VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ALM, Albert al65alm@pepoplepc.com "...Was with VU-10 from 1953 to July 1954. Crew Member on PBM-2 as Flight Enginer..." [23JAN2007]

BITTEL, LT Allen Carl hial480@aol.com "...Served as a VU-10 aviator, 1953-54; would love to hear from other aviators assigned to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during that timeframe. Great site! Thanks for keeping us octagenarians on your radar!..." [04SEP2007]

BOGDANSKI, PR2 Leonard J. bogsy41@gmail.com "...I served with VU-10 (02/1960-09/1961) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [15NOV2020]

BOOKHAMER, CDR Robert Harry [Deceased] C/O His Son Robert "Bob" Bookhamer rbookhamer@earthlink.net "...Dad became a Radioman on the USS Brooks (a four stacker Destroyer that went to the UK under lend lease). He was then assigned to the first crew on the Light Cruiser, USS Phoenix. where he became a radioman/gunner in the backseat of the SOC-3 Curtiss "Seagull". During this tour he was accepted into the NAP (Enlisted Pilot Program). He was very proud of the fact that he made it through Pensacola without a "down" on any of his training flights in the N3N, N2S and SNJ. After the war he went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia to fly R4Ds in VR-2. For sometime he flew Adm. Bellinger (The Head of the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics). At that time he was a Lt. (jg) Aircraft Commander. He then attended several schools, such as the Naval Officer's Line School. He went on to attend George Washington University under the Five Term Program. With this, he became a permanent Officer in the Regular Navy. Various tours of duty followed including the Naval War College in Newport R.I. In 1958 he was assigned to Olatha, KS where he checked out in the F9F " Cougar". He then took Command of VU-10 in GTMO after which he went to NAS Moffett Field, California where he flew the C-121G (MATS). He finally ended up in San Diego, Coronado as a Staff Officer coordinating Air Operations with the Amphibious Staff College. He retired in 1967 as an O-5 (Aviator with over 7500 hours). While assigned to the C-121G Navy MATS Squadron he flew numerous flights into Viet Nam. We were one of the few father and son teams flying into NAM at the same time...He started out as an Enlisted Pilot flying ASW missions in the venerable PBY "Catalina". He used to joke about the ZP Blink squadrons and wondered how the Germans would ever handle an attack by a Blimp. My Dad later flew the PV1 "Ventura", the PBM "Mariner"and after the war he flew the P5M "Marlin"for a few years. His last Patrol Squadron was VP-45 flying out of NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. He got his commission during the war and after 31 years (he was a "Mustang") he retired in San Diego as an O-5 Commander...He passed away in June of 1984 due to Kidney failure..." [11NOV2000]

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]

BRANTLEY, Charles W. cpjbrantley@verizon.net "...I served with VU-10 (1963-1964) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [13AUG2013]

CAMPBELL, PN Jack K. cmpbma@aol.com "...I served with VU-10 from 1954 to 1955. I have written a collection of short stories about life at the naval base: Guantanamo Remembered http://www.GuantanamoRemembered.com..." [26JAN2010]

CASSELS, MM2 Monte mmcassels@cs.com "...I served with VU-10 (1954-1956)..." [01JAN2016]

CHICKERING, PR3 Kenneth kenny-c@charter.net "...I served with VU-10 April 1951 to April 1953 as a PR3. Those were good days..." [06FEB2011]

COST, AME2 Wayne E. wecost39@aol.com "...I served with VU-10 (1961-1962) and VU-2. I left the Navy and enlisted in the Florida Air Natonal Guard (1970-1994) and retired as a Msgt..." [23DEC2016]

DAVIDSON, John johdvdsn@earthlink.net "...I served with VU-10 (1952-1954) FASRON at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [19AUG2016]

DECKER, Joe jjdecker27@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-10 (1952) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Plane Captain on JD-27..." [22FEB2012]

Memorial Picture "...GOTSCH, AME Robert David...My deceased husband, Robert David Gotsch, was a AME with VU-10 from February 1964 to February 1965 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He served in the US Navy for 13 years until he was medically discharged. He alway had fond memories of his days at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and years in the service. I have a Zippo lighter that has an engraved image of "The Leeward Pointer" on it. Can anyone tell me the significance of this image so I can tell his grandson. Thanks...Shirley Gotsch gotschas@charter.net..." [25JAN2007]

HALL, AK2 Don dkhall2@cox.net "...I served with VU-10 (1955-1957) and ATU-501 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (1958). While with VU-10 I kept a horse, Big Red, at Special Services and rode to the beach on weekends. Great times at the Hatuey locker next to the barracks..." [10JAN2016]

