VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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BUCHANAN, Joseph (Deceased) c/o Kellee Buchanan cougergrad@aol.com "...My Grandfather, Joseph Buchanan, passed away a year and a half ago. He served with FASRON-51 from 1951-1952. I'm trying to locate anyone who may have known him. Unfortunately, we know only fragments of his military career. It was a subject that was not discussed within our family very often. Please respond so that I may pass my grandfather's legacy and achievments to our family's future generations. Thank You..." [08DEC2003]

McGOVERN, John (Jack) jmcgovern@metropo.mccneb.edu "...I served with FASRON-51 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1952 through 1953 and VS-37, NAS Los Alamitos, California in 1954 through 1955. Would really like to hear from my Shipmates..." [29MAY2000]

COX, Jack Ray "Jackie" jabet31@att.net "...I served with FASRON-51 (1955-1956) at NAS Sanford, Florida and VA(HM)-13 (1957-1958) at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia with a deployment to Malta and subsequently discharged NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I am still in contact with two former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03NOV2014 | 29APR2009]

SMITH, AO2 Hal hs@halcoplasticsmachinery.com "...I served with FASRON-51 (1956-1958) at NAAS Sanford, Florida..." [14MAR2012]

TAYLOR, Jerry R. jockey38@fuse.net "...I served with VP-18 from December 1956 to December 1957 (deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in July 1957) and FASRON-51 at NAS Sanford, Florida from December 1957 to my discharge. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2009 | 21MAR2001]

THORPE, AT1 Carl O. CARBETT@AOL.COM "...I started out in the navy in VPMS-11. We commissioned as VP-41 in 1948 and deployed aboard the Seaplane Tender USS Pine Island (AV-12), for Tsingtao, China. I was there in 49, when Chang left for Formosa and Mao came in. We lost a few people in the FASRON at our ramp, a few PBMs, a KINGFISHER from the cruiser ST. PAUL, and most of our hangar. I was an AD in those days, flying with the exec's crew, but switched to AT when we returned stateside in 49. I was an instructor in FAETUPAC, Ream Field, then at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I got orders to VP-28, Hawaii, but traded duty with a buddy, wound up in FASRON-8, NAS Alameda, California, then commissioned VC-7 at NAS Moffett Field, California, moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia, back to PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE, PT. MUGU, and from there to VW-3, Det A, NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I keep reading that VQ-1 was commissioned out of VW-1. I was in COM UNIT 38-Team Charley, but my address was VW-3, Det.A, FPO, San Francisco. I would appreciate hearing from any of my old Shipmates at any time......Out of boot camp in early 48, my first squadron was VPMS-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AD striker, flying with the Exec's crew in PBMs. Shortly before we deployed to Tsing-Tao, the designation was changed to VP-41. Came out of China in 1949, after spending some time at Opama Sea Plane base outside of Yokusuka, Japan and after losing some of our aircraft to Mao's people, and after Chang-Kai Shek left for Formose, and decommissioned VP-41. Next duty station-FAETUPAC Ream Field. Still trying to be an AD, I found out that no AD-3s were being made. Switched to AT and took the outfit to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. From there to FASRON-8 NAS Alameda, California. Then commissioned VC-7 at NAS Moffett Field, California and took her to NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P2V-3C A/C. Commissoned FASRON-51 and then transferredred to NAMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. Left there in 1954 for ComUnit 38C at NS Sangley Point, Philippines working within VW-3. Commissioned VQ-1 June 1, 1954 and took the outfit to NAS Iwakuni, Japan flying Martin Mercator P4Ms. Left there end of 1957 and went back to FAETUPAC Det A NAS Alameda, California. Got out soon after having made AT-1 in February 1954..." [BIO Updated 25JUN2002 | 30APR2001]

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