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ACEVEDO, Angel R. aecsace8251@hotmail.com "...Originally from Colton, CA. joined the Navy in August 1983. After AE "A" school, went to VP-31 and did my ground pounding tour from 84-87. Went to Flight Engineer school in 87 at NAS Moffett Field, California, EGO-101 was still being taught. Joined VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Adak, Alaska in the worst winter in 2000 years in December 87 with Raul Addoms, it was an FE open book exam every flight. Survived a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia in the summer of '89. Deployed again to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of '91 with Ron Wood, saw Thule and had a great time doing the Blue Nose initiation with Brad Baca. Went on to VPU-2 in '92 with the Whipped Dogs with Scotty Mensen, I was on the road ALOT, and the kangaroo courts are a fond tradition. Transferred to VP-30 as an FE Instructor from 95-98, did Fleet IUT and Fleet NATOPS with Rock, had a great time on the team. Joined VP-9 in 98 and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and then again to NAS Misawa, Japan in the winter of '99. I still love the Flying and travelling..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 17DEC2000 | 04APR98]

ADAMS, Paul appzdude@netzero.net "...VP-9 '80-'83 & VP-1 '85-'89. Avionics Tech. (Weapons System Tech). Anyone remember me drop me a line. Deployments: NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NSF Diego Garcia. I know your out there so lets talk..." [13JAN2001]

AINSWORTH, LCDR Kacy W. Retired p3pilot@charter.net "...I served in with VP-23 (1981-1984) as an IFT (Crew-9), Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) (Tron Shop) and VP-91 (1985-1986) as an IFT. Following commissioning and wings, flew as PPC with VP-9 (1991-1994), WingsPAC Staff and retired in 2002. Started working for Lockheed, hoping to work on the P-3 replacement...Oh well, so much for plans..." [23APR2011]

ALEXANDER, CDR A. G.(ALEX) vo67usn@bresnan.net "...I served with VP-9, ATU-614, ATU-501, VP-2, and my last squadron was VO-67. I was the Aircraft Maintenance Officer until March of 1968. I left to go to Balboa for back surgery, ended up with a heart attack. I would enjoy hearing from anyone of any of the units mentioned. "Big A" Alex."..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 09JAN2001 | 04SEP98]

ALEXANDER, PH1 Brian (Alex) Retired b3alex@optonline.net "...I served in VP-9 from 1987 to 1991. I spent most of that time TAD to the NAS Moffett Field, California Photo Lab (except for a GREAT deployment to NSF Diego Garcia). I retired in 2003..." [23DEC2007]

ALLEN, Arel J. miacara1056@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (1988-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California. It was my first duty station in my 20 yearr Navy career (retired in 10/2007)..." [09DEC2015]

ALVES, George galves.pcs@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-9 (1971-1974) at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (AIMD working on the TT-264 and ARC95 radios) and VP-31( AIMD working in Crypto repair)..." [16JAN2014]

ANDERSON, Larry gitbox5@webtv.net "...I served with VP-9 in 1957 when we deployed from NAS Alameda, California to NAS Kodiak, Alaska..." [28FEB2003]

ANDERSON, ADCS Tom Retired trngdesigner@yahoo.com "...Flight Engineer with VP-40, VP-31, VP-9, and Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) NAS Point Mugu, California looking to catch up with some Shipmates from 1984 to 1997 who served together..." [22SEP2005]

ANDERSON, PN3 William E. "Andy" william.e.anderson@excite.com "...I served with VP-9 (1967-1969) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Bermuda, VP-49 and VF squadrons. I hung around with AO1 Fant and Sip. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10AUG2011]

ANDINO, LCDR J. Michael Martinez de https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=384 "...LCDR J. Michael Martinez de Andino, USNR - NFL Number: 384 - Date of Birth: 3/2/1955 - Date In: 12/21/1977 - Date Out: 1/1/1901 - City, State: St. Joseph, MO - School Attended: Univ of Virginia - Aircraft Flown: T-34C, T-44A, P-3CU, P-3B, T-34B - Ship or Unit: VP-9, VP-68 and Navy Recruiting Comm - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation - Significant Achievements: 1800 hrs flt time. 2 deployments in WESTPAC & 1 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. MBA from College of William and Mary. J.D. from University of Kansas. In Memoriam? No..." [08DEC2005]

ANDREWS, Tom tom_andrews@sbcglobal.net "...I was in the VP-9 Avionics Shop from 1984 to 1988. Best memories with Joe Diorio, Chris Rick, Bruce Lapham, Dave Widdicomb, and Mike Collins. Hope to hear from you guys sometime..." [21FEB2006]

ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" Shipmate Pix sgpa2zfmly@aol.com "...Went to Boot Camp 2/60, NATTC Millington ATA School 6/60-6/61, VP-4 8/61-3/63, VP-9 3/63-6/64, Instructor ATA School / ATS Course Millington 6/64-6/67, VS-37 6/67-10/68. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates that I haven't already contacted thru the VP-4 Reunion group..." [PIX Added 09OCT2007 | 23JUN98]

ARCA, AO3 Rey rey.arca@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 (1982)..." [27MAR2016]

ARMSTRONG, ATN2 Dana "Armie" dbarm6759@jet-web.com "...VP-9 (1969-1970), VQ-3 (1967-1969), radioman on crew-1 in VP-9 during split deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and Guam, June 1 - Dec.1, 1970. Discharged in Dec. 1970..." [14MAY99]

ARMSTRONG, Jerry jeggy@olypen.com "...I served in VP-9 from 10 March 1952 until 21 May 1954. We deployed to the far east twice. My crew flew out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan and K8 and K16 Korea. In Korea we supported the Marines mostly by droping flares. We flew maritime patrols in the Yellow Sea, Sea of Japan, and the Korean Straits. Our home base was NAS Alameda, California. We flew Privateers and transitioned to P2V's in 1953. I have some pictures if anybody is interested. Would be interested in hearing from anyone who served around that time..." [23AUG2000]

ATWELL, AOC Charles W. Retired chief.iyaoyas@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-48, VP-9 and retired in 1987. I am now retired from my second career and living in Santa Fe, NM..." [15JUL2013]


BACHMAN, AMCS(NAC) Dennis L. Retired dbach@bellsouth.net "...My duty stations included NAS Adak, Alaska (1962-1963), VA-196 (1963-1964), NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1965-1969), VA-22 (1969-1971), VP-9 (1971-1974), VP-30 (1974-1977), CVA-41 USS Midway (1977-1981), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1981-1985), NAF Misawa, Japan (1985-1988) and Naval Air Logistics Office NAS New Orleans, Louisiana (1988-1990). I retired and settled in Pensacola Fl. Old Shipmates drop a line (send email)..." [E-Mail Updated 10APR2006 | 21SEP1997]

BAKKEN, ADR3(AC) John jbakken@frontier.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1960 to 1963 as a ADR3(AC). I was a2nd Mechanic with Crew-1 and took over Crew-1 as PC on Johnstion Island. Our Pilot was Grant Fuller and Copilot was LT(jg) Ostrom. I left VP-9 in September of 1963 and went to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 09DEC2004 | 07JAN2000]

BARAN, ATC(AW/NAC) Richard "Shipwreck" Shipmate Pix geographer@wavecable.com "...I served aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) with ADC Mark Stroschein from 1985 to 1988, HC-1 from 1988 to 1990 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 from 1990 to 1991 (student) NAS Moffett Field, California with AT1 Kanton Miller as my instructor, VP-40 from 1991 to 1994 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, CPWP NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-9 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I particpated on two deployments with USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) flying UH-1Ns and marine CH-46s. Flew H-3s and CH-53s with HC1. Saw my first P-3 doing sub prosecution off San Clemente Island. Did the VP-40 "Quad site" as CAC-7s IFT along with AW1 Mark Judge and AO1 Jimmy Thompson, flying from Howard AFB, Panama, NAS Key West, FL, NAS Adak, AL, and LaPaz, Mexico! Later went to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan on my fourth deployment in the Navy with the 3 Cajuns (AW3 Christian Leleux, AO3 Troy Kling, and ???) on CAC-7. Served as the last west-coast IFT evaluator with CPWP under CAPTAIN Getzfred, CDR Blanchette and the Chiefs Johnson (little "J" and big "J"). While at the wing I went TAD to VP-47 for their 1997 7th fleet deployment. I then served with VP-9 for 3 deployments (Gulf, Gulf, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan), where it was my pleasure and honor to serve as IFT with LT Lamana, AO1 'Ray Ray' Davis, AO1 'L.A.' Mequet, and AEC Mike Johnson. I moved on to Naval Weapons Test Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California in September 2000. We flew P-3As, 'billboard' NP-3Ds, and brought C-130s back into the active duty navy (including 'Phoenix321' of VXE-6 fame for any OAEs out there.) After redesignating from NWTS to VX-30, I deployed the only Airborne Drone Launch and Control DC-130A left in existence to Operation Iraqi Freedom at Ali al Salem AB, Kuwait. I flew with our XO, CDR Steve Gasparovich, LCDR Mark Miller, Major Baxter and SCMSgt Brooks of the CA ANG, AM1 Mike Allen, AME1 Ralph Herrera, and AT1 Sean Schuhriemen. I transferred to VP-1 in August 2004, taking a few weeks to go TAD down to Eglin AFB, FL to fly the AFs last NC-130A 'Lone Wolf' on several T&E flights, culminating in its final flight. I flew with LtCol Duffy, Major Barkley, and SSgt Rousset. After returning I was assigned as Safety/NATOPS LCPO. "We're still alive, so don't worry about it!". I'm working as a commissioned officer with the Washington State Patrol these days..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAY2009 | BIO Updated 23FEB2004 | BIO Updated 23JUL2003 | Rank Updated 13NOV2001 | E-Mail Updated 01JUN2001 | 30JUL2000]

BARNES, AWC Charles Ray Jr. Retired lucky___62@hotmail.com "...All VP and ASCAC/ASWOC duty. I first served in VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California 59 - 62 as an ATN3, ATN2 and AT1. I first worked nights doing repairs, then became a MAD/ECM operator, then Radar and Sniffer (who remembers the good olde sniffer?) in the P2V-7Q. I flew in Crew One. Made a deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska in 60. TAD to the first ASCAC in mid 61 till transfer May 62. Learned Jezebel system AQA-3-v. Then at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland AMD 63 - 65 as AX1 repairing ASA-16s in support of the VPs there. Then to VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Dec. 65 - Nov 67, doing electronic repairs, flew in the P2V-7Qs until late 66 and transition to the P-3 (pre-deltics) and P-3A. Was 1st Tech/Radar Operator on CAC 1 with the Skipper Cdr. Boween, with a deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan with a TAD to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 67. And yes, I still remember the loss of CAC 10 and AT1 Harris a good friend on that crew. Next VP-9 again at NAS Moffett Field, California from 68 - 70 as AX1, AW1 and AWC on Jan. 16, 1969. Made the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 69. Then to FAETUPAC later FASOTRAGRUPAC Det. NAS Moffett Field, California from Apr 70 to Nov 73. Taught P-3C SS-3 systems. Served as the Leading Chief also. Trained at VP-31 In the AQA-7. Then to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Apr 74 - Apr. 78. Deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and moved to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 74 - 75 with detachments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 76 with detachments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Agana, Guam. To Dam Neck, Va. for ASWOC training May 78 - Jun 78. To ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Jul 78 - Sep 79. To ASWOC NAS Bermuda Nov. 79 - Oct. 81. To ASWOC NAS Agana, Guam Nov. 81 - Feb 84 with a TAD to NSF Diego Garcia in 82. To ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal May 84 - Jun 86. To ASWOC COMASWWINGPAC NAS N.I. San Diego Jul 86 until retirement on Oct. 12, 1989. Hope to hear from Shipmates to talk about old memories and swap sea stories..." [12JAN2002]

BARNES AME2 Jeff rocketss67@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1980 to 1983. We had some very good times. Anyone remember when Apple was a building on the other side of the fence? I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [26APR2010]

BARSTAD, CDR David D. Retired hiflyer@starstream.net "...I served with VP-26, VP-46, VP-9 and VP-31 from 1963 until retiring n 1989. I am trying to locate Thomas R. Ryan, a naval aviator, rank unknown. If you have any information, please e-mail me. Thanks..." [24FEB2009]

BATTAGLIA, Richard ACT600@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-9 1959 to 1961 and VP-56 1963 to 1967 some of the best of times..." [30OCT98]

BAUR, Fred G. fgbaur@aol.com "...I am a plank owner of VP-9 when it was established at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington March 15th, 1951. I flew as co-pilot and served in the Maintenance Department on tours to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. When home base was changed from NAS Seattle, Washington to NAS Alameda, California, I became Flight Scheduling Officer and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and on temporary duty dropping flares from its base in Kunsan, Korea. During that tour I was designated a Patrol Plane Commander. In 1953, upon returning from Korea, I became ASW/ECM Officer on the Staff of CFAW-6, operating from AV's and AVP's in the Inland Sea of Japan and from NAS Iwakuni, Japan. After returning to Conus in 1954, I served with a BUPERS Field Activity in Washington, resigned my commission and flew S2's with VS-661 from NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. and NAF Andrews, Maryland until 1964, at which time he left the Ready Reserve. I am currently a retired executive and business consultant living in the Metropolitan Philadelphia area..." [27OCT2003]

BAXTER, AVCM Jim Retired Jim_A_Baxter@amat.com "...Served with VP-17, VF-124, NAS Atsugi, Japan (AMD/VQ-1), VP-31, VP-19, VP-31, VP-46, VP-31, and VP-9 FE/CMC. Flight Engineers: The best group of in the Navy..." [18JAN99]

BENNETT, AT2 Neil nzen240@pcisys.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1972 to 1975..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2003 | 20AUG2002]

BERDECIA, Maria coquitomv@hotmail.com "...Just wanted to say to all the mechs in VP-9. I was with VP-9 from January 1998 till June 2002. I miss carrying a ladder and the tool box. Hope to go back soon..." [29OCT2004]

BERT, AW2 Neil buckshot@brick.net "...I was an AW2 sensor 3 operator in VP-9 on crew 7 from 79-81. I would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates. I also served in the ASWOC/ASMOD on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) from 84-87 and In the SEABEES as a Construction Electrician from 87-90 with NMCB-74..." [15MAY2005]

BESS, Charles CBess99852@aol.com "...Drafted 1971. Enlisted USN Aviation Electronics Technician VF 124. AOCS class 15-73 Mather; NAS Moffett Field, California VP-47 (78-81); Denver Recruiting 81-85; Diego Garcia ASWOC 85-86; Monterey PGS 86-88; VP-9 88-91; NAVAIR 91-94; and Retired. Licensed Colorado Electrician, presently owner of P&C Electrical Inc..." [21FEB99]

BETHKE, Eric "Girth" EBETHKE@AOL.COM "...VP-9 93-96 second tour....."

BETTINSON, CDR David O. Retired dbettinson@comcast.net "...I served with VP-9 (1978-1981), VP-46 (1988-1990) and finished my Navy service at NROTC University of Utah (1990-1995). I am about to retire again after 20 years of teaching school..." [28NOV2015]

BIGLEY, CDR Tom Retired shipmate pix...circa 1964... bigleytl@earthlink.net "...Flew P5B Marlins with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Sep 63-Jun 66); P3B Orions at NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-9 (Mar 70-Apr 72) and Nardet NAS Moffett Field, California (Apr 72-Jul 75). I was an instructor with VT-27 at NAS Corpus Christi when the last Marlin passed through on its way to the NavAir Museum at Pensacola. Checked my log book and found that I have about 40 pilot hours in that grand old bird..." WebSite: http://home.earthlink.net/~bigleytl/ The Cutaway PBY Display http://members.home.net/vpnavy/Catalina/ [E-Mail Updated 04DEC2001 | URL Updated 25MAY99 | Updated 05APR98]

BLAIR, AWC John Retired ianblyr@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 67-69, VP-31 70-72, and VP-6 74-78. I am looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | 12OCT99]

BLANKENSHIP, Carl njdc2000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 from 1977 to 1980 and VP-9 from 1984 to 1987..." [16JUL2010]

BLATTER, Scott swblatter@aol.com "...Tacco / Mission Commander in VP-9 from May 94 - Nov 97. Deployed to Diego Garcia '96-'97 and Japan in '95. Currently work at Tactical Support Center North Island, CA..." [06MAR98]

BLEWETT, ADCS (AW) Patrick J. blewett@whidbey.net "...P-3's from Start to Finish..... Started in as a "Second Mech," then the best job in the Navy.... "Flight Engineer." Started as a Airman in VP-4 (1976-1981) Instructor VP-31 (1982-1985) on to VP-19 (1985-1989). Then to the best tour I ever had...... Commander Naval Air forces Pacific (CNAP) P-3 Evaluator and Model Manager Team (1989-1992) Back to the fleet with a tour in VP-9 Moffet transitioned to Hawaii (1992-1996) High speed low pass through VP-46 (Jan to May 96) Ground Pounding now in VP-1 (96 till.....)..."

BOUNCHAND, NCC(AW/NAC/CRF) Eugene D. eb1924@aol.com "...I served in VP-9 (84-87), VP-50 (90-92), VRC-40 (Cod Crew) 87-90, and VP-46 (92-93) as a one of the best "in-flight ordnance" in the fleet (smile). I was there for the fun old days the cold war. Ready one alerts during Christmas, Ready rooms in Hanger 2 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) and one of the saddest days the mid air collision and lost of our fallen Shipmates. I am now a Career Recruiter. Recruiting the next generation sailor. Drop me a e-mail. I do miss all my friends and Shipmates..." [21FEB2000]

BOWMAN, AMH3 Kimberly D.(Hoops and Mansfield) tokiman97@hotmail.com "...I'm looking for anyone who was in VP-9 with me. I was there from 90-93 then went to ETD in barbers point Hawaii from 93-94. Honorably discharged in 94. Reenlisted in 96 and was in HC-4 until 97. I am now married to an FE and have a beautiful daughter. We are stationed in VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [22JUN2000]

BRADLEY, John Hull hullbradleygt2@msn.com "...I spent 20 tears in the Navy from December 3, 1953 through October 12, 1972. I spent many years in VP squadrons. I served with VP-11 brunswick, VP-9 alameda, VP-46 moffet, VU-10 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and VA-144 NAS Miramar. I had a good time - no regrets..." [21JAN2003]

BRAINARD, Jack starjb@earthlink.net "...Looking for buddys that where in VP-9 out of NAS Moffett Field, California during the late 60's. I was a Radio Operator with Crew 4. Our pilot was Big John. We also went to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and flew Yankee Patrols. I had a great time. Looking forward to hearing from some of you..." [08APR2001]

BRANCHFLOWER, John branch74@home.com "...Hi guys. I was in VP-9 from 78 to 81, did Misawa, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Got off active duty and joined VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 82 to 95, was lucky enough to be the CO at the end. On the civilian side I'm a pilot for Continental (by way of People Express), flying out of Newark. If we've crossed paths along the way, drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2000 | 11NOV98]

BREWER, COMMANDER http://home.hawaii.rr.com/daveandval/bios/cobio.htm "...Commander Brewer is a native of Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After designation as a Naval Aviator in August 1984, he reported to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California. There he served as the Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and NATOPS Instructor. During this tour he deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia with detachments to NAS Misawa, Japan and Saudi Arabia. After completing his initial sea tour in December 1988, Commander Brewer reported to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and Alternate Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. In January 1991 Commander Brewer reported aboard USS LaSalle in NSA Bahrain, where he served as Flag Secretary to Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Central Command. Commander Brewer reported to the Naval War College in August 1992 where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Securities and Strategic Studies and was a Distinguished Graduate. In January 1994 Commander Brewer reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his department head tour he completed a six-month deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and served as Officer in Charge of PATRON DET, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Safety NATOPS Officer. After VP-17 was decommissioned in December 1994, Commander Brewer reported to VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he served as Operations Officer and completed a deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In July 1996 Commander Brewer reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet where he served as Current Operations Officer and later as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Commander Brewer's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement medals, Combat Action Ribbon, and various other campaign and service awards..." [28JUN2003]

BRINK, Jim Retired pbjaurco@aol.com "...I started P-3's when they were P-3V-1 with VP-9 in '64--'68, with two WestPac and one NAS Adak, Alaska deployments. Was with VP-16 from '71-'74 in Sunny Sig and Wet NAS Bermuda. I have fond memories with this aircarft, starting with 50 weeks of school in Burbank when the Navy finally signed the first contract for 16 aircraft. I worked for Lockheed in Marietta when the final P-3 came off the line for Korea, so I have really seen them grow. Would like to hear from other Old Timers, especially Skip Lutz, who was FE on one of the most unusual P-3's----that I think is still a classified project..." [17MAR98]

BROADWELL, Bill broadwel@erols.com "...I served with VP-9 62-63, VP-4 63-65 & 75-77, VP-46 71-74 as well as tours with COMPATWINGSPAC, COMPATWING TWO, COMPATWING TEN..."

BROCKMAN, Jeffrey Scott ambertow@hotmail.com "...Served VP-9 from 1977-1980 AMS(2)TAD AIMD about half the time. Made deployments and detachments starting with joining the squadron in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and ended tour in NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [26NOV2000]

BROOKS, AW2 Michael W. brooks9721@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 (Crew 7) from 1977 to 1979 out of NAS Moffett Field, California. We made deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan. I trained as a Sensor 1-2 and then crosstrained as Sensor 3. Assistant NATOPS Eval for Sensor 3..." [31DEC2008]

BROOME, Todd Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1979... broome@cisco.com "...I was an Aviation Electronics Technician in VP-9 from 1978 through 1981..."

BROWN, James T. jtb605@aol.com "...Hello to all you VPers! I'm JT Brown and I was in VP-9, VP-31, COMPATWINGSPAC, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying as a flight engineer with over 6,240 flight hours. Now I have an AA degree in Cullanary Arts and will be opening a bake shop in Bellingham, Wa. Drop me a line if you remember me and we can chat about old times. See-ya!...I served in VC-3 from 1976 to 1979 as a ADJ3-2. This was the greatest Squadron for hands on experience I ever saw. As a mech, we did receive the T-56's in a can, the reduction gear in another and the torque shaft in a third. The "qec" was removed from the wing of our DC-130A aircraft (they all have a interesting story of there own!) and removed the engine from the nacell. A task that took several days to perform. Our test cell was the wing usually a cold night at high power on the line at NAS North Island, San Diego, California! We also maintained the BQM drone engines, like jet go-karts. Lots of fun and TONS of expirenance that has not and will not be repeated in the Navy forever. My tour in VC-3 (the Drone Rangers) laid the foundation for me to hone and polish my mechinacinal skills. This helped me later in my career as I went on to be a P-3C Instructor Flight Engineer. Thanks for the form and keep pluging away..." [BIO Updated 16DEC98 | 07OCT98]

BROWN, AD1 Mike Retired mikieb@hctc.com "...I was stationed in VP-9 from 83-86. From there went to OMD NAS Bermuda from 86-90. Then off to VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 90-93. Then to VAW-121 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I retired from there Jan. 1 95. I'am now living in Matlock Wa. If you remember me, drop me a line..." [10NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...BROWNING, HM3 Bill...HM3 Bill Browning (VP-9) died in a boating accident last year (possibly in August 2008). Bill and I kept in touch over the years..." Contributed by HAMPEL, AWCS John D. johndhampel@yahoo.com [26MAR2009]

BROWNING, HM3 Bill wbrowning@win.net "...I was in VP-9 from 78-81. My tours included NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and I would enjoy hearing from any of the guys I was station with just to see what they are doing these days..." [23FEB2000]

BROWNING, ADCS Limmie (Bill) Retired lim@prodigy.net "...I joined the Navy November 6, 1965; Bootcamp at San Diego, Cal.; 4 1/2 years at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (VFAW-3, VU-3, and a student in VP-31); moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1965 and finished training in VP-31 Det. "A" before reporting to VP-9. I spent the next 17 1/2 years at NAS Moffett Field, California, in VP-9, VP-19, and VP-31 as an instructor F/E. I retired in 1983 and still miss the sounds of the P-3's taking off..." [07JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...BRUMMETT, CDR Joseph D. Sr. Shipmate Pix ...My father, CDR Joseph D Brummett Sr., passed away September 29th 1989. Dad served with VP-73, VP-9, Commanding Officer of the USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) and Executive Officer of the USS Bayfield (APA-33). During his time as Executive Officer of the USS Bayfield (APA-33) they transported refugees from North Vietnam to Saigon in 1955. Readers Digest actually wrote a story about this event.. My Dad retired after 25 years in the Navy and then started a Locksmith business in Chula Vista, CA. He did this for 15 years. He was interned in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA..." Contributed by Joseph Brummett joebrumm@bellsouth.net [01APR2013]

BRUMMETT, CDR Joseph D. Sr. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=594 "...CDR Joseph D. Brummett Sr., USN - NFL Number: 594 - Date of Birth: 5/1/1917 - Date In: 6/1/1940 - Date Out: 6/1/1962 - City, State: Chula Vista, CA - School Attended: Purdue University - Aircraft Flown: A/C of US Army, A/C Royal AF, Free French AF - Ship or Unit: VP-73, VP-9 and USS Fort Marion - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Pac,Atlan,N Africa Associations/Service Organizations: Scabbard & Blade - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medal - Significant Achievements: Attacked German Submarine w/Depth charges. 248 flt hrs in 30 days in North Africa. Carrier qualif. Arkansas's youngest pilot in 1933. In Memoriam? No..." [09DEC2005]

BUNKER, Mark mbunker@usa.net "...I served on active duty with VP-9 from 1979 to 1982 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Later, as a reserve officer, I served as a TacNav with VP-93 at NAF Detroit, Michigan (1985-1990) and later as a TACCO with VP-67 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee until their disestablishment in 1994 -- a sad day. I am sad to see all of my old favorite bases no longer in use as the VP community shrinks..." [14MAY2007]

BURGESS, Richard R. rburgess@navyleague.org "...Managing Editor of Seapower Magazine, published by the Navy League of the United States. Reports on all U.S. Navy subjects and naval aviation at large. Retired Naval Flight Officer. Commissioned through NROTC in 1975. Flew in P-3 maritime patrol aircraft for VP-9 and VP-45; staff officer for Commander Carrier Group 4; training officer for USS George Washington; intelligence analyst at Defense Intelligence Agency; and editor of Naval Aviation News. Editor of two books: U.S. Naval Aviation (2001) and The Naval Aviation Guide (5th ed., 1996). Co-author of two books: P-3 Orion in Action (2004) and US Navy A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War (publishing in 2009). Author of numerous articles on naval aviation history and the Soviet Navy. Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, Defense Intelligence College, 1983. Bachelor of Aviation Management, Auburn University, 1975. Graduate studies in military history, Old Dominion University, 1996-1997..." [E-Mail/BIO UPdated 12SEP2008 | 11JUN2003]

