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AARON, Bill acousticsound7@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (2nd Mechanic) from 1973 to 1977 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. It was the best time of my life..." [19MAY2009]

AARON, Fred freda@MICROSOFT.com

ADAMS, ABCS Herb Retired shogun630@webtv.net "...In September of 1950 I reported to VS-25 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Ten years later, in 1960, I flew to Hong Kong in a plane co-piloted by my old Executive Officer from VS-25 (Cdr. Kelly) An old TBM driver flying an R5D. I spent a year in VP-1. Six months of it at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan as a Barracks MAA. (One guy died from Encephalitis while we were living in tents, so they moved us into a barracks area) I loved that tour and came home Thanksgiving. Turkey Dinners on both sides of the Dateline. I also ran a Crash Boat Crew and Seaplane Ramp at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines where we operated with P5M's from VP-40 for one week a year. I had to send one of their P5M's back on a barge when the Coxwain of my Line Handling Boat went inside the P5M instead of alongside. Went to the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines for FASRON-113, but it got phased out and I went to NAS instead. Spent time on BHR, Shangri-La, Midway, and Forrestal, plus recruiting in Syracuse, NY and Crash Crew at Pensacola. Retired in Oct of '69..." [25MAR2000]

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]

ARKON AC1 Steven M. Retired sarkon@twlakes.net "...Served with USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) from September 1963 - February 1964, NSD Machanicsburg, PA March 1964 - July 1964, VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from August 1964 - September 1969, NAS Alameda, California from October 1969 - February 1971, VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California from March 1971 - November 1975, NALF Goliad, TX from December 1975 - November 1979, NAS Keflavik, Iceland from December 1979 - December 1981, and NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from January 1981 - September 1983. My Navy carrier was very wide spread. Starting out as a FN on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and ending up as an Air Traffic Controller teaching ATC School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. During my VP days I was an AO2 and was on several crews, but mainly with VP-24. I was on crew 4 and 6. In VP-40 I was on the intently famous Crew 13. Being retired now I work for a Banking Software Company and jet around the country fixing computers and networks. I live in a little 5.5 ac. ranch on the Cumberland River in Middle Tennessee, with my wife Windy three sons and 2 horses 2 cats a dog and 1 turtle called Taz..." [07DEC2002]

ASHLEY, Bob bolo@erols.com "...Hi Shipmates. I was a proud member of the Laging Handas [VP-40] from 1980 to 1983 and VX-1 from November 1983 to December 1984. I would love to hear from some old Shipmates..." [15OCT98]

ASHTON, AW3 John jashton@redwire.net "...I served at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from August 1988 to August 1990 and with VP-40 (Crew 7) from July 1991 to September 1992..." [18DEC2003]

AUSTI, Dave Daveaustin@aol.com "...I was with VP-40 from 84 to 87. Did an Iceland Deployment and a Japan Deployment. Each Deployment included several detachments. Then I went to NMPC Det Dallas to work on a Top Secret Program until I got out of the Navy in 90. I spent my last few months waiting to get out with the Recruiting District in Dallas and at NAS Dallas..." [08JAN98]


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]

BAIRD, LDO Dennis Retired dennisb@fidnet.com "...I served with VP-40 (1976-1980), Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, MO (1980-1983), VP-11 (1983-1994), CPRW-5 and CPWL. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03DEC2013]

BALES, HM1(AC) Gary kgb@clipper.net "...VP-40 in Moffett Field from 1972 to 1978..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN99]

BAKER, James E. jmlbaker@nemonet.com "...THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME AND I AM LEARNING HOW TO USE IT SO FORGIVE MY IGNORANCE ON COMPUTER OPERATION (served in VP-40 from 1958 to 1961). AS I RECALL, I WAS WITH A DRAFT OF ABOUT FIVE OTHER MEN THAT ARRIVED IN THE P.I. EARLY IN 1958. THE SQUADRON HAD ALREADY DEPLOYED AND THE PLANES & CREWS,ETC. WERE ALREADY THERE. I THINK THE FOLLOWING DAY I WAS SENT WITH SOME CREW OUT ON A FAMILIARIZATION PATROL(I GUESS THAT'S WHAT IT WAS). I HAVE ONLY ONE RECOLLECTION OF THAT FLIGHT. I WAS GIVEN A LITTLE (HANDHELD) CO2 FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND TOLD TO GET UP IN THE HATCH NEXT TO THE APU AND WATCH FOR ENGINE FIRE AT START-UP. AS SOON AS THEY FIRED THEM UP, I LOST MY HAT. TO THIS DAY I DON'T KNOW IF MY LEG WAS BEING PULLED OR NOT. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT GOOD I COULD HAVE DONE IF THERE HAD BEEN A FIRE OR THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN DUMB ENOUGH TO TRY TO PUT IT OUT WITH THAT LITTLE CO2 BOTTLE. I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IGNORANT YOUTH THAT I WAS. AT SOME POINT SHORTLY AFTER THAT I GOT THE PLEASURE OF GOING MESSCOOKING. I, WAS A VETERAN OF THAT MEMORABLE DUTY, HAVING DONE IT IN BOOTCAMP, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, AND TREASURE IS., CA. BUT, WHEN I SAY PLEASURE, I REALLY MEAN THAT. I HAD MUCH BETTER DUTY AND LIBERTY THAN THOSE LEFT IN THE SQUADRON. IN FACT, IT WAS SO GOOD THAT I VOLUNTEERED FOR AN ADDITIONAL NINETY DAYS OF IT. THAT TOOK US UP TO THE TIME FOR ROTATION BACK TO NAS North Island, San Diego, California FOR A YEAR. I DIDN'T REALIZE THERE WAS A CRUISE BOOK MADE FOR THAT TOUR UNTIL I ATTENDED THE Reunion IN PENSACOLA, FL AND SAW ONE. I GUESS WE WERE THE FORGOTTEN ONES IN THE CHOW HALL. AT SOME POINT IN TIME WHILE IN CA CMDR CLINTON WAS RELIEVED BY CMDR CURTISS AND I WAS ASKED IF I COULD TYPE. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO ADMIT THAT BUT IT TURNED OUT WELL. THE GUY WORKING IN THE ELECTRONICS SHOP WANTED OUT AND INTO A FLIGHT CREW AND NEEDED A REPLACEMENT AND I WAS IT. THERE MAY BE SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT WILL RECALL THAT I WORKED THE "TWIDGET" STOREROOM. WHEN THE POWERS THAT BE DECIDED WE SHOULD MAKE NS Sangley Point, Philippines OUR PERMANENT HOME AND ALLOWED OTHERS FROM DIFFERENT SQUADRONS TO TRANSFER INTO VP-40. I PICKED UP A HELPER IN THE STOREROOM. AS IT TURNED OUT HE OUTRANKED ME AND I BECAME HIS HELPER. WE WORKED WELL TOGETHER AND WE STILL EXCHANGE CHRISTMAS CARDS. THAT'S IT FOR NOW. NOW HOW DO I SEND THIS?..." [03NOV98]

BALES, AE3 Mike mtbales69@gmail.com "...AE3 Flight Engineer VP-40 Fighting Marlins from 1990-1995. Schooling at VP-31 and transferred across the strip to VP-40 learning from some of the great FE's on the West Coast. I spent most of my career with CAC-7 and the "Ragin' Cajuns! We moved to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington after NAS Moffett Field, California decommission with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I ended my career in 1995 to return home to Georgia. I was lucky enough to find work with DeKalb Fire Rescue just outside of Atlanta and currently hold the rank of Battalion Chief with 21 years in the Department. I have been happily married for 18 years with 3 children. I look forward to hearing from my Shipmates from times past..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05JUN2017 | 08OCT2000]

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]

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BARTH, Bruce D. bbarth1@austin.rr.com "...I served with VP-40 between 1965-1967 as an aircrewman with crews 1 & 7. Many fond memories of my time spent in the Marlins. Since leaving the Navy in 1969 I have been very active as an historian and author on Martin Seaplanes. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who served with me in Forty or who flew the Mariner or Marlin..." WebSite: Martin Seaplanes Historical Research [19SEP2001]

BAUMGARTNER, Gordon D. gordon@proformaone.com "...I served in VP-40 as an ECM/Radar operator during 1953 thru 1956. I was assigned to CA8 which was the electronics officer's plane.I left the squadron in August of 1956 from OSR training in Hawaii to become a civilian again. Would enjoy E-Mails from other VP-40 Members. Thanks..." [16JAN2001]

BEACH, Donald dwbeach@gte.net "...I was in VP-40 from 1953-54..." [19APR99]

BEARD, AMH2 Jim jimson@snowcrest.net "...I was in VP-40 1984-85 Airframes. Went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [17DEC98]

BENSON, LCDR Frederick L. Retired fbenson@ipass.net "...Serving in a number of aviation and surface commands including VP-40 (P5M-2 ASW seaplanes), NAS Sangley Point, Philippines and USS Intrepid (CVA-11) home ported in Norfolk, VA. His last active duty assignment was Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, VA. He left active duty in May 1968..." http://www.ipass.net/~fbenson/lcdr.htm

BENSON, Gordon E. gjbenson2@msn.com "...I was in VP-40 Philippines 1961-1962 Flight Crews 10 and 1. VA-216 1963-1964. Anyone from the VP-40 1961-1962 time let me know. I am looking for Mike McKinney. Who has an entry in Shipmates, but I can not locate..." [22MAY2007]

BICKERS, AW1 Brad bradley.bickers@navy.mil "...I'm currently serving with COMPATRECONWING-2 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I started out in VP-11 from 07/94-10/96, then went on to VP-4 from 96-99 when I went to TSC 1294 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I came back to VP-4 for round 2 in 2001. In 2005 I left for a short 1 year tour to VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Now after 7 deployments and 13 years, I'm finally doing a full shore tour at CPRW-2. Back in da'islands..." [04OCT2006]

BIGLEY, CDR Tom Retired shipmate pix...circa 1964... bigleytl@earthlink.net "...Flew P5B Marlins with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Sep 63-Jun 66); P3B Orions at NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-9 (Mar 70-Apr 72) and Nardet NAS Moffett Field, California (Apr 72-Jul 75). I was an instructor with VT-27 at NAS Corpus Christi when the last Marlin passed through on its way to the NavAir Museum at Pensacola. Checked my log book and found that I have about 40 pilot hours in that grand old bird..." WebSite: http://home.earthlink.net/~bigleytl/ The Cutaway PBY Display http://members.home.net/vpnavy/Catalina/ [E-Mail Updated 04DEC2001 | URL Updated 25MAY99 | Updated 05APR98]

BISHTON, Denis dwbishton@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 1959 to 1961 and really like the old Marlins. Most my time was in P5M-1's , with the P5M-2's arriving near the time I was discharged. One of the photograph's you show is of my squadron's QE1 . Squadron's motto was 'Laging Handa' 'Ever Ready' in tagalog and a Marlin stabbing a submarine..." [13FEB2010]

BLACKMON, Joe L. jlblackmon@juno.com "...The first squadron I was assigned to was VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in Jan 1952. PBM5S. Was in the squadron when they went to P5M-1. Last VP squadron was VP-50 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in Mar 1967. P5M-2,s but went to NAS Moffett Field, California in June of 1967. Completed my tour in Feb 1970 and retired in Aug 1973. I saw several names I remembered from those days..." [22NOV98]

BLAS, CWO-2 John jocarm01@yahoo.com "...Hello fellow Boomers (VP-48). I was in the squadron from 1983-1987, made the NAS Misawa, Japan- NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments. Went to the Fighting Marlins (VP-40) from 1995-1999, made the Dodge, NAS Misawa, Japan- NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Misawa, Japan- NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deploments. Would love to hear from fellow Boomers. I'm currently with COMAEWWINGPAC NAS Point Mugu, California. If your in the area stop by so we can chat. Commissioned CWO-2 in March 2002 along with John Kukahiko, going through knife and fork school in P-Cola with both of us going to HC-5 Guam..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 21APR2002 | 28JAN2000]

BLAYLOCK, Ron ron.b@cheerful.com "...I served in VP-18, VP-56, VP-46, and VP-40 from 1968 to 1980. Was at NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California from 1980 to 1984 as a flight engineer ground school instructor..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN99]

BLECHLE, Robert A. rblechle2@charter.net "...I served with VP-40 (11/1953-01/1955) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15AUG2013 | 03MAR2001]

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]

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]

BONNEFOI, Richard W. RNEbonnie@yahoo.com "...Attended Boot Camp at Great Lakes (8/31/51), AnP School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and AD School in Millington, TN in 1952. I was then sent to Sand Point O and R about June 1952 and worked on PBYs and PBMs (great base). I then served on the PINE ISLAND (AV-12) around September 1953. We operated with WestPac in the Formosa Straits as the Flagship for the Formosa Patrol Force. I served with VP-40 from February 1954 till September 1954 (first squadron to operate with the new P5Ms). I was then trransfered to FASRON-12 1/55 at NAS Miramar. I was discharged on August 31, 1955. I had a great in Naval Air. I am now retired from the Chicago Fire Department..." [14APR2000]

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]

BORGSTROM, Robert C/O His Daughter Marian (Borgstrom) Topp JTopp28101@aol.com "...My father, Robert Borgstrom, was in the VP-40 squadron stationed in NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 1961-1963 and flew P5M sea planes. He had a friend, James Palmer Quigley, who is my godfather. We have lost touch with Jim Quigley and am not even sure if he is still living but I am trying to find some information on him...Sincerely...Marian (Borgstrom) Topp JTopp28101@aol.com..." [20SEP99]

BOUND, Harry H. hhbound@gmail.com "...I served with VP-40 (1961-1963) and VP-19 (1963-1964)..." [E-Mail 14MAR2014 | 11MAR99]

BOURBEAU, ATC(AW) Jerry Retired jerryhb@charter.net "...I served at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1971 to 1974, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1976 to 1976, VA-22 NAS Lemoore, California CVA-63 (sorry), NAS Moffett Field, California from 1980 to 1983, VP-40 from 1984 to 1987, and NAMTGD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1987 to 1990. I would like to hear from any Shipmates still in Bay area..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV2004 | E-Mail Updated 16NOV2003 | 21MAY98]

BOWEN, CDR Kenneth J. II Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Bowen, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1986. He received his commission from AOCS in April 1987. Earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in June 1988, he was placed on the Commodore's List of Distinguished Graduates. Commander Bowen reported to VT-3 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) Flight Instructor where he instructed students in primary and intermediate flight training. During his tour, he received every flight instructor qualification and received the coveted Red Max award for flight instructional excellence and earned his Masters Degree from Troy State University. From 1990 to 1993, Commander Bowen served with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8. He completed a split site deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia flying missions in Desert Storm. His next deployment was in the Caribbean theater conducting counter-narcotic operations in support of JTF-4. In 1993, Commander Bowen reported to the Commander, Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Flag Lieutenant and personal aide to Rear Admirals Granuzzo and Mobley. His next assignment was onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as V-2 Division Officer qualifying as Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and Primary Flight Control Officer. He completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Commander Bowen returned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community joining VP-30 where he qualified as an FRS Instructor Pilot. There he served as the VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet Safety Officer. In 1998, he reported to "Tridents" of VP-26 deploying to the Mediterranean theater. He flew missions in Operations Deliberate Guard and Deliberate Forge. In addition, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patron NS Rota, Spain detachment. His second deployment with the "Tridents" was a split site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Patron NAS Keflavik, Iceland. His other assignments with the "Tridents" included CTG Operations Officer in Caribbean theater and the squadron Operations Officer. In 2000, Commander Bowen reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. In 2002, he reported to VP-30, the MPRA FRS, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 as Executive Officer. Commander Bowen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign, service and unit awards..." [23APR2005]

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]

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]

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]

BROWN, AW2 Kevin Tracy ktbrown47@gmail.com "...I served with VP-40 flying with Crew-1 as AW Sensor 3 Operator with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Adak, Alaska. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [08JAN2015]

BRYANT, W. D cropdata@bellsouth.net "...I served in VP-40 from April 1953 until seperation from service in June 1956. I came in an ATAN 2nd Radio on CA7, 130300 P5M-1, and left as ATR2 on the same plane. I would like lto hear from anyone on board during that period. See you all in October in Pensacola..." [08MAY2000]

BUCK, Dave superglide56@aol.com "...VP-40 IFT from 1980-1984. Reservist with the augmentation squadron that supported VP-40 while in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Jeff Gonzalas re-qualed me on QE-4! Would like to contact the old CAC's and the dedicated men of VP-40..." [01DEC2001]

BUCK, Sean S. bucks4@erols.com "...I AM CURRENTLY THE CARRIER PLACEMENT OFFICER AT BUPERS. I AM A FORMER MEMBER OF VP-40, THE FIGHTING MARLINS, STATIONED IN MOFFETT FIELD, CA ; VX-1, THE PIONEERS, IN 1989-91, AND A DEPARTMENT HEAD IN VP-26, THE TRIDENTS IN BRUNSWICK, ME. MY DAD AND I HAVE UNIQUE HISTORY IN THAT HE TO WAS IN VX-1 AND VP-26..."

