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AKIN, John M. jma@megalink.net "...I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. I served with VP-31, VP-17, VP-8, VP-10, VP-30, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VT-3..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 12APR99 | 00DEC96]

BAUMGARTNER, AK John napajraanch@aol.com "...I served with VT-3 (1963). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31AUG2014]

BERG, Captain Peter Retired rpbp3@yahoo.com "...Reported to VP-7 (NAS Brunswick, Maine) as an Ensign in 1959 and retired as the Commander of Patrol Wing 5 in 1984. Several more tours in NAS Brunswick, Maine - VP-10, Commander Fleet Air Wing 3, Commanding Officer VP-26, and Chief Staff Officer CPW-5. Instructor tours in VT-3 (T-28s) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. And 3 years in Iceland as Chief Staff Officer for ComFairKeflavik (CFK). All tours involved flight ops (26 years) and finished with over 8000 pilot hours..." [Updated 07MAR2016 | 03MAR2016]

BOWEN, CDR Kenneth J. II Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Bowen, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1986. He received his commission from AOCS in April 1987. Earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in June 1988, he was placed on the Commodore's List of Distinguished Graduates. Commander Bowen reported to VT-3 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) Flight Instructor where he instructed students in primary and intermediate flight training. During his tour, he received every flight instructor qualification and received the coveted Red Max award for flight instructional excellence and earned his Masters Degree from Troy State University. From 1990 to 1993, Commander Bowen served with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8. He completed a split site deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia flying missions in Desert Storm. His next deployment was in the Caribbean theater conducting counter-narcotic operations in support of JTF-4. In 1993, Commander Bowen reported to the Commander, Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Flag Lieutenant and personal aide to Rear Admirals Granuzzo and Mobley. His next assignment was onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as V-2 Division Officer qualifying as Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and Primary Flight Control Officer. He completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Commander Bowen returned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community joining VP-30 where he qualified as an FRS Instructor Pilot. There he served as the VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet Safety Officer. In 1998, he reported to "Tridents" of VP-26 deploying to the Mediterranean theater. He flew missions in Operations Deliberate Guard and Deliberate Forge. In addition, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patron NS Rota, Spain detachment. His second deployment with the "Tridents" was a split site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Patron NAS Keflavik, Iceland. His other assignments with the "Tridents" included CTG Operations Officer in Caribbean theater and the squadron Operations Officer. In 2000, Commander Bowen reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. In 2002, he reported to VP-30, the MPRA FRS, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 as Executive Officer. Commander Bowen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign, service and unit awards..." [23APR2005]

BRIGGS, Larry minavycdr00@yahoo.com "...I served with BTG-3 / VT-3 (1957-07/1960) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida..." [15SEP2014]

CAMERON, Robert robroycameron@hotmail.com "...I served with the War Eagles from March 1985 to November 1988. Went on to VT-3 until September 1991, then RESDET282 TDY to VT-3 until August 1998..." [29MAR2001]

CAMPBELL, CAPTAIN James L. (Jim) campbelljl@olg.com "...I served in VT-3 (75-77); VP-44 (78-81); Commander CPW-5 (81-83); VP-26 (86-88) and was XO/CO of VP-23 (90-92). I am still on active duty and am stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I work as the Program Manager for Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems in the Naval Air Systems Command. I plan on retiring in two years and going back to my beloved Tennessee. Anyone out there who remembers the "Bad Boys of Brunswick?" The best times of my career were the two years I spent with VP-23. Like John "Pony" Horsman, I would go back tomorrow and do it all over again..." [10APR2000]

CLUEVER, LT Steve wh6jw_3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-10 (1987 to 1991), VT-3 Flight Instructor and Air Operations Officer Destroyer Squadron 31 (DESRON 31)..." [E-Mail Updated 12SEP2007 | 19JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...COLEMAN, LT Jim...My father, Jim Coleman, passed away December 8th, 2015 from complications after a really bad stroke. Dad served as a pilot with VP-50 (1968-1970) and VT-3 (1970-1972). If any of Dad's Shipmates are interested in further details - please contact me. Thanks..." Contributed by James Roth jamesrothemail@icloud.com [10DEC2015]

