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Memorial Picture "...ACKERMANN, George R. "Russ"...George Russell "Russ" Ackermann, 67, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at his home in Stuart, FL with support by Treasure Coast Hospice, Crisis Care Unit. He resided in Stuart for the past 13 years, moving from Idaho Falls, ID in April 1996. He was born May 30, 1942 in Wheeling, WV, the eldest son of George Andrew and Josephine Mary (Miller) Ackermann (both deceased). He attended parochial schools in Wheeling, graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1960. He received a B.S. in physics in 1964 from Wheeling College (nka Wheeling Jesuit University) in West Virginia and earned his M.S. in physics in 1972 from Akron University in Ohio. During his education years, he was active in music, tennis, basketball and football, earning a letter in tennis at Wheeling College. Russ served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era, enlisting Nov. 8, 1965. He attended basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, educated at various "A" schools (including a position as trumpeter with the U.S. Navy Band at NAS Memphis, Tennessee) and then transferred to Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW3). He participated in two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan with adjunct service in Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 3, 1969 at Long Beach Naval Shipyard in California and was decorated with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star. After his discharge in 1969, he returned to Wheeling with a new wife and three stepchildren. He was primarily employed as a tire engineer with General Tire in Akron, OH; followed by a career as a software designer in Enka, NC; a mathematician with NOAA in Idaho Falls, ID; and a mathematician/computer specialist for Perot Industries (headquartered in Plano, TX). He was an accomplished musician, a Ham Radio Operator (with the certification of "Extra") and participated as emergency coordinator for the Martin County ARES/RACES group. Russ was dedicated to "giving back." This was evidenced by his adjunct professorship at Indian River State College (IRSC). Because of his love of airplanes and dreams of someday becoming a pilot, he undertook private pilots' training and accomplished the difficult task of passing his "solo" flight. He was a member of the Miles Grant Country Club and the Stuart-Jensen Beach Elks Lodge #1870 of Stuart. In his retirement years, he was first trumpet of the Stuart Community Band, an avid golfer and loved playing tennis. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Arlene L. (Brown) Ackermann of Stuart; three stepchildren, Mrs. David P. Godin (Karen A. Buchholz) of Glastonbury, CT, Robert E. Buchholz (Nancy) of Omaha, NE and Ms. Trudy E. Buchholz of Stuart; two brothers, David E. Ackermann of Wheeling and Michael J. Ackermann Sr. (Bonnie) of Bellaire, OH; several nieces and nephews; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-greatgrandsons. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Martin Funeral & Crematory in Stuart. A funeral service will be at a later date in January in the chapel of Mary and Joseph at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, with private family burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling to follow. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, Crisis Care Unit, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [17DEC2009]

ACKERMANN, George R. "Russ" alafl@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1966 to 1969. I made two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was a member of Flight Crews 1, 7, and 9. Met my wife, Arlene, in 1968. We are desirous of being notified of any VP-4 Reunions and/or ANY informal gatherings of VP-4 members in and/or around the Florida area and we welcome the contact of any Shipmates who may have served with me during my years with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." Website: http://home.comcast.net/~alafl/ack07/ [E-Mail/BIO/URL Updated 08APR2008 | E-Mail/URL Updated 28MAY2002 | 21DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...ADAMS, ATC Charles David...ADAMS, ATC Charles David, age 61, passed away March 25, 2013 in San Antonio. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy. Known as "Dave" while assigned to VP-4 from 1971 to 1975, he flew with several crews as an Inflight Technician. He was a former Scout Master with Troop 513. Mr. Adams was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, TX, and served with the Guadalupana Society. He is survived by his wife, Nora Adams; Sons and Daughters-in-law: Matthew & Kari Adams, Andrew & Anne Adams; Daughter, Allison Adams; Brothers: Mike and Norman Adams; Sisters: Judi Tometich and Jaime Kindermann; Also surviving are 3 Grandsons: Landry, Garrett, and Luke. Burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [09APR2014]

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

ADAMS, Mike 71554.2732@compuserve.com "...I served with the VP-4 Skinny Dragons from late 1970 to mid 1973. Deployed to Iwakuni, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines during Vietnam. TACCO on Crew 12. I really enjoyed this site - thanks to my old Shipmates Bob "Zaf" Zafran for leading me here..." [09APR98]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...ALLEN, Gary Don (VP-4, VP-7 and VP-30) - Gary Don Allen, 74, of Brentwood, TN, passed away Feb. 28, 2012, in Tennessee State Veterans Home, Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Columbus, son of the late Don and Helen (Rotroff) Allen. His sister Karen Fastnaught, of Toledo, survives. Also surviving, his spouse Linda Mashburn Allen, of Brentwood. Gary was a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tenn., and past member of First Christian Church of Sandusky. He graduated from Findlay High School and attended John Carroll University in Cleveland and Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio. While living in Ohio, he belonged to many community clubs, including the Sandusky Yacht Club, Toastmasters, Power Squadron, and American Legion. Gary worked for Chef's Pantry and then for Stein, Inc. for many years as the director of Human Resources. He owned the photography studio "Images Unlimited" photographing weddings and portraits. Gary was proud to serve his country in the Army Reserves and then in the Navy. He was presented with a medal and citation from the U.S. Navy for meritorious achievement as an air crewman of a P-3 patrol aircraft during a special reconnaissance mission off the coast of South Korea for directly detecting and subsequent destruction of an enemy infiltrator surface craft. His efforts were instrumental in bringing his damaged aircraft safely to a landing at a friendly base. His skillful airmanship, courage and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He was authorized to wear the combat "V". During his career he was presented with several other medals and citations. Gary served in various U.S. Navy Patrol Squadrons including: VP-30, VP-7 and VP-4. He was involved during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and as an air crewman aboard a VP-7 P2V Neptune aircraft assigned to aerial surveillance of Russian ships in route to the island of Cuba carrying missiles. One of the photos he took from aboard a VP-7 aircraft was the one shown during President Kennedy's news conference on national TV during his announcement of the Cuban Blockade. Gary was an amateur radio operator (HAM) with the call sign of KB8APU. He enjoyed his experiences operating from various locations. He worked with operators near home base locations to provide members of his squadron with the ability to contact their families via radio from the squadron's deployed locations. His operating included operations while aboard naval aircraft. He was not able to utilize his amateur radio hobby during the last few years as he would have liked to. The children with whom Gary shared his life and loved all survive him. They are Deb (Bob) Redmond, of Port Clinton, Don Allen, of Sandusky, and Dawn (Allan) Peterson, of Fremont, whose mother Sarah Crawfis Hartley, survives. Kim Fredrick, of Castalia, and Chuck (Lisa Rutger) from Vermilion, whose mother Viola Sommers Allen, preceded him in death and whose father Chuck Rutger survives. Christy Kaser-Geiger, of Franklin, whose mother Linda Mashburn Allen and father the Rev. Larry J. Kaser survive. Gary loved his grandchildren, all of whom survive. They are Greg Allen, of Toledo, Bryce and Breanne Fredrick, of Castalia, Andrea, Bethany, and Laura Rutger, of Vermilion, Noah, Evan, Corinne and Nathan Geiger, of Springhill, Tenn., and Brook and Brandi Peterson, of Fremont. He also loved his great-grandchildren, all of whom survive. They are Zack and Trenton Peterson, of Fremont. One nephew, Jeff Fastnaught, of Toledo, survives. One niece Chris Fastnaught is deceased. A memorial service facilitated by Woodfin Funeral Chapel and Ransom Funeral Home will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at First Christian Church on Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, with the Rev. Don Linn officiating. Burial will be at the Margaretta Township, Castalia Cemetery on Bardwell Road in Castalia, immediately following the memorial service. A time for visitation with the family at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall will be after the graveside service. Donations to your church or favorite charity are suggested by the family. A Special thank you is given to the administration, doctors, and staff of the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, for making the last year of Gary's life as enjoyable as possible. Their expertise and kindness surpassed all expectations..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [04JUL2012]

ALLEN, Gary D. allengaryd@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 (1960 to 1962) during transition from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30 (1962 to 1964) and VP-4 (1966 to 1969)..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2006 | 29OCT2000]

ALLEN, Walter E. (ELMO) wallen@brightok.net "...I served in VP-4 from 1964-66 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from anyone that was in the squadron at that time of our young life. Viet-Nam, was going on, but it was a good time to be alive. I was in CREW 7. P2V Aircraft. (ECM Operator). Hope to hear from the flight crew. I live in Wynnewood, Oklahoma now and retired from the federal government. Phone# (405)665-5004 Address: 301 N. Robberson, Wynnewood, OK 73098..." [18OCT98]

ALLRED, AO John (Jack) captjackone@netscape.net "...Served with VP-4 1960-63 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. VP-17 from 1963-1964 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VP-4 from 1964-1963 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. VC-5 Det Bravo, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1964-1969. VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1976-79. I was an Aviation Ordnanceman. Would enjoy hearing from any Shipmate who may remember me..." [24FEB2002]

Memorial Picture "...ANDERSON, CDR Joseph Carl...ANDERSON, CDR Joseph Carl USN (Ret) Served as Commanding Officer of VP-4 from Mar 1953 - Jul 1954. Joseph C. Anderson passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, in Bellingham. He was born July 11, 1916, in Bellingham to Joseph and Margaret (Lindsey) Anderson. Joe grew up in Everson, graduated from Mt. Baker High School and the University of Washington with a pharmacy degree. After graduating from UW, Joe enlisted in the Navy and served his country for 23 years as an aviator. He retired with the rank of Commander. After his retirement from the Navy, Joe created a new career as a Pharmacist; later he became a State Drug Inspector. He moved back to Bellingham in 1991 to be close to family and joined the Police Volunteer Security Patrol. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melodie, in 2001 and by his brother, James Anderson in 1998. Joe is survived by his children Melodie Anderson, Merrilee (John) Swinehart, Charlene (DeFord) Cochran and Michael (Jody) Anderson; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and sister, Betty Woods. Our family would like to end our thanks and appreciation to all of our father's dear friends at The Willows who shared themselves so generously over the last ten years. We would also like to thank the dedicated people at Hospice for their thoughtful care. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Bayview Cemetery. Moles Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bayview Chapel, Bellingham. Published in Bellingham Herald from December 28, 2011 to January 1, 2012..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27FEB2012]

ANDERSON, LCDR Milt Retired wtfo230@aol.com "...Howdy to all the P-3 Bubbas out there! I served in VP Squadrons most of my 21 years in the Navy. Started out with VP-4, VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (per diem heaven!), VP-44, VP-10, and CPW-11. I'm a Mustang LCDR that started out as a Radio Operator in P-3A's. Enjoying retirement but miss those 12-hr ASW's, getting some kills and bringing the crew safely home to toss back a few..." [21JUN2002]

ANDERSON, AO1 Ronald S. (Andy Ord) Retired andyordman@hotmail.com "...Hi from Andy Ord VP-4 73-78 Crew 3. Any of you fellow Shipmates out there/ Remember the PI! and all the other good liberty spots? I was over in Thailand last year on vacation, flew into Bangkok then got me a bait bus down to Pattaya Beach (3 1/2 hour ride) just like the old days. Pattaya is still pretty good. Met up with some Royal Thai Navy P-3 guys they took me out to U-tapo boy that base is pretty run down. Took a ride down to New Land but was'nt much happing there, then went to Satahip was'nt much there either. Me and my wife Melissa are planning a trip back in the near future wuldn't mind getting a condo on the gulf of siam. Would like to here from anyone out there who ran with me back in the good ol days and maybe go out to the UA club or VP Alley for a cool San Migal Ha!Ha! or may to Marrilyns in Subic City! "Andy Ord" one and only!..." [02AUG99]

ANDREASEN, Doreen J. cmac0674@aol.com "...Served at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-4 till 1987. Hello to Rip....Jeff B. I'll never forget the Skinny Dragons..." [10JUL2002]

Memorial Picture "...ANDREWS, William H. "Andy"...ANDREWS William H. "Andy" Andrews, 61, passed away Jan. 2, 2008 at his home in Orange Park following an extended illness. Andy was born in San Diego, CA. and has been a resident of Orange Park since 2000. Andy was retired from the U. S. Navy serving his country for 21 years. Some of his assignments included N T C, Great Lakes, Ill., VP-7, VP-23, VP-4 and VP-5 and retired out of VP-5 Mad Fox. Following his Military career, he further served his country with the U. S. Customs Service from 1985 until 2006, and was the First FE hired by the U. S. Customs (Department of the Treasury) now a part of Homeland Security..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [07AUG2008]

ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" Shipmate Pix sgpa2zfmly@aol.com "...Went to Boot Camp 2/60, NATTC Millington ATA School 6/60-6/61, VP-4 8/61-3/63, VP-9 3/63-6/64, Instructor ATA School / ATS Course Millington 6/64-6/67, VS-37 6/67-10/68. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates that I haven't already contacted thru the VP-4 Reunion group..." [PIX Added 09OCT2007 | 23JUN98]

ARMSTRONG, Ken ks_armstrong@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1968 to 1971 as a Radio Operator. Presently living in Indianapolis, IN. Would love to hear from anyone in VP-4 during that time. Will be attending the VP-4 Reunion in Ft. Worth in October 2009. I hope to see a lot of familiar people there..." [22AUG2009]

ASH, Tom tomcat@whidbey.net "...Served with VP-29 from 1953 through 1955. Stoud down VP-29 and reformed as VAH-2 . I then transfered to VP-4 and then to VP-2. After completing my only tour of shore duty I was transfered to VAH-4..." [E-Mail Updated 30MAY2003 | 03MAY98]

AUSMAN, LT Marc marc@ausman.com "...VP-4 1990-1993...Interested in hearing from any former Skinny Dragons..." [01APR98]


Memorial Picture "...BAKER, Jofre P...It saddens me to report that Jofre P. Baker, USN Ret. passed away August 2007. I had the honor and pleasure of serving with LT Baker in VP-4, Okinawa 1962-63..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [05NOV2007]

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]

BALLEW, AE3 Albert E. ballew@lcc.net "...I served with VP-4 from September 1957 to February 1958 while we were stationed at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during those years. Served on Crew 10 and 12. I was an AE3..." [12AUG2003]

BALLINGER, Ben omartee@hotmail.com "...I was attached to VP-4 Special Projects (VPU-2) as a civilian techrep off and on between 1975 and 1981. I understand the unit designator was changed to VPU-2. Could anyone please point me in the direction of a website? I would also like to obtain a photo of a P-3B in flight. Much Aloha..." [18JAN2001]

BANNER, Charles Clayton "C.C." "...I was with VP-4 1962-1963 at Naha AFB. IT WAS GREAT TO FIND THIS WEB SITE. DO YOU KNOW WHERE THESE MEN MAY BE? PO BORLAND, GERALD SMTIH, HEUY HANNA, AND RUSSEL LOCKHART? PLEASE CALL 336-786-7130..." [14MAR99]

BARBER, AVCM Carl L. clbarber@aol.com "...VAHM-13/VP-24 8/57-9/60; VW-15/VW-13 1/61-7/62; NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 3/63-3/66; VP-4 8/66-2/69; NAMTD12 NAS Moffett Field, California 3/69-5/72; CPWP 5/72-10/76; NAMTRAGRU NAS Memphis, Tennessee 10/76-11/79..." [25MAY99]

BARKOW, AW2 Dan danbarkow@cableone.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1987 to 1991 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, ASWOC NAS Adak, Alaska, ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and then onto civilian life. I currently live in Idaho Falls, Id..." [E-Mail Updated 23JUN2003 | 11JAN2003]

BARLOW, Allen k8bhu@chartermi.net "...I served with VP-4 crew 6 from 1963 to Feburary 1966. In 1966 our squadron was just switching to the P-3. I was a radio operator on crew 6. As I sort through my navy years, I will pass along some pictures that may be interesting to other people. Thanks..." [15JAN2002]

BARNARD, Don barnardfl@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-19 (1981-1984) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Misawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia (lots of great places, including Pusan, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, P.I., Midway, Utapao, Australia, La Reunion, Mombasa, Mogadishu, Djibouti, Masirah, Muscat, etc.) and VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia. Since retiring from the Navy I've moved back to Pensacola to live happily ever-after..." [19FEB2013]

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

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

BARRY, Rick rickbarry@aol.com Shipmate Pix "...I served in VP-4 from 1/64 to 3/66 (when I resigned from the Navy). I was OIC of the VP-4 base resettlement detachment at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii when the squadron moved its home base from Naha, Okinawa and was a plane commander and department head (Aviation Safety, then Maintenance) in VP-4 while it was still using the P2V7 Neptunes and up until the time of transition to the P3C Orion. I just noticed the picture of my old Crew 12 that Jere Brinkley put up on the VP-4 WWWpage 16JAN98. Thanks, Jere, for your contributions. Interestingly, the oldest of our 5 children surreptitiously dug an original of that picture out of an old box of photos we had stored away in a closet and had it framed for my wife Linda and me as a Christmas present in 96, and copied for his own family. It now hangs nicely over our family room bar alongside the Skinny Dragon plaque and squadron and other memorabilia from VP-4, VP-49 and elsewhere from life's journey. I would like to make one spelling correction that I noticed next to the Crew 12 picture that hopefully Nevins can fix. My navigator was Jerry Crumly (not Crumbly). I'm sure it was a typo, but I can't lose such an opportunity to also assure everyone that Jerry was ANYTHING but "crumbly". Like everyone else who flew the VP-4 Sea of Japan run up off the Siberian Coast (very well off, but of course) and Market Time operations out of Ton Son Nhut, we were reminded of the old addage we were told in Pensacola during flight training, many years before: flying is made up of hours of sheer boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror. In the moments of terror, Jerry was always cool, deliberate and "uncrumbling". I'd love to hear from you Jerry and others of Crew 12. Better still, having experienced an enormously successful VP-49 Reunion in Pensacola 11/97, I look forward to seeing many of you at the squadron reunion in October 98. Best regards to Crew 12, VP-4 and all old VP friends..." WebSite: http://www.rbarry.com[27JAN98]

BARTELL, Rod arby062343@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1964 to 1965..." [15NOV2009]

BATTAGLIA, Tim batman@telis.org "...I followed my older brother David (VP-48 '65-68) into the VP Navy. I flew with VP-4 from Jun-75 until Jan-76. Went to NAS Moffett Field, California to spend time with my father as he passed away. Returned to Hawaii and VP-22. I worked for Chief Harris and flew with Crews 1 and 11. My Brother Pete followed me to VP's He flew with VP-47 77-81. This week I watched my son depart for WestPac on USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) . I was looking for web sites for his relatives to visit during his deployment. I found this site. I worked through some challenges during my time in P-3's thanks to my old friends. I still keep in touch with Don Mack now retired. This site has brought back a lot of old memories (Donnie Akerman, Flannigan, Doug Gillett, and many others). I left one month after QA-6 went into Subic Bay and it took alot out of me. I have grown through most of it as I raised my son and am now able to remember with joy and sadness. Chief Daniluk and Lavaluer - I would like to hear from you guys if you care to drop a line (Ivan Glymph, Bill Butler, Rip Kirby, Steve Morrecci...). I'm joining my son in May 99 at Pearl for a Tiger cruise back to San Diego and will try to visit NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Broccoli for ever...Battman..." [13NOV98]

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]

BECKER, Howard howb64@aol.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-4 from 82-84 and VP-65 from 84-86 before I was medically retired. I would like to give a shout out to all my old Shipmates, and ask them to drop me a line..." [18OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...BEERY, Ronald A...It saddens me to report the passing of Ronald A. Beery on Aug. 2, 2009 in Arvada, CO. Ron served as an AT2 and flight crew member in VP-4 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1960 to 1962. Condolences can be entered in the on line guestbook at the following link. GuestBook for Ron Beery – Online Guest Book by Denver Post and Legacy.com (http://www.legacy.com/)..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [03SEP2009]

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

BEICHLER, Rick r.beichler@mailcity.com "...I joined the Navy @17 years of age, and served with VP-4 ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii) from 1977-1979, SS3 operator on Crew 10. Man, what memories! By the time my short enlistment was over, I had been all over the Pacific. I left the Navy, went to college, and received my BSEE degree in 1983. I currently live in Fremont, CA. I'm looking for old Shipmates/crewmembers of VP-4 during 1977-1979..." [10NOV2001]

BELCHER, Rick r.belcher@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from April 1976 through October 1979 in the Aviators Equipment Shop. I clearly remember the incident related by "Batman" on YD7. I haven't had much contact with my former Shipmates but I'm hoping to do so soon. My time with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines were great..." [E-Mail Updated 14JUL2009 | 16FEB2003 | 09MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...BENNETT, CAPTAIN Art...This message is to inform friends and squadron mates of the death of CAPT Art Bennett, USN (Ret.). Captain Bennett served with VP-49 (late ‘50s early 60's) and VP-4 (early 60's). Don Richardson, a USNA classmate of Art's, is sending the information to the USNA group. I would be grateful to any recipients for passing this information on to others who are not email users and for informing others who served with Art in VP-42 or other commands not noted above. I was informed in a phone call from his only remaining child, Lynn Bennett-Campbell, who works for the World Bank and is living in Katmandu, Nepal, of Art's death in the early hours of Wednesday, December 8, following hospitalization on December 7 relating to an accidental fall while putting up pictures in his condo in Marquette, Michigan. The preliminary death notice in The Mining Journal in Marquette http://www.miningjournal.net/obit/story/128202004_obt02-o1208.asp reads: Arthur Bennett, Jr. - MARQUETTE ­ Arthur Bennett Jr., 83, of 205 Lakeshore Blvd., and Conway Lake, passed away early this morning at Marquette General Hospital. Services will be held at a later date. The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home handling arrangements has a website at http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/. The schedule and obituary (when posted) can be viewed at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/service.jsp?domain_id=140. A guest book where you can leave messages for Art's daughter Lynn and his companion of several years, Marion Sonderegger is at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/guestbook.jsp?domain_id=140&deceased_id=34051. Marion Sonderegger's address is: 7 Middle Island Point, Marquette, MI. 49855. As I understand it, following a memorial service in Marquette that is yet to be announced, Art will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) with his son, King who died years ago in an aircraft carrier accident. Because of the waiting period for military funerals at ANC, I'm told that the burial service could take a month or longer. I will post to this list again with any further information I have on the subject. Regards, Rick Barry...John Larson johnlar1@cox.net..." [14DEC2004]

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

BENNING, ADC John Retired navychief97@hotmail.com "...Enlisted August 1973 with the intention of serving for a couple of years.....24-years later I retired as an ADC...Quite a ride! Throughout my career I moved around the aviation community, serving in VF-124, VRC-50, NAS Key West, Florida, VP-4, VP-17, VQ-2, NADC Johnsville, Pennsylvania and CPW-10. It was all memorable, but the P-3 time was especially rewarding. As a FE working in the maintenance department I had the best of both worlds, interacting with professional flight crew as well as outstanding maintainers. My Navy training and experience directly resulted in my continuing with aviation after retirement, first with Boeing, then with the FAA, where I currently manage the FAA International Field Office in Frankfurt, Germany. My experience an an FAA manager requires me to be "The Chief" years after hanging up the uniform and donning civvies. I am eternally grateful for all Shipmates that helped guide this young sailor toward a solid understanding of what integrity and leadership are all about..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2011 | E-Mail Updated 02AUG99 | Updated 14APR98]

BENTLEY, Chris chrisbentley@mn.rr.com "...I was in VP-4, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1981-1984. Looking for squadron mates, and am particularly interested in crew mates from Crew 1 and Crew 5. Most have probably retired by now. I took an "early retirement" with 15 years of service in 1993. My fondest and most exciting memories by far came from my time with the Skinny Dragons. I would really like to find Grant Gardner, my TACCO and mentor, who was responsible for keeping me alive and out of trouble; I know he got seriously sick in the late 80's and I lost track of him. Thanks!!..." [28APR2002]

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]

BESHIRS, Steve A. thaism@flash.net "...I was in VP-4 from 1961-63 at Naha Okinawa. Would like to hear from anyone that was in VP-4 during this time. I was also in a flight crew. Served under Com. Barnnett..." [30AUG99]

BEST, Bill bbest@medford.net "...My first duty station out of boot camp was NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, 1952-1954. I was assigned to VP-4 and to ComNavAirWhidbey. It has been so long ago I can not remember the names of any of the Shipmates. I was with the Squadron when it deployed to Okinawa, we were first at Kadina AF base, as the runway at Naha was under repairs. The latter part of our deployment we move over to Naha. After serving 12 years in the Navy, I moved over to the Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major, in Psychological Operations. I will always remember my first flight in a P-2V at 25 feet off the water, with two other planes above us. I plan to make the Reunion in October..." [19APR98]

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

BEYATTE, Bill billbeyatte2@netzero.com "...I served with VP-4 (TACCO) from 1972 to 1975 flying the P-3A and P-3B out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I also served as JAOPS Officer TSC NAF Misawa, Japan from 1978 to 1980 Detachment NSF Diego Garcia..." [26FEB2009]

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

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

Memorial Picture "...BLALOCK, RMC Carey M. Jr...My Father, Carey M. Blalock Jr., died in 1963 in a auto wreck, Bainbridge, Md. Dad was a Aircrew Radioman and flew with with VP-72 (1942) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Dad also served with VD-4, VB-4 OTU-1 at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas for the PB4Y-1. Dad's combat A/C wings have the three stars. This is the bit and pieces on information I have and was trying to put it together for his grandchildren. Any help would be well appreciated..." Contributed by AMS1 Carey M Blalock, III Retired carey.blalock@yahoo.com [30MAR2012]

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

Memorial Picture "...BLUM, James Orville Jr. "Joe"...4/21/1935 - 6/3/2009 - Born in Saxon, SC to Florence & James Blum. Joe earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with Silver Palms. He joined the US Navy in 1953, and had a 20 year career in naval aviation which would take him all over the Pacific. He proudly served with VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1955 to 1959, VU-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field in 1954, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1962 to 1963, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1973. He later worked at Ford Aerospace and the Kennedy Space Center in spacecraft electrical engineering. Joe's wife Dorothy preceded him in death just a few months ago. He leaves behind two children, John Blum (Diane) of San Jose, CA, and Nancy Wilson (Neil) of Lafayette, CA; three step-children, Stephanie Zimmerman (Dean) of Titusville, FL, Wendy Taylor (Bobby) of Duncan, SC, and Dwane Church (Kim) of Moore, SC; 15 grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Medlock of SC..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [14JUL2009]

BLUM, Joe joeblum@excite.com "...I served in VU-5( NAS Atsugi, Japan) during the period 1955-1959. I also served in VU-7 ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field) (1954), VP-4 (Okinawa and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-30 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) in 1973..." [08MAY2002]

BOERGER, Ron "Mongo" rboerger@msw0.attnet.or.jp "...VP-1 81-84, VP-4 89-92, PATWINGSPAC DET ADAK OIC 93-94, Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) Ops Officer 94-96, currently XO at NAF Misawa, Japan. Would love to hear from any former shipmates!..."

BONVILLE, William J. "Bill" shipmate pix...circa 1945 bonville@q.com "...I served with VPB-2, VP-1, FAW-3, VPB-4 and FAW-4. We flew the PB2Y Coronado Aircraft..." WebSite: http://uci.net/~bonville/ [E-Mail Updated 25MAR2012 | E-Mail/URL Updated 26FEB2004 | 08FEB98]

BOWMAN, Allen animallee@yahoo.com "...I'm currently stationed with (VP-4) Patron Four, in the Corrosion shop. Not the best job but I earn my keep. It's great to see that thier are still people that have pride for our country and military members. Sometimes I feel that doesnt exist anymore. To all of the people who put this page together, Thanks..." [29OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...BOWMAN, AEC William D...Bill Bowman passed away after a heart attack on July 23, 1998. He was 54 years old. Bill already and aircrewman became a P-3 FE in the mid 1970's in VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served at NADEP NAS Alameda, California followed by a final flying tour with VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and 2 stepsons..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [07AUG2008]

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

BRENNOCK, CAPTAIN Daniel J. http://www.nsnpt.navy.mil/Code00/011/news_releases/2001/May/Naval%20Education%20and%20Training%20Center%20to%20Change%20Command%20.htm "...Captain Daniel J. Brennock, USN, will relieve Captain Patricia A. Drislane, USN, as the Commanding Officer of Naval Education and Training Center on Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in Captain Howard Kay Hall. Captain Brennock, a native of Cohasset, Mass., attended Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was commissioned an ensign in May 1973. After designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1974, he reported to in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Brennock was then assigned to VP-30 where he served as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Engineer Division/Training Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. In 1981 he reported to VPU-1 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Captain Brennock attended the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College from August 1983 through June 1984. Returning to NAS Brunswick, Maine in November 1984, he reported to VP-10 and served as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his next deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Captain Brennock was the Officer in Charge of the Squadron's Azores detachment. In 1987, Captain Brennock served on the staff of CPW-5 as the Logistics/Maintenance Officer before reporting for his command tour with the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. Captain Brennock reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1990 as Branch Head for Antisubmarine Warfare Long Range Planning and Analysis and as the Joint Mission Area Analyst for Strategic Deterrence. Captain Brennock then returned to the Naval War College in Newport as the Deputy Dean for the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. In his capacity as Deputy Dean, he was Navy's course director for the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. Captain Brennock most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Captain Brennock holds a Master of Arts degree in business from Central Michigan University and most recently earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College in 1994. Captain Brennock has earned three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and various other unit and individual awards. Captain Drislane, a native of Albany, N.Y., will assume duties as the Commander, Western Sector Military Entrance Processing Command in Denver, Col. A 1975 graduate of the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Captain Drislane has served as the Commanding Officer of NETC since April 1999, when she was promoted from the Executive Officer position. She also served as the 24th Director of the Officer Candidate School in Newport from January 1992 to September 1993..." [27JUN2003]

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]

BRINK, Larry M. lbrink@semcor.com "...I spent 21 years in the old USN as as AW. Ten years in P-3's (VP-17, NADC and VP-4 / VPU-2) and 11 in direct support (ASWOC / TSC) or training (FCTC LANT) at Dam Neck..."

BRINKLEY, AX2 Jere jerebrinks@hotmail.com Shipmate Pix Circa 1964 "...I served with VP-4 from 1963 to 1966. I flew with Crew 6 (P2V7 BUNO: 141236) as 1st Tech with a bunch of real characters and great troops all. We flew to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Namanoui to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and everywhere in between. I think we visited every rathole and port around. Hello VP-4!..." [E-Mail Updated 06SEP2008 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2002 | 29DEC97]

BROADWELL, Bill broadwel@erols.com "...I served with VP-9 62-63, VP-4 63-65 & 75-77, VP-46 71-74 as well as tours with COMPATWINGSPAC, COMPATWING TWO, COMPATWING TEN..."

BROOKS, AW2 Steven N. sandpalm77@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 (1972-1976) with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Adak, Alaska. I served with LT Hutchings, LCDR Higgins, LT Olsen, AO2 Anderson and AE1 "Tinker." We were involved with the Mayaguez Incident too. Some of our aircraft were shot at. Almost lost one in the P.I. The aircraft commander was a real hero, he saved many lives on that one. I think number 1 engine would not start due to hydraulic failure of the "feathering system." I think number 1 was autorotating at about 103% and bringing her down. After I left the Navy, I served as a DoD Federal firefighter for 25 years on several military bases, Hawaii, Houston, Texas, Fort Ord, CA., McClellan A.F.B., CA. and I retired from the fire service out of Vandenberg A.F.B. CA. (1977-2002). I now repair golf clubs at a local public course in Citrus Heights, CA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates...." [E-Mail Updated 01OCT2012 | BIO Updated 02AUG2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 11JUL2008 | 03JAN2000]

Memorial Picture "...BROUGHTON, AMS1 John Blake Shipmate Pix (VP-4 1964-1967) - ohn B. Broughton of Eugene, OR died Oct. 13, 2009 of age-related causes. He was 86. He was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Savannah, Ga., to George and Mae Buck Broughton. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy after a 22-year career as a sheet metal mechanic..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [04JUL2012]

BROWN, AEAN Brendon E. b_man71@hotmail.com "...Fresh meat for the Skinny Dragons (VP-4) would like any info on whereabouts and detatchment schedule. Just finishing AE schooling and can't wait to get out in the "Real Navy!"..." [21OCT98]

BROWN, Ed audned@earthlink.net "...Would love to hear from anyone from the Blue Sharks (VP-6) on the Red Coast era. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jack Mesaris AD1 or Richard Meo or Bill Presler, pilot? I was also in VP-18 and VP-4..." [22OCT2002]

Memorial Picture "...BROULLIARD, Donald C...Donald C. Broulliard died after a long arduous battle with cancer Nov. 21, 2003, at Careage of Whidbey. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, to Charles A. and Jennie M. (Amundsen) Brouillard in Big Lake, Minn. Don graduated from St. Cloud College in Minnesota before joining the Navy in 1954. Don graduated from Navy Flight School, in NAS Pensacola, Florida, as a naval aviator. He served in weather patrol squadrons VP-4 and VP-16 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1960 he married Theresa M. Cullen of Toledo, Ohio. Back to NAS Pensacola, Florida, and Naval Flight School to teach for three years before joining VW-1 stationed on NAS Agana, Guam, with a tour of sea duty aboard the carrier USS Kearsarge while living in Cypress, Calif. Then onto NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, serving in operations as a LCDR until his retirement in 1974. Don began a second career settling with Artistic Fence Company until 2001. He enjoyed skiing, hunting, bridge, cribbage and bowling. Don was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and Past Grand Knight in Oak Harbor and was a bingo manager for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Terry; son, Douglas J. Brouillard of Everett; daughter Jennie M. Fuller (David) of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Zachary James and Sydney Mae Fuller of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Jean L. Brouillard (Rita) of San Benito, Texas; sister, Mary L. Brouillard of St. Paul, Minn. Viewing will begin at 5 p.m. in St. Augustine's Catholic Church Friday, Nov 28. Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. at the church. A reception will follow the Mass. Arrangements under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel - Saturday, 22 Nov 2003 Whidbey News Times Whidbey WA..." WebSite: Whidbey News Times http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/portals-code/obits.cgi?paper=84&submit=&name=&skip=690 [02NOV2005]

BRUNER, C.T. N7119P@AOL.COM "...I SERVED IN VW-13 62 TO 63. F/E IN P-3 IN VP-4, 66 TO 69. NAMTRADET 1011, 69 TO 75. VX-1, 75 TO 78. VXN-8, 78 TO RETIREMENT IN 81. I NOW WORK AS A&P ON KING-AIR 100 AT NAVY TEST PILOT SCHOOL AT NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [07MAR98]

BUCHANAN, AW1 Chuck Retired Chuck@inline.com "...1982-1990 VP-4 Barbers Pt. Hi. and 1994-1997 VP-45, Jacksonville Fl...."

