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AINSWORTH, LCDR Kacy W. Retired p3pilot@charter.net "...I served in with VP-23 (1981-1984) as an IFT (Crew-9), Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (Tron Shop) and VP-91 (1985-1986) as an IFT. Following commissioning and wings, flew as PPC with VP-9 (1991-1994), WingsPAC Staff and retired in 2002. Started working for Lockheed, hoping to work on the P-3 replacement...Oh well, so much for plans..." [23APR2011]

ALDEN, AX2 Chris calden@gci.net "...Was an AX in VP-23 from 12/72-6/75. Living in Alaska since 1979..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2001 | 20JAN99]

ALLEN, AZ Joseph W. Jr. OSTALLEN@AOL.COM "...I was an AZ with VP-26, 1977-78, and VP-23, 1978-dec.79. I remember being a pain in the side of several shipmate's but allways had my heart in the right place. Would like to hear from ex-Shipmates of both squadrons. Hope all of you are well and wish Cmdr. Medara, and Cmdr. Davis the best of retirement..." [04APR2001]

ALLEN, Justin jayzfarm@aol.com "...I was a Marine Security Guard stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine from March 1989 to July 1990, VP-23, VP-10 and VP-11. My exwife worked in the AIMD parachute shop as a parachute rigger. I have many fond memories of my Navy and Marine Corps buddies and think of the good times often. God Bless you all and I miss seeing you guys. Semper Fidelis and God speed. Anyone who served in at NAS Brunswick, Maine please contact me. Thank you all..." [26JUL2004]

ALLENDER, CAPTAIN George R. Retired gallende@arinc.com "...Commanding Officer PATRON 23 (11/75 - 11/76)...other squadrons VP-10 1/60 -1/64; VP-30 Det A later VP-30 4/64 - 4/67; VP-56 (with the first Charlie) 11/69 - 5/72; joined VP-23 4/74..."

ANDERSEN, John (Deceased) c/o Pat Andersen Repaircar@cs.com "...My dad served in the Pacific on a submarine tender from 1943 to 1947 and VP-12 (formed after Pearl Harbor) and finally with VP-23. He died 8 years ago..." [18MAY2003]

Memorial Picture "...ANDREWS, William H. "Andy"...ANDREWS William H. "Andy" Andrews, 61, passed away Jan. 2, 2008 at his home in Orange Park following an extended illness. Andy was born in San Diego, CA. and has been a resident of Orange Park since 2000. Andy was retired from the U. S. Navy serving his country for 21 years. Some of his assignments included N T C, Great Lakes, Ill., VP-7, VP-23, VP-4 and VP-5 and retired out of VP-5 Mad Fox. Following his Military career, he further served his country with the U. S. Customs Service from 1985 until 2006, and was the First FE hired by the U. S. Customs (Department of the Treasury) now a part of Homeland Security..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [07AUG2008]

APPLETON, Janice j2ur1@cox.net "...I really enjoyed the VP community and am proud to say I decomissioned VP-23 and was glad to have been a part of history. Perhaps one day in life I can meet up with some of my Shipmates from the life and days of the last of the SEAHAWKS..." [11SEP2002]

ARCHAMBAULT, ADR3 Gerald "Archie" carchambault@iopener.net "...I served with VP-23 from February 1961 to November 1964 . Those were the days, ADR2 USNR NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts..." [29SEP2000]

ARIES, Henry "Hank" haries@webtv.net "...Joined VP-61 mid 42 at NAS Alameda, California after brief stint at base radio. I was RM3/c just out of RM school L.A. Joined at 16 after Pearl Harbor went north about Sept .42 to Dutch Harbor as spare gear for 61 as wasn't qualair. Went back to OTU Sand Point then Oak Harbor and rejoined VP-61 at Umnak as 2nd radio to Mickey Freeman in ED Dilgers crew. Was at Amchitka and on Casco at Attu during invasion. Was wih VP-61 till relieved 11/43 . 1944 was at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Then up to Oak Harbor and formed crew that ended up with VPB-23 NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii-Saipan-Iwo Jima Ulithi NAS Agana, Guam and Pelieu then home. Belong #127 to Flying Boat Amateur Radio Society. callsign N7GGC Best Regards..." [02DEC98]

AUBERT, Dave "AUGIE" dmaubert@viox.com "...Hello fellow Seahawks. I was an ordnanceman on CAC-4 from 1988 to 1991. What a great time in my life that was. I met the greatest people in VP-23 and had the greatest times. If anyone wants to E-Mail me, I sure would like to here from old Shipmates. VP-23 was the best squadron and I hope everyone is doing well. I'd like to give a shout out to anyone who lived at 52 P'wood. Brit, Steve, and Frank - you know who you are. Godspeed and Seahawks forever!..." [10JUL2003]

AUSTIN, Bob Aaustin457@aol.com "...I was a LTjg in VP-48 from 1957 to 1960 and a LT in VP-23 from 1961 to 1963..." [13AUG2001]

AVERY, CPO Chuck Retired ccchuckret@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1956 to 1959 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and 1961 to 1967. I was a Plane Captain on the P2V's. I also served on Shore Duty at FASSO (Survival School) from 1967 to 1971. I was with VP-26 from 1971 to I retired in 1976. I flew as a Flight Engineer with CAC-3 and CAC-7. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAR2011 | 30OCT2005]

AZEVEDO, AW2 Chris cazeve1@umbc.edu "...I served with VP-23 from November 1987 to December 1991 as an acoustic on Crew 11. Hard pressed to find many who still know the old fight song "Eyes right, _______s tight..." Harder still to find anyone who knows what was in that mojo at all the parties at 52 P'wood!! Tail end of cold war was best time in me life NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda, Desert Shield, Unitas. The Seahawks did it all. I'm a career firefighter/paramedic in Howard County, MD. Live in Fell's Point area of Baltimore. Love to hear from old Shipmates. Fly on '23!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22MAY2004 | 03JUN98]


BAKER, Jerry M. viamyson:bigmike1313@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-23 in the early 1950's, both in NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from anyone interested..." [30JUL2000]

BALL, John Ball (Scrow) jcb1126@zebra.net "...Shipmates, I served in VP-23 from 61-64 CAC-2 CAC-8, John Ball AO-3. I would like to hear from anyone who served in VP-23 at that time..." [06NOV98]

BANISZEWSKI, James "Ski" boomers2@verizon.net "...I served with VP-23 (12/1970-11/1973) and flew as a Radio Operator. I served with a bunch of great Shipmates and had some good times chasing the fishing fleet off the East Coast. May God Bless all of our military personnel..." [10JUL2011]

BARKER, Bill billbariz@msn.com "...I was a radio operator in VP-45 on Crew 22 from 1969 to 1972. I worked in the Communications Center during the NS Rota, Spain deployment from late 1969 to July of 1970. Also made the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1971 and the NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment in 1972. I went to NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1972 for "AVIB" school and then did a tour as an instructor at AVA school in the radar phase working for ATC Buchanan. Went to VP-23 in March of 1975 and stayed there until April of 1977 flying as a radio operator on CAC-12..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2003 | 29APR2001]

BARLIEB, AT1 Michael Retired barliebmj@gmail.com "...I started my navy career with VQ-4 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Then moved on to VP-23 in 1981. I was just a ground pounder and worked on P-3CUII for a short while before being moved to AIMD in the ComNav shop. I deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily before being transferred back to VQ-4, where is served until my last 3 years in the Navy at NAEC Lakehurst, New Jersey. I volunteered for forward support service during Operation Desert Storm in NS Rota, Spain, augmenting VR-24 and the KC-130F’s they flew, along with VQ-4 and the 2 trash haulers they had sent over, EC-130T’s that had been stripped of mission equipment and returned to cargo hauling and training duties. I retired in 1997 as an AT1. I met up with my buddy, ATC Jim Tilton there, along with a few folks from VP-23 and VQ-4 whose names I can no longer remember. I was assisting loading cargo and doing ground pounder avionics maintenance. I will always remember my deployments and time in VP-23. They were fun times and we had good camaraderie. Long live the P-8 Poseidon. The P-8 will surely be missed, as the P2 was..." [22FEB2017]

BARON, AT3 Michael H. redkabaron@gmail.com Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-23 (05/1970-07/1972) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and about a year TAD to AIMD repairing ASA 16's, Tacans, Altimeteres, Raws etc. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAY2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14DEC2007 | 20OCT99]

BARKER, AT3 WILLIAM WJB8769@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-44 from 1990 til decom and VP-23 from 1990 to 1993. I'd welcome e-mail from some of my former Shipmates and friends..." [BIO Updated 14APR99 | 19MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...BARRERA, ADC William Hubert...Shipmate Pix...My father, William Hubert Barrera, served in the U. S. Navy from August 1940 to July 1960. My father was awarded the American Area, American Defense (with clasp), Asiatic Pacific (1 Star), World War II Victory Medal, China Service Medal and the Good Conduct (3 Awards). He served at/with NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, FAW-2 NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, VP-23, VP-54, VPB-122 (ComSubArea - Palau Islands), NAS Alameda, California, VP-19, VP-23 and NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida...Dee deeanddory@aol.com..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2007 | 21MAR2007]

BARRETT, AK2 Thomas R. mydashap2w@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, USS Ranger (CVA-61), NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida and NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts..." [15MAR2016]

BELL, Gene gbell@beckerbell.com "...I joined the Naval Reserve at NAS Los Alamitos, California on my 17th birthday (9-5-56) and was assigned to VP-19 or VP-23 (I can't remember). My first ride was in a Twin Beech, but my second and most memorable was in the P2V from our squadron--I almost walked into the prop while trying to get my parachute harness on. I ended up in VR-7 as an AT2 in a Flight Radioman job on MATS Super Connies from 1958-1960. But still love the P2V. In 1977, I became a private pilot and have had my Bonanza since 1981 and now have a total of 3700+ hours, mostly flying in my consulting business. Once bitten..." [20JAN2001]

BIGELOW, AT2 Bill wjbigelow@excite.com "...I served with VS-39, FASRON-201 (Special), VP-23 from 1956 to 1960. Would like to hear from anyone who cares to contact me..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2002 | 23AUG99]

BILLMIRE, Garrett garrettb@apecusa.com "...Seeing these names, I can almost smell the JP5. I was an IFT withVP-23 on CAC-5 from Nov '81 to Dec '85. Nothing colder than 2:00 AM preflight on a P-3C in February. Been a civvy ever since. Still a Tron. Run into former Crud-Bug Dave Deboer occasionally. Best to all my former Shipmates. Drop me a line if you have the time..." [04FEB2001]

BIXBY, Dona dsbspook31@yahoo.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine for 7 years, four in VP-23 and the other three at NAS Supply and Ground Electronics. Getting out of the service was one of my biggest mistake, but we all know that hindsight is 20/20..." [10SEP2001]

BLANKENSHIP, Jim awchief@home.com "...Attatched to VP-31, VP-1, VP-30, VP-44, VP-23, and VP-26 over the years. I also did tours in AW "A" (instructor) and ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Retired in '86 after logging time in P5M's, P2V7's and P-3A/B/C(Update II)'s. Would like to hear from any "old" (we are all a bit older now) Shipmates from any of those squadrons..." [10NOV2000]

BLOCK, AE2 Ric ric@cham-cor.com "...Station N.A.D.C. 1983-1985, VP-23 1985-1989, and VP-93 1991-1995 . Have a lot of good times would like to here from old Shipmates. Looking for Pat Roberts. If anyone has heard from him please let me know..." [14MAY2000]

BOATRIGHT, Rudy rboatright@lsijax.com"...Served in VP-18 from 11/61 to 4/64, VP-23 from 7/69 to 12/72, VP-24 from 7/76 to 8/89, and VP-30 from 8/79 to 8/82. Saw some names who looked familiar, and will try and get in touch..."

BOLGER, Larry Shipmate Pix cremestout@aol.com "...Served with VP-23 during conversion (1969-1971) from P2 to P-3 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Made split deployment in 1970 with CAC-10 earned wings at ordance position, logged 1600 hrs in that short time. Have alot of great photos and memories, especially when NAV would get lost and all these other AC showed up on our wing tips. Longest flight lasted 16 hrs during hostage crisis in Syria (5 AC taken) out of Souda Bay. Most interesting was the flight back to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with total hydraulic failure..." Personal WebSite: http://hometown.aol.com/cremestout/mypage.html [WebSite/PIX Added 13FEB2006 | 25JUL2003]

BONIFACE, CAPTAIN William S. http://users.wpi.edu/~wguinn/nrotc/co.html "...Captain Boniface graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree and reported to his first assignment as First Lieutenant aboard USS LEAHY (CG-16) homeported in Norfolk, VA. While there, he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and qualified as Combat Information Center Watch Officer (CICWO) and Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway. Following flight training in 1974, he was assigned to VP-44, where he served as Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and Flight Officer. During this period, he deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Bermuda flying the P-3A aircraft. In 1978, he was assigned to the Executive Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as a Company Officer and Officer Representative for the Naval Academy Sport Parachute Team. During this tour, he earned a Master of Science degree (Public Administration) from the George Washington University. Captain Boniface next served as Communications Officer aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) homeported in Norfolk, VA, where he deployed to the Indian Ocean during the Iran hostage crisis and to the Mediterranean Sea during Lebanon contingency operations. During this period, his department was awarded two COMNAVAIRLANT Battle Efficiency Awards for Communications. Following his tour aboard USS INDEPENDENCE, he reported to VP-10, where he served as Maintenance Officer and P-3C Update II Plane Commander/Instructor Pilot, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, and western Africa. During this tour, VP-10 was awarded consecutive Arnold J. Isbell Trophys for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Excellence. Captain Boniface was next assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C. where he served as the VP Placement Officer. He subsequently reported as Executive Officer of VP-23 homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1987. He assumed command of the Squadron in 1988 and conducted deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following his command tour, he served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as an Aviation Commander Detailer. Following his subsequent graduation from the National War College, he reported the the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defence (International Security Affairs), where he served in the Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs division as Country Director and Acting Director. Captain Boniface is a qualified Naval Parachutist and sport parachuting enthusiast. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and various unit awards..." [02JUL2003]

BOSS, Bob (Bossman) Bosssenior@Juno.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1953 thru 1956 as an AE. I flew as a crew member for the last 2 years and was discharged right after my last stint with the squadron in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I'd like to hear from any of my squadron buddies or crew members from those good old days..." [13APR2000]

BOUDREAU, AMS1(NAC/EAWS) Dennis R. "Bou" Retired kathyandbou@gwi.net "...I served with VP-10 (1968-1977), VP-23 (1977-1980), VP-44 (1980-1982), NAS Brunswick, Maine (1982-1983), VPU-1 (1983-1986) and retired. I went to work at NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired in 2009. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 22MAY2012 | E-Mail Updated 14NOV2004 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT99 | 30JUN98]

BOURGEOIS, William L. wlb@valp.net "...I served with VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1958 to 1961. I w Plane Captain on LJ-2, BUNO: 141231 my last two years in the squadron as far as I can recall. LCDR C. T. Phillips was the PPC and he was also the Ops Officer..." [12SEP2004]

BOWERS, ATC Dale Retired Gdbowers1@aol.com "...Stationed at Naval Air Development Center 72-75, VP-23 IFT CAC-9 75-79, VPU-1 83-87 retired 90. My years as a flyer were the best. Will never forget the "Hurrivac to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 75. Would like to hear from any Shipmates..." [08APR2001]

BOWLING, AE2 Palmer D. pbowling1@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1963 to 1968 as a crewman aboard LJ-8, LJ-7 and LJ-1. Left aircrew in 1967 and was in charge of Electric Shop night shift. Made AE1 in 1968 but elected to join Vocaline Company of America, aircraft {call sign "Stop- Sign"}. Worked part time at the Driftwood Inn as part of Nora's gang. Left Maine and retired after serving 34 years as a police officer in the state of Virginia. Nickname " Bo". Loved riding that bow seat on take offs and landings. I know, I know! You guys be careful out there!..." [07APR2010]

BOYD, CDR Austin W. Retired austin.w.boyd@saic.com "...I served in VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 81 to May 84, as part of the Seahawk legacy ( NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 82, NAS Bermuda, 83, Grenada and ElSalvador, 83). Understand VP-23 went away eventually, like many others of my old squadrons. I showed up at VP-23 after a stint as an instructor at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, so I was one of a very few 3P LTs in the service for a while. From VP-23 on to the Postgraduate School for a masters in Space Engineering, and then via VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California to serve in NMPC Sea Duty Component and support the Dallas Det. After 3 years in the Dallas organization, and many trips to NAS Point Mugu, California, I shipped over to department head tour with VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida ( NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 90, Desert Shield 90-91). From NAS Jacksonville, Florida, on to Washington to disappear into the Pentagon as a COmmander and run Navy SATCOM programs and space policy at Naval Space Command. Three trips through the RAG (VP-30, VP-31, VP-30), 10 squadrons counting RAG and instructing. Now retired and working for SAIC in Huntsville, AL, and enjoying the new life as an engineer..." [04FEB2002]

BRADFIELD, Paul amy2paul@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from Feb 1987 through Dec 1990 with some great folks. I think like a lot of us, my first squadron was the best. I would love to hear from any former Seahawks who served with me during the 1987 NAS Keflavik, Iceland, 1988-89 NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal or the 1990 "Detployment" when we were scattered over half of the globe..." [30MAY99]

BRADY, CAPT Norm https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=19 "...CAPT Norm Brady, USN - NFL Number: 19 - Date of Birth: 2/11/1915 - Date In: 6/1/1939 - Date Out: 6/1/1965 - City, State: Pensacola, FL - School Attended: Morningside Coll - Aircraft Flown: PBY, PBM, WV, - Ship or Unit: VP-23, VPB-205, CO and AEW-14, CO - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: P Harb/Midway/Guad Associations/Service Organizations: Navy League Ret. Officers Assn Assn of Nav Aviation - Highest personal decoration or award: Dist. Flying Cross - Significant Achievements: 7000+ hours flight time. MBS from George Washington Univ. Participated in first Marshall- Gilbert raid. In Memoriam? No..." [18DEC2005]

BRADY, AO2 Richard richardbradyphotography@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1965-1969). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06OCT2017 | E-Mail Updated 11DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 21SEP2004 | 17APR2003]

BRILLHART, R. David "Butch" vabutch@worldnet.att.net "...I was stationed in VP-23 from 1953 thru 1955. My last year was with Crew 9..." [24JUN2001]

BRITTING, Bill opd9@megalink.net "...Former Flight Engineer AMH-1 served VP-10, VP-23, and VP-26. Retired 1993. Now a cop living in Oxford, Me. I figured that would be the only way anyone would ever use the word "officer", and my name in the same sentence. I've flown more than 7000 hours in the P-3 A, B, and C. Wouldn't have done it any different..." [16FEB99]

BROGDON, AWC(AW/NAC) Rob Retired rbrogdon@mindspring.com "...VP-49 (76-79); VP-1 (82-86); VP-44 (88-91); VP-23 (91-92); VX-1 (92-95). Mostly Non-Acoustic, P-3s: BMod SuperBEES, C Baseline; CMod, CUIII/IV. I could not ever speak of my career without attributing the credit to three very specific influences: AOCS Harold D. Connor (yeah, I know.. a bb stacker); AWC Don Perkins and AWCS Rod Pitts..." [ICQ# 8327021] [15JUL98]

BROOKS, AT1 Jeff trident26@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-23 from September 1977 to July 1980 (AIMD) deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AIMD) December 1980 to October 1983 and then to VP-26 from October 1983 to February 1986 (AIMD) deployments to NAS Bermuda and Okinawa..." [E-Mail Updated 21APR2005 | E-Mail Updated 23SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV98]

BRION, John johnbrion@sprintmail.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1965 to 1967. I worked in the Intel office with Tom Collins..." [24MAR2003]

Memorial Picture "...BRITTON, LT Jack B...My Father, LT Jack B. Britton, passed away February 2006 from cancer. Dad served with VP-23 from June 1957 through June 1961. I will miss him as much as I miss watching the planes takes off with him in them...Teresa L. Britton tlynn@cableone.net..." [12AUG2006]

BRYSON, David O. c/o His Son John Bryson aztecjohn@webtv.net "...My father was in the black cats as a radioman. My father served with VP-12 (formed after Pearl Harbor) and finally with VP-23. One of his planes was called "Sleepy Time Gal." His name was David O. Bryson. I hope someone has heard of him? Thank you..." [24OCT99]

BYRNE, PH2 Jennifer jbyrne@vinson.navy.mil "...I served with VPU-1 from 1993-1994, then moved over to VP-23 from 1994-decom, and finally over to VP-10 from 1995-1998. I made some very good friends while in the VP community, unfortunatly have lost touch with alot of them. I am currently on board the USS Carl Vinson, and have just returned from the Arabian Gulf doing our part for Operation Enduring Freedom. It was a photographers dream! Hopefully I can get in touch with old friends, Justin Boden, Zo, Buffy, Kurt Evans, Dave Madsen, and anyone else that frequented Joshuas during that time frame..." [13APR2002]

BUCHAL, Robert RJBuchal@aol.com "...I was PPC in the following Squadrons: VPB-121 Sep44 to Nov45 Western Pacific-Privateers, VP-27 Sep48 to Jan50 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Privateers Decomissioned, VP-2 Jan50 to Jul50 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington P-2V's, FAW-4 Jul50 to May51 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Instructor for Reserve SQDs, training for Korea-Both P-2V and PB4Y-2's, and VP-23 Aug54 to Aug56 NAS Brunswick, Maine P-2V-5's & 7's. Interested in hearing from any former Shipmates..." [Updated 17JUN98]

BUCHANAN, AMH3 Rick VP_23@webtv.net "...P-3 training NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1979 VP-30. Served with the VP-23 Seahawks, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 79-81 airframes dept. HCT-10 training NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Oceana ,Va. Two deploys to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Assigned to support crew for war game dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, for the first ever Harpoon test fire from a P-3. Those small dets to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda added to a great tour of duty..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 15APR2002 | 01OCT2000]

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BUCHER, Dave usnad@hotmail.com "...Flight Engineer in VP-23 87-90, VP-10 90-92, VP-10 98-present..." [14MAR99]

BUCKLEY, ATC Billy B. Retired silverbullit@earthlink.net "...1942 through 1944..."

BUGLER, Robert J. robert_rjb@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-8 (02/1976-12/1979) TAD to NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD W/C 610 as Comm/Nav Technician, NAS Glenview, Illinois (01/1980-01/1983) AIMD W/C 610 as only Active Duty "I" Level AT and VP-23 (01/1983-12/1987) at NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD as a "I" Level Comm/Nav Technician. Back to AIMD W/C 610 as Comm/Nav Technician. Deployed to NAS Bermuda AIMD W/C 610 Comm/Nav, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, AIMD W/C 610 Comm/Nav, NS Rota, Spain AIMD W/C 610 Comm/Nav. Shore Duty West Coast NAS Moffett Field, California, NAMTRAGRU DET 1012 (03/1988-12/1991). MTS Instructor P-3 "I" Level Comm/Nav systems. "Meaningful Sea Duty Tour" Detailers words. USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at Naval Base Norfolk (02/1992-09/1995). Assigned AIMD IM3 W/C 610 Comm/Nav Supervisor. 6 month Med Cruise 1992, and then Naval Ship Yard Philly for major overhaul. Was sent TAD to AIRLANT in Norfolk, VA to work on the Navy wide electronic MAF system for squadron maintenance and supply parts ordering. Later would be known as NALCOMIS. USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at Naval Station Mayport, FL. after leaving Philly. I rejoined the Ship in Mayport and retired on board 09/29/1995..." [BIO Updated 09OCT2013 | 08OCT2013]

BURCKHALTER, John jburckhalt@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 during 1960-1962. I would like to locate crewmembers of LJ-9..." [08MAY2002]

BURKE, AW1 Tom Retired tvburke@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1969-1974) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, U-U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Agana, Guam (twice), ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1974-1977) to work with fleet introduction of P-3C Update Aircraft, VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal until discharge in 1979. I became an electrician in open pit mining until retirement. I would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [09NOV2012]

BURKE, William H. chknfarm@arkansas.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1956 through 1958. It was the best time of my life..." [07MAY99]

BURST, ADCS Barry Retired barryburst@cox.net "...I started my Navy career in 1979 but didn't get to a VP squadron until I joined VP-23 in 1982 served there until Oct. 1985. Worked for General Offshore Corp, you know that outfit in Hanger 3 in NAS Brunswick, Maine that everyone thought was CIA. I returned to active duty in 1989, after doing sometime as a SELRES in VP-MAU. Became a FE and flew with VP-10 from 1990 until 1993, I then transferred down to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NRL until 1997. My enlistment expired after the detailer offered me nothing but USS out of Norfolk, so I became a SELRES again and affiliated with VP-92. Made Chief in 1998, was recalled to support VP Squadrons in NAS Sigonella, Sicily during the Kosovo Campaign in 1999, VP-10 and VP-16. After that little excursion I found employment on the Staff of Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve in my hometown of New Orleans as the T56 Tech Rep and I began serving with VP-94 from 2000 until I retired in June of 2005. With the eminent departure of the Reserve Air Staff to Norfolk and the dwindling number of Reserve P-3 and C-130 squadrons I decided to take my leave. I am currently a final Quality Control inspector on the External Fuel tank for the Space Shuttle..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13APR2007 | 23SEP99]


CAISON, AT1 Charles C. cccaison@earthlink.net "...I was with VP-23 from November 1952 till July 1955. Came in as ATAN, left as AT1. Would love to hear from any of my old "Sea Hawks" Shipmates that may come across this item..." [31MAR2001]

CALLEGARI, AMCS(AC) Bill Retired bilnavair@msn.com "...Served in VP-23 from 1948 through 1952. First arrived at NAS Opa Locka, Fla. and made many flights and advance party assignments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Ramey AFB Puerto Rico during the hurricane seasons. And yes did make the annual winter over trips to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Stayed with the squadron till its' permanent transfer to NAS Brunswick, Maine. Enjoyed my entire tour of duty and still have fond memories of the squadron..." [05APR2001]

CAMPBELL, CAPTAIN James L. (Jim) campbelljl@olg.com "...I served in VT-3 (75-77); VP-44 (78-81); Commander CPW-5 (81-83); VP-26 (86-88) and was XO/CO of VP-23 (90-92). I am still on active duty and am stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I work as the Program Manager for Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems in the Naval Air Systems Command. I plan on retiring in two years and going back to my beloved Tennessee. Anyone out there who remembers the "Bad Boys of Brunswick?" The best times of my career were the two years I spent with VP-23. Like John "Pony" Horsman, I would go back tomorrow and do it all over again..." [10APR2000]

CAMPBELL, John "JJ" Safehands4u@aol.com "...I spent some time in VP-1, VP-23, VP-49, COMICEASWGROUP in Keflavik, and at the TSC in Sig..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUL2001]

CALHOUN, J. C. cal@gbso.net "...I served in VP-23 Fr. 1948-51 would like to be contacted by anyone that was in the squadron at that time..."

