VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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AMES, REAR ADMIRAL Christopher Conlan http://www.transcom.mil/bios/tcames.pdf "...Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Christopher Conlan Ames is the director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, the admiral was commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. During his 26-year career, the admiral was the assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV 66); Commanding Officer, VP-16; Commanding Officer, Amphibious Assault Ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1); and deputy for operations, United States Pacific Command. He is a Naval aviator with more than 2,000 hours in the P-3C aircraft. EDUCATION: 1976 Bachelor of science, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1991 Masters in public administration, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. ASSIGNMENTS: 1. June 1976 - August 1976, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla. 2. August 1976 - February 1977, student, VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. 3. February 1977 - February 1977, student, Naval Aviation Schools Command, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 4. February 1977 - July 1977, student, VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 5. July 1977 - November 1977, student, VP-31, NAS Pensacola, Florida. 6. November 1977 - January 1981, instructor pilot/senior NATOPS pilot evaluator, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. 7. February 1981 - March 1982, Joint Chief of Staff intern, Strategic Planner, J5 Strategy Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 8. April 1982 - October 1982, aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations, OP-06, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 9. October 1982 - December 1983, flag lieutenant, Third Fleet, Pacific 10. December 1983 - April 1986, assistant navigator, USS AMERICA (CV-66), aircraft carrier, Atlantic 11. April 1986 - May 1989, maintenance officer, VP-30, then operations officer, VP-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 12. May 1989 - July 1990, assistant Washington placement, Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. 13. July 1990 - June 1991, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 14. July 1991 - February 1994, executive officer, then Commanding Officer, VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 15. February 1994 - May 1994, executive assistant to the commander, CPW-11, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. 16. May 1994 - August 1994, under instruction, Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course, Newport Naval Station, R.I. 17. August 1994 - December 1997, executive officer, then commanding officer, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Amphibious Assault Ship, Pacific 18. December 1997 - July 2000, deputy for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 19. August 2000 - April 2002, commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, San Diego, Calif. 20. April 2002 - present, director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill..." [24JUN2003]

BAILEY, AME1 Danny L. danmare53@aol.com "...I served with VT-2, VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1974 to 1978, NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1978 to 1980 and VP-67 in 1990 to the end..." [30MAR2011]

COULTER, YN1 Johnny Derrell Retired johnny_coulter36872@yahoo.com "...I served in the Navy from 9 January 1962 to 31 December 1981. I served in VA-66, VR-22, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42), USS Benewah (APB-35) (Vietnam), HS-9, Coastal River Squadron TWO, COMNAVMILSEALIFTCOMGULFSUBAREA in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Key West, Florida, NTTC San Diego, CA and Boot Camp in Great Lakes, IL. I retired as YN1 and would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [09JUL2008]

CRAIG, CDR John A. USNR jcraig304@aol.com "...I served with VP-47 (January 2003-June 2005) with CACs 9, 2 and finally CAC-4. Left VP-47 and flew as an instructor pilot VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Now flying for United Airlines out of Washington Dulles Airport and living in Shepherdstown, WV..." [02JUL2010]

Dave E. K1DWE@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in crash crew for VT-2, VT-3, and VT-6 in 1963, and spent 1964 at Evergreen OLF with my wife. I was a member of the NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida sky diving club. When I was stationed there, there was 3 training squadrons..." [18OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...DAVIS, CDR Leslie D. "Stinky"...CDR Leslie D. "Stinky" Davis 1913-2008 who served as CO of VP-4 1954-1955. His 30 year Naval career 1928-1958 was a most colorful journey, duty assignments as a Radioman (RM) were USS Holland (AS-3), USS S-24 (SS-129), USS R-18 (SS-95), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Ashville (PG-21), NAS Key West, Florida, USS Mississippi (BB-41), USS Dewey (DD-349). In 1938 as RM1C accepted for flight training and reported to NAS Pensacola Class 111E. RM1C "Stinky" Davis (NAP 11-39) awarded his wings Dec. 12, 1938 and reported to VT-2 in the USS Lexington (CV-2) flying TBD Devastators, RMS Bellevue (Radioman School), now an RMC to British Radar School, Ontario, Canada, VJ-5, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, now LCDR Davis in 1947 reports to FAW NAS Agana, Guam as Ops Officer, then XO VPB-108 / VP-HL-8 / VP-28 MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Deployed 1948-49 to NAS Agana, Guam in PB4Y-2 as Hurricane Hunters, 1950 General Line School, Monterey, CA promoted to Commander. 1951-52 Washington DC as Navy Dept. Budget Control Officer, 1953 Asst. Chief of Staff for Communications to Adm. Beauty Martin ComNavAirForce PacFlt flew F9F-6. 1954 CO VP-4, 1956-57-58 Communications Officer NAS Moffett Field, California flew F8U Crusader...." Contributed by Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [21AUG2013]