COLEMAN, LT Jim 206yazoo@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-50 (1968 to 1970), VT-3 Flight Instructor (1970 to 1972). I was in Crew 7 under CDR Hausler, Crew 6 under LT Dave Knight and LT Len Williiams. PPC of Crew 6 in 1970. Deployments to NAS Sangley Point, Philippines (1968), NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1969 to 1970) and NAS Sangley Point, Philippines (1970). Dets to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1968, 1969, and 1970) for Market Time and Yankee Team. I would be tickled pink to hear from any old shipmates. "SHINDA ARI" ("Dead Ants" for the uninitiated)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22DEC2007]

COLLINS, ADR4 Renzo r1949c@gmail.com "...I served with VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from 1968 to 1972 and worked at night during Flight Operations. I would like to hear from former Shipmates (especially Mike Kau, Paul Pope, Noel Linden and Lynn Dawson)..." [16JUN2009]

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]

EICHELBERGER, John Retired ichelbod@undata.com "...I joined the Navy in 1957. My first squadron was VW-4 Hurricane Hunters with WC121N's. We were homeported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 63 I went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas with VT-30 in A1H's & T28's.Decomm. VT-30 and went to VT-31 and S2F's. Then to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-40 with P5M's. Deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam then turn in the last P5M. and Tx. to NAS Moffett Field, California and transitioned to P-3B's. Went to F/E school and deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California and transferred to VT-3 in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Decommisioned the T28's and finished my tour in VT-6 and T34's. TX. to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and back to P-3 F/E school and on to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and back home to Retire to my home in Boonville Mo. Went to work for the Mo State Dept. of Corrections. I just retired from there as a Captain..." [BIO Updated 31MAR2005 | 06DEC2004]

FITZGERALD, CDR William A. http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vp-45/cofitz.htm "...Commander Will Fitzgerald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to VT-3 in NAS Pensacola, Florida for primary flight training and then to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for intermediate and advanced flight training. In February 1987 he completed flight school on the Commodore's List with Distinction and was designated a Naval Aviator. In September 1987, he reported to the Red Lancers of VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he earned his initial qualifications as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Formation Pilot in the P-3C Update II.5 aircraft and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He served as the Human Resources Officer, Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the FRS, VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in February 1991 for instructor pilot duty. During this tour he served as PR/AME Branch Officer, Pilot Tactics Officer, Assistant Fleet IUT Officer, Fleet Formation Instructor Pilot, and Pilot IUT & Standardization Officer. In February 1994, Commander Fitzgerald was assigned to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. During this tour he served as V-4 Division Officer, V-2 Division Officer, and Air Department Administrative Officer. While aboard, he earned designation as Officer of the Deck (In-Port), Helicopter Control Officer, and Conning Officer Alongside. Commander Fitzgerald next reported to the staff of the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet in April 1996. He served in the Plans and Policy Directorate (N5) as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the North Atlantic, Western and Central Europe. In April 1997, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Operations Officer during a West Pac deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and the Arabian Gulf. In June of 1998, Commander Fitzgerald reported to the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N88). In July 2000, following his Pentagon tour, Commander Fitzgerald attended the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. In March 2002, he reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer. He assumed command of VP-45 in April 2003. Commander Fitzgerald is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as various service and unit awards..." [15JUN2003]

GOODWYN, CAPTAIN Richard W. http://www.nctskef.navy.mil/CFK/leaders.html "...Captain Richard W. Goodwyn graduated from the University of Delaware in 1979 with a degree in Biology. After working at DuPont for two years, he entered the Aviation Officer Candidate Program in Pensacola, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign on 2 July 1981. Captain Goodwyn entered flight training in August 1981 and after tours in VT-3 and VT-31 he was designated a Naval Aviator on 2 July 1982. After completing P-3 flight training at VP-30, he reported to VP-56 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. While in VP-56, he served as PR/AME branch officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer. In October 1986, he was selected for instructor duty at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), VP-30. During his tour, he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer and CNAL NATOPS Evaluator. In 1989, he reported to the USS AMERICA (CV-66) as the Assistant Navigator and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Persian Gulf, in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. During this tour he earned his Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) qualifications. His next duty station was at Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT), where he served as the Flag Lieutenant from December 1991 to January 1993. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-5, in July 1993 for his Department Head tour where he served as Command Services Officer and Maintenance Officer. He also completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In July 1995, Captain Goodwyn reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in Washington DC, where he was the Carrier Placement Officer. While at BUPERS, he was selected for VP Operation Command. Following his tour at Bupers, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces receiving a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Management. In June 1998, Captain Goodwyn reported to VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine as the Executive Officer and then as Commanding Officer. During his tour, VP-10 completed a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL during the Kosovo Conflict, recieved the Navy Unit Commendation Award, the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" award for maintenance excellence, the CINCLANTFLT "Golden Anchor" award for retention excellence, and the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence. Captain Goodwyn was next assigned to CPW/CPRW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as the Chief Staff Officer. Captain Goodwyn is currently assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Keflavik, Iceland, where he is the Chief of Staff..." [29JUN2003]