CALLAHAN, Matthew C. mcalla5447@aol.com "...I served in VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine from AUG 77 - OCT 80 and again in OCT 89 to the last stand. I retired on DEC 31, 1994. We decom. in 1995. Once a Seahawk always a Seahawk..." [16JAN98]

CALVIN, Tim Jr. tdcalvinjr@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1968 to 1971. I was a Radio Operator on CAC-3. VP-23 was my only station after school. I got out but I still sometimes wish I'd stayed with ASW. History note: I believe we were the last squadron on the East Coast to get out of SP-2H's. I thought they were fine ships..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2004 - 07NOV97]

CAPLINGER, J. B. jcap@email.com "...VP-23 (1982 through 1986) was my first duty station. I checked in as AXAA and left AX3. I was TAD to AIMD. I made the 1983 NAS Bermuda and the 1984-1985 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments. From VP-23 I went to the ASWOC at CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and had AX1 Rowe as an instructor in Dam Neck, VA on the way there. Love to hear from any of you! Still have the cruise books! Personal WebSite: http://www.jacksonville.net/~jcap/..." [ICQ# 6833814] [30OCT99]

CARMAN, Howard cre8kos@insightbb.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1982 to 1985 and VP-23 from 1987 to 1990. I have spent years looking for Bob Curtis (LT in early 1980's). He was one of my favorite pilots. We came to VP-6 about the same time and joined CAC-10 as non-quals. If anyone has any helpful information I would appreciate an e-mail..." [19JUN2009]

CARMAN, Jim jacdec@erols.com "...I was a junior officer pilot in VP-49 from 1978 to 1981; VP-30 flight instructor from 1981 to 1983; Maintenance Officer and NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal OinC in VP-23 from 1986 to 1988; XO and CO of VP-10 from 1988 to 1990; and Commodore of Patrol Wing Ten in 1995 and 1996..." [18AUG98]

CHAMBERS, Kenneth E. Jr. kchambers@davmail.org "...I served with VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1962 to 1970. I was a Plane Captain for the eight years I was there. Best duty I had during the twenty two years I spent in the Navy. Some of the best Shipmates you'll ever want to meet..." [28AUG2004]

CHARTIER, AZ2 James J. ffpd501@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from May 1976 till June 1979. Deployed to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 1977/1978. My roomate was AO3 Joe Elmore, who died in 1978, in crash of LJ-4. I don't know if anyone remembers but Joe had been in the Army before and fought front line combat in Nam. He was also wounded numerous times. He told me he loved the military but wanted a "safer" job so he hooked up with the Navy and came to VP-23. Only to been involved in that fatal crash where we all lost some of our brothers. I then deployed the following year to NS Rota, Spain. What a party! The following year I extended my tour of duty and landed out at NWEF, Alburquerque, New Mexico. I got out in 1981 and have been in law enforcement ever since. Currently a sergeant with the Fort Fairfield Police Dept, in Maine. My times with VP-23 were the most memorable in my life. I miss all of you and wish all fair winds and following seas..." [07NOV2004]

CHERRY, CPO Lloyd R. Jr. Retired bcbike@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 27, 1968 to August 5, 1971. I was Leading Chief at the time of my retirement. I was Maintenance Chief on Night Check before that..." [22SEP2008]

CHRISWELL, Brian K. brchr3@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 until the end in 1994, was the SS3 on CAC-1. Had some great times with the SeaHawks, from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, to Jeddah and over Bosnia!..." [24AUG2001]

CLARKE, AME2 Michael "Guido" hl7Mike@gwi.net "...VP-23 Feb 82' Dec 87' and VP-MAU Dec 87- Dec 89'. Ground Pounder for the first couple of years then 2nd Mech on to the Middle seat with CAC3 and CAC 6 "Dawn Riders" Some of the best years of my life. There are memories from NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, etc. Hi to "Pony", Rick Cline, Art, Scotty,Dexter,Smorgy,All the FE's and the world famous 23 Mech shop. Hey Bob Kriner when are we going out for cocktails? Minimum order of 5 gallons. God Bless the Seahawks. Hey Jeff Morris see you around Brunswick..." [11JAN99]

CLIFTON, Francis H. FHCPBYFOR@webtv.net "...Was in VP-23 from Ensign, Navigator in Dec. 1942 to Lt. PPC in May 1945. Hello to the crews of WW II..." [19NOV98]

COLLINS, AT Paul pacdog@comcast.net "...I did twelve years in the Orion community. VP-23 in Maine, Force Warfare (formally ASW) Directorate in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and AIMD, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as an AT. I'm still doing very well in my present Posistion as a Contractor for the Water and Sewer Authority in Washington, DC. I would like to hear from any fellow squadron Shipmates in the DC area..." [E-Mail Updated 24DEC2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

CONDREY, ADR3 Nathan W. nwcondre@aol.com "...Served with VP-23 from November 1967 to February 1970 then went to VT-28 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Remember, Bill Meyers, Jodi Arrington, Bob Hull and Billy Jo Brown. How about the fight song? Did two deployements to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and twice to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for "fun in the sun". Fond memories of LTjg Reynolds (Legal Officer). Didn't realize it then but the best time of my life. If any of you people still exist let me hear from you. I remember a lot more of you guys I just can't think of your names, but I can see your faces..." [15JUN2006]

CONWELL, Frank fconwell@live.com "...I served with VP-23 (11/1961-02/1963) in the Airframes Shop (night check)..." [28MAY2015]

COOK, Doug cook74@foxinternet.net "...I was in VP-23 from June 76 through May 80. Retired since 93 and teach NJROTC..." [04NOV2000]

Memorial Picture "...COLLINS, Tom...It is with deep sorrow that I pass on the news of the death of one our own, PT2 Tom Collins, in April of last year. Tom served with VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1964-1966 (at least.) He and I were roomies at AFAITC (the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center) in Denver during the summer of 1964. He went to VP-23, I went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-24. I'm sure all who remember Tom will recall his huge smile and his warmth. Please think of him when you revisit your VP memories...brickhaus43@aol.com..." [12JAN2006]

COLLINS, Tom daddybear@juno.com "...I served in VP-23 from Oct 1964 to Dec 1967. I was ground pounder but flew with Crew 9 once in awhile. Deployments were NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Would love to hear from any one from that time. I miss Sully, and Glen and Chris..." [11AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...COLLINS, Walt...My father, CDR Walt Collins, Retired, passed away on June 22, 2001. Walt was Commanding Officer of VP-23 from 1959 through 1961, Operations Officer aboard the USS Currituck (AV-7) from 1961 through 1963 and flew Blimps and P2V aircraft with various other squadrons over the years. His love of the Navy was only bettered by his love for his wife Josey (of 51 years) and his four children. God Blesds you all!...Walter V. Collins, Jr. wwcollins@mindspring.com..." [25JUN2001]

CORLISS, Paul corliss113@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 AW Shop from May 78 to May 82. We had a bunch of fun and grew up too. I was on the "Old CAC 1/2" 1979/1980. I owe chiefs of that era (Durrack, Gillooly, Myers, Wilcox, and Williams) a hardy "thanks for the patience." What ever happened to Steve Cator, Al Goodwin, Pete Gomes, Mike Broderson, John Lyons, Scott Berkawist, Ken Allison, Mike Nagle, Lou Gravel and Bill Livingston? FLY NAVY - I still do..." [19DEC2002]

COTTON, CDR John W. Retired john.w.cotton@lmco.com "...Commissioned January 1981 (AOCS 25-80), NFO Wings January 1982, VP-30, VP-24, USNA, USS Coral Sea CV-43 (shooter), USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 (shooter, V-2 Divo), CPW-5, VP-30, VP-23, CPWL (Flag Sec), ODC BELLUX, Nat'l Security Fellow (Harvard), Navy IPO, retired July 2002. God, I miss being a JO in the 1980's VPNavy..." [28FEB2009]

COX, ATC Terry Retired Dude12840@aol.com "...I served in VP-22-63/66 as first tech in CAC-6 (QA6). Went to VP-Rag as an instructor and served in Moffett and San Diego. Bailed out in 1967. Joined again in 1970 and up jumped the devil. I was ordered to VA-!2! After 48 months of haze gray I was under way to B school and VX-1 75-78. Finally got back to flying as Ift in P3-C. Next I was sent to VP-23. Then went to Force Warfare (ASW) at Pax. Four years later I went to VC-6 and retired (1988). God has it been that long? I guess it does'nt seem that long , because I am still doing Charlies' as a contractor..." [E-Mail Updated 06NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 17APR99 | Updated 19MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...COX, LCDR Warren M...Warren M. Cox: August 5, 1919 - June 7, 2011 - On December 26, 1944 Mike Cox was flying his VPB-20 PBM Mariner on a night patrol mission when he spotted eight Japanese warships steaming in line. The Japanese raiding force consisted of the cruisers Ashigara and Oyodo and five destroyers. The Japanese force was attempting to shell the landing beach at Mindoro in the Philippines. Mike's bombs would not release and sometime later, after losing an engine, he landed his plane in Mangarin Bay, where he was immediately hit by gunfire from an enemy plane. Mike's Plane Captain was mortally wounded, the plane sank and the surviving crew members spent the night in the water before being picked up the next morning. As a result of his service in World War II Mike Cox was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. Warren Michael Cox, Lcdr. USN (Ret) of Coronado went on his final patrol June 7, 2011. He died of natural causes at Coronado Sharp Hospital. He was 91. Mike, as his friends all knew him, was born August 5, 1919 in Silver City, New Mexico to Marie and Warren Cox. His father was an auditor for the United States Forest Service. He attended New Mexico State Teacher's College High School in Silver City, New, Mexico. After graduation he enrolled at Bakersfield Junior College and, while a student there, obtained an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Unfortunately, he did not pass the physical. In 1939 he joined the Army and was stationed with the Eighth Calvary Regiment, First Calvary Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas. After serving one year in the Army Mike enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he played on the Lobo Tennis Team. Subsequent to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Mike joined the Navy and was designated a naval aviator on November 13, 1942 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Mike served two combat tours during WWII. The first was as navigator of a PBY Catalina in VP-23 operating out of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. His second tour was as Patrol Plane Commander flying the PBM Mariner in VPB-20 out of the Philippines. In 1946 he married Virginia Day of Winslow, Arizona, a secretary for the Santa Fe Railway. They settled in Monterey, California while he attended navy line school. They had two children. Mike's navy duty assignments included Naval Air Transport Service (NATS), Guam, and NAS North Island, San Diego, California where he flew the P5M Marlin. He was also Ground Control Approach Officer at North Island and Combat Information Officer aboard the Carrier Midway (CVA-41) during the 1958-1959 Quemoy Matsu Taiwan Strait Crisis. His final duty station was as Administrative Officer of VRF-32 Squadron at North Island. Upon retirement from the Navy Mike continued his studies at San Diego State College. There he obtained a Bachelors Degree and teaching credential in mathematics. He then taught math analysis and geometry at the newly opened Castle Park High School in Chula Vista. In addition he taught night mathematics classes at Southwestern College and coached the Castle Park tennis team. While teaching at Castle Park Mike received a National Science Foundation stipend to attend summer sessions at Tulane University where he obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching in mathematics. Following his training in computer programming at Tulane University, Mike started the first computer programming class at Castle Park. During his days at Castle Park Mike enjoyed filming football games, playing tennis at the Hotel del Coronado and programming his TRS80 computer. After retirement from teaching he spent many hours with friends, whether it be on the tennis court, the Coronado Golf Course or at the Burger King Restaurant. He became a familiar sight on his three-wheeled bike around town. He always had a smile. "Mike really knew how to play the game of tennis," said Ben Press, former tennis professional at the Hotel Del Coronado. Press taught Mike's son Rusty when he was a junior tennis player. "Mike and I played many a doubles match together. He was a very smart doubles strategist," said Press. "He played late into life, until he could physically no longer run down the ball. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him." Mike Cox is survived by his son Glenn "Rusty" Cox of Coronado. His wife Virginia and daughter Michele predeceased him. At his request, Mike's ashes will be spread over the Gila National Forest outside of Silver City. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 13, at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. As published in the online edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal, Thursday, July 28, 2011..." Contributed by CK Glen F. Pritchett coronadokids@gmail.com [01AUG2011]

COX, William (Bill) DEBCOX@MSN.COM "...I served in VP-23 during the period September 1973 to September 1976. 1974 spent four month's in NS Rota, Spain and 1975 NAS Bermuda. I was based in NAS Brunswick, Maine when Snow was Snow :) I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates serving during this period. Good to see VP-23 alive and well! Best Regards..." [06JUN2001]

COZAD, CDR Kyle J. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Kyle J. Cozad is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he was commissioned in May 1985. He commenced flight training in September 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1986. Following initial P-3 Orion training with VP-30, Commander Cozad joined VP-23 in July 1987, where he served as Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II aircraft; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; and NAS Bermuda and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In February 1991, Commander Cozad reported to the 404th Maritime Patrol and Training (MP&T) Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada where he instructed in the CP-140 Aurora. While assigned as a Canadian FRS Instructor Pilot, Commander Cozad was designated an Instructor Pilot Team Leader and Canadian FRS Standards Check Pilot. After attending Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer training in June 1993, Commander Cozad reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) where he served as Assistant V-2 Division Officer and Flight Deck Officer. During this tour, he completed one WESTPAC deployment in support of North Korean contingency operations and was awarded the Admiral Bringle Award for inspirational leadership. Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Cozad reported to VP-30 in July of 1995. During his tour as an FRS Instructor Pilot, he served as FRS Assistant Training Officer and was dual-hatted as the VP-30 and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. Upon completion of his FRS tour, he joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his Department Head tour, Commander Cozad served as AIP Transition Officer; Masirah Detachment OIC, where he supervised FIFTH fleet operations for two detachments, 175 personnel and 6 aircraft; and finally, as the squadron Operations Officer. In additional, he served as VP-9's Senior Pilot. Following his department Head tour, Commander Cozad returned to VP-30, where he was assigned as the Weapons Tactics Unit (WTU) Officer until April 2002, when he joined the Fighting Marlins of VP-40..." [14JUN2003]

CRAIN, Dan danc1@ctel.net "...I recognized many names of days gone by. I was in VP-23 from December 1968 to March 1971 and I bailed out. I re-enlisted in 1971 and spent a year and a half on shore duty in Key West, Fla before I could get back to NAS Brunswick, Maine again with VP-23 from August 1975 to January 1981. I then went to Commander Patrol Wing 5 to establish the Maintenance Training Team as the AT. Then in January 1984 it was to VP-44 til January 1987. Retired October 1989..." [21NOV99]

CRESCINI, Mike nathan.crescini@PACBell.com "...Former AW3 with VP-23 ("Little Giant" CAC-9-74-76) and VP-91. Great time at the right time. NS Rota, Spain-Azores- NAS Bermuda deployments. Would like contact with former 23'ers, and if anyone knows whereabouts or how to contact Myles Yamamoto (was from Hawaii- sent to NAS Brunswick, Maine VP-8 or VP-11 then to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in about 76 or 77: Former LTJG. Gary Miller ( CAC-9 PPC ) best pilot around: and Chief Joe Urban ( AWC - was in VP-23 till 76, then sent to Florida or NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for last year or two before Retiring (go Figuire). Anyway God Bless and great memories..." [22JUN98]

CUMINGS, Frederick H. cumingsf@yahoo.com "...I served aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine (1957-1959) in the Crash and Resue Crew, VP-23 (1959-1965) and USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) (1965 - 1971)..." [01JUL2016]

CUMMINGS, George gcnutmeg@webtv.net "...I was with VP-23, the last P2 squadron in the U. S. Navy, from 1/67 to 7/71. My total flying career with the VPers began in 5/59 with the reserves, flying regular navy patrols out of NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Later, I was a briefer/debriefer for weekend flights spelling the regulars, when I was at NAS Los Alamitos, California thru 9/65, then the same job while at (NARTU) NAS Alameda, California until heading back to the east coast in 10/66. I flew in P2V-3s, -4s, -5s, -6s, the only P2V-6F (BUNO 126515) that still had its jets installed. (We had another -6 however, the jets had been removed because there were no electrical diagrams available) and, of course, P2V-7s (later the SP2H) ..." [03JAN99]


DANIEL, AK3 Jim jm.daniel@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1973 to 1977. I would like to hear from Barry "Buck" Spencer (YN), Ron Beno (PH), Bob Van Able (Medic), Jerry Vesper, Terry and Brian McCarty (The Twins), Bruce Perry, "Nappy" Little and any other former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17SEP2009 | E-Mail Updated 03MAR2005 | 04DEC2002]

DANLEY, ADR1 Jimmy Retired jacksfour@webtv.net "...I couldn't find anyone that served in VP-23 from June 1959 to June 1961. I also served in VP-4 from July 1954 to June 1956...I enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and retired in 1970 as an ADR1. My first exposure to VPs was in July 1954. I graduated from B school and got orders to VP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington I got married all in July. I had never heard of Oak Harbour, but anyway it was a beautiful place. I started flying as a 2nd Mech shortly after I got there. We had P2V-5's with 20mm in the nose and tail, and a 50 cal on top. We flew to Fallon for gunnery quals. They had us fireing at a target towed by a JD. We deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in July of 1955. We had a great crew. CDR Woods was the PPC and Chief Pinkey Adams was the Plane Captain. He got orders to shore duty right after we got to japan, so I became the Plane Captain of Crew 7. We flew a lot of patrols off the coast of Russia during the six months we were there. Our big reward was when we were relieved to come home. Our skipper, CDR Davis got us the ok to take the long way home. We had a 12 plane squadron and we staggered the departure 24 hours. Our first stop was NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, then NS Sangley Point, Philippines, then Singapore, and on to Australia where we made three stops. Then we started that long trip home. I don't know how we did it, but we managed to get all 12 planes back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on the same day - a miracle. I guess Xmas just being around the corner had something to do with it. I had been married for about a year and a half so my wife and Ii had a great XXmas that year. Came back off leave in January 1956 and we started changing over to the P2V-5F with a J-34 hung under each wing. They sure made a lot of difference on take offs. I left the squadron in June 1956 for shore duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I stayed there for three years and transferred to VP-23 in June 1959, which is another story..." [BIO Updated 15MAY2000 | 14MAY2000]

DAVIS, AVCM Herb Retired lefturnfan@megalink.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1992 thru "The Final Stand", NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD from 1989 to 1992 and VP-8 from 1981 to 1989. Still living in Maine and working as a Retail Hardware Manager (still enjoy the working with people environment). Have kept up with many, but have lost touch with more. Hope your travels have been rewarding and your futures full filling! Miss you all, you created some great comradary and spirit; with your enthusiasim and attitude. Thank You, drop me a line if you have a chance, would like to know how you've ...kept going and going..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAR2008 | 10NOV98]

DAVIS, AOC Ray M. (Ray Ray) ordlord11@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1987 to 1989, VP-23 from 1993 to 1995, VP-9 from 1998 to 2001, and currently with VQ-2. P-3 Ordie "best job I ever had" and FE "FE's have the best seat in the house but could use some beer drinking lessons from the Ordie's"..." [23NOV2003]

DAVIS, Steve scifier99@comcast.net "...Looking for old crewmembers from any of the outfits I was with...VP-4, VP-10,VP-17, VP-23 and VP-26..." [BIO Updated 10FEB2005 | 21AUG2001]

Memorial Picture "...DAY, Robert Carl...My grandfather, Robrt Carl Day, passed away in 2007. He served with VP-23 (1941-1946). I know he flew with the USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83) (06/26/1944) and the USS HARRIS (APA-2) (02/16/1944). My grandfather raised me and I have his military collection. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." Contributed by Molly Warren wilsonmomma80@yahoo.com [14OCT2015]

DENT, William aka Dog wdent@rancocasvalley.k12.nj.us "...I can not say enough about the experiences I had during my tour of duty with VP-23, Feb.66 - Dec. 22, 1967. I am proud to say I was the Radio Operator on CAC-11 and would certainly enjoy hearing from other crew members and "ground pounders."..." [05MAY99]

DESROSIERS, Ed eleod@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1979 to 1983..." [20JUL2009]

DeVARNEY, AWCS David "Devo" Retired navydevo@aol.com "...I was in VP-23 from 5-74 to 7-77, VP-19 from 11-78 to 5-82, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field, California from 7-82 to 10-85, VS-41 and VS-35 from 11-85 to 5-88, VP-50 from 5-88 to 4-90, AW Rate Training Manual/Advancement Exam writer (I still check for bombs) 5-90 to 5-93, VP-11 from 8-93 to 1-95, PMA-264 (sonobuoy office) from 2-95 to 1-98, and CNAP Aircrew Training 2-98 to 11-99. Currently organizing the Fleet AW Association..stop by at http://fleetaw.tripod.com..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JUN2000 | 02JUN98]

DeWISPELAERE, Thomas J. "Dewey" tjdewisp@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1978 to 1981 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I am now living in Manassas, Virginia, working as a computer network engineer. I would love to hear from all my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15FEB2010 | 15MAR98]

DiLORENZO, Mike mikedilorenzo@mindspring.com "...[VP-23, 1968-69]. I was assigned to VP-23 in February 1968 and served until my release from active duty in Nov 69. I started in the comm office working for LTjg Slattery and LT Mesaros. After deploying to Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the summer '68 , I moved to the Electrical Shop & CAC-3 in Mar 69. I served on CAC-3 until Nov when I was awarded my AirCrew Wings. Since that time I moved on in the Navy Reserve to the Intel Program where I became a 1635 officer..." [06MAR99]

DINGEE, AMSC Carroll R. Retired jeepdriver@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was a shop type maintenance crewmember (flying minimum time on test flights) on the P2. In 1967 we transitioned to the P-3's having gone through the AM maintenance courses, I thouhgt I'd like to become a Flight Engineer. So, in August 1967 I departed for VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and made it through Ground Phase without a hitch. Unfortunately, I "flunked out" during the OFT and Performance Charts! I left VP-30 and rejoined VP-11 in disgrace. When my CO and I talked things over, I told him that up to this point in my life I did not know I needed glasses (can't work the charts if you can't see them clearly). So, to make a long story short, I got glasses, went back to VP-30 in 1968 and made it as a FE! To my knowledge I am the ONLY person to go through FE training a second time during the transition envelope for a squadron and succesfully complete the course. (VP-30 probably still would like to say no one ever did it, but go back and check the records---I did it). Thought you might find my 10 minutes of fame and glory interesting). I served with VP-23 (12/1970-07/1974) - best tour of sea duty I ever had in 22+ years of service! Spent most of my tour as FE on CAC-8. PPC C. C. Nute (he went on to be C.O. of a west coast VP Squadron.) My last contact with him (or any of our old crew) was in 1980 while serving with VF-143 aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the Indian ocean. I also served with VX-1 (1974-1977) and spent most os my time on the Line Crew. My wife, Betty, was President of the Enlisted Wives Club while we were there. We both still have many fond memories of our tour there (anyone remember the Pig Roast?). I retired out of VF-43 NAS Oceana, Va. in 1984. I am now retired and living (with wife Betty and you guys said it would never last) in Ocala, Fl. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 07FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 23JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 01FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | BIO Updated 24APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2001 | BIO Updated 01OCT2001 | 29SEP2001]

DOCKENDORF, Donald O. Haulinas@webtv.net "...I served with VP-23 from 3/67 thru 8/69 was AW2(AC) crew 10. PPC Henry Kleinbauer, R.A.Kaufmann, S.L.Smith(TACCO), Don Turner ADR2, MAX Brewer ADJ2, Jerry Kraft AW1, Dale Starman ATR2, Tom Walters AE2, Ed Wood AO3, and last navigator LTjg Pickett. A/C BUNO 141239 flew SAR U.S.S. Scorpion from Azores. Would like to hear from "OLD" Shipmates. Home based Brunswick,Maine. How many "FAT BOY" signs were lost to the trailing wire antenna?..." [30MAR99]

DODSON, AD1 Ronald "DOWN'EM" Retired busfe@yahoo.com "...I was a Flight Engineer with VP-23 from 1976-1982, VP-11 from 1982-1984, VP-30 as a FE Instructor from 1984-1988 and then back to VP-11 from 1988-1992. I would like to hear from past squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2002 | 15AUG98]

DOLLOFF, Alan ardm@exploremaine.com "...I was with VP-23 (87-89), VSN-8 (90-92), and VP-11 (92-94) (when I retired). Hope to hear from any old squadron mates (especially any mechanics)..." [10DEC99]

DONNELL, Geri geril8n@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 with a deployment to NS Rota, Spain. I would like to hear from Chief Underwood, Chief Hyman any other Shipmates..." [08JUN2011]

DOTTELLIS, SCPO John Retired jdottellis@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 (1989-1993) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal then the first 5 site deployment (including Desert Storm). One of the best AW shops I was ever a part of. Lots of gatherings at 52 P'wood and 85 Merrymeeting..." [26JAN2014]

DOWNEY, YN1 Tim Retired tgdowney@clinic.net "...SERVED ONBOARD USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) '73-'75, USS DAVIS (DD 937) '75-75, USS GLENNON (DD-840)'75-76, VP-23 '76-78, COMSUBLANT '78-'82, VP-26 '82-86, PERSUPDET NLON '86-'90, USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) '90-'93..." [14JUN98]

Memorial Picture "...DRUHAN, Eugene Ray...My father, Eugene Ray Druhan, was a member of VP-23 NAS Opa-Locka, Florida, in the early 1950's. He wanted so to go to the Reunion in 2002 but was unable to. I remember him saying how he missed the days of "Flying Into The Eye Of The Hurricane". He spoke so fondly of his crew members. Unfortunately I lost him September 26th, 2003. He now is Flying High with the Lord. He was such a man of honor and integrity. I am so proud to be his daughter. Thank you!...Patty Druhan Chase ascojoca@aol.com..." [19AUG2006]

DUFFIE, CDR Ronald ronald.duffie@navy.mil "...I served with VP-23 from March 1993 to November 1994. I started off as the PP3P on CAC-9 along with P. J. "Fletch" Fletcher (PPC), Carl "Flea" Crabtree (PPTC), Steve "Cat" Martell (PP2P), Andy "Mongo" Smith (PPNC), AE1 Smith (FE) and AW1 McNeece (SS-3). Forgive me, I forgot the other names on Crew 9..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2009 | 10SEP98]

DURKIN, CPO William T. bill@durkinsrealty.com "...Duty stations include FASRON-895 1951 NAS Sand Point, WA from there I transferred to mobile FASRON-113 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. My next duty station was VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Following a deployment from Japan I returned to the states and was discharged in 1955. I reentered the navy through the TAR program in 1956. I served at Staff Line until 1960. I reupped regular Navy and picked up VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1964 to Test Pilot school were I had a chance to become a F/E in the P-3's. I went to school at VP-30 and after graduating went to WST at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I then cancelled out my shore duty to transfer to VP-8, best move I ever made. I was assigned to Crew 12 and met some of the best men I ever flew with. I stayed with Crew 12 until the squadron was transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was assigned to VP-30 where I stayed until I retired in September 1973. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates! Aircraft I flew with was PB4Y2's, PBY's, P2V's thru P2V7, R5D's, R4D8's, and the P-3's..." [25JAN2000]

Memorial Picture "...DWYER, Raymond Arthur...My Father-in-Law was Raymond Arthur Dwyer. My wife and I are looking for any information or photos of him when he served with VJ-2, FASRON-103, VT-6, CASU-18, CASU-6, CASU-15 and VP-23. Does anyone know where or what Base VEVY or Base BEDO was? Thomas Feltz woodchopper545@yahoo.com..." [17DEC2007]

DYER, LCDR Dave (USNR) Retired dcd50@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-93 at NAF Detroit, Michigan, VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, ASWOC 374 (CPRW-11) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then retired..." [28JUN2011]

DYKAS, AE Pete Dykas (Peter Paul) ld1223@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1958 through 1960. I flew on LJ-6 BUNO: 140962 as an AE. I made deployments to Malta, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Boca Chica, Florida and others. I am interested in hearing from anyone that served during the same time frame..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2006 | 18SEP2001]


EATON. ADCS Richard Retired RichardGM211@aol.com "...I started my career with VXN-8. In those days it was called OASU, but I was there as a ground-pounder for all the subsequent name changes. I left the squadron just as we were getting the P-3's and went to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and joined the Checkmates of VS-22. Made the final cruises of both the USS Wasp and the USS Intrepid and onto the USS Saratoga. We locked the doors when we left NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and on to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. I was dragged kicking and screaming off the Sara in '76 while on a Med cruise because I received orders to RTC Great Lakes for duty as a Company Commander for 3 years. I was assigned to VP-23 in late 1979. I caught up with the Seahawks on deployment in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Served for a while as the Line CPO and then was picked up for local instuctor duty TAD to CPWL. I finished out my career at NAS Brunswick, Maine working as the HRM Officer, teaching the CPO and PO Indoc courses, the "Skid School" and the Motorcycle Safety Course. Lots of fond memories over the years. Hello to all the Shipmates..." [21NOV2000]

EDGECOMB, AMH Duane Lee maineman57@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1973-10/1976) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain (06/1974-11/1974) and NAS Bermuda (1975). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12NOV2011]

EDWARDS, Angela rotrizia@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-23 from January 1989 to July 1991. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me from the squadron or from NAS Brunswick, Maine. If you know where any of my old gang is at give them my e-mail address..." [02MAY2000]

EDWARDS, George J. geoskyking@verizon.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1961 to 1963. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2010 | 20OCT2005]

ELISON, LCDR Gus Retired guselison@aol.com "...I was a member of VP-23 from 1950 through 1952. We were stationed in Miami at NAS Masters Field, Miami, Florida and were the Navy's Hurricane Hunters. We had nine PB4Y-2 aircraft and staged out of NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and San Juan during the storm season. In the winter we put the top turrets in and deployed to North Africa. In 1951 the crew spent 5 months in tents. In 1952 the squadron was split and half of us went to NAS Brunswick, Maine and the other half went to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to form VJ-2 later VW-4 as the Hurricane hunters. NAS Brunswick, Maine in those days lacked a lot of sailor comforts. VP-23, great duty..." [24JUN2001]

ELLETT, AW2(FM) Terry ts3ll3tt@sbcgl0bal.n3t "...Looking to say hi to Hank, Mac, and anyone else from VP-23. Best magician in VP-23..." [E-Mail Updated 28AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 17DEC2002 | 18OCT98]

EMERSON, ATC Glen Retired glenemerson@centurytel.net "...I served with VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1958, VU-1 in 1959 (AT2 to AT1), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1962 to 1965 as a instructor, and VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1965 to 1968. Served as night check avionics supervisor until I made chief in October 1966. I ran the AT shop for a while, then got a gravy job as squadron career counselor. Enjoyed the trip to NAS Sigonella, Sicily most of all. Returned to NATTC, NAS Memphis, Tennessee in early 1958 and retired there as ATC in 1971. Moved to Missouri where I've been ever since..." [10DEC2003]

EPP, AO3 David R. davpeg@windstream.net "...I served with VP-23 (1964-1966) with a deployment to NS Rota, Spain (October 1964). I had crew training with CAC-6 then Ordnance position with CAC-5 BUNO: 141250 and then BUNO: 147956). I am now retired in Florida..." [15NOV2010]

EPPERS, Barbara beme@kih.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1989 through 1991. Looking to hear from old squadron mates. The time I spent with the Seahawks was one of the best times of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 02APR99 | 00DEC96]

ERICKSON, AE2 LeRoy leroyerick@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 (07/1963--07/1965) in the electric shop with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NS Rota, Spain..." [30JUN2012]

ETTER, AO1(AW) Keith W. kweandkde@juno.com "...I served in VP-23 from 1981 to 1985. I am stationed with VX-9 in China Lake, CA. I have 5 months before I retire and go back to the east coast. I can not wait..." [13DEC2000]

