VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ABBINK, AMEC(AW/NAC) Daniel W. Retired dano8251@ameritech.net "...I served with VP-24 (June 1981 to June 1984), NAMTGD 1011 (August 1984 to August 1987), VP-56 (August 1987 to June 1991), VP-5 (March 1992 to June 1996), RTC Great Lakes (July 1996 to December 2000) and Retired December 2000. I would appreciate any emails from fellow Shipmates..." [31JUL2007]

ABELEIN, CAPT Herman C. Abelein Jr. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=12 "...CAPT Herman C. Abelein Jr., USN - NFL Number: 12 - Date of Birth: 2/4/1930 - Date In: 8/1/1948 - Date Out: 12/1/1976 - City, State: Orange Park, FL - School Attended: Univ Mississippi - Aircraft Flown: P-3, PBM, S2F, AD, FJ - Ship or Unit: VP-5, CO - VP-8 - CTF-72, ChiefofStaff - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Korea, Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation Nav Av Museum Fdn - Highest personal decoration or award: Legion of Merit - Significant Achievements: 8,700 pilot hours, CO NROTC Tulane University, MS from George Wash. University, Naval War College. In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

ABERNATHY, AW3 William "Bill" abatidf@sbcgloba.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1969 to 1973 and flew with Crew-11 (AQA5 Jez Operator) on the P-3A/B with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Any other Mad Foxes out there?..." [09FEB2011]

ABRAHAM, James JABR20@aol.com "...I am currently stationed at VP-5. I have been stationed at VP-5 since 97. I currently work in powrplants..." [10APR98]

ABRETSKE, AX1 Anthony I Retired aabret@juno.com "...From 1962 till 1979 I served in VP-7, VP-30, VP-5, VX-1, VP-24, and retired from VP-49 in Sept 1979. Most of my shore duty was at NAS Jacksonville, Florida AMD. I was a "Madman". These were the best years of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2000 | 29JUL98]

ADKINS, Dave adkins@yellvilleweb.com "...I served with VP-5 (1967-1969) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, etc. I have been looking for Bobby Holcomb (AK3 in 1968) any info would be appreciated..." [E-Mail Updated 01FEB2014 | 18JUL2000]

ALGARIN, Jose A. "Chico" josechico53@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1974 to September 1979. I worked at Power Plants and AIMD Power Plants. My buddies called me "Chico from the Bronx." We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [08JAN2009]

ALEXANDER, CDR Douglas USNR Retired douglaswi1957@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1982-1985) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and transitioned to Naval Intelligence and went active for "Desert Storm" aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60). I would like to hear from former Shipmates including John Gabrielle, Bob Franco and CDR Mark Baldy..." [15MAR2016]

ANDREWS, Scarlet pepr@artelco.com "...Mad Fox VP-5 member from 93 to 98. Recently graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. I am a civilian who will be moving to Dallas, Texas in the near future. Would love to hear from former squadron members. This holiday season is a particularly important and special one because of the terrible events that transpired on September 11, so I wish for everyone to have a blessed time with family and friends. Hope to hear from some of you soon!..." [17DEC2001]

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]

ARNALL, Larry arnall_larry@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Maintenance Control) from May 1968 to October 1971..." [19SEP2009]

ASHER, David C.ltdcasher@erols.com "...I was at VP-5 until October of 1997. Now I've moved on to Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm the Opso here and I fly P-3's and C-130's..." [Updated 02APR98]

AUSTIN, GARY B. JAGSMAN@BELELSOUTH.NET "...I RETIRED IN OCT. 91 AND HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH MOST OF MY OLD FRIENDS. I SERVED IN VP-5, VP-30, VP-24, AND FASO DET MAYPORT. I MISS FLYING WITH MY CREW AND READING TO MESSAGE BOARDS AND REALLY KNOWING WHATS GOING ON AROUND THE GLOBE. I'AM NOW WORKING AS A DVOP IN THE ORANGE PARK JOBS & BENEFITS OFFICE IN ORANGE PARK, FL. 904-213-3060 EXT 111. IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING WORK CALL ME, I'LL HELP..." [23APR99]


BABCOCK, AOC James E. Retired JimandLouNiagara@cs.com "...I joined VP-5 after boot camp in Sept 1951. Attained AO3 and was on crew 7 on MC 7. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in summer of 1953 and to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada September 1954. Other deployments were short ones to Key West, Nassau, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Discharged in June 1955. Joined Naval Reserve in Buffalo, ans was attached to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania for a number of years. I was in the first group under HYT and retired as AOC..." [21MAY2002]

BAGBY, John (Bags) rebelbagby@aol.com "...I served in VP-30 APR75-AUG75, then VP-5 MAD FOXES AUG75-FEB79, VP-30 PROSNEST FEB79-DEC81, VP-62 BROADARROWS as a selres APR83-JUN90, as a TAR JUN90-JUL94, VP-65 TEAM TRIDENT 94-99. I am now attached to VP-62 again..." [BIO Updated 23JAN99 | 20APR98]

BAILEY, Donald R. donsnip1@juno.com "...I served with VP-5 in 1962. I flew as a crewman on LA-9 the day before she was lost (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). Anyone who would like to contact me concerning this, please feel free to do so..." [E-Mail Updated 10FEB2004 | 05DEC2003]

BAIRD, AEC Roy H. Retired roybaird1@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1964 to 1968, VP-31 from 1968 to 1971, and VP-5 from 1971 to 1974..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000 | 17AUG98]

BALL, AMS1 Denny papasetter@comcast.net "...In 1969 went to bootcamp at Orlando, FL, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1970 to July 1973, VXN-8 (Second Mech) from 1973 to 1976, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1976 to May 1979, VP-30 1979 and VP-5 (P-3 FE CAC-9) from December 1979 to October 1980. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JUN2009]

BARBIER, AW1(AW/SW) Nicholas P. Retired barbier2@juno.com "...I served with VP-5 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1982-1983), NS Rota, Spain /NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1983-1984), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1985), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR / NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone (1997-1998) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1998-1999)..." [BIO Updated 10APR2010 | 31MAY98]

BARRIS, AWCS (AW) Bill wbarris@juno.com "...I served in HSL-36 from 1976-1979, FASOTRAGRULANT Det Jax from 1979-1982 VP-16 from 1982-1986, CPW-11 from 1986-1989, VP-56 from 1989-Disestablishment, VP-5 from 1991-1993, TSC NS Rota, Spain from 1993-1996, VP-30 1996-present...brings back lots of memories both good and bad. Mostly good..." [01NOV2001 | 07JUN98]

BATES, AT Jim j.bates53@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1973-1976) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [16JUL2013]

BAUMAN, YN2 Jeff L. loughran2@comcast.net "...I had the pleasure of serving with the VP-5 "Mad Foxes" from August 1976 to September 1979. We spent two tours overseas during that time; NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1977 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 19'79. Transferred to VA-128 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington just before the squadron deployed to NAS Bermuda in 1980. I.C. Evans was CO when I transferred. My best memories are during those years at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. If anyone from that time frame remembers the fun we had, please get in touch..." [25MAY2004]

BEAUMONT, Ken sharbo@bulloch.com "...I served in VP-5 and VP-16 during the 1950's and 1960's. Those years were the greatest times of my life. By the bye, there's a B-66 (P2V-7} on display at the Air Force Museum at Warner Robins Airforce Base near Macon Georgia..." [21JAN2000]

BELL, AW1 James "Jim" bellacres48@windstream.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1978 to 1981 and VP-30 from 1981 to 1984. I flew with CAC-1 in VP-5. I started out with Chief Laslo, on the NAS Bermuda deployment. I got the crew when we returned to the states and for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Went to VP-30 after NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Ran AW Ground Phase for a year then moved over to Flight Phase. Got out in 1984 and went to work for Lockheed. Did production test flying till the P-3 line shut down transferred to Kennedy Space Center where I taught Space Shuttle Systems. Worked in Savannah for a Chemical company (first job I ever had that didn't have something to do with aircraft. Sure miss it.) and now working in Atlanta as a Safety Director for a large construction company. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 13AUG2004 | E-Mail Updated 09MAY2002 | 26JUL99]

BERNER, Warren K. Jr. mcqber@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1937 to 1939. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22OCT2009 | 27MAY99]

BERREY, Tom tcberrey@aol.com "...I was in VP-5 between early 1968 and late 1970 as a Radion Operator on Crew 8, which was later changed to Crew 21. If there is anyone who remembers those wonderful deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I would like to hear from you..." [17APR2001]

BEVITORI, Clente cbev63@iwon.com "...VP-5 from 1982-1987, crew-7 (SS1). Deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Sigonella, Sicily again, then NAS Bermuda. onsta when the Yankee K-219 sank. Lot's of great times in a great squadron. Would love to hear from some old squadron mates..." [29AUG2000]

BIAS, ABF3 Lester lester.bias@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 (1959-1963) on the flightline. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29SEP2014]

BLAYLOCK, AZCS Dennis W. Retired blaylo@att.net "...I served with VQ-2 (1972-1976), AIMD NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (1976-1979), VP-5 (1979-1981), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1982-1984), HS-1 Sea Detatchment (1984-1987), VP-30 FRAMP (1987-1990), VS-31 (1990-1993) and AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1993-1997). I am work at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a contractors and the world is still turning..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2011 | E-Mail Updated 12OCT2001 | 19MAY2000]

BLOOMHUFF, Richard Lee c/o His Son Robert Bloomhuff RBloomhuff@lkwash.wednet.edu "...VP5, stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1950-1953..." [28APR2000]

BOBBITT, John RETBBSTACR@JUNCT.COM "...Served with VP-24 from 56-60, VP-18 from 64-68, VP-5 during the 70's, and Retired fom NAMTRA Det 75. Send me an E-mail if you remember me...Also served with VAHM-13..." [E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | BIO Updated 12FEB99 | [09FEB99]

BOLOTTE, Mark (Pugsley) bolotte@mindspring.com "...VP-5 AW1 1981 through 1987 CAC 9. Currently, an Area Manager for an Insurance Co. in Orlando, FL..."

BONENFANT, AMCS (AW/NAC) Raymond P. Retired Shipmate PixCirca 2003 raymondpb@aol.com "...RTC Great Lakes August 1980 company 264. After a sea tour in VS-22 and a shore tour in VA-174 both at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, I received orders to VP-5 home ported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I served from 1987 to 1993 as an Airframes CDI, QAR and Instructor FE. In 1993 I was transferred across the street to NAMTRADET MTU 1011 and taught P-3 Airframes and FE Systems. In 1996 I transferred back across the street to hanger 1000 again but this time to VP-45 where I had the privilege of being advanced to Chief Petty Officer. I continued serving as an Instructor FE, Airframes QAR and as the Airframes Branch CPO while also obtaining my first Maintenance Control Safe for Flight qualification. In 1999 I transferred to Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I became multiple platform Safe for Flight qualified while continuing to stay current as a P-3 FE. In 2001 I transferred to the Naval Test Wings Atlantic where I served as a Wing Maintenance Logistics Chief until I transfer to VP-46 home ported out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 2003. I finished my 26 year career serving as a FE, Maintenance Control Supervisor, QA Supervisor and Line Division LCPO..." [02MAR2010]

BOOTHE, CAPTAIN Timothy E. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/cocframe.htm "...A graduate of the University of Georgia, Captain Tim Boothe was commissioned in 1982 through Aviation Officer Candidate School and designated a Naval Aviator in 1983. His first assignment was in VP-40, NAS Moffett Field, California, where he was an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. From 1986 to 1990, Captain Boothe was assigned to VP-31, a Fleet Replacement Squadron, as an Instructor Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer and Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer. He then joined VPU-2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as an Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, and Training and NATOPS Officer. In 1991, Captain Boothe returned to NAS Moffett Field, California as Aide for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Pacific. He then reported to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Operations Administration Officer. There he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and earned Surface Warfare Officer designation. In 1994 Captain Boothe joined VP-45, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer. He reported to the CNO Staff, Navy Special Programs Division (N89), Washington, DC, in 1995 as a Division Head and Requirements Officer. Captain Boothe returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, March 1998, as Executive Officer of VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron with 30 aircraft and over 1,100 staff and students. From June 1999 to June 2001, he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Boothe reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (VX-1), July 2001, as P-3 Assistant Program Manager, Logistics. In September 2003, he became the Deputy Program Manager, P-3 Update III Program for Program Management, Air (PMA) 290..." [14FEB2005]

BOUTLIER, AME2 Russell and YN3 Linda boutilierr@verizon.net "...AME2 Russell Boutilier and YN3 Linda Boutilier served in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, VC-8. Worked on the last 3 P2 Neptunes on active duty. The last P2 flight left NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for Arizona. Left PR went to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida then VP-5, The Mad Foxes on Sea duty. Then went to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-31. If anyone has served with us from 1978-79 in PR, it would be nice to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2009 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 13OCT2000 | 14JUN98]

BOWEN, AWC Arthur Retired artbwn@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1958-1961) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-17 (1970-1973)..." [02AUG2014]

BOWMAN, Chris cem@terraworld.net "...Served with VP-5 from 1975 thru 1978. Hello to all my old(and I mean OLD) comrades who made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in '76 and '78, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in '77. Currently Program Manager for Star*Kraft, Inc.(we mfg. executive, all carbon-graphite aircraft) here in my hometown of Ft. Scott, KS..." [15APR98]

BRADBERY, Sr. (BJ or Brad) c/o Toni Bradbery Hall brbpahth@tcia.net "...My father, Bobby J. Bradbery, Sr (BJ or Brad) was a member of VP-5 several years ago. He is still living and doing well. I am interested in getting any stories that any of you may have to share with me. I am the youngest of his six children, and did not get to experience the military life that my siblings had. Daddy has never been shy about talking about his military career and I can tell his time with VP-5 was great. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your help..." [28NOV2004]

BRADLEY, William (Brad) cajun@ilnk.com "...VP-5 1984 through 1989 now serving with VP-30..."

BRADY, CDR Fred L. Retired Frayd@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-117 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1946. Charlie Brower was the skipper and was a great one for morning exercise. As a radioman, I was a test crewman on every aircraft we serviced from the PV of Willington's old squaron to PB4Y2's that were left over after the war. I made 7 TRANSPACs to NAAS Camp Kearny, California were the planes were accepted one day and chopped up the next. In the early 1950's I was transfered to VP-861 NAS Jacksonville, Florida for NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. VP-861 was deployed they sent us over to VP-5 for about two months and then on to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco for the rest of the deployment. I was a plankowner VP-18 and a crewmember with crew six and seven. It was with crew seven that CDR Grainger convinced me to try for OCS and thanks to him and LT (later VADM) Murphy I made it and completed a 35 year career in 1979. I love the VPNavy. I am a volunteer at the National Museum of Naval Aviation were it is my pleasure to meet and greet many of the old timers from those great years in my life..." [11FEB2003]

BRADY, AMH2 William D. (Dan) bradyone@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from March 1958 through August 1961 (Airframes Division). Came in as AA and was discharged as a AMH2. Worked for Delta Air Lines 32 years before retiring November 1993. Would love to hear from all old Shipmates. How about a Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida?..." [05DEC2001]

BREWTON, Carl "...I served with VP-5 as a Plane Captain on Mad Fox 1. I would like to correspond with any squadronmates. My snail mail address is: 3405 Bayou Drive, Pensacola FL 32505..." [28NOV99]

BRIGHT, Carter brightc@kendallhq.com "...VP-5 AK3 1990 through 1993. Currently, a Human Resources Manager for a healthcare products company in Greenwood, SC..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25JUL99]

BROOKS, AW1(AW/SW/NAC) Jesse M. Jr. Retired orangefan@bellsouth.net "...1980-1996, VP-5, VP-30, ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, USS George Washington (CVN-73), VP-30. Like to hear from all the guys..." [03OCT2006]

BROOM, ATN3 Tom "MOP" tbroom@netpath.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1958 thru July 1960. I was an ATNAN and ended up a ATN-3 in the reserves out of NAS Glenview, Illinois. Finally got on flight crew once in the reserves. I remember a lot of great times in NAS Jacksonville, Florida with the guys in VP-5. Scott Jeffers, Charles "Fink" Walden, Red Burgess, Ronnie Garren, Brian Kettlehake B.J. Hurst, and alot more. If I had it to do all over again I definately would have stayed in the Navy. The other remembrances were MAA Rolke and at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR I was with the gang that put the "STAY OFF THE GRASS" BY ORDER OF MAA ROLKE on the little island off the Enlisted beach. Still have oictures of some of our beach parties some of our Christmas beer party at the beach. Would love to hear from any of the Mad Foxes from those times..." [12APR2002]

BROWN, Chris ironhill1@aol.com "...I've found many folks that I worked, ate, drank with this has brought many good memories. VP-5, CAC 4, 87-91 and VP-30 91-92..." [13MAR99]

BROWN, Gary GatorBrain@aol.com squid@webtv.net "...VP-5 1988 through 1992...AW Instructor at VP-30 from 1992-1995...Selected for Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1995...Attended University of Florida until May 1997...Commissioned as Ensign (Line Officer) on 03May 1997...Attached to UFNROTC, Gainesville, FL. until November 1997...Will attend Naval Flight Officer training in November 1997..." [Updated 05JAN98]

BROWN, James jbconroe1@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1997-1999. If anyone knows AO1 Pastollacos(DINO) tell him to email me..." [21SEP2001]

BROWN, James (Jim) E. jeb0@att.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1962 -1965 assigned to Crew 3 as first tech..." [06DEC2001]

BROWN, James W. iowacrowncrafts@yahoo.com "...Looking for other shipmates of VP-5 year 1963-1966. Served with Deason in NAS Sigonella, Sicily as a mess cook? Friends of Jim Brown, Bill MaGackin and Sarge (Wayne Sargent). Any info would be appreciated..." [09SEP2007]

BROWN, LT Steve asb0075@fuse.net "...I served with VP-5 (1978-1981) as a Maintenance Officer (AMDO). I began as the Material Control Officer and then moved to Electronics Branch Officer. My final position in the squadron was Production Control Officer. I had collateral duties as Paymaster/Mess Officer and Weapons Loading Officer. I transferred to HS-1 at the end of 1981..." [02DEC2013]

BUCKLEY, Jim jimbuckley12@msn.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1964 thru 1966. In fact, I was the Plane Captain on the last P2 on active service, we took it to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ..." WebSite Includes 1963 VP-5 Flight Crews and NAS Sigonella, Sicily Cruise http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/3905/ [E-MAIL/BIO Updated 20DEC2005 | 13MAY99]

BUCKLEY, CDR Pat http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Buckley attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1984. He commenced flight training in July 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1985. Following initial P-3C Orion training with VP-30, Commander Buckley joined the Proud Pegasus of VP-11 in March 1986, where he served as Airframes Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Additionally, he participated in numerous detachments to Thule, Greenland conduct Arctic antisubmarine warfare feasibility research over the polar ice cap. In October 1989 Commander Buckley reported to VP-30 as an Instructor Pilot. He also served as a COMPATWINGSLANT Tactical Training Team Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer. After attending Tactical Action Officer School in July 1992, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group SIX as the Flag Secretary. Qualifying as Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66). In June 1994 he reported to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and graduated in June of 1995 having earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. After completing P-3C refresher training at VP-30 in March 1996, he joined the Mad Foxes of VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer; Officer in Charge of Patrol Squadron Keflavik, a deployed detachment of 150 personnel and four Orion's during a tri-site deployment; and finally, as the squadron's Maintenance Officer. From June 1998 to March 2000 he served in BUPERS as the Assistant Washington Placement Officer. In April 2000 Commander Buckley reported to VP-30 prior to reporting as the "Mad foxes" XO in June 2001. He assumed command of VP-5 in May 2002..." [02JUN2003]

BUERSTER, AWC (AW) Jim "Punky" jbuerster@hotmail.com "...Currently stationed with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida and preparing to make my final move to COMSEACONTWINGATL NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jul '99) to finish out 22.5 yrs. '80 started out Training commands and VS-41 Shamrocks, '84 - USS Nimitz (CVN 68), '87 - FASO Cecil Field, FL, '90 - VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine, '93 - VP-30, '96 to present VP-5..." [23JAN99]

BUKOVEY, Larry info@larrybukovey.com "...VP-5 lost an aircraft in Greenland in 1962. How can I find out the name of the radioman or electronic techs aboard. I was supposed to be on that flight; I was assigned to that crew before we deployed. It was a split deployement, the radioman voluntered to go to Iceland, allowing me to go to NS Rota, Spain. I would like to know his name as it was a long time ago..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2005 | 25MAR98]

BUONI, LCDR Fred Retired fbuoni@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1984 through 1987 (LCDR), VP-24 from 1994 until DECOM in 1995, and the MO in VP-46, "The Grey Knights" from 1995 to 1996. Retired in 2002..." [E-Mail Updated 17SEP2002]

BURDAN, AD1 John gatorjohn@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1977 to 1983. Joined the deployment at NAS Sigonella, Sicily as a wet behind the ears mechanic and left as a FE (many thanks to Chief Welch). Transfered to AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for a short time then back to VP-45. Have many fond memories of all the great people and places. I am currently managing the Fire Alarm and Security maintenance contract at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)..." [14FEB2010]

BURNETT, Larry larry2372@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from March 1984 thru March 1987. I was a NAV/COM on Crew 7 and Crew 2, becoming the TACCO on Crew 2 with Lt. Dave Gilliland, USN (PPC). Ground duties included Line Branch Officer, ASW Tactics Officer, and AW Division Officer. Later, I did my DH tour in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-17 from September 1992 thru October 1984. Recently, I ran into Sig Johnson (Capt., USNR) who resides in the Severna Park (MD) area, as I do..." [10NOV2009]

BURNEY, Robert (Bob) BobBurney@AOL.COM "...I served in VP-5 twice 1963 to 1965. I worked in Airframes Under Chief Friedman, AMS-1 Saienni and AMH-1 Osborne deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and was part of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I returned to VP-5 in 1969 to 1973. I worked in Corrosion Control and finally served as Flight Engineer P-3As, P-3Cs. I left in 1973 and was transferred to VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [28JUL98 E-Mail Updated 29JUL98]

BURNS, AO1 Barnie ao1p3fe@yahoo.com "...I have been in VP aviation from July 1973 to April 1988 doing inflight Ord duties out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Had alot of fun with VP's VP-24, VP-16, VP-5, VP-45, VP-56, and VP-49. Then out for 8 years and sure missed the flying. Returned in August 1988 to fly with VP-62, still in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Went Flight Engineer in 1999 and now am attached to VP-94 here in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Couldn't begin to describe the times (both good and bad) I had in the trusty P-3. She always brought me home, sometimes with less than 4 engines, but still brought me home. Wouldn't trade pratforms for anything! Am looking forward to swapping sea stories with old Shipmates. Remember...IYAOYAS!..." [05MAR2003]


CAFFEY, Mark Travelrus@aol.com "...I was an in-flight tech on CAC-10 VP-5 from 76-81. I left the Navy and returned to my home state of Colorado where I have lived every since. I just wanted to say hi to all of my old Shipmates. It was great to soar with the foxes - some of the very best the Navy ever had. I would like to say a special hello to some folks that I will alway's remember: Chris ,Jim ,Gary, Kevin "root", Stoner and Rick. I will always remember those debrief's we had on the ball field at Cig in the wee hours of the morn. Also I would like to make note of some of the very best Avionics techs I have known as well as some of the best friends I have ever had: Deb Larsen "Ryan", Randy Walls, Rick and Terry. I hope that you are all doing well in what life has given. Always burn wholes in the sky. I Love you all..." [17AUG2000]

CALABOUGH, CDR Jerry S. Retired jcalabough@cox.net "...Joined VP-5 in July of 1959 as an ATAN, and departed February 1962 as an AT2. Assigned to the crew of LA-2 for duration. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1960 and NS Rota, Spain again in 1962. Assigned to the FAW-6 ASCAC at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for 62-65 and promoted to AX-1, transferred to VP-50 in 1964 and selected to attend OCS through the Integration Program in 1965. Commissioned Ensign, USN, URL in December 1965, Assigned as ASW Officer in USS Waller DD-466 out of Norfolk, 66-67, followed by a tour as Weapons then Operations Officer USS Richard B. Anderson out of San Diego DD-786, 68-69. This was followed by tour as the Weapons Officer for Cruiser/Destroyer Flotilla 9 out of San Diego, in 70-71, on onto a tour as the Senior Advisor to River Assault Group 22 in the Iron Triangle. Returned to San Diego in 1972 to teach Anti-Submarine Air Control at the Fleet ASW School San Diego until 1974 when I was selected to completed my under graduate degree at San Diego State. Then off to the Army Command and General Staff Course for the class of 75/76 at Leavenworth, KS. Back to San Diego for a tour as Operations Officer on USS Sterett CG- 31 until 1978 when I was assigned to Commander Naval Forces Korea, in Seoul as the Plans and Policy Officer until 1981. My Naval career closed with my retirement as the head of testing for CVA NTDS programs at FCDSSA San Diego in December 1983. Since then I have been employed by Unisys (Sperry Rand) Corp. as a Senior Program Manager. I currently live in Guthrie, OK..." [19AUG2004]

CAMPBELL, AT1 (NAC) Scott Retired BREDALBANE@aol.com "...Very nice site. My squadrons were VP-67, VP-45, VP-5 and VP-30. I have 4,611 hours of "wheels up, heels up"..." [14JAN98]

CANNON, CDR Sean http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/front.htm "...Commander Cannon graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1986 and earned Naval Aviator designation in 1988. Following initial P-3C Orion training, he reported to VP-24 for Cold War anti-submarine warfare deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In 1995, Commander Cannon reported to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWO embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73). As Assistant Air Operations Officer and Flag Tactical Action Officer, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Commander Cannon joined VPU-1 in 1997, serving as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and leading operational detachments to each of the geographical combatant commanders' areas of responsibility in support of national and theater requirements. Ashore, Commander Cannon served as the alternate COMNAVAIRLANT P-3 NATOPS Evaluator as a lieutenant at VP-30. Following his Aviation Department Head tour, he earned a Master of Arts at the Naval War College with additional research and analysis as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Associate Fellow. Ordered to the Joint Staff in 2000, Commander Cannon served in the Reconnaissance Operations Division in the Operations Directorate (J-3) and in the Chairman's Strategic Planning Cell subsequent to the commencement of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following detachment from the Joint Staff in July 2002, Commander Cannon reported to CPRW-11 and served as Chief Staff Officer prior to joining VP-5 in May of 2003. Commander Cannon assumed command of VP-5 in April 2004..." [18MAR2005]

CAPPER, Frank okie14@hotmail.com "...I was sent to FASRON-109 Feb 1957 from NAS Memphis, Tennessee for further transfer to VP-5. Don't remember much except Chief Rosa had the loudest voice in the Navy. He could be heard over everything in the hanger..." [29APR2001]

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

CARAWON, CDR Bruce C. Retired brcar1@bellsouth.net "...I proudly served as the Maintenance/Material Control Officer and Assistance Maintenance Office of VP-5 from September, 1981 thur April, 1984. I retired, after 35 years of Naval Service as an LDO Commander on 1 October, 1994. Today, I continue to be active in Naval Aviation as a contractor in support of the Foreign Military Sales for the A-7 Program in Jacksonville, FL. I look forward to hearing from my many friends from the VP community..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 17MAY2000 | 00SEP97]

CARLEY, PR James james.carley@yahoo.com "...I served as a PR in VP-8 from 1992 to 1995 and VP-5 (CPRW-11) from 2002 to 2005. I just couldn't get out of those big birds. I loved them. I also did my other time in S-3's VS-21 from 1987 to 1992 and VS-22 from 1998 to 2002. I sure did hate seeing that plane lose AW's and its most vital ASW mission to become nothing but a long range tanker but it's the best plane the Navy ever purchased. It will be a sad day when the last one goes to the Boneyard here in the near future..." [04JAN2008]

CARMER, AW1 Bill carmer4@verizon.net "...I served with VP-5 (1977-1980)..." [21JUN2014]

CARROLL, AMEC Dennis P. Retired p3fe418yrs@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1967 to 1975, VQ-2 from 1975 to 1979, ASW Test Directorate from 1979 to 1982, VP-44 from 1982 to 1986 and Naval Aviation Logistics Command/Naval Aviation Maintenance Office from 1986 to 1989. I was a P-3 FE from 1968 to 1986. I wish I was still flying!..." [E-Mail Updated 30SEP2009 | 28SEP99]

CASEY, Patrick pcasey11@cox.net "...I served with VP-16 from 1963 to 1967, VP-30 from 1967 to 1971, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily and VP-5..." [E-Mail Updated 07AUG2010 | 16JAN2010]

CASON, CAPT Arthur C. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2372 "...CAPT Arthur C. Cason, USN - NFL Number: 2372 - Date of Birth: 3/20/1918 - Date In: 12/1/1940 - Date Out: 7/1/1972 - City, State: Bradenton, FL - School Attended: Col of Wm & Mary - Aircraft Flown: SBD, F6F, PB4Y2, P2V, P-3 - Ship or Unit: USS Hornet (VB-8) USS Franklin (LSO) USS Greenwich (CO) - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WWII Pacific Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation TROA - Highest personal decoration or award: Legion of Merit - Significant Achievements: CO VP-5. CO AVP41. Commander FAW-11. Joint Chiefs of Staff Naval War College - In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

CASTELLANO, PN2 John jrcfire4@comcast.net "...PN2 with VP-5 from 1971-1973 worked in Personnel Office, had a great time in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and on deployments. Met some great friends..." [04NOV2007]

CAVANAUGH, Bill bcavanau@midsouth.rr.com "...I was a Flight Engineer in VP-5, 1968-1972. Flew with several crews including: 10, 11, 30. Several of the names I remember and I will contact them. I would like to hear from anyone who served with me. I have been in contact with a number of the old Shipmates and might be able to provide info on them..." [21FEB2001]

CAVINESS, CAPT Claude P. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=31 "...CAPT Claude P. Caviness, USNR/R - NFL Number: 31 - Date of Birth: 5/27/1931 - Date In: 2/1/1951 - Date Out: 2/1/1957 - City, State: Jacksonville,, FL - School Attended: Univ of Florida - Aircraft Flown: F9F-6,8, AD-1,6, S2F-2, P2V-7, TV-1 - Ship or Unit: USS Midway VA-15 VP-5 - Pilot Desg.: Nav Av/Combat AC - Associations/Service Organizations: Navy League Reserve Officer Assn Naval Reserve Assn Amer Soc Mil. Engin. Assn of Nav Aviation - Highest personal decoration or award: Meritor. Serv. Medal - Significant Achievements: Commanding Officer of five Naval Reserve squadrons/units. Chrmn, Military Committee of U.S. Bicen- tennial in Jacksonville, Florida. Masters Degree, C. Michigan Univ. In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

CHESLEY, CDR James F. (JIM) c/o his Daughter twobythec@worldnet.att.net "...I am writing for my Father who does not have a computer yet. But he will when his Granddaughter is online! To the point Dad loved flying P5M. We lived in Bermuda around 1961-1963. It was a very ahappy time for our family! If anyone from those times would like to get in touch with my parents, please e-mail me. Jim and Marie are living in Patuxent River, Maryland. Happy, healthy, and loving retired life...I know my Dad flew the P5M with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. I think he flew P2's with VP-45 and I think he was in VP-5, not sure what he flew with them..." [22JUN99]

CIPOLLI, AW2 Thomas "Chip" ppo1551@mchsi.com "...I was an AW2 SS3 from 1975-1978. Flew with CAC3 and CAC4. I was deployed in NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1976 and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in - 1977. I was on (VP-5) LA4 when we went off the runway in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. My back still hurts. Does anybody remember the UFO incident off of the Egyptian coast in 1977?...I started out on the west coast. Went through training with VP-31 and spent a short but great time with VP-50 CAC12 . Then transferred to VP-5 in 1975-1978 CAC3 and CAC4. Always looking to hear from old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2002 | BIO Updated 19DEC98 | 13DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...CLAIRE, AVCM (AW/NAC) Robert F...AVCM Bobby Claire's Memorial service was held February 6th, 2015 at 1200 in VP-30's Hangar NAS Jacksonville, Florida (VP-24 Bateman Facebook - February 1st, 2015). AVCM Bobby Claire served with VP-24, NAMTGD 1011 and VP-5..." Contributed by NUYEN, AT1 (AW/NAC) Jim jnuyen@ptd.net [12MAR2014]

CLAIRE, AVCM (AW/NAC) Robert F. bobnjul@bellsouth.net "...Served in NAS Jacksonville, Florida VP Navy as an FE from 80-91, VP-24, NAMTGD 1011, VP-5. Still on active duty, but will retire on 01Dec01, (ceremony on 07Sep01). I'm stationed at NETPDTC at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida and intend to stay in Pensacola after my hitch is up. Thanks..." [22JAN2001]

CLEMENT, Robert Marshall oldtar1941@msn.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1951 to 1955. I was a Chief Mech and Plane Captain on MC-1 and MC-2. In 1952 I was Plane Captain on MC2 deployed to Malta. On a MEDFAM flight (December 22nd, 1952) we lost a starboard engine over Djion, France and electrical power was lost as well. After over 2 hours single engine flight, 13 souls parachuted near Paris, all safe..." [15JUN2007]

CLEVELAND, AD1 (AW) Roy L. Jr. bambjamin@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1984 following dads footsteps. We both share the same name. He was attached to VP-31, VP-4, VQ-1, VP-19 in the 1970's. He went back and forth between NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Agana. I have been stationed with VP-5 and VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am on my way to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I will work T-56 I-level..." [27MAR2000]

COCHRAN, AW1 Scott "Scooter Pie" Retired scottcochran@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1974 to 1977, TSC/ASWOC at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal from 1978 to 1980, ASWOC Instructor at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Damneck, Va. from 1980 to 1983, ASMOD USS Kennedy from 1983 to 1985), ASMOD USS Roosevelt from 1986 to 1988, ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1988 to 19-92 and NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1992 to 1993. VP-5 and ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal were the best!..." [22SEP2009]

COLEMAN, Jon S. Shipmate Pix "...Rear Admiral, Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training...Rear Admiral Jon S. Coleman is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He is married to the former Cissy Roberts of Shreveport, Louisiana. Their family includes: Judy and Commander Jerry Hyde, grandson Joshua, granddaughter Morgan, Jacksonville, Florida: Jill Coleman, Irving, Texas: and Jon Kyle Coleman, Carbondale, Illinois. Rear Admiral Coleman has served in the following operational assignments: Airborne Early Warning Squadron Pacific; Patrol Squadron 42; Patrol Squadron 40; Patrol Squadron 5; Commanded, Patrol Squadron 49; Commanded, Patrol Wing 11; Commanded, Patrol Wings Atlantic; Commanded, Fleet Air Mediterranean; Commanded, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. SIXTH Fleet; and Commanded, Maritime Forces Mediterranean. Staff assignments include: Naval Aviation Schools Command; Staff, Chief of Naval Education and Training; Staff, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Staff, Commander, Patrol Wing 11; Staff, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare); Director, Aviation Manpower and Training Division for Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare); and Director, Shore/Technical Training, Chief of Naval Education and Training. He assumed duties as Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training in March 1996. Education background: Louisiana Polytechnic Institute; Naval Postgraduate School; Naval Command and Staff; National War College; and the CNO Strategic Studies Group. Rear Admiral Coleman's awards include: the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with Four Gold Stars, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Two Gold Stars, and various campaign and service awards..." http://www.cnet.navy.mil/rearad.htm

COLVARD, AW3 Kevin kevin.colvard@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1987-1990) and flew (Acoustic Operator) with CAC-8 and CAC-10. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 18SEP2001 | 06JUN99]

CONNERTON, Jim c/o His Son John Connerton Johnconnerton@usfamily.com "...My Dad, Jim Connerton flew with VP-5 out of NAS Seattle, Washington during WWII. He was transferred to NAS North Island, San Diego, California to Photographic Reconnaissance flying B-24s (PB4Y)in 1944. His former PV crew were transferred to the South Pacific, and their plane went down, all were killed. My Mom and Dad just completed their memiours of the war years, along with their lifelong best friends John and Martha O'Conner. John was a B-24 pilot shot down and captured over Germany. My sons and I are constructing replicas of the planes my Dad flew and would appreciate hearing from anyone who may remember VP-5..." [06JAN2001]

COOK, AW1 Randy (Doc Jez) randycook32063@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from March 1980 through October 1987. I made deployments to NAS Bermuda 1980/1986, NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1981/1982 and 85, and a NS Rota, Spain/NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment in 1983/1984. I was a Sensor station 1+2 operator and obtained a final rank of AW1. I flew crews 11, 3 and 9. I am trying to find information on what happened to AW2 R. J. Bennet. Outstanding site I hope to here from so old friends..." [BIO Updated 15AUG2003 | 14FEB2001]

COPE, AE Ephriam George Jr. "Whitey or George" Shipmate Pix cannice@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 Crew 5 as an electronic technician from about January 1964 until August of 1966. CDR Wall and LT Westerman were my A/C pilots. Other crewmen were Ray Vess, Bing Kallus, First Tech Steve Maccqux, Al Manning,Will Waldrop, Bill Gardner, Dick Martineau, Dick Lamp and Dante Saienni. I am retired now from teaching middle school and live in Clemson, SC and Edisto Island, SC..." [PIX Added 07JAN2008 | 05JAN2008]

CORYELL, Stephanie KSCORYELL@prodigy.net "...I served with VP-5 from 88-91. During that time I worked "I" level as an AT and was fortunate to make detachments to both NAS Bermuda and NS Rota, Spain. I'm hoping to locate my good friend Susan (Suzie) Hanna who also was in the VP5 family..." [08FEB99]

COSTARAKIS, CDR Matt Retired achaean@bellsouth.net Shipmate Pix...Circa 1962... "...I was atteached to VP-5 during her Rota, Sigonella deployments and the Cuban crises...September 1961 and left in October 1964..."

