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Memorial Picture "...VANDAL, NL "Skip"...I'm looking for others who knew my Dad, NL "Skip" Vandal. He was in VP-17 and served two tours in Vietnam. He passed on in 93 due to Agent Orange and I would love the opportunity to speak with anyone who knew him...Tammi L. Vandal tammi.vandal@sbcglobal.net..." [09AUG2005]

Memorial Picture "...VANEK, LeRoy Allen...My Father, LeRoy Vanek, passed away in 1989. Dad served with VPB-151 Crew-12 and received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in against an enemy of the United States on 18 March 1945. I would love to hear from former Shipmates that served with my father..." Contributed by Ken Vanek kenandruthonlpl@gmail.com [16APR2017]

Memorial Picture "...VanDERHOOF, Ray "Van"...My Dad, Ray "Van" Van Derhoof, served with VP-13 for most of the war. Dad passed away in 1966. I would like to hear from any of Dad's former Shipmates. Rod Van Derhoof rodvn107@msn.com..." [20JUL2009]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix Shipmate Pix "...VANDEVER, ARM2 Maurice Prange...Dad passed away July 18th, 1990. While serving with VB/VPB-144 (Crew-4), Dad participated in 65 combat, photographic and reconnaissace patrols and carried out 22 bombing and strafing attacks, dropping a total of 25 tons of bombs and firing 10,000 rounds of ammunition against enemy fortified bases and armed shipping. On one ocassion, his plane was hit and received 81 holes in it with one engine shot out. Only once member of the crew was wounded and the pilot skillfully flew the plan for 120 miles on one engine in order to get back to the base safely. Dad received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1994 and three Gold Stars..." Contributed by Scott Vandever svandever1950@gmail.com [26DEC2010]

Memorial Picture "...VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H...Mark H. VanReken, 53, of Lexington Park died July 26, 2006, in San Diego after a courageous battle with cancer. A retired master chief with 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy (VP-23, VP-26, VP-56 and VPU-1), he continued to serve his country as a defense department employee at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Many of the family's closest friends came from his time in uniform. He took great pride in his career. His dedication was such that he continued to work a nearly full schedule as he fought the disease that ultimately cost him his life. An active church member, he enjoyed singing in the choir, playing church league softball and served in several church leadership positions over the years. He was a devoted Christian to his last days, and believed completely in God's purpose for him. He also served the community for many years as a Little League baseball coach and as a supporter of many programs at Great Mills High School. He had a special love and respect for life. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel by RV, Red Sox baseball, country music, sharing his home with family and friends and eating ice cream. He is survived by Kris (DeJong), his wife of 33 years; three children with their spouses, Tim VanReken and Serena Chung of Longmont, Colo., Mike VanReken and DeeAnna Wales of Portland, Ore., and Sara and Aaron Niverba of San Diego; his father, Donald vanReken; and four sisters, Mary vanReken, Judy Herweyer, Donna Hoogendoorn and Peggy Nienhuis; his sisters-in-law, Beth DeJong and Gayle Schreiber; and brothers-in-law, James DeJong, Alan Herweyer, Andy Hoogendoorn and Calvin Taylor. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsa (deWind) vanReken. One of his greatest desires for his last year was accomplished in seeing the birth of his first grandchild, Jonathan Mark Niverba, six months ago. He made a positive impression on many and handled situations with a gentle, honest and loyal heart. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. in Holland, Mich., at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. A funeral service will be held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church in Leonardtown. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown..." Contributed by VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net [21SEP2010]

Memorial Picture "...VARNER, Stretch...Stretch Varner, VQ-1, died peacefully November 29, 2005 after a long illness. His funeral will be December 14th in San Marcos, CA. A service will be held at 9:30a.m. in St. Mark's Catholic Church, Deer Springs Rd. and Sarver Lane. Internment will be at 2:00p.m. in Rosecrans National Cemetery which is in Point Loma, CA...Mel Davidow meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [13DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...VAUGHAN, S. L. Jr...My brother (S. L. Vaughan, Jr.) was lost on VP-116's Mission 29 June 29, 1945. They were based out of Iwo Jima. His crew consisted of Gerberding (Pilot), Chicirda, Gallagher, Goereing, Grier, Levitt, Middleton, Mitchell, Odelberg, Pierson, Simon and Zutter. The Japs recovered 3 remains of the crew. They are buried in the St. Louis National Cemetary..." Contributed by Robert Vaughan vaughanchar@msn.com [26NOV2000]

VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net "...I served with VP-6 (flight technician) from 1988 to 1992 and Force Warfare/VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1993 to 1997. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2010]

VAIL, AMS3 Jay Sr. mjvail@embarqmail.com "...I was stationed VQ-1 NAS Atsugi, Japan 1968-71 worked airframe shop then went to crew metalsmith on willie victors flew pr27, 25-24 some of the people I knew all three Laffey Bros, Ralph Janes, Chick Vera, Jackson, Schoonover, Frank Brown, after 40 yrs hard to remember others. Jar my memory please. Would like to hear from anybody that worked the willies during that time period or any air frame personel also any mechs during that period. One of the best tours of duty in my 20 yrs..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10FEB2011 | 22AUG2002]