BURKE, Thomas M. Jr. flyboy808@aol.com "...I was an IFT in VP-9 from July 1996 till July 2000. I was the primarary NATOPS Instructor prior to my departure to C-1 school here in Pensacola. I enjoyed all 3 deployments and my fellowShipmates. Hope to see you all again in the fleet..." [23NOV2000]

BURKETT, Terry B. tburkett1@austin.rr.com "...I was a member of VP-9 from October 1965 to November 1967 and a member of VP-17 from October 1968 to May 1971. In both squadrons I flew primarily as a radioman (Crew 7 in VP-9 and Crew 10 in VP-17). In May 1971 I transferred to FASTRAGRUPAC Det NAS Moffett Field, California until May 1975 when I joined the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47. This was the best duty of my naval career. We made two NAF Misawa, Japan and one NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment during my time in the squadron. I served with the best Chiefs and AWs in the fleet while in VP-47! In January 1980 I transferred to VS-41, then on to FASOTRAGRUPAC NASNI, and finally NMPC Det NAS Dallas, Texas. I retired 31 Dec 1986. I own and maintain http://www.vp47tribute.com, a web site dedicated to the history of VP-47 from September 1948 to the present. I am interested in communicating with any Shipmate and particularly those from VP-47 of any year. Thanks!..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAR2006 | BIO Updated 19MAR2006 | 19MAY2005]

BURKHALTER, AT1 Jim jburkhal@pacbell.net "...I was one of the origional IFT's for the P-3C's when VP-48 transitioned to the "Charlie" in 71. "Blue Card" Natops Evaluator, Went from VP-48 to VP-31, then finished my Navy Career in VP-9, transfering to the Fleet Reserve in 1980. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates, (If anyone knows how to contact AW2 Tommy Burke I would appreciate that information). After retirement, I was an executive in the Computer business in the Bay area for a number of years, and moved to Placerville, CA in 1987 and have been a Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker since that time. In August of 2000 I was priviledged to be a "side Bouy" for Captain J. A. Prescott as he retired from his Navy Career. He was the Nav Com on my first crew when he was a LTjg and we have remained in touch over the years. Fair Winds & Following Seas..." [29AUG2001]

BURRIS, LT David burris@oakharbor.net "...Former AW VP-9, VP-31, AOCS 01-91, VP-6, VP-22, VP-46, WING TEN and currently NAVAIRES NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Would like to hear from the good old boys! Still kicking and approaching my 20 yrs. Lost touch with alot of good people. Would especially like to hear from my Crew 2 buds of VP-9. We were family! Have alot of great memories..." [03OCT98]

BURRUS, AW1(NAC) Kip sensoruno@yahoo.com "...The Original Punkrocker Skateboarding Sensor One, is still hanging out around the Silicon Valley and NAS Moffett Field, California and would like to contact any and all Shipmates from VP-9 Golden Eagles (1980-1985) or VP-91 Stingers & Black Cats (1986-1989, 1996-1999) to drink Mojos and eat Lumpia and talk about the old daze..." [18APR2001]

Memorial Picture "...BUSH, CAPTAIN John M...I am the daughter of Captain John M. Bush who retired in 1968 from NAS North Island, San Diego, California. My father was stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Alameda, California, NAS Oakland, California, NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota (Commanding Officer) and finally NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I know he was in VP-9 but don't know the dates I figure early 1950's. I am just hoping to make contact with anyone who knew my dad. He passed away 1988. He served in the Navy for over 26 years. He was a pilot from begining to end. Flew off the USS Tulagi (CVE-72) during WWII with VC-92 and flew FM-2 Wildcat. Well thanks for listening. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him..." Contributed by Becky Bush Wright beck7823@comcast.net [06MAR2011]


CAMACHO, Ipo ac137@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-31 from JAN 92-NOV 93. Transfered to VP-17 Dec 93 and ORDER MOD'ed to VP-9 later that month. Now I'm stationed out of the sunny beaches of China Lake (yeah right) running the Oxygen shop for NAVWPNTESTRON China Lake. Can't wait to get out of here. Kinda miss the old days deploying with the "knucle-heads" while "DOIN' TIME IN NINE!" And Uncle Pat? Somewhere lost in Whidbey? I'll be droppin' you a line soon so stand-by! I'm outta here!!!!!!!!!!..." [17SEP98]

CARNEY, Don H. don_felipa_carney@yahoo.com "...Served with VAP-61. I was an AMS2. Worked on AJ2Ps and F8Us. Made the New Zealand Deployment. Would love to hear from my old Shipmates. This includes the girls in the photo div. (remember guys thats the joke that got me wrapped up in ordanace tape and thrown into the airframes). Also was a AW1 in VP-9, VP-46, and ships company in the ASCAC on the CVS TIconderoga, CVS Kitty Hawk. I retired Aug of 1975 and would love to hear from any of the guys I served with and wouldn't dare name names as I would surely leave some one out. Hate to admit it but I'm getting old..." [16MAR2000]

CARON, Bob caron@kanza.net "...I was assigned to VP-9 from January 1959 thru September 1962. Served as Material Officer and NOTOPS Officer. Was Junior Patol Plane Commander while Cdr. Tom Healy checked out at PPC. Eventually flew at PPC of crew 9. Only claim to fame was when our crew and Lt. Don Hammond's crew found a submerged B-58 Hustler which had crashed in the Great Salt Lake. We found it with Mad gear, making 100 foot sweeps across the lake for 2 days. Would love to hear from anyone who was in VP-9 during those days..." [16JAN2001]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...CARON, Robert "Bob" Morris...Long-time Garnett resident Robert "Bob" Morris Caron passed away at Anderson County Hospital early Sunday morning, March 16, 2008. Bob was born May 13, 1935 to Cyril Emet and Benita (Acuff) Caron in Dallas, Texas. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Geology degree in 1957. While at OU, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Immediately after college he joined the Navy becoming a Lieutenant Commander piloting a P2V submarine-hunter patrol airplane for 4 years (VP-9). He married Susan Bland Simons April 19, 1958. Their marriage was blessed with four children. After his military career, Bob joined IBM and excelled through the marketing division of the company in many different capacities. His career took him to several states including Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland, Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee and Kansas. Bob retired from IBM in 1990. In July of 1995, Bob and Susan moved to Garnett to be with his mother until she passed away in 1998. Bob was actively involved in many community organizations including treasurer of the Anderson County Republican Party, member of the Garnett Airport Advisory Board, member of the Anderson County Planning Commission, member of the Garnett Country Club Board of Directors, was an ambassador and former president of the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce. He was currently employed by the Garnett Police Department as a dispatch operator since 1998 receiving several commendations for his service to the community of Garnett during times of crisis, and was also a part-time realtor with C.D. Schulte agency. Bob was a longtime supporter and volunteer of many local activities including the Fourth of July celebration at North Lake in Garnett and the annual GACC Christmas Parade of which he and Susan were grand marshalls in 2001. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, of the home; three sons, Steve Caron and his wife Ginger of Dallas, TX; Doug Caron and wife Patti of Memphis, TN; Charley Caron of Garnett; and one daughter Beth Marczynski and husband Robert of Memphis, TN; a sister, Helen (Caron) Shields of Camarillo, CA; a brother-in-law, Charlie Simons and wife Patti of Evergreen, CO; a sister-in-law, Carol Currens of Austin, TX; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and California. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary (Caron) Harris. Services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Church in Scipio with burial to be at Garnett Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Feuerborn Family Funeral Services in Garnett. Memorials can be made to the Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter in Ottawa and or the Ministerial Alliance food pantry in Garnett..." Contributed by POPE, Joe jonanpope@msn.com [02MAY2008]

CARPENTER, CDR Bradley A. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCSO.asp "...Commander Bradley A. Carpenter was born in McCook, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in December of 1984. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in September of 1985, and completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron pilot training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Carpenter joined VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-10 he served as Logs and Records Officer, Communications Material Security Officer, Special Weapons Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. He was designated a P-3C Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and NATOPS Instructor Pilot, and completed two split-site deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and one single-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In May of 1990, Commander Carpenter was selected for the Personnel Exchange Program and assigned to No. 11 Squadron at Edinburgh, South Australia, flying the Royal Australian Air Force P-3C Orion. The first exchange officer ever to be recognized by the Royal Australian Catalina Association for contributions made to pilot training, he was presented with the coveted Catalina Trophy. Following his tour with the Royal Australian Air Force, Commander Carpenter reported for duty aboard USS SARATOGA (CV-60) in June of 1993, serving as Assistant Air Operations and Air Transfer Officer. During this period, the Saratoga Battle Group deployed to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea areas of operation. In March of 1995, Commander Carpenter reported to VP-30 for Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot duty. He served as Training Director, VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. In June of 1996, he reported to VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Contingency Operations Officer in Charge at Eielson, AFB, AK. He assumed the duties of the squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer in December 1997, and completed deployments in support of Fifth and Seventh Fleets in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. Prior to reporting to VP-9 as the Executive Officer, he served on the staff of CPRW-1 / CTF72 in Kami Seya, Japan as the Maintenance and Logistics Officer. He served as the 53rd Commanding Officer of the VP-9 Golden Eagles from June 2002 until May 2003. He is now assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander Carpenter's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with one Gold Star), the Navy Commendation Medal (with two Gold Stars), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with three Gold Stars)..." [08DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...CARR, Dalton "Del"...It saddens me to announce that Dalton "Del" Carr who served in VP-9 AT Shop & Aircrew in the early 1960's passed away Dec 2002...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [15DEC2002]

CARR, Dalton C. dcjacarr@chartermi.net Shipmate Pix Circa 1962 "...I served from mid 1961 to Dec. 1963 in VP-9 as an ATR2. Have read about some of the accidents, (Johnson IS./S.F. Bay, and the loss of some of my old crewmates in the South China Sea). I have been in touch with a couple of my old Shipmates but would welcome any E-mail correspondence with others. It's sure neat to have so much information available on a time that played such an important role in my life, and to read about all the men and women who performed such an important job for America..." [E-Mail Updated 03DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 17OCT2001 | 07MAR99]

CARRIER, ABH1 DENNIS H. Retired dcarrierfam@aol.com "...I was a GOLDEN EAGLE from July '67 untill Aug. '70. I went on three WestPac deployments with VP-9 while onboard. We went to such nice places as NAS Adak, Alaska, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Cam-Rahn Bay, and back to NAS Adak, Alaska. I matured into a man while in VP-9 and I'll always be gratefull for the great patience and understanding that the Commanding Officers had for a nut like me. Sail on Golden Eagles!!!...Just a short note from a former "BATMAN" from '84 to '86. The best deployment I ever went on in the 15 years I spent in the NAV...! I think you did a 4.0 job on the WEB Timmy. Sorry you never made Chief. But us good guys stayed employed at the E-6 rank. BERMA-DO....forever. As long as there are "BATMEN" and "BATWOMEN" alive there will be a VP-24..." [16JUL2001 | 12APR98]

CHILDERS, Robert vchilder@ix.netcom.com "...After AW "A" school and VP-31. I was attached to VP-9 until Oct '76. Left active duty and was a reserve until Feb '77 when I became a TAR and was attached to NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I was attached to VP-90 from May '80 to Oct '83. Next came NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and the NATOPS team where I was SS3 Evaluator, alternate Evaluator, Instructor at RATCEN, TTT member and Evaluator again until Jul '90. From there it was VP-94 until I retired in Oct '94. If you want to see what's been happening since then (a lot has been going on!), go to the link and check my web page" http://www1.netcom.com/~vchilder/bob.html..." [11AUG99]

CHRISTENSEN, Peter peterd@uswest.net "...I was a member of VP #9 and was stationed in Alameda CA, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was a aerial photographer during that period. I have a tremendous amount of aerial and still photography of many members of patrol squadron VP-9. I have the original orders of assisting the USS Nautlis upon the first journey under the North Pole. I was present at that occasion. My commanding officer was Commander T. H. T. Norris, SLC. I would like to hear from you and see if the photographs I have are of interest to anyone..." [21APR99]

CLARK, AXC Ralph Retired onust@wayxcable.com "...VP-30 1961, VP-42 1962, VP-48 1963, VP-31 1964, VP-9 1967, VP-56 1975. Taught at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee, NAMTG NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAMTG NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Flew every electronic position on SP5(A&B), and P-3(B&C). Retired in Jan 1982 and went to college. Taught Electronics, Electromechanical, Hydraulics, ETC. Would love to hear from anyone that I flew or taught with..." [21OCT2004]

CLARKE, AMS2(AW)/(F/E) Steven E. clarke50000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1982 until 1986. I worked in Airframes and Maintenance then transitioned to a flying 2nd Mech. I also served with VP-9 and VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [17SEP2008]

CLAYBERGER, Joseph John jaycee@exotrope.net "...I was in VP-9 from 1958 to 1962..." [26MAR2001]

COLVILL, AK2 John L. johncolvill@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-22 from 1980 to 1984. It was my first tour in the Navy and I loved that squadron. I still talk to a couple of Blue Geese around the world. I stayed in the Navy for 12 yrs and now reside in San Jose, CA where I was stationed with VP-9. I was an AK2 when I left the Navy. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09MAY2010]

COMBS, Jerald D. aircrew@orion1.mfg.sgi.com "...I am formally a U.S. Naval Aircrewman (AW sensor3). I was in VP-9 and VP-48. Training command VP-30 at Moffett Field..."

COMAN, Stephen C coman@jax-inter.net "...1966-67 Westpac cruise with VP-9!! Any other Viet Nam era VP-9'ers out there?? Would like to hear from you..."

COOK, AVCM Paul Retired cooksfl@cox.net "...I served with VP-9 3/83-7/87 then at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Moffett Field, California until 6/91. Retired AVCM 6/98 and now living in Pensacola, Fl..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2002 | Updated BIO and E-Mail 14AUG98 | 10FEB98]

COON, Harry hcoon@snet.net "...Hope to contact old Shipmates. Was attached to VP-9 (1980-1985). Most people would remember me as (Kwi chang the PI legend). Worked in W/C 220..." [25MAR99]

CORRIGAN, Mike mike64@javanet.com "...Previous VP Commands: VP-9 (89-92) and VP-30 (93-96) and currently serving with VP-26..." [01JAN98]

COTTA, AOCS(AW) Stephen J. Retired SJCotta@aol.com "...I maintain contact with some of the people, let's find them. Day before yesterday LCDR Rudy Chavez (yes LCDR, kid done good) phoned me so we could attend this years Navy Ball together in San Diego. Let's all go. Also, AOC(NAC) David W. Reynolds, USNR, made Chief last year he was the Ordie on PD4 (I thought that was PD2, 159892), he'll also be going to the Navy Ball in SD. See many of my Shipmates there. Served with: NATTC, NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Basic training, Feb 73 - Mar 73 (AR); NATTC, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AO/A (AOAR); VF-213 embarked USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, Jun 73 - Dec 75 (AO3); VP-31 Training Jan 76 - Jun 76 (AO2); VP-9 Jun 76 - Apr 78 (AO2); NATTC, AO/C-7 School NAS Memphis, Tennessee May 78 - Oct 78 (AO2); VP-31 FRAMP Instructor, Nov 78 - Jan 82 (AO1); VP-40 Jan 82 - Mar 85 (AOC); NAF Atsugi, Japan Apr 85 - Apr 88 (AOC); USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, May 88 - Oct 91 (AOCS); and NAWS NAS Point Mugu, California Oct 91- Mar 93 (AOCS/RET). It was real and it was fun, but it wasn't real fun. At least you didn't think so until now..." [27JUL98]

COOVERT, John R. eaglepdone@wmconnect.com "...I served with VP-9. I would like to hear from past and present Shipmates..." [03SEP2004]

COZAD, CDR Kyle J. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Kyle J. Cozad is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he was commissioned in May 1985. He commenced flight training in September 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1986. Following initial P-3 Orion training with VP-30, Commander Cozad joined VP-23 in July 1987, where he served as Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Update II aircraft; deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; and NAS Bermuda and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In February 1991, Commander Cozad reported to the 404th Maritime Patrol and Training (MP&T) Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada where he instructed in the CP-140 Aurora. While assigned as a Canadian FRS Instructor Pilot, Commander Cozad was designated an Instructor Pilot Team Leader and Canadian FRS Standards Check Pilot. After attending Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer training in June 1993, Commander Cozad reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) where he served as Assistant V-2 Division Officer and Flight Deck Officer. During this tour, he completed one WESTPAC deployment in support of North Korean contingency operations and was awarded the Admiral Bringle Award for inspirational leadership. Following his disassociated sea tour, Commander Cozad reported to VP-30 in July of 1995. During his tour as an FRS Instructor Pilot, he served as FRS Assistant Training Officer and was dual-hatted as the VP-30 and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Force Safety Officer. Upon completion of his FRS tour, he joined the Golden Eagles of VP-9 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his Department Head tour, Commander Cozad served as AIP Transition Officer; Masirah Detachment OIC, where he supervised FIFTH fleet operations for two detachments, 175 personnel and 6 aircraft; and finally, as the squadron Operations Officer. In additional, he served as VP-9's Senior Pilot. Following his department Head tour, Commander Cozad returned to VP-30, where he was assigned as the Weapons Tactics Unit (WTU) Officer until April 2002, when he joined the Fighting Marlins of VP-40..." [14JUN2003]

CRAWFORD, Ed ed_see@yahoo.com "...Retired frm VP-40 91-93; VX-1 E6-A project,Command DAPA, 88-91; VP-9 Flt Eng, on almost every CAC at one time or another, Also QAFE. 85-88; AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California PowerPlants, TestCell, 83-85; VP-40 first qualed as Flt Eng, If anyone knows were John Kilroy, Steve Bryan, Terry Berg, Pete Condon, and all the others that gave me a helping hand please let me know, Flt Eng School, VP-31 79-80, made it by the skin of my teeth, ASW Test Directorate NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ground pounder mech. 78-79; VP-46 ground pounder mech, 76-78, VQ-1, Mech ground pounder mech EP-3E/B's EA-3B plane capt. Phase mech. with Berry Penninger. Any and all Shipmates let me hear from you..." [15AUG99]

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CROWELL, John JohnCrowell@webtv.net "...I flew with VP-9 during their Far Eastern Deployment, Nov. 1964 to June l965..." [11MAR99]

CURRY, AMH1 Jim Retired jimcaro777@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 (1960-1961 and 1965-1968) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Naples, Italy and NS Sangley Point, Philippines (flew both Market Time and Yankee Station). I flew as an FE with Crew-1 and Crew-9..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT2016 | 05OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...CWIKLA, Walter (Wally) T....My father, Walter (Wally) T. Cwikla, passed away on July 10th, 2002. He served in VP-1, VP-9, FAW-10, and VR-2. His bio is listed in the Shipmates listing. If anyone remembers serving with him please feel free to contact me. I am trying to keep his memory alive and getting to know some of his former Shipmates will help. The only Shipmate I ever met was J. J. Smith, but unfortunately the phone no. my dad had is no longer working. I would appreciate any help in this matter. Thank you all for your service to our country and you help to me...Walter (Wally) T. Cwikla, Jr. earlvilleeagle@juno.com..." [19JUL2002]

UPDATE "...I now have the phone No.# for J.J. Smith and have also made contact with Larry Krause. Thank you for posting my Memorial Listing for my Dad on the VP-9 Shipmate Summary Page...Wally Cwikla Jr. earlvilleeagle@juno.com..." [13AUG2002]

CWIKLA, Walter T. [Deceased] c/o His Son Walter (Wally) T. Cwikla, Jr. earlvilleeagle@juno.com "...I reported to VP-9 NAS Alameda, California 12/21/62 assigned to AE shop. I deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska with VP-1 (during the earthquake). Back to NAS Alameda, California then to P-3 school at NAS Moffett Field, California. After school back to NAS Alameda, California, part or advance group to set up shop for squadron move to NAS Moffett Field, California. TAD to FAW-10 Inertial Nav shop until squadron deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan until mustered out 12/4/64...I was assigned to VR-7 from December 4, 1961 to December 21, 1962. Have many fond memories. I would like to hear from any Shipmates...My father, Walter (Wally) T. Cwikla, passed away on July 10th, 2002. He served in VP-1, VP-9, FAW-10, and VR-2. His bio is listed in the Shipmates listing. If anyone remembers serving with him please feel free to contact me. I am trying to keep his memory alive and getting to know some of his former Shipmates will help. The only Shipmate I ever met was J. J. Smith, but unfortunately the phone no. my dad had is no longer working. I would appreciate any help in this matter. Thank you all for your service to our country and you help to me..." [BIO Updated 19JUL2002 | BIO Updated 03JUN2002 | BIO Updated 09APR2002 | 03APR2002]


DAVIS, Dave "ROBO FEAP" luvyourshow37@cs.com "...I went to school in VP-31 in 1988. Stationed in VP-46 from 88-91, and VP-9 from 91-94. Now flying C-12, but I hate it so I'm coming home to P-3's in March. Again thanks for all links to my old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 03JUL98]

DAVIS, AECS Mel Retired mdavis157@austin.rr.com "...I served with VP-31 (AE3) from 1976 to 1979, VP-9 (AE1) in the Electric Shop and Maintenance Control, NAMTGD 1012 (AEC) at NAS Moffett Field, California, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and NAS Alameda, California for retirement in 1992. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 08FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2002 | 21AUG98]

DAVIS, AOC Ray M. (Ray Ray) ordlord11@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1987 to 1989, VP-23 from 1993 to 1995, VP-9 from 1998 to 2001, and currently with VQ-2. P-3 Ordie "best job I ever had" and FE "FE's have the best seat in the house but could use some beer drinking lessons from the Ordie's"..." [23NOV2003]

DAWKINS, Kim kdawki8@yahoo.com "...I was a groundpounder ordie VP-9 from 1974 to 1979. I have been trying to locate old friends who were there with me. I came across a couple of names on this website but was unable to contact them with the e-mail adresses provided. They were Steve Cotta and Jim Geary. I also saw the name of a very good friend named Rudy Chavez! If any of you or anyone else who knows them please let them know I'm trying to contact them. Thanks!..." [18JUL2003]

DEAL, CDR Gary L. Shipmate Pix http://www.cnsl.spear.navy.mil/ctf-67/Command/CSO%20Bio.htm "...A native of La Verne, California, Commander Deal received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1989 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. Following designation as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1990, his first operational assignment was with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour with the "Blue Sharks" he served as Ground Safety Officer, PR/AME Branch Officer and AV/ARM Division Officer. He completed one split-site deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan and was designated NAV/COMM NATOPS Evaluator and Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator. Upon the disestablishment of VP-6 in February 1993, Commander Deal completed his first sea-tour with the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 where he held the billets of Command Security Manager, Assistant Tactics Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He made one tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. In April 1995, Commander Deal transferred to shore duty assigned to the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany. While assigned to the NATO Component, his primary billet was Maritime Exercise Coordinator and he qualified as a Surveillance Controller in the E-3A Sentry, AWACS. While stationed in Germany, he completed all requirements for his Masters degree in International Relations through Troy State University, European Region and subsequently completed his thesis and received his degree in December 1999 while on his disassociated sea-tour. Commander Deal reported to USS JOHN F. KENNEDY stationed in Mayport, FL in March 1998, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his disassociated sea-tour he completed one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway). In June 2001, Commander Deal reported to the "Tridents" of VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. During his tour, he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. Following his Department Head tour, Commander Deal reported to Tactical Support Center NAS Sigonella, Sicily to assume the position of Officer-in-Charge in February 2003. He assumed his current position of Chief Staff Officer, Commander Task Force 67 in October 2004 when CTF-67 relocated from Naples to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Deal has been awarded the Aerial Achievement Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and service awards..." [05DEC2005]

DEITCHMAN, CAPT Vincent https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=128 "...CAPT Vincent Deitchman, USN - NFL Number: 128 - Date of Birth: 5/18/1921 - Date In: 6/23/1941 - Date Out: 10/1/1967 - City, State: Los Altos, CA - School Attended: Rockhurst College - Aircraft Flown: R3Y, JRM, PB2Y, P2V, C-130 - Ship or Unit: Naval Air Test Ctr - VR-8, CO and VP-9, CO - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WWII Pac,Kor,Viet. - Associations/Service Organizations: Ret. Officers Assn NatlAssnUniformedSer Nav Av Museum Fdn - Highest personal decoration or award: USAF Commend. Medal - Significant Achievements: 11,511 Navy flight hours. U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class #12. In Memoriam? No..." [08DEC2005]

DEROSTYNE, Rick Van redsporster99@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-26 from Feb 94 through Feb 97. CAC -4 and CAC-5. I also was stashed at VP-9 from Dec 90-Sep 91 and worked as PAO. Did NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Currently serving as CTF-67 weapons officer in NAF Naples, Italy..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2001 | 01JAN97]

DEWHIRST, AE3 Edward R. edwardd664@aol.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-9, VO-67 and VP-40. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 06MAR2009 | 31JAN99]

DIAS, Dennis dpdias@us.ibm.com "...I was a NFO in VP-9 from 1994-1997. Made 2 deployments - NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in '95 with CAC-7, and Diego/Masirah/NSA Bahrain in '96-97 with CAC-11. Great memories of our life in Hawaii at Barber's Point and on deployments. Did shore duty at OPNAV as a CNO Briefer from 1998-2000 and earned my Master's from the University of Maryland. Left active duty in December 2000 and now work for IBM Global Services in the Washington DC area. My wife and I have one son - Tom - born 1/17/99. I'm still in the Naval Reserve. Always good to hear from old Shipmates...drop me an email..." [13AUG2001]

DIMPERIO, MS2 Vitalina (Tina) mynavyrecruiter@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1996 through 1999. I'm looking for all of my former Shipmates. Noodle - where are you?..." [26OCT2001]

DIORIO, Joe jadiorio@ameritech.net "...I served in VP-9 from December 1982 until June 1987 in the Avionic Shop. I met my wife in VP-9, Linda Standard. We now have 3 children and are living in the Chicago area. I would like to track down some of our Shipmates from the great years we had with the Golden Eagles. I was lucky (or Un-lucky) enough to deploy 3 times with VP-9, Diego Garcia in 1984, NAS Adak, Alaska in 1985 and NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1986-7. I hope to hear from all of the gang..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB99 | 23JUL98]

DOCKENDORF, AW1 Mike (Rowland) doc@silcom.com "...VP-9 from '73-'78, ASWOC/TSC NAS Moffett Field, California from '78-80. Bailed and went into Software. What WAS I thinking? Best memories are to be had right there, current VP Sailors! Six deployments, a lot of "bring your toothbrushes", and more Yellow Brick Roads than I'd care to remember. Lost some good friends when my old crew ditched in '78. Sent a photo of "streaking the tube" as we crossed the Equator to Guinness. Never made it into the book. Six years of great times and friends..." [12APR2001]

