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ABBOTT, ADJ2 James S. Jim.Abbott@nimet.com "...VP-48 '74-77, ADJ2, 2nd Mechanic..." [17JUL2001]

ADSIT, ATR2 Robert R. bvadsit@sisna.com "...I served with VP-48 from 4/63-7/64..." [28JUL2001]

ADKINS, AWC Thomas H. (Tom) Retired tandjat105@aol.com& "...Nice to see a few "old buddies" at this site. I served with VP-48 from 1968-1972, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee as an Instructor in "AWA" school from 1972-1976, HS-9 from 1976-1979, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1979-1982, USS America from 1982-1985, and finally FTG NAS North Island, San Diego, California from from 1985-1987 when I retired as an AWC. Still got fond memories of VP-48, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Utapao..." [E-Mail Updated 15OCT2002 | 13SEP2000]

AGEE, AZCS Mike Retired mike.agee@boeing.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1970-1974 as an AZ3 & AZ2. I served with VP-45 from 1979-1983 as an AZ1..." [25JUN2007]

ALLEN, Phil pallen@rtcol.com "...I served with VP-48 (1969-1973) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I still wear the cheap Timex in Caviti City!..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2014 | 23MAY2004]

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

AMUNRUD, Larry amunrudlarry@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1967 to 1970..." [17MAY2010]

ANDERSON, AOC Jim Retired jaoc18@carolina.rr.com "...I reported to VP-48 sometime in June 1955 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan from the USS Midway. At the time I was AA and went into the Ordnance shop. The Division Chief was Joe Conquest. I flew with Crew#8 for a time. I transferred to shore duty at NAS Brunswick, Maine as AO3 1957, and after that to VAW-33 at NAS Pomona, NJ. I retired as AOC in 1976..." [26DEC2002]

ANDERSON, AMS2 Johnny M. jo-vo@classicnet.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1966 to 1969. Started out as a AN2 on the Pig Boats at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and ended my tour as an AMS2 on the P-3. As an Aircrewman with the squadron I amassed over 2000 hours flight time at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I also worked maintenance and inspections my last year or so. I was at NAS Iwakuni, Japan on that ill-fated date of January 15, 1968 when we lost F Troop, Crew-11 to a mountainside as they were returning home from a mission. I was second FE with Crew-4, Holman's Heros during this time. What memories I have from all the places we were. I can attribute all my dead brain cells to guys like Rich Trask, Skip Seirks, Bill Smith, Ray Littlefield and Bob Lange, just to name a few. After I got out of the Navy, I went to college and was commissioned into the Army upon graduation. I finished my career in the Army and retired as a Major. It would be great to here from some of my old Shipmates and I'll always be thinking of the great times with VP-48..." [E-Mail Updated 08DEC2007 | 21APR99]

ANDERSON, AX2 Lee "Andy" Shipmate Pix vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1963-08/1966) with two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. The first tour was spent working in the Avionics Shop, and the second was spent flying with Crew 1 as Jez, and 2nd Mad/Rad, with CDR Shaver as PPC. I am still married to my WesPac Widow Kathy, and we have two grandchildren. I currently maintain the VP-48 Roster that covers the years from the late 1950's through the 1970's. Always looking for past VP-48 Shipmates from the P5M era!..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2013 | E-Mail Updated 29NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 30NOV2005 | E-Mail Updated 22SEP2004 | BIO Updated 07APR2002 | BIO Updated 18SEP99 | 13DEC98]

ANDREWS, AMS2 Tom W. tomandrews48@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1978-1981) while they were deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan. What a great little town. It was also the site of my first Earth quake! I was duty driver, it was about 9 pm. and I was indisposed in the john. The quake hit. You never in your life saw anyone get his act togather quiker in your life! I was sure the old bullet riden hangar was comming down on my head! I made two NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments made it to Dodge, the PI, Osan and even 23 hrs in Thailand. But I can safely say none topped 30 terrifing seconds in an old pre-WWII hangar in Japan. Well, even tho I was a ground pounder. From one Boomer to another....Madman, Madman, Madman!..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2011 | 16JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...ATKINSON, LT(jg) Richard...LT(jg) Richard Atkinson (VP-48 1964-1967) passed away January 23, 2007. He was a fine Officer and a Gentleman, and spent his life as a veterinarian in Virginia...Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [12FEB2007]

ATKINSON, LT Richard N. (Dick) rmatkinson@prodigy.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1964-1967. I left as a LT. Made two trips to WestPac. Am presently a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Have a practice in Charlottesville, Va. Was able to make the Reunion in Las Vegas and had a great time. Unfortunately I missed the last one but have every intention of making the next one..." [17APR2002]

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

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

AXSOM, ADR3 Jack jlaxsom@sbtc.net "...I served with VP-48 January 13, 1959. Many good memories of ole freinds and some that were like brothers..." [14OCT2002]


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

BALERIO, YN Roy yorkie21@cox-internet.com "...I was a Yeoman and served with VP-48 from 1976 until Jun 1980. I am currently employed by E. I. DuPont as a Production Supervisor. Got some good training from folks like Chris Ames, CDR Duval S. Woodford, LT Greg Wiles and my Chief Dave Tomlin. I went to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan, and Okinawa, Japan with VP-48. Also got to go to NS Subic Bay, Philippines and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines as well as Osan, Korea for some R&R. Anyway, if any of you folks remember me taking care of your service records, TDY reports, I would love to hear from you. Oh, and I can't forget my buddy Bob Lang. Bob and I served as Yeoman under Chief Tomlin..." [09NOV2003]

BALL, Charles chazball55@cs.com "...VP-48 (76-78) AO1 Crew 2 aka "The Polish Brigade" or later "The Loose Duce". Hey, AD1 "Snapper" McGee I still have the scars for our trip to National City. I have cruise books from the 1977 NAS Adak, Alaska and 1978 NAS Misawa, Japan deployments. I'd like to hear from any who remember and would like to drop a line..." [12SEP99]

BARBER, CSCM Richard C. (DICK) Retired dicbarber@aol.com "...Reported to VP48 June of 1996 from a tour of duty in country Vietnam. The squadron was homeported NAS North Island, San Diego, California and still flying the P5M Marlins. We transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1967 and later that year deployed to MCAS NAS Iwakuni, Japan. There were high points, advanced to CSC (E7), and lows; the loss of one of our aircraft and Crew-11. Also made the deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska '1968 and NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1970 as Command Counselor. Served under COs CDRs Childers; Tetrault; Anderson; and Pitts. Enjoyed the flying time (w/o pay) and the great people, have many fond memories as a black shoe serving with the squadron. Would like to hear from any of the Shipmates I served with..." [09FEB2000]

Memorial Picture "...BAXLEY, CMC Frank Shipmate Pix...Frank Baxley, 64, died Feb. 12th, 2006 at his home in Lexington Park, Md. Frank is the son of the late John Lester Baxley Sr and Marguerite Brown Baxley of Marion Sc. Frank has worked for the government since 1961 - first as active duty Navy, and then as a civil servant at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He joined Navy in 1961 and went through boot camp in San Diego. He attended Anti-Submarine Warfare electronics technician, advanced electronics training in NAS Millington, Tennessee. Followed with flight crew operator training in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and P2V specific training in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Frank's I first duty station as an operator was with VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and detachments in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Crete, Greece, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While assigned to VP-56 Frank logged 5000 flight hours in 5 years. I After his arduous duty with VP-56 during the Cuban missile crisis, Frank transferred to VP-30 to attend 16 weeks of factory training for computer and data processing systems. After returning to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland he attended In-Flight Technician (IFT) training at NAMTRADET, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As an IFT with VP-24 he made four deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He was then assigned to NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida as P-3C IFT and Weapon Systems Technician instructor. He also taught community college electronics theory and all related math necessary to get a First Class Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. He then transferred to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-48 serving as the Maintenance/Material Control Senior Chief and Command Senior Chief when he retired from the NAVY. After retiring in 1982 from the NAVY he continued supporting the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft RM&S department for Naval Air Systems Command. In 1985 he then accepted his first Government Service position as Engineering Technician, Antisubmarine AlC Test Directorate for NATC serving as manager of the airborne advanced signal processor being developed for incorporation into the P-3 Update IV aircraft. With the initiation of the P-7A development in 1989, his duties expanded to include the oversight of concurrent integration of the Update IV avionics suite into the P-7A airframe design. 1993 he was promoted as an Engineering Technician, Force Warfare Aircraft Directorate, NAWCAD as the Technical Lead for the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AlP). He developed the groundbreaking acquisition strategy based on the extensive use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf/Non-Development Items. He led the technical integrated program team through program concept definition, requirements and location to a successful ACAT II P-3C Update IV mission avionics upgrade program. I 1996 assisted the P-3 PMA office coordinating staffing of issues with Program Executive Offices and Financial Management offices. 1997 until his Government service retirement, September 2005 he managed the P-3 AlP, BMUP, FMS, and P-8A MMA , Mission System logistics. Frank was an active member of the Lion's Club of Lexingiton Park and enjoyed volunteering his time at historic St. Mary's City. Frank and his family call St Mary's County home since his retirement from the Navy in 1982...St. Mary's Today Sunday, February 19, 2006..." WebSite: St. Mary's Today http://www.stmarystoday.com/ [19FEB2006]

BEATY, Mike "Sugarbear" coffee@pobox.alaska.net "...was in VP-28 when we bombed the already sunk Stevan Foster, got my CAR in VP-48, did IFT duty in VP-4, and NIT while in VP-6. I enjoyed over 12 years in the VP community. While the rest were fun, i will be a "Kanaka Hacker" 'til the day I die. "Rig hard, Gig hard"!! I would like to hear from anyone that can remember, some of those days (and nights) are a little fuzzy to me. P.S. I know how to contact A.K. Young (FE) and Ab "Pappy" Ross (AT)..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB99 | 25AUG97] [ICQ# 10702952]

BELL, ADR3 Robert captbell@tampabay.rr.com Pix Circa 1959 "...I served with VP-48 from December 1957 to July 1962. I was an ADR3 and flew as a second mechanic on crews 2 and 10..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10APR2008 | 08FEB99]

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

BENTON, Bruce lbbenton@coosnet.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1961 through 1964 including a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I left the Navy and returned to graduate school for a year, then on to dental school at K.C., Mo. I continued to fly in reserve squadrons (P2Vs) for another ten years from all over the midwest and finally NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I have practice dentistry in Coos Bay, OR for 31 years, but also got Merchant Marine Masters papers (limited tonnage) and run commercial and charter fishing boats all up and down the west coast. I retire from dentistry in April of 2003..." [09APR2002]

Memorial Picture "...BENTON, Laurence Bruce...VP-48 Laurence Bruce Benton, D.D.S. - From Mikel Benton, daughter of Dr. Bruce Benton: My father passed away Friday. Although he had been ill for some time, his death came as a surprise. For the most part, my father enjoyed his time in the service, and speaks fondly of those that he trained and served with. He often has shared with us the photographs he took during those years, of his squad members, as well as the places he went and the people he saw. Those experiences shaped much of his adult life. I have included a copy of his obituary, in case you wish to run something in your publication. Mikel Benton LAURENCE BRUCE BENTON, D.D.S. Bruce Benton died in Coos Bay, Ore., Oct. 17, 2003, of congestive heart failure. At his request, no services will be held. Dr. Benton was born in Ramsey Co., Minn., April 7, 1937, to Paul C. Benton, M.D., and Mary Hunt Benton. He graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Okla., in 1955, and from the University of Oklahoma in 1959. In 1960, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy, at Pensacola, Fla. He was graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School in 1969. After practicing at Taft State Hospital in Muskogee, Okla., for two years, Dr. Benton moved to Coos Bay, where he opened a practice in 1971. He retired in 2002. In addition to owning Ocean Fishing Charters for four years, Dr. Benton was involved in a number of organizations, including the International Order of Odd Fellows, Rotary International, Southwestern Oregon Dental Society, the Western Rivers Girl Scout Board, Sea Scouts, Pacific Child Treatment Center, and the National Rifle Association. Dr. Benton is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marie Landriault Benton; his daughters, Mikel Marie Benton and Eileen Benton Anderson, of Seattle; his granddaughter, Samantha Benton Douglas; sons-in-law, David R. Douglas and Greg W. Anderson; and sister Barbara Benton, of Minneapolis...Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [21OCT2003]

BERG, Randy randy.berg@imfb.navy.mil "...I served with VP-48 from 1974 to 1978 and AIMD NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1978 to 1980. I spent my Navy time repairing ASW gear (i.e. AQA-7, etc.). I spent the last 24 years working Comms on SSN/SSBN's. Any former Boomerangers out there?..." [12AUG2004]

BERNARDIN, AMS2 Tim 61olds88@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (06/1981-01/1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2012 | 14MAY2001]

BERNARDY, AE2 Daniel "Saint" rescuesaint@comcast.net "...I was on active duty from '80 - '84 stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California serving in AIMD for NAS and then for VP-48. Had a ball and made many lifetime friends. I took one tour to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan / NAS Misawa, Japan with VP-48 in '83. Upon returning home to Minnesota after active duty it didn't take long to miss the P-3 community. I joined VP-90 out of NAS Glenview, Illinois and finally earned my wings. I flew as a flight engineer with CAC 13 until the squadron was decommissioned. I will never forget the awesome people, the training, the airlifts, or the missions. No matter where life takes me, nothing will compare to the experiences I had in the VPNavy. Thanks for the memories! I'm still in the Twin Cities, working in the fire service, and am soon to be a grandpa! Take care all!..." [02NOV2004]

BEUSE, AK3 Peter U. karaokepete@msn.com "...I was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with VP-48 as we made the transition from flying boats to P-3s. Stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1966 to 1968. Would like to hear from LT Roy L. Ring at that time..." [03MAY2007]

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

BIRD, Ted tbird69@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-48 (1971) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew 5 and Crew-12..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAY2014 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2002 | 15JUN2000]

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

BLAIR, Terry airblair@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1973 to 1976. I would be interested in getting in contact with some of the guys from my squadron..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2003 | 20FEB2001]

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

BLEECKER, James S. bleecker@ix.netcom.com"...Served as pilot in VP-48 from 1953 -1955. Like to hear from anybody of that era...."

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

BOERSMA, AO2 Brian bboersma@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1983 - 1986 with crew 7. We had a split deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska/ NAS Misawa, Japan then a full 6 months at NAS Adak, Alaska. Then I moved on to NRD Chicago until summer 1990 when I departed Uncle Sam's Navy. I currently reside in the Chicago area. I would like to hear from any Shipmatesand any AO's who know how to work a computer!..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2003 | 11FEB99]

BOLERJACK, Bob rbolerjack@cox.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1955 to 1958, VP-48 from 1960 to 1962 and back to VP-50 from 1965 to 1967 ..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2009 | 15NOV2001]

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

BOLTON, ADAN George Herman Jr. ghboltonjr@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 with a deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan as a T-56 AD-6418 Turbo Fan Jet Technician..." [24MAR2014]

BOREN, Darwin dbslm44@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-48 from 1961-1964 as an AE and flight crew member. Flew as Julie/ECM and was designated as the first "ALPHA" crew in 1963. Many good friends and memories were established in the my time in the VP Navy. Was the begining of a long period of time flying for the Navy..." [21DEC2004]

Memorial Picture "...BOYD, Jim...Jim Boyd (served with VP-1, VP-17, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50), 58 years of age, passed away at 12:31 on July 18, 2003 at the hospital. He had Sepsis and his whole body just shut down. The funeral will be on Monday, July 21, 2003 - at 10:00 A.M. and will be held at the Hartman Funeral Home in McComb, Miss. Cards may be sent to: James Boyd Family, 1037 Golf Lane, Summit, MISS 39648. Forwarded by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [19JUL2003]

BOYD, Jim (Deceased) chiefjb@netdoor.com "...My patrol squadron career began in 1966, I reported to VP-48 from B school in Jacksonville, the were flying SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I made one detachment as a maintenance electrician an returned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California; we were selected for transition to new P-3's, my first flight experience was in pig boats. I remained in VP-48 until 1972 transferring to NAMTG 1012 at Moffett. I was a flight engineer on the NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments, both deployments were fun, however, we lost "F" troop: a tragedy I will never forget. I was also assigned to Patron VP-50, VP-17, VP-1, VP-22, and VRF-31, with numerous TAD'S throughout the Pacific fleet. I retired as a Senior Chief Aviation Electric out of NAMTG Headquarters, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. My career also include tours of duty with the Iranian Airforce and the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy..." [Deceased 19JUL2003 | 13FEB2000 | 20NOV99]

BOZIN, REAR ADMIRAL Stanley D. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/bozinsd.html "...Rear Adm. Stanley D. Bozin, a native of Union, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers College of Engineering at New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He received his commission in November of 1974 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1975. Following flight training, he reported to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Achieving designation as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot, he deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Misawa, Japan. While attached to VP-48, he served as Communications Officer, AW Division Officer, Schedules Officer, Flight Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In October 1979, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. There he served as the Schedules Officer, Test and Evaluation Project Support Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Department Head. While attached to Naval Air Development Center he flew all variants of the P3C aircraft, and also qualified as Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the UC-27 aircraft. Rear Adm. Bozin was then ordered to the USS Coral Sea as the Assistant Navigator in January 1983. He deployed with the "Ageless Warrior" on the "around the world cruise" and homeport change from Alameda, California to Norfolk, Virginia. In June 1985, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. Upon graduation in December 1986, he received a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. Following refresher training. Rear Adm. Bozin reported to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in May 1987. During his tour, he served as Maintenance Officer, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In January 1989, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Air Warfare (OP-OS), as the lead Naval Aircraft Procurement Program and Budget Analyst. In May 1991, he reported to VP-24 on deployment in NAS Keflavik, Iceland as the Executive Officer. In May 1992, he assumed command of VP-24 and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in October 1992. While in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Rear Adm.(sel) Bozin was assigned as Commander, Task Group 67.1. On deployment, the squadron worked closely with the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group and participated in OPERATIONS DESERT CALM, MARITIME MONITOR/GUARD, RESTORE HOPE and ASSURED VICTOR. In June 1993, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C), as the Assistant to the Appropriations Matters Office. He was assigned as the lead liaison for all Navy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation programs between Congressional Appropriations committees and senior navy leadership. On August 15, 1996, Rear Adm. Bozin assumed command of CPW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In addition to his Wing Commander training oversight responsibilities, he also assumed the operational duties as Commander, Task Group 12.1. In June 1998, he was assigned to the J8 Directorate of the Joint Staff as the Division Chief for the Sea, Air, Space, Superiority Assessment Division. He provided assessments as directed by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and reported to the Chairman of the Joint Staff. The Chairman used this information in communications with the Secretary of Defense on budget preparation and issues. In May 2000, Rear Adm. Bozin reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C), as the Head of the Appropriations Matters Office. Rear Adm. Bozin has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various other unit awards..." [24JUN2003]

BRANDT, AMS3 Lloyd lloydwho@msn.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1963 thru Aug. of 1966. Was at NS Sangley Point, Philippines both times..." [27MAY2005]

BRAUTIGAM, ADJ2 Wayne "Bugs" wayneb@millect.com "...I served with VP-48 (1967-1970) in Power Plants and QC. A lot of you knew me as "Bugs" as I got this nick name fron Chief Uhl in Japan as he could not say my last name. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16SEP2011 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN99 | 13JAN99]

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

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

BRIDGENS, Steve "BO" sbridgens@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1985 to 1988 as a IFT on Crew 11. Made the NAS Adak, Alaska and Philippine deployments. Then did three years at NAMTRAGRUDET 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California. Went civilian in 1991 and now live in San Diego..." [E-Mail Updated 22FEB2003 | 11DEC99]

BROOKS, Kevin E. kevin.e.brooks2@navy.mil "...I was VP-48's Flight Surgeon from 1989 through our disestablishment in 1991. After that, I moved over to be the COMPATWINGSPAC surgeon until NAS Moffett Field, California closed and the wing moved to Hawaii. Since then, I've had a number of assignments, including Wing Surgeon for COMHELTACWINGLANT and COMAEWINGLANT, and Senior Medical Officer aboard both USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) & USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76). I'm currently located at the Naval Safety Center..." [13DEC2006]

BROOKS, REAR ADMIRAL Richard E. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/brooksre.html "...Rear Admiral Richard E. Brooks - United States Navy - Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Atlantic. Rear Admiral Richard E. Brooks, a native of Portland, Oregon, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1974 and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1975. In addition, Rear Admiral Brooks is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he received a Masters Degree in Computer Information Systems Management, the Naval War College where he received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and the Armed Forces Staff College. Operationally, Rear Admiral Brooks served in VP-1, VP-48, and CPW-10 and commanded VP-19 and CPW-5. Additionally, he served aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as the Operations Admin Officer and Training Officer and earned designation as a Fleet Officer of the Deck and Surface Warfare Officer. Ashore, Rear Admiral Brooks served as an Instructor/ Standardization pilot and Student Control Officer in Training Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT. Major Staff duty tours include Aviation Programs Analyst, Programming Division (N80), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and on the Joint Staff (J3) as Head, Programs, Budget, and Requirements Branch, Counter Narcotics Division. Additionally, Rear Admiral Brooks served as the Executive Assistant to Director, Air Warfare (N88), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as a CNO Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group where he selected for Flag Rank in December of 1998. In August 1999, he returned to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff where he served as Deputy Director and Fleet Liaison for Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (N6B) until August 2000. In September 2000, he assumed his current position as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic. Rear Admiral Brooks has been awarded the Legion of Merit (three), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy Commendation Medal (two), Navy Achievement Medal, and various other service awards..." [14JUN2003]

BROWNING, STEVE gunsmith11@yahoo.com "...I was stationed with VP-48 from 1962 to 1963. I then transferred to VP-49 1963 during aircraft transition from the P5M to P-3. I went TAD to BDA for a year and a half. I transferred to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for shore duty and was discharged August 1968 at the rank of AMH2..." [23MAY99]

