORRIS, Bob bomo45@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1968). I flew with Crew-7 (Norm Cook) and left the Navy in September 1968..." [03MAY2013]

MORRIS, AT1 Chuck charliemorris@earthlink.net "...I was radio operator/AT-1, VP-17 from July '65 through summer '68 then on to VP-42 awaiting separation. I'll be back, I have lot's of inquiries!..." [04APR2001]

MULLINS, Steve tex4me@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1969-1972 . Tore me up. Loved every minute of the Navy and VP-17..." [E-Mail Updated 25JAN2003 | 07AUG2000]

MURPHY, John jmurphy@wt.net "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew with Crew-1 and Crew-4 (Jez)..." [27SEP2009]

MURRAY, Thomas G. hiwheel@erols.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1983 to 1986, VP-4549 from 1987-1988 and VP-68 from 1988-1992..." [12NOV2000]

MEYERRIECKS, CDR Brian J. http://members.tripod.com/~lph9/xobio.htm "...EXECUTIVE OFFICER, USS GUAM (LPH-9) - Commander Brian J. Meyerriecks is a native of Huntington, New York. He graduated from the University of Florida in June of 1975 and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida in October 1977. Following Navy Flight Training in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas he was retained as a Flight Instructor and assigned to VT-27. He taught initial flight training, precision aerobatics and formation flying in the T-28. His next tour of duty was with VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He completed two deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a split deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia. He finished this tour as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander in the P-3 aircraft. In February 1984, Commander Meyerriecks reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He assumed duties as Pilot NATOPS Officer and conducted the Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot Course, authored a Flight Training Guide for non-instructor pilots and developed a Defensive Flying seminar enhancing flight station safety. He completed this tour as the Commander, Naval Air Pacific, NATOPS Pilot Evaluator for the P-3 Aircraft. In November 1986, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in San Diego, California as the ship's Communicatioins Officer. He deployed in 1987 for an around-the-world cruise where he earned qualifications as Underway Replenishment Conning Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway. In July 1989, Commander Meyerriecks reported to CPW-10 NAS Moffett Field, California to serve as Director of the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center. While assigned to Patrol Wing TEN he was selected as the 1989 Junior Officer of the Year by the Santa Clara Valley Council, Navy League of the United States. Commander Meyerriecks joined VP-48 in November 1990. There he served as Training Officer and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. VP-48 was disestablished and subsequently he joined VP-40 as the Operation Officer and deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan along with numerous detachments to the Persian Gulf throughout Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In November 1991, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC., as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. He reported to VP-45 as Executive Officer in April 1994. In April 1995, Commander Meyerriecks took command of VP-45 and lead the "Pelicans" on a six month deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, operating throughout Central and South America, setting records in Drug Interdiction and Counter-Narcotics Operations. Commander Meyerriecks personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, Four Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal and various unit campaign awards..." [05JUL2003]

NEER, AT2 David dwneer@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 and VAHM-10 from 1957 to 1959 as an AT2. I flew with crews 8 and 12. ZE12 was BUNO: 128351 which was (at that time) the oldest 5F in service..." [17FEB2003]

NELSON, David david.s.nelson.17@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (03/1988–05/1991) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / NSF Diego Garcia (1988) and NAS Adak, Alaska (1989-1990), United States Naval Academy (1991-06/1994) and Tactical Support Center (07/1994-12/1996) at NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I now serve at the DOJ Antitrust Division Criminal Enforcement Section in Washington DC..." [12MAY2016]

NELSON, Jim psawest@bresnan.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1965 to 1967 in the Airframes Shop. I made 2 deployments across the pond from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, great times, fond memories!!!! The only Shipmates I have bumped into since those days are, Bob Adams, Ken Gerlits, and Ken Slater. Anymore of you out there?..." [E-Mail Updated 28NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 25NOV2009 | 20APR2001]

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]

NICHOLSON, AT James R. "Nick" jrnicholson@comcast.net "...I was an AT in WestPac from 1968-1972 VR-21 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VW-1 NAS Agana, Guam and finally VP-17 1971-1972. Radio Operator Softball player and still keep in touch with a few Shipmates from all duty stops. And I don't owe Fred Chastain a nickel..." [22JUN2007]

NOVAK, AX Stephen R. chantu@shaw.ca "...I served as an AX on Crew 10 with VP-17 circa '66-'68. Also did some TD to squadron payroll at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, guard duty at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and IMF bench repair work at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I designed the crew's patch with the Roadrunner and helped steal (borrow) "The Bell" from another squadron at NAS Iwakuni, Japan in '67. And they said it couldn't be done!! It went flawless fellas! But they made us give it back. Got a two month early out in Nov. '68 due to transitioning to P-3's and having spent two previous Xmases in Nam (hey, it worked!). Recently (Jan. '99) was forced (plant shutdown) into retirement from Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem Structual Mills, where I had worked for 29 years 9 months as an electrical repairman with maintenance. As far as I'm concerned, it couldn't have happened to a better guy. Also had own a Magic & Novelty store for 13 years during the 70's-80's and did stage/nightclub shows. Now, at 52, I am enjoying life and remembering the past, some of the best times with the best people, which brings me here. If anyone, Baxter-Lally-Wally-Lewis-Biggers-Montgomery-Davis, anybody from the old hell raising gang reads this please drop me a line. Who knows, we may be able to rattle a few skeletons! And Wally, don't worry about those 100+ mile an hour tickets you left at Oak Harbor. I think they got over them by now! I am now living in British Columbia, Canada..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16APR2008 | 25JAN2000]

O'DELL, Jim "Bob" toby@mwr.is "...I served with VP-17 (85-89), VP-1 (92-95), and VX-1 (95-present). I'd like to hear from any Shipmates to find out how they were doing. Hope everyone is OK..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR99 | 18MAY98][ICQ# 14369704]

O'DOWD, Walter walter@sequent.com"..ATC 2508 SE Vineyard Way Milwaukie OR 97267-5511 (503) 659-4742 NAS NI 55-56, 60-63, VQ-1 56-58, VA(HM)10/VP-17 58-60.."

OROSCO, Jim S. Jimyo@aol.com "...When I first joined the Navy in 1946, I reported to VPB-146 at NAS Alameda, California, after the usual boot camp, and the next thing I knew we were on board a carrier bound for Pearl Harbor and I was in a flight crew for 2 yrs 7 months and 17 days of typical young sailor bitching. So I left the Navy and went to work, still bitching, but then the Chinese crossed the Yalu and I was off to war again on the USS Princeton, still bitching, so they threw me off the ship and into VP-772 and I stopped bitching and started doing some real flying in PB4Y2 aircraft. You can't be a weenie in those old birds and I loved it. We went back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and picked up P2V-6 A/C and they were fine too. So in 1955 it was instructor duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee time and to make a long story shorter, wound up in VP-17 again and still loved it. Since then I have been to a Reunion at Pahrumph and at San Diego. Now I am looking forward to the one in Seattle in 00. My last VP was VP-50 to Cam Ran Bay in P-3C. Hope to see some more of my old buddies there..." [25SEP98]

OSBORN, Rear Admiral Oakley E. Retired http://www.usni.org/hrp/oralhistory/osborn.htm "...One of the few patrol plane aviators in the Naval Institute's oral history collection, Osborn is the first graduate of Aviation Officer Candidate School to achieve flag rank in the Navy. After completing the various stages of flight training in 1957, he held billets of increasing responsibility in several squadrons, VP-17, VP-31, VP-19, and VP-40. In VP-31 he was an instructor as the P-3 Orion entered the fleet; he served as executive officer and commanding officer of VP-40. In the mid-1960s he served on the staffs of Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Group Five and Commander Patrol Force Seventh Fleet. After that he was a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, attended a course in POW survival, and was a student at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. OpNav tours in the 1970s included ASW readiness and training officer and executive assistant to the Director of ASW and Ocean Surveillance, Vice Admiral Ed Waller. After duty in the early 1980s in the Naval Military Personnel Command, he was promoted to rear admiral and had several flag tours: in OP-01; as deputy director for operations in the National Military Command Center; as Commander Patrol Wings Pacific Fleet; and as Deputy Director, Defense Mapping Agency..." [01JUN2003]

OSBORNE, AT1(AW) Mark Retired oriontk@att.net "...I served with VP-4 (1983-1989 and 1995-1999), VP-31 (1990-1993), VP-17 (1993-1995), VC-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (2001-2002), VP-47 and retired in September 2003. I am currently work with Boeing on the P-8 Poseidon Project. I had a great time in the Navy but my best were serving as part of VP-4. If like pictures check out my page on the TogetherWeServed..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20OCT2009 | 29JAN2003]

OSBORNE, ABH3 Richard E "Ozzy and Oz" Shipmate Pix mythog@classicnet.net "...I served with VP-17 between 1963 & 1965. I took part in three detachments, two to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and one to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. After leaving the Navy in 1965 I had a 25 year career in law enforcement in a suburb of Chicago. I am happily married to my wife of 43 years, Diana and have two daughters and two grandsons. I joined the service with my best friend, Roger Hurst ABH2, and he too served with VP-17 during the same time period. I was injured while riding back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington one Halloween night just North of the Deception Pass Bridge and spent 10 months away from the squadron at the Naval Hospital in Oakland California for rehab. As one gets older, I remember the times with VP-17 which I do not regret. Seven years ago the wife and I retired to S/W Missouri. Three years ago Roger and his wife of 45 years, Evelyn, followed and also retired 3 miles away. We meet often and our Navy past is always in our conversation..." [18NOV2008]

OVEREND, Bill woverend@na.ko.com "...I was in VP-17 from 10/71 to 10/74. See a few old Shipmates names in the list. Left active duty in 1979 and joined reserves from which retired as CAPT in 1995..." [19JUN98]

PALENSKY, Glenn E. gp51001@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 from March 1962 until I got out of the Navy in March 1964. Was supposed to go up to NAS Kodiak, Alaska on 135559 (...7 Die In Kodiak Plane Crash...) in January 1963, but lucky for me there wasn't room. Would sure like to hear from anyone from the squadron..." [E-Mail Updated 05MAR2009 | 14APR2000]

