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Note NOTICE: "...I am doing some research for a possible book. I am looking for any information on when VP-19 and VP-50 first started receiving women in the squadron maintenance and aircrew. While I was in VP-31 I was the CNAP P-3C IFT Evaluator and I gave a checkride to a young lady. I believe it was either 1979 or 1980 she was in VP-19. Also when did VP-31 start using dedicated observers for pilot training flights. I believe there were three females who qualified for the observer position around 1979. Jennifer, Marti, and Christy. They attended Deep Water Environmental Survival Training (DWEST) with the XO CDR Howard I believe..." Contributed by KUSMIERZ, CWO4 Richard T. Retired kusi555@hotmail.com [28MAR2023]

Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-50 (1967-1969) and claiming disability compensation. I have heart problems, kidney problems and Parkinson's Disease. Am having problem proving I was in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I see there are other people having the same problem. Is anyone able to help? Any help would be appreciated..." Contributed by MORENO, ADR1 Eduardo enamoreno@aol.com [22MAR2016]

Note NOTICE: "...My husband, John "Shakey" LYSIC, served with VP-19 (MID-1960's) at NAS Moffett Field, California VP-22 (LATE-1960's) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VP-50 (1970's) at NAS Moffett Field, California. He was an Aviation Ordnanceman. I have to PROVE that he got off the plane in Vietnam when with VP-19. John died on June 4, 2015 of Ischemic Heart Disease caused by Agent Orange. It is listed on his Death Certificate as Ischemic Heart Disease, but still fighting this claim after more than 10 years. Can anyone help?..." Contributed by Barbara J .Lysic bjlysic@gmail.com [23SEP2015]

Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-50 (1960-1962) and flew with Crew-2. I lost my crew patch in a fire - would anyone have a spare I could buy? Thanks..." Contributed by DISCO, Daniel E. vmch2@hotmail.com [25OCT2013]

Note NOTICE: "...My name is Andy and I'm an attorney in Los Altos, CA. I have a client now named Lee Goularte, Jr who was in VP-50 from 1965-1969 and went to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam several times. He is trying to get benefits from the VA, but is having trouble proving that he was in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam during that time. Lee was born in 1946 and was from San Jose, CA. He would have been 19-23 years old when he was in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." Contributed by Andy I. Chen andy.chen.esq@gmail.com [18NOV2012]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for Preston Waggoner. We went to electonics school together. He was sent (1968-1970) to VP-50 and I to VP-40. I would like to reconnect with him..." Contributed by THACKER, Rocky vp90crewone@yahoo.com [10JUN2012]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm in the process of applying for VA benefits and am having a devil of a time proving I was in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam. Gene and I were stationed together at VP-50. As a matter of fact he was my immediate supervisor in the Maintenance Office log book section. I lost touch with him about 15 years ago. Last I heard he was still living in the Bay Area in California. Any assistance you might be willing to give will be greatly appreciated..." Contributed by Ron Fritz baxter0411@yahoo.com [16MAY2012]

Note NOTICE: "...Nick. I've got very bad news. Early yesterday morning Don was transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno after basically collapsing on the way to the bathroom at 3:30 a.m. with what turned out to be bilateral subdural hematomas. In lay terms, it's bleeding between the brain & the membrane surrounding it. He underwent emergency surgery at about 8 a.m. & as of mid-afternoon was conscious but not very cognizant. He has drains installed in both holes in his head. The neurosurgeon was a doc I know & has a great reputation. He said the procedure went well so now it's a wait & see game. We don't know if Don has suffered additional permanent damage or not. Normally this situation results from a blow to the head but that wasn't the case for Don. The neurosurgeon feels it was spontaneous. Don the Younger drove up yesterday afternoon & will hang out with me for several days until we have a better idea of Don's situation. In any case, he'll probably be in the hospital for some period of time & may need to be in a rehab facility after that. Today hasn't been much better & since his ability to swallow is impaired, they will be inserting a nasal feeding tube. With his speech virtually unintelligible his cognition is highly suspect. The only good bit of news is that it appears from a new CT scan that his brain is trying to reassume a more normal position within his skull. In any case, I'll try to keep update periodically..." Forwarded by Nick Mulich nicknjax@gmail.com [25AUG2010]

Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-50 from 1969 to 1971 when I retired. I am having trouble confirming that I was at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam while we were in the Philippines. I was the one that got the plywood to remodel the Beer Mess for a case of beer. I hope someone will remember. I was the Senor Chief in QA. BARKER, AMCS David Retired dbarker6636@charter.net..." [03JAN2010]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to locate AME2 James R. Shapiro. We were in VP-50 together in NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1959 to 1962...CREVERLING, NCCS Dan H. Retired ninadan@charter.net..." [03DEC2009]

Note NOTICE: "...There will be a Memorial Service on 15 March, 2008 at 1400 at the former NAS Moffett Field, California to remember those lost in the VP-50 Mishap (Mid-Air Collision) on March 21st, 1991. This is the 17th anniversary of the Maritime Patrol community's largest loss of Shipmates, and especially from one squadron. For the first time, we are also including a remembrance for those lost in the VP-50 Mishap (American Samoa) on April 17th, 1980 where 6 more Shipmates were lost. Friends and family from this accident will be participating. Thank you. Herb Parsons (AVCM-ret) herbndi@sbcglobal.net Moffett Wing VP International..." [28JAN2008]

Note NOTICE: "...VP-2 Memorial Project for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We are looking for Maintenance and Structural Manuals for the P2V7. The Memorial is going to be for all the Squadrons who were at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and the Shipmates who Died in the Operation of the Squadrons. So if you know or if you hear of Manuals please let me know so we can get bird to Nas Whidbey. SEXTON, Guy Capecod2443@aol.com..." [10FEB2002]

UPDATE "...Patrol squadrons finally recognized - By Jessie Stensland - Sep 16 2006 - Whidbey News Times http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/..." Forwarded by Jim Campbell blandjcampbell@aol.com [26NOV2006]

Hundreds of people traveled thousands of miles to be in Oak Harbor Thursday morning.

The first-of-its-kind Patrol Squadron Memorial was dedicated to aircrews past and present, and presented to the Oak Harbor community, in a dignified and emotional ceremony at the Veterans Park on East Pioneer Way. It began with a flyover by a P-3 Orion.

Linda MacDonald and her husband, Bob, flew to Oak Harbor from California to be at the ceremony with their two daughters. Linda said they came to the event in memory of her brother Dale Armour, whose name is engraved in a granite wall of the memorial along with the 84 other servicemen who lost their lives in Whidbey-based patrol squadron operations.

The memorial has deep meaning for the family.

"It's a culmination," Linda said. "It's closure. It gives us a place to come now to remember him."

Armour, a 22-year-old member of VP-42, was in a VP-2 Neptune aircraft that disappeared while on patrol in Alaska in 1967. The site of the crash wasn't found until 16 years later.

The MacDonald family was among more than 600 people who attended the ceremony. It coincided with a Reunion of Patrol Squadron Two Association, which is the group behind the memorial.

Capt. David Taylor, Commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, spoke passionately during the ceremony about the history of the Navy's patrol and reconnaissance squadrons, which is a history inextricably linked to Oak Harbor. The first patrol squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station flew PBY Catalinas in the 1940s.

Taylor spoke about how patrol squadrons helped to win the Cold War by "playing a cat-and-mouse game" with Soviet submarines and planes.

"Anywhere we could chase the enemy bear, we wore the enemy down," he said.

Yet Taylor said the patrol mission is still valid today, even with the end of the Cold War.

"This is a time of great challenge and change to the patrol and reconnaissance squadrons," he said, "our Navy and our nation."

