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ACKERSON, Gary garyaaz@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-42 in the spring of 1963 when we were transitioning from P5Ms to P2V5s. I flew radio and jez. in crews 1, 7, and 5. I've never since felt as much a part of a group as I did in the crews I served with. We still have some P2Vs in the boneyard here in Tucson. I'd love to hear from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15DEC2011 | 24DEC97]

ADAMS, AWCS(AW) Mike Retired yardmarker08@gmail.com "...I entered into VP aviation as a Julie/ECM operator as an AX3 in 1964. My first squadron was VP-42, Crew-8, basically flying in the "maintenance officer's" crew (LCDR Ara Sarkisian and LCDR Marshall Martin). Leaving VP-42 with the disestablishment, I went to FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California as a TACCO ASA-16 Instructor. FAETUPAC moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1969. In 1970 I was transferred to VP-4 as an SS1. I flew until I had blood pressure problems which landed me in Schedules. I remained there until 1976, when I transferred to CNAP Natops. After a two year tour there, I was fortunate to fly with the Canadian Forces (CF) (VP-415 and VP-405). With the decommissioning of the ARGUS, the AW billet went away and was replaced by an NFO billet in the AROURA airframe. In July 1980 I landed in ASWOC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, ending up as the Senior Enlisted, Assistant Ops, Opcon, and Briefing/Debriefing Officer. In 1985 I came to Dam Neck as the ASWOC Watch Officer Instructor. While there, I incorporated Watch Officer "field trips" to NOPF Dam Neck, Bldg NH-95 Norfolk to "tie-in" NavFac, Command Watch Office, and the Command Center. I left this tour far a tour at ASWOC NSF Diego Garcia. Leaving there, I followed Harry Niestrath through the Senior Enlisted Academy, and then doing my twilight tour in FCDSSA Dam Neck, working on the op program for the ASWMOD's on the carriers. I was fortunate to work on ALL the carriers active in 1992, except the USS Constellation and USS Enterprise which were in the yards. I retired as an AWCS(AW) August 01, 1992 and still live down the road from Dam Neck in Virginia Beach..." [25DEC2010]

ALLEN, Clyde ClydeRA@email.msn.com "...I served with VP-42 from May or June to October 1948..." [05SEP2000]

ANDERSON, Dave Shipmate Pix deonanddave@sedona.net "...I was assigned to VP-42 from 1967 until it was decommissioned in 1969. Then I went to VAH-10 until 1970. Just retired from AT&T would love to here from old friends..." [15APR2000]

AUDA, AM William H. bsa@cbbmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1956 to 1958. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JUN2011]


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

BARRETT, Pat olybears@live.com "...I served with VP-42 from June 1966 to January 1969..." [26APR2009]

BARTLETT, AEC John Retired aufever@gmail.com "...I was in VP 42 from Jun1958 to Dec 1961, I was amember of Crew 5 and transpaced with crew 6 in 1959. Retired in Hanford, Ca. Living nearby is another old 2 tour VP42 shipmate, AECS Richard Kain..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2004 | 23AUG98]

BEESLEY, Howard L. (Beez) hbeesley@bellsouth.net"...Great to see so many old Shipmates again. Please add me to your lists. VP Background All P2's 1951 - 1953 VP-57 /931 Whidbey Isl Wash. 1953-1956 ATU-601/612 Hutchinson, Kansas 1956-1959 Grosse Ile Mich. (VP-Training) 1959-1961 VP-4 Okinawa 1961-1963 NAS Alameda, California (VP Training) 1966 VP-30 Jax 1966-1968 VP-42 Whidbey All great tours with wonderful people!!!!!..."

Memorial Picture "...BENNETT, CAPTAIN Art...This message is to inform friends and squadron mates of the death of CAPT Art Bennett, USN (Ret.). Captain Bennett served with VP-49 (late Ď50s early 60's) and VP-4 (early 60's). Don Richardson, a USNA classmate of Art's, is sending the information to the USNA group. I would be grateful to any recipients for passing this information on to others who are not email users and for informing others who served with Art in VP-42 or other commands not noted above. I was informed in a phone call from his only remaining child, Lynn Bennett-Campbell, who works for the World Bank and is living in Katmandu, Nepal, of Art's death in the early hours of Wednesday, December 8, following hospitalization on December 7 relating to an accidental fall while putting up pictures in his condo in Marquette, Michigan. The preliminary death notice in The Mining Journal in Marquette http://www.miningjournal.net/obit/story/128202004_obt02-o1208.asp reads: Arthur Bennett, Jr. - MARQUETTE ≠ Arthur Bennett Jr., 83, of 205 Lakeshore Blvd., and Conway Lake, passed away early this morning at Marquette General Hospital. Services will be held at a later date. The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home handling arrangements has a website at http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/. The schedule and obituary (when posted) can be viewed at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/service.jsp?domain_id=140. A guest book where you can leave messages for Art's daughter Lynn and his companion of several years, Marion Sonderegger is at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/guestbook.jsp?domain_id=140&deceased_id=34051. Marion Sonderegger's address is: 7 Middle Island Point, Marquette, MI. 49855. As I understand it, following a memorial service in Marquette that is yet to be announced, Art will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) with his son, King who died years ago in an aircraft carrier accident. Because of the waiting period for military funerals at ANC, I'm told that the burial service could take a month or longer. I will post to this list again with any further information I have on the subject. Regards, Rick Barry...John Larson johnlar1@cox.net..." [14DEC2004]

BERGONDY, Bruce BERGONDYMOB@CS.COM "...I heard there was a Reunion a few of years ago. I'll be looking on this site to see when the next one occurs. Even though I was part of the departed VP-42, I am always willing to re-unite with VP-1, VP-17 and anyone else we shared NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and Vietnam with..." [23MAY2002]

Memorial Picture "...BERGSTROM, LT Edward W...I am doing research on my father, PBY Pilot Lieutenant Edward W. Bergstrom who served in the Philippines with VP-22 during those hectic first days of the war and also with VP-42 in the Aleutians. I would like to hear from any one who served with him and any stories they may have. I just received his military records and was suprised to learn that he was recommended for the Navy Cross for his actions during June 1942. He died in 1967 when I was eleven years old so there was not a lot of oral history passed on. I rememeber him telling me that his crew was "jumped" by a bunch of "zeros" while in the Philippines and just barley escaped by going into the clouds. He said there were a couple of hundred bullet holes in the plane so that when they landed in a fresh water lake the plane sank and that the radiomans head gear was shot off. Please contact me with anything you have. Thanks...BERGSTROM, LT Edward W. [Deceased] c/o His Son Bob Bergstrom pbybergstrom@comcast.net..." [E-Mail Updated 20NOV2004 | 09DEC2000]

BIBLER, Leonard C. lbibler@gci.net "...I was in VP-422 Dec. 1948 to April 1952 Based @ NAS North Island, San Diego, California. The Squadon had 9 Martin Mariner 5 Aircraft, 2800 Pratt Whitney Engines. We went overseas 3 times during this Period, 9 Months each. The last Two based at NAS Iwakuni, Japan. We flew to NAS Alameda, California, put in Bombay Fuel Tanks, Flew to Caneoee, Hawaii, took out F. Tanks, on to Quajaline, Johnston Island, Opama, Japan, Refueling at each. Then on to Iwakuni, which at that time was an Australian Base. Land an Water Airports, There was also A U.S. Seaplane Tender in the Bay. A British 4 Engine Seaplane Squadron based there. The Austrailan Sguadron had P-51's Mustangs, Later The USAF Came in with B-25s, one of my COUSINS was one of the 25 pilots, then the Aussies [as we called them] Brought in Twin Meteror Jets. We were All Flying Missions to South Korea..." [11FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...BIRK, LT William H...My father, William H. Birk, passed away May 30th, 2017 just shy of reaching 90. Dad enlisted in the Navy March 1945 as a Seaman Recruit and was released from Active Duty October 1946 at which time he attended Officer Candidate School. Dad got his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and served with VP-42 (1949-1951) and VU-2 (1954-1955) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation, China Service, National Defense, Korean Service and UN Service Medal. Dad was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign] William H. Birk, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as member of a Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron FORTY-TWO (VP-42). Participating in numerous missions against hostile North Korean Forces during the period 20 August 1950 to 2 February 1951, he added greatly to the success of his squadron. His courage, skill, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Completed Thirty-Five missions) General Orders: All Hands (September 1952) Action Date: August 20 - December 31, 1950. I would love to hear from anyone that may have known or served with my father..." Contributed by Louis Birk louisbirk@netscape.net [18AUG2017]

BRADY, William J. "Irish" [Deceased] Shipmate Pix c/o His Son James J. Craswell :w0vne@arrl.net "...My Dad died when I was very young and "Pops" married mom (Lorraine Bristol was the lady who soldered the cross hairs on the Nordan Bombsites). He was a great guy and I sure miss him. I can check but I think he joined the Navy in 1940. He graduated top of his class at Great Lakes and the story was you could choose either a posting location or a specific job. He wanted to go to Hawaiian Islands but wanted to fly more so went Airedale and went to Seattle / Alaska / Aleutian Islands. He told me that it used to make him think about what would have happened if he had gone to the islands when they were bombed (Pearl Harbor) Of course he had his own Pearl Harbor when the Plane he was navigating for spotted the Japanese Carrier Task force and learned that PBYs and Carrier Zeros don't match up very well..." [29JAN2001]

BROWER, AMS2 Pete pbrower910@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 (1959-1961) and crewed aboard LP-2..." [29MAR2013]

BULKLEWY, Mike mbulkley1@msn.com "...I served briefly with VP-42 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1962 before going to "B" school. Loved flying those old recips..." [02AUG2004]

