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ADAMS, Alden E. c/o His Grand Daugher Felecia Terris Terrfel@aol.com "...I am trying to find Shipmates of my grandfather, Alden E. Adams. He was with the VPB-144 and they island hopped from Johnson Island, Wake and then to Eniwetok,in 1944-1945. He was a 1st radioman. He also was a instructor at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1943-1944. Any information on any members of the squadron would be greatly appreciated..." [02OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...AYERS, LT Rollin...Rollin Ayers passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 (http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Rollin-Ayers-103439047. Mr. Ayers served with VB-144 as a CAP and was later appointed an Ensign A-V(N) finishing the war as a LT with VPB-144..." Contributed by Jonathan Horne jonathan.horne53@gmail.com [09MAY2016]


Memorial Picture "...BRADY, CDR James O.Shipmate Pix...My father, James O. Brady, passed away in January 2001. Dad served with VB/VPB-144 the Feather Merchants. I have always enjoyed the Reunion updates and other information. My dad died in January, so I got to meet CDR Ustick in Pensacola. Patriotism was a given in my family and now my son proudly serves. Thank you for your service to our country, you truly are the greatest generation. I have always appreciated your sacrifices..." Contributed by Ellen Brady Deck ebradydeck@gmail.com [PIX Updated 11JUN2016 | E-Mail Updated 02JUN2016 | 02APR2001]


COOPER, ARM3 Rob rcoop@morrisbb.net "...I served with VPB-144 (1944-1945) during WWII in the Pacific. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28JUL2013]


Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...GILCREST, LCDR Roy V. Jr...My Father, LCDR Roy V. Gilcrest, Jr. Retired, passed away December of 1998. Dad served with VB-144/VPB-144 (1943-1944) in the south Pacific..." Contributed by Tom Gilcrest tomg@bucon.com [PIX Added 13JUN2012 | 10JUN2012]


Memorial Picture "...HOLCOMB, ARM1 John...I regret to inform you that John W. Holcomb passed away in July. (John joined the Navy February 12, 1942, spent six weeks of Boot Camp at Great Lakes Naval Station, attended radio school San Point Naval Air Station Washington, served with VGS 11 (Escort Scouting squadron Eleven) and VB-144 NAS Alameda, California.) We found out only a few days ago, when an interested and concerned daughter of one of John's squadron mates, searched the obituary archives in the Denver Post. We all knew that he had been seriously ill and we all feared for his life. He was truly the glue that held the squadron together. We miss him greatly and fear that his book will never be published...Forwarded by Catherine Alexander catrush1946@aol.com" [13OCT2004]

HOLCOMB, ARM1 John (Deceased July 2004) FlyVB144@aol.com "...I joined the Navy February 12, 1942, Following six weeks of boot camp Great Lakes Naval Station, I attended radio school San Point Naval Air Station Washington. Upon graduation I was ordered to report to VGS 11 (Escort Scouting squadron Eleven) consisting of F4F fighters and TBF (Avenger Torpedo Bombers) as radioman/tail gunner and immediately moved to Whidby Island. Our first mission was Submarine patrol. The squadron was then ordered to join the newly commissioned jeep aircraft carrier U.S.S. Altamaha. The first mission for the U. S. S. Alltamaha (CVE 18) was transporting aircraft, Marines, supplies and equipment to Esperito Santo in support of the marines fighting on Guadalcanal. Completing that mission the carrier joined the fleet as an operating carrier for a brief period off the coast of Esperito Santo then on to New Caledonia. From that point on primary duties of the U.S. S. Altamaha was transporting aircraft, supplies and personnel to various U.S. held strongholds through out the pacific. Completing that assignment she returned to San Diego, We trained pilots night and day in carrier take off and landings procedures. At this juncture I was ordered to report to VB-144 as one of the first enlisted men to come on board. Almost immediately on arrival I received orders to report to radar school, Corpus Christi Texas, upon completion I rejoined VB-144 Alameda Naval Air Station. Following intensive training, the squadron was ordered to Pearl Harbor Hawaii via the aircraft carrier U. S. S. Copahee (CVE 12). Arriving Pear Harbor, aircraft were off loaded and After a few minor repairs to the aircraft caused by heavy seas were flown to Kaneohe Bay where patrols were carried out daily. The squadron also acted as navigators for fighter and dive bomber aircraft to various Islands throughout the pacific starting with escorting aircraft to Midway and Guam from Kaneohee Bay. It was here that Lt. Brady tested the first under wing rockets for Admiral Nimitz and a host of other Navy brass. The squadron sent contingents for patrol duty to Johnston Atoll and Midway Island joining up at Johnston Atoll for Christmas Dec 25, 1943. We then returned to Kaneohe bay where the squadron departed in groups of three aircraft destination Tarawa. From Tarawa the squadron carried out patrols, bombing, reconnaissance and killer hunter strikes throughout the central pacific including the remainder of the Gilbert islands, Eastern Caroline and Marshall Islands in support of the island hopping campaign as it moved forward, moving to Roi Namur and kwajalien at this point we were using Tarawa, Roi Namur and Kwajalien in our air strikes. We became quite familiar with names such as, -Betio, Ailinglapalap. Ebey, Mille, Kusai, Wotje, Funa Futi, Nauru, Taroa, Majuro, Roi-Namur, Taonga, Jaluit, Kwajalein. Makin, Palmyra, Canton. All represented as small dots on the maps of the blue pacific ocean. Vega Ventura PV 1 Bu # 34757 ( Stardust) was crewed by ;Plane commander (PC) Lieut. F. O. Like(XO)----Co Pilot/Navigator Ens. Eugene E. Rowe---- Plane Captain, W. A. Reese AMNM1/c----Turret Gunner, R. . A. Fields AOM3/c Tail Gunner, T. B. Robinson AMM3/c----Radio/Radar operator, John Holcomb ARM1/c..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 29OCT2001 | BIO Updated 09OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 05OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 04OCT2001 | BIO Updated 30SEP2001 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 08OCT2000 | 09OCT97]

