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ABBEY, Don priority11@yahoo.com "...I was stationed in VP-7 from 1964 to 1969 when the squadron was decommissioned. Would like to hear from any of my shipmates that were with me during this time. Especially the ones that were with me for all our tours in NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [12MAR2005]

ABRAMS, PT3 Mark mra1248@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1967 to (disestablishment) 1969 and then aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42)..." [06OCT2009]

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]

ADAMS, Dr. Paul E. (Professor Emeritus Ramapo College) drfailproof@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1952 to 1955. I was the Plane Captain of Crew-7. It was a wonderful tour of duty. I saw a lot of world as a young man with memories I shall never forget. I would love to hear from former Shipmates and especially my old (and they would be today) crew..." [E-Mail Updated 25JAN2004 | 08MAY98]

ADAMS, AE2/AW2 Thomas H. "Lurch" upsouth@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. Phone: 703-915-8106. Any old Shipmates can contact me at any time..." [BIO Updated 10MAR2007 | 25NOV99]

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

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

Memorial Picture "...ANDERSON, AD6 Einar "Andy"...I am sorry to inform everyone that AD6 Einar "Andy" Anderson passed away February 9th, 2006. He will be missed by not only VP-7 Shipmates, but all his Navy buddies...Charles W. Calkins sailorboytwo@aol.com..." [17FEB2006]

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]

ARNTZEN, Roger (Arnie) arnie25@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 (55-57) as a radioman, ATU-614 (57-58) flying P2V-2's, 3's, & 4's. Also VP-6 (66-67) as a radioman then VO-67 (67-68). Went to VP-31 (69-74) then to VP-47 (74-77). Lot of wonderful times in WESTPAC (i.e., Olongapo, Bankok, etc.). Retired in 81. Sure would like to hear from any shipmates, espically VO-67..." [ICQ# 3209500] [Updated 09JAN97]

AUMSBAUGH, YN3 David aumsbaughd@bellsouth.net "...I served aboard NAS Sigonella, Sicily (01/1961-07/1962) serving with CAPTAIN Frazier and CAPTAIN V. Utgoff and VP-7 (1962-1963) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [30OCT2012]


BASS, JOHN [SAM] jnlbass@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-7 from October 1963 TO October 1964 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Lot of fine memories. Where is VP-7VP-7 today? Lost several friends on a patrol out of NS Rota, Spain. I did a six month tour in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, coldest summer I ever spent in my life. If there are any of you out their who served with VP-7 during this time period, I would love to hear from you..." [11JUN2000]

BACKE, Carl ccbconnect@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1952-1954 on Crew #5 as radar tech. Lt. Joe Pedigo was PPC; Ensign Smith, PP1P; "Blackie" DeLorme, Plane Captain; Mike Snyder, radio; Gus Alagna, ECM; Lew Stepka, ordnance; Glenn Hillegass, 2nd radio. Lt. Joe was a great plane jockey. I remember those rocket runs off Block Island near NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and the sonobuoy sub hunts in the Atlantic. Our deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan was a real operational challenge to us. Patrols to Port Arthur to survey shipping to the North, sub hunts in the Yelow Sea, patrols along the Korean coast as far as Vladivostok, and cover for Task force 77.7 during replenishment, searching for displaced North Korean and Chinese troops from their POW camps in the south that were turned loose by Singman Rhee. Flew every fourth day or nite. Being 19 yrs old at the time was pretty excitying duty. We lost two planes: one ditched just south of Korea and all but one crew member was saved. Lt. Commander Essex didn't make it. Sad. Also our hanger queen slammed into a mountain in a landing attempt at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii on the way home to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Still see those buddies in my mind and will forever. Would love to hear from anyone from those great days!..." [28MAR2000]

BARNETE, Stu (Red) s.m.barnette@att.net "...Very memorable moments I had with VP-7 from June 1956 to Augusts 1958. I flew on P2V BUNO's 128774 and 131404 with CO C. W. Coulter. Would love to hear from some of my old crewmates. Bet we could exchange some tales and bring back some old memories..." [06SEP2002]

BENJAMIN, ATC James "Ben" Retired benandpenny@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-7 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from December 1957 to August 1960. I was an AT3 on LB2 and a AT2 on LB12. Great crews and geat duty! I retired in 1976. Any Shipmates - feel free to contact me..." [07JUL2009]

BERGREN, Rick rdjeep@att.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. Does anybody know where to find Grover Moates or Jim Russell? Would love to hear from both of them..." [03JUL2003]

BOARD, Jim vega008@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-7 from November 1956 to June 1960..." [E-Mail Updated 09AUG2001 | 15JUL2000]

BOMMER, LCDR William P. bbomm@all.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1961 to 1964 and flew with Crew-6, Crew-9 and Crew-10..." [06MAR2011]

BRADLEY, DR Michael F. mbradley@lcsc.edu "...I served with VP-7 from 1959 through 1962 first as a radioman on crew 11, then a first tech. Was aboard for the loss of the crew off the coast of Newfoundland in 60'. Made the trip to NAS Jacksonville, Florida followed by our scenic tour of the Cuban area. Recall Lt. Spung was our PPC; Lt. Bishop was copilot; En Wright navigator; Dave Mayhort PC, Ringuette, ECM; can't remember our ordinancemen. I have a crew picture taken in 1961 in front of 128335 or 128327. Glad to see there are still some of us around. I think I'll check in with the Reunion folks..." [15JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...BREWER, ATC Landon J. "Jack" Jr...My father, Landon J. Brewer, Jr. served with VP-45, VW-11, VP-7 and VAQ-134. He had a full career in the Navy, retiring in January 1975. After retirement, he enjoyed a full life hunting and fishing in his beloved Arkansas hills until his untimely passing on Dec 25, 2008 due to a long battle with cancer. He was laid to rest with full military honors in Six Mile Cemetary in his home town of Hatfield, AR on December 31st, 2008. Landon E. (Gene) Brewer landon.brewer@navy.mil..." [06AUG2009]

BUE, AECS Victor L. Retired victorlb@centrytel.net "...Attended AE-A School in NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1949-1950 and VP-7 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1950-1954. We shared the electric shop with VP-8 (our sister squadron). VP-8 had two electricians named Chief Ohm and AE1 Watts! Transferred to the NAIRDEV Unit at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts from 1954-1956. Our CO CDR Hart had also been my CO at VP-7. I worked on his Model A car several times. Reported to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1956-1959. Flew on the barrier flights out of NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (those were some hairy flights). I was then assigned to NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE-A school instructor duty from 1959-1963. Looking back, I enjoyed this tour of duty. Transferred back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to Project Magnetic (VXN-8) from 1963-1967. As far as I can tell, our three aircraft were the only aircraft in the Navy to have "nose art". The two Super Connies had the "Road Runner" and "El Coyote", the R5D had a "Kiwi bird". Was a great outfit if you wanted to flew around the world. Transferred to VT-4 after making AECS in latter part of 1966. I served with VT-4 from 1967-1968. Reported to VA-86 aboard CVA-66 USS America on patrol in the Tonkin Gulf from 1968-1969. Some of our squadron pilots perform spotter duty for the battleship, I believe the New Jersey, during off shore shelling. Returned to the NAS Norfolk, Virginia after stops in Sidney Australia, Wellington NZ, and Rio Brazil. What a way to spend over 20 years in the Navy. I was a technical writer at LTV A7 aicraft test equipment from 1969-1978. I went to work as technical writer at General Dynamics Fort Worth, TX. from 1978-1993. Wrote electrical maintenance manuals on F-16, F-111, (Navy's A-12, cancelled 1991), F-22. Lockheed acquired Fort Worth General Dynamics Division in spring of 1993. I retired from Lockheed in November 1993. I have had a great time, would love to back up and do it all over again. If any of you out there remmeber me, give me call on the ole net..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2000 | 26FEB98]

BUNCE, Bill jeannebill@vcn.com "...I was with VP-7 (LB3) from 1961 to 1964. I stayed at FAW-11 when crew went over to Spain. I have some photos of plane and crew..." [04APR2001]

BURLESON, PR Jerry jgb.mlb@cox.net "...I served with VP-7 (1963) with a deployment to NS Rota, Spain where we lost a crew on May 11th, 1964..." [23MAR2012]

BURNS, Robert J. big2burns@msn.com "...I was in VP-7 from Sept/56 until July/58. Served on two deployments from NAS Brunswick, Maine; NAS Keflavik, Iceland & NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Departed as a Patrol Plane Commander. Worked in the Aircraft Industry, Army Ammunitions Research Engineer, and NASA as an Aerospace Engineer until 1989..." [14DEC2001]

