VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ShipmateVU-8 ShipmatesShipmate

BENNETT, AMS2 Pete pb1941@wmconnect.com "...I served with VU-8 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1963 through 1965. I worked in the Airframes Shop for Chief Sprool. I was also AC Crew and flew the old B-27 and stuffs. Looking for fellow Shipmates..." [13JUN2003]

BROWNLEE, Curtis W. "Chink" curbrow@charter.net "...I served with Guided Missile Service Squadron (GMSRON)-2 and (squadron redesignated) VU-8 (1960-1962). I now reside in Mt. Carmel, TN. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2011 | 20DEC2006]

GROFF, Joel L. jgroff3@comcast.net "...I served with VU-8 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1960 to July 1963. I was a crew member on P2V #1. I would like to hear from anyone in the squadron at that time..." [30MAY2008]

HAYNES, Paul PHaynes9682@aol.com "...Enlisting in Missouri in November 1960, I survived boot camp with Company 632 (I still have the flag) under Chief Joe Moore at NS, San Diego. Followed by aviation electronics school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, brief stay in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and assigned to Utility Squadron 8 (VU-8), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. There from approx. Aug. 1961 through Aug. 1964 in Personnal; separated in Brooklyn as PN2 Aug. 1964. Would enjoy contact by former swabbie Shipmates..." [07OCT2000]

HOWERTH, AK3 Dennis kdhowerth@hotmail.com "...I served with GMSRON-2 (Guided Missile Service Squadron 2) and Plank Owner with VU-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from October 1959 to September 1961 in the Supply Department and NAS Brunswick, Maine from September 1961 to July 1963. I currently live in Port Clinton, Ohio..." [26MAY2010]

MITCHELL, PHC(AC) Jim Retired jmitch@magick.net "...I served with FAW-14Hedron, VA-84, VR-6, FASRON-107, ZP-3, and VU-8..." [01SEP99]

MOSBACHER, ATR3 Paul pmosbac@juno.com "...I served with VU-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1962-1965. I was on the P2V crew and worked in the drone shop under Chief Vern Marriott. I was looking for any Shipmates who served during this period. It looks like most of the people who will be attending the Reunion in November 2003 are from VC-8 rather than VU-8. It would be nice to see some old VU faces..." [02AUG2003]

NEUROTH, PR3 Vincent neuroth@comcast.net "...I served with VU-8 from 1963 to 1965..." [30JAN2007]

SENDEWICZ, AT2 Robert sendewicz@sbcglobal.net "...I attended AT School (1959) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Guided Missile Service Squadron GMSRON-2 (1959-1960), redesignated VU-8 (1960-1962), left for discharge but ended up in the U.S. Naval Hospital, St. Albans, NY. I had an operation on my ear there which didn't work out. I was then sent to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. There I ran into fellow red Tail Bill Brenan. I was finally discharged on October 16 1962. I spent some of the best times of my life at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [20JAN2019]

STEVERSON, Gerald H. (Steve) gopherman@earthlink.net "...I'll be forever grateful to my old VU-8 DP-2E 128401 Flight Engineer buddy Red Batson for putting me onto it. I served with VP-9 in the late 50's as an AE2/AE1 and MAD/ECM/RADAR operator on the Skipper's crew (CDR V. Deitchman). AEC Rodney Kaiser was my Shop Chief, and I remember that we had an AE1 Shop P.O. who wouldn't talk to lower rates except in the line of duty. Got out in 59 after my initial (kiddie) cruise. Got married and went to work as an electrician at an aircraft overhaul outfit in Dothan, AL making the humongous sum of $1.25 per hour! Re-enlisted in mid-60 and joined Red Batson on the DP-2E crew dropping KDAs and Q2Cs in VU-8 (1960-1963). Later served in VP-16 (AEC - 1968) with one deployment to NS Rota, Spain, but made Warrant and had to leave the squadron. Later supported VPs at NAFSIG as Avionics/GSE/Ass't AIMD Officer (1970-74) including a period when deployed VP had to operate from Catania airport while NAFSIG runways were closed for resurfacing. Retired in late 77. Ah, the memories this website brings back!!! Gerald H. (Steve) Steverson, 5713 Gardenia Ave., Milton, FL 32570..." [02AUG98]

WALSH, AFCM Mike P. Retired Papa2vctr@aol.com "...I joined the "Mad Foxes in December of 1956. I worked in P/P and then went on flight crew as a second wiper to AD1 Stwert. "I" for Irving...Stewart. Bill Betts was the PPC. What a great crew. Never could make 2nd class, so I was never an "Official" PC, but qualified to take a trip to Las Vegas in 1959, and Houston Texas in 1959. I loved VP-5. I still LOVE VP-5. So when is the Reunion? I left the squadron and the Navy, in May of 1960, to set the world on fire. I ran out of matches pretty quick, in fact in just 84 days when I re-upped and went to Puerto Rico. The Squadron came down for their Springboard ex, and I caught hell. It sure was great seeing the guys again. I was attached to VU-8 (now VC-8) and was PC on a DP-2E. Can you believe this. We flew at 20,000 feet to launch drones for target practice. I finally got to use high blower...and it worked well. Regards..." [06MAY2000]

WILSON, LCDR Bill Retired bjwilson@fastransit.net "...Flew 1st Radioman on WV-2s in VW-11 as AT3/AT2, then as a radioman on DP2Vs (DP2e) in VU-8, then made NESEP at NC State U, graduated in 1967, to OCS, Newport, then NFO training at VT-10, went on to VP-24 as NAV/TACCO in P-3Bs on CDR Martini's crew with Al Buckowick in 1969, transitioned to P-3C's, first to qualify as TACCO in squadron. As BEARTRAP projrct officer flew with PPC Jerry Zelfer, Dave Stevens, Jim Rather, BK Webb, Bud Neubauer, deploying on both coasts on BEARTRAP flights. Also served as the AW Division officer and NATOPS evaluator. Selected for PG School Monterey in 1972, after graduation was lassoed by USNA and taught there for 4 years. Selected for the AEDO program and sent to VP-30 where I retired as LCDR in Training/Plans Officer Job in 1978. Taught at Univ of North Fla in Math/Computer Science for a while then went to work for BellSouth as Systems Analyst until retirement in 1996..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 25JUN2002 | BIO Updated 24SEP2000 | 22SEP2000]

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