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ADAME, Manny elchevo@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1966 to 1968 (June) then on to Project Trim which became VAH-21 stationed in the PI and also incountry out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, finished up at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-21 flying supplies into the NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [01DEC2003]

AHLBERG, Bill stowkay@aol.com "...Was in VP-21 from 1963 to 1968. Flew on CAC's 5 and 13, Radio, 2nd Mech, Ord. etc. We had a very talented crew!! Anyone heard from George Gonzales ADJ2 or John Cote ADR3???? Any other old Shipmates out there?..." [25MAR2002]

AMATO, PT Brian kwesting@aol.com "...I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1966 to 1969, serving as PT (photographic intelligence) working in the AIO. I had a blast. I photographed Russion subs and making up the intel reports that went out. For those of you who have visited the NAS Brunswick, Maine since those days you've seen the lovely P2V-7 parked at the entrance to the base with the name of "Irving H. Glick, PPC" painted under the pilot's window. Ask me about the time we made up a photo montage of good ol' Irving and sent it over to the wing with his PPC papers :)..." [31MAR2004]

AMBURGEY, AT1 Robert C. ramburgey94@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1960-1964), VP-18 (1964-1968), VP-21 (1968-1969), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1970-1973), VP-11 (1973-1978) as a Radio Operator and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1978-1981)..." [BIO Updated 16MAY2013 | 10MAY2013]

ANDERSON, Chet Shipmate Pix driheet@q.com "...I served with VPB-21 (1944-1945) in the South Pacific and flew aboard "Topper 2"..." [PIX Added 16DEC2014 | 15DEC2014]

ARDAIZ, AOM3 Arden c/o George Eldred burmax@myexcel.com "...I served with VPB-21 USS Chandeleur (AV-10) Kerama Retto. Would like to hear from anyone, especially John Drover, Lt. Jr grade..." [15FEB2002]

BAKER, Jacques airmail1@toad.net "...I served as a Navigator/Tactical Coordinator with VP-21 from August 1960 to August 1962 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. My major PPC's were LCDR Neil Craig (Maintenance Officer) and CDRC. E." Bill" Mackey (Exec and CO). Spent another 6 years in the reserves flying in P2V5's out of Andrews AFB with VP-662. Would enjoy hearing from others who were there back then..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUN2004 | 12SEP98]

BALOGH, Frank Jr. airmail7@vp-21.org "...I served with VP-21 from April 1958 to January 1961. I was a CAC member on LH-7 BUNO: 145908 with PPC Bill Mackey (XO) and PC AD3 Ted "Tootie" Hicks (who saved our bacon one day as I recounted the incident in a previous issue of the VPB-111/VP-21 "VAGABOND NEWS"). Tootie said he would be at the 1999 Reunion. Some of the other crew members during my tenure with 7N98 were: Sam Glick, AT1 Don Harms, AE1 Paul Zahn, AT3 Ray Syzmanski, AM1 (The gray matter suffers). I was an AT2 so I divided my time among the detection gear (Julie/Jezebel, MAD, Radar) HF Radio, ECM, and LORAN. I did a Malta and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment and laid a few mines around Cuba from Key West. I flew for about 2000 hours. There have been few events since those years to match the adrenalin flow. Just returned from the 1999 Reunion in Brunswick. It was great! Next Reunion will be at Virginia Beach in 2001. Hope to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27JAN2006 | E-Mail Updated 13FEB2003 | 21SEP99]

BAMBERGER, CWO Jack M. Shipmate Pix...Circa 1951... jackbam@worldnet.att.net "...NAS Beaufort SC - VB-2-OTU2 PBO and PV3 Aircrew Training A&R NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone 1944-1947 - PBM Overhaul and Repair & Flight Crew NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1949-1951 - VP-21 Aviation Chief Electrician NAS Trinidad, British West Indies/ NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone 1954-1957: FASRON 105 in Support VP-45. Appointed WO in 1956 and closed NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. Returned to US to VAW-35 and VA45 and Retired 1961..." WebSite: http://home.att.net/~jackbam/index.htm [18MAR98]

BARBEE, ATCS(AC) Stephen N. Retired stephenbarbee@comcast.net "...VP-21 ('67-'69 decommissioning), VP-44 ('69-'71), NAMTRA ('72-'75), VP-45 ('75-'78), Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) ('78-'81), VP-26 ('81-'84), BUPERS ('84-'88). Recently heard of the web page and appreciate someone talking the initiative and having the courage to develop such a page. I love reading the stories, especially from Shipmates I've served with in the respective squadrons. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and I will try to respond..." [E-Mail Updated 13APR2005 | 05NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard Retired...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard USN (Ret) CO VP-4 1962 - 1963 passed away 28 Jan 2014. Gordon R. Barnett joined the Navy in 1942. After earning his wings and commissioning, he served as a pilot with VC-15, VT-97, VT-44 and VX-1. Later assignments included tours in VP-21 and VP-45. Graduation from General Line School at Newport was followed by a tour as an instructor at the Aerial Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia. A tour on the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Aerial Mining Officer and Advanced Undersea Weapons Officer followed. After a tour at the training command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he reported in 1957 to Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Allowance/Complement Officer for the Pacific Fleet. In March 1959 his career in ASW patrol plane aviation was renewed with a tour as Administrative Officer of VP-28 followed by a tour as Executive Officer of VP-31 and culminated by a tour as Commanding Officer of VP-4. He retired shortly after completing that tour. A celebration of his life was held at 10:00am on 8 Feb 2014 at the Alamo City Church, 6500 IH 35N, San Antonio, TX 78218..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [08APR2014]

BARRETT, Geof gbarrett1@earthlink.net "...I was a Plane Captain on Triple Nickel Six (VP-21) for two years (early 65 to late 68). If possible I would like to hear from R Winslow AE2, R Hully Radio Op, Jerry Nowel, W Sherbom, or R Harkerough 2nd Mech. At the time I was onboard Ian Johnson was CO, LT Lathman was PPC relieved by LCDR Kaiser, LT Freiso was CO Pilot, AEC Tanner ran AE Shop and ADC Epps ran Mech. Shop..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2009 | 16MAR98]

BAYNE, MACS John L. Retired baynej@westelcom.com "...I served with VP-11 (1956-1960), VP-30 (1960-1964), VP-21 (1964-1968) VT-1, VA-81, USS Forrestal, COMNAVACTSUK back to USS Forrestal and on to N.I.S. Norfolk. Glad to be a part of this VP community. Looking forward to a Reunion with VP-21 in Sept. 99..." [28FEB99]

BEASLEY, Robert E. (Bob) rbeasley@fwb.gulf.net "...I served in VP-21 from March '58 until June '61 as an Aviation Electrician (AE-2) on a P2V-7 crew, LH-6. It would be great to contact former members of the squadron who were there during the same time frame..." [29OCT98]

BERGMAN, Dave dbergman@iwaynet.net "...I joined VP-21, the Black Jack Squadron, in Sept. 1958 and left in December, 1960. I served as radioman aboard LH-12, Buno 135574. Ltjg. Nelson was our pilot. I went on deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Lajes, and NAS Bermuda. I would really like to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [09JUN98]

BETSWORTH, Brian bcbetssr@aol.com "...I was in VP-21 from 6/55 to 8/58. I started as LTJG Guest's navigator on our first deployment to Malta 9/55 - 2/56. I was LTJG Saladino's Co-Pilot on my 2nd trip to Malta 12/56 to 5/57. I made PPC shortly after returning to NAS Brunswick, Maine and had my own crew for 10 months until to returned to civilian life 8/58. I stayed in the reserves at NAS Glenview, Illinois for 20 years, and flew 737, 727 and 767 for United Airlines as Capt before retiring in 1991. I also retired from the Navy Reserves as Captain. We now live in Naples, FL but have a summer cottage in Northport, ME just north of Camden. My wife is a Mainiac - thye now call themselves Mainers. I plan to attend the Reunion this summer at NAS Brunswick, Maine September 16 to 19. I hope to see some foks I know then..." [21FEB99]

BISCHOFF, ARM2 Robert bischoffgenbob@aol.com "...Served on the USS Chandeleur (AV-10) in VPB-21 during 1945, as an ARM 2/c in LTjg Kleins' flight crew. After all these years i finally got a computer and really enjoying what I am finding on the web sites about USS Chandeleur (AV-10) and VPB-21. I would appreciate any info on living VPB-21 crew members, especially my flight crew # -- V 19..." [29OCT2004]

BLAIR, AEC Charles conbrinol@msn.com "...VP-34, Elect Test-Pax River and VP-21..."

BLAIR, Harold O. blaircastle@juno.com "...I served with VP-21 from June 1941 to January 1942 and VP-44 from March 1942 to June 1943. Looking for former Shipmates..." [08DEC2003]

BOSE, Rick rjbose@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-21 (1966-1968). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25FEB2012]

BOSLOW, Richard Airmail5@aol.com "...I served in VP-21 from 1964 to 1967, and would enjoy hearing from all who were there then!!! I was the radioman on CAC 13 and later on CAC 5..."

Memorial Picture "...BOSWORTH, ADR1 Warren R...Why did it take the death of my Dad, Warren R. Bosworth, to find out that he was in Vietnam before it was a WAR. Good grief. Dad served with VP-21 and VP-24. I miss my bat man. He was my Dah and I never got to know that part of him. I would have loved to fly with ya'll. yocom@bellsouth.net..." [14APR2009]

BROOKS, Carl W. dances_in_diesel@yahoo.com "...I was in VT-24 76-77 but only 13 months was in the AME shop. Hope to see some of VT-24 at the Reunion. VP-21 61/66 in the ame shop and on crew 9. Retired in 82...." [13FEB2009]

BRUNS, Fred fred@wasi.kscoxmail.com "...Served with VP-21 from 68-69. Moved from barracks duty to Power Plants shop while on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Worked nights with Charley Holman then on to CAC 23 as 2nd mech to "MO" Mosley. PPC LCDR Riordan. Lots of good memories. Still got my crew patch "PEACE THROUGH VIGILANCE."..." [23MAR2002]

BUCHANAN, AZCM Buck Retired buchanan_buck@hotmail.com "...I was on CAG 6 and 9 with VP-21 from Jan 1965 to June 1969. I loved the picture of 135556 in which I flew many hours. I flew radio and then ordnance..." [09MAY2001]

BUTI, Joseph otis@beanstalk.net "...I served with VP-21 from 1959 through 1961..." [05JAN2001]

BUTZ, Milt mbutz247@yahoo.com "...I was a crew member of VPB-21, Crew 7, an ARM serving in the Pacific from 1944 through 1945. Arrived in Kerrama Retto prior to the Okinawa invasion. I would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUN2007 | 16JUN2000]