COTTON, CAPTAIN Lawrence S. Jr. http://www.cnrse.navy.mil/Leadership/cnrse_chief_of_staff.htm "...Captain Lawrence S. Cotton, Jr., was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1977. Captain Cotton reported for duty to VP-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, in January 1978, deploying to NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NS Rota, Spain. In January 1981, he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was the Action Officer responsible for Northern Europe and the United Kingdom. Captain Cotton attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from January 1983 to June 1984, where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs. He reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in September 1984, as the Operations Administrative officer, serving also as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO), and deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Captain Cotton reported to the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, in November 1986, where he attended the College of Naval Command and Staff and was the U.S. student at the Naval Staff College, graduating with distinction in December 1987. Reported to VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1988, and served as the Tactics Officer and Operations Officer, deploying to NAS Bermuda for the first deployment of the P-3C Update III aircraft in the Atlantic theater. Reported to the staff of Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic, as the Tactics Officer in May 1990. Reported to VP-5 as the Executive Officer in July 1991, and assumed the duties of Commanding Officer in July 1992. During his tenure, the squadron deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and earned the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Antisubmarine Warfare Excellence and the Battle Efficiency Award. Captain Cotton reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, in July 1993, as the Country Director for Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. He served as the Chief of Staff, Commander Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces U.S. SIXTHFLT (CTF-67) from July 1997 to August 1999 and participated in Operations NOBLE ANVIL and ALLIED FORCE, Kosovo operations. Subsequently, he reported to Commander, Task Force 84 as the Chief of Staff where he served from September 1999 to June 2000, and then guided NAS Key West, Florida as that installation's commanding officer from July 2000 through July 2003. In August 2003 he reported as Chief of Staff for Commander, Navy Region Southeast. Captain Cotton's awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and various unit ribbons..." [14FEB2005]

COWLEY, AECS Bobby D. Retired bp3fly@winning.com "...I was in VP-5 (62-65), VX-1 (66-69), VP-16 (69-74), VT-22 (74-77), HC-6(77-80), and VT-24 (80-84). I'm currently employed with Raytheon Aerospace on the US Customs Drug Interdiction Program at Corpus Christi, Tx. Would like to hear from past Shipmates..." [21APR2001]

CRAWFORD, NCCS (AW) AL (Big Daddy) adc_al@hotmail.com "...I startee my P-3 tour with VP-30 STU, went to the Fighting Forty-Niners (W.F.W.P) VP-49 in January 1985. The next stop was AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida for a few, then went on to become a member of the Mad Foxes of VP-5 until January 1995 were I'm a Recruiter stationed in Motown. This site brought back a lot of smiles. Just remember guys, I'm still the President of the G.O.B.C. For you guys still on active duty hope to get with you in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in about a year...Well Shipmates - looks like I won't be going back anytime soon. I picked up the new rate as an NCCS(AW). So for now I am in charge the middle of Michigan to the Upper Penusula. Will see what happens next. Keep in touch..." [BIO Updated 23DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 19DEC97]

CRAWFORD, AE2 Michael "Mike" "Super Grit" mhc@windstream.net "...I served with VP-5 from January 1970 until October 2, 1972. I was an AE2 at the time I completed my service. My nickname in VP-5 was Super Grit. I made two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and one deployment that was split between NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain. I also went to Springboard in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1970. During my last couple of months in the squadron, I was "Sailor Of The Quarter" because I developed a system of troubleshooting the temp-datum system on the P-3 engines. I met my best friend in VP-5, Fred Howell. We still get together about twice a year. I married my wife, Beth while I was serving in VP-5. I started law school the day after I checked out of VP-5. I served in the Districat Attorneys Office of the Mountain Circuit Of Georgia from 1976-2008. The last 23 years of which I served as District Attorney. I am now retired. I have two children and two grandchildren. I have a lot of fond and not so fond memories of VP-5. God has blessed me and one of his blessings was serving in VP-5..." [18SEP2010]

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

CROW, AX2 Billy wcrow002@satx.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1964 to 1967 with Crews 1 & 7 (AX2). I would like to hear from anyone who served with me..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2007 | 03FEB2000]


DANFORTH, Bill Shipmate Pix danforthw@fishnet.net "...Bill was a Naval Flight Officer in Neptunes with VP-5 and Orions...I come from New England, attended Wilbraham Academy , went to Dartmouth and subsequently chose the U.S. Navy as my first career. I was a Naval Flight Officer in Neptunes with VP-5 and Orions with VP-4 and also became a meteorologist. I finished my career at Naval Support Force Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze) and am now working in Geographic Information Systems in the City of Ventura, CA..." WEBSITE: http://www.fishnet.net/~danforthw/bill.htm

DANIELS, David W davewdan@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1973 through 1976. I was going through the process of making a lateral change of rate from AE to AW. Originally was with Crew 5 as Sensor 2. When we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, I had qualed as Sensor 1 on CAC-2. If I remember correctly, that was in 1974. We went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland February 1976. I was then Sensor 1 on CAC-4...After we got back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, I transferred to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for instructor duty at AW-A school. Took my discharge in 1980. Did a few odds and ends then joined Diebold, Inc. as a Quality Assurance Tech. Did that until December 1995. Currently, I'm still with Diebold as a Systems Support Representative doing software/hardware support for the various electronic banking products that Diebold markets (ATM's, Point-of-Sale systems, etc.)..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 01OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT98 | E-Mail Updated 08OCT98]

DARROW, PN3 David Michael "Mike" sdsealion@san.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 from March 1962 to July 1965 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Names I still remember include CDR Tate, Chuck Hernandez and LT Gerry Cole..." [28JUL2010]

DaSILVA, Anibal José ww2ferreter@att.net "...It is very difficult finding much about "Dragon Patrol" VPB-119. Eugene Prezioso and I were ECM crewmembers after arriving from CASU-60. Previously we served aboard two Seaplane Tenders in Lingayen Gulf after arriving from CASU-60. When the second Tender was leaving for the states we asked to be returned to CASU-60. Can you provide any details about VPB-119? My plane was being locked on by radar fire control over the Haiphong/Hanoi area of French Indo-China when I detected it and warned the pilot in time to sweep downward as black flak peppered where we had been. With one sweep of a ship's radar detected, we homed in on a freighter with an aft superstructure and sunk it before we went up a Formosan harbor skimming the water. There were ships all around us but none fired since we were below their deck level. We exited as we entered. I was eventually assigned to VP-5. Towards the end of my enlistment, Pat Carr, a radioman whom I knew in VP-5, called me up and told me to apply for a Field Engineer position with Link Aviation, Inc. I did so and was hired. I worked at air force bases in the southeastern US, for MAAG(France) in West Germany and Morocco, the USAF in West Germany and at Link's plant as systems design engineer. I resigned to work for NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas..." [25MAY2003]

DOUGHTY, AE1 Michael doughtymw@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from January 1971 until March 1974. The day I got out of VP-5, I walked down the street and joined VP-62. I stayed in VP-62 until I grduated from the University of Florida in June 1981 and moved to Knoxville, TN. I went to bootcamp in Orlando, FL, AE "A" School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and P-3 "C" School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, before reporting to VP-5. Over the years I deployed to NS Rota, Spain,NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda..." [09NOV2009]

DAVENPORT, AT3 Jennifer (now Atkins) jatkinsvfw@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 / AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1990-1993). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 16AUG2005 | 17APR99]

DAVIS, Michael C. michael.c.davis@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VP-5 from early 1957 until discharged in June 1960. I was an ATN-3 on LA-10. Went to North Africa, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [23DEC99]

DAVIS, AOC Ray M. (Ray Ray) ordlord11@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1987 to 1989, VP-23 from 1993 to 1995, VP-9 from 1998 to 2001, and currently with VQ-2. P-3 Ordie "best job I ever had" and FE "FE's have the best seat in the house but could use some beer drinking lessons from the Ordie's"..." [23NOV2003]

DAVIS, Robert rdsquest@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 (1962-1963) with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I worked in the Information and Education Office and Administrative Office..." [21AUG2013]

DEARIE, John Sr. jdearie@comcast.net Shipmate PixShipmate Pix ...1967 NS Sangley Point, Philippines..."...I served with VP-5 (11/1964-10/1967). I flew thirty years for Delta Air Lines, instructed for a Delta subsidiary for thirteen years and now fully retired. I am involved in my church, work out, read and visit alot with our four sons and thirteen grandkids dispersed around the eastern US. Our youngest son graduated from the Naval Academy and is currently CO of VP-62 and flies for FedEx. Would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 30MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2012 | 16MAY99]

DEASON, William P. williamdeason@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1963 to 1966. I flew with Crew 10 and made 2 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments..." [29MAY2007]

DeBOLD, CDR James R. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforXO.htm "...Commander DeBold attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on an NROTC scholarship. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned in December 1986. Following Surface Warfare Officer training, Commander DeBold reported aboard the USS ELLIOT (DD-967), homeported in San Diego, in August 1987. During this tour, he served as Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. Accepted for the Surface-to-Pilot Transition Program, Commander DeBold began flight training in January 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1991. Following initial P-3C ORION training with VP-30, Commander DeBold joined the WAR EAGLES of VP-16 in May 1992 where he served as Command Security Manager, Assistant Administration Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While assigned to the WAR EAGLES, he deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Commander DeBold reported to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in August 1995, where he was assigned duties as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. Qualifying as an Air Operations Watch Officer, he conducted numerous carrier qualification operations for initial student pilots from CNATRA Training Commands in addition to the F-14, F/A-18, and E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadrons. He deployed in 1997 to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Task Force 60 and Task Force 50. After completing P-3C refresher training, he joined the MAD FOXES of VP-5 in September 1998, where he served as the Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he held billets as P-3 Liaison Officer for NATO Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE and DETERMINE FORGE, Safety/NATOPS Officer and Administrative Officer. Commander DeBold is currently serving as the Executive Officer, VX-20. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star..." [17JUN2003]

DeCLUE, Steve sdeclue@bellsouth.net "...I'm an AOC now. I just checked into VP-5. Was in VP-6 Jul 84 to Jul 87, AOA school Instructor Aug 97 to Apr 91, VP-49 May 91 to Feb 94, HS-3 Feb 94 to Oct 95 and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) NAS Brunswick, Maine Oct 95 to Feb 99. Looking for anyone that served with during any of those times. Please send email to listed address..." [02APR99]

DeMADALER, Kirk capt.kirk@erols.com "...I was in VP-5 located at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1976 untill 1980. I served in three deployements, first to Italy, then to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and finished my duty in NAS Bermuda in 1980. I was mostly TAD to AIMD as the squadrons Crypto Tech. I was one of the "unsung" people behind the scene. I also worked many of the com nav repair stations and the sono area when they had particularly ugly problems, and although I spent little time directly with the squadron personnel almost every piece of electronic equipment that was on the aircraft I fixed at one time or another over the four years. I wish I had had a closer relationship with the squadron people as being TAD all the time resulted in not really being part of anything. This resulted in me terminating my relationship at the end of my first tour I can't help but believe that if I had been closer to the others I would have reinlisted. I enjoyed the travel and found the officers and crews to be very friendly, I have not located many stories from the people in the squadron at the time I was in on your web site. So I'll pass on a brief one I remember as very funny. It was at the "over the hump party" in Italy when we got the bus driver totally drunk and he must have sideswiped about ten cars getting us out of the beach area i remember him flooring the bus and laughing like hell as he careened from side to side I thought it was very amusing and wonder if anyone else remembers the incident? Good Luck to all..." [08JUL2002]

DeMEESTER, Jack Retired May 1998 DEMEESTER@prodigy.net "...Living in Dallas, GA working for Delta Airlines. Spent the majority of my twenty years as a P-3 Flight Engineer, serving in VP-5, VP-62, VP-60, and VP-90. I would love to hear from past Shipmates to remember these great days of VP-NAVY..." [26OCT99]

DEUTSCH, REAR ADMIRAL (Select) Kenneth William http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/deutschkw.html "...Rear Admiral (Select) Kenneth William Deutsch is a native of Burlington, Ill. He attended Illinois State University, graduating in June 1978, and received his commission in August 1978 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program. In July 1979 Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch was designated a Naval Flight Officer. In February of 1980, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-16 and completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported in July 1983 to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as Communications Officer, Tactical Training Team (TTT) Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. In July 1986, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Commander, Carrier Group Five, homeported in Cubi Point, R.P., where he served as Flag Secretary and Flag Lieutenant. While on board the staff, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and served on several flagships, including USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Ranger (CV 61). In September 1987 the Carrier Group Five staff became the first Joint Task Force Middle East staff. During this tour, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch served as Flag Lieutenant for the Commander, completing a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on board USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS Iowa (BB 61) during the Iran/Iraq War and Operation Earnest Will. Following his tour in the Philippines, he was assigned in August 1988 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as the VP Shore and then Sea Detailer in the Aviation Assignment Branch. In November 1990, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment. Upon completion of this tour in February 1992, he reported to CPW-11 as Operations Officer until January, 1994. In April 1994, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to VP-24 as the Executive Officer, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, prior to the squadron's decommissioning in May 1995. He then reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In June 1997 he reported to the Commander of Task Force Sixty Seven, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch assumed command of CRPW-5, homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine, in May 1999. As Commodore, he directed the training and operations of four Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons until his Change of Command in October, 2000. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to The Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2000 where he served as the Chief, Communications and Computer Networks Division, J6T, in the C4 Systems Directorate, J6. Following his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he reported to the OPNAV staff in October 2002 where he is currently serving as the Deputy for Resources and Requirements in the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, CNO N-61..." [22JUN2003]

DEVINE, AT3 Thomas James devine1tj@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1976-1979) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and flew as an IFT..." [19JUL2012]

DEVLIN, Tosha Branham toshabranham@yahoo.com "...I have served in 2 VP squadrons plus an E2/C2 squadron and a H46 squadron. I served in VP-5 from DEC 99 - MAY 02 and VP-30 from Sep 02 to FEB 03. I will be however transitioning to another VP squadron VP-8 at the end of the year..." [12APR2005]

DiLEONARDO, AVCN Anthony M. tonyelgin@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1966 as a PT (Photo Intel) went to school at Lowery AFB. Joined VP-5 in 1967 just before the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (WESTPAC). Stayed in VP-5 until 1976 when I transfered to NAS Sigonella, Sicily ASWOC. Transferred to CPW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California in July 1981. Then to VP-46 where I stayed until my retirement in 1990. During the entire time I flew with virtually every crew in VP-5 as a Photo/Julie operator, the as an inflight tech when we transitioned to P-3C's and I changed my rate to AT. Look forward to hearing for some of you old timers. Smooth Sailing and following seas..." [21MAR2000]

DISHMAN, CDR Robert B. http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp8/co.htm "...Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Commander Robert B. Dishman attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering while playing varsity baseball. He commenced flight training and received his wings of gold in August 1987. His first operational assignment was to VP-5 stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-5, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot and participated in deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, NAS Bermuda, and split site NS Rota, Spain / Souda Bay, Crete during Desert Storm. In 1991, Commander Dishman was selected for the Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. After completing an accelerated Aeronautical Engineering Master's program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, he reported to the Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While assigned to Test Pilot School, he flew over 20 different aircraft and received recognition for his final project on the Mirage 2000. Commander Dishman reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) in 1993 as a Project Officer, NATOPS Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour, he was selected as Test Pilot of the Year in 1995. He returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1996 for duty with VP-45. During his tenure as Maintenance Officer, the squadron received the "Golden Wrench" Award. In July, 1998, Commander Dishman reported aboard the USS Coronado (AGF-11) for duty on Commander, THIRD Fleet staff. During this tour, Commander Dishman qualified as Battle Watch Captain and assisted in the development of the Web Centric ASW Network. In February 2000, Commander Dishman reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida and assumed the duties as the P-3 Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. Commander Dishman was subsequently selected for operational command and reported as the Executive Officer for VP-8 in May 2001 and is now Commanding Officer of VP-8. Commander Dishman's awards include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and other unit citations..." [19JUL2003]

DOBING, ADCS Frank Retired frank2700@gmail.com "...I served with VP-931, VP-57, VP-8, VP-30, VP-5, VT-29 and then I retired. I went on to a second very rewarding career as an Aviation Safety Inspector with the FAA (Flight Standards Division) and retired January 2001. There is quite a large number of VP retirees in this area of south central Texas..." [E-Mail Updated 18JAN2009 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 13MAR2001 | 18AUG98]

DODRILL, Earnest E. Retired sewer4979@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 on LA-12..." [10SEP2003]

DOGGETT, AOCS Alonzo B. (Al) Retired a_doggett@msn.com "...Served with VAH-21 from 1968-1969 as tail gunner on a P2V-7. Served as leading chief with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1969-1971. Would like to hear from any old Shipmates. VP Navy was great, love those old planes..." [28JAN2002]

DOHERTY, Christopher M. engineer@centerseat.net "...Was a VP-5 Flight Engineer from 1989 through 1993. VQ-2 in NS Rota, Spain from December 1993 to September 1998. I'm currently stationed at NAS Sigonella, Sicily flying the Catbird ETD aircraft for CINCUSNAVEUR..." WEBSITE: http://www.centerseat.net [BIO Updated 08OCT2000 | BIO and E-Mail Updated 19OCT98]

DOLSON, AT3 William williamdolson@sbcglobal.net "...I was in VA-34 from 05-1951 till 05-1952 and in VP-5 from 07-1952 till 03-1955. I was a member of crew 2 of VP-5. I am looking for any member of either squadron..." [12DEC2005]

DRAKE, Dan ddrake@erols.com "...Dan Drake aka "Super Duck" formerly AWA2(AC) USN, VP-5 Crew 1 -- FEB66 through DEC68...Currently a reserve intel officer at NAF Washington, DC..."

DROUSE, AW2 Edward (SS-1/2) Shipmate PixCirca 1988 jedrouse@netzero.net "...I served in VP-5 from July '87 to Apr '91. Was assigned to CAC-7 as a SS-2 for NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. I was the SS-1 on CAC-8 in NAS Bermuda. Had alot of wild times with this squadron! I left active duty and served in VP-93 from JUN '91 - SEP '94. Went from flying Update IIII P-3C's to P-3B's 'Superbees" A/C. Good squadron with a 'work hard/play hard' philosophy. One of the best kept secrets in the Navy. Miss the "Sunday Musters" at the 'Molehole.' Rolled into VP-68 in OCT '94 upon disestablishment of VP-93. About half of the "Detroit Crew" airlifted to NAF Andrews, Maryland until we shut the lights off there in NOV '96. Made my first NAS Keflavik, Iceland det with VP-68. After shutting down VP-68, got orders to VP-92 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in DEC '96. I drilled there until JAN '98 when I went IRR. Re-affiliated with the Naval Air Reserves in OCT 2004, got orders to VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Currently serving proudly as a "Broad-Arrow" in the ASW capital of the fleet..." [PIX Added 31DEC2004 | BIO Updated 02DEC2004 | 16DEC2001]

DUEKER, CDR Scott http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Dueker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in June 1987. Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1987. During this tour he served as CMS Custodian, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Assistant Tactics Officer and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In April 1991, Commander Dueker reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, TACCO and NFO Training Syllabus Coordinator, and Assistant Administrative Officer. In April 1994, Commander Dueker reported to USS AMERICA (CV 66), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Communications Officer. During this tour he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Following en route training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1996. During this tour he served as Assistant Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while completing two Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf deployments. In April 1999, Commander Dueker reported to the Secretary of Defense Cable Divison, Washington DC. During this tour he served as the Deputy Chief for the Secretary of Defense's Communications and Watch Center. Commander Dueker assumed the duties of Executive Officer at VP-5 in May 2002. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and service awards..." [02JUN2003]

DUMAS, Edward L. EDumas1568@aol.com "...First VP tour as an ENS was in VP-5 from 1971 until 1974. Returned to the VP community in VP-30 from 1979 until 1982. Last VP tour was in VP-45 from 1982 until 1984. Retired 1992..."

DUNAVANT, Ray c/o his son CrysDH@aol.com "...enjoy hearing from anyone who might have served with him in the following squadrons: VP-5 ('58-'61), VP-67 ('70-'74), VP-92 ('74-'76), and VP-90 ('81-''82)..."

DUNCAN, John johnd@southeast.net "...I was in VP-16 from 81 through 84, AEC, Flight Engineer. Made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In VP-5 from 87 through 91. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and UNITAS XXX. Did two tours at NAMTGD 1011, NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3 Maintenance and Flight Engineer Instructor. Retired in 1991. Sometimes I even miss the smell of JP5..." [19DEC97]

DWYER, AW1 Mike Retired m.dwyer@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-40 (1967-1971), VP-31 (1972-1974), and VP-5 (1974-1977). Worked as computer Field Service Engineer, mainly for DEC after retiring in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 23SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 22MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...DYER, Robert D...Please fly your flags at half-mast on Wednesday, July 1st in honor of my Father, Cdr. Robert D. Dyer, USN (Ret'd.) who passed away today (June 27th). Dad made the Navy his life and retired after 32 years of service. During his career he was with VP-5, VP-7, VP-30 and VP-49. I was, and still am, extremely proud of my Dad's service to our country and to all of you who have sacrificed so much in defense of this nation we call AMERICA. In true Navy fashion, his ashes will be cast upon the waters of the Atlantic if we can find a P-3 going on patrol that is willing. God bless you all!...Bobby Dyer decals@worldnet.att.net [28JUN98]

UPDATE "...Bobby has received numerous letters from former shipmates of his Dad. He has provided a link to one of many at http://griefnet.org/memorials/rddyer0798.html. He sends his thanks and appreciation for everyones thoughfulness..." [Link Updated 29JUL2000 | Link Updated 24MAY2000 | 19SEP98]

DYER, CDR Robert D. Retired cdrdyer@worldnet.att.net "...I served in five VP Squadrons. VP-5, VP-7, VP-49, VP-30, and VP-5 again. I've been on so many crews I have difficulty in remembering all of you, but I have lot's of memorabilia that could be of great interest to those of you who served with me. I just found your site this evening courtesy of Woody Woodruff, an ole Black Falcon buddy. I have some crew lists, squadron social rosters, and deployment orders for some of the squadrons and photos that may be of interest to some of you. Looking forward to talking to those of you who read this..." [04APR98]

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EDWARDS, Shawn edwardsp@eisenhower.navy.mil "...Served with VP-5 from 1987-1990 and VP-49 from 1990-1993 as an aircrew ordie..." [04JUN2002]

ELMORE, ATCS Dan Retired volfandan@att.net "...I served with VP-26 from June 1982 to July 1985, VP-30 from August 1985 to December 1988, VP-56 from December 1988 to June 1991, VP-5 from June 1991 to June 1992 and NAMTGD 1011 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June 1992 until I retired as an ATCS in July 1995. I would like to hear from anyone I served with just to catch up on old times..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2002 | 15MAR99]

ERGLE, AEC H. E. (Gene) Retired erglegv@bellsouth.net "...I was an AE-1 stationed with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and was transferred to VP-5 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida) when they transitioned to P-3 Aircraft in June 1966. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in May 1967, and came back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in November 1967. We had a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain in 1968, which was to be 2 six week deployments for each half of the squadron. I was with the first group to deploy. We spent too much money on Sonor Buoys and didn't have gas money back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida! So, we had to spend our second six weeks in tandem. I made Chief before we went to NS Rota, Spain, came back, and about 6 of us electricians were transferred to NATTC, NAS Jacksonville, Florida for Instructor duty. I went back to VP-5 in 1974, for about 6 months and retired on September 30, the day was deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Prior to my Patrol Navy I was in VW-11, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and AEWTU, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I now live in Orange Park, Fl..." [12AUG2003]

ERNST, T. E., c/o daughter Debbie dbocci@visi.net "...Dad (Tom Ernst, HMFNIC of NAAPWT, Crew 11) was in VP-5 from 59 - 63. Plane Captain for Stellar 6, "Lethal 11", Bill Saunders was pilot for the Mercury shots and Keflavic dets. Shipmates can contact him directly snail mail at: 9117 Panama Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 phone: 734-485-8553. Or I will pass on e-mail messages. He'll be really glad to hear from you!..." [14JAN99]

EWER, Willard E. willard.ewer@navy.mil "...In the early days of my Naval career I was a member of the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5. I served with VP-5 from December 1956 to December 1959. During my tour withVP-5, I was a member of flight crew 11. To this day I remember the bureau number of my plane 128347 - old LA-11, a P2V-5F. The photoes shown on this siteare intense reminders to me of the places I flew over many times during our ice reconnicense flights in 1958. Many was the time that I prayed that we didn't "go in" in that rugged terrain..." [15SEP2003]


FARNSWORTH, AOCM(AW/NAC) Edward A. Retired tadiespa@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from September 1980 to October 1982 as an Aircrewman Ordnanceman. I was the Ordnance Branch CPO and also worked in QA. I deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily with the World Famous Woodpeckers (81/82 Dployment). I also served in VP-8 (1975 to 1978), VP-5 (1987 to 1993), VA-174 (1978 to 1980) and VFA-106 (1993 to 1996). I was ships company on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1968 to 1969), USS Saratoga (CV-60) (1970 to 1971) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (1982 to 1984). I did shore tours in Weapons Departments at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1971 to 1974) and NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1984 to 1987). I thank CDR Nash, CDR Minderline, AFCM Bob Foote and AVCM Jack Crabtree for helping make my tour in VP-49 enjoyable and successful. I retired from the Navy June 30, 1996 after 28 plus years of Naval Service. My Wife Deborah and I live in Orange Park, FL. I now work for DS/2 (Contractor) at VP-30 as QA Inspector for the VP-30 IMC (Phase) Workcenter. Still Serving the Navy!..." [18APR2009]

FAY, John jjfay@pugetsound.net "...Served with VP-5 1988 through 1992...Currently VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..."