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

Memorial Picture "...BRYANT, Raymond Jr....My Father, Lcdr/Ret Raymond Bryant Jr. (VP-8, VP-45, and VP-48), went to be with The Lord on December 6, 2001. We wrote in his medicine book by his bedside "11:30AM Goodbye Dad We Love You, Linda, Susan, Paula, and Wanda." Thank you and God Bless all of You. Wanda Raye Bryant daughter #5 sound@albemarlenet.com..." [29JAN2002]

BRYANT, LCDR Raymond Jr. [Deceased) c/o Wanda (Raye) BRYANT, daughter #5 sound@albemarlenet.com "...My Dad passed away December 6, 2001. His career began as an enlisted sailor in 1948 at NAS Bermuda. He was ATC at Kansas and (I believe) he then was involved with PBY's. He was promoted to the Officer ranks in Texas where I was born. This was followed by flight training in Florida (where else) ;-). All his time was spent with at P3 stations. He served in San Diego 1960-1964, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1964-1967, NAS Norfolk, Virginia 1967, and retired in 1974. I remember names like Dave Stromberg and Jack Rennie. I would like Dad's friends to write him as he has had a massive stroke and I feel this may help. Additional Information Provided [22JUN98]: I found the pilot logs VP-45 10-17-47 TO 3-31-53, VP-8 4-23-53 TO 3-31-55, VP-48 6-26-61 TO 8-24-64, WSJ might be a "T" here (PAX-RIVER) 9-21-64 TO 7-31-67, FCPCLANT 8 8-67 TO RETIREMENT 1974...." [Updated 29JAN2002 | 20JUN98]

BRUNSVOLD, Daniel P. DPB5401@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 '75-'78 deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan (twice) and NAS Adak, Alaska. I Retired from the Navy Reserve in 1996. Presently fly for 3M in St. Paul, MN. I'm looking for two "Boomers" who were caught eating the rubber trees in the NAS Misawa, Japan Officers Club..." [02JAN99]

BUCHMAN, Ralph Jr. buchman@futnet.net "...I was the only 'flying black shoe' in VP-48 from about February 1964 until July 1964. I flew with crew 2 and crew 5. Went to the Galopagos Island in March 1964 and to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Transferred to the USS Bennington (CVS 20) in July 1964..." [03JUN2002]

BUCKLEY, Bob rbuck83133@q.com "...I served with VP-48 (1954-1955) as a ECM/Radio operator aboard Crew-4. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2012 | 06MAR2004]

BUDD, AXC Peter azbudds@aol.com "...I'm looking for a few people, too. Would love to find AXC Tom Etherington, worked the Difar Vans at NAS Moffett Field, California, AX1 Robin Leigh-Pink, AX1 Mark "Pumpy" Pierce, and the list goes on. I served in the ASCAC at NAS Adak, Alaska 1-72 to 1-73, then with VP-48, 1-73 to 8-77, then NAMTD 1011, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Got out in 10-80, and went into the reserves. If anyone knows how to contact any of the folks above, drop me an e-mail. Thanks!..." [06AUG99]

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

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

BURNETT, CDR Joe Retired j_burnett@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-48 (1974-1977) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam, NAF Misawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines as Nav/Comm - TACCO - Crew-3 - Crew-9, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (ASW Test Directorate), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Monterey, CA, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV-51) - Naval Aviation Maintenance Plans & Policy and the Global Positioning System Logistics Support Program Office at Robins AFB GA..." [22FEB2015]

BYRD, ADJ2 Bill the4byrds@webtv.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1967-1970 in Power Plants. I have many memories of those days. Would love to here from old Shipmates..." [09MAR2002]

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


CASAS, HM3 Guadalupe elicasas@swb.com "...I served as hospital corpsman for VP-48 from 1973-1975 along with HM1 Billy Bernard Shirley. My best regards to all fellow Shipmates..." [11SEP2000]

CAHOONE, AD1 GORDON gcahoone@mail.tqci.net "...Hello to all fellow Boomers (VP-48, I was proud to be a Boomer and still am!..." [28DEC97]

CALLAWAY, Ed callaway@vp48.org "...I was a TACCO from 1964-65 on SF1 with CDR. Shaver for two tours to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Would like to hear from others who were in the squadron during those times and especially from the crew of SF1..." WebSite: http://www.vp48.org [E-Mail Updated 09APR2002 | 24JAN99]

CANTOR, AO Mark mark@jendell.com "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California in late 1973 to 1976 as an AO. Made deployments to the Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska and Guam. I left NAS Moffett Field, California in 1976 and headed back to Pennsylvania and enrolled at Penn State using the GI bill and graduated with dual degree's. Now live near Wahington, DC. I hung out with Bob Nauman and have great memories with you guys. SERE school and D-West! Young and dumb! I was on Crew 4. I would love to hear from some of you guys!..." [26JUL2009]

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

CARROLL, ADRC C. E. "Chuck" Retired ccarroll@usawide.net"...I served with VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from January 1960 to June 1963. I worked in Power Plants and later in Quality Control. Also did a little flying. I was ADR1 when I left to go to Instructor Duty at ADR-B school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee where I finally made Chief. I retired in January 1971 at NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Would like to hear from any Shipmates from VP-48, VW-1 or NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2004 | 15SEP2000]

CARTER, Michael A. p3skyking@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (P-3C's) in 1979, VP-48, VP-50 again, and was with VP-19 when she was disestablished in 1991. Wish well to all my fellow Shipmates. I own a gunshop now and invite any P-3 guys to look me up if you ever pass through..." [E-Mail Updated 06DEC2010 | E-Mail Updated 06JAN2004 | 03AUG99]

CASTILLO, Ruben ruben.castillo6@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-48 from February 1953 - April 1956. Several months after my arrival at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, the squadron deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Immediately thereafter on July 30 1953 SF5 was lost, 5 rescued, 10 killed in the crash. Approximately four months later, VP-48 deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. On our return to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, the squadron changed aircraft from the PBM Mariner to the new P5M Marlin. I became a member of crew 1 soon after that. Commander J. C. Young was squadron commander and pilot of SF1 (Nicholas Clepult) was Plane Captain. VP-48 deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan July 1955. On arrival, I was assigned to temporary duty (5 days) at the Fifth AIR Force survival (escape & evasion) training Ata Jima Japan. After an engine failure over the Yellow Sea, CDR. Young relinquished the pilot's seat to Lt. Lowell Perry. I transferred to inactive reserve duty April 1956..." [10APR2001]

CHAKNIS, George izzychaknis@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1964 through October 1966. I was part of the first three crews detached to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in the fall of 1965 to assist with Market Time operations along with VP-50. We eventually became a six plane detachment rotating every six months with other 48 crews Stateside. Any Shipmates out there from that era?..." [E-Mail Updated 23OCT2009 | E-Mail Updated 22APR2000 | 05NOV98]

CHAMBERS, James (Jim) jimc@airmail.net "...VP48 1964-1966, ATN3, Crew 8 Radioman & Electrical Panel Operator. NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam tour 1966. Trying to keep newsletter going for Vegas Reunion in Oct 2000, need some good Sea Stories..." [14SEP99]

CIBOCI, John ciboci@sri.com"...I served in VP-1 (61-64), VP-46 (70-73), and VP-48 (76-78)..."

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]

CLIFFORD, Warren WClifford@ePhysician.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-48, and VP-50. I made (4) deployments. NAS Adak, Alaska (2), the PI, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I was in the VP-48 AW shop 87-91, and VP-50 AW shop 91-92..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 28APR99 | 12FEB98]

COKER, AT2 Raymond rcoker950@frontier.com "...I served with VP-48 from March 1959 to October 1960. I flew with Crew-2 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and with Crew-12 when we returned to the states. It has been great seeing some of you at the VP-48 Reunions..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR2011 | 11OCT2009]

COGGINS, AW3 Bill (SEAPUPPY) bandc15@hotmail.com "...I served with the Boomers VP-48 from 76-80.. In retrospect I enjoyed my time with ya. I flew with Larry Blackmon and served under John Cibosi.. We went to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Yokota, and of course NAS Cubi Point, Philippines where we did our best "work".. I was honored to work beside Mike Joenks and John Costa. If you remember me e-mail me and we'll talk..." [13JUN98]

COLLINS, Jim Retired jimcol@charter.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1986 - 1990 and then transferred to AIMD, NAS Moffett Field, California till it closed in 1994. After that, I transferred back to tailhooks (VS-38) until I retired in December 1995. Would love to hear from any former shipmates during my VP tours. I really had a great time!..." [E-Mail Updated 20APR2003 | 04AUG2001]

COMBS, Jerald D. aircrew@orion1.mfg.sgi.com "...I am formally a U.S. Naval Aircrewman (AW sensor3). I was in VP-9 and VP-48. Training command VP-30 at Moffett Field..."

Memorial Picture "...CONLEY, George P...Shipmate Pix...Picture taken at October 2000 VP-48 Reunion and and Contributed by Alan Hardie. It is with shock and sadness that I relay to you the message from Charlene Conley. George P. Conley passed away on Tuesday morning in his sleep..." Contributed by AX2 Lee (Andy) Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [27OCT2000]

CONLEY, George P. gconley@us.hsanet.net "...I served with VP-44 from 1959 to 1962 and transitioned from P5M's to P2V's to P-3s and VP-48 from 1966 to 1968 and transitioned from P5M's to P-3's..." [23OCT2000]

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

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

COOPER, Loren lorenco@sonic.net "...I served as a radar operater in VP-48 from 1970 to 1973, alternating between Crew 1 and Crew 2. Made 3 WestPac deployments, NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/Utapao, and NAS Adak, Alaska/ NAS Agana, Guam. Would like to hear from any Shipmates of that era..." [30APR2000]

CORNWELL, ADJ2 Corky corkycornwell@aol.com "...Flew as the 2nd. mech. on crew 5 VP-48 from 1969 till 1972 when I left the Navy as an ADJ2. I flew with three great pilots, LCDR Mc Cormick, LT Steve Lantz, and LT Jim Conn. Along with one of the best crews in the Navy. I wish them all well..." [13FEB2009]

COSTAS, REAR ADMIRAL John N. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/costasjt.html "...Rear Admiral John Costas is a native of Seguin, Tex. A 1970 graduate of Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, he was commissioned in 1970 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program. He subsequently completed flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and was designated as a Naval Aviator in December 1971. Rear Adm. Costas first assignment was as a Primary Flight Instructor with VT-1 at NAS Pensacola, Florida, where he received Instructor of the Year honors in 1973. In November 1974, he received his initial assignment to Maritime Patrol Aviation reporting to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. While assigned to VP-48, Rear Adm. Costas participated in deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, and NAS Misawa, Japan with numerous western Pacific detachments. In November 1977, Rear Adm. Costas affiliated with the Naval Reserve (NR) joining VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California. He transferred to VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, in August 1982 and served in numerous positions prior to assuming command in August 1987. Under his command, VP-94 earned the Noel Davis Battle "E" Award, the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award, and the Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Atlantic, Administrative Excellence Award. In March 1989, he reported to NR Commander SEVENTH Fleet 111, Naval Reserve Center Dallas, TX where he served as Air Combat Plans Officer and subsequently as the Active Duty Training Department Head. In this capacity he coordinated Selected Reserve augmentation for Commander, U. S. Naval Forces - Central Command during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Rear Adm. Costas assumed command NR Carrier Group 770 at NAS Dallas, Tex., in October 1991 and participated in forward-deployed naval force operations during Operation Southern Watch while embarked in USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Gulf. In October 1993, he assumed command of NR Carrier Group 170, and subsequently command of NR Commander SEVENTH Fleet 111 in October 1995. Both units participated in numerous fleet exercises and forward-deployed naval force operations in the Pacific Theater. Rear Adm. Costas was selected for promotion to Flag rank in April 1996. Prior to assuming his current mobilization billet as Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in October 2000, Rear Adm. Costas served in the following mobilization billets: Deputy Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from October 1996 to September 1997; Deputy Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet from October 1997 to September 1999; and concurrently, Deputy Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific from November 1998 to May 1999, during which time he chaired the Naval Aviation Human Factors Quality Management Board; and as Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations for U.S. Space Command from October 1999 to February 2002. Additionally, Rear Adm. Costas served as Commander, NR Readiness Command Region South from April 1999 to March 2002. In his civilian career, Rear Adm. Costas has been a pilot for Delta Airlines since 1978. He is currently qualified as a Captain on the B-767-400 aircraft. Rear Adm. Costas' military awards include the Legion of Merit (with one Gold Star), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars), National Defense Service Medal (with Gold star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass device), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), and various service and campaign awards...." [01JUN2003]

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

CRANE, Steve Madi@penet.com "...I served with VP-48 from Nov`78 thru Oct'80. I flew mostly on crew 4 as a SS2 and then as SS1. I transferred "sea to sea" to VP-56 from Nov.'80 through Nov85 as a SS1/2/3 and 4. Please, if we flew together - send me an E-mail..." [16JAN99]

CRAVER, Anthony J. ajcraver@argohouston.com "...Served with VP-48 from 1982-1986 out of NAS Moffett Field. We deployed to Okinawa, Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan, Phillipines, and (cough, hack) NAS Adak, Alaska during those years. Seemed that the Navy liked to send me to NAS Adak, Alaska pretty often. Not only am I searching for any and all of my brethern (enlisted and officers alike), but I would very much appreciate any knowledge on the whereabouts of Senior Chief Gallagher (USN Retired). A man who kept me laughing no matter what the circumstances..." WebSite: http://www.argohouston.com/

CROSSLEY, Dave dcross@penn.com "...Retired Navy Jan 97. Tours in VP-11 (76-80), VP-47 (81-84), FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (85-86) VP-48 (89-90), VP-46 (91-93), Recruiting District San Fran (94-97). Drop me an e-mail; when I get back from fishing I'll read it..." [30DEC98]

CULVER, PH3 Dale dec4@cox.net "...I served with VU-5A at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from March 1964 to September 1965, VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in October 1965, TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in January 1966, NAS North Island, San Diego, California in May 1966 until E.O.E. I worked in respective Photo Labs..." [BIO Updated 23AUG2009 | E-Mail Updated 07SEP2007 | Rate Updated 07SEP2005 | 28JAN2005]

CURL, Steve J. sjc@digisys.net "...Just looking over the Guestbook and didn't see anyone from VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California 73-77. I served as a jet mech, then turncoat to 2nd mech. flight Crew 8. Some names I can still remember are Chief Hyde, Warrent officer, Turnbull, Lonnie Vessel, Jim Abbott, Fig, Tom Stanton, and Les Bridgewater. I'm so bad with names can anyone add to these? Memorable moments I can recall... Flying with Crew 6 I believe, we had an engine fail on takeoff out of NAS Moffett Field, California, the Flight Engineer was a guy named Carey real sharp FE, took care of the shutdown easy enough, but the thing was we were to heavy to land, so he had to dump a whole bag of fuel over Redwood City at very low altitude. A light mist of JP over everyones cars, yards, and houses. We heard the base got alot of calls over that. Can anyone remember MAD calibration flights? I'd say that was the orignal barforama. Being hunted by North Korean MiGs on deployment in NAS Misawa, Japan the coed bath house in downtown Misawa. The Pilot who set his flight bag down in front of a running P-3 inboard being tested before flight and someone else not me reversed the prop and exploded that bag with the prop wash all over the flight line and 200' in the air. I was in the flight station but it wasnt me. They thought we did it on purpose, but not so. Have any memories to add about VP-48 73-77 Please write..." [25JAN2000]

CURRY, AMS2 Dan rise4fly@gmail.com "...I served VP-48 (1970-1974). I had the beard and a snoopy tattoo!..." [03JAN2013]

CURRY, David mdiane3@wccta.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1956 to 1959. Would be interested in hearing from anyone in at that time..." [10JUL2002]


DAUGHERTY, AE3 Scott (Red Freak) scottdaugherty75428@yahoo.com "...I served with was VP-48 from October 1973 to December 1976. I reported as an AEAA left as an AE3. I made 2 deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, Guam, and NAS Moffett Field, California. Second trip was NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Alot of friends called me Red Freak. I would like to hear from anyone who was in VP-48 at that time. I worked out of the AE shop night check mostly,doing recoveries and preflights..." [05SEP2001]

DAVIS, YN Wilfred A. "Davis" daviswilfred2378@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 (1957-1961) in the Maintenance Office as the A/C Maintenance Logs & Records Yeoman. I was on duty Easter Sunday 1958 when we lost an A/C off NAS Iwakuni, Japan (SEE: VP-48 In Memorial for lost friends April 6, 1958)). Hello to all former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23FEB2016 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT2009 | 30MAY2002]

DeVEY, Graham kulakidz@maui.net "...I was in VP-48 from 1972-1976, assigned to crew 12 all that time. We deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, Guam, NAF Misawa, Japan. Looking for former crew mates, please get in touch or stop by next time you're in Maui. Yes, I married Diane Connell and we're still together after 20 years and have one son. Aloha!..." [Updated 04MAY98]

DERTING, Martin sdert@flash.net "...I was with VP-48 Crew 8 1971. I am looking for friends: Andrew Leitner {Jez}, Michael Markille JEZ, Chuck Clemmons, Lt. Deimler, Johnny, Stone, Bullis FE. I would like any information available on a squadron Reunion. Thanks..." [10OCT99]

DIBB, AWCM Robert W. Retired robert.dibb@att.net "...I served with VS-35, VS-38, VS-21, VS-41, VP-48, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California, VX-4 and HC-11..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 12JUN2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 20JUN2005 | BIO Updated 22JAN2001 | 23FEB99]

DICKSON, George (Dick) H. lighthousesis@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 Crew 2 as Plane Captain for CDR Childres who was the plane CDM. Who can forget Camron Bay or operation Market time. The nights sleeping in the gull of the wings to try to keep cool. Those were the days. Hoping to hear from some of the ole crews of that time..." [29MAY2000]

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

DOCKTER, Ron ron@jmdconstructionsc.com "...I served with VP-48 (1977-1981). I had great times deployed to Japan. Now enjoying the beach life in South Carolina. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28MAY2012]

DOGGETT, Gilbert R. Shipmate Pix grdoggett@sbcglobal.net. "I would like to hear from anyone that I served with in VP-48 NAS Trinidad, British West Indies from 1947 to 1948. I was an enlisted member of the squadron and worked on the beaching crew for the first few months and then as a flight crew member. My tour with VP-48 was about 18 months lasting until the squadron was disestablished and the PBM's were delivered to NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAR2006]

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

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

DORECK, Tim capttim@montereyexpress.com "...was attached for the 2nd time to VP-48 from 1985 to June 1989. I was an AWC and assigned to the Training/Aw branch, later Operations LCPO and following selection to AWCS was assigned as the CSC until my departure in 1989. I completed 24 years and retired while at FNOC (now FNMOC) in Monterey. I now live in Carmel Valley (located in Monterey County) with my wife Karin, son Jonathan, and daughter Jennifer. I would like to hear from some of the VP-48 members from those years..." WebSite: http://www.montereyexpress.com/ [01SEP99]

DORROH, Ed " Zorro" Ed.Dorroh@gte.net "...Hi to all of my fellow Boomers? (1986-1989 - AWAN-AW2) Boy I miss that stuff! Got my A/C wings at VP-48 (CAC 11-Penguin Lust forever!!!) and made SS1 before moving on to COMASWWINGPAC and then HSL-41. Flight Doc grounded me April 26, 1990 and I moved on to Master-at-Arms. Got out in 1996 and now am working for the LAPD. Go figure. I would love to hear from you all. Anyone know where Steve "The Cheese" Hurst is at now? I know he is still flying VP somewhere..." [19JAN99]

DOUGHTY, LT Tom Retired lttomdoughty@aol.com "...Began my career in 1967 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, RESASWTACEAST (1969-1975), AIMD NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts (1975-1976), VP-92 (1976-1977) and VP-69 (1978-1982). Great tours with the reserve community, especially with VP-69 Totem Shipmates: CW0-4 Donald Grant(former Sun Downer), AMSC Doug Welshans (USS Forrestal), AX1 George Terril (VAH-xx), AMCS John Anderson (VP-92), ADRCS Allen Boissoneault(VA-52, VAQ-137), AK1 Kathy Mc`Neil, ATCS Don Davis. Advanced to CWO-2 in 1982 following a P.I. deployment. PCS'd to VQ-3 (TACAMO) in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. On to VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California in 1985, suffered through two NAS Adak, Alaska winter deployments and one enjoyable P.I. deployment in 1987. Advanced to LT LDO while in P.I., had the best wetting down party in Subic City...thanks skipper, CDR Bob Lunning, that's all I'm going to say about that. Transfrered to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania in 1989, the best kept shore duty secret in the fleet. CDR Tim Cudia was the MO at that time, followed by CDR Bill Saye, both super LDO M.O's. Retired in Nov 1991 as an LT with 24 years service. Looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates. Looking for Boomer Shipmates from September 1985 - September 1989. AT1 Mike O'lLeary, AT2 Brian Mueller, AMCS Dave Gallagher, ATCS Larry Lacroix, CDR Isle and CDR Lunning..." [BIO Updated 09AUG2012 | 07AUG2007]

DRESWICK, John jdrez@aol.com "...I was a NAV/COMM and TACCO in VP-48 from 4/81 to 4/84. Flew with Crews 2 and 5 during deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (1981), NAS Adak, Alaska (1982) and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (1983). Recently retired this summer and am enjoying life on the right coast. Had a great time in VP-48 with one of the more interesting bunch of JOs you would ever see, aka. Bob Carroll, Bob Dutton, Rick Packer, Ken Rowan, etc. We all lived to tell about it! Would enjoy hearing from past Boomers..." [28DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...DUNBAR, AT2 Jeff...Our VP-48 (1978-1981) Shipmates, Jeff Dunbar, passed away due to flu complications. He was interred in Cincinnati in April 2007. I was honored by his brother Michael choosing me to carry Jeff to his final resting place..." Contributed by WOODSON, Steve "Woody" woodysan@gmx.com [09FEB2013]