BUSCEMI, DAVE "RED" dbuscemi@hauns.com "...VP-7 63-66. all deployments. AX3, kiddy cruser. Flew with most all crews. Crashed 65 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, fistfight in cockpit, swarn to silence, if you need to know what realy happend let me know. One JG got screwed good and vanished befor anyone could help! Still in touch with Pitts and Morgan. Morgan found Haskins. I live in NM now. I am in Air Force AUX, KEEPS ME OUT OF THE BARS. teg job-U.S. Government. Contractor, surplus military uniforms and equipment. 3 wifes, 4 kids & grand kids. Here in Alamogordo you can see P2V5s & 7 flying a lot at the local airport. They come to be turned into slurey planes (fire fighting tankers). We have 3 that stay here all the time for are fires. They take off the jets and the mad tail, gut the inside, paint and you got a cheep, fire fighten, slurey, chemical droopin tanker. I was looking over one that just came in and their bigger than they used to be !!!!!!!!!!! They still fly into mountains !!!!!!! Lot of guys I would like to check up on. Lansford & Dee and Dave Burger..." [03MAR99]

BUSKIRK, Art Van basshorn@nep.net.com "...Served 55-57 with FASRON 108 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Transferred to VP-7 in July 57, just prior to deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Separated from active duty in Nov 57 on an early out. Later served in reserve VP squadrons at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Now retired after 30 years with USPHS/CDC. I have a lot of wonderful memories of the VP Navy and of some great times with friends in Bath, Me..." [24MAR99]


CAMPBELL, AT3 Herbert herb@campassoc.com "...I served with VP-7 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1954 to 1957. I flew aboard HE-5 as Second Radioman to Woods and then Radar. We had deployments to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I had a good time..." [30SEP2009]

CAREY, AT3 Desmond F. sailordes2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1953 to 1955. Served in Korean theater. I believe we were the only east coast Patrol Squadron to do so. Was on Crew 11 as an AT3, RADAR & ECM. Those long flights used to really leave you beat..." [31MAY2006]

CARRIS, James Barry carris@ibm.net "...VP-7 from Nov 1958 to May 1961. Was Comm Officer and on crew 5 as navigator and finally worked up to PPC. Stayed in active reserves and retired in 1976 as XO of VP-90 in NAS Glenview, Illinois..." [07MAR99]

CASTANEDA, YN1 Gilbert (SARGE) GCOURSE543@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-7 from June 1966 through June 68 as an Opertions Yeoman along with Chief Heintz, "Red" Lawrence, and all Shipmates at the "Crows Nest."..." [11AUG2000]

CHAMBERLAIN, AT2 Gordon gbc1066@gmail.com "...I served with VP-7 (1958-1961) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I flew with Crews-5, Crews-8 and Crews-12. I would like to hear from brother Gary (Crew-6)..." [12JUN2013]

COBB, AE3 Earl sgtcob02@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from January 1961 to October 1964. I was a electrician mate third class on crew 2 and crew 8. I served in NAS Brunswick, Maine and in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. If there are any of my crewmates out there I would like to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 06JAN2004 | 14AUG2002]

COLDICOTT, Ken KColdicott@juno.com "...I was in VP-7 in '64-'65, '67-'68. Instructor at AX-A school '65-'67. In VP-22 '67-'71. I was at PW1 Cubi Pt. P.I. '77-'80. Yes, I remember 17 June 1979: I was aboard the VP-22 P-3 that went in to Subic Bay. Would really like to hear from other survivors..."

CONVERSE, AMC William (Bill) (Deceased) C/O His Son Jim Converse Shipmate Pix Circa 1958 ibxl@hotmail.com "...My Dad, AMC William Converse, served with VP-7 (his last duty station before retiring in February 1960). He made the deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Europe with the squadron. I'm looking for photos you may have of that deployment, squadron candids in NAS Brunswick, Maine, and of Dad, if you might have any stored away. I have digitized all of his color slides of the deployment but would like to add airborne shots if available. Many thanks and best regards..." [28MAY2003]

CONTY, Frank A. frankconty2@msn.com "...I served with VP-7 from June 1964 to June 1966. We deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Dominican Republic crisis and were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. It was not entered on my DD214 (although it is in my records). For years I have tried to get this corrected but records in DC says we were never awarded the medal. If any one knows about this please contact me..." [06FEB2004]

CREARY, ADJ2 Benny bencreary45@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-7 (1966-1969) and flew with Crew-5. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 19JUL2013 | 11NOV2010]

CROSS, ADC Roger E. Retired shaginroger@cox.net "...I served in VP-7 from February 1968 thru July 1969. I checked in as an ADR-3. I had previously been in the Army as an Aircraft Mechanic (CV-2) Caribou discharged as E-5. I came into the Navy as ADR-3. Thanks to ADR-1 Bill Hensleys' encouragement and continuous questions, I was able to make ADR-2 the first time up. Also, thanks to John Landsittel, I made Plane Captain in good time. I look back on this time in my career very fondly. I retired in January 1982 as ADC. I now live in Portsmouth, VA..." [13FEB2008]

CURRENCE, Robert B. "Bob" bcur37@att.net "...I served with VP-7 (1956-1958) at NAS Brunswick, Maine in the A/O Shop. We deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada..." [E-Mail Updated 21JAN2011 | 06MAR2004]


DEAL, AX1 John 73232.424@compuserve.com "...VP-7 still lives! I have a squadron patch from my year (1967) with the squadron that isn't on the VP-7 web page. If someone will tell me how to do it, I will upload it to the site. This is the patch showing two Black Falcons carrying torpedoes with yellow rays coming out of their eyes and lightning bolts coming out of their !@@#@... I mean their MAD booms. I worked in the tweet shop under the guiidance of Chief Berge. I still owe Airman Osuna five dollars. Osuna: If you see this, I will pay you back, assuming you can find me. If the plane captain with whom I had a discussion/fist fight at Ilio's pizza palace across the street from the NAS Sigonella, Sicily will get in touch with me I will be glad to give him some pointers on self-defense. Ilio's is the only place in the word where you could get a pizza with eggs and green peas on it and then have a great workout afterwards. Does anyone remember the det to Crete and the raggedy-ass tent that served as the E.M. club? Or the night Yogi clubbed an owl that had gotten into a P-2's mad boom? Yours truly, AX1 John Deal USNR-Expired (my enlistment, not me)..." [26MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix...DeFEBBO, YN1 Nicholas Jr...Dad served with VP-7 (02/1961-12/1964) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Recruiter Duty in Allentown, PA, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, USS Norris (DD-859), Great Lakes, IL, NAF Naples, Italy and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. After 33 years of active duty, he retired from the Navy in 1979 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and returned to Summit Hill in Northeastern, PA. Dad passed away September 28, 1985 at the age of 57..." Contributed by Dan DeFebbo daniel.n.defebbo@verizon.com [15OCT2011]

DeLUCA, ADCS Fernando Retired delucasherrard@mindspring.com "...I was a member of VP-7 from April, 1960 to April, 1963. I was operations Chief and later, when we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, I was Maintenance Planning Chief. I reported at NAS Brunswick, Maine and left the Squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [13MAR2010]

DITANO, Leonard T. lditano@verizon.net "...I went to "AO A" school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1963 and then across the base to VP-7 and my first deployment was to NS Rota, Spain and the second was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I flew on Crew-9 with LCDR Pete Bowler..." [17NOV2010]

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]


EDMONDS, Paul paul_edmonds@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-7 from June, 1959 until June, 1962. I was on the surveillance missions of the Russian tug Federov and tanker Kokand while on deployment to Argentia, NFLD. I am going to send in a scanned image of the squadron logo of those years. Cheers to Chief Houle for his activities..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2001 | 05JAN98]

ELSWICK, A03 Larry fsu444@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from August 1962 through June 1964 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [29JUN2001]

ENGEL, Joseph C. (Joe) JENGEL@mindspring.com "...I was an Enlisted Pilot (NAP) in VP-7 San Diego CA. 1938. In VP-8 and VP-24 Ford Island Hawaii 1938-!941. VP-12 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 1941-1942. Midway 1942. All in PBY's. In VD-1 Photo Squadron in Liberators at Koli Point Guadalcanal VPB-104 in Privateers NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey..." [31JAN2000]


FALTER-BILL, AO3 William FALT1@PRODIGY.NET "...I served with VP-7 from 1954-1956 as an AO3 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I also served with ZW-1 and ZP-3 from 1959-1961. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. Looking for Dave Miller AO2 from VP-7..." [06NOV2001]

