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ABBOTT, Bob calabbotts@aol.com "...VP-46 from 1986 to 1989 VP-31 1989 to 1992, departed the F/E world for a tour as a CH-53E crew chief with HC-4 in Italy, left there for a tour with VFA-25 cruising on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). I'm currently serving as the Power Plants production control chief at AIMD NAS Lemoore, California..." [22NOV98]

ADAME, Louie laccpoa@ix.netcom.com "...I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1968, VP-31, located in Mountain View, Calif. Would like to get in contact with individuals who I served with for two years. Also served on the USS Hancock, CVA - 19 - 1970-1971 VI Divison..." [20NOV2000]

ADAMS, AMH2 Darrell zenoes@gmail.com "...I served with VP-91 from 1973 to 1977. I was an AMH-2 and went through Flight Engineer training at VP-31. I would like to hear from anyine from that time period..." [24SEP2006]

ADDIS, Craig A. craig.a.addis@saic.com "...I served with VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1979 as an airmen and VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California for training and learning MAD, Difar/Lofar, and other ASW equipment for "I" Level maintainablity. Being an AX, which is not a part of the Navy rate designation today, made my job more rewarding knowing that to operate, search and find you must know how it works! All AW's and TACCO's were great to contribute ideas and their inputs to help keep the equipment in top shape. Being TDY to NAS's made "I" Level guys dealing with two commands vs. just one. Detached in 1980 to NAS Agana, Guam during one of the first terrorist strikes, the Iranian Hostage takeover. Vietnam Boat People and the Iranians kept us hopping in the Pacific from 1980 to 1981. Deployment to PI in 1981 was completed during the timeframe of Med cruises taking shots at Libya. I miss one Shipmate dearly, AXC Blair who died later in the mid 1980's. Recently I found out how he passed! My request of information on him was answered by several Shipmates, including his CO. Thanks again, Pete and Chuck. ;-) I flew many flights as a non-aircrewman to help out on battered Super B ASW equipment and to enhance communications between AW's TACCO's and repair. These were the most exciting days of my career. ASW searchs and "Time on Top" was by far the best ride that a salior could ask for. I accounted for over 40 + mission flights in the Pacific between all of the islands that made up the USN footprint back then. Not bad for a non-aircrewman. The VP-17 White Lightings were flight accident free for 17 years when I left in late 1982. That record stood for a longtime. Like to hear from old Shipmates....you know who you are.! Kids are grown up and out of college....Tara and I are living it up!..." [25APR2006]

AGEE, AWC Mike Retired MikeAgee4@aol.com "...TSC Noris 78, VS-41 Shamrocks 79, CV-62 Independence 79-81, VP-31 81, VP-50 Trap Crew 82-84, AW A School 84-89, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 89-92, NATTC Millington 92-94, TERA Dec 94, CIVLAND Millington 94-present. Land based, with per diem is the way to go!..." [12FEB99]

ACEVEDO, Angel R. aecsace8251@hotmail.com "...Originally from Colton, CA. joined the Navy in August 1983. After AE "A" school, went to VP-31 and did my ground pounding tour from 84-87. Went to Flight Engineer school in 87 at NAS Moffett Field, California, EGO-101 was still being taught. Joined VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Adak, Alaska in the worst winter in 2000 years in December 87 with Raul Addoms, it was an FE open book exam every flight. Survived a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia in the summer of '89. Deployed again to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of '91 with Ron Wood, saw Thule and had a great time doing the Blue Nose initiation with Brad Baca. Went on to VPU-2 in '92 with the Whipped Dogs with Scotty Mensen, I was on the road ALOT, and the kangaroo courts are a fond tradition. Transferred to VP-30 as an FE Instructor from 95-98, did Fleet IUT and Fleet NATOPS with Rock, had a great time on the team. Joined VP-9 in 98 and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and then again to NAS Misawa, Japan in the winter of '99. I still love the Flying and travelling..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 17DEC2000 | 04APR98]

ACKERMAN, AWCS(AW) Donnie Retired Ackro Picture ...circa 1976...Ackro Picture ackro@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1975 to 1978, VP-10 from 1978 to 1980, and VP-31 from 1980 to 1984..." WEBSITE: http://users.southeast.net/~ackro3/ [E-Mail Updated 20JUL2003 | 00XXX97]

ADAMS, BUDDY JETAROBD@USWEST.NET "...WAS IN VP-31 (60-63), VP-6 (65-69), VP-19 (72-75), WITH SEVERAL STOPS IN NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee FOR INSTRUCTOR DUTY. GREAT TIMES WAS HAD IN THE VP COMMUNITY. WAS SHOP SUPERVISOR AND FLEW IN CREW ONE AND CREW TWO IN VP-19. RETIRED IN 79 (ATCS) AND HAVE BEEN LIVING AND WORKING HERE IN IDAHO SINCE. WITH THE U.S. DEPT OF INTERIOR. 20 YEARS NEXT MONTH. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT WAS IN THE AREAS I WAS..." [23JAN99]

ADAMS, ADCS David L. bbadams@haysco.net "...I served in VP-60, (selres) From 1969-1974 as a plane captain on P-2's and transitioned to P-3's in 1974. Then Flew as a second mech with VP-90 until 1982 when I came back on active duty. I went through flight engineer training in VP-31, and joined VP-1 in Jul. 1983. I served inVP-1 until transfering to VP-22 in Aug 1988. I transfered to Navy Recruiting in 1992 in San Aantonio, Tx. In Oct 1995 I reported back to VP-1. I would like to communicate with fellow P-3 Flight engineers and Shipmates from all my past squadrons. VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I transfered to VAQ-141, in OCT 1997...I transferred to VAQ-141 Oct. 1997 were I am the Quality Assurance Supervisor. In December 1998, I transfer to the Senior Enlisted Academy, March 1999, I transfer to Recruiting School, Pensacola, Fl, then back to Recruiting District San Antonio, TX. in May 1999..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 04DEC98 | 07APR98]

ADAMS, AMHC(AW) Dean Retired d_adams65@hotmail.com "...Living in Milton FL and teaching at NAS Pensacola, Florida as a Civil Service instructor for AM "A" School. VX-1 77-81, VP-31 81-84, NMPC Sea Duty Det 84-88, pushed recruits at Great Lakes from 88-93, VP-11 93-96 and was a Training Officer for a school at NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida from 96 till retirement in Jan, 99. Sure miss all the great friends over the years, especially the "Group-W Bench" in 11..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06OCT2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 12OCT99 | 29MAY98]

AKIN, John M. jma@megalink.net "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served with VP-31, VP-17, VP-8, VP-10, VP-30, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VT-3..." [12APR99]

ALLEN, Joe W. jallen78@bellsouth.net "...I began my Naval career in June, 1955. My first VP tour was with VP-31 San Diego, CA as a student Radioman in the P5M Marlin. Next came VP-47, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We made a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1964 - 1965. This was truly an exciting tour. Remember Marie "T"s, Sonny's and San Miguel beer. I was sidetracked for 1965-1968 by Instructor Duty with NAMTRAGRU Det 1015 NAS Lemoore, California. I was one of the original new rate "AW"s changing from ATC to AWC in 1968. Soon after I received orders to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. This was the beginning of a very colorful and rewarding career. I served in VP-19 from 1968-1975 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Iwakuni, Japan; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; Naha, Okinawa; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines again with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and Utapao, Thailand. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1975-1978; VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1978-1981; FASOTRAGRULANT Det. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1981-1984, rounded out my Navy career. I retired in 1984 and returned to my home state of LA. Great career, too many unforgetable Shipmates to mention and a lifetime of great memories I wouldn't trade for anything..." [12JAN2000]

ALLEN, AW1 Larry H. navy@data1.com "...I was attached to VS-30 both in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and NAS Boca Chica, Florida from 1958-61. Was an AD3 in Power Plants Div., then transferred to the Line Div. as a Plane Captain and Line crew trouble shooter, this was all in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, after we transferred to Key West, I was Line Maint. and Plane captain Instructor as well as Aircrew Instructor. In 1962-64 was in VS-25 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California as Senior Line Petty Officer as well as Aircrew. After change of rate "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee where I changed from AD to AX, I went to VP-50 from 1965-67 (P5M's) from there I went to VP-31 NASNI as Aircrew Instrutor, from 1967-69, then back to VP-50 (P-3A, P-3B, and P-3C) from 1969-72, I retired from the Navy as an AW1 on Nov. 6, 1972..." [22JUL2001]

ALLHOFF, CWO3 Thomas Retired tomallhoff@gmail.com "...I served with NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1972-1973), NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1973-1975) AIMD, NAS Miramar (1975-1976) AIMD, VP-31 (1976-1977) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (1977-1979) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAMTRAGRU 1012 (1979-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (1982-1986) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-31 (1986-1989) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-68 (1989-1992) at NAF Washington, D.C., VP-22 (1992-1994) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VP-68 (1994-1995) at NAF Washington, D.C.. I retired from the Navy in 1995 and am currently living in San Francisco, CA. I welcome the chance to catch up with old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 24OCT2012 | E-Mail Updated 28APR2012 | E-Mail Updated 26MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 16SEP99 | 11JAN99]

ALVES, George galves.pcs@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-9 (1971-1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (AIMD working on the TT-264 and ARC95 radios) and VP-31( AIMD working in Crypto repair)..." [16JAN2014]

AMES, REAR ADMIRAL Christopher Conlan http://www.transcom.mil/bios/tcames.pdf "...Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Christopher Conlan Ames is the director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, the admiral was commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. During his 26-year career, the admiral was the assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV 66); Commanding Officer, VP-16; Commanding Officer, Amphibious Assault Ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1); and deputy for operations, United States Pacific Command. He is a Naval aviator with more than 2,000 hours in the P-3C aircraft. EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of science, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1991 Masters in public administration, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. June 1976 – August 1976, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla. 2. August 1976 – February 1977, student, VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. 3. February 1977 – February 1977, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 4. February 1977 – July 1977, student, VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 5. July 1977 – November 1977, student, VP-31, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 6. November 1977 – January 1981, instructor pilot/senior NATOPS pilot evaluator, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. 7. February 1981 – March 1982, Joint Chief of Staff intern, Strategic Planner, J5 Strategy Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 8. April 1982 – October 1982, aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations, OP-06, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 9. October 1982 – December 1983, flag lieutenant, Third Fleet, Pacific 10. December 1983 – April 1986, assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV-66), aircraft carrier, Atlantic 11. April 1986 – May 1989, maintenance officer, VP-30, then operations officer, VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 12. May 1989 – July 1990, assistant Washington placement, Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. 13. July 1990 – June 1991, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 14. July 1991 – February 1994, executive officer, then Commanding Officer, VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 15. February 1994 – May 1994, executive assistant to the commander, CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 16. May 1994 – August 1994, under instruction, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course, Newport Naval Station, R.I. 17. August 1994 – December 1997, executive officer, then commanding officer, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Amphibious Assault Ship, Pacific 18. December 1997 – July 2000, deputy for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 19. August 2000 – April 2002, commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, San Diego, Calif. 20. April 2002 – present, director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill..." [24JUN2003]

ANDERSON, ADCS Tom Retired trngdesigner@yahoo.com "...Flight Engineer with VP-40, VP-31, VP-9, and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) NAS Point Mugu, California looking to catch up with some Shipmates from 1984 to 1997 who served together..." [22SEP2005]

ANDREWS, Ross randrew1@midsouth.rr.com "...VP-19 was my first assignment after "AX(A)" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California in August 1962, as the squadron was just transitioning to P-3 aircraft. I served as an aircrewman for 2-1/2 years and made the big deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1964/1965. Many fond memories of all of the personnel I served with, and all the places we went. (Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and the many Cross Country flights we made in the US) After 20 years of Naval Service, have to say that this first tour was by far the "best" and most enjoyable, even with the rigors of deployments. Later served in VP-31 and VP-46, along with a couple of instructor tours at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Would like to hear from anyone I served with and/or knew from my Navy days..." [20MAY2004]

ARMENDARIZ, Albert C. "Arme/Army" armendarizac@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1977 to 1980, VP-31 1980 to 1983, Tech NAESU Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-65 (Reserve) from 1992 to 2003, VR-55 from 2003 to 2005, VMGR 252 and 253 US Marine Corps Cherry Point North Carolina. Retired September 2008. NATEC which was NAESU DOD with 33 years..." [16JUL2009]

ARNOLD, AD2 Susan gaines90@sbcglobal.net "...I started my Naval Career with VFC-13 at NAS Miramar, California, then I went to VP-31 framp school at NAS Moffett Field, California . I then left that 'great' state of California and headed home to Illinois and the Mighty VP-90 Lions. I left the Navy in March 1994 and I am now employed at the United States Post Office in Bedford Park, Illiois. I'd love to hear from all of my "old" Shipmates. Take Care ALL !!...." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN99 | E-Mail Updated 20JAN99 | 18FEB98]

ARNTZEN, Roger (Arnie) arnie25@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 (55-57) as a radioman, ATU-614 (57-58) flying P2V-2's, 3's, & 4's. Also VP-6 (66-67) as a radioman then VO-67 (67-68). Went to VP-31 (69-74) then to VP-47 (74-77). Lot of wonderful times in WESTPAC (i.e., Olongapo, Bankok, etc.). Retired in 81. Sure would like to hear from any shipmates, espically VO-67..." [ICQ# 3209500] [Updated 09JAN97]

ATWELL, AOC Charles W. Retired chief.iyaoyas@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-48, VP-9 and retired in 1987. I am now retired from my second career and living in Santa Fe, NM..." [15JUL2013]

AZBELL, ADC Robert "Bob" Retired bob.azbell@yahoo.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1964-1966), VP-19 (1966-1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California (FE), VF-121 (1968-1969) at NAS Miramar, California as a F-4 Fatom fixer, VP-6 (1970-1974), VP-31 (1975-1978) as a Test FE and QA, VP-50 (1978-1980) as QA and FE, Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (NAMTD) 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a FE Instructor and retired in 1984. I recently retired from United Airlines and living in Rio Vista, CA. I would like to here from the former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 29DEC2006 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2004 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2003 | 05MAR98]


BABCOCK, Carol (Kokes) clbabcock@hotmail.com "...I was TD3/2 when I served in VP-31 from May 1972 to Dec 1975. Flew with some great crews and hung around the AW shop, AO shop and drafting and Faso when I had to stay on the ground. Worked with the Spanish and Iranian students. Married an AT3 Larry Babcock from VP-46 Grey Knights. We just went over 25 years and relocated 19 times so have lost contact with some folks. Brother AO3 Paul Kokes served in VP-40. Sure would like to locate some pals. Bud Sigler, Leo Stapleton, Bruce Perkins,and Lorraine Deikman/Paver and some others I only remember last names. I'm still in contact with TD/LT. Darlene Marciniak and Carl (AXCS,Ret) up in Brunswick. I'll be here, e-mail or come by..." [16JUN98]

BACHKO, Larry Retired lbachko@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 (February 1975-September 1977), Naval And Marine Corp Reserve Center (N&MCRC) El Paso, Texas (October 1977-September 1978), VR-55 (September 1978-June 1982), VR-57 (June 1982-December 1986), VP-91 (December 1986-February 1989), VF-302 (March 1989-April 1991), VF-301 (March 1991-September 1994), Naval Reserve Readiness Command (REDCOM) 22 NAS Seattle, Washington (September 1994-April 1995) and finally Fleet Reserve April 1995. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUN2010 | 07JUL99]

BACON, CDR Leon R. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-1/xo.htm "...CDR Bacon graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March of 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1988. Upon completion of Fleet replacement training at NAS Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1988. After the decommissioning of VP-48, he transferred to VP-40 also at NAS Moffett Field, California. While assigned to VP-48 and VP-40, CDR Bacon served as the Operations Schedules Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He received his warfare designation as a Patrol Plane Commander, Patrol Plane Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C UIII. He completed deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NAS Misawa, Japan. After completion of his first operational tour, CDR Bacon reported to VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as an FRS staff instructor pilot and the Operations Flight Officer. In July 1992, he was selected to serve as Assistant NATOPS Evaluator for Commander, Patrol Wings U.S. Pacific Fleet stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In July 1995, CDR Bacon reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer. In May 1996, the USS CARL VINSON deployed to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. The crew of the USS CARL VINSON was awarded the Battle Efficiency for 1996. In December 1997, CDR Bacon reported to VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In December 1998, VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT, and to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. In December 1998, CDR Bacon flew multiple combat missions in support of Operation DESERT FOX. In November 1999, CDR Bacon reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon where he worked in the Strategy and Policy Divisions (N51), and was subsequently chosen to serve on the Navy's Quadrennial Defense Review team. In October 2001, CDR Bacon reported to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Arlington, VA. CDR Bacon has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy, Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and Meritorious Service Medal..." [02JUN2003]

BAGBY, John (Bags) rebelbagby@aol.com "...I served in VP-30 APR75-AUG75, then VP-5 MAD FOXES AUG75-FEB79, VP-30 PROSNEST FEB79-DEC81, VP-62 BROADARROWS as a selres APR83-JUN90, as a TAR JUN90-JUL94, VP-65 TEAM TRIDENT 94-99. I am now attached to VP-62 again..." [BIO Updated 23JAN99 | 20APR98]

BAIRD, AEC Roy H. Retired roybaird1@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1964 to 1968, VP-31 from 1968 to 1971, and VP-5 from 1971 to 1974..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000 | 17AUG98]

BALDRIDGE, Doug flyguy3@msn.com "...I was a FE and I served with VP-11, VP-17, VP-30, VP-31 and VP-46..." [03JUN2007]

BALES, Mike mjbales@micron.net "...I'm looking for any and all of my "buds" from the good ole days in NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Singapore, and the never forgotten NAS Iwakuni, Japan!!!! I attended the great VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California then transferred to the Fighting Marlins (VP-40) in 91. I left in 1995 from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and sure would like to here from you guys or gals. I had a great time with the Rajun Cajuns on CAC-7!..." [08OCT2000]

BALIEL, Dave dcoulterville@aol.com "...From NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1968), I went to Systems FAM School with VP-31 stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California. I then served with VP-50 (1969-1972) in Powerplants! Did the whole "WestPac" loop via "Cynthia", Hawaii, NAS Agana, Guam, Midway, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska! What an experience! Anyone from VP-50 remember Don Holland ADJ3? I heard he moved to an Attack Squadron in the mid 70'S and had a serious mishap! Would like to find him!..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 08DEC2000 | 28DEC99]

BARAN, ATC(AW/NAC) Richard "Shipwreck" Shipmate Pix geographer@wavecable.com "...I served aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) with ADC Mark Stroschein from 1985 to 1988, HC-1 from 1988 to 1990 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 from 1990 to 1991 (student) NAS Moffett Field, California with AT1 Kanton Miller as my instructor, VP-40 from 1991 to 1994 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, CPWP NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-9 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I particpated on two deployments with USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) flying UH-1Ns and marine CH-46s. Flew H-3s and CH-53s with HC1. Saw my first P-3 doing sub prosecution off San Clemente Island. Did the VP-40 "Quad site" as CAC-7s IFT along with AW1 Mark Judge and AO1 Jimmy Thompson, flying from Howard AFB, Panama, NAS Key West, FL, NAS Adak, AL, and LaPaz, Mexico! Later went to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan on my fourth deployment in the Navy with the 3 Cajuns (AW3 Christian Leleux, AO3 Troy Kling, and ???) on CAC-7. Served as the last west-coast IFT evaluator with CPWP under CAPTAIN Getzfred, CDR Blanchette and the Chiefs Johnson (little "J" and big "J"). While at the wing I went TAD to VP-47 for their 1997 7th fleet deployment. I then served with VP-9 for 3 deployments (Gulf, Gulf, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan), where it was my pleasure and honor to serve as IFT with LT Lamana, AO1 'Ray Ray' Davis, AO1 'L.A.' Mequet, and AEC Mike Johnson. I moved on to Naval Weapons Test Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California in September 2000. We flew P-3As, 'billboard' NP-3Ds, and brought C-130s back into the active duty navy (including 'Phoenix321' of VXE-6 fame for any OAEs out there.) After redesignating from NWTS to VX-30, I deployed the only Airborne Drone Launch and Control DC-130A left in existence to Operation Iraqi Freedom at Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait. I flew with our XO, CDR Steve Gasparovich, LCDR Mark Miller, Major Baxter and SCMSgt Brooks of the CA ANG, AM1 Mike Allen, AME1 Ralph Herrera, and AT1 Sean Schuhriemen. I transferred to VP-1 in August 2004, taking a few weeks to go TAD down to Eglin AFB, FL to fly the AFs last NC-130A 'Lone Wolf' on several T&E flights, culminating in its final flight. I flew with LtCol Duffy, Major Barkley, and SSgt Rousset. After returning I was assigned as Safety/NATOPS LCPO. "We're still alive, so don't worry about it!". I'm working as a commissioned officer with the Washington State Patrol these days..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAY2009 | BIO Updated 23FEB2004 | BIO Updated 23JUL2003 | Rank Updated 13NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 01JUN2001 | 30JUL2000]

BARBER, AEC Olen G. Retired obarber@netcommander.com "...Served in VP-31-A 1965/66 transferred to VP-31 Training section for the training of VO-67. Retired as AEC in July of 1973 from NAS Imperial Beach..." [05JUN2007]

Memorial Picture "...BARDAKOS, Antonio (Tony)...My father enlisted in the Navy in 1940. Dad served with VP-31 (October 1941 to April 1943), VB-126 (April 1943 to June 1943), HEDRON FAW-7 (July 1943 to August 1943), VP-6 (August 1943 to September 1943), VB-126 (September 1943 to October 1943), VPB-44 (October 1943 to December 1944), and finally HEDRON 5-2 (February 1945 to March 1945). Carol J. Rogers mbardakos1971@yahoo.com..." [19FEB2004]

BARGER, AD1 Barry Retired barry.e.barger@rolls-royce.com "...I'm very pleased to find a site where a close community can share stories that no one would understand if they hadn't been there. I was a ground pounder with VP-50 from 1978 to 1981, based in NAS Moffett Field, California. Like everyone else, went through VP-31 FRAMP, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan; NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on all the dets I could, to the PI, NSF Diego Garcia (Dodge City), all the inflight stops of Osan, Yakota, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. I then transfered to NRL-FSD and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1981 met my wife and had a boy that has a Navy birth certificate. In 1983 transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to pursue a career as a P-3 Flight Engineer. Made it through VP-30 and arrived at VP-56, also at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I immediately was deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I succeeded in getting the quals by the time we returned home. In 1985 I was retired, but it hasn't held me back. I still work with T56 series engines at the OEM. It's been great to talk to guys I haven't heard from in such long time. Good health to all the VP'ers out there!..." [03OCT2003]

BARGER, Dave Retired davidbargersr@cs.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1965-1969 ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-31 from 1971-1974, and VP-44 from 1978-1981. Retired in '84. I teach school. Math, Spanish, and Physics..." [24DEC2001]

BARKLEY, AVCM Chuck Retired w9bik@arrl.net "...After avionics training at VP-31 / FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1962-63, AXAN/AX3), I was a ground pounder with VP-42 (1963-65, AX3/AX2, P2's) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (changed our homeport to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington while in Japan), and went on detachments to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. After VP-42, I went to AVI(B) school (Class 5-41), then on to VP-50 (1965-67, AX2, P5's) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam). After VP-50, I taught AV(A) and AVI(B) school at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1967-70, AX2/AX1), then went to VS-24 (AX1, 1970, S2's) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island for a very short tour (made two short cruises on the USS Intrepid, including a hurricane "ride" off Bermuda) prior to going into the TAR program. As a TAR, I was stationed at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1970-75, AX1/AXC), NAS Point Mugu, California (1976-79, AXC/AXCS), and at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (1979-83, AXCS/AVCM), where I retired as the NAS Command Master Chief. After retiring, I worked for over 12 years at NAWC Warminster developing software for P-3's. Now, I develop digital cable TV headend equipment at Motorola, Horsham, PA. I still remember my lost shipmates in VP-42 Crew 8 (P-2, off the Vietnam coast) and VP-50 Crew 13 (P5 off Corregidor Is., PI). I like to think they are at rest with Him now, and recall the good times we had back then. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers singing a "special" version of "From the Halls of Montezuma" in the dungaree bar at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Orange flight suits and Aussie bush hats in DaNang, Z'ing everything in sight, playing "king of the wing" on P5's in Cam Ranh Bay until we discovered sea snakes, the sounds of grenades at night on the seaplane tenders, and any other war stories of those great years we spent together in the VP Navy - what a ride it was!..." [BIO Updated 14JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 12JUN2004 | 06JUN99]

BARNES, AWC Charles Ray Jr. Retired lucky___62@hotmail.com "...All VP and ASCAC/ASWOC duty. I first served in VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California 59 - 62 as an ATN3, ATN2 and AT1. I first worked nights doing repairs, then became a MAD/ECM operator, then Radar and Sniffer (who remembers the good olde sniffer?) in the P2V-7Q. I flew in Crew One. Made a deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska in 60. TAD to the first ASCAC in mid 61 till transfer May 62. Learned Jezebel system AQA-3-v. Then at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland AMD 63 - 65 as AX1 repairing ASA-16s in support of the VPs there. Then to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Dec. 65 - Nov 67, doing electronic repairs, flew in the P2V-7Qs until late 66 and transition to the P-3 (pre-deltics) and P-3A. Was 1st Tech/Radar Operator on CAC 1 with the Skipper Cdr. Boween, with a deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan with a TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 67. And yes, I still remember the loss of CAC 10 and AT1 Harris a good friend on that crew. Next VP-9 again at NAS Moffett Field, California from 68 - 70 as AX1, AW1 and AWC on Jan. 16, 1969. Made the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 69. Then to FAETUPAC later FASOTRAGRUPAC Det. NAS Moffett Field, California from Apr 70 to Nov 73. Taught P-3C SS-3 systems. Served as the Leading Chief also. Trained at VP-31 In the AQA-7. Then to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Apr 74 - Apr. 78. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and moved to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74 - 75 with detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76 with detachments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Agana, Guam. To Dam Neck, Va. for ASWOC training May 78 - Jun 78. To ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Jul 78 - Sep 79. To ASWOC NAS Bermuda Nov. 79 - Oct. 81. To ASWOC NAS Agana, Guam Nov. 81 - Feb 84 with a TAD to NSF Diego Garcia in 82. To ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal May 84 - Jun 86. To ASWOC COMASWWINGPAC NAS N.I. San Diego Jul 86 until retirement on Oct. 12, 1989. Hope to hear from Shipmates to talk about old memories and swap sea stories..." [12JAN2002]

BARNES, Michael barnesmcm@msn.com "...I trained with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in late 67 and then went to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I served with the 1st Radio Research Company (U.S. Army). I enjoyed my time with VP-31..." [02FEB2003]

Memorial Picture "...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard Retired...BARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard USN (Ret) CO VP-4 1962 - 1963 passed away 28 Jan 2014. Gordon R. Barnett joined the Navy in 1942. After earning his wings and commissioning, he served as a pilot with VC-15, VT-97, VT-44 and VX-1. Later assignments included tours in VP-21 and VP-45. Graduation from General Line School at Newport was followed by a tour as an instructor at the Aerial Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia. A tour on the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Aerial Mining Officer and Advanced Undersea Weapons Officer followed. After a tour at the training command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he reported in 1957 to Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Allowance/Complement Officer for the Pacific Fleet. In March 1959 his career in ASW patrol plane aviation was renewed with a tour as Administrative Officer of VP-28 followed by a tour as Executive Officer of VP-31 and culminated by a tour as Commanding Officer of VP-4. He retired shortly after completing that tour. A celebration of his life was held at 10:00am on 8 Feb 2014 at the Alamo City Church, 6500 IH 35N, San Antonio, TX 78218..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [08APR2014]

BARSTAD, CDR David D. Retired hiflyer@starstream.net "...I served with VP-26, VP-46, VP-9 and VP-31 from 1963 until retiring n 1989. I am trying to locate Thomas R. Ryan, a naval aviator, rank unknown. If you have any information, please e-mail me. Thanks..." [24FEB2009]

BATES, AWN2 Bruce Shipmate Pix bruce@bates-r-us.org "...I went through the AW pipeline with the second batch (class 850) of AWs to be processed through NAS Memphis, Tennessee. After a year in the pipe, I emerged from VP-31 as an AWN3 in November 1969 with orders to VP-47, NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-47 `69 -`74. Deployment to Okinawa, squadron transition to P3-C, deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska, and a rotating "det" to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam, and NAS Moffett Field, California. Then orders to VP-31. VP-31 `74 - `77 SS-3 instructor for about the first year, then assigned to the ISDT (Instructional Systems Development Team) project until I got out. Not too far out. I still live about two miles, as the P-3 flies, from NAS Moffett Field, California, in Santa Clara, CA. Happy landings to all VP sailors, especially those that I served with. Glad to hear from any Shipmates..." WEBSITE: http://www.bates-r-us.org/ [E-Mail/PIX/URL Updated 26JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 13NOV2000 | 21SEP96]

BAXTER, AVCM Jim Retired Jim_A_Baxter@amat.com "...Served with VP-17, VF-124, NAS Atsugi, Japan (AMD/VQ-1), VP-31, VP-19, VP-31, VP-46, VP-31, and VP-9 FE/CMC. Flight Engineers: The best group of in the Navy..." [18JAN99]

BELL, CW4 James A. (Jim) Army Retired czycat3@mchsi.com "...Trained with NAS North Island, San Diego, California Detachment of VP-31 in 1967. Transpac'd w/Crazy Cats - 1st Radio Research Company in June 1967 to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Flew the P2 Neptune until March 1968. Had Navy mechs and Navy LT w/us to keep us straight. Great bunch..." [31DEC2005]

BENNETT, John JBen32@aol.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-19, VP-31, VP-16, ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, ASWOC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-10 and all the associated fun that went with them. Of course I can't say NSF Diego Garcia or NAS Adak, Alaska were all that much fun..." [19JUN2002]

BENNETT, Terry Retired bbstacker@alliancecom.net "...I served with VP-31 in 1972 at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-4 from 1972 to 1975 (Crew 4 AO seat) at NAS BARBER,s Point, Hawaii, VX-4 at NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-17 from 1978 to 1980 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-22 from 1980 to 1983 (AO shop), Naval Recruiting, and retired October 1990 with 22years Naval Service. I'm living in Brandon, SD. The best times of my life were with my friends and Shipmates in the VP Navy. Loved the deployments to anywhere and everywhere anytime. That's the one part of the Navy I really miss. Would love to hear from anyone that might remember me. I remember alot of names as I go down thru this web page. Everyone knows AO's make the best coffee!!!..." [D-Mail Updated 29JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 06JUL2000 | 17NOV98]

BENSON, LT Todd F. Retired louis080154@aol.com "...I was in training at FASO (Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational) with VP-31 when the mid air happened. I will never forget that day and I will never forget those who lost their lives. God Bless those family members who bear this burden of loss forever..." [15AUG2010]

BENTLEY, LCDR Alan C. Retired abent@verizon.net "...I served with VP-31 (1963) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-28 (1963-1964) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, COMFAIRALASKA Detachment NAS Adak, Alaska (1964-1966), VP-46 (1966-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAS Adak, Alaska. I left Active Duty (Enlisted) and served with VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida while attending Florida State and come back (Active Duty) with VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a TACCO and newly minted ENS with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, FASOTRAGRULANT (1976-1979) as a NFO Instructor Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida, USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1979-1981) as VP NFO, Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) Staff (1981-1985) and I retired in 1988 on the Staff of NTC Orlando, Florida. All together not a bad run of 27 years..." [E-Mail Updated 07NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 05MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 09NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 13JUN99 | 02FEB99]

BENTLEY, AVCM Don Retired donnybentley@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-4, VP-22, VS-33, VP-48, VP-47 and CPW-10 with three tours of Instructor Duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and RAG time with VP-31 in my thirty year career. I have found numerous friends and Shipmates comments in your squadron Guestbook entries. I do have the duty to inform his many Shipmates that may not have known, that LCDR Craig Fenn Melio died in June of 1996 and is buried in Barancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2000 | 15SEP2000]

BERBERICH, CDR Larry Retired lrb47@suscom-maine.net "...I served with VP-44 (August 1968 to February 1971) Anti-submarine Warfare Technician/Aviation Electronics Technician. Deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (first P-3s to go there) and NS Rota, Spain- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Left the Navy to attend college. VP-6 (May 1976 to May 1979) Avionics Branch Officer, NFO NATOPS Officer, Tactics Officer. Deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Transitioned into the 'Super B' aircraft. VP-31 (June 1979 to 1982) NFO Instructor and CNAP NFO Evaluator for the P-3 A/B, P-3B Update and the EP-3A. Commander Carrier Group Three (1982 to 1984). Two cruises aboard USS Enterprise as the Flag Secretary. Naval War College (May 1985 to May 1986). VP-44 (August 1986 to November 1989). Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer. Deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic staff (November 1989 to June 1992). Battlegroup Operations Officer. Tactical Training Group Atlantic (June 1992 to March 1994). VP Operations Instructor. Retired in 1994 and now reside in Brunswick, Maine where I just retired from teaching (Biology) at Brunswick High School after 14 years..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31DEC2009 | BIO Updated 04MAY2000 | 05APR2000]

BERRIDGE, John P3Chief@aol.com "...I served in VP-31 from '85 to '89 then graduated from F.E. school and went to VP-22 from '89 to '93 flew the last active duty super "Bee" and then went to VX-1 from '93 to '96, currently onboard VP-47 crew 10..." [29JAN99]

BETHKE, CDR Steven G. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/co/CommandingOfficer.htm "...A native of Los Angeles, California, Commander Steven G. Bethke graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He entered the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School and received a commission in January 1988. After designation as Naval Flight Officer and fleet replacement training in the P-3C (MOD) aircraft at VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California, he reported to VP-17, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June 1989. Commander Bethke made one deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and a tri-site deployment during Operation DESERT STORM to NSF Diego Garcia; Masirah, Omanand NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. He served as the Electronic Branch Officer, Training Plans Officer and Command Services Officer. Commander Bethke reported to VP-31, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor NFO in June 1992 where he served as the Community Services Officer, Assistant Safety Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. During this tour he attended Webster University earning a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. Reporting back to sea duty, Commander Bethke checked into USS KITTY HAWK air department in March 1995 where he qualified as Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway). Following this, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School from June 1997 to December 1998 receiving a Masters of Art degree in National Security Affairs with regional specialty in the Far East. He reported to VP-47, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in June 1999 for his department head tour. Commander Bethke served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, Tactics Officer and Operations Officer completing 2 multi-site deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman/ NSA Bahrain. In August 2001 he reported to CPRW-1, Kami Seya Japan where he served as Current Operations Officer for Commander Task Forces 57 and 72 spending equal time in Japan and NSA Bahrain. During this tour he participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Moving back to Hawaii, Commander Bethke reported to VP-4 in April 2004 as executive officer. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards and campaign medals..." [19APR2005]

BIGNALL, Kerry R. (No Internet Access) "...My first duty station out of boot camp was on USS Hancock CVA-19, a Navy aircraft carrier, which was doing a six-month tour in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of South Vietnam. In February 1964 I was assigned to NATTC, Memphis, TN. In June 1964 I was transferred to VP-30 Det Alpha in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California February 9,1966 and was immediately transferred to VR-8. From Feb 1967 to June 1967 I was in training (20 weeks total) at VP-31 Det Noris on P2V-5 aircraft. On 17th June 1967 I was transferred to VO-67 (OBSERVATION Squadron 67) Pacific Fleet Alameda..." WebSite: http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/runway/9601/vo67.html [06APR2002]

BIGOS, Randy rbigos@aol.com "...VQ-4 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1971-1974, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas Nav Instructor from 1974-1976, VP-47 TACCO from 1976-1979, VP-31 Instructor from 1979-1982, VP-47 Dept Hd from 1983-1985, OIC ASWOC/TSC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from 1985-1987, XO/CO Tacron 12 San Diego from 1987-1991, XO NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1991-1993, and XO FLT Combat Tracen SD from 1993-1995. Retired in San Diego. Surf's Up! Cheers to all my Shipmates :)..." [03MAY2000]

BINGHAM, MCPO Roger Retired rogerbingham39@gmail.com "...My first squadron after AT(AN) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee was VP-19 (1959-1962), Worked in the AT shop and later became an aircrew man. Was the First Tech in Crew 11 and was the first Alpha Crew in VP-19. Reenlisted and went to Advanced B school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Assigned to FAETUPAC (1963-1966), used my advanced training to help build a flight deck simulator (P2V and P-3) to train TACCOs on the Airborne Display System, and flew as an onboard instructor with VP-31. While at FAETUPAC I had the privilege to train the last TACCO in the P5M Seaplane. Assigned to VP-47 (1966-1969), as an AX1 I flew as an alternate crewmember, I advanced to Chief when the squadron was deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with side detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. We deployed the next year to NS Sangley Point, Philippines with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I remember some great people and great times. Then the AW rate started, I remained AXC and was assigned as a Navy Recruiter in Brainard, Minnesota (1970-1975). Advanced to Senior Chief (AXCS). Assigned to VP-46 (1975-1978), worked as Avionics Division Chief and later as Maintenance Chief, Deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; and NAF Misawa, Japan. Transferred across the field at NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-31 as FRAMP Training MCPO (1978-1981). Retired from VP-48 (1982-1985) as Command Master Chief...." [BIO Updated 25DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2008 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2004 | 02APR2001]

BISHOP, Harold G. chiefbishop@att.net "...I served with FASRON-116, VFAW-3, VX-4, VP-44, VP-19, VP-31, VF-152 USS Princeton (CV37) and VF-653..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB99 | 29JAN98]

BIXBY, AW1 Rob Retired scubabix@mediaone.net "...Served with VP-31 (81-84) and CPW-11(95-97)..."

BLACKBURN, AT1 Michael "Fritz" fritzthecat@mindspring.com "...Joined in 1981 and was assigned to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Transitioned to the P-3C then went to VP-1, also at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After another transition to Charlies, went to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AVIC-7 school. Txfered to VP-31 FRAMP as an instructor for P-3B Mod avionics in 1986. VP-22 got me in 1990. The Blue Geese had the best AT shop crew Period. Made a big mistake and went to shoreduty in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington AIMD. That place did me in and I escaped in October 1996. Now I'm the Avionics TechRep for VP-94 in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Let the Mardi Gras begin!..." WebSite: http://www.mindspring.com/~fritzthecat/index.html [15APR99]

BLACKMON, CDR Larry Retired av8usn@starpower.net "...Preflight class 33-62, commissioned (May 1964), VP-22 (November 1964 to October 1967), VP-31 (October 1967 to November 1969), NWAL (November 1967 to May 1970), CPW-8 NAS Moffett Field, California (May 1970 to September 1971), USNPGS (October 1971 to June 1975), VP-48 (September 1975 to December 1977), NAVELEXSYSCOM (December 1977 to September 1979), NAVPERSCOM (September 1979 to September 1981), NAVELEXSYSCOM (October 1981 to June 1983), and retired June 1983 Still working! Chief Pilot and clerk for private company in Richmond, VA..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2004 | Updated 07MAR99 | 00XXX97]

BLACKMON, AO1 Timothy Timmisan@aol.com "...I served in VA-122, VA-146 prior to joining the VP community. I was stationed in VP-50 from 1974 to 1978. I then transfered to VP-31. I remained at VP-31 until I seprated from the navy in September 1980. Two years later I rejoined the navy and had a 2 year tour in HS-1. Finally in 1984 I was transfered to VP-45 where I remained until I retired in 1990. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old squadron Shipmates..." [23APR99]

BLAIR, AWC John Retired ianblyr@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 67-69, VP-31 70-72, and VP-6 74-78. I am looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | 12OCT99]

BLAKEMAN, ATN2(AC) James E. jebmcfoo@orland.net "...I served with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from February 1963 to March 1964 when I was discharged. I flew as Electrical Panel/Radio Operator on P5M-1/2's and Radio on P2V-6/7's. I had a secondary ECM operators position. I was permament squadron personnel. I was in VAW-13 at NAS Alameda, California from December 1961 to March 1963. I flew as ECM operator and spent from July 1962 to January 1963 on Det. to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines..." [BIO Updated 29MAR2006 | 21SEP2004]

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]

BLEWETT, ADCS(AW) Patrick J. blewett@whidbey.net "...P-3's from Start to Finish..... Started in as a "Second Mech," then the best job in the Navy.... "Flight Engineer." Started as a Airman in VP-4 (1976-1981) Instructor VP-31 (1982-1985) on to VP-19 (1985-1989). Then to the best tour I ever had...... Commander Naval Air forces Pacific (CNAP) P-3 Evaluator and Model Manager Team (1989-1992) Back to the fleet with a tour in VP-9 Moffet transitioned to Hawaii (1992-1996) High speed low pass through VP-46 (Jan to May 96) Ground Pounding now in VP-1 (96 till.....)..."

BLUESTEIN, CDR Keith A. Retired keith@bluestein.net "....I served VP-48 (September 1985 to July 1989), VP-31 (July 1989 to February 1992), VP-40 (January 1996 to December 1997) and VP-47 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer (May 2000 to May 2002). I am now retired and working as a government civilian..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUL2008 | E-Mail Updated 11SEP2000 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 01MAR98]

BOBOC, Robert D. mrboboc@sbcglobal.net "...I served on active duty with VP-46 (1983-1987) and VP-31 (1987-1989). I transferred to the Naval Reserve and served served with VP-91 (1996-1998) and VP-65 (1999-2005). Currently serving in the Air Force Reserves at Travis Air Base in Fairfield, CA..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 07JUL2007 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 11MAY2003 | 13OCT98]

BOGGESS, Ronald rboggess@fbnet.net "...After AX-A school I was assigned to VP-31. I served there from March 64 to August 66. I was assigned to the Enlisted Training Department. Trained as radio operator and AX. I flew in all of the AX positions as operator or in-flight observer on training flights. I was radio operator on a P2 training flight that ditched just west of the field because of a fuel problem. (I have photos if you are interested). Thanks..." [06JAN2002]

BOGGS, John johnandteri@cox.net "...I served with VA-122, VP-45, VP-31, VP-22, NAS Fallon, Nevada, and VP-40. Loved the Navy, Civlant not the same..." [17MAY2004]

BOLIN, LCDR Jim jim.bolin@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California as an IFT in 1986, VP-48 from 1987 to 1991, a short stay at BUPERS SDC and then to OCS. Commissioned by CDR Deon Harkey in 1994. After the NFO pipeline I went TACAMO (E-6A) with VQ-3 from 1996 to 1997. I transitioned back to VP in 1997 and went to VP-16. I am now in VX-20 Air Test and Evaluation squadron NAS Patuxent River, Maryland DSN 757-9886 COMM 301-757-9886. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [11JUN2004]

BOOTHE, CAPTAIN Timothy E. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/cocframe.htm "...A graduate of the University of Georgia, Captain Tim Boothe was commissioned in 1982 through Aviation Officer Candidate School and designated a Naval Aviator in 1983. His first assignment was in VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California, where he was an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. From 1986 to 1990, Captain Boothe was assigned to VP-31, a Fleet Replacement Squadron, as an Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer and Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer. He then joined VPU-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as an Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, and Training and NATOPS Officer. In 1991, Captain Boothe returned to NAS Moffett Field, California as Aide for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Pacific. He then reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Operations Administration Officer. There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and earned Surface Warfare Officer designation. In 1994 Captain Boothe joined VP-45, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. He reported to the CNO Staff, Navy Special Programs Division (N89), Washington, DC, in 1995 as a Division Head and Requirements Officer. Captain Boothe returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, March 1998, as Executive Officer of VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron with 30 aircraft and over 1,100 staff and students. From June 1999 to June 2001, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Boothe reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (VX-1), July 2001, as P-3 Assistant Program Manager, Logistics. In September 2003, he became the Deputy Program Manager, P-3 Update III Program for Program Management, Air (PMA) 290..." [14FEB2005]

BOUTLIER, AME2 Russell and YN3 Linda boutilierr@verizon.net "...AME2 Russell Boutilier and YN3 Linda Boutilier served in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, VC-8. Worked on the last 3 P2 Neptunes on active duty. The last P2 flight left NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for Arizona. Left PR went to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida then VP-5, The Mad Foxes on Sea duty. Then went to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-31. If anyone has served with us from 1978-79 in PR, it would be nice to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2009 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 13OCT2000 | 14JUN98]

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]

BOYINGTON, REAR ADMIRAL John E. Jr. https://www.cnatra.navy.mil/00.htm "...Commander, Navy Region South - A native of Pensacola, Fla, Rear Admiral John E. Boyington, Jr. began his military career as an Army warrant officer flying helicopter gunships during the Vietnam Conflict. He was commissioned via the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in January 1973 and received his "Wings of Gold" in December 1973. In October 2000, he assumed command as Chief of Naval Air Training and Commander, Navy Region South. His operational tours: First tour in VP-56 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland; Department Head tour with VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as Safety, Maintenance and Operations Officer deploying to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska; Executive Officer of VP-31. His command tours: Commanding Officer VP-50, CPW-1, Japan, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 72) , Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force FIFTH Fleet (CTF 57), Commander, Iceland Defense Force (Joint Subunified Command) and Island Commander Iceland (NATO), Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic, and Commander, Mine Warfare Command. Shore and staff tours: P-3 flight instructor in VP-30, fixed and rotary wing test pilot and project officer for the E-2, S-3, P-3, UH-1 and C-12 aircraft, as well as NASA's QSRA and Tilt Rotor aircraft flight-test programs. His Washington, DC tours include, Chief Engineer for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Naval Air Systems Command and Maritime Patrol Requirements Officer staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N88). Formal education: Bachelor's degree, University of West Florida, Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Management Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Naval Test Pilot School, member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a designated Acquisition Professional. Rear Admiral Boyington has flown more than 600 armed combat missions in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He is rated as a Navy Jet, Helicopter, and Prop Aviator and has 8,000 flight hours in more than 80 types of aircraft. His decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star (combat "V"), Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Air Medal (25 strike devices), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), numerous service ribbons and the Commander's Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland..." [18JUN2003]

BOZEMAN, Ronnie r2s2@fairpoint.net "...I served with AEWBarRonPac (AEW One - ATWAN) from September 1964 to May 1965, VP-31 (student - ATW3 then AX3), VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines were served as a aircrew member in Crew-10 (Queen Easy (QE) 10) and worked in the Avionics Shop for the last several months of my enlistment (November 1965 to June 1967). Enjoyed my time between NAS Barbers Point, Hawaiit and NAS Midway Island with AEWBarRonPac avoiding the "Goony" birds and also enjoyed my experience as crew member aboard the P5M Marlin seaplane with VP-40 and all the friends I made during my enlistment..." [01FEB2010]

BRADEN, ADC Howard Retired hbraden@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-50 from April 1981 to July 1984. Was on Crew 7 in 81 as the 2nd FE after graduating FE school from VP-31. Served as Alternate NATOPS then Primary NATOPS FE during my tour. Left VP-50 and went to ASW at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left ASW in Aug 1987 and transfered to VXN-8 also at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, served as power plants supervisor and Primary NATOPS FE. After my tour there I transfered back to ASW by then Force Warfare in Dec 1990. Ran the VAW division as shop chief and Division Officer until Oct 91 when I moved to the reliability maintainability and supportability P-3 branch until I retired in Nov 1993 as an ADC. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 07SEP97]

BREESE, CDR Jack Retired jbreesewheaton@earthlink.net "...Retired 1989. jbreesewheaton@earthlink.net. Started at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in VP-16 with tours at VP-19 and two at VP-31. The last assignment was CNAP Evaluator with "the" best guys in the fleet. After retirement I was lucky enough to be hired by American Airlines and just rtired as a Captain on the Fokker F-100. Fellow subchasers contact me anytime and we'll get together for some golf. I still have travel privileges with the airline!..." [03MAY2005]

BREUIL, CDR R. S. "Bubba" Bubba.Breuil@alza.com "...I served aboard VP-40 from Aug '85 through Feb '89, at which time I transferred to VP-31 as an FRS instructor pilot. I left VP-31, and active duty, in Sep '91 to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After earning my MBA, I joined both civilian life and the Naval Reserve, serving aboard VP-91 until its disestablishment in Mar '99. NAS Moffett Field, California (or "Federal Airfield") has become a depressing ghost town, and I sorely miss all of my squadronmates, WESTPAC deployments, golfing at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, water-skiing at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island, diving off NAS Agana, Guam, shopping in Osan, the hot baths in Misawa, nothing in NAS Adak, Alaska, and getting reamed for not saluting Air Force generals in unmarked cars..." [31MAR2000]

BREWER, COMMANDER http://home.hawaii.rr.com/daveandval/bios/cobio.htm "...Commander Brewer is a native of Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After designation as a Naval Aviator in August 1984, he reported to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and NATOPS Instructor. During this tour he deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia with detachments to NAS Misawa, Japan and Saudi Arabia. After completing his initial sea tour in December 1988, Commander Brewer reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and Alternate Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. In January 1991 Commander Brewer reported aboard USS LaSalle in NSA Bahrain, where he served as Flag Secretary to Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Central Command. Commander Brewer reported to the Naval War College in August 1992 where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Securities and Strategic Studies and was a Distinguished Graduate. In January 1994 Commander Brewer reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his department head tour he completed a six-month deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and served as Officer in Charge of PATRON DET, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Safety NATOPS Officer. After VP-17 was decommissioned in December 1994, Commander Brewer reported to VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he served as Operations Officer and completed a deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In July 1996 Commander Brewer reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet where he served as Current Operations Officer and later as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Commander Brewer's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and various other campaign and service awards..." [28JUN2003]

BREWSTER, James mcposailor@aol.com "...Shipmates - Great site, when NAS Moffett Field, California closed I thought I'd seen the last of many people. Served in VP-48 80-84, VP-31 84-87, VP-50 87-91 and VP-47 91-93. Retired in Sep 93. Love to hear from old friends from the Moffett Years..." [19FEB99]

BRICE, AE1(AW) R. Patrick rpbrice@woh.rr.com "...Started my Navy career in VP-48 after my FRAMP training in 1985. Loved it! I left VP-48 in 1988 to go to VP-31 as a FRAMP instructor. Left VP-31 in 1991 to go to PCU Gerorge Washington in Newport News, VA. Got out in 1995 as an AE1 (AW). Oh how I miss the P-3 orion! I would love to here from any of my old squadron mates from VP-48 or VP-31 or even Shipmates from GW..." [02JUL2005]

BRITTLE, Scott scott_brittle@hotmail.com "...Hi Shipmates. I served in six VP units, VP-47 1981-1984, VP-31 1985-1987, VP-62 1987-1990, OINC of VP-68 1990-1992, Training Officer COMRESPATWINGPAC 1992-1994, CO/XO VP-91 1994-1996. Great to see so many VP Sailors on the WEB..."

