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Memorial Picture "...DICKINSON, Sidney E. "Bud"...My Father, Sidney E. Dickinson (Bud), served aboard the USS Tangier (AV-8). I would like to hear from his former Shipmates..." Contributed by Christian Dickinson [07JUL2010]

Memorial Picture "...DICKSON, Don "Pabu"...It is with a heavy heart I pass to you all that Don "Pabu" Dickson (VP-22) passed away yesterday morning (24MAR2003). Funeral arrangements pending and will be finalized this P.M. I am departing for Savannah this A.M. to be with Bobbi and the girls. Please contact me on my cell phone (904-707-4829) at any time for amplifying information. Cards and flowers may be sent to the Dickson residence at 404 W. Tietgen St., Pooler, Ga., 31322. Please say a prayer for the "Big Guy" who touched us all throughout our careers and lives, and keep Bobbi and the girls in your thoughts today. "Rookie" Ackerman sends Blue Forever...ACKERMAN, AWCS Donnie Retired" [25MAR2003]

Memorial Picture "...DICKSON, AMM3 Floyd...My dad, Floyd Dickson, served in the Navy from July 1943 to December 1945. His seperation papers say his service was VR-2 and VR-12. Dad passed away in 1979. I would like to hear from any of Dad's former Shipmates. Sandy Dickson Keltner" [22SEP2008]

Memorial Picture "...DIEDERICH, Paul...Looking for info on my dad, Paul Diederich. He would never talk about his experience in the war. Served with PATSU i-2 July 43 to Aug 44, then to FAW-17 in aug 44-aug 45. Believe he was a gunner. Can anyone give me any information? Thanks...Cathy Conty" [17MAR2005]

Memorial Picture "...DITZLER, Robert W...(VP-4 1950-1952)...Robert Wayne Ditzler, age 86, died quietly on June 29, 2017, in Seattle, Washington of a stroke surrounded by his wife and many of his family. Bob was an Aviation Electronics Technician and flew as a Radar Operator. Bob was born March 9, 1931, in Grinnell, Iowa, and was a 60 year resident of Washington state. Bob resided in Sharingwood, a co-housing community in Snohomish County that he helped found, since 1987. He built many of the houses in the community and also designed and drew the plans for the community’s beautiful common house. Bob went into the Navy immediately after graduating from high school. He was an electronics technician/radar operator. Upon his discharge, Bob went to work at Boeing, but soon found himself bored. When he went for career counseling, George Mantor told him he had the best job available. Then George suggested if Bob wanted something new, he should try going to college – a first for his family. This led him to Reed College in Oregon, UC Berkeley in California, Edinburgh, Scotland, and finally, to a Masters Degree in History from the University of Washington. During his time at the UW he was invited to go to Alaska with scientists doing research at a station on the floating ice. His electronic skills were needed. This stint was the source of many of his best tales. Also while going to the UW, Bob supported himself doing remodeling jobs. He found he loved this work and after graduation Bob began a 50+-year career as a self-employed designer/builder. His skill in designing beautiful, useful spaces for his clients was much in demand. Bob was always thankful he had found a career he really loved. Bob married Stephana Ames in 1988. Life together was rich, as they shared interests, families and friends. They attended Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church where Bob was one of the founding members. In 2001 he dedicated two years of his life to the construction of the congregation’s new church on Woodinville Duvall Road. Among Bob’s many interests were reading, gardening, sailing, backpacking, traveling, baroque music and the construction and flying of model hot air balloons. Bob was well-known for his legendary spit- roasted lamb, as well as being chief cook for large friend and family gatherings. Whatever he did it was with such a zest for life that all activities he was involved in were made more fun! Bob is survived by his present wife of almost 30 years, Stephana Ditzler, and step-children David Ames and Karen LeCompte (husband Tom), as well as previous wife Jane Ditzler, mother of his three adopted children; Mark Ditzler (wife Sally), J.C. Ditzler (wife Crista), and Peach Jack (husband Dave). Bob and Stephana have 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Bob is also survived by sisters Mary Duryee, Marjorie Hillmann and Charlotte Smith (husband Smitty). A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held September 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, 19020 N.E. Woodinville Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA. Memorial gifts may be given to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee or Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) [06SEP2017]