FARLEY, Adrin adrinfar@mindspring.com "...I served with FASRON-101 from December 1951 through September 1953. I believe it was in Seaplane Hangar 2 (but can't remember for sure). I would love to hear from anyone that served with FASRON-101...I was assigned to FASRON-101, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. in Dec. '51. Discharged Sept. '53. I was an AO 3 in the Ordnance Shack on the North side of Seaplane Hangar 2. We shared the hangar with a VF squadron flying AD Skyraiders. Can't remember the # anyone remember? We mainly serviced VP-7 and VP-8 occupying Seaplane Hangar 3. Did my share of ramp and hangar watches in the cold, cold weather. Almost froze this southerner to death. Really did enjoy making AO 3, then my watches were in the Duty Office, delivering coffee to the others freezing on the outside watches. Got lucky in Feb. '53 and was sent TAD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for Opeation Springboard, supporting VP-7 and VP-8. I remember an AO Miller, stating that he almost turned white in an aborted landing there. I was out near the landing strip. I didn't think they were going to get back up before the props hit the deck, really close call. Would love to hear from anyone that was around during those years to contact me. I have a homepage at http://adrinfarley.homepage.com/index.html. I have links there to Photo albums, VP NAVY, and AAOrdies. Will put up some of my Navy Pics on my photo album. Friends, it has been a great trip through the years from 1928 till now. Hope to have some more..." [BIO Updated 19FEB2000 | 05NOV99]

FAWCETT, Harold Wayne waynefawcett@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-7 (1961-1963) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1962) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1963). I held assignments as Leading Chief, Electronics Divivision Chief, Quality Control Chief and Squadron Career Counselor. I usually flew as a Radio Operator. I transferred to BUPERS as Rating Controller for AT, AX and PT ratings. Retired September 1966 after 25 years with Philco Techrep and Ford motor Co. I am currently living in Leesburg, Fl..." [05JAN2011]

FERRIER, AE2 Robert F. bobf21161@thevillages.net "...I served with VP-7 (1950-1952)..." [10DEC2013]

FLOUT, PN3 Norm nfneca@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1957 to 1958. I was a PN3 and worked in Personnel as a Reinlistment Personnelman and also prepared flight skins for VP-7 crew. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada for six months..." [E-Mail Updated 03OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP2002 | 20APR2002]

FORT, Frank R. agfrf39@aol.com "...I flew with VPB-119 in PBY2 BUNO: 59677. The squadron was based at nas NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I question the picture about Samar (SEE: VPB-119 Mishap 12 JAN 46). We went there only if a TYPHOON WAS HEADING FOR Manila. We were redesignated as VPHL-9 and we flew our planes to NAS Agana, Guam and turned them over to VPHL-2. The squadron then went back to the States to Miramar, California and we were the first squadron to get P2V2's. I was a crew member in 39326 and the sqyadron was designated VPML-7. After receiving all our aircraft from Lockheed, we relocated to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. It was then redesignated VP-7. SO I HAVE flown with that squadron also with Rocky Rouser from VPB-119, VP-HL-9, VP-ML-7 and VP-7..." [30SEP2006]

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, PH2 Don W. donfox@charter.net "...I served with VP-7 in 1961 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida until 1962 as a PH2. I served at NAS Johnsville, PA while the Mercury Seven Astronauts were there through 1960. I transferred to VP-23 in 1960 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and from there to VP-7 and moved with the squadron to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1961. My tour ended when VP-7 moved out to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in April of 1962. Those were great years with a great bunch of guys. I also was assigned astronaut coverage with VP-62 guys during launchings. I have a question---Was DE Joy who went down in 1964 pursuing a Soviet sub, David Joy?..." [11JUN2004]

FROST, AOC JOHN J. RETIRED GOB7268@AOL.COM "...SERVED IN VP-7 FROM NOVEMBER 1955 TO NOVEMBER 1960. I FLEW IN HE3, BUNO: 127756, THEN HE7, PPC CDR HUFFSTEDLER, AND THEN LB1, CDR THOMAS. TOOK PICTURES OF RUSSIAN SUBS. AND TRAWLERS WITH K20 CAMERA. I AM LOOKING FOR A PICTURE I TOOK THAT CAME OUT IN NOVEMBER 1960 IN A NATIONAL MAGAZINE. ANY Shipmates THAT REMEMBER ME PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH INFO. VP-7 WAS THE BEST. WE LOST SOME GOOD Shipmates. AO3 PERCY BOWLING, AO1 CHARLIE KIFT, AO2 TERRY WOODARD, AND ROCCO SALLESA. PLUS LT BILLY WERTZ WHO I FLEW WITH. HAVE MANY PICTURES AND SLIDES OF VP-7 FROM NOVEMBER 1955 TO NOVEMBER 1960..." [10FEB2002]


GADEBERG, Joe joedee99@northcascades.net "...VP 7, 1957-1961 AT2 just looking for old squadron members..." [11APR99]

GERRARD, CS3 Jim adirondackjim@roadrunner.com "...Myself and the late Paul F. DeMarco joined VP-7 a few weeks before we went to Japan. Coming off the USS Midway CVA 41 it was quite the experience for the both of us to have shore duty. We both were Commissarymen, Paul worked in the galley and I worked in the inflight kitchen when we were in Japan. After coming back to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island I was in the parachuse loft for a while. Later on I ran the coffee and donuts for the crew in the hangar. Some how the base found out that I was a commissaryman so it was back to the base bakery for me. Paul was already working there. We both enjoyed working there it was a lot easier there than the ship. We both were honorable discharged in January 1956. That ended our career of serving together from boot camp, USS Midway and VP-7..." [05MAY2010]

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]

GILBERT, AT2 Michael mgilbert@Lconn.com "...I joined VP-7 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in September 1958 as an AN airman AT. Joined Crew 11 as Radioman after deployment to NS Rota, Spain. Moved to Radar, Julie/Jez, MAD and sniffer before being separated active duty in August 1961 as an AT2..." [12NOV2001]

GILL, Jim jgill@agate.net "...I was in VP-7 from 63 to 66..."

GLASER, AO3 William kmcqueen@cityofslidell.org "...I served with VP-7 (08/1962-07/1964) with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [17SEP2012]

GRAHAM, Jim protirejim187@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-7 (1960-1964) and flew with Crew-5..." [E-Mail Updated 02DEC2013 | 30JAN2009]

GRANADE, LT Bill bgranade@ozline.net "...I started my VP training with VP-30 RAG, NAS Jacksonville, Florida summer of 1967 P2V-7E. Next to VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, early fall of 67. Moved thru the Nav, Co-pilot & made PPC with VP-7 in the spring of 1969; also, got married 3-7-69. Transferred to VP-45 NAS Jacksonville, Florida and made the annual Unitas 10 Cruise to South America, June to Dec 69. On returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida tranfered to the reserves VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After 6 months of civilian life returned to active duty in NAS Pensacola, Florida in June 70 as a Flight Instructor flying RC45-J (Twin Beech) at the Navy Photo School (NATTU). Released from active duty in June of 72. Still married to Cathy after all these years, one daughter,Holly 27. Retired from Baxter Healthcare after 19 years in Jan. 1999. Gone fishing..." [22MAY2001]


HALSEY, Sterling (Bull) Retired bull123@hughes.net "...I was first in the VP outfits: VP-8 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island 1956, VP-7 1959-1962, VP-30 1962-1965, some shore duty, VP-11 1965-1968 and VP-44 1970-1974. I have a lot of good memories a few bad that you can't forget. I would like to shoot the bull with any one that would like too. I started out an AD then to ADR and back to AD when I retired in 1974. I have been in contact with a few guys (Widdle and Gadeberg). I spent some time with Joe in Washington St. a while back. It's a place called Omak. I stop in and bother my old PPC Charlie Epps. He only lives 10 miles away quite often..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2007 | 26JAN2001]

HAMMONS, ATN3 Troy D. tdhammons@msn.com "...I served with VP-7 NAS Sigonella, Sicily from November 1968 thru February 1969, VP-45 Crew 30 NS Rota, Spain from February 1970 thru April 1970, and VP-45 Crew 30 NAS Sigonella, Sicily from October 1970 thru February 1971. I flew back from my first deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily on my late brothers' Crew (VP-7 Crew 2, AE2 Gary Hammons died of a heart attack 2-27-97). We made some fond memories together while we served our country..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUL2005 | 30JUN2002]

HARDY, William william.a.hardy@verizon.net "...I served with VP-7 (1968-1969) until disestablishment..." [29DEC2011]

HARMON, Robert E. reharmon@epowerc.net "...I arrived to serve in VP-7 in May of 1961. Shortly after arrival I was assigned to crew 5. I mostly served as the radioman with this crew. I was there for the transfer of VP-7 to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and the deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I have many wonderful memories of the time I spent with the squadron. Would be happy to hear from old friends..." [21APR2002]