DUNBAR, AT2 Jeff jdunbar1@cinci.rr.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1978 to 1981. Got out as an AT2 while on deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I had some great times while in VP-48. I would love to visit some of those tropical paradises as a civilian! Drop me a line if you remember who I am (I know it's hard to remember back that far - we burned out a lot of brain cells in those days!)..." [E-Mail Updated 01JUL2007]

DURDEN, AWC Charles R. Retired btdurden@centurylink.net "...I served with FAW-6, TAD to FASRON-120 (1957), VQ-1 (1958) FAETUPAC (1959) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VAW-13 (1961), VP-6 (1963) with a deployment to Okinawa, Japan and Detachment to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California (1965), USS BENNINGTON (1968), VP-48 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) at NAS Moffett Field, California (1971) and retired in 1975. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAR2012 | 17JUL2001]


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

EICHMAN, Paul phe1931@comcast.net "...I served with VP-731 / VP-48 from 1952 to 1954 with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was a friend of the two airman killed in the July 1952 attack..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 02APR2002 | 05JUL2000]

EISENHOWER, ATC William E. Sr. "Ike" Retired wee1@iname.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1975 to 1977 (Crew-7 IFT) and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania 1977 in the P-3 Project Office and flight tested new aircraft updates from base line improvments up to the Update III aircraft. I retired December 1980 and supported the NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania as a contractor till it was closed. I still fly with the Coast Guard AUX. It isn't as much fun as chasing Subs..." [01APR2010]

EKSE, Jon eksejl@earthlink.net "...Greetings to all--nice to see so many VP-48 names on the list. I was in the squadron 63-66, and served as navigator, pilot, plane commander, mostly on Crew 6. (But with others as well, with branch officer duties mixed in.) Without exception, it was a great experience serving with the other officers and men of the squadron. I made the Galapagos tour (Crew 4?) and 3 tours at Sangley, mostly floating in Cam Ranh Bay with the Pine Island and the Currituck in attendance (didn't we all have some nicknames for those tubs??!!) I am currently retired, building a house in Shelton, Washington, and looking forward to its completion. E-mail is . Would be delighted to hear from any of you..." [05OCT99]

Memorial Picture "...EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired...It's my sad duty to share the news about the death of one of our VP-17 Shipmates. I received the attached email from Linda Embach last night, regarding AWC Chuck Embach's sudden death Thursday October 18, 2007. I know we've always considered Chuck to be a good friend, valued Shipmate and bright spot in our memories of our VP-17. He always had a smile and cheerful words to share. If any of you don't exactly recall, AWC Chuck Embach worked in the Ops Dept and did his daily magic with our flight schedule during our '75-78 deployments. Most of us didn't see a lot of Chuck because he was constantly buried behind his desk, trying to figure out some way to make the tasking fit our assets. Chuck served with VP-17, VP-19, VP-30, VP-48, VP-50 and VX-1..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edinsea@hotmail.com [22OCT2007]

UPDATE "...I was sorry to see the message about Chuck Embach passing away. He was a good friend and will be missed. He and his wife Linda attended many of the VP-48 Reunions..." COntributed by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [24OCT2007]

EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired cwembach@gmpexpress.net "...I served with VP-50 (P5M Dec 64 - May 63), VP-48 (P5M Jul 63 - Dec 64), VX-1 (P2V, P-3A, P-3B Jan 65 - Dec 67), VP-19 (P-3B Jan 68 - Dec 70), VP-30 (P-3B, P-3C Jan 71 - Jul 74), VP-17 (P-3B Jul 74 - May 78), VX-1 (P-3C UP1, 2, 2.5 Oct 81 - May 85). Total of 11,500 flt hours as SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, Radio operator. Retired May 85 as AWCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2005 | 27JUL2000]

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

ESTEP, AO3 Chris capisce@email.msn.com "...Would like to hear from any Shipmates that served in VP-48 from 1981 - 1984. I was a AOAN, (previously A03). Served under CDR Parody at NAS Moffett Field, California and deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Later transferred to USS Enterprise. I still keep in touch with my good buddy AXAA (previously AXAN) Tony Peroni. Went to his wedding in Italy and grabbed his wife's booty. Some things never change..." [09FEB2001]

EUBANKS, Jim DKCRR@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from 6/67 to 12/70. I went on deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The flashbacks that this web site have given me are awesome. I was reading about the P-3 that we lost on our NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. I lost some good friends on that flight. I worked in the electric shop (I was an AE-2) and would really like to renew some friendships..." [18MAY99]

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


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

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

FARMER, Sam smfjr@aol.com "...Pruod member of VP-48 1962 to 1966. AE, Julie/ECM, Crew-1, "A" crew with AC Wings. I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been associated with all of my Squadron-Mates. I think back with very fond memories. I truly miss it..." [09APR2002]

FAULL, John A. (Faullguy) faullguy@ccnmail.com "...Served in VP-48 '87-'89, then VP-19 "89-"91 when the Navy sent me to nursing school. From there severed aboard th USS Carl Vinson for 3 months. Now I'm working as an RN in Sacramento, Ca. Sure miss all you VP guys! Love to hear from ya!..." [27JUL2000]

FAVORIN, AX Tom favort@aol.com "...I was assigned to VP-48 after AX school in 1961 and remained with the squadron as a flight crew member (SF-2) and ASW tech through August of 1964. Would like to hear from anyone who served in the squadron with me..." [28JUL2002]

FEATHERSTON, AE3 Joe DetRdwg@aol.com "...Hello fellow Boomers! I served with VP-48 from 89 til Decom. I am currently living the good life in Sunny Ft. Myers, FL. I am employed with the Postal service in Naples. After leaving VP-48 I got my A&P license and went to work for Lockheed on the Space Shuttle program. I worked there for 4 yrs until good old Bill Clinton came into office and cut the budget! That job was GREAT!!!!! It sure beat the Navy life! It was good to read some familiar names here......we had some good times!..." [19AUG99]

FELTS, Al (Batman, Animal) alanfelts@sprintmail.com "...I was attached to VP-48 from 1977 to 1980. I started out on the Line in NAS Moffett Field, California. We deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan where I worked mid shift in Maintenance Control, moved to the AM shop, and ended up testing out as an AE-3 and moving to the AE shop. We took another deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (we all remember the Hostage Crisis). I re-uped and moved to AIMD Oceana, VA. I spent 1980-1984 there, first in the EMTC lab, then as supervisor of the Cable and Micro-repair shop. We played some mean flag football there ("Another One Bites the Dust"). Then in 1984 I was stationed on the USS Eisenhower and worked in the Module Repair lab on the night shift. We did the North Atlantic short cruise to commemorate D-Day and a subsiquent Med Cruise. I left the Navy after one year on the Ike as an AE1. We crossed paths with hundreds during eight years in the Navy and would love to hear from any Shipmates!..." [18SEP99]

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

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

FERGUSON, AMH2 John 62john@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 (SP-5B's) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1962 to 1963 where I was assigned to Crew 4. We never deployed in the short time I was there. I re-enlisted for AMH-B School and upon graduation received orders to NAS Iwakuni, Japan where I was assigned to AIMD as a Plane Captain/engineer for an HU-16 Gruman Albatros and flew for three years (1963-66). We had three HU-16's and three UC-45J Beech Craft. When not flying I did support the VP squadrons rotating into NAS Iwakuni, Japan. VP-50 was home ported there flying SP-5 Marlins. I would love to hear from any one stationed there during this time frame..." [12NOV2003]

FERGUSON, John john.r.ferguson@worldnet.att.net "...Served as crew metalsmith (AMH-2) on crew 4, VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Circa 1962-62). Anyone having pictures of crew members, I would appreciate a copy..." [17JUN99]

FERGUSON, AMEC(AW) Larry Retired larry.ferguson@oakharbor.org "...I was attached to VP-48 "Boomers" from 1980 to 1983 where I flew for a short period as a Second Mech with "What a Way to Make A Living" CAC 5. I then transfered to the "Desert Eagles" of VA-122 Det NAS Fallon, Nevada from 1983 to 1985, returned to NAS Moffett Field, California with the VP-50 "Blue Dragons" from 1985 to 1989 where I was promoted to AMEC. I then returned to NAS Fallon, Nevada with Pacific Fleet Adversary Squadron VFA-127 from 1989 to 1992. No longer able to work on P-3's I transfered to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with the VA-155 "Silver Foxes" aboard the USS Ranger (what a great cruise) from 1992 to 1993. At the end of the cruise, I transfered to the "Knight Riders" of VA-52 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk from 1993 to 1995. I retired in 1995 and currently live and work (OHPD) in Oak Harbor, WA. The best years of my Navy career were spent at NAS Moffett Field, California with some really great people. I would love to hear from some of you. Drop me a line sometime or just stop by..." [E-Mail Updated 08OCT2005 | 13NOV2003]

FERONE, Doug dferone@m6.sprynet.com "...Served as an AW in VP-48 from 87-Decom, I'm presently a Mad fox with VP-5, still doing what I love!!..." [05MAY98]

FISCHER, Andrew andyfisch48@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1968 to 1971..." [07DEC2005]

FISHER, Robert E. bobfisher@usa.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1987 to 1991 when I retired. The official date of my retirement was 8-31-91, the same date VP-48 was offically disestablished. I moved to Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech University. I graduated in 1995 and moved to Tulia, Texas. I work at Bartlett I Feedyard. I got married in 1993 to Janice Burton. I lost her 4 1/2 years later to breast cancer. I remarried in 2005 to Katherine Huseman; (we are both widows). We now live in Nazareth, Texas..." [30APR2011]

FLEMING, AMS1 Arnold Retired arnof03@aol.com "...Been watching and waiting along time for information on the best duty I ever had while in the Navy VP-48. Would like to hear from any who care to write and reminise old times..." [22JUL2005]

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

FLOYD, AW1 Tom Retired floydtomt@netscape.net "...I served with VP-56, VP-48, CPW-2, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, CV-64, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, and TSC NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Retired in 1996. Nice to see some old Shipmates here. Drop me a line!..." [17AUG2004]

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

FORTENBERRY, AM3 Darryl bdfortenberry@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1978-1981). Aftr leaving the Navy I worked on comercial aircraft (1984-2001) for Zantop International Airlines on Locheeed L-188, Convair 680, Douglas DC-8 and DC-9 and now working on aircraft at Robins AFB as civil service since 2001. I am living in my home town of Centerville, Georgia and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26NOV2015]

FOSTER, AT-1 Michael "Scotty" moose2@nextdim.com "...I was a member of Navy Patrol Sqadron 48 from 1968 until I re-enlisted as an AT-2 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1972..." WebSite: http://members.wbs.net/homepages/s/a/o/saoirsemc.html [ICQ# 3008796] [Updated 05APR98]

Memorial Picture "...FOUNTAIN, ADR1 Edward F. (Slim) Shipmate Pix...ADR1 Edward F. (Slim) Fountain...My Dad, ADR1 Edward F. (Slim) Fountain, passed away. Dad served with VP-48 from 1966 until he retired from the United States Navy in 1977. He left the Navy and became a Police Officer in Valdosta, Ga. Dad spent 20 years with the VPD before cancer took him from us. I got a computer in December 1999. I was playing one day and just for kicks I typed in VP-48, to make a long story short, I emailed the site, Lee Anderson returned my email. I received the email on Sunday morning.I took the email to my parents house and that afternoon my parents had a computer. Dad was so happy to get and send emails to old "Shipmates" I just want to thank everyone in VP-48 for for caring enough to keep in-touch with the family!...Ken Fountain janhart38@earthlink.net [22APR2003]

UPDATE "...Slim went to VP-48 in Feb/March, 1966. He was in VP-48 when they were with the P5M's then transitioned over to P-3's. He became a Flight Engineer and flew until he retired. He retired from VP-48 in December 1971.He then went to work for the City of Valdosta as a police officer. He retired in 1994 due to illness and passed away April 19,2002. Slim loved VP-48 and the Navy life...Shirley Fountain slimbaby@bellsouth.net..." [01JUN2003]

FOUNTAIN, ADR1 Edward F. (Skun) Retired (Deceased) c/o His Son Ken Fountain janhart38@earthlink.net "...I was in the first class of Flight Engineer to go to NAS Moffett Field, California to school when we traded in the P5Ms for the P-3A Orion. I was F/E on (VP-48) Crew One (SF 1). 1966 to 1971..." [Deceased Update 22APR2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 13JAN99 | E-Mail Updated 07JAN99 | BIO Updated 31DEC98 | 28DEC98]

FOX, Arnold A. aaf@strato.net "...I served with VP-48 from December 1965 to August 1969. I was in Crew 6 flying the P5M aircraft. Also attended the first class selected for Engineer School..." [26SEP99]

Shipmate Requested Name Removal  [Shipmate Removed 15JUN2005 | 17APR2000]


GAILEY, AW1(AW/NAC) Lance Retired zlancer@hotmail.com "...I served with HSL-34, VP-48, VP-69, VP-65, TSC NSF Diego Garcia, TSC NAS Agana, Guam, ASWM USS Eisenhower and VP-10. Great to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27DEC99]

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

GEBHART, Jeff gebby3@aol.com "...I served as a pilot with VP-48 from 1986 until 1989. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who was in the squadron during that time. I currently reside in the Chicago area..." [07JUN2003]

GIBSON, ATC(AW/NAC/MTS) Les Retired lesg45@yahoo.com "...I would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates from my days as an IFT with VP-45 (1978 to 1981), VP-48 (1984 to 1988) and VP-26 (1992 to 1994). Also, anyone who may remember me from NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland ('81-'84) and NAMTGD 1012 (1988 to 1991). Here's the best to all of you!..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 30JUN2000 | 05DEC99]

GILL, JON MC jfate14@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 as a SS-1 on Crew 6 from 83-85. I would like to hear from all during that time to talk about all fun times we had on deployment, etc. Currently work for CA. Dept. of Corections..."

GOLDEN, AE2 Bruce mollynmoe@optonline.net "...I served with VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1970 to 1971 as an AE2. We deployed to the Philippines twice..." [18MAY2007]

GOLDING, Charles G. cggolding@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 (04/1965-03/1967)..." [02SEP2013]

GOSA, AMCS Johnny M. "Mike" Retired jmgosa@hotmail.com "...I served with AIMD at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1967), VP-45 (1970-1971), VP-48 (1971-1973) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-19 (1984-1987), VT-23, VT-24, VT-31, VR-24, VRC-30, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, CTW3 Staff at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas and retired in 1991..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2013 | 20JUN2003]

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

GRAY, AT2 Philip spgray65@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (1987-1989) as a IFT with Crew-3 and then in the Reserves with VP-91 (1989-1992)..." [22JAN2011]

GRAY, William "Charlie" sharon_gray55@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1962 to 1966 as a Boatsman Mate. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07JUL2004]

GRIMES, CDR Keith pd01a@persnet.navy.mil or keith.grimes@persnet.navy.mil "...I started out in VP-48 from 81-83, followed by VP-60 - 86-89, VP-65 - 91-93, and shut down VP-67 as "the last OIC" in 94. I am currently assigned to BUPERS and will be taking over the 913 shop (reserve enlisted administration) this summer upon the bureau's move to Memphis. Love to hear from any old Squadron mates/crew members!..." [Updated 24FEB98]

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

GRISSETT, Tracy vwcbiker@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1985-1889 when I transferred to NATTC Millington. From there I went to NAS Oceana VR-142 then to NAMTRAGRUDET Oceana and now am in VF-11 (you guessed it!) Oceana. Would like to hear from old fellow BOOMERS and also if anyone knows how I can get hold of Greg Poitras and Brent "Gweeb" Weller?..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAY2003 | 06JAN99]

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]

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

GUTIERREZ, Humberto bgsundance@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1976 to 1980. I am lookinf for ADC James D. Nichols and also interested in a Reunion or contact with fellow Shipmates..." [12DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...GUZZO, AT1 Peter S....Just wanted to pass on the obituary of AT1 Pete Guzzo (VP-4, VP-47 and VP-48, ). I served with Pete in the early 1980's and was sad to hear of his passing. GUZZO Peter S., 49, of Spring Hill, FL died on Thursday July 24, 2008. Mr. Guzzo was born in Passaic, NJ, lived in Lyndhurst for 20 years then California for 10 years and he was a Current resident of Spring Hill, FL for the past 19 years. He was a Navy Veteran who served in The Gulf War (1982-92). During his US Navy career he served as an AT2/AC in Crew 11 with (VP-4). He worked as a Computer Consultant, a private pilot, and was an avid coin collector. Peter was the beloved son of Salvatore M. Guzzo of Lakewood and the late Florence N. (nee Walz) Guzzo (1997), loving brother of Anthony Guzzo and his wife, Michele of Lyndhurst and Carol Ann Guzzo and her husband, Craig Flug of Oakland, and dear uncle of Anthony, Lauren, Rachel, Mia Guzzo and Christopher Flug. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., 403 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 8:30 AM then to Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, Lyndhurst where at 9:30 AM a Funeral Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting hours Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to: V.A. Outpatient Clinic, 9912 Little Road, New Port Richy, FL 34654, Attn. Jeanne R. Botz..." Contributed by OSBORNE, AT1(AW) Mark Retired oriontk@att.net [17AUG2010]

GUZZO, AT1 Peter S. psguzzo@hotmail.com "...VP-4 was my first squadron in 1983 then flew CODs out of North Island from 1986-89...then VP-48 from 1989-90...VP-47 from 1990-92..." [E-Mail Updated 14NOV2004 | E-Mail Updated 16JUN2001]


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

HACKETT, Edward L. eddiemech@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 (1977-1979) at NAS Moffett Field, California (Powerplants) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan..." [02MAR2013]

HAHN, AX3 Charley charleyhahn@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1964 to 1966 as an AX3 on Crew 6..." [E-Mail Updated 02AUG2009 | E-Mail Updated 12SEP2005 | E-Mail Updated 06JAN2004 | 29AUG99]

HALE, WO Tom Retired tomhale@goldenvalleycable.com "...I served with VP-48 (02/1960-03/1963), VS-21, VS-38, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), ASWOC/TSC, COMmander AntiSubmarine Warfare WINGS PACific (COMASWWINGSPAC) and NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [E-Mail Updated 22FEB2016 | E-Mail Updated 20JAN2004 | 19JUL2001]

HAM, AT2 John johnham1941@hotmail.com "...Served as "J/J" crewman on SF-5, P5M-2S, NAS North Island, San Diego, California from January 1961(?) thru February 1962. Got to NAS North Island, San Diego, California right out of AT School at Millington, TN in January 1960; mess-cooked, served at base maintenance, then GMAU 0506 (sidewinders), then on to VP-48! (Three tours, never leaving NAS North Island, San Diego, California.) Today I am 61 1/2 years old, one wife, two kids, still working as Industrial Engineer. Looking forward to chating with y'all!..." [E-Mail Updated 11OCT2009 | 11AUG2002]

HARDIE, Alan C. adhardie@sprynet.com or adhardie@compsurve.com "...Served in VP-48 from Nov 64 to Jan 67 P5M Martin Marlines, NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [16SEP98]

HARRELL, AWCS Joe Retired jlh3919@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-28 (1963-1968) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1968-1969) on development of the P-3C, VP-48 (1970-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California and retired in 1976. Currently living in Palo Alto California..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JUN2012 | 01SEP2009]

HARTSHORN, AMS3 Dave davehartshorn@ymail.com "...I served with VP-48 and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05AUG2012]

HELMS, AMCS Larry L. Retired va81usn@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 from January 1953 to February 1956. I retired at NAS Oceana as an AMCS in August 1974..." [20FEB2009]

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

HILDEBRAND, LCDR Joseph J. "JJ" Retired jjhopfl@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1980 to 1983, VP-0545 and VP-62at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1988 to 1991. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29SEP2009]

HILL, James R. JHILL63130@AOL.COM "...I served as an ASW crewmember on crew 5 & 6 (mostly Radio & power panel), in VP-48 from 1963 until 1967. I left VP-48 in June of '67 to serve with VX-1 (Air Test and Development Squadron-1) in Key West, FL. Prior to coming to VP-48, I spent 18 nonths at NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was assigned to Flight Radio shop of Weapon Systems Test..." [23NOV99]

HILLS, AMS2 MICHAEL hillsareda@lemoorecomputers.com "...I WAS STATIONED WITH VP-48 FROM OCT 89 TIL DECOM. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE OLD BOOMERS. YOU GUYS KNOW WHO YOU ARE, FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A LINE..."

