VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
VPNAVY Address

ShipmateVP-18 ShipmatesShipmate

AMBURGEY, AT1 Robert C. ramburgey94@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1960-1964), VP-18 (1964-1968), VP-21 (1968-1969), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1970-1973), VP-11 (1973-1978) as a Radio Operator and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1978-1981)..." [BIO Updated 16MAY2013 | 10MAY2013]

AMICK, Ron raamick@mtnhome.com "...I served with VP-24 from 1959-62 and VP-18 from 1964-1967..." [09AUG2005]

AUSTIN, Larry NAVAIRGUN@aol.com "...I served in VP-18 from April 1958 to Nov 1960 as crewman on LG-12 and LG-4 as the crew ordnanceman. I used to have fun firing the retro and lighting up the St. Johns River. would like to contact old /young? Shipmates..." [26SEP2000]

BALLARD, Robert R. baywader@aol.com "...I served in VP-3 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1951 to 1953, VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1956 to 1961, VP-50 NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1965 to 1967, and VP-2 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1967 to 1968. I'd like to hear from Shipmates, especially D. D. Vaughn (VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida)...." [03OCT2004]

BARNETT, PO1 Jerry E. jerryebarnett@newwavecomm.net "...I first joined the Navy October 30, 1958. I served aboard NAF Annapolis, Maryland. I was there for about three years. The aircraft we had were UF-1 Albatross and N3N Yellowbird. The N3N was a biplane, open cockpit. You had to hand crank the engine. They used this plane to indoctrinate the midshipmen to flying. My next station was VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I first went to NAS Norfolk, Virginia to ASW school then on to Jacksonville. By the time I got there I had about a year left in the Navy. I was on flight crew status during that time. During that year we spent allot of time in the Caribbean (NS Roosevelt Roads, PR). Most of my time was spent on Crew 7 and for some reason I remember the side number 147956. We had two bad incidents, one was when the varacam you know the middle section of the horizontal stabilizer on a P2V went in the full up position. We had a great pilot (LT Mehan or something like that) and he was able to keep the plane in control until the Plane Captain was able to manually bring it back to neutral. Another time when we were taking off from NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and the starboard engine caught fire (exciting time). Some of the crew members were a AT by the name of Gilkerson, Plane Cap Hendrex, ordnance last name was Prince. The Navigator name was LT Arvin and our co-pilot last name was Anderson. In the fall of 1962 I transfered to crew 12 that was assigned to go to South America on Unitas III. Three of the crew members were a AT last name Smith. There were two other AT's by the name of Walter Gearard and Rudy Boatright. We came back early because of the Cuban crises. I was extended in the Navy and was discharged in December 1962. The last month that I was in the Navy we spent a lot of time taking pictures of Russian Ships. I left the Navy as a Aviation Electrician Second Class. Not the end of the story, I reenlisted in February 1963 and thinking I would be sent back to ASW and wound up in a fighter squadran (VF 96) in NAS Miramar, California. After six years and two tours in the Viet Nam area (one on the USS Ranger 1964/65and one on the USS Enterprise 1965/66), I left the Navy in 1969 as a E6. Since then I have been in the telephone world and retired for the second time in 2007 I was 67. Most of my time was spent in the Atlanta area. I now live in Somerset KY..." [BIO Updated 03FEB2009 | 30JAN2009]

BECHTOLD, JOHN JBecht3693@aol.com "...AE3 I served in squadron VP-18 from 1965 to 1967. Part of my tour I served as aircrew on aircraft LG 12. I also spent several det. at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [15FEB99]

BESSETTE, Roger vwrog@comcast.net "...I served with VP-18 (1957-1960) (Air Intelligence Officer) in Maintenance for 2years then general assignments upstairs..." [08MAR2016]

BLAYLOCK, Ron ron.b@cheerful.com "...I served in VP-18, VP-56, VP-46, and VP-40 from 1968 to 1980. Was at NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field, California from 1980 to 1984 as a flight engineer ground school instructor..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN99]

BLASZCZYNSKI, AX2 Dennis (Ski) blazdb@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 between 1962 - 1965. We were based at NAS Jacksonville, Florida until 1965 when the squadron was transferred to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Most of my flight time I was part of Crew 1 or Crew 7. Participated in the Cuban Missle Crisis and did a 6 month deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1963. Was on the first plane on station for the Dominican Republic revolt and wound up finishing my 4 year hitch at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR which was my last duty station before being discharged as an AX2 and heading back to civilian life. Currently reside in Tampa Fl, but plan to move to Columbia SC in 2002. See my Crew picture at the VP-18 Crew web site..." [13FEB2002]

BOATRIGHT, Rudy rboatright@lsijax.com"...Served in VP-18 from 11/61 to 4/64, VP-23 from 7/69 to 12/72, VP-24 from 7/76 to 8/89, and VP-30 from 8/79 to 8/82. Saw some names who looked familiar, and will try and get in touch..."

BOBBITT, John RETBBSTACR@JUNCT.COM "...Served with VP-24 from 56-60, VP-18 from 64-68, VP-5 during the 70's, and Retired fom NAMTRA Det 75. Send me an E-mail if you remember me...Also served with VAHM-13..." [E-Mail Updated 05DEC2001 | BIO Updated 12FEB99 | [09FEB99]

BOETTCHER, CAPTAIN Robert Richard Retired http://www.usna.com/history/classof1940/B.htm "...Bob was Deck Division and Turret Officer in TUSCALOOSA (CA 37) when the ship hosted President Franklin Roosevelt on his Caribbean inspection trip of "Bases for Destroyers," and escorted him to Argentia. While one of only four (all classmates, Pancho Hunker, Ray Koshliek, Dick Laning) top watch standers in HORNET (CV 8), Bob saw LCOL Doolittle (Tokyo Raiders) and LCDR Waldron (Torpedo 8 - Midway) wave on take-off. After that it was flight training at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana (New Year's Eve 42/43), NAS Pensacola, Florida, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Bob hunted German subs off Brazil with VP-94 (PBY 5A); then familiarization in PBM and Commanding Officer of VPB-18 (PBM 5) during the Okinawa operation (for which they received the Navy Unit Commendation). The squadron established the first and only Navy Air transport between Saipan and Tokyo for two months. PG School at the USNA and MIT came next and then on to be Executive Officer of the FASRON at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Bob then became the Operations Officer of MINDORO (CVE 120); Commanding Officer of FASRON-115 and Commanding Officer of the NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. Two tours in BuAer preceded retirement on 31 October 1959. Bob received the last of "Tombstone" promotions to Captain..." [21JUL2003]

BONCK, Henry hbonck3@bellsouth.net "...I reported for duty with VP-18 on March 14, 1964 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The squadron was soon tranfer'd to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and a more beautiful place I couldn't have asked for. I was a ground pounder assigned to the Avionics Shop (night check) where most of the maintenance was really done! I was also TAD to AMD Electronics shop. I made many trips to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the squadron detachment there. I was married during this time and my first child was born there. Base enlisted housing as I remember it was great and I had a view of the sea from my bedroom window. I would really like to make contact with anyone from this era or any old Shipmates that remember me. Ed Connelly, an old friend that I have lost contact with is also listed on this page. Ed if you read this send me an E-mail! Pappy Neal, are you still out there? Stef? Others too numerous to mention (or forgotten)..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUL2010 | 23JUL2003]

BRADY, CDR Fred L. Retired Frayd@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-117 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1946. Charlie Brower was the skipper and was a great one for morning exercise. As a radioman, I was a test crewman on every aircraft we serviced from the PV of Willington's old squaron to PB4Y2's that were left over after the war. I made 7 TRANSPACs to NAAS Camp Kearny, California were the planes were accepted one day and chopped up the next. In the early 1950's I was transfered to VP-861 NAS Jacksonville, Florida for NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. VP-861 was deployed they sent us over to VP-5 for about two months and then on to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco for the rest of the deployment. I was a plankowner VP-18 and a crewmember with crew six and seven. It was with crew seven that CDR Grainger convinced me to try for OCS and thanks to him and LT (later VADM) Murphy I made it and completed a 35 year career in 1979. I love the VPNavy. I am a volunteer at the National Museum of Naval Aviation were it is my pleasure to meet and greet many of the old timers from those great years in my life..." [11FEB2003]

BRADLEY, ADC Jim "Bear" Retired bearbrad123@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-18, VP-60, VP-90, VP-62, VP-90, VP-67 and VAW-123. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17FEB2015 | E-Mail Updated 03MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 21SEP2001 | Updated 04APR98]

BRADLEY, Robert T. lin56coln@aol.com "...I served with VP-18, Crew 2 from 1960-May, 1962..." [28AUG2006]

BRITT, CDR William (Bill) J. billbritt2@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 in 1968 on Crew 10 when squadron was disestablished. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [09AUG2003]

BROOKS, Sidney P. diecastsid@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1961 to 1965. I flew with Crew-10 as 2nd Mech during the Cuban Blockade. After that I flew with Crew-12 in 1963 while we were deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Would sure like to hear from any old Shipmates from that era..." [09MAR2006]

BROOKS, Stanley sfbrooks@aol.com "...I was in VP-18 from August 1957 to June 1959 and was a radioman on crew 10 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and Rosy Roads. I would like to hear from any others who were stationed with me at that time..." [11AUG98]

BROWN, Ed audned@earthlink.net "...Would love to hear from anyone from the Blue Sharks (VP-6) on the Red Coast era. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jack Mesaris AD1 or Richard Meo or Bill Presler, pilot? I was also in VP-18 and VP-4..." [22OCT2002]

BUCKLEY, John F. tigrathewarriorxxx@yahoo.com "...Enlisted July 1952. Boot caamp at Bainbridge, MD. Ordered to NAS Pensacola, Florida. Attached to O&R Department. Transfered to VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from July 1955 to June 1957. Transfered to ZX/VX-1 NAS Boca Chica, Florida. Transfered to VP-10NAS Brunswick, Maine with a TAD to VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Got to NAS Brunswick, Maine December 1959, in time for deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Transfered to NAS Brunswick, Maine 1963. Left NAS Brunswick, Maine 1967 for VP-56 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain in P2V-7. Transitioned to P-3C at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Took a sea duty to sea duty transfer to VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1970. Ordered to NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1972. Transfered to Fleet Reserve 1975..." [22JAN2007]

BURCKHARD, AT1 Jacob "Jack" jjburckhard@verizon.net "...I served with VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from May 1953 to February 1956. I was an AT and served on Crew 7. We made deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and "Springboard" at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I have been trying to locate people that served in the squadron during the same time. So far I have located Don Schmidt, Ken Bluemner, Clyde Simpson, Al Dickman, Bill Vernier, Bob Dancy, and Tom Meyer. I recall that the squadron fielded a very good basketball team during the 1955 deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Some of the members were Lt. Kuhn, Ken Bluemner, and Don Schmidt. I will say that Iceland is not the place where I wanted to spend Christmas of 1955. However, the good bunch of guys in the squadron made it tolerable. Photos I have of that event indicate we managed to have a good time despite snow and stormy conditions outside barracks..." [E-Mail Updated 21DEC2006 | E-Mail Updated 06AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 19DEC2001 | 02APR98]