HARVEY, JOHN M JAYHARFAX@AOL.COM "...VP-7 JUNE 1965-MAY 1968. PLANE COMMANDER LB-6 "THE ROADRUNNERS" NAS Sigonella, Sicily DEPLOYMENT MAY 1967-OCTOBER 1967..." [01APR98]

HEINTZE, CPO Richard L. heintzer@pohick.org "...I served in VP-743 as a inactive duty member and when VP-741 was activated to go to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I went on active duty and went with them. Upon returning I went to NAS Memphis, Tennessee and become a Chief . After NAS Memphis, Tennessee I was assigned to VP-7 for a number of years and I am trying to locate old buddys from any of the VP tours. I recently located this site and must say you have done a remarkable job. If any one knows a vp'er by the name of Red Lawrence would you please pass my E-Mail address to him. Thanks..." [15FEB2002]

HENSLEY, ADRC William R. Retired williamhensley@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-7 in 1968 and made one deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served with VP-42 from 1962 to 1963 when CDR C. R. Lindler was CO. I was in the Check Crew Power Plants, QC Inspector, and flew test hopes with my Plane Captain A. L. Lamm. I stayed around made Chief and retired September 1974. I'd loved the old P5Ms but hated those tall check stands. I retired in 1974 as a ADRC. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 12FEB2004 | 08FEB2004]

HERRING, AO3 Jerry R. jerry.herring@cox.net "...I served with VP-7 NAS Brunswick, Maine in the Ordnance Shop then as a Crewmember of BUNO: 127777 from late 1957 to mid 1960. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who see's this also would like to find what ever happened to BUNO: 127777..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2006 | 25JUL2000]

HOLCOMB, L. J. "Roy" RH5906@worldnet.att.net "...Served with VP-47 from 1955 through 1960--reported aboard as AT-2 Departed as AT-1. Have pictures and cruise books that bring back lots of good memories. Flew as radioman first tech on various crews. Would like to chat with any former Crew or Squadron personel. Served with VP-7 from 1963 through 1970. Reported aboard as AXC(A) AC Departed as AWCS. Flew with a variety of crews prior to going into Quality Control. Have many pictures and crews books from that period..." [30JAN2000]

HOLMES, AE O. W. ONEWAYHOLMES@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-7 from 1961-1962 as an electrician and later as a crew member. My PPC was LCDR Epps. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. Now retired living in Louisiana..." [22JAN2003]

HOULE, ATCS Frank Retired fhoule@bellsouth.net "...I am currently chairman of the VPB-119/VP-7 Reunion Committee and we have held Reunions since 1985. I have photos of P-2V-5 BUNO: 128373, 131449, and 131400. I also have a history and listing of the BUNO which was lost at NS Rota, Spain in 1964. I was the radionman on that flight and one of the last to speak with the crew when they relieved us on station near Gibraltar at approximatly 0200 hours. Any person who wishes to inquire about VP-7 and its history can contact me via email or fax at 904-269-3037,tele 904-264-9623..." [E-Mail Updated 22JUN2004 | 31DEC97]

HOULE, Frank fhoule@usa.net "...Served with VP-7/VPB-119..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

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


JAMESON, James G. "Jim" auntcecie1@centurytel.net "...I served with VP-7 (1964-1967) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. I now live in Marshfield, Mo. and retired with 34 years from St Louis County Health Department. I've been married for 44 years to wife Cecily, 3 children and 2 grandchildren with another grandchild due in April. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15JAN2011]

Memorial Picture "...JARVEU. John...I am sorry to report that John Harvey (USNA '63, VP-7 '65-'68) passed away Tuesday morning 10/19 after a long and valiant battle with throat cancer and many complications. John was Navigator, Copilot, and ultimately PPC of Crew 6, the "Roadrunners". Those of us who knew him knew that if it ever came to a fight, John was the man to have as your wingman - better yet, you could be his. We all loved and admired him for his earthy humor, his keen sense of the absurd, and the high standards he set for himself. John's VP-7 nickname was UMA, for Ugliest Man Alive, but in reality he was a beautiful human being who was at his best when the chips were down - in the airplane, in a Klondike game, or during the last few years. We will all miss him - a lot. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to his family. So long, UMA...William H. Woodruff whw00dy@att.net..." [31OCT99]

JEVENS, Lowell jfolks@execpc.com "...I was with VP-7 out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island before we deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland June, l956. Our squadron was in Iceland until December, l956. I was the squadron photographer (PH2) and went up with some of the crews to take photos of shipping, ice conditions, topography of Iceland, whale killing, etc. I took crew photos of all the men in front of their P2Vs. I flew mainly with Lt. Hardenburg and his crew on photo hops. I remember him as a great pilot and wonderful officer; his crew was a great bunch of guys, too. I wish I could talk to them again. VP-7 ended up in NAS Brunswick, Maine in December 1956..." [30MAY2000]

JOHNSON, AE2 Gilbert A. "Andy" gilbertajohnson@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-7 from July 1965 to February 1968 with two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (Springboard) and several support trips to NAS Key West, Florida. I worked mostly in the Electric Shop but also served as an alternate flight crew member..." [31AUG2010]

JOHNSON, AXCS Harold S. Retired hjohnson03371@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-50 from January 1958 to February 1963, VP-7 from November 1966 to July 1969 and VP-19 from August 1969 to May 1970. I would like to hear from old Shipmates or anyone having information on the location of Stub Davis or Karl Karnath (VP-50) late 1950s or early 1960s..." [E-Mail Updated 11NOV2006 | E-Mail Updated 18DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY2004 | 15JAN2002]

JOHNSON, Scott sjohns311947@yahoo.com "...I served as Radioman on LB6 in VP-7 - NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates - especially Mark Vonsee, Don Hunter, Sammy Wilkes, John Wheatley, Ben Green, Rick Butkovich, Gary Hamby, Jim Jamieson, Dick Brink, Tiny, Mr. Harvey, Denny Pruitt, Jack,Wayne, Freddy and anyone else I forgot. What's happening these day's guys..." [28AUG2001]

JONES, Jack A. jjones7422@aol.com "...How I enjoy the stories. I was an able bodied airman in VP-12. It was my second assignment as I went through boot camp in Deigo and was assigned to th NAS Photo Lab. Six months later I made a swap for VP-12. My first job was on the ramp driving the gas truck. I filled planes for some time until one day I failed to secure the gas filler hoses and it came out of the truck as I drove down the ramp. The Admiral came out of his office and chased me down the ramp. That was my last day on the gas truck. I was 6ft. 3in so I got in the beach crew as a side mounter. I put on beaching gear for some time and then made night check. Sy Sellers was Leading Chief, Buck Tuft (sic) was Metal Smith Chief, Elmer Parker was AMM2, L. L. Davis was an AP and Stinky Davis was a mechanic. I was sent to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for A school, about Jul 1940 just as the Squadron was deploying to Pearl. We had installed the rubber bullet proof tanks and some of the planes had to be fueled at sea as they didn't make it. I spent a lot of time in VP's, VP-7, VP-21 and retired from the Navy while in VP-44. Also VJ62 and ten years in air wings. I also taught at the Aviation Maintenance Officer School. My Navy training was real great and I went into NASA after retirement and was in the early Project Mercury Group. Put Al Shepard, John Glen and Scott Carpenter in their Capsules. I retired from NASA as chief of quality here in Houston and am chasing Grand kids. Love to hear from any Shipmates..." [15SEP98]

JONGEBLOED, AT2 Ken kenlogi@aol.com "...I served in VP-7 from 1952 to 1954 as a flight crew radar tech, nick name was "Yogi." Sister squadron was VP-8. Squadron was based at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Was on Crew 9, Lt. J.A. Cochran was the plane commander. Made the 8-month transpac to Japan. The 1953 Iwakuni, Japan deployment enlisted crew was: Schwarze-Plane Capt, Leach-1st Mech; Chief Ward-Ordanance; Bell-1st Radio; Tibbetts-2nd Radio; Jongebloed-1st Tech; and Small-2nd Tech. Be glad to hear from anyone in the squadron at that time..." [Updated 15JUL98 BIO Updated 26JUL98]

JUNG, AO1 Herbert herb_jung@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-28 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1957 to 1961 and VP-7 (Crews 3, 5, and 12) from 1963 to 1968. I was the Ordinance Shop Supervisor with Denis Kinkade..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2008 | 23MAR2000]


KAUFMAN, Frank "...VP-7 1951-54 retired and living n Como, Col. 80432 (719)836-2525 I know he wishes to hear from his Shipmates...Contributed by Dr. Paul E Adams paul@pikeonline.net..." [12MAY2000]