BRLECIC, AMS3 Cathy cathyabrlecic@wi.rr.com "...I was attatched to VP-31 from 1982-1985. I was an AMS3. I spent many hours crawling through fuel tanks and I loved it. Would like to hear from anyone who was there at that time..." [30DEC2005]

BROCKWELL, AMH3 Carl F. cfbroc@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 from August 1969 to 1971. I served Flight Line and Aircrew Division. If you remember me please write..." [13OCT2008]

BROKER, Joe jbroker898@msn.com "...I joined in 67. Did a tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and then went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Worked Jet Shop at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 71-74. VP-6 75-78. NAS Moffett Field, California 78-82 (NAMTRAGRUDET 1012). Went to VP-50 82-86. VP-31 86-89. I got comissoned in VP-31 and went to VP-40 89-91. Had the sad job of helping to shut down NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 92. I will have fond memories about that place forever. Went to VP-60 as the MMCO in 92. I retired as a CWO-3 Dec 93. A long time with a great bird and some great friends. Would sure be interested in hearing from some old Shipmates..." [03JUL99]

BROOKS, AK John johnbrooks47@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1967 to 1969. I am now living in Pottstown, PA. I have been married for 37 years. We have five Children. Three girls two boys ages 34 to 16..." [18AUG2009]

BROWN, ATC(AW) Dennis Retired cpousnr@aol.com "...Served with VP-31 9/69-9/71 as and ATAN-AT3. Logged many hours in P-3A-C..." [18FEB98]

BROWN, James T. jtb605@aol.com "...Hello to all you VPers! I'm JT Brown and I was in VP-9, VP-31, COMPATWINGSPAC, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying as a flight engineer with over 6,240 flight hours. Now I have an AA degree in Cullanary Arts and will be opening a bake shop in Bellingham, Wa. Drop me a line if you remember me and we can chat about old times. See-ya!...I served in VC-3 from 1976 to 1979 as a ADJ3-2. This was the greatest Squadron for hands on experience I ever saw. As a mech, we did receive the T-56's in a can, the reduction gear in another and the torque shaft in a third. The "qec" was removed from the wing of our DC-130A aircraft (they all have a interesting story of there own!) and removed the engine from the nacell. A task that took several days to perform. Our test cell was the wing usually a cold night at high power on the line at NAS North Island, San Diego, California! We also maintained the BQM drone engines, like jet go-karts. Lots of fun and TONS of expirenance that has not and will not be repeated in the Navy forever. My tour in VC-3 (the Drone Rangers) laid the foundation for me to hone and polish my mechinacinal skills. This helped me later in my career as I went on to be a P-3C Instructor Flight Engineer. Thanks for the form and keep pluging away..." [BIO Updated 16DEC98 | 07OCT98]

BROWN, AZ3 Sam sammb1370@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in early 1990's. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [08MAY2011]

BROWNING, ADCS Limmie William (Bill) Retired lim@prodigy.net "...I joined the Navy November 6, 1965; Bootcamp at San Diego, Cal.; 4 1/2 years at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (VFAW-3, VU-3, and a student in VP-31); moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1965 and finished training in VP-31 Det. "A" before reporting to VP-9. I spent the next 17 1/2 years at NAS Moffett Field, California, in VP-9, VP-19, and VP-31 as an instructor F/E. I retired in 1983 and still miss the sounds of the P-3's taking off..." [07JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...BRUNK, LT Thomas Eugene...Shipmate Pix...My husband, LT Thomas Eugene Brunk, and his crew were lost May 26, 1972 (SEE: VP-31 - In Memorial for lost friends May 26, 1972) while on a mission with VP-31. This year will be the 40th Anniversary of the disappearance of his flight. He served also served with VP-19..." Contributed by Janet Brunk Ehlers jehlers45@gmail.com [19MAR2012]

BRYAN, AWC Bill Retired goodroosterjunior@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1961), VP-45 (1962 to 1964 - Decommissioned the last P5M on the East Coast), VP-8 (1964 to 1966), VP-30 (1966 to 1969 - made Chief in 1969), VP-48 (1969 to 1974), VP-31 (1974 to 1977), and retired October 1. 1977. Moved back to home state of Virginia and stayed there for one year, then to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I worked as a test tech for Rockwell International (the old Collins Radio Co - which was the primary HF radio used on P5's and P-3's). I got laid off from Rockwell in 1981, then worked as a Field Service Engineer for the Associated Press in Iowa for 7 years and back to Richmond, Virginia for one year. Left the AP in 1990 and did a variety of jobs for about 5 years, including a little woodworking shop where I made clocks for specialty orders and crafts shows. Moved to Tappahannock (on the Rappahannock River) in 1994, got divorced in 1999, remarried in 2001 and my wife and I live in Tappahannock, but not on the river anymore and we have a small business making custom caps and t-shirts. (We provide 5% of all orders from our VP-Navy web-site back to VP-Navy). Would love to hear from all former Shipmates. P5M's and P-3's were a big part of my life for many years..." WebSite: B & D Custom Caps & Tees http://www.vpnavy.org/luckydog.html [E-Mail Updated 04NOV2003 | BIO Updated 16JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 22MAY2002 | WebSite Updated 30DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN99]

BUCHNAT, Ronald ron1911@sbcglobal.net "...I went through AMFU "A" school & AMS A school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in mid 1964. I attended flight crew training with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in late 1964 and then got orders to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew in the P2V-7's for awhile, then we transitioned to the P-3A Orion. I made 2 deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I am currently searching for VP-4 Shipmates that were in the squadron from 1962-1968 for our next Reunion in Oct. 2009, in Fort Worth, TX..." [24SEP2008]

BUGAY, AXC Bob Retired bobbugay@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-2 from 1961 to 1964, VP-40 from 1968 to 1971, VP-50 from 1975 to 1978, shore duty tour at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, and two tours with VP-31 between the fun tours. I retired in 1981. Anyone out there remember the "through the wire" trip to town with Fig? You'll understand this if you know what I'm talking about. Been there - done that! Whatever happen Fig after he changed his rate to AQ?..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2003 | 09MAR99]

BURKHALTER, AT1 Jim jburkhal@pacbell.net "...I was one of the origional IFT's for the P-3C's when VP-48 transitioned to the "Charlie" in 71. "Blue Card" Natops Evaluator, Went from VP-48 to VP-31, then finished my Navy Career in VP-9, transfering to the Fleet Reserve in 1980. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates, (If anyone knows how to contact AW2 Tommy Burke I would appreciate that information). After retirement, I was an executive in the Computer business in the Bay area for a number of years, and moved to Placerville, CA in 1987 and have been a Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker since that time. In August of 2000 I was priviledged to be a "side Bouy" for Captain J. A. Prescott as he retired from his Navy Career. He was the Nav Com on my first crew when he was a LTjg and we have remained in touch over the years. Fair Winds & Following Seas..." [29AUG2001]

BURRIS, LT David burris@oakharbor.net "...Former AW VP-9, VP-31, AOCS 01-91, VP-6, VP-22, VP-46, WING TEN and currently NAVAIRES NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Would like to hear from the good old boys! Still kicking and approaching my 20 yrs. Lost touch with alot of good people. Would especially like to hear from my Crew 2 buds of VP-9. We were family! Have alot of great memories..." [03OCT98]


CALDERON, Vic vic408@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from '74-'80 w/VP-40, VP-31, & VP-91. i worked maint & flew IFT. Transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NAR JAX & VP-62. Ret 2/92 as SCPO. I am still in contact w/many ex-Shipmates. E-mail at your convenience..." [08APR98]

CALLINA, Peter J. talespins@aol.com "...I was in VP-8 during the Cuban Missile problem. Also VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California 62 to 67. Enjoyed the VP pages. Does anyone know where Joe Generioux is?..." [26FEB99]

CAMACHO, Ipo ac137@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-31 from JAN 92-NOV 93. Transfered to VP-17 Dec 93 and ORDER MOD'ed to VP-9 later that month. Now I'm stationed out of the sunny beaches of China Lake (yeah right) running the Oxygen shop for NAVWPNTESTRON China Lake. Can't wait to get out of here. Kinda miss the old days deploying with the "knucle-heads" while "DOIN' TIME IN NINE!" And Uncle Pat? Somewhere lost in Whidbey? I'll be droppin' you a line soon so stand-by! I'm outta here!!!!!!!!!!..." [17SEP98]

CAMERON, Kerry D. cameronj@smartisp.com "...First tour with VP-45 (1970-1973), then to VX-1 (1973-1976). Did the ship thing on IKE (1977-1978), then to VP-31 (1979-1981), then VP-48 (1981-1983), then to ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska as OIC (1983-1986). Departed the VP Navy to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff until retirement in 1991. Would appreciate any updates from past Shipmates. Question for you. Did you ever entertain the thought of developing an additional package that includes the ASWOCs? They were an important part of the VP way of life and would be an interesting package of folks if it could be done. Thanks..." [04FEB2000]

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CAMPBELL, Mike mdccrew@dellnet.com "...I was at NAS Moffett Field, California VP-31, TAD AMD 69-71. NASU NAS Iwakuni, Japan 71-73. Wakaki-san did you retire yet? Drop me a line..." [17OCT99]

CARBAJAL, AW2 Chuck chuckcarbajal619@gmail.com "...I was an AW2 stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1986 to 1993. During that time I was assigned to FASO, VP-31, VP-50 and then VP-31 again. Many of the 27 crewmembers that lost their lives on 03/21/91 at 02:13:39 were fellow crewmembers and close friends. The pain of the loss is still very real for me…even 20 years later. I woke this morning at almost the exact time that the mid air occurred in tears. I can imagine where they were and what they were doing at the moment the collision occurred. How fatigued was the crew that was going off station considering the time of day, weather and no auto pilot? Did anyone know just before it happened? You all will never be forgotten…never!..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2011 | 11MAY2010]

CARLSON, Gary AAAPGF@aol.com "...Stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California VP-31 (ADJ-3) 73-76 AND VP-40 77. I would like to here from anyone stationed there! Worked in hanger one!..." [20DEC97]

CARPENTER, Ed ecarpenter516@yahoo.com "...I served with ATU-206 at NAS Pensacola, Florida (Forrest Sherman Field) in 1957, FASRON-111 from January 1960 to January 1962 (worked for AMSC T. W. Butler), FASRON became AMD, NOB Bermuda in April 1960, NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1962, VP-46 in March 1965 and VP-31 to FE School. I flew with Crew 4 as Second Mech to ADJC Jerry Logan and with CDR Balch's Crew 12. I made part of 1965 NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment, all of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan deployment, split between NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and Utapao and NAS Adak, Alaska deployment in 1969. My next assignment was with VP-31 as an FE Instructor in late 1970, NAS Bermuda AIMD as a P-3 FE in November 1972 thru December 1975 and retired in September 1977 from the Naval Air Integrated Logistic Support Center (NAILSC) / Naval Ammunition Logistics Center (NALC). I would like to hear from anybody that remembers me from any of the outfits I was in. I am in contact with Ben Prall, Howell Barton Hill, Philip Harbin and Gary Nickells, all old Shipmates from VP-46 and Ed Sanderson from AIMD NAS Bermuda..." [E-Mail Updated 10NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2009 | E-Mail Updated 05MAR2005 | 19JAN2002]

CARPENTER, Ed carpenters@frs-l.com "...I was in VP-17 from Oct. 1960 to Oct. 1963. I was in VP-31 from Oct. 1963 to June 1965 training Vietnamise crews. I left the Navy in 1965 as a ADR2. I would like to talk to any of my old Shipmates..." [06MAR99]

CARTER, AMCS Dave Retired truck72454@yahoo.com "...I served with VA-65 (1971-1975), Non-Destructive Inspection Lab (NDI) at NAS Oceana, VA (1975-1978), VP-30 (1979) FE School, VP-16 (1979-1983), VP-31, VT-26, VQ-1 (1983-1986), VP-49 (1986-1991), NAval DEPot (NADEP) (1991-1993), VQ-1 (1993-1995) and retired early 1995. I now live in NE Ohio..." [08MAR2013]

CARTER, AOC Tim "Duck" duckman132@comcast.net "...I was stationed at VP-19 from 1977-1980 as an inflight Ordnanceman. VP-31 from 1980-1983 as an Inflight and grounds Ordnance Instructor. VP-50 from 1983-1986 as an Inflight Ordnanceman. PMTC, Pt Mugu, 1986-1990 as part of Range Aircrew flying P-3A's. VP-47 from 1990-1993 as as Inflight Ordnanceman. VP-40 from 1996 to present as AO shop Chief. IYAOYAS...I am now on deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan...I am no longer in VP-40 due to retiring on 31 August 1999. I am now living in Olympia, Washington and I am a full time college student, reverting back to my hippie days, and a teller of "Sea Stories"...Still retired, still classified as a long hair with a beard. Now working for the State of Washington..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 12OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 30MAR30 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 27FEB99 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18DEC98 | Updated 21MAR98]

CASTEEN, J. Douglas jcasteen@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1965) at NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland , VP-31 (1965-1968) Det Alpha at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-44 (1969-1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Brunswick, Maine, TSC (1972-1975) at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, TSC (1978-1980) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Flight Training - NFO/LDO), VS-31 (1980-1984) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, Warrant/LDO School (1985-1986) at NAS Pensacola, Florida, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1986-1990) and retired in 1990. I am now living in Orange Park, Florida and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2013 | 24NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...CASTRO, AOC Albert...Albert Atanacio Castro, 62, AOC USN Retired departed our midst on 13 October 2012, after suffering a fall while hunting near his home in La Plata, MD. His wife Patricia of 28 years, devoted dog Rocky and other family survive him. Albert was born in Gallup, NM, to Atanacio and Lola Castro. He graduated from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, NM, and joined the United States Navy in August 1968. Chief Castro had a distinguished 23-year Naval career. P-3 training with VP-31, first operational tour was with VP-4 Skinny Dragons, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1971 - 1976. Al logged over 500 hours of dedicated combat missions including many searches and refugee operations. Additional Duty Stations included: NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-19 Big Red at NAS Moffett Field, California, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, VXN-8 and Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (NAMO) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Chief Castro's awards and decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy Achievement, Navy Expeditionary, Armed Forces Expeditionary, two Vietnam Service Medals, and numerous other citations and commendations. Typical of his devotion to duty, Chief Castro took great pride in his civilian career. He proudly continued to serve the Navy and his country as a DOD contractor supporting Air-to-Air Weapons for Aviation Trainings Systems Command. In 2008 he became Program Manager for Acquisition and Life Cycle Support of the HARM Weapons System for the Naval Air Weapons Center at Patuxent River, MD. Chief Castro was a patriot, an unsung hero, always prepared to serve the Navy and the United States of America. Recently, he and his teammates were on board several naval vessels upgrading equipment as his comrades ventured into harm's way. Chief Castro's awards and decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy Achievement, Navy Expeditionary, Armed Forces Expeditionary, two Vietnam Service Medals, and numerous other citations and commendations. He was a life member of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen, Plankowner of Chapter 22, Patuxent River, and also served on the AAO National Board of Directors. In addition he was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, prior Post 2632 Senior Vice Commander; the Military Order of the Cooties; the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 093; American Legion; VP-4 Association; the NRA; and the Saint Charles Sportsman's Club. Albert is also survived by his brothers Frank Castro of Paige TX, Anthony Castro and Timothy Castro of Albuquerque, NM and sisters Josephine Martinez of Clearfield UT, Marie Baca of Fort Worth TX, Florence Otis, Elizabeth Sumruld, and Dolores Torres of Albuquerque NM, and Kathy Martin of Dalles OR, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received to celebrate Albert's Life on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a funeral service on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Deacon Johnny Barnes will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827-9799 or www.vfwnationalhome.org. The VFW National Home for children provides support for our military and veterans' families. A Guest Book is available at http://www.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com/obituaries/dsp_files/dsp_viewobit.cfm?obit_ID=4635..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [02NOV2012]

CASTRO, AOC Albert Retired aacastro@juno.com "...After my initial P-3 training with VP-31 Moffett Field, California, in March of 1971 I started my first VP operational tour as an Aircrew Ordnanceman with VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I remember Sherald Juneau the Flight Engineer who became like a brother to me. The fellow Ordies Bob McCoy, Andy "Ord" Anderson, Bob McKinney, Vic Teem, Bill Maye, Glen Schleusser, Howell Robins, Charles Roberson, and of course the two brothers Jim and Rob Jenkins. Pilots like Jim Messegee, Skip Dale, and Bill Broadwell, who cared. Never forget the Cocos Island departing flyby. Everything was just Hunky-Dori. The deployments, detachments, and visits to Japan, Taiwan, Diego Garcia, Australia, Guam, Wake, Philippine Islands, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam are memories burnt into my mind. Never to forget Wichita Det. After five years with the Skinny Dragons I transferred in April of 1976 to shore duty. I had to get back into flight status. So in July of 1978 I transferred into VP-19 Moffett Field, California. I remember the Ordies most of all Randy Corman, Duck Carter, Reno Dickson, Johnny King, Steve Harris, Frank Pesich, and Perry Veto. Drivers like Ray Morris and Don Hefkin both of them pretty boys. I visited a number locations including, Adak, Okinawa, Singapore, Korea, and Iran. Made a number of site revisits, including back to Hawaii for those quarterly torpedo qualifications. Of course we always had to have a full Ordie load team on all those Hawaii flights. After four and a half years with Big Red, and thinking I had enough of West Pac in January of 1983 I transferred to the Naval Air Development Center (NADC), Warminster, Pennsylvania. I remember Bob Flangan, Dale Cain ("Best Man"), and an Ordie named Ron Jerasa. My aircrew shore duty at NADC had me deploying to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. In November of 1985 I reported to Oceanographic Development Squadron Eight (VXN-8) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. During my duty with VXN-8 the World Travelers there was Barry (Hank) Evitts, JD Patterson, Tim Mattson, and Bill Lomba, who I remember most as I was stationed with all four in prior commands (repeat offenders). The civilians Jeff Kerling (Admiral Kerlingus), and Pete Kupstas (Stinky Pete) hit the beach with the rest of us. Then there were the Flight Engineers that no one could ever forget Ed Matteson, Greg Valdez, and Jimmy Danials. What a bunch of great guys, and there was many more, I just had to name a few. While assigned to the World Travelers I made detachments to England, Iceland, Greenland, Portugal, Norway, Scotland, and Spain. After 17 years as a Naval Aircrewman, in December 1989, I reported for my final tour in the Navy with the Naval Aviation Maintenance Office at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from the United States Navy in April of 1992. Currently I am providing direct staff technical support to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) Program Manager for Aviation Training Systems (PMA205), for acquisition and life cycle support of airborne weapons systems. Living in La Plata, Maryland and working in the Patuxent River area, I get to see a few of the old P-3 squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 09AUG2005 | 27MAR2001]

CATON, AFCM David Retired dcaton@worldnet.att.net "...flew for 18 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer (VP-31 schooled). . .VP-50 (76-79), VX-1 (79-82), served with the German Navy for 3 years flying the Atlantic in Nordholz, GE on the Personal Exchange Program (83-86), afterwards VXN-8 (86-90), and finally with VP-17 where I ended my career as the Maintenance Master Chief (90-94) with over 11,000 hrs. Hello to old Shipmates...drop a line..." [13FEB99]

CHAGOYA, PH1 Javier jchagoya@nps.navy.mil "...Okay - I've been holding down the fort here for six years. It is the last of the Naval Bases in Central Coast /Northern California. This is it. Naval Postgraduate School. Who knows how much longer she will be here. Next BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Program) is in 05. We are now in fiscal year 04. If we go away that leaves Lemore, China Lake and San Diego. That doesn't leave a whole lotta places where you can find Navy. Who knew! Anyway - keep your eye on this page. I served with VP-31 and VP-91. Hey Kieth Clever, RJ and the rest of the FE's that saved our asses on those crazy student flights. John Noland in Buttonwillow. How is the cotton business? See on the road..." [30AUG2003]

CHAVEZ, CAPTAIN Carlos M. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/Commodore.html "...Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 Captain Chavez completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. From 1983 to 1986 he was assigned to VP-1 home-ported in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While with the Screaming Eagles he completed two WESTPAC deployments to Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He served as the Command Security Manager, NFO Training Officer, and AW Division Officer. Captain Chavez' next assignment was to the West Coast FRS, VP-31, in NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the P-3C (Update III) Transition Coordinator, NFO Training Officer and P-3B (MOD) AIRPAC NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator. Following this tour he was assigned as the Assistant Navigator in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf where USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT joined coalition forces in support of DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In January 1992, Captain Chavez reported to PVP-47, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan. In March 1992, he was assigned temporary duty to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command where he served as the Air Operations Officer. He returned to VP-47 in August 1992 and served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, Captain Chavez reported to the Naval Postgraduate School. Upon completing his Master's degree in Information Technology Management he was assigned as the Systems Management Curricular Officer. In December 1997, Captain Chavez reported to VP-40 as Executive Officer and assumed command in February 1999. While with the Fighting Marlins he completed a WESTPAC deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. From 2000 to 2002, Captain Chavez was assigned to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as the ship's Navigator. In October 2001, the USS CARL VINSON was on-station in the North Arabian Sea and had the distinction of launching the first air strikes into Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Captain Chavez assumed command of CPRW-11 on 29 January 2003..." [29JUN2003]

CHILDERS, AT1 Dave Retired p3abcift@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 (Radio Operator School) 1971, VP-40 from May 1971 to August 1972, VP-8 from July 1976 to August 1978, VP-90 from January 1979 to April 1982, VP-92 from April 1982 to September 1983, VP-30 from September 1983 to May 1984 (IFT School P-3C), VP-MAU from May 1984 to May 1988, VP-92 from May 1988 to December 1992 and Retired December 31, 1992. I worked at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as a Senior Logistics Analyst on T-39N Program with KETRON and currently retired and living in St. Louis area. Who, out there, remembers making it rain in Okinawa- (1971/1972 Crew 5 BUNO 154586)?..." [BIO Updated 05FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 05SEP2001 | E-Mail Updated 15OCT98]

CHILDERS, Robert vchilder@ix.netcom.com "...After AW "A" school and VP-31. I was attached to VP-9 until Oct '76. Left active duty and was a reserve until Feb '77 when I became a TAR and was attached to NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I was attached to VP-90 from May '80 to Oct '83. Next came NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and the NATOPS team where I was SS3 Evaluator, alternate Evaluator, Instructor at RATCEN, TTT member and Evaluator again until Jul '90. From there it was VP-94 until I retired in Oct '94. If you want to see what's been happening since then (a lot has been going on!), go to the link and check my web page" http://www1.netcom.com/~vchilder/bob.html..." [11AUG99]

CHRISLEY, Harvey B. harvey.chrisley@poboxes.com "...I'm retired Navy and spent the last five years of my career in VP's (the first 15 years was A6's). I was in VP-31, VP-50 and VP-46. I was in 50 in '91 when the mid-air happened and we lost 27 people - two were from my shop. It brought back a lot of memories reading about it on your site..." [02FEB99]

CHVATAL, Phil chvatal@msn.com "...I spent '68-'69 in VP-31 at North Island. '69-'71 with VP-11 at Brunswick ME. Worked the avionics shop (AT2). It was a great time to grow and lots of lessons we did learn. Peace..."

CIPOLLI, AW2 Thomas "Chip" ppo1551@mchsi.com "...I was an AW2 SS3 from 1975-1978. Flew with CAC3 and CAC4. I was deployed in NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1976 and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in - 1977. I was on (VP-5) LA4 when we went off the runway in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. My back still hurts. Does anybody remember the UFO incident off of the Egyptian coast in 1977?...I started out on the west coast. Went through training with VP-31 and spent a short but great time with VP-50 CAC12 . Then transferred to VP-5 in 1975-1978 CAC3 and CAC4. Always looking to hear from old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2002 | BIO Updated 19DEC98 | 13DEC98]

CLAPP, James jwc1948rr@yahoo.com "...I joined the Navy February 1968. After basic in SAN Diego, CA I reported to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for Electronics school. Went to San Diego for radio/radar operator school then home to NAS Moffett Field, California and onto VP-31 for the transition to P-3A. Arrived in Hawaii in April/May of 1969 I was one of the new P-3 replacement crewmembers who show up as a snot nosed E-4 with all the answers. Arrived in VP-17 and sent to NAS as a runner of movies around the Island. Returned when my slot reopened in VP-17 just before we departed to NAS Iwakuni, Japann. Ended up in the AT shop doing Peak and TWEAK to the ARN-52 system. Deployed to DANANG in December 1969 to that AT shop till end of deployment. Returning from work/flight in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June of 1970. I got run over by a car while I was on my Yamaha. Went to the Hospital with a broken HIP. Aircraft that was lost in LAS Vegas, Nevada would have been mine if I was with the squadron. I now live with may wife in Minden, Nv. Please include me in any Reunion notifications..." [07FEB2001]

CLARK, ATCS David J. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCSC.htm "...After completing recruit training at Great Lakes , Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Air Warfare/Naval Aircrewman) David J. Clark attended Avionics "A" school and the Advanced First Term Avionics Course in Millington, Tennessee where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In December 1981 he proceeded to NAS Pensacola, Florida where he completed the Naval Aircrewman Candidate School at the top of his class. In February 1982 he completed SERE school in San Diego, California and proceeded to the Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Moffett Field, California to attend the P-3C Integrated Avionics Maintenance/In-Flight Technician Course at VP-31's "Black Lightning Camp". His first operational squadron was VP-40. While assigned to the "Fighting Marlins", he was designated a Naval Aircrewman and primary IFT NATOPS instructor. He deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Misawa, Japan where he participated in the KAL-007 Search and Rescue/Salvage Operations. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In October 1985, it was back to VP-31 for a challenging assignment as an IFT/DACM instructor. During this tour he trained over 80 IFT students, and 35 Maritime Patrol Aircrews in Defensive Air Combat Maneuvers. He was also the CNAP P-3C IFT Evaluator and was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He was advanced to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Clark's next sea duty assignment was with VP-19. While in "Big Red", he was the command DAPA and was twice selected as Aircrewman of the Year. He deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, The Philippines, and Misira Oman where he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After VP-19 disestablished in May of 1991, he moved to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Training Officer. Shortly after his arrival, he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. In October of 1994 he transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he was the Contract Field Team Project Officer at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and the senior Research, Development, Test and Evaluation QAR at VX-20. He reported to VP-26 in October 1997 and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily where he flew combat missions over Bosnia. During his tour with "Team Trident", he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the AV/ARM Division CPO and Command Master Chief. In October 2000, Senior Chief Clark transferred to VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he now serves as the Command Senior Chief. Senior Chief Clark's military decorations include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit/campaign awards and service medals..." [17JUN2003]

CLARK, AX3 John L. golfnut@entouch.net "...I served with VP-31 (Avionics Shop) from April 1962 to January 1964. I made AX3 before I got out. Some of the buddies I remember (not easy these days) were Larry Kruzick, Art Tobkin, Fred Isorda and Dave Turner. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of Shipmates in those days. After the Navy, went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo..." [11MAR2009]

CLARK, AXC Ralph Retired onust@wayxcable.com "...VP-30 1961, VP-42 1962, VP-48 1963, VP-31 1964, VP-9 1967, VP-56 1975. Taught at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, NAMTG NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAMTG NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Flew every electronic position on SP5(A&B), and P-3(B&C). Retired in Jan 1982 and went to college. Taught Electronics, Electromechanical, Hydraulics, ETC. Would love to hear from anyone that I flew or taught with..." [21OCT2004]

CLARKE, AMS2(AW)/(F/E) Steven E. clarke50000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1982 until 1986. I worked in Airframes and Maintenance then transitioned to a flying 2nd Mech. I also served with VP-9 and VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [17SEP2008]

CLINE, Shannon flcrackersc@aol.com "...Served in VP-31 last 18 months or so of unit's existence. Unbelieve time that was for me..." [04OCT2006]

COATES, Richard (Dick) Retired rcoates654@yahoo.com "...I started my NAVY journey 9/55 with 3 yrs at GMAU-0411, Oceana (GF3); 12/58 GM div. USS Intrepid (GF2/AT2); 8/60 Kitty Hawk CVA-63 pre-com; 2/62; AT(B), (AT1); 12/62 VA-127 NAS Lemoore, California; My life changed 1/66 when I got orders to VP-17 via VP-31 at NORIS. I was destined to have the time of my life in the VP Navy. My wife was worried that I could get hurt flying in "one of those things!" I said "flying in a P2V is safer than walking the store." The next day there was a picture of a sinking VP-31 P2V on the front page of the local rag. They had cross feed problems, and the fans quit turnin'. They set her down alongside a Coast Guard cutter loaded with PSA stewardeses on a survival training cruise! (I don't think they even got wet.) After the RAG, I was assigned to VP-17 crew 12 with a great bunch of guys. PPC Charlie Cook, P2P Lee Houston, NAV Rick Tolly, TACCO is fuzzy, he was LT. ex QM, PC Snick Gramms ADJ1 (NY good guy), JULIE AT3 Rothlesburger, JEZ-(brain lapse.. I saw him in 79 at NORIS CPO club (he was a AWCS), AO1 Jim Young, and last, but not least AE2 Robert J. Prestovic our token electrician and fantastic scrounger. (He "borrowed" a trailing wire weight from the Coastes at NS Sangley Point, Philippines! I needed a spare, but I made him take it back anyway.) (Ski is USCG ret now.) We had a good deployment to TSN Saigon, but when the skipper said we were going home and returning asap (6 Mo) I was struck with this gawd awfull dumb-ass attack and said, "I not goin', my enlistment is up in 6 mo." JUNE 1967 I transferred to reserve VP-891 at NAS Sand Point, WA. Which became VP-69. Flew with a bunch of good guys there for 3 years, but I missed the REAL NAVY! July 70 transferred to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew for a while, but not assigned to a crew. If I remember right they had more than enough flyers, and short on folks to keep em flyin' so I spent most of my 3 years there in WC210 with AXC Domier, AT2 O.T. Frampton III, AT2 Moore (UH student), AT3 Don Inaura, (now AVCM ret, a good friend and neighbor), many IFT and RDO crews, too many more, I don't remember. I left VP-6 July 73 for NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and AVC7 school. Three years of Instructor duty at AVC7. Then on to - VF-1 (The NAVY should never send VP sailors to fix F14's) Finished my BS Ed in San Diego. I put on the Hat in 77 and retired 12/79. The Navy had exacted their revenge for breaking the faith in 1967. Any one out there that wants to tell sea stories, send me an e-mail or stop by I'm your friendly travel agent at NAS Miramar. I would really like to hear a better one than I can tell..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2001 | 01JUN2001]

COLLARD, AE Robin robin1012@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-46 as an AE from 1988-1991, VP-31 as a Framp Instructor until Decomm in 1992, AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California until Decomm, and NAS Moffett Field, California and yes - I helped Decomm that too. I am now off active duty but am in the Reserves with VP-91 and I will probably be there until they Decomm. Looking for any Shipmates that I served with during my tenure at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [E-Mail Updated 11OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 18FEB2003 | 26MAR98]

COLLIER, Lance lacollier@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 from April 1979 to September 1982. I spent most of my time in the Powerplants Shop and had many good friends I would like to hear from. I have some memories of really good times while there; taking fuel baths while rescuing flight engineers from stuck pencil drains and the subsequent washdown from the fire crews, changing all 4 turbines after a plane had been chased by MIGs and the 4 cases of beer provided by the crew - one for each turbine, hydraulic fluid baths while checking the high pressure side of of the prop control, penalty runs for chips lights, standing in APU exhaust to warm up, and many more. Hangar One was an exciting place to work..." [E-Mail Updated 05SEP2004 | 02SEP2000]

COLEMAN, AD3 Randall R. randy.coleman@us.army.mil "...I was with VP-31 as an AE3 from June 1967 to Sept 1968. I first worked in the 1st Lt. Div as the coffee room preson. I then worked in the AE Division before being sent to Viet Nam. In Sept 68 I went to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and worked as an AK. In Oct 69 I went to the USS John F Kennedy as am AE4 and worked in the V2 Div CAT 2 flight deck. I left the carrier in Jan 71 for discharge so I could attend junior college for law enforcement. I am currently working for the US Army as the Provost Marshal of Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in Texarkana, TX..." [17MAY2006]

COMPTON, AMH3 Glenn R. (Bobby) Jr. Sedanfan@aol.com "...Looking for anybody that worked VP-31 maintance from 1970-1974..." [28OCT2001]

CONGER, John S. skydog@pacific.net "...Just a brief note to say that I was an instructor at VP-31 from 1971 to 1975 aboard the P-3A/B/R, and the P-3C and "C" Update. What wonderful memories, and what a GREAT aircraft!..." [15DEC99]

CONNELLY, CAPTAIN Robert J. "Jeff" http://www.pmrf.navy.mil/co.html "...Commanding Officer - Pacific Missile Range Facility - A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Captain Connelly graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1976. In November 1977, he was designated a Naval Aviator. Upon completion of his initial P-3C Orion training at VP-31, he was assigned to VP-48 from June 1978 to June 1981 completing three Western Pacific deployments during his tour. Captain Connelly served on the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff from 1981 to 1984 as the Electronic Warfare Programs Analyst in the Systems Analysis Division and as Staff Assistant to the Director, Naval Warfare. During this tour, he received a Master of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University. In September 1984, Captain Connelly reported as the Assistant Navigator in USS MIDWAY (CV 41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He next served as Assistant Maintenance and Administrative Officers in VP-31 from May 1986 to October 1987. In December 1987, Captain Connelly reported to VP-8 where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland while serving as Safety Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. Assigned to OPNAV from January 1990 to August 1991, he served as Assistant Branch Head of the Western Hemisphere Plans and Policy Branch within the Politico-Military Policy and Current Plans Division. Additionally, he was assigned as the Assistant Branch Head of the East Asia/Pacific Branch and Lead Action Officer for the Philippine Base Re-negotiations. He concluded his tour by serving as Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Captain Connelly completed a one-year assignment as a National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In September 1992, he reported to VP-47 as Executive Officer and assumed command one year later following the squadron's relocation from NAS Moffett Field, California to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Captain Connelly reported to the United States Pacific Fleet staff at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in September 1994 as the Maritime Aviation Operations Officer. From August 1996 to February 2000, he completed consecutive Executive Officer tours and deployments in USS INCHON (MCS 12), USS ESSEX (LHD 2), and USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6). Captain Connelly assumed duties as Commanding Officer in USS BONHOMME RICHARD in April 2000 until relinquishing command in September 2001. His next assignment, as Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE and the BONHOMME RICHARD Amphibious Ready Group, commenced in December 2001 while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). During this assignment, he headed two U.S. Navy and Coalition Task Forces comprised of twenty-three combatant, amphibious, and logistics support ships engaged simultaneously in combat, maritime interception, intelligence collection, and support operations in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Captain Connelly relinquished command of Amphibious Squadron THREE in September 2002 and assumed duties in January 2003 as the Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on the island of Kaua'i in Hawaii. Captain Connelly's personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with one gold star), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with four gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign and service awards..." [25JUN2003]

CONRAD, AFCM (AC) RICHARD Retired Rconrad@compuserve.com "...I SERVED IN VP-22 FROM JAN 65 TO MAR 75 WHEN WE LEFT TO RETURN TO THE MAINLAND AND INST DUTY AT VP-31 AFTER THREE WONDERFUL YEARS. I TRANSFERRED TO VP-48 FOR SEA DUTY FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER TOUR OF INSTRUCTOR DUTY IN VP-31. YOU GUESSED IT, BACK TO VP-48 FOR SEA DUTY. I TRANSFERED TO THE VIP CREW IN VP-31 WHERE I SPENT THE LAST SIX YEARS OF MY CAREER. I RETIRED IN NOV. 88 AND WENT TO WORK FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IN SFO. I AM STILL THERE AND AM CURRENTLY A MANAGER OF PRODUCTION IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. JUST DISCOVERED THIS WEB PAGE A FEW DAYS AGO AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE A FEW OF THE Shipmates THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM ALL OF YOU BLUE GEESE OUT THERE..." [14FEB99]

COOK, AT2 Alan acook6@triad.rr.com "...I served with VP-1 (Radio Operator with Crew 2 and others) from 1979 to 1982, VP-31 (CNAP) from 1982 to 1985 and VP-91 (Radio, IFT and P-3C IFT with 3,000 flight hours haveing a ball) from 1985 to 1991. Missed some of the exotic squadrons to join Lockheed in flight operations/flight test in Palmdale, CA. Left flight operations to join Lockheed's international sales organization having a ball for many years but eventually leaving Lockheed for banking in 1995. Wachovia Bank out of Winston-Salem, NC and now in Laguna Beach, CA with Wells Fargo (merger). The experiences I had in those days was as good as sex and once in a while more exciting (not always in a good way). I'm trying to connect with many of the crew. I'm on Facebook in Orange Coutny, CA. I look forward to catching up with many Shipmates..." [01JUN2009]

COOPER, Ken kcooper35@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-1 as an AT/AX on Crew-8 (P2V-7 135551) from 1961 to 1964 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and VP-31 from 1964 to 1966 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Would sure like to hear from my old buddy Jerry Rice (crew 1 - VP-1) or any of my old YB-8 or other squadron crew members. Also, does anyone know whatever happened to old tripple-nickle-one? Another thing, I'd like to apologize (a little late I s'pose) to my crew for nearly almalgomizing us with Pinnacle Rock just South of St. Mathews Island up in the Bearing Sea. With all the APS-20 radar anti-clutter circuitry in play in that ice cluttered sea, Pinacle Rock really did look like the mother ship for that Soviet fishing fleet we were rigging. Special apologies go to our Navigator and Taco MacDonald who happened to be sitting up in the Bow and first saw that tall rock coming out of the fog. It's pretty scarry having to take a steep turn like that when you're flying that close to the water (remember the sister squadron VP-2 plane that came back from MAD runs with their searchlight all smashed to smitherines?). Hey Mac, don't you wish we had had this new-fangled satalite navigation gear back then. Anyhow, I sure miss(???) those 9 to 12 hour tracks; the poker up in NAS Adak, Alaska, and the salmon fishing at the mouth of the Buskin River in Kodiak. Those were good days..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2011 | E-Mail Updated 17JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 30SEP2001 | 23JAN99]

COPLEN, Roger D. oaknother@surf1.ws "...Assigned to VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, (TDY from VP-46) from June, 1963 to September, 1963 for TACAN training. Joined VP-46 in September at NAS Moffett Field, California in September, 1963. Five of us went to Shemya, Alaska to set up electronic maintenance vans 1 month early, just in time for the March, 1964 earthquake at Anchorage. It was during this tour that, I believe a young man by the name of Noble, urinated on a statue in Tokyo, Japan and got the entire squadron restricted from future R&R there. Spent the next tour (again early deployment a month in advance of the squadron) at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, May, 1964-Jan., 1965. Like many, my active duty was extended several months because of the Vietnam War. I remember Kelly, I think it was, who got a cut finger during a landing incident at NAS Moffett Field, California. And VP-22 losing an entire crew in the Bay at NS Sangley Point, Philippines right as we were relieving them for their rotation back to NAS Moffett Field, California. I went on to San Diego State University and was treated like a pariah because I was a veteran. What a bunch of lost kids there were on most campuses. Ended up working as as an Engineer, Engineering Manager, etc. for Pacific Bell/Pacific Northwest Bell from 1970-1981. Did a career change into Counseling Psychology and as a part of my practice spent 10 years at the Utah State Prison as a Psychologist. Also spent time as a probation/parole counselor for Salt Lake County. Also, as part of my practice, ran 21 groups a week for youth offenders for 3 school districts. Spent 16 years teaching on a university/college level and am now teaching in the Newport, Wa. area as part of our retirement plan. One favorite memory was teaming up with Gary Maurer (sp) to defeat two base medical doctors(at NS Sangley Point, Philippines), in badminton. Neither Gary nor I had played much before. The two docs had decided 2 VPers (especially enlisted men) were no challenge. By some stroke of incredible luck, Gary took first place and I took second place after defeating both docs. Then we teamed up to beat them again in the doubles tournament. Not bad for a couple of young kids several thousand miles from home..." [18MAY2001]

COSTELLO, Michael songman66@comcast.net "...After my stint with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, including S.E.R.E. school (who could ever forget S.E.R.E.?), I was MAC airlifted from NAS Alameda, California to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as an "AE" striker with then AT3 Jim Nicklin and then AT2 Bob Ferris in Aug.'67, joining VP-1 in mid-deployment. I checked into the Electric Shop and went on night check with then AE1 H. D. Goodwin (he made AEC while still with VP-1). VP-1 was awarded the N.M.U. Citation for that deployment! I returned to WestPac in August 1968 as an AE3 "MAD-MAN" with Crew 12 (The Dirty Dozen), flying Market-Time patrols and Operation Yankee-Time over the Tonkin Gulf. Anyone remember our sign in the bow of YB-12 (BUNO 135562) "QUIET CREW SLEEPING"? Or how about YB-5 ditching 500 miles west of Guam on our return? No deaths and no injuries. My good buddy AE2 Bob Coffelt was on YB-5. Are you out there, Bob? A couple days later we came through NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii while they were filming "TORA, TORA, TORA"! I remember Crew 12 being the last to land at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington when myself and AO2 Dave Bolen threw an F-4 drag chute out the afterstation hatch. The control tower at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington informed us,"YANKEE BRAVO ONE TWO, YOUR CHUTE IS OUT AND DEPLOYED", as they tried to stifle their laughter! I was with VP-1 during their transition to P-3's in 1969, but only flew in the ORION enough to be eligible for my flight-skins until I separated from the Navy on the first early cut on October 1, 1969. I've been in construction ever since, having served an apprenticeship with the I.B.E.W., of which I've been a member for 30 yrs., and am again becoming a short-timer (3 yrs.,8 mos. 'til retirement!). I would love to hear from VP-1 Shipmates from the 1967-1969 era..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2005 | 22JAN2000]

UPDATE "...Bob Coffelt located me through your site and we've been in touch ever since (along with a couple other old buddies)..." [27FEB2005]

COTTA, AOCS(AW) Stephen J. Retired SJCotta@aol.com "...I maintain contact with some of the people, let's find them. Day before yesterday LCDR Rudy Chavez (yes LCDR, kid done good) phoned me so we could attend this years Navy Ball together in San Diego. Let's all go. Also, AOC(NAC) David W. Reynolds, USNR, made Chief last year he was the Ordie on PD4 (I thought that was PD2, 159892), he'll also be going to the Navy Ball in SD. See many of my Shipmates there. Served with: NATTC, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Basic training, Feb 73 - Mar 73 (AR); NATTC, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AO/A (AOAR); VF-213 embarked USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, Jun 73 - Dec 75 (AO3); VP-31 Training Jan 76 - Jun 76 (AO2); VP-9 Jun 76 - Apr 78 (AO2); NATTC, AO/C-7 School NAS Memphis, Tennessee May 78 - Oct 78 (AO2); VP-31 FRAMP Instructor, Nov 78 - Jan 82 (AO1); VP-40 Jan 82 - Mar 85 (AOC); NAF Atsugi, Japan Apr 85 - Apr 88 (AOC); USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, May 88 - Oct 91 (AOCS); and NAWS NAS Point Mugu, California Oct 91- Mar 93 (AOCS/RET). It was real and it was fun, but it wasn't real fun. At least you didn't think so until now..." [27JUL98]

COX, AEC Richard E. Retired rcoxusn@lcp2.net "...I arrived at VP-48 via VP-31 6-61. I was assigned to crew 11 then kicked upstairs to crew 3, sitting in the Julie/ECM seat in both crews. I remember differences of opinion with AE-1 Greenwell in Q.C. trying to get the boat out of check. AE-1 Greenwell (now CDR Greenwell, ret.) was my retiring officer in 10-81 when I retired. Does anyone have information on my buddy AE-2 J. C. (seaweed) Davis? I lost track of him when I left VP-48 12-63. Would like to find my plane commander LDR Johnson or our right seater LCDR Dowe. There are many many good memories and a few stinky ones too about the squadron. Hope to hear from some of the old pig boat types..." [26JUL2001]

CRABTREE, Richard Wayne rwcrabtree@frontier.com "...I served with VP-31 (11/1968-12/1970) as a Plane Captain on P2 Neptune..." [22JUN2012]

CRANDALL, LCDR Woodruff "Woody" M. Retired wcrandall@adaptivemethods.com Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-22 from 1969 to 1972 as an AWN (my wife says I still Glow in the Dark sometimes!). Great experiences with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with Detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I left the Navy to finish College and returned via AOCS in 1975. After all the "Fun & Games" at AOCS I served with VT-10 ("FO" school), VT-29 (Loved those Convairs!!), VP-31 and arrived at VP-1 in 1977 for a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a wonderful Detachment to NAS Agana, Guam. In 1980 headed East to VP-30 as NFO Instructor and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) Czar. 1983 saw me disappear into the Strange World of NMPC Sea Duty Component Det Dallas where my mind was "altered" and fingerprints erased (only kidding-I think). When released from confinement in 1985 had my pay back tour in DC in OP-13. Escaped to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1987 for re-programming at VP-31 then assigned to VP-19 for my DH tour. I had a blast on our NAF Misawa, Japan deployment thanks to the Soviets and Spring Ex 1989. It was amazing to see that many subs in one Op Area and that many P-3s fighting for rights to be ONTOP. We needed an Air Traffic Controller to keep us out of each other's way! After that last great melee, I was shipped off to Armed Forces Staff College and then back to DC to baby sit the NATOPS and Air Tac-Man conferences and publications. Retired in late 1991 and began working for Summit Research Corporation (DOD Contractor) out of Gaithersburg, MD as a Program Manager and recently, Director of Corporate Development. After 8 great years there, moved around to various other contractors until joining Adaptive Methods, Inc in 2003 as a Program Manager for NAVSEA IWS 5 SSQ-89 programs and several others. Currently, serving as Corporate Facility Security Officer and Operations Manager overseeing our 5 office locations across the East Coast. Browsing through the other entries has been a trip into the past and makes me realize just how much I miss the Squadron environment, hard work and fun we all had. Would love to hear from more of my former Shipmates and try to track down some buddies that have vanished. I'm still trying to find that "Bucket of Prop Wash" AWC Gary Dunlap sent me searching for that first week I reported to VP-22! I've reconnected with a number of my VP-22 Shipmates from the 1968 to 1972 era. We live in Northern Virginia, just West of DC. Have 2 sons, one in the Marines and the other supporting the State Department..." [E-Mail/BIO/PIX Updated 14APR2010 | 16JUN98]

Memorial Picture "...CRAWFORD, Douglas...With regret I am informing of the passing of Doug Crawford in December 2008. Doug served with VP-10, VP-31, VP-40 and VP-44. Obit can be found at Brackett Funeral Home or the Times Record in Brunswick, Maine. CHILDERS, AT1 Dave Retired p3abcift@aol.com..." [09JAN2009]

CRAWFORD, Douglas dougc@javanet.com"...I was with VP-31 twice..3/69 - 5/71 and 11/74 - 2/78, VP-40 5/71 - 11/74, VP-10 2/78 - 1/83. Left VP for six and a half years for a VT and HC in Sig. Returned to VP with a tour in VP-44 8/89 - 5/91 when we disestablished. I joined VP-10 in 7/94 and will be with the squadron until I retire in 4/98 as a W4 (former AT, radio operator/ift P-3B's now a Maint type)..."

CRAWFORD, Ed ed_see@yahoo.com "...Retired frm VP-40 91-93; VX-1 E6-A project,Command DAPA, 88-91; VP-9 Flt Eng, on almost every CAC at one time or another, Also QAFE. 85-88; AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California PowerPlants, TestCell, 83-85; VP-40 first qualed as Flt Eng, If anyone knows were John Kilroy, Steve Bryan, Terry Berg, Pete Condon, and all the others that gave me a helping hand please let me know, Flt Eng School, VP-31 79-80, made it by the skin of my teeth, ASW Test Directorate NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ground pounder mech. 78-79; VP-46 ground pounder mech, 76-78, VQ-1, Mech ground pounder mech EP-3E/B's EA-3B plane capt. Phase mech. with Berry Penninger. Any and all Shipmates let me hear from you..." [15AUG99]

CRAWFORD, AD1 Rick rickcrawford@juno.com "...I started out in VP-24, 78 to 81 then VP-30 from 81 to 84 working in the mech. shop (alot of good times). Then it was off to FE school and to my suprise all my FE friends were still nice to me when I was their student even after being their QAR. After school it was off to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-47 from 85 to 89. There I got the true honor of bringing home Buno # 162776 from the factory in Palmdale (I even had to find the box with the gearpins before we landed). Then it was off to VP-31 from 89 to 92 where I truely had the best of times and the worst of times, but I would not change a thing. After VP-31 I left active service and finished up with VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California. My final flight as a P-3 Flight Engineer was taken with LCDR John Ujihara who I went through the training sylibus with in VP-47 (how fitting). I'm now working in Mountain View just a few miles from Hanger 1, someone has to keep an eye on the place so I figured it might as well be me. I'm now employed as a Controller for a company and enjoying the civilian life. Would like to hear from some of the old gang stop in any time. I've seen some names I know and I'll be in touch soon..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2001 | 10DEC98]

CREIDER, CDR Anthony Spence Retired asmdcreider@msn.com "...I served with the Navy from June 1935 through December 1965 rising from Seman to CDR. I would like to contact old friends from VP-31 (June 1940 through January 1944)..." [16JUL2002]

CRIGLER, Bob airflyer2@juno.com "...Member of VP-42 and VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California between 1959 and 1961. Enjoyed my time and have many memories of that time. Since leaving the Navy, I have been flying Search and Rescue for the USAF in Birdogs since 1969..." [BIO Updated 16NOV2005 | 06JUL2004]

CROMWELL, AT1 Nick Retired tncro@yahoo.com "...Served as an IFT in VP/VQ from 1989 to 2002. VP-31, VP-40, VQ-1, and Force Warfare/VX-20. Old Shipmates, please feel free to drop me a line or two..." [29APR2002]

Memorial Picture "...CRUZ, AWC Michael Jr...AWC Joe Cruz Jr. of Converse Texas passed away on March 7, 2009 at age 68. He honorably served our country for 30 years in the U.S. Navy with tours of duty in Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii, Philippines, Alaska and Rota Spain. 17 years of his career was spent at NAS Moffett Field, California assigned to VP-31 and VP-19. He retired in 1987. Michael Cruz cruzter672020@yahoo.com..." [16MAR2009]

CULBERTSON, CAPTAIN Carol Chang Retired claudehc@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 (1967-1968) Detachment NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was Ensign, USNR, just graduated from Women Officer School, Newport, Rhode Island. My skipper was CDR Gilbert F. "Murph" MURPHY, USN. We were a P2 RAG outfit (Replacement Air Group). After active duty I continued in the Naval Reserve and was promoted to CAPTAIN (Naval Reserve Intelligence) in March 1995; I retired in December 2003. I was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame for service to community in October 2007..." [16JUN2012]

CURRY, AD1 Frank Retired curry62@hotmail.com "...I started my VP Navy at VP-31 in October 1981. Made second class AD and trans. to VP-46 in 1984. Stayed there until 1987 and trans. back to VP-31 as a 1st class and an instructor at Framp. Went to VP-50 from 1991 to 1992 until it was decommissioned. Went back to VP-46 until 1994 and one year into homeport change and trans. to VQ-3 and retired in 1997 as AD1. So "hi" to all you people who I crossed paths with and maybe we'll do it again sometime..." [25FEB2002]

CURRY, Jennifer jensanghacurry@gmail.com "...I served with VP-40 in Supply and Screening and VP-31 (1974-1975) in Maintence Control. Enjoyed all my co-workers and was a great experience..." [10JUN2013]


DALTON, Garrett gdalton@smurfit.com "...Started as an AD in VAW-122 attached to the USS Independence from 73-76, got smart and became a Flight Engineer in VP-19, 76-80, NRL from 80-82, VQ-2 from 82-85, VP-31 from 86-89 and retired out of VP-17 in 92. Crossed paths with the Indy at Pearl Harbor a couple of years ago when she was on her way to retirement in Washington, it was great to see her but made me feel old! Just like every one else on this web site, I miss it all so drop me a line, it would be great to hear from my past!..." [21DEC2004]

DANIEL, LCDR Steve Retired sjdaniel@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1966-1968 (AX-3) flying P2E, P2F, and P5M, VP-16 from 1968-1973 flying the P-3A and C (changed rate to AW), and ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland as an Analysis and Beartrap CPO. Commissioned via LDO(6322), then ASWOC's Pacific then NFO school, graduating July 1982. I then served withVP-11 from 1983-1986 as NFO, TACCO and Mission Commander in P-3-C UII. PMA 205, Washington after that. Finally FASOTRAGRULANT XO at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then O-in-C of Rescue Swimmer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida. Now retired after 30 years and having success with a financial career, but sorely miss chasing and tracking Soviet submarines..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 28FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 19FEB2000 | 25NOV98]

DANIELS, Darrell darrell2d@earthlink.net "...Served with VP-50 from "84" to "87" then went to VP-31 as an IFT Instructor untill "91". I would like to hear from all the "animals" I had the pleasure of serving with..." [23NOV99]

daSILVA, Senior Master Sergeant Francisco Jos้ Rocha francisco_jrsilva@hotmail.com "...I was a Portuguese Air Force student of the P-3B Orion Aircrew In-Flight Ordnance Program (awarded a citation for my outstanding achievement and academic performance) with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California from June 1986 to October 1986. I am looking for a Program Syllabus (with the curricular material description and the schedule) of the five phases of the entire P-3A/B In-Flight Ordnance Course. At this moment I need to make a report to feed this into my curriculum vitae for a new professional position in the Portuguese Air Force. It is very important for my professional career. I am retired from P-3 flights, and performing instructor duties at the Portuguese Air Force Academy..." [11SEP2010]

DAVENPORT, NCCM Phillip D. Retired ptdave42@yahoo.com "...Attended Boot Camp in 1965, AK "A" School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NMC NAS Point Mugu, California from 1966 to 1969 and left the Navy (AK2) in 1969. I decided to return to the Navy (AK3) and attended AT "A" and AFTA School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and changed my rate from AK3 to AT3 and reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California (promoted to AT2) from 1978 to 1981, VP-4, Recruiter Duty in 1982, switch rate from AT1 to NC1, Career Recruiting Force (CRF), Navy Recruiting District (NRD) at Nashville, TN from 1982 to 1985, NRD Ral. Navy Career Counselor (NCC) from 1985 to 1988, Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) at Orlando, Florida NCCS (Instructor) from 1988 to 1989, NRD at Columbia, SC (NCCM) (CR) from 1989 to 1992, NRD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (NCCM) (CR) from 1992 to 1993 and retired in 1993 with twenty years of service..." [03OCT2009]

DAVIS, AT2 Bob bobd67@yahoo.com "...I served with VC-5 (1970-1971) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School, VP-31, VP-22 (1972-1973) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a Radio Operator with Crew-9 ("Platt's Rats"). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2014 | 22NOV98]

DAVIS, Dave "ROBO FEAP" luvyourshow37@cs.com "...I went to school in VP-31 in 1988. Stationed in VP-46 from 88-91, and VP-9 from 91-94. Now flying C-12, but I hate it so I'm coming home to P-3's in March. Again thanks for all links to my old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 03JUL98]

DAVIS, Jesse C. jcdavis@tcac.net "...I started my VP career in VP-6 when AEWBarRonPac decomissioned in late 1964. Actually I went directly from BARRONPAC to VP-31 for F/E training prior to checking into VP-6. Myself and ADR1 R. C. Miller were the first P-3 F/Es in VP-6. We brought Buno 150525 back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, that was our first P-3. I can remember the P2 crewmen climbing out of their aircraft sweating profusely, while we were in air conditioned comfort in the P-3s. I believe that at that time VP-6 was the last VP to fly the P2V-5F aircraft. Any how it was full speed ahead to get ready for a 6 month deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. We did it and did it well. I left VP-6 in 1967 , went to VR-30 at NAS Alameda, California for one year and then to VP-31 as CNAP F/E evaluator. After a good tour there, I went to VP-19. I joined them in NAS Iwakuni, Japan, in 1971 and left VP-19 in 1977. What a hoot, that was the best squadron in the Navy at that time, at least I think it was. We had a fantastic maintenance department and the CPOs were great. I have many fond memories of VP-19. Would especially like to find out what ever became of AWC Joe Allen. I see so many old Shipmates names in the VP-31 Shipmates listing, many of these were just young petty officers when I was in VP-31 and VP-19, many F/Es that I gave check rides to also. My last VP was in VP-47, it too was a very good squadron. I joined them in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1978 and retired in 1980. Finished up with 26 years as AFCM. Would like to hear from any who served with me..." [02MAY99]

DAVIS, John jbdharley@aol.com "...I served in VP-4 at Naha, Okinawa, from 12/58 to 6/60. Instructed ASW tactics in VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California 6/60 to 2/63. Flew in P2's, P5's and S2's. It would be great to hear from old squadron mates..." [29JAN99]

DAVIS, AECS Mel Retired mdavis157@austin.rr.com "...I served with VP-31 (AE3) from 1976 to 1979, VP-9 (AE1) in the Electric Shop and Maintenance Control, NAMTGD 1012 (AEC) at NAS Moffett Field, California, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and NAS Alameda, California for retirement in 1992. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 08FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2002 | 21AUG98]

DEANS, PNC(SW) Thomas M. Retired grsctr@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1969 to 1972. I remember CDR Tom Maurer, CDR Tasker, R. Hedges and Palmer. I would like to hear from any fellow Shipmates..." [08MAR2008]

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DEWHIRST, AE3 Edward R. edwardd664@aol.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-9, VO-67 and VP-40. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 06MAR2009 | 31JAN99]

DICKINSON, CDR "JD" VXE6PXO@ICEHOUSE.MUGU.NAVY.MIL "...I was in VP-19 (82-85), VP-31 (85-88; flew the '87 NAS Moffett Field, California Airshow with Jim Alexander), Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (90-91: NSO/Weapons Officer), VP-40 (91-93 as MO), and VXE-6 (98-99 as XO)..." [01APR98]