Memorial Picture "...BURNS, AFCM William...I am the son of Master Chief William Burns (AFCM) who served with VP-18 during the time it was disestablished in 1968 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. We remember the day the last of the flying Phantoms returned from 'Exotic Dancer' and VC-8 did the turn around and sent her to bone yard. Just to let anyone who knew him, the Master Chief has passed. His wife Alice (my Mom) is a volunteer at the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida. Both of his sons joined the Coast Guard, his youngest now a Master Chief aviation metal smith the other an officer...William E. Burns, Jr. bill_burns@earthlink.net..." [08FEB2007]

CARNEGHI, CAPTAIN Al ACarneghi@aol.com "...Four tours in VP squadrons: VP-1 (1948), VP-22 (1949-1951) and two tours in VP-18 (1959-1961) (1963-1965). My last assignment in VP was as COMFAIRWING TWO at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16FEB99 | 21DEC98]

CHANDLER, Bill WChand1213@aol.com "...I was in VP-861/VP-18 from July 1951 till October 1954. I was an AO on crew 3 in VP-861 and Crew 11 in VP-18. I had two tours to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I missed the trip to Malta in 53 [motorcycle accident] and finally NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and Thule Greenland in 54. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates during this time. Also please contact me for information on our Reunions..." [BIO Updated 21AUG2001 | 05SEP98]

CLARKE, CDR Tom Retired frederic.clarke@navy.mil "...Served as a pilot with VP-18, VP-24, VP-30, VP-45, and TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Broke ranks and flew Herks with VR-24 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retired and flew a Convair 880 for a while and am now a contractor pilot flying C-130 and P-3 for Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Work as assistant Ops when not flying! C301-757-3317 or DSN 757-3317..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2004]

Memorial Picture "...CLICQUENNOI, Roger...My Dad, Roger Clicquennoi, passed away in 1977. Dad served with VP-18 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland flying the P2. I would like to hear from any Shipmates that may have known my Dad. Ruth Clicquennoi clicquennoi@hotmail.com..." [23JAN2010]

CMAR, ADJC Mike Retired m_cmar@msn.com "...I served with VP-11 (1965-1969 and 1970-1973. I transitioned from the P2 to P-3 with Crew-1 and flew as Plane Captain/FE. I also served with VP-18 (1959-1961) flying with various crews as a P2V-7 Plane Captain. My last crew was Crew-10 with CDR A. J. Carnegi as PPC. Next flew asortment of aircraft at NAS Johnsville, Pennsylvania ending up in P2V-5F's and 7's. Followed that up again in P2V-7's and transitioned to new P-3B's as a FE on LE-1. Got to fly the 1st flight in VP-11 (01/1967). Following "ADJ B" school went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland but terminated shore duty as no FE billets were available there. Returned to VP-11 as a ADJC/FE. Guess what - went back to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (formerly Johnsville) from where I retired..." [BIO Updated 12JUL2012 | BIO Updated 26JAN2010 | 24JAN2010]

CONE, AT Ron ronconesr@gmail.com "...I served with VP-18 (1962-1964) and flew with Crew-5. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28APR2013 | E-Mail Updated 04JAN2002 | 21JUL2001]

CONNELLY, Ed epconn@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1965 to 1968. Checked into the squadron in January 1965 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and went to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in March of 1965. I was assigned as First Tech for Crew 2 when the squadron arrived at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and stayed with the crew until I left the squadron. The squadron had a three plane detachment at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba so we spent three weeks out of every 12 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I remember many good times fishing with Merrill Steffey (Stef) off of the ferry landing at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Also spent many fun hours flying model airplane with Henry Bonck at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The highlight of my tour was Crew 2 being selected to go on UNITAS VIII in 1967..." [24FEB2003]

COON, Dave coondw@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-18 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1964-September of 09/1967) with a three week deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I flew with Crew-3, Crew-11 and ended the tour as PPC of Crew-10..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2014 | 14MAR2001]

COOK, AD2 Wayne R. cook1138@aol.com "...I served in VP-18 from 1957 thru 1960 was AD2 and 2nd mech on crew #11 plane BUNO: 135586 with Plane Capt Jack Leopold. Our skipper was Woody Huddleston. Leopold is my brother-in-law, has been married to my sister since 1960. I would like to hear from any crew members that remember..." [12FEB2005]

CROW, AXAN Jim jcrow@caltel.com "...I served as an AXAN aircrewman with VP-18 from 1967-68 and VP-45 from 1968-69. It was great seeing these pictures and logos and the aircraft of course..." [05NOV2001]


DARRIGO, WO3 Tom Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1967 darrigo1@verizon.net "...I served aboard NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (05/1963-11/1964) assigned to the Crash and Rescue Crew, AE "A" School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-18 (07/1965-07/1967) at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR with a deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, HS-3 (08/1967-01/1969) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (01/1969-09/1970), VF-31 (01/1971-197474) NAS Oceana, VA, AIMD (07/1974-07/1977) at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, VF-32 (12/1977-04/1977) NAS Oceana, VA, VAW-122 (08/1978-09/1979) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAVy MAnagement Systems Support Office (NAVMASSO) (09/1979-02/1984) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [10DEC2013]

Memorial Picture "...DISBROW, Floyd W...My Dad, Floyd W. Disbrow, passed away in Jacksonville, Florida in 1963. Any stories about him would be greatly appreciated. Dad served with VP-18 Crew 6...Shelly Disbrow shelly.mutchler@dfwair.net..." [01NOV2003]

DIXON, Sidney S. siddixon@msn.com "...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]

DOLAN, PR Mike madolan@integra.net "...I served with VR-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1958 to 1959 and VP-18 from 1959 to 1960 with deployment's to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06FEB2007 | BIO Updated 02NOV2005 | 21DEC2004]

DON, E. DonE72@aol.com

DONNER, LT Neil J. neiljd@pacbell.net "...I served with VP-18 from July 1962-July 1965. I would very much like to reach via e-mail, fax or phone officers who were in the squadron during this period of time. I am looking for James R. Johnson who was originally from Pennsylvania, Robert Bobby L. Knapp from Iowa, Don Wuetrich from Mississippi or Alabama, Carl E Hahn from Pennsylvania, John Cain from NY and Tom Damm, and John DeFrancesco..." [13MAR2003]

DOSS, Mike mdgrocer@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1963 to 1965. I was with the squadron when we left NAS Jacksonville, Florida and relocated to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I flew with Crew 3 (BUNO: 148341) with CDR Wilkenson. I still have several pictures of the crew receiving the "A" designation and of BUNO: 148341 in flight..." [02JUN2009]

DOWLING, AT3 Ed edowl@email.msn.com "...Served with VP-18 from November 1954 to December 1956 and deployed to Iceland from August 1955 to January 1956. Was transferred to Hutchinson, KS in January 1956 and completed service in August 1957. Graduated Eastern IL U. in 1961. Became Counseling Psychologist and retired after 30 years in education..." [29JUN2000]

DOWNS, Richard rdowns9688@aol.com "...I spent a few years in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in VP-18. I was a third class ATR but got to fly quite a bit on P2V's. Ours were the P2V7 versions and we were scheduled to be the last Squadron on the east coast to go to P-3V's. I've got a lot of fond memorys of those good old days..." [29DEC2000]

DUBRAVSKY, ATC Edward J. Retired Dubraej@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 from October 1959 to June 1962 as an MN1 in Avionics whereas i made ATC in 1962. I would certainly like to hear from any of my Shipmates who remember me..." [16SEP2002]

DURSO, PO3 Joseph P. joedurso@msn.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1965 to 1967. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09MAR2008]

ELLIS, John jje3@twcny.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 (1964-1966)..." [E-Mail Updated 21APR2014 | 07SEP2002]

ESCH, CDR R. R. "Bob" Retired resch2@woh.rr.com "...In WW-II from a few days after Pearl Harbor I served sequentially in VP-74, then VP-18 and finally in VP-99 until January 1946. I served on board the USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) a Seaplane Tender from Jun 1948 to Mar 1950. I was Commanding Officer of FASRON-114 at NS Kodiak, Alaska in support of PBM and P-2V squadrons from June 1952 to Jan uary1953..." [01FEB98]

FERGUSON, Stanley onewireme2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1966 to 1967. I flew with Crew 11 BUNO: 147955. Crewmembers included: LCDR Kennedy, LT(jg) Greene, LT Brickman, PC Ken Trea, 2nd Mechanic Mike Howell, 1st Technician Bob Walker, 2nd Technician Tom Nolte, 3rd Technician Paul Davidson, Radio/Radar Stan Ferguson and Ordnanceman John Santiago. I am now a retired Electrician living in New York City, NY..." [12JAN2009]

Memorial Picture "...FIELDS, AFCM Charlie...Charles E. Fields was born in Kenova West VA on 2 August 1933 attended Forest Dale, a four-room school through the eighth grade, then attended Ironton High School in Ironton Ohio, graduating in 1952. He joined the Navy in Ashland KY in 1952 and served 30 years (VP-18, VP-23, VP-30 and VP-45) retiring as a Master Chief in 1982. He attended several colleges while in the navy and finally after his retirement from the Navy received an associate's degree in education in 1984. He held several positions while working at the Naval Aviation depot Jacksonville and retired from civil service in 1999. He was a member of the FRA and the American Legion. He was a board member of the Jacksonville Seminole Club and served on the board and also as President of the Seminole Club of Clay County. He was a member and elder of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a loving wife of 53+ years, Mary Jo Fields (Jodi); sons, Charles Fields & wife, Elana of Jacksonville and Tony Fields & wife, Virginia of Brunswick, Maine; daughters, Deborah & husband, Brian Jones of Jacksonville and Donna & husband, David Crenshaw of Jacksonville; ten grandchildren, Billy Green, Amanda Fields, Anthony Fields, Jennifer Green, Michael Jones, Taelor Jones, Kilea Jones, Sarah Fields, Andrew Fields, Anthony Logan and David Crenshaw; three great-grandchildren, Kaylin Crenshaw, Mason Deloach and Seth Fields. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 8th at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 116 Foxridge Rd., Orange Park, FL with Pastor Roy C. Lewis officiating. Family and friends will gather prior at the church from 12:30-2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park on Normandy Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of NE FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com..." Contributed by COLE, AVCM James E. "Jim" jamesecole@bellsouth.net [20SEP2010]

FIELDS, AFCM Charlie cefnole@aol.com "...First squadron VP-18 P2V-7A/C flew non stop from NAS Keflavik, Iceland to NAS Jacksonville, Florida with only one B/B tank installed. AW Howard was the plane Commander. Other tours in VP-30, VP-23, and my last squadron before retirement with 30 years service was VP-45 with P-3 A/C..." [13JUL2000]

