VPNAVY VP-5 Mercury Capsule Recovery
VPNAVY Address

"LT Irving R. GLICK"
GlickJump To LT Irving Glick Website

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...To this day, the plane does bear of the name of LT IRVING R. GLICK (the name has changed a little over the years). He is also alive and well within VP-10 and his photo is displayed proudly on the VP-10 officer roster board. Though it has been doctored to blend in with current squadron photos, it was produced from a copy of the original VP-21 picture which was a composite of their wardroom many years ago. Thus the good looks..." J. A. Stuart crabstu@erols.com

UPDATE "...I couldn't help but be amused by your Irving Glick saga. I'd like to point out that LTJG Tom Betterton retired as RADM Betterton in 1992. At retirement, he was the Commander SPAWARSYSCOM 004 and the Major Program Manager, senior Navy official and Director of Program C within the National Reconnaissance Office. Program C was the Navy component of the NRO. He was a great boss. After he found out that I'd been stationed in Brunswick, he revealed to me, the secret of LT Glick's phenomenal career..." Contributed by CAPT Dan Gahagan dan.gahagan@nrl.navy.mil [02APR2007]

UPDATE "...I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1966 to 1969, serving as PT (photographic intelligence) working in the AIO. For those of you who have visited the NAS Brunswick, Maine since those days you've seen the lovely P2V-7 parked at the entrance to the base with the name of "Irving H. Glick, PPC" painted under the pilot's window. Ask me about the time we made up a photo montage of good ol' Irving and sent it over to the wing with his PPC papers :)...AMATO, PT Brian kwesting@aol.com..." [31MAR2004]

UPDATE "...Ran across this site and was pleased to see the Lt. Irving Glick (SEE: LT Irving R. GLICK) saga recounted. Bill Locke had it right!...RADM Tom (the original Irving) Betterton, USN (Ret.) betterton@ncst.nrl.navy.mil..." [14MAY2002]

UPDATELT Glick ThumbnailCameraLT Irving H. Glick "...I just wanted to update you on the status of Irving Glick. For one thing, his name has made its way back onto the P2 near the base's main gate, and has been there steadily for as long as I have been here (over a year and a half). Also, as far as LT Glick serving with VP-10, it seems that he finally retired after so many years, but rest assure the tradition will live on, in that his son, LTJG Irving H. Glick, Jr. (notice it is H) has been assigned to the squadron..." Contributed by KORWAN, PH3 Kurtis KMKProd@aol.com[02SEP2001]

UPDATE "...I was responsible for acquiring the NASB static display P-2 and placing it near the main gate. Two weeks before the dedication ceremony, Capt. John Orrall, former CO of VP-21 and, at the time, Chief Staff Officer of Wing 3, caused Irving Glick's name to be painted on the plane. When I informed him that Irv's middle initial was "H" for Hallmark (when you want to send the very best), and not "R" as had been painted on the plane, he stated that it was just like Irv - he couldn't even get his name right...." Contributed by William (Bill) J. Locke blocke@clinic.net [27JAN98]

UPDATE "...Regarding the P2 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with my Dad's name (JAY R. BEASLEY) on it: Sometime in the last several years a P-3 was put on static display near the BOQ and my Dad's name was put on it. I assume it was at that time that Lt. Glick's name was put back on the P2..." Jay Beasley, Jr. vr21jrb@aol.com [30DEC98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: GLICK???"...Traditions were recognized, preserved -- and broken -- at NAS Brunswick, Maine on 7 June 1988.

Jay R. Beasley, himself a living VP tradition, was recognized at a brief ceremony near the Station gate. The tradition of designating a locally important person as patrol plane commander of the NAS Brunswick, Maine gate-guard Neptune was preserved. And the tradition of giving prominence to a man no one has ever seen was broken.

One purpose of the ceremony was to resolve, once and for all, the ambiguity of whose name really belongs on the display aircraft. (Somehow, Navy Pegs seem to have overlooked this as a situation requiring guidance.)