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

Memorial Picture "...BUCK, LCDR Everett Roy Sr...(VP-4 1957 to 1960) Lieutenant Commander (Retired, U.S. Navy) Everett Roy Buck, Sr., 86, died at home on Friday, July 20, 2007. He is survived by his wife Frances Lee (Archer) Buck and his children: daughter Katherine, son Everett "Rhett" Buck, Jr. and his wife Barbara, daughter Francie Holbach and her husband Jim Holbach, and daughter Marilyn Koch and her husband John Koch. He is survived by six grandchildren: James Everett Holbach, Alison Holbach, Susan (Mrs. Eric) Hawthorne, Juliette Buck, Shelly Koch, and Todd Koch; and one great-grandchild, Lauren DeLeon. Everett Buck was the son of Captain (Retired, U.S. Army) and Mrs. William E. Buck, both deceased. His mother, Alice Cecilia (Burkhart) Buck was an active member of Mission San José during her lifetime. Everett was born on May 9, 1921 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and moved to San Antonio at the age of seven. He graduated from Harlandale High School before joining the Navy in 1939. He was a "mustang" who began his Navy career as an enlisted man and retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1969. As one of the "The Greatest Generation", he fought at the Battle of Midway in World War II. All his adult life, Everett was a golfer and an amateur radio operator (HAM). In his later life, he was a member of the Battle of Midway Roundtable and was active with the Alamo Area Radio Organization, Inc. His activity with the local 7290 Traffic network continued until his death..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [04JUN2010]

Memorial Picture "...BUCKINGHAM, Richard Sherwood...Richard Sherwood Buckingham, 73, (VP-4 54-57) died Tuesday, 11 April 2006, at Hospice House of Savannah. He was the husband of Marty for 50 years. Mr. Buckingham was born in Bridgeport, Conn., raised in Southport, Conn., and graduated from the Berkshire School in 1950 and Middlebury College in 1958. He served as an aviator with the Navy in the Far East from 1953 to 1957. He had a 34-year career in sales and sales management with Continental Can Co. and as vice president of Cadbury Schweppes. He and his family lived in St. Louis and Wilton, Conn., before retiring to Savannah in 1995. They summered in Yarmouthport. Mr. Buckingham loved golf, genealogy, painting watercolors, traveling and woodworking. He was a member of the Golden K of Skidaway and the Landings Club. Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Linda Thomson of Wilton, Conn.; a son, Steve Buckingham of Oconomowoc, Wis.; a sister, Susan McGarvey; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Memorial donations may be made to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1659 Branham Lane, Suite F227, San Jose, CA 95118. Published in Savannah Morning News from April 13 to April 14, 2006..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [02NOV2010]

BUCKNER, Steve vett603@cs.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1989 to 1992 and VP-4 from 1995 to 1998..." [20JUN2002]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix ...BUFFORD, William A. , 84, VP-4 (1966-1969), formerly of Quincy, Illinois died Saturday, August 21st, 2010, at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. He was born October 30th, 1925 in Quincy, son of Walter & Mary (Veile) Bufford. He married Laurine (Bockhold) June 5, 1948. She preceded him in death December 25, 1995. Bill served in the Navy for 24 years before retiring to Oklahoma in 1968. He and Laurine moved to Sun City, Arizona in 1995. Bill served with the Maricopa County Posse for 12 years. Throughout his life he was dedicated to service to country, community, church and family. He brought joy and laughter to countless lives with his quick humor & wit. He loved hunting, fishing, woodcarving and reading. He will be sorely missed by those who knew & loved him. Surviving are two sisters, Ginny Schnier of Quincy, Illinois and Carol White of Dallas, Texas, and a brother, Russ Bufford (wife Bev) of Sun City, Arizona, two sons, Mike Bufford (wife Carol) of San Jose, California, Chuck Bufford (wife Martha) of Amarillo, Texas, and one daughter, Sandy Mills (husband Mike) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, Jason Bufford, Eric Bufford, Lindsay Bufford, Chelsea Bufford, Dan Bufford, Joe Bufford, Matt Bufford, Lara (Mills) Coburn, Kimberly (Mills) Minton, Stephen Mills, Billy Mills, Elizabeth Mills, Emily Mills, and PJ Mills; 14 great-grandchildren & the 15th to be born within weeks. A memorial mass was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Parish August 24, 2010; Rev. Arthur Nave officiated. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois. A memorial service in Quincy will be arranged; as yet the date is not determined. Published in Daily News-Sun on September 16, 2010..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [25NOV2010]

BURKHOLDER, ATC (NAC) Jerry A. Retired burkholderja@msn.com "...Interesting seeing some familiar names. I retired July 1994 after 20 years, 6 months, 3 days. Started out with VP-17 from 1975 to 1978, PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California from 1978 to 1981, and VP-4 Detachment Special Projects from 1981 to 1988 (that's what VPU-2 was called before establishment). That's right Boys and Girls - 8 years. If you haven't figured it out - I am a Plankholder. I finished my career at the Executive Transport Department NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1988 to 1994. I would have to say that the best tour I had was with VPU-2. It was the first command that i was able to truely reach my potential. I was on Crew 12, The Whipped Dogs, for 7 years and don't remember any bad crew members or Detachments (even the 3 months I spent in Masirah). VPU-2 made you feel like you were really contributing something important. Last thought - Jack Lyons and Mike Griffen if you see this E-Mail me. It would be great to hear from you. Aloha..." [01SEP2004]

BUTLER, PR1 Tom Retired pr1usn1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-45 from 1969 to 1971 and VP-4 from 1973 to 1977 (Av/Equip Shop). Remember well AME1 Anderson, PR1 Smokey Wiggins and AME2 Cal "The human Torque Wrench" Tucker. Retired in Jan 1990 from NATTC NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey as an Instructor at PR "C" School..." [30AUG2009]

BYRNE, Jerry (Byrnee) Retired fishboy13@hotmail.com "...I served with VA-37 (USS Forrestal), EEAP NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-30, VP-4, CPWP NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-47, and Security Force NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I am now retired to Gold Coast Australia..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 26JAN2004 | BIO Updated 07FEB99 | 16FEB98]


CAMPBELL, Dan Retired dfwthebold@mchsi.com "...Was a "homesteader" in Hawaii for 14+ years. I served with VP-17 from 1979-1983, ASWOC/TSC at CPW-11 from 1983 to 1987, VP-4 from 1987-1990, and the weather office at Pearl (with a bunch of crybaby AGs) from 1990 to retirement in 1994. Had a brush with death after retirement in June of 1998. Now, suffer from Central Pontine Myelinolysis (thanks to a hospital in Iowa). Miss the squadron life, at times and miss Hawaii (especially during these Iowa winters)..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2003 | 01AUG2000]

CAMPBELL, William J.(Soupy) Campbebj@spawar.navy.mil "...Proudly served the VP Navy for 30 years. Starting in VP-22 in P-2V's and ending in VP-4 as a W-4 NFO. Looking forward to hearing from any old Shipmates. I still travel the world supporting the VP Navy providing training to MOCC and TSC personnel on system software..." [06NOV98]

CANHAN, Rod rod_canham@csnw.com "...Served with VP-4 '68-'70, VP-26 '70-'73, and Naval Air Development Center Warminster '73-'76..." [21AUG2000]

Memorial Picture "...CARGAL, AVCM Jack Edward...Jack Edward Cargal, 77, AVCM USN (Ret) of Aiea, a retired Navy master chief petty officer, died at home April 25, 2011. He was born in Mt. Carmel, Ill. He is survived by wife Miyoko, son John J., daughters Janet L. Cargal and Mary A. Tataseo, brother Robert and nine grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday 1 July 2011 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Jack was a fixture in VP-4. He was assigned from June 1962 as an AX1 in Quality Control until Dec 1965 and from Jan 1976 until Jul 1982 as Command Master Chief giving him 11 years total in the squadron..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [30NOV2011]

CARMAN, AW1 Larry Retired lrcarmanrn@charter.net "...I joined VP-4 in 1975 after a NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment. Spent the next 8 years there, with the likes of Bob Christoph, Chris Weekes, Frank Sloan, "Gunner" Gunn, Dee Coombs & most unlikley of all 'Esteban' Yarosh, plus too many others to mention here. Next was FNOC, right there in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. VP-6 in 1983 for the next 7 years with Jeff Anderson, John Paugh, and all the rest of you guys & gals. In 1990 it was Fleet Numerical in Monterey, (yea, I followed you there Krider!) & retirement in 1993. I'm now a nurse with the VA hospital in Nashville, TN. I live in Clarksville, so if you're ever out this way, stop by, I'm in the phone book..." [31MAR2002]

CARPENTER, CDR John H. "Carp" Retired carpentj@georgetown.edu "...I served with VP-56 from (06/1975-06/1978, VP-4 Detachment Special Projects / VPU-2 (07/1981-07/1983) (Plankholder), VP-45 (08/1985-11/1987), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (07/1990-05/1993) and retired in July 1994..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2014 | E-Mail Updated 17JUN2010 | 17JUN98]

CARR, AMC(AW/NAC) Sue sucar99@aol.com "...I've served in VP-4, VP-60, VP-92, and now VP-94. Long live VP!..." [19SEP2001]

CARROLL, Tim carrolls@gt.com "...Served in VP-1 from 1979-1982, TAD tour with VP-4 during the same time frame. Was an In-flight Ordnance Crewman during both squadrons. Advanced from AOAN to AO2 prior to transferring to VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Currently an AOCM serving with NAMTRAGRUHQ Pensacola Fl. Would like to hear from old crew members / Pilots..." [03JUL98]

CARRUTHERS, Doug HERCDAWG@AOL.COM "...Stationed VP-4 79-83 Radio Operator, Crew 4 and 2, VPU-2 86-90 Radio Operator, Crew 13 "The Chosen" but flew with the "Whining Dogs" and "The Dark Feces" on a few occasions. Retired 96 but still think of y'all and the times we had..." [27DEC97]

CASTLE, Victor dashman@ntws.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1990 to 1993. I remember many good times with the squadron through 2 Persian Gulf deployments. Sometimes I wonder how I made it through my tour without getting busted for one reason or another. I will be glad to hear from old Shipmates..." [26DEC99]

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

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

Memorial Picture "...CATE, CDR Thomas R. Jr...CATE, JR., CDR THOMAS R. of Plano, TX passed away April 21, 2004. Born in Tulsa, OK, on September 11, 1932, he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nancy E Cate; his daughter and son-in-law Carol and Billy Dison of Jacksonville, TX, granddaughters Jessica and Jackie Dison; son Tom K Cate of Troup TX; and the families of cousins Mary Clifton of Magnolia, TX, Davis Helberg of Esko, MN, Pat Mims of Bellevue, WA, and Ruth Dickey (deceased) of Mabank, TX. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Visitation will begin on Saturday, April 24, 2004 with his family receiving guests from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. CDR Cate served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1975. As a pilot, he logged 4811 hours flight time in SNB, US2B, P2, SNJ, P4Y-2 and R4D-6 aircraft including 6 carrier landings. He completed flight training in Pensacola, FL and Hutchinson, KS before joining VP-3 (1954-56). He was a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1957-1960 where he and close friend Kenneth ('Moon) Mullins enjoyed many hours fishing and water skiing in the Gulf. He was Communications Officer on the USS Pine Island (AV-12) in 1961, Administrative Officer to Ops Of Korea 1961-63, and was assigned to VP-4 in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Hawaii from November 1963 - Nov 1965. From Dec 1965 to Dec 1967, he served as briefing officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff attached to ANMCC, Fort Ritchie, MD. In December 1969, he graduated Cum Laude from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA where as Section Leader for BAA-8, his study group achieved the highest cumulative grade point average at that time. From late 1969 to December 1970, he resumed working with high-level command and control as Acting Director for the Commander United Nations Command/ Commander US Forces, Korea, Command Center. From 1971 to 1975, he led Team Bravo in the Center for War Gaming at the Naval War College, Newport, RI until his retirement. He directed an innovative set of war games for civilian and military analysts where he met future wife, Nancy (Hill) Cate. His military honors included the Joint Chiefs of Staff Commendation Medal, Viet Nam Service Award, Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Aerial Flight (Southeast Asia), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal. After retiring, he worked as a consultant for Systems Consultants Inc. He relocated to Plano, TX after joining Pacer Systems as Regional Manager, marketing flight simulators for corporate and private pilots. He directed training seminars for the American Management Association, traveling throughout the central states in 1978. Returning to an early passion for geology, he served as landsman for various independent oil and gas drilling companies until 1990. Medical conditions from 1992 impacted his last years. CDR Cate treasured the times spent with his wife, parents, children and grandchildren. His life was enriched by close friendships that spanned many years. With Bart Bradford of Fort Worth, TX, he celebrated a lasting friendship that began in first grade in Streetman, TX. Other long-term friends included Col. BJ Palmer, USMC ret., Darrell Clements and Sam Galentree. His warmth and humor are deeply missed. The family extends special thanks to his caregiver, Terry Barnett of Deport, TX who gave kindness and dignity to his last years...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [06MAR2010]

CHASE, AW1 GEORGE in2knh@mediaone.net "...Where are all thouse cool people from "CPOBS"? VP-4, VP-22, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5), and VP-10. Keep em flyin !!! Hey Rookie, Yer sea daddy got senile!..." [E-Mail Updated 12NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 13DEC99 | 02JUN98]

CHEYNEY, ADCS David Retired patrolman42@hotmail.com "...I was stationed In VP-4 from 1983-1988 and 1991-1994. I made deployments to NSF Diego Garcia 1985, NAS Adak, Alaska 1986, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 1987, NSF Diego Garcia 1992, and NAS Misawa, Japan 1994. I retired in September 1994. I enjoyed my time with the Skinney Dragon's. If anybody remembers me e-mail me..." [04JUL2001]

CHRYSTAL, AT1 Shawn (TAILLEFER) jchrystal95@cs.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1983-1986, Recruiter Twin Falls, Id. from 1986-1989, Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) from 1989-1991, and VP-47 from 1991-1992..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAR2003 | 11NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...CHURCHWELL, ADJC Charles E. "Chuck"...VP-4 1962-65...Charles E. "Chuck" Churchwell, 79, went home to his Lord on Sept. 25, 2007. He was born in Crestview, Fla., on March 30, 1928, to Walter and Audrey (Churchwell) Steele. Chuck served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, followed by 20 years as an auto instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. His naval career remained his special memory. Chuck was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church in Ingleside, where he had many loving friends. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Joyce (Sudbury) Churchwell; two daughters, Cynthia McCready of Florala, Ala., and Karen Finch and husband Guy of Lowell, Mass.; five grandchildren, Chad and Chris McCready, Charlene McCready Gunn, Ashley Negrete and Bethany Finch; five great-grandchildren; six nieces, Sharon Hicks, Donna Colley, and Sandra Moore, all from San Angelo, with whom he and Joyce shared many happy adventures and were at our side through many trials, June Johnson and husband Dick of Tavaris, Fla., JoAnn Carugno and husband Bill of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kay Sedden and husband Wally of Albuquerque, N.M.; two nephews, Dennis Sudbury and wife Helen of Oregon and Scot Sudbury and wife Karen of Cleveland, Ohio, and their children; one great-niece, Kaeli Walls; and a great-nephew, Mance Stark. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in the Garden of Prayer section. Chuck's dear friend and former pastor, Brother Larry Johnson of Alpine, will be officiating. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. Karen Quigley, a great-niece, and Bill Moore, a great-nephew, will be singing "Because He Lived" and "Amazing Grace." A very special thank you to our friends Don and Marilyn Atkins and son Rob for their immeasurable support and friendship for the past 40 years as well as their other children, Denise, Ron and Michelle. The family would like to give a special thanks to the compassionate care providers at Shannon Memorial Hospital and to Hospice of San Angelo for their caring help..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [30NOV2011]

CLOUD, George G. (Seaman) gcloud02@charter.net "...Served with VP-4 from 1953 to 1956, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Iwakuni, Japan from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | 18FEB99]

COFFEY, John Retired jlcoffey1@msn.com "...I was stationed at "C" Maintenance Tire Shop at Chase Field in 1959. I was transfered to ATU 204 (VT-25) in 1960. I started and worked in Seat Shop made E/7 in January 1963 on to "B" school in 1965 then VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Instructor duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee to 1969 then on to VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired in 1963 went to work with a small airline FEDEX as a AandP mech retired 22 years later as a senior aircraft maintenance program planner for boeing and airbus aircraft. Chase Field is now a Texas prison. Brown Jug long gone (I was page 35 in MR jessies credit book) fish and travel now with wife of 45 years. Hello to all you F9F people out their..." [10AUG2004]

CONRAD, David F. CONRADAIR@aol.com "...I am glad see that Patron 4 (VP-4) personal of young and old are still bounded by the same love and comment that we shared we were servicing the VP-4. Hope to see some old faces at the Reunion. Pride and Professional..." [Updated 10MAR98]

CLARK, Greg gregsclark@worldnet.att.net "...Served as an NFO with VP-4 from 89-92. Currently assigned to VP-30. Like to say "Hi" to all former Skinny Dragons. Greg (trou)..." [07APR98]

CLARK, AXCS Monte Retired mrclark@arn.net "...I served in 3 different VP squadrons. I was an aircrewman with VP-45 from 1965 until the fall of 1970. I was a radio and radar operator, and all three sensor positions. I also served in VP-4 from Jul 75 until May 78 as Maint. CPO and Div. CPO. Then to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Maint. CPO until retirement 29 Feb 80. I also flew as an airborne CIC operator (scope dope) with AEWBarRonPac out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Then to AT school and VP-30 as radio operator on P2V's and P5M's. Would like to hear from any shipmates I served with during my career..." [E-Mail Updated 04DEC98 | 23JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...CHURCH, AE1 Kenneth C...VP-4 (1965-1968) March 9,1921 - Jan. 5,2010 - Kenneth "Bud" Church was born in San Francisco in 1921 and passed away on Jan. 5,2010, to join his beloved wife, Barbara. He is survived by his three sons, John, Richard and Paul; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; his brother, Al; and a niece. Bud proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a combat veteran and a naval aviator during World War II and did several tours in Vietnam. He retired in the Pollock Pines area in the '60s. Bud loved the mountains and this community, his family and many friends. He was a longtime member of the Placerville Fleet Reserve Association Branch 275, serving mainly as Chaplain. He was also a proud sponsor of Shriner's Hospital and the El Dorado County juvenile programs. He was a kind, funny and generous person and always a gentleman. Services will be held at the Veterans Hall at the fairgrounds in Placerville on Jan. 30 at noon. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Snowline Hospice, God bless 'em..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [04JAN2011]

Memorial Picture "...COLEMAN, CAPTAIN James "Tex"...Captain James (Tex) Coleman (USN retired) of San Angelo, Texas passed from this earth on Monday, June 15, 2009 of natural causes at the age of 79. He was born on November 3, 1929 to Doris and Johnnie Coleman in Artesia, California and married the former June Overby of Kenedy, Texas on September 1, 1956. He is survived by his wife of 52 years June Coleman; sister Charlene Elkins Browne and her husband Morris Browne of Houston, Texas; son King Coleman of Raleigh, North Carolina; daughter Kim Meyer and her husband Mike Meyer of San Angelo, Texas; and son Kyle Coleman of Houston, Texas. He also has 5 grandchildren: Lauren Meyer, Steven Meyer, Jason Meyer, Patrick Coleman, and Jeffrey Coleman. Tex was a decorated aviator in the United States Navy where he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Among the squadrons he served in were VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and VP-4 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan 1960-62. Upon his retirement after 30 years in the Navy, he taught high school math in the Beeville, Runge, and Schertz-Cibolo Independent School Districts. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. He was truly an officer and a gentleman. His family would like to express their appreciation to the following for their care and support: Dr. James Melott M.D., Dr. Michael Cornell M.D., Dr. Brad McIver M.D.; the 5th floor and ICU nursing staffs of Shannon Medical Center, Hospice of San Angelo, the staff of Myrtlewood Estates, Reverend Dr. Stephen Sweet, Reverend Ken Dahlberg, and the members of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Tex Coleman will be held at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel in San Angelo on Thursday, June 18 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice of San Angelo or your favorite charity. Family and friends may sign an online memorial at http://www.MeM.com..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [26JUN2009]

Memorial Picture "...COLLETT, CMDCM Charles Edward...CMDCM Charles Edward COLLETT, 65, of Pensacola died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. During his service years of 1962 - 1992, Chuck was a Flight Engineer in VP-17 (71-74) and VP-4 (77-81). He served as Command Senior Chief in VPU-2 (84-86) and as Command Master Chief in VRC-50 (87-92). For those wishing to post a remembrance for CMDCM Charles E. "Chuck" Collett there is a guestbook at http://www.webfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=331574&fh_id=10966..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [22OCT2010]

CONWELL, David narqed@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-4 for 2 tours; 82-85 and 95-99. I would love to hear from all who were there at the same time..." [08MAR2001]

COOK, Timothy K. tkcook@tecnet1.jcte.jcs.mil "...I was a FCO and later ended up as an IFT (did both jobs on some flights) with VP-4 from 1977-1981. I am still deeply involved with the P3 here at Pax River. It's great to see so many community members still out there! I keep running into old shipmates whenever Im on the road to the sites (even still). Drop a line if you were in Patron Four from 77-81, I'll tell you who I've met to date..."

COOLEY, Tim tmc165@woh.rr.com "...VP-4 1978-1980, VP-4 Special Projects 1980-1981, VP-8 1985-1991, CPW-5 1991-1994, VP-11 1994-1996, VP-10 1996-1999..." [28FEB2007]

COOPER, Aleatha G. "Coop" coop_ii@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1994 to 1997 and it was honestly the greatest experience I have had. I met so many different and wonderful people. I would give anything to see some of those people again. I would love to receive mail from anyone who might remember me..." [09JAN2003]

COTTINGHAM, Ty tcottingham@DICKEY-john.com "...I served in VP-4 @ Naha, Okinawa from 1961 - 1963 & flew in several crews, my final crew was with the Skipper (Cdr. Moses) and we flew in 150279, which I understand is a static display at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a member of VP-2, Crew 10 during 1963 - 1964 & managed to be in Alaska during the "Big Quake"! Then I went to the Carrier Navy and retired as an AECS in 1978. I was working on the A-12 Aircraft Program at McDonnell Aircraft when the program was cancelled and now I'm working in agricultural electronics. Sorry that I missed the Reunion..." [18DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...COWEN, CDR Wayne E...COWEN, CDR Wayne E. USN (Ret) VP-4 1964-66, Wayne E. Cowen, age 73 of New Braunfels, TX, passed away on January 8, 2012. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Carl H. Cowen and Berniece (Duvall) Cowen and his brothers, Eugene and Delmer Cowen. He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. (Baze) Cowen; son, Carl Cowen & wife, Amy; daughter, Stacy Burgh & husband, Steve; grandson, Kyle Burgh and granddaughters, Katelyn Burgh and Sarah Cowen. Wayne served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1960 to 1980, retiring as a Commander. He then worked until 1994 as a Management Analyst for several companies supporting the U.S. Department of Energy. Visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Friday, January 20, 2011 at Schertz Funeral Home. Family and friends will then process to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery for a Graveside Service, with military honors, to begin at 10:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cancer Research Institute. Please visit http://cancerresearch.org for more information on donating...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [25JAN2012]

COWHICK, AX3 Alan R. acowhick@casscomm.com "...It gave me chills to see the P2V 5's & 7's and the P-3A's. I was in VP-4 in 1966 & 1967. Flight Crew 7 & 11, Julie Operator, Chef and everything else. Would like to here from some of these guys in my old outfit. Thanks again for the website. Alan R. Cowhick, Quartermaster, Ashland VFW Post #3546, Ashland, IL. Website: http://www.ashland.lib.il.us/community/localorg/ashlandvfw/index.html. Keep up the tradition..." [06FEB99]

CRANE, ED ECRANE4980@AOL.COM "...MY TOUR OF DUTY WITH VP-4 WAS FROM JUNE OF 1964 TO MAY OF 1967. WE FLEW THE P2V NEPTUNE UNTIL ABOUT 6 MOS. BEFORE I GOT DISCHARGED, WHEN WE TRANSITIONED TO THE P-3 ORION. NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii WAS HOME BASE BUT WE MADE TWO TRIPS TO JAPAN AND OKINAWA DURING MY TOUR OF DUTY. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM MY Shipmates ANYTIME. MOST PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER ME HAVING A BAND CALLED " EJ & THE STATESIDE RAIDERS." FANTASTIC MEMORIES!..." [03MAR99]

CRANSTON, CPO Alan Retired gonavy@metc.net "...I served with VP-4 Special Projects (12/1971) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was one of the first six enlisted men assigned to VP-4 Special Projects. We had 3 Officers, 3 Chiefs and 3 1st Class Shipmates. I was the Senior Chief. I am very proud of the work we did and to see that VPU-2 was the end result..." [19APR2013]

CREIGHTON, AE2 Cecil cecilmarg@verizon.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1955 and 1956 (deployed to Australia). What a great time we had. I met my future wife and we have had a wonderful life together. I also served with VP-57 from September 1953 to July 1955 (deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan). I have kept in contact with several guys and hope to hear from more. Hope to see many of you at Reunions..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 28APR2004 | BIO Updated 11AUG2001 | 23SEP2000]

CUFFE, ADJ2 Brian T. btc58sw@sbcglobal.net "...I was stationed with VP-4 from 1977-1979, left there after a tour in the Philippines (had a blast)and went to VP-8 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Made a deployment to NS Rota, Spain and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Anyone hear from Jeff Booze, Brian Marcheter or Phil Cavanaugh?. Changed my rate to Machinest Mate in 1984 and sailed around for a few deployments to the gulf and such. I did miss the airdale service though! My nickname on board ship was Captain Airdale, go figure. I got out of the Navy in 1992 (took the early out) as a Machinest Mate 1st Class. Would like to hear from anyone from our time, give me a buzz on the e-mail..." [27FEB2007]

Memorial Picture "...CULBERTSON, LCDR Wylie J...LCDR Wylie J. Culbertson USN (Retired), VP-4 1959-1961, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA on June 20, 2005. at 3:00 PM. Services provided will be a Formal Military Procession as accorded a Commissioned Officer of the Military Services. All of our VP-4 family members are invited. Those attending should meet at the Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building at 2:20 PM. Attire is optional, but active duty, reserve/guard, and retired personnel should wear the summer dress uniform of their service. If more information is needed, please call Mrs. Cora "Cookie" Culberston, 770-923-8695 at 915 Newcastle Drive SW, Lilburn GA 30047-5458..." Contributed by Bob Zafran vpfourever@gmail.com [17JUN2005]

CURTIS, LT Jim Retired oldnfo@gmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Glynco, Georgia (1971-1973) a a Helo and Connie Crew, VP-4 (1974-1976) as SS1/3, VP-50 (1976-1978) as SS1/4, VP-30 (1978-1981) as Acoustic Instructor and Commander, Naval Air Force AtLantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1981-1982) as SS1/4, Commissioned (1982), VP-24 (1983-1987) as TACCO/MC, CPW-11 (1987-1988) Mission Control and Evaluation (MC&E) Officer and CPWP (1988-1992) Special Projects. After retirement - I worked for 4 years in DC supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), University of South Carolina (managing telecommunications) and currently with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) managing the Littoral Warfare Advanced Development (LWAD) sea test program..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2007 | BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | 25FEB98]

CUSH, AT2 Dan naha1111marti@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 (1959-1961) on Crew-3 with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan..." [17NOV2014]


DANLEY, ADR1 Jimmy Retired jacksfour@webtv.net "...I couldn't find anyone that served in VP-23 from June 1959 to June 1961. I also served in VP-4 from July 1954 to June 1956...I enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and retired in 1970 as an ADR1. My first exposure to VPs was in July 1954. I graduated from B school and got orders to VP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington I got married all in July. I had never heard of Oak Harbour, but anyway it was a beautiful place. I started flying as a 2nd Mech shortly after I got there. We had P2V-5's with 20mm in the nose and tail, and a 50 cal on top. We flew to Fallon for gunnery quals. They had us fireing at a target towed by a JD. We deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in July of 1955. We had a great crew. CDR Woods was the PPC and Chief Pinkey Adams was the Plane Captain. He got orders to shore duty right after we got to japan, so I became the Plane Captain of Crew 7. We flew a lot of patrols off the coast of Russia during the six months we were there. Our big reward was when we were relieved to come home. Our skipper, CDR Davis got us the ok to take the long way home. We had a 12 plane squadron and we staggered the departure 24 hours. Our first stop was NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, then NS Sangley Point, Philippines, then Singapore, and on to Australia where we made three stops. Then we started that long trip home. I don't know how we did it, but we managed to get all 12 planes back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on the same day - a miracle. I guess Xmas just being around the corner had something to do with it. I had been married for about a year and a half so my wife and Ii had a great XXmas that year. Came back off leave in January 1956 and we started changing over to the P2V-5F with a J-34 hung under each wing. They sure made a lot of difference on take offs. I left the squadron in June 1956 for shore duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I stayed there for three years and transferred to VP-23 in June 1959, which is another story..." [BIO Updated 15MAY2000 | 14MAY2000]

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

DAVIS, Brent espinel@ata.attmil.ne.jp "...Served with VP-4 and VPU-2..." WebSite: http://members.xoom.com/BNDavis/ [Updated E-Mail and WebSite 23FEB2000]

DAVIS, David stickboy@vcnet.com "...Served in VP-4 from Aug 92 to Dec 96..." [20JUN98]

DAVIS, Gary gdjb1@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-4 (1961-1963) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and VP-21 (1968-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am currently living in Weatherford, TX..." [04JAN2011]

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

Memorial Picture "...DAVIS, CDR Leslie D. "Stinky"...CDR Leslie D. "Stinky" Davis 1913-2008 who served as CO of VP-4 1954-1955. His 30 year Naval career 1928-1958 was a most colorful journey, duty assignments as a Radioman (RM) were USS Holland (AS-3), USS S-24 (SS-129), USS R-18 (SS-95), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Ashville (PG-21), NAS Key West, Florida, USS Mississippi (BB-41), USS Dewey (DD-349). In 1938 as RM1C accepted for flight training and reported to NAS Pensacola Class 111E. RM1C "Stinky" Davis (NAP 11-39) awarded his wings Dec. 12, 1938 and reported to VT-2 in the USS Lexington (CV-2) flying TBD Devastators, RMS Bellevue (Radioman School), now an RMC to British Radar School, Ontario, Canada, VJ-5, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, now LCDR Davis in 1947 reports to FAW NAS Agana, Guam as Ops Officer, then XO VPB-108 / VP-HL-8 / VP-28 MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Deployed 1948-49 to NAS Agana, Guam in PB4Y-2 as Hurricane Hunters, 1950 General Line School, Monterey, CA promoted to Commander. 1951-52 Washington DC as Navy Dept. Budget Control Officer, 1953 Asst. Chief of Staff for Communications to Adm. Beauty Martin ComNavAirForce PacFlt flew F9F-6. 1954 CO VP-4, 1956-57-58 Communications Officer NAS Moffett Field, California flew F8U Crusader...." Contributed by Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [21AUG2013]

DAVIES, AE3 Robert D. bfeastltd@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1959 to 1962. I logged more then 900 hours aboard our aircraft. I am currently 72 years young!..." [19FEB2011]

DAVIS, Steve scifier99@comcast.net "...Looking for old crewmembers from any of the outfits I was with...VP-4, VP-10,VP-17, VP-23 and VP-26..." [BIO Updated 10FEB2005 | 21AUG2001]

DeBROCKE, AW2 Robert trvlmail@cox.net "...I served with VP-4 (1968-1970) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [15AUG2012]

Memorial Picture "...DeLORENZO, CAPTAIN Frank L...1914-2011 VPB-4 1945 - Captain DeLorenzo passed away on May 27, 2011. He was 96 Years old. Known as "DeLo" to his many friends, he was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 1 August, 1914. He graduated from Marquette University with B.S. and J.D. degrees in 1939. While in Law School there he was a contributor to, and on the staff of, the Marquette Law Review. He came to NAS Pensacola, Florida later in 1939 and entered flight training as an Aviation Cadet in class 130-C. He received his wings from Adm. A.C. Read, the first man to fly the Atlantic Ocean. DeLo was commissioned as an Ensign in May of 1940. He was designated Naval Aviator Number 6449. His first assignment was to VP-12, flying PBY CATALINA's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California. He was later ordered to VP-13 and flew the four engine PB2Y CORONADO seaplane throughout the Pacific during WW II. He was extremely proud to have been one of the pilots that flew Admiral Chester Nimitz to Honolulu on Christmas Day, 1941 in order for him to become the new Chief of all Naval Forces in the Pacific, early in WW II. DeLo was the last surviving pilot of that crew. Captain DeLorenzo also flew in the strikes on Wake Island, Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Saipan during the Marshall and Gilbert campaigns and was awarded the Air Medal with four gold stars. Later during WW II he flew patrols out of NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, Eniwetok and NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands and his squadron finally returned to the U.S. in December of 1944. After the cessation of WWII hostilities he was assigned to the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) and was a plane commander in R5D aircraft while attached to VR-12 and VR-8 in Honolulu. VR-8 flew the route from NAS Oakland, California. To NAS Agana, Guam in the Marianas. He returned to NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1948 and was assigned as Senior Aircraft Engines Instructor in the Naval School of Pre-Flight. It was during this tour that he and his wife, Helen, met many prominent and "old" NAS Pensacola, Florida families that would bring them back to Pensacola where they would happily retire!! After that he was assigned to the Staff of the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in NAS Norfolk, Virginia where he was associated with various NATO Naval exercises that took him to England, Scotland and Norway. In 1953 and 1954 he commanded VP-34, flying PBM-5's out of NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. Under his command, the squadron won the Fleet Battle Efficiency Pennant marking it as the best patrol squadron in the Atlantic Fleet! He returned to NAS Pensacola, Florida once again, later in 1954 and served as the Administrative Officer of the Naval Air Station until 1956 when he was ordered to the attack carrier USS KEARSARGE (CVA-33) as Operations Officer and later as Executive Officer, with the carrier operating in the Western Pacific. Prior to reporting to the KEARSARGE he carrier qualified in SNJ's aboard USS SAIPAN. He was next assigned to the Senior Naval War College in Newport, R.I. where he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1959. Upon graduation from War College he was assigned as the Missile and Satellite Range Operations Officer of the Pacific Missile Range at NAS Point Mugu, California where he was associated with numerous early space projects. His next assignment was to recommission and Command a ship, the fleet oiler, USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) in Brooklyn, NY. After transiting the Panama Canal and operating in the Pacific Fleet, he was detached from KENNEBEC in 1962 and reported as Chief of Staff to the Commander Middle East Force operating out of Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf. In that capacity he traveled all throughout the Middle East in several small seaplane tender known as the "LITTLE WHITE FLEET" and met many Heads of State including the late Shah of Iran and the Rulers of Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Dubai. His next two assignments were as Commanding Officer of the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1964 to 1966 and Commanding Officer of the Headquarters Support Activity, Taipei, Taiwan in the Republic of China from 1966 to 1968. He was also Chief of Staff to the Commandant, Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco where he and His family lived in beautiful Government Quarters on the top of Yerba Buena Island in the center of San Francisco Bay where the two sections of the Bay Bridge are anchored. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Pensacola Country Club and a past member of the Board of Directors of the PCC. During his golfing career DeLo was credited with four "holes in one". He was one of the original founders of the Ex-Aviation Cadet Organization and EMCEE'd many of its Reunions. He was an active and ardent supporter of the National Museum of Naval Aviation and Alzheimer's research and support activities. In addition to his Air Medals, he was awarded numerous Campaign Medals as well as the Army Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He retired in 1970 after accumulating 6000 plus flight hours and completing 31 continuous years of active duty in the Navy. He was pre-deceased by his dear and lovely wife of 60 years, Helen Baker DeLorenzo. He is survived by his son, Tony, and daughter in law, Linda Binion DeLorenzo, a grandson, Tony, Jr. and wife, Faith, and great granddaughters, Lily and Ceili. Memorials may be made to the Nat'l Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Ste C, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508 or Covenant Hospice, 5401 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504 or to St. John Catholic Church, 303 So. Navy Blvd. Pensacola, Fl. 32507. He was buried at Barrancas National Cemetery. Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [15AUG2011]

