VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ABBRUZZINO, Frankie fabbruzzino@yahoo.com "...Is there anybody out there who served with VXN-8 from 1989 to 1993? After I finished up at VXN-8, I decided to give the civilian life a try. I landed at GTE were they moved me from Tampa, to Cleveland, Back to Tampa and finally over to Jacksonville. Upon leaving there, I decided to hang up my hat in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I own a successful billing company (http://www.telfonix.com), and life is great. I am still married to Lisa, and we have two daughters (Isabella and Francesca)..." [BIO Updated 26APR2004 | 25APR2004]

ALVAREZ, AD Richard richee1@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as an AD from September 1972 until September 1974. I hailed from Queens, NY..." [07MAY2009]

ANDERSON, LCDR Milt Retired wtfo230@aol.com "...Howdy to all the P-3 Bubbas out there! I served in VP Squadrons most of my 21 years in the Navy. Started out with VP-4, VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (per diem heaven!), VP-44, VP-10, and CPW-11. I'm a Mustang LCDR that started out as a Radio Operator in P-3A's. Enjoying retirement but miss those 12-hr ASW's, getting some kills and bringing the crew safely home to toss back a few..." [21JUN2002]

BAILEY, CPO Herb Retired shbailey3@verizon.net "...I served with VX-1 (1962 to 1965), VP-10 (1965 to 1968), VP-11 (1973 to 1976), VXN-8 (1976 to 1979) and retired in1979. It was great duty and I'm enjoying retirement. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26OCT2009 | 03MAR98]

BALL, AMS1 Denny papasetter@comcast.net "...In 1969 went to bootcamp at Orlando, FL, Naval Weapons Test Squadron (WST) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1970 to July 1973, VXN-8 (Second Mech) from 1973 to 1976, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 1976 to May 1979, VP-30 1979 and VP-5 (P-3 FE CAC-9) from December 1979 to October 1980. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [04JUN2009]

BARTON, CDR Mike Retired rednronnie@aol.com "...Naval Aviator, Active Duty 1974 to 1994. I served with VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine LT 1978-1981 / NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1979, WESTPAC - NSF Diego Garcia - Persian Gulf 1980-81. VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland LCDR 1984-86, South America, Antartica, Denmark, Scotland, Africa, Alaska and Iceland. Golden Pelicans were once in a lifetime tour, two E's out of three years, some of the best people in world..." [30NOV2008]

BATSON, GEAROLD O. batson@sccoast.net "...EX ADR-1, AEWTULANT 62-65; OASU & VXN-8 67-68. C-121 FLIGHT ENGINEER, FLEW 145925 MAGNET ON ONE ROUND THE WORLD, TWO DETs TO VIET NAM. WE WERE IN HANGAR 301. VW-1, VQ-1, and NAS AGANA on 131659 1969-1974. Stayed in Guam five years. Then went to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until 1976. LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU GUYS. I NOW TRY TO FISH FOR A LIVING OFF THE COAST OF NC & SC. RED BATSON..." [24DEC97]

BERTHA, George gbrt548@aol.com "...I served with VXN-8 from 1980 to 1982. Anyone of my old Shipmates who are interested please contact me..." [05MAR2006]

BEVIS, AMSC Mark Retired mbevis@san.rr.com "...I served with VPU-1 (1977-1980), VXN-8 (1981 to 1984) and HSL squadrons at NAS North Island, San Diego, California until retirement..." [06JAN2011]

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

BLOSSOM, Scott A. cinder1@rochester.rr.com "...VXN-8 was my first command from 91 to 92. Lot of great memories and a few not so good (do not remind me of that flux valve incident). For those who might remember I was the one who did the calligraphy of the CO, XO, & Bull Ensign parking spaces in 91. Glad to see they were still there at decom. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates from those years. Ran into a few before I went off active duty. Command history...VXN-8, HSL-30, HC-8, USS America AIMD, and short stint with VP-66 as SELRES. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [14FEB2001]

BONOMO, AMS2 Jeff jjbonomo@charter.net "...I served with VXN-8 from 1973 to 1978 as an AMS2 and flew on all the project aircraft as a utility aircrewman. I look forward to hearing from all on my Shipmates who served during the same time frame..." [23JUN2003]

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]

BRADEN, ADC Howard Retired hbraden@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-50 from April 1981 to July 1984. Was on Crew 7 in 81 as the 2nd FE after graduating FE school from VP-31. Served as Alternate NATOPS then Primary NATOPS FE during my tour. Left VP-50 and went to ASW at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left ASW in Aug 1987 and transfered to VXN-8 also at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, served as power plants supervisor and Primary NATOPS FE. After my tour there I transfered back to ASW by then Force Warfare in Dec 1990. Ran the VAW division as shop chief and Division Officer until Oct 91 when I moved to the reliability maintainability and supportability P-3 branch until I retired in Nov 1993 as an ADC. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 07SEP97]

Memorial Picture "...BRADY, LCDR Julian H...My first husband, LCDR Julian H. Brady, was a Patrol Plan Commander of VXN-8 R7V Lockheed Constellation (El Paisano) which crashed at McMurdo October 31st, 1960. It was a terrible loss since it was outfitted to map the magnetic fields of the earth for the Hydrographic office in Washington, D.C. Only one injury was sustained - a broken leg. My husband died in 1985 from pancreatic cancer. In 1997 I married Lt.Col. Robert B. Robinson who had set a world speed record in 1961 in the F4 Phantom. He died in 2005 from colon cancer. I always loved the military life and am now 88 years old..." Contributed by Elizabeth Brady Robinson roblib@cableone.net [25AUG2011]

BRODERSEN, LCDR Henry H. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=599 "...LCDR Henry H. Brodersen, USN - NFL Number: 599 - Date of Birth: 5/29/1935 - Date In: 4/17/1957 - Date Out: 6/30/1978 - City, State: California, MD - School Attended: Univ of Maine - Aircraft Flown: T-28, SNJ-5, S-2/C-1, P2E, P-3A, P-3B, P-3C and P-3D - Ship or Unit: VP-8, FAW-6 and VXN-8 - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: Vietnam - Associations/Service Organizations: Nav Av Museum Fdn AOPA - Highest personal decoration or award: Air Medal - Significant Achievements: - 7,181 pilot hours. Served in or visited 36 countries in 21 years. In Memoriam? No..." [06DEC2005]

BROWN, AD1 Mike Retired mikieb@hctc.com "...I was stationed in VP-9 from 83-86. From there went to OMD NAS Bermuda from 86-90. Then off to VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 90-93. Then to VAW-121 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I retired from there Jan. 1 95. I'am now living in Matlock Wa. If you remember me, drop me a line..." [10NOV98]

BRUNER, C. T. N7119P@AOL.COM "...I SERVED IN VW-13 62 TO 63. F/E IN P-3 IN VP-4, 66 TO 69. NAMTRADET 1011, 69 TO 75. VX-1, 75 TO 78. VXN-8, 78 TO RETIREMENT IN 81. I NOW WORK AS A&P ON KING-AIR 100 AT NAVY TEST PILOT SCHOOL AT NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [07MAR98]

BUE, AECS Victor L. Retired victorlb@centrytel.net "...Attended AE-A School in NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee from 1949-1950 and VP-7 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1950-1954. We shared the electric shop with VP-8 (our sister squadron). VP-8 had two electricians named Chief Ohm and AE1 Watts! Transferred to the NAIRDEV Unit at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts from 1954-1956. Our CO CDR Hart had also been my CO at VP-7. I worked on his Model A car several times. Reported to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1956-1959. Flew on the barrier flights out of NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada (those were some hairy flights). I was then assigned to NATTC NAS Jacksonville, Florida for AE-A school instructor duty from 1959-1963. Looking back, I enjoyed this tour of duty. Transferred back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to Project Magnetic (VXN-8) from 1963-1967. As far as I can tell, our three aircraft were the only aircraft in the Navy to have "nose art". The two Super Connies had the "Road Runner" and "El Coyote", the R5D had a "Kiwi bird". Was a great outfit if you wanted to flew around the world. Transferred to VT-4 after making AECS in latter part of 1966. I served with VT-4 from 1967-1968. Reported to VA-86 aboard CVA-66 USS America on patrol in the Tonkin Gulf from 1968-1969. Some of our squadron pilots perform spotter duty for the battleship, I believe the New Jersey, during off shore shelling. Returned to the NAS Norfolk, Virginia after stops in Sidney Australia, Wellington NZ, and Rio Brazil. What a way to spend over 20 years in the Navy. I was a technical writer at LTV A7 aicraft test equipment from 1969-1978. I went to work as technical writer at General Dynamics Fort Worth, TX. from 1978-1993. Wrote electrical maintenance manuals on F-16, F-111, (Navy's A-12, cancelled 1991), F-22. Lockheed acquired Fort Worth General Dynamics Division in spring of 1993. I retired from Lockheed in November 1993. I have had a great time, would love to back up and do it all over again. If any of you out there remmeber me, give me call on the ole net..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 06JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2000 | 26FEB98]