DONOVAN, CAPTAIN Tom Retired tdorionp3@gmail.com "...I served with VT-1, VT-2 (1976-1978), VP-56 (1978-1981), VP-30 (1981-1984) deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and UNITAS, VPU-1 (1984-1986) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-6 (1986-1988) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Naval War College (1988-1990), United States Forces Japan 1990-1992) at Yakota AFB, VT-28 (1992-1994) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as XO and CO, CNO Staff in the Pentagon, Washington, DC (1994-1999) and retired. Currently working at the Autodesk, Inc. in Arlington VA..." [22FEB2015]

ELL, Larry ellfamily@bis.midco.net "...I served with VT-2 (12/1974-05/1978) in the Consolidated Check Crew Division with members from VT-3 and VT-6. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21SEP2011]

FIELDER, AFCM (AW) Jack Retired jackfielder@att.net "...I served with VT-2 March 1965 to September 1968 where I first reenlisted and left there as an ADR2. I served with VXN-8 from October 1968 to February 1970. I left in February 1970 as an ADR1 and went to NTTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I made CPO while there then transfered to VA-94 at NAS Lemoore, California. Retired at Lemoore in 1991 as a Master Chief; served nearly 27 years. Met my wife while on a Project Magnet trip and we will celebrate our 34th in December. Would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB2010 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 08AUG2004 | 20MAY2004]

HARRIS, Bob usav8er@yahoo.com "...Assigned to VT-2 early 1962 to March 1964. Worked in Flight Support Division where we trained US and Vietnamese pilots in cockpit procedures trainer and T-28 bailout trainer. The cafeteria in the VT-2 hangar made the best bacon and egg sandwiches on earth. Transferred to USS Essex 1964-August 1965 then released from active duty, 2 years ready reserve. Recently retired after 31 years with FAA as Aviation Safety Inspector and flight inspection pilot on N-265 Sabreliner..." [BIO Updated 16NOV2005 | 28JAN2005]

Memorial Picture "...HOVATTER, CAPTAIN Patrick J...Captain Patrick James Hovatter, U.S. Navy (Ret.), age 60, of Havelock, formerly of Leonardtown, Md., and Fairfax, Va., died January 2, 2012, after a sudden and brief illness - Assignments included VP-10, VT-2, VQ-2, Chief of Naval Operations, VQ-1, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and Vice Commander at Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division. Pat commanded VQ-1 at NAS Agana, Guam (1992-1993) and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (2000-2002). He completed a very distinguished Naval career as the Director of International Programs for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...In lieu of flowers, the Hovatter family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org...more..." WebSite: Forest Lake Times http://forestlaketimes.com/ [13JAN2012]

JOHNSON, AEW Jerry "Johnny" jjcows@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-2 (1962-1963) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and VW-13 at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada with a detached to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates including Karl Forster, Gary McAbee, Paul McAdams, CAPTAIN Sprier, and others..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAR2022 | 26AUG2002]

KEMP, ATN2 Terry southernmom15@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-2 (1964-1967) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04OCT2013]

LYONS, AMH1 Bernard "Bernie" Retired bernielyons@verizon.net "...SI served VP-21 (11/1962-07/1965), VT-2 (08/1965-11/1969) at NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, VP-48 (07/1969-07/1975) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAVCRUITDIST New York (08/1975-11/1979) and retired 11/1979..." [BIO Updated 31JAN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29OCT2012 | BIO Updated 11FEB2001 | 02SEP2000]

LEE, John "Rusty" rustylee9@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-40 as a Pilot from October 1984 through January 1988 and VT-2 from January 1988 through May 1989. I am currently flying MD-11's for Delta Airlines in Atlanta..." [E-Mail Updated 27JAN2008 | 14JAN2000]

