VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ACHEE, Tim ttachee@iddconnect.net "...I was in VP-50 from 1963-1966 and was the 4 Tech in Crew 9 along with Raymond Brooks, Collier Futch, John Wiggins, Bob Lindsey, Dennis Tucker, James Kiviniemi, Emmit Franklin, Ron Prachniak, Jerry Iakson, Art St.Cyr and Bobby Butler, PPc's Dave Ekleberry, John Web, John Droghi and Ensign Schrade, Great Bunch of guys!..." [04MAY2000]

ACOSTA, David Jr. dacosta143@sbcglobal.net "...Join Navy in 1963. End up VP-50 September in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Worked mailroom for a while under Chief Bradford. My buddies were James F. Ford - Bengamin Gary Inciong - Dale Lunt - Ken Meadows - Art St.Cyr - Nicholas W. Ream - and everybody else in the VP-50. Of course I was the mail handler for the souadron. I moved on to Mechanic Shop. We deployed back to NAS North Island, San Diego, California in 1964 I think. Moved up to 2nd Mechanic in Crew 9 under Ike Isikson Barbarian Beer Drinking plane crew leader. Learn a lot from him don't get me wrong. Deployed again to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines flying working parting site seeing P I and again deploying to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Aqs soon as we landed there the crew would go to the Seaplane Tender. Art St.Cyr and I would jumping in the bay swimming like acouple of kids at the creek. In Japan we R=in Heroshima. Ford lunt inciong meadows and me R+R hirohima~onetime had a ball. I found Nick Ream in Slydal, Louisiana but haven't found any bodyelse. I drive a 18 wheeler getting bald got a guts! tll drink beer and party. Nascar fan. Oh found Raliegh and Dougie Miles too. HOPE SOMEBODY REMEMBERS David Acosta Jr...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 12JUN2006 | 21JAN2006]

ADAMS, Anita nitak014@aol.com "...Hey all you former Blue Dragon's (VP-50). If you were in around right before the decomissioning you remember me in the coffee mess. I made the egg salad sandwiches (well some of them). And remember the water logged hot dogs in NAS Adak, Alaska...Yeah...that was me dishing those out too. They tasted pretty good with hot sauce and the chicken noodle soup. I fancied sitting on my duff in the tool room. Ha. Well if anyone remembers me feel free to drop me a line. Love to hear from ya. Take care and God bless..." [09NOV99]

ALEXANDER, Bobby W. JEWELLMYSTER@AOL.COM "...I joined VP-50 in 1967 just as the squadron was completing the transition to P-3A's. I flew in crew four with AE1 Tommy Dean as his second mech until April 1968. At this time I went to Flight Engineers school and made the transition to P-3C's. I made several WestPac deployments as well as a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. Left VP-50 in June of 1972 for shore duty. My years in VP-50 were some of the finest years I spent in my military career. I miss all of the Shipmates that I had a chance to know and I look forward to the Reunion in Jacksonville in September. Hope to see many of you there. Transfered to VT-9 at NAS Meridian, Mississippi for 42 months of shore duty..." [BIO Updated 23JUL2002 | 10JUL2002]

ALEXANDER, Douglas Haig douglas@alexanderfinancialservices.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1974 to 1978. I am in Virginia now and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27AUG2009]

ALKIRE, Daniel E. danielalkire@ymail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1965-1968), VP-46 as a FE and QA Division Chief, VP-30 and VP-11. Presently reside in Payette, Idaho and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13OCT2014 | 23APR2014]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...ALLEN, CDR Earl Russell Retired...E. Russell Allen, CDR. USNR 54, of Lexington Park, Maryland died on December 25, 2008 in St. Mary's Hospital, after a short bout with cancer. He was a joyful, energetic person with a zest for life. He coveted his family and friends, and enjoyed coaching his daughters and their many friends' sports activities. Russell leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 30 years, Constance J. (Smith) Allen; two daughters, Anica Allen and Danielle Allen; his mother, Ellen Allen; two brothers, Mark Allen and Phillip Allen; two sisters, Ellen Richardson and Lydia Allen-Berry; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends. E. Russell Allen Jr. was born on Feb 8, 1954 in Bryn Mawr, PA, to E. Russell Allen, Sr. and the former Ellen Hammond. He was predeceased by his father, E. Russell Allen, Sr. and his sister, Adrienne Allen. He grew up in Ardmore, PA`, and attended The Haverford School near Philadelphia PA. After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in History, he entered the Navy to fly as a Naval Flight Officer in the P-3 Orion aircraft. LT Allen was stationed with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, CA and deployed to the western pacific hunting Russian submarines. In the mid-80s he resigned from active duty and continued to serve as a Naval Reservist stationed with the P-3 MAU at Moffett. In the late-1980's, Russ became a defense contractor testing new software for the P-3 at Naval Air Development Center (NADC) in Warminster, PA and spent weekends as a Reservist in VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, PA. Due to base closure in 1996, he relocated with his family to NAS Patuxent River. Russ was a member, participant, and coach in many organizations, including the following: Member of the Board of Associates Hood College 2007-Present, Board of Trustees The Haverford School 1993 - 1998, Commissioner of the Upper Gwynedd Township PA Summer League, Girl's Basketball Coach Upper Gwynedd Township PA Summer League Girl's Basketball Coach - Towamencin Youth Association (TYA), Basketball Coach - North Penn Squires Girl's Soccer Coach - Montgomery Soccer Assoc (MSA), Girl's Soccer Coach - Towamencin Youth Association (TYA). Russ' love for the Navy and the P-3 never waned. His experiences with the people he knew in the Navy were so rich he always had the material to relate a poignant story that brought a chuckle to the listeners and a warm smile to his own face. Our memories of CDR Russ Allen will be those moments of joy when we shared smiles and the comradeship of Navy life. Russ was totally devoted to his family, his friends, the Navy and his country. A memorial service for E. Russell Allen, CDR. USNR will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Nicklaus Chapel onboard NAS Patuxent River, MD. A second memorial service for CDR E. Russell Allen will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11:00 in the chapel at NAS Willow Grove, PA. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD 20650..." Contributed by John Hawley orionnav2@gmail.com [21MAR2024]

ALLEN, Earl ekallen@neworld.net "...I served with VP-50 Crew 12 from 1964 through 1868. Where is everone? Left the Navy in January 1968 as ADRAN(AC) and today I am a 747 Captain. Any one else out there please reply (especially ADR3 Bob Lindsey)..." [03JUN2000]

ALLEN, AW1 Larry H. navy@data1.com "...I was attached to VS-30 both in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and NAS Boca Chica, Florida from 1958-61. Was an AD3 in Power Plants Div., then transferred to the Line Div. as a Plane Captain and Line crew trouble shooter, this was all in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, after we transferred to Key West, I was Line Maint. and Plane Captain Instructor as well as Aircrew Instructor. In 1962-64 was in VS-25 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California as Senior Line Petty Officer as well as Aircrew. After change of rate "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee where I changed from AD to AX, I went to VP-50 from 1965-67 (P5M's) from there I went to VP-31 NASNI as Aircrew Instrutor, from 1967-69, then back to VP-50 (P-3A, P-3B, and P-3C) from 1969-72, I retired from the Navy as an AW1 on Nov. 6, 1972..." [22JUL2001]

ALLHOFF, CWO3 Thomas Retired tomallhoff@gmail.com "...I served with NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1972-1973), NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1973-1975) AIMD, NAS Miramar (1975-1976) AIMD, VP-31 (1976-1977) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (1977-1979) at NAS Moffett Field, California, NAMTRAGRU 1012 (1979-1982) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (1982-1986) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-31 (1986-1989) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-68 (1989-1992) at NAF Washington, D.C., VP-22 (1992-1994) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VP-68 (1994-1995) at NAF Washington, D.C.. I retired from the Navy in 1995 and am currently living in York, Pennsylvania. I welcome the chance to catch up with old Shipmates. They say less than 3% have answered the call to serve their country throughout history, Karen and I thank all of you and your families for your service and for your sacrifice..." [BIO Updated 01OCT2020 | BIO Updated 24OCT2012 | E-Mail Updated 28APR2012 | E-Mail Updated 26MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 16SEP99 | 11JAN99]

ALLONBY, AO1 Guy D. Retired chipallonby@gmail.com "...I served with the Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (1973-1973) NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)/PMRF) (1973-1977) NAS Point Mugu, California, Naval Missile Center (NMC) (1973-1977), VA-25 (1977-1981), Ridgecrest, CA (1981-1983), USS Ranger (CV-61)/AIMD (1983-1986), NRD Seattle (1986-1989) NAS Seattle, Washington, VP-50 (1989-1991) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (1991-1993)..." [27AUG2018]

ANDERSON, Andre R. andreranderson6458@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1980 to September 1984. I am looking for Airframes Workers like Ernest R. Byrd, David Day, John Mills and David McNeal..." [02MAR2011]


ANDERSON, AT1 Eric (JAFO) andercon05@earthlink.net "...I served in VP-50 from 1983-1986 as an IFT on CAC 6 and CAC 8. Since leaving VP-50, I've served in AIMD, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), left active duty in 1987. I've been a reservist in VP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida for about six years, spent two years in Florida Army National Guard, and returned bact to the Naval Reserve. I was assigned to TSC-0574 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; did another four years with VR-58 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and have finally come back again to VP-62. I'd like to get in touch with some of my old Shipmates from NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. They can reach me at the e-mail address provided. Thanks..." [24FEB2001]

ARMENDARIZ, Albert C. "Arme/Army" armendarizac@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1977 to 1980, VP-31 1980 to 1983, Tech NAESU Detachment NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-65 (Reserve) from 1992 to 2003, VR-55 from 2003 to 2005, VMGR 252 and 253 US Marine Corps Cherry Point North Carolina. Retired September 2008. NATEC which was NAESU DOD with 33 years..." [16JUL2009]

AXELSON, AW2 Randy raxelson@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 in the mid-70's. Those were the days! Would like to hear from you...I've been in touch with several of the old gang..." [18MAR2002]

AZBELL, ADC Robert "Bob" Retired bob.azbell@yahoo.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1964-1966), VP-19 (1966-1968) at NAS Moffett Field, California (FE), VF-121 (1968-1969) at NAS Miramar, California as a F-4 Fatom fixer, VP-6 (1970-1974), VP-31 (1975-1978) as a Test FE and QA, VP-50 (1978-1980) as QA and FE, Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (NAMTD) 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California as a FE Instructor and retired in 1984. I recently retired from United Airlines and living in Rio Vista, CA. I would like to here from the former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAR2013 | E-Mail Updated 29DEC2006 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2004 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC2003 | 05MAR98]

AZBELL, AE2 Robert Jr. jetdctr2002@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1982 to 1985 with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. I reenlisted while on the NSF Diego Garcia trip and after returning home, was promtly transferred to AIMD at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1985 to 1989. I now work for United Airline as a Line Maintenance Avionics Technician. I would hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17JUL2010 | 07APR98]

BACA, AE Isa isa.baca@calvet.ca.gov "...I served with VP-50 (07/1972-07/1975) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Agana, Guam. Changed a lot of generators in instruments, as well as safety wired a million cannon plugs on those mighty warships..." [20DEC2016]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixVP-50 Crew 10 "...BACKES, AW2 Robert F. "Bob"...Robert F. Backes, Jr., 53, loving husband, father, and brother, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 after a bout with cancer. Bob was born in Princeton, NJ to the late Emma Doris (Davison) and Robert F. Backes, Sr. Bob served in the US Navy from 1979 to 1985, after which he worked in the grocery business in Virginia before moving to Lancaster to be closer to his family and taking a position with SKH. Leaving SKH after 5 years, he went to work for Toys R’ Us for 10 years. In 2008, he opened his own business, Golf Etc. of Lancaster with his wife, Julie. He is survived by his wife, Julie (McQueen); 3 children: Daniel (25) serving in the US Coast Guard, Ryan (17) and Emma (14); 5 siblings: Nancy Atland, Betsy Ryder, Peggy (Al) Brzowsky, Fred (Julia) Backes and James (Trish) Backes; and 9 nieces and nephews. He enjoyed vacations at the beach, playing golf with his sons and brothers and watching Dallas Cowboys games with his family. A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held at 2 PM on Nov. 14, 2011 at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave. Lancaster, PA 17601. Family and friends are welcomed to greet the family from 1-2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at any Sovereign Bank to the Backes Memorial Fund. To send the family online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100..." Contributed by John Hawley orionnav2@gmail.com [21MAR2024]

BACKES, Bob j.backes@att.net "...I was an SS1 with VP-50 in 80-83. I was told of this site by my brother who is also a vet. It has been years since I thought of my days as a "Blue Dragon". I was on the website for hours recalling all of the memories and familiar names of Shipmates long forgotten. I was on crews 2,8, & 10. I will always be fond of "Cubi Crew 8". We had many memorable days at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I would love to hear from any of my old crewmembers..." [05FEB2002]

BAGGETT, LT Jay D. jbaggett@gkm.com "...Served with the Blue Dragons from 88-92. Tacco on crew 2. Currently flying AWACS part time with Air Force Reserves(970th AACS, Tinker AFB). Work Full time as Investment Banker in NYC. I left the Navy in 94..." [E-Mail Updated 11OCT98 | 28JUL98]

BALIEL, Dave dcoulterville@aol.com "...From NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1968), I went to Systems FAM School with VP-31 stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California. I then served with VP-50 (1969-1972) in Powerplants! Did the whole "WestPac" loop via "Cynthia", Hawaii, NAS Agana, Guam, Midway, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Misawa, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska! What an experience! Anyone from VP-50 remember Don Holland ADJ3? I heard he moved to an Attack Squadron in the mid 70'S and had a serious mishap! Would like to find him!..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 08DEC2000 | 28DEC99]

BALL, Jolene jstac1@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1983 to 1984 and worked at the BOQ..." [23FEB2010]

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]

BARBER, Douglas C. dbarber39@netzero.net "...I was an Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd class with VP-50 on CAC5 aka The Ramjets from 88-92. I was a close friend of AO3 Richard Tofoya and AO3 Chris Davis who were on each of the the aircrafts lost at sea. I lost several dear friends on that day and still remeber it every year. I would like to hear from any of my shipmates. Anyone who ever flew with flight enginers Condon and Cox show rember the saying Cox never fys without his Concon..." [31AUG2002]

BARGER, AD1 Barry Retired barry.e.barger@rolls-royce.com "...I'm very pleased to find a site where a close community can share stories that no one would understand if they hadn't been there. I was a ground pounder with VP-50 from 1978 to 1981, based in NAS Moffett Field, California. Like everyone else, went through VP-31 FRAMP, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan; NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on all the dets I could, to the PI, NSF Diego Garcia (Dodge City), all the inflight stops of Osan, Yakota, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. I then transfered to NRL-FSD and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1981 met my wife and had a boy that has a Navy birth certificate. In 1983 transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to pursue a career as a P-3 Flight Engineer. Made it through VP-30 and arrived at VP-56, also at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where I immediately was deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I succeeded in getting the quals by the time we returned home. In 1985 I was retired, but it hasn't held me back. I still work with T56 series engines at the OEM. It's been great to talk to guys I haven't heard from in such long time. Good health to all the VP'ers out there!..." [03OCT2003]

BARKER, AMCS David Retired dbarker6636@charter.net "...I served with VC-61, VJ-61, VP-61, VP-47, ATU-401, VW-13, VP-11 (August 1957 to February 1958), VT-7, VP-44, VP-50 (1969 to 1971) and retired in 1971. I am having trouble confirming that while serving we VP-50 - 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..." [BIO Updated 03JAN2010 | 11MAY2006]

BARKLEY, AVCM Chuck Retired w9bik@arrl.net "...After avionics training at VP-31 / FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1962-63, AXAN/AX3), I was a ground pounder with VP-42 (1963-65, AX3/AX2, P2's) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (changed our homeport to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington while in Japan), and went on detachments to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. After VP-42, I went to AVI(B) school (Class 5-41), then on to VP-50 (1965-67, AX2, P5's) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam). After VP-50, I taught AV(A) and AVI(B) school at NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1967-70, AX2/AX1), then went to VS-24 (AX1, 1970, S2's) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island for a very short tour (made two short cruises on the USS Intrepid, including a hurricane "ride" off Bermuda) prior to going into the TAR program. As a TAR, I was stationed at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1970-75, AX1/AXC), NAS Point Mugu, California (1976-79, AXC/AXCS), and at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (1979-83, AXCS/AVCM), where I retired as the NAS Command Master Chief. After retiring, I worked for over 12 years at NAWC Warminster developing software for P-3's. Now, I develop digital cable TV headend equipment at Motorola, Horsham, PA. I still remember my lost shipmates in VP-42 Crew 8 (P-2, off the Vietnam coast) and VP-50 Crew 13 (P5 off Corregidor Is., PI). I like to think they are at rest with Him now, and recall the good times we had back then. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers singing a "special" version of "From the Halls of Montezuma" in the dungaree bar at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Orange flight suits and Aussie bush hats in DaNang, Z'ing everything in sight, playing "king of the wing" on P5's in Cam Ranh Bay until we discovered sea snakes, the sounds of grenades at night on the seaplane tenders, and any other war stories of those great years we spent together in the VP Navy - what a ride it was!..." [BIO Updated 14JUN2004 | E-Mail Updated 12JUN2004 | 06JUN99]

BASSETT, ABH3 Richard rbassett@3rivers.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1982 to 1986..." [20AUG2009]

BAUER, Vern vbauer@gwtc.net "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1955 through 1957. I was in communications in VP-50 and Leading chief Yeoman at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. If you knew me - please drop me an e-mail..." [28OCT2001]

BEAL, AW2 Jeremy RHOLTYDE@earthlink.net "...I was a Blue Dragon with VP-50 from 1979-1983 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was the SS3 assigned to Combat Aircrew 7, the "World Mullahs" as we were known on our Westpac 1981 cruise to NAS Misawa, Japan. After discovering the VP Navy website, and the VP-50 site, I began to remember all the names and faces of Shipmates that I have since, lost contact with. This brings back many great memories and I would love to hear from anyone flying with the Blue Dragons..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2002 | 29AUG98]

BELFLOWER, Danny dbelflower@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1972 to 1978. I would like to hear from AECS Bill Rutledge..." [25JAN2010]

BENNETT, AMS3 Gary L. gbennet007@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971 to 1975 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam and NAF Misawa, Japan and worked alot of AMID.. I am currently a Correctional Unit Supervisor for the State of Wyoming..." [09JUN2010]

BIGGS, AWC Bill Retired p3rep@yahoo.com "...I was an AWC with VP-50 from 1974 till I retired in July 1977. Currently teach at a Community College in southern Oregon and still miss the Navy and especially VP aviation..." [08NOV2003]

BILTZ, Thomas D. tmbiltz@gmail.com "...After Boot Camp (1954) I attended Airman School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, ADA School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-50 at NAS Alameda, California from December 1953 to December 1955, NAS Glenview, Illinois and discharged on Feburary 1957. While in VP-50 I was a crew member on SE-10. The pilot was LCDR Widelburg, Crew Chief was Tommy Moore, and the rest of the crew included George Agard, Pat Dailey, James Oats, Don Miller, Don Bates, and a few names I can't remember (Give me a break - its been 45 years!). If you remember any of these mates, drop me an E-mail. Tom Burnsen and Don Jennings are two of the buddies I ran around with, if you know them let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2010 | 16APR2000]

BIRD, James (Jay) A. jabird56@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-50 from 1977 to 1979. I was an IS working in the INTEL SHOP. Deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan in 78 and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 79. Had a great time with the Typhoon parties at Kadena. Other assignments: DIA/1975-77; NISC/1980-82; VFP-306/1982-84; Command Chief-NR FOSIC London/1984-85; Commissioned 01 April 1985 as a LDO/6455-NR CTF-168 1985-90; NR NAVSPACECOM 1990-94. Retired in 1995..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25AUG2000 | 28NOV97]

BIRD, AW Paul paulbird54@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1973-1974). I flew with Crew-3 and Crew-4..." [23MAY2012]

BLACKMON, Joe L. jlblackmon@juno.com "...The first squadron I was assigned to was VP-40 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in Jan 1952. PBM5S. Was in the squadron when they went to P5M-1. Last VP squadron was VP-50 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California in Mar 1967. P5M-2,s but went to NAS Moffett Field, California in June of 1967. Completed my tour in Feb 1970 and retired in Aug 1973. I saw several names I remembered from those days..." [22NOV98]

BLACKMON, AO1 Timothy Timmisan@aol.com "...I served in VA-122, VA-146 prior to joining the VP community. I was stationed in VP-50 from 1974 to 1978. I then transfered to VP-31. I remained at VP-31 until I seprated from the navy in September 1980. Two years later I rejoined the navy and had a 2 year tour in HS-1. Finally in 1984 I was transfered to VP-45 where I remained until I retired in 1990. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old squadron Shipmates..." [23APR99]

Memorial Picture "...BLUM, James Orville Jr. "Joe"...4/21/1935 - 6/3/2009 - Born in Saxon, SC to Florence & James Blum. Joe earned the rank of Eagle Scout, with Silver Palms. He joined the US Navy in 1953, and had a 20 year career in naval aviation which would take him all over the Pacific. He proudly served with VU-5 at NAS Atsugi, Japan from 1955 to 1959, VU-7 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field in 1954, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from 1962 to 1963, VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1973. He later worked at Ford Aerospace and the Kennedy Space Center in spacecraft electrical engineering. Joe's wife Dorothy preceded him in death just a few months ago. He leaves behind two children, John Blum (Diane) of San Jose, CA, and Nancy Wilson (Neil) of Lafayette, CA; three step-children, Stephanie Zimmerman (Dean) of Titusville, FL, Wendy Taylor (Bobby) of Duncan, SC, and Dwane Church (Kim) of Moore, SC; 15 grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Medlock of SC..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [14JUL2009]

BLUM, Joe joeblum@vp4association.com "...Retired from VP-50 in 1973. It was one of the greatest tours that I had in my career. My first deployment was to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. There was a CPO function every Wednesday night. We would gather at the "Pink Palace" and sing hymns..." [28DEC2000]

BLUM, Joe joeblum@excite.com "...I served in VU-5( NAS Atsugi, Japan) during the period 1955-1959. I also served in VU-7 ( NAS North Island, San Diego, California and Brown Field) (1954), VP-4 (Okinawa and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), VP-30 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) and retired out of VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) in 1973..." [08MAY2002]

BOLERJACK, Bob rbolerjack@cox.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1955 to 1958, VP-48 from 1960 to 1962 and back to VP-50 from 1965 to 1967 ..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2009 | 15NOV2001]

BONAR, AO3 William L. "Wild Bill" beemer@zipcon.net "...I was part of the VP-50 family '67-'70. Went through the SP5B schools and learned all about them, then watched them go away. Moved to NAS Moffett Field, California for P-3A transition. Made both the 1968 WestPac and 1969 WestPac. Crew 8 was my home with Kersting, Clark, Speed and our PPC Desilva. Haven't seen many ex-VP-50 but have crossed paths with a few. Terry King is here in Seattle, as was Don Accetturo (deceased). Phil Rossnagle was in Everett and Vic Jones was here in Bothell. Ran into him back in the '70's with VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Where's Mickey Flagg? If anyone hears about a Reunion, let me know. Sure sorry to hear about CDR. Hausler..." [21MAR2001]

BOSWELL, Ed edboswell@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-2 from 1968 to 1969. I had the good fortune of driving Crew 5 around, the best I might add, during that time frame. I drove the Skipper around while serving with VP-50 from 1959 to 1962. Would like to hear from any and all..." [08JAN2003]

BOUNCHAND, NCC(AW/NAC/CRF) Eugene D. eb1924@aol.com "...I served in VP-9 (84-87), VP-50 (90-92), VRC-40 (Cod Crew) 87-90, and VP-46 (92-93) as a one of the best "in-flight ordnance" in the fleet (smile). I was there for the fun old days the cold war. Ready one alerts during Christmas, Ready rooms in Hanger 2 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) and one of the saddest days the mid air collision and lost of our fallen Shipmates. I am now a Career Recruiter. Recruiting the next generation sailor. Drop me a e-mail. I do miss all my friends and Shipmates..." [21FEB2000]

Memorial Picture "...BOYD, Jim...Jim Boyd (served with VP-1, VP-17, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50), 58 years of age, passed away at 12:31 on July 18, 2003 at the hospital. He had Sepsis and his whole body just shut down. The funeral will be on Monday, July 21, 2003 - at 10:00 A.M. and will be held at the Hartman Funeral Home in McComb, Miss. Cards may be sent to: James Boyd Family, 1037 Golf Lane, Summit, MISS 39648. Forwarded by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com ..." [19JUL2003]

BOYD, Jim (Deceased) chiefjb@netdoor.com "...My patrol squadron career began in 1966, I reported to VP-48 from B school in Jacksonville, the were flying SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I made one detachment as a maintenance electrician an returned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California; we were selected for transition to new P-3's, my first flight experience was in pig boats. I remained in VP-48 until 1972 transferring to NAMTG 1012 at Moffett. I was a flight engineer on the NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Adak, Alaska deployments, both deployments were fun, however, we lost "F" troop: a tragedy I will never forget. I was also assigned to Patron VP-50, VP-17, VP-1, VP-22, and VRF-31, with numerous TAD'S throughout the Pacific fleet. I retired as a Senior Chief Aviation Electric out of NAMTG Headquarters, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. My career also include tours of duty with the Iranian Airforce and the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy..." [Deceased 19JUL2003 | 13FEB2000 | 20NOV99]

BOYINGTON, REAR ADMIRAL John E. Jr. https://www.cnatra.navy.mil/00.htm "...Commander, Navy Region South - A native of Pensacola, Fla, Rear Admiral John E. Boyington, Jr. began his military career as an Army warrant officer flying helicopter gunships during the Vietnam Conflict. He was commissioned via the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in January 1973 and received his "Wings of Gold" in December 1973. In October 2000, he assumed command as Chief of Naval Air Training and Commander, Navy Region South. His operational tours: First tour in VP-56 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland; Department Head tour with VP-4 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as Safety, Maintenance and Operations Officer deploying to NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska; Executive Officer of VP-31. His command tours: Commanding Officer VP-50, CPW-1, Japan, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 72) , Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force FIFTH Fleet (CTF 57), Commander, Iceland Defense Force (Joint Subunified Command) and Island Commander Iceland (NATO), Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic, and Commander, Mine Warfare Command. Shore and staff tours: P-3 flight instructor in VP-30, fixed and rotary wing test pilot and project officer for the E-2, S-3, P-3, UH-1 and C-12 aircraft, as well as NASA's QSRA and Tilt Rotor aircraft flight-test programs. His Washington, DC tours include, Chief Engineer for Maritime Patrol Aircraft Naval Air Systems Command and Maritime Patrol Requirements Officer staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N88). Formal education: Bachelor's degree, University of West Florida, Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Management Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Naval Test Pilot School, member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a designated Acquisition Professional. Rear Admiral Boyington has flown more than 600 armed combat missions in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He is rated as a Navy Jet, Helicopter, and Prop Aviator and has 8,000 flight hours in more than 80 types of aircraft. His decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star (combat "V"), Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Air Medal (25 strike devices), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), numerous service ribbons and the Commander's Cross with Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon presented by the President of Iceland..." [18JUN2003]

