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Note NOTICE: Shipmate PixCamera "...I happend upon a bell with the inscription CDR. F.C. Forsberg CO Patrol Squadron ONE 1963. Would like to see if there is interest in return of the bell..." Contributed by J. R. Slator cjslator@intergate.com [20OCT2011]


Note NOTICE: "...I recently acquired a flight jacket owned by MARCHETTI, A. USNR. There are patches for VPB-1, VPB-2 VPB-99 and VS-31 USS Wright (CVL-49). I would to hear from anyone that may have known him..." Contributed by Jerry Kolakowski guma32@wp.pl [22MAR2011]


Note NOTICE: "...Trying to reach anyone who knew or knows how to reach any FE from the VP-1 or surrounding squadrons who may have known Layne Labhart, Jackson, Cowboy or others at the time of Labhart's and Jackson's murders in 1975 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii; he was my uncle and I would like information on anyone who heard about the incident; the murders remain unsolved. Thank you. Sharon Labhart sbaswell@levinlaw.com..." [29DEC2009]


Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-1 from 1958 to 1963. I lost my cruisebook and other keepsakes in a fire. If anyone has a cruisebook, news items and/or anything else they could spare - please contact me. Thanks for your support. ROBINSON, AMH2 Tom "Robby" robinsonmtvern@aol.com..." [28SEP2009]


Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to locate anyone who may have known my Uncle, Layne Labhart. He was a flight engineer with VP-1, Flight Engineer's Division, Crew 2 in 1974. He died March 23, 1975 while serving at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. My Uncle Layne was my Dad's (Wayne Labhart) identical twin brother. I would love to communicate with anyone that may have known my Uncle. I just want to put together any information I can about him and his years of life for my Dad...Thank you... sharonlbfla@gmail.com..." [26NOV2008]

UPDATE "...I have received numerous replies to my request - thank you to everyone..." [28NOV2008]


Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-1 in 1966 and still have the cruise book. If anyone has any questions the book can answer, let me know via email...PRUITT, Charles chspru@sbcglobal.net..." [16JAN2007]


Note NOTICE: "...VP-2 Memorial Project for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We are looking for Maintenance and Structural Manuals for the P2V7. The Memorial is going to be for all the Squadrons who were at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and the Shipmates who Died in the Operation of the Squadrons. So if you know or if you hear of Manuals please let me know so we can get bird to Nas Whidbey. SEXTON, Guy Capecod2443@aol.com..." [10FEB2002]

UPDATE "...Patrol squadrons finally recognized - By Jessie Stensland - Sep 16 2006 - Whidbey News Times http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/..." Forwarded by Jim Campbell blandjcampbell@aol.com [26NOV2006]

Hundreds of people traveled thousands of miles to be in Oak Harbor Thursday morning.

The first-of-its-kind Patrol Squadron Memorial was dedicated to aircrews past and present, and presented to the Oak Harbor community, in a dignified and emotional ceremony at the Veterans Park on East Pioneer Way. It began with a flyover by a P-3 Orion.

Linda MacDonald and her husband, Bob, flew to Oak Harbor from California to be at the ceremony with their two daughters. Linda said they came to the event in memory of her brother Dale Armour, whose name is engraved in a granite wall of the memorial along with the 84 other servicemen who lost their lives in Whidbey-based patrol squadron operations.

The memorial has deep meaning for the family.

"It's a culmination," Linda said. "It's closure. It gives us a place to come now to remember him."

Armour, a 22-year-old member of VP-42, was in a VP-2 Neptune aircraft that disappeared while on patrol in Alaska in 1967. The site of the crash wasn't found until 16 years later.

The MacDonald family was among more than 600 people who attended the ceremony. It coincided with a Reunion of Patrol Squadron Two Association, which is the group behind the memorial.

Capt. David Taylor, Commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, spoke passionately during the ceremony about the history of the Navy's patrol and reconnaissance squadrons, which is a history inextricably linked to Oak Harbor. The first patrol squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flew PBY Catalinas in the 1940s.

Taylor spoke about how patrol squadrons helped to win the Cold War by "playing a cat-and-mouse game" with Soviet submarines and planes.

"Anywhere we could chase the enemy bear, we wore the enemy down," he said.

Yet Taylor said the patrol mission is still valid today, even with the end of the Cold War.

"This is a time of great challenge and change to the patrol and reconnaissance squadrons," he said, "our Navy and our nation."

