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Memorial Picture "...CAVANAUGH, John J. SR...John J. Cavanaugh Sr., 81, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at IHS at Mt. View, Unity Township. He was born March 10, 1918, in West Newton, a son of the late John J. Sr. and Catherine McCarter Cavanaugh. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College, and a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, and its Ushers Club. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy as a first lieutenant pilot in VPB-25, where he saw action in the Philippines. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and two Gold Stars. He was a member of the VFW, Latrobe. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Cavanaugh. Survivors include his wife, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage, Mary M. McFadden Cavanaugh; two sons, John J. Cavanaugh Jr. and his wife, Suzi, of Latrobe and Dr. Michael F. Cavanaugh and his wife, Beth Anne, of Ambler; three daughters, Mary M. Jenison and her husband, Robert, of Wellsville, Kathryn A. Smith and her husband, Kenneth, of East Fallowfield and Anita L. Cavanaugh of Latrobe; four brothers, Emerson Cavanaugh and his wife, Myrna, of Latrobe, Daniel Cavanaugh of Herminie, Francis Cavanaugh of West Newton and Phillip Cavanaugh and his wife, Ruth, of South Carolina; and two sisters, Catherine Murphy of Monroeville and Winifred Kuhn of Morgantown, W.Va. Also survived by 16 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township. Military services will be held Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Holy Family Church...." WebSite: Obituary Central http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/pa/pa-allegheny58.htm [14NOV2005]


FRIEDMAN, ARM3 Irv Telleyfoto@webtv.net "...I was an ARM/3c that started training in PBM3s in 1944 at NAS Banana River, Florida. Went on to VPB-98 San Diego, VPB-100 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and VPB-25 in the Philippines. We flew in BUNO: 59213. We were attached to the followingtenders: San Carlos, USS Currituck (AV-7), USS San Pablo (AVP-30), USS Half Moon (AVP-26), and USS Pocomoke
(AV-9)
. This was a very interesting site to find. It brought back many memories..." [20MAR2001]


GOODMAN, LT Maurice Jr., Retired RiceGood21@aol.com "...I was a PPC in VPB-25 when I returned from service in the Philippines..." [03APR98]


Memorial Picture "...IRWIN, Floyd "Don"...My grandfather, Floyd "Don" Irwin, was an aircrewman on PBM-5s. In a journal that I found, he said that his plane was called the Georgia Peach. He flew out of San Diego on 8 Oct 1945 and was in MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii until 8 Nov 1945. He served with VPB-100, VPB-205 and VPB-25. He also mentioned the names Cokus and Zimker in his journal. I've also been told that he had a monkey as a pet, and the monkey was sort of the mascot. If anyone has information, I'd love to know it. I've not had much luck finding information..." Contributed by Chris Offield chrisoffield@sbcglobal.net [20FEB2012]


JOSEPHSEN, Edgar "Joe" "...VPB-25 (WWII) Mr. Edgar "Joe" Josephsen, 29 E Lindsay Rd, Cammanno Island, WA 98292-8725, 360-387-2727..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]


MacDONALD, ADC(CAC) Murdoch A. "Scotty" Retired murdokay@whidbey.net "...I served with (Maintenance and Crewman) VD-1 PB4Y-1 10/44-12/45 NAAS Camp Kearny, California and WesPac, VPB-123 PB4Y-2 03/46-08/46 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VPB-120 PB4Y-2 09/46-03/47 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-25 PB4Y-2 06/48-11/49 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-61 PB4Y-1 11/49-06/51 NAS Miramar, California and NOTS PB4Y-2 (Test Bed) 09/52-01/54 NAS China Lake, California. Would like to make contact with any shipmates who served with me..." [12OCT2005]

McALLISTER, Ralph E. remcallister@machlink.com "...I was a Patrol Plane Commander VP-25 and VP-14. I would like to know if there is anybody out there from my squadron..." [20JUl2003]

MEYER, LTJG John c/o his son Michael Meyer hd72@excite.com "...My father John Meyer was with VPB-25 and VP-41 in the Pacific from June to October, 1945. he was a Lt. (jg) and flew PBM-5's with other Shipmates: En. Kohr, Overkop, Fonoroni, Cpt. Rone, Lt. Conway, Eng. Durante, Lt. MArsh, Duerkpr, Lt. Whitt, Lt. Peters, and Kurzt. He flew in and around Hoi How; Jinomoc; Subic; Necke Isle; Hainian Straight; Hong Kong; Swaton; Sangley; and Lingayen. I am looking for ANY and All information about him or his Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2003 | 02JAN2000]