McDONOUGH, Bill Williemacs@aol.com "...VP-44 '77-'80, CAC 3, a couple of arduous BDA/LPLA split deployments, from Alphas to Charlies, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. What a blast! Great Shipmates and great leadership! VT-2 '80-'81, CVN-69 '82'-'84, CPW-5 '85-'86, VP-24 '87-'89, BUPERS Carrier Placement '90-'91, CO NAF Mildenhall '91-'92, XO/CO VT-3 '93-'95. Retired '96 and flying with Northwest Airlines ever since! What a life!..." [17DEC99]

McEWEN, Robert O. mcewen5@bellsouth.net "...I served at U.S.N.A.A.S. Whiting Field from 1965 to 1967 when there were two squadrons, VT-2 and VT-3. At that time we had T-28 (reciprocating) trainers. I'd really enjoy hearing from any of my former Shipmates who served during that period of time. I would enjoy a discussion of a possible Reunion in the Milton area for all who may be interested. Please contact me at my e-mail address. Thanks..." [25FEB99]

McDONOUGH, Bill Williemacs@aol.com "...VP-44 '77-'80, CAC 3, a couple of arduous BDA/LPLA split deployments, from Alphas to Charlies, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. What a blast! Great Shipmates and great leadership! VT-2 '80-'81, CVN-69 '82'-'84, CPW-5 '85-'86, VP-24 '87-'89, BUPERS Carrier Placement '90-'91, CO NAF Mildenhall '91-'92, XO/CO VT-3 '93-'95. Retired '96 and flying with Northwest Airlines ever since! What a life!..." [17DEC99]

McKENNA, CDR Tom "Mac" http://www.cs.usna.edu/~mckenna/ "...CDR Tom "Mac" McKenna, Instructor, Computer Science Department, U.S. Naval Academy, 572C Holloway Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402-5002. Commissioned in 1980 via NROTC . Earned "wings of gold" in 1981. Significant tours of duty include three P-3 squadrons (VP-5 twice and VP-30), Flight Instructor (VT-2), Navy Recruiting Command, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. European Command, U.S. Forces Azores, and U.S. Naval Academy. Education: B.S. Computer Science, University of South Carolina (1980); M.A. Business Administration, Webster University (1988); M.S. Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School (1996)..." [13JUL2003]

MENGHINI, Fabio menghins@inwind.it "...I took the flight training VT-2, VT-31, and HT-18 as Itn Officer in from 1988 to 1989. I had a great time..." [03APR2003]

MITTS, Denny Earl dennyemitts@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida fron October 1961 to October 1963. I was a Plane Captain on the west line, assisting in preflight inspections, refueling, etc. I've always wanted a picture of one of the T-28's from the west line (like 308 or 400). Be nice if there was a way I could get a nice one. In October 1963 I was transfered to VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I worked mainly in maintenance control, taking care of aircraft logs, sending out work orders to the respective shops, airframes, avionics, electric shop, etc. When the work (that had downed the aircraft) was done and the paperwork was returned to me, I was then able to place the aircraft in the up position on the ready board (green tag). The P2V-7 Neptune was a beautiful aircraft. On ocasions I was able to fly as part of the flight crew, usually as bow observer. Never could get the camera to work fast enough on a pass though. What a ride it was, sitting in the nose, cuttin through the clouds. I guess one of the things I was proud of was we were the only squadron that still had a woman in the emblem, the Bat Laddie. Sharp. While I was there, we flew coal road out of Island, Norway. I flew with the crew of LR-6. LCDR Fromer was a great pilot. I served with VP-24 until March 1965, when my inlistment was up for active duty. I've always regreted not shipping over. The P2V-7 Neptune was one of the greatist planes ever. I often wonder what ever happened to all my Shipmates. I've not been able to contact any of them but one. Perhaps some will read this, and say, Al Yea, I remember Mitts. I'm 62 now but I'll never forget the times we had there..." [18NOV2006]

MONSON, Ed etmonson@sio.midco.net "...I served with VT-2 and VT-6 from July 1969 to September 1971. I worked as a Plane Captain on the east line, the board boy office on the east line, and in the powerplant shop. I would like to hear from old friends..." [24NOV2004]

MORGAN, Allen Sgt-Morgan@webtv.net "...71-74 Aircraft Electrician with VXE-6, Williams Field, Strip Rat. 74-76 VT-1, 76-78 VT-2, 78-96, 116th Ga. Air National Guard. Retired Reserve. Retired Civil Service..." [29AUG99]