HORNE, Philip phorne1214@aol.com "...I was one of the first pilots to report aboard the newly designated VB-144 at NAS Alameda, California in early June 1943. I had served a tour in the V Division on the cruiser, USS New Orleans. Steaming as part of the task force going from Espirito Santo to try to stop the Japanesse resupply of their troops on Guadalcanal, the decision was made to not have airplanes on board because of the fire hazard. Two of the SOCs from each of 4 cruisers were sent back to Espirito Santo. Royal Dickason and I on the New Orleans were selected for that. We expected to return to the ship later, but in the battle her bow was blown off back to the Number 2 turret. We never did see the ship again although she was repaired and returned to the fleet, taking part in the later action in the Pacific. There were crews from several damaged or sunk cruisers at Espirito Santo assigned to fly with a squadron flying inshore patrol in OS2U seaplanes. Later we were sent to New Caledonia. Then came orders to return to ComAirPac for reassignment and several of the SOC pilots received orders to VB-144. It was quite a transition from the obsolete seaplanes to the PV1 Ventura but we all successfully made the transition and spent a most interesting tour in the Central Pacific Theater operating from Tarawa an Roi Namur in the Quajalein atoll. I believe we did make a valuable contribution to the successful conclusion of the war..." [12JUL99]


Memorial Picture "...McNATT, Ken J...Ken J McNatt, a decorated WWII Naval pilot assigned to VPB-144 from 1943 to 1945 and community leader in DuPage county for over 40 years, died on September 4, 2012 at his Wheaton home; he was 91 years old. Ken was born and grew up in Loveland, Colorado. He joined the Navy in 1942 after Pearl Harbor, and became a naval pilot in the Pacific theater. He was recognized for his service which included as a co-pilot; successfully landing of his badly damaged plane after the pilot was shot and killed. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, six Air Medals, the Navy Commendation, the Navy Unit Commendation and American, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and WWII Victory medals. After the war, he finished his college degree at Denver University in 1948. Upon graduation he began his career in sales for Exxon Corporation; he retired in 1983. He moved to Wheaton in 1965 and began a lifetime of public service which included: President of the Arrowhead Homeowners Association, Precinct Committeeman for 12 years, and Milton Township Trustee for 16 years. He was the founding chairperson for the Milton Township Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT), a group dedicated to reducing crime and abuse of seniors. He was an active member of the Warrenville VFW Post 8081. Probably his most beloved work was with the Warrenville Fire Protection District, where he served for over 36 years. During his tenure, he was instrumental in transforming the unit from a solely volunteer fire protection agency in a small town, to a modern blend of volunteers and staff with the modern equipment to protect the district as its needs and population grew. Among the awards and recognition that he received were: Illinois State TRIAD Award (2002), Milton Township Achievement Award (2002), Wheaton Good Citizen Award (2009), Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs "Veteran of the Month" (September 2011), Milton Township Appreciation Award (2012), and Trustee Emeritus, Warrenville Fire Protection District (2012). McNatt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dolores; two grown daughters Gwen (Chuck Enokian) McNatt of Berwyn and Mary Helen (Bob) Gibson of Sioux City, Iowa, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by three nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St. in Wheaton, where friends may visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to Warrenville Firemen's Association Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 51, Warrenville, IL 60555. Information and guest book is available at http://www.hultgrenfh.com..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [10DEC2012]

