VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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BOYER, LCDR Mark A. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=591 "...LCDR Mark A. Boyer, USN - NFL Number: 591 - Date of Birth: 2/8/1915 - Date In: 12/1/1940 - Date Out: 9/1/1945 - City, State: Jefferson City, MO - School Attended: Westminster Coll - Aircraft Flown: PBY-5A, PV-2, R4D-6, SNG-3, JRB - Ship or Unit: VP-73, Hedron-9 and VP-ML-68 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: N. Atlantic - Associations/Service Organizations: Kiwanis - Significant Achievements: Additional combat experience in Newfoundland, Iceland, & Africa. Received MA & Ed.D at Washington U 2.158.7 flt hrs. Church work. Scouting. In Memoriam? No..." [06DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...BRUMMETT, CDR Joseph D. Sr. Shipmate Pix ...My father, CDR Joseph D Brummett Sr., passed away September 29th 1989. Dad served with VP-73, VP-9, Commanding Officer of the USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) and Executive Officer of the USS Bayfield (APA-33). During his time as Executive Officer of the USS Bayfield (APA-33) they transported refugees from North Vietnam to Saigon in 1955. Readers Digest actually wrote a story about this event.. My Dad retired after 25 years in the Navy and then started a Locksmith business in Chula Vista, CA. He did this for 15 years. He was interned in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA..." Contributed by Joseph Brummett joebrumm@bellsouth.net [01APR2013]

BRUMMETT, CDR Joseph D. Sr. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=594 "...CDR Joseph D. Brummett Sr., USN - NFL Number: 594 - Date of Birth: 5/1/1917 - Date In: 6/1/1940 - Date Out: 6/1/1962 - City, State: Chula Vista, CA - School Attended: Purdue University - Aircraft Flown: A/C of US Army, A/C Royal AF, Free French AF - Ship or Unit: VP-73, VP-9 and USS Fort Marion - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Pac,Atlan,N Africa Associations/Service Organizations: Scabbard & Blade - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medal - Significant Achievements: Attacked German Submarine w/Depth charges. 248 flt hrs in 30 days in North Africa. Carrier qualif. Arkansas's youngest pilot in 1933. In Memoriam? No..." [09DEC2005]

COX, Jack E. c/o Robert J. Cox robertcoxengruben@gmail.com "...Dad flew with VP-73 (1942-1945) at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island as a Crew Chief aboard the PBY and PBMs. Dad is now 93 and remembers fondly his time in the Navy. Dad would love to hear from former VP-73 and/or VP-84 Shipmates..." [23JUN2015]

DREW, John drewjhrt@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-73 from April 1942 to August 1943. Iceland, Bally Kelly, that place in England and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. ASDEVLANT NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from September 1943 to April 1945. PBM-5, transition training, NAS Banana River, Florida, May 1945 to July 1945. VP-27 Sasebo, Japan, September 1945 to January 1, 1946. Regards..." [21FEB2002]

KEITH, Matthew jmkeith@tsixroads.com "...I served in VP-73 (VP-AM-4) in 1946 to 1948. I would like to hear from anyone in the squadron during this period. The CO'ss were H. C. "DIXIE" Miller and C. F. Vossler..." [10FEB2002]

LANE, William Otto c/o his son John Lane Purpelfx@aol.com "...I have found your website to be very interesting. I have found some very interesting facts that I was never aware of. My father, William Otto Lane served in the Navy from 11-26-41 to 10-4-45. He served with VP-73, HedRon 9-1 and HedRon, FAW-8. My Dad died in 1970, but I am interested in contacting those who may have served with him. The interesting note that I found on your website was that he was at NAS Brunswick, Maine when it was commissioned on 4-15-43. Before that he was at the Portland Section from 3-12-43 to 4-15-43. Thank you very much for your work and time. Learning about history has always been exciting. You have helped me and many more like me. Again, thanks..." [27AUG98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 1956 "...MILLER, CAPTAIN Harold C. "Dixie" Retired...My father, Harold "Dixie" Miller, passed away in 1974. Dad graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy (06/1939), served aboard the USS Boise (CL-47), USS Rathburne (FF-1057) as Sound Instructor, NAS Pensacola, Florida (01/1942) earned his Naval Aviator Wings, VN8D8-1 as Executive, VN8DA-A as Commanding Officer, NAS Pensacola, Florida as Assistant Superintendent Aviation Training, VP-73 as Commanding Officer, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 as Commanding Officer, USS Saipan (CVL-48) as Assistant Air Officer, NAS Pensacola, Florida as Administrative Officer - Naval Air Basic Training Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida as COMPACDIVMATS Deputy Director and Chief of Operations, NAS Pensacola, Florida as Training Officer, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) as Operations and Executive Officer and VPB-201 as a pilot, underwent secret training at NAS Banana River, Florida in 1942 and deployed to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him. Shortly after Daddy died in 1974, a squadron member gave my mother a copy of a novel based on the squdron's war experience written by said squadron member. The book disappeared before I could read it and I don't remember the title. Daddy returned from Africa early due to medical reasons. I believe he was the gunnery officer, and was a 1939 graduate of Annapolis. I would love to hear from anyone who knew Daddy, and would like to learn the name and author of the novel inspired by the squadron's experience. Any stories would be greatly appreciated. Mcgruder Tuttle and Brick Blackburn are two names who I am aware of that he served with in the squadron..." Contributed by William R. Miller williamrossmiller@gmail.com [PIX/BIO Updated 16SEP2016 | 15SEP2016]