Memorial Picture "...DIXON, ATAN Frank "Lucky"...Shipmate Pix...Received a phone call this morning from the son of Frank "Lucky" Dixon ATAN who served in VP-10 (1955-1958). Frank passed away April 20, 2020 at home in Falmouth Maine from cancer. He flew as radio operator..." Contributed by WILSON, AT2 Robert T. Jr. [23APR2020]

DIAMOND, Marvin H. MHD82998@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-8 from May 1953 to November 1955. I went to VP in the Reserves at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and then NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. Eventually I transferred to VR because of my airline background. I would like to locate one of my squadron mates by the name of William "Bill" Struewing from Webb City, Missouri and Lester (n) Rushing..." [26JAN2003]

DIAMOND, CDR Marvin H. Retired MHD82998@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-8 from June 1953 TO November 1955..." [18DEC2001]

DIAS, Dennis "...I was a NFO in VP-9 from 1994-1997. Made 2 deployments - NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in '95 with CAC-7, and Diego/Masirah/NSA Bahrain in '96-97 with CAC-11. Great memories of our life in Hawaii at Barber's Point and on deployments. Did shore duty at OPNAV as a CNO Briefer from 1998-2000 and earned my Master's from the University of Maryland. Left active duty in December 2000 and now work for IBM Global Services in the Washington DC area. My wife and I have one son - Tom - born 1/17/99. I'm still in the Naval Reserve. Always good to hear from old Shipmates...drop me an email..." [13AUG2001]

DIBB, AWCM Robert W. Retired "...I served with VS-35, VS-38, VS-21, VS-41, VP-48, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California, VX-4 and HC-11..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 12JUN2006 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 20JUN2005 | BIO Updated 22JAN2001 | 23FEB99]

DiBENEDETTI, Rob "...I served with VQ-2 NS Rota, Spain from 1986 to 1989. I haven't had a better time since..." [E-Mail Updated 12NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 25APR2002 | 07JUN98]

DICKENS, AT1 William P. Retired #119; "...I served with VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida aboard the P2V and P-3A as a Radio Operator and VAW-78 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [12FEB2021]

DiCENSO, AECS Douglas R. Retired "...I served with VP-8 (04/1970-05/1973), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VAW-124 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VAW-121 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, HM-14 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VAW-120 and retired after 23 years..." [25JUN2013]

DICKIE, Eric Jay "...I was in VA-305, NAS Point Mugu, California, VA-303 & VA-304 NAS Alameda, California, VP-MAU Mountain View, CA 1978-1996. My wife, Jan, and I full time in our 2008 Bounder Diesel and currently in Casa Grande, AZ for winter, then going to New England area for summer 2010..." [08MAR2010]

DICKINSON, CDR "JD" VXE6PXO@ICEHOUSE.MUGU.NAVY.MIL "...I was in VP-19 (82-85), VP-31 (85-88; flew the '87 NAS Moffett Field, California Airshow with Jim Alexander), Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (90-91: NSO/Weapons Officer), VP-40 (91-93 as MO), and VXE-6 (98-99 as XO)..." [01APR98]

DICKINSON, AOC Laurel Retired "...I was assigned to VP-8 in February 1957 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, later in Chincoteage and then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. June 1960 VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Plankowner), June 1962 VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine, February 1968 NAMTRADET 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California, and then home to Maine in 1972. I would love to hear from any and all former Shipmates. I have been searching for information and whereabouts of Ray Starkey. He served on the line crew of VP-8 the late 50's..." [24AUG99]

DICKEY, Chris "...VP-6 81-84 AX2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Looking for my old Shipmates..." [29MAY98]