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]

BURGOS, AMSC(AW) Carlito "LITO" w5cburgo@cvw5.navy.mil "...Currently with VAW-115 (it seems that I can't get away with PROPS). I was with VP-46 from 5/84 to 9/87 and then after spending my shore duty at NAS Moffett Field, California AIMD, I went VP-40 from 4/91 to 4/92 for final VP Navy tour. I have been in Japan for the last five years, AIMD NAS Misawa, Japan and now serving aboard USS Kitty Hawk. I really enjoyed my years (11 years) working on P-3 aircraft. I kinda miss my own berthing and per diem ... We will be going out AGAIN for FOAL EAGLE / ANNUALEX this fall ... haze and underway ..... By the way, I am proud to say that I am a SHELL BACK now. Fellow Fighting Marlins if you happen to see my comments....please email me. I will be with CAG 5 until August 2002. Later..." [10SEP2000]

BYRNE, AMS3 Joe jbyrne6859@aol.com "...I served with VP-40, VP-50 and VP-48..." [04MAR2009]


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]

CALDIE, Tom tcaldie@silver.sl.edu "...I was with VS-22 from 1975 to 1978 as a PN2. We were on the USS Saratoga with the Sixth Fleet. What an adventure!..." [04OCT2000]

CAMPBELL, AEC James M. "Soupy" Retired blandjcampbell@aol.com "...During my 20 year career in the US Navy I was stationed in VP-47 from 1957-1960. I was Crew Electrician in Crew 8 and remember many exciting flights when Rocky Bamford was our PPC. I was in VP-40 from 1966-1968. This was a very short tour as it was the final year of sea duty. They wouldn't let me extend for the third year at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I was a First Class and worked in the AE shop. In 1968 I transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California for a tour with NAMTRADET. Buck Williams was our CO. I taught P-3B electric power systems to pilots and FEs. I taught a couple of other systems but that was a long time ago and I have forgotten their designations. I made AEC during this tour. After NAMTRADET I transferred to VP-46 where I was shop chief in the Electric Shop, AME Shop and Operations and finally I was the Drug/Alcohol Education contact. I made five (5) deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan with VP-47 and VP-46, one (1) to NAS Adak, Alaska with VP-46, and one (1) to NS Sangley Point, Philippines with VP-40. I have nothing but good memories from my entire career. After retiring I went to work for Lockheed in Sunnyvale, CA. on the Trident Missile Program. While with Lockheed I lived and worked in Sunnyvale, Washington DC, and Helensburgh, Scotland retiring as a Senior Manager in December 2000. My wife, Beth, and I now live in Oak Harbor, WA. on Whidbey Island. Retirement is great. I was also elected and seated on the Oak Harbor City Council in January 2006 for a four year term. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington is the home of the VP-1, VP-40, VP-46, VP-69, VQ-1 and VQ-2. It is also home-port for 14 VAQ squadrons who fly EA6B Aircraft. We have a great, albeit, small PBY Museum and recently a Memorial to all VP Sailors was erected downtown. I would enjoy hearing from any of my old Shipmates. If you make it to the Island I would be glad to give you a tour of both bases, the city and Whidbey Island..." [09APR2007]

CAMPBELL, DKC Larry Retired lcamp320@comcast.net "...I served with VP-40 from 1965 to 1970. I was a part of the suport team, DK. Retired in 1984 as a DKC Would love to hear from anyone that served during that time..." [01JUN2008]

CAMPBELL, Ronald J. ron.campbell@ual.com "...I was in VP-28 in Hawaii from 1967-the day we decommisioned. I was AE2 in QA and did a great deal of test flying after maintenance. After we shut down VP-28 I ended up in VP-40 still in QA and left the Navy in 1972. When are we all getting together??????? My no. is 707-447-5200..." [12MAR99]

CARAVELLA, AE1 John A. Jr. johnnyc2192@hotmail.com "...I served with VQ-4 (1981-84), VP-40 (1984-1987) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Okinawa / NAF Misawa, Japan, Instructor Duty at NAS Millington, Tennessee, HS- 11 (1990), VP-5 with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and took advantage of the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) program (1993)..." [09JUL2013]

CAREY, Bill careyb1@usa.net "...I served in VP-40 from 1989 until 1992 and spent most of that time as a legal officer and the Nav/Comm on Crew 2. (I'll never forget the "Screw 2" deployment patch that we started to get printed up.) Left the Navy in 1992 and am now living in Nashville, Tennessee as a reporter and author..." [21SEP99]

CARLOSN, Ron royocarl@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-40 (1961-1964) at NS Sangley Point, Philippines Flew as PPC in Crew 3 for one year..." [31DEC99]

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]

CARTER, AMCS (AW) Gerald (Gerry) carterg@vx9.chinalake.navy.mil "...Hi Shipmates! I started my Navy career in VP-19 (9/77-8/80) an original member of the "U.S.Olympic Dog Team". From there I moved on to VP-56 (9/80-5/82), NRD NOLA (8/82-9/85), VP-40 (10/85-2/90), CPWP ( NAS Moffett Field, California 2/90-4/93), VP-46 (5/93-10/97) and now I'm with VX-9 Vampires at NAWS China Lake. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [13FEB99]

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]

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, Bill.Childers@mptp.cpii.com "...I was an Aviation Electronic Technician in VP-40 (1970-1974)..." [17APR98]

CHALFIN, Steve chalfin@uthscsa.edu "...I served as Flight Surgeon in VP-47 from 82-85, also TAD to VP-40 for their NAS Misawa, Japan deployment in 1983. Still in the Reserves as a Flight Surgeon / Ophthalmologist, but nothing beats my time in the VP Navy. I'd love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [04NOV2000]

CHATHAM, TONY tcrctj@sprintmail.com "...Saw a bunch of names I recognized from my time in VP-40 (91-93). Currently serving as V-2 Div-O on the Ike. Looking forward to hearing from some old squadron-mates. Anyone seen Ray Leavitt?..."

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]

CIPPERLY, Robert H. (Bob) cipsinevans@earthlink.net "...I served my first flying tour in VP-40 from late 1958 to late 1961 both in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. After a tour at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida training pilots in VT-2. I had one year in PG School and joined VP-28 in mid 1964. I left VP-28 in late 1966 to go to Cat & A/G School in NJ. I have been looking for information regarding P. R. (Bob) Hite (VP-40) and Daniel P. (Dan) McHugh from VP-28..." [04SEP2002]

CLAY, AT1(NAC) Tom "Staypuff" Retired tomkat83@alltel.net "...My first squadron was VP-50 (8/85-4-89). I was an IFT on Crew 9 and Crew 6 doing 2 NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments and 1 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. I saw several names on your list already from those days. From VP-50, I went to Naval Air Development Center Warminster (6/89-1/92) for shore duty (I was on det 1 month of every 3!) then to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan (1/92-5/95), VP-40 (7/95-3/97) for a NSF Diego Garcia/Jeddah/Masirah/any where sandy deployment, CPW-10 (3/97-10/98) on LIMDU, and now I'm back in VP-40 but grounded. I would love to hear from any Shipmates, especially from the "Tromba's Trojans" Crew 6 days...I retired out of NRL in July '03 and moved back to Georgia. I graduated with a BS in Physics and a BA in History in May 2006 and a Master's in Military History in June 2008..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 29OCT99]

CLEAVER, Tom Albatrosdv@aol.com "...the last squadron in the Navy saddled with the SP-5b Marlin - served in the Phillipines longer than God. I was there 1963-65, got home a civilian the day the Navy extended tours of technicians for duration of unit's tour overseas (I doubt I would ever have gotten out!)..." WEBSITE: http://members.aol.com/aerialnut/

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]

COCKROFT, CAPTAIN Irving G. "Moe" Retired fireball152@gmail.com "...I served with VC-19, VF-152 aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) as Flight Operations Officer, VP-45 (1955-1957) at NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, Armed Forces Staff College (1958) at Norfolk, VA, VP-40 (1958-1960) as XO/CO and moved squadron to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Commander-IN-Chief, U.S. PACific FLeet (CINCPACFLT) Staff (1960-1963), COMmander of NAVal Forces MARianas (COMNAVMAR) Staff (1964-1967), CDR San Francisco DCAS Region 12 (1968-1972), CO Navy Marine Corp Reserve Unit NAS Alameda, California (1972-1973) and retired January 1973..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 12FEB2016 | 05MAY2006]

COLEMAN, David drfaustus472@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1985 to 1989. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [15NOV2009]

CONDON, AD1 Pete Retired pcondon@uswest.net "...Shipmates - I did two tours plus in VP-50 (74-78 and 86-90) and a tour in VP-40 in between. Loving life in AZ..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | 04APR98]

COOPER, AE1 Al ptcbglc@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1953 -1955, haning been transfeered to it from Litchfield Park NAF as a AE2, when we were the first squadron to deploy to the Philippines with the new P5M-1's. That was interesting, and if I recall correctly it took about 6 weeks to get all 12 P5's to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. #9 was used for spare parts and just about the time we would get it ready to launch, we would have to rob it of something else. Finally when it came time to rotate back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, we had all tweleve flying and we left all planes for our replacement squadron. A few months after we rotated back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California (and the nickle snatchers,one of the P5's we left exploded while taking off in Manilla Bay. I got out of VP-40 and Navy after 4 years as AE-1. Over the years I lost contact with Basham, Barnett, both AD-2's who were good freinds. I will always be grateful to the schooling and experience that the Navy gave me, since it set the tone for the rest of my life. I am 69, but still not retired as CEO of a Television Satellite/Broadcast Network..." [18JAN2002]

COOPER, AO1 George T. Barrelmkr@aol.com "...I served in VP-40 from 1984 to 1987 on crews 9 and 10 and in VP-46 from 1990 to 1994 on crew 7. I am currently in Flight Engineer School...on my way to VP-8!"

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]

COWELL, Sam searay@mindless.com "...Currently an active duty P3 Flight engineer with Patrol Wing Ten at Whidbey Island Washington...I have been stationed with VP-6, VXN-8, and VP-40..."

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

CRABTREE, AWC Robert G. c/o His Son Mark A. Crabtree crab911@msn.com "...My Dad flew with VP-40 AWC Robert G. Crabtree. I remember NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and being in NAS Moffett Field, California. I just thought id say howdie..." [01APR2000]

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 P3B'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]

CREASEY, CDR Mark https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/xo_bio_creasey.htm "...Commander Mark Creasey is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for flight training and received his pilot wings in December, 1992. Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), Commander Creasey reported to the "Batmen" of Patrol Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VP-24) stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1993, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following VP-24's decommissioning in April 1995, Commander Creasey reported to the "Mad Foxes" of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), where he completed two tri-site deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Panama, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He served as the Operations Plans Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. He was selected as VP-5's nomination for the Association of Naval Aviation's (ANA) "Pilot of the Year" award in 1996. In October 1997 Commander Creasey reported to VP-30 for duty as an FRS Instructor Pilot. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Schedules Officer, and Flight Officer and was also selected as a Pilot Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor and Airshow Demonstration Team Leader. In February 2000 he reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in Norfolk, Virginia as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He served as the V-3 Hangar Deck Officer, V-2 Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport). He deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2002 Commander Creasey reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for his operational department head tour. He completed a deployment to the Fifth Fleet AOR while serving as Safety / NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Officer-in-Charge, NSF Diego Garcia detachment. In December 2003 he reported again to VP-30 for duty as Training Officer. He assumed the duties of VP-30 Executive Officer in 2005. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and unit and campaign decorations..." [27MAR2005]

CREPEA, Andy atcksc@olg.com "...Served with VP-40 "Fighting Marlins" from 1981-1984 with two NAS Misawa, Japan deployments/ NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Adak, Alaska dets. Attended Naval Postgraduate School from 84-86 for MS in Ops Research. VP apprecation tour to USS Coral Sea and then a year with OPTEVFOR before getting out. Served in Reserve with VP-91, TSC 1080, NR CRUDESGRU 5, and am now an AEDO with Air Systems program 0166 supporting the E-2C class desk. Working as civilian with NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland now..." [11JAN2000]

CRIDER, AE2 Garth S. garthcrider@comcast.net "...I served with VP-40 from 1973 to 1976 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I served under CPO Tom Walker and LT(jg) Bill Grace and along side other magnificent sailors including Joe Strunc, "Tex" Hulon, Gale Klopfenstein, Richard Garoutte, Rich Raymond, Terry "Buddah Bag" Lore and the guy who bought a Jag with his reenlistment bonus - what was his name? Also, looking for a Shipmate by the name of Carey McClellan. I think he worked in sonar, but was a member of a flight crew. Anyway, would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [04MAY2011]

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]

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]

CUTTER, CDR David C. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Cutter graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Following graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Completing AOCS as Regimental Commander, he earned a regular Navy commission under the Distinguished Naval Graduate program. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and Sacramento, California where he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1988. After completing FRS training at VP-30, Commander Cutter began his first squadron tour with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Qualifying as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator and ISAR Radar Mission Commander, he made deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Panama. During this tour, he served as Asst. Tactics, NFO NATOPS, and Schedules Officer. In 1992, Commander Cutter reported for instructor duty at the Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he served as NFO Training Officer, COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator and Public Affairs Officer during the VP FRS consolidation and the Republic of Korea Navy foreign military training program. Commander Cutter was next assigned as Operations Admin Officer aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in August 1995. Homeported in Bremerton, Washington, USS NIMITZ deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and later participated in the Strait of Taiwan crisis during April 1996. Qualifying as both Command Duty Officer Underway and Officer of the Deck Underway, Commander Cutter also earned his Surface Warfare designation aboard USS NIMITZ. In June 1997, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy's staff in Washington D.C. where he served as the Personal Aide to SECNAV. Following FRS refresher training, Commander Cutter reported to VP-16 in May 1999 for his department head tour. Serving as Tactics, Administration, and Operations Officer, VP-16 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During his tour, VP-16 was awarded the Jay Isbell Award for ASW excellence and the CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award. Upon completion of his department head tour, he was assigned as Asst. Washington DC Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in June 2001. In January 2003, CDR Cutter enrolled in the Financial Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Earning a Masters of Business Administration, he graduated with distinction and was recognized as a Conrad Scholar for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Financial Management. Additionally, he was awarded the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Management, the Department of the Navy Award for Academic Excellence in Financial Management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. During this tour, CDR Cutter completed the Naval War College Command and Staff Course, also graduating with distinction. Before joining VP-40 as the Executive Officer, CDR Cutter most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His awards include the Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy Commendation medal (3), Navy Achievement medal (3) and various campaign and operational awards..." [23APR2005]


DAWSON, Lynn (Gerschefske) lmd302@wmis.net "...I joined VP-19 on the last deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and was with them until the end. I met my husband, Jason Dawson, while serving with VP-19. My maiden name is Gerschefske. I transfered to VP-40 until they moved to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in December 1993. I would like to hear from any Shipmates that I served with..." [E-Mail Updated 17SEP2005 | 23MAY99]

DeBAUN, Joe DeBaunJL2@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1979ish to June 1982. Looking for old friends and Shipmates. I moved from Texas to Colorado..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26NOV2002 | 23OCT98]

DeLISLE, AMS3 Neil ndsuzuz@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1962 to 1966 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew 12 at first and switched to Crew 3. My pilots were LCDR Cooper, LT Bigley, LT Svensgaard and LT Hampt. My enlisted were AD3 Kauble, AX2 Martinson, AX2 Barrows, AO3 Shelton, AX3 Stallsmith and AE3 Martin. We Flew in Market Time operations up and down the straits of Formosa. We operated with the Seaplane Tenders (USS Pine Island (AV-12) and USS Currituck (AV-7)) at FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. We had a good time in spite of the 10 hour hops and hot weather. We met up for it on R and R. I would like to hear from the old crew or anybody from VP-40..." [19JUL2008]

DeSANTIS, John desantis323@msn.com "...I served on in the US Navy with my brother Michael DeSantis from 1965 to 1967 with VP-40. I am looking for anyone who was on my squadron during that time. Please feel to contact me via phone at 954-978-0803 or send me a letter at 3239 Carambola Circle South, Coconut Creek, FL 33066. I look forward to your responses..." [25APR2004]

DeSANTIS, Michael S. msdesan@msn.com "...Have special request for anyone who served with VP-40 from 1965 to 1967. My brother and I were both in the squadron those years, and aside from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, they were some of the best times in both our lives. Mainly because of all the friends-Shipmates that we had. Really for some reason these guys were the best. Everyone worked together, and looked after one another..it was one big family. Need help now! My brother is a candidate for kidney transplant. The V.A. is saying they have no records of VP-40 in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. I know and I agree with what everyone just said about the V.A. Anyway aside from a ton of pictures to throw in there face from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, USS Pine Island (AV-12), etc. If anyone knows were we can get a copy of our Cruise Book for 1966 and 1967 (1965 we have) we would greatly appreciate it ASAP. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates from then. We were the last squadron to fly the P5M, and end to an era..." [20APR2004]

DEVINE, IS1 Fred J. roscobus@i2k.net "...Looking for buddies from 1962/1966, VP-40..." [03DEC2001]

DeVRIES, ADJ3 Robert bdevries52@hotmail.com "...Attended ADJ "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1966-1967) in the Operations Deparment, Flight Line and Jet Engine Repair Shop and VP-40 (1967-1968) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the PBM "Pig Boat." We changed homeports to NAS Moffett Field, California where we recieved our "new" P-3 Orion and stayed there till I left the Navy in 1968..." [BIO Updated 05JAN2011 | 29DEC2010]

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]

DiLUDOVICO, Leonard ldiludovico@sprintmail.com "...Great to hear from all you Marlins. Served in VP-40 from Dec 92-Jun 96 as a Nav/Com, Tacco/MC. Did 2 West Pacs and have all great memories. Left the Navy 4 months ago and I am currently an airline pilot for Continental Express. I would love to hear from any VP-40 Fighting Marlins, especially ones I served with or bralled with at the NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Officers Club with our VAQ brothers. It was all in good fun. Keep em flying Marlins. The best Dam squadron in the fleet..." [01OCT99]

DOEMPKE, Gerry doempke-g@verizon.net "...VP-40 Fighting Marlins 71-74 (NAS Moffett Field, California, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan), DIA (WashDC) 74-77, NAS Keflavik, Iceland 77-79, NAVAIR (WashDC) 79-81, VP-8 Tigers (NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily) 81-84, NAVAIR (WashDC) 84-87, CIVLANT (WashDC) 87-present. If the concept of flying a mission, while hauling giant sea shells back from Guam for the Naha ASWOC sounds familiar, stay in touch. Old WESTPAC P-3 Sky Pirates are a vanishing breed..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17JUN2005 | 27JUL99]

DOMBROWSKI, ADCS Richard (Ski) Retired rmdeez@aol.com "...Served with ATU-700 between March 1953 and June 1955. Worked in AD shop. Originally entered Boot camp in 1952 at NTC Bainbridge with follow-on P & A schools at NATTC Norman, Oklahoma. Further service at Naval Air Development Center Johnsville, PA, VP-40 (P5M's) at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, VP-2 (P2V's) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska, VR-3 (C-118's and C-130's) at Maguire AFB, N.J., NAS North Island, San Diego, California(OMD), VRF-32 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, HS-10 at NAS Imperial Beach, CA, HC-7 at Imperial Beach, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and Gulf of Tonkin, ending with HSL-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I retired..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2002 | E-Mail Updated 06JUL2000 | 02SEP98]

DOMER, AM1(AW) Bradley domerb2000@yahoo.com "...I got my start in the "Big Red" VP-19 from 1988-1991, then on to AIMD @ NAS Moffett Field, California 1991-1993, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1993-1998, then AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii & MALS-24 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 1998-2001 to work with the Marines after they closed NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I then returned to the "rough" P-3 sea duty in VP-9 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 2001-2005. HELLO 'PERDIEM'! It's now summer of 2005, and I have arrived back on the mainland at VX-30 NAS Point Mugu, California (good-bye perdiem)..." [BIO Updated 26AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2002 | BIO Updated 07APR2001]

DORSEY, Myrna Baughman mdorsey55@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1976. There was only 2 women in the squadron..." [06MAR2009]