MORRIS, AMS1 Larry Retired larrymo@enid.com "...I arrived at NAAS Whiting Field in Aug 1958 and stayed until Aug 1962. Upon arriving I was put in Basic Training Group-3 (BTG-3) which later became VT-3. I worked on the line for awhile and was moved ito the Air Frames Shop when I made AMS3. Then was moved to Multi Engine Training Group (METG) for a few months. It consisted of a few old twin engine Beechcrafts, some of which were built in the 30's. When the squadrons were designated VT, I was moved to VT-2. I enjoyed working on the T-28's. Also enjoyed the half set of flight skins I received for flying 2 hours per month. I think it was worth $22 at the time. I flew a lot with Lt Berry. Had a lot of fun at the old Harborlight EM Club. Has anyone ever organized a Reunion? Would like to hear from anyone who remembers those times..." [22SEP99]

MURRAY, CDR Robert L. Retired murray59@verizon.net "...Enlisted 1956: ATU-105/ATU-205, VF-73 - USS Randolph, VF-61 - USS Saratoga, VF-13 - USS Essex, VW-13 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAETULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AE-1 Integration Program 1963. VP-49 1965 - 1968; VT-2 1968 - 1970; USS Forrestal: Cat. & AG Officer, 1970 - 1973; Naval Electronics T&E Activity NAS Patuxent River, Maryland XO, 1973 - 1975; VP-23: Maint. Officer, 1976 - 1978; NAF Mildenhall UK: Ops Officer, 1978-1979; CINCUSNAVEUR Command Center: 1979 - 1980; NAF Mildenhall UK: CO, 1980 - 1982; JCS Joint Staff : C3I Action Officer , 1982 - 1984. Retired 1984. Consultant to NRL 1984 - 1998 - retired again to St. Michaels MD, Active with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Engineer/Driver...." [06FEB2009]

PASSMORE, Rear Admiral Robert O. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/passmorero.html "...Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore is a native of Ellensburg, Wash. He attended the University of Washington on an NROTC scholarship, and received both his commission in the Navy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography in June 1972. Earning his pilot wings in October 1973, Rear Adm. Passmore's first assignment was instructor duty at VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. In 1975, Rear Adm. Passmore was ordered to VP-50, NAS Moffett Field, California. In 1979, he became a Drilling Reservist serving with both VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In 1980, he joined VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as one of the Full-Time Support Officers. In August 1983, Rear Adm. Passmore transferred to VP-67 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. During this tour he completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Released from active duty in October 1985, Rear Adm. Passmore affiliated with VP-69. He assumed command of VP-69 in December 1989. In June 1991, he reported to VTU-8989 where he drilled until being selected as Commanding Officer of NR CVN-68, USS Nimitz 0289 in January 1994. In October 1995 Rear Adm. Passmore took on duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 4089. Two years later he was selected to be the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the State of Washington. In October of 1998, he assumed the position of Deputy for Mission Effectiveness at Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Twenty-two, Naval Station Everett, Wash. Rear Adm. Passmore's first flag assigned was Deputy Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, Sixth Fleet, and Deputy Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean in NAF Naples, Italy, from 1 October 2000 to 30 September 2003. In May 2002, he was assigned Additional Duty as Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Northwest. Rear Adm. Passmore is currently assigned as Reserve Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and Vice Commander, Navy Region Europe. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award). Rear Adm. Passmore is a captain on the 767 aircraft with United Airlines..." [12FEB2005]

PERILLOUX, DPC John S. Retired jperilloux@home.com "...I was on the west line in BTU-1N at NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from Nov. 1952-June 1954 (ADAA and ADAN). I returned to NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in Dec. 1962 as an ADR1 and was assigned to VT-2 until July 1965. Worked in power plants, then was assigned to the east line trouble-shooting crew. Went from there to the leading chief's office. Retired Sept. 10, 1973 as a DPC..." [18JUL2001]

QUINTON, Mark msquinton1001@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1968-1971), VT-2 (1972-1974) as a T-28 Flight Instructor and USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) as CCA (Carrier Controlled Approach) officer on the USS John F Kennedy during my final 2 years of active duty. The tour was marked by the collision of the JFK with the cruiser, USS Belknap, at 2200 hrs, Mediterranean time, on November 22, 1975 - exactly 12 years and 2 hours after the declared moment of President Kennedy's death. The explosions, smoke, and fires were countered by heroic actions by flight deck and air controlling personnel..." [29AUG2015]