Taylor also spoke about the bronze statue of a 1960s era airman, which is the centerpiece of the memorial.

"I see a proud warrior of the past," he said, "but I also see in his face the warrior of the present."

Floyd Palmer, president of the Patrol Squadron Two Association, turned over ownership of the memorial to the citizens of Oak Harbor with an official presentation to Mayor Patty Cohen.

Afterward, Palmer explained that the effort to build a memorial started when he took a tour of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station more than six years ago and realized that there was nothing to recognize patrol squadrons. It took the work of many members of the association and money from many generous donors to finally make his dream a reality.

During her speech, Cohen said the patrol squadrons didn't receive as much recognition as others in the military because "their missions were always classified," but she said they were definitely "so deserving of a permanent place in town."

The Northwest Navy Ceremonial Band ended the ceremony by playing Taps. Afterward, the audience got the chance to look at the memorial close up.

Robert Lenson, a member of the VP-2 Association, attended the event with his wife, Raye. He was the skipper of VP-17 in 1964.

Husband and wife agreed that such a memorial was long overdue.

"It means a great deal," Raye said. "We mourn the loss of crewmates. This recognition is important."

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UPDATE "...LEFT PICTURE: Appeared on page 2 of the 9-27 issue of the Northwest Navigator, NAS Whidbey Edition. This is the Northwest Navy newspaper for the region. RIGHT PICTURE: Win Stites..." Forwarded by McLAUGHLIN, LT Bob banddmcl1964@msn.com [04OCT2006]

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UPDATE "...On 9-14-2006 a Patrol Squadron Memorial dedication ceremony was held in Oak Harbor, WA. In attendance were approximately 600 past and present members of the VP community that had served at NAS Whidbey Island and the speakers were a mix of community and military leaders as well as those who had served. If you would like further info for your website I'll be glad to send what I have. Attached are a few photos..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edusnret@gmail.com [25SEP2006]

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UPDATE "...If you don't get the "Wings" magazine, there is an article in it about a new Patrol Squadron memorial being built. Here are the highlights...Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired oriondriver1975@yahoo.com..." [01NOV2005]

In 2004 the city of Oak Harbor approved the placement of the memorial in the city's Veterans Memorial Park.

VP squadrons have served at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington since 1942. In the Cold War periods, when most other active duty military forces were limited to exercises, simulators and war games to train for their various warfare specialties, VP aircraft and crews flew all-weather missions around the clock keeping track of the growing fleet of Soviet submarines in our waters and in theirs. VP crews did much of their training against live Soviet submarines. In addition to the ASW mission, VP crews were responsible for ocean reconnaissance, surveillance, mining and electronic warfare operations.

The Memorial has a single, simple purpose: the recognition of the contribution to freedom that the men and women of the NAS Whidbey Island, Washington patrol squadron community have made in over 60 years of service. Hundreds of Whidbey Is personnel have been lost in the VP operations since 1942. Among them are those whose names will appear on this Memorial from the Whidbey Is. P2V community.

The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial is dedicated to all USN personnel who served in Navy patrol squadrons at NAS Whidbey Is. and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations.

The Memorial design consists of a life-size bronze statue of an airman in flight gear standing in front of a 3-section granite wall. Featured on the wall are an outline of a P2V, the Memorial dedication, a map depicting deployment sites, a list of Whidbey VP units and the names of those who perished in P2V flight ops.

Surrounding the walls are bricks inscribed in accordance with the wishes of donors who purchase the bricks. Brick purchases form the primary means of fund-raising for the Memorial which is scheduled for dedication in mid 2006. See http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html for info on the Memorial, a listing of the 59 VP squadrons that served at Whidbey, the history of Whidbey VP operations and info on the Catalinas, Venturas, Mariners, Privateers, Neptunes, Marlins, and Orions involved.