CARVITTO, AOC John Retired JCARVI5910@JUNO.COM "...I was in VP-21 from February 1953 through March 1957. I was a young Ordinanceman looking for love and fun of which I found both..." [08OCT99]

CHRISTINA, CWO Wallace B. USAF Retired wchris@proaxis.com "...Served in WW2 in VPB-21 aboard the Chandeluer from April through November 1945. I was 1st Ordnance and Bombadier. Skipper was Lt. Comdr Eichorn. Flew all over the inland seas from Formosa and assisted saving downed airman up the Yangtse River. Lost our plane in Ominato Air Drome in Japan 2 days after the surrender of Japan. Would love to hear from some of you guys I flew with. Ret from Air Force as CWO-# 1965..." [07SEP99]

CLARKE, W. Kent Jr. kentclarkejr@reagan.com "...I served with VP-21 with deployments to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1964) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Norfolk, Virginia and USS Essex (CV-9)..." [09JUN2013]

COLBY, Chris c/o nephew skydog45acp@yahoo.com Shipmate Pix Circa 1945 "...I am looking for any information on AOM 3rd class Peter Anthony Colby VPB-21. Crew 10r. He was lost on 6/18/45 off Sea of Japan while assigned to PBM-3 crew. I don't have e-mail at this time. Please send any info or correspondence to: Chris Colby, 5415 Estes Court, Arvada, Colorado 80002..." [24JUN99]
UPDATE "...I have been in touch with Donald H. Sweet SweetUsn@aol.com who says he knows the pilot of the plane who survived the incident..." [Updated Shipmate Picture 16AUG99 | 29JUN99]

COLVIN, ATCS William H. (Willie/Scotty) whcolvin@bellsouth.net "...Radio operator/First tech P2V, SS1, SS2, SS3 P3B. I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine IN VP-21 (61-64), VP-11 (65-70), CFAW3 (ASCAC) (70-71), CFWL (TSC)(71-73), VP-44 (73-76). It's really great to see the old times coming back..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUL2001 | 00XXX97]

Memorial Picture "...CONNELL, CDR Phil...It is with sadness that I report that CDR Philip Connell past away January 27, 2014. Philip served with VP-11 and VP-21. Norfolk - Commander Philip J. Connell, USN(ret), CLU, ChFC, CASL of Norfolk, VA passed away January 27, 2014. Born in Norwich, CT on December 08, 1933, he was preceded in death by his son, Philip J. (Rusty) Connell, Jr on April 20, 1981. Left to cherish Phil's memory is widow Sheila Donahoe Connell, formerly of Baltic, CT; daughter Julianne (Julie) Connell Lessig; older brother Colonel Charles R. Connell, III, USA(ret) and wife Roberta of New Smyrna Beach, FL; sister Diane Connell Marchand and husband Norman C. (Chuck) of Midlothian, VA, brother David A. Connell and wife Nancy of Severna Park, MD; and sixteen nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Phil and shared many adventures with him. Phil retired from the U.S. Navy in 1975 after 21 years of service as a Naval Aviator. Following his naval career, Phil became a life insurance agent with the New York Life Insurance Company. He received the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Phil attended the University of CT (UCONN) completing his BS degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He received his Master's Degree in Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Phil earned his Eagle Scout award at age 13, was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity, a member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight of Council #367 (the "First Council in the South"), a member of the Father M.J. O'Keefe Assembly of the Fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus and was an active and dedicated member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk, VA on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 in the morning. Family and friends will be received immediately following at the St. Pius X Catholic School Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, Phil asked that memorial donations be made to the Knights of Columbus KOVAR program, the Columbus Club of Norfolk Building Fund or the Norfolk Emergency Shelter program (NEST). Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 9, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/..." Contributed by COLBY, AT2 Stephen "Steve" scolby@roadrunner.com [06FEB2014]

CONNELL, CDR Phil Retired p2driver@juno.com "...Retired from the Navy, on 20, in 1975 when BUPERS tried to send me to Iceland. Been there, done that! Joined VP-11 right out of flight training. Was blessed with a caring PPC on HB/LE-5 and made PPC in about 10 months. Hit the NAS Brunswick, Maine GCA unit with LE-6, 140157, in December 1958. Lost the 12 man life raft out of the port wing on a dark and stormy night in 1959. Scary! Left VP-11 in June of 1960. Spent two years in VP-21 (1966-4/1966). Gone were the days of LT(jg) PPCs. As a fresh caught LCDR, I was the 15th junior LCDR in the squadron. Proud of my VP service!..." [23JAN2012]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Ret 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]

COUTURE, AO3 Gilbert giljoan@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-21 (1968-1969)..." [03SEP2016]

CRAIG, Gerald W. popandgamma@verizon.net "...I served with VP-21 (1967-1969)..." [23JAN2015]

DAUGHERTY, LT Michael A. Retired madcpa@southeast.net "...I served with VP-11 from 1961 to 1965, VP-21 1966 & 1967, Project Trim/VAH-21 (Attack P-2s with 70 combat missions and lots of holes in the aircraft) from 1968 to 1970. Made Warrant Officer W-1 in 1971, LTjg in 1975. Retired as a LT. in 1986. Went to college, got a masters degree in accounting and taxation, passed the CPA exam, nailed up a sign, and started a second career. My third career is destined to be at the local sidewalk cafe ogling pretty girls..." [11MAR98]

DAVIS, AK2 Donald F. d.davis2@outlook.com "...I served with VP-21 (1967-1969) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lot's of partying and playing, and a beer or two at the Hole in the Wall..." [E-Mail Updated 01FEB2016 | 12JAN2005]

DAVIS, Gary gdjb1@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-4 (1961-1963) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and VP-21 (1968-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am currently living in Weatherford, TX..." [04JAN2011]

DAVIS, William R. Jr. (Davey) ttbill@bellatlantic.net "...I served with VP-21 from March 25, 1944 Until April 21, 1945, flying from island bases in the Pacific. Also based on USS Chandeleur (AV-10). Have lost touch with every one from that squadron. Would surely like to hear from any members from that era..." [24JAN2002]

DOWNER, J. W. (Doc) Freedown@aol.com "...Served in VPB-116 during 1944. Plane Captain on original crew 4. Operated from Eniwtok and Tinian. Previous duty in VP-21 from 10/41-4/42 and in VP-44 from 4/42-7/43..." [12MAY99]

Memorial Picture "...DUESING, Larry A...Served in VP-21 from 63-66. I must tell everyone that Larry passed away 8/17/00. We married 2/25/67, and yes, I am a Freeport girl. Larry was a wonderful man and he really liked the VP Navy. He did become a Lockheed Tech Rep, but alas, his specialty was the Navy S-3 and S-3A aircraft. Larry was looking for friends from the squadron. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Terrance "Ted" Teal? Thanks for the help...Duesing, Mrs. Larry A. lumpeye@bellsouth.net..." [18JUN2001]

DUNLAP, Harry A. Jr. HDunlapjr@aol.com"...I served in VP-21 from '56 to '58 and from '60 to '63. First tour as ADC. Second tour as LDO..."

DWYER, Dan DPDDelta@Worldnet.att.net OR DDwyer@MBCO.com "...Was in VP-21 as a TACCO on CAC's 2, and 3, from 1965-1968. Loved the Navy (still do), but was most upset when my tentative orders to Graduate School became orders to a shore duty station I didn't want to go to doing things I didn't want to do. Left the Navy to go to Michigan State Universtity for my MBA with the option or returning to the Navy, as I remained in the reserves at NAS Grosse ILE, Michigan while I was at STATE. One thing led to another, met my wife while on my cruise back to Brunswick, got engaged, got married, and knew I couldn't bring her into the Navy. Got a "real" job with Texas Instruments making parts for the Skylab missions, Lunar Rover, TFX111 Fighter Bombers, and temperature control devices for ATT's T1 carrier system, Xerox Copiers, Kidney Dialysis equipment, Gyro Stabilization Equipment for missles etc. etc. Quit there after I got bored and joined my father in laws company for year and left there when it wasn't working out. . . now with Miller Brewing in Milwaukee and ready to hang up my beer glasses. I have 22 years in the beer business (Operations and Distribution. . both domestic and international), and am getting ready to move "back home" to Massaschusetts where I hope to settle on Cape Code or else in the Boston Metro area. I too can remember the plane that landed wheels up in Bergstrom Air Force Base Texas. Happened on the day of the change of command ceremony between Ian Johnson and I think Bob Latta. When the messenger from the tower came over to the O club and hit Ian with the bad news (plane over the field with hung up gear), he turned and jokingly said to Bob Latta "Glad it didn't happen on my watch". . . . and then they went to the tower to talk Mickey McGiveren, the pilot, through the various things that could be done to fee the gear. Thing I vividly remember was wrapping what apeared to be a loose cable arounnd a sonobouy to remove the slack, and to then pull on the J Bar (Johnson Bar) to drop the gear. IF memory serves me correctly, the cause was later determined to be something about the "J" hooks in the wheel wells either missing or else installed improperly. I have hundreds, if not thousands of slides of 21 back in the 60's. Mean to go through and title them all some day. . . . they're all in carousels. . just need to be titled. Also have a copy of the squadron insignia on one of those breakwater things from Rota, and a metallic enamled plaque that Chief Watt gave me. Also have an all hands photo of the squadron in my office over my desk.. . . . and too, somewhere I have a listing that Frank Richter gave me that has all of the officers in that picture identified..." [01JAN98]

EDENS, AMS1 Eldon W. "Ed" eldon@ownercarry.com "...Served in VP-21 from 1958 to 1961, was a crew-member on LH-2, made both the Malta and NAS Sigonella, Sicily Deployments. Great years..." [02MAY2007]

ERWIN, James W. Jr. jerwinjr@gte.net "...Looking for crew members of Crew 9 stationed with VPB-21 during May - December 1945 on board USS Chandeleur (AV-10) and USS Tangier (AV-8) and during Occupation of Japan at Ominato, Japan. Plane Commander was Lt. Francis Reese. Thanks..." [13JUN2001]

EYBERGEN, AWC Christian Retired christian.eybergen@yahoo.com "...Enlisted in the Navy Nov 1950 , went to Great Lakes Boot Camp, then to A Ship USS Tarawa CV-40 (1951-1952, and USS Oriskany -CV-34 in Korea March (1953), Then was assigned to NAS Kingsville, Texas (1954), In 1958 went to "A" school, From there served with VAW-12 Flying as an ASW Operator in AD5W Aircraft with Det 43 out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island with CAG 3 on the USS Saratoga CVA 60, (1958-1960), In (1960) went to McQuire AFB, New Jersey with VR-6 until 1963, Then was assigned to VP-23 with Crew 9 and Crew 11 till 1968, I went to "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, then assigned to VP-21 end of (1968) with Crew 4 and then Decommissioned VP-21 in (1969), I was the assigned to OMD, NAS Brunswick, Maine for shore duty (1969-1972), I was then assigned back to VP-23 with crew 6. Retired in Oct 1973..." [BIO Updated 21AUG2017 | E-Mail Updated 19JUN2015 | BIO Updated 11MAR2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 25DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 15JAN2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 19JUL2002 | 07SEP98]