DIETRICH, CDR Stan W. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Stan Dietrich graduated from Harvard University in 1985. Receiving his commission through ROTC, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in July 1985 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1987. Following training at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Commander Dietrich reported to VP-48 also based at NAS Moffett Field, California. Qualifying as P-3C (Update III) Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Special Projects Mission Commander he participated in deployment operations to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NSF Diego Garcia; and Masirah, Oman. During his tour he served as Tactical Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. Detaching from VP-48 in November 1990, his next assignment was as a FRS Instructor at PVP-31. During his tour he was selected by Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific to concurrently serve as the ASW Operations Officer for the CPWP Tactical Training Team. While at VP-31, he was selected for the Navy's Advanced Education Program. In July 1992, Commander Dietrich reported to George Washington University in Washington D.C. Graduating with honors in 1994, he received a Master's Degree in Security Policy Studies. Commander Dietrich was next assigned as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Group THREE based in Alameda, California. Embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN(CVN 72), he qualified as a Flag Tactical Action Officer and directed numerous missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following refresher training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported in April 1997 to VP-46 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Grey Knights" he served as Assistant Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer during a tri-site deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In May 1999 Commander Dietrich reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN. During this tour he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Tactical Support Center Director and Operations Officer, playing critical roles in Operation's PHANTOM MENACE, VALIANT RETURN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Dietrich assumed duties as Executive Officer of VP-40 in March 2003..." [14JUN2003]

DILLON, Thomas L. thom@cardiac.com "...I served from Sept 1964 to Sept 1985. I finished "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee Dec 1965 ATN. I completed aircrew training at VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California May 1965. I joined VP-46 in June 1965 to June 1969. I joined in June 1969 as Communications instructor. In Dec 1970 I was transfered to RP-31 COMNAVAIRPAC aircraft as communications tech. I joined VP-19 in June 1974 to Jan 1980. I joined NAVPRO Burbank in Jan 1980 to Jan 1983. I joined VP-50 in Feb 1983 to Aug 1985. I joined VP-47 in Aug 1985 until I tranfered to Fleet Reserve in Sept 1985..." [01OCT98]

DEVINE, ADCS RICHARD M. Retired RDEVINE@GATEWAY.NET "...VPNAVY BRINGS BACK MANY MEMORIES, BOTH GOOD AND BAD.SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD Shipmates FROM VP-4, VP-6, VP-45, VP-17, and VP-31..." [15OCT98]

DIVITO, AO2 Luis A. (Tony) tdivito@actransit.org "...VP-31 from 1985-88 NSF NSF Diego Garcia 1988-89 USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 1989-91 VP-91 1991-96..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2001 | BIO Updated 05NOV98 | 03NOV98]

DOLD, Mike DldMic@aol.com "...I served nearly 3 years at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, in support of the P-3 squadrons on deployment. I also served with VP-31 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and countless years of reserve time in VP at NAS Moffett Field, California. (AT site) VP is the best..." [28MAY2002]

DOLLAR, AX1 Don dondollar6656@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-48 from March 1968 to November 1976. I saw a lot of Shipmates come and go. I checked into the squadron just after it returned from the WestPac cruise that lost a P-3 and crew in Japan, this was the first cruise with P-3's. I checked in from VP-31 as an AN and left as an AX1 8-1/2 years later. I saw messages from a lot of Shipmates whose names I recognized especially Mike Beaty and Scotty Foster. I would really like to hear from anyone who would like to write. What happened to Gentle Ben Pitts? I am retired on disability in North Caroina. Anyone from the P-3 days, please check out VP-48 page on http://www.military.com/ and check out the information on the VP-48 Reunion Association. We need more P-3 sailors to join us. I attended last years Reunion in San Diego and had a blast..." [ICQ# 3206200] [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 12MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 30OCT99 | 27SEP98]

DONOHUE, Mike mdonohue9@bresnan.net "...I served with VP-48 for two tours the first of which started in the spring of 1977 as a 2nd Mech and ended in early spring of 1980 as an Instructor FE. Transfered to VP-31 and did a tour of instructor duty and then back to VP-48. Many names on this page that I remember with great fondness and pride. Hope to hear from any of you that would like to write..." [13NOV2003]

Memorial Picture "...DONOVAN, William Howard Jr...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: William Howard Donovan Jr., Home of Record: Nunda, N.Y., Commissioned: United States Naval Academy, May 21, 1986, Rank: Commander, Date of Rank: September 1, 2001, Designator: Naval Aviator, Age: 37, Duty Stations: VP-11 - 07/88 - 10/91, VP-31 - 01/92 - 06/93, USS George Washington (CVN 73) - 12/95 - 12/97, VP-1 - 07/98 - 06/00, and Chief of Naval Operations - 07/00. Awards and Decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), National Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, NATO Medal..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [16SEP2001]

DONOVAN, William H. Jr. http://www.usna.com/Features/2001_2002/AttackOnAmerica/Biographical.htm "..VP-11 (07/88 - 10/91), VP-31 (01/92 - 06/93), and VP-1 (07/98 - 06/00)..." [01JUN2003]

DORRY, ADJC Donald (Hunky) D3605@AOL.COM "...My VP career started in 1957 with VP-6 at Barbers Point flying the P-2V-5F. I was first assigned to Crew 7 in PC-7. My pilot and Squadron XO was CDR. Ward. I was second mech and AD-2, LV Smith was PC. Made two deployments to Iwakuni and many short detachments to Midway and islands west. Departed VP-6, April 1960 for the new RAG (VP-31) forming up at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Continued flying in the P-2's both 5F's and 7's also cross trained in the P5M-2's. Was selected to start training on the new P-3V (later renamed to P-3A) and started going to factory schools all over the country. Attended the first F/E class that was taught by Lockheed Instructors at Det. NAS Moffett Field, California. After completing F/E training I was assigned to the training department and taught ground and flight school for the next two years. Transfered to VP-19 and made the 11 month deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. Departed the squadron Feb 1967 while it was on deployment at Iwakuni. Departed to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for training as a A3 Nav and was assigned to VQ-2 at completion of training. NS Rota, Spain without a doubt was my best assignment in the navy. Originally went over for a 24 month tour and finally departed there 54 months later. Did a short tour (6 months) at VT-7 NAS Meridian. Managed to terminate my shore duty and was assigned to VQ-1 at NAS Aguna Guam. Went back through VP-31 for P3 F/E refresher training Spent most of that tour flying P-3's out of the graden spot, Danang. Pulled a tour of duty in Naples as VR-24's Maintenance Chief and a tour of duty at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in VAW-25 as Maintenance Chief. Retired from there with 23 years of service off the JFK at pier 12..." [10JUN98]

DOUGHER, Patrick "Buffy" BUFFNLES@AOL.COM "...I have had the honor of serving with many of you in VP-31 non-acoustic student (JUN-NOV 83), VP-40 (DEC 83-DEC 87), VP-31 staff (JAN 88-MAY 91), VP-50 (JUN 91-APR 92), VP-9 (APR 92-APR 95), VP-30 (MAY 95-APR 98), VP-99 double eagle (MAY 98-PRESENT). I would like to hear from any old Shipmates that are still out there. "What a long strange trip it's been."..." [04AUG2000]

DRAKE, Scott (Shinnin Times) damnphoneguy@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from the spring of 1977 through 1980 in the Tweet Shop and with Crew 9 (FTN). I was an Aircrew Instructor with VP-31 from 1980-1983..." [26JUN2002]

DWYER, AW1 Mike Retired m.dwyer@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-40 (1967-1971), VP-31 (1972-1974), and VP-5 (1974-1977). Worked as computer Field Service Engineer, mainly for DEC after retiring in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 23SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 22MAR2000]


EASTHAM, Glynn glynn.eastham@compaq.com "...VP-47 Nov64-Jan68, ASWOC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan Sep75-May78, VP-31/VP-31 DET Alpha May64-OCT64, Sep78-Aug81 and Sep84-Sep87, VP-48 Sep81-Aug84..." [11MAR99]

EBRON, CWO5 William R. Retired wmebron@aol.com "...I served with VP-44 (1977) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-30, VP-47, VP-31, VP-1, VP-16 (2002-2004) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and retired in 2008. I now live in Jacksonville, Florida and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 06APR2012 | 08OCT99]

ECKSTROM, CAPTAIN Reed http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/ATSUGI/Captain_Reed_Eckstrom.html "...Capt. Reed Eckstrom hails from Marshall, MN, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest State University. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program, based at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Aviator after completing flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Capt. Eckstrom's first tour of duty took him to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a member of VP-6, known as the Blue Sharks. While there he completed deployments to the Philippines and the Indian Ocean. From there his first shore tour was as an intern at the Command, Control and Communications Directorate for the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon finishing his internship he became the Operations, Maintenance Navy/Navy Reserve Program Analyst at the Naval Personnel Command. Capt. Eckstrom then reported to the USS CONSTELLATION as the antisubmarine warfare officer and tactical action officer. Again during this tour he completed cruises to the North Arabian Sea where he was involved in the initial procedures for escorting merchant tankers into the Persian Gulf. Following this tour he reported to NAS Moffett Field, California and Fleet Readiness Squadron VP-31 as Administrative Officer and instructor pilot. Returning to sea duty, he reported as safety officer to VP-9, and by the end of his tour he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia as the squadron's operations officer. His next shore duty tour brought him to the Pacific Northwest as training officer for CPW-10, where he coordinated training requirements for VP squadrons re-located on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During this tour he selected for command and reported to Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Under Capt. Eckstrom's leadership as executive and commanding officer, his squadron was a test bed for integrating U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilot training. Following this tour he went back to sea as USS CONSTELLATION's navigator, and completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Most recently, Capt. Eckstrom served as the executive officer for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in Washington state. Capt. Reed Eckstrom is currently NAS Atsugi, Japan Commanding Officer..." [16JUN2003]

EDGAR, CDR Bill Retired bill@qatworks.com "...I closed RTC Memphis boot camp (last class through) in summer 1973; AW-A school following that at NATTC Memphis; then SERE/DWEST at FASOTRGRUPAC San Diego; VP-31 RAG NAS Moffett Field, California; and VP-47 NAS Moffett Field, California 1974-1975 with NAS Agana, Guam / NAS Adak, Alaska split-site deployment as an AW3. Did USCG OCS in 1981 after graduating from Cleveland State; retired as a Coast Guard Commander in 2002. Especially looking for John Cutcher, Mike and Rob Johnson, Mark Williams, Gil Hodges, Steve Hotchkiss but would love to hear from any and all VP-47 shipmates from that era!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21APR2005 | 04MAY99]

EDMONDS, CDR Robert F. Retired Daddyedmonds@aol.com "...Proud Batman (VP-24) 1971 to 1976. Deployments (2) to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Proud member and PPC of CAC 3. Second set of order to VP-31. Left active duty in 1978. Retired from reserves in 1996 as CDR. Reserve squadrons of VP-65, VP-64, and VP-94. Presently captain with Continental Air Lines..." [06JUN2001]

EGGER, AMSC Fred Retired eggerf@comcast.net "...USMC 1957-1958 NAS Point Mugu, California,58-59 load master/specal cargo. for flighhts to st. nicklos iland California. R-5-R4D NAS Pensacola, Florida. 59-60 FLICHT TEST FOR AME SYSTEMS VT-4 60-62. 1/2 skins for AME. IN FLIGHT PRESURE SYSTEM,SUSS HANDCOCK CVA_19 62-63 COD crerew.(B)-SCHOOL 63 NAS. BARCERS POINT 63-66 SPECAL CARGO HANDLER A.F, C124/NAVY R6-DVT-25 SHORE DUTY 66-69 VP-31 4/69 - 11-69 F.E. school VP-22 69/74 flight ENGENER. NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas VT-25 74-76 SHORD_DUTY. VAW-117 76-77 AC EQUMENT TEST CREW. VF-14 Q.A. CPO. 77-79 VF-124 MAINTANCE CONTROL. 79-80. SCPO. 1980-retired..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 20FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 09APR2001 | 28MAY2000]

EGGER, Randy randy@ftl.com "...First served with VP-9 Crew 9 from 1982 to 1986. Shore tour with VP-31 from 1986 to 1989. In VP-4 during the transition to P-3C's; VP-46 for a month then VP-47 to finish out my active duty on Holloween 1990 (approprate for me). VP-MAU SEL/RES until decommissioned in 1991; Transfered to VP-91 (SEL/RES). Been there ever since (a slight break for IRR). Awaiting yet another decommissioning. Please feel free to email me, it's always good to hear from friends..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2002 | 17FEB98]

ELLIOTT, CWO3 Charles A. "Chuck" Retired charles@charlesaelliott.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-4, VX-1 and VQ-1. I flew as a P-3 FE from 1979-1987. My fondest Navy memories are from my VP days and look forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." Personal WebSite: http://www.charlesaelliott.com/ [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04FEB2012 | BIO Updated 10NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | 17AUG98]

ENGLEMAN, Tom tengleman@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-28 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1964-1967, VP-31 Det. NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1968-1970, VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 1971, and VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971-1973..." [13JAN2003]

ENGLISH, AEC Russell J. Retired rodealer557@cs.com "...I served in as a Flight Engineer with VP-92, VP-91, VP-31 (TAR Instructor) and VP-66. Retired in 1990 out of VR-57. Now I'm a Dealer (Cards not Drugs) at the Trunp Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. I would very much like to hear from my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV2003 | 24APR98]

EPSTEIN, AME David M. Sf49erinabq@aol.com "...I served in both VP-48 (1977-1981) and VP-31 (1981-1985), as an AME (various ascending ranks)..." [11APR2002]

ESTES, LCDR Albert R. (Ray) Retired Rayestes@aol.com "...I attended ARM "A" school/AROS 44. VB-2 OTU1 Beaufort SC. PV's later to NAGS Miami to Operational TBF training at NAS Fort Lauderdale. Finished on VJ Day. Later VC-11, VP-46, FASRON 3, VW-13, ALUSNA Tehran to OCS. DD703 then NAO training to VP-44 to VP-31 DET NAS Moffett Field, California to CFAWLANT to retire 1970. Awarded CAC Wings, Aircrew Wings, NAO wings and NFO wings. Wore them all once and it looked way to much. Didn't do it again. I wore CAC wings with NFO wings frequently. Was unaware of AROS insignia but wore 'Goldfish Club' insignia on right sleeve on blue jumper. That may not have been proper. Awarded for escaping death by use of liferaft after ditching off Port Everglades, FL in a TBF in the great (?)Bermuda Triangle. Lots of ASW during career including Task Force ALFA while on DD703..." [17APR98]

ETHERINGTON, Tom kulaub3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1967 to 1968, VP-31 from 1971 to 1974, Utapao Thailand from 1974 to 1975, VP-50 from 1975 to 1978, HS-10 Warhawks from 1978 to 1980, and VP-4 from 1980 to 1983. Would like to here from any Shipmates especially Utapao and VP-4..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 20JUL2000 | 10FEB99]

EVANS, CAPTAIN Ronald R. http://www.essex.navy.mil/WELCOME/SKIPPER/SKIPPER.htm "...Captain Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. He was commissioned through the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) program in May 1979. After being designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1979, he reported to VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as Legal Officer and Readiness Officer. During his tour, he completed two deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan; and NAS Adak, Alaska. In January 1984, Captain Evans was assigned to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, as the Twenty-Fourth Company Officer. In 1986, he reported on board the USS AMERICA, home ported Norfolk, Virginia, as the Operations Administrative Officer. During this tour, he completed a Mediterranean deployment and qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway. In November, 1988, Captain Evans was assigned to VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California, as a Naval Flight Officer Instructor, Assistant Training Officer, and Administrative Officer. He served his department head tour in VP-46 as Tactics, Training, and Operations Officer from September 1990, to July 1992. In June 1993, Captain Evans earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Following Naval War College, Captain Evans reported to J5, USTRANSCOM, Scott AFB, Illinois, where he served as a member of the USCINCTRANS Strategic Planning Team. He reported to VP-1 as Executive Officer in July 1995 and Commanding Officer in July 1996. From July 1997 to May 2000, he was assigned to Chief of Naval Personnel as Deputy, Aviation Assignments (P43A) and Special Assistant to CNP for Minority Affairs (POOJ). Captain Evans reported as Executive Officer, USS ESSEX in February 2001 and took command in April 2002. Captain Evans' awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards..." [25JUN2003]


FALLON, AOCS Bob Retired bfallon@quik.com "...I served in VP-19 1982-85, VP-31 1985-88, VP-48 1988-91, CPW-2/CPWP 1991-94 and retired from VS-38 in 1998. If there any former, Shipmates out there that would like to get in touch send an email..." [13OCT2001]

FARMER, Gary L. Gary.Farmer@agai.com or W7mm@aol.com "...I am one of the original cadre of "AW's", converting from AX back in '68. Did tours in FAETUPAC, VP-47, VP-46, VP-31, VP-48, FASOTRAGRUPAC & VP-50 UNTIL RETIRING Sep 86. To all VP, be proud of where you were, it was the best. Wings of Gold are forever..." [09NOV98]

FARRAR, CAPTAIN Bobby C. Retired bc@sierra.onr.com"...VP-46 (58-62) P5M-1, P2V-5, P2V-7 North Is.Sangley Pt, Johnston Is. VP-17 (67-71) P3V-7's, P3A, Whidbey, Barber's Pt, Sangley, Iwakuni VP-31 (71-74) P3ABC's NATOPS evaluator VP-40 (74-75) Moffett Field, Iwakuni CO COMPATWINGPAC (79-81) Moffett Field CTF-32 OPS Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (81-82) Moffett Field, Commissioned Wing Ten P3C CTF-72 (82-84) Kami Seya, Japan P3C NAF Misawa, Japan, OKI, Cubi Pt, NSF Diego Garcia Mogadisu, Oman, Pakistan, Djibouti, Berbera, Masirah...wonderful memories of aircrew shipmates, WESTPAC, the can-do attitude of getting the job done, and when the wheels are in the well, there are no secret..."

FASCI, ADC Daniel Retired fascid@rbcinc.com "...Served with Naval Air Development Center from 1983 to 1986, VP-17 from 1986 to 1990, VP-31 from 1990 to 1993, VP-11 from 1993 to 1996 and Force Warfare from 1996 to retirement in 1999. Currently working contractor support at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [27JAN2003]

FENNER, AXCS LeRoy H. (Lee) Retired leefenner@home.com "...Flew in P5's, P2's, P3's, and S2's as Radioman and ASW Operator. Served with FASRON 110 from 53-56, VP-48 in 56, FAETUPAC from 59-63, VP-4 from 64-67, VP-31 from 68-71, VS-33 from 71-74, and NAMTD 1036 from 74-77. Love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [02AUG98]

FERGUSON, AW2 Charles c.ferguson.1@hotmail.com "...Entered the Navy in March 1973, followed by the usual training (Boot Camp, "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, SERE School, VP-31 then home to VP-47 (1973-1977). I sat in NAS Memphis, Tennessee to pickup my orders to a Lamps Helo out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, they asked like three of us to stand by. Was at the very last minute they changed my orders to VP-47, allowing me to serve with the best and brightest the Navy could offer. From CDR Graff on down, everyone excelled at every task we were asked to do. I am very proud to have served with all in those trying times, the deployments, NAS Agana, Guam, NAF Misawa, Japan, and one can never forget NAS Adak, Alaska. Would love to hear from anyone from those glory days. Esp those of Crew-12..." [BIO Updated 28AUG2012 | 24DEC2010]

FERGUSON, David "Fergy" djfergy@earthlink.net "...I started in 1978 in VP-9, VP-31, VP-48, and Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10). I tried but just could not avoid the boat any longer, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Also a member of VPI. NAS Moffett Field, California was a wonderful place before it was "closed". Also take a look at "The Hanger"..." [09NOV98]

FIELDER, Benjamin ben@benfielder.com "...I served with VP-44 from 1980 to 1984. I then did an instructor tour with VP-31 from 1984 to 1987. My last tour was onboard the USS America CV-66. I got out on a hardship discharge in 1989. I live in Augusta, ME and operate a computer consulting business. I have so many fond memories of my Navy times and would be interested in keeping in touch with anyone I came into contact with..." [19FEB2004]

FILLIPUCCI, AO1(AW) Ernie Retired afillipucci@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-2 (1969) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-40 (1969-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, VP-31 (1972-1975), VP-4 (1975-1979) and retired in April 1991. Currently working for the City of Jacksonville, Fl. and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT2004 | E-Mail Updated 10APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 03MAY2001 | 06JUL99]

FILUTA, RM1 Carl Nicholas Jr. Retired joker37@comcast.net "...In-flight instructor for P-3's. Sat NAVCOM on P-3C. Taught class-romm communications for Officers for NAVCOM. Served with VP-31 from 1969-1972. Whatever happened to LT Soloman's plane inbound from Salinas? Just disappeared from radar never found. Hope to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [01SEP2007]

FINK, CAPTAIN (SEL) Daniel C. http://automationman.com/cvse0367/CO.htm "...Commander Daniel Charles Fink was born in Dayton, Ohio. He was raised a dependent of an Air Force Officer moving to numerous bases in the United States and Europe. Commander Fink attended West Virginia University before graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Florida State University. He moved to northern California and worked as a salesman and manager prior to entering the Navy. Commander Fink received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator shortly thereafter. After advanced flight training, Commander Fink reported to VP-22 (The Blue Geese) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his first tour he deployed twice to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and once to NAS Adak, Alaska. Commander Fink worked as the Nuclear Safety Officer, Personnel Officer, Maintenance Division Officer and achieved designations as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and NATOPS Evaluation Instructor Pilot. Commander Fink then reported onboard Fleet Replacement VP-31 (The Black Lightning's) NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the Foreign Training Officer and worked as a Flight Instructor for newly designated P-3 Pilots. Commander Fink then joined the airlines. Shortly after completing his airline pilot training Commander Fink joined the US Naval Reserve Forces and affiliated with VP-94 (The Crawfishers) at Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans Louisiana. During his tenure at VP-94, Commander Fink served in various jobs including Department Head for Operations, Maintenance, NATOPS and Executive Assistant to the Commanding Officer for Operations and Maintenance. He served throughout his affiliation with VP-94 as the Squadron's NATOPS Standardization Instructor Pilot and as such trained and evaluated all other Instructor Pilots and squadron pilots. Commander Fink maintained his designations as Patrol Plane Commander, Functional Check Pilot and Mission Commander while at VP-94. Commander Fink transferred to NR COMFAIRMED 0167, NAS Atlanta, Georgia. He was the Department Head for Administration and Operations until his last year when he served as Executive Officer (XO). Commander Fink's awards include the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal, Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Battle E Ribbon (two awards) and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards). Commander Fink is presently a B767ER International Pilot and works in Flight Training as a B767 Proficiency Check Pilot..." [04JUL2003]

FISHER, ADC(AW/NAC) Brad Retired bradley.s.fisher@lmco.com "...I was a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1977 to 1997. I started out at VP-31 (FE school) 1977 - 1978. From there I went to VP-1 (78 - 81) where I was on crews 6, 8, and 5, VX-1 (81 - 84), VP-47 crew 4 (84 - 87), FWATD (87 - 90), VP-5 (90 - 93), VP-30 (93 - 97) where I retired. I now work for Lockheed Martin developing CBT for C-130J maintenance. Life is good. I miss flying, but not the living around the flight schedule..." [04NOV99]

FITZGERALD, AE1(AW) John P. bfitz@javanet.com "...Like to say hello to old VP-31 (81-83), VP-50 (83-84), VP-60 (84-88), VP-90 (88-92) Shipmates, I'm currently station with VP-92 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Like to hear from any one out there!..." [01FEB98]

FLANAGAN, ATC Ray Retired RFFJr@aol.com "...04/29/75 - 07/28/75 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California, 07/31/75 - 07/07/80 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 12/22/83 - 03/31/86 VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 03/31/86 - 03/31/89 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 04/05/89 - 10/12/90 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and 11/03/93 - 11/30/96 VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii ..." WEBSITE: http://members.aol.com/RFFJr/index.html

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FLOYD, AE1 Dock F. Retired dfloyd.usnret@rocketmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1979-1982), VP-4 (1982-1985), VP-31 (1985-1989), VP-48 (1989-1991), VP-47 (1991-1993) and VRC-30 (1993-1995) where myself as an "all systems QAR and CNAP's BUNO 150526 retired from service. They gave me the PSA airline twin seat that was used for additional seats on board. Hoping to get some stories from old Shipmates like CDRWeller, AVCM James, AVCM Padilla, AE1 Wiley, AE1 Kish, all the AE's, ADC Soria, mech's, airframers, tweets, AME1 Gunabe, AD1Sison, AE1 Enos(LT), AO's, PR's, AE2 McIntyre and all the Filipino's who shared the lumpia, fried rice, pancit, San Miguel beer and so on. Sorry to whom I did not mention because of memory lose. Email me and I'll be cured..." [15DEC2010]

FLYNN, AEC(AW) Douglas FLYNNDL@mcmurdo.gov "...I was stationed with VP-30, VP-31, VP-48, BUPER SDC, and now with VXE-6 down in Mcmurdo Station Antarctic. Deep Freeze is still here! We are the last of the best. It would be nice to hear from the people of the past. Time flies too fast..." [06DEC98]

FORD, AMSC Ken (Henry) Ford AMSC Retired POrion3@aol.com "...I know its mispelled, but someone already has the address.I was a flight engineer with VP-46 (1968-1972), VP-31 (1972-1974), VP-47 (1974-1978), Instructor at NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1976-1980) VQ-1 (1980-1984) NAS Memphis, Tennessee and finally a Navy recruiter (1984-1988). Would like to here from anyone inthose squadrons..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN99 | 20DEC98]

FORSEE, ROBERT bob4c@prodigy.net "...I"M LOOKING FOR BUDDYS FROM VP-31 1967-1969 LINE CREW OR PLANE CAPTAINS. NAMES I REMEMBER (GORDON LEACH, GRAIG SHARP, RODRICOUS) DROP ME SOME MAIL..." [E-Mail Updated 03NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 24NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV99 | 27JUL99]

FORTSON, Ivan Miles Jr. stikrod709@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1980-1984 and then served with VP-9 Crew 10. Anyone remember me? I would like to know if you have as much trouble convincing people that the stories about the P.I. ( NS Sangley Point, Philippines), Thailand, Kadena ( NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan) and the rest are true? I miss all of you guys that I served with we had some times..." [24OCT2001]

FOSTER, Brent brent@score.com "...I had three tours in VP: VP-22 (63-65), VP-31 (66-69),and VP-50 (73-76). Flew in SP-2E, P-3A, P-3B, P-3C (Baseline). Also had tours in COMASWGRU 3, NPGS, CNAP, War College, VC-3, and ONR. Retired in 1982. Currently still watching the USN do ASW (USW) at the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) as O&M contractor (DynCorp)..."

FOSTER, AMS3 Jerry D. jdfoster41@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4, Crew 11, during the 1962-1964 time frame. I was a AMS3 who flew as second mech. I was attached to VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1963 to my discharge in 1967. In 1971 I joined the Air Force and ultimatly retired as a MSGT in 1984. I presently work for the Federal Government here in Sacramento, CA. I am sorry that I missed the Reunion in Reno (Ijust read about it today). Would like to hear from any old Shipmates from VP-4 or VP-31..." [01OCT2004]

FRAZEUR, PHC(AC) W. Scott Retired sfrazeur@globalphotos.com "...I don't remember the VP squadrons I flew with from NS Rota, Spain. They were East Coast rotating squadrons. I do remember the long hours of flight time. This happened from 61-63 and during part of that time I spent many hours in the plastic nose of your P2V's shooting photos of the Russian ships after they came out of the Straits of Gebralter and into the Atlantic. Many of the photos in the newpaper of the rockets on the decks were mine. I could even spot the ships on a clear day faster than radar -). You guys brought me home everyday from those rides. Thanks! I remember the pilot chewing my butt out because I fell asleep in the alleyway and landed that way. Food was great. One day we even mapped the top of the Rock of Gebralter using a rope as the inboard part of the 9" camera mount and the releaf tube for ventury to suck the film onto the platinum. Great day. After leaving NS Rota, Spain I transferred to P5M's in VP-31 out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California. What a glide path that plane had...I flew with VP-16, NS Rota, Spain Detachment during Cuban Missile Crises and was attached to VP-31 in 63..." WebSite: http://www.globalphotos.com/ [BIO Updated 10JUN2001 | E-Mail/URL Updated 09JUN2001 | 18JAN2000]

FREITAG, COMMANDER William F. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=30&secid=8 "...Commander Freitag was born in Washington, DC. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1983. Completing flight training in March 1985, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Freitag joined VP-56 in November 1985. While assigned to the "Dragons", he served as Avionics Division Officer, Assistant Tactics Officer and NFO Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In September 1989, Commander Freitag reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California as an instructor NFO. He served as the Student Control Officer, Aircrew Training Officer and NFO Training Officer. In July 1992, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Carrier Group Four, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his tour he served on every Atlantic-based aircraft carrier for Composite Training Unit Exercises. Following this tour, he was assigned in June 1994 to CPW-11 where he was assigned as a TSC Watch Officer. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 for department head duty in July 1995. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In May 1997, Commander Freitag reported to Commander, Task Force Eighty-Four in Norfolk, VA where he served as the Force Requirements Officer. In September 2000, Commander Freitag reported to USS Nimitz as Weapons Officer and Force Protection Officer, completing an Atlantic to Pacific inter-fleet transfer while onboard. In May 2002, Commander Freitag reported to Supreme, Allied Commander Atlantic, where he became lead NATO Strategic Exercise planner. During his tour this headquarters transitioned to Supreme, Allied Command for Transformation where he became the NATO Senior Mentor coordinator. Commander Freitag's personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [12NOV2005]

FRERICHMANN, Steven resrustrep@juno.com "...I was a P-3 Flight engineer on both the East and West coast from 1979 to 1992. I attended VP-31 Flight Engineer School in 1979. My first flight tour was with VP-40 (1980-1983), then it was off to VX-1 (1983-1986). My last flying tour was with VP-46 (1986-1992). After my retirement at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1994, I came to New orleans to work with the Navy as a NAESU Rep. Life is good here in New Orleans, great travel, great food, and even better fishing..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2003 | 10JUN98]

FRICKE, CDR Joe fricke@cnauk.navy.mil "...I served with VP-16 from 1985 to 1989, VP-31 from 1989 to 1991, VP-60 from 1991 to 1993, and finally VP-66 from 1993 to 2005. I am now serving as the Transition Officer assigned to US Naval Activities United Kingdom as the Command moves toward closure by SEP07..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17NOV2006 | 24SEP98]

FRIEL, Dave dftwav8r@compuserve.com "...I served with VP-26 JAN66-SEP68, VP-31 NOV70-JUN72 and VP-46 JUL72-AUG78. Stationed at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from JUL81-JUL84. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [12DEC98]

FRONICK, AZ3 Georgann gmclaughlin012@charter.net "...I served with VP-31 (1972-1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California in Maintenance Control..." [09FEB2013]

FROTHINGER, AFCM Fred Retired frothingerf@hydroaire.com "...I started out as a mech on a special projects A-3 flying out of Hickam AFB, Hawaii. After ADJ "B" school and FE school at NAS Moffett Field, California joined VP-50 (71-75). Was CNAP FE Instructor at VP-31 (76-79) then on to VP-46 (79-83) and finally CMC & FE for NAVPRO, Burbank..." [12NOV98]

FULTON, AWC (AW) Walt wfulton@prb.net or walt_f@hotmail.com "...Homesteaded at NAS Moffett Field, California from July 69 until I retired in August 88. Served at FAETUPAC and VP-31 (69, RAG training), VP-46 (69-74, Julie/ECM, Jez, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator), VP-31 (74-77, P-3B Acoustic Instructor) VP-46 (77-80, SS-1, NATOPS Evaluator, Weapons System Test (WST) Instructor Team, AW Div CPO) COMPATWINGSPAC and COMPATWING TEN (80-84, ASW Watch Officer, OPCON/ADP Div CPO), VP-46 (84-87, SS-1, Ops/Scheds CPO, AW Div CPO) COMPATWING TEN (88, Analysis Div). Deployed/detached to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Utapao, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Midway, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Misawa, Japan, Bandar Abbas, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Andoya, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Greenland, Cocos, Diego Garcia, Berbera, and Masirah. Moved to southern Maryland (Pax River) in 89. Since then I have been with PRB Associates, Inc. (Systems Engineer, working on P-3 and TSC-related programs). Flying in P-3s was fun. Saw a lot of places that Nebraska farm boys usually don't get to see. Too bad we didn't earn frequent flier mileage points back then..." [09FEB99]


GADALETA, Tony agadaleta@woh.rr.com "...Served aboard VP-49 from 1980-1983. Two deployments to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Great Shipmates, great ASW. Left the Woodpeckers for BUPERS, then served as ASW Officer and Assistant CDC Officer aboard USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Left for the west coast, and instructed with VP-31, DH tour with VP-50, and then shore duty with COMPATWINGSPAC. Returned to east coast, served as COMSECONDFLT Air ASW Officer. Retired in 1999 after serving as as XO of NROTC Miami University..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08DEC2002 | 16JUL98]

GADOMSKI, AO3 Rich AOCUSNRET@AOL.COM "...I was Lt. Dale Rowlands tailgunner on Crew 6. Perry Young found me. I want to thank everyone involved in the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas/VAH-21 Reunion for the fine job that they did. Take Care and looking forward to Pensacola. Served with VP-9, VP-16, VP-19, and VP-31 along with VAH-21..." [BIO Updated 06OCT2001 | 03JUN2000]

GALE, AFCM Jack Retired jackgale@pacbell.net "...Retired AFCM in 1993 and have worked in Semiconductor Equipment and now at Genentech as Biotech project manager. Always happy to hear from old shipmates. Served as a Flight Engineer with VP-31, VP-50, VP-30 ASA, CPW-10, and retired as CPWP CMC in 1993 as current 8251 with a blue card. Still live in Mountain View, KC's is now a gay bar, the Chiefs Club is a Mars Resource Center, but they have repainted Hanger One and it looks great, and the golf shack is still open..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JAN2003 | 21NOV97]

GALLARDO, CAPTAIN A. J. ajgnhawaii@aol.com "...Assigned to VP-8 1979-82; Instructor NFO at VP-31 1982-85; Training Officer and OPS O at VP-10 1989-91; XO/CO VT-10 1993-95; XO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1995-97; Currently assigned to the OPNAV staff..." [06JAN2000]

GALLUP, AWC(NAC) Mark G. Retired simitrojan1972@aol.com "...VP-31, VP-19, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, VS-41, VS-33 (USS Ranger CV-61), VS-29 (aka BS-29) (USS Carl Vinson CVN-70), FASO NAS North Island, San Diego, California, ASWOC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (Command Chief), ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Command Chief). Hopeing to hook-up with old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 04MAY2007 | BIO Updated 30DEC2004 | 10JAN98]

GALLOWAY, ATCS Creighton "Craig" Retired c3gallo56@charter.net "...I served with VP-48, VP-47, VP-31, CPRW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1976 until decommissioning of VP-31 in 1993, VP-26 from August 1993 until August 1996 and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retured September 1998. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAR2011 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV98 | 04MAR98]

GAMBILL, Edward go-gambill-go@juno.com "...ATC(AW) Ed Gambill (brother of ADCS Jerry Gambill, P-3 Flight Engineer retired): P-3 In-Flight Tech, VP-47 1987-91, VP-31 Instructor IFT 1991-93. When VP-31 decommissoned at NAS Moffett Field, California, I finished my shore tour in1994 ground pounding at VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Overseas at FMP MOCC MED NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1994-97. Lots of exciting detatchments to Bosnia, Africa and elsewhere. Back for more shore duty as of Dec 1997 in VP-30 instructing IFT's again. Would like to hear from Shipmates, friends and others..." [25MAY98]

GAMBILL, ADCS Jerry Retired jgambill@lightspeed.net "...Started my Flight Engineer Career as a 2nd Mech with VP-9, followed by 3 good years of Antartic research in VXE-6 with the C-130's then back to VP-31 followed by VP-22 and finally PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. (Great shore duty). Now retired and a Captain with the Fire Department. Brother Eddie Gambill (Chief) in VP-30 as an IFT. Keeping it in the family..." [16JUN98]

GANDRE, George gandre@mail2.quiknet.com "...VP-17 Apr 74-Jan 77 and VP-31 Jan 77-Apr 78. Great website! First time for me to have interest in the internet. I got the address from the SF Bay Area ANA newsletter. Have found several of you in my old cruisebooks, VP-17, Naha- NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74-75, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76..." [24MAY98]

GARCIA, AWC Russ argeepar3@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-50 1963-65, VP-47 1968-70, VP-4 1970-72, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1972-76, VP-50 (again) 1977-80, VP-31 CNAP 1980-83, retired 1983..." [01FEB2009]

GEORGE, AMH3 Bill billg9949@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1968-1969) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [21MAR2014]

GEROW, Bill wgerow@aol.com "...I was the first Electrician to attend F/E training in the P-3A 1961, I served with VP-19 at that time. I transferred to VP-31, and served 4 years shore duty as a Flight Engineer Flight and ground instructor. I transferred toVP-40 and served one tour, including a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates. Thanks..." [31JAN2000]

Memorial Picture "...GETZFRED, Lawrence Daniel...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, Home of Record: Elgin, Neb., Commissioned: Officer Candidate School, December 15, 1972, Rank: Captain, Date of Rank: October 1, 1993, Designator: Naval Flight Officer, and Age: 57. Duty Stations: VP-46 - 01/85 - 05/87, VP-6 - 01/74 - 06/77, VP-31 - 12/77 - 06/80, Personnel Exchange Program, England - 06/80 - 01/83, CPW-10 - 01/83 - 07/84, VP-46 - 01/85 - 05/87, VP-40 - 09/87 - 06/89, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff - 07/90 - 07/93, Commander Patrol Wings Pacific - 08/93 - 08/97, and CNO - 09/97. Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Air Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation, (Gallantry Cross Color Medal with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Navy and Marine Corps Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [18SEP2001]

UPDATE "...A Memorial service for Lawrence Daniel Getzfred will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at Fort Myer near Arlington National Cemetery. His wife is setting up an educational trust for contributions and I'll pass that along later. Thanks. Mark S. Getzfred msgetzfred@snet.net..." [06OCT2001]

GETZFRED, CAPTAIN Lawrence Daniel http://www.fadedgiant.net/vp-6/html/lawrence_daniel_getzfred.html "...U.S. Navy Capt. Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, 57, was the branch head for Joint Operations and Plans on the staff of the Deputy Director of Plans, Policy and Operations.He began his Navy career as an antisubmarine warfare technician. He attended DeAnza College and Santa Clara University in California and earned a degree in mathematics. He later received a teaching credential. He attended DeAnza College and Santa Clara University in California and earned a degree in mathematics. He later received a teaching credential. In 1972, after Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned an ensign. In 1973, he was designated a Navy flight officer. He served as a tactical coordinator instructor at NAS Moffett Field, California, and then from 1980-1983 he was stationed in Scotland in a personal exchange program with the Royal Air Force. He served on the staff of CPW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1983-1984, then joined VP-46. In 1987, he became executive officer of VP-40, a squadron of P-3s based at NAS Moffett Field, California. He led his squadron on deployment to Japan and Okinawa. He assumed command of the squadron from 1988 to 1989. After completing his tour, he earned a master's degree in foreign affairs and strategic planning at the Naval War College. He spent the next three years as an action officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, serving in the strategic planning and policy department of the Joint Staff. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1993. He also served as the chief of staff of Patrol Wings Pacific. During his military career, Getzfred received numerous awards and commendations for achievement, good conduct and meritorious service. He was a great teacher and leader. He was also a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and naval officer. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Larissa and Kristina. We will not forget him. Duty Stations: VP-46 (01/85 - 05/87), VP-6 (01/74 - 06/77), VP-31 (12/77 - 06/80), Personnel Exchange Program, England (06/80 - 01/83), CPW-10 (01/83 - 07/84), VP-46 (01/85 - 05/87), VP-40 (09/87 - 06/89), Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (07/90 - 07/93), Commander Patrol Wings Pacific (08/93 - 08/97), and CNO (09/97). Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Air Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation, (Gallantry Cross Color Medal with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Navy and Marine Corps Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation..." [02JUN2003]

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]

GILES, Merle L. merlepatg@aol.com "...1960-62 VP-50 P5M-2 NAS Iwakuni, Japan. (Crew 5 Electrician) 1963-65 NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron Air crew on numerous special projects aircraft YP-3V-1 BUNO: 148276 A-NEW project. The original P-3 (Modified Electra) P-3V-1 BUNO: 148888 & 148889 Flew special projects flights on the "Droop Snoot" P-3V-1 the only P5M to have a jet installed in the aft gun mount. 1965-70 VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California Air crew and ground pouder for three (3) Deployments. Naha, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and good ole NAS Adak, Alaska. 1970-74 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California. Maintenance and occasional aircrew. Just enough flight time time to get my pay. 1974-76 VP-46 Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan. 1976 Decided to call it a career. 1976-76 Sperry Rand NAS Moffett Field, California. 1979-93 Federal Civil Service NAS Moffett Field, California. Worked as a "Sand Crab" in AIMD Calibration Lab untill they declared peace and closed the base. Currently employed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose at the Light Rail Division. Fifteen minutes from home, If I take the bus. What more could a lucky guy like me ask for. Planes, Trains and one (1) grandson. I was in ATU-402 stationed at South Field, NAAS Kingsville, Texas from October 1956 until June 30 1960. I was an AE and worked the engine build up shop and then as a flight line troubleshooter fo a couple of years. Would love to here from any one who was there during that time..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAR2005 | 14FEB2000]

GOODWIN, Barry barry@goodwins.com "...Hello, I was in VP-4 1981-84, VP-31 84-88, VAQ-33 88-91 and HC-16 91-94..." WebSite: http://goodwins.com/barry.htm [14APR98]

GORMAN, ATC Paul Retired vw55@gmpexpress.net "...I was an IFT with VP-47 Crew 8 from 1982 to 1985, IFT Instructor and CNAP Evaluator with VP-31 from 1986 to 1989, IFT with VP-4 Crew 11 from 1990 to 1993 and retired as ATC with Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1997. I have been working as a System Safety Engineer on the V-22 and H-1 Upgrades programs. Would love to hear from fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2004 | 05JAN2002]

GOSNELL, ATN2 Bob patron46.radio@startmail.com "...I served with VP-46 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (flew aboard the P5M-1), AT "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee (1960), VP-31, VP-42 (flew aboard the P5M-2), FAW-14 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (taught P5M Power Panel/Radio Operator School) until my discharge (31AUG62). My best friends were Gary D. Schmidt from LaCrosse KN, (Harold) Wayne Abney from AZ and Marc Drake from Seal Beach, CA..." [E-Mail Updated 13MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2011 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2005 | 20DEC2005]

GRADY, MCPO Mike Retired mike@diversifiedmedical.com "...Was air crew in VC-33 from December 1955 thru September 1960. Made cruises and attached to det's to numerous to include. Was with Det 43 on the Sara in the Med 1958 and crashed on night deck run with LT Bud Brown and rear seat guy named Wolfe. All recovered by plane gaurd USS Rich and back on the schedule two days later. Wolfe and I were first enlisted centurions on USS Saratoga (CVA-60). Later served in VP-28 on the USS Wasp 1963 - 1967 and then to Patrols. VP-48 from 1969-1972 then VP-31 until retiring 1975. Still miss the flying..." [BIO Updated 09OCT2002 | 11SEP99]

GRAHAM, Dale graham@cass.net "...Trying to contact anybody who flew in P2V's in VP-31 during the years 1960 to 1963. Looking for George Leja, Jim Hope, Gary Howe, Pat Grant, "Dah Dah" Thompson, "Goody" Gudmundson, Charles Eddy Martin. Please e-mail me..." [16FEB2001]

GRAHAM, LCDR Dennis L. Retired denlingrah@aol.com "...I served with VP-28 (1957-1960), VX-1 (1961-1966), VP-47 (1966-1969), FAESUTRAGRP (1969-1972), FASO U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand (1972-1974), VP-40 (1974-1976), VP-31 (1976-1979) and ComPatWingsPac (1979-1981). My Naval Career included the following rates/ranks: HSAR-AXC, WO1-CWO-3, ENS-LCDR..." [01JUL2014]

GRAHAM, CAPTAIN Genie K. (Gene) Retired gene.graham@mchsi.com "...My first tour of duty after flight training was VW-11 (1960 to 1962), all on Crew 3. Started flying at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada but moved to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1961. Flew first operational flight out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland on July 1, 1961. Next came a tour with the "Flying Phantoms", VP-18 (1963 to 1965), Crew 3, 12, 5 and 9 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After two years in Monterey, reported to VP-31 Det NORIS as Safety Officer (1967 to 1969). My tour in purgatory came on USS, Independence from 1969 to 1971 as Assistantt CIC and then CIC after boss was fired. On to the "Pelicans", VP-45, as ADMIN and OPS Officer (1972 to 1975) Crew 21. Finally made it into the P-3 community, brand new P-3C's by the way. A new airplane smells just like a new car. One year in DC at George Washington University for my MBA and back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as XO of VP-30 (1976 to 1977). Next stop with "World Famous Batmen", VP-24 as XO/CO (1977 to 1979). After four years on OPNAV and SECNAV staff, retired as Captain in 1983. Payback is HELL, my son was NROTC and stayed in Navy for 9 years. Seems that everywhere he was stationed, someone was waiting with a "Genie K story". Not all of those would I have chosen to share with my son! Happily, I can say, he was not tainted. Second career was with EDS and I enjoyed it very much. Jerry Lynn, bless her heart, has stayed with me for 44 years and counting, and we have retired to Fairhope, AL. Stay in touch!..." [08APR2004]

GRANIER, CDR Russell J. http://members.aol.com/StevenV113/VP-94/co1.htm "...Commander Russell J. Granier is a native of Vacherie, Louisiana. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy with the class of 1980. Following flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1981. After completing Fleet Replacement Air Group Training with VP-31, he was assigned to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying the P-3B MOD then transitioning to the P-3C. Following his tour with VP-4, Commander Granier was assigned to NROTC Southern University as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science where he taught Naval Weapons Systems, Naval History, and Leadership and Management. In January 1989, Commander Granier was released from active duty and affiliated with the USS Coral Sea Unit at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. He subsequently transferred to VP-67, NAS Memphis, Tennessee in May 1989 and then to VP-94 in January 1992 where he served as Executive Assistant prior to assuming the duties of Executive Officer. Commander Granier assumed the duties as Commanding Officer of VP-94 in September 1997. Commander Granier holds a Bachelor's Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He is currently employed as a Senior Lubrication Engineer with Mobil Oil Corporation..." [27JUN2003]

GREEN, JJ axcjjgreen@aol.com "...My entire Navy career was spent in P-3s. VP-31 1974-1981, VP-50 Apr 1981-Oct 1984, CPW-10 Oct 1984-Nov 1987, and VP-46 Nov 1987-Apr 1991. I have always had a deep abiding love for the P-3 airframe. I amassed several hours as an IFT aboard P3-Cs, Update 1s and Update 3s. I salute all my past shipmates. I would welcome correspondence from anyone desiring to rekindle old friendships..." [23MAR2002]

GREEN, AT1(NAC) Richard (Rich) J. Sr. Retired richard.j.green@lmco.com "...I started out with VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (I'm dating myself!) for aircrew training in late 1972/early 1973, joined VP-26 Crew 2 as a Flight Communications Operator in P-3Bs from 1973 to 1976, did a short (2 months) stint with NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, then on to VP-31 as an FCO Instructor in Bs and Bmods (Super Bees) from 1977 to 1979, went to NAS Pensacola, Florida for Aircrew Candidate School and ended up going into the Reserves! Joined VP-0810 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts then moved across the hall to VP-92 as an FCO/Instructor in P-3As and P-3Bmods from 1979 to 1985. Broke service for a few years then I then went to VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as FCO/Instructor/IFT in P-3As again then P-3C Update 2s as IFT from 1989 to 1994, and finally down the hall to VP-66 in P-3C Update 2s and EP-3Js (we got them from VAQ-33 when they were distestablished) as IFT until I retired in July 1998. Didn't stop working on P-3s then, though, went to Lockheed Martin Greenville, SC for the next 5 1/2 years working on the P-3 AIP Mod program as an Avionics Post Mod tester until this last March, when I moved to Marietta, GA to work on the F/A-22 program. I will miss being around the old P-3. I've seen a lot of stuff from a lot of people I knew back when. Y'all keep in touch!..." [08JUL2004]

GREGOR, ATCS Robert N. Retired tw4us@netscape.net "...I enlisted in the US NAVY September 26,1956, I went to Bainbridge, MD for Boot Camp. Went to AFUN "P" School in NAS Norman, Oklahoma (January 1957 to March 1957). NATTC Memphis, Tennessee (March 1957 to July 1957) for AT "A" School.. Went to Naval Development Unit NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as an AT3/AT2 (August 1957 to August 1959) Aircrew (Radar Operator/Technition) on P2V-5F,WV-2 aircraft. Transfered to VP-46 as an AT2/AT1 (August 1958 to December 1961) Aircrew (Radio Operator/Technition)on P5M-1, P2V-5FS aircraft . Went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia (AMD Breezy Point) as an AT1 (January 1962 to January 1965). From there I went to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for AT "B" School, then on to FAETUATL NAS Norfolk, Virginia/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Training. Reported to VP-21 as an AT1/ATC from February 1966-September 1969. Aircrew (Jezabell Operator/Technition) on P2V-7/SP2H. Back to NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty In AT "A" School. ( September 1969 to July 1971). VP-31 In-Flight Tech training then on to VP-1 as an ATC/ATCS (November 1971 to July 1976). Aircrew (In-Flight Tech) on P-3B aircraft. Back for one last tour at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee for Instructor Duty, AV"A" School (August 1976 to August 1979). Retired as an ATCS at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee Aug 1, 1979..." [02JUN2002]

GRAMKOW, ABAN Charles "Chuck" C/O HESTER, AD2 Randy randyhester@VTA.org "...He served with me in VP-31 from 1978 until his murder in 1979. He was a very good friend of mine, and the kind of guy that would gladly give you the shirt off his back, or his box lunch if you looked at it twice. ABAN Charles "Chuck" Gramkow was first class in my book..." [31JAN2003]

GRAU, Alvin agrau@woh.rr.com "...I served with VP-31 (01/1973-10/1975) in the Airframes Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05MAR2012]

GRIMES, Melvin melgr757@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California (Training) in 1980, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan AIMD (Powerplants) from 1980 to 1982, VP-9 TAD to AIMD Powerplants from 1982 to 1984, VP-48 TAD to AIMD 1986 to 1987 and VRC-50 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1984 to 1986. I'm back home in Buffalo, N.Y. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2009 | 31MAY99]

GRIMES, William T. (Tim) grimeswt@navair.navy.mil "...I was a Batman (VP-24) from 1980 to 1983 before being transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for my final tour. I joined the Navy in 1966 under the delayed entry program and started bootcamp in January 1967 at Great Lakes. I arrived home to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "A" school, then on to NAS Atsugi, Japan for a tour with VRC-50. In 1970, I went back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE "B" school, then on to NAS Oceana and a tour with VA-42. In 1974, I transferred to NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AEIc7 school then on to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California for Flight Engineer training. 1975 found me in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17, where I stayed for five years before transferring to VP-24 in 1980. In November 1983, I transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from the Navy in December 1986 as an AEC. I have been at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland ever since. I now work as a Civil Servant in the pressure calibration lab of Test Article Preparation. Looking through all of the Guest Book entries for VP-24 and VP-17, I noticed quite a few names that I remember well, and nostalgia engulfed me. Memories of past deployments, some of the antics and good times we had together, suddenly seemed like they only happened yesterday. I miss you all. If anyone out there still remembers me, please E-Mail, call (301)342-1610, or write (Test Article Preparation, attn: Tim Grimes, NAWCAD, 47765 Ranch Road Unit 1, Patuxent River, MD 20670-1469). I look forward to hearing from all of my Shipmates..." [16JUN99]

GROVE, ATC(AC) Floyd W. (Bill) (Grovvie) Retired floyd955@charter.net "...I served with VP-56 from 1962 to 1964, VP-31 Marlin Training, VP-50 from 1965 to 1966, NADC Warminster, Pa., VP-48 from 1970 to 1974 NSF Diego Garcia from 1977 to 1978, VP-9 from 1978 to 1979, and VP-31 from 1979 to 1980. Retired in October 1980 AT-1/AC. Would like to find two people if they are still around! ADR1 (?) Joe Casto stationed with VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1962-1964 and Johnny Goodman (?) same place same time..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | 28FEB98]


HACKER, REAR ADMIRAL Benjamin Thurman http://www.quarterdeck.org/book/cencoms/hacker.html "...Rear Adm. Benjamin Thurman Hacker was born in Washington, D.C., in September. 19, 1935. Completing most of his high school in Daytona Beach, Fla., He attended the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated 1 June, 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in Science. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., he as commissioned an ensign in September, 1958. He was designated a Naval flight Officer on June 7, 1960. He served with VP-10 and VP-21 from June, 1960 to June, 1963. On March 19, 1960, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade and in 1963, he reported the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he completed the Engineering Science Curriculum. He was promoted to lieutenant on October 1, 1962. In 1964, he reported to VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California., where he served as personnel officer and a flight and ground instructor in the P-3A aircraft. He attended Fleet Sonar School, Key West, Fla. in June, 1966 and in August, he reported to the NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, where he served as operations officer. In 1967, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval facility, Barbados, West Indies as executive officer. He became commanding officer of that station in 1968. He was promoted to lieutenant commander at this duty station. In 1970, Rear Adm. Hacker reported to VP-47, NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour, he completed numerous deployments in the P-3C Aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and the Western Pacific. He was promoted to commander at VP-47. In 1972, he established the Naval ROTC Unit at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Fla., and served as the first professor of Naval Science and commanding officer of this unit. He reported to VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in October, 1973. He served for one year as executive officer, prior to assuming command in November, 1974. During this tour, the squadron completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and was heavily tasked in major exercises in the Northern and Central Atlantic. From 1975 to 1977, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as director, Equal Opportunity Divisions and special assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for Minority Affairs, Washington, D.C. He became a captain on September 1, 1977. In June, 1978, he completed studies in National Security Policy at the Industrial College of the Armed forces, and earned a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the George Washington, University. In August, 1978, he was assigned as commanding officer of NAS Brunswick, Maine and in August, 1980, he assumed duties as commander, U.S. Military Enlistment Processing Command with headquarters in Fort Sheridan, Ill. On September 1, 1980, he was designated a rear admiral while serving in this billet. In 1982, he reported for duties as commander Fleet Air Mediterranean; commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance forces, U.S. Sixth fleet; and commander, Maritime Air forces, Mediterranean, with headquarters in NAF Naples, Italy. He assumed duties as director, Total Force Training and Education Division (OP-11) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in October, 1984. In May, 1986, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa by the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.. Rear Adm. Hacker became commander, NTC in August, 1986. following NTC, he became commander, Naval Base, San Diego. He holds the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)..." [22JUN2003]

HAGGERTY, AMM1 Donald E. DONBIV55@aol.com "...Would like to know if any of my old Shipmates of VP-31 (1941-1942) are still alive. I joined the squadron December 12,1941 in San Jaun, Puerto Rico and remained a member until November 1942..." [21APR2002]

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]