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

HOBBS, Gary A. Retired gahobbs@hotmail.com "...Hey fellow Boomers! I served with VP-48 from November 1975 to August 1979. I started as a groundpounder with CWO H. Hyde and AD1 Romer, Harry, Tom Stanton, Rig, and Downer Down at NAS Iwakuni, Japan during the 1975 to 1976 Deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. I was 2nd Mechanic and flew with Crew-7 and Crew-12. We deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1977 and NAS Misawa, Japan again in 1978. I had the best times on both sides of the wrench. VP-48 was the best! I left the Navy August 1979 and moved to Seattle, WA where I got an A&P license. I then moved to San Diego, VA and reenlisted in the Navy after a 3 1/2 year absence. I served with VF-124 NAS Miramar, California, VS-29, VS-41 Instructor Duty, and SEAOPDET NAS Miramar, California. I served aboard the USS Carl Vinson, USS Kitty Hawk, and the USS Constellation. I retired in February 1995 and moved home to North Carolina. Those that know me or know of me send a line or leave a note or call..." [21JAN2004]

HOLLAWAY, CTT1(SS) Billy retldousn02@gmail.com "...I served (TAD) with VP-48 (01/1969-03/1960) at NAS Adak, Alaska. I qualified as a ESM/Julie Operator in February 1969..." [10MAR2013]

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

HOLMAN, Bob Rtholmanjr@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 from late 89 till Decom. I was in Crew 10 during the NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deloyment. I was the Nav also on Crew 6 with Rick Power R the D. After Decom went to VP-47 along with Kevin Hendricks..." [19MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...HOLT, David Benjamin...Died Monday, February 18, 2002 of a malignant brain tumor. He was born near Nashville, AR on April 24, 1936, only son of Josephine Bryant Holt and Percy Campbell Holt. He graduated from Nashville High School and joined the Navy, going to San Diego for Boot Camp, Norman, OK for Aviation School and Millington, TN for Electronic School. He was then assigned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and dispatched to NAS Iwakuni, Japan with VP-48 as a Radar Operator. After discharge from the Navy, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Electrical Engineering in 1962. He then came to Albuquerque and joined Sandia National Labs, attended UNM part time and received a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1964. His entire career at Sandia involved work with satellite systems. He retired after 38 years at Sandia in June 2000. David was a lifelong Methodist and an active member of Central United Methodist Church and Partnership Sunday School Class. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children, Barry Holt and his wife, Tracy, Paul Holt and his wife, Andrea, and Lynn Holt Russo and her husband, Tony; two grandchildren, Rachel and Rebekah Holt; four sisters, Margaret Massey of Little Rock, AR, Amanda Fishback of North Little Rock, AR, Charlie Jean Brakebill of Little Rock, AR and Carolyn Davis of Snyder, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Mary Jo Thornton. Services will be held Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper NE, with Dr. Charles Crutchfield and Rev. Marty Singleterry officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Reception will follow services at the church. Pallbearers will be Barry Holt, Paul Holt, Tony Russo, Rik Holman, Bill Lackey, Tom Hoover, Paul Elder and Rex Allender. David was a gentle man, kind, generous and soft spoken. He was respected by his peers, and dearly loved by his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, Jemez Property Program, 1615 Copper NE, 87106. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..." http://www.abqjournal.com/obits/obits2002/OB02-19.HTM [10JUL2003]

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

HORST, AX1 Siebert "Sy" hsiebertjr@icloud.com "...I served with VP-48 (1971-1978). I flew as IFT on Crew-1 in the end..." [09FEB2015]

HORTON, AT2 Don Houhandyman@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 1958 to 1962. I joined the squadron in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and then returned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I mustered out as an AT2 and was a radio operator. I would like to be added to your mailing list..." [28AUG2001]

HOUSTON, AE2 Neil "Sam" neilsamh@earthlink.net "...Served with VP-46 NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1954 and also served with VP-48 NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1955. I was AE2. Read account of the VP-46 "Take-Off Mishap" in SEP 54. I can remember shaving at that moment. Like to hear from those who were there on those two "Cruises."..." [27MAY2001]

HOWELL, Buz Shipmate Pix buzhowell@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1978-1981) with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, Philippine Islands, Osan Korea, Singapore, and other places. I had a great tour and had the best Shipmates anyone would ever want to have and made some of the best friends. I would like to say that the VP Navy are the best the Navy has but than it was the only Navy I knew than and being a part of the Boomerangs could not have been better. I married my wife, Karen, at NAS Moffett Field, California, and had a daughter, Samantha. I was on NSF Diego Garcia when I got the call that my daughter had died and I flew home from there on an Air Force C-5 so NSF Diego Garcia was the last place I was at overseas. Since than had two more kids another daughter, Saundra a college grad, and a son, Joshua who, like his dad joined the Navy but is on the USS Georgia (SSGN-729) which is a submarine. His first stop overseas was NSF Diego Garcia. I was able to take a 24-hour Tiger Cruise with him a few years back and it was great. To be part of a team that chased subs and than to get a ride on a sub who could ask for more?..." [05FEB2012]

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

HUBLITZ, LCDR Gary Retired ghublitz@msn.com "...I served with VP-48 (08/1970-04/1975), FASO (04/1975-10/1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California, ASWOC/TSC (01/1979-05/1981) at NAS Sigonella, Sicily where I was promoted from AWC to ENS/LDO, USS Constellation (CV-64) (08/1981-10/1983), VP-46 (11/1983-07/1986), FASO (08/198610/1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California, FASO (OIC) (10/1988-10/1989) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, ASWOC/TSC (10/1989-11/1990) at NSF Diego Garcia, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (12/1990-08/1992) and FASO (OIC) (09/1992-12/1995) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I retired March 1996. It was a great career. Am interested in locating a few old buddies, and would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2013 | E-Mail Updated 11FEB2003 | 06MAY2000]

HUGGLER, AMS3 Ron huggler59@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1972-1975)..." [22FEB2016]

HUGHES, CPO James Donald "JD" "Don" Retired jdhughes@softcom.net "...I spent 7 years in VP-48, 1957-1959 and 1963-1966. I was an AT and a radioman. Also did a tour with FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1967 to 1969. Made Chief in 1968 and retired in 1974..." [24OCT2001]

Memorial Picture "...HUNTER, Jim...My long time partner of 18 years, Jim Hunter, passed away on Friday the 14th, 2005. I am devastated and cry everyday. I miss him so much, his wonderful humor and compassion...Peggy Johnson jim.hunter8@verizon.net..." [20OCT2005]

HUNTER, Jim jim.hunter8@verizon.net "...I served with VP-48 in Vietnam, Thailand, Guam, Phillipines, NAS Adak, Alaska, etc...I am proud to have served with the VP'ers, even though I started in the carrier navy with E2-A & E2-B Grumman Hawkeye aircraft. Comparatively speaking, VP-Duty was a world all of her own, surrounded by the "Best" of the "Best"..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC2004 | 00XX97]

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

HUDSON, Robert W. "Bob" bob.hudson@cox.net "...You haven't lost your patrol skills. Thanks for hunting me down! I served with VP-48 from 1962 ti 1965. I'm anxious to reunite with my Shipmates..." [30AUG2005]


IDLER, James L. jidler@plains.net "...I served in VP-48 from 1965 until November of 1967. As a crewmember of Crew 12, one of Hupp's Pups, I was the Jez operator..." [29JAN2000]

IGNATOVICH, Jeff jeff@digimagik.com "...I would sure like to see some of my old shipmates once again. Especially on individual by the name of Don Zimbleman. He retired a few years back as an ISCM. We had some great times together in 48. At that time he was a IS1 (then PT's) and I was a PH2..." WEBSITE: http://www.digimagik.com/jeff/

ISELE, CDR Charles P. Retired cpisele@aol.com "...After retiring from active duty, I became the vice president of a fire fighting company which operates 8 P-3A's and 4 P2V's. The aircraft are working machines and available for tours if anyone is in the northern Ca. area. During the fire season, the aircraft are deployed all over the U.S. I was the C.O. of VP-48 in 1986 and deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. We operated a "Beartrap" and the P-3C baseline. Bob Lunning was my XO and he was chief pilot for the fire operation prior to going with Southwest Airlines. Master Chief Ron Hunter continues to work for me as the Director of Air Operations. Chief Mike Thomas is the Assistant Director of Maintenance and Chief Jerry Edwards is a supervisor within the organization. Wayne Weller was with us for awhile then returned to the Bay area where the fishing was better. Capt. Ron Testa passed away almost 2 years ago, but he represented us in Washington. Capt. Al Ross has that position now. Capt. Bill Broadwell is the Executive Director of the Fire Association. Duane Powers works for Hawkings and Powers in Greybull, Wy and actively flys on fires. Drop me a line if your a previous boomer from VP-48..." [15APR2001]


JACKSON, AE1 Gerald W. jkalopa2@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1959-1962. I was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California on Coronodo island from 1962-1963 and then was stationed at NS Sangley Point, Philippines until October of 1964. Like to here from some old buddies. I was is VP-48..." [13JAN2005]

JACKSON, AD1 (AW) Rodney F. underdognu@yahoo.com "...July 89 arrived to the Boomers (VP-48)as an AD3. When I Decommissioned with the Boomers I was an AD2 August 91. Alot of the Boomers knew me as "JACK", short for Jackson. If some of you Ex-Boomers are still out there, drop a few lines. It would be good to here from you!!..." [08MAY98]

JACKSON, Ron rjackson@myhome.net "...Lots of memories from this site! I spent time in Crew 4 of VP-48 from 1959-61 and toured Iwakuni and beautiful San Diego! Flew in the P5M's and had many an experience in them. Would be interested in hearing from anyone from that time and place..." [24MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...JAMISON, Robert "Jamie"...Just learned this evening that Robert "Jamie" Jamison, AX2, VP-48 from 66-69, passed away June 15, 2002. Jamie was a good friend, and he will be missed. We shared many stories and laughter together at the Mariner/Marlin Association Reunions. At the Tucson reunion he won a prize for being the youngest Seaplane Sailor in attendance..." Contributed by AX2 Lee (Andy) Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [21AUG2002]

JAMISON, Robert Robertjami@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 from 1965 to 1969. Flew both the P5M and P-3. I didn't miss the nutcracker in the aft station in the P5M at all. I was a jez operator in Crew 3 on the P-3 and then Crew 1 and in the end Crew Alpha..." [04NOV2000]

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

JERGER, Ron RonnieJer@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 between 1959 and 1962..." [13DEC2001]

JOHNS, Mark mjohns@isomedia.com "...I was an AT3/AT2 in VP-48 from 1970 to 1974. I was at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Utapao Thailand, Agana Guam, NAS Adak, Alaska, etc. I worked out of the Avionics shop and occasionally flew as an IFT. I transferred to VS-41 in summer of 1974 and got our in 1978..." [19MAY99]

JOHNSON, AK2 David (DJ) T. david.johnson@interr.ang.af.mil "...I was in VP-48 from April 1979 to June 1981..." [12FEB2000]

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

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

JOHNSON, Rodger D. Leper274@cs.com "...Hello fellow VP-48 Boomers, just found this site and was thrilled to see some old friends names. I was in the squadron from 83-86, crew 7. Got out ASAP and went to work for PAN AM until they went under, Trans World Express, British Aerospace, and now United. Life is great, got married have kids, big mortgage! Would love to hear from old crew 7 members and would especially like to know what happened to CDR Tony Quadri..." [06NOV2000]

JOHNSON, Steve johnson2@usbank.com "...Served in VP-48 from 11/84 thru 3/87..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2000]

JONES, Dan dj30189@hotmail.com "...Great to see many names and some "foggy" faces from this website. Was IFT (AX2) for VP-48 Crew 8 (It's great being ate) 78-82, and AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California. Have e-mail some people on this site, would love to hear from any of you that survived the "Dodge" and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines trips amoung others, other IFT's or "tweet" shop guys, pilots, TACO, NAV/COM and Shipmates..." [21SEP2000]

JONES, JAMES F. JIM4138@MSN.COM "...I was stationed at NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1958-58 with VP-48 a seaplane squadron at the time (P5M's). We lost one on takeoff and several of the crew were lost. VP-48 rotated from NAS North Island, San Diego, California to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Prior to VP-48 I was with FASRON 114 at NAS Kodiak, Alaska from 1955 to 1956. I've lost track of all my Shipmates except one. Will celebrate my return to civilian life on 3/31/99. Forty years ago..." [14MAR99]

JUNG, Kevin KevinJung@amat.com "...I served with VP-48 from 88' to 92'. Was an IFT on crew 6 and crew 10. Had some great times, some of them unforgetable. Maybe some I would rather forget. Anyway, just saying hello to all the people I knew..." [24MAR98]


KAMROWSKI, Steve skamrowski@new.rr.com "...I haven't heard alot of these names since I left VP-48. Cliff and Kevin, good to see your names. I'll be back in CA for Tim's wedding in Oct. Bob Holman, I still have the old desk that you gave me. Kieth Bluestein, tried to E-mail you also. Saw you're name too Jerald Combs. I haven't forgotten any of you guys. If you can, E-mail me it would be nice to see what you are all up to...." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2005 | 04AUG98]

KASSEBAUM, Ron "Kass" gina1305@att.net "...I served with VP-48 (1960's) and VT-29 (1964-1967) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13SEP2017]

KELLOGG, ATS2 Harold hgkellogg@outlook.com "...I served with VR-8 (06/1959-10/1961) at NAS Moffett Field, California (crewman aboard the C121-G Super Connie), VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-47 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (crewman aboard the P5M). After serving in the Navy I relocated back to the SF Bay area and worked for several aerospace companies. On that day, April 12, 1973, (SEE: In Memorial for (VP-47) lost friends April 12, 1973) I was working at ZETA Labs in Mountain View, about a mile from the approach end of the NAS Moffett Field, California runways. I felt the building shake and then a rumble. I ran outside and saw the black smoke just behind some houses. I ran down the Bay Shore Frontage Road to the Sunnyvale Golf Course and to the burning aircraft. At first I could not understand what the situation was, the smoke was so thick that I could not see the P-3-V under the Convair 990. I saw some golfers trying to break in the cockpit windows of the 990 but the glass was too thick. Their clubs just bounced off the glass. I could see the pilots hanging from their seat belts but they were not moving. The golfers and I were very upset that they could not break in. I did not have anything that I could use for a club so I looked around but the heat was getting very bad. The firemen then arrived and took over and cut into the aircraft with a saw. As I walked back to work - to the Frontage Road - I saw some golfers playing tho as if nothing had happened! What die hards. Nobody has mentioned it but I think that the NAS Moffett Field crash crew drove their trucks right through the boundary fences of NAS Moffett Field - across both north and south bound lanes of US 101 and the median barrier between them and through all the fences to get to the crash site. They weren't fooling around! I remember that the local hospital had been prepared for receiving many crash victims but only one was brought in to the ER room! I returned to the crash site about two weeks later, the golf course had been restored so that I could not tell what had happened a few days earlier. God bless all of the crewman that were killed and the lone survivor of that tragedy. It will be 44 years since this has happened but I can recall it as if it had happened yesterday. This is a solemn reminder that even in peace time, Freedom is not Free!..." [26FEB2017]

KELLY, AE Dan dan.kelley@verizon.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1977 through 1980. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02APR2004]

KENNEDY, CDR John A. Shipmate Pix Iraqi 2003 fiveelevenheaven@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (Nav/Comm and TACCO/MC) from 1984 to 1987. We deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAS Adak, Alaska in 1985 and to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1986. My skippers were Falls, Speed, Bushnell, and Eiesle. Go Boomers! I then served with VT-10 from 1987 to 1990 as an T-47 flight and academic instructor followed by VP-65 (TACCO) from 1991 to 1998 (Great time - Miss being a member of a squadron). In March 2003 mobilized for on a two year recall to active duty to U. S. CENTRAL COMMAND as J3 Theater Information Management Chief in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Recalled indefinitely into the 1600 community (Information Professional or "IP) in January 2005. Assigned to CNE-C6F staff. "USN" for first time in career! Married, 5 kids. Still have my Boomer checks..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2008 | BIO Updated 08FEB2006 | WebSite Added 11NOV2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 28SEP2000 | 30OCT99]

KENNEDY, AZAN Todd "Toad" kplaster@pacbell.net "...I was an AZAN in Maintenance Control at FASU in 1972. Like to hear from those in that time frame. Then went to VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I have pictures of stuff, people, planes, China Beach. Remember trips to Ubon?..." [13APR2002]

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

KING, Joe joeking1944@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (1961-1965)..." [03MAR2017]

KLOCEK, Ken KKlocek@aol.com "...I spent my 6 months on NAS Adak, Alaska (VP-48), as did my brother (VP-6)..." WebSite: Adak Is Open To The World! [17JUN99]

KLOPPER, Leon dklopper@kc.rr.com "...I served with VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1957 to 1961 and VP-67 NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1975 to 1987..." [07APR2003]

KOZUMPLIK, Michael kozetal@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1975 to 1978. Retired from Naval Reserve 2000. Currently flying for United Airlines..." [04OCT2003]

KRENEK, YN Mary (Pacheco) mrayhons@att.net "...I served with VP-10 (1978-1983) and VP-48 (1988-1990). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2014 | 21OCT2003]

Memorial Picture "...KRITZ, Dale L...My significant other, Dale L. Kritz, served with VP-48 in 1984 with a deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska. He passed away last July 12th, 2004 after a short illness due to lung cancer. We are looking for anyone that may have been stationed with him during his time in Vietnam. He retired as a E-9 from the USS. Nimitz in 1989 in Bremerton.Wa. His mother and I would appreciate any email from those of you that were stationed with him during his service with the Navy. Thank you very much, Jill Kaplan malibuwalk_2@yahoo.com..." [14SEP2004]

KUEHNE, Art KuehneAP@T.state.gov "...I was in VP-44 from 1976 until 1979 when I transferred to PATWINGSLANT where I was the Flag Lieutenant for RADM Paul Mulloy. I then served on the USS Independence (CV-62) as Tactical Coordinator and ASW Officer. Two interesting cruises - Lebanon and Grenada. I was assigned to VP-48 from 1984-87 where I was Admin Officer and Ops Officer. In 1987 I went to the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., where I worked in the J-5 Directorate on arms control issues. In 1990-91, I was assigned TDY to the National Security Council helping finish the START Treaty. In 1991, transferred to the On Site Inspection Agency (OSIA) to help implement the newly signed START Treaty. I retired in 1994 and went to work at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. I'm currently the Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission, the commission set up to discuss and resolve implementation issues for the START Treaty..." [E-Mail Updatd 10AUG2000 | 23MAR98]

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

KUTZ, Herman milkman357@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1988-1991) with a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and the Bowling League! Maureen Fitzgerald was a fellow Iowan and Shipmate - neat to hear that she retired a Master Sargent! I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04SEP2011]


LAIRD, Douglas (Mel) pg449laird@yahoo.com "...Started off as an AW3 in VX-1 in Key West 70-72, AW2 in VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine 72-76, AW1 ASWOC NS Rota, Spain 76-79, AW1/YN1 VP-48 in NAS Moffett Field, California, retired as YNC in 93. Interested in hearing from anyone that was with me during these trying times. LMAO..." [19MAY99]

LAMBERT, Terry terrylamb12@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 (1974-1977)..." [28OCT2012]

LAMBTON, Jack jackandbonnie@lambtongroup.com "...I served with VP-48, AW4, two WestPacs - May 70 to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and second West Pac in May of 71 to NS Subic Bay, Philippines and Utipo (sp?) Crew 6 Julie/Ecm operator..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2001 | 29APR2000]

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]

LANDIS, AT3 Mike landismr@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 (03/1969-12/1971) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand as Radio Operator 0n Crew-9. I graduated from San Jose State and worked for NASA at Ames Research Center retiring recently with 34 years..." [27AUG2012]

LaVARNWAY, Samuel Mark sml1224@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1987 to 1990. We deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska. I still remember the infamous cheesecake incident in NAS Adak, Alaska!..." [13SEP2009]

LEADY, AFCM Larmer "Bud" Retired blleady55@aol.com "...I served with ATU-601 (P2V's - Airframes) from 1954 to 1956 at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, VP-48 (P-3's - Maintance Control) from 1968 to 1971 at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-8 (Maintance Chief) from 1974 to 1978 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from any of my shipwrecks I have served with..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 18JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 23JUL2001 | 09JAN99]

LEAGUE, AT3 J. Kyle kyleleague@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-48 from 1985 to 1988 as an IFT. I've already found some of my crew and would like to hear from more of them. I was on crew 1, 7 and others. Thanks..." [31DEC2005]

LEE, Jack [Passed away on Monday, June 16, 2003 in Orange Park, FL] "...I served in VP-48, VQ-2, VP-30 and VP-24. I retired in 1992 while serving at AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I'm now a support contractor for the P3 APML working PDM, SRP, and scheduled maintenance programs. If I could be of any help to anyone drop me a line. I would like to here from shipmates I served with..." [ICQ# 6133630] [15DEC97]

LEE, James K. kcmc03@juno.com "...Served with with VP-10 1961-62, VP-19 1962-64, VP-49 1968-70, VP-1 1970-73, and VP-48 1976-77..." [Updated 08JAN98]

LEGGETT, AO3 Edward "Fast Eddie" jenks22@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1977 to 1981 and flew with Crew-12 (Dixie Dozen). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 14JUL2010 | 17JUN99]

LEMELIN, Steve lemelin@snip.net "...Served in VP-48 from 3/89 to 4/91. Spent 3 months in NAS Adak, Alaska and Okinawa with Crew 8. Went to Crew 9 "The Rude Crew" and spent some time in Cubi Pt, RP. Went to VP-47 due to decommissioning. After VP-47 I went to the TAR program. Served 4 years in VP-94 and almost 3 years in VP-66 after which I got out. I am currently in the process of affiliating with VP-66 and work for a major airline out of New York. I have been told that some of our names from the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines '90 det are on display in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola at the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines O' Club display..." [24MAY98]

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

LeMOIGNE, AT3 Scott lemo6@comcast.net "...I was an AT-3 with VP-48 from 1980 to 1983. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who was there during that same time frame. I still keep in touch with AT-2 Randy Splide..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2006 | E-Mail Updated 22DEC2000 | 00XXX97]

Memorial Picture "...LEONARD, LCDR Percy "Perc"...I am sorry to tell that my husband, LCDR Percy (Perc) Leonard (VP-48 - Pearl Harbor Survivor), passed away December 29, 2012. A military ceremony (cremation burial) honoring Perc was held at Fort Rosecreans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA, on January 17, 2013..." Contributed by Helga Leonard hleonhardt@ucsd.edu [16MAY2013]