DeLORENZO, CAPTAIN Frank L. Retired shipmate pix circa...05JUL53 frankdelo@cox.net "...I was an Ensign in VP-12 in NAS San Diego, California from July 1940 to August 1941. Left VP-12 to join Gen Chennaults AVG Flying Tigers. Never got there but my CO LCDR J. P. Fitsimmon's was so peeohed at me for signing up with AVG, he wouldn't have me back in his squadron. Moved next door in the big barrel hangars on NAS North Island, San Diego, California and went to VP-13 from August 1941 to January 1943 flying the 4 engine PB2Y Coronado. Spent the rest of WW II flying PB2Y's in VP-102 and VPB-4. Was CO of VP-34 in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies from April 1953 to June 1954 flying PBM-5's. Had a great squadron and we won the "Meatball" i.e. best squadron in the Atlantic Fleet! Stayed in the Navy for 31 years retiring as a Captain. What a great career I had and it all started in the VP community..." [E-Mail Updated 11SEP2002 | E-Mail Updated 23FEB99]

DERRINGTON, AO3 Chad webmaster@vp4association.com "...Attached to VP-4 from May 1989 thru September 1992 including '89 NAS Adak, Alaska deployment and both Diego Garcia Deployments in 1990/91 and 1992. I finnished my Tour with the Navy in VP-17 during Oct/Nov 1992. Looking to make contact with any of my Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10FEB2000 | 18FEB98]

Memorial Picture "...DEROSETT, AOCM Joshua "Red"...1924-2008 - It saddens me greatly to report that Joshua "Red" Derosett AOCM USN Ret., a truly "Great American" passed on Feb. 29, 2008 in Lemoore, CA. A 30 year veteran of the US Navy, Red was one of my most "Unforgettable Shipmates". His distinguished career included tours of duty in VP-14, VH-4, VF-193, CVW-21, VA-125, VP-4 and VF-152. Among his awards are the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 Stars, the Navy Air Medal with 24 Stars, the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 8 Stars. I encourage all to view his tribute and his "Service Memories" on The Navy Log section of the United States Navy Memorial web site http://www.lonesailor.org/index.php...Respectfully submitted by Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [02MAR2008]

DESPOPOULOS, Steve sdespop@hotmail.com "...I've spent the last 13 years in the P-3 Navy, loving most every minute of it. VP-4 86-91 deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska (twice), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Dodge/Masirah. NAMTRA NAS Moffett Field, California 91-95. VP-46 95 until I retire in 2000..." [12OCT98]

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

DIETRICH, Bob navairbob1971@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 from January 1986 to December 1989 as the ALSS Supervisor. Would like to hear from any/all old Shipmates..." [22APR2004]

DIETZ, Tim tim.dietz@jcwifi.com "...I served with VP-4 (1971-1972) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972) and a six week detachment to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand..." [14MAR2014]

DILLON, Kenn kennethfdillon@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 (1976-1980) as a IFT. I was looking at the aircraft pages and remembered that during my time there seven of our aircraft had a unique numbering system. The BUNOs ran from 153430 through 153436 and the Squadron Designation was YD-7 through YD-1. So that if you were flying on YD-1 the BUNO was 153436. If you were on BUNO 153434 you were on YD-3. The last digit of the BUNO added to the Squadron Designation added to the number 7. I don't know who came up with that idea, but it sure made it easy to remember those seven planes. I remember an incident we had with a plane flying back from Tahiti. We had to make an emergency landing at Barbers Pt. due to a loose port landing gear/wheel. I had the best view when we landed, since I was the port aft observer. Talk about sparks. By the time we stopped the wheel and the axle were welded together. No injuries, just som damange to the aircraft and runway..." [05JUN2013]

Memorial Picture "...DITZLER, Robert W...(VP-4 1950-1952)...Robert Wayne Ditzler, age 86, died quietly on June 29, 2017, in Seattle, Washington of a stroke surrounded by his wife and many of his family. Bob was an Aviation Electronics Technician and flew as a Radar Operator. Bob was born March 9, 1931, in Grinnell, Iowa, and was a 60 year resident of Washington state. Bob resided in Sharingwood, a co-housing community in Snohomish County that he helped found, since 1987. He built many of the houses in the community and also designed and drew the plans for the community’s beautiful common house. Bob went into the Navy immediately after graduating from high school. He was an electronics technician/radar operator. Upon his discharge, Bob went to work at Boeing, but soon found himself bored. When he went for career counseling, George Mantor told him he had the best job available. Then George suggested if Bob wanted something new, he should try going to college – a first for his family. This led him to Reed College in Oregon, UC Berkeley in California, Edinburgh, Scotland, and finally, to a Masters Degree in History from the University of Washington. During his time at the UW he was invited to go to Alaska with scientists doing research at a station on the floating ice. His electronic skills were needed. This stint was the source of many of his best tales. Also while going to the UW, Bob supported himself doing remodeling jobs. He found he loved this work and after graduation Bob began a 50+-year career as a self-employed designer/builder. His skill in designing beautiful, useful spaces for his clients was much in demand. Bob was always thankful he had found a career he really loved. Bob married Stephana Ames in 1988. Life together was rich, as they shared interests, families and friends. They attended Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church where Bob was one of the founding members. In 2001 he dedicated two years of his life to the construction of the congregation’s new church on Woodinville Duvall Road. Among Bob’s many interests were reading, gardening, sailing, backpacking, traveling, baroque music and the construction and flying of model hot air balloons. Bob was well-known for his legendary spit- roasted lamb, as well as being chief cook for large friend and family gatherings. Whatever he did it was with such a zest for life that all activities he was involved in were made more fun! Bob is survived by his present wife of almost 30 years, Stephana Ditzler, and step-children David Ames and Karen LeCompte (husband Tom), as well as previous wife Jane Ditzler, mother of his three adopted children; Mark Ditzler (wife Sally), J.C. Ditzler (wife Crista), and Peach Jack (husband Dave). Bob and Stephana have 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Bob is also survived by sisters Mary Duryee, Marjorie Hillmann and Charlotte Smith (husband Smitty). A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held September 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, 19020 N.E. Woodinville Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA. Memorial gifts may be given to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee or Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [06SEP2017]

DODD, AECS John Retired doddallen@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 (received my aircrew wings as a FE) and VP-19 (1987-1989)..." [14FEB2013]

DODSON, Albert LeRoy (A.L.) c/o His Son Joe Dodson LaC1HocFan@aol.com "...I'm very excited to see these memories and information saved and presented for viewing. My father, Albert LeRoy Dodson (A.L. Dodson), served with VP-14 April of 41 thru April of 43 (survived the Jap attack of NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii) and latter he was CO of VP-4, I believe it was June of 51 thru June of 53..." [05APR98]

DONOVAN, Vince vdonov04@cybertrails.com "...I served as a CPO with VP-4 during 1957-1960 at Naha, Okinawa. Any old Shipmates still around?..." [18JAN98]

DOSEN, Jim sta@execpc.com "...Entered VP-4 a seaman coming off a captain's mast, was told there's your desk, but if you screw up, you're going to the galley. I worked hard from 1966-67, graduated out of squadron as a YN2. But, as a black shoe I had a lot of hours, because I used to read the messages before the skipper [I was the captain's yeoman for CDR Duncan, CDR Walker] and then ask, "can I come along?" Most of the time they would say OK, but stay out of the way! I had detachments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Tainan, Taiwan from our deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There I was flying over the Gulf of Tonkin, looking at N. Vietnam just because I asked to come along! As a ground pounder I helped VP-4 transition from P2's to P-3 s...jumped out of perfectly good airplanes with the NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii MARNAV skydiving club, worked on the accident investigation board for YD-6 [crew 10] crash in Sea of Japan, and had a drink in every bar between three corners and four corners in Iwakuni! Proud to be a VP-er, still keep in touch with several Shipmates from way back then!!..." [30DEC98]

DOUDNA, AWC Ralph F. Retired ralphdoudna@aol.com "...I am from Maxwell, Nebraska and enlisted in the Navy in Feb 1958 went through boot camp at San Diego, "P" school Norman, ATA school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, was assigned to VP-47 at NAS Alameda, California and flew as an aircrewmen in P5Ms 1&2. VP-47 deployed to Japan 1959-1960 than relocated to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in mid 1960. Also served in VP-16 (P-3As) NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AT1 from 1966 to 1967 did a deployment to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Vietnam. Served in VP-47 again from 1968 to Dec 1969 (this time flying in P-3B aircraft) durning which time We did another NS Sangley Point, Philippines/Vietnam deployment. Served in the Reserves at NAS Moffett Field, California from Dec 1969 to Nov 1981. Went back on active duty in 1981 and served in VP-4, FASOTRAGRUPAC and VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired from VP-1 as an AWC in July 1994..." [06AUG2000]

DUNCAN, Garry ep42@epmac.nola.navy.mil "...Served with the world famous Skinny Dragons (VP-4) from DEC 79 to DEC 84 as PN1 (worked for, then relieved Steve Facsko). Did the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments with some interesting side trips to NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia. The names on the listing brought back some great memories and would love to hear from old Shipmates. Currently at EPMAC as Submarine Placement Dept Head (figure that one out). It would surprise most who knew me to find out I'm an LDO! Scary, huh! To this day the best duty I ever had was with VP-4, bar none..." [03JAN99]

DUNN, Tim TAD59@webtv.net "...Served with VP-4 from 1977 through 1981..." [10AUG99]

DURHAM, Jimmy D. falcon22@flash.net "...I served in VP-4 72-75 as an In-Flight Technician. Was a member of crew 8 transfered to NAMTD NAS Alameda, California but finished tour at NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired in 1983 following tours at NAS Misawa, Japan and VP-16..." [16JAN99]

DYE, CAPTAIN Gary B. https://www.cnet.navy.mil/netpdtc/co.html "...Commanding Officer - Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center - Gary Bryan Dye was born in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He attended the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he received a regular commission in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). After commissioning, Ensign Dye reported to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, for Naval Flight Officer Training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1980. In 1981, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Dye reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he qualified as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander flying the P-3B Orion. He also served as Tactics Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer, and Line Division Officer. His squadron completed multiple deployments throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. In June 1984, Lieutenant Dye reported to the NROTC Unit, University of Nebraska, where he instructed midshipmen in Marine Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Naval Operations, and Naval History. In May 1987, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean, NAF Naples, Italy, for duty as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower and Administration (N1). In May 1989, Lieutenant Commander Dye was assigned to CPW-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as the Current Operations Officer and as Task Group Officer in Charge of JCS tasked "Pony Express" Operations. In August 1990, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to VP-22, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, for Department Head Duty, flying the P-3C Update II. He served as Squadron Operations Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge, and Task Group Operations Officer while deployed to Misawa AB, Japan. In August 1992, Lieutenant Commander Dye reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, as a student in Manpower, Personnel, and Training Analysis Curriculum. In June 1994, he graduated with distinction and was awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Systems Management. In July 1994, Commander Dye was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he served as the Navy's Manpower Accountant (PERS-522). In January 1995, he was reassigned as Branch Head for Battle Forces Manpower in the newly established OPNAV (N122). In October 1996, Commander Dye assumed Command of Navy Recruiting District, Michigan. Two years later Captain Dye reported to the Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, VA, as Deputy Director for Manpower and Personnel and, later, as Deputy Inspector General. On July 14, 2000, Captain Dye assumed Command of Enlisted Placement Management Center (EPMAC), New Orleans, LA. On December 21, 2001, Captain Dye assumed Command of Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC), Pensacola, FL. Captain Dye's awards include the Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of fourth award), the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service ribbons..." [26JUN2003]


EAGLE, AOCS AW/NAC Lyle V. IV Feefifo65@aol.com "...Served with VP-19 "The Big Red" from NOV 84 to SEP 88. It was the best of times as you all know. I am currently serving with VP-4 in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Alot has change since the daze of Olongapo but you know the deal. I would like to hear from CDR Ramariez (86-87) if anyone knows his wearabouts. Keep the faith - we had fun back then lest we forget...Presently on staff at CPRFP. Hey Moody Set 5" [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26SEP2002 | 23AUG99]

EARNEST, AW2 Ken "Bear" kearnest@kimbanet.com "...Served in VP-4 from 83-86. Flew on Crew 11. Would like to hear from any Shipmates to catch up. Had a great time..." [13MAR99]

EATON, David Retired dtn3558@cs.com "...I served in VP-4 from 75-81, VP-30 81-84, VP-45 84-85, a year off to rest up for part two 85-86, VP-44 86-90 (survived NAS Keflavik, Iceland), VP-8 90-92 then SERE 92-95 when I retired from active duty. Man I miss those crazy fun days and all the friends that are still out there somewhere. I would like to hear from you all..." [11JAN2001]

ECOTT, Lee H. Lee4825@aol.com "...I was in VP-4 June 61 thru August 63. Flew with Crew #10 first Year. Moved to 1st Tech on Crew #1 in 1962. Had the pleasure of flying the 1st P2V-7 in the Squadron from NAS Alameda, California back to NAHA 150280. Looking for old Shipmates furing that time period. Looking forward to the Reunion..." [04FEB98]

EDWARDS, Emery busteredwards65@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) in 1968, USS Kearsarge from 1968 to 1969 and VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1970 to 1971 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Midway Island, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, etc..." [11APR2009]

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

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

ELLIOTT, Marc A. melliott@fccj.org "...I was attached to VPU-2 before it was called anything other than just Special Projects, VP-4, Association of Old Buzzards and eventually VPU-2. I was one of two maintenance techs in the airframes /corrosion shop. I worked for AMSC Ggonzales. I was an AMS2 at the time. Projects was by far the best command I was attached to while serving on active duty. From 1979 to 1982 we had a one room space that encompassed all the shops. It was a very tight knit group of guys. I will never forget all the fun and adventures experienced during that short three years. My decision to retire from the Navy was guaranteed after my tour. Hope to heart from others who may remember me..." [26MAR2000]

ENGLAND, John Robert xanchor@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 NAS Agana, Guam October 1952..." [07NOV2006]

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

EUBANKS, Stephen (Cotton) sigmili123@yahoo.com.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1977 to 1981. I was a pround member of Crew 12 "World reknowned Dirt Balls" with Ray R. Davis, Pat Thinnes (FE), Randy Jones "Jonesie", PPC "Ski" Malanowski, AO Harry Walters, LT Jennings, and Buck Buckingham. I also served with Crew 4 "Wild Wild West Show" with Rex Wilde, Tim Cook, Marc (I can't remember his last name but remember his kick boxing lesson at NSF Diego Garcia). I remember the huts in NSF Diego Garcia, liberty in the PI and VP Alley. Coming down from Marilyns number 1 c********er with Billy Bowman and Rex Wilde in a jeepney and we paid the driver 5 pesos to get us to the main gate in 5 minutes. What a ride. I have my mumbles qual, balut qual and Crew 12 initiation. I remember CDR West saying after the Chiefs run up Gordon. "You know Eubanks I was doing pretty well until some SOB stepped on my knuckels." Well I could go on forever drop me a line if you remember me. Also served with PMTC 81-84, VPU-1 84-89 and NADC 89-93. Best times of my life were spent in the PI and Andoya. YOOOOo Adreinne! Would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 20MAR2005 | 02JUN2003]

EVANS, ADJ3 Bruce S. evans233@att.net "...I served with VP-4 (1966-1970) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska with detachments to various other places..." [24OCT2010]

EXUM, Craig huntermce@msn.com "...I've been stationed at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with VP-4 since 1999 scheduled to transfer to San Antonio, TX in October 2002. Just returned from a 5th Fleet deployment in June so you all know where I've been if you've kept up with the many new roles of the P-3. I was with VP-60 as an FCO from 1989 to 1991 as a TAR. I started college in 1991 and became a reservist sooon after with VP-60. After graduation from college I earned a commission and started flight training in 1997. I miss the good times I had with you all and I try to pass on to all my fellow J.O.s and sailors how much fun the Navy can be...'cause you all made it so! Thanks to my Sea Daddy Fitz for all you taught me; thanks to Darrin Golden for being a great friend; and thanks to my mentors 'Hog' Brown and Mike Walsh for the mentoring, you guys ROCKED!!! Take Care!..." [16AUG2002]


Memorial Picture "...FACSKO, Steven...I served with VP-4 as a PN2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1981-1985. My first supervisor was PN1 Steven Facsko. I just found out that he passed away this past week. He will be missed by family and friends. God bless Steve Facsko PNC retired...Barry Wachman bwachman@jersey.net..." [27SEP2002]

Memorial Picture "...FAILS, AWCM Ron...Ron passed away on Aug 16 2007. He served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." Contributed by BARKOW, AW2 Dan danbarkow@cableone.net [08FEB2011]

FAILS, Ron mcpo9876@aol.com "...I served with VP-8, VP-30, HSL-32, CV-62, CV-43, CPW-10, VP-4, CPW-2, CPWPAC, VP-47, VX-1, CPRWPAC, and CPRW-2..." [20MAR2005]

FAIRCHILD, AWCS Gary Retired glfairchild@comcast.net "...VPer from 1975-1996, Retired AWCS VP-4 1975-78, CPRWPacific Det 1978-82, VP-69 1982-86, CPRWAtlantic 1986-90, CNARF 1990-94, VP-94 1994-96. Live in Portland, OR. Work for Intel as mechanic..." [13FEB2009]

FAY, AD2 Gillian (Jill) gafay@canoncity.org "...Served with VP-4 in the mech shop from 1989 until 1992. Deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, Deigo Garcia, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and Misirah. Missing the Navy and would really like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2003 | 07MAR99]

FENNER, AXCS LeRoy H. (Lee) Fenner 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, Michael P. FERGUSNR@aol.com "...I was in VP-4 from 1970 thru 1975 as an AW. I was both Non-Acoustic and Acoustic Operators on various crews. I was commissioned via the NESEP program, served as TACCO in VP-5 from 1980 thru 1984 and VP-90 from 1988 thru 1991. Transitioned to TAR in 1987. Currently, C.O., Naval Air Reserve Activity, Selfridge ANGB, MI, near Detroit..." [E-Mail Updated 07OCT99 | 01OCT98]

FEW, AW2 Jerry L. 777dx@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-4 from August 1968 until April of 1971. I was Elint Evaluator, NATOP Instructor, Aircrewman, Training P.O. and all around thorn in the side of the CPO's. I flew with Crews 1, 2, 4 and 11 ("If you care enough send the VERY BEST). Crew 11 consisted of CDR (PPC) Roy Emerson, LT (PPC - CoPilot) Taylor, CoDriver- ADR1 (FE) Larry Johnson, ATR2 Jack Owens, LT (NAV) Cutler, LT (TACCO) J. E. Gustafson, AX2 (Jez) Harry Binder, Jez and AO2 (Ordnance) Dan Oiler, Ord. We were the BEST of the BEST..." [19MAR2009]

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

FIORDILISO, ADAN DJ (Haflett) djandf9@bellsouth.net "...I was with VP-56 as an ADAN when we were decomed. I then went to VP-5; then off to FE school were I was the 6th Female to graduate. Then I did a tour with VP-4. Now I am at VP-30 I still see some of you fellow Dragons every now and then. Sure do miss our Dragon Family..." [07NOV98]

FITCH, Ray c/o Rosebery, F. D. EPR@prodigy.net "...Writing for good friend Ray Fitch former enlisted pilot, later commissioned. Member VP-4, VP-22, and VPAM4. Served on Langley, Matanikau and others..." [22JUN98]

FLANAGAN, Bob boflan@voicenet.com "...VP-4 Oct 77 to Dec 80 Crews 11, 7, and 9. I was a SS1/2...had some GREAT TIMES with VP. After VP - NAVFAC NAS Bermuda 81 - 82; from there to NADC 83 - 85. Nothing has ever compared to VP!..." [06OCT98]

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

FLANIGAN, Thomas P. tflaniga@rochester.rr.com "...I served with VP-4 from October 1959 to December 1962..." [25APR2000]

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]

FOGARTY, William "Fogman" wmf3@charter.net "...I served as PPC, PPMC, PMCF pilot with VP-4 from August 1988 to November 1991. I flew with Crew 3 and Crew 6. Loved the NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia deployments. Carole, William IV, and Katie are great here with me in St. Louis. I am busy flying the Learjet models 35 and 55 and working on our new house. Drop me an E-mail anytime..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUL2010 | Updated E-Mail 27OCT98 | 10SEP98]

FOSTER, Art Retired romania321@msn.com "...Retired in 1976 after serving 20 years. Did a tour in the late 1950's with VP-4 crewing P2's (2 turnin' and 2 burnin') out of NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Also a tour with VRF-32 qualifying in nine different aircraft as AC. After that I served with several fighter squadrons backseating F4 Phantoms with the highlight of my career with the Blue Angels from 1966 to 1970. I am now 66 and still in perfect working condition thanks to the Good Lord. I wish you all God-speed and happy and healthy days..." [03APR2004]

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

FOSTER, AMHC John A. Retired jafsaf@aol.com "...I was a second mechanic in VP-4 1975-1976, returned to VP-4 as a flight engineer till 1978. I did disassociated tour in VF-2 till 1981 went to shore-duty VQ-2 1981-1984, returned 1984 to VP-1 as a flight engineer and last tour of duty was Namtd 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired in 1991. I am currently living in Iowa and would enjoy hearing from any Shipmates I served with..." [30AUG99]

Memorial Picture "...FOX, Edward Cress...My father, Edward Cress Fox, served as a pilot with VPB-133 and VP-4. Dad passed away in late October 2000. He rarely spoke of the war. I have his service photo with various campaign medals that proudly graced our home during his lifetime and I know that he was proud to have served his country in its time of need. I am most beholden to you for your efforts to keep alive the contribution of men like my father and I have directed my own children to your website so that they may learn more about the sacrifices made by so many so that we might continue to enjoy the many freedoms we have today...Timothy E. Fox foxt53@bigpond.com..." [13FEB2003]

FRANKEN, LCDR James E. "Jim" Retired navyjim@hotmail.com "...Hello to all Shipmates from VP-44. I served as an AW2 from 1973 to 1977. I went on to serve a total of 33 years of active and reserve time including with VP-30, VP-1, VP-4, VP-65, VP-92, USS Blue Ridge and 36 months at the Pentagon. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR2009 | 19MAY2002]

FRATZKE, Merle "Hope" bbbuick87@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-4 (1967-1969) in the "powerplants" with Chief Jack Resh, ADJ1 Don Riedel, Henry "the Mooch" Muchow, Ed Toves, Randy Acklin,"Red" Kreiger and others I am sorry I have forgotten. Would love to hear from former Shipmates in the shop who knew me or the others..." [01DEC2010]

FRAZER, AT1 Ray rayfw0oll@gmail.com "...I served with VP-4(1966-1969) and was a Amateur Radio Operator at base station KH6AHQ ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii). I would like to hear from former Shipmates and HAM Operator's I may have connected with..." [E-Mail Updated 30NOV2016 | BIO Updated 19MAR2002 | 04SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...FROHNE, CDR Charles T...Dad's first squadron was VP-8 in 1942, and later served in a test unit for Fleet Evaluation of the PV-2 Harpoon. He served with VB-00 in the Hawaiian area, and VPB-133 in the Marshalls where he saw combat action at Wake, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Total of 162 successful combat missions. In 1948 he served as maintenance officer with VP-4 flying the P2V in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, and NAS Adak, Alaska In 1954 he joined VC-8 flying the AJ-1 Savage and then was appointed as Executive Officer of the newly formed VAH-1 flying the A3D in 1955. In 1959 he assumed command of VAP-62 and began the transition of AJ-1's to the A3D-2P. He was KIA aboard the USS Saratoga on July 29, 1960...C. Thomas Frohne t@frohne.com..." [BIO Updated 31DEC2006 | E-Mail Updated 05JUN2006 | 21JAN2001]

FRYE, Kevin S. kfrye@k2financial.net "...LT Kevin S. Frye, NFO in VP-4 from 1989-1990, currently out of the Navy and running his own business. Would love to hear from old shipmates and members of CAC 6 or 9...NFO with VP-4 from 1989-1991, is living in Cincinnati with his wife and 2 children, and running his own Financial Consulting business. Would love to hear from fellow aircrew members..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10MAR2000 | 13NOV97]

FURR, AMM3 Franklin E. fef228@comporium.net "...I served with VPB-4, VP-98, VP-99 and VP-100. I was FE on a PBM at Tokyo Bay (1944-1946) operating off the USS Pine Island (AV-12) and USS Norton Sound (AV-11). Crashed our PBM J11 on takeoff from the river in Shanghai..." [16NOV2013]


GAME, William Henry Retired http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/G.htm "...At graduation, Bill was assigned to USS RALEIGH, home ported in Pearl Harbor, where she was sunk on December 7, 1941. Flight School came in 1942-1943. He married Phyllis H. Sparr July 1, 1942. Daughter, Carol, was born April 14, 1944. Bill was assigned to VB-131 as XO, flying missions from Attu. After this tour, he reported to Post Graduate School for the course in Ordnance Engineering (Aviation) in 1945 and on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946. Daughter, Joanne, was born March 3, 1947. In 1947, Bill served as test pilot at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Inyokern, California, and had Refresher Training at Corpus Christi, Texas in 1948. In May, 1949, he reported as XO of VP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and in 1951 served as BuOrd Representative in San Diego. In 1953, he was assigned to the Staff of Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet, and in 1954, he became CO of VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, until March of 1956, when he was assigned to the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C. In 1958, Bill became XO and then CO of VW-1, operating out of Guam. In 1960, it was back to Washington to serve on the Staff of the Secretary of Defense. Two years later, he took command of the NROTC Unit at the University of Rochester, N.Y. Bill retired on July 1, 1965, and joined the staff of the N.Y. State Department of Labor as Director of On-the-Job Training and served there until retirement in August, 1981. Phyllis received her Masters of Education Degree in Reading at the University of Rochester and was on the staff of La Salle School in Albany as Reading Specialist until retiring in 1981. Bill and Phyllis have resided in Slingerlands, N.Y., from Navy retirement until the present, except for three or four months in Florida each year. Both daughters are married. Carol has three sons and one daughter. Joanne has one son..." [01JUN2003]

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

GEORGE, AE1 David Retired dgeorg14@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-4 from June 1977 to September 1982 and with VP-6 from December 1983 to December 1986. I would like to hear from Shipmates that I served with and swap sea stories with them..." [12JUN2000]

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

GILLET, AFCM Douglass C. Dcgillet@aol.com "...I served in VP-22 from May 67 - July 90. I flew as a P3 Second Mech from Jan 69 - May 76 and then as a P-3 Flight Engineer from May 76 - July 90. From July 90 - Mar 93, I served with VPU-2 as a Flight Engineer. I went into the Command Master Chief Program in Mar 93 and went back to VP-22 to serve as the last Command Master Chief of the Command Mar 93 - Mar 94. I went on to VP-17 to serve once again as their last Command Master Chief, April 94 - Mar 95. In Sept 95 I went to VP-4 to serve as Command Master Chief and retired from VP-4 and the Navy in Sept of 98 after 32 years of service. I am now back into flying as a DC10-30F Flight Engineer with Gemini Air Cargo and am doing cargo runs world wide, what a great job to have after retirment. To all my Shipmates and Friend both past and present, a warm Aloha and Mahalo from a former Blue Goose, Wizard, White Lightning and Skinny Dragon of the Rainbow Fleet..." [BIO Updates 26AUG2001 | 24APR98]

GLUDT, Richard "Dick" didodido@idaho.tds.net "...I served in VP-4 in 1954-1955 era. We were stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Does anyone remember these times? Would love to hear from you..." [25DEC98]

GOLDENPENNY, MSC Gus Retired ggoldenp@mindspring.com "...I would like to locate old Shipmates. I served in VP-1 from 1965 - 1971 Went from P2V to P-3 From NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 4 tours in Viet Nam,Was a CS3 when I arrived and CS1 on leaving. I flew every other day on Yankee station could sit Aft Station and Radar. Cooked for all the crews I flew with. Honorary member of VP-4 would love to find some of those guys..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAR2002 | 20OCT98]

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

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

GOSS, AWC Tom Retired jtgoss@aol.com "...On 03/31/98, I completed 25 years of "VP" Naval Service. Started out with VP-24, then on to CPW-11, VP-45, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46, CPWP, and VP-4. To all the men and women who I have served with and met throughout my career, I would just like to say thank you for your support, professionalism, and friendship. If your ever in Reno or just want to chat, drop me an e-mail and we can talk about old times. Best of luck to all and fly safe!..." [19APR98]

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

GRAY, Ken kenkdmdtt@mindspring.com "...Reported to VP-4 Dec 1959. After an amazing tour I departed May 1962. Would like to hear from anyone that remembers that distant time..." [25JAN99]

GRAY, LCDR Mike Retired gusmo@ibm.net "...AW Crew 3 VP-4 1973-1977. Retired after 25 years. Currently a B-757 FO with ATA out of Chicago..." [18JUN98]

GRECO, Mike michaelgreco76@yahoo.com "...What's up Skinny Dragons (VP-4)? I've been very busy since leaving the Navy. I'm now a Army ROTC cadet at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and its going really well. The Army is great and a lot different from my time with VP. I will be commissioned December 2004 then heading to a Army Reserve unit on the mainland. Hopefully branching in Armor or possibily Military Intel. Drop me a line..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29MAR2003 | 05APR2002]

GREEN, AO1 Tim Retired tvsnet@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1981 to 1985 in WC230, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NSF Diego Garcia WPNS Department, Recuriting at 12th and G and Silver Springs, VP-6, NAS Sigonella, Sicily WPNS Department and then retired. I worked at Interum Technology, ABC Tech Support, Time Inc and NOC Technology. I am preparing to start my own businesses in a few years..." [13APR2011]

GREENE, David (Ben) otislouie@aol.com "...Served with VP-4 1961 to 1964 as an AX2(AC). Flew with crews 1, 11, and 3. Served with FAETUPAC 1964 to 1965 as an AX1(AC). Instructed operator ASW training. Flew in the P-2V5, P-2V7 , P5M and S2F's. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [22MAR98]

GRUBEL, AOC Erik erik.grubel@navy.mil "... I served in VXN-8 (91-93), VP-4 (93-97), COMPATRECONFORPAC (97-2000), VP-47 (2000-2004), NAVAIR NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (04-present). To all you non-believers....Yes I am still in the Navy. I look forward to hearing from past Shipmates, and hearing where they are at now..." [24FEB2005]

GUERENA, Chuck cggin@aol.com "...February 1951 to January 1955. Served in VP-4 from 1952 to January 1955. Made the deployment from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1952 then later that year from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to NAS Agana, Guam on 72 hours notice. Back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington then out again in November 1953 to Okinawa to the Air Force Base at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Naha (was Naha Navy?). Survived major typhoons in both areas. Anyone remember the typhoon that hit on New Years Eve 1953 and early morning 1954 in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan? Would love to hear from old (old for sure) Shipmates and perhaps trade stories and photos. Was an AK2 (stores) but got to fly as observer in the front and top bubble of the P2V many times. Was with FASRON-112 from August 1951 until I requested and received a transfer to a squadron (VP-4) in 1952. One of my better moves. Wife and I took a trip to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington a few years back and it brought back great memories. Recently retired as a purchasing agent for an aerospace firm..." [02SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...GUNN, CW04 Kent Harold Retired...GUNN, CW04 Kent Harold USN (Ret), VP-4 1978 – 1982, 75 of Covington passed away 2/18/2014 and is now with our Lord. A service celebrating his life will be held at Bethel Christian Church in Conyers on March 23rd 2014 at 2:00pm. Kent was born and raised in Monroe. He was a Graduate of Monroe High School Class of 56, University of West Florida Batchelor of Science 1974. Kent proudly served his country for thirty years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. He Owned and Operated Gunn Brothers Truss Company of Covington from 1987 to 2003. Kent was preceded in Death by Jessie Harold Gunn (father), Gladys Virginia McClure (Mother) He is Survived by Rick and Robin Haynes (daughter) of Conyers, Michael Kent Gunn (son) of Conyers, Alvin and Robin Gunn (brother) of Covington, James and Joyce Gunn of Rutlege (brother), Grand Daughters Megan Brown, Shannacy Morton and Jada Gunn. Great Grand Daughter Keiley Morton. In Lieu of flowers family request donations to Bethel Christian Church. 1930 Bethel Rd. NE Conyers, GA 30012. Condolence cards may be sent to his son, Michael, who has posted several pictures of “Gunner” on the VP-4 Veterans Association on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/VP4Vets/..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [08APR2014]

GUTHRIE, Gene E. pbygus@gte.net "...I was a recalled reserve in Jan. 1953 and assigned to VP-4 in May 1953 at NAS Whidbey. I was a LT and a PPC flying P2V-5 aircraft. Our C.O. was Cdr Joe Anderson (jcabham@aol.com) Deployed to Okinawa in November and returned in June 1954. Remained in VP-4 as instructor until Dec. 1954 and checked out Jack Emerson who later became VP-4 s C.O. - Cdr. Leslie Davis replaced Joe Anderson as C.O. - Remained in the Air Reserves at Sand Point and retired as Captain. - I still believe that the P2V-5 was the best aircraft that I ever flew - Incidentally, our call sign was Elk Lodge! - signed-Gus..."