BRADEN, ADC Howard Retired hbraden@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-50 from April 1981 to July 1984. Was on Crew 7 in 81 as the 2nd FE after graduating FE school from VP-31. Served as Alternate NATOPS then Primary NATOPS FE during my tour. Left VP-50 and went to ASW at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Left ASW in Aug 1987 and transfered to VXN-8 also at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, served as power plants supervisor and Primary NATOPS FE. After my tour there I transfered back to ASW by then Force Warfare in Dec 1990. Ran the VAW division as shop chief and Division Officer until Oct 91 when I moved to the reliability maintainability and supportability P-3 branch until I retired in Nov 1993 as an ADC. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2008 | E-Mail Updated 02JAN2001 | 07SEP97]

BREDTHAUER, Pat Morris pbredthauer@email.com "...VP-50 is still very much interwoven into my family history and that of my 4 children by Jack Morris (Mrs. Bredthauer is remarried widow of Jack Morris who was the TACCO aboard VP-50's Crew 13 boat that was lost at sea on 1/6/67 - See In Memorial for lost friends...January 6th, 1967). I keep in touch with Pauly and Stretch Varner, Johnnie Mae Bellinger (John's wife), Bruce Peck, Dick and Kathy Klabo, Bill Ferrill, Lyn Hudson, and spent a couple of days with Harlan and Mary Purdy in N.C. in April 1997. I have been in the Austin area since 1978. Where did the years go?..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2000 | 12DEC98]

BREWER, AE2 Larry G. "One Eye" brhrlarryg@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1966-1970) Crew-1. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24DEC2010]

BREWSTER, James mcposailor@aol.com "...Shipmates - Great site, when NAS Moffett Field, California closed I thought I'd seen the last of many people. Served in VP-48 80-84, VP-31 84-87, VP-50 87-91 and VP-47 91-93. Retired in Sep 93. Love to hear from old friends from the Moffett Years..." [19FEB99]

BRIONES, Ralph rbri@earthlink.net "...I was a AMS2 in VP-50 from 86 to 88, I would like to find some of my ex buddies John Diaz, Ronald (The Griff) Griffen, Doug Sawyer. The Brew Crew! Anyone with any info as well as any other Shipmates, drop me a line..." [28JUN99]

BRISTOL, AT2 Chad chadjbristol@home.com "...Was assigned to VP-50 from 89-91, as an in-flight electonics tech. Anyone interested in contacting me feel free!..." [01OCT2000]

BRITTON, Al albie36@proaxis.com "...I served with VP-17 / VA(HM)-10 from 1955 to 1958, VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan from 1959 to 1962, FAETUPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1962 to 1965, VP-47 from 1966 to 1970 at NAS Moffett Field, California and was the Commander Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Electronics Elaluator from 1970 to 1974..." [26JAN2007]

BROKER, Joe jbroker898@msn.com "...I joined in 67. Did a tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and then went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Worked Jet Shop at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 71-74. VP-6 75-78. NAS Moffett Field, California 78-82 (NAMTRAGRUDET 1012). Went to VP-50 82-86. VP-31 86-89. I got comissoned in VP-31 and went to VP-40 89-91. Had the sad job of helping to shut down NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 92. I will have fond memories about that place forever. Went to VP-60 as the MMCO in 92. I retired as a CWO-3 Dec 93. A long time with a great bird and some great friends. Would sure be interested in hearing from some old Shipmates..." [03JUL99]

BROWN, AMH3 Rodger rbrown011@charter.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1967 to 1968 at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03MAR2011]

BRYANT, FCC William D. Retired willyb@chatt.mindspring.com "...I was in the VP Navy from 1969 to 1984. VP-50, FASOTRAGRUPAC Det NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-1, and VP-46. I switched from AWC to FCC in 1984..." [22MAY2001]

BUGAY, AXC Bob Retired bobbugay@att.net "...I served with VP-2 (1961-1964), VP-40 (1968-1971), VP-50 (1975-1978), NAS Memphis, Tennessee, two tours with VP-31 and retired in 1981. Anyone out there remember the "through the wire" trip to town with Fig? You'll understand this if you know what I'm talking about. Been there - done that! Whatever happen Fig after he changed his rate to AQ?..." [E-Mail Updated 01MAR2019 | E-Mail Updated 17JUN2003 | 09MAR99]

BURDETTE, CWO3 Bill Retired bill@theburdettes.com "...VP-44 62-64, FAETUPAC NI 65-68, CPWPac 68-69, VP-22 69-71, FASOTRAGRUPAC MFT 71-72, VP-50 72-74, CPWPac 74-77, USS Enterprise 77-78, CPWPac 78-81. Former ATS, AX, AW, retired as CWO3..."

BURKLAND, Ray rayburkland@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (pilot) from 1971 until 1974. I was the Flight Engineer Branch Officer and Weapons Officer. I rejoined the Reserves in 1975 at NAS Point Mugu, California and finally retired after 20 years and 20 seconds. I am happily retired from Delta Airlines by way of Western Airlines. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27DEC2008 | 31DEC2004]

BURNEY, Robert (Bob) BobBurney@AOL.COM "...I served in VP-5 twice 1963 to 1965. I worked in Airframes Under Chief Friedman, AMS-1 Saienni and AMH-1 Osborne deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and was part of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I returned to VP-5 in 1969 to 1973. I worked in Corrosion Control and finally served as Flight Engineer P-3As, P-3Cs. I left in 1973 and was transferred to VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [28JUL98 E-Mail Updated 29JUL98]

Memorial Picture "...BYRD, AMS2 Ernest...It is with sadness that I report the death of VP-50 Shipmate AMS2 Ernest Byrd. Ernest passed away around 1993..." Contributed by Carl J. Stillwell cjs.stillwell@gmx.ux [07MAR2011]

BYRNE, AMS3 Joe jbyrne6859@aol.com "...I served with VP-40, VP-50 and VP-48..." [04MAR2009]

CABRALES, Richard cabrales4755@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-50 from 65 to 68. Hopefully I'll hear from some old friends..." [23DEC2004]

CADDELL, EJ Retired ejcad@prodigy.net "...I served as a Flight Engineer with VP-50 from 1983 to 1986. I served as the Flight Engineer Supervisor. I retired in 1991 and am currently a Federal Investigator. I'd be interested in hearing from squadron mates..." [06APR2002]

CALABOUGH, CDR Jerry S. Retired jcalabough@cox.net "...Joined VP-5 in July of 1959 as an ATAN, and departed February 1962 as an AT2. Assigned to the crew of LA-2 for duration. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1960 and NS Rota, Spain again in 1962. Assigned to the FAW-6 ASCAC at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for 62-65 and promoted to AX-1, transferred to VP-50 in 1964 and selected to attend OCS through the Integration Program in 1965. Commissioned Ensign, USN, URL in December 1965, Assigned as ASW Officer in USS Waller DD-466 out of Norfolk, 66-67, followed by a tour as Weapons then Operations Officer USS Richard B. Anderson out of San Diego DD-786, 68-69. This was followed by tour as the Weapons Officer for Cruiser/Destroyer Flotilla 9 out of San Diego, in 70-71, on onto a tour as the Senior Advisor to River Assault Group 22 in the Iron Triangle. Returned to San Diego in 1972 to teach Anti-Submarine Air Control at the Fleet ASW School San Diego until 1974 when I was selected to completed my under graduate degree at San Diego State. Then off to the Army Command and General Staff Course for the class of 75/76 at Leavenworth, KS. Back to San Diego for a tour as Operations Officer on USS Sterett CG- 31 until 1978 when I was assigned to Commander Naval Forces Korea, in Seoul as the Plans and Policy Officer until 1981. My Naval career closed with my retirement as the head of testing for CVA NTDS programs at FCDSSA San Diego in December 1983. Since then I have been employed by Unisys (Sperry Rand) Corp. as a Senior Program Manager. I currently live in Guthrie, OK..." [19AUG2004]

CAMPBELL, AW2 Bill billyc202@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1987 to 1989. I had a great time and really enjoyed serving with everyone. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [24MAY2009]

CAMPBELL, Michael V. mcampbel@tvi.cc.nm.us "...I served with VP-50 from 1972-1975. It was great to to back in time and looK at the pictures, remembering names from that era..." [09JAN2002]

CARBAJAL, AW2 Chuck chuckcarbajal619@gmail.com "...I was an AW2 stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1986 to 1993. During that time I was assigned to FASO, VP-31, VP-50 and then VP-31 again. Many of the 27 crewmembers that lost their lives on 03/21/91 at 02:13:39 were fellow crewmembers and close friends. The pain of the loss is still very real for me…even 20 years later. I woke this morning at almost the exact time that the mid air occurred in tears. I can imagine where they were and what they were doing at the moment the collision occurred. How fatigued was the crew that was going off station considering the time of day, weather and no auto pilot? Did anyone know just before it happened? You all will never be forgotten…never!..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2011 | 11MAY2010]

CARLSON, Jim carjimbo@TheRamp.net "...For VP-9 site: I was stationed with Jerry Grigsby in VP-50 (67-70). As all his friends, I was saddened by his death (VP9/October 78 "We are Ditching! Ditching! Ditching!"), but proud of his conduct during the ordeal. Around 1983 I was stationed at the Schools Command in Pensacola when the new water survival building was completed and the Navy requested a name for the building . Another VPer (Ralph "Squirel" McCrory and I submitted Jerry's name along with the Readers' Digest article and it was selected! One of Jerry's daughters attended the dedication and it was very moving. Thought all you VP-9ers and anybody else that knew Jerry might be interested..."

CARLSON, Jon JONCEP@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 from 75-78. First in crew 3 flying with Danny Peterson and Mike Fletcher. Then in crew 6. Good time and memories..." [24MAR98]

CARTER, Michael A. p3skyking@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (P-3C's) in 1979, VP-48, VP-50 again, and was with VP-19 when she was disestablished in 1991. Wish well to all my fellow Shipmates. I own a gunshop now and invite any P-3 guys to look me up if you ever pass through..." [E-Mail Updated 06DEC2010 | E-Mail Updated 06JAN2004 | 03AUG99]

CARTER, AOC Tim "Duck" duckman132@comcast.net "...I was stationed at VP-19 from 1977-1980 as an inflight Ordnanceman. VP-31 from 1980-1983 as an Inflight and grounds Ordnance Instructor. VP-50 from 1983-1986 as an Inflight Ordnanceman. PMTC, Pt Mugu, 1986-1990 as part of Range Aircrew flying P-3A's. VP-47 from 1990-1993 as as Inflight Ordnanceman. VP-40 from 1996 to present as AO shop Chief. IYAOYAS...I am now on deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan...I am no longer in VP-40 due to retiring on 31 August 1999. I am now living in Olympia, Washington and I am a full time college student, reverting back to my hippie days, and a teller of "Sea Stories"...Still retired, still classified as a long hair with a beard. Now working for the State of Washington..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 12OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 30MAR30 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19NOV99 | E-Mail Updated 27FEB99 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18DEC98 | Updated 21MAR98]

CASTELLON, PH2(AC) Fidel P. Jr. joepenquin@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-50 in 1964 when the squadron was at NAS Iwakuni, Japan and made the long flight to NAS North Island, San Diego, California on a C-97 when VP-50 rotated back to the USA. Sure don't miss those "Fringe Benefit Sunrises."..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 05AUG2002 | 06JAN99]

CATCHING, John shipmates pix...circa 1954... jcatch@aol.com "...I Served in VP-892 / VP-50 from Aug. 1951 thru Mar. 1955 as a aviation storekeeper. My first overseas tour was to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, aboard the D E Aultman (What a trip). Also time station aboard the Seaplane Tender USS Pine Island (AV-12) in Okinawa as duty storekeeper. Made two (2) deployment to Iwakuni, Japan. I still remember that you could see daylight through the walls of the barrecks. The squadron had training stops at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in Hawaii. Does any shipmates remembers me - Drop me a line..." [27NOV97]

CATES, Tim tcates@adelphia.net "...I served with VR-21 from 1970 to 1973, then VF-2 Bounty Hunters F-14's 73-76 and finally with VP-50 as a Flight Engineer from 1978 to 1982 (see Lowriders Club at http://www.centerseat.net). Left the Navy to work for Lockheed on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile program as a systems engineer. Then with Raytheon on Command Control Tactical Data Systems as Program Manager. Currently with Ocean Design as Defense systems Program Manager in Florida. Also still serving in Army Reserves with a Recon Unit. Have a couple of businesses see http://www.boriquenaquaculture.com and http://www.enrincon.com. A big hello to all my Shipmates over the years and thanks for the memories! Admiral Ann Rondeau - if your out there say hello - way to go girl! Just a young Bull Ensign as I recall!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 30APR2004 | 02JAN2000]

CATON, AFCM David Retired dcaton@worldnet.att.net "...flew for 18 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer (VP-31 schooled). . .VP-50 (76-79), VX-1 (79-82), served with the German Navy for 3 years flying the Atlantic in Nordholz, GE on the Personal Exchange Program (83-86), afterwards VXN-8 (86-90), and finally with VP-17 where I ended my career as the Maintenance Master Chief (90-94) with over 11,000 hrs. Hello to old Shipmates...drop a line..." [13FEB99]

CAUGHRON, AT2 Robert rob.caughron@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1982-1986) at NAS Moffett Field, California and AIMD NAS Moffett Field, California WC650-Radar. Took up flying in 2002 and now a commercial pilot about to start ground training for Endeavor Air flying the CRJ-200. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09DEC2013 | 07MAY98]

CELMER, ATCS Ronald Retired tercsta@yahoo.com "...Attended "A" School, served with VW-12, AEWBarRonPac (Detachment NAS Midway Island), VP-17, VT-27, VP-50 (both P2's & P-3's), VA-125, VP-24, VA-145, VAW-112, VAW-110 and NAMTRDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired 1988..." [16AUG2008]

CHAVEZ, AO3 Leonard email@lpcsoftware.com "...I served with VP-50 (1974-1977) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam and NAF Misawa, Japan and flew with Crew-5 (NATOPS). I have two VP-50 plaques that I prominently display in my office. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 20MAY2013 | 09JUL2001]

CHRISLEY, Harvey B. harvey.chrisley@poboxes.com "...I'm retired Navy and spent the last five years of my career in VP's (the first 15 years was A6's). I was in VP-31, VP-50 and VP-46. I was in 50 in '91 when the mid-air happened and we lost 27 people - two were from my shop. It brought back a lot of memories reading about it on your site..." [02FEB99]

CIPOLLI, AW2 Thomas "Chip" cipo109@hotmail.com "...I served (training) with VP-31, VP-50 (CAC-12) and VP-5 (1975-1978) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1976) and NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1977) flying with CAC-3 and CAC-4. I was on LA4 when we went off the NAS Norfolk, Virginia runway March 27th, 1978 (my back still hurts). Say, does anybody remember the UFO incident off of the Egyptian coast in 1977? I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 08JUN2002 | BIO Updated 19DEC98 | 13DEC98]

CLAWSON, Paul dc10mechanic12566@hotmail.com "...I was assigned to VP-50 from February of 1964 until my discharge in August of 1966. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [10APR2007]

CLAY, AT1(NAC) Tom "Staypuff" Retired tomkat83@alltel.net "...My first squadron was VP-50 (8/85-4-89). I was an IFT on Crew 9 and Crew 6 doing 2 NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments and 1 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. I saw several names on your list already from those days. From VP-50, I went to Naval Air Development Center Warminster (6/89-1/92) for shore duty (I was on det 1 month of every 3!) then to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan (1/92-5/95), VP-40 (7/95-3/97) for a NSF Diego Garcia/Jeddah/Masirah/any where sandy deployment, CPW-10 (3/97-10/98) on LIMDU, and now I'm back in VP-40 but grounded. I would love to hear from any Shipmates, especially from the "Tromba's Trojans" Crew 6 days...I retired out of NRL in July '03 and moved back to Georgia. I graduated with a BS in Physics and a BA in History in May 2006 and a Master's in Military History in June 2008..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 29OCT99]

CLAY, AT1(NAC) Tom "Staypuff" Retired tomkat83@alltel.net "...My first squadron was VP-50 (8/85-4-89). I was an IFT on Crew 9 and Crew 6 doing 2 NSF Diego Garcia/ NAS Cubi Point, Philippines/ NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments and 1 NAS Misawa, Japan deployment. I saw several names on your list already from those days. From VP-50, I went to Naval Air Development Center Warminster (6/89-1/92) for shore duty (I was on det 1 month of every 3!) then to CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan (1/92-5/95), VP-40 (7/95-3/97) for a NSF Diego Garcia/Jeddah/Masirah/any where sandy deployment, CPW-10 (3/97-10/98) on LIMDU, and now I'm back in VP-40 but grounded. I would love to hear from any Shipmates, especially from the "Tromba's Trojans" Crew 6 days...I retired out of NRL in July '03 and moved back to Georgia. I graduated with a BS in Physics and a BA in History in May 2006 and a Master's in Military History in June 2008..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 01MAY2000 | 29OCT99]

CLEMENTS, AW2 David "Jethro" Dave8D121@aol.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-50 from 1987 until the Squadron was Disestablished. My last 2 years I was the Schedules Petty Officer in Operations, and I was the one that selected and scheduled the Aircrews during the Extendex that resulted in our Mid-Air, and the loss of 21 of my shipmates. I was also the Sensor 1 on Crew 8, which was the #1 Beartrap crew on the West Coast! (I loved it!!) I got out of the Navy in 1994, and still have seperation anxiety (Hahahaha), I do truely miss hunting subs. It was truely a passion of mine, and no feeling better in the world than to know that you just pounced all over that sub..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2000]

CLIFFORD, Warren WClifford@ePhysician.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-48, and VP-50. I made (4) deployments. NAS Adak, Alaska (2), the PI, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I was in the VP-48 AW shop 87-91, and VP-50 AW shop 91-92..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2000 | E-Mail Updated 28APR99 | 12FEB98]

CLOUD, ATCS Albert (Joe) Retired jscloud9@comcast.net "...I served with VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California from August of 1980 until retirement in June 1984. I was Maintenance Control night supervisor, did the NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Misawa, Japan detachments. I retired as an ATCS to Oak Harbor, WA. in June 1984. After working briefly in Bellingham, WA, I took a job as a mail carrier in Seattle where I work and now live in a Seattle Suburb. I am married to Sandy, have 2 kids and a step son. I have embarked on a new UNPAID career as a disc jockey playing bluegrass music at KSER 90.7 FM Everett. I do UNPAID work as an emcee for the Darrington, WA Bluegrass Festival and have done emcee work at the Wintergrass Festival in Tacoma. Summers find us at festivals from Southern Washington to Prince George, B.C. in Canada. Last year got to go to the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Louisville. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2006 | 04MAR99]

COATES, AO3 Chico bohica8888@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1986 to 1990. I retired November 2005 off the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)..." [01MAR2011]

Memorial Picture "...COLEMAN, LT Jim...My father, Jim Coleman, passed away December 8th, 2015 from complications after a really bad stroke. Dad served as a pilot with VP-50 (1968-1970) and VT-3 (1970-1972). If any of Dad's Shipmates are interested in further details - please contact me. Thanks..." Contributed by James Roth jamesrothemail@icloud.com [10DEC2015]

COLEMAN, LT Jim 206yazoo@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-50 (1968 to 1970), VT-3 Flight Instructor (1970 to 1972). I was in Crew 7 under CDR Hausler, Crew 6 under LT Dave Knight and LT Len Williiams. PPC of Crew 6 in 1970. Deployments to NAS Sangley Point, Philippines (1968), NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (1969 to 1970) and NAS Sangley Point, Philippines (1970). Dets to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1968, 1969, and 1970) for Market Time and Yankee Team. I would be tickled pink to hear from any old shipmates. "SHINDA ARI" ("Dead Ants" for the uninitiated)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22DEC2007]

CONDON, AD1 Pete pcondon@uswest.net "...Shipmates - I did two tours plus in VP-50 (74-78 and 86-90) and a tour in VP-40 in between. Loving life in AZ..." [E-Mail Updated 02SEP2000 | 04APR98]

CORREA, Henry W. hrcorrea@earthlink.net "...I was in VC-5 in the P.I. from '78 to '79 and then went to VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California until '81. I'm looking for squadron patches and any one who remembers me. When I was in VP-50 I was an AT ground pounder and my roommate was Mike Dunn, an in-flight tech. Mike was quite a character and well known in the squadron.I look forward to hearing from anyone who answers!..." [11NOV2000]

CRAWFORD, Barry b.crawford63@attbi.com "...I was in VX-1 from May of 1983 to May of 1985 then I was in VP-50 from Jun3 1985 until late 1989. I'm a Blue Dragon to the core I have too many memories to mention (and some that I can't remember, That's what two deployments to NSF Diego Garcia will get ya.) I was on CAC-5 and CAC-8 with some of the closest friends I've ever had! I was also an instructor at FASODETMOFFET until I took the early out in 1992. I couldn't resist. I hope to hear from any former Shipmates who care to talk about the good times. I'm presently living in Colorado, GO BRONCOS!..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | E-Mail Updated 07JAN99 | 28AUG98]

CRAWFORD, F. O. epho1962qa3@comcast.net "...I served with VP-22 from 1962 to 1965 (Flight Crew), NAS Point Mugu, California (Maintenance and Missle Support), VA-27 at NAS Lemoore, California in 1967, PMR at PT Muguin in 1970 (flew EC-121 until 1975 until I retired. I missed the Navy ever since. I should have stayed until I was 65. Love all you military people..." [04MAR2009]

CREASY, PR2 Michael C. michaelc1405@aol.com "...I was attached to VP-50 between August 1985 to May 1988 as a PR2. Not to long after I left NAS Moffett Field, California was scheduled to be closed..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 13JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 20FEB2003 | 05APR2001]

CREVERLING, NCCS Dan H. Retired ninadan@charter.net "...I served with VP-50 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from June 1959 to March 1962 with one deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was a left-handed pitcher for VP-50 and traveled all over Japan. I retired June 1981 and have resided in Grants Pass, Oregon since. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2008 | 15NOV99]

CROUCH, Johnny johnny.crouch@lackland.af.mil "...Served with VP-50 from January 1963 to July 1965 in Crew 1 and 7. Started in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and wound up in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. It was a memorable time for me and more memorable when I attended my first Reunion in Tuscon this year. Looking forward to hearing from old friends and Shipmates..." [28DEC2001]

CURRIE, Jim jimcurrie@stanfordalumni.org "...VP-50, Crew 10, Radar/Nav, November 1961 to December 1963, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, P5M2Se..." [05SEP99]

CURRY, AD1 Frank Retired curry62@hotmail.com "...I started my VP Navy at VP-31 in October 1981. Made second class AD and trans. to VP-46 in 1984. Stayed there until 1987 and trans. back to VP-31 as a 1st class and an instructor at Framp. Went to VP-50 from 1991 to 1992 until it was decommissioned. Went back to VP-46 until 1994 and one year into homeport change and trans. to VQ-3 and retired in 1997 as AD1. So "hi" to all you people who I crossed paths with and maybe we'll do it again sometime..." [25FEB2002]

CURTIS, LT Jim Retired oldnfo@gmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Glynco, Georgia (1971-1973) a a Helo and Connie Crew, VP-4 (1974-1976) as SS1/3, VP-50 (1976-1978) as SS1/4, VP-30 (1978-1981) as Acoustic Instructor and Commander, Naval Air Force AtLantic (CNAL) Evaluator, VP-24 (1981-1982) as SS1/4, Commissioned (1982), VP-24 (1983-1987) as TACCO/MC, CPW-11 (1987-1988) Mission Control and Evaluation (MC&E) Officer and CPWP (1988-1992) Special Projects. After retirement - I worked for 4 years in DC supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), University of South Carolina (managing telecommunications) and currently with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) managing the Littoral Warfare Advanced Development (LWAD) sea test program..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2015 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 04JAN2007 | BIO Updated 27NOV2001 | 25FEB98]

CVITKOVICH, ADC LARRY Retired lawcvit@cox.net "...I served with FAW-6, aboard the USS Curtiss (AV-4) and USS Pine Island (AV-12) from December 1950 to January 1951. Transferred to VP-892 in January 1951 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. We subsisted on Aussi food while there. I was assigned to the Maint. Office as log Yoeman. When the reserves were sent home around the 1st weeks of August, I was assigned to SE 5 as 2nd Mech. Transpac"d to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in February 1952. Flew with crew 5 until I broke my right hand during an intramural softball game and was grounded. Returned with the squadron to NAS Alameda, California in August 1952 and flew trainig flights until I was transferred to VP-50 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in February 1953. Was than transfered to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, Plane Captain, P2V3 and transfered back to NAS Alameda, California to VA-93 which was getting ready to WesPac on the USS Oriskany. We made the last cruise on her as a straight deck. She was later lenghtend and the angle deck added, I stayed in the Attack and Fighter Navy until I retired as the Jet Shop Chief in AMD, NAS North Island, San Diego, California January 1971 with 20 years, 6 mos. 3 days active duty and 11 months constructive time..." [E-Mail Updated 14JAN2002 | BIO Updated 08JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 24APR2001 | 05JAN99]

CYR, Tom cyrat2@mediaone.net "...I served with VP-50 from ealy 65' to early 67' as a AMS3. Reasigned shortly after the crew/plane 13 accident. Surprised no one made mention of the rat infestation problem they were having on that plane and how it may have been a possible cause of the disaster. Some former Shipmates names come to mind and would like to hear from, Tom Locke, Tom King. Keep up the good work..." [14AUG2000]

DALEY, Robert L. daleybob17@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1955-1957) with Crew-4..." [01DEC2010]

DALLARA, AE2 Ray raynbeau1@home.com "...I was in VP-50 from 1957 thru 1959 and did one tour in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I flew on SG-3 for 18 months and was AE2. I just heard about this site and the Reunions you guys have. We are looking foward to attending one in the near future. Love to hear from anyone that is still around..." [06JUN2001]

DANIELS, Darrell darrell2d@earthlink.net "...Served with VP-50 from "84" to "87" then went to VP-31 as an IFT Instructor untill "91". I would like to hear from all the "animals" I had the pleasure of serving with..." [23NOV99]

DARTUS, AD3 Foster fdartus@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1951 thru March 1955. I flew with flight crews in SE-4 with then Excutive Officer Nathanial D. Mc Clure the I flew with Capt. Nathanial D. McClur on SE-1 we did one tour at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and one tour at NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I am now living in the Woodlands in Spring, Texas. I would enjoy hearing from old squadron buddies and crew members..." [21JUL2008]

DAVIS, AOC Donald G. Retired dgdehd7@embarqmail.com "...I was in VP-50 from Nov.1957 -Feb. 1963I now live in Leesburg, Fl..." [07FEB2009]

DeHATE, ADR3(AC) Michael casadehate@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (09/1966-03/1967). I was a Plane Captain (Crew-7) aboard the SP5-B. Looking for proof of feet on the ground (water) for the VA for Agent Orange /Parkinsons Disease. CDR O.A. Kidd was my PPC but has passed away. CDR Purdy was CO, LT Eugene Chapman 3P, AE2 Tommy Dean crew leader. Any help appreciated..." [04AUG2012]