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

LEWIS, John jdlewis52@comcast.net "...I was an IFT in VP-48 from 1978 to 1981. I was lucky to be able to work with and fly with some of the finest people on earth. Fellow Boomer's, drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAR2004 | 27APR98]

LINDSEY, AWC Robert P. Retired rlindsey@tampabay.rr.com "...I served in VP-48 68/70, Sere School Brunswick, Maine 70/74 and VP-44 74/78 when I retired. Lots of good times and wonderful people in those days..." [16MAR2002]

LINES, YN3 Phil plines@columbus.rr.com "...I served with VP-48 from November 1972 thru July 1976. I was a YN3 and worked in the Admin office (yes we did read all your Playboys that came into the Mail Room) and worked in the the Ops and Training offices. Looking for word from any of my Shipmates (especially AW1 Charles Bowles and PN3 David C. Jones)..." [22APR2003]

LINSTROM, Jerry jerry.lindstrom@worldnet.att.net "...I served as in VP-48 from 1974 to 1977 and in VP-91 from 1981 to 1991. I recall many great times all over the world. Send me a note..." [03OCT99]

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

LOMANTO, ADJ James "Jamie" Barry jlomanto@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-48 in May 1969. My rate was ADJ. I never really made it to the shop I mostly did Plane Captain duties. I want to Viet Nam and PI: was in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam when the cong tried to blow up the base one night. A buddie of mine Tin Daley from Fremont, CA got caught under a tug and got his ear drum blown out. I worked under Chief Carr for a while had some good times in the Plane Captain shack at NAS Moffett Field, California. Me and the gang Andy "Scumbag" Fischer, "Filthy" Phil Allen, Tim "the man" Daley ther were more I just can't rememberm thier names. The second time around the squadron went back to PI and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Andy and I were there for about two weeks before they shipped us back to the states to get out of the Navy..." [03DEC2006]

LOOMIS, AX2 Ray LosLoomis@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 from 1970-1973. I left the navy in 1977 as an AX-2..." [25APR2002]

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

LUPER, CAPTAIN James Retired jaluper@erols.com "...I served with VP-19, VP-48, and was CO of VP-1..." [17SEP2000]

LYONS, AMH1 Bernard "Bernie" Retired bernielyons@verizon.net "...SI served VP-21 (11/1962-07/1965), VT-2 (08/1965-11/1969) at NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, VP-48 (07/1969-07/1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAVCRUITDIST New York (08/1975-11/1979) and retired 11/1979..." [BIO Updated 31JAN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29OCT2012 | BIO Updated 11FEB2001 | 02SEP2000]


MAGRAW, John abeech90l@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 Crew 11 from 1968-1971 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Any info on my FE AE1 D. K. Hughes would be appreciated. I would also like to get a squadron patch and would like to obtain a model of a SP5B Martin Marlin from my time in VP-48..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2005 | 05JUL99]

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

MARTIN, AE2 James "Baby Chuck" martinja@charter.net "...I served with VP-48 (April 1969 to December 1970) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I was Nicknamed "Baby Chuck" thanks to AEC Chuck Martin. After leaving the Navy I ended up with the USPS and retired with 40 years of Federal Employment. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07JUL2010]

MARTINEZ, AE Marty wleconte2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1957-1962) and VP-48 (1964-1967). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2012 | 01NOV98]

MASON, AWCS Elgin "Al" Retired almason.mason@gmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-46 (1959-1964), AT "B" School, Instructor Duty (1969), VP-19, (NESEP) Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (1972-1974), (COMNAVFORCARIB) Commander, US Naval Forces, Caribbean-ASCAC (1975-1977), VP-48 (1977-1979) and retired..." [07AUG2011]

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

MATEER, AMS2 Philip F. pfm7jr@outdrs.net "...I was attached to VP-48 Airframes from 1972 through 1973 and flew the Boomerang with TADs to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and back to NAS Moffett Field, California. I would like to make contact with anyone who was attached to VP-48 during that time especially anyone who was in Airfrmes..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2004 | 16DEC2000]

MATHIS, AT2 James L. II jlmathis@gte.net "...Served as P5M Aircrewman in VP-48 1960-1962 NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [10JUL2001]

MAYER, Bill mayer@lemoorenet.com "...Was attached to VP-48 with the pig boats from May of 62 to May 65. Enjoyed flying especially out of Sangley Point PI. Would like to hear from "old" shipmates..."

MAZZA, Joseph D. "...Served with VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1972 through 1975...Captain Mazza was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 2, 1946. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in Foreign Affairs. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969. After serving for two years as a flight instructor with Training Squadron 3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, he reported in 1972 to Patrol Squadron 5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed three deployments to Atlantic and Mediterranean bases. From 1975 to 1977, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research. He was next assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Group 5 homeported at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, where he served as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. During his two years on that staff he completed several Western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployments. In 1980 he was assigned to Patrol Squadron 48 at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as Operations Officer until 1982, deploying to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. He next served on the staff of the U.S. Commander in Chief Pacific at Camp Smith, Hawaii, as Senior Military Analyst in the Research and Analysis Division. In 1984 he reported to Antarctic Development Squadron 6 at NAS Point Mugu, California, for his first Aviation command. He completed three deployments to Antarctica and was the squadron Commanding Officer from April 1986 to May 1987. He next attended the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1988. After graduating, he stayed on at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies as a CNO Research Fellow until March 1989. Captain Mazza assumed major aviation command as Commander, U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica homeported at CBC Port Hueneme, California, and completed his fourth and fifth antarctic deployments. From 1991-1995, Captain Mazza served as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science for the Carnegie Mellon University NROTC Unit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Captain Mazza retired in August, 1995 after 28 years of dedicated service to the United States Navy. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon (2), Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Antarctica Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (7)...http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/rotc/nrotc/mazza.html

Me Note Joe Mazza, Captain, USN (Ret.) jm0045@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 1972-75, VP-48 1980-83, VXE-6 1984-87 (CO 1986-87)..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JUL2000]

McAULEY, AMS2 Edward J. edward.mcauley@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (02/1981-04/1984) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (02/1981-08/1981), NAS Adak, Alaska (02/1992-06/1992) and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (again). I can still recall Shipmates Cliff Kuti, Jay Stewart, Jim Leman, Glen Adler, Rick Regard, Bruce Manning, Jim (the mech), Abe Villareal, Steven Coppola, Jim Punkiwitz, Gil Royster, Cricket, The BIG personnel man, Tom Andrews, Mike Aldred, ElVato Loco RED!, Alvarez, Marshall, Baxsley, Bristow, Jeff (Golden Gloves, IFT), Glynn Eastham, Melvin Grimes, Mike Mehas, Doc Holliday, Lamont Johnson, Scott LeMoigne, Chief Merriweather, Tom MURPHY, Chris O'Donnell, Rick Simpson, Larry in the tool room, Terry Voelkel, Oswald, Korscheck, Barton, Chief Richards, Chief Tinkle, James Wehrer, Dean Gaddis, CDRs. Woodford, Crowley, LaDeux, and Parody, Falls to mention a few! I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUN2015 | E-Mail Updated 01JUN2000 | 17OCT99]

McCARTHY, J. C. Jr. jaybetty@aol.com "...I was in VP-48 from 1965 until 1968. I was in S NAS North Island, San Diego, California with the P-5's. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. We then transitioned to the P-3 at NAS Moffett Field, California. We took them to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in August 1967. I left in Feb 1968 I enjoyed my stay with VP-48. Wouldn't take it back..." [16JAN2002]

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

McCOLGAN, AO2 Donald S. amccolg@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 as an aircrewman from from 1977 to 1981. I am living in the mountains of Vermont and wish the best to all past members of VP-48 and all Veterans/Heroes who served with honor in the military. I have a beautiful daughter and would love to swap stories from old mates and hear what your up to these days as time fly's so to speak. I visited with JD. Lewis and his beautiful family in Tenn. and swapped alot of stories. I would also like any info on the whereabouts of Ron Doctor' or Tom Albright' Sea ya..." [E-Mail Updated 09DEC2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 01APR2002 | 10MAY99]

McCOLLUM, AFCM Phillip M. Retired philmac@gulftel.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1958--1960. Retired from the Navy in 1970. Called Alaska my home for 33 years. I had a C.O. in VP-48 during my tour by the name of Kermit M.E. Miller. He was the greatest C.O. I had in 23 years in the Navy. Would enjoy hearing from Shipmates from VP-48 that were there during my tour..." [20JAN2001]

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

McEACHERN, AMH1 Kenneth W. werunamck@att.net "...I served (FE) with VP-6, VP-31 and VP-48..." [30NOV2014]

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

McGEHEE, CDR Michael W. mwmcgehee757@netscape.net "...I served with VP-48 from February 1987 to September 1990, VAQ-33 from September 1990 to March 1993, VP-66 EW Detachment from April 1993 to July 1997, VQ-11 from July 1997 to February 1999, CPW 1174 from February 1999 to February 2000, and CLF DET 105 from February 2000 to present. VP-48 Deployments: NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from June 1987 to December 1987; NAS Adak, Alaska from November 1988 to May 1989; NAS Misawa, Japan/NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from June 1990 to September 1990..." [24AUG2003]

McGILL, AW2 Jon F. (AKA: "Spike" or "Colonel") JFATE14@aol.com "...I served with VP-48, crew 6 as a SS-1 from 83-85. I am looking for old Shipmates who may have served with VP-48 or who was at NAS Moffett Field, California during that time. Additionally, anyone who may remember me from "A" school, FASO, SERE etc..." [26MAY99]

McKAMEY, Bruce katcha@concentric.net"...VP-48 1991 till decom. then VP-50 NAS Adak, Alaska deployment, then TAD to VP-46 for DODGE Deployment and Desert Storm. Was a PR3 then, always worked in the PR SHOP. I was with VP-46 untill they changed home of port and left Moffett Fld. Then I went on to I-LEVEL at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. After North Island I got a CHOICE set of orders to where I am now at VQ-4 Tinker AFB Oklahoma City, OK. Would love to hear from ANY of my old VP shipmates!!!..."

MACKIE, CDR Steven C. Retired vamackies@msn.com "...I served with VP-48 (1984-1988) as 1st LT, Maintenance Admininistration Office, Schedules Officer and NFO NATOPS and flew as a NAVCOMM and TACO Blue Card Instructor and Mission Commander. I later went on to serve as a Company Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; Flag Secretary at Commander, Icelend Defense Force; Department Head, VP-5, Director, Tactical Support Center Brunswick; Combat Systems Officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69); Navy Marine Corps Intranet Branch Head, CNO Staff before retiring as a Commander in Sep 1990. I now run a small IT services business out of Springfield, VA..." [29DEC2010]

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

MEIER, Bob bobmeier1@comcast.net "...I served with VT-10 in 1982and VP-48 from 1983 through 1986. We deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. TACCO Crew 3. RAF Exchange Tour from 1986 through 1989. 201 Sqadron RAF Kinloss. Captain Crew 8. Desron 36 Air Operations Officer from 1989 through 1991. Deployed for Desert Shield/Storm. VP-62 from 1991 through 1997. TACCO Crew 6. Have resided in Fort Myers, FL for nine years. Served with some great people. Please drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 06SEP2003 | 13JAN2001]

MERRIWEATHER, Phil philgmerr@att.net "...I served several tours with VP a/c during my 22 year naval service. I was with VP-50 (65-67), NATC (WST) "Project Trim" (67-68), VAH21 (68-69), NATC (WST) (69-72), VC-5 (72-76), and VP-48 (79-82). I also did a tour at MAMTG-1012 (82-85) as the phase CPO for the P-3C Organizational Avionics Maintenance Courses. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served in those organizations during the periods mentioned..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2002 | 01FEB98]

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

MILLS, ALBERT "AB" Retired ABMILLS@worldnet.att.net "...Served in VP-48 Jul 58 - JUL 62. Flew as Navigator in Crew 2, Co-Pilot Crew 11 and as PPC in Crew 13 and as Shot Gun for C.O. CDR Rae P. Madson. U. S. Naval Academy Jul 62 -Jul 65 Freshman Chemistry Instructor. After the RAG served in VP-44 as Training and Maintenance Officer Nov 65 -Nov 67. PPC of Crew 7 with Pete Baxter as TACCO, Dick Fitzgerald as Co-Pilot, Campo as Navigator and some of the best equipment operators in the U. S. Navy. We were feared by all underwater sailors. After Communications School served aboard USS KITTY HAWK MAY 68- JUL 70. Detailed Nugget Aviators from Jul 70 - Apr 72. XO/CO VT-29 Apr 72-Apr 74. Chief Staff Officer Recruiting Area Seven Apr 74- Apr 76. CO Navy Recruiting District Dallas Apr 76 - Jan 78. 1 Jan 78 transferred to retired list. After retirement was the General Sales Manager of the Cadillac store in Fort Worth, Tx. for 18 years. Retired 1 Jan 1996. Now I play golf and fish. Wife Jan and I travel in the USA. We have a Lake place on the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma..." [03SEP2001]

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

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

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

MILLER, Ron ronmexnow@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California. We deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, Air Force Base at Nogasokie, Japan, and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand..." [31AUG2005]

MILLIMACI, Sam smillimaci@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (SS3) from 1975 to 1978, VP-46 (SS1) from 1981 to 1984, VP-26 (SS1) from 1991 to 1993 FASO NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1988, VP-30 (SS3) from 1993 to 1996 as well as a tour aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Great times and memories..." [28MAY2009]

MILSTEIN, Eric ebmilstein@worldnet.att.net "...AW-2 VP-64 1981-1987, LT., NFO VP-48 (Checked in the week they decommissioned!), VP-47 1991-1995 (The Caustic Crew), VXE-6 1995-1996, VP-91 1996 to Present. (Retirement if they don't get rid of the reserves completely!) P-3's: Baseline Alphas to the last UIII off the production line. NS Rota, Spain-Lajes to Diego Garcia-Masirah-Jeddah..." [15MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...MISCHKOT, LT Philip...my lifelong friend and crewmate, Philip MISCHKOT, passed away in 2012 at the age of 65 - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?pid=160003945..." Contributed by SMETANA, AW Mark m0smetana@gmail.com [06MAY2015]

MISCHKOT, LT Philip pjm3@texoma.net "...I served with VP-48 in NAS Adak, Alaska, Guam, other points west in tht mid to late 70 era. I was with Crew 8 and ended up with the best bunch ever-Crew 2. The neatest thing was all the fun we had dropping stuff in the ocean. The Minex and Bullpup adventures were great work! I just surfed into this site and saw that my crew picture from NAS Adak, Alaska was posted. Outstanding! Thanks to Mark! My wife commented how skinny I looked back then. Oh well. Hey, where is everyone else in that picture? Bullis, Mathews, Emory, Pearce, Scally, Oliveri, Woodall, Boroughs, Emery, Morris et al? Best regards..." [17JUL99]

MOCKERIDGE, Pat patmocke@earthlink.net "...I served as an AW (acoustic) on Crew 4 with VP-48 from 3/77 to 6/79, did the NAS Adak, Alaska det in 77 - rollercoasters were always boring after that. Also deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan in 78, remember shopping in Korea, remember most of the PI - none of which I'll admit to. Hey Mike can you believe Stanley made Admiral? I found this site by accident and went thru the VP-48 registry and was happy to see some names from the past. So any of my fellow FAW'S that remember me or still owe me money can drop a line anytime. We had some good times at NAS Moffett Field, California "The K.C.", St. James, Saturday "touch" football, even the aircraft corrosion cleans and bouy locker don't seem so bad now, I coulda been a lifer..." [04APR2005]

MONOHAN, AMS1 Norbert efnorbert@pyramid.net "...I was in the Navy from Oct. 1958 to Sept. 1968. I spent time in VP-48 from June 61 to May 64 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California then on deployment to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew on Crew 7 until deployment and then with Crew 2. I went from NS Sangley Point, Philippines to VW-1 in NAS Agana, Guam from May 64 to Sept. 66. I flew mostly with Crew 7, but with others also. Steve Fisher, AE? 3 lives in this area also..." [07DEC99]

MONROE, CDR L. W. Retired lmonroe41@aol.com "...Served in VP-48 as TACCO in P5M's and P-3's 1966-68 (Crew 10). As to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam: Served as "Weeds and Seed's" Officer, EM Club Officer, and Coherex Officer along with less imposing positions in Ops. Currently working as a geologist with the Dept. of the Interior. Been hitting this outstanding site for the last several months. Thanks!..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2003 | 18OCT2000]

MORRELL, CAPTAIN Ken morrellka@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48, VP-50, VP-19 and VP-9, all at NAS Moffett Field, California with the exception of my last 6 months with Nine at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii following our homeport change. Thoroughly enjoyed all my tours making great friends and flying many a memorable flight during the cold war. A special thanks to all the great pilots and FE's who always followed a takeoff with a safe landing!..." [20NOV2010]

MORRIS, AMH3 John K. johnmorris008@comcast.net "...I served with VAH-8 in 1961 attached to the USS Midway (CV-41), VP-4 from 1962 to 1963 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (Crew 4) and VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California before transpacking to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I worked for Chief Papasan, Dunphy and Thomas in the Air Frames Shop. I was the tall red headed pool player. I was discharged in 1964, after 4 years...." [BIO Updated 13SEP2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAR2009 | 28SEP2002]

Memorial Picture "...MORRIS, CAPTAIN M. Eugene "Moe"...Marion "Moe" Eugene Morris, Capt. USN, Ret., born July 4, 1926, passed away at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 2, 2005 surrounded by his loving family only eighteen days after the death of his beloved wife of 57 years, Virginia. Moe served with VP-MS-7 / VP-47, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, 1947-1959. Ensign PPC with Ensign FP and Midshipman 3rd pilot/nav. Later flew PBM-5As on NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands for Operation Ivy, then with VP-48 1953-1955 PBMs P5Ms. Served on USS Albemarle (AV-5) on east coast, 1959-60...Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [05APR2005]

MORRIS, CAPTAIN M. E. "Moe" Retired (Deceased) joedover@aol.com "...Served with VP-MS-7 / VP-47, MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, 1947-1959. Ensign PPC with Ensign FP and Midshipman 3rd pilot/nav. Later flew PBM-5As on NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands for Operation Ivy, then with VP-48 1953-1955 PBMs P5Ms. Served on USS Albemarle (AV-5) on east coast, 1959-60. For over 52 years my motto has been, "Shucks, anybody can fly an airplane with wheels...God bless you all..." [Deceased Notification 05APR2005 | 23NOV97]

MORRIS, Terry D. tm_sm@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 in the 1960's for a couple of years. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31MAY2012]

MORROW, ETCS (SS)(AC) David H. Retired twomorrowsbnb@juno.com "...I served with VP-22 from 1953 to 1954. I married and shipped out in January 1955. Couldn't stand MT winters so reuped and served with FASRON-117 VP-48 (P5M's), FASRON-108 NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-18 (P2V-7S's) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Then I got some sea duty and commissioned the USS kitty Hawk and deployed around the horn to a new home port of San Diego. In 1963 I switched to ETC and went to the Submarine USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 GOLD to get back to the Islands. Was there to 1969 and went to the USS Halibut (SSN-587). On the USS Halibut (SSN-587) I got to see what rusion rivers looked like. Read all about me in the book called "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage" written by Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew. I made the first two deployments with the USS Halibut (SSN-587) and the retired as ETCS (SS) (AC). Wings and Dolphins! There are so few of us. Worked for the Indian Health Service for 20 years on Indian reservations from San Diego, CA to Barrow, Alaska fixing & calibrating medical equipment..." [17FEB2003]

MUELLER, Gary chiefbubba@att.net "...Looking for VP-48 WestPac "71" members of my crew or anyone that remembers me. I was the FE in crew #1. CO was George Phillips, Pilots Mike Bower and Jeffrey Pier, 2nd. Mec. was Barry Kracht. Other crew members were Tom Burke, Dave Ploettner, Steven Loy, Sandar Wilson, Jake Axtman, Bill Fitspatrick, and T. McCormack. Records have been lost by Bureau and need verification for VA to prove exposure to Agent Orange. Thanks..." [11MAY2003]

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

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

MURTHA, Michael P. mike.murtha@co.hennepin.mn.us "...I was a crew member of VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California. We went from the P5M pigboats to the P-3 sometime in 1966 I think (not real sure). Started with the P-3A and upgraded to the P-3B. Our squadron was in Japan during the Pueblo problem. I was a member of the Crew 2..." [02JUL2001]

MUSSETT, LT Gerry Shipmate Pix Circa 1971 gerry.mussett@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2008 | 16NOV2001]


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

NELSON, John P. jpnelson6@home.com "...I started my navy career in 1966 as enlisted man in the Submarine Reserve at Lake Union, Wa. Entered OCS, Newport, R.I., June 1970, commissioned Oct. 1970, immediately shipped off to Viet Nam. Received pilot's wings May 1972 and joined VXN-8, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left VXN-8 in 1975 and reported to VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. Discharged from VP-48 and the active duty navy in Oct. 1977, joined P-3 reserve squadron VP-69, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Hired by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) in Feb. 1978, merged with US Air in April 1988. Currently flying the Airbus for US Airways. One wife, four kids, fond and everlasting memories of my navy Shipmates..." [28JUN2001]