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]

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

FIEDOROWICZ, Tim tfcissp@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from February 1992 to July 1996 and Force Aircraft Test Squadron from July 1996 to June of 1998. I left the Navy and moved New York where I spent 3 years working in Manhattan as a Information Security Consultant. I moved back to the NAS Patuxent River, Maryland area and now work as an Information Assurance Analyst at Eagan, McAllister Associates in Lexington Park. I currently live in Harrisburg, NC right outside of Charlotte (though still working in MD!). I would love to hear from Shipmates and hope all are doing well in your lives..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2008 | BIO Updated 30JUN2005 | BIO Updated 12DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 26FEB2001 | 03NOV98]

FILLMAN, David aircrew@gwi.net "...Mad Foxer (VP-5) from the 1980's. love the web site. also love the new "Beefed Up" Mad Fox logo. How can I get decals?..." [07DEC2001]

FINN, LT John W. Retired "...John Finn was born on July 24th 1909 in Los Angeles, CA. He joined the Navy in July 1926 at age 17. After basic training in San Diego, CA., He was assigned to the ceremonial guard company and in December of 1926 John reported for General Aviation Utilities training in Great Lakes, IL. In April of 1927 John reported to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was assigned to the wing shop, aircraft and repair division and then in July of 1927 was assigned to the Ordnance Division and became an official Ordnanceman and worked on the south end of North Island on 4 gun emplacements of 3" 50 caliber Anti-Aircraft guns. John's next assignment was to VT-1 on September 1929 and he was deployed with them aboard USS Lexington (CV-2). Following his tour aboard the USS Lexington, John served with the following units: Precommissioning Crew USS Houston (CA-30) Asiatic Fleet, USS Jason Fighter Squadron Six (VF-6), USS Saratoga (CV-3) Surveillance Squadron (VS-6), USS Cincinnati AO School, NAS Norfolk, Virginia Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5), Cocasolo, Panama Patrol Squadron Seven (VP-7), San Diego, CA Patrol Squadron 21 (VP-21), Sand Point, WA Patrol Squadron Fourteen/Forty-Five (VP-14/VP-45), NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii AOC John W. Finn was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 15, 1942 by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz aboard the USS Enterprise. Click here to read the citation for John's medal. Continuing his career, John joined the ranks of "Mustang" officers as Ensign then Lieutenant Junior Grade and finally Lieutenant in 1944. After 21 years of distinguished service, Lieutenant John W. Finn retired from the United States Navy. To honor John Finn the Aviation Ordnance Museum was officially dedicated in his name at the AO A-School Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Millington, TN., the contents of which is currently being cataloged and packed and will, along with the bomb truck, be moved by BRAC money to Naval Air Schools Command in Pensacola FL. The museum will then be re-established and set up at the AO A-School. Additionally, during the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen convention one outstanding enlisted Navy or Marine Corps Ordnanceman is selected, from dozens submitted by their command, to receive the John W. Finn Aviation Ordnanceman of the Year Award. In December 1995 John and his wife Alice traveled back to Hawaii and were honored at several military affairs commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the end of WWII. John was chosen to toss a memorial wreath of flowers into the waters of Pearl Harbor from the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson along with President Clinton. It is believed that John is the first Medal of Honor recipient of WWII and he is the last surviving Medal of Honor winner from the day of infamy..." http://www.biztool.com/norms_pg.html

FINNEGAN, YN3 William J. W_Finnegan@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-5 from November 1959 til December 1961. We deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1960. Anyone interested in a Reunion, give me a shout. What ever happened to: Joe Hurley, NY, Roger Binsfeld, MN, Tom Fleming, MO, and Otis Cates, MS?..." [14NOV2000]

FIORDILISO, ADAN DJ (ADAN 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]

FIRTH, AVCM Frederick L. Retired ffirth@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1960 to 1962, VP-28 from 1966 to 1969, VP-6 from 1973 to 1976, and VP-1 from 1979 to 1983. I would like to hear from any and all of my ex-Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 09JAN2001 } 19AUG2000]

FISHER, ADC (AW/NAC) Brad Retired bradley.s.fisher@lmco.com "...I was a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1977 to 1997. I started out at VP-31 (FE school) 1977 - 1978. From there I went to VP-1 (78 - 81) where I was on crews 6, 8, and 5, VX-1 (81 - 84), VP-47 crew 4 (84 - 87), FWATD (87 - 90), VP-5 (90 - 93), VP-30 (93 - 97) where I retired. I now work for Lockheed Martin developing CBT for C-130J maintenance. Life is good. I miss flying, but not the living around the flight schedule..." [04NOV99]

FITE, ADJ2 Louis W. fite1@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 to 1970..." [21JUN2011]

FITZPATRICK, AD3 Daniel dandjfitz@charter.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1986-1990. I am looking for a Shipmate named ISC Gerry Walker. As far as I know he's still active duty. Any help would be helpful..." [30OCT2002]

FLEETWOOD, LT Mike (Sparky) mfleetwood@worldnet.att.net "...Started out in early '86 as an IFT in VP-24. Made the '86 NAS Sigonella, Sicily, the arduous '88 "World Tour" NAS Bermuda, and the first two months of the late '89 NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Rolled to VP-30 as a shop IFT and decided to "move-up-not-out" and spent my weekends going to SIU. Finally got picked up for as an NFO and went to AOCS in early '92. I spent the next two years in training commands. Received orders to VP-5 in mid '94 and served there until early '98. I did the tail end of the NAS Keflavik, Iceland then two back to back tri-sites spending the majority of the time in Panama. Currently, I'm serving as the SEI coordinator at Special Projects in Jacksonville..." [01JUL98]

FLEENOR, Leslie ijlpf233@juno.com "...I served in VP-5 from March 1953 to December 1955. I was radioman on Crew 4 for the NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada deployments. I would like to hear from any Shipmates from that time..." [E-Mail Updated 22NOV2000 | 11JAN2000]

FLOATE, Jonathan rbeer25@hotmail.com "...I was a "World Famous Mad Fox (VP-5) Lineman" from Dec 94 till Oct 98. By trade, I was a Mech, but they thought I was a better "Yellow-Shirt" teacher in the lineshack (at least that's what they told me the reason was why I couldn't go to powerplants). Now I work for Marsh Aviation converting old S-2 Trackers (S-3's took their place) into ariel firefighters for the state of California (we got the contract)..." [20DEC98]

FORBES, Tim xur@mailexcite.com "...I was in VP-5 (77-80) then on to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (80-82)and finally NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (82-85). NAS Patuxent River, Maryland is where I stayed to support the fleet at the type 3 calibration lab. I would like to say hi to all my old Shipmates and hope to hear from some of you soon..." [09JUL98]

FOWLER, Danny usn8ret@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1980 to 1983 as Command Career Counselor and VQ-1..." [18OCT2003]

FOWLER, Al alykat@erols.com "...After tours in VP-23, VJ-2, VW-4 during the fifties, I came back to sea duty in VP-5 in '61 to '63, then VP-30 and finally VP-7 from March 1965 to May 1967; skipper for the last year of that..." [28JUN98]

FOX, AEC Jesse Retired jfox321@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1980-1987) and VP-24 (1990-1992). I flew as a FE and retired in 1992..." [E-Mail Updated 29OCT2015 | 09FEB98]

FRALEN, Michael Shipmate Pix "...He served as the Line Division Officer and Flight Officer VP-5...currently COMMANDING OFFICER, PATROL SQUADRON EIGHT...Commander Michael C. Fralen was born in Ft. Riley, Kansas, and grew up across the country as the son of a career Army Officer. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he received his Bachelor of Science degree and commission as an Ensign in 1978. After a short assignment to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training. He completed flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, in February 1980. Following designation as a Naval Aviator, Commander Fralen reported to Patrol Squadron FIVE in Jacksonville, Florida. He served as the Line Division Officer and Flight Officer and participated in two operational deployments to Sigonella, Sicily. In October of 1983, Commander Fralen reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) in Patuxent River, Maryland. He qualified as an Operational Test Director and participated on test teams for the P-3 UDIII, ISAR, ANDVT and ALR-66 ESM system. He served as squadron Flight Officer and was the test director for the Sonobuoy Missile Impact Locating System (SMILS) with detachments to Bermuda, Barbados, Recife', Brazil and Ascension Island. Commander Fralen next reported to the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). He served as Arresting Gear Officer, Air Launch and Recovery Equipment Quality Assurance Officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer. He participated in deployments to the North Atlantic and the TR's maiden cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. In February of 1989, Commander Fralen reported to Patrol Squadron TEN, Brunswick, Maine. He served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. During his tour, he deployed to Rota, Spain, Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From April 1992 until October 1993, Commander Fralen served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Maintenance and as Flag Secretary for Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander, Naval Aviation Activities Brunswick, Maine. Following this tour, he reported to the Naval War College as a student in the College of Naval Warfare. Commander Fralen reported to Patrol Squadron EIGHT, as Executive Officer, in April 1995 and recently completed deployment to Sigonella, Sicily. On 19 April 1996, Commander Fralen became the 48th Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron EIGHT. Commander Fralen has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and Navy Achievement Medal. His academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire College and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College..." http://flightdeck.airlant.navy.mil/public/covp8.htm

FRAME, Gene gframe2@raytheon.com "...Retired LT(USN) May 1998. Currently: Raytheon Electronics Systems, Software Quality Engineer. Flying tours include: VP-5 AW(76-81); VP-30 AW instructor(81-83); VP-24 NAV/TACCO (88-91); Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit (MPEU) Canada (VX-1) TAC NAV(96-98). I encourage all VP crew past and present with 1500+ hours to join VP International. Email: vpihq@glinx.com Website: http://www.14wing.dnd.ca/vpi..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUL2000 | 17SEP97

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

FRANKEL, Nevins A. nfrankel@vpnavy.org "...I served with VR-662 NAF Andrews, Maryland (Naval Reserve) from 1964 to 1965, VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Active Duty) from 1966 to 1967 [Deployed: WestPac NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 05/66 through 12/67] and AWS-66 NAF Andrews, Maryland (Naval Reserve) from 1968 to 1970..." WebSite: http://www.vpnavy.org/ [01DEC1996]

FREDERICK, John R. geep@funport.net "...I was with VP-5 fron November 1971 until July 1974. I made chief in March 1972 and ran the Check Crew and then was in QA. I would love to hear from any Shipmates..." [11OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...FRIEDMAN, CPO Albert...I am trying to contact people who knew and served with my Dad Master Chief Albert Friedman. My dad passed away on January 3, 2003. My mom Hyla Friedman was very active in supporting Naval functions for the navy families. Dad was called up to active duty in 1960 during the Cuban Missle crisis and again in 1961 Berlin Wall crisis serving in VP-741. The following year he signed up for active duty in VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He later served in Lakehurst, NJ under Captain Roth, CO. Following Lakehurst he was transferred to VP-11 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1971-1977 when he retired..." Contributed by David Friedman jeandavidf@yahoo.com [11JAN2003]

FRIEDMAN, MCPO Albert (Deceased) c/o His Son David Friedman jeandavidf@yahoo.com "...I am trying to contact people who knew and served with my Dad Master Chief Albert Friedman. My dad passed away on January 3, 2003. My mom Hyla Friedman was very active in supporting Naval functions for the navy families. Dad was called up to active duty in 1960 during the Cuban Missle crisis and again in 1961 Berlin Wall crisis serving in VP-741. The following year he signed up for active duty in VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He later served in Lakehurst, NJ under Captain Roth, CO. Following Lakehurst he was transferred to VP-11 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1971-1977 when he retired..." [11JAN2003]

Memorial Picture "...FRISCH, AD1 David...AD1 David Frisch was killed in a motorcycle accident in Orange Park Fl, on Sept 2, 2005. He was only 48. His last duty station was VP-5. He was a retired flight engineer...Ron Sharpe rons8251@yahoo.com..." [07SEP2005]

FROST, Frank W. frostie@BTConline.net "...Served from 1951 through 1973. I started as an AD then converted ADJ. Served with VP-5, VR-22, VR-7, VSN-8, and VW-4. I was a Flight Engineer with all squadron except VP-5..." [07JUN2001]

FROST, CDR Paul J. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~uscnrotc/Decades/d-1980/c1983bio/b83FRO.htm "...BS Business Administration Finance 1983. Warfare Specialty Flight Officer - Commissioned Ensign USN 13 May 1983 - Industrial College of the Armed Forces ICAP - National Defense University 2003 - Military History: Flight School: VT-10 / NATU Mather Airforce Base, Winged out October 1984, VP-30 - Student P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron - November 1984 - May 1985, VP-24 - Pilot - May 1985 - January 1989, VP-30 - Instructor - January 1989 - February 1992, CV-64 - Communications Officer - May 1992 - May 1994, VP-47 - Department Head - November 1994 - September 1996, CPRFL - Training Officer - October 1996 - May 1999, VP-30 - Executive Officer - May 1999 - Jun 2000, VP-5 - Executive Officer then Commanding Officer June 2000 - June 2002, and ICAF - Aug 2002 - Jun 2003..." [21JUN2003]

FURROW, Robert D. rfurrow@hotmail.com "...I reported to VP-5 as an AO1 in September 1952. I flew on Crew #9 with LT. Losure until after our return from NAS Keflavik, Iceland in December 1953. Then I went TAD to the photo lab at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and got my rate changed to PH1 in February 1954. I stayed in the squadron until November 1955 when I transferred to NAS Pensacola, Florida. I eventually made PHCM and retired on 30 years in September 1974. My time in VP-5 rates as some of my favorite duty in the Navy. I have enjoyed seeing the names of some of the men that were in the squadron at the same time I was and would like to hear from anyone that cares to communicate..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2000 | 26AUG99]

FUTCH, Ralph F. rfutch21@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1982 - 1985 with some of the most terrific people I have ever gotten to know. Sure miss those times! They all still hold a special place in my heart. Sara, Lee, Jed, Crack, Wade, Chuckie, Kitty, and the rest. Just finished tours with VP-45 and VP-16. Love that VP Navy! I am now stationed at AIMD NS Mayport, Florida. Getting close to the end of my Navy days. Hope to hear from ya'll..." [12JUL2002]


GARDNER, Jim M. jmgardner23@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-5 from 59 thru 61 and again from 63 thru 65. Was an AE-2 and aircrew member flying with P/C Charlie Goss, Ray Green andI can't remember the other one. Have many pictures of crews and VP life in different places. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates. Am in touch with a few..." [17MAR98]

GETCHELL, Robert A. Retired bbg2@msn.com "...Hi fellow "Airdales." I'm a 20 year Navy retired guy. Some of my best times were spent aboard Neptunes. I transitioned to P-3 and it just wasn't the same. I served VP-7, VP-45, VP-5 from 1967 to 1973. I'd like to meet anyone who was at NAS Jacksonville, Florida during that time. I'd like any Reunion information as well. May God richly bless all of you for your dedicated service. Bravo-Zulu..." [07SEP2003]

GILLEY, CPO Pete Retired pbgilley@comcast.net "...I served with VP-23 CAC-8 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1981 to 1984, AWA school in Millington from 1984 to 1988 and VP-5 CAC 1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until 1991 then to Mayport til retirement in 1995. Was SS3, Shop Chief, Training CPO at Millinton..." [18FEB2004 | 30JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...GILL, AMSC Charles "Chuck" Truman...AMSC Charles (Chuck) Truman Gill passed away October 13, 2011 very early in the morning at his home in Meridian, Mississippi. He was a P-3 Flight Engineer with VP-5, that I know of. I believe he had a tour with the training squadrons in Meridian, but that's all I know. He was 66 years old and had been not in the best of health for many years. Funeral arrangements are pending..." Contributed by CARROLL, AMEC Dennis P. p3fe418yrs@gmail.com [14OCT2011]

GISH, Michael (757)588-5710 "...I served with VP-5 from 1960 to 1962. The VP days were times I shall never forget and the friends I made during those times seem to linger in my mind much longer than any other friends I have ever made since. Anyone from my era out there hat remembers me - please call me at (757)588-5710..." [E-Mail Removed/Phone Number Updated 23MAR2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 27JAN2002 | 15NOV98]

GLAUB, ADC Dennis lglaub@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1990 through 1994. My wife, AMH3 Lisa Mofield, served with VP-9 also. Anyone out there remember us? I am currently serving with VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [14JUN2000]

GOEHLER, Desiree (now Kooiker) K9Kooikies@aol.com "...Things have changed from being in VP-5 (90-96), I now work for Clay Co. and have become more relaxed, yes it is true it can happen. I just want to say thank you to my old Shipmates that understood me and took me for who I was and am now, and to the ones I went off on, well you may have needed it (just kidding) thank you too. I am blessed to have known all of you and would love to hear from all (Kef Kef Kef)..." [02SEP2001]

GOOD, JOHN W. JGOOD@TWA.COM "...VP-5 A0-3 LA-11 AND LA-3 3/58 TO 9/61 - STATIONED AT NAS Jacksonville, Florida DEPLOYED TO NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Sigonella, Sicily , NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, AND LONDONDERRY IRELAND(GREAT TIME). MY CREW(E3) WENT DOWN IN NAS Keflavik, Iceland JAN 1962, 4 MONTHS AFTER MY DISCHARGE. AM HUNTING A MAD FOX LOGO PATCH, ETC. AND ANY FORMER VP-5 FOLKS FROM MY ERA. THANKS YOU..." [18SEP98]

GOODWYN, CAPTAIN Richard W. http://www.nctskef.navy.mil/CFK/leaders.html "...Captain Richard W. Goodwyn graduated from the University of Delaware in 1979 with a degree in Biology. After working at DuPont for two years, he entered the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign on 2 July 1981. Captain Goodwyn entered flight training in August 1981 and after tours in VT-3 and VT-31 he was designated a Naval Aviator on 2 July 1982. After completing P-3 flight training at VP-30, he reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. While in VP-56, he served as PR/AME branch officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In October 1986, he was selected for instructor duty at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), VP-30. During his tour, he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer and CNAL NATOPS Evaluator. In 1989, he reported to the USS AMERICA (CV-66) as the Assistant Navigator and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. During this tour he earned his Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) qualifications. His next duty station was at Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT), where he served as the Flag Lieutenant from December 1991 to January 1993. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-5, in July 1993 for his Department Head tour where he served as Command Services Officer and Maintenance Officer. He also completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In July 1995, Captain Goodwyn reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in Washington DC, where he was the Carrier Placement Officer. While at BUPERS, he was selected for VP Operation Command. Following his tour at Bupers, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces receiving a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Management. In June 1998, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Executive Officer and then as Commanding Officer. During his tour, VP-10 completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL during the Kosovo Conflict, recieved the Navy Unit Commendation Award, the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" award for maintenance excellence, the CINCLANTFLT "Golden Anchor" award for retention excellence, and the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence. Captain Goodwyn was next assigned to CPW/CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as the Chief Staff Officer. Captain Goodwyn is currently assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Keflavik, Iceland, where he is the Chief of Staff..." [29JUN2003]

GOSHORN, Don vprep@daccess.net "...VP-18 P2V7s 61-63, VP-30 IFT instructor 65-67 P-3A/B/C, VP-45 67-70 P-3A/B, VP-30 70-75 P-3C, WST/OFT Tech (civil service) 2F69D, 14B44, 2F87T, 14B35..NAESU Rep VP-5..VP-62 P-3C UDIII..presently with LSI on the P-3 AIP birds in tech pub creation..." [BIO Updated 15AUG98]

GRANT, AW2 Steven slg685@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1976-1980) and ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1980-1984)..." [16MAY2016]

GRAY, Rich rich@networkusa.net "...I served with VP-5 from October 1969 to November 1971..." [29APR2002]

GREEN, CMCPO Dennis Shipmate Pix http://www.vp16.navy.mil/cmc.htm "...Command Master Chief Dennis H. Green was born on April 1961 in Batavia, New York.He graduated from Oakfield Alabama Central High School, and enlisted in the Navy on 26 January 1979. After completing recruit training at RTC Orlando, Florida, his first assignment was to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. After his first assignment he attended AW "A" school at NATTC Memphis Tennessee, graduating at the top of his class. Upon completion of "A" school, Master Chief Green completed Naval Aircrew Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Florida, and VP-30 Fleet Replacement Training Jacksonville, FL as a P-3C update II acoustic operator. In June 1981, he reported as an AW3 to the "Seahawks" of VP-23, which had just commenced a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour with the "Seahawks" stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine, he made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He transferred as an AW1 in November 1985 and attended Instructor Basic Training at NOB Norfolk, Virginia. Master Chief Green reported to Fleet Aviation Specialized Training Group Atlantic Fleet (FASO), Detachment NAS Jacksonville, Florida in December 1985. He taught Acoustic Analysis, Aural Listening, and Oceanography. While assigned, he earned the Instructor and Curriculum development NECs, Master Training Specialist (MTS), and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His next assignment in July 1989 was to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he was the Communications Security and Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During his tour with the "Mad Foxes" he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, and made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Souda Bay, Crete in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and Provide Comfort. In May 1993 after completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Master Chief Green reported to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30, he served as the Aircrew Training Leading Chief in charge of the Observer, Acoustic AW, Electronic Warfare Operator, In-flight Electronic Technician, In-flight Ordnance man, and Foreign Military Training tracks. He was advanced to Master Chief during his tour at the "Pro's Nest." Master Chief Green reported as Command Master Chief to the "Wildcats" of VFA-131 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in October 1996 and deployed Around-the-World onboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), spending over five months in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Southern Watch and Deny Flight. Due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) he transferred with the "Wildcats" to Oceana, Virginia in October 1998. In August 1999, Master Chief Green reported to Commander, Sea Control Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet as the Command Master Chief in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2003 he reported to the "War Eagles" of VP-16 where he serves as the Command Master Chief. Master Chief Green is designated Enlisted Aviation Warfare, Naval Aircrew man, and Master Training Specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various other service, campaign and unit awards..." [08AUG2005]

GREER, AO2 Sam nnn0syr@navymars.org "...I served with VP-5 (Crew 12) from 1953-1956 (P-2V5s, 5Fs, and later P-2V7's), VP-671 NAS Atlanta, Georgia from l963-1975, and VP-62 from l978 to l989..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAR2003 | 22MAR98]

GREGG, William A. IV wmagregg4@aol.com "...I was in VP-5 1950-1953, then later was CO of VP-726, NAS Glenview, Illinois 1958-1972. Looking for Shipmates from any VP, especially John (Pete) Morris, VP-726. Pete & I shared the experience of losing 3 of 4 engines one snowy night, Planted the bird at old Lockbourne AFB, Columbus, OH..." [03OCT2000]

GRIFFITH, ADCS(AW) James W. scpo21@comcast.net "...I flew as a FE with VP-5, VP-56, VP-30, VP-11 and Naval Air Depot (NADEP) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am due to retire November 1998..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2009 | 14SEP98]


HAAKE, Pat jjjkldp@psci.net "...VP-5 IN THE LATE 60S EARLY 70S..." [03JAN98]

HAGEMANN, CW02 Daryl HAGS31@hotmail.com "...I served with the MAD FOX's as a Instructor Flight Engineer from 92-94. I have also served in VP-16, VP-30, VP-46, and now going to VP-47. I'm glad to know that Lance Lewis and Ralph Torres are still alive. See ya in the fleet..." [22APR98]

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

HALL, AZ1 Abigail "Abby" Retired az1hall@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (12/1982-1986), VP-5 (1986-1989) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and joined the Navy Reserve serving with HS-1197 until retirement as Admin LPO (2007)..." [11NOV2015]

HALL, Charles R. Sr. advanced@pinn.net "...We (VP-5) were home based in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was in this squadron in 1953-55 and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada..." [16AUG2000]

HALL, LT M. J. solo32899@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from May 1962 to May 1965..." [28MAR2010]

HAMLIN, AMH2 Roger rogerham@windstream.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1965-1969..." [E-Mail Updated 24APR2009 | E-Mail Updated 17NOV2007 | 31MAY2005]

HANEY, Randall rhaney@boazk12.org "...Dr. Randall Haney, Assistant Superintendent, Boaz City School System, Boaz Alabama. I served in VP-5 from Oct 68 until Oct 71 as an AE3 and AE2. I also served in VQ-4 and VF-143 as an AE. At the mid-point of my 31 year career I was commissioned and served on the USS Emory S. Land and the USS El Paso (my favorite tour). My shore tours included NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, NAMTRADET Oceana, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, PG School in Monterey, and COMNAVCOMTELCOM Washington DC. Boaz is not really on the main road to anywhere but we are close to Birmingham, Atlanta, Huntsville, and Chattanooga. If you are in the area be sure and stop by for and compare sea stories. We also have great fishing in this area, particularly on Lake Guntersville. Also bring the wife. We have a large collect of outlet stores. My office number is (256) 593-8180..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 05JAN2002 | ICQ# 4852971] [18DEC97]

HANKS, John E. portage@uwyo.edu "...Those who know me generally like me, even though we might have radically different political or religious opinions. Some people do have a black hatred of me, but I don't like them either.   I have a good sense of ironical and satirical humor and I love clever practical jokes, especially when I'm the victim. I am a stalwart friend, although I love to point out my friends faults (especially imaginary ones) in front of other people.   I am considered an eccentric, but most of my eccentricities are simply novel ways of solving a problem - like wearing loud reading glasses so I don't lose them all the time, or wearing an engineer hat (to promote railroads), as opposed to wearing the usual farmer hat.   I can develop the most avid interests in the strangest of things, like the color of old rust versus the color of new rust, but I find sports to be unutterably boring, like watching some tedious card game. Maybe it's the rules that make them so dull . Who knows? I like to eat ball park hotdogs though.   I love to speculate and think "outside of the box", pretending that apples are oranges after all. I don't mind appearing the fool, if it promotes something worthwhile, like standing up to authority or annoying some hypocritical Republican.   Most of the books that I love were never assigned in school. I was usually drawn to them because of recommendations or some sort of affinity. Most important were the writings of Paul Goodman, Thorstein Veblen, Paul Fussell, Bertrand Russell, Gore Vidal, Bertrand Russell, H. L. Mencken, Ambrose Bierce, Pearl Buck, Jane Austen, Jessamyn West, Mark Twain, Mari Sandoz, James T. Farrell, and many others.   My brother and I were born in Chicago in the late 1940's while my father was at the U. of Chicago School of Social Work. Afterwards we grew up in several small towns near Lansing, Michigan, and we had the typical high school experience (bad). I went on to Earlham College for less than a year (kicked out for drinking beer), and then I enlisted in the navy from 1965 to 1968. Served with VP-5 from January 1966 through June 1967 and RVAW-120 (Training Squadron for E2-A Carrier Early Warning A/C) from July 1967 through October 1968 (bored, anti-war, and disliked the military chickenshit).   Upon discharge I entered Antioch College in Ohio and developed a love-hate relationship with a quasi-mentor history professor (who triggered the mixed blessing of an intellectual awakening). I married a French woman named Martine who I met in England. It ended in divorce in 1979 (She is now a French professor in Florida). Some years later I married my second wife Saralyn Laughlin in 1984, and we divorced amicably in 1997. (She lives in Ft. Collins and we are still friends - without the fire.) I went on to get advanced degrees in Adult Education, American Studies, and a B.A. in Elementary Education. I wasn't a professional student, but just someone on the wrong path, trying to use academia to find my way.   I've held a lot of different jobs over the years, farm worker, store manager, secretary, yeoman, clerk, railroad timekeeper, parking ticket clerk, sheet metal worker, recreation director, graduate student, adult education director, 4th grade teacher, derrick climber, and now an archivist.   I was rescued by a University literature professor (who I hardly knew) when he pulled some strings to find a job for me in The American Heritage Center Archives. Archive processing has worked ideally for me because I am in a congenial intellectual atmosphere, even though most of my colleagues are highly introverted and their silence and bureaucratic timidity can be extremely irritating at times.   I subscribe to Progressive, Church and State, Harpers, New Yorker, and sometimes other magazines like The Nation. I read the Casper Star Tribune and I regularly read liberal web sites, but also a couple that are are far right (just to keep up with their lies.) I find George Bush, Bill O 'Reilly and Limbaugh to be so utterly dishonest that I just can't listen to them, though I do listen critically to NPR (National Propaganda Radio). I also like to argue with locals on the E-Laramie web site under the name "Patriot".   After 50 it is largely "patch, patch, patch", but my health is still pretty good. I have to use an oxygen mask at night for Sleep Apnea, and I have been taking lithium for many years for manic depression (sounds terrible - but it isn't - at least in my case so far). I used to do Aikido and run Marathons, but those days are over. At this point I want to lose weight to improve my breathing - not so much my appearance.   Like a lot of men I am interested in military history because it really is the story of the modern world from public relations to gulf war syndrome. My father was a conscientious objector. My first father in law flew an attack plane in the French-Algerian War and my second father-in-law was a liaison officer with Gen. Stilwell in Burma. I am still occaisionally trying to research a battle at Phnum Ga in Burma that my second father in law described to me in tears, because half of his unit was wiped out. I know an enormous amount of stuff about military history, but this battle continues to stump me because there are many different versions and accounts, including his.   A very close friend is a retired bomber pilot and airplane modeler and we get together every Sunday to compare our model work (his work is museum perfect), and we watch war movies (very critically). Right-wingers are often horrified to discover left wingers llike me who know more than they do about military subjects.   I have maybe 400 airplane models, 100 ship models, 100 armor models, and a model railroad which fills half of my basement. The railroad is centered around Milwaukee harbor's steel industry and it includes many bridges, steel mills, refineries, coke plants, scrap yards, and a blast furnace. There is a lot of political satire and humor. I've modeled friends and I poke political fun at the demons of our political system. My living room has been converted into a workshop with fish tank, stereo and TV. It is not a typical bachelor pad. You won't find pinups and beer bottles. I prefer Hornsby's cider, display models and bookcases. It is as disorderd as any other pad though.   I cancelled cable TV after the OJ fiasco, and I feel a lot better for it. I'm now convinced that the main purpose of TV is to promote a low grade fear and anxiety in order to sell products, keep up false illusions, and elect criminals. So I'm better without it. I do miss out on some things though.   I think it is accurate to describe myself as a left-wing radical and more or less a pacifist when it comes to militarism. Vietnam was the turning point. It was then I realized that the people who matter in this country could care less about the rest of us - so much so that we were truly expendable throw aways.   To my mind 911 was a repeat of Hitler's Reichstag Fire. It was not terrorism, but treason - an inside job followed by a protection racket to make us blindly loyal to the Bush regime. I also believe that the anthrax attacks were the same thing. The Wellstone family plane crash proved it further. Since 911, I have felt an almost constant low grade nausea when it comes to how easy it is for useless rich criminals to control this country.   I try to stay as politically active as I can in a Republican state that makes it impossible for opposition parties to get on the ballot. I am part of several liberal support groups so that we can support one another in the midst of the machobation life style that is Wyoming.   You now have a fairly good idea of what I'm like from this description. To my mind intellect and the play of ideas is more important than intelligence. (My French wife was an intelligent part-time advertising model, but not intellectual. My second wife was very intelligent, but not very intellectual.) Both marriages were successful at 8 years and 13 years, though they ended in divorce.   P.S. I have tabby cat named Woody (After the Cheers actor) and a prissy white cat named Heidi (Who hides, but sleeps on top of me at night) Woody is usually getting between me and the computer..." [BIO Updated 13SEP2003 | 20SEP99]

HANSEN, David dhansen65@wi.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 in the 1960's. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20AUG2010]

HANSEN, Don Retired dnlh0501@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-8 from 1973 to 1976, NRD Boston 1977, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, NMPC Sea Duty Detachment from 1980 to 1985, VXN-8 from 1985 to 1989 and retired out of VQ-4 in 1992..." [10JUL2004]

HARKINS, Gerald shipmate pix...Circa 5/67 gharkins13@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1966 to 1968, as 3P with crew 1 ( Cdr Josephson's crew) then moved onto crew 10 as 2P with Bauer & Ransford taking my PPC check ride while with crew 10. After NS Sangley Point, Philippines I was transfered to NADC Johnsville where I flew several types but mostly NOP2s. I got out in 1969. In 1970 to 1971 I flew for Air America in Vietnam then Laos, then went on to work as a Case Officer for TF 157 - a Naval Intel unit for a few years. For the last 20 years I've been a minister and Christian school principal in RI..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2003 | 18DEC97]

HARRIS, ADCS (AW) DEAN H. hudsonharris@hotmail.com "...(VP-16) 4/81-4/85; (VP-30) 5/85-5/88; (VP-5) 5/88-4/92; (VP-16) 8/97-8/99. Presently stationed at CNAL, NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Dsn-564-3018/Comm-(757)444-3018. It would be great to hear from old friends..." [07JAN2001]

HARRISON, AW1 Chuck chuck.harrison@ngc.com "...I joined the Navy in 1972 and spent 5 months at FASO and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was transferred to VP-5 in 1973 while VP-5 was on deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was promoted to AW1 just prior to leaving Active Duty in 1978. I spent a couple of years in the reserves at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland serving with other x-Madfoxes, Jim Rather and John Musgrove in ASWOC unit 965. In late 1996, my Customer (SPAWAR) moved to San Diego, CA, and like any good contractor, my company TRW, Inc. transfered too. If you remember me, please email!..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 20OCT2000 | 11OCT98]

HARSCH, AE2 Bob bob.harsch@lmco.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1981 to 1983. I made the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1982. Hung out with AE2 Kirk Blankenberg and AE2 Jerry Huntley. I worked for AE1 Frank Davis. Enjoyed a short Detachment to Northern Italy for a three day Airshow. "We Had some Fun." I am now a Manager with Lockheed Martin in Orlando Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2007 | 14OCT2001]

HATFIELD, James P. (Homer) guiderite@pcola.gulf.net "...I was in VP-5 from jan 59-june 62. Would like to hear from old Shipmates at my email address. Has anyone heard from Zeke Zorn?..." [24JUL2001]

HAYNES, Dale "Doc" dearnh03@yahoo.com "...Just giving a shoutout to whomever wants to get a hold of me. I am presently stationed at CPRW-5 awaiting medical retirement from the Navy due to losing my right foot over the summer of 2006 due to a blood clot. I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine at VP-10 from 2004-2006 and at VR-1 at NAF Andrews, Maryland. I started my career in 1996 as a member of VP-5 Mad Foxes. I will be retired and living back in Mansfield, Ohio in July 2007. Give me a holler anytime and it would be good to hear from some old Shipmates. Peace Out!..." [BIO Updated 11MAY2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 17NOV2001 | 06DEC99]

HEIMERLE, CAPTAIN Richard https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/capt_heimerle_bio.htm "...Captain Richard Heimerle was born and grew up in New York where he attended Albany University earning a degree in Business Education/Accounting. After coaching college football for two years, he reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School receiving a regular commission in March 1981. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1983. Operationally, Captain Heimerle served in VP-5 conducting Cold War deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. He served as Flag Secretary to Carrier Group Five/CTF-70 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During Operation Desert Storm he was a Battle Watch Captain for the Arabian Gulf Battle Force, comprising 4 aircraft carriers and 60 coalition warships. As a department head with VP-23 he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Deny Flight and Sharp Guard and served as CTG Operations and Operations Officer. He was the first Executive Officer of VPU-2 and subsequently Commanding Officer. Prior to reporting to VP-30 to assume duties as Commanding Officer, Captain Heimerle served as the Chief of Staff to Commander, Maritime, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, EUROPE during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shore assignments include Bureau of Naval Personnel as Asst Carrier Placement Officer. VP-30 as an NFO instructor and leader of the Tactical Training Team where he was named VP-30 NFO of the Year for 1989. In OPNAV he served as the Asst P-3 Requirements Officer. After receiving a Master's Degree from the National War College, he reported to the Joint Staff serving as Chief of the Israel/Africa Political Military Affairs Branch in J-5. He was named Action Officer of the Year in 2000 for his work on the United Nations crisis in Sierra Leone..." [14FEB2005]

HELBERG, Norman W. Shipmate Pix norman@biztool.com "...Served with VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1984 through 1988...Naval Flight Officer Duties (VP-5) included flight training of junior officers; avionics officer; maintenance control officer; flight duties. Qualified as Patrol Plane Navigator in minimum time. Qualified as Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in minimum time. Organized and implemented a branch maintenance training program. Wrote an HRO/Equal Opportunity instruction that became the standard. Developed and implemented significant long range goals and plans impacting squadron personnel..." WEBSITE: http://www.biztool.com/norms_pg.html

HELMS, Charles R. abhchelms@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (07/1973-05/1976)..." [06APR2015]

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]

HENDRICKSON, EJ hendric@exis.net "...I SERVED AS A PILOT WITH VP-5 FROM 90-93. I MADE ONE MED AND ONE KEF DEPLOYMENT WITH THE MAD FOXES..."

