VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ShipmateVP-6 ShipmatesShipmate

ABELE, Mike abelem@kennecott.com "...Served in VP-6 1979-1981 as Sensor 3, flew with Crew 9 for Refugee Ops & ' Ze-Cruise 3' for the balance of my aircrew era. Finished out 'Big, Grey and Underway' on the USS Coral Sea, shell-backed and short. Hoping to hear from anyone who may have been around for the 'fun'..." [08SEP98]


ACEVEDO, Angel R. aecsace8251@hotmail.com "...Originally from Colton, CA. joined the Navy in August 1983. After AE "A" school, went to VP-31 and did my ground pounding tour from 84-87. Went to Flight Engineer school in 87 at NAS Moffett Field, California, EGO-101 was still being taught. Joined VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Adak, Alaska in the worst winter in 2000 years in December 87 with Raul Addoms, it was an FE open book exam every flight. Survived a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia in the summer of '89. Deployed again to NAS Adak, Alaska in the winter of '91 with Ron Wood, saw Thule and had a great time doing the Blue Nose initiation with Brad Baca. Went on to VPU-2 in '92 with the Whipped Dogs with Scotty Mensen, I was on the road ALOT, and the kangaroo courts are a fond tradition. Transferred to VP-30 as an FE Instructor from 95-98, did Fleet IUT and Fleet NATOPS with Rock, had a great time on the team. Joined VP-9 in 98 and deployed to NSF Diego Garcia, and then again to NAS Misawa, Japan in the winter of '99. I still love the Flying and travelling..." [Updated BIO/E-Mail 17DEC2000 | 04APR98]

ACHIBALD, Joe josan912@gulftel.com "...Served with VP-6. The e-mail address is only for the winter months. My permanent e-mail will change in late March. I was an AL3 in crew 9 in '53 with Lt Franco as pilot. Have a question for anyone who deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska in the fall of 54..." [20FEB98]

AGONOY, GREGORY S. gagonoy@concentric.net "...VP-6 was my first squadron Aug 88 to Mar 93. Since than I've been to NAWC AD Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. April 93 to Aug 96. I'm now with VPU-2..." [17APR98]

AIKEN, Wally wallman@theriver.com "...I was a member of VP-6 from '72-'75, detachments in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Utapao, NSF Diego Garcia, Bandar Abbas, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, etc..." [07APR2001]

ALEXANDER, Randy spiderrran@hotmail.com "...I served in VP-6 from 87 to 91. Although I am in the tailhook navy now, F/A-18's at NAS Lemoore, California, I have fond memories of my deployments to Adak and the Philipines. Those were some of the best times of my life..." [26AUG2001]

ALLARDYCE, AMS1 Bill william.allardyce@gmail.com"...I served with VR-21 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from May 1973 to June 1975 after a year at the Fuel Farm I went to A/F WC 120, VP-6 from 1977 to 1980 and VPU-2 from 1982 to 1985. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 08AUG2010]

ALLCUT, Gregg W. gregg.allcut@net-linx.com "...I served in VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1985 to 1989, and then as an instructor at Mather AFB, CA from 1989 to 1992. Then became a civilian but stayed in the Naval Reserves. It would be great to hear from O's and E's alike!..." [13MAY2002]

ANDERSON, AWC Jeffrey A. jaanders@lava.net "...Served in VP-6 (Jun84-Jun89), FASO NAS Moffett Field, California (Jul89-Aug92), VPU-2 (Sep92-Nov96), CPWP (Present)..." [28JAN98]

ARNESON, ARM1 Robert rarn103531@aol.com "...I WAS IN VP-6 FROM 72 UNTIL 75 SEEN TWO DEPLOYMENTS to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan AND NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. TO THIS DAY THE BEST PART OF MY LIFE..." [10MAR2002]

ARNTZEN, Roger (Arnie) arnie25@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 (55-57) as a radioman, ATU-614 (57-58) flying P2V-2's, 3's, & 4's. Also VP-6 (66-67) as a radioman then VO-67 (67-68). Went to VP-31 (69-74) then to VP-47 (74-77). Lot of wonderful times in WESTPAC (i.e., Olongapo, Bankok, etc.). Retired in 81. Sure would like to hear from any shipmates, espically VO-67..." [ICQ# 3209500] [Updated 09JAN97]

ASHENDEN, AT2 Stuart stuart_a@live.com "...I served with VP-6 (1968-1972) and was onboard during our transistion from the P-3B to the P-3 Super-B..." [24FEB2012]

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]

BAILEY, CDR Don donald.bailey@aa.com "...I am Don Bailey. I was with VP-6 from December of 1975 thru June of 1980. I was AMH2 / AMH1 Bailey back then. I worked in the Airframes shop and QA after making First Class in January of 1980. I was always a ground pounder. I would like to hear from anyone who was in the squadron during my time frame. Please contact me ASAP. I would like to know if any of you are planning on going to the VP-6 Reunion is Las Vegas in October. It would be great to hear from any of you that remember me. Some of you I have already heard from, but please respond anyway. I want to keep in touch with my former squadron mates. I now live in Denver, Colorado. I am an aircraft line maintenance crew chief for American Airlines. I have been in Denver since 1999. I was located in Tulsa, Oklahoma after being released from active duty in June of 1980. I attended Spartan School of Aeronautics and obtained my A & P license and went to work for American in September of 1983. I am still in the Navy Reserve. I am now a Limited Duty Officer (Aviation Maintenance 6335) with the rank of Commander. I am hoping to make Captain in the next couple of years and then call it quits. I have 30 qualifying years now and will probably retire with 35. I look forward to hearing from all of you that were in the squadron with me. I want to put together a roster of everyone that was there during my time. Please respond if you were there. Sincerely..." [27SEP2005]


BAIRD, AEC Roy H. Retired roybaird1@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1964 to 1968, VP-31 from 1968 to 1971, and VP-5 from 1971 to 1974..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUN2003 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000 | 17AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...BARDAKOS, Antonio (Tony)...My father enlisted in the Navy in 1940. Dad served with VP-31 (October 1941 to April 1943), VB-126 (April 1943 to June 1943), HEDRON FAW-7 (July 1943 to August 1943), VP-6 (August 1943 to September 1943), VB-126 (September 1943 to October 1943), VPB-44 (October 1943 to December 1944), and finally HEDRON 5-2 (February 1945 to March 1945). Carol J. Rogers mbardakos1971@yahoo.com..." [19FEB2004]

BARNES, ADJ3 Jack JTB4246@AOL.COM "...Mr. Holt was a Lt. when I was assigned to VP-6 bet. 1965 to 1967. Congrads on your promotions. I was assigned to bird PC 3.. LT. CMDR. Evens, was the PPC. I can write a book on this crew, but so can you. I would like to get in contact with members of my squadron..."

BEATY, Mike "Sugarbear" coffee@pobox.alaska.net "...was in VP-28 when we bombed the already sunk Stevan Foster, got my CAR in VP-48, did IFT duty in VP-4, and NIT while in VP-6. I enjoyed over 12 years in the VP community. While the rest were fun, i will be a "Kanaka Hacker" 'til the day I die. "Rig hard, Gig hard"!! I would like to hear from anyone that can remember, some of those days (and nights) are a little fuzzy to me. P.S. I know how to contact A.K. Young (FE) and Ab "Pappy" Ross (AT)..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB99 | 25AUG97] [ICQ# 125099]

Memorial Picture "...BEAVERS, LCDR Troy C...My father-in-law, Troy C. Beavers, was a naval aviator during WWII. He flew PBY's (Black Cats) for VP-24 and VPB-24. I believe he started in VP-6. He stayed in the Navy after the war and eventually retired as LCDR. He became a school teacher and, later, school principal. He died in July 2002...Clifford E. Jackson cliffmary@att.net..." [E-Mail Updated 22APR2010 | 18JAN2005]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCameraCirca 1972 "...BECKMAN, ATC Thomas M. Retired...My father, Thomas M. Beckman, USN Retired, started his navy career in the back of PBY's with VP-43 in early 1945. He served in other ASW squadrons (I know VP-6 in 1968-1972) until his retirement in 1972. Then he taught "the youngsters" about the electronics in P-3's at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington once/month as a weekend warrior for another 10+ years (?). He passed away from a combination of cancer and kidney failure 07/01/1997..." Contributed by Jim Beckman jimbeckman@rocketmail.com [PIX Updated 22MAR2014 | 21MAR2014]

BELLIOS, Chris CPBHVAC@AOL.com "...VP-6 '80-'84 Arrived Aug. Went to Kauai to clean-up wheels up landing, 14days at Holiday inn. Happy hour by the pool and beach, that was tough. Broke in on crew 8, Great guys who took me under their wing. NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Nov.'80-May'81. SHARK ATTACK. NAS Adak, Alaska Det., NAS Agana, Guam Det.'82. Went to crew 1, NAS Midway Island, Kwaj., Dodge. Shared SS-1 duties w/Big Al, got Blue card and took over SS-1 for crew 6 (Midnight Mushrooms). Back to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines May'83-Nov'83 Cobra Gold Patya Beach, Utapao Thailand. Singapore, Bangkok, Djibouti. Its rainin' again, what an awesome tour. Logged 1,800 hours..." [14MAR2001]

BENJAMIN, AMS3 Willy bosun@tcsn.net "...I served in VP-6 from '72 to '76 both with the squadron and TAD to AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I'd like to touch base with old Shipmates, especially Ed Shirley or any of the "Makaha crew"..." [01FEB98]

BERBERICH, CDR Larry Retired larryberberich@comcast.net "...I served with VP-44 (08/1968-02/1971) Anti-submarine Warfare Technician/Aviation Electronics Technician with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (first P-3s to go there) and NS Rota, Spain- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Left the Navy to attend college. VP-6 (05/1976-05/1979) Avionics Branch Officer, NFO NATOPS Officer, Tactics Officer with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Transitioned into the 'Super B' aircraft. VP-31 (06/1979-1982) NFO Instructor and CNAP NFO Evaluator for the P-3 A/B, P-3B Update and the EP-3A. Commander Carrier Group Three (1982-1984). Two cruises aboard USS Enterprise as the Flag Secretary. Naval War College (05/1985-05/1986). VP-44 (08/1986-11/1989). Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Operations Officer with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain- NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic staff (11/1989-06/1992). Battlegroup Operations Officer. Tactical Training Group Atlantic (06/1992-03/1994). VP Operations Instructor. Retired in 1994 and now reside in Brunswick, Maine where I just retired from teaching (Biology) at Brunswick High School after 14 years. I am currently an elementary substitute teacher with the Brunswick and Topsham, Maine schools. Also I am a Master Maine Registered Guide and have a company named Hook & Gun Guide Service..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03JUN2017 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 31DEC2009 | BIO Updated 04MAY2000 | 05APR2000]

BJORNDAHL, John (Doc) johnb@kennedyusa.com "...I'm looking for anyone who was a member of the VP-6 Crew (Blue Sharks) between 1964-1965. Our skipper was Cdr. "Red" Potter. This was during the P2V era, prior to the squadron's conversion to P-3s at NAS Moffett Field, California - and the later tour at NS Rota, Spain. We were home based out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, but were on a west-pac tour during my tour with the squadron. We spent time at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Iwakuni, Japan (I miss the "Miss Iwakuni Steam-bath!!!"), and a short stint at Itazuki, Japan. I was one of two Hospital Corpsman. I'm looking for two old buddies I was stuck in Pearl Harbor with while chasing the squadron to Okinawa. Hicks and Hartschorn - but - I'd be happy communicating with anyone who was a member of the squadron during those years. Our squadron Dr. was Robert Jurich. Thanks..." [14MAY2001]

BLAIR, AWC John Retired ianblyr@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-9 67-69, VP-31 70-72, and VP-6 74-78. I am looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09MAR2002 | 12OCT99]

BLANKLEY, AWCS (AW/NAC) Bob Retired starchief13@yahoo.com "...I went to school in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (VP-30) in 1973, served in VP-56 (1973-1977), VP-6 (1982-1984), COMFAIRKEF (1989-1992). I was in Helo's the rest of the time..." [13MAY2001]