FINNERAN, Michael finneranmike@hotmail.com "...I served as a radio operator with VP-18 from 1957 to 1960. I served on crew 2 with Murray J. Coleman as Plane Captain and later Jim Pence as Plane Captain. We were stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and deployed regularly to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I think of many of the squadron and wonder where they are. I made a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and on that trip, the aircraft was hit by lightning and lost the starboard searchlight. I later injuted my back. The crew flew me to Africa where I was medivaced back to the States. I would like to find out where the rest of the crew is now. Names keep comming back to me and I dont know how to contact them. Will there be a Reunion soon? I was stationed with NADU at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1959/60 up to the decommissioning of the unit. I flew with "skyhook" and was at that time working as an "AT". I am interested in locating any of the other members of the unit and asking if there are any plans for a Reunion?..." [BIO Updated 14MAR2005 | 29JUL2003]

FOSTER, Charles Thomas mmastrans@sc.twcbc.com "...I served with VP-18..." [12JUL2008]

Memorial Picture "...FREEMAN, Carl Edward ‘Eddie' Sr...Age 81, a native of Vivian and resident of Lockport, died at 2:35 p.m. Sept. 7, 2004. Visitation Thursday at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Lockport; mass of burial celebrated Thursday at the church, with burial at the church cemetery. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Ola Brunet Freeman; sons and daughter-in-law, Carl Jr., Jody and Monique Breaux Freeman, all of Lockport; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Ken Saucier of Houma, Holly and Wayne Bourgeois of Mississippi; sisters, Paula Guidry of Galliano, Betty Smith of Lockport and Bonnie Miller of Georgia; grandchildren, Will and Ben Freeman, Jennifer Matherne, John and Jesse Freeman, Ashley Beth and David Bourgeois; and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Edith Freeman of Lockport. World War II veteran where he received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon Award for the VPB-18 for outstanding heroism; member of the Lockport American Legion; town alderman from 1972 to 1976; Texaco gauger for 24 years; owner of Eddie's Men and Boys Clothing and Ola's Fabric Shop; Lafourche Pairsh All Star fast pitch second baseman in the late 1950s. Falgout Funeral Home of Lockport..." WebSite: la Societe des Cajuns http://www.vienici.com/lasociete/obituaries/2004/m09September.html [29JUN2004]

FREUND, Cliff p3cliff@netzero.com "...I served with VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-18 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and VP-1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [08MAY2012]

FRITZ, AE3 Jim pjfritzjax@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (Crew-10) from 1965 to 1968. I am looking for AE2 Jake Hurst..." [01APR2010]

GENEREUX, Robert "Bob" reg1940@comcast.net "...I served with VP-18 (1958-1962) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I flew with Crew-3 and Crew-5 aboard the P2 and participated in space program recovery missions for a Mercury flight piloted by LCDR M. Scott Carpenter as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis (Cuban Quarantine operation)..." [11JAN2017]

GERHAN, Chuck candpgerhan@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1956 to 1959 and VP-26 from 1962 to 1965..." [21MAR2011]

GILB, AT2 Robert sharbo@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-18 (1963-1964)..." [03APR2023]

GODDARD, Carl lorenzo22@comcast.net "...I served in VP-18 out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1954 to 1958. I'm looking for any old (no pun intended) Shipmates that may have served during that timeframe..." [10JAN2005]

GOSHORN, Don vprep@daccess.net "...VP-18 P2V7s 61-63, VP-30 IFT instructor 65-67 P-3A/B/C, VP-45 67-70 P-3A/B, VP-30 70-75 P-3C, WST/OFT Tech (civil service) 2F69D, 14B44, 2F87T, 14B35..NAESU Rep VP-5..VP-62 P-3C UDIII..presently with LSI on the P-3 AIP birds in tech pub creation..." [BIO Updated 15AUG98]

GRAHAM, CAPTAIN Genie K. (Gene) Retired gene.graham@mchsi.com "...My first tour of duty after flight training was VW-11 (1960 to 1962), all on Crew 3. Started flying at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada but moved to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1961. Flew first operational flight out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland on July 1, 1961. Next came a tour with the "Flying Phantoms", VP-18 (1963 to 1965), Crew 3, 12, 5 and 9 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. After two years in Monterey, reported to VP-31 Det NORIS as Safety Officer (1967 to 1969). My tour in purgatory came on USS, Independence from 1969 to 1971 as Assistantt CIC and then CIC after boss was fired. On to the "Pelicans", VP-45, as ADMIN and OPS Officer (1972 to 1975) Crew 21. Finally made it into the P-3 community, brand new P-3C's by the way. A new airplane smells just like a new car. One year in DC at George Washington University for my MBA and back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as XO of VP-30 (1976 to 1977). Next stop with "World Famous Batmen", VP-24 as XO/CO (1977 to 1979). After four years on OPNAV and SECNAV staff, retired as Captain in 1983. Payback is HELL, my son was NROTC and stayed in Navy for 9 years. Seems that everywhere he was stationed, someone was waiting with a "Genie K story". Not all of those would I have chosen to share with my son! Happily, I can say, he was not tainted. Second career was with EDS and I enjoyed it very much. Jerry Lynn, bless her heart, has stayed with me for 44 years and counting, and we have retired to Fairhope, AL. Stay in touch!..." [08APR2004]

HAGERTY, Gary "Sea Hag" ghag203@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 (1967-1969). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18OCT2013 | 17MAY99]

HALE, Winslow "Windy" wghale@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-18 (1968-1970) and VA-82 (1969-1970) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida..." [28OCT2019]

HAMILTON, Leonard leonard_hamilton@kimautomation.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1961-1965 Crew 3 (Paywindow 3) and Crew 8. Nice to see the names of former Shipmates. We went to many places, saw many beautiful sights, worked hard, and had a lot of fun together. Thanks guys. Retired in 1981..." [08APR2004]

Memorial Picture "...HAUCK, ADR1 John William Jr...My Grandfather, John William Hauck, Jr., a Combat Air Crewman passed away. According to his records he not only served with the United States Air Force but also with the United States Navy (both Active and Reserve). His records indicate he served with VPB-18, VPB-98, VU-6, VPB-2 Operational Training Unit (OTU)-3 and FAW-2. He also served aboard numerous Naval Air Stations including NAS Banana River, Florida, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Lake City, Florida (Aircrew Training), NAS Norfolk, Virginia . He received numerous awards while serving with VPB-18 as a Plane Captain including the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Air Medal (April 3-17, 1945), Gold Star in lieu of the Second Air Medal (April 21-27, 1945), Gold Star in lieu of the Third Air Medal (May 2-20, 1945), Distinguised Flying Cross (April 5 through July 4, 1945), Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (April 1 through July 31, 1945), Good Conduct and American Theatre Okinawa. I would like to hear from any of his former Shipmates..." Contributed by William O'Daniel Jr. williamodaniel@insightbb.com [10OCT2008]

HERRING, Paul pherring@woh.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 (1956-1960), VP-30 DetAlpha NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1962-1964), VP-49 (1962-1965), 6003RD Support Squadron Taiwan (1965-1967), VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1967-1968), Monterey Post Graduate School (1969-1970), VP-45 (1971-1973), Second Fleet Staff (1974-1976), and Retired 1976. Enjoyed all of my flying time in the VPNAVY..." [30MAY2003]

Memorial Picture "...HERZOG, Harvey...It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that my loving husband, Harvey Herzog passed away peacefully on January 20, 2003. Harvey was treated for prostate cancer last year and months after completing radiation treatment; complications arose, which ultimately led to his passing. His children and I are preparing to celebrate his life at a memorial service, scheduled for Saturday February 8, 2003 at 3:00 pm at his beloved Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. While we are devastated by our loss, we also celebrate the fact that Harvey lived his life to the fullest, a point of which I'm sure you would all agree. Although you are certainly invited to his memorial, we understand that this may not be possible and hope that you will attend in spirit. Sincerely, Cheri Herzog HHerzog991@aol.com..." [27JAN2003]

HERZOG, LCDR Harvey Retired Shipmate Pix HHerzog991@aol.com "...Born November 14, 1926, Enlisted United States Navy December 1943, Aviation Radio Training NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Aerial Gunnery School, Yellow Water, FL, Operational Training SBD Douglas Dauntless, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, them PBM Mariner aircraft, NAS Banana River, Florida. Designated COmbat Aircrewman January 4, 1945. VPB-18, battle of Okinawa. Sixteen combat missions operating from Kerema Retto Shima, Okinawa supported by Seaplane Tender USS St. George AV-16. VP-42, 2 Korean deployments, 1 NAS Kodiak, Alaska 1950-1954. Promoted through the ranks to Aviation Chief Radioman (ALC). July 1956 appointed ENSIGN USN (T) Officer designator 1352. Heavy Attack Training Unit Pacific, VAH-123 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington instructor all-weather attack. Designated Naval FLight Officer A3D Skywarrior 1957. Served 3 Vietnam deployments Heavy Attack Squadron EIGHT USS Midway Carrier Air Group TWO, USS Constellation Carrier Air Group FIFTEEN 1960-1966. VAH-128 Replacement Air Group. Qualified NFO A6B Intruder. Staff, COMFAIRWHIDBEY Attack Training Officer. Staff CINCPACFLT Attack Readiness and Training Officer 1968-1970. Retired January 1, 1970 rank of LCDR. Awards include DFC, Asiatic Pacific (1 star), 11 Air Medals, Korean Theater (7 stars), Navy Unit Citation (2 Bronze stars), Navy Commendation Medal (2 combat V). On November 11, 1997 aboard USS Yorktown, inducted into the Enlisted Combat Aircrew "Roll of Honor" for service in WWII and Korea..." [13MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...HILL, CDR Hiram Jr...It's with sadness that we report the passing of one of Squardon mates, CDR Hiram Hill, JR of Murfreesboro, NC. He passed in 2009; he will be missed by all the members of VP-861 and VP-18. CDR Hill was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. His family can be contacted thru his daughter, Jane Balance, 910-258-1145..." Contributed by CHANDLER, Bill WChand1213@aol.com [09MAY2009]

Memorial Picture "...HOFFER, Louis J...It is with regret that I share news of my father's death, Louis J. Hoffer. He served with VP-18 (1961-1963) flying as a NAO/Navigator..." Contributed by Thomas Hoffer t.hoffer@comcast.net [08JUL2017]

HOLMAN, AMH3 Henry S. Jr. spajamatop@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 (1960 to 1963) in the Metal Shop with one deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. If anyone out there has any memories they care to share feel free..." [26APR2008]

HOVERSON, Marshall P. "Tex" Shipmate PixCirca 1967 hoverson@att.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1966 to 1967 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I am looking for any persons who served with me. I know the addresses and phone numbers of a few of the guys if anyone is interested. I am looking for Tom Fogarty and Ken Hartenstien in particular..." [E-Mail Updated 26AUG2008 | PIX Added 14APR2006 | 13APR2006]