SALMON, Gart H. Retired ultramed@colton.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1962 to 1966, AX School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1966, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1967 to 1971, VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida and which was moved to Pax River Maryland from 1971 to 1974, VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1979, and moved across the field to VP-31 from 1979 until I retired on November 1981..." [24JAN2003]

SINNETT, CAPTAIN (COMMODORE) Dennis J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/index.php?id=29&secid=8 "...Captain Sinnett is a native of Annapolis, MD, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1982, where he received his commission. Following flight training at VT-2 in Milton, FL, and VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, he was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1984. Upon completion of FRS training with VP-30, Captain Sinnett joined VP-10 in September 1984. While attached to the "Red Lancers," he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and a split-site deployment to NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Captain Sinnett reported for duty to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in May 1988, where he served as Quality Assurance Division Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Operational Test Director for various P-3C and H-60 projects. In August 1990, Captain Sinnett reported for duty onboard the USS SARATOGA (CV 60) based at Naval Station Mayport, FL, where he was assigned as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer/V-2 Division Officer. While attached to SARATOGA, he participated in several fleet exercises, two Mediterranean deployments, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In September 1992, Captain Sinnett reported for temporary duty on the staff of CPW-11, where he worked as Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In November 1993, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-46 for his Department Head tour. While assigned to the "Grey Knights," he made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NSF Diego Garcia. During his tour, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. While attached to VP-46, he was selected as the Association of Naval Aviation's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aviator of the Year. In September 1995, Captain Sinnett reported for duty at CPW-11, where he served as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. In March 1999, Captain Sinnett reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and assumed command of the squadron in March 2000. While Commanding Officer, the squadron completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, participating in operations in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Captain Sinnett reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN, in March 2001 where he served as the VP / VQ Commander detailer. In October 2002, Captain Sinnett reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, San Diego, CA, where he served as Executive Assistant to VADM Michael D. Malone until detaching in August 2004. He assumed command of CPRW-11 on 5 November 2004. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Strike/Flight Air Medal (numeral 1), Navy Commendation Medal with five gold stars and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various other unit, service and campaign decorations..." [12NOV2005]

SMITH, Marion J. msmith5129@aol.com "...I joined VP-45 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida on the fourth of Jan, 1964. Thay had no airplanes at that time, the first P-3 (buno 151351 I think) came on board about 15 Jan. I made deployments to Argentia, Thule, NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, NAS Adak, Alaska, etc. and left there in Jan 1967. CO's were CDRs Collins, Hume, Chapman. Went to VT-2 as an instructor in the T-28 from 67 to Dec 69. I joined the Reserves after resigning my commission and flew with VP-62 from its begining. I was in VP-7F-2 or something like that before VP-62 was formed. I flew with the Broad Arrows until 1978 and was the PPC of Crew 7, without a doubt the best ASW crew in the Navy at that time. I enjoyed almost every flight hour and really enjoyed the men that I served with..."

SNOWDEN, Bobby (Bur-Rabbit) gizmopom@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1959-1961. I was a crewmember on LG3 with ADR D. D. Vaughn was Crew Chief, ADR3 William Bell & Bob Generaux. I then served with VT-2 at NAS Whitingfield, Milton, FL. from 1961-1964 with ADR1 Richard Lemay & Larry D. Wheaton. I commissioned the USS America (CVA-66) from 1964-1966 serving with Roy Meyers, Larry Ortiz & Danny Renniger. 1966-1971 Whitingfield, Milton, Fl. I served with the USS Forrestal from 1971 to 1974 with ADR2 Bill Radtke & Frank Plusksi. Retired 1975 from NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Now reside in Berea, KY. Retired from Yuasa Exide in 1999. Love to here from some of you..." [06JAN2001]

SULLIVAN, LCDR John V. Jr. Retired jvsullivanjr@gmail.com "...I served (pilot) with Pilot VP-19 (1977-1980) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Detachments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, VT-2 (1980-1981) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, VP-90 (1982-1985) at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-92 (1985-1987) at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts and VP-93 (1987-1994) at NAF Detroit, Michigan. I flew with Delta Airlines from 1985-2017 to retirement..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21SEP2020 | 05AUG2015]