HENKLE, LT Terance henklet@swbell.net "...VP-5 1983-1988: Tactics LPO, AW Shop LPO, OPS LPO, Deployed to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Sigonella, Sicily. accepted into Enlisted Educational Advancement Program (EEAP) 1988-1990 and Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) 1991-1993. Designated as an Oceanography Officer..." [21DEC97]

HICK, Frank "...I was assigned with VP-5 Flight Crew as a Radioman, June 1965 to December 1966. VP-5 was orignally out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and was deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in Jun 65. I'm looking for any of my old Shipmates. Please call me (202) 395-5509 or write me. Sincerely, Frank Hicks RM3, U.S. Navy Former All-Navy U.S. Softball Team 1965. Home Address: Post Office Box 471315 District Heights, MD 20753-1315..." [15JAN99]

HIGGINS, Jack ikoti1@live.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1961 to 1963 and VP-6 from 1967 to 1969. The aircraft, P2V-5 and P-3A were the oldest of the types then flying. I knew all the men on the VP-5 AC that crashed in Greenland (SEE: VP-5 (January 12, 1962) In Memorial for lost friends...). Sorry to hear that some of the remains are still there..." [24FEB2010]

HIGHLEY, James j090532@vci.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1951-1954. Would appreciate hearing from anyone that served with VP-5 durin that period..." [12JUN2003]

HOCKENBERRY, David DRHockenberry@pathway.net "...Served with VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1974 through 1977..."

HOPPENS, Ken (Hop) pltmgr@ancointernational.com "...VC-5 Det NAS Cubi Point, Philippines was my first assignment. I arrived April 1971 until July 1972. I was then assigned ships company aboard the USS Constellation working on the flight deck until my discharge in Sept 1974. My 16 months with VC-5 were the most memorable in my life. I was known as HOP to everyone. I was only 17 years old.I was placed on the flight line working as a Plane Captain for the US2C. LCDR Marks was in charge during my 16 months. Some of the gang I remember are Hutch, Randy Fish, Rowboat, Woody (Woodstock), Al, Bolen just to name a few. If I wasn't on duty you would either find me at the EM club or subic city. I still tell my stories around campfires to this day. My most memorable moment at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines is when a typhoon came in one weekend and they closed the base. Me and a couple buddies were able to flee the base that Friday night by hitching a ride on a Navy bus heading for Bagiuo. We slipped the driver a few bucks to drop us off in Subic City where we stayed until Sunday. Had the whole town to ourselves. You should all remember we recieved the Phillipine Presidental Citation from Marcos for our help to the Phillipinos..." [14JUL2005]

HORSMAN, John (Pony) jphorsman@aol.com "...I have served with VP-5 (76-79), VP-30 (79-83), VP-23 (87-89), and VP-11 (90-92). If they would let me I would go back and start over tomorrow -- it was always fun and the people I got to know made it memorable -- they were the best part. Thanks..." [05JAN99]

HOUGHTON, PR1 (AW) Kevin HEY3825968@aol.com "...Best time in the Navy todate. Served as a (VP-5) Mad Fox from Apr. 93 to Feb. 96. Started my journey VAQ-33 "Firebirds" NCSS Panama City, Fl. VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Currently as an PR (A1) Instructor/Mitilary Training Instructor (MTI). Hope to here from some of ya. Drop me a line sometime. Ouh Oh!!!..." [16SEP98]

HOWE, AD1 David Retired howe6310@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 (Second Mechanic) from 1975 to 1979, VP-62 (SELRES) fom June 1979 to November 1979, VP-93 (F/E Both as a SELRES and then a TAR) from January 1980 to December 1989, VP-65 from 1989 to December 1993 and finishing with VP-94 NAS New Orleans, Louisiana..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 11APR2000 | 02OCT98]

HOWELL, CPO Freddie S. Retired luluflash@msn.com "...I served with VP-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1962-1965 (I was an AE2 assigned to Combat Aircrew on P-3A BUNO: 148884), NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1965 to 1969, VP-5 from 1970-1974 (made Chief), and then served at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Retired in 1977. there. My total P-3 flight time is around 4000 hrs. Would love to here from some of my old buddies..." [08JAN2003]

HOYT, AW2 TIM (LONEWOLF) Retired THOYT@AG-CHEM.COM "...SENIOR 2ND CLASS OF THE VP-26 80-83, VP-30 I PRETEND I WAS NEVER THERE IN 83, VP-10 87-90, VP-5 93-94. RETIRED PATWING ONE DET DIEGO GARCIA 86-87. HELLO LANCE'E POOH..." [02MAR98]

HRISKO, Mike mfhrisko@sprynet.com "...I served in VP-45, 1978-1980. I am presently the Command Master Chief in VP-5. Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading new comments from our Patrol Squadron shipmates and friends...."

HUFF, Harvey E. intex2@ix.netcom.com "...I reported to VP-5 in Jan 57 as a new Ensign, after a short stint in the enlisted Navy and 18 months in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. I left in left in the Spring of 1960 for NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida where I instructed in T-28 Trojans. If anyone has a copy of the late 50's VP-5 song book (Songs We Learned at Mothers Knee and Other Lowly Joints) I'd appreciate a copy of it..." [21JAN98]

HUNT, CAPTAIN Dave Retired dhunt@mi-connection.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1967 to 1969, VP-7F-1 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1970 to 1973, VP-72 from 1974 to 1983, Naval Reserve Center at Wichita, KS from 1984 to 1991 and retired September 21, 1991 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [16MAR2011]


INGRAHAM, Bill (Iggy) Bill_Ingraham@excite.com "...Just want to comment that as a "Blackshoe" attached to the VP Navy (I was a PN), VP-22, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, was the greatest tour of duties a blackshoe could be part of. The Blue Geese of VP-22 matured me from an 18 year old boot with our deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan to a ripe Petty Officer to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with yet deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and unfortunately shore duty came up before NAS Keflavik, Iceland. You Aviation raters were the best goup of guys to be around and will always remember the R & R flights I got to fly. P-3 Orions are the coolest aircraft I've ever been associated with and great memories will always be with me..." WebSite: http://www.militaryplus.com/ [E-Mail/URL Updated 21DEC2001 | 17JUN99]

IPAR, Laurie Shipmate Pix lripar1957@aol.com "...As we look upon a New Year I would like to wish all my old squadron mates from VP-49 during the years of 1985 to 1990 A Very Happy New Year. 'Tis amazing how this page has reunited some old friends. I see old squadron mates and those strong ties of family are still there. I was so pleased that this page helped me find my old friend Michelle Quinn (now Michelle Ford) (Congratulations GF) who know has a beautiful family and is happily married. I want to thank all the World Famous Woodpeckers that made it to my retirement ceremony. You guys made it a lot better! I just want all of you to know that everything is wonderful and I want all of you to have a wonderful 2004. May this year be mishap free and bring our troops home and keep them safe! (PS WE FINALLY GOT HIM!)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JAN2004 | PIX/BIO Updated 25JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 13JAN2001 | 25AUG97]


JAMES, LCDR H. Wynne wynne.james@hwjlaw.com "...I served with VP-5 (1968-1972) with deployments to NAS Bermuda (1969), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1970) and NS Rota, Spain (1971) flying as a TACCO principally with crew PPC and CO Big George Barker and VP-62 (1972-1975). I survived both squadrons with Shipmate Jerry Kivett..." [16MAR2016]

JOHN, CAPTAIN David F. Retired dfjohn@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from May 1967 to Apr 1970 as LT(jg) and LT Plane Commander, and served as Schedules Officer, then Communications Officer. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Served in VP Reserve Squadrons May 1970 to Oct 1984, including VP-62, VP-94 and VP-67, the last as Commanding Officer. Served in Naval Reserve Unit NAS Memphis, Tennessee Nov 1984 to Oct 1986 as Inspector General, retiring as Captain..." [26JUL2009]

JOHNSON, Casey oldhip603@aol.com "...I am a retired HMC and was the squadron corpsman for VP-5 and VP-16 in the late 60's and early 70's. Even with all the ragging from the tailhook navy, I am still convinced that VP's were the best sea duty in the Navy..."

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

JOHNSON, Rochelle johnson_rochelle@hotmail.com "...I used to be stationed with the VP-5 "MAD FOXES" who are currently deployed in NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [10SEP98]

JONES, Donald "Don" donaldjones13@rocketmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (06/1962-04/1964). I currently live in Atlanta, GA..." [16DEC2011]

JONES, LT(jg) Ernest A. fiddlestik1@cs.com "...I served with VP-5 from August 1956 to July 1958 with deployments to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I flew as Pilot and Co-Pilot/Navigator aboard LA-6 BUNO 128356 with E.T. BENNET as Plane Commander. I am now living in Tallahassee, FL..." [16MAY2011]

JONES, Larry larryd95@yahoo.com "...I would like to hear from any flight crew members of VP-5 Patrol Squadron during late 1961 and early 1962 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment early 1962..." [29JUN2001]

JORDAN, Mitch jordo@mediaone.net "...I'm currently stationed at VP-5 (AW2)..." WebSite: http://www.jacksonville.net/~jordo/ [19MAY99]

JORGENSEN, Wally "Grub" jorgewc@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1973 to 1978. Made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (how I loved NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal). Now I work for the USACE making electricity. Hello to all of my "OLD" Shipmates may we someday meet again before my brain rots the rest of the way..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 09OCT2001 | 23DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...JUDD, CPO Lawrence Lane...Lawrence Lane Judd, 51, passed away June 24, 2007. Born in Ocala, FL, he lived most of his life in Jacksonville, FL. He retired, with multiple commendations, as a Chief Petty Officer after 24 years of duty with the US Navy, serving with VP-5 (1977 to 1981), VP-45 (1984 to 1990) and VP-16 (1993 to 1996) as a P-3C IFT at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by Grandparents Bob & Edith Walker of Ocala, FL & Elic and Ethel Buchanan of El Paso, TX. He was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He is survived by; wife of 2 years, Cynthia B. Judd; parents, Margaret Belle Baker of Ocala, FL and Marvin Lawrence Judd & his wife Carol Judd of Keizer, OR; , aunt, Andree (Frank) Meyers of Lockport NY, uncles Jim (Dot) Buchanan of Holly Hill, FL and Darrell Buchanan of El Paso, TX. Brothers, Mitchell (Kathy) Judd of Lufkin, TX & Dane (Karen) Judd of Chile; Judi Judd, mother of daughters, Miranda Witkowski & Jessica (Brennan) Perkins of Jacksonville, FL., step-daughters, Alyson & Jessica; granddaughter, Victoria; grandsons, Jackson, Tristan, and step grandson Evan; and numerous other relatives and close friends. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held, with full military honors, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 29th in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Jacksonville, FL..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [30JUN2007]

JUDD, Lane (Deceased 24JUN2007) lljudd@freewwweb.com "...P-3C In Flight Tech for 23 years at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. VP-5 from '77 to '81, VP-45 from '84 to '90, VP-16 from '93 to '96. Three tours at NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida then retired May '99. 6000 flight hours is enough, but it was a great job with great people. To all the crewmates over the years (and there were many) I salute you and wish you well. What we shared both in the air and on liberty, few would believe!..." [21APR99]


KAHN, Fred mypeekay@msn.com "...VP-5 pilot from 1983-1985. Go MAD FOXES. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Retired 15 years out of the reserves..." [14JUL99]

KARKHECK, AT3 Herb herbflight@tampabay.rr.com "...I served with FASRON-107 (01/1959-01/1960). I served mostly in the AT shop, and often ran the test equipment "cage". My good friend, John Krieger, AT3 (1959), married the German Nurse he dated in Rekjavik, and unfortunately, both have passed away. (My German Nurse sent me a "dear John" after I was transferred to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida). I would love to make contact my old buddy, Al Augiliera. I think he was from Brooklyn. He was in FASRON-107 at the same time. In fact he saved my life from a big Norwegian (I think), who was going to kill me on Christmas Day, 1959, because of my German background. Alcohol was a contributor to the event. Wishing the best to all my felllow Bropther and Sister Navy Vets..." [29AUG2016]

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]

KEIMIG, AMH Randall Retired RandJ@aiic.com "...I served in VP-5 the Mad Foxes in airframes under AMSC Novotny from 1981 to 1985. We were the frame dogs. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NS Rota, Spain once. After VP-5 went to NAS Fallon to F-18 and could never get back to P-3's. was an AMH now retired..." [29AUG98]

KELSO, AWC (AW) John kelsoj_98201@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-5 as an Acoustic operator from July 1988 to September 1993. Instructed at VP-30 from November 1993 to April 1996. USS Abraham Lincoln from October 1996 to October 1999. Currently assigned to VP-46..." [E-Mail Updated 10NOV2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 13NOV99 | 13FEB98]

KENNEDY, CDR Craig M. http://www.unl.edu/nrotc/Instructors/instructors.htm "...Commander Kennedy received his commission in 1979 upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, earning his "Wings of Gold" in September 1980. Following initial training at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Kennedy reported to VP-5, where he served as Human Relations Officer, Personnel Officer and NFO Training Officer. During this tour, he deployed twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and completed a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School where is received a Masters of Science in Systems Technology in September 1986. CDR Kennedy next served as Air Transfer Officer and Assistant Air Operations Officer onboard USS RANGER (CV-61), deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Following his disassociated sea tour, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), where he served as Training Officer and worked on several Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) projects including the MK 50 Lightweight Torpedo. This tour was followed by his department head tour with VP-26, where he was OIC of the squadron's 3 plane, five crew drug interdiction detachment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and again deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. CDR Kennedy then reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in April 1993, where he was in charge of the command's two Automated Data Processing centers and three Special Communications Centers. After ONI's reorganization, CDR Kennedy become the Operations Officer for the Systems Directorate, ensuring the smooth daily operation of an organization of over 300 military and civilian workers. He then spent 18 months in training before reporting in January 1998 to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria as U.S. Naval Attaché. He arrived as the Executive Officer of the NROTC Unit, University of Nebraska in February 2000. He became Commanding Officer in Aug 2002..." [13JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...KINCAID, Leon Clifford Sr...Dad served with the USS Wright (AV-1) (1928), VJ-1 and VJ-1 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1933 to 1936, VP-5 from 1936 to 1938 and VP-15 in 1938...L. C. Kincaid Jr., Retired USAF SMS lckincaid@aol.com..." [13AUG2004]

KING, CAPTAIN Bill Retired BilLavKing@aol.com "...Served as a pilot in VP-5 from January 1950 until March 1951 and as a plank owner in VP-10 from March 1951 until November 1952..." [28AUG99]

KIRACOFE, Phil pkiracofe@embarqmail.com "...Greetings to my old mates, VP-5 1970-71, particularly Crew 21. And to Charlie Brown: I know that was you calling out to "Yakima" on the radio over the western Med. And did John Russell end up with Mona #1 or Mona #2?..." [E-Mail Updated 10MAR2010 | 18JUN98]

KIRKLAND, Richard G. http://www.nato.int/docu/conf/2003/030718_bxl/cv-kirkland.htm "...Richard G. Kirkland - Vice President, Corporate International Business Development - Richard Kirkland was named to the position of Vice President, Corporate International Business Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation in May 2002 from his previous position of Vice President, International Programs. This newly formed CIBD organization supports the Lockheed Martin business units' international pursuits by developing and implementing strategies for U. S. Government advocacy, technology transfer and Congressional notifications of pending military sales. These activities will be fully coordinated with the Washington Operations office. He is also responsible for the Corporation's export licensing and compliance programs, consultant services and corporate trade show management. He will maintain close contact with U.S. Government international policy makers, and is responsible for coordinating Washington meetings between Lockheed Martin personnel and U. S. and foreign government personnel and foreign industrial representatives. Mr. Kirkland was Vice President for Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems since May 1996. He was responsible for existing customers and new business from U. S. and foreign governments and developed closely related commercial markets for the company's aeronautical products. Before joining Lockheed Martin, he served as Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs where he used experience gained as Director, Senate Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. A Career Naval Officer, selected for Flag rank, he is both a designated Naval Aviator and a Surface Warfare Officer. His extensive contact with patrol aviation includes tours of duty as Commander, Patrol Wing ELEVEN (CPW-11), Commanding Officer of both Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) and Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) and Test Director, P-3C/S-3A HARPOON Weapons System. Selected as Chief of Naval Operations Fellow for Strategic Studies Group IX, he also holds a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida and a bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy..." [21MAR2005]

KIVETT, Gerald J. xh1buiti@aol.com "...I arrived in VP-5 in May of 1968. The squadron had just returned from NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Ex-CO was Stephenson. We had a new CO with EXEC CDR Abelein. I made the NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal split deployment as a maintenance officer (rigger) with Chief Farmer and subsequently Chief Williams. I made the deployment to NAS Bermuda/ NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada split and the NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip also. I finalized with NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, trip. Last assigned as NATOPS officer under the Thomas/ Barker regime. Got out in July of 1971. Bill Schaeffer, where are you?? Ken Arthur where are you?? My last ground job was in admin under Carl Leban. He is in the Orlando area now. Regards to all my old Shipmates..." [25AUG2001]

KNAPP, David Knapp_143@hotmail.com "...I am currently in VP-5 the best fixed wing patrol squadron in the navy. I love the navy and all the people in the navy. Just wanted to let you all know if you need to learn how to shine boots I am your man. No one is ate up like me!..." [07JUL2001]

KOENIG, ADJ3 Howard howardkoenig@att.net "...Attended "A" School in 1961 and reported to VP-5 while they were deployed to NS Rota, Spain. I served with VP-5 from 1961 to September 1964..." [12JAN2010]

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]

KUEHNEL, Chuck cpkuehnel@sbcglobal.net "...Served in VP-5 as TACCO on Crew-2 (BUNO: 131419) from November 1963 through March 1966, and have many good memories from those times regarding deployments and weekend trips to Italy, Greece, and the Dutch Antilles. After leaving VP-5, I returned to civilian life and recently retired from Ameren, where I spent my career in maintenance of the fossil-fuel power plants. Would like to hear from my old VP-5 Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2007 | E-Mail Updated 09NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2001 | 28JUL2000]

KUIPER, AO Michael L. "Baby Face Bomber" weona@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-5 (1981-1983) with two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1881/1982). I flew with Crew-9 and logged over 1000 hours of flight time. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02FEB2012]

KURLAND, AMH1 (NAC) FRANK 12236000@NTSERV.NRC.NAVY.MIL "...AIRFRAMER, DET DOG VP-5 87-92 RECRUITED NE PENN 92-95, FLIGHT ENGINEER VQ-3 95-98 TINKER AIRFORCE BASE OK, BACK TO RECRUITING TRAVERSE CITY MI WITH THE DUBIOUS HONER OF WORKING WITH BIG DADDY AL (NOW ADC CRAWFORD) ALL YOU FORMER Shipmates DROP ME A LINE WOULD BE GOOD TO CHAT WITH YOU, SEE YA DOWN THE ROAD OF GLORY..." [16DEC98]

KYSER, AT1 David P. Shipmate Pix Circa 2004 davekyser@yahoo.com "...In-flight Technician (IFT), served with VP-24 from 1984-1987. My experiences in VP-24 with the Batmen were nothing short of incredible. (Remember the "Battle of Bermuda"?) "Stumble-in CAC-1", Not to mention, the good old days of really being on top of the Bear every day. After a fabulous shore tour at NAMTGD NAS Jacksonville, Florida Det 1011 teaching IFTs; I went to VP-5 from 1990-1992. Good tour with the Mad Foxes ("Desert Storm" went well enough). Got out in 1992 and started my own business. After September 11th, 2001, I felt compelled to serve again, and was fortunate enough to get a Sel/Res IFT billet with the Broadarrows of VP-62, served 2001-2004. Became an Ord-Qualified AIP IFT. Participated in OEF and several other "good" deals. Went IRR 11/2004. After short stint with FRC/SE and Lockheed Martin, I moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and am currently the NAVAIR/PMA-290 P-3C Avionics SME and Mission Systems Fleet Introductory Trainer..." [BIO Updated 11SEP2009 | BIO/PIX Updated 11FEB2006 | 01JUL2003]


LAMBERT, AO1 William A. billlam98@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1974 to 1978 flying with CAC-12..." [07JUN2011]

LANDERS, CDR James Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp-47/html/body_executive_officer.html "...A native of Caledonia, Mississippi, Commander Landers graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1987. He began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving as Gunnery Officer and Navigator aboard USS Vreeland (FF 1068) homeported in Mayport, FL. Completing Naval Flight Officer training in 1991, he reported to VP-45 where he qualified as P-3C UDIII Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander and served as NFO Training Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Assistant Task Group Operations Officer. During this tour, he deployed with the Pelicans to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and led numerous detachments, including to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operation Sharp Guard and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 1995, he reported to VP-30 as a FRS Instructor, and was assigned to the CNO Fleet Projects Team where he performed duties as the first Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Officer. In this capacity he was instrumental in establishing the VP community's solid foundation for the most advanced mission system upgrade in Maritime Patrol Aircraft history. For his efforts with AIP Fleet Introduction, he was awarded the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) Outstanding Achievement Award for Maritime Patrol (1997). Returning to sea duty in 1998, he reported to the MAD FOXES of VP-5 as Tactics Officer. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, he led combat support surveillance missions over Bosnia, Herzegovina in support of Operation Deliberate Forge and Kosovo in support of Operation Eagle Eye. He served as Training Officer through a resource limited inter-deployment training cycle and as Operations and Task Group Operations Officer deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Reporting to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 2000, he served as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Programs Officer in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Requirements Division (N74). In this capacity, he contributed to programming and planning for critical war fighting improvements to ASW platforms and sensors. Transferring to U.S. Pacific Command in 2002, Commander Landers served as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Counter Terrorism (JIACG/CT) in the Operations Directorate (J3). Among the notable achievements while at PACOM, he led the development of the Pacific Command's Regional Maritime Security Program and Southeast Asia Maritime Security (SEAMS) Initiative. CDR Landers is currently XO of VP-47. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal..." [20APR2005]

LANDRETH, Landreth billy@chesapeake.net "...I was a member of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) from January, 1951 to about August, 1953. Served as a Yeoman (YN-2) under Skippers, CDR R.W. Warner, CDR Barbee and others. I remember when Ensign Parker drew up the Squadron Logo, of the Fox striking a blow at a sub periscope. We were not known as the "Mad Foxes" during those years. I read with interest Willoughby's comments about the squadron in the early fifties. I was on the deployments to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island when MC-9 went down. I lost a very good friend on that accident. I remember the Malta deployment when one of our planes went down outside of Paris (Willoughby spoke of this also). What he didn't tell was that the parachute rigger was on that flight and had to jump with a chute he had rigged. He also popped his chute in the excitement and went through the hatch holding the chute in his arms. The crew didn't have to go very far to find the rigger of their chutes. I could go on and on about the old days in VP-5..." [02AUG98]

LANGE, Shawn xntexan@the-cia.net "...I was an AT2 in VP-5 from 5/94 - 5/98. I'm currently living in Geronimo, TX and working for the Wal-Mart electronic repair facility..." [04JUN99]

LARSEN, Debbie (Ryan) dlarsen@lsijax.com "...I was an AT in VP-5 from 1979-1983. Over the years I have seen a few familiar faces, which is always a stroll down memory lane. I have a message for Kenny Mackey from someone special, if any of you know where he is at. He was an AT also during those same years...After I left VP-5, I went to NAS Moffett Field, California to squadrons VP-31 and then VP-47. After 10 years and another EAOS, I got out and worked as an avionics tech rep for the reserves and then went to NAVAIR as a P-3 contractor, then moved back to JAX and worked with LSI as a training specialist and technical writer, off again to New Mexico for a while and now here again to LSI same job, but I never really left the Navy or P-3s..." [18DEC97]

LATIMER, AT1 Donald H. donlat@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from October 1957 to January 1962. Checked in an ATAA and checkedout an AT1. I was on crews 8, 10, 1 (short while) and 3..." [E-Mail Updated 10APR2002 | 22NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...LAWRENCE, AWC Ronny (Red)...Regretfully I must tell you that I was just informed by Barbara Lawrence that our old shipmate Red (served with: VP-5, VP-7 and VP-16) passed on this morning. She asked me to notify as many of his military friends that I could and I solicit your help in passing this unfortunate information to his many friends via email or telephone. She told me he had been hospitalized for about four weeks after undergoing a triple heart bypass. Apparently his lungs were not strong enough to allow him to recover from the effects of this invasive surgery. Red will be resting at the : BRUMMITT FUNERAL HOME, 321 Magnolia Ave W., in McKenzie, TN 38201-2159. Telephone number: 731-352-2222, Mr. Hays Brummitt will be in charge. This is his old home town and he will be buried in McKenzie on the site of their old homeplace on Monday. The services that she told me about are as follows: All will take place at the Brummitt Funeral Home noted above. Viewing: 4-7 PM on Sunday, Oct 23rd. Service: 11 AM Monday Oct 24th - Barbara said it would be a Military style funeral and that those arrangements had been made. I join you in a prayer for our fallen friend and shipmate. Red was a caring and reliable friend whose word was always true and honest. I will miss him greatly. John E Pierson..." Forwarded by Nick Mulich nicknjax@gmail.com [23OCT2005]

LAWRENCE, AWC Ronny (Red) Retired Chiefrojo81@aol.com "...I was in three VP squadrons during my 22 years in the Navy. I served with VP-16 from 1960 to 1963 (deployment to "sunny" NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a very dark NAS Keflavik, Iceland), VP-7 from 1966 to 1969 (deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily back-to-back because we were only one of the three squadrons still flying the P2V's), and VP-5 from 1972 to 1976 (started out in the P-3A(D) and we transistioned to the P-3C in 1974). I retired in 1981 as an AWC. Shortly after that I went to work for the Navy Contract Program and have work for three different colleges teaching Navy and Marine Corp students at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee now NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida teaching at AV "A" school. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 23APR2001 | 10JUN99]

LAZENBY, AMH2 Veryl R. "Laz" veryl_1966@yahoo.com "...I served with VC-3 from February 1968 to February 1970 (Worked in AIMD then back to the Squadron Check Crew 140 for about 9 months then was line trouble shooter for W/C 120 Airframes), NAS Sigonella, Sicily from September 1971 to September 1973, and VP-5 from September 1973 to April 1975 with one deployment NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1974..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 06SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 24SEP99 | E-Mail Updated 13AUG 99 | Updated 25FEB98]

LEE, Charles R. userjlee3938@cs.com "...I served with the Mad Fox squadron (VP-5) from 1963 to 1968. We had about the only remaining P2V5s when we went to P-3s. I really though that this was the top squadron in the FAW. I also was the Commodores (Captain Ford and Commodore Cason) driver for about 3 months..." [25DEC2001]

LESSNER, CDR Dennis USNR Retired denny.lessner@ssa.gov "...I served with VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 8/1/69 to 3/15/70 which included a deployment to NAS Bermuda..." [28AUG2008]

LEWIS, AWCS Lance A. llewis@lsijax.com "...Flew with VP-16 from1981-85, VP-30 from 1987-91, VP-5 from 1991-94, and CPW-11 from 1994-97. Retired November 7, 1997 in Orange Park, Fl. Give me a holler, (anyone but AW1 Timothy M. Walker). Just kidding Tim..." [24FEB98]

LINDNER, Max lindner3@worldnet.att.net "...Served with VP-5, VP-30, VP-49, VP-56, and CPW-11..." [04FEB2002]

Memorial Picture "...LINDSLEY, Ralph Eugene...(April 23, 1935 to December 23, 2002) transferred his membership from our United Methodist Church to the Church Eternal. Memorial service was held December 26, 2002. Ashes are to be scattered at sea by Naval personnel, so wrote his wonderful wife of 37 years. I was stationed with Ralph in VP-5 in the late 50's, but never knew him by any name except Red. I reunited with him on the internet, thanks to http://www.vpnavy.org. My memories of Red were nothing short of great. He was a good man. As one example, Red was Plane Captain and selected a guy named Jiles as his second mech. Jiles went on to become Plane Captain and took over his own crew, but Red opened the gate. Jiles, you see, was an African American. God bless you Red; Gods speed...M. P. Walsh Papa2vctr@aol.com..." [21FEB2003]

LINDSLEY, ADR1 Ralph (Red) Retired judyralph@stx.rr.com "...I served two tours with P2's VP-5 from 1956-1959 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (was PC on LK3). I also served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1962-1964 as PC on LK2. I would like to hear from anyone who might have served with me..." [E-Mail Updated 10OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 25MAR2000 | 27DEC99]

LUCAS, Steve steveluc3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-30 (1997 to 2000) and V5- (2000 to 2003). Best experience of my career..." [26AUG2008]

LUKE, LT(jg) (AW2) Bob theluketeam@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1975-1976) and them made a swap (AW2 Cippoli) to VP-50 with two to NAF Misawa, Japan (Crew-1 and Crew-4). I was a qualified SS2/3 and left the Navy in 1979. I was commissioned in 1988 (Intel USNR) and worked in Pentagon National Military Intelligence Center (NMIC). Left as LT(jg) 1991. I see several guys I knew...Cippoli, Tim Smith, Axelson, Curtis and Yates..." [24DEC2010]


MACKEY, Calvin mad_dog009@yahoo.com "...I was an AT in VP-5 from latter part of 76 to 80. I made deploments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. Would like to hear from old Shipmates, especially Jody Harkness, John Flavel, Tom Devine, or Bob Kauffman. Would like to hear from all of you guys and gals all to many to name. Special note to Lane Judd have not been able to raise you in a while drop me a line. Look forward to rekindling old friendships and as always VP Navy THE ONLY WAY TO FLY..." [26APR2001]

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

MAIFELD, Joe 1gadawg@bellsouth.net "...Was a memeber of the Mad Foxes (VP-5) in 1980 and 1981. Joined the squadron during mid-deployment in NAS Bermuda and made the tour to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would like to hear from any comrades..." [09JAN2000]

MARAVETZ, Dave dcmoravec@yahoo.com "...Hi, I was a part of VP-5, back in 1977. I had just completed a tour of duty in Iceland when I was transferred to VP-5. The year I was in Iceland July '74 to July '75, I was part of AIMD, specializing on ASA-66. Those were the good old days. The Mad Foxes had the efficiency 'E' plus one hash mark during those days..." [E-Mail Updated 14MAR2002 | 01SEP98]

MARRIOTT, CAPTAIN Bill http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commodores/marriottbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 (May 2000 - Aug 2001) - Captain Bill Marriott graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1979. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1980. After completing training at VP-30 in 1981, Captain Marriott reported to VP-16. During this assignment he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and made deployments to NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In August 1984, Captain Marriott reported to VP-30 for instructor duty. During this tour he served as the Communications Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In February 1987, Captain Marriott reported for duty aboard the staff of Commander Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces Sixth Fleet in NAF Naples, Italy as Flag Lieutenant. In July 1989, Captain Marriott joined the staff of CPW/CPRW-11 as Safety/NATOPS Officer. After refresher training in VP-30, Captain Marriott reported to VP-5 in March 1991. As a "Mad Fox", he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean and served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer. In October 1992, Captain Marriott reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, Virginia as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel for Selection Board Matters. In October 1993 he was selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Shalikashvilli to become his senior aide-de-camp. Upon completion of his tour on the Joint Staff, Captain Marriott was selected for a Federal Executive Fellowship. He reported to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy as the Navy Fellow in August 1995. During this tour, Captain Marriott served as the Project Director for the Commission on Future Defenses, a bipartisan commission tasked to develop future military force structure alternatives. Leaving Washington, D.C., Captain Marriott reported to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk for phase II JPME. Upon graduation, he entered the PCO pipeline, completing training in February 1997. Captain Marriott reported to VP-16 as Executive Officer in March 1997. In March 1998, he assumed command and served in that capacity until February 1999. In March 1999, Captain Marriott reported for duty on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy, in the Office of Program Appraisal. During this tour he was selected for Major Aviation Command..." [30JUN2003]