HERTZ, Gus 1gushertz@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (06/1973-06/76), VP-31 (06/1976-05/1978), VT-1, VT-3 and VT-29. Currently living a bit south of the Atlanta, GA airport..." [13NOV2020]

HUFFMAN, AWCM Edward J. Retired EHuff50971@aol.com "...I was stationed VT-3 from 70-74, VP-30, VP-26 74-78, NRS Pascagoula, Ms, 78-81, VP-1, 81-84, and NSWC Crane 84-89. The best time I had in the Navy was VP-1. The Screaming Eagles always had the flair for doing everything in STYLE..." [13FEB2000]

JACOBS, CAPTAIN Francis T. "Ted" Retired tedjacobs@centurytel.net "...Wings of Gold on December 14, 1968, VT-3 (Instruction) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from January 1969 to December 1970, VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from September 1971 to December 1973 (1st LT, ORD, AV/WEPS & QA Div Off) with deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Bermuda, Naval Reserve VP-60 at NAS Glenview, Illinois from January 1974 to August 1982 (first P-3 in VP-60 still had my name on side from VP-44), Commanding Officer NR VP-4046 / VP-0122 from January 1983 to September 1984 (Last flight in P-3 September 19, 1984), Commanding Officer NR NAS Midway Island and Commanding Officer NR Mobile Maintenance Facility. I was recall to active duty, NMPC special projects for RADM Borda in 1990 and retired September 1993. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09JUN2010]

KENNEDY, Bill aqua165@cfaith.com "...Went to VP-57, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from Aviation Prep School, NAS Norman, Oklahoma in 1955. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska as 2nd Radioman with Crew 8, LCDR Brown I think. Still remember all the missed (GCA) approaches. Was with the squadron when it was redesignated VAH-4. Left in 1957 for NATTU at NAS Olathe, Kansas, then to VF-213, NAS Moffett Field, California and WESTPAC Cruise aboard USS Lexington (CVA-16), then to VU-5 NAS Atsugi, Japan then VT-3, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and out. Great memories. Still attend USS Lexington (CVA-16) and VF-213 Reunions..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2004 | 26DEC2001]

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]