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]


HAAR, Dan RISTKR@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-4 during 1963 through 1965. My crew was in YD 9 and the aircraft was 142545. If any of the ol' crew have survived the ravages of later life, I would enjoy hearing from you..." [12JUN98]

HAKEY, AECS David L. "Shakey" Retired david.hakey@navy.mil "...Attended Boot Camp (August 1965) at the NATC Great Lakes Chicago Il, VA-122 NAS Lemoore, California (1965-1966) AE Shop, AE "A" School (1966) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1966, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1966-1969) OMD Line Trouble-Shooter out of the AE shop, VP-31 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California FE completed training, VP-46 (1969-1972) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Rheam Field, Imperial Beach, CA (1972-1974) AIMD, VP-4 (1974-1977) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii FE Instructor and NATOPS Evaluator with deployments to NAS Agana, Guam. NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, VP-23 (1977-1980) at NAS Brunswick, Maine NATOPS and QA with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NSF Diego Garcia BIOT, VP-30 (1980-1983) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida FE (for both Domestic and Foreign students) and NATOPS Evaluator, FE CNAL Evaluator (1983-1984), VP-56 (1984-1987) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida Maintenance Control, FE Division and Operations Division with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Senior Enlisted Academy (1987) at Newport, RI (SEA), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1987-1990) Naval Aviation Maintenance Office and retired. I currently work for NAVAIR PMA209 Air Combat Electronics..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 16JUL2001 | 09SEP98]

HALE, Jack H. Jr. jack@haleforensics.com "...I served with VP-4 (1962-1963) and VS-41 (1963-1965). I left the Navy and went on to college at Oklahoma State..." [03MAY2013]

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

HALEAMAU, AOC(AW/NAC) Karl blaqlava@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 (1987-1990) and VP-1 (1994-1998)..." [E-Mail Updated 08JAN2017 | 20OCT99]

HAMEL, Lou lhand@mvcc.com "...Assigned VP-4 1971-72, AA crew 1, flight engineer have, cruise book with crew pictures...Glad to see an active VP community online outstanding site..."

HAMES, Lawrence larry_hames@comcast.net "...I served with VS-20 from December 1961 to August 1962, VS-32 from August 1962 to October 1964, and VP-4 from April 1975 to April 1978..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21SEP2003 | 02APR98]

HANCE, Tricia Mansell patched123@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 (1975-1977) as the squadron AIO. At the time, I was the only woman in any of the five squadrons homeported at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I went on to a career as a NIS agent. Now married with a beautiful daughter. Love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2012 | 03JAN2000]

Memorial Picture "...HANLEY, CDR William L...CDR William L. Hanley, 76, (VP-4 65-67), passed on October 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; sons Rob of Virginia Beach and Craig of Hampton; and daughter Marcia Thrasher and her husband Mac of Chesapeake. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Harrell of Mililani, HI, and six grandchildren. CDR Hanley joined the U.S. Navy in 1954 as a Naval Aviation Cadet and received his navy wings and officer commission in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1956. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in 1961 from San Jose State College and later from Old Dominion University. He served in various commands in California, Hawaii, Florida, Cuba, and Virginia where he retired in August 1980. His most memorable career experience was as a member of the Apollo 8 Space Capsule Recovery Team aboard USS Yorktown (CVS-10) in December 1968. There will be a private gathering of family and friends at the family's Lake Gaston home on a date to be decided. Any donations to CDR Hanley's memory may be sent to the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite B, NAS Pensacola, Florida 32508. Cremation Society of Virginia is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.cremationresource.org..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [22OCT2010]

Memorial Picture "...HANNA, AOC Hugh Eugene "Horrible Hughie"...Born January 8, 1935, passed away at home at the age of 73 in Riverside, CA on August 26, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Ramona, son Jimmie and daughter Denise, grandson's Joshua & Dillon. He spent 20 yrs. in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1972 and retired as an Aviation Ordinance Chief. He was based in NAS Alameda, California and also served in Vietnam on the USS Coral Sea; and served aboard the USS Boxer & USS Yorktown with Attack Squadron VA-65 in the Korean War and on the USS Kearsarge and with VP-4 from 1959-62. His affectionate nickname while in the Navy was "Horrible Hughie". He continued to support the Navy throughout his life. After his military service, he went to work for Stanford Research Center and later to FMC before retiring. He spent his life giving to anyone and everyone he could. He was a good man and will be truly missed. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA 94544 510-538-3131 ..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2010]

HARDY, John "JR" hardy.john@cox.net "...I served with VP-17 (1978-1980), VP-4 Special Projects (1980-1981) and VP-8 (1986-1989)..." [E-Mail Updated 03NOV2014 | 04MAY2007]

HARKINS, CAPTAIN Steve "Hawk" Retired hawkeye51@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1975 to 1978 (pilot and various admin positions), NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as a T-44 Instructor, left Active Duty and joined the Reserves serving with VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania for 10 years, NRC Avoca, PA in the Poconos (XO of the NRC and part of an Azores Unit) and retired from the Reserves in October 1998. During my Reserve time flew as a Pilot with Eastern Air Lines for 10 years and now 20 years with United Air Lines flying B777's Internationally. I currently reside at Chadd's Ford, PA..." [15DEC2009]

HARLE, Bud harle-peculiar-mo@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-4 from late 68 thru 71. ATN2 radio operator on crew 4, PPC Cdr Lightsey, during deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. Then Crew 6 "Hermans Half-Wits" during the subsequent deployment to Iwakuni. I would love to here from anyone in the squadron during that time period..." [28APR98]

HARRIS, C. B. harriscb@aol.com "...I served with the USS Tingey (DD 539), USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16), VS-21 aboard the USS Kearsarge (CV-33), VS-37 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), VP-4 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAAS Camp Kearny, California and the Navy Personnel Research & Development Center (NPRDC). I became an airdale in early 1965 and enjoyed the tailhook Navy but LOVED flying in the back of the P-3A/C/B. I retired in late 1980 and finished Ph.D. and worked as a Sr. Engineering Psychologist until retirement from MSA, Inc. December 2009. Founded MSA, Inc. January 1990. Things I miss most are the smell of JP 4 and stack gas first thing in the morning..." [27OCT2010]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...HARROD, AE1 Alan K...(VP-4 1981-1984)...Alan Kimberly Harrod, a long time resident of Beeville, Texas passed away peacefully on May 2, 2017, at the age of 63, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Cherry Point, NC on June 14, 1953, to Ronald Harrod and Joy (Aucoin) Harrod. Alan graduated from Hoover High school in San Diego CA and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer in the field of electrical aviation. He excelled in the field of electronics and mechanics thru out his life and was considered a Jack of all trades and Master of all. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer (Ramirez) Harrod; daughter Vanessa and Paul Kramer of Vista, CA; grandchildren Westley and Piper Kramer; parents Ronald and Simone Harrod; sisters Roxane and husband Arlo Anderson, Laurie Harrod and Christine Dansereau; Kareen and husband Sameer Bhasin, Sabrina Lee; Grace Vanderhagen, Javier Ramirez and family; the Butchart family and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beeville, TX, at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beeville, Saint Joseph’s Charities, noting “Alan Harrod’s Memorial Fund”. Arrangements were made by Galloway and Sons Funeral home http://www.mysoutex.com/beeville_bee_picayune/obituaries/alan-kimberly-harrod/article_11df57ec-310b-11e7-93f1-af92a0ff5268.html..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [06SEP2017]

HART, Ed B. hart-ed-carolyn@msn.com "...I served with VP-4 from September 1964 to March 1967. Tacco/Nav was my trade. Bow Observer in Vietnam, pass the food, radar whopper, and lover of Hawaii life were some other side lines. Enjoyed alot of good fellowship; flying time in both the P2 and P-3 and both deployments to Japan. Still have my old log book and alot of great pictures. Would love hearing from any and all. I live in Oklahoma City, Ok. Semi-retired now..." [11JUN2000]

HART, Ronald E. "Ron" hartron@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 (1951-1953) flying as a crewmember aboard the P2V with tours at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Agana, Guam. After serving in the Navy, I went to college and became an aeronautical engineer. After living in Southern Calif. for 33 years, I retired and my wife and I moved to Oregon to be close to family. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 30MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 19AUG2007 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2003 | 12FEB2000]

HATA, AKCS Timothy Retired thata@co.honolulu.hi.us "...Aloha Skinny Dragons! I was in VP-4 from 1981-1985 and made 3 deployments ( NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/Diego Garcia, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and Diego Garcia). I viewed the closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a bit of sadness. The closure marks an end of an era for the station and its squadrons. I left active duty in 1985 and and joined the selected reserve and was briefly assigned to VC-0185 which supported VC-1. Currently with a unit which supports FISC Pearl Harbor. As an urban planner with the City and County of Honolulu, my link to the past will be maintained as we redevelop portions of the base for a variety of public uses..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2001 | 16JUL99]

HAUGHT, Dennis R. luckynut@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-4 (1966-1967) and flew with Crew-7..." [14APR2013]

HAYES, CDR Peter S. K. "Pete" http://www.nafec.navy.mil/NAF_xo.htm "...Commander Peter S. K. "Pete" Hayes graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1982, where he was commissioned a Naval Officer. Upon completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School, Basic Course in New Port, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) in October 1982. While aboard AYLWIN he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, during which the AYLWIN was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes entered flight training in June 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1986. Following initial training in the P-3C aircraft, Commander Hayes reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January 1987. While attached to VP-49, Commander Hayes served as the Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a split NAS Bermuda - NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour the squadron was awarded the Battle "E" twice and two Commander, SIXTH Fleet "Hookem" awards for Anti-Submarine Excellence. In October 1990 he transferred to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as the Operations Officer. Commander Hayes reported to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in August 1992 and completed the initial advanced "Air Campaign Course." Following graduation in June 1993, he transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for refresher training in the P-3C aircraft. In February 1994, he reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Commander Hayes served as the Administrative Officer, deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and when the squadron disestablished in March 1995, transferred to VP-4. While in VP-4 he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes reported to the Plans and Policy Directorate for the Staff, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in April 1996 where he was the Southeast Asia Political/Military Desk Officer. In August 1999 Commander Hayes reported to NAF El Centro, California as the Air Operations Officer. In June 2002 he assumed duties as the Executive Officer where he is currently assigned. Commander Hayes' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency "E" ribbon (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Media and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (sixth award)..." [19JUN2003]

HAYNES, Brian E. 42101720@cox.net "...I served with VP-4 from early 1956 to around August 1957. We deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I was tail gunner, camera man, and cook, on SC-7. I had a great time in VP-4..." [E-Mail Updated 01AUG2006 | 11MAY2003]

Memorial Picture "...HEALY, Captain Charles Edward...Captain Charles Edward Healy, USN (retired): Dec. 16, 1914 - Aug. 12, 2003 - Captain Charles Edward Healy, USN (retired) died Aug. 12, in Coronado at the age of 88. He was born December 16,1914, in St. Paul, Minn. The son of James H. Healy and Lucy Miller Healy, he moved with his family to Mahtomedi, on White Bear Lake, Minn. He enjoyed a wonderful boyhood of swimming and sailing in the summer and ice skating, ice boating and ice fishing in the winter. He was proud of being part of his high school league championship hockey team. At the age of 18, in 1932, his father bought a ride in an airplane for him at a cost of $12.50. Taking off in winter from the frozen lake was to change the course of his life. He began studies with his brother, Jim, at St. Thomas College, in St. Paul, and majored in economics. He soon realized this was not his calling and transferred to the University of Minnesota, and earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1943. In 1938 he completed the Naval Aviation Flight Training Program in NAS Pensacola, Florida. His first assignment was VP-4 at the NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii flying PBY-3 Catalina Flying Boats. During this first tour of duty he met his future wife, Jean Fick. They were married in May of 1940 at Sacred Heart Church in Honolulu. In October 1941 he was transferred to a new squadron, VP-91, forming at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. He shipped out to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he conducted operations in the Hawaiian area and provided support for the Battle of Midway. In the fall of 1942 he returned to the mainland where he was assigned to NAS Lake City, Florida as an instructor in PV-2's. In 1944 he formed Antisubmarine Training Units in Hawaii, San Diego, NAS Alameda, California and NAS Seattle, Washington. Following World War II he served aboard the USS Cape Gloucester transferring aircraft and as commanding officer for decommissioning in Puget Sound, Washington. He conducted antisubmarine warfare operations from the USS Bairoko and the USS Bataan. He served as executive officer at NAF Litchfield Park, Ariz. In 1956 he served aboard the USS Badoeng Strait, participating in the atomic bomb testing during Operation Redwing at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. In 1957 he took command of the ship for decommissioning in Bremerton, Washington. He served aboard the USS Tarawa and the USS Lake Champlain in the Atlantic before going to the Bureau of Naval Weapons in Washington DC as Director of Antisubmarine Warfare programs in 1959. He commanded the USS Sirius for two tours in the Pacific and in 1962 was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award. He took command of the USS Bennington in 1962, overseeing its overhaul in Bremerton, Washington, and conducting antisubmarine warfare and amphibious exercises in the Pacific and Alaskan waters. The USS Bennington was the first aircraft carrier to visit Juneau, Alaska, proceeding through the Inland Passage and won the covetedaward for the number one outstanding general for ASW aircraft carriers in the Pacific Fleet. In 1963-64 he served as Chief-of-Staff to Commander Carrier Group 17 aboard the USS Hornet, touring the Far East and conducting antisubmarine warfare exercises. In 1964 he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington DC and, while there, earned a masters degree in business administration from George Washington University. His final tour of duty was as commodore, Commander Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range and Commander Fleet Air Caribbean at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico. In 1967, after 30 years of service, he retired from the Navy. He then worked as a marketing consultant for various corporations, including General Dynamics Electronics Division he worked on the development of the Under Water Test Range, "AUTEC," in the Bahamas. He joined Dynachange Corporation as head of leasing operations; EDMAC Corporation as customer relations manager in Washington, D.C. and assisted in the award to the company for the ARR-75 ASW sonobouy receiver and other equipment. Moving back to Coronado, he and his wife Jean, founded Iberian West a retail import and interior design business in 1974 in La Jolla. Later in 1978 he rejoined EDMAC Corporation as western regional manager. In 1986, he settled down to retired life in Coronado. Awards include the Navy Commendation Ribbon, the Mexican Air Force command pilot wings, and various theater ribbons. A chair has been designated in his honor at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Navy League and the Retired Naval Officers Association. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine (Jean) Healy, three daughters, Linda Miller of Grayslake, Ill., Anne Field of Atwater, and Lucy Jackson and her husband, Tom, of San Diego, one sister, Hope Koontz of San Diego, and seven grandchildren. A celebration mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego. The family suggests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Center, the Paralyzed Veterans of America #7 in Wilton, N.H. and Sacred Heart Church in Coronado..." WebSite: Coronado Eagle and Journal Online Edition http://www.coronadonewsca.com/articles/2003/08/29/obituaries/obit02.txt [13FEB2006]

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

HEFFNER, James E. c/o jsh@vnet.net "...Shipmates! James E. Heffner AT3. I joined VP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in June of 1956. Two months later the squadron was transferred to Naha, Okinawa. I served there until August of 1957. The CO when I left was Commander Clute. I've lost track of everybody. Names I remember were Reimenschneider, McConney, Louie Vellardo, Lt. Bennett, Lt. Dean Cassell. Whitey Unger, Isaacson, George Dennison, Chief R.F. O'brien, Chief Dave Parmley, Dave Johnson, Sondrol, Jim Stokes, Jeff Sessoms, John Root, Bob Whaley, Dan Kingsley, Bill Boltz, F.P. Cook, Tex Fredrickson (died at Okinawa), Chief Gotto, Johnny Rhea, B.J. Hall, Jim Staton, Theis, Ron Bishop and Jim Sanderson. I just found out about the VP-4 Veterans Association and wonder if anyone who served with me plans to attend the Reno gathering. I have a photo of YD-6 with a collapsed right landing gear. Write me at 632 Armstrong Park Rd., Gastonia, N.C. 28054. Also, you may send email to my son to be relayed to me - jsh@vnet.net..."

HELD, Philip ("Phipps") pjheld@aol.com "...I was in VP-4 during 1963-64 while the squadron was at Naha Okinawa and then transistioned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a TACCO and Air Intelligence Officer. I flew with Bill Heyl in Crew 12. I also worked with Dick Dupree in intelligence. CDR. Mosley was my first skipper, followed by CDR.Art Bennett and then CDR Bowen. I remember all my time with the fondest memories. I learned a lot and learned how to accept lots of responsiblity. The people I new in the VP Navy were my best friends and colleagues in life. I have not been able to find the better friends and colleagues in the rest of my life that I had in VP-4. Although I also remember time when I went to the VP-RAG (31) and worked for one of the best leaders I have ever had in my life, PJ Hartley. Paul still lives in Point Loma and I see him and Charlotte whenever I go to San Diego. Ricard Guter was a great colleague at VP-31. Dick was in one of the other VP squadrons out of Whitbey. Dick is now some big cheese security officer for some bank in New York City. Bob Rigney is with Delta I think and living in Carmel CA. Bill Heyl still lives there with his wife Vanetta. I heard from them this month (Sept 98). They are going to the VP-4 Reunion Reno October 2, 4, 1998. Bill Heyl was one of the greatest leaders I have ever known. Rigney was one of the biggest drinkers I knew too. As I recall he was always playing craps with the river boat gamble George Henry who Rigney tells me was a gambling operator of some kind in Florida. I aske Rigney for some leads for Berlin for a trip there a few years ago. He gave me some great leads but half of them were for Bars. Bob has not changed. Bob had that 30's white Mercedes convertible at Naha. In the BOQ we had Bob,Rick Printup, Roger??? and Dan Har. One of the great shocks in life was to go back to Hawaii a few years ago to find out that Rich had died. That was the real signal of my own mortality. Rick was the most taltented, good looking all around good guy I have ever known. Very sad to find him dead. I had. I see Ev and Phylss Fox in Hawaii every few years. Ev retired from his third career and lives up in the cattle country on the big island. The most enviable retired life I have ever seen. I would love to hear from or have a lead to Tony Mazza and Dennis Peterson from VP-4 in the 1963-65 era. The last time I had contact with Denny (mid 60's) he was flying for TWA and lived in Cape May Courthouse NJ. But have been unable to find him since. I tried for a long time to find Tony Mazza. Before the Navy he had worked for Welsh's Grape Juice in Erie PA. I even found a Tony Mazza at Welshs but not the correct one. Turns out that Anthony Mazza is a very common name. I recall the times in Naha, Iwakuni, Hawaii with the greatest memories. Anyone from those times should give me an email. Best to you all..." [19SEP98]

HEMINGER, Steve sheminger@theglobalnet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1971-1978), VX-1, VP-4, AWA School, NSF Diego Garcia, VP-16, FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-49, VP-5 and retired after 26 years..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2014 | 18SEP98]

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

HENDERSON, Paul paulh@apci.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1985 thru 1989. Looking for past Shipmates. I worked in AIMD WC 610, Radio Shop. Looking for Craig, Randy, Mike, and Michelle..." [26JAN2001]

HENIGAN, Bill tocsas_02@yahoo.com "...I flew in Crew 7 with the Skinny Dragon from 1974-1976. Stationed with VP-4 @ NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1974. Deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / NSF Diego Garcia / Thailand and Iran. Was a Radio Operator. Would like to hear from anyone who flew during that timeframe..." [09MAY2007]

HENNIGAN, AX Randy henniganrandy@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1989 through 1991. I met a lot of great people. I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02APR2009 | 29OCT2000]

HENTZ, Jerry Retired janjer2@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VW-3 NAS Agana, Guam from 1952 to 1972, VP-4 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan) - VR-7 and VR-8 NAS Moffett Field, California, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VT-28 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2 SD.CA./Vietnam). Retired from NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AIMD) 1972. I had a lot of great friends for that 20 years and only stayed in touch with a few. I would love to talk to any and all former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2004 | Bio Updated 25MAY98 | 27FEB98]

Memorial Picture "...HERMAN, Robert...Robert Herman April 8, 1928 - December 25, 2009 - VP-4 1959-1962. Robert Herman of Beebe, Arkansas, died at the age of 81 at Beebe Retirement Center on December 25, 2009. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 years of age, serving two years in Vietnam. He was a specialist in electronics, an instructor, and navigator and invented a slide rule for the Navy. After 30 years as Commander in the Navy he retired in 1976 and settled in Beebe. He spent many years working for his community. He was a member of the American Legion, United Way, Kiwanis, Zoning Committee, ASU Beebe, Beebe Water Dept. and many others. He was an artist, carver, and author of poems and books, furniture maker and electrician. He was well liked and deeply respected by his peers, friends and family. He loved people and was a great thinker. Many people asked for his advice. He loved his family above all. He quietly helped many people during his lifetime. He would never discuss it. My mother would tell us stories. He leaves his daughter, Jan Childres of Beebe; grandsons Chuck and wife Erica and their children Laney and Alec of Georgia, and David and wife Christine and daughter Madison of Beebe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores who died in 2004 and his son Bud who died in 1990. He was our hero and our mentor. Now he is with Mother, which is all he wanted. He will be cremated and his ashes will be buried with his beloved wife of nearly 60 years. We will miss him terribly, but we know he is at last at peace and happy again. The proud family. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2010, at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to prostate cancer research. Guestbook Entries http://www.westbrookfuneralhome.com/..." Contributed by Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [07JAN2010]

HICKS, Lee leebo96@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1960-1962..." [17JAN2002]

HIGH, CAPTAIN R. http://www.ku.edu/~kunrotc/about/co.htm "...Captain High, originally from Plainville, Kansas, enlisted in the Navy's Nuclear Power Program in March 1971. Upon completion of nuclear training, he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program in April 1973. He received his commission in June 1976 following graduation from the University of Louisville, where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1977. In January 1978 he reported to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaiii, where he served as the Educational Assistance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and the Pilot Training Officer, and made deployments to NAS Agana, Guam; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NSF Diego Garcia. Captain High qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3B MOD aircraft. In March 1981 Captain High reported to the Naval Recruiting District in Denver, Colorado, and was assigned as the Nuclear Engineering Officer Programs Recruiter and T-34B demonstration pilot. While there, he was selected as Recruiting Area SEVEN's National Recruiter of the Year for FY 83 in January 1984. Captain High was assigned to VPU-1 NAS Brunswick, Maine, in July 1984 where he served as the Administrative Officer. In August 1986 he reported to the staff of CPW-5 as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Captain High joined the Seahawks of VP-23 in July 1988. He served as the CTG 67.2 Operations Officer and Officer-in-Charge of the Lajes detachment during a deployment to NS Rota, Spain - NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following deployment, he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer, serving through the first simultaneous deployment to NAS Bermuda; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and UNITAS XXXI. Captain High then attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received his Master's Degree. In May 1992 he reported to VP-8 as Executive Officer and served as Commanding Officer from June 1993 to June 1994. During this tour, VP-8 received the CINCLANTFLEET Golden Anchor Retention Award. Following his CO tour, Captain High completed a Joint Duty assignment at United States Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from July 1994 until May 1997. He was initially assigned as the Head of the Space Systems Branch for Space Launch, responsible for acquisition of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, within the Plans and Policy Directorate and completed this tour as the Navy Element Commander for the Manpower and Personnel Directorate. In June 1997, Captain High reported to CPRW-11 as the Chief Staff Officer. In June 2000, Captain High reported to NAF Misawa, Japan, as Commanding Officer. Captain High's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, and Humanitarian Service Medal..." [14MAR2005]

HILL, Dave DAVE@chevron.com "...I served with VP-4 on Okinawa from Aug 59 - Oct 60... AT - Radio/Radar crew member Crew 10...Anyone out there??? phone 504-396-3435 wk..."

HILL, ADR2 Glenn E. glennh2138@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 (06/1961-01/1963) and was one of the first Plane Captains dual qualified in both the P-2V-5F and the P-2V-7 and VP-1 (03/1963-08/1964)..." [BIO Updated 07FEB2016 | BIO Updated 25JAN99 | 02MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...HODGES, Willie J...VP-4 from 1968 to 1971...On February 12, 2010, Willie James "Will" Hodges, age 71, died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Durham, NC. He was born on August 24, 1938 to Henry Thomas Hodges and Helen Hodges Echols in Green Bay, VA. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Avis Groves Hodges; two daughters, Cheri Hodges of Raleigh, NC and Kelly Hodges of Durham, NC; one son, Kyle Hodges and his wife, Leah of Lawrenceville, GA; three grandchildren, Katie, Kylie and Kinsley Hodges. He is also survived by his loving sister, Rita Echols Smith, her husband, Michael Smith and their daughter, Hailey Smith; as well as his loving extended family and friends. During his twenty years in the Navy he was stationed in Hawaii; Newfoundland; Texas, California, and Florida. He also was deployed to Alaska and Japan. He proudly served his country in the capacity of Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator, Air Traffic Controller, In-flight Tech Crew Leader, and Operations Training Supervisor. He flew in several different type aircraft, but his favorite was the Constellation. After retiring from the Navy he spent many years working as a Sales Manager for Cla-Val Company until he retired in 2006. Since he spent many nights on the road throughout both his careers; during retirement, he was content taking care of things on the home front, and always looking for another win by the Boston Red Sox. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home in Durham, NC. (http://www.howertonbryan.com/) Those that choose to, may make donations to the Navy Memorial Fund, or the charity of their choice. Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Hodges Family..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [15FEB2010]

Memorial Picture "...My grandfather, Robert E. Hoefler (deceased), was with the VPB-15 (12-1-44), VPB-4 (12-18-44), VPB-100 (2-26-45) and VE-1 (2-26-45). I would like to hear from any of his Shipmates regarding tours of duty......" Contributed by Robert French french4722@yahoo.com [20JUN2011]

Memorial Picture "...HOLLIDAY, John R. "Doc"...FASRON-118/VP-4 1958-1960. Sad to report that 27 year US Navy veteran John R "Doc" Holliday, MRC USN (Retired) passed away 9/26/2002...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [18OCT2002]

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

Memorial Picture "...HOPKINS, Jim...On the 28th of November 2006 we lost a member of VP-4, Jim Hopkins (1975-1978). He was killed in an accident. He was the TACCO on Crew 3 during the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment in 1977. He will be missed. He was also a Department Head in his second tour with VP-17. Here is the info on his visitation and burial: Visitation - Sunday, December 3, 2006, 2-5:00pm Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151 - 703-549-0074. Memorial Service - Saturday, December 9, 2006, 2:00pm (reception in church social hall to follow) Springfield United Methodist Church 7047 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150 - 703-451-2375. Interment - Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 9am (must arrive by 8:30am) Arlington National Cemetary. Donations in memory of James P. Hopkins IV, can be made to either of the following organizations: Disabled American Veterans, DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 4520-0301 - 1-877-426-2838 ext. 3302 - http://www.dav.org. GoodDog! Rescue, P.O. Box 41797, Arlington, VA 22204 - http://www.gooddogrescueva.org...LARSON, LCDR John F. Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com..." [02DEC2006]

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

HOWARD, Bobby boje80@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-4 from August 1978 til August 1980. Had a great time. I was a Warrant and worked in maintenance. I had come from NAS Dallas, Texas and my detailer told me that if I took a tour in VP-4 he would send me back to NAS Dallas, Texas to retire. Had a strange career. Started off in Ground Approach Radar in 1956 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and ended my career at a GRound Approach Radar site in NAS Dallas, Texas. CDR West was the Commanding Officer when I was in the squadron. I was in 3 Patrol Sqs, VP-19, VP-7, and of course VP-4 and the rest of my career was in G C A Units..." [06MAY2001]

HUGHES, Jonny Ajrkt998@aol.com "...Any of you Shipmates that were in VP-4 from 1970-1974 we need to get together. We all know that was a bad time for most of us, but it was 30 years ago so lets get it together guys. Looking for Tony DelRio and anyone from the squadron of that time, we aren't getting any younger..." [14JUL2000]

HUHN, Scott huhnscott@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 Skinny Dragons from 1996-2000,, what an adventure it was, and unforgettable moments, it was a pleasure serving with all of you, the ups and downs of military life was made alot easier with the group of men and women I served with in VP-4, thank you and a "job well done" I wish the best for all of you signed "airman huhn"..." [09FEB2009]

HUMFLEET, ADCS John Retired jhfleet2@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-6 (AD3) from 1957-1959 as 2nd Mech on Crew 4 for Bugs Carter then nite check Power Plants shop, VP-4 (ADR1) from 1963-1966 as Plane Captain Crew 1 (CDR Moses, CDR Bowen, LT Broadwell) for first two years, then Plane Capt/Trouble Shooters shop, and VP-22 (ADCS) 1972-1974 as QA CPO. Have been with the FAA since 1976. I plan on attending the VP-4 Reunion unless something drastic comes up. I'd like to hear from the old timersfrom VP-4/VP-6/VP-22..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC99 | 28APR98]

HUTCHISON, C. R. "Hutch" chutchi1@comcast.net "...I served aboard NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1969 to 1971), VP-4 (1972 to 1976), FLTCOMBATTRACENT (1976 to 1978), CO NAVFAC Guam (1979 to 1980), acting XO NOPF NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1980), VP-22 (1981 to 1983), Comptroller COMNAVLOGPAC (1983 to 1986) and XO NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1986 to 1990)..." [25FEB2009]


Memorial Picture "...IRWIN, AVCM Richard M...I am sorry to report that Rich passed away October 31, 2010 in Hawaii. Rich served with VP-4, VP-19, VPU-2 and ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ..." Contributed by KUSMIERZ, CWO4 Richard T. Retired kusi555@hotmail.com [21JAN2011]

IRWIN, AVCM Richard M. Retired aloharich@gmail.com "...I served with VP-19 from 1971 to 1979, ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1979 to 1982, VP-4 Special Projects in 1982; VPU-2 Plankowner from 1982 to 1989 (Crew 14 Dark Forces) and September 1989 to present double-dipping sandcrab at Pacific Missile Range, Barking Sands, Kauai. Would like to hear from VP-19 Admin Officer LT Johnson; VPU-2 Jim Riley..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08FEB2006]


JASPER, CAPTAIN Scott Eric http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/people/jasper.asp "...Captain Jasper was born in Brunswick, Georgia and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated in 1980 from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1981. In July 1982, Captain Jasper reported for duty with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, where he served as NFO Training Officer and Instructor TACCO. In November 1985, he transferred to VP-31, the west coast P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he was selected as COMNAVAIRPAC Primary NFO NATOPS Evaluator. During this tour he earned a Masters in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Captain Jasper reported to the USS ENTERPRISE in May 1988 for duty as Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer. He completed two deployments to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and qualified as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Helicopter Control Officer and Conning Alongside Officer. In May 1990, Captain Jasper reported to OPNAV/BUPERS for assignment as Enlisted Community Manager for Aviation Mechanical Ratings. In April 1992, he transferred to VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Captain Jasper reported to Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, FIFTH Fleet in NSA Bahrain as Flag Secretary in August 1994. He graduated from the Naval War College in March 1997 with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies prior to reporting for duty as Executive Officer of VP-4. Captain Jasper assumed Command of VP-4 in April 1997. He led his squadron in combat during Operation DESERT FOX and forward-deployment to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet with the new P-3C ASUW Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft. Captain Jasper transferred to Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command in April 1999 and served as the Deputy for Joint Experimentation. He reported aboard the Naval Postgraduate School in April 2002 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for the School of International Graduate Studies. Captain Jasper has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with Two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star in addition to various unit commendations and general awards..." [02JUL2003]

JENKINS, James W. (Jake The Snake) Retired jakeusn@getgoin.com "...In 1957 I was p/c on AD5W in VW-11 flying right seat as observer. Didn!t take long to decide one engine wasn!t enough. Volunteered for NAS Agana, Guam for something called a Willy Victor, had four engines, sounded good to me. As others have put it VW-3 from 1058-1960 was a great time for me. So good that after a few months in HU-1, I begged back into WILLY VICTORS and spent an exciting and gradifing career in VW-11 from 1960-1962. Served with VP-4 ADR-2 and worked in powerplant till 1966. Then onto VW-4 fom 1966-1969, PMR 1969-1973, VR-30 from 1973-1976, and then I retired. Anyone remembers Jake The Snake?..." [12SEP2001]

JENKINS, AO1 Robert c256@verizon.net "...I served with VP-4 (1969-1972) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I flew with Crew-1 and Crew-2. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26JUN2014]

JENNINGS, AWC STEVE JJENN20396@AOL.COM "...I WAS STATIONED WITH VP-4 FROM 83 TO 87. I AM CURRENTLY WITH VP-30. I NEED TO FIND AWC KEVIN L. BROOKS, USN RET. LAST KNOWN AT DAMNNECK, VA. I HAVE A WHOLE LIST OF PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ALL WHO WERE WITH ME IN "SKINNY DRAGON HEAVEN". LET ME GIVE YOU A SHORT LIST: CWO4 W. "SOUPY" CAMPBELL, LT. W. GAST (crw 6 'fo), AW1 Daryl Ackerman--"WERE OUT OF HERE", AW1 J C BLACK "I'M THE INDIAN", CDR. W."BULL" JOHNSON, AND FORMER "SKINNY TAPEWORM" WHO WILL BE IN THE JAX AREA ON 23 JULY. I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT MY RETIREMENT CELEBRATING 22 YRS OF SERVICE. LET ME ADD MORE SKINNYS: AW1 CHRIS "BAD MOON RISIN'" MOON, AW1 TIM ROUSH, AT1 KEITH "HOWS YOUR DOG" ROGGENSIS, A01 PHILLIP "Z" ZAVODNY, AND AW1 RUSS "STINKY FEET JAKE" JACOBUS. I HOPE YOU CAN POSSIBLY MAKE IT ON 23 JULY OH, WE CANT FORGET AWC JOSEPH "P-3 JOE" FLANNERY. I KNOW ADR1 CECIL B "THE SNOOKER" HEATH, FE EXTRAODINARE ON CAC CREW 4 AND MOST RECENTLY WITH CAC 6 ALONG WITH CW04 BURL "UNCLE MILTIE" HAYNES ARE OUT THERE. I HOPE I DIDN'T LEAVE ANY ONE OUT. THANKS GUYS..." [24FEB99]

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

JONES, Roger L. rog-2@xoommail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1965 til 1967. Made two deployments to Japan. I left the squadron as an AX2. Worked in the electronics shop. Would like to hear from some of my old buddies who served with me in Hawaii and Japan..." [11JUN99]