BULEWICH, Ted jama2415@comcast.net "...Served with VXN-8 from 1969-1972 aircrewman on C-121 924, 925, 641, 327, 655, 325 and a tour in Nam 1970..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2005 | E-Mail Updated 22OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 04JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 06FEB2001 | 12FEB98]

BUSSIERE, George A. Jr. george060148@gmail.com "...I served with OASU / VXN-8 (05/1966-05/1968) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and the USS Essex (CVS-9) (06/1968-04/1969). I waited for about three weeks working in the base AMD dept. until the the USS Essex (CVS-9) returned from a cruise. Once aboard the USS Essex (CVS-9) I was assigned to the COD crew. The ship was in the process of being decommissioned my last 2 months aboard. I left the ship in the beginning of April 1969. My last two months until discharge was spent in Boston, MA going to Welding School under the Project Transition Program..." [04DEC2012]

CALVERT, Thomas t_calvert@msn.com "...Served in VXN-8 '76-'79 and VP-91 '84-'89 as Flight Engineer. Enjoyed being a part of the P-3 community, miss the friendships developed, and that gorgeous "sleek Navy bomber". Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me and would like to thank R.J.Savage and Don Tullar (two of the finest F/E's I ever knew) in particular for honing my F/E skills during that time..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2005 | 18MAY98]

CARNEY, John jcarney@alltel.net "...Served VXN-8 2/68-10/69 as backend crew. Found you Murph the Surf as of this date 2/16/00. If you read this in a week or two call me, I'm heading east. Lester the life guard Shetler where the hell are you. It's time..." [16FEB2000]

Memorial Picture "...CASTRO, AOC Albert...Albert Atanacio Castro, 62, AOC USN Retired departed our midst on 13 October 2012, after suffering a fall while hunting near his home in La Plata, MD. His wife Patricia of 28 years, devoted dog Rocky and other family survive him. Albert was born in Gallup, NM, to Atanacio and Lola Castro. He graduated from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, NM, and joined the United States Navy in August 1968. Chief Castro had a distinguished 23-year Naval career. P-3 training with VP-31, first operational tour was with VP-4 Skinny Dragons, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1971 - 1976. Al logged over 500 hours of dedicated combat missions including many searches and refugee operations. Additional Duty Stations included: NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-19 Big Red at NAS Moffett Field, California, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, VXN-8 and Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (NAMO) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Chief Castro's awards and decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy Achievement, Navy Expeditionary, Armed Forces Expeditionary, two Vietnam Service Medals, and numerous other citations and commendations. Typical of his devotion to duty, Chief Castro took great pride in his civilian career. He proudly continued to serve the Navy and his country as a DOD contractor supporting Air-to-Air Weapons for Aviation Trainings Systems Command. In 2008 he became Program Manager for Acquisition and Life Cycle Support of the HARM Weapons System for the Naval Air Weapons Center at Patuxent River, MD. Chief Castro was a patriot, an unsung hero, always prepared to serve the Navy and the United States of America. Recently, he and his teammates were on board several naval vessels upgrading equipment as his comrades ventured into harm's way. Chief Castro's awards and decorations include two Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy Achievement, Navy Expeditionary, Armed Forces Expeditionary, two Vietnam Service Medals, and numerous other citations and commendations. He was a life member of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen, Plankowner of Chapter 22, Patuxent River, and also served on the AAO National Board of Directors. In addition he was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, prior Post 2632 Senior Vice Commander; the Military Order of the Cooties; the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 093; American Legion; VP-4 Association; the NRA; and the Saint Charles Sportsman's Club. Albert is also survived by his brothers Frank Castro of Paige TX, Anthony Castro and Timothy Castro of Albuquerque, NM and sisters Josephine Martinez of Clearfield UT, Marie Baca of Fort Worth TX, Florence Otis, Elizabeth Sumruld, and Dolores Torres of Albuquerque NM, and Kathy Martin of Dalles OR, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received to celebrate Albert's Life on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a funeral service on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Deacon Johnny Barnes will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827-9799 or www.vfwnationalhome.org. The VFW National Home for children provides support for our military and veterans' families. A Guest Book is available at http://www.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com/obituaries/dsp_files/dsp_viewobit.cfm?obit_ID=4635..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [02NOV2012]

CASTRO, AOC Albert Retired aacastro@juno.com "...After my initial P-3 training with VP-31 Moffett Field, California, in March of 1971 I started my first VP operational tour as an Aircrew Ordnanceman with VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I remember Sherald Juneau the Flight Engineer who became like a brother to me. The fellow Ordies Bob McCoy, Andy "Ord" Anderson, Bob McKinney, Vic Teem, Bill Maye, Glen Schleusser, Howell Robins, Charles Roberson, and of course the two brothers Jim and Rob Jenkins. Pilots like Jim Messegee, Skip Dale, and Bill Broadwell, who cared. Never forget the Cocos Island departing flyby. Everything was just Hunky-Dori. The deployments, detachments, and visits to Japan, Taiwan, Diego Garcia, Australia, Guam, Wake, Philippine Islands, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam are memories burnt into my mind. Never to forget Wichita Det. After five years with the Skinny Dragons I transferred in April of 1976 to shore duty. I had to get back into flight status. So in July of 1978 I transferred into VP-19 Moffett Field, California. I remember the Ordies most of all Randy Corman, Duck Carter, Reno Dickson, Johnny King, Steve Harris, Frank Pesich, and Perry Veto. Drivers like Ray Morris and Don Hefkin both of them pretty boys. I visited a number locations including, Adak, Okinawa, Singapore, Korea, and Iran. Made a number of site revisits, including back to Hawaii for those quarterly torpedo qualifications. Of course we always had to have a full Ordie load team on all those Hawaii flights. After four and a half years with Big Red, and thinking I had enough of West Pac in January of 1983 I transferred to the Naval Air Development Center (NADC), Warminster, Pennsylvania. I remember Bob Flangan, Dale Cain ("Best Man"), and an Ordie named Ron Jerasa. My aircrew shore duty at NADC had me deploying to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. In November of 1985 I reported to Oceanographic Development Squadron Eight (VXN-8) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. During my duty with VXN-8 the World Travelers there was Barry (Hank) Evitts, JD Patterson, Tim Mattson, and Bill Lomba, who I remember most as I was stationed with all four in prior commands (repeat offenders). The civilians Jeff Kerling (Admiral Kerlingus), and Pete Kupstas (Stinky Pete) hit the beach with the rest of us. Then there were the Flight Engineers that no one could ever forget Ed Matteson, Greg Valdez, and Jimmy Danials. What a bunch of great guys, and there was many more, I just had to name a few. While assigned to the World Travelers I made detachments to England, Iceland, Greenland, Portugal, Norway, Scotland, and Spain. After 17 years as a Naval Aircrewman, in December 1989, I reported for my final tour in the Navy with the Naval Aviation Maintenance Office at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired from the United States Navy in April of 1992. Currently I am providing direct staff technical support to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) Program Manager for Aviation Training Systems (PMA205), for acquisition and life cycle support of airborne weapons systems. Living in La Plata, Maryland and working in the Patuxent River area, I get to see a few of the old P-3 squadron mates..." [E-Mail Updated 09AUG2005 | 27MAR2001]

CATON, AFCM David Retired dcaton@worldnet.att.net "...flew for 18 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer (VP-31 schooled). . .VP-50 (76-79), VX-1 (79-82), served with the German Navy for 3 years flying the Atlantic in Nordholz, GE on the Personal Exchange Program (83-86), afterwards VXN-8 (86-90), and finally with VP-17 where I ended my career as the Maintenance Master Chief (90-94) with over 11,000 hrs. Hello to old Shipmates...drop a line..." [13FEB99]

CLAY, AE3 Roger N. claytrucking@frontier.com "...I served with VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from January 1973 to October 1975 with Chief Warner (Shop Chief), AE's Jim Myers, Don Mewell, Dennis McGuire, Mike Bustle, Mark Champlin, AT's Jim Morris, J.J. Daily, Doug Finley, Ottie Campbell and alot of great Shipmates. I have a great 15" X 18" picture (Road Runner, El Coyete and Artic Fox side by side) I won at the air show one year. If you want a copy - just drop me a line. If any body has toughts of a Reunion please let me know..." [BIO Updated 25MAY2011 | 21MAY2011]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Ret 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]

