VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
VPNAVY Address

ShipmateVX-6/VXE-6 ShipmatesShipmate

ALLEN, Joe jogumby@bicnet.net "...AE-2 Joe Allen & was in VXE-6 during 85-88. Would love to hear from any of my avionics Shipmates..." [06MAY99]

ALSTOTT, AT2 Jane jalstott@pacbell.net "...AT2 loadmaster 90-94. Well, I missed the freakin' Reunion even though I live right here! Nobody told me! Anyway, I wish the best to everybody I worked with in VXE-6 and would be glad to hear from anybody..." [28APR2001]

AMERSON, Mary M. (BOLNER) macamerson@go.com "...Retired now since 1995 (early), but I was an AZAA or AZAN when I transferred to VXE-6 in 1981. I was part of OPERATION Deep Freeze 1982 and loved it. Just saw the name of the command MAster Chief at that time that I was there (Master Chief Sewell). Many fond memories..." [24FEB2002]

BAKER, Terry L. cyndiw64@gte.net "...I just wanted to say hi to all my old navy friends and that if any of you want to contact me fill free to do so. I served in VXE-6, 1973-1976 Helo crew. If there is any cruncher dodgers out there holler at me..." [03SEP2000]

BARR, AMHC/AC Willie C. Retired wbarr13@comcast.net "...I served with VXE-6 (08/1970-08/1974. I worked in Airframes and Flight Crew..." [21APR2015]

BARTSHE, Philip philydily@att.net "...I served with the Naval Underwater Weapons Research and Engineering Station (1968-1969) at Newport RI and VXE-6 (1969-1971). I had an opportunity to train and serve with the VXE-6 Para-Rescue Team for a short time..." [25JUL2013]

BIRKETT, CMC H. W. Retired c/o His Son Vincent W. Birkett vwbirkett@aol.com "...My Dad, CMC H. W. Birkett, Retired was at McMurdo Sound during Operation Deep Freeze IV (VX-6) from 1958-1959..." [03DEC2000]

BLACKBURN, Jack Traderj916@aol.com "...VX-6 Operation Deepfreeze 1956 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18SEP98]

BLATT, AE1 Edward A. Retired edblatt@hotmail.com "...Served in VXE-6 79-82 and 84-88. Also did two tours at NAS Sigonella, Sicily 88-91 (AIMD) and 95-98 (OMD)/ Warminster PA 91-94 / NS Rota, Spain VR-24 det NS Rota, Spain 82-84. Loved ChCh and married a kiwi. Retired in 98 now living in Memphis..." [27NOV2005]

BLEAU, PO James W. Branchout@worldnet.att.net "...I was a petty officer from 1980-1984 with VXE-6. Looking for Rich Podetky whom also served with me at that time..." [02NOV2001]

BORGSTROM, CAPTAIN Charles O. Jr. http://www.seawolf.org/cofcom.asp "...CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY - Tuesday, 1 February 1972 - Captain Borgstrom was born in Boston on 23 June 1929. Entering the Navy in March 1947, under a minority enlistment, Captain BORGSTROM spent almost two years as an enlisted man before entering flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet in January 1949. Upon recieving his wings and commission in 1950, he reported to his first squadron, ATU-10. In October 1950, he was ordered to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey for Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) training which he completed in January 1951. Captain BORGSTROM's first LTA squadron was ZP-1, serving there until February, 1954. During this period he also served aboard USS VALCOUR (AVP-55) and USS GREENWICH BAY (AVP-40), and qualified as Officer of the Deck, Underway. Captain BORGSTROM attended the Aviation Ordinance School in Jacksonville, Florida from February to June, 1954. From June 1954 to June 1957 he was a Test/Project Pilot with the Chief of Naval Airship Training and Experimentation (CNATE). In July 1957 he reported to the General Line School and in July 1958, after completion, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for helicopter training and was designated a qualified Helicopter Pilot in August 1958. He then reported to HS-6 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. His primary duties in HS-6 were ASW and Aviation Safety Officer. After completing Aviation Safety School at the University f Southern California in December 1960, Captain BORGSTROM reported to ZP-3. In October 1961, he was transferres to Commander Fleet Air Caribbean Staff, Puerto Rico. There he spent almost two years as the Aviation Safety Officer. Next he attended the US Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and recieved a degree in International Relations. In March 1965, he reported to VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. At VX-6 Captain BORGSTROM had duties as the Aviation Safety and Operations Officer during DEEPFREEZE 65 and 66 in the Antarctica. Mount BORGSTROM, in Antarctica, was named after him for his service during this period. Captain BORGSTROM was then assigned to HC-4 as Executive Officer. In August 1967 he was ordered to organize and establish Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) at NAS Imperial Beach, California, and was it's Commanding Officer until 13 September 1968. At that time he was detached to proceed to the USS VALLEY FORGE (LPH-8) as the Air Officer. He completed a combat tour on board in the Vietnam area, and was ordered to the Senior Course at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in October 1969. Upon graduation from the Senior Course he became a member of the faculty until reporting to Helicopter Attack (Light) THREE in March 1971 for duty as Commanding Officer. Captain BORGSTROM is ordered to return to the Naval War College as Assistant Director for Operations and Plans. Included among Captain BORGSTROM's awards are the Air Medal (Single Action and First Strike/Flight), three Navy Commendation Medals ( with Combat Distinguishing Device) Navy Unit Commendation, AntarcticanService Medal, Armed Forces Expiditionary Medal, National Defense Medal (Second Award), Vietnam Service Medal, Two Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medals, Vietnamese Meritorious Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with four stars). additionally he has been recommended for the Legion of Merit (with Combat Distinguishing Device), Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Second through Tenth Strike/Flight Air Medals. He has over 5,000 hours of flight time in all types of aircraft..." [14JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...BRACKEN, ADJC Harold J. "Harry" Shipmate Pix ..My Dad, ADJC Harold J. Bracken, passed away on July 28, 2013 (he was 90 years old). Dad enlisted on 8/10/1940 (his mother had to sign because he wasn't 18 yet). He served with VP-11 (1952-1955) and VX-6 (1957-1963) including Operation Deep Freeze III, IV, 60, 61 and 62 as Plane Captain on the P2V-7 and C-130B. Dad flew as a Flight Engineer, Plane Captain, Taxi Pilot and Quality Control Inspector. Dad was on the flight that discovered a mountain range and had Bracken Peak named in his honor. He then served with VR-1 from 1963 until he retired on 9/16/1966. ..." Contributed by Patricia Bracken Biscoe patricia_20650@yahoo.com [BIO/PIX Updated 01OCT2013 | 29SEP2013]

BREWER, ADCS(AW) George george@corporatejetcenter.com "...VT-86 NAS Pensacola, Florida 1976-1980, (E-2 -E-5) started out as a TA-4J and T-39 Plane Captain. Went to the Powerplant shop around 1978. VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine 1980-1984, (E-5-E-6) Powerplant shop and Quality Assurance. Deployed to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Bermuda along with a few dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. This was the best duty station I had. RTC Great Lakes Il, 1984-1987 (E-6-CPO). Pushed 9 Recurit Companies and 7 ATD Classes. This was the worsted duty station I had. VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1987-1990, (CPO-SCPO) Started out running the powerplant shop then moved into Maintenance Control. Deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippinest and NAS Adak, Alaska. NAESU Det NAS Point Mugu, California 1990-1994, (SCPO) Assistant Officer in charge and then Officer in charge. What borning duty that was. VXE-6 NAS Point Mugu, California, Maintenance Control CPO. Two deployments to Christchurch NZ and one to Mc Mudro. What a great tour, NZ is a beautiful place and a person cannot even begin to what it is like on the "ice" you have to be there! I really don't miss the Navy, but I sure miss Navy people..." [29JAN2009]