BURLESON, Jim burlesonwldn@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 (1953-07/1955) with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1953), NS Sangley Point, Philippines (1954-1955). I was an AD striker (ground pounder) and we were flying the PBM and P5M's. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12OCT2011]


Memorial Picture "...CAIN, AMM3 Robert...My Grandfather, AMM3 Robert Cain, passed in 1984. He served with VP-42 (1942-1944) in the Aleutians. Iím looking to see if anyone here may have served with him and/or have photographs of him during his service in the Aleutians. Thanks you..." Contributed by Steven Cain scain99@hotmail.com [10SEP2014]

CALDWELL, AM3 Leonard buzzmcque@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from late 1952 to March 55. I worked on the PBM at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Kodiak, Alaska and the P5M at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I also served with VC-35 aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) (Korean Tour) from December 1951 to August 1952..." [28JAN2010]

CAMPBELL, Norman nrcampbell@worldnet.att.net "...Served tours in VP-42, FAW-6, and the USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14)..." [13MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...CARRIGAN, Paul E...With very heavy heart I report that my brother Paul E. Carrigan (the black Irishman of the Aleutian Airdales) passed away June 22.2001. Paul died in the VA hospital in Seattle from lung cancer..." Contributed by his Brother Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net [16JUL2001]

CARRIGAN, Paul E. "The Black Irishman" (Deceased) c/o His Brother Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net "...Paul E. Carrigan (died June 22,2001) ex Chief Aerographer's Mate USN. Paul flew as a Fleet Air Wing Four Aerographer and a qualified combat aircrewman with VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-45, VP-62, VP-131, VP-135, VP-136, and VP-139. Paul accumulated over two thousand flying hours in PBYs, PBY 5 As, PV-1 Venturas and PV-2 Harpoons. The author also served in the USS Casco (AVP-12), USS Hulbert AVD-6, USS Williamson (AVP-15)USS Gillis AVD-12, USS Indianapolis CA-35, USS S-35 S type Submarine (1923), and USS Lexington CV-2 (prior to Aleutian posting). Paul authored a book titled: "The Flying, Fighting Weathermen Of Patrol Wing Four" The book includes the two day bombing of Dutch Harbor by Japanese carrier planes. The continuous bombing of the Island of Kiska by the most unconventional dive bomber, The PBY Catalina and The Empire Express to Paramushiro. These three spiral bound volumes contain 868 pages covering World War II as it was fought in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These are the adventures of a seventeen year old enlisted man as he grows up in the next three years in this very cold corner of hell. . The book is available from the author's brother. And is printed as it was left due to the author's illness and death. Cost: $45.00 (postage included). Please contact Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net or send a $45.00 check (postage included) to Ralph O. Carrigan, 5 Cutlass Way, Waretown, NJ 08758...I can now supply The Flying, Fighting Weathermen of Patrol Wing Four on a CD. The cost including postage is $25.00. Contact Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net..." [BIO Updated 03JUL2003 | BIO Updated 02SEP2002 | 17OCT2002]

CASHIN, Arthur hobie-18@comcast.net "...I served with VP-42 (1968-1969 Disestablishment) flying with Crew-10. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20JAN2017]

CHAPMAN, Howard L. "Bud" hchapman44@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1962-1964) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I left the Navy in 1964 and came back in 1967 as a Hospital Corpsman, served in Vietnam with the Marines, got hurt and got medically retired in January 1975. I am looking for a copy of our VP-42 NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment and would also like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JUN2013 | 28AUG2001]

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

COGBURN, Denver denverle@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1963 -1966. NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Saigon and Phillipines. Mostly spent my time in the FASRON shops..." [28MAY2003]

COINER, AT3 Jack vp5n64@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1966 to November 1969. I was an AT3 and flew with Crews 1,5, and 7. Would like to hear from any of my Shipmates. Talk about our R&R trips to Hong Kong. Remember being buzzed by Migs off the Tonkin Gulf. Hope to hear from former Shipmates soon..." [24SEP2004]

COINER, Jack "Smilin Jack" rattlesnake_ois@yahoo.com "...To all members of VP-42 from 1956 to 1960. Would like to hear from anyone who recalls the great times we had in Cavite, R&R Hong Kong, 8 to 10 hour patrols and of course to start off with the 0300 wake-up for that patrol. I joined the Mariner/Marlin Association several years ago and was able to attend the last two Reunions. A great group of people. The next Reunion is in Tuscon Arizona 2001. It was great to see one of our pilots LTjg Robert Lefevre. Hope to hear from some of you..."

COLE, Deane deanecole2@aol.com "...I served with VP-17 from 0ctober 1966-1968 then VP-42 from 1968-August 1969 including two deployments to WestPac. I was an Aviation Storekeeper. I remember the great crew memebers and all the fun we had with spending two Christmases in Nam. I think of you all this time of year would like to hear from any old White Lightin crew members..." [09DEC2000]

COLE, Jim jcole@netdot.com "...Served with VP-42 at Whidbey, Sangley, Saigon, Cam Ranh Bay, from 1967 to decom in 1969. Worked in Aomm/AI. Just cruising the net and found Sully. Thought it would be nice to make contact and talk about old times. Anybody out there?..." [00XXX97]

COLEMAN, Jean E. opama49@comcast.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1950 to 1951 and flew with SA-7 (Sugar Able 7)..." [13JUN2011]

COMEAU, ADC Phil Retired pcomeau@clearsource.net "...I was in VP-42 from June 1965 to November 1968. Flew most of the time with RB-11. Was an ADR-2 back then, retired in july 88 as ADC. Also spent a lot of time in EC-130's. Would like to hear from anyone who was with VP-42 in the mid 60's..." [08APR2000]

CONNELL, AD1 D. W. (Bill) DonCnnll@cs.Com "...I served with VP-42 from December 1947 to June 1952. I spent my entire hitch with the squadron. I flew with crew #7 for about six months then trans to crew #8 for the rest of my time in the Navy. I made three deployments with the squadron one before Korea and two after Korea started. Our crew made a total of seventy-one missions. I made AD-1 before I was discharged. I welcome anyone who would like to get aquainted again..." [23AUG2001]

COPPOCK, Don donc@netscape.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 to 1967. I flew with Crew 2 and later with Crew 7..." [27MAY2007]

Memorial Picture "...CORNETT, CAPTAIN Charles S. Chuck Retired...Dad passed away on June 25,2004. Please feel free to contact me if you wish...LCDR Katharine J. Ray, Retired kjray1@charter.net...Commissioned under Seaman to Admiral Program in 1956. Served in VP-42 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1958 until 1962. PPC of Crews 4 & 10 and Line Division Officer. Served as Navigator, USS Salisbury Sound (AV13), NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, 1965 until decommissioning in 1967. VP-8 from 1967 until 1970 as Maintenance Officer and PPC Crew 6. 1970 until May 1971 ASW Officer, ComPatWingsLant. 1971-1972 Admin Officer, FAW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 1973-1974 XO/CO VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Retired June 1 as XO NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Currently residing in Gulf Breeze, Florida and volunteering as Tour Guide at Museum of Naval Aviation..." [Decease Update 29JAN2005 } BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JUL2002 | 30APR98]

CREECH, Bobby bobbycreech@yahoo.com "...Did two Westpacs with VP-42 Crew 5 from 1965 to 1967, TAR with VP-69 from 1971 to 1975, transfered to VP-91 released from active duty in 1978 and retired as a reservist with VP-91 in June 1995..." [E-Mail Updated 15APR2006 | 02JAN98]

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


DAY, AT2 Raymond ray.day@fuse.net "...I served with VP-42 from March 1968 to October 1969, when it was disestablished. I worked mostly in IMD facilities. I am looking for Roger L. Smith, who was an ET3 when I was in the squardon..." [16JUL2006]

DECHANT, Wilma J. Retired cbed1968@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-42 in 1950 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and then on two NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I have a few pictures of the 77th fighter Wing club. Some of the Shipmates that I can't recall one of the Ramp Crew. I was with FAW-6 on board the USS Pine Island (AV-12), then to NAS Atsugi, Japan. I have been trying to get in touch with Bud Norris. I retired in 1968 as a Seabee..." [12APR2001]

DeCONZA, Kenny kjbear2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1965-1968) aboard Crew-9 and Crew-10. I remember so many of you guys but the only person I've been able to contact is Maurice Goff. Best years of my life. Cavite City (NS Sangley Point, Philippines) monkey meat, the Swallow Bar (NAS Iwakuni, Japan) and the China Doll in Saigon. Hard to believe all these years have passed. Anybody hears about a Reunion, let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2013 | 15APR2008]

DENT, Lee LDent@OlyWa.Net "...I served with VP-42 from 1967 until decommissioning in 1969. Loved the "Old P-2". It was a great aircraft. I would have stayed in VP-42 for several more tours if we haden't closed down. Would like to hear from some VP-42 shipmates..." [14DEC97]

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]


EUBANKS, AX2 Jerry D. pappyj6690@sbcglobal.net "...I was with VP-42 from 1963-1966. I was assigned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was in a flight crew for a short period, then I went to maintenance. I was an AX2 working in the FASRON shop. I was with the deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1964 and 1965. When I was discharged, I was in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [31JAN2006]


FAGAN, Dave dmfagan@eznet.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1963 through 1966. I flew with Crew 6. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, Saigon, Cold Bay, Alaska, and NAS Misawa, Japan. Denizen of dens of iniquity in all areas. I remember Whalen, Creech, Macintyre, Kiaui, Kilmer, Lauer, both Leppinks, Cogburn, Coomber, Braunberger, Noyes, Sale, Laughn, Manning, Clark, McCuller, and more. Fresh fish in Cold Bay and the moose parlor across from the International Hotel in Saigon. They blew the front out of the hotel with a car bomb. Not to leave out the jail in Tijuana or the loganberry flips in Oak Harbor. What great times and wonderful memories..." [14JUL2001]