BOTTS, Ken ken.botts@att.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1984 to 1987. I'm interested in contacting former Shipmates to see what and how they are doing..." [E-Mail Updated 13JAN2008 | E-Mail Updated 03MAY2001 | Updated 28MAR98]

BRACK, Guy R. La guirl@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1959-1961. I was an AKAN and worked in the Material Office (supplies). Went to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and Midway (twice). Would like to here from anybody with the outfit during my stay with the squadron..." [20JUL2000]

BRASWELL, AT2 Danny L. braswellww@bww.com "...I served with VP-6 from September 1986 to October 1990 and was a member of the infamous Crew 8 "Nomads". I was aboard the dreadful "overspeed/prop decouple" flight of January 3, 1987. CONTACT ME!..." Personal WebSite: http://www.braswellww.com/ [E-Mail/URL Updated 09MAY2004 | 15JUL2000]

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

BRYANT, George E. gbryant@ritternet.com "...I served served with VP-6 (1966 to 1973) as Mechanic / FENAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1973 to 1974), VP-17 (1974 to 1978), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1978 to 1979), VP-17 (1979 to 1984) and retired out from PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California 1987..." [12OCT2008]

BUCKNER, Steve vett603@cs.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1989 to 1992 and VP-4 from 1995 to 1998..." [20JUN2002]

BURRIS, LT David burris@oakharbor.net "...Former AW VP-9, VP-31, AOCS 01-91, VP-6, VP-22, VP-46, WING TEN and currently NAVAIRES NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Would like to hear from the good old boys! Still kicking and approaching my 20 yrs. Lost touch with alot of good people. Would especially like to hear from my Crew 2 buds of VP-9. We were family! Have alot of great memories..." [03OCT98]

BYRNE, LCDR Patrick J. (Pat/Pappy) Retired (Deceased)c/o His Nephew SHCS John Landy navyy8@yahoo.com "...My uncle was born March 18, 1896 in Dover, NJ. He entered the service Dec. 14, 1917 in Oceanic, NJ. Entered flight training Jan. 25, 1920 with the rate of ACMM. Designated NAP Oct. 1, 1920. Promoted to CPO/Master sergeant April 1919. Designated naval aviator November 1928 #3442. Shore duty: December 17-May 1918 Machinist Mate School, NAS Pensacola, Floridaand NAS Hampton Roads; May 191 8-February 1919, East Pier Patrol Sqd. NAS Hampton Roads; January 1920-October 1922, NAS Pensacola, Florida; June 1926-October 1928, NAS Hampton Roads; August 1930-January 1931, VS-10 NAS Norfolk, Virginia; August 1943-May 1946, VRF-4 and VRF-l NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York; May 1946-May 1954, VRF-31, NAS Norfolk, Virginia; June 1954-March 1958, NAS Lakehurst. Sea duty: February 1919-January 1920, Scout­ing and Patrol Squadron, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; October 1922-October 1924, USS Wright (AV-1), NavyYard, Philadelphia; October 1924-February 1925, USS Langley I (AV-3), NAS San Diego; February 1925-April 1925, VS-2 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and Annapolis, MD; April 1925-November 1925, USS Richmond, Portsmouth, VA; March 1926-May 1926, USS Trenton, Portsmouth, VA; October 1928-August 1930, USS Wyoming, Norfolk, VA; January 1931-August 1931, USS Au­gusta, Norfolk, VA; September 1931-October 1935, VP-2F, NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone; November 1935-May 1941, VP-14F and VP-52, NAS Norfolk, Virginia; May 1941-February 1942, VP-72F NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; March 1942-August 1943, R-I, VP-6 and VP-8 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Good Conduct, African European Medal, World War II Vic­tory Medal, American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific Cam­paign, New Jersey State Medal World War I. Byrne retired March 31, 1958 with the rank of lieutenant commander. He had 20,000 military flight hours and 3,000 civilian hours. Pat Byrne, definitely the legendary flying mari­ner with his early entry into aviation, 40 plus years in the naval aviation service and 23,000 flight hours. Pat had over two and one half years experience on aviation matters, mainly aviation engines, prior to his entrance into the U.S. Navy. His first experience was on a Burgess Dunne Seaplane, privately owned by General Howard S. Borden of Oceanic, NJ, now known as Rumson, NJ. Pat died Nov.23, 1979. He was married to Mar­garet. I would love to hear from anyone that knew him. Thanks..." [14OCT2001]

CALKINS, Mike mlcalkins@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-6 from 1989 to 1992. Now an astronomer for the Smithsonian. Helluva good time at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Dodge and NAS Adak, Alaska. Drop a line if you'd like, I might even tell you your horoscope..." [12JAN2003]

Van CAMP, AX1 Sid rpsid@nts-online.net "...I was in AEWBarRonPac from 1963 to 1965. I transferred to VP-6 and then to FAETUPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AT2 and made AT1 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew as a radar tech. I later changed my rate to AX1. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who might remember me..." [01MAY2004]

CARLISLE, Bruce bdcarlisle@msn.com "...I was an ADJ-3 in VP-6 68-70. Made deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and the NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Looking for Greg Watson and Al Guilett..." [03NOV99]

CARMAN, Howard cre8kos@insightbb.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1982 to 1985 and VP-23 from 1987 to 1990. I have spent years looking for Bob Curtis (LT in early 1980's). He was one of my favorite pilots. We came to VP-6 about the same time and joined CAC-10 as non-quals. If anyone has any helpful information I would appreciate an e-mail..." [19JUN2009]

CARMAN, AW1 Larry Retired lrcarmanrn@charter.net "...I joined VP-4 in 1975 after a NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment. Spent the next 8 years there, with the likes of Bob Christoph, Chris Weekes, Frank Sloan, "Gunner" Gunn, Dee Coombs & most unlikley of all 'Esteban' Yarosh, plus too many others to mention here. Next was FNOC, right there in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. VP-6 in 1983 for the next 7 years with Jeff Anderson, John Paugh, and all the rest of you guys & gals. In 1990 it was Fleet Numerical in Monterey, (yea, I followed you there Krider!) & retirement in 1993. I'm now a nurse with the VA hospital in Nashville, TN. I live in Clarksville, so if you're ever out this way, stop by, I'm in the phone book..." [31MAR2002]

CARSON, AW2 Robert cofcortez@hotmail.com "...I had the honor of being a Blue Shark (VP-6) from '86-'90. I would really like to get in contact with any of my Shipmates. I really miss being part a great team. Please contact me..." [01DEC2005]

CATLIN, Ira iracatlin@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from Apr 75 - Oct 78. I started as a 2nd mech, and returned to F/E School in Oct 76. VP-6 upgraded from P-3A's to P-3B's as I joined the Squadron and in 77 got the first Super B's..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2001 | E-Mail Updated 28NOV99 | 26OCT97]

CHAFFEE, ATC(CA) Jack E. Retired jechahi@hawaii.rr.com "...I served with VPB-2(OTU) NAS Hutchinson, Kansas in 1945, VP-6 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - First Navy Patron in the Korean War (we were due to relieve VP-28 on Guam January 7th, 1950 - arrived on the 25th and serviced our aircraft and headed for Johnson AFB, Japan - Navy didn't have an NAS for land based aircraft until NAS Atsugi, Japan later opened and I was on the first aircraft that landed wheels up there! Asked for shore duty after a long and tough tour and got a set of orders to VP-892 in NAS Alameda, California. (Up to this day, when I read the history I thought it was from NAS Glenview, Illinois) arrived with my wife and two kids on 12/21/51 and left again for NS Sangley Point, Philippines on January 2nd, 1952 for another tour in Korea. Fortunately, made chief out there, and remember our two losses well, I believe within about 18 hours of each other. My crew was swinging off the hook in Buckner Bay being serviced by USS Pine Island (AV-12). Finally got my shore duty at NAS Point Mugu, California and at the end of 1955 returned to VP-28 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, then to VU-1 (59?) and onto VR-21. Retired in Hawaii in 1964. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates and just learned this week that http://www.patron28.org is on the web due to the outstanding effort of Bob Self AT3 and we're having a Reunion in September. Look it up on the website and contact himself to muster in and finish filling out the roster, if you were in VP-28 any time from '53 to '64. ALOHA..." [E-Mail Updated 11DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 18JUN2002 | 29APR2001]

CHIVERS, ABH3 Steve stevenmchivers@n-connect.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1972-1975 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NSF Diego Garcia, Utapao, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Taipei, NAS Adak, Alaska, Elmendorf, and Hong Kong. These were some of the best times of my life. Bob Arneson, Wally Aiken, Willy Benjamin. We had some good times. I still have pictures of us all. I lived in Eva Beach and Maili Pt. Not to far from the Makaha crew. Remember Joe Checki and Steve Chivers? I worked for Chief Chadwick in Electric Shop then went to Line Crew and worked for ABH1 Alex Anda. Worked for Chief Dawson at Diego. This is Great. Ijust stepped back in time for awhile tonight..." [21MAR2002]

CLAIR, AC1 John W. Le Retired pappylc@gmail.com "...I served VP-6 (1952-1955). I was second radio and ECM Operater aboard BE-4. I feel I must be the only survivor up to now. I am 78. I have lots of fond and scary memories of that era in my life. I retired out of the Navy in September 1975. To any other survivors out there, I hope you have had a life as eventful and filling as I have. God bless you all..." [26DEC2012]

CLAPHAM, LCDR Peter Retired TropicTrdr@hotmail.com "...1976-81: Jez and Radar Operator: VP-6; Crews 3 & 4. 1981-85: Radar Operator; VP-62; Crew 12. Commissioned in 1985, served on destroyers and Special Warfare, Mine Warfare, and Naval Coastal Warfare operational staffs and task units as an Operations, Maintenance, and Chief Staff Officer. I Retired in 2000 as a LCDR. I live in the San Diego area. In 24 years of naval service, I think the VP outfits were the best!..." [BIO UPdated 23JAN2005 | BIO Updated 21JAN2002 | BIO Updated 28MAY2000 | E-Mail Updated 07FEB2000 | 05MAY98]

CLARK, AXC Joanna M. mary.elizabeth@aegis.com "...I served with VP-49 at NOB Bermuda from 1958 to 61 (ATS3-ATS2), and VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point from 1965-69 (AXC, NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator and SeaSurvival instructor)..." WebSite: http://www.aegis.com/

CLOUGH, LCDR Richard F. Retired cloughrf@aol.com "...I served (enlisted) with VP-6, VP-47, VQ-1, VP-91, CPW Atlantic/Pacific, CWO/LDO Program 2002, Strategic Communications Wing ONE at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Mobile Maintenance Facility-Charlie (MMF-C)..." [18SEP2014]

COATES, Richard (Dick) Retired rcoates654@yahoo.com "...I started my NAVY journey 9/55 with 3 yrs at GMAU-0411, Oceana (GF3); 12/58 GM div. USS Intrepid (GF2/AT2); 8/60 Kitty Hawk CVA-63 pre-com; 2/62; AT(B), (AT1); 12/62 VA-127 NAS Lemoore, California; My life changed 1/66 when I got orders to VP-17 via VP-31 at NORIS. I was destined to have the time of my life in the VP Navy. My wife was worried that I could get hurt flying in "one of those things!" I said "flying in a P2V is safer than walking the store." The next day there was a picture of a sinking VP-31 P2V on the front page of the local rag. They had cross feed problems, and the fans quit turnin'. They set her down alongside a Coast Guard cutter loaded with PSA stewardeses on a survival training cruise! (I don't think they even got wet.) After the RAG, I was assigned to VP-17 crew 12 with a great bunch of guys. PPC Charlie Cook, P2P Lee Houston, NAV Rick Tolly, TACCO is fuzzy, he was LT. ex QM, PC Snick Gramms ADJ1 (NY good guy), JULIE AT3 Rothlesburger, JEZ-(brain lapse.. I saw him in 79 at NORIS CPO club (he was a AWCS), AO1 Jim Young, and last, but not least AE2 Robert J. Prestovic our token electrician and fantastic scrounger. (He "borrowed" a trailing wire weight from the Coastes at NS Sangley Point, Philippines! I needed a spare, but I made him take it back anyway.) (Ski is USCG ret now.) We had a good deployment to TSN Saigon, but when the skipper said we were going home and returning asap (6 Mo) I was struck with this gawd awfull dumb-ass attack and said, "I not goin', my enlistment is up in 6 mo." JUNE 1967 I transferred to reserve VP-891 at NAS Sand Point, WA. Which became VP-69. Flew with a bunch of good guys there for 3 years, but I missed the REAL NAVY! July 70 transferred to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I flew for a while, but not assigned to a crew. If I remember right they had more than enough flyers, and short on folks to keep em flyin' so I spent most of my 3 years there in WC210 with AXC Domier, AT2 O.T. Frampton III, AT2 Moore (UH student), AT3 Don Inaura, (now AVCM ret, a good friend and neighbor), many IFT and RDO crews, too many more, I don't remember. I left VP-6 July 73 for NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee and AVC7 school. Three years of Instructor duty at AVC7. Then on to - VF-1 (The NAVY should never send VP sailors to fix F14's) Finished my BS Ed in San Diego. I put on the Hat in 77 and retired 12/79. The Navy had exacted their revenge for breaking the faith in 1967. Any one out there that wants to tell sea stories, send me an e-mail or stop by I'm your friendly travel agent at NAS Miramar. I would really like to hear a better one than I can tell..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2001 | 01JUN2001]