JOHNSON, Dana E. pr1smiley@prigger.com "...I just recently retired *parachute rigger* VP-4 from 81-85..." WebSite: Parachute Riggers http://www.prigger.com [25JUL99]

JOHNSON, Ken Kenandpeg@juno.com "...When I first joined the Skinny Dragons the best technology we had to find Soviet Subs was the eye ball. Things are lookin up..." [16JUL98]

JOHNSON, Paul H. phjblj@aol.com "...Served with VP-4 in 1953-54. Looking for lost Shipmates of that time. I served with the line crew at that time and deployed to NAS Naha in 1953 with that group. Like to hear from Shipmates Frank Johnson, John Long, Kenneth (Punchy) Page, Max Allen, and Tony Oliveira. The whole squadron was a great experience. Enjoyed time spent at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [17JUN2000]

JOHNSON, AW1 RJ yraa@oakharbor.net "...I was in VP-4 twice (1987-91 and 1993-98). I flew with many outstanding people and would like to hear from them..." [05APR99]

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

JORDAN, Jack jjordan@lcc.net "...I spent time with some great guys in 72-75 with VP-4. We deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 72 and Naha, Japan in 74. Great times. Anybody know how to contact AWC Jim Basse?..." [16JUN98]

JORDAN, CWO4 Larry P. Retired woforet@sc.rr.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-16, VP-17, HS-5 (1959 to 1961), VS-24 (1963 to 1967), FAETUATL (1967 to 1970), ADCOP Palomar College (1971 to 1973), CPW-5 (1976 to 1977), ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1977 to 1979), and FCTCLANT Dam Neck..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2003 | 14DEC98]

JORDAN, AW2 Paul crew2ewo@yahoo.com "....I served with VP-4 (04/198801/1992) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia/Masirah, Oman for Operation Desert Shield/Storm (EWO on CAC-2) and ASWOC/TSC (06/1992-02/1995) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I joined the Army National Guard in 2000 and Hawaii Army National Guard (01/2005-01/2006) for OIF 3 with the 1st Infantry Division as an Infantry Squad Leader (01/2007-06/2007) when my deployment was cut short by a roadside bomb. Spent time as an Observer/Controller at FT Riley, KS training Military Transition Teams (I even talked to a few VP Sailors that were deploying as Iraqi Army advisors). Reclassed into an Intelligence Analyst in 2009 and spent the next 2 years in Korea. I am currently at Fort Drum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division. We are currently preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in January as Combat Advisors to the Afghan Security Forces..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 17SEP2012 | BIO Updated 18DEC2006 | BIO Updated 18JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2002 | BIO Updated 29MAY2000 | 31OCT98]

JUAREZ, Jess NoDonut@pacbell.net "...Hello Shipmates. I served with VP-4 from 1979 to 1982. Flew with Crew Nine and then Five..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2003 | 06OCT98]

JOYAL, Robert robertjoyal@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS America (CV-66), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), Fleet Activities Command (Sasebo, Japan), VP-4, Atlantic Fleet Audio Visual Command at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-50 (1989-1992), NAS Brunswick, Maine (1992-1995) and retired. I am now retired with my five children full gown and 5 grand daughters. I currently am a Sergeant with the North Carolina Department of Corrections..." [12JUL2013]

JULIAN, Frank f_julian@hotmail.com "...VP-4 HOLA, I MEAN ALOHA. I WAS WITH THE SKINNY DAGONS FROM OCT 91 TO MAY 95 WITH CREWS 7&5 'MAD DOGS LIVE.' NOW IM FLYING WITH VQ-2 OUT IN THE MED. DROP ME A LINE ITS BORING ALWAYS FLYING AT FL250, MAHALO!..." [04MAY98]


KAMBIC, John jwkambic@webtv.net "...I served in vp-4with VP-4 during the Korean era as Combat Aircrewman (Radioman) aboard the P2 (BUNO: 39334). CDR Plaxco was our pilot..." [01OCT2010]

KASER, CAPTAIN Robert Dale Jr. http://www.marquette.edu/rotc/navy/command.htm "...Captain Dale Kaser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and entered the Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in June 1974. Upon completion of naval flight training he was designated a naval aviator in September 1975. Initial operational tour was with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There he served as line division and NATOPS officer. In 1979 he reported for instructor duty to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981 he received a Master of Arts degree with a management major from Webster University. In 1982 he reported aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) as Assistant Navigator. Captain Kaser served as the Carrier Placement Officer assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command and in November 1986 reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During this tour he served as Training Officer and Maintenance Department Head. He was then assigned to CPW-11 as Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Selected for operational command he served as Executive Officer of VP-44 until disestablished and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Graduating from the Naval War College in 1994, he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then reported to the Staff of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in Casteau, Belgium where he served as the Section Coordinator for NATO Maritime Requirements. Additionally, from December 1995 to May 1996 he was temporarily assigned to the Implementation Forces (IFOR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Joint Operation Center Shift Director. In July 1997 he reported to CINCPACFLT as Deputy Director for Operations. In August 2000 he became the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at Marquette University. Captain Kaser has been awarded numerous personal, unit, campaign and service awards..." [13JUN2003]

KATZ, Howie howiemaui@aol.com "...I was a ss3 operator in VP-4 crew 1 for 3 yrs, 3/88-5/91..." [02FEB2007]

KAUFMAN, AMM3 Robert Lee rlkauf133@comcast.net "...I served with VPB-135 (1946) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, TDY FASRON-102 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VPB-4 (1947) and NAS Norfolk, Virginia (Chambers Field) as Taxi-Pilot..." [14APR2013]

KAUFFMAN, AOC Mitch redreed1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1989 to 1991. I served as an Aircrew Ordnanceman, but mostly as the Ordnance Branch CPO, as well as the Maintenance Control CPO. Served as the Night Check maintenance control CPO during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Masirah, Oman Detachment, along with 5 other maintenance folks, whose work was superb, and taught me more about teamwork and loyalty than any I can remember. This was followed by a detachment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan where we had a very difficult time due to engines being bogged down due to exposure to oil fire smoke from the burning oil fields in the gulf. Anyway, I miss my Ordies and Maintainers a lot and wish I could return to those days sometimes..." [24NOV2010]

KEATING, Michael keatsdude@cox.net "...I served with CPRW, VP-4, VP-9 and VPU-2..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL2009 | 08MAY2008]

KERNS, Wilmer L. wkerns4@comcast.net "...Originally VP-772 was a reserve unit from Hayward, CA. We were at Sand Point (Seattle) for a couple of tours, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I left the service in July 1953. I hope this website might help me get in touch with some of my crew buddies. Also, I served in either VP-4 or VP-7 (my memory isn't that good anymore). We flew the old PB4Y2's, but the P2Vs were coming into play at that time. My old squadron may have been the last one flying PB4Y2s..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2002 | 05AUG99]

KLAPKA, CDR Ted "TK" ted@klapka.com "...I served aboard NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-49 (1983-1986), VP-4 (1991-1993) (First Gulf War), BUPERS Sea Duty Component DC (1996-2000), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and CPW-2..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14AUG2012]

Memorial Picture "...KIRKLAND, CAPTAIN Thomas Jefferson III Retired...Age 76 of Knoxville, passed away quietly on October 26, 2009 after a long illness. Born in 1933 to Louise Richardson and Randolph Withers Kirkland in Newberry, South Carolina, he attended the Citadel in Charleston and graduated in 1957 from the United States Naval Academy. He served his nation dutifully as a naval officer for nearly 30 years including a tour with VP-4 from 1959 to 1962. As a long range anti-submarine patrol aviator he served tours in stations around the world including Okinawa, Sicily, Spain, Iceland, Hawaii, Washington, and Maryland. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, California and received a masters degree in operations analysis. He also attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and George Washington University, receiving a masters degree in international relations. He served as executive officer and commanding officer of oceanographic squadron VXN-8. He later served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon. He retired in 1984 as a Captain after serving as the senior naval advisor to the Air Force Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Upon retiring from active duty he served successfully as the Senior Vice-President of Operations for Summitt Research Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In 1996 he retired again with his loving wife of 49 years to Knoxville, Tennessee. A kind and gentle spirit, he enjoyed the love of his wife Sara and the company of his children and eight grandchildren. A faithful and dutiful member of Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, he served each week with FISH pantries. He also served on the race committee of the Ft. Loudon Sailing Club, and was an active member of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Naval Academy Alumni Association. A true gentleman, his generosity, keen intellect and infectious sense of humor will be missed by his large family and many friends around the world. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Ruth Warters Kirkland, brother Joseph Lane Kirkland and sisters Katherine Kirkland Crockett and Mary Kirkland Reynolds. He is survived by his four children and spouses Kimberly Kirkland Bartlett and husband Beecher A. Bartlett of Knoxville, Margaret Kirkland Watkins and husband Todd Watkins of Atlanta, GA, Katy Kirkland Shattuck of Tuscaloosa, AL , and Thomas J. Kirkland, IV and wife Catherine Crews Kirkland of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his eight loving grandchildren, Taylor, Matt, Sara Kathryn, Margaret, Mary Withers, Emily, Adickes, and Sara; as well as his brother, Randolph Withers Kirkland, Jr. of Camden, SC; and 15 nieces and nephews. The family would especially like to thank his many caring Naval Academy friends, Newberry classmates and the staff of St. Mary's Hospice. Following a private burial a Memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Young-Williams Animal Center 3323 Division St. Knoxville, TN, FISH Pantry, Care of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 or St. Mary's Residential Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Halls, TN, 37938. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel http://www.rosemortuary.coms..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2010]

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

KLOES, Michael stevil62@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1981-1985..." [23DEC2004]

KNOX, William (Bill) guideser@thegrid.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1960-1962 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I was in the line crew most of the time. I had a very good tour of duty. I would like to hear from Shipmates who were there at the same time..." [20NOV2000]

Memorial Picture "...KOONTZ, Kenneth Joe...Lt. Col. Kenneth Koontz, a civilian simulator instructor and member of the 96th Flying Training Squadron was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. Route 90. While a LT in the Navy, he served as a pilot in VP-4 from 1994 - 1998. Kenneth Joe Koontz and his loving wife, Melissa Lou Hill Koontz, along with their two daughters, Madison Glenn and Marley Ann, of Brackettville Texas, went to their heavenly home Sunday, April 14, 2013. They are survived by their son and brother, Kenneth Zachary Koontz. Ken and Melissa blessed us with their love and acceptance. They saw the best in everyone and raised their children to do the same. God blessed us all by sharing them with each of us. Ken had a passion for the great outdoors, flying, and loved working with his hands. He had a love for life and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. Uncle Kenny was a favorite play partner for all his nieces and nephews. One of his happiest moments was when his son and best friend, Zachary, was born. Melissa was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She spoke from the heart and shared her faith and love. Melissa's beauty shined from her eyes and radiated forth and warmed us all deeply. The brightest smiles were to be found when she was watching Madison act, Marley playing sports, and Zach creating with Legos. She loved sitting and having a cup of tea and sharing her life with her prayer partners and Bible study groups. Madison and Marley were both shining examples of young Christian ladies. Both of them list the book Heaven is for Real as a favorite. Both young ladies saw the beauty and goodness in others before anything else. Madison lit up the world with her smile on the sideline cheering and on the stage taking on a variety of roles. She loved Tae Kwon Do and teaching others about this and The Lord. She had a passion for music which she had hoped to share and develop at Texas A & M Corpus Christi. Her words of hope and listening heart will be missed by the many who counted her as a friend. Marley always had a smile on her face and kind words for others. She loved her friends and family and enjoyed spending time with all. Marley was always taking care of animals and loved her sweet dogs, Bella and Sammy. Her Facebook page reflected her strong faith. God is love. God is life. Our hearts mourn the loss of Ken, Melissa, Madison, and Marley. They are survived by a large family and extended family, mothers, Selma Clements Koontz and Lucinda Wilson Hill; brothers and sisters, Dan and Pam Koontz, Kimberlee and Mike Humble, David and Renee Koontz, Lucinda Kelly, Bettie and Steve Fedrizzi, Emily and Randall Bolander, Hilda and Andy Wertz, Maggie and Barry Johnson, Sam and Carol Hill, and Jane Hill; nieces, nephews and cousins, Megan and Leslie Bolander, Heather and Scott Gilbertson and Emily Fedrizzi, Matthew Henniger and Cinda Kelly, Emma, Melanie, Hannah and Caroline Wertz, Ella, Charles and Lillie Johnson, Tracy and Angel Hill, Chris Jorgenson and Richie Hill, Graham and Grady Koontz, Ryan Humble, Reid and Charlotte Humble, and Macy Koontz. They were preceded in death by father and grandfather, G. Doyle Koontz and Richard C. Hill; brother, Richard D. Hill, and nephews, William D. Hill and Gary Hill. Visitation for Ken, Melissa, Madison, and Marley will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Brackettville Civic Center. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Brackettville Civic Center. A private burial for the immediate family will follow. In lieu of flowers, the families are requesting for donations to be made to the Koontz Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will honor the family's dedication and love for education and Brackettville. Donations will be accepted through the Brackettville ISD, P.O. Box 586, Brackettville, TX 78832. Please visit our website at http://www.sunsetfuneralhomes.com and sign our online guestbook. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery, 2020 Bedell Ave., Del Rio, Texas 78840, (830) 778-2020. Published in The Citizen from April 19 to April 20, 2013..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [21APR2013]

Memorial Picture "...KOONTZ, AT1 Max A...KOONTZ, AT1 Max A. VP-4 1950-54. Max A. Koontz, 82, of Columbus, NC died Monday, February 13, 2012 in St. Luke's Hospital, Columbus, NC. Born in Kannapolis, NC, he was the son of the late Jennings Michael and Grace Thompson Koontz. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Navy in the VP-4 Squadron before being honorably discharged in 1954. After his discharge he studied at NC State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. Shortly thereafter he worked for the Navy as a Civil Servant. In 1984 he transferred to the Department of Energy in the Senior Executive Service. His total Government service was over 38 years. He retired in 1996, and then moved to North Carolina and in 2008 moved to Columbus to his dream house in the mountains. He was a 60 year Mason and a member of Advent Lutheran Church. Surviving is his wife of 18 years, Rose Gwynn Koontz; one brother, Kenneth Michael Koontz (Dianne) of Concord, NC; two sisters, Gilda Kuhn of Salisbury, NC and Rosemerry Koontz of Concord, NC; one son Michael Koontz of Metamora, MI; four daughters, Christy Heussner (Robert) of Metamora MI, Sherry Koontz of Poolesville, MD, Kathy Koontz of Portland, OR, and Kelly Koontz (Steven Arabia) of Darnestown, MD; two stepsons Fred Smith of Silver Spring, MD and Pat Smith of Colorado Springs, CO; three stepdaughters, Theresa Gwynn of Colorado Springs CO, Catherine Kramer of Waldorf, MD and Susan Myers of Rockville, MD; grandchildren, Jens Panyard (Desiree), Jennings Alexander Heussner, Olivia Arabia and Samuel Arabia; two great-grandchildren Kamron and Connor Panyard; former wife Doris Koontz of Metamora, MI, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, at Advent Lutheran Church, Spindale, NC with Rev. Ron Fink officiating. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. An online guest register is available at http://www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com. McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, NC is assisting the Koontz family. Published in Charlotte Observer on February 16, 2012..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27FEB2012]

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

KOTOFF, AO1(AW/NAC) James W. Retired ordiejim@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-49 from Feburary 1980 to September 1983 (Crew 6 - participated in the only 9 P-3 formation flight ever coming home from NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1982), VP-4 from October 1983 to December 1986 (Crews 7 and 11), VP-1 from February 1987 to April 1991 (Crew 6), PMTC/NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California from May 1991 December 1994, USS New Orleans LPH-11 from January 1995 to October 1997 and USS Constellation CV-64 from October 1997 to May 1999. I would like to hear from old Shipmates and am looking to purchase cruise books from VP-49..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000 | 09DEC99]

KRAUSS, PN2 James Jkrauss997@aol.com "...stationed with VP4 in the personnel office deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska in 86 83-86 PSD China Lake 86-90 hope to see some of my Shipmates sometime..." [18JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...KREUTZER, Robert "Bob"...It saddens me to announce that Robert "Bob" Kreutzer who served in the VP-4 AT Shop/Aircrew during the early 1960's passed away April 2002. Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [15DEC2002]

KREUTZER, Robert Lee dkreutzer@uswest.net "...I am looking for anyone else who served in the VP-4 between 1960-1961 in Naha, Okinawa. It would be interesting to get and share information with someone else from that "era"..." [19DEC99]

KRIEGER, ADJ2 Ron ron_krieger@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I heard Mooch passed away and would like to make contact with Donald "Duck" G. Price (Chicago, IL) and Graves (Bremerton, WA). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [18DEC2011]

Memorial Picture "...KRIM, Marvin...It saddens me greatly to notify you that AMMF2 Marvin Krim passed away Oct 13, 2002 after a prolonged battle with lymphoma...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [19OCT2002]

KRIM, AMMF2 Marvin marvo1@worldnet.att.net "...As a flight engineer on PB2Y's we were designated on Oct. 1945 as VP-100 out of NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. We were only there one month and the squadron was disbanded and returned to the states...I served in VP-1, VP-4, VP-100 and VR-2." [Updated 17FEB98]

KRUEGER, Donald R. kruegsee@juno.com "...I served with VP-4 (1957-1959) at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I flew with Crew-5..." [06OCT2016]

KURPJUWEIT, AJ ajkurp@usurf.com "...I am a former IFT on crews 1 & 2 seeking Shipmates from VP-4, 1977-1980. Has anyone been in contact with Sam (Tony) Huston?..." [10NOV99]


LaFLAMME, AW3 Brian brian5215@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1974 to 1977 and flew with Crew-5. After leaving the Navy in 1977, I went to college until I received an MS at the University of Washington. I am now an Environmental Consultant in Denver, Colorado area. Lots of good memories of good people with VP-4 and I would like to hear from you all..." [20MAR2009]

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

LANDIS, ATCS Kevin Retired kslandis@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-4 from October 1982 to April 1984, VP-6 from April 1984 to October 1985, Naval Air Development Center from September 1986 to December 1989, VPU-1 from January 1990 to September 1994, NAS Point Mugu, California from September 1994 to November 1997, got lost on the USS Nimitz from November 1997 to November 2000, and glad to say returned to flying at Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California from December 2000 to December 2003. Seems I didn't have enough of P-3's, so now I'm retired and working as a contractor for PMA-290 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUN2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29APR2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 01MAR2001 | 29FEB2001]

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

LARGO, Ed angel4344@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1957 to 1959 on Crew 12. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT2003 | E-Mail Updated 28JAN2002 | 18FEB2000]

LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1974 to 1977 and VP-90 from 1984-1994 (until its Disestablishment)..." [E-Mail Updated 05SEP2005 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | E-Mail Updated 24OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 28MAY2001 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 00XXX97]

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

LEACH, AX1 Bob robtmleach@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-4 (Oct 75 - Nov 78), VP-17 (Nov 78 - Nov 80), COMPATWINGONEDETCUBI (Jan 81 - Jan 84). AXAN - AX1. I would like to hear from some Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02FEB2005 | 25OCT98]

LEASER, Dennis dleaser@crosslake.net "...I served in VP-4 from 8/61 to 6/63 in Naha, Okinawa. I was a ATN2 & a radioman in Crew 5 and was in Crew 1 when we flew the first P2V-7 back from NAS Alameda, California. BU 150280. Great times in Crew 5, LDCR Coleman was the best PPC!!! Transferred to VP-17 in 8/63 till 4/64 and flew in Crew 12. I did eventually retire out from the USNR-R as a ATC in 1987 with some broken service from 1966 to 1970. Best of luck to all my VP Shipmates..." [D-Mail Updated 13SEP99 | 24SEP98]

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

LEE, ADC Ning F. Retired LILYWLEE9@CS.COM "...I served with VP-50 from June 1956 to September 1959.I was an AD3 and flew with Crew 8 and many others. My pilot was LT Bolen, later CO of VP-31 and I think he was an ADM. A very fine gentleman and officer. I also served with VP-4 from September 1959 to December 1960, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan VU-5 DET. "B" NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, May 1963 to December 1964 VAQ-134 and VAQ-135 DET "4". Also USS Kearsage, USS Ranger, and USS John F. KENNEDY. Retired ADJC in May 1973..." [09OCT2002]

Memorial Picture "...LEE, CDR Cyrus S...CDR Cyrus S Lee VP-4 Veteran 1956-1958. Cyrus S Lee, 81, of Billings, MT passed away Wednesday April 11, 2001 of natural causes. Born Jan. 27, 1920 on the family farm northwest of Wolf Point, MT. He spent his youth working on the Lee wheat ranch and attended the little country school, "Wide Awake" along with Wolf Point HS where he excelled in sports. Upon graduation he attended both MSU-Bozeman and U of M at Missoula where he earned a degree in business administration. On July 15, 1941 Cy entered the Navy's V-5 Aviation Cadet Training Program in Seattle, WA and completed his flight training at Corpus Christi, TX. Ensign Lee received orders to VP-72 in 1942 and spent one year in the South Pacific. Wed Lois Koch Lee in Billings June 11, 1943. CDR Lee also served in VP-4 1956-1958 Retired after 30 years of dedicated service. He received many medals for his outstanding service and integrity in the Pacific Theater. An avid hunter, known as "one shot Lee", he had a warm and pleasing personality and an "out of doors" look that confirmed his love of hunting and fishing. A copy of the complete obituary can be viewed at http://www.vp4association.com......." Contributed by Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [31AUG2013]

LEVESQUE, Maurice "Frenchy" maurice.b.levesque@lmco.com "...Served with VP-4 from 72-75. Miss the good ole days..." [E-Mail Updated 16AUG2007 | 19FEB98]

LEVESQUE, Robert D. archrie4life@aol.com "...I served with AEWBarRonPac as a ATAN Radio Operator on a flight crew (can't remember the crew number) around 1962 and with VP-4 as a Radio Operator in 1964 or 1965. I am especially interested in what everybody is doing now. Please send me an e-mail if you remember me. Thanks..." [23NOV2006]

LILLIS, AT1 Scott Retired scottlillis@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-31, VP-46, VP-47 and VP-50. Lots of great friends and good times!..." [E-Mail Updated 09OCT2014 | E-Mail Updated 11NOV2006 | 14AUG2000]

LINDER, Glenn L. glinder@tds.net "...I served with VP-4 (1962-1964) and flew with Crew-3..." [24DEC2011]

LINDER, John j.linder7145@sbcglobal.com "...I served with VP-4 and AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1972 to 1974. NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan det, many other points of "interest" before transfer to attack community, VA-12. Only remember PR1 Smokey Wiggins, and crazy Ken Clay AMS VP-4 and AME1 Jim Elias,AIMD and later in VA-12 (thanks for getting me transferred Jim). I guess I wasn't enjoying Hawaii enough? Had some good times though..." [14MAR2004]

LISHNESS, ATCS Alton L. Retired allish@tdstelme.com "...I served in VP-4 circa '50-'54 in P2V-2 's and P2V-5's. I flew Radio and Radar on crews 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 12. I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my C..O. and PPC of crew 1, CDR A L Dodson '52-.53. I did my 22 months of purgatory at NAAS Kingsville, TX '54-'56 and volunteered for Operation Deepfreeze. I was aboard VX-6 for six (6) great years. I flew radio on R4D-6L 17274 "charlene" and P2V-7LP 140434 in DF2, R4D-8L 99853 in DF3, and R7V-1P 131624 "Connie Crew" '58-'62. Six great years of rewarding and fulfilling duty with the greatest of officers and Shipmates. An Antarctic Mountain, Lishness Peak (2200m 78-53S 084--45W) near the S end of the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains was named after me. I transferred to HT-8 at NALF ELLYSON in '62-65. Qual'ed as Crew Chief & Rescue Swimmer. After AV-B School, I was ordered to VP-50 (66-69) . I flew SP-5B 12 Boat with LCDR Tisdale & LT Peck. After transitioning to P-3A's, I flew Crew 8 with LCDR Segelhorst and LTjg Ned Service. I then flew Jez and Radio in crew 1 with CDR Carl O. Hausler , our C.O. in 68-69. I was shocked to read of CDR Hausler's passing. He was one of the best! I was ordered to Lockheed Burbank for P-3C training FFT to NAMTD 1011 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland '69-73', CV-62 '73-76' and VP-10 '76-79'. Assigned as Command SR Chief 76-78 and AV/WEPS Div CPO/ DET Maint CPO 78-79. My Sons, TOM and BOB both served with me at NASB, AO1 Tom Lishness USN (ret.) (VA-85, VP-10, SERE, VP-11, SERE) served with me in VP-10. He was the AO in crew 4. My last assignment was at CAAC, NAS Brunswick, Maine. My son AMS1 Robert Lishness USN (ret) (VP-8, NATTC MFS, VP-11, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) was stationed with us twice at NAS Brunswick, Maine along with son Tom. I retired 1 JUL 82 after 33 years, 3 months, & 3 days of continuous service. I used my GI Bill education bennies to get an A. S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Business-Economics and served my home town as Town Manager for ten years before retiring the 2nd time..." [21MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...LITTLE, AOCM Lee Daniel...VP-4 1947-1951 Lee Daniel Little, 92 passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Little was a 40 year resident of Jacksonville and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1970 as a Master Chief after 30 years service. During World War II he served in the Pacific and was a crewmember on PBY's and B-24's and was awarded 3 distinguished flying crosses and 2 presidential unit citations for his service. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Della Little and several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held on Friday, March 13, 2009, 1:00 PM at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [18MAY2011]

Memorial Picture "...LOCKHART, Charles W "Chuck"...It saddens me to announce that Lt Charles W "Chuck" Lockhart who served as a pilot in VP-4 in the early 1960's passed away September 2002...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [15DEC2002]

LONG, AECS Lonnie "Wayne" Retired waynelong@alltel.net "...Spent 24 years in the Navy, most of it in tailhooks. But, the most memorable tour I made was with VP-4, from which I retired in July 1991 after we returned from Desert Storm. I worked with some great guys in Maintenance Control. Wish that I could have spent more time with the VPs...great people and great aircraft. The best combination..." [15JUL2007]

LOWE, Jim Retired jamlowe@ptd.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1974-1977, VP-10 from 1977-1981, CPW-5 from 1981-1984, VP-10 1984-1987, and VP-8 from 1987-1989 when I retired..." [E-Mail 14FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAR99 | 06DEC97]


Memorial Picture "...MALLETT, ATCS Arthur Joseph...Mallett, Arthur Joseph ATCS VP-4 1983-1986. Born 12 Nov 1938 - Died 26 Feb 2009 in San Diego, CA. Buried at FT. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [31MAR2010]

MANN, ADC Tom Retired trmann@web-access.net "...Good to see familiar names. I served with VW-1 from 1968-1971 as a ground pounding ADR3, VP-16 from 1973-1977 as a 2nd Mech/Flight Engineer, VQ-1 from 1977-1978 as a Flight Engineer, VP-4 from 1978-1984 as a Flight Engineer, NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field from 1984-1987 as a Instructor, VP-50 87-90 Maintenance, NAESU DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1990-1992 AOIC, and NAESU Camp Pendleton from 1992 to retirement OIC..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY99 | 14NOV97]

MARKERT, ADR1 H. M. Retired c/o E. F. LONG ADR1 USN RET. GNOLFE@AOL.COM "...ANYONE WITH INFO ON VPB-4 WWII - FLEW IN PB2Y-5'S. THIS INFO IS FOR MY GOOD BUDDY H. M. MARKERT ADR1 USN RET. HE WAS ALSO IN VP-731. I will forward all e-mail to him..."

MAAS, AW1 Steve "NO ECHO" smaas@spaceelectronics.com "...I served with VP-4 from Aug. '68-Jan. '71. NAS Iwakuni, Japan, Viet-Nam, NAS Adak, Alaska, Guam, Midway and all points West. Looking for members of Crew 10 "Mac's Marauders" and Crew 12 "Cubby's Cherubs," Lt. MacDaniels and McCreedy respectively..." [06JAN99]

MAYER, Steve flyn8251@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17, VP-4, VP-30, VP-9, Catbird ETD, VP-16 and NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [18MAY2013]

McCARTHY, AW2 Tim tmccarthy@mannmechanical.com "...I served with VP-4 (Crew-1) from 1969 to 1972..." [29APR2011]

McCLURE, Lee (Mack) leemcc49@appleisp.net "...I was a member of VP-4 from 69-74 and had a lot of great memories. If there's anybody out there who remembers me..." [08DEC2001]

McDANIEL, Robert mcdanielrobert@hotmail.com "...Hello - feels great to be part of the VP family. I just became a member of VP-4 here in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. VP is great. I just wish I was with VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We are now on MCBH and well you know!..." [07JAN2000]

McDERMOTT, AW2 Terry snap11@cox.net "...I served with VP-4 (AW2 Jez Operator) from May 1969 to May 1972. I flew with Crew 9 (NAS Adak, Alaska) and Crew 4 (NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Yes, a P-3 can run away from a MIG..." [E-Mail Updated 13FEB2005 | 15FEB2004]

Memorial Picture "...McKEE, Robert L...It saddens me greatly to report the passing of our squadron mate Robert L. McKee who passed away on August 3, 2009 at the age of 73. He was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Fred and Mary McKee. Robert was Retired United States Navy, serving 15 years including his service as an AT1/AC 1961-63 in VP-4 NAF Naha, Okinawa. He then moved on to work another 30 years in Aerospace Service and retired as an Aerospace Manager at Boeing. He is survived by his adoring wife, Donna; his brother Richard; 5 daughters, Pam Laurie, Kim, Teresa, and Amy; 2 sons, Lonnie and Robert; 19 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 4801 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ on Friday August 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Banner Gardens Hospice, 7231 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85208 in memory of Robert L. McKee. Arrangements handled by Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [06AUG2009]

MEDEIROS, Norman J. oahubuysellrent@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1965 to 1969. Looking for my friends and Shipmates. Tom Tranilla are you out there? Did you retire as a chief?..." [20MAY2004]

MEEK, CPO Michael Kevin meek_53@hotmail.com "...I served with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) at MCAS El Toro, California from 1990 to 1992, VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1990, VP-24 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas from 1982 to 1985, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1976 to 1982 and VFP-63 at NAS Miramar, California from 1972 to 1976. Retired Moved to Lake Havasu Az. Became a Health inspector for t Mophave County Looking to reitre the second time around 2 years to go. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 14APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2009 | 29AUG2001]

MEGOW, Randy rmegow@hotmail.com "...Would love to hear from any old Shipmates. Started out in VQ-1 from 1985 till 1990. Went Flight Engineer and have been in VP-6, VP-4, VP-11, VP-10, VP-26, and now find myself here at CPRW-5. Can't say "shore duty is for fags" anymore. Take Care, and God's speed to all..." [12DEC2002]

ROSENSTROM, Neal "Rosey" baditude48@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 (11/1969-05/1970) flying with Crew-12 with a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and VP-92 (1976-1980). I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27OCT2015 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN2014 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2008 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 22JUL2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 22MAR99 | BIO Updated 26SEP98]

MELTON, PHC Mitch Retired ncsquid@aol.com "...I was with VP-4, June 57 - Nov 58 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan as an AA/AN I worked in the mail room, ordance and the base photo lab. Thinking about that tour brings back some found memories. I can still remember the smell of the 5's and 7's..." [18SEP2001]

MERINO, AMS2 Jose L. jlmerino@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 (1983-1986) in the Corrosion Control Shop and FE School with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, NS Subic Bay, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [25FEB2014]

MILLER, AWC Daniel P. danomedia@yahoo.com "...Aloha, Shipmates.I have served with VP-26 (Crew 3)Aug 82-Mar 89 "Cold War nugget tour", FASO Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Apr 89-Apr 92 "Recovery tour", VP-49 (Crew 4) May 92-Jan 94 "Decommissioning crew", USS Enterprise May 94-Mar 96 "VP appreciation tour", COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Apr 96-Jun 99 "Polishing tour", and VP-4 (Crew 5) Oct 99-Oct 02 "Great to back in VP tour." I have seen too many former shipmates here not to throw my name into the mix. While I enjoyed each of my commands, my formative years spent with the "Tridents" will always have a special place in the memory book. Please drop me a line and/or or visit http://home.hawaii.rr.com/danomedia/work/navyav8r.htm for a shot of LK5/161005..." [29OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...MITCHELL, James Casimir...James Mitchell - VP-4 1956-1958 - Mitchell, James Casimir , born on August 18, 1930 in Calumet City, IL, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at age 79 of pneumonia at North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, FL. He was a Navy pilot and recruiter for ten years, then a business owner in industrial biproducts. He lived in St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, New York City, NY and in 1996 retired to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and friends all over the world. Guest Book for James Mitchell – Online Guest Book by Sun-Sentinel and http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=4406777635122..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [30MAR2010]

MITCHELL, Mel (Mitch) melmitchell@shasta.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1958 to 1962. I was an AT1 and flew as First Tech on YD-11 P2 BUNO: 131463..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2003]