Widespread support and donations for this memorial are encouraged. Brick orders and donations should be sent to Vic Gulliver, 1900 Franklin Dr, Glenview, IL 60026. Inquires including requests for brick-order-forms by mail should be sent to the VPSM Committee, 1376 West Beach Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or via email: wpsm@comcast.net.

UPDATE "...The following squadrons are all listed on the wall of the forthcoming Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial. The memorial, to be built in Oak Harbor, WA and dedicated in September 2006 includes a comemorative wall and a lifesize bronze statue of a typical VP aircrewman ready for flight.

If you are, or know any members of these squadrons, please contact us so we can keep everyone informed of the memorial progress. More information is available at http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html.

VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-12, VP-17, VP-20, VP-27, VP-29, VP-32, VP-40, VP-42, VP-43/VPB-43, VP-46, VP-47, VP-50, VP-53/VPB-53, VP-57, VP-61/VPB-61, VP-62/VPB-62, VP-69, VPB-91, VP-107, VPB-112, VPB-115, VP-120/VPB-120, VP-122/VPB-122, VP-130/VPB-130, VP-131/VPB-131, VPB-135, VP-136/VPB-136, VPB-138, VPB-139, VPB-144, VPB-148, VPB-199, VPB-212, VP-772, VP-812, VP-931, VP-AM-1, VP-AM-2, VP-AM-5, VP-ML-1, VP-ML-2, VP-ML-4, VP-ML-61, VP-HL-7, VP-HL-10 and VP-HL-12.

It is a great Memorial, honoring all who served with NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Patrol Squadrons.

Al Hall, WPSM Committee, VP-2 1950-1952...Al Hall alandmarylou@comcast.net..." [24MAY2005]

UPDATE "...A project is underway to create a Memorial recognizing the contributions of all Whidbey-based VP personnel. Please advise your friends, and consider supporting this worthwhile effort to honor our Shipmates. Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial - Veteran's Memorial Park - Oak Harbor, WA. Completion scheduled for Summer 2006. This memorial is dedicated to all United States Naval personnel who served in Navy Patrol Squadrons based at NAS Whidbey Island, to their families, and to those Whidbey P2V airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty in VP operations. For more info: http://www.patron2.com/files/wpsm.html..." Contributed by Doug Donohue nvsoar@charter.net [24DEC2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am a collector and former VP-1 sailor. I would like to have a cruise book from VP-50 for the over seas (NS Sangley Point, Philippines) cruise of 30 Sep 1970 to 31 Mar 1971. And, VP-6 (Philippines) 14 Jul 1970 to 15 Jan 1971. Would like to purchase the books. Thanks in advance!...BUEHRLE, Gregory C. gcbuehrle@gimail.af.mil..." [29JUN2005]

Note NOTICE: "...My father, Dave Acosta Jr., hailing from Wichita Falls, Texas, was stationed out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California VP-50 from 1964 through 1967. I am trying to locate information and/or nostalgia items on his detachment. He was assigned to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1966. If anyone remembers my father, please e-mail me directly. Thank you...Dave Acosta igosnowboard@netscape.net..." [19NOV2004]

Note NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable cablerj@vp30.navy.mil [03DEC2003]

VP-30 SAU The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.

AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate    AE - Aviation Electrician's Mate    AT - Aviation Electronics Technician    AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic

Note NOTICE: "...Who's got VP-50's ding dong? Who has VP-50's BELL? VP-50 retirees would like to know where the BELL is. Does any former Boomer or does any former Dragon know? Thank you all...JOENKS, CPO Eugene W. Retired highknoll@juno.com..." [19APR2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am the son of a Korean War vet (Bert Schwarz) who served with VP-50. I've made arrangements with my father to join him this May in Florida for a Reunion of his squadron buddies..." [08MAR2003]

As a professional writer with nearly twenty years experience and many publishing credits, I plan on meeting his war buddies and collecting their war stories for a possible book or series of magazine articles. However, by simply recording conversations and taking notes, I will miss a large part of their experiences. This reunion is a perfect opportunity to create a video or film record of Unique Korean War experiences.