DICKSON, AEC Dave Retired "...I was a career VP sailor, retiring as an AEC in January 1990. Starting in the VP-30 Electric Shop in 1970 and ending in the Maintenance Division of VP-16 in 1990. In between I was in VP-45, VX-1, VP-17, and Naval Air Development Center. The nine years in the electric shop was a great back ground for the P-3 and really helped me through flight engineer school in 1980. I'm currently working for Boeing on the F-18 Super Hornet program in the Maintenance Data Center as a Product Support Technician. I have many good memories of experiences and friends in the Navy and would like to hear from anyone who I was stationed with!..." [19DEC2000]

DICKSON, AME2 Jim "...I served with VQ-1 (1976-1979) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS Ranger (CV-61). Looking for Randy Phillips and Jim Sharp..." [19NOV2013]

DICKSON, George (Dick) H. "...I served with VP-48 Crew 2 as Plane Captain for CDR Childres who was the plane CDM. Who can forget Camron Bay or operation Market time. The nights sleeping in the gull of the wings to try to keep cool. Those were the days. Hoping to hear from some of the ole crews of that time..." [29MAY2000]

DICKSON, William "Jamie" "...I served with VP-56 (01/1985-03/1988)..." [03OCT2013]

DIENES, Ed "...Served with VP-11 from 1/60 to 5/62 as Yeoman under CO's Burton, Horswell, and Hudspeth. Tours in Iceland and UNITAS II. Always some of my fondest memories are the times in this squadron and the Shipmates I met there. Good luck to all..." [16SEP98]

DIERINGER, ABH1 Ed Retired WRIGHT49@SSSNET.COM "...I served as a Master-at-Arms with VP-49 NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [23JUN2002]

DIETRICH, Bob "...I served with VP-4 from January 1986 to December 1989 as the ALSS Supervisor. Would like to hear from any/all old Shipmates..." [22APR2004]

DIETRICH, ADJ3 Leonard W. "...I served with VP-22 (1964-1967) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Adak, Alaska and a TAD to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I am now employed by Trans World Airlines (over 36 years) as an aircraft mechanic. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15NOV2010 | 28NOV98]

DIETRICH, AT1(AW/NAC) Mark "Dee" "...I would like to say a Texas sized howdy to all my bros in VP-10, the Great Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful. I hope the raunchy dude bug eating is still a standing tradition with all of the new Aircrewmen. I'm stationed in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with VP-1 getting ready to deploy yet again..." [11APR99]

DIETRICH, CDR Stan W. "...Commander Stan Dietrich graduated from Harvard University in 1985. Receiving his commission through ROTC, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in July 1985 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1987. Following training at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Commander Dietrich reported to VP-48 also based at NAS Moffett Field, California. Qualifying as P-3C (Update III) Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Special Projects Mission Commander he participated in deployment operations to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NSF Diego Garcia; and Masirah, Oman. During his tour he served as Tactical Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. Detaching from VP-48 in November 1990, his next assignment was as a FRS Instructor at PVP-31. During his tour he was selected by CPW Pacific to concurrently serve as the ASW Operations Officer for the CPWP Tactical Training Team. While at VP-31, he was selected for the Navy's Advanced Education Program. In July 1992, Commander Dietrich reported to George Washington University in Washington D.C. Graduating with honors in 1994, he received a Master's Degree in Security Policy Studies. Commander Dietrich was next assigned as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Group THREE based in Alameda, California. Embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN(CVN 72), he qualified as a Flag Tactical Action Officer and directed numerous missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following refresher training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported in April 1997 to VP-46 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Grey Knights" he served as Assistant Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer during a tri-site deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In May 1999 Commander Dietrich reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN. During this tour he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Tactical Support Center Director and Operations Officer, playing critical roles in Operation's PHANTOM MENACE, VALIANT RETURN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Dietrich assumed duties as Executive Officer of VP-40 in March 2003..." [14JUN2003]

DIETZ, Tim "...I served with VP-4 (1971-1972) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1972) and a six week detachment to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand..." [14MAR2014]