VAIL, AE1 Sharon Retired shacrafts@centurylink.net "...I served with VP-47, VP-31 and retired from VP-1 in 1995 as they were transferring to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2012 | 05MAR2010]

VALDEZ, ADJ3 Danny danval842@hotmail.com "...I served on the beaching crew for VP-40 from Nov. 1960 to Apr. of 1962. I went to the PI fresh out of boot camp in San Diego. I have some fond memories of the times. If anyone is out there that servred with me drop me a line. Laging Handa Danny...I served with VP-40 for 18 months commencing on November 1961 NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was assigned to the Beach Crew. I was an ADJ-3. The skipper was a mustang and a former enlisted pilot. Great guy, who unfortunately lost his life in 1963, crashing into a mountain in the P.I. after losing his radar. If memory serves me right, his name was CDR Laney. We had P5M's back then, which were decommissioned around 1965. I was lucky enough to have flown on a few missions as a spare crewman. That was a great experience for me. It was a great squadron back then with a lot of really dedicated people. TP from Tennessee if you're out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUL2017 | BIO Updated 01FEB2001 | 06MAR99]

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]

VALDEZ, AOCS Thomas Retired 1224tom@comcast.net "...I served with VP-46 from August 1974 to September 1977 (NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1975 and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan 1976), VP-93 (Reservist) from October 1977 to 1994 (Disestablishment) and VP-92 from 1994 to November 1997 (Reservist) when I retired. I worked for the Michigan State Police as a state trooper in Northern Michigan and retired September 2003 as a Lieutenant..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2005 | 15DEC2004]

VALENTINE, Gary hearts@gte.net "...Hello Shipmates. I was in VP-18 in 1968 at Rosie Roads. Would like to hear from fellow Shipmates..." [17OCT98]

VALENTINO, Joseph mcporetire@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1972 to 1976), VP-17 (1979 to 1982 and 1985 to 1988) and retired in 1991 and now iving in Texas..." [23AUG2008]

VALENTINO, AW1 Mark davies@inreach.com "...Started serving with VP-65 as a 4x10 in March 1977 and am still there! Seen lots of good W's come and go, from my sea daddies AW1 Larry Chamberlain (showed me the ropes in the P.I.), AW2 Bob "Baby Huey" Saul, and AT2 Chuck Anderson is still here doing the flight logbooks. AW1 Mac Black, AW1 Dave Siegal, and AW1 Rich Zielinski - the best in the West! Forgot to add to the history that in 1984 and 1990 winners of the Liberty Bell! Thanks to every Shipmate I've known for the best years of my Naval career. Hope to here from some of you. At present I'm out of work, again..." [25APR98]

VALHOS, LCDR Nick NYNM navycod@aol.com "...I served aboard the USS Valcour (AVP-55) Seaplane Tender from 1962 to 1964..." [BIO Updated 15JUN2009 | 17NOV2003]

VALKENBURG, Ray Van c/o Mark Van Valkenburg Shipmate PixCirca World War II mullett@comcast.net "...My dad, Ray Van Valkenburg, was stationed at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey during WWII as part of CASU-23..." [PIX Added 23APR2005 | 27NOV2004]

VALLE, Jacque La lavalle_jacque%pax4@mr.nawcad.navy.mil "...I was a 19 year member of VP-68 with the first four as a TAR from 1977 to 1981. Reaffiliated as a SELRES and grew through the ranks to AVCM before decommissioning. Currently the Reserve CMC for VP-92 with another 6 years before HYT. Currently employeed at NAVAIR as the E-2C/C-2A Electrical Power Systems competency team leader and keep involved with the P-3 Special Projects and Retrofits group, trying to keep the P-3 mission alive and well..." [24MAR98]

VALLEY, R. rickvalley@tds.net "...I served with VP-672 (Reserves) and VP-45 (1960) (CDR Jones - Crew-10). We moved from the P5M to the P-3. We lost Crew-3 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends November 17th, 1964... while deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada..." [30SEP2012]

VALLONE, Phil pvallone@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (November 1988 through June 1991), VP-26 (June 1991 through Auguest 1992), and VX-1 (August 1992 through December 1994). I am looking for some of my old Shipmates..." [18DEC99]

VanARSDALE, Jack vanars@mondec.monmouth.edu "...I served in VW-11 from Feb. 1958 to December 1959 as a second pilot and occasional navigator. Would like to locate a flying model of the WV-2..." [16FEB98]

VanBRUNT, Rob rvbgiants@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-8 from 1989 to 1992. It was the greatest time of my life. I met some of the best people in my life there. If you served with me drop me a e-mail. I would love to here from my fellow VPer's..." [16OCT2003]

VanCAMP, AX1 Sid rpsid@nts-online.net "...I was in AEWBarRonPac from 1963 to 1965. I transferred to VP-6 and then to FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AT2 and made AT1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew as a radar tech. I later changed my rate to AX1. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who might remember me..." [01MAY2004]

VANCE, Britt mbvance@tantella.com "...I served in VP-26 from 1976-80 as an acoustic AW. Had a lot of fun back then, deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Would love to hear from any of the old buddies out there Joe Lafave, Dennis Dunham, Paul Del Papa, Don Barber etc. Have never been back to Broomstick or the cool old houses in Bath and Wiscasset but I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could see some old chums..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2004 | 27MAR99]