COWAN, Connel G. III "Bubba" ccowan2126@att.net "...I served with VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in the AME Shop and Tool Room from July 1973 to December 1976. Interested to hear from former Shipmates. I have moved all over the eastern U.S. and have finally settled down in E. Tenn..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL2009 | 07JUL2009]

COWELL, Sam samcowell9mm@gmail.com "...A Veteran P-3 Flight Engineer served with VP-6, VX-1, VXN-8 and VP-40. Loved every minute of the P-3! Retired and was a Tech Rep in Greenville, SC durning the P-3s PDM cycles and moved on to Foriegn Military Sales (FMS) returned after five years in Taiwan in 2018 long live the ORION!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2022]


DEAS, ATN2 Glen gdeas@dishmail.net "...I served with VXN-8 (1970) as an Avionics Tech and Airborne Radio Operator. I was on the JB627 crew that went to NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece for a couple of weeks and got to spend a great week in Shannon, Ireland after our engines caught fire over the North Atlantic. Now retired from teaching college and flying as Mission Pilot with Civil Air Patrol..." [23MAR2012]

DeGIDIO, George Jr. vdegidio@bellsouth.net "...I served with VXN-8 from October 1968 to November 1971 as the first ADJ. I was transfered to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in August 1969 doing split tours in Saigon and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. When I returned I was assigned to the Artic Fox as 2nd Flight Mech. This was one of my best tours. I served 24 years with the Navy..." [08SEP2008]

DELANEY, AMHC Richard Retired richard.m.delaney@navy.mil "...I served with VP-49 from 1963 to 1965, VP-6 from 1965 to 1967, VT-27 from 1967 to 1970, Shore Duty from 1967 to 1970, VP-46 from 1970 to 1974, VX-1 from 1974 to 1977, and VXN-8 from 1977 to 1980. I sure miss bounce flights (especially the 35 T.O./LDG 4 Hour Type!). I am still here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (25 years now). I would like to hear from (old) Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2006 | 13APR99]

DENNINGTON, Jerry "Boy Radio" jercat@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (Radio/Radar Operator and Instructor) from May 1990 to October 1993 and then served with VQ-4. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAY2010 | 01DEC1997]

DOLLOFF, Alan ardm@exploremaine.com "...I was with VP-23 (87-89), VSN-8 (90-92), and VP-11 (92-94) (when I retired). Hope to hear from any old squadron mates (especially any mechanics)..." [10DEC99]

EATON, ADCS Richard Retired RichardGM211@aol.com "...I started my career with VXN-8. In those days it was called OASU, but I was there as a ground-pounder for all the subsequent name changes. I left the squadron just as we were getting the P-3's and went to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and joined the Checkmates of VS-22. Made the final cruises of both the USS Wasp and the USS Intrepid and onto the USS Saratoga. We locked the doors when we left NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and on to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. I was dragged kicking and screaming off the Sara in '76 while on a Med cruise because I received orders to RTC Great Lakes for duty as a Company Commander for 3 years. I was assigned to VP-23 in late 1979. I caught up with the Seahawks on deployment in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Served for a while as the Line CPO and then was picked up for local instuctor duty TAD to CPWL. I finished out my career at NAS Brunswick, Maine working as the HRM Officer, teaching the CPO and PO Indoc courses, the "Skid School" and the Motorcycle Safety Course. Lots of fond memories over the years. Hello to all the Shipmates..." [21NOV2000]

EDELSTEIN, Dan dan_edelstein@hp.com "...NFO at VXN-8, 1976-78 ... I left the Navy in '81 and joined Hewlett-Packard in Vancouver ... still at HP after 18 years ... VXN-8 was *GREAT* duty, many fond memories ... I'm sure others have already said this, but I really feel like an anachronism when I gaze up at the sky on a starry night and think of all the hours I spent doing celestial nav ... now you can buy an inexpensive but extremely accurate satellite nav system for your car! Well, anything's better than those Litton-51 inertial nav systems..." [26MAY99]

ENGLSH, AEC Charlie T. ctenglish12@hotmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1959-1969)..." [15NOV2014]

FARAONE, Diana (Woxland) diana87130@aol.com "...Currently I am active duty and a YN1 (might be the only Yeoman thinking P-3s) and was with VXN-8 as an AN and then YN3 from February 1987 to December 1991. After VXN-8 I got out for abit then was recalled as a TAR. My past commands have included PSD Andrews, PSD Minneapolis, N&MCRC Charleston, VP-92, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts/ NAS Brunswick, Maine from June 1996 to June 1998. I am currently at REDCOM 16 Minneapolis and will shortly be heading to NAF Andrews, Maryland. GO P-3 Navy!!..." [10JUN99]

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]

FLEURY, ATC Bill Retired fleuryb@hotmail.com "...I was in VXN-8 (Oceanagraphic Development Squadron 8) from 1975-1980, also NRL (Naval Research Laboratory Flt Support Detachment) from 1980-1983, both at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Previous A/C duties included a tour of duty at VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine with P2s, 1969-1970. I currently reside in the NAS Patuxent River, Marylandarea, work at the base here in the area of P-3 Configuration Management..." [10SEP2001]

FORD, LT Glenn gwford@whidbey.net "...I am currently MMCO of VP-46. Former AD served in VP-26 81-85, VXN-8 85-88, VP-11 88-93. Looking for any Shipmates especially my Mechs...." [15APR99]

FORTMULLER, LT Donald J. Retired fortmull8@aol.com "...I served with VXN-8 on the line crew as ABH3 and utility air crew on the Artic Fox (1975-1976). I can remember Frenchy trying to get me to re-up along with the XO and CO and going to the PO Club to get me to sign. I did with a nice set of orders and a re-enlistment bonus. I retired in 1993 as a LT LDO. My last job was on the USS America as a Launch and Recovery Officer..." [17APR2010]

FRENCH, ATC (AW/NAC) Ralph D. "Frenchy" Retired ralphdfrench@gmail.com "...Attended Boot Damp at NTTC San Diego, AV "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, Replacement Air Group (RAG) Training at NAS Moffett Field, California, SERE School, VP-1 (1978-1980) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NRL (1981-1983), "C" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VXN-8 (1984-1992), VQ-2 (1992-1994) at NS Rota, Spain, USS George Washington (CVN-73) (1994-1995), Cammander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Manpower Analysis Team (CMAT) (1995-1998) at NAB Little Creek, Norfolk and retired July 31, 1998. Went to work for a small Management Services Company, Warden Associates, Inc. and continue to do mostly manpower studies and contract writing..." [E-Mail Updated 18APR2020 | E-Mail Updated 19OCT2010 | E-Mail Updated 08FEB2004 | 28DEC2002]

FROST, Frank W. frostie@BTConline.net "...Served from 1951 through 1973. I started as an AD then converted ADJ. Served with VP-5, VR-22, VR-7, VSN-8, and VW-4. I was a Flight Engineer with all squadron except VP-5..." [07JUN2001]

GAGLIARDI, CDR Dennis L. Retired ddgags@gateway.net "...VXN-8 from 1977-1981. Lt to Lcdr. Training, PERSONNEL, NATOPS NFO, ASST. OPS, and ADMIN Officer. Ex-NESEP with John McGowan and Joe Conradi and Lanny Clark(all of us at same time- poor Jerry Russell!). Went on to Space Shutle Support OPS at DDMS at Patrick AFB FL from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, made CDR. and retired from NROTC Miami University (OHIO) as XO in 1987. Currently CHFC, CLU iin Financial Services in Cincinnati OHio area since retiring. Memorable Skippers- TRIII, Vince Gilroy, John Schiffer, Jerry Russell. Others: Don Thune, Linda VAught, Dick Hutton, K. Zerby, Dick Chubb, ADCS John ? from PA in NATOPS, Tim Hartung- greatest duty ever!...My first flying billet was VP-40 from 1971-74 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Iwakuni, Japan with detachments all over the Far East. Member of infamous crews 5 and crew 6 "mad dogs". Went on to recruiting duty in Omaha, VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and finally DDMS at Patrick AFB. Retired as XO at NROTC Unit Miami(Ohio) in 1987. Many wonderful memories. Laging Handa! Mumbles!..." [BIO 06NOV2000 | 01APR2000]

GALLO, AMHC Rob Retired rgallo@olg.com "...I feel fortunate to be associated with the VP Navy having been assigned to VP-23 from '76 to '78 NRL Flt. Flt Supp Det '78 to'80 and VXN-8, '86 to '89. Too bad the detailers snagged me for Fighters and Ship's company the remaining years of my career! The VP Navy is truly a unique organization..." [12NOV98]