MARTIN, David C. W8VB@aol.com "...Served in VP-5 from 1952-1954 as an AT3 to AT1. Stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and deployed to Boca Chica and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I flew Radar and Radio ECM. I was discharged from active duty in 1954 and served in VP-732 NAS Grosse ILE, Michigan till approximately 1964 or 1965. Have many good photos of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Grosse ILE, Michigan. We were one of the first VP squadrons to move from Quonset huts to 3 story concrete barracks in 1953. While in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, in addition to patrol duty, we flew to Manchester England, Preswick Scotland, and a liberty week in Munich Germany. Coming back from Munich the whole crew, except three of us, were trashed from too much partying. As a result the Navigator flew as pilot. I Flew as copilot and the Plane Captain acted as Naviator. Consequently were got lost over Holland on our return trip. The rest of the crew remained sick till our return to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I have lots of stories, names and photos of P2Vs over the Alps returning from Munich and in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In our last months in NAS Keflavik, Iceland our barrack (designed to hold approx 300 Non Comm) had a rotating complent of 50 t0 100 live-in Icelandic girls most very lovely college students who found the free cigarettes, booze and food in the barracks a great attraction. Lot of free love prevailed. Most every room had three sailors and an Icelandic ROOMATE. The wind and was terrible for flying. Icelanders could roam on base which caused big problems with raids from the Icelanic police making the rounds of the barracks rounding up girls. Iceland men would sneak into P2Vs and steal any thing they could carry off since no fences. Wild times for a young AT2. Regards..." [26JUN2000]

MARTIN, AT2 Vaughn L. VmartAHC@aol.com and vmartin@netarrant.net "...I was a radar technician and radio operator on crews 3 and 7 between June 1960 and May, 1963. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the "VP Navy" and count it as one of the happiest times of my life!..." [05JAN98]

MASCIANGELO, CAPTAIN Peter "Mas" Retired masciangelo@je.jfcom.mil "...VP-5 1975-1978, VP-30 1978-1983, VP-11 1986-1988, and VP-10 1989-1991. Talk about fun - I have had more than my share of it...Retired from the Navy, Sept 1, 2001. Govt Contractor for Joint Forces Command..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 04FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 26OCT99 | 28MAY99]

MASON, ATR2 Dan danmason41@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1961 to 1964 as an ATR2 (Radioman/Jez Operator) and VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1966 to 1967. I wouldnt trade those times for anything..." [19MAY2007]

Memorial Picture "...MATTHEWS, REAR ADMIRAL H. Spencer...Died on Tuesday, September 24, 2002. He was the first Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) to be promoted to flag rank in the Navy. Born in Clarksville, Arkansas, on May 5, 1921. Following two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), he enlisted in the Navy on April 15, 1940. After "boot camp" training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois, he was transferred to the Navy's fighter training Squadron FIVE at NAS Pensacola, Florida, (NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida). In October 1940 he and his squadron were transferred to Miami, Florida, where they opened Naval Air Station, Opa Locka, Florida. Having won a state high school typing contest (120 wpm on a manual typewriter) he served as a yeoman striker until just before Pearl Harbor when he became aviation mechanics mate. His greatest promotion in his 33 years of naval service was when he sewed on that "crow" as AMM3c in August 1941. In November 1942, he commenced enlisted flight training in the 12th Bn. at the University of Georgia. He graduated number one in his class at the University of over 500 aviation cadets and about 40 enlisted pilot trainees. He received his wings of gold as a naval aviation pilot (AP1c) on August 15, 1942. Two weeks later he was promoted to Ensign. He completed operational training in the PBY-1 and the PB4Y-1 (Navy version of the B-24). In operational training he received a Navy Commendation for being the first student to complete the celestial navigation course with the perfect grade of 4.0. After the end of the war in Europe he became a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While there he became Naval Jet Aviator number 110. He was a graduate of the first test pilot class at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1947. After a tour in VP-5, flying PV-2s and P2V-1s he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. During his 22 months (six semesters) he received his B.S. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Annual Glendy Burke Award as the most outstanding student in the field of mathematics, his major. He attended the Naval War College for one year in 1957-58, and in 1965 spent a summer at Oxford University in England. In 1951-2, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, General Line Course where he graduated first in his class of 505 naval officers. He flew 50 combat missions in Europe in the PB4Y-1, was the assistant air boss on a CVE Salerno Bay during Korea, and served five combat tours in the Vietnam War (three aboard carriers on Yankee Station in the South China Sea, one as the commanding officer of an amphibious ship and one in country as Rear Admiral as the deputy commander of U.S. Navy Forces Vietnam and as the Vice Chief of the Vietnamese navy. In 1953 the Admiral transferred from patrol planes to carrier aircraft. As the executive officer he commissioned VA-76, 1955, in Air Task Group (Wing) 202. In 1955 and 1956 he was "Top Gun" at the Fleet Air Gunnery Unit (FAGU), El Centro, CA. His squadron VA-76, was in Air Group ONE on the first deployment of the Navy's first "Supercarrier", USS Forrestal (CVA-59). During his naval service the Admiral commanded: Attack Squdron 113, flying A4D-2s, (1957-8), Carrier Air Group TWO abord USS Midway (CVA-41), USS Hermitage (LSD-34), USS Independence (CVA-62), as a Rear Admiral the Naval Aviation Basic Training Command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and as the deputy commander of Naval Forces in Vietnam and Vice Chief of the Vietnamese navy, commanded all USN and Vietnamese Riverine foreces in the "brown water navy" in Vietnam. From Vietnam he was transferred to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations where he became the first head of the Aviation Training Divisions and aircraft carrier division, where he was responsible for the major introduction of Flight Simulators into training commands and the fleet. He retired from the Navy in August 1973, after over 33 years naval service. During his 33 years service the Admiral, while enlisted, was a Plane Captain on the O3U-1, F4B-4, F2F and F3F, F2A, BTD, BT2D. TBD. NJ-1 and SBC-3&4. As a naval aviator, he flew the N2S, SNV, SNJ, P2Y, PBY-1, PB4Y and 2, Spitfire (England), F8F-1, BT2D-1, YP-59A (1st navy jet), AD, F2H (Banshee), F9F-8, FJ-4B. F4H-1 Phantom, A4D, and his last carrier landing was in the F4H-1 Phantom at night aboard USS Midway in WESPAC, in 1963. His 36 medals and awards include: the Distinguished Service Medal (v), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (v), 11 Air Medals, both the JCS and Navy Commendation Medals, and 12 Foreign Medals, including the highest awards given by South Vietnam and Cambodia. The Admiral almost avoided being in an aircraft accident during his service, but not quite! His Army command helicopter (warrant officer pilot) crashed into the Mekong River in Vietnam when the engine failed on take off from one of his fire bases in the Delta of Vietnam. After leaving the Navy in 1973, the Admiral ran a congressional office (offices in D.C. and Florida) until 1979. He was a consultant to Martin Marietta Corporation from 1979 to 1991. He was the president of four small companies he founded in D.C., Florida and Louisiana. He served on the Board of Directors on two corporations, The Naval Mutual Aid Association, a trustee on the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and was on the boards of four charitable foundations. The Admiral lived in Falls Church, Virginia. He is survived his wife, Diane Ford Matthews; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Graham Lovering of Cornwall, England; Patricia and James R. Miller of Annapolis, Maryland, and Anne and Marios Karpis of Atlanta, Georgia; step-daughter and her husband, Allison Ford and Michael Spagna of New Haven, Connecticut; grandsons, Calvin Matthews, Jonathan Matthews, James Russell Miller, Aaron Davies, Christos Matthew Karpis and Alexander Spencer Karpis; and sisters, Lynn Dempster, Alice Gardner, Jo Marie Sikes, and Juanita Edwards, all of Sikeston, Missouri. Memorial services will be held with full military honors on November 4, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington, Virginia. Inurnment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Athletic and Scholarship, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. On Tuesday, September 24, 2002, H. SPENCER MATTHEWS, JR., of Falls Church, VA. He is survived his wife, Diane Ford Matthews; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Graham Lovering of Cornwall, England; Patricia and James R. Miller of Annapolis, MD, and Anne and Marios Karpis of Atlanta, GA; step-daughter and her husband, Allison Ford and Michael Spagna of New Haven, CT; grandsons, Calvin Matthews, Jonathan Matthews, James Russell Miller, Aaron Davies, Christos Matthew Karpis and Alexander Spencer Karpis; and sisters, Lynn Dempster, Alice Gardner, Jo Marie Sikes, and Juanita Edwards, all of Sikeston, MO. Memorial services will be held with full military honors on November 4, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington, VA. Inurnment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Athletic and Scholarship, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401..." http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/hsmatthews.htm [21JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...MATTON, CAPTAIN W. G. History Thumbnail ...In February, 1941 Captain Matton received his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. After serving two years on USS WASHINGTON, he was awarded his Naval Aviator wings in November, 1943. Following a tour as a flight instructor, he became Executive Officer in 1945, of Photo Squadron 4 (VD-4) which was engaged in mapping operations of post World War II China. Captain Matton was later to serve as an intelligence officer on the staff of CINCLANTFLT, as Executive Officer of VP-24 and then to attend the U. S. Naval War College. In June, 1951 he commenced a tour of duty with the Central Intelligence Agency and then served as Executive Officer of the USS CORREGIDOR. In April, 1954 he took command of VP-5 which won the CNO Safety Award in fiscal year 1955. Captain Matton then went to the U. S. Naval Photographic Center as Executive Officer and to Commander, Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic as Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness. Captain Matton was on the faculty of the Armed Forces Staff College from 1960 to 1962. Captain Matton was Commanding Officer USS DENEBOLA from August 1962 to August 1963 and then Commanding Officer of the Naval Reconnaissance and Technical Support Center until December 1965. He was Commander FAW-2 from February 1966 until May 1967 and FAW-2 received the Navy Unit Commendation during this period. Prior to his retirement in 1968 he was Deputy Inspector General, CINCLANTFLT. Captain Matton died in July 1992..." WebSite: USS Denebola (AF-56) http://www.ussdenebola.org/CommandingOfficers/Commanding%20Officers.htm [24APR2007]

MAXWELL, LT Jay M. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1975 "...LT Jay M. Maxwell, USN - NFL Number: 1975 - Date of Birth: 12/25/1936 - Date In: 1/1/1959 - Date Out: 1/1/1967 - City, State: Peachtree City, GA - School Attended: Kansas University - Aircraft Flown: T-34, T-28, S2F, P2, P-3 - Ship or Unit: VP-5 and VX-1 - Pilot Desg.: Aircraft Commander - Significant Achievements: B.S. Aeronautical Engineering 3,500 Military flight hours Delta Airlines Captain - In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

MAYS, Gordon Edward biggmays@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-21 (03/1968-1969) and VP-5 (1969-12/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I (and other's) was released early from Active Duty thanks to President Nixon..." [08JAN2012]

MAZZA, CAPTAIN Joe Retired jm0045@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1972 through 1975...Captain Mazza was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 2, 1946. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in Foreign Affairs. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969. After serving for two years as a flight instructor with Training Squadron 3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, he reported in 1972 to Patrol Squadron 5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed three deployments to Atlantic and Mediterranean bases. From 1975 to 1977, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research. He was next assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Group 5 homeported at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, where he served as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. During his two years on that staff he completed several Western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployments. In 1980 he was assigned to Patrol Squadron 48 at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as Operations Officer until 1982, deploying to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. He next served on the staff of the U.S. Commander in Chief Pacific at Camp Smith, Hawaii, as Senior Military Analyst in the Research and Analysis Division. In 1984 he reported to Antarctic Development Squadron 6 at NAS Point Mugu, California, for his first Aviation command. He completed three deployments to Antarctica and was the squadron Commanding Officer from April 1986 to May 1987. He next attended the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1988. After graduating, he stayed on at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies as a CNO Research Fellow until March 1989. Captain Mazza assumed major aviation command as Commander, U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica homeported at CBC Port Hueneme, California, and completed his fourth and fifth antarctic deployments. From 1991-1995, Captain Mazza served as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science for the Carnegie Mellon University NROTC Unit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Captain Mazza retired in August, 1995 after 28 years of dedicated service to the United States Navy. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon (2), Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Antarctica Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (7)...http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/rotc/nrotc/mazza.html...I served with VP-5 1972-75, VP-48 1980-83, VXE-6 1984-87 (CO 1986-87)..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JUL2000]

McCOMAS, AVCM Finis "Mac" Retired Shipmate Pix mcporet@newwavecomm.net "...Served with VA(HM)-13/VP-24 from 1957 to 1960 as ATAN, AT3, and AT2. Flew on Crew 1 with CDR Rau and LTjg Stan Harmon and then with Mr. Harmon with CDR Rau moved on. It's been a long time. Commissioned VP-30 1960 as an AT2 (and then AT1). I won the contest for designing the VP-30 patch (owls with mortarboards on and sub underneath), but the Walt Disney artists said it was too detailed to make a patch from. I won a $25 savings bond and a trip to St. Augustine with my wife and kids. I was a radar instructor for a lot of students that came through during the period of 1960-1963. I remember the two planes we lost (one with all hands and one with no casualties). Served in VP-5 as AX1 and AXC from late 1963 to 1967 and transitioned from P2's to P-3's. Definitely remember Chief's initiation for me set up by Chiefs Dietz and Warner. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1967. Mainly ran Night Check as Maintenance Control Chief...Served in VP-1 with 2 tours in Vietnam from 1971-74...Served as Maintenance Control Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor in VP-1 as AVCM. Finished career as instructor in Aircraft Maintenance Officers School at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee. Retired in 1975..." [PIX added 24JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 06SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29NOV2001 | BIO Updated 24OCT2000 | 21OCT2000]

McCOURT, John Francis "Jack" jmccourt78@comcast.net "...I served with the Pelicans of VP-45 (1980 to 1983) and the Mad Foxes of VP-5 (1990 to 1992). Never felt the adrenaline rush as much as on a low level prosecution with a "non-cooperative" target. Crew and squadron Shipmates were top notch. Miss the good old days. Being "active" is so much more fun than being "passive"..." [10SEP2008]

MCFALLS, F. J. mcfalls@nadn.navy.mil "...I did VP-5 from 84 to 89 IFT. Did the old AX to AT thing and went to Warminister NADC from 89 to 92 then moved on up to NAS Brunswick, Maine till I was transfered to USNA. Sure miss the flying. I would like to hear from any old liberty hounds. Sorry if I scared anyone - I'am still around. Y'all take care (Mac the Crack) CAC-7..." [25NOV98]

McGREGOR, Gene II emcgregor2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1966-1969) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda and NAS Adak, Alaska. I flew aircrew with Crew 2, Crew5 and Crew 10..." [10FEB2014]

McKENNA, CDR Tom "Mac" http://www.cs.usna.edu/~mckenna/ "...CDR Tom "Mac" McKenna, Instructor, Computer Science Department, U.S. Naval Academy, 572C Holloway Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402-5002. Commissioned in 1980 via NROTC . Earned "wings of gold" in 1981. Significant tours of duty include three P-3 squadrons (VP-5 twice and VP-30), Flight Instructor (VT-2), Navy Recruiting Command, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. European Command, U.S. Forces Azores, and U.S. Naval Academy. Education: B.S. Computer Science, University of South Carolina (1980); M.A. Business Administration, Webster University (1988); M.S. Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School (1996)..." [13JUL2003]

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

McLENDON, ADRC Charles R. Retired crmarm3587@aol.com "...I joined the Navy in 1951, boot camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, from there to schools at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and NAS Jacksonville, Florida before being assigned to FASRON-9 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. I joined VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in late 1954 or early 1955. While in VP-5, I became a Plane Captain trained by AD1 Goss who also pushed me to qualify for CAC wings. I was AD3 at the time. From there I went to NAS Kingsville, Texas and from there to VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I took my discharge in 1961 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and traveled to Birmingham where I re-enlisted and joined VP-5 again. I was in VP-5 in NS Rota, Spain on split deployment when we lost crew 3 in Iceland in 1962 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). From there I went to NAS Key West, Florida for shore duty and then back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-7 and I think that was 1966. I left VP-7 in 1969 and went back to NAS Key West, Florida on CAG 50 staff. When the CAG was scheduled to deploy I had a retirement date so I was transfered to VX-1 in NAS Key West, Florida where I retired as ADRC in 1971. The best years of my life were those in the VPNavy..." [13JAN2012]

McLESTER, LT Bill Retired info@hobbycentralrc.com "...AXAN-AX2, ASWOC NS Rota, Spain 80-83, AX1 ASWOC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 83-85, ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily 85-87, ATC ASWOC NAS Moffett Field, California 87-90, PACFAST NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 90-91, NFO-NAVCOM VP-24 94-95, TACCO VP-5 95-98. NATTC 98-2000. Retired in Pensacola and opened a business. Lots of great memories, Bennies in Rota, Spain, Brass Nut in Keflavik, Iceland, Great deployments to Panama. Great to see lots of names from my two live in the Navy, my enlisted days in the WOC's and my NFO days in VP..." [09MAR2002]

MEACHUM, Michelle A. Meachum/Phenicie JMDBP@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VP-5 from 1995 to 1997. I seperated from active duty in 1998 and now reside in S.C. with my husband and kids. I am now working for Lockheed Martin Logistics..." [27AUG98]

MELANCON, AW2 Nichols nicholsm4@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1976-1978) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14OCT2013]

MERKLE, ADJ Rudolph RudyMerkle@aol.com "...I served in VP-5 from 1964 to 1967 as an ADJ and worked on the P2 and P-3 (I'm in the "piped over the side" picture)...After leaving the Navy I got a degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State after I worked alot of avaition jobs. I now work for the 81st Civil Engineering Squadron, Keesler AFB, Mississippi as a Mechanical Engineer. I obtained professional registration as an engineer in the State of Florida so I can do consulting work over there when I retire from the Air Force..." [E-Mail Updated 22AUG2002]

MIER, AW2 Alexander TanXander@msn.com or Madmanmier@juno.com "...I was in 5 for three years i just tranfered in Oct..." [23JAN98]

MITCHELL, LCDR Douglas M. (Pooh Bear) Retired poobearmit@aol.com "...Flight Engineer and CWO/LDO Maintenance Officer. I served as a F/E with VP-56 from 1968-1971, VP-45 from 1972-1975, VP-30 instructor from 1975-1978, VP-5 from 1978-1981, and CPW-11 from 1981-1983 when I was selected to CWO-2. I was assigned to CPW-2 from 1983-1985, got selected for LDO and transferred to VP-22 from 1985-1988. I returned to VP-30 as MMCO from 1988-1991, was assigned to VP-49 from 1991-1994 and retired from CPW-11 on 1 December 1994. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the VP-Navy Shipmates summary and would love to hear from past crewmembers and maintenance personnel. Twenty-seven years in the P-3 Navy was definitely the highlight of my Thirty year career!!..." [19FEB99]

MITCHELL, LT Ralph L. Retired rmitchell@esc5.net "...I came to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AEAA spent my first six years in VP-49 from 1976-1982. Transferred to VP-30 as an AE1. Assigned to VP 30 from 1982-1986. Worked the AE shop, went to Material Control and later end my tour as Maintenance Control Day shift supervisor. Was selected to Chief in 1985 and selected to LDO in 1986. After Officer Indoc in Aug 1986, I was ordered to VP-56 as the Maintenance Control Officer and the Material Control Officer. After the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1989, I transferred to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Support Equipment Officer. One year later I terminated shore duty for orders to VR-22 in NS Rota, Spain. Two years as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and one year as Department Head, we decommisioned VR-22 in the summer of 1993. My last tour took me to Meridian Mississippi as the Assistant Air operations Officer. For a squadron Maintenance Officer to be able to work at a NAS Base Operations was an enjoyable tour of duty. After 21 years and my selection to LCDR, I retired as a LT. That was a family decision to turn down LCDR and retire. I enjoyed the time that I spent in each duty station and all the good friends that I have remembered. My heart goes out to the families of lost friends and I look forward to hear from those whom with I served..." [11NOV2004]

MIZELL, Bill "Tex" dptybillm@aol.com "...I served aboard NAS Keflavik, Iceland (June 1961 to June 1962) and VP-5 (June 1962 to August 1963) with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was the 2nd Mech on LA-12 (BUNO: 131483) and my Plane Captain was Steve Weigand and my best friend was Dale "Russ" Russell who was 2nd Mech on the new LA-9 in 1963. I would really like to locate Dale Russell or Steve Weigand..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05JUL2011 | 28DEC2000]

MOBLEY, Scott R. scott3011@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-5 1991-94, also spent time underway with the USS Nimitz ASMOD 89-91, VP-30 94-98, ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily 98-01. Currently on my why to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28JUN2001]

MOLONEY, LCDR R. T. "Tim" Retired jmoloney@cox.net "...Enlisted in Sept. "60, Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Ill., RATCC, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Dec. 60-Sept. 61); received Training and Certification utilizing ECM to guide Aircraft, with no compass/NavAids, to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for landing. AE "A" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 61-Feb.62); Class Leader and Honorman. Advanced to AE3 upon completion of AE"A" School. VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Feb 62-Sept. 63); Qualified as Plane Captain and Post Maintenance Test Aircrewman in T-28 B/C Aircraft and advanced to AE2. AE "B" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 63-Sept. 64); completed 17 of 32 week school and was hospitalized for 4 months. During my visit to the Hospital, the curriculum was changed to include Computers, so when I returned, I got to start over again with the new curriculum. Received orders to VP-5 upon completion of AE"B" School. Enroute training at NAMTD NAS Norfolk, Virginia ASW Training (Sept. 64-Dec. 64), VP-30 Air Crew Training ( Dec.64-Jan.65) VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jan65-Aug68). Reported to VP-5 and assigned to Crew 4;as Julie/ECM Operator and Crew Electrician, deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily 5 days after reporting. Plane Commander R.J. Kurth, Plane Captain "Willie" Forrest Sutton, 1st Tech. "Andy" Anderson. Operated out of Malta, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and NAS Sigonella, Sicily when the barracks were 21 miles from the airfield. During one "Ready Alert" launch; prosecuted an ECM contact that we converted to obtain the 1st Jez Gram of a single operating Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine. The entire crew was awarded a weeks "Basket Leave" in Germany for obtaining this signature. Transistioned to P-3A "Orion" at NAMTD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I was advanced to AE1, met my Bride to be Jo Ellen, and was assigned to Crew 8; Plane Commander Bob May, Flight Engineer "Willie" Forrest Sutton, and 1st Tech "Andy" Anderson. The following year, we deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as the "Advance Crew ", and trained with VP-16 on Theater Operations. At the end of the deployment, we were "selected" to do the Turnover Training to our relieving squadron VP-26 causing us to fly enough Yankee Station Patrols to become the 1st VP Crew awarded the Air Medal for Viet Nam Service. Selected to Warrant Officer (WO1) in April 1968 breaking up an Enlisted Combat Ready Aircrew that had been together for over 3 years. Sutton and Anderson were selected to Chief Petty Officer at the same time as my advancement to WO1. VP-5 deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and I was left behind as the O-in-C of Det. NAS Jacksonville, Florida, until my departure in August 68. Warrent Officer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida (Aug68-Oct68) AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California (Nov.68-Nov.71) GSE and MMCO Billets. High light of this tour was my Collateral Duty assignment as Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. Ringing the door bells was tough, but providing all of the assistance to the families was really gratifying nowing that if something happened to me-my Bride would be taken care of. Advanced to CWO2 and Lt(jg) during the NAS Moffett Field, California tour. USS Wasp CVS NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (Nov71-Feb72). The day I reported aboard as the Aircraft Division Officer, the ship received the message ordering Wasp's Decommissioning. Within one week I was the AMDO as the rest of the Officers detached with orders. With the help, Leadership and Guidance of the Chiefs we were able to turnover 120 spaces (out of 120 assigned spaces) to the INSURV Team on the first day of the INSURV Inspection. All of the AIMD "Kakhi" left the ship the following day. HS-11 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Feb 72-Dec 74) embarked on USS Intrepid CV11. My first relationship with Helicopters. Deployed as the MCO in the only 16 Helicopter (SH-3) to the North Atlantic. During that cruise, we went further North and further East than any US Navy ships had done since WWII. We went to the ASW Dreamland where the Russians trained and tested all of their subs before deploying. The Sun never set and we worked 3-5 Russian Submarine around the clock for weeks. It was so busy that the S-2's and the ASWOC couldn't keep up. With my VP-5 experience, I built 3 ARR-53. Receiver racks and was able to install them into the SH-3 enabling our squadron to drop sonobouys and relay the information to the S-2's and Intrepid. Later on we were able to put a Jez recorder into the rack and train our AW's as Jez Operators. AIMD/OMD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (Feb 75-Aug 76) OMD Officer for 2 each S-2's, 4 each H-3's, and 3 each C-131 Aircraft. Advanced to LT VC-8, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. MCO for 4 each DP-2E (P2V-5), 4 each DP-2H (P2V-7), 1 each NP-2, last built P2V but never configured for ASW, 4 each H-3's and 6 each A4's. An exciting tour Launching, controlling and towing various Drones and Targets for Fleet Gunnery exercises. AIMD USS Guadalcanal LPH-7 (May 78-May 80), Qualified as OOD Underway and lost my LDO Designation. As AMDO, we won 3 consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"'s. In May 1980 I had a Heart Attack and although I was returned to "Full Duty" I was no longer eligible for additional shipboard duty. Advanced to LCDR during this tour. AMO RVAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 80-Jun 81) responsible for 11 E2A aircraft Training Replacement Aircrew and Maintenance personnel for Fleet Squadrons. During this period (Dec. 80-June 8) assigned TEMDU at ComNavSurfLant setting up Code N8, Aviation Maintenace Support Team to provide support and standarization to 40 fleet ships with embarked Aviation assets. Began Terminal Leave on 19 May 1981. In retrospect I can not think of a "Bad" Day while I was in the Navy. However, the days and hours spent as part of VP-5 Crews 4 and 8 are sitting at the top of the pedestal. Willie Sutton Gerry "Andy" Anderson, LCDR's Kurth and May along with the many many "Ground Pounders"; Lawrence, Drake, Martin, Cochran, Harper and so many more are names that are forever on my personal Wall-of-Heros. Thanks to all of you for your patience, guidance, razing, and support..." [22APR2009]

MOORE, Herb hmoore1116@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5, VP-7, VP-19, VP-30, and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California..." [08NOV2012]

MOORE, ATC (AC) John R. Retired w4ue@pobox.com "...I served with VP-5 from June 1971 to August 1975..."

MOORE, ADCS Randy Retired randall.w.moore@lmco.com "...Hi Y'all! I'm a career FE from 2nd mech beginnings in VP-5 (73-78), then VP-30 instructing (78-81), then VP-1, VP-31, VP-22, CPW-2, VP-47 and NADEP JAX for a closer. Retired 12/98 and life is good! Now with Lockheed Martin, still playing with the World's Greatest Airplane! Many great memories of the exciting traveling life and great Shipmates. Feel free to shoot me a line!..." [05AUG99]

MOOTY, Tom R. tmooty@mindspring.com "...Former Navy pilot. Served in VP-5 ASW from mid 1943 to 1945. Served in VP-105 1948-1949. Reserve Squadron NAS Miami 1946-1947. Reserve Squadron NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1950-1964. Duty in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; Boca Chica, Fl; San Julian Cuba; Natal, Brazil; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Cadet Class 6A-42J..." [16MAR2000]

MOORE, Herb hmoore1116@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5, VP-7, VP-19, VP-30, and NAMTD NAS Moffett Field, California..." [08NOV2012]

MORAN, Carroll R. "Chick" c.moran@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from June 1950 to October 1952. I flew with MC-4 as the ECM/Radar Operator..." [27JAN2010]

MORET, Mike micmor@q.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1957 to 1958 as a Pilot (PPC) and Power Plants Officer and left Active Duty for and flew for six more years with the USNR. I returned to college to complete my BA and MBA. I am now retired in the Oregon forest fishing the Rogue River. I would like to contact Duke Libby - any help would be appreciated. Regards to those still with us..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15AUG2010 | 18JUN2006]

MOSK, CDR William F. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-35/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-35 - Commander William F. Mosk is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles, with a degree in Economics. Entering the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program, he was commissioned an Ensign in May 1985. Designated as a Naval Flight Officer in March 1986, his initial fleet assignment was to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While there he served as Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Tactics Branch Officer and NFO/Aircrew NATOPS Officer. As a Blue Shark, he flew the P-3B(Mod) achieving designation as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. His deployment sites were throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia including NAS Misawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1990 Commander Mosk was selected for the Pilot Transition program and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1991. After fleet replacement training at VP-30, he reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in March 1992. There he served as Command Services Officer and Tactics Officer and was designated Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander in the P-3C. With the World Famous Woodpeckers, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1993. Upon VP-49's disestablishment in 1993, Commander Mosk reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as Quality Assurance Officer and Command Services Officer, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Beartrap Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C. He deployed with the Mad Foxes to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1994. In January 1995, Commander Mosk was assigned to PCU JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in Norfolk, VA as Operations Administrative Officer and Officer of the Deck (underway). After the ship was commissioned in December 1995, he deployed for several Builders' and Acceptance trials as well as the initial shakedown cruise. Upon completion of refresher training at VP-30, Commander Mosk reported to Patrol Squadron TEN for his Department Head tour. While a Red Lancer, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. His deployments included a split site to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997 and to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1999. While deployed to the Mediterranean theater in 1999, Commander Mosk flew 44 combat missions in support of Operation Allied Forces. In August 1999, Commander Mosk reported to United States Atlantic Command in Norfolk, VA. Redesignated as United States Joint Forces Command in 2000, he served as C4I Systems Modernization Branch Chief and was responsible for the Theater Air Missile Defense Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. Commander Mosk reported to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 2001 as Executive Officer of VT-35. Commander Mosk's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as numerous other unit and service decorations..." [02JUL2003]

MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com "...I entered the navy February 1958. After completing AE "A" school, my first assignment was Service Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1958 through November 1960. I attended S3H factory school and was transferred to VP-5 in April 1961. I was assigned to Crew 11 for the NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland split deployment. VP-5 was was heavily involved in the Cuban crisis. I departed the Navy in February 1963 to work for TWA at the KC overhaul Plant. In October 1965 I returned to the Navy as an AX2 after completing "A" school. I was then sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for assignment with VP-50 after completing P5M Maintenance schools. I was in VP-50 from January 1967 through April 1969. I checked in 8 days after the P5M crashed. As an AX2, I was assigned to P5M Crew 5 until we transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. As an AX1 I was assigned to Crew 12 and remained there until transfer to "B" school. I changed rates to AW while attending "B" school and was assigned to VP-23 from January 1970 through January 1973. For 3 months I was the only enlisted qualified Aircrewman. I passed the AWC test and was transferred to Naval Air Development Center Warminster until June 1973 when I was selected for ADCOP at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After ADCOP, I was transferred to VP-49 from April 1975 through October 1977. My final tour was NTEC Orlando where I led the factory acceptance team for the 14B44 and Weapons System Test (WST) trainers. I retired in December 1980 and now live in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV99]

MURSTIG, Warren W. wetzlar@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1956 to 1960 as Assistant to Chief John W. Rosa & then as a line crewman. My first deployment was to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco for 6 months the next deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada that became split with half of the Squadron including myself being sent to NS Rota, Spain becoming the first Squadron to operate from that base. The last deployment I participated in was to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I remember having duty line one weekend at NAS Jacksonville, Florida taxying in the first Lockheed Electra they were touring the Continental United States Air Force & Navy bases trying to sell it..." [23DEC2000]

MYERS, AMS1 Mike Retired karaoksngr1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-1 fron 1976 to 1979, VP-30 from 1980 to 1982, VP-5 from 1982 to 1989 and VP-24 1992 to 1995. I retired as an AMS-1 in August 1995. Would like to talk to any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2009 | 18FEB2001]


NADEAU, Chip gatordeau@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 (1971-12/1972) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [14AUG2013]

NAGORSKI, Charles sheltie@uswest.net "...I served in VP-5 from Sept92 to Jun98 as the Aircrew Photographer's Mate. I was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. I am currently at University of New Mexico getting my degree in Criminology. While here at the University of New Mexico's NROTC, I am currently a crew member on the Navy Balloon Team and a student balloon pilot. Let's keep the Navy Balloon flying high..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29JAN99 | 12AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...NEEDHAM, William O. (Deceased)...I am the son of William O. Needham. He served in VP-5, VP-33, and VP-54. He was killed when I was only seven yers old. If anyone served with him could you please get in touch with me. I just would like to find out more about him. Thanks for this great site...His Son William O. Needham billneed@earthlink.net..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAR2004 | 17OCT2002]

UPDATE "...Just to let you know that I received a letter from an old Navy pilot that flew a DC 3 with my dad down to south America. He even sent me a copy of the log book. Just today I received a email from a Tim Smith who thinks he might know where my dad's plane wreck if located. He is in the process of obtaining permission from the government because the wreck lies on government property. God bless all those that have been helped and comforted. Bill Needham..." [26MAR2004]

UPDATE "...Papers of Lieutenant William O. Needham, 1930-1988..." http://www.history.navy.mil/ar/nov.htm [02OCT2001]

Biographical Note

William O. Needham was born on 20 July 1911 in Ivor, Virginia. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Navy and attended basic training at Hampton Roads Naval Training Station in Virginia. Aviation General Utility training followed at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and in February 1931 he was assigned to Hampton Roads Naval Air Station for duty. From August 1931 to January 1932 Needham attended the Parachute Material School at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey before returning to Hampton Roads.