Memorial Picture "...McKNIGHT, Joseph Sidney...Joseph Sidney Joseph Sidney McKnight, age 92, of Sautee, Georgia, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012. McKNIGHT was a VPB-144 LT(jg) PV-2 pilot while at Eniwetok (1945)..." Contributed by Jonathan Horne (son of LCDR Philip A. Horne) jhorne@izap.com [20NOV2013]

Memorial Picture "...MORAN, Laurence "Babe" A...Laurence A. “Babe” Moran, 91, died June 15, 2012 at the Iowa Veteran’s Home, Marshalltown, Iowa from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on Feb. 11, 1921, in Duluth, to Ralph & Christine (Vechello) Moran. He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1939. He was employed in Duluth and Detroit until enlisting in the Naval Aviation program in May 1942 and was awarded his gold Navy pilots wings in June 1943, served two tours as a combat pilot in the south Pacific, until his release in Nov. 1945. Among his many decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. In 1947 he established Moran Photo Studio in West Duluth as a portrait & commercial photographer. In June of 1950 he was recalled by the Navy, spent two years patrolling the Aleutian Islands and an additional two years as a flight instructor in Glenview, Illinois. He was discharged from the US Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. Upon returning to Duluth he resumed his studio operations and was a working photographer until retirement. In 1993 he married Sue Dye; they divided their time between Hampton, Iowa and Mesa, Arizona. In retirement he became a master wood carver, but never lost his interest in photography and aviation. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Christina Moselle, sister Lena, brothers Clarence and Vernon and sisters-in-law Val, Norma & Jane. He is survived by his wife Sue, daughters Roberta (Gene) Moselle, Superior, Wisconsin, and Lynn (David) Meyer, St. Paul, grandchildren Sarah Moselle, Charlie, and Lucy Meyer; great-grandchildren, Christina and Robert Moselle; brothers, Cliff, New Iberia, Louisiana and Ken (Jackie), Duluth. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. The family would like to thank the Iowa Veteran’s Home for their wonderful care. Visitation 1 until the 2 pm Memorial Service Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home. Burial in Calvary Cemetery accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the East Central Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 317 Seventh Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 - Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.." Contributed by Jonathan Horne (son of LCDR Philip A. Horne) jhorne@izap.com [14AUG2013]

Memorial Picture "...MORRISON, CAPTAIN Talmage Hiram...Talmage Hiram Morrison Jr. passed away June 3, 2015. He was born October 20, 1921 in Santa Monica, CA to Talmage and Birdie Morrison. Talmage graduated from Washington High School in 1939. He entered the US Navy on July 3, 1940. He served during WWII and the Korean War. He retired as a Captain on June 30 1967 (http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Talmage-Morrison&lc=1215&pid=175017716&mid=6472364). Captain Morrison flew with my father in VB-144 (1944). This leaves my father, Philip Horne (98), as the sole surviving pilot...." Contributed by Jonathan Horne jonathan.horne53@gmail.com [13JUL2015]


O'NEAL, Ed "...VVB/VBP-144 Mr. Ed O'Neal, 159 Mistee Dr, Brownsboro, AL 35741-9453, 205-534-4931..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]


PROBERT, Curtis K. crakahed@megalink.net "...I would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates. I was with VPB-144 from 1944 to 1945. Please send a letter to me at: Curtis Probert, Birch Point Rd., Perry, Me 04667..." [27JUL2000]