MOLONEY, LCDR R. T. "Tim" Retired jmoloney@cox.net "...Enlisted in Sept. "60, Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Ill., RATCC, NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Dec. 60-Sept. 61); received Training and Certification utilizing ECM to guide Aircraft, with no compass/NavAids, to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida for landing. AE "A" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 61-Feb.62); Class Leader and Honorman. Advanced to AE3 upon completion of AE"A" School. VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Feb 62-Sept. 63); Qualified as Plane Captain and Post Maintenance Test Aircrewman in T-28 B/C Aircraft and advanced to AE2. AE "B" School, NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Sept. 63-Sept. 64); completed 17 of 32 week school and was hospitalized for 4 months. During my visit to the Hospital, the curriculum was changed to include Computers, so when I returned, I got to start over again with the new curriculum. Received orders to VP-5 upon completion of AE"B" School. Enroute training at NAMTD NAS Norfolk, Virginia ASW Training (Sept. 64-Dec. 64), VP-30 Air Crew Training ( Dec.64-Jan.65) VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Jan65-Aug68). Reported to VP-5 and assigned to Crew 4;as Julie/ECM Operator and Crew Electrician, deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily 5 days after reporting. Plane Commander R.J. Kurth, Plane Captain "Willie" Forrest Sutton, 1st Tech. "Andy" Anderson. Operated out of Malta, NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece and NAS Sigonella, Sicily when the barracks were 21 miles from the airfield. During one "Ready Alert" launch; prosecuted an ECM contact that we converted to obtain the 1st Jez Gram of a single operating Russian "Foxtrot" Submarine. The entire crew was awarded a weeks "Basket Leave" in Germany for obtaining this signature. Transistioned to P-3A "Orion" at NAMTD, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where I was advanced to AE1, met my Bride to be Jo Ellen, and was assigned to Crew 8; Plane Commander Bob May, Flight Engineer "Willie" Forrest Sutton, and 1st Tech "Andy" Anderson. The following year, we deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines as the "Advance Crew ", and trained with VP-16 on Theater Operations. At the end of the deployment, we were "selected" to do the Turnover Training to our relieving squadron VP-26 causing us to fly enough Yankee Station Patrols to become the 1st VP Crew awarded the Air Medal for Viet Nam Service. Selected to Warrant Officer (WO1) in April 1968 breaking up an Enlisted Combat Ready Aircrew that had been together for over 3 years. Sutton and Anderson were selected to Chief Petty Officer at the same time as my advancement to WO1. VP-5 deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and I was left behind as the O-in-C of Det. NAS Jacksonville, Florida, until my departure in August 68. Warrent Officer School, NAS Pensacola, Florida (Aug68-Oct68) AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California (Nov.68-Nov.71) GSE and MMCO Billets. High light of this tour was my Collateral Duty assignment as Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. Ringing the door bells was tough, but providing all of the assistance to the families was really gratifying nowing that if something happened to me-my Bride would be taken care of. Advanced to CWO2 and Lt(jg) during the NAS Moffett Field, California tour. USS Wasp CVS NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (Nov71-Feb72). The day I reported aboard as the Aircraft Division Officer, the ship received the message ordering Wasp's Decommissioning. Within one week I was the AMDO as the rest of the Officers detached with orders. With the help, Leadership and Guidance of the Chiefs we were able to turnover 120 spaces (out of 120 assigned spaces) to the INSURV Team on the first day of the INSURV Inspection. All of the AIMD "Kakhi" left the ship the following day. HS-11 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Feb 72-Dec 74) embarked on USS Intrepid CV11. My first relationship with Helicopters. Deployed as the MCO in the only 16 Helicopter (SH-3) to the North Atlantic. During that cruise, we went further North and further East than any US Navy ships had done since WWII. We went to the ASW Dreamland where the Russians trained and tested all of their subs before deploying. The Sun never set and we worked 3-5 Russian Submarine around the clock for weeks. It was so busy that the S-2's and the ASWOC couldn't keep up. With my VP-5 experience, I built 3 ARR-53. Receiver racks and was able to install them into the SH-3 enabling our squadron to drop sonobouys and relay the information to the S-2's and Intrepid. Later on we were able to put a Jez recorder into the rack and train our AW's as Jez Operators. AIMD/OMD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (Feb 75-Aug 76) OMD Officer for 2 each S-2's, 4 each H-3's, and 3 each C-131 Aircraft. Advanced to LT VC-8, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. MCO for 4 each DP-2E (P2V-5), 4 each DP-2H (P2V-7), 1 each NP-2, last built P2V but never configured for ASW, 4 each H-3's and 6 each A4's. An exciting tour Launching, controlling and towing various Drones and Targets for Fleet Gunnery exercises. AIMD USS Guadalcanal LPH-7 (May 78-May 80), Qualified as OOD Underway and lost my LDO Designation. As AMDO, we won 3 consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"'s. In May 1980 I had a Heart Attack and although I was returned to "Full Duty" I was no longer eligible for additional shipboard duty. Advanced to LCDR during this tour. AMO RVAW-120 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 80-Jun 81) responsible for 11 E2A aircraft Training Replacement Aircrew and Maintenance personnel for Fleet Squadrons. During this period (Dec. 80-June 8) assigned TEMDU at ComNavSurfLant setting up Code N8, Aviation Maintenace Support Team to provide support and standarization to 40 fleet ships with embarked Aviation assets. Began Terminal Leave on 19 May 1981. In retrospect I can not think of a "Bad" Day while I was in the Navy. However, the days and hours spent as part of VP-5 Crews 4 and 8 are sitting at the top of the pedestal. Willie Sutton Gerry "Andy" Anderson, LCDR's Kurth and May along with the many many "Ground Pounders"; Lawrence, Drake, Martin, Cochran, Harper and so many more are names that are forever on my personal Wall-of-Heros. Thanks to all of you for your patience, guidance, razing, and support..." [22APR2009]