HANCOCK, ADC(AW) Robert L. rlhnjh@earthlink.net "...I'm just hoping to make contact with OLD Shipmates from the 1970's thru 1991. I served with VP-17, NARF NAS Alameda, California Flight Test, VP-31, VP-47, VP-40 and NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California in my 22 year career. My most exciting P-3 flight was during a trip home from deployment we lost three engines due to an icing SNAFU. Anyone remember that?..." [16MAR2004]

Memorial Picture "...HANISEE, AWC Sid...I am Kerry Hyder, daughter of Sid Hanisee. I am saddened to report that after a long battle with lymphatic and throat cancer, Sid passed away at home in his sleep in Houston, TX on October 28th. Sid Hanisee served with VP-22, NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California, and VP-31, and VP-17. His remains will be interred with his parents in New Orleans, his boyhood stomping grounds...Kerry Hyder zootis@aol.com..." [20NOV2003]

HANISEE, AWC Sid Retired wshj@ev1.net "...I put in a lot of hours at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-22 (4yrs). NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-31 (3 yrs). and VP-17 (4 yrs). I made several regular deployments to WestPac and God only knows how many short trips to some rock no one ever heard of . I like to say that if there is a rock in the Pacific with a runway, I've been there TWICE. I would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [09MAR2002]

HARKREADER, AW1 Ed Retired harkey00@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40, VP-31, USS Coral Sea (CV-43), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), FCTCLANT Dam Neck, ASWOCTSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and FASOTRAGRULANT. I'm retired and living in North Central Arkansas in the Ozark National Forest. We have plenty of deer and turkey to hunt and I've got some of the best trout rivers in the country just minutes from the house. Hope all my old buddies are doing well and are enjoying life. If you ever lose sync with your TACAN and have to RON in this part of the world give me a call and I'll throw steaks on the grill and the brew is always cold. Take care and let me know you guys are still yankin' and bankin' Hark..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28FEB2003 | 08MAU98]

HARMON, Bill cuzbill63@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 (08/1966 to 08/1968)..." [16JUL2011]

HARRISON, AOC(AW/NAC) Terry L. Retired terrylharrison01@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June to October 1982, VP-44 CAC-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1985, NAVCRUITDIST San Antonio NRS Austin, TX from 1985 to 1987, NAVRES EEAP Austin, TX from 1987 to 1988, VP-19 CAC-11 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1988 to 1989, VP-50 (ground ordie!!) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1989 to 1991, CPW-10 NAS Moffett Field, California from February to June 1991, VP-30 NAS Moffett Field, California from June to October 1991, USS Abraham Lincoln G-3 DIV Alameda 1991-1992, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Weapons LPO from 1992 to 1995, VAQ-138 Yellowjackets NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1995 to 1999, HS-10 Warhawks NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1999 to 2002, and retired November 2002. I now work as a defense contractor for NAS North Island, San Diego, California Weapons AD&C..." [BIO Updated 15OCT2003 | 20FEB2000]

HART, MIKE mhart31@hotmail.com "...I WAS IN VP-46 FROM SEPTEMBER 87-JULY 91, WENT TO VP-31, USS KITTY HAWK, PATROL WING 10 STAFF, AND HAVE LANDED BACK IN VP-46 AS A DH. ANYONE FROM THE PAST PLEASE DROP ME A LINE AND WE'LL TALK OLD TIMES. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!..." [05OCT98]

HARTMAN, Jan D.C. "...I proudly served in VP-31 from 1974-1977 in the communications office. I have many happy memories of those days and would love to regain contact with my old shipmates. My e-mail address has a block on it to eliminate junk mail. If anyone wishes to contact me, check out the White Pages of phone book, I'm listed under my business address as a Chiropractor..." [20APR2000]

HARTMANN, Larry lmhart@ymail.com "...I served in VP-31 Detachment NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1968 to February 1971..." [06OCT2010]

HARTWELL, AX3 Marty mhartwe@gmail.com "...I served with VP-1 from early 1966 to February 1969. Joined while the squardron was on deployment to Japan as AX3 fresh from A school, then VP-31. Was the Jez op on crew 6 for a couple years, until my weight got ahead of me. Then spent time in tronics shop and AMD at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I have been looking for anyone from the old P2V VP-1. I will be checking back from time to time..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAY2010 | 18NOV2005]

HARTZELL, AZCS Doug d_k_h@hotmail.com "...I was VP-47 as an AZ1 at NAS Moffett Field, California in the late 70's and transfered to VP-31. Now employed as an Environmental Analyst with Aerojet in Sacramento and retired since 1992..." [20AUG98]

HARVILLE, AOC Larry Retired saraharville@earthlink.net "...I was an A0C when I retired in 1975. VP-17 (VA(HM)-10) 1956 to 1960. VP-2 1960 to 1962. VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1962 to 1964. VP-6 1964 to 1968. AO Class "B" school 1968 to mid 1969. VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 1969 1971. VP-19 1971 to 1975. NAS Alameda, California Wepons Department till retirement 1975. Would like to find AE-2 John Linkenhiemer who was a member of VP-17 crew 3 on the NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment of 1959. Other members of that crew were LT. Bob Weller, past away. ENS Paul Stevekin. Enlisted members were ADR-1 George Kelsea plane captain, who lives in Lexington Park, MD. ADR-3 Pat Shanklin 2nd wrench, who lives in Snora, CA. AN Governelli 3rd wrench, whereabouts unknown. AT-3 Marvin Dirks radio, who lives in Greeley, CO. AT-2 Walter K. O'Dowd radar, past away June 30 this year. AT-3 John Thompson whereabouts unknown. Sure would like to find John Thompson, Governelli and John Linkenheimer. I am in contact with George Kelsea, Marvin Dirks and Pat Shanklin. If you know me or would like to speak to an old cannon cocker contact me..." [28OCT2001]

HASKINS, Vice Admiral Michael D. Retired U. S. Naval Academy "...Vice Admiral Michael D. Haskins was born in Angels Camp, California. He graduated first in his class from the Naval Academy in June 1966 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study history at the University of LaPlata, Argentina. Following his studies in Argentina and flight training, he received his wings in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, in September 1968. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In July 1972, he was assigned to the Naval Academy, where he taught History of Seapower. In July 1973, he was selected as a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Scholar. He attended Oxford University, England, where he received a Masters Degree in international relations and international economics. In December 1975 Vice Admiral Haskins reported to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWELVE in Mayport, Florida, as Assistant Plans/Operations Officer. In July 1978, he was assigned to VP-45 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During the period, VP-45 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to CPW-2 staff as Training Officer in July 1980 and joined VP-22 as Executive Officer in May 1981. He served as Commanding Officer from May 1982 until June 1983. During this period, VP-22 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and conducted detachment operations from NAS Agana, Guam. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for special operations. In June 1983, Vice Admiral Haskins assumed command of VP-1 where he served until May 1984. The squadron deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and was awarded the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Anti-Submarine Warfare excellence. In June 1984, he was assigned to the staff of Commander THIRD Fleet, where he served as the Current Operations Officer. In June 1985, he assumed command of VP-31, the West Coast P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and served until July 1986. During this period, the squadron was awarded the CNO Safety Award. From August 1986 to March 1988, he was Deputy Director of the CNO Executive Panel (OP-00K) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. From June 1988 to July 1990, he was CPW-1 and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet. IN August 1990, he reported to the National War College and in December 1990, he became the 74th Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. From August 1992 to August 1994 Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, Iceland Defense Force; Commander, Fleet Air, Keflavik; Island Commander, Iceland; and Commander, Iceland Anti-Submarine Warfare Group. While serving in Iceland, he was presented with the Order of the Falcon, Commander's Cross, by the President of Iceland. In October 1994, he assumed the position of Commander, Patrol Wings U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Task Force EIGHT FOUR. In addition to this assignment, he deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from July to November 1995 as Commander, Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO in charge of Cuban and Haitian migrant operations. From June 1996 to July 1998, Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver, by the Emperor of Japan. In August 1998, he reported to London, England, for duty as the Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe. During his tenure, he additionally served as Deputy to Commander, Joint Task Force NOBLE ANVIL from March to July 1999 directing operations in the Kosovo conflict. From March to June 1999 he also served as COMFAIRMED/CTF 67. He reported to Washington, DC in July 2000 where he served as the Naval Inspector General until January 2003. He is currently the Distinguished Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. Vice Admiral Haskins' awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with Three Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and NATO Medal..." [31MAY2003]

HASTINGS, YN3 Dwight David dwighth@terraworld.net "...I served with VP-31 from May 1964 to 1966. I left for active duty right after I graduated from High School. VP-31 was in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was was assigned to the Officer Training Office. I worked with a lot of young Naval Officer's who came thru for Naval Flight Training in the PB-5 or P2V Neptune ASW Warfare trainging plane. We also flew back to NAS Olathe, Kansas on cross Country flight's. I would love to talk to anyone who may have served with me. Hope to hear from some of my old Navy Buddy's again..." [25NOV98]

HASTINGS, Matt (Choo Choo) hastingspacific@yahoo.com "...World Famous Blue Shark VP-6 1985-1991 Electrician/Flight engineer Crews 6 and Crew 3. VP-31 FRS instructor Normal and Emergancy Proceedures. 91-93 Currently : Building and Electrical Contractor Los Angeles Area..." [-Mail Updated 03JAN2006 | 02AUG2001]

HAYNES, Richard A. Jr. rick.haynes36@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-22 (11/1985-1989), VP-19 (1989-1991), VP-31 (1991-1993) and VP-46 (1993-04/1994). I currentley live in Cincinnati, Ohio..." [14DEC2011]

HAYWARD, AMCS Robert (Beaner Retired haywardrj@navair.navy.mil "...I retired in 1999 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and I'm gonna stay put. Stationed with VP-1 78-81, NRL 81-84, VP-9 84-87, VP-31 87-91, VP-40 91-94, and Force Warfare 94-99. I even have some boat time VF-2 74-77. I had some great times in ONE and I would be interested in hearing from any and all..." [17NOV99]

HELLER, AEC Paul Retired heller2828@bellsouth.net "...I am proud that I served aboard VP-21, VP-30, VP-10, VP-31, and VP-40..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAY2007 | 31DEC98]

HENDERSON, AW1 Pat Retired pwdh88@peak.org "...After being out of uniform for a couple of decades and away from all things military, the rough edges of service memories have been softened by time. It is the memories of people met and friendships formed that endures. I now have the perspective to see the arc of my service in the navy and to understand its significance in history. While I was in the U.S. Navy, I was too worried about staying out of trouble, standing watches, and flying 6,600 hours to relax into enjoying my time in service. My attitude now is what it should have been when I was twenty. I served on active duty as an AW(N) from December 1970 to September 1990. It was the "Golden era of P-3 A.S.W.", when the cold war was in full swing and we relentlessly tracked soviet submarines in deep water. I entered boot camp at NTC-RTC NAS North Island, San Diego, California shortly before the December holidays of 1970. I was in company 467, then volunteered for company 4006, the Drum and Bugle Corps, which resulted in an extra two weeks of boot camp. Orders followed for AT "A" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee where I was talked into transferring to a new rating created two years earlier, AW. (Anti-Submarine Warfare Equipment Operator). We were the first class to receive VP orders in several months, so the extra time in boot camp changed my military life. The usual pipeline for aircrew followed with DWEST and SERE training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California followed by the west coast RAG, VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. From there, three of us received orders to the same squadron, VP-4 (Skinny Dragons) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. (Well, *someone* had to serve there.) We were, myself, George Wolf, and Mike McCarthy. Not only were we in the same squadron, but we ended up on the same crew. (CAC-5) Deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1974) followed. (I found SSQ-20 sonobuoys in the hanger and made floor lamps out of them.) George and I ended up as FASO instructors at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1978. From there I went to VP-46 (Grey Knights) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan (1978), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1980) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1982). Back to Hanger 1 and VP-31 as a "destructor" from 1982 to 1985, where I met a remarkable person, Terry Sue Tyler. (She entered the navy at 34 and completed aircrew training.) My twilight tour was with VP-9 (Golden Eagles) from 1985 to 1990. Deployments were to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986), NSA Bahrain, Oman / Dodge (1988) and NAF Misawa, Japan (1990). It's great to have this web site where we can share information with former crew and squadron mates. I have a modest area of my web site dedicated to the VP Navy: http://www.otoolevideomagic.org/BDR/VPnavy/VPnavy.html..." [05MAY2010]

HENDRIX, AEC Arnold P. Retired aphendrix@hotmail.com "...I was an AE2 in VP-31 from January 1961 to January 1964. I also served at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1964 to 1967 in AIMD VP support. Like to hear from Shipmates of that era!..." [05SEP99]

HENRY, Milton c/o dhenry@gasav.ang.af.mil "...My Dad, Milton Henry served with VP-31 and VPB-105 at Dunkerswell. He currently lives in Durham, NC, phone (919)489-7787. Lt Col David M Henry, Savannah, GA..." [19JAN98]

HENSE, AME2 Patrick H. pdktrucking@gmail.com "...Looking for OLD Shipmates. I served with VP-31 from 1960-1963. I flew in PBMs, P2S, and SHU 16-Bs. Hey Mel if you see this write OK. I flew many times in RP-17. Seeing this site brought back many memories. A wheels up landing in Yuma (I wasn't in it), several near mid air collisions one at Lindberg Field (I was there), a pilot being awarded a polka dot tail skag at squadron inspection (he quit scrunching them after that), a P2 hit by lightening, folded back the radar antena after the radome blew off (I wasn't there), having an F4H fly under us on an approach to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, loosing an engine after take off RP-17 (I was there), and landing in the admirals R7V with crash trucks chasing us (just one engine feathered)! Lots more happenings too..." [E-Mail Updated 14FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 17MAR2003 | 26NOV2002]

HERRINGTON, CDR John Bennett http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/herringt.html "...Born September 14, 1958 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Riverton, Wyoming, and Plano, Texas. Married to the former Debra Ann Farmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have two children. He enjoys rock climbing, snow skiing, running, cycling. Graduated from Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in 1983, and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1995. Distinguished Naval Graduate from Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, in 1984. Awarded Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons (3), and various other service awards. Herrington received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1985. He reported to VP-31 at the NAS Moffett Field, California for initial training in the P-3C Orion. His first operational assignment was with VP-48 where he made three operational deployments, two to the Northern Pacific based from NAS Adak, Alaska and one to the Western Pacific based from the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. While assigned to VP-48, Herrington was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot. Following completion of his first operational tour, Herrington then returned to VP-31 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. While assigned to VP-31 he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in January 1990. After graduation in December, 1990, he reported to the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate as a project test pilot for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System. Herrington conducted additional flight test assignments flying numerous variants of the P-3 Orion as well as the T-34C and the DeHavilland Dash 7. Following his selection as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer, Herrington reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he completed a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1995. Herrington was assigned as a special projects officer to the Bureau of Naval Personnel Sea Duty Component when selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 3,300 flight hours in over 30 different types of aircraft. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Herrington reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. He completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Herrington was assigned to the Flight Support Branch of the Astronaut Office where he served as a member of the Astronaut Support Personnel team responsible for Shuttle launch preparations and post-landing operations. Most recently, he flew on STS-113 logging over 330 hours in space, including 3 EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. STS-113 Endeavour (November 23-Dec 7, 2002) was the sixteenth Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Mission accomplishments included the delivery of the Expedition-Six crew, the delivery, installation and activation of the P1 Truss, and the transfer of cargo from Shuttle to the Station. During the mission Herrington performed three EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. STS-113 brought home the Expedition-Five crew from their 6-month stay aboard the Station. Mission duration 13 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes - DECEMBER 2002..." [17JUN2003]

HERRON, AEC Robert Retired bobzg1000@att.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1964 to 1969 (various crews, starting as a Julie operator and ending as an FE), NARF NAS Alameda, California Flight Test from 1969 to 1973, NATC NAS Memphis, Tennessee for AE "B" school in 1974, VP-46 from 1975 to 1978, VP-31 1978 to 1981 and VP-46 from 1981 to 1982 where I retired. Most of the time was spent as a crew FE and what a great job this was. I haven't seen a P-3 in the air for a long time and kind of miss the drone of the engines..." [08MAY2009]

HERZOG, AE2 bob@3rivers.net "...I would like to hear from any and all members of VP-31 that served between November 1960 and January 1964. I was an AE2 in Crew 14 with the P5MM's and Crew 3 and 5 when I was lucky enough to get on the P2's (boy what a ship that P2 was). Am especially looking for John Bell (AD2). I believe John was from Milwaukee. Also had a tweetie-bird buddy from Cresco, Iowa. Believe his nickname was Howie..." [E-Mail Updated 29NOV2005 | E-Mail Updated 04MAY99 | 02MAY99]

HICKS, Charles D. joanhick@juno.com "...I assisted training the Army Crews (Crazy Cat's/1st Radio Research Company) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was a P2 Plane Captain with VP-31..." [31DEC2006]

HILLMAN, ATR3 J. D. jdhi@comcast.net "...ATR3 from April 1963 - May 1967. First VP-31 Det A, then VP-31. I was communications yeoman under LT Rex Pope and LT Rich Titus. OinC's included LCDR F. Norman, CDR C.D. Bolan, and CDR "Chuck" Lentz. CDR Lentz became C.O. when the squadron moved to NAS Moffett Field, California. Mike Griffith, AN ("Griff") was my buddy in the Flight Office. CDR Howard Summers was the boss. Mike passed away a few years ago of natural cause. I recently ran into one of our pilots, John Mascali, who had just retired from Delta Airlines. Also, from this board, established contact with an old friend, Doug Casteen. After the Navy, I returned to college to acquire my doctorate and specialize in surgery. I just recently retired from an active practice in Los Gatos, CA and reside with my wife of 39 years (Judy). I'd love to hear from old Shipmates and friends. If anyone knows the whereabouts of George Doble or perhaps Rich Titus, please drop me a note. God Bless..." [E-Mail Updated 27NOV2006 | 14APR2003]

HINDS, AX2 Tim timhinds1@cox.net "...Stationed VP-31 DETNI 66-69. ASW AX-2. Hung out with Terry Kirkpatrick, John Manville, Steve Daniels, Joseph P Fernandez Jr., Jim Hurley, Bob Hastings, Pat Wallace and others. Hey guys remember when we flew back to Michigan for my wedding? Favorite pilots. P2 LCDR Paul Krienke, LT Harris, P5M LT Link. Favorite memory: LT "Porky" was the instructor pilot and the student was coming in too high. Rather than wave off "Porky" took over and put it down hard because the student wouldn't respond to his directions. Damage, the engines were practically broken off at the wings, overhead antenna wire broke due to stress on the fuselage. The starboard jet was literally falling off as they towed it back to the hangar. Next day we were scheduled to fly with him so as a joke we tied rope all around the wing under and around the starboard jet. He came out to preflight and got really mad. I guess he didn't think it was as funny as we did. Go figure. We REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. He wasn't known for his sense of humor. I was recently contacted by CDR Krienke who found my posting. He was impressed with the fact I had chosen him my favorite P2 Pilot. Not half as impressed as we were with him as a person, an officer and a Pilot. He was my boss in the NATOPS office and later I flew with him when I made flight crew. Everyone liked flying with him because he treated the enlisted with respect. He thus earned ours., the fact that 40 years later he is still making an impression says it all. How many of you young officers today will be remembered this way 40 years from now? When all your uniforms are collecting dust in the closet and it doesn't matter anymore what your rank was but rather the kind of men you bacame. Will you be respected the way Mr. Krienke and others have been?..." [BIO Updated 28MAR2007 | 03AUG2005]

HINES, CDR Brad Retired bbtkhines@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1976-1979, surviving "Death Crew 3". Joined COMPATWINGSPAC staff in 1979 to help establish the Weapons Test Trainer (WST) Squadron Training and Evaluation Team, then transferred to CPW-10 when it was re-established in 1981. Spent three years as XO, then CO of NAVFAC Antigua, West Indies from 1982 to 1985 doing SOSUS. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California to run CPWP's TTT in 1985 and then as a Department Head and instructor in VP-31 until 1987. Moved across the field to Big Red (VP-19) working for "Little Red" just in time to establish the first VP Det to operate out of Saudi Arabia in the Gulf "Imminent Danger Area". After Training and Ops O jobs, went to CTF-72 as Plans O to develop the MPA/Sea Control campaign for OPLAN 5000. In 1989 was first VP rep on staff to teach at Tactical Training Group Pacific (San Diego). Commanded Navy Recruiting District San Diego from 1992 to 1994. Went to a NATO tour outside of London from 1994 to 1997 (tried to teach Europeans about the virtues of California wine). Returned to recruiting as Director of Operations and Deputy Commander for the Northeast U.S. Navy Recruiting Region (15 states + Europe). Retired in 2000 and now work for Lockheed Martin, Undersea Systems in Syracuse, NY. Please keep in touch!..." [E-Mail Updated 16NOV2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 03SEP2002 | 14FEB2000]

HINSHAW, AFCM Jack Retired Shipmate Pix jackhinshaw@msn.com "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1965 to 1990. I served with VP-31 3 times, VP-9 2 times, VP-46 in the late 1960's, CPW-10 and retired as the COMPATWINGSPAC Force Master Chief in January 1990. I spent 10 years at Aero Union Corporation as the Director of Maintenance and General Manager and left in 2000. Look forward to hearing from folks I served with so please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. I am living in Clearlake Oaks, CA and run a Marine Repair business (707-998-2129)..." [PIX Added 13AUG2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2004 | 20MAY98]

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)..."

HOFFMAN, ATCS Gail Supertweet@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1989-1991, VP-31 from 1991-1993, VP-47 from 1993-1997, and am currently stationed at VX-1...I picked up ATCS in 2001 and I'm currently serving in tailhooks of all things. I'm now with VFA-15 out of Oceana. I definitely miss the VP life. I'm now stationed with VAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [BIO Updated 10MAR2004 | BIO Updated 03MAY2002 | 18NOV98]

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]

HOLLEBEKE, AWC Van "Chief Beke" Retired vanholl@worldnet.att.net "...I came to VP-31 as an AW-2 from the VS community IN San Diego in May 1976. My first tour of duty as an instructor in the P-3B lasted until from Apr 76 - May 79. From there, I went to Recruiting Duty until Sep. 1980. Made a tour to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from Aug 80 - Dec 83. Departed the land of Fire and Ice to Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) at NAS Moffett Field, California in Jan 1984. After making AWC, I Left Wing-10 in Apr 87 to join VP-19 just before deployment to Diego Garcia. I spent the next 3 years as the AW shop chief and retired from the USN while attached to VP-19 in NAS Misawa, Japan in Dec. 1990. Am now living in Washington State..." [16FEB99]

HOLLIDAY, Doc webmaster@navyspecialoperations.com "...VP-31 - Flight Engineer School - Mar to Aug 1980, VP-48 - Flight Engineer - Sep 80 to Sep 82, VP-31 - Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) - Sep 82 to Dec 84, VP-40 - MMCO, QAO, AMO - Dec 84 to Mar 89. Would like to be listed in directory and would like to correspond with any NAS Moffett Field, California VPers and specifically any "Fighting Marlins" from the NAS Moffett Field, California era (1980 to 1989)..." [E-Mail Updated 09AUG2003 | 14MAY98]

HOLLINSWORTH, AWC Jack Retired jhollinsw@yahoo.com "...I started my VP tours with VP-2 in Feb 1956, I ended my tours with VP-1 in NOV 1981. In between there was VP-17, VP-31, VP-19 CRAZY CATS [ARMY], ASWOC P.I., and ASWOC School Dam Neck. Would like to hear from anyone who knew me or has heard of me. Retired from the Navy in Nov 81 and retired from construction Nov 98..." [21FEB99]

HOLT, Ken Holt kaholt66@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-2 from 8/65 - 5/67. I was an AZ3 at the time, working in Maintenance Control as Logs and Records keeper. I did the '66 deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and was on the first Det to Viet Nam and stayed there from 5/66 to 8/66, worked nights and rode shotgun for the busses picking up the crews. At any rate, I got out of the navy in May '67 and stayed out for three and a half years. When I came back to the navy in Sept '70, I changed my rate to AE and went to AE-"A" school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Upon completion of training there and P-3 training at NAS Moffett Field, California (NAMTRADET 1012), I went to VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I stayed in VP-22 from '71 to '73. I made AE-2 in VP-22 and made the '72 Naha Okinawa deployment. That was the era of "Canadian Geese", when Cdr. Canada was the C.O.. I worked for AE1 Jim Watt at the time and then, AE-2 Jack With. We had a real good crew of AEs back then. I remember Jeff Powers, Bob Driscoll, Al Ferguson, AEC Pointer and several others that I remember their faces but can't think of their names. I had a good buddy named Jeff Kephart (AD2) that I've been trying to locate for years, so if anyone knows how I can contact him, please let me know. When I left VP-22 in July '73, I went to AV-I "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee and after that I was sent to USS Ranger (CV-61) for two years as ship's company in AIMD. I made AE-1 while attached to Ranger. After a good tour on Ranger I went to VA-121 in NAS Lemoore, California until they disestablished and I was sent to VA-122, TAD to AIMD. I swapped orders with another AE in AIMD and took his orders to VR-30, NAS Alameda, California, where I was the Electric shop supervisor / Maintenance Control watchstander. When the Squadron changed home ports to San Diego, I terminated my shore duty and went to VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California (after FRAMP training with VP-31) and I was the AE Shop Supervisor. We deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in '79 and had an aircraft experience three engine shut down on the transpac back to NAS Moffett Field, California. I believe that was RD-11, with T. J. Templeton as the F/E on board. I made AEC and I was made the AV/ARM Division Chief. We deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan in February of '81, that was one cold SOB. I worked Maintenance Control (Early Crew) for the rest of my time in the Squadron. In May '82 I went to Instructor Training in San Diego and then went to NAMTRADET 1012, "Orion University" at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was the AE Phase Chief and I also taught the P-3C "O" level Electrical Systems course and the LTN-72 "O" level maintenance. I was the Assistant Aircraft Division Chief too. When I left NAMTRADET 1012, I went to VP-19 for my last year in the Good 'Ole Nav. I was the Expediter and Maintenance Control Chief and made a deployment back to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and I left the Squadron there and came back to NAS Moffett Field, California to "Muster Out" and retired August '86. Since that time, I was a NAESU Tech Rep at NAS Moffett Field, California for 9 years, spent one year at NADEP NAS Alameda, California in the ARIES II Modification section, working in engineering, and I'm currently working for the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector in San Francisco Certificate Management Office, where we manage the operating certificate for United Airlines. I've just recently discovered this web site and I see a lot of names of people from the past that I'm going to contact, so if any old "Shipmates" out there want to contact me, please do. I don't have an e-mail address at home yet, but when I do, I'll let you know..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR99 | 17MAR99]

HONAKER, CDR Carl Retired carl.honaker@rda.sccgov.org "...After FRS training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California, I was in VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from August 1977 - Sept 1980, crews 4 and 10, and made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (two). I was also on a beartrap crew and participated in Project Unitas with trips to Peru and Brazil (great time!)...I had two interesting tours between P-3 squadrons, first as a DLA test pilot buying new C-12s and T-34Cs at the Beechcraft factory in Wichita Kansas from '80 - '83, and then as a C-12 instructor, CNAP Natops evaluator and department head for VRC-30 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California from '83 - '86...After a one year tour at the Naval War College, I came back to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-9. I was a dept head from Sept 1987 - Oct 1989, crew 3 (Rude Dogs), and made a multi-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia with 2 dets to Dharhan Saudi Arabia in support of Earnest Will, and finished the deployment flying ISAR and special ops between NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan (Turkey Day in the Desert and Christmas in the snow!)...From there I went on to be the Base Ops Officer at NAS Moffett Field, California and then on to be the XO of the base from 1990 til closure in 1994. I retired from the Navy in '95 and went to work for NASA Ames Research Center to help them manage "Moffett Federal Airfield" as a shared federal facility, and was part of the team that created another concept for reuse of the base called the NASA Research Park (http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/). I also worked on creating the California Air and Space Center which is now called Space World Hangar One (http://casc.arc.nasa.gov/inside.html). I worked with NASA until 2000 when I got the chance to be the Director of Facilities for The Tech Museum in San Jose (http://www.TheTech.org). After only 18 months of fun with this wonderful non-profit museum I was offered a chance to get back into airport management and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. After a short one year stint as the Assistant Director, I am now the Director of County Airports for Santa Clara County (http://www.countyairports.org). We manage the three GA airports in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Reid-Hillview and South County/San Martin airports). With over 1400 based aircraft and nearly 500,000 operations per year at the three airports we keep pretty busy. Since retirement I've been involved with Navy League (past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter), the Moffett Field Historical Society (second president) (http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org), the Aero Club of Northern California, the San Jose International Airport Commission and various other aviation/veterans organizations. If you are ever in San Jose look me up..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2005]

HONAKER, John Joseph Wesley jjwh42@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-4 (05/1961-12/1963), COMmander, Seventh FLeeT (COM7THFLT) Det "A", VP-40 (P5M), VR-51 (1970-1972) at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VR-54 (1973-1975) at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, NAS Glenview, Illinois (1975-1980) as an instructor (C118B Flight Simulator), VR-46 (1980-1982)at NAS Atlanta, Georgia and retired 08/1982..." [14JUL2013]

HOOD, AE2 JEFF dhood@hctc.net "...I departed the Navy in 1994, from VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a Flight Engineer. Also served in VP-31 for 4 years as a ground pounder. Did a short tour with VP-19 until they decommissioned. Would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates. I presently work in San Antonio at an Aircraft Maintenance Facility as a certified Avionics Tech. I do miss the travel, friends and especially FLYING!..." [19AUG99]

HOOD, John W. JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net "...Hello from Sunny San Antonio, TX! Patrol Squadron TEN was my very first sea duty command. I had just completed the APS-20 B/E Radar Maintenance Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS when I was ordered to VP-10. I began my tour as an ATAN about September, 1956 and ended it as an AT2 about February, 1959. I served from July 1955 until July 1972 on active duty with the US Navy and retired as an AXC (I was one of the original 642 persons that were selected to form the AX rating while serving with VP-50 while permanently deployed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan). Served in various units including: NTC Great Lakes, IL - NATTC Norman, OK - NATTC Memphis, TN - Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS - VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine - NAS Corpus Christi, TX - VP-50 Iwakuni, Japan - NAMTRADET 1012, NAS Moffett Field, California - VS-31, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island - VP-17 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [22AUG98]

HORD, AW/NAC Garrett Retired savanted1@yahoo.com "...This goes out to all the old JAFOS shop members and the pilots and FE's that I bounced with on so many flights during my tenure with the "Black Lightning Camp". I retired in Jan 2000 after becoming an FE ...hahaha after all those bounces that I whined about pulling the Ehandle ain't that funny. For those of you who remember me I just would like to say those days in the delta pattern were grand and I wish somedays I could go back in sit in the aft observer seat and sleep or study for a rating exam. I later went on from VP-31 to VP-46 and then on to FE School in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating FE school I toured with VP-4 then COMPACWINGSPAC which was later renamed COMPACRECONFORPAC in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2003 | 16SEP2003]

HORTON, Clifford L. Jr. DTACorp@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, CA., Feb 1962 - Mar 1964. Rate was AMS3.. Was second mech in flight crew, Inspection leader, and also worked night check crew..." [14FEB2000]

HORVATH, Mike Retired horvathml@wmconnect.com "...Served with VP-47 1975 to 1980 as an "I" level tech and then IFT. Transferred to NAMTRAGRUDET 1011 NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I was accepted to AOCS. Went on to VP-31 for training and reported to VP-9 Oct 1985 as a NAVCOM. Had a great tour as an instructor in VP-31 from April 1989 to Jun 1992. Then on to VP-69 as a TAR. Last tour was with CRPW as Officer in Charge of a training det at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired January 1, 2000 on 15 acres here at Whidbey Island. I often times find myself missing a lot of old friends and early morning preflights..." [21OCT2004]

HOTT, Charles R. charleshott@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 (1969-1971) at NAS Moffett Field, California (Aircrew) and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1971-1972) AMD..." [03JAN2011]

HOWARD, John Paul jphoward48@aol.com "...Served in VP-31 Det Noris from April 1967 to 1969. The P2V was our aircraft, real old time flying, low and slow. We phases out the P5M and sent the last one to a muesium, with VP-41 painted on it, wonder why. Good Old Pappy Viel taught me all about the R3350. Like to hear from some old friends from VP-31..." [18NOV2005]

HOWARTH, AT2 Les Shipmate Pix Circa 1978 thepcdoctor6@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-22 (AT2/IFT) from June 1976 through May 1979. Anybody from the Tweet shop or Crew 9 out there? Grayhawk, Keen, Vivian, Moore - can ya hear me now? I also served with VP-31 from June 1979 through October 1980 and still remember Zeke (Airport), John, Shack, Art and his rabbits, and others..." [PIX/BIO Updated 18JAN2004 | 10NOV2003]

HOWE, AT2 Gary garynjan@htc.net "...I served with VP-31 from October 1960 to March 1963 as a AT2 on RP-5 BUNO: 135557. I am 67 years young and would love to hear from any of my former AT's or AE's..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11APR2008 | 15JAN2002]

HOWELL, Willie Dean howellw1948@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48, VP-19, VP-40, VP-31, two tours VAP-61, USS Constellation, and NADEP Alameda, California..." [13DEC2005]

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]

HUHTA, CDR Arthur ahuhta@juno.com "...Greetings to all VP-50 Shipmates. I flew with VP-50 from 1965 to 1967 as the TACCO for Crew 6. I made two deployments in SP5B to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. This included visits to Cam Ranh Bay South. Vietnam, Buckner Bay Okinawa, and Kobe Japan. We went to Kobe to turn in an aircraft for rework. Crew 6 earned "Alpha" status during the 1965-1966 deployment. When VP-50 moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1967, I was ordered to VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. After release from active duty, I affiliated with the reserves and flew with VP-65, NAS Los Alamitos, California. I continued with the reserves at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Miramar and MCAS El Toro. Reluctantly, I retired in October 1984. On January 6, 1967, crew 6 in SG6 was on maritime patrol from NS Sangley Point, Philippines when we were diverted to look for SG13. They took off after us to perform a rocket firing exercise and their hourly position report was overdue. Upon arriving at the rocket firing area, we observed a SP5B wing floating in the water. Some other debris was floating in the water. This marked the spot where Lt. Dave Stevens and his crew crashed into the water. Dave was a good friend. Three weeks earlier, Dave and I were on R&R in Hong Kong..." [28MAR98]

HUNTER, AFCM Ronald Retired p3aflteng@sbcglobal.net "...I flew as a FE with VP-31, VP-46 and VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired from Navy at NAVPRO - Lockheed, Burbank, California in December 1990. Currently Director of Flight Operations for Aero Union Corporation, Chico, CA which uses modified P-3s as air tankers for aerial firefighting..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2006 | 30MAY98]

HUSTON, M. E. (Foots) footsnavy@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-1 from late '60 to 12/63. Started in Crew 7, then went to crew 1, which became crew 3, then crew 2. Then served as an instructor in VP-31 from 64-67 at NORIS. Served on the staff of FAW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida 67-68, USS KITTYHAWK (CV 63) in '69, NPGS '70-71, then back to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii '72-74. I was honored to be with Crew 10, the Hallmark (When you care enough...) of the Fleet's Finest! After HRMC Pearl, NWC Newport, I was XO/CO of VT-31 at CRP, then with PSA Corpus- retired in '80. Involved in corporate aviation since then. Love to hear from all y'all..." [E-Mail Updated 05JAN2002 | 10JAN99]

HUTCHINSON, AO3 Edward josallyh@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1961 to 1965. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUL2010]

HUTCHISON, AOC (AW/NAC) Keith A. hutch_pro@yahoo.com "...I went through VP-31 from November 1989 to April 1990, VP-40 from April 1990 to May 1993, VP-30 for instructor duty from June 1993 to June 1996, and VP-62 from June 1996 to August 2001. I am going to be retiring after 25 years of service September 19th, 2004 (Sunday) at 14:00 at the NAS Jacksonville, Florida Base Theater. I hope that any of my old Shipmates and friends who can see this can come and be a part. Thanks to everyone for making my tenure and career in the Navy sooo great. I hope to see you at my retirement!..." [02SEP2004]

HYLAND, CDR Pat phyland@concentric.net "...Served in VP-50 (85-89), VP-31 (89-91), TAR with VP-62 (94-97) and now OIC VP-66. Looking for information on anyone from the Blue Dragons CAC-5 and/or CAC-6. The NMRE Crew!..." [18MAY98]


ISOM, AE2 Larry larry.isom@twc.com "...I served with VP-31 (03/1961-11/1963) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JAN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 05FEB2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10DEC2003 | 17FEB2001]


JACKSON, Winthrop (Win) winjack3@sbcglobal.net "...Assigned to VP-31 DETNORIS from May '69 to Jan '70, working on SP2E and SP2H aircraft. After decommissioning of this detachment, I stayed with about 90 other regular Navy personnel to train weekend warriors with the newly designated NARTD (later NARTU) NAS North Island, San Diego, California until December '70. Picked up MAD/Trail operator training and flew several times, although most missions were basic FAM or X-country flights for Army pilots. Some flights going as far as Florida. They sure took a long time at 175 knots cruise! But I enjoyed every minute of them. When not flying, and being a parachute rigger, I worked on survival equipment out of the paraloft inside the old seaplane hanger. Would enjoy hearing from other VP-31 DetNoris or NARTD/NARTU Shipmates from that period of time..." WebSite: http://winjack3.com/ [E-Mail Updated 09OCT2004 | URL Added 29JAN2002 | 26MAY2001]

JAMES, Whitmus tighowe@juno.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1966-1970 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We flew P2s and I flew with crew 2. We transitioned to the P-3 and went to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I served with VP-31 from 1970-1972. 1972-1974 assigned to the ASCAC van/TSC at NAS Moffett Field, California. Worked as a civilian in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard 1974-1985. Worked for Bonneville Power Admin. 1985-1997. Retired in 1997. Would love to hear from any of the old Shipmates..." [16JAN2002]

JANES, AZ2 Mark mrjanes@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1971 to 1974 NAS Moffett Field, California in Maintenance Control Logs & Records..." [22OCT2008]

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]

JEFFREY, CDR James D. "JJ" Retired vpflyr@cox.net "...I spent two tours at VP-48 (1981-1985 and 1989-1991). They form the fondest memories of my Navy career. It was great to see so many familiar "Boomer" and NASMF names. I wish you all well. I was also an instructor at VP-31 (1985-1987) and served briefly at COMPATWINGSPAC (1992-1993). I really miss the good times and great flying of the WestPac/ NAS Adak, Alaska /IO deployments and the at-home cycles at NAS Moffett Field, California too. ASW was great fun in the 1980s and I had the opportunity to fly with some of the very best. NAS Moffett Field, California was a great duty station. I truly miss the area, but not the traffic and housing prices!..." [08NOV2002]

JENSEN, Scott scottjensen123@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1968 to 1972..." [29MAY2010]

JENSON, YN2 Judy Burks judy.walters@me.com "...I served with VP-31 (1973-1977) at NAS Moffett Field, California. I started off in 1973 working for the Pilot and Navigator Instructors on the third floor of the big hanger. I prepared all the instruction books for all the classes. I also had the opportunity to have been involved with the training of the Iranian crews with the P-3. I later worked in Instructional Development. I was just appointed to be the Brown County Veteran Service Officer in Ainsworth, NE. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11OCT2013 | E-Mail Updated 18APR2002 | 29JAN99]

JERUE, Frank frankfdj@ptialaska.net "...I was in vp from 1961 to 1977 VP-4 1961 , PV-9 1963 , NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1968 , VP-31 Key West 1970, and VP-9 1975..." [02NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...JOENKS, AEC Eugene W...Chief JOENKS passed away on January 11th, 2012 at the Tucson Medical Center. He was buried at the National Cemetery at Fort Huachuca, AZ. He served in VP-31, VP-46 and VP-50..." Contributed by Mike Joenks mike_joenks@yahoo.com [15AUG2012]

JOENKS, AEC Eugene W. Retired highknoll@juno.com "...Served in NAMTD 1057 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Alameda, California, and NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1957 to 1961 as both AE maintenance and flight instructor on P2V-5F's and 7's. Went to VP-46 in 1961 and served there until 1964. Saw the missle tests at Johnson Island and the seals and whales of NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I served in VP-31 Det A, NAS Moffett Field, California, and Det A, NAS North Island, San Diego, California until 68. Served a year in HAL-3 Nam as Ops Chief and Door Gunner from 1968 through 1969. From 1969 to 1971 I was with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 and twilighted in VA-128 Whidbey until retirement in 1974 after completing 26 years in Uncle's Navy. Graduated from ISU in 79, worked for Mc Donnell Douglas for 5 years on the Harpoon Missle project. I even deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1983 as Senior Field Eng., and flew with VP-1 and VP-6. Design analysis engineer for Kaiser Aerospace until retirement again in 92. Currently living and enjoying mountain life in southeast Arizona on the Mexican border...I served in both FASRON-915 and FASRON-115 during the period of 1952 to 1954. I arrive at Piarco in 1952 when the squadron was under the command of CDR Knoche and the exec was LCDR Lecompe(sp). I was an AE3 and was privileged to fly in our PBM5A and when we received our UF I also flew in it. We took trips to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and even over to the Canal Zone. I was promoted to AE2 in 1953 whereby my wife was allowed to come down and we lived in Tucker Valley. Our oldest son, now a retired CPO, 26 years was born there. I went on and completed 26 years and retired in 1974..." [BIO Updated 28MAY2000 | 11MAR2000]

JOHNSON, ANDRE DDAWG71@aol.com "...HM-12 1990, VP-31 1991, VP-49 1993, VP-11 1994..." [24MAR99]

JOHNSON, Ed ej@aiinc.com "...I was in VT-21 1975-1977, VT-23 1997-1979, VP-1 1980-1986, VX-1 1986-1989, VAQ-33 1989-1990, VPU-2 1990-1995, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1995-1995, and retired from VFA-125 DET Fallon, 1995-31 Mar 1997. I am a retired Mech Chief, and was a P-3 Flight Engineer for 14 years, (VP-31 Class of 82)..." WebSite: http://www.AIINC.com/ [02JUN98]

JOHNSON, ATC Chris Retired johnsonm@wwdb.org "...I served with VP-50, VP-31, VP-40, VQ-1 and NAMTRADET 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California. I am now retired, remarried and relocated in Pearl City, Hawaii. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2008 | 17OCT99]

JOHNSON, ATN2 Donald R. donjohn@silverstar.com "...I served with VP-31 (1968-1971) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [27JAN2013]

JOHNSON, AT1 Lamont Retired lamont764@live.com "...I served with VP-30, VP-31, VP-48, VP-5, NSF Diego Garcia, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida and retired October 1998..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2013 | 06AUG98]

JOHNSON, ADCS Mike MPJ77@msn.com "...P-3 F/E, VP-6 82 to 86, VP-31 86 to 90, VP-9 90 to 92, CNAP Evaluator 92 to 95, VP-30 VR-DET as CINC LANT Fleet Crew F/E, and now with VR-1 at Andrews AFB, MD..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05DEC2001]]

JOHNSON, ADC Richard (Rick) Retired kachina5@comcast.net "...My VP career began when I reported into VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in late 1964 as an ADRAN fresh out of A school. Made deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. Made the transition to the P-3 up at NAS Moffett Field, California and went on the NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment in 1967. Reenlisted as ADR2 with orders to NAF Washington, D.C.. In 1971 It was back to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-31 as a student with orders in hand to VP-46 I caught up with the Squadron on deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. (Could not get away from the Jewel of Japan) In March of 75 reported to VP-31 as Power Plants shift supervisor and moved upstairs to QC/QA. Then back across the runway to VP-48 and the 1978 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. Made a final deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Upon returning to NAS Moffett Field, California I left the VP Navy and did a tour as recruiter in charge at North Tucson while assigned to NRD San Diego. Ca. In January of 1985 I retired from Naval Service at the rank of ADC. Still Making a living in Tucson. AZ..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 22JUL2000 | BIO Updated 21JUN99] [ICQ #18408201]

JOHNSON, Roy wroyjohnson10354@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 based at NAS Moffett Field, California from June 1967 to January 1970. I worked in the Power Plant Shop with some of the greatest guys in the world. I was transferred to VP-47 in January 1970 making one deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was discharged from the Navy in December 70. I returned to my hometown of Chicago, Il. where I continue to live. I have been married for 26 years and have raised 2 sons. I returned to college and earned a BS degree in Accounting. I would love to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10SEP2005 | E-Mail Updated 25JUL2003 | 18AUG2000]

JOHNSON, MAJOR Steven G. Retired majorjunque@msn.com "...In March 1965 I joined the Naval Air Reserve at NAS Los Alamitos, California after graduating from Reseda High School (San Fernando Valley). After completing the resident "boot" training at NAS Los Alamitos, California I was assigned to VP-772 and eventually got to fly on the P2V's. VP-772's annual training/cruise that year was spent at NAS Moffett Field, California. I'll never forget the flight up (at night) as I was allowed to occupy the "bow observers" position in the nose all the way. While at NAS Moffett Field, California for the cruise we operated out of Hanger #1. During that time, I remember one flight out over Monterey Bay when the Ordnanceman couldn't get the launch tube to operate. Honest-to-god, he opened the rear belly hatch and had me hook my arms thru his harness while he straddled the opening and lobbed the sonabouys out. I was only 18 at the time and will never forget that moment. Disallusioned with college, I opted to do my 2 years "active duty" early (15 Nov 65) and was assigned to VP-31 Detachment Alpha at NAS Moffett Field, California in January 1966. The unit was just receiving P-3A's at the time and still had the earlier P-3's that required the external APU (looked like a belly tank on wheels) for startup. The main body of the unit (VP-31) was still at NAS North Island, San Diego, California at the time and flying P-5 Marlins. During my time at NAS Moffett Field, California, the units designation changed twice: VP-31 Detachment Alpha, VP-31 Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California, and eventually VP-31 (those left at San Diego became Detachment NAS North Island, San Diego, California). My final 8 months (April 1967 to November 1967) at VP-31 were spent as the NATOPS yeoman working for CDR J. R. White, LCDR "Bud" Tucker, and CPO Ted Glass. The time I spent in the Naval Air Reserve was the most memorable for me. After completing my 1st AA degree years later (1978), I thought of returning to the Naval Air Reserve but was instead offered a chance at OCS and a commission in the Calif. Army National Guard. As I was already 31 years old at the time, it took a lot of help from several Generals to get me accepted as the federal age limit for 2nd Lieutenants is 32 1/2. I eventually commanded an M-110 (8") Heavy Artillery Battery ("C" Battery, 1-144th FA, 40th INF DIV-MECHANIZED). I retired from the Calif. Army National Guard 3 years ago as a Major, Field Artillery. Quite a change from being an AXAN in the Navy. I would be more than happy to hear/correspond with anyone who served with either VP-31 or VP-772..." [02JUN2002]

JOHNSON, Wiliam bill.johnson162@gmail.com "...I served with VP-4 (1984-1988) Crew 8, VP-31 (1988-1990) NFO Instructor and VP-1 (1995-1997) Ops / Training / Safety / Masirah, Oman OIC..." [21APR2010]

JONES, Susan smchrist@atcnet.net "...I served with VP-31 (1970-1973) as an In Flight Observer (P-3A/B)..." [14AUG2012]

JONES, AME2 Chad sjones7@dc.rr.com "...FLIGHT ENGINEER ! Served with VP-MAU ( NAS Moffett Field, California) 1987-1991, attended FE school at VP-31, served with the tridents of VP-65 at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1991-1993. Discharged in 1993. Will never forget the memory's and friends. Some of the best times of my life. Cubi rules!!!!! would love to hear from old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2005 | 13AUG2001]

JORDAN, Tom tomjrd@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, Commander Naval Air forces Pacific (CNAP), VP-47, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operatonal TRaining GRoUP PACific (FASOTRAGRUPAC) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-50 and ASWOC NAS Moffett Field, California..." [22NOV2012]


KAPP, Stan NeilS.Kapp@sprint.com "...I recieved orders to VO-67 and went to VP-31 Det NOIS only to find out that the squadron had been/was being Disestablished. I then went thru FAETUPAC then to a helo squadron. Still have pictures of the funky P2's at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Got out of the navy and went in the Coast Guard..." [19JAN2001]

KASE, AMC(AW) Jeffrey M. jeffrey.kase@navy.mil "...My first squadron was VP-22, 1985-1990. Went on to VP-31, 1990-1993. Then a change of pace. VF-11 from 1993-1997 then HSL-49, 1997-2000. I made it back in 2000. VP-10, 2000-2007. I'm now at CPRW-5 looking at 22 years and alot of great stories. I think I'll stick around for a few more then retire. Drop me a line..." [14MAR2007]

KELEDEI, CDR Raymond F. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-46/xo.html "...Commander Keledei received his commission as an Ensign through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at University of California, Berkeley in June of 1986. After attending flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB in Sacramento, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. After completing Fleet Replacement training at VP-31, CDR Keledei reported to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as Legal Officer, Tactics Officer and NATOPS Officer and deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. In September 1991 CDR Keledei joined the Royal Navy as an exchange officer. Upon completion of Advanced and Operational Flying Training in Sea King helicopters, he received his wings as an Observer (Naval Flight Officer) and reported to 819 Naval Air Squadron in Prestwick, Scotland. There he served as the ASW Officer and Deputy Ops Officer, qualifying as Aircraft Commander in both the ASW and SAR missions. CDR Keledei was next assigned to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN at NAS Alameda, California where he served as the Operations Administration Officer and Tactical Action Officer, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and VIGILENT SENTINEL. He next reported to Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as Tactical Support Center Operations Officer prior to his Department Head tour in VPU-2 where he served as detachment OIC, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and CTG Operations Officer, deploying in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ALLIED FORCE. From August 1999 through June 2002, CDR Keledei served in the Pentagon on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff. His assignment in the Operations and Plans Directorate included scheduling the Navy's Carrier Battle Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, air expeditionary, and reconnaissance forces. He was also one of the principle action officers for planning Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. His most recent assignment was Current Operations and Plans Officer at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / FIFTH Fleet in NSA Bahrain for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the execution of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Keledei's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Flight Strike Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as unit commendations and awards..." [24APR2005]

KELL, Daniel dan.kell@attws.com "...I was in VP-40 (76-80), VP-31 (80-82), VP-46 (83-87), and finally VP-31 (87-88). It was really fun seeing some old Shipmates names. Hope to hear from some of them. While I know it wasn't all fun I can't seem to remember the bad times anymore!..." [04JAN2000]

KENNEDY, ADC Charles A. Retired Squid4093@aol.com "...VP-9 74-77, VP-31 77-81 and VP-47 81-84, All ways looking for old Shipmates and if any one knows a Paul Purse VP-47 75-78 and also he was in VP-91 and a very close friend of mine and my wife PLEASE HELP us find him, lost contact. Also looking for Dwayne Sherzwinger goes by S+10. GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY Shipmates FORM THE PAST..." [03SEP98]

KERN, AX3 Douglas dgkern@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1967-1969). I worked out of the AT shop and flew as a radio operator..." [29JAN2014]

KERR, Charles kerrckmk@aol.com "...I served with ATU-614 from 1955-1957 on P2v-2/3/4s at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, VP-46 from 1957-1960 on P5M-1s at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 from 1960-1963 on P5M-2s at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and VP-17 from 1963-1966 on P2v-7s at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [19MAR2001]

KIDD, CDR William C. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1649 "...CDR William C. Kidd, USNR - NFL Number: 1649 - Date of Birth: 1/1/1941 - Date In: 1/1/1941 - Date Out: 1/1/1960 - City, State: Pass Christian, MS - School Attended: Harvard University - Aircraft Flown: PBY, PV-1, PB4Y-2, F4F, SB2C - Ship or Unit: VP-31, VPB-141 and VP-721 - Pilot Desg.: PPC - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Atlantic - In Memoriam? No..." [11DEC2005]

SHIPMATE REQUESTED REMOVAL [Listing Removed 03NOV2010 | E-Mail updated 29NOV2002 | E-Mail Updated 24MAR2001]

KILGER, CAPTAIN Peter Retired peter.kilger@gmail.com "...I graduated from the United States Naval Academy (1980), Naval Flight Officer (1981), VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-6 (1982-1985) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and Naval Air Training Unit, Mather AFB, California (trained Student Naval Flight Officers in advanced navigation methods), VP-66 (1986-1997) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VQ-11 (1999-2000) as Commanding Officer, FMP MOCC 0197 (2000-2002), Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for New Hampshire (2002-2006), VTU in New Hampshire, VTU in Salt Lake City, SACT Unit, NOSC Support Unit (2008) and retired (Navy Reserve) in June 2008. I am currently the Director of Programs for Sierra Nevada Corporation in Dayton, OH..." [22NOV2010]

KIMBERLY, AOC M. L. Retired mlk19_2000@yahoo.com "...I served in the Navy from April 1955 to April 1975. I served with VP-42 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California, and VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired as a Aviation Ordnance Chief Petty Officer while serving with VP-31 in April 1975. Trained Iranian students and continued doing so after retirement. Worked in Isfahan, Iran. After the revolution left Iran in 1979 for Saudi Arabia where I am at present (25 yrs) training Saudi Students..." [18MAR2004]

KING, AOC David Retired davidking@hughes.net "...Started out with VP-8 63-65, VP-31 Detachment A from 65-67, VP-19 67-70. Served a tour in NAS Corpus then back to NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-40 73-78. Have over 7000 flight hours in P-3A, P-3B, and P-3C. Served with many great Shipmates over the years. I had lots of fun times and lots of not so fun times but would not trade it for anything..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 19AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 23FEB2000 | 12APR98]

KIYOHARA, CAPTAIN Dean M. http://www.naskef.navy.mil/ "...Captain Dean M. Kiyohara graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physical Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program in June 1979. He reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and was subsequently designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California in June 1980. In January 1981, he reported to at NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as a Navigator/ Communicator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P-3C Update I aircraft and completed deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska. Captain Kiyohara then reported to VP-31 in February 1984. During this tour he served as the P3C NFO Personnel Qualifications Standards Model Manager, NFO NATOPS Officer and NFO Training Officer. Captain Kiyohara was also the alternate Commander Naval Air Forces U. S. Pacific Fleet (CNAP) NFO NATOPS evaluator, managed the VP-31 Instructor Under Training program and the VP-31 Instructor Training Course. In January 1987, Captain Kiyohara was assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Group THREE as Aide and Flag Secretary. During this tour he embarked on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), and USS MIDWAY (CV-41) in Yokosuka, Japan, and completed two deployments on USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and North Arabian Gulf regions. Captain Kiyohara reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in January 1989. He completed his degree in Financial Management in June 1990, graduating with a Master of Science in Management. In October 1990, Captain Kiyohara reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-17, he served as NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan Detachment Officer in Charge, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer while deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Maintenance Officer. Captain Kiyohara was next assigned to the Directorate for Information Resources Management, the Joint Staff, as Chief, Information Resources Planning Branch and later to the Resources, Acquisition, Management Office, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J-8), as Budget Officer and Contracting Officer Representative. During this tour he was designated a proven sub-specialist in Financial Management. In April 1996 he reported to VP-4 as Executive Officer and assumed duties as Commanding Officer in April 1997. VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia with concurrent detachments to NSA Bahrain, Masirah, Oman, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Doha, Qatar. VP-4 flew over 5,600 mishap free flight hours in support of 5 Carrier Battle Groups and 2 Amphibious Ready Groups. VP-4 set new standards of excellence flying over 100 armed sorties totaling over 200,000 pounds of ordnance. VP-4 was the initial P-3 squadron to fly operationally with the Stand-Off Land Attack missile. Under his leadership, VP-4 earned two consecutive Battle "E" awards. Following his command tour, in May 1998, Captain Kiyohara was assigned to Kamiseya, Japan, as the Operations Officer, for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet encompassing all P-3 operations in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions. He spearheaded Maritime Patrol Aviation crisis response during numerous operations including Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation DESERT FOX. In September 2000, Captain Kiyohara returned to Monterey, California as Director, Facilities and Redevelopment, Naval Postgraduate School, prior to his current assignment as Commanding Officer, NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Captain Kiyohara's personal awards include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Various service and unit awards, and Legion of Merit.." [01JUN2003]

KLAPOW, Larry lklapow2011@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 and VP-31 from 1984 to 1991..." [01APR2011]

KLEINMAIER, Guenter gkleinmaier@compuserve.com "...Went to FE school at VP-31 from Jan77 to May77. Like to hear from any class members..." [24MAY98]

KOMZELMAN, Ed edwardk1@home.com "...Served as a Marlin (VP-40) in early 1956 as a fresh caught AD "A" school grad. Then I was drafted to the fighter community in mid 1956. Came back to the Mighty Marlins (Mitpitas Mullets?) in 1976. Did a few cruises as AMO and MMCO and went over to Hangar 1 to VP-31 in 1979 as MMCO. Did my last tour at NAS Sigonella, Sicily and retired here in 1985. Saw lots of Shipmates names, look forward to communicating! Signing up for the Reunion down here in October 1998..." [03AUG98]

KONCZEY, CAPTAIN Caroline B. http://www.psasd.navy.mil/co.asp "...Captain Konczey enlisted in the Navy after high school, serving three years active duty as a Radioman and four years as a drilling reservist. After graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science Degree, she returned to active duty and was commissioned an Ensign through Officer Candidate School in May 1979. Captain Konczey's first assignment was with Commander Patrol Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet, Kamiseya, Japan, as the Assistant Communications Officer and CMS Custodian. Subsequent assignments include: Navy Recruiting District, San Francisco, California, where she was an Officer Recruiter; VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California as the Assistant Administrative Officer; Third Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan, where she was the Communications Officer; Commander Training Air Wing FOUR, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, as the Administrative Officer; Executive Officer of Navy Recruiting District Memphis, Tennessee; Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division Detachment, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, where she was the Executive Officer and acting Officer in Charge; and Commanding Officer of Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi. Prior to reporting as Commanding Officer Personnel Support Activity West, Captain Konczey was assigned to Commander Navy Personnel Command (BUPERS), Millington, Tennessee as Deputy Division Director, PERS-44, Restricted Line/Staff Corps Distribution and Special Placement. In addition, she served as the Fleet Support Officer head detailer and Executive Assistant to Commander, Navy Personnel Command. Captain Konczey earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from Webster University. She is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB Alabama. Captain Konczey is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal,and various other service awards..." [03JUL2003]

KOOY, Peter E. peterkooy@msn.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-5, VP-31, VP-16, VC-8, VP-30, and VP-31. I would like to give a shout out to all that served with me and to leave my E-Mail address. Out of all the squadrens I was in VP-5 was hands down the one I liked the best. Go Mad Fox Go!..." [11JAN2007]

KRUYNE, Jim Retired em729@erols.com "...P-3 Flight Engineer in VP-1 from 80-84, taught engineer school at VP-31 from 84-87, Crew 14 VPU-2 from 87-92 and was the FE detailer from 92 to 95. (Sorry I had to hose so many of ya, just doin' my job) Retired as of July 97. Drop me a line..."