DIETZEN, CAPTAIN (sel) John "...I graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, where he received my commission through the NROTC program. I earned my naval flight officer wings in May 1985. In April 1986 I reported to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I qualified as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and Instructor Tactical Coordinator onboard the P-3CUII.5 aircraft. I completed two overseas deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. My following shore tour was as a CPW-11 staff officer. During this tour, I served as an Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) watch officer, a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor, and the Mission Control & Evaluation (MC & E) Officer. I earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida in 1991. I transferred to the Naval Reserve in August 1991, affiliating with VP-62. During my tenure at VP-62, I held positions as Training Officer, assistant Admin Officer, Tactics Officer, Maintenance Admin Officer, and Executive Assistant. My aircrew duties include Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander, alternate TACCO NATOPS Instructor and TACCO PQS instructor onboard the P-3CUIII aircraft. In 1998, I graduated "with distinction" from the Naval War College Non-Resident Seminar Program. In October 1999, I affiliated with Patrol Wing 1174 as a Weapons System Trainer (WST) instructor and was selected to be the unit's Executive Officer in September 2000. In October 2002, he assumed command of NAS Jacksonville, Florida 0274. I am the Vice President of Commercial Relationships for CenterBank in Jacksonville and reside in Orange Park, FL, with my wife, Carol, & daughter, Laura..." [26AUG2004]

DiFIORE, AD1 John "...I am currently with VP-62 as a recent graduate of flight enginner school.I served with VP-49 from 82-85 and in VP-30 from 85-89 I'd love to here from anybody who served with these squadrons..." [05JAN98]

DIFRANCESCO, AE2 Vincent "...I served with VP-24 from 1952 to 1955 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Malta)..." [22FEB2003]

DIGBY, Randy "...I was in VP-24 in the Tron Shop from July 1989 until my separation as an AT2 in July 1994. I did deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and once to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I am currently living and working in Findlay, Ohio as a police narcotics detective and the department's technical surveilance specialist. Looking forward to hearing from any former members of the squadron..." [17MAR99]

DiGIROLAMO, ADJ3 Ignazio "Sonny D." or "Dee" "...I served with VP-1 (1963-1965) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I filled in from time to time on YB-5 as Second Mechanic. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02JUL2012]

DiJOSEPH, Pat SR "...I served with VP 8 1964/65 AX 3 crew 6 A/C Thanks to Pappy Beals Learned all about my crew station. Radar ,Julie, Mad, ECM, lest we forget Sniffer. I believe our Crew had the first Gray P-3 in the fleet. We named her spooky Painted a ghost on her. I have a crew Picture that shows it clearly on the planes side. Crew, if memory serves me, are PPC Lt.Cmd Thomas, enlisted ADR1 Hamilton, AX 1 Beals, ADJ3 Stiffler, AO3 Hess, AX3..." [17MAR99]

DiLEO, Fred J. "...I served with VAP-61 at NAS Agana, Guam from late 1967 to 1969 in the Photo Lab on base and NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1965 to 1967..." [25FEB2010]

DiLEONARDO, AVCM Anthony M. "...I joined the Navy in 1966 as a PT (Photo Intel) went to school at Lowery AFB. Joined VP-5 in 1967 just before the deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (WESTPAC). Stayed in VP-5 until 1976 when I transfered to NAS Sigonella, Sicily ASWOC. Transferred to CPW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California in July 1981. Then to VP-46 where I stayed until my retirement in 1990. During the entire time I flew with virtually every crew in VP-5 as a Photo/Julie operator, the as an inflight tech when we transitioned to P-3C's and I changed my rate to AT. Look forward to hearing for some of you old timers. Smooth Sailing and following seas..." [21MAR2000]