FERENSEN, William "Bill" ferensen@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 (1967-1969). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2014 | 29MAY2003]

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]

FOLSE, Ronald starrron1@bellsouth.net "...I served with VS-822 from 1958 to 1961, COMM 7.61 (ROC) Wings December 1962, VP-42 from 1964 to 1966 at (SP5/SP2E/SP2H) with deployments to JAPAN/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam/ NAS Whidbey Island, Washington/Cold Bay, VT-6 from 1966 to 1969, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) from 1969 to 1971, AFSC 72, VP-16 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, MMCO/MO VT 2EX CO DIR AOCS from 1980 to 1981. Retired in Pensacola. Love it!..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2010 | 07JUL2000]

FOSS, Terrence L. Retired usnretcac@aol.com "...Was the original FE on both of VAQ-33's connies. Also served at VP-42, VR-7, AEWBarRonPac, Pacific Missle Range an NAS Norfolk, Virginia before retirement in 1978..." [30NOV2001]


Memorial Picture "...GALLAWAY, Glen R...With some sadness I want to report the death of my brother Glen R. Gallaway who server in VP-42 in the 50's, 1956-1959. He died of cancer November 5, 2002. In going through his things I have found some great shots of his service in P5Ms (35 mm slides). While I believe he was in VP-42 stationed in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and deployed to the Phillipines a couple of times, I am not certin it was VP-42. I know when he enlisted he selected that squadron because it had been stationed in Alaska. Great page(s)...Guy Gallaway ggallaway@courts.state.ak.us..." [05DEC2002]

GATES, Ken W. (kiwi) Gates@hot.rr.com "...I served with VP-42 from September 1965 to July 1967 and was assigned to Airframes, (AMH3). I have many fond memories from the overseas deployments. Eating tons of fried rice and steak sandwiches at The Texas Steak House in Iwakuni. Being one of Beasley's Bastards and watching the action from the roof of the Battle Creek Hotel in Saigon. Eating cheese rolls and smoked fish, while playing crazy eights in Cavite City at Danny's bar with Sam Hicks, Gilford Arnold, Rudy Rodriguez, Jimmy Bynum and others. We had good times and performed our jobs well. I'd enjoy hearing from any of you old Seadeamons..." [01DEC2000]

GENTILE, Mike mjgentile@msn.com "...I served in VP-42 from 1959 to 1962. I did a tour in NS Sangley Point, Philippines in '59; then spent the rest of my enlistment at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I would love to hear from old Shipmates that were in VP-42 during this time..." [21OCT2001]

GOFF, ADR3 Maurice E. Jr. tingmayuk@gci.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 to 1966 as an ADR3 AC Crew 9. I have seen three Shipmates in the intervening years. Don Trine Crew 12, Jim koteas Crew 12, and LT Tom Hitchcock Crew 9. Tom was flying for Western at the time, Don was a fireman in Battlecreek, MI. and Jim was living in Los Angles. RB 9 is on the side of SEA OTTER GLACIER west of JUNEAU AK. Me? I'm bending wrenches on DC-6's for NORTHERN AIR CARGO. Time flies when you have to work for a living. Any news, contacts, etc. let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUL2004 | 06SEP98]

GOSNELL, ATN2 Bob f6f5k@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-46 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (flew aboard the P5M-1), AT "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee (1960), VP-31, VP-42 (flew aboard the P5M-2), FAW-14 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (taught P5M Power Panel/Radio Operator School) until my discharge (31AUG62). My best friends were Gary D. Schmidt from LaCrosse KN, (Harold) Wayne Abney from AZ and Marc Drake from Seal Beach, CA..." [E-Mail Updated 25AUG2015 | E-Mail Updated 13MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2011 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2005 | 20DEC2005]

GRABLE, Ken kgrable@sirius.com "...I was assigned to VP-42 at the completion of my boot training in San Diego, the only assignment during my 4 year hitch, 9/23/48 to 9/22/52. Our first cruise was to Guam in 1949, I remember this well as our first mode of transportation was aboard the U.S.S. Barrioko, a CVE, what an experience. Not sure of the spelling of the ship but the name is correct. I was soon assigned to crew 3 as an airman mech. and stayed with the same crew until my discharge in 52 as an AD2. These were some very proud memories of mine, being awarded 4 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross in my short career..." [07SEP98]

GROFF, Noel E. (Ed) noel@greatbasin.com "...VP-42 Ens/JG 1953-1956 and VP-48 LCDR 1963-1965. Best not to get started on sea stories right now. From what I've already seen on this page a person could spend the next few months doing that. Best left to a winter project. See ya later..." [06JUL2000]


HADDAD, Charles M. chaddad@fdic.gov "...Served in Patrol Squardon 42 (VP-42) from May 1964 to October 1967. This was the best time in my life. My heart and soul will always be with the sailors and the sprit of the Navy which will never die..." [14MAY99]

HALBROOK, Tom tfhalbro@fidnet.com "...I served with VP-42 as an air crewman on a Martin P5M with this ASW squadron 1961 through 1963. At that time we were stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [15SEP2000]

HANDLEY, Ed edhan31@aol.com "...I went from bootcamp to VP-42 in October 1950. I was assigned to Crew 3 in spring of 1951. I flew with Crew 3 until I was discharged in 1954..." [E-Mail Updated 29FEB2004 | 21OCT99]

HAYDEN, David yardmarker4@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1967-1969 (last of the seademons). Would like to hear from squadron crew and groundpounders..." [E-Mail Updated 04FEB2011 | 29DEC2005]

HEATH, AK John G. (Gary) Retired heathjg@gvtc.com "...I served with VP-42 (1968 to 1969), VP-60 (1971 to 1972), NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1961 to 1963), NAS Key West, Florida (1964), Oceana (1965), NAS Agana, Guam (1965 to 1967), Mayport (1969), NAS Glenview, Illinois (1970), NARDET NAS Olathe, Kansas (1973 to 1975) and VF-201 (1976 to 1980). We now reside in San Antonio Tx..." [E-Mail Updated 19NOV2008 | 22MAY99]

HENSLEY, Ed edh1138@cs.com "...Served as Jez Op in Crew 11A 68 Nam/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines Cruise & then FASPTRAGRU NAS Whidbey Island, Washington when VP-42 decom. in 69. TX to FASPTRAGRI NAS N.I. in 70 when all VPs left Whidbey..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB2001 | Updated 14JAN98]

HENSLEY, ADRC William R. Retired williamhensley@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-7 in 1968 and made one deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served with VP-42 from 1962 to 1963 when CDR C. R. Lindler was CO. I was in the Check Crew Power Plants, QC Inspector, and flew test hopes with my Plane Captain A. L. Lamm. I stayed around made Chief and retired September 1974. I'd loved the old P5Ms but hated those tall check stands. I retired in 1974 as a ADRC. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 12FEB2003 | 08FEB2004]

HERBERT, Don donis74@adelphia.net "...I served in NAS Iwakuni, Japan with VP-42 from 1950 - 1951. I have a Power Poing presentation on the PBM that I can e-mail to anyone that is interested..." [10AUG2002]

HERVIN, AX Peter azbacks@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1962 to 1964, AX flight crewman. P5's to P2V's. NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates..." [25NOV2006]

Memorial Picture "...HERZOG, Harvey...It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that my loving husband, Harvey Herzog passed away peacefully on January 20, 2003. Harvey was treated for prostate cancer last year and months after completing radiation treatment; complications arose, which ultimately led to his passing. His children and I are preparing to celebrate his life at a memorial service, scheduled for Saturday February 8, 2003 at 3:00 pm at his beloved Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. While we are devastated by our loss, we also celebrate the fact that Harvey lived his life to the fullest, a point of which I'm sure you would all agree. Although you are certainly invited to his memorial, we understand that this may not be possible and hope that you will attend in spirit. Sincerely, Cheri Herzog HHerzog991@aol.com..." [27JAN2003]

HERZOG, LCDR Harvey Retired Shipmate Pix HHerzog991@aol.com "...Born November 14, 1926, Enlisted United States Navy December 1943, Aviation Radio Training NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Aerial Gunnery School, Yellow Water, FL, Operational Training SBD Douglas Dauntless, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, them PBM Mariner aircraft, NAS Banana River, Florida. Designated COmbat Aircrewman January 4, 1945. VPB-18, battle of Okinawa. Sixteen combat missions operating from Kerema Retto Shima, Okinawa supported by Seaplane Tender USS St. George AV-16. VP-42, 2 Korean deployments, 1 NAS Kodiak, Alaska 1950-1954. Promoted through the ranks to Aviation Chief Radioman (ALC). July 1956 appointed ENSIGN USN (T) Officer designator 1352. Heavy Attack Training Unit Pacific, VAH-123 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington instructor all-weather attack. Designated Naval FLight Officer A3D Skywarrior 1957. Served 3 Vietnam deployments Heavy Attack Squadron EIGHT USS Midway Carrier Air Group TWO, USS Constellation Carrier Air Group FIFTEEN 1960-1966. VAH-128 Replacement Air Group. Qualified NFO A6B Intruder. Staff, COMFAIRWHIDBEY Attack Training Officer. Staff CINCPACFLT Attack Readiness and Training Officer 1968-1970. Retired January 1, 1970 rank of LCDR. Awards include DFC, Asiatic Pacific (1 star), 11 Air Medals, Korean Theater (7 stars), Navy Unit Citation (2 Bronze stars), Navy Commendation Medal (2 combat V). On November 11, 1997 aboard USS Yorktown, inducted into the Enlisted Combat Aircrew "Roll of Honor" for service in WWII and Korea..." [13MAR2000]