GASKIN, Derek derek&bethgaskin@adelphia.net "...I served with VXN-8 from February 1988 to August 1990 and yes Damon I do remember all the parties at the house! Who could forget them. Got out of the Navy in 1990 cause it just was not for me. Got completely away from the aviation field but still miss it. Currently I'm a foreman in the melt shop of a steel mill and yes u gotta luv the fire. Just doin luvly. Thought I'd throw out a HOW DO to all my ole World travelers. Peace..." [14MAR2004]

Memorial Picture "...GILL, William...My brother, William Gill, sadly passed away in his home June 13, 2013. He proudly served with VXN-8..." Contributed by Chris Gill chrisegill1@yahoo.com [10JUL2013]

GILL, William gill73115@yahoo.com "...I was in VXN-8 from 9/89 to 9/92. I was a utility crewmen and worked in the AE shop, it was the best duty that I have ever had I saw more of the world and relized that most Americans have more by accident then people in third world locations working 12-14 hours 7 days aweek. I went on to become the CNO's (Borda He did not commit suicide) crew chief on his C20 Aircraft. I met many 4 stars and even the Russian CNO and a great many VIP's. I transferred to Tinker Airforce base in Oklahoma City and became a Reel Operator and Sr. Reel Operator Training Petty Officer on the Navys new E-6A/B's till my retirement in 6/2001. Since then I have worked for Dyncorp in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and (L-3 on Airforce EC130's and E-3 AWACs). I have four kids and all are in college, two are looking at the military..." [28JAN2009]

GLENN, AT Allen E. aglenn@eaglesystemsinc.net "...I served with VP-45 from 1975 to 1977, VXN-8 from 1977 to 1980, VP-44 from 1980 to 1983, CPW-5 from 1983 to 1986 and VP-11 from 1986 to 1990. I was an AT ground pounder. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18OCT2009 | 31AUG97]

GORE, LCDR William P. "Bill" Retired williampgore@att.net "...I served with VP-23 (NFO) from 1976 to 1979. I flew with Crew-2 (Navigator), Crew-6 (TACCO) and Crew-9 (TACCO). I also served with VXN-8 from 1986 to 1989 as Maintenance Officer, for the most part..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 23JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 18AUG2000 | 29MAR98]

GRAHAM, Charles N. Jr. dow30001@aol.com "...I flew as an NFO with Project Magnet (VXN-8) from 1963 through 1966. Was the Navigation Officer for the squadron for about 2 years. Later served at the Naval Oceanographic Office in Suitland (1966-1969). I would be intested in hearing from any of my Shipmates from those years..." [04JAN2004]

GREELEY, Steve (Speedy) "...I am now onboard at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with the SAR outfit. I'm still flying and will retire from here in 2002. I would like to here from anybody who was in VXN-8 and NRL between 1986-1995. Eddie, Mac, Scott - I know your out there! We had some wild times boys! I'll be on line soon. 360-279-0792 give me a call. Later!..." [19JAN2000]

GRUBEL, AOC Erik erik.grubel@navy.mil "... I served in VXN-8 (91-93), VP-4 (93-97), COMPATRECONFORPAC (97-2000), VP-47 (2000-2004), NAVAIR NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (04-present). To all you non-believers....Yes I am still in the Navy. I look forward to hearing from past Shipmates, and hearing where they are at now..." [24FEB2005]

HALL, AZ1 Abigail "Abby" Retired az1hall@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (12/1982-1986), VP-5 (1986-1989) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and joined the Navy Reserve serving with HS-1197 until retirement as Admin LPO (2007)..." [11NOV2015]

HANSEN, Don Retired dnlh0501@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-8 from 1973 to 1976, NRD Boston 1977, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, NMPC Sea Duty Detachment from 1980 to 1985, VXN-8 from 1985 to 1989 and retired out of VQ-4 in 1992..." [10JUL2004]

HEFFERNAN, Rick rheff165@gmail.com "...I served with VAQ-33 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from August 1971 to January 1975 and VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1975 until March 1977. I worked in the AME shop and would like to hear from any former Shipmates. E-mail me about the Squadrons 33 Assn..." [E-Mail Updated 13MAR2024 | E-Mail Updated 12FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN2000 | E-Mail Updated 15JAN2000 | 14MAR98 | 00XXX97]

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]

HERRERA, Mario E. mario7_7@hotmail.com "...I served in VXN-8 from June 1986 thru August 1989 from there I transfered to NRL and was there until 1992. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to get back to VXN-8 and was there until we decomissioned in 1993. Afterwards I went back to NRL for one more year then was transfered to VRC-40 and flew CODS up to 1998 then transfered to VAW-120 where I performed C-2 Crewchief instructor duties until I retired in July of 1999. I went back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to work for NRL as a DynCorp emplyee, still doing the Mech thing. Now I am no longer with Dyn and presently working for Qualtech..." [13SEP2001]

HILL, Tim C. Retired woodhilljt2@hotmail.com "...I was in VXN-8 from 1985-1990, from there I was assigned to NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then later to VRC-40. Then back to NAS Norfolk, Virginia until I retired in May of 1999. Now I am employed with Gulfstream Aerospace here in Savannah..." [14SEP2001]

HIRE, Kathryn P. (Kay) http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hire.html "...After earning her Naval Flight Officer Wings in October 1982, Hire conducted worldwide airborne oceanographic research missions with VXN-8 based at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. She flew as Oceanographic Project Coordinator, Mission Commander and Detachment Officer-in-Charge on board the specially configured P-3 aircraft. Hire instructed student naval flight officers in the classroom, simulator, and on board the T-43 aircraft at the Naval Air Training Unit on Mather Air Force Base, California. She progressed from Navigation Instructor through Course Manager to Curriculum Manager and was awarded the Air Force Master of Flying Instruction. In January 1989, Hire joined the Naval Air Reserve at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Her tours of duty included Squadron Augment Unit VP-0545 and Anti-submarine Warfare Operations Center 0574 and 0374. Hire became the first female in the United States assigned to a combat aircrew when she reported to VP-62 on May 13, 1993. As a Patrol Plane Navigator/Communicator she deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. Hire later served with CV-63 USS Kittyhawk 0482, Tactical Support Center 0682, Commander Seventh Fleet Detachment 111, and U.S.Naval Central Command Detachment 108. NASA EXPERIENCE: Hire began work at the Kennedy Space Center in May 1989, first as an Orbiter Processing Facility 3 Activation Engineer and later as a Space Shuttle Orbiter Mechanical Systems Engineer for Lockheed Space Operations Company. In 1991 she certified as a Space Shuttle Test Project Engineer (TPE) and headed the checkout of the Extravehicular Mobility Units (spacesuits) and Russian Orbiter Docking System. She was assigned Supervisor of Space Shuttle Orbiter Mechanisms and Launch Pad Swing Arms in 1994. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Hire reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. After a year of training, she worked in mission control as a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM). Hire flew as Mission Specialist-2 on STS-90 Neurolab (April 17 to May 3, 1998). During the 16-day Spacelab flight the seven member crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia served as both experiment subjects and operators for 26 life science experiments focusing on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. The STS-90 flight orbited the Earth 256 times, covered 6.3 million miles, and logged over 381 hours in space. Hire currently serves as the Astronaut Office Lead for Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), Shuttle Payloads, and Flight Crew Equipment. Hire has been recalled to active duty in the United States Navy. JANUARY 2003..." [16JUN2003]

HONECKER, Jim jhonecker1024@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 from 1976 to 1980 and worked in maintenance control. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11JUL2010]

HUNSINGER, Chris ca_hun@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1989 to 1991), VP-10 (1992 to 1996), VP-30 (1996 to 1999), PEP DET Valkenburg, VSQ-320, The Netherlands (2000 to 2003), and currently assigned to VX-20. Good to see so many friends listed! Drop me a line..." [BIO Updated 01AUG2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 30MAY2001 | 09FEB98]

IAVARONE, YN Jerry F. j.iavarone@worldnet.att.net "...I was attached to USS INTREPID CVS-11 from November 1969 to August 1970. Then attached to VXN-8 from November 1970 to July 1973. I was the Officer Records Yeoman and Legal Yeoman in ADMIN. I was there when we retired the C-121's and received the P-3's for the squadron and de-activated and retired the Project Jenny aircraft. I also retired from the Naval Reserves in 1995 after serving with Military Sealift and Atlantic Intelligence Command. Would like to hear from any one who was in Personnel or Admin at that time..." [11JUN2004]

JEFFERS, AD1(AW) Billie billybob9597@yahoo.com "...My first squadron was VP-17 from 1985-1988 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VXN-8 from 1988-1991 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-8 from 1991-1995 NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD Power Plants from 1995-1998, and VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am now on my final tour of duty with VP-10 (currently on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily). Have met some good friends in my 17 years in the Navy. If we served together in a squadron and you remember me - drop me a line. Remember "Mechs Rule."..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2003 | 07JUN2002]