DILLARD, Ken "...I served with VP-776 (1958-09/1961) at NAS Los Alamitos, California per my request because I knew Joe Taperro who was a 1st Class Airframe Mechanic and Air Crewman. I was a weekend warrior for 3 years in this squadron as an Airman -ATR striker. I went on active duty (09/1961) with VS-771 a S2F squadron which had been activated for the Cuban Crisis and stayed at NAS Los Alamitos, California for the 1st year of my 2 year active duty. I still can remember going up in the P2V Neptune for the 1st time and being ask to be the "forward observer" and crawling down the access tunnel and coming out to sit in that chair which gave you the feeling that you were suspended out in front of the aircraft and having the feeling that I was just about to fall to my death. We were flying at around 9,000 feet over Catalina Island and remember seeing how beautiful it was from the air..." [14MAR2013]

DILL, John "...I served with VP-6 (1963-1966) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska. I flew with Crew-11 (PPC LCDR "Cloud" Hellinger) as a Radio Operator. Our P2 (BUNO: 131402) was named "Der Gleep". I've been an Air Rraffic Controller for 28 years at Cleveland ARTCC (the worlds busiest ATC facility)..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2015 | BIO Updated 18SEP98| 00XXX97]

DILLON, Frank Sylvan "...Just wanted everyone know that I'm still around, and would like contact from those in VP-47 from 1983 to 1987..." [15DEC2006]

DILLIN, Joe "...I served with VP-108 and VP-128..." [26AUG2009]

DILLON, Kenn "...I served with VP-4 (1976-1980) as a IFT. I was looking at the aircraft pages and remembered that during my time there seven of our aircraft had a unique numbering system. The BUNOs ran from 153430 through 153436 and the Squadron Designation was YD-7 through YD-1. So that if you were flying on YD-1 the BUNO was 153436. If you were on BUNO 153434 you were on YD-3. The last digit of the BUNO added to the Squadron Designation added to the number 7. I don't know who came up with that idea, but it sure made it easy to remember those seven planes. I remember an incident we had with a plane flying back from Tahiti. We had to make an emergency landing at Barbers Pt. due to a loose port landing gear/wheel. I had the best view when we landed, since I was the port aft observer. Talk about sparks. By the time we stopped the wheel and the axle were welded together. No injuries, just som damange to the aircraft and runway..." [05JUN2013]

DILLON, AZ2 Lee B. "Matt" "...Arrived at VR-21 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii fresh out of NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee in October 1965. Worked in the Aircraft Maintenance Office for the Blue Max, CDR Roushman until November 1967. Had two TADs to NAS Atsugi, Japan. Those two years were a very special time, great people in the squadron, great place to serve and lots of memories. I also served with VAW-13 / VAQ-130 from November 1967 to March 1969 with a WestPac tour aboard the USS Hancock from May 1968 to March 1969..." [BIO Updated 24JAN2010 | 16JAN2010]

DILLON, Thomas L. "...Attended ATN "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-31 (05/1965) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46 (06/1965-06/1969), Communications Instructor (06/1969-11/1970), RP-31 COMNAVAIRPAC (12/1970-05/1974), VP-19 (06/1974-01/1980), NAVPRO Burbank (01/1980-01/1983), VP-50 (02/1983-08/1985), VP-47 (08/1985-09/1985..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2019 | 01OCT98]

DILLOW, Randy randel.dillow@miself.ang. "...I served with VP-1 from 1986 to 1991. Looking for any ground pounders from that time..." [E-Mail Updated 24AUG23007 | 26JUL2003]

DILLS, AT2 Clifford T. "...Checked into VP-28 in December of '51, CDR Minter was C.O. LCDR McAfee next C.O. Deployed to Okinawa in June of '52 Flew with Fred Clark in special crew for most of the tour . Returned to Barbers Point Recd new P2-Vs. Deployed to Kodiak Was discharged April 1954..." [E-Mail Updated 04FEB99 | 10NOV97]

DiLORENZO, Mike "...[VP-23, 1968-69]. I was assigned to VP-23 in February 1968 and served until my release from active duty in Nov 69. I started in the comm office working for LTjg Slattery and LT Mesaros. After deploying to Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the summer '68 , I moved to the Electrical Shop & CAC-3 in Mar 69. I served on CAC-3 until Nov when I was awarded my AirCrew Wings. Since that time I moved on in the Navy Reserve to the Intel Program where I became a 1635 officer..." [06MAR99]

