VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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BERRY, Ronald rberry8247@aol.com "...After the USS Forrestal fire in July of 1967 I was transferred to VX-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Went to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 as a crewmember on a C-121 Super Connie. We flew at night broadcasting radio programs in Vietnamese which I had to listen to for 4 hours a night and didn't understand one word of it. I faithfully set up the transmitter and sent out our trailing wire antenna and started each color coded tape at the precise time. Since we had our own airplane, we found excuses to fly to Manila and Bangkok when we couldn't take DaNang any more. They were memorable R&R's. Found out recently that my best friend over there Ron Stancavage passed away in 1984. My only regret was not marrying a Wave at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland named Jean Smith. If you are out there and read this Jean, I hope your life was full and happy. I dearly hope to see you again in God's Eternity along with all the great guys of VX-8. May God bless all of us..." [BIO Updated 24MAY2003 | 14JAN2002]

BIES, AMS2 Garey garey.bies@gmail.com "...I served (04/1966-09/1969) with OASU, VX-8 and VXN-8..." [02DEC2012]

BOURN, Dennis J. bourndj@aol.com "...Attended ATN "A" and "C" schools at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VQ-2 (01DEC1963-27SEP1965) at NS Rota, Spain (EC-121 Flight Radio Operator), VAW-12 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (08OCT1965-31JAN1966), OASU, VX-8, VXN-8 (11FEB1966-12SEP1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NC-121 Flight Radio Operator), NRL (12SEP1972-22JAN1975) Detachment NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NC-121/P-3 Flight Radio Operator), National Naval Medical Center (22JAN1975-19JUN1975) at Bethesda, Maryland, Naval District (19JUN1975-02JUL1975) at Washington, D.C., AIMD (02JUL1975-25JAN1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Medical Discharged (25JAN1978). I went to work for Litton Aero Products/Northrop Grumman (21JAN1980-25APR2003) at Woodland Hills, Ca.. I am currently retired and living in Lawrenceville, Ga..." [BIO Updated 27MAY2013 | 04NOV2006]

BUTLER, AMS2 John johnb2048@optonline.net "...I served with VX-8 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VAQ-33 (1970-1971) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (had no planes and an old hanger we fixed). Finally got 4-TA4F, 2-A3, 1-C121 and 1-F4. First to paint the Firebird insignia. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21SEP2021]

FERGUSON, ATN David dferg0@aol.com "...I served with OASU, VX-8 and VX-8 DetWestPac from 1965 to 1967. I deployed to the Artic with project Birdseye in 1966 and to Viet Nam in 1967. I was an ATN and flew as radio operator. I have many pictures which I can share. Would like to hear from anyone who might have served with me..." [15SEP2001]

GLISSON, ADR2 Jim djahome3@hotmail.com "...I served with VW-11 (1964-1965), OASU / VX-8 (1966-1967) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts (1968-1969) for Instructor duty. I worked on check crews and flight crews. I am still in contact with several of the old Shipmates..." [25JUN2010]

HALL, AE2 Robert blesbassman@aol.com "...I served with VX-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [15DEC2010]

HENLEY, ADR3 Don dhenley@abf.com "...I served with VX-8 / VXN-8 (1967 to 1969) as an ADR3 and VRC-40 (1969 to 1971) COD crew. The Super Constellations we beautiful and efficient aircraft. Many hours were spent aboard these great planes. Today I look back on those times as good but if you had asked me then, I would not have considered them so good..." [04AUG2008]

HINDS, Wayne RbrtRwhnd@aol.com "...I served with OASU/VX-8 from 1966 to 1968. Recently met up with two old Shipmates for a get together in Nashville Tn. They are Louis Burnett and Jim Lassiter..." [04JAN2003]

LINFORD, Ron RonGL@aol.com "...I served as an AK-2 with OASU/VX-8 fron November 1966 to September 1968 in the Material Control Office. During that time we were involved with many different missions including Project Magnet, Project Jenny as well as some MATS flights utilizing our passenger configured C-121, #140313. I was lucky enough to fly as crew on #140313 once when it ferried personnel to my prior duty station, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [26NOV2000]

MAGERS, Harvey hlm48mus@hotmail.com "...I served with VX-8 and was with them when they were redesignated VXN-8. It was a great squadron. The base gave us the name "Lazy 8" which I thought that was funny. I hope the rest of the frevious men have had a good life. Thank you and God Bless..." [04JUL2009]

McABEE, ADR3 Douglas "Doug" jmcabeeathome@comcast.net "...I served with VX-8 / VXN-8 (1968-1971) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with a WesPac deployment (1969-1970). I worked in the Maintenance Office with LCDR Richard Goubeaux, LCDR McDermott, LCDR Bradshaw, Master Chief Lesprence and Chief Jacobson. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03JAN2012]