Taylor also spoke about the bronze statue of a 1960s era airman, which is the centerpiece of the memorial.

"I see a proud warrior of the past," he said, "but I also see in his face the warrior of the present."

Floyd Palmer, president of the Patrol Squadron Two Association, turned over ownership of the memorial to the citizens of Oak Harbor with an official presentation to Mayor Patty Cohen.

Afterward, Palmer explained that the effort to build a memorial started when he took a tour of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station more than six years ago and realized that there was nothing to recognize patrol squadrons. It took the work of many members of the association and money from many generous donors to finally make his dream a reality.

During her speech, Cohen said the patrol squadrons didn't receive as much recognition as others in the military because "their missions were always classified," but she said they were definitely "so deserving of a permanent place in town."

The Northwest Navy Ceremonial Band ended the ceremony by playing Taps. Afterward, the audience got the chance to look at the memorial close up.

Robert Lenson, a member of the VP-2 Association, attended the event with his wife, Raye. He was the skipper of VP-17 in 1964.

Husband and wife agreed that such a memorial was long overdue.

"It means a great deal," Raye said. "We mourn the loss of crewmates. This recognition is important."

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UPDATE "...LEFT PICTURE: Appeared on page 2 of the 9-27 issue of the Northwest Navigator, NAS Whidbey Edition. This is the Northwest Navy newspaper for the region. RIGHT PICTURE: Win Stites..." Forwarded by McLAUGHLIN, LT Bob banddmcl1964@msn.com [04OCT2006]

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UPDATE "...On 9-14-2006 a Patrol Squadron Memorial dedication ceremony was held in Oak Harbor, WA. In attendance were approximately 600 past and present members of the VP community that had served at NAS Whidbey Island and the speakers were a mix of community and military leaders as well as those who had served. If you would like further info for your website I'll be glad to send what I have. Attached are a few photos..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com [25SEP2006]

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UPDATE "...If you don't get the "Wings" magazine, there is an article in it about a new Patrol Squadron memorial being built. Here are the highlights...Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com..." [01NOV2005]

In 2004 the city of Oak Harbor approved the placement of the memorial in the city's Veterans Memorial Park.

VP squadrons have served at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington since 1942. In the Cold War periods, when most other active duty military forces were limited to exercises, simulators and war games to train for their various warfare specialties, VP aircraft and crews flew all-weather missions around the clock keeping track of the growing fleet of Soviet submarines in our waters and in theirs. VP crews did much of their training against live Soviet submarines. In addition to the ASW mission, VP crews were responsible for ocean reconnaissance, surveillance, mining and electronic warfare operations.

The Memorial has a single, simple purpose: the recognition of the contribution to freedom that the men and women of the NAS Whidbey Island, Washington patrol squadron community have made in over 60 years of service. Hundreds of Whidbey Is personnel have been lost in the VP operations since 1942. Among them are those whose names will appear on this Memorial from the Whidbey Is. P2V community.

The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial is dedicated to all USN personnel who served in Navy patrol squadrons at NAS Whidbey Is. and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations.

The Memorial design consists of a life-size bronze statue of an airman in flight gear standing in front of a 3-section granite wall. Featured on the wall are an outline of a P2V, the Memorial dedication, a map depicting deployment sites, a list of Whidbey VP units and the names of those who perished in P2V flight ops.

Surrounding the walls are bricks inscribed in accordance with the wishes of donors who purchase the bricks. Brick purchases form the primary means of fund-raising for the Memorial which is scheduled for dedication in mid 2006. See http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html for info on the Memorial, a listing of the 59 VP squadrons that served at Whidbey, the history of Whidbey VP operations and info on the Catalinas, Venturas, Mariners, Privateers, Neptunes, Marlins, and Orions involved.

Widespread support and donations for this memorial are encouraged. Brick orders and donations should be sent to Vic Gulliver, 1900 Franklin Dr, Glenview, IL 60026. Inquires including requests for brick-order-forms by mail should be sent to the VPSM Committee, 1376 West Beach Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or via email: wpsm@comcast.net.

UPDATE "...The following squadrons are all listed on the wall of the forthcoming Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial. The memorial, to be built in Oak Harbor, WA and dedicated in September 2006 includes a comemorative wall and a lifesize bronze statue of a typical VP aircrewman ready for flight.

If you are, or know any members of these squadrons, please contact us so we can keep everyone informed of the memorial progress. More information is available at http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html.

VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-12, VP-17, VP-20, VP-27, VP-29, VP-32, VP-40, VP-42, VP-43/VPB-43, VP-46, VP-47, VP-50, VP-53/VPB-53, VP-57, VP-61/VPB-61, VP-62/VPB-62, VP-69, VPB-91, VP-107, VPB-112, VPB-115, VP-120/VPB-120, VP-122/VPB-122, VP-130/VPB-130, VP-131/VPB-131, VPB-135, VP-136/VPB-136, VPB-138, VPB-139, VPB-144, VPB-148, VPB-199, VPB-212, VP-772, VP-812, VP-931, VP-AM-1, VP-AM-2, VP-AM-5, VP-ML-1, VP-ML-2, VP-ML-4, VP-ML-61, VP-HL-7, VP-HL-10 and VP-HL-12.

It is a great Memorial, honoring all who served with NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Patrol Squadrons.

Al Hall, WPSM Committee, VP-2 1950-1952...Al Hall alandmarylou@comcast.net..." [24MAY2005]

UPDATE "...A project is underway to create a Memorial recognizing the contributions of all Whidbey-based VP personnel. Please advise your friends, and consider supporting this worthwhile effort to honor our Shipmates. Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial - Veteran's Memorial Park - Oak Harbor, WA. Completion scheduled for Summer 2006. This memorial is dedicated to all United States Naval personnel who served in Navy Patrol Squadrons based at NAS Whidbey Island, to their families, and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations. For more info: http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html..." Contributed by Doug Donohue nvsoar@charter.net [24DEC2004]

Note NOTICE: "...Searching For CDR John Holzapfel Skipper of VP-1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We have heard he was a pilot in Texas, etc, but have no real clue.. My wife and I would love to locate this incredible Skipper and Man to whom I sincerely owe my entire 25 years of service to .. He inspired me to continue and make it not just a job, but my life and career.. I retire in November of this year and my wife (Sherry Lynne) has been relentless in searching for CDR Holzapfel in hopes of sharing with him the part he is directly responsible for which is the last 25 years of our Navy Life and extend the invitation to be THE ONLY Guest Speaker in my Retirement Ceremony.. He was there in the begining and my wife thinks it would be so perfect if he could be there in the end as well.. She has high hopes .. No other Person or person's has led me or motivated me like CDR Holzapfel and it is because of him that I succeeded in making E-8 and will be completing 25 years of Active Duty Service this November 2005.. If you hear anything, learn anything .. Could you please, would you share the information and we will in turn do the same .. Thank you and if Anyone out there remembers me or even if you don't , drop me a line .. keep in touch .. It feels great to revisit and recall that time in which my life took shape and I managed to maintain the best tan I ever had :)...AMCS Ron Postelle postelle@suscom-maine.net..." [03JUN2005]


Note NOTICE: "...VP-1, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-17, VP-22, VP-28, and VP-47 flying out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Memorial..." Contributed by Michael Thomas carmikesc@juno.com..." [29MAR2005]

We are in the process of developing a memorial (due to be completed sometime in 2006) for the VP Squadrons that served from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We have identified VP-1, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-17, VP-22, VP-28, and VP-47 flying out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Each Squadron will have a separate inscription on the memorial. Bronze tablets will list the names of the Squadrons next to which will be their ensealed Squadron patch. We have all the patches except for VP-17, VP-22, and VP-28. If you know anyone who may be willing to donate a patch for the memorial, we'd appreciate hearing from them.

To complete the memorial, we need the names of those airmen who were lost while on duty. We need representatives from VP-1, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-17, VP-22, VP-28, and VP-47 to furnish us with a list of airmen lost and when. VP-6 has accounted for all of its personnel lost since its inception in 1943, including one person "on loan" to VP-871. That's what we need from the other Squadrons to do it justice. We don't need ranks or grades, just complete names and dates of loss.

As well as the memorial, we are making preparations to renovate a P2V aircraft owned by the Smithsonian in DC. The aircraft, presently at Davis-Monthan, and the memorial will be displayed at the Pacific Air Museum at Ford Island.


Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-2 from January 1962 to January 1965. I am researching names of people lost in P2V accidents that occured while that squadron was home based at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In the Naval Historical Center's web site, under VP-1, is an entry for "15DEC67: Squadron SP2H aircraft, number YB-2, operating from Annette, Alaska, was lost over Alaskan waters during a patrol while tracking Soviet submarines. No trace of crew or aircraft was ever found". Does anybody out there have any information on this "lost" aircraft. I can not confirm that this actually happened and have gotten input from several VP-1 people that they know nothing about it. If it did happen, then I need details plus a crew list. Help!...BOWEN, David M. CJDMBowen@msn.com..." [07MAY2003]


Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-1 Crew 7 / 10 from 1982 to 1987. I am also looking for a way to locate a 1983 Cruise Book...Lem Moore (SS1) lmoore_invest@yahoo.com..." [05MAY2004]


Note NOTICE: "...VP-1 Seeks Former Shipmates - The Patrol Squadron ONE P-3 Orion Pioneers (POPS) is seeking to locate former Shipmates for the years 1969 - 1974. It was during this time that VP-1 transitioned from the SP2H "Neptune" to the P-3B "Orion." POPS is a very active group with several hundred Shipmates already members. The POPS latest Reunion was held in Memphis last summer. Anyone with any information on the people listed below is invited to contact the POPS Membership Chairman at ip568@charter.net..." Contributed by KB Sherman asa66@charter.net [19JAN2004]


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: "...Looking for information on a Liberator that shot down a RAAF Bristol Beaufort from 100 Squadron near Buka Passage in July 1943? I have seen the combat report and it was a Liberator from Carney Field, Guadacanal flown by a fellow by the name of Corbett. I am seeking follow-up information on this as I am researching it for a book on the Beaufort. The date was 12 July, 1943. The aircraft was a PB4Y-1, from VP-1, aircraft BUNO: 31982. Pilot: Lt W.C. Corbett, USN. The Beaufort was A9-225. Seeking any follow-up information on the Liberator's flight on the day, plus names of crew, plus any other information on what happended later. Also details of when the unit moved to Carney Field, etc. Thanks for your help...Kim Fawkes rcfawkes@bigpond.com.au..." [27OCT2003]


Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for early information on VP-1. By early, I meant 1935, when VP-1 took part in the very first mass flight to Midway Island, via French Frigate Shoals. I am still trying to determine what specific aircraft they were flying in that trip, as my father piloted one of them. He says the 4 squadrons participating flew various versions of the PN-9. He lists PK-1, PD-1, PM-1, PN10, and PH-1. But he does not say which one VP-1 was flying. Any clues? Jack Foley JFoley5834@aol.com, Son of RAdm Paul Foley, Jr. USNA - Class of 1929..." [12MAY2000]


Note NOTICE: "...I have a mint condition VP-1 cruise book from their 1959 WESTPAC deployment. It's not doing me any good so if you're an ex-VP-1 gent of that period and would like to have it, it's yours. One catch....if you aren't IN the book, don't ask for it. I'd like to give it to someone who actually was in the squadron at that time rather than a collector. I can be reached by phone at (408) 779-9909 (work) or by email. CAPT Jim Leslie, USNR (ret.) j_leslie99@yahoo.com..." [02DEC97]


Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to find anyone who knew my son Daniel A. Smith Shipmate Pix. He was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-1. After a month the authorities informed me that he was declared a deserter. The last time my son was seen was at a party by some of his friends. The only thing the authorities have been able to tell me is that they (eventually) suspected foul play. My only hope and desire is to find someone who can tell me something. I have lived with this for more than 22 years and all I am looking for is some kind of closure. I would appreciate any assistance anyone can provide...SMITHAA18@HOTMAIL.COM..." [08OCT99]

UPDATE "...I saw the below notice posted on the VPNavy board. I have tried on two different occasions to send the following reply, but evidently the e-mail address is no longer good. Perhaps posting some of this information on the website will help. I did not know Daniel A. Smith, but was stationed in VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Dec 1974 to Nov 1977. VP-6 and VP-1 shared the same hangar when not deployed, and I therefor knew some people in each of the squadrons there. (Then) Lieutenant Patrick Massey (a Naval Flight Officer) was the Legal Officer for VP-1 for much of my time there. If you can locate Pat Massey, he might be able to tell you something about your son and the circumstances under which he went missing. If he did not personally handle the case, then he could tell you who did. It is very doubtful that the current VP-1 would have any information on him. We were only supposed to keep legal records and files on individuals for up to two years before disposing of them. Standard practice in the service at the time was to list a missing person as "UA" (unauthorized absence) for 60 days, during which time a number of procedures were followed, such as notifying the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), writing a letter to parents (after 30 days), and eventually (after 60 days), declaring the missing person a deserter and forwarding his record to the National Military Records Center in St. Louis, MO. Only after all this action, could the squadron request a replacement from the Bureau of Naval Personnel. There would very definitely be a permanent NCIS record on your son - probably maintained by the National Archives in Suitland, MD or College Park, MD. The person that you need to contact in order to request a copy of it is Mr. Henry Persons of NCIS, Washington Navy Yard, Bldg 111, Code 27D. His phone numbers are: (202) 433-9503 or 9505...Richard Bergren bugler2md@aol.com LCDR USN(Ret)..." [18JAN2005]