DiLUDOVICO, Leonard "...Great to hear from all you Marlins. Served in VP-40 from Dec 92-Jun 96 as a Nav/Com, Tacco/MC. Did 2 West Pacs and have all great memories. Left the Navy 4 months ago and I am currently an airline pilot for Continental Express. I would love to hear from any VP-40 Fighting Marlins, especially ones I served with or bralled with at the NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Officers Club with our VAQ brothers. It was all in good fun. Keep em flying Marlins. The best Dam squadron in the fleet..." [01OCT99]

DiMARCHI, CDR John P. Retired "...I served with VD-4 as a Plane Commander aboard the PB4Y-1 "Maid 'O The Mist" (aircraft 308). I served in both tours in the central Pacific, seeing action over Iwo Jima, Truk and other islands in the Pacific. To my knowledge, everyone in my crew are now deceased. However, I would love to hear from any surviving Shipmates...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04AUG2013 | 31OCT2005]

DIMMIT, Robert E. "...VP-14 Mr. Robert E. Dimmit, 5186 Pale Moon Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507. 850-492-3194..." [21DEC98]

DIMPERIO, MS2 Vitalina (Tina) "...I served with VP-9 from 1996 through 1999. I'm looking for all of my former Shipmates. Noodle - where are you?..." [26OCT2001]

DINGEE, AMSC Carroll R. Retired "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1969) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was a shop type maintenance crewmember (flying minimum time on test flights) on the P2. In 1967 we transitioned to the P-3's having gone through the AM maintenance courses, I thouhgt I'd like to become a Flight Engineer. So, in August 1967 I departed for VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and made it through Ground Phase without a hitch. Unfortunately, I "flunked out" during the OFT and Performance Charts! I left VP-30 and rejoined VP-11 in disgrace. When my CO and I talked things over, I told him that up to this point in my life I did not know I needed glasses (can't work the charts if you can't see them clearly). So, to make a long story short, I got glasses, went back to VP-30 in 1968 and made it as a FE! To my knowledge I am the ONLY person to go through FE training a second time during the transition envelope for a squadron and succesfully complete the course. (VP-30 probably still would like to say no one ever did it, but go back and check the records---I did it). Thought you might find my 10 minutes of fame and glory interesting). I served with VP-23 (12/1970-07/1974) - best tour of sea duty I ever had in 22+ years of service! Spent most of my tour as FE on CAC-8. PPC C. C. Nute (he went on to be C.O. of a west coast VP Squadron.) My last contact with him (or any of our old crew) was in 1980 while serving with VF-143 aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the Indian ocean. I also served with VX-1 (1974-1977) and spent most os my time on the Line Crew. My wife, Betty, was President of the Enlisted Wives Club while we were there. We both still have many fond memories of our tour there (anyone remember the Pig Roast?). I retired out of VF-43 NAS Oceana, Va. in 1984. I am now retired and living (with wife Betty and you guys said it would never last) in Ocala, Fl. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 07FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 23JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 01FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | BIO Updated 24APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2001 | BIO Updated 01OCT2001 | 29SEP2001]

DINNEL, AK Doug "...I served with VP-50 (1967-1971) in supply. Miss the great people, the great time's and the great basketball team we had..." [28SEP2011]

DiNOTO, Joseph "...I served with VP-11 from January 1967 to September 1969. I would like to hear from Shipmates from those years..." [28DEC99]