O'BRYAN, ATCS Bob "OB" Retired bashfulbobus@yahoo.com "...Joined the Navy in 1942. Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Mech School at Navy Pier and Gunnery School at Yellowwater. Stayed a spell as instructor then went to Flight School in 1943. Washed out in 1944 and went to Flight Engineer School. Went to NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands and Okinawa with VH-6, Operated off several AVs and AVPs out of Chimu Wan flying ASR. After the war went to Shanghai and flew courier around the area, Trans to VPB-25 when VH-6 went back for decom. Squadron moved to Yokohama in early 1946 and continued courier out of there. Back to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and NAS Alameda, California for VPB-25 decom in summer of 1946. Mustered out of reserve in TI and reenlisted in Regular Navy, taking a bust from 1st to 3rd in so doing. Went to VR-5 in Sand Point and NAS Adak, Alaska working on check crews, loading crews, gas crew and flight orderly. Went to Radio Tech school at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and NAS Memphis, Tennessee then to an airgroup in Charleytown, RI in 1948. Went to AEW school at NAS Norfolk, Virginia then VX-1 and ZX-11 in NAS Boca Chica, Florida in 1949. Back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee to teach in AT School in 1951. Shipped over for VP-4 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1956. No more than checked in when we were moved to Okinawa. Rotated to VP-1 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1958. Went to R&T in Oppama and stayed until station decom in 1961. Back to TI to retire..." [28MAY2002]


PATTERSON, Robert W. willipat@ix.netcom.com "...I served with VPB-25 from the time we left MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii until it was disestablished at the end of the war in 1945. The summary is mostly as I remember it except as to the XO's name. I was in the XO's crew (LT Marzinzik) and was the last to leave NS Sangley Point, Philippines at the wars end. Regards..." [11MAY2004]

PEARCE, William G. "BILL" Retired w0mwo@rmi.net "...I was an Arm/2c in VPB-25 (PBM Martin MARINER) WW2. Al1 VP-1 (P2V Neptune)during the Korean War and AT1/c plank owner in VR-742, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (C-54/C-118). Flew high priorty loads into Vietnam whoile on two weeks active duty early 1960's. Retired in May 1986 from Naval Air Reserve as AT-1 (E-6). Am now Public Relations I Director of the International B-24 (PB4Y-1/PB4Y-2) Memorial Museum section of the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo, CO. On my second hitch on active duty (1948-1952 I flew as ARM1/c on PB4Y-2 PRIVATEERS testing Navy air-ground, air-air, Ground -air missiles at the Point Mugu (Pacific Missile Test Center), Oxnard, CA. the B-25 (PB4Y-1) Museum is making a computer data base of all B-24 (PB4Y-1/PB4Y-2) aircrews, living/deceased. See our Web site at http://www.pueblo.org/phas/index.html. Our Phone number is (719) 948-9219. FAX (719) 948-2437. e-mail pwrr59f@prodigy.com Mailing address is Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, CO 81001. We'll be glad to answer questions about the B-24 etc. as we have former aircrew on our staff and some B-24 pilots from WW2. Ask for our B-24 Crew Info sheet by mail, e-mail, phone or FAX or see our Web site. ..." [09MAY99]

POPE, Larry lapope1@prodigy.net "...I was a crewman in VPB25 from May or June 1945 till about June 1946. I have been unsuccessful in attempts to find any crew members that were on our plane when it sank at Tsingtao in Dec 45. Can anyone help in this search?..." [10FEB99]

PRINCE, Sydney Hardy Shipmate Pix...circa 1943... c/o his son JPRINCE800@AOL.COM "...SYDNEY HARDY PRINCE WOULD LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO MEMBERS OF VPB-25 AND APPRECIATES ANY REPLYS C/O HIS SON AT ABOVE EMAIL ADRESS. HELLO TO Bud (Robert) Whaylen and John Goodman, AND THE REST OF CREW 12..." [Updated 12SEP98 | Updated with PIX 07SEP98 | 05JUL98]