COLE, AW1 Robert "Bottom Bounce Betty" doc1948@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6..." [03SEP2012]

COOK, Bruce E Butch@minntaccdp.com "...Served with VP-6 from 1962-1964. Was A PR-3 in Ave Equipment. Would like to hear from Shipmates in the Squadron at that time..." [24JAN98]

COWELL, Sam samcowell9mm@gmail.com "...A Veteran P-3 Flight Engineer served with VP-6, VX-1, VXN-8 and VP-40. Loved every minute of the P-3! Retired and was a Tech Rep in Greenville, SC durning the P-3’s PDM cycles and moved on to Foriegn Military Sales (FMS) returned after five years in Taiwan in 2018 long live the ORION!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2022]

CROCKER, Emmett emmettcrocker@msn.com "...I was an FE with VP-6 (1964-1967), VP-19 (1968-1971), VP-30 (1971-1975), VP-22 (1975-1979), VP-19 (1981-1985), and Range Ops NAS Point Mugu, California till I changed into civies in 1988. I'm still hanging around P-3s. "Wake me up if you get scared." Would love to hear from some old Shipmates. According to these guys I work with nowdays any Shipmate of mine would surely be "OLD"..." [E-Mail Updated 04AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 28OCT2000 | 22MAR99]

CROWHURST, Dean H. DCrowhurst@aol.com "...VP-6 1988-1991, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines ASWOC 1991-1992, Naval Air Training Unit 1992-1995, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 1995-1997, VC-6 1997-1998. Would like to hear from past Shipmates..." [13JUN98]

CRUZ, PNC Bob Retired robert.n.cruz@navy.mil "...I served with VP-6 from 1978 to 1981. I reported as a PNSN fresh out of "A" school and stood my 1st Line Watch within a week of reporting to the squadron while on deployment to the PI. Transferred as a PN2 to work as a Classifier at various stations in Ohio, Puerto Rico and Florida. Retired as a PNC, 2001 at NAS Pensacola, Florida. Currently working at PSD Pensacola as a Civil Service MIitary Personnel/Pay Clerk. Aloha to all..." [14NOV2009]

CURRY, AMS1 Randy Retired currywv@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-6 from Aug-1974 to Aug-1977. We went from P-3A to P-3B aircraft while I was there. Had a great time with VP-6; a great bunch of guys! Enjoyed Hawaii and points west..." [08NOV2001]

DAVIS, Jesse C. jcdavis@tcac.net "...I started my VP career in VP-6 when AEWBarRonPac decomissioned in late 1964. Actually I went directly from BARRONPAC to VP-31 for F/E training prior to checking into VP-6. Myself and ADR1 R. C. Miller were the first P-3 F/Es in VP-6. We brought Buno 150525 back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, that was our first P-3. I can remember the P2 crewmen climbing out of their aircraft sweating profusely, while we were in air conditioned comfort in the P-3s. I believe that at that time VP-6 was the last VP to fly the P2V-5F aircraft. Any how it was full speed ahead to get ready for a 6 month deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. We did it and did it well. I left VP-6 in 1967 , went to VR-30 at NAS Alameda, California for one year and then to VP-31 as CNAP F/E evaluator. After a good tour there, I went to VP-19. I joined them in NAS Iwakuni, Japan, in 1971 and left VP-19 in 1977. What a hoot, that was the best squadron in the Navy at that time, at least I think it was. We had a fantastic maintenance department and the CPOs were great. I have many fond memories of VP-19. Would especially like to find out what ever became of AWC Joe Allen. I see so many old Shipmates names in the VP-31 Shipmates listing, many of these were just young petty officers when I was in VP-31 and VP-19, many F/Es that I gave check rides to also. My last VP was in VP-47, it too was a very good squadron. I joined them in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1978 and retired in 1980. Finished up with 26 years as AFCM. Would like to hear from any who served with me..." [02MAY99]

DAVIS, AO2 Todd B. billy78382@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1987 to 1990. Looking for former Shipmates..." [19FEB2004]

DAVIS, AO1 William V. Retired wvdavis(AT)yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1982 to 1987 and VP-11 from 1990 to 1993..." WebSite: http://home.att.net/~wvdavis/ [URL Updated 23APR2003 | BIO Updated 12APR2000 | E-Mail Updated 14JAN2000 | BIO/Link Updated 28OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 18MAR99 | Updated 31JAN98]

DEAL, CDR Gary L. Shipmate Pix http://www.cnsl.spear.navy.mil/ctf-67/Command/CSO%20Bio.htm "...A native of La Verne, California, Commander Deal received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1989 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. Following designation as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1990, his first operational assignment was with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour with the "Blue Sharks" he served as Ground Safety Officer, PR/AME Branch Officer and AV/ARM Division Officer. He completed one split-site deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan and was designated NAV/COMM NATOPS Evaluator and Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator. Upon the disestablishment of VP-6 in February 1993, Commander Deal completed his first sea-tour with the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 where he held the billets of Command Security Manager, Assistant Tactics Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He made one tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. In April 1995, Commander Deal transferred to shore duty assigned to the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany. While assigned to the NATO Component, his primary billet was Maritime Exercise Coordinator and he qualified as a Surveillance Controller in the E-3A Sentry, AWACS. While stationed in Germany, he completed all requirements for his Masters degree in International Relations through Troy State University, European Region and subsequently completed his thesis and received his degree in December 1999 while on his disassociated sea-tour. Commander Deal reported to USS JOHN F. KENNEDY stationed in Mayport, FL in March 1998, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his disassociated sea-tour he completed one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway). In June 2001, Commander Deal reported to the "Tridents" of VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. During his tour, he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. Following his Department Head tour, Commander Deal reported to Tactical Support Center NAS Sigonella, Sicily to assume the position of Officer-in-Charge in February 2003. He assumed his current position of Chief Staff Officer, Commander Task Force 67 in October 2004 when CTF-67 relocated from Naples to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Deal has been awarded the Aerial Achievement Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and service awards..." [05DEC2005]

DeCLUE, Steve sdeclue@bellsouth.net "...I'm an AOC now. I just checked into VP-5. Was in VP-6 Jul 84 to Jul 87, AOA school Instructor Aug 97 to Apr 91, VP-49 May 91 to Feb 94, HS-3 Feb 94 to Oct 95 and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) NAS Brunswick, Maine Oct 95 to Feb 99. Looking for anyone that served with during any of those times. Please send email to listed address..." [02APR99]

DEFOOR, AMS Lanny LDEFOOR@MSN.COM "...I came onboard (VP-6) in 1973 til 1977. It was a great trip. Our squadron CO was E. K. Anderson followed by P. O'Connor with a short stay with R. E. Sorna. I was a AMS. I had a great time flying with Crew 8. I flew all over the WestPac from Hawaii to NSF Diego Garcia. Everybody know what that was like. Please contact me if you have any updates with people in VP-6 at this time. BTW - I have the last photo of a guy with his "butt" in the front right window of P-3 BUNO: 152165 which was PC1. Thanks..." [13JAN2002]

DELANEY, AMHC Richard Retired richard.m.delaney@navy.mil "...I served with VP-49 from 1963 to 1965, VP-6 from 1965 to 1967, VT-27 from 1967 to 1970, Shore Duty from 1967 to 1970, VP-46 from 1970 to 1974, VX-1 from 1974 to 1977, and VXN-8 from 1977 to 1980. I sure miss bounce flights (especially the 35 T.O./LDG 4 Hour Type!). I am still here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (25 years now). I would like to hear from (old) Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2006 | 13APR99]

DeLAO, ADJ1 Donald dondel05@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1966 to 1972 as a FE and mechanic. I would love to hear from any former "Blue Sharks"..." [E-Mail Updated 15FEB2006 | 19AUG2000]

DELL, Bob thedells@ctaz.com "...Saw a few familar names, faces & planes. Have tons of slides from my stint in VP-6 from 1956 to 1959. Have already posted a few on Verslo's site. I am anxious to find old friends from VP-6 especially Donald "Duck" Shaw an AT during the same time period as I. Have already located a few other twigits from VP-6..." [23DEC2000]

DICKEY, Chris cdickey@flash.net "...VP-6 81-84 AX2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Looking for my old Shipmates..." [29MAY98]

DIETRICH, CDR Stan W. http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Stan Dietrich graduated from Harvard University in 1985. Receiving his commission through ROTC, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida in July 1985 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1987. Following training at the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California, Commander Dietrich reported to VP-48 also based at NAS Moffett Field, California. Qualifying as P-3C (Update III) Instructor Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Special Projects Mission Commander he participated in deployment operations to NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; NAS Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NSF Diego Garcia; and Masirah, Oman. During his tour he served as Tactical Officer, NFO Training Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. Detaching from VP-48 in November 1990, his next assignment was as a FRS Instructor at PVP-31. During his tour he was selected by Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific to concurrently serve as the ASW Operations Officer for the CPWP Tactical Training Team. While at VP-31, he was selected for the Navy's Advanced Education Program. In July 1992, Commander Dietrich reported to George Washington University in Washington D.C. Graduating with honors in 1994, he received a Master's Degree in Security Policy Studies. Commander Dietrich was next assigned as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Group THREE based in Alameda, California. Embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN(CVN 72), he qualified as a Flag Tactical Action Officer and directed numerous missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following refresher training at VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported in April 1997 to VP-46 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Grey Knights" he served as Assistant Training Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer during a tri-site deployment to NAS Misawa, Japan. In May 1999 Commander Dietrich reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN. During this tour he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Tactical Support Center Director and Operations Officer, playing critical roles in Operation's PHANTOM MENACE, VALIANT RETURN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Dietrich assumed duties as Executive Officer of VP-40 in March 2003..." [14JUN2003]

DILL, John skycop56@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1963-1966) with deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska. I flew with Crew-11 (PPC LCDR "Cloud" Hellinger) as a Radio Operator. Our P2 (BUNO: 131402) was named "Der Gleep". I've been an Air Rraffic Controller for 28 years at Cleveland ARTCC (the worlds busiest ATC facility)..." [E-Mail Updated 23NOV2015 | BIO Updated 18SEP98| 00XXX97]


Memorial Picture "...DOLPH, AL3 John...I regret to inform you that Shipmate AL3 John Dolph recently passed. John served with VP-6 from 1949 to 1951 and flew with Crew 1. His favorite saying: GO NAVY!..." Contributed by John Dolph Jr. john.dolph@panasonic.aero [20JAN2009]

DOLPH, John hdolph@hotmail.com "...I am writing on behalf of my dad, John Dolph, who was in VP-6, Patrol Squadron 6, US Navy, from 1950-52. He would like to hear from others in his squadron, and would also like to receive reunion notices. His address is: John Dolph 35099 W. Florida Ave., Space G-8 Hemet, CA 92545..." [Updated 02MAR98]