BRUNO, AT2 Charles F. brunomeow6@verizon.net "...I served with VX-6 (1962-1964) and crewed aboard the C-130 (BUNO: 148321)..." [22AUG2011]

BUDDE, Tom tbudde420@aol.com "...Tours included ROC NEWPORT, RI 7204, VXE-6, VP-24, and VP-60. Anyone know the whereabouts of Harry Peterson VP-24 1976-1979? Wife Sue or his son Geoffrey? Reply to my e-mail or phone at (319)556-5361..." [29JUL98]

BURMASTER, Ronnie Retired rburmaster7973@att.net "...I served with VX-6 (1956-1959), VP-22 (02/1962-12/1964), NAS Glenview, Illinois (1964-1968), VC-8 (1968-1971), NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1972), VA-86 (1973-1976) and retired 12/1976. The next 28 years with the Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2012 | 07JUN2007]

CARLTON, AM2 Samuel sam77515@att.net "...I served with VX-6 (01/1955). One of my jobs was to paint the international orange on the wing tips and tail section on the fixed wing aircraft. Looking at the February 8th, 1956 mishap (Venzuellen Jungle) was a little emotional..." [25FEB2014]

CLAY, Paul S. clay34482@centurylink.net "...I served aboard NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, USS Yorktown (CVA-10), NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Key West, Florida, VX-6 (A/C 320 Loadmaster) from 1964 to 1968, NAS Glynco, Georgia, USS Cleveland (LPD-7), USS Iwo Jima (LPH-1) and retired in 1974..." [16JUN2011]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Ret 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]

CURL, AMC (AW) Patrick J. pcurl66@yahoo.com "...I served with VXE-6 from 1986-1990 in the Helicopter Division. Anyone from then please drop me a line..." [08APR2003]

DICKINSON, CDR "JD" VXE6PXO@ICEHOUSE.MUGU.NAVY.MIL "...I was in VP-19 (82-85), VP-31 (85-88; flew the '87 NAS Moffett Field, California Airshow with Jim Alexander), Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (90-91: NSO/Weapons Officer), VP-40 (91-93 as MO), and VXE-6 (98-99 as XO)..." [01APR98]

DIXON, Richard theridixon@aol.com "...SMILS technician in VX-1 from 1972 to 1974, then BIS Trials in Burbank, CA at the Lockheed Factory (S3A Production). NAS Bermuda was great-Recife, Brazil was even better. Served with VX-6 from 1962 through 1965 and 1969 through 1970. What a great way to spend a carrer. Lots of great friends and memories..." [15NOV99]

DORPINGHAUS, ABCS(A/C) John "Dutch" Retired dutch@aculink.net "...I am coming to you from "The Land Of The Thunder Snows" Howard, Colorado. (Elevation 7,200') I joined the Navy in 1961 and was stationed at NAAS New New Iberia, Louisiana, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (I was the beachmaster here working with the P5Ms) USS America CVA-66 (V-1 Div.) (Plank Owner), NAS Norfolk, Virginia., VX-6 with deployments to Christ Church, New Zealand and Antarctica, ( I picked up verious Air Frieght Schools, Loadmaster, and airdrop School) USS Saratoga CVA-60 )V-1 Div.), USS Enterprise CVAN-65 (V-1 Div.), NAVTRAGROUDET Warners Springs, CA. (SERE Instructor), USS Coral Sea CVA-43(V-1 Div.), NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. USS Enterprise CVAN-65(V-1 Div.), VP-47 NAS Moffett Field, California with dets to NAS Misawa, Japan - NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, - NAS Adak, Alaska, - NAS Midway Island, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines - & NAS Dallas, Texas. Back to USS Enterprise CVN-65 (V-1 Div.), NAVCRUITDIST St. Louis, MO assigned to NAVCRUIT Stations - Columbia, MO.-Jefferson City, MO.-Mexico, MO.- & Union, MO.-then NAVCRUITDIST, Kansas City, MO. assigned to NAVCRUITSTA Wichita, KS., NSF Diego Garcia, USS Carl Vinson CVA-70 (V-1 Div./Air Dept. LCPO), VT-27 NAS Kingsville, TX where I had a stroke and retired. I forgot to mention NAS Glenview, Illinois where I was sent for Limited duty once..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19OCT2001 | 19MAR2001]

FIACCO, LCDR Bob "Penguin" robert.fiacco@navy.mil"...I served with VXE-6, VP-24, VP-64 and VP-62. Enjoying the TAR life, but look forward to retirement in 2009! I am still painting; see my website ( http://www.robertfiacco.com/ ) for some PB4Y-2/PBY/P2/P-3C/ paintings...including aircraft of VP-24 and VP-62. Take care..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAR2007 | 00XX97]

FORKNER, LCDR Carl B. forknerc@cna.org "...NFO serving with VP-24 1985-1989. Deployed to NAS Bermuda (1985, 1988) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1986-87). Dets to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, Lajes, Kinloss, Nordholz, Nimes, and Greenwood. Trained numerous future NAVs/TACCOs while instructing at Mather AFB 1989-1991. Flew with various S-3B and Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) squadrons 1991-1993 while serving as Fixed Wing Ops/Asst ASW Officer at COMCARGRU-1. Flew the LC-130 "Ski-Herc" and HH-1N during DH tour at VXE-6, where I was Asst Personnel Resources Officer, Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, and OIC of Det Christchurch, New Zealand. Currently serving as CNO N3/N5 Fellow and Deputy Director for Naval Matters at the Center for Naval Analyses. It was good to see everyone at the VP Symposium this April!..." [08JUN98]

FRIESEN, AMS3 William vardion@attbi.com "...I served with VQ-3 in NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1980 to 1984. I am looking for old Shipmates that served with me. I left the VQ-3 as a AMS-3, moved on to VXE-6..." [03MAY2003]

GAMBILL, ADCS Jerry Retired jgambill@lightspeed.net "...Started my Flight Engineer Career as a 2nd Mech with VP-9, followed by 3 good years of Antartic research in VXE-6 with the C-130's then back to VP-31 followed by VP-22 and finally PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. (Great shore duty). Now retired and a Captain with the Fire Department. Brother Eddie Gambill (Chief) in VP-30 as an IFT. Keeping it in the family..." [16JUN98]

GOLDEN, AXC James A. Retired j1mgolden@comcast.net "...I enlisted in the Navy in July 1955, was in VF-21 and aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20), after Boot Camp, AN-P School, AT-A School until May 1957, VX-6 from May 1957 until July 1959, VX-1 from May 1960 until May 1963, VP-10 from February 1964 until April 1967, FAETU Det NAS Brunswick, Mainek from April 1967 until 1970, NAVMACLANT from 1970 until 1972, VS-32 from 1972 until 1973 and NAMTD 1036 NAS North Island, San Diego, California until I retired in July 1975, as an AXC. That rating has since been retired, as well. November 16, 1966 was the highlight of my VP-10 career, when I got promoted to CPO, although being on P-3A CAC-11 offered more excitement..." [23MAY2009]

