VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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BYRNE, Charles G. cbyrne1936@msn.com "...I served with VR-22 (1956-1958) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I was fortunate enough to be selected as Parchute Loft Sailor of the Month..." [03JUN2019]

CORMIER, AD1 Mike Retired fireater41@yahoo.com "...I served with VR-22 at NS Rota, Spain from June 1989 to June 1992 as Line Division LPO. Glad to have been a part of one of the best squadrons in the Navy. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28JUL2010]

COULTER, YN1 Johnny Derrell Retired johnny_coulter36872@yahoo.com "...I served in the Navy from 9 January 1962 to 31 December 1981. I served in VA-66, VR-22, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42), USS Benewah (APB-35) (Vietnam), HS-9, Coastal River Squadron TWO, COMNAVMILSEALIFTCOMGULFSUBAREA in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Key West, Florida, NTTC San Diego, CA and Boot Camp in Great Lakes, IL. I retired as YN1 and would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [09JUL2008]

DAY, Arthur "Butch" butch254@aol.com "...I served with VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [27AUG2010]

DRAPER, CDR Jack Retired jaripper@hotmail.com "...Retired 20 years 4 years at VR-22 1960-64 rest as a reserve at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Stayed in VR on the C-118. Heard some info from the VR lads at their VR Reunion the Air show at Thermal CA. I was there showing off our (CAF Goup one San Diego) SNJ-5's new paint job. I live in San Diego and NJ and New Zealand. Fly the SNJ-Harvard at air shows in SAN ann NZ. Going to have lunch with Herb Montgomery on Monday 12/10. Should be great catching up on names. Info wanted on Jack Jackson and Nancy, Arch Hood, Steve Sweeny, Dick Blackwell,Millsy and Capt Hoel ETC..." [11DEC2004]

EAGLE, Glenn F. eagle_s@carolina.rr.com "...I served with VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from January 1957 to June 1959. I am looking for Chief Fisher (Maintenance Office), CH Beardon, Richard, Ray (Indiana), Victor Keys, Jim "Tex", Ledger (Texas) and Garth Fisher..." [22APR2011]

FROST, Frank W. frostie@BTConline.net "...Served from 1951 through 1973. I started as an AD then converted ADJ. Served with VP-5, VR-22, VR-7, VSN-8, and VW-4. I was a Flight Engineer with all squadron except VP-5..." [07JUN2001]

GEBIG, AE3 Don dondon1946@verizon.net "...I served with VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1965) and VR-8 (1966). I was the Electrical Shop Field Electrician then moved over to Bench Check and Repair. AE1 P.E. White, Chief Red Dog and Chief Hernandez are some names I remember. I was treated as a grown man even though some of us were only 18. It wasn't a bad way to grow up. I loved working on the C-130's. I never was denied Cinderella Liberty to take training flight back East for the weekend..." [22MAY2009]

HAYES, AMH2 Michele michele.hayes@aol.com "...I served with VR-22 (1988-1991) at NS Rota, Spain..." [23SEP2012]

HORRELL, Les Cpohorrell@aol.com "...Did one tour of duty in VP-44 about 1955-1958. Made chief in the squadron Went to VR-22 across the hangar.Looking for Richard Langlais ADR1 and Jerry Mollenhauer AEC..." [07JUL2000]

JACOBS, Dan jake@capecodmouse.com "...Am a Navy vet of the fifties, having served with VR-24 at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and aboard the USS Valley Forge (CVS-45), which we have a web site for at http://capecodmouse.com/jacobs/dan. Fair Winds & Following Seas to All..." [08NOV2002]

JONES, John F. jjones7551@hotmail.com "...A good summary of the squadron's missions. However, it should also have included flights to Vietnam which precipitated the move to NAS Moffett Field, California. I had thee good fortune to servewith VR-22 from 1964-1965..." [27MAR2003]

KING, AT1 Jack G. Retired 303 S Du Quoin St Benton, IL 62812-1460 "...I served with VP-661 from 1952 to 1953. VP-661 was redesignated VP-56 early 1953. I went USN VP-661 was a reserve squadron at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. I was an AL in 1946 with ATU-10 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VR-22 from 1961 to 1962, VAH-3, VAH-6, VAH-8 NAS Sanford, Florida, OS2U Squadron 7 NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1945, VC-33 from July 1953 to February 1955, VS-27 from 1957 to 1961 got manny hrs R4D8 and 5 at Oceana (was there 50-51-63-64), flew much hrs UF1 NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1955 to 1956. Did some ferry VRF31 also flew radio on B17 Johnsville development center between VC-33 and back to NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey. We had infra-red aboard plane at develop stage..." [12MAY2004]