DOMER, AM1(AW) Bradley domerb2000@yahoo.com "...I got my start in the "Big Red" VP-19 from 1988-1991, then on to AIMD @ NAS Moffett Field, California 1991-1993, VP-40 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1993-1998, then AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii & MALS-24 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 1998-2001 to work with the Marines after they closed NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I then returned to the "rough" P-3 sea duty in VP-9 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 2001-2005. HELLO 'PERDIEM'! It's now summer of 2005, and I have arrived back on the mainland at VX-30 NAS Point Mugu, California (good-bye perdiem)..." [BIO Updated 26AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2002 | BIO Updated 07APR2001]

DOUGHER, Patrick "Buffy" BUFFNLES@AOL.COM "...I have had the honor of serving with many of you in VP-31 non-acoustic student (JUN-NOV 83), VP-40 (DEC 83-DEC 87), VP-31 staff (JAN 88-MAY 91), VP-50 (JUN 91-APR 92), VP-9 (APR 92-APR 95), VP-30 (MAY 95-APR 98), VP-99 double eagle (MAY 98-PRESENT). I would like to hear from any old Shipmates that are still out there. "What a long strange trip it's been."..." [04AUG2000]

DUEKER, CDR Scott http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Dueker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in June 1987. Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1987. During this tour he served as CMS Custodian, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Assistant Tactics Officer and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In April 1991, Commander Dueker reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, TACCO and NFO Training Syllabus Coordinator, and Assistant Administrative Officer. In April 1994, Commander Dueker reported to USS AMERICA (CV 66), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Communications Officer. During this tour he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Following en route training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1996. During this tour he served as Assistant Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while completing two Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf deployments. In April 1999, Commander Dueker reported to the Secretary of Defense Cable Divison, Washington DC. During this tour he served as the Deputy Chief for the Secretary of Defense's Communications and Watch Center. Commander Dueker assumed the duties of Executive Officer at VP-5 in May 2002. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and service awards..." [02JUN2003]

DVORAK, CAPTAIN Jim Retired jimdvorak@msn.com "...I served in VP-1 (68-71), VP-9 (77-80) and VP-49 as CO (82-84). While I've heard and seen many of my VP-1 Shipmates, I'd sure like to hear from folks from the other squadrons..." [27AUG99]


Memorial Picture "...EASTER, Ed "Hap"...With sadness, I must report the passing of Ed "Hap" Easter. Hap was 60 years old, no previous illness and suffered an apparent massive heart attack in his sleep on May 30th. His wife asked me to pass this information to any and all Shipmates who may have known him during his service with VP-9...Dalton C. Carr dcjacarr@chartermi.net..." [04JUN2001]

EASTER, Ed (HAP) eeaster@racc2000.com "...I was assigned to VP-9 from 1961-1966. Flew P-2V's at NAS Alameda, California and P-3V's at NAS Moffett Field, California. Love to here from any fellow VP-9 Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR99 | 08JUN98]

ECKSTROM, CAPTAIN Reed http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/ATSUGI/Captain_Reed_Eckstrom.html "...Capt. Reed Eckstrom hails from Marshall, MN, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest State University. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program, based at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Aviator after completing flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Capt. Eckstrom's first tour of duty took him to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a member of VP-6, known as the Blue Sharks. While there he completed deployments to the Philippines and the Indian Ocean. From there his first shore tour was as an intern at the Command, Control and Communications Directorate for the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon finishing his internship he became the Operations, Maintenance Navy/Navy Reserve Program Analyst at the Naval Personnel Command. Capt. Eckstrom then reported to the USS CONSTELLATION as the antisubmarine warfare officer and tactical action officer. Again during this tour he completed cruises to the North Arabian Sea where he was involved in the initial procedures for escorting merchant tankers into the Persian Gulf. Following this tour he reported to NAS Moffett Field, California and Fleet Readiness Squadron VP-31 as Administrative Officer and instructor pilot. Returning to sea duty, he reported as safety officer to VP-9, and by the end of his tour he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia as the squadron's operations officer. His next shore duty tour brought him to the Pacific Northwest as training officer for CPW-10, where he coordinated training requirements for VP squadrons re-located on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During this tour he selected for command and reported to Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Under Capt. Eckstrom's leadership as executive and commanding officer, his squadron was a test bed for integrating U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilot training. Following this tour he went back to sea as USS CONSTELLATION's navigator, and completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Most recently, Capt. Eckstrom served as the executive officer for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in Washington state. Capt. Reed Eckstrom is currently NAS Atsugi, Japan Commanding Officer..." [16JUN2003]

EGGER, Randy randy@ftl.com "...First served with VP-9 Crew 9 from 1982 to 1986. Shore tour with VP-31 from 1986 to 1989. In VP-4 during the transition to P-3C's; VP-46 for a month then VP-47 to finish out my active duty on Holloween 1990 (approprate for me). VP-MAU SEL/RES until decommissioned in 1991; Transfered to VP-91 (SEL/RES). Been there ever since (a slight break for IRR). Awaiting yet another decommissioning. Please feel free to email me, it's always good to hear from friends..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2002 | 17FEB98]

ENRIQUEZ, Richard richardp57@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-27 (1960-1962) at NAAS New New Iberia, Louisiana. VP-9 (1962-1963) at NAS Alameda, California, VR-874, VR-21, VR-1020, VR-51, VR-55, VR-60 (1983-1984), VR-55 (1984-1990) and then retired..." [BIO Updated 07JUN2014 | 14MAY2014]

ESPIRITU, CAPTAIN Roger F. Retired usn2100@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-9 (08/1978-07/1980) as a Flight Surgeon and member of the Mishap Investigating Board, Commander, Amphibious Task Force (CATF) Surgeon COMmander for AmPHIBious SquadRON (COMPHIBRON)-7 aboard the USS New Orleans (LPD-11) and a WesPac (1995). I retired in 1998 with specialty in Internal Medicine and subspecialty in Allergy and Clinical Immunology..." [06FEB2014]


FALLAH, AT2(AW) and AWV2(NAC/AW) Jeremy M. jeremyfallah@gmail.com "...I arrived in Hawaii (VP-9) on Thanksgiving day in 2005 as an undesignated airman, deployed to Qatar a few months later where I struck "AT" and made it first time up. During that deployment I went on det to Djibouti, Africa with, at the time, AT2 Kevin Mullins as my CDI and Senior Chief Ogata as our maintenance Chief. After that deployment I ended up in CMO-2-2s shooter shack and then volunteered to go to Iraq with VP-47 for the 2007-2008 Tallil Iraq deployment were I spent 8 months. I made CDI while deployed to Iraq and returned home to a 2nd Class crow waiting for me. In April of 2009 I transferred from VP-9 to Aircrew school where I was trained to be an EP-3E EWOP and MTS Op. I was then assigned to VQ-2 and flew over 100 combat recon sorties over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as a Biglook / MTS Instructor. I separated from the Navy in April of 2012 and now work at Cape Canaveral Air Force station where I have front row seats to the best rocket launches around...." [08APR2014]

FARRELL, ABH2 Blake farrell@comcast.net "...I served with VP-9 (1984-1989), CPW-10, Weapons System Test (WST) (1989-1992) and VP-22 (1992-1993). I flew Sensor Station 1/2 on P3C Update I and III aircraft..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11OCT2013 | 20SEP1997]

FERGUSON, David "Fergy" djfergy@earthlink.net "...I started in 1978 in VP-9, VP-31, VP-48, and Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10). I tried but just could not avoid the boat any longer, (CVN 72). Also a member of VPI. NAS Moffett Field, California was a wonderful place before it was "closed". Also take a look at "The Hanger"..." [09NOV98]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FLOWERS, Steve flowers2159@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 (1967-1968) and flew with Crew-8..." [14OCT2013]

FORTSON, Ivan Miles Jr. stikrod709@aol.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1980-1984 and then served with VP-9 Crew 10. Anyone remember me? I would like to know if you have as much trouble convincing people that the stories about the P.I. ( NS Sangley Point, Philippines), Thailand, Kadena ( NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan) and the rest are true? I miss all of you guys that I served with we had some times..." [24OCT2001]

FRANCISCO, Winston fabman001@aol.com "...I was, and still am, a Golden Eagle (VP-9) from 4/74 to 2/79 - some of the most memorable years of my life. I am so glad to find this page. Sure brings back memories - NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, and ALL of WestPac..." [21MAR99]

FRANKINA, Ed patron9@webtv.net "...Would like to hear from any crew members who served with VP-9 during the Korean Conflict at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1953-54. In particular flight crews 9 or 11. Lt Vossler was the PC when we made the one engine emergency landing at Midway on our return to NAS Alameda, California. Would like to hear from him or anyone who might know his whereabouts..." [17OCT2002]

Memorial Picture "...FRITZ, Francis Nicholas Shipmate Pix...My Dad, Francis Nicholas Fritz, served with VP-9 (Deployement: NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from November 1964 to June 1965 with Crew 9 - Tom's Cats) and VP-56 (Deployment: NAS Keflavik, Iceland from December 1971 to May 1972 wuth Crew 11). Dad passed away 20 years ago and I have just recently come across some of hs Cruisebooks and Awards. I would love to hear from any of his former Shipmates...Carol Fritz Bullard cbullard@olemiss.edu..." [13MAR2008]

Memorial Picture "...FULLER, ATC Richard Sears...My Dad enlisted on December 19th, 1941 at Natick Massachusetts (right after WWII started on December 7th, 1941), graduated Boot Camp (02/1942), Radio School (03/1942) at NAAS Corry Field, Pensacola, Florida, Chief of Naval Air Intermediate Flight Training Command (07/1943) flying (crew) aboard the DC-2 and DC-3, Training Squadron Special Projects School for Air (05/1944), FAW-6 (07/1944) Radio Maintenance School, N.A.F.G.S So. Field NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Aviation Free Gunnery Unit in San Diego (Aug 1944), F.A.W.C Radar School (09/1944) and S.P.S.A San Clemente Island, CA. Dad noted in his logbook "My only sea duty was done aboard a 4 stocker and yard oiler to and from San Clemente Island . Transportation only!" Dad then attened NAS Minneapolis, Minnesota (11/1944) Line Maintenance School, VB-4 OTU-4 (02/1945) at NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Instructor), FAW-6 (07/1945) and VPB-212 (10/1945) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying the PBM. On October 1946 through 1950 Dad began flying the Aleutian Islands patrols in PB5Y-2 out of NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Dutch Harbor, NAF Amchitka, Alaska to NAS Attu, Alaska and Tanaga. Dad then served with VP-27 until its disestablishment (01/1950) and reported to VP-6 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (04/1950-1952) assigned to VIP Transport Unit flying as Radio/Radar Operator on the R4D(DC-3). VIP's Dad flew with during his tour at the Naval War College: Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (CNO from 1942-1945), General Shepherd (Commandant USMC),Admiral Kirk (Ex Ambassador to Russia), General Bill Donavon,Senator Margaret G. Smith (ME), Vice Air Marshall Huddleston (RAF),Vice Admiral Connelly (President of Naval War College), Vice Admiral Johnson (Joint American/Mexican Defense Board), Rear Admiral Read (NC4), Rear Admiral White, Rear Admiral Murrey (CNAT), Rear Admiral Wellman (COMDESRON THREE) and Rear Admiral SS Murray (COMSUB FLEET). Dad noted in his logbook, "Start my second two thousand hours". VP-46 (10/1952-02/1955) from NAS North Island, San Diego, California to NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as far out as Kwajalein and the Phillipines. Dad then attended AT "A" School (02/1955) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-9 (03/1956) at NAS Alameda, California, NAS Memphis, Tennessee (07/1957) (Instructor) an back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. 04 October 1961 at 10:04 AM, dad retired as ATC Naval Aircrewman NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, having flown 4450 total hours. Dad flew aboard R2D-1, R50-2, R50-6, R4D-4, SNB-2, PB4Y-1, PBM-5, PB4Y-2, P2V-2, R4D-5, R4D-6, PBM-5, P5M-1 and the P2V-7..." Contributed by AWOC Jason M. LACEY jasonlacey74@hotmail.com [18NOV2013]

FULWIDER, David dvfulwi@aol.com "...Served with VP-9 from May 74 through June 78 on active duty. Reserves with VP-60 from Sep 78 through August 81. Next VP squadron was with VP-66 from Sept 89 through Dec 93. Currently CO VTU 0808G at the RESCEN in North Miami, Florida..." [24DEC97]


GADOLIN, LCDR Ronald https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2872 "...LCDR Ronald Gadolin, USN - NFL Number: 2872 - Date of Birth: 2/26/1931 - Date In: 9/3/1954 - Date Out: 6/30/1975 - City, State: Marietta, GA - School Attended: Univ. New Mexico - Aircraft Flown: P2V-7, C-1A, C-47, C-54, T-29 - Ship or Unit: VP-9, VR-21 and VRC-50 - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: TROA American Legion - Highest personal decoration or award: Navy Commendation "V" - Significant Achievements: - 8000 military flight hours. Airline Transport pilot. In Memoriam? No..." [09DEC2005]

GADOMSKI, AO3 Rich AOCUSNRET@AOL.COM "...I was Lt. Dale Rowlands tailgunner on Crew 6. Perry Young found me. I want to thank everyone involved in the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas/VAH-21 Reunion for the fine job that they did. Take Care and looking forward to Pensacola. Served with VP-9, VP-16, VP-19, and VP-31 along with VAH-21..." [BIO Updated 06OCT2001 | 03JUN2000]

GALLIHER, AW2(NAC) Jeff GalliherJ@aol.com "...served with VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 83-86, deployed to Diego Garcia and Adak, AK. SS-2 on CAC 5 and CAC 8 and SS-1 on CAC 9. Currently a student at the U.S. Army Field Artillery School (long story)...Looking for old Shipmates from back in the day..." [09MAR99]

GALVAS, Ronald L. galvasrg@home.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1966 through 1967. I was an ATN-3 Radio Operator for Crew 5. Deployed to Naha/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1966. I have been a integrated circuit layout designer for the past 30 years. I now live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area..." [10MAR2000]

GAMBILL, 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]

GARLAND, Robert (Bob) robertgarland@yahoo.com "...Just checking to see if anyone from my old Crew 11, BUNO: 135620 P2V-7 of the famous GOLDEN EAGLES VP-9 are still around. After I was transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 57 I then ended up on the west coast again on a damn carrier. I retired in 66 and still miss the old squadron. Are you out there "Bill Holbert" my old plane commander? Well good luck to all you new airdalesand keep the patrols going..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2007 | 30MAY99]

GEARY, Jim jgeary@nortelnetworks.com "...I was in VP-9 from May '76 to Aug '79. I was a 'Ground Pounder' in the Ordnance shop. Some facts to share........ I was on a plane coming back to NAS Moffett Field, California that fateful day of 26OCT78 when PD4 crashed (VP9/October 78 "We are Ditching! Ditching! Ditching!") into the sea near NAS Adak, Alaska. When we landed all that greeted us were happy to see us since they thought it was our plane that went down. I lost some good friends on that flight but they will always be rememered in our hearts. Also on a good note, I was the youngest nuclear weapons loading crew chief at Moffett when I was there, imagine an E-3 telling officers and chiefs what to do!! Anybody out there that remembers me, please email me. Also looking for a good friend Stephen Cotta..." [E-Mail Updated 04DEC2001 | 27MAR98]

GENTRY, Jim gentryji@methodisthealth.org "...I served with VP-9 NAS Alameda, California from 1962-1965 starting out with the P2V's. We moved to NAS Moffett Field, California with our new P-3's. I will never forget the time that I served with this outfit. I am now sixty years old and still have the faces in my mind to this day of the guys that I served with. But most of all I remember the ones we lost. The four years that I served in the Navy was with VP-9. May the Golden Eagles always fly with Glory..." [23JUL2005]

GIBERTI, AW Paul pg11175@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1974 to 1976, VP-23 from 1976 to 1980 and VP-92/VP-911 MAU from 1981 to 1988. I would like to say hello to all old Shipmates. It sure was fun and the best memories I have. To all I wish upon you Fair Weather and Following Seas...Love the P-3 always..." [E-Mail Updated 31AUG2010 | 13APR2001]

GIBERTI, AW Paul radioactive@mediaone.net "...I served with VP-23 from 1976-1980, VP-9 from 1974-1976, and VP-92/VP-911 MAU from 1981-1988. I would like to say hello to all old Shipmates. It sure was fun and the best memories I have. To all I wish upon you Fair Weather and Following Seas...Love the P-3 always..." [13APR2001]

GIBSON, Don Dong810964@aol.com "...Joined the Navy in 1956 and after "A" school was assigned to NAF Annapolis, Maryland and had my first Navy flight in an N3N. This was a Biplane with 2 open cockpits mounted on floats. After this tour I went to VP-44 and fleww on P5M's. Then to VP-9 and crewman on P2V-7's. Next I taught power plants on th C121 "Super Connies" at VR-8. I then spent 2 years at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then a short time in VS-39 flying the Radar seat in S2'S. After VS-39 I spent six years at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee. If you went thru NATTC in 1970/71 I was the Chief that did the 3 hour Base Introduction at he Base Theater. I retired in 75..." [17FEB99]

GILBERTSON, Richard A. rgilbertson@gamehavencouncil.org "...Served as AW-2 with VP-9 our of NAS Moffett Field, California from Oct. 1969 to August 1972. Most of the tour was with Crew ll. Looking to contact former crew members or anyone else with the squadron during those years: Robert Turner, Jim Stewart, and Jeff Harder..." [21FEB2000]

GLASS, AE1 Michael E. vp9p3fe@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 (1972-1975), NAMTD NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1976-1982), VP-9 FE (1983-1985) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Regional Contracting Center (NRRC) Indianapolis, In. (1985-1989) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) (1990-1993) at Mayport Fl..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02NOV2010 | 21DEC2000]

GLASS, AT2 Tom tfglass@att.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1956-1959 (P2V-7s). Close proximity to VQ-1, VP-19, VP-22, VP-6, and VP-47. The most significant and missed years of my life. Was aware of the loss of one VQ-1 aircraft. Experienced Diomede strait, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Agana, Guam, and NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Great time!..." [29MAR2003]

GLAUB, ADC Dennis lglaub@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1990 through 1994. My wife, AMH3 Lisa Mofield, served with VP-9 also. Anyone out there remember us? I am currently serving with VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [14JUN2000]

GODSCHAW, AXC Louis "Lou" Retired godschaw@comcast.net "...I served with VP-11 from 1965 to 1967 as a P2 and P-3A ECM/Julie Operator, VP-10 from 1972 to 1975 as an IFT on CAC-1 and CAC-8, TSC/OPCON NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from 1977 to 1979 as Maintenance Staff and Watch Officer, Fleet Combat Training Center (FCTC) Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA., ASWOC School from 1979 to 1981 in Maintenance Staff, VP-9 from 1981 to 1984 as the Electronic Shop Chief and Maintenance Control Chief and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Support Office (AIMSO) from 1984 to retirement in 1986..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09JAN2010 | E-Mail Updated 08DEC2001 | 01NOV98]

GOUSE, AW2(NAC/AW) SS3 Frederick goose875@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 as a AW2(NAC/AW) SS3. I left the Navy and now received a commission in the USAF. Miss the good times. Can you believe they actually gave me a plane with a gun on it. Either can I, so watchout..." [E-Mail Updated 25APR2004 | 12NOV2001]

GRAY, AT2 Philip spgray65@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (1987-1989) as a IFT with Crew-3 and then in the Reserves with VP-91 (1989-1992)..." [22JAN2011]

GRIFFITH, ADCS(AW) James W. scpo21@comcast.net "...I flew as a FE with VP-5, VP-56, VP-30, VP-11 and Naval Air Depot (NADEP) NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I am due to retire November 1998..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2009 | 14SEP98]

GRIFFITH, Thomas R. tomgriffith@mchsi.com "...Served with VP-9 1965-66, VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1966-70, VP-16 1971-1973, Namtd 1011 1975-78, Retired AFCM, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1984. Lots of good memories of P-3 days, I was F/E on first P-3C flew it to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from Burbank. Was Instructor F/E in VP-30. Was NATOPS F/E in VP-16, relieved Dan Adcock, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda, and UNITAS. Was F/E with Cdr Ron Castle and brought the first VP-16 P-3C to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Retired in Milton, Fl. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09FEB2009 | 11JUL99]

GRIMES, Melvin melgr757@gmail.com "...I served with VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California (Training) in 1980, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan AIMD (Powerplants) from 1980 to 1982, VP-9 TAD to AIMD Powerplants from 1982 to 1984, VP-48 TAD to AIMD 1986 to 1987 and VRC-50 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1984 to 1986. I'm back home in Buffalo, N.Y. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10AUG2009 | 31MAY99]

GROVE, ATC(AC) Floyd W. (Bill) (Grovvie) Retired floyd955@charter.net "...I served with VP-56 from 1962 to 1964, VP-31 Marlin Training, VP-50 from 1965 to 1966, NADC Warminster, Pa., VP-48 from 1970 to 1974 NSF Diego Garcia from 1977 to 1978, VP-9 from 1978 to 1979, and VP-31 from 1979 to 1980. Retired in October 1980 AT-1/AC. Would like to find two people if they are still around! ADR1 (?) Joe Casto stationed with VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1962-1964 and Johnny Goodman (?) same place same time..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | 28FEB98]

GUICE, AW1 Henry W. hguice@juno.com "...I served with VP-44 Fleet Aviation Specialized Ooperatonal TRAining GRoUp PACific (FASOTRAGRUPAC) and VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13DEC2010]


HAALAND, AMH1 Don L. Retired donhaaland@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 and VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California flying as a FE..." [03APR2014]

Memorial Picture "...HABERMAN, AMHC Elmer J...My father, AMHC Elmer J. Haberman Retired, passed away about a year ago in California. I have had the pleasure of reviewing many photos and memorabilia he had left behind and was able to enjoy many memories. Of course, prominent in my mind was the many years he was stationed in NAS Alameda, California with VR-2 and VP-9. I have recently looked at the slides he took in the late 1950's detachment tours to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska. I wanted to pass on to his former Shipmates, that my father loved his Navy time, was active in the Fleet Reserve and always had a warm spot for his time with VP-9. I also want to thank you for the good memories...Son Rich Haberman rhaberman@comcast.net..." [05JAN2004]

HALL, Donald d.hall56@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-56 (1975-1978), VP-94 (1979-1981) and VP-9 (1981-1982)..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAR2014 | 20DEC2006]

HALL, ATCS Thomas E. (Gene) Retired larkstude@aol.com "...I was in VP-9 from Feb. 59 to May 61. I sure remember all those sub chases that started on a Friday afternoon and ended sometime on Monday when that Ruskie just somehow mysterously dissappeared! Would love to hear from anybody who is left out there..." [30JUL99]

HAMPEL, AWCS John D. johndhampel@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 (AW2/Sensor Three) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1977 to 1980, VP-90 (AW1) NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1984 to 1988, VP-91 (AWC) NAS Moffett Field, California/Moffett Federal Airfield from 1988 to 1998, and currently with VP-69 (AWCS) NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from November 1998 to ????..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09DEC2003 | BIO Updated 17NOV98 | 00XX97]

HANEY, LT Jason "ACE" jj-haney@worldnet.att.net "...Served with VP-9 from 11/95-11/97. Patrol Plane Observer/Naval Aviation Observer. Deployed to Diego Garcia and the Gulf. Now at Offutt AFB, NE doing joint duty..." [BIO Updated 26OCT98 | 24MAR98]

HARLOW, Richard (Dick) L. dick@harlowgroup.com "...I served 10 of the best years of my life in the us Navy from May 1956 through June 1960. First in VP-9 based in NAS Alameda, California from 1957 through 1960 and later with VW-11 based in A NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada flying out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland. If anyone out there has any good quality photo's of a VP-9 P2V-7 or a VW-11 VW-2 (ed-121p) I would love to have it (them). I entered the Navy as an Airman (E-1) and left as an AT-1. I would love to hear from any of my old Airmates..." [17MAY2000]

HARPEL, Tom thomas.harpel@dla.mil "...I served with VP-9 (1966-1967) and flew with Crew-6..." [03DEC2016]

HARRISON, Christopher M. chrscnd@cs.com "...I'm an IFT in VP-9. Ready to rotate out almost. Just wanted to say hello to Ricketts, Castro ,Frank Hange, and Mike Johnson..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAR2000 | 28MAY98]

HARRISON, Scott "Duke" scottharrison859@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 as Sensor 2/3 Crew-11 with deployments to Japan, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Adak, Alaska and VP-26 as a Sensor 3 with deployment to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal..." [BIO Updated 07DEC2014 | 06DEC2014]

HARTER, Jeffrey Retired jharter50@att.net "...Nickmame JC 1970 to74 VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California P-3b radioman 1977 to 83 VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine P-3b IFT P-3c IFT best buddy whom i always hung with TJ carr1983 to 89 VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California retired with 7000 flight hours really miss those flight crew days..." [BIO Updated 19SEP2015 | BIO Updated 09JUL2015 | BIO Updated 20JUN2015 | E-Mail Updated 16APR2009 | E-Mail Updated 11MAY2008 | E-Mail/BIO 08NOV2006 | 16JAN2000]

HARTSFIELD, AVCM Rex Retired jrexmary@aol.com "...I was in FASRON-121 1958/1959 in the Avionics shop, then to FAETULANT where I taught APX-7 and APS-80. I left FAETULANT in October 1960 for VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California where I was in Crew #6. I reenlisted for AT "B" school and from there to VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was on Crew #11 and left VP-50 in December 1964. Went to instructor duty at NAMTRA NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired in Jan 1979 as AVCM working with VAQ squadrons..." [25OCT2005]

HATHAWAY, James W. reddog1937@cableone.net "...I would like to contact any VP-9 members who served during the years 1956 through 1958. I have many stories to share about our deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and Crew 3s being jumped by Migs..." [E-Mail Updated 23SEP2005 | E-Mail Updated 28JAN99 | 11DEC98]

HAWKINS, Jim hawkvp9@yahoo.com "...Hi gang. Just checking in! I was in VP-9 from Oct 64-Aug 66. 2 WestPac cruises, trips to Midway, Hawaii, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and other spots. I'd like to hear from you guys, so keep contact..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUN2000 | E-Mail Updated 25SEP98 | 09AUG98]

HAYWARD, AMCS Robert (Beaner) Retired haywardrj@navair.navy.mil "...I retired in 1999 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and I'm gonna stay put. Stationed with VP-1 78-81, NRL 81-84, VP-9 84-87, VP-31 87-91, VP-40 91-94, and Force Warfare 94-99. I even have some boat time VF-2 74-77. I had some great times in ONE and I would be interested in hearing from any and all..." [17NOV99]