EUBANKS, AECS John N. Retired fesa@leading.net "...I was in other VP Squadrons through out my career. My first VP squadron was VP-23 from Jan. of 1961 until Feb of 1964. Then came my VP-49 tour after which I went to VP-30 and worked in maint control in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until March of 1975 when I was the first and Senior Enlisted man to be assigned to the VP-30 det in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The VP30 det/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida OIC was Commander Chuck Picard until the entire squadron eventually moved into the spaces of hangar 1000 that had been previously occupied by the decommissioned VW-4. n February of 1976 I received orders to VP-56 where I flew and was Line Division Chief until assigned to be the squadron Maintenance Chief where I continued through until returning early from a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Icelandreturning the VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida Det. in March of 1978 until I retired on August of 1978..." [17MAR2000]

EYBERGEN, AWC Christian Retired christian.eybergen@yahoo.com "...Enlisted in the Navy Nov 1950 , went to Great Lakes Boot Camp, then to A Ship USS Tarawa CV-40 (1951-1952, and USS Oriskany -CV-34 in Korea March (1953), Then was assigned to NAS Kingsville, Texas (1954), In 1958 went to "A" school, From there served with VAW-12 Flying as an ASW Operator in AD5W Aircraft with Det 43 out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island with CAG 3 on the USS Saratoga CVA 60, (1958-1960), In (1960) went to McQuire AFB, New Jersey with VR-6 until 1963, Then was assigned to VP-23 with Crew 9 and Crew 11 till 1968, I went to "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, then assigned to VP-21 end of (1968) with Crew 4 and then Decommissioned VP-21 in (1969), I was the assigned to OMD, NAS Brunswick, Maine for shore duty (1969-1972), I was then assigned back to VP-23 with crew 6. Retired in Oct 1973..." [BIO Updated 21AUG2017 | E-Mail Updated 19JUN2015 | BIO Updated 11MAR2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 25DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 15JAN2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 19JUL2002 | 07SEP98]


Memorial Picture "...FABIK, George G...Shipmate Pix...George served with VP-23 and VP-56. George proudly served in the U. S. navy for thirty years. Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked for AT&T as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). On January 4, 2008, George died doing one of the things he enjoyed the most - bowling. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where his funeral service was held on January 8, 2008..." Contributed by Lou Sapienza http:www.george1recovery.org [24OCT2008]

FABIK, George G. a66fox@verizon.net "...I served with VP-23 (1949 NAS Masters Field, Miami, Florida) and we flew the PB4Y-2 Privateers. Our tail letters were EH and the squadron insignia was the two "Hurricane Warning" flags. We may have been the first hurricane hunter squadron. We did lose several aircraft. The movie "Slatterys Hurricane" was filmed at Miami with VP-23...While serving with VP-56 in 1962 I was honored to be chosen for the UNITAS tour of South America. We were UNITAS IV. What were the squadrons that were involved in the first three tours and how long did they go on. It was a fantastic trip that I will never forget. I'm not sure of this but I heard that the squadron of UNITAS III didn't make the entire trip because of the Cuban Crisis and had to be recalled..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUL2007 | BIO Updated 24JAN2003 | 10NOV2002]

FENSTEMAKER, Steve a063228@allstate.com "...I was a Seahawk (VP-23) from 1989 to 1992. I was PPC/MC on CAC-8 for the 1991-92 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment..." [E-Mail Updated 06DEC2000 | 30MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...FIELDS, AFCM Charlie...Charles E. Fields was born in Kenova West VA on 2 August 1933 attended Forest Dale, a four-room school through the eighth grade, then attended Ironton High School in Ironton Ohio, graduating in 1952. He joined the Navy in Ashland KY in 1952 and served 30 years (VP-18, VP-23, VP-30 and VP-45) retiring as a Master Chief in 1982. He attended several colleges while in the navy and finally after his retirement from the Navy received an associate's degree in education in 1984. He held several positions while working at the Naval Aviation depot Jacksonville and retired from civil service in 1999. He was a member of the FRA and the American Legion. He was a board member of the Jacksonville Seminole Club and served on the board and also as President of the Seminole Club of Clay County. He was a member and elder of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a loving wife of 53+ years, Mary Jo Fields (Jodi); sons, Charles Fields & wife, Elana of Jacksonville and Tony Fields & wife, Virginia of Brunswick, Maine; daughters, Deborah & husband, Brian Jones of Jacksonville and Donna & husband, David Crenshaw of Jacksonville; ten grandchildren, Billy Green, Amanda Fields, Anthony Fields, Jennifer Green, Michael Jones, Taelor Jones, Kilea Jones, Sarah Fields, Andrew Fields, Anthony Logan and David Crenshaw; three great-grandchildren, Kaylin Crenshaw, Mason Deloach and Seth Fields. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 8th at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 116 Foxridge Rd., Orange Park, FL with Pastor Roy C. Lewis officiating. Family and friends will gather prior at the church from 12:30-2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park on Normandy Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of NE FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com..." Contributed by COLE, AVCM James E. "Jim" jamesecole@bellsouth.net [20SEP2010]

FIELDS, AFCM Charlie cefnole@aol.com "...First squadron VP-18 P2V-7A/C flew non stop from NAS Keflavik, Iceland to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with only one B/B tank installed. AW Howard was the plane Commander. Other tours in VP-30, VP-23, and my last squadron before retirement with 30 years service was VP-45 with P-3 A/C..." [13JUL2000]

FLEURY, ATC Bill Retired fleuryb@hotmail.com "...I was in VXN-8 (Oceanagraphic Development Squadron 8) from 1975-1980, also NRL (Naval Research Laboratory Flt Support Detachment) from 1980-1983, both at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Previous A/C duties included a tour of duty at VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine with P2s, 1969-1970. I currently reside in the NAS Patuxent River, Marylandarea, work at the base here in the area of P-3 Configuration Management..." [10SEP2001]

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FOWLER, Al alykat@erols.com "...After tours in VP-23, VJ-2, VW-4 during the fifties, I came back to sea duty in VP-5 in '61 to '63, then VP-30 and finally VP-7 from March 1965 to May 1967; skipper for the last year of that..." [28JUN98]

FOX, PH2 Don W. donfox@charter.net "...I served with VP-7 in 1961 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida until 1962 as a PH2. I served at NAS Johnsville, PA while the Mercury Seven Astronauts were there through 1960. I transferred to VP-23 in 1960 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and from there to VP-7 and moved with the squadron to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1961. My tour ended when VP-7 moved out to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in April of 1962. Those were great years with a great bunch of guys. I also was assigned astronaut coverage with VP-62 guys during launchings. I have a question---Was DE Joy who went down in 1964 pursuing a Soviet sub, David Joy?..." [11JUN2004]

FRANK, AO1 DARREN L. doubled@javanet.com "...I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO ALL MY FRIENDS FROM VP-23. I WAS AN INFLIGHT ORDY ON CAC-06 DAWN RIDERS FROM 1989 UNTIL OUR DECOM IN DECEMBER OF 1994. IF ANYONE IS STILL OUT THERE PLEASE DROP ME AN E-MAIL..." [21AUG98]

FRANKLIN, AE2 Rod "Meyers" "Quaker" rodfrank2001@yahoo.com Shipmate Pix "...I served in VW-11 from January 1961 until July 1, 1962, came as an AEAN straight out of A School, left as an AE2. I flew the barrier from NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Remember the "tailess wonders" that they hid out back of Miami Hangar. I later deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in June of 1961. I stayed most of the time in Iceland after that. Anyone remember when Commander Baer took the two Air Force Nurses on the barrier patrol in Keflavik? How about when one of the Air Force's RC-121's taxied up to the hanger and collapsed its landing gear during the Berlin Buildup in 1962? Remember Commander Reddy, Maintenance Officer in VW-1, had an opportunity to assist his brother in Las Vegas when I was a police officer there. My twin brother Dick Franklin was a radio announcer at VOUS in Argentia - he was the one that got to kiss Jayne Mansfiled during Bob Hope's Xmas show in 1961. Went on to service with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine changed name to birth name of Franklin. After a short stint at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and FAETULANT at NAS Breeze Point. I acquired the nickname "Quaker" since nobody had been around us "Mormons", was in Crew-3 for two months and then Crew-1. In VP-23 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, searched for the Mayflower II, Operated from NAF Recife, Brazil and NAF Belem, Brazil when they hijacked the Santa Maria cruise liner, again in Paramaribo, Suriname in search of the Venezuelan sulphur tanker, Anzoataquay. Also NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the gunrunners to Venezuela during the National Elections in 1963. Had some good times in Panama. Anyone remember when our Radioman, the "Bone", Gilbert took out the radio compartment hatch while in flight? Needless to say some day a fisherman will drag it up in a net between Cuba and Haiti. We laid a wreath at the site of the sinking of the attack submarine, USS Thresher on Memorial Day 1963, LJ-1 was the first plane to reach the search area and were so honored to assist with the ceremony performed by the Governor of Maine. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." WebPage: http://www.rodfranklin.com [E-Mail/BIO/URL/Pix Updated 11JUN2010 | E-Mail/URL Updated 02SEP2000 | 08FEB98]

FULCHER, David O. dfulcher@hqamc.army.mil "...I reported to VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines shortly after the Skipper and Crew 1 crashed into the mountain in 1962. What a depressing way to begin your first tour. However, VP duty was great, especially at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. We deployed to Ko Samui Thailand, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and Japan. R&R was authorized to Hong Kong and on occasion your crew was selected to go to Kobe Japan to accept an aircraft coming out of overhaul. This was at a time when everyone could afford liberty in Japan. I got out of the Navy in July of 1965, but after using the G.I. Bill and going to school, I returned and became an NFO in VP-23...I had two tours at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. From 1980-83 I was attached to CPW-1 as a staff officer in the ASWOC. Several years later (1987-90), I was the Administrative Department Head for the Naval Air Station..." [BIO Updated 07OCT2006 | 02AUG2000]


GABEL, AO3 John jackfl5561@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 (1965-1967)..." [13JAN2017]

GAINES, Thomas tomgaines@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VP23 from 1987-90 first tour..what a great squadron and what a great time..." [09AUG98]

GALIPO, Phillip PhilGalipo@AOL.com "...I was in VP-23 from April 1976 till March 1978. I worked as a plane handeler back then. Nothing like chipping 8 inches of ice looking for a pad-eye to tie the plane securely to the deck 6 times per P-3A to turn a boy into a man. We also had the best touch football team in the New England area led by QB Jerry Lucas, boy could he put the ball anywhere he wanted. We ended up in Meridian, MS. as part of the top 8 teams on the east coast. And who can forget that final game in 1977, in Philadelphia, known as the mud bowl. I still have my picture of us all sitting in the biggest mud puddle with our number one fingers raised. Thanks for the memories guys. Hope to hear from some of you..." [03NOV2000]

GALLO, REAR ADMIRAL S. Frank http://www.sunymaritimealumni.org/HallOfFame/Resume_FrankGallo.cfm "...Rear Admiral Gallo attended SUNY Maritime College and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering in addition to a Third Engineer's Merchant Marine License in Steam and Diesels. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in November 1958. His first assignment was aboard the USS Estes (AGC-12) home ported in San Diego, California where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant until July 1960. Rear Admiral Gallo commenced flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1961. After designation, he reported to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, flying the P2V Neptune, serving there until June 1965. He then reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (AeE) in June 1968. His next assignment was as Communications Officer on the staff of Commander Carrier Division TWENTY, initially aboard USS ESSEX and later aboard USS INTREPID. After the decommissioning of CARDIV TWENTY, Admiral Gallo reported as Communications Officer to the staff of COMCARDIV FOURTEEN aboard USS WASP where he served until January l971. Rear Admiral Gallo next reported to VP-30 for transition to the P-3 Orion en route VP-11 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as Safety Officer and Operations Officer. In 1973, Rear Admiral Gallo attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, designated as a Distinguished Graduate. After refresher training at VP-30, he reported to VP-24 as Executive Officer and subsequently Commanding Officer, serving until December 1976. He then reported to the staff of CPW-5 as Operations Officer, serving until February 1979. His next assignment was to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., as P-3 Program Coordinator until April 1980 when he became the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare) until June 1981. He was then ordered as CPW-11 from July 1981 to August 1982. Following his tour with CPW-11, he served as Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic; Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command; and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet until June 1985 when he was promoted to flag rank and assigned as Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Brunswick, Maine. Rear Admiral Gallo assumed command of Fleet Air Mediterranean, Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean and Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF-67) in July 1987 in NAF Naples, Italy. He returned to Washington, D.C. in January 1990 as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel in which position he served until his retirement from the Navy in September 1993. He became the National Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA in December 1994 and currently holds that position..." [18JUL2003]

GALLO, AMHC Rob Retired rgallo@olg.com "...I feel fortunate to be associated with the VP Navy having been assigned to VP-23 from '76 to '78 NRL Flt. Flt Supp Det '78 to'80 and VXN-8, '86 to '89. Too bad the detailers snagged me for Fighters and Ship's company the remaining years of my career! The VP Navy is truly a unique organization..." [12NOV98]

GARHARTT, AMS3 Richard J. richardgarhartt@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (01/1970-06/1973) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (twice)..." [17JAN2015]

GARLAND, CDR Robert G. Buzz https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2645 "...CDR Robert G. Buzz Garland, USNR - NFL Number: 2645 - Date of Birth: 11/15/1914 - Date In: 1/1/1936 - Date Out: 1/1/1960 - City, State: Sequim, WA - School Attended: Univ. Washington - Aircraft Flown: PBY-1/2/5A, F4B2/3/4, Spitfire, PB4Y, PB4Y-2 - Ship or Unit: Fleet Airwing, VP-6, VP-23 and VPB-112 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane CDR - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: European Theater - Associations/Service Organizations: Rotary VFW Alpha Delta Phi Sigma Delta Chi - Highest personal decoration or award: Navy Commendation - Significant Achievements: X.O. squadron 18-B. Editor and publisher Carlsbad, Calif. Journal 4000 military flight hours. In Memoriam? No..." [10DEC2005]

GAYLOR, ADCS Mike mndgaylord@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1980 to 1984 and 1988 to 1992. To all of my friends of VP-23 we had some great times in NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, Germany, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Saudi, Cairo, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Isreal, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Souda Bay, and more. I would not have had it any other way. I am still active duty and will retire soon. See you all on the other side..." [29JAN2004]

GEER, LT Henry A. Jr. henryg@csmd.edu "...I served with VP-23 (1981-1985) at NAS Brunswick, Maine (NAV/TACCO) with deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda. I flew with the "Dawn Riders" and "Flying BOHICA Brothers"..." [17OCT2012]

GERHEIM, John W. jger120@aol.com "...ATN2 served with VP-23 from 1964-1965 primarily as ECM operator after being transferred from VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. Flew on skipper's crew with two other trons also named John. (John on radio nicknamed Gouge) Great to know where you are now located..." [07FEB99]

GHEZZI, AVCM Ernie Retired mwrgym@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 1974-1977, VP-44 1980-1983, and CPW-5 1984-1987..." [28MAY99]

GIBBS, Mike Retired mgibbsretired@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1966-1968, AVI B School from 1968-1969, VP-21 from 1969 to Diestablishment, NAS Norfolk, Virginia AIMD from 1969-1971, VP-30 A/B Flt Tech school 1971, VP-44 from 1971-1977, NRL FSD from 1977-1979, VP-10 from 1979-84, VP-31 and CPWP from 1984-1987. Worked at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as contractor for a couple of years, then drove a truck until May 2002 when knees quite on me. Graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2005 with a BS in Accounting, and from Gardner-Webb Graduate School of Business in August 2007 with a Masters of Accountancy. Serving at Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg Methodist College as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting. Drop me a line when you get the chance..." [BIO Updated 10NOV2007 | 13MAY2003]

GIBERTI, AW Paul pg11175@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1974 to 1976, VP-23 from 1976 to 1980 and VP-92/VP-911 MAU from 1981 to 1988. I would like to say hello to all old Shipmates. It sure was fun and the best memories I have. To all I wish upon you Fair Weather and Following Seas...Love the P-3 always..." [E-Mail Updated 31AUG2010 | 13APR2001]

GILLEY, CPO Pete Retired pbgilley@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 CAC-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1981 to 1984, AWA school in Millington from 1984 to 1988 and VP-5 CAC 1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until 1991 then to Mayport til retirement in 1995. Was SS3, Shop Chief, Training CPO at Millinton..." [18FEB2004 | 30JUL98]

GILLISSEN, Neil amhcng@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from April 1970 till August 1973. We made one deployment to NS Rota, Spain and two to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I arrived just as they were transitioning to the P-3's. After getting out in 1973, I joined the Reserves in 1976 and eventually ended up at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1983. I was attached to NS Rota, Spain where I did all my active duty periods till retiring in 1997 (including 7 months during Desert Storm). VP-23 was were I had the best times and looking forward to a Reunion..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2003 | 28NOV99]

GILLOOLY, Michael J. cpo7890@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 as a flight engineer from 1978 to 1981. I would like to hear from anyone who served with the Seahawks in that time frame or otherwise. Does anyone know where MCPO Don Logsdon is or what happened to him?..." [BIO Updated 25OCT2004 | 25SEP98]

GOBEN, Hugh goben@yahoo.com "...I was a pilot in VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 6/75 thru 6/78 then did a year as a T-28 Instructor. After active duty I was in VP-65 from 10/79 until 7/84 then transfered to VP-94 for a year. Job changes sent me back to VP-65 for two more years then back to VP-94 from 8/87 until 3/94 when they retired a group of us passed over LCDR's. For the last 14 years I have been flying P-3's for the U.S. Customs Service..." [11MAR98]

GOGGIN, Bob Deadeye321@aol.com "...Stationed with VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1969 cruise and change homeport to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In Hawaii 30 days and was run over by a car. After medical hold transfered to VP-6 and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. In VP-6 when we set one in the bay due to dry cleaning solvent in the alcohol assist. VP-23 from 1974 to 1976. I am looking for a Wayne G. Fields, YNSN that was in VP-1..." [19JUL99]

GOLDEN, JOHN R. {GOLDIE} john-linda@mindspring.com "...In VP-23 '78-81 then to ASWOC Bermuda, Rota..."

GORE, LCDR William P. "Bill" Retired williampgore@att.net "...I served with VP-23 (NFO) from 1976 to 1979. I flew with Crew-2 (Navigator), Crew-6 (TACCO) and Crew-9 (TACCO). I also served with VXN-8 from 1986 to 1989 as Maintenance Officer, for the most part..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 18AUG2000 | 29MAR98]

GRAY, LCDR Glenn M. Retired gmvagray@juno.com "...I served with VP-HL-3 and VP-23 from June 1948 through December 1950. Had a great time and as Navigator, Copilot, Pilot and PPC chasing hurricanes all over the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Made some great lifetime friends. Went off active duty and stayed in Reserves while working at other flying jobs until completing 22 years of service and retiring. Worked for 33 years as a test pilot and Director of Flying at Lockheed Georgia Co. My Navy flight training was a great experience and asset in later life..." [05MAR2006]

GRAY, AZCM(AW) Michael C. mikegray@nqi.net "...I am currently the VP-8 MMCPO, have served in VP-23, CPW-5, and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine. Also served a few "disassociated tours" in VR-24, BUPERs and onboard IKE..." [12MAR2000]

GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com "...I served with NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-10, VP-11, VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, VP-30, VP-45, VQ-2, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was an R4D and P2 Plane Captain, P-3 F/E, Maint. MCPO, and later did 5 CMC tours. The best to all my former Shipmates. Feel free to Email me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08APR2006 | 19FEB2004]

GREEN, CMCPO Dennis Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/cmc.htm "...Command Master Chief Dennis H. Green was born on April 1961 in Batavia, New York.He graduated from Oakfield Alabama Central High School, and enlisted in the Navy on 26 January 1979. After completing recruit training at RTC Orlando, Florida, his first assignment was to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. After his first assignment he attended AW "A" school at NATTC Memphis Tennessee, graduating at the top of his class. Upon completion of "A" school, Master Chief Green completed Naval Aircrew Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Florida, and VP-30 Fleet Replacement Training Jacksonville, FL as a P-3C update II acoustic operator. In June 1981, he reported as an AW3 to the "Seahawks" of VP-23, which had just commenced a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour with the "Seahawks" stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine, he made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He transferred as an AW1 in November 1985 and attended Instructor Basic Training at NOB Norfolk, Virginia. Master Chief Green reported to Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Atlantic Fleet (FASO), Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1985. He taught Acoustic Analysis, Aural Listening, and Oceanography. While assigned, he earned the Instructor and Curriculum development NECs, Master Training Specialist (MTS), and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His next assignment in July 1989 was to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he was the Communications Security and Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During his tour with the "Mad Foxes" he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, and made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Souda Bay, Crete in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and Provide Comfort. In May 1993 after completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Master Chief Green reported to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30, he served as the Aircrew Training Leading Chief in charge of the Observer, Acoustic AW, Electronic Warfare Operator, In-flight Electronic Technician, In-flight Ordnance man, and Foreign Military Training tracks. He was advanced to Master Chief during his tour at the "Pro's Nest." Master Chief Green reported as Command Master Chief to the "Wildcats" of VFA-131 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in October 1996 and deployed Around-the-World onboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), spending over five months in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch and Deny Flight. Due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) he transferred with the "Wildcats" to Oceana, Virginia in October 1998. In August 1999, Master Chief Green reported to Commander, Sea Control Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet as the Command Master Chief in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2003 he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 where he serves as the Command Master Chief. Master Chief Green is designated Enlisted Aviation Warfare, Naval Aircrew man, and Master Training Specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other service, campaign and unit awards..." [08AUG2005]

GREENE, AD2 Kevin KGr8133420@aol.com "...Was stationed with VP-23 from 85-88, got out and work for a major airline for the past 13 years, had some real good times, 52 pinewood drive, had the master bed room. Good friend of ric block, hi to all..." [17NOV2001]

GRIFFIN, Ellis dlgzoni@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 as an AW during the 74-78 time frame, then moved on to CPW-5..." [30JUL2000]

GRIFFIN, John W. duff@brigadoon.com "...I had the pleasure of serving my first tour in VP-23 from 1987 to 1991. I sure miss the old ASW days when post flights took for ever and ASW debriefs were more than a paper work shuffle..." [11JAN98]

GROVE, AFCM Don Retired fogydong@gmail.com "...I was with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, as a young AMAN and AM3 in 1952, 53, and 54. Worked in the Airframes Division. The squadron was equipped with PB4Y-2 Privateers (the Navy version of the B-24) when I arrived. Just a few months before I checked-in the squadron had been transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine from Opalaka (Miami), Florida, where they had been the Navy's hurricane hunters. VP-23 returned from their second consecutive deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, in November of 1953 and began transitioning to P2V-5's. We were one of the very few squadron's to receive brand-new P2V-5's from the Lockheed factory at Burbank, California, without the jet engines installed under the wings. In the fall of 1954 VP-23 deployed to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, with these "twin-engined" P2V-5's. After that deployment the jet-less Neptunes were returned to the Lockheed factory to have the jet engine modification installed. By then, I had already departed for duty at NATTU, Pensacola. In July of 1968, after a four-year tour of recruiting duty, I reported to VP-2 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as an AMCS. I served mostly as Aircraft Division Chief, and for a short time as Operations Department Chief. The squadron was flying the P2V-7, or as it had been re-titled by decree of Congress, the SP2H. In February 1969 VP-2deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, with a permanent detachment at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The size of our Vietnam detachment varied from 3 to 6 planes depending on enemy activity and the dark-of-the-moon. The squadron was also sporadically tasked with maintaining a small detachment, usually 2 aircraft, in Tainan, Taiwan. During this deployment plans were laid and necessary technical school quotas obtained to support a transition to P-3 Orions. This transition was scheduled to begin after VP-2's return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Alas, it was not to be. Another NAS Whidbey Island, Washington P2V squadron, VP-42, had been scheduled as our relief squadron at the completion of deployment. But, VP-42 was not sent to WestPac. VP-2 left the Philippines for home without a turn-over squadron, arriving at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington during the latter part of August 1969. It was soon determined, by those that decide such matters, that the last two active-duty Navy P2V squadrons on the west coast, VP-2 and VP-42 would be disestablished. There was to be no transition to P-3's for VP-2. The squadron was officially deactivated on 30 September 1969. I was transferred across the hanger to VP-1, a squadron then in the middle of a transition to P-3B Orions. Other squadrons that I was a part of were VAH-3 (sea duty), VAH-3 (shore duty), VAH-13, all A3D squadrons, and VQ-3 (EC-130Q's), VC-5(A-4's & US2F's), VFP-63 (RF-8K's), and NATTU (SNB-5P's & F9F-6P's)...." [E-Mail Updated 24APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 19JUN2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29DEC2001]

Memorial Picture "...GRUBBS, AT1 John Richard...My Father, AT1 John Richard Grubbs, passed away March 4, 2008. I would like to hear from anyone that may have known him. Thank you. Michael Grubbs soulcandy1@mac.com..." [15MAR2009]

GUNNIN, AXCS Emery Retired emery@gunnin.net "...1960-1963 VP-23 Aircrew on LJ3 Tripple nickel six. 1965-1968 VP-44. 68-71 NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee. 71-75 NAS Bermuda. 75-79 NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. 79-80 VP-16..." [14FEB2001]


Memorial Picture "...HAAG, Ernie...I received an E-mail yesterday that Ernie Haag passed away Sunday, July 28, 2002..." Contributed by AX2 Lee (Andy) Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [29JUL2002]

HAAG, E.V. "Ernie" ernie.haag@centigram.com "...Before leaving VP and the Navy in '87. I enjoyed tours in VP-48 (60-64), FAW-14 (67-69), VP-23 (69-72), VP-30 (72-74), and VP-40 (74-76). E-Mail will change after today, as I will be joining Lucent Technologies for my next "tour". I look forward to browsing often. As I perused the VP-40 site, and the many different logos, I was reminded of the Shipmate who (I believe) designed the first of the current model Marlins in about 1963-64, Lt. Bill Ross. Thanks for the memories..." [24APR98]

HAMILTON, Ron duofus@yahoo.com "...VP-23 crews from 1960 to 1963 - remember the cold war and days pre-flighting in -20 deg.? Remember Rosey Roads, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Also Andy's and the Bowdin.? Give this old ordnanceman a yell and reminice about the old birds..." [26JUL98]

HAKEY, AECS David L. "Shakey" Retired david.hakey@navy.mil "...Attended Boot Camp (August 1965) at the NATC Great Lakes Chicago Il, VA-122 NAS Lemoore, California (1965-1966) AE Shop, AE "A" School (1966) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1966-1969) OMD Line Trouble-Shooter out of the AE shop, VP-31 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California FE completed training, VP-46 (1969-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Rheam Field, Imperial Beach, CA (1972-1974) AIMD, VP-4 (1974-1977) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii FE Instructor and NATOPS Evaluator with deployments to NAS Agana, Guam. NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, VP-23 (1977-1980) at NAS Brunswick, Maine NATOPS and QA with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NSF Diego Garcia BIOT, VP-30 (1980-1983) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida FE (for both Domestic and Foreign students) and NATOPS Evaluator, FE CNAL Evaluator (1983-1984), VP-56 (1984-1987) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida Maintenance Control, FE Division and Operations Division with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Senior Enlisted Academy (1987) at Newport, RI (SEA), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1987-1990) Naval Aviation Maintenance Office and retired. I currently work for NAVAIR PMA209 Air Combat Electronics..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 16JUL2001 | 09SEP98]

HALLAS, ACRM Taras c/o Hank Hallas Hammerin@email.msn.com "...My late Uncle Taras Hallas was an ACRM in VPB-23 from 1941 thru 1945. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and was present during the attacks that hit Ford Island. I am wondering if any crew mates are still alive or knew him during that period. His commanding officer in 1945 was W. R. Barnhill. I would appreciate hearing any information pertaining to my Uncle, his crew or their tours of duty. Thank you..." [10FEB99]

HARLESS, Ed elharless@tds.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (CAC-9 Electrician) from 1965 to 1968. I would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18MAY2009 | 01OCT2007]

HARRIS, AW1 Daniel harrisd27@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 1989 through February of 1994. There are lots of good memories of Shipmates and good times with this one of a kind squadron! Seahawks I salute you!! CAC-2 you know who you are!!! Then went to instructor duty at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida February 1994-February 1997. Reported to VP-8 February 1997-March 2001. GREEAATT tour with the Fighting Tigers of VP-8! CAC 3 and 6 thanks for the great memories!!! Mar 2001 - ? Teachin Nuggets at AW "A" School in NAS Pensacola, Florida! Great time and love the time off the flight schedule!!! Hope to see you guys in the fleet!..." [BIO Updated 04JUL2001 | 30MAY99]

HARTGROVE, Michael Sean sean.hartgrove88@gmail.com "...I served with VP-10 (1988-1992) with CAC-4 AND CAC-9. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUN2013]

HAZELRIGG, AME1 Mark Retired mhazelrigg@stx.rr.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1976 to 1980, VP-10 from 1983 to 1985, VP-8 from 1990 to 1994, and VP-10 from 1994 to 1995. I retired July 1995..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 09MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2000 | 18JAN98]

