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ASHBY, Joe jjashby@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-47 from 1955 to 1956 (NAS Iwakuni, Japan/NAS Alameda, California), VP-881 from 1957 to 1960 (Buckley NAS), VP-661 from 1960 to 1962 (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland/NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), twidget on radio, radar, ECM. Also member Mariner/Marlin Association ..." [18OCT2003]

AUTH, CWO4 Les Retired ldauth@twc.com "...I served with VP-661 / VP-68A-2 / VP-68 (1966-1972), VP-62 (1973-1979) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, ASWOC/TSC/TSC 0374 (1982-1998) where I retired..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAR2019 | E-Mail Updated 13SEP2014 | 21AUG2001]

AUTH, AWCM Ron Retired blkhwk14@comcast.net "...I served with VP-661 (1960-1967) and VP-68 (1967-1990)..." [28NOV2015]

BAKER, CAPTAIN James L. Retired comobaker@aol.com "... Served with VP-71 NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. from 1947 to 1948 and then VP-661 until called to active duty in 1951 (until discharged in 1952). I was an ADF/1 in VP-661 and flew as Flight Engineer aboard the PBY-5A and PBY-6A at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. I was called to active duty on 15 September 1950, LCDR Monahan was the CO, and my PIC was LCDR Smithey (Smitty), a former enlisted pilot, who did not like being an officer "Pilot." We flew to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and went through transition in PBM-5s and later I was aboard the PBM-5S. LCDR Smitty was the A/C of EH-3, PBM-5 and PBM-5S (which carried the MAD gear on board for detecting subs). We flew out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia to various places and patrols, i.e., NAS Trinidad, British West Indies, NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Pensacola, Florida, etc. By the way, we broke the endurance record for the PBM with a nonstop flight from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies, to NAS New York, New York then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia again (until LCDR Smitty decided to land in Willowy Bay, in Norfolk). I was dead on my feet, and the crew received liberty immediately. I joined the Air Reserve Unit at NARTU, NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C., right after being discharged from WW-II (1946), and I remember the TBM Squadron I was assigned to first, then to VP-900, then VPML-71, and finally VP-661. VP-900 had Lockheed Lodestars, then moved into PBY-5As. This is all I can recall after all these years, I still have my Flight Log Book, which I carried over from my aircraft carrier days and VP-661. I was discharged from VP-661 in April 1952, but stayed in the Air Reserve, and had several flights with an abnormally qualified AP/1 (Enlisted Pilot), who flew SNBs and PBYs, etc. My Combat Aircrewman Wings were earned in 1945 and my Aerial Gunner's Badge on my right sleeve. In May 1958 I was informed that as an ADF/1 still actively flying in Naval Aircraft as a Flight Engineer, I was awarded the Gold Aircrewman Wings. I was a ball turret gunner on TBM/TBFs when I first received my wings. My favorite aircraft to this day was the beloved PBY-5A, old reliable and ever faithful. Ironicaly, I received a direct commission in the US Army, as First Lieutenant (Army Intelligence and Security), and later as an Unconventional Warfare Officer, Special Forces (ABN) qualified. Well, enough for now, as my memory is getting tired. Oh yes, I received a Direct Commission and retired as Captain, US Army Special Forces, after 22 additional years (13 enlisted)..." [BIO Updated 11JAN2004 | 30DEC2000]

Memorial Picture "...BANNON, Bob...Sorry to report the passing of Bob Bannon, Radioman, VP-661 in February of 2011..." Contributed by HOUCHENS, Jack pinesduo@aol.com [11JUL2011]

BANNON, Bob bannon31724@comcast.net "...Just want to say Hi to any VP-661 guys still out there. Over the two years after we got called back in during the Korean event. I was aircrew radioman. Over the years I've reunited with several of the guys, some who are no longer with us. Just wanted to say HI to any who are still around. VP-661 on the whole was a great bunch of recycled WW II troops..." [28JAN2011]

BOIN, Bill billboin37@gmail.com "...I served with VP-661 (1963-1969) as a Radio Operator flying with CDR Charles Lurcott and LCDR Frank Warner..." [19JAN2017]

CAVENDER, Ed edcavender@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-661 (Crew 11) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with a deployment to Cuba during the "Berlin Crisis" Reserve Call Up (1961-1962)..." [BIO Updated 23JUL2015 | 16SEP2009]

CHATMAN, Jim jchatman@cw.net "...Served with VP-661 and would like to get together with some of the old members..." [18APR2000]

