VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
VPNAVY Address

ShipmateVAQ-129 ShipmatesShipmate

GOUGH, CWO3 Paula Thompson Retired jgough@whidbey.net "...Formerly ISC Paula Thompson. Joined VP-24 in NAS Bermuda '88. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily ' 89 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland '91. OINC of the CROF supporting VQ-2 and Rivot Joint operations at Souda Bay, Crete from Nov '93 to June '95. Currently at VAQ-129 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I retired in June 1999. I'm currently as a defense contractor at Strike Fighter Weapons School in Oceana..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAY2002 | 20MAY98]

GREER, Rickey D. rickeygreer2524@gmail.com "...I served with VP-8 (1972-1975) and retired from the navy in 1994 from VAQ-129 out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [10JAN2021]

MICHELSEN, William S. michelsenw@navair.navy.mil "...Went through the entire guest book, and didn't find any reference to VW-1, Typhoon Trackers, thought I'd put something in. Flew with Crew 12 on Bu# 143205 TE-12. I was in the squadron from oct.'69 to oct.'71 during the time we were absorbed by VQ-1. Was an ATR3 at the time, CIC/TC, 2nd radar, tweet type. Far as I know, squadron flew for 16 years, and never lost a plane. Mostly typhoons and radar early warning in Viet Nam, DaNang and Chu Li. Went to VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island and got out for ten years, then back in in '82 through '88. Flew P-3B's with Range aircrew at Point Mugu, now a civil servent..." [E-Mail Upated 24NOV98 | 06NOV97]

MILLER, Tammy tamtam_22@hotmail.com "...I was stationed with VP-47 from April 1995-June1998. At that time I was a AME3 now I am a AME2. It was a good experience. Like to say hi to all of my former VP-47 Shipmates that know me. Now I am stationed with VAQ-129 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and I am ready to go back to the P-3 Navy world. Hope to see you all back there very soon..." [30SEP2000]

Memorial Picture "...REEVES, AT1 George Ray...We lost Shipmate George Ray Reeves (VP-19, VAQ-129 and VP-19) on July 12, 2010. George was born on February 3, 1948 and was last known to be living in Coupeville, Washington. He joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for 13 years. He served as a radio operator aboard P-3Bs with VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California and was an avionics instructor with VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and in the Reserves with VP-69. After leaving the Navy, George remained in the Coupeville area with his wife Joan and family, working as a database administrator for the government. He is survived by his wife Joan. Memorial services were held for George at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge on Wednesday, July 21st at 2:00 PM. George was a happy, intelligent man with broad interests..." Contributed by SANBORN, AT3 Pete psanborn2@earthlink.net [11SEP2010]

REEVES, George R. uhu@whidbey.net "...March 6, 1969 VP-31 RP-07 P-3B Bureau Number 152765 crashed at NAS Lemoore, California. I was also scheduled to be on that flight. As I recall, I reported to the duty office to pick up my box lunch about 0430 and was told that instead of a "RADIO/OBSERVER" FAM, the flight was rescheduled for a "Pilot Trainer". We, about 7 or 8 of us (can't remember the number for sure), had been bumped from that flight to attend a GSE class. Upon returning to the classroom (about 10:00 a.m.) from a smoke break, the instrutor said "you all were supposed to be on RP7, weren't you? It just crashed - every one was killed". I believe, again not really sure, that Dwane Yoder (went to VP-40 "Radio Operator") was also origianlly schedule to be on that FAM flight. I went on to VP-19. I served with Crew 7, Crew 2, and Crew 1 and deployed NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Also served with VAQ-129 and VP-69. Visit my website (http://www2.whidbey.net/urraca/) if you think you remember me. I really do like hearing from Shipmates. Any one remember Steve SMALLEY VP-22? I witnessed the following P-3 Mishaps: VP-45 NAS Adak, Alaska - Ground looped (pitch locked/smoke remove hatch blew open on roll out. SOP to pop the PL circuit breakers because of the cold. They had a flag sticking out the smoke removal hatch the previous day. Must have forgotten to secure it; VP-19 NAS Iwakuni, Japan - Nose gear colapsed on landing (both nose tires blew on a night take off) The crew had to wait for daylight to confirm that both tires blew. CO suggested that the crew bail out before doing a foam landing. The crew's COMMENTS "*7#@^%" could be heard on the maintenance control radio in the back ground. They did eat all of their "unprepareds" (breakfast/lunch/dinner and most likely all the PBJ) while burning off fuel; and VP-6 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines "DITCH" (AT2 Carver and I were standing at the top a P-3 boarding ladder) watched them make the turn to Grandy Island. Saw them impact the water. Couldn't believe that there were survivors. I got to fly with CDR Montgomery when he was a reserve with VP-69. He got us through a pretty spiffy storm near Midway one night..." Personal Website: http://www2.whidbey.net/urraca/ [18OCT2001]

ROOT, AE2 Len lwroot@canby.com "...I served with VXE-6 (Deep Freeze) from 1990 to 1994, VAQ-129 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and VAQ-135 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was discharged as an AE2 in 1998. I got my A&P ticket and know working at Columbia Helicopters Inc. in Oregon. Looking for Tony Delgado or Kara Gross. Thanks..." [06AUG2003]

TRACY, AD1 Scott Retired tracy@whidbey.net "...My list starts at VX-1 77 to 80 ground pounding, VP-4 81 to 84, NAS Keflavik (trash hauling) 84 to 87, PMTC 87 to 90, VQ-1 90 to 93, and VAQ-129..."

WOOD, AMS2 Martin mfwoody@cox.net "...I was a AMS2 VP-22 from May 1982 to September 1986. Both PI detachments and following trips to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Midway Island, NAS Agana, Guam, Japan, Korea, NSF Diego Garcia, and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. Went to VAQ-129 from September 1986 to discharge in September 1989. Currently living in Phoenix, AZ still in aviation as a technical consultant..." [13DEC2003]

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