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Note NOTICE: "...I am attempting to locate anyone who may have known and served with LCDR Rodney Max Chapmen. We believe he flew with VP-19 (1960-1962) at NAS Moffett Field, California. He was lost while a member of VAH-10, Carrier Air Wing 21 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). On February 18, 1969, he was the pilot of a Tanker Aircraft (KA-3B) on a refueling mission. His aircraft was running low on fuel and he tried to make it back to the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) but the plane fell into the ocean. His remains were not recovered. I am assisting his daughter Audrey in reconstructing Rod's VP experience. Rod and I were instructor pilots at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (1962-1965). Thanks for your assistance..." Contributed by Duane Jensen LtCol USMC (Ret) wayne_lane@sbcglobal.net [19APR2017]

Note NOTICE: "...My husband, John "Shakey" LYSIC, served with VP-19 (MID-1960's) at NAS Moffett Field, California VP-22 (LATE-1960's) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VP-50 (1970's) at NAS Moffett Field, California. He was an Aviation Ordnanceman. I have to PROVE that he got off the plane in Vietnam when with VP-19. John died on June 4, 2015 of Ischemic Heart Disease caused by Agent Orange. It is listed on his Death Certificate as Ischemic Heart Disease, but still fighting this claim after more than 10 years. Can anyone help?..." Contributed by Barbara J .Lysic bjlysic@gmail.com [23SEP2015]

Note NOTICE: "...When my father, AWC Joe Cruz Jr., was alive he submitted a package to the VA for compensation for Agent Orange, I believe. He was denied because he didnt have proof he was in Vietnam so the VA sent back his paperwork. Later I found his Original TAD orders that placed him (VP-19) and crew list at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam on 12AUG70, 1720 to 14AUG70, 0633. By the time I found these orders my father wasnt interested in repackaging the VA paperwork and never resubmitted. These orders I believe may be the needle in the haystack for some of the members on this list attached to the TAD Orders to receive some VA benefits in relation to Vietnam. I hope there are some of you out there I can help..." Contributed by Mike Cruz cruzter672020@yahoo.com [12FEB2011]

Note NOTICE: "...VP-19 is under consideration for re-activation as an active squaron for 2016, pending CNAF approval, as part of MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS)..." Contributed by Todd Porter portertodda@gmail.com [19OCT2010]

Note NOTICE: "...I am seeking any information on two crewmembers from VP-19 from years 1968 to 1971. First is AO2 David Terry Nelson. Dave was with me on Crew-4 and Crew-12 and married his wife Nancy before we deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. If anyone knows anything about him, please don't hesitate to contact me. He was last known to be living in Boulder, CO and working for Coors in Golden, CO. Second is AW(?)C Chuck Stone. Chuck was the radar operator on Crew-4 during the NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment in 1970. It is believed that he retired in the Mountain View area in CA, near the former NAS Moffett Field, California. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Shipmates..." Contributed by SANBORN, AT3 Pete psanborn2@earthlink.net [08JUL2010]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to obtain an authentic period patch or replica for the 1955 NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment for VP-19. The intent is to sew the patch on a G-1 Naval Aviator jacket to be given to a Naval Aviator who was on that tour..." Contributed by GySgt R. Hollander, USMCR hollan1775@yahoo.com [06DEC2009]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for anyone with the original VP/VPB-19 patch. Descrition (as verified by my Dad): The Squadron's first design was submitted to CNO in July 1944. It depicted an anatomically correct nude mermaid with arms raised overhead holding a bomb poised for delivery below. CNO did not approve. See: http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-vol2/chap3-10.pdf. Thanks. John Allison reneeballison@yahoo.com..." [15JAN2006]

Note NOTICE: "...In 1967 I was a crew member of VP-19 dose any one have a photo of "Crew 8" thank's Pedro...Pedro J. Hernandez (916)595-2919..." [10DEC2005]

Note NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable cablerj@vp30.navy.mil [03DEC2003]

VP-30 SAU The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.

AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate    AE - Aviation Electrician's Mate    AT - Aviation Electronics Technician    AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic

Note NOTICE: "...I'm a businessman in sapporo, Japan. I have a memorial album of VP-19 NAS Adak, Alaska 1969. Now, what are CO CDR R. A Cooke & XO CDR D.R.Yeager doing now? Please let me know their information...Mitsutaka Suzuki mit-suzuki@par.odn.ne.jp..." [16MAR2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking in particular for AW2 Cookie (Clark Cook). Last I knew he became an air traffic controller around 1978. Like to hear from him...ARNESON, AWC Dave arnesondg@nswccd.navy.mil..." [07SEP2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for an old VP-19 friend named Paul Ogles. He was an SS1 operator in 80-83. Any help in finding his location would be appreciated...Bob Backes j.backes@att.net..." [05FEB2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Am trying to locate or find any information regarding AXC Mel Lawrence who was attached to VP-19 during 70-71 timeframe. He was an avid photographer of commercial aircraft and railroads. He had a very extensive slide collection of both. Went to SFO with him a few times to collect pictures of commercial aircraft as they turned on the runway to line up for takeoff. I have seen photos in magazines crediting him but his photos are from someone elses collection. I was an AME-3 in VP-19 at the time. Any information would be appreciated...Kevin Moeller km199065@aol.com..." [26FEB2000]

Note NOTICE: "...Hi, I'm looking for any AW's that were in VP-31 from 81-84. Also, if anyone was in VP-19 from 83-86 and has any stories about Scott Butville I can use at his retirement. Thanks for any help...AW1(AW) Ret. Rob Bixby Scubabix@mediaone.net..." [11JUN2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for information about my Dad, Norman Theodore Currier, called "TED" or "Shorty". He was a Tailgunner/Radioman who flew up and down the CA coast during WW2, but claims he never saw any action. At least one of the planes he was in "went in the drink," killing the pilot..." Contributed by M. Michael Pizar mpizar@vol.com [05AUG99]

Norman Currier

Norman Currier This is my dad, Norman Theodore Currier, called "TED" or "Shorty" in the blister. He was a Tailgunner/Radioman who flew up and down the CA coast during WW2, but claims he never saw any action. At least one of the planes he was in "went in the drink," killing the pilot.
Norman Currier This photo I have says "Shorty standing on the bow, trying to hook on to a buoy on Eagle Mountain Lake, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27, 1944." Note the other PBY in the background? THIS should help narrow down the possibilities.
Norman Currier Here's dad in the tunnel? The Tail Hatch gunnery position?
I'd really like to know more about his Navy experience, if you can help me, PLEASE!!!. Contributed by M. Michael Pizar mpizar@vol.com [05AUG99]

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