HEIMERLE, CAPTAIN Richard https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/capt_heimerle_bio.htm "...Captain Richard Heimerle was born and grew up in New York where he attended Albany University earning a degree in Business Education/Accounting. After coaching college football for two years, he reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School receiving a regular commission in March 1981. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1983. Operationally, Captain Heimerle served in VP-5 conducting Cold War deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. He served as Flag Secretary to Carrier Group Five/CTF-70 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During Operation Desert Storm he was a Battle Watch Captain for the Arabian Gulf Battle Force, comprising 4 aircraft carriers and 60 coalition warships. As a department head with VP-23 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Deny Flight and Sharp Guard and served as CTG Operations and Operations Officer. He was the first Executive Officer of VPU-2 and subsequently Commanding Officer. Prior to reporting to VP-30 to assume duties as Commanding Officer, Captain Heimerle served as the Chief of Staff to Commander, Maritime, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, EUROPE during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shore assignments include Bureau of Naval Personnel as Asst Carrier Placement Officer. VP-30 as an NFO instructor and leader of the Tactical Training Team where he was named VP-30 NFO of the Year for 1989. In OPNAV he served as the Asst P-3 Requirements Officer. After receiving a Master's Degree from the National War College, he reported to the Joint Staff serving as Chief of the Israel/Africa Political Military Affairs Branch in J-5. He was named Action Officer of the Year in 2000 for his work on the United Nations crisis in Sierra Leone..." [14FEB2005]

HELTON, James "Corky" james_helton@hotmail.com "...Flew as flight engineer with VP-23, 72-77. Retired July 93, VP-62, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Now living in Daytona Beach area..." [20FEB99]

HEMINGER, Steve sheminger@theglobalnet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1971-1978), VX-1, VP-4, AWA School, NSF Diego Garcia, VP-16, FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-49, VP-5 and retired after 26 years..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2014 | 18SEP98]

HETRICK, Brian K. misty1@glis.net "...I served with VP-23 from December 1988 to May 1994. Lived in New York State for a couple years when I got out. That's where Laurie and I finally got married! I live in Michigan now, where I work for the Michigan Department of Corrections. I'd love to hear from any former Seahawks...drop me a note!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2003 | 11SEP98]

HEWSON, Charles J. Jr. chewson01@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 (09/1955-04/1957) with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I was lucky enough to see Bob Hope's Tour..." [07NOV2011]

HIGH, CAPTAIN R. http://www.ku.edu/~kunrotc/about/co.htm "...Captain High, originally from Plainville, Kansas, enlisted in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program in March 1971. Upon completion of nuclear training, he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program in April 1973. He received his commission in June 1976 following graduation from the University of Louisville, where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1977. In January 1978 he reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaiii, where he served as the Educational Assistance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and the Pilot Training Officer, and made deployments to NAS Agana, Guam; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NSF Diego Garcia. Captain High qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3B MOD aircraft. In March 1981 Captain High reported to the Naval Recruiting District in Denver, Colorado, and was assigned as the Nuclear Engineering Officer Programs Recruiter and T-34B demonstration pilot. While there, he was selected as Recruiting Area SEVEN's National Recruiter of the Year for FY 83 in January 1984. Captain High was assigned to VPU-1 NAS Brunswick, Maine, in July 1984 where he served as the Administrative Officer. In August 1986 he reported to the staff of CPW-5 as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Captain High joined the Seahawks of VP-23 in July 1988. He served as the CTG 67.2 Operations Officer and Officer-in-Charge of the Lajes detachment during a deployment to NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following deployment, he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer, serving through the first simultaneous deployment to NAS Bermuda; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and UNITAS XXXI. Captain High then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his Master's Degree. In May 1992 he reported to VP-8 as Executive Officer and served as Commanding Officer from June 1993 to June 1994. During this tour, VP-8 received the CINCLANTFLEET Golden Anchor Retention Award. Following his CO tour, Captain High completed a Joint Duty assignment at United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from July 1994 until May 1997. He was initially assigned as the Head of the Space Systems Branch for Space Launch, responsible for acquisition of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, within the Plans and Policy Directorate and completed this tour as the Navy Element Commander for the Manpower and Personnel Directorate. In June 1997, Captain High reported to CPRW-11 as the Chief Staff Officer. In June 2000, Captain High reported to NAF Misawa, Japan, as Commanding Officer. Captain High's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, and Humanitarian Service Medal..." [14MAR2005]

HINES, AE1 Al alhines@cm3inc.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1980 to 1984 and then NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1987. It brings back some great memories seeing some of these names..." [14JUL2009]

HINTZ, PN2 Paul J. pjhintz@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 1, 1980 to September 28, 1984 (only a PN would have the exact dates!) Transferred to http://home.hvc.rr.com/hvweather/ is my homepage for now. A Weather related page, I was researching NOAA's Hurricane Hunters and found VP-23 was designated VPW-3 a weather recon squadron in 1946 just the thing for my story where P-3's were the Nationsl Weather Service's Hurricane Hunter work horse..." [29MAR2003]

HOCHST, MS3 Daniela Retired sodapopkid@uswest.net "...I served with VP-23 7/92 - 11/93. Would like to hear from my Seahawk Shipmates, and any galley rats out there that I served with..." [04JUL99]

HODGES, ATC(AC) Bill Retired bhodges497@aol.com"...VP-26 68-71, VP-60 72-76, VP-23 76-79, NAS Brunswick, Maine 79-82, VQ-2 11/82-2/87, and VP-31 87-89 (RET)..."

HOFER, AW2 Carl F. carlonious@ameritech.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1976 to 1979 (SS3) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I am currently living in Glendale, WI. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29SEP2009]

HOFHEINS, Marion Lee c/o Hank Hallas SMarc87644@aol.com "...MY UNCLE SEVED WITH VP-23 IN 1941 MY GRANDMOTHER RECEIVED A LETTER HE WAS MISSING. TWO YEARS LATER SHE RECEIVED A LETTER STATING HE WAS DEAD. THEY NEVER FOUND HIS BODY. IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME WITH SOME HISTORY FROM THEN I WOULD GREATLY APRRECIATE IT. I KNOW HE WAS AT PEARL HARBOR, BUT REALLY DON'T KNOW MUCH. PLEASE HELP MY MOTHER AND I...SINCE I SENT THAT I HAVE FOUND OUT A LITTLE MORE INFO. FIRST MY UNCLES NAME WAS MARION LEE HOFHEINS, I FORGOT TO ADD THAT IN MY ORIGINAL. ALSO I FOUND OUT HE WAS SHOT DOWN NOV. 24 1942. AND WE BELIEVE HE WAS AT GUADALCANAL. WE ALSO FOUND OUT THAT RECENTLY A PBY WAS FOUND IN ESPRITO SANTOS, EXCUSE THE SPELLING, IT IS CLOSE TO CORAL SEA. HE WAS ON THE ROSTER FROM USS CUTIS, AND HE WAS A MACHINIST 3 CLASS..." [06JUN99]

UPDATE "...This winter I began working on making model of a PBY Catalina 5. My Uncle Terry (aka "Slim" to the VPNavy) was a ACOM radio operator from Pearl Habor (Ford Island) to 1945. He passed away January 19, 1998 and I had received the model as a Christmas present prior to his death from my stepson. Due to grief over the passing of my favorite Uncle I didn't begin working on it till this winter. As I worked on it I began wondering where he sat in the aircraft. Having some computer/internet skill I decided to do a search on "PBY Catalina 5" and I fell into numerous web sites. VPNAVY was and is outstanding. I was not only able to answer my simple question of seating but much to my amazement I have been in touch with three gentlemen who flew with my Uncle and have blown life into my vague recollections from childhood stories. "Slim" was part of VP and VPB 23, a Pearl Harbor survivior who actually was one of the first to shoot back at the Japanese from his disabled aircraft!...Messrs Francis Clifton, Billy "Buck" Bulkley and Harry La Brie (via his daughter Leslie) all have contributed interesting and detailed information from this period for which I am most gratfull. The photographs of my Uncle from Francis Clifton are priceless family images as far as I am concerned. I did not possess any photo of my Uncle until Francis generously sent them my way!...Sincerely Hank Hallas Hammerin@email.msn.com..." [22FEB99]

HOLDEN, AM3 Kenneth L. kenh@bvsa.org "...I served with VP-23 (08/1960-08/1963) with a deployment to the Island of Malta. I married my wife of 56 years this April 28th at 5:30 in the afternoon on the Island of Malta and was discharged December 10th, 1959..." [19MAR2015]

HOLE, AWC Bob Retired bob@bugorama.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1960-1963, VP-23 from 1963-1965, COMFAIRALASKA from 1966-1967, VP-31 from 1967-1971, VP-47 from 1971-1975, and FASO from 1976-1978..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2003]

HOLMES, Gary E. geholmes@netquarters.com "...I'd like to hear from anyone from VP-23 or VP-8 that I was with. I was squadron Corpsman in VP-23 from 82-84 and 90-decom and in VP-8 from 93-96..." [06FEB99]

HORSEFIELD, John E. honeyboops@cox.net "...I served two tours of duty with VP-23. I first reported aboard in June 1959 and spent 4 years in the squadron, deploying to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and many more. I was involved in the "Cuban Missle Crisis", Project Mercury and several other exciting world events. I left VP-23 in March 1963 and went to VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I was a RAG instructor for three years. I then went to carrier duty in WestPac aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and subsequently returned to VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine for another two year tour. I could go on and on but I know that anyone who reads this will understand the impact of the people I flew with in VP-23 have had on my life. It was, from day one, a fantastic ride and I would do it all over if given the chance..." [28AUG2004]

HORSMAN, John "Pony" jphorsman@aol.com "...I have served with VP-5 (76-79), VP-30 (79-83), VP-23 (87-89), and VP-11 (90-92). If they would let me I would go back and start over tomorrow -- it was always fun and the people I got to know made it memorable -- they were the best part. Thanks..." [05JAN99]

HOTALING, Tom nysp960@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1972-1973) at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2017 | 10JUN2009]

HUDOCK, ADJ3 David Icemann11 @ AOL"...I was in VP-23 6-72 to 6-75 2 deployments, Sig and the Azores /Rota I didn't know it then, but it was some of the best times of my life. Glad to hear from any old buddies..."

HUETE, Julio Z. Jr. jzhjr@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 (1981-1984), VP-44 (1984-1986), VQ-2 (1986-1989), NADEP NAS Alameda, California Flight Check (1989-1992), VQ-1 (1992-1994) and retired as a P-3 Flight Engineer 8251. Went to work for Tracor Flight Systems Chile (1994-1996), Raytheon (1996-1999) amd currently working for the U. S. Customs Service as a FE..." [21AUG2013]

HUFF, AMS1 Gary orion7684@yahoo.com "...VP-23 was my first operational command, from April 1976-August 1979. I left the squadron days before the NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment, worked at Bath Iron Works until I got laid off, and went back in the Navy in February 1981 with orders to VP-31. While there, I worked a/f night crew, QA, and phase crew. In January 1987 went to VA-165 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. When the detailer was going to send me recruiting, instead of back to the VP community, I got out, moved to the St. Louis area, and worked for McDonnell-Douglas (Boeing) until 2000, when I moved back to Maine. I am now the Flightline Sevices Manager at Columbia Air Services, BHB/LLC, Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, Maine; really not much more than a glorified gas jockey, but the planes can't go anywhere without me. I would love to hear from any "Seahawk" Shipmates from the time I was at NAS Brunswick, Maine. As a sidenote; it was really sad to see NAS Brunswick, Maine shut down this past May, and even sadder to know the mighty P-3 will be fading into history soon..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01NOV2011 | 09APR99]

HUNTER, AXCS(AC) George Retired georgehunter@email.msn.com "...1957-1959 VP-50, (P5M-2's) AEAN-AE3 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, deployment to Iwakuni. 1960-1965 VF-193 and VR-8, AE2, NAS Moffett Field, California. 1965/66 Changed rate, Several schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, on to VP-17, 1966/1968 (SP2H) NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Deployments Iwakuni, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, detachments Saigon/Cam Ranh Bay. IFT/Jez op. Mostly crew 2. 1968/1969 AVIB School NAS Memphis, Tennessee, AX1/AXC.(AC) 1969/1970 VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1970 Instructor Training, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1970/1973 NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California, (P3C IT and SS3 inst., Phase Chief, AXCS(AC) 1973 AVB School, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1973/1975 VP-1,(P-3C) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. AV/ARM Division Chief Retired Sept. 1975..." [05NOV98]


JACKMAN, Gary "Lee" gljackman@surfglobal.net "...Hello fellow Seahawks! I served with VP-23 from Feb. 1991-Aug. 1994 as a SS-3 on CAC-4. I'm still serving in the reserves and living in the Norfolk, VA. area. Hope you all are well and would love to hear from any of my fellow Seahawks..." [23JAN2005]

JACOBSEN, Robert alyeska90_95@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1956-1959)..." [22NOV2013]

JAMES, Robert JanJa@ev1.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1964-1966. I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Key West, Fl. and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I have lost a lot of my memory because of sickness. I was asked for names of some of the other members there to aid in getting assistance with my problems (they said they had lost my records but I don't remember). Can you help me? Thank you..." [11AUG2002]

JASPER, CAPTAIN Scott Eric http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/people/jasper.asp "...Captain Jasper was born in Brunswick, Georgia and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated in 1980 from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1981. In July 1982, Captain Jasper reported for duty with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as NFO Training Officer and Instructor TACCO. In November 1985, he transferred to VP-31, the west coast P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he was selected as COMNAVAIRPAC Primary NFO NATOPS Evaluator. During this tour he earned a Masters in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Captain Jasper reported to the USS ENTERPRISE in May 1988 for duty as Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer. He completed two deployments to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and qualified as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Helicopter Control Officer and Conning Alongside Officer. In May 1990, Captain Jasper reported to OPNAV/BUPERS for assignment as Enlisted Community Manager for Aviation Mechanical Ratings. In April 1992, he transferred to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Captain Jasper reported to Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, FIFTH Fleet in NSA Bahrain as Flag Secretary in August 1994. He graduated from the Naval War College in March 1997 with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies prior to reporting for duty as Executive Officer of VP-4. Captain Jasper assumed Command of VP-4 in April 1997. He led his squadron in combat during Operation DESERT FOX and forward-deployment to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet with the new P-3C ASUW Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft. Captain Jasper transferred to Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command in April 1999 and served as the Deputy for Joint Experimentation. He reported aboard the Naval Postgraduate School in April 2002 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for the School of International Graduate Studies. Captain Jasper has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star in addition to various unit commendations and general awards..." [02JUL2003]

JONES, CDR Ed Retired ejones@lincolntech.com "...Brings a tear to my eye to see the P-3 in any of its diverse configurations. It's a great aircraft and community of which I am proud to belong. It saddens me to see how it has been decimated since the end of the Cold War. Nevertheless, I know that VP folks are still professionals, just not as numerous. Nothing in my post-Navy career as a civilian executive has ever matched the rush of VP life. I truly value my days in VP-11 and VP-23. Our links to Brunswick are strong and our friends and neighbors still welcome us on our occasional trips back. Best regards..." [17AUG99]

JOYNER, AOC(AC) Larry R. Retired ljoyner2@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 from December 1965 to April 1970. I was an Ordnanceman with CAC-2 and stayed with that crew the entire time I was with them. I still can remember all the crewmembers names and faces like it was yesterday. I saw an entry from one of my pilots, A. B. Shuman. I will try to send him a message. Like he stated he was suprised to see our A/C 141250 picture in the web page. I was also glad to see it. I spent a lot of time riding the afterstation positioned in the right seat. Before I left the squadron I had accumulated over 3000 hrs. I continued in the Navy and retired with 20 yrs and then entered Civil Service with the Navy and now have over 38 years total combined. Boy am I ready to stop this and do something else. Before I retired though I was able to fly in the C1A COD with the USS Kennedy so I was able to fly in something most of my career, though not as exciting as the old SP2H. I am glad I found this web page and hope some of the boys in VP-23 remember me and drop a line. Thanks guys I miss it still!..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2009 | E-Mail Updated 31MAY2001 | 26OCT99]

JUHL, Doug djuhl@radix.net "...I served in VP-6 (P-3A's), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from '67 to '70. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Naha, Okinawa. Later, from '78 to '80 at VP-23 (P-3UDII's); split deployment to Iceland and Diego Garcia. Lots of fun a long time ago..." [28FEB98]

JURACK, CWO3 Roger A. Retired Shipmate Pix...Circa Spring 1968... out2pasture@iowatelecom.net "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1966), VP-21 (1967-1969 Disestablishment), VP-11 (1969-1970) ASCAC FAW-5, ASCAC NAS Bermuda (1970-1972) ASCAC NAS Brunswick, Maine (1973-1976) VP-23 (1976-1980), CPW-5, ASWOC (1982-1983) and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (1984-1985). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2015 | PIX ADDED 10AUG1998 | 07NOV1997]


KATZ, LARRY papakatz@sbcglobal.net "...Went to Pearl Harbor in June of 1941 and was assigned to VP-23 (the original squadron}. On Sept of 1941 I was transfered to VP-21. Both squadrons were located at NAS Ford Island. We flew PBY-3s until we got our new 5's. After Dec 7, 1941 when the Japs hit us, VP-22 left us to go to VP-101 in the Phillipines via Perth, Austrailia. In April of 42 our squadron left (VP-21) Pearl Harbor to join them. We got to Perth On April 8th,1942 pulling duty along the coast of Western Austrailia, up North to Java, Borneo, New Guinea, Port Moresby, Lae, Moroti Island in the Halmaharas,Woendi in the Biak Group, Los Negros in the Admiralties, Emirau in the New Ireland group, Green Island in the Solomons, Treasuaary Island in the Solomons, Oro Bay in New Guinea, Sepic River in New Guinea, Milne Bay in New Guinea, Rabaul Harbor, all this while Blackcating, and Dumbo, plus God knows what. Our Squadron spent nearly three years in the South Pacific all with VP-101. In October of 1944 we got our orders to return to the states. Our Squadron was then designated as VPB-29. By that time we were all ready to come back home, as our bunch went through the attack in Pearl Harbor, comming out of the Philippines and the rest of what all the squadrons went through. Through the efforts of the PBY Catalina International Association of which all PBY crewmen and Officers who flew the Catalinas should be members of (VP-101, VP-102, VP-22, and VP-21) is known now. I honestly think every one of our men who flew this wonderful aircraft has something to remember that no one else will ever have. To this day I am so proud to have been a crew member of this wonderful plane. One of these days, I will have my notes in the back of my log book be known. I put over 2900 flying hours as a ARM in these wonderful ships..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV2003 | BIO Updated 16APR99 | 16MAR99]

KELLY. AD2(AW) Kelly K. KKFIELDS@HOTMAIL.COM "...Just like to say Hi to everyone that I worked with during my time in VP-23 from 1988 through 1992..." [03DEC99]

KELLY, Paul pjkelly927@gmail.com "...I began my service with VP-23 in Jan. of 1960. The squadron was deployed at the time and the new members were kept back to clean out the barracks and hangers. I deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba followed by NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was part of a 3 plane detachment as ground personal. I was in the squadron during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Some time later I was deployed to Suranam. My final deployment was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. My Naval service ended in April of '63. I would like to hear from other Shipmates who served during the same years...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24JAN2011 | 21FEB2009]

KERSEY, YN2 Phil pkersey@southernco.com "...I served with VP-8 from 77-82 with various stints in VP-11, VP-23, VP-26 and VP-44. Deployed NAS Bermuda/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 78, NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 79-82. Great memories. Hoping old Shipmates will drop a line..." [19JAN2000]

KHOURI, Andy fullauto60@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1988 to 1991 (and loved it), HM-15 NAS Alameda, California (flew on MH-53's and began Mine sweeping), NAS Key West OMD, and HM-14 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I am currently serving with VX-31 China Lake flying on HH-1N's doing the SAR thing. I'd Like to say hello to my former Shipmates..." [08SEP2003]

Memorial Picture "...KIDD, CAPTAIN Owen A. "OAK"...Died on July 28, 2002. He was 73 years old and had suffered from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (a type of Leukemia) for over two years. CAPTAIN Kidd was the XO under CAPTAIN Harlin Purdy and was the first CO to fly the P-3A after the VP-50 transition. He served as Commodore Patrol Wing Three, NAS Brunswick, Maine. Other tours of duty included VP-23 and VP-40. There will be an interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, September 16, 2002 at 13:00 hours. Anyone wanting to donate to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation will be greatly appreciated...Nick Mulich nicknjax@gmail.com..." [01SEP2002]

KIRCHNER, Jim jreedk27@juno.com "...Was a assigned to the Seahawks VP-23 from 1989 - 1991 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Did two nice DETs Thule, Greenland (ICEX '91) and Howard AFB. Seen some familiar names. Drop me a line via-e-mail if you wish. Still searching for good old Jim Downs, Mike Ingrao (a.k.a. Joey McSqueeb), Michelle Garutti, Michael Wade, etc. Too many to mention. Aufwiedersehen!..." [01MAR2002]

KIRKLAND, CDR Douglas I. Retired dikirkland@worldnet.att.net "...Waiting to hear from VP-23 (1974-1977), VP-30 (1977-1979), VP-93 (1981-1988) Shipmates! Let me know if you are headed to PCB and we'll hook up! SKULL/OX/MEGAPHONE MAN/HR..." [23AUG99]

KLAUS, Dick (santa) wimpsdkfk@aol.com "...Was in VP-9 51-53, VP-21 56-59, VP-23 62-66. PB4Y-2, P2v's 4, 5, 5F, and 7. Retired in 69. Now living in past bird land. Drop a line tks..."

KLAUS, Richard K. (Santa) DK1aus@aol.com "...Reported to squadron March 1951 NAS Seattle, Washington with about half of personnel still filling in. Was in Crew # 6 for about six months, then went to Power Plants and was adviser for Hyd. as I had been in PB4Y-2s from 1947 till I was transferred to VP-9 from ATU-12 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Stayed in squadron till August of 1953. Was and always will be my best VP Squadron. Was in VP-21 and VP-23 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am still helping out with the Reunions and sure happy to see all the Plankowners, as well as the younger Airmates..." [20OCT2000]

KLOPTY, Don "...VP/VPB-23 Mr. Don Klopty, 296 Millstone Road, Wilton, CT 06897. 203-762-9111..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...KLOTZ, Donald Sr...Wilton resident Donald Klotz Sr., a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, and for more than four decades an integral part of the community, died June 3 at age 85. Klotz enlisted in the Navy in 1942 at age 17 and served four years as a radioman-gunner with the Black Cat Squadron VP-23, stationed in the Pacific. In 1990, the 50th anniversary of WWII, Don organized the first Reunion of his VP-23 squadron. He started publishing a monthly newsletter called the Black Cat Log, to help locate surviving members, and to collect documents and stories. The wealth of material he gathered inspired him to write a collective memoir about the valiant exploits of the Navy's PBY squadrons. The book is titles "On Hell's Perimeter: Pacific Tales of PBY Patrol Squadron 23 in WWII.". A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal Church on Spring Street in South Salem, N.Y..." WebSite: Wilton Villager http://wiltonvillager.com/ [11JUN2010]

KNIGHT, Kevin kevinstacyknight@juno.com "...I served with VP-23 (1989-1991). I now live in Diberville, Mississippi and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14JUN2012]

KNIGHT, William E. "Willy" tazbeau@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1966 to 1969. Would like to hear from anyone interested, especially Chief White, Danny O'Brien, "Quohaug" Edmondson and "Bigger than Barts"..." [12JUL2006]

KNOBLOCH, Bill Retired captknob@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from June 1959 to December 1961 as one of the first Naval Flight Officers designated. I was order to Navy Flight training and was designated April 1963. I flew S-2s in Vietnam on board the CV-20 (Bennington) in 1964, 1965, and 1966. I retired during the summer of 1980 after having command of VAW-88. I can say that the years with VP-23 framed my love of the service and how much the people I flew with in this squadron changed my life. Hi John, Gene Nucci, my first Plane Commander ended up instructing me in the T-34 while going through for my Wings of Gold. It was the most influential tour of duty for me and my career. Thanks to all..." [29AUG2004]

KOELSCH, Artie (KOKO) artmari@gateway.net "...I have been wondering how I could find anyone from VP-23 who served from July 1951 to April 1955. Have kept in touch with 4 Shipmates, Bill (Juice) Davenport,Jim Lever,Bill Tulley & Bob Skaggs. Information on anyone else that was in VP-23 during this time would be appreciated. We were stationed in Opalocka Fl., then half the Squadron went to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and the other half went to NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [03OCT99]

KORTH, AW2 Jim "Giant" jkorth@mt.gov "...I served with VP-23 from 1972 to 1976 and still miss it..." [04DEC2009]

KRONBERGER, PR2 Jake kronbejs@hotmail.com "...Dear Fellow Seahawks - nice to see so many names on our site. I was in VP-23 from Sept 92 to the end. I was the Last PR in VP-23. I went from VP-23 to VXE-6 and I am now back at NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD. I have video tapes from Saudia, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and the Skippers plane leaving NAS Sigonella, Sicily for the last time. If anyone is interested feel free to email me and I can work on getting copies of that stuff to you. Once again, nice to see so many old Seahawks doing so well..." [17APR99]

KUKAHIKO, CW03 John "Kook" jkukahiko@verizon.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1984 to 1988, VP-31 from 1988 to 1991, VP-23 from 1992 to 1994, and VP-30 from 2001 to -2002. Would like to say "Hello" to all who remember me..." [E-Mail/Rank Updated 20JAN2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 16JUL2004 | 30DEC98]

KUKKONEN, AW Tony tonykukkonen@yahoo.com"...I was an AW in VP-23 from 1981 to 1984. I saw Jeff Morris out here on the net. Anybody else out there from the "old" days?..." [E-Mail Updated 04DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 27JUL2001 | 10SEP97]

KUSMIERZ, CWO4 Richard T. Retired kusi555@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-19 from February 20, 1973 till December 7, 1978, VP-31 from December 28, 1978 till April 3, 1981, VP-23 from August 25, 1981 till August 31, 1984, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from September 1984 till December 1987, VP-10 from December 87 till January 1992, and NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from February 1992 until August 1995. Retired September 1, 1995 CWO-4..." [E-Mail Updated 30DEC2002 | 13APR99]

KUZMICH, John jkuzmich@snet.net "...I served in VP-23 from 1955 to 1959. I flew from '58 to '59 on crew 12 as an A E. I would like to hear from anyonein my old squadron. Good Sailing..." [10APR98]


LACKOWSKI, Rhonda Marie RhondaofJohnnyGreenandTheGreenmen@MSN.com "...I was in VP-23 for 4 years from 1989-93 before enlisting again for orders in security to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Working on the planes was the best time in my work experience. Now I'm in the band formerly of the "Batman" series. The band was the Joker's Henchmen. We've toured many military bases all over the world. You may remember the group for the green hair. Our stories can be seen at http://www.breezypt.com. I'd like to hear from you..." [20OCT98]

LaBRIE, ACOM Harry via his daughter Leslie La Brie-DePue LBlackwolf@aol.com "...Served with VP-23 during WWII..." [15NOV98]

LADD, Jim jel43dll@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 (1965-1969) aboard Crew-2 (Plane Captain)..." [11DEC2011]

LANDON, Sam samtam@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1978-1980) with a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia (1980). I left the Navy and returned (Naval Reserves) in 1990 and retired in 2007. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31JUL2013]

LANGLEY, F. Michael (Mike) TLRGROUP@aol.com "...VP-23 1977-1980, VPU-1 1982-1984, and VP-68 1984-1991. Lovin life in South Florida. Playin lots of golf. PPC/MC of Crew 1 VP-23 CAPT USNR now. Retiring this year. Would love to hear from squadron mates anytime..." [30JUL99]

LANIER, LT Phillip Retired cavu2@msn.com "...Served with VP-23, out of "A" Shool, 1968-1970. Ground Pounder, flew as radio (IFC), thanks to Chief Love and "Bones" Gilbert, got me out of cleaning the hanger deck with screwdrivers for the admiral's walk thru, for awhile in SP2H. AIMD in NAS Sigonella, Sicily on APS-20 then later APS-80 bench in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily AX3 to ATR2. In VP-91 as a TAR, NAS Moffett Field, California, from 1971 to 1972, radio on P-3A's and AIMD on ARC-51/52 bench. U. of Utah, NESEP, 1972-1975, commissioned to NAS Pensacola, Florida for NFO flight training. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-10, 1978-81, as Navigator then TACCO, first NFO trained on the P-3CII and last P-3B TC. Stayed at NASB for FASO det 1981-84, SERE school. NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1984-85, nav on the UP-3A. Had about 40 airline seats installed. Flew VIP and R&R all over Europe and MED. NASB 1985-87, retired Lt. What a great adventure, lots of good people and sights to see. Old shipwrecks, shipmates send me a note, love to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | E-Mail Updated 26JAN2000 | 07NOV99]

Memorial Picture "...VP History ThumbnailCameraCirca 1940 LARSON, CAPTAIN Robin E...I am sad to report that CAPTAIN Robin E. Larson, USN (retired), passed away on 25 June 2003. CAPTAIN Larson began his naval aviation career as ENSIGN and co-pilot in PBY "Catalina" aircraft with VP-23 at USNS Pearl Harbor, T.H.. He was co-pilot of the second VP-23 aircraft to get airborne in pursuit of the Japanese following their bombing of Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, 7 December 1941. He served three tours with VP/VPB-23 (1941 to 1945), lastly as Executive Officer. Between 1950 and 1953, he served with VPB-28. In June 1963 CAPTAIN Larson became Commanding Officer of Airborne Early Warning Squadron THIRTEEN (VW-13) of the North Atlantic Barrier Patrol Wing, at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. CAPTAIN Larson was the last Commanding Officer of VW-13; the squadron was decommissioned 30 July 1965. From 1968, until his retirement in 1970, CAPT Larson served as Chief of Staff at BUPERS...McCAUL, AT1(AC) Earles L. Retired elmccaul@q.com..." [PIX Added 27MAR2005 | 04AUG2003]

LaVOIE, Laurin P. llavoie@twcny.rr.com "...I served in VP-23 between January 1977 through August 1979. I made two deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was in the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal when we lost my best friends including Wes Putnam in a plane crash in April 1978. I would love to hear from old Shipmates. I work for ALCOA in Massena NY and live in Malone NY..." [27FEB2002]

LAWTON, John johnlawton@webtv.net "...VP-44, 1975 TO 1979 Civilian 79 to 81 NATTC Lakehurst, NJ 81 to 83 VP-23, 83 to 87 AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, 87 to 91 VC-10 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 91 to 93 AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, 93 to 97 Retired in 97, never met so many wonderful people in my life. Wish i could do it all again.( well almost all of it. ) Had alot of great adventures on some of those deployments. My friends in the civilian world don`t believe half what i tell them, but we that were there no what happened in our own world..." [18FEB2001]

LEEP, ATCS(AW) Steven Retired p3rcm@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-23, VP-8, Force Warfare Aircraft Test (FWATD), VP-30 and Naval Air Maintenance TRAining GRoUp DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET)..." [19OCT2014]

LeFORCE, Scott Scott.LeForce@ramstein.af.mil "...Served with VP-23 as an AW on CAC 8 from 83-87. Great to see so much interest in the VP Navy..."