PALMER, AW1 (NAC) James R. Jr. Retired Prodtech@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1976-1980. Then to NAS Moffett Field, California from Jan 1981-1984. Then to VP-48 from 1984-1988, then on to NATTC Millington, TN until 1991 where i was ships company onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). I retired from active service OCT 1993. Would like to here from those I served with..." [24DEC98]

PALMER, Mike mpalmer@venus.ece.ndsu.nodak.edu "...I was in VP-17 from 60 to 62. Made two NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployments with Crew 5 Some of the crew members were Lcdr Thummel AT2 Dolye Hudson, AE3 Rackley, AO3 Wilson, ADR3 Bumbgartener AMS3 Richie Swindt I came to VP-17 as an AN and left as a ATR2. I retired in 1978 as an AVCM. Brings back a lot of memories. Poopie suits & Old Women Mt..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2001 | 15MAR99]

PANANEN, Lauren W. lpan@aol.com "...Hello everyone from VP-17 from May 1968 thru March 1971. Served a little while in P2H's then transitioned to P-3A's at NAS Moffett Field, California in the Fall of 1968. Moved home port to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Served in Crew 1 (see Crew 1 picture on VP-17 page, I'm the skinny one, 1st row far right) with Robert May, Ken Hurst and Fred Steuber as GATOR. Became PPC of Crew 4 where the O's on last cruise were F. R. Schenck, D. M. Schwartz, D. L. Dillard and R. S. Peck. Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Utapao, perhaps not in that order. Retired from VP-69 Reserve Patron (really) from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1987 and am now waiting for my check. Has anyone seen it? I visited Ken Hurst in Indiana some years ago with his wife Laurie who is city council person in Nolbesville. Working at PacifiCorp (Pacific Power/Utah Power) as meter engineer in Portland but living in Vancouver USA. Kids all grown up and I just became a Granddad: Zachary Scott Frederick. Zachary visited in January 1999 and brought his parents: Julie (my daughter) and Scott. Drop me a line at my email address or at my work email. There is telephone communications too at work 503-813-6600 near the Lloyd Center. Bye for now..." [05FEB99]

SHIPMATE REQUEST LISTING REMOVAL [Removed 08FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 22SEP2009 | 19MAR98]

PAUNA, Arnie arnie.pauna@corning.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1961 through 1964. Enjoyed every day of the tour. My last days with VP-17, I was Plane Captain on Crew 4. Good bunch of guys they were. If you get a moment, send me a note. Thanks..." [25SEP2001]

PENCE, AT1 KARL VAN kvp1961@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from March 1994 to January 1995, when they decomm'ed (got orders there from VP-22). I thought they were joking saying that VP-17 was going to be decomm'ed too. VP-17 was and still is the best VP squadron that I've been in. I have served with VP-30, VP-44, VP-30, VP-22, VP-17, VP-9 (TAD), VP-47, VP-30, and currently with VP-45. Lost touch with alot of good people. If anyone knows me, or remembers me, lets chat..." [20JAN2001]

PENNEY, ADCS(AC) Gary bassguy592000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1981 to 1984 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [17JAN2009]

PHELAN, Brandon brandonphelan@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1992 to 1994 when they disestablished. I worked in the Airframes shop through the last days of the squadron's existence. Would like to hear from anyone who was working with me during those years..." [E-Mail UPdated 13APR2006 | E-Mail Updated 09FEB2005 | 03APR99]

PIERSON, Harry ezharry@citcom.net "...I served with VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1967 we deployed to Japan, NS Subic Bay, Philippines and NS Sangley Point, Philippines until we transitioned to the P-3 sometime I think in 1968. I was only a E-3 during this time and I worked as a designated Aviation Store Keeper. Looking forward to hearing from anyone. I do stay in touch with Clark Harrison, have been in touch with Rick Stanton and have learned about the passing of Skip Vandell. I will be leaving N.C. for 2 or 3 months for a trip out west on the 27th of July. If anyone sees this please let me know maybe we can meet during my trip. Yours in true VP-17 spirit..." [29JUN2005]

POHALSKI, AW1 Allan B. Retired benandaddie57@yahoo.com "...Retired was stationed NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii member VP-17 1969-1973. I flew in crew seven, PPC LCDR Jm Fieldsreally injoyed that tour of duty if you remember me please let mer hear from you..." [18SEP2010]

POORE, CDR Jim Retired jimdawgpor@aol.com "...My first squadron was VAHM(10) / VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, 4/58-4/62. Made three deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska & NAS Adak, Alaska. Flew co-pilot for Oak Osborne and Jerry Thummel. Was PPC of crew 12. Also flew with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 3/69 to 4/71. We were the last operational active duty squadron in SP2H's. I retired in Aug. '80 after 24 yrs. and currently live in Anacortes, WA..." [16SEP99]

PORTER, Orson L. orson@xmission.com "...I joined VP-17 / VAHM(10) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as an ATAN in 1955, and at that time the squadron was operating P2V-6s which we took on a 6-month deployment to Okinawa to face the Chinese and the Mig-15. When we returned to the States we traded our tired P2V-6s for P2V-5Fs fresh out of overhaul and later took them to NAS Iwakuni, Japan to face the Russians and the Mig-17. After leaving the squadron and the regular Navy, I flew with a reserve squadron operating P2Vs out of Sand Point NAS Seattle, Washington. Now the only P2Vs I see are firefighting airplanes. I still love the sound of those big round engines and the sight of that big-ass rudder against the sky..." [BIO Updated 26NOV2001 | 09OCT2001]

PRAY, Dan C. Retired daniel_pray@sbcglobal.net "...I started out in 1984 in VP-22, then transfered to VP-48 in April 1987. After completing that tour, I took orders to VP-31 for Instructor Duty. In September 1990, VP-31 was Disestablished and I transfered to VP-47. VP-47 moved to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaiiin 1993. My last tour was with Executive Transport Department at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii hauling CINCPACFLT where I retired..." [26DEC2000]

PROFFITT, David proffitt5517@gmail.com "...I served with was VP-17 (04/1967-10/1969) as squadron AIO. Kitt and I still live in the kansas City area and having fun with the 8 grandchildren. I recently retired and would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23AUG2019 | BIO Updated 02APR2011 | 22DEC99]

RACZKOWSKI, Jerry Shipmate PixCirca 1965 1horses@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1965 to 1966. I was a flight crew member primary radio..." [04APR2002]

RADIEL, ADJC Harold "Ed" Retired Flighted@aol.com "...VP-42, VP-22, VP-17, VP-31 & VT31. From P5M's to P2V'S as Plane Captain to P-3's as Flight Engineer. Served from 1954 to 1974 when I retired. VP-42 56 to 61, VT 31 61 to 65, VP-22 65 to 69, VP-17 69 to 72. Would sure like to here from old Shipmates..." [07JUL98]

RAMMEL, Patrick pjrammel@home.com "...Served in VP-5 from 1977-1980 as NAVCOMM/TC, VP-30 from 1980-1982 working on the JMSDF and Dutch FMS programs, and VP-17 from 1988-1989. Picked-up a MS in Financial Management at NPS in Monterey, CA. I received orders to NAS Lemoore, California as the Comptroller and Defender of the VP community. It was fun being the only VP type with a base of F/A 18 jet jocks. Just have to say per diem and watch their blood pressure rise..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2001 | 08MAR98]

RAMSAY, AT2 Stephen ssramsay@live.com "...I served with VP-17 (1981–1984) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew as a IFT with Crew-7..." [29MAY2019]

RANDOLPH, D. J. djranddj@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1963-1967) with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew-7 as a Radio Operator and window cleaner..." [24MAY2016]

RASFELD, LT Joe Retired rasfeldj@verizon.net "...I served with VP-24 (1961-1963)as a AT Jez-Radio Operator. I applied (and was accepted in 1963) into the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. in 1967. I reported to VP-30 (1969) and learned about Jay R. Beasley and all the wonderful things he did for the men and the machine we flew. I then served with VP-17 (1969-1972) as a TACCO, ASWOC at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and retired December 1970. I am now retired again after working as engineer and inventor. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2013 | 10MAR98]

RAUSCH, Edward lydadel@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1953-1955 out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was a Radar Operator in Crew 11. Made the Korean deployment operating out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan. It was great seeing a picture of the old BH4 P2V5. I wonder if that was the plane in which they forgot to put the gear down on in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington! I would like to hear from any of the old crew!..." [03FEB2001]

REED, AWC Troy E. (Search Power) Retired vp17cr2ss1@cox.net "...AW rate "Plank Owner" (AMS2 to AW2) ... flew S-2E Trackers in VS-24 (66-70) from USS Randolph (CVS-15) and USS Yorktown (CVS-10).... VX-1 YS2-G Opevals (70-73) at Key West and USS Intrepid (CVS-11) .... flew P-3B from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17 "White Lightenings" Crew 2's SS1 for two tours (74-78) & (81-84), CPW-2 (78-81)..." [E-Mail Updated 15AUG2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 09JAN2005 | 04FEB2002]

REEP, Michael Retired m.reep@live.com "...I served with VP-17 (1989-1991) as LPO in Powerplants and retired in 1994. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17NOV2011]

REEVES, Glen (Butch) reeves12345678@hotmail.com "...My father was in VP-17 from 1960-63 and would like to rehash with any one who he knew or knew him. His name is Glen (butch) Reeves. Specific crew members were LT Jim Barber, LT(jg) Jim Shery and other whos names are forgotten..." [15MAY2005]

RICE, Jack frabr280@ionet.net "...I served with VP-17 1962 - 1965. I flew with Crew 12 as LCDR Bruce Brown's plane commander..." [08FEB99]

RICKS, AT2 George "Wayne" wricks1@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-17 (08/1955-1956) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1956), ATA School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, APS-45 Radar training at Keesler AFB Biloxi, MS, AirBarSRon-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VAAW-35 (later designated VA-122) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1958)..." [24JUL2012]

RIESS, William riess5@attbi.com "...Flew with VP-17 / VA(HM)-10 as radioman, top turret gunner from 1954-1957 in the P2V6. Went to flight training in 1957 and after a tour in VW-1 on Guam, returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to fly the SP2H with VP-1 from 1961-1963..." [07AUG2002]