D'AMECOURT, ADR3 John newbuilder@msn.com "...I joined the USNR in March 1957 while still in high school I served with VP-661 and VP-662 at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. until I went on active duty in 1958. After boot at Great Lakes served out my 2 years at NAS Kingsville, Texas. After separation returned to VP-661 and VP-662(1). In November 1961, I was recalled to active duty and the squadron was deployed to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. We were recalled because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Soon after, we were deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to patrol the Windward Passage to search for and photograph Soviet ships carrying missiles. After 5 weeks of daily air operations, our P2Vs (I think we had 12) were spent and needed serious maintance. We returned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, patched up and commenced training flights. I was rated an Aviation Machinist Mate (ADR)and got an early separation in May 1962. Shortly after I made ADR-3, but was never to resume reserve duty. I was released from duty to attend college and was formerly discharged at the end of my 6-year enlistment in March 1963. I look back on my time with the squadron as good years with good people. Cuba was the highlight. We worked our butts off keeping those planes in the air while just beyond the perimeter fence, Raul Castro's army threatened to invade. That's when we really appreciated our USMC brethern. Today I live in Virginia not far from DC..." [03FEB2010]

Memorial Picture "...DAVIDS, AD2 Bob...AD2 Bob Davids passed away on Sunday, May 18th at Noon. He was regular Navy assigned to VP-661 during the Korean Conflict (1950-1952). He performed his duties on the engines in an excellent manner, especially the propeller control problems. Have a smooth final patrol, Bob!..." Contributed by HOUCHENS, Jack pinesduo@aol.com [19MAY2015]

DEBELIUS, ATR2 Leslie Jr. ib1dancer@gmail.com "...I served with VP-663 / VP-661 (1961-1965) at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. / NAF Andrews, Maryland while in the Reserves. I Activated and deployed from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba pre-President Kennedy face off with Russia over Cuban Missile Crisis..." [12NOV2015]

DEBLEY, Harold R. Jr. sunny_64@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-661 and VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from March 1952 to June 1954. I worked in the Personnel Office and then on Beach Crew..." [21JAN2010]

DUNLAP, ADE3 Edward Saunders shirlandeddie@aol.com "...I served with VP-661 from September 1950 to August 1953 and flew with Crew-7. After my service, I returned to school and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958 and just retired from Sales after 42 years. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09FEB2010]

FAHL CW04 Garrett A. Retired gfahl31@gmail.com "...I served with VP-61 (1951) at NAS Miramar, CA (PB4Y), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (1954) (Aircraft Training Instructor), VP-661 (1958) (P2V-5F Plane Captain) with deployment to (Cuban Missle Crisis) to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California and retired in 1985..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2012 | 27AUG2008]

FARRELL, David E. hangarc6@msn.com "...I served with VP-661 (1960's) at NAF Andrews, Maryland. I have held memories of deep sorrow through the years over the crash (08 JAN 67) that occurred north of Andrews in which all perished. I missed my reserve muster that day, yet on my next weekend can recall the shock of walking through the door and seeing the remains of that shattered P2V piled on the hangar floor. I now work for the arlines at DCA and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [27OCT2015]

FORMAN, Fred W. FForman3rd@aol.com "...I flew with VP-12 (the original Black Cat Squadron) then VPB-17, also Black Cat squadron, during WWII and then VRF-1, VP-661, & VR-7, post war..." [07JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...GATH, Robert James "Bob"...(Capital Newspaper) Robert James "Bob" Gath, 84, of Riva and previously of Washington, D.C., died Dec. 21 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County after a brief illness. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Born March 26, 1920, in Washington, Mr. Gath graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 and attended American University. During World War II, from 1944 to 1946, he served on active duty in the Pacific Theater of Operations, including at Guam and Iwo Jima, with the 3rd Marines Explosive Ordnance Bomb Disposal Team. He also served in the Korean War. In 1980 he retired from the Naval Reserve as a master chief, having served as an aviation ordnanceman. He retired in 1977 as a civilian employee from the Army's Harry Diamond Laboratory. Mr. Gath was active in civic and community associations, and most recently was recognized for his longtime volunteer work as dockmaster for Sylvan Shores. He was a member of American Legion Post 7, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association and the Retired Enlisted Association. He enjoyed boating, aviation and NASCAR. Surviving are three daughters, Donna Crowley of Bluemont, Va., Deborah Lindeberry of Galax, Va., and Dana McGee of Falls Church, Va.; and three grandchildren. Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, followed by services. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Legion Post 7, 1905 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401; St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; or Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622..." Contributed by Dan Hayes dhayes@exactlynet.com [30DEC2004]