LEMMONS, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/lemmonsja.html "...Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Lemmons, Vice Commander, Naval Air Forces, Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve. Rear Admiral Lemmons is a native of Brownwood, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November of 1980. In 1981 he reported to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine, deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He flew in maritime support for Operation Urgent Fury/Grenada Battle Group, Libyan, Syrian, and Nicaraguan surveillance operations. In September 1984, Rear Adm. Lemmons reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C. as a Naval Intern where he participated in global war planning, multiple theater wargaming, and joint service policy development. Rear Adm. Lemmons received a Reserve commission in November 1985, and reported to VP-68 at NAF Washington, D.C.. He subsequently became the Commanding Officer of VP-68 in February 1996. After his squadron command tour, he has been assigned as: After his squadron command tour, he has been assigned as: Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer, NR Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic 0186; Commanding Officer, NR CVN-71 0193 supporting USS Theodore Roosevelt; Commanding Officer NR NAS Keflavik, Iceland 0293; Commanding Officer, NR Navy Command Center 106, supporting OPNAV N3/N5. During this period he also served in the following extended active duty assignments: Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff N88R, supporting the Director, Naval Air Warfare for programming and budget development; Commander U. S. Second Fleet ASST C2W Officer during NATO Exercise Strong Resolve 1998; USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group liaison officer to the Combined Air Operations Center, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza Italy during Operation Allied Force, the campaign to liberate Kosovo; OPNAV Naval Operations Group "Deep Blue" liaison officer to the Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Deputy for Mission Effectiveness, Navy Reserve Readiness Command Region Southeast Director for Fleet Readiness, OPNAV N43. He has proudly served with Shipmates who have earned four Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation and two Battle "E" Awards for excellence. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Theater Medal, and the NATO Medal for Yugoslavia. He has completed the Naval War College and National Defense University Reserve Component studies curriculum. Rear Adm. Lemmons has been a commercial airline pilot with American Airlines since 1987..." [21MAR2005]

LEMOINE, Steve s_lemoine@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1975 to 1977. I was a second mech and flew with crews 1 and 5. Worked in the electrical shop (AE2) as well. I also served with VP-23 from 1978 to 1979. Presently, I am a teacher, married, living in Connecticut. Would love to hear from some old Shipmates..." [29AUG2005]

LEWIS, Thad K. thadklewis@webtv.net "...VP-23 Masters Field, Miami, Florida. March 1950 to Dec. Transfered to FAETULANT NAS Norfolk, Virginia 1951..." [10JUL2006]

LIGHTFRITZ, AT1(AW) Shawn selightfrtiz@yahoo.com "...Former Seahawk (VP-23) 90-94 and Trident (VP-26) 94-98 Now on the left coast in VP-40 had a great time seeing Shipmates here, drop a line..." [29JUN99]

LITTLE, AO3 Jason jasonalittle@comcast.net "...Looking for Shipmates that were in VP-30 from 1991 to 1993. I was a Utility Aircrewman...AOAN. Then went to VP-23 where I served on CAC-9 as a AO3 inflight Ordie. Looking to get in contact with friends or people from the "junior crew" at VP-23!..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 24MAY2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10FEB99] [ICQ # 139844]

LITTLEFIELD, Ken trail.r@cwix.com "...I was assigned to VP-23 from Sept 82 through Aug 85. I was a MS3 TAD to the galley and barracks..." [21MAR99]

LITTLEFORD, Mike mjlittleford@hotmail.com "...I was involved VP-23 (1991-02/1995), multiple tours in CPRW-5 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, CPRW-1 Det NSF Diego Garcia, VP-26, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (took the last shop of AW's on deployment as there LPO/Acting CPO before we were replace on the ships after that deployment by OS's and STG's), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GroUp AtLANTic (FASOTRAGRULANT) to being decom'ed and swallowed up by CNATTU where I finally retired in 2010 on a Medical retirement..." [29APR2012]

LIVINGSTON, Bill blivingston22@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (Aviation Ordinance) from 1976 to 1980 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. During our NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment we lost a P-3 (April 26th, 1978). We lost many of our brothers in the Canary Island mountains that day. I want to especially extend my condolences to AO Joe Elmoore who took over my position as a flyer and I took over his as a ground pounder that fateful day. Joe, I think of you often and God Bless your family. I served with some awesome friends. Traveled around the country with the Flagg Football Team with Galipo, Jerry (i.e. Terry Bradshaw) and Mike Alton, Mudd Bowl Gang, Softball and Hockey with Paul Corlis in the Dodge Van with Lou Gravelle. We sure had some good times! NAS Keflavik, Iceland was nuts (fights and crazy times). Leon Parker - do you remember when Melvin fell asleep all the way down to his knee cap? I am now living in Seabrook, NH with my wife of 9 years and 3 kids. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25OCT2009]

LONG, AN Robert J. HABOB44@YAHOO.COM "...I served at VP-23 from February 1962 to February 1964 as AN. I was a jack of all trades anything from making Bad Coffee in the hangers to nightcook to planting and growing grass flowers in front of the Duty Hut at NAS Sigonella, Sicily in fall of 62. When we returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 63, they put me in Electronic shop under Chief Ski. Still a jack of all trades. Got out in end of February 1964. I tried to get back in, but I was to tall. I would like to hear from other squadron menber from 1962 to 1964. An old friend..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2001 | 22MAY2001]

LORCH, AT1 Bill Retired jetphixer@hotmail.com "...Retired in 76 from NAMTD NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Was in VP-23 from 1969 till 1975, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, etc. I also served with VS-37 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and deployed on Hornet. I am preparing to retire again from US DOT/FAA. I would like to thank all my friends at VP-23 and all my Shipmates for everything that has gone good for me. Its been a great trip from Seaman Recruit in 1956 to a GS-15 in 1999. I am presently in the Chicago area and plan on moving back the CC TX area following retirement (again). Take care..." [13OCT99]

LORENZ, Thomas B. Jr. barclay177@wowway.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1988 to 1991 CAC-8 and CAC-5. I am currently serving with VP-64 CAC-2. Its been fun and I enjoy meeting up with fellow Shipmates throughout my travels around the world..." [31JAN2004]

LOTZ, Paul pslotz@earthlink.net "...Haven't been in a P-3 since 1994. How many squadrons are we down to now? Served in VP-48 (1987-1990), Force Warfare (1990-1993), VP-23 (1993-Decom 1994). Grew a tailhook in 1995 and went to VS-21 off the Indy. Finishing up a tour as Weps LCPO in El Centro, heading for the Connie in November. Love to hear from any Boomers, Seahawks or Update IV lab rats. Lotto Sends..." [13JUL2000]

LOVE, AXC(AC) William R. (Bill) Jr. Retired Shipmate Pix bilbiker@suscom-maine.net"...I joined VP-34 in July 1949 as an AOAN straight out of AO(A) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. We were in NAS Norfolk, Virginia at Breezy Point in hangar SP-31. We had 9 PBM-5E aircraft. The squadron had just finished transitioning from the PBY-6A and had changed designations from VP-AM-4 to VP-34. I went to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies with them and stayed in the squadron until 1953. Going from AOAN when I joined them to AO1 by the time that I transfered. I still remember a lot of good things about that outfit and recently received a picture from Norm Roinstad that was taken in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies of the "White Hats" in the Aviation Ordnance Division. After VP-34 I went to FAWTULANT, now VF-101 in Key West Fl. Then to VP-8 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Task Group Alfa, and Project Little Joe. Flew recovery missions for the "monkey in space" low orbit rides. Left there in Feb 1960 and went to VA-125 at NAS Moffett Field, California made AOC in September 1960 and moved to NAS Lemoore, California, when that base opened. Instructed "Light Jet Attack" A4 aircraft, Conventional Weapons loading and delivery. Changed my rate to AX on the first AX list and in 1963 went to VP-24 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as and AXC. Went through Task Group Delta (the best deal a sailor ever had) and left there in 1967 for VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. 1967 to 1970 VP-23. Changed rate to AWC on the first AW list, took over as the first AW Division Chief. Transitioned VP-23 from P-2 to P-3 A/C I flew Radio and we borrowed an F/E from Lovin' 11 until we got some qualified people. 1970 to 1971 FAETUATL Det NAS Brunswick, Maine, taught MAD, Radar and worked at Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School (SERE). 1971 to 1974 transferred to VP-8 when they moved up from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was their second AW division CPO. Quit flying in 1973 after 10,500 hours and 20 years in 8 different aircraft types and returned to AXC. I went to VP-26 as Night Maintenance CPO, then to First Lt. and left there in 1976 for "Shore Duty" Twilight Cruise. Assigned to the Counselling and Assistance Center at NAS Brunswick, Maine, as Leading Chief until I retired in July 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2002 | 18JAN2000]

LUEKER, Denny Retired dlueker@capital.net "...Served in VP-18 67-68, VP-8 68-70, VP-30 70-73, VP-23 73-77, VP-10 77-80 and ASW Directorate NATC 80-84. Would enjoy hearing from any old shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL99 | 00XXX97]

LUIGART, Craig B. cluigi@aol.com "...I was a naval aviator and completed VP-30 August 1977 to Dec 1977 just following my winging as an ENS. I was initially assigned to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine but upon reporting was reassigned to VP-11 as part of a replacement crew following their crash in the Canary Islands. I reported to VP-11 in late Jan 1978 as a 3P and remained with them until Dec 1980. I was the PPC and Mission Commander for CAC-2 from April 1980 till my departure. I later was (as an AEDO) the International Program Manager for P-3 at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) from May 1988 to June 1991, releaving CDR Rob Chase. I directed or was responsible for the Pakistani P-3 Program execution, the final delivery of the P-3CUIIIs to Norway and the sale of P-3s to Korea and Thiland..." [26AUG99]


MacGILLIVRAY, Colin cxmax@seacoast.com "...I was a photographer with VP-23 while it was in Miame. I was a photograper with VP-23 when it was in Miami, Fl. and then moved with the squadron to NAS Brunswick, Maine 1950 to 1954. Happy days for sure. Many wonderful memorys. Its exciting to think that one of my old buddys might see this and drop an e-mail..." [02OCT98]

MacMURCHY, Rick ricklynmac@aol.com "...I was in VP-23 form 1989 - 1992. I was PPC of World Famous CAC-03 "Flying Pigs" during our NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment (1991-1992). I'd love to hear from any fellow Seahawks and especially any fellow "Pigs."..." [E-Mail Updated 27AUG2005 | 03AUG99]

MAJESKY, Ed emajesky@gmail.com "...I served with HSL-30, VP-49, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-23, VX-1 and out. Currently Mission Systems Test Lead on the P-8 Acoustic Subsystem..." [15APR2014]

MALONE, AO Jack irish.jpm@verizon.net "...Served with VP-23 as an AO from 1953-1955 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [E-Mail Updated 27DEC2002 | BIO Updated 11OCT2000 | 02OCT2000]

MANER, AEC James Retired c/o John N. Eubanks AECS-USN retired fesa@leading.net "...Served with VP-23..." [23MAR2000]

MARTIN, AO Charles A. pistonfvr@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1977 to 1980. I was an Aviation Ordnance Aircrewman & groundpounder. I miss my squadron and the people associated with the VP community. I miss the people that live in Brunswick, Bath, Lewiston, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Auburn and the entire state. Maine people are the nicest people I've ever met. While deployed to NS Rota, Spain (I believe in 1978), VP-23 had a plane go down. VP-26 lost one of theirs in the Canary Island mountains. And I guarded the wreckage of another squadrons planes (VP-8 or VP-10) when it crashed in Poland Springs, Maine. But the entire VP community, and the people of the state seemed to "ALL" get along like brother and sister, or as a family in whole. The dedication of the community of Brunswick, and the dedicated Naval Personnel of NAS Brunswick, Maine, were all exceptional and extradordinary. Friends of mine still today are; Kenny Newell, from Boonville, Missouri, now living in Aurora, MO. Nick Raccioppi, from North Babylon, NY., but had returned to Brunswick, ME. Mike Cavanaugh, from Utica, NY. Jerry Corbin, from Des Moines, IA., but has since moved to Tulsa, OK. And the beautiful lady I married in 1980, Susan Juliette Martin, from Lewiston, Maine, well, she died of cancer in 1982, and she is buried in Lewiston, ME. My heart is filled with wonderful memories of the days I was an enlisted Navy man. My heart is filled with Passion and joy for the VP Squadrons around the world. And I would like to say thanks for allowing me to be a member of the VP-23 Squadron, a Vetran of the United States Navy, and for the time allowed to live in the Great State of Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2009 | 20SEP2001]

MASSON, AXC Bert Retired bmasson2007@gmail.com "...I served with ASWOC (1975-1977) at NAS Misawa, Japan, VP-48 (1977-1979), ASWOC (1979-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-23 (1982-1985), ASWOC (1985-1988) at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Naval Air Development Center Warminster (1989), ASWOC (1989-1992) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and retired in 1994..." [E-Mail Updated 01AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2008 | 25JUL2003]

MATTHEWS, AD3 Rachel D. castironcook@hotmail.com "...Was in VP-23 from 89 to the end of 92. This web site brings back a lot of wonderful memories. I would like to say "hi" to everyone, especially Kelly, Jack, Drake, Ken, Karl, Ted, Robin and other friends I think about often (whenever I listen to the news). I got married (Rhonda was my Maid of Honor) in 2004. We also moved to Michigan in 2004, after finishing up my graduate degree and toughing out in Minnesota for a few years. My daughter is great and moving into her teens (scary). Hope to hear from old friends..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10AUG2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 17DEC2001 | 02JUN99]

MATTSON, AE2 Steve smajmatt2@charter.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1983 to 1986. I worked in the AE Shop with Al Hines, Mike Rhinefield, Chief Harpley and Rick Block. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal / NS Rota, Spain, UNITAS and NAS Bermuda. Had some great times in the squadron with alot of good friends. Had alot of swiller times. I remember the time in Palma Malorca, Spain when I got the crap knocked out of me by a cab driver and had to go on the Carrier that was in port for medical treatment. Tom Mendez my best man at my wedding and Jorge Paz we sure did have some good times together. Louie and Sam my favorite FE's those AD's sure could get the job done. Thanks for all the good times. Art Pimental thanks for the support at the apartments when I came back to Maine with a wife. Good luck to all of you. Bill Powers I still remember the night at your house when we had clams and my wife couldn't eat them. Hope to hear from former Shipmates..." [01JUN2010]

MAXWELL, AMCS(AW) Jim Retired madmax@penn.com "...I served in VP-23 (74-78), Naval Air Development Center (74-81), VA-85 (81-84 Forrestal CV-59 and Kennedy CV-67), HC-6 (84-87 Det-3 Milwaukee AOR-2 1986), VA-36 (87-90 Roosevelt CV-71 and Lincoln CV72), VP-26 (90-93), NAWC Warminster (93-94). Enjoyed serving in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [14SEP99]

McCONNEL, Andy peanutandpilot@mn.mediaone.net "...I was a pilot in VP-23 from '83-'86. I survived the NAS Bermuda (Gedunk Officer/CAC 6 3P), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (Conventional Weapons/Mining Officer/CAC 8 2P), and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (Aircraft Division Officer/CAC 9 PPC) deployments. It is great to see so many squadron mates registered on this site..." [01FEB2001]

McCRACKING, AW2 John W. themadmacs@mac.com "...I served with VP-23 (1976-1979) with two deployment to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal / NS Rota, Spain. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22SEP2012]

McGRATH, Tom tomshell@fuse.net "...I served with VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine between May 1991 and October 1994. I flew as 3P on CAC7 (Tommy Thompson, Brian Grafe, Trevor Lenard, Randy Darrow, Tom Yeaton, Don 'IKE' Eisenhart, AO2 Boyd the Void, Dick Schmalzried, Brad Wagner and Fast Eddie Whitson) and PPC/MC on CAC4. I still remember all of your SSN's thanks to those god-forsaken yellow sheets. I believe it's safe to say good fun was had by all. I hope this finds all former Shipmates well, especially those who participated in "Group Therapy" at Joshua's. Send Lawyers, Guns and Money!..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 07NOV2001 | 07FEB2001]

McINTYRE, CAPTAIN John Retired vqplank@columbus.rr.com "...I served with VP-23 (1963-1965), VP-56 (1968-1969) and VW-2A when it became VQ-2 at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco on September 1, 1955. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2016 | 18FEB2000]

McKINNON, Michael J. michael.mckinnon@numidian5.com "...I have many fond memory's of my time with VP-23 where I was an AX in the "Tron Shop" Oct. 1980 through 1984 and also where I came to know every single inch of the P-3 Orion, Update II.5. During this time of the cold war, Soviet submarine and surface activity was near it's warmest, which seemed to coincide directly with Ronald Reagan becoming President. This elevated activity kept us all from getting into trouble because we were constantly on the move. I left Millington, TN directly for VP-23, and was sent to the Tron Shop to work for Chief Morris...whom kept me on a short leash for fear of my unskilled hands breaking expensive navy stuff. After a couple of months, I was sent to VP-30 for "O" level DIFAR school, and this is where I met the illustrious Jorge Paz, whom later spent most of his Naval career flying sofa's in the different AIMD's that VP-23 would deploy too. After a few months in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Jorge and I were sent to join back up with our squadron in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. It wouldn't be the first time we were sent from one extreme to another and then told to make P-3's fly. On our arrival in NAS Keflavik, Iceland we made our way to the BEQ where I met another life long friend...Matt Rowe...boy, how I could elaborate here. As time went on, and my understanding of the P-3 grew (Chief Jackson taught me how to determine if a particular aircraft was a boy or girl by having me run my hand across the aft left underbelly of the flight station pedestal), we cycled between various deployment and DET sites. In the summer of 1982, Chief Strong, and Chief Bowman sent me off to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to WST/IFT school where I summitted the Orion knowledge base and came into a sublime "oneness" with the platform. However tragedy struck when I returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine for our NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment and I attended a party where Dexter, Pimental, "Croncegaman" and others mixed "red stuff" in a trash can of which I drank prodigiously, and all the brain cells that held most of the information I learned was eradicated. I will never forget the sound of AX2 Harp sleeping on bubble wrap in the bunkroom in NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In 1983, we were sent to Bermuda, which is where I ran into Dan Golden. When I was first attached to the squadron in 1980, he used to make me laugh for hours on end...boy was he a funny dude...I hope he still is. I was in NAS Bermuda only for a short while when a group of us were suddenly detached to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Whilst basking in the winter sun, I received news that my Grandfather was dying, and that he had asked for me. To my amazement, the Navy authorized one of the P-3's to fly me back to NAS Brunswick, Maine so that I could attend him. After that I was flown to NAS Bermuda where the squadron was still deployed, and was again suddenly plucked (...from our brand new "Petty Officer Mess") to fly directly to Howard Airforce Base, Panama. After a few seedy weeks where we carried out "special missions" (officially we were counting gun runners that were sailing between Cuba and Nicaragua); we drove a yellow flight line van off of Howard Air Force Base, picked a local girl in the city, and brought her back to LJ-1 where she and one of my unnamed Shipmates spent a romantic evening. In the morning we backed the yellow van up to the ladder of the aircraft, off loader her, and brought her home. It is my understanding that these two participants are still in a relationship. There was one more incident at Howard that I want to mention for the history books. We had 3 aircraft in Panama, and at one point all three had bad RADAR systems (both fore and aft RADAR were Tango Uniform), which put us in a bad way since the pilots didn't want to take off due to the surrounding terrain. Late one evening, after everyone was asleep, I snuck out with a tool box and a ladder, removed a bad forward antenna azimuth drive servo from LJ-3, groped my way over to an Airforce C-130, popped the nose, and swapped out our bad servo with their good one. In the morning we pre-flighted LJ-3, and everything worked great! Fate didn't wait though...LJ-3 was launched the next morning after a successful pre-flight on the RADAR and was sent directly to Granada to cover the rescue of the American Students. In 1984, I received orders to AIMD at NAS Brunswick, Maine, where I spent the next 4 years working night check, and attending the University of Maine by day. In 1988 I graduated with a degree in Industrial Technology, and at the same time I switched over to the Navy reserves of which I was a card-carrying member till 1992. I started a Biotech business called Atlantic Sciences in 1991, which eventually had locations in Cambridge, Ma, Portsmouth, NH, and Palm Beach, Fl. I sold the business in 1997, and in 1998 I started my current company, TierOne Technologies, which is located in Kittery, Maine. I am 40 now, and I enjoy sailing my 35ft boat, "Orion" all over the coast of Maine, NH, and Mass. I welcome any of the hundreds of Shipmates I met during my tenure with VP-23 to email me. God Bless us all..." Personal WebSite: http://www.mckinnondane.org/ [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2007 | E-Mail/URL Updated 15FEB2002 | 08FEB2000]

McLENDON, ADRC Charles R. Retired crmarm3587@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1951, boot camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, from there to schools at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and NAS Jacksonville, Florida before being assigned to FASRON-9 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. I joined VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in late 1954 or early 1955. While in VP-5, I became a Plane Captain trained by AD1 Goss who also pushed me to qualify for CAC wings. I was AD3 at the time. From there I went to NAS Kingsville, Texas and from there to VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I took my discharge in 1961 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and traveled to Birmingham where I re-enlisted and joined VP-5 again. I was in VP-5 in NS Rota, Spain on split deployment when we lost crew 3 in Iceland in 1962 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). From there I went to NAS Key West, Florida for shore duty and then back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-7 and I think that was 1966. I left VP-7 in 1969 and went back to NAS Key West, Florida on CAG 50 staff. When the CAG was scheduled to deploy I had a retirement date so I was transfered to VX-1 in NAS Key West, Florida where I retired as ADRC in 1971. The best years of my life were those in the VPNavy..." [13JAN2012]

McNERNEY, J. P. jpdee@netzero.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1961 to 1963 and (across the hanger deck) to VP-23 from 1964 to 1966 with 3 deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and one to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [BIO Updated 04APR2009 | 02APR2009]

Memorial Picture "...McVAY, Captain Donald H...Donald H. McVay passed away February 9, 2012. Captain McVay was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953. Upon completion of flight training, he reported to VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. While in VP-23, he participated in deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Malta. In 1957, he reported to U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey and subsequently completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1960. He returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine to VP-10 and participated in deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. He next served on USS Enterprise as Assistant Combat Information Center Officer through 1964. During this period Enterprise participated in operation Sea Orbit with USS Long Beach and USS Bainbridge which circumnavigated the globe without refueling. He then reported to Naval Air Test Center NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for three years. In 1968, he was assigned as Executive Officer of VP-8, a P-3 squadron and in 1969 he assumed command of VP-8. This was followed by an assignment as Navigator on USS America. After a three year tour on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., he reported as Chief of Staff, USCOMSOLANT, in Puerto Rico where he took part in three UNITAS cruises around South America. He completed his Navy career as the Logistics Division Director in the Naval Air Systems Command and retired in 1980. Since retirement he worked as a consultant in the Washington, DC area on Naval Aviation programs including the F/A-18 and the LAMPS Mark III program. After retirement he remained active in USNA Class of '53 activities and enjoyed travel, golf, and bridge, as well as time spent with his dear wife, Joyce and his family. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 13 from 3 6 p.m. at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA 22193. Requiem Mass will be said at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2011 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, VA 22173, followed by interment in Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice at 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, VA 20109 or a charity of choice. WebSite: InsideNova http://www.legacy.com/...." Contributed by WILSON, AT2 Robert T. Jr. vp10_archives@juno.com [13FEB2012]

MEANEY, AMCS David A. Sr. Retired dmeaneysr@msn.com "...I served with VP-92 March 1971 to September 1975, VP-23 from 1985 to 1987, VA-112 from 1966 to 1968, VAQ-132 from 1975 to 1979, NMPC-AME Detailer from 1979 to 1982, and OP-111 from 1982 to 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 12SEP2004 | E-Mail Updated 27AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR99 | 19OCT98]

MEADOWS, AMSC Gerald Retired gmoody9@aol.com "...I served with VP-16 (Plane Captain aboard the P2V-5F and flew with Ed Whitcraft), FE School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-56 (flew with Bill Baker, Larry Woods, Doug Mitchel and the Wild Bunch), AIMD at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a FE and VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired in 2002. I loved every minute of it..." [07AUG2012]

MIFFLIN, AD3 Harold hm49er@aim.com "...I was an AD3 in VP-23 when I got out for high year tenure in Feb/1994. Soon after, the squadron was decommissioned. I remember alot of good times in that squadron. Some of my best memories from my military time are in VP-23. Great times, great people, great places: Thule, Greenland; NS Rota, Spain; Jedda, Saudi Arabia; Nimes, France; Tel Aviv, Isreal; NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I wish I could do it all again. Go Seahawks!..." [08MAR2010]

MILLER, Fred cheezit@suscom-maine.net "...I was in VP-1 from 7-66 to 8-69. I was also at Naval Air Development Center Warminster from 12-70 to 6-75, VP-23 from 6-75 to 6-79, VP-10 from 7-82 to 8-86, and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 8-86 to 7-90. Would like to here from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09OCT2001 | 23SEP99]

MILLER, AT1(NAC/IFCO) James N. Retired p3bifco1@yahoo.com "...I was a FCO in P-3B's (1974-1993) at which time I retired as an AT1. I served at NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1971-1972) and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (FCO SCHOOL - 73-74). In March 1974 I arrived at VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine, and was assigned to CAC-9 (Virgil "Fuzzy" Van Horn, Tom Hastings, and others) then to Naval Air Development Center Warminster, Pa, NAS Glenview, Illinois SAU, VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and retiring from VP-60 NAS Glenview, Illinois in September 1993. I am married to Denise and am a Cat Lover (Monicur was "Garfield"). I will answer all engires. Also, if anyone has a lead on a similar page that dedicated to ASWOC/ASCOMM/TSC types I would appreciate any information. I would like to get in touch with some of the RM"s that I had the pleasure to work with. Fair winds and following Seas God Bless..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2005 | BIO Updated 28DEC99 | 09SEP97]

MILLER, Terry miller1110@aol.com "...VP-44 (74-77), USNA (77-80), PEP Canada (80-83), USS Nimitz (83-85), VP-23 (85-88), USTRANSCOM (88-93), Air Mobility Command (93-95), retired government contractor..." [19JUN98]

MITCHELL, ADC(AW/NAC) Bill Retired mitchbj@adelphia.net "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1975 to 1994. I served with VP-23 from 1975 to 1979 and 1988 to 2001, VP-44 from 1980 to 1988 (Flight Engineer) and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 2001 to 2004. Looking for Shipmates from both squadrons I served with..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2006 | 29AUG2005]

MIXON, AT1 Tom tom@tommixon.com "...I served with VP-23 from May 1966 to April 1972 (5 deployments to the Med. and flew over 2500 hours in the P2), VP-MAU and retired from VP-92..." [31MAY2009]

MONFORT, CWO3 Jim Retired monfortjr@earthlink.net "...Joined in August 1972. I served in VP-11 from 1973 to 1978. After a brief stint to learn the P-3C I was in VX-1 from 1978 to 1981 as both acoustic and non-acoustic operator. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-23 from 1981 to 1984. Leaving VP-23 as AW Div CPO. Went to DC, OP-01 from 1984 to 1986. Couldn't take driving the beltway anymore so I terminated shore duty and went to the USS Coral Sea for 16 months between 1987 and 1988. Picked up CWO2 and went to CPRW-1 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Got there in September 1988 and left three years later, after Mt Penitubo. Did another three years in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Force Warfare (now VX-20) from 1994 to 1997. Did my final tour at CPRW-5 at NAS Brunswick, Maine where I was involved in helping close down VP-11. 8 commands during my career, only three still around (and two of them have changed names)..." [17MAR2011]

MONROE, Dave "SuperDave" dmonroe@atlantic.net "...I was in VP-44 from 1989 - decommissioning. Then I was tranferred to VP-23. I was with VP-23 from 1991 - 1995 (Operation Desert Storm!!!). I would like to get in touch with my fellow AW's if you see this. I would like recognize a person whom made a huge impact on my career not only as a AW but as a individual. AWC or AWCS Brogden if your out there Hail to you..."