JOHNSON, AO1 Steven C. johnsos@ime.net "...Served in VP-11 from 1983-86, In VX-1 from 1986-89, VXN-8 from 1989-92, VP-11 again from 1992 until just prior to decomissioning 1995. Currently serving as a SERE Instructor with FASO in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Would like to hear from anyone..." [05NOV98]

JONES, Phillip pgjones@prodigy.net "...I was in VW-13, 1962-1964, flew as radar tech with Crew 4, "Big" Tom Moxley's crew, the best in the squadron. I was in VXN-8, we had 3 names in 3 years but VXN-8 was the last, 1967-1970. Flew Birdseye most of the time. Spent one tour in DaNang flying Blue Eagle One. I was in VQ-1 two different times, 1970-1973 and 1975-1981. Crew 24 AES. Many happy hours flying PR-24 and PR-27. Saddest memory is returning from a mission on an EP-3 and seeing PR-24 being torn apart over at NIPPI..." [17JUN2000]

JORDAN, PR1 (AW) Rob jordanrw@navair.navy.mil "...Was at VXN-8 89-92 for my first tour. Went on to VFA-86 where I ran into Ed Zawacki while I was on liberty off of the USS America CV-66 in St. Thomas. Figures I'm on a aircraft carrier and he is on a cruise ship! Went on to AIMD Cecil Field, then VFA-136 till 97. Am now at Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville getting ready to go back to sea duty. Would love to hear from any old World Travelers out there! Drop me a line..." [28MAY99]

KATAISTO, ETN3 Wayne kataisto@hotmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 DET WesPac (VIETNAM) from November 1967 to November 1968. I was a ETN-3 working on the backend Radio and TV equipment..." [21MAY2007]

Memorial Picture "...KIRKLAND, CAPTAIN Thomas Jefferson III Retired...Age 76 of Knoxville, passed away quietly on October 26, 2009 after a long illness. Born in 1933 to Louise Richardson and Randolph Withers Kirkland in Newberry, South Carolina, he attended the Citadel in Charleston and graduated in 1957 from the United States Naval Academy. He served his nation dutifully as a naval officer for nearly 30 years including a tour with VP-4 from 1959 to 1962. As a long range anti-submarine patrol aviator he served tours in stations around the world including Okinawa, Sicily, Spain, Iceland, Hawaii, Washington, and Maryland. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, California and received a masters degree in operations analysis. He also attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and George Washington University, receiving a masters degree in international relations. He served as executive officer and commanding officer of oceanographic squadron VXN-8. He later served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon. He retired in 1984 as a Captain after serving as the senior naval advisor to the Air Force Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Upon retiring from active duty he served successfully as the Senior Vice-President of Operations for Summitt Research Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In 1996 he retired again with his loving wife of 49 years to Knoxville, Tennessee. A kind and gentle spirit, he enjoyed the love of his wife Sara and the company of his children and eight grandchildren. A faithful and dutiful member of Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, he served each week with FISH pantries. He also served on the race committee of the Ft. Loudon Sailing Club, and was an active member of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Naval Academy Alumni Association. A true gentleman, his generosity, keen intellect and infectious sense of humor will be missed by his large family and many friends around the world. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Ruth Warters Kirkland, brother Joseph Lane Kirkland and sisters Katherine Kirkland Crockett and Mary Kirkland Reynolds. He is survived by his four children and spouses Kimberly Kirkland Bartlett and husband Beecher A. Bartlett of Knoxville, Margaret Kirkland Watkins and husband Todd Watkins of Atlanta, GA, Katy Kirkland Shattuck of Tuscaloosa, AL , and Thomas J. Kirkland, IV and wife Catherine Crews Kirkland of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his eight loving grandchildren, Taylor, Matt, Sara Kathryn, Margaret, Mary Withers, Emily, Adickes, and Sara; as well as his brother, Randolph Withers Kirkland, Jr. of Camden, SC; and 15 nieces and nephews. The family would especially like to thank his many caring Naval Academy friends, Newberry classmates and the staff of St. Mary's Hospice. Following a private burial a Memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Young-Williams Animal Center 3323 Division St. Knoxville, TN, FISH Pantry, Care of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 or St. Mary's Residential Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Halls, TN, 37938. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel http://www.rosemortuary.coms..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [19JUL2010]

KISHA, Ted tkisha@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1971-1976) and VP-69 (1980). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAY2013 | 13NOV2003]

KRUSE, Mark (Baby Huey) mkruse74@yahoo.com "...Enlisted August 1974, VQ-2 - Crew 23/AE shop 75-78, VXN-8 AE shop/Utility Aircrew 79-82, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 82-84, VPU-2 AE shop/Crew 12 'Whipped Dogs' 84-87, NATTC Millington AE School Instructor 87-91, & various others until retirement in 1994..." [03JUN2000]

LASSITER, Jim JLASSI2858@AOL.COM "...I was stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1965 - 1968 with Oceanographic Air Survey Unit (OASU). I was really surprised to see my picture and some of the guys I served with. I would like to know if there has every been a Reunion of OASU?..." [26JUN2002]

LOFLIN, AX2 Scott scott@loflin.net "...After school I was in VQ-1 (81-82), VP-17 Crew 3a "World Famous Killer Tomatoes" (82-84), NRL/FSD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (84-87) and finally VXN-8 (87-90). I'm now with the Naval Research Laboratory, Wash. DC and flew as Projects Specialist on NRL's assortment of P-3's at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Any buds out there, got a cold one waiting for ya..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2004 | 29JAN98]

MADERA, MCPO David "Maddog" maderadj@vfa-87.navy.mil "...Stumbled across the VP pages and enjoyed reading up on VP blasts from the past. Mac Stuecklen of VXN-8 late eighties days, I AM still in the Navy and probably will be for life (you called it). I am a greyhead Mad Senior Chief now. I served with VP-44 from 1983-1985, VXN-8 from 1986-1989, VQ-2 EP-3Es from 1990-1992, VX-1 from 1993-1996, Tomcats and Hornets having been taking my blood for the past three squadrons. I am currently heading to sea on the TUSS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Retiring out of P-3's has a good ring. Incidently VXN-8ers, Master Chief Mike Smith (Smitty) of VXN-8 aircrew is the CAG 8 Master Blaster. Still a Hellcat. Young Lucky Lucien (ATAN of VXN-8) just checked in yesterday, a seasoned AT1 ready to take over things. Small World. CDR Gore, I still recall that dance under the mistletoe (does she?). Good VP days..." [18NOV2002]

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]

MALINCHALK, AT1 Joe Retired jmalinchalk@gmail.com "...I served with VP-17 (1981-1985), NRL (1985-1989), VXN-8 (1990-1992) and retired in 1995. I went to work for Disney as an Electronic Technician and Manager until my retirement in 2015. Loflin Zawacki and the rest of the party animals shoot me an email..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15SEP2017 | 13MAR99]

MARSICANO, AD1(AW) Michael "Rocky" mmarsicano@erols.com "...I'm glad I can still remember some of the names I saw, even after almost a decade. I've run into a few of the World Travelers over the years. Flew with Mario in 120, I see Picollo all the time, saw Oz in Thailand. Good to see the guys out there. I had a great time in VXN-8, best perdiem around. I'm flying cods now and it's a whole different world..." [25JAN2002]

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]

McDONALD, William F. pfsr.williamfmcdonald@verizon.net "...Enlisted USMC 1973 after two lack-luster years at Virginia Military Institute. Completed BA while enlisted. Graduated from Pepperdine University. Served at SOES, Quatico, MCAS Futenma Okinawa and MCAS Yuma AZ. Reservist at Andrews NAF Andrews, Maryland. AOCS Pensacola FL 1979. Married May 1980. NFO Wings June 1980. I served with VXN-8 from 1980 to 1983, NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1983 to 1985, VS-41 from 1985 to 1986, and VQ-2 from 1987 to 1989. Reservist USS Lexington and Norfolk..." [E-Mail Updated 05MAR2004 | 06AUG2003]

McGOWAN, LCDR John R. Retired bluecrab@toad.net "...VP Squadrons VP-10 and VXN-8, ex-enlisted, NESEP, AME1 (CPO Selectee who honorably and 'stupidly' went the CPO Initiation Twice - made CPO but was commissioned before the fact and knew this was important - Kermit Zerby - 'You Dink Bine!' - anyway..." [21OCT98]

McGRAW, HMC James H. Retired herbmcgraw@aol.com "...I served with VXN-8 from April 1972 to April 1974..." [01MAY2011]