VANCE, Duane dvance@snet.net "...I served with VAHM-13/VP-24 from 1957-1960. I had various jobs AL/AT type. I hope to attend the next Reunion. I served with VPB-101/VX-4 from 1945-1951 and am now maintaining the mailing list for our next Reunion which will be near NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in September 2000. For more information and to get on the mailing list, just send me your name and address..." [11APR2000]

VanCLEAVE, AMS1 Forrest L. Retired vancleave.forrest@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1964-1965), VP-31 (11/1965-07/1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VW-1 (1968-1970) at NAS Agana, Guam, VP-5 (06/1970-07/1971) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VT-21 (08/1970-12/1974), VQ-4 (12/1974-11/1978) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Saipan (CVL-48) (02/1979-10/1981), NAS Oceana, VA (11/1981-08/1984) and retired (08/1984)..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JUN2013 | 27DEC99]

VANDAGRIFF, Jerry OkieVan@aol.com "...Served in VQ1 from August 64 to June 67. Was an ATR2 and flew willy v's and A3's. Would like to hear from any shipmates from this time period..." [02DEC98]

VANDAL, Roland alro13@aol.com "...I served in VP-3 as a radar tec. & operator from 1949 to Aug. 1952 in Jacksonville, Fl & Argentia, NF. Was on plane #2 when #1 crashed at Quonset Point. I would like to be able to get the names of those who were on that plane. I know the pilot was our Captain CDR G.J. Frauenheim who was rescued with the co-pilot. Would like to hear from anyone from VP-3..."

VANDENBOSCH, AE Leo leovandenbosch@comcast.net "...I served with VP-46 from 1983 to 1986 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NSF Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAS Agana, Guam, PI, HI and more... Loved it! Got out and went home to family business in Indiana. I am now an Assistant Service Manager at a large car dealership in Indy..." [31JAN2010]

VANDEPELS, AEC Rich Retired richardvandepels@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-31 (1966-1968), VC-10 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VC-4 at NAS Oceana, Va and HS-85 at NAS Alameda, California. I left the Navy and enlisted in the Coast Guard where I was stationed at the CGAS Travers City, Mi, CGAS North Bend, Or, Recruiting Office Spokane, Wa, CGAS Los Angeles, Aviation Repair and Supply Center Elizabeth City, NC and Dessert Storm. While at VC-10 I worked in the AE shop under AE1 Dekker. Worked with Jerry Adair, Gary Kittle, AE1 I.D. Neff and Vern Kesweder. I remember Joe Case, Woody Woodward, Stormquist, AT Ernie Lamb, AD Ray Melton, AN Bensavage, Ed Shows, Gene Sayers, Jerry Whitehead, Ted Zieja, CDR Conrad, LT Mansfield, John Lord and Nick Smith. Had a GREAT tour there! Now teach 8th grade science in FT. Myers, Fl and coach varsity basketball and fast pitch softball..." [15DEC2010]

VANDERBERG, ADJ David W. van4@cox.net "...I served with VQ-2 from January 1974 to November 1977 and VR-24 from November 1977 to November 1979. I was the Power Plants Swing Shift Supervisor. C-1A's and C-2As ruled at that time..." [23AUG2009]

VanDERBRINK, Jacob "Jake" jvande@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-10 from Mar68-Oct71 worked in Admin with many fine young men been looking for PN2 Greg Cole and others from New Jersey/New York other members of personnel/admin. Actually still an active reservists assigned as a CB with Naval Special Warfare II Little Creek, VA. Wuld love to hear from others assigned to VP-10..." [09FEB2009]

VanDERHOOF, Darryl Darrylv@aol.com "...I was in VP-49 from early 1958 to 1962. I was very dissapointed that the squadron has now ceased to exist. Typical USN. I am now living as a civy in England. Flew on board Woodpecker 5 with Wilson, Rollie Shepard, Mike Bartow and others. Hogfat Felder, are you out there anywhere?..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2001 | 13DEC98]

VanDERPOEL, Peter ncmagnarider@earthlink.net "...Served with NAS Bermuda OMD, VP-46, NAS Moffett Field, California AIMD. After that I spent some time with American, Reno and United Airlines and Cessna Aircraft company as an A&P mechanic. I no longer work in aviation and have relocated to North Carolina. I still ride motorcycles (big shocker there). Some of the finest individuals I have ever met were my shipmates in all my years of service. If you knew me send an e-mail, I'll be glad to hear from you..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 11FEB2007 | 01DEC98]

VanDERSCHAAF, AE2 John C. "Chuck / Charlie" CHUCKVDS@AOL.COM "...VP-839 and VP-44R-5 at NAS New York, New York as a JEZ Operator..." [BIO Updated 11JUL2011 | 19SEP1997]

