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2000's

ReunionsREUNIONs: "...The next All Hands VP-6 Blue Shark Reunion will be held in September 27th through October 1st, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Please visit our website (http://www.patronsix.com/ or Jim Lamers jimlamers@comcast.net for more information..." Contributed by Jim Lamers jimlamers@comcast.net [06MAR2017]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...The next All Hands VP-6 Blue Shark Reunion will be held in Washington DC, Sept 21-23 2007. Contact me for further details..." Contributed by Tonya Laubie Ainsworth tmainsw@hotmail.com [13FEB2007]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...VP-6 Annual All Hands Reunion? will be September 22-25, 2006 in Nashville Tennessee. Anyone interested can contact Steve Ellis tcomm1@mindspring.com..." Contributed by ELLIS, AT1 Steve C. tcomm1@mindspring.com [06JUL2006]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...VP-6 Reunion September 19 through 22, 2004 - All Years!..." Contributed by Jack Masters jamaparty@webtv.net [04MAR2004]

All who served with VP-6, their guests, next of kin of the deceased and MIAS.

September 19 through 22, 2004
PEORIA CASTLE LODGE (JUMER'S)
117 N. Western Ave. Peoria, Il 61604
(309) 673-8040 I-800-285-8637
$65 + Tax per room, per night

Enrollment fee to cover expenses $15 for VP6er, $10 for guest. Covers well stocked "Ready Room" meeting rooms, mailings, etc.

Make check to: VP-6/Fred Etherton
Send to: Fred Etherton
530 W. Forest Hill Ave. Peoria, Il. 61604
Ph: 309-686- 0020 OR 309-686-1178 OR Fax 309-686-0414

Optional activities that cost you extra:
VP-6 all eras Banquet. VP-6 Golf tournament, Tours.

Asst. to Pilot Fred "Snide" Etherton:
Jack Masters (VP-6 '51-53, AL1)
13560 Santa Teresa Blvd.
San Martin, Ca. 95046
408-683-0400 Cell 408-644-0900
E-Mail: jamaparty@webtv.net

Bring swim wear & gear for indoor heated pool and exercise room. Bring camera, laptops, show & tell items.

Hotel has free shuttle service, has limo service. In room coffee pots, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Has a full service restaurant.

Several airlines fly into Peoria and nearby cities.

Some of us will arrive on 17th or 18th to attend the Oktober Fest and help Fred set up for the reunion. Join us.

Free books, maps, activity info mailed to you available by calling 800-747-0302 Peoria Vistors Bureau. http://www.peoria.org/ Gambling boat. Water sports, boat rides... (Illinois River runs thru there) World headquarters for Catapillar. Tours... Honest Abe Lincoln Country. Many interesting nearby communities.

SEE YOU THERE. Jack Masters


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...VP-6 Reunion February 13th - 16th, 2003 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. The VP-6 Alumni and incoming VT-35 Commanding Officer, CDR Bill Mosk, will host the Reunion as part of his Change-of-Command. Notable mention is that the guest speaker will be former VP-6 Commanding Officer, Rear Admiral Walter B. Massenburg..." Contributed by CALKINS, Mike mlcalkins@hotmail.com [13JAN2003]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...Reunion 2003 SAN DIEGO - The VP-6 2003 Reunion is scheduled for October 20 through 23, 2003 at the Hanalei Hotel in San Diego. The present roster we have been working on numbers over 500. Although most are in the 1950 to 1972 range all others are welcome. More details will follow Contact Bob Dell thedells@citlink.net 928-718-1570 for information and updates..." [06DEC2002]

UPDATE "...VP-6 Reunion 2003 Schedule..." Contributed by Frank Lueder luederf001@hawaii.rr.com [10DEC2002]

San Diego Oct 20 through Oct 23 at the Hanalei Hotel. Rooms are blocked and reservations can be made online when the site is set up. Activities and reunion schedule will be sent out when the schedule is completed."

We would also like to form a VP-6 Association at the reunion. Elect officers etc.. See what this has done for VP-28 at http://www.patron28.org. They are expecting over 200 people in San Diego in Aug. We would like to start by asking for a voluntary fee of $20 to start the association and for mailings etc for future reunions also a little start up for this one. Name tags, Beverages etc. If the Association idea does not work your money will be refunded to those who do not attend the gathering in San Diego.

UPDATE "...Rooms are blocked and reservations can be made online when the site is set up. Activities and Reunion schedule will be sent out when the schedule is completed...Frank Lueder luederf001@hawaii.rr.com..." [07DEC2002]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...Hello Blue Sharks!! The plan for our 3rd annual reunion is underway. We have booked the Holiday Inn in Mt. Pleasant, SC for April 30 to May 3, 2002 @ $89. per night. You may reserve your room under tracking code 'VPS' -- Blue Sharks VP-6 - starting October 1 2001 to March 30, 2002 at the above rate. Any reservations made after the March 30th date, will be given on a space available basis and will not be entitled to the group rate. So, get your reservations in early so we can enjoy the fun together!! Our representative at the Holiday Inn is Tami Ward. She can be reached @ 1-800-290-4004. Please contact her for any brochures or questions about Charleston or our reunion. She will be happy to help you with any plans you might have. The Holiday Inn is just across the bridge from downtown Charleston. You may take walking tours or horse-drawn carriage tours around the city. We will be near a golf course (Jerry, we remembered you), the Yorktown and Ft. Sumter. The SC Aquarium is located downtown Charleston and also the Hunley. We are tentatively planning a dinner cruise around the harbor on our 2nd night and a dinner at the hotel on our last night for our goodbyes and photo sessions. On April 30th, a 3 p.m. muster will be held at the hotel's hospitality room. Hope to hear you have all booked your rooms and making plans for our visit together next spring. More details to follow..... Chief John and Yoeman Delvis Grandk5727@aol.com..." [23SEP2001]