My father and his fellow VP-50 vets flew the large and lumbering PBMs into enemy airspace on a regular basis to engage in electronic espionage against North Korean and Communist Chinese forces. They were attacked by MIG-15s on numerous missions with no loss of aircraft or crew (to the MIGs, anyway). I believe these men were pioneers in a type of warfare that has become the mainstay of U.S. military power (their patrols continue to this day!), yet their experiences remain largely untold. I'm certain there's a great story (perhaps many!) just waiting to be recorded at their Reunion.

I'm now seeking financial support for my project. I need to fund a small film or video crew to record the experiences of these veterans. My goals for the Reunion are quite limited; my most immediate interest is in preserving the stories these men have to tell before they are lost to the passage of time. If there is any support you can give, please contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss it. I would also appreciate any and all advice on other sources of funding and support you can tell me about.

Again, please help me preserve this very important piece of American history.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to hearing from you.

Paul H. Hebner
Creative Writing and Communication Services
449 East 14th Street, Apt. 4D
New York, NY 10009
212-217-0497 (Home)
212-217-6959 (Fax)
917-301-3840 (Cell)...Paul H. Hebner paul@hebner.org

Note NOTICE: "...I'm trying to help my brother piece together some of his naval history. Jan Arthur Harris was a Yeoman with VP-50 from early 1968 to early 1970. As the Squadron Yeoman he and an officer would fly into Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam to set things up for the squadron which would fly in TDY later on. I'm trying to locate where we can come across some of the old orders that would show TDY dates. Jan knows that he was in-country TDY on 3-4 occasions beginning around March 1968 and ending late in 1969 or early 1970. Would you happen to know where such squadron documents might be kept? Any assistance, guidance, or direction would be greatly appreciated. Warm Regards. Michael A. Harris mekong152@charter.net..." [11JAN2003]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for a VP-50 cruise book from the WestPac to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 89, also looking for cruise book for the deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 91 (not sure if one was made though)...KOPCZYK, Jon A. jkopczyk@gmail.com..." [19APR2001]


Note NOTICE: "...I served with VP-50 from 1957-1963 and FAETUPAC in 1963. I lost contact with a good friend and Shipmate Larry N. (Stub) Davis. He was an AT and flew as 1st Radioman in the early 1960's with VP-50. I would appreciate any information on his where abouts or anyone I could contact in an effort to locate him...AXCS H. S. (John) Johnson, Retired hjohnson03371@roadrunner.com..." [05AUG2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for information or help to locate AX1 Harold "Hal" Bartlett. I served with Hal during the 1976-1981 timeframe with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks...Gary Kelly gkelly@adt.com..." [15JUN2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for an old Shipmate. His name is George Gadotti and was attached to VP-50 from 1959 to 1962. I believe he was from Portland, Oregon. Any other Shipmates of the era, please contact me to reminise...CREVERLING, NCCS Dan H. Retired ninadan@charter.net..." [03SEP2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am a private investigator in Orlando, Florida. The daughter of the Vietnam vet retained me. She gave a list of crewman that he flew with in Vietnam. He has pancreatic cancer so it is of the utmost that I find these people. Can you help or lead me to the person who can. The Vet's name is Danny Charles Davis. He served with VP-50 at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in the mid 1960's. He flew P5Ms out of NAS Iwakuni, Japan. His tail code was SG. We need to contact Richard H. Murphy (last known address was San Diego, CA), Tommy Dean (last address was San Jose, CA), Elwin Rowell and Clint Brown. Please call me at 1-800-882-5136 or email me. Hale Investigative Services, Inc., P. O. Box 720426, Orlando, Florida 32872, Fl. Lic. A8500404, 407-275-6969, Fax 407-275-9171. Maybe I can get info for the Reunion...Charles Hale halepi@hale-pi.com..." [25AUG2003]

