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ALSING, AOC Stanley R. SRALSING@aol.com "...Was a member of VP-872 & VP-71G3 at NAS Oakland & NAS Alameda, California from Jan 1956 to Nov 1969. Was Avaiation Ordnance Chief (AOC) on P-2s the whole time including the Berlin Callup 1961 - 1962 for the nuclear tests in the Pacific. Any former members out there? Am looking for a cruise book for the callup..." [23FEB98]

ATKISSON, R. A. 103447.2666@compuserve.com "...Served in VP-872 1961-1962 Christmas-Johnston Island's, JTF-8 (Operation Dominic) Nuclear Test's MID-PAC. Squadron flew 1,197 hrs. in a single month with 11 A/C. Would like to hear from other VP-872/VP-875 Alumni..." [26NOV98]

BROWN, Roz rozzie@rozbrown.com "...I'm looking for my Shipmates and flight crew which served with me in 1961-62 in recalled squadron VP-872 stationed at NAS Alameda, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Christmas Island. I flew Radioman on several flight crews. I flew radioman as an AT-2 in VW-13 and VW-15 from 1956 to 1959. I was at both NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Argentia as were most of us. We seem to be forgotten in all the discussions of the cold war and the part we all played during those years. Lets have a Reunion somewhere..." WebSite: http://www.rozbrown.com/ [E-Mail/WebSite Updated 12OCT99 | 25FEB98]

CELLAR, AD1 Ray hicellar@comcast.net "...I served with VP-872 at NAS Alameda, California from 1962 to 1968. I was flightcrew (Madman) - best seat in an SP2E - lots of flight hours in those days!..." [14SEP2009]

DIXON, Leonard A. leonard.a.dixon@worldnet.att.net "...I was a crew 11 ECM Operator in VP-872 and participated in operation Dominick. Sure was good to see a few names from the past as I reviewed the web site..." [08MAR2002]

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]

GIPSON, AK Kenneth R. neptun19@comcast.net "...I was an Aviation Storekeeper Striker with VP-19 from August 1962 to 1963 stationed at NAS Alameda, California. I was on TAD duty to NAS Moffett Field, California when we received our first P-3. It was actually called a P-3V-1 for a short time. I was later transferred to VP-90 at NAS Glenview, Illinois after serving three years on the Chief of Naval Reserve Staff in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I was assigned to VP-90 from 1979 to 1981 as head of Material Control. I always enjoyed my years in the VP Squadrons. I was an Airman (AK) called up from NAS Dallas, Texas. I was assigned to VP-872 at NAS Alameda, California and was with the squadron during all of the nuclear test in the pacific. While at Christmas Island, I was assigned to the flight line crew and worked long hours while the aircrews were racking up all of those flight hours. I remember fondly those months on Christmas Island and Johnson Island. I remember the trips to Por London to visit the British Navy Base and their version of ships stores. Also enjoyed their club. After my tour with VP-872, I served another 19 years in the Navy, retiring in 1984. I can say without a doubt, I think of those days with VP-872 more than any other tour in my career. I still have a patch and photos of the flight line at Christmas Island as well a s a well worn purple ball cap with white letters VP-872. I am currently employed with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth Texas, responsible for all flight test support for the F-22 at Edwards Air Force Base. I make it out to California often and would like to attend a reunion. I also am currently designing a radio control model of the P2V-5FS and will finish it in the paint scheme of "Bean Stalk 1". Fair Winds and Following Seas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29SEP2004 | 26MAR2000]

HOFER, LCDR Merrill H. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=3232 "...LCDR Merrill H. Hofer, USN - NFL Number: 3232 - Date of Birth: 3/21/1923 - Date In: 4/3/1941 - Date Out: 7/1/1964 - City, State: Sun City, AZ - Aircraft Flown: EC-121K, P2V, TBF, F8F, HUP - Ship or Unit: USS Enterprise C6 - VW-13 - VP-1 - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WW II Pacific - Associations/Service Organizations: USS Enterprise (CV-6) Assn. - Torpedo Squadron 10 - Silver Eagles - VP-1 Assn. - VP-872 Assn. - Highest personal decoration or award: Presidential Unit Citation - Significant Achievements: 5,000 hours pilot time, at least that much special crew time. Received an Air Transport Pilot rating on Douglas DC-8. Instructor pilot for United Airlines. In Memoriam? No..." [30NOV2005]

LANDERS, AT2 Thomas "Tom" telanders@cox.net "...AT2. ACM VP-872 1960 to 1966. NAS Alameda, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Christmas Island and Johnson Island..." [29JUL2007]

LEE, AT2 Terry E. tlee.tandllee@gmail.com "...I served with VP-19 (1956-1959) with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1957) and NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1959) and Naval Reserve Squadron VP-872 (1960s) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. The Navy terminated my Active Reserve duty due to over-time commitments at Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) at NAS Alameda, California. Outside the Navy I worked at the Electronics Flight Test (1961-1967) as a P2V-7 Electronics Mechanic, Planning Department as Production Control Electronics, Material Planner & Progressman (1968-1988) and retired as Head of the Electronics Planning Branch..." [23OCT2017]

LYNCH, Robert N. dumbo@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-872 (1961-1962) with a deployment to Christmas Island (Crew-11). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10JUN2012]

McPHERSON, Clara comtidydog@aol.com "...I was a member of vp-872 in the north pacific in 1962 during the jft8 combined effort. I would very much like to know where the rest of crew is now these days. I am going to the reunion section and see if anyone of our guys has been looking. I hope to hear from someone from the old group..."