DESSIFY, Bob "Navy" shazam1015@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1977-1981...brings back a lot of memories (good and Bad). I lost some good friends during this period, but the good times keep on rolling. I spent a lot of time in NAS Adak, Alaska puting the Low-Rider back together. The crew did a great job holding her togather. If there is any interest in a Reunion, count me in. Good luck Patron 50 Shipmates..." [01JUN2000]

DeVARNEY, AWCS David "Devo" Retired navydevo@aol.com "...I was in VP-23 from 5-74 to 7-77, VP-19 from 11-78 to 5-82, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field, California from 7-82 to 10-85, VS-41 and VS-35 from 11-85 to 5-88, VP-50 from 5-88 to 4-90, AW Rate Training Manual/Advancement Exam writer (I still check for bombs) 5-90 to 5-93, VP-11 from 8-93 to 1-95, PMA-264 (sonobuoy office) from 2-95 to 1-98, and CNAP Aircrew Training 2-98 to 11-99. Currently organizing the Fleet AW Association..stop by at http://fleetaw.tripod.com..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JUN2000 | 02JUN98]

DILLON, Thomas L. thom.dillon555@gmail.com "...Attended ATN "A" School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-31 (05/1965) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-46 (06/1965-06/1969), Communications Instructor (06/1969-11/1970), RP-31 COMNAVAIRPAC (12/1970-05/1974), VP-19 (06/1974-01/1980), NAVPRO Burbank (01/1980-01/1983), VP-50 (02/1983-08/1985), VP-47 (08/1985-09/1985..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2019 | 01OCT98]

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

DISCO, Daniel E. vmch2@hotmail.com "...I was the plane captian for Crew #2 in VP-50 from 1960-1962. NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Would like to get a list of my fellow crew mates, and also our crew patch, as most of my treasures were destroyed..." [17JUL2007]

DOBOSH, ABH3 Michael mdobosh77@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1974-1975)..." [28MAY2013]

DOMAGALSKI, Richard R. (Ski) Retired domagals2@aol.com "...I served with VTM-5 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1946 to 1947, VX-1 Key West, Flordia from 1951 to 1952, ATU-10 and ATU-700 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1952 to 1955, VP-47 and VP-50 NAS Alameda, California from 1955 to 1959, AEW-12 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1960 to 1964, VR-7 NAS Moffett Field, California, and retired in 1965..." [E-MAIL/BIO Updated 06SEP2003 | 03APR99]

DOUGHER, Patrick "Buffy" BUFFNLES@AOL.COM "...I have had the honor of serving with many of you in VP-31 non-acoustic student (JUN-NOV 83), VP-40 (DEC 83-DEC 87), VP-31 staff (JAN 88-MAY 91), VP-50 (JUN 91-APR 92), VP-9 (APR 92-APR 95), VP-30 (MAY 95-APR 98), VP-99 double eagle (MAY 98-PRESENT). I would like to hear from any old Shipmates that are still out there. "What a long strange trip it's been."..." [04AUG2000]

DRAKE, Scott (Shinnin Times) damnphoneguy@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from the spring of 1977 through 1980 in the Tweet Shop and with Crew 9 (FTN). I was an Aircrew Instructor with VP-31 from 1980-1983..." [26JUN2002]

DUECY, ADJ2 Pat pduecy@hot.rr.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1969-1971 deploying to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served with VP-50 during that time..." [05AUG2003]

DUFFY, Wally (Fluff) Wduffy5548@aol.com "...ATN2 VP-50 1968 NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam cruise, crew 12 (dirty dozen). Looking for anyone who has cruise book to get names of crew 12. VP-6 1966 NAS Adak, Alaska, check crew and AT night check (cold). I have cruise book if anyone needs names. Would love to hear from anyone from squadron..." [01JUL98]

DUPUIS, Jessie jessie.dupuis@grantprideco.com "...Served in VP-50 from 1965 to 1968 from San Diego to PI to Viet Nam. Went from P5M to transition to P-3 (the Navy was never the same after that). Wish to hear from old friends..." [25APR2000]

DVORAK, AZ2 Melissa DvorakM@aol.com "...Nice to see all the old VP-50 Shipmates. I remember quite a few of my Shipmates. :) I have a wood carving from the Phillipines, labeled Buno 158930, one of our lost aircraft. Some people remember where they were when they heard the news that Kennedy was gone. I remember where I was when I heard the terrible news that we lost two of our aircraft. God bless you all. Long live the memory of those lost. Longer live the memory of the good times we had in each other's company..." [06OCT99]

ELLIOTT, PN3 Frank frank.elliott@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 (1973-1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam and NAF Misawa, Japan..." [03MAR2012]

Memorial Picture "...EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired...It's my sad duty to share the news about the death of one of our VP-17 Shipmates. I received the attached email from Linda Embach last night, regarding AWC Chuck Embach's sudden death Thursday October 18, 2007. I know we've always considered Chuck to be a good friend, valued Shipmate and bright spot in our memories of our VP-17. He always had a smile and cheerful words to share. If any of you don't exactly recall, AWC Chuck Embach worked in the Ops Dept and did his daily magic with our flight schedule during our '75-78 deployments. Most of us didn't see a lot of Chuck because he was constantly buried behind his desk, trying to figure out some way to make the tasking fit our assets. Chuck served with VP-17, VP-19, VP-30, VP-48, VP-50 and VX-1..." Contributed by GOODMAN, AWCS Edward E. (Ed) Retired edusnret@gmail.com [22OCT2007]

UPDATE "...I was sorry to see the message about Chuck Embach passing away. He was a good friend and will be missed. He and his wife Linda attended many of the VP-48 Reunions..." COntributed by Lee Anderson vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [24OCT2007]

EMBACH, AWCS Chuck Retired cwembach@gmpexpress.net "...I served with VP-50 (P5M Dec 64 - May 63), VP-48 (P5M Jul 63 - Dec 64), VX-1 (P2V, P-3A, P-3B Jan 65 - Dec 67), VP-19 (P-3B Jan 68 - Dec 70), VP-30 (P-3B, P-3C Jan 71 - Jul 74), VP-17 (P-3B Jul 74 - May 78), VX-1 (P-3C UP1, 2, 2.5 Oct 81 - May 85). Total of 11,500 flt hours as SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, Radio operator. Retired May 85 as AWCS..." [E-Mail Updated 26FEB2005 | 27JUL2000]

ENGLEMAN, Tom tengleman@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-28 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1964-1967, VP-31 Det. NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1968-1970, VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 1971, and VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971-1973..." [13JAN2003]

EPPING, Doug epping.doug@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1971-1974) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Agana, Guam. I flew with Crew-8 (NAVCOM) and Crew-10 (TACCO). Looking back 40 years later I am still impressed with how young we were and how much responsibility we had. Lots of good memories from those days!..." [28DEC2011]

ESCOBAR, Robert "Esky" Jr. fra45@earthlink.net "...I was in VP-50 from about February 1957 (ATAN) through August 1963 (AT1). Went to FAETUPAC for instructor duty where I taught maintenance on the ASA-16 Integrated Display System. Advanced to E-7; AXC. Orders to NATTC, Millington (dreamsheet requested "any spanish speaking country") for AT-B School then on to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-44. Picked up E-8 and transferred across the ramp to VP-49 where we made the first deployment in the P-3C's to "beautiful downtown NAS Keflavik, Iceland". Generated many "UR's" against the tech manuals. Made two deployments then received orders to NAVPRO, Burbank where I got to process all those "UR's" I'd generated while in the Fleet! Who says there's no justice? Retired from the Nav in August 1975..." [28JUN2000]

ESHOM, Dan eshom44@aol.com "...VP-50, 65/66/67 WESTPAC, SP-5B, AX3..." [22JAN99]

ETHERINGTON, Tom kulaub3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1967 to 1968, VP-31 from 1971 to 1974, Utapao Thailand from 1974 to 1975, VP-50 from 1975 to 1978, HS-10 Warhawks from 1978 to 1980, and VP-4 from 1980 to 1983. Would like to here from any Shipmates especially Utapao and VP-4..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 14SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 20JUL2000 | 10FEB99]

FARMER, Gary L. Gary.Farmer@agai.com or W7mm@aol.com "...I am one of the original cadre of "AW's", converting from AX back in '68. Did tours in FAETUPAC, VP-47, VP-46, VP-31, VP-48, FASOTRAGRUPAC & VP-50 UNTIL RETIRING Sep 86. To all VP, be proud of where you were, it was the best. Wings of Gold are forever..." [09NOV98]

FARRIS, AT2 Ormond Gene "Bud" abinv21@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (previously VP-892) NAS Alameda, California from 1951 to January 1954. I was an AT2 and crewmember in SE 1 for the tour in NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1952 as radio/radar operator. For the tour in NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1953 I headed up the radio/radar with W. L. "Lyle" Hahn. In 1954 I joined VP-19 and served 5 months in NAS Atsugi, Japan as a crewmember in P2V Neptunes. I have talked to Art Chris and Alford "Buddy" Westfall and would enjoy talking to any other Shipmates of those squadrons. After I left VP-19 in August 1954. The plane I flew in as a crewman was shot down 40 miles off the coast of Siberia (September 4th, 1954) and the our Navigator went down with the plane..." [04MAR2008]

FASSETT, D. B. "Bruce" 1972fx@gmail.com "...VP-50 from 6-67 to 8-70. Worked as a aviation boatswainsmate for ABH1 Hewett and ABH1 Pack. Made two deployments to the PI / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and Okinawa / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Calm sea and smooth sailing, y'all..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2010 | 10MAR98]

FAURIA, CJ siege2800@hotmail.com "...I was stationed in NAS Moffett Field, California from 86 to 89 with VP-50. I've been searching for AME1 Mark Holland. Hope you find him oneday..." [08MAY99]

FERGUSON, AX1 Bobby fergusontx1@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1975-1977) with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan..." [03FEB2016]

FERGUSON, AMEC(AW) Larry Retired larry.ferguson@oakharbor.org "...I was attached to VP-48 "Boomers" from 1980 to 1983 where I flew for a short period as a Second Mech with "What a Way to Make A Living" CAC 5. I then transfered to the "Desert Eagles" of VA-122 Det NAS Fallon, Nevada from 1983 to 1985, returned to NAS Moffett Field, California with the VP-50 "Blue Dragons" from 1985 to 1989 where I was promoted to AMEC. I then returned to NAS Fallon, Nevada with Pacific Fleet Adversary Squadron VFA-127 from 1989 to 1992. No longer able to work on P-3's I transfered to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with the VA-155 "Silver Foxes" aboard the USS Ranger (what a great cruise) from 1992 to 1993. At the end of the cruise, I transfered to the "Knight Riders" of VA-52 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk from 1993 to 1995. I retired in 1995 and currently live and work (OHPD) in Oak Harbor, WA. The best years of my Navy career were spent at NAS Moffett Field, California with some really great people. I would love to hear from some of you. Drop me a line sometime or just stop by..." [E-Mail Updated 08OCT2005 | 13NOV2003]

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FILBY, ATX Neil E. Retired nfilby1@pacbell.net "...Served with: VP-50 (P5M-2) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and MCAS Iwakuni, Japan from July 1959 thru Dec. 1961. VP-1 (P2V-7) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from June 1962 thru Dec. 1962. VP-24 (P2V-7)(P3A) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from Jun. 1966 thru Oct. 1968. VP-17 (P3B) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Jun 1969 thru Feb. 1970. Retired Feb. 1984..." [17FEB98]

FINK, Bill VP-50@sierrahiker.com "...I was radio operator of Crew 3A, 152163, VP-50, during tours to WestPac in 1968 and 1969. After ten years in oil and gas exploration, I am now a high school science teacher in Clovis, CA..." [06DEC98]

FISHER, AMHC Don Retired dusty32109@yahoo.com "...I was attached to VP-46 as ground pounder and as a Flight Engineer in VP-50, VP-17 and the best tour of all which was with VPU-2. Retired in 1997 and have since moved to Thailand. Couldn't get enough of Thailand. I am looking for information on Dennis Gabe from VPU-2..." [20OCT2005]

FISCHER, AW2 James A. jafischer1948@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1969-1973) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Adak, Alaska / NAS Agana, Guam and NAF Misawa, Japan and flew with Crew-9. my entire tour. My PPC’s were LCDR Reed for the NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam deployments and LT James P. Schear for the NAS Adak, Alaska / NAS Agana, Guam / NAF Misawa, Japan deployments. We transitioned from Alphas to Charlies between the NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAS Adak, Alaska / NAS Agana, Guam deployments. I would like to hear from AWC Willie Bryant..." [05JAN2012]

FITZGERALD, AE1(AW) John P. bfitz@javanet.com "...Like to say hello to old VP-31 (81-83), VP-50 (83-84), VP-60 (84-88), VP-90 (88-92) Shipmates, I'm currently station with VP-92 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Like to hear from any one out there!..." [01FEB98]

FLETCHER, AWC Mike Retired awcfletch@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1974-1978) and flew with Crew (Easy) Three (Doc Frye and Tom Meadows were my SeaDaddies and Danny Peterson (Animal) my SS1), VP-93 (01/1978-12/1986) and flew with Crew (Randys Roaches) Six, Reserve Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center (RESASWTRACEN) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (1986-1989), VP-62 (1989-1993) and retired in 1993..." [13MAR2012]

FORSAITH, AT1(NAC) E. R. (DIRTY ED) Retired eforsaith@mediaone.net "...Joined VP-50 as ATSAN 1961. Departed 1963 as ATR2(ac) FFT VP-19. Departed VP-19 6/95 at NAS Adak, Alaska as first tech 151350 FFT. Shore duty NAS Oceana FFT project TRIM NAS Patuxent River, Maryland FFT RVN 02 1968 VAH-21 8/68 FFT RVAH 13 Albany Ga FFT. VF-124 (topgun? ((f8)), VFP-63 FRAMP FFT VAW-14 FFT VAW-117 FFT...Retired 10/79..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUN2001 | 27MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...FOSTER, Brent Dean...I would like to let the community know that my father passed away July 28, 2017...Dad served with VP-22 (1963-1965), VP-31 (1966-1969), VP-50 (1973-1976) and VC-3..." Contributed by Tyler Foster tylerfoster68_82935@yahoo.com [19JUL2018]

FOSTER, Brent brent@score.com "...I had three tours in VP: VP-22 (63-65), VP-31 (66-69),and VP-50 (73-76). Flew in SP-2E, P-3A, P-3B, P-3C (Baseline). Also had tours in COMASWGRU 3, NPGS, CNAP, War College, VC-3, and ONR. Retired in 1982. Currently still watching the USN do ASW (USW) at the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) as O&M contractor (DynCorp)..."


FOWLER, Al Shipmate Pix...Circa 1964... af03838@mail.navix.net "...Served with Crew 5 and, at the time, 3rd Tech. When I got out, I was a 1st Tech and Crew Leader..." [30MAY98]

FOWLER, AE2 David B. fowlerdb52@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1972-1977). I was an AE and worked under Chief Frank Kimes and Chief William Rutledge. I think I was a good sailor, friend, mentor, and ship mate. I have many good memories about those days. I retired from NASA in 2009. I owe the life I have all to what I learned in the Navy. The Navy instilled decision making, and leadership skills into me and the education and training I received was some of the best..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27JAN2021 | E-Mail Updated 11AUG2012 | 30DEC2002]

FRANKS, Charlie crfranks35@gmail.com "...I served with VP-30 (1959-1960) for Aircrew training with the first P-3 delivered to the Navy, "A" School (1961) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-44 (1962-1964) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, "B" School (1965) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VX-1 (1966-1970) at NAS Key West, Florida and VP-50 (1971) at NAS Moffett Field, California..." [28MAY2016]

FRAZIER, MCPO Mario F. C/O His Son Rickey Frazier RickeyF@bellsout.net "...My father was Master Chief Mario F. Frazier. He served with VP-50 and was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California. I am trying to find out how I can get information on his career or any information on his service records. Any information anyone can share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..." [26MAY2003]

FRYE, CWO4 Dock Retired dockfrye@comcast.net "...I served with VW-1 (1964 to 1966), VP-19 (1966 to 1969), VP-91 (1971 to 1973), VP-50 (1973 to 1977), TSC NAS Agana, Guam (1977 to 1979), ASWOC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1979 to 1982); ASWOC NS Rota, Spain (1982 to 1985), HS-1 (1985 to 1989), Commander, Patrol Wing Ten (CPW-10) (1989 to 1992) and CPW-11 (1992 to 1993). I couldn't get it right so I gave up and retired in 1993. I'd be happy to hear from..." [E-Mail Updated 28AUG2008 | 19JAN98]

GADALETA, Tony agadaleta@woh.rr.com "...Served aboard VP-49 from 1980-1983. Two deployments to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Great Shipmates, great ASW. Left the Woodpeckers for BUPERS, then served as ASW Officer and Assistant CDC Officer aboard USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Left for the west coast, and instructed with VP-31, DH tour with VP-50, and then shore duty with COMPATWINGSPAC. Returned to east coast, served as COMSECONDFLT Air ASW Officer. Retired in 1999 after serving as as XO of NROTC Miami University..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08DEC2002 | 16JUL98]

GALE, AFCM Jack Retired jackgale@pacbell.net "...Retired AFCM in 1993 and have worked in Semiconductor Equipment and now at Genentech as Biotech project manager. Always happy to hear from old shipmates. Served as a Flight Engineer with VP-31, VP-50, VP-30 ASA, CPW-10, and retired as CPWP CMC in 1993 as current 8251 with a blue card. Still live in Mountain View, KC's is now a gay bar, the Chiefs Club is a Mars Resource Center, but they have repainted Hanger One and it looks great, and the golf shack is still open..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JAN2003 | 21NOV97]

GAMBLE, Tom (TD) thomas.d.gamble@alcatel.com "...TACCO in VP-50 from 89-91. I'm a drilling reservist in VP-92. Trying to put together a list of Selres/TARs going to the Memorial Service. Please contact me if you want to go!..." [21NOV2000]

GARCIA, AWC Russ argeepar3@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-50 1963-65, VP-47 1968-70, VP-4 1970-72, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1972-76, VP-50 (again) 1977-80, VP-31 CNAP 1980-83, retired 1983..." [01FEB2009]

GARCIA, Steve bigsteve4545@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1981-1984) at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan..." [04SEP2014]

GIBSON, Robert E. nosub2008@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-8 (1978-1979) and VP-50 (1980-1983) after rehabilitation from a medical issue..." [27MAY2014]

GIDDINGS, AMHC(AC) Robert G. Retired oceanfather@comcast.net "...Hey there VP-50 Shipmates. Finally getting around to posting my name and address on this list. Have three other VP-50 Shipmates in area. Give me a jingle on e-mail or call 1-360 279-2228. Have kept in contact with some of the old gang. My years in VP-50 were--1965-- pig boats--1968 transitioned to the P-3's. Give me a call..." [E-Mail Updated 05DEC2005 | 06JUL2005]

GILES, Merle L. merlepatg@aol.com "...1960-62 VP-50 P5M-2 NAS Iwakuni, Japan. (Crew 5 Electrician) 1963-65 NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron Air crew on numerous special projects aircraft YP-3V-1 BUNO: 148276 A-NEW project. The original P-3 (Modified Electra) P-3V-1 BUNO: 148888 & 148889 Flew special projects flights on the "Droop Snoot" P-3V-1 the only P5M to have a jet installed in the aft gun mount. 1965-70 VP-46 NAS Moffett Field, California Air crew and ground pouder for three (3) Deployments. Naha, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and good ole NAS Adak, Alaska. 1970-74 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California. Maintenance and occasional aircrew. Just enough flight time time to get my pay. 1974-76 VP-46 Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Misawa, Japan. 1976 Decided to call it a career. 1976-76 Sperry Rand NAS Moffett Field, California. 1979-93 Federal Civil Service NAS Moffett Field, California. Worked as a "Sand Crab" in AIMD Calibration Lab untill they declared peace and closed the base. Currently employed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose at the Light Rail Division. Fifteen minutes from home, If I take the bus. What more could a lucky guy like me ask for. Planes, Trains and one (1) grandson. I was in ATU-402 stationed at South Field, NAAS Kingsville, Texas from October 1956 until June 30 1960. I was an AE and worked the engine build up shop and then as a flight line troubleshooter fo a couple of years. Would love to here from any one who was there during that time..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAR2005 | 14FEB2000]

GNUSCHKE, AW David drgnuschke@gmail.com "...I went into the U.S. Navy on January 4, 1971. I went to boot in San Diego, Company 15. My first rate was a PR. After "A" school in Lakehurst, NJ. I was assigned to VT-4 in NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1971 - 1975. I changed rates to AW after school in NAS Millington, Tennessee. I was assigned to VP-16 from 1976 to 1980. I was assigned to CAC 5. I transferred to NATTC Millington, Tennessee as an Instructor and then on VP-50 and on to drydock. My greatest memories of the Navy came while assigned to VP-16. The three deployments to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. The deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. The UNITAS trip to Lima. Does anybody remember the Capetown trip? Whatever happened to AO-1 Chuck Hatcher? Commander Joe Harford? AWC Gary Johnson? Greg Block? Steve Bull? Danny Phipps? Bobby Plyler after Kef? Curt Arnett? These names are just a few that I remember when I look back in my 76' scrap book of the first NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2007 | 26FEB2005]

GOOCH, Tony tony@goochfam.org "...I was in VP-50 from Nov 1979 through Mar 1983 as an IFT originally on crew one and finishing on Bear Trap Crew 10 "Low Rider" "Y Que" named by "Speedy"...after a failed nose gear landing in NAS Adak, Alaska...the Bear Trap bird was 158930...Speedy was the Sensor 4 AWS operator...man I miss those days...anyone with contact info...please pass my name...also...I was on one of the planes in the four bird formation...that was taken at the request of "Cmdr Bushong" over Point Magu after a mining run..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2004 | 10NOV97]

GORDON, AW1 Robert J. "Gordo" flash4163@bellsouth.net "...VP-50 1986-1990 Crews 1 and 6. Happy to hear from any and all old Shipmates. Living in South Carolina and working for the State Department of Education..." {E-Mail/BIO Updated 25AUG2006]

GOYETTE, PN2 Normand normand.goyette@us.army.mil "...I served with VP-50 (02/1977-08/1979) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [05SEP2012]

GRAVES, AT Steven plove234@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1986-1988) with a deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and TDY to Phillipines and Okinawa. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24MAR2018]

GREEN, JJ axcjjgreen@aol.com "...My entire Navy career was spent in P-3s. VP-31 1974-1981, VP-50 Apr 1981-Oct 1984, CPW-10 Oct 1984-Nov 1987, and VP-46 Nov 1987-Apr 1991. I have always had a deep abiding love for the P-3 airframe. I amassed several hours as an IFT aboard P3-Cs, Update 1s and Update 3s. I salute all my past shipmates. I would welcome correspondence from anyone desiring to rekindle old friendships..." [23MAR2002]

GREEN, AO1 Tim Retired tvsnet@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1981 to 1985 in WC230, VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NSF Diego Garcia WPNS Department, Recuriting at 12th and G and Silver Springs, VP-6, NAS Sigonella, Sicily WPNS Department and then retired. I worked at Interum Technology, ABC Tech Support, Time Inc and NOC Technology. I am preparing to start my own businesses in a few years..." [13APR2011]

GREGORY, AMS1 Stephen "Steve" stephengregory5849@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 (1982-1987) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSF Diego Garcia. I made Functional Check Flight and Instructor Flight Engineer and was Flight Engineer Division Supervisor. I flew with Crew-6, Crew-9 and Crew-11. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21AUG2011]

GROVE, ATC(AC) Floyd W. (Bill) (Grovvie) Retired floyd955@charter.net "...I served with VP-56 from 1962 to 1964, VP-31 Marlin Training, VP-50 from 1965 to 1966, NADC Warminster, Pa., VP-48 from 1970 to 1974 NSF Diego Garcia from 1977 to 1978, VP-9 from 1978 to 1979, and VP-31 from 1979 to 1980. Retired in October 1980 AT-1/AC. Would like to find two people if they are still around! ADR1 (?) Joe Casto stationed with VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1962-1964 and Johnny Goodman (?) same place same time..." [E-Mail Updated 10DEC2002 | 28FEB98]

GUMULAUSKI, Cheryl godolphin2013@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1989-06/1992)..." [01APR2015]

HAINER, Mark Hainer (Hawkman) mghainer@comcast.net "...I was a AW2 sensosr 3 operator for VP-50 Crew 4 from late 1978 to December 1981, when my enlistment came to an end. I have very often thought fondly of my experiences and the people I served with, and would love to hear from any of them any time..." [07MAY2003]

HAMILTON, AE3 Dan (Hammy) oldfolsom@sbcglobal.net "...I graduating from NATTC "A" school in Jacksonville, FL (1969) and got orders to Naval Missile Center NAS Point Mugu, California (1969-1971) where I worked in Ground Support and the recip. electric shop as an Aviation Electrician's Mate. I remember the Space Fair featuring the moon rocks. My next duty station was VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California (1971-1972)as a ground pounder in the Electric shop with AE's Watson, Krack, Bunch, and Sweet. The Blue Dragons initiated the split deployment where "Cynthia, SG-11" shuttled personnel, parts and gifts between NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Moffett Field, California (sometimes NAF Misawa, Japan) every 5 days for 6 months. Anyone remember the Blue Dragon Den coffee mess in NAS Moffett Field, California's Hanger 2? I'd love to hear from any Shipmates who served during this time..." [E-Mail Updated 19JAN2008 | 27APR2005]

HANCOCK, PO3 Jeff vp50jeff@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1966 to 1969. During my time we made the transition from the P5M to the P-3..." [06JUN2011]

HARDMAN, Larry pladjuster@earthlink.net "...I served two tours in VP-50 75-78 as a ground pounder and 82-85 as F/E on crew 1 and 2. Enjoyed my day as a Blue Dragon. served in VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 85-92 where i made ADC and transfered to NADC in Warminster where I finally retired from the Navy. Looking throught the list of fromer Blue Dragon's. Noticed quite a few names that were familar. Anyone wishing to get in contact me send a email..." [25AUG98]

HARPER, Ben benh_jr@yahoo.com "...VP-50 CAC 10 82-86, CV64, PW1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan and NAVSOC NAS Point Mugu, California..." [25FEB99]

HARRISON, AOC(AW/NAC) Terry L. Retired terrylharrison01@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June to October 1982, VP-44 CAC-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1982 to 1985, NAVCRUITDIST San Antonio NRS Austin, TX from 1985 to 1987, NAVRES EEAP Austin, TX from 1987 to 1988, VP-19 CAC-11 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1988 to 1989, VP-50 (ground ordie!!) NAS Moffett Field, California from 1989 to 1991, CPW-10 NAS Moffett Field, California from February to June 1991, VP-30 NAS Moffett Field, California from June to October 1991, USS Abraham Lincoln G-3 DIV Alameda 1991-1992, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Weapons LPO from 1992 to 1995, VAQ-138 Yellowjackets NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1995 to 1999, HS-10 Warhawks NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1999 to 2002, and retired November 2002. I now work as a defense contractor for NAS North Island, San Diego, California Weapons AD&C..." [BIO Updated 15OCT2003 | 20FEB2000]

HARTSFIELD, AVCM Rex Retired jrexmary@aol.com "...I was in FASRON-121 1958/1959 in the Avionics shop, then to FAETULANT where I taught APX-7 and APS-80. I left FAETULANT in October 1960 for VP-9 at NAS Alameda, California where I was in Crew #6. I reenlisted for AT "B" school and from there to VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was on Crew #11 and left VP-50 in December 1964. Went to instructor duty at NAMTRA NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Retired in Jan 1979 as AVCM working with VAQ squadrons..." [25OCT2005]

Memorial Picture "...HAUSLER, Carl...I need to share a sad event with my VP-50 shipmates. Commander Hausler, CO of VP-50 in '68-'69 passed away today. His daughter found my name on the site and sent me a message. He was one of those rare individuals that represented the absolute best of what the Navy was all about. He was one of the COs that everyone will remember as a most remarkable individual. I am going to forward his daughter's message to you...(LT.) Jim Coleman 206yazoo@earthlink.net..."