MONTZKA, AEAN Jim montzkajames@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1956-1957) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1956) and Malta (1957). After 10 years in automotive and 30 years in education I retired to fish Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota..." [23JAN2014]

MOORE, AX3 Lawson gene1234@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. All the USN electronics training paid off in spades. Went to night school at the beginning of computer age 1968 and became an Engineer for Wang Labs. Millington, Tenn and FAETULANT gave me a great education. Have 4 kids and am now retired..." [29SEP2010]

MORALES, PH1 Lester lesconmorales@aol.com "...Started way back in 1971 and wish I was still flying. Got the pleasure to fly on the P2's and take Aerial Photos for different crews. In 1978 I became a Crawfisher and that's when I really found out what flying was all about. Going on deployments with different crews(being adopted) was fantastic. Going over to NS Rota, Spain I got to fly with VP-8 and VP-23. Being a Photographer, getting my wings then becoming a Natops Instructor was very rewarding. The late night airlifts, holding the record for being broke down on the East airlifts when we started flying the Update II.5's and seeing the many friends each weekend was great. Working and traveling all over the world with the Crawfishers is something I will always remember...Also served with VP-94..." [BIO Updated 11SEP2001 | 09MAR2001]

MORGAN, Albert L. almorgan@hal-pc.org "...I was a radio/radar operator assigned to VPB-119 at and immediately following the end of WW2. (Don't remember the exact dates.) We served at Clark Field on Luzon, Palawan and Samar in the Phillpines. I was discharged in July of 46 and re-enlisted in Aug 1948. I was immediately assigned to VPHL-3 in Miami, Fla. I served with VPHL-3, VP-23, VJ-2 and VW-4 in Miami and NAS Jacksonville, Florida from August 1948 until July 1956, flying PB4Y-2's, P2V's and WV's as a radio/radar operator. I flew many hours and in many hurricanes, (as we were called the "Hurricane Squadron") and visited many places. I'm sure not many on the net go that far back, but if so, let me hear from you..." [13JUN99]

MORGAN, J P roy7@ix.netcom.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1973 to 1976. I found out that the best friend I ever had in my life is or was in VP-62. Bruce Perry, he made Chief in 1994......I think he should be an AX or AT. We were in the Airshow together in 1976 in Vandalia, Ohio and I now live there. We were Radio Operator's in VP-23 together. Bruce was on crew 5 and I was on crew 1 or 2..." [09JAN99]

MORGAN, Roy L. roy7@ix.netcom.com or morgan_47@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-23 1973 to1976. Lost contact with four of my best buddies. Bruce Perry (Peach), The McCarthy twins Brian & Terry.....And Phil K. Phil I can't spell your last name man! All these guys should be in the Detroit area except Bruce may still be in the Navy. I'm in the Dayton, Ohio area. Would really like to hear from the old shipmates!..." [07JAN99]

MORIN, AW1 James P. jmorin12@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-21 from 1969 to disestablishment, VP-23 from 1969 to 1974, TSC Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) until discharge in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 19DEC2009 | 01OCT98]

MORRIS, AWCS (AW/NAC) Jeffrey S. Retired 2yankeesfan15@comcast.net "...I served with Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRouP (FASOTRAGRU) DETachment (DET) NAS Brunswick, Maine (1994-1998), VP-8 (1991-1994), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (1989-1991), CPW-5 (1985-1988) and VP-23 (1979-1985). Now the owner/photographer of The Pierce Studio in Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 08FEB2015 | E-Mail Updated 14OCT2002 | BIO Updated 23NOV98]

MORRISON, John j_r_morrison33@hotmail.com "...I was Navigator and PP2P VP-23 Crew 3 1957-1959. Later flew in VP-832 at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York. Retired from American Airlines 1993..." [02APR2002]

MOSES, AMS1(AC) Harvey J. Retired nightnurse377@yahoo.com "...Arrived in the VP Navy in May 1970 as an AMS2 to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Worked airframes for 3 months and started flying as 2ed Mech. FE school in 1971 with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. VP 1971 to 1974, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1974 to 1975. South maint. and ASW there. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-10 1975 to 1980. Cross decked back to VP-11 1980 to 1983. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1983 to 1986. Retired in Lewiston Maine. Worked for Gates Corp. and went to school. Am now a RN and love it. See some of the old gang at the exchange every now and then. Love to hear from anyone..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2004 | 30NOV2001]

MOTTL, AT1 Steve steven.j.mottl@boeing.com "...I served with VP-23 from early 1977 to December 1980 (AIMD). Participated in two deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [17DEC2004]

MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com "...I entered the navy February 1958. After completing AE "A" school, my first assignment was Service Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1958 through November 1960. I attended S3H factory school and was transferred to VP-5 in April 1961. I was assigned to Crew 11 for the NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland split deployment. VP-5 was was heavily involved in the Cuban crisis. I departed the Navy in February 1963 to work for TWA at the KC overhaul Plant. In October 1965 I returned to the Navy as an AX2 after completing "A" school. I was then sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for assignment with VP-50 after completing P5M Maintenance schools. I was in VP-50 from January 1967 through April 1969. I checked in 8 days after the P5M crashed. As an AX2, I was assigned to P5M Crew 5 until we transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. As an AX1 I was assigned to Crew 12 and remained there until transfer to "B" school. I changed rates to AW while attending "B" school and was assigned to VP-23 from January 1970 through January 1973. For 3 months I was the only enlisted qualified Aircrewman. I passed the AWC test and was transferred to Naval Air Development Center Warminster until June 1973 when I was selected for ADCOP at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After ADCOP, I was transferred to VP-49 from April 1975 through October 1977. My final tour was NTEC Orlando where I led the factory acceptance team for the 14B44 and Weapons System Test (WST) trainers. I retired in December 1980 and now live in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV99]

MULLEN, AT2 Phil mull968@live.com "...I served with VP-23 (11/1957-12/1960) and flew with CDR T. H. BROWN (Crew-1) as 1st Technician. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05APR2014 | E-Mail Updated 04NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 04FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 18SEP2002 | 04JAN2002]

MUNGO, John jmungo@pirnie.com "...Served with RVAW-120 in Hawkeye Country, NAS Norfolk, Virginia '79-'80. Introduced to VP community during '81 @ AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland. VP-23 1/82 - 8/83 as AZ2 in Maintenance Control / Logs @ Records. Made NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal '82 & NAS Bermuda '83 detachments. Many great memories during my tour...When VP-23 was decommisioned 2/95, where did all the Seahawk LJ's go ? 160666, 160767-769, 161000, 161002-161005. Best to all my old Shipmates. Happy New Year to all..." [02JAN98]

MURPHEY, J. H. Jr. jmurphey@longview.net "...Flew as radioman in VP-23 from Feb'48 to Jan'49 as a member of crew3. I remember well the flights to BW1 via GooseBay and the fog at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Does anyone know if you still have to worry about Mae West's anatomy on the approach from the bay? Just curious. Would love to hear from anyone who served in VPHL-3/VP-23 at NAS A/C, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada or NAS Patuxent River, Maryland---VP-21, VP-24, VP-26, and VP-26 (I think) were all at A/C before the change from A/C to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [19JUL98]

MURRAY, AD1 Arthur L. Jr. bnbm1947@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 (1973-1980) and VP-11 (1980 to 1985) flying in the FE position. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11DEC2012]

MURRAY, CDR Robert L. Retired murray59@verizon.net "...Enlisted 1956: ATU-105/ATU-205, VF-73 - USS Randolph, VF-61 - USS Saratoga, VF-13 - USS Essex, VW-13 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAETULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AE-1 Integration Program 1963. VP-49 1965 - 1968; VT-2 1968 - 1970; USS Forrestal: Cat. & AG Officer, 1970 - 1973; Naval Electronics T&E Activity NAS Patuxent River, Maryland XO, 1973 - 1975; VP-23: Maint. Officer, 1976 - 1978; NAF Mildenhall UK: Ops Officer, 1978-1979; CINCUSNAVEUR Command Center: 1979 - 1980; NAF Mildenhall UK: CO, 1980 - 1982; JCS Joint Staff : C3I Action Officer , 1982 - 1984. Retired 1984. Consultant to NRL 1984 - 1998 - retired again to St. Michaels MD, Active with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Engineer/Driver...." [06FEB2009]

MYERS, LCDR Len info@windspiritsfarm.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1974 to 1977, Naval Air Development Center from 1977 to 1980, and TAR with VP-66 from 1980 to 1983. I left active duty and became a reservist in the newly formed VP-MAU in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1983 to 1991. Gettin to old to fly I did my last few years at the Military Sealift Command. Presently residing in Pennsylvania. Would love to hear from former Shipmates and hear what your doing now..." [25JAN2004]

MYERS, Rodney Firedome1@worldnet.att.net "... served my first tour in VP-23 from Sep 84 - Oct 88. I found it to be the most rewarding experience in my Naval Career. I have great pride that I served in the World famous Sea Chickens!..."

Memorial Picture "...MYHRE, AMHC Ken...I learned today with great sorrow that a good friend and fellow crewmember passed away. AMHC Kenneth D. Myhre, FE VP-23, Crew 1/2 1979 -1982, passed away on 11/5/2011. Ken also served with VP-11. He was the best, and the world is a poorer place for his passing..." Contributed by JURACK, CWO3 Roger A. out2pasture@iowatelecom.net [13NOV2011]

MYHRE, AMHC Ken Retired 3n6forfun@roadrunner.com "...I attended FE training in 1972 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-11, Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean (COMFAIRMED), VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1978 (during their transition to Update II) and retired in 1980. I don't think I will ever forget my six years in VP Navy. My mail box is open to old friends. Any old VP-23 1/2 crewmen out there, "Mother's" watching..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2009 | 30DEC97]


NAU, John T. jtnau@bellsouth.net "...Aloha to all my fellow BLUE GEESE. Recognized quite a few of the world famous, or at least Gordon Avenue infamous, "Broccoli Marauders". I was In VP-22 from 1972 until 1977. Undoubtably the best command I ever served in. I was an AO and retired as an AOCS with 23 years and a few days. Served in VP-31 from 1970-1972, VP-22 1972-1977, VP-56 1980-1984, VP-30 1984-1987, VP-23 1987-1990, VP-30 1990-1993. This is one great website. Hope to hear from a few of my old friends and maybe even a few enemies..." [E-Mail Updated 13APR2001 | 25MAR98]

NEE, AW1 Douglas P. Sr. Retired westernlobster@hotmail.com "...I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1978 thru 1994 when I retired. I served with VP-10 from 1978-1984, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) from 1985-1988, VP-44 from 1988 till Disestablishment, VP-23 till 1992, and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) when I retired in December 1994. Just had to sign in and pass this info along, I am alive and well. I will contact those Shipmates via e-mail that were familiar in the listing. If anyone knows a Bill Smith, he was a Flight Engineer who served in VP-23 during Desert Storm, he was also in VP-8 prior to VP-23, pass along my e-mail so I can contact him. Oh and Greg Brown, if you visit this site before I contact you, What's happening Bro? Since retiring I've moved more times than when I was in. We're in the hills of West Virginia outside Morgantown so drop a line and say Hi!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUL2006 | 22JAN2003 | 05MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...NEILSON, AW1 Robert Burns "Bob" Sr...AUBURN -- Auburn – Robert Burns Neilson, Sr., 67, of New Gloucester died Wednesday January 30, 2013 at the Hospice House in Auburn after a period of declining health. He was born on January 6, 1946 in St. Louis, MO, a son of Arthur and Janet (Bulger) Neilson. He was educated in St. Louis schools and graduated from Taylor School, Class of 1964. Shortly after graduating Bob enlisted in the US Navy (VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Memphis, Tennessee) and enjoyed a 20 year career in education and antisubmarine warfare. After his enlistment the family returned to Maine and Bob began a 23 year career with LL Bean. Bob enjoyed sailing and fly fishing. He was known to be able to fix just about anything and was an engineer at heart. He had a great sense of humor and was known as a first rate punster – every pun intended. He possessed a poet's eye and ear and the generosity and heart of a teacher. Bob had a special fondness for the family retreat in Pentwater, MI. Bob will be remembered for his great love of his wife Maggie, his fairness in all things, his openness and acceptance of others, his practicality, diplomacy and overall generosity of spirit. Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Maggie" (Shenk) Neilson of New Gloucester; his daughter Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Mazzillo and her husband Christopher of Mechanic Falls; his son Robert Burns Neilson, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Danville; his four grandchildren: Megan, Arthur, Christopher and Robert III; his great-grandson Louis V; his brother Hugh Neilson and his wife Pat; his sister Janet Wells and his brother Bill, all of St. Louis, MO; his sisters-in-law: Karen Neilson, Carmen Neilson, Janet Chipman and her husband Keith, Jamie Shenk and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa Neilson and his brothers Arthur and Dennie and his brother-in-law Bill Shenk. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church, 19 New Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Bob's family. For those who wish, donations may be made in Bob's memory to: Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. WebSite: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/...." Contributed by MIXON, AT1 Tom tom@tommixon.com [04FEB2013]

NEILSON, AW1 Bob Retired neilson@maine.rr.com "...I served in VP-34 at Breezy Point, NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1947 to 1950. My nickname at the time was "Lefty" because I played baseball for the NAS Flyers baseball team. VP-34 was located in hangar SP2 along with a sister PBY squadron VP-34 and a PBM5 squadron VP-49. Any one in the squadron that remembers me, I would like to hear from you. It has been a long time..." [05NOV98]

NEWMAN, Joey Joejoe4772@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1993 until Disestablishment. I would like to here from friends an crewmembers. especially "Team Bohica."..." [25AUG2002]

NOVAK, Walt novakwalter@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 (06/1952-08/1953) with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09MAY2013]

NUTE, CAPTAIN Charles Carter Retired ccnute@cox.net "...I served VP-21 (01/196512/1967) flying the P2 Neptune, VP-23 (04/1971-06/1973) flying the P-3 Orion, VP-31 (08/1974-06/1977), CO Naval Facility Guam (07/1978-10/1979), XO/CO VP-9 (03/1979-05/1981), Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) (06/1981-06/1984), Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) (07/1985-05/1986), Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF-72)/CPW-1 (06/1986-06/1988) at Kamiseya, Japan, Deputy Director ASW Division (OP-7lB) (07/1988-06/1990), Deputy Commander ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) (06/1990-05/1992) and Director, Naval Command College (NCC) (06/1992-07/1994) at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI and retired. I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs (08/1994-12/2001). Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, we reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAY2015 | 10SEP2003]


O'BOYLE, JACK JMOBOYLE@INAME.COM "...I served with VP-23 from 1962 to 1964 Crew Three..." [08JUN2000]

O'CONNOR, David david.oconnor@dhs.gov "...I was stationed with VP-23 from 1975 to 1979. I worked in the Air Intelligence Office (AIO) with LTjg Hankner and later LT Bruce LaPointe. Dave Andreasen and Brian Levengood were the other IS's in the office. I joined the Navy in 1967 and went to boot camp at Great Lakes and then to "A" School at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. My first permanent duty station was at the Intel Center at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (FICPACFAC). From there I went to VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida before going to NAF Naples, Italy working at the Air Navigation Office/Naval Branch Oceanographic Office/ Defense Mapping Agency. After that tour I went on to VP-23 and then to FASO at NAS Bermuda at the SERE school for two tours. In between those tours I went to COMFAIRKEF. I ended up for my last tour at the Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility Western Pacific (FOSIF WESTPAC) in Kamiseya, Japan for my last tour. Does anyone out there know where Harry "Pete" Peterson or John Martoncik migrated to?..." [23OCT2004]

ODOM, Jim odom_jim@emc.com "...I served with VP-23 as CAC-5's IFT from 1986 to 1991. Man what great times. Good and Bad! Every time I fly it just brings back such fond memories. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates out there. Oh my head still hurts from all the parties at 52 P'wood!..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2007 | 09JAN2004]

O'MALLEY, Jim James.O.Malley@Worldnet.att.net "...Served in VP-21 from 1968 until squadron was decomissioned in 69'. Spent the remainder of my time with VP-23 also in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Discharged in 71'. Rate & rank, AE3, schooled in Ecm, Julie, Mad & Sniffer, and radio. Just a kid of 20 back than, can't remember my crew # in VP-21, but our jump seat 1st mech was a guy by the name of Mike Walsh, an E6. Electric shop was run by an E7 by the last name of Cherry, think he retired when the squadron was decomissioned. My 2 best friends back than were George Blue (worked in admin) of Illinois and Steve Hightower of Florida (either an AT or AW?). What good times we had!..." [27DEC98]

ORONA, Carlos "Chico" BALDERA2002@HOTMAIL.COM "...I served with VP-23 from 1985 through 1987..." [24MAR2002]

OSTERGAARD, ADJ3 Dennis lostergaard@wi.rr.com "...I served with VP-23 (1961-1963)..." [12NOV2010]

OSTROFF, Jeff Retired jeffostroff@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in October 1974, VP-6 (IFT on Crew 3) from January 1975 through December 1976, VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flying P-3Bs as an IFT and Radio Operator), and VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Flew an EP-3A as IFT). I went civilian and got a job flying specially modified P-3As for General Offshoe Corp. out of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Re-entered acive duty in 1984 as a P-3C IFT student at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1998, TAR with VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1988 to 1992, VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1996, and VR-53 NAF Washington, D.C. until I retired October. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates. Thanx!..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN2006 | E-Mail Updated 21JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 08JUL2001 | 16AUG98]


PAIGE, Kim "Patti" kimrpaige@yahoo.com "...I served (FE) with VP-23, VP-30, VPU-1, VX-1 and VP-26. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAR2012]

PARKER, CMC Larry (Gene) Retired cbparcmc@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 when we recieved the P-3C update 2'S and changed the tail insignia. "I preferred the original" I worked the line with ABHC Trussel, ABH1 Bob Pennington, ABH3 Mike Ayers, and all the names which I can't come up with right now. I was an ASM3 throughout the NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment. I made ASM2 and transfered during homeport. I went on det NAS Bermuda before leaving. I was prior Navy with the SEABEES. When I made ASM2 it opened a path back so I converted to CM2, I retired in 1995 as CMC. I really enjoyed my time in the VP community. I had mixed emossions about leaving. I left and lost contact with some really good friends. Chief Roekers, and especially Bob and Judy Pennington. If anyone knows how to get in touch with these wonderful people I would love to contact them. I would also like to obtain one of the old squadron patches and one of the new ones..." [02JUN2007]

PAULY, William wpauly211@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine, from 1955 to September 1958 and I just found this site. I have many wonderful memories of my Shipmates, the planes and the base. It was a great time to be serving with great people. I will revisit this site often to see if any of my Shipmates leave a message..." [18MAR2002]

PAYNE, AVCM Bill Retired wap166@artelco.com "...I served with VP-28 (1968 to 1969), VP-23 (1975 to 1979), VP-26 (1982 to 1985), VP-30 (1985 to 1989) and VP-1 (1989 to 1992). I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2003 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN2001 | 22FEB98]

PENDERGIST, Dennis dpendergist@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30 (Acoustic Operator) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1981 and VP-23 (Acoustic Operator) at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1984 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and Detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was accepted to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection (BOOST) Program and left for San Diego in early 1984. I ended up graduating from the University of Oklahoma and retired as an officer in 2004. I am trying to get in touch with old Shipmates in VP-11 and other squadrons: AW Bill Waldron and AW Mike Doherty..." [25MAY2010]

PENZINE, Don dvpenz@aol.com "...Served with VP-23 from 1952-1955. Have fond memories of NAS Brunswick, Maine, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Can't seem to read too much about the times we were all in the squadron with CDR H. Hopp. I seem to remember being crew on both MA-2, MA-7 and at times MA-11 both with the P4Y's and the P2V-7's. Remember a wedding in NAS Brunswick, Maine and have some photos. Appreciate anyone else with photos or information, or just want to get in touch..." [19MAR2001]

PESCE, CAPTAIN Victor L. "Vic" Retired puckeredpenguin@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1964-1967) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Key West, Florida and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) OP-07B1 (1967-1970), VP-1 (1970-1972), BUreau of Naval PERSonnel (BUPERS) (1973-1975) OinC NPSSA NAS Point Mugu, California (1975-1978), VXE-6 OPS/XO (1978-1980) and CO (1980-1981), NAVy ASTronautics GRoUp (NAVASTROGRU) (1981-1983), Naval Attaché Stockholm (1983-1987), OinC OPerational TEst and EValuation FORce Detachment (OPTEVFORDET) Sunnyvale, CA (1987-1989), CO Office of Naval REsearch EUropean Office (ONREUR) London (1989-1991) and retired out of NAS Point Mugu, California (1991). After the Navy I worked at Lockheed Martin SKUNKWORKS, Palmdale (1997-2006) and retired (2006). Now it’s volunteer work and golf..." [12MAR2017]

PETERSON, ALLAN B. (PETE) ABPETE@JUNO.COM "...I served in VP-26 from June, 1949 until October 1953. The squadron was in NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco when I joined it and then went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where we transitioned to the P-2V2 from the PB4Y2. We went to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1952. I was an AEAN when I joined the squadron and AE1 when I left in 1953. It was a great tour of duty. I also served in VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-24 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia during my 20 year career in the Navy..." [12JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...PETERSEN, LCDR John S...I am sorry to have to write about this, but my Father, John S. Petersen, has passed away. Dad requested that we have no services or memorial for him. Dad served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." Contributed by Elizabeth Petersen Boyd lizardson@hotmail.com [29JAN2009]

PETERSEN, LCDR John S. Retired mingo@clinic.net "...I served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." [06DEC2007]

PHELPS, Shawn R. seahawk@9plus.net "...I served in VP-23 from July 1980 to May 1982, December 1987 to July 1990 and October 1993 until December 1994 and was there for the decommissioning ceremony. Really hated to see that day. Had many good times and still have lots fond memories in that squadron and made allot of friendships that I still retain today. Would enjoy to hear from others and will always be a proud Seahawk forever! VP-23 was always the best!..." [18JAN2001]

PICANSO, Frank frankpicansojr@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 (09/1985-12/1989) in the Avionics Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28SEP2012]

PIERCE, Chuck c/o John Konvalinka jkonvalinka@email.msn.com "...I've found Chuck Pierce, who was the skipper of VP-26 in 1957 (as well as having been in VP-23). He's well, living near Gettysburg PA, and I'm sure would like to hear from any of his old buddies. Rather than post his snailmail, however, perhaps it would be better for people to email me and I'll put them in touch..." WebSite: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jkonvalinka/[24APR98]

PIMENTAL, Art Jpimental@aol.com "...I was in VP-23 from 83-87. I was there with AO2 Neenan, Kirby, John Guidone, AW2 Schrub Bush, Jr Encinous, and the rest of the crazed boys. Who could forget the Toga party in NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 84-85. I retire in NAS Jacksonville, Florida December 18, 1998 at NAMTRA JAX. If you want to come let me know.. See ya...eyes right..." [13NOV98]

PINKSTAFF, TOM ATASCADEROTOM@AOL.COM "...I SERVED FROM '50 TO '54 MOST WITH VP-23 AND WOULD APPRECIATE HEARING ANY WHO WERE IN THE SQUADRON AT THAT TIME. AM PLANNING TO ATTEND THE Reunion IN FEB. '02..." [18JUN2001]

POOLE, ADCS Charles Retired mobytruk@yahoo.com "...I served with VA-42 (1991), VP-23, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, VP-24, CPW-11, VP-56 and retired in 1991..." [30JAN2015]

POORE, CDR Jim Retired jimdawgpor@aol.com "...My first squadron was VAHM(10)/VP-17 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, 4/58-4/62. Made three deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska & NAS Adak, Alaska. Flew co-pilot for Oak Osborne and Jerry Thummel. Was PPC of crew 12. Also flew with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 3/69 to 4/71. We were the last operational active duty squadron in SP2H's. I retired in Aug. '80 after 24 yrs. and currently live in Anacortes, WA..." [16SEP99]

PORTER, Barry BPorter@gerberelec.com "...Was Squadron Hospital Corpsman from 78-81 during 2 NAS Keflavik, Iceland Deployments and the brief stateside rotation in between. Have many fond memories of those years and would like to hear from anyone who served with VP-23 during those years..." [11SEP2000]

POVICK, AME1 Stu em-stu@webtv.net "...Served with VP-11 and VP-23 1977-1986. Would like to hear from old Shipmates...." [02JUL98]

POWERS, AK3 Bill powersbill@charter.net "...I served with VP-23 (1983-1986) with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Got thrown out of Lajes to wash the birds by hand in Rota! Got a hold of the Marine mascot in Rota, wrote VP-23 #1 on both sides, darkened in one of its eyes, put a bulls eye on it's ass with charcoal and sent him home! Had a week of R&R at October fest in Germany. Trying to find those guys who shared those great times with me. (Hey guys, say something nice to the lady!) Eyes right!..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2002 | 25FEB2002]

PREISS, AW2 Jerry preissfam123@yahoo.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-50 from May 1973 to August 1976. I worked in the NATOPS office, and I was a SS3. The radar operators in VP-50 were very well trained, and led by an highly respected Shipmate by the name of Doc Frye. I was also a SS1 in VP-23 from May 1980 to September 1983. I worked in training and the NATOPS office. Jim Monfort is the Shipmate I remember from VP-23 (he still owes me $10 from a bet he lost)..." [07JUN2002]

PRYOR, Bevan bevan_pryor@msn.com "...I was one of the lucky ones I guess, aircrew (VP-23) in S2F, P2V-5, P2V-7, on the last Neptune in active duty, then P3-B, and P3-C. But I don't see other crewmembers from 1969 to 1971. Where did everyone GO!..." [22OCT2004]


RAITHEL, CAPTAIN Al Jr Retired Araitheljr@aol.com "...A Naval Aviator,I trained in ATU-10/ATU-501 (PBM), FAETULANT (PBY/R4D), VP-23 (P2V-7), VP-31 (SP2H/P3A/P3B), and served as a Patrol Plane Commander in VP-45 [PBM and P5M-1](53-56), VX-6 [P2V-7 Ski](56-57), VP28 [SP2H and P-3A] (63-66), and served as XO/CO VP-47 [P-3B] (68-70). Served in ASW System Projects Office [Nav Mat PM-4](66-68) as Patrol Aircraft Plans Engineer during development of the P-3C..." [22FEB2000]

RANDALL, AGCM William "Bill" Retired truefast@aol.com "...22 Aug 74 Entered U.S. Navy as a "Ready Mariner" (4X10 selective reservist/SELRES). 26 Sep 74 Used "administrative option" in boot camp; converted to active reservist (TAR). 01 Nov 74 Graduated from basic training. 04 Nov 74 Entered (ASW) "AW-A" school (NAS Millington, Tennessee). 25 Mar 75 Graduated from AW-A school. 26 Mar 75 Arrived at HS-1 (active sonar/SAR Wetcrewman) school. 30 May 75 Passed sonar technical training; did not meet wetcrewman quals. Allowed to convert to patrol squadron (acoustic sensor) training. 22 Dec 75 Completed VP-30 (acoustic sensor) VP training; received orders to VP-23 (NAS Brunswick, Maine). 02 Jan 76 Arrived VP-23 ("Seahawks") two deployments (NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal) 1976-1978. Opted to exercise a "SCORE" conversion to Aerographer's Mate (from AW2 to AG2). 30 Dec 78 Transferred from VP-23 to Aerographer's Mate A-1 school. 29 Jan 79 Commenced AG-A school. 25 May 79 Graduated AG-A school (finished as honor graduate; asked to stay onboard as instructor). 28 May 79 Attended Instructor School (Chanute AFB, Rantoul IL). 29 Jun 79 Graduated Instructor School (AG-A school instructor through Apr 1982). 16 Dec 80 Frocked to AG1. 25 Apr 82 Attended AG-C7 Forecaster school. 28 Dec 82 Graduated Forecaster school. 02 Jan 83 Arrive USS America (CV 66) forecaster duty. 31 Oct 84 Transfer from USS America to NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. 16 Sep 85 Frocked to AGC. 3 Jan 86 Transfer to Naval Oceanography Command Center, NS Rota, Spain. 5 Jan 89 Transfer to Staff Duty (Commander, US Sixth Fleet) Gaeta Italy. 16 Apr 91 Frocked to AGCS. 12 Feb 92 Transfer to Naval Training Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NAS Pensacola, Florida). 16 Apr 95 Frocked to AGCM. 10 May 95 Transfer to Senior Enlisted Academy (Newport, RI). 10 Jul 95 Transfer to Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NS Rota, Spain). 15 Feb 98 Transfer to Recruit Training Command (Great Lakes IL). 1 Oct 00 Transfer to USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Command Master Chief). 31 Dec 01 Transfer to Fleet Reserve..." [08MAR2007]

RARICK, Clarence rarickce@corning.com "...I served aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1979 to 1981 and VP-23 from 1982 to 1984. Got out for a little while and found out that the grass was not greener on the other side. I came back in the Navy from 1989 to 1991 and served with VF-14. Boy I sure did not like the tail hook community. There is definitly nothing like the VP community. They were much more of a tight knit group of people. Remember "Eyes Right"..." [04AUG2009]

RATLIFF, AE Joe caroledolls@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (1959 to 1961) as an AE and flew with Crew-12 with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14SEP2010]

RAWL, AO2 Billy billy@capnbilly.com "...Served VP-23 from 1952 until 1955. Was an ordanceman on Crew 8. Served on TAD's to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (did mess cookin' there) and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I'd enjoy hearing from anyone I served with during that period. After leaving the Navy in 1955 as an AO2 and knockin' around for a few years, managed to get into one of the last USAF Aviation Cadet Pilot classes, and after completion flew KC-97's at Pease AFB, NH until leaving the AF in 1965 for employment with TWA, retiring as a Captain in '86. Web Site: http://home.earthlink.net/~capnbilly/vp23_intro.htm..." [E-Mail/URL Updated 31JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2002 | 26JUL2000]