KRUZICK, Larry mcsweegan@earthlink.net "...I was ship's company aircrew in VP-31 from late '61 to April '64. Because all my Navy fotos souvenirs were stolen from my flight locker 5 days before I got out, this time has always been missing time for me. Still, after 64 years of Life, those years were the BEST of times. All the characters I flew with in P2V's, P5M's and UF-16' were, in every sense, my "band of brothers". Though an AX by training, I became radio-operator-of-the-day for my mentor Frank Ludka and flew every kind of hop there was. (FAM-2 being my least favorite). I was also one of the elite few [radio operators] who hooked a ride in the back seat of the JD-1 flying target tow. Now there was a thrill! If you ever saw P2 radio compartment artwork with a box lunch as part of it, that was me. (If those old gray-covered bulkheads could talk, eh?) I have to say for the last 40 years I've really missed old "Francoise", Dick Malcom Shead, Dave Turner, Freddy The Fox" Isorda, Bobby "Goat" Hogan, Ray Braley, "The Finn" and might-as-well have been my brother John L. Clark. I have a lifetime's worth of memories from 29 months in VP-31. If I live to be 90, I'll still remember, as if it was yesterday, "Coffee on the wingbeam" or LT Peabody talking to a student pilot: "VARI-CAM . . . VARI-CAM . . . VARICAM ! . . .G-d Damnit ! I HAVE THE AIRCRAFT ! ! ! (Usually followed by KAH-BAMMMM as we bottomed out the main mounts on old RP-3). Flying panel on RP-17 was as much fun as driving my alcohol funny car! Got hit by lightning in RP-3 (as I recall) over Waco, Texas. Always wondered if having the trailing wire antenna out in a thunderstorm had anything to do with that. Lost an engine in one of the P5M's coming back over the mountains from Yuma (yep, Yuma!) and barely made it for a forced landing in the Salton Sea. Thanks to "Crazy Willy". Coming back after the scary-ass oil fire in the wing beam off! Guadelupe in RP-11 (?) to a foamed runway, a hundred crash trucks flashing, and the news cameras rolling was just another on of the many "non-events" for us back then. I have a hundred true stories to share. Would love to hear from anybody who flew with me, home-boys or students..." [13JAN2006]

KUEHLERCDR Don Retired DKuehler@aol.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, VP-56, and again with VP-31, and with hours driving the P2V-2, P2V-3, P2V-4, P2V-5F, P2V-6, and P2V-7 can't say enough about the old Peter Two..." [02FEB98]

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]

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]


LaBEOUF, CAPTAIN Alan A. http://reserves.navy.mil/Public/Staff/Centers/Forces+Command/Centers/Naval+Air+Reserves/Centers/Brunswick/WelcomeAboard/CommandingOfficer/default.htm "...Captain Alan A. LaBeouf, a native of Rochester, New York, graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1975. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, in May 1980, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1981. Captain LaBeouf's first operational assignment was with the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served with them from February 1982, to May 1985, holding the positions of Legal Officer and NATOPS Officer. In June 1985, he was assigned to VP-31 as a flight instructor. Captain LaBeouf was selected for the Full Time Support (formerly TAR) program in January, 1986. In addition to his flight instructor duties, he was an instructor for the Tactical Training Team. In May 1988, he left VP-31 for NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he served as the Aviation Training Officer for the next year. He then moved to VP-92 where he held the positions of Training Officer and Maintenance Officer for the "Minutemen." In June 1991, Captain LaBeouf reported to the Naval Air Reserve ASW Training Center, NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as the Senior Evaluator of the Commander Naval Air Reserve Force P-3 NATOPS Evaluation Team. His next assignment was to VP-66 as the Aviation Maintenance Officer. In October 1993, he assumed the duties as Officer-in-Charge of VP-66. During his tenure, the "Liberty Bells" transitioned to the P-3C UII aircraft and added two unique EP-3J aircraft with their Electronic Warfare Training mission to the squadron. In December 1994, he reported to the staff of Commander Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic where he held the positions of Maintenance, Operations and Administration Officer. Captain LaBeouf reported onboard NAS Brunswick, Maine in June 1997, to stand up VQ-11 and became the squadron's first Commanding Officer in an establishment ceremony in August 1997. For the next two years his squadron of electronic EP-3J's trained surface and air units from every U.S. battle group as well as many allies in the Electronic Warfare mission. Captain LaBeouf was next assigned to OPNAV N512, Navy Warfare Policy and Doctrine. When terrorists attacked the USS Cole, he was attached to the Secretary of the Navy's Antiterrorism Task Force until his departure in July 2001. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces for the next year and graduated with a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy in the class of 2002. In July 2002, he reported to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs as the Director of Readiness. During his time in this joint tour he was responsible for the Department of Defense's actions that resulted in rebalancing the active and reserve force mix for all seven Reserve components. In August 2004, Captain LaBeouf assumed command of Naval Air Reserve, NAS Brunswick, Maine where he is responsible for 20 augment units and two aviation squadrons comprising over 800 selected reservists. Captain LaBeouf's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award), and various other unit and campaign ribbons. He is married to the former Joanne Petrosino of Geneva, New York. Their daughter, Pamela, lives in Geneva, New York..." [25MAR2005]

LADWIG, AWC(AW) Joachim [A.K.A. "Big Joe / McStork"] jnrlad@dmrtc.net "...My first MPA event was at night aboard one of VP-67's P-2V Neptune aircraft in Millington TN, SEP76 and I've had a most excellent time in the VP business ever since! I've logged 4700hrs with VP-40 (77-82), VP-31, IS/CNAP; P-3B/C Acoustic Evaluator (82-85), VP-46, Tactics/Ops (85-88), CPWP, TTT/TAC D&E (88-92), VP-9, Training/ det Ops Chief(92-95). Today(96-??) I toil at the desk upon which rests the sacred Sonobuoy HOTLINE (DSN482-3577, Please call us with your pressing sonobuoy needs!) here at NSWC Crane IN..."

LAIR, AWC(AW/NAC) Tim tlair@msa.attmil.ne.jp "...stationed with VP-4 80-83; CPW-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 83-86; USS Ranger(CV-61) 86-89; VP-50 89-92; VP-31 92-93(Decommissioned); VP-30 93-95; VP-1 95; VP-40 95-Present. Currently selected for CWO2 with orders to PATWINGONE Det Misawa, Japan. 98-Present; have orders to FMP MOCC LANT Jacksonville in April 2000. Would like to hear from old Shipmates!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25NOV99]

LALLI, Jacob J. jjlfish@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (1965-1970), VP-31, VA-113 and VT-31..." [05JUL2013]

LALLY, CDR Bob http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/cprw1/page4.html "...Commander Bob Lally graduated from Georgia Tech in 1982. Following flight training, he reported to the Dragons of VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1984. CDR Lally deployed with VP-56 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; and NAS Bermuda. Of significance, during the 1986 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment, VP-56 flew combat missions in support of combat operations against Libya (Operation EL DORADO CANYON). In December 1987, CDR Lally received orders as Flight Instructor to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In October 1989, he reported to Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6) at Mayport, Florida, to serve aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) as Flag Secretary/Flag Lieutenant. CCG 6 staff embarked on the missions of Operation DESERT SHIELD, Operation DESERT STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, and a variety of shipboard detachments to the Caribbean in support of Joint Task Force FOUR counter-narcotics operations. CDR Lally reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC as the VP Sea/Shore Detailer and served as the Naval Aviation Shore Coordinator. Following refresher training at VP-30, CDR Lally was assigned to VP-56, "Grey Knights" in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During the tour, he deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM)/5th Fleet and served as Operations Officer, Officer in Charge of Masirah, Oman, Cobra Gold 1995, and CARAT 1995 in Thailand and Malaysia. In November 1996, he reported to CPW-10 where he served as Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In January 1997, he then reported to COMMANDER, PATROL WINGS PACIFIC as Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower. Additionally, he took on the role as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Officer for the congressionally mandated closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and ultimate move to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Prior to reporting as Executive Officer of VP-9, he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies from National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. In July 2001, CDR Lally assumed command of the Golden Eagles of VP-9 while on a CENTCOM/5th Fleet deployment. During the squadron's combat deployment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism, VP-9 flew more hours than any patrol squadron since the Vietnam era. While serving with VP-9, the squadron was recognized for its efforts as the Chief of Naval Operation's Battle E Patrol Squadron for 2001. Upon arrival home in December 2001, Association of Naval Aviators; Navy League; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific; and local community leaders recognized numerous Golden Eagles for their unselfish, dedicated individual efforts in support of combat operations. CDR Lally flew more than 30 combat missions which included more than 400 combat hours and the first strike missions by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. In July 2002, he reported to his current command, CPRW-1, Task Force 57/72. He initially served as Operations Officer and is now Chief Staff Officer. CDR Lally's awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal (First strike/First flight), Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars/with two combat distinguishing devices..." [29JUN2003]

LANG, PHCM Terry Retired terry@terrylang.com "...I served with VP-31 (1978-1981) where I ran the Instructional Television Studio and VP-22 as aircrew and DET LCPO NAS Agana, Guam. I retired as in 1993..." [24OCT2013]

LANGSTON, AECS Fred freddarat@aol.com "...I served with VP-46 from November 1984 to January 1988, VP-31 (F/E Instructor) January 1988 to October 1991, DLI Monterey from October 1991 to April 1992, PEP Netherlands VSQ-320 from April 1992 to May 1995, NAWCAD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from June 1995 to March 1998, VP-9 from July 1998 to May 2001 and currently at CPRW-10 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and looking to retire 1 year from today with 26 years and 3 days. Still do a bit of flying while on the staff here but see the end coming soon. This is a great command to end the long ride..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2004 | 08NOV98]

LARSEN, Debbie (Ryan) dlarsen@lsijax.com "...I was an AT in VP-5 from 1979-1983. Over the years I have seen a few familiar faces, which is always a stroll down memory lane. I have a message for Kenny Mackey from someone special, if any of you know where he is at. He was an AT also during those same years...After I left VP-5, I went to NAS Moffett Field, California to squadrons VP-31 and then VP-47. After 10 years and another EAOS, I got out and worked as an avionics tech rep for the reserves and then went to NAVAIR as a P-3 contractor, then moved back to JAX and worked with LSI as a training specialist and technical writer, off again to New Mexico for a while and now here again to LSI same job, but I never really left the Navy or P-3s..." [18DEC97]

LATHBURY, Pat lathbury_patrick@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1962 to 1963..." [17JUN2010]

LATTA, CAPTAIN Stephen B. U. S. Naval Academy "...Captain Stephen B. Latta was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Naval Aviator. He entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980. After initial assignments to Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), and Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) as a FRS Instructor, Captain Latta reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. There, he served as ASW Plans Officer and Aide to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. After tours to the BUPERS as a Rating Assignment Officer, and Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) as a Department Head, Captain Latta reported to CPW-2 as Operations Officer in August 1992. After disestablishment of CPW-2 in June 1993, he joined Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Current Operations Officer. Captain Latta joined Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) as Executive Officer in June 1994. While there, the squadron deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT. During this deployment, VP-17 assumed detachment responsibilities for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from LANTFLT, thus becoming the first quad-site deployed VP squadron. Upon completion of deployment, the squadron was disestablished in March 1995. Captain Latta served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) from April 1995 to April 1997. While assigned, the squadron deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and supported dual Battlegroup operation during the China-Taiwan crisis. The squadron was also recognized as the Battle "E" winner twice, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" winner for maintenance excellence, and CNO Safety Award winner twice. Captain Latta reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1997 where he headed a DoD review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 as the Assistant Director for Joint Officer Management. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (DASD(MPP)). In August 1999, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Maritime and Surveillance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet as the Chief of Staff. Almost immediately, he oversaw the first real world ASW prosecution in the Mediterranean in nearly 10 years, initial Maritime Patrol support to Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and the integration of new technologies to Mediterranean operations. In June 2002, Captain Latta reported to USNA as Director of Admissions. Captain Latta's awards include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Naval Commendation Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as various service awards..." [31MAY2003]

LAWLER, Pat plawler67@hotmail.com"...I served with VP-50 from 10/86 to 10/89 and I also served as a VP-31 FRAMP Instructor from 10/90 to 10/93. I just completed a tour, 2/95 to 5/99, in the naval reserve units MIUWU 111 and MIUWU 102. I am currently transferring to the local Air National Guard unit to work in avionics again..." [E-Mail Updated 05JAN2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 07MAY99]

LAZZARETTI, CAPTAIN Anthony F. "...Served with VP-40, VP-31, Commanding Officer VP-4748, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. USN active duty 1961-66, USNR 1966-86. Served in Vietnam 1963-66. Class of 1961 US Naval Academy..." WebSite: http://www.naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=3165 [11OCT2004]

LECCO, ADCS(AW/NAC) ED Retired elecco@home.com "...After starting out my career on the "Connie" with shore-duty to follow, I saw the light! I completed initial P-3 Flight Engineer training at VP-30 in 1987. From there I headed west (and have stayed ever since) to VP-1 from 87 to 90. Next stop was Instructor duty in VP-31 (awesome duty...some of "the best" FE's in the Navy were in NAS Moffett Field, California at this time) where I resided until 93. Then it was back to Hawaii to the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 (another outstanding squadron!). I finished duty with VP-4 in 97 and transferred to CPWP as West Coast FE NATOPS Evaluator. I moved withCPWP (now called CPRFP) to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where I finally retired. I now reside in Pleasanton, CA,. The only thing I miss about the Navy are the people! Take care, and drop me a line..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21AUG2000 | E-Mail Updated 01FEB99 | 24DEC97]

LEGASPI, CPO Victor E. Retired legaspi@mchsi.com "...Started in VP-1 in 1974. As a matter of fact VP-1 POPS Vice Pres. was my first Chief. Someuse to call us Taffy Tafoyas Tijuana... well you know. In 1977, from VP-1 I moved back across the pond to the Gay...err I mean the Grey Knights at VP-46. In 1979, from there it was a short hop across the runways to the Genies/Blacklightning at VP-31. Then in 1982 across the other way to the Laging Handa Fighting Marlins of VP-40. By then I had been through 4 versions of the P-3 B, Bmod, C, and C UI. In 1986 I decided to say good by to the VPNavy and moved over to the VRC-30 Providers at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I did a tour crashing and dashing off of Aircraft Carriers. One tour and it was on to NAS Point Mugu, California, in 1989 and the VXE-6 Puckered Penguins where I did 3 seasons down on the "ICE". Ended the career as a Crew Chief on the Navy's only UC-8 Buffalo. Pulled the plug after 21 years and believe it or not retired as a Chief even though all my billets were Aircrew. And all I was ever told is if I didn't go to sea it would never happen. Wouldn't mind terribly to hear from some of the old school..." [19SEP2004]

LEGGETT, AW1 Ray Retired rayleggett@bajabb.com "...I attended Boot Camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and CTR "A" School at NAS Pensacola, Florida. My first tour I had asked for "anywhere" in Europe and got NAS Keflavik, Iceland (I guess my detailer had a sense of humor!) and NS Rota, Spain. I requested a rate change from CTR to AW (1972) while attached to ASCAC NS Rota, Spain for OJT (Thanks AWC Kangas!) until I could get into AW "A" School. While at the ASCAC I was awarded a flight status. January 1973 I was TAD to Souda Bay, Crete during the Arab/Israeli conflict. Finally, in January 1974, I made it to AW "A" School. Next, I went to VP-31 for P-3C flight training and FASO at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following SERE and DWEST training at Warner Springs/San Diego, I joined VP-47 on deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska (09/1974-01/1975). Deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan (02/1976-07/1976). After ASWOC Operators training at Dam Neck I was assigned to ASWOC (11/1977-11/1979) NAS Agana, Guam, ASWOC (12/1979-12/1982) NAS North Island, San Diego, California, ASWOC (01/1983-12/1985) NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, VP-30 (01/1986-04/1986) P-3C UII Training, VP-26 (04/1986-08/1988) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (06/1986-11/1986) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (12/1987-05/1988), Instructor Training (taught oceanography and gram analysis) at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Atlantic (FASOTRAGRULANT) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and on September 30, 1990 - Fleet Reserve!..." [29JUL2011]

LEISTIKOW, AVCM Lewis "Lew" Retired lewileis@yahoo.com "...I served at NARTU NAF Andrews, Maryland from 1966-1969 (Aircrew FCO P2s and C-54s), NAR NAS North Island, San Diego, California (VP-31 Detachment) from 1969-1970, FCO Instructor P2s VP-65 from 1970-1975, WC210 Supervisor and P-3 IFT VP-67 from 1975-1978, Cal Lab Supervisor NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1978-1980, CPRWL Staff from 1980-1983, Command Master Chief VP-62 from 1983-1986. Retired in September 1986 to full time RVing. I lost Lynn to Cancer on June 22, 2000. I remarried in 2007 and am still traveling full time in my RV..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2012 | BIO Updated 10DEC2007 | E-Mail Updated 27NOV2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2004 | E-Mail 04FEB2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2000 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL99 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 05JAN99 | 27MAR98]

LEMKE, AW1(NAC) Dennis A. Retired urnotgonzo@hotmail.com "...I served with VS-30, VS-37, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), VP-31, VP-48, CPW-11 from 1981 to 1984, VP-50 from 1984 to 1987, VP-31 from 1987 to 1991 and VP-47 from 1991 to 1994..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JUN2011 | E-Mail Updated 07AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT2003 | E-Mail Updated 13FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV99 | 28JUL98]

LEMOIS, AW1(AW/NAC) Robert "Bob" robert.lemois@gmail.com "...I served with RATCEN, VP-92, VP-31, VP-6, VP-92, VP-30, COMRESPATWINGPAC, FMP MOCC EPAC, VP-62 and RESASWTRACEN. Hope to hear from old Shipmates..." [07AUG2009]

LEON, AD2 Felix mileon1@yahoo.com "...I exited the naval service in 1992 and my last tour was with VP-31 as an instructor. I've long since worked for United Airlines but, I attribute all my learning to the Navy. Thanks!..." [24MAY2000]

LEWIS, Chuck Shipmate Pix chucklewis@zoominternet.net "...Hi gang. I started out as a "Plane Capt" on F-11s with VT-26 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-31 for aircrew training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California where I joined VP-48. I was the Squadron Radar Training P.O. as well as the NATOPS Wing Evaluator and flew as the Radar/MAD Op in Crew "B" under Corky Anderson from 1968-1970 as an AX3 then AW2. Did NAS Adak, Alaska, Japan, Midway, Hawaii. In 1978 to 1981 I flew with VR-56 as a AE1 Flight Attendant aboard C9B Aircraft. I would like to hear from the old crew. I switched uniforms in 1981 and retired, after 30+ years, as an Air Force Master Sgt "Avionics Supervisor" from the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at the 911th Air Wing, Pittsburgh PA. I also retired as a "Civilian Communications Specialist" for the Wing. I am a General Class Ham Radio Operator N3OIK..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 06APR2005 | PIX/BIO Updated 20FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 27FEB2002 | 14MAR98]

LEWIS, ADJ3 Robert H. roberthlewis@rcn.com "...I was attached to VP-31 from August 1965 thru August 1967. I was an ADJ3 and worked for Chief Tineo the leading chief and a ABH1 Pet Enriques. Anybody out there know what happend to him?..." [03AUG2001]

LEWIS, AW1 Tom tlewis@nlsoftware.com "...I am currently stationed at VP-91 in NAS Moffett Field, California. My VP history is as follows: VP-9 1985-1989, VP-31 1989-1992, VP-46 1992-1996, and VP-91 1996-Present..." [29MAY98]

LILLIS, AT1 Scott Retired slillis@adelphia.net "...Arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California mid 1976 and after a stint in HI in VP-4 left when it closed. I served with VP-31, VP-46, VP-47, and VP-50. Lots of great friends and good times!..." [11NOV2006 | 14AUG2000]

LISENBY, CDR Jay http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-47/html/body_commanding_officer.html "...Commander Lisenby is a native of Geneva, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Marines in 1984 through the Marine Corps Platoon Leader's Class program. He completed The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia in 1985 and received a direct commission as a Navy Ensign. Commander Lisenby was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1986. After initial Fleet Replacement Squadron training, Commander Lisenby was assigned to VP-1 stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There he served as Operations Flight Officer, NATOPS Instructor Pilot, Nuclear Safety Officer and Personnel Officer. During this tour he completed deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Commander Lisenby's next assignment was VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California where he was designated a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. While at VP-31, he served as Aviation Safety Officer, P-3 PQS Program Manager, Standardization Pilot and Flight Demonstration Pilot. In 1993, Commander Lisenby reported to Bureau of Naval Personnel, Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas where he served as Operations Officer, Safety/NATOPS Officer and Administrative Officer. Following P-3C refresher training in 1995, he reported for his department head tour in VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During this tour, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Training Officer and Maintenance Officer while completing deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. In 1998, Commander Lisenby reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he served as Current Operations Officer and later as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. During this tour he earned a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University. Prior to reporting to PVP-47, Commander Lisenby attended the Naval War College earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Commander Lisenby's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various other campaign and service awards..." [19JUN2003]

LISSER, AE2 Larry btmtech@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-31 (1966-1969) and VP-46 (1969-1970). Looking for AE3 Roger Smith..." [27JUN2013]

LOCKETT, Bob Shipmate Pix hansumtoad@aol.com "...Spent my VP time going through VP-31 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California in 1968. Was assigned to VP-48 as Jez. Flew with Crew 3 and Crew 10. Jez NATOPS trainer for VP-48 and CNAP evaluator for Pac fleet. Deployed to Guam, NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Left the navy in 1970. Reaffiliated with the reserves in 1981 in intelligence. Still in the reserves and carrying on the "old school" Navy. Ya gotta love those waivers!..." [PIX Added 27SEP2004 | BIO Updated 09APR2002 | 27SEP2001]

LONG, Frederick J. dogs120@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 under LT Dave Miles (my framp squadron) 1975 at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [16NOV2000]

LOUGHLIN, AW2(AW) Sean kicksave2c@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-19 from 87-91. Crew1/2's "EWO" and loved every second of it. Moved to VP-31 from 91-93 and finally to USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 for the remainder of my career which ended in 94. Currently working for E*Trade Group Inc as a Systems Administrator. Keep in touch!!! Long Live BIG RED!!..." [19FEB99]

LOVELESS, AMCS(AW) Ray Retired gloveless@mmcable.com "...After a final tour with some really strange folks (VQ-4) at that famous Naval Base (Tinker Air Force Base), I retired in June 1995 after 2 years as the Command Senior Chief (it's true, a VP Senior is more than equal to a VQ MCPO!). I was previously on CPWP Staff (1989-1992), VP-46 (1986-1989), VP-31 (1982-1985) and VP-19 (1979-1982). Having recently joined the computer age, I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. P-3 F/E'S, smarter than the average bear!..." [18DEC99]

LOWE, Hugh hlowe@macnexus.org "...I made the last WestPac P5M (pig boat) deployment with VP-50 then transitioned to P-3s with VP-50 too. I served one shore tour with VP-31. My last sea tour was with VP-19 then I retired..." [11JUL2000]

LOWER, Dave 727dave@whidbey.net "...76-81 VP-50 flew crew 7 the ICE men Cmdr. Chris Evans M/C hell of a good guy...81-85 VP-31 Inst. tour Charlie Santineau was running F/E training...85-88 312 MAS ? Huh (broken service) flew F/E out of Travis for 3 years on C-5's then the money ran out Called up John Kilroy and in a very long drawen out process got orders back to Moffett...89-91 VP-40 other Engs. Greg Karl, Bob Asmus, Shropshire, Rick Green, and no one can forget Brett Mecchi(aka Burt)I think he is one of Jay Besleys illegitimate sons!!!!..."

LOZANO, Fred rapidfred@aol.com "...While deployed aboard the USS Ranger in 1981, I saw a P-3 for the first time. My supervisor "Clay" told me that I could be an Flight Engineer and fly! That day I had my request for FE school. One year late I reported to VP-31 for training. Since then I have served with VP-9, VP-31, VP-40, VP-30 and currently serving with VP-1 in Whidbey Island Washington. In May of 1998 I will tansfer to VP-16 in Jacksonville..."

LUCAS, Ken jo_kenlucas@yahoo.com "...I served from 1975 to 1995. Served with VP-50 and VP-31 1984 to 1991. Now working for the BLM and hunting and fishing as well..." [16SEP2002]

LUDLOW, Dennis K. ludlowdk@hotmail.com. "...I went to P2V school at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in September of 1968 until December 0f 1968. I was attached to VP-31 for AE maintenance schooling. I really enjoyed the schooling. I learned a lot. What I did not like was having to go to escape and evasion school! I tried to explain to the "power that be" that I was going to NAS Adak, Alaska wasn't that enough torture? I really enjoyed my short tour with VP-31..." [06MAY99]

LUKSIC, AT2 John cjluksic@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 (1/1968-12/1970) in the AT Shop and flew aircrew radio..." [31JAN2014]

LYONS, AWCS(AW) Jack A. jackel@pioneernet.net "...VP-31 (student) JUL 77-DEC 77. "Big Red", VP-19 DEC 77-NOV 81, SS-1/2 on crew 8. Advanced AWAN to AW2. Deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NAF Misawa, Japan. VP-31/TTT NOV 81-DEC 84, this time as an instructor. Advanced to AW1. "The Wizards" of VPU-2 DEC 84-OCT 92, ACINT Operator and Crew Chief for crew 12 "The Whipped Dogs" and crew 14 "The Dark Forces". Several interesting "Road Trips" and detachments. The best tour of my Naval Career. Advanced to AWC, AWCS and became EAWS qualified. CPWP TAC D&E OCT 92-OCT 95. VP-30 (student) OCT 95-JUL 96. Reported to "The Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 AUG 96. Currently hold 7821, 7841, and 7861 NEC's..."

LUXNER, AMCS Tom TJLUX@aol.com "...VP-9 F/E from JUL 85 to APR 89, VP-31 F/E Inst from MAY 89 to SEP 92, CNAP F/E from OCT 92 to OCT 94, VRC-30 C-2 Det LCPO from OCT 94 to JUL 97, CHSLWP Maint Inspection Team Leader JUL 97 to present. I'll always miss my PAPA THREE days!..." [28APR98]


MAAS, Gerhart gmaas@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-22 (NAV/TACCO) from 1975 to 1978, VP-31 (Instructor) from 1978 to 1981, VP-50 (TACCO) from 1985 to 1987 and retired in 1995 after 23 years..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2010 | 14AUG99]

MACEY, Paul pmacey1999@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-50 from January 15, 1977 to December 21, 1978. Aas I look back now, those were some great days..." [22DEC2006]

MACHIN, AD2 Todd A. ta.machin@smmpa.org "...I served in VP-31 79-84 then VP-50 '84-87 a ground ponder in both squadrons, maybe the best mech 50 ever saw! I got hurt in a bad m/c crash after we got back from the '87 deployment and got out in fall 88. I live in Iowa now and am operations supt. in a 23 megawatt power plant, still wrenching! any old shipmates remember me get in touch!...I was in VP-50 from 1984-1988. I made both the 1985 and 1987 deployments. I would like to contact any of my old squadron mates I'm also looking for a cruise book from the 1987 trip. No one brought mine to the hospital when I got hurt!..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2000 | 22MAY2000 | 01MAR99]

MAIKAI, AFCM Bill Retired maikaiwk@valleyint.com "...Howzit folks long time no hear! I served with VP-17 73-77, VP-22 80-84, VP-31 84-88, and VP-22 88-92. My best tours were being a Blue Goose. I had lots of good fun and you guys and gals I served with made the VP Navy one heck of a time. I laugh alot just thinking how crazy I was. I live in Washington State and retired in 93. I hope to hear from you folks..." [E-Mail Updated 29NOV99 | 13MAY98]

MALDONADO, DP3 Kathy (WHITNEY) kathyw1961@msn.com "...I served with VP-31 as a DP3 from 1979 at 1981 and COMTHRDFLT at NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 1981 to 1983. I currently live in Oregon and teach Elementary School. I have a daughter in the Naval Reseves and a son attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland..." [24JUN2009]

MAMMELLI, AT1 Charles (Carlo) Carlo707@gte.net "...Flew as FCO VQ-1 Crew-33 (74-78), VP-31 FCO Inst. (78-81), & VP-94 (81-83). Sure miss the good ole days. Still keep in touch with many good friends, but would like to find two long lost souls: AT3 Shaun Mills and AT2 John Payton. Both last heard from in Central Calif in the '80's...." [24FEB98]

Memorial Picture "...MANVILLE, John W. Jr...I have recently learned of the passing of one of our former VP-31 Shipmates: John Manville. John served in the VP-31 avionics shop in 67 - 68. I had reconnected with John a few years ago after finding his entry on VPNavy. We will miss you, John. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsherald/obituary.aspx?n=john-w-manville&pid=155916677&fhid=7498 John W. Manville Jr. (1945-2012) - John W. Manville, Jr., 67, of Lynn Haven passed away Tuesday morning, February 14, 2012. John was born on Feb. 10, 1945, in Miami and cultivated a love for traveling at a young age, living overseas in Sri Lanka for three years. He graduated from Southwest Miami Senior High School in 1963. John joined the Navy in 1965, where he was a proud member of Patrol Squadron 31 based in San Diego, Ca. He then worked in the insurance industry until his retirement. He loved traveling in his RV and building model ships. John was instrumental in the preservation of Naval Patrol Planes at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. He was preceded in death by his parents, John "Jack" and Virginia Manville and is survived by his wife, Sherry and his daughter, Jamie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola. A graveside service will be held Saturday at Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee. Wilson Funeral Home - Family Owned Since 1911 - 214 Airport Road - Panama City, Fla. - 850-785-5272..." Contributed by WESTBROOK, AX3 Ron rwest55@piasanet.com [18JUL2012]

MANVILLE, John sp5b_p2v@yahoo.com "...In VP-31 from 1966 to 1969. Originally flew in P5M's. Then P2's in 1967. Howdy to my old Shipmates. Remember Honeypott, Westbrook, Merkley, Hogan, Perry, Stratton, Brown, LCDR Krienke, LT Geck, LT Dunham, LT Porterfield, Daniels, Mixon, Kirkpatrick and many more...How many more old VP-31 Shipmates are there out there? The last posting found AX2 T. Hinds and AX/LCDR S. Daniel. How about Westbrook, Hogan, Merkley, Herriot, Kirkpatrick, Arkneau, Knerr, Mixon (Tweet shop), AO2 Brown, AD1 Stratton, and ADR2 Young...Have heard from many old shipmates...Daniel, Hinds, Westbrook, Kruzick, Gosnell and Patten..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JAN2007 | BIO Updated 07JAN2006 | 14JUN2005]

MARCHETTI, AT1 James "Jim" tazmarchetti@yahoo.com "...I was a "Boomer" (VP-48) from October 1986 to September 1989, NAS Adak, Alaska (December 1985 to June 1986), 11 months later went to P.I. (April 1987 to September 1987) and 13 months later had a "memory tour" back to NAS Adak, Alaska (December 1988 to June 1989) again. I was a Special Projects (BT) IFT and Weapons System Technician (WST) and LOVED VP-48. Then on to VP-31 "Black Lightning" as an Instructor/MTS/Curriculum Dev. Mgr. until my departure in August 1992. Lived in Overland Park, Kansas for 5 years and came back to the SF Bay Area in 1997. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any other Boomers, I would appreciate a quick note from you..." WebSite: http://www.patrolsquadron48.org/ [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JAN2004 | 02DEC97]

MARGESON, CDR http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vrc30/XO.htm "...Commander Margeson graduated from the University of Washington in 1985. He was commissioned through the Naval Aviation Officer Commisioning Program in Pensacola, Florida and designated a Naval Aviator in April 1987. After completion of flight training and initial fleet replacement training in the P-3B Orion, CDR Margeson reported aboard VP-6, the "World Famous Blue Sharks" in Barbers Point, Hawaii. While attached to VP-6, he served as Schedules Officer, Nuclear Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer completing two NORPAC deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and one WESTPAC deployment operating from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. After completion of his first sea tour, CDR Margeson reported to VP-31 for FRS Instructor Pilot duty where he earned a transition to the E-2C Hawkeye. Immediately following initial carrier qualification aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) he reported to VAW-110 for fleet replacement training in the E-2C Hawkeye followed by fleet duty attached to the "World Famous Hormel Hawgs" of VAW-114. While attached to VAW-114 he served as Pilot Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer completing two WESTPAC deployments based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following CDR Margeson's second sea tour and fifth sea service deployment, he reported for shore duty as a "Red Knight" Primary Flight Instructor attached to VT-3 based at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. While at VT-3 he served as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer and received his second fleet transition, this time to the C-2A Greyhound. Following a quick fleet transition training cycle at VAW-120 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, CDR Margeson reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO. He assumed the duties as Detachment TWO Officer-in-Charge based aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) completing a RIMPAC exercise and WESTPAC deployment in support of Operations DESERT FOX and SOUTHERN WATCH. He completed his tour as the Squadron Operations Officer overseeing one of the most successful and safest operational years in VRC-30 history. Following his tour in VRC-30, CDR Margeson volunteered for a second straight C-2A Officer-in-Charge sea duty assignment transferring to the Navy's only forward deployed C-2A detachment, VRC-30 Detachment FIVE based in NAS Atsugi, Japan. As the Det FIVE OIC, CDR Margeson led the Detachment during three at-sea periods based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and prior to his departure successfully prepared the Detachment for their role in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Margeson's most recent assignment was a Chief Staff Officer to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, Pacific..." [11JUL2003]

MARTIN, Hughie hmartin16@tampabay.rr.com Shipmate Pix Circa 2000 "...I Joined the Navy in 1957, after "AO" A school was in VA-35 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and USS Saratoga. Went to VFAW-3 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Was in VP-31 62-63, then joined VP-47 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1964 and deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. On return to USA we picked up our 1st P-3 and moved to NAS Moffett Field, California. I flew with crew 5 in the P5M's and the P-3's. I am trying to contact Albert B Smith, He was a AE2 FE in 1966 and later went to recruiting duty. I was an AO1 at the time, then left the USN in 1966 and enlisted in the USAF and finished up with 28 years. Now retired in sunny Lakeland Fla. Would love to hear from any old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2004 | E-Mail Updated 11NOV2001 | PIX Added 25JUN2000 | Updated ICQ 05APR2000 | 06MAY99][ICQ 1559554]

MARZE, Charles T. cmarze@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-31 and the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) (1968-1969)..." [15AUG2012]

MASTERS, CDR David R. Retired dmasters@comline.com "...A native of Phoenix, Arizona, with 2 years 8 months in the United Stated Marine Corps reserves CDR Masters graduated from Phoenix College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aeronautics. He entered flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) in 1958 and was commissioned Ensign USNR and designated a Naval Aviator in October 1959. Initial operational assignment was flying the P2V-5FS in VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Nov 1959 to Jan 1963. Participated in 3 Western Pacific deployments while assigned as Navigation Officer, Classified Material Control Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Patrol Plane Commander and augmented to USN. His next assignment was VT-29 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as Navigation Flight Instructor and Power Plants Division Officer and he attained Aircraft Commander Designation in the C-117, C-118 and T-29 aircraft. Selected for USNPS, Monterey, California in 1963 CDR Masters attained Aircraft Commander Designation in S-2 type Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft and completed college courses in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Warfare and Industrial Safety and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree May 1966. CDR MASTERS next received orders to the Aircraft Carrier U.S. Ranger CVA-61 as Ships Assistant Navigator in 1966 to 1968. During this tour CDR MASTERS qualified as Navigator, Deep Draft Command, Officer of the Deck in-Port and Underway, Boating Officer, Command Duty Officer and Conning alongside during Underway Replenishment. He also undertook the development and the rewriting of all boating, ships control, duty officer and emergency ship handling books for the U.S. Ranger. During this tour he completed several deployments to the South China Sea operating from Yankee Station in combat support of U.S. Forces in Vietnam. In 1968 CDR MASTERS next received orders to the ARMED FORCES SENIOR STAFF COLLEGE, Norfolk, VA completing studies in World affairs, Political assessment, Major Staff Warfare planning and War Plans Development. CDR MASTERS next tour of duty was with the NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY CENTER as assistant editor of Naval Safety publications for Surface Ships, Submarines and Aircraft from 1968 to 1969. CDR MASTERS then began his second tour with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1969 to 1972. Prior to reporting to VP-6 in November, 1968 as Maintenance Officer, CDR MASTERS attended P-3 Orion aircraft transition training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California earning Patrol Plane Commander designation. He served as Aviation Safety Officer, Maintenance Department Head and Patrol Plane Commander in the P-3A Orion aircraft. During this assignment CDR MASTERS completed several deployments to Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. He served as Officer-In-Charge of Naval Air Forces Vietnam at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He then received orders to COMPATWINGTWO as staff Maintenance officer achieving the highest levels of Pacific Fleet Operational Readiness and Full Systems Capability for all assigned Patrol Squadrons. For his final career assignment CDR MASTERS received orders to NAS Lemoore, California to implement a new method of Weapons System Development (FIT) for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter. The F/A-18 Hornet was developed to replace the former F-4 Phantom fighter and the A-7E attack aircraft. As a result of the Maintainability and Reliability improvement of the F/A-18 strike fighter, maintenance man-hours per flight hour were reduced by over 80%. After completing this most satisfying assignment CDR MASTERS retired with 25 years of military service. Since his retirement CDR MASTERS had participated in many entrepreneurial endeavors in which he obtained US patents for some of them. He enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife Diana..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JUL2007 | 07DEC2001]

MATTHEWS, AO3 Dave sydavid@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-46, the Grey Knights, at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971 to 1972. I trained, as did everybody I guess, with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California and then moved to VP-46 across the runway. I caught up with the 46 when they were finishing a deployment in NAS Adak, Alaska, in April, 1971. After coming back to CA, we went on a 6-month deployment to Japan early '72 and came back about in August '72. My rate was AO3 and I flew with crew #7, commanded by LT Casey Coane, most of the time, since the Exec was actually the plane captain, but he didn't fly that much with us. We had some exciting times flying in the Sea of Japan and near S. Korea. Some of the scariest flying I ever did was through the Tishuma Straits, though the flying out of Adak was pretty hairy, too. Somedays we had to all be in the cockpit, as we taxied at NAS Adak, Alaska, because it was so windy we had trouble keeping the tail off the tarmac! I could go on and on, so I will stop. Except to say, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything..." [01JAN2004]

MAVILIA, Joseph joe@las.net "...I served with VP-40 (01/1958-1962) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, VP-31 (11/1959-01/1961) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and FAW-4 (Communications School)..." [12AUG2011]

MAYNARD, Truman trumaynard@suddenlink.net "...I served with the 1st Aviation Company (Radio Research) and with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in early 1967. We deployed to Vietnam in June 1967..." [17NOV2009]

MAZY, Mike mikemazy@hotmail.com "...I spent 11 and one half years in the Navy, most of it with VP squadrons. I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California in Sunnyvale, California, first with VP-19 then transferred to VP-31 then back to VP-47. I left the service in 1974 as an AW-1. I served as a crewman on various flight crews and with VP-31 was also an Instructor training flight crews. I helped train the Australian Air Force when they purchased P-3's and saw when they lost one of their aircraft on landing at Moffett Field when one of the main landing gear broke off. It was determined later using metallurgical tests that the metal used to make that landing strut had crystallized and was defective. I was also in the VP-19 when they lost an airplane on an evening sub exercise south of Catalina Island. I was to take the place of one of the crewman who died in the crash however he showed up for his flight and went instead. I was also in the squadron when one of the flight crews was doing touch and go's and an Ames Research 707 was directed to land on the same runway and the 707 crashed into the underside of the P-3. The only survivor of that crash was a friend of mine named Bruce Malibert. He wasn't supposed to live. He sure fooled the doctors. Not only did he live, he came out of his coma and learned to talk again. He remained a paraplegic though. He was from San Bernardino, California. The last I heard is that he got married..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC99 | E-Mail Updated 25MAY99 | 26APR98]

McBEE-DUGGER, ABH1 Linda lmd51557@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1975-1979), TAD to VF-124 at NAS Miramar, California (Plane Captain Instructor), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (2 Years) and VP-19 with a deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan (11/1982-06/1983)..." [E-Mail Updated 28NOV2011 | 21JUL2008]

McCLELLAND, David E. dmcclelland_98075@yahoo.com "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California 1961-'64 NAMTD-1012 '69-'74; VP-48 '74-'77; VP-31 (FRAMP) '77-'79 and VP-19 '79-'80. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [30OCT2001]

McCOY, LDO Chuck "Mac" Retired see.mccoy@gmail.com "...I served with VP-46, VP-48, VP-31, VP-28, VP-7 and VP-45. I was AT/AX Crewmember for most of my VP time. Later made WO and then LDO. Would dearly love to Locate ADC Gary Borjeson, AMC T.C. Deeny, CWO Jerry Cooper, LCDR Jim White and others who were in VP-31 from the time it moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in about 1964 to around 1968..." [E-Mail Updated 18APR2014 | E-Mail Updated 19MAY2002 | 04JUN2000]

McCOY, John johnmccoy@erols.com "...I was a romping stomping AO3 in VP-7 from March 1968 until decom. I would like to find a model of the P-2 if anyone has a location please let me know. I also was in VP-16, VP-31, and VP-17..." [24APR98]

McDONALD, ATR3 Jerry D. jerrymac55@hotmail.com "...Join Navy in 1960, A school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, flight crew. 1962-1964, VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-50 1965-1966. Deployed to P.I. / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam when extended by McNamara. Shop tech before, during deployment. Returned to civilian life Jan 1966..." [14AUG2010]

McEWEN, AWC Doyle Retired awcmc@msn.com "...Started Navy career with VW-13, then came HS-6, then a shore tour at FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Finally I make it to VP's - VP-50 (69-75), AWA School Staff (75-78), VP-9 (79-81), VP-31 (82-85), and last but not least VP-48 (85-89). Saw a whole lot of familiar names. Drop me a line when you get a chance..." [02DEC2001]

McGOVERN, CDR Tom http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-47/html/body_executive_officer.html "...Commander Tom McGovern, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1986 with a B.S. in Mathematics (Operational Analysis). He was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1988. In September 1988, Commander McGovern joined his first operational command, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California. He served as Public Affairs, AO Branch, AV/ARM Division, Assistant Operations and Pilot Training Officer. He was next assigned to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California in October 1991 as an Instructor Pilot and Assistant Pilot Training/Schedules. In September 1992, he was selected as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Patrol Wings and Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In October 1993, he reported aboard the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. Besides a Western Pacific and Persian Gulf deployment on the CONSTELLATION, he served for four months on the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT. In 1995, he reported to the Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate of the Army Operations Center, Pentagon. During this joint assignment, he was an Operations Officer for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. He also completed the Air Command and Staff College (JPME I), and the Armed Forces Staff College (JPME II) educational programs and was designated as a Joint Specialty Officer. In March 1998, he reported to VP-1 where he served as Safety/NATOPS, Assistant Operations, and Operations Officer. During this assignment, Commander McGovern was responsible for flight operations encompassing NSA Bahrain, Masirah, NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and Japan while concurrently serving as the Command's Senior Pilot. In February 2000, Commander McGovern reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel as the Aviation Enlisted Community Manager. Commander McGovern holds a M.B.A. from George Washington University. His awards include a Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various other service awards..." [19JUN2003]

McGOWAN, LoriAnn amhcawe7@yahoo.com "...Just like to say hi to all my fellow P-3 Shipmates. I was stationed in VP-50 (when the mid-air mishap occured), VP-40 and VP-31. Of all my units I have been assigned to - the VP community is by far the best. Have a great day!..." [03NOV2003]

McKENNA, Doug "DougieMac" Retired dhmckii64@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1977 to 1983, VP-1 from 1983 to 1986, VP-22 from 1986 to 1988 including TAD to VP-17 NAS Adak, Alaska in 1987, VP-31 (2nd Mech School) in 1979 and FE School 1981 and VP-62 (Reserve) from 1989 to 1996. I got a few degrees from Embry-Riddle and an A & P Cert and currently have my own consulting company. I travel extensively so let's communicate a hook-up. Aloha!..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAY2011 | E-Mail Updated 22JAN2003 | 27DEC98]

McKIERNAN, James Jr. jimackjr@hotmail.com "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served in VQ-2 60-62, VP-5 62-64, VP-30 64-68, VP-48 68-71, VP-31 71-75, and CPWP 75-79. Also worked as a civl. in supply NAS Moffett Field, California 79-89..." [20SEP2000]

McKINNEY, D. O. (Mike/Mac) lazypk@oio.net "...Sorry to see so many of the old VP squadrons decomissioned thankful there are some still left. Will enjoy chatting with anyone who was in the following VP's, I was an: AE-2 NS Sangley Point, Philippines VP-40, 4/60/10/61; AT-1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-22, 2-76/2-80; ATC VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 2-80/5-83..." [30JUL2000]

MEDFORD, Gerald geraldmedford@cmhservices.net "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California in May 1968 while attending "C" school. I then went to VP-28 "Hawaiian Warriors" NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and was assigned to the airframes shop. We did one deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan before being disestablished in November 1969. I was sent to VP-9 "Golden Eagles" in NAS Moffett Field, California. I made a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1970 and spent most of that time in NAS Agana, Guam. I got out of the Navy in May 1971. I would like to hear from my ole VP Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2004 | 19APR2001]

MEHRINGER, CAPTAIN Thomas R. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/co1.htm "...Captain Thomas R. Mehringer was born in Waco, Texas in May 1958. A graduate of University of Oregon, he received his commission in 1981 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program. Captain Mehringer completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1982. After transition training for the P-3 Orion, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-19 stationed in NAS Moffett Field, California in December 1982. He participated in VP-19 "Big Red" deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. In May 1985, Captain Mehringer transferred to VP-31 (West Coast P-3 FRS) where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and was qualified as an Instructor Pilot in all models of the P-3 aircraft. In January 1989, Captain Mehringer reported to VPU-1. While attached, VPU-1 completed numerous detachments in support of fleet operations including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In July 1991, Captain Mehringer reported to Montgomery, Alabama, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 1993. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In November 1994, Captain Mehringer was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Officer Performance Division (PERS-82). Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer on 20 June 1996 and assumed duties as Commanding Officer VT-31 on 30 May 1997. During his Command tour, VT-31 successfully integrated a new multi-engine training aircraft (TC-12B) and flew more than 43,600 mishap free hours. In March 1998, VT-31 was awarded the prestigious Chief of Naval Air Training, Training Excellence Award. After VT-31, Captain Mehringer reported to NAVAIR, PMA-290 as the Assistant Program Manager P-3 Logistics in June 1998 and transitioned to Deputy Program Manager P-3C Update III in March 2000. Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer VX-1 on 29 October 2001. On April 4, 2003, Captain Mehringer assumed command of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One. Captain Mehringer's awards include Meritorious Service Medals, a Strike/Flight Air Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievements and various other unit and national campaign awards..." [12JUN2003]

MEHSLING, AD1 Tom "Chet" waspmaj@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), VP-31 (06/1976-08/1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (08/1976-03/1978) with deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NPPSA/NMPC (05/1978-03/1981) NAS Dallas, Texas. I retired from the Federal Governmentt after 38 years total service and now living in Colorado enjoying the toys...." [BIO Updated 03NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 26JUL2009 | 28DEC98]

MELIUS, AFCM(AW) Gerard Shipmate Pix https://www.atsugi.navy.mil/AIMD/DLCPObio.html "...LCPO, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, NAS Atsugi, Japan - Master Chief Melius was enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 12 March 1979 under the delay entry program. Six months after his graduation from Central High School, he reported for Recruit Training at NRTC Orlando Florida on 21 January 1980. At the completion of recruit training, he received orders to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California for three months of P-3 FRAMP training, thereafter reported to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While in VP-1, he made several deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NSF Diego Garcia, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NAS Midway Island and NAS Adak, Alaska, and was advanced to ADAN, AD3 and AD2. Following his assignment in VP-1, he transferred to AIMD NS Rota, Spain in March of 1984 after receiving TF-34 Turbo Fan Engine First Degree Level Repair training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. He Advanced to AD1 while at AIMD NS Rota, Spain. He accepted orders to VA-115 at NAS Atsugi, Japan in April 1987, where he made several deployments onboard the USS Midway with Carrier Air Wing Five to the Arabian Gulf, Republic of Korea and East Africa. He reported to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan Security department, in July 1990 after completing Law Enforcement Training at NTTC Detachment Lackland, Air force Base Texas. There he served as the Watch Section Commander until his promotion to Chief Petty Officer in 1991, at which time he was reassigned as the Industrial Security Officer. He joined Commander Carrier Air Wing Five Maintenance Staff in August 1993 and made two deployments onboard the USS Independence to the Arabian Gulf in support of "Operation Southern Watch", participated in multiple multi-nations exercises such as Cobra Gold, RIMPAC and Annual Exercises. While at Carrier Air Wing Five, he advanced to Senior Chief Petty officer. In December 1997, he transferred to AIMD NAS Atsugi, Japan where he served as the Power Plants LCPO, QAO and Maintenance Master Chief after his promotion to Master Chief in 2000. His follow-on assignments were: Senior Enlisted Leader and Maintenance Master Chief AIMD NAS Sigonella, Sicily from January 2001 to January 2004. Master Chief Melius reported to Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific Detachment AIMD NAS Atsugi, Japan, in January 2004 where he is currently serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader..." [02MAR2006]