Memorial Picture "...EYMANN, Kenneth M...Served with VPB-21 and the USS Chandeleur (AV-10) passed away on January 11 2002...John V. Jewett (Stepson) vjewett@earthlink.net..." [31JUL2002]

FELLOWS, CAPT Dean R. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1028 "...CAPT Dean R. Fellows, USNR - NFL Number: 1028 - Date of Birth: 7/2/1925 - Date In: 5/19/1943 - Date Out: 7/1/1977 - City, State: Dallas, TX - School Attended: Univ. of Tulsa - Aircraft Flown: N2S, SNJ, SBD, PBM, P2V - Ship or Unit: VP-872, VP-61D-3 and VP-21 - Pilot Desg.: PPIP/PBMY-5/PPC/P2V - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: China/Japan - Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation - Navy League - Highest personal decoration or award: Significant Achievements: CO VP-61D-3 5,000 flight hours 10 arrested landings on CV4 - USS Ranger - In Memoriam? No..." [26NOV2005]

FERRELL, PN3 Charles E. cftrucker1@frontier.com "...I served with VP-21 (1956-1958) with a deployment to RNAS Halfar, Malta. I worked in the Personnel Office and Communication Office and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24JAN2016]

FITZGERALD, AMH2 William vp21-9@home.com "...VP-21 Flt Crew #9 May 1957-Nov 1959..." [Updated E-Mail 05JAN2001 | 17MAY99]

FOGG, AMMF2 George goflya5@hotmail.com "...I served with VPB-21 (VP-MS-11) from December 1945 to March 1947. I hope to make Reunion in 20O7. It would be great to BS with someone that served with me (Hong Kong, NAS Agana, Guam, Shanghi, Tsingtao, PI, Okie and Sasebo)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JAN2007 | 21NOV99]

FOLEY, AX3 James P. Diggajim@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-21 from 1965 to 12/1966. I was with LH-3..." [08AUG2001]

GARVIN, CW02 Ken Retired KGarvin411@aol.com "...I served in FASRON 108 NAS Brunswick, Maine from Oct 58 till we were disestablished and merged with the air station. Became an AO striker just because they did not stand "ramp watches." Went on to serve with VP-21 from 60 till 66, Accumulated over 3300 hours in P2V 7's, some of my fondest memories. Went on to retire as a CWO2 from the A-7 community. Just invested in the P2V history "AWESOME." Would love to hear from old shipmates..."

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

GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com "...I served with NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-10, VP-11, VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, VP-30, VP-45, VQ-2, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was an R4D and P2 Plane Captain, P-3 F/E, Maint. MCPO, and later did 5 CMC tours. The best to all my former Shipmates. Feel free to Email me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08APR2006 | 19FEB2004]

GREENSIDE, Robert rgreenside302@gmail.com "...I served with VP-21 (1956) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with two deployments to Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS), Halfar, Malta. I am now living in Coral Springs, FL and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15MAR2013]

GREGOR, ATCS Robert N. Retired tw4us@netscape.net "...I enlisted in the US NAVY September 26,1956, I went to Bainbridge, MD for Boot Camp. Went to AFUN "P" School in NAS Norman, Oklahoma (January 1957 to March 1957). NATTC Memphis, Tennessee (March 1957 to July 1957) for AT "A" School.. Went to Naval Development Unit NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as an AT3/AT2 (August 1957 to August 1959) Aircrew (Radar Operator/Technition) on P2V-5F,WV-2 aircraft. Transfered to VP-46 as an AT2/AT1 (August 1958 to December 1961) Aircrew (Radio Operator/Technition)on P5M-1, P2V-5FS aircraft . Went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia (AMD Breezy Point) as an AT1 (January 1962 to January 1965). From there I went to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for AT "B" School, then on to FAETUATL NAS Norfolk, Virginia/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Training. Reported to VP-21 as an AT1/ATC from February 1966-September 1969. Aircrew (Jezabell Operator/Technition) on P2V-7/SP2H. Back to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty In AT "A" School. ( September 1969 to July 1971). VP-31 In-Flight Tech training then on to VP-1 as an ATC/ATCS (November 1971 to July 1976). Aircrew (In-Flight Tech) on P-3B aircraft. Back for one last tour at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty, AV"A" School (August 1976 to August 1979). Retired as an ATCS at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee Aug 1, 1979..." [02JUN2002]

GRENS, Michael E. elisagrens@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-21 from 1964 to 1965..." [23JAN2009]

GRIFFITHS, Bill WGriff3331@aol.com "...I VPB-27 and VP-21 flying the PBM, Martin Mariners, in the Pacific during 1945 and 1946. We flew from and were serviced by Seaplane Tenders..." [10NOV99]

GROW, AT John A. (Tony) Retired tonyrosa4@insightbb.com "...I served with VP-21 from 1960 to 1963. I then went to VQ-2 and stayed in the Intel community and VQ-2 until I retired in 1978. My son, John M. Grow, followed me into the navy and as an AW sent 18 years in the VP community. I spent many years flying the P-3's in VP-8 Special ops out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland then in VQ-2 EP-3's in Spain. I was an AT. Good luck to all..." [01OCT2003]

Memorial Picture "...GUZZY, AE3 Theodore "Ted"...I must sadly report that Theodore "Ted" Guzzy (VP-21 - 1967) passed away on July 19, 2013 from cancer in Girard, PA..." Contributed by Jim SZOSZOREK jimjanszo@aol.com [21JUL2013]

UPDATE "...Ted was on my crew (CAC-3, P2V-7S BUNO: 141243 from 1967 until disestablishment in November 1969. He was a talented electrician and would pitch in to assist any other crewmember in keeping the bird kilo alpha. Fair Winds and Following Seas. Regards..." Contributed by JURACK, CW03 Roger A. out2pasture@iowatelecom.net [10DEC2013]

Memorial Picture "...HACKER, REAR ADMIRAL Benjamin Thurman...(VP-10, VP-21, VP-24, VP-31, VP-47, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Moffett Field, California and NAF Naples, Italy) - Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker - Rear Admiral Benjamin T. Hacker, USN (Ret.), age 68, of Norfolk, VA, passed away on December 28, 2003 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Washington, DC, he was a graduate of Wittenburg University in Springfield, OH. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, he was commissioned Ensign in 1958. He was selected for flag rank in the US Navy in 1980, and assumed duties as Commander U.S. Military Enlistment Processing Command with headquarters in Fort Sheridan, IL. In 1982, he became Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean; Commander Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, Sixth Fleet; and Commander Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean with headquarters in Naples, Italy. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1988...http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=benjamin-t-hacker&pid=1746775 - December 31, 2003..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. "Ed" edinsea@hotmail.com [29JUN2012]

HACKER, REAR ADMIRAL Benjamin Thurman http://www.quarterdeck.org/book/cencoms/hacker.html "...Rear Adm. Benjamin Thurman Hacker was born in Washington, D.C., in September. 19, 1935. Completing most of his high school in Daytona Beach, Fla., He attended the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated 1 June, 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in Science. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., he as commissioned an ensign in September, 1958. He was designated a Naval flight Officer on June 7, 1960. He served with VP-10 and VP-21 from June, 1960 to June, 1963. On March 19, 1960, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade and in 1963, he reported the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he completed the Engineering Science Curriculum. He was promoted to lieutenant on October 1, 1962. In 1964, he reported to VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California., where he served as personnel officer and a flight and ground instructor in the P-3A aircraft. He attended Fleet Sonar School, Key West, Fla. in June, 1966 and in August, he reported to the NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, where he served as operations officer. In 1967, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval facility, Barbados, West Indies as executive officer. He became commanding officer of that station in 1968. He was promoted to lieutenant commander at this duty station. In 1970, Rear Adm. Hacker reported to VP-47, NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour, he completed numerous deployments in the P-3C Aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and the Western Pacific. He was promoted to commander at VP-47. In 1972, he established the Naval ROTC Unit at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla., and served as the first professor of Naval Science and commanding officer of this unit. He reported to VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in October, 1973. He served for one year as executive officer, prior to assuming command in November, 1974. During this tour, the squadron completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and was heavily tasked in major exercises in the Northern and Central Atlantic. From 1975 to 1977, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as director, Equal Opportunity Divisions and special assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for Minority Affairs, Washington, D.C. He became a captain on September 1, 1977. In June, 1978, he completed studies in National Security Policy at the Industrial College of the Armed forces, and earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington, University. In August, 1978, he was assigned as commanding officer of NAS Brunswick, Maine and in August, 1980, he assumed duties as commander, U.S. Military Enlistment Processing Command with headquarters in Fort Sheridan, Ill. On September 1, 1980, he was designated a rear admiral while serving in this billet. In 1982, he reported for duties as commander Fleet Air Mediterranean; commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance forces, U.S. Sixth fleet; and commander, Maritime Air forces, Mediterranean, with headquarters in NAF Naples, Italy. He assumed duties as director, Total Force Training and Education Division (OP-11) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in October, 1984. In May, 1986, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa by the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.. Rear Adm. Hacker became commander, NTC in August, 1986. following NTC, he became commander, Naval Base, San Diego. He holds the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)..." [22JUN2003]

HARRIS, Bill optshns@aol.com "...I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine in VP-21 from approx. Jan. 1957 until Sept. 1959. I did two Med. tours in that time. Is anyone still around from that long ago. Would love to hear from them..." [01MAY2001]

HART, G. GHart40105@aol.com "...I served with VP-21 Sicily 1968..."