DOUGHERTY, Jim ("Doc") tudox@chesco.com "...I served in VP-40 (AMH-2) at Moffett Field from 8/68 until discharged in 11/70. Prior to that I was in VO-67. Would love to hear from long lost friends!..." [Updated 23JAN98]

DOWDY, David C. ddowdy@flash.net "...I served with VP-42 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from Fall 68 until it was decomissioned and was trasnferred to NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-40. I was initially an AX but got my AW3 rank serving with Crew 6 as a Julie/ECM operator. I remember a Plane Captain named Pinson who taught me how to properly top off the wing tank of SP2H aircraft. I do have a crew picture from that era and have spoken with another operator named Dennis Likes living in UTAH who served later in the NAVY Reserve as Flight Crew. One of the best friends I had at the time was an individual named Dan Martin who later lived in Florida but he and his wife Jacque seperated and I lost track of him some years back. I served in VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California until July 1971, graduated with a BBA from Southern Methodist University in 1975 and have worked primarily in sales of High Tech Lan/WAN PC communications type equipment. I would be interested in hearing from anyone around that timeframe and am in the market for a Flight Jacket. A VP-42 patch would be outstanding..." [09FEB2000]

DREYER, AO3 Gale F. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=3142 "...AO3 Gale F. Dreyer, USN - NFL Number: 3142 - Date of Birth: 10/3/1926 - Date In: 9/5/1944 - Date Out: 2/14/1952 - City, State: Kettering, OH - School Attended: Elliot Sch. Busins - Aircraft Flown: SNB, B-25, PB5Y-2 and PBM - Ship or Unit: VP-40, VPB-122 and VP-HL-7 - Pilot Desg.: 1st Ordnanceman - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Korea - Associations/Service Organizations: Antioch Temple Shrin ROJ Court 10 Ohio Lions Club Masonic Lodge - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medal - Significant Achievements: Chaired hospital fund drive - shrine (3yrs). Director, ROJ-2002. President, Lions Club. In Memoriam? No..." [03DEC2005]

DUMONT, ATCS Dewey Retired wd75@prodigy.net "...I served in VP-40 from 1948-1950 and with VP-44 from 60-63. Would like to hear from old Shipmates...Val Brynteson notified me recently that I was a honary member of VP-44 LM 4..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25JUL2000 | 12JAN99]

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]

DUERING, Rick rbduering@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-22 (1971 through 1978), VT-26 (1978 through 1980), VP-40 (1980 through 1982). VP-22 was by far the Best squadron with the Best group of guy's in my entire naval career. I would enjoy hearing from all you "ole" Blue Geese. Aloha and Mahalo..." [E-Mail Updated 13AUG2001 | 04JUN2000]

DUNN, Tom tdjl@iwvisp.com "...I was a plane capt. on the P5M-1 and 2S with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 1961-early 63. Pig boats were good machinery. The venerable old Wright 3350 turbo compound keep us struggling along at 140 kts. Would love to talk to fellow crewman. Praise to those who gave all..." [28MAR99]

DURST, Terry tdurst@ruralnetwork.net "...Served in VP-40 from Feb 64 to Feb 67 as a crew member of Crew 8..." [31AUG2000]

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]


EBRIGHT, LCDR Art Retired theebrights@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-26 (1960-1963) at NAS Brunswick, Maine (Crew-6), VP-7 (1965-1967) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Crew-7), Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (1967-1971) at Purdue University (BSEE), VP-40 (1972-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Naval Post Graduate School (1975-1976), Naval Plant Rep Office at Lynn, MA (1977-1979), VP-40 (1979-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California and retired (10/1982)..." [26JUL2014]

EICHELBERGER, John Retired ichelbod@undata.com "...I joined the Navy in 1957. My first squadron was VW-4 Hurricane Hunters with WC121N's. We were homeported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 63 I went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas with VT-30 in A1H's & T28's.Decomm. VT-30 and went to VT-31 and S2F's. Then to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-40 with P5M's. Deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam then turn in the last P5M. and Tx. to NAS Moffett Field, California and transitioned to P-3B's. Went to F/E school and deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California and transferred to VT-3 in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Decommisioned the T28's and finished my tour in VT-6 and T34's. TX. to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and back to P-3 F/E school and on to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and back home to Retire to my home in Boonville Mo. Went to work for the Mo State Dept. of Corrections. I just retired from there as a Captain..." [BIO Updated 31MAR2005 | 06DEC2004]

EMBICK, Clay (JR) CEmbick@msn.com "...I served in from 1978-1980. Although I missed the NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment, I did get to spend 3 great months at NAS Adak, Alaska. My term with the squadron was short, but well lived. I enjoyed my tenure and would like to hear from anyone serving that time period as well. I am especially interested in hearing from some close friends: Pete Foley, YN3 at the time Gregg Boyd, PN3 David Hansen, work in OPS CJ Harris, aviation - not sure of the initials of the name Doug MacArthur, unsure. I had great times at VP-40 and was sorry to leave when I did. I was reassigned upon request to the east coast, Norfolk, VA on the USS Detroit, where I finished my enlistment. Any news from any of the guys from the "Fighting Marlins", would be extremely welcome..." [13APR2000]

ENDY, AT3 Thomas H. tendy@socal.rr.com "...I served in VP-40 from Dec. 1954 to Nov. 1955 and was on the 1955 deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was in crew 8 (radio), "Charlie Able" 8, P5M-1. Upon return to NAS North Island, San Diego, California I was transferred to VW-1. Flew radio on crew 2, on the "Willie Victors" (WV-2) 1956\1957 with two WestPac deployments from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Discharged from the Navy July 1957. Would like to hear from anyone who was on board either squadron at that time..." [22MAY2005]

EPPS, Dave seabrz@yahoo.com "...I was a proud Fighting Marlin from 10/88 to 10/91. I flew that entire time as CAC 4's IFT, (nobody saw us and you can't prove a thing!!!). VP-40 truely set the standard, from the second to none Maintenance Dept., to the best Personnel Dept. I've ever seen before or since then. I'm still trying to do justice in explaining the "Bouy Juice Ceremony" to my Shipmates on the East Coast. My tour there stands out as my most memorable and enjoyable. I'd love to hear from any of the old gang. Laging Handa!!!..." [05MAR99]

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]

EVETT, Jerald "Jerry" jaevett@mailexcite.com "...I first joined VP-40 in September of 1973, just in time for a MCAS Iwakuni deployment. I started as an AOAA and advanced to AO2 when I left the service. In that short time I made one 3 plane det to NAS Adak, Alaska, and one deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan. I recognized some of the other names and smiled when I remembered them. Thanks VP-40 for a lifetime of wonderful memories..." [22MARY98]

EWERS, Robert tsaord@netscape.net "...I served with VP-40 (FE) with NAS Moffett Field, California and VQ-2 at NS Rota, Spain. I retired after 21 years of service..." [20JUN2011]


FADNESS, Melvin R. mfadness@concentric.net "...I was attached to VP-2 in January 1959 with P2Vs. After that I was in VP-28 for one year, VP-40 and VP-46 for a couple of years. I was attached to the Royal Air Force and attended the VP air crew training at St. Mawgen, Cornwall England and then was shipped out to RAF Kinloss Scotland for a two year tour on the Nimrods. I retired at NAS Moffett Field, California with a total span of about 22 years with the US Navy. I have met and worked with the best people in the world. I have a few old pictures and would share if anyone wants a copy..." [15FEB99]

FAFATA, ATR3 Walt wfbf@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 (04/1966-10/1967) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [E-Mail Updated 27SEP2013 | 11MAY98]

FARIA, John A. JohnFaria@MSN.Com "...After attending basic trainning I was assigned to VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Our VP squadrons have a history of friendly rivelry. VP-48 was assigned to our neighboring hanger, and had a bell mounted on an Oriental type portal. We decided to abscond with the bell, have it engraved and eventually returned. During the watch change we locked the doors to the duty office, and stole the bell, loaded it on a car, and took it, to be engraved and eventually returned to VP-48 at quarters. I am proud to of played a small part, on this capper..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2002 | 26AUG2000]

FARIAS, CDR Phil philfarias@hotmail.com "...I served with with VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1990 to 1993, Joint Interagency Task Force West NAS Alameda, California from 1993 to 1996 and TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1996 to 1998. Got a bonus active tour in 2003 as the Air Ops Officer (Helos) with COMPHIBGRU 3 at Camp Patriot, Kuwait..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 03MAY2004 | Updated 05FEB98 | BIO Updated 02AUG98]

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 P31.html">VP31 (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..."

FARROW, Thomas Oneal tofjr@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 (02/1965-03/1967) on the Beachcrew..." [02APR2014]

FAVREAU, AX2 Joe jlfav@aol.com "...I served with AEWBarRonPac (ATWAN - ATW3) from 1964 to 1965 and VP-40 (AX2) from 1965 to 1967..." [22SEP2009]

FEILER, Eric efeiler@widomaker.com "...I served with VP-40 from November 1979 to July 1982 as a AW Sensor 3..." [18AUG2003]

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]

FICKENSHER, Alfred A. III alfick3@usa.net "...I've been in VP-40 for 2 years. I came from VA-128, where I help to Dis-establish them. A-6's FOREVER BABY!..."

FITZGERALD, Carl "Fritz the Cat" II blueslvr1@worldnet.att.net "...I served from Nov. '89 to May '94. The majority of my time was spent with VP-40. First at NAS Moffett Field, California, then we were relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was AW3 (sensor 3) on CAC 4 & 7 (and any other aircrew that needed me.) during my time there. I am on the hunt for a few former Shipmates. Such as, Steve Owens, Johnny Ray, Jorge Santiago, and any others who want to respond to me. I am currently living in Albuquerque, NM. I have another crumb-snacther on the way (due Aug, 1). Has any one seen "Crash"..." [17MAY99]

FITZGERALD, CDR William A. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/cofitz.htm "...Commander Will Fitzgerald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to VT-3 in NAS Pensacola, Florida for primary flight training and then to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for intermediate and advanced flight training. In February 1987 he completed flight school on the Commodore's List with Distinction and was designated a Naval Aviator. In September 1987, he reported to the Red Lancers of VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Formation Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the FRS, VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in February 1991 for instructor pilot duty. During this tour he served as PR/AME Branch Officer, Pilot Tactics Officer, Assistant Fleet IUT Officer, Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot, and Pilot IUT & Standardization Officer. In February 1994, Commander Fitzgerald was assigned to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. During this tour he served as V-4 Division Officer, V-2 Division Officer, and Air Department Administrative Officer. While aboard, he earned designation as Officer of the Deck (In-Port), Helicopter Control Officer, and Conning Officer Alongside. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the staff of the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet in April 1996. He served in the Plans and Policy Directorate (N5) as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the North Atlantic, Western and Central Europe. In April 1997, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Operations Officer during a West Pac deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf. In June of 1998, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N88). In July 2000, following his Pentagon tour, Commander Fitzgerald attended the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. In March 2002, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. He assumed command of VP-45 in April 2003. Commander Fitzgerald is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as various service and unit awards..." [15JUN2003]

FLANAGAN, David kddmsk3@cableone.net "...I was in VP-40 flying SP-5B's 1965-1966. Was an AX3 and was on Crew 9. Joined mid deployment '65 and left after '66 deployment. Went to AVIB and then to VP-42 flying P2V-7's in February 1968. Flew on crew 12 as 1st tech/julie/ecm/jez as AX2 and then AW2 (one of the first AW's). Was one of the last to leave (1 Oct 69). Anybody out there during that time?...I was in VS-24 for my last operational tour ('82-'86) before going to AIRLANT and then retired in '90..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07SEP2000 | 01JUN99]

FLEMING, AX2 Jim jim7609@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-40 from 1966 to 1969. I was Aircrewman on QE-12. We flew the P5M's in 1967 (NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam) then transitioned to the P-3A and deployed in 1968 to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15JUN2009]

FOSS, Robert R robfoss@aol.com "...I was assigned to VP-40 in Jan. 1951 and left the squadron in Aug. 1954. During that time I spent one tour at Iwakuni Japan, and two tours at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. My flight Crews were Crew 6 in Japan (PBM), Crew 4 Sangley Point (PBM), and Crew 7 Sangley Point (P5M). I flew as 3 mech. on PBM'S and 1rst mech. on P5M'S. I would be most happy to find more of us that were in VP-40 during that time. In case that you are interested, VP-40 does have a Reunion every 2 yrs..." [22JAN98]

FOUNTAINE, AO3 James noles135@msn.com> "...I served with VP-40 from 1989 to 1992. I was the best time of my life and it was an honor to serve with all my Shipmates. I hope you are all doing great. Sure miss all the good times we had at home and abroad..." [30JAN2003]

FOWLER, CAPTAIN Charles W. III http://www.nrl.navy.mil/content.php?P=IG "...CAPT Fowler reported to NRL in September 2002, from the Pentagon, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program at Pensacola, Florida, in June 1980. He began flight training that same month and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1981. In November 1981, after completion of the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30, CAPT Fowler reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and subsequently completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Bermuda. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. In February 1985, CAPT Fowler was ordered to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Joint Planning Staff for Space (JPS) and Office of the Director, Joint Staff as a JCS Intern and Action Officer. After completing the internship, he was assigned in March 1986 to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff in the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division (OP-60), as the Air Warfare and Space Warfare Capabilities and Objectives Officer. In 1987, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Three, homeported at NAS Alameda, California, as Aide and Flag Lieutenant. During this tour, he deployed with Battle Group CHARLIE to the North Arabian Sea aboard US Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation EARNEST WILL. CAPT Fowler received orders in July 1989 to serve as a P-3C Instructor TACCO/Mission Commander at VP-30, the east coast FRS, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1991, he returned to sea duty as a Department Head and joined the "Batmen" of VP-24 on a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In May 1993, CAPT Fowler was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO). After completing a 27-month tour in VCNO's ofice, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies as a selectee for the FY96 Pol/Mil Masters Program. In May 1996, he received a master's degree in International Public Policy. CAPT Fowler next reported as Executive Officer of the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and subsequently assumed command of the squadron in December 1997. During his tenure, VP-40 earned a Meritorious Unit Citation, COMNAVAIRPAC Batte "E," CNO Safety "S," the Golden Wrench, two consecutive Arnold J. Isbell Trophys for ASW Excellence from CNO, and deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. While in the SEVENTHFLT area of responsibility, he served as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1999, CAPT Fowler reported as a student to the National War College and graduated in June 2000 with a master's degree in National Security Studies. He subsequently was selected to serve as Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the midst of this tour of duty, he was sent to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Operations Officer for Task Force 57, in NSA Bahrain, during November/December 2001..." [25JUN2003]

FRANCISCO, AT1 Mike "Cisco" mrcisco@yahoo.com "...I am currently attached to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5. I will be transferring to instructor duty at NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida on Nov. 16 of this year. My Navy career started out at AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California where I was stationed from '83-'86 after which I enjoyed a five year tour with the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 from May '87-Jul "92. From Jul '92 through Oct '95 I was stationed at NAS Miramar with VAW-110 and NATRADET..." [22JUN98]

FREEMAN, LT Richard C. III C/O His Wife Anne Freeman mnpiggy@mindspring.com "...Served with VP-40 from December 1959 through August 1962 including a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. LT Richard C. Freeman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He was a Patrol Plane Commander and an Ordinance Division Officer..." [26AUG2003]

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]

Memorial Picture "...FROEHLICH, CDR Edward William Retired...Excerpt from Pensacola Newspaper Obituary Sunday 27JUN2004: "Edward William Froehlich was born November 12, 1910 in Fletcher, Illinois, the son of Charles L. and Elizabeth T. Kerber Froehlich. In 1913 he and his family relocated to a farm in Wesley, Iowa where he grew up, graduating from Wesley High School in 1929. He served in the United States Navy for thirty years from 1932 to 1962. He resided in Pensacola, Florida since 1935 when not traveling with the U.S. Navy seeing combat action in World War II in the Thousand Mile War in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands campaign as a Plane Captain on Catalina Flying Boats with VP-41." Uncle Ed served with VP-16 and VP-40. There entries on VPNAVY using the alternate spelling of Froelich. Ed was a pilot prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1932, but defective eyesight prevented him from being a USN pilot - he was ACCM-1 during the Aleutian Campaign, and retired as CDR in 1962. Survivors include my mom, age 97, and sister, age 99...Chuck Huber cerebralhush@gmail.com..." [29JUN2004]

FRYCKMAN, CMCPO Jim jimsandy77@yahoo.com "...From 2001-2004 I was the Command Master Chief of VP-40. Interesting time with deployments to Japan and the gulf (DGAR) of course! Take care..." [11AUG2005]

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


GAGLIARDI, CDR Dennis L. Retired ddgags@gateway.net "...VXN-8 from 1977-1981. Lt to Lcdr. Training, PERSONNEL, NATOPS NFO, ASST. OPS, and ADMIN Officer. Ex-NESEP with John McGowan and Joe Conradi and Lanny Clark(all of us at same time- poor Jerry Russell!). Went on to Space Shutle Support OPS at DDMS at Patrick AFB FL from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, made CDR. and retired from NROTC Miami University (OHIO) as XO in 1987. Currently CHFC, CLU iin Financial Services in Cincinnati OHio area since retiring. Memorable Skippers- TRIII, Vince Gilroy, John Schiffer, Jerry Russell. Others: Don Thune, Linda VAught, Dick Hutton, K. Zerby, Dick Chubb, ADCS John ? from PA in NATOPS, Tim Hartung- greatest duty ever!...My first flying billet was VP-40 from 1971-74 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Iwakuni, Japan with detachments all over the Far East. Member of infamous crews 5 and crew 6 "mad dogs". Went on to recruiting duty in Omaha, VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and finally DDMS at Patrick AFB. Retired as XO at NROTC Unit Miami(Ohio) in 1987. Many wonderful memories. Laging Handa! Mumbles!..." [BIO 06NOV2000 | 01APR2000]

GALLAGHER, Doug sundevil77@aol.com "...Assigned to VP-40 from May'66 thru Sep '67. I worked in the Avionics Shop and flew "Radar Operator - Aps 80"..." [30AUG2001]

GAST, AD1 Bill Retired sidekick@supportthevets "...Looking for any Shipmates from VP-40 NS Sangley Point, Philippines period 1951 to 1954. Anyone that was also aircrew on P5M's or pals that wore the waders or drove the pull carts. Looking for some shots of the RATO action if anyone has any. My grandkids want to see how we got into the air maxed out..." [01MAR2004]

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]