KELLEHER, Gary grrk2@msn.com "...Just wanted to say hi to any and all of my Shipmates that were in VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. I flew on crew #4 and later on crew #14 as the Julie/ECM operator. I really enjoyed being with you all and thank God today that while we flew together we all came home safe. I hope this message finds you all doing well and if anyone want to drop me a line you will hear back from me. Does anyone remember Dennis Moore? He was the Jez operator on the same crew and I lost touch with him when he shipped over and went to "B" school and I got out and went to college. If you know anything about him please let me know. Best regards..." [23JUN2005]

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

KOBLEUR, AX2 Randy rkobleur@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-7 from June 1964 to May 1967 and flew with Crew 7 and later Crew 1. I remember most of the guys on the Shipmates list from that time period and have been in touch with Pete Travis and J.S. Burke in the past couple of weeks. I may be a little slow to answer any e-mail since I commute to Atlanta and am only home for ten days a month, but I will get back to you..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAR2001 | 22APR98]

KOMAREK, Jon jk234@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1963 to 1966 and VP-6 from 1972 to 1974..." [01DEC2009]

KRAJEWSKI, PH3 Thomas tkrajewski@snch.org "...I was a member of VP-7 from January 1961 to February 1964. Came to VP-7 from Boot Camp and Left as a Photographers Mate 3rd. Started in NAS Brunswick, Maine and wound up in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. As a photographer I was involved in the Cuban Missile crisis, Fleet Photo Lab at NAS Jacksonville, Florida processes all of the film taken over Cuba during the crisis. Served with Gary Blackmore, and Frank Decker..." [26MAR2002]


LAMBERT, AE2 Norman F. millielambert@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1965 to 1966 and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in fall of 1965 as the Plane Captain of Crew 6. I had many great moments during my tour with VP-7. Who could forget riding those cattle cars. I also did thirty days at Leeward Point during the Cuban crisis. Would like to hear from some of my old crew. Sorry to hear about J. Harvey (he was our Co-Pilot)..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 12AUG2002 | 26MAY2000]

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]

LAWRENCE, Wayne playsurewel@yahoo.com "...Seeing photos of a P2V and then VP-7 certainly brought back memories of long ago. I served with VP-7 Avionics, Crew 5, from 1962 to 1963..." [17JUN2003]

LECHNER, AT Jay jaylech@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-10 (CAC 2 Radioman/Tech) 58-61, NATTC Millington 61-62, VP-7 (CAC 2 Tech) 62-63, VX-1 (P-3 Crew) 63-65, and VP-26 65-66..." [E-Mail Updated 13AUG2001 | 20JAN98]

LEWELLYN, CAPT Richard F. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=320 "...CAPT Richard F. Lewellyn, USNR - NFL Number: 320 - Date of Birth: 6/1/1920 - Date In: 1/1/1942 - Date Out: 1/1/1965 - City, State: Marietta, GA - School Attended: Allegheny College - Aircraft Flown: PBY-5, P2V-5F, R5D - Ship or Unit: VPB-33 1/1/1943, VP-7, XO 1/1/1956 and OPNAV (OP-01R) 1/1/1962 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: S.Pac.,Philippines - Associations/Service Organizations: Ret. Officers Assn Assn of Nav Aviation Nav Av Museum Fdn - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medal w/4 Goldstars - In Memoriam? No..." [10DEC2005]

LISTER, Paul G. tplister@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1952 through 1955. Plane Captain, second mechanic, Korean war out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Was in NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco deployment. Flew 21 combat missions from Japan and awarded Air Medal. Seek information on any VP-7 flight crews or ground crews during these years. Thinking about a Reunion if find enough interest. Have found Frank Anderson, flight crew plane captain from same period. I hope we find others from this great unit in a great plane..." [10JUL2002]

LYLE, AE3 Larry Kmllgl@aol.com "...I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-7 in 1961 - 62. We were transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 62. The squadron has been deleted. In 1962 I transferred to Rota, Spain for two good years of "gravy" duty. I got to see some of my former shipmates when my old squadron deployed to NS Rota, Spain in 64. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates at me E-mail address. God Bless the USN..." [04OCT98]

LYONS, AO3 Kenneth T. kpop_1@bellsouth.net "...I was in VP-7 on crew 10 during 1962 to 1965 as A0-3. I would be interested in hearing from some of my Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAY2005 | 04APR2000]


MARD, PO2 Michael J. m.mard@fvgfl.com "...I served with VP-7 (flew with Crew-23) until VP-7 was disestablished in October 1969. I left the Navy in 1971..." WebSite: http://FVGFL.com/about_us/principals.php#Mard [BIO Updated 25NOV2010 | 17JUN2001]

MAYWHORT, David c/o Erich Arbogast earbog@coair.com "...My Uncle (DAVID MAYWHORT) served with VAH-21 in Viet Nam. He was in CREW-3. He passed away this last summer. I would like to hear comments from anyone that served with him or may know about the different squadrons he served with. He may also have been in VP-7..." [10DEC99]

MAYWHORT, ADR1 Dave "Maypops" [Deceased] C/O His Son Dave Maywhort rockydoc1@attbi.com "...My dad, ADR1 Dave Maywhort (Maypops), was with VP-7 off and on for most of my childhood. Dad passed on two years ago, but going through the site brought back many memories. I remember the crash on 11 May 1964 off NS Rota, Spain well. My mom's best friend was married to one of the crewmembers and it was my first real upclose and personal experience with death and loss. I'm now retired from the Army after 27 years and have the same feelings of comraderie with friends I served with, especially after combat duty. I'm glad my dad had that type of connection with the members of VP-7 and when he flew with Project TRIM and VAH-21..." [31DEC2002]

McCANN, Clement (Clem) cmccann2@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-7 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1950-1954. Went to NAS Iwakuni, Japan 53-54. Have some contacts..." [05SEP2002]

McCLURE, PR2 Dan "Coffeepot" arktekt@cox.net "...Served as Second Class Parachute Rigger with VP-7 from 01/1967 to 7/1969. Assigned to AIMD Paraloft in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In early 1967 ran the squadron coffee mess and was nicknamed "Coffeepot". I wonder why! Would love to hear from my VP-7 Shipmates..." [22DEC2005]

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

McCOY, John johnmccoy@erols.com "...I was a romping stomping AO3 in VP-7 from March 1968 until decom. I would like to find a model of the P-2 if anyone has a location please let me know. I also was in VP-16, VP-31, and VP-17..." [24APR98]

McDONOUGH, AWCS Bill Jr. Retired wjmcdjr27@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 (1957-1960), VP-30 (1960-1962), VP-26 (1962-1969), VX-1- (1969-1972), VP-11 (1972-1977), CPW-5 (1977-1980) and Retired. I am looking for Mike Solley (AE) VP-26 from Alabama and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2012 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN2000 | 11JUL98]

McKNIGHT, AT2 Dan dm15389@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 (Aircrewman) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1950 to 1953. I was discharged 2 months before squadron left for the Korean theater. My last PPC was LCDR Fred Fearnow who was a great guy and superb pilot..." [17JUN2009]

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]

McTERNAN, John blackmac32@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-7 (1966-1969)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11FEB2013 | 14NOV2006]

MERIDETH, Joe jlmerideth@netins.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1964 to 1966 under the Command of T.A. Graham (TAG for short). I made several deployments with the squadron..." [13DEC2006]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...MESARCH, Daniel Robert...Daniel pasted away August 22nd, 2011 from lung cancer and dearly missed. Daniel served with VP-7 from 1962 through 1963..." Contributed by Ruth Mesarch meme82543@gmail.com [25NOV2011]

MESARCH, Daniel Robert meme82543@gmail.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1962 through 1963 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12APR2011 | 11MAR2000]

MICHAELS, AL3 Maurice (Bud) shirleybudvp7@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 1951 - 1954. Our crew was crew 11 out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1953. Our pilot was LT(jg) Volmer, Plane Captain was Moore, 2nd Mech was Bill Scherbon (who I am still in contact with), 1st Radioman was Rosalis and I was the 2nd Radioman. I think our crew flew the last mission of the Korean war on 27 July 1953. I would love to contact any squadron mates from that period of time. In those days most of us went to NAS Millington, Tennessee for A and B school. Three weeks ago I visited Millington with my wife who I met while going to A and B schools there, and my son and daughter in law. The base is not Navy any more. It was closed about half dozen years ago I was told. The water tower that used to have the rotating green lights is still there. The small hanger that we took some classes in is still there. At that time, 1950, it housed an Avenger and a few fighters, I thank Hellcats. They were used to show us how to take the radios out and to safety wire them in. The hanger now is being used for a great project. Volunteers have disassembled the famous Memphis Bell B-17 flying fortress and are restoring it. They are doing a beautiful job. They are giving very interesting tours of all aspects of their work and B-17 air craft. They are trying to raise money to finish their project. After seeing their good work it would have been hard not to drop money in the bottle they were using to make the collection. The base hospital is now part of the Shelby county Jail system. My daughter was born in that base hospital in 1953 while we, VP-7, were in Japan at the end of the Korean War. I took my first plane ride while there in 1950. The plane was a PBY-5A Catalina. My buddy, Andy Mihans and I did not have enough money to go to town one Sunday and we took a walk around the base. Some reservist were were running the engine on the Catalina. We walked up and asked for a ride, a ride I will never forget, even after flying in P2V for 3 years..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09JUL2005 | 27FEB2002]