REEBER, Doug dougr@actionauto.com "...I served with VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine FE from January 1990 until it was disestablished on February 28, 1995. How many former Seahawks would like to get together for one final Reunion prior to NAS Brunswick, Maine closure?..." [06JAN2009]

REED, Richard O. "Dick" roslreed@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-11 from March 1958 to November 1961 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain (1958) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1960), VT-29 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from November 1961 to December 1964, VP-23 from May 1965 to July 1967 with deployments to NAS Key West, Florida (1965) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1966) and NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts from July 1967 to August 1968, NAS Minneapolis, Minnesota (Reservist) from 1968 to 1969, NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington / NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (Reservist) from 1969 to 1970 and VP-92 at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts (Reservist) from 1970 to 1971. Member of the VP-11 Neptune Association from 1985 to present. I worked for Northwest Airlines from 1968 to retirement in 1995 and now living in Rye Beach, NH / Satellite Beach, FL..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10SEP2009 | 18MAY99]

REID, AW2 Stan stanr@county.org "...I was an AW2 in VP-23 from January 1974 to June 1977. I would like to find my old Shipmates. I was just about always on Crew 1 or Crew 2. Brad McDevitt was my Sensor 1 until I became a Sensor 1 with my own crew and got Forrest Powers as my Sensor 2. I was also in VP-94 from 1978 to 1980 as an AW2. I returned as LTJG Reid, Air Intelligence Officer, "B" Wing, from 1981 to 1983. I certainly would like to hear from those crazy *&#)*s...I wanted to update my VP-23 entry to let my old runnin' mates know that the old AW2 Reid that they once knew has been selected for promotion to Captain in the Naval Reserve. They'll let anyone be a Captain, eh? Would really like to locate Chief Joe Urban and hear from all my old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 10JUL2000 | 00xxx97]

RILEY, Bill briley@venus.net "...VP-23 member of CAC-3 "Bangor Packet" from '72 to '74. I was the Radio Operator. Also deployed with VP-23 to South America on Unitas tour. Would like to get in touch with some of the best people I've ever known. This year (1999) Twinkle and I have been married 25 years!..." WebSite: http://www.venus.net/~briley [18APR99]

RIORDAN, CDR Stephen J. submitted by his son Stephen J. Riordan IV, Commander, USN (Ret.) airarchive@email.msn.com "...My father, Cdr.. Stephen J. Riordan, was assigned to VW-15 as an EC-121 (Willie Victor) pilot from 9/55 to 5/57. He was the squadron CO part of that time. He made at least one Barrier/Dew Line Deployment out of Argentia, Newfoundland. I have pictures from those experiences both in color and black and white. He also flew weather recces in PB4Y2s with VP-23 from 3/48 to 5/50 out of NAS Miami, FL. He was a LCdr during his tour with VP-23. I followed in his footsteps as a Naval Aviator. However I chose the jet pipeline, it being the height of Vietnam and me wanting to be a hero etc. I learned in those unfriendly skies that heroes are just guys like the rest of us who happen to be in the wrong place at the right time and put their shipmates ahead of their own survival..." [19JAN98]

RISTOW, Jerry jjris2@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1952 through 1954. Flew as a 2nd mech and later Plane Captain on the old PB4Ys and later P2Vs. Made several trips to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, Thule, Goose Bay and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Also made several trips to the Carribean. I flew with our skipper, CDR Harvey Hopp. Like to hear from any Shipmates of that era. ..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAY2009 | 11MAR2000]

ROBERSON, AWC Harold "Robby" Retired jrobby@live.com "...I served with VP-40 (1955-1957), VP-28 (1958-1961), VP-7 (1963-1968), VP-23 (1968-1971) and retired in 1971. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 25SEP2000 | 20OCT97]

ROBESON, Roger rrobeson@netins.net "...Served with VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 7-66 thru 7-68. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice. First time 11/66-5/67, 2nd time 4/68-6/68. Discharged in Queens, NY 7/68. Are there any of my buddies out there???..." [23FEB99]

ROETHKE, AT1(AW) Robert J. northernpiker@mindspring.com "...I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine assigned to VP-23 from June 86 to June 90. I am presently assigned to NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I found your Webpage by chance and it sure brings back great memories. I am an "I" level AT and worked TAD at AIMD while stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I made my first deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, finished a home cycle and then deployed to the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I would gladly answer any questions with a reply..." [12JUN99]

ROHR, ADCS Edward William (Bill) Retired brohr@metrocast.net "...I served with VP-40 from May 1962 until June 1965 (Plane Captain - Crew 5), VT-29 from June 1965 to April 1969, VXE-6 from August 1969 to April 1971 (Connie FE), VQ-2 from October 1971 to October 1974 (FE), VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 1974 to November 1988, VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired November 1, 1988 as ADCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26JAN2005 | 18MAY2004]

ROKOWSKI, AE3 Joseph G. jsrokowski@hotmail.com "...I served with VP- (1963-1967) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1964), NAS Key West, Florida, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1966) and left the Navy in April of 1967. After the Navy I spent several years as a Maine State Trooper (1969-1972) and retired from NYNEX in 1997..." [25FEB2016]

ROLLINS, AX2 Alan C. arollins@bae-inc.com "...I was with VP-56, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, from early 1964 through mid 1967, AXAN to AX2. Primarily with Crew-5 "Animals" as Bow observer / MAD. Let me tell you that you guys back in the tube missed out on some fantastic views! Last few months with VP-56 was on Night-Check. It was always a toss up as to whether we would beat Day-Check out the gate before 16:30 or if we were still on the ramp working when Day-Check came back in the next morning! Really great duty whether flying or ground-pounding. Posted to VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine, after AVI-B NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Flew with Crew-1 for NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1968 deployment, then opted to do AIMD bench support for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1969 deployment. After three Summers in NAS Sigonella, Sicily over four years, I finally decided that Malta was a heck of a better place to get to for those rare times off. I have been fortunate enough to have contact with some former crewmates and ould be glad to hear from any Neptune riders from either of those VP eras..." [03MAY2002]

ROMERO, YN1(AW) Robert J. Jr. Retired yoman_bob@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-4 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1985 to 1989, VP-23 from 1989 to 1993, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1993 to 1997, VFA-147 NAS Lemoore, California from 1997 to 2001 and VFA-122 from 2001 to my retirement in 2005..." [23FEB2009]

ROY, Michael "Judge" Retired mlcmroy@earthlink.net "...I was a member of VP-23 CAC-9 (Pigs in Space) from Jun 80 to Oct 83. As I scrolled down the Shipmates of VP-23 I found several names that were familiar. Leaving VP-23, I was an exchange officer with No. 10 Sqn, RAAF. That tour was the highlight of my 23 year career. After a follow-on tours as ASW Officer/TAO on the USS Nimitz and ROTC Instructor at Norwich University, VT, I retired. I am a high school math teacher in Louisville, KY..." [26APR2001]

RUIZ, ADCS (AW/SW) Jose Rene renrealestate@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (1979 to 1983), VQ-2 (1983 to 1986), VP-23 (1986 to 1990), RTC Orlando (1990 to 1993), USS Saratoga/VFA-81 (1993 to 1997), VP-16 (1997 to 2002), VC-8 2002-2003 and VP-30 (2003 to 2005)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27AUG2010 | 07APR2003]


SAMPSON, AE3 Corey Drinkb52s@aol.com "...AE3 Sampson here, just one of the many "Onewires" of VP-23 from 1988-1992. I cannot believe I have missed this site all these years. I tell my wife about all the fun I had in NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Bermuda, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NS Rota, Spain, and of course Munich Germany, with all of my friends and co-workers, but sadly have lost touch with everyone. The only people I have seen in the past ten years have been AE1 Powell (who is probably a Master Chief by now), AE2 Whittaker (who is flying everyone around in his Delta Airlines jet), and AE3 Wade (or is it Doctor M. Wade now). I hope everyone is doing great!! I live in Orlando, Florida (home of the Mouse) and work as a project manager for an electrical contractor. I am currently enrolled at UCF chasing down a degree in Electrical Engineering (one day I will finish, I think???) I would love to hear from everyone that was a ground pounder in the trenches with the rest of us back in the day (No offense to the fly boys, just did not know you guys to well). Here is a short list of those involved, not everyone, sorry, the mind just does not work as well as it used to (LOL!!!) but you know who you are - AEC Powell, AE2 Desatellas (sorry Michelle I know I misspelled it) AE3 M. Wade, AE1 Ellis, AD3 Cozzy, AD2(AW) Fields, AMH2 Wade, AMH3 Stevenson, AMH3 Daniels,AT3 Garutti, AEAN Goforth, AD3 Matthews. I had soooo much fun those four years!!!! Just cannot forget it!! Oh, almost forgot, the LT. that was in charge of the AE shop in 1992 (you have a son named Nicholas) and we used to joke about him being a hit man named "Nick, yo Nick". Love to hear from you also. Take care everyone, talk with you soon!..." [03OCT2002]

SCARSON, ADC Larry Retired lscarson@aol.com "...I flew as a Flight Engineer in VP-23, VP-26, and VP-44. It is great to see all the work that has been presented, showing the VP Navy in all its glory. I would be interested in hearing from any of my old crewmates, specially from among the FE community..." [09JUN2001]

SCHAFLE, ATC John john.schafle@att.net "...I served with VP-23 (01/1967-10/1968) with two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, VA-46 (1968), VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California and retired in 1987..." [E-Mail Updated 21AUG2013 | 19OCT2001]

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SCHORN, Linda A. (Silvis) FLTLINE23@aol.com "...Started out in VP-30 (1976-78). Moved to Crash Crew in NS Rota, Spain (1978-80). Then to VQ-2 from (1980-83). Transet Line NAS Moffett Field, California (1983-85). Finally completed a tour in VP-23 from (1985-88) Want to say hi to all my old friends. Drop me a line..." [25FEB98]

SCHMIDT, Al Al@alschmidt.com "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1958 thru 1962 as an AT crewmember on the P2V-7's..." Personal WebSite: http://www.schmidtfamily.com/patron23.htm [08JAN2001]

SCHULLER, CAPTAIN Ron Retired C/O His Son SCHULLER, CDR Jeff Retired Jeffrey.Schuller-contractor@bmdo.osd.mil "...My brother flew P-3Bs with VP-10 in the late '70s and later P-3Cs with VP-11 in the late '80s. He was the final Commanding Officer of VP-23 in the early '90s. He retired in '99 and now works for Flight International in Newport News, VA..." [04FEB2002]

SEARLES, LT(jg) Robert W. Retired bobtopsidesearles@gmail.com "...I served with VP squadrons for 27 years until I retire in 1970. I served with VP-2, VP-22, VP-23, VP-34, VP-44 and VP-45..." [E-Mail Updated 30OCT2010 | 29JUL2002]

SECKEL, Bill seckel@ziplink.net "...Served with VP23, NAS Brunswick, Maine from Dec 55 until Sep 58..." [26DEC97]

SELL, Jack jsell727@verizon.net "...Tours included VP-31 (Student) (July 1969 to November 1969), VP-23 (November 1969 to October 1972), VP-30 (Instructor) (October 1972 to August 1975) VP-26 (Special Projects - now VPU-1) (August 1975 to September 1977), CINCLNTFLT VP Air Ops (CTF84) (September 1977 to January 1980), VP-11 (July 1980 to September 1982), Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) (September 1982 to May 1985), Commander, Oceanographic System, Atlantic (COMOCEANSYSLANT) (May 1985 to August 1989) and retired in 1989. I retired from American Airlines February 2005..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2007 | 07MAR98]

SENSAT, AVCM Eddie H. Retired eddie.sensat@netscape.com "...I served with VP-56 from 1975 to 1978, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal from 1978 to 1980, ASWOC NS Rota, Spain from 1980 to 1983, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1986, VP-23 from 1986 to 1989 and NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee as an AVCM where I retired after 23 years. I am currently living in Mexico and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16JAN2010 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2007 | 30SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...SHERWOOD, John...I am deeply saddened to inform you that one of our shipmates, John Sherwood of VP-23 has passed away June 23rd at 3:35 p.m. Here is a copy of the e-mail I received from his wife Rosie. It is with a heavy heart that I tell all of you who loved and prayed for John that his 'Journey Through Cancer' is over. John died at home peacefully Monday, June 23rd at 3:35 pm. He got progressively worse over the weekend and his family was there to surround him with love and support. We will miss him terribly, but his suffering and pain is gone. We can no longer wrap our arms around him, but know that he is in the arms of God. I want to thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, cards, calls, emails, and visits over this last year and 8 months. You will never know how much your support meant to both of us. May God bless you, Rosi..." Contributed by BARON, AT3 Michael H. baronm2@ocps.net [25JUN2008]

SHERWOOD, J. R. jresor@galesburg.net "...I was a member of VP-23 April 68 - March 71 made deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (2) & NS Rota, Spain. I was an AE & also on crew until transition to the P-3. I would enjoy hearing from former squadron members..." [25JAN99]

SHIVER, AMH Nuvel nshiver@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from January 1967 until June 1970. I was in the airframe shop as AMH with Floyd Staples and Chief Black . Had many great trips to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and other points. We had the powerhouse softball team with the all Navy battery of John Littleton and Charlie Fields. I had the opportunity to play with them as third baseman. NAS Sigonella, Sicily made us break up and be drafted onto their teams the second tour there. Seeing the names of former Shipmates sure brings back many fond memories. Wish I knew then what I know now. Drop me a line and say hello..." [29SEP2004]

Memorial Picture "...SHUMAN, Arnold Baer "A.B."..Arnold Baer Shuman, VP-23 (1964-1967), better known to all as "A. B.", died suddenly Friday, May 10 at his home in Hillsdale NJ. He was 73. A. B. was an accomplished P2V PPC in VP-23, and an avid hot-rodder from his teens throughout his life. After leaving the Navy, A. B. moved to Los Angeles to work for Petersen Publishing where he edited and wrote for magazines like Car Craft, Motor Trend, and Hot Rod. In 1972 he moved back East to become the leading product spokesman for Mercedes-Benz North America, a position he held until he retired in 1995. A. B. is remembered for his skilled pen, his great intellect, his wry wit, and his skepticism of authority, traits that his comrades valued greatly. We wish him clear skies, smooth landings, and a good flathead T-bucket. Obituaries are online at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/05/14/author-a-b-shuman-dies/, http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130513/carnews/130519932 and http://clunkernation.com/2013/05/10/rip-a-b-shuman-hot-rodder-historian-mercedes-benz-pr-rep/..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. "Woody" whw00dy@att.net [17MAY2013]

SHUMAN, Arnold Baer "A.B." squarerollbars@yahoo.com "...I'm a VP-23 refugee, having served with the Seahawks from 11/64 thru 9/67. I was flabbergasted to see my old a/c, LJ2 BUNO: 141250, pictured on this site as the surrogate for all P-2s. Makes a guy kinda humble. I understand that VP still does..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAY2005 | 10FEB98]

SIGLEY, CTI(NAC) Alisha zigtig-er@rocketmail.com "...I was stationed at VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine for a little under 2 years (91-92). I was AK2 prior to cross-rating to CTI(NAC). I hope life is treating everyone well. I would love to hear from lost friends. Ciao for now..." [06JUL2001]

SILVERMAN, CAPTAIN Dick Retired rsilverman@cfl.rr.com "...I entered the Navy in 1958 (OCS) as a blackshoe and started my VP career with VP-23 July 1964 to May 1966. Went to NAS Bermuda from 1966-1969 and ran the ASWOC, VP-24 from September 1969-July 1971, VP-30 Admin. Officer from August 1971-February 1975, VP-16 from February 1975-April 1977 XO/CO, XO of USS Iwo Jima, Chief of Staff Naval District Washington, Commander NTC Orlando for a few months and retired in June 1989. Went to work for Orange County Sheriff's Office and have been the Aviation Unit Commander for 10 years, having survived prostate cancer and 5 bypasses. Can't see retiring. Flying helicopters is still alot of fun..." [03OCT2002]

SIMMONS, David dave.simmons@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 (1966) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and Naval Air Warfare Center (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania as Project Manager of Project ANew - P-3C development..." [25MAY2012]

SISK, AW2 Andrew B. andy.b.sisk@lmco.com "...Former VP-23 AW2 SS1 1981 to 1984. I served on CAC 1, 4, and 6. First met the squadron on deployment in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, pulled 2 more deployment in NS Rota, Spain/NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal with dets to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Crete (that was a wild one) and last but not least NAS Bermuda, including dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR roads and Panama chasing arms runners. Married a lady from Lisbon Falls, ME. We are still going strong 26 years latter. We both work for Lockheed on P-3's no less and we visit Brunswick every couple of years while visiting her family who still live in Lisbon Falls. I was really shocked and saddened to learn that VP-23 was disbanded and even more shocked about the base is set to close. Even though I'm a Southern Boy I will always have a special place in my heart for Maine and NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [07SEP2006]

SKAAR, Gary scorefx2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 1963 to September 1966. Although I was an Aviation Machinist Mate, I worked in the Maintenance Office. I was in NS Rota, Spain, part of a 3 plane deployment to Key West, Fl and of course the wonderful weather in Puerto Rico. I was part of the flag football team that won the 1st Naval District Championship. Who can forget our skipper Captain Wyman. Wonderful memories..." [28JUL2010]

SKINNER, Rear Admiral W. Mark http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/skinnerwm.html "...Rear Admiral W. Mark Skinner - Commander - Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division - NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California - Rear Admiral Mark Skinner is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1977. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1979. He reported first to VP-23. He then served as an FRS Instructor Pilot aboard VP-31 until 1984. After graduating from Test Pilot School in 1985, he reported to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate where he was recognized as Directorate Test Pilot of the Year in 1986. He served as the Communications Officer in USS Ranger and then went to VP-6 as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, then Maintenance Officer. In 1991, Rear Adm Skinner joined the staff of CPW-2, serving as Current Operations Officer. He served as Executive Officer for VP-47 and subsequently took command in 1994. He then reported to Combined Task Force 72/57 as Operations Officer, directing VP forces participating in Operations Vigilant Sentinel and Southern Watch, and PRC-Taiwan Contingency Operations. After graduating from Naval Postgraduate School as a Conrad Scholar, he was awarded the Department of the Navy award for excellence in financial management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan award for excellence in administrative sciences. After completing the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager Course, he joined Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as Chief Test Pilot in 1996. As Commanding Officer of Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1998, he was later selected as Program Manager for a Chief of Naval Operations Special Project. He served as the Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs until February 2002. Rear Adm. Skinner assumed command of NAVAIR Weapons Division in August 2004 with responsibility for Navy weapons and systems RDT&E and fleet support capabilities at NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and other unit deployment citations and ribbons..." [20MAR2005]

SKLARK, AT2 Dick "Sky" dsklark@nethere.com "...I was an air crewman on the #8 crew (8 boat), P5M seaplane, Squadron VP-49, from 1956 to 1959, rank of AT-2 stationed at NAS Bermuda and an air crewman on a P2V Neptune, Squadron VP-23, based in NAS Brunswick, Maine during 1959. Would like to get in touch with some of my former Shipmates, in particular, Don Hardin, AT-2, VP-49..." [29JAN2001]

SLOANE, AMSC(AW) Harold Jay "Homer" Retired jaybeaux192@gmail.com "...I served aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) (1971-1974), VP-10 (1975-1980) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-23 (1983-1986), CPW-5 (1986-1989) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and AIMD at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1990-1993). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30AUG2012 | E-Mail Updated 08AUG2000 | 04FEB2000]

SMALL, Fen FenSmall@AOL.com "...Does anybody out there remember Triple Nickel 6? In my time (61-65 in VP-23) it was the best known tail number in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I got to the reserves just as the sevens were going to the reserves, but never saw her again..." [13MAY98]

SMITH, Andy MongoAFS@aol.com "...In case you wanted to know...the VP-23 P-3 you show in your page is Buno 161000, which we called "Double Nuts" She now is attached to a squadron in CPW-11 in Jacksonville, Florida. I was in VP-23 when she disestablished in 1994..."

SMITH, Franklyn P. star@mnsinc.com "...I was in VP-23 from 1965 to 1968 and VP-31 from 1968 to 1969..."

SMITH, AW Michael mdatthe@yahoo.com "...I was in the VP Navy as an acoustic AW from 1968 thru 1978. I was initially assigned to VP-21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine but, was only there a short time before they were disestablished and I had to pick up my bags and walk across the ramp to VP-23. I was then in VP-30 from 1975 thru 1978. I would be glad to hear from any of my old Shipmates and I would especially like any information regarding our ordinanceman during 1969 through the early 70's, Brian Hammond..." [29JAN2006]

SMITH, Timothy W. gfeaster@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-23 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine), VA-195 ( NAS Norfolk, Virginia), NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Hanford, CA., VP-9, VP-30, VP-5, VA-203 ( NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida), USS Bon Hommie Richard CVA-31, USS Independance CVA-63, USS Forastall CVA-59, VX-13 Ton Sunit Vietnam, and retired (1960-1989) USNR..." [22MAR2000]

SMITH, IS1 Todd chrys@viaduct.custom.net "...I was stationed at CPW-11 from 83 - 87, VP-44 from 89 - the decom, VP-10 till 92 and then bounced around for six months between VP-23 and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) till I was medically discharged. I was in VP most of my ten years and loved every minute of it. I am looking for AW1 "Red" Roden and AW1 Tom Blankenship. I am also searching for LT Sarah Smith/VP-44 AIO, 1990. I would appreciate any information on the whereabouts of these Shipmates!!!..." [17SEP98]

SMITH, Victor "Smitty" victorsmith@webtv.com "...I served in VP-23 from 81-86 with a little time off in 84. Smitty (smile) is looking for Mayo, Guido, Patrick(AE) and all former Shipmates. Please feel free to drop me a line..." [30MAR99]

SMORAGIEWICZ, Laura "Smorgie" suny4ever@home.com "...First Female Mechanic to VP-23 (It's a true Fact Jack) AME/PR Shop from Jan 85 - June 86. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain. I Remember the first day on the job when I broke a Key in the lock of one of the P-3's. You all laughed at me. You all thought I would ask someone to carry the tool box too but, I always carried it myself. HaHa. Anyhow a special Hi to everyone. Whatever happened to Chief Harter, Dino, Mayo, FE Clarke, or Hicks? I Want to hear from everyone. VP-23 Ruled..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2000 | 07MAY98]

SNYDER, Bill bill.snyder@adelphia.com "...Was first stationed with P-3's at NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-8 in November of 1972. After working my way to the "Tron" shop, was allowed to go to "A" school in Millington, Tennessee,after graduation was assigned to VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for Radio Operator school. I was then assigned to VP-23, CAC 7, in NAS Brunswick, Maine till discharge in 1976. Was heavily recruited for reserves VP-66 in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as I was the only NATOPS qualified 8265 on the East coast. Unfortunately, I was uncomfortable flying with reserve pilots after flying with some of the best pilots in the world. Remember many 1 approach, 2 landings comments.... Did deployments to the usual, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I have fond memories of sun rises in the straits of Gibralter. Would love to hear from any of the flight crew members. I still can recognize the sounds of those Allison engines..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2002 | 01JUN2000]

SODERBERG, AE2 James (Jim) JSoderberg@cybrzn.com ...Circa 1953... Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1999... Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-23 from July 1953 (just before we shipped out to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada) until March 1956. Was one of the fortunate ones who only had to spend a little over 2 months in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I was in a flight crew the last two years and, if memory serves me correctly, was in the crew for MA-3 (Lt. Fryer was our pilot). Would be delighted to hear from any of my OLD Shipmates!..." [24MAY2001]

SOUCHAK, AE John C. lucentum@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-23 (1977-1980). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAR2013]

SOUZA, G GARY7732@aol.com "...VP-23. I recently found a VP-23 "Plan of the Day"/Watch Bill from 20 December, 1970 ( NS Rota, Spain Deployment). IT contains the names of numerous officers and men that stood duty on that Sunday as well as a nice Xmas poem on the back by LCDR Munch. I will be glad to mail a copy to anyone who went on that deployment. I will even pay for the postage..." [30NOV98]

SPAULDING, CAPTAIN Gerry Retired gerkar@comcast.net "...I served with VT-3 from 1969 to 1971, VP-17 from 1972 to 1975 (has a pretty good informal comm network established), VP-23 from 1980 to 1982 (have heard little from Shipmates), VT-28 from 1983 to 1985 (would love to hear from any of the guys and gals who made life so pleasant for me when I was XO/CO). Looking forwarding to hearing from anyone interested in catching up..." Personal WebSite: http://ghspaulding.com/VP-17homepage.htm [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2010 | Updated 03JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | 14JAN2000]

SPICE, ADC Sammy L. Retired oldsalty65@hotmail.com "...I was assigned to VP-23 from 1980-1983. I started out as the shop supervisor an then was moved to maint control. I also handled out packouts to NAS Keflavik, Iceland an NS Rota, Spain. I have seen names on this site that i know, Smitty. Dodson,Gilley, Dick Gray and others. I left VP-23 in 1983 for recruiting duty in Wis. I would like to hear form old sq. mates. I enjoyed the three years in the sq. What ever happened to Bruce Ablebeck (Abe), Nick Raciopi, Jim Merry (Jimbo), John Leighton,Dave Gary, and many others?..." [10NOV2000]

STANGL, LT Barry Retired cdrstangl@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-23 from 1991-1994. Retired in 1997..." [27JAN2009]

STANLEY, AO3 Jim jnsmiami@aol.com "...I served as an AO3 in VP-30 from 1985 to 1987. Prior to that in VP-23 from 1983 to 1985. Any old friends out there, I would love to hear from you..." [21SEP2006]

STANSBERY, Mike Shipmate Pix mikest@ccrtc.com "...Assigned to VP-23 9/63 as ADRAN right out of 'A' school, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Worked in A/C Maint. office (before maint yo-yo rate came out) and then Powerplant shop. Served on 'part-time' aircrew, (never a CAC member). Made split deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NS Rota, Spain, (I went to Iceland), and did half the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Sent back to Philly in 2/67 for Sep from active duty as ADR3. BTW... how come I'm the only 'NOSEPICKER' in this group ?? After the Navy I was employed at ALLISON Div. GMC as Engine Test Stand Operator. I helped send all the VP's some fine powerplants for several years after my Tour of Duty. (I sure did/do miss those 'Big Round Motors' tho...) As a note of interest: I found an old friend/Shipmate about 5 or 6 years ago down at NAS Pensicola. P2v7/SP2H BU# 141234 on display outside the Museum. Made my day. Wished I could climb inside again, but she was well sealed up. Best to All..." [Picture Posted 09JAN2001 | 12OCT98]

STONE, Victor J. vstone@prodigy.net "...I was Capt. Allender's Navigator when he was squadron XO and later his TACCO on Crew 1 when he was CO..." [19SEP99]

STORM, Dan stormd@aol.com "...After serving a stint with VQ-2 NS Rota, Spain, I came over and finished out my time with VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine. Both squadrons had a great bunch of people who really had their s**t together..." [21OCT2003]

STRACCIALINI, Moreno (Stracc Attack) stracc@comcast.net "...I served with VP-17 as a Flight Engineer from 1984 to 1990, too many Flight Crews to remember. In my twenty years of service I deployed to great places like NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and others. My best regards to all my Shipmates (Aircrew or Maint). I Also served with VX-1, VP-11, VP-23, and VP-8. Presently stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Force Aircraft Test Squadron where I will retire in OCT 1999 with over 6000 hrs in the Mighty Orion. I will be glad to hear from old Shipmates, so drop me a line!..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2007 | 05SEP99]

STRUNK, LT Merle E. Retired MESUSN@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from July 1966-1968..." [23DEC2001]

Memorial Picture "...STRUTTON, AO1 Charles Thomas...My father was in VP squadrons in NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Richmond, Miami, Florida and NAS Keflavik, Iceland...the one squadron he talked about most was VP-23 which were the Hurrican Hunters in the early 50's. His name is Charles Thomas Strutton (AO1). He was also in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone in the late 40's. He joined the Navy in January 1942 and retired in 1962. He passed away in December 2000. He was buried at sea off the coast of California. I was wondering if anyone knew him when he was in Patrol squadrons. He is missed by his 5 children, 11 grandchildren and his 12 great grandchildren. He was a great sailor and loved the Navy. He was from Jersey City. I am signing this guestbook to let others know about the brave men who flew through those hurricanes and through the north atlantic during WW2. Thank you all. Barbara, Betty, Robert, Randy and Bonnie Strutton...Barbara Strutton Lacy blacy45@yahoo.com..." [15MAY2005]

STUHR, Bill CDRLBS@Worldnet.ATT.net "...AW days in VP-23 in the early 70's, NESEP at U. of New Mexico, NFO in VP-9, VP-31, ASWOC NAS Misawa, Japan, COMPATWING One Kami Seya, VP-1, COMPATWING Two NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and finally COMPATWINGSPAC. Am happy to finally be retired...I've slept in my own bed every night for four years!..." [26JUL98]