GUTHRIE, AT2 Carl kandb724@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-661 and VP-56 1950-1954.was in squadron when 661 was decommissioned and 56 commissioned. Flew with EH3 in PBM's and was assigned to EH1 when first P5M's were delivered.Have great memories of Shipmates and the places we got to see and visit..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2001 | 30DEC2000]

HAYES, Dan dhayes@exactlynet.com "...I was assigned to VP-661 for the reserve call-up from October 1961 to October 1962 and in the ready reserve until 1971..." [E-Mail Updated 24OCT2004 | 28FEB2002]

HOUCHENS, Jack pinesduo@aol.com "...I was a member of VP-661 from September 15, 1950 to August 25, 1952. I started off as a member of the EH9 crew and then Plane Captain/first mechanic on EH12. Some members of the EH12 crew were Herb Graul AO1, Russel Speak AO3, ADF Marx, Lt Brennan pilot, and Lt (Jg) Fleming copilot. Other squadron members I recall were John Webster AD1, Schlemmer AD1, Belden AD1, Newman ET1, Sandy Sandford ABM3 (beach crew), Keith Staples AE2, and M. E. Smith AM2. We made many deployments out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Breezy Point to NAS Bermuda. NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada during the two year with the squadron. I would like to hear from members of VP-661 that served during the same time frame..." [01DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...JOHNSON, James L. "Jim"...I regret to report (notified by ADF2 Al Winfield) that James L. "Jim" Johnson passed away in 2011. Jim flew with VP-661 in the early 1950's..." Contributed by HOUCHENS, ADF2 Jack pinesduo@aol.com [29FEB2012]

JOHNSON, AT1 Lew Retired lew.johnson@gsfc.nasa.gov "...VP-68 CAC 4 (Skypigs)(Radio/FCO/IFC)(Same-O/Same-O)- P-3A/B/B-Mod -1970-1989...VP-661/68A1 CAC 2/1/4 (Radio)- P-2V-5F/7/SP2G/SP2H -1959-1970...Zero-Dark-Thirty Preflights with (AP) & Senior Chief (Ironhead)[F/E]...All night patrols...Lousy Comms...High QRM/QRN...Broke-Dick gear...I wouldn't trade it for a million bucks...My lifelong Buds are CAC 4. I miss it. It was the most important thing in my life. I MISS LIKE HELL!!!..." [25MAR98]

KING, AT1 Jack G. Retired (Gold Hummig Bird 3303 S Duquion St., Benton, IL) "...I served with VP-661 from 1952 to 1953. VP-661 was redesignated VP-56 early 1953. I went USN VP-661 was a reserve squadron at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. I was an AL in 1946 with ATU-10 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VR-22 from 1961 to 1962, VAH-3, VAH-6, VAH-8 NAS Sanford, Florida, OS2U Squadron 7 NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1945, VC-33 from July 1953 to February 1955, VS-27 from 1957 to 1961 got manny hrs R4D8 and 5 at Oceana (was there 50-51-63-64), flew much hrs UF1 NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1955 to 1956. Did some ferry VRF31 also flew radio on B17 Johnsville development center between VC-33 and back to NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey. We had infra-red aboard plane at develop stage...We were flyng south of NAS Bermuda early 1953 with VP-661 (12 Boat) on our way to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR for a ORI. We were on circuit 5710'5 mcs listing to a VP-49 aircraft (we think but not positive) waiting for the operator to finish his position report to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. He was sending latitude numbers and then silence. We notified our pilot and sent out position report. We don't think the aircraft was ever found..." [ADDRESS/BIO Updated 20OCT2004 | 12MAY2004]

LAPURA, E. I. "Gene" glapura@gmail.com "...I served with VP-661 (11/1961-08/1962) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The "Berlin Wall Crisis" threw us togther for such a short memorable time. All of us were from different walks of life. Many were from an NAS Olathe, Kansas..." [21JUN2012]

LeCONTE, AT3 William Louis Shipmate Pix ...Circa 1954... wleconte2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-661 and VP-56 (1952-1955) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I flew as Radar/Radio Crew aboard the PBM's and P5M. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2012 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN2003 | 29SEP98]