DONOVAN, CAPTAIN Tom Retired tdorionp3@gmail.com "...I served with VT-1, VT-2 (1976-1978), VP-56 (1978-1981), VP-30 (1981-1984) deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and UNITAS, VPU-1 (1984-1986) at NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-6 (1986-1988) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, Naval War College (1988-1990), United States Forces Japan 1990-1992) at Yakota AFB, VT-28 (1992-1994) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as XO and CO, CNO Staff in the Pentagon, Washington, DC (1994-1999) and retired. Currently working at the Autodesk, Inc. in Arlington VA..." [22FEB2015]

DORRY, ADJC Donald (Hunky) D3605@AOL.COM "...My VP career started in 1957 with VP-6 at Barbers Point flying the P-2V-5F. I was first assigned to Crew 7 in PC-7. My pilot and Squadron XO was CDR. Ward. I was second mech and AD-2, LV Smith was PC. Made two deployments to Iwakuni and many short detachments to Midway and islands west. Departed VP-6, April 1960 for the new RAG (VP-31) forming up at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Continued flying in the P-2's both 5F's and 7's also cross trained in the P5M-2's. Was selected to start training on the new P-3V (later renamed to P-3A) and started going to factory schools all over the country. Attended the first F/E class that was taught by Lockheed Instructors at Det. NAS Moffett Field, California. After completing F/E training I was assigned to the training department and taught ground and flight school for the next two years. Transfered to VP-19 and made the 11 month deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska. Departed the squadron Feb 1967 while it was on deployment at Iwakuni. Departed to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for training as a A3 Nav and was assigned to VQ-2 at completion of training. NS Rota, Spain without a doubt was my best assignment in the navy. Originally went over for a 24 month tour and finally departed there 54 months later. Did a short tour (6 months) at VT-7 NAS Meridian. Managed to terminate my shore duty and was assigned to VQ-1 at NAS Aguna Guam. Went back through VP-31 for P3 F/E refresher training Spent most of that tour flying P-3's out of the graden spot, Danang. Pulled a tour of duty in Naples as VR-24's Maintenance Chief and a tour of duty at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in VAW-25 as Maintenance Chief. Retired from there with 23 years of service off the JFK at pier 12..." [10JUN98]

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]

DURDEN, AWC Charles R. Retired btdurden@centurylink.net "...I served with FAW-6, TAD to FASRON-120 (1957), VQ-1 (1958) FAETUPAC (1959) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VAW-13 (1961), VP-6 (1963) with a deployment to Okinawa, Japan and Detachment to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, FAETUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California (1965), USS BENNINGTON (1968), VP-48 (1969) at NAS Moffett Field, California with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) at NAS Moffett Field, California (1971) and retired in 1975. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAR2012 | 17JUL2001]

EBERSOLE, Douglas DougEb1@aol.com "...I was a pilot with VP-6 from 1970-71. Served in the Naval Reserves until 1978. Currently flying as B-777 Captain with American Airlines and living in Denton, Tx. Would enjoy hearing from Shipmates I served with at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [BIO Updated 10OCT2002 | 28DEC98]

ECKSTROM, CAPTAIN Reed http://www.atsugi.navy.mil/ATSUGI/Captain_Reed_Eckstrom.html "...Capt. Reed Eckstrom hails from Marshall, MN, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest State University. After graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program, based at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Aviator after completing flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Capt. Eckstrom's first tour of duty took him to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as a member of VP-6, known as the Blue Sharks. While there he completed deployments to the Philippines and the Indian Ocean. From there his first shore tour was as an intern at the Command, Control and Communications Directorate for the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon finishing his internship he became the Operations, Maintenance Navy/Navy Reserve Program Analyst at the Naval Personnel Command. Capt. Eckstrom then reported to the USS CONSTELLATION as the antisubmarine warfare officer and tactical action officer. Again during this tour he completed cruises to the North Arabian Sea where he was involved in the initial procedures for escorting merchant tankers into the Persian Gulf. Following this tour he reported to NAS Moffett Field, California and Fleet Readiness Squadron VP-31 as Administrative Officer and instructor pilot. Returning to sea duty, he reported as safety officer to VP-9, and by the end of his tour he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia as the squadron's operations officer. His next shore duty tour brought him to the Pacific Northwest as training officer for CPW-10, where he coordinated training requirements for VP squadrons re-located on NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. During this tour he selected for command and reported to Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Under Capt. Eckstrom's leadership as executive and commanding officer, his squadron was a test bed for integrating U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilot training. Following this tour he went back to sea as USS CONSTELLATION's navigator, and completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf. Most recently, Capt. Eckstrom served as the executive officer for NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in Washington state. Capt. Reed Eckstrom is currently NAS Atsugi, Japan Commanding Officer..." [16JUN2003]

EDMINISTER, AT1 Walter H. whe76@scottsboro.org "...I just retired from a long career in the space industry. Before that I was an AT1 with VP-6, Crew 12, 1955-1956. Those were the best two years of my 11 year stay in Naval Aviation. Retired and with time on my hands, I decided to look around the net and see if there was anyone out there who remembered what a P2V was. I was surprised at what I found. I've already found some of my old flight crew and looking for more. I was looking through the history of NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I was there in 1956 but was also there much earlier. During the Korean war NAS Iwakuni, Japan was an Australian base with mostly Meteors and Sunderlands. I was with a small five man AUW detachment of FASRON-120 out of NAF Oppama, Japan. We had a small Quonset hut and a barracks with no heating and cold water showers. We ate in a Australian mess hall that served large amounts of mutton and cabbage. Before the war ended the Air Force set up a detachment as a turn around point for people going to and from Korea and set up their own mess hall. We'd walk by there on our way to the Australian mess and smell all those steaks cooking. We came up with a plan. We went to the Air Force version of small stores and bought some Air Force fatigues. Every day at lunch we'd put them on and go stand in line. We finally got caught and they kicked us out. For snacks we went to the Australian 33 club and bought huge bean sandwiches for four cents each and a quart of Lolly Water for a nickel. The most expensive meal in the place was the steak dinner which sold for 36 cents. After I was discharged from the Navy in 1956 I was talked into becoming a station keeper at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey for two years. We started at NAS Chambley with a 3000 ft runway but later moved to Marietta. They had just switched from PBYs to P2Vs and needed someone who knew how to maintain and operate the ASW equipment. I went there just for a little weekend flying and ended up staying for two years. I couldn't resist it, they had three of my old P2Vs from VP-6. Would like to hear from anybody from the old P2V days and from FASRON-112, FASRON-114 and NAS Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. Those were the best years of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 24AUG2008 | 18MAR2000]

ELLIS, Jack jellis1860@msn.com "...I served with VP-8 (1964-1966), VP-30 detA (1966-1968), VP-56 (1969-1971), and VP-6 (1982-1985)..." [E-Mail Updated 03MAY2004 | 19NOV98][ICQ# 22801569]

ELLIS, AT1 Steve C. tcomm1@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1982-1987, worked in the tron shop and at AIMD. Got out in 1992, living and working near Athens, Georgia now. Interested in hearing from any Shipmates from that time, the best of times was the time with the "World Famous Blue Sharks"..." [E-Mail Updated 06JUL2006 | 22APR2002]

ENSTROM, AT1 (NAC) Robert renstrom@juno.com "...Previously served with VP-6 Blue Sharks - 1/90 to 3/93 and VPU-2 Wizards - 3/93 to 4/96. Presently a part of Executive Transport Department/Detatchment recently relocated to MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Eight days from now on 01 July 99, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii will close. I feel sad to lose her with all the potential she still has as a VP base. BRAC, just like a woman, is one of those things you can't figure out logically. We are trading a perfectly suitable climate and location for a base that just doesn't measure up to the P-3 community needs. We're giving up 3 runways for one. At least the bounce pattern is more interesting! The only concilations I have are that Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii is located in one of the most scenic parts of the island and that it was once a VP post. Most of the sailors I discuss this with agree, but we will all adopt the Marine attitude to "Adapt and Overcome" and contine to make history in the best way we can. Fair Winds to all!..." [24JUN99]

FAAS, ARM3 Dan c/o Mr. Frank Holmes Shipmate PixCirca 1944 fholmes101@aol.com "...I retired from the Navy in Nov '68 & lived in Oak Harbor right outside NAS & they have had many FAW-4 Reunion at the CPO club & golf tournaments & I know some people in passing. I never went to the Reunions, but I would ask people who had attended. If they mentioned the "SCOUTS" NADA. I said that's how they treated us, so why would it be any different now. In fact. I just attended a reunion for Heavy Attack Squadron Ten, VAH-10. I was in it on the USS Constellation CVA-64 when the Viet Nam fiasco started in 1964. I also belong to the Fleet Reserve Association and (VP-45) Patron Forty Five Assn, an outfit I was in for 4 yrs. During the Korean affair NAS Norfolk, Virginia & NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone flying PBM-5s. I guess I've been in every sort of outfit imaginable. I started in PBYs, went to a VJ-3 outfit utility squadron, then to VS-48, to instructor duty in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas to NAS Memphis, Tennessee to VF-61 NAS Oceana, Va. We had F8F's made a North Atlantic Cruise on FDR straight deck. Came back and got F9Fs. They didn't rate any Aviation Radiomen & I got transferred to USS USS Valcour (AVP-55) as an RM TX to VP-45 PBM - shore duty NAS Boca Chica, Florida & flew in F3D's radar operator. Then to "B" school in Memphis - to Hawaii 56-59 VW-12 Early Warning Squadron, flew many 16 hour flights WV-2 (Constellations). Changed rate from AL1 to AT1 and got transferred to next hangar VP-6 and deployed to Japan for 7 months flying off Kaua & USSR measuring their radar & locating them & getting chased by MIG's. Every hop was 14-16 hours. Used the jets and the recips for take off, carried 4000 gallons of fuel. Shore duty again, a RAG outfit VAH-123. I was electronic shop chief, we had 30 A/C and lots of maintenance. I did fly for a while as a radioman in a P2V-3 till they got A3D2T's & A3D2Q's & A3D2P's (thats trainer/transport) "q" countermeasure & "P" photo plus basic A3D2. They called it shore duty - we had three shifts around the clock plus I was making carrier quals every month or so. Lets see Coral Sea CVA-43, Bon Homme Richard CVA-31, Ticonderoga CVA-14, Independence CVA-62, Lexington CV-16. More sea duty VAH-10 A3D2, could have flown as a crewman. By that time I had in 20 & declined -- let the young studs do that. Med 9 month cruise in '63 and 1 yr in '64 (Viet Nam) I was gone 30 mos out of a 3 year tour. When we came back from Viet Nam in 3 mos they sent our squadron to Air Group 1 on the FDR for a Med cruise. About that time my children were young teenagers & I figured I had enough of that BS so I got shore duty at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in VAH-123 again. Formed VA-128 Light Attack with A-6s and the RAG outfit. I was Electronics shop Chief again & some BS. Going on carrier qual for pilots. They had beach dets and ship dets. Seemed like I always got the ship det. While on the FDR I was CAG Maintenance Chief. The ship was out of Mayport, Fla. When we went on carrier quals on the Independence, we flew to NAS Norfolk, Virginia to get aboard & the Lexington out of NAS Pensacola, Florida all the other carrier quals were out of NAS Alameda, California or NAS North Island, San Diego, California & Fleet Logistic A/C junk. Now they have nice jet transports. That's all behind now. I worked for the Navy for about 9 years as a electronic tech then the FAA and my wife and I went to Alaska over the Arctic Circle as a electronic tech. It was like living in the 20's and 30's, no TV and not much radio. We were at a place called Bettles Field a lot of local flying in small planes. I maintained equipment VHF for over the poles flights, they talked to Anchorage but was all keyed through our equipment. Also had TACAN & OMNI also had glide slope equipment. I had to maintain teletype equipment as an electronic tech. But the money was in the wage grade positions so when an opening came, I Tx to Juneau where I had the teletype shop. I took care of all the teletype in SE Alaska for the FAA & Weather Service. There were 8 people in Anchorage that took care of the rest of Alaska. So when I had 40 years service I quit. For a number of years we had a 5th wheel trailer and did the snow bird bit to Arizona & California, even went to Key West and Corpus Christi played a lot of golf. Had 2 children,daughter Sidney & Mark. Sid born in Panama, Mark in Memphis. Sid worked around the world in banking London, Jobere, Melbourne, Vienna, NYC. Then she decided to work out of Seattle. We sold our house out of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Is and we live with her. Mark lives in Reston, he is a heavy truck mechanic and has our two grand persons. Lets see who have I run into. There was a fellow named Bass in Dutch and he made Ens there. That was in 44-45. In '45 I went aboard the FDR and who should be the JOOD but Ens Bass. In the early 50s flew from NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone to NAS Norfolk, Virginia to go to a FAETU School & Fleet exercises & ran into "Scratch", we called him that, his name Gene Foreman AOM3/c, I know 3 incidents involving ordnance he had a hand in -- two in Dutch Harbor. I ran into Mr Mathwick in Memphis in 1955. He was a Commander and the Legal Officer. Also Burt Johnson - he was another radioman at Dutch. He got married while we were back to Seattle to train for the SBW4Es. I was his best man and I got married a week or so later and he was my best man. They came up and visited us a few years back. Also Bill Pietz, we visited them in Calif when we went there several times. I also ran into Pena AOM3/c in Corpus in 1946. Also ran into Ortega AM1/c , I'm sure he stayed in & retired. I have a lot of pictures (snapshots). I'm looking at a 8x10 of Det 3 Dutch Harbor. It was taken while Johnson, Peitz and I were back in Seattle. 14 EMs and 4 Officers and I have all the names on the back. I have a nice picture I think of an SBD Taxiing in blowing snow. I also have some of the new birds SBW4Es and the USS Teal AVP-5. In case you are wondering I didn't get to fly back with the planes, came back on the Teal - 65 normal complement, 250 VS48 people. Sleep where you can find a place. 19 days from Dutch Harbor. I slept in the main whale boat. I had a sleeping bag. Most people slept on army cots on the fan tail except we hit the tail end of a typhoon and everybody had to sleep inside. For a few days we only made 1 knot, a real rough ride. After we hit the inside passage they dropped the hook every night, didn't seem like they were in any gig hurry to get back. Say, I'm running out of spit. Maybe you can make some sense out of all this rambling..." [20JUN2005]