HUPP, Chuck chuckhupp@sbcglobal.net "...I was in VP-18 from Oct. '59 to Oct. '62. Saw sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR once. Some guys have all the luck.....but I enjoyed every minute of it. Always glad to hear from old (and now, older) Shipmates. I also have contact with lil Bob Lewis and Ron Gagne who are not listed here if anyone would be interested in their whereabouts? I would like info on Bob Robert Ralph Fox originally from Rochester NY if anyone can help. Have a great life..." [09FEB2007]

HUTH, ATN3 Don hhooter3@aol.com "...Served with VP-18 from 1959-1962..." [10DEC2002]

Memorial Picture "...JACKSON, ADR1 Don "Catfish"...My Dad, Don "Catfish" Jackson, served with VP-18 in late 1950 and 1960's. I think I was young anyway he passed in 1977 and I am longing for history regarding Daddy's Navy career. He served 25 years I remeber he was ADR1(?). I always remeber him saying I have been around the world 7 times and NAS Pensacola, Florida twice lol. Anybody serving with or knowing Don Catfish Jackson - I would be greatful to hear about from you. Thanks for keeping me and my family safe..." Contributed by Cheryl Jackson Mosley realestatejax@aol.com [06MAY2011]

JOHNSON, SCPO Richard Allen Retired wa5eod@windstream.net "...I served with VP-18 (1956-1959) with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I flew with Crew-5 (LG5) 5G77 as an Aviation Technician, Radio, Radar, Jezebel and MAD Operator. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 27MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 21FEB2002 | 20JUL2000]

JONES, Gene A. genesue3333@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-18 with a deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1961). I flew with Crew-6 (Radioman) which included LT Wintriss (pilot), LT(jg) (co-pilot), Bill Pryor (Plane Captain), Don Sims (Technician) and Don Huth (Technician). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15JUN2014]

KETTERER, YN2 Jack chiefjk@att.net "...I served with PamiLant at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1962 to 1963 and VP-18 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1963 to 1966 with detachments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Key West, Florida and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I also put some time in as a TAR N&MCRTC at Youngstown, Ohio from 1971 to 1975. I retired as a Federal employee and retired CMSGT with Air Force Reserve. I would like to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 14MAR2009 | 14OCT98]

KEYES, AO William P. Jr. WKeyes4127@AOL.COM "...I was a member of VP-18 from 1957 to 1960. I was the Ordinanceman on BUNO: 135547, "LG-2". Other members of the crew were as follows: PPC-H. A. Hoover ("J EDGAR"), CP-R. A. Hall, NAV-M. A. Strong, PC-M. J. Coleman ("RAUNCHY"), 2nd MECH.-J. P. Pence, 1st TECH.-M. F. Finnerman ("MOTHER"), 2nd TECH.-G. T. Bilderback, 1st RADIO-T. P. Clarke, and 1st ORD- W. P. Keyes ("WILLY PETER"). This was the best crew I ever flew with and the best time of my life in the Navy. I only know the whereabouts of one crew member at this time and that's T. P. CLARKE. I have an official Navy photo of BUNO: 135547 in her prime and a photo of the right wing searchlight/fuel tank after it was hit by lightning while we were airborne and sucsessfuly landed back at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. If any of you guys are out their contact me..." [29MAY99]

KIMBRO, Charles rackets@att.net "...I served with VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1955 to 1957. I flew as lst Tech and Radar & Radio. Point of interest, in June of 1957, flew patrols out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Our mission was to locate the Nose Cones of rockets fired sub-orbital from Cape Canaveral to South of P.R. On one flight, we had a civilian on the plane with us as an observer, he was in the Nose of the plane with me as we were using SARA gear to pick up the beacon on the nose cones and then give co-ordinance to Destroyers in area to pick it up and send back to canaveral. After we landed back at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, I inquired as to who the civilian was and was informed that it was none other than Werner Von Braun, father of our Space Program. If anyone out there served in VP-18 during 1955 to 1957, would like to hear from you..." [E-Mail UPdated 14AUG2009 | E-Mail Updated 20JUN2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 11MAR2008 | 00SEP1999]

KIRBY, William V. (Bill) Williamvk@webtv.net "... served with VP-861/VP-18 as an AD3 on ground crew #9 (Ithink)!! I was also log yoeman for about 6 months. I made the Malta excursion in 1953 & Iceland for 1 day on July 4 1954. I joined VP-861/VP-18 in October of 1951 & served until my discharge in November 1954. I would like VERY much to hear from anyone who served with me during that time. Hoping to hear from some of my Shipmates soon..." [28AUG99]

KRAVITZ, Ron Retired p3flyer@verizon.net "...I entered the Naval Air program in 1960 as a P2V-7 Ordnance Air Crewman with VP-18. I was released from active duty in 1963 and went active reserves in 1966. I served with VP-934 which was redesignated VP-66 and redesignated again to VP-64 (when another squadron was moved down from New York). I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1974 and served with VP-65 in NAS Point Mugu, California. I went to P-3 flight Engineer School in 1975 and was recalled to active duty in January 1976. I stayed on active duty touring with VP-64, VP-69 and NAS Dallas, Texas. I was part of the team that opened up NAS Fort Worth JRB. I retired in August of 1996. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25OCT2008 | E-Mail Updated 10JAN2003 | 08NOV98]

KRENRICH, Robert E. bokrenn@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1959 to 1963 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1959), NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1961) and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1962). I worked as Air Intelligence and Air Photo Intelligence Yeoman. Flew as extra crewman with LG-6, LG-8 and others running the cameras during the Cuban Crisis. I also conducted aircraft and ship recognition classes during Springboard operations. Would like to hear from any Shipmates from this era..." [08APR2009]

KUNKEL, CAPTAIN Larry Retired lkunkel@erols.com "...VP-11 ('61-'63); VP-18 ('66-68); & VC-5 ('72-74); NAVAIR; & NAVWESA..." [20JUL99]

LAMY, Gerald c/o His Son Tom Lamy NPMHU237@aol.com "...Could you please help me find anyone who was in VPB 18 C-16 Okinawa, Saipon, toyko My father was in that squadron and was a tail gunner on the PBM. Any info please contact me. His name was Gerald Lamy I'm his son Tom Lamy..." [19AUG2000]

LAWTON, AO3 Larry brelar@suite224.net "...Reported for duty with VP-18 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida July 1964. We then moved the Squadron to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was with the 3 A/C detachment at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 2 or 3 times between 1965 and 1966. I was not on a flight crew -groundpounder -flew left seat in yellow power wagon. Hung a lot of 5" rockets. Unhung a few too..." [E-Mail Updated 15JAN2002 | 06FEB2001]

Memorial Picture "...LINGHAM, PO1 Frederick...Frederick Charles Lingham, 60, of Bremerton died Feb. 14, 1999, at Harrison Hospital. He was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Lockport, N.Y., to Charles F. and Mary (Merritt) Lingham. He was raised and educated in Lockport and graduated from Lockport High School in 1956. Mr. Lingham entered the Navy in 1957, and retired as a petty officer first class in 1978. During his service he was stationed at the Naval Photographic Center, Washington, D.C.; VP-18, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; USS Yellowstone; Combat Camera Group Atlantic; Pacific Fleet headquarters, Hawaii; Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor; and USS Coral Sea. He later worked as a police officer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, for Kitsap Mall security and as a bartender at the White Pig Tavern. On July 2, 1978, he married Margaret Doering in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife; a son, Thomas C. Lingham of Bremerton; a daughter, Kimberly D. Lingham of Peoria, Ill.; a sister, Ann Frances Baker of Medina, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Craig Lingham of Peoria. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. http://www.thesunlink.com/local/obits/feb99.html..." [24DEC2003]

LUCAS, Raymond W. Sr. C/O Raymond Lucas raymondlucas@yahoo.com "...Looking for anyone stationed with my father, Raymond W. Lucas Sr., in VP-18 sometime between 1960to 1964 (probably 1961-1963 NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [21AUG2003]

LUEKER, Denny Retired dlueker@capital.net "...Served in VP-18 67-68, VP-8 68-70, VP-30 70-73, VP-23 73-77, VP-10 77-80 and ASW Directorate NATC 80-84. Would enjoy hearing from any old shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUL99 | 00XXX97]

MacDONALD, AMS3 Craig mrtiptop1943@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 (20DEC66-18DEC67)..." [13NOV2014]

MARCHBANKS, Lloyd A. lam6@cdc.gov "...I was a mechanic with VP-18 from May 1962 to December 1965..." [09MAY2000]

MARTIN, Donald c/o his Son Peter Martin pmartin4@san.rr.com "...My father Donald Martin flew with VPB-18 during 1944-45. I am interested in contacting anyone that may have knew him..." [13DEC99]

McCOLLUM, ADR2 Harold phantom32068@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (1968) with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR as a Plane Captain/Engineer. I flew one of the last planes to Virgina in 1968 when the Squadron disestablished..." [07JUL2011]

McCOY, AMS2 Richard (MAC) rmccoy8627@aol.com "...I served in VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1956-1960. I flew on LG5 (145914). New crew members were the following: LCDR L. L. Miller PPC, Lt (jg) C. L. Beck, Lt.(jg) W. T. Boguslawski, W. F. Kennedy AD2, R.A. McCoy AMS2, B.R. Wood AT2, E.L. Prince AO3, R.E. White ATR3, and (?) Peters ATR3. I would like to correspond with anyone who was in VP-18 during 1956-1960..." [13FEB2000]

McENEANY, LT Daniel M. (Mike) (USNR) dmmceneany@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 from August 1963 to July 1966. Did part of split tour in NS Rota, Spain. Changed home port with squadron from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Did my time in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Flew on Crew 1 with Tom Dam, Jack Hicks, Jack Lane. Flew with Walt Thomas. Also flew with Wes Emch, Joe Crosby, Dan Simmons. Then as PPC on Crew 2. Would love to hear from Shipmates that served with me..." [04JAN2004]

McKNIGHT, Ralph info@thepasadenacollection.com "...I served with VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1951 to 1955. I was a radio and radar operator. My aircraft was named "Snow Cloud." Looking for any former Shipmates..." WebSite: http://www.thepasadenacollection.com/ [10APR2006]

MONROE, Frank fmon@erols.com "...I served with VP-16 from 1965 through 1967 then VP-18 until they were deactivated in September 1968. Then Flight Test Divison of NARF Norfolk, Virginia to test fly P-3's and a couple of P2's after overhaul..." [17JAN2002]

MORROW, ETCS (SS)(AC) David H. Retired twomorrowsbnb@juno.com "...I served with VP-22 from 1953 to 1954. I married and shipped out in January 1955. Couldn't stand MT winters so reuped and served with FASRON-117 VP-48 (P5M's), FASRON-108 NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-18 (P2V-7S's) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Then I got some sea duty and commissioned the USS kitty Hawk and deployed around the horn to a new home port of San Diego. In 1963 I switched to ETC and went to the Submarine USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 GOLD to get back to the Islands. Was there to 1969 and went to the USS Halibut (SSN-587). On the USS Halibut (SSN-587) I got to see what rusion rivers looked like. Read all about me in the book called "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage" written by Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew. I made the first two deployments with the USS Halibut (SSN-587) and the retired as ETCS (SS) (AC). Wings and Dolphins! There are so few of us. Worked for the Indian Health Service for 20 years on Indian reservations from San Diego, CA to Barrow, Alaska fixing & calibrating medical equipment..." [17FEB2003]