McGUIRE, AE2 Dennis E. dem@adelphia.net "...I was an aircrewman on VXN-8s first Lockheed RP-3D aircraft "Project Magnet". Took first flight, a dual circumnavigation of the southern hemisphere. I was wondering what ever happened to the aircraft and the rest of the crew..." [26JUL98]

McKAY, ATCS Jim jamesamckay@worldnet.att.net "...Was in VXN-8 from 1992 till decom in 1993. Served in VQ-1 (88-92) VXN-8 (92-93), VPU-1 (93-97), USNA Company Chief (97-99), and now out of Texas. Glad to see some names of some old Shipmates. Take care..." [12FEB2002]

Memorial Picture "...McLANE, AEC Jack L. (BEAR)...It is with deep regret that I am submitting this note to all of those who served with AEC Jack L.(BEAR) McLane (Ret April 1978.) He passed away on August 4, 2000 after a battle with a service connected heart condition. He spent 26 years in the Navy and was a flight engineer on the P-3. He served in VP-10, VP-49, VP-30, VXN-8 and ASW most of the squadrons shile stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." Contributed by Jeffrey L. McLane mclanejl4@olg.com [17OCT2000]

McNAIR, PH Larry J. phcacret@hotmail.com "...Thought I'd never see another photo of the Connie I once flew in. I was a PH attached to VXN-8 from May 1972 to October 1973. Many good memories on the "Artic Fox" BUNO: 141325 Project BirdsEye. Took over the duties of PH1 Meredith, and enjoyed the "warm" places we flew into. Getting locked in the crawl space underneath the galley when checking the camera out. All that fun stuff. Was saddened when they flew her out for the last time to the "bone yard". A few years later she was scrapped. Guess they only have so much room the keep old birds like her. Can't remember any of the crew, but I enjoyed flying and working with them. Great bunch of guys..." [20MAY2006]

MESSER, Randall S. rmesser@lsijax.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (1983 to 1985), VP-26 (1985 to 1988), VXN-8 (1988 to 1991), VP-24 (1992 to 1995), VQ-1 (1995 to 1997), Naval Research Lab (1998 to 2000) and VP-16 (2000 to 2002). I am now retired and working with LSI as a P-3 Enlisted Aircrew/Maintenance SME..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2001 | 22OCT98]

MILLER, AME2 Ken ken6034@cox.net "...I served with VP-30 (1992-1994) working in the AME Shop for Joe Gonzales - remember hanging out with AD Greg Cerge? Still have a picture of us 3 with our new tattoos and then VXN-8 (1994-1996) with Dave Sankey, Kevin Wedwalt and Steve Carpenter. Remember London & Rota Spain? I am still working for the USPS and retiring in two years..." [09JUN2016]

MIORIN, ATCS (AC/AW) Tony Retired tmiorin1@verizon.net "...I served with VP-40 (1978-1980), VP-31 (1980-1983), VP-9 (1983-1985) and VXN-8 (1988-1991). Retired in 1996 after 23 years and living in Dallas, TX. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09JAN2011]

MIRKOVICH, Philip philipm@bwc.org "...I served with VXN-8 from 1990 to 1993 when it was disestablished, and I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates that might be reading this comment..." [09MAR98]

MURPHY, ETN2 Greg ifishgreg@hotmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1968-1969) DET WesPac (VIETNAM) working on the backend Radio and TV equipment. So far seven of us former Project Jenny crew memebers have connected looking to hear from other crew members. I am espically interest in locating John Vito, Les Shetler, and John Carney if anyone knows their present present location or their hometown I would be grateful in hearing from them..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2013 | E-Mail Updated 13AUG2003 | 29JUN99]

MURPHY, Roy jlmurphy7@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8, from 1968 to 1971 (Super-Connies), VP-44from 1973 to 1976, VX-1 from 1977 to 1980, VP-4 from 1980 to 1982, Naval Air Development Center from 1988 to 1991 and retired in 1994. Playing the support contractor game to NAVAIR ever since, not as much fun, but it pays the bills..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2009 | 03AUG99]

NELSON, John P. jpnelson6@home.com "...I started my navy career in 1966 as enlisted man in the Submarine Reserve at Lake Union, Wa. Entered OCS, Newport, R.I., June 1970, commissioned Oct. 1970, immediately shipped off to Viet Nam. Received pilot's wings May 1972 and joined VXN-8, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left VXN-8 in 1975 and reported to VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California. Discharged from VP-48 and the active duty navy in Oct. 1977, joined P-3 reserve squadron VP-69, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Hired by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) in Feb. 1978, merged with US Air in April 1988. Currently flying the Airbus for US Airways. One wife, four kids, fond and everlasting memories of my navy Shipmates..." [28JUN2001]

NICHOLS, Phil philjam@enter.net "...Would be thrilled to hear from anyone serving (VXN-8) Project Jenny in Vietnam, Saigon, and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam 68-71. My first tour was February 1968 in FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. I remember China beach, softball, flying north, rockets, bunkers, marines, USO show, acey-ducey, and the weight room in back of the barracks. We were on the upper floor. Does anyone remember who was below? Later I got to Saigon. Remember the Blue Sky Bar, hundred P alley, Snoopy the dog, our Vietnamese driver (what was his name) and horshoes, hotel duty, the maid strike? Before we went to the hotel we had huts at Ton Son Nhut. I remember a dinner at some Chinese restaurant in ChoLon where an we gave an officer a bra which he put on. Random recall, did any of this really happen?..." [28JAN2002]

O'BRIEN, CDR J. L. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...CDR O'Brien was born on McCord AFB, Tacoma, Washington and was raised on various Air Force Bases. She attended ROTC at the University of Wisconsin Madison, earning a BS in both Biology and Russian. She was commissioned in December 1988. CDR O'Brien's first tour of duty after commissioning was as a general unrestricted line officer assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC. She worked as Assistant VP Placement Officer and ACIP/ACP Officer until being selected for flight training in December 1989. After basic aviation training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, CA, she earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in July 1991. She reported to Oceanographic Development Squadron EIGHT (VXN-8), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in September 1991. She qualified as Oceanographic Project Coordinator and participated in detachments around the globe. At VXN-88 she served as Assistant Admin Officer, Legal Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Communications Officer. Upon the opening of Patrol Squadrons to female aviators, CDR O'Brien detached VXN-8 in September 1993 and reported to Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) for Fleet replacement P3C NFO training. She reported aboard Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) in April 1994 where she qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander and primary NFO NATOPS instructor (blue card) for both Navigator/Communicator and Tactical Coordinator seat positions. She served as Personnel Officer, NAVCOM NATOPS Officer, Line Division Officer, TACCO NATOPS Officer, and NATOPS Division Officer. CDR O'Brien completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; Howard AFB, Panama; and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In 1997 CDR O'Brien reported as a Selected Reservist to Patrol Squadron SIX SIX (VP-66) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. There she qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NFO NATOPS instructor. She has served as Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Tactics Officer. While in VP-66, CDR O'Brien has completed active duty periods in Lann Bihoue, France; Japan; Anchorage, Alaska; Hawaii; and the Caribbean. Her decorations include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other personal and unit awards and citations..." [18JUL2005]

O'BRIEN, John P. "Jack" JPOBrien30@aol.com"...I have been in 3 VP squadrons, i.e., VP-8 during June 1951-November 1932, VP-832 during Sept 1954-Aug 1962 and VP-5 during 1962-Jan 1965 and March 1968 thru September 1971 in VXN-8. Most of my VP experience has been in P-2 Neptunes with the exception of 3 years PB-4Y2 experience with VP-832 at NAS New York, New York. I retired from the Navy during 1982 and have provided consulting service to the Naval Air Systems Command since then..."