HECKER, AT1(AW/SW) Jason P. jason.hecker@live.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1999 to 2002. I went to the PA Air National Guard 171st Air Refueling Wing out of Pittsburgh PA, while attending Indiana University or Pennsylvania. Returned to the Navy in 2005 with VAW-126 Seahawks until August 2009. Now in NAS Pensacola, Florida attending AAIWSM Advanced Avionic's C-1 School. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03JAN2010]

Memorial Picture "...HEMMER, MCPO Gary...My name is Jason Fryman. My mom married MCPO Gary Hemmer in 1986. He was my step dad, but I want to thank all who were involved in his rescue ((SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Alfa Foxtrot 586). He has passeed away now, but he was an awesome guy, and if you wouldn't have saved him, I wouldn't have had the privilige of having him as my father...Jason Fryman jasongina99@msn.com..." [10FEB2005]

HENDERSON, AW1 Pat Retired pwdh88@peak.org "...After being out of uniform for a couple of decades and away from all things military, the rough edges of service memories have been softened by time. It is the memories of people met and friendships formed that endures. I now have the perspective to see the arc of my service in the navy and to understand its significance in history. While I was in the U.S. Navy, I was too worried about staying out of trouble, standing watches, and flying 6,600 hours to relax into enjoying my time in service. My attitude now is what it should have been when I was twenty. I served on active duty as an AW(N) from December 1970 to September 1990. It was the "Golden era of P-3 A.S.W.", when the cold war was in full swing and we relentlessly tracked soviet submarines in deep water. I entered boot camp at NTC-RTC NAS North Island, San Diego, California shortly before the December holidays of 1970. I was in company 467, then volunteered for company 4006, the Drum and Bugle Corps, which resulted in an extra two weeks of boot camp. Orders followed for AT "A" school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee where I was talked into transferring to a new rating created two years earlier, AW. (Anti-Submarine Warfare Equipment Operator). We were the first class to receive VP orders in several months, so the extra time in boot camp changed my military life. The usual pipeline for aircrew followed with DWEST and SERE training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California followed by the west coast RAG, VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. From there, three of us received orders to the same squadron, VP-4 (Skinny Dragons) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. (Well, *someone* had to serve there.) We were, myself, George Wolf, and Mike McCarthy. Not only were we in the same squadron, but we ended up on the same crew. (CAC-5) Deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1974) followed. (I found SSQ-20 sonobuoys in the hanger and made floor lamps out of them.) George and I ended up as FASO instructors at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1975 to 1978. From there I went to VP-46 (Grey Knights) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan (1978), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1980) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1982). Back to Hanger 1 and VP-31 as a "destructor" from 1982 to 1985, where I met a remarkable person, Terry Sue Tyler. (She entered the navy at 34 and completed aircrew training.) My twilight tour was with VP-9 (Golden Eagles) from 1985 to 1990. Deployments were to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986), NSA Bahrain, Oman / Dodge (1988) and NAF Misawa, Japan (1990). It's great to have this web site where we can share information with former crew and squadron mates. I have a modest area of my web site dedicated to the VP Navy: http://www.otoolevideomagic.org/BDR/VPnavy/VPnavy.html..." [05MAY2010]

HENDRICKSON, AT3 Len Sprky22@aol.com "...I started out in VP-30 94-98. I'm currently aboard VP-9, the Golden Eagles. Looking for any old Pro's Nesters. Drop me a line..." [25JUN98]

HENRY, Glen Patrick "Pat" GPatrickHenry@MSN.com "...I was assigned to VP-9 65-67 at NAS Moffett Field, California as Safety Officer and Plane Commander Crew 10. Just retiring as Goodyear Blimp pilot 25+ years. I have fond memories of the VP Navy..." [10AUG99]

HETTERVIG, Mel kmel@means.net "...I have some great memories of serving in VP-9 from January of 1956 to August of 1957. I was the Squadron's Administrative and Legal Yeoman (YNT3)..." [23MAR99]

HILL, ADCS Daniel E. Retired dehill@dhlairways.com "...Joined September 1964 and retired September 1988. Served as F/E VP-9 65-69, VRF-32 69-70, VP-22 70-73, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 73-76, VQ-4 (C130 F/E) 76-78, VP-44 78-80, NADC Warminster, PA 80-84, and VP-19 84-88. I would enjoy hearing from some of the Shipmates I was fortunate enough to have served with..." [18MAR2002]

HINSHAW, AFCM Jack Retired Shipmate Pix jackhinshaw@msn.com "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1965 to 1990. I served with VP-31 3 times, VP-9 2 times, VP-46 in the late 1960's, CPW-10 and retired as the COMPATWINGSPAC Force Master Chief in January 1990. I spent 10 years at Aero Union Corporation as the Director of Maintenance and General Manager and left in 2000. Look forward to hearing from folks I served with so please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. I am living in Clearlake Oaks, CA and run a Marine Repair business (707-998-2129)..." [PIX Added 13AUG2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2004 | 20MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...HOLLIDAY, John R. "Doc"...FASRON-118/VP-4 1958-1960. Sad to report that 27 year US Navy veteran John R "Doc" Holliday, MRC USN (Retired) passed away 9/26/2002...Steve/Andy Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [18OCT2002]

HONAKER, CDR Carl Retired carl.honaker@rda.sccgov.org "...After FRS training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California, I was in VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from August 1977 - Sept 1980, crews 4 and 10, and made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (two). I was also on a beartrap crew and participated in Project Unitas with trips to Peru and Brazil (great time!)...I had two interesting tours between P-3 squadrons, first as a DLA test pilot buying new C-12s and T-34Cs at the Beechcraft factory in Wichita Kansas from '80 - '83, and then as a C-12 instructor, CNAP Natops evaluator and department head for VRC-30 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California from '83 - '86...After a one year tour at the Naval War College, I came back to NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-9. I was a dept head from Sept 1987 - Oct 1989, crew 3 (Rude Dogs), and made a multi-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia with 2 dets to Dharhan Saudi Arabia in support of Earnest Will, and finished the deployment flying ISAR and special ops between NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan (Turkey Day in the Desert and Christmas in the snow!)...From there I went on to be the Base Ops Officer at NAS Moffett Field, California and then on to be the XO of the base from 1990 til closure in 1994. I retired from the Navy in '95 and went to work for NASA Ames Research Center to help them manage "Moffett Federal Airfield" as a shared federal facility, and was part of the team that created another concept for reuse of the base called the NASA Research Park (http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/). I also worked on creating the California Air and Space Center which is now called Space World Hangar One (http://casc.arc.nasa.gov/inside.html). I worked with NASA until 2000 when I got the chance to be the Director of Facilities for The Tech Museum in San Jose (http://www.TheTech.org). After only 18 months of fun with this wonderful non-profit museum I was offered a chance to get back into airport management and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. After a short one year stint as the Assistant Director, I am now the Director of County Airports for Santa Clara County (http://www.countyairports.org). We manage the three GA airports in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Reid-Hillview and South County/San Martin airports). With over 1400 based aircraft and nearly 500,000 operations per year at the three airports we keep pretty busy. Since retirement I've been involved with Navy League (past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter), the Moffett Field Historical Society (second president) (http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org), the Aero Club of Northern California, the San Jose International Airport Commission and various other aviation/veterans organizations. If you are ever in San Jose look me up..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2005]

HOOP, Roger rogerlmar@aol.com "...I am currently a Lockheed P-3 Electronic Field Representative. I went throught the Engineering Maintenance Design effort on the Prototype P-3. Also spent time at NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-9, VP-19, VP-46 from 1964/66 then 1973/75. I still have all my P-3 Orion Field Service Digests from P-3A through P-3C's..." [06AUG99]

HOPGOOD, Phil hopgood@doim6.monmouth.army.mil "...Flew P-3C Update I with VP-9 Golden Eagles in Active Duty with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (1985), and split NAF Misawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1996) on CAC-4. Joined VP-MAU NAS Moffett Field, California Reserve squadron in 1987 where we transitioned to P-3 Update III. Transfered to VP-68 ( NAF Washington, D.C.) in 1989. This time we transitioned from P-3 B to P-3C Update II. Had a heck of a time with the CAC-4 Sky Pigs..." [11MAR98]

HOPKINS, Kent Kent@Kent-Acct.com "...I served in VP-9 from October 1961 to March 1964 primarily as Radioman and First Tech. I was on Crew 3 until we went to Johnston Island and then on Crew 2. I got out just as we got the P-3s and deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I'm looking for my old buddie's; Doug Bell, Frank Muth, and Fred Andrews of VP-9; and Bob Lepenske and Frank Mirante of VP-19 (our sister squadron). Many of us have reunited by E-Mail (or in person) and I'm hoping we'll all get together in St. Louis in 2001..." [28MAY2000]

HORSTICK, AW1 (NAC/AW) William horstick_w@hotmail.com "...I was a non-rate on the USS Midway (Dec 84 to Mar 86) went thought the AW pipe-line in 1987 and ended up at VP-9, NAS Moffett Field, California, for three years. I took orders to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, CPRW-11 ASWOC for one year. In 1990 I did a duty-swap of orders to ASWOC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (May 91 to Feb 95). I separated in Feb 1994 and moved back to the San Francisco 'Bay Area' and joined TSC-887 for 9 months. I was picked up as an FTS (Full-Time Support) by VP-91, in October 1995 at what is now called Moffett 'Federal' Airfield. When VP-91 was shut down I was transferred to VP-65 in NBVC NAS Point Mugu, California. I am now the acting OIC and Chief of FMP MOCC EPAC (Fleet Maritime Patrol, Mobile Operations Control Center, Eastern Pacific) also at NBVC NAS Point Mugu, California. I have made some great friends and have been around the world several times. I am sad to see the Orion Squadrons slowly disappear. My last VP command, VP-65 will be another piece of VP history come March 2005, when, it too, will be decommission! I, unfortunately, will retire at HYT with 20 years, in Feb 2006, as an E-6. Quotas for AWC this year (FY 2006) were ZERO... none! I'll be looking for work come Dec 2005!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08JUL2005 | 05OCT98]

HOFFMAN, ATCS Gail Supertweet@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1989-1991, VP-31 from 1991-1993, VP-47 from 1993-1997, and am currently stationed at VX-1...I picked up ATCS in 2001 and I'm currently serving in tailhooks of all things. I'm now with VFA-15 out of Oceana. I definitely miss the VP life. I'm now stationed with VAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [BIO Updated 10MAR2004 | BIO Updated 03MAY2002 | 18NOV98]

HOLDREITH, Harold (GREG) ghold62@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-8 from August 1, 1992-April 26,1994 (deploy to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR twice, Thule Greenland, Panama, and Turkey), NATTC Millington for AE "A" school, FRAMP in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from May 1,1994-Aprril 3,1995, VP-40 from April 4, 1995-May 4, 1998 (Dodge, NAS Misawa, Japan, and Pohang), and AIMU Fallon, NV from May 28, 1998-June 1,2001. I am currently in VP-9 in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii since June 2001. (Dodge--) and yes, I am still running all the time..." [17AUG2002]

HOOD, AE2 JEFF dhood@hctc.net "...I departed the Navy in 1994, from VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a Flight Engineer. Also served in VP-31 for 4 years as a ground pounder. Did a short tour with VP-19 until they decommissioned. Would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates. I presently work in San Antonio at an Aircraft Maintenance Facility as a certified Avionics Tech. I do miss the travel, friends and especially FLYING!..." [19AUG99]

HORVATH, Mike Retired whidbey_mike@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-47 (1975-1980) as an "I" level tech and then IFT, NAval Air Mainenance TRAining GRoUup DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) 1011 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where I was accepted to AOCS, VP-31 for training, VP-9 (10/1985-03/1989) as a NAVCOM, VP-31 (04/1989-06/1992) Instructor, VP-69 as a TAR and CPRW as Officer in Charge of a training det at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired January 1, 2000 on 15 acres here at Whidbey Island. I often times find myself missing a lot of old friends and early morning preflights..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAR2017 | 21OCT2004]

HOWELL, Gary Retired dlbgkh@aol.com "...I served with VT-27 (12/1965-07/1968) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas flying TS-2A, Aviation Safety (09/1968-11/1970) as NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, VP-94 (11/1970), VP-92 (10/1972-03/1976), VA-176 at NAS Oceana, VA, USS America (CV-66), CAG-6 (09/1977-02/1979) USS Independence (CV-62), VT-23 at NAS Kingsville, Texas, VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and retired July 1984. I now live Dallas area as Vice President of a Traffic Control Company..." [22APR2016]

HOWELL, John jghowe@earthlink.net "...VP-9 85 to 89, NAMTGD NAS Moffett Field, California 89 to retirement in 6/92..." [24MAY98]

HUFF, K. (Huffster) Retired phoggyme@yahoo.com "...I entered the VP world in June of 1981 as a SS-3 in VP-1, was there till 1986 when I was retrained (or was attempted) and went to ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Glorious days, then VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California, CPRW-10, then CPWP, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Retired in 94, am now in E. Oregon working as a Prison Cop. "Product isn't great, but the pay is good" drop a line, if ya knew me then..." [20SEP2005]

HUMPHREY, Fran (Frank) LEAF351@aol.com "...AECS (FE), VP-6, 79-82, VP-9, 85-88, NAMTRADET 1011, 82-85, NAMTRADET 1012, 88-91. Would like to hear from all old Shipmates, crew and friends..." [26JUN98]

HUMPHREY, AD2 Keith keith@jetairwerks.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1976 to 1979 joining the squadron while on deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I worked in the Power Plant shop under the wing of AFCM Jack Hinshaw, which has characterized my professional life ever since (Good and bad). I was able to fly as a 2nd Mech for a short period and used that experience to become qualified for High Power turns. My experiences at VP-9; the deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska and the loss of PD-2 and my Shipmates at that time have enriched my life. I am still in jet engines and own my own component repair shop in Southern Kansas. I would like to hear from old friends and Shipmates. Write me or find me on Facebook or on Twitter (@keith_humphrey)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20JUL2010 | 07NOV99]

HUNT, Charles S. "Chuck" dpms223@aol.com "...I served in VP-9 from 1977 to 1979, then crossed the hanger to VP-40. I stayed in the "Lagging Handa" (or, as we called it, the slow motorcycles) until 1984, when I lost my mind and put in for shore duty, whereupon I got sentenced to a training squadron in Beeville, Tx. I'm sure some of you out there know what I mean. I was enroute from NAS Adak, Alaska back to NAS Moffett Field, California when we heard the initial Mayday from PD4, having flown that particular airframe just a couple days previously, as I was a "second mech" at the time, and went on to FE school. Flew out of NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Guam, NSF Diego Garcia (aaarrrgghhhh) and took part in the "great Omani British E-club recon" while broke down in Oman with a #3 reduction gearbox failure. Also out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and Kinloss, Scotland. After a few incidents I decided a safer profession was in order (new kids and one on the way), so I am now a police officer with 14 years on the streets of San Antonio, TX. Jody Griswold, if you are out there, you still owe me for that night in Bodo, Norway. Any Shipmates that can still think, drop me a line and we'll see what comes up. Fair winds and all that....Remember, there were THREE mirrors in the P-3C, the third one was in the TACCO's purse..." [15JUN2001]

Memorial Picture "...HUTCHINSON, AW1(AW) Robert "Hutch"...Robert M. Hutchinson, member of VP-45, VP-9 and ASWOC NAS Agana, Guam, passed away April 10, 2010..." Contributed by Carl Noble carl.noble@att.net [08SEP2010]

HUTCHINSON, AW1/AW Robert "HUTCH" Retired rhutch@ite.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1973-1979; completed two NAS Sigonella, Sicily and two NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments with a UNITAS XX??? in there somewhere. Flew on Crew 5 with AWCM Hemrick on my first NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1973, operating out of Souda Bay, Crete during the Arab/Israeli war. Also served with VP-9 "Golden Eagles" from 1982-1986 completing a NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment with Diego Garcia det. Like to hear from any Shipmates in VP-9 and VP-45 that served during that time..." [04OCT99]


IVES, Glenn stepives@worldnet.att.net "...I was in VQ-2 as a Radio Operator from 3/77 - 3/80. Moved on to VP-9 until 10-82. Miss the old days and the missions. Would love to hear from old buddies, fellow moto-cross racers from the " quatros caminos" club. I have a daughter headed to Sig as an "AT." The tradition keeps on goin'..." [04AUG2000]


JACKSON, AO2 David D. Jr. ddjaxn2@live.com "...I served aboard NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1979-1981), VP-9 (1981-1984) and currently in the Air National Guard (full-time)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11JAN2011 | 20APR98]

JACKSON, ATC Ken Retired P3TRON@AOL.COM "...Did 20 years in P-3's VP-9 (64-66), VP-47 (68-69), VP-45 (70-74), VP-30 (75-76), VP-40 (77-80), and CPW-11(80-83). Retired in 83 as an ATC with over 7000 hours. Then played Tech Rep(TEX-REP) For VP-92, VP-94, VP-60, and VP-90. Love those P-3's. No greater feeling in the world than flying around with two spare engines. Love to Here from ya-all..." [13MAR98]

JERUE, Frank frankfdj@ptialaska.net "...I was in vp from 1961 to 1977 VP-4 1961 , PV-9 1963 , NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1968 , VP-31 Key West 1970, and VP-9 1975..." [02NOV98]

JOHNSON, ADCS Mike MPJ77@msn.com "...P-3 F/E, VP-6 82 to 86, VP-31 86 to 90, VP-9 90 to 92, CNAP Evaluator 92 to 95, VP-30 VR-DET as CINC LANT Fleet Crew F/E, and now with VR-1 at Andrews AFB, MD..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05DEC2001]]

JONES, Calvin calmary123@live.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1952 to 1954. We flew night-time flare missions for Marine night fighters over North Korea in PB4Y-2s and in 1953 we flew in the P2V-5 and P2V-6. I would like to hear from anyone who flew in a crew at that time..." [20FEB2009]

JONES, James (Jim) C. Jgjshp@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 in 1951..." [13NOV99]

JONES, Kathryn jones.kathryn@juno.com "...I am currently an AMS3 onboard VP-9 Golden Eagles..." [22DEC97]

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JOSLYN, AW1 Dave Retired dave1788@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9, VP-16, VX-1, CPRW-10, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) NAS Moffett Field, California and Commander Fleet Air Keflavik (CFK) NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [22MAR2011]


KARG, CTT1(AW) Rob robkarg@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 (PN3/PN2) from 1975 to 1978 and Direct Support at Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) NAF Naples, Italy, NCS NS Rota, Spain, Naval Security Group Detachment (NSGD) NS Subic Bay, Philippines, TAD ASWOC NS Rota, Spain, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Sigonella, Sicily..." [20DEC2009]

KASTIGAR, AT2 Jerry gkastigar@msn.com "...I was an AT with VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California from January 1960 to August 1960, fresh out of A School in Memphis, Tennessee at the time. Worked for ATC DeMarco, and was still in training as radar op and madman then. I was transferred in August 1960 to VW-1 on NAS Agana, Guam where I served as an AT2 crewmember aboard TE-8, Buno 145928. Spent my final year at the NMC at NAS Point Mugu, California maintaining Willy Victors there. Would really like to hear from anyone with similar dates at either squadron or NAS Point Mugu, California..." [24AUG2001]

KAUFMAN, ATAN Charles E. charlesekaufman@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 approximately June 1958 while they were deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I was an ATAN and taught myself moris code in the AT shop breakroom. Was assigned to fly as a radioman and continued to fly as a radioman until November 1959 when I was shipped to AirBarSRon-2. Which then became AEWBarRonPac..." [25NOV2009]

KEATING, Michael keatsdude@cox.net "...I served with CPRW, VP-4, VP-9 and VPU-2..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL2009 | 08MAY2008]

KELLY, Bob bkelly@brokersys.com "...I served in VP-2 from September 1966 to July 1969. I joined the squadron on deployment in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and three days later went to Saigon to join Crew 11, Fred Miller was plane commander and Pete Soffman was co-pilot. I eventually served in the training comand as Instructor pilot in VT-28. Went from there to P.G. School and then to the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 first as Asst. Flight Deck Officer, then Hangar Deck Office, and after Port Call in Sasbo, Japan, Flight Deck Officer. I then served at the Human Resources Management Detachment at NAS Alameda, California, the Naval War College, VP-9 and finally NAS Moffett Field, California. I retired in October 1983. If any of you know the whereabouts of any of the VP-2 Shipmates contact me..." [15DEC99]

KENNADY, AE2 George ggpe@comcast.net "...I served with VP-9 (1965-1968) and flew Julie/ECM..." [11JAN2015]

KENNEDY, ADC Charles A. Retired Squid4093@aol.com "...VP-9 74-77, VP-31 77-81 and VP-47 81-84, All ways looking for old Shipmates and if any one knows a Paul Purse VP-47 75-78 and also he was in VP-91 and a very close friend of mine and my wife PLEASE HELP us find him, lost contact. Also looking for Dwayne Sherzwinger goes by S+10. GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY Shipmates FORM THE PAST..." [03SEP98]

KENNEDY, AT3 Stewart "TEX" soundude50@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-9 from 73-76, Iwakuni, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Looking to contact anyone during that period of time of service..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2001 | 12JUL98]

KERZNER, YN Amy D. anelson@defsup.com "...I served (1977-1981) with VP-31 (ADMIN and FRAMP) and VP-9 with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [31JAN2012]

KIMMONS, CAPTAIN George W. "Kim" (Deceased) http://www.seminoleherald.com/archive/kimmons.html "... 6/12/02 - Former Wing Commander George Kimmons Dies - SANFORD - Captain George W. "Kim" Kimmons, the last wing commander at Sanford Naval Air Station, died Monday, June 10, 2002. He was 79. Kimmons was first stationed at Sanford NAS in 1959 and was assigned to several leadership duties during his time in Seminole County. He was well respected in the community, and when Reconnaissance Attack Wing ONE was reassigned to a Georgia base from Sanford on May 1, 1968. Kimmons retired from the Navy in 1974 and eventually retired in Sanford in 1991. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 30, 1923, and dedicated himself to a Naval career during World War II. In 1942, Kimmons entered Naval flight training, winning his wings at Pensacola on February 6, 1945. Ensign Kimmons' first assignment was as a primary flight instructor. This was followed by a tour with Honolulu based Air-Transport Squadron Eight, during which time he participated in the 1948 Berlin Airlift. He subsequently attended Ohio State University Electronics School and the Navy's General Line School at Monterey, California. In December 1952, Lt. Kimmons reported for duty aboard USS Currituck II (AV-7), Flagship for the Task Group supporting Operation Castle, one of a series of atomic tests held at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Subsequent tours took him to the west coast's VP-9 and to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as a Naval Bureau of Aeronautics Representative. In January 1959, LCDR Kimmons made his first appearance in Sanford Heavy Attack aviation. Completing the A3A Skywarrior syllabus in Heavy Attack Squadron Three, he reported to Heavy Attack Squadron One, later to become the Operations Officer and deploy to the Mediterranean as an 18-plane A3B squadron aboard USS Independence(CVA 62). Commander Kimmons reported to Heavy Attack Squadron Nine in June 1961 as Executive Officer and a year later assumed command of the squadron. Following this tour he served as Chief Staff Officer for Commander Attack Wing One. It was during this time that the change over to the RA5C (Vigilante) began with the wing. In December 1963, Commander Kimmons left the staff to assume command of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Three, during which time the faithful A3B phased out and the RA5C became operational with the deployment of the first two squadrons. At the conclusion of this tour he reported aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) as Air Operations Officer and later as the ship's Executive Officer, spending ten consecutive months in the western Pacific participating in action against North Vietnam. Captain Kimmons attended the Naval War College at Newport, RI. in 1965 prior to his assuming the duties of Commander Reconnaissance Attack Wing One at Naval Air Station, Sanford in 1967. On July 24, 1969, Kimmons assumed command of USS Kaskaskia (AO-27) and remained so until her decommissioning on December 19, 1969. Following his duty aboard Kaskaskia, Kimmons reported to the stall of the Chief of Naval Air Training in NAS Pensacola, Florida. During this time he participated in the formation of a new staff, Chief of Naval Education and Training, following which time he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration. Kimmons retired from the Navy on May 31, 1974. His decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Humane Medal, American Theater, Victory, German Occupation with Airlift Clasp, United Defense, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 star, Vietnam Campaign Medal. Captain Kimmons retired in Sanford..." [02JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...KING, AT Hayden...It saddens me to report that Hayden King (AT) VP-9 1961-63 passed away June 23, 2006. Another "good guy" passes...Stephen Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [28JUN2006]

KIRBY, Ed edkirby@writeme.com "...AE1 (forever) Ed Kirby, VP-9 CAC-5 from April 85 - Sept 88, "The Black Hole" NMPC/BUPERS Dallas Tx., VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, & VP-45 here in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Hoping to go to 30 Sept 98 and retire behind the podium in VP-30 (Sept 2000). Since the next higher rank keeps eluding me. That's okay, it's been fun for the most part..." [28APR98]

KLAUS, Dick (santa) wimpsdkfk@aol.com "...Was in VP-9 51-53, VP-21 56-59, VP-23 62-66. PB4Y-2, P2v's 4, 5, 5F, and 7. Retired in 69. Now living in past bird land. Drop a line tks..."