NAS Brunswick's P2V has stood in the same spot for 20 years. It bears the markings of VP-21, which was disestablished shortly before the plane came to rest in its park-like clearing near the gate. LT Irvin H. Glick was designated its patrol plane commander. This was odd because everyone knew LT Glick's transferred orders were among those cut at the time of squadron disestablishment. But the stenciled name was no oversight. The lieutenant had been with VP-21 longer than any living man a decade and a half. He had started as an ensign, like any other naval officer, rose rapidly to lieutenant, twice suffered the ignomy of being busted back to ensign, finally achieved permanent rank of lieutenant.

This was somewhat disgraceful record; but then, he was a somewhat disgraceful man. He was invented, in the middle 1950's, to take the blame for anything that went wrong in the squadron. The Log editor has been assured that a genuine service record existed for LT Glick; but no one admits having cashed a paycheck for him.

When VP-21 was disestablished, he was transferredred to VP-10 to keep the tradition alive (although some unkind observers at the time said the transferred was made because VP-10 really needed him.)

After a few years, somebody decided it would be nice to replace LT Glick's name as PPC with that of an incoming Wing 5 commander. But Wing commanders come and go; and sometimes the disreputable lieutenant's name replaced an outgoing commander.

In recent years, a worse situation repeatedly arose. LT Glick would displace a Wing 5 commander as PPC before a change of command. The substitution would occur in the dark of night; and in the course of a year, the name below the side window alternated more than once between the invisible LT Glick and the Wing commander, making the elegant Neptune a source of amusement to base commuters.

This is not exactly what the Navy had in mind when it placed the airplane on display. The veteran patrol plane deserved better. So it was finally decided to give the honored nameplate to a man who had earned the right to permanent recognition.

Hence the ceremony on 7 June, honoring Jay R. Beasley.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The Glick Saga (Continued)..." VP-21/VP-111 "Vagabond" Newsletter

Several members entered the fray for versions of the "story". (We are not intentionally prolonging this story, but after the many years some versions get twisted a bit. Not having been a part of it, your editor can only report. It all sounds interesting!) The three responses below have good credentials!

First, Bill Locke challenged Charlie Brune's account, and says "Lt.(j.g.)" Tom Betterton was the person who set off the raffle episode that "created" Glick". As testimony to his knowledge of the affair, Locke cites his dubious role in getting Glick's name on the "Five Aces" boards at all the bases VP-21 planes visited. He said more planning went into this effort than into some of the Squadron mining "quals". They very tactfully arranged to send small groups into a club early, so when the "bell" rang, it would not cost a fortune to set up the bar. This worked well except for the occasion in Roosevelt Roads when about 60 unsuspected private party guests "hit" them for a round of drinks.

Locke was also responsible for maintaining "lrv's" service jacket, and that his middle initial was "H" (Hallmark - for "When you want to send the very best"), not "R" as is shown on the P2V at NAS Brunswick, Maine.

Tom Betterton, himself, wrote to set the record straight. He confirmed Bill Locke's version, and added he recalled the name Irving Glick was a pseudonym or character used by Jerry Lewis in some of his comedy routines. Tom recalled that Irving maintained a somewhat low profile in the latter years up to his (Tom's) detachment in 1963, except for an occasional post card from the distant points of travel by VP-21. Years later, ADM Betterton was gratified that Glick had "matured into a prime example of the ingenuity of the VP community".

Tony Marcantonio joined Bill Locke in accounting Betterton, in fact, "gave life" to Irv Click. He recounted that the Click lifestyle had been on the wane in 1964, when X.G. John Grill unknowingly resurrected Click when he used the name to sign into a London hotel enroute to NS Rota, Spain, to take command of VP-21. It was at NS Rota, Spain that a VF Squadron C.O. informed him of their fictitious Aviator. From then on the Squadron's fictitious aviators engaged in nonsensical dialogue and communications.

The story just keeps going...and going...and going...!

"LT Glick Summary Page"