MONROE, REAR ADMIRAL Jack Pendleton Retired http://www.usstarawavets.org/CV-40%20pages/monroe.bio.htm "...Jack Pendleton Monroe was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on June 19, 1904, son of Jack P. and Florence Bowman Monroe. He attended Shaw High School in Cleveland, Ohio, before entering the U.S. Naval Academy from Ohio on August 2, 1923. As a Midshipman he was a member of the 150 pound crew and played class football. Graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 2, 1927, he subsequently progressed in rank to that of Rear Admiral, his date of rank July 1, 1956. After graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1927, he served for two years aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee, and in 1929 reported for flight training at the NAS Pensacola, Florida. Designated Naval Aviator in January 1930, he was assigned to Scouting Squadron 9-S, aviation unit of the U.S.S. Northampton. A year later he was transferred to Observation Squadron 3-B, attached to the U.S.S. Nevada. During a two-year period in 1932-34 he had shore duty at the NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he commanded the Utility Unit of that station, and served in VP-4. From 1934 through 1937 he was attached to Bombing Squadron 3 based first on the U.S.S. Ranger, later on the U.S.S. Lexington. Returning to the NAS Pensacola, Florida, he served for one year as Planning Officer in the Assembly and Repair Department, and a second year as Aide to the Commandant. In the summer of 1939 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Gannet, and a year later was assigned to the Staff of CPW-2, based at NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1941 he joined the Staff of Commander Carrier Division One as Aide and Flag Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He was serving in that assignment when the United States entered World War II in December 1941. He received a Letter of Commendation with Ribbon from the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, for "outstanding performance of duty in the line of his profession as Flag Lieutenant and Signal Officer on the Staff of the Air Task Group Commander in preparation for, during, and after the successful engagements with the enemy in the Coral Sea on May 7 and 8, 1942...". Monroe was ordered next to the U.S.S. Bogue and was aboard that carrier escort when she participated in escort and anti-submarine operations in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater in early 1943. Upon his return to the United States in 1943 he was ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. He received a Letter of Commendation, with authority to wear the Bronze Star on his Commendation Ribbon, from the Secretary of the Navy, as follows: "As head of the Armament Branch of the Engineering Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics from October 1943 to December 1944, you performed duties of vital importance with extraordinary foresight and efficiency in developing advanced aircraft armament, and in effecting sound armament installations in all types of Naval Aircraft...". In January 1945 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Kadashan Bay (CVE-76). "For meritorious service as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Kadashan Bay, operating as a unit of the Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet, from February 6 to September 2, 1945..." he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. The citation states that he "successfully delivered large quantities of critically needed combat aircraft, aviation material and replacement pilots, ground and aircrewmen to bases in the forward area of the Pacific¼and contributed to the success of our forces". Detached from the Kadashan Bay after the the Japanese surrender he reported as commanding officer of the NS Sangley Point, Philippines, where he remained throughout 1946. In March 1947, he was ordered to the staff of Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet, as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and two years later was transferred to duty at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California. He reported on 8 January 1951 to Commander Operational Development Force, Atlantic, and served as Chief of Staff and Aide until August 1952. On 8 August 1952 he assumed command of the U.S.S. Tarawa CV-40 and remained in command of that carrier until August 1953. He was in command during the ship's 1953 Mediterranean Cruise. He next commanded the NAS Pensacola, Florida, from September 1953 to June 1955. For the next year he was Chief, Naval Air Base Training, Pensacola, following which he trained as a helicopter pilot, earning his wings in June 1956. He then spent a year as Director of Operation 53 in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. In July 1956 he was promoted to Rear Admiral. At that time he became Commander, Middle East Force, until August 1957. On October 26, 1957 he reported as Commander Naval Air Missile Test Center, NAS Point Mugu, California, and from July 1958 was assigned additional duty as Commander Pacific Missile Test Range, NAS Point Mugu, California; in December 1958 this additional duty became his primary assignment until September 1961. He then became Director of the newly established Development Facilities, Astronautics and Ranges Division, Operation 76, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. On March 7, 1963 he reported as Commander Naval Forces, Philippines; Commander in Chief, Pacific Representative, Philippines; and from January 15, 1964 to January 1, 1965 had additional duty as Commander Naval Air Bases, Philippines. On July 1, 1966 he was transferred to the Retired List of the U.S. Navy. "For exceptionally meritorious service...as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines, and Commander in Chief, Pacific Representative, Philippines, from March 1963 to June 1966..." he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation further states in part: "Exercising outstanding leadership, sound judgment, and keen foresight in coordinating military requirements throughout the area of his command, Rear Admiral Monroe, through persuasive negotiation, effectively promoted intercountry relations and established and nurtured effective channels for liason where none previously existed, thereby furthering United States prestige and good will with foreign nations. "In addition to successfully meeting the monumental challenge of coordinating and providing logistic support to forces engaged in combat in Southeast Asia, he greatly facilitated increased communications capabilities by formulating and expediting communications improvements in shore stations under his command. As a result, these installations were advanced well ahead of original plans, thereby enabling timely direction of forces in sensitive politico-military operations...". Shortly after arriving aboard the Tarawa in 1952, Admiral Monroe married Mrs. Phyllis G. Sandvig of Windsor, North Carolina. In 1998, Admiral Monroe was living in retirement in Pensacola, Florida..." [23JUN2003]

MONTANA, AT2 Chris (Monty) chris_montana@hotmail.com "...I was attached to VP-4 AIMD from 1991 to 1995 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Misawa, Japan. Also went TAD to VP-1 for a deployment back to NAS Misawa, Japan..." [21NOV2000]

MOORE, Jerry D. "Moore Unit" jmoore@mjsonsite.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1986 to 1990 as an IFT on the awsum Crew 9 "Bad Boys" aka "Good Ol Boys" (hehe skipper made us change it because we worked hard, kicked butt, took names, AND took the same attitude to liberty - especially on Air Force bases - WOOT!). I am currently back in Via the reserves as an IT..." [11SEP2003]

MOORE, Ronnie rmoore224@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VP-4 from 64 to 66. NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and made West Pac deployment in 65..." [Updated 13MAR98}

Memorial Picture "...MOORE, Thomas E...Tom Moore 72, of Poyen, AR passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born July 25, 1937 in Elaine, Arkansas the son of the late Selfie Matthew and Alice Mae (Wake) Moore. He was retired from the U.S. Navy having served twenty years, including a tour 1971-1974 with Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and then loved traveling, camping but especially being with his family and he was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Kenny Batchelor. Survivors are his wife of fifty-four years, Rebecca Ann Moore to whom he married September 27, 1955. Also his sons, Matt Moore and wife Jane of Austin, Texas, Tommy Moore and wife Charlene of Poyen. Daughter Cindy Batchelor of Poyen, Brothers, Joseph and Jimmy Carroll of Poyen and Danny Moore of Sheridan, Sister, Barbara Jenkins of Hot Springs, Grandchildren, Lauren Moore, Hollye Townley, Justin Moore and wife Kate, Kevin Moore, Brock Townley and wife Diane, Tera Stubblefield and husband Jason, Tasha Robbins and husband Cullun, Travis Graff, Zach Batchelor, and Heath Batchelor and wife Shanna, Great-grandchildren, Kaden Townley, Kodee and Bo Batchelor, Ashley Archer, Blake Robbins, Bo and Bella Stubblefield. Visitation will be Friday November 27, from 6 until 8PM at Regency. Funeral is 2PM Saturday November 28, in the Regency Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Kevin Spurlin officiating. Burial in Lindsey-Poyen Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers are Gary Jenkins, Randall, Jimmy Darrell, Eric, and Jason Moore, Jacob and Tyler Hicks and Toni Thacker. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Moore, Burt Hicks and Eric Gioco. Arrangements are by Regency Funeral Home. You may sign the guestbook at http://www.regencyfuneralhome.com..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [26DEC2009]

Memorial Picture "...MORGAN, AT2 Robert "Budda Belly"...My friend, AT2 Robert "Budda Belly" Morgan, passed away July 10, 2013. We served together as part of VP-4 between 1986 and 1990..." Contributed by OSBORNE, AT1(AW) Mark Retired oriontk@att.net [20AUG2014]

MORRILL, AME1 (AW) James E. skippy5361@aol.com "...I'm retired now and am presently working for United Airlines. I served in VA-97 (80-83), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (83-86), VP-4 (86-89), VC-5 (89-92), VP-17 (92-95), VPU-2 (95-98), and completed my career in VP-9 back in July of 1999. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates that I had the honor of serving with. I would really like to hear from my old friend PR1 Myron Arnold. If anyone knows his where abouts please let him know my address..." [BIO Updated 31DEC2000 | BIO Updated 17SEP2000 | 15SEP2000]

MORRIS, Jerry jnchar98@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from May 1958 - May 1959 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. i would like to hear from all from that era..." [28JUL2002]

MORRIS, Jerry A. c/o his son Jason Morris JNCHAR4EVR@AOL.COM "...I am writing on my Fathers behalf. He is Jerry A. Morris. He served with VP-4 from 1957-59 in Naha, Okinawa. He was in the Airframe Shop and in Crew 5 with YD. If you might know him or think you might, give him a call. I know he has lots of pictures and cruise books. 531 S. Elm St., Centralia, IL 62801 (618)532-1737. He worked with J. J. GLASS, R. R. JOHNSTON, J. E. SEILER, G. R. BABCOCK, A. F. YEAGER, and J. C. FRAZIER..." [02AUG99]

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 "...MOSES, Carl W...My Grandfather, Carl W. Moses, passed away in 1998. He served with VP-4 from 1962 to 1964. I am looking for anyone who might have old pictures or old stories of him. I would like the chance to hear any stories you might have so that I might pass them on...James Ethan Moses moses@usa.com..." [23MAR2004]

Memorial Picture "...MUCHOW, ADJ2 Henry John "Mooch"...MUCHOW, Henry John passed away on 25 May 2010 and was laid to rest at the South Florida National Cemetery at Lake Worth, FL. Known to some as "Mooch" and to others as "Hank", Henry Muchow served in VP-4 from 1965 - 1968 as an ADJ2..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27NOV2010]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...MURDOCH, AMCS Lynn K...(VC-1, VP-4, VP-22, VR-21 and VU-1) - Lynn K. Murdoch, 75. of Cavite City, Philippines, formerly of Cochranton, Pa, passed away from heart failure on Aug. 17, 2017. Born Nov. 27, 1941, in Meadville, Pa., Lynn was the youngest son of Clarence and Lillian (Anthony) Murdoch. He graduated in 1959 from Cochranton High School, he joined the Navy for a career. After many years he retired to live in the Philippines. Survivors include his wife, Tita, in Cavite City, a son, Shawn in Japan, 1 granddaughter, Sherilynn, in Indianapolis, IN. and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Private Funeral services were held in Cavite City on Aug. 22, 2017--per Lynn's wishes, cremation followed. The family requests that material contributions be made to the American Heart Association, or your favorite charity. Send condolences by email to docmurdoch@yahoo.com. Published on August 23, 2017 http://obituaries.meadvilletribune.com/story/lynn-murdoch-1941-2017-967439271...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [06SEP2017]

MURDOCH, Lynn K. lmurdoch@pldtdsl.net "...I served with VR-21 ("Pineapple Airlines" C-130 Maintenance Company) from 1972 to 1976, VU-1 / VC-1 (two tours), VP-22 from 1979 to 1983, and VP-4 from 1986 to 1989. VR-21 was by and far the best..." [E-Mail Updated 20JUN2004 | 24JUL2002]

MURPHY, ADC (AW) Glen Retired makoa87745@acninc.net "...I served in VP-6 (90-decom), VP-4 (84-87 and 92-95) and at WINGSPAC (95-99) all at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would like to hear from all lads and women I served with. I have my own business now and would like offer my services to all my Shipmates. To everyone still on active duty, keep up the great job and remember "IF" is in the middle of "LIFE"..." [22SEP2000]

MURPHY, CAPTAIN John F. "Murph" murfjfm@msn.com "...Currently the Deputy CoS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After being CO of Navy Recruiting District Portland attended the Naval War College. Have had more than my share fun in the VP Navy. Served with VP-49 (1984-1988) and then as an IP with VP-30 (1988-1990), VPU-1 (1990-1993) before switching to the PACFLT and serving with VP-4 as OPSO with a great bunch of folks and then as the last CNAP P-3 Evaluator in Hawaii (1995-1998) before starting to fly desks instead of airplanes with a great tour at RHQ SOUTHLANT in Portugal. Would be happy to hear from any old buds or Shipmates from either coast..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2010 | 06APR2002]

MURPHY, Roy jlmurphy7@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8, from 1968 to 1971 (Super-Connies), VP-44from 1973 to 1976, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, VP-4 from 1980 to 1982, Naval Air Development Center from 1988 to 1991 and retired in 1994. Playing the support contractor game to NAVAIR ever since, not as much fun, but it pays the bills..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2009 | 03AUG99]

MYERS, AT2 Gary ggaryrun@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1960 to 1961. I flew as a Radioman on Crew-1..." [07APR2010]

MYERS, GM2 George E. geo-jo@geo-jo.com "...I served on the USS Pine Island (AV-12) 1950 to 1951. I was a GM2..." [14APR2007]


NEVEU, AE3 Richard A. rneveu43@comcast.net "...I served with VP-4 (1962-1965) with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and through-out the far east. I flew flew with Crew-12..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2012 | 21JAN2012]

NICHOLS, Vernerd C. c/o his son-in-law Tim Morris timlinda65@gmail.com "...I am trying to research my father-in-laws war years. Vernerd C. Nichols - Aviation Radioman. CPW-10, Phillipines 1940-41, VPB-4, Hawaii, Eniwetok, and Saipan. I have some old pictures. One Coronado has a lounging nude woman with a flower in her hair. No names on pictures of crewmen. Any help? Thanks...Received some news today. Vernard was in VP-101 from 1940 to 1943..." [E-Mail Updated 31OCT2012 | BIO Updated 28JUL99 | 14JUL99]

NIENHAUS, Charles E "Chuck" chucknie1@aol.com "...Boy, I must be getting old! All of the entries I read, are dated in the '60s '70s and '80s. I served in 1944 45 & 46 and cannot locate anyone I served with in NAS Memphis, Tennessee or Florida. A lot of years have passed, but surely some of my old Shipmates are still breathing. I was in crew 319 VB-4 OTU-3 & ATU-4. Wake up you guys, It aint over till it's over!..." [06JAN2000]

NAST, Bruce P. bnast@viclink.com "...VP-8 Nov72-Oct76, NATTC Memphis Instructor AME(A1) Nov76-Oct79, VP-10 Flight Engineer Mar80-Sept86, VP-4 Dec86-Nov89, NATTC Memphis Dec89-Retired Aug92. Currently TWA, Flight Operations Training Specialist, St Louis..." [E-Mail Updated 11FEB2001 | Updated 10MAY98]

NELSON, Chip w4rll@knology.net "...I served in VP-56 out of BREEZY POINT from 1956 to 1959 Made a MED cruise......and after I left VP-56 went to VP-4 ...NAHA OKINAWA....... ANYONE REMEMBER ME...??..." WebSites: http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/Opry/5735 http://www.ldl.net/~w4rll http://www.qsl.net/w4rll [E-Mail Updated 17AUG99 | 10DEC98][ICQ #6104097]

NELSON, Orlin S. (CHIP) Jr. w4rll@knology.net "...Hello to all VP-4 Shipmates 1959-1962 at NAHA Okinawa. I ran the Ham Shack located to the rear of the OPERATIONS office in a old hut......I remember quite abit about those days, and they were wonderful days to look back upon. I also was in the Electronics Shop with WARRANT OFFICER BUCK, BOB OATES WHO made WARRANT, and Bob Zafran AND OTHERS...nice to see you here ALIVE AND WELL.....Chip Nelson (W4RLL)..." [E-Mail Updated 17AUG99 | 13MAY98]

NICHOLSON, ATC (AW/NAC) Randy Retired annette@syix.com "...(81-84) (VP-4) Skinny Dragon, (84-87) FASO, NAS Moffett Field, California, (87-90) VPU-2/Crew 14/Radio Op, and (90-94) NAMTGD NAS Moffett Field, California. Last tour in tailhooks at NAS Lemoore, California. Retired in July 97. My best years by far were in the VP Navy. I sure would love to get in touch and talk over old times. Looking at the Shipmates list causes some major flashbacks..." [E-Mail Updated 24OCT2001 | 13MAR98]

NIENHAUS, Charles "Chuck" chucknie1@aol.com "...I was in VB-4 OTU#3 training in PB4Y2 Privateers in 1944 and 1945. Boot camp at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and advanced training at Miami and also at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. My best friends were Billy and Bobby Martin and a lovely young WAVE named Nancy Stolpe. We were great friends and if anyone out there knows of them please let me know. Later on in my training I was friends with a Darrel Holland who lived in Nocatee Florida. What great times we all had. I would love to receive at least a "hello" from any of you or any information anyone out there may have about them. That was 50+ years ago but who knows, maybe I'll get lucky!!!..." [30SEP99]

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


O'BRYAN, ATCS Bob "OB" Retired bashfulbobus@yahoo.com "...Joined the Navy in 1942. Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Mech School at Navy Pier and Gunnery School at Yellowwater. Stayed a spell as instructor then went to Flight School in 1943. Washed out in 1944 and went to Flight Engineer School. Went to NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands and Okinawa with VH-6, Operated off several AVs and AVPs out of Chimu Wan flying ASR. After the war went to Shanghai and flew courier around the area, Trans to VPB-25 when VH-6 went back for decom. Squadron moved to Yokohama in early 1946 and continued courier out of there. Back to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and NAS Alameda, California for VPB-25 decom in summer of 1946. Mustered out of reserve in TI and reenlisted in Regular Navy, taking a bust from 1st to 3rd in so doing. Went to VR-5 in Sand Point and NAS Adak, Alaska working on check crews, loading crews, gas crew and flight orderly. Went to Radio Tech school at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and NAS Memphis, Tennessee then to an airgroup in Charleytown, RI in 1948. Went to AEW school at NAS Norfolk, Virginia then VX-1 and ZX-11 in NAS Boca Chica, Florida in 1949. Back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee to teach in AT School in 1951. Shipped over for VP-4 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1956. No more than checked in when we were moved to Okinawa. Rotated to VP-1 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1958. Went to R&T in Oppama and stayed until station decom in 1961. Back to TI to retire..." [28MAY2002]

OGREN, Jim jimbob@iw.net "...I served in VP-4 from '82-84 and in the reserves (VP-90) from 86-95 when they closed the base down and made us retire. All good things must come to an end right?? Currently a Chicago based pilot with American Airlines..." [05FEB2001]

Memorial Picture "...OHLSON, CDR Bruce H. "Swede"...OHLSON, CDR Bruce H. "Swede" USNR (Ret)VP-4 1955-58. After a brief struggle with illness, Bruce "Swede" Hjalmar Ohlson took his last flight west for his final check on February 4, 2012. Bruce faced his final days with dignity and serenity. Bruce was born on April 23, 1931 in Huntington, West Virginia. He grew up there experiencing all the usual lessons of childhood. Bruce enlisted in the US Navy, then took the opportunity to attend flight school courtesy of Uncle Sam. He was commissioned as an Ensign and assigned as a member of VP- 4 as a plane commander. This was an exceptional group of young men who flew anti-submarine patrols on 2 tours of the Far East. This group of young men, flying government supplied airplanes, had a very good time (probably too good of a time) and continue to hold regular reunions through the years. Bruce continued to serve his country in the United States Naval Reserve, finally retiring with the rank of Commander. After stepping down from Active Duty, Bruce worked briefly for Mohawk Airlines, then accepted a job flying for United Airlines. He flew for United for more than 36 years, retiring as a very senior Captain. Bruce always enjoyed flying large airplanes, and ended up flying 747's to Europe, the Far East and South America. If United had a larger Airplane in its fleet, Bruce would have flown it. He was an exceptionally competent pilot, and walked away from every landing he ever made. Passengers for United Airlines were in very good hands when Bruce was in the cockpit. After his retirement from UAL, Bruce indulged his passion for Amateur radio. His ham shack had every conceivable band of radio in it, and if there had been an amateur radio operator on Mars, Bruce would have found a way to broadcast to him, as the nest of radio antennas in his yard would attest to. Bruce was a member of the Washoe County search and rescue team, helping to coordinate their communications from a mobile radio shack. Bruce was married twice. He found the love of his life Diane Ohlson and married her on August 24, 1981. They stayed together for the duration of his life. Bruce raised 3 children. Bruce was a man who was always there. If someone needed help he could be counted on to assist. If there was a meeting or a group to get organized, he would be in the thick of it. If he said he would be at one place at a specific time, he would be there. You could rely on Bruce to do his dead level best at anything he attempted. A day "loafing" with Bruce would exhaust a lesser person. He was a member of a select group of men that was taught to be as good as their word, and he expected that from everyone in his circle. Bruce was an achiever who led an exemplary life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Bruce is survived by his wife of thirty years Diane, of Reno, Nevada, his sister Sylvia of Virginia Beach, Virginia, his son Dana (Nancy) Ohlson of Grand Junction, Colorado, his daughter Kristin Ohlson Melnikoff (Harry) of Collbran Colorado, his daughter Tracy Hoobyar (Phil) of Reno Nevada and 6 grandchildren, Lauren, Amber, Daniel , Hannah, Brandon and Cody. There will be a celebration of Bruce's life at the family's home in South Reno on Saturday, March 3, at 4 pm. Please call 775-750-0572 for information and the address. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Bruce's name. Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on February 19, 2012..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27FEB2012]

OLDENBURG, ADC Rod rodoldenburg@comcast.net "...I served with NADC Johnsville, Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1986 (NATOPS Evaluator for Flight Engineers) and VP-4 from 1986 to 1989 (Instructor FE, Assistant Career Counselor and QA Representative). We deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska..." [16APR2009]

O'LENICK, Tom O'Lenick 6961138@wowzer.com "...I came to VP-4 in 1963 as an AXAN and left as an AX2 in 1966. While there I participated in all the usual sorties. ASW ops., 3 day whiskeys to Taiwan, typhoon fly-aways and side trips to Hong Kong, P.I., etc. I flew with Cdr. Arthur King Bennett when he was our C.O. and got to be part of the three crew deployment to Australia. Our itinerary included stops in Johnson Is., Figi Is., Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and for our crew Canton Is. because we lost an engine after leaving Samoa. I had an outstanding tour of duty with excellent Shipmates in the best VP outfit of its time..." [14MAY99]

OSBORNE, HENRY "OZ" osborneh@rbcinc.com "...AT1 (AW/NAC) "OZ" STILL HANGING OUT IN THE P-3 COMMUNITY. CURRENTLY I WORK FOR THE P-3 CLASS DESK AT NAVAIR. WAS IN VP-64 (77-79), VP-68 (79-81), VP-4 (81-83), VP-22 (83-85), CINCUSNAVEUR(86-89), VXN-8 (89-93). DROP ME A LINE. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE KEVIN LANDIS ATC IS???..." [23MAR98]

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]

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

Memorial Picture "...OSTERTAG, CDR Carl J...Commander Carl J. Ostertag, Jr., VP-4 53-55, passed away at his home in Ruidoso, New Mexico, on January 14, 2009, after a long illness. Carl was born on September 18, 1923, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but grew up in El Paso, Texas. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Naval War College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carl was a career Naval aviator, retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Commander in 1968, following which he worked in Singapore as an engineer for a U.S.-based firm. In retirement he enjoyed opera, the symphony and riding his bicycle, and backpacking in the mountains of New Mexico was his passion. Carl was predeceased by his parents, Kathryn Woodgate and Carl J. Ostertag, Sr., his sister Dorothy Ostertag, and his sister Kathryn Emery and her husband Dr. Ray Emery. He is survived by his wife, Martha Krezel Ostertag of Ruidoso, and by his children Carl J. Ostertag III, Edward (wife Mikki) Ostertag, and Janet LaCaille, all of Whidbey Island, Washington; Susan (Lee) Wright of Big Bear Lake, California; Margaret (Sam) Busse of Rustburg, Virginia; and Cathy (Michael) Gibbons of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Carl is also survived by his brothers Edward Ostertag of Seattle, Washington, and Harold Ostertag of Denver, Colorado, by his sister Mary (Jack) Barkemeyer of Mancos, Colorado, and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, very special nieces and nephews, and their families. At Carl's request there will be no memorial service. Published in El Paso Times from January 23 to January 25, 2009. A guestbook is available at http://www.legacy.com/..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [02NOV2010]

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


Memorial Picture "...POSTON, ADR2 Harvey...Sad news for the friends of Harvey Poston, ADR2 in VP-4 and Plane Captain of Crew 9 in 1963/64: COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Harvey Gene Poston, 69, of Columbia, will be held 11 o'clock, Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ron Bryan officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens of Columbia. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o'clock Friday evening at Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 5202 Colonial Drive, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Crescent Hill Baptist Church, General Fund, 2659 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204.Mr. Poston died Sunday, April 5, 2009. Born July 10, 1939, in Hemingway, SC, he was a son of the late Laron Jaro and Mettie Odell Jones Poston. He was a member of VP-4 while serving his country in the U.S. Navy as flight captain on a P2V aircraft. In 1971, he co-founded Southland Equipment Service, Inc. which still operates in Columbia today. Harvey was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church for 12 years, serving on the building committee and baptism committee as well as serving as a church greeter. He always enjoyed playing golf and driving his 1949 Ford Coupe.Surviving are his beloved wife of 30 years, Diane Kay Poston; five daughters, Angela Locke (Ron) of Charleston, Kimberley Hicklin (Luther) of Elgin, Connie Rollins (Tim) of Irmo, Stephanie Yon of Myrtle Beach, and Joyce Leonhardt of Columbia; grandchildren, Rebecca and Kelsey Locke, James Dawson, Jeremy Yon, Ty and Chelsea Rollins, Allison Linton, Christopher Yon, Philip McCoy, Trey and Adam Leonhardt; great-grandson, Korey Dawson; sisters, Dene Sanford Wolfe (Asbury), Marie Nettles (Ed), Linda Merritt (Lee), and Patricia Mathis (Charles). In addition to his parents, Harvey was preceded in death by brothers, Howard and Odell Poston and a sister, Raye Padgett. HUMFLEET, ADCS John Retired jhfleet2@bellsouth.net..." [08APR2009]

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]

PARKER, Nathan nathanaparker@charter.net "...I was a SS-3 with VP-4 from 1987 to 1991. Started with NAS Adak, Alaska and finished with Masirah/DG. Drop me a line if we shared a hanger. I'll buy the first beer at the Coastie Club..." [E-Mail Updated 02FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 30AUG2004 | 07MAY2004]

PENCE, LCDR Donald Retired donpence@aol.com "...I served with AirBarsRon-2 / AEWBarRonPac (AT3 Radio Operator) from 1959 to 1961 and VP-4 from 1968 to 1970. I retired as a LCDR from the USNR..." [10OCT2009]

PENDARVIS, AO3(T) Paul lpencow@bellsouth.net "...I served VAH-2 (1956-1957) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-4 (1957-1959) with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan as crew aboard the P2 and VX-5 (1959-1960) at NAS China Lake, California. While serving with VP-4 - we traded planes with VAHM-10 on their way back to US. Our flights stayed overnight in Formosa with patrol back to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan the next morning..." [06JAN2013]

Memorial Picture "...PENDELL, CDR Carl R. Shipmate Pix...Sept. 21, 1928 Santa Barbara, CA – Sept. 14, 2009 Escondido, CA. Son of Alva S. and Hazel Pendell, raised in Whittier, California, Commander PENDELL attended the University of California at Los Angeles under the NROTC program and was graduated and commissioned in 1951. His first assignment was aboard the USS Hopewell (DD681), making two deployments to Korea. In December 1952 Commander PENDELL was assigned to flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator on December 22, 1953. His first squadron assignment was VP-22 home ported in Hawaii. His next squadron was VP-4 home ported at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan flying P2V-5F Neptunes 1957-1959. Commander PENDELL participated in Taiwan Straits patrols. Commander PENDELL served as a flight instructor and head of ground school for multi-engine training group at NAF Milton, Florida from 1959 to 1962 until his transfer to USS Valcour (AVP-55). As Navigator and Air Officer, he participated in two deployments to the Persian Gulf involving three transits of the Suez Canal. In July 1964 until May 1966 he was assigned to Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Staff where he held down the airdesk in Current Operations until transferred to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. While on this assignment, he flew logistic flights in support of Navy units in Vietnam. In June 1968 he was transferred to Staff of Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean at NAF Naples, Italy and served as Operations Officer until July 1971 when he reported to Naval Aerospace Recovery Facility, El Centro, California, as Executive Officer. Commander PENDELL reported to Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet on 19 August 1974 and served as the Executive Officer. Commander PENDELL retired July 1, 1977. Commander Carl R. PENDELL has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Following his Naval Service, Commander PENDELL attended Southwestern Law School and became an Attorney in San Diego, California. He was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity, a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Civil Air Patrol and a member of the Stoneridge Country Club. His favorite pastimes were flying, sailing, boating, golfing and hunting. Commander PENDELL is survived by his dear friend Shirley Goff, also survived by his ex-wife Gail Pendell, .  brother Alva Pendell, Jr of Klamath Falls, OR; sister, Virginia Henderson and husband Mike of Largo, FL; sons, Carl Pendell, Jr. and wife Paula of San Marcos,CA; Mark Pendell of San Diego, CA; daughter, Pamela McLean and husband Joel of Amarillo, TX; six grandchildren, Katie, Sean, Scott, Kimberly, Erin and Kyle; and four great-grandchildren Stephanie, Christopher, Cali and Ethan who will treasure his memory in their hearts always. A memorial celebration was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 26, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. An on line Guest Book available until 10/23/2010 can be accessed at: Guest Book for Carl Robert Pendell – Online Guest Book by North County Times and Legacy.com. http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=8933665350475&cid=full..." Contributed by Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [21OCT2009]

PENNINGTON, Will pennie59@comcast.net "..."Hello fellow VP travelers. It has to end someday and for me that day is February 6th, 2006. I'm retiring after 27 years of VP fellowship. It's been a great honor to serve with so many fine people in such great squadrons: VP-8 (1977 to 1981), VP-6 (1982 to 1986), VX-1 (1986 to 1989), VP-11 (1989 to 1992), Force Warfare (1997 to 2000), VP-4 (2000 to 2003) and NAVAIR (2003 to 2006). The riches I've accumulated over the years cannot be measured in terms of per diem, but in memories. The people were the best part, the Orion the best aircraft in the Navy, and the deployment sites unbelievable: NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, PI, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NSF Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan and all the detachment sites. Some of the people I will never forget: STGS1 John Phillips; AWCS Mike Glenn, Red Phillips and Jim Piepkorn; Steve Velde, Dave Metzger, Rick Leitch (Rick e-mail me) and Bob Brown; Brian Fraser, Phil Seifert, and Glenn Atwell; Glenn Ford, CWO Baird, John Wolfe, and Bob Lishness; Mike Cherry; Jim (WO) Lee and Craig Springman; Heidi Davis, AT1 Hamelton and all the maintenance folks; and, of course, Tank. Thanks to Nevins Frankel for this GR8 VP website. Thanks to all my Skippers, esp. CDRs Riffle, Sikes, Miller, Hill, Horsman, Skinner and Hollyer, for their confidence and support. Most of all, thanks to AFCM Bud Leady and ABCM Sam (4.0) Underwood: they exemplified the type of Sailor I wanted to be. Fair winds and following seas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 13OCT2000 | 07MAR99]

PEPI, BRIAN A. BAPEPI@AOL.COM "...I SERVED WITH VP-4 FROM JANUARY 83 TO JULY 86. I MADE THE WESTPAC TO OKINAWA, JAPAN IN 83 AND THE DIEGO GARCIA WESTPAC IN 85. I WORKED FOR ABH1 PALMER AND ABH1 NICOLE DOWNS ON THE LINE DIVISION AND HAD A BLAST. I LEFT VP-4 IN JULY OF 86 AS AN ABH3 AND WENT TO THE USS CARL VINSON FROM AUG. 86 TO DEC. 88. I TRANSFERED TO NAS N. ISLAND T-LINE FROM JAN. 89 TO JAN. 91. I GOT OUT OF THE NAVY AS AN ABH2 AND NOW I'M IN THE RESERVES AS AN ABH1 ATTACHED TO THE USS CONSTELLATION. I'M STILL IN TOUCH WITH A FEW OTHER SKINNEY DRAGONS THAT I SERVED WITH. IF ANYONE ELSE FROM THAT TIME FRAME WANTS TO GET A HOLD OF ME THEN PLEASE DO. IF YOU ARE IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA THEN COME SEE ME AT THE VAL-LINE AT MCAS MIRAMAR DURING THE 98 MCAS MIRAMAR AIRSHOW AND WE CAN DO SOME PARTYING..." [09JUL98]

PETERSON, BRYAN FLAMINPETEY@HOTMAIL.COM "...I WAS IN VP-6 FROM "89" TO IT'S DECOM. FINISHED MY TIME IN VP-4 UNTIL JUNE "94". WAS IN VPU-2 FROM "94" TO FEB "99." I AM CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE DALLAS AREA. LOVE TO HERE FROM SOME OF YOU OLD BLUE SHARKS..." [22MAR99]

PETERSON, AO Charles H. hughbarbpete@aol.com "...I flew in PB2Y Coronados from 1943-1945. I was an Aviation Ordinanceman. I was with VP-15, VPB-1, VP-4, and VP-13..." [15MAR2001]

PETTY, Bill petty@galaxynet.com "...VP-4 1948-1954 Crew Chief (Plane Captain) in Crew SC 5 Early P2Vs..."

