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BUSKIRK, Art Van basshorn@nep.net.com "...Served 55-57 with FASRON 108 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. transferredred 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]

ELLIS, Mickey greywolf@uninets.net "...I served with FASRON-108 from 1951-1955. Looking for teammates from the NAS Brunswick, Maine Baseball Team during 1951-1956. I would like to hear from any former teammates..." [25APR2003]

GARVIN, CWO2 Ken Retired KGarvin411@aol.com "...I served in FASRON 108 NAS Brunswick, Maine from Oct 58 till we were disestablished and merged with the air station. Became an AO striker just because they did not stand "ramp watches." Went on to serve with VP-21 from 60 till 66, Accumulated over 3300 hours in P2V 7's, some of my fondest memories. Went on to retire as a CWO2 from the A-7 community. Just invested in the P2V history "AWESOME." Would love to hear from old shipmates..."

GUIDOTTE, Gene jazzbogene@aol.com "...Arrived FASRON-108 in Aprril 1956 after a 30 month tour with VR24 COD Naples det. Assigned to the Tech library and later on Engine Buildup. Discharged May 57 with no regrets. I had 6 years and 10 months of good duty..." [03MAY2000]

LEBEAU, Josph F. c/o His Son Greg Lebeau gllebeau@netscape.net "...My Dad, Josph F Lebeau, was a aviation machinist mate second class according to his notice of seperation from the Navy. He was assigned to VP-215 from 11-9-43 to 5-25-45. Would like any innformation about the squadron or would like to hear from anyone that may have know my Dad. Building a Shadow Box would like to have something from the squadron for my Dads shadow box such as a patch, coin, or whatever other then his rank and metal for Dad. He passed away March 27, 1996. Thanks and as Dad would say FLY NAVY...also served with FASRON-108 and VP-74..." [BIO Updated 20MAY2000 | 17MAY2000]

LLOYD, CAPTAIN Bruce Kerr Jr. Retired http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/L.htm "..Bruce was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania. His first duty was in the gunnery department of TUSCALOOSA. In 1942, he completed flight training at Pensacola and reported to VP-205, operating in the Pacific and Mediterranean throughout WW II. At war's end, a postgraduate course in aeronautical engineering, followed by a master's degree at MIT qualified him for duty at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren. His next tour of duty was in Panama as CO of FASRON-108. In 1950, he reported as Air Officer to ComOpDevForce. He was then assigned to Naval Ordnance Plant, Indianapolis, followed by a tour of sea duty with VC-8, an atomic delivery squadron. Following a tour at the Navy's Test Pilot School and duty on the Staff of ComNavAir Test Center, Patuxent, he returned to sea as XO of FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT with deployment in the Mediterranean. 1958 brought duty as a Plans Officer in Hawaii with CincPacFlt. In 1960, Captain Lloyd returned to the Naval Test Center as Director of the Service Test Division and as Chief of Staff to ComNavAirTest Center. At this time, he flew a Sikorsky HSS-2 twin- turbine copter over a closed 1,000 kilometers course for a record 179.5 mph. He earned a reputation as a man who could fly anything, with or without wings; having logged over 6,000 hours and flown every type of aircraft in the Navy's inventory. He broke four International Speed Records in the HSS-2. Captain Lloyd retired from the Navy in 1963 and joined Boeing's staff as test Pilot and chief engineer in the Vertol Division. He served in the twin posts for seven years, retiring from Boeing in 1970 to teach physics and math at Haverford High School. He retired from Haverford in 1983. During his "spare" time, he played golf, winning the Senior Championship at Aronimink Golf Club. He also devoted time to tinkering with automobiles and electronic equipment. During the fall of 1986, Bruce was found to have lung cancer. He played golf and spent time with his family until one month before his death on 25 August, 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Newton Square, Pennsylvania; a son, Capt. (MC) Bruce K. Lloyd III, USN; daughters, Ainsley L. Perkins and Carol Anne Fagnan; and by three grandchildren..." [01JUN2003]

MAY, Aaron Kenneth sdmay@home.com "...I served in FASRON-108 PS-23 1957-1961. We patrolled in the P2V-7F based in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [14SEP2001]