HOOD, ABFC Dewey Retired dewjan@centurytel.net "...Served with VP-42 from December 1948 to early 1951. Joined the squadron in Tsingtoa, China. Reds blew up and burned hangers. Made tour to Siapan then transfered to USS Bataan and went to Korea. Retired in 1966 ABFC..." [27MAY2001]

HUNTER, Tom tohunter@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-42 from 61 till 63 as a ADR. I had a lot of fun one night when I had watch and arrested the Commander of NAS North Island, San Diego, California an his wife..." [25JAN99]

HURST, CAPTAIN Rich Retired richards400@hotmail.com "...I served (Active Duty) with VP-42 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington the day before the squadron deployed to Vietnam and left just days before the squadron deactivated in September 1969. I flew (Naval Reserve) with VP-69 until 1989 when I retired...." [13NOV2013]

HUTCHISON, AO3 David W. wayneh@valunet.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1962 to 1965. I was in crew 9 most of the time. Some of best people I've had the pleasure of working with. I would enjoy hearing from Shipmates..." [30APR2000]


JAY, Charles cronista@hotmail.com "...I was an AT2 on RB2 and RB6 in VP-42 during 1957 until the end of 1959. Wore my fingers down tuning those ART-13's. Ninety pounds of radio that, on a good day with the trailing wire all the way out might put out 50 Watts! (One had to remember to wind that thing in, before landing... those 6 pounds of lead on the end could do some damage, and I don't know if I should repeat here some of the stories I've heard). Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. (I think the CO was CDR Tolleson, not sure). Went to A & B schools in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, then assigned to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, finally to NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I stayed in VP-42 until discharged early in 1960. Went back to school, then to work for NASA. Now semi-retired in Phoenix. Would like to hear from people who were in the squadron at the same time I was. In NAS Kodiak, Alaska I flew Radio Operator on R5D's and UF's. Freight and SAR. There was a P2V ("two turnin' and two burnin'") Squadron there at the time, but I couldn't transfer into it. One ship from that squadron got shot down by the Russians in the mid '50s over the Bering Sea (well, they "said" that's where they were). NAS Kodiak, Alaska and all of the Territory of Alaska was a personal hell for me. Throw in NAS Adak, Alaska, Kiska, Shemya, Cold Bay, Afognak, Sitkinak, and all those god-forsaken rocks. Oh, and don't forget Attu! I have the utmost respect for those who served in those places without the opportunity to fly out like I had. But VP-42 back in the states and the P.I. gave me some the best memories of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUN2000 | 21AUG99]

JENKS, Larry Ljenksvp42sa6@aol.com "...Served with VP-42 from 1952 to 1954. I was assigned to aircraft SA6 as the Second Ordnanceman...Enlisted Aug. 1951 (Minority Cruise) Boot Camp NTC San Diego, Co. 800, A & P school, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, rated AOAN Jun.1952 assigned VP-42 aircrewman SA 6. Deployed with squadron NAS Kodiak, Alaska for ASW and Shipping surveillance mission, rated AO3 Mid 1953. Upon squadron's return to NAS North Island, San Diego, California PBM5S2's replaced byP5M-1's, rated AO2 early 1954, separated regulars Jul. 1954, Honorably Discharged Aug. 1959..." [BIO Updated 05MAR2000 | 12FEB2000]

JOHNSON, AEC Wayne Retired waynejohnson61@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1960 to 1964 (P5M's through the P2V's). I flew with Crew 3 as an Electrician/Julie/MAD Operator. Retired from the Navy with 27 yearsand retired from Civil Service with 20. Last assignment was the Marine V-22 program (don't hold that against me). Now living in Inyokern, CA, just down the road from China Lake..." [02APR2004]

JONES, AFCM Newell E. Retired newelljones@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1964) with a deployment (Crew-1) to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28JUL2011]

JORDAN, Larence R. "Rod" realrod@att.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1956 till 1959. Flew as first radioman in P5M Martin Marlin seaplane. Squadron based state side at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Two tours at NS Sangley Point, Philippines patrolling the china coast. We lost one plane and five good Shipmates on second tour..." [22APR2009]


KEENAN, James Francis "Frank" [Deceased] c/o His Son Frank Keenan bff1865@aol.com "...I am doing research on the Navy service of my father, James Francis "Frank" Keenan. He served in the Navy during the Korean Era and afterwards, including with VP-42. He was discharged in 1962 as an Ensign. He passed away several years ago, but I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him from the Navy as soon as possible. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance..." [28NOV2000]

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]

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

KIRKMAN, Tom jortkirk@aol.com "...Served with VP-42 '49-'51. Made WESPAC deployment as AF2; NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Oppama, NAS Tanapag on Saipan. Made AF1 there. Returned CONUS, made 1st Korean Cruise. As the only Photo Mate in the squadron, flew with every crew at one time or another, but permanently assigned to Crew 8: PPC Lt Creighton Cook, PC Mario Ferrara ADC. Greatest bunch of guys who ever bent on a suit of blues. At VP-42's recent 1st Reunion, of 15 enlisted men present, 6 were all but one of the surviving enlisted members of crew 8. If anyone has knowledge of the whereabouts of Mickey McGuire AOC USN, want very much to contact him. He's our only missing man, and we're planning a Reunion of crew 8. Retired in 1968. Of all the duty I had, VP-42 was the best, the most significant, and the most satisfying. Everything before VP-42 was preparing me, everything after, and some of it was superb, was lacking something. It's a rare privelege to look back and say "everything fit and worked for that one period of my life."..." [23DEC98]

KITE, Jim jimk@techline.com "...I was in VP-42 from 62-64. Crew 7 and 1. Was an AX. Just happen to run across this page and would love to hear from anyone who may remeber us. Kilmer, Foster, Kite, and a whole bunch of other crazy guys who had a blast..." [17MAY98]

KNUDSEN, AMCS Robert E. Retired robert.e.knudsen@navy.mil "...I served with VP-42 (P5Ms) from August 1955 to October 1959 and in USS Currituck II (AV-7) from January 1963 to May 1965. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07OCT2005 | 24JAN2002]

KRALL, AX2 Edward C. ekrall3@comcast.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1967 to 1969. When I left the squadron I was AX2. I went on two deployments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. After leaving the Navy in 1969, I returned to Pennsylvania and worked for AMP Inc 6 years, PA National Guard 5 years, then 20 years at Hershey Foods Corp. I am now retired and living in Pennsylvania with Connie, my wife of 36 years. She was in Oak Harbor during my last 15 months with the squadron. She, also has great memories of the people we served with. I still keep in contact with Bill Griener (PA), Pat Barrett (WA), and Perry Price (NC), all of whom served in VP-42 with us. The best to all of my former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01OCT2003 | 06SEP99]


LaFONTAINE, ADJ Rick benchman@gte.net "...Flew in RB10 & RB9, loved doing sub-time. When they surfaced it looked like a city at night. It's nice to know we're stll a unit. VP-42 from 66-68..." [01MAR98]

LAKIN, Toby B. Jr. Shipmate Pix Shipmate Pix Circa 1957 alltbl@olg.com "...I was in FAETU (PAC) 1955 to 1957 and VP-42 1957 & 1958..." [24APR2001]

LAMPE, George H. c/o His Son George M. Lampe albatros@discover.net Shipmate Pix Circa 1954... "...I recently recieved a copy of my fathers navy records and I'm trying to find out about some of the squadrons he served in. He was in Medium Seaplane Squadron 2 in 1947. He was also in VP-42 from 1947 to 1950, and in VP-48 from 1953-1955. His name was George H. Lampe. He was a Chief Petty Officer at the time. I would be interested in any information about the squadron, the squadron insignia, type of planes, or talking to any of his old Shipmates. I know he was in Martin Mariners as I found a picture of on along with a white silk scarf with VP-42 on it. I would really appreciate any information you could give me..." [24OCT99]

LANGLEY, Wes jimers77@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1964 to 1966. I reported aboard at NAS Iwakuni, Japan just after the 1964 incident in the South China Sea (In Memorial for lost VP-42 friends September 8th, 1964). I remember many plane parts laying out in the hangar on my introductory run through. I think Dale Armour, who went down in the 1967 loss in the Alaska area was a survivor of the 1964 incident. I had only been out of the Navy a few months when I read about the 1967 incident and noticed Dale's name and felt that he had told me he was one of the survivors of the 1964 incident. Dale used to keep a large 4 engine airplane model he had constructed from scratch on the top of his locker that he had worked on for a few years. He had tremendous talent and also a very special spirit that set him apart from the average person. I've wondered since that time just what it was spiritually that he had found. Perhaps if one of his family reads this you would be so kind as to let me know. Thanks for all he and the others did for our freedom. It's a precious freedom. I had family in the Jamestown Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony so know some of them paid a dear price for our freedom also. Of course, we're all related to the fellow who build the Arc so we are all in this equally it appears to me. Keep smilin and have a wonderful day..." [10JUL2010]

LARK, Henry E. Jr. earllark@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 right out of boot camp from August 1952 until around October 1955. I would love to hear from former Shipmates. I have located two men from that time (Bill Tice and Ed Handley) and have been trying to locate Cool Dad Dowling, Patrick J.Dowling (his Dad back in Mi. passed away while we were still in San Diago) and he was discharged as he was an only son. I think he was an AO1. If anyone knows of his location would love to get in touch of him. Does anyone know who in the squadron wrote the poem about old Crew 8 Whiskeys Gim's crew that we lost in Alaska? I knew at the time but can't remember who wrote it now. I am also looking for name of our Flight Sergeon in the fifties. Thanks!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2014 | E-Mail Updated 29AUG2006 | 06APR2000]