VanDERVORT, YNC Elton L. Retired http://www.megalink.net/~yujack/sigh/iwo/vandervo.htm "...My early years started in Coos Bay, Oregon where I lived and went to school until I enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in September 1957. I attended regular reserve meetings from then while going to Marshfield Senior High School in Coos Bay; and until I went on active duty in December 1958. My first duty station was with FASRON-113 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. When I reported at my first station, I was not sure just what I would be doing since I had not attended any formal Navy Schools. I had some typing skills I learned while in High School, so I had two choices as they were put to me. One was to work in the "hot hangar"; the other to work in an "air conditioned" office. With these two options the choice was easy for me then. I decided that I should become a Yeoman. By the time I completed my first two-year tour I had been promoted to a YN3. I was looking forward to being released from the Navy but decided I would get out and spend three months "playing around" before returning back to active duty. The problem was I was not sure which branch of the service I was going to return to. After spending three months back home in Coos Bay I decided that I wanted to return to the Navy. I did this and had asked to be assigned to the Northwest area. I received orders to go to VP-47 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Arrived NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in May of 1961. I got my orders to the NW area. However, the Navy had decided then I was needed to go to precom training at Bremerton. I reported to USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) for pre commissioning August 10, 1961. My tour aboard the USS IWO JIMA lasted for one year and one day after she was commissioned. This was long enough for me to participate in the many underway sea trials and to accompany her to Hawaii and onto Johnston Island for the Nuclear Atmospheric Tests. I was assigned to X Division, and worked with some really neat YNC's and PNC's. Of particular was a YNC Lester Forsha who was also from Oregon. I had remained in contact with Les until his death a couple of years ago. I was transferred again from the IWO on August 27, 1962 to Flag Allowance, COMPHIBPAC Staff, at Coronado, California. Between IWO JIMA and COMPHIBPAC Staff I married my first wife Judith. I worked in COMPHIBPAC Staff Operations part of the time for Commander Nick Ford (who also served onboard the IWO). During my tour there I was promoted to YN2. I was called while at the office one day and told that I needed to go home because my first son, born premature was born on the landladys couch. My second son arrived full term and was born in Chula Vista Hospital. One of the yeoman who was assigned to work for the Chaplain was Mason Williams. He was a YN3, and many of you might know him now. He played a guitar; composed many songs, including "Classical Gas." He later performed on the Glen Campbell show, as well as others. Mason is also an Oregonian and lives east of Eugene. My tour lasted until 1 September 1965 at which time I was then transferred to Military Assistance and Advisory Group in Republic of China. I arrived MAAG China September 1965 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This was an accompanied tour and really interesting. I remember that upon our arrival there before the plane could land they had to chase the goats off the runway. This led to many more interesting experiences. My primary job there was to release classified material to the Taiwanese Navy to support the Navy ships that the US had given them. We made many trips up and down the island from Taipei to the southern tip of the island. A few of the side trips included visits to an orphanage in a remote area inaccessible by roads. This was an orphanage run by Philippine nuns. While there my third child or first daughter was born. My wife had to travel to Taipei a couple of weeks before her due date because there were no approved facilities in the Kaohsiung area. I enjoyed my tour there so much that I had extended it an additional six months. When it was time for transfer I had received orders to go aboard the USS PIVOT (MSO-463). I had volunteered to serve a tour in the Antarctic and the orders to go to the USS PIVOT were canceled. I was then transferred to Antarctic Development Squadron SIX (VX-6) in March 1968. I arrived NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in April 1968 for duty and training for Antarctic Operations. Housing was expensive and not so available so I ended up purchasing a 10x54' mobile home. The squadron was expecting to deploy in October 1968 for the Antarctic so I decided I would volunteer to winter over and receive another set of orders so I could return my family back to Oregon. These orders were approved. Well I could not find a buyer for my mobile home so I had the Navy ship it back to Oregon. My wife and children returned to Oregon while I made my first deployment to the Antarctic. After arriving Antarctica I learned that the squadron was not going to have a winter over party that year. I was offered an opportunity to serve a tour in Christchurch, New Zealand which I did not hesitate at all to take. I contacted my wife and she said that she did not want to accompany me if the tour was anything like Taiwan. I assured her it wasn't. I returned back to Oregon to pick her and the children up so they could return with me to Christchurch. While in Christchurch I had my third son. The tour there was beautiful as I was actually able to find some "shirt tail" relatives that I had never met before. I was even able to find and restore a "right-hand drive" 1930 Model A Roadster. My boss in Christchurch also was restoring his Ford Model "A" so this made it really interesting. I was transferred in February 1972 from the Detachment VXE-6 to Navy Recruiting Sub-Station, Boise, Idaho. My tour at the Sub-Station Boise was that of a support function and while there I provided administrative support for recruiting activities. My boss, LCDR Millikin was a personal friend of one of the Apollo astronauts. As part of the recruiting activities he had made arrangements for Captain Eugene Cernan and Ron Evans to provide school tours in the Boise area. It was really exciting for me to have driven both astronauts through town with a police escort. When this tour was over in February 1976 I was transferred to the USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7). Prior to my transfer I was promoted to YNC. I had another son born prior to meeting the USS SAN JOSE in April 1976. She was on deployment overseas. I served onboard her on this deployment and made another prior to my retirement in January 1978..." [29JUN2003]