MONTFORT, Jack montforj@yahoo.com "...I would like to hear from any and all who served with the best--VP-7 from 1966 throygh 1968. This is terrific to touch my past with some of the greatest people I have had the privilege of knowing and serving with..." [16SEP99]

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

MORSE, AO2 George morsekode2@tampabay.rr.com "...I served with VP-7 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1952 to 1956 with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR flying in the P2. We were trained by the 10th Special Forces, Bad Tolz and Bavaria for E&E. Loved every day. Just checking in from the after-station..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16AUG2010 | 15AUG2002]

MUCK, AT3 Kenneth L. lfkl1968@brightok.net "... I served with VP-7 1964-1966, as a radio operator on crew Five. Under Cdr. Zaborniak. Would appreciate hearing from old ship mates..."

MULLEN, Tom tmullsey@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 (01/1964-01/1966) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1964), NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1965/1966). I flew as co-pilot and then as PPC of Crew-12 (P2V5F and SP2H). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13AUG2013]

MULLER, AE3 Bill bmuller509@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1963 to December 1966 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I had some great times with Beeland, Hamilton, Lenz, "Bobby bootcamp", Shackleford, Art Nyblin and others. I would like to hear from all former Shipmates..." [01JUL2011]


NEIMAN, AX2 Al amncpa1@verizon.net "...I served with VP-7 (Crew-8/Radio) from April 1964 to June 1966..." [09MAR2011]

NORTON, William J. captainbillretired@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-7 (Crews 2 and 6) from 1963 to 1969. I was PC and Mr. P was (LCDR Phillips) PPC on Crew 2 when USS Liberty was attacked. I would like to hear from the Shipmates of Crews 2,6 and 11. I would also like to hear from Shipmates of VP-21. I am in contact with Lynn Wall (fiddlinlyn@aol.com) that was in VP-21 in the 1960's on Crew 3..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2008 | BIO Updated 15DEC2000 | 16FEB99]

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]


O'BRIEN, AT2 Tom (OB) milkbottle1@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-7 from July 1956 to April 1959. I was a crewmember on HE-2/LB-2. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [E-Mail Updated 13DEC2003 | 05AUG2002]


PELTIER, Thomas jborpel@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1960 to January 1963 NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada when we lost a crew and then to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I would like to know if anyone has heard from Norman C. Davis or Richard Turkewitz (sp)..." [14MAR2004]

PILCHER, LCDR Howard G. Retired hgpilcher@pcola.gulf.net "...My first contact with the P2V was when I was assigned to the Advanced training Command as a NAVCAD at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. I arrived just as they were phasing the PB4Y2 out of the Navigation phase of advanced training. I was one of the first NAVCADS chosen to solo the P2V as a student pilot. I am not sure how many were chosen but I think it was just a few since it was sort of an experiment. We were flying the P2V-2, P2V-3 and I think they had a P2V-4 (I am not real sure about that). My next encounter was with VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California from Nov 1955-Dec 1958. Nine had just returned from deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (They lost a P2V5-F that was shot down by MIGS) and had just transitioned into the new P2V-7's. I made two deployments with VP-9, one to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and one to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Then I was assigned to ATU-501 (1959-1962) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I started flying the SNB (bug smasher) but soon the squadron changed from ATU-501 to VT-31 and the P2V's were reactivated along with the P5M Marlins. They had P2V-5F and P2V-6's. My next assignment was with VU-7 1962-1965 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the JD-1 and was soon transitioned into the US2C (modified to drag a rag). Later the squadron split and the jet portion moved to NAS Miramar and the rest of us went to VU-3 where we kept flying the US2C and also the Drone equipped P2V5-F. Finally I was assaigned to VP-7 from 1967-1969 as Ops. Officer. We were supposed to transition to P-3's after our return from NAS Sigonella, Sicily but it turned out that the XO from VP-23 had done his homework and convinced the powers that be to transition them instead of VP-7. I do not remember if I ever flew the P2V-4 at Hutch or not but if I did, I think I have flown all models of the P2. I tried to verify this but I have misplaced my early years log book. I have been in contact with some of the names that I recognize in the web site and I am most anxious to hear from any of my Shipmates that can recall being the same places that I have..." [20SEP2000]

POPE, Joe jonanpope@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 NAS Alameda, California from 1960 to 1964 (Plane Captain) and VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 to 1969. We flew P2V-7's at the time. I would love to hear from former Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 29NOV97]

POSPESHIL, Donald dposp@webtv.net "...I served with FASRON-102 (1948-1949), VP-7 (1949-1952), NAOTS (1952-1954), VP-49 NAS Bermuda (1954-1958), NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1958-1961), VP-8 (1961-1963), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1963-1967), VP-30 (1967-1968), and retired and living the good life..." [20MAY2000]

PREWITT, Dennis d.prewitt@mailcity.com "...I was in VP-7 from about 1963 thru 1967 as a Tactical Coordinator, Crew 6..." [02APR98]

PRODEN, Joseph E. jprodensky@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 as a Radio Operator with Crew 11 (aircraft Number 8) from 1962-1964 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. If any one reading this was in VP-7 during that period or was part of Crew 7, please contact me. Looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [28AUG2002]

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REED, William (Bill) P. wpbillreed@att.net "...I joined the Navy in July 1958, went to boot camp at Great Lakes, IL. I served with FAW-5 from September 1958 to October 1960 and VP-7 NAS Brunswick, Maine from November 1960 to June 1962. We moved to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in August 1961. Deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Released from active in June 1962. Worked for Goodrich Rubber Company located at Institute, WV from 1962 until 1965, worked at several other companies until March 1966 and then was hired by Union Carbide and work for them until retirement in 1995 at the age of 55. Now 65 years of age and working with a Real Estate Agency selling properties in and around the Kanawha and Putnam County areas of West Virginia. Looking to hear from any of my Shipmates that might have been at either one of the duty stations that I might have shared with them. Good Luck to all and God Bless..." [26JUL2004]

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]

RINGUETTE, Robert L. ringuetter2001@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 from July of 1959 until August of 1962. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada with LB-11 as ECM operator, was with the squadron when we left NAS Brunswick, Maine and relocated in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1962, was discharged and began college that fall. Presently I am a retired educator, still see Mike Gilbert every so often and in touch with Dick Therriault and Mike Bradley. Also spoke with Mr. Evans several years back. Sorry we lost Mr. Wright in Vietnam, I se his name on the wall in DC. A good guy!..." [BIO Updated 05APR2009 | 21NOV2006]

RIPOLL, AT1 James "Rip" Retired jmripoll@comcast.net "...Aviation Electronics Technician: Served as aircrew member in VP-7 from 01/56 until 10/58. Deployments included NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1956 and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1957/58. Discharged in 1958. Reenlisted, shipped to VR-3 at McGuire AFB in 1958 flying MATS C-118 aircraft as radio operator. Transfered to VP-11, 8/61 until 7/64. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain in 1963 and short tours at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Participated in "Cuban Missle Crisis" with VP-11. Transfered to shore duty, VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964. Back to sea duty in 1966 with VP-18 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for one year as a "Ground Pounder". Next, got my sea legs on DD-694, USS Ingraham for a year and a half in DASH program. Transfered to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania for a year in 1969. Then back to NAS Brunswick, Maine for shore duty with OMD in 1971. Retired in 1973. Living in Florida and would enjoy hearing from Shipmates who served with me in the VP Navy, especially in VP-7 and VP-11. "Indeed, the time of my life!"..." [E-Mail Updated 20APR2007 | BIO Updated 11MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 27JUL98 Updated BIO 30JUL98]

ROBERSON, AWC Harold "Robby" Retired jrobby@live.com "...I served with VP-40 (1955-1957), VP-28 (1958-1961), VP-7 (1963-1968), VP-23 (1968-1971) and retired in 1971. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 20JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 25SEP2000 | 20OCT97]