GRAHAM, Don graham10@slb.com "...Deepfreeze (VXE-6) 1981 through 1985. Helos and Pararescue Team..." [01MAR2006]

GREGG, AT3 Tom tomgregg35@gmail.com "...I served with VXE-6 (1970-1973). I crewed aboard BUNO: 148320, BUNO: 148318 and BUNO: 148321. I was aboard 318 during crash and burn at Willy Field and aboard 321 during crash at D59 in East Antarctica..." [25JUN2021]

GRIFFITTS, NCC Bill Retired wpgriffitts@yahoo.com "...I served VXE-6 (1979-1982) as the Career Counselor. Spent a little time cutting hair in the absence of the NSFA barbour, butchered some. Did 2 tours with 31 Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) Port Hueneme, CA then to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, what a blast that was. After 3 years there retired, to Willits, CA. until my parents died then off to Fallon, NV where my wifes family lives..." [30DEC2012]

GROWE, Jerry jmldgrowe@peoplepc.com"...I served with VXE-64 NAS Point Mugu, California from 1977 to 1987. I was assigned at the A-3 Line Power Plants. I stayed on at Grumman's till 1989..." [04MAY2004]

HAHN, LCDR Gerald L. Retired hahnretreat@juno.com "...I'm the son of LCDR Gerald L. Hahn (ret). He served from '57 to '79 in VP-49, Pensacola ground school instruction, Short Haul Interisland Transport ( NAS Agana, Guam), VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAW-3 Staff, ComFairWingSlant Staff (both NAS Brunswick, Maine), VXE-6 ( NAS Point Mugu, California and McMurdo Station) and finally retired as Range Ops Officer for PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. The Navy life treated us well. Any of my dad's squadron mates may e-mail him at hahnretreat@juno.com. Thanks for the great site and tons of memories...David M. Hahn downhillfast@juno.com..." [16MAR2001]

HARPRING, Tom tharpring@mindspring.com "...I was in VX-6 from Jan 1960 to March 1962. Was the technician on the crew that picked up C130 "320" at Lockheed in 1960. Flew on that plane 60-61 on the ice. Was an AT1 when I left VX-6. Went on our hurry trip back to the ice in spring of 61 to get Russian off the ice. I was on the plane that stayed in Christchurch while the other went to the ice..." [18JUL99]

HENNESSY, AK Kevin klh8@acsu.buffalo.edu "...I served with VXE-6 as an AK from 1992-1996. Had many many great memories..." [23APR2003]

HERMES, Agustive A. Jr. (Gomer) aahermes@cox.net "...I was in VX-6/VXE-6 from 1965 to 1969 and in my last year I was the Flight Metalsmith on 148320 (320). I spent every summer on the ICE with short stays each month in Christchurch. This was my best tour in the Navy and I would do it again. I made a lot of friends in the OAE community..." [E-Mail Updated 23DEC2005 | 07MAR2000]

HERR, Art Retired MaryjonArt@webtv.net "...I was a proud member, first with VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in 1962 through 1965 flying the newly acquired ski equipped LC-130F Hercules. Ten years later from 1972 to 1975, I returned to the same squadron now designated VXE-6. Three of the original four "Herks" were still in service..." [04DEC99]

HILL, Woody woodrhill@hotmail.com "...I served with VX-6 (1964-1966) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I participated in Operationd Deep Freeze as a Crew aboard the U-1B with Wayne Shattick. I also played football for the Quonset Airbees..." [26MAY2015]

HOLT, CDR Fred C. Retired fredholt1@knology.net "...I served as an Aviator with VP-16 from 19958 to 1962, VP-6 from 1966 to 1968, and Commanding Officer with VXE-6 from 1973 to 1976. Flew the P2V-5, P3A, and LC-130F/R..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2003]

INGRAM, HMC John Retired jcingram2249@comcast.net "...Retired HMC served with VXE-6 from 1982-1986. Living in Texas, would love to hear from anyone who I served with Best duty ever..." [10MAR2005]

KENNEDY, Jim JKK1015@aol.com "...Was stationed in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in summer of 1956 in VX-6. Went to McMurdo Sound in December 56, wintered-over as part of Operation Deefreeze II, and returned to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in December 57. Looking for any of the other VX-6 or Construction Battalion folks who wintered-over at McMurdo or Little America during this period..." [08JUN98]

KENNEY, Bill kenney747@aol.com "...Was with VX-6 summer of 65-66 Loadmaster C-130 at McMurdo and would like to contact anyone stationed there in that time period to laugh about old times and tell of stories only those there could appreciate..." [13MAR98]

KILLIAN, Dave vxe61970@gmail.com "...I served with VXE-6 (1970-1973) working in cargo. I would like to hear from former Shipmates including Bobby Button, Bill Corzette, Marty Fink, D. E. Fuller, Mark French, Charlie Hardesty, Denny Huston, Toby Kimble, Mike Jordan, Stan Kowoski, Dave Mudri, Bill Perkins, John Smith and Gary Thuener..." [08NOV2015]

KIRBY, Colin colin.kirby.contractor@usap.gov "...I served with VXE-6 (1984 to 1998) Operation Deepfreeze. I ran the Officers club, Enlisted Clubs and MWR Recreation Services..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV2012 | 20APR2001]

KOBZIAK, Ted (Ski) Retired ri2az@msn.com "...I served with VW-11 from June 1960 till Dec.1963. I got there as AMS2 left as a AMS1. I made 2 dets to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I enjoyed this tour on the Rock. VW-11 was great duty. I left VW-11 to VT-23 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Left there in 1966 for a 3 year tour with VX-6 in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I made 2 tours to the Ice and the last year in CHI CHi. Imade chief in VX-6 in 1967. I then left there for NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I made E-8 in 1971. I then left NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in 1973 for VP-44. I retired in1976. I went back to R.I. to work for the Post Office retiring in 1999. I now reside in Mesa, AZ..." [15JAN2003]

KOCH, Mary trar@the-bridge.net "...I was in VQ-2 from 89-91 then transferred to VXE-6 in NAS Point Mugu, California for a stay from 91-94 and last but not least to the USS Abraham Lincoln . Started out as AE nothing to AE2(AW). I have everyone I met to thank for making my life as great as it has been thus far. Feel free to email me..." [11SEP98]

KROENING, Bill LYDAO@aol.com "...VXE-6 '69, 70 & 71 Connie Crew. Had a good time. Maybe I'll see some Connie Puke the weekend of March 27, 1999..." [14MAR99]

KRONBERGER, PR2 Jake kronbejs@hotmail.com "...Dear Fellow Seahawks - nice to see so many names on our site. I was in VP-23 from Sept 92 to the end. I was the Last PR in VP-23. I went from VP-23 to VXE-6 and I am now back at NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD. I have video tapes from Saudia, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and the Skippers plane leaving NAS Sigonella, Sicily for the last time. If anyone is interested feel free to email me and I can work on getting copies of that stuff to you. Once again, nice to see so many old Seahawks doing so well..." [17APR99]