Memorial Picture "...Memorial ThumbnailCamera E-6 26MAR56 Memorial ThumbnailCameraRetirement 00MAY89 NORCROSS, CDR William Griffin "Bill"...CDR William Griffin "Bill" Norcross, USN (Ret.), was a native of Dallas, TX, where he attained the highest rank in Army ROTC at Adamson High School of Cadet Commanding Officer in his senior year (1949-50). Cadet COL Norcross bypassed an appointment to West Point, fearing the Korean Conflict would be over before he could join the fray. He first attempted to enlist in the U. S. Marine Corps, and was rejected by the Dallas induction-center navy flight surgeon for flat feet, "You can't march," notwithstanding the previous four years of marching in ROTC without difficulty. Undaunted, he attempted to enlist in the U. S. Navy, and was rejected by the very same navy flight surgeon for a bunion, "You won't be able to climb ship ladders." Since he couldn't do anything about flat feet, he had the offending bunion surgically removed, and was inducted into the U. S. Navy at age 17 on 1 November 1950. Following Recruit Training in San Diego, CA, and Aviation Rating Training in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AOAA Norcross reported to VP-731 (later redesignated VP-48) in NAS North Island, San Diego, California where he flew in PBM Mariner and P5M Marlin seaplanes as a gunner and bombardier out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan, for over four years including dozens of combat missions in Korea, for which he earned the prestigious Air Medal as a combat aircrewman. In 1956, AO1 Norcross reported to NAAS Kingsville, Texas, for two years. Orders to AO "B" School were followed by orders to USS Lake Champlain CVS-39, out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, where he reported in January 1959. On The Champ he participated in successful recovery operations for the first U. S. astronaut, CDR Alan Shepard, and his Mercury capsule. Advanced to Chief Aviation Ordnanceman in November 1960, and commissioned an LDO Ensign in January 1962, Ensign Norcross detached from USS Lake Champlain in March 1962, and attended Aviation Officer Indoctrination at the Naval School of Preflight in NAS Pensacola, Florida, and the Aviation Ordnance Officer Management Course in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, prior to reporting to NAS Dallas, Texas in June 1962, where he advanced to LTJG. After NAS Dallas, Texas, LTJG Norcross served two years as Torpedo Officer at NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1965-67), where he advanced to LT. He then received orders as Officer in Charge of Dare County/Palmetto Point Target Complex at Stumpy Point, NC, training naval aviators from Oceana, VA, for combat duty in Vietnam. Two years later, in May 1969, LT Norcross reported to USS Ranger CVA-61 as Weapons Division Officer. This 38-month tour on the Danger Ranger (which blasted the theme of the Lone Ranger over its loudspeakers while moving in and out of port), out of NAS Alameda, California, included two combat deployments to Vietnam, and promotion to LCDR. In July 1972, LCDR Norcross reported to NAS Lemoore, California, where he served as Weapons Officer for nine months, and Administrative Officer for 17 months. Following various schools, LCDR Norcross assumed command of the Naval Aviation Weapons Facility at Machrihanish, Scotland, in January 1975. LCDR Norcross was the last Commanding Officer at Machrihanish as the command was phased down to caretaker status in March 1976. LCDR Norcross then reported to USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 as Ordnance Officer, making North Atlantic and Mediterranean deployments, and advancing to CDR. After 29 months on the JFK, CDR Norcross took command of Naval Reserve Center, Austin, TX, on 28 September 1978. While in Austin, CDR Norcross applied and was accepted for augmentation into the Unrestricted Line, Designator 1140, Special Operations, as an Expendable Ordnance Management Specialist. Detaching from Austin on 18 October 1980, CDR Norcross reported to Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan, as Chief Staff Officer on 6 November 1980. CDR Norcross assumed command of U. S. Naval Magazine, Guam, on 10 June 1982. On 10 April 1985, CDR Norcross was relieved as Commanding Officer of Naval Magazine Guam with orders to report as Commanding Officer, Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Abilene, TX, and Naval Reserve Center, Wichita Falls, TX. In October, 1985, CDR Norcross additionally assumed command of the Naval Reserve Center in Lubbock, TX, and the Naval Reserve Facility in Midland, TX. Following retirement in May 1989 at age 56, after 38.5 years service in the regular navy, CDR Norcross graduated from the West Texas Regional Police Academy at age 60, the oldest graduate at the time, finishing second overall, and first in pistol marksmanship. Officer Norcross was an exemplary police officer upholding the highest ideals of police work. CDR Norcross married the former Kitty Gerard of Dallas, in 1952, and has two children, Bill Norcross (50) of Seattle, WA, and Linda Rutherford (47) of Dallas, and three grandchildren, Taylor Rutherford (19) of Dallas, Heather Norcross (19) of Haverhill, MA, and Max Norcross (11) of Seattle. CDR Norcross died suddenly and unexpectedly a month before his 64th birthday of natural causes on 29 November 1996, and is sorely missed by all who knew him. All honor to his name..." Contributed by Bill Norcross bill@loanranger.com [18MAR2004]

NORRIS, Jerry jerry@askjerry.com "...I GOT MY AIRCREW WINGS WHILE FLYING IN THE "PIG BOATS" WITH VP-48. I'm an ABH "Flightdecker" type. On the P5M I was the one that took care of the beaching gear so we could come out of the water. I started flying the MADRAD position as relief on those long flights, I was into electronics as a HAM operator, and tried to change my rate to AX. I got transferred before I could accomplish that..." Personal Website: http://www.askjerry.com/ [E-Mail/WebSite Updated 26JUL2000]

Memorial Picture "...NORTON, Craig S. "T"...I must sandly report that Craig S. Norton suddenly passed away from a heart-attack almost 3 years ago. Craig served with VP-48 (1977-1980) and was a VP-31 FRAMP Instructor. His family were/are devistated by the loss..." Contributed by MICHAELSEN, YN2 Jahna "Banana" jahnamichaelsen@hotmail.com [30MAY2015]

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


OBORNE, Larry lryo@jps.net "...Served in VC-3 from 49-52, VP-731/VP-48, VP-4 and flew P2s at NADC Johnsville..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG99 | 09AUG99]

O'BRIEN, LT Thomas P. tobrien@westpa.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1962 to 1965 as a LT PPC Crew 11 and Aircraft Division Officer..." [02JAN2004]

O'CONNOR, Frank R. dianne@mail.ameritel.net "...I was in VP-48 and VP-44, late 50's and early 60's. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates. A whole lot has happened since those fun day's..." [02AUG98]

ODOM, Mike mikeodom23@aol.com "...Attended AZ "A" School, VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I distinctly remember the bus dropping me off on the 101 Freeway at the Biker Bar just outside the gate - it was lingerie night. We deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska. Left in 1989 for duty as a Recruit Company Commander at RTC San Diego. Also served on USS Abraham Lincoln (AIMD), Blue Angels Maintenance Team, VFA-27 MMCO aboard USS Kitty Hawk, and finally the Detachment OIC for CVW-5. Selected for Chief while with the Blues and later commissioned an LDO. I owe my Navy success to my roots in VP-48, particularly from the leadership of LT Tom Doughty, ENS Cliff Collins, CMDCM Leo Padilla and AVCM Jim Collins. Reconnected with Maureen Fitzgerald during my CPO Initiation at NAS Pensacola, Florida and she went on to do great things, retiring as a Master Chief. My wife and I landed in Austin, Texas where there is always a cold beer for anyone passing through. I would enjoy hearing from former Shipmates..." [15DEC2010]

O'DONNEL, AFCM Chris cjodie57@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-48 from 84-88. It was a great squadron and I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [25JAN99]

OLSON, Ralph J. c/o His Daughter dbjb26@astound.net "...I served with VP-48. Looking for former Shipmates..." [14DEC2003]

O'NEILL, Kevin kevinoneill@sprintmail.com "...VP-48 74 to 77 crews 11 then 3 all the fun places NAS Adak, Alaska, Guam, NAF Misawa, Japan, and Iwakuni. Drop me a line and we can swap tales. Also looking for Jerry Lindstrom TACCO..." [28MAY98]

ORLICKI, E. L. mundziu@juno.com "...I served with VP-48 NAS Trinidad, British West Indies, VP-21 on Crew 1 part of 1949 continued as crewman when Privateers (PB4Y2) were turned in for P4M1s (Division Chief C Division 1st radio/radar On #1), and shore duty at NATTC Norman, Oklahoma (as far from an ocean as one could get) where I retired in February 1955..." [03FEB2003]

OSWALD, AOCM Joe L. aocm1976@yahoo.com "...VP-48 was my home from October 1983 to September 1986. I am proud to say that this was my best tour by far. I had the distinction, while working in NATOPS, to give Ensign John Herrington his observer checkride while on deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. He is now CDR John Herrington, NASA astronaut and mission specialist. If you see him ask him if ever learned to put his gloves on for the fire of unknown origin drill. Anyhow, I flew with Crew Three as the inflight ordnanceman for the entire tour. They were a great bunch of guys. Those were the days when ASW was more than just an acronym. Sure would love to hear from any of my old squadronmates. Currently, I am the AO E-7 thru E-9 detailer stationed with Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2005 | 03AUG99]

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

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


PACK, Jesse jep@Eng.Sun.COM "...I was in VP-48 from July 1967 to October 1970, AT3 Radioman for Crew 8, 9, and 3. I got out in 1970 and went back to Tennessee. We flew C-118's as a reserve at NAS Atlanta. I went back on active duty as a TAR in 1973 at Moffet to assist in the Reserve P3 transition, then CNAVRES/VP-94, and VAK 308 (A3 Navigator) until 1980. Got out and was affiliated with VP-91 as a SAR until retirement in 1991. I went to work for a little start up called Apple and have been in the Silicon Valley ever since. Apple, Seagate and now at Sun Microsystems..."

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

PALIGO, ADJ2 David moto97212@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1967-1970) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30DEC2014 | 13JAN99]

PALMER, AW1(NAC) James R. Retired Prodtech@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-17 from 1976-1980. Then to NAS Moffett Field, California from Jan 1981-1984. Then to VP-48 from 1984-1988, then on to NATTC Millington, TN until 1991 where i was ships company onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). I retired from active service OCT 1993. Would like to here from those I served with..." [24DEC98]

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]

PATTON, CWO Keith E. Retired avcwo@cox.net "...I was an AT IFT and was later commissioned as a Mustang CWO. Here are my duty assignments: NAMTD-1011 from 1978-1979, VP-49 from 1979-1983, VP-5 1983-1985, NAMTD 1012 from 1985-1989, VP-48 from 1989-1991 (DECOMISSIONED), NTC GREAT LAKES from 1991-1994, VP-9 from 1994-1997, and OIC NATEC OKINAWA from1997-1998. Anyone wanting to contact me PLEASE DO SO. I would love to hear from old Shipmates and CAC members. I look forward to hearing from you!..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2003 | 06NOV2002]

PAYTON, Robert J. robert_j_payton@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California, from 1972 thru January 1976. I worked in the PR/AME shop under PR1 Larrington. Member of the "Flying Gound Ponders" 10 of us that bounced around on all detachments. Fellow menbers in the PRAME shop where Marvil Bennit, Brian Stralie, Moe Newmane, Steve Sears and Marty Martin. I am also trying to locate a fellow VP sailor whom I served with in VA-42 out of NAS Oceana, AO1 Dee W. Gregory, he picked up Chief sometime after 1983..." [28JAN2006]

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

Memorial Picture "...PERKINS, ADR1 John N...I am the oldest son of ADR1 John N. Perkins who crewed and was plane capt for "Double Nuts", in VP-48 in the 60-64 timeframe. He was crewing when the P5M lost an engine and landed off the nudist beach in San Diego in 1962. He later made the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1963-64, and participated in ASW missions off Haiphong Harbor the year before the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the Vietnam War started. He went on to retire as AVN Maint Div Chief aboard the Hornet, out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, in Jan 1971. He passed in Sept 1998, in Milton, Florida..." Contributed by Dennis Perkins perkinspa@hotmail.com [28NOV2012]

PERRY, Lowell E. Cranford11@aol.com "...VP-48 - served 1953 - 1956. Switched to helicopters in 1959. Served in HU1, HS5, HC1 (HC1 DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines), HC4 (CO 69-70), USS Guam (Air boss), Joint Staff as final duty station... Retired as Captain in 1974..." [25DEC98]

PETROCCO, Dave dave2dogs@earthlink.net "...I was in VP-48 from 1967 to 1969. I joined the squadron halfway thru the NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Made the NAS Adak, Alaska and RAD Guam trip I was and AMH2 and worked in the airframes shop, mostly afternoon turn..." [02DEC2000]

PETRUSHA, Tony Stanley_Dog@msn.com "...I was on top of Adak with 20,000 lbs headed for an R.O.N. in Elmendorf. I was a 2nd mech on crew 7 in VP-48 from 1973 through 1977. I'm am looking for a pilot named Claude Callison, anybody have a clue where he might be. A point of interest to some people from VP-40 and VP-31, PN2 Jill Sokoloski and I are still happily married, she enjoyed this site and remembered Iwacuni, Midway, NAF Misawa, Japan and Mumbles. Drop me a line..."

PITCAVAGE, LCDR Edward Retired EUSERDALE7865@CS.COM "...SERVED IN VP-48 AS A AME-2 FROM 1970-72. WORKED IN AIRFRAMES AND CORROSION CONTROL. WE DESIGNED AND PAINTED THE NEW TAIL DESIGN WHEN THE SQUADRON TRANSITIONED TO CHARLIES. LOOKING FOR OLD ShipmateS, AO2 DAVID VILLANEUVE, ORDNANCEMAN ON CREW 9, DAVE FESTERLING, AW CREW 9, AND MIKE LANDIS AT CREW 9. SERVED MY LAST THREE 1/2 YEARS (94-97) AS THE AIMD OFFICER AT NAS Misawa, Japan. GREAT PLACE AND A LOT OF FUN SUPPORTING THE VP NAVY LOOKING FOR CDR RON BORERGER THE XO DURING THE LAST HALF OF MY TOUR. I THINK HIS HANDLE WAS MONGO..." [10SEP2000]

PIXLER, Gary Retired gp2539@netzero.net "...Stationed in VP-48 from Feb 81 to Jan 83. Was the aerial photographer for squadron after PH2 Pizzaro. Work in the operations department in intel. One of my most memorable times was when we were flying to the Phillipines with CDR Parodi (CO) and we were trying to fly inside a corridor of a storm system and we hit a dead air pocket and the aircraft fell between 3,000 and 4,000 feet before we regained lift. all i can remember is floating in the overhead and then getting slammed towards the deck back by the galley.....luckly no one was injured except for dropping a load in thier pants! I would like to hear from any or all shipmates during that period in life..." [13FEB2000]

POWELL, Ernie epowell42@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-21 (1960's), Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) (1965-1966) at NAS Point Mugu, California, VP-31 (1966-1967) and VP-48 (1967-1969). Looking for Bob Fletcher from (VP-31) and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 18OCT2014 | BIO Updated 18NOV2002 | BIO Updated 01JUL2000 | 29MAY2000]

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

PRESTWICH, LCDR George D. gprestwich@earthlink.net "...Was LCDR in VP-48 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Iwakuni, Japan from mid-1954 to August 1955 when I resigned from USN and went to work for GE. Was PPC of SF-10. Was Ass't Operations Officer under Ed Allen, and the skipper during my assignment was the infamous Cap't Jack Young (of "fly it in the normal notch" fame). My co-pilots were Jolly Bob Hector, Ted Fuger and Oley Olander. Have been to three VP-48 Seaplane Pilots' Reunions in Dallas, San Diego and Pensacola, but not for several years, because I'm not able anymore to travel very far from home..." [BIO Updated 16JUN2003 | 01MAR99]

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

PYE, AMS3 David davepye1@q.com "...I served with VP-48 (SF-12 BUNO: 141257) from 1958 to 1962..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2009 | 08OCT2000]


QUIETT, Dan danquiett@charter.net "...I served with VP-48 (Crew-8 and Crew-12). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11APR2011]

QUINTILIANI, Jerry jerryq1000@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1967 to 1968 with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06MAY2009]


RAMOS, SCPO Ysmael P. Retired ysmael.ramos@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-48 (1983-1986) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-17 (1987-1990) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as Aircraft Civision Chief and QA Division Chief and AIMD at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington where I retired in 1994. My career in the Navy is a memory of many friends made and I'd like to hear from them..." [E-Mail Updated 27SEP2011 | 13APR2003]

REEVES, AD1 Dale Retired p3fe1@ieee.org areeves@computer.org areev001@odu.edu "...VP-48 1982-1985, PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California Range aircrew 1985-1988, VP-19 1988-1991, RTC Great Lakes Company Commander 1991-1994, VP-46 1994-1997. Presently attend Old Dominion University, Norlfolk Va. Computer Engineering..." [08FEB99]

REINHARDT, LCDR Dick Retired rr2mohawk@bendbroadband.com "...Served with VP-47, FASRON-110, VP-731, and VP-48 between 1949 and 1948 as an AL & later AT. Left VP-48 at NAS Iwakuni, Japan for OCS in the Spring of 1958 as an AT1. Later served as a "Black Shoe" in DD's, Cruiser's etc. Currently in Bend Or. Would like to swap a "sea story" or two with any old Shipmates so inclined!..." [E-Mail Updated 30JAN2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 20FEB2002 | 30SEP97]

RELYEA, Rich Rxrelyea@aol.com "...I was an AW2 Acoustic Operator (SS1) in VP-48 (1979 - 1981)..." [03OCT2000]

RENKE, Billy D. billyrenke@webtv.net "...I joined VP-48 in April of 1964 and left in October of 1971. Those were the best years of my 21.5 I am waiting for October to get here so I can once again have a beer and talk about life as it was. You guys were super, believe me..." [07JAN2000]

RHINEHART, Howard rhinestones@pennswoods.net "...VP-48 Parachute Rigger from June 1960 - 1962. Seabag packed form NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba deployment in 1962. Deployment cancelled. Unpacked seabag. Transferred to Warner Springs SERE in 1962. Greeting to old "Comrades". Send an email if memory goes back that FAR!..." [10MAR2005]

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

RICKMAN, LCDR Loy Retired loy@sprynet.com "...I served in VP-48 in 1962-1963 and in VP-50 in 1965-1967. I was in crew 5 with VP-48 and Crew 2 with VP-50. Bob Bolerjack was my PPC in VP-50. I did about 6 or 7 NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam dets in 66-67 with VP-50. Crew 2 found the wing of Crew-13's Airplane on January 6, 1967 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...January 6th, 1967). I still have slides of the wing in the water. The recovering ship tried to hoist it but their winch cable broke. I was selected out of VP-50 for NESEP in 1967 and was commissioned in 1971. I flew E2B/C for 11 years and retired as a LCDR in 1982..." [23APR2007]

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

RISLEY, AO2 Ron rjr3@comcast.net "...Served with VP-48 from 1962 through 1966. I flew with Crew 12 and Crew 3. Made deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1964 and 1965/1966. Did the Galapagos thing and lost our plane on the way home to San Diego. Would like to contact LTjg Johnson, Lt.Green, and Sgt. Moss..." [E-Mail Updated 13APR2002 | 27JUN2000]

ROBINSON, CDR Ken Retired ken-virginia@email.msn.com "...Served in VP-48 from 1960 to 1964 as LT and Plane Cdr. Served in VP-50 from 1970 to 1972 as LCDR and Plane Cdr. Served as OIC PATWINGSPAC det NAS Adak, Alaska from 1975 to 1977. Retired from USN in 1980 as CDR..." [15APR2001]

ROBERTS, David krobert2@san.rr.com "...Many familiar names on this list (Lots of P.I. flash-backs). VP-48 was a great squadron with some great people. Feel free to drop me a line..." [04SEP2000]

ROGERS, ABH3 Teresa tjohn90@entergy.com "...I was in VP-48 from 2/86-4/88. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [14JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...ROTHMAN, MS1/AW1 David L...ROTHMAN, David L. MS1 formerly AW1 USN (Ret) passed away 8 Sep 2014 at the age of 65. The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited by the family of fallen US Navy Veteran, MS1 David L. Rothman, to stand and honor during his Interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. 96130. MS1 David L. Rothman served his country proudly from 21 Dec 1973 to 30 Apr 1994. MS1 David L. Rothman entered the US Navy at the end of the Vietnam War and served as an Aircraft Acoustic Operator flying in US Navy P-3's. Later in his career, he became an instructor in Anti Submarine Warfare until his separation in Apr 1994. After serving in the US Navy, David Rothman was actively involved with the VFW and American Legion in Susanville, serving as the Van Ride Coordinator for Veterans needing travel arrangements to the VA Hospital in Reno, NV. until his retirement. MS1 David L. Rothman was a proud US Navy veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family, he will be missed by many." While flying as an AW, Dave was assigned to VP-4 (74-77), VP-6 (78-82), VP-31 (82-85) and VP-48 (85-89)..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [30NOV2014]

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

RUBALCADO, Jesus "Red" mc6025@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-48 (03/1978-03/1981) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Moffett Field, California (AIMD) and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31OCT2016 | 17FEB2002]

RUCKER, Ken kenrucker1@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-48 from 1981 to 1985 as an IFT aircrewman. This time in my life was some of my fondest memories. If anyone else reads and served during this time please email. Thanks..." [16NOV2001]

RUMMONDS, AO Jerry jesuspinata@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1981-1985) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [29JUL2013]

RUMPP, LT Robert L. (Bob) rrumpp@earthlink.net "...VP-48 1968-1969, Guam Detachment 1968 and NAS Adak, Alaska Deployment 1968-1969..." [25JAN99]

RUSS, Calvin G. "Jerry or Mad Russian" cruss@visuallink.com "...I was a Mech in Crew 4 VP-731 / VP-48 from 1951 to 1955 then flew for Eastern Air lines from 1957 to 1991 as Flight Engineer, Co-pilot, and Captain on the Connie, DC-6, DC-7, Electra, DC-9,and Boeing 757. Happines is finding this site. It's nice to see some more survivers. I'm retired on a lake in Virginia, watching the Ducks swim around. Do I hear a Crew 4 roar?..." [08MAY2004]

RUTHERFORD, Ph.D. Paul M. corsairman2002@yahoo.com "...As a physics instructor, I often look back, usually quite fondly, of my days in VP-48 (May 1979 to November 1981) at NAS Moffett Field, California and relate various experiences as they relate to physics..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2009 | 03APR2001]