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Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for my wife's Father, LT Robert Beeson, who served with VP-50 in the Philippines. He was in the NS Subic Bay, Philippines between 1969 and 1971 (or longer). If anyone remembers him and or how I might locate him now, please contact me ASAP. Thanks a bunch...BEESON, LT Robert C/O His Son-In-Law Joshua Hughes ayuste@myexcel.com..." [Updated 27JUN2003 | 03JUN2003]

UPDATE "...About a year ago I posted a note that I was looking for my wife's Father, James Robert Beeson, who served with VP-50. Because of some of you we have found Jim. He and my wife have been reunited and are doing great. A great experience for everyone involved. Thank you so much for your help...Josh Hughes ayuste@myexcel.com..." [26MAY2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to locate AE1 Tommy Dean. Tommy was in VP-50 during the pig boat days and made the transition into P-3's. I flew with Tommy from 1967-1972. First as his seocnd mech and then after Engineers School as his second engineer. The last I heard Tommy had made Chief and retired in the San Jose area. If anyone has any information, please let me know. Thanks...Bob Alexander dodadatobms@aol.com..." [13MAR2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for David Day and Larry Clayton. Both served with VP-50 from 1980-1985. Any info please contact me. Thanks...Blount Wesley (Animal) wmblount@charter.net..." [18OCT2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Good to touch base with old friends. Has anyone heard from or of Jan Norcross? VP-50 from 1986 to 1990. I'd like to catch up with him...Ken Lucas jo_kenlucas@yahoo.com..." [17OCT2002]

Note NOTICE: "...Looking for Gayla Sayer who was one of the first females assigned to VP-50 in the late 70's. Back when the notion was considered "experimental" (Ha!). Anyone remember her or know where she might be? Can't remember her rate, just that she was an E-3. From 1979-1980 she was at NAS Moffett Field, California. She drove a bright yellow VW Rabbit with a (LOUD!) differential problem, and shared a fancy condo with 2 local businessmen. Most weekends she took the beautiful drive down HWY 9 to her favorite, very private Red, White and Blue Beach just north of Santa Cruz, where the dress code was au natural. (Always ribbing me about my "racing stripes".) She was a lot of fun and I would love to hear from her or anyone who may know where she went after VP-50 so I can track her down! Thanks...Kristi Dolera (a.k.a Greenway and Koryciak) kristidolera@hotmail.com..." [07SEP2002]


Note NOTICE: "...Anyone having information on the location of Stub Davis or Karl Karnath in VP-50 late 50s or early 60s plesse contact me. Thanks. JOHNSON, AXCS Harold S. Retired hjohnson03371@roadrunner.com..." [15JAN2002]

UPDATE "...Located Karl Karnath with a lot of help from your site. Thanks. JOHNSON, AXCS Harold S. Retired hjohnson03371@roadrunner.com..." [23JUN2002]


Note NOTICE: "...My brother, Jan A. Harris, served with VP-50 from 67-69 as a staff Yeoman. I'm trying to locate "awards" during the time period that he might qualify for. Jan was TDY at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam on a few occasions. I noted that VP-50 was awarded the "Navy Unit Commendation" for 01 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68 and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross for 16 Sep 66 - 20 Sep 66 / 01 Oct 69 - 31 Jan 70 / and 01 Sep 70 - 21 Nov 70. Would anyone happen to have a copy of the NUC citation and/or orders for the Cross of Gallantry? It would make him very happy if I could come up with these citations. Anyone who served with Jan please feel free to contact me. Thanks in advance...Warm Regards, Michael A. Harris - Mobile Riverine Force / RVN 7/68 - 7/69 http://www.riverinesailor.com...Michael A. Harris mekong152@charter.net..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAR2003 | 15AUG2001]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm looking for a couple of shipmates I served with in VP-50 during 81-84 time frame. AMS2 Dave Walgren last I knew he retired and went back to Colorado and the Squadron XO during our 84 deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan/ NAS Adak, Alaska CDR Don Giles. If anyone knows how I can get in touch let me know. Thanks...Howard Braden ADC (Ret) mailto:hbraden@md.metrocast.net..." [10AUG2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Whatever happened to Buck Watts VP-50 1979 to 1982?...Jim Lumpkin akcporet@aol.com..." [14AUG2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I was an IFT with VP-9 CAC-7 from 1988 - 1992. I am trying to locate AW1 Henderson (Retired). He would have retired in 1990 give or take. He was the Radar Operator for CAC-7 with VP-9. I believe he retired ot the upper west coast (Oregon or Washington). I am also trying to find a Mary Celentano who was with VP-50 during the same time frame. If you have any information about either of these people I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks...Mike Wickham WICKHAMMT@AOL.COM..." [06JUL2000]