RUSTMANN, Henry Shipmate PixCirca 1964 rustmannhenry@juno.com "...I served with VP-7 (04/1964-03/1967), VP-24 (01/1973-06/1978) and VP-16 (01/1982-03/1985)..." [PIX Added 19FEB2012 | 18FEB2012]


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]

SCHAEFER, John A. deejaysha@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 as an Aviator from January 1950 to June 1952..." [01MAR2001]

SCHERBON, William (Pappy) scherbon@minespring.com "...I served with VP-7, VP-10, VP-21 of the patrol squardons from 1950 to 1969..." [17JAN2000]

SHACKELFORD, David L. dshackel@tampabay.rr.com "...I was in VP-7 from Apr 63 - May 66. I worked for "Pappy" Payne in Maint Cont along with Harold Porter and Ken Drake. I moved topside to Maint Admin and relieved ADJ3 Palmer. I worked for CWO-4 Smalling & AMHC Perry. I came in the squadron as an ADRAN and left as AZ2. I was reenlisted by CDR Fowler then went to VA-44 Hornets NAS Cecil Field. Some of the names; Beeland, Koebler, have caused others to come to mind: Moka, Cooper, Caraway, Kinzer, Caulkins, Bill Hamilton, Messer(PN's), Woodell, Stalnaker and on and on. Someone mentioned Elios and I also thought of Sal's (next door). It brought back Hank Williams & Jim Beam memories. I attended one reunion in the 80's and I guess I'll get ahold of Chief Houle to check on the next one..." [E-Mail Updated 05MAY2000 | 02FEB99]

Memorial Picture "...SHANNONHOUSE, Russell William...Sunday, December 17, 2000 - Mr. Russell W. Shannonhouse of Lynn Haven passed away quietly at home Friday December 15, 2000, after a long illness. No services will be held. Russell Shannonhouse was born on August 2, 1921 in Edgewood Arsenal, Md., the son of Col. John G. and Lulu M. Shannonhouse, formerly of Ridge Road, Nevada City, Calif. In January 1961, after 20 years of service, Russell Shannonhouse retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief aviation ordnanceman. His 20 years of distinguished naval service included assignment to the U.S. Naval Training Center in NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1940-1941); MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (1941-1943); Heavy Patrol Squadron VP-19 (PB4Y2) NS Sangley Point, Philippines (1944-1945); Aviation Supply Depot in Samar, Philippines (1945-1946); VPB-119 (1946-1947); VP-7 (1947-1949); NAS Alameda, California (1949-1951); USS Philippine Sca CV-47 (1951-1953, Korean War); FASRON-8 and VP-19 (P2V Neptunes) in NAS Alameda, California (1954-1959); NAS Moffett Field, California Attack Squadron VA-125 in Sunnyvale, Calif. (1959-1961). His naval fields of expertise included aviation ordnance, combat air crewman, special weapons and ordnance, and aviation fire control coordinator. After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Russell went to work as a planner and estimator at the Naval Air Repair Facility in NAS Alameda, California. Upon retirement from civil service, Russell Shannonhouse and his late wife Georgia Frances Purkett of Leadville, Colo., returned to Nevada City, Calif. in 1976. He was honored in 1995 as a Pearl Harbor survivor by Presidential decree. Upon the death of his wife Georgia in Dec. 1999, Russell moved to Lynn Haven to live with his son John and his daughter-in-law Susie. Russell is survived by his son Capt. John R. Shannonhouse USCG (Ret.) and his daughter-in-law Susie of Lynn Haven; grandson Greg and his wife Allison of Lynn Haven; great-granddaughter Brittany of Lynn Haven; and sister Jean Knowlton of Fresno, Calif. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. A special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Florida. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to M.D. Anderson Hospital, Thoracic Research, UT, Houston, TX. Southerland Family Funeral Homes - Panama City, Fla. 32405 - 785-8532 - 100 E. 19th St..." http://www.newsherald.com/articles/2000/12/17/ob121700.htm [10JAN2004]

SINGLETON, Benny dsingleton32@msn.com "...I served with VP-7 NAS Brunswick, Maine from September 1956 to August 1958. We deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada for several months during this time period. Would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [02DEC2003]

SKOG, George GSKOG@ATLANTIC.NET "...I served with VP-7 from 1958 through 1962. I was PC of Crew 5 from 1959 through 1962. Crew 5 consisted of LT/LCDR J. R. NICKELSON (PPC) and LT/LCDR J. L. WOODBURY (PPC). I would like to know anything about C. R. Allen (1st Tech) or any other crewmember during that time. I plan to attend the 2001 Reunion. Hope to see many former Shipmates..." [03FEB2001]

Memorial Picture "...SMITH, Carey A. "Snake"...I am saddened to report that our comrade Carey A. "Snake" Smith, VP-7 1952-1956, passed away Wednesday August 1 from multiple complications following heart surgery. The following message from the Delta net via Joe Lundy gives additional details. Please keep Snake and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers...William H. Woodruff whw00dy@att.net..." [04AUG2001]

SMITH, Jay jaynlil2@bellsouth.net "...I have been looking for something like it for some time and accidentally found it while looking up some things on the Cuban Crisis, which I was a part of while stationed at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Leeward Pt. Crash Fire and Rescue. After the crisis I re-enlisted and was assigned to VP-7. I was an ADR3 at the time and deployed to NS Rota, Spain, where,saddly, we lost a plane and crew. I'll never forget that, some of the crew were good friends. I had served with one of the men in VT-30 atNAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1960. Any old Shipmates are welcome to contact me, would love to hear from you. My time in VP-7 is remembered as the best part of my Navy life..." [23JAN2001]

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]

STIGGINS, Jesse jstiggins@bellsouth.net "...I joined VP-7 in 1962 while it was on deployment in NAS Sigonella, Sicily and left just prior to the deployment to NS Rota, Spain in 1964. I helped launch aircraft on the morning of October 23, 1962. At the time of the deployment to NS Rota, Spain I was an ASW operator on Crew-1. Before leaving the service I was aircrew with VS-27 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland but VP-7 gave me my wings..." [11APR2011]

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


THOMPSON, HM2 Richard rich_t@direcway.com "...I served as a Hospital Corpsman, HM2, with VP-7 Black Falcons at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1968 and 1969. In October 1968 we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in February 1969. I also went with the squadron to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 1968 to 1969 VP-7's Medical consisted of LT David Capen, two Corpsman, HM2 Fred Luallen and myself. We worked out of the small dispensary located at NAF-II airfield. I enjoyed going to Catania and I would catch an occasional flight with the crews to Souda Bay, Crete, Naples and Madrid..." [17AUG2003]

TINNETTE, John jdtinnette@msn.com "...I served in VP-7 from 1960 to 1963 in NAS Brunswick, Maine and the transition to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Electrician on flight crews..." [23APR2006]

TRAVIS, C. R. "Pete" CTravis532@aol.com "...As an AX2AC I flew as first teck on Captain W. D. Toole's crew in VP-7. I was in the squdron form 1962 until 1966. I maintain contact with several former shipmates including Jim Gill, Joe Burke, Randy Koubler, Jerry Hiers, Wayne Beeland and thanks to the net Roby Roberson. I would enjoy hearing from any of my VP-7 shipmates..."

TRIGG, Robert rtrigg44@gmail.com "...I served with VP-7 1963 & early 64 as Radioman aboard LB-12. We were the Russian ship picture takers during Cuban Crisis..." [13FEB2009]

TURNER, Terry tturner3@indy.rr.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. I was a Radioman on Crew 30. I would like to contact old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2006 | 10SEP2000]

TWARDY, Edward S. etwardy@earthlink.net "...I was aircrew with VP-7 from '62 until about '66. Joined the squadron just after it deployed from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in '62. Flew with Crew-10 for several years. The enlisted crew in your '63 crew picture for LB -10 includes Teddy Morris ADR3; Ed Twardy AE2; "Baby" Huey Madore AO2; Stewart, PC, AM2; and "Lump" Lunsford AT3. I was part of Crew 1 (LB-1) for the split deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland & NS Rota, Spain in 1964. Two regular members of that crew did not fly the night that Crew 1 (flying in LB-6) was lost off the Spanish coast in May 1964. Cdr. Phaon Derr, CO of VP-7, was attending an affair at the Spanish Commandant's home and I had just been removed temporarily from flight status two days earlier due to broken bone in my foot (sustained while "barhopping" with the crew in NS Rota, Spain a few days earlier). John Q. Kimberly, AE1 took my place on the doomed flight on May 11, 1964. He had five kids and was within a year of having his 20 years in. He and the rest of the crew perished when they apparently dipped a wing on a searchlight run. Lt. Bishop was a fully qualified PPC and was likely in the left seat that night. No bodies were recovered. It's been over 40 years and I still feel like a guy who just lost his crew. Some feelings never go away..." [09FEB2005]