MORROW, Thomas C. Jr. "Tommy" tom_morrow@msn.com "...I served with VP-872 during the Christmas Island and Johnson Island deployments..." [21JUL2015]

MURPHY, AT1 Richard E. murcare@home.com "...I flew as a crew member during the Cuban call-up as a member of flight crew #12 VP-872, also served in VW-14 and VW-3 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and Agana, Guam. It will be great to get a hold of any crew mates or squadron mates of that time period (1955-1965)..." [26NOV99]

NEWBURN, John edwardnewburn@yahoo.com "...I served with VS-873 (Reserves) and VP-872 (Active Duty..." [BIO Updated 14JUL2014 | 11OCT2013]

PARKER, Daniel danvelma@juno.com "...I was attatched to VP-872 in 1956/57. My active duty time was as Stationkeeper at NAS Oakland, California from late 1957 through 1961. I was also on the NAS Oakland, California Drill Team in my last year. Those are good memories. I'd like to make contact with others from those years. I can be contacted B email. Please make the subject "NAS Oakland" so my SPAM filter will not getcha!..." [E-Mail Updated 01OCT2007 | 03JUL2006]

PIPITONE, ADRC Nicholas F. Retired pipi@juno.com "...I was a TAR on duty when VP-872 was called up. One of my Shipmates, Bob Worley, then an ADR1 was called up with the sqdrn. I knew many of the folks at the NAS Oakland and the NARTU NAS Alameda, California VP Units since I accompanied the Sqdrns on their annual ACTUTRA. I transfered from NARTU NAS Alameda, California to NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota in Aug of 1965. It makes me proud to see this Page finally come to be. It's long over due. Very little is known about the Reserve VP sqdrns and the contribution they have made to the National Security. I retired at NARTU NAS North Island, San Diego, California where we relieved the VP-31 det training Army Pilots and crews in the P2E. Regards Nick (Pepe) Pipitone ADRC Ret. Current Phone 314-724-3443 work 314-429-1006 X150 STL FSDO I'm currently employed with the FAA as a Principal Operations Inspector. I would warmly welcome any correspondence from those who remember me...Transfered to NARTU NORIS in June of 1970 where were training Army (Crazy Cats) in the P2E's. We continued until the program phased out. It was an enjoyable experience working with the Army Folks. I served as a NATOPS Plane Captain/Flight Crew Instructor during that period, and was also assigned to Quality Assurance. I thoroughly enjoy this page and locating old friends" [E-Mail Updated 26OCT2000 | BIO Updated 18JAN99 | 21SEP98]

POSCH, AWCS Mike Retired mp1837@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-875, VP-872, VP-91, VP-19, VP-31, VP-46, and CPW-10. Now retired and working for a San Mateo Joint Powers Authority. Will retire January 1998. Still live near NAS Moffett Field, California and still drive the white 1961 Porsche. "Long live VP and NAS Moffett Field, California"..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2008 | 07JUN98]

STUEART, Garland midwaybc@poka.com "...I served with VP-872 (1961-1962)..." [28AUG2013]

TWITTY, Roy L. roytwitty@excite.com "...I was a station keeper at NAS Oakland, California (1954-1958) in electronics maintenance (AT1) and fill-in aircrew for various Reserve Squadrons flying the P2V, S2F, AF2S, AD1 and ZP2G (blimp). Also was an electronics instructor there for 2 years. In 1958, I joined VP-872 as radar/ECM/radio aircrew. I left the squadron in Standby Reserve status in 1962. What an experience!..." [21OCT2005]

WEATHERFORD, Bruce C/O His Daughter Nancy Weatherford Eddy pace2000@flash.net "...My Father, Bruce Weatherford, served with VP-872 at Christmas Island during the spring of 1962. I remember the slides that he took of his stay there. After Christmas Island, he was stationed at NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1962-1963), NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1963-1964), and then back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1964-1968) as an avionics instructor there. I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers him. He's still alive and living south of Dallas..." [31MAR2003]

WIKKERINK, Bob rcwikk@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-872 crew 11 for the jtf8 exercises. Anyone in the Medford, OR. area please give me a call at (541) 878-8297. I have a copy of the cruise book that I would loan but I don't want to get rid of it..." [12MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...WILLIAMS, Camillus Eugene III...My Grandfather, Camillus E. Williams III, passed away April 25th, 1970. He served with VP-872 at NAS Alameda, California as a Radioman (Crew-3 - Co-pilot Jerry Millon) aboard the P2. I would love to hear from any of his former Shipmates..." Contributed by Camillus Williams cewilliamsv@gmail.com [11SEP2013]

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