Note NOTICE: "...Trying to contact Kevin Higman from VP-50 Crew 9 & Crew 6. Thanks...Thomas D. Clay thomasdclay@mailcity.com..." [01MAY2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for Barry L. Crawford (served with VP-50 1985-1991), married to Diane Newsom in 1985, has son Brian L. Crawford born October 1989. Thank you...Kris Ford seakrissy@aol.com..." [21JAN2000]

Note NOTICE: "....Am looking for our outstanding crew TACCO LTjg. Stewart H. Pringle and another good friend from VP-50 at NAS Iwakuni, Japan during the same time frame. We were roomates at NAAS New New Iberia, Louisiana back in 1960--Louis Adolph Klemp. Would appreciate any help in locating them..." Contributed by Ron Carlson royocarl@hotmail.com [31DEC99]

Note NOTICE: "...I would love to hear from anyone who knew Bill Gunter. He was with VP-50 during the '66-67 WesPac deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, until he died in the P5M accident on 1/6/67. He was almost like an older brother to me. I was 12 years old when he died, so even though we wrote to each other while he was in the Navy, I'm sure I didn't know too much about him from an adult point of view...Debbie Tait DTait@na2.us.ml.com..." [25JAN99]

UPDATE "...I've heard from Commander Rich Murphy (Pensacola) and from Rich Swart...Thanks!...Debbie Tait DTait@na2.us.ml.com..." [15SEP99]

Note NOTICE: "...I am also trying to locate Karl Karnath ADC retired. He was in VP-50 in the early 60's and in NS Sangley Point, Philippines around 67. Any info appreciated. Thank you kindly...Ike or marty Martinez tagalong@concentric.net..." [04NOV98]

UPDATE "...I found Karl Karnath ADC Retired. Thanks you..." [22DEC2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Hello out there in VP land. My name is Becky and I am looking for a man named Charles (Charlie Willams). He served in VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1982-85. He then transferred to NAS Point Mugu, California. Charlie retired in 1990 and was a chief flight engineer. He and his family lived in Base Housing (Orion Park) while living at NAS Moffett Field, California. Charlie and his family helped me out when I was a teenager and I would like to have the opportunity to say thanks, and show them what I have done with my life. If anyone out there has any additonal information on Charlie's whereabouts please contact me. I am also looking for an old ship rooster during the time that Charlie was in VP-50. It may give me some additional information that may help me locate him. Thanks again. Go Navy!!!...Becky Beck TempestK@aol.com..." [26JUL98]

UPDATE "...Hello all of those in VP land. I just wanted to thank all of the people who assisted me in finding Charlie Williams. I have been looking for a long time and the search is over. Thanks for all your help. Becky Beck Tempest TempestK@aol.com..." [03OCT98]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm looking for AMS2 Dave Earling. If anyone know how I can get of hold of him please let me know...Carl Stillwell carl1124@email.com..." [18JUN98]

UPDATE "...I found Dave. He was living only 50 miles away the whole time. He was was working out of Redding, Ca as Navy Recruiter. He has moved on now. Thank you..." [19NOV99]

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