LAMOUREUX, AE2 Bruce lbrumon@comcast.net "...I served with VX-6 (1962-1964)..." [26JUL2015]

LANDON, Joseph syzysy@msn.com "...I served aboard NAS Albany, Georgia (1970-1971), VXE-6 (1971-1974), VX-4 (1974-1977), VF-151 (1977-1979) aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), HC-1 DET 3 (1979-1980) aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43), Combat Systems Technical Schools Command (CSTSC) Data Systems Instructor (1980-1987) and USS California (BB-44) (1987-1989..." [11JUN2020]

LEGASPI, CPO Victor E. Retired legaspi@mchsi.com "...Started in VP-1 in 1974. As a matter of fact VP-1 POPS Vice Pres. was my first Chief. Someuse to call us Taffy Tafoyas Tijuana... well you know. In 1977, from VP-1 I moved back across the pond to the Gay...err I mean the Grey Knights at VP-46. In 1979, from there it was a short hop across the runways to the Genies/Blacklightning at VP-31. Then in 1982 across the other way to the Laging Handa Fighting Marlins of VP-40. By then I had been through 4 versions of the P-3 B, Bmod, C, and C UI. In 1986 I decided to say good by to the VPNavy and moved over to the VRC-30 Providers at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I did a tour crashing and dashing off of Aircraft Carriers. One tour and it was on to NAS Point Mugu, California, in 1989 and the VXE-6 Puckered Penguins where I did 3 seasons down on the "ICE". Ended the career as a Crew Chief on the Navy's only UC-8 Buffalo. Pulled the plug after 21 years and believe it or not retired as a Chief even though all my billets were Aircrew. And all I was ever told is if I didn't go to sea it would never happen. Wouldn't mind terribly to hear from some of the old school..." [19SEP2004]

LEGER, Don deepfreeze7173@yahoo.com "...Served with VXE-6 during DF 71-73, and was the operator of KC4USX amateur radio station at Willy Field. Attended the Decom/Reunion along with 1600 other nuts and am currently involved in trying to wrest an LC-130F from the powers that be and have it donated to the Quonset Air Museum, at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Anyone who can help in this effort, or just want to say hi, give me a shout..." [E-Mail Updated 29APR2007 | 29NOV99]

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

LOCKE, AE1 Nelson E. cavemannel@hotmail.com "...Hello former Blue Dragons. I was a FE in VP-50 from nov 88 to may 92 and flew with crew 7 88-89 and 89-90 deployments and with crew 11 in 91-92 deployment. I took the ssb early out in 93 really miss the flying and good times I had in the navy. Would like to hear from crewmates and squadronmates. Take care...I served in VXE-6 as a Polar Loadmaster on the LC-130's from 1984 to 1987..." [BIO Updated 10DEC2001 | 11FEB99]

Memorial Picture "...MARTIN, YNC Tom...It is sad to report that YNC Thomas Martin (VU-2 and VXE-6), passed away last year..." Contributed by BARTSHE, Philip philydily@att.net [02SEP2016]

MARTIN, Tom Ruthentom@aol.com "...Served at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from l960-1967 attached to CVCG52, VU-2(det) NAS Personnel Office. Was the admin CPO in VXE-6 during DF 70-71. Would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [01MAY99]

MARTENS, PH1(AW/NAC) Edward G. ENLMARTENS@aol.com "...I am currently stationed in Washington D.C. as a Facilitator for the Navy Leader Training Unit. I was attached with the VP-46 "Grey Knights" from 1988 - 1991 when it was still at NAS Moffett Field, California. After that I did my first tour with the VXE-6 "Puckered Penguins" from 1991 - 1993 and again from 1997 - 1999 when it was disestablished. I just wanted to say that I liked your web site very much; it was fantastic!!! It brought back a lot of good memories of my VP and VXE-6 Days..." [08JUN2001]

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

McEUIN, Darren P. dmceuin@nwi.net "...(AT2 McEuin '85 - '87). Just got my computer and one of the first places I looked was my old squadron. Still have C-130 dreams/nightmares on an occasional basis. Left VXE-6 during CMDR. Rector's tenure and would like to hear from anyone during that time frame. Will try to talk my wife into coming for the 3/27/99 Reunion but can not believe it to be a disestablishment ceremony..." [11SEP98]

McNAMARA, Shaun mcsmac1962@gmail.com "...I served with VXE-6 (1981-1985) and worked in the Helo Division..." [19FEB2015]

MILLS, AZ3 Lloyd akcsmills@aol.com "...Served with VXE-6 from 1971 - 1974. I was an AZ3 at the time. I worked in maintance control on the strip my first two years and on the hill my last year. Looking for anyone who served during that time..." [30OCT2001]

MILSTEIN, Eric ebmilstein@worldnet.att.net "...AW-2 VP-64 1981-1987, LT., NFO VP-48 (Checked in the week they decommissioned!), VP-47 1991-1995 (The Caustic Crew), VXE-6 1995-1996, VP-91 1996 to Present. (Retirement if they don't get rid of the reserves completely!) P-3's: Baseline Alphas to the last UIII off the production line. NS Rota, Spain-Lajes to Diego Garcia-Masirah-Jeddah..." [15MAR98]

MINNICH, LT Bill Retired bminnich@matc.tec.oh.us "...I served in VP-30, VP-68, VP-40 and VP-9. Also served with CPWL in early 80's. After making CWO-2 it was all sea duty, USS Carl Vinson, VAQ-34, VXE-6 (Brrrrrrr) and VF-24 (USS Nimitz). Retired in 93, now coordinating/instructing Auto Technology at Muskingum Tech here in Zanesville. Drop me a line anytime!..." [17FEB99]

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

MONETTE, ADRC Bob Retired bmonette2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-42 (01/1959-1962) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, AEWTRAULANT (1962-1964) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VX-6 (1964-1967), MCAS Yuma, AZ (1967-1969), Air Operations at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I retired in 1974..." [05MAR2014]

MOORE, AG2 Joel txkiwi@sbcglobal.net "...I was assigned to the Ice Recon Unit at Navoceano from 1965 - 1967 and flew on VW-13/OASU EC-121K Project Birdseye and Project Magnet from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. In addition, I flew on P2Vs from VP-42 out of NAS Kodiak, Alaska and on VX-6 C-47, C-121 and C-130s between Christchurch and McMurdo Sound. After the Navy, I served in the Texas Air National Guard and Texas State Guard and retired this year (2005) as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9)..." [10DEC2005]

MORGAN, Allen Sgt-Morgan@webtv.net "...71-74 Aircraft Electrician with VXE-6, Williams Field, Strip Rat. 74-76 VT-1, 76-78 VT-2, 78-96, 116th Ga. Air National Guard. Retired Reserve. Retired Civil Service..." [29AUG99]

MEUZELAAR, Tom TOMTAMMY95@HOTMAIL.COM "...I served with VXE-6 pararescue team from 1982-1987. Looking to find pictures or Shipmates..." [21APR2003]

MOONEY, Jerry Ray jerry.mooney@hotmail.com "...I served aboard OASU/VX-6 (Project Jenny Det WesPac) from September 1966 to October 1968..." [28JAN2010]