MARTEL, AT2 Richard rmartel@terranova.net "...I served with VR-22 (1961). I left the Navy in 1962, received pilot training on GI bill and eventually became an airline pilot. After retiring I flew DC-3’s in the Florida Keys for mosquito control and was a fly fishing guide there also. Now retired for good and enjoying country life in East Tennessee at age 81 - still going strong “Anytime Anywhere.”..." [11JUL2019]

MORRISON, AK3 Robert capt27012000@yahoo.com "...I served with VR-22 (1953-10/1955) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I served as a Ships Master on the Great Lakes for 50 years..." [23MAR2015]

NORUM, ATC/AC Gene H. Retired haggar35@live.com "...Started my fleet career at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in the FlogWingSlant (VR-22 / VR-1 Terminal Support Crew, FASRON-104 (DET Alpha at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and Halfar Malta from 1954 to 1956 - involving Patrons), commissioned FASRON (Special) 201 and flew radioman for DEPCINCAFSOUTH R4D BUNO: 17165 (this is the one that later crashed at Naples), WestPac/CVG Navy, NATTC Instructor, (finally back to the good guys) NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1967 to 1970 (was ADMIN Chief for the ASCAC and the deployment CPO for the P-3 Vancomplex- LP3C3), NATF (SI) NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VC-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1971 to 1974 and finally to VQ-2 at NS Rota, Spain from 1974 to 1978. Looking back the most satisfying tours were FASRON (Special) 201, NAS Sigonella, Sicily , VC-8 / AFWR and VQ-2 NS Rota, Spain..." [E-Mail Updated 01JUL2009 | 15JUN2004]

MATTOX, ATC (AW/NAC/MTS) Ben "Zappa Jr." Retired bemattox@gmail.com "...I served with VP-22 (1977-1980), NAS Moffett Field, California AIMD (1980-1983), VAQ-33 (1983-1986) at NAS Key West, Florida (IFT), VPU-1 (1986-1989), VR-22 (1989-1992) at NS Rota, Spain and NAval Air Maintenance TRAining GRoup DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) (1992-1995) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until Retirement. Check me out on Facebook-Ben Mattox and LinkedIn-Benjamin Mattox..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB99 | 07JUN98]

MAXWELL, Joseph C. "Maxie" jomar7@optonline.net "...I served with VR-22 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I lived nn Barracks SP-70 assigned to the Belle of Naples 51-7635. Great duty and made the regular runs between NAS Norfolk, Virginia, St. Johns, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and NAF Naples, Italy. Remember the Cuban missle crisis and evac. If Frank Digiovanni reads this please get in touch..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2010 | 24SEP2004]

MAXWELL, CDR Pete Retired petermaxwell@cox.net "...I was in VP-22 from 1970-1973 and was very interested in Larry Forney's list of WestPac and Hawaii memories. I was in the right seat of the aircraft that did the emergency landing on Miyako Jima and share that and several other memories with him and others here at this great website. I was in VA-128, flying the TC-4's, 1976-1979, on the USS Midway 1979-1980, VP-30 as a flight instructor 1981-1982, VP-24 as the operations officer til mid 83, 2 years in the Pentagon, then took over VR-22, NS Rota, Spain, as a direct input CO in August 1985. My final tour was as the navigator on USS Eisenhower from late 1986 til 1988. My final 6 months in the Navy found me TAD to VA42 flying the TC-4C again so I could get current in the air again and become competative for an airline job. It worked-- I'm in my tenth year at Northwest Airlines flying the A-320 Airbus and loving life. I'll be in touch with several guys that I've found on this page. Would love to hear from some of my long lost Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | 27NOV98]

MILLER, Roy millerrg@jnlk.com "...I served in FASRON-102, TAD from VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1952 - 1954..." [03AUG99]

MITCHELL, LT Ralph L. Retired rmitchell@esc5.net "...I came to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AEAA spent my first six years in VP-49 from 1976-1982. Transferred to VP-30 as an AE1. Assigned to VP 30 from 1982-1986. Worked the AE shop, went to Material Control and later end my tour as Maintenance Control Day shift supervisor. Was selected to Chief in 1985 and selected to LDO in 1986. After Officer Indoc in Aug 1986, I was ordered to VP-56 as the Maintenance Control Officer and the Material Control Officer. After the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1989, I transferred to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Support Equipment Officer. One year later I terminated shore duty for orders to VR-22 in NS Rota, Spain. Two years as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and one year as Department Head, we decommisioned VR-22 in the summer of 1993. My last tour took me to Meridian Mississippi as the Assistant Air operations Officer. For a squadron Maintenance Officer to be able to work at a NAS Base Operations was an enjoyable tour of duty. After 21 years and my selection to LCDR, I retired as a LT. That was a family decision to turn down LCDR and retire. I enjoyed the time that I spent in each duty station and all the good friends that I have remembered. My heart goes out to the families of lost friends and I look forward to hear from those whom with I served..." [11NOV2004]