Memorial Picture "...SCARBOROUGH, CAPT Wm. E. "Bill"...(VC-5, VP-10, VP-14, VP-72 and VPB-144)...Golden Eagle Emeritus CAPT William E. Scarborough, USN (Ret). Dear Golden Eagles, It is my sad duty to report that CAPT Bill Scarborough, USN (Ret) made his Last Take-off on 11 February 2013 at the Fleet Landing Health Center in Atlantic Beach, FL. He was 96. CAPT Scarborough is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Sarah K. Scarborough, sons William E. Scarborough, Jr and Michael Scarborough, daughter Kathryn Scarborough Noyes, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A full honors ceremony accompanied his interment at the Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia, SC on 15 February 2013. CAPT Scarborough enlisted in the United States Navy upon graduating from Columbia High School (SC) in 1935. After boot camp he served aboard the USS Erie and the USS Yorktown until 1938 when he was selected for flight training at Pensacola. He was a Third Class Petty Officer at the time and received his wings in 1939. After flight training he was assigned to VP-14 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and flew PBY Catalina’s on North Atlantic patrols during which time his squadron took part in the search for the German Battleship Bismarck. Immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, CAPT Scarborough’s squadron was sent to the Pacific theater to operate from seaplane bases in Noumea and Espirito Santo, where they took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the fight for Guadalcanal, and the Battle of Midway. He later served as Operations Officer of VPB-144 in the island-hopping campaign through the Central Pacific, and it was during this assignment that he received his commission to Lt (jg) in 1944. In the 1950’s, CAPT Scarborough was honored to be one of the few aviators selected to be a member of VC-5, the first Navy nuclear attack squadron. From 1952-1953 he served as Head of Safety Literature at the Naval Aviation Safety Activity (later the Naval Safety Center) and developed a report distributed to Fleet and Shore Stations entitled Weekly Aviation Safety Bulletin based on aircraft accident reports received by dispatch. The bulletin summarized those reports including recommended corrective actions, and in 1955 the bulletin was renamed Approach Magazine. CAPT Scarborough, whose decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, was the first enlisted pilot (NAP) to attain the rank of Captain, and during his career he was privileged to command VB 144 and VP 10. CAPT Scarborough retired from the Navy in 1964, but continued his service in the aviation industry as a flight safety engineer for Grumman Aerospace, most notably as a consulting pilot to the NASA astronauts in the Lunar Module program. He was a respected Naval Aviation historian and author, particularly well-known for his “In-Action” and “Walk-Around” books for Squadron Signal, as well as being a willing consultant to many other authors. We honor CAPT Scarborough’s dedicated and lifelong service to Naval Aviation and the Nation, and are further saddened by the loss of yet another member of the Greatest Generation. He will be missed. In sadness, Fred Lewis - Pilot - WebSite: The Golden Eagles..." Contributed by Jonathan Horne (son of LCDR Philip A. Horne) jhorne@izap.com [14AUG2013]


Memorial Picture "...THIES, William N. "Bill"...William N. "Bill" THIES passed away on August 22, 2013 in Gig Harbor, WA. THIES was Commanding Officer (LCDR) of VPB-144 and a PV-2 pilot while at Eniwetok (1945)..." Contributed by Jonathan Horne (son of LCDR Philip A. Horne) jhorne@izap.com [20NOV2013]


USTICK, CDR Perry W. Retired pustick@bellsouth.net "...I was the CO of VW-3 in 1959 to 1960 at Agana, Guam. I retired in 1964 as the director of Aeronautical Standards Group, Bureau of Naval Weapons, Wash. DC. Following retirement I was with American Cyanamide Corp. in Wayne, NJ from 1964 to 1979. I then retired to Gulf Breeze, FL where I am now teaching at the University of West Florida. My home address and phone is: Perry W. Ustick 228 Pine Tree Drive Gulf Breeze, Fl 32561 (850) 932-6979 home (850) 474-2552 office...After spending 1yr (11/22/41 to 11/30/42) aboard the U.S.S. Northampton CA-26 until she was sunk in a battle off Guadlcanal, the battle of Tassafaronga, qnd spending 4 months at Halavo Bay, Florida Ils in the VCS Detachtment (VS-64} cosisting of the surviving 'V' Division Pilots and crews from the U.S.S. New Orleans, Minniapolis, Pensacola and the HONOLULA, I was transitioned to a PV1 (Ventura) squadron VPB-144 in June 1943. A recurrence of the Malaria bug I acquired at Guadlcanal, kept me from deploying with VPB-144 and I later trained at Vernalis, California and deployed with VPB-148. We returned to the States in late November, 1944 after a tour in the Pacific operating out of Emiru, Island patrolling to TRUK Island, a Japanese stronghold. On returning to the States I assigned to NAS Alameda, California. Thus ended my combat deployment from Nov. 1941 (before Pearl Harbor} to 1944..." [BIO Updated 06JAN99 | 06JAN99]


Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix Shipmate Pix "...VANDEVER, ARM2 Maurice Prange...Dad passed away July 18th, 1990. While serving with VB/VPB-144 (Crew-4), Dad participated in 65 combat, photographic and reconnaissace patrols and carried out 22 bombing and strafing attacks, dropping a total of 25 tons of bombs and firing 10,000 rounds of ammunition against enemy fortified bases and armed shipping. On one ocassion, his plane was hit and received 81 holes in it with one engine shot out. Only once member of the crew was wounded and the pilot skillfully flew the plan for 120 miles on one engine in order to get back to the base safely. Dad received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1994 and three Gold Stars..." Contributed by Scott Vandever svandever1950@gmail.com [26DEC2010]


ShipmateIN REMEMBRANCE VB/VPB-144Shipmate
Memorial

In memory of these men known to be deceased and of all of the other unknown deceased squadron mates

Compiled to the best of my ability from available VB-144 information.