RINEHART, PH2 Robert robtrineh@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (later VA(HM)-10) from November 1, 1953 to March 11, 1957. I was a photographer (PH2) with the squadren during that time. I would especially like to reconnect with the other photog's from the squadren, Tooker, Escobedo, Mitzemburg, and O'Connell. If you have any knowledge of the men who served during this time, please contact me..." [23JUL2004]

ROBINSON, ATC Wayne A. Retired waynerobinson653@yahoo.com "...Enlisted Sept 1956 Served at NATTC Patuxent River, Maryland from 57 to 59, VS-36 At NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 59 to 62 operating on board USS Randolph CVS 15, NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 62 to 65 AT-B school june 65 to jan 66. Transferred to VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Deployed twice for six months to Viet Nam.Then to VR-21 At NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii for 4 years shore duty . From ther was transferrd to VA-94 at NAS Lemoore, California. Operating from the deck of USS Coral Sea rom 72 to 75. Became a Navy Recruiter From 76 to 79 At Battle Creek, Michigan whee i finally Retired and Still Reside..." [BIO Updated 03NOV2017 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 07AUG2017 | E-Mail Updated 30NOV2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 20FEB2010 | 08MAR98]

RODENHIZER, Millard "Lee" milrod@prodigy.net "...I served in VP-17 from Sept 69 to May of 70. Had a blast, great people, and the good times rolled. Hope to hear from you. Anybody want to sell their cruise book from Philippine cruise from late 69 til May of 70 let me know..." [06JUN99]

ROGERS, Jack rogers1943@aol.com "...Attached to VP-17 from Nov. 1961 to Nov. 1963. Assigned to the Ordinance Shop and was a crew member. Deployed to Alaska twice. How lucky!! Just loved those poopy suits. I met many fine men while in the Navy and VP-17 and look forward to Reunion some day. If you remember me send me an e-mail and let me know how you are doing. Gene Wiggins and I have remained very good friends since the Navy days and usually get together once a year for golf and good times. I have just recently talked with some of the members of VP-17 that I hav not heard from or seen since the ole Navy days..." [05APR98]

ROLLINS, James B. "Row-Row" rollins_182@msn.com "...I joined VP-17 in February 1966 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington during the squadrons rotation back from its 1965-1966 WesPac tour. I was assigned to the A/F Shop while with the squadron. I made both of the 1966-1967 and 1967-1968 WesPac tours. My nickname was "Row-Row" and spent most of my time on liberty at NS Sangley Point, Philippines with Wayne Biggers, Bob Lewis, J.J.Marks, Larry Loewe and Kelly Lipsius at the "Manhattan Club". We had a great time together. It would be great to hear from any of them. I left the squadron--and the Navy--on August 31, 1968, driving the Skipper's car home to NAF Andrews, Maryland..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08DEC2006 | 22FEB2000]

RAMOS, SCPO Ysmael P. Retired ysmael.ramos@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-48 (1983-1986) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-17 (1987-1990) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as Aircraft Civision Chief and QA Division Chief and AIMD at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington where I retired in 1994. My career in the Navy is a memory of many friends made and I'd like to hear from them..." [E-Mail Updated 27SEP2011 | 13APR2003]

ROSADO, Steve "PACO" rosadosm@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-17 from 1991 to the end. I did 3 deployment ( NSF Diego Garcia 1991) what fun, ( NAS Misawa, Japan 1993), and (back to Dodge 1994/1995). I then went to the RESASWTRACEN in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I got out in October 1999 and now work for Raytheon Systems Co. Any of my old drinking buddies drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAR2007 | 12MAY2000]

RULFFES, Tom trulffes@asisna.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 and VP-17 (redesignated). We deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska about 1958 for six months during summer. I would like to find Sam Governale and Fred C. Smith. After my service, I finished college and taught college for 30 years..." [BIO Updated 28JAN2011 | 04DEC2009]

RUSSELL, Thomas Edwin tompbm@aol.com "..Member of PBM squadron VP-17 1944-45..."

SAMS, ATR3 Dave dsams2@comcast.net "...Hello Shipmates. I served with VP-17 from 1968 to 1971. We deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1969-1970) and NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Utapao, Thailand (1970-1971). I was rated as an ATR-3 but worked in the Communication group as a Yeoman. (If you have the Iwakini Cruise I'm the skinny guy holding the dog in our Communications picture) I'm heavy into Quality Control and have been working with companies that make defense related products for the Army and Navy since I left the squadron. Look forward to hearing from y'all. Has anyone heard from Kieth Hunsicker, Wayne Garrett, Rick Long, Rick Evans, LCDR May, LT Esty or LT Puchalla?..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2003 | 14FEB99]

SATOKA, Joe "Mama" oldboy@spils.com "...I served with VP-17 1975-1979. I am now working for the U.S. Postal Service..." [11FEB2003]

SCALESE, AT2 Thomas J. cleverdevil39@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 / VAHM-10 (02/58-07/60) and flew aboard BUNO: 131489 and BUNO: 131487. Deployments included NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska. My crew also worked out of Fairbanks with IGY (International Geophysical Year) folks. We flew at 50 ft over the ice pack throwing PDcs out the window. I was radioman in several crews, mostly crew 6 under LCDR Olds. Great pilot, great crew..Grundig, Botteril, Conn, Abraham. Would like to hear from anyone that knows me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10APR2021 | 03JUN99]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixObit "...SCHAMP, ATC Herb Retired...Herb was a terrific individual. His heartattack on the morning of the 21st shocked everyone...he walked when he played golf, three times a week. He was the Miramar Men's Golf Club. He dedicated a lot of time to San Diego Jr. Golf. He sang in his church chior. Our Mother of Confidence Catholic church in University City (San Diego) was packed for his memorial service, a testament to a wonderful man and shipmate. Respectfully, AXC Dennis "Fetch" FETSCHER Retired dfetscher@cox.net..." [30DEC2006]

SCHAMP, ATC Herb Retired (Deceased 2001) WILLYV2@AOL.COM "...I arrived in NAS Kodiak, Alaska in March 1963 after ASA-16 and crew training at NORIS. Since I had spent 3 years in VW-12/AEWBarRonPac at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying radio in the Willy Victor (hence the e-mail address), I was assigned to Crew Six the next day for a flight out to NAS Adak, Alaska. Returning from the NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment in July, I was assigned to Crew-8 with Lcdr. Conklin as PPC, Ray Jensen as Julie and Tony Mano as Jezz and the rest of a crew which trained together at NORIS. As a crew, we worked all of the Electronics and had it all covered. My APS-20 school in Biloxi in 1958 helped out a lot. We flew 13614 for 1 year as we kept the same plane with the crew. On our way over we ron at Kwajelien and on take-off the pilots nesa cracked. We had to wait for a new one and had a good week of deep sea fishing. Fianlly made it to NAHA and VP-6 departed for NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Lots of young ladies left crying at the gate! We made many trips through the Tainan Straits which was exciting and/or boring depending what happened. Together with Crew 1, we went to Saigon for the first of the Market Time deployments in July 1964. We were the first two aircraft to fly the recon's and had a good time in Saigon. Both of the crews painted "Nose Art" on the planes and that became the fad for the deployment. Crew ONE had Snoopy sitting on top of a Tori Gate looking for Subs. Crew 8 had Johnny Oinen (our AO) paint a large swordfish with one of the "go to hell" hats from Saigon on its sword in rememberance of the good fishing on Kwaj. I remember the day ZE-6 (135555 or "triple nickle five") landed at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan with a stuck gear. They jacked it up, dropped the gear and pinned it, replaced the props, ran up the 3350's and with a min crew returned to NAHA. And it made the flight back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Returning to Ault Field the 135614 was sent to PAR (commonly called "paint and return"). I stayed in Crew 8 and picked up Buno 140971 as our "new" plane. If any of you remember me, you will remember I painted the radio compartment gold. We made the 1965 NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Again making 2 trips down to Saigon for Market time. After some time back at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, I left for VR-21 in Oct '66, went to VFP-63 at NAS Miramar in Oct'69, AVIB SCHOOL in June of 73, NAMTD-1013 MIRAMAR in March '74, CVW-11 STAFF as AVIONICS/FLIGHT DECK CHIEF in June'77 and retired in November 1978. Worked for Lockheed Marine Systems in San Diego for 16 years on the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles and retired from there in 1996. So, now all I do is play golf and keep house as my wife Sharon is still working for the San Diego City Schools. If any of you recognize the name or time, please drop an e-mail. I keep up on all of the Reunion and have been to quit a few. VR/AEW/VP etc. So, drop a line and let me know how it goes..." [03JAN2000]

SCHMIDT, Martin R. Retired martins@whidbeyisland.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1969 to 1971 (Crew 7 TACCO). I joined the Reserve Squadron VP-69 here on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington when I left active duty and subsequently retired in late 1987 from the Reserves. It was fun, but I sure do like civilian life. Retired life here on Whidbey Island is very nice. It is a strange ghost-like feeling however, to go onto the Naval Air Station here at Oak Harbor where I spent so much time in uniform and in a flight suit..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06NOV2005 | 23OCT2001]

SCHMIDT, Steven steve@bnimages.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1990 to 1994. I now live in Billings, MT with my wife and two children. Feel free to contact me..." [E-Mail Updated 08NOV2010 | 25JAN2008]

SCHNECKENBURGER, ADC Douglas "Shake" Retired akashakenbake@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1967), VP-64 (1976-1978), VP-93 (1978-1982), VP-62 (1982-1986) and VP-64 (1986-1989)..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 02FEB2014 | 05JUN2000]

SCHRADER, AW(N) Tom trschrader2@kc.rr.com "...I served with VP-17 AW(N) from November 1982 to August 1987, Enlisted Education Advancement Program (EEAP) at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, HI and VP-22 from August 1989 to October of 1993. I currently live in Kansas City, MO. I would like to hear from former Shipmates here or on my Facebook page..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01APR2011 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN2001 | 14FEB2000]

SCHRAGER, S. M. "Jack" wojack@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 (1972-1975)..." [08JAN2014]