DIORIO, LCDR Anthony J. Diorio "...LCDR Anthony J. Diorio, USNR - NFL Number: 1798 - Date of Birth: - Date In: 1/1/1941 - Date Out: 1/1/1946 - City, State: Hartford, CT - School Attended: - Aircraft Flown: SBD-5, OS2U-3, PV-1, PB4Y-4, SNB/JRF - Ship or Unit: XO CASU-27 - OPS Ofc CASU-27 - VPB-134 - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: S. America - Associations/Service Organizations: Naval Av Museum Fnd - Assn of Nav Aviation - Army Navy Club - AOPA & NBAA - New England Air Mus - Highest personal decoration or award: Significant Achievements: VP, Gen. Mgr. & Dir. Shell Oil Subsid. XO & CO FASRON-836. Officer & Dir. Corp. Air Aviation Consult. Fed. Res. Bank of Boston. VP, Chair., Fin. Comm. Museum Fdn. - In Memoriam? No..." [24NOV2005]

DIORIO, Joe "...I served in VP-9 from December 1982 until June 1987 in the Avionic Shop. I met my wife in VP-9, Linda Standard. We now have 3 children and are living in the Chicago area. I would like to track down some of our Shipmates from the great years we had with the Golden Eagles. I was lucky (or Un-lucky) enough to deploy 3 times with VP-9, NSF Diego Garcia in 1984, NAS Adak, Alaska in 1985 and NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1986-7. I hope to hear from all of the gang..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB99 | 23JUL98]

DIRST, Don "...I did two tours at Dunkeswell as a WOP/AG in VP-110 and VP-105, FAW-7...The first time I flew was in a plane of VP-203 on the way to Puerta Rica on Dec. 10, 1942. Twenty one days later one of our a/c dove into the bottom of the bay when thea/c stalled out on take-off. Killed were three men. They were of three faiths: Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish..." [BIO Updated 22SEP2000 | 04SEP2000]

DISCO, Daniel E. "...I was the plane captian for Crew #2 in VP-50 from 1960-1962. NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Would like to get a list of my fellow crew mates, and also our crew patch, as most of my treasures were destroyed..." [17JUL2007]

DISHMAN, CDR Robert B. "...Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Commander Robert B. Dishman attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering while playing varsity baseball. He commenced flight training and received his wings of gold in August 1987. His first operational assignment was to VP-5 stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-5, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot and participated in deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, NAS Bermuda, and split site NS Rota, Spain / Souda Bay, Crete during Desert Storm. In 1991, Commander Dishman was selected for the Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. After completing an accelerated Aeronautical Engineering Master's program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, he reported to the Naval Test Pilot School in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. While assigned to Test Pilot School, he flew over 20 different aircraft and received recognition for his final project on the Mirage 2000. Commander Dishman reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20) in 1993 as a Project Officer, NATOPS Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour, he was selected as Test Pilot of the Year in 1995. He returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1996 for duty with VP-45. During his tenure as Maintenance Officer, the squadron received the "Golden Wrench" Award. In July, 1998, Commander Dishman reported aboard the USS Coronado (AGF-11) for duty on Commander, THIRD Fleet staff. During this tour, Commander Dishman qualified as Battle Watch Captain and assisted in the development of the Web Centric ASW Network. In February 2000, Commander Dishman reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-30), NAS Jacksonville, Florida and assumed the duties as the P-3 Fleet NATOPS Evaluator. Commander Dishman was subsequently selected for operational command and reported as the Executive Officer for VP-8 in May 2001 and is now Commanding Officer of VP-8. Commander Dishman's awards include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and other unit citations..." [19JUL2003]

DISNEY, Larry "...I was with VP-60 from Oct 87 until it was shut down in 94. You never know how much a part of you a reserve squadron becomes until it's gone..." [23FEB99]

DITANO, Leonard T. "...I went to "AO A" school in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1963 and then across the base to VP-7 and my first deployment was to NS Rota, Spain and the second was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I flew on Crew-9 with LCDR Pete Bowler..." [17NOV2010]

DIVARCO, PH Raymond "...I served aboard NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1970 to 1974 as a Photographers Mate..." [28FEB2010]

DIVITO, AO2 Luis A. (Tony) "...VP-31 from 1985-88 NSF NSF Diego Garcia 1988-89 USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 1989-91 VP-91 1991-96..." [E-Mail Updated 04APR2001 | BIO Updated 05NOV98 | 03NOV98]