FABYANIC, AME Ski ("The Weird Beard") ski.fabyanic@pari.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1971 to 1976 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I've seen a couple names from my old squadron. I was an AME and ran the Crud Crew (I painted the Shark's on the tails) and was also part of crew 4 "The Mushroom Crew." I'd really like to hear from some of the Whidbey boys, I. E Festus, Roger, or Whiskus from Iowa. They used to call me "The Weird Beard"..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2006 | 09APR99]

FALLS, AOC(AW) Tim thfalls@gte.net "...I served in VP-6 from Jul 87 to Jul 91 on Crews 7 and 1 for two NAS Adak, Alaska deployments and one NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment. Went to NSF DGAR for a year before finishing up a NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment with VP-26 in '92. Any old Sharks or Tridents out there feel free to drop me a line..." [18MAY2001]

FINDLEY, CDR Ronald C. Retired rbfind@aol.com "...VP-6, 1958-60, P2V-5F, (with then LCDR Wally Sharp) VP-19, 1964-65, P-3A/B, NAS Moffett Field, California/Ada VO-67, 1967-68, OP2E, Plane Commander with CAPT Sharp. Was glad to hear from Herb about proposed July 3, 99 LV Reunion for VO-67. Seems the last time I spoke to Herb was when I ordered him to "bail out," which he quickly did!..." [18OCT98]

FINNIGSMIER, David finnigsmier@charter.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1973 to 1980. Flew as a second mechanic and Flight engineer. Did many great deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I miss flying very bad. Now I am a Registered Nurse working at Naval Hospital Bremerton..." [13FEB2003]

FIORINI, ATR2 Mike mbfiorini@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6(1965-1968) with deployments to .NAS Adak, Alaska (Crew-11 1966) and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (Crew-6)..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2016 | E-Mail Updated 25FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY99 | 00DEC97]

FIRTH, AVCM Frederick L. Retired ffirth@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 from 1960 to 1962, VP-28 from 1966 to 1969, VP-6 from 1973 to 1976, and VP-1 from 1979 to 1983. I would like to hear from any and all of my ex-Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 09JAN2001 } 19AUG2000]

FLANAGAN, ATC Ray Retired RFFJr@aol.com "...04/29/75 - 07/28/75 VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California, 07/31/75 - 07/07/80 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 12/22/83 - 03/31/86 VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 03/31/86 - 03/31/89 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 04/05/89 - 10/12/90 VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and 11/03/93 - 11/30/96 VP-4 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." WEBSITE: http://members.aol.com/RFFJr/index.html

FONTENOT, AD1(AW) Rickie J. Retired rjfdube@cox.net "...I served at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Sea Op Det), VP-6, VPU-2, NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida, VFA-37 and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). I am looking for ADC Patrick MILLER. I am now retired and living in Pensacola, FL..." [BIO Updated 08JAN2011 | 02JAN2011]

FORD, ATCS(AW) Tony fordac@navair.navy.mil "...I checked into the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron in July of 1997 and am currently the Command Master Chief. Prior to reporting here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was in VPU-2 1994-1997, NAWC Warminster/ Naval Air Development Center 1991-1994, AIMD NAS Bermuda 1988-1991, and VP-6 1982-1987. Love it here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland wish I could stay..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 18MAR2000 | 10SEP97]

FORTIN, AWC Michael J. "Mike" Retired michael.j.fortin2@l-3com.com "...Hello Screaming Eagles & Blue Sharks of the past...Drop me a line. Well my last 10 days in the Navy was executing a 10 day fly profile in Guam (Valiant Shield) Over 780 hrs flown, 22 crews, 11 airplanes...99.9% mission completion rate. What a way to go out the door! Working in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland now as a test engineer and love every minute of it. I started out in VP-1 (1983 to 1987) then off to CRPW-5 NAS Brunswick, Maine, back to VP-6, 2 yrs on the big E out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, a beautiful year in NSF Diego Garcia, NAS North Island, San Diego, California to VP-10, then down to sunny NAS Jacksonville, Florida at VP-30 followed by another tour in VP-10 and wrapped it up with a deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan...my first deployment site. I retired August 2007. Have a great year! Drop me a line when you can..." [BIO Updated 19MAR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 24OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 21MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 12JAN2000 | 20AUG98]

FOSTER, Terry Jeremy_the_kid@mail.com "...I served with VP-6 on Crew 6 and 7. I would like to hear from the members of both crews..." [06MAY2001]

FOUBERT, AW1 Scott sfoub@primenet.com "...I served with VP-6 from 84-87 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Then with VP-65 in NAS Point Mugu, California from 87-95. Would love to hear from anyone from six..." [03SEP98]

FRIDENMAKER, AMHC Dennis J. "DJ" Retired DJLF@ALLTEL.NET "...I served with VFAW-3 from 1961 to 1963, VU-7 from 1963 to 1964, VW-13 from 1964 to 1965, VW-4 from 1965 to 1967, NAS Glynco, Georgia from 1967 to 1970, VP-6 from 1971-1975, NATTC Memphis, Tennessee from 1975 to 1978, and VP-11 from 1979-1980..." [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2002 | 03MAY2002]

FRYER, Ian fryeri@residentialmtg.com "...Would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates from VP-6. I joined the sqadron in December 0f 1983, did two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, finished up with crew-11 in December of 1986. Came home and did HARP duty until I got out in Feb. of 1987. Drop me a line guys!..." [31AUG2000]

Memorial Picture "...FULLER, ATC Richard Sears...My Dad enlisted on December 19th, 1941 at Natick Massachusetts (right after WWII started on December 7th, 1941), graduated Boot Camp (02/1942), Radio School (03/1942) at NAAS Corry Field, Pensacola, Florida, Chief of Naval Air Intermediate Flight Training Command (07/1943) flying (crew) aboard the DC-2 and DC-3, Training Squadron Special Projects School for Air (05/1944), FAW-6 (07/1944) Radio Maintenance School, N.A.F.G.S So. Field NAS North Island, San Diego, California, Aviation Free Gunnery Unit in San Diego (Aug 1944), F.A.W.C Radar School (09/1944) and S.P.S.A San Clemente Island, CA. Dad noted in his logbook "My only sea duty was done aboard a 4 stocker and yard oiler to and from San Clemente Island . Transportation only!" Dad then attened NAS Minneapolis, Minnesota (11/1944) Line Maintenance School, VB-4 OTU-4 (02/1945) at NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida (Instructor), FAW-6 (07/1945) and VPB-212 (10/1945) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying the PBM. On October 1946 through 1950 Dad began flying the Aleutian Islands patrols in PB5Y-2 out of NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Dutch Harbor, NAF Amchitka, Alaska to NAS Attu, Alaska and Tanaga. Dad then served with VP-27 until its disestablishment (01/1950) and reported to VP-6 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (04/1950-1952) assigned to VIP Transport Unit flying as Radio/Radar Operator on the R4D(DC-3). VIP's Dad flew with during his tour at the Naval War College: Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (CNO from 1942-1945), General Shepherd (Commandant USMC),Admiral Kirk (Ex Ambassador to Russia), General Bill Donavon,Senator Margaret G. Smith (ME), Vice Air Marshall Huddleston (RAF),Vice Admiral Connelly (President of Naval War College), Vice Admiral Johnson (Joint American/Mexican Defense Board), Rear Admiral Read (NC4), Rear Admiral White, Rear Admiral Murrey (CNAT), Rear Admiral Wellman (COMDESRON THREE) and Rear Admiral SS Murray (COMSUB FLEET). Dad noted in his logbook, "Start my second two thousand hours". VP-46 (10/1952-02/1955) from NAS North Island, San Diego, California to NAS Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as far out as Kwajalein and the Phillipines. Dad then attended AT "A" School (02/1955) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-9 (03/1956) at NAS Alameda, California, NAS Memphis, Tennessee (07/1957) (Instructor) an back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. 04 October 1961 at 10:04 AM, dad retired as ATC Naval Aircrewman NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, having flown 4450 total hours. Dad flew aboard R2D-1, R50-2, R50-6, R4D-4, SNB-2, PB4Y-1, PBM-5, PB4Y-2, P2V-2, R4D-5, R4D-6, PBM-5, P5M-1 and the P2V-7..." Contributed by AWOC Jason M. LACEY jasonlacey74@hotmail.com [18NOV2013]

FURNESS, AX3 Jim uwap.jim@verizon.net "...I served in VP-6 as an AX3 from 66-68. Would like to hear from anyone that served during that time. I lost my NAF Okinawa Deployment Cruise Book and all my VP-6 photographs when my apartment caught fire 28 years ago. My picture is on the cover with the crew that was lost. I would like to copy someones book to give to my grandchildren. Thanks..." [27DEC2001]

GALLAGHER, LT Jeff azcatswin@aol.com "...Calling all VP-6 Blue Sharks from 91 to 93, how are ya?..." [09JUN98]

GALLERY, REAR ADMIRAL William Onahan http://navysite.de/ffg/FFG26.HTM "...Rear Admiral William O. Gallery was born in Chicago 22 June 1904, and attended school there until he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1921. He was commissioned an Ensign in 1925, and assigned to duty in the battleship USS NEW MEXICO until 1927. He was then assigned to duty on the USS FARRAGUT, being detached in 1930 with orders for flight training at Pensacola, Florida. RADM Gallery completed his training and won his wings in nine months. He was then attached to VP-6. In 1933, he was transferred to the cruiser USS OMAHA as Naval Aviator, serving in that capacity until 1935. from 1935 to 1937 he was assigned to duty in the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory in Washington, D.C. In 1937 he was assigned as a fighter pilot with Fighter Squadron 6 aboard the USS ENTERPRISE, and from 1939 to 1941 was stationed at the NAS Alameda, California. At the start of World War II, he was ordered to the Staff of Admiral Kincaid, and, with the staff, he participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz, and was later based ashore at Guadalcanal. On Guadalcanal, he saw action with the First Escort Carrier Task Group. He later joined the famous Black Cats (PBY night raiders) based on the USS HALF MOON (AVP 26). He devised a method of "knocking-off" Japanese night raiders, for which action he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Returning to the United States, he was assigned to the USS CHICAGO as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Captain immediately prior to taking command of the CHICAGO. After his tour of duty on the CHICAGO, RADM Gallery was attached to NATTS at Eglin AFB, in the All-Weather Flying Hangar. His next duties in succession were as Commanding Officer of the USS SIBONEY, Commanding Officer, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operation (Air). From the Bureau he took command of the USS PRINCETON (recommissioned) on 28 August 1950 at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, and retired in June of 1955..." [23JUN2003]