SCHWAB, AX3 Thomas V. blackjack43044@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-17 Crew-11 and VP-1 Crew-1 from l965 to 1969..." [09NOV2009]

SCHWALBE, Vincent H. "Swab" vincentschwalbe@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1968-1971) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments (WESTPAC) to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [E-Mail Updated 07SEP2019 | E-Mail Updated 01JUL2003 | 11OCT98]

SEDAM, John David davedrums4u@yahoo.com "...I was with the White Lightnings from August 1989-September 1992. I am currently a Navy Recruiter for the Number One Recruiting District in the Nation. I will be retiring from active duty in July 2005, but will be on terminal leave in March 2005. Made the Chief's Board three times consecutive and just took it for the fourth time. Hopefully this will be the one. Closed on a brand new home in September and will retire in Houston, Texas. Still playing the drums and working with some guys trying to get signed to a Country Label in Nashville. Things are great and continue get better everyday. I have been so blessed and wanted to take a moment to say hello to some of the people who were a part of who and what I have become today. Would love to hear from you all. Sincerely..." [21JAN2003]

SEGUINE, Larry lseguine@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 Crew 8 from 1964 to 1969. It has been a very long time since I have given thought to the old days. I am courious as to who is still around and what they are up to. I ran into the son of one of the old crew members a few years back and found out he had become a Chief and was still active in a VP stationed in NAS Adak, Alaska. I would be very interested in hearing from other members of the old squadron. Would love to see an alumni page for the enlisted crews from VP-17 from the 1960's till they went to P-3's. Also would love to hear from anyone from FAETUPAC det NAS Moffett Field, California from the late 1960's (VP-31)..." [03JAN2003]

SEHESTEDT, PNCM(SW) Allen L. "Al" Retired allenseh@comcast.net "...I served as VP-17 Personnel Office Sup from 1976 - 1978. Amazing that after all these years, I saw so many names of old Shipmates that I recognized and remembered. I always remember the "White Lightnings" as one of the best I served with during my 30 year tour of duty..." [16JUL2006]

SEHORN, LCDR Donald D. Retired Subfighter@aol.com "...Enlisted 1949. First Navy School was Naval Mine Warfare in Yorktown, VA. In 1958 changed to Aviation Electricians Mate and did a short WestPac on the USS BonHomme Richard and then to VAHM-10/VP-17. Commissioned Ens.(LDO) in 1961 and then to VP-31 (the RAG), after that to VP-47 and on to VO-67 (which, in spite of what everyone thinks, was not an all volunteer squadron). From the OBSRON I was with VAQ-130 in NAS Alameda, California. From there to the USS Hancock and then to Staff, Fleet Air Alameda. Retired in 1973 and am about to do it again, I think. I would really appreciate hearing from any of my old Shipmates. I would drop a few names but there are so many and it has been so many years..." [05JAN99]

SENSAT, AW Donald donintheswamp@hughes.net "...I served with VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as an AW from 1979 to 1982..." [20FEB2009]

SEYMORE, Dan seymoredan@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 (1969-1972). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24APR2013 | 13MAY2001]

SHAFFER, Jack Shaffer shaffja@mediaone.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1971 thru 1974. I will always have a warm and fuzzy feeling for the squadron and all the ship mates I served with during that time..." [20NOV2000]

SHARP, AMS3 D. sharprd@bright.net "...I remember VP-17 71/74 good fun. Do you remember those LBFM'S?..." [25JUL99]

SHARP, Kevin "Sparky" ksharp@dsattorneys.com "...I was an IFC with VP-17 from 1983 to 1986. A pot of coffee and a bowl of cigarettes - I'm ready to launch. Would love to hear from fellow White Lightnings..." [E-Mail Updated 25APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN2004 | 09JUL2000]

SHEALY, Dave c/o his son Wayne Shealy WSCMJ@aol.com "...He served in VP-772/VP-17 during the Korean war. He was in crew 8..."

SHEHANE, AZC Don Retired DSHEHANE@BELLSOUTH.NET "...I served with VP-17 from 1974 through 1977. I retired as an AZC in June 1980. I currently work for San Diego Community College as a Contract Instructor for AZ "A" school..." [14NOV2000]

SHELTON, DEAN bkbcards@aol.com"...Hello to all my friends and aquaintances out there. VP-47 64-67; VP-17 67-69; Hal-3 71/72; VP-5 72-74; VP-8 77-80, was an AX to start then AT finally about to transfer to MA when I left the Nav. Flew radio and radar westpac and east. enjoyed my time. Miss a lot of friends. good fortune to all and keep em airborne. In memory of those we lost*****..."

SHERMAN, CWO4 Neil Retired nsherman39@comcast.net "...I served with VP-11, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1966-1970. I was an aircrewman first on P2V-7 then P-3B as a Jez operator. I arrived as an AW3 and left as an AW1. I also served in VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1974-77. This was during my time as an AWC-AWCS. I flew as a Jez operator and also served as the AW Division Officer. I was in VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1982-1986 as a CWO4. I flew as a NAV/COMM, TACCO, and MC on P-3C. Made all the deployments in all the squadrons..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 19MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 28OCT2002 | 07SEP2000]

SIMMONS, AXCS Richard Retired pissnpits4u@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1968-1972), CPRW-10 (1972-1974), VP-17 (1975-1977), Navy Recruiter Visalia, CA (1977-1980), VP-46 (1981-1984) and Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (NamTraDet) Command Senior Chief (1985-1988)..." [05MAR2020]

Memorial Picture "...SIMPSON, Richard...My husband, Richard Simpson, served with VP-17. He recently passed away from lung cancer. I am interested in anyone from VP-17 who was on NAS Adak, Alaska in early 1985 who may remember sweeping up asbestos that drifted off the ceiling in the hanger they were using..." Contributed by Jean Simpson jmwallig@yahoo.com [11OCT2013]

SKOFF, Ray "Rapid Ray" raymond.p.skoff@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1974-1978) as a Navigator and TACCO. After the squadron, I went back to school and got a civil engineering degree because I could not find a civilian job hunting submarines and I was totally worthless doing anything having to do with business administration. I continued to live on Oahu until 1989, and at that time moved to Seattle where I am today. I’m married with three daughters and two granddaughters and spend my retired time supporting the University of Washington efforts to restore a WW1 US Navy hangar that was the site of the rowing team that took the 1936 Olympics Gold Medal away from the Nazi’s (Boys in the Boat). Every time I get on a commercial airplane, I think about how great it is to be able to look out a window instead of an ASA 16. Chief Mitchell, if you are out there, I want you to know that you saved my butt. I sure would like to know whatever happened to our CO, CDR Bob Richmond. He was such a great person and mentor..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22OCT2019 | 12AUG2008]

SLATER-LUNSFORD, AX1 Wayne waynesl@waynesl.com "...I served with VP-17 (1976-1980) and Instructor duty NATTC (1981-1985). Now I'm sitting in Iroquois Point, Hawaii housing visiting my daughter and grandkids..." [28JUN2012]

SLAUGHTER, William "Randy" slaug6081@aol.com "...Enlisted at the Federal Building in downtown Dallas, Texas November 1966 and started my boot camp adventure in San Diego March 13, 1967 with Company 164 commanded by MM1 Herb Brewer. Brewer was from Arkansas and made life particularly hard for the group of Texans in 164. From RTC San Diego I reported to VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on June 16, 1967 and was given the weekend off to explore the beautiful island. After muster on Monday morning I was given my first duty as a regular sailor......wash a P2 Neptune. As the months of training for a tour overseas continued I learned how to mop floors, get up early to work in the chow hall and continue to wash P2 Neptune's. On November 5 or 6 a bunch of us boarded a C-118 or C-121 for the long flight to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Cavite City, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and Manila were quite a change for a young man from Texas. While overseas I left the "Airdale" part of my "career" in the Navy and started working with DK2 Don Winter's in the Disbursing Office. The duty was much better and I was finished washing planes. I enjoyed my friends and the team at VP-17 but unfortunately the squadron didn't need two DK's so on November 26, 1968 I was sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California in Coronado, CA. to be on the staff of Carrier Anti-Submarine Warfare Group 53. For the next few months I bounced between NAS North Island, San Diego, California and the 11th Naval District Headquarters in downtown San Diego before departing with the four squadron's that made up CVSG-53 on the USS Kearsarge CVS-33 in March of 1969. Carrier duty wasn't nearly as nice as VP deployment but we did see NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii twice, Japan, Hong Kong (again twice) and NS Subic Bay, Philippines three times. Unfortunately one of the NS Subic Bay, Philippines layovers was after one of our escort ships the USS Frank E. Evan's had been cut in half in a collision with the HMS Melbourne with the loss of 74 U.S. Navy officer's and sailors lives. The Kearsarge and crew returned to San Diego later that year and I was sent back to the District Headquarter's in downtown San Diego. Fortunately for me the Disbursing and Supply Divisions were overcrowded in that old building and I was able to secure a transfer across San Diego Bay to Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado where I stayed until discharged on December 1, 1970. By the way, if you are ever close to San Diego on the 4th of July make sure you catch the celebrations on Coronado Island. A great place to be on our national's birthday. I'll meet you at the VFW Hall to watch the parade..." [BIO Updated 19JUN2007 | 13JUN2007]

SLOGGETT, Charles "Chuck" chucksloggett@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1963-1965) and flew with Crew-12 as Jezz and Radioman (was ATN3 when I left squadron for B school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee). LCDR Bruce Brown (PPC), LT(jg) Jim Knaus (Co-pilot), LT John Smith (TACCO), LT(jg) Bob Ahern also flew with the crew, LT(jg) Chuck Wenger (3P/NAV), ADR3 Jack Rice (Plane Captain), AE3 Jack Bryant (MAD Operator), AO3 Mike Tyler (Ordinaceman), AT3 Leroy Addison (JULIE), ATC Jack Meeks (Radioman) and can't remember the 2nd Mechs name. We were the first crew to Vietnam right after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. From what I remember we arrived on August 5, 1964. I retired from the US Navy on December 31, 1985 an now reside in the Black Hills near Custer, SD. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02OCT2013]