HAZELMNA, AT2 Floyd hazelman@mtco.com "...I served with VP-21 (The Ready Squadron) in NAS Brunswick, Maine. from 1961 to 1963. I was an AT2. While with VP-21 WE went to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada during the Cuban Crises, also had a month at NAS Keflavik, Iceland where one of our crews droped a practice depth bomb on a Russian Sub and caused an Internationsl Incident. We were on NATO deployment. Also went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily on deployment in 1963. While at NAS Brunswick, Maine, President Kennedy visited and I was assignded a crowd watcher. Was within several feet of the president I also remember when the F4H,s set climb records at NAS Brunswick, Maine. The planes just went a few feet then straight up out of sight. AWSOME.!!!!! Would like to hear from anyone in VP-21 during 1961-63..." [26FEB2002]

HELLER, AEC Paul Retired heller2828@bellsouth.net "...I am proud that I served aboard VP-21, VP-30, VP-10, VP-31, and VP-40..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAY2007 | 31DEC98]

HIGHTOWER, Steve E. galaxy12@usa.com "...I served in VP-21 from 1968 to decomissioned in 1969'. I was a Julie ECM Operator AW3. After VP-21 I went over to VP-26 flying the P-3B. Jim Omalley and George Blue were my closest friends. Also had a Radio Operator named Steve Barbee from Tyler, Texas. Great guy as well as Fritz Miller. Best time of my life. Two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicilyand one cold one to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [09FEB2000]

HILL, Edward W. edwardhill1@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-26, VP-21 (1966-1967), VX-1 (1967-1971), VP-16 (1971-1974), VP-24 (1976-1979) and ended my Navy Active Duty with a tour instructing in AW School NAS Millington, Tennessee. I worked another 20 years with Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU) / Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Command (NATEC) as an Electronics Tech Rep for the P-3 aircraft. Settled down in Orange Park, FL. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2017 | BIO Upated 26FEB2010 | 25SEP1997]

HOFFMANN, Ron ronhoff@execpc.com "...I was proud to have been with VP-21 from 1956-59 I first flew as AM2 with LT. Brian Betsworth and then was switched to crew 1 with CDR. J. T. Griffith. I was pleased to see our crew picture taken in ADANA TURKEY in 1958 enroute to Beruit Lebenon. I have been in contact with two of the crew so far ADC Johnson and AD3 Hicks. I would be glad to here from any fellow Shipmates and hope for the next Reunion to be in Brunswick..." [10JAN98]

HOLMAN, ADJ2 Charles CharlieHo@webtv.net "...I served in VP-21 from 1967 to 1969. I used to work for Al Acker in the power plants shop. I worked the nite check in NAS Sigonella, Sicily (the last deployment). I was discharged the week before the decommissing. I would love to hear from fellow Blackjacks..." [13DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...HOOVER, Henry (Babe)...My Grandfather is Henry (Babe) Hoover he was is VPB-21 crew Nine. I was going thru his book about the USS Chandeleur (AV-10) and just thought I would see what I could find on-line about it. My Grandfather has been gone now 3 years and if anyone out there knew him I would love to here some stories. Thank you much...Steven Daniel aprfulz95@sbcglobal.net..." [14NOV2005]

JONES, Gary N. jgjones@iland.net "...I served with VP-21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in the fifties. I found out that NAS Brunswick, Maine was closed from a tourist from Maine and was wondering what was the status of VP-21 and are they having any Reunion. Anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks..." [07OCT99]

JONES, Jack A. jjones7422@aol.com "...How I enjoy the stories. I was an able bodied airman in VP-12. It was my second assignment as I went through boot camp in Deigo and was assigned to th NAS Photo Lab. Six months later I made a swap for VP-12. My first job was on the ramp driving the gas truck. I filled planes for some time until one day I failed to secure the gas filler hoses and it came out of the truck as I drove down the ramp. The Admiral came out of his office and chased me down the ramp. That was my last day on the gas truck. I was 6ft. 3in so I got in the beach crew as a side mounter. I put on beaching gear for some time and then made night check. Sy Sellers was Leading Chief, Buck Tuft (sic) was Metal Smith Chief, Elmer Parker was AMM2, L. L. Davis was an AP and Stinky Davis was a mechanic. I was sent to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for A school, about Jul 1940 just as the Squadron was deploying to Pearl. We had installed the rubber bullet proof tanks and some of the planes had to be fueled at sea as they didn't make it. I spent a lot of time in VP's, VP-7, VP-21 and retired from the Navy while in VP-44. Also VJ62 and ten years in air wings. I also taught at the Aviation Maintenance Officer School. My Navy training was real great and I went into NASA after retirement and was in the early Project Mercury Group. Put Al Shepard, John Glen and Scott Carpenter in their Capsules. I retired from NASA as chief of quality here in Houston and am chasing Grand kids. Love to hear from any Shipmates..." [15SEP98]

JURACK, CWO3 Roger A. Retired Shipmate Pix...Circa Spring 1968... out2pasture@iowatelecom.net "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1966), VP-21 (1967-1969 Disestablishment), VP-11 (1969-1970) ASCAC FAW-5, ASCAC NAS Bermuda (1970-1972) ASCAC NAS Brunswick, Maine (1973-1976) VP-23 (1976-1980), CPW-5, ASWOC (1982-1983) and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (1984-1985). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2015 | PIX ADDED 10AUG1998 | 07NOV1997]

KATZ, LARRY papakatz@arkansas.net "...Went to Pearl Harbor in June of 1941 and was assigned to VP-23 (the original squadron}. On Sept of 1941 I was transfered to VP-21. Both squadrons were located at NAS Ford Island. We flew PBY-3s until we got our new 5's. After Dec 7, 1941 when the Japs hit us, VP-22 left us to go to VP-101 in the Phillipines via Perth, Austrailia. In April of 42 our squadron left (VP-21) Pearl Harbor to join them. We got to Perth On April 8th,1942 pulling duty along the coast of Western Austrailia, up North to Java, Borneo, New Guinea, Port Moresby, Lae, Moroti Island in the Halmaharas,Woendi in the Biak Group, Los Negros in the Admiralties, Emirau in the New Ireland group, Green Island in the Solomons, Treasuaary Island in the Solomons, Oro Bay in New Guinea, Sepic River in New Guinea, Milne Bay in New Guinea, Rabaul Harbor, all this while Blackcating, and Dumbo, plus God knows what. Our Squadron spent nearly three years in the South Pacific all with VP-101. In October of 1944 we got our orders to return to the states. Our Squadron was then designated as VPB-29. By that time we were all ready to come back home, as our bunch went through the attack in Pearl Harbor, comming out of the Philippines and the rest of what all the squadrons went through. Through the efforts of the PBY Catalina International Association of which all PBY crewmen and Officers who flew the Catalinas should be members of (VP-101, VP-102, VP-22, and VP-21) is known now. I honestly think every one of our men who flew this wonderful aircraft has something to remember that no one else will ever have. To this day I am so proud to have been a crew member of this wonderful plane. One of these days, I will have my notes in the back of my log book be known. I put over 2900 flying hours as a ARM in these wonderful ships..." [BIO Updated 16APR99 | 16MAR99]


KENNEY, JOHN F. jfk@bwave.com "...SERVED AS Plane Captain VP-21, 1960/1963-RETIRED US NAVY-NASA 1996. CURRENTLY, FBO MAINTENANCE MGR-SUSSEX AERO MAINTENANCE, GEORGETOWN, Phone: (302)856-7059. WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM Shipmates. POSSBILY PURCHASING A P2V7 IN FULL MILITARY CONFIGURATION - AIRWORTHY - CALL ME FOR DETAILS - 8 TO 5 EST...I served with VP-21 1960-1963 Plane Captian on Crew 7. I still have all my cruise books and patches. I look at them from time to time really miss the crew thing. I am presently flying on weekends on a Mitchel B-25 to air shows as flight mech. It's great fun. We also have a P2V in the workings and hope to have it on board by Dec and flying the air show circut next year. We operate out of Georgetown, DE..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 08SEP2000 | 30JUL98]

KESTERSON, Aubrey aubrey@ppt4drs.com "...I served with VP-21 and VP-26. I was one of the VP-21ers shipped off to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1969 to VP-26 as the Neptune's bit the dust. There were about 60 of us that arrived to face a sunless winter in the country where "there was a woman behind every tree". At 20 years old, it was a terrible fate!..." [E-Mail Updated 29AUG2003 | 22APR2002]

Memorial Picture "...KIMBALL, Bill...My Dad, Bill Kimball, passed away in 1992. Dad served in VP-21 with CDR Wm (Barney) Rapp. Anyone remember these guys?...Elaina Shanahan jeepgypsy55@yahoo.com..." [12JUN2006]

KLAUS, Dick (Santa) wimpsdkfk@aol.com "...Was in VP-9 51-53, VP-21 56-59, VP-23 62-66. PB4Y-2, P2v's 4, 5, 5F, and 7. Retired in 69. Now living in past bird land. Drop a line tks..."

KLAUS, Richard K. (Santa) DK1aus@aol.com "...Reported to squadron March 1951 NAS Seattle, Washington with about half of personnel still filling in. Was in Crew # 6 for about six months, then went to Power Plants and was adviser for Hyd. as I had been in PB4Y-2s from 1947 till I was transferred to VP-9 from ATU-12 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Stayed in squadron till August of 1953. Was and always will be my best VP Squadron. Was in VP-21 and VP-23 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am still helping out with the Reunions and sure happy to see all the Plankowners, as well as the younger Airmates..." [20OCT2000]

LANE, Clarence Reed lanebud@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-21 at NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941. We lost our planes and I was then transfered to VP-44. Assigned as aircrew and flew patrols from Pearl, Canton, Johnston and Midway islands. I was glad to find this web site but I an not find much of us old dogs. Anyone left, I wonder..." [19AUG2007]

LAUGHLIN, Blair hopeless10@juno.com "...I served in VP-45 Crew 8. 1959-61 VP-21 Crew 1 1961-63 & NAS Brunswick, Maine P2 1963-66..." [09MAR99]

LEMIRE, PO1 J. Alfred emsblue@aol.com "...I served with VP-21 (1964- 1968) and VP-64 (1968-1988)..." [25OCT2012]

LENHOFF, Ron vp21@snsworld.net "...I served VP-21 from '52 to '55 and enjoyed every minute especially the 2 deployment ( '53 & '54 ) to Malta where I met my English wife. Best regards to all VP-21ers hope to see you at the next reunion ..Ron Lenhoff, Sect. VP-21 Veterans Assoc..." [E-Mail Update 04MAR99 | 20NOV97]

LOCKE, William (Bill) J. blocke@clinic.net "...I served two tours in VP 21. The first was from August 1957 to September 1961. The second was from May 1965 until January 1957. In the spring of 1970, while I was the NASB Air Operations Officer, I was responsible for acquiring the NASB static display P2 and placing it near the main gate..." [27JAN98]

LYONS, AMH1 Bernard "Bernie" Retired bernielyons@verizon.net "...SI served VP-21 (11/1962-07/1965), VT-2 (08/1965-11/1969) at NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, VP-48 (07/1969-07/1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAVCRUITDIST New York (08/1975-11/1979) and retired 11/1979..." [BIO Updated 31JAN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29OCT2012 | BIO Updated 11FEB2001 | 02SEP2000]

MANCUSO, Tom (Mac) BEPA917@aol.com "...Some of the best years of my life was spent in VP-21 from 1957 to 1963. I'm looking for any pictures of Crew 5 or P2V7 BUNO: 145909..." [16MAR2001]

MARYON, CDR Jack Retired U. S. Customs jackmaryon@cox.net "...I was stationed in VP-21, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 9/58 - 2/61. Those were the days when half the squadron deployed to Malta, and the other half to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. When we wore our welcome out in Malta, we went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Matter-of-fact VP-21 was the first VP Squadron to deploy to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. During my time in VP-21, the Skipper's name was CDR. Ainsworth. This was the second best duty I ever had during my Naval Career. The first was Inst. Duty "PR School", NAS Lakehurst, N.J. My wife and I are planning on being at NAS Brunswick, Maine Thurs. 5.18.01. If anyone remembers me, drop an email..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2002 | 12MAY2001]

MAYS, Gordon Edward biggmays@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-21 (03/1968-1969) and VP-5 (1969-12/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I (and other's) was released early from Active Duty thanks to President Nixon..." [08JAN2012]

McCARTHY, Tom W. twmccarthy@aol.com "...I served with VD-4, VPB-101 at NAAS Crows Landing, California and VP-21 on Parry Island in Eniwetok Atoll in 1944. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 15OCT2014 | Updated 02DEC98 | 20JAN98]

McCarty, John M. McCarty john_mccarty@wireless.adc.com"...Let me be the first to check in from VP-9 during the Viet Nam era...friends were great!...went on to fly for the airlines for several years. I have been looking for old shipmates like Tom Wright and Mike Spradley for years. Call me if you recognize the name. Office: (503) 693-3100 x2228..."