Note NOTICE: "...Looking for anyone who remembers AE2 Randy -digger-butch-Digges. He served with Crew Eleven from June 1962 to September 1963. Thank you. KING, ADRC Bob "Rotten Roger" Retired ret.navy@verizon.net..." [15OCT2004]


Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for any information or the whereabouts of NCC Robert "Pappy" Pratt. "Pappy" was our Career Counsellor with VP-1 from 1980 to 1982. He retired in Hawaii and lived up in the Nanakuli area. He had been quite active in the Fleet Reserve Association. Any and all information would be appreciated...AVCM Frederick Firth avcmffirth@earthlink.net..." [26MAY2003]


Note NOTICE: "...Would like to make contact with Erinie Vermatten. He served with VP-19 and VP-871 from December 1951 to May 1955...Becraft Billy R. beercraft@iwon.com..." [11AUG2002]


Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to find some actual working email addresses for anyone in VP-1s Tron Shop between 84-88 time frame...let me know if "bubba" is still around. Also...I didnt see a posting from Randy "Ray" Giddings either. We need to get together soon ...how does Florida sound?...Ken Imhoff kuku4coco@aol.com..." [06AUG2000]


Note NOTICE: "...I am in search CDR John Holzapfel, whom skippered VP-1 from 1980-83. I served under this man, whom I think was and has been the greatest boss I've ever had. I was editor for the cruise book for the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment from 11/82 to 05/83. He was an incredible leader with a great deal of spirit. Would like to know his whereabouts along with any others in the squadron during that time frame...David "Herb" Adams davada12003@yahoo.com..." [25JUN99]


Note NOTICE: "...I was stationed in VP-4 from '66 to '69. I had a very good friend in that squadron by the name of Lavelle Tinker. We went to F/E school together in VP-31 in '69. I've been trying desperately to find him. He'd gone to VP-1, last I heard, about '86 or so...Dan Oyler mardan@missouri.org..." [20JAN99]


Note NOTICE: "...I have been trying to locate Robert L "Pete" Lawley who served in VP-1 in the late '80's and retired from TSC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Would also be happy to hear from any old squadronmates from VP-1....LT Mike Plowman (formerly AW1) PappySurfs@aol.com" [05JUL98]

UPDATE 28JUL98 "...Receive a number of responses, but nobody seems to know where Pete is...LT Mike Plowman (formerly AW1) PappySurfs@aol.com"


Note NOTICE: "...My father, LtCmdr William Selby, flew a P-2V-7 Neptune with VP-1 from 1955-57. If any of you flew with him or knew him, I'd love to hear from you. Unfortunately, my father passed away in June of 1987, but I enjoy tales of his Navy days...Scott Selby selby@lenti.med.umn.edu" [07JAN98]

UPDATE 28JUL98 "...I've heard from one person, but that was wonderful for me and the rest of the family. It brought back alot of memories, and I was able to find out about several people locally who knew my father thru the reserves as well. Thanks...Scott Selby selby@lenti.med.umn.edu"


Note NOTICE: "...My father was part of VP-1 during 1987-88 while stationed at Barber's Point, Hawaii. He was a P-3 pilot, and his name is LCDR David B. Taggart. I am hoping someone who was in the Screaming Eagles can help me. During my dad's tour a gold charm depicting an eagle was made. Unfortunately this charm was lost in a move. I was hoping someone could tell me if the mold is still around somewhere so my mom and I can have another made for him. I would appriciate any help you can give. Thank you all in advance...Alyson L. Taggart alytags@hotmail.com" [Updated 02JUN98]

UPDATE "...I heard from a lot of people that knew my dad but no one even knew about the charm. My mom and I are still going to try and get a new one made though from old pictures we have it. Thank you for your help..." [21NOV99]


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