SMITH, Rex a href="mailto:rex@hotmail.com">rex@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-17 from 1967 - 1970. Served at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington until transition to P-3s, then to NAS Moffett Field, California training and on to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Iwakuni during that time. Was AW2 Julie/ECM operator..." [12AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...SMYTH, AD1 Roger W...Shipmate Pix...Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class (Flight Engineer) USNR. Dad enlisted September 1942 and was discharged February 1946. He completed USNTS (AM) NAS Norman, Oklahoma; NAGS Purcell, OK; OTU (PBY) NAS North Island, San Diego, California; and OTU (PBM) NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He saw service VP-91, VPB-99, VPB-100 and VP-17. He earned the Victory Medal World War II, American Area Asiatic-Pacific Area (3 Stars) and the Good Conduct Medal. He identified traveling/patrolling Honolulu & Kanehoe, HI; Johnston, Suva Is; Fiji Is; New Caledonia (Ile Nou); Espiritu Santo; Guadalcanal; Tolagi; Soloman Is; Admiralty Is (Manua & Rabual); Cafiete (sp?) Philippines; China (Shanghai & Whangpo); Saipan Marianas; Eniwetok; New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington). ..." Contributed by Claudia Smyth Strock cjstrock@comcast.net [12NOV2013]

SNELL, Troy snelldog2004@yahoo.com "...I became a VP-17 White Lightning in 1988, where I spent the next six years doing WESPAC and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments. Just a fresh faced 18 year old from Ohio on the mean streets of Olongapo (the horror, the horror). NAS Adak, Alaska was cold, but I managed to meet an AE in my command that I later married. With NAS Adak, Alaska & PI closed, we switched deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, and Japan and soon after I divorced the afore mentioned AE. A boring tour at the TSC at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii point followed. I became one of "Jerry's Kids" with VPU-2 where I had a blast for another five years. By now we had moved from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, so I thought I'd try another TSC tour. It was as boring as before with the added bonus of all the Admiral's staff BS. I did manage to snag me an awesome little hula girl, whom I married, and puts up with me to this day. After 16 years in Hawaii, my streak was destined to come to an end and I now find myself basking in the paradise of NSA Bahrain. My year of exile will be over next month (Jul 05), and will be headed back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to try a tour at the MOCC. Unless the Navy does something crazy, like make me a Chief, I'll retire out in 2006. Good times... good times..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JUN2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 21FEB2003 | 03AUG98]

SOUKUP, AX3 Jim coupester@yahoo.com "...Looking for any VP-17 guys from 1970-1973 homeported in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and back to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Was a AX3 would like to hear from anyone in the squadron during that time..." [03OCT2003]

SPAULDING, CAPTAIN Gerry Retired gerkar@comcast.net "...I served with VT-3 from 1969 to 1971, VP-17 from 1972 to 1975 (has a pretty good informal comm network established), VP-23 from 1980 to 1982 (have heard little from Shipmates), VT-28 from 1983 to 1985 (would love to hear from any of the guys and gals who made life so pleasant for me when I was XO/CO). Looking forwarding to hearing from anyone interested in catching up..." Personal WebSite: http://ghspaulding.com/VP-17homepage.htm [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2010 | Updated 03JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | 14JAN2000]

SPAULDING, CDR Ralph Spaulding ralphswa@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-17 from Mar 67 to Dec 68. I made two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and flew Market Time patrols from the detachments in Saigon and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I served as Ops Officer and then XO and temporary CO as the squadron transitioned from P2's to P-3's and moved from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I closed down P2 operations at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington before moving on to duty in Washington D.C...." [11SEP2000]

SPETH, Pete paspeth@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-17 from early 1965 to early 1967 (NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, & Tan Son Nhut) Pilot with Lt Joe McElmary -sic- crew. Would like to hear from anyone of White lightnings or of VP-17 Reunion..." [07JAN2005]

SPOON, AXCS Gary Retired saspoon@juno.com "...I served in VP-31 1975-78 and in VP-17 1978-81. would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [09AUG98]

STAGNER, AWC Willis D. Retired oldstag1@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-17 ( NAS Adak, Alaska) and VP-22 ( NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan)..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 04JAN2003 | 28JUL2000]

STANEK, AD2 Tim teks69@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1984 to 1988. I would like to hear from former Shipmates. What fun we had..." [06JAN2007]

STANIC, ADJ Paul paulstanic@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1972-1975 and 1979-1981) and worked on the Line Crew (first tour) as an Aircraft Handler and in the Power Plants Shop (second tour). Does anyone remember the 4th of July fireworks fight with VP-22 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan?..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2016 | 16MAY99]

STASIAK, Chris christ8686@aol.com "...I was in VP-17 from Jan 89 - Mar 92. Made the 89 NAS Adak, Alaska/91 NAS North Island, San Diego, California deployments. Flew as an IFT with both CAC's 1 & 7. I'm currently stationed with the Weapons Test Squadron at NAS Point Mugu, California. I've run into lots of former VP-17 sailors since leaving the squadron. There is a W/C 210 Reunion planned for 3-8 March 2000 in New Orleans. Contact Karen Daigle (Duncan) at Kdaigle@usa.net for details. Anybody out there that remembers me feel free to e-mail me..." [17MAR99]

STAUFFER, Barry bcstauffer@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1964 to 1967 and VP-17 from March 1976 to 1979. I am now in Old Town Alexandria VA where I have lived since I retired from the Navy in 1983..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT209 | 07MAR2000]

STEPHENS, LT Mel Retired melstephens@sprintmail.com "...I spent some great times in the USN from boot camp at Great Lakes in 1955, AT school at Millington, Tn from 1955-1956, and Flight Training in NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1956-57. I served with some great "troops" but if three VP-17 Alaska deployments in a row were good times, I sure as hell don't remember them. Bill Carter (Kodiak Mishap 11 JAN 63) was a BOQ buddie in 1962 and should never have been in the cockpit on that day (a Command decision he could not disobey). Any of us "Junior" birdmen could have had the same fate, we were just luckier! Mel Stephens PC Crew 7 1961-62...I served in VAHM-10/VP-17 from March 1958- June 1962, through CO's John Wheatley, Dick Larson, Clyde Mckinney and Bill Pressler, three NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployments, which was enough instrument flying to last a lifetime and a traumatic trip to NAS Adak, Alaska with a crew from our relieving Squadron VP-1. during which I almost left my ashes on the Mt. there. NRTC Great Lakes class 15 of 1955, NAVCAD class 22 of 1956, a Korean war "vet" that was never shot at..." [31DEC99]

STOREY, LT O. John "OJ" Stohn@earthlink.net "...Served in VP-48 from 3/89 to 3/91 Pilot ... Asst. Tactics Officer Arrived with the "Boomers" in NAS Adak, Alaska in the middle of the '88/'89 winter deployment. "THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!!" Enjoyed many missions and dets, especially the one to Midway with Gebby and PJ Taylor. Although I had many friends and I apologize if I don't mention your name, my best friends were Steve Lemelin, Ron Rose, PJ Taylor, Doug Davis, Dan Mishler, Dunwoody and Ed Winzinger. Graduated to PPC/MC in the fall of '90 after the "roaming" deployment that started at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and ended at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. After decommissioning (Spring '91), went to VP-17. ##### Patrol Squadron 17 ##### Served in VP-17 from 4/91 to 4/92 Pilot ... Pilot Training Officer Joined the "White Lightning" formation in March '91 as PPC for deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and det'ting to Masirah UAE in support of post-Desert-Storm activity. Had memorable times with Kolbinger, Donnie P., Mikler, Berry(Jean-Claude), Heckman(go Pens) and Petersen. There were more good friends (never the Stair-master) but can't remember all of the names. After completion of second-phase of first tour in April '92, departed the Navy pattern a year later from Dallas TX. ##### After Patrol Squadron Navy ##### Pulled chocks on the Navy in 5/93, and spent a year flight instructing waiting for the airlines to hire. After three years of the airlines, decided that a professional pilot's life was not for me (not enough home time). Joined the computer industry in '97, married in '98 and living in Lemoyne, PA (as of Spring '00)..." [31JAN2000]

STOWERS, AW Ed ed.stowers@yahoo.com "...I attended "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, SERE school and Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) with VP-31 (1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-17 (06/1976-08/1979) with a deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines plus detachments to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Midway Island, NSF Diego Garcia, Hong Kong, Korea, Bangkok, and Singapore. I crewed with Crew-1 and Crew-1. My most momorable flights included a SAR that saved a young child's life on the island of Argihan north of Guam after the place had been raided by pirates, and another in which I almost bought it when redeploying from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in which we made a stop at NAS Atsugi, Japan. During a GCA/PAR approach, on final one mile from touchdown the number three engine exploded in a huge ball of fire. The PPC that evening, whose name was Knight, managed to save us all by leveling the wings a second or two before we hit. As it was, we ended up with a week of libety in Japan, but we were lucky to still be alive. I left VP-17 and the Navy in 1979 and went on to a second career in military aviation as an officer in the Air Force (AWACS). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23JUL2019 | E-Mail Updated 22JAN2015 | 24JUN2005]

STRACCIALINI, Moreno (Stracc Attack) stracc@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 as a Flight Engineer from 1984 to 1990, too many Flight Crews to remember. In my twenty years of service I deployed to great places like NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and others. My best regards to all my Shipmates (Aircrew or Maint). I Also served with VX-1, VP-11, VP-23, and VP-8. Presently stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Force Aircraft Test Squadron where I will retire in OCT 1999 with over 6000 hrs in the Mighty Orion. I will be glad to hear from old Shipmates, so drop me a line!..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2007 | 05SEP99]

STRAUS, Dan danstraus@aol.com "...It's nice to see a site devoted to a great time in my life & see others from that time. After VP-17 I went overseas w/Saudi Arabian Airlines for several years, then back to the US to live through a number of bankrupt airlines. I'm now a captain w/American Trans Air..." [E-Mail Updated 18JAN2000 | 08MAY99]

SULLIVAN, ADC Curt csullivan@dishmail.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1979 to 1983 as a P-3 Instructor Engineer..." [22AUG2009]