GERRITSON, Burch "Gary" Retired bearzo.mail@gte.net "...Served with VP-40 from '74 to '76 then transfered down to NAVPLANTREP Office at Lockheed flight accepting new P3C's coming off the line until 1980. Looking for any information on George D. Morrow. Was an AD, went to AW then became an OS. Served with him at HS-1 and VP-40..." {E-Mail Updated 12DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...GETZFRED, Lawrence "Larry"...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: I just received this list of the persons that were killed at the Pentagon that were Navy folks. There are several VP Sailors on the list. A very old and dear friend of mine, Lawrence "Larry" Getzfred, CAPT, USN, is on this list. I think that Larry was the CO of VP-40 (possibly VP-50, but my memory does not serve me well enough to state with certainty. I first met Larry when he was an AXAN and was attending the AN/ASA-16 Integrated Display System for the old models of the P-3 aircraft when he was a student in that class. I was one of the Instructors for the AN/APS080 Dual Radar System Maintenance Course at that time. The activity that we both were attached to was the Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Detachment #1012 located at NAS Moffett Field, California. The radar maintenance course classroom and lab was adjacent to the ASA-16 course class rooms and lab. Larry and I used to chat a lot during instruction breaks, etc. Eventually, Larry became commissioned and was an NFO. He became a "skipper" of one of the P-3 squadrons stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California. Apparently, Larry continued his lengthy career and eventually became a Captain and was in the Pentagon where he was killed by the aircraft attack on 11 Sept 2001..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [14SEP2001]

UPDATE "...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]

UPDATE "...Just read your comments about Larry Getzfred. He was indeed an XO/CO at
VP-40, around 1987-88. I was a Yeoman with '40' and spent alot of time with him. He was easily the smartest person I've ever worked for and one of the most down to earth. He came across to many as 'bookish', but fact is, he had quite a sense of humor and a dry wit about him. I learned more from him by far than any other CO I worked for. It's a crying shame, God bless him. Stan Sanders irishstan@yahoo.com..." [17SEP2001]

UPDATE "...I asked an old Navy LT, Patrick J. Banahan, if he could give me any additional information as to what VP outfits CAPT Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, USN, had served in. His answer follows. Could you please add the previous notice about "Larry's" death at the Pentagon Attack to VP-46. Stan Sanders irishstan@yahoo.com. John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net..." [17SEP2001]

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]

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]

Memorial Picture "...GEYER, Ron...It was with great sadness that I report the passing of Ron Geyer, VP-40 flight tech and QA rep. Ron passed away on January 16, 2010 in Marietta Georgia. After leaving VP-40 Ron went to work for Lockheed as a P-3 Field Service Rep. He remained in that position up until his untimely death. I worked with Ron both as a fellow Lockheed rep and as flight tech in VP-40. Ron was in VP-40 from about 1970 until 1977..." Contributed by SCHULTZ, ATC Edmund "Skinny" ezlivin2009@live.com [04MAR2010]

GACILAN, ADCS(AW) Henry G. Retired henry.gacilan.ctr@navy.mil "...I served with VP-47 (04/1983-04/1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-40 (03/1991-03/1993) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-40 (03/1993-04/1997) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-4 (11/2000-11/2004) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and VPU-2 (11/2004-07/2007) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Deployments included NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, NSA Bahrain, Oman, Kandahar and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Detachments included Australia, La Reunion, Jehdda,,Singapore, India, Masihra, Thailand, Kenya, Key West and Panama Canal..." [BIO Updated 25MAY2012 | 24MAY2012]

GIRARD, Raymond rayg1@massnet1.net "...I was stationed at NS Sangley Point, Philippines VP-40 1962-1964. It was great visiting all of the pages and remembering the days gone by. I still have year books from 1962-1963 and 1963-1964 if anyone needs a photo from that time..." [17SEP99]

GOLDSTEIN, Chris cmgoldstein@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-40 from 1995 to 1997, making the Deigo and NAS Misawa, Japan deployments. I'm lookin for others that were with the Marlins at that time, especially AOC Tim Carter, AE1 John Blas, and NCC Chris DeMay..." [15JUL99]

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]

GRAY, Robert Gray.RL@worldnet.att.net "...I was 2nd mech aboard crew 8 from 1968 to 1970. When I arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California VP-40 didn't even have a plane. Looking for members of that crew, I still have the cruise book and plenty of memories..." [03APR99]

GRAYSON, AOC Bill Retired vo67vo67@yahoo.com "...I served with VO-67 with CDR Brown on Crew 4 and VP-40. I'm a fulltime rver and have been for the past 15 yrs. I would like to hear from past Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2004 | 03SEP99]

GREENE, LCDR Tom Retired stgreene@bellatlantic.net "...I discovered your site while searching for the USNA Flying Club. Your site looks great thanks. I was a proud member of the Fighting Marlins or Laging Handa VP-40, from November 1979 to November 1982. I then was transferred to the Naval Air Test Center to the ASW Test Directorate (now called Force Warfare) as a fleet input pilot fying all the different models of the P-3, A's, B's and C's from Update 1 to 3. I was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1982 to November 1985. I then left active duty for the airlines, where I now work for Continental Airlines. I affliated with VP-68 at NAF Washington, D.C. flying P-3C's. I retired in 1994. I look forward to hearing from old shipmates both enlisted and officers..." [06APR2000]

GRUEN, Harry naswfnavy@msn.com "...I was stationed with VP-40 in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone from 1949 until it was decommissioned in 1950 when I was transfered to VF-24 at Oceana, Virginia. We flew the PBM Mariner..." [21JAN2003]


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

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

HAALAND, AMH1 Don L. Retired donhaaland@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 and VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California flying as a FE..." [03APR2014]

HAGER, LCDR Carl Allen U. S. Naval Academy "...Graduated with a B.S. in May 1986 from the U.S. Naval Academy. Attended SWOS and EOOW schools from June 1986 to January 1987. Reported to the USS Miller (FF-1091) in February 1987 and assumed duties as the Gunnery Officer, Auxiliaries / Electrical Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. Qualified as OOD underway, CICWO, EOOW, CDO and designated a Surface Warfare Officer. The command received the Battle Efficiency Award in 1987. Selected for a Lateral Transfer to become a Naval Flight Officer in October 1988. Reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and completed Aviation Indoctrination Training in March 1989. Graduated with distinction from VT-10 and reported to NATU (Naval Air Training Unit) Mather AFB, Ca. for Undergraduate Navigator Training. Received NFO wings in May 1990 and awarded the William Mize Leadership Award. Reported to VP-30 (Fleet Replacement Squadron) in June 1990 and eventually to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in February of 1991. Assumed duties as Security Manager/Nuclear Safety Officer, AW Division Officer, Personnel Officer and NFO Training Officer. Participated in deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland with detachments to Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Norway and Crete. Qualified as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. Awarded 1993 ANA "NFO of the Year". The "Mad Foxes" were awarded the Battle Efficiency Award in 1992. Reported to VP-30 as a "blue card" Fleet NATOPS Instructor from February 1994 to September of 1995. Held the collateral position of Special Projects Officer responsible for the Anti-Surface Improvement Program (AIP) implementation. Reported to Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in September 1995. Completed thesis titled "Modeling the Performance of the PT SUR Hydrophone Array in Localizing Blue Whales". Graduated from NPS with a Master's Degree in Physical Oceanography. Following graduation, reported to VP-30 for refresher training from October 1997 to April 1998. Reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 in May 1998 and assumed duties as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. As Maintenance Officer, led a department of 290 personnel responsible for the upkeep of 10 P-3C Aircraft. Participated in a deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to the Philippines, Okinawa and South Korea. The "Fighting Marlins" were awarded the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency Award in March 2000. Detached in May 2000 with over 1400 cumulative flight hours. Reported to the Oceanography Department of the United States Naval Academy in May 2000..." [31MAY2003]

HAHN, DR Keith D. keith.hahn@trw.com "...C.O of VP-40 '87-'88. Spent 3 years on CNO Executive Panel and 3 years on National Security Panel, White House (under Bush and Clinton) before retiring. Now Vice President, Defense Programs, TRW. Love to hear from old squadronmates..." [18JAN99]

HALE, ATCS(AW/NAC) Richard mcguyver@hawaii.rr.com "...Currently with the Fighting Marlins (VP-40) 94-present, IFT/IFO; NAWCWPNSDIV 90-93, Radar/IFT; Wizards (VPU-2) 86-90, IFT/SSO, Best damn tour I've had!; Skinny Dragons (VP-4) 81-84. Have served in numerous ground support jobs both in maintenance and operations/training. Lots of great memories..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2009 | 07APR98]

HALEY, JOE bburson@yahoo.com "...I WAS STATIONED AT NAS North Island, San Diego, California; EARLY 1958, THEN TO NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1959-61, WHILE WITH VP-40. ALSO WITH VP-2 NAS Kodiak, Alaska. WAS IN MAJOR CRASH OF AIRCRAFT 5, VP-40. OWNED HITCHEN POST BAR, CAVITE PI, WITH PAUL BRANHAM. PLEASE RESPOND..." [27SEP98]

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]

HARVEY, PH3 Bob Shipmate Pix lyricplus@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 (1956-10/1959) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and also TAD to the NAS Photo Lab in the Air Operations Bldg. I left in October 1959 and was discharged at Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA..." [Updated PIX 04SEP2012 | 03SEP2012]

HAYES, Billy "Will" ouch1344@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1980 to 1984, ASWOC NAS Bermuda from 1985 to 1988, USS Saratoga CV-60 (payback tour) from 1988 to 1990, VP-30 (Instructor tour) from 1990 to 1993, VP-49 from 1993 to 1994 (disestablishment), VP-45 from 1993 to 1996 VP-30 from 1996 to my retirement in 1999. The whole ball of wax as a SS-3, with a short but feeble attempt at the acoustic side, would love to hear from Shipmates I've had the pleasure to serve with along the way. I bounce between Jacksonville and South Carolina where I'm working with the railroad these days..." [10DEC2009]

HAYES, BILL N9FFA@JUNO.COM "...I WAS IN VP-40 IN 1968 AND 1969. I WAS A MEMBER OF CREW 8. THE RADIO OPERATOR. I HAVE LOCATED ARNIE THORMEYER BUT I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE ELSE WHO WAS IN THE CREW. IT HAS BEEN ALMOST THIRTY YEARS BOY DOES TIME FLY..."

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]

HEALY, John jfhealy@fedex.com "...I was in VP-56 from 68 to 71, VP-30 from 71 to 75, and VP-40 from 78 to 80. Now with FedEx as a training advisor..." [30OCT2000]

HEATH, Cecil J. (Joe) angels102@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 as a second mech and than a flight engineer from 12-Dec-83 to 1989. Than VC-1 till 1992 than VP-40 till 31-Dec-94 when I retired. I now work at Boeing and live in Oak Harbor, Wa. I intend to move to Arizona within the next year. I would enjoy hearing from any of my former VP-ers..." [17MAY99]

HEICHLINGER, Ken lh229@aol.com "...I was in VP-40 from 66-69. Plane Captain on crew 6 (until transition to P-3s). Would like to hear from anyone from that era. Anyone remember the original Animal House @ Imperial Beach?..." [31DEC98]

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, Chic ch@chichenderson.com "...I served with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was a member of the original installation crew for the ASWOC aboard the USS Nimitz. I also served with CPRW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-1 at NAF Misawa, Japan and USS Saratoga..." [31AUG2011]

HENLEY, Mark mshenley@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-40 Airframes from early 1977 to mid 1979. I am looking for Shipmates whom I served with. I look forward to hearing from you..." [23OCT2005]

Memorial Picture "...HILDEBRAND, AW1 Paul...I wanted to pass along that AW1 (Ret) Paul Hildebrand passed away on Friday February 9th. If anyone knew Paul from VP-40 or other commands and would like to contact his wife Tammy drop me an e-mail and I'll provide her phone number and address...AT1 John T. "LJ" Lloyd-Jones Retired john@jwlloydjones.com..." [14FEB2006]

HILL, Jody jody_h38@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 and VP-40 from 93-97 as an AO2, got out for a few years and am now back in as a Helo crewman on MH-53's. Quite a different world. Miss all my buds that I used to fly with especially AW1 Bret (Biggin) Winters, AW1 J. C. Carroll, AW2 Harry Potter, Lt. Mike (Bossman) Mclintock, Lt.Kenny Rouser and Lt.Chuck Toledo. Any info on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. I will never forget my roots in naval aviation. The few short years I flew with VP-40 were some of the best times I've ever had. CAC 3 will be fondly remembered..." [20SEP2000]

HINDS, Terry W. TWHinds@aol.com "...I was stationed with VP-2 Sept 68 thru Decom in 69 as the Ordnanceman in Crew 4 on YC-4 BuNo 147948 (I don't think I can ever forget that BuNo). Would like to hear from SquadronMates from that time frame. I consider it the "Best" and most fun part of my 27 years of Naval Service. I was stationed with VP-40 from late 69 thru part of the NAHA (RAINRON) Det. I was an Inflight Ordnanceman and would like to hear from SquadronMates during that time frame. After my VP-40 tour I went "TailHook" with VA-115 (A-6s') Onboard USS Midway, then To VA-86 (A-7s') on USS Nimitz, and Retired CWO4 in 1990. After almost 27 Years Service..." [20MAR99]

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]

HITT, CDR James R. Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/xoh.htm "...While attending Santa Clara University (BS in Computer Science - Math) CDR Hitt attended NROTC functions at the UC Berkeley unit earning his commission in June 1987. Upon commissioning, he began primary flight training at VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. CDR Hitt was on the Commodore's List at his winging from VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in April 1989. He reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field for initial maritime patrol training. Upon graduation from the "Black Lightning" camp in September 1989, he joined VP-48 where he participated in a split site deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. After VP-48's decommissioning, CDR Hitt transferred to VP-40, joining the "Fighting Marlins" early in their 1991 NAF Misawa, Japan deployment. During his first tour he acted as Power Plants Branch Officer, Readiness Officer, Special Projects Officer (EWO), Schedules Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer as well as Instructor Pilot. Upon completion of his first sea tour in October 1992, he joined VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, the Atlantic Fleet's Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) completing detachments to Mildenhall, Rio de Janeiro, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Through FRS consolidation, CDR Hitt was assigned the duties of Aviation Electrical/ Instruments and Ordnance Branch Officer, Fleet Projects Officer, and CNAL Alternate Pilot Evaluator. CDR Hitt departed VP-30 in October 1995 and reported aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) at NAS North Island, San Diego as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer ("Shooter"). During this tour he also sailed with USS KITTY HAWK in support of their flight operations. While onboard CONSTELLATION, he served as Aviation Fuels Division (V-4) Officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Division (V-2) Officer, and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Inport) and Assistant Command Duty Officer. He deployed with CONNIE to WESTPAC and the Arabian Gulf in April 1997. CDR Hitt detached from CONSTELLATION in April 1998 and reported to VP-30 for refresher training before arriving at VP-1 for his department head tour. While at VP-1, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and NSA Bahrain. He served as the Screaming Eagles' Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. In November 2000, he was assigned to CPRW-10 as Training Officer, Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. CDR Hitt reported to VP-16 as the XO in March of 2005..." [08AUG2005]

HOFF, AT1 Dan Retired Home: dhoff2@yahoo.com Work: hoff@mail1.monmouth.army.mil "...Served with VP-40 in the SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1965-1967 and with the P-3A's in VP-40 from 1969-1971 (Flight Communicator in both A/C). After a tour of shore duty at NAS Lakehurst, NJ went back to thew P-3 Navy in VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1976-1979. Final tour of shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, retiring from there on Dec. 31, 1982..." [01DEC98]

HOFFMEISTER, Alex ahoffmeister@chicago.us.mensa.org "...I was a pilot with VP-40 from September 1977 until November 1980 and VP-94 from 1983 until 1985. I would love to hear from any former squadron mates!..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2002 | 15APR2001]

HOLDREITH, Harold (GREG) ghold62@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-8 from August 1, 1992-April 26,1994 (deploy to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR twice, Thule Greenland, Panama, and Turkey), NATTC Millington for AE "A" school, FRAMP in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from May 1,1994-Aprril 3,1995, VP-40 from April 4, 1995-May 4, 1998 (Dodge, NAS Misawa, Japan, and Pohang), and AIMU Fallon, NV from May 28, 1998-June 1,2001. I am currently in VP-9 in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii since June 2001. (Dodge--) and yes, I am still running all the time..." [17AUG2002]

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]

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]

HONEY, Jae jsutter@scotland.ces.ncsu.edu "...Several of us are looking for people who were in VP-40 during the period of 1988-1992. We are interested in planning a Reunion..." [21SEP98]

HOOD, Ray rhoodnc@yahoo.com "...Began my Navy flying with VP-40 (8/61-2/63); then on to VP-48 (2/63-5/64). This finished my active time. Missed flying so joined the reserves at NAS Grosse ILE, Michigan flying in S2-E's.When they closed Grosse Ile we all moved to NAF Detroit, Michigan at Seldfridge AFB. Became part of VS-73 when they came out with the "One Navy" concept. I will say that 73 was the best VS squadron in the Navy reserve. When they eliminated the VS we transitioned to the P-3 as VP-93. I was with VP-93 from commissioning in 1976 until I moved to N. Carolina in 1980. I than joined VP-64 and stayed with them until 1984 when the Navy deceieded that I was out of their area and they could no longer fly the airlift to pick me up. There was no VP around with any open billits so I joined ASWOC 0966 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. This is where I finished my Navy career, retiring in May, 1988..." [21APR99]

HOOS, George ghoos@cox.net "....I served with VP-40 from 1966 to 1967. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I married my Philippines "true-lub" and we have made it through 42 years, four kids, and 9 grandkids (by the grace of the good Lord). We now live in Tulsa and I run my own PC repair business and ride my motorcyle while she has her tailor business in our home..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10JAN2009 | 12JAN99]

HOPKINS, AZ Larry lhopkins@tiniusolsen.com "...I served with VP-40 (1974-1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. I worked in Maintenance Control and also worked in the Corrosion Control Shop's for a while. Now living outside Philadelphia, PA..." [20MAR2013]

HOUGHTON, LCDR Dave Retired dhoughton@earthlink.net "...I was a part of VP-40 in 1965 through 1967. I moved to flight training and missed the last deployment of the P5M. The next VP stop was in VP-22 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with the Blue Geese in 1973-1976. This site is chock full of memories and wonderful men and women that I was priveleged to serve with on active duty. The photos are appreciated..." [09DEC2000]

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]

HOWER, Loy "Howie" loyhower@usa.net "... current member of VP-40. Previously attached to VP-56, VP-45, and NADC (NAWCACDIVWAR)..."

