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FISHER, Ralph E. c/o his son Capt. Bruce B. Fisher, Northeast Marine Pilots captbbfisher@efortress.com "...I am searching for info and contacts for FASRON 915, which operated out of NAS Trinidad, British West Indies during the 1950s. We lived there during that time and my Father was with FASRON 915. Also info and contacts with VP-34 helpful, as many friends at the time were important. Dad also served with ZP-911. Any help certainly welcome..." [19MAR99]

GARDELLA, Joseph F. gardella1@aol.com "...Served with and looking for Shipmates of VP-69 at NAS Squantum, Massachusetts from July 1948 to Sept 1950 as an active reservist. Recalled to active duty with FASRON-915 in Sept 1950 and deployed to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies until April 1952..." [16MAY2005]

GENTSCH, LCDR Frank M. via his son LT Frank Gentsch Frank.M.Gentsch@worldnet.att.net "...My father, then LCDR Frank M. Gentsch was NCSO, NAS Trinidad, British West Indies 1951-53. I lived in Grandwood and later Macaripe, attending Queen's Royal College in Port-of-Spain to cover a part of my highschool years. It is wonderful to find this homepage and to get a little more data on VP-34. FASRON-915 was there at the same time. Prior to CAPT DAY, NOB (later NS) was commanded by CAPT Bill Dean, a survivor of early WWII duties at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I had the pleasure of knowing many of the officers at NOB/NS NAS Trinidad, British West Indies with the various embarked units. God Bless..." [13SEP98]

JOENKS, AEC Eugene W. Retired highknoll@juno.com "...Served in NAMTD 1057 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Alameda, California, and NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1957 to 1961 as both AE maintenance and flight instructor on P2V-5F's and 7's. Went to VP-46 in 1961 and served there until 1964. Saw the missle tests at Johnson Island and the seals and whales of NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I served in VP-31 Det A, NAS Moffett Field, California, and Det A, NAS North Island, San Diego, California until 68. Served a year in HAL-3 Nam as Ops Chief and Door Gunner from 1968 through 1969. From 1969 to 1971 I was with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 and twilighted in VA-128 Whidbey until retirement in 1974 after completing 26 years in Uncle's Navy. Graduated from ISU in 79, worked for Mc Donnell Douglas for 5 years on the Harpoon Missle project. I even deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1983 as Senior Field Eng., and flew with VP-1 and VP-6. Design analysis engineer for Kaiser Aerospace until retirement again in 92. Currently living and enjoying mountain life in southeast Arizona on the Mexican border...I served in both FASRON-915 and FASRON-115 during the period of 1952 to 1954. I arrive at Piarco in 1952 when the squadron was under the command of CDR Knoche and the exec was LCDR Lecompe(sp). I was an AE3 and was privileged to fly in our PBM5A and when we received our UF I also flew in it. We took trips to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and even over to the Canal Zone. I was promoted to AE2 in 1953 whereby my wife was allowed to come down and we lived in Tucker Valley. Our oldest son, now a retired CPO, 26 years was born there. I went on and completed 26 years and retired in 1974..." [BIO Updated 28MAY2000 | 11MAR2000]

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