In April 1932, he completed the Bureau of Navigation's Aviation Machinist's Mate training course. The following year he was reassigned to USS Memphis. Except for a temporary duty assignment at San Diego Naval Air Stationin June 1933, Needham served on Memphis until August 1934. While onboard, he was advanced to the rating of Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class (AMM3). From August 1934 until December 1935, Needham was assigned to USS Marblehead. He was again promoted on 18 November 1935, being appointed AMM2.

Needham returned to shore duty in 1936, first at the Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island. From March 1936 until May 1937, he was assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station in Floridafor Naval Aviation Pilot training. While at Pensacola, his next promotion was approved, and Needham was appointed Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class in March 1937.

Having completed his training and been designated a Naval Aviation Pilot, Needham departed Pensacola in May 1937. He arrived at the San Diego Receiving Ship the following month, en route to duty with Patrol Squadron Five in the Panama Canal Zone.

Needham spent nearly four years with various patrol squadrons, serving in Patrol Squadron 33 and Patrol Squadron 54 after leaving Patrol Squadron Five in July 1939. In June 1940, while assigned to Patrol Squadron 33, he was advanced to the rating of Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate.

Beginning in 1941, Needham had duty with Support Force, Atlantic Fleet. Now an Acting Warrant Machinist, he was ordered to USS Prairie in May. Reassigned to Task Force 24 in March 1942, his appointment as a warrant officer was confirmed in June of that year. The following month, he was promoted to the rank of Ensign for temporary service.

His assignment to USS Prairie ended in December 1942, and Needham reported to Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, DC. On 1 May 1943 he was appointed Lieutenant (jg) for temporary service, and just 17 days later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Well thought-of by his superiors, Needham was recommended for a permanent commission and continued service as an officer. His career was cut unfortunately short when he was killed in a plane crash near Beltsville, Maryland on 17 May 1945.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains copies of official documents, clippings, and some personal correspondence regarding Lieutenant William O. Needham. It is arranged into three series.

Series I, Service Record, contains copies of official documents from Needham's service record. Included are documents relating to his training, duty assignments, promotions, and summaries of his service. The documents are arranged chronologically.

In Series II, Correspondence, are letters to his wife, Therese, from a family friend and the Department of the Navy following her husband's death. Also in this series are letters from Needham's son, William Needham Jr., seeking information about his father's death. They are arranged in chronological order. The originals of these letters are fragile. Reference copies have been made and are to be used by researchers.

Series III, Miscellaneous, contains clippings about the crash in which Lieutenant Needham died and two quarterly reports from Anacostia Naval Air Station for 1945.

NEELY, ATC Russell L. russneely@hotmail.com "...Served was in VP5 from Oct'92-Oct'96...I've since been promoted to ATC and currently serving in VP-45..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 05JAN98]

NEELY, ATC Russell L. russneely@hotmail.com "...Served was in VP5 from Oct'92-Oct'96...I've since been promoted to ATC and currently serving in VP-45..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 05JAN98]

NEUBAUER, B. F. "Bud" bneub@hctc.net "...I served with VP-24 (1969-1972), VP-5 (1973-1978), VP-30 (1978-1981) and retired. I went to work as a P-3 Resident Manager for Lockheed at Brunswick until retirement again. I now live in Texas..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2012 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 07OCT2000 | 26SEP97]

NEUNHOFFER, AW2 Steven C. countyfireman@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1972 to 1975. I served with Crew 3 as the only Crew to "Find" 2 Soviet Nuclear Subs on one mission (Charlie & Victor) during the 1974 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. We also discovered 2 (surfaced) Deisel Subs (Golf's) during night ops (YES, they had the windows) on Flir. Wow what a deployment! I became a RN after the Navy and then a Firefighter/Paramedic with L.A. County. Now I teach at a Community College and have my Masters Degree in Education. Wish I stayed in for at least another 4 yrs. Honored to have served in the US Navy & appreciate (NOW) what the MEN of VP-5 provided me for the rest of my life! Service to Others & Integrity!..." [29MAR2009]

NICKLAW, Jeffrey aswoc88@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1982-1987) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda. I flew with CAC-7 and CAC-10A. I would like to hear from former former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2015 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2006 | 07JAN2000]

NOCE, Robert Shipmate Pix Circa 1967 Crew-7 Dogs1@msn.com "...I was a pilot in VP-5 in SP2e's and P-3Aa from Dec 1965-Dec 1968; VP-31 insructor pilot and standardization pilot, VP-31 from Dec 1968 to Dec 1971; Exchange pilot with RCAF (Argus) from Jan 72-June 74; T-34 Instructor pilot (VT-5) at Saufley from July 1974-Mar 1976; VP-44 Department Head tour 1976-1978; CPWL Weapons Training Officer 1979-1980; XO and CO VP-11 1981-1982; Recruiting CO and Area Commander 1985-1991; retired in 1992. Currently National Director of Recruitment, ITT Educational Services..."

NOLAN, Joe JoeCeliaN@aol.com "...I was with VP-5 from '53 to '55..." [17NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...NORDSTROM, Rich...Rich NORDSTROM, served with in VP-5 (1969-1970), passed away on December 8, 2010. He will be missed..." Contributed by PREROST, AZ3 Robert rfprerost@yahoo.com [31DEC2010]

NORRIS, AT2 Paul D. pdnorris@telocity.com "...Served with VP-5 from 1992-1997. Let me hear from you, would love to correspond with old Shipmates..." [15SEP2000]

NOWELL, ATC Wayne T. Sr. Retired wtnsr1@juno.com "...Served with VP-7 and VP-5. Was crewmember of LB11 (VP-7) on NAS Sigonella, Sicily cruise in 65/66 and have the same picture that "wOOdy" posted. I'm in picture and can name everybody but Woody's e-mail address is no good. Also Bud Neubauer's (VP-5) is bad. If anybody remembers me from VS-30, VP-7, VP-5, VA45 Det., VAQ-33, etc. drop a line. Also if "Sal" Rao (VAQ-33) see's this, your e-mail address is bad. Be looking forward to hearing from you Shipmates. I'm fully retired with a 36 ft trailer/crewcab truck and travel a lot..." [15FEB2001]

NUNES, Rene' drycreek51@hotmail.com "...I was attached to VP-5 in 1970-1971. Some of the best times I ever had were in Jacksonville. Left the Navy in 1974 and will retire next year with 33 years service with the DOD..." [29JUL2005]


OAKES, LT Tom oakes_tom@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-90 (1987 to 1988), VP-5 (1989 to 1992) and ETD (West Coast version of ASA (1992 to 1995). I am currently living in Bradenton, FL and flying G-V's for Netjets..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10SEP2008 | 30MAY98]

O'BRIEN, John P. "Jack" JPOBrien30@aol.com"...I have been in 3 VP squadrons, i.e., VP-8 during June 1951-November 1953, VP-832 during Sept 1954-Aug 1962 and VP-5 during 1962-Jan 1965. Most of my VP experience has been in P-2 Neptunes with the exception of 3 years PB-4Y2 experience with VP-832 at NAS New York, New York. I retired from the Navy during 1982 and have provided consulting service to the Naval Air Systems Command since then..."

OGDEN, Darrell W. OGDENDW@HOTMAIL.COM "...My first aviation experience was in VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and I have very fond memories of the people I served with and the places we traveled to. I'd like to hear from anyone who was in the Squadron from '88 through '91. By the way there is another Former Fox stationed with me at NAMTRA Oceana..." [06AUG99]

O'NEAL, AO3 Bob Sr rmo@inetw.net "...I was with VP-5 in 1953 at NAS Keflavik, Iceland. My squadron returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida December 1953. I was temporary asigned to the 1400th Air Police as a SP and was a AO3 at the time. Many of my duties were at the Iceland Int. Airport. I'm sure that would be the only way most of my Shipmates would remember me. Before VP-5 I was with VC-35 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. From 1954 to 1955 I was at Key West NAS. Anyone who would like to email me, please do..." [17SEP2001]

O'NEILL, AW3 Dan doneill06@snet.net "...I was in VP-5 from about 1988 to 1990. I spent most of my time on CAC7 and CAC6. If there is anyone out there who was in VP-5 during that time drop me a line..." [10MAR2001]

ORENDER, AEC Clyde Retired cdo3233@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-5 from February 1970 until May 1973. I caught the squadron on deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was assigned to mid-shift aircraft maintenance for the remainder of that deployment. After returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, I was reassigned as the squadron career counselor, a position I continued in until transfer to the Fleet Reserve in May 1973. I would enjoy receiving emails from any of those Shipmates with whom I served. My rate upon retirement was AEC. My home phone number is: 229-377-3334..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16FEB2004 | 02FEB99]


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

PARAMORE, AWCS Thomas G. Retired tgparamore40@msn.com"...I served with VP-5 from 1967 to 1971, CPW-11 from 1971 to 1975, VP-56 from 1975 to 1978, CPW-11 from 1978 to 1980, LANTFAST NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1981 to 1983, FASODETJAX from 1984 until retiring in 1988. Retired as AWCS. I worked for General Physics six months before beginning work with Alabama Aviation and Technical College in Ozark, Al. I am an Avionics instructor..." [28DEC2003]

PARKER, James jdparker@brightok.net "...Assigned to VP-5 from Dec 68 to Sept 72. I was detached to AMD as a AT3 during this time. Enjoyed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I have very fond memories of the squadron and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was also stationed at NAS Corpus Christi from Oct 72 to Apr 74. Currently a Military technician with the Oklahoma Army Guard. Looking forward to making contact with fellow Shipmates..." [06MAR98]

PARTAIJ, Richard ka3qfa@earthlink.net "...Having served in the Navy from 1945 to 1965 I had the pleasure of serving with VP-5 from 1954 to 1956, and enjoyed every minute of it. My Pilots name was, at the time, Ens R. W. Wisdom PPC. We were on our way back from S.D. (at midnight) the time he was promoted to LTjg. I saw him again in 1965 and he was Commanding Officer of VP-3. We had many wonderful times and they are always stuck in my memory. I served with VS-24 from 1949-1954, VP-5 from 1954-1956, Shore Duty, ZW-1 Lakehurst, Shore Duty in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and made a fine round the world trip with the WV assigned to Naval Research Lab at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1965, VW-13 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada flying the Atlantic barrier, and finally retired from there in May 1965. Would enjoy hearing from anyone serving with me at the times indicated. Thank you..." [04JUL2000]

PATERNO, AT Thomas thomfran3@comcast.net "...Served in VP-5 from 1956 to 1959 on crew 3 as an AT "madman" and occasionally as radioman. Participated in 3 6 month deployments (NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland). When I joined in '56, we still had one or two P5M's using mad gear and it was always a thrill to be part of that crew. Crew 3 (BUNO 128369) was a great bunch of guys to serve with; Red Lindsey (AD) Joe Jiles AD, Smitty AT, Joe Tayler (AO) and several other. Any one needing to contact me can do so..." [19SEP2002]

PATTERSON, Larry L. revlee2@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-5 during the Cuban Blockade. Left VP-5 in February 1964..." [02JAN2003]

PATTERSON, Lee revlee@netnitco.net "...I served with VP-5 62-64 would like to here from some of my squadron from that era..." [12DEC98]

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

PENDELL, Don donpendell@sbcglobal.net "...I served as a "plane-pusher" with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1964 through 1965 with one deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would be interested in hearing from others who were there at that time..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAR2008 | 00DEC96]

PENNYPACKER, AVCM Granville "Lee" Retired penzack@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1982-1986), NADC (1986-1990), VP-68 (1992-1996), VR-56 (1996-2010) and retired from the reserves (12/2010) after more than 30 years Active/Reserve time. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2012 | E-Mail Updated 17AUG2012 | 11DEC98]

PERRINE, AO1(AW/NAC) Gregory A. rubberduck11@msn.com "...I served in VP-10, VP-11, NAWC Warminster, Pa., and VP-5. I flew as an Ordie for 14+ years and loved every minute of it and miss the hell out of it. I'm wondering what ever happened to (at the time) AT1 David Hertzog (ZOG!). Last I know he was stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Force Warfare. Orion's all the way!..." [15NOV2001]

PETERS, AW2 Timothy ttpeters@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-49 from January 1987 till December 1993. Then I did a shore tour at FASOTRAGRU DET NAS Jacksonville, Florida till May 1997, then transfered to VP-5 till December 1999 where I got out of the Navy. I missed it so much that in May 2000 I re-enlisted and now I am in VP-47 on the West coast. God bless the mighty P-3!..." [14OCT2000]

PETERSON, Phil Kaverlvr@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 (Nifty Fifty) or something like that from January 1980 to June 1983. I was on (FTN9) Fine Time Crew Nine as a Flight Engineer. I can't believe Charley (BBC), Timmy Cates, Tony, and a lot of other names that ring a bell are still around! Of course I can't believe I'm still around. Anyhow I'm retired now after 26 years and 7500 hrs. Working for Lockheed Martin in Greenville, SC. I can't seem to get away from these airplanes. Anyone know where CDR. Quigley got off too? Drop me a line if you care too......I was in VP-5 from 1983 thru 1985. If I remember correctly I was on Crew 4. Made a couple of deployments and had a lot of good times. Then on to VP-30 for the manditory instructor tour. Left in 1988 for the PEP program and a tour with the Dutch. Now that was a good time. Left in 1993 for a non flying job which wasn't so bad. Finished up in VP-26 from 1996 to 1998 which wasn't a lot of fun. The PC monster had raised its ugly head by then. Did enjoy flying with Crew 8 and the deployment beers we shared. Retired now and enjoying life after the Navy. Drop me a line if we might of crossed paths..." [BIO Updated 04FEB2000 |29JAN2000]

PETTWAY, ATR3 Robert L. "Bob" Shipmate Pix Circa 1964 rpettway@epbfi.com "...I served with VP-5 from September 1961 to March 1964 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Cuban Quarantine in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2011 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2007 | 27FEB2001]

PHENICIE, Jason D. JMDBP@worldnet.att.net "...Served in VP-5 from 1995 until 1998 when I seperated from active duty. I now work for Lockheed Martin doing the AIP modification to the P-3..." [27AUG98]

PHILLIPS, AWCS David E. Retired wardendep@windstream.net "...I served with VP-16, VP-5, VP-30 and retired June 1985. I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19AUG2009 | 29JAN99]

Memorial PictureShipmate Pix "...PHIPPS, AWC James Daniel "Danny"...My Father, AWC James Daniel "Danny" Phipps, was born 11 November 1933 Gambrills, Maryland, deceased 23 January 2002 Jacksonville, Florida. Danny began his career at NTC Bainbridge, MD in August 1952. His duty stations included: NAS Jacksonville, Florida NARF; VP-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; he served two tours each with VP-16 and CPW-11 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and retired 30 April 1985 serving VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Danny earned many medals and ribbons during his career. Danny may be best known for his great love of bluegrass and country/western music. He loved playing the mandolin and while serving in VP-16 was a member of the squadron group "The Etna Mountain Boys". Danny loved his country and was proud to serve in the US Navy...Information submitted by his eldest daughter, Cynthia Phipps-Prince beyondbelief58@comcast.net..." [01JUL2009]

PIERCE, Daniel danieledgarpierce@gmail.com "...I served with VP-1 (Aircraft Electrican), VP-5 (FE) and VA-34..." [25OCT2013]

PIERCE, AWC Josh Retired pawpawpierce@charter.net "...I was a VP SAILOR for most of my 20 years. I served in VX-1, VP-18, VP-5, VP-30 and retired from VP-45. I started as an AT then AX,then AW and loved every minute of it. I retired as AWC in July 75 from VP-45 I would like to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC2004 | 12FEB2001]

PILCHER, AT2 W. C. "Bill" wpilcher@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1961 to 1963. I flew as 1st Tech with Crew-8 from 1962 to 1963 and made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (during Cuban blockade) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I didn't realize it at the time, but now I look back on those days as some of the most memorable and exciting times of my life. Just wish I had taken more pictures..." [27JAN2010]

POHL, Bill billpohl@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1960-1962. I was one of those young guys and it has been a long time and I am having trouble remembering all the great guys that I served with. I realy miss the friends that we lost in Iceland (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). I was on duty when the last report came in on their location. I just read where the site was found in 1966. It made a chill run all over me. Hope to hear from some of you guys..." [05MAR2002]

POPPLEWELL, Douglas Shipmate Pix dpopplewell@planes.nrl.navy.mil "...Served with VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1993 through 1996...Lieutenant Douglas Popplewell was commissioned an Ensign on 12 May 1990 from the NROTC program at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He was designated a Naval Aviator on Mar 10, 1992 upon completion of flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and NAS Corpus Christi, TX. In January of 1993 he was assigned to the "MAD FOXES" of Patrol Squadron FIVE in Jacksonville, FL where he upgraded to Patrol Plane Commander. As Patrol Plane Mission Commander, LT Popplewell led his crew through a challenging home cycle and deployment to Roosevelt Roads PR. His crew's accomplishments were recognized by their selection as CPW-11 Combat Air Crew of the Quarter for first quarter, 1996. While deployed, LT Popplewell's crew was directly responsible for the seizure of over $200 million in illicit drugs and apprehension of three suspected narcotrafficers. LT Popplewell has made deployments to Keflavik, Sigonella, Panama, Honduras, and Puerto Rico. LT Popplewell is a native of Exton, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from LaSalle University of Philadelphia...." WEBSITE: http://planes-www.nrl.navy.mil/bios/dougp.html

POWELL, ADC (AW) Larry Retired blueone@dataxprs.com.eg or patzylarry@aol.com "...Served with the "MAD FOXES" of VP-5 from 1969 to 1971 as an ADJ3 in the Powerplants shop. Currently working for Logistic Services Int'l in Egypt as an FMS instructor. Send any correspondence (till 12/98) to the first e-mail address..." [05OCT98]

PRATTON, CDR Samuel D. http://members.aol.com/StevenV113/VP-94/xo1.htm "...Commander Samuel D. Pratton received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1979. Following flight training in Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1980. After completing Replacement Air Group Training at VP-30, he was assigned to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While in VP-5, Commander Pratton deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Following his tour with VP-5, he was assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, as an Instructor Training Course instructor and a Systems Analyst. Upon release from active duty in 1987, he affiliated with VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Commander Pratton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master's Degree in Systems Analysis from the University of West Florida. He is employed as a Systems Analyst with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Pensacola, Florida. During his career, Commander Pratton has been designated a Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator in P-3B TACNAVMOD and P-3C aircraft. His military decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal..." [05JUL2003]

PREBOR, Earl e_prebor@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-5 squadron from 1949 thru Jan 1952. We were stationed at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Would like to hear from anyone that was statioed with me. I was a AD2 when discharged. Had a lot of good friends I would like to hear from..." [27DEC98]

PREROST, AZ3 Robert rfprerost@yahoo.com "...I was an AZ3 in VP-5 from 7-69 to 7-70..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2005 | 06MAR2000]

PRICE, CDR Dave R. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/vt-28/front.htm "...CDR Dave Price, a native of San Jose, CA, is a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Following primary flight training in Pensacola, FL, and advanced maritime training with the Rangers of VT-28 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1987. He then reported to VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for patrol plane pilot training in the P-3C Orion. CDR Price's operational flying tours include as a junior officer with the VP-16 War Eagles in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from 1987-1990 where he qualified as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander and instructor pilot, and as a department head with the VP-5 Mad Foxes from 1996-98, also NAS Jacksonville, Florida. His department head tour included duty as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, detachment officer-in-charge in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has made VP deployments throughout the Atlantic and European theaters including: NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. CDR Price served in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN from 1993-95 as a Tactical Action Officer and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer, and finished his afloat tour as the Combat Direction Center Officer. He deployed twice to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. CDR Price's shore assignments include duty as the Maintenance/Logistics Officer on the staff of CPRW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and a short tour as the Public Affairs Officer of NAS Alameda, California. The remainder of his ashore time included student tours at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. While a student at NPS, he was selected as a research associate in the Systems Analysis Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center where he designed a hypersonic deck-launched interceptor. He is a designated subspecialist in space systems engineering. CDR Price's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3) and Navy Achievement Medal (2) in addition to various service and unit awards..." [05JUL2003]

PRITCHETTE, John j_pritchette@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-5 from 1976 to 1979. I worked in the Paraloft for Scott Rice. I made 2 deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and 1 deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I worked with a bunch of great people and would do it all over again. I also served with VP-11 from 1983 to 1986 in the paraloft. Dale Johnson was the supervisor. Good squadron and good people. Anyone who might remember me send me a note..." [BIO Updated 22APR2009 | 07FEB2009]


RAINEY, ADJ2 Patrick T. rainey47@juno.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1969-1971 in power plants TAD to AIMD most of the time. Made 1969 through 1971 cruises..." [31JAN2003]

RAMMEL, Patrick pjrammel@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1977-1980 as NAVCOMM/TC, VP-30 from 1980-1982 working on the JMSDF and Dutch FMS programs, and VP-17 from 1988-1989. Picked-up a MS in Financial Management at NPS in Monterey, CA. I received orders to NAS Lemoore, California as the Comptroller and Defender of the VP community. It was fun being the only VP type with a base of F/A 18 jet jocks. Just have to say per diem and watch their blood pressure rise..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2002 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2001 | 08MAR98]

RAMSDEN, CDR Christopher P. Shipmate Pix http://vp8.pub.ffc.navy.mil/?id=355 "...Currently XO of VP-8...In April of 1991, after FRS training at VP-30 Jacksonville, Florida he reported to VP-26 Brunswick, Maine and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operations DESERT CALM, SOUTHERN WATCH and SHARP GUARD. His assignments included Readiness/SORTS Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In 1994 he was selected to fire the first Navy Maverick Missile (War-shot) launched from a fleet operational P-3C Orion. From October 1994 to August 1996 he was assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic/Task Force Eight Four in Norfolk, Virginia as Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he deployed from July to November 1995 to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO during Operation SEA SIGNAL where he assumed the additional duties of Flag Secretary and Security Officer. In September 1996 he reported aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS where he served as Operations Administration Officer, Command Security Manager and Officer of the Deck, completing a six month Arabian Gulf deployment and home port change to San Diego, CA. In October 1998 upon transfer to VP-30, he qualified as a Fleet Replacement Squadron NFO Instructor and served as Fleet Training Officer in the newly established Weapons Tactics Unit. His duties included leadership of the AIP Fleet Introduction Team, the Combined Fleet Instructor Under Training Team, the Aircrew Coordination Training Model Manager and the Special Projects Team. From June 2000 to August 2002 he served as a Department Head in VP-5 and was assigned as CTG 84.1 Operations Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer, CTG 67.1 Operations Officer and Squadron Operations Officer. Following his department head tour, he reported to PMA-205/290 where he served as the Assistant Program Manager for Training Systems for the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (P-8A) where he developed the training structure for the follow-on aircraft to the P-3C. CDR Ramsden has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Six Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and individual awards. Additionally he is authorized to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Submarine Warfare Insignia..." [05DEC2005]

RANCE, Tom tom_rance@rocketmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1964-1966) in Airframes..." [27SEP2015]

RANDOLPH, LT Byron N. LTRandolph1@excite.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1947 through 1949 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I flew the P2V 1's-2's, I am in search off any fellow crew mates..." [30JUN2001]

RATHER, JAMES Ratherjj@aol.com "...Served in VP-24 from 1969-1972, VP-30 from 1972-1975, and VP-5 from 1976-1979. Was a TACCO and Instructor. I now am with NAVAIR in PMA205 as a Program Manager for International P-3 operators, such as Norway, Korea, Netherlands, Australia, etc. I have fond memories of the old days and the great friends from the past. I sure would like to hear from any of the old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25JUL99 | E-Mail Updated 02OCT98 | BIO Updated 03SEP98 | 27AUG98]

RAY, Jeff jray23@compuserve.com "...VP-5 crews 3, 9, and 1 from Jul 89 to Jul 92. VT-31 for 10 months in T-44s. Not enough flying to suit my needs so I switched to VT-28 and banged out enough FAM hops to land my current job at United Airlines. Been here since APR 95. Currently flying the French "Fifi-jet," aka Airbus A319s and A320s. Sorry folks, but this beats the hell out of OREs, PLEs and MREs anyday. However, the best layovers in the world can be had on DET anytime. I'll never forget them. Thanks, guys. E-mail me..." [02NOV98]

RECTENWALD, Lenny bkwheat@ma.ultranet.com "...I was with VP-5 from 1966 until 1970 and was a radio operator on crew 1 and crew 7. I would like to hear from any of my fellow crew members and especially anyone who remembers the fun we had with hurricane Camille..."

RENNER, AB3 Tom tlr4872000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1957 through 1958 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. We deployed NAS Keflavik, Iceland in late 1957 or early 1958. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates. One name comes to mind by the last name Whaley (not sure of the spelling). I have picture him and myself in the quarters NAS Keflavik, Iceland. If you can be of assistance I woud be grateful..." [27FEB2002]

REES, Rick A. rickrar@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates! I served with several commands in the good old USN. Started out with VC-3 (1973), VF-124 Gunfighters & VF-2 Bounty Hunters (1974-1975), VP-31 (FE School in 1975), VP-56 (1976-1981), VP-30 (1982-1986), VP-5 (1986-1990), NAMO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1990-1994), and finally HSL-42 Proud Warriors Mayport (1994-1998). Retired as an ADCS from HSL-42 in August 1998. I currently work for a contractor at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (ACS Government Solutions Group Inc) doing computer work. My P-3 days in the Navy were some of the best times of my life. Will always have fond memories of the good times, not the bad ones! Would love to hear from any old Shipmates from those days. Aloha!..." [06FEB99]

RENFORTH, YNC Howard F. Retired Hrenforth@aol.com "...As a YN1, I served in VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida from late in 1957, during a NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada deployment and return. I was rotated to shore duty early due to a shortage of Navy Recruiters during that period. Our squadron was deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, then split and half went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I remained with Administration at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. CDR John Crowe, USN, A.C. CASON, XO. Don Dunklee, Admin, and drove #12. John Rosa was the Leading CPO and what a leader he was. He set a great example for us later CPO's and I learned much from him about leadership and how to be a CPO. Flew with Admin Off on several flights. Frobisher Bay, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, up the Fjord to drop newspapers and magazines to the AEW watchers, Looked for Ice Bergs, and visited Goose Bay on Cumshaw trips. Really hated to leave when ordered out early. I cherish memories of my squadron mates in VP-5. A great part of my career. I came to VP-5 from USS WASP(CVS-18)..." [14OCT99]

RESCORLA, Walter "Skip" WRescorla1@aol.com "...Served with VP-5 in '71-'72, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily during that time & remember the "formation flight" up to Naples for some admiral's retirement. Caused a bit of a flap. Also remember the Brit's temporary stay in NAS Sigonella, Sicily after they were expelled from Malta. They carried their crew sailboat in their bomb bay..." [17APR99]

REYER, Kevin kevinr@roanoke.infi.net "...formerly AX-1, VP-5 1976-1980..." [24FEB98]

REYNOLDS Bruce bruzilla@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1980 through 1985 as SS1/2 for CAC-10. Made deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and one to split deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Currently living in Orange Park, FL. I'm working for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida now. I thought I would feel out of place here, but I work with four former AWs I used to fly with, plus a former sonar tech, so we talk ASW about as much as we talk insurance. :)..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 20DEC2007 | Updated E-Mail/BIO 23JUL98]

RHODEN,PR1 Earl Retired Erhoden853@aol.com "...Joined the Mad Foxes (VP-5) in NAS Keflavik, Iceland June 1957. Chief Mueller was Leading chief on the detachment. John Rosa leading chief in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and Cmdr. Cason was our skipper. Left Apr. 1960 for VF-174 at Cecil Field..." [13OCT98]

RICKS, Richard (Rick) Retired rlricks0107@yahoo.com "...I served from Jan 1978 until Jan 2000. I was VA-122 DET NAS Fallon, Nevada from 1978 to 1982, VP-10 from 1984 to 1989, CPW-11 from 1989 to 1992, USS Saratoga from 1992 to 1994, VP-5 from 1994 to 1997, and CPRW-11 from 1997 to 2000. I retired out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January of 2000 and now live in Utah. I would like to hear from some of the old gang..." [16FEB2007 | 07JAN2004]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix"...RICE, PO3 Michael A...My son, Michael A. Rice, served with VP-50 and was lost March 21st, 1991 (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I would like to hear from other families and friends of VP-50. I have missed hearing from all of you. Shirley White shirleysue1304@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 21MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2009 | 28MAY2003]

RIEK, AWCM(AC) Anthony C. Retired acr@cswnet.com "...I retired after 25 years Navy service. My first tour was with VA(HM)-13 NAS Chincoteague, Virginia as a PR with P2s. Then we moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and redesignated VP-24. From there I attended PR-B school and went to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. After 9 months I became a member of the Chuting Stars Navy Parachute Team in NAS Pensacola, Florida until we disbanded in July 1964. I then went to VP-7 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then to AX-A School as a PR-1. Then to VP-5 back in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I then did a tour as an instructor, (AWC) with FASO in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and finally in NAS Moffett Field, California. Next was VP-9 (AWCS) and shore duty at VP-31 (AWCM). Probably my most enjoyable tour was at VP-31. I was selected for Warrant Officer and I declined the Commission. Many good memories, only wish my tour there had lasted longer..." [13MAY2004]

RIMA, LT Tom tom_rima@peoplesoft.com "...Served in VP-5 from 1988 to 1991 as an NFO on the mighty CAC-5. Went on to be an ASW tactics instructor at FLEASWTRACENPAC in San Diego from 92-95 and then to the real world. Now working as a software engineer in the Bay area. I'd love to hear from any that I served with..." [13SEP99]

RITCHIE, Anne K. anne@annekritchie.com "...I served with VP-5 (1987-1991). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29DEC2011 | E-Mail Updated 15JUL2000]

Memorial Picture "...RITTER, Robin "Tex"...Robin "Tex" Ritter passed away April 2008. Tex served with VP-5, VP-30 and VP-49..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

ROBERTS, REV Maxwell C. O.M.G. Retired REV.MAXWELL@WORLDNET.ATT.NET "...I spent four years active duty with VP-5 from 1956 to 1960, NAS Jacksonville, Florida on Air Crew Ten. Then went into the Naval Reserve for eighteen years, from 1980 to 1998. Prior to retirement in November of 1998, I had the privilege of flying again for 22.5 hours with my old VP-5 unit after 36 years of absence. I did like Senator John Glenn had done, I was able to requalify as an Air Crewman on an updated III P-3C Orion. I had the great honor and privilege of flying with one of my old crewmember's son, a LCDR (CDR Select), who contacted his Father about me. I was given the VIP treatment while I was up in NAS Jacksonville, Florida for my two weeks of active duty. My company that I was working for paid for my vacation while I was there without pay. The two weeks that I was there was a dream of a lifetime. The eighteen years that I was in the Naval Reserve I was in the General Service (Fleet Sailor) not the aviation branch which I always longed to get back into. I have been the Chaplain at the Naval Reserve Center in Tampa for over nineteen years now. I'm retired from the Navy now, but I still do the Divine Services there at the Reserve Center once a month. I'll be sisty-two years old in November of 1999. Keep up the good work. Respectfully submitted..." [28JUL99]

ROBINSON, Mike MRobin6183@aol.com "...Served with VP-5 from AUG 1985 through AUG 1990...VP-30 Oct 1990 - Nov 1993, VP-24 Dec 1993 - Apr 1995, VP-62 Apr 1995 to present..."

ROGERS, MARK MARK.E.ROGERS@NOAA.GOV "...WAS IN VXN-8, VP-24, and VP-5 AIRCREW IFT. CURRENTLY WORK FOR NOAA THE HURRICANE HUNTERS ON A WP3-D..." [27FEB98]

ROGERS, Wesley wesleyrogers@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from September 1992 through March 1997. I worked in the AME/PR shop with PR1 Sissel, PR2 Chimino, PR1 Houghton, AME1 Patton, AME2 Chaffin just to name a few. I know I left out a lot of you guys. Transferred to Pensacola where I was a AME 'A' School Instructor. I just completed cross rating to Master At Arms and now on my way to Norfolk, VA to report to the USS IWO JIMA (Precom). I will always be a VP Sailor at heart. Anyone know how to get in touch with AOCM Butchko? Hope to hear from some of you guys soon..." [18JUL2000]

ROSE, CPO Preston L. Retired mdrebel@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-11 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (relocated to NAS Brunswick, Maine) from 1952 to 1954, NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida (Training Command), VP-5 from 1962 to 1963 (Crew 5 as PC for the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1963), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NATC) from November 1963 to 1966, VP-24 FE in 1967 and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for my final tour in the Logistics Center and retired in 1974. I worked as a civil servant doing R&M work in the UAV community for a while. Nancy passed in April of 1999. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2010 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 30MAY99 | 09APR98]

ROMANS, Velda C. VRomans101@AOL.COM "...Hello from Amarillo. I was in VP-5 1954-1959. Deployed to Newfoundland, Iceland, and the Med. Left the navy in 1959 and went to work for AEC contractor. Retired from DOE Pantex Plant in FebWould like to find old shipmates..." [13DEC97]

ROUSE, Jay 1jay@visi-net.com "...Served with VP-5 from 1987 through 1990...Currntly Police officer in New Jersey..."