VanDIVER, Butch "Van" bamalisa@hotmail.com "...Joined VP-5 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1970, made 1971 split deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Fortunately stayed in NS Rota, Spain the whole trip. AT2 in ATC Russell Wise's shop. Played softball, football and basketball on squadron teams that regularly beat up our sister Squadrons. Anyone remember my old roomies Bob "Pop" Poplestein and Danny Forsyth? I've seen posts from Davey Smoot and Phil C. "Yakima" the battle cry of the Mad Fox Radiomen of this era..." [02DEC98]

VanDYKE, Ellen vandel50@aol.com "...Served at NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1963 - 1966 VP-7. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates --- LTJG Steve Lambroff, Allen Shepperd, etc..." [21MAR98]

VanDIVER, AT1 Dana Retired vandiver@dialnet.net "...I was and ADJ in VS-28 in 1973-76 I changed my rate to AX in 73 and was assigned to VP-11 as an IFT. I served in VP-11, VP-30, VP-44 NATTC Memphis as an AVA instructor and Then retired from VP-44 in 1993. I am interested in contacting any old (or new) shipmates. great sight I'll keep watching. Dana Vandiver, 2428 E. Bennett St., Springfield, MO. 65804 or e-mail..."

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]

VANEK, Mark J. mjvanek@aol.com "...Hello to all of you VP folks out there. I served 17 plus years in the Navy form 1980 to 1997 with VP-9, VP-31, VP-66, CNARF NATOPS and I had the dubious honor of being the Base Closure Director at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts as we closed the base in Sep 97. I retired as a Commander (yes, I actually nmade it past LTJG!!) in Aug 97 and went to work with United Airlines in Oct 97. I'm currently driving the mighty 727 around out of our New York domicile and really having a blast. Needless to say, retirement has been very good to me. To any of my old colleagues out there, don;t hesitate to drop a line and say hello. its always good to hear from you. Take care..." [16OCT98]

VanGAASBEEK, Max D. mvangaas@kdhe.state.ks.us "...I served with VP-44 from 1960 to July 1962. I was the radioman on LM (Pelican)-2. Would be interested to hear from any fellow crew members or anyone else from the squadron during that time frame..." [01JUL2002]

VanGORDON, Doug vangordon@bendcable.com "...Proud member of CAC-11 VP-19 "YOUNG GUNS" we'll make you famous from 1986 to 1991. Made me take out the deployment book and put on the old fight jacket! We had the best crew ever..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2002 | 06FEB99]

VanHOOK, Lyle (Van) vanhookl@hsnp.com "...I was a Plane Captain on Crew #9 in VB-112 from date of Commissioning until until March of 1944. At that time our crew (pilot Lt. Richard Trum) were transferred to Dunksell, County Devon, England and became Crew #11 in VB-103. Would like to hear from anyof those crews or others of those squadrons..." [16APR99]

VanHUNNIK, Eric liondove.paradox@gmail.com "...I served with VP-10 (1998-2001) as a Airframes Mechanic..." [09FEB2016]


VanLANDINGHAM, PR1 Jack R. Retired cvanlan123@aol.com "...In 1940 and '41 I was in VP-51 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. VP-51 was an advanced base patrol squadron. We had PBY-1s. While in Puerto Rico we obtained the PBY-5s from Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. In early 1941 VP-51 moved to NAS Norfolk, Virginia for short stay, then to NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York in Flatbush Brooklyn, N.Y. From April '41 the squadron alternated half the squadron to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada while the air station there was being completed. The crews stayed aboard the USS Albemarle (AV-5), a seaplane tender. That same year President Franklin Roosevelt gave the order to engage and "shoot on sight" any German submarines sighted. VP-51 was also changed to VP-71. In 1947, '48' and half of '49 I was in VP-44 in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. VP-40 was there also. We sent detachments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for AirSea Rescue. I was a PR1 during my stay in VP-44. If anyone remembers me please get in touch. I retired in 1960..." [14JAN2002]

VanLEER, AE2 Barry L. barryoke@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1972 to 1975. Have a lot of great memories. Would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01AUG2010 | 29JAN99]

VanNESS, ADJ2 Robert vnness54@gmail.com "...I served with VX-1 from from 1973 to 1977 in the Power Plants Division. I was also assigned to the S-3A Viking (part of the squadron) and deployed with both the S-3`s and the Kaman H-2 SeaSprite. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2010 | 04AUG98]

VanNOSTRAND, AZC Donald J. Retired dvannos@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 (June 1963 to July 1968), AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (August 1968 to June 1971), NAS Oceana VF-103 (July 1971 to March 1975), VA-42 (March 1975 to April 1980), VA-176 (April 1980 to November 1981) and retired AZC November 30, 1981. I tried several times to return to NAS Brunswick, Maine but the detailers would have nothing to do with that. Anyone former VP-26 Shipmates give me a heads up and hopefully I'll remember..." [17FEB2008]

VanNOY, AT1 (AC) B. M. "Shooter 8" bmshooter8@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-5 from July 1968 to October 1970 as an ATR-3 and ATR-2. Flew crew some and later AIMD APS-80 and ECM, TAD a bunch to other places and duties as assigned..." [27JAN2003]

VanPELT, Lonnie lkvan@theramp.net "...I was stationed at VP-30 from 1990 to 1993. I left the Navy in 1993..." [10SEP99]

VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H. Retired mvanreken@hotmail.com "...P-3B(D) Radio operator, VP-23 76-79; P-3C UII IFT, VP-26 80-81; P-3B Sensor operator, VP-26 (VPU-1) Special Projects, 81-84; NAMTGD 1011 IFT/WST Instructor, 84-87; P-3C(NUD) IFT, VP-56 87-91. Retired in 93 as AVCM...." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAY2000]

VANCE, AX3 Wesley A. w.vance@sbcglobla.net "...I was a member of VQ-2 from 11-79 through 7-82. Infligth comm. logging 1300+ hours in EP-3E..." [10MAR2010]

VANSELOW, Harold A. havmlvanselow@ez-net.com "...I was in VPB-207 stationed in Bermuda from December 1944 to the date of de-commissioning in June 1945. Would be happy to hear from any other Shipmates in VPB-207 that I may know. I have just found a list of the officers of VPB-207 as of June 1945. Would be happy to share same with Shipmates for futher research. Note the addresses in virtually every case are obsolete. Would be interested in a Reunion..." [31JAN2002]

VanSIMAEYS, ADC Joe FLYUSN@MICHIGANNET.COM "...>Memories. I fell on to this just last night and have not stopped thinking about it since. I was a flight engineer with VP-64 stationed at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. When I checked in to the squadron after going through F/E school with VP-30 there was one P-3A sitting on the flight line and no one to fly it, this was August of 1973, the BUNO. was 151360, LU1. I was the third F/E to qualify in the P-3 at VP-64. A Mech. by the name of Lenny Humiston was the first and a Hammer Slammer by the name of Bob Kral (BK) was the second. The hanger was old and rickity at best, and was condemned before I left NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. If any one remembers the snow storm of "78" they know why it was condemned and the fun we had getting the planes out of the hanger. I was in Crew 8 and my PPC was Lt. Mike Holland, the designer of VP-64 squadron logo. My TACCO was LCdr. and eventually Captain, Kenny Wall, the BEST there was. I would really like to chat with my old Shipmates. My good buddy (BK) came out to visit a couple of years ago and after a few beers and a little Jack Daniel's we were sure we could still operate a P-3..." [13APR99]

VanSTAALDUINE, Gene genevans@home.com "...I served in VP-812, and then in VP-29 which deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan in September 1952. I was an Aviation Machinist Mate (AD2) and served as Crew 8 Plane Captain and Bow Gunner on the P2V-5s. We converted to new P2V-6s after returning to the States in April 1953. Crew 8 was in one of the 3 planes shown in the above photo of the Mt. Fuji fly-by. The fly-by occurred on November 2nd, 1952, and is listed (in my flight log-book) as a 1.6 hr FAM flight..." [02APR99]

VanVALKENBURG, AMS3 John mahtohehah@mhonline.net "...I was a proud member of VP-7 from 1959 until 1962. I was stationed both at NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AMS-3..." [21OCT2001]


VanWAGNER, Bryan D. AllNighter@earthlink.net "...Was an AT Ground Pounder in VQ-1 Jul85-Sept87 then went on to AIMD NAS Lemoore, California Nov87-Dec89. Still in the Aviation Field as a Flight Simulator Technician..." [12SEP98]

VanWYNSBERGHE, Charlie charlie.vanwynsberghe@gmail.com "...I served with the Crazy Cat's/1st Radio Research Company (09/1970-09/1971) at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam as an RP2E Electrician..." [16AUG2012]

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VARDY, AZ Derrick ldvardy@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 from May 1964 through late Spring 1966. About 10 days after reporting in I went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland with one half the squadron while the other half went to NS Rota, Spain. I remember that we lost a plane in NS Rota, Spain during the summer of 1964. I worked in Maintenance Administration as one of the first AZ's in the Navy. I was the first to go through AZ school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee in the Winter/Spring 1964. Went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in the Fall of 1965. Transferred to VT-2 squadron at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida in June 1966. Left the Navy in May 1968. Served under CDR's Graham and Toole while in VP-7..." [BIO Updated 14NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 22DEC2010 | E-Mail Updated 02JUL2010 | E-Mail Updated 01DEC2003 | 16APR99]

VARGA, AMS3 Bert Jr. lieut4727@oh.rr.com "...I served with VP-5 (07/1966-11/1969) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked the night check..." [20FEB2015]

VARGA, CWO4 Stephan J. "Vegi Vita and V-Cubed" stephan.varga@navy.mil "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1989-1992. After a failed attempt at EOD School, I entered the tailhook Navy and have deployed with Tomcats and Hornets on USS Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln. Made Chief in 1994 and was commissioned as a "Gunner" last year and am now assigned to VFA-115, still with CVW-14 (was in VF-31 for five years). I flew on CAC-4, have bumped into many old friends aboard ship and at other sites in my travels since The Blue Dragons. I'm at sea alot, but my e-mail gets forwarded by my wife to the ship when I'm gone (Pat and I are still together, 11th anniversary coming up). We have a 2-12 acre horse ranch about 16 miles from the base. Since VP-50, we've been at China Lake, Miramar, Oceana and now at NAS Lemoore, California, hopefully to stay through the rest of my career. Rufus the dog and our two cats are still happy and healthy, Simba (Pat's long time friend and Quarterhorse) passed away last year at age 29. Our pride and joy, Buckshot, an appaloosa quarterhorse has been with us since birth five years ago and is now quite the show horse, though he misses his old pal in the pasture. I starting my 30th year of active duty. The toughest job in my navy career to date was being CACO for my Shipmate, AO3(NAC) Christopher Davis. I have been deployed aboard ship during past memorial Reunions and wish to attend the 20th Anniversary. As always, my thoughts and prayers are with the fallen and their families..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27MAY2010 | 30OCT99]