REVIER, MM1 Albert C. "Bert" c/o His Son Gary Revier grevier@newulmtel.net "...My Dad, Albert C. (Bert) Revier, served with VP-25 and VPB-15 during the years of 1944 and 1945. He was MM1 flying in PBY's and PBM's. In his flight log he recorded the first flight in the new PBM-5 as being on June 19, 1945. The crew he lists in the log consists of LT. W. S. Kline, LTjg M. J. Nelson, LTjg D. L. Stephens, A. C. Revier, E. C. Sisco, E. A. Sorbin, D. J. Scheunemann, P. S. Knickerbocker, A. S. Hopkins, W. H. Wall, W. M. Zumbrun, and L. H. Davis. He also lists flying with LT Burek, LTjg White, LT Coston, LT Crocker, LCDR Skorz, LT Stevenson, Ens Nelson, Ens Stephens, Ens Toman, LCDR Screws, LTjg Wood, and LT Peters. Dad showed flying 986 hours between May 17, 1944 and August 6, 1945 the day they arrived back in NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with any knowledge of the above person's. I do have some photo's and would be willing to share any and all information I have..." [12JAN2003]

Memorial Picture "...RICCIARDI, Robert (Rick)...My husband, Robert Ricciardi (Rick), served with the VP-25 Crew in WWII. Any info of this group will be greatly appreciated. Rick passed away Jan 2004, and me and my kids would love to hear about his service time. Thank you...Pat Ricciardi patzy518@aol.com..." [24NOV2006]


SANDBERG, Jack jacksandberg@msn.com "...I served with VPB-25 from early 1945 until December 1945. Stationed at Linguyan gulf, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and different tenders..." [24NOV2002]

SCOFIELD, AO3 Robert W. c/o His Son Ken Scofield PaigeLane@aol.com "...I am trying to verify my father's location in all this: Robert W. Scofield, AO3/c. His discharge papers list two squadrons: VPB-99 and VPB-25. As I read the history accounts in the Dictionary of Naval Aviation Squadrons, it would seem he started in VPB-25 around October 1944. He talked about the daylight patrols in the Philippines that were so routine that he thought the Japanese would watch their clocks and then man their AA guns just before the planes flew over. I have some photos of planes and tenders. I also have a crew photo showing three officers (pilots?) named Crane, Vallade & Reed. The photo also shows six enlisted named Sandberg, Simmons, Zisa, Scofield, Hadaway, & Wilpert. The back of the photo says "UNIT FAW-20(?)." What can I do further to establish a better connection? Thanks!..." [21JAN2002]

SISCO, Elmer C. Ocsisel@aol.com "...I was a crewman on Diamond #10 [AMM/c]. My Commanding Officer was LT. W. S. Kline, Second Officer was ENS. M. J. Nelson. We flew as Crew May 4, 1944 till August 6, 1945..." [24OCT99]

STEVENS, Urvin F. Jr. ucsteven@is-plus.net "...1948 = FAW Tu Pac; VP-25; VP-28; UC-35; VF-156; VF-121; VF-193; VF-121; VA-145; White Hat Airlines VN, Naesu 1974..." [19DEC98]

SUTHER, Thomas W. Jr (Tom) Rehtus@AOL.com "...I was designated PPc on PB4Y2's 24 Feb 1948. I went to China with the BAT VP-25. Flew one of the strikes against the BB Nevada when she was painted red at to A-Bomb tests. When CDR Norry Johnson came to the squadron as C.O. I was made his Co-Pilot, being the junior PPC at the time. We went to Chna, and flew Typhons out og Guam. I am going to spend a long time checking these pages. Already found Charlie Welling's account. Would like to hear from any of the old VP-25 members..." [09AUG99]


WELLING, Charlie wellingco@earthlink.net "...Served with VP-25 (PB4Y-2B) to VP-22 (PB4Y-2) to VC-61 (PB4Y-1P) which changed name to VJ-61 and finally to VP-61 commanded by CDR Ike Simonsen..." [27APR99]

WHAYLEN, Robert c/o son Tim Whaylen Timamcdlh@aol.com "...my father, Robert Whaylen served with VP-207 and VPB-25. He served from May 1941 to sometime in 1946. Anyone who remembers my father can send me an e-mail and I'll forward it to him..." [27JAN98]


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