MARGESON, CDR http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vrc30/XO.htm "...Commander Margeson graduated from the University of Washington in 1985. He was commissioned through the Naval Aviation Officer Commisioning Program in Pensacola, Florida and designated a Naval Aviator in April 1987. After completion of flight training and initial fleet replacement training in the P-3B Orion, CDR Margeson reported aboard VP-6, the "World Famous Blue Sharks" in Barbers Point, Hawaii. While attached to VP-6, he served as Schedules Officer, Nuclear Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer completing two NORPAC deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and one WESTPAC deployment operating from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. After completion of his first sea tour, CDR Margeson reported to VP-31 for FRS Instructor Pilot duty where he earned a transition to the E-2C Hawkeye. Immediately following initial carrier qualification aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) he reported to VAW-110 for fleet replacement training in the E-2C Hawkeye followed by fleet duty attached to the "World Famous Hormel Hawgs" of VAW-114. While attached to VAW-114 he served as Pilot Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer completing two WESTPAC deployments based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following CDR Margeson's second sea tour and fifth sea service deployment, he reported for shore duty as a "Red Knight" Primary Flight Instructor attached to VT-3 based at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. While at VT-3 he served as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer and received his second fleet transition, this time to the C-2A Greyhound. Following a quick fleet transition training cycle at VAW-120 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, CDR Margeson reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO. He assumed the duties as Detachment TWO Officer-in-Charge based aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) completing a RIMPAC exercise and WESTPAC deployment in support of Operations DESERT FOX and SOUTHERN WATCH. He completed his tour as the Squadron Operations Officer overseeing one of the most successful and safest operational years in VRC-30 history. Following his tour in VRC-30, CDR Margeson volunteered for a second straight C-2A Officer-in-Charge sea duty assignment transferring to the Navy's only forward deployed C-2A detachment, VRC-30 Detachment FIVE based in NAS Atsugi, Japan. As the Det FIVE OIC, CDR Margeson led the Detachment during three at-sea periods based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and prior to his departure successfully prepared the Detachment for their role in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Margeson's most recent assignment was a Chief Staff Officer to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, Pacific..." [11JUL2003]

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]

McLAUGHLIN, LT Bob Shipmate Pix...Circa 1970... banddmcl1964@msn.com "...I served as a pilot with VP-17 from October 1967 to July 1970. We were on the last P2 deployment ( NAS Whidbey Island, Washington/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines - Crew 12) and the first P-3 deployment ( NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii/Iwakuni - Crew 10). We operated out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand on MarketTime patrols, PUEBLO incident, all the WESTPAC "good deals". After Hawaii I did a tour as Flight Instructor with VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida then Civ-Pac. Hello to all the "Shipmates" and "crewmembers". Drop a note! I'd like to hear from you!..." [E-Mail Updated 07FEB2008 | 16OCT98]

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]

MOORE, CAPTAIN Michael K. "Mike" Retired mikemoored@aol.com "...I served with VT-3 (1966-1968), VP-8 (1968-1970), VP-64 (1971-1975) and retired in 1993. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06OCT2017 | 04JUL98]

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]

OSBORNE, CDR Dale Harrison Retired http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/o/o017.htm "...DALE H. OSBORNE - CDR - United States Navy - Shot Down: September 23, 1968 - Released: February 12, 1973. My place of birth is Salt Lake City, Utah, where I was born on 23 January 1933 to my parents, Vivian C. and David E. Osborne. On 1 October 1956 I entered the United States Navy as an Air Officer Candidate and reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida for pre-flight training. I received my commission on 1 February 1957 and was designated a Naval Aviator on 4 June 1958. From 1958 to 1961 I served with VP-9 stationed at NAS Alameda, California and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I was Patrol Plane Commander of P2V-7 type aircraft involved with Anti-Submarine warfare tactics. From 1961 to 1964, I was assigned to VT-3, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, as a radio instrument flight instructor in T-28 type aircraft. In 1965 I reported to VS-21 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was a Carrier Air Plane Commander of S2E type aircraft involved with anti-submarine warfare. My squadron deployed to WESTPAC in 1966, embarked in the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33), conducting air operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in support of the U.S. war effort in Southeast Asia. The NAS Lemoore, California was my next stop in 1967 where I reported for transition and training in the A4F Sky Hawk aircraft. In December of that year I was ordered to Attack Squadron Fifty-Five (VA-55). The squadron deployed to WESTPAC in July 1968, embarked in the USS Hancock (CVA 19), joining yankee team operations in the Gulf of Tonkin conducting air strikes against North Vietnam. On 23 September 1968 my aircraft was hit by Anti-aircraft artillary immediately following a rocket attack on enemy positions near the city of Vinh, North Vietnam. Shells exploded in the cockpit area which knocked me unconscious and caused severe injuries to my left leg, right hand and wrist. I regained consciousness momentarily enabling me to pull the ejection handle before passing out again. When I next regained consciousness, I was on the ground - my left wrist had been broken during ejection or ground contact. I was captured immediately by a group of approximately 15 Vietnamese. After an extremely torturous trip North, I finally arrived in Hanoi on the 10th of October. I was completely desiccated, emaciated, and in a moribund state. I was incarcerated with Cdr. Brian Woods and I credit him with saving my life. I was confined in several prison camps in the Hanoi area during my 4 1/2 years of captivity. I was listed as MIA for over a year. I was released to the American authorities at Gia Lam Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam on 12 February 1973. December 1996 Dale Osborne retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and his wife Nancy reside in Utah..." [16APR2004]