MORROW, ETCS (SS)(AC) David H. Retired twomorrowsbnb@juno.com "...I served with VP-22 from 1953 to 1954. I married and shipped out in January 1955. Couldn't stand MT winters so reuped and served with FASRON-117 VP-48 (P5M's), FASRON-108 NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-18 (P2V-7S's) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Then I got some sea duty and commissioned the USS kitty Hawk and deployed around the horn to a new home port of San Diego. In 1963 I switched to ETC and went to the Submarine USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 GOLD to get back to the Islands. Was there to 1969 and went to the USS Halibut (SSN-587). On the USS Halibut (SSN-587) I got to see what rusion rivers looked like. Read all about me in the book called "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage" written by Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew. I made the first two deployments with the USS Halibut (SSN-587) and the retired as ETCS (SS) (AC). Wings and Dolphins! There are so few of us. Worked for the Indian Health Service for 20 years on Indian reservations from San Diego, CA to Barrow, Alaska fixing & calibrating medical equipment..." [17FEB2003]

OLSON, Richard B. dogtales8@aol.com "...I served VP-21 and FASRON-108 (1953-1957)..." [17DEC2012]

OSTROWSKY, AMH3 Eli eliostrowsky@bellsouth.net "...I served with FASRON-108 (1954-1956) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and ZW-1 (1956-1958). I crewed aboard the lighter-than-air (LTA) and heavier-than-air (HTA) aircraft..." [05JAN2015]

PRINTY, CWO2 John E. Retired wileyoldfox@peoplepc.com "...I served with VPB-206 for several months before transferred to VPB-27 in early 1949. I served with VP-27 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from February to December 1949. At that time I was a non-rated airman and flew as a second ordnanceman in crew "DC" 2 and 9 flying the PB4Y-2 Privateer. We deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska from August to November 1949. The squadron was Disestablished in December 1949. Served with FASRON-108 from November 1954 to November 1956. Was an AO2 when I reported aboard and was an AO1 when I departed. Thoroughly enjoyed my tour and my introduction to the "VP Navy". I also served with VAQ-33 - VA(AW)-33 NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey from November 1956 to December 1959. Our squadron moved March 1958 to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island as NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey was to be closed. We flew the AD-5N aircraft until April 1959 when the squadron mission was changed and we switched to AD-5Q aircraft. I left the squadron December 1959 as the squadron mission had changed and the squadron no longer had a weapons launching need. All of the ordnancemen were transferredred to other activities in the NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island area. In my three plus years in the squadron, I served in detachments aboard the USS Saratoga, USS Forrestal, and the USS Wasp..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 28APR2003 | 00XXX1997]

RUPPERT, AMM3 Conrad c.jacksr@verizon.net "...I served with FASRON-108 in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone from 1986 to 1987 as a AMM-3C Plane Captain. Are there any old friends out there?..." [21JUL2003]

SEDERQUIST, Carl A. csederquist@questele.com "...I to was an alumni of FASRON-108. I joined the Navy out of high school 1954 (BAngor, Maine). I did boot at Bainbridge, Md and was sent to NAS Norman, Oklahoma end of August. From NAS Norman, Oklahoma to Millington (Memphis) and AT school in end of December. Finished AT school mid summer 1955 and was shipped to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco assigned to VR-24 as a AT. While in VR-24 I became an AT3 and flight time on the Squadron's R5D runs to the eastern Med and throughout Europe, besides maintaining ARC1, ARC5 ART13 and ART27 communications equipment and APX6 transponder. March or April of 1957 I joined FASRON-108 and remained with the Squadron until I got out the end of June 1958. I was one of the early occupants of the new brick barracks. I was also a witness to the VP-26 Mishap that went into the woods on the left side of where the golf course is today. I remember liberty in Portland and Monday early morning returns to make muster. Also remember trying to get a couple of winks behind the sonobouy lockers on horsehair packing material. I got training on APS 28 and the MAD gear while in FASRON-108 was sent to NAS Norfolk, Virginia for this if I recall correctly. I wound up taking advantage of the Korean GI Bill, went back to school and eventually had and still have a carreer in the satellite communications industry (now 37 years). I am retired from corporate life and now have my own business http://www.questele.com. I still remember my Navy days and FASRON-108 fondly..." [05OCT99]

SHARP, Jerry jerglokjv1611@wmconnect.com "...I served in FASRON-108 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from approximately 1 Mar 56 until 28 Sep 57. I have alot of great memories from back then and would like to hear from any former Shipmates or others from that era. Best Wishes to All!..." [24MAR2005]

SMITH, AE3 Jack A. jac16sm@yahoo.com "...I served with FASRON-108 (1952-1954) at NAS Brunswick, Maine in the Communications Room - upper hangar deck. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [16MAY2014]

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 transferred 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]

WILBER, AM3 Lou barblou@frontier.com "...I served with VU-10 (1952-1954) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, FASRON-108 (09/1954-02/1955) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and Portsmouth, NH for discharge (02/1955)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28MAR2014 | 12MAY2009]

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]

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