McCAUGHEY, Thom (Gopher) thom.mac@verizon.net "...I was in the last AX class at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in '68 before they temporarily closed down and tried to make us all AW's. I was then in the last class to go through P-2V training in VP-30 Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '68. After joining VP-21 flying P-2V7's in November '68, like many others I was forced to change to the AW rate in order to keep flying. I was the Julie/ECM operator on CAC-XIV and made the final NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment before they decomissioned us in November '69. I think the two worst things you could hear were "EXTEND PLE" and "WE'RE GOING TO SIG." I don't remember anyone pulling a WESTPAC deployment complaining as much as anyone that had been to Sicily. It seemed for a while that the best way to get decomissioned was to send me there. After the decomissioning, I was transferred to VP-26 already on a split deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Lajes. I converted to the P-3B RADAR/MAD position and later qualified in Accoustics. I made another trip to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and finished up with a NAS Bermuda deployment and a UNITAS trip in '71. I was a P-3C Sensor 3 ground phase and in-flight instructor with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '72 until their move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '75. I spent my final 10 months back in NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-11 and separated from the Navy in July '76. Since then I have worked at NAWCAD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at the Chesapeake Test Range. It has kept me close to naval aviation and I get to see the latest and greatest of what is heading to the fleet. It's amazing how many old squadron mates still pass through here..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2004 | Updated 05FEB98]

McHALE, Joseph jmcneena@aol.com "...I was a member of VPHL11, a PB4Y2 squadron based in NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey. We were moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland around April-March of 1948. The sdquadron was later designated VP-21. I was also a member of VW-2. In 1953 we were still flying PB1W's as test beds for the early radar testing for the coming WV's. Our first delivered constellation was the small version. I went on to spend 8+ years in VW-2 and VW-15..." [05FEB2000]

McHENRY, Larry J. mchenry@indygov.org "...I was a member of VP-21 May 1958 to July 1960. I am interested in contacting squadron members who were in NAS Brunswick, Maine at this time. I just found out about this website and the VP Newsletters..." [29OCT98]

MICHELS, Robert rjm@m33access.com "...I served with VP-21 (1966-1968) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I worked for Chief Perin in Flight Operations. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10MAY2013]

MOORE, Robert R. (Bob) rmoore16@tampabay.rr.com "...I served two VP tours during the 1960's. First in VP-21 from 1959 to 1962 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada followed by an instructing tour at FAETULANT teaching VP Special Weapons Delivery. I finished my naval service with a tour in VP-46 flying our new P-3B's on a WestPac deployment during 1967. Now in retirement from Pan American Airways,in Miami, FL. I reside back in the old home state of KY..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2002 | 13OCT98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "... MORAN, AOC Raymond Thomas...My dad, Raymond Thomas Moran AOC (Retired/deceased), served with VP-21 (April 24, 1940 to January 20, 1942), VP-102 (January 20, 1942 to March 31, 1942) and VP-62 in the Aleutians after he got back from Perth. Do any of you by chance remember him? He was a white Irish Catholic, approx 5'7" tall and 176 lbs. w/brown hair and blue eyes. He was probably a wise guy with a great sense of humor. I have some pictures of him in the 50's but I'll have to search around for those any older than that. I don't know too much about him because he and mom divorced the year I was born. I just received the Bronze Star posthumously for him on April 3, 2009. The Navy has already reissued the rest of his medals to me. If any of you remember my dad please write back. FYI, my local paper the Freelance Star (http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2009/052009/05112009/462968), the DoD WebSite (http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=54762) and the PBY Memorial Foundation have published my story (http://www.pbyma.org/news.html). God Bless...Ronald T. Moran ronald.moran@dla.mil..." [02JUL2009]

MORIN, AW1 James P. jmorin12@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-21 from 1969 to disestablishment, VP-23 from 1969 to 1974, TSC Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) until discharge in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 19DEC2009 | 01OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...MOSLEY, James C. "Big Jim"...My Father, James C. Mosley, served with VPB-21 during WWII. Dad has been gone for over 28 years now and he is missed. I would love to talk to anyone that may have known Dad..." Contributed by Rita Mosley rkmosley62@gmail.com [20DEC2012]


Memorial Picture "...NEILSON, AW1 Robert Burns "Bob" Sr...AUBURN -- Auburn – Robert Burns Neilson, Sr., 67, of New Gloucester died Wednesday January 30, 2013 at the Hospice House in Auburn after a period of declining health. He was born on January 6, 1946 in St. Louis, MO, a son of Arthur and Janet (Bulger) Neilson. He was educated in St. Louis schools and graduated from Taylor School, Class of 1964. Shortly after graduating Bob enlisted in the US Navy (VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Memphis, Tennessee) and enjoyed a 20 year career in education and antisubmarine warfare. After his enlistment the family returned to Maine and Bob began a 23 year career with LL Bean. Bob enjoyed sailing and fly fishing. He was known to be able to fix just about anything and was an engineer at heart. He had a great sense of humor and was known as a first rate punster – every pun intended. He possessed a poet's eye and ear and the generosity and heart of a teacher. Bob had a special fondness for the family retreat in Pentwater, MI. Bob will be remembered for his great love of his wife Maggie, his fairness in all things, his openness and acceptance of others, his practicality, diplomacy and overall generosity of spirit. Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Maggie" (Shenk) Neilson of New Gloucester; his daughter Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Mazzillo and her husband Christopher of Mechanic Falls; his son Robert Burns Neilson, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Danville; his four grandchildren: Megan, Arthur, Christopher and Robert III; his great-grandson Louis V; his brother Hugh Neilson and his wife Pat; his sister Janet Wells and his brother Bill, all of St. Louis, MO; his sisters-in-law: Karen Neilson, Carmen Neilson, Janet Chipman and her husband Keith, Jamie Shenk and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa Neilson and his brothers Arthur and Dennie and his brother-in-law Bill Shenk. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church, 19 New Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Bob's family. For those who wish, donations may be made in Bob's memory to: Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. WebSite: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/...." Contributed by MIXON, AT1 Tom tom@tommixon.com [04FEB2013]

NEILSON, AW1 Bob Retired neilson@maine.rr.com "...I served in VP-34 at Breezy Point, NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1947 to 1950. My nickname at the time was "Lefty" because I played baseball for the NAS Flyers baseball team. VP-34 was located in hangar SP2 along with a sister PBY squadron VP-34 and a PBM5 squadron VP-49. Any one in the squadron that remembers me, I would like to hear from you. It has been a long time..." [05NOV98]

NELSON, CAPTAIN Bob Retired sudabay@aol.com "...I served with VP-21, VP-30, FAW-3, VP-11 and MARAIRMED (Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean) plus other duty stations..." Personal WebSite: http://members.aol.com/NAVCAD2555/index.html

NELSON, AE1 Mike Retired realdog@usa.net "...I served with VP-21 from 1966 through 1967. I last flew on BUNO: 135556 April 1967, the memory of that old electrical problem due to corrosion on the grounds vaulted my carreer. VP-21 was the last of the best in P2s. Thanks for the page, it brings back some wonderfull times from broomstick to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in the BlackJack squadron. I would also like to ask the troops remaining to think of those that have joined the Great Commander, AEC Tanner..." [27JUL2000]


NICHOLSON, Tom AirNavy2@aol.com "...VP-21 CAC-2 1959-1962. Would like to see a squadron listing or a squadron book..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2000 | 07AUG98]

NILSON, Dick c/o Jackie Nilson jnilson@d21.k12.il.us "...My husband Dick Nilson was with VP-21 from 1965-68 when we were transferred to NAS Glenview, Illinois..."

NIRENBERG, Stewart niren97@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1959-1961 and VP-21 as an aa working for the Parachute Riggers..." [01APR98]

NOLAN, Phil phil@nol-tec.com "...I was crew member in VP-21 during 1960 & 1961 and would love to here from shipmates. I would also like to know if there is a source for the names of shipmates in VP-21 during those years? Thanks..."

NORHA, ADR1 Marvin W. Retired marvinnorha@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-21 (06/1959-02/1963) and flew with CAC-6 and CAC-7, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (03/1963-05/1968) and back to VP-21 (06/1968-12/1968) flying with CAC-4 and CAC-7 and NATTC Memphis, Tennessee (12/1968), Recruiting Duty and retired from VP-10. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28APR2014 | 26DEC2001]

NORTON, William J. AZ1RET@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 63 to 69, crew 2 and 6. PC crew 2 when USS Liberty got hit. Mr. P was (LCDR Phillips) was PPC...Looking for Shipmates from Crew 2,6 and 11 from VP-7 1963 to 1969. Also for the Shipmates of VP-21. I am in contact with Lynn Wall that was in VP-21 in the 60's on Crew 3 he can be contacted at fiddlinlyn@aol.com..." [BIO Updated 15DEC2000 | 16FEB99]

NUTE, CAPTAIN Charles Carter Retired ccnute@cox.net "...I served VP-21 (01/196512/1967) flying the P2 Neptune, VP-23 (04/1971-06/1973) flying the P-3 Orion, VP-31 (08/1974-06/1977), CO Naval Facility Guam (07/1978-10/1979), XO/CO VP-9 (03/1979-05/1981), Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) (06/1981-06/1984), Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) (07/1985-05/1986), Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF-72)/CPW-1 (06/1986-06/1988) at Kamiseya, Japan, Deputy Director ASW Division (OP-7lB) (07/1988-06/1990), Deputy Commander ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) (06/1990-05/1992) and Director, Naval Command College (NCC) (06/1992-07/1994) at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI and retired. I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs (08/1994-12/2001). Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, we reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAY2015 | 10SEP2003]

O'DELL, George odellgw@wesnet.com "..I was in the VP 21 from April 1967 until the decommisoning in November of 1969. I was the second mech on crew ten and then the Plane Captain on crew 33 which was crew 13 before the number change. I would like hearing from old crew members and shipmates..."