TURNER, John F. ascot@highstream.net "...I would very much like to hear from any of my squadron Shipmates that served with VT-2 from 1971 to 1974. I was billeted in the first barracks across the street from the Squadron's office building. The last barracks on the street heading to VT-2's aircraft hangers at the north field..." [30SEP2004]

TWARDY, Edward S. etwardy@earthlink.net "...Enlisted in 1957 on "kiddy cruise" and enjoyed bootcamp at Bainbridge, MD - Company 132. TAD to NAS Glynco, Georgia in late '57 then, in '58 to AE "A" school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Served in VT-2 (1958-61) working on T28-C's and then transferred to VP Navy for 1st sea duty - VP-30 in late 61 and joined VP-7 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily on '62 deployment there. Flew with Crew 10 and then Crew 1 overseas and worked the AE shop when stateside. Enjoyed NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during blockade - I took a lot of pictures of Iron Curtain freighters during that little exercise while hanging in the afterstation of old LB 10 (BuNo 131431). Shipped to "B" school in '66 and then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia for shore duty until transfer to VRC-40. Stayed there with a good bunch of guys (lots of Roosy deployments) until '73, then NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania until transfer to Fleet Reserve in June '76. Earned MA and Ph.D from University of Virginia and spent from '79 - 03 as college professor and dean at Universities of Nebraska, Virgina and Vermont. Retired from academia in '03 and now serve as founder and president of a small research company working for the DoD. I still keep in touch with several Shipmates significant in my life...but think often about many others with whom I've lost touch. I'd like to hear from the guys with whom I worked - especially on the line at South Whiting Field, VP-7, VRC-40 and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania. Best wishes to my old pals..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28DEC2007 | 09FEB2005]

VARDY, AZ Derrick ldvardy@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 from May 1964 through late Spring 1966. About 10 days after reporting in I went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with one half the squadron while the other half went to NS Rota, Spain. I remember that we lost a plane in NS Rota, Spain during the summer of 1964. I worked in Maintenance Administration as one of the first AZ's in the Navy. I was the first to go through AZ school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee in the Winter/Spring 1964. Went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the Fall of 1965. Transferred to VT-2 squadron at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in June 1966. Left the Navy in May 1968. Served under CDR's Graham and Toole while in VP-7..." [BIO Updated 14NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 22DEC2010 | E-Mail Updated 02JUL2010 | E-Mail Updated 01DEC2003 | 16APR99]

VESSELL, Darrell D. vessell@swbell.net "...Short timer with VW-1 June-1969 to Sep 1970 ADR2 Line and Check crew. Been looking for Dwayne Jarvis ADR2 for years now anyone know what happened to him...VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 67-68, VW-1 NAS Agana, Guam 69-70, and VR-52 NAS Millington, Tenn. 71-74..." [15JAN98]

WEBB, LT Bill p3bill@msn.com "...I served with VP-45 (PPC/MC) and currently with VT-2. If anyone has a spare 1000 Hour P-3 Patch or know where I can get one - please contact me. Thanks...WEBB, LT Bill p3bill@msn.com..." [13JUL2009]

WELLS, CWO4 Ray Retired rwells@gwi.net "...I served in VP-21 from October 1965 to December 1969, I was one of the last enlisted men to depart after decommisioning. I served as second mech on crew 12 then Plane Captain of crew 12 for the majority of my tour. My career has taken me to VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from 70-75, VP-49 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975-1978, VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1978-1982, VP-10 from 1982-1985, and finished up my 27 years as OIC NAESU det NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1985-1989. I retired as a CWO4 and settled in Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAR2002 | 25JAN95]

