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Note NOTICE:  History ThumbnailCameraVX-6 Pin "...My dad was a career USN officer (he served in VQ-2 during the 70's. I recently found this pin. It is obviously for VX-6 and probably associated with Operation Deep Freeze. I suspect that this was an item that may have been worn by a technical representative or civilian contractor, rather than the military personnel. I also believe that this may have been used in the late 1950's-early 1960's? Any ID help would be appreciated..." Contributed by Patrick Frost pfrost@ucla.edu [22DEC2020]

Note NOTICE: "...I am a Navy vet (P-3's AT2 VPU-1 / VX-20) that is volunteering my time working as an historian with an aircraft restoration group called Boneyard Safari. We are restoring a C-47A/R4D-5L/LC-47H #12441 (SEE: An in-depth look at US Navy R4D12441. I am researching her history and seeking out anyone who may have served with her or flew on this aircraft...." Contributed by john.srader@boneyardsafari.com [30AUG2015]

Squadrons and duty stations assigned as follows:

We are also seeking out information such as squadron markings calls signs and any graphics or images of patches that where affiliated with her service.

Also we are seeking out squadron duty rosters to try and contact as many old shipmates that served with her.

John Srader

Note NOTICE: "...I would like to get in touch with Bill Vogel, he served with VXE-6 from 1974 to 1977. He then transfered to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and was in charge of the Jungle Survival School. We became good friends, if anyone knows his E-Mail address or where abouts please contact me..." Contributed by AMCS Thomas Johnson te_johnson@att.net [06JAN2012]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to find an old drinking buddy from VXE-6 with the name of Jim Pitnick. Jim was based in Christchurch, NZ at Operation Deep Freeze around 1975 to 1976. Can anybody help? Cheers. Paul Manson yourshout.linwood@paradise.net.nz..." [22MAY2008]

Note NOTICE:  History ThumbnailCameraVXE-6 Mug "...I have received a yellow mug with a white interior and a black emblem entitled Antarcticdevron 6 at the top, Puckered Penguins at the bottom and a dressed up smoking penguin in the middle ("puckered pete?"). Is this something that someone would like to have? I will ship it to you safely and free of charge. Thank you for your service. Patti Coulson aerogirl59@yahoo.com..." [06SEP2005]

UPDATE "...I sent it yesterday to a former Shipmate who served from 1969 to 1971. I was glad to give it to someone who will appreciate it and enjoy it! Patti Coulson aerogirl59@yahoo.com..." [07OCT2005]

Note NOTICE: "...I have come across your site while trying to find the significance of a signed postal cover that my Dad collected. The cover has a cachet that says: Flown from McMurdo Station to Dome "c" aboard VXE-6 aircraft on November 5, 1975. It is signed next to a designation of "A/C", by D. A Deslow. My dad was a career Navy man. One of the last of the true Mustangs, he developed an interest in antarctic activities from my son who is a Coast Guardsman who was a crew member of the Polar Sea 1983 during its Operation Deepfreeze cruise to Antartica in 1983. My question is what is the meaning of A/C on the cover and where is "Dome C?" I would appreciate hearing of any information about this so that I can append the story of this cover. Thanks so much...Vince Brennan vbren68745@aol.com..." [26JAN2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to see if there will be any 50th Anniversary celebrations of VXE-6 Operation Deep Freeze. My Dad (W/O Jock Niven) was the NZ liason officer in the RNZAF with the USN in Operation Deep freeze out of Wigram Airforce base, Christchurch. We had a lot to do with Deep Freeze and in a way I was the 'Baby' of deep Freeze (born exactly one month after VXE-6). We were especially friendly with LT Dan Sliwinski and remained so with him and his family. Also 'Slats' Slater took a silver certificate note to the pole and signed it for me as a present. I still have it. We still have a few photos of that era. One family story is Mum presenting a cake (made using a swan's egg) to a P2V7 crew for the filght back home. It turned out to be more appreciated than anticipated as there was a SNAFU and no rations were packed. The cake sustained the crew to Hawaii! Happy to hear from any Deep Freeze I and II personel...Richard Niven richard.niven@clear.net.nz..." [03JUN2003]

Note NOTICE: "...Trying to locate DT2 Bob Elkins who was attached to VX-6 in 1965. Understand he married a Christchurch girl and is potentially still there. He was a great folksinger and guitar player...Floyd Connelly, CDR MSC USNR Retired fconnelly@aol.com..." [05NOV2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to locate Ron Darr he was an AE and is an FE for P-3's. If anyone hears from him please ask him to contact me. Thanks...HENNESSY, AK Kevin klh8@acsu.buffalo.edu..." [23APR2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for an old navy buddy in VXE-6 from 1985-1988. His name is Thomas A. Thomas and was discharged in 1988...Dan Rafanowicz rafan@adelphia.net..." [26AUG2002]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to locate CPO Doug Richardson. He served with VXE-6 from 1970-1973 as ground support chief in Ch-Ch. He was then posted to China Lake. Wifes name was Betty, 2 boys (Scott and Doug), 2 girls (Joyce and Cindy). Might have retired to Nevada. Lost family can any one help?...Kevin (Kiwi) Sheehan kevsue@ihug.co.nz..." [17JUL2002]

Note NOTICE: "...My brother AD1 Jeff (Chesty) Paschal served with Operation Deep Freeze for at least two years. One of them being Nov 1995 - Feb 96. If anyone knew him I would like to hear from you. He was killed on August 10, 2000 off of Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Tx in an MH53E Sea Dragon. I am working on a shadow box for his girls and myself and am searching desperately for the Operation Deep Freeze patch and any squadron patches that would apply. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Joyce Osborn osbear@uswest.net..." [17NOV2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for Tom Arnold who served with the VXE-6 about 1975. He was a chief flight engineer. I anyone can help please email me. Thanks...Ken Bertel BertelV@SAIC.com" [25OCT2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I have just returned to Christchurch, New Zealand after spending 7 years in San Diego, CA. during which time, I devoted many hours to answering questions posted on AOL's NZ boards. During this time, there were often messages posted by former VXE-6 people or those who had been associated with Operation Deep Freeze, looking for retiress in NZ or people they had known and would like to re-establish contact with. [AOL does not operate in NZ]. How I wish I had known about this site then! Should any ex-Deep Freeze person wishing to track down retirees or old friends, please feel free to email me and I will see what I can do for you. Best wishes...Catherine Roxburgh-Brionez ..." [27MAY99]

Note NOTICE: "...Aloha to you all I am looking for an old friend from my days at PMTC flying the range P-3's 85-89. Her name is LT Sharon "Spader Woman" Nutter she use to fly for VXE-6. If you know her where abouts please pass on that I will be retiring in June of 99 and would like her to be my retirement officer. I can be contacted at VP-4 CSD. Aloha and Mahalo...AO1 Mark "Vito" Stephenson abyss2020@aol.com..." [06AUG98]

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