LAUX, CDR William J. Jr. Retired wjlaux@prodigy.net "...I served as a pilot in two VP squadrons, VP-50, PBM-5S2, 1954-56; and in VP-42, P5M-1 (SP-5A), P5M-2 (SP-5B), and SP2E (P2V-5), 1961-63. But I also served as the navigator of USS Currituck (AV-7), 1963-65. I think the AVs were an important, even essential, part of the P-boat Navy..." [17NOV99]

LeHAN, Ronald ron.lehan@comcast.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 until 1968. Flew with Crew 7 the entire time. LCDR Pikel, LT Christian, LT Ward, and Mustanger LT Branson. Ron Crawford, Ron Janowski, Jim Lawernce, Don Coppock. Pappy Slemp, and Jim Hentges and all the other guilty parties so associated. I was 2nd Mech and P/C. Christ could we tell some stories good enough to make a liar blush. If any of you guys are still alive send me an e-mail. I would love to hear from anybody still sane and contributing to society. Best regards, last to know first to go, can do and can did..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2010 | 14AUG2000]

LeVECK, Douglas oneoldstuffer@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1968-1970)..." [08JAN2015]

LEISURE, William (Bill) A. Jr. wleisure@tampabay.rr.com "...Served in VP-42 from April 1958 thru January 1962. I was an Air Frames Repairman and a crew member RB8 my last year. I remember a lot of noon time Boorae card games and all night Pinochle games. I painted a whole lot of planes befor becomeing a crew member. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates. Have ran into Jack Swain we chat once in awhile. Has to be more of you ole boys down here in Florida. Lets get together at MacDill for something. I looked up crews in VP-42 and guess whos picture is in crew 8? Seen a whole lot of people I knew in those crew pictures..." [12JUN2001]

LEMIEUX, LT Roger RLLemieux@compuserve.com "...I left VP-42 the last week in November 1967. I was the last PPC of the ill-fated Crew 9. We had just returned from deployment in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines and most of the squadron went on leave. I was reassigned to another crew for a weather recon flight to Alaska in the interim because I was about to leave the Navy for a career with United Airlines. I learned about the crash of Crew 9 while I was visiting my inlaws in Texas. The only crew 9 survivor that I knew of was our ordinance man Deconza who went home to get married. We had a good crew. May they rest in peace. The then Lt. Roger Lemieux..." [26NOV2000]

LEPPINK, ATN2 Linus R. leppinklinus@qwest.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 to 1968. I was an ATN2 and was assigned to AMD when at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I ran the electronics mainternace shop in Saigon, half the time, good old 24 on 24 off. My brother John was also in VP-42 from 1964 to 1967..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2003 | 26JUN2000]

LITTLEFIELD, AMEAN Gerald D. "Rocky" "Rick" amljdlone@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-42 (1959-1961) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I worked in Administration & Communications and was Duty Driver. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [01MAR2016]

LOGAN, Harold A. mufi31@getatlas.com "...I served in VP-42 from November 1950 to December 1953. I flew in crew one with Beery, Jones, Thompson, Patton and ENS Bircher as the PPC. The squadron was tranisitioning to P5Ms as I was being discharged..." [12SEP2001]

LUBKE, Tony t.lubke@wcc.net "...Formerly AT2 in VP-42 65-67..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2002 | E-Mail Updated 29APR2000]

LUCAS, Tom tlucas48@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1967 until decommissioning in 1969. Page 25 of Deployment 68 book bottom picture 2nd from left. Would like to hear from some of the VP-42 Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22OCT98 | 25FEB98]

LUND, AMS3 Frank A. franklund3@msn.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1962 to 1966. I spent about 2 years in the beach crew when we had P5Ms at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. When we got P2V's I was part of the line crew. I stayed there untill I made AMS3. I had never worked in structual shop so no one knew who I was. I am now retired from Postal Service living in Burlington County playing with old cars. If anyone is on I-70 where Kansas and Colorado meet - you are 12 miles from Burlington. Stop in and say hi..." [30DEC2009]


MADEROS, LT Jules Shipmate Pix Circa OCS Graduation c/o His Son Matthew Maderos mmaderos@gmail.com "...I was wondering if any Shipmates from VP-42 can help my Dad. (LT Jules Maderos) track down LT P. J. DUNNE who were both in VP-42 from 63-66. Thanks!..." [E-Mail Updated 20APR2009 | 17JUN2001]

MANNING, LCDR Richard (Dick) B. Retired rb.mann@fidalgo.net "...My first tour in VP was with VP-42 from March 1962 until January 1965 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was one of the first TACCO's in the Squadron and in the Navy as well. I first flew in P5M's and then transitioned to P2's. Was assigned to Crew-8 but was substituting for another TACCO when Crew-8, BUNO: 131513 crashed in the South China Sea (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends September 8th, 1964). We lost 4 men from our crew and a passenger. The aircraft impacted the water while on a night rigging run. After a tour at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as a Radar Watch Officer, I was assigned to VP-2 from August 1968 to October 1969. VP-2 made the last WestPac deployment of P2's and set new records for performance that were ever made by a P2 Squadron CanDo VP-2, Second to None. Worst part of my VP experience was that I'm still trying to put 10 lbs into a 5 lb. bag. Retired from VP-69 in the Reserves in 1977 and so far have beaten the longevity odds. The VP Navy is the best even if we did have to fly 13 hr. hops. Be sure to get a copy of Brian McGuniess's book "Coffee On the Wing Beam". Lots of great memory joggers. To all VP-2ers, get on board the VP-2 Association. We just had a terrific reunion in San Jose, CA. E-mail me for info..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2008 | E-Mail Updated 30DEC2001 | 19SEP98]

MARSHALL, P. paulpamm@nni.com "...I served with VP-42 on NAS North Island, San Diego, California during 1959 - 1961. I am trying to get some information for a book that I am writing. Can anyone tell me how the Chesapeake Bay is protected from entry by an enemy submarine? Any information that you could e-mail me would be greatly appreciated..." [23FEB2001]

MASON, ADR Larry L. lnjmason@macomb.com "...I served with VP-42 (1963-1966) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam flying as a Second Mech with Crew-4 and attended "B School" in NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1966). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15OCT2015 | 21DEC97]

McCULLERS, Ken kmccul@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1961 through 1964 and assigned to Crew 8 - the crew that crashed in the So. China Sea. Went thru the transition from P5's to P2's. Would be interested in hearing from any of those that remember serving with me..." [08DEC2002]

McGRIFF, Ronnie ronmcgriff@att.net "...I served with VP-42 (1965-1968) on Crew-10 with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2011 | 31OCT98]

McKENZIE, KEN VPMcKenzie@aol.com "...SERVED IN VP-42 FROM 67-69. AFTER DECOMISSION WENT TO VA52 AT OTHER END OF BASE. SERVED AS 2ND MECH IN CREW 6 WITH G. BABCOCK AND THE NEW CREW 9 WITH WILLIAM NEWMAN. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ESPECIALLY FROM CREW 6. OR THE GUYS FROM AV EQUIP..." [12DEC98]

McKNIGHT, Jack c/o Robert MckKight ramck@ptinet.net "...I was just reading some of your contributions on VP-42. Since I got online a couple of years ago, I've been looking to find info on my father's service in the Aleutians in the summer of 1942. What I've come up with so far is that he was with either VP-41 or VP-42. I started the search after he passed away. I found a photo album with pictures of Catalinas and crew members with inscriptions such as Umnak Island August 1942, Kiska bound, cooking on Mount Ballyhoo Uune of 1942, and pictures of Spence, Dow, Young, Rierson, Carpenter, Strickland and Ried. These last I believe were a PBY5A aircrew. Are any of you people out there? I'd love to hear from you. His name was Jack McKnight. I know he started out as a fireman with the beaching crew in Astoria, Or and ended up as an engine mechanic (AD) and by April 1943. He was at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington renting a cottage at Smilk Beach with my mom. Any info would be appreciated. I plan to attend the CPW-4 Reunion in September if time permits. Thanks so much for your help..." [06AUG99]

McMAHON, AE3 Herbert R. tughillphoto@citlink.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1959-1960 as crew member on RB-3. I was an AE3, ECM operator and MAD gear. We received a new T tail Marin P5M during my time in the crew..." [25SEP2007]

MILES, "Radio" drmiles@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-42 from December 1965 through September 1968. I was ssigned to Crew 5 - Radio & MAD. Anybody remember the "sniffer" sytem on the P2's? Would like to hear from the old crew, Richard Levendowski, Jack Mavis, Paul Bowman, Don Mercurio, Frank Braswell, Joe Zabrashaw, Steve Bradt, Bobby Creech, Johnny Mock, Jim Zipfel. Great times and interesting ORI's..." [16NOV2002]

MILLER, Joe golf42miller@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1963) assigned to the Beach Crew and then COM/NAV Avionics Shop with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (missle crisis) and Mercury Space Flights recovery (flying aboard the P5M). We transitioned from the P5M to the P-3 (08/1963) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Later in my Navy career, I would spend a year with VP-42 (1969-Disestablishment) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying aboard the P2..." [14OCT2012]