MENSEN, ADCS Scott Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 2001 porsche413@aol.com "...I joined the Naval Air Reserves in Dec 1972 on the delayed entry program. Just two weeks out of high school and after a short Reserve boot camp in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I completed T-56 "I" level repair training and was sent to AIMD NS Rota, Spain where I spent two years in the shop as well as at the jet test cell (and 6 mos in the crash crew), while in NS Rota, Spain I completed training for a Private Pilots License and flew all over southern Spain in the flying club's two Cherokees, 150's and the T-34. It was a great time for a young teenager living off base and touring around Spain. I spent many a weekend in Torremolinos, or at the various Ferias. I joined the Navy with the desire to fly and when my time was up in Spain I was given orders to Second Mech training at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California and then across the runways to VP-46 where I deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1976 ( back to ‘31 for FE trng.) and later NAS Misawa, Japan in 1979, both great deployments with a lot of flying and a lot of traveling to other countries, P.I., Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong , Australia, Indonesia, and many more. In 1980 I moved to the other coast with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and low and behold my next deployment took me back to the Pacific with the first 2 + months of the NAS Bermuda deployment in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and various points in that AOR. In 1982 I moved across the street to VP-30 as an FE Instructor doing Alt NATOPS and Fleet IUT. I missed WestPac though and in '85 transferred to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and to VP-6, my first deployment there in '86 to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the pinnacle of deployments especially since I had become a CPO by that time. You can't top being a CPO in Cubi!! The next VP-6 deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska and that was obviously the payback for a great NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment, it sucked really bad and the only good thing was the dets to Elmendorf for training flights, Chillkoots is da bomb!! In '88 I got my wish to go to Special Projects (VPU-2) and that is the best place to be as an FE! I spent the next 5 years there and felt like I was stationed in NAS Misawa, Japan and made frequent dets to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We spent Christmas and New Years in NSA Bahrain during the Gulf war in 90/91. In '93 I left Hawaii for NAS Jacksonville, Florida again, this time in VP-30 as the FE Airlant Evaluator and then with the decommissioning of VP-31 we became the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation team, It was a great job and I really met a lot of people but I missed WestPac so at the end of the tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VPU-2. Shortly after checking in I found myself at Entebbe, Uganda during the Ruwandan refugee crisis, followed the next year with a NAS Sigonella, Sicily det flying over Bosnia and then a year and a half later in NAS Sigonella, Sicily again for Kosovo, this time with the whole squadron! In between were many dets to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSA Bahrain and a lot of Utaphao Thailand stopovers. In Oct. 2000 I completed my last det and in May 2001 I flew my last P-3 flight which put me at 25 years to the day and 14,050 flight hours, and 28 years of Naval Service. During my terminal leave I accepted a position with Hawaiian Airlines in the pilot training department as a DC-10 ground school instructor. In late 2002 we transitioned to the B-767 and taught all of the various pilot ground school classes on that aircraft. In 2007 I moved to the Safety department at Hawaiian as a Flight Safety Analyst for which I manage the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). My wife and I are still living in Kapolei, Hawaii. Any old squadron mates please drop me an email, I love to hear from old friends. Mahalo..." [BIO Updated 27JAN2014 | BIO/Pix Updated 04FEB2007 | BIO Updated 15OCT2001 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

MESSNER, Jeff jeffrey.messner@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31, VP-50, VP-1, NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-46, and VX-20..." [06MAY2004]

MEYERRIECKS, CDR Brian J. http://members.tripod.com/~lph9/xobio.htm "...EXECUTIVE OFFICER, USS GUAM (LPH-9) - Commander Brian J. Meyerriecks is a native of Huntington, New York. He graduated from the University of Florida in June of 1975 and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida in October 1977. Following Navy Flight Training in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas he was retained as a Flight Instructor and assigned to VT-27. He taught initial flight training, precision aerobatics and formation flying in the T-28. His next tour of duty was with VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He completed two deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and a split deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia. He finished this tour as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander in the P-3 aircraft. In February 1984, Commander Meyerriecks reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He assumed duties as Pilot NATOPS Officer and conducted the Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot Course, authored a Flight Training Guide for non-instructor pilots and developed a Defensive Flying seminar enhancing flight station safety. He completed this tour as the Commander, Naval Air Pacific, NATOPS Pilot Evaluator for the P-3 Aircraft. In November 1986, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in San Diego, California as the ship's Communicatioins Officer. He deployed in 1987 for an around-the-world cruise where he earned qualifications as Underway Replenishment Conning Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway. In July 1989, Commander Meyerriecks reported to CPW-10 NAS Moffett Field, California to serve as Director of the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center. While assigned to Patrol Wing TEN he was selected as the 1989 Junior Officer of the Year by the Santa Clara Valley Council, Navy League of the United States. Commander Meyerriecks joined VP-48 in November 1990. There he served as Training Officer and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. VP-48 was disestablished and subsequently he joined VP-40 as the Operation Officer and deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan along with numerous detachments to the Persian Gulf throughout Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In November 1991, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC., as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. He reported to VP-45 as Executive Officer in April 1994. In April 1995, Commander Meyerriecks took command of VP-45 and lead the "Pelicans" on a six month deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, operating throughout Central and South America, setting records in Drug Interdiction and Counter-Narcotics Operations. Commander Meyerriecks personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, Four Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal and various unit campaign awards..." [05JUL2003]

MICELE-SMITH, AD2 Marlene (Mart) mart1058@hotmail.com "...I was stationed at NAS Adak, Alaska from Dec. 1979 to Dec. 1980. Worked non-rated in Supply in the Blue & Red Sheds. Squadrons that deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska at that time were VP-47 and I beleive VP-17. Left NAS Adak, Alaska and went to AD school in TN. Received orders to VP-31 and was stationed there from 81-84 working in the mech shop, until an injury forced me to leave the Navy earlier than I had planned. Would love hearing from Shipmates that served with me at NAS Adak, Alaska. Had the best of times when stationed there, will never forget them..." [24MAY99]

MILDREN, Dwight 'Ike' ikem@erols.com "...VP-31 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California for P2V (5) aircrew training, VP-6 Blue Sharks 1964-1967. When I joined the squadron in Hawaii, it was the day after an emergency deployment in support of early Vietnam operations. I met up with the squadron in Naha, Okinawa. After B School, was transferred back to VP-6 1968-1968 and served one deployment in Vietnam (Utapo), Thailand. My brother, Bob Mildren, received 'brother duty' orders to VP-6 the same day that I received orders to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Weapon System Division. Plankholder in the Tactical Support Project, Dec 69. Served as ASWOC/TSC analyst, installer, trainer for TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, TSC NAS Moffett Field, California, TSC Jacksonville, TSC NAS Adak, Alaska. Ended Navy tour during NAS Adak, Alaska and worked as a contractor for installations of TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, TSC NS Rota, Spain, TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, TSC NAS Bermuda, TSC NAS Agana, Guam, TSC NAS Misawa, Japan, TSC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. TSC renamed to TSC and subsequently reversed name to TSC due to ASW being out of vogue. I served in VP-68 in USNR and various Reserve ASWOC/TSC and ASWOC/TSC (ASWOC 468) units. Currently working at EMA, Inc. on ASWOC/TSC and other Tactical Mobile GCCS-M projects..." [01APR2000]

MILES, Joseph D. "Jig Dog Miles" jigdogmiles@hotmail.com "...I served with VU-3 (1951-1952), VU-5 (1952-1954) at NAS Agana, Guam, VR-3 (1954-1957) MATS at NAS Moffett Field, California as well as VR-21 later assigned to VP-31, VR-7, VQ-1, VW-4 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VRF-31 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and PMTC at NAS Point Mugu, California..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2013 | BIO Updated 23JAN2005 | 30MAY2004]

MILLER, Doug appa@bellsouth.net "...Started in the P5s with VP-50 (1965 - 1968) and made it to the P-3. Went from VP-50 to VP-31 (1968 - 1971) and at same time switched from AMS to AW so I could keep flying. In 1971 transferred to VP-19 and stayed there until 1975 at which time I joined FASO DET MOFFETT (good shore duty) and screwed up and went to the other navy (East Coast VP-24) 1978 to 1981. Spent my time and finally transferred back West to NAVPRO Lockheed which was a great tour (because I reitred from there). Now working Lockheed Georgia (after California shut down). Would be glad to hear from some of the old gang..." [27AUG98]

MILLER, ADJ Harold L. Jr. Retired halcorky@yahoo.com "...I served with the Navy from 1959 until I retired in 1980. I served with VAH-9 NAS Sanford, FL from 1959 to 1963, NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1964 to 1966, RVAH-5 NAS Sanford, FL and NAS Georgia from 1966 to 1970, NALF Monterey, CA from 1970 to 1972, NAS Alameda, California from 1972 to 1975, and VP-31 and VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1980. I'm trying to find some of the people I knew from these units and, I'm trying to find the squadron indignia pins from these units, and having a dickens of a time finding them. If anyone has any idea how to locate these, could you please let me know. Thank you..." [07SEP2003]

MILLS, AOCM(AW) Ron Retired mcpo9e@aol.com"...I served with VP-6 (1973-1976), VP-31 (1976-1979), VP-46 (1979-1982) and VP-19 (1985-1990)..." [BIO Updated 08FEB2012]

MINICK, Cody Eisinvestigation@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1986-1988. NAS Moffett Field, California was a great base and I had a lot of fun. It's neat to see the P-3's. I wonder if there had a chance to do any damage over seas..." [09APR2003]

MINN, AWC (AW/SW) Michael P. Retired mminn@hotmail.com "...PATWING-1 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 1979-1981, VP-16 Crew 6, SS-3, 1981-1987, VP-31 1988-1991, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 1991-1994, COMPATWINGSPAC, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1994-1997. Living in Cupertino, California (Near Moffett Field, California). Drop me a line you old War Eagles..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2000 | 08JUL98]

MINTEER, Fred fhminteer@verizon.net "...I served in VW-1 after ATW A school. Flew on crew 1, the captains crew, as a radar operator and food gatherer during 1964 and 1965. Many long weather flights tracking typhoons and many long nights flying in the gulf of Tonkin. Wouldn't have missed it for the world! A picture of the crew I flew with is posted on this site. Like to contact old Shipmates. After my tour in VW-1 I went to VP-31 for training as a radioman. From there back to WesPac and VP-50 in NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Worked in electronic shop until serving on crew 6 as the radioman with Cannon's Caribous in the last deployment in the P5M to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Left the squadron shortly after the crash of crew 13. Remember it well as we were on patrol when it happened and were called on to help in the search. I think of those guys often. Have contact with a few of the old crew. Arnie Zaharia and I were in St Louis for Beaner's 50th birthday back a few years. Trying to find the whole crew for a Reunion. Love to hear from old Shipmates from both squadrons..." [03APR2005]

MIORIN, ATCS (AC/AW) Tony Retired tmiorin1@verizon.net "...I served with VP-40 (1978-1980), VP-31 (1980-1983), VP-9 (1983-1985) and VXN-8 (1988-1991). Retired in 1996 after 23 years and living in Dallas, TX. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09JAN2011]

MIRISE, CAPTAIN Kerry W. Retired kwmirise16@hotmail.com "...member of AOC class 42-55, the last one to go all the way through basic training in the SNJ! After earning my wings at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, I served with VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1957-60 flying a P2V-5F. NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment as PPC crew 9. Joined VP-31 as plank-owner flight instructor in 1960-63. Back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-28, 1966-68, as Asst OPS officer and PPC of crew 4. After transitioning to the P-3 with VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, joined VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as CDR Jim Wetzel's XO in April 1972. I then had a delightful tour as CO of the Eagles, thanks to a wonderful complement of officers led by my XO, Ron Castle, and a simply superb squadron of crewmembers and "groundpounders". The E awards won by the Eagles are a testament to their professional skills and dedication to excellence. Served as CO, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, 1973-76, then went to London to join CINCUSNAVEUR Staff as a logistic planner, then to Stuttgart, Germany in 1980 as Chief, Logistics Plans Branch, HQ, USEUCOM. I joined the Naval War College faculty after 4 years in Germany and taught logistics until retiring in July, 1986..." [12AUG2003]

MITCHELL, Kenneth Retired ken@creativemindssacramento.com "...I served with VP-30 early in 1970, VP-8 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and later in NAS Brunswick, Maine) 1970-1974, VX-1 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) December 1974-May 1975, NESEP Program 1975-1979, VP-31 July 1980-January 1981, and VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) January 1981-December 1983. After that, I taught navigation at the joint service navigator school at Mather AFB, here in Sacramento, then a final tour as ASWOC Officer at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Retired in 1989..." WEBSITE: http://www.creativemindssacramento.com [WebSite Updated 30DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 20MAR2002]

MITCHELL, ADJ2 Thomas tom0226@gmail.com "...I served in the Navy from 08/1971 to 08/1975. I attended "Boot Camp" (San Diego Company 284), ADJ "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee and then VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I worked on the Daily Inspection Crew and then Powerplants (late or swing shift). I ended up serving in the Navy I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21AUG2011 | 18JUN99]

MONGAN, AT2 Nadine P. (Wikkerink) nadine.mongan@navy.mil "...I reported to VP-50 in June of 1990, after a 1 year tour at NAS Moffett Field. I left VP-50 in August of 1991 due to pregnancy and reproted to VP-31. In January of 1992 I reported to VP-46 and deployed to Dodge and NAS Misawa, Japan before I transfered to NAS Lemoore, California. My husband and I have since come back to P-3's in Hawaii. However for both of us VP-50 will always be our Squadron. Once a dragon always a dragon...I will be leaving NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii just in time to miss the formal base closure and move to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. I will report to the USS George Washington in Norfolk, having the honor of being amongst the first females to report aboard. For both of us P-3s have been fun and we will never forget the friends we have gained and unfortunately lost in this platform. I am transferring to HC-6 and trying out Helo's O' Level until fleet reserve..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 19JUN2004 | Updated Name/E-Mail 10JAN99 | BIO Updated 07OCT98 | Updated 05MAY98]

MONROE, Phillip mon67roe@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23JUL2012]

MONZON, CDR Vic Retired vmonzon@comcast.net "...Hi. I entered the VP Navy as an NFO via NESEP. I joined VP-47 in November 1978 and deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan the following month. This deployment included a detachment to NSF Diego Garcia. On returning to NAS Moffett Field, California, I was sent to Corry Station for training to assume squadron EWO responsibilities. Also while on the home cycle, I completed two 3-week NAS Adak, Alaska detachments. I qualified as TACCO and (a LTjg) Mission Commander prior to our January 1981 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment, which included two NAS Cubi Point, Philippines detachments. After successfully getting the VP-47 NFO's thru the CNAP NATOPS eval, I transferred to VP-31 Staff. I immediately enrolled in the USC Sytems Management master's program. During the RAG quailification process, I was reassigned to assume the VP-31 NFO NATOPS billet, which included IUT coordinator, and StanBoard chairman responsibilities beyond the usual instructor duties. I then completed my final 18 months as CNAP evaluator. In 1985, with a CARGRU staff unavailable in NAS Alameda, California, I volunteered for a 1 year tour as MC&E(OPS) with CPW-1 det NSF Diego Garcia. With detailers only offering CPWP staff options (4), I joined the staff as Tactics Officer, handling Tactical Development and Evaluation, and AIR Effectiveness Measurement program. This was one of my more successful tours, where I was influential in advancing Force readiness with PTA Attack Criteria, LASER threat guidelines, Acoustic Sensor enhancements, ALR-66 deficiency corrections, and MK-50 initial tactics. Heading to Big Red (VP-19) in 1989 for a 2nd tour, I caught their full NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. On return, I was able to participate in ICEX out of Greenland. With perfect timing, I received Outlaw Hunter training just before our 2nd NAS Misawa, Japan deployment, which coincided with Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Hence, I took Outlaw Hunter to the Gulf and was there every month of Desert Shield and into Desert Storm. As luck would have it, during Desert Storm, we were notified of our impending disestablishment and rotated home. On promoting to CDR, I rotated to FASO as Training DH and led the design, development, and introduction of the Tactical Training Course. Upon retirement of the OINC in 1991, I relieved him as the final FASO det OINC. In 1994, I transitioned to the civilian world via the Semiconductor Industry. With the recent meltdown of the Asian financial world, I have moved on to the Telecommunications industry. I made a lot of friends during my 16 years at NAS Moffett Field, California, and I would truly enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with those with whom I have lost touch. A couple in particular are Don McLaughlin (East Coast) and Charley Bess (VP-47)..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2001 | 07SEP98]

MOON, Dennis moonee@netins.net "...I served with VP-31 (1970-1972) as a Radioman aboard the P-3. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17APR2013]

MOORE, ATN3 John vpNOSPAM at tinyvital.com "...Served with VP-31 from 1967-1968. I flew radio and radio instructor during that time. Loved the P-3 and got my pilots license as soon as I was off active duty. I saw the Aussie (or was it Kiwi... I don't remember) P-3 crash on runway at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1968 (no injuries)..." WebSite: http://www.tinyvital.com/ [18NOV2000]

MOORE, ADCS Randy Retired randall.w.moore@lmco.com "...Hi Y'all! I'm a career FE from 2nd mech beginnings in VP-5 (73-78), then VP-30 instructing (78-81), then VP-1, VP-31, VP-22, CPW-2, VP-47 and NADEP JAX for a closer. Retired 12/98 and life is good! Now with Lockheed Martin, still playing with the World's Greatest Airplane! Many great memories of the exciting traveling life and great Shipmates. Feel free to shoot me a line!..." [05AUG99]

MOORE, ATCS(NAC) William F. "Bill" Retired oldwrestler@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-6 (December 1976 to July 1981), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee AVA Instructor (October 1981 to October 1984), VPU-1 (November 1984 to October 1989), VP-31 (November 1989 to October 1992), VP-46 (Oceober 1992 to December 1995) and retired after returing from NSF Diego Garcia. I now reside in Monmouth, ME. I would like to hear from anyone who may have any pictures of my reitrement ceremony in November 1995 (no pictures were ever provide by the squadron). I would also like to hear from all Shipmates from any of the outfits I was stationed at. My oldest son is currently serving with VP-10 as NAVCOM LT(jg) and my youngest just completed ARMY MP school and is haeding to South Korea in February 2009..." [19JAN2009]

MORGAN, AT2 Michael D. (Mad Dog) mmorgan146@nc.rr.com "...I reported for duty with VP-17 from May 1971 to July 1974. Wasn't in the squadron more than a week and LT Sikes ask me if I wanted to be a radio operator. Had a great time flying. Introduced me to photography and my life long passion. Many of you have seen my photos and did not even know it. Have seen the world twice at no expense. First with the Navy and second with the newspapers that I've worked for over the years. Yes I do remember the 4th of July in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. How about the CO of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan coming down in his car. Getting out and telling us to stop and then both 17 and 22 barracks turning their bottle rockets towards his car and firing at him. We never saw him or the MP's again. QUESTION: Does anyone remember the time i got mugged on the way to the em club on may 1, 1972? Have had neck problem for 30 years and am fighting the system for service contected disability. Went to VP-31 and was only there for a few months. Quit flying after they tried to kill me again with a stupid pilot mistake. They thought they where sending me to a terrible duty station at MCAS Yuma, AZ. The best duty that I ever had. Went fishing almost ever day with the Master Sargent that ran the flight line. 7 great years and never really worked as an AT that I was trained for. Became a single father and left Navy. Wished I could have stayed but glad I did not. Have a great daughter and now have a granddaughter and a dumb son-in-law that is the Track Head Coach for a college in High Point, NC. Would like to hear from all and the following if they are out there: Crew 10 on NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan Deployment, ADJC Gerster, AW3 Wiley, AWAN Poteet, AW3 Unabia and AO2 Wheeler and AT3 Larry Terhune. Crew eight on the PI Deployment: LT Crash Crandall, AW1 Mike Jones and AO2 Collette. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 29NOV2002 | 02NOV2002]

MORRIS, Scott "Delmar" aocmorris@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1985 thru 1989 and did three deployments including NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan/P.I. and NSF Diego Garcia/DET-B. I was then transfered to VP-31 as an FRAMP-NAMTRAGRUDET and flight instructor. After my tour in VP-31 I became a TAR and transfered to VP-68. I am currently flying C-130's as a Loadmaster. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates of mine who may remember me, it was great seeing so many familar names from the past..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2006 | 04DEC99]

MOSER, LT Andre R. Retired andre@phxaero.com "...I joined the Navy in 1983. AD "A" school in Millington and off to first duty station at NAS Alameda, California Operations Dept. Joined VP-19 as a 3rd Class in 1986 with the squardon just returning from NAF Misawa, Japan. Advanced to 2nd Class and then off to FE School (VP-31) in 1988 with returnable quota back to VP-19 until 1991. I went across the field to VP-31 as a FE Instructor, advanced to First Class. Squadron decommissioned in 1993 and I headed to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to joined VP-47 who just moved there from NAS Moffett Field, California. Advanced to Chief. Rolled to VX-1 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in late 1996. I was commissioned as an LDO Ensign in 1999 and headed off to HC-8 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia as a Det Maintenance Officer. Promoted to LT(jg) and headed back to VP-47 now over at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as Maintenance Material Control Officer. Promoted to LT. Left the Island for the las time in December 2005 and headed to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, FL. I retired in December 2008 with 25 years. Had a great time in the Navy and still miss it. It's different on the outside as I'm sure many of you have experienced first hand..." [14AUG2009]

MOSIER, CDR Jonathan D. http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/regionwest/sandiego/cobio.htm "...Commander Jonathan Dean Mosier received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1975 and a Master's Degree in Communications in 1978 from Clarion State College. Commander Mosier was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in May of 1982 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in November of 1984. Following initial P-3 NFO training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1985 for his initial fleet assignment to VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California. During his tour he served as Line Branch Officer, Aviation Warfare Division Officer, Operations Plans Officer and Squadron Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. While attached to VP-47 Commander Mosier was designated as a P-3 Mission Commander, Instructor Naval Flight Officer, and Squadron NFO NATOPS Evaluator. During his tour he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia and a second to NAS Misawa, Japan. In April of 1989, Commander Mosier reported to VP-31 for duty as an Instructor NFO in the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). In addition to instructor duties, Commander Mosier served as the Command Security Manager, Assistant Administrative Officer and Human Resources Department Head. during his tenure at VP-31. Following the FRS instructor tour, he reported for duty in June of 1991 to CPW-1 One Detachment, Diego Garcia. While assigned to CPW-1, Commander Mosier served as the Tactical Support Center (TSC) Director, Officer-in Charge of the PATWING One Detachment Masirah, Omanand finally as PATWING One Detachment Diego Garcia Operations Officer. During this tour Commander Mosier was responsible for planning and coordinating P-3 operations throughout the Indian Ocean and Southwest Asia. Commander Mosier returned to the United States in July of 1992, reporting to the Naval Postgraduate School. He was awarded a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs and a subspecialty in Foreign Affairs (Far East) in December of 1993 was awarded. Following refresher P-3 training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1994 to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his tour he served as Tactics Officer, Administrative Officer, Officer-in-Charge, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Detachment, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and as squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his tenure at VP-9, the squadron completed a split deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and was awarded the 1995 Pacific Fleet Battle "E" for superior performance and combat readiness. In June of 1996 Commander Mosier was assigned to the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet as the Aircraft Inventory Manager and Depot Maintenance Coordinator. In this capacity he was responsible for the budgeting and execution of all Pacific Fleet aircraft depot maintenance, a program valued at over a quarter of a billion dollars annually. During his tour, the backlog of aircraft awaiting maintenance was reduced from over two hundred to zero, dramatically improving fleet readiness. In May of 1999, Commander Mosier reported to the USS Constellation as the ship's Safety Officer. During his tour "Connie" completed a record-breaking deployment to the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia, recording over 10,000 arrested landings without a major mishap during the cruise. Following her return from deployment, USS Constellation was awarded the 1999 Pacific Fleet Battle "E." CDR Mosier then reported to Navy Recruiting District San Diego in August 2000 as Executive Officer, subsequently taking command of NRD San Diego on March 8, 2002. Commander Mosier's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and various service and unit awards..." [01JUN2003]

MURGO, Stephen smmsurvey@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 (Maintenance Yeoman) at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1965 to 1967. It was VP-31 Det A when I first got there with the main squadron being in NAS North Island, San Diego, California, then it was all moved to NAS Moffett Field, California as a traing squadron. We had P-3As, P-3Bs and 1 P-3C. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09MAY2011]

Memorial Picture REMOVAL REQUEST! [07JUN2011 | 30DEC2009]

MURPHY, AE2 James JamesMurphy2000@cs.com "...Arrived at NAS North Island, San Diego, California the summer of 1962 assigned to VP-48 after training with VP-31. Worked in the electrical shop with TAD to the EBU. Made the trip to the Galapagos on the USS Currituck II (AV-7) and flew back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California on one of the VP-48 Shellbacks. Spent an extra day or two in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas after we put a hole in the hull attaching gear. Also went to NS Sangley Point, Philippines until my discharge in Sept. 1964. I still recall the typhoon and extensive damage to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Cavite City. Love to hear from any and all. Would like to re-establish contact with Dwan, Epperson, Marsh and McFarland..." [13JUN2002]

MURPHY, AEC(AW) Tom Retired murphyt@locustec.com "...I did most of my career in P-3's. VP-31 as a student in '74-'75. VQ-1 from '75-'79. Back to VP-31 for shore duty '79-'82. Then on to the VP-48 Boomers from '82-'86. From there I jumped ship for a while. I did a shore duty tour at AIMD NAS Atsugi, Japan. I worked at the engine test cell from '86-'89. I got to watch the P-3's from JMSDF and our guy's taxi by. I realized how much I missed 'em. Out of NAS Atsugi, Japan I fully expected to end up on the Midway, but the Detailer "forced" me to take orders to VP-19. I made Chief in Big Red, the best damned squadron in the Navy! After Big Red decommissioned in '91 I transferred to AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California for my final tour. I retired in July of '94, shortly after NAS Moffett Field, California decommissioned. I have many fond memories of many exciting WESTPAC adventures. Like to hear from and old Shipmates out there!..." [21NOV98]

MUSE, (AW/NAC) Keith M. KMUSE@MSN.COM "...I was a VP sailor my entire career. I startedout in FAW/CPW-1 DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 73-75, then on to VP-9 75-79, VP-31 80-83, VPU-2 83-86, CPW-1 Kamiseya 86-90 and finished up my career with VP-1 90-93. I spent all my time on the West Coast and would like to hear from anyone of my old buds..." [16AUG2000]

MUSSETT, Mike mikemussett@motorola.com "...I served with VP-31 in the AT Shop from January 1984 through April 1986..." [E-Mail Updated 28OCT2007 | 04JAN2001]

MYLLENBECK, CDR Rick rmyllenbeck@yahoo.com "...After a training stint in VP-31 and FASOTRAGRUPAC at NAS Moffett Field, California, I was assigned to VP-47 "The Golden Swordsmen" from 1977 to 1980. At the end of my active duty tour, I rotated directly into VP-91 "Black Cats" without missing a day. I flew with VP-91 Combat Aircrew 11 until I was commissioned and Ensign in 1988. In the end, I was a board-eligible AW1, SS-3 Blue Card instructor, and had amassed over 3,000 hours of flight time. I am now a CDR in the Navy Reserve Intelligence Program and live in the metro Washington, D.C. area. I sure miss fying in the Orion! Those were the good old days. My family has a rich and proud history in VP as my dad, Warren, was a Lockheed test pilot in the 1950s and flew the P2V platform extensively. He was the Lockheed rep to the VP squadrons at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii between 1955 and 1958. If you have any information about the VP squadrons stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii during that time, please forward that information as I am completing an article about his experiences behind the stick of the Neptune. My brother AWCS (Ret.) Dwight, flew with VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in the 1980s, and did some pretty awesome P-3 development work at the Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA. He was also instumental in saving the AW rating while assigned to NavAir Training in the Pentagon..." [28MAY2005]


NANCE, AWCM Bill Retired shipmate pix...circa 1984 "That's right, I'm a ..... AW!" nance@whidbey.net "...Served in VP-48 74-77, VP-415 (PEP Canada) 77-79, VP-31 79-82, VP-22 82-86, VX-1 86-90. Drop a line and let's swap lies..." WEBSITE: http://www2.whidbey.net/nance/NANCE.HTM

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]

NELSON, Amy Kerzner anelson@defsup.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-9 from 1977 to 1981..." [14AUG2013]

NELSON, David davdnlsn@hotmail.com "...I was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and served with VP-31 during the years of 1960 to 1963. It was a great place to be for a young P2V radioman. Good friendships were made and have lasted over the years. Experiences were had that have left memories to this day. Working out of the AT shop and flying in those P2V's was great fun. Shipmates like Gary Howe, Gary Ragsdale (Rags), Dale Graham, "Dah Dah" Thompson, Pete Fuller and others come to mind. I'd love to hear from those Shipmates and others..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2002 | 12AUG99]

NELSON, AT1 John "J.R." jrnelson@hctc.com "...Shipmates! VA-164/CVA-19 '70-71, VP-31, VP-9 '71-73 1971 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan ( NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / Utapao), 1972 VP-9 / Wing "Det" To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/Utapao. 1973 NAS Iwakuni, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. 1973 NavPro Burbank S-3A initial Crew VS-41 '73-75, VS-33 Screwbirds (S-3) '75-79. 1985-89 VP-69 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington NAF Misawa, Japan '85, '87, '88. T AC-NAV-MOD, '89-'91 VP-MAU NAS Moffett Field, California NUD-UDIII. Here's to all my "shippies" - Ex, retired and especially those still serving! Remember Tom "Radar" Rohr AX-2/GS-12 1958-1995..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUN2005 | 21MAR98]

NELSON, AZ3 Paul E. enelson@cwnet.com "...Served nearly 4 years in U.S. Navy, all in VP squadrons at NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-31 March 1967 to October 1969. VP-40 November 1969 to August 1970..." [06FEB2000]

NELSON, Richard Sr. NELSONR007@hawaii.rr.com "...I was one of the first Enlisted Crew Member Mechanic, and Plane Captain. I was a Maintenance Supervisor on last trip to start with the US ARMY Crazy Cats/1st Radio Research Company. We were picked from the Ft Benning, GA (C-7A group). We did our HYD, J-34 and R-3350 systems training at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. We staged and tested equipment in Arizona. Received our flight training VP-31 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Transpac to Vietnam via Hawaii and the Philippines with US Airforce C124 Chase and supply ship aircraft. I was assigned with the unit from 1966 through 1968 and 1970 through 1971. So long-ago!..." [30JUN2001]

Memorial Picture "...NESTER, John M...My dad, John M. Nester (VP-63, VP-84 and VP-31 (Crew 18)) died suddenly on February 18, 2003. He was 84. He loved you guys and spoke about his experiences often. He died doing what he wanted to do - work in the yard. He had no "serious" health problems. He was raking the yard and he died. God love him...Doug Nester robert.d.nester@sam.usace.army.mil..." [05MAR2003]

NESTER, LT John M. (Deceased) c/o his son Doug Nester robert.d.nester@sam.usace.army.mil "...My dad, Lieut. John M. Nester, was a pilot in VP-63. He also flew with VP-31 and VP-84..." [Deceased Update 05MAR2003 | 19AUG98]

NETH, AWCS Bob Retired rlneth@worldnet.att.net "...VP-40, '68-'70; VP-91, '71-'73; VP-50, '73-'77; VP-31, '77-'81; VP-19, '81-'84; COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Moffett Field, '84-'88; Fleet Reserve. 8 years as DOD contractor supporting P-3 Program at Naval Aviation Depot Alameda until it was closed last year. Just completed Aircraft Dispatch school (I'm now an FAA Licensed/Certified FAR Part 121/135 Aircraft Dispatcher) and I am now working at Reno Air Operations Reno Air Ops at San Jose, CA Airport. Hello to all my former NAS Moffett Field "Airmates"...As of 31 August 1999, I'm now working in American Airlines Operations, San Jose International Airport, San Jose, CA. It is similar to continously working in a "Ready Alert" operations environment; never gets boring!..." [E-Mail Updated 17AUG2000 | BIO Updated 01SEP99]

NEVELS, Nick nicknevels@hotmail.com "...I was an AE assigned to VC-5 Det NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from September 1970 to July 1973 where I started flying as an aircrewman in the US-2C & RC-45J. (What wild times those were back then in the PI). VAQ-134, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from January 1976 to May 1978. Went TAR and reported to VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-31 for FE school at NAS Moffett Field, California from August 1984 to January 1985. VP-69 January 1985 to February 1988 flying the P-3A baseline and then transitioned to the P-3A TACNAVMOD. VP-91 NAS Moffett Field, California from February 1988 to August 1991 flying the "Super B's" and eventually transitioned to the Update III's, where we got the last two P-3C's, BUNO's 163294 and 163295. Back to VP-69 in August 1991, where I retired as an AEC in January 1994. Flying as a P-3 FE was truly an experience all of us who flew as "Forward Center Observer" will never forget..." [01JUL99]

NEWMAN, ATCS(NAC) Jerry D. Retired jern46@bigriver.net "...The "fun" began..1967-70, VP-40 (P-5s & P-3s) NAS Moffett Field, California; 1971-75, VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California; 1976-79, VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine; 1979-85, VP-31, ASA-DET NAS Moffett Field, California. In between these wonderful times I was stuck in Millington...enough said. Retired here in 1990 after 24 years & 5,268 flt hours as a ATCS. Best wishes to all that are "stuck" on the deck, and to you young guys out there still flying, maintain a wonderful tradition. Old friends - give me a yell..." [E-Mail Updated 13FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 29JUN2003 | 11FEB2001]

NICHOLS, Jim nicktv@sierratel.com "...VP-31 1964-1966 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was on the line crew at Hanger #2, lots of great times and memories while station in the Navy. I was station in NS Subic Bay, Philippines from 1962- 1964 special services on Grande Island....I never really got a taste of what the Navy was like until station at NAS Moffett Field, California and then I decovered that the Navy was not for me. I'll bet you pilots of VP-31 remember me? I was the lineman who backed you up into the stalls many times and you hated to apply the brakes in fear of falling back on the tail!! Lived dangerious in those days. Heck I was only 19 and 20 years old, I basically grew up in the Navy but would do it all again, and make some changes like not party so much and study more. Most likely I would have also stayed the 20 years! Later swabbies, maybe we shall meet in heaven one day at the Lords supper? I know I'll be there! In His Service..." [18APR2001]

NIELSEN, CWO3 MARTIN W. DANIELSENB@AOL.COM "...GREAT TO SEE NAMES I HAVE NOW SEEN IN YEARS. THERE WILL ALWAYS A SPEICAL PLACE IN MT HEART FOR P-3s. SERVED WITH VP-9 AS SS1 77-80, AT THE RAG VP-31 FROM 80-84. NOW A S-3 TACCO AS A CWO3. NOT MUCH ASW BUT SAN DIEGO'S WARM. LOOKING FOR CDR JIM GABOR OF LT BILL FIEG FROM VP-9 CAC-3 1979 NAF Misawa, Japan DEPLOYMENT. TRAP ME AT DANIELSENB@AOL.COM, CWO3 M. NIELSEN, USN. VS-29 NASNI........FLY SAFE....OK3 WIRE..."

NIELSEN, Rick ricknielsenrlnps@aol.com "...I served with VP-22 (1972-1973), VP-47 (1975-1980), VP-31 (1980-1983), VP-40 (1983-1985) and VP-19 (1988-1991)..." [22JUN2011]

NIEZWAAG, David L. {Dude} dude@kingman.com "...I was stationed at VP-31 from 1961 to 1963 starting out from boot camp as a Aviation Hydralic Mechanic. In VP-31 I worked on the P5M-1, P5M-2, P2V5, and P2V7 aircraft. From VP-31 I went to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1964. Our comanding Officer was Comander Edwin E. Bowen. In June 1964 I went to Johnston Island on operation Pearhead. In March of 1965 VP-4 started a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. In April of 1995 I was part of a detatchment of four aircraft to Saigon Viet Nam where I spent approximately four months. From Saigoni we flew to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan then back to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. In September 1965 VP-4 returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where I was discharged in 1966. My wife and I now live in Kingman, Arizona. Would love to here from the old gang..." [15DEC99]

NOCE, Bob Shipmate Pix Circa 1967 Dogs1@msn.com "...I was a pilot in VP-5 in SP2e's and P-3Aa from Dec 1965-Dec 1968; VP-31 insructor pilot and standardization pilot, VP-31 from Dec 1968 to Dec 1971; Exchange pilot with RCAF (Argus) from Jan 72-June 74; T-34 Instructor pilot (VT-5) at Saufley from July 1974-Mar 1976; VP-44 Department Head tour 1976-1978; CPWL Weapons Training Officer 1979-1980; XO and CO VP-11 1981-1982; Recruiting CO and Area Commander 1985-1991; retired in 1992..."

NORTON, AWCM Bruce Retired bnorton@bayarea.net "...NAS Moffett Field, California 1970-1994. VP-31 Aug 70-Nov 70, VP-9 Nov 70-Jun 77, CPWP TSC Sep 77-Dec 80, VP-47 Dec 80-Apr 84, CPWP May 84-Jul 87, VP-9 Oct 87-Oct 90, VP-31 CMC Oct 90-Oct 93 Decom. Retired June 94. I retired the day before we turned Moffett over to NASA. I'm still here at Moffett as a NASA contractor. Looking forward to hearing from some old shipmates..." Website: http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/codejp/JP_home.html

NORTON, Craig walstib@garlic.com "...VP-48 1977-80 (Crew 8) VP-31 1980-84 (FRAMP Instructor), would like to here from any Shipmates..." [02AUG2000]

NUTE, CAPTAIN Charles Carter Retired ccnute@earhlink.net "...Entered the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Program in December 1962 and earned his Wings of Gold in June 1964. Served VP-21 from January 1965 to December 1967 flying the P2 Neptune. In subsequent assignments, I flew the P-3 Orion VP-23 from April 1971 to June 1973, VP-31 from August 1974 to June 1977 and VP-9 from March 1979 to May 1981. Command assignments include Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Facility, Guam (NAVFAC Guam) from July 1978 to October 1979; Commanding Officer, VP-9 from May 1980 to May 1981; and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF-72)/CPW-1 in Kamiseya, Japan from June 1986 to June 1988. Shore assignments include Land-Based Air Operations Officer, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) from June 1981 to June 1984; Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) from July 1985 to May 1986; Deputy Director, ASW Division (OP-7lB) from July 1988 to June 1990; Deputy Commander, ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) from June 1990 to May 1992; and Director, Naval Command College (NCC) from June 1992 to July 1994 at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI. Following my July 1994 retirement from the navy, I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs from August 1994 to December 2001. Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, we reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and five grandchildren..." [10SEP2003]

NYLAND, AVCM Ken Retired avcmkn@tds.net "...I served with VP-49 from May 1951 to August 1954 as an AT and aircrewman on the PBM-5S2 and then on the P5MM. It was a great tour. After leaving VP-49 I was transferred to VS-39 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where I served until getting out the first time in 1955. I re-entered the Navy in 1956 and served in FAETUATL NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1956 - 1958 then in VS-21 from 1960 to 1964 flying in S2F's and being a part of the recovery team for the recovery of Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper in the one man Mercury space program. In 1961 I made CPO. Then in 1964 I transferred to VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and served there as a Division Chief. In 1967 I joined VS-722 as a reserve in NAS Glenview, Illinois. and then went to VP where I became a plankowner of VP-90 in 1970 and retired from there in 1990 as Master Chief. I had a fabulous career and am proud of being able to serve our Navy all of those 38 years plus. I do love hearing from Shipmates and look forward to hearing from more..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2002 | 04MAR2002]


OGDEN, AW1 Raymond H. ogy_sr@hotmail.com "...I became an AW in 1976. After AW "A" school trained at NAS Moffett Field, California in VP-31. Stationed with VP-46 till about 1978 then trained future AW's with FASOTRAGRUPAC at NAS Moffett Field, California as a AW1. Just wanted to say HI to any one that I was stationed with. I hope you all have a GREAT New Year..." [31DEC2004]

OLIVER, AT1(AW) James "OLLIE" doubled@javanet.com "...Served with 1986-1989 different schools, VP-46 1989-1992, VP-30 1992-1993 decommend 1993, VP-31 1993-1995, VP-11 1995-1996 decommend 1996, and currently an IFT assigned to VP-8. Would like any old shipmates to look me up and get in touch..." [16JUL99]

Shipmate Requested Name Removal  [Shipmate Removed 19AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 18OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 20NOV97]

OLSEN, Oz cody54@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1978 to 1982. I was the squadron AMDO. I went on to VP-31 as the Assistant FRAMP Department Head from 1982 to 1984, when I got off active duty. I joined the reserves and finished my time between NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Alameda, California. I stayed in the bay area working in the high tech industry. It's great to see some old "Shipmates" names here..." [08AUG2003]

OLSON, Scott spice@gfherald.infi.net "...Retired AT1 (formerly AX), VP-47, 1972-74, VP-65, 78-80, VP-9, 80-84, VP-31 (FRAMP), 85-88, One year in Dodge, VPU-2, 90-93. Sure miss Cubi, visited two years ago. Still a slug, but love to hear from former squadronmates..."

OSBORN, REAR ADMIRAL Oakley E. Retired http://www.usni.org/hrp/oralhistory/osborn.htm "...One of the few patrol plane aviators in the Naval Institute's oral history collection, Osborn is the first graduate of Aviation Officer Candidate School to achieve flag rank in the Navy. After completing the various stages of flight training in 1957, he held billets of increasing responsibility in several squadrons, VP-17, VP-31, VP-19, and VP-40. In VP-31 he was an instructor as the P-3 Orion entered the fleet; he served as executive officer and commanding officer of VP-40. In the mid-1960s he served on the staffs of Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Group Five and Commander Patrol Force Seventh Fleet. After that he was a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, attended a course in POW survival, and was a student at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. OpNav tours in the 1970s included ASW readiness and training officer and executive assistant to the Director of ASW and Ocean Surveillance, Vice Admiral Ed Waller. After duty in the early 1980s in the Naval Military Personnel Command, he was promoted to rear admiral and had several flag tours: in OP-01; as deputy director for operations in the National Military Command Center; as Commander Patrol Wings Pacific Fleet; and as Deputy Director, Defense Mapping Agency..." [01JUN2003]

OSBORN, AT1 (AW/NAC) Stephen gapoz@cfl.rr.com "...Enlisted April 1980 and went to Great Lakes for boot camp. Spent a year at NATTC Millington, TN for initial training. Then on to SERE and VP-31 rag for Aircrew training. My first squadron was VP-19 from 3/82 to 5/85. Back to TN for C7 and bounce up to NADC Warminster PA to put all that edgimication to good use. That was the greatest duty - nothing like working with 3000 rocket scientists. My next stop was ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from September 1989 to October 1992 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. For something completely different I took orders to AIMD Key West from October 1992 to October 1995. In my spare time I worked at the local Radio station as an Engineer. Back up north to VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from October 1995 to July 1997 and finally stood up new squadron VQ-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine July 1997. Retired November 1998 and moved to Disney Land..." [12JUL2004]

OSBORNE, AT1(AW) Mark Retired oriontk@att.net "...I served with VP-4 (1983-1989 and 1995-1999), VP-31 (1990-1993), VP-17 (1993-1995), VC-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (2001-2002), VP-47 and retired in September 2003. I am currently work with Boeing on the P-8 Poseidon Project. I had a great time in the Navy but my best were serving as part of VP-4. If like pictures check out my page on the TogetherWeServed..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20OCT2009 | 29JAN2003]

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]

OTT, AE3 Jim jimott@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-48 and VP-31 during the years of 1965 to 1966 before being transfered to the USS Yorktown. Left the Yorktown end of 1967 as an AE-3. Best Buddy was Roger Downey from Bloomington Indiana, but I still remember Bovy and the preacher from Coronado. Proud to be and ex-Pig Boat person and experiance it twas..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN99 | 20JAN98]

OVERMAN, William J. Jr. "Jack" fourbranch@earthlink.net "...I served with ZP-1 (1956-1957) at NAS Elizabeth City, NC (Blimps), VP-44 (1957-1960), VP-30 (Establishment) Det "A" at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (RAG Detachment for the P5M (SP5A/B), VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, Chief of NAval Air BAsic TRAining (CNABATRA), VP-31 (1964) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California for retraining in the P5, VP-47 (1964-1967) flying as PPC of Crew-9. We were the first crew to achieved "Alpha" Status following transition to the P-3A Deltic configuration..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB2013 | 05AUG98]

OXFORD, John joxford@xicom.tech.com "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California for almost 10 years. I served with VP-9 (April 1982 to December 1985), CPWP, VP-31 (1985 to October 1989) VP-47 3 days after the Loma Prieta earthquake and was there until I got out of the Navy in October of 1991...I still live in the area and would love to hear from old shipmates passing through..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09APR2008 | BIO Updated 14JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 24APR2001 | 14OCT2000]

OYLER, Dan mardan@missouri.org "...Isn't it amazing the way the squadrons' home-ports have bounced around over the past thirty years. I'm sure some of the old-timers could write a book. I was in VP-4 from '66 to '69. Then VP-1 '69-'70 and '74-'77. It was always interesting trying to guess which squadrons were going to get decommissioned, and what those decisions were based upon. I'm happy my old squadron VP-4 has held on for so many years. They have a wonderful history and I'm proud to have been a part of it. I was also F/E Instructor in VP-31 '74-'77, VPU-1 '77-'80, DCASPRO Hayes Dothan, AL., and DCASPRO Aero Lake City, FL. Retired AECS 7-'87..." [14JAN99]


PADILLA, CMDCM Leo Retired vp47cmc@aol.com "...Yo Shipmates, finally removed my khakis after 33 years of service 1 June 03. My last tour was with NSAWC in NAS Fallon, Nevada, sadly not with a P-3 command. Twenty-seven years with P2Vs and P-3A/B/Cs, I was like a fish out of water in Fallon. Luckily, Shipmates at K-Bay persuaded me to do a retirement ceremony there with my community. Mahalo to CMDCM Mo Radke and YNCM Larry Box. The finishing touch to the day was some painted label San Miguel and Red Horse, compliments from AECS Ron Wood, mahalo Mate. I'm now a college student working towards a degree in Golf Course and Sports Turf Management and a househusband. Life is GREAT, and transition has been smooth. My only hang-up is missing the great times and sea stories with the gang. I'd love to hear from friends during tours in VP-4, VP-6, VP-22, VP-31, VP-46, VP-47, VP-48, CPW-2, CPWP, CPRFP, VQ-3, and PMTC, NAS Point Mugu, California. Final destination is Mesquite, NV, but temporarily in San Diego for school..." [BIO Updated 24OCT2003 | BIO Updated 18APR2000 | 22OCT98]

PADILLA, AMHC Luis G. rico__padilla@hotmail.com "...I've served as a 8251 since 1989. I started my flying career at VP-31, graduated FE school and then move on to the VP-22 Blue Geese. After the Blue Geese closed their nest I moved on to The Pro's Nest VP-30 as an IFE, and then settled my feathers here at the Pelicans Nest VP-45. I still enjoy pushing those power levers and look forward to many more years to come. All fellow Blue Geese, Pro's Nest and Pelicans aircrew I send my salute. Long live the local 8251 association, we are few and proud and true professionals..." [14MAY99]

PARKE, AW2 Steve tqsteve59@netzero.com "...I served with VP-46 from 1969 to 1972 and VP-31 until I got out in 1975. I deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan (2) with detachments to NAS Agana, Guam, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Best group of people I've ever associated with. Did ruin my racing carreer though, oh well..." [17FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...PATTIN, AWC Virgil E...(VP-1, VP-2, VP-22, VP-31, VP-42, VP-48, FAETUPAC, First Radio Research Co., ASWOC and ASCAC) - I am sorry to report that Virgil Pattin, AWC, 1957-1960, passed away this past Monday at his home in El Cajon, CA. A Memorial Service is planned for Monday, November 19 in Santee, CA. If you would like to contact Ruthie her address is: 319 Richardson Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020, (619) 328-6838..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com [18NOV2012]

PATTIN, AWC Virgil E. Retired k7vp@arrl.net "...I served my first tour on board the USS Wasp, then got lucky and was transfered to VP-48 in January 1957. I stayed till 1960 and became the first JEZ operator on the west coast. Helped decommission GMGRU 1 (Guided Missile Group ONE) at NAS Point Mugu, California. Went to FAETUPAC and had a blast in ASW. Went to VP-42 and helped transistion to the P2V-5's. Got some schooling at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee then off to VP-31. Got a short tour of sea duty while on shore duty with First Radio Research Co. (US Army) in 1967, great bunch of guys. Went to VP-2 where I was the last guy to make chief before the squadron decommissioned in 1969. Off to VP-1 just in time to deploy back to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Did a tour of ASCAC (Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, transisioned to the P-3's and did my final tour in VP-22. Was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Had a fun time in all the VP Squadrons. The best time in the navy was flying radio in the P5M 1 & 2's. Would love to hear from any of the old "Pig Boat" Sailors..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2002 | E-Mail Updated 31AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 08JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 31MAY2000 | 06JUN99][ICQ# 7699287]

PELTON, AWC Jeff Retired jeffpelton@sbcglobal.net "...AQ from 1970-78 with VA-128, VA-165, VX-5. Changed over to AW 1978. Trained as SS3 with VP-31. Flew as SS3 in CAC-9, 3 VP-47 1978-82. NADC from 82-86, VP-11 CAC-11 86-90 then back to VP-31 until I retired in 93. Moved to Rosamond, CA just west of Edwards AFB. Working as a Electronics Tech for the Union Pacific RR which is a great gig. The Bay Area is great, but my pockets just arn't deep enough! When contacting me please use VP in the subject line or the spam filter (me) will get it. Thanks..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JUL2005 | 23SEP2001]

PERKINS, Bill w.perkins3@gte.net "...Attached to VP-65 1992 to present. VP-93 1986 to 1991. Student at VP-31 1991 to 1992. To all those fellow P-3ers out there. Drop me line. Things are well here in sunny CA..." [30NOV98]

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PIERCE, AMSC Ron Retired ron@ptm.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1969 to 1971, VP-22 from 1972 to 1978, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (ASW) from 1978 to 1981, VF-151 from 1981 to 1984, VP-46 from 1987 to 1991, and VX-5 from 1991 to 1992 and retired in 1993. The VP-22 years are the most memorable. Hey, anyone want to go to Bandar Abbas, knock down a few SKOLs and teach some Iranians a little English (to promote quality cultural coexistence, of course). Today I write communications host server software and in-house client applications for the company I have been with since 1996. I also wear a DBA hat. I was in Butte, Montana for a couple years then moved to the Tampa, Florida area in late 1994. It's not Hawaii, but it ain't bad..." [BIO Updated 14MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 05FEB99 | Updated 16JAN98] [ICQ# 5185444]

PINKSTON, AZ2 Jackie (Jarski) jackie.pinkston@nrs.navy.mil "...AZ2 that worked at the VTU near AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California from 1984 to 1988. I also worked at AIMD, COMPATWINGSPAC and VP-31 during my tour. I also had the pleasure of a 3 month TAD trip to NAS Adak, Alaska to set up the dispersed libraries. My maiden name was Jarski and then changed to Bernal (AZ2 Bernal reserve from 1988 - 1991 at VP-31 and the VTU in Naples, Italy)..." [02SEP2003]

PONCE, Enrique ponce.enrique.m@otc.cnrsw.navy.mil "...I think that I'm the only survivor of the P5M's Beach Masters era. I was stationed at NASNORIS VP-31 in 1964 to 1966. Are they any more AB's out there?..." [04DEC2000]

POSCH, AWCS Mike Retired mp1837@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-875, VP-872, VP-91, VP-19, VP-31, VP-46, and CPW-10. Now retired and working for a San Mateo Joint Powers Authority. Will retire January 1998. Still live near NAS Moffett Field, California and still drive the white 1961 Porsche. "Long live VP and NAS Moffett Field, California"..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2008 | 07JUN98]

POULSON, AW1 Tom Retired Hiburn8@aol.com "...Living in Ohio and now enlisted in the Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. I served with VP-4, VP-19, VP-30, VP-31 and VP-47. Had great times and I've got a lot of great memories of all the people that touched my life over the years. Sure would love to hear from some of you..." [BIO Updated 02FEB2006 | BIO Updated 19AUG2001 | 12MAY98]

POWELL, Ernie epowell42@yahoo.com "...I am trying to get information on old Shipmates who served in VP-21 in the early 1960's. ADC Aspinall, AD3 Brown, AO1 Richard Stewart, and AE1 Gerald A. Walker (Jerry). Jerry Walker was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in approximately 1966-1969. I was also stationed at Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) at NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-31 from 1966-1967, and VP-48 from 1967-1969. If anyone has any inforamtion on them please let me know. Thank You..." [BIO Updated 18NOV2002 | BIO Updated 01JUL2000 | 29MAY2000]]

PRALL, AWC Ben Retired benpeg@yahoo.com "...VP-46 11/65-6/70; VP-31 6/70-3/74; VP-22 3/74-5/78; FASOMFT 6/78-6/81; VP-46 6/81-4/84. Retired AWC 5/84..." [04MAY2000]

PRATHER, Dick rprather@pacbell.net "...I would like to say Hi to the many friends I served with in the squadrons and units I was assigned to during my 24 year stint that ended in August 1980. Those who care to reminisce please feel free to email me at home or work. I flew as either enlisted aircrew, navigator, or ASW TACCO in the following squadrons: VS-32, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island + USS TARAWA CVS-40 (AUG - NOV '57); VR-24, NAS Port Lyautey, Morocco (DEC 57 - OCT 60); VW-15, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NOV 60 - APR 61); NARTU, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (JUN 61 - OCT 61); VP-741, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (OCT 61 - AUG 62); VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AUG 62 - AUG 64); NFO Traing (AUG 64 - OCT 65); VR-22, NAS Moffett Field, California (OCT 65 - MAY 67); VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California (MAY 67 - OCT 69); VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (DEC 69 - DEC 71); NAVFAC, Cape Hatteras, NC (Dec 71 - DEC 73); VS-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California + USS KENNEDY CV-67 + USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (JAN 74 - JUL 77); ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AUG 77 - AUG 80)> retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2000 | 23NOV98]

PRAY, Dan C. Retired daniel_pray@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1984 to 1987, VP-48 from 1987 to 1990, VP-31 1990 to 1992, VP-47 from 1992 to 1996, and then Executive Transport Department NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1996 to 1999. I retired in May of 1999. I was a FE. I am still presently flying as a FE with U. S. Customs P-3 Operations Center Corpus Christi, Texas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11AUG2009 | 26DEC2000]

PRIEN, Tom prien@goldfield.com "...VP-31 (7-70), VP-40 (70-73), CPWP NAS Moffett Field, California (73-75), PatWing One det NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (75-78), FCTCL Dan Neck (78-82) and several other non-VP type tours. Retired 9-96..." [15MAR99]

PURPERA, AZ Frank Craig fcpurpera@yahoo.com "...I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from February 1969 to February 1971. I was an AZ with VP-31 and volunteered to fly as often as possible. I really enjoyed two years with VP-31. I remember LT Marty Boone very well as I took many messages to him daily. After my two years with VP-31 I moved over to VP-48 across the field and enjoyed my remaining two years with them as an AZ. We deployed to NS Subic Bay, Philippines and I volunteered to fly combat missions with the pilots of our VP-48 squadron. We then made a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. I am proud of serving with VP-31 and VP-48 between 1969 and 1972 as an AZ..." [28MAY2007]

PYLE, ADCS Ernie Retired ernie@erniepyle.us "...NTC Great Lakes, Il. Feb 2, 1971 - Apr 27, 1971, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee May 10, 1971 - Sep 10, 1971, VP-47 Dec 17, 1971 - Nov 21, 1974, VP-31 Nov 22, 1974 - June 1, 1974, NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Tx. Jun 13, 1974 - Nov 5, 1977, VQ-1 NAS Agana, Guam Feb 23, 1978 - Sep 9, 1980, NAVCRUITDIST St. Louis, Mo. Nov 25, 1980 - Oct 31, 1983, VQ-1 NAS Agana, Guam Nov 13, 1983 - May 5, 1987, and NAS Key West, Florida Jun 7, 1983 - Feb 28, 1991. Currently with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Risk Management Operations Manager, Retired, Huntsville, Tx. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Risk Manager, Hamilton Unit, Bryan, Tx..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 30MAY2006 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 12DEC2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 28APR2000]

PUGH, AWCS Bill Retired anabil007@comcast.net "...I served with VP-22 (1961-1963), VP-22 (1966-1969), FAW-2 (ASCAC) (1969-1972) and VP-31 (1972-1976). I am currently working at the Moffet Federal Airfield at the NASA Ames Research Center..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUL2011 | 06OCT97]


RADIEL, ADJC Harold "Ed" Retired Flighted@aol.com "...VP-42, VP-22, VP-17, VP-31 & VT31. From P5M's to P2V'S as Plane Captain to P-3's as Flight Engineer. Served from 1954 to 1974 when I retired. VP-42 56 to 61, VT 31 61 to 65, VP-22 65 to 69, VP-17 69 to 72. Would sure like to here from old Shipmates..." [07JUL98]

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]

RALPH, Dennis dwralph@webtv.net "...I was in VP-31, VP-28, VP-47, and VP-50, from 1968 thru 1971..." [12OCT98]

RAPPS, ADC John H. Retired jhr416@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-31 from 1988 to 1993 flew as FE Instructor. Retired in 93 moved to MO raised two kids then retired again and move to Crestview FL. Would be eager to hear from anyone from the good old days. Working for L3 Communications as QA aircraft inspector. Ride a Harley and went bald. Still lovin life..." [13OCT2007]

RAUCKHORST, Matt (ROCK) VICTOR191@AOL.COM "...GREAT SITE. I WAS IN VP-46 FROM 84-87 THEN VP-31 87-91 BACK TO VP-46 91-94 CROSSED COAST TO VP-45 94-96 NOW IN VP-30 A STHE FLEET NATOPS F/E EVALUATOR. CORRECTION TO THE BUNO OF THE VP-31 CROWS LANDING AIRCRAFT IT WAS 161762 A DAY I WILL NOT FORGET. I AM LOOKING FOR ALL THE PAST WEST COAST F/E EVALUATORS GOING BACK AS FOR AS POSSIBLE I WOULD APPERICATE ANY HELP IN THIS AREA. "FOR THE OPERATORS BY THE OPERATORS"..."