PETERSON, Dave W. southbound@top.monad.net "...I served 1969-1973 starting at VT-3 69-70, then was assigned to VP-49 70-73 an a AMH3. 2 Tours at NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I visited the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. This is a must for any sailor to see and be proud of. You can visit by web at http://www.lonesailor.org..." [02MAR99]

PFEIFFER, Bob bpfeiff@fuse.net "...I served with VS-20 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1961 to 1964, VS-22 aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) (we were part of the Cuban Blockade), VX-1 NAS Boca Chica, Florida, and VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida..." [21SEP2003]

Memorial Picture "...SCHMITT, Jack M...I regret sharing sad news concerning Jack M. Schmitt, a proud member of the V4-11 family (1979-1982). Jack passed away suddenly on March 29, 2003 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. At the time, he was directing E2 programs on behalf of ISI and the United States Navy. Jack served with VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida Instructor Pilot (Basic Instruments/Radio Instruments), VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine, COMPATWING5 NAS Brunswick, Maine, USS Midway Yokosuka, Japan, Naval War College Newport, Rhode Island, VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Mutual Defense Assistance Organization (MDAO), and United States Embassy Tokyo, Japan. Please visit Jack's Memorial Web Site at: http://jmschmitt.freeservers.com to learn about upcoming services...Karen Schmitt karen_a_schmitt@hotmail.com..." [17APR2003]

SPAULDING, CAPTAIN Gerry Retired gerkar@comcast.net "...I served with VT-3 from 1969 to 1971, VP-17 from 1972 to 1975 (has a pretty good informal comm network established), VP-23 from 1980 to 1982 (have heard little from Shipmates), VT-28 from 1983 to 1985 (would love to hear from any of the guys and gals who made life so pleasant for me when I was XO/CO). Looking forwarding to hearing from anyone interested in catching up..." Personal WebSite: http://ghspaulding.com/VP-17homepage.htm [E-Mail Updated 29JAN2010 | Updated 03JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | 14JAN2000]

TAYLOR, Robert W. rwtaylor21@charter.net "...I served with VT-3 from July 1966 to August 1968. I worked in the Avionics Shop. I remember the night a T-28 went down carrying a Vietnamese pilot. Volunteers were asked to locate the crash. The new barracks, 2 men to a room , what a treat. Raised in Iowa, I loved the beaches. I now live in Cleveland, TN and visit Florida often..." [27FEB2008]

THOMAS, CDR Harry F. Retired jethog@etcmail.com "...I served with VW-4 (1972-1975), VT-3 (1975-1977), VP-16 (1977-1980), VP-30 (1980-1983) as a Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1983-1085), Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (CPWL) (NATOPS) (1985-1987), VT-6 (1987-1988) as XO/CO, NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1988-1991) as XO and retired in 1991. Since retirement, I have been flying Gulfstreams and Lears out of Atlanta (KFTY). Still living the dream..." [25FEB2012]

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]