UPDATE "...Jim, I was looking thru the VP-50 web page and saw your name and mentioning my Dad, Cdr Carl Hausler. I need to let you know that Dad passed away today. He suffered a heart attack 3 years ago and had a pretty major stroke last november. His passing was very quick and quiet. He died at home in my step mothers arms. I hope we can all be so lucky. One thing is for certain, Dad did love to fly and Navy Air was a huge part of his life. Many of the life long friendships that he had were the all of the VP fliers who lived a very interesting life. You all share a common bond that many peole can not understand. If you have any communication with his VP-50 shipmates, I would be happy if you might let them know the Dads passing. Be well. Carl Hausler, N. Hartland Vt..." [24MAR98]

HAUSLER, Carl hausler@together.net "...I just wanted to let any VP-50 Shipmates of Cdr Carl Hausler passed away today, 3/23/98. He was the XO from 67-68 and CO 68-69 during the transition from the P-5 to the P-2. He loved the Navy and he loved to fly even more..." [24MAR98]

HEBBLE, ATRAC John jhebble@centurylink.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1961 to 1964. I started in Crew-8, Crew-3 and when CDR Rudd was promoted moved to Crew-1. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27FEB2011]

HERMAN, AE2 Jeffery A. chewyjeff57@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1977 to 1980. I made deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan in 1978 and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1979. I see where my old chief Bill Rutlege was inducted to the VP hall of fame. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 03DEC2004 | 28MAR2002]

HINERMAN, Gary ghinerman1@windstream.net "...I served with VP-50 (1963-1965) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Powerplants) with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (Stores). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12AUG2011]

HILLE, Dale dalhille@netnet.net "...I served with the VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1972-1975. If any of my Shipmates remember me, drop me a line. I would love to here from you..." [14JUL2002]

HOBBY, John E. SHOBBY@BELLSOUTH.NET "...I served with VP-50 from 1963 through 1966. I really enjoyed seeing everyone in Pensacola. I plan to be in Tucson next year. Hope everyone can be there..." [13MAY2000]

HOFFMAN, CAPTAIN Richard A. Retired dickdot@san.rr.com "...Graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and then served aboard the USS Dennis J. Buckley (DDR-808), VR-2, VP-892, VP-50, Naval Postgraduate School, VX-1, COMASWFORLANT, USNTPS, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-8, USS Austin (LPD-4), Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Air Force War College, COMOCEANSYSPAC and retired in 1974. Worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace, Lockheed Aircraft and McDonnel Douglas Astronautics until complete retirement in 1992..." [BIO Updated 26APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 03JAN2001 | 03APR98]

HOLLAND, Don donholland@cox.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1969 to 1972 shipped and wound up in VA-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. An Externial wing tank fell on me and busted me up bad and was disabled 1976. I wish I had stayed in West Coast Navy..." [03OCT2009]

HOLLMAN, ADJ2 Ted tedster52@comcast.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1971 to 1974..." [07JUN2011]

HOLMGREN, AZ Bob holmgrenbob@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1967-12/1970). Had a great time even though I didn't know it at the time..." [10JUL2012]

HOLST, ATN3 Ken lou848@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-31 (1967-1969) Operations and VP-50 (1969-03/1971) Crew-11 Radioman with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and other stops along the way. Occasionally open up the deployment books and wonder how life worked out for the friends I made back in the day. I pray all had a good life with God’s Blessings. Send a note if you happen to share some of the same memories..." [28MAR2024]

HOOD, John W. JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net "...Hello from Sunny San Antonio, TX! Patrol Squadron TEN was my very first sea duty command. I had just completed the APS-20 B/E Radar Maintenance Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS when I was ordered to VP-10. I began my tour as an ATAN about September, 1956 and ended it as an AT2 about February, 1959. I served from July 1955 until July 1972 on active duty with the US Navy and retired as an AXC (I was one of the original 642 persons that were selected to form the AX rating while serving with VP-50 while permanently deployed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan). Served in various units including: NTC Great Lakes, IL - NATTC Norman, OK - NATTC Memphis, TN - Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS - VP-10 NAS Brunswick, Maine - NAS Corpus Christi, TX - VP-50 Iwakuni, Japan - NAMTRADET 1012, NAS Moffett Field, California - VS-31, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island - VP-17 NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California..." [22AUG98]

HOOPER, AE1 Daniel (Dan) Retired toydoc_dan@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-50 Blue Dragons in the early 80s. It was my first VP command after fligt engineer school. I enjoyed over 600 hours of training and operational flight time with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia and NAS Adak, Alaska, but I was unable to finish my qualification, I still regret this till today. I continued on with the squadron as an aviation electrician and safety petty officer. I enjoyed and missed flying with my friends and fellow aviators Steve West, Kevin York and many others I wish I could remember. Would like to hear from any old squadron mates..." [15MAR2005]

HORNE, CAPTAIN Fred B. U. S. Naval War College "...Captain Fred B. Horne, a native of Bristol, Virginia, is a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation he attended flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1978. Captain Horne's first operational assignment was with VP-19 based at NAS Moffett Field, California where he participated in fleet operations at deployment sites in Alaska, Japan and the Republic of the Philippines. In August 1981 Captain Horne reported to the Naval Academy where he served on the staff of the Commandant of Midshipmen. Captain Horne was next assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik and assumed the duties of Flag Secretary and later Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Additionally he served as staff liaison to the Royal Navy onboard HMS Ark Royal for significant NATO operations in the North Sea in 1986. Following this tour Captain Horne was ordered to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon his graduation in March 1988 he joined VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he served as squadron Operations Officer and participated in deployed operations in the Mediterranean and Black Seas and the North Atlantic. He reported to VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in November 1990 and assumed the duties of squadron Executive Officer. He assumed command of the squadron in October 1991. In June 1992 Captain Horne decommissioned VP-50 and reported for a second time to the Naval Academy where he served on the Commandant's Staff as a Battalion Officer. In October 1995 Captain Horne was assigned to the Joint Staff where he served in the Operations Directorate as Deputy Chief, Counternarcotics, Division. He was assigned to the Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama as a student in August 1998. After graduation in June 1999, he reported once again to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Iceland where he served as Chief of Staff. He was also assigned additional duty as the Naval Component Commander for the Iceland Defense Force. Captain Horne became the eleventh Director of the Naval Staff College in August 2001. Captain Horne's awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star and the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College..." [31MAY2003]

HOWARD, Tim tim@prismatic.com "...After A school and B (AFTA) school in Millington, TN I joined VP-50 just as the P-3C arrived in 1972. Made several tri-site deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Guam, and NAS Moffett Field, California. VP-50 was the first squadron to make that three way deployment--2 months in each site with 1/3 of the planes and people at each location. Remember "Cynthia" the name given to the plane that made the weekly round robin trip ferrying people and supplies between the three sites. Left VP-50 for NAMTD 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California in 1975. I left the Navy in 1978 as an AT1. I still have many fond memories of those times and the great Shipmates..." [12AUG99]

HOWIE, AE2 Howard N. najeeb814@cs.com "...I was an AE3/2 serving USN 1958/62, VP-46 & VP-50 in 59/60/61. I was in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and then NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was flight crew 3(?). Roland Brown was our shop Chief and CMDR Koenig(?) our Commanding Officer. I can't remember the XOs name but his nickname was Deadeye Dick. (P5M Marlins). If any one from those times remember me, or if you were in those squadrons, it would be great to hear from you..." [09MAY2001]

Memorial Picture "...HOWINGTON, Sam...In Memory of my little brother ADJ3 Sam Howington who served with VP-50 from 1971 through 1972. He passed away in 1975. A great brother and Shipmate...Raymond Howington rhowington@earthlink.net..." [25FEB2001]


HUBBARD, AO(AC) L. Lee bb_stacker_00@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1970 to 1972 and VP-47 from 1976 to 1978. I would like to here from old Shipmates..." [08SEP2003]

HUHTA, CDR Arthur ahuhta@juno.com "...Greetings to all VP-50 Shipmates. I flew with VP-50 from 1965 to 1967 as the TACCO for Crew 6. I made two deployments in SP5B to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. This included visits to Cam Ranh Bay South. Vietnam, Buckner Bay Okinawa, and Kobe Japan. We went to Kobe to turn in an aircraft for rework. Crew 6 earned "Alpha" status during the 1965-1966 deployment. When VP-50 moved to NAS Moffett Field, California in 1967, I was ordered to VP-31, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. After release from active duty, I affiliated with the reserves and flew with VP-65, NAS Los Alamitos, California. I continued with the reserves at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Miramar and MCAS El Toro. Reluctantly, I retired in October 1984. On January 6, 1967, crew 6 in SG6 was on maritime patrol from NS Sangley Point, Philippines when we were diverted to look for SG13. They took off after us to perform a rocket firing exercise and their hourly position report was overdue. Upon arriving at the rocket firing area, we observed a SP5B wing floating in the water. Some other debris was floating in the water. This marked the spot where Lt. Dave Stevens and his crew crashed into the water. Dave was a good friend. Three weeks earlier, Dave and I were on R&R in Hong Kong..." [28MAR98]

HUNTER, AXCS(AC) George Retired georgehunter@email.msn.com "...1957-1959 VP-50, (P5M-2's) AEAN-AE3 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, deployment to Iwakuni. 1960-1965 VF-193 and VR-8, AE2, NAS Moffett Field, California. 1965/66 Changed rate, Several schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, on to VP-17, 1966/1968 (SP2H) NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Deployments Iwakuni, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, detachments Saigon/Cam Ranh Bay. IFT/Jez op. Mostly crew 2. 1968/1969 AVIB School NAS Memphis, Tennessee, AX1/AXC.(AC) 1969/1970 VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine 1970 Instructor Training, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1970/1973 NAMTD 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California, (P3C IT and SS3 inst., Phase Chief, AXCS(AC) 1973 AVB School, NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 1973/1975 VP-1,(P-3C) NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. AV/ARM Division Chief Retired Sept. 1975..." [05NOV98]

HUSTON, Kenneth D. kdhesq@cox.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1965-66 while we were still flying P5M's. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and flew "Market Time" patrols out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. We operated with the USS Pine Island (AV-12) and the USS Currituck II (AV-7) during that time frame..." [25MAR2003]

HUTCHERSON, Ray E. REHassoc@aol.com "...I was an AT3 in VP-50 crew 5 in Iwakuni fron 1960 to 1961. Many good memories from those days, would like to hear from other crew 5 members..." [11JUL98]

HUTCHESON, AMS3 David Ray "Hutch" Retired beverlyh@peop.tdsnet.com "...I was stationed with VP-50 from 1964-1967. Home Address: 1548 County Road #505, Rainsville, Al 35986 Phone: 1-205-638-8988..."

HYLAND, CDR Pat phyland@concentric.net "...Served in VP-50 (85-89), VP-31 (89-91), TAR with VP-62 (94-97) and now OIC VP-66. Looking for information on anyone from the Blue Dragons CAC-5 and/or CAC-6. The NMRE Crew!..." [18MAY98]

JACKSON, AWC Ken Retired Ken@score.com Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1964... "...ATS/AX/AW. VP-40 P5M2's 62-65, FAETUPAC Noris 66-69, VP-50 P3's 70-75, ASWOC/TSC Noris 75-78 COMASWWINGPAC, Navfac NAS Agana, Guam 78-80, TSC NAS Agana, Guam 80-83 CPW-1 Det Guam, ASWOC/TSC Noris 83-87 (Tad to CNAP as Asst CVASWM Mod Mgr) COMASWWINGPAC, Ret in 1987. Currently work at SoCal Offshore Range (SCORE) as Ops Analyst. Would like to hear from anyone remembering me..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 00XXX97]

JAMES, Henry R. "Kimo" hoonanea@hawaii.rr.com "...I served with VR-21 from 1971 to 1977, VP-50 from 1981 to 1985 and VP-22 from 1988 to 1991. Aloha to all..." [31JUL2004]

JARVIS, AZ1 Alen Retired coolha25@cox.net "...I was an AZ with VP-24 from August 1981 to April 1986. I worked in First Lt, the Line, Maintenance Control, Maintenance Admin and deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Bermuda. Afer my tour as a BATMAN I transfer'd to NAS Memphis, Tennessee, where I made First Class Petty Officer. From there I transferred back to VP life, this with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. In 1992 I transferred to HM-15 at NAS Alameda, California, from there to NAMTRAGRU DET NAS Miramar, California and from there to HSL-45 from Nov 1997 until retirement on 17 January 2003. I currently live in the San Diego community of Spring Valley, I am employed on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) as a W2k System Administrator and work at the San Diego Network Operations Center (NOC)..." [19AUG2003]

JARVIS, Alen J. bizz001@yahoo.com "...I was the data analyst at VP-50 from September 1989 until June 1992. I deployed with the squadron in November 1989. I was one of the last 15 people remaining in the end. I really missed being in that command and the people there. I have not been a part of a warmer more pleasant command since. I am still on active duty with 22 years of service, serving with HSL-45 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I really miss all of you guys..." [30APR2002]

Memorial Picture "...JOENKS, AEC Eugene W...Chief JOENKS passed away on January 11th, 2012 at the Tucson Medical Center. He was buried at the National Cemetery at Fort Huachuca, AZ. He served in VP-31, VP-46 and VP-50..." Contributed by Mike Joenks mike_joenks@yahoo.com [15AUG2012]

JOENKS, AEC Eugene W. Retired highknoll@juno.com "...Served in NAMTD 1057 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Alameda, California, and NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1957 to 1961 as both AE maintenance and flight instructor on P2V-5F's and 7's. Went to VP-46 in 1961 and served there until 1964. Saw the missle tests at Johnson Island and the seals and whales of NAS Adak, Alaska, Shemya, and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I served in VP-31 Det A, NAS Moffett Field, California, and Det A, NAS North Island, San Diego, California until 68. Served a year in HAL-3 Nam as Ops Chief and Door Gunner from 1968 through 1969. From 1969 to 1971 I was with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 and twilighted in VA-128 Whidbey until retirement in 1974 after completing 26 years in Uncle's Navy. Graduated from ISU in 79, worked for Mc Donnell Douglas for 5 years on the Harpoon Missle project. I even deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1983 as Senior Field Eng., and flew with VP-1 and VP-6. Design analysis engineer for Kaiser Aerospace until retirement again in 92. Currently living and enjoying mountain life in southeast Arizona on the Mexican border...I served in both FASRON-915 and FASRON-115 during the period of 1952 to 1954. I arrive at Piarco in 1952 when the squadron was under the command of CDR Knoche and the exec was LCDR Lecompe(sp). I was an AE3 and was privileged to fly in our PBM5A and when we received our UF I also flew in it. We took trips to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and even over to the Canal Zone. I was promoted to AE2 in 1953 whereby my wife was allowed to come down and we lived in Tucker Valley. Our oldest son, now a retired CPO, 26 years was born there. I went on and completed 26 years and retired in 1974..." [BIO Updated 28MAY2000 | 11MAR2000]

JOHNSON, ATC Chris Retired johnsonm@wwdb.org "...I served with VP-50, VP-31, VP-40, VQ-1 and NAMTRADET 1012 NAS Moffett Field, California. I am now retired, remarried and relocated in Pearl City, Hawaii. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2008 | 17OCT99]

JOHNSON, ADR3(AC) David Lee david.johnson811@gmail.com "...I served with VP-22, VP-6, VP-50 and HT-8. Over forty-one years now and still in Aviation Maintenance. I would like to hear from any VP-6 Shipmates on Johnston Island during the Atmospheric Rocket delivery, Atomic Bomb explosions and operations from there in 1962...." [BIO Updated 10DEC2014 | E-Mail Updated 17AUG2014 | E-Mail Updated 12JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2009 | 19NOV2000]

JOHNSON, AXCS Harold S. Retired hjohnson03371@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-50 from January 1958 to February 1963, VP-7 from November 1966 to July 1969 and VP-19 from August 1969 to May 1970. I would like to hear from old Shipmates or anyone having information on the location of Stub Davis or Karl Karnath (VP-50) late 1950s or early 1960s..." [E-Mail Updated 11NOV2006 | E-Mail Updated 18DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY2004 | 15JAN2002]

JOHNSON, AE1 Wes chipper@mlode.com Shipmate Pix Shipmate Pix "...Reported to VP-50 in August, 1955...I was an aircrewman on 7 boat in VP50 while deployed to Iwakuni Japan Jan 1, 1956 to July 19, 1956..."

JONES, AMCS Chester L. "CJ" Retired chesterjones84@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-26 from December 1961 to April 1964. I was a Plane Captain in the F11F-1 and later I made AMH3 and became the flight line troubleshooter. I retired as AMCS with VP-50. Me and my buddies went to Victoria almost every nite and barely made it back in time. We had a very strict marine instructor named Captain Rosenthal (a very sharp aviator). My division officer was LT Macdonald and our skipper was CDR Snowden. I remember when that F9 from VT-23 landed on top of one of our planes. It was scary but all escaped with no injuries..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2010 | E-Mail Updated 12DEC2003 | 06MAR99]

JONES, AME1 Dave Retired jones@iwvisp.com "...VP-17 1960-1961 and VP-50 1967-1969. Was Paraloft supervisor and did some time in the Check Crew. Jimm Marshall PR2 are you out there?..." [24MAY98]

JONES, AWCS(AW) J. J. Jjlynjones@aol.com "...Hello Shipmates. I served with VP-50 from 78-80, Reserve ASW Training Center 81-84, VP-65 from 84-88, VP-68 from 88-93, and currently back at Reserve ASW Training Center in NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Retiring January 99'. Looking forward to keeping in touch with so many VPers on the web and at the Reunions..." [09AUG98]

JONES, AT2 Johnny J. jjjones638@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from May 1959 until January 1962. We had 13 P5M2 Seaplanes. I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from May 1959 until we transpacked to Marine Corps Air Facility Iwakuni, Japan around March 1960. I remained at Iwakuni, Japan until I got out of the Navy in January 1962. I was an Aviation Electroics technician AT2. We experienced a loss of four our aircraft and 52 of our crewmembers. Some of the crewmembers that I remember were Johnny Fleming, Rene Gonzalez, E. B. Wilson, Conrad T. Cooper, Robert Tant, Wally Anderson (our Pilot) Martin H. Bell (my best friend). It would be great to be able to hear from some of my Shipmates..." [01MAY2004]

JONES, AX2 Ken "Kenny-Bob" krjones@gemsi.com "...I was an AX2 Groundpounder with VP-50 from 1979-1983. I have been reading some of the comments from old friends and remembering some of the best times of my life. Tony Gooch I tried to e-mail you but it came back undelivered. If you read this drop me a line. That goes for anyone who remembers me. I look forward to hearing from you. GO DRIFTY-FIFTY..." [12MAR2002]

JONES, Vic (JATO) U2Yogi@AOL.COM "...PPNAV/PP3P SP5B VP-50's last "boat" deployment NS Sangley Point, Philippines and CRB July 1966 - February 1967. We transitioned into P-3A's at NAS Moffett Field, California during 1967/1968 and deployed once again to NS Sangley Point, Philippines & CRB. We returned to NAS Moffett Field, California October 1968 and I returned to civilian life June 69. In 1972 while living in Boise I joined the Reserves up at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying SP2H's until leaving in 1975. I'd enjoy hearing from any squadron mates and swapping versions of those times..." [15FEB2002]

JORDAN, Tom tomjrd@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, Commander Naval Air forces Pacific (CNAP), VP-47, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operatonal TRaining GRoUP PACific (FASOTRAGRUPAC) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-50 and ASWOC NAS Moffett Field, California..." [22NOV2012]

JOYAL, Robert robertjoyal@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS America (CV-66), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), Fleet Activities Command (Sasebo, Japan), VP-4, Atlantic Fleet Audio Visual Command at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-50 (1989-1992), NAS Brunswick, Maine (1992-1995) and retired. I am now retired with my five children full gown and 5 grand daughters. I currently am a Sergeant with the North Carolina Department of Corrections..." [12JUL2013]

KANYON, ADRC Ed Retired Droopy@centuryinter.net "...Shipmates Served with VAW-33 Jan 61 to Jan 64. Deployed with VAW-33 Detachments on the Forrestal (Caribbean), Independence (Sea Power Show Practice for a visit by Pres. JFK) Saragtoga (Cuban Blockade) and Enterprise ('63 Med Curise)During time with VAW-33, we shared hanger at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island with VAW-12. We flew EA-1F(AD5Q Skyraiders). 12 flew EF-1G (AD5W, guppies). 12 was transferred to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and 33 got all 12's Ws. The result we had over 40 aircraft which at one time include an AD-5 or two. Interesting note I only served in two numerical squadrons. I started with VP-50, next sea duty, VAW-33, following sea duty was with VS-33 from where I was sent TAD to VRC-50. Am retired now and working for Champion Boats, builders of World Class Bass Boats..." [24SEP98]

KAUFMAN, AO3 Kip kaufmankip@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 for two tours (1982 - 1987) NAS Cubi Point, Philippines worked as a ao air crew then had a miss step then Corrison Control for two years. I was so good could not get out the they let me back in AO Shop. Then I went to the Philippines for three years. What a good time that was. Then to USS Enterprise. That sucked. I got out moved to Philippines got bar house and a little store. Then Mount Pinatubo blew up and now I am selling cars back in the US. I would like to hear from Sandy Sandres. What's up. Navy was good to me should have stayed in..." [25SEP2009]

KELLER, James K. jazfujim@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1977-1981) with deployments to NAS Midway Island, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [24JAN2013]

KELLY, Frank L. fkelly2@socal.rr.com "...I served with VP-50 in NAS Alameda, California and NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1954-55. I was an AT2 in SE 1 Bu No 84730. The Skipper was Commander D.C. Davis who was also the Squadron commander. I have a number of pictures of 84730 (1 Boat) and of crew 1 and our crew patch..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2001 | 12FEB2000]

KELLY, Gary gkelly@adt.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1976 to 1980 and participated to deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska, NSF Diego Garcia and I'm sure some others I can no longer remember. I would love to hear from anyone who served with me during that time. I got out of the Navy in 1986 after a rather messy divorce in which I received custody of my 4 children. The judge in the case told me I had to choose between parenthood and the Navy, as a single Father could not be going out to sea for any length of time and leaving the children. I have since remarried and am living in Malabar, FL (near Melbourne/Cocoa Beach) and work as a national trainer for ADT Security. Let me hear from you if you remember serving with me..." [25MAY2004]

KELLY, Jim Jimchark@cs.com "...Brings back a lot of old memories. I was a TACCO in VP-50 from 1971 through 1973. Transitioned from the P-3A's to the P-3 Charlies and loved them both. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that served in the Blue Dragons around that time..." [03OCT99]

KERWIN, AE1 (AW/NAC) David pthreefe@hotmail.com "...Obviously I'm a flight engineer,currently serving with VQ-2 in sunny NS Rota, Spain. My first P-3 tour was with VP-50 from Aug 91 to Apr 92. From there I did a tour with VP-40 until Jan 96 and have been here since Feb 96..." [31AUG98]

KESSEY, Tom imd111@charter.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1976 to 1979. It seems like the best years of my career were those in VP-50. Really great people and good times. For those Shipmates who have passed on, I will always remember and honor them..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17FEB2010 | 20DEC2009]

Memorial Picture "...KIDD, CAPTAIN Owen A. "OAK"...Died on July 28, 2002. He was 73 years old and had suffered from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (a type of Leukemia) for over two years. CAPTAIN Kidd was the XO under CAPTAIN Harlin Purdy and was the first CO to fly the P-3A after the VP-50 transition. He served as Commodore Patrol Wing Three, NAS Brunswick, Maine. Other tours of duty included VP-23 and VP-40. There will be an interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, September 16, 2002 at 13:00 hours. Anyone wanting to donate to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation will be greatly appreciated...Nick Mulich nicknjax@gmail.com..." [01SEP2002]

KILNA, Mel mel@kilna.com "...I served with VP-50 on CAC5 from 1982-1983 SS2 and spent time parking planes. I also Deejay'ed several squadron parties/picnics. Now I do computer work (still pushing buttons...) and work on music via computer (http://www.mindlayer.com/). I made several detachments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Misawa, Japan, as well as a month on fantasy island..." [03FEB2003]

KING, ADJ1 George Retired george4bub@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1971 to 1974. My plane was "Griggs Piggs". Some of ther crew names that I can remember are Murphy, Fender, Burkland and Pilot Al Griggs. I have talked to AME1 Robert Burney and we would like to hear from other former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2011 | 22JAN2001]

KLAPOW, Larry lklapow2011@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 and VP-31 from 1984 to 1991..." [01APR2011]

KLEIBER, AOC Bill bnb1040@surfnetusa.com "...I served two tours to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 54 & 55 in good old VP-50. I had a few beers in the white snake, & a few beers at the orion bar. I was in crew 7 and 5. I remember Chief c. Vnn & E. Ledford. Would like to hear from someone from tha era..." [28MAY2001]

KOLAKOWSKI, Ron tf009177@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-50 flying as PPC/MC with Crew-11. I left the squadron (PCS) shortly before the accident. An unbeliveable loss to all involved..." [03JAN2014]

KUKLINSKI, AT3 Kenneth ksst@wwdb.org "...I served in VP-50 from 1957 to 1962 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I also remember the crew that died wihen a rocket exploded prematurely and blew off the wing on a training flight. It was fun in our poopie suits fliying 13 hour flights over the China Sea taking pictures of the ships. All in all a great experience..." [06MAY2011]

KOPCZYK, Jon A. jkopczyk@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1989-1992 as the Disbursing Clerk. I remember all fun during the WestPac to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and the cold in NAS Adak, Alaska. I consider it an honor to have served with everyone in VP-50 and cherish to memories of my time with the squadron. Since leaving the Navy in 1992, I lived in San Antonio, TX for seven years before moving back home to Michigan in 1999. I now work as a Network Engineer for a Telecom company in Detroit. Please feel free to drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2005 | E-Mail Updated 17MAR2003 | URL Removed 16JAN2003 | URL Listed 19APR2001 | 17APR2001]