SULLIVAN, John William http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/S.htm "..Sully was born in Pittsburgh, PA, December 1, 1916. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Sherman Sullivan. Sully's first duty was on board the battleship USS NEVADA, in which he served as a junior officer in the engineering department from July, 1940, until January, 1941. He then served in cruisers -- USS AUGUSTA and USS MONTPELIER -- until January, 1943, as electrical engineering officer in the former and as radio officer in the latter. He then was assigned to the battleship USS NEW JERSEY in the gunnery department. He left this ship in July, 1946 to attend PG School, then reported to the Hurricane Weather Central in Miami, Florida, serving there until May, 1949, as executive officer. While at PG School, he married Delight Anderson at Greenwich, CT. He became senior flight aerologist with VP-23, then left this duty in September, 1950 and was assigned to the Fleet Weather Central in Norfolk as executive officer. In June, 1952, he became executive officer and later Officer-in- Charge, Fleet Weather Central in Miami. He was transferred from this duty in December, 1953, to the cruiser USS LOS ANGELES in the Pacific, serving as operations officer in that ship. The landing ship USS CASA GRANDE was his next duty. He served as commanding officer from July, 1955, to December, 1956, at which time he was selected to command the destroyer USS PUTNAM. He served in this command until reporting to the staff of SACLANT, as Executive Assistant in the Plans, Policy and Operations Department. In March, 1960, Sully assumed command of USS SHASTA, where he served until reporting to EPDOLANT to assume command in 1961. He held this position until his retirement as a Captain on 30 September 1964. Next came the 1970's, devoted to Academia, and Boy Scouts. On August 20, 1970, Sully received his Master of Science in Education from the Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. In June, 1975, he was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education from the College of William & Mary for 30 semester hours of graduate study beyond the Master's Degree. He taught math at Kempsville High School and Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, and he was Administrator of Advanced Studies at Tidewater Community College. Sully again retired, and also from his Boy Scout Troup, with its 4 Eagles. Since 1969, Sully owned large motor yachts and, until his death on 10 March 1990, traveled the Eastern Seaways with his wife, Dee, six sons and twin daughters -- and his dogs. Sadly, son Lawrence, was killed in 1981. Dee and the other children survive: Waiter, USNA Class of 70; John; Mark, USNA Class of '74; Kerry; Kraig; Jan; Jill; 1 grandson and 3 granddaughters..." [01JUN2003]


TAYLOR, Chet somkeyri@hotmail.com "...I served with VS-30 (1972-1974), VA-75 (1974-1975), VP-10 (1975-1978), NAS Pensacola, Florida (1978-1979) and VP-23 (1979-1981)..." [13MAR2013]

THOMPSON, Michael H. crew1vp23@aol.com or mikehtvt@aol.com "...I wish to especially hear from anyone in VP-23 from 1962-1965. I left the Navy in Aug. of 1965 as an AX2 and as 1st Tech of CAC-1 Charlie Wyman's crew. During this time VP-23 won 3 Battle readiness 'E' flags consecutively, a feat never matched by any other Squadron that I know of. I flew in P-2V-7's (148350) my last 16 months. A great plane. John Rees was the first person in our Squadron to see a Russian sub on the surface we got pictures to prove it. Also, got awful drunk in Stavanger, Norway (I think). I always liked flying into Norwegian ports. I also, remember the NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba deployment and the help we had to give the Air Force because they couldn't keep track of anything at night. I also, remember my crew (CAC-11) was on Patrol when President Kennedy was shot. That was a tense time. I had a nephew Lt John Poulin in VP-23 when it was decomissioned on Dec. 7, 1994 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would love to hear from anyone about VP-23. I have the patch of the bird with the mine and the pdc also my original flight jacket. Does anyone know about Chief 'Ski of the electronics shop?? Hey did you know there are no more Marines at the gate in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Yup, you can just drive around on the base as you damn well please..." [26APR98]

THORSEN, BRYCE A THORSENBA@AOL.COM "...RETIRED IN JUNE OF 87 AS A AMCS. FIRST HITCH WAS WITH TAIL-HOOKERS ALONG WITH A DEPLOYMENT ON THE U.S.S. KENNEDY (CVN-80). 70 TO 76 WAS ASSIGNED TO VP-23 (I DO KNOW THE VP-23 FIGHT SONG). SPENT THE REST OF MY CAREER AT NAS Jacksonville, Florida IN VP SQUADRONS VP-30 AND VP VP-49 THE WOODPECKERS. RETIRED FROM NAM TRA DET, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. RECOGNIZED ALOT OF OLD Shipmates..." [28JAN99]

THRASHER, ADJ3 Jim H. "Jim" c/o THRASHER, AMS3 Ronny W. paparon43@live.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1960 to 1964 with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily as well as TDY to many places including NS Rota, Spain, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I am from the cotton patches of Arkansas and Brunswick, Maine. It was one heck of a shock to my corncob personality. I am now in Oklahoma..." [24FEB2010]

THRASHER, AMS3 Ronny W. paparon43@live.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1960 to 1964 with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily as well as TDY to many places including NS Rota, Spain, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I am from the cotton patches of Arkansas and Brunswick, Maine. It was one heck of a shock to my corncob personality. I am now in Texas. I have many memories, but I do remember Chief Crownover, an Electronics Tech who, if I remember correctly, had won the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII at Pearl. Could be wrong. Many years have passed since then and my memory is a little jammed up right now..." [24FEB2010]

Memorial Picture "...TOOD, Robert and TWEEDY, Glenn...Sadly I must report the deaths of my two shipmates Robert Wood and Glenn Tweedy. Bob passed away in Feb. 2001 while shoveling snow in his driveway. His collapse was witnessed by his married daughter who attempted to revive him, all to no avail. Bob was mentor to many of us who flew with him. He was a Navy man, but particularly, he was always a friend first. He constantly offered advice which, at the time, did not seem like advice, but which always proved to be beneficial both on and off the crew. He was just a great guy to go on liberty with, and a great guy to fly with. Glen Tweedy passed away from cancer in 2001. He had battled this for some time, I understand. We affectionately called Glenn, "Tweety bird." He made the last Reunion of VP-23. What a small and diminishing world we live in. God bless and keep our service men and women safe. WHEELER, Ron rwheeler002@nycap.rr.com..." [25JUN2001]

TOUCHETTE, ATCS(AW) Bob Retired btouchette@metrocast.net "...Served 20 years in the NAS Brunswick, Maine Community, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from September 1978 to January 1982, VP-8 from January 1982 to February 1986 (Deployed to NAS Bermuda in 1982, NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1983 and 1984, and NS Rota, Spain in 1985), AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-44 from October 1989 to its disestablishment in June 1991 (Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1989 and 1990), VP-23 from July 1991 to December 1993 (Deployed NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1992), then back to my old haunts, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from December 1993 to August 1998. This retirement stuff is OK! Please feel free to contact me. Since retiring I worked at LL Bean doing physical security while going to school to get a degree. Graduated in 2002 with a BS in Public Accounting. Moved to Templeton, MA in October 2002 and started a new job at the IRS as an Internal Revenue Agent. I really like my new job and I work with a bunch of good folks. I've been with the IRS for 4 years now, still having a good time. Recently transferred to the Laconia, NH office. If you get up this way, send me an e-mail..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 17JUL2001 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV99 | 07AUG98]

TRAWEEK, AO Arthur ARTHURDENICE@AOL.COM "...I was an Ordanceman with VP-23 from 1972 to 1975. I was on crew 10. I really enjoyed flying and the deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. NAS Brunswick, Mainewas the best place to be stationed..." [12DEC2001]

TRIBOU, Mathew ("TIM") fwolfe@suscom-maine.net "...Served with VP-11, VP-8, VP-23, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, VA-46, VAQ-33, and VF-45..." [08SEP2001]

TURBEE, Norman airboss72@yahoo.com "...I have been blessed to fly with VP-23 and VP-45. An experince that as an air Traffic Controller (1968-72) changed my heart. I recently was drawn to an Canadian Forces (CF) P-3 (Aurora) at the Syracuse Airport Air Show where a crewmen of Squadron 415 gave me a private tour of "the tube." A nosalgic return to the day's of "the Mission." I am most grateful for the Military experience and the P-3 soujourners..." [10JUL2002]

TURNER, Ken Turnerk3@hotmail.com "...I was a Flight Engineer in VP-23 from August '91 to October '94 when I took F/E orders to NAS Bermuda until July '95. Later I went into the reserves to VP-62 out of Jax as a F/E once again. Any of my old friends from the Navy read this, please drop me a line..." [16JUN98]

TUSSY, Mike mrt@nationwide.net "...I served with the VP-23 squadron from April 57 until September 1959. Went to Malta twice on Deployments. I have many fond memories of the Squadron and all the places we traveled to. Thanks for the nice Website here. I lookforward to visiting often to see if my memory of some of the members on the crews I served with come back. I have many pictures and slides so need to review them. I think I had too much firewater during that tour of duty. Regards to all who served in the VP-23 squadron. One of the best of the best..." [04MAR99]

TWEEDY, Glenn Shipmate Pix May 1957! wgt-srt@worldnet.att.net "...VP-23 Nov 1955 through Mar 1958..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP98]


USERY, AE1 Jerry R. Retired j.usery@att.net "...I attended Boot Camp at Great Lakes boot camp (1960), USS Essex (CV-9) during Bay of Pigs invasion, VR-6 at McGuire AFB, New Jersey, VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine during Cuban Missle Crisis and VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with both P2's and P5's. Trained Army aircraft electricians for the U. S. Army Crazy Cat's/1st Radio Research Company. I also served aboard NAS Agana, Guam OMD, VA-176 NAS Oceana, Virginia, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida AIMD Electric Shop and retired in 1981..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2010 | 16JUL2006]


VAHSEN, CDR Steven S. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-1/skipper.htm "...Commander Steven S. Vahsen graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently completed postgraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Upon flight school completion, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and assigned to VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. He qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander and served as Communications Officer, Readiness Officer, and Assistant Training Officer during deployments to the Mediterranean and Atlantic theaters. In October 1991, Commander Vahsen reported to VP-30, the Patrol Aviation Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). In addition to instructor duties, he served as Education Services Officer, FRS Consolidation Coordinator, and NFO Training Officer. Following his FRS tour, he reported to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as Assistant Navigator in 1994. During two Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf deployments, he qualified as Officer of the Deck, Command Duty Officer (Underway), and earned designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. In December 1996, CDR Vahsen joined VP-8 as a Department Head. He served as Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while deploying to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean theaters. CDR Vahsen reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare Division, (OPNAV/N78) in December 1998. While assigned to the Pentagon, he served as the Training Requirements Officer for the VP, VQ, and VS communities and the Undergraduate NFO Resource Sponsor. CDR Vahsen's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), and Navy Achievement Medal (3)..." [02JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H...Mark H. VanReken, 53, of Lexington Park died July 26, 2006, in San Diego after a courageous battle with cancer. A retired master chief with 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy (VP-23, VP-26, VP-56 and VPU-1), he continued to serve his country as a defense department employee at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Many of the family's closest friends came from his time in uniform. He took great pride in his career. His dedication was such that he continued to work a nearly full schedule as he fought the disease that ultimately cost him his life. An active church member, he enjoyed singing in the choir, playing church league softball and served in several church leadership positions over the years. He was a devoted Christian to his last days, and believed completely in God's purpose for him. He also served the community for many years as a Little League baseball coach and as a supporter of many programs at Great Mills High School. He had a special love and respect for life. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel by RV, Red Sox baseball, country music, sharing his home with family and friends and eating ice cream. He is survived by Kris (DeJong), his wife of 33 years; three children with their spouses, Tim VanReken and Serena Chung of Longmont, Colo., Mike VanReken and DeeAnna Wales of Portland, Ore., and Sara and Aaron Niverba of San Diego; his father, Donald vanReken; and four sisters, Mary vanReken, Judy Herweyer, Donna Hoogendoorn and Peggy Nienhuis; his sisters-in-law, Beth DeJong and Gayle Schreiber; and brothers-in-law, James DeJong, Alan Herweyer, Andy Hoogendoorn and Calvin Taylor. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsa (deWind) vanReken. One of his greatest desires for his last year was accomplished in seeing the birth of his first grandchild, Jonathan Mark Niverba, six months ago. He made a positive impression on many and handled situations with a gentle, honest and loyal heart. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. in Holland, Mich., at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. A funeral service will be held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church in Leonardtown. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown..." Contributed by VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net [21SEP2010]

VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H. Retired mvanreken@hotmail.com "...P-3B(D) Radio operator, VP-23 76-79; P-3C UII IFT, VP-26 80-81; P-3B Sensor operator, VP-26 (VPU-1) Special Projects, 81-84; NAMTGD 1011 IFT/WST Instructor, 84-87; P-3C(NUD) IFT, VP-56 87-91. Retired in 93 as AVCM...." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAY2000]

VANVOORHIS, THOMAS Sirvivr2@aol.com "...I SERVED IN VP-23 FROM 89-93. ANY OF MY OLD Shipmates THAT WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH FEEL FREE VIA E-MAIL. I AM A BOUNTY HUNTER IN COLORADO NOW AND AM ALSO GOING TO SCHOOL TO GET MY A&P LICENSE. IF ANYBODY OUT THERE KNOWS HOW I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH AMEC JC MONROE PLEASE LET ME KNOW, THANKS..." [E-Mail Updated 22FEB99 | 11AUG98]

VERDONE, ATN3 Tom tcverdone@rcn.com "...Served with VP-23 from 1970 to 1972 at NAS Brunswick, Maine as a ATN3. Would to hear from anybody who worked the grave shift in the Tron Shop. Looking for information on Dave Poppish and Tom Waninger..." [20MAY2003]

VITALE, AT3 David G. vp23tron@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1981 until 1984. Served as an "O" level technician. Deployed to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal / NS Rota, Spain 1983, NAS Bermuda 1983, NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1984, Detachment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1983, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR 1984. Started the tron schools in Millington, Ten. where I met my best friend Steve Wingard and from there went to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for P-3CUII.5 Comm/Nav School. Both Steve and I were lucky enought to be transferred from there to the same squadron. Looking at the list of men brought back warm feelings of good times. One of my favorite stories is from deployment to NAS Bermuda. AE3 Cronce thought he could out-drink the Tron shop. Little did he know we were very experienced in the throw back of Jack Daniels. We were working the Mid-shift and after shop turnover at 7:00 a.m we promptly headed to the beach for our competition. It was a hot sunny day and Cronce was a very fair skinned guy with Blonde hair. To cut the story short he fell asleep on the picnic table, which of course required the help of the base Security and a van to move him. When he woke up later that evening to report to work he noticed he somehow lost his eyebrows and moustache. This did look very weird because where there was once hair there was now WHITE skin which had a lot of contrast to the red sunburn he got from sleeping on the Picnic table! Want to say hi to Mikey Difar I liked your story and update. Shouts out to Garrett Billmire, Victor Smith and Paul Collins. Glad to hear your ok. I'll be contacting all of you shortly. I'm an officer in a construction company that specializes in interior fitout. I enjoy my Harley and my 26' go fast off shore boat. Want to end with one thing...it wasn't until my NAS Keflavik, Iceland detachment that I knew what L.J. stood for. I always thought it was LIMA JULIET but AXC Larry Johnson(IFT) let me know then that they were his intials! Follow Us!..." [03OCT2004]


WADE, AMH2 Michael mwade@*delete*skylawn.com "...I was a gound-pounder in VP-23 NASB Corrosion & Airframes shops in 1988-92. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, & Saudi on the "91-92 World Tour". I recognize some of my former "Shipmates". Even some that I worked with Rachel Matthews, Rhonda Lackowski (wow a singer) & have spent the last 2 hours looking through my cruisebook remembering the good ol' days. I am currently living in the California Bay Area where I am Director of Information Systems and resident computer geek. I would be thrilled if anyone in the "Crud Busters" shop or any of the "Bubble Chasers or Tin Benders" would like to get in touch. Some of the old gang - AO3 Khouri, AMH3 Stevenson, AMH3 Daniels, AMSAN Bergeman, AE3 Samson, AT3 Garutti, AE3 Wade, AMH2 Belknap, AT3 Givens, Joey McSqueeb, AMS1 "Tank" Tancredi, AO3 "Bommer" Bommaraju the list goes on. I had a blast, thanks for the memories..." [E-Mail Updated 06OCT2002 | 01NOV99]

WADSWORTH, AWC(AW/NAC) MICHAEL E. m_wadsworth@msn.com "... am currently attached with VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and was formerly with VP-60, NAS Glenview, Illinois (1/83-4/94) and VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine (1/79-10/82)..." [Updated 18DEC97]

WALKER, Mike tbone2131@erols.com "...I served with VP-23 from January 1973 to December 1975. Rotations to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain, and NAS Bermuda. I always loved returning to God's country, Maine. AT Aircrew radio "Wireless" operator. I Could find the World Series over the HF bands on any October flight over the chilly North Atlantic! Off duty, I managed to befriend the best bunch of scurvy bilge rats a fella could know. Searching for Scotty Sheills, Mike Bidwell, Paul Rumph, Chip Cox, or anybody who ever shared a beer with me!..." [07JUL2000]

WALLING, LCDR Ken Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1974... kewalling@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1961 to 1964 in P-5's and then P-3's. I was on Crew 3 most of the time. I left the squadron as an AT2 when I was selected for NESEP and attended North Carolina State University. I made AT1 while in school. I couldn't make Chief so I went up for Ensign. After commissioning I went through flight training (multi-engine) then plowed back as a Flight Instructor at VT-1 from 1969 to 1971. From there I went through VP-30 RAG then on to VP-23 from 1972 to 1975. I was the PPC of Crew 9. I then served a tour at COMOPTEVFOR and spent my last tour on the USS Saratoga as the EW Officer from 1977 until I retired in 1980 at the age of 37 as an LCDR..." [11FEB2008]

WARDEN, AT1 James Retired Shortstop471@cs.com "...I started in VP-10 1974-76,then moved on to VP-31, from there I went to VP-50 1979-82 following up with Naval Air Development Center 1982-85, after that I went to VP-23 1985-90,and finishing my career in VP-40 1990-92. These were the best times in my life. I would love to hear from any and all Shipmates..." [28JAN2002]

WASSON, AT1 Dave dwassonjr@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1986-1990 (AT2), NATTC Millington from 1990-1993, and VP-8 from 1994-1996 (AT1). Drop me a line. Sure do miss Living in Maine..." [12SEP2001]

WATSON, Benjamin D. bennypoo@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-23 from May 1956 through January 1969 and VP-56 from 1964 through 1969 . I was an Aviation Electronics Technician and also converted to Aviation Submarine Warfare Technician. P2V7's and P-3B & C's. Most will know me as BENNY. I am looking for previous crewmembers of each squadron..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2006 | 19MAR2002]

WELCH, John W. seacobra@gvtc.com "...I was on board VP-10 from 1966 to 1968. I then transfered to VP-26 as replacement F/E in 1968 to 1969. I also was stationed with VP-23 and VP-17. I was F/E with all four squadrons..." [16APR99]

WEAVER, CAPTAIN Keith T. http://www.moaa.org/about/Board2008.asp "...Captain Weaver graduated from the Naval Academy and earned master's degrees in management and international relations from Salve Regina College and the Naval War College. As a patrol plane tactical coordinator he deployed to NS Rota, Spain and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, was a flag lieutenant, served as assistant combat direction center officer and tactical action officer aboard USS Coral Sea, was a training requirements officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, commanded VP-23, and was the Navy military assistant for the Secretary of Defense. He commanded CPW/CPRW-11, and retired in 2000 as special assistant for acquisition policy to the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs. He currently works for UBS Paine Webber, a financial services firm, and makes his home in Stuart, FL. MOAA Committee: Finance Committee, Publications Committee..." [04JUL2003]

WEISNER, AW2 Michael David midawhi@yahoo.com "...I was in the US Navy from 1972 to 1978 and stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1974 to 1978. I was assigned to VP-23 as an AW3 Sensor 3 operator on Crew Four. I deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I had several mini-dets including one to NAS Bermuda and another to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for Springboard training. I was grounded in 1976 for allergy related sinus complications. I was then assigned to COMPATWINGSLANT in Topsham, Maine as a compliment to the R&D team under the tutelage of Senior Chief Rich. We worked together as practical advice imputs to the 3 PhD's assigned to developing ASW programs for the patrol plane squadrons. I was discharged from the Navy in 1978. I would welcome communication with others that flew with that squadron during that time era..." [14APR2008]

WENTZ, Jon D. 4wentz@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1986 to 1990 and VPU-1 from 1990 to 1993..." [06JUL2007]

WHATLEY, CW03 Ron Retired whatley@alumni.utexas.net "...I served with VP-23 from September 1963 - January 1967 (YN3) and then returned in early 1968 after AX "A" school. I transferred to VP-21 in October 1968 when they decided to disestablish VP-23, which of course never happened. I transferred to FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California in July 1969 and spent the rest of my career there in VP-47, CPW-10 and VP-40, with the exception of a tour at PACFAST in NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I retired out of VP-40 January 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 30NOV2000 | 08JUN99]

WHEELER, Ron rwheeler002@nycap.rr.com "...Served in VP-23 from later part of 1955 to Sept. 1958 as an AT3 on Crew 2, then later we became crew 11, Bu. No. 141232, as seen on VP-23's page. Retired from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice after 33 years. Retired to become Chief Pilot of an air carrier cargo operation and currently serve as part-time (read low-pay) director of flight training. I am an Air Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Instrument Ground Instructor, Mutiengine, Instrument Instructor. Miss my old friends from VP-23 and after 40 years heard from John Spiech, Bill Igoe, and Bob "Woody" Wood, AOC(ret.). Wally Bergrin, got us all together. Don't forget that we were the "airdales" they made fun of in the movies, but they were all jealous!!..." [E-Mail Updated 31JAN2011 | E-Mail Updated 12JUL99 | 25FEB99]

WHITE, ADC James M. Retired james.white@hs.utc.com "...VP-23 1969 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment with Crew 12 (my nickname was SMITTY). I believe our P2V7 was BUNO: 145905. I was crew 12's second mech, Huttmaker was my Plane Captain (Engineer). Our aircraft suffered major nose damage when crew 10 pranged it at night on return to NAS Sigonella, Sicily after patrol. Have pictures of it with a Navy blue nose. Remember Miss Bluenose anyone? Did NS Subic Bay, Philippines dets, Athens, Puerto Rico, Long patrols. Remember hearing we had landed on the Moon during a night patrol out of NS Subic Bay, Philippines. Continued in P2 Navy, till 71 transfered to NMC NAS Point Mugu, California became P2V5 second mech for Pacific Missle Test Center. Launching BQM34 drones on the range. In contact with a few ex VP-23 Shipmates. Traveled extensivly in my Naval career U.S.S. Essex, U.S.S. Coral Sea, U.S.S. Saratoga was in HS1, HS9, HC2, VC2, VS-22, VF154 PLUS Stationed Asmara Ethiopia, NAMTRADET NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and NAVY RECRUITING VAN NUYS. VP Navy was the best. Married a Maineiac 69 divorced 1989 two weeks after I retired, nice retirment present. Retired as a ADC. Any ex VP-23 from that era contact me. Remarried two new kids (mine) working teaching APU's worldwide. My current customer base is Mainland China. Been to the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Saw some familiar names. Great site be back often..." [21SEP2001]

WILCOX, AWCS Bob Retired vienna1420@gmail.com "...I served at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 64-66, VP-44 66-69, VP-30 69-71, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 71-73, VP-6 74-78, TSC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 78-79, VP-23 79-83 and Finally using all my P-3 experience I Instructed in S-3As at VS-41 83-86. I would do it all again but at almost 70 years old I don't think I'd pass the Aircrew physical. Great friends, Great memories."..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUN2015 | 26DEC2000]

WILDEN, Darrell dwilden@jps.net "...Served in VP-22 (86-90), VP-31 (90-93) and VP-23 (93-95). Would love to hear from any of the old AO's I served with. The VP Navy was a blast and some of the best years of my life. Will never forget NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployments (yeah!) or the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments (yuck!)..." [02JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...WILLIAMS, AWCS Clarence "Buster"...Clarence "Buster" Williams (AWCS) age 66 passed away 12/10/14 in Oklahoma. He served with ASWOC NS Rota, Spain, VP-11, VP-23, VP-28, VP-65, VP-91 and VP-92. Never a dull moment with him with a very infectious laugh and a sense of style that all that met him knew right away. Leaves wife Margie and a lot of sad people..." Contributed by ROSENSTROM, Neal "Rosey" baditude48@yahoo.com [26OCT2015]

WILLIAMS, Buster margnbuz@sprynet.com "...Served with VP-91, VP-28, VP-92, VP-23, ASWOC Rota, 11, CRPWL, 65, 91, CRPWP from 68-89..."

WILLIAMSON, PHAN Bill atmac@charter.net "...I served with VP-23 (1972-1975) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04OCT2012]

WILLIS, William E. williswj@icehouse.net "...I would like to contact anyone that was in FAW or VP-23 during 1942 to 1943 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii..." [04MAR2002]

WILSON, James jcdancers@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1955-1957) at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [27DEC2013]

WOLD, ADJ2 Kevin ritawold69@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 (1972-1975) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (twice) and Operation Springboard (NS Roosevelt Roads, PR). I was discharged 11/1975. I would love to from former Shipmates especially Jim Korth (Giant), Terry Long and Mike May..." [09MAY2015]

WOODCOCK, AO3 Chris cwindfw2005@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1985 to 1988 and flew with CAC-3 as an AO3. I have great memories of NAS Brunswick, Maine and my many friends in VP-23. Please drop an email if you can..." [24FEB2008]

WOODS, Dale E. "Woody" dalevp21@yahoo.com "...I was a radioman with VP-21 when Morse Code was the primary source of communication (June 1960 to June 1963). I was a member of CAC-1 and CAC-4 during this time. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with various RON's thrown in for good measure. Who can forget the Cuba Blockade and the Project Mercury launch and recovery for Gordon Cooper shortly after. How about ‘Tent City' and the USS Tallahatchee County in Soudha Bay, Crete? Left VP-21 for ‘B' school and returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine for VP-23 (April 1964 to February 1967). Terminated my enlistment in VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on February 1970. I am particularly interested in learning the whereabouts of Cdr. Charles R. Robertson who was the CO of VP-21 from 1962 to 1963. Have already contacted a few Shipmates as I have many pictures, slides and memories of NAS Brunswick, Maine even if the ‘memory' is going..." [E-Mail Updated 14AUG2002 | 05APR2002 | 18SEP98]

WORD, F. B. BWord@austin.rr.com "...XO/CO VP-23 Sept 88-Oct 90...VP-44 73-77 & 84-87...VP-30 77-79 & 87-88...Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) 82-84 & 90-92...NMPC S/DC Dallas 80-82...CNATRA 92-94...USAF Education & Training Command 94-97...Retired in Austin, TX..." [Updated E-Mail 03DEC99]

WYNN, Les leswynn@jun0.com "...I served with VP-23 from December 1949 until November 1952..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23SEP2003 | 14DEC2002]

WYSONG, Lowell lowellwysong@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (Plane Captain with Crew 3) deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NS Rota, Spain but NAS Brunswick, Maine was the best place to be..." [06SEP2009]


YBARRA, Roger ybarra1574@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-23 from 1985-1989 in the PR/AME shop. It was the greatest time of my life..." [08JUN2007]


ZANIEWSKI, AW2(SS-1) Steve s.zaniewski@comcast.net "...I served in VP-6, VP-31, and VP-23 and pretty much love every minute of it. Any Team Bohica members give me a shout. You know who you are. Also am looking for squadron patches from VP-23's last deployment..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 14OCT2000 | 03JUL2000]

ZEIGER, AZ2(SS-1) Steve (Zig/Ziggy) mentorins@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 in Maintenance Control from 1985 to 1988 and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1988 to 1992. Great to see some old Shipmates on this site (John Lawton, SCPO Meaney, and CWO Cornish). I would be great to hear from some of my old friends. Shoot me an email. Hope everyone is well..." [16FEB2004]

ZICHT, CDR Austin L. Retired c/o Steve Zicht zicht@aol.com "...My Dad served in the US NAVY aviator from 1946 to 1972 moving from enlisted to officer and earning his wings in 1947. He served with with VP-MS-9 / VP-49 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1940's), VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (1950's and early 1960's), project Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter (DASH) (1962-1963) aboard the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709), VP-18 XO/CO (12/1965-10/1967) at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and XO of the USS POCONO (AGC-16) until retiring in 1972. Dad would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [05FEB2016]

Memorial Picture "...ZORN, Nick...Sad to report the death of AT2 Nick Zorn AT2. Nick served with VP-10 from 1952 to 1955. Nick was commissioned in 1958 and served with VP-23, Maintenance Officer with VP-26 and a second tour as the XO. Nick retired as a CDR in 1975. Nick passed away Thursday, February 27, 2003..." Contributed by Bob Wilson vp10_archives@juno.com [05MAR2003]

ZORN, Nicholas D. (Nick) (Deceased) zorn@pcola.gulf.net "...I started out in VP-10 as an ATAN in late 1952. Left for "B" school as an AT1 in summer of 1955. Shore duty after that at NAS NAAS Saufley Field, Florida until selected for the "Seaman to Admiral" program in '58. After OCS I spent a year on the USS Davis (DD-937). Then flight school, rag and on to VP-23 in mid 1961. Made many deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, along with NAS Keflavik, Iceland in October, 1964. I was PPC of Crew 2. Copilot and wonderful human being was Tom Case, Tacco was Frank Natchez. First tech was Wild Bill Orral. Anybody remember or know where ADRC Rose is? Or having to pull our plane in with a tracked tractor after we landed in a 55 knots gusting 70 cross wind? It's great to see so much info here about the VPNavy. I later went back to Saufley as a flight instructor then ComCruDesFlot Six staff and then two tours in VP-26 as Maintenance Officer (first tour) and XO (second time). Came down with Guillian Barre' Syndrom after a trip to Lima, Peru and finally retired Sep 30, 1975 after 24 years one month and 9 days active duty. I still miss it!..." [Deceased Notice 05MAR2003 | 21NOV99]


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