MOULIN, AWC "Dick" Retired rmoulin@ctel.net "...VP-18, VP-8, VPU-1, Special Projects, NATC ASW Test, CPWL, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5), FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington-- Retired '80, 5600 P-3 Flight hrs, 2024 P2 Flight hrs. Qualified Aircrew P2/P3/WV-1/F3D/F4H -- and got 1 ride in a blimp just before it decomissioned. Duty Assignments: - NAS Glynco/USNAVCIC Scol, '60-'62 - USS Saratoga, VA-36 Roadrunners, Cuban crisis ' '62, Med '63 - USS Enterprise, VA-66, Med '64, Operation Sea Orbit '64 - VP-18 Crew 7&1, (Roos Rds/ NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba/DOMREP), '65-'67 - FAETUPAC NAS Whidbey Island, Washington '68-'70 Weapons System Test (WST) & Non-Acoustic Instructor - VP-8 '70-'74, SS1, Crew 12, "The Tale of the Tiger" - Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Special Projects (Old Buzzards), '74-'75. Senior Acoustic Inel Analyst/Operator - Naval Air Test Center, ASW Directorate, P-3 Test. Acoustic Projects Test Chief, P-3 Skeds Officer '75-'78...Tech Evals; AQA-7 (3V), P-3 Super B, P3C UD1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, SLOT, SS Operator interactive displays. Flight Evals; Super B, UD 1, 2, 2.5, UYS-1, IRDS. Omega Nav, Interactive Displays, TSCCS, Link 11. Factory Acceptance: IRDS, UD 2.5, 14B44, UYS-1. (Yep, you can blame most of the things used in current P-3's on me and the other guys at NATC/ASW/P-3 Test in the late '70's). - Special Projects (Old Buzzards) Senior Acoustic Operator '78-'80 - Retired 1980 -Vitro Corp, SOS Bath, '80-'83, programmer FFG-7 project - Summit Research Corp, COMPATWINGSLANT '83-'94 Tactical Information Management System, Site Manager/ Technology Advisor/ AIRDAS Project Manager/ NATO MPA Data & Programming Standards Committee/CNO ISAR Data Base Manager - LL Bean, Freeport, Maine, '95-pres. Customer Service representative/newhire,rehire training. Comments: From a position of semi retirement I'll say that I throughly enjoyed my 34 years of association with the airdale Navy. Most enjoyable was my time as an aircrewmember, and as a civilian at CPWL. A number of us retired in the Brunswick area, so I still see a lot of old Shipmates from CPWL, VP-8 and Special Projects. I remain fairly current on VP issues through the VPI magazine, and my son-in-law, who is an active duty chief presently assigned to the "Buzzards". Good luck &, "keep flying 'em safe"..." [07APR98]

MOSSBURG, Albert L. Jr. almosscjm@aol.com "...I flew in VP-18 Neptunes out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1965-1966. I can still remember the long 14 hour patrols sitting in the radio compartment listening to the traffic. I can remember the Morse Code calls I made to Goose Bay, Newfoundland for weather and temperature checks and after hearing that it was -12 I would inform those poor suckers that it was 87 and sunny where I was. I remember the detachment of two planes from our squadron at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the missles pointed at "Gitmo" from Guantanamo City, just on the other side of the fence. I plan a trip to Loquillo in Puerto Rico with my family in August of 2000. It will be my first trip back. I would love to hear from anyone who served with VP-18 during the years 1965 to 1967. The old girl shook, rattled, and rolled but I loved her like a mistress. The view from the front dome has never been paralelled by any amusement ride or any other panoramic view. Flying with the back windows opened, dropping box lunch garbage on Russian ships, and generally having the best times of my life with my crew co-horts are just a few of the memories I will carry to the end of my life..." [30APR2000]

Memorial Picture "...MULLOY, RADM Paul Joseph...My father, RADM Paul J. Mulloy, USN (ret), passed away September 24, 2016. SEE: RADM Paul Joseph Mulloy Obituary PDF. His VP tours included: VP-26, VP-44 and VP-18. BTW, when my father was Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic (COMPATWINGSLANT) and was responsible for bringing Jay R. Beasley back into the VP community and was with Jay R. Beasley during Jay’s 25,000th landing..." Contributed by MULLOY, CDR Stephen "Steve" Retired steve.mulloy@outlook.com [30MAR2023]

Memorial Picture "...MURPHY, CDR George A Shipmate PixCirca 1953...Regretfully announcing the January 21, 2007, passing of a dear father and 50 year husband to my mother, CDR George A. Murphy, Retired, who formally served in VP-42, VP-18, and VW-11 in the late 50's and early 60's, as well as being assigned to two tours on the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard in the very early 70's. We will always love you. Inquiries may be sent to me...Glen A. Murphy gmurphyesq@gmail.com..." [E-Mail Updated 09SEP2019 | 22JAN2007]

MURPHY, CDR George A. Retired Murphycdr@aol.com "...Served in VP-42, VP-18, and VW-11 in the early 60's. Any Reunion information would be appreciated..." See History [E-Mail Updated 27AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 24MAR2002 | E-Mail Updated 28AUG98 | 22MAY98]

NADEAU, MCPO Paul Retired nadeau.paul@gmail.com "...Joined VP-18 in 1964, assigned to Crew 4. Made usual mini-deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and an exciting UNITAS VII trip in 1966 with Crew 5. Still long for the smell of 115/145 Avgas in the morning! Nothing like the droning roar of those 3350's either! Left VP-18 in 1968 for a tour of shore duty at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, SAR duty in Helos (H34's, H2's), then Hueys. On to VP-45, with trips to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. On to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, as the AIMD Maintenance Chief, but instead got selected as the Command Master Chief for NAS/NATC Patuxent River, Maryland for four years. Retired in 1979, flew with the Customs Air Wing for two years, then on to work at the NAVAIR Depot in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I'm stiil pluggin away. Stay in touch..." [30JAN2006]

NANSTEEL, ADCS(AC) Robert L. "Pappy" Retired bobgert1@netins.net "...Shipmates (fellow Bat Men). AHOY from the "Original OLD BAT", and I have a big red easy chair to prove that title. I was best known as PAPPY NANSTEEL, my given name is Robert L. Nansteel ADCS(AC) U.S.N. Ret.. retired from VP-24 in May of '79 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. At retirement I had logged 12,000+ total flight hrs. 5,000+ hrs. in P-3B/C A/C,, 3,000+ hrs.in C-130E A/C, 2,200+ hrs. in P2V-7 A/C, 1,200+ hrs. in C-118 A/C, Instructor/Examiner qualified in all of them. The remainder of flight time in various naval aircraft (i.e, UF-1, AD-5W, F3D-2T2, R4D, JRF-4, SNB/JRB-5, etc.) and a few others I'd just as soon forget. All of them however were single wingers. My naval duties were as follows: Great Lakes Boot Co. # 389, OCT. '48--NAS Flight Operations, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. JAN.'49--VF-921/84 OCT.'51 with cruises on the U.S.S. Tarawa, Antietem, Lake Champlain, and Bennington.--O&R Flight Test NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island AUG. '54--Mobile FASRON-121 Chinco. VA. SEPT. '56--VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida APRIL '59--VR-6 McGuire AFB NJ. MAY '62--VR-3 McGuire AFB NJ. NOV.'62--VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland July '67--VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland & NAS Jacksonville, Florida until retirement in May '79--Retired in Hanger 1000 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Held Full Dress Inspection, piped over the side by ABH-1 Lanier, Side Boys ADCS Bayless, Burris, & Bell, AMCS Cannady, & Espinosa, AWCS Williams, AXCS Boatright, & ATCS Denny. Any names sound familiar? Thank you all for a very touching day. Fair winds and following seas to all. Hope to see some of you at E-Mail..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2005 | 19FEB2000]

NEGRON, CDR Delis Jr. Retired dnegronjr@aol.com "...I flew with VC-62 from February 1950 to September 1951. I flew on the FDR F8F-2P photo detachment in the Med cruise January 1951 to May 1951. I was based at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida from June 1951 to September 1951...I served with VC-61 from 1954-1955 at NAS Miramar and flew F2H-2P's, F9F-2P's, and Cougars. Some of my Shipmates were John Condren, Walt Zimbeck, Cliff Nord, Ted Daum. Skippers were Conatzer and Bangs. I flew off the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) in Panthers. I served with VP-18 from 1962-1964. I was OinC of Air Detachments in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and Key West. Acting XO in a Split NAS Keflavik, Iceland- NS Rota, Spain deployment. Commander Air Units for Unitas deployment to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. Served under Andy Anderson and Sam Mansfield. Would like to hear from Shipmates of that era..." [BIO Updated 25JAN2003 | 10JAN2003]

NELLANS, AT2 Richard L. (Nellie) rnellans@chartermi.net "...I arrived in VP-18 fresh from ATA School and APS20 Radar School as an AT3 in mid 1956; The CO on my arrival was CDR Cooper; I was discharged as an AT2 from the squadron in Sep 1959. I started on Crew 11 with LCDR Campbell (former submariner) and ended with Lt. Wolkensdorfer's Crew 4. However, I flew with several other crews during deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Haiti, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I would like to hear from any of my squadron mates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 06MAY2005 | 03MAY2001]

NESMITH, AM1 Thomas D. Jr. c/o Norman Nesmith nwnesmith1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-861 and VP-18 (1951-1955). I would like to hear from former Shipmates and any Reunions..." [12MAY2012]

NEU, AMS2 Bob bneu57@gmail.com "...I served with VP-18 (1958-1961). I attended the 100th Year of Naval Aviation event in San Diego last year and 2011 Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) Reunion and Symposium aboard NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I have a P2V Neptune Patch that I hired an embroidery company in Chicago to manufacture and I've been selling them to USN and RCAF veterans at my cost. If anyone would like more information about the patch you can reach me via email..." [15MAR2012]

NEWMAN, MARK mknewman@mediaone.net "...I WAS A MEMBER OF VP-18, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR FROM 1966-1968. AM LOOKING NFOR OTHER MEMBERS..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR99 | 07JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...NICHOLSON, John Howell...Shipmate Pix...My Dad, John Howell Nicholson, is deceased. He took Basic at NAS Great Lakes, Illinois, Communications Training at NAS Seattle, Washington, reaching MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in February, 1942. He joined Patrol Wing 1/FAW-1 and flew missions with them from NOB Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands and NAB Henderson/Carney Field, Guadalcanal. Afterward, he went to HedRon FAW-8 at NAS Alameda, California, and later flew with VPB-98, VPB-99 and VPB-100. He was in combat with VPB-18 from March to August, 1945, and received the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from active duty in December, 1960...Jon Nicholson nicholson_jon@yahoo.com..." [29MAY2009]