Memorial Picture "...PEZZEI, CAPTAIN Engelbert G...PEZZEI, CAPT Engelbert G. USN (Ret) passed away in early June 2014. He was a LCDR and PPC of crew 5 while he served in VP-4 fron 1962 to 1964. He graduated from the School of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College in June of 1967. His later tours included duty as the Navigation Officer aboard USS Forrestal CVA-59 and as SECURITY/ADMIN OFFICER on the staff of GEN A.M. HAIG, JR., US ARMY SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE. CAPT Pezzei retired 1 Sept 1975..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [30NOV2014]

PITCHER, NEAL nkpitcher@prodigy.net "...Served in VP-4 from 1980 to 1984. I flew as an IFT with crew one and others. Fun to see some familiar names. I'm currently living in Kansas City, Mo. Hope to hear from any and all..." [12JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...PLANCE, ATRAN Alfred Ellsworth Jr...PLANCE Jr., ATRAN Alfred Ellsworth, 70 of Burgettstown, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born October 22, 1942, a son of the late Alfred E. and Mary Stevenson Plance, SR. Prior to retirement, Mr. Plance was employed as a medical equipment technician for Sybron-Castle in Rochester, NY. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a VP-4 member of Crew 2 from 1961 to 1963. Mr. Plance enjoyed farming, woodworking, and the outdoors. His first wife, Judy Tennant Plance died in 1990. Surviving is his current wife, Joy Stanley Plance, his 3 sons, Chris Plance of Des Moines, Iowa, Tim (Shawnna) Plance of Burgettstown, and Steven Plance of Pittsburgh, 3 grandchildren, Cole, Adrian, and Jake Plance, his sister, Ann Marie (Lou) Gamber of Gibsonia. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 PM Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, March 25 with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [08APR2014]

Memorial Picture "...POLLOCK, CAPTAIN Thomas F. Sr...August 8, 1911 - May 7, 2003. Captain Pollock was the first Post WWII Skipper of VP-4. The family regrets to inform you that Thomas F. Pollock, Sr. (Captain USN, Retired) was taken from us this morning, the pronouncement being at approximately 12:27 AM, at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, after a mercifully brief hospitalization. On Monday, April 28, Dad was to have been admitted for routine tests regarding what was probably an unrelated problem. I drove him there and we were sitting in the waiting room for a room assignment when he suffered a massive cardiac arrest. He did not regain consciousness and did not suffer. Ironically, his life signs remained strong for several days, without life support, but EEG revealed no remaining brain activity above low grade reflex level. The Almighty granted him, and therefore us, peace and comfort at the end of a long and worthwhile life. May we each hope for no worse in this life. Mom is dealing with our loss and has support from family and friends. Many of you are aware of Operation Gridiron, a last attempt to support beleaguered Corregidor in the terrible early days of the War. Dad flew one of two PBY flying boats, unarmed to save payload, from Perth to Corregidor with first aid supplies and radio parts and rescuing Army nurses and other personnel just before the last outpost in the Phillipines fell to the enemy. That flight covered 7,000 miles from April 27 to May 2, 1942. The dates do not coincide exactly, but ironically, that was 61 years ago this week. Funeral arrangements have been set for Saturday, May 10, at 2 PM Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, CA. We know most of you cannot attend and we know that your best wishes are with Dad. Previously, he had indicated that in lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of choice would be preferred. We thank you all for helping make Dad's life a rich and happy one as well as a long one. Thomas F. Pollock, Junior and the family. Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm doth bind the restless wave, Who bidd'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 darkening storms or sunshine fair, O hear us when we lift our prayer. For those in peril in the air. AMEN...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [12MAY2003]

POLLOCK, CAPTAIN Thomas F. http://www.history.navy.mil/ar/papa/pollock.htm "...Captain Thomas Franklin Pollock was born in Saticoy, California, on 8 August 1911. He attended Chaffee High School and Chaffee Junior College in Ontario, California and the University of California at Berkeley. For eighteen months, during 1933 and 1934, he was employed by the General Electric Company in Ontario, California. From 1934 to 1935, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve, attached the 9th Corps. Enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve in August 1936, Captain Pollock had elimination flight training at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Long Beach, California. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet in the Naval Reserve in December 1936 and after flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1938. He was commissioned as an Ensign to date from 1 January 1938. He joined the Regular Navy in 1941, and continued to advance in rank to Captain, to date from 1 July 1956. From February 1938 to February 1943, Pollock served with VP-18, VP-13, VP-26, VP-102, and VP-101 operating from Pearl Harbor, San Diego, the Philippine Islands and the Java-Australia areas. In 1939, he participated in the mass flights of PBY squadrons to the Philippine Islands with CPW-10-. After the loss of his aircraft by enemy action in 1941, he became a member of a Navy Bluejacket Battalion (Infantry) on Bataan. In January 1942, he escaped from Corregidor to Java on the submarine USS Seawolf and in April 1942, four days prior to the fall of the Philippines, flew a PBY seven thousand miles from Perth to Corregidor, and returned to deliver medicine and evacuate nurses and civilians. For these actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, and he earned the right to wear the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon awarded to VP-101 and VP-102. During the period of February 1943 to December 1944, Captain Pollock was the Officer-in-Charge of the Experimental Unit of the Headquarters Squadron, FAW-14, and Officer-in-Charge of the Air Unit at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California. In 1943, he fired the first rockets from naval aircraft, including the 1,200 lb Tiny Tim and assisted in the development of magnetic detection techniques for antisubmarine warfare. He received a Letter of Commendation, with authorization to wear the commendation ribbon. He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Government of Great Britain. He was then the Officer-in-Charge of Air Support Training Unit 6 and as such developed air support tactics for amphibious operations in the Pacific. In July 1945, he assumed command of Air Support Control Unit #9, which, under his command, participated in the occupation of Japan. From January 1946 to May 1947, he was a student at the Naval War College and General Line School, Newport, Rhode Island, and between June and September 1947, attended a refresher course in multi-engine aircraft at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. He had Prospective Executive Officer/Prospective Commanding Officer training at Ream Field, Imperial Beach, California until November 1947. He then became Commanding Officer of VP-4. As such, he completed the first aerial mapping survey of Southeast Alaska, covering over 50,000 square miles for the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. He received a special award for winning the Flight Safety Award for three consecutive quarters. From June 1949 to July 1952, Captain Pollock was an instructor at the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in that assignment, participated in the early atomic tests at Desert Rock, Nevada. Following duty as Special Assistant (plans for atomic matters) to the Commander Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he reported in February 1953 as executive officer of the escort carrier, USS Mindoro. After the carrier conducted early U.S. Marine Corps helicopter troop landing operations for the development of vertical envelopment concepts, Pollock was reassigned to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Division 16, as Operations Officer. In that post, he developed antisubmarine warfare tactics and advanced magnetic detection techniques and participated in the NATO antisubmarine warfare exercise CENTERBOARD critique in Lisbon. He was Atomic Plans Officer on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific, from February 1956 to May 1958, after which he served as Aviation Budget Officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. In that capacity he participated in Congressional appropriations committee budget hearings. In June 1959, he assumed command of USS Canisteo. In June 1960, he was detached to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations to the Commander, Antisubmarine Defense Force, Pacific. On 19 October 1961, he reported as Commander, FAW-14 and in May 1963, he became Commander Fleet Air, Southwest Pacific. In March 1964, he joined the Joint Staff of the Commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, with headquarters in Saigon and in March 1965, he was ordered to duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. In addition the Army Silver Star Medal, the Commendation Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with two stars, and Order of the British Empire decoration, Captain Pollock earned the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Defense Ribbon..." [21JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...POND, LCDR Richard E...POND, LCDR Richard E. USN (Ret) VP-4 1954-56. Dick Pond served in the Navy for 23 years as a pilot and communications engineer. He retired as lieutenant commander in 1968 and moved with his family from Brunswick, Maine, to Southern California, settling in the then small town of Newbury Park, where he lived with his wife for 43 years. After working 20 years for Lockheed in Burbank, Dick retired and devoted his time to his hobbies of photography, gardening, computers and baking bread. He and his wife of 61 years had three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (and counting). Dick was preceded in death by his granddaughter Danielle Burt. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, and family members Patty, Rick, Carol, Danny, Pam, Bill, Tanya, Bradley, Sally, Shannon, Robert, Andy, Daniel, Nikki, Alyssa, Canaan, Mokey and Izzy. Memorial services were held last week at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Newbury Park and Conejo Mountain Funeral Home in Camarillo. Published in the Thousand Oaks Acorn on 12/01/2011..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27FEB2012]

POPE, AD1(NAC) David Retired Georgia.Pope@att.net "...I am a retired F/E who flew with VP-9, VP-4, Naval Air Development Center, and VXN-8 over a twenty-one year caree. I'm looking for a former crewmate from VP-4 named Steve Yarosh. Last I heatd, he was in NAS Brunswick, Maine doing a serious imitation of an AWCS (1995/1996 time frame). Would appreciate any info about him or contact with any other Shipmates from "the day"..." [13JUN2003]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...PORTER, Dr. Lee Warwick Jr. (VP-4 - 1960-1963) - Dr. Lee Warwick Porter, Jr., beloved husband, devoted son, supportive brother, loving step-father, wonderful granddaddy, American patriot, helpful friend, compassionate Christian, leader of his church was resurrected to his heavenly mansion on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Born on November 3, 1934 to Ethel Orrell Porter and Lee Warwick Porter, Sr., in Wilmington, Dr. Porter grew up along Masonboro Sound before moving to Wilmington with his family as a teenager. He was well-educated at New Hanover High School where he graduated in 1953 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957. Dr. Porter placed his formal education on hold to defend his country as a Naval Pilot flying P2 reconnaissance planes based in Okinawa. Dr. Porter was committed to serving in the United States Navy, even after his time of active duty by continuing as a Naval Reservist until retiring in 1994. Dr. Porter returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to graduate from the School of Dentistry in 1968 after his tour of duty. His love for the people of his hometown led him to return to Wilmington to begin his practice of dentistry that continued uninterrupted for thirty-five years. Upon his retirement from practicing dentistry full-time, Dr. Porter continued filling in for area Dentists during their times of vacation and study and also served as a member of the faculty of Cape Fear Community College. The love of Dr. Porter's life was Wanda Pigott Porter, his wife, companion, dental assistant, best friend and partner in ministry. The two of them enjoyed better than thirty-two years of married life together. Dr. Porter is survived by his wife, Wanda and many relatives throughout the USA. Dr. Porter was pre-deceased by a sister, Constance (Connie) Porter Tilson. A celebration of Dr. Porter's life was conducted on March 20 at The First Baptist Church of Wilmington of which Dr. Porter was a member for better than sixty years. His remains will be interred in the columbarium of First Baptist Church. Dr. Porter's family sincerely thank the medical and nursing staffs of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the care they provided to Dr. Porter and each of them during his final days on earth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 411 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 - Obituary and Guestbook available at http://andrewsmortuary.com/..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [04JUL2012]

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

POWERS, AECS Jeff Retired vector@home.com "...I served in VP-22 from April 72 to September 78 and in VP-4 from April 81 through April 84. Those years at Barbers with the "Skinny Dragons and "Blue Geese" were the best!..."

PREATO, Thomas J. Sr. tpreato@optonline.net "...I served with VP-4 from February 1965 to December 1968 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [29MAR2004]

PUCA, Stephen Retired vio1@comcast.net "...I had the pleasure to serve as an IFT with VP-6 from 1975 to 1978 and VP-4 from 1982 to 1985. I retired at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June 1985. It's been way too many years since I have heard from any of my old Shipmates/flight crew members. I don't remember too many names now but some of the ones I do are: LT Dick Settles, the best officer I ever knew and my PPC on Crew 5 with the world famous Blue Sharks; LT Gary Cramer with the platinum blond hair who loved to sail; an AW named T.K. Hohl;, a FE named George Fields, and another AW named Chuck Johnson. Some of the best years of my life and the best times I ever had were spent with you guys in the VPNavy. Got my "mumbles qual" in 1975 and never looked back!..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2007 | 19APR2006]

PULICHENE, YN2/YN1 Bob (Pooch) seaturtle49@msn.com "...Served VP-4 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from June '73 until June '76. YN2/YN1 Bob (Pooch) Pulichene. Made deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan..." [09JUN2001]

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

PYLANT, Patrick R. Patrick@inetconn.net "...Served on the B's with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1973 thru 1977. I then went the other direction And retired off fast attack subs in 1989..." [05OCT98]


Memorial Picture "...QUASEBARTH, LCDR Edmund A. Jr...18 Aug 1922 - 17 Apr 2010 - Lieutenant Commander (Retired, U.S. Navy) Edmund Adolph Quasebarth Jr. passed away at his home in Oceanside, CA on 17 Apr 2010 and was laid to rest at the Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA. A veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, he served in VP-4 1953 - 1955..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [05JUN2010]


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

REES, Jennifer JEREES@prodigy.net "...I served with VP-4 from Feb 94 to Mar 97. I would love to hear from anyone who served with me...I am now at the Naval Aviation Schools Command/Water Survival Department studying to be an instructor. I would love to hear from any one who has served with me. Take care and Mahalo to all those who made it fun. I love all of you (you know who you are)..." [BIO Updated 08JAN99 | 28DEC97]

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

REINHARDT, Jerry Jerry8@Juno.com "...VP-4 was my first squadron in the Navy. We flew P2v-5F's with 20mm turrets in the nose and tail. We were the "mining" squadron for the Pacific. We were permanently deployed to Naha, Okinawa in 1956, and flew continuous patrols of the Taiwan straits, until way after I left, which was in Nov. 1957. I was the pilot of the P2V that collected 5 Marine AD's, during a typhoon in the Fall of 1957. I have seen photographs of that mess in several magazines. I think that I am the only VP pilot in the Navy with 5 Marine AD's to my credit. The P2V was an excellent airplane. It took muscle to haul it around, but if you took care of it, it always brought you home..." [21DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...REINHARDT, Ralph...It saddens me to announce that Ralph Reinhardt AE3 who served with VP-4 during the early 1960's passed away in 1994. His widow is looking for anyone who has any information regarding his suffering from heat stroke and the ensuing 9 day hospital stay while he served in VP-4. If you can help her out, please email me. Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [15DEC2002]

RENTFROW, Harlan genrl1861@aol.com "...Did two tours in VP-4 (1958-1960 & 1962-1964). Transferred to east coast one month before squadron left Okinawa. Trying to locate Stanley Kieth, who did two tours at about the same times. We were both AT1's in '64. Saw him last at FAETUPAC, NAS Moffett Field, California in '70/'71. I came back to west coast in '69 to USS Kearsarge in Gulf of Tonkin until it was decommissioned six months later then to NAS Moffett Field, California as TSC supervisor with COMFAIRWINGS. Came back east in '71 and retired from USS Kennedy in '75 as AWCM. Seemed like could never get away from carriers. Would love to hear from any old VP/ASCAC/TSC Shipmates..." [21MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...REITMEYER, Stanley E...65, of Chippewa Lane, Muncy, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at Muncy Valley Hospital.Born in Williamsport on August 1, 1943, he was a son of the late Joseph and Meda (Williams) Reitmeyer. He and his wife of 37 years, the former Marjorie A. Clark, were married Nov. 5, 1971. Following graduation from Watsontown High School in 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in VP-4 1962-1964 during the Vietnam era. The family will provide the flowers and prefers memorial contributions be made to either Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756, or to Muncy Valley Hospital, 215 E. Water St., Muncy, PA 17756..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2010]

REYNOLDS, Thomas A. windspirit82@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1960 to 1965. I was Plane Captain for LT Bruce Cloud. We were known as "Cloud's Clowns"..." [01DEC2001]

Memorial Picture "...RESH, Jack...Shipmate Pix...Jack Resh served with VP-4 and flew as a Plane Captain (FE) and also worked in the Power Plant Shop when not flying. He maintained the engines on the Lockheed SP2H's the squadron flew on patrols off the coast of China. Jack passed away in 1983 and I am his niece who never knew him. I'm hoping some kind Shipmates may have photos and memories of Jack that they are willing to share. You may contact me. H. Ringle h_ringle@epinc.com..." [PIX Added 24SEP2009 | 12APR2009]

RICE, William E. willderyes@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 (1968-1969) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [01OCT2014]

RICHARDSON, Mike locusto@gmail.com "...I served with VAQ-33 (1984-1985) as a Plane Captain, VP-4 (1985-1988) and AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland P-3 I-Level Maintenance..." [11JUN2012]

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

RIKLI, Jim jrikli@gmail.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1965 to 1968. I left without saying goodbye to most of you. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUN2009 | 06APR2003]

ROBBINS, AOCS Howell "Robbie" HROB3629@aol.com "...I was in VP-26 from 1956 to 1960, VP-30 1963, VP-10 1963 to 1967 (transition from P2'S to P3'S lots of good times), VP-31 1970 and VP4 1970 to 1973..."

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...ROBERSON, AOC Felix James...VP-4 (1967-1970), VP-16 (1958), VP-28 and VP-30 - Felix James Roberson (Chief Robie) went to be with his Heavenly Father at the age of 77, on March 16, 2009. Robie was born August 29, 1931 in Wichita Falls, TX. He joined the Navy in 1951 and served for 20 years retiring as a Navy Chief. He served the Army for 15 years as a small arms repairman. He enjoyed bowling, muzzleloading and was an excellent pen craftsman. He attended numerous crafts shows with his wife around South Texas. He is preceded in death by his son Jamie Roberson, his parents Francis and Samuel Roberson, sister Frances Haney and nephew Kenny Whitaker. He is survived by his wife Anne of 44 years, daughters, Sandra Cook, Kim Rodriguez (husband Raul), Jane Mendoza (husband Mike), son John Roberson (Fiancé Mary), sister Donna Whitaker (husband Bill), ten grandchildren; Daniel, Ryan, Amanda, Fritz, Eric, Kayla, Evan, Ian, Matthew, and Corbin, 9 great grandchildren, nieces; Diane, Linda, and Karen, nephews; Michael, David, Jeffery, Billy and Steven. He was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A guest book is available at http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/wrapper_gb.php?id=649014&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [16AUG2011]

ROBERSON, Felix J. Shipmate Pix CHIEFROBIE@aol.com "...Before I went to VP-16 in 1958 I was in a fighter training squadron in Corpus Christi. Before that I was in Fighter Squadron 52 on the west coast. During that time I was on the Boxer, Wasp and Lexington. After five glourious years in VP-16 I went up to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There I met and married my Dear wife Anne. We went to Hawaii in 1965 and I was in VP-28 and then in VP-4. I retired in 1970 and went to Gunsmith School in Denver Co. I came home to San Antonio in 1972, ran a civilian gun shop for about 7 years and then went to work as the Army gunsmith at Fort Sam Houston for 15 years. I retired from there in 1994 and am now a what we call a Pen Turner. I make pens, pencils etc. from deer antler, wood and acrylics and go to craft shows. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates that are still around. Felix J. "ROBIE' Roberson, 7507 Sweet Valley, San Antonio, Texas 78242 Phone: (210)623-1328, Fax: (210)623-8917, or E-Mail..." [BIO Updated 20SEP98 | 19SEP98]

ROBERT, AMS3 Mcdaniel mcdanielrobert@hotmail.com "...I just thought I would join the VPnavy page because I am a soon to be (as of 26DEC99) a proud member of VP-4. Right now I am in a FRAMP school in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Feel free to leave any comments or advise. Thank you and good day..." [06DEC99]

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

ROBERTSON, Robbie Jrobert329@aol.com "...Served in VP-4 from 1966-1970, Weapons System Test (WST) NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1970-1975, VQ-2 1975-1978, BUPERS Aircrew Detailer 1978-1981, NPPSA DET Dallas 1981-1987. Still flying P-3's and C-130's for Lockheed in Marietta Ga. Looking forward to the VP-4 Reunion. Would like to hear from all my old Shipmates..." [10MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix ROBINSON, Barry Hambrook...Served with VP-4 from 1955 to 1957 - born March 28, 1930 in Croydon, United Kingdom and resident of West Knoxville since 1969, passed away, Saturday, March 14, 2009 at his home. He was an Elder and Treasurer of Erin Presbyterian Church. Barry retired as Vice-President and General Manager of Stevens Aviation after 20 years of service and as Commander in the US Naval Reserve after 28 years of service. He also served as President of the South Knoxville Rotary Club, Commodore of the Fort Loudon Yacht Club, volunteer for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank as well as many other civic activities and organizations. Barry received his BSME degree from Cornell University College of Engineering and became a U.S. citizen in 1953 prior to entering the US Navy. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Annette Louise Robinson of Knoxville and sisters, June Hutton and Monna Tarry of the United Kingdom. Barry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cornelia (Keeny) Hall Robinson; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry Hambrook Robinson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Charles Hall and Bambi Lindell Robinson of Fort Worth, Texas and John Lewis and Helen Judi Robinson of Mt. Airy, Maryland; grandchildren, Sean William Robinson, Erica Nicole Robinson, Catherine Amanda Robinson and Joshua Andrew Robinson; sister, Diane (Susie) Virrel of Hastings of Hudson, New York. A memorial service will be 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. John Stuart officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Erin Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 200 Lockett Rd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. The family will receive friends Wednesday following the service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel - www.rosemortuary.com..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [PIX added 24JUN2009 | 07JUN2009]

Memorial Picture "...ROBINSON, AKAN Rollin W. "Rollie"...A longtime resident of Healdsburg passed away February 16, 2007; after a long battle with emphysema. He is the son of the late Alan & Marian Robinson; husband of the late Joan Robinson; survived by his daughter Teresa; sister Ruth Hawkins, brother Frank Robinson; sister in law Dee Robinson; niece & nephew Wendy & Todd and numerous cousins. He grew up in Healdsburg graduating from Healdsburg High School in 1949. He then enlisted in the US Navy (FASRON-112 and VP-4). After serving his enlistment he and his first wife Twila & their daughter Teresa moved to Modesto. Rollin worked for Campbell Soup Co in Modesto, He then moved to Alaska and Montana while working as a heavy equipment operator for Motner Mc Kutchen. He and his second wife Joan purchased an almond orchard in Escalon in 1991. They moved to Renton, WA where he worked for the Renton Water District. They moved back to Healdsburg after his retirement in 1993. Rollin is a native of Pomona, CA age 76 years. You are invited to attend a gathering to celebrate Rollin's life on Sunday, March 11, 2007, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Tayman Park Golf Course, 927 S. Fitch Mountain Rd., Healdsburg, For further information please call FRED YOUNG FUNERAL HOME 707-894-2540..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [13MAR2010]

ROBINSON, AKAN Rollin W. "Rollie" rol@saber.net "...Was at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1950 to 1954 FASRON-112 later to VP-4 Swim team Softball basketball and flag football teams have pictures of all. Was married on base to Twila Splain. Would like to get reunited with any one that should remember the good times at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of R. W. Dick Jones from Texas please help us get in touch. Thanks..." [14SEP2000]

ROEDIGER, ADC (AW/NAC) Richard S. rich88@bellsouth.net or ticket88@yahoo.com"...1977-1980, VF-31, USS Saratoga, CVW-3, NAS Oceana, F-4J Jet Mech...1980-1982, VQ-4, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, C-130 Powerplant Mech...1982-1984, NRD Philadelphia, Recruiter...1984-1988, VP-10, NAS Brunswick, Maine, P-3C Flight Engineer, CAC-7...1988-1991, VP-4, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii P-3C Flight Engineer, CAC-7...1991-1995, NAMTGD, NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, P-3C Instructor...1995-1996, VP-11, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Powerplants Branch Chief...1996-1997, VP-8, NAS Brunswick, Maine, Powerplants Branch Chief...Currently employed by B/E Aerospace as a Quality Assurance Inspector in Delray Beach, Florida. Looking forward to staying in touch with all my shipmates..." [17JAN98]

ROMERO, Ray raymero@yahoo.com "...After 4 years of regular Navy, I bailed and went into the inactive drill status Navy. I drew VP-4 G4 out of NAS Alameda, California. P2V7's/SP2H's. Had an old crusty ADR2 by the name of Kline that took us under his wing and showed us the finer points of VPing. Looked at the Berkley riots from the air, saw the New Jersey come into San Francisco Bay from Nam. Learned to start a 3350 without dropping the primer too early. Had a good time in the air, learned a lot. In Kuwait now with the F/A-18 program..." [17NOV99]

Memorial Picture "...ROMINE, LT Willis Eugene...ROMINE, Willis Eugene, 76, of Fountain Valley, CA, passed away on January 27, 2011 at his home with his family. Will was born August 6, 1934 to Charlie and Maudie Romine of Kellyville, Oklahoma. After 2 years of college in Tulsa, he enlisted in the Navy where he quickly rose to the rank of LT. He excelled in naval aviation and flew a P2V in VP-4 from 1952 - 56. Upon discharge he started his career with American Airlines in 1959. In 1960 he Married Patricia Ann Walsh of Sioux City, Iowa. In 1961 their first son was born, Kevin. In 1962 a daughter was born, Kimberly. In 1965 their last son was born, Kelly. From 1959 to 1994 Will piloted the 707, 727, 747, DC6 and the DC10. He retired in 1994 as the #1 Pilot overall. Will spent his retirement enjoying his favorite hobbies; golf and baseball. In his later years he enjoyed following his grandsons, Andrew and Austin who play professional baseball. Will is survived by his son, Kevin (June); daughter, Kimberly and son, Kelly; his grandchildren, Janelle (Chris), Andrew, Austin, Rebecca, Dalton and Darian; and his sister, Sue (Jack). Services are being held Tuesday, February 1st at Dilday Bros. Mortuary, Visitation at 10 am, ceremony at 11 am with burial to follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery at 12pm. The following link will take you to a Guest Book if you wish to leave a comment. http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [27MAR2011]

Memorial Picture "...ROSE, AWC LaVonne E...ROSE, AWC LaVonne E. USN (Ret) VP-4 1964 - 66 - LaVonne Edward "Von" Rose, age 70 of Orange Park , FL passed away March 4, 2013 . Von was born July 22, 1942 in New London , WI . He retired from the U.S. Navy following 20 years of distinguished and decorated service, and later retired as a Computer Programmer Analyst. He was an active member of Advent Lutheran Church. Von is survived by his loving wife of 49 ½ years, June Rose; his daughter Cynthia and her husband Allen, and daughter, Rebecca; his grandchildren Mallory, Steven, and Thomas; sister, Phyllis Holt, and his granddog Vanilla. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218 with Rev. Robert Hale, retired Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church officiating. Full military honors will be conferred. A repast will be held after the service at Advent Lutheran Church starting at approximately 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorial donations in Von's name be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073, or to the American Cancer Society. Obituary and guestbook are available at http://obit.funeralnet.com/obitdisplay.html?id=1186579&clientid=jacksonvillememorygardens..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [13MAR2013]

ROSENBLUM, David drosenblum@gulf.net "...I was a member of the world famous "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 from 1979 to 1984. Went to PI in '79, NAS Agana, Guam in '81, back to PI in '82, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in '83, and NAS Adak, Alaska in '84, all as a SS1/2 with Crew 3, the "Dealers of DIFAR Death." It's great to see so many familiar names here! After VP-4, I did the EEAP at Leeward CC, then Florida State for the ECP; was in Pensacola for over 4 years of med-hold and flight training; flew SH-60Bs in Mayport (HSL-40 and -48) for almost 4 years. I'm back in Pensacola flying the C-12 and anticipating retirement in the spring of '99. Any former VP-4 folks out there, please drop me a line!..."

ROSENSTROM, Neal "Rosey" baditude48@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4 (11/1966-05/1970) flying with Crew-12 with a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and VP-92 (1976-1980). I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2014 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2008 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 22JUL2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 22MAR99 | BIO Updated 26SEP98]

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]

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

RUISCH, Mike mruisch@arch.com "...I flew as an IFT with VP-4 from late '77 to early '82. Met a lot of good people and saw a good chunk of the planet. We deployed to the P.I. and spent time on Midway, Wake, Kwajalien, Guam, Okinowa, Japan, Adak, Diego Garcia and more! Flew search & rescue out of the French island of La Reunion. Chased pirates in the South China Sea. And the squadron got an award for participating in the rescue attempt for the American hostages held in Iran. One of my Navy memories is a check flight out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with Mr. Beasley. The Skipper flew as co-pilot, a Chief named Harnish was picked as FE, another "tweet" (Doug Carruthers) and I were picked as aft observers. They stuck the squadron safety officer back in the galley for most of the flight. We did a very, very thorough pre-flight. I was bringing the tie-down chains up the ladder when Beasley stopped me & with a smile said we don't need them - please put them in the hanger. Back on the plane he walked me around and had me remove anything and everything that couldn't be tightly secured. No food or water, or headphones hanging on a hook. It was really interesting to watch him look over that airplane. We had added an external antenna to the top of the plane & this was to verify it didn't change the flight characteristics. And what a flight that was. It started out simply enough with a nice take off, smooth climb, on into turns, climbs & descents. We went way out over the open ocean. Then he started making it interesting with wing-overs and sharper turns and altitude changes. A couple times we were, if not completly inverted, "close enough for government work" to call it upside-down in my book. He took it straight up till it couldn't do any more, nosed it over straight down at the ocean, and later told me we hit about Mach 0.75 on the way down. He balanced that big bird on the edge of a stall like some sort of acrobat. It was an incredible flight. I remember looking across at Doug sitting in the starboard aft observers seat and seeing his face mirroring mine with eyes bugged out and a huge grin. I was very impressed with his flying and the way he talked to us. A talented pilot and true gentleman..." [01JUL99]

RUSSELL, David L. drusse99@bellsouth.net "...I was the AIO for VP-4 from 1971-1974 during our deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates. I am currently an IT Director for an electronic and electrical materials distributor here in Atlanta, have two children both Navy kids, and the same wife I had when I was in VP-4. I have one book published on The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies and another history book I am trying to get published. I am currently researching a book on my years in the VP community and would appreciate any material your might desire to contribute. It was an exciting time for all of us. Take care!..." [12DEC2001]


SALAK, Bill Retired cbsalak@gte.net "...I was stationed with VP-4 from October 1957 to March 1959. I was also stationed with VP-46 from May 1972 thru December 1975. I retired from the Navy in 1980 off the USS kitty Hawk. Started as an AOTAN in VP-4..." [31JAN2001]

SANDERSON, Fred JanaFred@cs.com "...I was with VP-4 from 1986 through 1989, including two deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and one to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I left the Navy after a tour in NAF Naples, Italy, and now live in Stockton, Calfornia. I would love to hear from former crewmembers and squadronmates..." [17JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...SCHEVE, Ken...A good Engineer and a great friend, Ken Scheve, lost his fight with cancer October 1st, 2004. He served with VP-1, VP-4 and VP-50 among other units during his career...Todd Machin (AD2 '83-'87) machin@frontiernet.net..." [03OCT2004]

SCHULTZ, CAPTAIN Hank F. Retired hankschu@charter.net "...I served as Mission Coordinator with VP-4 Special Projects (VPU-2) from 1971 to 1973. One of three Special Projects Officers (Others were LCDR Tom Joyner and LT Al Duva. I was the short one with the big mouth!). I was ordered to VP-4 for stand up of VP Special Projects in PAC. Great assignment! Loved the job! Still have my cruise book from 1972 deployment to PI. Fondly remember great trips and some not so great trips..." [16FEB2004]

Memorial Picture "...SCHMITT, Jack M...I regret sharing sad news concerning Jack M. Schmitt, a proud member of the V4-11 family (1979-1982). Jack passed away suddenly on March 29, 2003 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. At the time, he was directing E2 programs on behalf of ISI and the United States Navy. Jack served with VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida Instructor Pilot (Basic Instruments/Radio Instruments), VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine, COMPATWING5 NAS Brunswick, Maine, USS Midway Yokosuka, Japan, Naval War College Newport, Rhode Island, VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Mutual Defense Assistance Organization (MDAO), and United States Embassy Tokyo, Japan. Please visit Jack's Memorial Web Site at: http://jmschmitt.freeservers.com to learn about upcoming services...Karen Schmitt karen_a_schmitt@hotmail.com..." [17APR2003]

SCOTT, AK3 Larry G. tobipaint@msn.com "...I served with VP-4 on Okinawa from January 1961 to June 1962. I would like to here from anyone who were there at that time. I was a AK-3. Thanks..." [10JAN2004]

SCOTT, Paul pproffe@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-4 from 1982 to 1985 on Crew 3 SS3. I would like to find some old friends..." [04JUL2003]

SEARS, Wally wsears@hq.innolog.com "...I proudly served in VP-4 (1977-79) and VP-22 (1983-1986). If any of my old Shipmates get this, "e" mail me. I would like very much to hear from you..." [03AUG2000]

SEELEY, Dennis dgseeley@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 (1985-1988). I first worked at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Supply as a driver and back to VP-4 in Phase and Corrosion and then the Powerplant Shop..." [19JAN2011]

SEGAL, Ron (Bugsy) greysrst@msn.com "...I served with VP-28 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from August 1969 to destablishment in September 1970 and VP-4 from October 1970 to April 1972. Made the deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska 1970 (landed Thanksgiving along with the 1st, but not last, snow that winter)and NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1971 (what a time!). We set a record for most flight hours in a 30 day period! Most of the crews "averaged" 140 hours the first month we were there! I flew with Crew 6 (LCDR "Black Bart" Bartolini), Crew 11 (LT Woodard), and Crew 3 (LCDR Messegee-one of the best). Anyone hear about the "customized" P-3s we sent to PAR from NAS Adak, Alaska? I'd enjoy hearing from old Shipmates..." [04FEB2003]

SETCHFIELD, AMCS Glenn Retired seabat60@yahoo.com "...Joined VP-6 from VW-1 just before the 1953/1954 NAS Agana, Guam / NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment as an AM1 Worked mostly night check as POIC. Flew some with Scott Carpenter's crew. When I left VP-6, I went toVP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Six months there, then 2 years NAS Memphis, Tennessee before close to 8 years in heavy attack, A3s as an enlisted BN. Then to VP-28 as a Flight Engineer. Finished my Navy career at EISO/MEAD mostly on the road out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 02AUG2009 | 20AUG2004]

SIMPSON, Donald parts@gabrielmail.com "...I was in VP-4 from 79-82. Those were by far the best years I ever served in the Navy. Although I was a Yeoman, I always felt like I was part of the VP Navy. The website has already helped me locate my best friend while I was at VP-4, Gary Duncan. I hope he received my E-mail. Any and all Shipmates that remember me please E-mail me as soon as you see this. Also would love to find out where Commander (at the time) Paul Griffin ended up commanding. Commander Griffin was the finest Commander Officer I served under in my 8 years in the Navy. I would also like to hear from YNCS Rick Rhodes the finest Yeoman I had to pleasure to serve with..." [01NOV2000]

SKOGLUND, Bruce skogb@aol.com "...I was in VP-4 from 1961-62..." [22JUL98]

SLADE, Jim jslade@awinc.com "...I served with VP-4 at Barber's Point from Jun 69 to Jul 70 as an AO. Would love to hear from anyone from then. Jim Slade..."

Memorial Picture "...SLOAN, AWCS Frank D...VP-4 1977-1982 Frank Duane Sloan, 61, of Spotsylvania County passed away Thursday, March 20, 2008. He was the husband of Pace Pajarillo Sloan. Mr. Sloan was a retired U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam. He was an operations specialist with the United States Postal Service. Mr. Sloan was born in West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 8, 1946, a son of James H. Sloan of Utah and the late Marie Swan Sloan. He is survived by two sons, Stanley L. Sloan of Spotsylvania and Ivor Sloan of Oklahoma; three daughters, Christina C. Roth and her husband, Gary, of Long Island, N.Y., Maile Sloan Haxton and her husband, Rob Kelley, of South Carolina and Jennifer Sloan Mims and her husband, Kevin, of Texas; a brother, Wray Sloan; two sisters, Judith Cline and Joyce Smith, all of Iowa; grandsons, Gavin Roth, Matthew Haxton and Brennan Mims; granddaughters, Samantha Haxton and Amber Magdaleno and her husband, Jose; and a great-grandson, Jose Bryant Magdaleno. A funeral will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel with interment following in Quantico National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the funeral home..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [18MAY2011]

SMITH, Alexander J. asmith@rwbaird.com "...Hello everyone. Formerly a flight emgineer on crews 11, 4, and 5 in VP-4 from 1988 - 1992. Would like to hear from any Skinny Dragon..." [03MAR98]

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

SORENSEN, Marty maddmart@netzero.net "...I served with VP-4 and VP-6 from 1981-1985..." [12MAY2002]

SPOERL, Dave spoerl@nadn.navy.mil "...I just left VP-4 in April 1997. CDR Dean Kiyohara was the CO. The squadron won the Battle "E" in 1996. Go Dragons!..."

