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VP-48 Memorial

VP-48 Crew - In Memorium - VP-48 Crew

January 15th, 1968

"Eternal Father Strong To Save"
The Navy Hymn
Sailor Aviators Version

Eternal Father, Strong to Save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its' own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In dark'ning storms or sunlight fair.
O, Hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air.

But when at length our course is run,
Our work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that flew and sailed,
Let not one life in thee be failed,
But hear from heaven our sailors cry,
And grant eternal life on high.

May all our departed shipmates rest in peace.

Eternal Father by the U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters (668 kbytes - WAV file)

VP-48 Memorial Page information furnished by Michael Seaman Jr. lvmcsquirt@aol.com

Plane Crash Claims 12

TOKYO, Jan. 17 (AP) - Japanese and American resuce teams reached the wreckage of a U. S. Navy patrol plane on the side of a mountain in southwestern Japan today and reported finding no survivors among the 12 aboard.

The wreckage was scattered in the snow below the cloud line of 6,2000-foot Mt. Karnegeamori on Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's four major islands.

The plane was reported missing yesterday after radioing that it was heading back to its base at NAS Iwakuni, Japan, a U. S. naval air station in southwestern Japan. The plane had been conducting routine anti-submarine patrol off southern Japan.

Memorial Rites for Navy Men

MOFFETT FIELD - some 175 persons joined in memorial rites for a dozen Navy men killed in a plane crash in Japan at a 25 minute service in the base chapel here Wednesday.

Protestant Chaplain Roger L. Crabtree, who officiated along with Catholic Chaplain Bernard Abern, said the men "had given their lives in defense of their country."

"In some near or distant future," he added. "there may be an everlasting peache because of their sacrifices."

Funerals for the men will be conducted when their bodies are removed from a snow-capped mountaintop and returned to the United States, said Moffett Public Information Officer John Shackleton.

Two sunnyvale fliers were amont those killed Jan. 16 when their P-3 Orion submarine chaser aircraft slammed into a mountain on Shikoku, one of Japan's four major islands.

The local men were Lt. Floyd Troub, the pilot, and LT. (jg) Frederick W. Gustafson, the copilot.
Navy Tribute

MOFFETT FIELD - Memorial services will be held at the chapel here tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the 12 men lost when there Navy P-3A Orion crashed on the Japanese island of Shikoku January 15. To date four bodies have been recovered.

Among those lost were Lt. Comdr. Floyd Troub, Jr. and LT. (jg) Frederick W. Gustafson, both of Sunnyvale.

Services will be conducted by the base chaplains, Comdr. L. Crabtree and Lt. Comdr. J. Ahern.
5 In County Killed In Navy Crash

The entire crew of a Navy plane that crashed Tuesday on a Japanese mountain died, the Navy announced.

The 12-man crew included five Santa Clara County residents.

A Navy spokesman said the bodies were found near the wreckage by two teams of U. S. Air Force paramedics who parachuted down near the snow covered crash scene.

The Navy plane was on routine mission when it was last reported battling snow storms over Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's four major islands.
Monaca Sailor In Fatal Crash
shipmate
Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Petty Officer 2.C. Michael John Seaman, 28. Bechtel Street, Monaca, killed last week ina plane crash in Japan.

Mr. Seaman was among 12 crewman aboard a U. S. navy Orion patrol plane that struck a mountain on Skikoku Island. All perished.

The plane was on routine patrol according to Seaman's wife, Dolores. She was notified of his death Thursday in a telegram from Vice Adm. B. Semimes Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C.

Seaman, an anti-submarine warfare technician, was attached to Patrol Squadron 48, NAS Moffett Field, California. He was on a six-month deployment in Japan, assigned to U. S. Marine Air Corps Station, Iwa Kuni, Japan, and was due to return to California Jan. 30, Mrs. Seaman said.

She said she last saw her husband in July in California where she and their children, Michael J., 4 1/2, and Teresa Ann, 18 months, had been staying at the time. Since then, the couple had conversed several times by overseas telephone.

Mrs. Seaman described her husband as "terrific and an easy going guy."

Seaman enlisted in the Navy after graducation from Aliquippa High School in 1957. He served four years and then went to work as an overhead craneman at Aliquippa Works, Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.

"But he was restless and felt he wanted a career in the Navy," Mrs. Seaman Said. "He re-enlisted...with my blessing because that was what he wanted and whatever he watned pleased me."

Mrs. Seaman is now staying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sheppela, at the Bechtel Street address.

In addition to his wife and children, Seaman is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Seaman, Cranberry Township, butler County; and....

