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Circa 1964

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VU HistoryCameraVU-5 Photo Album Cover "...Photo Album Cover carved in Olongapo in 1964. I later added the Brass..." Contributed by Dale Culver decet@worldnet.att.net [28AUG2008]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VU HistoryCameraVU-5 Patch "...VU-5 DET A when we were in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Circa 1964-65..." Contributed by Dale Culver decet@worldnet.att.net [06AUG2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VU HistoryCameraVU-5 Patch "...VU-5 DET A when we were in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Circa 1964-65..." Contributed by Dale Culver decet@worldnet.att.net [06AUG2006]


Circa 1963

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation December 1963 "...VU-5 Unit Trained For New FireBee - Page 22 to 23 - Naval Aviation News - December 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/dec63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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Circa 1962 - 1963

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VU-5 DET A NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Cruisebook Photographs..." Contributed by PERKINS, PH2 Daniel J. perkindj@uwec.edu [12APR2008]

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Circa 1962

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News February 1962 "...VU-5 Stages Reunion At Okinawa - Page 29 to 30 - Naval Aviation News - February 1962..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1962/feb62.pdf [22AUG2004]

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Circa 1961

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1961 "...Utility Squadron Five (VU-5) - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - July 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/jul61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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Circa 1959

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1959 "...VU-5 To Operate Firebees - Page 37 - Naval Aviation News - December 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/dec59.pdf [16AUG2004]

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Circa 1956

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News September 1956 "...Navy's Shutterbus At Atsugi - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - September 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/sep56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News January 1956 "...The Far East Rag Draggers - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - January 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/jan56.pdf [08AUG2004]

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Circa 1954

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News January 1954 "...Runway Sign Fails To Aid - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - January 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/jan54.pdf [01AUG2004]

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Circa 1951-1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Pictures came from my Dad's (Carl Donald Comer - passed away February 1, 2018) personal collection while serving with VU-5. Contributed by Donna Comer Pursifull donnacpursifull@yahoo.com [09JUL2018]

1st ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Sign and hut, view of ship from plane, view of Guam from plane, view of base from hill, unit lined up on airfield, tank, shot over wing of Navy plane and ship photo from plane.

2nd ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Quonset huts on Guam, quonset hut on Guam, planes on airstrip, pic of plane from plane, outside group Guam 1951, outdoor theater Guam, Navy planes and Navy plane in flight.

3rd ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: NAS Agana sign, Morgan on airstrip, Larry Urban from Wichita, Kansas, Jack Tucker, Sturdevant, Wisconsin and Frank Magneti, California, John Anderson, Orofino, Idaho on right, NAS Atsugi, Japan 1952, inside of quarters, Guam 1951, inflight pic of wing over airfield and helicopter.

4th ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Guam scenery 1952, Guam guys Clay Clinesmith from Oklahoma bottom right, Guam based plane, Guam base 1952, Guam 1951, Festival on Guam 1951 with Statue of Liberty, drill on Guam airstrip and Don Comer, Magnetti, and Fritz in Japan.

5th ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Don Comer on left with Bob Davis from Kansas on right, Don Comer in front of Japanese submarine on Guam, Don Comer in cave on Guam, Don Comer Hodgenville Ky locker with parents, countdown to home, horses, Don Comer front of Japanese Buddha, Don Comer from Hodgenville, KY, Frank Magneti from California and Chief Armstrong, Don Comer from Hodgenville KY on Mount Lamlam, Guam and Disgraced Japanese officers.

5th ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Denny Bryant, New Albany, IN, Clay Clinesmith from Oklahoma on bottom right, Cave on Guam

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Pictures came from my Dad's (Carl Donald Comer - passed away February 1, 2018) personal collection while serving with VU-5. Contributed by Donna Comer Pursifull donnacpursifull@yahoo.com [09JUL2018]

1st ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: With gun found near barracks on Guam, waiting for next flights, July 16 1951, July 1952, basketball team on Guam - Don Comer number, Sailors on plane in Japan, Reynolds on Japanese air strip and Overseas holiday party group.

2nd ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Overseas holiday party Don Comer and pal, On Japan air strip with plane, Note home stationary with ship taking Don Comer to Guam, Note home stationary memo to family while en route to Guam, Larry Urban in front of Japan Buddha, Inside the cockpit - Dad said they towed targets for the ships to shoot at, Flying past Mt Fuji photo by Don Comer and Don Comer with Guam coconut and pineapple sent in from elsewhere.

3rd ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Don Comer with Bobby Owens on Guam, Don Comer ready to swim on Guam, Don Comer on flight line, Don Comer next to planes, Don Comer Guam, Don Comer Guam mope, Don Comer awaiting orders and Don Comer and Larry Urban on Guam.

4th ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Dad fire drill Guam 195, Glenn Shupp from Pennsylvania, Cox in Japan, Chief Spray with puppies on Guam, Bart Owens from Mart,Texas in Guam 1952, Atsugi Japan result of air to air collision, After flight in Japan and Navy love poem.

5th ROW - LEFT to RIGHT: Dad countdown to leave Guam and Atsugi Japan 1952.

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Circa 1946

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I was assigned to VJ-15, which very soon was changed to VU-5 in the fall of 1946. We flew drones off 45 foot boats with short catapults on the bows, and also flew them off catapults at the Navy Gunnery Range at Dam Neck Virginia..." Contributed by ZIRIN, Joseph zir121527@aol.com [03DEC2002]


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