OLSON, Rich 4rich@nycap.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 out of Rosie Roads in Puerto Rico from 65 until it was decomissioned in 68. We got to spend a month in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba every third month. Was on flight crew all of the time as a electronics tech/Jez operator for my entire tour with the squadron. Did 10 hour patrols every third day and loved it! Haven't seen anything on VP-18 - Flying Phantoms - on the site yet and see you don't have anything on the "Mishap" we had at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We either blew a tire on landing or it was flat when we landed. We ran off the runway and into the arresting gear housing blockhouse and totally destroyed the aircraft. Tore the starboard wing about off, collapsed the gear on the port side, and slid a good piece down the runway. Fortunately there was no fire or injuries, and it was not even our bird. We had taken the ready one aircraft that day! The regular crew was not too happy! Keep up the good work on the site. I will bookmark it and come back to check the many areas I haven't visited yet. By the way, I saw a P-2 once at Oshkosh around 1990. Was being restored by some museum. Haven't seen it back at Oshkosh..." [E-Mail Update 27MAR98]

OWENS, Robert J. Jr. remo5@localnet.com "...VP-18 served as a Flight Crew Technician, crew 12 from 1962 thru 1964. Crew 2 of Unitas 1964-65. I am looking for any flight crew from that same era..." [04DEC2004]

PATRICOLA, Salvatore spatricola@jam.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1964 to 1966. I joined the squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and moved with them to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was 4 technician and radioman on Crew Nine. I was with the crew that went on the N.A.T.O. cruise to Londonderry Ireland. We also spent three out of every twelve weeks flying patrols out of NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Danny Redding was our Plane Captain. If I'm not mistaken we made Alpha Crew in 1965..." [01JAN2007]

PAVLIK, George gpavlik@swbell.net "...I served with VP-18 with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [06JAN2011]

PELOWSKY, Ed edcarol@tds.net "...I served with VP-18 from July 1962 to July 1964. I worked in the Opertation Department. Deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Was part of the NS Rota, Spain deployment in 1963. Played on the Squadron's flag football team while at NS Rota, Spain. Was on a short deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1964 just before I left and went back to civil life..." [E-Mail Updated 27JAN2010 | 09SEP2004]

Memorial Picture "...PETERSEN, LCDR John S...I am sorry to have to write about this, but my Father, John S. Petersen, has passed away. Dad requested that we have no services or memorial for him. Dad served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." Contributed by Elizabeth Petersen Boyd lizardson@hotmail.com [29JAN2009]

PETERSEN, LCDR John S. Retired mingo@clinic.net "...I served with FASRON-109 (1956 to 1959), VP-18 (1959 to 1961), VX-1 (1961 to 1963), VP-16 (1964 to 1970), NAS Bermuda (1970 to 1972), VP-23 (1972 to 1975), MATTC Memphis, Tennessee (AW School) (1975 to 1978), NFO Training (1978 to 1979), VP-10 (1980 to 1984) and PM-4/ASWMPG (1984 to 1986)..." [06DEC2007]

Memorial Picture "...PFEIFFER, CAPTAIN Paul Retired Shipmate Pix ppfeiffer050@adelphia.net ...Paul served with VP-18 from 1959 to 1961. He passed away in his sleep on March 20th, 2005. His assignments while in the Navy were Advanced Instrument Flight Instructor, NAS Hutchinson, Kansas; Plane Commander, Fleet Support Squadron 105, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Patrol Plane Commander, VP-18, NAS Jacksonville, Florida; Analyst/Evaluator Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC), San Diego; Advisor/Coastal Surveillance Center Officer, Vung Tau, Republic of Viet Nam; Analysis/Programmer, Project Leader, Program Manager, and Detachment Officer-in-Charge tours in Washington, D.C. and London, England; Executive Officer, Technical Director and Commanding Officer Assignments at the Navy Regional Data Automation Center (NARDAC), and head of the World Wide Military Command and Control Joint Matters Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Commanding Officer, Navy Regional Data Automation Center, Washington, D.C..." [21MAR2005]

PFEIFFER, CAPTAIN Paul Retired (Deceased 20MAR2005) Shipmate Pix CAPTAIN, Retired ppfeiffer050@adelphia.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1959 to 1961..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2004]

PIERCE, AWC Josh Retired pawpawpierce@charter.net "...I was a VP SAILOR for most of my 20 years. I served in VX-1, VP-18, VP-5, VP-30 and retired from VP-45. I started as an AT then AX,then AW and loved every minute of it. I retired as AWC in July 75 from VP-45 I would like to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28DEC2004 | 12FEB2001]

POLLOCK, CAPTAIN Thomas F. http://www.history.navy.mil/ar/papa/pollock.htm "...Captain Thomas Franklin Pollock was born in Saticoy, California, on 8 August 1911. He attended Chaffee High School and Chaffee Junior College in Ontario, California and the University of California at Berkeley. For eighteen months, during 1933 and 1934, he was employed by the General Electric Company in Ontario, California. From 1934 to 1935, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve, attached the 9th Corps. Enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve in August 1936, Captain Pollock had elimination flight training at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Long Beach, California. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet in the Naval Reserve in December 1936 and after flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1938. He was commissioned as an Ensign to date from 1 January 1938. He joined the Regular Navy in 1941, and continued to advance in rank to Captain, to date from 1 July 1956. From February 1938 to February 1943, Pollock served with VP-18, VP-13, VP-26, VP-102, and VP-101 operating from Pearl Harbor, San Diego, the Philippine Islands and the Java-Australia areas. In 1939, he participated in the mass flights of PBY squadrons to the Philippine Islands with CPW-10-. After the loss of his aircraft by enemy action in 1941, he became a member of a Navy Bluejacket Battalion (Infantry) on Bataan. In January 1942, he escaped from Corregidor to Java on the submarine USS Seawolf and in April 1942, four days prior to the fall of the Philippines, flew a PBY seven thousand miles from Perth to Corregidor, and returned to deliver medicine and evacuate nurses and civilians. For these actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, and he earned the right to wear the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon awarded to VP-101 and VP-102. During the period of February 1943 to December 1944, Captain Pollock was the Officer-in-Charge of the Experimental Unit of the Headquarters Squadron, FAW-14, and Officer-in-Charge of the Air Unit at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California. In 1943, he fired the first rockets from naval aircraft, including the 1,200 lb Tiny Tim and assisted in the development of magnetic detection techniques for antisubmarine warfare. He received a Letter of Commendation, with authorization to wear the commendation ribbon. He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Government of Great Britain. He was then the Officer-in-Charge of Air Support Training Unit 6 and as such developed air support tactics for amphibious operations in the Pacific. In July 1945, he assumed command of Air Support Control Unit #9, which, under his command, participated in the occupation of Japan. From January 1946 to May 1947, he was a student at the Naval War College and General Line School, Newport, Rhode Island, and between June and September 1947, attended a refresher course in multi-engine aircraft at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. He had Prospective Executive Officer/Prospective Commanding Officer training at Ream Field, Imperial Beach, California until November 1947. He then became Commanding Officer of VP-4. As such, he completed the first aerial mapping survey of Southeast Alaska, covering over 50,000 square miles for the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. He received a special award for winning the Flight Safety Award for three consecutive quarters. From June 1949 to July 1952, Captain Pollock was an instructor at the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in that assignment, participated in the early atomic tests at Desert Rock, Nevada. Following duty as Special Assistant (plans for atomic matters) to the Commander Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he reported in February 1953 as executive officer of the escort carrier, USS Mindoro. After the carrier conducted early U.S. Marine Corps helicopter troop landing operations for the development of vertical envelopment concepts, Pollock was reassigned to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Division 16, as Operations Officer. In that post, he developed antisubmarine warfare tactics and advanced magnetic detection techniques and participated in the NATO antisubmarine warfare exercise CENTERBOARD critique in Lisbon. He was Atomic Plans Officer on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific, from February 1956 to May 1958, after which he served as Aviation Budget Officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. In that capacity he participated in Congressional appropriations committee budget hearings. In June 1959, he assumed command of USS Canisteo. In June 1960, he was detached to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations to the Commander, Antisubmarine Defense Force, Pacific. On 19 October 1961, he reported as Commander, FAW-14 and in May 1963, he became Commander Fleet Air, Southwest Pacific. In March 1964, he joined the Joint Staff of the Commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, with headquarters in Saigon and in March 1965, he was ordered to duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. In addition the Army Silver Star Medal, the Commendation Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with two stars, and Order of the British Empire decoration, Captain Pollock earned the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Defense Ribbon..." [21JUL2003]

PREECE, ATRAN Walter WALTHMANN@AOL.COM "...Was an ATRAN VP-743 USNR in H/S. Active duty VP-18 1964 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR 1965. Met a lot of Canadian UK VP types in Operation Spring Board. The Canadian Argus was equal to our P-3. The Brits were flying Nimords, and Shakeltons. After my rotation, I was with an HS..." [14MAR2001]

QUITTEM, DON donquittem@prodigy.net "...I was with VP-18 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from September 1959 to September 1962. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland for 5 months and to NAS Sigonella, Sicily for 5 months during that time. I spent my time in the personnel office and left as a PN3. Being around electronics in th P2V7's rubbed off. I went to electronics school, got a job with IBM, and spent 32 years working on large computer systems until recently retiring. Sure would like to hear from anyone with VP-18 during that time..." [29JUN99]

REDDING, DANIEL W. JR danredding@worldnet.att.net "...I was a ADR3 & 2 with VP-18, VP-30, VP-31, VC-8, and VS-32. I retired 15DEC77 as a AS1. The NAVY was what life was all a bout for all of us. There will not be anthing else like it in this life time. Looking forward to some E mail..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN99 | 30AUG98]

RICHARDS, JIM slimrjc@aol.com "...WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM VP-18 1966-1968, VP-94 1975-1979, and VP-69 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1979 - 1982..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2001 | BIO Updated 21DEC98 | 20DEC98]

RICHARDS, AE2 Robert deloresrichards@vmail.com Shipmate PixCirca 1961 "...I served with VR-6 (1959-1961). I worked on the Golf Course, Line Crew and Electric Shop and VP-18 (1961-1962) flying on crew..." [PIX Added 12FEB2012 | 29NOV2011]

RIPOLL, AT1 James "Rip" Retired jmripoll@comcast.net "...Aviation Electronics Technician: Served as aircrew member in VP-7 from 01/56 until 10/58. Deployments included NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in 1956 and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1957/58. Discharged in 1958. Reenlisted, shipped to VR-3 at McGuire AFB in 1958 flying MATS C-118 aircraft as radio operator. Transfered to VP-11, 8/61 until 7/64. Deployments included NS Rota, Spain in 1963 and short tours at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Participated in "Cuban Missle Crisis" with VP-11. Transfered to shore duty, VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964. Back to sea duty in 1966 with VP-18 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for one year as a "Ground Pounder". Next, got my sea legs on DD-694, USS Ingraham for a year and a half in DASH program. Transfered to NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania for a year in 1969. Then back to NAS Brunswick, Maine for shore duty with OMD in 1971. Retired in 1973. Living in Florida and would enjoy hearing from Shipmates who served with me in the VP Navy, especially in VP-7 and VP-11. "Indeed, the time of my life!"..." [E-Mail Updated 20APR2007 | BIO Updated 11MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 09MAR2007 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 27JUL98 Updated BIO 30JUL98]