LEGG, CPO Paul P. Retired Fltenglegg@aol.com "...I started out as a PC/FE with VP-208 January 1946. Got out of the Navy and joined the Reserves assigned to VP-661. It so happened that I was the first guy to make chief in the reserves (1949). Recalled to active duty September 1950 and became Maintenance Chief then a Plane Captain till June 1953. Served with VP-34 NAS Trinidad, British West Indies till June 1955, EC-121K 's NAS Patuxent River, Maryland NRL till 1962, and VW-13 NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Enjoyed my naval aviation tremendously...I was assigned to VW-2 June 1955. Worked in power plants for a while. I then went to FE school at Burbank,Ca. I started as a student engineer under a guy known as Placidi. I then flew with Elwell an Vada and became a first engineer then a check engineer then the training chief for the FE's. VW-2 was absolutely one of the best squadrons I was ever attached to. I later went to NRL and the to VW-13 at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I was the engineer on the panel during the crash of BUNO: 141329. My seat safety belt was the only thing that saved me. I ended up pinned to the roof of the cockpit. The 2 pilots assisted me in getting back to the main cabin.As I've stated before. The men in the VW squadrons were absolutely the best..." [BIO Updated 06JUN2002 | 14MAY2002]

LUEHRMAN, PT3 David trailertrash@rocketmail.com "...I served with VP-662 (merged with VP-661 during Cuban missile crisis 1961) at NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. and called to Active Duty with VP-661/VP-662/VP-663 late 1961 and based at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was AO3 (aviation ordnance), spent much of the time hanging rockets on P2V wings (believe ours were P2V-5 version) and since we had many PO3's due to merging squadrons, I wanted to be in the warm hangar instead of the flight line. Transferred rating to PT3 and deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with squadron to fly in nose bubble monitoring removal of Russian missiles from Cuba. Many exciting interactions with Russian freighters, flying around them at low altitudes in the P2V to photo deck cargo. After return to reserve duty, transferred to air intelligence squadron at NAS Los Alamitos, California..." [05MAR2014]

MARSHALL, George scdg44@comcast.net Shipmate Pix...Circa 1944... "...I completed PV-1 Operational Training at NAS Beaufort, South Carolina and reported to VP-125 (February 1944), VP-661 and VJ-16 at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (July 1945 to November 1946). We were operating FM-2, PBY5A, JM-1, SBD, TBM, TBF, and J2F6 aircraft. LCDR V. C. Wright was the CO at the time I joined the squadron and LCDR William Wilder was CO at the time I was detached..." [E-Mail Updated 04NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 17MAR2005 | BIO Updated | 27MAR98]

MOODY, Charles w3txf@aol.com "...I served with VP-661 (1961-1962) during the Cuban Missle Crises call up. I flew with CDR Kauffman in LV1..." [23JAN2011]

NEWMAN, Edgar enewman4@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-661 Crew 6 during the Korean Conflict..." [03JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...PARKER, AD1 Patrick...My Father, AD1 Patrick Parker, served with VP-661 around 1951. Dad was called back to active duty during Korea and flew PBM..." Contributed by Terry Parker terrybsa@hotmail.com [01OCT2011]

ROSENBERG, AETM3 Joseph rrjrbr@aol.com "...I served with VP-661 from January 1948 (called to active duty) to September 1950 and discharged September 1952. I flew with Crew-5 with LCDR Beers..." [03MAY2011]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...SABOL, AT2 David G...Please be advised that AT2 David G. Sabol passed away on July 30, 2013, aged 74 years. His Navy years (1956-62) were some of the best in his life. He served on the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), VP-45 as an AT on the P5M Aircraft (Boat 8-LN 7717) BUNO 127717. He was released from active service in 1960, joined reserve squadron VP-883 at NAS Olathe, Kansas. He was recalled to active duty for the Cuban Missile Crisis with VP-661, serving as a radioman/subhunter on the P2V aircraft. After deactivation he was a member of the USNR until 1966..." Contributed by George F. Sabol gfsabol2013@yahoo.com [26MAR2014]

SABOL, David Shipmate Pix dgstomp@juno.com "...Looking for aircrew members from VP-661 1961-1962 when were at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during Cuban missle crisis. Especially LV4. Also crew members from VP-881/VP-882/VP-883 NAS Olathe, Kansas who went with me to join VP-661 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...VP-45 USN aircrew NAS Bermuda - Radio, Radar, ECM, Julie, Sonar, Ordanance, qualified in P5M-1. Rate ATN2. 1958 - 1960...VP-883 NAS Olathe, Kansas reserve squadron 1960 - 1961 Radio, Radar, ECM, Ordanance, 2nd Mech qualified P2V-6 aircrew...VP-661 - recalled for Cuban missle crisis 1961 - 1962 Patuxent Rive and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Radio, Radar, ECM, Julie, Ordanance, Jezebel qualified P2V-5FS & P2V-7 aircrew, rate AT1..." [E-Mail UPdated 23NOV2004 | 14SEP98]