VARGAS, AT2 Rodney rodney.vargas@megger.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1990 to 1994. I was a groundpounder tron with temp flight orders. Saw both sides of the fence and enjoyed them both, though the ground pounders worked harder. Am out now and living the good life in Dallas. Also served at AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in the vast shop from 1994 to 1997, but enjoyed the squadron the best..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAR2008 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 02FEB2000 | 01APR98]

VARGO, AXCS Bob revargo@hotmail.com "...Some of the best times in my life !! Go Navy ! 1965-1986, VR-3 McGuire AFB, NJ. (1965-1966), two tours with VS-28 "Professionals" NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1966-1970), NAMTG AFTA instructor NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1970-1972), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines RADAR/ECM shop supervisor (1972-1975), COMPATWINGSPAC 1975-1977), NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California (1977-1980), VP-47 (1980-1983), NAMTRADET (1984-1986), Retired 1986 What a Ride !!!..." [13MAR99]

VARADY, AE Charles cdvara@aol.com "...A P2V on a carrier flightdeck!--NO WAY? My path into the VP Navy would be somewhat different then most. My two first encounters with P2V's came while aboard the carrier RANDOLPH CVA 15. I was a ships company airman, "blueshirt", plainhandler and we, having just completed a Mediterraniean cruisewere making our final stop at Gibraltar before heading back to the U.S. This the early spring of 1958. Out comes a barge with a P2V, wings removed outboard of the engines,prop tips neatly bent back with the look of a gear up landing. I suppose it was decided that it was repairable back stateside. We hoisted the plane aboard and it became flight deck cargo for the return crossing. My second P2V encounter came a few days latter.I was part of a skeleton air branch crew,maintained thru the night in the event a plane launch was necessary. Ship was running in a darkened condition.We were on the flight and could here faint aircraft engines in the distance.The sound grew closer and then "DAYLIGHT"! We had been lit up by a P2V flying out of the States for a visual I.D. After leaving the seagoing Navy, I joined up with VP-733, then merged with VP-933. As a reserve unit, we were recalled to active duty '61-'62. As an AE I actually worked on the P2V-5 wingtip carbon arc search light. Who knows, maybe one of our squdran planes was the one that "lit up the Randolph" those few years earlier..." [BIO Updated 11AUG2004 | 08NOV99]

VARILLA, Alex Alexnbabs@aol.com "...I served with the "Batmen" of VP-24 from 1977 - 1979, the "Pros Nest" of VP-30 from 1979 - 1981 and the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 from 1981 - 1985. I miss those days when the Navy was fun, we had a mission and an adversary..." [02JUN98]

VARIAN, James H. bobsauer@nc5.infi.net "...Served in VB-103 from commissioning in 1943 at Kearney Mesa, San Diego, CA. Flew with Lt. Muckenthaller in Crew 5 until March 1944. Also flew with Lt. J. G. Corning and crew until March 1944. Completed 34 missions. Flew as a bombardier. Retired USS CPO in 1960. Would love to hear from any Shipmates..." [26AUG98]

VARNER, Bill bill.varner@gmail.com "...I served with with CPW-1 Detachment NAF Misawa, Japan, VP-50 "Fine Time" Crew-9 as SS1/2, VP-31 Instructor Duty, VPU-2 Crew-11 and ASWOC/TSC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California where I retired under the TERA program. I currently reside in San Diego and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24AUG2011 | 31AUG2000]

LaVARNWAY, Samuel Mark sml1224@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-48 from 1987 to 1990. We deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska. I still remember the infamous cheesecake incident in NAS Adak, Alaska!..." [13SEP2009]

VARONE, CTTC(SS) Michael Ralph Retired mvarone@comcast.net "...Served from 1957 to 1982. I flew with VP-8 from Nov.- Dec. 1971. Deployed from CINCLANTFLT to NAS Brunswick, Maine. We deployed to NAS Bermuda shortly after my arrival at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I've drawn a blank trying to remember the two ETC's with whom I flew on the Special Projects bird. It was a P-3B if memory serves. The only Officer I can remember is LCDR Tranchini. Flying with VP-8 was the most fun I had without submerging. Really something different that I had never done before. I'm a bit of a "white knuckler" so flying was not the easiest thing I have ever done. However, I buried a lot of my fears of flying. All in all, I logged about 65 hours during that brief deployment..." [04SEP2007]

VARVEL, Newton (Ed) ed.varvel@netzero.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1981 through 1985 as a F/E with CAC 11/8. Reading the Shipmates page brought back memories. Would like to hear from any of the Shipmates that remember me..." [06JAN2001]