O'LEARY, Pat Pat485@aol.com "...Served with VP-21 (The Black Jacks) NAS Brunswick, Maine , 64 & 65. SP-2H's, great plane..." [17JUN98]

OLSON, Richard B. dogtales8@aol.com "...I served VP-21 and FASRON-108 (1953-1957)..." [17DEC2012]

O'MALLEY, Jim James.O.Malley@Worldnet.att.net "...Served in VP-21 from 1968 until squadron was decomissioned in 69'. Spent the remainder of my time with VP-23 also in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Discharged in 71'. Rate & rank, AE3, schooled in Ecm, Julie, Mad & Sniffer, and radio. Just a kid of 20 back than, can't remember my crew # in VP-21, but our jump seat 1st mech was a guy by the name of Mike Walsh, an E6. Electric shop was run by an E7 by the last name of Cherry, think he retired when the squadron was decomissioned. My 2 best friends back than were George Blue (worked in admin) of Illinois and Steve Hightower of Florida (either an AT or AW?). What good times we had!..." [27DEC98]

ORLICKI, E. L. mundziu@juno.com "...I served with VP-48 NAS Trinidad, British West Indies, VP-21 on Crew 1 part of 1949 continued as crewman when Privateers (PB4Y2) were turned in for P4M1s (Division Chief C Division 1st radio/radar On #1), and shore duty at NATTC Norman, Oklahoma (as far from an ocean as one could get) where I retired in February 1955..." [03FEB2003]

OSBORNE, E. Sr. OZZIE@tyler.net "...USN 1950-1954 '50-52' ALAMEDA FLIGHT TEST 52'-54' VP-21 second wrench on P4M PLANE CAPTIAN ON P2V-6s. GOD BLESS ALL. FAX (903)988-0013..."

PAIR, AECS Bobby Retired bobpair@famerstel.com "...I served with VP-21 (10/1963-11/1966) as a AE2 aboard Crew-1 and Crew-7..." [05DEC2015]

PARKHURST, Rick rcp@interserv.com"...drove P2V-7's with the VP-21 Blackjacks in Brunswick, Maine for 2 1/2 years prior to our decomissioning in 1969. After that I did a hitch with VX-1 in Key West, Fla. until April 1972..."

Memorial Picture "...PELLETIER, Normand Roger...I wanted to let you know that my father PO1 AAM1/C Normand Roger Pelletier passed away this Tuesday, June 8, 1999 of cardiac arrest at his home in Wilmington, NC. He has contributed to your pages many facts concerning the crash of my uncles plane near Iceland during WW2. My father spent much of his early years of service with VP-56, VP-212, VP-201 and patrol bombing squadron VPB-21, and VPB-2. He was very fond of your website and took me to it many times late at night when I would visit with him at his home. My thanks to you for your website as it is a memorial to all who have served in the VPNAVY. My thanks to the Navy and Marine color guard who were also supplied for his beautiful funeral. If you have any additional stories about my father and uncle, Lionel Pelletier, please pass them on. We are composing a scrapbook of facts and stories for both of these gentlemen. Please feel free to write me an email...Roger Lionel Pelletierpelle11@ibm.net..." [12JUN99]

PERKINS, Dan danielperkins@mailexcite.com "...Served with VP-21, NAS Brunswick, Maine from FEB67 to APR68 after a tour with HC-4 Black Stallions in Lakehurst. We were in NS Rota, Spain FEB67 to JUN67 then NAS Sigonella, Sicily from NOV68 to APR68. Would like to know if anyone has a line on ATN3 Willy Summerfield who was originally from Long Island, New York?..." [13JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...PARRISH, AMM3C William Roy...My father, AMM3C William Roy Parrish, passed away August 15th, 1971 and is buried in Mathis, TX. Dad served with VPB-106 in Samar, P.I. and his CO was LCDR L.R. Whitacker, VPB-21, VP-111, VP-HL-11 and flew missions to Shanghai and Tsingtao in 1946. Dad also spent time at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida before leaving the Navy..." Contributed by Dennis Parrish parrish01@comcast.net [10MAR2016]

PETTIT, AX2 Tom qadbshlp@indy.net "...I served with VP-21 from 1/1/63 to 2/15/66. Did a cruise book while in NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [06JAN99]

PERRINE, PN3 Robert R. russperrine@icloud.com "...I served with VP-21 (10/1959-07/1962) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. As I told Captain Ainsworth my decision to leave U.S. Navy was only to attend CW Post College (NY) where I graduated with a BA and MA in Communications. Last year I visited the former NAS Brunswick, Maine after all these years. The tower still stands bearing the large letters: “Elevation 75 Feet.”..." [13DEC2019]

PFEIFFER, Andy C/O Randy Pfeiffer pfeiffer@greeleynet.com "...My Dad, Andy Pfeiffer, served as bombadier VPB-21 Crew 16 in 1945 under CDR Bob Eicorn. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him or who has a family member who might have served with him..." [12JAN2004]

POWELL, Ernie epowell42@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-21 (1960's), Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) (1965-1966) at NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-31 (1966-1967) and VP-48 (1967-1969). Looking for Bob Fletcher from (VP-31) and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 18OCT2014 | BIO Updated 18NOV2002 | BIO Updated 01JUL2000 | 29MAY2000]

PRZENKOP, AT3 Andrew "Andy" c/o Andrew F. Przenkop, Jr. dogfriendkitsapcounty@gmail.com "...My Dad served with VP-21 (1962-1965) and is on his last mission at the Dayton Ohio VA Hospice. Dad will be missed by all his family..." [10NOV2015]

RADER, Rex Edward http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/R.htm "..Rex came to the Naval Academy from Van Buren, Arkansas. After graduation, he reported to USS SARATOGA (CV-3) and began his career in ordnance and gunnery as a junior division officer in the main battery. In early 1941, he reported to USS NORTH CAROLINA, again in gunnery. He was assistant navigator for a day putting NORTH CAROLINA in commission, as Junior Officer of the Watch. In early April, 1942, he and Elizabeth Bartlett were married in Portland, Maine, just three days after the general order banning marriage for two years after graduation was rescinded. Rex's ship was soon off to the Pacific and, after the landing at Guadalcanal, when NORTH CAROLINA was torpedoed, Rex entered flight training in New Orleans. He received his wings in July, 1942. Rex helped fit out and commission VPB-21, a PBM patrol seaplane squadron. After deployment to South-Pacific, Rex was ordered to the Postgraduate School in Annapolis, under the sponsorship of BuOrd. He finished the course with the final year at MIT in 1947 with a Masters Degree in Aeronautics, and was designated AEDO. His BuAer assignments were primarily in research and development of aircraft armament and guided missiles, some ten years in all. After a most enjoyable and educational year at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Rex was assigned to the Intelligence Directorate of the Joint Staff as the Navy technical intelligence representative, in 1959. He spent the following three years, beginning in 1960, in Baltimore as the BuWeps Representative at the Westinghouse facility. The next assignment was at the NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, as the Senior Member of the Board of Inspection for aircraft, which was charged with determining the acceptability of naval aircraft for service use. Rex's last four years of active duty were spent in the Defense Intelligence Agency as Assistant Deputy Director and then as Deputy Director of Technical Intelligence. Rex had 17 years of Washington duty. Two years after retirement in 1971, Rex and Betty toured the United States for six months in a trailer recreational vehicle. They have four children and eight grandchildren. They bought a retirement home in Suffolk, Virginia, and have lived there since 1974. They have found living in Tidewater, a major Navy area, most satisfying and enjoyable..." [01JUN2003]

RAINEY, AZ2 Fred jfrainey1@cs.com "...I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Mainee from 1967 to 1969. I ould like to here from any VP-21 Shipmates from that time (or others). It was a great time..." [27APR2004]

RHOADS, Bob DSSBOB@AOL.COM "...Hello to all you VP vets: I served with VP-21 from Feb 1951 to AUG 1954. I never made it past E4 but had as much fun as the rest of the guys. I remember losing the the Mercator and having to accept the P2V-6 with its 3350 turbo compounds that wouldn't run more than 200 or 300 hrs. I later went to work for Delta airlines and found that the engine didn't perform any better there either (DC-7). I am now retired from Delta and would like to here from anyone still kicking from that time..." [11NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...ROINESTAD, AO1 Norman J...It is sad to report that Norman passed away October 18, 2014 in Maine. Norm was brought into VP-10 as part of a crew to remove the twin 50 cal. machine guns and top turret on our P2V5F aircraft. Norman also served with VP-21 and VP-34..." Contributed by WILSON, AT2 Robert T. Jr. helgasgardener@gmail.com [25OCT2014]

ROINESTAD, AO1 Norman J. Retired Shipmate Pix...Circa 1952... nroinestad@highstream.net "...I served with VP-34 from July 1951 to July 1953, VP-21 from July 1953 to March 1957, and VP-10 from March 1957 to June 1958..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 28MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 22MAR2001 | 28MAR98]

ROSS, ATC(AC) Ford U. Retired zccaams@bellsouth.net "...I was transferred to NAF Weeksville, North Carolina for commissioning of ZP-4, as an AT-2, in May 1951. After making AT-1 I was transferred back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1954. Then into ZW-1 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine (1963 to 1966). VP-21 was the last squadron on the East Coast to convert from P2V-7's to P-3. I then served with VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida from 1966 to October 1967 (VX-1 had two P-3's, a P2V-7 and several other funny aircraft) until I Retired. I am a member of the Naval Airship Association. The Naval Airship Association is looking for more ex-enlisted L.T.A. people..." [BIO Updated 04APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 15FEB2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18SEP2000 | 21DEC98]

RUCH, ADRC George J. Retired SANDIA4706@AOL.com "...I served with VP-21 from November 1949 to December 1951. I was a PB4Y2 and P4M Plane Captain. Best AC ever made. Made the NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco deployment and went to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C., SEC NAV PC, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and serrved with VR-6 and VR-3 at Mcgurie AFB. Retired at Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility, Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque in 1973. Still here in Phone book, give a broken down airdale a call...I served with FASRON-106 Det 1 NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal from February 1954 to September 1956. I was one of the mighty warriors who built that blimp mooring mast on the flight line that had been there in boxes since WWII. Lot of good memories, like good NCO club, slot machines and beer. That was a long time ago. If any one is still around - drop me a line. I am right outside Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, NM..." [BIO Updated 14JUN2002 | 07JAN98]

RUSHE, Bud budrushe@yahoo.com "...I was Radio/radar operator with VP-21 in the P4M-1 days. Majority of time on 124368..." [24JUN2004]