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

SALAS, AECS Rick Retired rbsalas@msn.com "...I served (FE) with VP-31 (1969), VP-1 (1969-1972), VP-50 (1972-1975), VP-31 1975-1978), VP-48 (1978-1981), VP-31 (1981-1984), VP-6 (1984-1987) and CPW-2 (1988-1991)..." [27JAN2016]

Memorial Picture "...SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard E. (Dick)...My Dad, Richard E. (Dick) Sander, served with VP-731/VP-48 from March 1952 to June 1954 (VP-731 became VP-48 in February 1953). (Dick was the PP2P on the 31 Jul 52 Mig shootdown Fox Blue Mission which was able to safely land at Paengnyong-do Korea. Dick passed on in 1997. He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1978..." Contributed by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

SANKEY, Chuck csankey1@columbus.rr.com "...VP-48 from 1972 - 1975 on Crew 3. Have not had any contact with any of the squadron since leaving in 1975 which is regrettable. I have been working for major hospital system in Columbus, OH. since 1999. X-ray and other imaging equipment for the past 25 years has been my livelihood. Would like to here from any friends and acquaintances from the past. I will be in Sunnyvale for a couple of weeks the last of October 2005..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 19SEP2005 | Updated 08JUL98]

SAWYER, Kurt ksawyer@woh.rr.com "...During the period of 1979 to 1993 I served with VP-48, VP-1, VP-22 and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 11MAR2000 | 30NOV99]

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

SCHAFER, AW2 Rick rschafer@hctc.net "...I served with VP-48 (1974-1977) finishing my enlistment as an AW2. What a great experience for this kid from Texas! I have many fond memories of the comraderie that was ever present in the VP community!..." [05AUG2011]

SHAFER, Roy devdrive@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from late 1965 to 1968. Joined the squadron right out of boot camp, worked as the squadron mailman for a while and ended up in the Admin Office and then Classified Material Control. I made on tour to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and left the squadron after our return. The return was slowed down some what by the PUEBLO INCIDENT. I left the squadron as a YN2 and worked for CNO at the Pentagon (anti-submarine warfare)until I got out in October 69. I can see a few familiar names on the VP-48 page. Just thought I'd "log in"..." [07JUN2000]

Memorial Picture "...SCHEID, ATN3 Kenneth...I am sad to report that ATN3 Kenneth Scheid passed away August 3, 2010 (as reported by his widow Carolyn). Ken served with VP-48 (1963-1966) as a Panel/Comm and Julie/ECM with Crew-3. He made two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and flew missions in support of Market Time off the coast of Vietnam..." Contributed by vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [06NOV2010]

SCHEID, Kenneth kas1640@cs.com "...I served in VP-48 from 1964 to 1966. I was a radio/panel operator as well as a Julie/ECM operator. I made 2 deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I want to say hello to all my old crew mates from Crew 3..." [30JAN2000]

SCHLOSSER, AX2 George n7uy@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from November 1962 (Jez, Rad and 2nd Radioman with Crew 8 flying the old P5 Boats) to Spring 1963 NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment. Anybody remember the trip to the Galapagoes Islands February 1964? I left VP-48 and went to VP-9 (Special Detachment) NAS Adak, Alaska. We flew patrols out of NAS Adak, Alaska for 18 months. Spent many nites at Shemya on alert crew. I was lucky to have family at NAS Adak, Alaska as I was with a small unit ComFairAlaska on NAS Adak, Alaska. I have many memories in the Bearing straights. On February 2003, at age 62, I retired with 34 years service, I retired from NorthWest Airlines (Electronic and Electrical Systems Maintence Technition). I worked on the 727, 757, 747, DC-10 and Airbus A320. I am now enjoying retirement, lots of Motorcycle riding and grandchildren. All the best to my many old Shipmates. Hope to see some of you folks on the road (West Coast roads!)..." [BIO Updated 04AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 03AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15APR99 | 28OCT98]

SCHOONBECK, Dennis schoonbeckd2@wmconnect.com "...I served with VP-48 during the mid seventys. Was a proud member worked in Material Control as a Avation Storekeeper. Looking forward to here from members during my period of service..." [27FEB2008]

Memorial Picture "...SCHUPP, AMSC T. L. "Eddie"...Schupp AMCS T. L. (Eddie) deceased 6 September 2010. Of his many squadrons and stationss, Eddie will be most fondly remembered as FE of Crew 6 from VP-64's transition to the P-3 Orion in June 1973 until 1976 and then again in 1981 to 1983. Eddie was interredin the new Washing Crossing National Cemetery. Crew 6 will hold a memorial at the grave site on 2 October 2010. If interested, contact Captain Lou Dilullo at dilu3@psd.net. Eddie also served with VP-48..." Contributed by ROBIDEAU, AWCS Larry "Robby" Retired larobidoo@comcast.net [30SEP2010]

SCHUPP, AMSC T. L. "Eddie" rschuppjr@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from August 1968 to August 1969..." [E-Mail Updated 11OCT2009 | 29MAR2009]

SCHWARZ, AMS2 Stephen stephen.schwarz@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1977 to 1981..." [20JAN2004]

SCOTT, Bill scotty6651@aol.com "...I was an AW with HSL-31 (74-75), HSL-33 (75-78), VX-1 (78-80), ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (80-82), and VP-48 (82-84). I then took a break at NRD Cleveland (84-86). Disqual'd from flight and changed rate to STS and got to see ASW from the other side. SSN 663 87, SSN 667 87-89 and retired as an instructor at SubTraFac Norfolk 94. I married Cindy Secunde who was in VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1980 and had two children. Don't miss the silent service, but sure do miss everyone in 12 years of flying. Would appreciate hearing from any squadron mates or friends. Cindy and I were just remembering how much fun it was to have ready alert crews from deployed VP squadrons over the house in NAS Adak, Alaska for holiday dinners. A guaranteed launch every time! All the best..." [04APR2002]

SEAL, Orville O. atcsseal@msn.com "...Flew in PBM's from 1947 to 1951. Nose and waist gunner. Served in VP-47, and VP-48. Retired 1964 as an AOC..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2002 | 11MAR98]

SEARS, SCPO Stephen Retired tbirdsps@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 from September 1972 to May 1976. Stayed for 26 years, made Senior Chief and never got back to the VP Navy..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2011 | 07FEB2001]

SHAPPEE, CWO2 Rudolph "Rudy" rtshappee@cox.net "...Reported aboard VP-48 fresh out of AE-A School as an AEAN in June of 1958. Worked out of the AE Shop and served as a relief crewman in ECM position and as an Observer. Never assigned to a permanent crew. Was kicked out of the galley after my first attempt to brew coffee. Pilot told crew they were to throw me over the side if I was caught near the coffee maker again unless I was repairing it. Flew during deployment in 1959 out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Was on the flight that was relieved by the patrol aircraft that was jumped by the Mig. Remember standing squadron formation when they were awarded their Air Medals and Purple Hearts. Buddy was Chuck Carnobas. Left the squadron as AE2 in September 1960 for AE-B School. Converted to AX and later served in HS squadrons at Imperial Beach. Three cruises to Vietnam on carriers as rescue crewman, then retired in 1976 as CWO2. Am always interested in getting together and talking about our deployments to Japan and our ongoing battles with the Marines..." [E-Mail Updated 05JAN2009 | 14MAY2001]

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

SHERMAN, CWO4 Neil Retired nsherman39@comcast.net "...I served with VP-11, NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1966-1970. I was an aircrewman first on P2V-7 then P-3B as a Jez operator. I arrived as an AW3 and left as an AW1. I also served in VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1974-77. This was during my time as an AWC-AWCS. I flew as a Jez operator and also served as the AW Division Officer. I was in VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1982-1986 as a CWO4. I flew as a NAV/COMM, TACCO, and MC on P-3C. Made all the deployments in all the squadrons..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 19MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 28OCT2002 | 07SEP2000]

SHONTZ, Thomas tommynav@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 from January 1969 to September 1969 and deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska. I really enjoyed the P-3 aircraft. I live in Pittsburgh, PA ever since and am still working. Enjoy going to air shows and the WWII weekend in Reading, PA. Thank you all for your service..." [20AUG2009]

SIESS, James R. svsp@yhti.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1963 to June 1965. We had a great time it only seems like yesterday (except I can't remember everyones name). I hope to attend the next Reunion..." [19AUG2003]

SIGLER, LCDR Steve Retired Stevesigler@compuserve.com "...VXN-8 74-77 (the good years), then on to recruiting in ABQ, VP-19, Monterrey, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California -- now trying to stay warm while flying DC-9's with Northwest Airlines out of Minneapolis, MN ........Life is Good!..." [05JAN99]

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

SIX, Michael sixmd@efdlant.navfac.navy.mil "...FEAP in VP-48 from 1989 until its decommissioning. Affiliated with VP-9 in 1991 became a qualified, P-3 FE as an Airman. Detachments include Subic Bay, Panama, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Discharged out of the Navy in 1993, began school at the Univ. Of Maryland, and joined VP-68 as a FE, until 1995 then affiliated with VP-66. I graduated from the UMD in the summer of 98 with an engineering degree, and work as an engineer for the Navy in Norfolk, VA, and was recently commissioned as an Ensign in the Intel community..." [03FEB99]

SKOBIELEW, PN1 John jhnstacy@yahoo.com"...I served with VP-48 from 1983 to 1988, COMPATWINGSPAC from 1988 to 1991, and the USS Ingraham (FFG-61). Looking for old friends who went to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan and Phillippines..." [BIO Updated 17JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 16JUN2004 | 00XX97]

SMETANA, AW Mark m0smetana@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48 (1973-1976) as an AW SS1 and SS2 with Crew-8, Crew-2 and Crew-1..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT2010 | E-Mail Updated 31MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB2000]

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

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

SOBIESZYK, AE Craig ts12710@1american.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1977 to 1979 as an Aviation Electrician. Would like to hear from anyone that was stationed with VP-48 doing the same time, especially Ron Wadsworth from upstate New York..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR2005 | E-Mail Updated 17SEP2004 | 19MAY2003]

SORUM, Merle msorum@bevcomm.net "...I served with VP-48 (1960-1962) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I flew as a Jez Operator aboard the P5M..." [31MAR2017]

SORRELL, Evan evnjen@seanet.com "...AW3 in VP-48 from 87 to 90. Good to see all the fammiliar names here. I hope everyone is well and would love to hear from other Shipmates..." [18NOV98]

SPENCER, Derrell orion52@earthlink.net "...My first tour of duty in the Navy was with VP-48 ('77-'80). I made three deployments ( NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan). After VP-48 I went to NATTC, AVA School as an instructor. Next, I went to sea with USS PELELIU (LHA-5). Then to NAMTGD NAS Moffett Field, California for instructor duty. My last duty station was with USS ESSEX (LHD-2). I retired in '94 as an ATCS(AW). Now I am living in Austin, Texas and wroking for Cirus Logic as a layout designer for CMOS IC chips..." [01FEB99]

SPENCER, William C. "Bill" ky4o@comcast.net "...I served with AEWBarRonPac (1964-1965) flying the barrier from Midway in the EC-121. Highlights were getting to send the Santa Sighting message on Christmas of 64 and operating KM6BI during idle time on Midway. Then transferred to VP-48 (1965-1967) flying the SP-5B Marlin with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1966 while attached to Crew-11 ("Hooper's Hoppers"). Highlights were getting shot down on takeoff from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, listening to the 1966 World Cup Final on BBC overseas service while on bouy watch, and many hours running phone patches for the crew as K7HPO/AM. I was one of the first to transfer to NAS Moffett Field, California and was the first qualified as a Radio Operator in P-3s. It meant a LOT of days riding with new pilots doing a LOT of touch and goes. The highlight of the last part of my tour was going back to Hawaii for an ORI where we won the 'E'. Scariest time was making an unscheduled stop to check a possible fire in number 3. The fire wasn't the scary thing, but the fact that we set down at Beale AFB in No. CA where the SR-71 flew out of. We landed in the middle of an Air Force ORI and they thought we were part of the exercise! Many APs with full battle dress and M-16s pointed at us! In the P-3 I was in Crews 1 and 3. I got out early to go back to school and didn't make the trip to WESPAC where we lost Crew 11. I knew most of the crew from both P-5 days and riding with everyone during the training for the P-3. I was an ATW first and changed to AX. Was qualified in the EC-121 as CIC and Radar and in the P-5 as Radar, Julie and ECM, but always seemed to be doing radio op when I wasn't cooking! Recognized some names from the notes and will try to contact some of you from both AEWBarRonPac and VP-48. 73 to my old radio buddies. My call is now KY4O. (Used 0D4C on the Market Time circuit. Sky King, do not answer!)..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN2011 | 07DEC2000]

STAFFORD, AVCM (AW/NAC) Jim Retired jimmcpo@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-22 ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii) from 1956 thru 1959, VP-48 1967 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) thru 1970 and VP-47 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) 1982 thru 1985. Was an aircrew for most of my time as radioman radar operator and IFT. Made deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Misawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NSF Diego Garcia and the rest of the world. Was In VP-48 when they lost the aircraft on the NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Still have all my cruise books will check the information. Served with VW-13 January 1960 to July 1963, First Technician and Birdseye Crew. In touch with Dave Ayers also served with VW-13 same time. We both made AT1 and were transferred to Instructor duty in Millington. Lots of good times in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, Prestwick, Scotland, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal I'm flying as a Commercial Pilot right now. Just a note for my VW-13 Shipmates. Another Shipmates from the 1960 - 63 time frame was a friend who joined the Navy with me Harold Shader ADR2 worked on the line crew in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. He also made some of the Dets to NAS Keflavik, Iceland as well. He lives out here in Western Colorado with me as well. Sure hope I don't miss the next Reunion. I also have another good friend Dave Ayers who is a flight instructor for Japan Airlines in California who flew with us during the same time period..." [BIO Updated 20FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2007 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2002 | BIO Updated 18SEP99 | 19MAY99]

STAUFFER, Barry bcstauffer@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1964 to 1967 and VP-17 from March 1976 to 1979. I am now in Old Town Alexandria VA where I have lived since I retired from the Navy in 1983..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT209 | 07MAR2000]

STENGEL, AT1 Casey Retired caseyprov356@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (IFT) from 1974 to 1978 (deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska), TAR in 1978 and VP-MAU (Plank Owner) at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1986 to 1990. I retired in 1990 and still miss the Navy. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [11OCT2009]

STEVENSON, CDR Barr S. Retired bstevenson1@cfl.rr.com "...Served in VP-48 1958-1962, JG to LT. PPC Crew 2. Initially part of "Group 12" as Nav and PP2P. Was Air Frames and Line Division Officer. Served for a short time as Maintenance Officer. Last few months was 2nd PPC in XO's (Ken Carter) crew. Served in VP-18 as Maintenance Officer 1966-1968 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. OINC Unitas VIII Air Detachment for four month "cruise" around South America in 1967. PPC of Crew 12. Served in VX-5 as Project Test Pilot and OPs Officer at China Lake, CA 1968-1970. Attended PG School 1962-64. Naval War College 1970-71..." [19APR2002]

STEVENSON, Larry stevenson1214@hotmail.com "...I was a AZ in VP-50 from 1966-70 and was the designated squadron "artist". I was called on to do the art work for the squadrons dragon patch pictured on the insignia page, after painting that damn dragon on quarter decks, P-3 tails, car hoods and a couple of VP-50's aircraft, I never wanted to see another dragon. But, what a flood of goooood memories after seeing that gost again. Thank You. P.S. There was a mascot "ships bell" that VP-50 and VP-48 would steal from each other. Where is it now?..." [12NOV2000]

STEWART, Jay dads56@juno.com or jay.stewart@pssboeing.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1980 to 1984. We deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I left for VA 128 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington some time in July of 1984 and made AMH2. It would be great to hear from any and all of my Shipmates but, I'm looking for Jim Leman, Glen Adler, and Jeff Paugh..." [16DEC98]

STOKES, William L kb6kep@chtree.com "...Would like to hear from anyone who served with VP-48 From 1951 to 1954. I was an AK3 also served TAD on the USS Pine Island in the BoKoKo Straights for VP-48 out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines and on to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I believe it was the first 9 Mo. cruise for the Squadron..." [11AUG99]

STOLSIG, AT3 Charles A. stolsigcmca@aol.com "...I was an AT3 and joined VP-48 out of AT school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Reported to VP-731 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California but there was no VP-731 it was now VP-48. This was February, 1953. Joined SF-11. Transpac to NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in June 1953 for ORI. Completed Transpac to NS Sangley Point, Philippines July 1953. Tour had some exciting moments. End of November 1953 return to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for separation. I would appreciate the Roster in Word. Good to hear from you..." [01SEP2005]

STOREY, LT O. John "OJ" Stohn@earthlink.net "...Served in VP-48 from 3/89 to 3/91 Pilot ... Asst. Tactics Officer Arrived with the "Boomers" in NAS Adak, Alaska in the middle of the '88/'89 winter deployment. "THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!!" Enjoyed many missions and dets, especially the one to Midway with Gebby and PJ Taylor. Although I had many friends and I apologize if I don't mention your name, my best friends were Steve Lemelin, Ron Rose, PJ Taylor, Doug Davis, Dan Mishler, Dunwoody and Ed Winzinger. Graduated to PPC/MC in the fall of '90 after the "roaming" deployment that started at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and ended at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. After decommissioning (Spring '91), went to VP-17. ##### Patrol Squadron 17 ##### Served in VP-17 from 4/91 to 4/92 Pilot ... Pilot Training Officer Joined the "White Lightning" formation in March '91 as PPC for deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and det'ting to Masirah UAE in support of post-Desert-Storm activity. Had memorable times with Kolbinger, Donnie P., Mikler, Berry(Jean-Claude), Heckman(go Pens) and Petersen. There were more good friends (never the Stair-master) but can't remember all of the names. After completion of second-phase of first tour in April '92, departed the Navy pattern a year later from Dallas TX. ##### After Patrol Squadron Navy ##### Pulled chocks on the Navy in 5/93, and spent a year flight instructing waiting for the airlines to hire. After three years of the airlines, decided that a professional pilot's life was not for me (not enough home time). Joined the computer industry in '97, married in '98 and living in Lemoyne, PA (as of Spring '00)..." [31JAN2000]

STORIE, Doug Retired ds312@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-48 from July 1979 to July 1982. 48 was my 1st fleet squadron. I have plenty of good memories about it. I have a photo taken in Jan 1980 when those recently selected were advanced by CO, CDR D.S. Woodford, standing in photo also is XO, CDR Ed Crowley. Looking for AMS1(NAC) Steve N. Schwartz, last known to be retireing some time in the mid to late 1990's. Had good deployment's to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Remember "Charlies Taco's", on BC Street? Best tacos in Asia. Went on to NATTC Millington for "C school, and stayed to teach. Came out of Millington with orders to VP-22, "The Blue Geese". Joined them in NAS Adak, Alaska. Deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1988/89, then a det to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (again!)in 1990. It's a shame the squadrons are now gone. Left P-3's and went to helos. Served in HSL-41, and later 49. I retired in 1997. Moved to Colorado. Like to hear from any former "Boomers" or "Blue Geese" I served with..." [08AUG2001]

Memorial Picture "...STOUT, LCDR Karl Don...Shipmate Pix...My husband, Karl Don Stout, passed away June 30, 2014. Don served with FASRON-110 (1958) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 (1958-1960) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-773 at NAS Olathe, Kansas and VP-661 (1960-1966) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I flew as a Pilot/Navigator. His obit is on Karl Don Stout..." Contributed by Cathy Stout csmaha@msn.com [16JUL2014]

STOUT, LCDR Karl Don Retired csmaha@msn.com "...I served with FASRON-110 (1958) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 (1958-1960) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-773 at NAS Olathe, Kansas and VP-661 (1960-1966) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I flew as a Pilot/Navigator..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2014 | 17FEB98]

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

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

Memorial Picture "...SUMNER, AO Charles "Frank"...My Beloved Father, AO Charles "Frank" Sumner, has passed away July 12th, 2011 from his battle with cancer. Dad served with VP-6 and VP-48. He and our family loved the Navy. He will be put to rest with full honors at the National Cemetery in Riverside CA on Monday July 18th 2011 at 12:30pm. If you knew my father and would like to attend his service please contact me. "Good Hunting Father"..." Contributed by Robert Sumner rsumner2062@roadrunner.com [15JUL2011]

SUMNER, Frank CFrankSumner@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from June 1967 until December 1970. I was an aviation Ordanceman. I flew with crews 3 and 8. I was also stationed in VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from Febuary 1972 to December 1974..." [16DEC2000]

SUNDBOM, Steven srs@gvtel.com "...I served with VP-48 (1971-1974)..." [26DEC2010]

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


TAYLOR, Alan M. rocit77@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1972 through 1973. Great planes and great people..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2002 | 21FEB2002]

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

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

TEBALDI, AT3 Gino ginmar02@verizon.net "...I was in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956. I served with VP-48 from 1954 to 1956. We flew the P5M-1. I flew with Crew 4 (MAD and ECM) during our deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1955. Our enlisted Crew AD Plane Capatain Norm Pappaini, AM Matt Rossa, AD Russ, AO Taylor, AT Hansen, AT Buckley, AT Swingle and myself..." [15AUG2008]

Memorial Picture "...TEGHTMEYER, Steven Lee...My husband served with VP-48. See in loving Memory of my husband AVCM Steven Lee Teghtmeyer http://www.geocities.com/rmary98/..." Contributed by his wife Rosemaryrmary@oasisol.com [11JUN2000]

THANE, Daryl dwthane@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (FE), VP-31 and VP-48..." [23JAN2016]