KOUCHNERKAVICH, Stephen F. HMSTD@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-50 1962-1966 at several locations: NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Looking for other VP-50 P5M members. Please contact. Thanks, Kouch..." [05MAR99]

LaBOMBARBE, Alan alan.labombarbe@evonik.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1986 and left just before the mid air (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991), NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania and VP-45 where I finish my 10 years in 1996. I loved it and had a great time. I would love to swap some sea stories with former Shipmates..." [12MAR2008]

LaBOUNTY, Robert bobjudy@digitaldune.net "...I was in VP-50 1956-1958 stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I had the pleasure of doing one tour to Iwakuni Japan in May of 57. Would like to hear from others in squadron at the time..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2001 | 15NOV98]

LAIR, AWC(AW/NAC) Tim tlair@msa.attmil.ne.jp "...stationed with VP-4 80-83; CPW-2 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 83-86; USS Ranger(CV-61) 86-89; VP-50 89-92; VP-31 92-93(Decommissioned); VP-30 93-95; VP-1 95; VP-40 95-Present. Currently selected for CWO2 with orders to PATWINGONE Det Misawa, Japan. 98-Present; have orders to FMP MOCC LANT Jacksonville in April 2000. Would like to hear from old Shipmates!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25NOV99]

LAMBIE, Lyle C. "Mick" lambiefamily@earthlink.net "...I served with VC-3, VP-50 and VP-47. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2010 | BIO Updated 12FEB2000 | 10FEB2000]

LANE, IS1 Morris "Skip" amistadj@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1984-1987) with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and two deployments to NSF Diego Garcia..." [10OCT2010]

LAUX, CDR William J. Retired wjlaux@prodigy.net "...I served as a pilot in two VP squadrons, VP-50, PBM-5S2, 1954-56; and in VP-42, P5M-1 (SP-5A), P5M-2 (SP-5B), and SP2E (P2V-5), 1961-63. But I also served as the navigator of USS Currituck (AV-7), 1963-65. I think the AVs were an important, even essential, part of the P-boat Navy..." [17NOV99]

LAW, ATC(AW) Gordon Retired gplaw24@verizon.net "...I served with VP-50 (1980-1983). I would like to hear from any fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27APR2013 | 06APR2009]

LAWLER, Pat plawler67@hotmail.com"...I served with VP-50 from 10/86 to 10/89 and I also served as a VP-31 FRAMP Instructor from 10/90 to 10/93. I just completed a tour, 2/95 to 5/99, in the naval reserve units MIUWU 111 and MIUWU 102. I am currently transferring to the local Air National Guard unit to work in avionics again..." [E-Mail Updated 05JAN2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 07MAY99]

LEASURE, Jim Retired jim.fran@verizon.net "...I served with VP-50 from November 1963 to April 1965 and again from March 1966 - October 1967. I just hooked up with Emit Franklin (he was an usher in our wedding on December 5th, 1964). 38 years later we hooked up again! Originally, I worked in the Avionics Shop with Chief Toliver, Chief Lightbody, and Chief Hood. I left the squadron to go to "B" School and came back as an aircrewman in CAC 6. John "Blackjack" Cannon was out PPC. Believe the other pilots were Hoot Gibson and Virg Rabine. Art Houta the Tacco. I ended up putting 32 years in and had something like 6500 flight hours. 1600 were in the P5M. Hope to be joing the Mariner/Marlin Association very soon and will try to make the Reunion in May..." [18FEB2003]

LEE, ADC Ning F. Retired LILYWLEE9@CS.COM "...I served with VP-50 from June 1956 to September 1959.I was an AD3 and flew with Crew 8 and many others. My pilot was LT Bolen, later CO of VP-31 and I think he was an ADM. A very fine gentleman and officer. I also served with VP-4 from September 1959 to December 1960, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan VU-5 DET. "B" NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, May 1963 to December 1964 VAQ-134 and VAQ-135 DET "4". Also USS Kearsage, USS Ranger, and USS John F. KENNEDY. Retired ADJC in May 1973..." [09OCT2002]

LEIDY, Ralph r_h_leidy@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1973)..." [07JUL2015]

LEIKER, AMS2 Charles donnacharl@cox.net "...I served with VP-50 (Crew-11 LT Harlow PPC) from 1961 to 1962. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06JUN2009]

LEMKE, AW1(NAC) Dennis A. Retired urnotgonzo@hotmail.com "...I served with VS-30, VS-37, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), VP-31, VP-48, CPW-11 from 1981 to 1984, VP-50 from 1984 to 1987, VP-31 from 1987 to 1991 and VP-47 from 1991 to 1994..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JUN2011 | E-Mail Updated 07AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT2003 | E-Mail Updated 13FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV99 | 28JUL98]

LENBERGS, Harold (Harry) havelenbergs@earthlink.net "...VP-50 Apr 63-May 66, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, made 65/66 deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Started in Crew 3, joined Crew 12 when that was established. Later PPC in Crew 10 and 11..." [22NOV2001]

LETTERMAN, Wayne "The Flying Elephant" wletterman@remoteperformance.com "...I served with VP-50 (11/1986-11/1989) in the Avionics Division with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan with a "flap" detachment to NAS Agana, Guam. I learned much from my time in the Navy which led to opening my own Veteran Owned Small Business (V.O.S.B.) serving the IT Business. Feel free to drop me a line and check out our webpage at http://www.remoteperformance.com. Talk to you soon!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04APR2012 | E-Mail Updated 07APR2000 | 19MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...LIGHTBODY, ATCS Robert "Bob"...ATCS Bob Lightbody (Retired) passed away on 03-28-14 in Olympia, WA. He will be buried with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetary, Kent, WA. Bob served 24 years in the Navy serving with VP-17, VP-28, VP-47 and VP-50..." Contributed by SELF, AT Bob robertgself@comcast.net [03APR2014]


LILLIS, AT1 Scott Retired scottlillis@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-31, VP-46, VP-47 and VP-50. Lots of great friends and good times!..." [E-Mail Updated 09OCT2014 | E-Mail Updated 11NOV2006 | 14AUG2000]

LINDBERG, Peter plindberg@surfnetusa.com "...ENS to LT during '77-'80, NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan deployments under CO's Ledbetter, Arnold, Grotenhuis and Huss...." [Updated 13JAN98]

LISHNESS, ATCS Alton L. Retired allish@tdstelme.com "...I served in VP-4 circa '50-'54 in P2V-2 's and P2V-5's. I flew Radio and Radar on crews 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 12. I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my C..O. and PPC of crew 1, CDR A L Dodson '52-.53. I did my 22 months of purgatory at NAAS Kingsville, TX '54-'56 and volunteered for Operation Deepfreeze. I was aboard VX-6 for six (6) great years. I flew radio on R4D-6L 17274 "charlene" and P2V-7LP 140434 in DF2, R4D-8L 99853 in DF3, and R7V-1P 131624 "Connie Crew" '58-'62. Six great years of rewarding and fulfilling duty with the greatest of officers and Shipmates. An Antarctic Mountain, Lishness Peak (2200m 78-53S 084--45W) near the S end of the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains was named after me. I transferred to HT-8 at NALF ELLYSON in '62-65. Qual'ed as Crew Chief & Rescue Swimmer. After AV-B School, I was ordered to VP-50 (66-69) . I flew SP-5B 12 Boat with LCDR Tisdale & LT Peck. After transitioning to P-3A's, I flew Crew 8 with LCDR Segelhorst and LTjg Ned Service. I then flew Jez and Radio in crew 1 with CDR Carl O. Hausler , our C.O. in 68-69. I was shocked to read of CDR Hausler's passing. He was one of the best! I was ordered to Lockheed Burbank for P-3C training FFT to NAMTD 1011 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland '69-73', CV-62 '73-76' and VP-10 '76-79'. Assigned as Command SR Chief 76-78 and AV/WEPS Div CPO/ DET Maint CPO 78-79. My Sons, TOM and BOB both served with me at NASB, AO1 Tom Lishness USN (ret.) (VA-85, VP-10, SERE, VP-11, SERE) served with me in VP-10. He was the AO in crew 4. My last assignment was at CAAC, NAS Brunswick, Maine. My son AMS1 Robert Lishness USN (ret) (VP-8, NATTC MFS, VP-11, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) was stationed with us twice at NAS Brunswick, Maine along with son Tom. I retired 1 JUL 82 after 33 years, 3 months, & 3 days of continuous service. I used my GI Bill education bennies to get an A. S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Business-Economics and served my home town as Town Manager for ten years before retiring the 2nd time..." [21MAR99]

LOCKE, AE1 Nelson E. cavemannel@hotmail.com "...Hello former Blue Dragons. I was a FE in VP-50 from nov 88 to may 92 and flew with crew 7 88-89 and 89-90 deployments and with crew 11 in 91-92 deployment. I took the ssb early out in 93 really miss the flying and good times I had in the navy. Would like to hear from crewmates and squadronmates. Take care...I served in VXE-6 as a Polar Loadmaster on the LC-130's from 1984 to 1987..." [BIO Updated 10DEC2001 | 11FEB99]

Memorial Picture "...LOCKHART, Charles W. "Chuck"...My grandfather, Charles (Chuck) W. Lockhart, passed away early in the morning on March 22, 2020, due to heart failure at the age of 88. He served with VR-21 (09/1950-05/1951), VP-892 (06/1951-02/1953) and VP-50 (03/1953-1954). He kept in touch with a number of men he served with. He was an exceptional father, grandfather, and great-grandfather..." Contributed by Jonathan Lockhart jlockhart@mwe.com [24MAR2020]

LOCKHART, Charles clockhart@sio.midco.net "...I served with VR-21 (September 1950 to May of 1951), VP-892 (June 1951 to February 1953) then VP-50 when the designation was changed. I was a radioman on SE8. Joined VP-892 at NAS Alameda, California & served with the squadron until being discharged in 1954. I have serveral pictures of our planes, the USS Pine Island (AV-12), NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, Pescadores, White Beach, Guam. Also have a picture of CO and Exec. I think the CO was Capt. McClure. Would like to hear from any others who served during this time..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2006 | BIO Updated 29NOV2005 | 11MAY2005]

LONG, J.D. long8554@hughes.net "...I served VR-24 (1971-1974) at NAF Naples, Italy, VP-50 (1975-1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California and VT-86 at NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [03OCT2018]

LORRAINE, AX2 Ted tedlorraine@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1986 to 1989 and then left the Navy. Returned a year later and did a few years with VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. We had a great group of Shipmates at VP-50 and had some great times. I've always missed the friendships and the VP way of life. Still married to the same girl but 4 kids now instead of 2. I've already started to get in touch with former Shipmates..." [15JUN2004]

LOVE, John love67@online.no "...I served with VP-50 from 1987 through 1990. I had lots of good times. Now living in Trondheim Norway. Sad about March 1991. Looking for old friends..." [E-Mail Updated 20MAY2003 | 28JUN2000]

LOWE, Hugh hlowe@macnexus.org "...I made the last WestPac P5M (pig boat) deployment with VP-50 then transitioned to P-3s with VP-50 too. I served one shore tour with VP-31. My last sea tour was with VP-19 then I retired..." [11JUL2000]

LOWER, Dave 727dave@whidbey.net "...76-81 VP-50 flew crew 7 the ICE men Cmdr. Chris Evans M/C hell of a good guy...81-85 VP-31 Inst. tour Charlie Santineau was running F/E training...85-88 312 MAS ? Huh (broken service) flew F/E out of Travis for 3 years on C-5's then the money ran out Called up John Kilroy and in a very long drawen out process got orders back to Moffett...89-91 VP-40 other Engs. Greg Karl, Bob Asmus, Shropshire, Rick Green, and no one can forget Brett Mecchi(aka Burt)I think he is one of Jay Besleys illegitimate sons!!!!..."

LUCAS, Ken jo_kenlucas@yahoo.com "...I served from 1975 to 1995. Served with VP-50 and VP-31 1984 to 1991. Now working for the BLM and hunting and fishing as well..." [16SEP2002]

LUKE, LT(jg) (AW2) Bob theluketeam@gmail.com "...I served with VP-5 (1975-1976) and them made a swap (AW2 Cippoli) to VP-50 with two to NAF Misawa, Japan (Crew-1 and Crew-4). I was a qualified SS2/3 and left the Navy in 1979. I was commissioned in 1988 (Intel USNR) and worked in Pentagon National Military Intelligence Center (NMIC). Left as LT(jg) 1991. I see several guys I knew...Cippoli, Tim Smith, Axelson, Curtis and Yates..." [24DEC2010]

LUMPKIN, Jim (Lumpy) akcporet@aol.com "...VP-50 was the best duty I ever had even the bad times. Seeing all the names from the 1978 thru 1982 timeframe was great. Lets get together and party one more time..." [12JUL2000]

LYSIC, AO John "Shakey" bjlysic@comcast.net "...I served with VP-22 VP-19, VP-50 and retired in 1980. I am trying to find VP-22 Shipmates to verify VA claim that we landed in Viet Nam and got off the plane..." [25JAN2012]

MAAS, Gerhart gmaas@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-22 (NAV/TACCO) from 1975 to 1978, VP-31 (Instructor) from 1978 to 1981, VP-50 (TACCO) from 1985 to 1987 and retired in 1995 after 23 years..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2010 | 14AUG99]

MACEY, Paul pmacey1999@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 and VP-50 from January 15, 1977 to December 21, 1978. Aas I look back now, those were some great days..." [22DEC2006]

MACHIN, AD2 Todd A. ta.machin@smmpa.org "...I served in VP-31 79-84 then VP-50 '84-87 a ground ponder in both squadrons, maybe the best mech 50 ever saw! I got hurt in a bad m/c crash after we got back from the '87 deployment and got out in fall 88. I live in Iowa now and am operations supt. in a 23 megawatt power plant, still wrenching! any old shipmates remember me get in touch!...I was in VP-50 from 1984-1988. I made both the 1985 and 1987 deployments. I would like to contact any of my old squadron mates I'm also looking for a cruise book from the 1987 trip. No one brought mine to the hospital when I got hurt!..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2000 | 22MAY2000 | 01MAR99]

MAGAN, Chris chris.magan357@gmail.com "...I served VP-5 (1987-1990), VP-50 (1990-1992), Ocean-O Instructor Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific Fleet(FASOTraGruPac) (1992-1994) and CPRW-10 (1994-1996). I am currently a Senior Toxicologist working for the Navy at Bangor, WA..." [13DEC2018]

MAHON, Everitt "Little Willie" emahon@satx.rr.com "...Attended Recruit Training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and reported to VP-61 at NAS Miramar, California (Carpenter Shop in the 1st LT's Division), VP-892 at NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-50 NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1953. I took an early out in November 1954 and attended UT-Austin graduating in 1957. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 18OCT2009 | 16OCT2009]

MANN, ADC Tom Retired trmann@web-access.net "...Good to see familiar names. I served with VW-1 from 1968-1971 as a ground pounding ADR3, VP-16 from 1973-1977 as a 2nd Mech/Flight Engineer, VQ-1 from 1977-1978 as a Flight Engineer, VP-4 from 1978-1984 as a Flight Engineer, NAMTRADET NAS Moffett Field from 1984-1987 as a Instructor, VP-50 87-90 Maintenance, NAESU DET NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1990-1992 AOIC, and NAESU Camp Pendleton from 1992 to retirement OIC..." [E-Mail Updated 11JAN2003 | E-Mail Updated 18MAY99 | 14NOV97]

MANNING, John F. X. jfxmanning@aol.com "...I was a pilot in VP-50 flying the P5M from June 1958 to April 1960 with one deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan Oct '58- May '59. I served with VP-833 NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York flying the P2V (SP2H) from Oct '65 to Jan '69 with two weeks active duty stints in NAS Brunswick, Maine, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida..."

MARSILIO, Steve steve48la1@gmail.com "..I served aboard NAF Naples, Italy (AIMD) from 1971 to 1975 and VP-50 (FE Crew One and Two) from 1975 thru 1979. Patrol life was the best time of my life and still have fond memories of all the great men and women and the great management technology that made us all move togeather to get our job done and have fun doing it..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2009 | E-Mail 05MAY2002 | 10JAN99]

MARTINEZ, AE Marty wleconte2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1957-1962) and VP-48 (1964-1967). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2012 | 01NOV98]

MARTINEZ, Michael L. SSMIKEMX@HOTMAIL.COM "...I was assigned to VP-50 from 1982-85. "AIRFRAME SHOP . At one time I had the privelige of dating a very beautiful girl in our squadron named CANDACE ASHBY "CANDY" has anyone heard from her? In case anyone does not remember me I owned a black 1967 Chevelle SS..." [08JUL2001]

MATTHEWS, YN3 Glenn E. glennmatthews756@yahoo.com "...YN3 VP-50 from 1972 to 1975 discharged and reenlisted into NARDET VP-91..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2007 | 15SEP2001]

MAY, AW3 Frank O. frank@frankmay.com "...I served with VP-50 from June 1968 to January 1970. I changed my rate from AX change to AW-3. We deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Just saying hello. How'd I get this old so fast?..." [16AUG2003]

McDONALD, ATR3 Jerry D. jerrymac55@hotmail.com "...Join Navy in 1960, A school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, flight crew. 1962-1964, VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-50 1965-1966. Deployed to P.I. / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam when extended by McNamara. Shop tech before, during deployment. Returned to civilian life Jan 1966..." [14AUG2010]

McEWEN, AWC Doyle Retired awcmc@msn.com "...Started Navy career with VW-13, then came HS-6, then a shore tour at FAETUPAC, NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Finally I make it to VP's - VP-50 (69-75), AWA School Staff (75-78), VP-9 (79-81), VP-31 (82-85), and last but not least VP-48 (85-89). Saw a whole lot of familiar names. Drop me a line when you get a chance..." [02DEC2001]

McGOWAN, LoriAnn amhcawe7@yahoo.com "...Just like to say hi to all my fellow P-3 Shipmates. I was stationed in VP-50 (when the mid-air mishap occured), VP-40 and VP-31. Of all my units I have been assigned to - the VP community is by far the best. Have a great day!..." [03NOV2003]

McKAMEY, Bruce katcha@concentric.net"...VP-48 1991 till decom. then VP-50 NAS Adak, Alaska deployment, then TAD to VP-46 for DODGE Deployment and Desert Storm. Was a PR3 then, always worked in the PR SHOP. I was with VP-46 untill they changed home of port and left Moffett Fld. Then I went on to I-LEVEL at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. After North Island I got a CHOICE set of orders to where I am now at VQ-4 Tinker AFB Oklahoma City, OK. Would love to hear from ANY of my old VP shipmates!!!..."

McKINNEY, Robert (bob) tahoe97oxn@aol.com "...Hey VP buds! I was a A/F ground pounder in VP-50 from 77-80. Thoughs were good times, the typhoon parties, dodge trip, and who could forget NAS Adak, Alaska. LOL - Well the finger never grew back, still got the pointy stump. Good to see people I know on the web page. Drop a line if you'd like..." [23JAN99]

McKINNEY, J. Michael mmckinne@navprgms.mar.lmco.com"...I'm a VP Sailor and a previous Lockheed P-3 Tech. Rep and I'm presently working in Lockheed Martin P-3 Engineering. My love of the P-3 began in 1973 when I got my first ride in one as an AT2. After that I received orders to VP-30 Pax River,MD to P-3B Weapons System Test (WST) school in 1974. Upon completion of Weapons System Test (WST) school I was assigned to VP-11 (1975)and starting working towards becoming an IFT. I was awarded my AC Wings after the 1975 Rota/Lajes deployment. I made the subsequent deployment in 1976 to Bermuda/Lajes. Nov.76 I was transferred to VP-30 for P-3C IFT school. I was then assigned to VP-45 in 1977 and deployed to Sicily in 1978, after which I got out of the Navy and went to work for Lockheed. As a Lockheed Tech. Rep.I was assigned to VP-46 (1979-1982), Royal Netherlands Navy (82-83) Royal Australian Air Force (84-86), VP-47 (86-87), VP-50 (87-88) Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) (88-92) CPW-11 (92-93) and worked on the Korean Navy P-3C aircraft on the Lockheed flight line. Old shipmates please drop a line..."

Memorial Picture "...McCLURE, N. D. III...I just wanted to let anyone who knew my Father, N. D. McClure III, who was past Commanding Officer of VP-50 passed away on the September 17th, 2003in his home in Toledo Bend, Tx...Lee A. McClure leemcc714@earthlink.net..." [11OCT2002]

McCLURE c/o His Son Lee (Mack) McClure leemcc49@appleisp.net "...My father was CO of VP-50 back in 1953. My father has the early stages of Altzheimers but is doing well considering. If anyone wants to get in touch with him, email me and I will give them his address..." [08DEC2001]

McVEY, CDR Francis B. Retired mrmac1@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1970-1972, NAV/TACCO with VP-91 (most of the time with Crew 10) from 1973 to 1983, ASWOC/TSC 1080 from 1983 to 1990, and XO with RESPATWING 0180 from 1990-1992. Retired 1995..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 08DEC2001 | 20JUN2000]

MEHSLING, AD1 Tom "Chet" waspmaj@yahoo.com "...I served aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), VP-31 (06/1976-08/1976) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-50 (08/1976-03/1978) with deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NPPSA/NMPC (05/1978-03/1981) NAS Dallas, Texas. I retired from the Federal Governmentt after 38 years total service and now living in Colorado enjoying the toys...." [BIO Updated 03NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 26JUL2009 | 28DEC98]

MELROE, AW2 Van (Relmoe) zzvmelroe@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-50 (1979 to 1982) and VP-91 (1983 to 1988) as an SS3 operator. I was on Crew Two and Crew One. These crews were BearTrap Crews. Currently Pilot for Continental Airlines..." [E-Mail Updated 20SEP2006 | E-Mail Updated 12AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 31AUG2001 | 08JUN98]

MENDOZA, PNC Loreto Retired lmendoza1949@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from January 1971 to March 1974 with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAS Agana, Guam and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Great Great duty and great memories..." [22JAN2010]

MERRIWEATHER, Phil philgmerr@att.net "...I served several tours with VP a/c during my 22 year naval service. I was with VP-50 (65-67), NATC (WST) "Project Trim" (67-68), VAH21 (68-69), NATC (WST) (69-72), VC-5 (72-76), and VP-48 (79-82). I also did a tour at MAMTG-1012 (82-85) as the phase CPO for the P-3C Organizational Avionics Maintenance Courses. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served in those organizations during the periods mentioned..." [E-Mail Updated 07JUN2002 | 01FEB98]

MESSISCO, AOC(AW) Mike Retired ciscokidaocchief@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1977-1978). I left prematurely due to auto accident shortly after 1978 NAF Misawa, Japan deployment..." [18JUL2011]

MESSNER, Jeff jeffrey.messner@navy.mil "...I served with VP-31, VP-50, VP-1, NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-46, and VX-20..." [06MAY2004]

MICHAUD, AMH3 Gerald "Skip" mrskipsir@comcast.net "...I served with VP-50 (Airframes) from 1977 to 1981. I lost friends April 17th, 1989 (SEE: In Memorial for VP-50 lost friends...17APR1980) that day. They are still part of my VP-50 memories. God Bless..." [24MAY2011]

MILES, Doug dougmile@bellsouth.net "...I was AO2 in crew 5 of VP-50 from 1965 till 1967 and would like to connect with mates whom I might have known me during that time. I also have a brother, Raleigh Miles, AO3 who served in VP-50 1963 till 1966..." [E-Mail Updated 24SEP99 | 23MAR99]

MILLER, Doug appa@bellsouth.net "...Started in the P5s with VP-50 (1965 - 1968) and made it to the P-3. Went from VP-50 to VP-31 (1968 - 1971) and at same time switched from AMS to AW so I could keep flying. In 1971 transferred to VP-19 and stayed there until 1975 at which time I joined FASO DET MOFFETT (good shore duty) and screwed up and went to the other navy (East Coast VP-24) 1978 to 1981. Spent my time and finally transferred back West to NAVPRO Lockheed which was a great tour (because I reitred from there). Now working Lockheed Georgia (after California shut down). Would be glad to hear from some of the old gang..." [27AUG98]

MILLER, Eric jasper320@yahoo.com "...Worked as an Aviation Electronics Technician and flew as an Inflight Technician in VP-48 from Feb. '91 to May '91 (until decommissioned). Then flew with VP-50 (until decommissioned)... the squadrons were dropping like flies for awhile there in NAS Moffett Field, California. Finally ended up in VP-40 until Dec. '94, then transferred to NAMTRADET NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [17JAN99]

MILLER, SHELLEY BERGMANN@NAVYBASE.NET "...I served in VP-50 85-88 and in FASO Im currently looking for a dare friend named Terri Lord if anyone knows her ware abouts. I'm now at Roosey Roads, P.R. and if any one remembers me write me soon!..." [29JUN98]

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

MINOR, AZ Dennis B. dennis.minor@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1967-1970) at NAS Moffett Field, California and a deployment to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [17NOV2012]

MINTEER, Fred fhminteer@verizon.net "...I served in VW-1 after ATW A school. Flew on crew 1, the captains crew, as a radar operator and food gatherer during 1964 and 1965. Many long weather flights tracking typhoons and many long nights flying in the gulf of Tonkin. Wouldn't have missed it for the world! A picture of the crew I flew with is posted on this site. Like to contact old Shipmates. After my tour in VW-1 I went to VP-31 for training as a radioman. From there back to WesPac and VP-50 in NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Worked in electronic shop until serving on crew 6 as the radioman with Cannon's Caribous in the last deployment in the P5M to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Left the squadron shortly after the crash of crew 13. Remember it well as we were on patrol when it happened and were called on to help in the search. I think of those guys often. Have contact with a few of the old crew. Arnie Zaharia and I were in St Louis for Beaner's 50th birthday back a few years. Trying to find the whole crew for a Reunion. Love to hear from old Shipmates from both squadrons..." [03APR2005]

MITCHELL, Kenneth Retired ken@creativemindssacramento.com "...I served with VP-30 early in 1970, VP-8 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and later in NAS Brunswick, Maine) 1970-1974, VX-1 ( NAS Patuxent River, Maryland) December 1974-May 1975, NESEP Program 1975-1979, VP-31 July 1980-January 1981, and VP-50 ( NAS Moffett Field, California) January 1981-December 1983. After that, I taught navigation at the joint service navigator school at Mather AFB, here in Sacramento, then a final tour as ASWOC Officer at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Retired in 1989..." WEBSITE: http://www.creativemindssacramento.com [WebSite Updated 30DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 20MAR2002]

MONGAN, AT2 Nadine P. (Wikkerink) nadine.mongan@navy.mil "...I reported to VP-50 in June of 1990, after a 1 year tour at NAS Moffett Field. I left VP-50 in August of 1991 due to pregnancy and reproted to VP-31. In January of 1992 I reported to VP-46 and deployed to Dodge and NAS Misawa, Japan before I transfered to NAS Lemoore, California. My husband and I have since come back to P-3's in Hawaii. However for both of us VP-50 will always be our Squadron. Once a dragon always a dragon...I will be leaving NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii just in time to miss the formal base closure and move to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. I will report to the USS George Washington in Norfolk, having the honor of being amongst the first females to report aboard. For both of us P-3s have been fun and we will never forget the friends we have gained and unfortunately lost in this platform. I am transferring to HC-6 and trying out Helo's O' Level until fleet reserve..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 19JUN2004 | Updated Name/E-Mail 10JAN99 | BIO Updated 07OCT98 | Updated 05MAY98]