WATKINS, CDR Oakley Key III http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vq-1/Coxo/CO%20Bio.htm "...Commander Watkins entered the Navy in July 1976. His enlisted service included tours in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; USS Canopus (AS-34); and NTTC Corry Station with duties as an Air Navigation Aids Technician, Naval Ground Defense Force Infantryman, Deep Sea Diver, Electronic Warfare School Instructor and Training Battalion Company Commander. He attained the rate of Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer (Diver) prior to being selected to the Navy's Flying Limited Duty Officer Program in 1984. Following completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School and Flight Training, Commander Watkins was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator. In October 1986, he reported to VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida as a T-34C Instructor Pilot and Admin Officer. As a Red Knight, he attained all available Instructor qualifications and earned his BS degree from the University of the State of New York. In February 1989, Commander Watkins was selected for transition to the Unrestricted Line and flying the EP-3E aircraft. He joined VQ-2 at NS Rota, Spain in October 1990 as the Aviation Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Commander Watkins earned qualifications as Electronic Warfare Mission Commander and P-3C/EP-3 Instructor Pilot, and participated in Operations SHARP EDGE, DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, and PROVIDE PROMISE from detachments in Crete, Sicily, and NSA Bahrain. Commander Watkins reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence, Strike Projection Evaluation and Anti-Air Warfare Research (SPEAR) division as the Iranian and Chinese Air Defense analyst in June 1993. Upon completion of his tour, he was transferred to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. While there, he completed Joint Professional Military Training Phase I and attended Central Michigan University Midwest Division earning a Master of Science Degree in Administration. In March 1998, Commander Watkins reported for his Department Head tour at VQ-1, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His duties included Assistant Operations Officer, Officer in Charge VQ-1 Detachment Southwest Asia, and Maintenance Officer. His detachments included NAS Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; Thailand, NSF Diego Garcia and NSA Bahrain. Commander Watkins was the Theater Reconnaissance Officer and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Operations Officer at Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Commander U.S. Fifth Fleet in NSA Bahrain from September 1999 to August 2001. Additional duties included Pakistan and United Arab Emirates Country Officer and Air Operations Officer on the USS COLE Crisis Action Team. Commander Watkins' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five), Navy Achievement Medal (two), Navy Good Conduct Award (three), and various unit citations and service awards..." [14JUN2003]

WELLING, Patty fourbuds@alum.calberkeley.org "...I was attached to VXN-8 from 1978 to 1981. I had the pleasure of flying all of the project aircraft with the likes of John McGowan, Dennis Gagliardi, Bob Criss, John Brownell, Lynn Vaught Hutton and others. From VXN-8 I made my way to the VT-3 and instructed in the T-34C. I retired from the Navy Reserves in 1996 and am flying a 757 for U.S. Airways. My fellow VXN-8 shipmates who also fly for USAirways are Reed Birney, Guy Boisseau, and John Nelson. (I married an A-6 driver, Jerry Leugers and have two sons, hence the fourbuds.)..." [14JUN2001]

WILLIAMS, Daryl Retired darylw1952@aol.com "...I served with VT-3 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from November 1970 til December 1973, VXN-8 from April 1974 til December 1978 and February 1982 til Feb 1986, NRL from January 1979 til February 1982 and from February 1986 until May 1990 when I retired. I now work for the Project Liaison Office, Force Aircraft Test Squadron (now VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 21FEB2004 | 08SEP99]

WISE, AMS3 John L. m1tanker90@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VT-3 in August 69. Randy Zache and myself was the Fst. Lts. Div. PO's. Our leader was Chief Warret Officer James Posey. Our Old Man was Codr. Daly. I got transfered in August 72. I joined VP-6 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in Oct 71 Got out of the Navy Nov 72. I was the corrosion control shop PO. I rebuilt the mascott the Blue Shark at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [17MAR2010]

ZALLNICK, LT Deidre http://iowa.rotc.rpi.edu/nrotc/meetbn/zallnick.html "...LT Zallnick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in Ocean Engineering. Upon graduation she attended Initial Flight School Training NAS Pensacola, Florida. She completed Primary and Intermediate Flight Training in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida with the VT-3 Red Knights. Upon completion, she went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for Advanced Training with the VT-31 Wise Owls. There she received her Wings of Gold on 7 May 1999. Her next assignment was to the P-3 FRS, VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. From there she reported to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-26 she served as the Airframes Branch Officer, Indoctrination Officer, Plans Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. Her qualifications included Patrol Plane Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander, Functional Check Flight Pilot, and Mission Commander. She completed two six month deployments with the Tridents. The first was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 2000. There she participated in Operation Joint Guardian over Kosovo and Operation Deliberate Force over Bosnia. She also participated in several allied exercises is the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. Her second deployment was split between NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Ecuador, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Operations included support missions for the War on Drugs and Operation Enduring Freedom. LT Zallnick is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. LT Zallnick is authorized to wear the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle "E" Ribbon, National Defense Medal (Two awards), Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Two awards), Pistol Marksmanship Medal and several campaign ribbons..." [17APR2004]

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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