KLAUS, Richard K. (Santa) DK1aus@aol.com "...Reported to squadron March 1951 NAS Seattle, Washington with about half of personnel still filling in. Was in Crew # 6 for about six months, then went to Power Plants and was adviser for Hyd. as I had been in PB4Y-2s from 1947 till I was transferred to VP-9 from ATU-12 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Stayed in squadron till August of 1953. Was and always will be my best VP Squadron. Was in VP-21 and VP-23 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am still helping out with the Reunions and sure happy to see all the Plankowners, as well as the younger Airmates..." [20OCT2000]

KRAEMER, AOC(AC) Wayne W. wayne388@adelphia.net "...Entered US Navy at RTC San Diego 50-51. AO prep & AO school 51. NPG Dahlgren 51-53. USS Hornet CVA-12 53-54. VP-44 54-56. NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada 56-58. VS-39 58-59. VF-21 59-61. VP-8 61-64. NAS Moffett Field, California 64-66. VP-9 66-70. NWS Fallbrook 70-73. VP-17 73-77. PMRF NAS Point Mugu, California 77-80..." [27FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...KRAUSE, Larry E...VP-9 1962-65 Crew 6 Radio, passed 4-13-2009..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2012]


LaFRINIERE, Robert (Bob) tfl4404@montana.com "...Reported VP-9 late 66 in Naha Okinawa discharged Dec 70. Worked out of AT shop under Herb Vayo oldest salt in the VP Navy. Flew in Crew 2, 6, 8, and 10. Would like to hear from old crew mates. Sam Osborne where are you?..." [26MAR98]

LALLY, CDR Bob http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/cprw1/page4.html "...Commander Bob Lally graduated from Georgia Tech in 1982. Following flight training, he reported to the Dragons of VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in June 1984. CDR Lally deployed with VP-56 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; and NAS Bermuda. Of significance, during the 1986 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment, VP-56 flew combat missions in support of combat operations against Libya (Operation EL DORADO CANYON). In December 1987, CDR Lally received orders as Flight Instructor to VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In October 1989, he reported to Carrier Group SIX (CCG-6) at Mayport, Florida, to serve aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) as Flag Secretary/Flag Lieutenant. CCG 6 staff embarked on the missions of Operation DESERT SHIELD, Operation DESERT STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, and a variety of shipboard detachments to the Caribbean in support of Joint Task Force FOUR counter-narcotics operations. CDR Lally reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC as the VP Sea/Shore Detailer and served as the Naval Aviation Shore Coordinator. Following refresher training at VP-30, CDR Lally was assigned to VP-56, "Grey Knights" in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During the tour, he deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM)/5th Fleet and served as Operations Officer, Officer in Charge of Masirah, Oman, Cobra Gold 1995, and CARAT 1995 in Thailand and Malaysia. In November 1996, he reported to CPW-10 where he served as Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In January 1997, he then reported to COMMANDER, PATROL WINGS PACIFIC as Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower. Additionally, he took on the role as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Officer for the congressionally mandated closure of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and ultimate move to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Prior to reporting as Executive Officer of VP-9, he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies from National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. In July 2001, CDR Lally assumed command of the Golden Eagles of VP-9 while on a CENTCOM/5th Fleet deployment. During the squadron's combat deployment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism, VP-9 flew more hours than any patrol squadron since the Vietnam era. While serving with VP-9, the squadron was recognized for its efforts as the Chief of Naval Operation's Battle E Patrol Squadron for 2001. Upon arrival home in December 2001, Association of Naval Aviators; Navy League; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific; and local community leaders recognized numerous Golden Eagles for their unselfish, dedicated individual efforts in support of combat operations. CDR Lally flew more than 30 combat missions which included more than 400 combat hours and the first strike missions by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. In July 2002, he reported to his current command, CPRW-1, Task Force 57/72. He initially served as Operations Officer and is now Chief Staff Officer. CDR Lally's awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal (First strike/First flight), Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars/with two combat distinguishing devices..." [29JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...LAMANA, Michael Scott "Scotty"...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: LT Michael Scott "Scotty" Lamana, 31, Baton Rouge, La. was a TACCO in VP-9 at least 1997-1998. A great guy, quick to make you laugh....hell, still makes me laugh now. Please pass this on, say a few prayers for them and their families..." Contributed by LT Art Stiffel ahstiffel@home.com, Theater ASW Instructor, Tactical Training Group Pacific [14SEP2001]

UPDATE "...Michael Scott Lamana, Home of Record: Baton Rouge, La., Commissioned: Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, Southern University and A&M College, December 17, 1992, Rank: Lieutenant, Date of Rank: January 1, 1997, Designator: Naval Flight Officer, and Age: 31. Duty Stations: VP-9 - 07/95 - 01/99 and Chief of Naval Operations - 02/99. Awards and Decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [18SEP2001]

LANDRY, Elizabeth (Barrentine) figmentliz@aol.com "...I served in VP-9 from 1993 to 1995. I was in Diego Garcia 6 months on deployment and I am looking for some of my other squadron mates. If any of you were in VP-9 at this time, please write to me. Hope to hear from everyone soon!..." [14JUL99]

LANDRY, Harold c/o Robin Smith astroaries@ispwest.com "...I served with VP-9 in the early 1950's. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16NOV2006]

LANEY, LCDR David P. Retired david_laney@yahoo.com "...I served with NAVCAD to June 1958, VW-3 to October 1960, VW-1 to October 1961 (3P & Nav), VP-9 to June 1963 (Training & Tactics/2P in P2V-7F), VT-3 (flight instructor) to June 1966, VQ-1 to 1969 (Aircraft Comm. EC-121M), and VQ-2 to 1974 (Training, Security, A/C EC121M). Retired and went to work (self employed) and retired in 2000 finally. VP-9 for losses in San Fran Bay and Johnson Island (JTF-8-Atomic testing)..." [12SEP2002]

LANGSTON, AECS Fred freddarat@aol.com "...I served with VP-46 from November 1984 to January 1988, VP-31 (F/E Instructor) January 1988 to October 1991, DLI Monterey from October 1991 to April 1992, PEP Netherlands VSQ-320 from April 1992 to May 1995, NAWCAD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from June 1995 to March 1998, VP-9 from July 1998 to May 2001 and currently at CPRW-10 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and looking to retire 1 year from today with 26 years and 3 days. Still do a bit of flying while on the staff here but see the end coming soon. This is a great command to end the long ride..." [BIO Updated 01JUN2004 | 08NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...LARSON, CDR Harvey...With regret I am passing on the following from Allan Prevette, Secretary, VQ Association who received the email from Mary E. (Beth) Larson telling of the passing of her husband CDR Harvey Larson, USN (Ret). CDR Larson was one of the small number of naval aviators who flew the P4M-1Q Martin Mercator during two tours with VQ-1 (1952-53 and 1956-57). Harvey passed away March 20, 2003..." Contributed by Mel Davidow meldavidow@earthlink.net [25JUl2003]

LAWLOR, Jack jack@irishmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (1966-1969) as a TACCO/Mission Commander. I flew with Crew-5 (PPC Jim Jackson) and Crew-3 (PPC Chuck Morris). I would like to hear from former Shipmates. Hopefully see you all at Montery in 2016 for West Coast Reunion..." [24JUN2015]

LAWSON, ABH2 Robert (Doug) twnclick@cosmoaccess.net "...I was in VP-9 from 1972-1975. I then became a S.E.R.E. instructor and ran across a lot of VP people. I'm interested in finding any of the Lickteigs there were three that I knew of two were flight crew and one ground crew. Their names were Barney (Master Chief), Tom (I beleive 1st class) and Dion (I beleive 3rd class)..." [14AUG98]

LADWIG, AWC (AW) Joachim ("Big Joe / McStork") jnrlad@dmrtc.net "...My first MPA event was at night aboard one of VP-67's P-2V Neptune aircraft in Millington TN, SEP76 and I've had a most excellent time in the VP business ever since! I've logged 4700hrs with VP-40 (77-82), VP-31, IS/CNAP; P-3B/C Acoustic Evaluator (82-85), VP-46, Tactics/Ops (85-88), CPWP, TTT/TAC D&E (88-92), VP-9, Training/ det Ops Chief(92-95). Today(96-??) I toil at the desk upon which rests the sacred Sonobuoy HOTLINE (DSN482-3577, Please call us with your pressing sonobuoy needs!) here at NSWC Crane IN..."

LAMANA, Scott "Lawman" Lamanas@aol.com"...Currently serving with VP-9..."

LeBLANC, David dnav1@capecod.net "...I was in VP-9 from 63-66, P-2V7s at NAS Alameda, California to P-3As and later P-3Bs at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was a radio operator in crew six. Later I did a tour in VP-47 with P-3Cs, as an IFT fm late 70 to June 74. I also was a first tech on a OP-2E at the NADC in the late 60's. Enjoyed seeing a lot of familiar names..." [06FEB98]

LeGAULT, ATN3 Doug "Gross" legault7511@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 (1966-1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. I was the Radio Operator on Crew-10. When I left the Navy, I continued as an electronics technicain throughout my carrer. I retired in June 2011..." [E-Mail Updated 30AUG2012 | 28JUL2011]

LEWIS, AW1 Tom tlewis@nlsoftware.com "...I am currently stationed at VP-91 in NAS Moffett Field, California. My VP history is as follows: VP-9 1985-1989, VP-31 1989-1992, VP-46 1992-1996, and VP-91 1996-Present..." [29MAY98]

LICHNER, Bill ablichner@kc.rr.com "...I served with VP-9 (1978-1980). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29MAY2013]

LLOYD-JONES, John T. john@jwlloydjones.com "...I served with VP-9 from April 1981 to April 1985, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field from June 1985 to September 1988, TSC USS Ranger CV-61 from March 1989 to March 1991, TSC USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 from April 1991 to March 1993, VP-30 from April 1993 to September 1995, and VP-40 1995- EWO all the way..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUL2004 | 05SEP97]

LOVELACE, AT3 Ralph R. rlove74@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (1953-1957) at NAS Alameda, California as a crewman (Radio/Radar/ECM) aboard the P2V-5F with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1955) and NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1956)..." [12JUL2011]

LOVELY, AMHC Jim Retired jlovely1@houston.rr.com "...I served with VP-22 from April 1960 to August 1963 (P2V-5) VP-30, Detachment "A" from August 1963 to April 1967 (P-3V-1), VP-22 from April 1967 to April 1975 (P-3A ,B, DELTIC), VP-9 from June 1980- to November 1982 (P-3C), and retired November 1982 while deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, went to "Land of Enchantment". Would love to hear from any old Shipmates that are still around..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2004 | E-Mail/WebSite Updated 19MAR2000 | 30JUL98]

LOZANO, Fred rapidfred@aol.com "...While deployed aboard the USS Ranger in 1981, I saw a P-3 for the first time. My supervisor "Clay" told me that I could be an Flight Engineer and fly! That day I had my request for FE school. One year late I reported to VP-31 for training. Since then I have served with VP-9, VP-31, VP-40, VP-30 and currently serving with VP-1 in Whidbey Island Washington. In May of 1998 I will tansfer to VP-16 in Jacksonville..."

LUCAS, AOCS Gary c/o His Friend Roger E. Bezayiff jarebez@tele-net.net "...I am a friend of Gary Lucas, AOCS. Gary would have loved to go to the VO-67 Reunion, but will be unable to. He lost both of his legs due to diabetes. Gary has many fond memories of VO-67 in Vietnam, and would very much like to hear from his old Shipmates. Gary enlisted in 1951, served in VP-6 from 53-55, VP-9 from 56-60, VP-19 from 65-67, and VO-67 from 67-68. He retired as an AOCS in 1972. His address is: Gary Lucas, Camelot Acres #4, Yeringtion, NV 89447, (775)-463-2341. I would be very happy to pass along any emails that you would send to Gary. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Roger E. Bezayiff jarebez@tele-net.net, AMAN, served with VW-4 1955-1957..." [13FEB99]

LUDWIG, ATC Scott V. Retired estersgiftworld@comcast.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1971 to 1974. Looking for members of Crew 5, AT Shop, or anyone from that time frame. Also served with VP-1 from 1980 to 1984. Looking for members of Crew 7 (KRUDE 7)..." [BIO Updated 16JUL2006 | 28JUN2006]

LUND, Bob lundici@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1962-1965. Would love to hear from any of our former squadron friends..." [25APR2002]

LUXNER, AMCS Tom TJLUX@aol.com "...VP-9 F/E from JUL 85 to APR 89, VP-31 F/E Inst from MAY 89 to SEP 92, CNAP F/E from OCT 92 to OCT 94, VRC-30 C-2 Det LCPO from OCT 94 to JUL 97, CHSLWP Maint Inspection Team Leader JUL 97 to present. I'll always miss my PAPA THREE days!..." [28APR98]


MAHON, CAPT Richard B. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=341 "...CAPT Richard B. Mahon, USN - NFL Number: 341 - Date of Birth: 3/10/1928 - Date In: 9/7/1945 - Date Out: 6/30/1978 - City, State: Basye, VA - School Attended: Univ Mississippi - Aircraft Flown: PB4Y-2, P2V-5F, P4M-1, P2V, SNJ - Ship or Unit: VP-9, CO, OP-05A and USS Shangri-La, Nav. - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation Nav Av Museum Fdn Flying Midshipmen Tailhook Assn U.S. Naval Institute - Highest personal decoration or award: Navy Commend. Med.-2 - Significant Achievements: No accidents, no flight violations Member Lions International. Served at OPNAV & BuWeps in Washington, DC. CO VP-9; CVA-38; 6,000+ flight hours. In Memoriam? No..." [09DEC2005]

MANARO, AWC Larry L. Retired Larryl@ssisp.com "...It would really help if everyone could put dates of service to squadrons. Especially VP-1 (52-55) and (70-73) & VP-9 (74-79) & VS-38 (66-69)..." [10NOV98]

MANN, PHCS Gary A. Retired retphcs@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from March 1974 to October 1978. I made deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Even spent a year one month in NSF Diego Garcia with the donkeys and the chickens. Worked in the AI shop and flew with all the crews. I also served with VP-56 from 1967 to 1970. Started off at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in P2s, deployed to NS Rota, Spain, and returned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to get the new P-3C. Miss the flight hours, the 0:dark30 preflights, and the Shipmates from two great squadrons. Anyone out there a Turtle?..." [23MAR2004]

MANN, AMSC J. R. Retired jrmshmsr@yahoo.com "...Entered the Navy on July 1959. I served with the USS Independence (CV-62), USS Antietam (CV-36), NAS Pensacola, Florida, B-School and FE School, VP-9 (1965 to 1968), VP-44, Recruiting Duty and VP-24 (1975 to 1979) FE Crew 7..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15MAR2009 | 07NOV2006]

MARKOVIC, AW2 Andy amarkovi@us.ibm.com "...I left VP-9 as AW2 after doing NAS Iwakuni, Japan '71 and '73. Saw a lot of SE Asia.. a lot of air time.. fond memories. God Bless all..." [29SEP2007]

MARTIN, James jmartin108@hotmail.com "...I was an Avionics Tech in VP-9 from April 1994 until February 1999. I am living the good life now as a government contractor making the fat bucks. I made 3 deployments with VP-9 to NAS Misawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. I'm sure glad it's over! To all you "Doin' Time In Nine" - keep your chin up - It'll get better when you leave. Trust me..." [10NOV99]

MAYER, Steve flyn8251@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17, VP-4, VP-30, VP-9, Catbird ETD, VP-16 and NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [18MAY2013]

McCARTY, John M. john_mccarty@wireless.adc.com "...Let me be the first to check in from VP-9 during the Viet Nam era...friends were great!...went on to fly for the airlines for several years. I have been looking for old shipmates like Tom Wright and Mike Spradley for years. Call me if you recognize the name. Office: (503) 693-3100 x2228..."

McCONNELL, Michael D. (DOC) nascarmike@budweiser.com "...Served in three VP Squadrons. VP-44 from 66-68 Crew 8 "The Eight Balls". VP-9 72-75 Avionics Shop and AIMD. VP-45 from 78-82 CAG-3 and QA. Also served at NAS Los Alamitos, California, FASO NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. And a tour as a "Black Shoe" USS Uvalde. 0518/1924..." [19MAY99]

McEWEN, AWC Doyle Retired awcmc@msn.com "...Started Navy career with VW-13, then came HS-6, then a shore tour at FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Finally I make it to VP's - VP-50 (69-75), AWA School Staff (75-78), VP-9 (79-81), VP-31 (82-85), and last but not least VP-48 (85-89). Saw a whole lot of familiar names. Drop me a line when you get a chance..." [02DEC2001]

McFALL, Melita (or Hoffman) mlmcfall@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-22 from '92-decom, VP-17 '94-decom, and VP-9 '95-'97. Love to hear from old squadron-mates, am currently an AT2 in a CT community, teaching electronics to surface-types at NTTC Corry Station..."

McINTYRE, CDR Trevor A. mnogre@aol.com "...I was in "Big Red" (VP-19)Aug 1986 - Feb 1990. I made deployments with the squadron on CAC-4 as the NavComm in 1987 to NSF Diego Garcia and with CAC-8 as the TACCO / Mission Commander in 1989 to NAS Misawa, Japan. The '87 deployment was more interesting operationally as we spent a lot of time flying night missions out of Dharhan, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation EARNEST WILL during the Iran-Iraq war. I remember hiding behind a Hawk missile site on the Saudi coast one night waiting for Iraqi Badger bombers to complete their raid on Iranian oil fields. We could even see them on the IRDS as they flew by. '89 deployment included several "fish-in-the-barrel" flights against the Soviets during Spring-Ex. Never had so much contact on one pattern in my life! I departed VP-19 in Feb '90 for a tour with COMPATWING TEN (CPW-10) at NAS Moffett Field, California as Readiness Officer and Asst OIC of the Weapons System Trainer Det. My disassociated sea tour was aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) as the Catapult and Arresting Gear Division Officer from 1992-3. Being a 'shooter' is the coolest job in the Navy! I left Connie and went to Postgraduate School in Monterey to get my MS in Physical Oceanography. Following graduation in 1996, I went to Tactical Support Center (ASWOC/TSC) NAS Sigonella, Sicily as the Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. The best part of that tour was spending 2+ months in Sarajevo as part of IFOR coordinating reconnaissance and surveillance tasking for P-3's overland in Bosnia. From there I checked my DH block with VP-9 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from 1997-99. I am currently assigned as the XO of Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe Bay (MALSEK). MALSEK is the USMC equivalent of an AIMD and we provide intermediate level maintenance, supply and ordnance support to P-3's, CH-53D's and SH-60's operating from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. I would love to hear from any old Big Redder's out there..." [03MAY2001]

McLAUGHLIN, Tom "...I serve with VP-9 from 10/79 through 9/81. I am looking for Tim Kennedy and W. Nichols. If you are out there send me a message. Anyone else that remembers me is welcome to send a message..." [05FEB98]

McMANUS, AW1 Brian F. mkahakai_kane@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from January 1999 to August of 2003. I am now an instructor with VP-30. Any old friends, PLEASE drop me a line..." [Rank/BIO/E-Mail Updated 25MAY2004 | Rank/E-Mail Updated 02APR2002 | 26MAR99]

MEASECK, AW2 Mark L. mamea2@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from Fall 1970 to September 1973 with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1971 and 1973 as SS1..." [30NOV2009]

MEDFORD, Gerald geraldmedford@cmhservices.net "...I served with VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California in May 1968 while attending "C" school. I then went to VP-28 "Hawaiian Warriors" NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and was assigned to the airframes shop. We did one deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan before being disestablished in November 1969. I was sent to VP-9 "Golden Eagles" in NAS Moffett Field, California. I made a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1970 and spent most of that time in NAS Agana, Guam. I got out of the Navy in May 1971. I would like to hear from my ole VP Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2004 | 19APR2001]

MELCHERT, Jim jimp3fex1@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1973 to 1978 starting off with Crew-7 and ending up with Crew-9. I would sure like to make one more trip to Thailand (the whole WestPac)..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2010 | 06DEC1997]

MILLER, Richard ranrmiller@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1958 to 1960. I am trying to find LT(jg) Bill Smith who was with us at NAS Alameda, California..." [17FEB2009]

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]

MIORIN, ATCS (AC/AW) Tony Retired tmiorin1@verizon.net "...I served with VP-40 (1978-1980), VP-31 (1980-1983), VP-9 (1983-1985) and VXN-8 (1988-1991). Retired in 1996 after 23 years and living in Dallas, TX. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09JAN2011]

MITCHELL, AT3 Thomas M. tmitchell0608@wowway.com "...I served with VP-1 from 1972 to 1974 on the "Hallmark" Crew Ten as Radio Operator then onto VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I left Active Duty and affiliated with VP-93 at Selfridge ANGB outside of Detroit. Left there in 1984 and was with the Air National Guard until retiring in 1995..." [E-Mail Updated 16SEP2004 | 29MAR99]

MOFIELD, AMH3 Lisa lglaub@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1990 through 1994. My wife, AMH3 Lisa Mofield, served with VP-9 also. Anyone out there remember us? I am currently serving with VP-5 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [14JUN2000]

MOLINO, ADC Tony tbmolino@msn.com "...Was in VP-6 from 1990 until decomm. Great parties at the Coastie Club and even better ones in Ewa Beach. To all Bluesharks from that time in my life "ALOHA". Been out of the community for awhile but still see some of you around. Any Sharks that want to share old times just email me. I also served with VP-9.." [E-Mail/Promotion 01OCT2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19OCT2000 | 05AUG98]

MOLL, ABH3 JOHN jl172@sbcglobal.net Shipmate Pix Circa 1973 Shipmate Pix Circa 1974-1975 "...I SERVED IN VP-9 FROM SEPT. 72 TO JULY 75. HAD A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY ONE IN VP-9 AT THE TIME I WAS IN..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2005 | E-Mail Updated 19NOV2000 | Updated 27JAN98]

MONDAY, LT C. Barrett II bmonday@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 Crew 6 Tacco 1964-1966. Looking to hear from anybody of this era. Recently went back to NAS Moffett Field, California and the old apartment on California Street and a flood of memories came back. I've been in Houston since leaving active duty in 1966. I stayed in the reserves to luck out as an 0-6 and just received (thank you fellow tax payers), my first retirement check. Anyone from '64-66, please contact..." [19JAN2000]

MOOLDYK, Evan evan.mooldyk@us.army.mil "...VP-9, 1987-1991, NAV/COM - TACCO, Crew 8 and Crew 3. Served 4 years with VP-9 (2 deployments), I am looking for any former Shipmates. I'm now heading to Iraq as a Captain in the US Army. (had a 10 yr. break in service and joined the California Army National Guard in 2001). If any former VP-9 members are in the Persian Gulf/Iraq area, contact me. HOOAH!..." [12NOV2004]

MOORE, Chester B. marymoore@hotmail.com "...I am looking for any buddies that served with VP-9 between 1965 and 1968. WOuld love to catch up!..." [16NOV2001]

MOORE, Howard homoore@mindspring.com "...As one of the members of the crew surviving the Alfa Foxtrot 586 ditch (SEE: VP-9 In Memorial for lost friends Alfa Foxtrot 586). I would like all to know the I still hold the deapest appriciation for everyone that contributed to our rescue. I found out before Christmas that the Russian's had been looking for the survivors to see how their lives were 20 years later. They were not successful. I have just recently through very supportive Americain Officials in Russia, been told that they have found the head of the Russian rescue team. They are planning to present him with a letter of appreciation and has requested any of the survivors to provide letters, pictures of then and now, really anything that they can put together to show our thanks. I am very glad to support that effort. If any survivors from that day read this in time please e-mail LCDR Jerri Bell at burydav@glasnet.ru as they plan to do the presentation by mid May. Please e-mail me also as I would like to hear from you too..." [20APR2001]

MORIARTY, AO Mark mwmoriarty@interact.ccsd.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1989-1992 as an Aviation Ordnanceman (Aircrew, CAC 6). I would like to hear from anyone who served with me during this time..." [26MAR2003]

MORRELL, CAPTAIN Ken morrellka@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48, VP-50, VP-19 and VP-9, all at NAS Moffett Field, California with the exception of my last 6 months with Nine at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii following our homeport change. Thoroughly enjoyed all my tours making great friends and flying many a memorable flight during the cold war. A special thanks to all the great pilots and FE's who always followed a takeoff with a safe landing!..." [20NOV2010]

MORRILL, AME1(AW) James E. skippy5361@aol.com "...I'm retired now and am presently working for United Airlines. I served in VA-97 (80-83), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (83-86), VP-4 (86-89), VC-5 (89-92), VP-17 (92-95), VPU-2 (95-98), and completed my career in VP-9 back in July of 1999. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates that I had the honor of serving with. I would really like to hear from my old friend PR1 Myron Arnold. If anyone knows his where abouts please let him know my address..." [BIO Updated 31DEC2000 | BIO Updated 17SEP2000 | 15SEP2000]

MORRIS, Scott "Delmar" aocmorris@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1985 thru 1989 and did three deployments including NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Misawa, Japan/P.I. and NSF Diego Garcia/DET-B. I was then transfered to VP-31 as an FRAMP-NAMTRAGRUDET and flight instructor. After my tour in VP-31 I became a TAR and transfered to VP-68. I am currently flying C-130's as a Loadmaster. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates of mine who may remember me, it was great seeing so many familar names from the past..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2006 | 04DEC99]

MOSIER, CDR Jonathan D. http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/regionwest/sandiego/cobio.htm "...Commander Jonathan Dean Mosier received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1975 and a Master's Degree in Communications in 1978 from Clarion State College. Commander Mosier was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in May of 1982 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in November of 1984. Following initial P-3 NFO training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1985 for his initial fleet assignment to VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California. During his tour he served as Line Branch Officer, Aviation Warfare Division Officer, Operations Plans Officer and Squadron Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. While attached to VP-47 Commander Mosier was designated as a P-3 Mission Commander, Instructor Naval Flight Officer, and Squadron NFO NATOPS Evaluator. During his tour he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia and a second to NAS Misawa, Japan. In April of 1989, Commander Mosier reported to VP-31 for duty as an Instructor NFO in the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). In addition to instructor duties, Commander Mosier served as the Command Security Manager, Assistant Administrative Officer and Human Resources Department Head. during his tenure at VP-31. Following the FRS instructor tour, he reported for duty in June of 1991 to CPW-1 One Detachment, Diego Garcia. While assigned to CPW-1, Commander Mosier served as the Tactical Support Center (TSC) Director, Officer-in Charge of the PATWING One Detachment Masirah, Omanand finally as PATWING One Detachment Diego Garcia Operations Officer. During this tour Commander Mosier was responsible for planning and coordinating P-3 operations throughout the Indian Ocean and Southwest Asia. Commander Mosier returned to the United States in July of 1992, reporting to the Naval Postgraduate School. He was awarded a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs and a subspecialty in Foreign Affairs (Far East) in December of 1993 was awarded. Following refresher P-3 training, Commander Mosier reported in August of 1994 to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During his tour he served as Tactics Officer, Administrative Officer, Officer-in-Charge, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Detachment, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and as squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his tenure at VP-9, the squadron completed a split deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and was awarded the 1995 Pacific Fleet Battle "E" for superior performance and combat readiness. In June of 1996 Commander Mosier was assigned to the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Force, United States Pacific Fleet as the Aircraft Inventory Manager and Depot Maintenance Coordinator. In this capacity he was responsible for the budgeting and execution of all Pacific Fleet aircraft depot maintenance, a program valued at over a quarter of a billion dollars annually. During his tour, the backlog of aircraft awaiting maintenance was reduced from over two hundred to zero, dramatically improving fleet readiness. In May of 1999, Commander Mosier reported to the USS Constellation as the ship's Safety Officer. During his tour "Connie" completed a record-breaking deployment to the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia, recording over 10,000 arrested landings without a major mishap during the cruise. Following her return from deployment, USS Constellation was awarded the 1999 Pacific Fleet Battle "E." CDR Mosier then reported to Navy Recruiting District San Diego in August 2000 as Executive Officer, subsequently taking command of NRD San Diego on March 8, 2002. Commander Mosier's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and various service and unit awards..." [01JUN2003]

MOYER, Allen AMOYER2222@aol.com"...looking for info re: VP-9 of Moffett Field in 1970-72..."