MORRIS, AZ2 Elaine tithe59@hotmail.com "...I'm saying hello to Pete Maxwell, Fred Milan, and all others from VR-22 - NS Rota, Spain (1984-1986). When I left NS Rota, Spain, I worked as an AZ2 at VX-5 (now VX-9) at NAS China Lake, California. I left active service in 1989. Since then I've completed a few years of college & law school - labored in family law for a few years and am now teaching high school English - and, for the most part, enjoying the challenges -- daily. BUT--Does anyone know where I can locate a VR-22 (and a VX-5) squadron patch to purchase? If you do, please clue me in..." [24DEC2005]

PLEASANT, AT1(AW/NAC) Paul D. p3orion_ift@yahoo.com "...I was a P-3 and A-3 EWOP in VQ-2 from 1984-1987. I then did a five year stint flying on C-130's in VQ-4 and VR-22 before returning to VQ-2 as a Radio Op from 1992-1994. After the last Aries 1 plane (Ranger 24) quit flying I became an IFT on the Aries 2 birds until 1997. I am currently an IFT at VP-16. If any of the old whalers want EA-3B pictures, I have the ones of Ranger 17 I took in 1986 while flying aboard the USS Kennedy. I have them scanned onto my computer and can e-mail them to whoever wants them. Drop me a line anytime..." [16JAN2001]

PRATHER, Dick rprather@pacbell.net "...I would like to say Hi to the many friends I served with in the squadrons and units I was assigned to during my 24 year stint that ended in August 1980. Those who care to reminisce please feel free to email me at home or work. I flew as either enlisted aircrew, navigator, or ASW TACCO in the following squadrons: VS-32, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island + USS TARAWA CVS-40 (AUG - NOV '57); VR-24, NAS Port Lyautey, Morocco (DEC 57 - OCT 60); VW-15, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NOV 60 - APR 61); NARTU, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (JUN 61 - OCT 61); VP-741, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (OCT 61 - AUG 62); VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AUG 62 - AUG 64); NFO Traing (AUG 64 - OCT 65); VR-22, NAS Moffett Field, California (OCT 65 - MAY 67); VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California (MAY 67 - OCT 69); VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (DEC 69 - DEC 71); NAVFAC, Cape Hatteras, NC (Dec 71 - DEC 73); VS-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California + USS KENNEDY CV-67 + USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (JAN 74 - JUL 77); ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AUG 77 - AUG 80) retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2000 | 23NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...RAUNSER, AE1 Ernest B. Retired...My father, AE1 Ernest B. RAUNSER, passed away in 1973. Dad served with VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." Contributed by Mark A. Raunser foresttech.mar55@yahoo.com [17JUL2016]

SCHMIDT, ABHC William C. Retired billmira@comcast.net "...I have fond memories of gitmo. I was stationed at McCalla & Leeward Point. I was an ABH11 who worked the air terminals at both fields. We handled mainly mats flights (C-118) out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia. It was great duty until the Cuban Crisis. I remember all the cook-outs we use to have. I had my family with me and we lived in "center bargo" housing area. I was there from 1960 until 1963. From there i went to VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as a Loadmaster in the C-130 program with MATS. Who knows - I might hear from somone I knew..." [24DEC2005]

SILEIKIS, Mark "Silky" silky@shorenetworks.com "...Hi to all my old Shipmates! I was in the VP-11 paraloft as a PR-2 from 1/83 to 4/85. Did the 83 NAS Keflavik, Iceland and 84-85 NAS Bermuda deployments. In between I was one of the roommates holding the great house parties out in the country. Left there to go to NS Rota, Spain as a PR-1 in VR-22 and AIMD, then VA-176 in Oceana and the Forrestal. Got out in 89 and went in the Air Force Reserve. Did Desert Storm, and now I'm a DoD civilian Firefighter/EMT working with the Crash Crew at NAS Lakehurst, NJ. I hope to hear from some of my old friends. Anyone know what happened to AW2 Brian "Howie" Howard?..." [03MAR99]

SIZEMORE, AD1 (AW/NAC) Ralph Retired rbs_ad1usnfr@military.com "...I served with VR-22 from December 1986 to December 1989 (LM, Mech shop, Line Division) and VP-8 from July 1994 to December 1995. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JAN2009 | 11JUL98]

WARD, YN3 Terry L. neva1944@att.net "...I served with VR-22 (1961-1963). I was assigned to the Adminitrtive Office reporting to SCPO Joe WADE and then Operations Department LT TYLER..." [02APR2019]

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