MURPHY, CAPTAIN John S. jmurphy2@earthlink.net "...I served in VP-47 from 1974-77 and VP-65 from 1982-92 with duties at OLF San Nicholas Island, VXE-6 and Pacific Missile Test Center in between. It's been super to have been a VP'er with all the great memories and wonderful friends. Looking forward to seeing old friends at future Reunions. Would love to hear from any former Shipmates. I'm retired now as of 1 Jan 2000. Spending the rest of my days serving our Lord in the Missions field abroad and locally as a hospital chaplain. You may call me at (909) 302-3057 or e-mail me at the below address. I have model airplane contacts in the Philippines that will provide the best quality customized aircraft models of any aircraft at absolutely the lowest prices delivered to your door. This is the same aircraft model maker that we all remember from our good ol' Cubi Point deployments. Remember Mary Tess who operated her business out of the VP Coffee Mess on the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Flight Line? I'm sad to say that Mary died this past February in Las Vegas but her family carries on her business in the finest Mary Tess tradition. We also do models of any military hardware, trains, motorcycles, cars, etc. God bless you all with fair winds, following seas and happiness in His care..." [08APR2000]

NELSON, PO1 W. T. "Watertight Nelson" Retired wtsagenelson@gmail.com "...I served with VP-2 in 1960 after a tour in the Blue Angels in NAS Pensacola, Florida. I left VP-2 in 1963 back for another tour with the Blue Angels. When tour was up in 1966 with Blue Angels I got orders to USS Constillation in San Diego, about a month before I was to leave the Blue Angels for San Diego I got a telegram to Report to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania to Operation Pot Lid, (Top Secret Squadron), I discovered later I was one of twenty men chosen to develope monitering devices to be dropped by VO-67 along Ho Chi Min Trail in Viet-nam to moniter troop movement, we took five P2v'5s to Martin Mairetta near Johnsville to be modified with bullet proofing under oil cooled doors under the crews positions, after a few weeks we deployed to Howard Airforce base in Panama working jointly with The Green Beret's developing the gear, after that I went to VAQ-33 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, then went to VXE-6 Operation Deep Freeze for two tours, then to HT-18 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida until retired in 1975 atter 18 an yrs and six months, kept getting PNA'd Passed but not advanced so retired with constructive time. Just Had a book published in April 2016 named "Water Tight" availe on my web site http://www.wtnelsonbook.com/, if ordered directly from me the hard back $22.00, if ordered from web site or Amazon, Google or Barns and Noble it is normally $26.50 to $29.99. Book has some interesting stories about my time in VP-2. I was Charlie Nances second mech for a while..." [04AUG2016]

NORWOOD, ADCS Raymond L. Retired rnorwood1946@hotmail.com "...I served VXE-6 (1971-1974) in the Willie Field Power Plants and a member of the Antartic Para Rescue Team. I was part of the salvage team after the crash of A/C 917 at Pole Station. My favorite tour of duty during my career. Life long friendships and memories were formed here. Retired as ADCS in 1985 now living in North Carolina..." [31AUG2018]

OKEEFE, NFO Bob bobokeefe@verizon.net "...I passed thru NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii twice a year during my years with VXE-6 going to and from The Antarctic. I truly enjoyed that station and am saddened to read about what has become of it..." [27MAY2004]

O'MEALLY, LCDR Alfred Retired omalfy@aol.com "...I served with VXE-6 from 1985 to 1987. Looking for Cathy Roxbourgh, Terry Zeiler, and William Lamar..." [12OCT2003]

PARSONS, AMS1(AC) Clayton L. clp_65ou8@yahoo.com "...I was 19 years of age on Dec 2, 1965 and checked into VP-42 on or about 30 Jan 1966. I was an AMS3 straight out of "A" school with NO experience and was assigned to the airframes shop. It had been my burning desire to be on a flight crew since my very early months in the Navy and I had recieved the necessary security clearance and had completed SERE training while in VP-31. And then after completing all the quals to be told that AM's weren't permitted to fly in VP-42 was a disappointment to say the least. But I didn't take no as and answer and kept making unofficial inquiries. Then after about 6 months LCDR Sarkisian, the MO and PPC of crew RB 8 put me on his crew as 2nd mech. I was flipped out. But then in Dec I unexpectedly got orders to a VA squadron in NAS Lemoore, California. I made a Med cruise on the USS Satratoga (CV-60) and spent 2 more years in VXE-6 Operation Deepfreeze, the highlight of my career. I was discharged on 12/20/74..." [07JUL2016]

PARUNGAO, PN2 Dennis parungam@eur.disa.mil "...I was onboard VXE-6 from 93MAY-96MAY. And I do miss all of you. It's great being here in Germany, but I also enjoyed my tour with ANTARCTICDEVRON 6. I was the all-around PN when I was onboard the command. And I do miss being around the Navy folks. If you would like to visit Germany, do not hesitate to contact me at my email address. Also, check out our WebSite: http://www.eur.disa.mil and HQ http://www.disa.mil..." [10JUL98]

PESCE, CAPTAIN Victor L. "Vic" Retired puckeredpenguin@gmail.com "...I served with VP-23 (1964-1967) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Key West, Florida and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) OP-07B1 (1967-1970), VP-1 (1970-1972), BUreau of Naval PERSonnel (BUPERS) (1973-1975) OinC NPSSA NAS Point Mugu, California (1975-1978), VXE-6 OPS/XO (1978-1980) and CO (1980-1981), NAVy ASTronautics GRoUp (NAVASTROGRU) (1981-1983), Naval Attaché Stockholm (1983-1987), OinC OPerational TEst and EValuation FORce Detachment (OPTEVFORDET) Sunnyvale, CA (1987-1989), CO Office of Naval REsearch EUropean Office (ONREUR) London (1989-1991) and retired out of NAS Point Mugu, California (1991). After the Navy I worked at Lockheed Martin SKUNKWORKS, Palmdale (1997-2006) and retired (2006). Now it’s volunteer work and golf..." [12MAR2017]

PETERON, PH1(AC) Donald mrpete012002@aol.com "...Served with VX-6 from 1967 to 1969 where I was a connie puke assigned to 131624. Altho assigned to the connie, I spent most of my deploymkents at McMurdo where I logged many hours on the "whistling shitcans" mostly on 320. Also got to log alot of time in the old LH34's. I guess I flew in all of them, one time or another. VX-6 was the best tour I had in the Navy. I'll never forget those few weeks in Chi'Chi. Would love to hear from anyone who was lucky enough tohave served in that era..." [23AUG2002]

Memorial Picture "...PETERS, Vernon...My Dad, Vernon Peters, served with VXE-6 (Commanding Officer of VXE-6 DF-74 from 1973 to 1974). He died when I was 8. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him or has any memorabilia...Heather Peters Miethe hjmiethe@aptalaska.net..." [12APR2008]

PRESTON, ATC Larry M. Retired prestonlm@bellsouth.net "...I served with VXE-6 from September 1969 to March 1974..." [15FEB2010]

QUINLAN, PRCM Paul grumpyq@att.net "...I served with VX-6 (1956-1959) as a Para rescue team jumpmaster..." [16NOV2013]