MUSE, Keith M. KMUSE@MSN.COM "...I was a VP sailor my entire career. I startedout in FAW/CPW-1 DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 73-75, then on to VP-9 75-79, VP-31 80-83, VPU-2 83-86, CPW-1 Kamiseya 86-90 and finished up my career with VP-1 90-93. I spent all my time on the West Coast and would like to hear from anyone of my old buds..." [16AUG2000]


NELSON, Amy Kerzner anelson@defsup.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-9 from 1977 to 1981..." [14AUG2013]

NELSON, AVCN Carl Retired gunnarn32@gmail.com "...Served in VP-19 1954-1955 (AEAN to AE2); VP-40 1956-1957 (AE1); VP-1 1960-1962 (AEC); VP-9 1974-1978 (AVCM) Many good memories of the times with these squadrons and the Shipmates. I retired in 1983 from VX-4 at NAS Point Mugu, California..." [E-Mail Updated 11SEP2001 | 00XXX97]

NELSON, AT1 John "J.R." jrnelson@hctc.com "...Shipmates! VA-164/CVA-19 '70-71, VP-31, VP-9 '71-73 1971 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan ( NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / Utapao), 1972 VP-9 / Wing "Det" To NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/Utapao. 1973 NAS Iwakuni, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. 1973 NavPro Burbank S-3A initial Crew VS-41 '73-75, VS-33 Screwbirds (S-3) '75-79. 1985-89 VP-69 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington NAF Misawa, Japan '85, '87, '88. T AC-NAV-MOD, '89-'91 VP-MAU NAS Moffett Field, California NUD-UDIII. Here's to all my "shippies" - Ex, retired and especially those still serving! Remember Tom "Radar" Rohr AX-2/GS-12 1958-1995..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUN2005 | 21MAR98]

NETHERDA, Darwin Gerald c/o His Son Alton G. Netherda bigal@eoni.com "...My father is looking for some of his shipmates. His name is Darwin Gerald Netherda, he is a plank owner of VP 9. he is looking for Little Sade Stone. I'm not clear if they were together in 1948 in VA 115 or VP-9. I would apprecate any information on this thank you..." [18JUN2000]

NETTLES, Bullet Bob Shipmate PixCirca 1966 bulletbob_1@email.msn.com "...I started out in June of 1955 with VC-12 (VAW-12) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island flying in the AD-5's and AD-5W Guppy's. I remember many Good and Exciting Flight Hours with the likes of Ens.'s Stookey and Jiles, Ltjg McCloy and Lt. Paul Mounce. Trips over to Long Island for a Few Quick Stops and Many, Many hours of ASW Training around Block Island. In February of 1961 I went with the "Skyraiders" to VC-33 (VAW-33) for some additional training and Flight Hours in the AD-5Q's. I left the Composite Navy in April of 1962 for VX-1 at NAS Key West ( NAS Boca Chica, Florida), Florida. In addition to Rolling a Tool-Box, I flew as S2F, P2V and P-3A (148885 & 149668) Crewmember while attached to VX-1 until April of 1964. In April of 1964 I went West to the VP Navy after ADJ (B) School and P-3 Flight Engineers School. Flew as Flight Engineer with VP-9 from January 1965 to November 1969 and with VP-46 from August 1970 until April of 1974. From May 1974 until I retired in September of 1975 I had a very Plain Jane, Very Un-Interesting Job as an Instructor on Jet Engines at NAMTRADET 1008 at NAS Miramar, California. Except for the last year or so, I had One Damn Good Navy Career. Drop me an E-Mail if you have time..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 16APR2000]

NICHOLAS, Al nichoae@voyager.net "...I served with VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California 1959-1962. P-2V-7s. I was in VU-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1963. Would like to hear from squadron mates, air crew and maintance. Was AT2 and now an attorney..." [Updated E-Mail 27NOV98 | 30JAN98]

NIELSEN, CDR Frederick J. III Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-1/co.html "...CDR Nielsen, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in December 1987. He was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program. He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in August 1989. Following his designation as an NFO, he reported in April 1990 to VP-19 home ported at NAS Moffett Field, California. During his time with the BIG RED, he served as TAD Officer, Personnel Officer and Assistant Administrative Officer. While a member of VP-19, he deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, and Masirah, Omanfor Operation Desert Shield. In April 1991, VP-19 was disestablished and he transferred to VP-9, also home ported at NAS Moffett Field, California. A year later he moved with the squadron to its new homeport at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. As a Golden Eagle he served as the Nuclear Safety Officer, Ordnance Branch Officer and the Avionics/Armament Division Officer. He was qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Patrol Plane Mission Commander and as an Instructor TACCO. While a member of VP-9 he was deployed on extended detachments to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. CDR Nielsen remained in Hawaii when in August 1993, he assumed his duties as Flag Aide to Commander, Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet, co-located at NAS Barbers Point and the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor. In November 1995, he reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia as the Assistant Navigator. He qualified as Assistant Command Duty Officer (In-Port), Officer of the Deck (Underway), and Command Duty Officer (Underway). While aboard the "Big E" he deployed in 1996 to the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea and Persian Gulf in support of operations in the former Yugoslavia and in Operation Southern Watch. CDR Nielsen reported next to CPRW-10 in November 1997. He served as Administrative Officer and Weapons Systems Trainer Officer in Charge. He returned to operational flying as a Department Head when he joined VP-1 in May 1999. He served as the Masirah Detachment Officer in Charge, Command Services Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this tour he deployed in 1999 to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, NSA Bahrain and finished the tour while deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. CDR Nielsen's next assignment came in April 2001 as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N78) on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff located in the Pentagon. His most recent assignment was to the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he received his Masters of Science degree in National Security Strategy. CDR Nielsen's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4) and the Navy Achievement Medal (2)..." [10AUG2005]

NIELSEN, CWO3 MARTIN W. DANIELSENB@AOL.COM "...GREAT TO SEE NAMES I HAVE NOW SEEN IN YEARS. THERE WILL ALWAYS A SPEICAL PLACE IN MT HEART FOR P-3s. SERVED WITH VP-9 AS SS1 77-80, AT THE RAG VP-31 FROM 80-84. NOW A S-3 TACCO AS A CWO3. NOT MUCH ASW BUT SAN DIEGO'S WARM. LOOKING FOR CDR JIM GABOR OF LT BILL FIEG FROM VP-9 CAC-3 1979 NAF Misawa, Japan DEPLOYMENT. TRAP ME AT DANIELSENB@AOL.COM, CWO3 M. NIELSEN, USN. VS-29 NASNI........FLY SAFE....OK3 WIRE..."

NIX, Gene gnix@ellijay.com "...Served in VP-9 from 1973-1977. Served two tours overseas. Would like to hear from anyone during those times. How about it David Workman or Chief Rainbow. I am now a school teacher and have been for 20 years. Enjoyed all my 1254 hours in the P-3B. Anyone out there one of Crew 11, the Wombats!!!!..." [03OCT99]

NOLDER, Trina trinams02@aol.com "...I was with VP-19 from late 1979 to 1982 as a YN2, but functioned in Communications. Have been trying to locate any Shipmates from that time period. Also have been looking for Shipmates from VP-9 whom I worked with while stationed in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan form 1977 to 1979. Worked with a lot of great people and thought it would be nice to know what they are doing. Please E-Mail me if you remember those days and would like to chat..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP2001 | 30JAN2000]

NORTON, AWCM Bruce Retired bnorton@bayarea.net "...NAS Moffett Field, California 1970-1994. VP-31 Aug 70-Nov 70, VP-9 Nov 70-Jun 77, CPWP TSC Sep 77-Dec 80, VP-47 Dec 80-Apr 84, CPWP May 84-Jul 87, VP-9 Oct 87-Oct 90, VP-31 CMC Oct 90-Oct 93 Decom. Retired June 94. I retired the day before we turned Moffett over to NASA. I'm still here at Moffett as a NASA contractor. Looking forward to hearing from some old shipmates..." Website: http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/codejp/JP_home.html

NUTE, CAPTAIN Charles Carter Retired ccnute@cox.net "...I served VP-21 (01/196512/1967) flying the P2 Neptune, VP-23 (04/1971-06/1973) flying the P-3 Orion, VP-31 (08/1974-06/1977), CO Naval Facility Guam (07/1978-10/1979), XO/CO VP-9 (03/1979-05/1981), Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) (06/1981-06/1984), Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) (07/1985-05/1986), Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF-72)/CPW-1 (06/1986-06/1988) at Kamiseya, Japan, Deputy Director ASW Division (OP-7lB) (07/1988-06/1990), Deputy Commander ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) (06/1990-05/1992) and Director, Naval Command College (NCC) (06/1992-07/1994) at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI and retired. I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs (08/1994-12/2001). Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, we reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAY2015 | 10SEP2003]


OAKES, Monty ("The Earl of Oakes" or "Goddammit Monty) bumgouge@verizon.net "...I was a VP-9er in the 82-85 years. I am looking to 'resume comms" with anyone from the "good ol days". Missed my chance earlier to hook up with Dave Jackson and Fred Lozano. If anyone is in comms with them please relay my address. Does anyone remember Jim Small, Vic Risvedt, Mark Vanek, Dave Burris, Mick Kohler, "Nuclear Joe" Camalari, Todd Rahmes, "Checkride" Norman Marcotte, Mark Pisioneri, Ed Arcand, Gary Half, Gary Shaar, Tom Schuk, Tom Dean, Ray Fowler, Dave Eitel, John Aune, Gary "Bud" Weiser, "Habu" JT Brown, Dave Meader, Bob Seidel, Norma Just, Jon Dresel, Bob Mantei, Al Jorgenson, and "The Skull" Nick Burhans?? I have resumed comms with Maria Skala, Greg Zorbach and "Big Hutch" Hutchinson, but that is all so far. Does anyone remember the CDR Swain parking lot space "paint out" and the resulting JOPA?? Does anyone remember the panties in the Skipper's bed before his wife arrived on Okinawa, or when "Cub" Culbertson caught fire by his cigarette one night in the Hale Koa Hooch on Diego Garcia? What about Cub's "night" landing at Mogadishu, Somalia and the missing wing panel flight back to Diego? Whatever happened to ET Hutton and her mushroom pumps? Those were the days, weren't they. Just in case someone has a spare they are willing to part with, I am also willing to pay dearly for an old (new) squadron patch, circa CDR Jim Wyatt, with the modern eagle design clutching a harpoon in blue, gray and gold with a gray background. I unknowingly gave away my last one to a deserving AWAN in the ASWM aboard IKE in 1989. Thanx, Montford "The Earl" of Oakes or "Goddammit Monty" depending how well I was doing as NAVCOMM..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2007 | 05JUN2001]

OLSEN, Oz cody54@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1978 to 1982. I was the squadron AMDO. I went on to VP-31 as the Assistant FRAMP Department Head from 1982 to 1984, when I got off active duty. I joined the reserves and finished my time between NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Alameda, California. I stayed in the bay area working in the high tech industry. It's great to see some old "Shipmates" names here..." [08AUG2003]

OLSON, Scott spice@gfherald.infi.net "...Retired AT1 (formerly AX), VP-47, 1972-74, VP-65, 78-80, VP-9, 80-84, VP-31 (FRAMP), 85-88, One year in Dodge, VPU-2, 90-93. Sure miss Cubi, visited two years ago. Still a slug, but love to hear from former squadronmates..."

OSBORN, Bob adservinc@aol.com "...I was a member of VP-9 when the squadron was commissioned at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in the very early fifties. Being a "plank" owner and somewhat older than I was when the squadron came together...My rating was that as an aerial photographer and was VP-9's first photographer, as far as I know now. We patrolled north of the 38th parallel in Korea and did two tours there operating out of Iwakuni Japan and Kimpo in Korea..." [08NOV98]

OSBORN, Jim p3ozman@aol.com "...I was in VP-19 from 89 to decom, VP-9 from 91 to 93, VP-45 from 93 to 97, currently with VP-66 in Willow Grove, Pa. I served as an IFT for all those squadrons...I am currently stationed in NAS Sigonella, Sicily at FMP MOCC MED as the maint supervisor..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 12JUL99]

OSBORNE, ATN2 Sam F. sf_osborne@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 (10/1965-12/1968) wtih deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska..." [21MAR2014]

OSTERHOUDT, AMS2 (AW/NAC) Kyle big_apple31@hotmail.com "...VP-24 was my first squadron. I was one of the Batmen from May 1991 to December 1994. I made two NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments and a NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment there as a dreaded FEAP. I spent four years (1994 - 1998) in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-9 Golden Eagles. (The west coast deployments are much better). Now I'm back on the east coast, still an FE, and flying with NRL in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I'm still proud to say that I was one of the Batmen. What are you up to Scotty Mahl, Tommy South, Phil Carlucci, etc.?..." [23APR99]

OSWALD, Fred Fredoznavy@aol.com "...I was AZ2 with VP-9 from 65 to 69 at NAS Moffett Field, California, 3 deployments. Only tour with VP's, but certainly ranks #1 in my 22 year career. Fond memories, good friends, good times..." [07NOV99]

OXFORD, John joxford@xicom.tech.com "...I served at NAS Moffett Field, California for almost 10 years. I served with VP-9 (April 1982 to December 1985), CPWP, VP-31 (1985 to October 1989) VP-47 3 days after the Loma Prieta earthquake and was there until I got out of the Navy in October of 1991...I still live in the area and would love to hear from old shipmates passing through..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09APR2008 | BIO Updated 14JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 24APR2001 | 14OCT2000]


PARKER, AW Paul "Void" Retired paulvparker@spherion.com "...I an AW with VP-9, 79 - 81; VX-1, 81 - 85; ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 85 - 88; SPAWARSYSCOM, Washington, 88 - 91; ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, 91 - 93; MOCC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 93 - 95; CPW-11, 95 - 98. Retired in Jacksonville. Recently relocated to Ft Lauderdale. Would like to hear from former VP Shipmates. We did it right, the Cold War ended..." [19APR2001]

PATTON, CWO Keith E. Retired avcwo@cox.net "...I was an AT IFT and was later commissioned as a Mustang CWO. Here are my duty assignments: NAMTD-1011 from 1978-1979, VP-49 from 1979-1983, VP-5 1983-1985, NAMTD 1012 from 1985-1989, VP-48 from 1989-1991 (DECOMISSIONED), NTC GREAT LAKES from 1991-1994, VP-9 from 1994-1997, and OIC NATEC OKINAWA from1997-1998. Anyone wanting to contact me PLEASE DO SO. I would love to hear from old Shipmates and CAC members. I look forward to hearing from you!..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2003 | 06NOV2002]

PEALER, CMC Paul D. Retired ppealer@aol.com "...I served with VP-11 from 1958 until 1962 (flew on Crew 2 as radar operator and IFT), VP-10 from 1964 to 1968 (flew on Crew 9 as IFT then night check Avionics shop supervisor and Mad Comp. Tech) and VP-9 as Command Master Chief 1984 to 1985. I retired in 1988 and would love to hear from anyone who was stationed with me at any time during my Navy career..." [25JAN2008]

PENCE, AT1 KARL VAN kvp1961@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 from March 1994 to January 1995, when they decomm'ed (got orders there from VP-22). I thought they were joking saying that VP-17 was going to be decomm'ed too. VP-17 was and still is the best VP squadron that I've been in. I have served with VP-30, VP-44, VP-30, VP-22, VP-17, VP-9 (TAD), VP-47, VP-30, and currently with VP-45. Lost touch with alot of good people. If anyone knows me, or remembers me, lets chat..." [20JAN2001]

PEREBOOM, Rob thebooms@sprintmail.com "...I served in VP-6 from 1991-1993. I was in the squadron when it decommisioned. From there I served in VP-9 for a year. I made deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, and Diego Garcia..."

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PERRETT, AT2 F. Leon Jr. "Preach" k4gcr@surfsouth.com "...Served with VP-9, NAS Alameda, California, from late 1957 thru mid 1958. Transfered to VP-28 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in Mid 1958 thru December 1960. Looking for any one during this time to contact. Handle was "Preach". Hope there are old friends still out there!..." [07FEB2001]

PETRONE, Andrew C. apetrone@thermawave.com "...I joined 01JUL77 went to boot camp at San Deigo then NATTC, Millington. I was at VP-9 from MAR78 to JUL81. From there I went to NAMTGD1012, NAS Moffett Field, California (SEP81-JUN85); NSF Diego Garcia (JUL85-JUL88); NAMTGD1012 (AUG88-MAY92; NSF Diego Garcia (JUN92-JUL93); VQ5 NAS Agana, Guam (AUG93-OCT94), San Diego (OCT94-FEB96) CVN72 Lincoln Deployment (MAY95-OCT95]; Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron, NAS Point Mugu, California (MAR96-JUL97) retired..." [25AUG2000]

PHILLIPS, Robert F. C/O His Son Robert G. Phillips Shipmate PixCirca 1953 Shipmate PixCira 1999 "...My father served with VP-9a - 1951..." [E-Mail Removed 16DEC2002 | 15AUG2001]

PIERSON, CAPTAIN Carl Retired crpierson@charter.net "...I served with VP-9 (NFO/TACCO) from 1975 to 1978, VP-30 (RAG Instructor) from 1978 to 1981, VP-1 (Training and Operations) from 1985 to 1987, Tactical Air Control SquadRON (TACRON) 21 (XO/CO) from 1990 to 1993, COMmander, Tactical Air Control GRoUp Two (COMTACGRU TWO) from 1995 to 1998 and the University of Missouri NROTC from June 1998 to July 2001. Lots of lifelong friends made in all the squadrons that I was lucky enough to serve in..." [03APR2010]

PILCHER, LCDR Howard G. Retired hgpilcher@pcola.gulf.net "...My first contact with the P2V was when I was assigned to the Advanced training Command as a NAVCAD at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. I arrived just as they were phasing the PB4Y2 out of the Navigation phase of advanced training. I was one of the first NAVCADS chosen to solo the P2V as a student pilot. I am not sure how many were chosen but I think it was just a few since it was sort of an experiment. We were flying the P2V-2, P2V-3 and I think they had a P2V-4 (I am not real sure about that). My next encounter was with VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California from Nov 1955-Dec 1958. Nine had just returned from deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (They lost a P2V5-F that was shot down by MIGS) and had just transitioned into the new P2V-7's. I made two deployments with VP-9, one to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and one to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Then I was assigned to ATU-501 (1959-1962) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I started flying the SNB (bug smasher) but soon the squadron changed from ATU-501 to VT-31 and the P2V's were reactivated along with the P5M Marlins. They had P2V-5F and P2V-6's. My next assignment was with VU-7 1962-1965 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the JD-1 and was soon transitioned into the US2C (modified to drag a rag). Later the squadron split and the jet portion moved to NAS Miramar and the rest of us went to VU-3 where we kept flying the US2C and also the Drone equipped P2V5-F. Finally I was assaigned to VP-7 from 1967-1969 as Ops. Officer. We were supposed to transition to P-3's after our return from NAS Sigonella, Sicily but it turned out that the XO from VP-23 had done his homework and convinced the powers that be to transition them instead of VP-7. I do not remember if I ever flew the P2V-4 at Hutch or not but if I did, I think I have flown all models of the P2. I tried to verify this but I have misplaced my early years log book. I have been in contact with some of the names that I recognize in the web site and I am most anxious to hear from any of my Shipmates that can recall being the same places that I have..." [20SEP2000]

PLOWMAN, LT Mike Plowman PappySurfs@aol.com "...I am currently serving in VP-9 as a PPC and Aviation Safety Officer (ASO), I was formerly an AW1 in VP-1 from '83-'88, then EEAP Pearl Harbor '88-'90, VP-1 from '90-'91, ECP Jacksonville University '91-'92. Would love to hear from anyone I have served with!..." [E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 05JUL98]

PLUSKOTA, ADC Dennis Retired dspluskota@att.net "...I served with VPU-1 (1981-1984), VP-9 (1985-1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (1985) and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986 and 1987), VQ-1 (1988-1991) at NAS Agana, Guam with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Masirah, Oman and NSA Bahrain, Oman, VXN-8 (1991-1993) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-30 (1994-1997) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-47 (1998-2000) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and retired as an ADC...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JUN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 28NOV2003 | 00XXX97]

POMEROY, Charles charlesp@coffee.ocn.ne.jp"...I served in VP-27 (PB4Y2s) from November of 1948 until the squadron Disestablished in December of 1949, starting as an AL3 (flew with Lt. Cdr. Wiley Hunt) and doing one tour flying out of Kodiak. Served in VP-6 from January of 1950 (again flying with PPC Hunt, and then with Lt. Sullivan in our second tour in Japan) to 1953. Yes, I was one of the original "Blue Sharks" and flew a total of 79 missions during the Korean war, doing two tours of duty. (By the way, P.R. Foster and "Rags" Raglan, both of whom I had flown with in VP-27, were MIA in the patrol lost near Vladivostok during our second tour in 1951 I served one more tour in Kodiak with VP-6 in late 1952 (Lt. jg Scott Carpenter was our Navigator, Lt. John St. Marie our PPC), after which I was transferred to Alameda, where I joined VP-9. VP-9 brought me out to Japan again for a third tour of duty in 1953, just after the shooting stopped. But the Navy decided that La Dolce Vita was what I needed, so it was a transfer to Naval Attache duty in Rome, Italy, for two years. Then back to my beloved P2Vs. this time P2V-7s, with VP-11 at Brunswick, Maine. We did a tour in Malta, from where I was again able to visit old friends in Rome. I left the Navy in November of 1956, after almost nine years of service, to continue my eduction. I have been in Tokyo most of the past 40 years working as a correspondent for various publications..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT99]

POPE, AD1(NAC) David Retired Georgia.Pope@att.net "...I am a retired F/E who flew with VP-9, VP-4, Naval Air Development Center, and VXN-8 over a twenty-one year caree. I'm looking for a former crewmate from VP-4 named Steve Yarosh. Last I heatd, he was in NAS Brunswick, Maine doing a serious imitation of an AWCS (1995/1996 time frame). Would appreciate any info about him or contact with any other Shipmates from "the day"..." [13JUN2003]

UPDATE "...The search for Steve Yarosh has been successful and I appreciate all the helpful input from the VP Community..." [19AUG2003]

POPE, Joe jonanpope@msn.com "...I served with VP-9 NAS Alameda, California from 1960 to 1964 (Plane Captain) and VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 to 1969. We flew P2V-7's at the time. I would love to hear from former Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 29NOV97]

POPP, AME3 Ron poppsyorkie@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 (1996-1998) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska..." [30JUN2014]

PORTEOUS, Ray ray.porteous@sharewave.com "...My stint in VP-9 was from 1980-1989 as SS-3. I was on Crew 2. The most memorable time in my life was as a crewman in P-3CU..." [26SEP98]

PORTER, Horace N. "Chip" hnpgunsmithing@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from October 1965 to October 1969 in Air Intellegence and Communication..." [23NOV2009]

POWELL, Gary carclini@flash.net "...Just want to say hello to all the VPers I'm still in VP-91. Been there since 1981..." [24MAR98]


RANAZZI, John "Butch" ajr@quiknet.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1972 to 1976. Our CO was BJ Adams with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan & NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan along with Det's to NSF Diego Garcia, Utapao "yeah", NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Misawa, Japan, and Bandar Abbas. Don't forget the Pakistan exercise. I hope to hear from some of the "Tweets" from the Avionics shop or from Crew 6 and Crew 9. The Bay Area is just not same without NAS Moffett Field, California & the VP community. Let us all raise a toast to our Golden Eagle Brothers & also to the ones who are no longer with us, but never forgotten..." [E-Mail Updated 02AUG2009 | 12MAY2000]

RANDALL, ADJ2 Gregory D. gdrandall48@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from January 1968 to January 1971. I was FE on Crews 1-7-8 with (Steves Wonders) LT Steve Clauson. I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California and deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska (1968), NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1969), and NAS Adak, Alaska (1970). Yes 2 times to NAS Adak, Alaska. Great memories..." [E-Mail Updated 30MAY2010 | 11APR2000]

RAMSEY, AFCM(AW) Dennis R. drams01@yahoo.com "...Hello Shipmates. Here is my career in a nut shell. To my friends I have made throughout my career, I send a hearty hello! AFEES/MEPPS NAS Oakland, California December 1979, RTC NB San Diego, California December 1979-February 1980, VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida March 1980-July 1980, VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii July 1980-April 1984, VA-122 NAS Lemoore, California April 1984-August 1984, ORD. MOD. DECOMM OF VA-122 DET. NAS Fallon, Nevada, OMD NAS Fallon, Nevada August 1984-December 1987, Broken service December 1987-August 1988, NAVET "U" NB San Diego, California August 1988, VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California September 1988-September 1992, VX-5/VX-9 NAWC NAS China Lake, California September 1992-July 1996, VAW-113 NAS Miramar, California/NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California July 1996-December 1999, VQ-4 Tinker AFB, OK January 2000-February 2002, VQ-3 Tinker AFB, OK March 2002-January 2003, NAMTRAGRUDET/CNATT DET Tinker Tinker AFB, OK January 2003- December 2004, Retired January 2005, Currently working for Rockwell Collins as a Loggie (developing the Pubs, Training, Sparing, Depot Support etc. for the Electronics and Communications systems that we design and build)..." [BIO Updated 12MAR2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 12JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 04AUG2002 | BIO Updated 05APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 25APR2001 | 01AUG99]

RASK, YNCPO Donald R. Retired rchief1533@comcast.net "...I served with VP-9 (1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California. I had 26 years in the Navy and Naval Reserve before retiring 1991. The last 8 years of my career I was assigned to Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Maryland..." [01SEP2016]

RATLEDGE, Jerry c/o Daughter Heather Ratledge heatherg35@hotmail.com "...My father was in the VP-9, stationed at NSF Diego Garcia in 1984 or 1985 then on to NAS Adak, Alaska from 1985 - 1987. If any of the people that read this, I am also looking for their kids that my half-brother and half-sister went to high school with. I was in 4th and 5th grade at that time. I have found some people, but the world is to big. If you would like to hear about my dad, mail me and i'll fax him you letters. Thank you!..." [E-Mail Updated 14MAR2004 | 05MAY2000]

RAY, Morrison W. rayhotel@yahoo.com "...My uncle, AOM3C Lawrence F. Green, was a crewmember aboard VP-104 A/C BUNO: 132077 when it went missing on 08JAN44 in the Pacific. Without ever knowing him, I grew up asking about what happened on the fateful day - I later became a VP-9 Aircraft/Mission Commander (1980 to 1983) and currently fly for Northwest Airlines based in Detroit, Michigan. I still wonder about my uncle and wish I could have met the young man who gave his life for our country!..." [01AUG2004]