HUDSON, Bo BLACK-CAT_66@webtv.net "...I AM AN AVATION STRUCTURAL MECHANIC SECOND CLASS AND MY FIRST CAMMAND WAS WITH PATRON FOUR-ZERO AT NAS Moffett Field, California AND THEN AT NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [12MAR98]

HUGHES, PR3 Ed edhughes@live.com "...I served with VP-40 (06/1971-08/1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and two to NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2013 | E-Mail Updated 24JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 04DEC99 | 28MAR98]

HULL, Don Retired popinko@excite.com "...I served with VC-8 from 1977 to 1979, VP-40 IFO from 1980 to 1983, NAMTGD 1012 from 1983 to 1986, VP-46 IFO from 1986 to 1989, USS Dixon AS-37 from 1990 to 1992, SERE Instructor from 1992 to 1995 till I retired in 1995..." [17JUL2004]

HURWITZ, Paul rxmn67@yahoo.com "...I flew the P2V-5 with VP-26 during the early 1960s. I co-piloted with Ed Doherty and Tom Vigorito for a couple of years, then got my own aircraft (LK8). Flew the P-3B with VP-40 in the late 1960's. The last few years in the Navy got into air traffic control, headed up units in Oceana, Morocco, Japan, Iceland. Retired in 1978, re-careered as a hospital pharmacist, retired from that after 25 years. Don't feel old a bit!..." [04APR2004]

HUTCHINSON, AMH3 Patrick rustychains@att.net "...I served with VP-40 (1989-1992) and worked in Airframes and AIMD. Does anyone remember Herman Player (that guy cracked me up)? I currently live in Santa Rosa CA. I was the shop foreman of a heavy equipment company for many years and was layed off when they claosed. Currently trying to obtain employment with the city maintenance department. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11DEC2011]

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]

HYMAN, AD2 Ed edhyman@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from April 1951 to February 1955 with two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew as Second Mechanic on the PBM and First Mechanic/Plane Captin on the P5Mas part of Crew-12..." [E-Mail/BIO 29SEP2010 | 21AUG2001]


INMAN, CAPTAIN Wayne D. Retired http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~uscnrotc/Decades/d-1950/c1952bio/b52INM.htm "...Designated Naval Aviator V-5048, 27 Aug 1954 - Designated Naval Helicopter Pilot No. 6008, 5 May 1962. UNITED STATES NAVY: USS Kearsarge (CVA-33), Pacific Fleet, (1952-1953), Naval Air Basic Training Command (NABTC), Flight Student (1953-1954), Naval Air Advanced Training Command, (NAATC), Advanced Flight Student (1954), VP-40, Pacific Fleet, (Nov 1954 - Feb 1957), Fleet Air Weapons Training Unit Pacific (FAWTUPAC), (Feb 1957), Fleet Air Wing Fourteen Staff (FAW-14), (Mar 1957 - Jan 1959), Naval Air Basic Training Command Staff (CNABATRA), (Feb 1959 - Feb 1962), Naval Air Basic Training Command, (NABTC) Student Helicopter Pilot, (Feb 1962 - May 1962), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Ten (HS-10), Standardization Pilot Training, (Jun 1962 - Sep 1962), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Six (HS-6), Pacific Fleet, (Oct 1962 - Jan 1965), and Resigned Regular commission (Jan 1965). UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE: Reappointed Lieutenant Commander, USNR, in the United States Naval Reserve, (Jan 1965), Reserve Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadrons, NAS Los Alamitos, California, to Commanding Officer, (Feb 1965 - Oct 1970), and Naval Air Reserve Staff (NARS), NAS Los Alamitos, California, Component Director & Chief of Staff (Nov 1971 - 1975), and Retired (1975). FURTHER EDUCATION: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Post Graduate Business, Los Angeles, CA (1966-1968). BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL: California Federal Savings & Loan Association (CALFED) , Los Angeles, CA, (1965 - 1968), SESCON, Ltd., Los Angeles, CA, (1968 - 1971), ENREC, Pasadena, CA, (1971 - 1973), Cecil G. Toftness Law Office, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, (1973 - 1978), and Peninsula Property Management Company, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, Chairman and President (1978 - Present)..." [28JUN2003]


JACKSON, ATC Ken Retired P3TRON@AOL.COM "...Did 20 years in P-3's VP-9 (64-66), VP-47 (68-69), VP-45 (70-74), VP-30 (75-76), VP-40 (77-80), and CPW-11(80-83). Retired in 83 as an ATC with over 7000 hours. Then played Tech Rep(TEX-REP) For VP-92, VP-94, VP-60, and VP-90. Love those P-3's. No greater feeling in the world than flying around with two spare engines. Love to Here from ya-all..." [13MAR98]

JACKSON, AWC Ken Retired Ken@score.com Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1964... "...ATS/AX/AW. VP-40 P5M2's 62-65, FAETUPAC Noris 66-69, VP-50 P3's 70-75, ASWOC/TSC Noris 75-78 COMASWWINGPAC, Navfac NAS Agana, Guam 78-80, TSC NAS Agana, Guam 80-83 CPW-1 Det Guam, ASWOC/TSC Noris 83-87 (Tad to CNAP as Asst CVASWM Mod Mgr) COMASWWINGPAC, Ret in 1987. Currently work at SoCal Offshore Range (SCORE) as Ops Analyst. Would like to hear from anyone remembering me..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 00XXX97]

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]

JONES, AW3 Dominic dballerino@san.rr.com "...I served with VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1987 to 1990. I was an AW(3) EWO and served most of my time at NAS Moffett Field, California with Crew 11 (LCDR Wiznieski, LT Cannice, LT Arnold, AO2 Thompson, AW3 Aiken, AW3 Post, AT2 Connelly.)..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP2001 | Updated E-Mail 25AUG99 | 16DEC98]

JONES, CDR Scott D. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander Scott Jones was born and raised in Sacramento, California. At 17 years old, Commander Jones quit high school and enlisted in the navy where he served 6 years as an Electronic Warfare Technician. He completed Western Pacific cruises aboard the USS O'Callahan (FF-1051) and the USS David R. Ray (DD-971). Commander Jones attended night school for most of his enlisted years and in October 1987 graduated from National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He completed Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1989. After P-3 replacement training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to VP-44 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While attached to the Golden Pelicans he served as the Security Manager and Personnel Officer. Upon the disestablishment of VP-44 in 1991, he reported to the VP-8 Tigers assigned to Jeddah Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. While assigned to VP-8, Commander Jones served in several positions including Plans and Readiness Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Pilot Natops Officer and Safety/ Natops Department Head. He qualified as a P-3C Patrol Plane Commander, Natops Instructor Pilot and Beartrap Mission Commander. During his tour with VP-8 he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with detachments to Europe, Greenland, and NAS Bermuda. After completing his tour with VP-8, Commander Jones reported to VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas where he served as a Primary and Intermediate Flight Instructor. While attached to VT-27, he was qualified to instruct in Basic Familiarization, Basic Instruments, Precision Aerobatics, Radio Instruments, Night Familiarization, Airways Navigation, and Formation flight. He concurrently held positions as the Assistant Safety Officer and Flight Leader. In August 1995, upon his release from active duty, Commander Jones affiliated with the fighting Totems of VP-69. He has qualified as Mission Commander, Patrol Plane Commander and Natops Instructor Pilot while serving as a Totem. He has completed detachments to Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Caribbean. He served as Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Pilot Standardization Officer and Executive Assistant prior to his recent selection as Executive Officer. His military decorations include Navy Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards. In civilian life, Commander Jones is a 747-400 First Officer for United Airlines based in San Francisco, California..." [19JUN2005]

JOSEPH, ABHC Alvin Retired alvin1941@yahoo.com "...I was in the Navy for thirty years and VP-40 was my best duty station. I loved working with the crew. I was the line CPO from 1980-1983. I made two back to back deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan..." [23FEB2003]

JUDKINS, Richard rjudk20829@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 as an AE, '71 to'73. 2 WESTPAC tours. Drop me a line..." [27JAN2000]


KAISER, Donald E. dekaiser@stockra.com "...I served with VP-40 (1958-1961) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was assigned to Crew-4 and flew with Tom Prevette, Curtis Kimbourogh, Jim Wilson and Fred Loyer. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28AUG2017]

KAISER, Ted (William Theodore Kaiser) WTKaiSer@aol.com "...I was an AO3 in VP-40 from 1972-1974. Names I remember are our shop chief AOC Robert Horton, A01 Ralph West, AO2(1?) Mike Mayes, AO2 Paul Gamble, AT2(?) Kevin Kious, David Grimsley. I haven't seen or heard of any of these guys since I left for the NESEP program in 1974. I would love to hear from any of them, or anything about VP-40, then or now...." [02JAN98]

KANE, CE1 Michael J. Retired mikekane_1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (1964-1968) with deployments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Buckner Bay, Okinawa and Con Lon Island. We made numerous supply runs while deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Swift loved our NS Sangley Point, Philippines Cavite City. Remember the Desantis brothers (Mike and John), ADR3 Wildman Jack Fisher, AE3 Mike Cook, ADR3 Carmen Yeager and ADR3 Mike Curtiss. I retired from Reserves as a CE1. I have been retired about 3 years and live in Woodside Queens, New York. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUN2010]

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]

Memorial Picture "...KELLY, MCPO Jack D...Services will be held for Jack on Monday, October 2, 2006 at 1:30pm at the Hooper and Weaver Chapel 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA 530-265-2429. We mourn the passing of Jack D. Kelly, age 69, who went home to be with The Lord on September 28, 2006 after a long illness with cancer. Jack was born Jackie Dale Kelly in Baxter Spring, Kansas, in 1937 to Ines and James Kelly. He later moved to Joplin, Missouri where he lived until he joined the Navy in 1957 at age 20. In Joplin, he met the love of his life, Betty and they were married Oct. 5, 1958. Jack was a proud Veteran of the United State Navy and served his country for 22 years. He was in VP-22, VP-40, and VP-19. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer with a Navy Retirement Ceremony at Moffett Field in San Jose, CA in 1979. During his Navy career, Jack traveled the world from NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Kodiak, Alaska to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines. He was a pitcher for a squadron slow pitch baseball team, while stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California. Upon his retirement, he went to work for Rolm Telecommunications, IBM, Seimens for 15 years as a technical instructor and retired in 1994. After living in San Jose, CA for 32 years, he and Betty retired and moved to Lake Wildwood and the Grass Valley area in 2001. Jack loved playing golf and woodworking, fishing, boating, and visiting with his friends and neighbors. He loved his family and grandchildren and family barbeques. He was an excellent BBQ chef and cooked many loving meals for family, friends, and neighbors..Jack and Betty took a trip to Ireland in 2000 to watch their son, Shawn Kelly play in the PGA Cup Matches US vs Britain in Ireland. Jack kissed the blarney stone (as if he needed to). Their daughter, Cheryl and husband also went and we all saw Ireland for the first time. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Betty Kelly of Lake Wildwood., his daughter, Cheryl Lynn..and her husband Raymond Leon of Lodi, CA and his son, Shawn Michael Kelly of Auburn, CA .and Tracey Kelly of Rocklin, CA. Cheryl Leon is a nurse and dedicated her loving skills to her Dad during his long illness. He is survived by five grandchildren: Benjamin Raymond Leon, Jacqueline Lena Leon, and Nicholas Raymond Leon; Jessica Nicole Kelly and Ryan Patrick Kelly. He is survived by his brother William (Bill) Kelly and wife, Linda of Tehachapi, CA and his sisters: Alta Smith of Joplin, MO and Earlene Barcom and husband Charlie Barcom of Benson, AZ. He is survived by his nephews: Bill Kelly and wife Bernie of Texas and his children, His nephew, Steven Kelly and his wife Shannon and their children, and his nephew John Kelly and his wife Kathy and their family...James Stephens chiefp3@aol.com..." [03OCT2006]

KELLNER, James P. (Jim) kellnerj@msn.com "...I served with VP-40 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California from February 1964 to November 1966 on Crew 8 as a Radio Operator..." [14DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...KELLY, LCDR Jessie H...I must sadly report that LCDR Jessie H. Kelly passed away August 7, 2009. Jessie enlisted in Navy in 1949 and retired in 1982. He served with VP-40, VP-42 and VP-46. Barbara Kelly kellyalso@yahoo.com..." [09MAR2010]

KERWIN, AE1 (AW/NAC) David pthreefe@hotmail.com "...Obviously I'm a flight engineer,currently serving with VQ-2 in sunny NS Rota, Spain. My first P-3 tour was with VP-50 from Aug 91 to Apr 92. From there I did a tour with VP-40 until Jan 96 and have been here since Feb 96..." [31AUG98]

KESLER, ATC(AW) Paul Retired keslerwp@yahoo.com "...I have completed 22 years with 5900 hours as In-Flight Technicnan in P-3 Aircraft. I served in VP-22 from 1984 to 1988 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984, 1985 - 1986) and NAS Adak, Alaska (1987); EEAP program at Leeward Community College from 1988 to 1990; VPU-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1990 to 1993; VP-30 [Student] from 1993 to 1994; RATCEN NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1997; VP-40 from 1997 to 2000, Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron renamed Air Test and Ebaluation Squadron Twenty VX-20, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 2001 to 2004, and retired in April 2004..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31MAR2004 | 23MAY98]

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

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]

KIRCHSTEIN, Jim saxon@chorus.net "...I served with VP-40 out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1952 to 1954. Any other crew members, please e-mail me..." [24MAR2001]

KNIGHT, Steve sjk1018@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1982 to 1985 as AW-5 Night Sensor-3 on Crew-8. It's been a long time since i've heard from any of my old drinking Shipmates. If any of you guys are out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2007 | 20SEP2001]

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]


LaCHAPELLE, ATC Ernie Retired erniej@gte.net "...I retired in 1975 from NAS Lemoore, California. I served with VP-22 from 1960-1962 Crew 4 with LT Dwight Hahn PPC, Rags PC, and others whose names I have forgotten and VP-40 from 1957-1959. Years in between VU-7, VU-5 and irony VA-22. Loved the years in VP's, but on recollection wonder how we survived. Would like to hear from some old timers. Just retired from the Boeing Company..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 03DEC2002 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 08SEP99]

LADWIG, AWC(AW) Joachim ["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), P31.html">VP31, IS/CNAP; P3B/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]

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]

LEACH, Donald "Myrl" Retired myrl13@juno.com "...VP Alumni- ASW, which is now VX-20 (1981 to 1984), VP-40 (1984 to 1987), VP-68 (1987 to 1993), and VP-66 (1993 to 1996). Member of Union, Local 8251 Chapter! Retired in November 1996 and live in Southern Maryland now. Worked on P-3s with DynCORP for nearly 3 years at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after getting out, and currently work for Eagle Systems at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland doing logistics work for the NAVAIR community. Miss the flying, dets, and comraderie. Feel free to get in touch with me..." [E-Mail Updated 15JAN2004 | 18DEC98]

LEE, John "Rusty" rustylee9@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 as a Pilot from October 1984 through January 1988 and VT-2 from January 1988 through May 1989. I am currently flying MD-11's for Delta Airlines in Atlanta..." [E-Mail Updated 27JAN2008 | 14JAN2000]

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]

LEMING, AT2 Steve sleming@quixnet.net "...Served with in VX-1 1971-1975. Made the big move from Key West to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Was in VP-40 1975 to 1978. IFT on the great Crew 4. After all these years I can finally stand the words "Good morning Marlins". Best group of people I have ever worked with. I am currently working for EDS. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31AUG99 | 13JUL98]

LENAGAR, AW1 DAVID slenagar@whidbey.net "...I am currently in VP-40 and have been VP my whole career. I have orders to VP-30 and leave in May to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While on deployment to Japan 5 months ago we parked our P-3C next to a Japanese P5M on the line at NAS Atsugi, Japan. That was a bad ass airplane....Must have been fun to fly..." [01APR98]

LESTER, David C. dodales@msn.com "...I served with VP-40 and was a crewmember of crew ll and crew 8. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1963, 1964, and 1965. I've been a retired Teamster for 2 plus years now. Enjoy traveling the country in our motorhome. Kicker back, don't cha know..." [03MAR2002]

LEWIS, AOC (AW/NAC) Richard Retired richl9548@gmail.com "...I served with VP-46 (1969-1972), Naval Air Development Center Warminster (1972-1976), VP-11 (1976-1978), NAS Midway Island (1978-1979), NAS Lemoore, California (1979-1981) (what was I thinking), VP-17 (1981-1984), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1985-1989), VP-40 (1989-1992) and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California (1992-1993). Finally retired in 1993 and settled in Florida. The names I've seen bring back so many memories. Middle of the night phone calls, alert launches, icing down beer for post-flight. From NAS Adak, Alaska to NAS Agana, Guam, Cavite to Catania, there was and is no better way to travel. Anyone out there care to drop a line, the coffee's on, the beer's cold and the smoking lamp is lit..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2013 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 28MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 04JAN2005 | 18APR2001]

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

LOAR, AE2 Terry terryl@caresscarwash.com "...I proudly served with VP-40 from September 1973 until June 1976 as an Avaiation Electrician AE2. My first deployment was to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. While in NAS Iwakuni, Japan I was assigned as in flight electrician and for 6 weeks flew with the crew and spent 2 weeks in U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, 2 weeks in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and 2 weeks at NSF Diego Garcia. Upon returning to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, I then flew up to NAF Misawa, Japan for an additional 2 weeks. Shortly after returning back to NAS Moffett Field, California, I was in a serious motorcycle accident in March of 1975. That resulted in a Honorable Discharge with medical conditions in June 1976..." [06MAY2009]

LOPEZ, Antonio (Tony) tonylopez@inreach.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1962-1964 and VP-47 from 1964-1965. Would like to contact shipmates that I served with..." [02FEB2003]

LOPEZ, Felipe groundlbr@aol.com "...VP-40 (JUN92-OCT95). Best time and best friends I have. Hey, "goldie locks", you still alive! Went thru some rough times, from the quad-site deployment which included Key West during spring break of 93 to the move to NAS Brunswick, Maine(not), NAS Jacksonville, Florida(not), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii(not), and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Deployed to Japan 5 months after moving to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Folks keep the VP-40 tradition flying. We're an institution based on friendship and thrust..." [07JUN98]

LOPEZ, AMS3(AC) Manuel H. vp40airman@hotmail.com "...I was a member of VP-40 from December 1962 to September 1966. I was a crew member of QE-7 and QE-1. My PPCs were William L. Vincent LT. USN and Harry Hinden CMDR. USN, Commanding Officer Patrol Squadron Forty. I would like to hear from crew members and friends..." [01SEP2001]

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 P31.html">VP31 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 P3 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 P31.html">VP31 for training. Since then I have served with VP-9, P31.html">VP31, VP-40, P30.html">VP30 and currently serving with VP-1 in Whidbey Island Washington. In May of 1998 I will tansfer to VP-16 in Jacksonville..."