SWANSON, ATC Daryl Retired darylswanson2@gmail.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 / VP-17 (1957 to 1960), VP-31 (1960 to 1964), VP-22 (1965 to 1967), FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1967 to 1969) teaching Julie operators with a Detachment to NAS Moffett Field, California teaching comm operators, VP-40 (1970 to 1975), NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California from December 1975 (teaching Micro-miniature module repair) until retired 1978..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2009 | 29MAY2008]

Memorial Picture "...TALLEY, AO3 Johnnie Wayne...I regret to inform VP-17 Shipmates of the loss of Shipmate John Talley. He passed away August 14, 2009 of prolonged heart failure, diabetes, and other health complications. He is survived by his wife Ann and a huge family in the area of Anniston, Alabama. We were most fortunate to have a mini Crew 5 ('64 Okinawa & '65 Iwakuni) Reunion with him in 2006. I believe John served the 'White Lightnings' '61 thru '65. Like all the other AO's he was a dedicated Ordanceman and maybe the most congenial, rarely without a smile. He had his own Insurance Agency in Mt. Vernon for 20 years before returning to 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Rest in peace Shipmate. FETSCHER, AXC Dennis "Fetch" Retired dfetscher@cox.net..." [17AUG2009]

TAMBORRINO, AZ2 Nick nixpixx@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1972-1976). Those were some of the greatest years of my life and great friendships were formed. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12OCT2010]

TARRANT, AK Shelly shelly@usastaffing.net "...(Now/still Brickner) Served as an AK with VP-17 until disestablishment. Looking for Denise (YN2) Weaver. Married Larry Brickner in 1994 and have 2 children, Riley (6) and Emma (2). Would love to hear from you!..." [25JUN2005]

TAYLOR, Scott "Grand Poobah" taylor@global.t-bird.edu "...I served with VP-17 (1993-1995), VP-9 (1995-1996) and TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1996-1998) and VP-17 while they were deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and did another deployment with them to NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Masirah, Oman and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). I also did another NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment with VP-9 VP-9. I left the Navy and pursued my MBA/MIM. Since then, I've been involved professionally again with the MPRF community as a Navy Contractor working on the P-8 and TacMobile Programs to ensure that our current VP / Navy community gets the best possible support from our acquisition community. I currently reside in San Diego, CA...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 30NOV2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 09AUG2008 | 23AUG98]

THAUT, ADCS Ron Retired rthaut@uswest.net "...I was in the VP community my entire Navy career, starting out with VP-8 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1959-1963. I remember the crew we lost during an ORI flight in 63 only too well. Moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 63 to set up VP-31 det "A". Hawaii VP-17, back to VP-31, etc..." [15DEC2000]

THOMASON, Chuck j2382@gte.net "...I served with VT-26 (82-85), VP-17 (85-88), NAS Point Mugu, California, AIMD (88-91), VP-17 (92-95), VP-1 (95-96), now I am stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, AIMD, until July 99. I would like to here from any Shipmates to find out how they are doing..." [27SEP98]

THOMAS, AO1 Chuck Retired jcthomes@hsonline.net "...I was former Aircrew in VP-9, VP-17, and VP-8. Had orders to VO-67 when attached to VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Lost several Shipmates from VP-9 to VO-67, my orders were cnx, and never saw shipmates such as A03 Clay Ashby, AO3 Mike Freeman and several others again. I retired from USN while ships company USS Enterprise April 1985. Any of you guys left out there?..." [20JUN99]

THOMAS, ATC Fred E. Retired f1516thomas@gmail.com "...I served with VP-772 / VP-17 (1953-1954) as the squadron was transistioning from the PBY-2 to P2V-6. I worked in the FASRON at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and stood many parking ramp watches. I flew 32 touch and goes with Jay R. Beasley in a P2V-5..." [E-Mail Updated 25APR2015 | 24JUL2012]

TIDWELL, Greg gregtid@msn.comggr "...I was stationed in NAS Agana, Guam from 1976 to 1977, and rode out Super Typhoon Pamela. I transferred to VP-17 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1978. I then went to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1980 to 1983. There, I ran the T-56 test cell for AIMD Powerplants. Good memories. If you were around then, or worked in a test cell, please get in contact..." [03NOV2001]

TILLIS, AFCM Donald Retired dtillis1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1990-1993) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as the Maintenance Master Chief with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Masirah, Oman in support of the frist Gulf War. I retired in 1996 at NATC Millington, Tennessee..." [02JAN2012]

TIRONA, CPO Rafael Retired coast1e@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1983-1986) as the AMS2 Corrosion Control Supervisor. I got out of the service in 1986 and eventually enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1991. I finally retired as a USCG CPO in August 2007. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05JUN2013]

TOLLEY, Rick rlt@texas.net "...Was with VP17 at Whidbey, 66-68, VP-19 at Moffett late 70s..."

TOLLISON, AOC(AW/NAC) Roger redrockrt@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from October 1986 through July 1991, PMTC-NAWC Weapons Division from August 1991 through July 1994, and VP-1 from September 1994 through February 1999. Currently on recruiting duty in Mississippi. Just a note to fellow White Lightnings and Screaming Eagles. Sure miss the good times had around the Pacific..." [10FEB2001]

TOOLE, AT2 (AW) Tom TooleT@Mugu.Navy.mil "...I serverd in VP-6 from 91 till Decomm. And in VP-17 as the IFT Bluecard till they Decommed. Went to PMTC for Shore duty got out of the Navy and now work there as a GS-11 Network Administrator. Still Fly as a Civilian with NWTS on the NP-3D's on occasion..." [04JUN98]

TORSTENSON, Al "Chief T" a.torstenson@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 in 1967, VP-2 in 1968, VP-69 in 1983 (P-3 FE and became (TAR)), VP-69, VP-64, VP-68 and VR-61 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I retired in the Seattle area and am loving it. Twenty four years is plenty. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAY2009 | 04FEB98]

TREMAINE, Mike another579o@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1968 through 1970 while we made our first deployment in P-3's. I was on Crew 4A and then Crew 10. This was one on the best times of my life..." [11MAY2000]

TROTTER, Lee lee.trotter@charter.net "...I served with VP-17 (1970-1973) and flew with Crew-11. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18NOV2013 | 23JUL98]

TULARE, John R. Jr. john.tulare@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1975 to 1979 at which time I took orders to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, where they insisted (heehee) I extend 3 times. From there went to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) at NAS Alameda, California and stayed there 10 years, doing shore duty and a tour on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Retired out of Treasure Island while "Abe" was deployed. Currently residing in Tacoma, Wash. "Hooty Hoot!"..." [25JAN2010]

TWITCHELL, TIM jttwitchell@mid-mo.net "...I would like to thank all of people who signed the guest book. It was nice to hear from people who had been there with us. I was in "VP-31" from 86-87 and then in the White Lightnings of "VP-17" from 87-91..."

URBANO, Nick NickU@msn.com "...I served in VAHM-10-, later designated VP-17, from 1958 to 1962. I was assigned to Operations (Communications)..." [25MAY99]

VALENTINO, Joseph mcporetire@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1972 to 1976), VP-17 (1979 to 1982 and 1985 to 1988) and retired in 1991 and now iving in Texas..." [23AUG2008]

Memorial Picture "...VANDAL, NL "Skip"...I'm looking for others who knew my Dad, NL "Skip" Vandal. He was in VP-17 and served two tours in Vietnam. He passed on in 93 due to Agent Orange and I would love the opportunity to speak with anyone who knew him...Tammi L. Vandal tammi.vandal@sbcglobal.net..." [09AUG2005]

VIANO, Jerry jerry@viano.net "...Any 'White Lightnings' (VP-17) still out there? Was part of crew 7 or 10 (can't remember:) as the 2nd mech. from 1972 - 1974. Too bad the flight engineer was a turd; didn't care to teach me much. Believe CDR Ketchum was the CO when I left NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1974. Pretty sad it was closed. Fond memories of the det to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines..." [10APR2002]

WADE, Ron (Ronbo) wader@mugu.navy.com "...Served in VP-17 from Dec 82 until Nov 89, What a time I had! Boy did we enjoy all those PI deployments! Hope to hear from you..." [21MAY98]

WAGNER, AX2 James L. ssiaok@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-17 Crew 11 Radar /Julie 1962 to February 1964..." [19SEP2007]

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]

WAITE, AW1 Bill Retired byerowndog@highstream.net "...I flew with VP-26 Crew 8 (Its Great to Be Ate!) from the 1977 NAS Bermuda deployment to NSF Diego Garcia in 1980 I had some great times. I'm wonder how I ever lived through it! Live here in San Diego working as a Technical Writer. Love Maine though. Sherry is from Harpswell and we just built a cedar log cabin there. I stay in touch with some old Shipmates including Greg Turner, Don McIntyre, Tom Cieslak and a few others. Other commands include ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 81-82, VP-17 82-86 (SS3), EEAP, VP-19, VP-46, and NAVSTAD San Diego. Look forward to contact from old Shipmates. Had a lot of great times in the VP world, but I never did like sweeping snow off the wings!..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUN2004 | 26SEP2000]

WALLACE, Jimmy G. "Wally" jwallace@alaska.net "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1968) doing bench repair and shore patrol duties until I qualified for aircrew in 1966 as Julie/Jez/Radio operator with Crew-7. I have lots of great memories still considering its 35 years later. My Shipmates Steve Novak, Bob Lewis, Wayne Biggers, Mike Davis and many others had some great times. I came onboard at 19 years old in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and fell in with the rebel rousers right away. "Seventeen Give Em Hell" was our war cry (mostly used at the Manhattan club in Cavite or the smoker in Cam Ranh). Wish I had a nickle for every San Miguel beer we hauled in the P2's belly from NS Sangley Point, Philippines to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, some which we traded the grunts for jungle boots-Kbars-watchs. I will never forget the 14 hour Market Time tracks we flew in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Ended my service with 700+ flight hours and to this day I still remember "Coffee On The Wing Beam" every time I pour a cup (I try to forget the piss tube). Still have my leather flight jacket and it fits! Steve Novak and I had great times in Oak Harbor and Bellingham chasing the college girls. Mike Davis if you read this sorry about running your 426 wedge of the Anacortes dead end at 100+MPH (we lived). I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16NOV2011 | 28MAY2003]