TWEEDY, Glenn Shipmate Pix May 1957! wgt-srt@worldnet.att.net "...VP-7 Sep 1961 through Jan 1963..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP98]


UPSON, ATN3 James P. Jr. upsonjp@att.net "...I served with VP-7 from 09SEP59 through 09SEP61. I flew on LB-8 BUNO 128410. I was the Julie/Jez operator. I was their when we lost the crew off NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I was their when we chase the Russians all over the North Atlantic. I was their when we lost, I believe it was LB-7, in the snow bank at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I even got to go on the fly away to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and on to Battle Creek, MI. I have lots of pictures or our King Neptune party in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I would like a picture of LB-8 BUNO 128410 if anyone has one. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 05MAR2010 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29MAY2006 | 28MAR2000]


VanDYKE, Ellen vandel50@aol.com "...Served at NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1963 - 1966 VP-7. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates --- LTJG Steve Lambroff, Allen Shepperd, etc..." [21MAR98]

VanVALKENBURG, AMS3 John mahtohehah@mhonline.net "...I was a proud member of VP-7 from 1959 until 1962. I was stationed both at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AMS-3..." [21OCT2001]

VARDY, AZ Derrick ldvardy@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 from May 1964 through late Spring 1966. About 10 days after reporting in I went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with one half the squadron while the other half went to NS Rota, Spain. I remember that we lost a plane in NS Rota, Spain during the summer of 1964. I worked in Maintenance Administration as one of the first AZ's in the Navy. I was the first to go through AZ school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee in the Winter/Spring 1964. Went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the Fall of 1965. Transferred to VT-2 squadron at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in June 1966. Left the Navy in May 1968. Served under CDR's Graham and Toole while in VP-7..." [BIO Updated 14NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 22DEC2010 | E-Mail Updated 02JUL2010 | E-Mail Updated 01DEC2003 | 16APR99]


WALLIS, AKC George E. Retired geobev@indy.net "...I am interested in locating anyone who was attached to VP-7 during the time from December 1956 to early 1961 or 1962. I had a lot of friends I would like to get in touch with. We had some good time. Does anyone remember CDR L H Thomas and the "initiation" we went thru to become petty officers? If anyone is out there, I sure would like to hear from you..." [01APR2001]

WHITLEY, AT2 Hubert "John" hw790@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. I worked up to Radioman on Crew-12 later as Crew-33. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28NOV2009]

WHITTON, ADRAN Richard K. papa151@optonline.net "...I served with VP-7 (12/1960-12/1962) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked in Power Plants Shop. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07APR2014 | E-Mail Updated 25DEC2001 | 03SEP99]

WIDELL, AX1 Joseph D. Retired jdw22@ime.net "...Entered the Navy at Syracuse, New York On Sept. 1957 and proceeded to Boot Camp at Great Lakes,Ill. From there to Norman, Oklahoma for Fundamentals school till 1958. Then on to AT "A" School at NATTC, Memphis, TN. After graduating, requested 1st Naval Dist. any VP. Reported to VP-7 just prior to the Squadron deploying to NS Rota, Spain. We were left TAD to FASRON 108 to attend Radio Code School at Brunswick. We joined VP-7 in NS Rota, Spain after a short stay in Port Leaouty, Morocco en-route. Served in VP-7 as Radioman on Crew 1, with then CDR Ipser J. Gersik, a man whom I enjoyed every minute of flying with. He could "grease" any landing. Did NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and of course NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. We were relieved in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada on a split deployment by the ill-fated crew that crashed at sea in Dec.1959. We then, also crashed at NAS Brunswick, Maine a few weeks later in Jan.1960. Traveled to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for the homeport change which occured in Fall of 1961. Left VP-7 in Feb. 1962 for AT "B" School at Memphis. After "B" sent to NAS Cecil Field. There I spent 13 months in VF-174, a RAG F8U Crusader outfit. After spending a few weeks on the USS Independence CV-62 (my only shipboard duty and while on shore duty) I took advantage of the new AX rating and converted. Was then sent to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1963 to complete my tour of shore duty. After some hairy flighttime there I was transfered in 1964 back to Sea duty in VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine. Quit flying there and went TAD to NAS AIMD to work primarily MAD and ASW Systems. Left VP-21 in 1968 with orders to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to the "White Whale", a Mobile Unit. While there we were Decommisioned as a Shore duty assignment. While awaiting new orders, we participated in a video taping of a AX Seminar.While talking to the Detailers I was approached by a man who wanted out of orders to NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-44. We made the change and I received orders to VP-44. Back to "Broomstick"-Yahoo!! Served as Electronics Shop night check Supervisor, then daycheck and finally on to Quality Control. Also, spent many hours working on the ill-fated P-3A that crashed in 1972 in the Med. Myself and another shop tech were supposed to fly with that crew to Sicily and then on to Crete for a Mini Det. We were very fortunate that the local VR Squadron was willing to take us as passengers. I remained in VP-44 till I retired in April 1977. Have had enough excitement to last a lifetime. But,I do miss it and so does the wife. After retirement I went to work at Bath Iron Works building and overhauling Naval Combatants. Retired from there,also. Took an early retirement in 1995. Took a year off, got bored and went to work at LL Bean in Freeport, Me where I live..." [05JAN99]

WILBANKS, Bill R. tanebill@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-7 NAS Brunswick, Maine from July 1957 until March 1961 and went on 5 deployments. 1st was NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in the winter (1957-1958), NS Rota, Spain (1959), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1960), NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (1960), and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1961). To anybody who wants to contact me, please feel free to do so. You meet alot of nice guys when you are in, but if your like me, you don't get any adresses and you can't remember peoples full names. After travelling to sunny climes with the Navy, I found out I did't like winters, so as soon as possible I moved to So. Ca. and have been here since. I've had a few side trips to the So. Pacific, Tahiti in name and lived there for awhile. Possibly moving there at some time, with my PC. My wife is from there and it will be no problem as far she is a property owner there. Feel free to email. Thanks..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2004 | 23MAY2000]

WILSON, AO3 Steven E. gandolf68@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1966 to 1969. I started off Mess Cooking and Cube Cleaning. We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily three months after I arrived. The last few years I flew with Crew-31 which included depolyments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Key West, Florida and NAS Bermuda. I left just prior to VP-7s disestablishment. I was an AO3 when I left VP-7 on flight crew 9, I musterd out three months early but I left the last of Oct, miss all the fellow squadron members wish I had more contact with them all..." [BIO Updated 24APR2010 | 03MAY2007]

WOODRUFF, William H. "Woody" whw00dy@att.net "...I served with VP-7 (1964-1967) as Navigator on Crew-5 and Crew-1 and Co-Pilot (later PPC) on Crew-11. I am now a chemist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2013 | 02APR98]

WOODWARD, William M. woody1932@aol.com "...Released to inactive duty in 1957 from VP-7. Came out as a PPC and LTJG. Then on to college and to medical school. Retired GP 1996 after practice in Charleston, SC and retired in FL. Had a great time in Naval Aviation..." [13DEC98]


YEAW, Barry L. Byeaw@town.coventry.ri.us "...I served on Crew 2 VP-7 1960 to 1962. I would be interested in any information on LCDR C.W. Epps who left the squadron in NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1962. Best P2 pilot BUNO: 128402 and 131431..." [14DEC2000]

YOUNG, ATCS James N. "Jim" Retired jnewtyoung@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-7 (August 1958 to August 1961). I was ATC at the time, and mostly worked assisting the Avionics Chief Roy Seay ATCS, and flying as an alternate crewmember when a First Radioman was needed. I had been an AL (Radioman) and went to AT "B" School and switched to AT as they were phasing AL out. I had served in VP-10 and was with them when they moved from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NAS Brunswick, Maine. At the time I was AL2 and First Radioman on Crew 5. I retired in 1967 and came back home to South Georgia..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06NOV2009 | 13AUG2003]


ZIMBA, Alexander A. Jr. ziemba481@juno.com "...I served aboard Naval Training Center (NTC) Bainbridge, Maryland in July 1955, NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (AE) from 1955 to 1956, FASRON-108 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 1956 to 1957, VP-7 in 1957 with a deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and FAETULANT at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1957 to 1959 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain..." [16AUG2010]

ZSCHEILE, John john.zscheile@ngc.com "...I served with VP-7 as a Radio On Crew 4 from 1965 to 1968. Do I have any fellow crew members around?..." [06NOV2005]


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