RUOTI, CAPTAIN Anthony Joseph Jr. http://www.nwc.navy.mil/jmo/Faculty/bios/ruoti.htm "...CAPT Anthony Joseph Ruoti Jr. - JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT - Chairman, JMO Department - CAPTAIN ANTHONY J. RUOTI, JR., USN, reported to the Joint Military Operations Department as chairman in August 2002, following a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Captain Ruoti graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 and the Naval War College in 1993, receiving a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His shore tours include VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Commander Patrol Wing ELEVEN, Executive Officer of the West Coast's P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, The Joint Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate (J6), Architecture and Integration Division. Following this Washington tour he reported to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander Task Force EIGHTY-FOUR as operations officer and subsequently as Chief of Staff. Captain Ruoti's sea tours were VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving as Aircraft Division Officer, Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer holding P-3 "Orion" Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot designations, deploying to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, with detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Senegal, working closely with allied naval forces throughout the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, USS FORRESTAL as Communications Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean, VP-19 as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer, deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT detaching to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He commanded VP-9, during this tour his squadron was awarded the Battle "E", deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan and detaching to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. Captain Ruoti assumed command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE, preparing, training and certifying Patrol and Special Project Squadrons for forward deployed operations..." [15APR2004]

RUNDELL, CAPTAIN Howard "Hobart" g5av8or@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from August 1973-July 1976 (CAC-11/3P), NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1974 (CAC-9/PPC/MC) NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1975, VP-5 July 1976-September 1976 PPC (three months (?) it's an interesting story!), VP-93, VP-2473 (SAU) September 1976-April 1989 (CAC-10A/PPC/MC), CO VP-2473 June 1985-March 1986, CO VP-93 September 1987-April 1989. CO NR VR-24 (C-12's) February 1990-July 1991, CO NR NAS Sigonella, Sicily September 1991-September 1993, CO NR CVN69 "IKE" September 1993-September 1995, XO NR DCNO N4 Pentagon September 1995-September 1998, and XO NR SACLANT DET 113 Battle Creek September 1998-October 1999 - 30 years! A great "run" made possible by the support of my many crewmates and squadronmates. True "Shipmates" all! ASW WAS OUR LIFE! BZ!..." [E-Mail Updated 26AUG2002 | 13OCT98]

RYAN, Earl earlryan@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-5 from One Jan 1952 till 5 March 1955. I was on the deployments to Malta, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I was an AE on crew 7. I have a Malta news paper showing a VP-5 plane plus an article about various squadron members, also some pictures taken in Malta. I also have TAD orders for crew 7 to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in Jan. 1955..." [20MAR99]

RYAN, VICE ADMIRAL Norbert R. Retired Shipmate Pix "...Reported to the VP-5 Mad Foxes December 1981 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982...Rear Admiral, Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific...A native of Mountain Home, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1967. He began flight training in August 1967 and was designated a naval aviator in October 1968. Assigned to VP-8 from 1969 to 1972, Rear Admiral Ryan participated in three Atlantic Deployments as well as several detachments to the Mediterranean and Pacific in support of special operations. Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to the Officer of the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1972 to 1975. During this tour, he received a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He reported to Commander, Carrier Group SIX in September 1975, serving as Flag Secretary and aide while the staff was embarked on six different carriers for deployments, exercises and carrier workups. In October 1977, he was ordered to VP-30 where he was a familiarization stage instructor pilot and served as Assistant Training Officer and Administrative Officer until he reported to VP-56 in October 1979. Rear Admiral Ryan held the Safety and Maintenance Department billets with the squadron during deployments to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In December 1981, he reported to VP-5 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 1982. The squadron completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Azores. In April 1984, Rear Admiral Ryan was assigned to CPW-11 as Operation Officer and in August 1985, he reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic as the Force Operations Officer. On 1 August 1986, Rear Admiral Ryan became Deputy Executive Assistant/Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, serving until 23 December 1988. En route to COMPATWING TWO, he attended the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In June 1989, Rear Admiral Ryan became Commander, CPW-2 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In February 1991, he reported for duties as Executive Assistant to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served until July 1993. Rear Admiral Ryan served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Total Force Programming and Manpower (Pers-5); and as the Director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Division (N12) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from September to November 1993. From November 1993 to June 1995, he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Distribution (Pers-4), the Navy's "Head Detailer." Rear Admiral Ryan assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 2 August 1995. Rear Admiral Ryan is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars; Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars; the Navy Commendation Medal with one Gold Star; Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and a number of other service awards..." http://www.cpf.navy.mil/ctf12bio.htm


SAIENNI, Dante (si) dantesi@bellsouth.net "...I started flying in VP-7 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the early 60's with P2V5F's (never flew in 7's). From there I went VR-6 @ Mcguire AFB until decommissioning in 1963 or so. From there I went to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and flew as Plane Captain in P2V5F's and then transitioned to P-3A'sin 1966. Went to WestPac based out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines. In 1968 I was an Instructor Flight Engineer in VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was in VP-30 for about 4 years then retired from the Navy in VP-24 in 1974. I went to work for VP-30 as a civilian FRAMP Instructror and stayed in the FRAMP Department until 1986. I spent a total of 15 years in VP-30 active and as a civilian instructor. Nice talking to you all..." [29NOV99]

SALOMON, CAPTAIN Ferdinand L. FerdSalomon@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1980-1983. I joined the squadron in NAS Jacksonville, Florida right after the NAS Bermuda deployment and then made back-to-back NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments with the Mad Foxes. My brother, Gate was also in VP-5 from 1981-1984 (I think) and I had the opportunity to fly with his crew on week-long det to NS Rota, Spain (I was the PPC and MC, he was the TACCO!! Lots of fun). I then served with VT-6 from 1983-1986, VPU-2 from 1986-1989, VP-6 as Ops Officer from 1990-1991 (deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska during that time and had to watch Desert Storm on CNN with everyone else), CPW-2 from 1991-1993, VRC-30 from 1993-1996 XO/CO CODs (81 traps), NATO (London!) from 1996-1999, and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1999-2001 Base XO. I am still active, now the Chief of Staff for Chief of Naval Education and Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, probably retire in 2004. Would be interested to hear from any Shipmates I served with!..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JAN2003 | 02DEC2002]

SAXON, Walter E BMWESAXON@aol.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1962 through 1963. I was radio operator on Crew 2 Card file 2 ER4L. I went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served until September 1963. I was sent to hosp in Germany then back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and on to VF-101 in Key West, FL. My name was on our plane and all..." [11AUG99]

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

SCHAFFNER, AT1 Troy E. troy@schaffner.net "...I served with VX-1 when it was in Key West, during the first part of the 1970s. My next tour was with VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Those were the best days of my life. The P-3C was a way of life in addition to being a military system. I think about the people, the aircraft, and the missions often. They were the best!..." [10NOV2002]

SCHICK, Cory RAZAR8888@aol.com "...served with VP-5...Currently AW "A" NATTC Pensacola, FL..."

SCHLAIS, AW3 Eugene "Geno" eschlais@hotmail.com "...I am currently serving in VP-5. We are in the midst of preparing for a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. It will be my first tour, and I am looking forward to this new adventure with a great AW shop..." [03AUG2001]

SCHULLER, RADM Gordon J. Retired C/O His Son SCHULLER, CDR Jeff Retired Jeffrey.Schuller-contractor@bmdo.osd.mil "...My dad flew P2Vs with VP-8 and VP-5 in the '50s and 'early 60s and later P-3As as CO of VP-9 in the late '60s. From there he was CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and then Commander Fleet Air West Pac. He retired from the Navy in the early '80..." [04FEB2002]

SHAFFER, LCDR William H. "Bill" Retired billshaffer93@attbi.com "...I was on active duty from 1965 to 1986. I was in VP-5 from 1966 to 1969, VP-31 from 1969 to 1971, FAW-8 from 1971 to 1972, and VP-24 from 1977 to 1980. I've recently moved back to Garland, Texas (Dallas) from San Diego. Anyone who was in these squadrons during these time periods, please send me a note. I'd like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 02MAR2002 | 27FEB98]

SEMKO, Paul S. "...Reported to the VP-5 Mad Foxes as Executive Officer in August 1986 and assumed command in July 1987...Rear Admiral, Commandant, Naval District Washington...Rear Admiral Paul S. Semko was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in June 1970. Commencing flight training in January 1971, he was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1972. Upon completion of navigation training in Corpus Christi, Texas, and P3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY- ONE (VP-31), Rear Admiral Semko joined the VP-6 Blue Sharks where he served as Weapons Training Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and NATOPS Officer. Reporting to the VP-31 Black Lightnings in December 1975 as an instructor pilot, he also served as Schedule Officer, NATOPS Officer and alternate COMNAVAIRPAC Pilot Evaluator. In May 1978, he reported aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and served as ASW Module Officer and Assistant CIC Officer (ASW) while qualifying as a Tactical Action Officer. After attending the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, Rear Admiral Semko reported to the VP-49 World Famous Woodpeckers for department head duty in June 1982. There he served as Training Officer and Maintenance Officer. In May 1984, he reported as the Training Officer to VP-30 and later served as the Executive Officer. He reported to the VP-5 Mad Foxes as Executive Officer in August 1986 and assumed command in July 1987. In January 1988, he led VP-5 through a 6-month Sigonella deployment highlighted by record setting ASW operations, coordinated submarine operations and capturing the COMSIXTHFLT Hook 'Em Award. Rear Admiral Semko attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, before reporting to the Office of Program Appraisal, Principle Military Staff for the Secretary of the Navy in July 1989. He assumed command of VP-30, the East coast FRS, in August of 1990. The following summer, he reported to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense of Acquisition, International Programs, serving the second year as Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for International Programs. From October 1993 to June 1995, he was Commander, Patrol Wing ELEVEN. Rear Admiral Semko reported to his current assignment as Commandant, Naval District Washington in June 1995. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy Achievement Medal, three Battle E Awards, Meritorious Unit Commendation and various other unit and general awards..." http://www.ndw.navy.mil/bios/semko.html

SHARPE, Ron Retired ibnfe8251@earthling.net "...AMH1 VP-5 F/E 90-93...MH1 VP-9 F/E 84-87, AMH1 VP-26 F/E 79-82, AMH2 VP-46 G/P 75-76, and AMH3 VQ-1 G/P 73-75..."

Memorial Picture "...SHEETS, AD1 Dennis "Good" and "Goodie"...(VP-30 and VP-5)Dennis was in the hospital recently, and was released within the last couple of days. Unfortunately, he was unable to fight his condition any longer and passed away today. The family is not having a ceremony or gathering but his wife requested that "everyone think of Dennis and what a great guy he was". She also requested that the word be passed among FEs. If you wish to send condolences, please use the following address: Sheets Family - 2020 Sunnyside Dr - Waycross GA 31501..." [23APR2010]

SHEETS, Dennis(Good, Goodie, etc.) AD1 F/E Shipmate Pix...Circa 05/90... sheets@almatel.net "...Served in VP-5 Aug 78-Apr 91. Currently on housewife duty in Waycross, Georgia..."

SHELLY, AX2 Robert "Bob" felix13617@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1962-1964) with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR,NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I finished my tour as 1st Technician on Crew-6 with LT Jack Higgins and his great crew..." [22OCT2010]

SHELTON, DEAN bkbcards@aol.com"...Hello to all my friends and aquaintances out there. VP-47 64-67; VP-17 67-69; Hal-3 71/72; VP-5 72-74; VP-8 77-80, was an AX to start then AT finally about to transfer to MA when I left the Nav. Flew radio and radar westpac and east. enjoyed my time. Miss a lot of friends. good fortune to all and keep em airborne. In memory of those we lost*****..."

SHELTON, Sherry tjs@conch.net "...been in VP-5 this time around from Mar 94 to DEC 97, before that I was at FASO Cecil Field from 90-94, VP-5 from 86-90, Nas Norfolk VA from 84-86, VP-19 from 82-84, and VT-22 from 80-82...I am now stationed at OPS/OMD in Key West..." [Updated 24DEC97] [ICQ# 6317501]

SHEPARD, MCPO Keith Retired kndshepard@gmail.com "...I served with VC-1 SAR (UH-34D & SH-3G) Helo Crewman at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1970 to 1973, P-3 FE School at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1975, VP-9 FE at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1978, Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (1012) at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1978 to 1981, VP-5 FE at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1981 to 1985, Defense Language Institute (DLI) Presidio of Monterey, Ca from 1985 to 1986, FE Exchange Program German Navy from 1986 to 1990 and VX-1 Maintenance Master Chief at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1990 to 1993..." [26MAY2010]

SHIELDS, AD2 David davecarolyns@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-5 1953-1954 as aircraft check crew leader. I live near Reading, Pa. where the Mid Atlantic Air Museum has a restored P2V-5 that still flies occasionally (SEE: Last A.S.W. Equipped Flying P2V-7 Neptune). It brings back fond memories every time I see it..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28JAN2009]

SHIELDS, AT2 William A. BillyBear@Alltel.net "...Joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 and served until 1980. I served on board the USS Saratoga, and then after the Sara, I served with VP outfits like VP-62, VP-30, and VP-5. I worked in the AT-Shop, and performed the duties of an IFT..." [16JUL2002]

SHYER, Eric B. mapper1231@fairpoint.net "...I served with VAH-21 (1968 to 1969) and VP-5 (1969 to 1971). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 22FEB98 | 21JUL98]

SIMMS, ADRC Charles "Charlie" cdsimms@verizon.net "...I served with VP-5 as a Crew Chief (LA-5) from 1960 to 1962..." [11MAY2010]

SITARSKI, CDR Chuck http://www.cpw5.navy.mil/vp10/co_bio.htm "...Commander Chuck Sitarski graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1983. Prior to reporting to Flight School, he was assigned to CTG 168.4 in Munich, Germany as a German language translator. CDR Sitarski earned his wings in May of 1985 and reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1989, he commenced a tour at the VP-30 "Pro's Nest" and then reported to Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, NSA Bahrain aboard the Flagship USS LaSalle (AGF-3) for duty as the Flag Secretary. After two years as the CPW-11 Safety/NATOPS Officer, he reported to VP-5 in 1995. In July, 1997, CDR Sitarski reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA where he served on the PERS-83 Staff. He then reported to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned to the Operations Directorate as Command Director and as Head OPS Branch Air Cell until December, 2000. He is currently Commanding Officer VP-10. He has flown over 3300 hours in the P-3 and his awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Navy Commendation Medal (four)..." [20JUN2003]

SLONE, Joseph slonej@aol.com "...Hello fellow VPers and other Shipmates. I served as a TD at FASO NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (71-73), a TD at FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida (73-84), an AX with VP-5 (84-87), an insturctor at NATTC Millington (87-91), and RETIRED as an AT1 in 91 then moved to DE. My tour with VP-5 was the best. Would like to hear from any fellow Shipmates..." [19DEC98]

SMITH, James W. "JW" c/o Ray Bliss, AW2 (ret) TFBNCC@aol.com "...The passing of a shipmate. AWC (ret) James W. Smith "JW", suffered a heart attack and died on the morning of 11 Feb 1998. Jim Smith was my friend and shipmate for 23 years, he will be very sorely missed. Jim had a varied career starting as a storekeeper stationed in Vietnam. His professional career as an AW saw him attached to VP-56, VP-30, VP-5, HS-1, HS-11 until his retirement in 1989 I believe..." [11FEB98]

SMITH, Kyle krsmith@berkshiresgi.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1982 until September of 1985. While with VP-5 I worked in AIMD on AS-65/64 ASW systems. Went on two deployments, one to NS Rota, Spain and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I certainly enjoyed my time in VP-5. Met some very great people. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. I'm currently married with two children. My Navy and electronics experience has allowed me to become successful with my life and good fortunes. Hope all is well with all my former Shipmates..." [20MAY2003]

Memorial Picture "...SMITH, AMS1 Richard L. Sr. "Smitty" "Dickie"...Born Jan 7, 1955. He serve in the Navy and was honorably discharged as a AMS1. He served in VP-5 from 1971 to 1973. He was preceded in death by his wife. He leaves behind three sons. At time of his death he was working at FRCSE Jacksonville with thirty five years of service as a Lead Industrial Engineer Technician..." Contributed by Louis Vanleer louis.vanleer@navy.mil [31JAN2013]

SMITH, AO3 Rick L. injunlake@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1978-1981) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Has anyone broke my flight hour record yet? I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11DEC2014]

SMITH, Timothy W. gfeaster@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-23 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine), VA-195 ( NAS Norfolk, Virginia), NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Hanford, CA., VP-9, VP-30, VP-5, VA-203 ( NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida), USS Bon Hommie Richard CVA-31, USS Independance CVA-63, USS Forastall CVA-59, VX-13 Ton Sunit Vietnam, and retired (1960-1989) USNR..." [22MAR2000]

SMOCK, John E. jsmock@usa.net "...I was an AW in VP-5 during the time period of summer of 1973 to May 1978. My work number is (805) 277-9927..." [Updated 06FEB98]

SMOOT, DAVID P. dsmoot@kih.net "...RADIO OPERATOR IN VP-5 FROM FEB. 1968 UNTIL SEPT. 1971. LOOKING THROUGH THIS PAGE BRINGS BACK ALOT OF MEMORIES GOOD AND BAD BUT MOST WERE GOOD..." [06JAN98]

SMYERS, CDR T. D. tdsmyers@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5 (March 1986 to February 1990) and VP-30 (February 1990 to October 1991) in the Fleet before becoming a TAR. Since adjusting my designator to 1327, I've served with RATCEN (November 1991 to May 1994), VP-64 (June 1994 to July 1997) at JRB NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-64 OIC at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, short tour on RADM McLaughlin's staff at CNARF (now CNAR), and now XO of VP-62. Life is good at VP-62!...I became Commanding Officer of VP-62 July 26th, 2003..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 28JUL2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29DEC2002 | E-Mail/BIO 27SEP99 | 07JUN98]

SPENCE, AZ2 Howard W. howspence@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (November 1981 to December 1984) AIMD at NAS Brunswick, Maine and left the service in January 1988. I enjoyed almost every day of my service and in hindsite should never have gotten out - but that's life as they say. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25OCT2009]

STANLEY, Thomas R. (Tom) tstanley@delrio.com "...Served in VP-5 1968 through January 1971. I would very mush like to recover pictures of Crew 21 made during that period or any other pictures from that period (lost all of mine in house fire). I was an AW3 on Crew 21, Julie/ECM operator. I would like to know what happened to some of the Crew (Ed Ponder, Jim Pace, Tom Berry, Lt Cmdr Holliway, LT Dick Barnes, and Roger ?, Ordanceman). Also would like to know what happen to Chief Sweeney. Who has the bell from the EM bar?..." [17SEP99]

STEELE, AMSC Harold Retired amscpo@gmail.com "...I served with HT-8 at NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida, HS-5 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VA-174 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, VP-67 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VR-48 and retired in 1992..." [14NOV2016]

STEVENSON, Dennis wp3orion@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1975-1978), VX-1 (1978-1979), VAQ-33 (1979-1981) and United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) (1981-1987) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Now working for BHI Energy, Nuclear support as an ANSI 3.1 Sr Radiation Protection Tech and living in Newark, Delaware..." [03SEP2017]

STIFFLER, ADCS Bill Retired shipmate pix bstiff@mediaone.net "...STARTED MY FINE NAVAL CAREER AUGUST 1972 MY FIRST SQUADRON WAS VP-30 WHICH WAS STATIONED IN NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. REPORTED TO CUBA IN AUGUST 1974 WITH VC-10. MOVED BACK TO VP-30 ONE YEAR LATER, WHICH HAD MOVED TO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, THANK GOD. MANAGED TO GET ORDERS TO VP-49 IN FEB.84, THEN AGAIN STROLLED ACROSS HANGAR 1000 TO VP-30 FOR THE 3RD TIME. STROLLED BACK ACROSS HANGAR 1000 AGAIN IN 1990 TO VP-5. MANAGED TO RETURN TO VP-30 IN 1993 FOR THE 4TH TIME WHERE I RETIRED ON JANUARY 1997. MY VP TOURS WERE THE BEST OF MY NAVAL CAREER. FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A LINE ANYTIME. GO VP, WERE A DYING BREED!..." [19DEC97]

STINESPRING, Winfred "Winnie" winstin@bellsouth.net "...Hey Shipmates. I would love to hear from you guys. I'm now retired in Jacksonville, Florida. I served with VP-1, VP-30, VP-56, VP-45, VP-30, VP-5 and retired out of Sea Control Wing. I went back to school and completed a Masters Degree. Lets hear from you guys..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUL2007 | 30AUG98]

STOCKMAN, CW03 Jim Retired jamesb131@earthlink.net "...Served in VP-5 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and later at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1948 through 1950. I would like to contact anyone who served in VP-5 during those years. I would also appreciate any known information as to the whereabouts of Robert S. Bird, AD(R)3, last known to be with the squadron in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2001 | 30OCT99]

STROMBECK, AWC Thomas W. Jr. henfarmer@yahoo.com "...I reported to VP-5 in May 1987. While serving with the "Mad Foxes", I worked in operations and was the acoustic NATOPS evaluator. Following Desert Storm I rotated out and reported to the Naval War College. While stationed in Newport,R.I., I was the air research supervisor in the war gaming department. I also was the ESO and PRT coordinator for the staff stationed at the college. In 1994 I left the college and spent time in Latin America. Returning to the U.S. in 1997 I decided to return to civilian life, and since then I have been farming in Oklahoma. Awards include Joint Service Commendation, Naval Commendation (2), Naval Achievement (2) and various service and unit awards..." [20NOV2008]

STROYECK, Kevin R. decaturkev@verizon.net "...I served with VP-5 (1977-1980) as NAVCOMM and TACCO and VP-30 (1980-1984) P-3 RTS Instuctor working on the JMSDF and Dutch FMS programs..." [25JUN2010]

STUBER, ATC Steve S2cpoUSN@aol.com "...VPU-1 93-97, Rota Spain 90-93, VP-16 86-90, NATTC Memphis 85-86, and VP-5 83-85..."

STURTEVANT, LCDR William J. "Blackie" c/o Suzie Rovell-Rixx palsdad5@gmail.com "...Blackie served with VP-5 flying with Crew-6 (and others), served as a carrier pilot during Vietnam and a test pilot after that. He just had his 82nd birthday! If you served with Blackie - I am sure he would love to hear from Shipmates..." [10SEP2016]

SUTLIFF, CAPTAIN R. C. http://209.165.152.119/navy/1946apr_dec.txt "...Captain Sutliff's Naval career began with entrance into the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1924. Upon graduation he was assigned to the USS Arizona on which he served for one year. In June 1925 he was transferred to the USS Huron on the Asiatic Station, and was again transferred in August 1926 to the USS Palos, a Yangtze River (Training) Patrol Ship. In 1927 he was advanced to Lieutenant junior grade. He returned to the Continental United States in June 1928 for flight training at the NAS Pensacola, Florida. In May 1929 he was graduated and assigned to flight duty on the USS Nevada. In 1931 he was returned to Pensacola as instructor where he remained until July 1932. In July 1932 he attended the post graduate school at Annapolis. During this time he was advanced to Lieutenant senior grad. In September 1934 he entered Harvard University, studying Communications Engineering. In 1935 he became Navigation, Engineering and Flight Officer of VP-5 aboard the USS Ranger. In 1936 his squadron was moved to the USS Lexington. He remained there until June 1937 when he became Officer in Charge of the Aircraft Radio Test Section at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. In November 1939 he became attached to the Bureau of Engineering (Navigation Dept.) in charge of Aircraft Radio Section. It was during this time that he was advanced to Lt. Comdr. In June 1940 he assumed command of VS Squadron 3, aboard the USS Saratoga. Served as Executive Officer of, Advanced Carrier Training Group, San Diego from August 1941 to November 1941. Ordered to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D. C. from November 1941 to September 1942. From September 1942 to october 1943 - Connection fitting out of the USS Lexington and on board as the Executive Officer. Served as Chief of Staff for Com. Car Div. 1 from October 1943 to March 1944. Commanding Officer of the USS Prince William from April 1944 to February 1945. Aviation Officer on the staff of Cinclant February 1945 to March 1946. Commanding Officer NAS Kodiak, Alaska from june 1946 to present date..." [05JUL2003]

SUTTON, ADJC Forrest S. Jr. Retired shipmates pix...circa May 1967...papa@forrestsutton.com "...I started with the VP's in November 1956 when I was ordered to VP-45 in Bermuda. What a beautiful island. While I served with VP-45 as second wiper, I worked in Power Plants for Chief Ray Fussell. I left Bermuda in May of 1959 for Shore duty and the training command. I was assigned to VP-5 In 1964 after the rag at VP-30. I was second wiper during my training on Capt Pates Crew. Great bunch of guys there. I took over as PC on crew 4 and stayed with them till we transition to the P3. I was with Crew 8 then with Bob May as the PPC and Lt Williams as PP2P. 1st Tech Anderson. I left VP-5 in September 1968 and reported to VX-1 where I flew P3's and ran into old friends from my past squadrons...Namely CDR Agnue from VP-45 Bermuda and AW1 Josh Pierce from VP-5. Plus lots of others. After I left VX-1 I went to the Tail hook navy for a couple of years before retiring in June 1974...Golly been retired now for 23 years....LOL...I just moved back to Beeville to retire. I November 1959 I arrived at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas and was assigned to ATU-203. I was there it became VT-24. I left VT-24 28 November 1963 and went to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I came to Chase as and AD3 and left as an ADJ1. I retired from the Navy on 10 June 1974..." WebSite: http://www.forrestsutton.com [BIO Updated 18MAY2005 | E-Mail/WebSite Updated 02JAN99]

SWAIN, MMCO Jeff js_swain@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-47 NAS Moffett Field, California (September 1985 to December 1990). Currently serving with VP-5 as the MMCO and will be retiring in November 2009. I'd be interested in hearing from any long lost Shipmates who may still be out there!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25FEB2009 | 30OCT99]

SWALLEY, DAVE JETSDC10@AOL.COM "...I WENT TO GREAT LAKES THEN TO NAS Memphis, Tennessee NATTC FOR 'AM' TRAINING THEN VP-30 AND FINALLY TO VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I DEPLOYED WITH VP-5 THREE TIMES TWICE TO NAS Sigonella, Sicily AND ONCE TO NS Rota, Spain. WE STAYED STATE SIDE FOR ONE YEAR TO RECEIVE P-3C'S. I WAS IN CORROSION CONTROL AND THE 'AM' SHOP. I AM CURRENTLY WORKING FOR NORTHWEST AIRLINES AS AN AIRFRAME POWERPLANT AND ELECTIRCIAN LINE MAINTENANCE MECHANIC..." [05OCT98]

SWIFT, AEC L. Retired PopaLee@aol.com "...I was in VP-5 back in the days of the P2V. My plane was 131496, Herbie Pane were the Plane Capt. J. A. Pate was the skipper. a good man. I remember those day with more fundness than any others. I was one of the first black crew members and it wasn't a big deal until people talk about it many years later. Bob Vaugh was one of the best Plane Captains during that time. My shop was the electric shop with Cheif McKeenan, AE1 Al Hunt Country Grinder, very smart people. We won the "E" a couple of times. I was an AE3 back then I later retired as AEC. Thanks for the page, it very worth while..."

Memorial Picture "...SMYTH, CAPTAIN Robert P...Bob Smyth became Executive Officer of VP-5 after the loss of LA-9 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...12JAN62). In fact, the LA-9 aircraft was his regular plane and he (PPC LA-9) and his crew (crew nine) had flown the plane the day prior to it's loss. The flight crew that perished on LA-9 was actually crew seven, whose regular plane (LA-7), was in the hanger for checks. The following year, Bob Smyth became the Commanding Officer of the squadron. To his dying day he never forgot the lost crew of LA-9. Bob was my friend and mentor, and I will miss him and his frequent emails. "Arlington is magical, As you stand there in it's calm,deep silence, You lose all sense of time and place, And memories...become real." Captain RP Smyth, USN Retired Obituary: Robert P. Smyth - May 31, 1921- March 24, 2012 Captain Robert P. Smyth, US Navy (Retired), died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 24 March 2012. He was 90. "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God." Bob was born, raised and went to high school in Yonkers, New York. He was married to Loyce Ivey Smyth (nee Slocum) from Pensacola, Florida on 15 June 1946, who preceded him in death on 27 August 2002, and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Christine S. Bellino with family in Virginia, and Nancy S. Moore with family in Colorado; two sons, Robert L. Smyth (Diane Thayer) of North Carolina and Jeffrey J. Smyth, (Katie Scholl) of Denver; eight grandchildren: Elizabeth C. Bellino MD, Caroline E. Bellino Marvel, Rachel E. Moore, Thomas R. Moore, Robert Patrick Smyth, John L. Smyth, Tanner A. Smyth, and Grant W.Smyth, and great-grandson’s Robert Owen Smyth, Axel Patrick Smyth and Kellan Lawrence Smyth. Bob attended St. John’s University in New York City before joining the US Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet in July 1942 during World War II. He trained as a Naval Aviator in NAS Pensacola, Florida, receiving his Navy wings, and Ensign USNR commission in October 1943. During World War II he served first as an advanced flight instructor at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and later as an R4D/R5D pilot in the Western Pacific in support of the Seventh Fleet. He was in the Philippines when the war ended on August 15, 1945. In 1946 he became a US Navy career officer, being selected and commissioned as an officer in the Regular Navy. After the war he served in various USN ships, squadrons and staffs including VP-3, and VP-5; the aircraft carriers USS Bennington, USS Oriskany, USS Yorktown and the USS Randolph; the staff Carrier Division Three, and as Air Defense Officer on Carrier Task Force 77, the HQ Commander-in-Chief Pacific, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, and lastly at the HQ North American Defense Command. He was executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph, and commanding officer of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5), Captain of the USS Tanner (AGS-15), and commander of a three ship Navy task unit in and off Vietnam . He had a four-war career in the US Navy, serving during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. Serving in six Navy air squadrons, he accumulated thirteen thousand flying hours in ten types of Navy aircraft. During his Navy years, he graduated with a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and with an MS degree from the University of Southern California. In July 1974 he retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain, USN, settling in Colorado Springs He later was employed by various aerospace companies including TRW Corp., and the Aerospace Corp. A memorial service will be held at the Fort Myer Old Fort Chapel, Arlington, Virginia at a time to be determined, followed immediately by interment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery alongside his wife. ......" Contributed by PETTWAY, ATR3 Robert L. "Bob" rpettway@epbfi.com [10APR2012]

SZOSTAK, CAPTAIN Michael J. http://reserves.navy.mil/NR/exeres/00001fe0fyushyqncqlcvtnq/WelcomeAboard_Default_ONLY_With+Navigation.asp?LGUID={D587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB}&NRMODE=Published&NRORIGINALURL=%2fReserves%2fPublic%2fStaff%2fCenters%2fAir%2fCenters%2fReserve%2bPatrol%2bWing%2fWelcomeAboard%2fExecutiveOfficer%2fdefault%2ehtm%3fLGUID%3d%7bD587BF65-B5E9-44FD-958F-9761F5B648CB%7d&NRNODEGUID=%7b8A20A74B-6538-4819-BFDE-D0FC511AE351%7d&NRQUERYTERMINATOR=1&bhcp=1 "...Captain Michael J. Szostak was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1979. After temporary duty at the Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst NJ, he attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, earning his wings in August 1980. CAPT Szostak's first operational assignment was with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made three deployments during this tour and served as Electronic Warfare Officer, Public Affairs Officer, NFO Training Officer and Assistant Administration Officer. In April 1984, he reported to VP-30 and served as an instructor to the Royal Netherlands Navy 320 Squadron in Valkenberg, the Netherlands and with the Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Tactical Training Team. In October 1986, CAPT Szostak reported to Yokosuka, Japan as Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Forces Japan. In January 1989, he enrolled in the Space Systems Engineering curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA earning a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering. Following P-3C refresher training at VP-30, CAPT Szostak reported to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in November 1991. He served as Command Services Officer and Operations Officer while deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. CAPT Szostak was then briefly assigned to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as interim Wing Operations Officer. In November 1993, CAPT Szostak was assigned to the White House Military Office as a Presidential Emergency Plans Officer in the Contingency Programs Directorate. While in Washington DC, he also served as a Federal Executive Fellow at The Atlantic Council of the United States, a public policy center. In May 1996, CAPT Szostak returned to VP-5 as Executive Officer and in June 1997, became that squadron's 47th Commanding Officer. While in command, the squadron made a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and Panama. After his command tour, he reported to the National Reconnaissance Office in Washington, DC and served as Senior Operations Officer in the Operational Support Office and as Assistant Director for National Systems Support (J35A), Operations Directorate, The Joint Staff. He was most recently assigned as Chief of Staff, Commander Task Force 84. Captain Szostak is currently serving as Deputy, Reserve Patrol Wing. CAPT Szostak is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge..." [13JUN2003]