REECE, Nathan R. nrreece@aol.com "...I was a photomate in VP-47, 1956-57. Made one NAS Iwakuni, Japan cruise, then to VU-7/ NAS North Island, San Diego, California Det. Out as PH-2 1959. Back in for no good reason 1964-66! Ship's Co. USS Ranger CVA-61, Then was shanghied by a wise a---- little red headed Lt (His initials were; Haggarty!) to VAH-5 and went aboard CVA-66 America. I only regret that I didn't take better advantage of my time in VP-47! Former VP-9 shutterbug, RNB put onto this site. What a shock to see a friend of mine all over it. "Satch" Beasley is a local commercial pilot who is intensly searching for info. on his Dad's crash. Please help. I recently retired from U.S. Postal Service. The worst day in the Navy was better than the best day there. Seaplanes Forever!..." [05FEB2000]

REILLY, Dennis Plumber869@aol.com "...Greetings to all 9ers. Would enjoy hearing from VP-9 vets (`66-`69)..." [23SEP98]

REMINGTON, AX2 Garry R. gremington.1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (09/1963-06/1966) at NAS Alameda, California / NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I flew Radar/Jez/MAD on Crew-5 and was aboard PD5 when we crashed at NS Sangley Point, Philippines, April 7, 1965 and lost our fellow crewman, Francisco "Frank" Vega. I still mourn for him and all of Crew-7 which was lost in December of 1964. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07DEC2013]

RICHARD, Jack sorta39@aol.com "...I served in VP-9 from July 1963 until October 1966. I was part of a four plane VP-9 P2V detachment that deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska with VP-2 in late 1963 until the great Alaskan earthquake on Good Friday 1964. I would love to hear from anyone that served in VP-9 or VP-2 during those great times..." [01FEB2000]

RICKETTS, Steve [Address temporarily removed 27MAR2002] "...I served in VP-9 as an IFT from 1992-1995. I was on Crew 6 Friggin RIggers and Crew 3. Looking for friends I miss that were "Doing Time in Nine. Drop me a line. I live in Indiana now ..." [08MAR2000]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix"...RICE, PO3 Michael A...My son, Michael A. Rice, served with VP-50 and was lost March 21st, 1991 (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I would like to hear from other families and friends of VP-50. I have missed hearing from all of you. Shirley White shirleysue1304@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 21MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2009 | 28MAY2003]

RIEK, AWCM(AC) Anthony C. Retired acr@cswnet.com "...I retired after 25 years Navy service. My first tour was with VA(HM)-13 NAS Chincoteague, Virginia as a PR with P2s. Then we moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and redesignated VP-24. From there I attended PR-B school and went to NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. After 9 months I became a member of the Chuting Stars Navy Parachute Team in NAS Pensacola, Florida until we disbanded in July 1964. I then went to VP-7 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then to AX-A School as a PR-1. Then to VP-5 back in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I then did a tour as an instructor, (AWC) with FASO in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and finally in NAS Moffett Field, California. Next was VP-9 (AWCS) and shore duty at VP-31 (AWCM). Probably my most enjoyable tour was at VP-31. I was selected for Warrant Officer and I declined the Commission. Many good memories, only wish my tour there had lasted longer..." [13MAY2004]

RIECK, CDR D. G. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/CO%20Picture.htm "...CDR Rieck was born and raised in Preston, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland (the home of the 2002 NCAA Champion "Terrapins"), in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. After completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida he was commissioned an Ensign in January 1986. After flight training, he reported to the VP-4 "Skinny Dragons" at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in 1988. He deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska, and NSF Diego Garcia / Masirah, Oman, in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where he was the Mission Commander for 16 combat missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for detecting and coordinating the destruction of two heavily armed Iraqi Patrol boats. He served as the Power Plants Branch Officer, Mine Warfare Officer, AV/ARM Division Officer, and Pilot Natops Officer. In 1991 he reported to VX-1, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He served as Communications/Telecommunications Officer, Project Analyst, and Operational Test Director (OTD). Projects assigned were Analyst for Global Positioning System (GPS) and P-3 Update IV, and OTD for Tactical Support Center (TSC) and Mobile Operations Control Center (MOCC). Commander Rieck reported to the USS Enterprise(CVN 65) in 1994. Serving as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, Hangar Deck Officer (V-3 Division), and Flight Deck Officer (V-1 Division), he helped return the USS Enterprise to sea after a four year Complex/Reactor Overhaul and conducted over 5000 safe aircraft launch and recoveries. In 1996 he reported to VP-30, and after completing the IUT syllabus, served as the Assistant Training Officer. He then reported to the VP-40 "Fighting Marlins" in July of 1997, completing two deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan. He served as the Command Services Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. In 1999, he reported to COMPATRECONWING ONE in Kamiseya, Japan. As the Exercise and Operational Plans Officer, he conducted 160 bi-lateral exercises with 33 countries in both FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. Commander Rieck also served as the Maintenance Officer for all WESTPAC deployed P-3C and derivative aircraft. In April, 2001, he assisted in the return of 24 aircrew personnel from the stranded EP-3 in Hainan Island, PRC, following a mid-air collision with a PRC F-8, and later provided liaison, material, and logistical support for the dismantling and return of the aircraft to the United States. Additionally, following the September 11th terrorist attacks, he helped establish the MPRA theater infrastructure to support Combat Operations in the North Arabian Sea and overland Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2002, he reported to VP-9 "Golden Eagles" MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as the Executive Officer. CDR Rieck's awards include the Air Medal (Individual Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Naval Achievement Medal (four awards) and other unit and service awards..." [14JUN2003]

RIVES, Rick rrives@eaglenet.com "...I served at Moffett Field from 1983 -1992. VP-31 MMCO 1983-1986 MO 1990-1992 VP-9 MMCO 1986-1989 AIMD 1989-1990 AAIMO and retired in Patuxent River MD after serving as the OinC of the NAVAIR AMMT from 1992-1995. I am currently a support contractor for the P-3 APML in NAVAIR. I would like to hear from my old shipmates around the globe. If you are still active and need help with logistics contact me by e-mail or phone me at 301 863-2453..."

ROACH, ATC Jim Retired jimroach@ipa.net "...I was an ATAN-AT2 in VU-5 and VC-5 from 1964-1968. I later was in NAS Atsugi, Japan 1968-1971, VA-55 1971-1974, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1974-1977, VP-9 1977-1981, and NAS Moffett Field, California 1981-1983 where I retired as an ATC. I can truthfully say that the 4 years with VC-5 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan were the best of my career, although my VP-9 deployment to Iceland in 1980 has to rank right up there at the top!If anyone remembers me, feel free to e-mail me..." [04FEB2001]

ROARK, Bob bobbyannjo@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1958 to 1961..." [17AUG2009]

ROBERTS, Wayne d_wroberts@mindspring.com "...VP-9 Pilot June 79 - June 82, VP-31 Instructor July 82 - Mar 84, VP-65 Pilot Sep 89 - Sep 91. Currently Chief Test Pilot for Lockheeds new C-130J development program..." [17MAR98]

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ROBINSON, AT3 Charles C. ccrobins@ktc.com "...I served with VP-9 (06/1956-04/1959) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1956-1957) and NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1958). I flew a a ECM Operator, Radar Operator and finally Radio Operator...." [23AUG2014]

RUOTI, CAPTAIN Anthony Joseph Jr. http://www.nwc.navy.mil/jmo/Faculty/bios/ruoti.htm "...CAPT Anthony Joseph Ruoti Jr. - JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT - Chairman, JMO Department - CAPTAIN ANTHONY J. RUOTI, JR., USN, reported to the Joint Military Operations Department as chairman in August 2002, following a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Captain Ruoti graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 and the Naval War College in 1993, receiving a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His shore tours include VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Commander Patrol Wing ELEVEN, Executive Officer of the West Coast's P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31, The Joint Staff, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate (J6), Architecture and Integration Division. Following this Washington tour he reported to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic/Commander Task Force EIGHTY-FOUR as operations officer and subsequently as Chief of Staff. Captain Ruoti's sea tours were VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida serving as Aircraft Division Officer, Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer holding P-3 "Orion" Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot designations, deploying to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, with detachments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Crete, NS Rota, Spain, the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Senegal, working closely with allied naval forces throughout the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, USS FORRESTAL as Communications Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean, VP-19 as Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer, deploying to NSF Diego Garcia, BIOT detaching to Daharan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, Okinawa and NAS Misawa, Japan. He commanded VP-9, during this tour his squadron was awarded the Battle "E", deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan and detaching to NAS Adak, Alaska and Panama. Captain Ruoti assumed command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE, preparing, training and certifying Patrol and Special Project Squadrons for forward deployed operations..." [15APR2004]


SAAM, LCDR Richard D. Retired rdsaam@att.net "...I trained militaril at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, Officer Training School, NewPort, Rhode Island, Navy Flight School, NAS Pensacola, Florida, Navy Air Navigation School, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, Navy Air Survival School, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Nuclear Weapons School, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Navy Air Tactics School, NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-9 (1970-73) flying as a Navy Patrol Plane Navigator(NFO)/Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Japan, Korea, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, etc. I was one of the last hand chart based Dead Reckoning celestial navigators before GPS in the P-3B. I retired from the United States Naval Reserves..." Personal WebSite: https://profiles.google.com/RDSaam/about [12APR2013]

SAMPSON, Mark A. mksampson@earhlink.net "...Was a Sensor One in VP-9 from late 1980 to September 1984. The squadron was deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska at the time when I was transferred to FASOTRAGRUPAC Det NAS Moffett Field, California. Was on Crew 8 the whole time. Let me know where you are!..." [29JAN2005 | 15SEP99]

SANFORD, Michael Dean mdsanfo@msn.com "...I did my time with VP-9 from 1992-1994. I am looking for my old Shipmates. Drop me a line..." [24AUG2002]

SATTERFIELD, AEC Dick Retired gemstar@ibm.net"...Started with P-3's in WST, NATC Pax Riv. in '64 then to VP-9 and VP-31. Retired from VP-47 in Jan of '76 as an AEC. One outfit not mentioned is Weapons Systems Test Div. as a P-3 operator. We had the first one - 148276, a convert -ed Electra which was also a prototype Charlie. The other two were 148889 and 152141 which were used as test-beds for test and evaluation of new weapons systems. Interesting tour. Retired for a second time (from IBM) and live in San Jose, CA. Dick Satterfield, former AE ed Electra which also was the Charlie prototype..."

SAVERUD, PH3 John M. JMS4141@AOL.COM "...I would like to here from anyone in VP-9 between Aug 1961 and Aug 1962..." [09JUL98]

SCANLON, AOCS(A/C) Jake Retired jakescanlon@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California from December 1965 to November 1969, VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1973 to 1976, VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1980 to 1984 and VX-4 at NAS Point Mugu, California from 1984 to 1987. I am current living and working in China Lake/Ridgecrest, Ca..." [17SEP2009]

SCHLOSSER, AX2 George n7uy@comcast.net "...I served with VP-48 from November 1962 (Jez, Rad and 2nd Radioman with Crew 8 flying the old P5 Boats) to Spring 1963 NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment. Anybody remember the trip to the Galapagoes Islands February 1964? I left VP-48 and went to VP-9 (Special Detachment) NAS Adak, Alaska. We flew patrols out of NAS Adak, Alaska for 18 months. Spent many nites at Shemya on alert crew. I was lucky to have family at NAS Adak, Alaska as I was with a small unit ComFairAlaska on NAS Adak, Alaska. I have many memories in the Bearing straights. On February 2003, at age 62, I retired with 34 years service, I retired from NorthWest Airlines (Electronic and Electrical Systems Maintence Technition). I worked on the 727, 757, 747, DC-10 and Airbus A320. I am now enjoying retirement, lots of Motorcycle riding and grandchildren. All the best to my many old Shipmates. Hope to see some of you folks on the road (West Coast roads!)..." [BIO Updated 04AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 03AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15APR99 | 28OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...SCHULLER, Gordon Joseph...From The Virginian-Pilot - 6 June 2002 - VIRGINIA BEACH -- Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gordon Joseph Schuller, 74, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002. He commanded VP-9 in NAS Moffett Field, California, CPW-2 in Hawaii, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet/Task Force Seventy-Two/Patrol Wing ONE and Fleet Air Western Pacific, Japan..." http://www.usna.com/classes/class51/TAPSa4.htm [24FEB2003]

SCHULLER, RADM Gordon J. Retired C/O His Son SCHULLER, CDR Jeff Retired Jeffrey.Schuller-contractor@bmdo.osd.mil "...My dad flew P2Vs with VP-8 and VP-5 in the '50s and 'early 60s and later P-3As as CO of VP-9 in the late '60s. From there he was CPW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and then Commander Fleet Air West Pac. He retired from the Navy in the early '80..." [04FEB2002]

SHAFT, AK John chefshaft@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1981-1984 as a Storekeeper. Most will remember me as the guy that was always in trouble (mainly for smoking that evil weed and for going to grateful dead shows). Well, it seems that the evil weed did not wreck my life. I am now a Chef that owns his own company and travels with rock and roll bands to cater for them. There are to many folks I would love to speak with or see, to many to name here. Feel free to contact me anytime. Yes, I still partake and can't wait to see another show. Good luck to all..." [E-Mail Updated 13JUN2006 | 03APR2003]

SHARPE, Ron Retired ibnfe8251@earthling.net"...AMH1 VP-5 F/E 90-93, AMH1 VP-9 F/E 84-87, AMH1 VP-26 F/E 79-82, AMH2 VP-46 G/P 75-76, and AMH3 VQ-1 G/P 73-75..."

SHEA, AT1 Tom Retired TDShea@aol.com "...I started my Navy career in VP-16 from '77 to '79 back when they were just "The Eagles". From there I went to VP-9, '81 to '83. VP-30 was next where I had a great time, despite working for a few "E-7's." I wrote the first CNO approved P-3C IFT course, which I'm happy to say they are still teaching today. Had a great time as an instructor. From browsing your pages, I see some of those slugs are still flying!! After 30, spent a sunny year in ASWOC Diego Garica. I do miss the fishing there. My next tour was NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '88 to 91. That was a very interesting tour working with prototype equipment. To bad they shut down the Update IV program. In December of '91 was transfered to VP-49 until they were disestablished in '94. From there I went to VFA-87, the "Golden Warriors". They didn't really know what to do with a VP sailor, but with in 3 months I was running the IWT shop having a great time. My tour there was cut short when I blew my knee out on the Flight Deck. Back to VP's. This time VP-31 where I stayed until I retired in April of '96. Now I have to work for a living. Glad I spent so much time in VP "Wheels up, Heels up." Had to save my energy for civilan life!!!..." [30JAN98]

SHEALY, AMS3 Harry hgshealy@intop.net "...I was assigned to VP-28 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from May 1967 to November of 1969 when the squadron was decomissioned. While in VP-28 we were in NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan on deployments. I was the duty driver and after I made AMS-3 I went to the check crew and the Airframes shop. After I was reassigned, from December of 1969 to December of 1970, I went to VP-9 in NAS Moffett Field, California. From there I went back to NAS Adak, Alaska. We had 3 planes in Guam and that is where I spent the last three months of a 4 year hitch. Anyone knowing where any of the guys from that time period are please contact me..." [06MAR2001]

SHUART, AT1 Jerry M. c/o his son David R. Shuart d16940shua@aol.com "...My father AT1 Jerry M. Shuart served from 1947 to 1968 in various squadrons. VP-112 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-9 Cecil Field, VP-32 NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VP-176 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-109 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-6 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-10 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and VP-9 Sanford, Fl. If you know him please let me know..." [20APR99]

SIMMONS, AMS1 Ken Retired uffdaken@comcast.net "...I served aboard NAS Lemoore, California (1979-1981) OMD Transit Line, VP-9 (1982-1985) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Lemoore, California (1985-1988) AIMD Structure Shop, VAK-208 (1988-1989) at NAS Alameda, California, VFA-305 (1989-1993) at NAS Point Mugu, California, VFA-303 (1993-1994) at NAS Lemoore, California and VP-91 (1995-1997) at NAS Moffett Field, California. After retirement (1997) I started working in the Cooling Tower business as a machinist / painter. Since 2002 I have been a volunteer at the Castle Air Museum as a "Crew Chief" on various aircraft. Done some restoration work (structural work and painting) on some aircraft..." [10OCT2014]

SIMPSON, AW1 Kenneth (Slick) Retired tnpair-a-dice@juno.com "...Started my VP Navy life in NAS Bermuda February 1976 by checking into VP-44. Joined CAC-3 as OJT SS-3 operator under the instruction of AW-2 Jim Frankin. Kept up my quals as acoustic operator and eventually became SS1 on Crew -6. Was stationed with VP-44 from February 1976 through March 1980. I was assigned to instructor duty NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee March 1980 to May 1983. Transfered to NAS Moffett Field, California VP-9 May 1983 through November 1988 assigned to FASO November 1988 until retirement March 1992. Would enjoy hearing from any Shipmates..." [13MAR2000]

SIX, Michael sixmd@efdlant.navfac.navy.mil "...FEAP in VP-48 from 1989 until its decommissioning. Affiliated with VP-9 in 1991 became a qualified, P-3 FE as an Airman. Detachments include Subic Bay, Panama, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Discharged out of the Navy in 1993, began school at the Univ. Of Maryland, and joined VP-68 as a FE, until 1995 then affiliated with VP-66. I graduated from the UMD in the summer of 98 with an engineering degree, and work as an engineer for the Navy in Norfolk, VA, and was recently commissioned as an Ensign in the Intel community..." [03FEB99]

SKELTON, AW1 Richard P. Retired bababear@alaska.com "...I attended Boot Camp (1968-1969), AW "A" School (1969), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) (1969-1970) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-31 (1969-1970), VP-9 (1970-1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRoUp, PAcific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) DET (1975-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-19 (1978-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California, CPRW-10/ASWOC (1982-1985), CPRW-10/ASWOC (1985-1990) Detachment NAS Adak, Alaska and retired (1990). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06NOV2011]

SMITH, Timothy W. gfeaster@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-7 ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-23 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine), VA-195 ( NAS Norfolk, Virginia), NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Hanford, CA., VP-9, VP-30, VP-5, VA-203 ( NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida), USS Bon Hommie Richard CVA-31, USS Independance CVA-63, USS Forastall CVA-59, VX-13 Ton Sunit Vietnam, and retired (1960-1989) USNR..." [22MAR2000]

SMOYER, Joel T. katy@gowebco.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1958 to 1960 NAS Alameda, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates. Also looking for Russ Snyder or Percy Puscarr..." [18AUG2003]

SNOKE, Christopher christopher.snoke@navy.mil "...I served with VP-9 (01/1975-12/1980) FE/Mechanic and VPU-2 (11/1984-02/1988) Mechanic..." [02JUL2013]

SNYDER, AWC RONALD C. Retired RONS55@prodigy.net "...SERVED AT: AT "A" SCHOOL 59-60, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 60-63, VP-9 NAS Alameda, California 64-66, VP-50 IWAKUNI JAPAN 66-68, ASCAC NS Sangley Point, Philippines 69-71, ASCAC NAS Adak, Alaska 71-72, and TSC NAS Moffett Field, California 72-75..." [24FEB98]

SOLDO, Frank franksoldo@aol.com "...I joined VP-9 in June of 1955 transfering from VA-95. Spent time in NAS Kodiak, Alaska with the squadron as Logistics Yeoman and returning home in late December. Left the service December 1955..." [21APR2004]

SPIVEY, AX2 Michael G. mike.spivey@att.net "...I served with VP-9 from 1976 to June 1980. I went to work for Lockheed at NAS Moffett Field, California in June 1980 on the Mod Team and as a P-3 Field Representative and left in 1986 for the F-117 Program..." [16MAY2011]

Memorial Picture "...SPRADLEY, Mike...It is with sadness that I report the passing of Mike Spradley of VP-9. He died recently after a bout of cancer that spread beyond stopping. He died March, 19, 2011. We all will miss him and the joy he gave us..." Contributed by Jim Hawkins hawkvp9@yahoo.com [17JUN2011]

SPRADLEY, Michael spradley1@houston.westerngeco.slb.com "...Proud to be a VP-9'er from 1964 to 1967 Crew 10. I am the guy that on Labor Day 1966 stole the VP-6 Blue Shark out of their duty office in Barbers Point (along with my accomplice Tex Wilkie). As a civvie I have been involved in converting the sonobuoy concept to oil exploration which has now become a standard tool with the geophysical industry. I have used the techique in about 44 countries around the world (hey Navy, thanks for a good idea that I have made a career with). Over the years I brought other Shipmates to our industry, John Staples, Chief Bill Harkom, Tom Wright (whom I have lost), Pilot Pat Henry flys the goodyear blimp--enuf for now..." [E-Mail Updated 22OCT2002 | 14OCT97]

STANDFILL, AWC George A. (Jack) Retired jstand@ix.netcom.com "...I was in VP-21 from 1956 to 1960, made two deployments to Malta and one to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I flew as radioman on several crews. I was a ATN2 in VP-48 from early 1963 to late 1964, Made the NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment in 1964. I spent two tours in VP-9 from 1966 to 1967 and from 1970 to 1975. I retired from VP-9 as a AWC. Would enjoy hearing from anyone from that time period..." [09APR2002]

Memorial Picture "...STATON, ADC(AW/NAC) Marvin W. Jr. "Rusty"...Rusty was a native of Dallas, Texas and raised by proud parents, Marvin and Shirley Staton. He attended Duncanville High School and was later awarded a GED from Waxahatchie High School in Dallas. On May 7, 1996 he would be awarded an Associate Degree from Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida. He joined the Navy on April 27, 1981 and after recruit training attended AD "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee, after which he attended Naval Aircrew Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, Florida. He then reported to his first duty station Naval Air Technical Training Center, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. His duty stations during his 20 plus year career included; USS Lexington (Pensacola, Florida), ANTARTICDEVRON SIX, (VXC 6, NAS Point Mugu, California), Flight Engineer training at FASO and VP-31 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-9 (NAS Moffett Field, California), VP-30 (NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-9 (NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), and NAVFORAIRTESTRON (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland). His awards include: Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman Designation, Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards), National Defense, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon and numerous letters of commendations and appreciation. Rusty was a great Chief and admired by his superiors as well as those he trained and supervised. He was one of the few to have survived an air crash aboard a C-130 on an emergency landing at the South Pole. He was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and would do absolutely anything to help out a shipmate in need. The people that know him will tell you he was always happy and full of life, a true optimist..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

STEVERSON, Gerald H. (Steve) gopherman@earthlink.net "...I'll be forever grateful to my old VU-8 DP-2E 128401 Flight Engineer buddy Red Batson for putting me onto it. I served with VP-9 in the late 50's as an AE2/AE1 and MAD/ECM/RADAR operator on the Skipper's crew (CDR V. Deitchman). AEC Rodney Kaiser was my Shop Chief, and I remember that we had an AE1 Shop P.O. who wouldn't talk to lower rates except in the line of duty. Got out in 59 after my initial (kiddie) cruise. Got married and went to work as an electrician at an aircraft overhaul outfit in Dothan, AL making the humongous sum of $1.25 per hour! Re-enlisted in mid-60 and joined Red Batson on the DP-2E crew dropping KDAs and Q2Cs in VU-8 (1960-1963). Later served in VP-16 (AEC - 1968) with one deployment to NS Rota, Spain, but made Warrant and had to leave the squadron. Later supported VPs at NAFSIG as Avionics/GSE/Ass't AIMD Officer (1970-74) including a period when deployed VP had to operate from Catania airport while NAFSIG runways were closed for resurfacing. Retired in late 77. Ah, the memories this website brings back!!! Gerald H. (Steve) Steverson, 5713 Gardenia Ave., Milton, FL 32570..." [02AUG98]

STEWART, James Shipmate Pix coolzone@knology.net "...I served with VP-9 (1978-1981) as supervisor of the AO shop and ended up as a Maintenance Control Chief. I made three deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [21SEP2011]

STEWART, AW3 Sean SphiE@aol.com "...I just graduated from VP-30, heading out to VP-9 in barbers..."