VASSILAKIS, CDR George J. http://www.cprw11.navy.mil/CSOtext.htm "...CDR George J. Vassilakis - United States Navy - Chief Staff Officer - Central Patrol and Reconaissance Wing Eleven. Commander Vassilakis was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1988. Completing flight training in October 1989, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Upon completion of P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with VP-30, Commander Vassilakis joined VP-24 in March 1990. While assigned to the "Batmen", he served as Personnel Officer, Readiness Officer and Tactics/CNO Special Projects Officer and completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Vassilakis reported to CPW Atlantic (CPWL) in December 1992, where he served as Flag Lieutenant. Following the disestablishment of CPWL he reported to Commander, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet and served as Flag Lieutenant from July 1993 to March 1995. In May 1995, Commander Vassilakis reported to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) as Assistant Navigator, completing a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment. During this tour, he earned a Surface Warfare Officer designation. Following this tour, he was assigned in February 1997 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC where he served as VP Aviation Assignments Officer for shore and sea detailing. He coordinated the homeport shift of the Aviation Assignments Branch to Millington, Tennessee in June 1998. Following P-3 refresher training, he reported to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 for department head duty in July 1999. During this tour he served as Command Services Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In November 2001, Commander Vassilakis reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Operations Officer. He currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer and has been selected for VP Operational Command. Commander Vassilakis' personal awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and other service awards..." [22MAR2005]

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]

VAUGHAN, AO1 K. Dale Retired dalevaughan1@cox.net "...I served with VP-2 from early 1968 to its Disestablishment in 1969. I was an AO3 at the time and flew with Crew 2, PPC was LCDR Overeem, Plane Captain was Max Lucero. I went from VP-2 to VP-48 and was discharged in 1970. After the regular Navy I went to the Reserves serving in VA-204 and VP-67 in NAS Memphis, Tennessee then to VA-205 in NAS Atlanta, Georgia and back to NAS Memphis, Tennessee in VP-67 till retirement in 1991 as an AO1. I would like to hear from any VP-2 Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11APR2007 | 12OCT99]


VAUGHN, Edla J. (Taitano) Vaughnej@Navair.navy.mil "...Hello anyone and everyone. I was thrilled to hear about the VP website. It reminded me of the best times in my carreer. If there is anyone out there who would like to contact me please do so. I am currently in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at VX-1 but will finally be returning to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in April 2000. There are a few people here at PAX with me, ADCS Doug Brock, ADCS Craig Springman, AME1 Ray, AE1 Terri Smith, Marriane (Bell) Roe is at Andrews AFB, AE1 Angela (Blaine) Jordan is at AIMD NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and ex AK2 Monica (Ortiz) Rodriquis (A civilian now) is at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland also. We would love to hear from you all. Take Care..." [19NOV99]

VAUGHN, James jamesv@pioneernet.net "...This is Judy Vaughn a navy wife. I would like to connect my husband with anyone who was in VP-42 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1966-1967. His birthday is coming up in November and it wouod be such a nice surprise for him to find some old squadron mates. James has been retired since 1980. He was also was stationed in NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Norfolk, Virginia then back up here to Washington. Thanks for the chance to view your web site. James is not into this cyber on line stuff yet and maybe your site will just give him the itch to try it out. thanks so much..." [14SEP99]

VAUGHN, Jeffrey jvaughn@ix.netcom "...Assigned to VC-1 from 87-91. Would like to get in contact with Cdr. "Gary", Pete Lenardson (ThePhoto Guy), Duck & Goose (Tyler and Shane), Captain Cub Scout Jim Gillies, Bill (Lumpy) Lawler, Tim Shue, Bill Carter, Lori Payton, Tony Daquiog (Smith), and anyone else that was in VC-1 between 87 and 91..." [03AUG2000]

VAUGHN, LCDR Mike Retired cmvaughn_o4@hotmail.com "...Yo! VP-26 Tridents (78-81), CPW10 "Brand X" Staff Weenies (86-88), and VP-6 Blue Sharks (88-90). Love to hear from anyone that remembers the good times..." [14FEB99]

VAUGHN, Nathan T. p3fe@hotmail.com "...I am an AD3 flight engineer currently with VP-1..." [21JAN99]

VAUGHN, AO3 Tommy "Tom" vaughn7107@msn.com "...I served with VP-24 (9/1962-5/1966) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia with deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. I flew aboard the P2 with Crew-10. Some of the crew members were LCDR R. W. Case, LT R. E. Dixon, LT(jg) E. T. Justis and ADJ1 R. Cassano. I am not retired and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29NOV2015]

VAWTER, Dennis Bigdbarttn@aol.com "...I served with VP-67 Reserve as a storekeeper from 1973-1978. Before I got out,the squadron was flying P-3 Orions..." [12JUL2000]

VAWTER, AT2 Terry hcetreipoc@yahoo.com "...Attended Aviation Electronics School (1974) at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VP-30 (08/1974-08/1977) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland / NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Radio Operator), left Active Duty and went into the Reserves at NAS Dallas, Texas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14JUL2012]

VAZQUEZ, Martin azmarty71@aol.com "...Any ex-fighting Marlins out there from VP-40 from 1989 to 1993. Would to hear from any ex-Marlins. Get in touch with me..." [20OCT2004]

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