MOORE, ADR2 James W. jwbaz@hotmail.com "...Was attached to VR-1 from fall of 60 to Aug of 63. Went to AEWBARONPAC Midway Island for a year. Went to rag VP at NORIS, on to VP-50 for three tours in P5M out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines, & Nam. Onto NORIS at VC-5 (skeet for the fleet), to NS Subic Bay, Philippines Crete Greece for a year, then to VP-24 until Sept of 74. Wish to hear from some of the people I have served with..." [02FEB2001]

MOORE, Lemuel lmoore_invest@yahoo.com "...1982-86 VP-1 1987-1993 FASO, NAS Moffett Field, California VP-46 VP-50 CPW-10 1997-99 MOCC, NAS Misawa, Japan 1999-2001 FASO NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [26JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...MOORE, ADJC William F. Sr. My father, ADJC William F. Moore Sr., past away June 14, 2005. He was a member of VP-1 during the around the world return flight deployment, we've watch his home movies numerous times over the years. He was a Plance Captain and left VP-1 as an ADR3. He retired in January 1974 from NPMTC NAS Point Mugu, California but was a Flight Engineer and his last VP outfit was VP-50 in NAS Moffett Field, California from 1969 to 1971. VP-1 CMC and two fellow CPOs provided pall bearer services in June for his funeral in Mount Vernon, WA were he was laid to rest next his wife Marilyn Moore who past away in April 2004. If any one remembers my father or may have photos of him you may reach me at my email address. William F. Moore, Jr. ATCS Retired cmsservices@roadrunner.com..." [08NOV2005]

MORALES, Frank III frankteresa@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from January 1971 to January 1972. Looking for former Shipmate Bob Parker. I think he was from Kansas..." [29JUN2011]

MORENO, ADR1 Eduardo enamoreno@aol.com "...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..." [22MAR2016]

MORGAN, Frank Frank_Morgan@crc.com "...I was part of the crew of SQ-3 the VP-50 aircraft that went down in Pango Pango, Samoa in 1980. I was an AMS-3 at that time. Myself and an AE-2 Jeff Herman were on the ground as the plane hit the tram way between the mountians and went down. There is a movie of the event available, but it is freash in my mind as I write this. I thought no one else would have remembered this event..." [31JAN2001]

MORGAN, Herman G. III Shipmate PixCirca 2005 hermanmorgan3@yahoo.com "...Hello Shipmates from VP-50 (Circa 1965-1969). I've been visiting this great site since I found it in 1998. I've been in touch with Bruce Fassett, Jessie Dupuis, Jeff (Rosie) Hancock, and Mel Pearson, and have gotten some great photos and addresses from Bud Southworth. I would still like to find Jeff Jones, Jim McLaughlin, Neal Clark and numerous others. I hope to attend the 2005 Reunion. So please keep me updated at this new address. Thanks, hope to hear from y'all soon!..." [E-Mail/PIX Updated 09APR2007 | BIO Updated 03MAY2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 06NOV2003 | 19APR2000]

MORGAN, Hugh (Skip) skipandsusan@msn.com "...I served with VP-50 Crew 8 with a great bunch of guys from 1966 to 1967. I have been in contact with Jessie Dupius, Lyle John, and Herman Morgan III. Would like to hear from Jeff Jones, Frank (Stretch) Larkin, or anyone from that era. Great times in the P I...." [19NOV2003]

MORGAN, Keith whmustangs@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 crew 4 between Sep 81 thru Feb 84, in the crew picture on the wing in NAF Misawa, Japan. Left to right Mario Ecung, Mark Hainer, Ralph Kahmer, Me, Chris Whitehead, Lcdr Bentz, Rick Moreno, Jim Taylor, Glen Fink, Mark Braden and Cdr Carl Balhorn and Ken Mitchell. Awsome crew 2 WesPac, 2 BlueNose, 1 Golden Dragon, PI, Dodge, Oman, Adak and Korea..." [28MAY2007]

MORRELL, CAPTAIN Ken morrellka@gmail.com "...I served with VP-48, VP-50, VP-19 and VP-9, all at NAS Moffett Field, California with the exception of my last 6 months with Nine at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii following our homeport change. Thoroughly enjoyed all my tours making great friends and flying many a memorable flight during the cold war. A special thanks to all the great pilots and FE's who always followed a takeoff with a safe landing!..." [20NOV2010]

MORRIS, Jack Morton c/o his son Joseph Perry Morris dracrider@hotmail.com "...My dad was Ltjg Jack Morton Morris of Crew 13 with VP-50..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAY99 | 25MAR99]

MOSLEY, Ernie "MO" ernben@bellsouth.net "...Served with 1965-1966 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1967-1968 VP-50 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NAS Moffett Field, California. I would like ot hear from anyone but especially Mickey Flagg..." [06NOV2000]

MOTES, Paul NASCARMOTES@AOL.COM "...I served with VP-50 from 1974 to 1977. I worked in the Airframe Shop and later was a second mech. with the Un-Crew 7. Most everyone knew me as Motes or P.W. Would like to hear from my old friends..." [12NOV2001]

MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com "...I entered the navy February 1958. After completing AE "A" school, my first assignment was Service Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1958 through November 1960. I attended S3H factory school and was transferred to VP-5 in April 1961. I was assigned to Crew 11 for the NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland split deployment. VP-5 was was heavily involved in the Cuban crisis. I departed the Navy in February 1963 to work for TWA at the KC overhaul Plant. In October 1965 I returned to the Navy as an AX2 after completing "A" school. I was then sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for assignment with VP-50 after completing P5M Maintenance schools. I was in VP-50 from January 1967 through April 1969. I checked in 8 days after the P5M crashed. As an AX2, I was assigned to P5M Crew 5 until we transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. As an AX1 I was assigned to Crew 12 and remained there until transfer to "B" school. I changed rates to AW while attending "B" school and was assigned to VP-23 from January 1970 through January 1973. For 3 months I was the only enlisted qualified Aircrewman. I passed the AWC test and was transferred to Naval Air Development Center Warminster until June 1973 when I was selected for ADCOP at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After ADCOP, I was transferred to VP-49 from April 1975 through October 1977. My final tour was NTEC Orlando where I led the factory acceptance team for the 14B44 and Weapons System Test (WST) trainers. I retired in December 1980 and now live in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV99]

MUNSEY, AMSAN Bruce A. "Barnacle Butch" barnaclebutch@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (09/1976-11/1979) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan (09/1976-03/1977 and 03/1978-09/1978) and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (04/1979-10/1979). I Worked in the Airframes Shop, mostly night shift. I was the small guy that always had to crawl through the wings and fix fuel leaks, or crawl up into the empanage and change a flight control hydraulic boost pack, and do Daily Inspections and tire changes in the dark and snow at NAF Misawa, Japan. I also was the Brake Rider when performing "Snow Removal" duty. I never flew except to go on R & R, just a ground pounder metalsmith, but it was good! I still live in Portland, OR where I came from. I would like to hear from former Shipmates...." [19OCT2011]

MURPHY, CDR Rich (Murph) NavyBlueLDO@aol.com "...CDR/LDO/active VP-50 1963-1967. I was in VP-GO-JU from 63-67. I was a Metalsmith crewman in Crew One & Seven. I was discharged June 67 and became Production Machinist for Solar Aerospace San Diego. I missed the Navy and came back in September 1969. I was assigned to virtually every fighter squadron at NAS Miramar, sailing out on West Pac Carriers. I made AMSC and was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program in April 1978. Presently I reside in Pensacola Fl. as a Maintenance Officer for Training Air Wing Five. I'm going on 35 years of active service and still loving it. I've been in contact with AE John Capuciatti. He lives in the Denver area, working for United Air Lines as an AE Tech/Supervisor. Would love to hear from any and all my Shipmates from VP-50. Looking forward to the Mariner/Marlin Association Reunion in May 2000 here in Pensacola. There is a P5M at at the Pensacola Museum and is being restored. Also a fitting Memorial for all Shipmates of Crew Thirteen inside the Museum. Hope to see you all soon. Get in touch..." [E-Mail Updated 08MAY2000 | 28MAY99]

NEHRBOSS, Richard mnehrboss2@verizon.net "...I served with VP-50 (1958-1960) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan (1959). I flew with Crew-1 and our skipper was CDR Andrew H. Cowart. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11JUN2012]

NELSON, ABH3 Rick nelco11@charter.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1977 to 1980. I sure had alot of fun and I miss all the great Shipmates. I hope to hear from some of the gang. When there is a Reunion, I'll be there..." [E-Mail Updated 10MAR2011 | 10JAN2002]

NONIE, AZ2 Murphy Sweet (Gonelli) dngonelli@earthlink.net "...I was with VP-50 from 1986 to 1990, and I enjoyed my four years with the Blue Dragons. I stayed in California after leaving the military in 1990. Would love to hear from old friends..." [12SEP99]

NETH, AWCS Bob Retired rlneth@worldnet.att.net "...VP-40, '68-'70; VP-91, '71-'73; VP-50, '73-'77; VP-31, '77-'81; VP-19, '81-'84; COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Moffett Field, '84-'88; Fleet Reserve. 8 years as DOD contractor supporting P-3 Program at Naval Aviation Depot Alameda until it was closed last year. Just completed Aircraft Dispatch school (I'm now an FAA Licensed/Certified FAR Part 121/135 Aircraft Dispatcher) and I am now working at Reno Air Operations Reno Air Ops at San Jose, CA Airport. Hello to all my former NAS Moffett Field "Airmates"...As of 31 August 1999, I'm now working in American Airlines Operations, San Jose International Airport, San Jose, CA. It is similar to continously working in a "Ready Alert" operations environment; never gets boring!..." [E-Mail Updated 17AUG2000 | BIO Updated 01SEP99]

NICHOLSON, AMS2 Russ "Nick" NicholsonRock72@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 from July 1956 - January 1960. I have a 1959 squadron book. I'm trying to find out if there were any medals awarded to VP-50 during that period,on the taiwan conflict between July 1958-January 1959. Were any medals issued to flight crew members during that time? Any information would be much abliged. Sincerely..." [17SEP2000]

NORTH, Jon jmnorth@comcast.net "...I was in VP-50 from 1967-1970 and am looking for Shipmates and information/history about the squadron during that time period; I would dearly love to get a copy (even a photo copy) of the cruise book (like a high school year book) from that time period. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks..." [11APR2005]

OBERG, Chip COberg@aol.com "...I was a SS-3 On CAC-5 in VP-50 from 86-89. I did 2 deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia B.I.O.T, and one to NAF Misawa, Japan. Dodge and the Det sites were one hell of a good time, drank alot beer on the Short Pier!..." [23FEB98]

OENNING, Steve steveawning@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1982-1985 as a SS3 operator. I flew with CAC1, Trap crew, AKA Pigs on sta. Anyone wishing to contact me please feel free to do so..." [27JUN2002]

OGILVIE, Cecil C. cmogilvie@webtv.net "...VW-15 1956-1960; VW-1 1961-1963; VP-2 1964-1966; VP-50 1969-1973 Retired from FASO 1976 as AWCS. Keep to the task, God Bless!..." [11MAR99]

OLSON, Willis {SWEDE} weolson41@sunflower.com "...I was in VP-50 from 1963 to 1966. I worked in engine buildup, qc and line troubleshooting..." [E-Mail Updated 25FEB2002 | 25JUL99]

OROSCO, Jim S. Jimyo@aol.com "...When I first joined the Navy in 1946, I reported to VPB-146 at NAS Alameda, California, after the usual boot camp, and the next thing I knew we were on board a carrier bound for Pearl Harbor and I was in a flight crew for 2 yrs 7 months and 17 days of typical young sailor bitching. So I left the Navy and went to work, still bitching, but then the Chinese crossed the Yalu and I was off to war again on the USS Princeton, still bitching, so they threw me off the ship and into VP-772 and I stopped bitching and started doing some real flying in PB4Y2 aircraft. You can't be a weenie in those old birds and I loved it. We went back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and picked up P2V-6 A/C and they were fine too. So in 1955 it was instructor duty at NAS Memphis, Tennessee time and to make a long story shorter, wound up in VP-17 again and still loved it. Since then I have been to a Reunion at Pahrumph and at San Diego. Now I am looking forward to the one in Seattle in 00. My last VP was VP-50 to Cam Ran Bay in P-3C. Hope to see some more of my old buddies there..." [25SEP98]

O'MARTIN, AT1 Alan Retired alaneomartin@gmail.com "...I served with AEWBarRonPac (1964), VW-1 (1964), VP-50 (1965), VP-90 (1966-1968 and (1973-1975), VP-94 (1986-1991), VR-59 (1991) and retiring in 1999..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2014 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2010 | 04APR98]

OVERLOCK, George C. gco7276@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1965 through 1968. We flew P5's and P-3's during those years..." [E-Mail Updated 26NOV2008 | 02FEB2001]

OVERMAN, Graham overmnw@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California, P-3C NAV/COM, TACCO, MC, addu WST Instructor, Oct 1981 to Aug 1985. CAC-10, CAC-9, CAC-3. Deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan, NAS Adak, Alaska and NSF Diego Garcia. Follow-on tour at DIA (1985-1989), then RAD to USNR VP-1649 at NAF Andrews, Maryland (1989-1991) in P-3B TACNAV MOD, VP-68 (1991-1996) at NAF Andrews, Maryland in P-3B TACNAV MOD and P-3C U1 and P-3C U2, Naval Space Reserve Program (1996-2009) when I retired. DoD contractor from 1989 to 2022 when I retired again. Now live in the Northern Virginia area..." [23MAR2024]

PALMER, Irven irvpal@ptialaska.net "...Joined VP-50 in NAS Alameda, California in 1953. Deployed to Ford Is., Hawaii and then to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Was AE-2, and worked in the electric shop. Glad to hear from any VP-50'ers..." [17APR99]

PALUMBO, Mike Mike@thepalumbocompany.com "...AO3 in VP-50 from 1984-1987. I was on CAC 5, and CAC 8. I had some of the best times in my life!!! I look forward to hearing from some old friends that I lost contact with..." [E-Mail Updated 03NOV2001 | 12AUG98]

PARMEGGIANI, Tony tx4xno1@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 from 87-91, VP-22 from 81-85, and a recruiter from 91-94. I was an FE in VP-50 on crew 1 most of the time I was there..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2001 | E-Mail Updated 31OCT99 | 25JAN98]

PASSMORE, Rear Admiral Robert O. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/passmorero.html "...Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore is a native of Ellensburg, Wash. He attended the University of Washington on an NROTC scholarship, and received both his commission in the Navy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography in June 1972. Earning his pilot wings in October 1973, Rear Adm. Passmore's first assignment was instructor duty at VT-2, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. In 1975, Rear Adm. Passmore was ordered to VP-50, NAS Moffett Field, California. In 1979, he became a Drilling Reservist serving with both VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In 1980, he joined VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as one of the Full-Time Support Officers. In August 1983, Rear Adm. Passmore transferred to VP-67 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. During this tour he completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Released from active duty in October 1985, Rear Adm. Passmore affiliated with VP-69. He assumed command of VP-69 in December 1989. In June 1991, he reported to VTU-8989 where he drilled until being selected as Commanding Officer of NR CVN-68, USS Nimitz 0289 in January 1994. In October 1995 Rear Adm. Passmore took on duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 4089. Two years later he was selected to be the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the State of Washington. In October of 1998, he assumed the position of Deputy for Mission Effectiveness at Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Twenty-two, Naval Station Everett, Wash. Rear Adm. Passmore's first flag assigned was Deputy Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, Sixth Fleet, and Deputy Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean in NAF Naples, Italy, from 1 October 2000 to 30 September 2003. In May 2002, he was assigned Additional Duty as Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Northwest. Rear Adm. Passmore is currently assigned as Reserve Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and Vice Commander, Navy Region Europe. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award). Rear Adm. Passmore is a captain on the 767 aircraft with United Airlines..." [12FEB2005]

PEARSON, ABH1 Mel Retired niknskp@tds.net "...Did we forget about the beach crew? I was an ABH-1 with VP-50 from 1966 to October 1968. Anyone who went back to Cavite ( NS Sangley Point, Philippines) in 1969 please contact me. Trying to locate a daughter I had with Vivian Sabay who worked at "Little Angie's". Or just e-mail me anyway if you remember me. I'm in constant touch with Tom King, Russ Lansberry, and Jerry Isakson..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY2003 | 26MAY98]

PETERSON, Phil Kaverlvr@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 (Nifty Fifty) or something like that from January 1980 to June 1983. I was on (FTN9) Fine Time Crew Nine as a Flight Engineer. I can't believe Charley (BBC), Timmy Cates, Tony, and a lot of other names that ring a bell are still around! Of course I can't believe I'm still around. Anyhow I'm retired now after 26 years and 7500 hrs. Working for Lockheed Martin in Greenville, SC. I can't seem to get away from these airplanes. Anyone know where CDR. Quigley got off too? Drop me a line if you care too..." [29JAN2000]

PIPKIN, AXAN John M. "BJ" johnpetersprings@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1968-1973) and VP-44 (1976-1979). I flew with VP-50 Crew-2 (LCDR Dow, LT Johnson, LT(jg) Eastman, LT(jg) Arbuckle, ATN3 McDouglall, ATN3 Titsworth, AX1 Lowe, AO3 Sammons, AMS1 Turnbull and ADRAN Hudson). Does anyone remember Miro John Zeba? He actually got fined for getting an afro in Bermuda!..." [E-Mail Updated 11SEP2012 | 25JUL2005]

PITCOCK, Jimmy C. JCPVP40@AOL.COM "...VP-50- NAS Alameda, California and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington; Dec. 1953 - Jun 1957. VP-40 NAS Moffett Field, California; Dec. 1968 - Feb. 1970. It was so good I went back for seconds from Feb. 1977 -Feb. 1980. I've enjoyed a great career aboard two jeep carriers, two attack carriers and some terrific shore duty; VP-40 (both tours) and the terrific Shipmates therein was, is and always will be the most memorable and enjoyable of my 31 years of service. Of that 32 years, the best skippers I had the pleasure of serving was Capt. Jack (Tex) Weir and Adm. Oakly (Oak) Osborn. My best to all my previous Shipmates who stumble across this stuff..." [13AUG2000]

POOLE, Robert C. PatrolSquadron50@AOL.com "...I was transferred to VP-50 from the USS Corson (AVP 37) in January 1954. I was a YN2 and was assigned to the squardron office during the six months at NAS Alameda, California. It was the best duty I had, for I was on the Corson for three years and three tours overseas. I was transferred to Treasure Island for discharge on 6/28/54. Anyone remembering me I would like to hear from you..." [24JAN2001]

PRIEST, AXAN James D. "Preacher" daave2847@netzero.net "...Hi all you 60's VP-50 Shipmates. I was the nerdy kid with glasses and all. Would love to hear from the old gang anytime. Merry Christmas! Its been 40 since we were in both the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Det to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2007 | 20JAN2006]

PYLES, ADC Melody A. Retired missmap04@msn.com "...I served with VP-50 (1980-1983) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (2) and NAF Misawa, Japan, VF-126 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VC-1 (1987-1990) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, instructor duty at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GRoUp PACific Fleet (FASOTRAGRUPAC) (1990-1993) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, NAS Agana, Guam (1997) at AIMD Powerplants and NAS Sigonella, Sicily OMD with the Admirals P-3 and Cat Bird Maintenance where I retired. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 17JUN2014 | 06JUN2000]

POLLARA, AW2 Joseph jpollara@verizon.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1986 to 1989. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2006 | 02NOV98]

PREISS, AW2 Jerry preissfam123@yahoo.com "...I was an AW2 in VP-50 from May 1973 to August 1976. I worked in the NATOPS office, and I was a SS3. The radar operators in VP-50 were very well trained, and led by an highly respected Shipmate by the name of Doc Frye. I was also a SS1 in VP-23 from May 1980 to September 1983. I worked in training and the NATOPS office. Jim Monfort is the Shipmate I remember from VP-23 (he still owes me $10 from a bet he lost)..." [07JUN2002]

RAGONE, Daniel ragone767@aol.com "...I served VP-50 from mid 1990 till early 1992. I was the Public Affairs Officer, and Assistant Training Officer and most proudly 3p, 2p and finally PPC of various crews. I started off with CAC-7 which unfortunately was involved in the midair off the coast of San Diego with CAC-2 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). As one of the newest members of the crew, I was being alternated in on various missions with different crews, and missed the fateful mission on that day. I often think of my lost comrades, and regret their passing. From VP-50, I was assigned to VP-47 where I served as PPC/MC on CAC-3 with the best crew a pilot could wish to have. In VP-47 I was initially assigned as First Lt. Div officer, then as Quality Assurance Division Officer. From there I instructed with VT-28, and finally with the Instructor Training Unit in Wing Four, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I have since separated from the Navy, and now fly the friendly skies with United Airlines as first officer on the 767/757 aircraft based in Los Angeles, Ca. I recognize a few names from the list of participants on this web site, and am happy to see you are all doing well. Take Care..." [14MAR2002]

RALPH, Dennis dwralph@webtv.net "...I was in VP-31, VP-28, VP-47, and VP-50, from 1968 thru 1971..." [12OCT98]

RAMSDELL, John ramsdell.john@ssd.loral.com "...I was stationed in VP-50, VP-69, VP-91, and VP-MAU ( NAS Moffett Field, California). Would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [27JAN98]

RONDEAU, REAR ADMIRAL Ann E. https://www.ntcgl.navy.mil/bios/admiral.html "...Rear Admiral Ann E. Rondeau graduated from Eisenhower College in 1973 with a degree in History, where she was selected by the Board of Trustees as "Most Distinguished Graduate" and received the Groben Award for Leadership. Upon receiving her commission from Officer Candidate School in 1974, RADM Rondeau reported to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in Fleet Communications. In 1977 she reported to VP-50 as the Intelligence Officer and subsequently also served as the Squadron Operations Officer. From 1980-82 RADM Rondeau attended Georgetown University, earning a Master's degree in Political Science. From 1982-1983, she was assigned to the Navy Staff in the NATO/Europe section of the Strategy, Plans and Policy Division. In 1983 she was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant for Policy Analysis with follow-on assignment to the Office of African Affairs. In 1985, RADM Rondeau was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General for National Security Affairs. In 1987, she assumed primary duty as Executive Officer of Fast Sealift Squadron One with additional duty as Officer in Charge of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Unit, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this tour, RADM Rondeau earned her Surface Warfare qualification, training on both MSC Merchant Marine vessels and U.S. Navy combatants. She reported in 1989 to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel as Assistant for Political-Military Analysis. From 1990-92 she served as Second Battalion Officer at the United States Naval Academy. RADM Rondeau served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy, from 1992-94, with follow-on assignment as a CNO Fellow on the Strategic Studies Group, in Newport, Rhode Island. From 1995-96 she served as Military Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was assigned to the Navy's Quadrennial Defense Review Support Office. From 1997 to 1999 RADM Rondeau served as Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, TN. Under her leadership, the base earned a Tennesee Quality Award. From 1999 to 2001 she served on the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Shore Installations Management. She took command of Naval Training Center Great Lakes Nov. 9, 2001 and is currently overseeing the establishment of Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). As the NSTC Commander, RADM Rondeau will be responsible for nearly all of the Navy's officer and enlisted initial training programs. RADM Rondeau has subspecialties in political-military affairs, strategy and planning, and military transportation. She is a permanent member of the council on Foreign Relations. She is also a licensed private pilot, and is presently working toward a doctoral degree in education. Her personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2), and Navy Commendation Medal (3)..." [22JUN2003]

RASFELD, Curt curtras@earthlink.com "...RAZ was the name--1983-1989 I joined VP-50 in 1985, went on two NSF Diego Garcia deployments and one to NAF Misawa, Japan and Okinawa. Worked as an AT and also did some time in "Corrosion Control". 3 Months in Jacksonville as QA, and overseeing fix of gear up landing in 1988. Lots of good travel. Lots of good memories. Look forward to hearing from you all..." [11MAR98]

RAYMOND, Paul A. ccmg@san.rr.com "...I served between 1967-1970 in VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Went on deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served at the same time and same place..." [14MAY2001]

REAP, LCDR Dan Retired dateach@hawaiiantel.net "...I started my long VP career at VW-1 TACAMO NAS Agana, Guam which later became VQ-3. Left NAS Agana, Guam as an AE3 and went to VP-50 where I made AE2. 1969 - 1971. Made deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NS Sangley Point, Philippines, with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Good friends with Steve Gueid and Jerry Zwolley (can't remember the correct spelling). VP-31 from 1971-1975 then off to VP-22 as an AE1 and started a 20 year stay at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Went to VC-1 and made AEC and Avionics LDO. Then to VP-1 from 1983 - 1985 as Material Control Officer and finished up as Assistant MO. Left NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a LT and went to Ottawa Canada on the PEP. Great job as Aircraft Engineering Officer for the CP-140. Back to VP-6 from 1989-1992 as MMCO. Back to VC-1 as assistant MO until they disestablished. Finished up at VP-4 and WINGSPAC and retired, LCDR in 1995. Have been teaching at various universities in Hawaii and working as a contractor for the government. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2008 | E-Mail Updated 07SEP2004 | 12FEB2003]

REDDEKOPP, AWC Jerry D. M.A.S. Retired navycpo@mashell.com "...I'm a retired AWC. My career in VP's started in 1966 and ended in 1985. I served in VP-22 (1966-70), VP-31 (70-73), VP-50 (73-76), Lockheed Aircraft Company (CP-140 instructor) (78-79), VP-65 (78-79), COMRESPATWINGPAC Det NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (79-85), HS-85 (85-87). I retired in November 1987 and have been working for Boeing since Noc 2, 1987. I am currently the Training and Training Equipment Lead on the US Navy E-6 TACAMO program. I live in Graham, WA. Been married 32 years and have three grown son's and six grandchildren..." [28AUG2001]

REED, Torrin C. reedt509@sbcglobal.net "...I was in VP-50 from Jan. 84 to Dec. 86. and then in VP-31 as an IFT instructor from Jan.87 to Jan.90. ( NAS Moffett Field, California) I then served 2 years in Reserve VP-67, NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Seeking any word from old Shipmates. Currently serving in the Air Force Reserves at McConnell, AFB, Kansas. I wear my wings proudly on my BDUs..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 25FEB2007 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 20NOV98 | 05JAN98]

RENDER, Dana M. dr31@msn.com "...My first duty station was VP-31 where I attended school. I left there and was stationed at VP-50 from June 1987 to November 1991. I made deployments to NSF Diego Garcia, NAS Misawa, Japan (that deployment was very hard on all of us who attended) and the Phillipines. I never realized how much being stationed in VP-50 meant to me until I left. While in VP-50 I crossed over to SN and struck SK that was a big mistake VP Navy is the best. I would love to find a friend Venus Addison she was in VP-50 then left to attend A school I believe it was AG school. Any one who may know of her where abouts or know of a friend who knows her please give her my email address. I was truely devasted when I heard about my fellow Shipmates and the tragedy they suffered. My blessing went out to the families then and they still go out now..." [01DEC2000]