REAP, LCDR Dan Retired dateach@hawaiiantel.net "...I started my long VP career at VW-1 TACAMO NAS Agana, Guam which later became VQ-3. Left NAS Agana, Guam as an AE3 and went to VP-50 where I made AE2. 1969 - 1971. Made deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Good friends with Steve Gueid and Jerry Zwolley (can't remember the correct spelling). VP-31 from 1971-1975 then off to VP-22 as an AE1 and started a 20 year stay at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Went to VC-1 and made AEC and Avionics LDO. Then to VP-1 from 1983 - 1985 as Material Control Officer and finished up as Assistant MO. Left NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a LT and went to Ottawa Canada on the PEP. Great job as Aircraft Engineering Officer for the CP-140. Back to VP-6 from 1989-1992 as MMCO. Back to VC-1 as assistant MO until they disestablished. Finished up at VP-4 and WINGSPAC and retired, LCDR in 1995. Have been teaching at various universities in Hawaii and working as a contractor for the government. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2008 | E-Mail Updated 07SEP2004 | 12FEB2003]

REDDEKOPP, AWC Jerry D. M.A.S. Retired navycpo@mashell.com "...I'm a retired AWC. My career in VP's started in 1966 and ended in 1985. I served in VP-22 (1966-70), VP-31 (70-73), VP-50 (73-76), Lockheed Aircraft Company (CP-140 instructor) (78-79), VP-65 (78-79), COMRESPATWINGPAC Det NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (79-85), HS-85 (85-87). I retired in November 1987 and have been working for Boeing since Noc 2, 1987. I am currently the Training and Training Equipment Lead on the US Navy E-6 TACAMO program. I live in Graham, WA. Been married 32 years and have three grown son's and six grandchildren..." [28AUG2001]

REDDING, DANIEL W. JR danredding@worldnet.att.net "...I was a ADR3 & 2 with VP-18, VP-30, VP-31, VC-8, and VS-32. I retired 15DEC77 as a AS1. The NAVY was what life was all a bout for all of us. There will not be anthing else like it in this life time. Looking forward to some E mail..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 30AUG98]

REED, Torrin C. reedt509@sbcglobal.net "...I was in VP-50 from Jan. 84 to Dec. 86. and then in VP-31 as an IFT instructor from Jan.87 to Jan.90. ( NAS Moffett Field, California) I then served 2 years in Reserve VP-67, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Seeking any word from old Shipmates. Currently serving in the Air Force Reserves at McConnell, AFB, Kansas. I wear my wings proudly on my BDUs..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 20NOV98 | 05JAN98]

REES, Rick A. rickrar@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates! I served with several commands in the good old USN. Started out with VC-3 (1973), VF-124 Gunfighters & VF-2 Bounty Hunters (1974-1975), VP-31 (FE School in 1975), VP-56 (1976-1981), VP-30 (1982-1986), VP-5 (1986-1990), NAMO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1990-1994), and finally HSL-42 Proud Warriors Mayport (1994-1998). Retired as an ADCS from HSL-42 in August 1998. I currently work for a contractor at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (ACS Government Solutions Group Inc) doing computer work. My P-3 days in the Navy were some of the best times of my life. Will always have fond memories of the good times, not the bad ones! Would love to hear from any old Shipmates from those days. Aloha!..." [06FEB99]

Memorial Picture "...REESE, AMSC James Alan...Jim Reese flew as a Flight Engineer in VP-4 from 1975 to 1978. He later transferred to VP-31. James Alan Reese, 63, of Gold Hill, OR died Sept. 29, 2007, at his home. A celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at his home. Conger-Morris Funeral Directors in Medford handled arrangements. He was born Sept. 9, 1944, in Elmhurst, Ill., to Catherine and Vernon Reese. When he was a young child, his family moved to Azusa, Calif., where he lived until graduating from high school. At age 18, he joined the Navy and served as a flight engineer on P-3s. He served during the Vietnam War and, even after his plane was shot down, he volunteered for two additional tours of duty. After 20 years of military service, he retired and moved to the Rogue Valley with his wife. He went to work for the Josephine County Sheriff's Office as a road deputy and later moved to the corrections department. He retired eight years ago. He enjoyed riding and training horses. He also adopted and gentled several wild mustangs. Along with his wife, he planted a Christmas tree farm. When the trees matured, he gave horse-drawn wagon rides and played Santa. In addition to his wife, Victoria Reese, survivors include seven children, Sandy and Brian Reese and Linda Salas, all of California, and David and Darrell Reese, Eileen M. Butchko and Aimee Simpson, all of Oregon; two brothers, John and Jeff Reese, both of California; a sister, Marianne Jones of Canada; and several grandchildren..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [12FEB2011]

REEVES, George R. uhu@whidbey.net "...March 6, 1969 VP-31 RP-07 P-3B Bureau Number 152765 crashed at NAS Lemoore, California. I was also scheduled to be on that flight. As I recall, I reported to the duty office to pick up my box lunch about 0430 and was told that instead of a "RADIO/OBSERVER" FAM, the flight was rescheduled for a "Pilot Trainer". We, about 7 or 8 of us (can't remember the number for sure), had been bumped from that flight to attend a GSE class. Upon returning to the classroom (about 10:00 a.m.) from a smoke break, the instrutor said "you all were supposed to be on RP7, weren't you? It just crashed - every one was killed". I believe, again not really sure, that Dwane Yoder (went to VP-40 "Radio Operator") was also origianlly schedule to be on that FAM flight. I went on to VP-19. I served with Crew 7, Crew 2, and Crew 1 and deployed NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Also served with VAQ-129 and VP-69. Visit my website (http://www2.whidbey.net/urraca/) if you think you remember me. I really do like hearing from Shipmates. Any one remember Steve SMALLEY VP-22? I witnessed the following P-3 Mishaps: VP-45 NAS Adak, Alaska - Ground looped (pitch locked/smoke remove hatch blew open on roll out. SOP to pop the PL circuit breakers because of the cold. They had a flag sticking out the smoke removal hatch the previous day. Must have forgotten to secure it; VP-19 NAS Iwakuni, Japan - Nose gear colapsed on landing (both nose tires blew on a night take off) The crew had to wait for daylight to confirm that both tires blew. CO suggested that the crew bail out before doing a foam landing. The crew's COMMENTS "*7#@^%" could be heard on the maintenance control radio in the back ground. They did eat all of their "unprepareds" (breakfast/lunch/dinner and most likely all the PBJ) while burning off fuel; and VP-6 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines "DITCH" (AT2 Carver and I were standing at the top a P-3 boarding ladder) watched them make the turn to Grandy Island. Saw them impact the water. Couldn't believe that there were survivors. I got to fly with CDR Montgomery when he was a reserve with VP-69. He got us through a pretty spiffy storm near Midway one night..." Personal Website: http://www2.whidbey.net/urraca/ [18OCT2001]

RENDER, Dana M. dr31@msn.com "...My first duty station was VP-31 where I attended school. I left there and was stationed at VP-50 from June 1987 to November 1991. I made deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Misawa, Japan (that deployment was very hard on all of us who attended) and the Phillipines. I never realized how much being stationed in VP-50 meant to me until I left. While in VP-50 I crossed over to SN and struck SK that was a big mistake VP Navy is the best. I would love to find a friend Venus Addison she was in VP-50 then left to attend A school I believe it was AG school. Any one who may know of her where abouts or know of a friend who knows her please give her my email address. I was truely devasted when I heard about my fellow Shipmates and the tragedy they suffered. My blessing went out to the families then and they still go out now..." [01DEC2000]

RENFROE, LT Daniel F. renfroed@home.com "...VP-31 Sep 1960-Jan 1961 P-2V-5F flight training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. VP-46 Jan 1961-Feb 1964. P5M-1, P5M-2, P-2V-5F & P-2V-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California & Johnston Island. P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. Retired United Airline Captain & NASA researcher...." [E-Mail Updated 27MAR2001 | 21MAY98]

RICHARDS, AWC John Retired bigjohn@tbcc.cc.or.us "...I would like to hear from all who remember me. I served in VP-47 '65-'68, NS Sangley Point, Philippines AIMD '68-'69, VP-31 '70-'71, HSL-31 Ream Field CA '72-'73, (USS Cook 5/73-9/73), VP-50 '73-'76, VP-31 '77-'79, VP-48 '79-'83, and retired 1983..." [28MAY99]

RICKEL, AFCM Don Retired retp3fe@suscom-maine.net "...I served with VR-8 from 1964 to 1967, VP-31 Det Alpha in 1967, Crazy Cats in 1967, VP-30 in 1968, VP-101 from 1968 to 1972, NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD from 1972 to 1975, VP-8 from 1975 to 1980, CPW-5 from 1980 to 1883: SEA in 1983, VP-11 from 1983 to 1985 and NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1985 to 1992. I can't seem to leave NAS Brunswick, Maine so starting working for Public Works in the Environmental Division in 1993. Nothing better then my years in the U.S. Navy especially the VP community..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB2010 | 01DEC2000]

RIEDI, Gregery griedi@aol.com "...Stationed VP-31 1968-1971. Radio operator/instructor. Anybody remember!..." [14AUG2005]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix"...RICE, PO3 Michael A...My son, Michael A. Rice, served with VP-50 and was lost March 21st, 1991 (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I would like to hear from other families and friends of VP-50. I have missed hearing from all of you. Shirley White shirleysue1304@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 21MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2009 | 28MAY2003]

RIEK, AWCM(AC) Anthony C. Retired acr@cswnet.com "...I retired after 25 years Navy service. My first tour was with VA(HM)-13 NAS Chincoteague, Virginia as a PR with P2s. Then we moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and redesignated VP-24. From there I attended PR-B school and went to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. After 9 months I became a member of the Chuting Stars Navy Parachute Team in NAS Pensacola, Florida until we disbanded in July 1964. I then went to VP-7 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then to AX-A School as a PR-1. Then to VP-5 back in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I then did a tour as an instructor, (AWC) with FASO in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and finally in NAS Moffett Field, California. Next was VP-9 (AWCS) and shore duty at VP-31 (AWCM). Probably my most enjoyable tour was at VP-31. I was selected for Warrant Officer and I declined the Commission. Many good memories, only wish my tour there had lasted longer..." [13MAY2004]

RINGGENBERG, AXCS Roger Retired RRinggenberg@msn.com "...I started out in VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1963-64, VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California 1965-67, VO-67 Alameda, CA and RTAFB Nhakon Phenom, Thailand 1967-68 and VP-48 Moffett Field, CA 1968-70. Flew as crewman on SP-2E&H, OP-2E, P-3A, B & C and SP-5B Aircraft. Retired AXCS in 1986. Love to hear from any in squadrons listed..."

RINN, YN Herb hrinn@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1972 to 1974. I worked in Officer Training Administration as a Yoeman. It was a good crew we had there. If anyone remembers give me a shout..." [24AUG2008]

RIPPEE, Bob ripmaui@aol.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1982 through 1985 including the NS Rota, Spain deployment when the A/C departed the runway. I was in fact crossing the field overhead giving an instrument check flight to Tom Slattery. I now live on Maui, having left the military in 1989...I served with VP-31 from 1985 through 1987. I flew on the Orion on the VP-31 Flight Demonstration Team. I think it was the 4th of July 1986 or 1987. There was a commercial videotape made of the airshow and I am trying to locate a copy. Please contact me if you have any information..." [BIO Updated 30JUN2000 | 14APR2000]

RIVAS, AD2 Myriam mrrivas1973@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-40 (1974-1979) and VP-10 (1979-1982) NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [17FEB2014]

RIVES, Rick rrives@eaglenet.com "...I served at Moffett Field from 1983 -1992. VP-31 MMCO 1983-1986 MO 1990-1992 VP-9 MMCO 1986-1989 AIMD 1989-1990 AAIMO and retired in Patuxent River MD after serving as the OinC of the NAVAIR AMMT from 1992-1995. I am currently a support contractor for the P-3 APML in NAVAIR. I would like to hear from my old shipmates around the globe. If you are still active and need help with logistics contact me by e-mail or phone me at 301 863-2453..."

ROBBINS, AOCS Howell "Robbie" HROB3629@aol.com "...I was in VP-26 from 1956 to 1960, VP-30 1963, VP-10 1963 to 1967 (transition from P2'S to P3'S lots of good times), VP 31 1970 and VP-4 1970 to 1973..."

ROBERG, PH1 Martin A. mroberg@hughes.net "...I served with VP-31 from 1964 to 1969 as an aircrewman on P5M and RC-45J. I was a PH1 and worked in the NAS North Island, San Diego, California Photo Lab and got my flight time in the P2, P5M and RC-45J. I am now retired us Navy. I worked as a store manager for twenty years and now working at WalMart at age 67! I plan to work for another ten years and then retire. I will never forget the 16 hour flights in the P5M..." [16DEC2009]

ROBERTS, Gordy GordyRoberts@aol.com "...I did tours in VP-4 ('58-'60, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan), VP-24 ('65-'67, NAS Norfolk, Virginia), and VP-31 (Insturctor, '67-'69, NAS North Island, San Diego, California), plus the VU-3..." [09FEB2000]

ROBERTS, Wayne d_wroberts@mindspring.com "...VP-9 Pilot June 79 - June 82, VP-31 Instructor July 82 - Mar 84, VP-65 Pilot Sep 89 - Sep 91. Currently Chief Test Pilot for Lockheeds new C-130J development program..." [17MAR98]

ROGERS, CPO Tom "TJ" Retired tomrogers@wihfr.com "...I served with VP-22 (1970-1972) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, VP-31 (1972-1976), VP-91 (1976-1980) and VP-69 (1980-1990). I was a FE (Stage Coach Driver) - some of you know what I'm talking about. The only thing I miss about the Navy is the twenty some odd years I spent with the finest Shipmates one could ask for..." [15SEP2011]

ROSE, AE1 Ron Retired ronbren4@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1972 to 1980, VP-31 from 1980 to 1983, and VP-1 from 1983 to 1989 as a Flight Engineer. I could of never made it in the regular navy, but the VP Navy - now that was a party that lasted for 16 yrs of my 20 years four months and six days of service. I flew with a lot of crews and enjoyed them all. Really miss all those I flew with and those who supported the air crews..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 14FEB2001 | 29NOV98]

ROTHAUPT, R. rothauptv@aol.com "...I started out in VP-31 from late 1963 through early 1964. I then went to VP-40 from 1964 to discharge in 1967. Lots great guys. Flew with Crew 12 the party crew. I was part of the great bell caper and the flap stencil caper on a/c. I had a lot of fun. Sure would like to hear from some of the old crew members or anyone that served with me..." [17NOV2001]

ROTHMAN, Dave [(209)858-2990] "...SS3; VP-4 (November 1974 through February 1978), VP-6 (October 1978 through September 1982), VP-31 (January 1983 through December 1985), VP-48 (December 1985 through October 1989), and retired May 1994. Old Shipmates passing through the Central Valley can contact me at (209)858-2990..." [28MAY2000]

ROWLANDS, LCDR Steve Retired srowlands@comcast.net "...I served with VP-19 from 1983-1986; VP-31 from 1991-1993, and VP-4 from 1993-1995..." [E-Mail Updated 01FEB2009 | 19MAR2001]

ROW, Lisa NYTROUSGIRL@AOL.COM "......" [18SEP2000]

RUMMEL, ATN2 Larry "Fox" lrums46@att.net "...I served with VP-31 (1965-1966) and VP-1 (1966-1968) with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan flying with Crew-9, Crew-5, Crew-1 and Crew-4 (Radioman and later as First Technician). We flew out of FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I spent a lot of time playing softball and basketball on squadron and base teams. I would appreciate any info concerning Mr. Marty Boone who really took care of the flight crews. After retirement, I have become active at VFW-2866 in St. Charles, Mo and urge all eligible vets to join..." [30DEC2010]

RUOTI, CAPTAIN Anthony Joseph Jr. http://www.nwc.navy.mil/jmo/Faculty/bios/ruoti.htm "...CAPT Anthony Joseph Ruoti Jr. - JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT - Chairman, JMO Department - CAPTAIN ANTHONY J. RUOTI, JR., USN, reported to the Joint Military Operations Department as chairman in August 2002, following a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Captain Ruoti graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 and the Naval War College in 1993, receiving a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His shore tours include VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Commander Patrol Wing ELEVEN, Executive Officer of the West Coast's P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, The Joint Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate (J6), Architecture and Integration Division. Following this Washington tour he reported to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander Task Force EIGHTY-FOUR as operations officer and subsequently as Chief of Staff. Captain Ruoti's sea tours were VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving as Aircraft Division Officer, Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer holding P-3 "Orion" Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot designations, deploying to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, with detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Senegal, working closely with allied naval forces throughout the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, USS FORRESTAL as Communications Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean, VP-19 as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer, deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT detaching to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He commanded VP-9, during this tour his squadron was awarded the Battle "E", deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan and detaching to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. Captain Ruoti assumed command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE, preparing, training and certifying Patrol and Special Project Squadrons for forward deployed operations..." [15APR2004]

RUSSELL, Kam Kamshaft@compuserve.com "...I was in VP-31 from '92 to '93 (decomm) then on to VP-30 from '93 to '96. I had some great times, and I would love to hear from some old friends. By the way, Ipo, it was great to see your message. I deviated off course and ended up a civilian......currently doing a tour at Embry-Riddle Aero U. in Daytona Bch..." [26OCT98]

RYAN, VICE ADMIRAL John R. http://www.sunymaritime.edu/zpt/z04/z0404.makka?z=1144 "...Vice Admiral John R. Ryan assumed the presidency of the State University of New York Maritime College during a ceremony held aboard Empire State VI while it was docked in Dublin, Ireland. Formerly the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan is the College's 32nd president since its founding in 1874. Prior to serving as the 56th Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan was the Commander of the Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Sixth Fleet/Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/Commander, Maritime Air Forces located in NAF Naples, Italy. Before earning flag rank, Vice Admiral Ryan commanded VP-11, VP-31, and CPW-10. Previous shore assignments included the Strategic Concepts Group in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), and Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In March 1991, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and served as the Director, Logistics and Security Assistance for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. His rapid ascendancy continued when he assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet/Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet in August 1993. Vice Admiral Ryan graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1967. After designation as a naval aviator, his initial assignment was to VP-8. From 1972-75, he was assigned to the Candidate Guidance Office at the Naval Academy. He then served two years on the USS Nimitz as Assistant Navigator followed by a department head tour in VP-26. While fulfilling those assignments, Vice Admiral Ryan attended George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master of Science degree in Administration in 1975. He has also completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Vice Admiral Ryan's decorations include the distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars) and other service awards. A native of Mountainhome, Pa., Vice Admiral Ryan and his wife, Diane, have three daughters: Tricia, Kelly and Julie. Maritime College faculty, administration, alumni and friends and SUNY officials were joined by state and local officials and maritime industry leaders at a reception held July 18 at Maritime College to officially welcome Vice Admiral Ryan. As part of the day's ceremonies, Vice Admiral Ryan welcomed back the College's cadets from their eight-week, summer term at sea and joined Assemblyman Steve Kaufman and John D'Agati, special aide to Senator Kenneth LaValle, to introduce the Cadet Appointment Scholarship Program (click here for more information)..." [22JUN2003]


SALMON, AW1 Gart H. Retired ultramed@colton.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1962 to 1966, AX School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1966, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1967 to 1971, VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida and which was moved to Pax River Maryland from 1971 to 1974, VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1979, and moved across the field to VP-31 from 1979 until I retired on November 1981..." [24JAN2003]

SAMUELSON, Gary glnsams@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 in October 1974 to December 1977. Made trisite deployment January to June 1975 and NAS Misawa, Japan from August 1976 to February 1977. I navigated for Crew 1 and TACCOed for Crew 8. I served with VP-31 from December 1977 to 1980 when I left Navy. Went to work for Lockheed Missiles & Space and still there. I enjoyed my VP time completely and thoroughly and would still be doing it if the Navy would have let me. But life goes on. I would enjoy hearing from any of my Shipmates in those squadrons..." [E-Mail Updated 22JAN2007 | 28MAY2001]

SATTERFIELD, AEC Dick Retired gemstar@ibm.net"...Started with P-3's in Weapons System Test (WST), NATC Pax Riv. in '64 then to VP-9 and VP-31. Retired from VP-47 in Jan of '76 as an AEC. One outfit not mentioned is Weapons Systems Test Div. as a P-3 operator. We had the first one - 148276, a convert -ed Electra which was also a prototype Charlie. The other two were 148889 and 152141 which were used as test-beds for test and evaluation of new weapons systems. Interesting tour. Retired for a second time (from IBM) and live in San Jose, CA. Dick Satterfield, former AE ed Electra which also was the Charlie prototype..."

SATTERFIELD, AE2 Donald L. sattdon@aol.com "...Served with VP-31 in 1967 and 1968. I got out of the Navy on Jan 24th 1968. My rate was AE-2. I came to VP-31 from across the hangar from VR-8 when VR-8 disbanded. It sure makes me feel good to see the P-3 and the C-130's fly today and know I was working on some simular in the 60's. I loved the C-130 it was a great Aircraft and still is. I flew as a crew member on the P-3 but never really like the plane. The main reason not many people got out of them when they went down. Still a great Bird. I live in Jacksonville, FL. now. I enjoyed the years in the Navy and wouldn't take anything for them. Was on the USS Oriskany in 1965 when we went to Vietnam with VA-152. Hope everyone likes my in puts take care and have a great day..." [BIO Updated 07MAR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JUN2008 | BIO Updated 11FEB2004 | 31AUG97]

SAUNDERS, Richard (Dick) rsaunders3@aol.com "...I was lucky to serve as a pilot in three VP squadrons. VP-28 (P2V-5F) from December 1956 to June 1960, VP-31 (SP2H and SP2E) from June 1960 to February 1963, and VP-46 (P-3A) From February 1963 to July 1965. Would like to hear from Shipmates..." [05JUL2000]

SAVAGE, Robin John savagemotorsports@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1979 to 1981, Utility Aircrewman, Second Mech, and Flight Engineer. Went to VP-40 CAC2 (Screw 2 - Rippers Raiders). First Blue card from R.C. Hunter and Ran NATOPS for two years. Left activte duty and joined VP-91 from 1983-1998. Done'em all P-3/A/B/C. Took Delivery of the last one 163295 for the reserves. I retired on 1 April, 1999 with 22 years service..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 05SEP2002 | 10JUN98]

SAWYER, AOCS AW/NAC Mark Retired oldordie@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 (1976-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California in Ordnance Maintenance and as an Instructor, VP-1 (1979-1982) On Crew-6 (Ordnanceman), Fleet Replacement Aviation Maintenance Program (FRAMP) Instructor for the F/A-18 (1983), tours with 2 VFA squadrons, 2 Air Wing Staff's and 2 tours with Strike Fighter Weapons School, retiring in 1998. Currently living in Nashville, TN. Have kept in contact with retired Flight Engineer Al Parsons, AOCM retired Tim Carrol from VP-1...." [04SEP2013]

SAXTON, Jim jfs0758@eagle.sbeach.navy.mil "...I served in VP-6 from 65-70, VP-31 from 74-77 and VP-47 from 77-80. I threw in a little shore duty in-between at NAS Bermuda, NAF El Centro, and NAS Key West. Two tours onboard the USS Kitty Hawk 83-87 and 92-93 and one tour onboard USS Tarawa. Retired in 93. Would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates. "AO's forever..." [21OCT98]

SCHNEIDER, AE2 Dan dschneid48@aol.com "...Attended AE "A" School (01/1969-06/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and reported to VP-31 (06/1969-05/1972) Detachment at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I worked and flew as a crew member, training Navy and Army personnel, until the beautiful P2 Neptune was decommissioned. I was one of the chosen few left behind to train Reserve Navy, NARTU, in P2 Neptune, Grumman E-1B Tracer and Grumman S-2 Tracker. I then served with VAQ-130 (05/1972-10/1972) at NAS Alameda, California working on Douglas A3D Skywarriors. I spent 3 weeks on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34), chugging our way to NS Subic Bay, Philippines, where I spent my last 6 months in the Navy. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20AUG2011]

SCHERLEN, AT3 John johnscherlen00@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (Aft Observer) from 1983 to 1987..." [04JUN2009]

SCHNEIDER, Frank fjs98jax@aol.com "...I'm a Lieutenant from the German Navy; being in a PEP program since Mar 98 until Apr 2001. I got my wings of gold in Feb 94 with the US Navy at Randolph AFB; got operational on a Brequet Atlantic ( German Maritime Patrol Aircraft ) in Oct 94. I was detached to NAW 3, Squadron 2 at NAS Nordholz, Germany until Mar 98. Now, I am doing the P-3 training as an NFO-Instructor at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I will stay there until Apr. 2001..." [13MAY98]

SCOTT, AT2 John W. jwscott99@hotmail.com "...Originally from Decatur, Illinois. Joined the Navy in 1980. After AT "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee I went on to "B" school - AFTA - Advanced First Term Avionics. When I completed AFTA I received AT3 (rent-a-crow). I then transferred to VP-31 for framp school in NAS Moffett Field, California. I took the AT2 test in NAS Moffett Field, California, passed, and was a 2nd class before transferring to the fleet. In 1982 I transferred to VPU-2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and served as a ground pounder electronics tech in 640. I had a great time in many deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan. Special Projects was definitely the high point of my naval service. I transferred to NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1986 and was a micro-miniature electronics repair supervisor until I got out of the navy in 1987..." [07FEB2007]

SCOTT, AE1 Ricky J. w7psk@w7psk.net "...I served with VQ-1 (1973 to 1975), VP-31 FRAMP (1975 to 1978), VQ-2 (1979 to 1982), C-12 Aircrew NAS Brunswick (1982 to 1985), VP-30 FE School (1985), VP-11 (1985 to 1986) and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Brunswick (1986 to 1987)..." [E-Mail Updated 23AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 22OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 19APR99]

SEHORN, LCDR Donald D. Retired Subfighter@aol.com "...Enlisted 1949. First Navy School was Naval Mine Warfare in Yorktown, VA. In 1958 changed to Aviation Electricians Mate and did a short WestPac on the USS BonHomme Richard and then to VAHM-10/VP-17. Commissioned Ens.(LDO) in 1961 and then to VP-31 (the RAG), after that to VP-47 and on to VO-67 (which, in spite of what everyone thinks, was not an all volunteer squadron). From the OBSRON I was with VAQ-130 in NAS Alameda, California. From there to the USS Hancock and then to Staff, Fleet Air Alameda. Retired in 1973 and am about to do it again, I think. I would really appreciate hearing from any of my old Shipmates. I would drop a few names but there are so many and it has been so many years..." [05JAN99]

SEWELL, AFCM Donald A. Retired dsewell2@austin.rr.com "...I was VP for almost 30 years. Started in 1965 with VP-47, VP-10 in 1972, VP-31 in 1973, VP-47 in 1973, VP-6 in 1985 Also NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Moffett Field, California. Served as F/E for 14 years. Removed from Flight upon making E9. Served as CMC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-47, VP-6 and at AIMSO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Did a tour with VXE-6 as Maintenance MCPO..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2004 | 29SEP99]

SEAY, AD1(AW) Christopher Retired clseay@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Chase Field Beeville, Texas AIMD, VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-31 FRAMP teaching T56 "O" Level Maintenance, VX-5 / VX-9 NAWC NAS China Lake, California, VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and finally Air Operations NAS Kingsville, Texas. Currently residing in south Texas and employed with L-3 Communications as aircraft mechanic on U.S. Customs P-3 aircraft!! Love it!!! Can't get enough!! Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2004 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 22MAY99 | BIO Updated 30OCT98]

SECHLER, Bill jobillsler@aol.com "...VP-44, 61-64, flew P5, P-2 & P-3; VP-31 (Det A) original P-3 RAG at NAS Moffett Field, California, 64-67; VP-47, 73-75. >5,000 hrs P-3 pilot time..." [21MAR98]

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]

SENTZ, TIM CMS007@AOL.COM "...DID TOURS WITH VP-30, VP-50 (84-88), VP-31-CNAP/NATOPS (88-91), MMFA ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-62, VP-68, CURRENTLY AN AOC IN VP-91..." [19MAR98]

SEVENER, ADR1 David H Retired dsevener@triton.net "...I was a P-2V Plane Captain from 1963-1972. I was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California VP-31 (rag) 1963, with VP-2 1963-1966 Plane Captain Crew 9 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Two Alaska Deployments, one delpoyment to Japan. 1966-1968 VC-8 Roosevelt Rds PR, flying P-2V-5's dropping Firebee droans. 1968-1972 NADC Johnsville PA, flying OP-2E's and NP-2E's doing R&D for Vietman. Retired off the USS John F Kenedy in Dec 1979..." [11MAY98]

SHAFFER, LCDR William H. "Bill" Retired billshaffer93@attbi.com "...I was on active duty from 1965 to 1986. I was in VP-5 from 1966 to 1969, VP-31 from 1969 to 1971, FAW-8 from 1971 to 1972, and VP-24 from 1977 to 1980. I've recently moved back to Garland, Texas (Dallas) from San Diego. Anyone who was in these squadrons during these time periods, please send me a note. I'd like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 02MAR2002 | 27FEB98]

SHANK, Jake CARRIERCA@AOL.COM "...I am searching for any of my fellow YN's that served with me in VP-31 during the period of 6/85 - 5/88. I was a YN2 and worked most of my time in VP-31 as the Legal Yeoman (sorry about that). I got out after making YN1 and serving a tour with VFA 22 out of NAS Lemoore, California. Currently an independent contractor for a Bank Auditing firm out of Florida. Would like to hear from my friends and even those that were in the squadron the same time to just stroll down memory lane..." [15OCT98]

SHAUNESSY, Marty ShaunessyMJ@bonhomme-richard.navy.mil "...I joined the VP community in June '73 as a P-3 FE student in VP-31. Transferred to VQ-1 in Guam ('Dec '73-May '76). Was an FE in Crew 36 with Mike Asher, Bob Asmus and Bob Woolsey. Moved on to VP-19 '76-'78 in Crew 6. Went to COMPATWINGSPAC in Nov '78 with Master Chief Goff, Mike McGuire, Denny Graham and ADCS Don Newth. Picked up Chief in '80 and LDO in '81. VP-31 was my next stop ('81-'83) as Asst FRAMP and then MMCO with CDR Tim Cudia. Still on active duty as the AIMD Officer onboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). Presently on our first cruise as the Navy's newest Amphibious Assault ship. Greeting to all my old Shipmates. Drop me a line when you get the time..." [19FEB2000]

SHAWVER, AW1(AW) Peter M. (Matt) Shawv@earthlink.net "...I was a Sensor 3 for my entire navy career. My first and favorite tour (1980-1983)was with VP-46 Crew 6 with NAS Keflavik, Iceland being my favorite deployment. Then on to be an instructor VP-31 (1983-1986). Then to VP-50 (1986-1989) where I worked in Operations writing the flight schedule.. Then to FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (1989-1991) Then took Advantage of the early out program. Hello to all the friends I flew and worked with. I think about you often, especially the friends we lost with the VP-50 crash. Keep in touch..." [23DEC97]

SHEA, AT1 Tom Retired TDShea@aol.com "...I started my Navy career in VP-16 from '77 to '79 back when they were just "The Eagles". From there I went to VP-9, '81 to '83. VP-30 was next where I had a great time, despite working for a few "E-7's." I wrote the first CNO approved P-3C IFT course, which I'm happy to say they are still teaching today. Had a great time as an instructor. From browsing your pages, I see some of those slugs are still flying!! After 30, spent a sunny year in ASWOC Diego Garica. I do miss the fishing there. My next tour was NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '88 to 91. That was a very interesting tour working with prototype equipment. To bad they shut down the Update IV program. In December of '91 was transfered to VP-49 until they were disestablished in '94. From there I went to VFA-87, the "Golden Warriors". They didn't really know what to do with a VP sailor, but with in 3 months I was running the IWT shop having a great time. My tour there was cut short when I blew my knee out on the Flight Deck. Back to VP's. This time VP-31 where I stayed until I retired in April of '96. Now I have to work for a living. Glad I spent so much time in VP "Wheels up, Heels up." Had to save my energy for civilan life!!!..." [30JAN98]

SHORT, Herb hshort@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-30, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, attended schools in NAS Millington, Tennessee and later joined VP-56 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1968 through 1970) as an ASW aircrewman. I was assigned to Crew 6 ("Crew Grit"). We were the first squadron to receive the P-3C Orion with the Honeywell computer system. I remember weeks and weeks of classroom training on the new equipment. I was involved in deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and even got a trip to Stavanga, Norway. Only accumulated 700 flight hours but I enjoyed every minute of them. Took an early discharge and was temporarily attached to VP-31 when VP-56 deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [BIO Updated 22MAR2010 | E-Mail Updated 19MAR2010 | 10APR2003]

SHOWELL, Ronald Shortstickcapt@aol.com "...I served in VP-31 from mid 1960 to January 1964. Flew in P5s as crewmember. I would like to hear from John Danials, Rabbitt, and Willie Brown. Those were the good days..." [25OCT2001]

SIKORSKI, AWC Dennis Retired awcski@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-1 from 1971 to 1977, VP-31 from 1977 to 1981, VP-47 from 1981 to 1984, VP-31 from 1984 to 1987, and VP-47 from 1987 to 1991..." [05MAY2004]

SIMEON, Ray rsimeon@pacerinfotec.com "...Served in VP-48 from '72 - '75 as an NFO. Served in VP-31 from '75 - '78. Was in VP-64 from '79 - '85..." [21MAR98]

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SISK, AO1 DAVID Retired bbstacker67_69@sbcglobal.net "...I joined the Navy in 1963. I served with VR-21 (1964 to 1966), VA-27 NAS Lemoore, California (made the May 1968 to January 1969 WesPac aboard the aboard the USS Constellation), VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1969 to 1970), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (1971 to 1974), VP-6 (1974 to 1977), VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California (1977 to 1980), USS Tripoli LPH-10 (1980 to 1982), USS Ranger CV-61 Ships Company AIMD (made 1982 WesPac Cruise), NAS Moffett Field, California and retired as AO1 in May 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2006 | 04MAR2005]

SKELTON, AW1 Richard P. Retired bababear@alaska.com "...I attended Boot Camp (1968-1969), AW "A" School (1969), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) (1969-1970) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 (1969-1970), VP-9 (1970-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRoUp, PAcific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) DET (1975-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-19 (1978-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California, CPRW-10/ASWOC (1982-1985), CPRW-10/ASWOC (1985-1990) Detachment NAS Adak, Alaska and retired (1990). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06NOV2011]

SKINNER, ATC(NAC) Jay Retired jay.skinner@amedd.army.mil "...I served with VQ-2 (August 1975 to August 1981), VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California (2 1/2 years) and VQ-2 (February 1984 to October 1991) when I retired. I stopped flying in 1987 because of loss in hearing..." [14NOV2008]

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]

SKOGLUND, AXCS Michael Retired mike.skoglund@hotmail.com "...I served with VW-1 (EC-121) at NAS Agana, Guam from 1969 to 1970, VA-145 (A-6) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, AE to AX School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee mid 1970's, VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1978, VP-47 from 1978 to 1980, Recruiting Duty in NAS (NRD) Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1980 to 1982, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1983 to 1985, Recruiting Duty in NAS (NRD) Dallas, Texas and retired February 1990. Where did it all go?..." [28DEC2009]

SLAGLE, ABH3 John W. slag5845@att.net "...I served with VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California launching and recovery of the old P5M and VP-31. I retired as a Special Agent - U.S. Department of Justice...." [E-Mail/BIO 13OCT2012 | 14JUN99]

SLATER, Cliff "Snuff X" cbslater@swbell.net "...From the farm in Montana to A School in Memphis in 1968. On to VP-31 Det B at NASNI (P-2V Neptune), then to VQ-1 in NAS Atsugi, Japan. Just an "airdale tweet" (ATR2) flying from NAS Atsugi, Japan to NS Sangley Point, Philippines to Taipai to DaNang to Korat to Agana to Singapore to Cam Rhan Bay and who remembers where else. And with Stubb X and Mumbles, OD, Drifty, the Major, Louie the Fly, Gunny, and the rest - how did we get there? VP-31 Det B 1968-69, VQ-1 1970-1972..." [18JUN98]

SLATTENGREN, AE2 Michael mjslatt@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from June 1966 to August 1968 (we flew the P2V) and VP-22 from August 1968 to April 1970 as an AE2 in the Electric shop. I caught the squadron in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (August 1968) with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (and Japan when a typhoon was heading to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan). We returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in January 1969. Left for 2nd deployment NS Sangley Point, Philippines (November 1969) with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I mustered out of Navy April 1970..." [01JUN2009]

SLOCUM, Jenna jennliese@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California from January 1989 to December 15th, 1995. I now in Newark, NY..." [21JUN2011]

SMITH, LCDR Charles E. charlesedwardsmith@msn.com "...I served with VP-10 from 1975 to 1978 (LT PPC-AC, Pilot Training Officer, Instructor Pilot and AW Division Officer), VP-31 from 1978 to 1982 (LCDR Instructor Pilot), Pilot Cascade Airways from 1984 to 1985, Eastern Airlines from 1985 to 1989 and Alaska Airlines from 1990 to present..." [24SEP2008]

SMITH, DANNY K. SMITHD@henry.k12.ga.us "...I SERVED IN THE U.S.N. FROM OCT. 1966 TILL JULY OF 1970. I WAS WITH VS-23 BLACKCATS ABOARD USS YORKTOWN FOR WESTPAC, JAN.1968 TILL JULY 1968, DECOM. THEN VP-31 FOR RETRAINING THEN MET VP-48 BOOMERANGERS IN NAS Adak, Alaska FOR THREE MONTHS AND FINALLY WE WENT WESTPAC TO THE PHILLIPINES AND VIETNAM. I WAS RADIO OPERATOR IN CREW FIVE, CMDR. McCORMMICKS BUSHMEN AND GOT OUT IN JULY OF 1970. SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM MY Shipmates..." [18MAY98]

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

SMITH, AO1 Fred fasorsb@juno.com "...I was in VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California a month before it was commisioned until July of 1962. I was a flight instructor in Crew 16, P5Ms, and also fill in on the P2Vs quite often. We're the crew that started the rumor about "Chingers" in the bilges. I worked under Chief Lemon AO9. This duty was the best of my life..." [12DEC99]

SMITH, AZ1 James Jr. Retired jr254611@netzero.net "...My life was open up to a whole new world when I was transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California, the Golden Swordmen (VP-47) and VP-31 (1975-1980). All of my Shipmates were great. We learn a lot about ourselves and each other. The deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan were trips I will never forget. Where are the boys in the band? I rode with them to every gig in Japan, helping them set up. Thanks VP for molding me to the man I am today..." [19JUL2002]

SMITH, Kevin G. KSSNFLY@compuserve.com "...I was in VP-8 from Dec-81 to Jun-91 serving as an F/E and Mechanic. I did tours in VP-31 and VP-30 as a FRS Instructor, and another sea duty tour in VP-4 from Jun-95 to Sep-98. Currently attached to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying with ETD..." [13OCT98]

SMITH, ADR3 Richard R. smith@jefferson-scranton.k12.ia.us "...Joined VP-48 in 1964 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I maintained the APU's and Fuel systems along with AN "Johnny" Johnson. I transfered to VP-31 for shore duty in December 1966. Continued my service and retired in 1979. Married my present wife Adrienne in 1980..." [07SEP2003]

SMITH, AE3 Rodger L. c/o His Daughter Leslie leslielarson@jodcpa.com "...My Father, to the best of his knowledge and mine, was in NAS Jacksonville, Florida (AE Classes) for boot camp in 1968. From there he went to VP-31 Training School till 1969 ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California), VP-42 ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington) from 1969-70, then to VC-3 (Imperial Beach) until his discharge, after I was born in 1971. He was a AE3 when he left, and I know he was part of at least two classified deports to the Phillipines, because they were short people of his skillmanship (during VP-42). I also know when he first got to VP-42 they were already on a mission, I believe the Phillipines, so he worked in the AMD for awhile. According to him he remembers a Gerald Hanson (sp?), and a Powers (?), I believe they were both AE's also. I know Dad worked on P2 Neptune's, P-3 Orion's, and on the C-130 Cargo planes. Dad had a fire at the house in January 2000, and lost all but on small snapshot of his Naval pictures. I would love to get some visual reminders of that time back for him, but I need help. I'm hoping someone out there can help me!! Thank you!..." [11DEC2002]

SNYDER, Bob snyd@sneezy.sri.com "...I completed tours in VP-31 Det. NORIS (68-69), VP-40 twice (72-74,79-83), Patwing 2 (74-78), Patwing 10 (83-86), Patwingspac (86-88). I retired Aug 88 with 30 years..."

SOKOLOSKI, PN2 Jill Stanley_Dog@msn.com "...I (Tony Petrusha) was a 2nd mech on crew 7 in VP-48 from 1973 through 1977...A point of interest to some people from VP-40 and VP-31, PN2 Jill Sokoloski and I are still happily married, she enjoyed this site and remembered Iwacuni, Midway, NAF Misawa, Japan and Mumbles. Drop me a line..."

SPARKS, AZ1 (AW) Michael L. michael.sparks@sunmed.com "...It was my honor and privelage to serve with VP-40 from 1982-1986. My next duty was with VP-31 from 1986 - 1990. I would like to communicate with anyone from those commands..." [15APR2003]

SPEAKS, ADCS Paul Retired pspeaks43@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-68, VP-60, Commander Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic and VP-65 before coming to my senses and going to Flight Engineer School. I served with VF-101 at NAS Key West, Florida and in VF-84 and VF-201 abroad Independence, Saratoga, and Kennedy and as an instructor at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York. I also worked on F-8's and A-7's at Ling-Temco-Vaught and on F-111's at General Dynamics. If you have time, drop me an email, I currently work in the entertainment business and get very few opportunities to communicate with my old Navy buddies..." [E-Mail Updated 15AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 27FEB2004 | 14MAY2000]

SPEAR, AD1 Clinton L. Retired clintspear1@msn.com "...I was at NAS Moffett Field, California and served in VP-46 from 1967 to 1970. Did the NAS Adak, Alaska run on that one. Next, AIMD then on to VP-40 from 1976 to 1977 in the Power Plant shop. I remember a group that used to play in the squadron. Mike Martin, Lt. Scott Evans, and Jim Young. They were "The Marlins". Good down home playin'. I married Diana L. Lasko who herself was in VP-91 at the time. After VP-40, I went on to VP-31 from 1977 to 1980 when I decided to get out and join the Naval Reserve at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-69 from 1980 to 1981. From there to VAQ-133 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and we have been here ever since. Retired due to a bad ticker. Would love to hear from any Shipmates who remember me by the names "Sammy" (from AIMD) and "Pops". Had a diverse Naval career but having a more diverse retirement. You can reach me thru my wifes email address..." [E-Mail Updated 28APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 03APR99 | 01MAY98]

SPEARMAN, AT3 Kyle abcorionp3@aol.com "...I was stationed at Nas NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-31 from 1981-1985. I'm looking for a few friends, Todd Sizemore, Norman Bogart, Jim Rugala, and Chuck Melson. If anybody has information please shoot me a line. After leaving the Navy I started working for the California Department of Corrections where I'm still working as a sergeant. Anybody assigned to VP-31 during this time feel free to call..." [06NOV2000]

SPINK, CAPTAIN Tom Retired tom.spink@att.net "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California (1970 to 1988) as NAV/TACCO on P-3B & B-MOD, VP-31 (1970 to 1972), VP-46 (1972 to 1974), VP-31 (1974 to 1977) CNAP NFO Evaluator, VP-91 (1977 to 1988) and Commanding Officer (1986 to 1988)..." [E-Mail Updated 25APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 30JUN2005 | BIO Updated 15AUG2000]

SPOON, AXCS Gary Retired saspoon@juno.com "...I served in VP-31 1975-78 and in VP-17 1978-81. would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [09AUG98]

STABLEWSKI, Kevin J. (SKIDOG) k_stablewski80@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-50 from 85-87, ABH3 Kevin Stablewski (SKIDOG). I was the Line Division Supervisior under Lt. Kevin Higman & Ltjg Graff. Did the NSF Diego Garcia det. with a split det. in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Would like to correspond with anyone in the squadron at that time...I attended school at VP-31 in 1984-85. Met lot's of great people, J. J. Martineau from NY/NY. Last time I saw him was in HI in 1985. Master Chief Marrs one of my bowling partners. And someone I loved very much YNSN Tracy Laberge, from Sabbattus, Maine. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these folks please e-mail me. Thank You..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAR2005 | BIO Updated 18APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 11APR2001 | 10APR2001]

STANEK, CPO Clyde Retired kenats@msn.com "...Dear Sir: I was one of the original plank members of VP-91, at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1969. I went through VP-31 Training as an E-6 ADJ Flight Engineer (TAR). After my active duty was over, I remained in VP-91 untill I retired in 1976. Our Squadron emblem was the old Liberty Bell. Looking back in one of my old log books, some of the Aircraft we had in July & August of 75 were P-3A's (150604)(150606)(151357)(151368)& (151376). Some of the other plank members, Bruce Hasse, Norm Hilscher, Larry Novack, Pete Valdes, and Bob Leary. My last CO was CDR. R (Dick) Smith, who lives in Key West, FL. and I talk with him on occasions..." [14AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...STATON, ADC(AW/NAC) Marvin W. Jr. "Rusty"...Rusty was a native of Dallas, Texas and raised by proud parents, Marvin and Shirley Staton. He attended Duncanville High School and was later awarded a GED from Waxahatchie High School in Dallas. On May 7, 1996 he would be awarded an Associate Degree from Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida. He joined the Navy on April 27, 1981 and after recruit training attended AD "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee, after which he attended Naval Aircrew Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, Florida. He then reported to his first duty station Naval Air Technical Training Center, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. His duty stations during his 20 plus year career included; USS Lexington (Pensacola, Florida), ANTARTICDEVRON SIX, (VXC 6, NAS Point Mugu, California), Flight Engineer training at FASO and VP-31 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-9 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-30 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-9 (NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), and NAVFORAIRTESTRON (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland). His awards include: Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman Designation, Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards), National Defense, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon and numerous letters of commendations and appreciation. Rusty was a great Chief and admired by his superiors as well as those he trained and supervised. He was one of the few to have survived an air crash aboard a C-130 on an emergency landing at the South Pole. He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and would do absolutely anything to help out a shipmate in need. The people that know him will tell you he was always happy and full of life, a true optimist..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

STEARNS, ADJ3 Charles A. castearns@hotmail.com "...I finished training with VP-31 Det. A and went to VP-46 at NAS Adak, Alaska in 1964. That was the start, made the NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan / NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1965 and in 1966 again NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I got out of the Navy at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1967. I would like to hear from some of the men that I worked with..." [26JUL2009]

STEPHENS, Dave stephensndc@aol.com "...I served in VP-47 as a SS-1 and SS-4 from 1977-1980 with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska and Beartrap dets to NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Midway Island, NAS Agana, Guam, and NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. I transitioned to SS-3 when I moved across the runways to VP-31, eventually joining the CNAP team as the P-3C SS-3 evaluator. I was selected for the LDO aviator program but was not able to complete the training due to a slight astigmatism so I left the Navy. I worked in the corporate world for about 15 years before becoming a college professor. I see a lot of familiar names and I hope life is treating all of my old Shipmates well!..." [11FEB2011]

STEWART, Ed 'Steady Stew" evrrdy1@blazenetme.net "...It's great to recognize fellow patrol mates from days of young. Tony Gooch, Jack Gale to name a couple. VP-50 was a career starting point 78-82. moved on to VP-31 82-85. Went to VXE-6 from 85-89 and to AIMD NAS Miramar 89-92. Transfered to VQ-1 Det NAF Misawa, Japan 92-95 and currently serving with VP-10. A lot of great times through out the years meeting lots of fantastic people. Anyone recognizing the name feel free to contact me...." [E-Mail Updated 18DEC99 | 20FEB98]

STOCKNER, CWO3 Robert C. "Chris" Retired robert.stockner@edwards.af.mil "...I served with VP-31 (1975), VP-46 (1976 to 1978), VP-91 (1979), VP-65 (1984-1990), HS-85 (1993 to 1995), COMRESWINGPAC (1991), ASWOC 880 (1983), ASWOC 1280 (1991-1993), NAS Alameda, California 0187 (1995-1996) and the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Currently USAF GS-12, Quality Assurance Specialist, Edwards AFB, CA. Retired Lockheed Technical Writer/Systems Engineer. Lockheed Technical Services 2006-7, USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19) no home port. Boeing/Northrop Grumman/General Dynamics - technical work during various years. Married to Sherri Alison Mayben, Abilene, TX for three wonderful years. Two sons, one step-son, five step-daughters, grandchildren. Residence - Palmdale, CA. Looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31AUG2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24APR2008 | 23SEP98]

STOWERS, Ed ed.stowers@si-intl.com "...I served as an AW (Sensor 3) in VP-17 from June of 1976 until August of 1979. I went to boot camp at Orlando in 1975 (Class 052) and on to "A" School at Millington and then to SERE school and FASOTRAGRUPAC with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1976. I joined VP-17 in June of 1976 at its deployed site of NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; what a carnival that was. I made two deployments to the Philippines with VP-17 in those years, one in 1976 an another in 1978, plus a whole lot of detachments to places like NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Midway Island, NSF Diego Garcia, Hong Kong, Korea, Bangkok, and Singapore. I was usually on Crew 1 or 2, depending on the era,and my PPCs included "Rocket" Rick Riley and Don Mosser. I did a lot of "bouncing" and a lot of MAD Comp flights at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, but I enjoyed those flights. My most momorable flights included a SAR that saved a young child's life on the island of Argihan north of Guam after the place had been raided by pirates, and another in which I almost bought it when redeploying from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in which we made a stop at NAS Atsugi, Japan. During a GCA/PAR approach, on final one mile from touchdown the number three engine exploded in a huge ball of fire. The PPC that evening, whose name was Knight, managed to save us all by leveling the wings a second or two before we hit. As it was, we ended up with a week of libety in Japan, but we were lucky to still be alive. I left VP-17 and the Navy in 1979 and went on to a second career in military aviation as an officer in the Air Force (AWACS). I would be interested in hearing from any Shipmates from VP-17 who were there between 1976 and 1979..." [24JUN2005]

STREHL, CMDCM (AW/SW) Rich richard.strehl@navy.mil "...I served with VP-40 (February 1982 to March 1986) VP-4 (August 1977 to November 1981) VP-31 (April 1986 to April 1988), VP-48 (May 1988 to May 1991 Disestablishment), AOA1 School Millington (June 1991 to June 1994), HS-2 (July 1994 to August 1995), VQ-5 (1995 to April 1998), Commander, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet (April 1998 to March 2001), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from March 2001 thru December 2001, Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 100 Green), CMC of the World Famous Blue Wolves (VS-35) (March 2002 to 2004) and now Command Master Chief for HSL-45 NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [BIO Updated 05APR2005 | E-Mail Updated 25SEP2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 05AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 17FEB2000 | 02OCT98]

STRONG, Bill Bstrong@sonixtech.com "...First served with VP-6 Crew 11 1993-1996. Shore tour with VP-31 as IFT instructor and CNAP Evaluator go out in late 1989. Looking for any of the old crew or squadron mates. Feel free to E-mail me its always good to hear from old friends..." [18FEB98]

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]

Memorial Picture "...STULTZ, AMSC/AMHC James C...Shipmate Pix...Passed away February 21, 1991. AMSC/AMHC James C. STULTZ served with VP-9 (1970–1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VC-1 in Japan, VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VT-26 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California and VT-25 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas. Twenty years (20 years) after the fact, I find I can post his departure from this earth into the hands of our Lord. I apologize for the exceedingly lateness. I would be interested in hearing of his service from his former Shipmates. I was very young when he left NAS Moffett Field, California and subsequently retired..." Contributed by Scott Stultz stultzs2@yahoo.com [23AUG2011]