GAMMON, George gbjammn@msn.com "...I served with VP-6 during the time periods of 1976 to 1979. I was assigned as a SS-1. I am currently living in the So. Ca. area and working as a Special Agent for the Ca. Attorney General. I am trying to track down a fellow AW by the name of Royce Walters. Hell anybody who remembers me drop me line I have a lot of pictures and memories to share. Thanks..." [01JUL2000]

GARBER, Doug dgarber@frugal.com "...I was in VP-6 (then VP-146) from Sept. 1946 to Sept. 1948. I am proud to say I was the one who designed and had accepted, the logo for VP-6 after they got the P-2V2's in January of 1948. That is the one with the Popeye on it..." [22JAN98]

GARLAND, CDR Robert G. Buzz https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=2645 "...CDR Robert G. Buzz Garland, USNR - NFL Number: 2645 - Date of Birth: 11/15/1914 - Date In: 1/1/1936 - Date Out: 1/1/1960 - City, State: Sequim, WA - School Attended: Univ. Washington - Aircraft Flown: PBY-1/2/5A, F4B2/3/4, Spitfire, PB4Y, PB4Y-2 - Ship or Unit: Fleet Airwing, VP-6, VP-23 and VPB-112 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane CDR - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: European Theater - Associations/Service Organizations: Rotary VFW Alpha Delta Phi Sigma Delta Chi - Highest personal decoration or award: Navy Commendation - Significant Achievements: X.O. squadron 18-B. Editor and publisher Carlsbad, Calif. Journal 4000 military flight hours. In Memoriam? No..." [10DEC2005]

GEORGE, AE1 David Retired dgeorg14@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-4 from June 1977 to September 1982 and with VP-6 from December 1983 to December 1986. I would like to hear from Shipmates that I served with and swap sea stories with them..." [12JUN2000]

Memorial Picture "...GETZFRED, Lawrence Daniel...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, Home of Record: Elgin, Neb., Commissioned: Officer Candidate School, December 15, 1972, Rank: Captain, Date of Rank: October 1, 1993, Designator: Naval Flight Officer, and Age: 57. Duty Stations: VP-46 - 01/85 - 05/87, VP-6 - 01/74 - 06/77, VP-31 - 12/77 - 06/80, Personnel Exchange Program, England - 06/80 - 01/83, CPW-10 - 01/83 - 07/84, VP-46 - 01/85 - 05/87, VP-40 - 09/87 - 06/89, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff - 07/90 - 07/93, Commander Patrol Wings Pacific - 08/93 - 08/97, and CNO - 09/97. Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Air Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation, (Gallantry Cross Color Medal with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Navy and Marine Corps Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [18SEP2001]

UPDATE "...A Memorial service for Lawrence Daniel Getzfred will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at Fort Myer near Arlington National Cemetery. His wife is setting up an educational trust for contributions and I'll pass that along later. Thanks. Mark S. Getzfred msgetzfred@snet.net..." [06OCT2001]

GETZFRED, CAPTAIN Lawrence Daniel http://www.fadedgiant.net/vp-6/html/lawrence_daniel_getzfred.html "...U.S. Navy Capt. Lawrence Daniel Getzfred, 57, was the branch head for Joint Operations and Plans on the staff of the Deputy Director of Plans, Policy and Operations.He began his Navy career as an antisubmarine warfare technician. He attended DeAnza College and Santa Clara University in California and earned a degree in mathematics. He later received a teaching credential. He attended DeAnza College and Santa Clara University in California and earned a degree in mathematics. He later received a teaching credential. In 1972, after Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned an ensign. In 1973, he was designated a Navy flight officer. He served as a tactical coordinator instructor at NAS Moffett Field, California, and then from 1980-1983 he was stationed in Scotland in a personal exchange program with the Royal Air Force. He served on the staff of CPW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1983-1984, then joined VP-46. In 1987, he became executive officer of VP-40, a squadron of P-3s based at NAS Moffett Field, California. He led his squadron on deployment to Japan and Okinawa. He assumed command of the squadron from 1988 to 1989. After completing his tour, he earned a master's degree in foreign affairs and strategic planning at the Naval War College. He spent the next three years as an action officer on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, serving in the strategic planning and policy department of the Joint Staff. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1993. He also served as the chief of staff of Patrol Wings Pacific. During his military career, Getzfred received numerous awards and commendations for achievement, good conduct and meritorious service. He was a great teacher and leader. He was also a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and naval officer. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Larissa and Kristina. We will not forget him. Duty Stations: VP-46 (01/85 - 05/87), VP-6 (01/74 - 06/77), VP-31 (12/77 - 06/80), Personnel Exchange Program, England (06/80 - 01/83), CPW-10 (01/83 - 07/84), VP-46 (01/85 - 05/87), VP-40 (09/87 - 06/89), Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff (07/90 - 07/93), Commander Patrol Wings Pacific (08/93 - 08/97), and CNO (09/97). Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Air Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation, (Gallantry Cross Color Medal with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4), Navy and Marine Corps Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation..." [02JUN2003]

GIESING, Ed "Boose" 772-708-0285 "...I served with VP-6 from 1989-1992 in the Powerplants Shop. I would like to hear from any old friends..." [07APR2002]

GILL, Christopher E. Retired chrisegill@mail.com "...I was stationed in VP-44 (1973 to 1976) and worked about a year in the TRON shop. I moved onto AIMD for the next 2 years. I do believe it was the best squadron I was ever served with. From there I went to VX-1 (1977 to 1980), left active duty for a year while serving with VP-68 as a TAR. Rejoined the Navy and was assigned to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1981 to 1984), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee as an instructor (1984 to 1987), VQ-3 (1988 to 1990), VQ-4 (1990 to 1993) and then retired. I would like to say hi to all..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2007 | 19FEB99]

GOGGIN, Bob Deadeye321@aol.com "...Stationed with VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1969 cruise and change homeport to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. In Hawaii 30 days and was run over by a car. After medical hold transfered to VP-6 and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. In VP-6 when we set one in the bay due to dry cleaning solvent in the alcohol assist. VP-23 from 1974 to 1976. I am looking for a Wayne G. Fields, YNSN that was in VP-1..." [19JUL99]

GOSNELL, Ed egosnell@home.com "...Was LTJG (Aviation Maintenance Duty), Material Control Officer in VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1982-85. Did 2 deployments to WestPac, mainly Cubi but dets to Diego Garcia and Midway. Would like to hear from Shipmates from those days, especially groundpounders. Am especially interested getting in touch with LT Barbara Henderson, Air Intel officer at Barbers Pt at this period. Barbie was in a VP squadron, perhaps VP-1 or VP-4, can't recall. She was from Pennsylvania. Would also like to hear from AK1 Levene "Smitty" Smith or other AK's. Am now (again) a probation officer in San Diego, CA..." [02FEB99]

GRAY, AMH3 Jimmy D. e_gray@excite.com "...I served from 1960 to 1964, VP-6 Blue Sharks in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." [29DEC2001]

GREEN, AT1 Jeff jeffgreen@biztwmi.rr.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1976 to 1981, AT1, Avionics shop ground pounder. I really would like to find guys from avionics in that time frame! Ray Couture, are you out there buddy? If anyone knows where Ray is, let me know, thanks!..." [24SEP2003]

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]

GREHAWICK, David Dgreyhawk@aol.com "...I served in VP-22 from 76 to 79, VP-1 from 83 to 88, and VP-6 from 91 to 93. Absolutely the best years of my 24 year career were in VP-22. I want to thank all of my fellow blue geese for their help in giving me such a great start in this great Navy. A special thanks to my first division CPO Joe Harris! Retiring this September 98 as an AVCM. Broccoli!!!..." [15MAR98]

GROSS, Jim wheels4fun@netzero.net "...I had a great time serving VP-6 from 1977 to 1981 working aircrew and then some time as a ground pounder in the Tron Shop at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [15NOV2003]

GROSS, Joe jgross01@coair.com "...After a tour in F-4's with VF-103, Did the P-3 FE (and they paid me for it!!) with VP-90, VP-17, VP-6, and VQ-1. Finished up my career with VQ-5 as the Maint Chief. Now working with Continental Airlines in Cleveland. Yes, I really did leave WestPac. Looking for Gerald R. (Randy) Anderson. VP-6 NAV/TACCO, COMNAVPHIL, and ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Any e-mail address would be greatly appreciated..." [E-Mail Updated 13MAR2002 | 04JAN2001]

GUNCKEL, LT David Sr. c/o His Son David Gunckel, Jr. dgunckl@sierravistapub.lib.az.us "...My dad, Lt. David Gunckel, Sr, flew P2V's with VP-6 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (Oahu) during 1952-1954. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who may remember or have flown with him..." [05SEP2001]

HADDAWAY, Joseph "Joe" joehaddaway@aol.com "...I served with VP-28 (1956 to 1959), NTPS NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1959 to 1962), VU-5 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1962 to 1963), VF-162 NAS Miramar (1963 to 1965), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1965 to 1966), NAS Moffett Field, California (1966 to 1969), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1969 to 1970), VP-6 (1972 to 1974), NAESU NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1974 to 1978), VP-17 (1978 to 1980), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1980 to 1983), NAESU NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1983 to 1985) and then retired 1985. Closed NS Subic Bay, Philippines with NSD in 1992..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2002 | 30NOV2000]

HANLEY, Ed ehanley@dunbrook.com "...I served in VP-6 as an AX2, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii/Iwakuni, from 1962 thru 1966 as a Jez operator. Looking for some old friends who also served during that time. Anybody out there?..." [19JUN98]

HANSON, Palmer O. Jr. Mwhpoh@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from June 1954 through December 1956 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We deploymented to NAS Kodiak, Alaska in 1954-1955 and NAS Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1956...." [E-Mail Updated 13FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 12MAR2002 | 29JAN2000]

HARVILLE, AOC Larry Retired saraharville@earthlink.net "...I was an A0C when I retired in 1975. VP-17 (VA(HM)-10) 1956 to 1960. VP-2 1960 to 1962. VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California 1962 to 1964. VP-6 1964 to 1968. AO Class "B" school 1968 to mid 1969. VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California 1969 1971. VP-19 1971 to 1975. NAS Alameda, California Wepons Department till retirement 1975. Would like to find AE-2 John Linkenhiemer who was a member of VP-17 crew 3 on the NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment of 1959. Other members of that crew were LT. Bob Weller, past away. ENS Paul Stevekin. Enlisted members were ADR-1 George Kelsea Plane Captain, who lives in Lexington Park, MD. ADR-3 Pat Shanklin 2nd wrench, who lives in Snora, CA. AN Governelli 3rd wrench, whereabouts unknown. AT-3 Marvin Dirks radio, who lives in Greeley, CO. AT-2 Walter K. O'Dowd radar, past away June 30 this year. AT-3 John Thompson whereabouts unknown. Sure would like to find John Thompson, Governelli and John Linkenheimer. I am in contact with George Kelsea, Marvin Dirks and Pat Shanklin. If you know me or would like to speak to an old cannon cocker contact me..." [28OCT2001]

HARWOOD, AME1 Tom vfw2278@netzero.net "...I was station with VP-6 1955-1966. Would to meet old Shipmates..." [15DEC2000]

HASTINGS, Matt (Choo Choo) hastingspacific@yahoo.com "...World Famous Blue Shark VP-6 1985-1991 Electrician/Flight engineer Crews 6 and Crew 3. VP-31 FRS instructor Normal and Emergancy Proceedures. 91-93 Currently : Building and Electrical Contractor Los Angeles Area..." [-Mail Updated 03JAN2006 | 02AUG2001]