RAPP, AZ2 Alan redroom75@yahoo.com "...I served with VXE-6 (1973-1976). I was a crewman aboard the Helo that rescued the scientific research students stranded on the cracked ice floe in the Ross Sea of Antarctica blown over at Cape Crozier in December 1973..." [30AUG2012]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate PixCirca 1965 REEDY, Rear Admiral James Robert "Jim Sunshine"...My Father, Jim "Sunshine" Reedy passed away in January 1999. Dad was the Commanding Officer of FAW-7 at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England, Commanding Officer of VPB-110, VX-6 (Operation Deep Freeze) and Commanding Officer NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I still miss him very much. I met many great people going to Reunions with him, but am really out of touch now. I'd love to hear from other "descendants". Gene McIntyre and Maxine were very special friends of mine here in San Antonio TX. Gene's daughter established a library somewhere near Nixon TX and I'd really like to get in touch with her as I "right-size" my belongings. My best to all. PS: Pop called his men "my boys" and was frankly emotional in expressing his respect and love for them..." Contributed by Molly Reedy Baker mollyreedybaker@gmail.com [02AUG2011]

RICHARDS, C. R. (Bob) bobritar@netscape.net "...I retired from VX-6 in December of 1967 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I was with the frist group that trained on the C-130's. I flew on 148318 with the first Navy crew on that A/C in the early sixties. I retuned to VX-6 to complete my Navy career. I would like to hear from anyone who served during that time. I would like to attend any Reunion that might be planned..." [26AUG2000]

RILEY, Dave vx6@radiocom.net "...re: VX-6 Most interesting comments on VPNAVY pages. I was an AT there from 64-67. Many OAEs have met up and e-mail each other through Paul Panehals list panehalp@leading.net and the Puckered Pete web pages http://www.radiocom.net/vx6, as well as Billy Ace Baker's one list at OAEs-and-FNGs@onelist.com. Best regards..." [11AUG99]

ROBERTS, Travis L. Backpacknut@hotmail.com "...Hey I was in VXE-6 from about 90 to 93 as a UT. Now im up in VP-46 as an FE. Was kinda looking for Joe Sanzo (AME1)if anyone knew him...or anyone else that knew me. By the way...saw you posted a note Jane, hope you are doing well...Rogers made chief and is up here in NAMTRA at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Anyway..if anyone has any re union info let me know, id like to see some ol familiar faces..." [23FEB2002]

ROGOWSKI, AT3 Joe butchr1@jorsm.com "...Served with CDR Holt..."

ROHR, ADCS Edward William (Bill) Retired brohr@metrocast.net "...I served with VP-40 from May 1962 until June 1965 (Plane Captain - Crew 5), VT-29 from June 1965 to April 1969, VXE-6 from August 1969 to April 1971 (Connie FE), VQ-2 from October 1971 to October 1974 (FE), VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine from October 1974 to November 1988, VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine and retired November 1, 1988 as ADCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26JAN2005 | 18MAY2004]

ROOT, AE2 Len lwroot@canby.com "...I served with VXE-6 (Deep Freeze) from 1990 to 1994, VAQ-129 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and VAQ-135 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was discharged as an AE2 in 1998. I got my A&P ticket and know working at Columbia Helicopters Inc. in Oregon. Looking for Tony Delgado or Kara Gross. Thanks..." [06AUG2003]

SCHULER, ATN3 Harry F. harrybutch@hotmail.com "...I served with VX-6 from 1965 through 1968. I'd like to contact old Shipmates and do some catching up. I have been living in CHCH for the last 33 years so I can fill in on the changes down here. Glad to here from anyone who can still remember..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2003 | 13JUN2003]

SERBA, LT Edward ed7016cr@att.net "...I served with VX-6 (1966-1968) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island flying the LC-130 and C-121 to Naval Air Facility McMurdo (Ross Island) and outer stations. Made a mid-winter fly-in in July 1967 to pick up doctor at Byrd Station. That was fun!..." [03SEP2013]

SEWELL, AFCM Donald A. Retired dsewell2@austin.rr.com "...I was VP for almost 30 years. Started in 1965 with VP-47, VP-10 in 1972, VP-31 in 1973, VP-47 in 1973, VP-6 in 1985 Also NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Moffett Field, California. Served as F/E for 14 years. Removed from Flight upon making E9. Served as CMC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-47, VP-6 and at AIMSO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Did a tour with VXE-6 as Maintenance MCPO..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2004 | 29SEP99]

SEXTON, Robert "Bob" pegasus644@aol.com "...I served with VP-8 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1956 to 1957, VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1960 to 1962, VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1966 to 1968 and VP-11 from 1974 to 1976..." [28JAN2010]

SIMS, AE3 William H. "Bill" whsts865@gmail.com "...I served with VU-5A (1962-1963), VX-6 (1963-1964) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island with an Operation Deep Freeze (1963) and aboard the USS Essex (CVS-9) (1964-1965) until my discharge (1965)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03DEC2010 | 18NOV2010]

Memorial Picture "...SLIWINSKI, CDR Daniel "Ski" c/o Toni Bamford...Would love to hear from anyone who served with my Father, CDR Daniel Sliwinski (aka SKI). Dad passed away in 1992. He served with VP-24, VX-6 and went to the ice in 1956 with Operation Deep Freeze. Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated. Please just put Ski in your request if my spam tries to block you. Thanks!...Toni Bamford ttbamford@q.com..." [29FEB2008]

Memorial Picture "...STALLINGS, LCDR Clyde Jr...My Father, LCDR Clyde STALLINGS, Jr., served with VXE-6 (Operation Deep Freeze) as the PPC aboard the Lockheed EC-121 "Pegasus" BUNO: 131644. Dad retired in 1971 and passed away January 2007..." Contributed by Colonel Steve Stallings, USAF Retired steve.stallings1@gmail.com [11MAY2011]

Memorial Picture "...STETZ, CDR Elias "Al" Joseph...Just learned of the passing of CDR Al Stetz last month (July 19, 2014) on Long Island, NY. Al and I were nuggets together in VQ-2 in the NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco days (1955-1958). Al went on to VX-6 where he was the pilot of the P2 involved in the November 9th, 1961 mishap at Wilkes Station, Antarctica. Al and I were again together in VP-56 (1968-1969) where Al was my Maintenance Officer for the Fleet Introduction of the P-3C at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. We were best buds for many years and he’ll be missed by many old timers..." Contributed by McINTYRE, CAPTAIN John vqplank@columbus.rr.com [21AUG2014]

STEWART, Ed 'Steady Stew" evrrdy1@blazenetme.net "...It's great to recognize fellow patrol mates from days of young. Tony Gooch, Jack Gale to name a couple. VP-50 was a career starting point 78-82. moved on to VP-31 82-85. Went to VXE-6 from 85-89 and to AIMD NAS Miramar 89-92. Transfered to VQ-1 Det NAF Misawa, Japan 92-95 and currently serving with VP-10. A lot of great times through out the years meeting lots of fantastic people. Anyone recognizing the name feel free to contact me...." [E-Mail Updated 18DEC99 | 20FEB98]

STIMAC, ADC Frank E. Retired canits@advertisnet.com "...Have had a feeling while watching a C130-e fly over my lake home in Mo. Reside at Lake Of The Ozarks in centeral Mo. Brought back memories of my few but enjoyable years in VXE-6 from 66-69. Spent first year in Christchurch,NZ. Then the rest of my tour at the big mac. Mostly remembered for the leather patches I made 4x4 in size. Also a small patch called short timer, small baseball cap with two large feet sneaking from under. The time was memorable perhaps the most of a long and enjoyable career. Feel free to post my email as you see fit,will gladly answer all. Looking forward. Thnx..." [E-Mail Updated 03JAN99 | 08NOV98]