UPDATE "...Hello Blue Sharks -- ---thought you would like to see a few of the photos that we made at our latest Reunion...John and Delvis Grandk5727@aol.com..." [21MAY2002]
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ReunionsREUNIONs: "...Hello to everyone---Tom Russell, Larry Lambeth & I are putting together a 45th reunion in Branson, MO. for May 15, 16, 17, 2001. I have gotten us a good group rate at $55.00 plus tax per night with 2 qween beds in each roon. They will provide us with a meeting room each night from 6:00-10:00p.m.at no cost. A continental breakfast with lots of different things on it for anyuone that wants to use that. I already have a good response. So far I have blocked off 20 rooms, but the way it looks now I may need more, so if you want to come I need to hear from you as soon as possible so I can let the hotel know. The hotel will be sending the information we need sometime next week. Each couple will be responsible to make their own reservations when we get the information so that they will have their own confirmation #. Will send the info as soon as i get it. However I will need your home address as I do not have some of them. My phone # is (517) 725-6455 or E-mail: jbhehrer@chartermi.net - HOPE TO HEAR FORM YOU AND HOPE YOU ALL CAN COME TO BRANSON!!..." Contributed by Charles Pomeroy charlesp@coffee.ocn.ne.jp [E-Mail Updated 03MAR2001 | 02JAN2001]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...Ex VP-6ers get together in March in Jacksonville, Florida for a true story telling adventure..." Contributed by Roy H. Baird AEC/FE Ret roybaird1@earthlink.net [20FEB2000]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...Attention all Blue Sharks (VP-6) - We want you for the VP-6 Reunion 1955 through 1957 at the Sams Town Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check in is March 19, 2000 and check out is March 23, 2000. When you call to reserve your room (1-800-634-6371) Identify yourself as a member of the VP-6 group for special room rates ($40.00). Please contact either Tom or Dave with confirmation of your attendance. If you are unable to attend please let us know what you have been doing for the last 40 + years and we will pass it on to the other Blue Sharks. Please share any copies or memoribilia of "The good old days" for all to enjoy. Tom Roach troachsr@aol.com, 50 Holiday Harbour, Candaigua, NY 14424, 716-393-1966 or Dave Fins dfuzzycat@aol.com, 4164 W 170th St, Laundale, Ca 90260, 310-542-2715. The following Blue Sharkshave said they will attend,Hershel Akins, A.E.Cumbie, James Delaughter, Dave Fins, John Fleming, Jerry Hehrer, Ronnie Hehrer, Larry Lambeth, Bob Mibbs,Tom Roach, Tom Russell, Ed Saunders, Louis Sambenedetto and Jim Vernard. Hope to see you in Vegas Your Pals Tom and Dave..." Contributed by Tom Roach troachsr@aol.com..." [Dates Updated 17DEC99 | 16NOV99]


1990's

ReunionsREUNIONs: "...29-30 MAY 1999, Jacksonville, Fl...Kind of short notice I know, but that how it was set up. The time frame is 1960-1970 but all VP-6ers are welcome. Contact Jerry Pittman at Gerald_Pittman@bbs.bellsouth.com or Roy Baird at roybaird1@earthlink.net..." [22JAN99]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...I have just come back from a reunion in Colorado Springs, CO of VP squadron members who were the first group at NAS Atsugi, Japan. In 1951 VP-6 and VP-772crews were on the Far East Championship football team at NAS Atsugi, Japan. These men had not seen each other in 47 years. The reunion was the first time these people had seen each other in 47 years. They all played on the Championship Atsugi Flyers Football team in 1952..." Contributed by Jim Whelan JWhelan65@aol.com [20OCT98]


ReunionsREUNIONs: "...In communication with several VP-6 Shipmates from 1950-53, interest has been shown in a West Coast VP-6 Reunion sometime in 98 or 99 (before many more of us are permanently retired)! John Dolph and BJ Thomas aren't on Internet, yet, so I volunteered to start collecting names of other Blue Sharks who would be interested in setting up a gathering. Please leave names of any shipmates who might be interested and addresses (e-mail or snail-mail) at my e-mail. I will forward them to Boatswain Thomas for further development. Thansks!...DICK NEUFELD rneufeld@impulse.net..." [29MAR98]

UPDATE "...I am acting as a temporary address to see what interest there is for an organized VP-6 Reunion. It is almost completely disorganized, currently. One who responded to my "Shipmates" note early this year may have a computer, now, and may pick up the ball more aggressively. I'll forward what has come to me if he is interested in carrying it. In the last 3 months, only 12 have responded positively. They served as Blue Sharks all the way from 1949 to one who was with VP-6 at its disestablishment, and is now in VP-65 (Pt. Mugu). We are too small a group, so far, and few of us would know one another; so we await more awareness/interest before setting dates or places. DICK NEUFELD rneufeld@impulse.net..." [05JUL98]


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