HAWKINS, Ron rocketqjq@comcast.net "...Served under VP-6 the Blue Sharks from 1976 to 1980 in good ol Hawaii at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Just checking to see if there's anyone else out there that stumbled upon this website? Give me a shout..." [11FEB2005]

HAZELTON, John jmhaze@aol.com "...I served in VP-6 during 1985-1990 as a Avionics Technician. I just wanted to say hi to my old friends..." [09NOV2000]

HEIN, ATC Jeff HeinJH@pax.nawcad.navy.mil "...Was in VP-66 from 86-89, NRL from 89 to 93, VPU-2 from 93 to 97. Presently assigned to Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland...." [02FEB98]

HEINRICH, AO2 Paul heinrich@avci.net "...I served with VP-6 (1960-1964) with Crew-9 and VQ-1 (03/1964-11/1965)..." [BIO Updated 16NOV2012 | 17APR2009]

Memorial Picture "...HELMER, AOAN John M...I regret to inform all of you (friends, extended family members and military friends and veterans) that on Sunday March 23, 2008, my grandfather, John M. Helmer (served with VP-6 from 1953 to 1956), passed away. This is a mass email that I sent out to all of you to inform you of his death. He passed peacefully in the hospital. We thank you for your concerns and prayers. Signed Amanda (Granddaughter). Laurel Foisy lfoisy1@hotmail.com..." [11MAR2002]

HELMER, AOAN John M. greywolf34209@aol.com "...I was an AOAN with VP-6 for the 1953/1954 deployment to NAS Agana, Guam and NS Sangley Point, Philippines and the 1954/1955 deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska / NAS Adak, Alaska. Finished the NAS Kodiak, Alaska tour as 1st Ord. Crew 6. Enjoyed looking over the site brought back a lot of memories. Look forward to hearing from some of my old Shipmates..." [06MAY2003]

HENDRICK, Ronald Leigh chrishedrick06@gmail.com "...I served with VP-67 (1970-1975) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee and VP-6..." [05OCT2019]

HENLEY, Mike mhenley@tminet.com "...I was in VP-6 almost three and a half years (Nov 66 to May 70). It was my choice of duty stations (VP, Hawaii) for re-enlisting for the first time. I had great plans as a P3 sailor, but after going to Pensacola for shore duty, the Navy thought I would be a good fighter fixer. I spent the next 13 years in F-14's..."

Memorial Picture "...HENSLEY, A03 John...I am sad to report the passing of my Father, A03 John Hensley, in 1999. He was a member of VP-6 crew 7 from 1954 to 1958. If anyone knew him I would very much like to hear from you. I am primarily interested in any stories you might want to share with me...Daniel Hensley hensleyd22@comcast.net.." [08JUN2004]

HERRINGTON, Odell c/o Jeff Fazan Jfazan@aol.com "...Served with VP-6 in 1951-54 Korea..." [05FEB98]

HESS, AO3 Mike mikehess13@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from May 1971 through September 1972 and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (1971-1972). I would Love to hear from anyone that was with the team at that time. Anyone that wants to drop a line and swap stories is more than welcome..." [05SEP2008]

HICKS, Jon K. jhicks@aol.com "...ADJ-3 VP-6 Powerplants from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (64) to NAS Adak, Alaska (66). Would like to hear from my ol' Shipmates..." [22APR99]

HIGGINS, Jack ikoti1@live.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1961 to 1963 and VP-6 from 1967 to 1969. The aircraft, P2V-5 and P-3A were the oldest of the types then flying. I knew all the men on the VP-5 AC that crashed in Greenland (SEE: VP-5 (January 12, 1962) In Memorial for lost friends...). Sorry to hear that some of the remains are still there..." [24FEB2010]

HINCHEY, AZCM(AW) Carl G. Retired carlsvette@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6, "The World Famous Blue Sharks", from January 1982 - January 1985. Some of my best memories are from this time..." [13JAN2004]

HINSHAW, AVCM Donald L. Retired dontish84@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1958-1962) - Electric Shop/Flt Crew, VP-6 (1965-1969) - Electric Shop/Flt Crew, VP-1 (1974-1978) - Electric Shop and VP-6 (1981-1984) - Maintenance Chief. After retiring in 1987, worked for Evergreen Airlines, McMinnville, OR, couple years and then Horizon Airlines for 20 years when I finally hung it up in 2009. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [01AUG2013]

HOBGOOD, CDR Bill Retired Shipmate PixCirca 1950 Shipmate PixCirca 1990 Shipmate PixCirca 2008hobgood.bill@gmail.com "...Son of a Pearl Harbor survivor and career Naval Officer, I graduated from Texas A&M (Corps of Cadets) and was commissioned via the AVROC program in November 1969. Following Flight Training in VT-10, VT-29, VP-30, VP-45 for DIFOPS (remember that?) from 1971-1974, PPTC on Crew 13, RPS Custodian and ASW Training Officer. Staff duty with FAW-11 (later CPW-11) as ASW Officer followed. I worked for two of the finest officers I've known: CAPT Charlie Prindle and CDR Lynn Grafel. After "Black Shoe" training at CIC/TAO school at FCTCL Dam Neck in 1977, reported for Sea Duty with COMCRUDESGRU-8 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. As Battle Group Air ASW Officer and TAO under RADMs Thor Hanson and Bob Walters, deployed on USS Biddle, USS Eisenhower and USS Independence. Graduated from Naval War College in 1980 and received orders to PACFLT at CPW-2 Hawaii from 80-81. Met, later to be VADM, Mike Haskins and worked for him in the Training Department until taking over Wing Admin. Dept Head tour followed with VP-6 (Ops Officer) 83-84. Next was another staff tour at CPW-1/CTF-72 in Japan as Current Ops under CDR John Brockley. I later took over the job of Task Force Operations Officer from 85-86. Finally got to come back the mainland for a brief tour in NAS Pensacola, Florida as ASO for TRAWING-SIX. How nice it was to have weekends off for a change. Then the BEST tour any NFO can have: CO/XO of VT-10 1988-1990. My final tour was as XO of NAS Moffett Field, California 90-91 under CAPT Tim Quigley. I am now living in the Cedar Park, Texas area (retired between jobs) and enjoying not having to go anywhere each day.first time since I was 5 years old. Would like old Shipmates to drop me a line. Especially looking for Bob Simril, Jim Shaddix, Curt Griffith, Bob Miles et al...DIRLAUTH..." [E-Mail Updated 15MAR2011 | BIO Updated 11JAN2010 | BIO/PIX Updated 16APR2008 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 17JAN2007 | BIO Updated 01NOV2005 | BIO/Pix Updated 28MAR2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JAN2000 | 18SEP97]

HOLLE, AM3 Richard J. holledn@comcast.net "...I served with VP-6 (1952-1953) and VC-35 (1954-1955). I left the service as AM3. I remember the names of those listed as serving from 1952-1953 but do not see the names of any metalsmiths that served during that period. Only have one regret and that is not having made a career of the Navy. Also if there is a copy of the VP-6 1953 Guam tour I would be interested..." [E-Mail Updated 06OCT2011 | 08JAN2002]

HOLMES, ATCS(AW/SW) Chris snarfy2@msn.com "...Just retired after 28 years filling the MMCPO billet in a "hook" squadron. Was an AT2 with VP-6 from 1980 to 1983. Worked the HF bench in AIMD and in the tron shop for the 1983 deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. My brother was the radio operator on Crew 2. Good to see some of the names on the sight, brings back alot of good thoughts. Take care Shipmates. Mabuhay and Mahalo..." [15JUN2004]

HOLT, CDR Fred C. Retired fredholt1@knology.net "...I served as an Aviator with VP-16 from 19958 to 1962, VP-6 from 1966 to 1968, and Commanding Officer with VXE-6 from 1973 to 1976. Flew the P2V-5, P3A, and LC-130F/R..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2003]

Memorial Picture "...HORNE, LCDR Philip A. Shipmate Pix ...My father was LCDR Philip A Horne. He passed away peacefully at age 99. He was lucid until his last days I’m blessed. He was winged at NAS Jacksonville, Florida class 5C-41-J on Dec 5, 1941. His duty assignments include: VCS-6 USS New Orleans flying Curtis SOC, until Tassafaronga. VS-55 & VS-58 flying OS2U from Noumea and Espiritu Santo. VB-144 Tarawa, Rio-Namur flying PV-1 Ventura. OTU-11 NAS Hutchinson, Kansas and NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying PV-1 and PV-2. ATU-? NAS Pensacola, Florida. Post war he flew with VP-3, VP-6, Operations officer NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Alameda, California. During Korea he was ship navigator USS Bataan (LHD-5) 1953. VW-1 NAS Agana, Guam flying P2V-5J as Cyclone Hunter 1953-56. He was then assigned as a regular navy officer/instructor for a reserve squadron in NAS Atlanta, Georgia. Final duty was VR-3 MATS McGuire AFB flying R5D, R6D. Retired June 1962. As far as my research can show LCDRHorne was the final plank owner pilot to pass away. SEE: Philip Ardine Horne 1917 - 2016..." Contributed by Jonathan Hornejonathan.horne53@gmail.com [04MAR2023]

HOSKINSON, Albert "Bert" hosk948@bellsouth.net "...I served with the Blue Sharks [VP-6] from 84-87 in the Ordnance Shop with Chief Stone, PO1 Rock and PO2 Decluesend. Now am enjoying a career as a Chef and laughing at the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. Still think fondly of all the times in P.I. and wish I had never left Hawaii..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 06FEB2002 | 25JAN99]

HOWE, Stan stanhowe815@juno.com "...I served with VP-6 while they were flying the P2. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23JUL2012]

HOYAL, ROBERT D. cargoart@aol.com "...I was with VP-6 from mid '84- late '86 as a SS1-2. Interested in corresponding with old crewmembers and friends..." [04APR99]

HUETTEMANN, David Huetty1@juno.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1987 through 1990. WOW seems like yesterday. Looking for old mates I served with..." [05JUL2000]

HUMFLEET, ADCS John Retired jhfleet2@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-6 (AD3) from 1957-1959 as 2nd Mech on Crew 4 for Bugs Carter then nite check Power Plants shop, VP-4 (ADR1) from 1963-1966 as Plane Captain Crew 1 (CDR Moses, CDR Bowen, LT Broadwell) for first two years, then Plane Capt/Trouble Shooters shop, and VP-22 (ADCS) 1972-1974 as QA CPO. Have been with the FAA since 1976. I plan on attending the VP-4 Reunion unless something drastic comes up. I'd like to hear from the old timersfrom VP-4/VP-6/VP-22..." [E-Mail Updated 30APR2003 | E-Mail Updated 05DEC99 | 28APR98]

HUMPHREY, Fran (Frank) LEAF351@aol.com "...AECS (FE), VP-6, 79-82, VP-9, 85-88, NAMTRADET 1011, 82-85, NAMTRADET 1012, 88-91. Would like to hear from all old Shipmates, crew and friends..." [26JUN98]

IRELAND, ADCS William (Bill) A. Retired gummadoom@comcast.net "...I served with HT-18 (1971 to 1974), VP-6 (1974 to 1977), HT-18 (1978 to 1980), VP-44 (1980 to 1983), VF-45 (1983 to 1987), VP-56 (1987 to 1990), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida from (1990 to 1993) and retired after 22 years of service..." [E-Mail Updated 02DEC2007 | 18AUG98]

JACKSON, LCDR Andrew E. Ph.D. Retired p3cpilot@aol.com "....VP-6 ('76-'79), Ensign - Lieutenant. Qualified as Patrol Plane Navigator, Tactical Navigator, Tactical Coordiantor and Mission Commander. Flew with Crew 1 and Crew 11. Deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Served as Electric Branch Officer, Nuclear Safety Officer, and Assistant Maintenannce Officer. Completed NFO to Pilot Transition in March 1982. Served with VP-45 ('82-'85). Lieutenant - Lieutenant Commander. Qualified as PP3P, PP2P, Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander. Flew with Crew 3 and Crew 12. Deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Rota, Spain, Spain/Lajes, Azores. Served as Assistant Command Services Officer, Assisstant Admin Officer, Training Officer, and Tactics Officer. P-3 Update IV Project Officer Naval Air Development Center Warminster, PA. ('85-'87), S-3/SH-60 Project Manager - Naval Training Systems Center Orlando, Florida ('87-'88). Retired October 1988. Currently at Arizona State University in Aeronautical Management Technology Department..." [E-Mail Updated 30JUN2005 | 28MAY98]