Memorial Picture "...SCHLEGEL, ADC Walter R. Shipmate Pix...My father, Walter Schlegel, VP-661 died November 27, 2004 at the age of 82. He served proudly and always cherished is days as a member of VPNavy. Thank you for sharing his memory in your web site...Ray Schlegel raymond.schlegel@us.af.mil..." [16DEC2004]

UPDATE "...SCHLEGEL, WALTER RAYMOND (Age 82) Born on January 13, 1922, in Kent, OH; passed away Saturday, November 27, 2004, in New Port Richey, FL of Atherosclerotic Heart Disease. He lived for 27 years in College Park, MD.Walter served in the US Navy from 1940 during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres of operation. He also served in the US Naval Reserves until 1968, including active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from the National Institutes of Health after 24 years in 1977 as a Supervisory Mechanical Engineering Technician. Walter was a member of the Masonic Order for 57 years and was the Past Master of Harmony Lodge #17 in the District of Columbia. He was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Shiners and the Royal Arch Masons. Walter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Josephine Jean; his sons, Raymond of College Park, MD and Terry of New Port Richey, FL; six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Walter will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday, December 21, 2004, services starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Building. Remembrances in his name may be made to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818...." Contributed by HAYES, Dan dhayes@exactlynet.com [E-Mail Updated 23FEB2017 | 18DEC2004]

SCHLEGEL, ADC Walter R. Shipmate Pix c/o His Son Ray Schlegel raymond.schlegel@us.af.mil "...My father flew in P2V's in the reserves. He served at NAF Washington, D.C. and Andrews AFB, MD in the early sixties. He participated during the Cuban missle crisis photographing shipping coming in and out of Cuba. He was a Chief Petty Officer Flight Engineer. I beleive he flew in squadron VP-661. I recognize the VP-661 patch...Dad's service dates (regular and reserve) were from 8/1940 - 9/1968..." [E-Mail Updated 23FEB2017 | Deceased 27NOV2004 | PIX Added 25JUL2001 | BIO Updated 05APR2001 | 04APR2001]

SMITH, Danny dsmithmm@sofnet.com "...I was in VP-663 1960/61 when it joined VP-661 being recalled to ActDu by JFK. I was Radar operator on Crew 8 - Cdr Spangrud's crew. We were "Coffee Break 8". We deployed 2 times to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to monitor shipping and photograph the Soviet ships bringing in the missles. Important times in our history. Glad to have served. VP-661 became VP-68..." [05JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...STOUT, LCDR Karl Don...Shipmate Pix...My husband, Karl Don Stout, passed away June 30, 2014. Don served with FASRON-110 (1958) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 (1958-1960) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-773 at NAS Olathe, Kansas and VP-661 (1960-1966) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I flew as a Pilot/Navigator. His obit is on Karl Don Stout..." Contributed by Cathy Stout csmaha@msn.com [16JUL2014]

STOUT, LCDR Karl Don Retired csmaha@msn.com "...I served with FASRON-110 (1958) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-48 (1958-1960) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VP-773 at NAS Olathe, Kansas and VP-661 (1960-1966) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I flew as a Pilot/Navigator..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2014 | 17FEB98]

SWANSON, Glen E. aswanson.1@netzero.net "...I served with VP-661 (1962)..." [09AUG2011]

Memorial Picture "...WAHLER, ADF2 Dick...I regret to report (notified by ADF2 Al Winfield) that ADF2 Dick Wahler passed away in 2011. Dick flew with VP-661 in the early 1950's..." Contributed by HOUCHENS, ADF2 Jack pinesduo@aol.com [29FEB2012]

WILCHER, DPC Gordon Retired flashg@iwvisp.com "...I did my regular Navy time with HS-3 at Weeksville where ZP-1 and ZP-4 were based. ZP-1 lost a blimp into the pine tree next to HS-3 hanger circa 1954. Upon release from active duty I joined VP-671 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia flew P2V-3W and P2V-5F. VP-671 was the first reserve squadron to go to NS Rota, Spain in 1960. After graduation from college I moved to DC and joined VP-661 at NAF Andrews, Maryland..." [04APR2002]

WURZBACHER, Robert T. rtwurzbach@cs.com "...I served with VP-45, VP-661/56, and later with VP-48..." [29MAR2002]

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