ROACH, Larry thetinbadge@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1966 to 1968 with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I can still conjure the aroma of the JP-5 fumes and squeels of the brakes as the P2V Nepture taxied. What a great collection of officers and men from whom the example and the lessons that prepared me for the future..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24OCT2009 | 11JAN2001]

ROHR, Bradford brohr56@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1963-1965) and VP-18 while they were deployed in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [23DEC2013]

RYAN, Ron ryno2@optonline.net "...I served with VP-18 (1966-1968). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12MAY2013]

SAUER, AE3 Gary eyeh8sno@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-18 fresh out of AE'A' school in spring of 1962. Got out of VP-18 in summer of 1965 (we had just gone to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR). Went to detachments in NS Rota, Spain, Key West, and R/Rds. Greatest squadron in the Navy. Have lists of personnel that went to NS Rota, Spain if anybody wants them. It's been a lot of years but have many fond memories of the FLYING PHANTOMS..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAY2003 | 08MAR98]

SCAVUZZO, Joseph Jr. joe.scacuzzo@cox.net "...I served with VP-18 from March 1964 to March 1966..." [13DEC2009]

SCHOONOVER, Will will475@hotmail.com "...I served at the OPCON center in NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1966 and 1967. We always had a three plane detachment from VP-18 out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR assigned to us flying surveillance and ASW patrols. I got to fly on Neptunes a few times and really enjoyed it. On my very first flight with VP-18 we lost our starboard engine three hours into a patrol and had to return to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Seeing the crash trucks lining the runway and assuming crash positions was a little exciting but we landed without incident. My duties at the OPCON consisted of plotting patrol locations, communicating with the aircraft while on patrol and processing photos and other information gathered by the flights. I loved the nose seat in the P2V's, what a blast. That got me hooked on flying and I obtained a private pilots license and owned my own plane for a few years. My call sign was Jet Assist when communicating with the Neptunes which were assigned call signs of Jet Assist 1, 2, or 3. I have fond memories of Gitmo and VP-18. I served under LCDR Rolland (Rollie) W. Moore, a great skipper..." [31MAR2001]

SHANNON, ABH3 James shannonjdja@comcast.net "...I served with VP-18 (1966-1968) and worked on the flight line..." [30AUG2013]

SHIELDS, AT Curtis R. crshields@tds.net "...I served with VP-18 (Crew-8) from late 1953 to September 1955. Our CO was CDR W. H. Ruth and (when I left) CDR Straker. We were deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland when my tour of duty was finished in September of 1955. Some of my close friends in the squadron at the time were Don Rizzolo, Clyde Peterson, Leon Mills and Jim Schott (all AT's). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2009 | 06JAN98]

SIMMONS, AFCM(AW) Carl Jr. navycarl@comcast.net "...I reported aboard VP-18 in December of 1963 right out of "A" School. In January 1964 I volunteered to fly as a crewmember aboard the P2V-7 and was assigned to LG3 as second mechanic. In the summer of 1964 we transferred from NAS Jacksonville, Florida to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. At NS Roosevelt Roads, PR I participated in the Dominican Republic Crisis, one NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Detachment and two Unitas Detachments. In March of 1967 my tour was over and I separated from active duty. I stayed as a drilling reservist at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana from 1967 to 1971. In 1971 I affiliated with VP-94 NAS New Orleans, Louisiana as an In-flight Plane Captain. In 1972 to 1973 we decommissioned the last P2V-7's and commissioned the first P-3A's. With VP-94 I made three NS Rota, Spain deployments and was unfortunate enough to be involved in the last accident on the P2V. I was on the jumpseat during take off on a detachment to NS Rota, Spain when the 2P pulled up the Landing Gear Handle during the takeoff roll. We ended up nose landing on the runway. Fortunately we all walked away unharmed except for a minor arm injury. In July of 1976 I rejoined the Navy as a TAR and eventually retired in the VR Program serving as Flight Engineer, NATOPS Instructor, and Wing Evaluator on the C-118 with VR-52, NAS Glenview, Illinois and CFLSW. In VR-62 NAF Detroit, Michigan I served as Maintenance and Leading Chief, in VR-54, VR-48, VR-53 and VR-46. I retired in November of 1999 as the Command Master Chief of VR-46 NAS Atlanta, Georgia. My military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (1 award), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Good Conduct Medal (7 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal. I am presently Department Chair of the Avionics/Aviation Department at Atlanta Technical College. I make my home in Dallas, Georgia with my wife Catherine, Granddaughter Brittany, Chelsea our Cocker and Gracie our Cat. I will never forget the good times, great friends and life long Shipmates in VP-18..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22JUN2005 | E-Mail Updated 24JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 04FEB99 | E-Mail Updated 01DEC98 | 11OCT98]

SIMS, Don A. vkaydona@msn.com "...Served with VP-18 as a tech on crew 6 from 1959 to 1961. Lt. G.V. Wintriss was the pilot and Lt.jg Buzz Krauss was the copilot. Don Huth was a tech and Gene Jones was our radioman. We made two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, one to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and a few to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I played center on the squadron basketball team, and we had a pretty good team with CDR Sampson and CDR Honour as the two fowards. I would like to hear from anyone with the squadron during my tour..." [30DEC2001]

SLOVEY, ASM3 Russell J. paulalyons8757@comcast.net "...I served with VP-18 (1966-1968) with deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and also served aboard the USS Forestall (CVA-59)..." [22AUG2014]

SMITH, CAPTAIN Brian W. Retired bandp514@magicnet.net "...VP-18 October 1953 to March 1957. Recently visiting my grandsons and they pulled up on the net a black and white glossy of my old aircraft. P2V-7 Buno: 135553, HF-12. We received it new in the squadron in early August 1955, deployed the next day to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. (The rest of the aircraft had already left NAS Jacksonville, Florida so I parked it on VP-16's line for the night. During pre-flight the next morning, my Plane AD1 Howell and Radioman Martinoff found that VP-16 swapped out our brand new radios with theirs from 135 series P2V-5's. I won't get into the details, but suffice it to say this lowly JG was able to get everything returned and launched within 90 minutes for the five month deployment to Iceland.) I have been looking for that site and picture but can't find it. There were some other shots as well. This particular one was taken with that K20 camera we used to carry and I suspect my ordnanceman Penny took the picture. Any clue on how to proceed will be appreciated..." [23AUG99]

SMITH, PT2 Bruce T. Shipmate Pix smith_bruce@comcast.net "...I served with VP-18 (12//1966-1968) but was on the Unitas IX deployment to South America when we received notice that the squadron was being disestablished and everybody would be gone when we got back to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I also served on several deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and occassionally took pictures on reconnaisance missions..." [11FEB2021]

SMITH, AXC James O. Retired jandi24@roadrunner.com "...I served aboard NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1958-1960), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (1960-1964), VP-18 (1964-1965), HS-2 (1966-1967), VP-30 (1968-1971), USS Wasp (1971-1972), USS Guam (1972-1975) and NSWC Dam Neck (1975-1977)..." [17APR2010]

SMITH, ABH3 Lynn teetimeman@cox.net "...I served with VP-18 (11/1964-12/1965) with a deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was responsible for getting power equipment to our aircraft, directed them where to taxi and made sure the were parked correctly..." [20APR2013]

SMITH, ATN2 Raymond E. Jr. raymondesmith@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-18 as electronics technician and aircrew member as radioman and later second tech (ATN2) during the 1962 - 1964 time period. I was part of a detachment to Key West during the Cuban missle crisis and spent many hours on flights flying over ships going in and out of Havana and noting their names and port of registry. US ports were supposed to refuse to load/unload ships after they had been seen trading with Cuba during that time. Many of the ships were British but occassionally there was a big Russian cruise ship bringing 'technicians' to/from Cuba. I was part of a deployment to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada during February and spend some time 'flying the ice patrols' with a stop or two to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was part of a 6 month detachment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and flew many times from NAS Keflavik, Iceland and will always remember the montly r/r trips to Norway and/or Denmark where we were 'exercising our NATO rights' stopping at several sites in Northern Norway before going to Oslo or Copenhagen for a few days. I was 'out on the town' in Copenhagen the night that Kennedy was shot and won't forget the people's reaction when news that our president had been killed was first broadcast there -- with many inital errors I might add -- like the 'President of Mexico was also shot' when they meant the governer of Texas, John Connelly. I made a UNITAS 'goodwill' trip to South America that lasted 103 days I will never forget. I wish I could afford to make that trip again -- and was 21 or so again too. I would like to hear from anybody who served with VP-18 during that time and still keep up with several friends from squadron..." [06APR2002]

SMITH, AT W. R. wrsmith1@hotmail.com "...I was an AT and First Tech on several flight crews (crew 3, 7, and 10) from 1963 to 1965. Went to NS Rota, Spain in 1963 and really enjoyed all the people I had the opportunity to meet and serve with during all those many years ago..." [05AUG2001]

SNOWDEN, Bobby (Bur-Rabbit) gizmopom@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1959-1961. I was a crewmember on LG3 with ADR D. D. Vaughn was Crew Chief, ADR3 William Bell & Bob Generaux. I then served with VT-2 at NAS Whitingfield, Milton, FL. from 1961-1964 with ADR1 Richard Lemay & Larry D. Wheaton. I commissioned the USS America (CVA-66) from 1964-1966 serving with Roy Meyers, Larry Ortiz & Danny Renniger. 1966-1971 Whitingfield, Milton, Fl. I served with the USS Forrestal from 1971 to 1974 with ADR2 Bill Radtke & Frank Plusksi. Retired 1975 from NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Now reside in Berea, KY. Retired from Yuasa Exide in 1999. Love to here from some of you..." [06JAN2001]

STACKHOUSE, Donnie L. dstack3629@aol.com "...I served with VP-18 for 3 years and 3 years as a FE with Crew-6 out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR..." [15APR2013]

STANTON, Austin Valentine wendystanton2003@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (08/1953-08/1957)..." [23FEB2014]

Memorial Picture "...STEFFEY, Merril F...My father, Merril F. Steffey, was a member of Crew 2 with VP-18 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in the mid-sixties. He loved his service in the Navy and had especially fond memories of his times with his crew with VP-1. Numerous occasions he would recount the many adventures and friendships....and the "UNITAS" tour. For those who remember my father I would like you to be informed that on April 11, 1992 he passed away from service related emphysema in his home state of Nebraska. He was a great husband, father, friend and citizen, and most of all, a devout patriot who loved God and his country, and last but not least, flying with you in the Navy. May God Bless you all and thank you for your service to our country and friendship to my father..." [19AR2004]