MILLS, Eric "Rick" gutbucket99@yahoo.com "...VP-42 September 1964 to January 1967, Radio/JEZ Crew 4A. I joined up in the Phillipines on the day they were recovering debris from the downed P2V (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends September 8th, 1964). I wondered what I had got myself into. I found out that I got into with the best bunch of guys I ever met. My Pilot LCDR Barker, hard to work for but I would follow him anywhere. TACCO Ralph Forgione, another great guy. My best friends Ted Dyk, Eddie Carolan and others. I was the one that made the tailhook for our plane..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04MAY2008 | BIO Updated 28MAY2001 | 03JUL2000]

MILLS, Rick gutbuket@bellsouth.net "...VP-42 Crew 4A 1964-1967 1st tech/radio, started as JEZ OP. Home base was NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We did 18 months in Viet Nam on two tours. Went to Point Barrow Alaska to assist a supply ship. Cdr Barker was Plane Commander. Lt Ralph Forgione from Boston was Tacco. I'm still at Millington but the base is closed. My planes were P2V-5 BUNO: 128414 P2V-7 BUNO: 135608. Wonder where they are now? Thanks for taking me back thru my wonderful years flying P2V's..." [28MAY2001]

MINTON, AO2 Durward Ray rminton400@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 to 1967 on Crew 4. I would like to hear from some of my Shipmates..." [12AUG2005]

MISTRON, Robert toysrwhee@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-42 (1959-1961) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [02DEC2011]

MONETTE, ADRC Bob Retired bmonette2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 (01/1959-1962) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, AEWTRAULANT (1962-1964) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VX-6 (1964-1967), MCAS Yuma, AZ (1967-1969), Air Operations at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I retired in 1974..." [05MAR2014]

MOORE, AG2 Joel txkiwi@sbcglobal.net "...I was assigned to the Ice Recon Unit at Navoceano from 1965 - 1967 and flew on VW-13/OASU EC-121K Project Birdseye and Project Magnet from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. In addition, I flew on P2Vs from VP-42 out of NAS Kodiak, Alaska and on VX-6 C-47, C-121 and C-130s between Christchurch and McMurdo Sound. After the Navy, I served in the Texas Air National Guard and Texas State Guard and retired this year (2005) as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9)..." [10DEC2005]

MORRIS, AT1 Chuck charliemorris@earthlink.net "...I was radio operator/AT-1, VP-17 from July '65 through summer '68 then on to VP-42 awaiting separation. I'll be back, I have lot's of inquiries!..." [04APR2001]

MUELLER, Bill sangleykid@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1966-1968. NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Saigon and MCAS Iwakuni, Japan - the best times of my life. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (no comment). Does anyone know the whereabouts of Tom Yuengling, Jim Bynum or Lt. Bruce Bergondy?..." [31OCT2001]

MULCAHY, Michael J. (Mickey Moe) moero146@aol.com "...I served with VP-42 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1964 to December 1966. I was trying to locate some of the guys..." [10FEB2004]

MULLENEAUX, AX2 Jerry N. jnmx@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-42 from November 1962 to May 1966. We started with the P5M and transitioned to P2. I flew as 1st Tech on Crew 10 (The Nightfighters) and Crew 7 with the XO Saigon in 1964. I just missed fatal flight of Crew 8 on 08 SEP 64. I have been to the wall but couldnt go to it, some memories just hurt too much. Best wishes to all of my Shipmates..." [23DEC2006]

MULL, LT James E. james_mull@verizon.net "...I served with VP-42 (1967-09/1969) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam (1967) and NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1968)..." [17JAN2015]

Memorial Picture "...MURPHY, CDR George A Shipmate PixCirca 1953...Regretfully announcing the January 21, 2007, passing of a dear father and 50 year husband to my mother, CDR George A. Murphy, Retired, who formally served in VP-42, VP-18, and VW-11 in the late 50's and early 60's, as well as being assigned to two tours on the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard in the very early 70's. We will always love you. Inquiries may be sent to me...Glen A. Murphy gmurphyesq@hotmail.com..." [22JAN2007]

MURPHY, CDR George A. Retired Murphycdr@aol.com "...Served in VP-42, VP-18, and VW-11 in the early 60's. Any Reunion information would be appreciated..." See History [E-Mail Updated 27AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 24MAR2002 | E-Mail Updated 28AUG98 | 22MAY98]


NADING, Lee "...Was in VP-42 from '58-'60 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California; deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines 3-59 to 10-59, as AT3 and radioman with Crew 5, ASW was a cover for foto recon on surface ships to Tonkin in Gulf; chased by MiGs; couple bad mishaps; one shooting incident that had to be about the first of the VN War ..?? Please phone - (812)336-8206..." [18MAR98]

NEIL, G. E. (JERRY) jneil@afes.com "...VP-42 RB 8. Aircrew AO. 1966-1968. Would like to hear from VP-42 shipmates..."

NEWMAN, William "Bill" william.j.newman@ucm.com "...Served in VP-42 from 1967-1969. I was the PC of RB-11. Reading the entries does bring back that good feeling. Hope to hear from Shipmates..." [09DEC98]

NORCROSS, Douglas R. "Doug" dnorcross@hoganfin.com "...I served in VP-42 from 1957 to 1959. During that time we forward deployed from NAS North Island, San Diego, California to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was in the crew of RB9 and spent some time in RB6. I would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19DEC2004 | 04DEC2004]

NOYES, Jim pbm5a@bellatlantic.net "...I was a AM2 in VP-42 and did two rotations to Iwakuni in '50 and '51. Have lost touch with everyone but remember them as the best..." [29APR98]

NYGARD, AE3 Walter nygardw@comcast.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1960 to 1961 as an AE3..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2009 | 12FEB2002]


O'CONNELL, Pete pete.oc@cox.net "...I served from 1963 until 1966. The latter year and a half in VP-42. I was a member of Crew 8 and flew the radio position primarily but was also checked out at the Jez seat. This site is a great idea and I hope that any one to whom my name is familiar will feel free to contact me. Those were some important years in my life and the memories remain strong..." [12DEC2004]

O'NEILL, Robert "Bob/Bobby" c/o His Daughter Shannon O'Neill-Bieda bieda.wa@netzero.net "...My dad, Robert "Bob/Bobby" O'Neill has a patch which led me to here. He's deceased and I'm just looking for some background on his time in the service. I believe he was in from 65-67/68, based with VP-42 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [30NOV2001]


PALMER, AE2 Stephen L. "Steve" slpalmer333@juno.com "...I served with VP-30 (08/1968-10/1968) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-5 (10/1968-06/69), VP-42 (06/1969-10/1969), VP-1 (10/1969-06/1971) and VP-69 (1971-1974) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I will be retiring from my job as an Engineering Designer after almost 40 years on November 27, 2013..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08NOV2013 | 1998]

PARSONS, AMS1(AC) Clayton L. clp_65ou8@yahoo.com "...I was 19 years of age on Dec 2, 1965 and checked into VP-42 on or about 30 Jan 1966. I was an AMS3 straight out of "A" school with NO experience and was assigned to the airframes shop. It had been my burning desire to be on a flight crew since my very early months in the Navy and I had recieved the necessary security clearance and had completed SERE training while in VP-31. And then after completing all the quals to be told that AM's weren't permitted to fly in VP-42 was a disappointment to say the least. But I didn't take no as and answer and kept making unofficial inquiries. Then after about 6 months LCDR Sarkisian, the MO and PPC of crew RB 8 put me on his crew as 2nd mech. I was flipped out. But then in Dec I unexpectedly got orders to a VA squadron in NAS Lemoore, California. I made a Med cruise on the USS Satratoga (CV-60) and spent 2 more years in VXE-6 Operation Deepfreeze, the highlight of my career. I was discharged on 12/20/74..." [07JUL2016]

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

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

PAYTON, Wilbur L. wlpayton@uswest.net "...Served in VP-42 58 to 60 in several different crews. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Renlisted and went to VR-21..." [22DEC98]

PETERS, Theodore A. (Pete) theo_peters@sbcglobal.net "...I wish to express my appreciation to the other members of VP-42 XO LCDR Maice's Crew 7 for their patience with my taking a few extra weeks to become proficient as a Jezebel operator at the beginning of our WesPac cruise in 1964. I'm 60 now and have only one other time worked with such a great crew. We put in the water, sewer and storm drain pipelines at the beginning of the population explosion in the Bakersfield area 15 years later. Wish I could find out if the rest of the crew are as lucky as I have been (not counting my 10 year job at Walmart). Do any of you 1964 Crew 7 VP-42 Alumni have a finger to type with? - Last week I again saw the faces of the VP-42 squadron guys on our WesPac Cruise in 1964. Seademons - Nickname for the 12 crews of VP-42. Forty years later I find the value I've placed on those experiences and times to be immeasureable. I also find that the names of most are missing from my memory and I want them, by golly. As I looked at the faces of Gary, Lou, Hank, "Jamie" (most liked) and the rest of our Crew 7 members I knew I would not stop trying to get the squadron roster for us from July 1964 to February 1967. I can imagine that some of you other VP guys have felt the same and know how and/or where to submit my request, or if it is not possible. Perhaps the faces will be the only available triggers for the greatest memories we will ever have. If Anybody anywhere knows the gouge, please Email me ASAP/at your convience. You can also bring the list to me (jobless) at 400 White Lane #76. If you also live here in Bakersfield California. Call if you have a clue: (661)397-8364..." [BIO Updated 24JUN2005 | 02JUN2005]

POMPEO, Joe Retired jhpompeo@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-44 (1958-1960) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VP-42 (1963-1967) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a WesPac in 1964, AE "A" School (Instructor), VAW-111 (1967-1969) with Detachments aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34), VF-121 at NAS Miramar and retired in 1978. I am now living in Hot Springs, AR. My wife, Lynnee, passed away in 2011. Our 6 kids are all doing well. Our oldest son, Captain Martin L. Pompeo, is currently Commodore, Commander Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) ONE. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27MAY2012 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29MAR2010 | 22OCT99]