NASON, Donald Retired nason@hotmail.com "...Served with OASU and VX-8 DetWestPac from 1965 to 1967. As an RM2 I deployed to Viet Nam in 1967 broadcasting TV from aircraft 444. I retired from the Navy in 1980, completed my Bachelor degree in 1989 and current reside in Durham, NC..." [10OCT2003]

RITTER, ADR3 William A. mrbill65@verizon.net "...First assigned to OASU 1968 then became VX-8 then VXN-8. Got an earlly out September 1970. If there is ever a Reunion I sure would like to know..." [27JAN2011]

ROLWING, Joe joerolwing@aol.com "...I served with OASU/VX-8/VXN-8 as a navigator/electronics officer from May 1967 through July 1970, including Project Jenny (May-Nov 1967, April-July 1968), ASWEPS, Birdseye, and Magnet (Pasiano Dos only)..." [BIO Updated 04DEC2001 | 29NOV98]

SELTZER, AECS Curtis A. Retired curtis.seltzer@navy.mil "...I served with Airborne Early Warning Training Unit AtLANTic (AEWTULANT) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (November 1963), VW-11 at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (January 1964), Oceanographic Air Survey Unit OASU at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (July 1965) to OASU (deployed to Vietnam with Blue Eagles). OASU was redesignated VX-8 then to VXN-8. I left VXN-8 for VQ-4 from 1970 to May 1975, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from May 1975 to May 1978, VQ-4 from May 1978 to May 1981 and back to VXN-8 until I retired 30 June 1983. I was air crew in EC-121, C54, C130 and P-3..." [15MAY2009]

STIER, ADR3 Dale R. drsniner@cox.net "...I served with OASU / VX-8 (09/1965-10/1968) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with a deployment to NAF Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam..." [24JUL2012]

STROGEN, ET1(AC) Paul D. pstrogen@cris.com "...I served with OASU / VX-8 during 1966 and 1967. I served two 6-month deployments with OASU DetWestPac to Saigon (Tan Sohn Nhut) and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. While in Saigon I acted as the Technical Director aboard Blue Eagle II (BuNo. 128444) and sometimes on Blue Eagle III (BUNO: 131641) and Blue Eagle VI (BUNO: 131655), the "TV birds". In FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam I flew aboard Blue Eagle I (BUNO: 131627). Between deployments to Viet Nam I was TDY to Lockheed Air Service at JFK Airport, participatingin the overhaul and installation of new electronic equipment aboard Blue Eagle I. While at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I often flew aboard 130313 and made one cross-country flighton "313". Prior service - Boot Camp & ET'A" School Great Lakes, Il. (July 1959 to May 1960), USS Dewey (DLG-14) serving under CDR Elmo Zumwalt (1960 to 1962), ET 'C' and ET 'B' schools, Treasure Island, CA then Instructor Duty at ET 'C' School on TI. Volunteered for duty with OASU Project Jenny in early 1966, attending RCA factory schools on the equipment onboard the Project Jenny aircraft. I left the Navy on December 9, 1967..." [02APR2009]

TODD, ADR Howard L. kctodd@ptd.net "...I served with VX-8 (1966-1969) with a deployment to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [14JUN2012]

ULMER, ADR2 Robert rulmer@cybersol.com "...I served with OASU, VX-8, VXN-8 from 1966 to 1969 with tours at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam and in Siagon. Injured my shoulder in November 1968, spent two months in hospital and returned in February 1969. I spent last few months on Pisano Dos Crew. I would like any information on a possible Reunion..." [22APR2011]

WALKER, AMH1 Keith S. Retired norry47@msn.com "...I served with FASRON-11 NAS Atsugi, Japan (1953 to 1956), VW-3 Guam (1959 till disestablishment), AEWBarRonPac (Airborne Early Warning Barrier Squadron Pacific) Hawaii (1960 to 1962), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with AEWTULANT (Airborne Early Warning Training Unit Atlantic), OASU, NAS Lakehurst N.J. with Blimps, NAS North Island, San Diego, California in O&R, VC-11, and VX-8 till I was discharged in 1967. Went to Saigon with OASU in 1966 with flying TV planes called Project Jenny..." [URL Updated 31JAN2005 | 11JUL2002]

WRIGHT, SCPO David Retired info@oysterbuyboats.com "...I served with OASU (06/6708/67), VX-8 and VXN-8 (08/6703/71). I was part of the back end crew maintaining Diesel and Gas Turbine power units along with Air Conditioning for television and radio equipment. Earned my AC wings as a black shoe. I live in northern Virginia, I also have a web site for info about my life on www.oysterbuyboats.com which also includes my 20 years in the Navy including about 10 pages covering OASU, VX-8 and VXN-8. Included are pictures of pages have pictures of the aircraft, WesPac and crews..." [13MAR2022]

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