STONEY, Bob bob.stoney@comcast.net "...Served in VP-9 1981-85, then went to Test Pilot School. Served at Force Warfare (they call it VX-20 now, I think) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and multiple tours at TPS, including CO. Been with the FAA as a Test Pilot since retiring in 2002--first in Wichita and now in Seattle. Love the job! Family (wife + 3) doing great..." [17NOV2005]

STUHR, Bill CDRLBS@Worldnet.ATT.net "...AW days in VP-23 in the early 70's, NESEP at U. of New Mexico, NFO in VP-9, VP-31, ASWOC NAS Misawa, Japan, COMPATWING One Kami Seya, VP-1, COMPATWING Two NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and finally COMPATWINGSPAC. Am happy to finally be retired...I've slept in my own bed every night for four years!..." [26JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...STULTZ, AMSC/AMHC James C...Shipmate Pix...Passed away February 21, 1991. AMSC/AMHC James C. STULTZ served with VP-9 (19701974) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VC-1 in Japan, VP-31 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-22 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VT-26 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas, VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California and VT-25 at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas. Twenty years (20 years) after the fact, I find I can post his departure from this earth into the hands of our Lord. I apologize for the exceedingly lateness. I would be interested in hearing of his service from his former Shipmates. I was very young when he left NAS Moffett Field, California and subsequently retired..." Contributed by Scott Stultz stultzs2@yahoo.com [23AUG2011]

SUTTIE, CAPTAIN Richard Retired rinavy@aol.com "...I served in VP-46 (1981-1983), VP-31 (1984-1987), VP-9 (1990-1992), Executive Officer VP-31 (1993-1994) and Commanding Officer VT-31 (1996), American Embassy in London and then completed a one year fellowship at Harvard University, 11 years on staff at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI and retired from active duty in 2006. I now live in Los Angeles, CA and working in the education field. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 13MAR2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18JAN2001 | 24FEB98]

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TACKETT, Bob btacket@ibm.net "...I was in VP-9 from 1973 though Aug of 75. Would love to hear from anyone from the squadron. Wish I could go back and do it all over again..." [14NOV98]

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]

TAYLOR, Scott "Grand Poobah" taylor@global.t-bird.edu "...I served with VP-17 (1993-1995), VP-9 (1995-1996) and TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1996-1998) and VP-17 while they were deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and did another deployment with them to NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Masirah, Oman and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). I also did another NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployment with VP-9 VP-9. I left the Navy and pursued my MBA/MIM. Since then, I've been involved professionally again with the MPRF community as a Navy Contractor working on the P-8 and TacMobile Programs to ensure that our current VP / Navy community gets the best possible support from our acquisition community. I currently reside in San Diego, CA...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 30NOV2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 09AUG2008 | 23AUG98]

TEBBE, Jay C. jtebbe123@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-9 (1969-1971) as a Sensor and Radar operator..." [21MAR2012]

THERO, AO1 JERRY Retired JTHERO@AOL.COM "...SERVED IN VP-9,VP-31, AND NAS Moffett Field, California (1990-1994). RET. IN JAN.94..." [08JAN98]

THOMAS, Jack jsthomas@gte.net "...Served in VP-9 from Dec 92 - Nov 95. Deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT (Nov 93-May 94) and NAF Misawa, Japan (May 95-Nov 95). Started out as Arm/Ord Branch Officer, then Comm O, then Skeds O and finally NFO NATOPS. Since then, I was aide to DCINCPACFLT (Nov 95-Jul 97) and am now in the Operations Analysis curriculum at NPS in Monterey, California. I can't wait to get back to a squadron, I miss the life..." [09MAR98]

THOMES, AO1 Chuck Retired jcthomes@hsonline.net "...I was former Aircrew in VP-9, VP-17, and VP-8. Had orders to VO-67 when attached to VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Lost several Shipmates from VP-9 to VO-67, my orders were cnx, and never saw shipmates such as A03 Clay Ashby, AO3 Mike Freeman and several others again. I retired from USN while ships company USS Enterprise April 1985. Any of you guys left out there?..." [20JUN99]

THOMPSON, AE1 Dawn N. thompson8909@yahoo.com "...I served with VPU-2 and VP-9..." [12MAY2013]

THOMPSON, CDR John R. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1672 "...CDR John R. Thompson, USN - NFL Number: 1672 - Date of Birth: 10/28/1946 - Date In: 11/1/1964 - Date Out: 1/1/1988 - City, State: Twin City, GA - School Attended: Univ. of Georgia - Aircraft Flown: T-34B, T-28C, S2D, P-3A/B/C, B52D - Ship or Unit: VT-3, VP-9 and VP-66 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane CDR - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: Assn of Nav Aviation Amer Soc QualityCtrl - Highest personal decoration or award: Def. Merit. Svc Medal - Significant Achievements: CARQUAL in T-28 and S2. Over 2,500 flight hours in P3. Over 800 flight hours in T-28. In Memoriam? No..." [09DEC2005]

THOMPSON, Toni Vessels tallgrss@evansville.net "...I was stationed in VQ-2, NS Rota, Spain from 1976 to 1980. My name then was Thompson. I was in supply as an AK. I also served in VP-9 sometime in 1974 to 1975. I was the first woman in a deployable squadron on the West Coast. At that time I worked in PAO and help produce the cruise book for our time in Japan. I finally ended up as a PR1 (Ret)..." [20JUL99]

THORSETT, Leonard LJ_Thorsett@msn.com "...I had the privilege of being an A/C in VP-4 from 1960-1961 and VP-9 from 1962-1963. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [13DEC99]

TODD, AO2 Jette jetstarwoody@optonline.net "...I served with VP-31, VP-9 and aboard the USS Constellation..." [23NOV2011]

TOWER, Phil philtower@dow.com "...VP-9 1968-70 and VP-10 1977-80..." [17MAR98]

TURLINGTON, Jay jturlington@hotmail.com "...Currently in VQ-1, served in VP-30, VP-31, VP-40, VP-50, VP-9, VP-47 and one non-flying tour to recruiting (mistake). Looking to hear from folks from the past. Looking forward to retirement, time for a change! Let me hear from ya..." [11JUL99]

THURMAN, Patrick K. "Thurmo" lbthurman@aol.com "...I served with VP-9 from August 1993 to June 1995. DH tour as Safety/NATOPS Officer and Maintenance Officer. CAC 4 MC, PPIP. Had a great time being the "mayor" of VP-9 and working with everyone from E1 up..." [20JUN2002]

TURNER, Larry turnerlm60@netzero.net "...Was stationed with VP-9 in NAS Alameda, California in November of 1959 along with my two brothers Richard and Robert Turner. Also was with Gary Hays and Ken Preston. Would love to hear from any of the crew from then. I was a personnel clerk, but flew as observer on a P2V7 BUNO: 145919 Plane #12. Thanks and God Bless..." [09MAR2002]

TURVOLD, CDR Wade D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/xo/ExecutiveOfficer.htm "...Commander Wade D. Turvold was raised in Aiea, Hawaii. He attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1989, graduating with Merit. After completing flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1990. Commander Turvold then completed initial P-3 training in VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following this training, Commander Turvold reported to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in March 1991. He served as Public Affairs Officer and Legal Officer while attached to VP-6. During this tour, Commander Turvold deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Following the decommissioning of VP-6 in March, 1993, Commander Turvold reported to VP-9, also based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-9, Commander Turvold completed a NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Omandeployment, and served as Readiness Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. In July 1994, Commander Turvold reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30 he served as the NFO Schedules Officer, Fleet NATOPS Primary NFO Evaluator, and NFO Training Officer. Commander Turvold reported to the United States SIXTH Fleet Staff in July 1997, embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF 3), homeported in Gaeta, Italy. There he served as the Assistant Undersea Warfare Officer, Maritime Patrol Aircraft Operations Officer and Assistant Submarine Operations Officer while deployed to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Commander Turvold also performed duties as Operations Division Officer, Admiral's Barge Officer, and served as Battle Watch Officer during the Kosovo conflict. Commander Turvold reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1999, graduating with Distinction in June 2000. There he earned a Masters Degree in National Defense and Security Affairs. Following this tour, he underwent P-3 refresher training at VP-30. In December 2000, Commander Turvold joined VP-47 based at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. While at VP-47, he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain, and Oman, and the second to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In February 2003, Commander Turvold became the Weapons Tactics Unit Officer in Charge for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, serving in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2005, Commander Turvold assumed the duties as Executive Officer, VP-4 while deployed to NSA Bahrain. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars), and numerous unit and campaign awards..." [19APR2005]

TWEEDY, Glenn Shipmate Pix May 1957! wgt-srt@worldnet.att.net "...VP-9 Feb 1968 through Oct 1968..." [E-Mail Updated 26SEP98]


URBANO, CDR R. M. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/XO%20Picture.htm "...Commander Urbano was born in Port Hueneme, CA. Being a son of a career U.S. Navy man, LCDR Urbano was raised in several locations around the United States and overseas. After graduating from high school in Rota, Spain, CDR Urbano attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with merit in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In May 1988, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing Naval Flight Officer training at Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA. CDR Urbano reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft in June 1988. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "Skinny Dragons" of VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1988. During his first operational squadron tour, he made two deployments and qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. From June to December 1989, VP-4 was deployed toNAS Adak, Alaska, and from November 1990 to May 1991, VP-4 deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In October 1991, CDR Urbano was selected for the Joint Staff Intern Program and transferred to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for duty in Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate, J-7, The Joint Staff. In November 1992, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to serve as the Aviation Student Placement Officer in PERS-43. In August 1994, CDR Urbano was assigned to Staff, Commander, Carrier Group SEVEN as Flag Aide/Flag Secretary. During his tour he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and deployed on board the flagship USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in December 1995 to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and contingency operations off the coast of Taiwan. Prior to reporting to his operational department head tour, CDR Urbano served in the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida, from November 1996 to September 1997 as the Administrative Officer and Naval Flight Officer Instructor/Patrol Plane Mission Commander. In September 1997, CDR Urbano reported to the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45) homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He made a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE/GUARD and a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Howard AFB in support of North Atlantic operations and counter-drug operations in the Caribbean. His billets included Training Officer and Operations Officer. In September 1999, CDR Urbano was assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer. In August 2001, CDR Urbano attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, under the Navy's Political-Military Scholarship Program, and was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration in June 2002. From August to November 2002, CDR Urbano served as the MPRA Liaison Officer in Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH. In May 2003, he reported to "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 homeported in MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as the Executive Officer. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards..." [03JUL2003]


VANEK, Mark J. mjvanek@aol.com "...Hello to all of you VP folks out there. I served 17 plus years in the Navy form 1980 to 1997 with VP-9, VP-31, VP-66, CNARF NATOPS and I had the dubious honor of being the Base Closure Director at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as we closed the base in Sep 97. I retired as a Commander (yes, I actually nmade it past LTJG!!) in Aug 97 and went to work with United Airlines in Oct 97. I'm currently driving the mighty 727 around out of our New York domicile and really having a blast. Needless to say, retirement has been very good to me. To any of my old colleagues out there, don;t hesitate to drop a line and say hello. its always good to hear from you. Take care..." [16OCT98]

VIGEANT, AWC Paul Retired nasbackyard@earthlink.net "...Served as student VP-31 NAS NORIS early summer of 66, then to VP-31 det A NAS MFT. Arrived VP-9 deployed to Naha. VP-9 8-66/1-70, VP-31 acustic instructor 1-70/7-74 (acoustic inst for Spanish AF), PATWING ONE det Agana 10-74/10-77, USS FORRESTAL CV59 (CV TSC) 11-77/11-79, NATTC MFS AW(A)school inst 12-79/12-82 then back to VP9. Retired 8-85. I now have a son that is a LTjg flying with HS7 ready to deploy on USS ENTERPRISE CVN65..." [20OCT98]

VILLASENOR, Guillermo J. memovillasenor@hotmail.com "...I was with VP-9 from 1985 to 1989 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I worked in Maintenance Control and Quality Assurance as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman. I left the squadron in 89 while we were deployed to B.I.O.T Diego Garcia..." [27DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...VOSSELER, CAPTAIN Warren Paul "Voss"..Captain Vosseler served as Commanding Officer of VP-4 from Nov 1967 - Dec 1968. Warren Paul "Voss" Vosseler, 86, a 25 year resident of Annapolis, died October 18 at home suddenly, battling lengthy illnesses. He was born September 28, 1926 in Orange, N.J., receiving a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1949; followed by a B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA; M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan; M.S., International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Naval War College, Newport, RI. Capt. Vosseler received a Naval Academy Congressional Appointment from the State of New Jersey by Senator Robert Taft, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. Following a brief ship tour to the Arctic, he proceeded to flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida, qualifying as a Naval Aviator. Operational tours were with VP-9 deploying twice in support of the Korean War and VP-18 deploying in support of Cuban Missile Crisis and UNITAS, Joint British and Greek Operations in the Mediterranean, British and Canadian Operations in the Atlantic, and Pacific Rim Flight Exercises. He reported aboard VP-4 in 1966 as Executive Officer, eventually fleeting up as their Commanding Officer in 1967; deploying twice in support of combat operations in the Vietnam Theater of Operations. Ashore, he served as the Air Guided Missile and Air Officer at U.S. Pacific Fleet and Special Projects Officer with Navy's POLARIS missile system. Captain Vosseler completed his Naval Career in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1979 with 30 years of active duty service. He became active as a private consultant in the National Defense community. He was awarded the Air Medal (2 Awards, 1strike/ flight award), Navy Unit Commendation, World War Two Victory, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), American Campaign, Korean Service (3 Awards), Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign. Captain Vosseler was a longtime Annapolis Rotarian. Naval Academy activities included the USNA Sesquicentennial, the Annapolis Tri-Centennial, Squadron Commander of the Annapolis Chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation, life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and Association of Naval Aviation. He diligently served his community of Chesapeake Harbour as a volunteer. He loved to travel with his wife to Europe, especially Germany, where they both had family and friends. Numerous other adventures included Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, and worldwide ocean cruises. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, golf, shopping, and Bavarian Austrian folk dancing. In his later years, he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and his artistic side, including ceramic pottery, and scrapbooking the family travels. He had a lifelong love of Navy football, cheering at the last three games. Married on November 15, 1975, Captain Vosseler is survived by his wife, Ursula Vosseler; and his daughter, Leslie Carol. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, two god-children, and one delightful German mother-in-law. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. Inurnment immediately following the service. Contributions can be made in his memory to your preferred cause or charity...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [09DEC2012]


WAGGONER, James H. jhwagg@ipns.com "...1950-54 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. FASRON-112-VP-2 1954-60 NAS Alameda, California.-Engine Overhaul-O&R Flight Line- VP-9-Tad AFPS/Oakland. 1960 NAS Moffett Field, California.- J65 Engine Instructor 1960-64 NAS Lemoore, California. - J65 Engine Instructor 1964-66 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines - Staff COMFAIRWESTPAC 1967-69 NAS Miramar . - VF-124 - Data Analyst 1969-71 USS Oriskany - Aimd- Data Analyst 1971-present - As little as possible and if you know me you know its true..." [28AUG99]

WAGNER, AE Linda anorak@comcat.com "...I served at at NAS Lemoore, California, VP-9, VXN-8, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and VP-66. Requesting contact from fellow Shipmates who would be willing to help me by writing job references. Lost touch with everyone who I served with during my 10 years of service (especially looking for VXN-8 crew members). I appreciate your assistance, looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates and aircrew..." [11JAN2004]

WALKER, AW1(AW/NAC) Robert Lee Chochinko@aol.com "...Hello to all my old fellow Aircrewmen and Shipmates! Old Psycho, EMBO, or Uncle Bob depending on which squadron I was in. I served with HS-14 in San Diego, California from 1989 till 1993 then had to move on to VS-21 in NAS Atsugi, Japan and served with them from 1994 to 1996. I was finally rewarded with the good life of the VP Navy (PERDIEM!) and flew with VP-9 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and made the move over to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I served with VP-9 for 3 great years. I am currently in NAS Misawa, Japan working at the TSC. Tell all my old friends and Shipmates "Fly Safe and Take Care."..." [05JUL2002]

WALLACE, Don dwall33175@direcway.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1963 to 1965 NAS Alameda, California, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Moffett Field, California, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and back to NAS Moffett Field, California for discharge..." [E-Mail Updated 11AUG2003 | 21SEP98]

WALTON, Derrick derrick@academytaxusa.com "...I served aboard the USS Independence (CV-62) flying H-3's and VP-9 (1986-1996) as a SS1..." [10AUG2012]

WATERS, AX2 Tom TL_waters@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 from 1975 until 1978. West Pac 75-76, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, worked in Avionics shop. Looking for Dale Brooks, "Flash" Wilkerson, Dave Huss, Mike Dockendorf (old guitar playing friends), Bill Edwards, Carmine Patrone, Dave Workman, Chief Adams, "Frenchy": LeFleur and John Anstedt (old next door neighbors) and anybody who might remember me..." [29JAN2002]

WEISE, Ed A. balancexec@earthlink.net "...I served as a pilot with VW-3 / VW-1 NAS Agana, Guam from May 1959 to June 1961 and with VP-9 NAS Alameda, California from December 1961 to May 1963, when I left the service. Would like to hear from any pilots from those squadrons, particularly from the crews I was with..." [10FEB2004]

WEISENBURGER, AWCS Joe "Mojo" Joe_W11@excite.com "...My tours of duty include: U.S. Joint Forces Command and Commander Reserve Patrol Wing NAS Norfolk, Virginia, the BlackHawks of VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C., SAU VP-0516 (later VP-0545) NAS Jacksonville, Florida, the Golden Eagles of VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California and the Pro's Nest of VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Drop me a line..." [11JUL2002]

WEISSE, AEC(AW) Christopher Retired aedude_1@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-47 AE Shop in November of 1984 and made deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1987 I did a tour in VP-31 as a FRAMP instructor > until Nov 1989. I transfer to VP-48 AE Shop and did a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines the squadron was decommissioned in 1991. From there I went to VP-40 AE Shop and did deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska. In 1993 I transfer to VQ-3 Det Travis. I came back to the VP community in 1996 and joined VP-9 AE Shop & Maintenance Control I did deployments to NSF Diego Garcia (twice) and NAS Misawa, Japan. In 2000 I transfer to FASOTRAGRU DET HI where I plan on retiring in NOV 2003..." [02NOV2001]

WELLER, CDR Wayne L. Retired wlweller@verizon.net "...I served with VP-31 in 1961, VP-9 NAS Alameda, California (Julie/MAD/ECM/SNIFFER) flying (P2V-7s) from 1962 to 1963, VP-31 (Staff) from 1963 to 1965, VP-31 Det Alpha (P3As) at NAS Moffett Field from 1965 to 1968, VP-47 as a F/E flying P-3A/Bs, NAS Point Mugu, California, NAM, VP-19 (Material Officer and MMCO) from 1972 to 1974, VP-46 from 1977 to 1980, COMLATWINGPAC from 1980 to 1983, VP-31 (MMCO and MO) from 1983 to 1988, COMPATWINGSPAC as the Wing Maintenance Officer from 1988 until I retired in the fall of 1990. I would like to take this opportunity to say "Hello" to all my former Shipmates. It was a great thirty-five years..." [E-Mail Updated 04SEP2009 | 11OCT97]

Memorial Picture "...WELLS, CAPTAIN Gary A...My darling husband, CAPTAIN Gary A. Wells, lost his valiant fight with lung cancer on July 10th, 2006. He served with VP-4, VP-9, VP-47 and retired in 1987...Janet W. Wells heidelberggirl@msn.com..." [BIO Updated 25JUL2006 | 24JUL2006]

WHINNEN, Gene ewhinnen@wildblue.net "...I served with VP-9 (1953-1955) at NAS Alameda, California with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska..." [23MAY2012]

WHORTON, AE2 Clay clay@motorcenter.us "...I served with VP-9 (1980-1983)..." [05FEB2012]

WICKHAM, Mike WickhamMT@AOL.com "...I was an AT/IFT for CAC 007 in VP-9 from 1988-1992..." [09APR98]

WIGHT, ATC Dennis W. Retired dennis.wight@navy.mil "...I served with VP-9 from 1981 to 1984, VP-49 from 1984 to 1987, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1987 to 1991, VP-11 from 1991 to 1995 and then back to Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland till I retired in July 1999. I had an absolute blast in every command I was in and flying with the Navy's finest aircrewman. I spent the last 10 years working in Maintenance Control watching the worlds best maintenance personnel keeping those Orion's in the air. As a civilian, I'm still supporting the VP Navy as a Project Specialist with the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects Group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would love to hear from my fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAY2011 | 10DEC99]

WIKKERINK, AT1(AW) James Hornetshooter@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-50 in May of 1988 and made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and Cubi PT R.P./ Diego Garcia. Saddly the squadron was decommisioned in 1992. Blue Dragons live on in the fleet though. I was transferred to VP-31 and did a tour as a FRAMP instructor until VP-31 decommisioned in 1993. From there I went to NAS Lemoore, California and joined VFA-22 the Fighting Redcocks and did a cruise with the squadron on the USS Abraham Lincoln as a flight deck troublshooter. After staying from the path I came back to the safety and security of the mighty Orion and joined VP-9 the Golden Eagles on the Nov96-May97 Diego Garcia deployment currently I am still with VP-9 and hope to go to Jax when this tour is finished. If there are any old Blue Dragons out there drop me a line...I am now an instructor at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Oceana VA teaching F/A-18 avionics to Navy and Marine Corps students. I am really happy to be back in tailhook again but my memories will always be fond of the friends I made and the friends I lost in VP..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10OCT99 | Updated 05MAY98]

WILL, LCDR Eugene G. Retired willeugene5503@netscape.net "...I served with VP-9 (1957-1960) at NAS Alameda, California. I very much enjoyed the visit to Oshkosh by the VP-9 Crew. I always attend the Oshkosh Airshow - sure wish they would have a P2 on display! I very much enjoyed the visit by NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Aircrew in a P-3 and visited with the crew and had a quick look at interior of the bird. Hope you guys get the new P-8 in the near future. My VP-9 cap as just about ready for the trash as it has been well used..." [30MAR2013]

WILLIAMS, AG3 Keith keith.williams@noaa.gov "...I served aboard NAS Agana, Guam from 1969 to 1970. I worked at Naval Weather Service Environmental Detachment (NWSED) and also flew several times with VP-9 for the purpose of plotting the data from bathythermographs for mission's over the South China Sea..." [09OCT2009]

WILSON, AECS J. D. JDP3FE@aol.com "...I was a VP-9 FE from 83-86. Went to both the Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska pleasure spots. Became a TAR in December 87 and went to VP-94 in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. From there to the Reserve ASW Training Center (RATCEN) in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania where I taught P-3 Systems Fam, FE and IFE school. Also served on the Reserve NATOPS team there. September 94 made Chief and transferred to VP-64 across the street. Stayed there till I made Senior and then had to quit flying. I'm now the MSCPO of VFC-12 in Oceana. Would like to hear from any of my old squadron Shipmates. Also does anyone know the where-abouts of Jim Ogle, NAS Moffett Field, California 83-86?..." [BIO Updated 05AUG99 | 01AUG99]

WINNEG, CAPTAIN Robert S. http://www.nasb.navy.mil/nasb_co.htm "...Captain Robert S. Winneg, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation from the University of Rochester in May 1980. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in July 1981. In May 1982, Captain Winneg joined VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California, where he served as Legal Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, and NFO Training Officer. During this tour, he qualified as a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Patrol Plane Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator, and completed deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. In May 1985, Captain Winneg reported to CPW-10, serving as a Weapons Systems Trainer Instructor as well as the Test Team Leader for the prototype 2F140(T) Fleet Project Team. Assigned to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) from December 1987 to January 1990 as the Operations Administrative Assistant, he qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway, General Quarters OOD, and Sea and Anchor Detail OOD, and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. In January 1990, Captain Winneg reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he was the Assistant Director of Officer Promotions and Enlisted Advancements. In May 1992, he reported to VP-9 at NAS Moffett Field, California. He served as Tactics Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Detachment Officer in Charge of the squadron's Panama Detachment. Following his return from Panama, Captain Winneg completed a change of homeport with the squadron to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In June 1993, Captain Winneg joined the staff of the Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower/Personnel. Captain Winneg received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in June 1996. Following graduation, he joined VP-1 on deployment in NSF Diego Garcia, as the Executive Officer. In May 1997, he assumed command of the squadron, deploying to NAS Misawa, Japan with detachments to Okinawa and NSA Bahrain. While deployed, he served concurrently as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1998, Captain Winneg reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Deputy Director for Plans and Support for the Secretary of Defense's Drug Enforcement Policy and Support Directorate. In June 2001, he assumed the duties as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF 67) based in NAF Naples, Italy. Captain Winneg is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and service awards..." [15JUN2003]

WOLTERS, LT James (Doogie) jwolters@worldnet.att.net "...I'm currently stationed at DESRON 26 (NOB Norfolk, VA). I flew with VP-9 from 90-92, and was at Force Warfare ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) from 94-96 after graduating from TPS..." [31MAR98]

WOODMAN, Edwin R. woody2814@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (1952-1954)..." [06JAN2016]

WOOTEN, Ken "Butch" wootken@hotmail.com "...Made 3 deployments with VP-9 Avionics from 70/72 - NAS Adak, Alaska/ NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Iwakuni, Japan/ NAS Misawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan/Utapao and Detachments to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii & NS Sangley Point, Philippines in between. Went to NAS North Island, San Diego, California as a VAST instructor & checked out in '77. Missed the "life" and tried the Okla Air Guard in the 80's but, even as a cook, I could not simulate a waterbuffalo steak or greasy Iwakuni taco. Keep on pingin'..." [06DEC99]

WRIGHT, PR1 Donald R. wright112@charter.net "...I served with VP-9 (1961-1964) with PR1 J. D. CARR, PR1 Bennie TROTTER and Chief SULLIVAN. Retired in May 1976 and living in McDonough, GA..." [20MAR2014]

WRIGHT, ADC Melvin (Red) Retired melvintwright@aol.com "...Hidee ho Shipmates - Here is a FE with a 'puter! scary. I served with VP-10 from 1966 to 1970 (where I qualified as a FE), VP-50 from 1971 to 1976 (made ADC and was in the FE Shop), and VP-31 (where I learned the meaning of 'donta toucha nutin' i have it). After pushing many excellent young FE's to the fleet, I served with VP-9 from 1979 to 1982 and then Retired. Now I gotta say, VP ain't what we knew back then, but damn, glad I was there for the hey day! I am now in Boise, ID. Still pushing power levers on the 747 and DC8. Pay is better, but a box lunch is still a box lunch. Cargo don't talk back. Like to hear from any ol Shipmates. Yall be in touch. Stories to tell & cards to deal..." [27MAY2003]

WRIGHT, PH2 Rodney rodneywright64@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (1978-1981). Looking for a squadron roster..." [14AUG2016]

WYNKOOP, Curt curtandlauraw@gmail.com "...I served with VP-9 (12/1973-02/1977) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [03APR2014]


YAW, CDR Perry D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/co_bio.htm "...Commander Yaw was born in Binghampton, NY and was raised in Long Beach, NY. After graduating from Long Beach High School, Commander Yaw was accepted into the ROTC program at Auburn University where he graduated with honors in August 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. In February 1989, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. CDR Yaw reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "World Famous Blue Sharks" of VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in May 1991. During his tour with the "Blue Sharks" he qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and made one deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan. Following the disestablishment of the "Blue Sharks" in 1993, CDR Yaw transferred to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 for the first time, where he qualified as Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. During his first tour with the Golden Eagles, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. In October 1994, CDR Yaw was selected to attend FRS instructor training at the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30 enroute to the West Coast NATOPS evaluation team for Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPWP), at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He reported to CPWP in February 1995 and served as a NATOPS evaluation team member, Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot instructor, and Maverick Missile System Introduction lead Pilot. In February 1996, CDR Yaw reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), in Norfolk, as the Operations Administration Officer. While aboard ENTERPRISE he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and deployed to the Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf. In May 1998, CDR Yaw returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and reported once again to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9. During this tour at VP-9 CDR Yaw served as the Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During this tour in VP-9, he completed a Tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain, and a dual-site deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The 1998 tri-site deployment was the first ever deployment of the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) variant of the P-3C aircraft. It was also during this tour that VP-9 completed its homeport change from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In July 2000, CDR Yaw reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, home ported at MCBH. CDR Yaw served as the Force Training Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff for Training. In May 2004 he reported, for the third time, to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 as the Executive Officer one month before their deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and NSA Bahrain in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and other FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet tasking. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign and unit awards..." [05DEC2005]


ZELLMER, AO3 Keith keith@zaxisracing.com "...I served with VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1970 to 1974. We made two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan during that time frame. I was the "BB-Stacker" on Crews 1 and 4. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." WebSite: http://www.zaxisracing.com/ [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2006 | 09APR2001]

ZORBACH, Greg zorbach@sbcglobal.net "...I spent half my 24-year career at NAS Moffett Field, California (still play golf there with the GC Men's Club): VP-47 (71-73), VP-31 (79-82), VP-46 DH (82-85), VP-9 XO (85), CPWP (my medical penalty box phase) (85), VP-50 XO/CO (85-86). Retired in 93. Now flying with Southwest Airlines. Love to hear from former Shipmates, especially Blue Dragons..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2005 | 25SEP99]


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