PROFFITT, Jack M. rjproffitt@charter.net "...I served with VP-42 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California then NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1961 to July 1965 with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan 1964 as Crew-2 (Powell's Pacers) Plane Captain. John Boolen and Pat Culley have both passed away here in Washington state in the last 8 years. I currently live in East Wenatachee, Washington. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [25JAN2010]

PUGH, William L. MD bjpugh@west.net "...Was attached to VP-42 for an abbreviated tour July 1964 through April 1965 as flt. surgeon. NAS Iwakuni, Japan for a short stay, then an overnight abrupt flt. to NS Sangley Point, Philippines when the Gulf of Tonkin incident came down. VP-42 had a great bunch of guys that were at top morale. Patrols So. China Sea began and I recall one crew picked up 5 Russian subs in one day. I'd like to hear from anyone with info re the following: Was it true that a VP-42 P2V was vectored or strayed near Russ. to draw fire from suspected SAM sites, and returned home with a missile fragment in an engine nacelle?-as I heard, the pilot, copilot, nav. plus were flown back to DC for a meeting with the Joint Chiefs-and due to having secret info. were not to fly this area again. next: Unfortunately, VP-42 lost a P2 on a night flt. while on (I believe) Yankee Station under control of USS Columbus, who ordered the P2 to identify a freighter by flying low enough to read the name on the transom-this resulted in catching a wingtip ,a crash, and loss as I recall of five lives. Seven survived with no signif. injuries One of the losses was a USN Captain riding along as an observer. Interestingly was that the USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy picked up our crew. My question is did the following hearing/inquiry result in the early return of the squadron to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I thoroughly enjoyed my yrs. of service with the USN. Have found this site great reading. Would like to hear from anyone USS Currituck II (AV-7) 62-63, US Naval School of Aviation Med.63-64 Class #50..." [07AUG2001]


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

RAFANOWICZ, Dan rafan@adelphia.net "...Member of the "Fight'n Forty Second" VP-42 from 1964 to 1966. Was a youngster back then but 34 years can't begin to erase all the fond memories I have of the men and thier wonderful flying machines..." [30APR2000]

REED, Jimmie skipper36115@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (1957)..." [22SEP2011]

RICE, LCDR Charles O. Retired Chazeroo@cox.net "...I served with VP-42 as AOAN thru AO2 from May 1952 to June 1956, one deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, and two to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Served in Crew 1 and 2. PPC's were Cdr Azab and LT Pauls. Fellow crewmen were ATAN Pete Everett, AE1 Franklin T. Cook, ATC Hart, AD2 Joy, AD1 C. I. Johnson, and others whose names escape me. I served with VU-7 as AO1 from April 1964 to April 1965, when squadron was broken up and I went to VU-3. I was a tow target aircrewman and aircrew traing petty officer. After VU-3 I served aboard the Hornet, Ticonderoga, and Forrestal (two tours), tours at NAS Oceana, NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Retired in November 1982 as LCDR (LDO). Would appreciate hearing from anyone from this period..." [BIO Updated 14APR2006 | E-Mail Updated 13AUG2002 | 23FEB2001]

RINEHART, William (Rhino) rhinojus@insightbb.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1965 to 1968. Was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Was in several crews as TACO in the P2V-7 Neptunes and in the AI group. Just found this site and hope to hear from some names from the past, especially crew members..." [17AUG2002]

RIGGS, Jack jackriggs@home.com "...Having been in VP-42 from 1941 to 1943 as a Radioman in FAW-4. They took me out of flying and assigned me to setup the Navy Radio Station at Alexai Point, Attu. That gave the Navy communications from Attu to ADAK. This was in October of 1943. All these years I have wondered what the pilots thought of the ADF Station on Attu (Instrument approaches). Where was the ADF Station located? They were just starting the station when I left Attu to go back to the States. What were the minimums on the approach plate and how far out could you pick up the signal? I understand that ADF Homer gave the pilots some safety when making it back to Attu. Sure would like to get an answer from any pilots flying out of Attu October 1943. Looking forward to any replies. Thanks!..." [04MAY2000]

RODRIGUEZ, Rudy c/o Richard Cabrales cabrales4755@yahoo.com "...I am writing on behalf of a good friend of mine, Rudy Rodriquez. He was in VP-42 65-67. He Would like to hear from his old friends. So if you knew Rudy just contact me and I will have Rudy contact you. Thanks..." [29DEC2004]

RUDD, CDR Orton flyingmidn@rivnet.net "...Got wings in Aug. '48 Reported to VP-43 right after (still had VPMS-3 on most sqdn. stuff); went to VP-42 spring of '49 when 43 decommissioned. Korea summer '50 thru spring '51, fall sent to Annapolis to fly Middies in N3N's & PBM's. Then to VR-32 Ferry sqdn. - flew 'boats' and 30 other types including jets. Did other stuff till '62; then last tour flying P5M's VP-50. Ended 25 yrs.as CDR in OPNAV. Retired Feb.'70. Industry 20 yrs. retired '90. Have been running Flying Midshipmen Association for 29 yrs. as Exec. Director--about 900 members-Reunion St. Augustine Mar. 14th. Contact me at 1-800-964-5955..." [01MAR2001]


SATTERLEE, AT2 Mark M. msatterlee2@excite.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1958 and was there until release to active reserve July 1961. Was an AT radioman assigned to Crews 9, 3, 2, and 8. In September 1960 several of us were assigned to ferry a newly equipped P5 to NS Sangley Point, Philippines for use by sister squadron VP-40. We returned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California but not without incident. During a takeoff run at NAS Midway Island, we hit something in the water that rupture the hull directly below the electronic compartment. We managed to get the airplane proberly beached before it sank. We were at NAS Midway Island the month of November 1960 fixing the plane for further transport to the bone yard in San Diego. My final assignment was Crew 8 which received one of the last SP5's Martin ever produced I think it was 147947 and was a real gem. Anyway, I'd be interested to see some Reunion for the Sister squadrons VP-40, VP-42 and VP-46..." [E-Mail Updated 29DEC2002 | 17FEB99]

SAURERS, AE3 Dave saurersd@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1967-1968) and flew with Crew-6 (Golden Screw). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26FEB2012]

SCHERER, Peter pgs@efn.org "...I was @ NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on and off from 65-68 with VP-42. We flew the best seat of the pants plane ever, the SP2H Neptune and had more fun than a barrel full of monkey's..."

SCHNAUFFER, PAT patschnauffer@msn.com"...I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE "BLACK JACKS", VP-21 AT NAS Brunswick, Maine FROM 61-64. THEN AFTER A BRIEF BREAK IN SERVICE, I RETURNED TO ACTIVE DUTY IN 1965, INSTRUCTING ASW FLIGHT CREWS AT FEATULANT, NORFOLK. I THEN WENT OUT WEST TO WHIDBEY IS AND JOINED VP-42, '68-69. RETURNED TO CIVILIAN LINE AND FLEW P-2V7'S AND P-3A'S WITH VP-69 FOR ABOUT 11 YEARS (PLANKOWNER) I WAS THE FIRST NFO TO COMMAND VP-69, '79-81. IN ADDITION TO RESERVE FLYING, I WAS THE CHIEF NAVIGAOR FOR BOEING ON THE 707-E6A TACAMO PROGRAM. STILL TRYING TO RECORD ALL MY EXPERIENCES FLYING ON BOTH ACTIVE DUTY AND WITH THE RESERVES..."

SCINTA, AD3 Sam whoopeecp@ol.com "...I served with VP-42 (1956-1957) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [02JUN2013]

SEXTON, Stanley D. sse4320294@aol.com "...Was in VP-42 Crew 11 1965-68 as Julie/ECM. Boy am I surprised to find Big Dough Comeau. Phil do you remember the crap games in Saigon? Has anybody heard from Jack P or "J G " Newton. Ten years ago I visited with "Gomer" - Bob Bierer in Rock Springs, WY. He is a big shot in the BLM. Would love to hear from anybody that remembers me and the best years of my life in the Navy!..." [04MAY2000]

SHIPLEY, George (Deceased) c/o His Son Lou Shipley biglou@t-online.de "...My father, George Shipley, was assigned to VP-42 during WWII. He was a radio operator and I have a small photo of the "Radio Gang". George died in 1989. Some of the stories he told me over the years was that his PBY was shot down three times; he only suffered a bad cut on the chin. One of his old comrades, Sam Peck, visited us when I was around eight years old. If anyone remembers him please contact me..." [19DEC2001]

SHOTWELL, Ron "Shots" budwic@sbcglobal.net "...Was with VP-42 from 3/65 to3/67 in supply, and tad to special services in Iwakuni Japan. also the same guy that worked supply during night check. Can remember cold nights looking at the guys on ramp watch while I read a book in the nice warm office....sorry guys. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me....or wants to forget me!..." [E-Mail Updated 03DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 06OCT98 | 06JAN98]

SHUCK, Ken kenshuck@cableone.net "...I served as an AT3 in VP-42 from the fall of 1959 until I got an early out in March of 1961. Although I never was a crewman because of my vision I enjoyed a half-set of skins and my work on ARC-38s and ARC-27s..." WebSite: http://www.cessna150.net [E-Mail/URL Updated 03JUN2001 | 31MAY99]

SHUM, Richard reshum@vermontel.net "...Served with VP-42 from 1967-1969. Made two NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam deployments flying with Crew-7. Would like to hear from any of the old gang..." [02JAN2006]