DiVONA, CWO3 Mike Retired "...I served with VP-10 (1978) as a P-3 FE, two year tour on H-1s, VP-19 (1983-1986), NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1986-1989), commissioned and reported to VP-62 (1989-1992), VP-64 (1993-1994) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and retired. Spent 15 years in construction and now have a great job with Lockheed as a A&P mechanic at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida..." [23NOV2011]

DIXON, CDR Donald R. "Mustang" c/o Dennis Michael Dixon "...My Father, CDR Donald R. Dixon, served with VP-101 CPW-10 in WWII. He is still living - healthy at 92 and resides in La Mesa, CA. E-mail for his number if you are an old Shipmate or a relative of one. He is mentioned in the book, In the Hands of Fate..." [25MAR2006]

DIXON, Eugene "...I served with VP-30 (1980-1983). I made the Cermonial Cake when we sold Japan their first P-3. I would like to to find Andra Bolden, Frank, Spence and Dave..." [23MAR2012]

DIXON, James F. "...I served as aircrew with VD-4 during the war and got my aircrew wings in 1958. Signed up in the reserve and got my new wings in 1958 with VS-913 in S2F'S. I would like to hear from anyone in either squadron..." [10AUG2004]

DIXON, AE1 Jim "...I served with VP-26 (1972-07/1975), VP-30 (08/1975-08/1979), VP-44 and AIMD NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16MAR2019 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | 31JUL98]

DIXON, John H. "...I spent six years in VP-10, in both Bravos and Charlie Up II's. Went to ASWOC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, then to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and retired from Force Warfare. Spent two years 1994 - 1996 teaching for the Chilean Navy as they acquired P-3A's..." [24NOV98]

DIXON, Leonard A. "...I was a crew 11 ECM Operator in VP-872 and participated in operation Dominick. Sure was good to see a few names from the past as I reviewed the web site..." [08MAR2002]

DIXON, Richard "...SMILS technician in VX-1 from 1972 to 1974, then BIS Trials in Burbank, CA at the Lockheed Factory (S3A Production). NAS Bermuda was great-Recife, Brazil was even better. Served with VX-6 from 1962 through 1965 and 1969 through 1970. What a great way to spend a carrer. Lots of great friends and memories..." [15NOV99]

DIXON, LT Robert E. "Bob" "...I served with VP-24 (03/1963-01/1966) and flew with Crew-3, Crew-8, Crew-4 and Crew-10. I retired from the TWA July 1998. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09DEC2012 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV2011 | 01FEB98]

DIXON, Sidney S. "...I served as a Navigator on Crew 9 in VP-18 from June 1957 until June 1959. Spent a lot of time NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Had a great time in VP-18..." [11DEC2007]

DIXON, William F. (Lucky) "...I served with VP-10 from 1955 - 1958 as Radioman on HK12, HK4, LD1, and LD6. I really hope that someone forms a Reunion in the near future. It seems like 10 years since the last one. If anyone remembers me, please e-mail with address. Take care and God Bless..." [06FEB2000]

DIXON, Donald "...Shortly after I joined VP-26 in the fall of 1958, LK8 went down (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Crew "Lost at Sea" September 29th, 1958) in the gulf just west of NAS Key West, Florida. All hands were lost. I did not get to know the crew well but found them to be fine men. In the spring of 1959 I was aboard the new LK8 just off of NAS Key West, Florida when the starboard engine sucked in a valve and had to be shut down and the prop feathered. We made it safely back to the station and were thankful that we were alive in light of what happened to the previous LK8. We all were mindful of the loss of those good men and prayerful for our Shipmates and their families. I often think of them and their sacrifice...especially as I sit here on this Memorial Day..." [29MAY2012]

DIXSON, Gilbert "...I served with VPB-108, VPB-117, VPB-197, and VPB-200 as replacement crews in 1944-1946. I wonder if any of the old timers remember me. I was the baseball team catcher..." [07OCT2001]

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