TAGGART, Clifford (Deceased) C/O His Sister Evelyn Seegraves eviesee@earthlink.net "...I'm trying to locate anyone who served with my brother Clifford Taggart. According to his Naval records, he served with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (October 1958) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (May 1959). Also mentioned in these records was "FASRON-109". Cliff passed away in 1996 and as he mentioned very little about his Navy life. I would like to hear from others who knew him at that time..." [08MAR2003]

TAYLOR, Willoughby Shipmate Pix...22 Years Old!!! wpt828@charter.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1951-1954. I was in Crew 2 when it crashed near Paris France in December 1952. Would like to hear fron anyone in the squadron during this time period. Our home base was NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 26JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 07FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT99 | 31DEC97]

THURMAN, BRENT foxvp5@aol.com "...I have been with VP-5 since June '96. I am still presently in the command as an AD, and looking forward to the deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in August..." [11FEB98]

Memorial Picture "...THOMAS, CAPT Richard "Dick" Terry...Capt. Richard (Dick) Terry Thomas, U.S. Navy retired, died Sept. 5, 2012. He was born May 23, 1929, in Chamberlain, S.D., and graduated from Custer High School in Custer, S.D., in 1947. He graduated from the Naval Reserve program at the University of Nebraska in 1951 and was commissioned an ensign. During 28 years in the Navy, he served as communications officer on the USS Antietam and executive officer on the USS Lexington. He was commanding officer of the USS Camden, of VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and of NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida. He served on the USS Princeton in 1951 and 1952, during the Korean War. He attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and earned his aviator's wings in March 1959. As a pilot, he was stationed in NAS Kodiak, Alaska; NAS North Island, San Diego, California; and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He also spent three years as a flight instructor in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. He attended post-graduate school in Monterey, Calif., in 1966, and earned a master's in financial management. From 1967 to 1969, he served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., and was assigned to the State Department for the final year as liaison to Secretary of State Dean Rusk. He served in Vietnamese waters on the USS Camden in 1972 and 1973. After retirement in 1978, he served 15 years as a Panama Canal Pilot, accumulating 1,677 shipboard transits across the Isthmus of Panama. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian Jean Roberts Thomas, who managed 21 Navy moves and traveled, by car with the family, what was estimated as the equivalent of eight times around the circumference of the Earth. Other survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ginny Thomas of St. Helens, Ore.; his children, Kathy Thomas of Boone N.C., Jean Quisenberry, John Thomas and Janet Thomas, all of Pensacola; and two grandchildren, Anna (Quisenberry) Boomer, wife of Air Force Lt. Kyle Boomer of Columbia, S.C., and Robert Quisenberry, who is serving on the USS Greeneville, a submarine homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. No formal services are scheduled at his request. The family will hold a celebration-of-life ceremony at a later date. His ashes are to be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, where many pleasant hours were spent working, fishing and boating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to charity. WebSite: Legacy.COM http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/..." Contributed by Scott D. Hallford scott.hallford@navy.mil [07SEP2012]

THOMAS, CAPT Richard T. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2387 "...CAPT Richard T. Thomas, USN - NFL Number: 2387 - Date of Birth: 5/23/1929 - Date In: 6/4/1951 - Date Out: 2/1/1978 - City, State: Pensacola, FL - School Attended: U of Nebraska - Aircraft Flown: P6Y, P-3A, P-3B, P-3C - Ship or Unit: CO USS Camden AOE2 CO NavEdTrng ProgDev CO VP-5 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: TROA - Highest personal decoration or award: Joint Commenda. Med - Significant Achievements: Command of Patrol Squadron, Supply Ship, and Shore Station. Served 15 years as a Panama Canal pilot from 1978 - 1993. In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

TIBBITS, CAPTAIN Timothy S. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/cpw-10/commbio.htm "...Commodore CPW/CPRW-10 - Captain Timothy S. Tibbits was born in Newark, Ohio on 14 August 1959. He attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Four-Year Scholarship Program. He graduated magna cum laude and was commissioned an Ensign in April 1981. Commencing flight training in September 1981,he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1982. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Captain Tibbits joined the VP-16 "War Eagles" where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NAS Bermuda. His groundassignments included Ordnance Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In May 1986, he was selected for FRS instructor duty at VP-30 where he also served as Public Affairs Officer and NFO Training Officer. In December 1988, he reported to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT as Aide and Flag Secretary. During this tour he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), and made Atlantic detachments aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55)while qualifying as a Battle Group Watch Officer/Flag Tactical Action Officer. After two years aboard Carrier Group EIGHT, Captain Tibbits was assigned to the CNO's Staff in the Aviation Plans and Requirements Branch as Assistant P-3 Requirements Officer. Upon completing refresher training at VP-30, Captain Tibbits returned to VP-16 for department head duty in April 1993. During this tour he accompanied VP-16 on a split deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Howard AFB, Panama, and a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland while serving as Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1995, he reported as the Training Officer to VP-30 and later served as the Executive Officer. In June 1998, Captain Tibbits assumed duties as Executive Officer of the VP-5 "Mad Foxes." During this tour he deployed with the "Mad Foxes" to NAS Sigonella, Sicily on the first East Coast deployment of the P-3C Anti-surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) aircraft, participating in successful operations in Bosnia/Herzegovina and Kosovo. He also participated in successful P-3 strike operations in Kosovo, and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." He assumed command in June 1999, and led the "Mad Foxes" on a split-site deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He spearheaded introduction of the P-3C AIP aircraft into the North Atlantic sector and incorporation of USNR crews into Keflavik operations. Upon completion of command in June 2000, Captain Tibbits was ordered to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He graduated in June 2001 with a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy. Upon graduation, Captain Tibbits remained in Washington, D.C. and again reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations where he served as Head, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Requirements (N780E1) on the staff of the Director, Air Warfare (N78). He was responsible for formulating and supporting requirements for the P-3 and EP-3 aircraft, and continuing development of their programmed replacement, the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (Numeral "1"), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, three Battle "E" Awards, five Meritorious Unit Commendations and various other unit and general awards..." [30JUN2003]

TORRES, ADC (AW) Rafael USNAD@aol.com "...Looking for any old Shipmates. 79-83 Rotary Wing NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, 83-86 HS-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 86-89 VQ-2 NS Rota, Spain P-3 side, 89-95 VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and 95- ? RTC Great Lake. In my time in P-3's I made it my point to be the Best Mech around. But now its time to make others the best!..." [01FEB98]

TROEMEL, CAPT Benjamin H. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=434 "...CAPT Benjamin H. Troemel, USN - NFL Number: 434 - Date of Birth: 6/10/1915 - Date In: 6/28/1938 - Date Out: 11/1/1959 - City, State: St. Augustine, FL - School Attended: Tulane University - Aircraft Flown: TBD, SBC, SBD, P2V, PBM - Ship or Unit: USS Enterprise, VS-6 and VP-5 - Hedron 3 Canal Zone - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Pearl Harbor, Pac - Associations/Service Organizations: Navy League Assn of Nav Aviation Military Order of WW - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medals (3) - Significant Achievements: 7,000 hours (Navy and Commercial). 200 arrested carrier landings. Vice President, St. Augustine Chapter of the USO. In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

TROMBLEY, AMS1(AW/SW) William "Byrd" trom4@bellsouth.net "...VP-5 airframes from Jan 93-Jun 96. Currently onboard USS JFK CV-67..." [E-Mail/Rate Updated 02MAY2001 | 29MAR98]

TUCKER, AW2 Joseph (Mike) jmtss3@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-50 from 90-92. Now stationed at VP-5. Would like to hear from squadronmates. Also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, FASODETMOFFETT, CPW-11, and hope to soon be back at CPW-11 Weapons System Test (WST) Team for a much needed break from 4 and 1/2 years of sea duty in VP-5..." [19MAY99]

Memorial Picture "...TURNER, AECS William Retired...AECS William Turner passed away on April 16, 2013 where he resided in upstate New York. He served with VP-5 (1973-1975)..." Contributed by LCDR Louis Vanleer (Retired Mustang) louis.vanleer@navy.mil [23MAY2013]

TUTTELL, LCDR Robert Joseph https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2659 "...LCDR Robert Joseph Tuttell, USN - NFL Number: 2659 - Date of Birth: 6/8/1954 - Date In: 4/24/1976 - Date Out: 9/1/1994 - City, State: Gulf Breeze, FL - School Attended: Jacksonville Univ./Navy Postgraduate - Aircraft Flown: P-3C, LC-130, T-34C, EP-3J, T-28 - Ship or Unit: VP-5, VXE-6, VAQ-33, VP-56 and VT-6. Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Persian Gulf/Cold War - Associations/Service Organizations: TROA - NAMF - Significant Achievements: 5000 + flight hrs. Instructor in P-3, LC-130 and T34-C. Helped design EP-3J. 2 NASA (Technical Merit Awards) TCAS II). Commercial pilot license. In Memoriam? No..." [29NOV2005]

TYLER, James Rene renet@prodigy.net "...I was assigned to VP-5 from October 1984 through July 1993. Started out a ground pounder in the mech shop for one deployment and then off to Flight Engineer school and have been flying ever since and love it. NAMTRA July 1993 through July 1996, VP-16 July 1996 through February 1999. I'm currently in VP-30 VR DET flying CINCLANTFLT around the world and enjoying life, what a job!..." [17JUN99]


VanCLEAVE, AMS1 Forrest L. Retired vancleave.forrest@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1964-1965), VP-31 (11/1965-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VW-1 (1968-1970) at NAS Agana, Guam, VP-5 (06/1970-07/1971) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VT-21 (08/1970-12/1974), VQ-4 (12/1974-11/1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Saipan (CVL-48) (02/1979-10/1981), NAS Oceana, VA (11/1981-08/1984) and retired (08/1984)..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUN2013 | 27DEC99]

VANDIVER, Butch "Van" bamalisa@hotmail.com "...Joined VP-5 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1970, made 1971 split deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Fortunately stayed in NS Rota, Spain the whole trip. AT2 in ATC Russell Wise's shop. Played softball, football and basketball on squadron teams that regularly beat up our sister Squadrons. Anyone remember my old roomies Bob "Pop" Poplestein and Danny Forsyth? I've seen posts from Davey Smoot and Phil C. "Yakima" the battle cry of the Mad Fox Radiomen of this era..." [02DEC98]

VANNOY, AT1 (AC) B. M. "Shooter 8" bmshooter8@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from July 1968 to October 1970 as an ATR-3 and ATR-2. Flew crew some and later AIMD APS-80 and ECM, TAD a bunch to other places and duties as assigned..." [27JAN2003]

VARGA, AMS3 Bert Jr. lieut4727@oh.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 (07/1966-11/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked the night check..." [20FEB2015]

VARILLA, Alex Alexnbabs@aol.com "...I served with the "Batmen" of VP-24 from 1977 - 1979, the "Pros Nest" of VP-30 from 1979 - 1981 and the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 from 1981 - 1985. I miss those days when the Navy was fun, we had a mission and an adversary..." [02JUN98]

VASSILAKIS, CDR George J. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/CSOtext.htm "...CDR George J. Vassilakis - United States Navy - Chief Staff Officer - Central Patrol and Reconaissance Wing Eleven. Commander Vassilakis was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1988. Completing flight training in October 1989, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Vassilakis joined VP-24 in March 1990. While assigned to the "Batmen", he served as Personnel Officer, Readiness Officer and Tactics/CNO Special Projects Officer and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) in December 1992, where he served as Flag Lieutenant. Following the disestablishment of CPWL he reported to Commander, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet and served as Flag Lieutenant from July 1993 to March 1995. In May 1995, Commander Vassilakis reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as Assistant Navigator, completing a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. During this tour, he earned a Surface Warfare Officer designation. Following this tour, he was assigned in February 1997 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC where he served as VP Aviation Assignments Officer for shore and sea detailing. He coordinated the homeport shift of the Aviation Assignments Branch to Millington, Tennessee in June 1998. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 for department head duty in July 1999. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In November 2001, Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Operations Officer. He currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer and has been selected for VP Operational Command. Commander Vassilakis' personal awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [22MAR2005]

VENCL, AWC Lou Retired louisv@ime.net "...VP-5 (1974 - 1977), VP-30 (1977 - 1980), USS Forrestal CV-59 (1980 - 1982), VP-56 (1982 - 1985), FASO Jax (1985 - 1988), VP-11 (1988-1991) Retired at Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) in Oct 94. Currently working for Summit Research Corp. supporting the Beartrap guys up here in the winter wonder land of Brunswick, Maine..." [16JAN98]

VESS, AWCM Ray L. Retired raynkat2180@comcast.net "...I served with VP-5 (03/1964-03/1969) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (1967)..." [20DEC2011]

VOSS, AMS3 Johnny Lee johnny.voss@sbcglobal.net "...Served with VP-5 in late 1970's. I served 3 years in active duty and 2 years Reserve duty. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was AMS3 Voss in Corrosion Control. I met the Squadron in NAS Keflavik, Iceland and got to see all the women behind all the trees. It was Spring and I remember thinking this place ain't that bad. I had never been anywhere that the sun never set! Homepoted at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Petty Officer Phil Martin was my roommate in NAS Keflavik, Iceland before I got out in 1978. We had the biggest and warmest room in the barracks because it was above the boiler!..." [21AUG2006]


WAGNER, TSGT Gary D. USAF Retired gwagnavy@gmail.com "...Attended Boot Camp at NATC Great Lakes from June 1969 to August 1969, Service Schools at NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee from September 1969 to December 1969, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from January 1970 to February 1970, VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from Febuary 1970 to March 1973 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily from February to June 1970 (2nd P-3 squadon into NAS Sigonella, Sicily after VP-44), NS Rota, Spain from March to July 1971 (awarded the Battle "E") and NAS Sigonella, Sicily from March to August 1972 (we did a 9 plane formation fly-over for the base Change of Command). Seperated for Active duty March 1973 and was discharged 1975. Reenlisted Naval Reserve February 1979 and served with VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with deployments to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda and a detachment to Ascension Island in the south Atlantic. We won the Noel Davis Trophy in 1982 and 2 CNO safety awards. In January 1987 left Navy and joined Airforce 459th Cams Andrews AFB hydraulic tech. on C141B Cargo Aircraft. Retired May 1995..." [12JUN2010]

WAHL, AW1 Tim Retired timw@suscom-maine.net "...VP-5 (1981-1985), CPW-5 (1986-1989), VPU-1 (1989-1994), CPW-5 (1994-1997), VP-10 (1997-2000). Retired from VP-10 in APR 2000. Still living in Maine..." [12OCT2004]

WALFORD, Dan p3tacco@yahoo.com "......" [30OCT98]

WALL, ADCS W. Joe Retired jwallav@bellsouth.net "...I was in VC-5 / VAH-5 / RVAH-5 in 49-56, NAS Pensacola, Florida 56-59, VP-5 in 59-60, AD(B) School 60, VP-11 in 61, NAMT NAS Oceana and NAS Norfolk, Virginia 61-65, VP-44 in 65-67, and VX-1 67-70. I'm retired from the Navy and FAA but still active in aviation, conducting Aircraft Maintenance Seminars for FAA certificated A & P mechanics and I am an FAA Desiginated Airworthiness Represenative (DAR), certifying aircraft and aircraft parts for export, and recertificating aircraft on return to US from a foreign owner..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2010 | 01JAN2001]

WALLACE, ATN3 Roger wrogerg@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-5 from September 1957 To December 1959. We deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [02JAN2009]

WALSH, Michael P. Papa2vctr@aol.com "...I joined VP-5 in 1956 and left, with Honorable Discharge in 1960. Wouldn't it be great to have a Reunion? In JAX? Soon? By the way. I re-upped in Boston and spent another 26 years in the Navy. VU-8 and DP2E's, Johnsville and P2V-5F's, VP-21 and P2V-7's, VP-26 and P-3's, VP-31 and P-3's, but VP-5 will always be the best. So how about a Reunion?..." [06NOV2001]

WALSH, M. P. D. MWALSH900@aol.com "...Came to the best VP squadron around Nov'67. Was first assigned to crew 13, then took the reins on J. R. C. Taylor's crew. What a GREAT time that was. Hey JRC, did we kill some subs or what? Happy to hear from any and all Shipmates that were there at decom. Remember Knobby #1? I was #2...and not Knobby #3. I served with VP-5 '56 to '60, VC-8 (Roos Rds) P-2V '60 to '63, NADC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Special Projects, P-2V '66 to '67, VP-21 '67 to '69, VP-26 '69 to '71, and VP-31 for two tours..." [18APR98]

WARD, ADC Carlos F. (Bill and Pops) Retired cfwjax@mediaone.net "...I served in VP-5 from June 80 until Dec. 83. Was the NATOPS engineer for my first year, Flight Engineer Branch Chief for 9 months, the rest of my time was spent in QA where I was the Power Plants QAR and also work maintenance control on mid check. Was on CAC-7..." [07DEC99]

WARNER, Hal Retired "...VP-5 1964-1967 retired 11/21/67...LA1 1964 CO J. Kosnick LA1 1966...CO J.Joeshephson...PC ED Tynes 1964...PC Digger Drysdale 1965...FE Sy Sienni 1996...Billy Crow Radioman 1964-68..."

WARNER, Harold MadfoxMe@aol.com "...I recommissioned VP-10 in 1951 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was on Crew#7. PC was Louie Switzer RD and Jim Sensback ORD Louie Weeks. Deployed to Argentua and was part of the 4 plane detachment that went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. We transfered to NAS Brunswick, Maine Feb 1952. Was in many places after including VQ-1. I commissioned VQ-1 in NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1955. Did a tour in VP-5 1963 - 1967 than was on CO Kosnick and Josephsons Crew. Retired Nov 1967 AXC. Must really be getting old sure do miss the good old days. Good flying..." [08OCT98]

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]

WATERMAN, Robert Retired rwatermanjr@planters.net "...I started the VP portion of my Navy service with VP-11 from November 1972 to November 1974 at which time I elected to go to shore duty. I spent the next 3 years from November 1974 to February 1978 with VX-1 at good old NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. From there I went south to VP-5 from September 1978 to September 1981. My final tour was in VX-1 again from September 1981 to May 1985 at which time I transfered to permenant shore duty. To say I missed it after I retired, would be an understatement, but I have adjusted and moved on to the next phase of my life. The Shipmates I knew during those years have given me many hours of pleasureable memories to recollect about over the years. There were a lot of good times, which I think about often. It's easy to forget about the long very long days and nights we sometimes had to put in, but I wouldn't trade it for any other work. To those of you who remember me or even think you do I would welcome your contact, but to all, fair winds and following seas..." [01MAR2003]

WATERS, AE3 Donnie tigerace41@windstream.net "...VP-5 82-86 2 deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (82,85) split deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 13 years Lockheed-Martin Greenville SC avionics tech currenty working @ BMW manuf. really miss P-3's..." [08MAR2009]

WATERS, Roger rogor@gte.net "...I served in three VP squadrons on the east coast in the late 50's and early 60's. I was first assigned to VP-21 right out of AT-A school in 1957. I left early from the 1957 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment to attend the very first J/J ASW Warfare class in November of 1957 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I flew with several VP-21 crews over the next two years, and was then reassigned to shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am a plank holder with VP-30 and served as a flight crew instructor. I knew all of the people on the P2 that went down in Lake George, in fact I was almost aboard that flight. After that, I joined VP-5 in the midst of their NS Rota, Spain deployment and served out my tour with them. I participated in the Cuban Missile Blockade in October of 1962 with VP-5. I have many happy memories as a VP sailor, but have lost all contact with my crew mates. Does anyone out there remember me? Roger Waters AT-1 at discharge in Jan, 1963..." [02NOV98]

WATKINS, PN3 Patricia watkins@sedona.net "...I served with VP-5 rom 1986 to 1990. Currently in Sedona Arizona, Graduated from ASU with a BSN, (Science/Nursing) and I worked as a Registered Nurse at Barror Neurological Institute in Neuro Surgery and am now working with Pediatrics at Verde Valley Medical Center. Had a great time in VP-5 and miss everyone, so please send a note and say Hi ..." [15JAN2001]

WATSON, Larry larryshriner@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1986)..." [18AUG2013]

WEBB, Donald E. c/o Mark Webb mtwebb96@hotmail.com "...My father, Donald E, Webb, served with VP-5 (1950's) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. My dad just recently went thru a heart valve replacement and came thru very well! Dad would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [15SEP2016]

WEBSTER, AX2 Chuck wingspread7@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1964-1965) and flew as a Radioman..." [25MAY2016]

WEISS, Michael mike_weiss@hp.com "...I was assigned to VP-5 from 1966 to 1968. During that time we deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I would like to contact any member of the squadron who served during that time..." [23AUG2002]

WELCH, ADC Clif Retired bbq-judge@att.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1965 to 1969. I arrived as an Airman and left a First Class Petty Office and a FE. After shore duty at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee as an ADJA School Instructor I was sent to VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975 to 1980. I finished 20 at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I am currently employed as a computer programmer..." [E_Mail Updated 01JUL2009 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2006 | 25AUG97]

WELLS, Perry wellsp@tridom.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1965 to 1967 as radio on crew 1 and 7 (I was known as WELLS). I enjoyed the pictures especially the page on WestPac 67 Cruise. I deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as a backup Radioman and left the Navy in Sept. of 67 midway through the tour. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates who may remember me or may possibly have some crew or squadron pictures during that time frame, especially the survial training trip to Main in the winter of 66-67 or the survial training in Cavite City (Back on base before midnight alive). Thanks for all the memories..." [02DEC98]

WELTY, John R. jjjwis@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-5 (NFO) from 1972 to 1976..." [15APR2011]

WATT, CAPTAIN George P. Jr. http://www.usna.com/WhatsNew/2000/President/Biography.htm "...George Watt is a First Union Corporation Senior Vice-President and is the Managing Director of First Union's Enterprise Business Solutions Group. George joined First Union in January of 1995 and created an internal business consulting and project management practice, focused on dramatically improving operational and service excellence throughout the First Union enterprise. George is a former principal of IBM Consulting Group's North American Financial Services practice where he managed its Atlanta office from 1991 through 1994. He joined IBM in June 1981 and during his nearly 14 years of service held numerous sales, staff and management positions, including an assignment as the Director of Quality for IBM's Southern Area. George entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1969 from Louisville, Kentucky with the Class of '73. Following his commission as an Ensign, he reported to USS Roark (DE 1053) where he served as Damage Control Assistant, Gunnery Officer and received OOD and EOOW qualifications. In 1976, then LT(j.g.) Watt reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and began training toward qualification as a Naval Flight Officer. After receiving his wings in June 1977, he reported to in NAS Jacksonville, Floridaa. While with the Mad Foxes he made two North Atlantic deployments and various patrol aviation detachments prior to resigning his regular Navy commission in December 1980. George immediately received a commission in the Naval Air Reserve and served in VP-0516, NR ASWOC 574, NR PATWING 1174 and NR ASWOC 374, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He enjoyed two commanding officer and three executive officer tours prior to his retirement as a Captain, USNR in July 1995. George is active in the not-for-profit / education community and is currently the President of the Charlotte Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees; a director of First Union's Excellence in Education Board; and, Vice President of the Charlotte Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. He and his wife Peggy are also active in the ministry of St John's Episcopal Church and both are members of the Board of Visitors of the Kanuga Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of North-South Carolina. George and Peggy have been members of The President's Circle since December 1996. They will be moving to the Annapolis area from Charlotte, NC..." [01JUN2003]

WEIDENHAMMER, ETCS/ATCS Fred Retired fred259@comcast.net "...Reported to VP-5 February 1949 (AT2 in PR, Radar Operator on MC9 and shifted to MC1 after deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada November 1949. VP-5 moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to be housed in one of the seaplane hangars opposite FASRON-109. I went to Breezy point, for APS-20 Maintenance School MC1 & MC9 went onto to night operations with a sub off RI. (It's my understanding MC-9 and crew were lost with crash into the sea). Returning from Breezy Point, the squadron was on deployment again to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. It was now shipping over time for my second tour, however I remained in FASRON-109 and to set up the APS-20 shop. Electronic Maintenance Div.was run by ALC Richard Reiser. I was the acting shop Chief when Reiser went to AT school. Later I was transferred to Instructor Duty ATA School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. In 1955 I went to GCA Maintenance School at NAS Olathe, Kansas, next promoted to ATC and assigned to GCA NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, four years later in 1957 transfered to setup GCA-46 at NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Jan 1962 transfered to GCA Maint. Instructor to setup new school at NAS Glynco, Georgia advanced to ATCS and required to change designator to BUSHIPS ETCS working in specialty requirement later retired on 20 years..." [BIO Updted 14JUN2011 | E-Mail Updated 31OCT2010 | 12AUG2004]

WHEDBEE, Thomas G. (Gil) resq119@aol.com "...I served as Radarman, Crew 5, VP-5, 1953 and 1954, and was crew on night of Argentia crash shown in VP-5 pictures..." [17JUN2000]

WILLEFORD, Cathy L. countrygirlinohio@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22JUL2012]

WILLIAMS, Jeffery (706)825-3621 Jwill19234@aol.com "...I'm a former Mad Fox (VP-5) NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAR2001 | 16MAR2001]

WILLIAMS, CMDCM (AW) Jerry http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...A native of Aiken, South Carolina and a graduate of Aiken High School, Master Chief Williams enlisted in the Navy on 4 November 1975. Upon graduation from Basic Training in Orlando, Florida, he transferred to Millington, Tennessee for Aviation Ordnanceman "A" School. In August 1976, he commenced his first sea assignment onboard VP-5. He completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In December 1979, he reported for shore duty to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 as the Ordnance Night Check Supervisor. After completion of Aircrew Candidate School, Master Chief Williams earned his Naval Aircrew wings in November of 1982. He later transferred to the "Batmen" of VP-24 as an in-flight ordnanceman. While there he was selected as a Squadron Ordnance NATOPS Evaluator. Master Chief Williams's next assignment was as a Recruit Company Commander at Great Lakes, Illinois, from July 1985 to January 1989. He successfully trained five Rifle Companies, four Ceremonial Units, and 15 Ceremonial Drill Team Units (three earning the coveted "Hall of Fame" Award). He was twice selected as the distinguished leader of the graduating companies, and subsequently selected as the Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center 1987 Sailor of the Year. In January 1989, Master Chief Williams received orders to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 as the Ordnance Branch Chief Petty Officer. After a successful sea tour with the "Pelicans" he reported to CPW-11 as Assistant Weapons Officer and Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Williams received orders in May 1995 to the Pre-commissioning Unit for USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) serving as the Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. In November 1996, he assumed duties as Command Master Chief of the World Famous BULLS of VFA-37 and deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). In November 1998, Master Chief Williams reported as the Command Master Chief of Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In July 2001, Master Chief Williams was selected as Command Master Chief for the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5. He has earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare specialist, Naval Aircrew Wings, Master Training Specialist badge and is a Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, class 87. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Four Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and service medals..." [02JUN2003]

WILLIAMS, Leyman jlwilliams@mindspring.com "...I was in VP-5 from 1966 to 1969. Would like to here from anyone who was there during this time. I was an AE-3 in the electrical shop and on check crew. THANKS! ..." [01FEB98]

WILLIAMSON, CWO Dave (Willie) Retired williamsond@earthlink.net "...Started VPing in PBM5's. Much fun, FAW-14 OTU in 1951-52 instructor. Next VP was VP-5 "Madfoxes" was Electric Shop Chief (1959-1961). Went to VC-8 1964-66 one of the A/C types there was DP2E's, served there as Drone Shop Chief (AECS) until I was advanced to W-1 (oh joy) and had a tail hook firmly attached. Retired on staff of CVW-9, joined Grumman Aero and rode five more ships supporting the E2C. Retired as a Project Manager for ATE with the Marines. Would like to hear from some of the old P2V sailors..." [E-Mail Updated 07JAN2001 | 03MAR99]

WOODALL, Douglas S., Sr. CECBpAFS@juno.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1966 - 1967. Worked in the coffee mess and illustrated the "Foxes Tale", the VP-5 Newsletter until being designated an ABHAN. I then worked on the flight line with ABH1 Smith as the boss. Received orders to the USS Saratoga, CVA 60, due to there only being one billet for an ABHAN. Would be interested in hearing from any Shipmates that served with me there and also any planned Reunions..." [17JUN2000]

WREN, Butch butch.wren@navy.mil "...I served with VP-5 (1978to 1980), Reserve ASW Training Center (1981 to 1985), VP-64 (1986 to 1989), VP-62 (1989 to 1993), and CRPWL/CPW-11 Training (1993 to 1996) and Retired. After retirement I worked for AverStar (Formally PACER), Systems Engineer - EP-3E, Avionics Systems Project Officer for VPU (NAVAIR) PMA-290, NAVAIR Deputy Science & Technology for AIR 4.5 Avionics Dept. (Present)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19DEC2007 | 02JUL98]

WRIGHT, AT2 Bob (Kid) RGWSR6@AOL.COM "...Boot at Bainbridge Md, Naval Air training, Norman Oklahoma, ATU-700 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, AT-3 /AT-2 while with VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Long live the beach and the Mad Foxes. Served from 1952 to 1956. Would be interested in hearing from any Shipmates..." [16NOV99]

Memorial Picture "...WRIGHT, AETMC Lee Linton Jr...With great sadness I report the death of my Father, AETMC Lee Linton Wright Jr., former Mad Fox crew member of VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida under the squadron command of Captain Crow. In his years with the squadron they flew many missions together from NAS Keflavik, Iceland to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and the Mediteranean and beyond until his retirement in 1960 when he returned to San Diego, Ca. and home. He died in March of 2000 at the age of 80 and is survived by his two sons and two grandchildren. Godspeed to you remaining Shipmates and families...Larry L. Wright lwright@frazmtn.com..." [18APR2004]


YAEGER, CAPTAIN John W. http://www.ndu.edu/icaf/facultystaff/yaeger.htm "...Captain John W. Yaeger was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974. Following flight training he was assigned to VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1976 to March 1980. Captain Yaeger served as Ground Safety Officer, Line Division Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer while qualifying as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Maintenance Check Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Orion Aircraft. The Squadron deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily during Captain Yaeger's tour. Captain Yaeger received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in October of 1982. Subsequently he was assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Assistant Combat Direction Center (CDC) Officer. Captain Yaeger qualified as Combat Information Center Officer, Ships Weapon System Coordinator, Tactical Action Officer and Command Duty Officer. During his three years assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), he made two Mediterranean deployments and participated in numerous detachments along the United States East and Gulf Coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea. Following transfer from USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in late 1985, Captain Yaeger was assigned to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Yaeger performed duties as Command Services, Administrative and Operations Officer while deploying to the Mid-Atlantic region. From October 1987 until January 1991, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the Pentagon on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Branch Head, Mobile Surveillance Systems (OP-244). Captain Yaeger reported to Training Air Wing FIVE, in Milton, Florida, for assignment as Executive Officer of VT-2 in May 1991 and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer in October 1991. VT-2 provides primary flight training in the T-34C to USN, USMC, USAF, USCG, officers as well as officers from several Allied Nations. Captain Yaeger was named instructor of the quarter three times and designated a Master Training Specialist. Following command, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from July 1993 until July 1996 as the Commandant's Operations Officer. He instructed courses in leadership and character development. Captain Yaeger is the Class Vice President for the Naval Academy Class of 1974. He is also Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary's Parish School in Annapolis, Maryland. St. Mary's Parish School (K-12) provides a coeducational college preparatory curriculum. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the school. Captain Yaeger is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Academic Administration at The George Washington University. Captain Yaeger's current assignment is Dean of Faculty at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Captain Yaeger graduated from ICAF in June of 1997 and received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy..." [13JUN2003]


ZAVADIL, ADR2 (A/C) Gerald "Jerry" Shipmate PixCirca 1962 gbzavadil@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1960 to 1963. My first flight assignment was as Second Mechanic on Crew-1. My Plane Captain was Glenn Rogers and later was ADRC C. E. McClure. In August 1962 I took over as Plane Captain on Crew-6. Ours was one of the crews sent to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba the first day of the blockade. We also were the crew to fly the high speed-low level photo recon. over the Cuban Missle Bases. Other exciting events were to be at Cape Canaveral at the first manned space flight when Alan Shepard was launched and flying third orbit recovery out of NAS Bermuda for the Gemini 6 orbit flights. It's been fourty five years, but it seems like last week. Hello to any old Shipmates who might remember me. Nowdays life is pretty easy. I'm a fulltime R/V person. Summers are spent in Minnesota and winters on the Texas Riveara. Mail address is 2124 Lawrence Lane, Grand Island, Nebraska 68803..." [PIX Added 10APR2009 | 20MAR2008]


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