WHITE, CDR Scott R. http://www.patronsix.com/html/white_vp-6.html "...A native of Milton, Florida, Commander Scott R. White graduated from the University of West Florida in June 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his commission through NROTC. He commenced flight training in August 1975 and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1976. Commander White reported to VP-44 homebased at NAS Brunswick, Maine in February 1977. He completed two deployments to the North Atlantic and qualified as a P-3C Update II Patrol Plane Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. His billets in VP-44 included Pilot Training Officer, Schedules Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. In March 1980, Commander White reported aboard VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida where he qualified as a Primary and Intermediate stage flight instructor in the T-34C aircraft. He taught student naval aviators radio instrument and precision aerobatic flying until July 1982. Assigned to USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) in November 1982, Commander White qualified as a Tactical Action Officer and made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment with Battle Group BRAVO. From November 1984 to November 1985 he was a student at the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He concurrently earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College in November 1985. Reporting to CPW-2 in December 1985, Commander White served as the Administration Officer and as Officer in Charge of an extended joint service detachment to Midway Island. Following refresher training, Commander White reported to VP-22, homebased at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as the Operations Officer, Executive Assistant and Quality Assurance Officer. With VP-22, he deployed in P-3B (MOD) aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. In June 1989, Commander White reported to the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served as Assistant for International Security Affairs and Assistant for Command Relations. On March 15, 1991, Commander White reported aboard VP-6 as the Executive Officer and assumed the command on March 27, 1992. Commander White's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal,National Defense Service Medal and other unit and deployment citations and ribbons..." [17APR2004]

WOODS, Dale E. "Woody" dalevp21@yahoo.com "...I was a radioman with VP-21 when Morse Code was the primary source of communication (June 1960 to June 1963). I was a member of CAC-1 and CAC-4 during this time. Deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with various RON's thrown in for good measure. Who can forget the Cuba Blockade and the Project Mercury launch and recovery for Gordon Cooper shortly after. How about 'Tent City' and the USS Tallahatchee County in Soudha Bay, Crete? Left VP-21 for 'B' school and returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine for VP-23 (April 1964 to February 1967). Terminated my enlistment in VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on February 1970. I am particularly interested in learning the whereabouts of Cdr. Charles R. Robertson who was the CO of VP-21 from 1962 to 1963. Have already contacted a few Shipmates as I have many pictures, slides and memories of NAS Brunswick, Maine even if the 'memory' is going..." [E-Mail Updated 14AUG2002 | 05APR2002 | 18SEP98]

YAEGER, CAPTAIN John W. http://www.ndu.edu/icaf/facultystaff/yaeger.htm "...Captain John W. Yaeger was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974. Following flight training he was assigned to VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1976 to March 1980. Captain Yaeger served as Ground Safety Officer, Line Division Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer while qualifying as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Maintenance Check Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Orion Aircraft. The Squadron deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily during Captain Yaeger's tour. Captain Yaeger received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in October of 1982. Subsequently he was assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) as Assistant Combat Direction Center (CDC) Officer. Captain Yaeger qualified as Combat Information Center Officer, Ships Weapon System Coordinator, Tactical Action Officer and Command Duty Officer. During his three years assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), he made two Mediterranean deployments and participated in numerous detachments along the United States East and Gulf Coast and throughout the Caribbean Sea. Following transfer from USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in late 1985, Captain Yaeger was assigned to VP-5 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Yaeger performed duties as Command Services, Administrative and Operations Officer while deploying to the Mid-Atlantic region. From October 1987 until January 1991, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the Pentagon on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Branch Head, Mobile Surveillance Systems (OP-244). Captain Yaeger reported to Training Air Wing FIVE, in Milton, Florida, for assignment as Executive Officer of VT-2 in May 1991 and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer in October 1991. VT-2 provides primary flight training in the T-34C to USN, USMC, USAF, USCG, officers as well as officers from several Allied Nations. Captain Yaeger was named instructor of the quarter three times and designated a Master Training Specialist. Following command, Captain Yaeger was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from July 1993 until July 1996 as the Commandant's Operations Officer. He instructed courses in leadership and character development. Captain Yaeger is the Class Vice President for the Naval Academy Class of 1974. He is also Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary's Parish School in Annapolis, Maryland. St. Mary's Parish School (K-12) provides a coeducational college preparatory curriculum. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the school. Captain Yaeger is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Academic Administration at The George Washington University. Captain Yaeger's current assignment is Dean of Faculty at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). Captain Yaeger graduated from ICAF in June of 1997 and received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy..." [13JUN2003]

ZIMMERMAN, Jim orwinjim@aol.com "...Would like to hear from members of Crew 4 VP-17 70-74. Shire, Murphy, Nickleson, Moran, Demsphy, Thompson, Stagner. I served in VT-2, VT-3, VT-6, METG 6 VAH-1, RVAH-1 and finally I got it right, VP-17, VP-1, VP-6, CPW-2 and finally VP-1..." [24OCT2000]

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