MORAN, Bob rmoran1@roadrunner.com "...I guess all members of VPB-92 (1941-1945) have gone to heaven. I hope they give me a good recommendation. After graduating from aerial mine school in Yorktown, Va., I was assigned to VP-92 and joined them April 1943 in Casablanca. A couple of days later VP-92 was assigned to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. We joined up with VP-73 with the assistance of Hedron 15. The Army's 480th Bomber Group (B-24's) also operated out of NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco at the time ..." [E-Mail Updated 25DEC2007 | BIO Updated 01JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 05JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP99 | 05MAY99]

O'NEIL, Bill [AB4FK- HAM RADIO Call] ab4fk@norfolk.infi.net "...Retired ATC-ex RM, ARM, ALC, etc. Served with VP-73, VP-84, VPB-102, VJ-2, VX-2, VW-4, VPW-1, VPW-2, VW-11, VS-36, NADU, FAETULANT, VP-34, etc..." WebSite: Flying Boat Amateur Radio Society http://www.qsl.net/ab4fk/fbars/[Updated 24JAN98]

REILLY, David Russell c/o His Son Dave Reilly Reilly_dave@hotmail.com or Dave_Reilly@nps.gov "...I believe my father, David Russell Reilly, was in VP-73. He was a RM and I think he made RMC sometime in 1944-1945. He died in 1981...What I can remember him telling me is about being at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, Reykjavik and NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco. He was involved in two crashes, one at sea and one because of striking a hangar either in Iceland or England...He also told me about an article in either Look or Life about "the Captain's Pants" which dealt with a U-Boat. He even had the article but it's long since lost...If I have rekindled any memories or if you have give me any additional information, please contact me..." [08JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...SHANABROOK, Murray "Buzz"...I am trying to find out about my Fathers time in WWII. He was with VP-73 or VP-84 1942/43 Iceland. His name was Murray "Buzz" Shanabrook. He also spent time in Florida/Cuba and Okinawa...Mike Shanabrook dovetailx3@aol.com..." [01DEC2008]

SMITH, Ernest M. Jr. c/o His Son Rick Smith willy2@mediaone.net "...My father was assigned to VP-73 from 1941 to 1944. He flew out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. According to Dad, he and his crew were responsible for sinking numerous enemy subs. Please forward any info you may have on him and or his sqaudron. His name is: Ernest M. Smith Jr. Orginally from Everett Massachusetts. He is currently 77 years old..." [30MAY2000]

Memorial Picture "...STURM, Edward L...My father, Edward L. Sturm, served in VPB-74 from February 26, 1943 to February 26, 1946. He flew in both the PBM and PBY. He recently passed away (December 2002). He told me quite a bit about his experiences when I was younger, but have forgotten much of it. I would like to know if anyone remembers my father...STURM, Edward L. (Deceased) c/o His Son Richard Sturm richard.sturm@amec.com..." [04MAR2003]

STURM, Edward L. (Deceased) c/o His Son Richard Sturm richard.sturm@amec.com "...My father, Edward L. Sturm, served in VPB-74 from February 26, 1943 to February 26, 1946. He flew in both the PBM and PBY. He recently passed away (December 2002). He told me quite a bit about his experiences when I was younger, but have forgotten much of it. I would like to know if anyone remembers my father..." [04MAR2003]

TERWILLIGER, Keith L. keithkedo1@aol.com "...I have been researching VP-73 and 73-P-9. I ran across the photo on the net of which I was part and have two photo's of the crew. Being quite excited about it I have been wondering if I'm the only one still around. We sank a German sub In 1942. Would love to hear from any or all Shipmates..." [14MAY2003]

WAGNER, Bill c/o His Son Bruce Wagner chowkody@aol.com "...My father's name is Bill Wagner and he served in VP-73 during WWII as a radio operator/machine gunner. He was stationed during that time, I believe, in Reykjavik, Iceland and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. His unit was credited with destroying U-boats and also helping to capture a German U-boat. He always told me how his unit was awarded "the Captain's Pants" for helping to caputre a U-boat. If anyone served with my father or can give me details of the exploits of his unit VP-73 and the awarding of "the Captain's Pants" please contact me. Thanks..." [19MAY2000]

WILKES, ARM3 Charles F. c/o His Son Ken Wilkes kpwilkes@berkeleyelectric.net "...My Dad served in VP-73, VPB-129, and VPB-147 as an ARM3/c, he earned his wings in 43/44 while in VP-73. He has long since passed away but I remember him talking about NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and Gunnery School at Purcell OK. If there is anyone out there who might remember him I would be interested in hearing from you..." [10JUN2001]

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