OLNEY, William "Bill" bill.olney@noaa.gov "...I was attached to VXN-8 as an Aviation Electricians Mate from 1987-1991. Moved on as a civilian working for Eagle Systems at NRL from 1991-2004 testing chaff and ECM. Currently working for NOAA's Aicraft Operations Center at MacDill AFB as an Electronics Technician..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15NOV2005 | E-Mail Updated 25JAN2001 | 11JAN99]


PAUL, Jimmie jadell@erols.com "...I have pictures of VXN-8 aircraft, ROADRUNNER,EL COYOTE, and ARTIC FOX. SERVED IN THE SQUADRON MARCH 75 - SEPTEMBER 78 AND 81 - 84 AS AN AE..." [12JAN98]

PASKEWIC, Kurt kurtpask@yahoo.com "...NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1983 to 1991. NRL and the great VXN-8. Currently in WI. Come on Shipmates, lets here what you got. Zawacki, Bosco, Loflin...where you at?..." [02SEP2010]

PERKINS, LT Michael V. mike_perkins@bellsouth.net "...I served with VXN-8 (January 1977 - May 1980) as Navigator and Oceanographic Project Coordinator. Left the Navy in 1980 and returned to Birmingham to work at U S Steel. Joined the Air Guard in Birmingham in 1981 flying as a WSO in the back seat of the RF-4C. Left U S Steel in 1982 and began work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama as a software analyst/developer. Visited the beautiful UAE as a part of that first thing in the Desert (Shield) in 1990. Retired a Major from the Air Guard in 1994. Retired from Blue Cross in 2007. Live in Bessemer, AL with my wife, 2 dogs and 3 cats, and beginning to travel in my motorhome..." [11APR2008]

PERLICK, CDR Chris cperlick@hotmail.com "...I served as a AD2 (also Utility aircrewman) with VXN-8 from June 1976 through Oct 1979 and a AD1 with VP-68 from October 1979 through May 1984. Commissioned as Ensign, Supply Corps. With RESPATWINGLANT at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland then NAS Norfolk, Virginia through 1988. Since then several tours, most notable: CO of NWS Earle Det, CO ELSF Fuels Det, J3(OPS) of COMLANTFLT JTF, and now Overseas Depot Manager for AIR 6.0 in NAVAIR 6066 reserve unit..." [18SEP2003]

PIKE, AKAN Joe "Spike" crawlnkgsn@comcast.net "...I served with VXN-8 from September 1985 to June 17, 1989. I was an AKAN and worked mostly the graveyard shift. I remember many great people I met there and have forgotten a lot of others. I have been working for the same printing company for 20yrs now. If I had had that kinda of dedication to the Navy I would be retired now..." [02AUG2009]

PLEISCHL, ADR3/ADJ3 David fuglybear195125@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1972-1975)..." [19SEP2016]

PLUSKOTA, ADC Dennis Retired dspluskota@att.net "...I served with VPU-1 (1981-1984), VP-9 (1985-1988) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (1985) and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1986 and 1987), VQ-1 (1988-1991) at NAS Agana, Guam with deployments to NAS Atsugi, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Masirah, Oman and NSA Bahrain, Oman, VXN-8 (1991-1993) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-30 (1994-1997) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-47 (1998-2000) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and retired as an ADC...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JUN2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 28NOV2003 | 00XXX97]

POPE, AD1(NAC) David Retired Georgia.Pope@att.net "...I am a retired F/E who flew with VP-9, VP-4, Naval Air Development Center, and VXN-8 over a twenty-one year caree. I'm looking for a former crewmate from VP-4 named Steve Yarosh. Last I heatd, he was in NAS Brunswick, Maine doing a serious imitation of an AWCS (1995/1996 time frame). Would appreciate any info about him or contact with any other Shipmates from "the day"..." [13JUN2003]

PORTILLO, ADR3 David A. dougtort@aol.com "...I served aboard NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii OMD May 1967 to August 1969 and VXN-8 from August 1969 to October 1970 as crewmember on C-54 (R5D) "KIWI. Great crew on board "KIWI"..." [22JAN2009]

RALPH, Jim jralph1@san.rr.com "...I was with VW-1 in NAS Agana Guam in 1969-70; I flew WC-121 with Crew 10 as an ATN2 Radioman. In 1971 I was with VXN-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [31OCT98]

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]

ROBBINS, RMC(AC) Steve midivet@erols.com "...Served in OASU/VX-8/VXN-8 Det Westpack flying Project Jenny/Blue Eagle birds from 65-69. I'm working with a group of folks who are trying to pull together a history of Project Jenny and web page...Project Jenny / Saigon 66 / DaNang 67-69..." WebSite: http://grunt.space.swri.edu/audio/midipage.htm [03JUL99]

ROBERTS, AZ3 John vnamvet1@msn.com "...I served as an AZ3 with Project Jenny (VXN-8) from 1968 to 1969. I worked for LCDR Goubeaux and CDR Richter in the Maintenance Office both at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and during our WestPac cruise from 1967 to 1971. Have been trying to locate a PR2 Jerry Rygg the past few years. I think he had plans to return to VN as a civilian when he was d/c in 1971..." [11JAN2004]

ROBERTS, John harley1@csrlink.net "...Was assigned to OASU/VX-8/VXN-8 '67-'71 as AZ3 working out of the Maintenance Office. Spent two tours Det WestPac, Tan Son Nhut, A/C 444, 641 & 655. Looking for an old friend PR2 Gerald (Jerry) Rygg..." [10JUL99]


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]

ROUSSEAU, Jeff ironbuilder@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (09/1979-09/1982) as a utility aircrewman and flew on all 3 mission aircraft. I now live in Pensacola, Fl. and still working for Continental Airlines (27 years now and still going strong). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22AUG2013 | E-Mail Updated 31JUL2000 | 29JUN99]

RUTHERFORD, AMS Robert farmersvillece@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1977-1979). First time l ever seen snow was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Side Job - All- Navy Wrestling..." [19AUG2021]

SANKEY, David js4352@drexel.edu "...I served with VXN-8 from 1981-1985. I would like to hear from former Shipmates. Hey Kenny - you out there?..." [06MAY2005]

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]

SHERWOOD, John M. "Jack" bigrigxpress@aol.com "...I was amazed that VXN-8 is here. Many fond memories have been rekindled and laughed when I saw Bill Strumfelds name on a picture credit, worked with him on swingshift, powerplants. How the years have flown by, what a crew of "AD's" we had, especially Tony Zemitis, the "Boss". Additionally, some of the dates on the pictures can be cleared up, the photo of 141325 at a unknown field is actually NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal-date 1969..." [07JUL2002]

SIGLER, LCDR Steve Retired Stevesigler@compuserve.com "...VXN-8 74-77 (the good years), then on to recruiting in ABQ, VP-19, Monterrey, VP-48, NAS Moffett Field, California -- now trying to stay warm while flying DC-9's with Northwest Airlines out of Minneapolis, MN ........Life is Good!..." [05JAN99]

SLATER, AME2 John E. slater156@comcast.net "...I served in VXN-8 from 1990 till disestablishment. I was an AME2 when I was there out in the trailer..." [17AUG2007]

SOUCI, Damon R. Sans Damon.R.SansSouci@NOAA.GOV "...AT3. Served in VXN-8 from '87 - '91 Avionics shop . Will never forget all those wild VXN-8 parties at the "House of Ill Repute!" If anybody has any good photos of those parties, would love to see a few! Ended enlistment and worked at Force Warfare as a civilian on the P-3's and the Convair 880 from '91 - '92. From '92 to present, work for the NOAA Hurricane Hunters at MacDill AFB, FL. as Avionics Manager and IFT/Radio Operator on the WP-3D's..." [12OCT99]

SPADARELLA, Tony tonyspad@earthlink.net "...I served with VXN-8 (The World Travelers) from June 1976 to June 1979. I was a utility aircrewman and flew on Project MAGNET, BIRDSEYE, and SEASCAN. From April 1986 to September, 1993, I flew as a civilian technician/project specialist supporting worldwide geophysical and oceanographic surveys aboard those same aircraft while attached to NAVOCEANO. After the disestablishment of VXN-8, I flew with NRL for two years onboard MAGNET and BIRDSEYE. The Project SEASCAN aircraft (BUNO: 153443) is presently attached to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and is training future test pilots in the evaluation of FLIR and Radar systems. I am presently working with Fixed Wing Maritime Survailance (AIR here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and am supporting test pilot school with this effort. I am again an aircrewman aboard the P-3 and have approximately 6,000 hrs of flight time. I would like to hear from any of the old VXN-8 crews and swap some stories..." [E-Mail Updated 23DEC2002 | 19JAN98]

STORMONT, AMS3 Bart bnstorm@webtv.net "...I served at VXN-8 from 90-92. I would really like to here from any of my squadron-mates. It makes me sad to think that the squadron where I spent my whole naval career is gone. Anyone who served with me can contact me at anytime..." [24JAN2000]

STRUMFELS, ADR2 William "Bill" Shipmate Pix wbstru@comcast.net "...I served with VXN-8 (1968-1971) with one WestPac (1970). I flew aircrew (A/C 924) in 1971..." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2013 | 30OCT2001]

STUECKLEN, Macheath charmed@nb.net "...I was part of VP-22 81 thru 85: Aircrew #5 "DAD'S HOSEBOYS." I was part of VXN-8 85 thru 90: Aircrew of Magnet ETC. ETC. Got out of NAVY from Naval Air Development Center as AT1 in 93. I want to hear from the best people I ever worked with and for. Where is AO1 NAC Rich Wilkins?..." [21JUL99]