SCHARF, AW2 Paul sps64@worldnet.att.net "...I was a member of VP-21 from 1960 to 1962, and a member of VP-66 from 1962 till I retired in 1976..." [03MAY98]

SCHEIBEL, Bob bsshybel@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VPB-21 for a short time after the shooting stopped in WWII in the Pacific. I had gone through AMM school at NAS Norman, Oklahoma but couldn't get CAC training because I wore glasses. I served on the USS St. George (AV-16). We saw our most rigorous service at Kerama Retto, Okinawa where we were hit by a suicide plane. In VPB-21 I think my pilot's name was Longnecker. Is information from this time of any interest to anybody?..." [23SEP2003]

SCHERBON, William (Pappy) scherbon@minespring.com "...I served with VP-7, VP-10, VP-21 of the patrol squardons from 1950 to 1969..." [17JAN2000]

SCHLAPO, George geogreg@erols.com "...Just found this page this morning, 24 MAR 98, and I would like to say hello to all of my old "Shipmates" from VP-21. I was the radar/ecm operator on HC-9 from 52 to 55, serving at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from anyone who was with the squadron during that time. I would especially appreciate hearing from or about CDR david Saunders..." [24MAR98]



SHOOK, Gary B. jgshook@kih.net "...I am looking for Shipmates from VP-21 from 1967-69 when we were decommissioned. I then went to VP-26 until I was discharged in February 1971. I was stationed out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am especially looking for Brian Munger, Bob Dan, Dale Wolfe, and Aubry Kesterson. Please respond if you were stationed with me..." [23MAY99]

Memorial Picture "...SMITH, Gary...My father, Gary Smith, passed away in 1993. Dad served with VP-21 (1968-1972) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from any Shipmates who knew my Dad..." Contributed by Donald Smith dpsmith75@gmail.com [08APR2017]

SMITH, AW Michael mdatthe@yahoo.com "...I was in the VP Navy as an acoustic AW from 1968 thru 1978. I was initially assigned to VP-21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine but, was only there a short time before they were disestablished and I had to pick up my bags and walk across the ramp to VP-23. I was then in VP-30 from 1975 thru 1978. I would be glad to hear from any of my old Shipmates and I would especially like any information regarding our ordinanceman during 1969 through the early 70's, Brian Hammond..." [29JAN2006]

SOYK, Herb FFLNG@aol.com"...VP-21, circa 1957-1961..."

SPROUSE, AE3 Jack jacksprouse@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-21 (Black Jack Squdron) at NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 1962 until October 1964, with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I was AE3 on crew of P2V Neptune when my hitch was up. I am interested in locating anyone I served with, in particular: Mel Wilt from Ohio; Bill Ahlberg from Boston; and Gerry Miller from Ironton, Mo. (all radiomen on crew)..." [13OCT2001]

STANDFILL, AWC George A. (Jack) Retired jstand@ix.netcom.com "...I was in VP-21 from 1956 to 1960, made two deployments to Malta and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I flew as radioman on several crews. I was a ATN2 in VP-48 from early 1963 to late 1964, Made the NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment in 1964. I spent two tours in VP-9 from 1966 to 1967 and from 1970 to 1975. I retired from VP-9 as a AWC. Would enjoy hearing from anyone from that time period..." [09APR2002]

STARK, James F. "Jim" stark3217@aol.com "...I checked into VP-21 in September 1964. The squadron had recently returned from its deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. CDR McCue had just taken over as CO, his XO, CDR Orrill was the finest men I have ever known. My early period in VP-21 included a cornucopia of different experiences: week aboard the submarine USS Cobbler (SS-344) out of New London, good will visit to Nova Scotia with Canadian ASW forces flying Argus aircraft and an unforgettable experience in northern Maine woods at SERE School. Had squadron assignments as Materials Officer and as Safety Officer. Later, I was fortunate as a young Lieutenant to be designated PPC of CAC-12. Had a crew of young "can do" hard chargers: PP2P LT Letson, PP3P LT(jg) Perine, Tacco LT(jg) Byrd, ADR3 Wells, ADRAN Lukity, AT2 Sternad, AX3 Frey, AO3 Bailey, AX2 Copelin and ATNAN Sommerfeld. We never aborted a flight and CAC-12 got the patrols no one else wanted. My final CO was CDR Mike Johnson, a very fine officer and inspiring leader. I was separated from the squadron in July 1967. FYI - I wrote a book about my Navy experiences called "Two Turning, Two Burning" and includes VP-10, VP-11, VP-23, VP-26, and NAS Brunswick, Maine. More information about the book can be found on Author Jim Stark or on Amazon at Two Turning Two Burning..." [03NOV2009]

STEYNE, Gene GeneSteyne@aol.com "...USNR (Feb 1957 - Jan 1958) US Naval Reserve Surface Division 953, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, RTC Great Lakes, Il (Dec 1957)...USN (Jan 1958 - May 1958) Recruit Training Center, San Diego, Ca...(May 1958 - Jun 1958) NATTC Norman, Ok, A/V Fundamentals: School on basic aviation mechanical systems maintenance...(Jun 1958 - Sep 1958) NATTC Memphis, Tn, AMH 'A': Schooling on aircraft Hydraulic, Flight Control, Landing Gear, Pneumatic systems...(Oct 1958 - Sep 1959) NATTC, Norman, Ok, Aircraft - 3 TC-45J(SNB), Aircraft Maintenance Division, Operations Support, (NATTC Norman closed Nov 1959)...(Sep 1959 - Dec 1960) ATU-501/Training Squadron 29, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Aircraft - 8 P2V-3/4/6, 6 P5M-1, 6 R4D-5(C-47), 4 C-117D, Airframes branch (Corrosion Control), AMH3 (E-4) 16 Jun 1959, AMH2 (E-5) 16 Nov 1960, (Jan 1961 - Mar 1961) VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, FRAMP: Training on P2V-5(SP2E) & P2V-7(SP-2H) AMH systems, (Apr 1961 - Mar 1964) VP-21, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Aircraft - P2V-7(SP-2H) ASW configured, Qualified as Combat Air Crewmember P2V-7(SP2H), CAC-3, Deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland ('61), Cuban Missile Crisis ('62), Deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (Jan-Jun '63), NASA Project Mercury launch/recovery support (Canary Island area), USS Tallahatchee County (AVB-2) operations, Suda Bay, Crete...Apr 1964 - Apr 1967 Training Squadron 4, NAS Pensacola, Florida, Aircraft - 18 T-2A/B, Airframes Branch, AMH1 (E-6) 16 Apr 1969...(May 1967 - Jun 1970) NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aircraft - 2 HU-16D, 2 C-54, C-117D, 3 UH-34J, Air Operations, Maintenance Control/Quality Assurance/SAR crewmember HU-16D...(Jul 1970 - Apr 1972) Helicopter Training Squadron 8, Ellyson Field, NAS Pensacola, Florida, aircraft - 12 TH-1L, 6 UH-1D, Airframes Branch...(May 1972 - Dec 1973) Associates Degree Completion Program, Pensacola Jr College, Pensacola, Fl, Full time student attaining an Associates Degree (Scientific Program)...(Dec 1973 - Feb 1976) NAS Pensacola, Florida, Aircraft - 3 T-39D, C-117D, C-131F, 3 T-28D, C-118, Air Operations, Aircraft Quality Assurance, AMHC (E-7) 16 Jul 1975...(Mar 1976 - Apr 1976) VS-41, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Training on S-3A AMH systems...(May 1976 - Apr 1977) VS-28, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, Aircraft - 6 S-3A, Aircraft Division CPO, Deployment on USS America CV-66 (Jun 1976 - Nov 1976), CWO2 (Temporary) 16 Apr 1977...(Apr 1977 - Jun 1977) NavAvScolsCom, NAS Pensacola, Florida, LDO/CWO Officer indoctrination...(Jul 1977 - Jul 1979) NavAviEngSerUnit Det, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Officer-in-Charge of the NAESU Det. coordinating fleet utilization of aerospace systems contract engineers. (Aug 1979 - Oct 1980) Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Aircraft - 6 SH-3H, Maintenance/Material Control Officer, Deployment on USS Independence CV-60 (Aug 1979 - Dec 1979), AFCM(E-9) 1 Apr 1980, (Retirement 31 Oct 1980, revert to AFCM)..." [31AUG2000]

STODDARD, Ted tedstod@verizon.net "...I served with VPB-21 from 1945 to 1946. I flew with CAC-5 (PBM-5) as 2nd Radio. We flew out of Ominato, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Okinawa, Sasebo, Yokosuka and Manila. Sure would like to contact old Shipmates! I recently narrated "Crossing the Line" by Alvin Kernan for the U. S. Naval Institute. Not exactly VP stuff, but it sure is the best thing on aircrewmen that I've seen..." [E-Mail Updated 15NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 05JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 22FEB2000 | 00XXX97]

STOREY, Jerry ljjjar@cs.com "...I was stationed with VP-21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1959 to 1963. I was on two deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. One in 1960 and one in 1963. During the 63 deployment I was assigned to Crew 2 along with LTJG R. J. McMahon, LT. C. D. Miller, LCDR. D. D. Renieky, LT. C. C. Miller. AXAN Campanelli, AE3 Lowe, ADR1 Zubiate, ATR3 Cobb, AO3 Folts, AO3 Kearney, and AX1 Dough. Would like to hear from all Shipmates attached to the "THE READY SQUADRON" during these times..." [02FEB2000]

STRAITWELL, Donald D. bigdds@msn.com "...I served in VP-111 (Later changed to VP-HL-11) From the fall of 1946 till October 1947. I have the exact dates in a copy of my short service record. I enlisted on July 6, 1945 and was discharged on October 25 1947. I was squadron Yeoman (Y2) and flew with the crew on occasion. We flew to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada on one occasion that I was with the crew. We had to land in Halifax, Nova Scotia on one trip. I have squadron pictures and pictures of the planes in flight over Newfoundland. We had nine planes in the squadron. One was Number 59947. Our CO was CDR B. C. Wheatley..." [21NOV2000]

STUDEBAKER, BILL (STUD) wstudeba@mar.lmco.com "...I was in VP-21 from 59-63 as an ADJ and later 2nd Mech and P/C on crew 1. It's great to see a sites like these. I found an old friend that I had not seen since 1964. I have been with Lockheed-Martin since 1974 doing P-3 Support..."