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

STANDRIDGE, AFCM Johnny Retired standridgejj@charter.net "...I served with VP-2 (02/1962-11/1964) with Crew-12 (Plane Captain) and VP-42 (06/1967-06/1969) with Crew-4 (Plane Captain). I retired in 1984. I worked for the Department of the Navy until 2008 in Research Development Testing of fighter airplanes and now fully retired. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22AUG2011]

STANTON, William "Bill" wstanton8@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 Crew 8 from 1964 to 1967. Pilot. Those years and especially the people are my best memories. After I got out, I went with Pan Am as cockpit crew (B707) for a few years, during which time I flew in the Reserves in P2V-7s at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York and NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, until they threw me out. My old "fleet" P2 (BUNO: 145916) showed up in my Reserve Squadron. Later, I had the bittersweet pleasure of flying it to the boneyard in Arizona. After Pan Am, flew corporate for a very short time. Scared the boss...he'd never had a NAVY pilot before! Then worked in management for ONA (Overseas National Airlines) and later Seaboard World Airlines. All out of JFK. Finally about 1982, I went with the FAA (ATC) at JFK Tower and ISP AFSS. Eventually, I ended up in FAA management, Air Traffic Division, at FAA Eastern Region HQ at JFK. Retired to Southeast Florida at end of 2002. It's been great reading through all the entries on this site. I remember many of you folks from VP-42 during our time. I'd love to hear from any of you that may remember me..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUL2011 | 26JUL2003]

STAPLES, William staplesbill@yahoo.com "...Plane Captain with VP-42 in crew 1, 2 and 6 from 1962 to 1969. Flew on SP2H, SP2E, and SP5B. Made four deployments in Vietnam. Retired now living in Santa Maria. Any old crew men that I served with, send me an email. Catch up on old times. Enjoyed VP-42..." [21MAY2002]

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]

STEELE, Jack john.h.steele@boeing.com "...I served in VP-42 from 1964 until 1968 and was a member of the crew that flew RB3 for most of that time. I have read many of the comments and I too feel that those years were the best part of my life. There isn't to many days that go by that I don't think of all the men I flew with and knew in this squadron. I joined the squadron in the Phillipines just a week or so after the loss of that aircraft and left the squadron just a month before the crash in Alaska. Many of my friends were on that aircraft. I have many pictures of RB3's flight crew and several hundred slides of our deployments all over Aisa. I'd like to hear from those who were in the squadron the same time that I was. Somewhere along the way I lost my Aircrew wings, can anyone help me find a replacement???..." [03MAR98]

STEPHENS, ADJ1 Thomas V. spikeadcs@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (04/1989-05/1970) with a detachment to Saigon. I also worked in Power Plants..." [11JUL2012]

STEVENS, Wally waltcomedy@msn.com "...I entered VP-42 in August 1959 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was Regulation Publications Officer and got demoted to "Para Loft Officer." Discharged in February 1962. I am now a retired American Airlines pilot. LT(jg) Paul Brooks and I were good friends, along with LT(jg) Dan Derieg, LT(jg) "Moon" Mullen and LT(jg) Dave Luke Fahar. Drop me a line, if your still living. Otherwise forget it!..." [13JUN2011]

STRAW, Bill tstraw@erols.com "...I was in VP-42 crew 5 from 62 to 66. I have many fond memories of those days. Would enjoy hearing from any old Shipmates!..." [16APR99]

STUART, Lawrence R. stuarts@softcom.net "...I served with VP-42 during the Korean War 1950-1951..." [14OCT2001]

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

SULLIVAN, Dan Patron42@msn.com "...I was an AX in VP-42 from 67-69..."

SWAIN, JACK MCPOSWAIN@AOL.COM "...Would like to hear from any Shipmates who served in VP-42 from 1958 to 1962 or VP-47 from 1964 to 1968..." [29NOV99]


THOMAS, ADCS Thomas A. Retired taandmiyoko@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-42 (1963-1967) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was TAD to Special Services there and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I went aircrew at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I re-upped (tax free for orders) to VRC-50 (1967) at NAS Atsugi, Japan..." [22AUG2011]

TRINE, Don pjoye@msn.com "...I served with VP-42 on Crew 12 from 1964-1966. The only Shipmates I have had contact with was Roger McClintock about 10 years ago. I retired from the Battle Creek Fire Department as Chief. I retired in 1993 and am currently doing fire investigations in the Michigan, Indiana, and ohio area..." [26JAN2002]

TUCKER, AX1 Thomas E. Retired tophat9068@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1962-1965) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1967-1968) and VP-56 (twice). I retired while serving with VP-56 in June 1975. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 23OCT2003 | 18NOV97]

TUCKER, Tom tophat90@consolidated.net "...I served with VP-42 from 1960 to 1964. I flew as a Radioman (Crew-5) on the P5M and P2. I left VP-42 while we were deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1964..." [23APR2009]

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


VAUGHN, James jamesv@pioneernet.net "...This is Judy Vaughn a navy wife. I would like to connect my husband with anyone who was in VP-42 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1966-1967. His birthday is coming up in November and it wouod be such a nice surprise for him to find some old squadron mates. James has been retired since 1980. He was also was stationed in NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Norfolk, Virginia then back up here to Washington. Thanks for the chance to view your web site. James is not into this cyber on line stuff yet and maybe your site will just give him the itch to try it out. thanks so much..." [14SEP99]


WAGNER, Joe Yardmarker11@aol.com "...I was with VP-42 from 1965 through 1967. I would love to hear from anyone that was there then..." [07JUN2002]

WALLACE, Don donwallace38@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1961 to -1964. Semi tired now in Texas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUL2009]

WAUGH, Jim Shipmate Pix jim@jimwaugh.com "...I served with VP-42 (1966-1969) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (monkey meat sold on the corner in Cavite??), Saigon and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was in Crew 8 as Radio almost the entire time. LCDR Skip Martin as pilot. I'm still in touch periodically with some of the squadron Shipmates. Doug LeVeck in Bellingham, Larry Blanchard in Boulder CO area, Stoney Reed in Biloxi. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who might remember me. If you have the cruise book 1968 I'm on page 46 and 47 with the Oly label on my flightsuit. Anyone know what happened to Mike Adams? I have found my old copy of the 1968 cruise book and am scanning it into a pdf. If anyone wants a copy forwarded, please e-mail me and I'll be glad to send you a copy..." [PIX Added 26SEP2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JUL2009 | E-Mail Updated 12FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2002 | 01AUG99]

WEAVER, Terry W. Shipmate Pix Circa 11/1965 sactek@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-42 Crew-11 (1st Technician/Radioman) from 1963 to 1965..." {E-Mail Updated 10SEP2009 | 00DEC96]

WEBER, ADR3 Pete webepeter@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1967 until VP-42 was disestablished in September 1969. I am now living in Alaska..." [20OCT2009]

WILAND, Paul Shipmate Pix Circa 1964 pwiland@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1963 to 1965..." [E-Mail Updated 01APR2004 | 26MAR2000]

WILGREEN, John bonjohn@fast-air.net "...I served in VP-42 from 1965 to 1966. Went to the pacific, taking stops in Hawaii, Japan and Saigon. Drop me a line if you remember me. Take care and God Bless..." [E-Mail Updated 12APR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10FEB2002 | 18DEC97]

WILLARD, PR3 Frank fwillard2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 from January 1964 to May 1968. When we were at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington I was usually TAD duty to the main Parachute Loft at the Seaplane Base. I made 3 WestPac cruises ( NAS Iwakuni, Japan 1965, NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1967, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam 1968). Had many good friend and great times. Hung around with Dave Lage, Toy Ballard, Ron Shotwell, and Rich Kovach. Would like to hear from Koach and any other Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 04APR2004 | E-Mail Updated 20DEC2001 | BIO and E-Mail Updated 25JAN99]

WILSON, Earl T. ewi9525758@aol.com "...I flew as TACCO for Lcdr Ziegler in 1963-65. I then flew with Lt. Ron Fosle and Dave Bohn in crew five until I left the squadron in 1966. I went to NAS Alameda, California for shore duty till I retired. I was the sguadron ordnance officer the whole tour of duty in VP-42. An outstanding bunch of young Men..." [28MAR2000]


YELLEN, LT Andrew E. pranayamananda@earthlink.net "...Attended Basic Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, ATU-700 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (where I got my wings in PBM's), Heli School at NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida (got my heli-wings (#1606)), FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP squadron at NAS Alameda, California, BUPERS, at the loss of LT Jim Burchfield's plane and crew, returning to NAS Kodiak, Alaska from NAS Adak, Alaska, reassigned me, to VP-42 mid deployment, as a navigator, PP2P for the balance of their tour. Back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, where we got our PBM's replaced with P5M's and I was made co-pilot, PP1P. Served a complete tour out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines, including patrols to Hainan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Formosa Straits, where I received the China Service Medal and made PPC. Released from active duty....I joined HU-771 as helicopter pilot in HUP's, piasecki, 2 rotor's at NAS Los Alamitos, California, with a tour to NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington. I restored an Alden Auxiliary Powered Sailing Schooner, 100 feet in length over all, 100 tons, and sailed off Cape Hatteras and through the Bahamas to the Virgin Islands. I have a license to fly passengers for pay, under my FAA Commercial pilot's ticket: single engine land, multi engined land and multi engined sea, helicopter and instrument. I am licensed to carry passengers for pay under my USCG captain's license, 100 tons, 100 miles at sea. I have a PADI open sea SCUBA rating. I have a card from Paramus Chutes to fly their Paraplane ultralite aircraft. At age eighty two>>>>>>>>>>>>I spend more time playing jazz on a chromatic harmonica than either flyin or sailing..." [BIO Updated 26SEP2011 | 24SEP2011]


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