JOHNSON, Perry L. BigJ2376@ix.netcom.com"...Formerly an AW2 at VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California..."

LLOYD-JONES, John T. john@jwlloydjones.com "...I served with VP-9 from April 1981 to April 1985, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field from June 1985 to September 1988, TSC USS Ranger CV-61 from March 1989 to March 1991, TSC USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 from April 1991 to March 1993, VP-30 from April 1993 to September 1995, and VP-40 1995- EWO all the way..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUL2004 | 05SEP97]

LUCERO, AT3 Andres "Lucy" dohmlucero@aol.com "...I served as an AT3 with VP-40 from spring of 1953 till summer of 1954. We had one tour of duty to NS Sangley Point, Philippines the winter and spring of 1954 where I served as the 2nd radioman on crew 2 (CA2). After VP-40 I was stationed at NAF El Centro, California and mustered out of the Navy on 8/14/55. After the Navy I worked briefly for AT&T, entered CalPoly for a BSEE, worked in the computer science industry till I retired from Hughes A/C as a scientist in 1998. I would love to hear from VP-40 1953/54 personnel. Or anyone from Boot to El Centro, CA days..." [23AUG2003]

LUCK, Larry leluck@concentric.net "...Hello to all of my former Fighting Marlin and Blackhawk squadronmates. VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California: 12/79-5/83 (P-3C Baseline NavComm/Tacco); VP-68 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 7/83-4/85 (P-3A Nav); VP-68/VP-1649/VP-68 NAF Washington, DC (P-3B Mod Nav/Tacco; P-3C UI Tacco) 5/85-12/94; RPWL 0186 NAR NAS Norfolk, Virginia: 1/96 - present..." [21MAR98]


MAGSAMEN, Al alandwendy@hotmail.com "...VP-2 P2V-7, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; 1956-1957; Flight Crew Plane Captain (AD3 - AD2 VP-40 P5M-2, NAS North Island, San Diego, California; 1966-1967; PowerPlants & Flight Crew Plane Captain (AD1-ADRC) VP-40 P-3B, NAS Moffett Field, California; 1967-1969; Flight Crew Flight Engineer & Squadron NATOPS engineer (ADRC). Retired: 1986, Presently serving with Christian Missionary Organization called "Mercy Ships"..." [26MAY99]

MALDONADO, Joe whispers1227@yahoo.com "...I served VQ-1 from 1965 to 1967 (got hurt during the NS Sangley Point, Philippines Detachment then got wounded July 17, 1967 during a FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam rocket attack) and VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1967 to 1968..." [BIO Updated 18MAY2009 | 17MAY2009]

MALLON, Donald E. Don-Norms@dellnet.com "...I served with VP-40 as Patrol Plane Commander In 1954-1956. The squadron was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NS Sangley Point, Philippines during this period. Our patrols covered much of the South China Sea. If there is anyone who was with VP-40 during this era it would be fun to swap stories about Caviti City, PI and other places!..." [19MAR2000]

MARTIN, AE1 Ronald "Ron" Retired sparkym13@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-40 (1976-1979) with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska (FE with Crew-8) and then into the Reserves with VP-91 for several years. Retired in April of 2013 and enjoying life and hunting when I can..." [04DEC2013]

MASTERSON, John Jmaster520@aol.com "...I was in VP-46 (1956 thru 1959) then VP-40 (1959 thru October 1961). Flew in VP-46 Crew 3 and VP-40 Crew 7. Any old Shipmates around - lease respond..." [23OCT99]

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]

McCLUSKEY, Mike mmccluskey@corp.borland.com "...Served with VP-40 from '75 thru '79. Best tour of duty one could have in their 20's. Hard work, great friends and unbelievable memories. Interested in hearing from other VP-40 Shipmates..." [24DEC97]

McDONALD, AX2 Thomas stayinzboat@comcast.net "...I attended "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, AIMD WC 660 at NAS Agana, Guam from 1982 to 1983 and VP-40 from 1984 to 1985 with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. The Fighting Marlins was best tour I had in the 10 years I served. I moved on Helos with HSL-35 and HS-10 before getting out of the Navy in 1991. I'm currently living in the Seattle, WA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21JAN2010]

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]

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]

McKINNEY, AOC(AC} Mike Retired mikesue@cdsnet.net "...I served with VP-40 in the PI [Sangley Pt.] 61, 62, 63, VP-47 [Whidbey Is.] 63, 64, VP-1 [Whidbey Is.] 65, 66. From there went into fighters for a few years then to Helos then on to attack types for a lot of years. I finnished off at Cubi Pt. as weapons dept lcpo..." WEBSITE: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/7563/

McVADON, REAR ADMIRAL Eric A. http://www.future-china.org/fcn-tw/200102/2001020608.htm "...Former U.S. Defense and Naval Attache at the American Embassy in Beijing. Currently a Consultant, Researcher, Writer and Speaker on Asia-Pacific security matters. Rear Admiral Mcvadon was the U.S. defense and naval attache at the American Embassy in Beijing until July 1992. He retired from the Navy and is consulting, researching, writing, and speaking in North America and the Far East on Asia-Pacific security matters, Chinese military and proliferation issues, and security matters involving China, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, and the Korean Peninsula. He works extensively with the U.S. policy and intelligence communities and the Department of Defense, directly and indirectly. Additionally, Admiral McVadon is part-time Director of Asia-Pacific Studies for National Security Planning Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of the lnstitute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.; Senior National Security Advisor for DynMeridian of Alexandria, Virginia; senior consultant for the Center for Naval Analyses, Arete Associates, and other organizations; and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is a 1958 graduate of Tulane University and was designated a naval aviator in 1960. His writings appear in professional books, periodicals, and journals. Early in his almost-35-year Navy career, he served with three Pacific Fleet Patrol Squadrons flying P2 and P-3 antisubmarine aircraft and completing six deployments to the Far East and the Aleutians, including three deployments with the Seventh Fleet and air operations from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He commanded VP-40 in 1975-76. As a junior officer in the 1960s, he was the P-3 aircraft project officer in VX-1 and assistant navigator of the attack carrier USS Shangri-La(CVA-38). In Washington, in mid-career, he held several policy and planning positions on the Navy Staff, was in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for international Security Affairs (1977-80), and was the Navy member of the Staff Group of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1980-82). As a flag officer he was Deputy Director of the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division on the Navy Staff (1985) and Deputy Director of the Defense Mapping Agency (1985-86). Overseas, he commanded NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1982 to 1984. He then returned there as Commander Iceland Defense force, the U.S. and NATO flag officer in Iceland, from 1986 to1989, prior to his final navy assignment in Beijing. Admiral McVadon is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College (command & Staff), and National War College; has a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University; and studied Icelandic and Chinese at the Foreign Service institute. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. The President of Iceland in 1989 conferred on him the Order of the Falcon..." [20JUN2003]

MEADE, AW2 Erick erickmeade@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1994 to 1997. Made a bunch of friends and would love to here from any former VP-40 Shipmates I knew..." [02SEP2003]

MEDLEY, AKC David D. Retired ddm1122@windstream.net "...I served with VP-40 from September 1960 to March 1962 in NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I worked in the Material Office for AK1 Andy Anderson (Married to Cora from Cora's Upscope), ADC Ohl and LT(jg) Bill Locke (he was lost a 1962 mishap). I worked "Nite Check" most of my time there. Some of my running mates were PN2 Ray Bowman, PNSN Richardson and AMH2 Mardirosian (sp). Remember going to Marie Tes' to get the POD--she knew what was happening before OOD. Had a good time there--I think--what time I was sober! Retired as an AKC and worked another 21 years Civil Service, retiring as the ACS Supply and Services (GS-13), MCRD Parris Island SC in June 2002..." [04NOV2009]

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]

MILLER, Eric jasper320@yahoo.com "...Worked as an Aviation Electronics Technician and flew as an Inflight Technician in VP-48 from Feb. '91 to May '91 (until decommissioned). Then flew with VP-50 (until decommissioned)... the squadrons were dropping like flies for awhile there in NAS Moffett Field, California. Finally ended up in VP-40 until Dec. '94, then transferred to NAMTRADET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [17JAN99]

MILLER, AT1 Kenton Retired kmiller@csub.edu "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a FE, Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) NAS Alameda, California, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California, Naval Air Maintenance TRAining DETachment (NAMTRADET) 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and retired in 1995..." [29MAY2015]

MILLER, Marty millermj@nortel.com "...I spent my entire 4 year career with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a AX during 1974 through mid 1978. Couldn't of had a better duty with the friends I made and the events that took place. I will never forget those fond memories over in Japan. Does anyone remember a bar called "Toys" in NAF Misawa, Japan? I am looking forward to hearing back from anyone that was in VP-40 (74-78)..." [27MAR98]

MILLER, AW2 Mike m_h_miller@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (1972-1975) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1972/1973) with Crew-12 and again (1974) with Crew-11..." [27FEB2015]

MINNICH, LT Bill Retired bminnich@matc.tec.oh.us "...I served in VP-30, VP-68, VP-40 and VP-9. Also served with CPWL in early 80's. After making CWO-2 it was all sea duty, USS Carl Vinson, VAQ-34, VXE-6 (Brrrrrrr) and VF-24 (USS Nimitz). Retired in 93, now coordinating/instructing Auto Technology at Muskingum Tech here in Zanesville. Drop me a line anytime!..." [17FEB99]

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]

MOLINARI, James R. jmolinrnl@aol.com "...I served with AOCS Class 13-90 from May 9, 1990 to August 24, 1990, VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from August 90 to August 1991, VT-31 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from September 1991 to April 1992, Wings of Gold February 14, 1992, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1992 to September 1992, VP-24 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1992 to March 1995, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from March 1995 to October 1996, DLI Washington from October 1996 to May 1997; Dutch PEP tour with VSQ-320 and VSQ-321 from June 1997 to December 1999, VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 2000 to May 2002, American Eagle Airlines from March 2000 to November 2000, Delta Airlines from March 2001 to November 2001; and furloughed November 1, 2001. Returned to active duty (Air Force this time) from May 2002 to present (452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA.)..." [BIO Updated 17MAY2004 | 15SEP2000]

MONTGOMERY, PN2 Mike mikem@haakeins.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1984 to 1986. Had some of the best times of my life at NAS Moffett Field, California and will never forget the deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Looking for ex-Shipmates (Greg Kristofferson, Mark Spires, etc.)..." [29MAR2001]

MOORE, AX3 Larry Eugene larrynancymoore@prodigy.net "...I served as an AX-3 with VP-40, Crew-9 from 1968-1971. We spent time in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and Japan..." [14APR2006]

MORROW, George Retired georgemorrow@bowie0cass.com "...I served with VP-40 (1972-1974) and retired in 1981..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAY2012 | 09JAN2003]

MONTALVO, PNC(SW/AW) Nelson Retired nmojax@comcast.net "...I served with VP-40 (PN2) from 1987 to 1991, NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1991 to 1995, VFA-82 (PN1) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida with two deployment on two different aircraft carriers (USS America CV-66 and USS George Washington CVN-73), NAS Key West, Florida (PNC) from 1998 to 2002, USS Underwood FFG-36 at NS Mayport, Jacksonville, FL from 2002 to 2005, Base Police NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia and retired after 21 years of active service. I now reside in Jacksonville, Florida..." [15JUN2009]

MURPHY, AMM3 John jm5413@earthlink.net "...I was stationed at NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone from 1946-1947 in squadron VP-MS-10 (Redesignated VP-40). I was discharged November 6 1947 at the 16th Naval District in Balboa along with a buddy named Harold Obie. We were to join the Army Air Force at France Field, but at the last minute I backed out and Harold joined. Anyway I have a Mariner/Marlin Association 1998 roster that was lent to me. I have found my old Squadron VPMS10 (Redesignated VP-40) in it..." [27SEP2001]

MURPHY, John murphydad@hotmail.com "...I flew with VP-40 from '94 to '98. I missed the brawl at the Officer's Club but did do three deployments, the last with Jim Robinson and mighty CAC-4. I continued to fly NP-3D's and qualified in a Metroliner at the Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron. Stacy and I have two kids and I'm currently flying with Southwest Airlines. Hope to hear from you!..." [12JUN2001]


NELSON, AVCM Carl G. Retired gunnarn32@gmail.com "...I served with VP-19 (1954-1955), VP-40 (1956-1957), VP-1 (1960-1962), VP-9 (1974-1978), VX-4 at NAS Point Mugu, California and retired in 1983..." [E-Mail Updated 22JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 11SEP2001 | 00XXX97]

NELSON, AGC Carl W. Retired nelsoncarl21@gmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (1958-1961) and worked in the Navy Ice Observer Unit. I flew Ice Observer Missions with deployed VP squadrons throughout eastern Arctic in the P2V-5F's and P2V-7's with deployments to Frobisher Bay, Baffin I., Sonderstrom, GRND and Thule, GRND. As Leading Chief of Weather Detachment and Asst Staff Meteorologist for ComPatronSeventhFlt, at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan I flew in the P-3's of VP-40 during cloud seeding operations in August 1971..." [BIO Updated 05OCT2013 | 04OCT2013]

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]

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]

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]

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]

NORMAND, Richard rnormand@us.ibm.com "...I was first assigned to VP-40 QE10 in the fall of 1964, in the spring of 1965 we were deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was the Aviation Ordinance crew member with the best flying crew for a seaplane outfit. I stayed with the outfit and the same crewmembers until Aug of 1966 when I was discharged. I would like to hear from any of my former crew buddies..." [04AUG2000]


OHLRICH, AD1 Tom thomas_ohlrich@msn.com "...I served as a Jet Engine Mech / Shop Supervisor AIMD, NAS Moffett Field, California from 1965 to 1969. Went to VP-28 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from March 1969 to disestablishment after return from Okinawa. Served with VP-22 from 1969 to 1971 in P/P, QA, and as 2nd Mech. Instructor at NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971 to 1976. Served with VP-40 as P/P Supervisor, Maint. Control, Flight Engineer. Retired May 1980. (Had 4 years Air Force, prior) Last job held, was as a Telecommunication Technician. Tore knee up, had total knee replaced 2000. Now on permanent disability. Living in Elk Grove, Ca. (15 miles from Capital, Sacramento. Would like to hear from anybody that remembers me..." [01AUG2004]

OLIVER, James maybelleandbubba@cs.com "...I'm a VP-40 plank owner. The Squadron was commissioned in the fall of 1950. Vadim Victorovich Utgoff, Class of '49 commanding. Bud Trube, David Wilson and I were number 13 crew without our own bird until circumstances created an opening for us to get the 3 bird. I was the First Pilot for our CO on our second tour. The first was with Utgoff at NAS Iwakuni, Japan from early spring '51 until late fall or early winter of that year. The squadron did a second tour at NS Sangley Point, Philippines with Miles Whitener Commanding. Victor Utgoff was on board for both tours, a late arrival on the first and from beginning to end on the second. He was the Navy Officer killed in the first XP6M-1 accident. He and I flew together several times between deployments when he wanted someone to ride shotgun while he did zero-zero takeoffs using that old metal instrument hood. I guess that a lot of us still have scars from trying to install that hood! To cut to the chase, I had a project to build a 1/12 scale model of the XP6M-1. I had visited George Rodney in Melbourne, FL. several years ago and he was kind enough to allow me to copy all the data and other stuff he pertaining to the P6M Seamaster. This included the Beaching Gear. Due to an unfortunate accident, the genisis of the model and all of the information was destroyed. Unfortunately, George Rodney passed away with-in the last two years and I could use a little help to start over. If anyone has data, plans, pilot handbooks. checklists or anything else of note, there would be modest but serious money for rental, copying priviledges (sic) and so forth. I'd really like to get this finished. I plan to give the model to the museum at Pensacola. They have shown interest. Soon would help. I'm 75 and not getting any younger. A comment about one of the Guestbook entries. To my knowledge, VP-40 was never in the Canal Zone. For the time in question, we weren't even in commission..." [07NOV2000]

O'NEAL, AT1 Grover Michael msjkl@mail.clis.com "...Served with VP-40 Fighting Marlins from 1978-1982 as an IFT/Safety-Natops Instructor/Evaluator. Deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan (twice) and an extended DET to NAS Adak, Alaska. Would like to hear from Shipmates I served with during my time with VP-40. Would especially like to contact Steve Bryan, Danny Bentz, Norm Bernicky, JP Pennington, John Paul Gary, and others who worked out of the Avionics Shop..." [28MAR2010]

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]

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]

OWENS, AWC Richard Retired rickandkrysowens@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1980-1983) and VP-40 (1991-1994 and 1997-2000)..." [28FEB2015]


PANEK, AW2 Ed EdPanek@prodigy.net "...I served with VP-40 from 6/71 to 1/74. I was an SS3 operator on Crews 1, 5, and 14. Hope to hear from some old squadron mates..." [03APR2001]

PARILLA, Mel melpari@yahoo.com "...I would like to hear from someone with VP-40 from 1975-79 who worked at AE shop..." [15NOV98]

PELUSO, Mike AECFE@AOL.COM "...I'm a former Fighting Marlin (VP-40), Minute Man (VP-92), and Broad Arrow (VP-62). I'm now at the Reserve ASW Training Center and a member of the CNARF NATOPS Team. Looking forward to saying hi to old buds. Take care..."