THORNTON, T. David Retired RstyNutz@aol.com "...I checked into VP-8 in May 1964 and departed in September 1967. It was a growing time for me one of my role modles was ADJ1 Hatti Moss in power plants. Although I was on the Line Crew and made AHB3 before leaving the squadron. I went for the 20 years and retired as an ABCS in May 1982. I have several shipmates on this site and have e-mailed them. I would like to know if anyone out there know the whereabouts of Hatti Moss, James Fernandez "Chico", Richard Barnes "Boats", Thomas Stovall, and Robert Rice. The first time I ever left the USA was with VP-8 to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Ironically my last place outside of the USA was to NAS Misawa, Japan with VP-48. My 20 years was a fun ride with a few bumps along the way. Proud to have served..." [01MAR2002]

TINKLE, ADC Wayne Retired waynetinkle@yahoo.comt "...I served with VP-48 (03/1981-04/1984) as a FE, VS-29, VR-54 and NARF NAS Alameda, California and NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [E-Mail Updated 08FEB2016 | 22JUL98]

TURNER, Joe joe.c.turner@gmx.com "...I served with VP-48 (1975-1978) with deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. I'm now the Sales Manager for a company that manufactures Tank Gauges to keep track of Fuel Inventories at Navy Bases to keep 'em flying..." [E-Mail Updated 16DEC2016 | 19JUN2004]


ULLSPERGER, LTjg Leo c/o his son James Ullsperger golfnbert@aol.com "...Served with VP-48 in New Guini from 1943 to the end of the war, then transfered to VP-53 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [10JUN99]


VAUGHAN, AO1 K. Dale Retired dalevaughan1@cox.net "...I served with VP-2 from early 1968 to its Disestablishment in 1969. I was an AO3 at the time and flew with Crew 2, PPC was LCDR Overeem, Plane Captain was Max Lucero. I went from VP-2 to VP-48 and was discharged in 1970. After the regular Navy I went to the Reserves serving in VA-204 and VP-67 in NAS Memphis, Tennessee then to VA-205 in NAS Atlanta, Georgia and back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee in VP-67 till retirement in 1991 as an AO1. I would like to hear from any VP-2 Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11APR2007 | 12OCT99]

VELASQUEZ, AD2 Vincent A. velasquezv@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 (1958) NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and VRF-32 until my discharge in 1962. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20JUL2014]

VERENEAU, ATC(AW/NAC) Mark ATCJEEP@aol.com "...Great to see the names of those I served with. Brings back many fond memories of my most enjoyable times in the Navy. I served in VP-48 (85-88) as an IFT and VP-44 (88-91) and then ASWOC/TSC Cecil Field where I was medically grounded and went through the tailhook modification and have since served with VS-24 Scouts and am now attached to VFA-106 Gladiators where I plan to retire from in 2001. Feel free to drop an e-mail..." [13MAR99]

VOLLBRECHT, Mel ILME@AOL.COM "...Was lucky enough to serve in VP-48 from 4/67 to 11/69. Cdr's Childers, Tetreault, Anderson were CO's, Ben Pitts was XO waiting to fleet up when I transferred. Great duty some super talent both O's and E's. When I checked in as AK1 we were still transitioning from P-5 to P-3... more than once gear was an after thought! Probably best tour of duty I had as Enlisted person - Iwakuni was great. Dave Wilcox where are you? NAS Adak, Alaska not bad as we got home a couple of times on the cruise. King Crab was outstanding. HM1 Jim Hooker, PR1 Embry (?) worked some magic...fresh eggs, milk and San Fransciso Examiner for Crab! Worked wonders..." [08MAY98]

VORWERK, AT3 Ted 1ted1@bendcable.com "...I served with VP-48 as an AT-3 from 1968-1970 flight crew 1 SF-1 radar then assigned to the AT shop, NAS Adak, Alaska and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Would like to hear from Tim Ratlidge, and most of all Joe Harper. Some of my fondest memories. Thanks guys..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 04DEC2002 | 17MAY99]


WALLS, AW2 Joe jnawalls@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1985 to disestablishment in 1991. Got out for four years and missed it terribly. I went to the reserves with VP-91 from 1995 until it disestablishment..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2002 | 27NOV99]

WALTON, AE2 Ray raytwalton@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 (1969-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (1969), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972), U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand (1969), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1970), NAS Agana, Guam (1970) and NAS Adak, Alaska (1971). Served Under Chief Martin and detachached to Fleet Air Support Unit (FASU) and flew with numerous crews as IFT. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31JUL2014]

WARNER, AW2/SS3 Ben ben@hi-techinteriors.com "...I served with VP-48 (1977-1979) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan. I also served 2 years in the active reserve with the VP Squadron at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Unfortunately, active reserve duty was far too many Pilot Trainers with a couple semi hair raising experiences thrown in. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27FEB2012]

WARRAS, Ken kenj4206@aol.com "...I served in VP-48 from late '61 until Jan '65. Flew in Crew #2 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and also NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Every so often I pick up the red NS Sangley Point, Philippines cruise book that brings back a lot of very fond memories. After VP-48 I spent a tour instructing in T-28's at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Would sure like to hear from any of my VP squadron mates. Looking forward to a possible Reunion in 2003..." [05APR2002]

WATSON, AX2 Dale dwatson@gt.rr.com "...I served with VP-48 from 1972 to 1975. I would like to hear from my old Shipmates, especially Ron Huggler and Marty Budnick..." [06OCT2009]

WATTS, Greg Retired gregory.j.watts@gmail.com "...I served as an AW3 to AW2 with VP-48 from 1973 to 1978, NARU NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying with VP-69 from 1978 to 1980 as an AW1. I left active duty and stayed affiliated with the USNR with VP-69 as an AWC then received a direct commission. Was affiliated with NAVAIRSYSCOM after that until I retired. However, I am still involved with P-3's/Mairitme Patrol Aircraft working for The Boeing Company. I've worked on the P-3UDIV program on the UYS-2 Acoustic Processor, several proposal efforts including the RNZAF, RAAF (AP-3C), USN AIP, Nimrod and Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). I was responsible for the ESM subsystem on the Nimrod RAF MRA-4 program and now I am the Sensors Manager for the Boeing 737MMA. I call the sensors all the "fun bits" for the new program. I would like to hear from any of my fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAR2010 | E-Mail Updated 15JUL2004 | 18APR2000]

WEHRER, James A. jim.wehrer@charter.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1982 to 1985. We deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to Guam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and Diego Garcia. I just made AK2 when I left for VA-128 and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. It would be great to hear from some old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2004 | 16DEC98]

WEINSTEIN, Frank David fdweinstein@netzero.net "...Would like to hear from old Shipmates. I was an NFO with VP-16 (1977 to 1980), VX-1 (1980 to 1983), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1984 to 1985), VP-48 (1987 to 1988) and ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska (1991 to 1992)..." [20JAN2007]

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

WEITLAUF, Joseph "Fred" fredshighvalley@gmail.com "...I served with VP-731 / VP-48 (1951-1953) and flew with Crew-8..." [30JAN2015]

WELCH, Johnny johnw@centurytel.net "...I was in VP-48 from 1965 to 1969 in the P5M then to P-3s. I went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland then to VP-22 from 70 to 74. I would like to hear from some of the VPers. I will be in vegas for the Reunion in October..." [07MAR2000]

WELLONS, AWC David H. Retired dave_wellons@att.net "...Served with VP-48 from 1979 to 1982, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from 1982 to 1984, CPW-10 from 1985 to 1988, VP-48 from 1988 to 1991, CPW-10 from 1991 to 1993, PW-1 Det NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from 1993 to 1996, and VP-30 from 1996 to 1999. Retired March 1999 as AWC from VP-30. Would like to here from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05NOV2010 | 21SEP2004]

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

WHITTAKER, AMH2 Robert J. Jr. deputydog60@hotmail.com "...I was with VP-48 from 1959 to 1963 where I worked out of the Airframes Shop as a hydraulics tech. I left the Navy and squadron as an AMH2 in 1963 and returned to civilian life..." [E-Mail Updated 09APR2002 | 05MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...WIGGINS, LCDR Jack...(ATU-10, VP-HL-2, VP-16, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50) With deepest heartfelt sorrow, I tell you that my Dad, Jack Wiggins passed away January 30, 2006 at home surrounded by his loving family. Sharon (Wiggins) Rogers..." Forwarded by ANDERSON, AX2 Lee (Andy) vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [11FEB2006]

WIGGINS, LCDR Jack Retired (Deceased) wigginsjack@worldnet.att.net "...10/47-6/49 VP-HL-2 Redesignated VP-22 PB4Y-2s, Guam & Hawaii (AD3), 8/49-3/53 ATU-10 PBM-5, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas ( AD1), 4/53-6/55 VP-50 PBM-5 NAS Alameda, California & NAS Iwakuni, Japan (AD1), 6/55-12/59 AD"B" Schools Instructor NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (AD1), 1/60-3/60 L.D.O Indoctrination Newport, R.I (ENS), 4/60/5/63 VP-48 P5M1/2, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (LTJG), 5/60-6/66 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (LT) I was project Officer for setting up the first P-3A Maintenance Facilities in WESTPAC at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 6/66-6-69 Training Officer AD"B" Schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (LCDR) , 6/69-1/71 VP-16 P-3A, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and Retired 1/1/71..." [Deceased 11FEB2006 | 25JAN2001]

WILES, LCDR Gehrig gehrig.wiles@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 (P-3C TACCO/MC) from October 1977 to October 1980 and VAQ-33 (EP-3A ECMO/MC) from 1987 to 1990..." [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2008 | 26JUL98]

WILEY, Bill wwiley3@cox.net "...I went to basic training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1965, AE-A school at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966 and reported to VP-48 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with the P5M sea plane. I went to Julie/ECM Operator School and SERE and Water Survival to begin my flying career. I served with VP-48 from 1966 to 1969, the later years in NAS Moffett Field, California with the P-3A aircraft. I went to AE-B School in 1970 and then to my first shore duty tour in NAS Alameda, California from 1970 to 1973 when I went to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in VP-4 from 1973 to 1977. Transferred to NAS Brunswick, Maine to VP-10 from 1977 to 1979. I went back to VP-4 from 1979 to 1982. Transferred again to NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1984. My final shore duty tour was in NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1986 when I retired in September 1986..." [09SEP2009]

WILLARD, B. A. "Andy" b.willard@att.net "...Just looking around to see if any of my brothers are still kicking. I joined VP-48 in late 1957 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan - through late 1960. I was in Electronics and in Crew 11- 2- 1. Radio/Radar/Ecm/Mad gear/Jezabel operator. I will wait to maybe hear from anyone of that time. Thanks guys..." [24NOV2007]

WILSON, George W. FONDAWIL@BELLSOUTH.NET "...I served in VP-48 from 9/56 TO 12/58. I am a retired Delta Pilot and would like to hear from any of my squadron mates..." [29JUN99]

WILSON, Jeff bigdogg_9@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-48 from March 1987 to March 1991, FASO Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California from March 1991 to October 1993, VP-47 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from October 1993 to June 1995, split tour and went to VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from June 1995 to November 1997, AW "A" School NAS Pensacola, Florida from November 1997 to May 2001 as an Instructor and then back to VP-47 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where I will retire in January 2005. I've meet a lot of people in my 20 years whom I still consider friends and would love to hear from you to re-hash old memories..." [12NOV2003]

WILSON/MACHADO, PN3/AMS3 Martha L. MLWM52@aol.com "...I welcome any Friendly Hellos. Would like to contact (say HI) anyone who care to especially the women who served with me, "Roger Russell" & the corrosion crew, the B.A.R.F. team, Doug Ramsdell, Fernando Aguilar, John Logiudice, Joe Szymborski, Howie, Ralph Willmarth, Jim Miller. . . The Navy was a hard way to earn a college degree but, I was happy to serve. God Bless us all! ..." [29AUG2000]

WINDSOR, AT1 Arthur Retired capart1600@yahoo.com "...I served with USS Princeton (CVS-37) (1956-1958), VF-101 (1959-1960), VF101 Det. "A" (1960-1962), VW-13 (1962-1964) Flight Technician, AEWBarRonPac (1964-1965) Flight Technician, VP-48 (1965-1967) MAD/RAD/Sniffer, VC-3 (1967-1969) Radio Operator, VP-44 (1970) light Technician, VP-8 (09/1970-11/1974) Flight Communication Officer..." [06JUL2017]

WISE, AO1 Bobby bhwise@bresnan.net "...VP-48 Sept . 1965 to June 1969. Aircrew both P5M & P-3 aircraft..." [06MAR2010]

WIZA, Timothy T. Jr. topkick@provide.net "...I served in VP-48 from 81 - 86 AO2 at the time i would to hear from any one from that time frame I also know Ken Rucker AT2 who served with me during the same time frame...I would like to say hi to all my fellow Shipmates in VP-90. I served with VP-90 from Jun87 - Feb92. I had a good time in the squadron. I'm down here in Fort Worth Texas as a Network/Computer Tech and working on my MCSE and CNE certifications. Hope to hear from my former Shipmates soon..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 29NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 18JUL2001 | E-Mail Updated 24OCT2000 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 03DEC98 | E-Mail Updated 28JUL98]

WOOD, ADCS Gilbert E. Retired tax25@juno.com "...I would like to say hi to all the old friends of VP-48. I left in July, 1985 and went to VP-16. I retired as an ADCS after 26 years and am now teaching Flight Engineers here in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for VP-30 as a civilian contractor (What a great life). Drop me a E'mail Good Luck to all from Woody..." [BIO Updated 27JUL2001 | 12NOV2000]

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

Shipmate Requested Removal [Removed 15FEB2014 | BIO Updated 06FEB2014 | 05FEB2014]

WOOTEN, Tony twooten39@sbcglobal.net "...I was an Aircrew Ordnanceman in VP-48 from 1984 to 1997 (deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and then to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines). I then got out for a year, then went back in the Navy. I was sent to VP-56 (1988-Disestablishment) and went almost straight to NAS Sigonella, Sicily after a year back at NAS Jacksonville, Florida went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Upon return to the states they disestablished VP-56 and I went to VP-16 from 1990 to 1993 and went right back to NAS Adak, Alaska. I got out in 1993. I hope to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 26AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 16MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2000 | 08JUL99]

WRIGHT, AME1 Erville A. Retired desert.rat_50@yahoo.com "...Joined VP-48 in April of 1975. Spent four wonderfull years there and learned a lot. I go back through my old cruise books and think about old friends and wonder what has become of them. Got out in 1979 and spent seven glorious months on the outside before getting back in. Spent the rest of my career in the "fleet". I retired in april of 1995. Would love to hear from you guys..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2009 | 29MAY2003]

WULFF, CWO4 Louis P. "Phil" Retired lpwulff@comcast.net "...Enlisted in March 1966. Served with VP-4 (PN1) from December 1969-February 1972 and VP-48 (PNC) from July 1976-July 1979. While in VP-4 I deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Have great memories of both deployment sites as well as trips to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. While in VP-48 I deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan, with trips to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Atsugi, Japan and Osan. Wonderful Shipmates and great times in both squadrons. Other duty stations included USS Arneb (AKA-56) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1966-1967), VA-44 at Cecil Field (1967-1968), FAW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1968-1969), Destroyer Flotilla 5 at NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1972-1973), Naval Surface Group MIDPAC at NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1973-1976), Navy Recruiting at Des Moines (1979-1982), USS Ranger (CV-61) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1982-1984), Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1984-1988), USS Jason (AR-8) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1988-1991), PSD at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1991-1993) and BUPERS at Washington DC (1993-1996). Retired as CWO4 on 1 September 1996. Had a great career and would do it all again without hesitation, but I will always have a special place in my heart for my VP days..." [06NOV2010]

Memorial Picture "...WURZBACHER, CDR Robert...CDR Robert WURZBACHER, VP-48, passed away on March 25, 2009, as reported by his son Matt. ANDERSON, AX2 Lee "Andy" vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [27MAR2009]

WURZBACHER, Robert T. rtwurzbach@cs.com "...I served with VP-45, VP-661/56, and later with VP-48..." [29MAR2002]


YAROLIM, Dan djbyar@cis.net "...Served with VP-48 from 1972 thru 1976. Worked in the "riggers" shop as an AME3. Did deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam and first VP deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan in 1975. Lots of interesting side trips to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines ( NO SHIP...FLYER) Taipei etc. Mumbles was amazing!..." [31OCT99]

YORK, ATR3 Ronald L. (Ron) ronyork@erols.com "...I served with VP-48 at NAS NORIS during from 1961 to 1962. I was an ATR3 and worked primarily on sonobuoys. I also worked in the Air Intelligence office with LT(jg) Moline. The VP-48 skipper was CDR Ray Madsen, and Senior Chief Dukes was the Leading Chief. Some of the officers' names I remember are LT(jg) Arcuni, LT(jg) Barnhardt, LT(jg) Goodrich, LT(jg) Moline, LT Moore, and LT(jg) Sykes. My enlisted friends included Bill Moffatt, Bill Freudensprung, Bill Seckler, Murray Chalmers, and Mike Leslie. After VP-48, I graduated from TCU and went with the Defense Intelligence Agency. I retired last September with almost 41 years of government service. My wife and I live in Haymarket, VA, near our four daughters and six grandchildren. I would be very pleased to hear from any former VP-48 squadron mates, and would be delighted to see any who are passing through the washington, D.C. area..." [17APR2004]

YOUNG, AZC Arthur Retired seadog381@comcast.net "...Reported to NAS Moffett Field, California in late April 1955, right out of Boot camp in San Diego. San Jose was a very exciting place for a poor, 16 year old black kid, from the red clay hill of Cobb county Georgia. I feel in love with the Bay area at first sight. And what luck, my next duty station was aboard the USS Bon Homme Richards (CVA 31) in V2 division, home ported at NAS Alameda, California (from Feb 1957 to July 1958). My flight station aboard was on the LSO platform. A perfect place to learn Carrier operations, but I had a very close call when the first A3D aircraft crashed aboard and aircraft parts scattered all over the LSO area. The ship deployed to the Far east from August 1957 to FEB 1958 In those days a Carrier did six months on deployment & JUST SIX months home. My next duty station was at NAS Alameda, California - man what luck. I was there from August 1958 to August 1961. Next PCS was VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a six month deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. We were called home early to take part in the last open air nuclear test operations out of Johnston Island. I was on Johnston the night they made that famous, first test shot in space. If anyone ever tell you that Nuclear warfare can be handle, you tell that person to visit my nightmares - nightmares I have to this day. After the bomb went off above at around 200 miles up, we were told we could look up. The sky from horizon to horizon was cover with fire that changed colors every 30 seconds or so. I don't remember the order of the colors - Red - Green, Blue, purple - just the final color was yellow which slowly faded. One of the older guys standing near me said: Old my God, this should never happen again. A few months later, the world went through the Cuban Missile crises. You can imagine the bad dreams I had during that period. My next PCS was to VAW-11 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. My Detachment (Lima) deployed aboard the USS Hancock (CVA19). Two close calls on the flight deck convince me to try get the hell out of harm's way. During this deployment the date November 22 (23 local Asian time) 1962 occurred while we were off on Vietnam. It happen after 0100 hours, while most of us were sleeping. That date changed my life. I got serious with my career. I was a 2nd class when that happen and would become a Chief by 1968. My next PCS was at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines as a AZ2. I would spent one year at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and then be transferred to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, across the bay from Manila - the PCS gods were always smiling on me. My next PCS (Feb 1967) was at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York, in Brooklyn New York, training reservers. My wife loved New York City, but I was bored in a training people. After two years, I asked to return to duty in WESTPAC. VQ-3 at NAS Agana, Guam came up. A great command. After two year I was back at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. This time as a AZC. 12 to 15 hours work days - 6 day work week were the norm this time around. My next tour was at VF-124 at NAS Miramar, California. When I got to the squadron, Dec 1972) they had just transferred their last F8 aircraft and were awaiting the new F-14 Aircraft. We got the first one in Feb 1973. I had a good crew and was my own Division officer - no problems, except my twenty years was coming up and I needed to buy a house while on active duty. I called my detailer to agree to stay on active duty for another tour if I could be transferred to the Bay area. He said okay and I got order to VP-48 at (lets hear the drum roll) NAS Moffett Field, California. Life is NOT FAIR. Hey this is where I came in at. The Squadron was due for a WESTPAC deployment in Sept 1974 to the Misawa Air Force base on the extreme tip of northern Honshu Island. We would be the first Naval Air squadron to go there. We were told it would start to snow (like clock work) on 15 Oct. I don't recall if it started to snow on that date, but it was close enough and it started snow in a way a Georgia boy should never have to endure. Right before the deployment begin, BUPERS started a major reduction in force and I made the cut. In mid-Jan 1976 I packed my bags and headed back to NAS Moffett Field, California from retirement. But I was not finish with the Navy. Many months later, I would sign up with the Military Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC) and become a REAL Sailor. I would sail on eight ships before getting my dream Job - A shipboard Inspector / Instructor in logistic & Desktop Computers. In this job I would travel the world, inspecting ships and training crew members and best of all staying in 4 star hotel with great room serve. Since no one in my department had ever been aboard a ship, I wrote up my own trip tickets deciding where, when and how to go. The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, All over Japan, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Israel, Australia , Kenya, Canada, Up & down the West , Gulf and East coasts of America. The only place I never made it to was Brazel & New Zealand. Since our ships never went to those places, it was hard slipping a trip through our travel department - God knows I tried a few times. And they paid me good money to have me do this. Not bad for a poor country kid from Georgia, whos main abition in the early 1950s was to make it up north to the midwest and get a job in the Auto industry..." [17AUG2007]


ZIMMERMAN, Phil philzimm1@shaw.ca "...I served with VP-48 from 1970 to 1973 as an AW Acoustic Operator with Crew 5 and 9. We made three WesPac deployments. I have many fond memories of the Shipmates and the times we made together..." [27AUG2010]


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