SUGLIO, (Deceased) AMSAN Tom tsuglio@aol.com "...I was in VP-42 from Sept 60 to May 62. I also spent a lot of time in VP-31 in training and I also worked at the sea plane ramp launching and recovering P5Ms. I noticed that the VP-42 Memorial to fallen friends is missing the September 1962 loss of ten of our Shipmates in P5M-2 BuNo 47937, while TAD at NAS Adak, Alaska. They crashed into a mountainside at 1500 feet on Montague Island (5947N 14749W Cape Cleare South-east slope) in the Gulf of Alaska. Their names were LCdr. Henry B. Nix, Pilot; Lt. Allen Feinstein, Co-pilot, Ltjg. Lawrence S. Hembree, Navigator; David L. Hart, Aviation Electronics Tech; Romy G. Bradberry, Aviation Electrician; Ralph C. Poort, Aviation machinists Mate; James L. Kirky, Aviation Electronics Tech; Hiram C. Hurd Aviation Ordinance man; Ralph D. King, AMS; and Robert J. Joss Aviation Electronics Tech. Last year I passed this information along to compiler of the VPI book in Canada, for inclusion into the Honour Roll Memorial. I would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [Deceased Notice Posted 14NOV2002 | 15FEB99]

Memorial Picture "...SULLIVAN, John J. (JJ)...Just wanted to notify you that John J. (JJ) Sullivan died a couple of days ago from pneumonia and emphysema..." Contributed by DeVARNEY, AWCS David "Devo" Retired navydevo@aol.com [23JAN2002]

SULLIVAN, John J. (JJ) jj1313@hotmail.com "... NAS Glenview, Illinois (1955-1960), VS-72 NAS Los Alamitos, California (1960-1962), ASWTAC School (1966-1970), VP-6 (1970-1974), VP-31 (1974-1975), and retired (9-75). Worked for McDonnell Douglas Hellicopters and retired in 1993. Loved those P-3's except the one I swam out of on 5 DEC 71..." [07NOV2000]

SULLIVAN, CAPTAIN Ken Retired ksulli124@aol.com "...Happy to plug into names/faces from grand, memorable VP career. Flew P-5s and P-3s with VP-48 from 1965-1968 (flew sguadron's 1st P-3A from factory to NAS Moffett Field, California), Safety/NATOPS and Ops in VP-44 from 1974-1976, XO/CO of VP-10 from 1977-1979, CO of VP-31 from 1981-1982, and CO of NAS Adak, Alaska from 1985-1987. I am now totally retired. Ann and I are entrenched in Columbia, SC, where I entusiastically attend family patriarch duties, yell at the TV, hunt, fish, and travel to hide out and philosophically reflect--upon my life and navel--at mountain/homplace cabin in VA. Would appreciate a signal from any old Shipmates..." [31JUL2002]

SUMNER, Steve lsc9901@juno.com "...I served with VP-31 Det NAS North Island, San Diego, California from about March 1969 to December 1969 and then NAS Atsugi, Japan. Looking for Cliff Slater (his email address is no good). Would love to contact him again..." [16APR2009]

SUTTIE, CAPTAIN Richard Retired rinavy@aol.com "...I served in VP-46 (1981-1983), VP-31 (1984-1987), VP-9 (1990-1992), Executive Officer VP-31 (1993-1994) and Commanding Officer VT-31 (1996), American Embassy in London and then completed a one year fellowship at Harvard University, 11 years on staff at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI and retired from active duty in 2006. I now live in Los Angeles, CA and working in the education field. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 13MAR2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18JAN2001 | 24FEB98]

SWAIN, ATC (AW/NAC) Malcolm Retired sellsell59@comcast.net "...I served with VP-30, VP-48, VP-31, VP-40, and ASWOC/TSC, NS Rota, Spain between 1980-1993. Would like to hear from anyone. I am particularly interested in former VP-48 Crew-6 members circa 1980-1983. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Doug Higgins, former AW3, SS-3, VP-48 Crew-6. 1981..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 14JUN2003 | BIO Updated 15MAY2000 | 04JAN98]

SWANSON, ATC Daryl Retired darylswanson2@gmail.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 / VP-17 (1957 to 1960), VP-31 (1960 to 1964), VP-22 (1965 to 1967), FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1967 to 1969) teaching Julie operators with a Detachment to NAS Moffett Field, California teaching comm operators, VP-40 (1970 to 1975), NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California from December 1975 (teaching Micro-miniature module repair) until retired 1978..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2009 | 29MAY2008]


TADLOCK, Steve stevetadlock@cox.net "...I started in Boot Aug 77'. Rat Center Mucis Oct 77' - Nov 78'. Sere-Dwest at NASNI. Then on to NAMTRDET VP-31 for WST/IFT school. I joined VP-40 in 79'. Transfered to VS-41 in 83' and worked as a Final Checker. CVN-70 WestPac 88' I ran 65P (VAST) IM3 Nightcheck. VP-65 from 89' - 98'again as a IFT. I'm looking for AT Mike Patton and PR Bob Bunell from VP-40..." [01NOV2004]

TAGGART, AMH2 Steven sxt2000@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California for training, VP-44 and VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was stationed at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan for 2 years (1978 to 1980) and NAS Brunswick, Maine (1980 to 1982). Like to touch base with folks who remember the good old days..." [09NOV2008]

TALIAFERRO, AMH1(AW/NAC) Brian flyfish98@hotmail.com "...I started my carreer in VP-31 in 1990 (FE school). After finishing school I reported to VP-1 where I did two tours as a Flight Engineer. I am now atached to Naval Weapons Test Squadron in NAS Point Mugu, California where we fly the Navy's oldest but in my opinion, most unique NP-3D aircraft. Our NP-3D aircraft perform worldwide Airborne Telemetry for a wide range of programs from low altitude cruise missles to NASA Deep Space probes. After reviewing the site i was surprised to see that there was no mention of this squadron? Im not really suprised at this because not many people know much about our P-3S. If your interested in more info or pics please e-mail me..." [11NOV98]

TAYLOR, Richard "Rick" taylorelectric1220@msn.com "...Attended AMS "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee, VP-31 (1968-1970) and VP-48 (1970-1971)..." [28FEB2012]

TAYLOR, Rick gadgetguy1@comcast.net "...I was in VP-19 from 1973 to 76, transfered to VP-48 was there until 78. Next I spent 3 years instructor duty at VP-31's FRAMP 78-81. Spent my last year at VP-46 discharged in April 82 from NAS Moffett Field, California. I look forward to hearing from all of you who shared all those good times (and a few shakey times) with..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2005 | 10MAR98]

THAUT, ADCS Ron Retired rthaut@uswest.net "...I was in the VP community my entire Navy career, starting out with VP-8 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1959-1963. I remember the crew we lost during an ORI flight in 63 only too well. Moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 63 to set up VP-31 det "A". Hawaii VP-17, back to VP-31, etc..." [15DEC2000]

THELEN, Kent C. KAThelen@peoplepc.com "...I completed pilot training with VT-27 and VT-31, went through the rag at VP-31. I joined VP-22 as they began their deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in November of 85. I served 3 full deployments (two to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and one in NAS Adak, Alaska I served on many crews, but the most memorable were CAC 6, in 85-86 as 3P (I learned a lot about the Navy from PPC/MC Rusty Cottrell & 2P Kirk Pointer) and CAC acey-deucey as PPC/MC during the 88/89 deployment. I'd love to hear from any Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2000 | BIO Updated 24JUL2000 | 03MAY98]

THERO, AO1 JERRY Retired JTHERO@AOL.COM "...SERVED IN VP-9,VP-31, AND NAS Moffett Field, California (1990-1994). RET. IN JAN.94..." [08JAN98]

THOMPSON, AVCM Micheal mwt100@swbell.net "...I served with VP-6, VP-22, VP-31, and VP-46. Currently seving as CPOIC NAMTRADET Tinker, AFB. Going to retire in May 2003 after 28 years of service..." [12DEC2002]

Memorial Picture "...THOMPSON, Reg...My late father, Major Reg Thompson, Canadian Armed Forces (Ret.), was a CP-140 Aurora pilot, and he also flew Arguses and Neptunes. I clearly recall that he trained on USN P-3s at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California in the late 1970s. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers my Dad. Please visit his memorial Web site at: www.professorthompson.com/dadsplash.html...Professor Thompson roger@professorthompson.com..." [15AUG2004]

THORNTON, MIKE eastsouth@iswt.com "...I was attached to VP-4 from 80-84, and VP-31 from 79-80, also reserve at VP-47 after duty at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would sure like to hear from some of our Shipmates at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. if you want to contact me just E-mail me at my address. I'll be sure to write you back..." [04JAN98]

TOBKIN, ATN3 Arthur D. adpjt@gvtel.com "...Was in VP-31 at NAS NORIS from 3/62 to 3/64. Was an ATN-3 and flew as radio operator and panel operator on the P5M-2. Was "ships company" and flew on training flights for those personnel that were going through the RAG Squadron. Got out in 3/64 and went to college at University of Minnesota. Volunteered for the Naval Air Reserve in 8/64 and flew a FCO on P2V7's out of the NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota. Left the Reserves in 71, when they closed the NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota..." [30MAR2001]

TODARO, Bob bmt216a1@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in the summer and fall of 1967. We had P-3's, P2's, and P5M's. I think I watched the last of these seaplanes take off. Changed my rate from AA to FN and went to IC "A" school, and then to the CVA-67 (JFK). Great times, and memories!..." [21JUN2004]

TOMASCAK, CDR Pete Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR Tomascak was born in Minneapolis , Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, he was commissioned an Ensign throught the NROTC program and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1988 at the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon completion of the P-3CU-III FRS training syllabus at Patrol Squadron THRITY-ONE (VP-31), CDR Tomascak reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-SEVEN (VP-47) at NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour form 1988-1992, CDR Tomascak completed three separate six-month deployments. The first was to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan followed by the second to NAS Adak, Alaska and the third, a split deployment between NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Misawa, Japan. During his time at VP-47, CDR served as Personnel Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. His qualifications included Mission Commander, NATOPS Instructor Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check Pilot. CDR Tomascak was then selected for the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) and reported to Number 11 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Edinburgh South Australia in December 1992. There he conducted maritime operations throughout the Pacific Rim and served as Pilot Training Officer, Mission Commander, Patrol Plane Check Captain, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check Pilot. In March of 1995 CDR Tomascak reported to the "Old Buzzards" of Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit One (VPU-1) NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer, Aviation Maintenance Office, and Operations Officer. His qualifications include Mission Commander, NATOPS Instructor Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Check pilot. In 2000 CDR Tomascak and his crew won the esteemed "Liberty Bell" trophy for ASW excellence during an extremely competitive fleet-wide ASW competition. This was the first Liberty Bell award in the command's history. CDR Tomascak has amassed over 4500 pilot hours and over 6000 hours of total time in the P-3C aircraft. His personal decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various campaign and unit awards...." [19JUN2005]

TOOLE, James Luther (206)365-5281 "...I served with VP-31 from 1984 to 1989 after finishing my A school across the field at Namtradet. I would like to find out about some friends I served with. Lance Hunzicker, and my friend Webster (Webslinger) from Detroit. Thanks..." [09MAY2004]

TOURTELOT, AX3 John john.tourtelot@baycare.org "...I was in VP-31 from 1970 to 1974. Ii would like to hear from others who were there at thaat time. I was an AX3 when I left NAS Moffett Field, California, later retired from the medical corps in 2003..." [29MAR2007]

TRAVER, AT3 David davidtraver@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 (1970-1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [11SEP2012]

TRIPLETT, AVCM Thomas ttriplett2@aol.com "...Served with VP-1 1983-1987, VP-40 1987-1991, VP-31/VP-30 and then did a very challeging tour in HSL-42, followed by a tour at NSF Diego Garcia. I returned to VP-40 in November 2001 and am now the MMCPO. I am currently on my 7th NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment!..." [21MAY2002]

TURLINGTON, Jay jturlington@hotmail.com "...Currently in VQ-1, served in VP-30, VP-31, VP-40, VP-50, VP-9, VP-47 and one non-flying tour to recruiting (mistake). Looking to hear from folks from the past. Looking forward to retirement, time for a change! Let me hear from ya..." [11JUL99]

TURVOLD, CDR Wade D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/xo/ExecutiveOfficer.htm "...Commander Wade D. Turvold was raised in Aiea, Hawaii. He attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1989, graduating with Merit. After completing flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1990. Commander Turvold then completed initial P-3 training in VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following this training, Commander Turvold reported to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in March 1991. He served as Public Affairs Officer and Legal Officer while attached to VP-6. During this tour, Commander Turvold deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Following the decommissioning of VP-6 in March, 1993, Commander Turvold reported to VP-9, also based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-9, Commander Turvold completed a NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Omandeployment, and served as Readiness Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. In July 1994, Commander Turvold reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30 he served as the NFO Schedules Officer, Fleet NATOPS Primary NFO Evaluator, and NFO Training Officer. Commander Turvold reported to the United States SIXTH Fleet Staff in July 1997, embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF 3), homeported in Gaeta, Italy. There he served as the Assistant Undersea Warfare Officer, Maritime Patrol Aircraft Operations Officer and Assistant Submarine Operations Officer while deployed to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Commander Turvold also performed duties as Operations Division Officer, Admiral's Barge Officer, and served as Battle Watch Officer during the Kosovo conflict. Commander Turvold reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1999, graduating with Distinction in June 2000. There he earned a Masters Degree in National Defense and Security Affairs. Following this tour, he underwent P-3 refresher training at VP-30. In December 2000, Commander Turvold joined VP-47 based at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. While at VP-47, he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain, and Oman, and the second to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In February 2003, Commander Turvold became the Weapons Tactics Unit Officer in Charge for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, serving in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2005, Commander Turvold assumed the duties as Executive Officer, VP-4 while deployed to NSA Bahrain. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars), and numerous unit and campaign awards..." [19APR2005]

TWITCHELL, TIM jttwitchell@mid-mo.net "...I would like to thank all of people who signed the guest book. It was nice to hear from people who had been there with us. I was in "VP-31" from 86-87 and then in the White Lightnings of "VP-17" from 87-91..."

Memorial Picture "...TYLER, Ty...From VP-31 and his other Moffett tours, but he recently passed away (January 29th) from a massive heart attack in Idaho. His wife Eleanor resides at P.O. Box 2538, Hailey, Idaho 83333. Her phone number is: 208-788-8989..." Contributed by Carl Honaker, Cdr USN (Ret) carl.honaker@rda.sccgov.org [13FEB99]

TYSON, AOCM Robert L. Sr. (Bob) Retired bob.tyson@cox.net "...NRTC NAS North Island, San Diego, California to August 1962 - A4D-2N's in VA-94 on the USS Ranger, West Pac fall of 1962 to June of 1963, AO 'A' school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, about June 1963 to October 1963 - VT-25 at Chasefield in Beeville, Texas with F9F's and TF9F's, October 1963 to September of 1966 - VP-31 Student at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with training on the weapons system on the P2V-7's, October to December 1966 - VP-42 at Ault Field, Oak Harbor, Washington with P2V-7's, December 1966 to November 1969 - NAS Chase Field, Base Ordnance, Beeville, Texas, supporting 3 training squadrons, armory, magazines, pistol range and a bombing range in Freer Texas, November 1969 to July 1972 - AO 'B' School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, about July 1972 to January 1973 - Nimitz Pre Com Unit, Weapons Department, January 1973 to May 1975 - USS Nimitz, CVAN-68 (later changed to CVN-68), Flight Deck Ordnance, G-1 Division LCPO from May 1975 to December 1978 - NAS Norfolk, Virginia Weapons Department December 1978 to December 1983..." [27AUG2006]


UHRLAUB, AE1 James A. II juhrlaubii@msn.com "...I served with VP-31 in 1975 (training), VP-4 and VP-6 from 1975 to 1979, VP-MAU NAS Moffett Field, California from 1987 to 1991 (plank owner) and several other reserve VP squadrons in between..." [07JAN2009]

UMPHFRES, Ralph G. rgordon@comcast.net "...Served with VP-44 summer of 1966 till June of 1969 in Power plants and AMD. I also served in VP-31 from February 1978 till retirement in September of 1986..." [24DEC2005]

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URBANO, CDR R. M. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/XO%20Picture.htm "...Commander Urbano was born in Port Hueneme, CA. Being a son of a career U.S. Navy man, LCDR Urbano was raised in several locations around the United States and overseas. After graduating from high school in Rota, Spain, CDR Urbano attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with merit in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In May 1988, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing Naval Flight Officer training at Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA. CDR Urbano reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft in June 1988. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1988. During his first operational squadron tour, he made two deployments and qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. From June to December 1989, VP-4 was deployed toNAS Adak, Alaska, and from November 1990 to May 1991, VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In October 1991, CDR Urbano was selected for the Joint Staff Intern Program and transferred to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for duty in Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate, J-7, The Joint Staff. In November 1992, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to serve as the Aviation Student Placement Officer in PERS-43. In August 1994, CDR Urbano was assigned to Staff, Commander, Carrier Group SEVEN as Flag Aide/Flag Secretary. During his tour he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and deployed on board the flagship USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in December 1995 to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and contingency operations off the coast of Taiwan. Prior to reporting to his operational department head tour, CDR Urbano served in the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from November 1996 to September 1997 as the Administrative Officer and Naval Flight Officer Instructor/Patrol Plane Mission Commander. In September 1997, CDR Urbano reported to the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45) homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE/GUARD and a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Howard AFB in support of North Atlantic operations and counter-drug operations in the Caribbean. His billets included Training Officer and Operations Officer. In September 1999, CDR Urbano was assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. In August 2001, CDR Urbano attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, under the Navy's Political-Military Scholarship Program, and was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration in June 2002. From August to November 2002, CDR Urbano served as the MPRA Liaison Officer in Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2003, he reported to "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 homeported in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as the Executive Officer. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards..." [03JUL2003]

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]


VAIL, AE1 Sharon Retired shacrafts@centurylink.net "...I served with VP-47, VP-31 and retired from VP-1 in 1995 as they were transferring to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2012 | 05MAR2010]

VanCLEAVE, AMS1 Forrest L. Retired grandpappyvan@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1964-1965), VP-31 (11/1965-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VW-1 (1968-1970) at NAS Agana, Guam, VP-5 (06/1970-07/1971) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VT-21 (08/1970-12/1974), VQ-4 (12/1974-11/1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Saipan (CVL-48) (02/1979-10/1981), NAS Oceana, VA (11/1981-08/1984) and retired (08/1984)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUN2013 | 27DEC99]

VANEK, Mark J. mjvanek@aol.com "...Hello to all of you VP folks out there. I served 17 plus years in the Navy form 1980 to 1997 with VP-9, VP-31, VP-66, CNARF NATOPS and I had the dubious honor of being the Base Closure Director at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as we closed the base in Sep 97. I retired as a Commander (yes, I actually nmade it past LTJG!!) in Aug 97 and went to work with United Airlines in Oct 97. I'm currently driving the mighty 727 around out of our New York domicile and really having a blast. Needless to say, retirement has been very good to me. To any of my old colleagues out there, don;t hesitate to drop a line and say hello. its always good to hear from you. Take care..." [16OCT98]

VanLANDINGHAM, Jim "The Porker" jim.vanlandingham@att.net "...I served with VP-91 (06/1970-03/1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California (my father was the Station Executive Officer), AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California (1972-1976), left Navy briefly, VP-91 (FRS P-3 Flight Engineer School at VP-31 (07/1977-11/1977), VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and spent the next 6 years there (I'd have spent more but the TAR Navy wouldn't allow it). After leaving fingernail scratch marks starting at Hiway 20 in Whidbey, and stretching 2,846 miles, I found myself at VP-94 (10/1983-11/1987) at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, VP-66 (12/1987-03/1990) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, REServe AntiSubmarine Warfare TRAining CENter (RESASWTRACEN) (03/1990-1994), NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-64 and retired (26 years) in December of 1995. I am currently a Project Director for Raytheon Technical Services Company. I still get to travel the world but never, ever will it be as much fun as it was in my years in the VP Navy. I'd love to hear from former Shipmates...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25FEB2014 | BIO Updated 18DEC2001 | 30MAY2001]

VARNER, Bill bill.varner@gmail.com "...I served with with CPW-1 Detachment NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-50 "Fine Time" Crew-9 as SS1/2, VP-31 Instructor Duty, VPU-2 Crew-11 and ASWOC/TSC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I retired under the TERA program. I currently reside in San Diego and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24AUG2011 | 31AUG2000]

VATTER, AMEC Tom Vatter Retired tfvatter@us.hsanet.net "...I served a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1963 - 1989. I was pleased with to do the P-3 flying in Squadrons like VP-8, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Weapons System Test (WST), VP-19, VP-30, VP-50, VP-31, VXN-8, NATC ASW then Force Warfare, VXN-8 until retirement. During those years Logged a few hours I think it was 15,575 but who was counting. Looking to hear from any old Shipmates. Drop a line. I am now working as a support contractor for the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18MAR99]

VESEY, AMS1 Dave dv4740@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (Fighting Marlins) NAS Moffett Field, California (started my P-3 career) from 1988 to 1991, VP-31 (Black Lightning) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1991-1993, VP-47 (Golden Swordsmen) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1993 to 1998, NRL NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1998 to 2001 and VP-5 (Mad Foxes) NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 2001 to 2004. Now fixin to go to shore duty with VP-30 (Pros Nest) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Trust me I've done both East and West VP and the West is the BEST!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05AUG2004 | 23APR99]

VESPER, Joel joel_v2002@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-31 from July of 1969 to mid 1971, when I transferred to VP-19 (across NAS Moffett Field, California). I was a radio operator instructor in VP-31. If you'd like, give me a holler!..." [23JUL2001]

VIGEANT, AWC Paul Retired nasbackyard@earthlink.net "...Served as student VP-31 NAS NORIS early summer of 66, then to VP-31 det A NAS MFT. Arrived VP-9 deployed to Naha. VP-9 8-66/1-70, VP-31 acustic instructor 1-70/7-74 (acoustic inst for Spanish AF), PATWING ONE det Agana 10-74/10-77, USS FORRESTAL CV59 (CV TSC) 11-77/11-79, NATTC MFS AW(A)school inst 12-79/12-82 then back to VP9. Retired 8-85. I now have a son that is a LTjg flying with HS7 ready to deploy on USS ENTERPRISE CVN65..." [20OCT98]


WADDELL, Carl carlwaddell1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1969 to 1970. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2009 | 25NOV99]

WALKER, NCCM (AW/NAC) Burr Retired walkerburr@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 (1969-1971), VP-4 (1974-1977) as a FE, VP-31 (1978-1979), USS Midway, USS independence, COMmander Fleet AIr, WESTern PACific (COMFAIRWESTPAC) and Commander, Naval Air TRAining (CNATRA) and retired in 1998..." [BIO Updated 08FEB2012 | 02FEB2012]

WALSH, M. P. D. MWALSH900@aol.com "...Came to the best VP squadron around Nov'67. Was first assigned to crew 13, then took the reins on J. R. C. Taylor's crew. What a GREAT time that was. Hey JRC, did we kill some subs or what? Happy to hear from any and all Shipmates that were there at decom. Remember Knobby #1? I was #2...and not Knobby #3. I served with VP-5 '56 to '60, VC-8 (Roos Rds) P-2V '60 to '63, NADC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Special Projects, P-2V '66 to '67, VP-21 '67 to '69, VP-26 '69 to '71, and VP-31 for two tours..." [18APR98]

WANN, Harold G. beauwann@sbcglobal.net "...I served aboard VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1965 to 1966. Looking for John Sajda from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania..." [01NOV2006]

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]

WARREN, Craig S. cswarren3550@sbcglobal.net "...I have been wanting to say something via VPNAVY for some time. I was actually introduced to Naval Aviation in 1949 when my family moved to Squantum, Massachusetts across the bay from NAS Squantum, Massachusetts. One of my fifth grade classmates was one Tommy Fitzsimmons, whose Dad was the CO of NAS Squantum, Massachusetts. One of the prettiest sights I remember from back then was the arrival of the Caroline MARS, which visited NAS Squantum, Massachusetts for a few days about April 1950. I also remember the PBY's, PB4Y's and an occasional P2V, along with the other resident aircraft. Also made a couple trips to NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, including a field trip with the Aeronautics Class from North Quincy High School in 1957. In 1957 I joined the Navy and after a few schools went to the USS Midway as an Aviation Guided Missileman (GF), serving in GM Division from 1958 to 1961. In the meantime, the GF rating was disestablished and I became an AT2. I then served at MCAAS Yuma, AZ during 1961. When the "Berlin Wall" was put up, I reenlisted and was sent to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to serve in AEWBarRonPac from 1961 to 1964. I then was transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California to serve with FAETUPAC Det. 1 (later Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California) from 1964 to 1967. We worked mainly with VP-31, but also worked with most of the other resident VP Squadrons at one time or another. I took an Honorable Discharge in August 1967, thinking I could save a shakey marriage, but was unsuccessful at that. Those nearly ten years in the Navy left mostly positive memories, and maybe I should have reenlisted to complete the 20 or 30 for retirement. Instead, I tried various jobs and finally started College in 1974, and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1982. I have been working as a Design Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation up to the present. I did join the US Naval Institute to keep up with the Navy and try to attend the "Amigo Airsho" here in El Paso at least when the Blue Angels are performing. I still remember seeing a P5M lifting off from Buckner Bay in Okinawa in 1958 with the help of JATO bottles. What a sight! There really has been nothing else like the VP Navy. I retired from working as a Transportation Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. My first duty station (USS Midway) is now a museum on the San Diego waterfront. MCAAS Yuma became MCAS Yuma. AEWBarRonPac and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii are long gone. FAETUPAC and NAS Moffett Field, California have disappeared and /or changed. Hello to all who served at those locations. Another Aviation Rating that seems to have been lost in the shadows of time was the Aviation Guided Missileman rating (GF). I spent the five weeks of AN-P School at NATTC NAS Norman, Oklahoma and then 24weeks of GF-A School at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from February to August 1958. I don't know when the rating was established, but it was disestablished in 1960. We were a rather proud group and most were somewhat heartbroken when we were told we had to change to some other rating with no immediate training in the new rating. Several people were sent to a missile test set school after the GF rating was done away with. I never did hear a good explanation for the disstablishment of the rating except that somebody felt that the airborne missiles could be handled by Aviation Ordnancemen and tested by Aviation Fire Control Technicians or Aviation Electronics Technicians. I made GF2 in 1960 and was almost immediately changed to AT2. We seemed to be in a position where nobody knew what to do with us and we were usually one of the few divisions with an air conditioned shop in the late 1950's. Some people may have felt we were a little too "free-wheeling" and maybe not quite as disciplined as we should have been. Oh,well. It was a fun couple years and sometimes a bit amusing to see the confused expression on the face of anyone we tried to explain our purpose on the ship without violating some security rule. Are there many left who remember the rating?..." [BIO Updated 09JUN2010 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 01AUG2007 | E-Mail Updated 25JUN2001 | 21JAN2001]

WARREN, Floyd "The ASW God" fdwarren@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-40 (1972 to 1975), VP-56 (1984 to 1986) and cherish the memories of both squadrons. I also served with VP-31 and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2007 | 18JAN2002]

WAUGH, CWO4 Don Retired warrantwo@aol.com "...Served as a Flight Eng in VP-1, VP-31, VP-50, F/E Detailer, NMPC SDC NAS Point Mugu, California, MMCO in VP-45 and retired as MMCO OF CPW-11 Jacksonville, Fl. Would love to hear from past Shipmates..." [13JUL98]

WEAVER, Bill "Will" wllmwvr@yahoo.com "...VP-47 84 to 87, Crew 8 and 10. VP-31 87 to 89. Hello to all the former Rubber Duckers out there..." [E-Mail Updated 13FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 19SEP2000 | E-Mail Updated 13DEC98 | 05APR98]

WEAVER, Robert E. "Charley" mn4bob@bwbs.hawthorne.nv.us "...I reported to duty with VP-47 out of "A" school as an ATSAN, at NAS Alameda, California in June 1960. VP-47 moved to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington that fall. I reenlisted under the STAR program made AT2 and went to ATI "B" school at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee in April 1962. I then reported to VW-1 at NAS Agana in the spring of 1963. I reported for shore duty with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California as an ATN2, where I worked in AMD Shop C as a OJT instuctor and quality control inspector. I finished my enlistment in January 1967. Would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [03APR2000]

Memorial Picture "...WEEKS, Edward R...I'm sorry that I have to announce to death of a former VP shipmate. ATCS (USN retired) Edward R. Weeks passed way on Friday, 4 December 1998, in Sacramento, CA. Ed most recently was working as a Technical Publications Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacaramento. Ed served in VP-40, VP-46, and VP-31. Ed also flew as a radioman in P2V Neptunes, VRC-50, Naha, Okinawa and served an instructor tour at NATTC Memphis. Ed retired from the Navy in November 1987. After retirement, from December 1988 through January 1997, Ed worked at SEMCO as Manager of Technical Publications. SEMCO provided contract support to the P-3 Program at the Naval Aviation Depot Alameda, CA until that depot closed and then to the P-3 Program at Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville, FL. For those who wish to send a card of condolence, the mailing address is: The Weeks Family, 3166 Osuna Way, Sacramento, CA 95833. Ed's wife is Jessica. You may also send email to Ed's daughter, Andrea Weeks at the following address: erweeks@pacbell.net. Ed will be sorely missed by all. Submitted by: Bob Neth, AWCS (USN retired), Milpitas, CA rlneth@worldnet.att.net [06DEC98]

WEGGE, Mark mwegge@yahoo.com "...I was a TACCO in VP-17 (84-88), VP-31 (88-90), VP-90 (90-93) and VP-60 (93-94). Am currently a reservist at NARA Chicago onboard NTC Great Lakes. Would love to here from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN2000 | 15MAR98]

WEIR, CAPTAIN Jack T. Retired jackweir@sbcglobal.net "...I was stationed at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas in October 1956 (P2V-1/2), VP-26 from November 1956 to December 1959 ( NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Moraco), VP-31 (Plank Owner) from January 1961 to November 1963 (Instructor Pilot), VP-46 (first west coast P-3 squadron) from January 1964 to May 1967 ( NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Adak, Alaska , Shimia, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines), COMPATWINGSPAC Staff from January 1969 to December 1970, Commanding Officer VP-40 from March 1971 to March 1972 ( NAS Moffett Field, California, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, (Rain Makers), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Agana, Guam, and NSF Diego Garcia), COMPATFORSEVENTHFLT/CTF-72/COMFARIWING ONE Staff from April 1972 to April 1974, OPNAV 95, COMNAVICE and Commanding Officer NAS Keflavik, Iceland from September 1976 to September 1978, OPNAV 94 till May 1, 1980. So many good memories, so many good Shipmates love to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAR2004 | 12JAN2000]

WEISSE, AEC(AW) Christopher Retired aedude_1@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-47 AE Shop in November of 1984 and made deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1987 I did a tour in VP-31 as a FRAMP instructor > until Nov 1989. I transfer to VP-48 AE Shop and did a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines the squadron was decommissioned in 1991. From there I went to VP-40 AE Shop and did deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. In 1993 I transfer to VQ-3 Det Travis. I came back to the VP community in 1996 and joined VP-9 AE Shop & Maintenance Control I did deployments to NSF Diego Garcia (twice) and NAS Misawa, Japan. In 2000 I transfer to FASOTRAGRU DET HI where I plan on retiring in NOV 2003..." [02NOV2001]

WELLER, CDR Wayne L. Retired wlweller@verizon.net "...I served with VP-31 in 1961, VP-9 NAS Alameda, California (Julie/MAD/ECM/SNIFFER) flying (P2V-7s) from 1962 to 1963, VP-31 (Staff) from 1963 to 1965, VP-31 Det Alpha (P3As) at NAS Moffett Field from 1965 to 1968, VP-47 as a F/E flying P-3A/Bs, NAS Point Mugu, California, NAM, VP-19 (Material Officer and MMCO) from 1972 to 1974, VP-46 from 1977 to 1980, COMLATWINGPAC from 1980 to 1983, VP-31 (MMCO and MO) from 1983 to 1988, COMPATWINGSPAC as the Wing Maintenance Officer from 1988 until I retired in the fall of 1990. I would like to take this opportunity to say "Hello" to all my former Shipmates. It was a great thirty-five years..." [E-Mail Updated 04SEP2009 | 11OCT97]

WESELIS, CDR Jim Retired weselis@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-22 (1972 to 1975), VP-31 (1976 to 1979) and VP-17 (1979 to 1981). I was told about this site by another "former" Blue Goose (former AW2, now CAPT TK Hohl). As I reviewed the VPNAVY pages, I was again reminded of all the good times with these three squadrons as a Radio Operator and then IFT. I am currently on Staff at COMNAVAIRPAC as the Asst. Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Yes! I have had a GREAT Career. Reading Larry Forney's account of our adventure on Miako Jima, brought back vivid memories of my one, and only, MAYDAY as a newly reported ATAN. They told me in Radio school that "No one will ever disregard a MAYDAY!" Hey, right! Well, all came out well in the end. When I got my LDO Commission in 1981, little did I know that that would be the last time I'd see a P-3 any closer than from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. My tours after commission were to NAS Pensacola, Florida (1981 to 1983), VAW-114 , NAS Miramar, California and USS CARL VINSON, CVN-70 (1983 to 1986), Personal Exchange Program, United Kingdom (1986 to 1988), VS-38, NAS North Island, San Diego, California and USS RANGER, CV-61 (1988 to 1990), USS RANGER AIMD (1990 to 1993), NAS North Island, San Diego, California AIMD (1993 to 1997), and Pre-Comm Unit/USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD-6 as the First AIMD Officer (1997 to 1999). I checked into CNAP in July 99, and have decided that 30 years is just about enough. Its been a "good-ride" from E-3 to O-5, and have requested to complete this "first career" in Feb 2001. Would love to hear from any and all former shipmates! Gary Spoon VP-31 / VP-17 ) and Carroll "Dick" Redding (VP-22)..Where are you? Your e-mail addresses are no longer in service! Now successfully entrenched for the past 7 years in the Defense Contractor world in San Diego..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14MAY2008 | 22FEB2000]

WEST, AWCS Michael MWest@svl.ems.lmco.com "... I served with VP-31 (the "RAG" at Moffett), then VP-19 (Disestablished), and VP-91..."

WESTBROOK, AX3 Ron rwest55@piasanet.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1964 to 1966. As the years go by - I wonder what Chief Nyland, LT Elsworth, Frank Ludka, "Honeypot" Hewett and LCDR Schmerhorn are doing..." [E-Mail Updated 23SEP2010 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 15DEC2000 | 07APR98]

WESTON, Larry H. LHWeston@aol.com "...Hello Men and Women of the VP-Navy, those who I have shared with and those that I will, and shall have served with in the future. I began my VP Navy career with VP-17, White Lightnings at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1977 to 1980. I later served a tour with VP-31, Black Lightning, RAG at NAS Moffett Field, California, 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1987 I was with VP-19, Big Red! Beginning in 1987 to 1990, I did a tour with NADEP NAS Alameda, California, formerly NARF Alameda. I later did a tour with VP-48 from 1990 to 1991. VP-48 decommissioned and I transferred to VP-47 from 1991 to 1992. The decommissionings really caused a heartbreak for me. So I retired in 1992. I really wished that I had stayed in. I really miss the moonlit glare off the ocean on dark clear nights. If ever given the opportunity again to join the VP-Navy on Active Duty, the CNO would have to personally and physically kick me out. He can't send his friends. I enjoyed and loved all my tours in the VP-Navy. Each tour was unique and none better that the other. Don't believe me? Then just ask anyone who had served with me..." [20AUG98]

WHEELER, Kathy (Maldonado) kailj@aol.com "...I was stationed at COMTHRDFLT Ford Island and previously at VP-31..." [08JUL2000]

WHETSEL, LCDR Carlton E. cjwhets@knology.net "...I served with VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1967 to 1968. I would like to hear from any of the crew and if anyone has information on AO Ronald Steele..." [03OCT2009]

WHITAKER, Charles C. cellowrap@texoma.net "...I served with the 1st Radio Research Co. (Crazy Cats) December 1967 to December 1968 NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was reading about VO-67 and was thinking about the connection with the 1st Radio Research Co. when I decided to search for my old unit. Needless to say I was excited to discover this site! I was with the first group to go to VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California to be trained for maintainence on the R-3350 and the J-34 on the P2. When we were assigned there we had no idea what a P2 looked like! There were about ten of us Army guys on the whole base - talk about feeling out of place! But we were treated well and trained well. Our group was about 6 months behind the initial group that ferried the planes to VN. I spent the first 6 months working 14 hour nights 7 days a week in the engine shack and the last 6 months flying as a plane captain. I was given BUNO: 131492 - The Hog. Thinking about this brings back some great memories from the most exciting times in my life. I recognized a couple of names from your e-mails and am anxious to contact them. I hope others find this site and we can connect with each other again! Maybe we can all meet up again at "Mama's Place" in Caviti City, P.I. - Great Memories! Hope to hear from other Crazy Cats!..." [02DEC2003]

WHITE, Carlton carlori@cox.net "...I served with VP-31 (06/1978-11/1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-22 (1978-1982) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I can still remember being deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines when we lost VP-22 QA-6 on June 27, 1979..." [BIO Updated 19MAY2013 | 13MAR2011]

WHITLEY, AMS3 Rick rwhitt1@peoplepc.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California from 1972 to 1976, VP-31 from 1976 to 1977, and with VP-46. Anybody remember me - how about it?..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2004 | 28NOV2002]

WHITTENBURG, AX2 Rob p3cwst@mfire.com "...I served with VP-31's WC210 Avionics as an AX2, Weapon Systems Technician (NEC's 6583/6586/8258) from December 1978 through November 1981. I mostly worked on early preflight and being a morning person, I enjoyed it very much. On occasion I would do IFT duties as a replacement for the regular aircrew AT's/AX's - VP-31 being quite shorthanded of IFT's at the time. I loved doing IFT duties when the few opportunities came my way and I believe I did them well. I am married to a beautiful Filipina schoolteacher and we have a cute mestisa daughter that is just beginning school this year. What a blessing they are in my life. Presently, I am a chief pilot for a utility company and I have been flying their Cessna Citation SII for 10 years and previously their Beechcraft King Air B200. Along with the CE-500 Type Rating, I carry the B-737 Type on my ATP. I haven't done electronics for gainful employment since leaving the Navy though I still enjoy Ham Radio communication electronics as a hobby. Though many names and faces have faded in my memories, it would be nice to hear from any of my good shipmates that I worked with at the RAG Squadron during those years. As I go through life it becomes more apparent that knowing them left a positive and lasting mark on me and it was an honor to know them all. I am very thankful as I believe I received more than I gave. Hopefully, those I worked with benefited from my efforts to help take care of this proxy family unit called VP-31. It is a rare day that I don't occasionally think of some particular moment from my days at VP-31. Still hearing from a few fellow shipmates of the past and flying with two of them (ex-PPC's) in the corporate aviation world..." [BIO Updated 18MAR2005 | E-Mail Updated 30MAY2004 | BIO Updated 09AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAR2002 | E-Mail Updated 28FEB99 | 08MAR98]

WIKKERINK, AT1(AW) James Hornetshooter@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-50 in May of 1988 and made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and Cubi PT R.P./ Diego Garcia. Saddly the squadron was decommisioned in 1992. Blue Dragons live on in the fleet though. I was transferred to VP-31 and did a tour as a FRAMP instructor until VP-31 decommisioned in 1993. From there I went to NAS Lemoore, Californiaand joined VFA-22 the Fighting Redcocks and did a cruise with the squadron on the USS Abraham Lincoln as a flight deck troublshooter. After staying from the path I came back to the safety and security of the mighty Orion and joined VP-9 the Golden Eagles on the Nov96-May97 NSF Diego Garcia deployment currently I am still with VP-9 and hope to go to Jax when this tour is finished. If there are any old Blue Dragons out there drop me a line...I am now an instructor at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Oceana VA teaching F/A-18 avionics to Navy and Marine Corps students. I am really happy to be back in tailhook again but my memories will always be fond of the friends I made and the friends I lost in VP..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10OCT99 | Updated 05MAY98]

WILDE, John john.wilde@navy.mil "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, VP-94 and VP-67. I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates out there..." [E-Mail Updated 30DEC2010 | 26DEC2001]

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]

WILLIAMS, ADCS Charlie "BBC" Retired c-mwilliams@juno.com "...Crewman on C131, C1A, C9B, and P-3. Joined the VP Navy in 79, FE with VP-50 7/80-7-83, VP-31 8/83-10/86, and NMPC SDC NAS Point Mugu, California 11/86-3/93. I retired in 93. Would be intrested in hearing from some old Shipmates..." [15JUL98]

WILLIAMS, AW2 Jamie ANALOGSS3@AOL.COM "...I WAS A WORLD-RENOWNED SS3 (7861) IN VP-16 FROM 08/83-01/88. I DEPLOYED TO NAS Keflavik, Iceland IN '84, NAS Bermuda IN '85 AND NAS Sigonella, Sicily IN '87. THE STORIES OF MY EXPLOITS IN THE VP COMMUNITY ARE STILL BEING HANDED DOWN TO NEW GENERATIONS OF AW'S. I TRANSFERRED TO NTC SAN DIEGO IN MAY OF 1988 AND PICKED UP MY 9502. I THEN REPORTED TO VP-31 ALONG WITH AW1 MINN. I SET WESTPAC ON FIRE UNTIL I LEFT ACTIVE DUTY 08/91. JOINED WING 11 RESERVE UNIT 02/93, LEFT IN 95. I NOW HAVE LONG HAIR AND AN EARRING, OWN AND OPERATE A POOL SERVICE, AND STUDY TAE KWON DO. ANY Shipmates WHO REMEMBER ME WILL PROBABLY LAUGH. HAVE A FINE NAVY DAY..." [11DEC98]

WILLIAMS, AO2 Maynard L. mwilliams@oakwoodhills.org "...I served with VP-50 after training in VP-31. Dates of service 1973-1976. Discharged as AO2. Aircrew on Crew 8 plus two WestPacs..." [30MAR2007]

WINTHER, ATC(AW/NAC) David S. david@winthernet.net Shipmate Pix "...Served with VP-19, VP-31, and VP-16, RTC Great Lakes, and now serving with VP-1. Drop me a line!..." Personal WebSite: http://www.winthernet.net [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13JUN2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29NOV2000 | BIO Updated/URL Removed | Updated 27JUN98]

WILLSON, Jim jwillson@auc.trw.com "...Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks of P-3s, and the "good old days." I was at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974-1978 with VP-31. Ended my four year tour as an AX-2 (did not see any of these in the Email page). Kinda like an AT only a little smarter I guess. Played with Bs, Cs and C Updates (and some Fs that went to Iran). Its always good to here from VPers..." [13OCT98]

WINNS, REAR ADMIRAL Anthony L. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/winnsal.html "...Rear Admiral Winns is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in June 1978. He completed initial flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, Calif., where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1980. Following initial P-3 training at VP-31, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in July 1980. Flying the P-3B MOD aircraft, he served as Legal Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. He completed two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and detachments throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In January 1984, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C. During his tour, he served in the Aviation Junior Officer Assignment Branch as Fixed Wing Initial Assignment Officer and VP Community Shore Duty Detailer. In April 1986, Rear Adm. Winns reported aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), homeported in Mayport, Fla., as Operations Administration Officer. He qualified as Fleet Officer of the Deck Underway and Tactical Action Officer, and deployed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Following this tour, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He graduated with distinction in December 1989, earning a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. After refresher training in VP-30, Rear Adm. Winns reported to VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Floridae in June 1990. During this assignment, he served as Special Projects Officer and Administrative Officer, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He then reported to CPW-11, as CNO Special Projects Officer. Rear Adm. Winns served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-11 from August 1992 to July 1994. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Eleven deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and participated in Bosnian Sharp Guard/Sharp Edge and Caribbean Drug operations. During the Sigonella deployment, the squadron became the first patrol squadron to employ the Maverick Missile System. During his command tour, VP-11 was awarded the coveted Battle "E", Golden Wrench Award for aircraft maintenance (4th consecutive), and numerous unit awards. From August 1994 to March 1995 Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Roles and Missions Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Guam (LPH 9) from August 1995 to December 1996 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He reported aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) in December 1996 as the ship's Executive Officer and assumed command as Commanding Officer in May 1997. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Essex was awarded the Battle "E" and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch. Rear Adm. Winns was then assigned as the Policy Division Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He became the first officer in his Naval Academy class to select for Flag rank in May 2000. He assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32 on 22 June 2001. Rear Adm. Winns has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards..." [01JUN2003]

WISE, AE2 Robert atr72fsr@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-19 between 1982 and 1988. I served with a bunch of great people especially with VP-19 on the 1st deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. I was an AE2 in the shop when I got out of the Navy when I left beautiful NSF Diego Garcia. I would like to hear from some Shipmates who may have been in VP-31 (1982-1985) and VP-19 (1985-1988)..." [24APR2004]

WOHOSKY, ACRM R. C. rcsky@worldnet.att.net "...VP-31 back in the "good old days." I flew many "neutrality" patrols as a radio operator, flying out of Key West (where we established an advance base in October "39 with the USS Lapwing as a tender) Guantanamo, San Juan and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone..." [E-Mail Updated 07DEC2001 | 17DEC99 | 27AUG98]

WOLD, PAULA PJWOLD@AOL.COM "...WENT TO FRAMP AND NAMTRADET AT VP-31 FROM MAY 92-JAN 93, THEN TO AIRCREW SCHOOL. I WAS IN VP-30 AS A MAINTAINER (AT-TYPE) FOR A VERY SHORT STINT FROM MAY 93-MAY 93, THEN WENT TO FLIGHT PHASE. WENT TO VP-49 FROM JULY 93-DECOM AS AN IFT. ONTO VP-47 FROM MAR 94-FEB 97. NOW WORKING AS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR AT TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HAWAII. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM FOLKS FROM THE PAST! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT A SOCIAL OCCASION, AND NOT AS ONE OF MY PATIENTS!..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2001 | 13NOV97]

WOODSON, Steve "Woody" woodysan@gmx.com "...I served with VP-31 (04/1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-48 (04/1976-07/1980). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2013 | 05MAR98]

WRIGHT, AO2 GL gl.wright@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-31 and VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1976 with one NAS Adak, Alaska and WesPac deployment. I did a lot and saw a lot and made some lasting friendships. If anyone out there wants to reach out, I'd be glad to hear from you..." [03JUL2009]

WRIGHT, ADC Melvin (Red) Retired melvintwright@aol.com "...Hidee ho Shipmates - Here is a FE with a 'puter! scary. I served with VP-10 from 1966 to 1970 (where I qualified as a FE), VP-50 from 1971 to 1976 (made ADC and was in the FE Shop), and VP-31 (where I learned the meaning of 'donta toucha nutin' i have it). After pushing many excellent young FE's to the fleet, I served with VP-9 from 1979 to 1982 and then Retired. Now I gotta say, VP ain't what we knew back then, but damn, glad I was there for the hey day! I am now in Boise, ID. Still pushing power levers on the 747 and DC8. Pay is better, but a box lunch is still a box lunch. Cargo don't talk back. Like to hear from any ol Shipmates. Yall be in touch. Stories to tell & cards to deal..." [27MAY2003]


YAW, CDR Perry D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/co_bio.htm "...Commander Yaw was born in Binghampton, NY and was raised in Long Beach, NY. After graduating from Long Beach High School, Commander Yaw was accepted into the ROTC program at Auburn University where he graduated with honors in August 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. In February 1989, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. CDR Yaw reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "World Famous Blue Sharks" of VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in May 1991. During his tour with the "Blue Sharks" he qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and made one deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan. Following the disestablishment of the "Blue Sharks" in 1993, CDR Yaw transferred to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 for the first time, where he qualified as Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. During his first tour with the Golden Eagles, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. In October 1994, CDR Yaw was selected to attend FRS instructor training at the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30 enroute to the West Coast NATOPS evaluation team for Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPWP), at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He reported to CPWP in February 1995 and served as a NATOPS evaluation team member, Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot instructor, and Maverick Missile System Introduction lead Pilot. In February 1996, CDR Yaw reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), in Norfolk, as the Operations Administration Officer. While aboard ENTERPRISE he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and deployed to the Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf. In May 1998, CDR Yaw returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and reported once again to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9. During this tour at VP-9 CDR Yaw served as the Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During this tour in VP-9, he completed a Tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain, and a dual-site deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The 1998 tri-site deployment was the first ever deployment of the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) variant of the P-3C aircraft. It was also during this tour that VP-9 completed its homeport change from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In July 2000, CDR Yaw reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, home ported at MCBH. CDR Yaw served as the Force Training Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff for Training. In May 2004 he reported, for the third time, to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 as the Executive Officer one month before their deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and NSA Bahrain in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and other FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet tasking. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign and unit awards..." [05DEC2005]

YEARTY, AVCM Bob Retired bobyeartymail@cox.net "...After 31 years I finally retired in Jan 2000 from NATTC in Pensacola where I now live and work for a contractor doing curriculum upgrades for most of the A schools. Spent a lot of time in the center seat with VP-46 (74-77), VP-31 (77-80), VPU-1 (80-83), VP-30 (83-86) and VP-56 (86-90). After making AVCM had to leave flying and went to AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland, IC followed by NS Rota, Spain (90-96) and finally finishing up as the Avionics Department LCPO at NATTC. Enjoyed reading about old squad mates. If you're in this area give a call..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 15JUN2001 | 02SEP2000]

YEATS, Raymond (Rowdy) RowdyPilot@aol.com "...VP-44 (75-78), VP-31(78-81), 42 SQN RAF (81-84) NWC 84-85), VP-46 (85-87) Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (87), XO/CO VP-40 (89-90) Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (90-91), CNAP VP Training (91-94), ACOS MARDEZPAC (94-95) Retired 1995. Currently A-300 pilot with Federal Express Corp..." [27MAR98]

YOUNG, John jyoungiii@stny.rr.com "...I served with VP-31, VAW-110 and VAW-121..." [06NOV2013]

YOUNG, ADCS Patrick I. "PI" Retired patrickyo1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1966-1969) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (ADR2 SP2E/H Instructor Plane Captain), VP-31 (1969-1970) at NAS Moffett Field, California (ADR2 P-3A/B/C FE), VP-46 (1970-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California (Instructor P-3A/B FE, VP-31 (1975-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California (ADR1 NATOPS/CNAP P-3A/B/C Instructor FE), VP-19 (1978-1981) at NAS Moffett Field, California (ADC Instructor P-3C FE & QA CPO), NAS Alameda, California (1981-1984) (ADCS Instructor P-3A/B/C FE & FLT CHECK Depart. SCPO), VP-46 1986-1989 at NAS Moffett Field, California (ADCS Instructor P-3C FE Instructor & Training Dept. SCPO), Senior Enlisted Academy Newport, RI (10/1989-12/1989) as student, VP-31 (1990-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California (ADCS P-3A/B/C Instructor FE, Training Dept. MCPO, and Comand MCPO) and retired there on New Years Eve December 31, 1992..." [04OCT2012]


ZEISEL, CAPTAIN Dick Retired eldoz@msn.com "...I served (in chronological order) in the following squadrons: VP-47 (1951-53); VP-8 (1961-64); VP-30 (1964-67); VP-49 (XO/CO 1967-68); VP-31 (CO 1970-71)...Having been involved in the very first P3V-1 (P-3A) introduction in 1962 and still involved with the P-3 in 1970-71 (first west coast P-3C)..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEGB99]

ZIRZOW, CDR William A. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/home/pages/xobio.htm "...Commander William A. Zirzow hails from Saratoga, California. He graduated from San Jose State University in May 1984 with a B.A. in Economics. He received his commission through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in August 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1987. In March 1988, he reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California. During this tour he earned qualifications as a Patrol Plane Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander in the P-3C aircraft and completed deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. He completed this tour as the squadron's Pilot Training Officer and Assistant Training Officer. Commander Zirzow then reported to the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, for instructor duty in June 1991, where he was assigned as the squadron's Pilot Training Officer and Pilot Standardization/Evaluation Officer. Upon decommissioning of VP-31, he reported to the staff of Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet, at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, as the Fleet P-3 Standardization/Evaluation Officer. The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was his next assignment, where he served as the Assistant Navigator. He qualified as Officer of the Deck and Command Duty Officer Underway, the first junior officer to receive this dual qualification. He completed a Persian Gulf deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In 1996 he was awarded the Pacific Fleet's "Shiphandler of the Year" award. In September 1997, Commander Zirzow reported to the "Golden Swordsmen" of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served as the Maintenance Department Head and Assistant Operations Officer. During this tour, he completed a Persian Gulf deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and served as the P-3 Liaison Officer onboard USS Independence (CV-62). Commander Zirzow reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate (J-6) in June of 1999. He served as an Action Officer for the Global Command and Control Division. In December 2001, Commander Zirzow was selected as a Navy Legislative Fellow. After completion of the Georgetown School of Governmental Affairs, he reported to the office of Senator Susan Collins of Maine where he was part of the Department of Defense Legislative Fellows Program. In February 2002, he was temporarily assigned to Commander Fifth Fleet, Al Udeid, Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom during combat operations. In April 2004, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. Commander Zirzow's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy-Marine Corps Commendation medals, two Navy Achievement medals and various campaign and unit awards..." [17APR2004]

ZOLEZZI, ADJ2 Andy andyzole@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California (1971-1974)..." [25NOV2011]

ZORBACH, Greg zorbach@sbcglobal.net "...I spent half my 24-year career at NAS Moffett Field, California (still play golf there with the GC Men's Club): VP-47 (71-73), VP-31 (79-82), VP-46 DH (82-85), VP-9 XO (85), CPWP (my medical penalty box phase) (85), VP-50 XO/CO (85-86). Retired in 93. Now flying with Southwest Airlines. Love to hear from former Shipmates, especially Blue Dragons..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2005 | 25SEP99]

ZULKOWSKY, AMCS Eric Retired diver1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1967. We flew the P-2's and P5M aircraft. Retired from VP-66 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania in 1985. Would do it all over again. Would love to hear from old Shipmates out there..." [E-Mail Updated 26AUG2008 | 27JAN98]

YOUNG, Thomas C. Scotswhae@webtv.net "...Served two tours with VP-47. Picked up the squadron at Oak Harbor. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew 9 enjoyed it. Went home early for Flt. Eng. training and left the squadron in 1967. Second tour was 1972 until 1976. Went to VP-31 and retired in 1977...I served with VP-40 from 1958 through 1962. Great tour of duty. Had some duty with shore patrol then reported to electric shop served with some great guys L.A.Griener, Ron Sadler, and Farmer. Would like to hear from old Shipmates if still kicking" [BIO Updated 06FEB2000 | 21JUL99]


ZANIEWSKI, Steve zaniewski@peoplepc.com "...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..." [E-Mail Updated 14OCT2000 | 03JUL2000]


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