PENNINGTON, Jack (jmfp) jack_pennington@hotmail.com "...Hello Shipmates! Nice to have a web site just for us airdales. It was exicting to see a few names that I remembered. Hope to hear from more as time goes by. FLY NAVY! VP-40 Dec78-Dec81..." [21APR99]

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PEREZ, AO Henry Rick rickp360@comcast.net "...I was an Aircrew Ordnanceman, and flew with Crew 7 assigned to VP-40 from 1979-1981. I transitioned to the reserves and flew as Aircrew Ordananceman with VP-91 from 1991-1997. Look forward to hearing from any old Shipmates..." [19MAY2008]

PATTERSON, Mike "Shark" heels83_96@yahoo.com "...VP-40 NFO 1986-90. Fond memories of three WestPac deployments. From VP-40 went to NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and managed PACFLT Counternarcotics operations. Late 1992 moved across the island to VPU-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Had a blast there. Left the Navy in 1994 to attend 'B' school back at the University of NC, Chapel Hill. From there returned to the West Cost to work for Intel Corporation on several internet marketing teams at the Folsom, CA campus. Took a quick break from Folsom and returned to Tokyo as an expatriate for Intel for 18 months beginning January 2000. (Managed several Japanese websites) Quite a difference living in Ginza ($6600/month) and working next to the Imperial Palace and living in the Kadena BOQ or Misawa Inn ($180/month). Both had their advantages. Back at Intel in Folsom now (November 2002) and would really enjoy hearing from old squadron mates..." [08NOV2002]

PEARSON, AT1 Richard E. Retired azbrushape@aol.com "...I reported to VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1954. My brother, Robert L. Pearson, arrived at the same time from AT "A" school. It seems that VP-48 were overloaded with AT's so we were both were transferred to VP-40. Bob served until his hitch was up and departed the Navy to attend College. I remained until November 1959 or 1961. I made Chief in November 1959. Due to my wife's illness, I had to return to the US on Emergency Leave. I was later assigned duty with VFAW-3. VFAW-3 was attached to NORAD and the USAF. We "did our thing" with their designations, etc. While serving with VP-40 I was assigned to Crew 5 and also Crew 2. During this time my crew was in Buckner Bay and a Typhoon was in the area. Because I was in the hospital in NS Sangley Point, Philippines due to Adema and severe sunburn, I was not able to make the patrol and another radioman was assigned. They were very unfortunate. After returning from patrol and re-feuling they anchored in Buckner Bay. The storm got very bad. The pilots requested permission to move the aircraft away from the storm but COM7TH FLEET said no! When the water got so bad that the plane was in danger of breaking apart the crew contacted the Skipper in NS Sangley Point, Philippines and asked for permission to try to save the plane. Our Skipper said save it if possible. The water was so rough by this time that it was impossible to take-off, and the plane was lost! The only part of the plane ever found was the vertical tail fin. The "buoy-watch" or the Navigator and four crewmembers were aboard when the typhoon hit. Two of the crew-members managed to make it to safety after 8 hours in the water. Two others were in the water for 16 hours before being saved. The Navigator, LT(jg) Marvin O. Register, was found on a coral reef 27 hours later by some fishermen alive and well! The rest of the crew were on the "Piney-Maru" and were safe. 5-Boat remains to this day somewhere in Buckner Bay. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23OCT2008]

PESCOSOLIDO, John User5584@AOL.COM "...Looking for Shipmates of mine from VP-40 (AE Shop) 1969-1970 NAS Moffett Field, California and NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [17NOV99]

PFLUGRADT, AW Doug flagrant14u@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 Crew 7 "Flying Circus" from 1970 to 1971 NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Utapao/ NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Shipmates Radarman: Bob "PESO" Springman, Radioman: Ron Bolander, AW: Greg Benson, PPC Lt. Harvey. Hope all is well. "Floog" would love to chat with you guys..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2003 | 20OCT2000]

PHILLIPS, Charles phillipscnj@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1956 to 1958. I never made it to plane crew, but I did pull a lot of them up the ramp there at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and in the P.I. I was then transferd to the USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13). I'm 63 now and look back as if it was yesterday. I would like to thank everyone that has contributed, so that once again I can look back and say I was there..." [02NOV2002]

PITCOCK, Jimmy C. JCPVP40@AOL.COM "...VP-50- NAS Alameda, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; Dec. 1953 - Jun 1957. VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California; Dec. 1968 - Feb. 1970. It was so good I went back for seconds from Feb. 1977 -Feb. 1980. I've enjoyed a great career aboard two jeep carriers, two attack carriers and some terrific shore duty; VP-40 (both tours) and the terrific Shipmates therein was, is and always will be the most memorable and enjoyable of my 31 years of service. Of that 32 years, the best skippers I had the pleasure of serving was Capt. Jack (Tex) Weir and Adm. Oakly (Oak) Osborn. My best to all my previous Shipmates who stumble across this stuff..." [13AUG2000]

PLOWMAN, AT Allen allensracing@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1986 to 1987 as an AT..." [13MAR2008]

POST, Neal nealpost@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1987 to 1990 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Have a lot of great memories from that time, especially the Team Spirit events in Korea! I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26MAR2011]

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]

PUNCOCHAR, AFCM Leonard "Ponch" Retired ljponch@wavecable.com "...I served aboard the USS Lexington (CVA-16) (1959-1960) COD Crew (Plane Captain), VP-40 (1962-1963) at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, VP-19 (1968-1972) ending up as NATOPS FE with a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972), NAS Misawa, Japan (1974-1977). NAESU (1977-1979) Det NAS Lemoore, California Assistant OinC, VP-4 (1979-1983) as Maint MCPO and 6 MO's as CMC with a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1979-1980), CFAO NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and retired in 1986 with 30. Other tours included VA-94, VA-113, HS-2, NAS Moffett Field, California, NALF Crows Landing CA and VC-5 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Presently working with Boeing..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2016 | E-Mail Updated 28DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 19JAN2003 | 17APR2001]


RENGERT, AW2 Chris chris@rengerts.com "...I served aboard NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1992-1994) P-3 Variants and VP-40 (1988-1992) BT SS-1, Tactics, NATOPS and NAWCADWAR..." [02JAN2012]

REID, Billy R billydrill@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-40 from 1974 to 1978. I was an ADJ at first, but switched to an AK the last year of my tour. I would like to here from any of my Shipmates..." [03APR99]

RIDER, ABH3 Stanford P. stanfordpaulrider@msn.com "...I was in VP-40 in 1975-1980. I went on two deployments with them. I had some good times would like to get a VP-40 pach and hat I have a cruisebook from 1979 out of NAS Moffett Field, California..." [14AUG2001]

RIECK, CDR D. G. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/CO%20Picture.htm "...CDR Rieck was born and raised in Preston, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland (the home of the 2002 NCAA Champion "Terrapins"), in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida he was commissioned an Ensign in January 1986. After flight training, he reported to the VP-4 "Skinny Dragons" at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. He deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman, in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where he was the Mission Commander for 16 combat missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for detecting and coordinating the destruction of two heavily armed Iraqi Patrol boats. He served as the Power Plants Branch Officer, Mine Warfare Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, and Pilot Natops Officer. In 1991 he reported to VX-1, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He served as Communications/Telecommunications Officer, Project Analyst, and Operational Test Director (OTD). Projects assigned were Analyst for Global Positioning System (GPS) and P-3 Update IV, and OTD for Tactical Support Center (TSC) and Mobile Operations Control Center (MOCC). Commander Rieck reported to the USS Enterprise(CVN 65) in 1994. Serving as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Hangar Deck Officer (V-3 Division), and Flight Deck Officer (V-1 Division), he helped return the USS Enterprise to sea after a four year Complex/Reactor Overhaul and conducted over 5000 safe aircraft launch and recoveries. In 1996 he reported to VP-30, and after completing the IUT syllabus, served as the Assistant Training Officer. He then reported to the VP-40 "Fighting Marlins" in July of 1997, completing two deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan. He served as the Command Services Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. In 1999, he reported to COMPATRECONWING ONE in Kamiseya, Japan. As the Exercise and Operational Plans Officer, he conducted 160 bi-lateral exercises with 33 countries in both FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. Commander Rieck also served as the Maintenance Officer for all WESTPAC deployed P-3C and derivative aircraft. In April, 2001, he assisted in the return of 24 aircrew personnel from the stranded EP-3 in Hainan Island, PRC, following a mid-air collision with a PRC F-8, and later provided liaison, material, and logistical support for the dismantling and return of the aircraft to the United States. Additionally, following the September 11th terrorist attacks, he helped establish the MPRA theater infrastructure to support Combat Operations in the North Arabian Sea and overland Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2002, he reported to VP-9 "Golden Eagles" MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as the Executive Officer. CDR Rieck's awards include the Air Medal (Individual Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Naval Achievement Medal (four awards) and other unit and service awards..." [14JUN2003]

RILEY, Chuck Squirt4105@aol.com "...Served with VP-40 Crew 8 from 1968 through 1969..." [27AUG99]

RIVAS, AVCM Ivan "Spock" Retired Ginns@aol.com "...I was an In-Flight Tech for VP-40 from 1974-1979. I often remember many of the happy time in the squadron. The AT shop with Skinny, Ron, Frank, Gary and the rest is etched in my memories. Loved watching those championship Acey-Duecy games. I would always post a picture of Mr. Spock over the CP-901 control panel. The handle kept it in place. http://www.lynxairways.com/..." [17APR2003]

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

ROBERTSON, AX2 Claude "Robby" claude45@mchsi.com "...I was an AX2 with VP-40 from 1965 to 1967. I worked in shops on USS Careton, USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) and Pine USS Pine Island (AV-12). Please yell if you remember me..." [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2008 | 18MAR2004]

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

ROGERS, AW1 Jim HELOJMPR@aol.com "...AW2 (SS-1/2) with VP-40 from October'87 to February'92.SS-2 on Crew4 with AW1 "Buzz" Beaumeller, AW3 Perry Johnson, on NAF Misawa, Japan deployment '88. Crew9 SS-1 with AW2 Bob Reams, AW1 Marty "Big Bastard" Mullen on 89-90 NAF Misawa, Japan/Masirah Deployment(Desert Shield). Crew9 SS-1 with AW1 Brian Charltray, AW1 Marty Mullen NAF Misawa, Japan '91. Had some of the best times in my life at VP-40,the names listed are still some of my best friends. (Buoy Juice Rules!) TSC (ASWOC) North Island June'92 to Sept'95. AW1 Curt Sehon, AW2 Jim Tucker. Great bunch of guys, still some great friends. Rescue Swimmer School (RSS)October'95 (If a 31 year old P3 guy can do it, you can too!) Currently AW1 with HSL-49 NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Would like to hear from old "Shop-Mates" from VP or TSC(ASWOC). Give me a call if you're in town..."

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

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]

ROWLAND, David M. mrmagicman@gmail.com "...I served with VP-40 (1985-1989)..." [08JAN2015]


SACKETT, Dan Retired dansackett@earthlink.net "...I served with FASRON-11 at NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from early 1948, then back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1949 and I left active duty Feb 1950. Came back in in 1958 and did a tour in VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and played a lot of softball. Some names I remember are Ed Larson, Jim Lee (best softball pitcher I ever played with or against, K D Stout from Missouri, lots of others. Finally finished active duty with VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California, retired in February 1975 and returned to the Northwest. I am presently in Spokane. If any one knows where LCDR Walt Cook of VP-40, please let me know. I am also looking for Don Haaland, F.E in my old flight crew in VP-40. For that matter anyone who remembers me, drop me a message. Regards to all previous Shipmates..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 31OCT2001 | 14APR2000]

SALMON, LCDR Tony lovescockers@msn.com "...Hey Shipmates. After pilot training command and while on active duty, I served in VP-40 from 1983-86, VT-6 from '86-'89, VPU-2 from '89-'93. After getting off active duty in Feb. '93, I eventually ended up at VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, and I am still there today..." [21DEC98]

SANDERS, YN2 Stan irishstan@yahoo.com "...I was a Yeoman with VP-40 from 1984 to 1988. How great it was to find this sight, it brought back many great memories of NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan and the other locales I was fortunate enough to visit. Take care Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 28FEB2001 | 12JUN98]

SANDIDGE, YN Scott scottandcecelia@telepak.net "...I served with VP-40 from 84-87. I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California and made detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Okinawa, Japan. I was a Yeoman in the communications dept. I had some pretty good times over the years with some great people. I served under some great officers and senior enlisted personnel who made a great impact on my life. Would like to hear from anyone..." [04NOV2001]

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]

SAYLOR, Troy Home: SAYLOR@bigriver.net Work: troy.saylor@persnet.navy.mil "...started out in VP-5 82-93, then VP-30 as NATOPS/Alternate Fleet NATOPS Flight Engineer 93-96. Served with VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Currently serving with BUPERS Memphis as a P-3 Flight Engineer/E6 Reel Operator Detailer..." [Updated 12MAR98]

SCHENCK, AMCS Eugene Retired Shipmate Pix gschnavy@aol.com "...Served in the Overhaul of Navy P5M Aircraft at Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka/Kobe, Japan for both VP-40 and VP-50 1960 to 1963. Made serveral visits to both Squadrons for Aircraft Inspections with Tommy Thompson Martin Aircraft Company Rep. Served in VU-5B / VC-5B in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1965 to 1968, served in Airframes Shop and as a flight crew member on the US-2C. Crew Member on the 1st flight into Vietnam and then to an Aircraft Carrier off the coast of Vietnam for Mail Delivery. Also in the crew that made a wheels up landing at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1967. Retired from the Navy in 1974, then worked for 21 years with Boeing Aircraft Company. In 1968 returned to Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka, Japan to assist in starting some production work for the Boeing 767 Aircraft. Would love hearing from some of Shipmates in VP-40, VP-50 and VU-5 or VC-5, now living in Wichita, Kansas..." [PIX Added 09SEP2007 | BIO Updated 09APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 05NOV2004 | 13JAN2002]

SCHLUETER, IS1(NAC) Dan dcjj@digitalpath.net "....I served with VP-40 from 1983-1985. I did a partial NAS Misawa, Japan deployment in late 1983 (Detachment NAS Adak, Alaska) and a full deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1985. Refused to extend for 2 years when VP-40 updated to III's. Was "punished" and sent to VP-19 for a NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan/ NAS Misawa, Japan deployment in 1986. Got out and went to college and ended up with a degree from Chico State (Party Management?). Currently working as an appraiser for a small county in Northern California. I am now in the reserves attached to JICPAC 1194 in Dublin, California. I sure miss flying!..." [E-Mail/Rank Updated 09APR2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 11FEB2003 | 24FEB2001]

SCHNAUTZ, CWO3(AW) William A. (Bill) Retired bills@rosenet.net "...Served with VP-22 1/58 to 8/62 after "ATB" reported to VP-30 6/62 to 5/63 Then spent a year in NESEP and was dropped due to eye problems in 10/63. Reported to VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and spent until 10/67. Rest of career was VS and HS and retired as CWO3(AW) 1 July 1980. Would like to hear from anyone in the above during these long ago years..." [05NOV2001]

SCHULTZ, ATC Ed "Skinny" Retired ezlivin2009@live.com "...I was assigned to VP-40 from 1971 to June of 1977. I went to work for Lockheed as field service rep and am now working as a P-3C Engineer Specialist. I'm still associated with the VP community as a QAR in VP-62. Anyone interseted, we have several VP-40 Alumni here at Lockheed including Dave "the Buffallo" Weye...also served with VP-62 and VP-68. I did retired from VP-62 in 2000 and retired from Lockheed in 2009..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05MAR2010 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 28APR2000 | 00XXX97]

SCHULTZ, Loren H. lschultz3@neo.rr.com "...I served with VP-40 (1964-1967). I flew hydraulics aboard QE-3..." [19OCT2010]

SCHULWITZ, AMS2 Wayne R. wrs924@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-6 from 1977 to 1978. I joined the command in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I also was with VP-40 from 1978 to 1980. Join the reserves drilled with other commands. In 1991 drilled with VP-93 untill 1993. I retired in July 1999..." [06MAR2010]

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]

Memorial Picture "...SELL, Norman R...I am sorry to say that Norman R. Sell AE1 has pass away the second week of Sept 2000 from a mass of heart attack in OK after 2 months of being just married. He was in VP-40 and VT-21. I will miss him as will others. Bless you Norm...Arthur J. Kingsland funtime@dave-world.net..." [11JUN99]

SELL, Norm NormSell@sprintmail.com "...I was attached to VP-40 during 1961 & 1962...I am sorry to say that Norman R. Sell AE1 has pass away the second week of Sept 2000 from a mass of heart attack in OK after 2 months of being just married. He was in VP-40 and VT-21. I will miss him as will others. Bless you Norm...Arthur J. Kingsland funtime@dave-world.net..." [Passed Away 15SEP2000 | 13AUG98]

SELTZER, David davidseltz@aol.com "...I arrived at VP-40 shortly after QE1 crashed in 1962. I am looking for Tom McClelland AT2. Anyone having any info as to his whereabouts, please e-mail me. Fighting Marlins forever..." [15SEP2000]

SHARPE, Glen racefan1@erols.com "...I was an AW in VP-19 (CAC-2 ruled!) from 1/89 till 3/91. Then sent to VP-40 (CAC-8 ruled) due to VP-19s decommissioning. Went on 3 deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, and a nice little trip to the Gulf for Dessert Storm. Currently Im employed as a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin in Manassas, VA. I fly with NAWCAD in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to test the USQ-78A system under development to be delivered to the fleet in the near futere. Would love to find a few lost Shipmates I was stationed with, if anyone knows of them let me know. Thanks in advance. LT Owen O'neil, LT Pete Marshall, LT John Ray, AEC Tim Sullivan, AEC Dennis Kerr, AOC Keith Fontano, AT1 Rich Wagner, AO1 Bob Minchew, AOC Frank Thomas, A02 Angie Heil, PR3 Gina Mack, AW2 Dan Frase, AW2 Randy Coleman, AW2 Steve Dodson, to many to list. Look forward to renewing old aquaintances..." [06FEB99]

SHELTON, AOC Robert L. Retired rshelton@nwi.net "...Joined VP-40 approximately June 1963 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. We flew the P5M Marlin. First time in Vietnam was January 1964 flying recon. Stayed in VP-48 till August 1966 (3 month invol extension). Got out and came back into VA-94 NAS Lemoore, California. Transferred to AIMD NAS Atsugi, Japan 1967 thru 1971 and then to VP-19 P-3A's. 1974 taught SERE School at Warner Springs, "B" school and then back to VP-48 ran 1st Lt till I made AOC and then ran night check maintenance. 1981 Navy recruiting until retirement July 1983. OOPS! - went back as a Temac Recruiter in Wenatchee, WA 1984-1985 and finally happily retired..." [01JUN2003]

SHOOPMAN, MA1(AC) Kevin kevin.shoopman@navy.mil "...I served with VP-40 CAC-6 from 83-86. I would love to hear from anyone I served with then. I am now a MA1(AC) with NAS Lemoore, California SECDET. Long story about my round about trip in the US Navy..." [20JUN2005]

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]

SMITH, AOC Billy L. Sr. MAC Retired lets@gte.net "...I was a former memeber of "boat bottom" airlines (VP-40 and VP-47) and VP-24. I am going to try and make the meeting in Pensacola..." [ICQ #6557733][26NOV99]

