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Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...CASAZZA, PO1 Edward J...My father, Edward J. Casazza, passed away February 22, 2014. Following high school, Dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy June 1942 at Boston, Mass, attended "A" and "B" School and served with VPB-2 OTU#3 at NAS Banana River, Florida, HEadquarters SquaDRON (HEDRON) 5-2 at NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina, VPB-215 where he crewed aboard the PBM and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Dad received the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon and Good Conduct Awards. Dad was discharged December 1945..." Contributed by Tim Casazza casazza@ll.mit.edu [03MAR2017]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 1945 "...HAMMONTREE, ADR1 Jack Retired, My father passed away on May 18th, 1992. Dad enlisted in the Navy (07JAN1942), Class B School (12FEB1942-02AUG1942), Nav School (12FEB1942-15AUG1942), Gunnary Schools (17AUG1942-04JAN1943), Fleet Service School (05JAN1943-23JAN1943), TRANSition TRAINing SquadRON ATLANTic (23JAN1943-03NOV1943), VP-215 (08NOV1943-04OCT1944), VP-98 (05OCT1944-28DEC1944), FAW-14 (01JAN1945-21JAN1945), CASU(F)3 (22JAN1945-21NOV1945), Naval Air Base (SEAPLANE) NAVY NO. 1170 (21NOV1945-24JUN1946), CASU(F)11/FASRON-122 (24JUN1946-01NOV1946), VS-37 (16NOV1956-00NOV1959) and retired (15AUG1961). Some of Dad's awards included the WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, WWII Occupation Medal, WWII American Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal...." Contributed by Jerry Hammontree jerryh@fastmail.com [19DEC2021]

KORBEIN, J. R. "...VP-215 Mr. J. R. Korbein, 6601 NE 153rd Pl, Bothell, WA 98011-4332, 206-488-7872..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

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 20MAY 2000 | 17MAY2000]

OTIS, CDR Gordon R. Retired gro@asp.navair.navy.mil "...It was a great WV Reunion Oct 14-17 at Solomons Is. MD. Got together with over 300 former Shipmates in the WV Navy. I was in VW-13 from 1957 to 1960 as AC of Air Crew 6. Apparently none of my crew were at the Reunion. If anyone remembers any of them, please contact me. The only crew member I remember is Russ Gilmore - one of the CIC Officers as a LTJG, now a retired CDR living in Eugene Oregon. I was also an AC in VP-202 and VPB-215, and have been to one of their annual Mariner/Marlin Association Reunions. I do have the names of my crew in VPB-215 and a photo of same if anyone wants a copy..." [13NOV99]

PENDRAK, CDR Joseph F. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=3108 "...CDR Joseph f. Pendrak, USN - NFL Number: 3108 - Date of Birth: 12/1/1919 - Date In: 6/16/1941 - Date Out: 12/1/1979 - City, State: Port Charlotte, FL - School Attended: Mass. State - Aircraft Flown: PBM-5, PB4Y-2, P2V6M, JRB-4, SNC-2 - Ship or Unit: VPB-215, OTU-4 and VPB-839 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr. - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Caribbean, Europe - Associations/Service Organizations: NAMF Founding mbr. TROA Navy League Order Quiet Birdmen Nav. Council Aviation - Highest personal decoration or award: Letter Commendation - Significant Achievements: 3814.4 navy flight hrs. Commercial pilot. C.O. AAU-836/VPB-836 missile air wing of 83. Involved high school ROTC. Sales manager/asstnt. to Pres National Pharmaceutical Co - In Memoriam? No..." [03DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...STONECIPHER, CAPTAIN E. Thomas...Shipmate Pix (CO VP-56 - Circa 1950)...I regret to inform his old squadron mates of the passing of my father, CAPTAIN E. Thomas Stonecipher Retired, 83, on December 3, 2003, in San Antonio, TX. Dad entered the Navy in 1940 and was commissioned in March 1941. He served as a black shoe officer aboard the USS Altair in the Pacific and Caribbean, attended flight school in 1943 at NAS Dallas, Texas and NAS Pensacola, Florida, and served the rest of the war flying PBM Mariners with VP-215 and VP-204 in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Post-war he served with the Atlantic fleet aviation training unit, with VP-49, and was Commanding Officer of VP-56 in 1955 when it earned the Navy "E." In those later years he was flying P5M Marlins. For most of the rest of his naval career he was in the nuclear weapons program in landlocked New Mexico and Germany, so had to grab what flight time he could get with the Air Force or Army -- and he always marveled at how comparatively easy land planes were to fly and operate! After retiring from the Navy in 1965, he went on to a great second career in youth training programs, but always looked back with profound satisfaction to his years with the patrol squadron Navy. A final farewell and "bravo zulu" to all VP'ers from Tom Stonecipher...Charles Stonecipher stonecipherca@yahoo.com [PIX Added 16JAN2004 | 23DEC2003]

VOSS, Wm Ralph Jr. c/o His Son William R. Voss III vossbi@nortelnetworks.com "...My Dad Wm Ralph Voss, Jr. was in VPB-215. My dad was killed April 10, 1946 in a flight training accident at NAS Glenview, Illinois. His mates would know him as Ralph Voss & I use William or Bill. Thanks..." [18SEP2000]

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