HERMAN, Glen newtrik1@bellatlantic.net "...Evidently there are still a few of us around, but probably most of us old guys are just not to sharp around computers. Anyway-I served in VP-10 in 1951-52. This was after 2 yrs in VU-10 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two years had passed pleasantly but now the Korean war was on and we thought we were going to catch some real sea duty. It just happened at that time that personnel were needed to reactivate pVP-10 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. That's where our orders took us and the squadron was recommisioned in the spring of 1951. Shortly thereafter our new home became NAS Brunswick, Maine. I have many fine memories of all the places we have been and people I served with and have managed to stay in touch with a few. Sadly our ranks have thinned. Sorry that I missed the VP-10 Reunion (didnt know about it in time). A couple of summers ago I stopped in at NAS Brunswick, Maine and found that not only was the squadron still there but that particular day they were having a change of comand ceremony. What luck and a truly enjoyable day! I was discharged at Boston Rec Sta after return from NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco September 8, 1952. A career with United Airlines followed but still remember those old days..." [08JUL2000]

KEEFER, Dennis keef_25@juno.com "...I served with VU-10 (05/1965-05/1966) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I kept the pilots log books. I had very many memberable moments serving there..." [22NOV2011]

LYND, Edley Ray eraylynd@bellsouth.net "...I served with VU-10 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from 1954 to 1955. PC JD-1 #20 Mallard..." [13NOV2006]

McDONALD, Don C. doncmcdonald1031@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-10 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I was the Second Mech on a JD-1 in earley 1951. Two new R2800 Engines were installed, possibly new fuel tanks in the wings and a new paint job was completed. The Plane Captain was CPO "Dusty" Rhodes. I had the job of Slow Timing and checking out the new engines for about 5 and a half hours. My main job was as a safety man for the Ordinanceman whom took care of the reel, cable and sleeve and some times I preflighted our aircraft. I also sat in the Co-pilots seat and filled in as Plane Captain..." [20JUN2012]

MILLER, R J vu10@yahoo.com "...VU-10 ORD. NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. June '57 till March '59. Logged several hundred hours as Towman in the JD-1 and have as many memories. Would like to hear from those who were there about that time..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2000 | 03AUG99]

RAAB, AE3 William A. raabill@verizon.net "...I served with VU-10 (1962-1964)..." [13JUL2012]

SCARLINO, Frank A. kay.baby@earhlink.net "...I served with VU-10 (1957-1959) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I worked in the Parachute Loft and flew as a Safety Towman. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09DEC2011]

SCHROCK, Dennis drycleaner2000@yahoo.com "...Served with VU-10 GTMO both at McCalla and Leeward Point. I was a PNSN and PN3 and served from January 1959 to October 1961. I worked in the Personnel Office for LT W. G. Hoot Gibson. My duty with UTRON 10 was the finest duty I had in the Navy. I retired from the Navy in August 1975 while stationed at NAS Miramar. Would like to hear from everyone who served at VU-10 and lets talk Reunion..." [24JUN2000]

SHALLOP, David J. sarge130sob@aol.com "...For a 17 year old, fresh out of Bainbridge Boot Camp, and to be stationed at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was quite an experience. I was assigned to VU-10 from '55 to '57 as an AEMAN. I worked in the battery shop at first and was reassigned to the electric shop after going to the hospital for a Hernia. Those batteries were heavy! I remember the Barrel Club was real close to the barracks and spent many a night pounding down the ever famous one-eyed indian, Hatuey (spelled wrong, I know, but it's been a few years). Worked on the JD's, SNB, UF-1, F6F's, F7F's at Mc Coullagh Field. I also sat at the end of the field with two flags to warn incoming aircraft in case their landing gear wasn't down on approach. Cinderella Liberty in Camanara! Best friend was Len Towers from Camden, NJ. Great guy! Had a lot of laughs..." [01APR2000]

SHERRON, Keith ksherron@gmail.com "...I am looking for anyone who served with VU-10 during 1963-64 and may have known AOAA Fred Pauschert. Please contact me via email if you have any information..." [04JAN2005]

SNYDER, AD3 Ross rosssnyder@aol.com "...I served with VU-10 (06/1952-07/1955) flying as Plane Captain (JD-23 10/1954-06/1955 and JD-24 01/1955-07/1955) and FASRON-3 (08/1955-02/1956) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia until discharged..." [16APR2013]

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

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