Memorial Picture "...SMOLINSKI, Joseph P...Article from local Utica, NY paper this morning, June 10, 1999: Captain Joseph P Smolinski, USN Ret., a native of Utica, NY died June 7, 1999 at his home in Onancock, VA. Captain Smolinski, former commanding officer of VP-40, flew the last seaplaane of it's kind used for anti-submarine patrol, the Martin P5M, at San Diego, CA in 1967..." Contributed by James F. Garnsey JGARNSEY@prodigy.net [11JUN99]

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]

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]

STEBBINS, LCDR Donald J. [Deceased] c/o His Son Craig Stebbins Shipmate Pix castebbins@hotmail.com "...My father (LCDR Donald J. Stebbins) died as a result of an operational aircraft accident while participating in 1968 WESTPAC aboard the USS Yorktown (CVS-10), as a pilot in VS-23. I'd be grateful to hear from anyone who knew him while at VP-40 (7/59 to 9/61), VP-42 (12/61 to 3/63) , VT-1, NABTC (3/63 to 3/66), and VS-23 (9/66 to 1/68)..." [BIO/PIX Updated 26OCT2002 | 25MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...STEFFEN, AW3 Edward Keith...Edward Keith Steffen age 64, of Ahwatukee, AZ passed away on February 26, 2014, after struggling with heart disease for the last several years. He was a Navy Vietnam veteran, an AW3 systems operator aboard a VP-40 (1970-1973) P-3B with deployments in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. He excelled at early computer programming as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. He was an avid fan of the U.S. Armed Forces, history, music, theater, football and baseball. In his prime, he was a 200+ average bowler and coach of his son's baseball teams. He is survived by Judith, his wife of 37 years, sister Janet, son James, daughter Elizabeth, and grandsons Alex, Noah, and Brady. Condolences may be offered at www.affordablecremationaz.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate a donation made in Ed's honor to the USO at http://www.uso.org (donate button near the top right) - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?pid=169969161#sthash.55hnxaSD.dpuf. I went through the AW training pipeline together and he was my roommate nearly the entire time I was in the Navy..." Contributed by STITH, AW Steve "Leroy" steve.stith@unisoncomfort.com [12MAR2014]

STITH, AW Steve "Leroy" steve.stith@unisoncomfort.com "...I served with VP-40 (1970-1973) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan / NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Iwakuni, Japan / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I would like to hear from former Shipmates (especially Wilcox's Crew-6 "Mad Dogs")..." [E-Mail Updated 14SEP2011 | E-Mail Updated 16NOV2006 | 01MAY2000]

STOVER, IS1(AW) Cindy Jankowski toshi92@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-40 (1988-1991) and NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [09AUG2014]

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]

STUBBS, Chris "Stubby" stubbsac@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-19 from Dec '89- Aug '91. Participated in Big Red's final deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and detatched to Operation Desert Storm. Upon decommissioning I was transferred to VP-40 where I did two more deployments. Moved with the squadron from NAS Moffett Field, California to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in December '93. In 1995 Transferred to VX-1 at NAWC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I served until '98. I am currently stationed at TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I have been very lucky with all of my tours, and have very few complaints, but my heart will always be truest to my first command.... VP-19, "Big Red". I would love to hear from any of my old flyin' buddies..." [14FEB2000]

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]

TARANTINO, CDR Paul Retired pstarantino@verizon.net "...I served with VP-46 (1969-1972), FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (1973-1975), NAS Moffett Field, California (1978-1981), VP-40 (1981-1984) and retired April 1991. I would like to hear from former shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06JAN2011 | 15DEC1997]

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THACKER, Rocky vp90crewone@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 (1967-10/1970) as Crew-10 (Julie/ECM and Radio Operator) and VP-90 (1975) at NAS Glenview, Illinois. I live in Vincennes, Indiana where I retired as an Associate Professor of Printing Technology. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUN2012 | 04FEB99]

THOMPSON, Jim (JD) Caritho@apl.com "...Joined VP-28 in Jan. 1963 in Iwakuni Japan. Flew as a member of crew 4 from 1963 til 1966. Worked out of Electric shop when not flying. Made several deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Japan. Retired in 1981 from VP-40. Also served in VP-47 and VP-19..." [04NOV98]

THOMPSON, AO2 William "Bill" wwaoc@live.com "...I served with VP-40 (1972-1975) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. I flew with Crew-14 and worked out of the AO Shop..." [13MAR2014]

THORNTON, Tony tthornton@lsijax.com"...Formerly an AW2/1 with VP-40 from 1987 to 1992. I am now retired and work in Jacksonville, Florida for LSI. LSI designs and builds fully interactive computer based training for a number of clients including the U.S. and foreign military organizations, and many civilian customers. Any former shipmates, please e-mail a line or two! See in cyberspace!..."

TOMSON, AZ2 Leslie "Tommy" bltomson@verizon.net "...I served with VP-40 (1968-1971) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I worked in Maintenance Control and Logs and Records..." [09DEC2013]

TRAUGER, AE John jwtrauger@gmail.com "...I served with VP-40 (1970-1972) with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 25MAR2001 | 02NOV99]

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]

TROUT, Billie Jo asch46@hotmail.com "...I am searching for other from VP-40. I was there from 86-88 I worked in Maintenance Control. Miss some of ya. Any info on where AO1 Cooper is, let me know..." [24FEB99]

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]


Memorial Picture "...UTGOFF, CAPTAIN Vadym V...My father, CAPTAIN Vadym V. Utgoff, was Commanding Officer of VP-34 during World War II from May 12, 1944 to January 1945 and Commanding Officer of VP-40 and stationed at NAS Iwakuni, Japan from June 1, 1951 to December 15, 1951. I'm trying to find out if anyone who served with him is still alive or how I could locate relatives. Dad, passed away on July 18, 2002 of Parkinson's disease and complications from a stroke. Dad retired in 1963 from active duty in the Navy after 24 years of service. He became a civilian professor of aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He retired from his second career in 1983 and was named Professor Emeritus in 1985. Dad wrote a book, Pilot Error (a naval aviator's career -- WWII Black Cats to Korean War PBYs to Annapolis Professor), that mentions some of the men he served with. They might be interested in a copy of his book but I don't know how to try and track them down. Any help you could give me would be most appreciated. Thank you. Marina Utgoff Braswell marina.braswell@gmail.com..." [E-Mail Updated 25JAN2013 | 23OCT2009]

ULRICH, CAPTAIN Ken vulrich@insightbb.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1973 to 1977 and VP-60 NAS Glenview, Illinois. I served as a TAR until I left active duty and became a selected reserve. I was CO of VP-0622 and am currently a Blue and Gold officer for the Naval Acadamy. I became a pilot for Delta Air Lines in 1978. I am currently flying the MD-88 as a Captain. I have been fortunate to see many Shipmates over the years and look forward to seeing more of you in the future..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2004 | 03APR98]


VALDEZ, ADJ3 Danny danval842@hotmail.com "...I served on the beaching crew for VP-40 from Nov. 1960 to Apr. of 1962. I went to the PI fresh out of boot camp in San Diego. I have some fond memories of the times. If anyone is out there that servred with me drop me a line. Laging Handa Danny...I served with VP-40 for 18 months commencing on November 1961 NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was assigned to the Beach Crew. I was an ADJ-3. The skipper was a mustang and a former enlisted pilot. Great guy, who unfortunately lost his life in 1963, crashing into a mountain in the P.I. after losing his radar. If memory serves me right, his name was CDR Laney. We had P5M's back then, which were decommissioned around 1965. I was lucky enough to have flown on a few missions as a spare crewman. That was a great experience for me. It was a great squadron back then with a lot of really dedicated people. TP from Tennessee if you're out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUL2017 | BIO Updated 01FEB2001 | 06MAR99]

VAZQUEZ, Martin azmarty71@aol.com "...Any ex-fighting Marlins out there from VP-40 from 1989 to 1993. Would to hear from any ex-Marlins. Get in touch with me..." [20OCT2004]

VERNON, Rich rv2370@aol.com "...I started my Naval career in NAS Lemoore, California in 1971 with A-7's and joined the VP Navy at NAS Moffett Field, California (VP-30) in 1975. After completing a tour in the power plants shop, I went through FE School. From there I did tours with VP-46 (79-82), CPWP (82-85), VP-40 (85-88), and retired from CPW-10 in 1991 as a ADCS. After retiring I went to work for the T56 Engineering Group at NADEP NAS Alameda, California. When NAS Alameda, California closed I was moved to NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Still with the T56. I continue to run into lots of old Shipmates around NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I look forward to hearing from old Shipmates..." [16JUN99]

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]

VOYTEK, CAPTAIN Rick Mongov@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1980-1982, VX-1 from 1982-1985, Comcargru TWO from 1986-1987, Naval War College 1988-1989, VP-40 1989-1991, CPW-10 1991-1992. I left active duty and transferred to the Reserve where I served with NR TSC-1080 from 1993-1994, then as CO of NR TSC-0887 from 1994-1996. Although I came to NAS Moffett Field, California screaming and kicking in 1989, since then I have never left. I would be interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [31MAR2000]


WAKEMAN, OTC Dave Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1963... wakeman@mailcity.com "...Served with VP-40..." [18FEB98]

WALKER, AMS3 Clint clint.duenorthhelicopters@xplornet.com "...I served with VP-40 in 1996..." [01APR2010]

WALKER, Joya L. JOYAWALKER@HOTMAIL.COM "...I served with VP-40 from 1991-1993. I am trying to locate some of the Shipmates I served with during my time with VP-40. I would love to hear from you guys and girls..." [E-Mail Updated 16OCT2001 | 10OCT2001]

WALKER, AMSC (SEL) Steven [Deceased] c/o His Wife Angie Watt swalker@kdn0.attnet.or.jp"...I started in VP in 1991 as a FE in VP-22 through there decom in 1993. I then transfered to VP-40 where I am currently serving..."

WALLACE, Jack jnkswall@comcast.net"...I served with VP-40 from March 1986 until August 1989. Was PPC of Crew 9 and deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan. From VP-40 transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and VT-31 as an multi-engine Instructor pilot flying T-44 Kingair turboprops. After two years became a TAR and was assigned to VP-68 at NAF Andrews, Maryland (Andrews AFB, Maryland). From VP-68 I transitioned to VR and flew the Navy C-130T Hercules with VR-53 while remaining at NAF Andrews, Maryland. Left active duty after 14 years but stayed with the Naval Reserve and initially served in the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon for almost two years. Got command of Navy Central Command detachment 0861 at Navy & Marine Corps Reserve center West Palm Beach, Florida. My last years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) completing Navy correspondence courses. Logged over 3600 Navy pilot hours! Live in Annapolis and am an airline pilot with Delta Air Lines. Look me up and I'll take you waterfowl hunting..." [07NOV2003]

WARNER, Jim warner.jim@ssd.loral.com "...I served in VP-40 from 74 to 77 as an Aircrew Ordnanceman. I have alot of fond memories(and a few not so fond) of my time served. At the time we were stationed at Moffett Field, Sunnyvale/Mt. View CA. Long before it relocated to Washington state..." [14MAY2001]

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]

WETHERINGTON, Michael mykzouttatheblue@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-40 (09/1972-06/1975) as a Sensor 1 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (2) and detachments to NSF Diego Garcia (1974). Looking back, nothing compares to that "Big Adventure." I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20NOV2012]

WEBBER, AXCS David D. Retired chiefwbr@webtv.net "...I am proud to say I spent the majority of my 20+ years in the VP NAVY. I had the good fortune to meet many memorable men during my various VP Squadron tours. I was also fortunate to be a Navy instructor with FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California and later on NAMTD at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. It really touched me to remember my NAVY career thru the many pages of information contained in VPNAVY - I served with VP-40, VP-24, and VP-56. I want to thank you for providing me with the resources with which I was able to take this trip into the past and remember friends, places, and experiences..." [06FEB2002]

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]

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]

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

WHEELER, John dramman@pacbell.net "...I was in VP-40 from 85-92 AMS2. I would like to hear from some old friends..." [22SEP99]

WIETZKE, Dale wietzke.dale@ssd.loral.com "...I was with VP-40 from 71-74, made a deployment to Naha and 2 to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. The second to NAS Iwakuni, Japan was special, "flame on". Saw a lot of old names and they reminded me of some good ole times..." [26APR99]

WILSON, Denyse Katcha@concentric.net "...Served with VP-40, VP-50, and AIMD PARALOFT..."

WILSON, CAPTAIN Eldon Stephen "Steve" Retired swilson854@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 (02/1982-02/1983) as Commanding Officer with a deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan (12/1981-06/1982)..." [14JUL2014]

WILSON, ATC John B. Retired johnbwil@swbell.net "...Served in VP-40 from early '71 thru mid '75. Made Naha cruise in "Rainron" Forty and next two cruises to Iwakuni. Was "tweet shop chief" and helped get the IFT program going. Finished up as Command Career Counselor. Glad to see numerous old friends names in the "log"--look for e-mail from "Chief Willie" guys. (and you too, PN2 Sokoloski.) Did you ever learn to use chopsticks??--Do you remember Chief Green and me being your chaperones and body guards in Taipei?? Remember the cute little puppy that became puppy chow?? If anyone would like to leave a message for a long, tall flight engineer named "Smitty"...AE-1 through AECS A.B. Smith, do so through me. He hates computers and has the only crew-cut in Austin, Texas..." [28JUL98]

WINDOM, W. J. "Smithers" waaawindom@cox.net "...I served with VP-40 from 1996 to 2000. Flew as PPC on CAC-3 with "Wink" Martindale as TACCO. Served as Pilot Training Officer while attached to VP-40. Transitioned to F/A-18C in 2000 stationed in MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Flew over 30 combat missions iso Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom from 2002 to 2004. Following tour at VFA-86, moved to Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic as the Assistant Operations Officer and serves as a guest instuctor pilot for VFA-106. Don't hesitate to drop a line..." [13APR2006]

WOEMPNER, AX2 Clyde n19346@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-40 (1966-1967) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Bermuda. We flew the last of the pigboats and then the P-3B..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 25OCT2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 04MAY2000 | 19AUG98]

WOLF, AWCM George Jr. Retired wolf.als@centurytel.net "...I served with VP-4 (1970-1975), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-40 (1979-1983), ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Navy Recruiting District (NRD) NAS Dallas, Texas, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and a twilight tour at Naval Sea Systems Command (NSWC) Crane, Indiana supporting the sonobuoy program. Currently owner and VP of a defense contracting business, Applied Logistics Services, Inc in Odon, Indiana. My Dad, AVCM George Wolf, Sr. Retired, lives down the road from me and served in VP-28 in the late 1960's. Let me know if you want his email address..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10SEP2011 | Updated 10FEB99 | 03NOV97]

WOOD, CPO Michael "Mike" Retired cobra429@bak.rr.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1967 to 1970 (Seaplanes) on QE-1 Crew 1, VP-22 from 1974 to 1978 as a NATOPS Engineer and VP-40 from 1980 to 1984 as Maintenance Chief. I would like to hear from all of my former Shipmates. Loved Don Dickson who I served with in VP-22. I will miss him. He was a great FE and person..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUL2008 | 21NOV2004]

WOODWARD, Michael Retired wood207@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-47 as a TACCO / Navigator and VP-40 as a Pilot. Retired in 1993 after 20 years of active duty..." [E-Mail Updated 30OCT2003 | 01JUL98]

WOOLEY, Bryan W. bwwooley@usa.net"...I am a P3 Flight Engineer and was a proud "Batman" of VP-24 from 87-91 and went to NATC Pax River (FWATD) from 91-94 and I am currently a "Fighting Marlin" in VP-40, Whidbey Island. Glad to see we can all keep in touch!! Feel free to contact me via e-mail..."

WORSHAM, ADCS William "Tom" Retired usco@msn.com "...I served with VP-50 (P5M-2) from 1962 to 1966, VP-40 (P-3B) from 1972 to 1976, VP-19 (P-3C) from 1980 to 1984 and the Fleet Reserve from 1984 to 1990. Since retirement I've been with a number of high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Am currently employed with KLA-Tencor Corp in San Jose. Hello to all my former NAS Moffett Field, California "Shipmates". Sure miss the deployments and comradere of the VP Navy family..." [12APR2008]

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]


YAROSS, Joe srchief@gte.net "...VP-2, 1966-1969, ComASWForPAC 69-71, Mobile ASCAC SeaVan 71-72 Foothill Jr. College ADCOP program 72-74, VP-40 74-78, NavPro Lockheed 78-81, VS-33 (stroke of bad luck) 81-84..." [11MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...YEAGER, CAPTAIN William E. Jr...I am sad to report that CAPTAIN William E. Yeager, Jr. passed away (fell from a ladder while working at home) on December 23rd, 2008. I served with CAPTAIN Yeager in VP-46 and I have since found out he was also served with VP-8 and VP-30. Our thoughts and Prayers to his family albeit 6 years late..." Contributed by MOORE, ATCS(NAC) William F. "Bill" Retired oldwrestler@roadrunner.com [04DEC2014]

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, Thomas C. (Scotty) Scotswhae@webtv.net "...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..." [06FEB2000]


ZAFRAN, LCDR Bob Retired vpfourever@gmail.com "...Flew in P2's, P-3's, and P5M's for 22 years. I was an ex-P2 Radioman (AT/AX). I was also a TACCO in the P-3 Orion. I served with VP-4 (1959-1962),FAETUPAC (1962-1965), Naval Flight Officer Training (1965-1966), NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron (1966-1968), Naval Postgraduate School (BS) (1968-1970), VP-4 (1971-1974), Naval Postgraduate School (MS) (1974-1976), VP-40 (1976-1978), NAS Moffett Field, California (1978-1979), and OinC PSD NAS Moffett Field, California 1979-1980)..." [E-Mail Updated 21OCT2008 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2002 | BIO Updated 20NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 30JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...ZERCIE, Jeffrey...Need to report the death of MSGT Jeffrey Zercie from direct enemy fire on August 8, 2006. While injured he maintained suppressive fire during an ambush, allowing his team to regroup and form a defensive position. He routinely talked about his exploits in his younger years with VP-40 and the Fighting Marlins. I will leave his stories of the western pacific to the imagination of those who experienced it themselves. He died protecting as he called them, the only kids he had..." Contributed by Anonymous [31MAR2007]

ZERCIE, Jeffrey W. jkzercie@jps.net "...I was with VP-40 1988-1993 EWO Crew 1. Pete Silva was my sea daddy for a while. Looking back now, I'll have to say that my time with VP-40 was the best time of my life. Miss all the great people I worked with. Still in contact with Jeff Davis, Jorge Santiago, Dominic Jones, and many others Drop me a line when you can..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18JUL99]

ZIRPOLA, PH2 John john@americanworkbench.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1976 to 1979. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [15JAN2009]


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