WALLIS, Kenneth M. kenneth.wallis@navy.mil "...Served with VP-17 from March 1963 to November 1964 on Crew 2 then Crew 5. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan June 1964. Dets to Siagon, Vietnam August 8th, 1964..." [02NOV2005]

WALSH, Edward "Abe" awalsh2837@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1983-1985) in the Line Shack..." [10MAY2013]

WALTERS, AW Terry A. tersanfelipe@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1964-1969) and flew with Crew-5, FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and left the Navy in 1971. Went back to school and got my masters and taught at Oregon Institute of Technology for 15 years followed by 14 years at Laidlaw Transit as a Maintenance Manager. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24JUL2014]

WAMPLER, AD John Jwample2002@yahoo.com "...I was an AD in VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1983 to 1987. Still tell stories about the great times and friends from the service. Would like to hear from any Shipmates!..." [15FEB2003]

WATERS, Fred fred@webcast1.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10/VP-17 from 1958 thru 1960. Enjoyed seeing the information on the Squadron. I have great memories of those days. I am currently living with my two sons in Delray Beach Florida,after spending 12 years with Xerox Corporation and 22 years with Canon USA in sales and Marketing. I would love to hear from anyone who served at the same time..." [02FEB2001]

WATSON, Don insiderdon@airnet.net "...I was Tech & JEZ. Op. in Crew 4 - VP-17 - 1965-1968. Would love to hear from others in the Squadron at that time. Hearty "well-done" to those contributing to these pages... outstanding job!..." [31MAR98]

WEBB, LCDR BOB Retired RWWEBB@WORLDNET.ATT.NET "...CREW 12 1967-68 VP-17. Had some really good times WestPac maybe too good..." [07NOV98]

WEGGE, Mark Wegge mwegge@yahoo.com "...I was a TACCO in VP-17 (84-88), VP-31 (88-90), VP-90 (90-93) and VP-60 (93-94). Am currently a reservist at NARA Chicago onboard NTC Great Lakes. Would love to here from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN2000 | 15MAR98]

WELCH, John W. seacobra@gvtc.com "...I was on board VP-10 from 1966 to 1968. I then transfered to VP-26 as replacement F/E in 1968 to 1969. I also was stationed with VP-23 and VP-17. I was F/E with all four squadrons..." [16APR99]

WENDT, Christopher chris.wendt@gulfaero.com "...I served in VP-17 from 1981 to 1985. When I found this website I was overwhelmed with all the memories that I shared with my fellow "White Lightnings". I currently work for Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, GA. I would love to hear from any of my Shipmates that I had the honor of serving with from 1981 to 1985. PS: West Packs RULE!..." [22MAR2001]

WESELIS, CDR Jim Retired weselis@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-22 (1972 to 1975), VP-31 (1976 to 1979) and VP-17 (1979 to 1981). I was told about this site by another "former" Blue Goose (former AW2, now CAPT TK Hohl). As I reviewed the VPNAVY pages, I was again reminded of all the good times with these three squadrons as a Radio Operator and then IFT. I am currently on Staff at COMNAVAIRPAC as the Asst. Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Yes! I have had a GREAT Career. Reading Larry Forney's account of our adventure on Miako Jima, brought back vivid memories of my one, and only, MAYDAY as a newly reported ATAN. They told me in Radio school that "No one will ever disregard a MAYDAY!" Hey, right! Well, all came out well in the end. When I got my LDO Commission in 1981, little did I know that that would be the last time I'd see a P-3 any closer than from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. My tours after commission were to NAS Pensacola, Florida (1981 to 1983), VAW-114 , NAS Miramar, California and USS CARL VINSON, CVN-70 (1983 to 1986), Personal Exchange Program, United Kingdom (1986 to 1988), VS-38, NAS North Island, San Diego, California and USS RANGER, CV-61 (1988 to 1990), USS RANGER AIMD (1990 to 1993), NAS North Island, San Diego, California AIMD (1993 to 1997), and Pre-Comm Unit/USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD-6 as the First AIMD Officer (1997 to 1999). I checked into CNAP in July 99, and have decided that 30 years is just about enough. Its been a "good-ride" from E-3 to O-5, and have requested to complete this "first career" in Feb 2001. Would love to hear from any and all former shipmates! Gary Spoon VP-31 / VP-17 ) and Carroll "Dick" Redding (VP-22)..Where are you? Your e-mail addresses are no longer in service! Now successfully entrenched for the past 7 years in the Defense Contractor world in San Diego..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14MAY2008 | 22FEB2000]

WESTON, Larry H. LHWeston@aol.com "...Hello Men and Women of the VP-Navy, those who I have shared with and those that I will, and shall have served with in the future. I began my VP Navy career with VP-17, White Lightnings at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1977 to 1980. I later served a tour with VP-31, Black Lightning, RAG at NAS Moffett Field, California, 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1987 I was with VP-19, Big Red! Beginning in 1987 to 1990, I did a tour with NADEP NAS Alameda, California, formerly NARF Alameda. I later did a tour with VP-48 from 1990 to 1991. VP-48 decommissioned and I transferred to VP-47 from 1991 to 1992. The decommissionings really caused a heartbreak for me. So I retired in 1992. I really wished that I had stayed in. I really miss the moonlit glare off the ocean on dark clear nights. If ever given the opportunity again to join the VP-Navy on Active Duty, the CNO would have to personally and physically kick me out. He can't send his friends. I enjoyed and loved all my tours in the VP-Navy. Each tour was unique and none better that the other. Don't believe me? Then just ask anyone who had served with me..." [20AUG98]

WHITE, Bob rdwhite1717@att.net "...I maintained, as well as taught ASW tactics from 1961-1964 while assigned to FAETU DET II. I trained P2V-5, P2V-7 and P5M flight crews on ASW tactics next to the seawall at NAS Jacksonville, Florida supporting VP-30 as a Tradevman (TD). I received a commission through the NESEP Program (Purdue U, BSEE in 1968). I was in VP-16 from 1969 - 1973 with deployments/dets to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1974-1977, I was assigned to CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and am a plankowner of the ASWOC. After a stint on USS Ranger (CV-61), I was in VP-22 (1982-1984) with deployments/dets to NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was at CPW-2 from 1984-1985. Then I was in VP-17 as the XO/CO from 1985 - 1987 with deployments/dets to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, Utapao, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. From 1987-1990, I was at CTF-12 (COMASWFORPAC) responsible for the operations of VP squadrons in the Eastern Pacific. I was a Plankowner there as well. In 1991-1993, I was CO of NAF Misawa, Japan, a base for P-3 operations in Northern Japan (with the USAF and the JMSDF). I have flown ASW/Surveillance missions from NSF Diego Garcia, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Misawa, Japan, Osan, NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Midway, Iwo Jima, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Eilsson, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Key West, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Barbados, Eleuthera, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, Torrejon, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Naples, Corfu, Souda Bay, and Valkenberg, - to name just a few. After 35 years in the Navy, I am now retired enjoying computers, tennis, grandchildren, traveling, climbing, biking, sailing, etc, etc...I flew in the P-3A, P-3B, P-3B (Mod), P3C, and P-3C (Mod) models..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | 23AUG99]

WIELE, AT3 Robert Wiele navyvet@juno.com "...I served with VP-17 Nov.69 to Mar.73. I spent most of that time in avionics as a groud-pounder but some of you might remember me in maintenance; for about six months I operated the teletype there ordering parts from supply. I first met up with the squadron at NAS Iwakuni, Japan and later did two complete deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Naha Okinawa. I was also on advance detachments to Utapao, Thailand and Taipei, Taiwan. I flew with most of the crews during that time as did most of the shop personnel for that combat and tax-free pay that came in handy to buy all those stereos' motorcycles and cameras. It's really great to find this web page and get a chance to try to link up with all you past squadron-mates of."wow!" thirty years ago. At the time I didn't my efforts with VP-17 mattered much but since I'm older I can look back and say I was glad I did my part..." [20FEB2000]

WILKINSON, AT1(AW) Laura Retired wilkinson86@verizon.net "...I served with VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1990-1993 and VQ-1 NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I would love to hear from anyone who served with the rainbow fleet at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and with VQ-1. I have retired from the Navy. I'm proud to say my last duty station was NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, serving with the World Watchers of VQ-1. I would love to hear from old squadronmates! Also, any folks from VP-17, VP-1, or anyone who remembers me from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Presently living in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland working my second career as a slimy contractor for NAVAIR :p) supporting the Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 upgrade Program. I miss all old friends, and look forward to seeing more names here that I know..." [E-Mail Updated 04AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 22MAR2003 | BIO Updated 11APR2001 | 04AUG98]

WILLIAMS, ADR Andrew "Big Willy" andycat82@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1963 to 1966. I was an ADR working in the Powerplant Shop and made the NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployments of those years. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24NOV2009]

WILLIAMS, Dane MAXGLNDORA@aol.com "...I served with VPB-17 from March to August 1945. All over the Phillipines from north to Tawi Tawi, Philippines in far south. Flew patrol along China coast from Formosa to Hong Kong and return. Box 5 was our plane. We covered Borneo invasion flying anti sub patriol in Macassar Straits..." [BIO Updated 13MAR2010 | 07OCT2000]

WILLIAMS, Vinny funandfit45@yahoo.com "...I served with CPW-2 (1984-1988), VP-17 (1988-1993), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training (FASO) (1993-1996), VP-47 (1996-2000), VP-30 (2000-2004) and Mobile Operations Control Center (2004-2006)..." [20JUL2013]

WILSON, Don donaldfwilson@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1984 to 1987 with Deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska..." [29APR2009]

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]

WINLUND, AX2 Larry lawrence.j.winlund@opbu.xerox.com "...I served with VP-17 4/64-1/67, Sr. Tech Crew 4 11/64-12/65, and 3 tours Nam 64-66..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2002 | 02FEB99]

WINN, Phil prwsea@vircom.net "...Served as AW in VP-17 from 74-77. Crews 8 and 10. I see a number of my old friends already here. Earned my MBA after the Navy. Have worked for Boeing for past 17 years. Hope to hear from any of my Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21APR2001 | 18JUL98]