STEVENSON, CDR Barr S. Retired bstevenson1@cfl.rr.com "...Served in VP-48 1958-1962, JG to LT. PPC Crew 2. Initially part of "Group 12" as Nav and PP2P. Was Air Frames and Line Division Officer. Served for a short time as Maintenance Officer. Last few months was 2nd PPC in XO's (Ken Carter) crew. Served in VP-18 as Maintenance Officer 1966-1968 in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. OINC Unitas VIII Air Detachment for four month "cruise" around South America in 1967. PPC of Crew 12. Served in VX-5 as Project Test Pilot and OPs Officer at China Lake, CA 1968-1970. Attended PG School 1962-64. Naval War College 1970-71..." [19APR2002]

SZALKOWSKI, Mike "Ski" mikeskiski@new.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 (11/1963-03/1967) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Looking for Donnie L. Russell..." [28JAN2015]

TANIS, AE1 Jess A. jat@direct.ca "...I served with VP-18 from 1955-1959. I came out of the training center at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (Aviation Electrician Mate) and was assigned to VP-18. I was discharged in July of 1959. I have lost track of the guys I served with, but would like to establish contact again..." [09MAR2002]

TAYLOR, Jerry R. jockey38@fuse.net "...I served with VP-18 from December 1956 to December 1957 (deployment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in July 1957) and FASRON-51 at NAS Sanford, Florida from December 1957 to my discharge. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2009 | 21MAR2001]

TEAGUE, Ralph E. ralpheteague@cs.com "...Served in VP-861/VP-18 from December 1951 through November 1954. Made TADs to Malta in 1953 and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada in 1954..." [24DEC2000]

TOLBERD, Gary tbard@oakharbor.net "...Served in VP-18 1956-1958 airframes shop. Shop chief was Shurtleff. Other names I remember are John Miller, Rhody Miller, Murphy, Revelle, Ervin(AD), Tryor, Big Heath, Mean Heath, Farmer Clark, sister sookie, (the mailman), Wolverton, and many others I can't recall names. Had a bunch of draftees in sqd., All good guys. Would like to correspond with anyone there in that time period. Lots of "tales" to relate..." [13JAN99]

TURCOTTE, Bob rokinturk@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (1966-1968) with deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I flew with CAC-9 then changed to CAC-31 (new numbering system). We were at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) was captured by the captured by North Koreans. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12NOV2012 | [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2000 | 15FEB98]

TURRENTINE, AX3 Tom tdturrentine@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (1966-1967) and flew with Crew-6. First PPC was Lcdr Smithey, second was Lcdr Kunkel. Some fellow crewmembers: AX1 Paul Warr (retired as a commander, deceased), AD2 Frosty Frease, AT2 Roger Cannady, Lt Bill Pennock (died in car accident in PR), and several others whose names will come to me. I was later commissioned through AOCS, but the RIF of 75 offered me an opportunity elsewhere. I retired from the Boeing Company where I was a flight training instructor (747/777) until training was outsourced, then I worked with the airline customers in flight operations engineering technical areas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13JUL2015]

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]

VIGORITO, Tom tvigor@verizon.net Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-26 (1962-1964) as TACCO CAC-8, VP-18 Crew-3, NAVal FACility (NAVFAC) Grand Turk (1965-1966), NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1967-1970), CARrier DIVision (CARDIV)-16 (1970-1971), COMmander NAVal AIR Force U.S. AtLANTic Fleet (COMNAVAIRLANT) (1971-1974), USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) (1975-1976) and the Fleet Combat Directions SystemS Activity (FCDSSA) Dam Neck (1976-1979). I retired from Northrop Grumman in 2009 amd now living in Virginia Beach..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19FEB2015 | 01MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...VOSSELER, CAPTAIN Warren Paul "Voss"..Captain Vosseler served as Commanding Officer of VP-4 from Nov 1967 - Dec 1968. Warren Paul "Voss" Vosseler, 86, a 25 year resident of Annapolis, died October 18 at home suddenly, battling lengthy illnesses. He was born September 28, 1926 in Orange, N.J., receiving a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1949; followed by a B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA; M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan; M.S., International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Naval War College, Newport, RI. Capt. Vosseler received a Naval Academy Congressional Appointment from the State of New Jersey by Senator Robert Taft, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. Following a brief ship tour to the Arctic, he proceeded to flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida, qualifying as a Naval Aviator. Operational tours were with VP-9 deploying twice in support of the Korean War and VP-18 deploying in support of Cuban Missile Crisis and UNITAS, Joint British and Greek Operations in the Mediterranean, British and Canadian Operations in the Atlantic, and Pacific Rim Flight Exercises. He reported aboard VP-4 in 1966 as Executive Officer, eventually fleeting up as their Commanding Officer in 1967; deploying twice in support of combat operations in the Vietnam Theater of Operations. Ashore, he served as the Air Guided Missile and Air Officer at U.S. Pacific Fleet and Special Projects Officer with Navy's POLARIS missile system. Captain Vosseler completed his Naval Career in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1979 with 30 years of active duty service. He became active as a private consultant in the National Defense community. He was awarded the Air Medal (2 Awards, 1strike/ flight award), Navy Unit Commendation, World War Two Victory, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), American Campaign, Korean Service (3 Awards), Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign. Captain Vosseler was a longtime Annapolis Rotarian. Naval Academy activities included the USNA Sesquicentennial, the Annapolis Tri-Centennial, Squadron Commander of the Annapolis Chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation, life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and Association of Naval Aviation. He diligently served his community of Chesapeake Harbour as a volunteer. He loved to travel with his wife to Europe, especially Germany, where they both had family and friends. Numerous other adventures included Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, and worldwide ocean cruises. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, golf, shopping, and Bavarian Austrian folk dancing. In his later years, he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and his artistic side, including ceramic pottery, and scrapbooking the family travels. He had a lifelong love of Navy football, cheering at the last three games. Married on November 15, 1975, Captain Vosseler is survived by his wife, Ursula Vosseler; and his daughter, Leslie Carol. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, two god-children, and one delightful German mother-in-law. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. Inurnment immediately following the service. Contributions can be made in his memory to your preferred cause or charity...." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [09DEC2012]


WEPPELMAN, AM2 Ron randcw@bememc.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1955 to 1956. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13OCT2009]

WERNER, ATCS George Retired gwerner@mediaone.net "...Served in VP-18 during 1962 thru 1966. Made deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Flew as radio op. in our P2V-7s., and in the Avionics shop...I was an ARM3/c in VPB-2 1944-1945, flying PBM-3/C and PBM3/E seaplanes. Was an ARM2/c and an ARMAC2/c in VPB-208 in 1945-1947 flying PBM-3 and PBM-5 seaplanes. I flew with "Pappy" Burns, CWO3, as an ARM1/c, changed to AT1, in 1948-1950 and we ferried PBMs and PBY-5 and 5-a seaplanes from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to the west coast for overhaul with VR-31, in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Rode the aircraft carriers with VA-35 for 4 years and then served with VP-18 during 1961-1963 with crew 13 as radioman, flying in our "hotshot" P2V-7 patrol planes, with "two Turnin", and "two Burnin" . We were the "E" squadron for years and the other squadrons in the wing - VP-5, VP-7, VP-16 had P2V-5 a/c. We thought we should get the first P3V a/c but the "Wing" didn't want 2 squadrons transitioning at the same time, so we kept the 7's. Don't know if they got the P3V before being decommissioned in 1968, since I left the squadron in Mar.1963 and retired as an ATCS. "VP sailors" are all a special breed of cat, and if you don't believe that, check all the wrecked bars around the world! Best wishes to all who had the privilige to fly with 2 or more "fans"..." [00XXX97

WHITE, AE John W. jwhite198@tampabay.rr.com "...I served with VP-861 (January 1951) and was discharged June 1954 from VP-18. I would to locate a VP-861 Patch (Logo). I believe it was Neptune riding a Dolphin. I was a AE and was on the crew which flew a broken bird home from Malta in 1953..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAY2010 | 12MAY99]

WICKSTROM, CLAY cwick66@hotmail.com "...Served w/VP-18 3-68 thru decomm. 2/3-week detachments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Flew on Crew-31 with Hugo Ronceros, Dan Kiser, Bob Sykes, and a host of others that I cannot recall..." [16MAY98]

WIDENER, LCDR Harrell L. "Hal" Retired c/o Liz Widener ewidener@bellsouth.net "...I am Hal's wife (Liz Widener). Hal served with VP-18 (before we met) and VP-8 (after we married) from 1971 to 1973. Hal is unable to write now as he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I am sure he would like to hear from former Shipmates. Thanks..." [27APR2009]

WILHELM, Leo leowilhelm28@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-18 (1955-1958). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [25JUL2011]

WILSON, AT2 Ron w4wilson@cox.net "...I served with VP-18 from 1958 to 1961. I flew with Crew 1..." [18NOV2007]

WILSON, AX2 Steve sk.ydoghp@gmail.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1965 to 1967. At first I was on Crew-11 and we flew BUNO: 140983. When BUNO: 140983 went to O&R we were assigned BUNO: 147955 and I flew on it until assigned to Crew-3. They were flying BUNO: 140983 at that time so during most of my 3 years in the squadron I was assigned to BUNO: 140983. It was a good plane..." [04MAY2011]

WINTRISS, CDR Vic gvw@san.rr.com "...I served with METG (later VT-6), VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-44 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Does anyone have a picture of the METG (VT-6) side/tail number painting scheme?..." [03JAN2004]

WOOD, Bob R. jbwood215@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-18 from January 1958 until February 1961. I was a crew member of crew 1/7 for the three years in VP-18 as electronics tech. My specialty was the M.A.D. gear and spent a lot of time in the MAD shack adjusting all the MAD equipment. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in the winters and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in the summers. Bill Kennedy was a crew chief and Richard McCoy 2nd Mech. Bob White and T.L. Peters electronic techs and radioman. E. L. Prince was oridanceman. LT(jg) Boguslawki was navigator. LCDR LL Miller was pilot, and LTJG Reis and LT(jg) Beck were co-pilots. This was crew 7 who served together 1959 to 1960..." [10DEC2006]

YULE, ADCS Dennis Retired yuletyde5@aol.com "...I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who was with VP-18 from 1/1/66 to Decommisioning in 1968 and anyone who was on the best crew in the squadron, crew 10. Also I would like to know if there is any way possible to purchase a VP-18 PATCH..." [26JAN98]

ZICHT, CDR Austin L. Retired c/o Steve Zicht zicht@aol.com "...My Dad served in the US NAVY aviator from 1946 to 1972 moving from enlisted to officer and earning his wings in 1947. He served with with VP-MS-9 / VP-49 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1940's), VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (1950's and early 1960's), project Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter (DASH) (1962-1963) aboard the USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709), VP-18 XO/CO (12/1965-10/1967) at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and XO of the USS POCONO (AGC-16) until retiring in 1972. Dad would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [05FEB2016]

ZIEMBA, Clarence cz52415@alltel.net "...I served with VP-18 NAS Jacksonville, Florida on Crew 9 from 1956 to March 1960..." [06APR2001]

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