RENDINA, AW Charles charles@rendinalawfirm.com "...I served with VP-2 followed by VP-50 from 1970 and 1971. I joined the squadron in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and did a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was an AW and would love to catch up with any of my old Shipmates (especially those that owe me money)..." [E-Mail Updated 15SEP2006 | 12AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...REYNOLDS, CDR Kevin Douglas...(VP-46 and VP-50)...Kevin Douglas Reynolds, an intelligence analyst and a former Navy pilot and officer, has died at 43. Reynolds, who was in excellent condition, died of an apparent heart attack early Saturday after jogging from his home a half-mile away to visit his children, said his ex-wife, Susan Reynolds. He flew P-3 Orion patrol planes in the Navy and became a commander by the time he was 40. Reynolds also had been a catapult officer on the USS Abraham Lincoln. His last post before retiring in November 2004 was as commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio. He currently was working with an independent government contractor as an intelligence analyst. Offered work in Washington, D.C., Reynolds turned it down because the family had set roots in San Antonio since arriving five years ago, Susan Reynolds said. "We had moved around so many times that after Kevin retired, we decided to stay here because it's such a great family town," she said. A football and rugby player in college, Reynolds coached basketball, baseball, soccer and flag football. He'd been a volunteer coach at the Mays Family YMCA for several years. "Kevin really believed that team sports was the best way to learn about being a team player and participating in a team," Susan Reynolds said. Though Reynolds was devoted to family, work and sports, he also put in time as a hospice volunteer, Susan Reynolds said. "That was important to him, too," she said. Born in Washington, D.C., he was one of eight children. The Georgetown University graduate earned two master's degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the National Defense University. WebSite: San Antonio Express-News http://www.mysanantonio.com/..." Contributed by STILLWELL, Carl carl1124@email.com [06JUN2010]

REYNOLDS, CDR Kevin D. http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/regionwest/sanantonio/HTM%20Pages/BIO's/CO.htm "...Commanding Officer, NRD San Antonio - Commander Kevin D. Reynolds received his Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University while double majoring in Psychology and Economics. Commissioned through the Marine Corps Platoon Leadership Course as a Second Lieutenant in July 1984 he reported to the Officers Basic Course in Quantico, Virginia making an inter-service transfer to the Navy just prior to graduation in April 1985. Following flight training he was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1986, reporting to VP-50 in NAS Moffett Field, California flying the P-3C "Orion." In October of 1990 he reported as an Intern to the Chairman, Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff (JCS), General Colin Powell, in his Operational Plans and Inter-Operability Directorate. Following his JCS internship he reported to the Director, On-Site Inspection Agency in the fall of 1991, serving as an In-Country Escort for the now Russian, Arms Control Inspectors and a START Treaty Inspector. In this capacity, he traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union and provided humanitarian relief supporting US Government efforts such as Operation PROVIDE HOPE. While stationed in Washington, D.C., Cmdr. Reynolds served as a White House Social Aide under both Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton. Following his D.C. tour Cmdr. Reynolds reported aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in December 1993, working on the flight deck as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and the V-1 Division Officer. In May 1996 Cmdr. Reynolds reported to VP-46 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, for his second flying tour serving as the Squadron Tactics, Administrative Officer, and Operations Officer, while surpassing 1800 flight hours before his transfer. Following his second operational flying tour, Cmdr. Reynolds was selected for the Navy's political/military scholarship and attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government earning a Masters degree in Public Administration. Immediately upon graduation Cmdr. Reynolds left Cambridge, MA and reported to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones, Headquarters USMC, Washington D.C. as the Navy Aide de Camp. After 14 months as an aide de camp, Cmdr. Reynolds received orders to the National War College in Washington D.C. for academic year 2000 to 2001 where he received a Masters in National Security Studies. Upon graduation, Cmdr. Reynolds assumed responsibility as the Executive Officer of Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio, Texas. In February of 2003 Cmdr. Reynolds assumed command of Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio. Cmdr. Reynolds' awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign and service awards..." [17JUN2003]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix"...RICE, PO3 Michael A...My son, Michael A. Rice, served with VP-50 and was lost March 21st, 1991 (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I would like to hear from other families and friends of VP-50. I have missed hearing from all of you. Shirley White shirleysue1304@comcast.net..." [PIX Added 21MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 20MAY2009 | 28MAY2003]

RICHARDS, AWC John Retired bigjohn@tbcc.cc.or.us "...I would like to hear from all who remember me. I served in VP-47 '65-'68, NS Sangley Point, Philippines AIMD '68-'69, VP-31 '70-'71, HSL-31 Ream Field CA '72-'73, (USS Cook 5/73-9/73), VP-50 '73-'76, VP-31 '77-'79, VP-48 '79-'83, and retired 1983..." [28MAY99]

RICKMAN, LCDR Loy Retired loy@sprynet.com "...I served in VP-48 in 1962-1963 and in VP-50 in 1965-1967. I was in crew 5 with VP-48 and Crew 2 with VP-50. Bob Bolerjack was my PPC in VP-50. I did about 6 or 7 NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam dets in 66-67 with VP-50. Crew 2 found the wing of Crew-13's Airplane on January 6, 1967 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends...January 6th, 1967). I still have slides of the wing in the water. The recovering ship tried to hoist it but their winch cable broke. I was selected out of VP-50 for NESEP in 1967 and was commissioned in 1971. I flew E2B/C for 11 years and retired as a LCDR in 1982..." [23APR2007]

RINEHART, DAVE DAVMARINER@prodigy.net "...I was an AT in VP-50, crews 5 and 3, between May, 1953 and March, 1955. Have over 1200 hours in those miserable, but dependable PBM-5S2s. We outflew 2 MiG-15s off the Chincom coast in 1953 even after taking 2 37mm hits. No one injured, except the pride of 2 Chincom fighter jocks! Would love to hear from any old Shipmates or anyone who flew Martin flying boats..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN99 | 25DEC97]

RIORDAN, John L. boot_51@hotmail.com "...I served on the USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) from January 1952 to May 1954 in V-2 Division then to VP-50 from May 1954 to February 1955 then home. I look back on my time in the Navy as the best time of my life. Would like to hear from some one who might remember me. My nickname on the USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) was BOOT (don't remember why but I must have done something stupid)..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2003 | 26JUN2001]

RITENOUR, Jerry D. jrite8888@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1976-1979) as Sensor 1 and 2 Operator with Crew-12 and VP-31 (1979-1983)as Sensor 1, 2 and 3 Instructor..." [15DEC2014]



ROBINSON, Anthony tonysoul@aol.com "...Hi old Shipmates. Entered Navy in 1980. First squadron was VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Went TAR and joined CRPWP from 84-88. Then transfered to VP-MAU at NAS Moffett Field, California from 88-91. Then went far from home and was attached to VP-65 at NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California. from 91-95. I finally left the west coast and transferred to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Was stationed at VP-64 till I made AWC. Now attached with the Liberty Bells of VP-66. Woulod like to hear from old "Shipmates of the past" In memory of St. James Infirmary..." [14APR98]

ROBINSON, AO2 James reconnrob67@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-50 (1985-1988) with CAC-11 and CAC-5 and VP-31 (1989-1992) taught Spec Weps...." [17NOV2011]

ROBINSON, CDR Ken Retired ken-virginia@email.msn.com "...Served in VP-48 from 1960 to 1964 as LT and Plane Cdr. Served in VP-50 from 1970 to 1972 as LCDR and Plane Cdr. Served as OIC PATWINGSPAC det NAS Adak, Alaska from 1975 to 1977. Retired from USN in 1980 as CDR..." [15APR2001]

ROSBURG, Larry B. Shipmate Pix...circa 1963... rosburg@hevanet.com"...Patrol Squadron Fifty (VP50)...1963-1966...(503) 644-3066 10650 SW Wedgewood Portland, OR 97725...Russ, or anyone knowing him, please contact me.."http://www.engr.ukans.edu/~chyong/matesearch/Others.html

ROSS, AD3 Sandra L. sandrar.ross69@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50..." [21FEB2014]

ROSS, AX3 Woodie G. woodie.ross@icloud.com "...I served with VP-50 (1966-1968). Radar operator aboard crew one (SG 1) with Cmdr. H. R. Purdy. Crew Thirteen's plane was added to the squadron during the 1966-67 deployment to the Phillipines. As I recall, the plane had numerous electrical problems caused by rats chewing through the wiring. Because of that, the crew was nicknamed the Rat Patrol. I was to be transferred from crew one to crew thirteen, but fate intervened. I think of my friend Charley Goetz often and I'll never forget the evening of Jan. 6th when the squadron was called out to learn of our friends lost at sea..." [13NOV2014]

RUDD, CDR Orton flyingmidn@rivnet.net "...Got wings in Aug. '48 Reported to VP-43 right after (still had VPMS-3 on most sqdn. stuff); went to VP-42 spring of '49 when 43 decommissioned. Korea summer '50 thru spring '51, fall sent to Annapolis to fly Middies in N3N's & PBM's. Then to VR-32 Ferry sqdn. - flew 'boats' and 30 other types including jets. Did other stuff till '62; then last tour flying P5M's VP-50. Ended 25 yrs.as CDR in OPNAV. Retired Feb.'70. Industry 20 yrs. retired '90. Have been running Flying Midshipmen Association for 29 yrs. as Exec. Director--about 900 members-Reunion St. Augustine Mar. 14th. Contact me at 1-800-964-5955..." [01MAR2001]

RUTLEDGE, AECS Bill Retired brutledge@worldnet.att.net "...Hi to all my Shipmates from 22 years of the Navy. Great bunch of people. VP-10 from 1960 through 1963. What memories from NAS Brunswick, Maine, State Hotel, Ernies, and all the other places we VPers hung out. I flew for all the time I was there on a couple of different crews. I loved the old P2V5F, then to O&R flight test, NAS Alameda, California, flying test flights on P2s , A3 and P-33s. Then to Naval Air Development Center Warminster PA (SECRET PROJECT POTLID) out of Howard AFB Panama where we flew the OP2E and did the work up project for VO-67 which flew sensor missions out of THAILAND over the Ho Chi Minh trail. VO-67 had three of Vp Tens birds that many of from 10 flew on. Two of which were shot down. Got out of the Navy but couldn't hack the slow mode of civilian life and came back in. Since I couldn't get back to VP I volunteered for Vietnam and was sent to Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 where I flew 1634 combat missions as a Door Gunner hanging outside a UH1B at tree top level shooting the bad guys. I was shot down twice and wounded twice. Did three 1 year tours. What a heck of a place for a VP Sailor. I went to VAQ-130 finally got back in the VP comunity. Served with VP-50 then to NAS Miramar where I retired. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." Website: http://www.seawolf.org/ [URL Added 06JUL2001 | 04JAN2001]

RYAN, Carol carnmar@ohiohills.com "...I would like to talk to any of my old buddies from VP-50. I was the Postal Clerk for the squadron and also the BPO in the PI. I hope to hear from someone soon. I miss each and every one of you all..." [25JUN2000]

RYAN, Tom Thomas.M.Ryan@allison.com "...I was a ground pounding officer in VP-50 from October 81 to May 85. My three year tour was extended when I tendered my resignation. I went to work for Allison as an engineer with the T56 program. I'm still with the company although now it belongs to Rolls-Royce. I was fortunate to work with many of the engineers before they retired who designed the T56 and TF41 engines. The economic impact of that one product, the T56, on the local community for the past 40 years is immeasurable. We are still making parts for the Series III and plan to do so for the next 20 years. I was a Naval Academy classmate of Tony Nemeck who died in the unfortunate mid-air. Tony and I never served together. His first tour was with a Rainbow squadron. When he arrived at VP-50, I was long gone. Tony was a great guy and will be rembered for a long time. While in the RAG at NAS Moffett Field, California, he threw one of the best parties of all time. It was at an apartment complex across the street from Saint James Infirmary, an all hands bar. Tony was a chick magnent and some of the best looking women you ever saw were there. He was a fine Naval Officer, a friend and classmate. We miss him. Best wishes..." [22JAN99]

SALAMY, Paul S. Salamyp@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 from Sept 89 to June 92 (Decomissioning). I deployed to Cubi Point/Diego Garcia and also to NAS Adak, Alaska. I served on crew 10 and also crew 6. I separated from active duty in October 96 and am now a "drilling reservist" with VP-64 "Condors" in Willow Grove, PA..."

Memorial Picture "...SALAS, AECS Rick...My husband, AECS Richard Salas, passed away February 1, 2018 in Portland, OR. Rick served with VP-31 (1969), VP-1 (1969-1972), VP-50 (1972-1975), VP-31 1975-1978), VP-48 (1978-1981), VP-31 (1981-1984), VP-6 (1984-1987) and CPW-2 (1988-1991)..." Contributed by Barbara Salas rbsalas@msn.com [26JUL2018]

SALAS, AECS Rick Retired rbsalas@msn.com "...I served (FE) with VP-31 (1969), VP-1 (1969-1972), VP-50 (1972-1975), VP-31 1975-1978), VP-48 (1978-1981), VP-31 (1981-1984), VP-6 (1984-1987) and CPW-2 (1988-1991)..." [27JAN2016]

SAMUELSON, Gary glnsams@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 in October 1974 to December 1977. Made trisite deployment January to June 1975 and NAS Misawa, Japan from August 1976 to February 1977. I navigated for Crew 1 and TACCOed for Crew 8. I served with VP-31 from December 1977 to 1980 when I left Navy. Went to work for Lockheed Missiles & Space and still there. I enjoyed my VP time completely and thoroughly and would still be doing it if the Navy would have let me. But life goes on. I would enjoy hearing from any of my Shipmates in those squadrons..." [E-Mail Updated 22JAN2007 | 28MAY2001]

Shipmate Requested Name Removal  [Shipmate Removed 07JAN2004 | 01JAN2004]

SANFORD, LCDR Stuart "Stu" Retired stu.sanford@gmail.com "...I enlisted in the Navy in 1971 and after boot camp and A School I was assigned to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines with Fleet Intelligence Center, PACific FACility (FICPACFAC). In 1973 I transferred to VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California. By that time I was an IS2 and worked for Ensign Dale Thornley (sp?) in the AI shop. In 1975 I was discharged early from deployment (I was in NAS Adak, Alaska) to go to college. I graduated from UC Davis in 1979, acquired a commission via AOCS, and was assigned to VS-37 (NAS Moffett Field, California). In 1983 I was transferred to NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Fleet Intelligence Center, PACific (FICPAC). I left the active Navy in 1988 and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1995 as a LCDR. I am a DoD civilian in DC (love it). I would love to hear from any Shipmates who remember me..." [22AUG2008]

SAYER, PR Gayla gaylasayer@mac.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1978 to 1982. I was a Parachute Rigger for most of that time. I would love to hear from any of my Shipmates. I look back on those times with a smile..." [16APR2003]

SAYLOR, David freelens01@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1965-1970) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I remember the day SG-13 ( In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967) didn't return. It was a very sad day for all of us..." [26APR2013]

Memorial Picture "...SCHEVE, Ken...A good Engineer and a great friend, Ken Scheve, lost his fight with cancer October 1st, 2004. He served with VP-1, VP-4 and VP-50 among other units during his career...Todd Machin (AD2 '83-'87) machin@frontiernet.net..." [03OCT2004]

SCHENCK, AMCS Eugene Retired Shipmate Pix gschnavy@aol.com "...Served in the Overhaul of Navy P5M Aircraft at Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka/Kobe, Japan for both VP-40 and VP-50 1960 to 1963. Made serveral visits to both Squadrons for Aircraft Inspections with Tommy Thompson Martin Aircraft Company Rep. Served in VU-5B / VC-5B in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines from 1965 to 1968, served in Airframes Shop and as a flight crew member on the US-2C. Crew Member on the 1st flight into Vietnam and then to an Aircraft Carrier off the coast of Vietnam for Mail Delivery. Also in the crew that made a wheels up landing at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1967. Retired from the Navy in 1974, then worked for 21 years with Boeing Aircraft Company. In 1968 returned to Shin Meiwa Aircraft Company in Osaka, Japan to assist in starting some production work for the Boeing 767 Aircraft. Would love hearing from some of Shipmates in VP-40, VP-50 and VU-5 or VC-5, now living in Wichita, Kansas..." [PIX Added 09SEP2007 | BIO Updated 09APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 05NOV2004 | 13JAN2002]

SCHMIDT, Craig "Shorty" carjimbo@TheRamp.net "Schmidt, Craig "Shorty" - Served with him in VP-50 from '67 to '70. Last known to be a Park Ranger in Alaska. He is from Hollywood, CA. He is the Godfather of the son of another Navy buddy and we both would like to re-establish contact."

SCHOONMAKER, CWO John Retired pkogunner@catskill.net "...I entered the Navy in 1956. Served with the following: USS Midway (CVA-41) from 1957 through 1960; NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1960 through 1961; USS Saratoga (CVA-60) from 1961 through 1965; NATTC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1965 through 1968; VP-19 from 1968 through 1970; AO B School from 1970 through 1971; VS-28 from 1971 through 1972; BUPERS from 1972 through 1975; VP-50 from 1975 through 1976; USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from 1976 through 1979; Air Gunner NS Rota, Spain from 1979 through 1981; and retired in 1981. Ii would not trade it for anything. Currently living in upstate New York..." [11JAN2001]

SCHWARTZ/HARDMAN, AZC Carol Ann Guinn caguinn@frontiernet.net "...I was with VP-50 from 1983 to 1986 at NAS Moffett Field, California, then to NAS Brunswick, Maine to SERE School from 86-89,then to the Tiger Tiger land of VP-8 from 89-92. I am retired now, and working in Lower Alabama. Would enjoy hearding from and former Shipmates..." [23FEB2001]

SCOTT, YN David L. "Scotty" dalscott@indiana.edu "...I served with VP-50 NAS Moffett Field, California from spring 1976 to July 1976. I enjoyed every minute of my short time with VP-50 while assigned to the Legal Yeoman Office. I can't remember to many names of folks who were station there. I came off sea duty to California after spending two years aboard the USS Midway. If any one remembers me - send me a big hello. Thanks..." [23MAY2004]

SENTZ, TIM CMS007@AOL.COM "...DID TOURS WITH VP-30, VP-50 (84-88), VP-31-CNAP/NATOPS (88-91), MMFA ( NAS Jacksonville, Florida), VP-62, VP-68, CURRENTLY AN AOC IN VP-91..." [19MAR98]

SHAWVER, AW1(AW) Peter M. (Matt) Shawv@earthlink.net "...I was a Sensor 3 for my entire navy career. My first and favorite tour (1980-1983)was with VP-46 Crew 6 with NAS Keflavik, Iceland being my favorite deployment. Then on to be an instructor VP-31 (1983-1986). Then to VP-50 (1986-1989) where I worked in Operations writing the flight schedule.. Then to FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (1989-1991) Then took Advantage of the early out program. Hello to all the friends I flew and worked with. I think about you often, especially the friends we lost with the VP-50 crash. Keep in touch..." [23DEC97]

SHERRY, AMH3 Donald D. "Shaky" donshakey@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1966-1967) with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines when we lost the SG-13 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967). The only dark grey P5M in the squadron of gull grey P5M's..." [E-Mail Updated 28NOV2012 | 05MAR2008]

SILVA, Mark silvadriver@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (05/1971-10/1973). I am trying to find deployment records for that time - all help is welcomed..." [15APR2013]

SIMMONS, AXCS Richard Retired pissnpits4u@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 (1968-1972), CPRW-10 (1972-1974), VP-17 (1975-1977), Navy Recruiter Visalia, CA (1977-1980), VP-46 (1981-1984) and Naval Air Maintenance Training Detachment (NamTraDet) Command Senior Chief (1985-1988)..." [05MAR2020]

SINGER, Maury maury@gte.net "...I have been an AW since '76. Active and Reserve. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 Plankowner 77-80, VP-50 Crews 1 & 2, BearTrap 80 - 82 Acoustic SS1&2. NADC, NAF Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pennsylvania 82 -85, Project PO for the Update III SASP & Ran the Beartrap Lab. Left Active Duty to work for Boeing on the Update IV Program (Lab Manager and UYS-1/Acoustic systems analysist) (Was flying on the Test Bed Aircraft when the "Stop Work order came out). Now an AWC with VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [20FEB99]

SMALLWOOD, ADJ3 Bruce dwaynesmallwood48@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1970-1971) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18JUN2013 | 25JAN2013]

Shipmate Requested Name Removal  [Shipmate Removed 23JUL2005 | 23JUL2003]

SMATHERS, Jeffrey "as the beaver" jsmathers@cybcon.com "...VP-50 '78-'81. Just a short annotation, look at all the "fundamentals" coming in 5 by 5....cool! I'll be back!..." [26JAN99]

SMITH, AMEC J. D. Retired jaydsmit@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1977 to 1981, VA-205 (Reserves) from 1982 to 1983, VP-64 (TAR) from 1984 to 1988, VA/VFA-203 (Reserves) from 1988 to 1992 and retired AMEC from HS-75. Live in Jacksonville, FL..." [28DEC2008]

Memorial Picture "...SMITH, Larry L...Larry L. Smith, age 71 of Fairfield, Ohio passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Hospice of Hamilton. Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served for 30 years as a FE (VP-8 and VP-50). Additional information is posted on http://www.charlesyoungfuneralhome.com/..." Contributed by MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com [07FEB2013]

SMITH, Ted optionsace@verizon.net "...Was in VP-50 from 63 till 66. Two years in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and 18 months in NS Sangley Point, Philippines. In Japan was in crew 8 and then we became crew 1. The plane that is being picked up by the USS Pine Island (AV-12) was our plane. It got shot up good that day. NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam was a very hot place in more ways than one. I still remember the bad sun burn I got (blisters on my back). I won't do that again. I hope everyone that I served with is in good health and happy with the life they are living now..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2005| 18JUL99]

SMITH, AW3 Tim tsmith2007@msn.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1976 to 1978. I flew as a SS-3 with Crew 4. Please drop me a line if you remember the seventies when we all had hair. I became a civilian Federal Government employee in Washington, DC (Contracting Officer)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13NOV2007 | BIO Updated 09DEC2001 | 17JAN98]

SNYDER, AWC RONALD C. Retired RONS55@prodigy.net "...SERVED AT: AT "A" SCHOOL 59-60, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 60-63, VP-9 NAS Alameda, California 64-66, VP-50 IWAKUNI JAPAN 66-68, ASCAC NS Sangley Point, Philippines 69-71, ASCAC NAS Adak, Alaska 71-72, and TSC NAS Moffett Field, California 72-75..." [24FEB98]

SNYDER, Tom tom3@gci.net "...I served with VP-50 from 1966-1969. I would like to hear from anyone I served with (especially Crew 5)..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAR2003 | 13MAY98]

SOUTHWORTH, Bud shipmates pix...circa 1965... skyhawk@cnw.com "...former PPC of a P-5M (Crew three) of VP-50..." WebSite: http://www.skyhawk.org

SPICER, AW1 Robert spicydo22@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (Sensor 1) from 1981 to 1984, FASO NAS Moffett Field, California and the USS Coral Sea in October 1995..." [17MAR2009]

STABLEWSKI, Kevin J. (SKIDOG) k_stablewski80@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-50 from 85-87, ABH3 Kevin Stablewski (SKIDOG). I was the Line Division Supervisior under Lt. Kevin Higman & Ltjg Graff. Did the NSF Diego Garcia det. with a split det. in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Would like to correspond with anyone in the squadron at that time...I attended school at VP-31 in 1984-85. Met lot's of great people, J. J. Martineau from NY/NY. Last time I saw him was in HI in 1985. Master Chief Marrs one of my bowling partners. And someone I loved very much YNSN Tracy Laberge, from Sabbattus, Maine. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these folks please e-mail me. Thank You..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAR2005 | BIO Updated 18APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 11APR2001 | 10APR2001]

STEINER, OT1/NC1 D. M. Retired DSteiner@de.state.az.us "...While stationed at Navfac Coos Bay, Oregon, in 1973, myself, two other enlisted and one Ensign, went TAD to VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California for a week. Had a great time locating merchant ships and laying down the sonobuoys. The pilot and crew were excellent, and liberty in SF wasn't too shabby either! Wish I could do it again!..." [27APR2002]

STENZEL, John johnstenzel@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-50 (1968-1970) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and trips to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I flew with Crew-5 (the flying fifth). LCDR Bellinger was first PPC then with LCDR Burcham. Looking for Paul Duncan, Ron DeGrandchamp, Rance Roofner and all others. Contacted Tom Snider our AO, he's got lots of photograph's from those days..." [20OCT2010]

STEWART, Ed "Steady Stew" evrrdy1@blazenetme.net "...It's great to recognize fellow patrol mates from days of young. Tony Gooch, Jack Gale to name a couple. VP-50 was a career starting point 78-82. moved on to VP-31 82-85. Went to VXE-6 from 85-89 and to AIMD NAS Miramar 89-92. Transfered to VQ-1 Det NAF Misawa, Japan 92-95 and currently serving with VP-10. A lot of great times through out the years meeting lots of fantastic people. Anyone recognizing the name feel free to contact me...." [E-Mail Updated 18DEC99 | 20FEB98]

STEWART, AM3 Van "Stewy" van_dianne@multipro.com "...I served with VP-56 from 1984 through 1987. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1984-1985) during the coldest months. I can you still fill the chill in my bones. We then deployed NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1986 (pretty cool going to get gas for car and pumping wine). I had a good time in the Dragon squad..." [03JUN2003]

STILLWELL, Carl carl1124@email.com "...I was in VP-50 from 1986 till 1989...I was in VP-46 from 1992 till June of 1995. I was looking for any old Shipmates out and about" [E-Mail Updated 04SEP2001 | E-Mail Updated 27JUL2000 | BIO Updated 13OCT98 | 18JUN98]

STITES, ADR3 Bob Rstitessr169@cs.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1964-1967. I was the last mech to be assigned to the squadron while they were stationed at NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I worked on the line crew and later became second mech on crew five. I would like to receive email from Swede, Robert W. James , Soney Cuppett or anyone serving during this time period..." [13DEC2002]

STOCKER, Tom tgstocker@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1966 to 1970. I was assigned to Crew-7 (Radar/Nav) then we moved to Crew-1 with Captain Enderle. I would like to know when and where is the next Reunion? I now Live in McAllen - deep south Texas on the border..." [01MAY2011]


STRAIGHT, AME2 David L. david.straight@pwr.utc.com "...I served with VP-50 (10/1967-04/1971) as a FE with Crew-7 and also worked in the Av-Equip Shop..." [16MAY2012]


STUART, AMH3 Ralph G. ralinstu@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1965 to 1967 with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I worked with seaplane tender USS Pine Island (AV-12) in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Sure would like to see a P5M taking off again; they sure were a sight to behold and fly..." [BIO Updated 03FEB2010 | 17JAN2009]