WINSTON, Eric D. bigairwinston@yahoo.com "...I was an IFT with VP-17 from 1990 to 1993 on CAC 1 and 2 stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I'm looking for my Sensor 3, Wild Bill Meador, and my apprentice FE, Greg Larson a.k.a. "Fro" (Short for afro). Anyone from VP-17 can respond, it's great to see how "sea story" get bigger with time!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01SEP2005 | 26MAR99]

WISCOMBE, Tom twiscombe@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 as radar operator and senser 2 operator from 1975 to 1978. I havent done a very good job of keeping up with my crew mates and hope that they, by some chance, discover this web site as well..." [01NOV98]

WITHERSPOON, Jim jwspoonsan@gmail.com "...Hi White Lightnings. I served in VP-17 from ‘74-‘77. Started as 3P in Crew 2, then 2P in Crew 11, and PPC/MC in Crew 12. Pilot NATOPS. Left the Navy for Eastern Air Lines in ‘79 and flew for them until ‘89. Became a golf professional which led to 25+ years as a professional referee (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour). Retired at the end of 2018. Live in Memphis with my lovely wife Leigh. Stay busy with motorcycling and duck/dove hunting. Loved my time in WestPac and even Dodge. The P-3 was a great-flying aircraft, and my crew members were all excellent..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV2022 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000]

WOLFF, AE3 Steve "Scott/Woofy" ssloslobo@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 (1970-1973) and had some great times and met some great people. I am presently employed with a French aircraft manufacturer (Dassault) and work out of Waukegan, IL. Just spent 14 months in Afghanistan (2010-2011) assisting the U.S. military, oh how the military has changed! Have a whole new respect for our Marines. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 08FEB2012 | BIO Updated 31MAY2009 | BIO Updated 11FEB2005 | 26MAY2000]

WOMACK, ADJ2 Ralph M. ralph.womack@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 while at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from approximately July 1968 through December 1970. Deployments of 6 months each were to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Would love to hear from anyone there at that time. I worked both IMA and line crew as an ADJ-2 in charge of a 5 man maintenance crew. Would really, really like to locate my old buddy Mike Riley. He was a PO-3 when I last saw him. If you read this Mike "Yellow Rat" let me know! We visited lots of bars and other places together and maybe we should review the memories! If others remember Mike let me know how to contact him. Thanks!..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUL2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 02APR2006 | E-Mail Updated 19NOV2002 | 30JAN2002]

WOOD, ATCS Dennis Retired wood_dennis@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (Crew 9) from 1984 to 1987 and VXN-8 from 1991 to 1993. After 22 terrific years, retired as an ATCS in May 1998. Of all the different commands, my time as a P-3 crewman was by far the most fun (and hardest work). Best wishes to all my old Shipmates. Drop an e-mail sometime..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2008 | 06AUG98]

WOOTEN, Tony twooten39@sbcglobal.net "...I was an Aircrew Ordnanceman in VP-48 from 1984 to 1997 (deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and then to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines). I then got out for a year, then went back in the Navy. I was sent to VP-56 (1988-Disestablishment) and went almost straight to NAS Sigonella, Sicily after a year back at NAS Jacksonville, Florida went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Upon return to the states they disestablished VP-56 and I went to VP-16 from 1990 to 1993 and went right back to NAS Adak, Alaska. I got out in 1993. I hope to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 26AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 16MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2000 | 08JUL99]

WRIGHT, John johnwyp@hotmail.com "...I served with the VP-17 White Lightnings from 1991 to 1995. During that time I did two deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, and one to NAS Misawa, Japan. I was a SS3/EWO on a handful of crews (including the disfunctional CAC4..heh). I would LOVE to catch up with some old Shipmates. Does anyone know the whereabouts of AT2 Eric Winston? Lost touch with him about a year after getting out. I'm currently a Youth Pastor at my church, as well as a QA engineer at a software company out here in Californa. Been married for 10 years, and have one 2 year old son...trying for #2. I'm looking forward to hearing from fellow Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 06AUG2004 | 01OCT2002]

WRIGHT, PR3 Stanley L. stanwright@hawaii.rr.com "...I was a parachute rigger with VP-17 from July 1967 to August 1970. Does anyone know how I might locate Richard Bloomingdale? Last I heard he made AMEC at Pensacola. How about AME3 George M. Smith from Oklahoma or PRC Grosbrier, probably retired in Oak Harbor, WA.? Those were exciting times, with many wonderful memories. I've retired this year and closed the Photography Studio here in Honolulu. Now I spend most of my time traveling, fishing, and taking pictures..." WebSites: http://www.hawaiibassfishing.com/ and http://www.stanwright.com/ [E-Mail/BIO/URL Updated 20DEC2006 | 08FEB99]

WRIGHT, Tom "Turbo" TWright1769@aol.com "...Hey fellow White Lightnings. I served in VP-17 from 1987-1991. I was the aircrew AO for crew 10, and was the blue card for that position. I am currently happily married with one son. I finished my B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 from the University of Central Florida. I start working on my PhD in Biochemistry in Jan. 2000. I did cancer research as an undergrad. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [E-Mail Updated 19FEB2001 | 31DEC99]

YOUDAL, ATC Richard A. Retired richard.youdal.ctr@navy.mil "...I served with VP-22 (12/1970-05/1977 and 12/1981-12/1983), VP-17 (11/1983-01/1986), VP-47 (09/1986-05/1988),USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) (05/1988-05/1990). Naval Air Systems Command, Washington D.C. (05/1990-03/1994) and retired (03/1994). I am currently working for Naval Air Systems Command PMA-207 (C-130's) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07MAY2013 | 10NOV99]

YUDELL, LT Todd A. navyaviator@bigfoot.com "...I must say I am proud to have served on active duty for ten years as a Naval Aviator. I had a sense of fellowship that will never die, god bless to those whom I have served and lead. VP-17 from 1988-92, Executive Transport Dept., NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1992-95, and VPU-2 from 1995-97, currently a SELRES at VP-65. Please write, I would love to talk story..." [08APR98]

ZANESKY, Richard rmzanes@webtv.net "...I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii VP-17 69-70. Made 1 cruise to Iwakuni. Great place great liberty. I was an ams-3 and worked mostley corrosion control in airframes. VP Navy was the best..." [09DEC98]

ZECIRI, PN2 Omar zecirio@spawar.navy.mil "...I served with the finest VP Squadron (VP-17) White Lightnings, at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii during the 1983-1987 timeframe. I was a PN2, and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I considered my years with VP-17 as my best years in the Navy. I retire next year and was hoping to hear from some of my fellow white lightnings that I proudly served with. WAZZUPP..." [02APR2001]

ZEILER, Charles G. cgz@sbcglobal.net "...I served with FAETUPAC at NAS Atsugi, Japan in 1969/70 and worked with VQ-1 & VP-17. I was in charge of the ASTA shop which took care of the gear to train aircrew all over westpac. I also went to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam with VQ-1..." [14JAN2005]

ZELLER, AMHC Robert "Fuzzy" csfwl41_at_csfwl@airlant.navy.mil "...I was in the VP-17, "World Famous White Lightnings" from Oct-79 thru Feb-83. It was an excellent tour. I am currently stationed at STRIKEFIGHTERWINGLANT NAS Cecil field, Jacksonville, Fl. I've been with F/A-18 since 1986. When I left VP-17 in '83 I went to aircrew school, got NPQ for blood pressure, went back to Hawaii stationed in VC-1, working on 2 VIP P-3's Buno's 149675 & 150605, as well as 7 TA-4J's and 2 SH-3G's, look at those helos and you get filthy....YUK..Anyway, I hope to hear from some of the guys from back then...I am going to retire Nov 1999 after 23 years of service..." [05OCT98]

ZERBY, AFCM (AC) Kermit (Little "Z") Retired zerbkr@ispec.com or fpond@us.hsanet.net "...Hello to all who have felt the mighty LIGHTNING BOLT! VP-17 68-72 Flight Engineer crews 5 and 12. ASW, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 74-77. VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 77-81. ASW, NATC Flight Engineer 81-84. I supported the NAVAIR APML for the Royal Thai Navy P-3 program 94-98. I got to go to Utapao, boy has that place changed. The wash rack and the NAESU butler huts are about the only things that are left. Has anyone heard from Jim Blakely? I would like to get ahold of him..." [07OCT98]

ZIEGELHOFFER, YNC James A. (Ziggy) Jr. ynziggy@aol.com "...I'm looking for anyone from VP-17, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was assigned to VP-17 right out of bootcamp in DEC 1965. I was suppose to go on deployment to Japan in OCT 1966, but received order to the USS Ranger (CVA-61). I'll always remember my time with VP-17. I was a Yeoman assigned to the Captain's Office. I have some pictures taken from a P2 of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. That was many years ago, but believe it or not I'm now a YNC in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Last SEP I was recalled to Active Duty for 1 year. I would like to talk to anyone who remembers NAS Whidbey Island, Washington or VP-17..." [08JUN2002]

ZIMMERMAN, Jim orwinjim@aol.com "...Would like to hear from members of Crew 4 VP-17 70-74. Shire, Murphy, Nickleson, Moran, Demsphy, Thompson, Stagner. I served in VT-2, VT-3, VT-6, METG 6 VAH-1, RVAH-1 and finally I got it right, VP-17, VP-1, VP-6, CPW-2 and finally VP-1..." [24OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...ZIMMERMAN, AEC Zeke...Just to inform you and all Shipmates of the loss of AEC Zeke Zimmerman (FE) passed away in November 2016. Zeke served with VP-45 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1978), VP-24 (1978-1979), VP-4 (1979-1981) and VP-17 (1984-1987)..." Contributed by RAMOS, SCPO Ysmael P. ysmael.ramos@suddenlink.net [06JAN2017]

ZIMMERMAN, Zeke emrzim@aol.com "...Was in VP-4 79-81 as a flight engineer. Don't remember which crew but definately had a good time as a flight engineer. Still doing the same thing but with the U. S. Customs. Plan on retiring again in 2005. Hello and fair winds to all my old Shipmates. VP-45 71-74, VP-30 74-78, VP-24 78-79, VP-4 79-81, and VP-17 84-87. Hope to hear from you'all..." [05MAR98]

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