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix  "...SWEET, Donald H...It is with the deepest regret that I tell you all that my grandfather, VPB-21 combat aircrewman, and the author of numerous books about the war in the Pacific, Donald Sweet passed away on Sunday Evening Feb. 26, 2007. He had struggled with illness for some time and passed quietly with his family at his side. Donald H. Sweet volunteered for the U.S. Navy in early 1943 at age seventeen. He served as a combat aircrewman in the Pacific theater of operations, flying some fifty patrols. Returning home in mid 1945 he was assigned to train new crews. After leaving the Navy he attended Gettysburg College and graduated in 1949. He then worked for the U.S. Navy Department on Advanced Underseas Weapons Systems in various locations in the United States, and also in the Far East during the Korean War. The next twenty-five years were spent in the "corporate world," followed by ten years as a management consultant. He retired in 1991. In 1972 he served on the Navy's Palenchar Task Force, which was instrumental in the development and initiation of the all-volunteer Navy. Award winning author of six business books, The Sailor Aviators was his first "story" book and Seaplanes at War is his first picture book...Ryan G. Noon rgnoon@gmail.com..." [28FEB2007]

SWEET, Don Shipmate Pix ...circa 1944... SweetUsn@aol.com "...was an Aircrewman in VP-21/VPB-21 commisioned in March 44 and in Pacific theater from Aug 44 to end of 46..." "The Sailor Aviators" a book about PBM's in WWII by Don Sweet SweetUsn@aol.com WEBSITE: http://hometown.aol.com/sweetusn/index.html [WebSite Updated 30DEC98]

THOMPSON c/o His Son Keith Thompson (formerAME-2/MA-1) jkozma358@juno.com "...My father-in-law was a member of VP-21/VP-211 out of NAS Banana River, Florida (12-42 to 10-45). The PBM that flew he on was named "Snooks". Dad was an AOM2(T) with the crew and related some his stories from his NAS Banana River, Florida, Sao Palo, and Ascension Islands flights. I would like to know who's PBMs were in the Sao Palo photos. He reluctantly told of his foot "getting stuck" during a "rough landing" at NAS Banana River, Florida. Dad never finished relating his stories as he passed away Apr-98. If there is anyone left that can fill in the blanks about some of the history and color to his unit please contact me..." [28APR2000]

WALL, F. LYNN FIDDLINLYN@aol.com "...I EARNED MY ENLISTED WINGS OF GOLD IN VP-21 1963-1965 NAS Brunswick, Maine and was an AO3..." [26JUL99]

WALSH, M. P. D. MWALSH900@aol.com "...Came to the best VP squadron around Nov'67. Was first assigned to crew 13, then took the reins on J. R. C. Taylor's crew. What a GREAT time that was. Hey JRC, did we kill some subs or what? Happy to hear from any and all Shipmates that were there at decom. Remember Knobby #1? I was #2...and not Knobby #3. I served with VP-5 '56 to '60, VC-8 (Roos Rds) P-2V '60 to '63, NADC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Special Projects, P-2V '66 to '67, VP-21 '67 to '69, VP-26 '69 to '71, and VP-31 for two tours..." [18APR98]

WATERS, Roger rogor@gte.net "...I served in three VP squadrons on the east coast in the late 50's and early 60's. I was first assigned to VP-21 right out of AT-A school in 1957. I left early from the 1957 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment to attend the very first J/J ASW Warfare class in November of 1957 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I flew with several VP-21 crews over the next two years, and was then reassigned to shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am a plank holder with VP-30 and served as a flight crew instructor. I knew all of the people on the P2 that went down in Lake George, in fact I was almost aboard that flight. After that, I joined VP-5 in the midst of their NS Rota, Spain deployment and served out my tour with them. I participated in the Cuban Missile Blockade in October of 1962 with VP-5. I have many happy memories as a VP sailor, but have lost all contact with my crew mates. Does anyone out there remember me? Roger Waters AT-1 at discharge in Jan, 1963..." [02NOV98]

WEISENBECK, AMCS Carl Retired CWEISENB@BELLSOUTH.NET "...I served in VP-21, VP-10, and VP-49.I flew as second ordinance in VP-21 (they wanted an AM on each crew). In VP-10 I made the leap to FE in the P-3,(a lot of fun). In VP-49 I worked in Mainteance and gave up flying. In response to Shipmates Dick Gray I was one of the crewmembers that he could not recall. I have a photo of Mary Ann and the crew in front of our aircraft. And I remember Chief Dilishaw When I checked In I wondered what a BMC was doing in an VP squadron, I found out when I was on my knees scrubing the hanger deck with a ki brush. I don't have a Turtle patch, but I do have a cruise cup from the 58 Malta deployment that has the Turtle logo..." [09MAR98]

WELLS, CWO4 Ray Retired rwells@gwi.net "...I served in VP-21 from October 1965 to December 1969, I was one of the last enlisted men to depart after decommisioning. I served as second mech on crew 12 then Plane Captain of crew 12 for the majority of my tour. My career has taken me to VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from 70-75, VP-49 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975-1978, VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1978-1982, VP-10 from 1982-1985, and finished up my 27 years as OIC NAESU det NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1985-1989. I retired as a CWO4 and settled in Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAR2002 | 25JAN95]

WHATLEY, CW03 Ron Retired whatley@alumni.utexas.net "...I served with VP-23 from September 1963 - January 1967 (YN3) and then returned in early 1968 after AX "A" school. I transferred to VP-21 in October 1968 when they decided to disestablish VP-23, which of course never happened. I transferred to FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California in July 1969 and spent the rest of my career there in VP-47, CPW-10 and VP-40, with the exception of a tour at PACFAST in NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I retired out of VP-40 January 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 30NOV2000 | 08JUN99]

WHIGHAM, ATCS Shealy O. Retired swhigham@lsijax.com "...I was lucky enough to serve in four VP squadrons in my 20 year career. I started in VP-21 in 1962, flying with Crew 9 until 1967 when I was one of the Jez operators selected for a tour at a NavFac station. After two years at NavFac Barbados, I returned to VP-10 for an abbreviated tour. After "B" school and a tour of shore duty at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida. I joined VP-49 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1975. I went to VP-30 FRAMP Dept in 1978 and retired in 1981. Now living in the Jacksonville area and would love to hear from any Shipmates that remember me..." [16OCT2000]

WIDELL, AX1 Joseph D. Retired jdw22@ime.net "...Entered the Navy at Syracuse, New York On Sept. 1957 and proceeded to Boot Camp at Great Lakes,Ill. From there to Norman, Oklahoma for Fundamentals school till 1958. Then on to AT "A" School at NATTC, Memphis, TN. After graduating, requested 1st Naval Dist. any VP. Reported to VP-7 just prior to the Squadron deploying to NS Rota, Spain. We were left TAD to FASRON 108 to attend Radio Code School at Brunswick. We joined VP-7 in NS Rota, Spain after a short stay in Port Leaouty, Morocco en-route. Served in VP-7 as Radioman on Crew 1, with then CDR Ipser J. Gersik, a man whom I enjoyed every minute of flying with. He could "grease" any landing. Did NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and of course NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. We were relieved in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada on a split deployment by the ill-fated crew that crashed at sea in Dec.1959. We then, also crashed at NAS Brunswick, Maine a few weeks later in Jan.1960. Traveled to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for the homeport change which occured in Fall of 1961. Left VP-7 in Feb. 1962 for AT "B" School at Memphis. After "B" sent to NAS Cecil Field. There I spent 13 months in VF-174, a RAG F8U Crusader outfit. After spending a few weeks on the USS Independence CV-62 (my only shipboard duty and while on shore duty) I took advantage of the new AX rating and converted. Was then sent to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1963 to complete my tour of shore duty. After some hairy flighttime there I was transfered in 1964 back to Sea duty in VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine. Quit flying there and went TAD to NAS AIMD to work primarily MAD and ASW Systems. Left VP-21 in 1968 with orders to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to the "White Whale", a Mobile Unit. While there we were Decommisioned as a Shore duty assignment. While awaiting new orders, we participated in a video taping of a AX Seminar.While talking to the Detailers I was approached by a man who wanted out of orders to NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-44. We made the change and I received orders to VP-44. Back to "Broomstick"-Yahoo!! Served as Electronics Shop night check Supervisor, then daycheck and finally on to Quality Control. Also, spent many hours working on the ill-fated P-3A that crashed in 1972 in the Med. Myself and another shop tech were supposed to fly with that crew to Sicily and then on to Crete for a Mini Det. We were very fortunate that the local VR Squadron was willing to take us as passengers. I remained in VP-44 till I retired in April 1977. Have had enough excitement to last a lifetime. But,I do miss it and so does the wife. After retirement I went to work at Bath Iron Works building and overhauling Naval Combatants. Retired from there,also. Took an early retirement in 1995. Took a year off, got bored and went to work at LL Bean in Freeport, Me where I live..." [05JAN99]

WILD, AETM1 Herb eveherb@earthlink.net "...I served with VPB-19 during the invasion of Iwo Jima, which wasn't of very great duration for the squadron. I was transferred to VPB-21 in March 1945 and on March 29 we flew to Kerama Retto and joined our tender, the USS Chandeleur (AV-10). We patrolled from our base at Kerama Retto and later for a short time Chimu Wan for 109 days, going to General Quarters 204 times. We left Okinawa July 15 for R and R at Parry Island, next to Enewietok. The war ended in August and I remained with VPB-21 during the occupation in Ominato Bay aboard the Chandeleur until the ship was relieved by the USS Tangier (AV-8). In November we went to Hong Kong for three months and then to Sasebo. I went home for discharge in March 1946. My rating then was AETM 1/C. Some months after my discharge I received a hardcover book with many photos and a write up of the 1st and 2nd cruise of the USS Chandeleur (AV-10). During my web research I ran across one person who knew Lt. Irick, our radar officer. I had a lot of friends in the Air Division as well as the squadron but only kept good friends with one, who died a couple of years ago. I am retired now but my career was 100% influenced by my experience in the Navy and Squadron VPB-21..." [30JUN2001]

WINTER, MCPO Kenneth Retired khwinter@gwi.net "...I was on active duty with VP-21 and VP-10 from 1968 to 1972. I then joined VP-68. After VP-68, I joined the VP-MAU at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I retired from the Naval Reserve in 1994 from the TSC unit as a Senior Chief..." [02JUL2008]

WOODS, Dale E. "Woody" dalevp21@yahoo.com "...I was a radioman with VP-21 when Morse Code was the primary source of communication (June 1960 to June 1963). I was a member of CAC-1 and CAC-4 during this time. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with various RON's thrown in for good measure. Who can forget the Cuba Blockade and the Project Mercury launch and recovery for Gordon Cooper shortly after. How about ‘Tent City' and the USS Tallahatchee County in Soudha Bay, Crete? Left VP-21 for ‘B' school and returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine for VP-23 (April 1964 to February 1967). Terminated my enlistment in VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on February 1970. I am particularly interested in learning the whereabouts of Cdr. Charles R. Robertson who was the CO of VP-21 from 1962 to 1963. Have already contacted a few Shipmates as I have many pictures, slides and memories of NAS Brunswick, Maine even if the ‘memory' is going..." [E-Mail Updated 14AUG2002 | 05APR2002 | 18SEP98]


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