TENNANT, AD1 Wilson R. Retired juntnn_52@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1977 to 1980, VP-11 from 1980 t 1983, NAS Bermuda from 1983 to 1986, VS-31 from 1986 to 1990 and VXN-8 from 1990-1993 when I retired. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31MAR2006 | 09AUG2004]

TITUS, Gale E. g.titus@att.net "...I served with VXN-8 (1967-1969)..." [26MAY2013]

TODD, Ronald L. randttodd@comcast.net "...VP-50 NFO from August 1989 until disestablishment. Was next event on training mission before March 1991 Mishap (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). VXN-8 until 1994..." [03FEB2006]

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]

VALDEZ, Greg gregory.m.valdez@boeing.com "...Attended Flight Engineer School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, June 1983. Picked up orders to VP-1, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii December 1983. 1986 headed to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for a tour in VXN-8. Took some time off as a Company Commander, RTC Great Lakes August 1990. Picked up orders to VP-22, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii until the squadron decommisioned in 1993 and moved on to VP-46, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. There the early retirement program was being offered so decided to retire February 9, 1996 and began working for The Boeing Company developing pilot & maintenance training courses on the F-22 Air Dominance Fighter. Haven't looked in the rearview mirror since BUT really miss the flying, the aircraft, and most of all the people! Had a blast......" [22MAY98]

VanDIVER, AECS/(FE) Harold "Kris" Retired scpohv@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (05/1982-11/1985). Countless bear hunts and PE ops. Good times. Never quite mastered the 9 hole course on Midway. Goonies often in the way. Retired 1995 while assigned to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Now teach public school. National Board Certified Teacher since 2006. Still have, after all of these years, P-3 performance numbers in my head. Miss the flying and my Shipmates. In the landing pattern here in Jax. Will miss the purr of those dash-14's when the P-8 assumes the watch. I served with VP-44, VXN-8, VPU-2, VP-45, VP-30 and VP-26. Flew aboard the P-3A/B/C, RP-3A/D, EP-3 and UP-3A..." [BIO Updated 06SEP2011 | 10JUN98]

VATTER, AMEC Tom Retired tfvatter@us.hsanet.net "...I served a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1963 - 1989. I was pleased with to do the P-3 flying in Squadrons like VP-8, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland WST, VP-19, VP-30, VP-50, VP-31, VXN-8, NATC ASW then Force Warfare, VXN-8 until retirement. During those years Logged a few hours I think it was 15,575 but who was counting. Looking to hear from any old Shipmates. Drop a line. I am now working as a support contractor for the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18MAR99]

VOGELZANG, AK3 Bob glassguysv@netscape.net "...I was stationed with VXN-8 as an AK3 in 1969. I went WestPac with Project Jenny from Jan to Jul 1970. I worked for ADC Barnhill. I have a lot of great memories and would enjoy hearing from anyone who was there at the same time..." [26JAN2002]

VOLPE, QM2 Stephen R. S7101@ADELPHIA.NET "...I served in the Chart Department from late 1968 to Feburary 1970. I was (my guess) the only regular Navy attached to VXN-8. I was a QM2, drove a 1967 TR4A and lived in College Park, Maryland. Roomed at the Lexington Park Hotel with Jack Fiedler. Would like to hear ffrom old friends..." [02MAR2003]

WAGNER, AE Linda anorak@comcat.com "...I served at at NAS Lemoore, California, VP-9, VXN-8, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and VP-66. Requesting contact from fellow Shipmates who would be willing to help me by writing job references. Lost touch with everyone who I served with during my 10 years of service (especially looking for VXN-8 crew members). I appreciate your assistance, looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates and aircrew..." [11JAN2004]

WAINWRIGHT, LeRoy "Lee" Retired navair65@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1969-1970) and VP-64 (1970-2003) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25MAR2017 | 12NOV2001]

Memorial Picture "...WARREN, Craig...A very dear Shipmate AMS1 Retired Craig Warren passed away 15 March. Craig and I were stationed together in VP-1, 78-80 and VXN-8 in the mid 80's. His son is trying to plan a possible memorial service in Southern Maryland sometime during the week of 21-25 March 2005. Any interested old shipmates please contact me via e-mail and I will provide all the information that I can...ATC (AW/NAC) Retired Ralph D. French frenchrd@worldnet.att.net..." [18MAR2005]

WATTS, Mike microwatt@cox.net "...I served with VXN-8 (1973-1974) and VP-56 (1974-1977) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [31AUG2011]

WEINERT, Joel jweinert@uss.net "...Attached to VP-60 1980-1993 and VXN-8 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1979-1980..." [03JUL98]

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]

WHISMAN, Michael mwhisman@1starnet.com "...I served in VXN-8 from 1970 to 1971 and was transferred to VP-30 from the fall of 1971 to April 1972. I was an ordnanceman and was always called "Whissy." In VXN-8 I flew aircrew, worked in the AE shop and the flightline. This was all at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [15FEB98]

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]

WILLIAMS, AK Laverne prazhymwilliams@yahoo.com "...I served with VXN-8 (1976-1978). I would like to hear from former Shipmates! Take care and God's speed..." [26SEP2011]

WITHINGTON, Stephen withingtons@bellsouth.net "...I was in VXN-8 in 1967 to 1970 then went to VP-24 to 1972..." [27MAR2007]

WOOD, ATCS Dennis Retired wood_dennis@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-17 (Crew 9) from 1984 to 1987 and VXN-8 from 1991 to 1993. After 22 terrific years, retired as an ATCS in May 1998. Of all the different commands, my time as a P-3 crewman was by far the most fun (and hardest work). Best wishes to all my old Shipmates. Drop an e-mail sometime..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2008 | 06AUG98]

WRAY, AD1 Charles B. Retired Shipmate Pix chuckwray@hotmail.com "...VR-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I retired in 1984, with 24 years of service. I was in HC-6 at the time of retirement. I was in VXN-8 from November 1967 to April 1971. I was assigned TAD to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, AIMD reciprocating engine shop. I was the crew leader of the R3350-42W section. This engine was used on the C-121J used in Vietnam, as Television broadcasting aircraft, for the troops. When an engine went bad, it would be canned, and sent to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to be replaced with a newly rebuilt engine, by my crew an I, and sent back to Vietnam. In May 1971 until August 1972, I was in VR-1 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. When I reported in I was sent TAD to AIMD engine buildup, reciprocating engine shop and worked on reciprocating engine there also. I have worked on every model engine the navy had, plus a few that were civilian engines..." [27MAR2023]

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]

YAREMCHUK, PO1 Nick Jr. Retired nickyarem1725@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) (1967-1968), A School (1968), VXN-8 (1968-1971), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland TAD AIMD, USS Guam (LPH-9) (1971-1972), B School (1972), VP-30 (1973-1976) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland / NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-45 (1976-1980) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, OMD (1980-1983) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, VP-44 (1983-1986) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VT-23 (1986-1987) at NAS Kingsville, Texas, Training Air Wing Four Contracts (1987-1989) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and retired November 1989..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2015 | E-Mail Updated 03MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 23MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 23SEP2011 | E-Mail Updated 21JUL2010 | 17MAY2009]

ZAWACKI, AT1 Ed Shipmate Pix ezawacki@md.metrocast.net "...ARN-14/18 Bench Tech AIMD NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1982-1984, P-3 Radio Operator VQ-1 from 1984-1987, P-3 Radio/Radar Operator VXN-8 from 1987-1991, NRL from 1991-1994, NRL from 1998-2001, and currently serving with NRL..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2021 | BIO Updated 07APR2003]

ZERBY, AFCM(AC) Kermit (Little "Z") Retired zerbkr@ispec.com or fpond@us.hsanet.net "...Hello to all who have felt the mighty LIGHTNING BOLT! VP-17 68-72 Flight Engineer crews 5 and 12. ASW, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 74-77. VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 77-81. ASW, NATC Flight Engineer 81-84. I supported the NAVAIR APML for the Royal Thai Navy P-3 program 94-98. I got to go to Utapao, boy has that place changed. The wash rack and the NAESU butler huts are about the only things that are left. Has anyone heard from Jim Blakely? I would like to get ahold of him..." [07OCT98]

ZIMMERMAN, ADRC Roy Retired r_zim56@att.net "...I flew as a FE with AEWBarRonPac (1963-1965), VW-1 (1969-1970), VXN-8 (1970-1973) with a deployment to NAS Agana, Guam, NRL (1974-1977) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC) (1977-1980) at NAS Point Mugu, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUL2017 | 27DEC97]

TUCKER, AZ2 Anthony Retired ttucker.anthony@mediacombb.net "...I served with VXN-8 from 1992 to 1993 and NRL from 1993 to 1994..." [15MAY2011]

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