UPDATE "...I am the Brother-In-Law of LT Floyd Troub, Jr. (the younger brother of Floyd's wife, Elaine Gutekunst Troub). Elaine successfully raised her two daughters, who married, have sons, and I see Elaine and daughters often in various parts of Virginia.. Floyd presented me with my Navy commissioning sword and I served until January 1971, the last two years in D.C. Many thanks for this memorial page..." Contributed by Bill Gutekunst soccernuts454@aol.com [06MAY2014]

UPDATE "...This was my crew. I had departed the squadron just 25 days earlier, the day after we lost another crew member, LT Robert Hatcher. Bob was with a group of Japanese missionaries that went out to a island in mid December 1967 on a missionary trip. On the way back, the boat capsized. Bob, and excellent athelete and swimmer, rescued several of the other missionaries, then collapsed on the shore and died. I believe he was later awarded the Navy lifesaving medal. bcstauffer@comcast.net Stauffer staufferbc@aol.com..." [22DEC2000]

UPDATE "...This was my crew. I had departed the squadron just 25 days earlier, the day after we lost another crew member, LT Robert Hatcher. Bob was with a group of Japanese missionaries that went out to a island in mid December 1967 on a missionary trip. On the way back, the boat capsized. Bob, and excellent athelete and swimmer, rescued several of the other missionaries, then collapsed on the shore and died. I believe he was later awarded the Navy lifesaving medal. Barry Stauffer bcstauffer@comcast.net..." [22DEC2000]

UPDATE VP-48 Patch ThumbnailCamera "...My father, AX2 Michael Seaman was killed in the P-3A crash, in Japan on 1-16-68. In Memory, I am asking that you include this patch on your site. Thank you, Michael Seaman Jr. lvmcsquirt@aol.com..." [01FEB99]

UPDATE "...Think the facts you have on SF-04's accident is wrong however. If brain cells are still alive I believe there were only 9 souls on board. Pilot was LCDR Troub (sp?) most experienced P-3 driver in squadron, FE was AMS2 Tommy Dugger, AT1 Norm Whiting was on board but other names don't come back - and can't find cruise book..." Contributed by Mel Vollbrecht ILME@AOL.COM

UPDATE "...After giving you previous data about the crash of VP-48's P-3A (SF-04) have received some input re the crew. Have forwarded this to the International VPI folks up in Canada to include in their Memorial for the various VP crews lost over many, many years. They have asked if I could provide any additional data as they will induct these fine people into their Memorial in October. Need help, if anyone out there can furnish any additional data as to who was onboard that day some 30 years ago would appreciate help. the Crew List I have may be wrong in a couple of instances but think it is pretty close, verification would be nice as well as the positions these folks were flying. My crew list is: LT (LCDR?) Floyd Troub -PPC; LT(jg) Bortis; LT F. Gustafson; Lt(jg) Brewton; AME3 Tommy Dugger (F/E); AE2 Dorst; AX3 Priset; ATR3 Carter; AT1 Norm Whiting; AX2 Seaman; and AN Wagner. Any help would be appreciated and it would be nice to have these names added to the Hall of Fame! Thanks....Mel Vollbrecht ilme@aol.com..." [07JUN98]

UPDATE "...Greetings. Just received copy of program for memorial service which was held for Crew 11 in Iwakuni a few days after the accident. The following is a full and correct listing of those who perished in the crash: LCDR Floyd Troub; LT Frederick Gustafson; LTJG Jon Bortis; LTJG James Brewton; AT1 Norman Whiting; AX2 Michael Seaman; AE2 Otis Drost; AME2 Tommy Dugger; AX2 Thomas Priset; AE3 Walter Heinrich; AOAN Larry Falk; and AN James Wagner. Would like to thank an ex-Shipmate, Mike Christensen, for sharing this with me!! This was the crew - the system works and Shipmates do get in touch! Thanks... Am forwarding this info on to ensure these folks get added to the Memorial up in Canada...I served with VP-48 (1967 - 1969)..." Contributed by Mel Vollbrecht ILME@AOL.COM..." [14SEP98]

UPDATE BUNO: 152144: P-3A 21-12-64 VP-46; 13-03-67 VP-47 RD-10; 22-02-67 VP-48 SF-4---BooksBOOKs: TITLE: "P-3 Orion" by Marco Borst and Jaap Dubbeldam...booklet on the P-3 Orion which was published in February 1996, with b/w photo's, 111 pages full of history of every P3 produced, etc. Contact Marco P.J. Borst p3orion@wxs.nl WebSite: http://p3orion.nl/index.html [30DEC97]

UPDATE "...I flew on the Log flight from Moffett to Andrews for the D.C. memorial held in 1968. I was a "green" JG straight out of Flight School with out an ounce of "salt" on my "Wings of Gold." I flew as third pilot with Cdr. Tetrault, the CO of VP-48 at the time of the accident and at the memorial. A hard way for a new pilot to enter the Fleet as a replacement for downed squadron mates..." Contributed by Robert L. (Bob) Rumpp, LT(USNR) rrumpp@earthlink.net [25JAN99]


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