SUBRITZKY, Mike kusza@ihug.co.mz "...I was a Gunner in the New Zealand Army and served as an Aircraft Loader with VXE-6 Squadron during the Summer Support of 1973 - 1974. Captain A. N. Fowler was the Commander, and CB "Moose" Marino was the Mayor of Mack town. I wrote an article about Christmas 1973 with the Squadron which can be viewed on the Kiwi Gunner web site at: http://riv.co.nz/rnza/tales/antarctica.htm. My very warmest regards to all members of VXE-6 Squadron, and Dave Hazard, Gary Roth and others. God Bless..." [07JUN2000]

SUERTH, William (Fat Pat) c/o J. Mc Namara MCNAM2@WORLDNET.ATT.NET "...I served with "Operation Deep Freeze" (VX-6/VXE-6) in the 1960's & 1970's. He was stationed at NAS Point Mugu, California during that period and spent a lot of time in Anartica..." [27JUN99]

TAMBURRO, AO1 (NAC/AW) Edward C. edwardtamburro@charter.net"...I served with VP-50 (1983-1986), VP-9 (1990-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California as inflight Ordnanceman and VXE-6 Operation (Deep Freeze)..." [BIO Updated 06DEC2016 | E-Mail Updated 26SEP2003 | 00XXX97]

THALHEIMER, Pete Capecrew@yahoo.com "...I was attached to VP-1 from July '91 - Sept '94 when the military drawdown hit. I flew in and out of NAS Adak, Alaska, Panama, Acapulco, Masirah, UAE, NSA Bahrain, NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan to name a few. I see several familiar names here, some of which I had the pleasure of flying with on CAC-3 (Flying Elvises). I then flew the only EP-3Js with a new reserve unit, VQ-11, now disestablished and I am presently a reserve recruiter in Newport, RI. I am processing for transfer to the NY Air National Guard to fly the old VXE-6 mission of C-130s (Ski-130) to the South Pole. My family and I are doing great and would love to hear from one and all!! FLY SAFE!..." [29AUG2001]

THOMPSON, Les lessdawg@earthlink.net "...Hello everyone..miss some of you. I was in VXE-6 from 1992-1996. I was the TAD Petty Officer in charge of getting everyone to Christchurch/Antarctica and returning them to the States. I loved the job and most of the personnel. It was one of the most interesting command I had been to. I now work for Vail Resorts out in Colorado..I am an Executive Group Sales Manager here. So If anyone loves to ski email me. My work Email is lester@vailresorts.com or you can Email me at my home. Talk to you later..." [19JUN98]

THOMPSON, AT1 William Retired wthom70916@aol.com "...I served with VXE-6 at RI before the move to NAS Point Mugu, California. Retired 1 March 1976 from VXE-6..." [01AUG2013]

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

VANDERVORT, YNC Elton L. Retired http://www.megalink.net/~yujack/sigh/iwo/vandervo.htm "...My early years started in Coos Bay, Oregon where I lived and went to school until I enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in September 1957. I attended regular reserve meetings from then while going to Marshfield Senior High School in Coos Bay; and until I went on active duty in December 1958. My first duty station was with FASRON-113 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. When I reported at my first station, I was not sure just what I would be doing since I had not attended any formal Navy Schools. I had some typing skills I learned while in High School, so I had two choices as they were put to me. One was to work in the "hot hangar"; the other to work in an "air conditioned" office. With these two options the choice was easy for me then. I decided that I should become a Yeoman. By the time I completed my first two-year tour I had been promoted to a YN3. I was looking forward to being released from the Navy but decided I would get out and spend three months "playing around" before returning back to active duty. The problem was I was not sure which branch of the service I was going to return to. After spending three months back home in Coos Bay I decided that I wanted to return to the Navy. I did this and had asked to be assigned to the Northwest area. I received orders to go to VP-47 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Arrived NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in May of 1961. I got my orders to the NW area. However, the Navy had decided then I was needed to go to precom training at Bremerton. I reported to USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) for pre commissioning August 10, 1961. My tour aboard the USS IWO JIMA lasted for one year and one day after she was commissioned. This was long enough for me to participate in the many underway sea trials and to accompany her to Hawaii and onto Johnston Island for the Nuclear Atmospheric Tests. I was assigned to X Division, and worked with some really neat YNC's and PNC's. Of particular was a YNC Lester Forsha who was also from Oregon. I had remained in contact with Les until his death a couple of years ago. I was transferred again from the IWO on August 27, 1962 to Flag Allowance, COMPHIBPAC Staff, at Coronado, California. Between IWO JIMA and COMPHIBPAC Staff I married my first wife Judith. I worked in COMPHIBPAC Staff Operations part of the time for Commander Nick Ford (who also served onboard the IWO). During my tour there I was promoted to YN2. I was called while at the office one day and told that I needed to go home because my first son, born premature was born on the landladys couch. My second son arrived full term and was born in Chula Vista Hospital. One of the yeoman who was assigned to work for the Chaplain was Mason Williams. He was a YN3, and many of you might know him now. He played a guitar; composed many songs, including "Classical Gas." He later performed on the Glen Campbell show, as well as others. Mason is also an Oregonian and lives east of Eugene. My tour lasted until 1 September 1965 at which time I was then transferred to Military Assistance and Advisory Group in Republic of China. I arrived MAAG China September 1965 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This was an accompanied tour and really interesting. I remember that upon our arrival there before the plane could land they had to chase the goats off the runway. This led to many more interesting experiences. My primary job there was to release classified material to the Taiwanese Navy to support the Navy ships that the US had given them. We made many trips up and down the island from Taipei to the southern tip of the island. A few of the side trips included visits to an orphanage in a remote area inaccessible by roads. This was an orphanage run by Philippine nuns. While there my third child or first daughter was born. My wife had to travel to Taipei a couple of weeks before her due date because there were no approved facilities in the Kaohsiung area. I enjoyed my tour there so much that I had extended it an additional six months. When it was time for transfer I had received orders to go aboard the USS PIVOT (MSO-463). I had volunteered to serve a tour in the Antarctic and the orders to go to the USS PIVOT were canceled. I was then transferred to Antarctic Development Squadron SIX (VX-6) in March 1968. I arrived NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in April 1968 for duty and training for Antarctic Operations. Housing was expensive and not so available so I ended up purchasing a 10x54' mobile home. The squadron was expecting to deploy in October 1968 for the Antarctic so I decided I would volunteer to winter over and receive another set of orders so I could return my family back to Oregon. These orders were approved. Well I could not find a buyer for my mobile home so I had the Navy ship it back to Oregon. My wife and children returned to Oregon while I made my first deployment to the Antarctic. After arriving Antarctica I learned that the squadron was not going to have a winter over party that year. I was offered an opportunity to serve a tour in Christchurch, New Zealand which I did not hesitate at all to take. I contacted my wife and she said that she did not want to accompany me if the tour was anything like Taiwan. I assured her it wasn't. I returned back to Oregon to pick her and the children up so they could return with me to Christchurch. While in Christchurch I had my third son. The tour there was beautiful as I was actually able to find some "shirt tail" relatives that I had never met before. I was even able to find and restore a "right-hand drive" 1930 Model A Roadster. My boss in Christchurch also was restoring his Ford Model "A" so this made it really interesting. I was transferred in February 1972 from the Detachment VXE-6 to Navy Recruiting Sub-Station, Boise, Idaho. My tour at the Sub-Station Boise was that of a support function and while there I provided administrative support for recruiting activities. My boss, LCDR Millikin was a personal friend of one of the Apollo astronauts. As part of the recruiting activities he had made arrangements for Captain Eugene Cernan and Ron Evans to provide school tours in the Boise area. It was really exciting for me to have driven both astronauts through town with a police escort. When this tour was over in February 1976 I was transferred to the USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7). Prior to my transfer I was promoted to YNC. I had another son born prior to meeting the USS SAN JOSE in April 1976. She was on deployment overseas. I served onboard her on this deployment and made another prior to my retirement in January 1978..." [29JUN2003]