Memorial Picture "...STAVANA, Joseph...Shipmate Pix My Father, Joseph Stavana flew out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California during 1944 and 1945. Dad served with VPB-4, VPB-98 (Tb & FFA) and Hedron 14-1 FAW-14. Prior to west coast operations, he was trained for radioman, radar, combat aircrew and gunnery schools at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. My Father died of cancer a while back, but I'd be interested in anyone familiar with his squadron, activity, or who may even have known him. Thanks..." Contributed by Jack Stavana jmstavana@aol.com [BIO Updated 09JUN2010 | 05NOV2000]

STEINKAMP, PR1(AW) Bryan (Woodrat) Retired bssteinkamp@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-4 in the Parachute Riggers Shop from 1978 to 1981 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. My first tour with the Rainbow Fleet. Great memories of the Wild Wild West Show!..." [12JUN2002]

STEPHENSON, AO1 Mark "Vito" Abyss2020@aol.com "...To all you VP-6 Crew 6 guys from Nov 81 - Apr 85 "Midnight Mushroom," 88 Oct - 91 Oct Voo Doo Vikings. I will be retiring in June of 99, currently in VP-4, lets have one last party for us old guys! Talk story and remember the days of the PI, Thailand, good friends, and the times when we made a difference. Has any one seen the Shark? If there are any PMTC Blood Hounds from Apr 85-88 Oct drop me a line I will be moving to Oxnard next year. Take care folks..." [26APR98]

STEVENS, John R. sepcjrs@aol.com "...I served with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (Airframes Supervisor) from 1970 to 1972 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japann, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines..." [25APR2009]

STEWART, Jesse A. lmbrtboy@frontiernet.net "...I and my twin brother, Jerry spent two great years with VP-4. We worked in the Air frames dept. helping pull immediate, and major inspections on the planes. I often think about you men and wonder just where you are and what you ended up doing for a living. I spent 22 years with the city of Clarksdale, Mississippi as a professional fireman retiring as a Captain. I retired in 1987 with heart trouble and 10 years later I had 5 bypass heart surgery. I am doing great now and looking to live a long and happy life. I would love to hear from all of you..." [12NOV2005]

STODDARD, AW1 Kevin Lee aw-stodd@worldnet.att.net "...I have been in the mighty Orion going on 17 years. I have been in (VP-4) Hawaii ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii) the entire time and will be going to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in the near future. A word to those who have been in this bird for a few years. Master Chief Doug Gillete will be retiring in May after 30 plus years and 17,000 plus hours in this plane. We will never see the likes of this man again. STODD..." [19APR98]

STRINGER, AW1(AW) Kenneth W. Retired aloha5o@hotmail.com "...Retired in summer of 2005. Served with VP-6 Crew-2 from 1987 - 1991, FASO DET NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1991 - 1995, VP-16 Crew-3 from 1995 - 1999, VP-30 1999 - 2002, and VP-4 Crew 7 from 2002 until 2005. I racked up nearly 6000 hours upon retirement, with my final flight over central Iraq, and within 24 hours I was headed home to begin terminal leave. I will always miss the crews, flying, and comradely, but certainly not the office politics. I am currently working as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), flying the CRJ-200. I'm based out of Atlanta, but still living in Hawaii. Always interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17OCT2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2004 | BIO Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 04DEC99 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 21AUG99 | 25AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...SURRETT, John...It is with great sadness that I am posting notice of the passing of John Surrett after a valiant battle with cancer. Lt. Surrett was the PPC of my first flight crew as an ATSAN 3rd Tech VP-4 Crew 9 1961 flying P2V-5FS aircraft. He was highly respected by all as a crew leader and Naval Aviator. Services 11:00 AM July 22, 2005 St. David's Church Kennebunkport, ME...Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [19JUL2005]

SWORM, AT John L. diverjohn@att.net "...I flew out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on two 6 month tours in the 1955 to 1957 time frame. First with VP-4 to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1955 and then with VP-7 to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I have nothing but fond memories of these experiences. By the way, I was an AT!..." [22JAN2002]

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]


TANNER, Cliff clifftanner@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-4 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1962 to 1964..." [07SEP2010]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...TAYLOR, AMH3 Darvin E...(VP-4 1962-1966)...Darvin Edward Taylor, 73, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born in Pierce County and had lived most of his life in Wayne and Long Counties. He was retired from ITT Rayonier in Jesup as a shift supervisor with 39 years of service. A US Navy veteran, he was a member of The Enforcers Motorcycle Club and a devoted, God-fearing family man. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanton and Lois Taylor. Survivors are his daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Robert Hughes of Ludowici; son, Terry Taylor of Ludowici; step-daughter, Elizabeth Smith of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelyn Chapman and Barbara and Eddie Dasher of Ludowici; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 27 at 1:30 PM at the Howard Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Georgia Veteran’s Cemetery in Glennville. Active pallbearers will be Jim Chapman, Russ Mitcham, Lee Mitcham, Jose Fuentes, Ryan Herndon, and Zach Thorn. Honorary pallbearers will be The Enforcers Motorcycle Club members. Remembrances are suggested to The Enforcers Club, 32 Spaniel Trail, Swainsboro, GA 30401. Family and friends may sign the online register at http://www.howardfuneralga.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici. Darvin worked in Maintenance Control in 1962 and later worked in Airframes. Guest book available at https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=57df097d-dfb7-43bb-9b31-b9a4cecf9a15&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=4311869&fh_id=14679..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [06SEP2017]

TEETZ, AX1 Doral H. (Dutch) Retired DHTeetz@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates. I served with VP-26 from Aug 64 until sometime in 66 when I went to Avionics B school. I was part of the transition from SP2E's to P-3B's (the first in the fleet). From B school I went to VP-4 in Hawaii and made a deployment to Iwakuni with a couple of visits to Nam. From there, I went to NAMTG at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, then to VP-30, TAD to AIMD. I met my wife, Linda and got married. After a short tour in VA-83, I got orders to NAS Misawa, Japan (plankowner) for 3 1/2 years. From there to NAMTG 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Retired in June 81 and moved to Orange Park, Fl for about a year and then to Gainesville, Fl. I'd like to hear from anyone I've served with over the years. Fair Winds and Following Seas to all..." [05NOV98]

TERRELL, Wm. E. "Bill" StmbtBill@aol.com "...I was the Yeoman who resurrected the files and paper-work for VPML-4 when it was reactivated at Miramar in 1947. I'm the guy that prepared the report for the photo survey of SE Alaska. This was the best duty I had even though all the rest of my Navy time was with staffs. Although a super pencil pusher in the Navy, I recently retired as a Great Lakes ship capatin and pilot after a career of 30 years..." [04JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...THOLO, Hobert John "Hobie"...Served as a Radio Operator during his service in VP-4 from 1952 - 1956. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on January 2, 2013. Age 79. Loving husband of Geri (nee Powers). Dear father of Patricia, Peter, Susan (Scott), and Linda. Grandpa (Papa) will be missed by Bryann (Andrew), Christopher, Chad, Paydon, Kimberly (Kevin), Shane, Samantha, Lynsey, Austen, and Courtney. Marek, Avianna, and Zoe made Grandpa great. Survived further by nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Howard and Mabel; and sisters, Helen, Jean, and Judy. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from AT&T in December, 1991. Hobie loved the Packers, Brewers, golf, bowling, hunting, and backyard barbeques. Longtime member of the American Legion, VFW, Masonic Temple and Telephone Pioneers. Special thank you to Pastor Steve, Comfort Keepers, and Compassionate Care Hospice. Memorials appreciated to Tabernacle Baptist Church of West Allis and Wisconsin Parkinson Center. Our family extends our heartfelt appreciation to special caregiver, Cheryl. Visitation at Krause Funeral Home on Thursday, January 10, at 3-6:45PM. Funeral Service at 7PM. Additional services will be held at Gunderson Funeral Home, 5203 Monona Dr., in Madison, WI (608-221-5420). Visitation at 10AM. Funeral Service at 12 noon. Burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [13MAR2013]

THOMASON, Tom Thom@mail.ameritel.net "...I was assigned as Aircraft Divison Officer VQ-4 from 81-83 and enjoyed the tour very much...was transfered to VP-4 in Barbers Point. Returned to PAX in 86 as AIMD Power Plants and Support Equipment Division Officer. Retired in 1987..."

THOMPSON, Mike michael.d.thompson@lmco.com "...I don't know why it is, but as I get older I reminisce about the time I spent with VP-4 more and more wondering what ever happened to my old buddies. I was in VP-4 as a non-rate, then went into the AE shop from January 1977 until about October 1979. I still work on Lockheed hardware (building it now -satellites) in Sunnyvale, California. If you remember me and want to chat sometime, email me..." [27AUG2003]

THOMURE, Tim tt.ht@verizon.net "...VP-4 90-94. TSC, Diego Garcia 94-95. VP-65 95-96. I'm currently a TAR in VR-1, flying G-III's for SECNAV/CNO at NAF Andrews, Maryland.." [07DEC2001]

Memorial Picture "...THORNSLEY, John Thomas...JOHN THOMAS THORNSLEY VP-4 VETERAN 1961-1963 - JOHN THOMAS THORNSLEY of Yucaipa has joined Clara, his wife of 50 years, in eternal rest on April 8, 2010. Born in Coshocton, Ohio, in 1930, he was second of five siblings. His family moved to Pomona, CA, in 1943, where he graduated from Pomona High School in 1948. He joined the Navy after graduation and qualified as a parachute rigger. In that capacity, he performed some of the Navy's earliest hi-altitude experimental parachuting procedures. After leaving the Navy, he attended La Verne College, graduating with a BA in Education. He re-entered the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer, where he served for twenty-three years. He was a specialist in anti-submarine warfare and navigator in P2 and P-3 aircraft and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Division THREE from 1966-68. While in the Navy, he earned graduate degrees in education and public administration, as well as graduating from the Air War College. John married Clara Roman in 1956 and started a family. They called many places home together throughout his Naval career, including Newport RI, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Albuquerque NM, San Leandro, CA, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Coronado, CA, and NAS Pensacola, Florida, FL. Cross country road trips were a norm for the couple, their 5 children and pets. Memories of KOA campgrounds and visiting U.S. land marks and relatives along the way will always remain. John retired from the Navy and moved his family to Yucaipa, CA, in 1976. He started a new career working for 13 years as an Assistant Superintendent for the Needles, Lake Elsinore and Beaumont school districts. John and his wife also enjoyed urban treasure hunting (garage sales), antique collecting and selling their finds at the Rose Bowl and Long Beach swap meets over the years. He will be missed by his children, Thomas of Moreno Valley, Terrence of Laguna Beach, Teresa of Cary, NC, Trevor of Tacoma, WA, and Tamara of Thousand Oaks, CA; his brother, Jerome of Corona Del Mar; his sister, Jill Kovacich of Fremont, CA; and his daughters in law, Bobbie Thornsley and Terri Hall. He also leaves 9 grandchildren: Sarah, Jules and Jeremy Ruiz, Samantha and Megan Chambers, Christopher and Mathew Thornsley, and Fiona and Alex Swanson. John was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, his sister, Jane, his brother, Jan, and his son in law, Kyle Swanson. Your friends and family wish to thank you for your life stories, wisdom, love and generosity. Take our love with you as you join Clara in heavenly peace. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 12 at 12:00 P.M. at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel, 35208 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa, CA. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 2:01 P.M. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren, Riverside, CA. Guest Book for JOHN THOMAS THORNSLEY - http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=5648023669067&cid=full..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [12APR2010]

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

THORSETT, Leonard LJ_Thorsett@msn.com "...I had the privilege of being an A/C in VP-4 from 1960-1961 and VP-9 from 1962-1963. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [13DEC99]

THRAILKILL, ATC(NAC/DV/AW) Brett W. "Killer" thrailkillj@ymail.com "...I served with VP-56 (1980-1984), VP-50 (1985 to 1989) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia twice and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAMTRADET 1012 (1989-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California (1989-1992) Instructor Duty, VP-1 (1992-1996) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan, TSC/ASWOC (1996-1999) at NS Rota, Spain, Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Northern Italy 1998, Bosnia (1997-1999), VP-4 at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One at Hickam AFB as the Equal Opportunity Advisor. Like an idiot, I talked the command into letting me attend Dive school. 7 out of 14 graduated. I am proud to claim the title of "Naval Diviator." I retired on the fantail of the USS Missouri (BB-63 on 25 AUG 2006. I have since moved to Texas and work as an Electronics Technician on oil rigs overseas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04OCT2013 | BIO Updated 31JUL2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10JUN2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 27NOV99 | 23OCT97]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...TIETZE, AO3 Ken...AO3 Ken TIETZE served with VP-4 (1964 to 1966) and flew with Crew-6 including combat actions in Vietnam and recipient of the Air Medal along with in country medals..." Contributed by BRINKLEY, AX2 Jere jerebrinks@hotmail.com [22JUN2012]

Memorial Picture "...TINKER, ADCS Lavelle Jr...Lavelle Tinker passed away June 3, 2011. He served in VP-4 from 1966 to 1975 as a Flight Engineer and served in VP-1 until his retirement from the U. S. Navy. He was laid to rest at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [03DEC2011]

TORRES, AMSC Dan Retired daniel.torres@cox.com "...VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California 1976 - 1980, AIMD NAS Miramar 1980-1984, VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii1985 - 1988, VQ-1 NAS Agana, Guam 1991- 1993, VAW-112 NAS Miramar 1993 - 1995, NAMTRADET NAS Miramar 1995 - 1998..." [04JUN2000]

TOVES, Edward A. tovese@navair.navy.mil "...I was an ADJ-3 in VP-1 with P2V7s at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1962 to 1963. 1963 to 1966 NAF Monterey, CA. 1966 to 1970 VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [07APR2000]

TRAUT, Davis E. davet57@msn.com "...I served in VP-4 from 1971-1972 as a NFO. Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan but got to see most of WestPac ( NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Midway Island, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Taiwan, PI) during short tour of duty. Truly the adventures of a lifetime..." [E-Mail Updated 30MAY2005]

TUCKER, CW04 Calvin Tucker, Jr. cjtuc8@bellsouth.net "...VP-4 BARBERS POINT HI 1973-1976..."

Memorial Picture "...TUCKER, AOC Jimmy Lee...VP-4 1958-61 and 1963-66 Mr. Jimmy Lee Tucker, 76, of Daniel Road, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at Davie County Hospital. He was born May 21, 1934, in Cabarrus County, to the late Robert Cleo and Mary Ann Charlotte Austin Tucker. Mr. Tucker was of the Protestant faith. He was retired from the U.S. Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Tucker; and a sister, Betty Brown. Survivors include his wife, Hatsuko Tucker of the home; a son, Robert Tucker of Carrboro; two sisters, Frances O’Neal (Leon) of Cooleemee and Edna Lucille Kyles (Henry) of Salisbury; two brothers, Donald E. Tucker (Joy) of Westlake, LA and Lonnie Robert Tucker (Myrtle) of Statesville; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at Salisbury National Cemetery, with military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Eaton Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at http://www.eatonfuneralservice.com..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [02JUN2011]

TUITE, ADC Bill Retired BillTtuite@CS.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1971 to 1974, NADC from 1974 to 1977, VP-4 from 1978 to 1982, back to NADC from 1982 to 1985, and from 1985 to December 1987 I was with VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flight Engineer at all those places). I had a great time flying with all those crews and seeing most all of the free world..." [24NOV2000]


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

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


VICKERY, AW3 ROBERT RobtVickery@cs.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1969-1972..." [08SEP2000]

VILLA, AT1 Matt Retired matthew.villa@gmail.com "...I served with VP-4 for eight years and flew with Crew-8. Miss Y'all!..." [12AUG2012]

Memorial Picture "...VINE, Thomas A...It saddens me to report than my former Shipmate, Thomas A. Vine, passed away circa 1990 in Yuma, AZ. aka "Good Old Tommy Vine" "GOTV" gone but not forgotten. Tom was a fellow Crew-4 Shipmate while serving with VP-4 (1962-1963). Tom also served with VO-67 (1967-1968)...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [Updated 27JUN2013 | 29APR2005]

Memorial Picture "...VOSSELER, CAPTAIN Warren Paul "Voss"..Captain Vosseler served as Commanding Officer of VP-4 from Nov 1967 - Dec 1968. Warren Paul "Voss" Vosseler, 86, a 25 year resident of Annapolis, died October 18 at home suddenly, battling lengthy illnesses. He was born September 28, 1926 in Orange, N.J., receiving a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1949; followed by a B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA; M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan; M.S., International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Naval War College, Newport, RI. Capt. Vosseler received a Naval Academy Congressional Appointment from the State of New Jersey by Senator Robert Taft, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. Following a brief ship tour to the Arctic, he proceeded to flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida, qualifying as a Naval Aviator. Operational tours were with VP-9 deploying twice in support of the Korean War and VP-18 deploying in support of Cuban Missile Crisis and UNITAS, Joint British and Greek Operations in the Mediterranean, British and Canadian Operations in the Atlantic, and Pacific Rim Flight Exercises. He reported aboard VP-4 in 1966 as Executive Officer, eventually fleeting up as their Commanding Officer in 1967; deploying twice in support of combat operations in the Vietnam Theater of Operations. Ashore, he served as the Air Guided Missile and Air Officer at U.S. Pacific Fleet and Special Projects Officer with Navy's POLARIS missile system. Captain Vosseler completed his Naval Career in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1979 with 30 years of active duty service. He became active as a private consultant in the National Defense community. He was awarded the Air Medal (2 Awards, 1strike/ flight award), Navy Unit Commendation, World War Two Victory, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), American Campaign, Korean Service (3 Awards), Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign. Captain Vosseler was a longtime Annapolis Rotarian. Naval Academy activities included the USNA Sesquicentennial, the Annapolis Tri-Centennial, Squadron Commander of the Annapolis Chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation, life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and Association of Naval Aviation. He diligently served his community of Chesapeake Harbour as a volunteer. He loved to travel with his wife to Europe, especially Germany, where they both had family and friends. Numerous other adventures included Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, and worldwide ocean cruises. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, golf, shopping, and Bavarian Austrian folk dancing. In his later years, he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and his artistic side, including ceramic pottery, and scrapbooking the family travels. He had a lifelong love of Navy football, cheering at the last three games. Married on November 15, 1975, Captain Vosseler is survived by his wife, Ursula Vosseler; and his daughter, Leslie Carol. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, two god-children, and one delightful German mother-in-law. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. Inurnment immediately following the service. Contributions can be made in his memory to your preferred cause or charity...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [09DEC2012]


WACHMAN, Barry bwachman@jersey.net "...I would love to here from all my friends at the Skinney Dragons I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in VP-4 from July of 81 to Sept of 85. My time in the Navy and particularly VP-4 was a big part of my life. I met a lot of good people during my tour. Our squadron deployed twice to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and once to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I was a personnelman in charge of all the squadrons travels what a job. I loved it because I was a blackshoe in an airdale Navy on the front lines with them helping them get off the deck any time anywhere. I have nothing but found memories of my years in the navy and would love to talk to any one and Patrol Squadron Four from 81 to 85. P.S. I missed the boys so bad that i went to Diego Garcia in a leave status to catch up with my Shipmates after they deployed there and left me behind to get discharge. Diego Garci is a beautiful place to travel to on leave take care and thank you..." [06JUN99]

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

WALKER, CAPTAIN Charles M. (Chuck) Retired cm_walker@excite.com "...Joined VP-4 January 1965, PPC SP2H Crew 4, E.E.(Gene) Bowen was C.O, deployed NAS Iwakuni, Japan with dets in Saigon and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Returned NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to begin transition to P-3. R. T. (Dick) Duncan became C.O.. As P-3A received SP2H transfered out even though VP-4 continued to operate with reduced number of aircraft and crews. Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan January 1967. I became CO December 1966. Lost Crew 10 in April 67 off Tshima Island in straits while on routine patrol, kept dets in NS Sangley Point, Philippines or Taiwan for Vietnam ops. Ken Dankel crew detected infiltrators which were sunk and received medals on return to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Command tour ended November 1967 with orders to USS Tallahatchie County (AVB-2), NAF Naples, Italy. Was my best tour of 32 years in USN. Still in touch with many friends that era tho have been retired 25 years. Best wishes to all Skinny Dragons. Fay says Hello..." [01FEB2002]

WALSH, AD1 (AW) Ed fegod@compaq.net "...Served with VP-4 87-90, VQ-2 93-97, and currently with VP-30 as an FRS Flight Engineer instructor. Would like to here from any of my former crewmates or fellow FE's..." [21SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...WALSH, CDR George A...Mr. Walsh, age 93, passed away at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Madlyn. A loving father to his son Steven and his wife, Claudia Walsh and his daughter Terry Palarchio. Mr. Walsh was a cherished grandfather to Melissa (Michael) Morelli, Matthew Palarchio, Sara Walsh, and Gianna Palarchio. He is a great grandfather to Steven Morelli and Sophia Morelli. A great granddaughter is due this July. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh were married on May 9, 1953 in Detroit. In 1934 Mr. Walsh joined the United States Navy. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the bombing occurred on December 7, 1941. He traveled the world during his service to the United States Navy. He was in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, New York, California, Washington, and traveled on a naval carrier worldwide. His son was born in Oakland, California and his daughter was born here in Michigan. Mr. Walsh had a distinguished career with the United States Navy and achieved the rank of commander before his retirement in 1957. A Memorial Greeting will take place at the S.K. Schultz Funeral Home at 43300 Garfield (just north of 19 Mile Road) in Clinton Township, Michigan 48038. The Memorial Greeting will begin Friday (June 4, 2010) at 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:30 AM. Deacon Ronald Valade will officiate the Service. Inurnment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township at a later date. VP-4 1955 - 1957..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [05JUN2010]

WALTERS, CDR Tom Retired twalters@digital.net "...VP-4 from about 1970-1972 flew P3s...Reserves in Millington, TN and Belle Chaise, LA, from 1973-about 1980...anyone out there been there?..."

WANDLER, Ron rwandler@schmidt.com Shipmate Pix...Circa 1961... "...I was with VP-4 on Okinawa from July 1961 to Jan 1963. Started flying with P2V-5FS and went to P2V-7. I flew in YD-8 with a great crew. Would appreciate any contact with my old shipmates..." [Updated 27FEB98]

WARD, MIKE amyward@msn.com "...VP-8 83-86, PEP NETHERLANDS/VALKENBURG 86-89, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 89-90, NPGS MONTEREY 91-92, VP-4 93-95, USCINCPAC HAWAII 95-PRESENT..." [05MAR98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...WARD, Wilburn "Jack"...Wilburn "Jack" Ward, age 71, VP-4 1964-66, formerly of Cherrylog, Georgia, died on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at his home in Willow, Alaska. Born on February 28, 1938 in Cherokee, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Clarence E. Ward and Julia (Dotson) Ward Sane. He spent his boyhood years in the Loudon, TN area. As a young teen he moved to Cherrylog, Georgia. He joined the US Navy at age 17 and following a 10-year military career, which included a tour with VP-4 as an AMS2 1964-66, he settled in New Paris, Ohio. In 1991, he followed his lifelong dream and relocated to America's Last Frontier, Alaska, where he conducted a remote fishing transport business, meeting travelers and fellow wilderness lovers from all over the world and entertaining them with stories as his adopted persona, "Sourdough Jack". He spent summers in a remote lakeside cabin which he built on land that he cleared, living simply without electric and running water. He loved exploring remote Alaska by snow machines and ATVs. Preceeded in death by his first wife, Violet Chapman Ward; brothers, Herbert C., James, and Hershel Ward; and sister, Katherine Lankford. Survivors include wife, Cheryl Ward of Willow, Alaska; daughters: Elizabeth J. Demeritte of Hallandale, FL; Laura A. (John) Toschlog of New Paris, OH; and Helen M. Schultheiss of Fairfield, OH; son, Michael E. (Anice) Ward of Woodstock, GA; stepchildren: Lori E. (Bob) Newport of Cincinnati, OH; and Andy (Heather) Bittner of Cedar Grove, IN; brothers: William (Betty) Ward of Lenoir City, TN; Clarence Ward, Jr. of Loudon, TN; Freddy Ward of Loudon, TN; sisters, Helen R. Stevens of Lenoir City, TN; Violet Ward Arden of Loudon, TN; and Susan Stanley of Ellijay, GA; grandchildren: Seth, Lucas, and Stephen Frazee, and Christine and Edwin Demeritte; Michael (Julie) and Emma Toschlog; Jacob and Emily Ward; Courtney Hammons and Sydney Schultheiss; and Rachel Newport; great-grandchildren, Madison Hammons-Ewers, and Henry Toschlog. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 4:00 P.M., from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tommy L. Kyle officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 25, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Logan Funeral Home. Interment will be at Stanley Creek Church of Christ Cemetery with Military Honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [24JUL2009]

WASSERMAN, AE1 Wade Retired WADESHOME@aol.com "...Went to VP-4 in 1980 for my first tour as an Engineer. Served with a lot of good people. Had the best TACCO and Officer I ever served with (Commander Jim Sweet) with the best crew (Crew Two). A lot of their names are on this list. In 1983 I went to Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. as an Instructor. Only spent one year there. I got picked for EEAP so my duty station became Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. That is the best gig the Navy has. Graduated in 1986 and was supposed to get a commission and go to the SEAL Team but was to old so I got orders to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Some real good people there too, but the West Coast VP Navy rules. Ended my career as I started-Helos. SAR for NAS Key West. Wet Crewman for shore duty, Flight Engineer for sea duty- Does the Navy get any better then that?..." [05JAN99]

WEEKES, Chris cweekes@ime.net "...Thanks for the chance to say hello to all the (VP-4) "Skinny Dragons" from the 1975-1979 era..." [19FEB98]

Memorial Picture "...WELLS, CAPTAIN Gary A...My darling husband, CAPTAIN Gary A. Wells, lost his valiant fight with lung cancer on July 10th, 2006. He served with VP-4, VP-9, VP-47 and retired in 1987...Janet W. Wells heidelberggirl@msn.com..." [BIO Updated 25JUL2006 | 24JUL2006]

WETZEL, CAPTAIN James F. Retired mimipapago@aol.com "...I served as XO to Ernie Nordtvedt 1970-1971, and CO 1971-1972. I learned a lot from Ernie, but was never able to keep up with his travels. XO stays behind. I started as a NAVCAD 1955 and flew P5M's in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and all points west. Flew P-3's in VP-4, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1966-1968. Served 2 tours in Washington, DC and retired after 3 years as CO NROTC Jacksonville University, Jax, FL. Worked in Jax till 1995. Retired and travelled a lot with my wife, Jan and dogs until she passed away Nov 10,2001 due to brain cancer. Attended the VP-16 Reunion on May 3-5, 2002. Would like to see more P-3 members attend. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [05MAY2002]

Memorial Picture "...WHITE, Boyd E...Boyd E. White, age 70 of Leavenworth, Kansas passed away on July 10, 2011. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 14 at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with burial of cremains to follow at a later date in the Big Creek Cemetery in Gridley, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Boyd was born on September 18, 1940 in Emporia, Kansas. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving with VP-4 (1963-1964) and the USS Coral Sea. Boyd was a supervisor in the gift wrap department at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Leavenworth, KS. After leaving Hallmark in 1986 he purchased Connell True Value Hardware in Cameron, MO. He worked many years in the printing industry and at the end of his long and successful career he was a sales manager at Inx. In Edwardsville, KS., Boyd was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 48 years Judy White of the home, two children Lori Van Fleet and husband Larry of Bonner springs, KS., Boyd C. White and wife Becky of Olathe, KS., two sisters Joyce Hanes of Leroy, KS., and Kay Baldwin of Emporia, KS., and five grandchildren. Arrangements - Alden-Harrington Funeral Home - 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs, KS. 66012 - 913-422-4074..." Contributed by Lori L. Vanfleet bwhite@westlakehardware.com [13JUL2011]

WHITE, Boyd white@wsuhub.uc.twsu.edu "...I was in VP-4 in 63-64 in Okinawa and Hawaii. AO-3 flew YD-9. Have located all of our enlisted crew. Need to know how to locate officers for old YD-9.. I was in VP-4 in 63-64 in Okinawa and Hawaii. AO-3 flew YD-9. Have located all of our enlisted crew. Need to know how to locate officers for old YD-9.. Ph 1-316-691-8728 home after 5 CT. Crew Poston, Monsinger, Guemplien, Sanders, and Brunk ..."

WHITE, Charles (Chuck) cwhite91@cox.net "...After serving in DD-748 for 3 deployments, I decided there had to be a better way so went to flight training in 1956/57. My first squadron was VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1957 to 1961. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska as a Lt second nav in Crew 3 of a P2V-5F. Second deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1959 in P2V-7 and final deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1961. One of my biggest career errors was not accepting the invitation to help Cdr Johm Murph start VP-31 in 1960. Oh well. Reported to VP-4 in 1966 and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in P-3A (Deltic)..." [E-Mail Updated 08OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 14OCT2004 | E-Mail Updated 16DEC2000 | 18MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...WHITE, CAPTAIN Richard F. "Dick"...WHITE, CAPT Richard F. US Navy (ret.) passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Born in 1934 in San Francisco, CA to Grace and Leslie White, he was the beloved husband of Katherine H. White, and adored father of Katherine W. Rogers (William), Richard F. White, Jr. (Kelly), and Inger Marie White, and grandfather to William Rogers V, Laura Rogers, Bryan White, Aidan White, and Anthony Bartolotti. He was the loving brother of Betty Carley and Leslie Loscavio (d.). He attended St. Ignatius H.S. in San Francisco, and was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. A highly decorated 30 year career naval officer, his diverse assignments included command of both aviation and sea born units. He served in VP-4 from 1971-73 and as Commanding Officer from Sep 1972 to Sep 1973. Upon retirement from the Navy, Dick continued his track record of service as a math teacher at Lumen Christi High School. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church at 10 AM, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Monday, May 16, 2011. The Reverend Timothy MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the USO at http://www.uso.org (2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite #1200, Arlington, VA 22201) or to the Fisher House at http://www.fisherhouse.org (111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850). Guest Book available at http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/tributes.cfm?o_id=1158762&fh_id=11222..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [10JUN2011]

WHITE, CAPTAIN Richard F. "Dick" Retired campfire3@comcast.net "...Happy to see all of the "Skinny Dragon" (VP-4) alumni writing in. I was XO from 1971 to 1972 and CO from 1972 to 1973. It was a fantastic squadron with fantastic personnel who made it so..." [22JUL2004]

Memorial Picture "...WHITLOCK, Philip F...It is with great sadness that I report that Phil passed away from lung cancer on Monday, 02/08/10 in Yacolt, WA Phil served in the AT Shop and was the 1st Tech in Crew 6 during his tour with VP-4 from 1962 to 1965..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [13FEB2010]

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]

WILKINSON, LCDR John P. III Retired jpwusn@home.com "...I was in VP-56, my first duty station, after enlisting in Apr. 59, from Mar 60- Aug. 61. Left VP-56 as an AT-3, flew on crew 1 with CDR Montgomery. After AT B School, went to VP-4 out in Okinawa, flew wit LCDR Bruce Cloud on crew 6 as an AX-1 from Sep. 62- Aug 64. After VP-4 moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I got picked up for the integration program and went to OCS in Newport, RI. Got commissioned as an Ensign and started my surface duty as an ASW Officer on the USS HOLDER DD-819 in Norfolk. After several more surface assignments, including CO of USS PAPAGO ATF-160, I retired in June 79. Now I'm a marine surveyor for the American Bureau of Shipping, and plan to retire from ABS this October. Many fond memories wit VP-56 and VP-4..." [E-Mail Updated 28JAN2000 | 02MAR98]

WILLIAMS, AD1 (AW) Jeffrey A. jcpwilli@whidbey.net "...I started out in VP-8 in 1987 then VP-4 and a tour at AIMD. I'm currently in VAQ-142. Needless to say, I miss working on a real aircraft..."

WINSCHEL, Robert maw204@verizon.net "...I remember my time with VP-4 (Av Equip) as some of the best times and one of the worst times in my life. The best times were the friends I made and the fun we had at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Iwakuni, Japan. The worst time was April 28, 1967 when word came in that crew 10 was missing and later in the week when they brought some of the wreckage into the hangar. There were no dry eyes at that chapel service. Crew 10 may be gone but they're not forgotten. Deployed twice to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was also TAD to AMD parachute loft at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 01DEC2009 | E-Mail Updated 30DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 03APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC98 | 18MAY98]

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

Memorial Picture "...WOODLEY, Richard P...I am writing to announce the sad passing of my father, CDR Richard P. Woodley. He was proudly a member of VP-4, VP-19, and VP-22 flying both P2Vs and P-3s. Countless times he related to me how much he loved the people he worked with, the flying he did, and the memories he made. For those who may have known him, I hope you have fond memories of his time in the VP world. For those who may not have known him, know that we have all lost a good Shipmate. My thanks to you all for being such a wonderful part of my fathers life. Good hunting...Doug Woodley dagwoodf15@hotmail.com..." [19SEP2002]

WOODS, Robert "Woody" ccresident@live.com "...I served with VP-4 from 1965 to 1969 with Crew 8 (Dangerous Dan's Dandys). Wanted to see if any of my old crew are still kicking!..." [26AUG2009]

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]

WYNEKEN, Robert A. r.wyneken@worldnet.att.net "...I served with VP-4 Naha, Okinawa in the years 1957, 1958, and early 1959. I was a crew member of YD 10 serving as secound mech and also plane capt. I also served two tours TAD in Tainan Taiwan. Sorry I missed the Reunion but just recently retired from 20 years plus with Moorpark College in Ventura county and am new at this internet. God willing I may be able to make the next one..." [04AUG99]


YEAGER, Albert F. afy2766@cableone.net "...I served with FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (April 1956 through August 1957) and VP-4 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (August 1957 through February 1959) in the Airframes Division. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 25FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 25JUL2003 | 01JUN99]


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

Memorial Picture "...ZIMMERMAN, AEC Zeke...Just to inform you and all Shipmates of the loss of AEC Zeke Zimmerman (FE) passed away in November 2016. Zeke served with VP-45 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1978), VP-24 (1978-1979), VP-4 (1979-1981) and VP-17 (1984-1987)..." Contributed by RAMOS, SCPO Ysmael P. ysmael.ramos@suddenlink.net [06JAN2017]

ZIMMERMAN, Zeke emrzim@aol.com "...Was in VP-4 79-81 as a flight engineer. Don't remember which crew but definately had a good time as a flight engineer. Still doing the same thing but with the U. S. Customs. Plan on retiring again in 2005. Hello and fair winds to all my old Shipmates. VP-45 71-74, VP-30 74-78, VP-24 78-79, VP-4 79-81, and VP-17 84-87. Hope to hear from you'all..." [05MAR98]

ZUMSTEIN, Edward H. edzumstein@juno.com "...Was a navigator and Tacco/MC in VP-4 Dec 76 through Dec 79. On crews 2 and 1. Deployed to Philippines in 77. Skippers were CDRs Broadwell, Rogers, Stark. Left when CDR Walt West was XO. Came back to VP-4 as a PPC/MC Department Head in 1987 when CDR Tim Bryan (also a VP-4 alum) was CO. MC of CAC-6. Deployed to Philippines again in 1988. Left when CDR Schultz was CO. Currently with American Airlines, domicile DCA, as a 757/767 first officer..." [14JUL99]


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