Catherine M. Alexander
catrush1946@aol.com
(wife of James K. Alexander)
NAME
STATUS
ALDERSON, J.H.
Deceased
 
ALEXANDER, James K.
Deceased
22JUL2010
APPLE, Clifford
Deceased
2002
BAKER, John William
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
BASS, O. D.
Deceased
1992
BOLOTIN, James
Deceased
12/1945
BOND, L. L.
Deceased
 
BRADY, James O.
Deceased
2001
BUIE, James L.
Deceased
1989
CARSON, Irving E.
Deceased
 
COSPER, T. E.
Deceased
1997
CRAIG, Russell F.
Deceased
 
CURLYA, Eugene
Deceased
1994
DANIEL, Milan J.
Deceased
2001
DICKASON, Royal V. Jr.
Deceased
2000
DIETLE, Earl D.
Deceased
1980
DURKIN, George R.
Deceased
1998
ENGLISH, J. P.
Deceased
1980
FERGUSON, R.
Killed In Action
15AUG45
Eniwetok
FOREMAN, Clarence E.
Deceased
 
FREEMAN, Delbert Vearl
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
GAYLE, John W.
Deceased
 
GILCREST, R. V. Jr.
Deceased
1998
GISSIBLE, Raymond W.
Deceased
1997
GOWANS, John "J"
Deceased
1967
GUSTAFSON, Carl F.
Deceased
2006
HAND, Chester D.
Deceased
2006
HARRIS, Fred W.
Deceased
 
HASTINGS, ?. H.
Killed In Action
15AUG45
Eniwetok
HAWKINS, E. L.
Deceased
2002
HOBAN, John William
Deceased
1996
HOLCOMB, John W.
Deceased
07/2004
JOHNSON, Hugh B.
Deceased
 
JOHNSON, Robert A. "Big John"
Deceased
1999
KEDHIGH, W. E.
Deceased
1981
KELLY, D.
Deceased
1997
KEMP, Kenneth Charles
Deceased
 
KING, G. T.
Deceased
 
KING, Lawrence C.
Deceased
1995
KLEIN, Seymour S.
Deceased
2003
LAMB, Thomas K.
Deceased
2009
LLOYD, R. J.
Deceased
1995
LONG, Thomas Edward, Jr.
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
MADDEN, Bert W.
Deceased
 
MAHONEY, Michael Francis
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
MATOLICH, J.
Deceased
 
MARCHETTI, Frank P.
Deceased
1996
McCONOCHIE, D. A.
Deceased
 
McLEOD, Claude Eugene
Deceased
2004
McNATT, Ken J.
Deceased
 
McCLURE, R. E.
Killed In Action
16AUG45
Eniwetok
MEAD, F.
Deceased
1991
MORAN, Laurence "Babe" A.
Deceased
2012
NEUSCHWANDER, Earl
Deceased
03NOV2009
NOE, Harold D. "Hal"
Deceased
 
O'BRIEN, R. J.
Deceased
 
PENNOCK, Glenn E.
Deceased
2000
PERRY, R. E.
Deceased
1996
PETERSON, Samuel Christian
Killed In Action
18APR44
Wotje
POWLES, Charles Edward
Deceased
1993
RICKETTS, C. L.
Killed In Action
15AUG45
Eniwetok
ROOK, E. J.
Deceased
1989
ROWE, Eugene
Deceased
1980
SARTALAMACHIA, Charles Anthony
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
SCARBOROUGH, William E.
Deceased
2013
SELBY, Robert Owen
Deceased
 
SIMPSON, F. H.
Deceased
1991
SMALLWOOD, Leonard Franklin
Killed In Action
15AUG45
Eniwetok
SWANCE, Melvin E.
Deceased
1989
TATE, Lester Goodwin
Killed In Action
14FEB44
Jaluit
THOMAS, Edward B.
Deceased
07JAN2010
TAYLOR, Robert W.
Deceased
06NOV2004
VANDEVER, Maurice Prange
Deceased
18JUL1990
WERTZ, Harvey L.
Deceased
 
WOOD, John T.
Deceased
 

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