VINAS, AMS1(AW) Robert R. Retired rrvinas1958@bigriver.net "...I served with VXE-6 (1977-1981), VX-1 (1981-1984), VXE-6 (1984-1989), VS-22 (1989-1994) and AIMD NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1994-1996) when I retired..." [28JUL2011]

WALDRON, CDR James Edgar Retired Shipmate Pix "Taken at Little America Five (LAS V)" JWALDRON@aol.com "...Served with VX-6 and author of 'Flight of the Puckered Penguins' (See A BIT OF HISTORY Below)..." WEBSITE: http://www.icair.iac.org.nz/history/flight/index1.html

WARREM, Phillip H. PhilWarren@prodidy.net "...I served in VP-2 from December 1950 until January 1952 when I took an assignment to COMFAIRHAWAII and VP-28. During my time in VP-2 I was second radioman in crew 5 with Jack O. Chapman as 1st radio and George Kirby as 3rd radio. We were in a crash on June 15th, 1951 at the end of the NAS Kodiak, Alaska GCA runway, runway 25, I believe. Mr. Sevier, our PPC was killed, Bob Houk, 2nd Mech badly injured as was our Plane Captain, whose name I can't recall. The rest of us had minor injuries and returned to crew duty, picking up a new P2V-4 at the factory. I left the Navy in 1957 after serving in VP-28, VC-35 (briefly), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on shore duty; then in VX-6 for OPERATION DEEPFREEZE I and II. I was unable to get to AT (B) school due to the requirements of VX-6, so I left the Navy and joined the Air Force as an Airborne ECM and Radio Specialist. This lasted only 1 year and they eliminated my AFSC, and I had to retrain. I made a wise choice and selected language training in Russian the the then, Army Language School in Monterey. After assignment to the site at Misawa AB, I attended both intermediate and advanced language schools at Syracuse University. During my first tour in 1959 to 1962 at Misawa, I had the wonderful good fortune to visit with some of my former crew, including Jack Chapman at the Misawa NCO Club. I enjoyed my time with VP-2 and all of my Navy assignments, but having gotten married on my return from VP-28, I deemed it a better chance for accompanied tours in the Air Force. There is no closer knit unit, in my opinion, than a navy air squadron. Of course my time in the USAF and the training proved useful, as my final assignment was to NSA as a Russian Linguist, and upon my retirement from the AF, I came back on board as a civilian employee where I served another 20 years, retiring in 1991 as a grade 13 with 44 years federal service. I did manage to attend one VP-22 Reunion in 1986, but it is too difficult to travel now as my wife has health problems. Cheers to all of you..." [16DEC2002]

WEEKS, Dianae dweeks@ulster.net "...VXE-6 was my first 'o' Level billet as an AT and my last command in "the Nav". After troubleshooting the Radar on the ice I had no problem changing headlights on my car in the dead of an Upstate New York winter! I'm now a Nurse but still value the experience in the squadron that demanded stamina, even in CHCH-what's a day off like? Anybody from the 92-93 and 93-94 seasons drop me a line!..." [30APR99]

WILLIAMS, ATC Gordon Retired will.go70@hotmail.com "...I served with VX-6 (1963-1967) and NAF Naples, Italy to fly on the "Catbird" (VC-131F) until 1970. Talk about a seven year run, hard to beat!..." [20APR2016]

WILLIAMS, Ron photo9@adelphia.net "...My first navy tour was VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, (June 1953 to June 1956)where I made AT3 and several friends amoung the local population. Most of these at the time, like myself, were too young for the bars. I am now 66 and live with my daughter and grandchildren in Virginia. From VP-26 I moved on to other squadrons. Wintered over on Deepfreeze 4 with VX-6 as an AT2 and on to AEW-11 & AEW-13 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada as an AT1. Than to HS-5 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where I was the command career counselor and the leading PO of the admin division. Than on to shore duty at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1968 I traded AT1 for UT3 in the seabees. My first tour of duty with the seabees was Danang, Viet Nam where I Made UT2. Than served as assistant athletic director at CBC Davisville and made UT1 (back to E6 again). A short tour with a CB detachment at NAS Jacksonville, Florida than back to Davisville as petty officer in charge of special services. Than training petty officer of the 21st Naval Construction Regiment. Than wintered over at McMurdo followed by three summer supports at McMurdo. I transfered to the Fleet Reserve in June 1976 and than to the retired list on March 1st 1980. I would like to say hi to all Shipmates who may remember me, both aviation personnel and seabees. For anyone who may wish to contact me by e-mail or snail mail at 260 Red Oak Road, Cross Junction, VA 22625-2269. To those who may remember me. I now spend my time teaching my seven year old granddaughter to hike, ski and paddle a canoe..." [02JAN99][ICQ # 31902485]

WINNINGHAM, AT2 Eric ericjw@earthlink.net "...I served with VXE-6 from 1992 to 1996. I was an AT2 and worked in the Avionics shop. I recently reconnected with AT2 Jane Alstott who was a Polar Loadmaster from 1989 to 1994. We were married on 19 December 02. We would love to hear from any Shipmates who remember us fondly or not so fondly as the case may be. Puckered Pete lives on in our hearts..." [29JUL2003]

WOOD, YN1 Vernon Retired woods4u@comcast.net "...I served with VX-6 in 1963 and 1967..." [22MAY2011]

WRIGHT, ATN3 Robert D. Groderbob@aol.com "...VX-6 65/68...Trying to locate past and present VX-6 Puckered Petes. Would like e-mail addresses, so as to swap old war stories (like anyone would believe that any of us Puckered Petes had any war stories)...(RD as known to my drinking buddies)..."

YOHO, David deyoho15@comcast.net "...I provided summer support to VXE-6 in 1972..." [08SEP2010]

ZEILER, LT Terry J. "Tango" songmaker@usa.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1976 to 1979. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. TACCO CAC-11. USN from 1966 to 1986 and primary duty assignments included USS James Madison (SSBN627)1967-1970; University of Oklahoma NESEP program 1970-1974; VP-49 1976-79; NAS Lemoore, California 1979-82; Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) 1982-1984; and Pacific Missile Test Center NAS Point Mugu, California 1984-1986. Currently: Enjoying the good life in sunny Southern California..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19DEC2004 | 21DEC97]

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