SUMNER, Tonii melomuzik@yahoo.com "...Most people remember me as AN Sumner from VP-50 in NAS Moffett Field, California from 89-92. WESTPAC 89-90' NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. NTTC Millington 92-93 AE "A" School Memphis, TN. 93-94' VX-4 NAS Point Mugu, California and VX-5 China Lake. In 1993 I was part of the All-Armed Forces Navy Track and Field Team and competed in Atlanta, GA. Got out in 1994 from NTC San Diego. Currently live in the Atlanta, GA area. Any of my my buddies from NAS Moffett Field, California, please email me..." [17NOV2000]

SWANSON, AWCM Carter Retired carter2781@cox.net "...I served with the Blue Dragons of VP-50 from May 1979 to March 1983. I was on crews 1, 2, and 10. I recognize many Shipmates names. My career history is VP-6, VP-50, NMPC NAS Dallas, Texas, Naval War College, USS Indepence CV 62, VS-29, USS Carl Vinson CVN 70, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72, U.S. Army Sargeants Major Academy, VS-41, USS Coronado, CMC at Commander Naval Beach Group One in NAS North Island, San Diego, California until my retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 11MAY2004 | 28NOV98]

SWART, Richmond SWARTRICH@AOL.COM "...I was assigned to VP-50 from 1964 through 1967 as an ADR. I flew with Crew 3 and 4 as Plane Captain. I joined VP-50 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and was discharged in July 1967 when they were transfering to P-3'S. I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [09SEP99]

SWEENEY, PH2 Jerry L. jerlet007@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1967-1968) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with deployments to WestPac at NS Sangley Point, Philippines/ NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I flew in the P-5 and P-3. I now have Parkinson's Disease and having a hard time proving to the US Department of Veterans Affairs that I was in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Can anyone help me out?..." [BIO Updated 25MAR2012 | 23MAY2002]

TAMBURRO, AO1 (NAC/AW) Edward C. edwardtamburro@charter.net"...I served with VP-50 (1983-1986), VP-9 (1990-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California as inflight Ordnanceman and VXE-6 Operation (Deep Freeze)..." [BIO Updated 06DEC2016 | E-Mail Updated 26SEP2003 | 00XXX97]

TAYLOR, AKC Carlton "C.E." Retired dixieland14@live.com "...I joined VP-50 in May of 1959 right after Boot Leave. The squadron was homeported in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We remained at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington until April of 1960 and transpaced to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I left the squadron in April/May of 1963 and reported to NAS Boca Chica, Florida. From there I went aboard the USS Lexington at NAS Pensacola, Florida, then to NS Rota, Spain, then to the USS Nimitz (CVN-69) in Norfolk, Virginia. Reported to FADCLANT (Fleet Accounting & Disbursing Center, Atlantic) in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, couldn't handle Staff Duty so swapped orders with another AKC and retired from RVAW-120 on December 31, 1981. VP-50 will always hold a special place in my heart and I know other shipmates feel the same..." [03NOV2011]

TAYLOR, Jim jrtdt@patmedia.net "...I was 2nd Tech on SG5 (VP-50) when we lost SG13. I knew most of the men on the flight and attended the memorial service..." [14MAY2005]

TEATER, AMEC Donald Retired dwteater@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1966-1968). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 04OCT2002 | 30OCT2001]

Memorial Picture "...THOMAS, Billy Jack...I would like to find anybody that flew and knew my brother Billy Jack Thomas. He flew with VP-50 until his retirement in Oct 1972. He recently passed away of pulmonary fibrosis. As a military retired navy man myself, I knew that B.J. would want his prior flight buddies to know and see if there are any others are around...John Michael Thomas, USN, Retired johnmichaelthomas2@hotmail.com..." [05JUL2004]

THRAILKILL, ATC(NAC/DV/AW) Brett W. "Killer" thrailkillj@ymail.com "...I served with VP-56 (1980-1984), VP-50 (1985 to 1989) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia twice and NAF Misawa, Japan / NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAMTRADET 1012 (1989-1992) at NAS Moffett Field, California (1989-1992) Instructor Duty, VP-1 (1992-1996) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NSF Diego Garcia and NAF Misawa, Japan, TSC/ASWOC (1996-1999) at NS Rota, Spain, Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Northern Italy 1998, Bosnia (1997-1999), VP-4 at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One at Hickam AFB as the Equal Opportunity Advisor. Like an idiot, I talked the command into letting me attend Dive school. 7 out of 14 graduated. I am proud to claim the title of "Naval Diviator." I retired on the fantail of the USS Missouri (BB-63 on 25 AUG 2006. I have since moved to Texas and work as an Electronics Technician on oil rigs overseas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04OCT2013 | BIO Updated 31JUL2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10JUN2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 27NOV99 | 23OCT97]

TIDD, AW3 Robert (Tiddy Monster) roberttidd@yahoo.com"...I served as a Blue Dragon from 1987 to 1989 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Would like to hear from anyone from that timeframe..." [E-Mail Updated 30DEC2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 07JAN2004]

TODD, Ronald L. randttodd@comcast.net "...VP-50 NFO from August 1989 until disestablishment. Was next event on training mission before March 1991 Mishap (In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). VXN-8 until 1994..." [03FEB2006]

TOMKOVITCH, CDR John "Tomko" cdrtomko@aol.com "...TACCO in VP-50 78-81, VP-30 Instructor 81-84, CPW-1 Det NAS Misawa, Japan 84-87, Naval War College 87-88, VP-16 Dept hd 88-90, CPWL/CNAAB 90-94, CO NRD Omaha 94-96, USSTRATCOM 96-99, Recruiting Area 1 (North) Oct 99. I will PCS from Stratcom to Recruiting Area North in Oct 99..." [12SEP99]

TOOMBS, PH Mike mltoombs@eznet.net "...I was with VP-50 from February, 1974 until August, 1977. I did one deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and the other to NAS Misawa, Japan. I still keep in touch with a PH1 who retired in Southren California..." [29MAR2002]

TRELFA, ADR2 Bryan btrelfa1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1961-1962) flying as a Crew-10 Plane Captain..." [02SEP2016]

TRIEBOLD, AT2 Bruce mtnlivin@sti.net "...I served with VP50- (1967-1970) at NAS Moffett Field, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was Radio Operator (Crew-10) and a NATOPS Instructor for Radio and we flew the P-3A with the Bravo electronics..." [20JAN2012]

TROMBA, John michaelsen2@netzero.com "...I served with VP-47 (1976-1979), WINGSPAC Staff (1979-1980), CPW-10 (1980-1981), CTG 72.8 (1981) and VP-50 (1985-1987). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13APR2013 | 13MAR98]

TROXEL, Douglas R. tusouls@cyberport.com "...I was VP my entire 20 years. VP-41, VP-50 and VP-1. We met many great people and would like to hear from anyone especially in the neighborhood of Reunions. Also, would anyone know if there is a Amatuer radio "VP Net"? If there is, would like to hear from you. If their isn't, would anyone like to begin one? It was great reading the comments. Brought back many good memories..." [27JAN2001]

TRULUCK, CDR David R. Retired dtruluck@att.net "...I served with VP-50 as soon as they arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California to transition to the P-3. I believe I was the first P-3 NFO to join the squadron. Was initially in Crew-2 then Crew-11. Made the Langley/NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1968) and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan(1969/1970) deployments. Then to NAS Pensacola, Florida for the Baccalaureate Degree Completion program and instructor at Schools Command then nav flight instructor at VT-10. Riffed out January 1973 then to reserves NAS Jacksonville, Florida with VP-62. Flew with Crew-15. Forced to retire due to hearing loss. Would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [16MAY2019]

TRYON, PT3 Kevin Shipmate Pix vp50@outlook.com "...I served with VP-50 (00FEB75-00JUL76) and flew with Crew-4..." [03NOV2019]

TUCKER, AW2 Joseph (Mike) jmtss3@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-50 from 90-92. Now stationed at VP-5. Would like to hear from squadronmates. Also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, FASODETMOFFETT, CPW-11, and hope to soon be back at CPW-11 Weapons System Test (WST) Team for a much needed break from 4 and 1/2 years of sea duty in VP-5..." [19MAY99]

TURLINGTON, Jay jturlington@hotmail.com "...Currently in VQ-1, served in VP-30, VP-31, VP-40, VP-50, VP-9, VP-47 and one non-flying tour to recruiting (mistake). Looking to hear from folks from the past. Looking forward to retirement, time for a change! Let me hear from ya..." [11JUL99]

TURNBULL, August T. (Bull) tturnbull405@msn.com "...I was really glad to find this site and read all the info it has on the 1992 crash of the two P-3s (SEE In Memorial for lost friends March 21st, 1991). I spent nearly four years in VP-50 from 1965-69 all through our transition from the P5M to the P-3 in 67-68. I went through FE training and flew for a short while with our CDR Captain Kidd, a rather short man about my height. I really liked him. I look through our deployment book every now and then. I am really gratefull to have it now. I helped LCDR Dow collect the accident remains from the SG-13 crash in 68 (SEE: VP-50 In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967). They later blamed the 5" rocket for blowing up on the wing for that Mishap. They seemed to do that a lot. I remember that very distinctly. He later became my pilot until I left in october of 69. I was awake that morning living back in sisconsin when the news came over tv about the crash. My heart went into my throut and I could not believe my ears. We had flown that area many times while practicing asw. For some reason the anouncer had learned the squadrons name and announced it on TV. I am sure that was a foul up. All I could think of was what went wrong. We always left station and came on station at predetermined altitudes. It seemed impossible it could happen. At last I can feel I know somewhat happen. God bless them all. Hopefully I can attend a memorial one of these years. Thank you all for your heartfealt comments..." [27NOV2004]

UPCHURCH, Dave dupchurch@kc.rr.com "...I served with VP-2 (1967) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with deployments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I was released from active duty April 1971..." [08AUG2013]

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

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

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

VATTER, AMEC Tom Retired tfvatter@us.hsanet.net "...I served a P-3 Flight Engineer from 1963 - 1989. I was pleased with to do the P-3 flying in Squadrons like VP-8, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland WST, VP-19, VP-30, VP-50, VP-31, VXN-8, NATC ASW then Force Warfare, VXN-8 until retirement. During those years Logged a few hours I think it was 15,575 but who was counting. Looking to hear from any old Shipmates. Drop a line. I am now working as a support contractor for the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [18MAR99]

WADE, AMS3(AW) Joe wwade41076@aol.com "...I served in VP-50 from 1990-decom and VP-47 until 93. I currrently work at the White House. Leave me a message and I will get back to you. I got out 4/96 but Michele (still my wife & HM2) is still in..." [07JUL2000]

WARNER, AW2 Huston candelightcreations@yahoo.com "...I was an AW2 with VP-50 from 83-87. Recognize one of the names of the still on station members. I found out about the accident when I went to re-enlist in the Navy. Missed my cut off date by 4 days. I know those aircraft well and its so hard to believe that it happened and that no one was recovered. My heart goes out to all the families that lost loved ones..." [11SEP2007]

WAUGH, CWO4 Don Retired warrantwo@aol.com "...Served as a Flight Eng in VP-1, VP-31, VP-50, F/E Detailer, NMPC SDC NAS Point Mugu, California, MMCO in VP-45 and retired as MMCO OF CPW-11 Jacksonville, Fl. Would love to hear from past Shipmates..." [13JUL98]

WEST, ADC Donald W. Retired westd@southeast.net"...I had a number of tours in VP, beginning in VP-44 (PBM and P5M) in 1951+, VP-50 (P5M) in 1959+, and VP-22 (P3) in 1967+. Pretty good duty, all..."

WEST, John West gldsunset@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from October 1970 to March 1974. Put together a Cruise Book after our Cam Ranh/ NS Sangley Point, Philippines Deployment. Would like to know what happened to some of the old gang. I am presently flying for Delta and living in Atlanta..." [24MAR99]

WARDEN, AT1 James Retired Shortstop471@cs.com "...I started in VP-10 1974-76,then moved on to VP-31, from there I went to VP-50 1979-82 following up with Naval Air Development Center 1982-85, after that I went to VP-23 1985-90,and finishing my career in VP-40 1990-92. These were the best times in my life. I would love to hear from any and all Shipmates..." [28JAN2002]

WENNER, Dave dwenner50@yahoo.com "...I served VP-50 (11/1976-07/1980) with deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [12DEC2012]

WHEELER, ADJ2 Mike imw515@swbell.net "...I served with VP-50 from January 1969 To June 1972 with Deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and split deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Agana, Guam..." [27JUN2009]

WHITE, Michael miamiman53@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1975-1978) at NAS Moffett Field, California with two deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan (froze my butt off!). I worked on the Flight Line (launch & recovery and operated GSE. equipment). I am looking for the VP-50 Blue Dragon Patch (will pay reasonable price plus shipping) and Cruise Bbooks from 1974 to 1978..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26OCT2010 | 22APR2010]

Memorial Picture "...WIGGINS, LCDR Jack...(ATU-10, VP-HL-2, VP-16, VP-22, VP-48, and VP-50) With deepest heartfelt sorrow, I tell you that my Dad, Jack Wiggins passed away January 30, 2006 at home surrounded by his loving family. Sharon (Wiggins) Rogers..." Forwarded by ANDERSON, AX2 Lee (Andy) vp48sugarfox1@gmail.com [11FEB2006]

WIGGINS, LCDR Jack Retired (Deceased) wigginsjack@worldnet.att.net "...10/47-6/49 VP-HL-2 Redesignated VP-22 PB4Y-2s, Guam & Hawaii (AD3), 8/49-3/53 ATU-10 PBM-5, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas ( AD1), 4/53-6/55 VP-50 PBM-5 NAS Alameda, California & NAS Iwakuni, Japan (AD1), 6/55-12/59 AD"B" Schools Instructor NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (AD1), 1/60-3/60 L.D.O Indoctrination Newport, R.I (ENS), 4/60/5/63 VP-48 P5M1/2, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (LTJG), 5/60-6/66 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan (LT) I was project Officer for setting up the first P-3A Maintenance Facilities in WESTPAC at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 6/66-6-69 Training Officer AD"B" Schools NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (LCDR) , 6/69-1/71 VP-16 P-3A, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, and Retired 1/1/71..." [Deceased 11FEB2006 | 25JAN2001]

WIKKERINK, AT1(AW) James Hornetshooter@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-50 in May of 1988 and made deployments to NAF Misawa, Japan and Cubi PT R.P./ Diego Garcia. Saddly the squadron was decommisioned in 1992. Blue Dragons live on in the fleet though. I was transferred to VP-31 and did a tour as a FRAMP instructor until VP-31 decommisioned in 1993. From there I went to NAS Lemoore, California and joined VFA-22 the Fighting Redcocks and did a cruise with the squadron on the USS Abraham Lincoln as a flight deck troublshooter. After staying from the path I came back to the safety and security of the mighty Orion and joined VP-9 the Golden Eagles on the Nov96-May97 NSF Diego Garcia deployment currently I am still with VP-9 and hope to go to Jax when this tour is finished. If there are any old Blue Dragons out there drop me a line...I am now an instructor at NAMTRAGRUDET NAS Oceana VA teaching F/A-18 avionics to Navy and Marine Corps students. I am really happy to be back in tailhook again but my memories will always be fond of the friends I made and the friends I lost in VP..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10OCT99 | Updated 05MAY98]

WILLIAMS, ADCS Charlie "BBC" Retired c-mwilliams@juno.com "...Crewman on C131, C1A, C9B, and P-3. Joined the VP Navy in 79, FE with VP-50 7/80-7-83, VP-31 8/83-10/86, and NMPC SDC NAS Point Mugu, California 11/86-3/93. I retired in 93. Would be intrested in hearing from some old Shipmates..." [15JUL98]

WILLIAMS, AO2 Maynard L. mwilliams@oakwoodhills.org "...I served with VP-50 after training in VP-31. Dates of service 1973-1976. Discharged as AO2. Aircrew on Crew 8 plus two WestPacs..." [30MAR2007]

WILSON, Billy D. billyd13@joimail.com "...I served with VA(HM)-10 (Disbursing Clerk) from June 1957 to October 1957 (Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan September 1957) and VP-50 from October 1957 to June 1958..." [11DEC2003]

WILSON, Denyse Katcha@concentric.net "...Served with VP-40, VP-50, and AIMD PARALOFT..."

WILSON, ATN3 Gary crossrds@att.net "...I have since changed my last name back to Reed (my birth name). I served with VP-50 (1966-1968). Was the radio/panel operator in Crew 8 when we were flying the P5M Martin Marlin, then the radio operator in Crew 2 after we transitioned to P-3's. Two deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I was the radio/panel operator on the P5M flying bounce hops that hit a log/phone pole floating the water at South Bay, San Diego. It was a hard landing so Flight Engineer Lloyd Plush went down to the lower deck to see if there was any damage, when he opened the door to the electronics compartment the water was pouring in from a breach in the hull. We couldn't taxi back to North Bay so the plane was beached on the Silver Strand. While standing on the wing after the beaching, the officers joked about wading ashore, planting a flag and claiming the land - pretty funny at the time. That plane went directly into the mothball fleet and never flew again. I was also flying radio/panel while doing sub ops out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines on the day Crew 13 went missing while doing rocket runs. The base called me to see if I could reach them on the radio, when I couldn't they sent the two crews doing sub ops out to look for them. All we found was an oil slick, one of the wings and some orange floating seat cushions. I remember joking with Charlie Goetz (SEE: VP-50 In Memorial for lost friends January 6th, 1967) while we were pre-flighting that morning - he had just become a father and never got to meet his new son. Sad times. Am still in touch with Jeff Jones from our squadron..." [21DEC2023]

WILSON, Larry vp50@larry-wilson.com "...I served with VP-50 in 1970, and was onboard the extended-nav cruise to Barbados that was the first American military flight allowed in since Barbados got its independence from the U.K. I left the squadron just prior to its deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [13JUL2005]

WINSHIP, Jim a.k.a. shadow (sometimes) shadow720@msn.com "...I served in VP-50 from Oct.'74 to Aug.'76. Got into the A-7 navy at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and liked it so well I stayed. Retired and doing the family thing now. Like to hear from any of the crew..." [08MAY99]

WISE, Tony its5150tym@hotmail.com "...Many great people on this page for which I served quite proudly with, and have a great many memories with. I served with VP-50 from 91-92 until they decomissioned. I finished my VP tour with VP-46 from 92-95 as an Aircrew Ordnanceman on Crews 1 and 2. When I think back it feels like yesterday sometimes, and wonder how you are. Presently I am a Naval Reserve Recruiter in sweet home Chicago, and going to college. If you recognize the name, drop me a line, love to hear from you..." [11AUG99]

Memorial Picture "...WOLF, Julius "Jule"...My father, Jule Wolf, passed on Thursday evening, January 3, 2013. He has been hospitalized since November battling infection and advanced Parkinson’s disease. Jule served with VP-50 and VP-892. Julius "Jule," loving husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Wolf; father of Judi (Bob) Thompson, Tom (Bonnie), Jerry (Diane), Mike (Cathy), and Don (Pam) Wolf; grandfather of eight; brother of Miriam "Sis" Ebel. One of Cincinnati’s best custom meat cutters for over 40 years, a great gourmet cook, gardener, and model train enthusiast. Passed away January 3, 2013 at the age of 81 years. Visitation at St. Gabriel Church, 48 W. Sharon Road, Glendale, OH on Monday, January 7, 2013 from 9:30 AM until time of Mass of Eternal Rest at 10:30 AM. Memorials may be made to St. Gabriel Church. Thank you for your prayers. On behalf of Betty Wolf, 462 Dimmick Avenue, Springdale, Ohio 45246..." Contributed by Judi Thompson judi.thompson59@gmail.com [06JAN2013]

WRIGHT, Jon Jonw@lexmark.com "...Served with VP-50 from Jan '63 to Aug '65 in flight crews 4, 7, and 1 flying the SP5B. I was with the squadron when they left Iwaukani in June of 1964 for redeployment to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Received my discharge in August of '65 just before the squadron rotated back to NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I still regret not extnding to make the deployment. Would like to hear from old Shipmates. Thanks..." [15JAN98]

WRIGHT, LCDR Steve wright_steve%pax4a@mr.nawcad.navy.mil "...I served in VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California from June 86 - Jun 89 and at Force Warfare A/C Test Directorate (now Force Aircraft Test Squadron)at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from July 92-Sep 94. Now I'm working Propulsion Issues at NAVAIR HQ, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Looking to contact old squadronmates..." [08APR98]

WEBB, Ken marlin127@netscape.net "...I was in VP-50 from December 1966 through January 1970. I was the radio operator on Crew 6 for the NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Naha deployments. I would enjoy hearing from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22FEB2000 | 08OCT99]

WIKKERINK, AT1(AW) James james.wikkerink@navy.mil "...I joined VP-50 in May of 1988 and made deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / Diego Garcia. Saddly the squadron was decommisioned in 1992. Blue Dragons live on in the fleet though. I was transferred to VP-31 and did a tour as a FRAMP instructor until VP-31 decommisioned in 1993. From there I went to NAS Lemoore, California and joined VFA-22 the Fighting Redcocks and did a cruise with the squadron on the USS Abraham Lincoln as a flight deck troublshooter. After staying from the path I came back to the safety and security of the mighty Orion and joined VP-9 the Golden Eagles on the Nov96-May97 NSF Diego Garcia deployment currently I am still with VP-9 and hope to go to JAX when this tour is finished. If there are any old Blue Dragons out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2004 | Updated 05MAY98]

WOODWARD, AX3 Tom ilookmarvlus@yahoo.com "...I served with Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center (ASCAC) at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan from January 1973 to June 1974 and VP-50 from July 1974 to January 1976. Spent the split deployment mostly at NAS Adak, Alaska. I can't believe they let us have a Crap Table in the barracks! Side trips to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Hong Kong and the Philippines. After USN graduated from University of Connecticut with degrees in Business and IT and finally married in 2004, first child Juliana in 2006. It's good to see some familiar names and sad not to see many, Rich Reddish, Andy Gilpin, Frank Vancour come to mind..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2009 | 02APR2001]

WORSHAM, ADCS William "Tom" Retired usco@msn.com "...I served with VP-50 (P5M-2) from 1962 to 1966, VP-40 (P-3B) from 1972 to 1976, VP-19 (P-3C) from 1980 to 1984 and the Fleet Reserve from 1984 to 1990. Since retirement I've been with a number of high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Am currently employed with KLA-Tencor Corp in San Jose. Hello to all my former NAS Moffett Field, California "Shipmates". Sure miss the deployments and comradere of the VP Navy family..." [12APR2008]

WRIGHT, ADC Melvin (Red) Retired melvintwright@aol.com "...Hidee ho Shipmates - Here is a FE with a 'puter! scary. I served with VP-10 from 1966 to 1970 (where I qualified as a FE), VP-50 from 1971 to 1976 (made ADC and was in the FE Shop), and VP-31 (where I learned the meaning of 'donta toucha nutin' i have it). After pushing many excellent young FE's to the fleet, I served with VP-9 from 1979 to 1982 and then Retired. Now I gotta say, VP ain't what we knew back then, but damn, glad I was there for the hey day! I am now in Boise, ID. Still pushing power levers on the 747 and DC8. Pay is better, but a box lunch is still a box lunch. Cargo don't talk back. Like to hear from any ol Shipmates. Yall be in touch. Stories to tell & cards to deal..." [27MAY2003]

WRIGHT, AW3 Charles Gilbert "Courson" cgcw4@live.com "...Hi fellow VP-50 members. I was in VP-50 during the 1969-1973 time frame as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Sensor Station 2 Operator. The flight crews I remember being in were 10 and 14. As I look back on our experences in NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Agana, Guam, NAF Misawa, Japan, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Midway Island, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Kwagelene, Enewituk, Wake, Taiwan, etc. etc. I remember carrying the full honey bucket down those steps and trying not to spill it all over my self. I am using Google Earth and looking at the Tucson Arizona bone yard and other NAS airports, seeing all those P-3B and P-3C birds we flew in. The picture of our crew in NAS Adak, Alaska that Ken Jackson posted, brings back a lot of memories..." [E-Mail Updated 11FEB2012 | E-Mail Updated 17OCT2009 | BIO Updated 20SEP2005 | 18SEP2005]

YARD, AMSC J. A. Retired jyard44@gmail.com "...I served with VS-38 (1963-1966), VP-50 (1969-1971), VP-68 (1978-1980), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee (AMS Instructor Duty), VQ-1 (1985-1988), VX-1 (1988-1990) and retired at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1990)..." [01JUL2014]

YATES, AZ3 Larry obman52@yahoo.com "...I was attached to VP-50 from Aug.'73 to Jul. '75 as an AZ3. Had a lot of good times in NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Agana, Guam with some really great guys. Would like to hear from any of the old Dragon gang especially Gilbert (Ghingas) Cohn. Can still smell the ham from the B1A units. MMMMMMM..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2007 | 20AUG2005]

YOUNG, AMH2 Leonard cur540@gmail.com "...I served with VP-50 (1968-1971) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines (twice), nNAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [13NOV2010]

YOUNGS, Terri (it was McKinstry) tyretiredwave@yahoo.com "...I was an AZ2 while attached to VP-50. I married AO2 Bill Youngs. We were attached to VP-50 from 86-91. We live in the Calf. Bay Area and would love to hear from old freinds..." [19AUG99]

YURICICH, Joe joemar@adelphia.ne "...I enlisted US Navy summer of 1950. Boot Camp @Great lakes, then on to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Was in FAETUPAC for a time then transfered to VP-892 (PBM Squadron) and then into VP-50 (PBM's) as Crew Member (MECH). We flew to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and flew patrols out of there. Our PPC was Lt. Abernathy (none better). VP-50 was full of great Shipmates. Discharged 1954. Wonderful experience..." [08MAR2005]

ZECHMEIR, Lewis "Zeke" [NEED E-MAIL] "...I served with VP-50 from 1966 to 1967 during deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and points west. I have several good photos of P-5's on ramp in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and NS Sangley Point, Philippines if anyone is interested. Also served with AEWBarRonPac during disestablishment NAS Kodiak, Alaska from 1965 to 1966. Lots of memories drug up out of the sub-conscience by planes and places..." [E-Mail Updated 27FEB2006 | 22JUN98]

ZICKEFOOSE, Don wb8siq@peoplepc.com shipmates pix ...Circa 1965... "...I served with VP-50 from 1963 to 1966. Crew was #8 and called ourselves Baka Hatchi (Crazy Eight). Had a crew patch of a flaming eight ball (See the 1964 year book). T. J. Smith and I have our baseball hats showing it. Was in NAS Iwakuni, Japan and made the Phillipines deployment also. VP-50ers drop me a line sometime..." [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2007 | E-Mail Updated 17NOV2003 | 20SEP99]

ZIMMER, AW Thomas crabbyinthepark@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1979 to 1982..." [31DEC2009]

ZORBACH, Greg zorbach@sbcglobal.net "...I spent half my 24-year career at NAS Moffett Field, California (still play golf there with the GC Men's Club): VP-47 (71-73), VP-31 (79-82), VP-46 DH (82-85), VP-9 XO (85), CPWP (my medical penalty box phase) (85), VP-50 XO/CO (85-86). Retired in 93. Now flying with Southwest Airlines. Love to hear from former Shipmates, especially Blue Dragons..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2005 | 25SEP99]

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