Memorial Picture "...JACKSON, AL2 Francis A...Looking for information about AL2 Francis A. Jackson. He passed away in 1995 in Traverse City, Michigan. He was in VP-6 from February 1949 until December 1951. He was a crewmember in P2V-3W or P2V-3 Neptunes. Would like to hear from any of his flight crewmembers. I'm also looking for photos and memories of duty shared with him in NAS Atsugi, Japan, Tachikawa, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, or NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Sharing of any of this would be greatly appreciated...Al Hemstreet arhem@comcast.net..." [13SEP2005]

JACKSON, James E. nancyjackson9066@comcast.net "...I served with VP-6 (1969-1971)..." [E-Mail Updated 26OCT2012 | 13JUL2003]

JERASA, CWO4 Ron "Gunner" Retired ron.jerasa@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1974-1977), NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1977-1980), VP-44 (09/1980-12/1983), NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1983-1986), USS Independence (CV-62) (1986-1988), VC-10 (1988-1990) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, AIMD NAS Oceana (1990-1992), USS John F. kennedy (CV-67) (1992-1994), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (1994-1996) and VF-11 (1996-1998). We are now living in Virginia Beach..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13FEB2015 | 14JAN2001]

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, 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, Larry catherinemckeever@ymail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1968-1970) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [07MAR2013]

JOHNSON, Mike johnsomw@sterlingdi.com "...I served in the "Blue Sharks" from 67' to 71' as an AZ3. I have been busy copying down names I recognize. A VP-6 Reunion would be GREAT!! If anyone else is out there, Iet me hear from ya!! Mike Johnson, (828) 877-4894(home) or (828) 885- 5380(work). I have stayed in contact with several of our OLD buddys..." [17DEC98]

JOHNSON, ADCS Mike MPJ77@msn.com "...P-3 F/E, VP-6 82 to 86, VP-31 86 to 90, VP-9 90 to 92, CNAP Evaluator 92 to 95, VP-30 VR-DET as CINC LANT Fleet Crew F/E, and now with VR-1 at Andrews AFB, MD..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 05DEC2001]]

JORDAN, CWO4 Larry P. Retired woforet@sc.rr.com "...I served with VP-4, VP-16, VP-17, HS-5 (1959 to 1961), VS-24 (1963 to 1967), FAETUATL (1967 to 1970), ADCOP Palomar College (1971 to 1973), CPW-5 (1976 to 1977), ASWOC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1977 to 1979), and FCTCLANT Dam Neck..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2003 | 14DEC98]

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]

JOYCE, ADR2 Jack (JJ) jj3460@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1962 to 1965 as an ADR2. Would like to hear from anyone in VP-6 during these years. Would like to connect with old friends and squadron mates!..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 20FEB2002 | BIO Updated 07FEB2002 | 21DEC99]

JUHL, Doug djuhl@radix.net "...I served in VP-6 (P-3A's), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from '67 to '70. Deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Naha, Okinawa. Later, from '78 to '80 at VP-23 (P-3UDII's); split deployment to Iceland and Diego Garcia. Lots of fun a long time ago..." [28FEB98]

KELLY, Michael mhkelly@bresnan.net "...FTAS Tech, TSC NAS Adak, Alaska 4/77 - 4/78, Radio/IFT VP-6 12/78 - 2/82, ASWOC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - 2/82 until my escape on 2/2/85. Olongopo, Osan, Dodge, and Djibouti. Oh the sweet sound of a hydrophone wrapped around a Charlie and a 40 lb. bouy banging away on the hull! Would enjoy hearing from any of you former Sharks (circa. 78-81)..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2007 | 15OCT97]

KELLY, Michael H. mhkelly@bresnan.net "...COMPATWINGSPAC Det. NAS Adak, Alaska 77-78, VP-6, Crews 1 & 3 IFC 78-81, CPW-2 82-85..." [05FEB2006]

KERNAN, Frank frank_kernan@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (01/1966-01/1970) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and all the stuff in between. Would like to here from anyone from that era, Don Delao, Jimmy Saxton, Glenn Yammamoto et al. I had the honor to fly with some very, very fine men..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2018 | 21MAY2002]

KILGER, CAPTAIN Peter Retired peter.kilger@gmail.com "...I graduated from the United States Naval Academy (1980), Naval Flight Officer (1981), VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-6 (1982-1985) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and Naval Air Training Unit, Mather AFB, California (trained Student Naval Flight Officers in advanced navigation methods), VP-66 (1986-1997) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, VQ-11 (1999-2000) as Commanding Officer, FMP MOCC 0197 (2000-2002), Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for New Hampshire (2002-2006), VTU in New Hampshire, VTU in Salt Lake City, SACT Unit, NOSC Support Unit (2008) and retired (Navy Reserve) in June 2008. I am currently the Director of Programs for Sierra Nevada Corporation in Dayton, OH..." [22NOV2010]

KING, ABH3 Donald gopetstop@aim.com "...I served with VP-6 from May 1967 to June 1970. Spent most of my days in the Line Shack. I watched your wings when you were on he ground. Went to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and watched your wings there. I was there when the B-52 blew. I made the NAB Chimu Wan, Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, Japan and Philppines Deployment Cruise. I was there April 5, 1968. The boy's and their Yellow toy's. Any one remember how we had to put the P-3s tail at a angle to get it in the hanger? I do, I bent a towbar there. Story goes it was easy to get them in the hanger after that. Talk about FOD, we had big toads on the runway. Sent to Japan during Pablow thing. Went to Tahiti with one of our flights. If you remeber e-mail me. Took orders to the Bon Hom Richard in July 6, 1970. That is another story. I had a 1957 Chevy Conv at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Wish I still had it. You guy's be bad it's more fun..." [11MAY2011]

KING, Pamela (Silbaugh) ransil@sgi.net "...Served in VP-6 from '84-'90 and NAS North Island, San Diego, California AIMD 90-94..." [13FEB99]

KNEISLEY, Ralph ralph.kneisley@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (04/1967-01/1971) as a Second Mechanic. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27OCT2015 | 26FEB99]

KOMAREK, Jon jk234@aol.com "...I served with VP-7 from 1963 to 1966 and VP-6 from 1972 to 1974..." [01DEC2009]

KOSICKI, Bob bkosicki@snet.net "...Served as an AT2 in VP-6, NAS Barbers Pt, Iwakuni, 1960-63. Interested in hearing from other VP'ers. Perhaps a Reunion soon..." [02JUL98]

KRIDER, Richard richkr@paclink.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1982 - 1986 as a SS1 on Crew 11. Then FNOC Monterey from 1987 - 1990..." [27SEP98]

KRAMAR, AZ1(AW) Kim Retired K3msugrad@hotmail.com "...I served with NAS Lemoore, California from 1972-1976, VP-6 from 1976-1979, NAF Detroit, Michigan VP-SAU from 1979-1986, VP-0622 NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1986-1990, and VP-93 from 1990-1992 (plus all the training squadrons in between). I am currently attending Michigan State University as a fulltime student in Construction Management for the 2000-2001 year. Expected graduation date May 2001. This is my 2nd goal in life the 1st being retiring from the Navy..." [E-Mail Updated 02JAN2003 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 28JUL2000 | Updated 23JUN98][ICQ# 14042472]

KROSTAG, Jack jkrostag@bloomer.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1956 through 1958. I was in crew 2 with Lt Lynch. Spent two tours in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Our home base was NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would like to hear from anyone that served with the squadron at that time. (AOL Screen name vp60000.)..." [01FEB2002]

KUEHLER, CDR Don Retired DKuehler@aol.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, VP-56, and again with VP-31, and with hours driving the P2V-2, P2V-3, P2V-4, P2V-5F, P2V-6, and P2V-7 can't say enough about the old Peter Two..." [02FEB98]

KUEHL, Keith kkuehl@lightdog.com "...I served with VP-6. Flew radio mostly with Crew Ten from 1982 through 1986 then did four at NAS Point Mugu, California..." [29MAY2000]

LANDIS, ATCS Kevin Retired kslandis@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-4 from October 1982 to April 1984, VP-6 from April 1984 to October 1985, Naval Air Development Center from September 1986 to December 1989, VPU-1 from January 1990 to September 1994, NAS Point Mugu, California from September 1994 to November 1997, got lost on the USS Nimitz from November 1997 to November 2000, and glad to say returned to flying at Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron NAS Point Mugu, California from December 2000 to December 2003. Seems I didn't have enough of P-3's, so now I'm retired and working as a contractor for PMA-290 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 10JUN2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 29APR2005 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 01MAR2001 | 29FEB2001]

LANTAYA, Cirilo Retired jp3mek@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-6 Mech Shop (Power Plants) from Aug 1983-Aug 1989, then got transffered to shore duty to AIMD NAS Miramar, California from there went to VF-24 and 211 and made 2 deployments to the gulf aboard USS Nimitz, went back to shore duty with Naval Weapon Test Squadron in NAS Point Mugu, California now designated as VX-30 Air Test And Evaluation, Retired March 2000, and currently working in a company here in Point Mugu, CA having contract from the Navy for aircraft maintenance of VX-30's P-3A and C-130 Aircraft..." [18JUN2005]

LATTA, CAPTAIN Stephen B. U. S. Naval Academy "...Captain Stephen B. Latta was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a Naval Aviator. He entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1978 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1980. After initial assignments to Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), and Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) as a FRS Instructor, Captain Latta reported to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet embarked on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan. There, he served as ASW Plans Officer and Aide to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. After tours to the BUPERS as a Rating Assignment Officer, and Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) as a Department Head, Captain Latta reported to CPW-2 as Operations Officer in August 1992. After disestablishment of CPW-2 in June 1993, he joined Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Current Operations Officer. Captain Latta joined Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) as Executive Officer in June 1994. While there, the squadron deployed to Diego Garcia, BIOT. During this deployment, VP-17 assumed detachment responsibilities for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from LANTFLT, thus becoming the first quad-site deployed VP squadron. Upon completion of deployment, the squadron was disestablished in March 1995. Captain Latta served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) from April 1995 to April 1997. While assigned, the squadron deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and supported dual Battlegroup operation during the China-Taiwan crisis. The squadron was also recognized as the Battle "E" winner twice, the AVCM Donald M. Neal "Golden Wrench" winner for maintenance excellence, and CNO Safety Award winner twice. Captain Latta reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May 1997 where he headed a DoD review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 as the Assistant Director for Joint Officer Management. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (DASD(MPP)). In August 1999, Captain Latta reported to Commander, Maritime and Surveillance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet as the Chief of Staff. Almost immediately, he oversaw the first real world ASW prosecution in the Mediterranean in nearly 10 years, initial Maritime Patrol support to Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, and the integration of new technologies to Mediterranean operations. In June 2002, Captain Latta reported to USNA as Director of Admissions. Captain Latta's awards include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Naval Commendation Medals, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as various service awards..." [31MAY2003]

LAUBIE, AMH3 Tonya tmainsw@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1986-1990 (left as an AMH3). Two NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and one to NAS Adak, Alaska. Like to hear from any Shipmates..." [09JUN2003]

LEMOIS, AW1(AW/NAC) Robert "Bob" robert.lemois@gmail.com "...I served with RATCEN, VP-92, VP-31, VP-6, VP-92, VP-30, COMRESPATWINGPAC, FMP MOCC EPAC, VP-62 and RESASWTRACEN. Hope to hear from old Shipmates..." [07AUG2009]

LENHARR, ADCS(AW) STAN slenharr@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from February 1981 through October 1984, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from November 1984 through June 1987, VP-44 NAS Brunswick, Maine from July 1987 until it was disestablished in May 1991, and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from August 1991 through July 1993. After 2nd tour at AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine checked into VP-8 July 1993 and enjoyed 7 fun-filled years there until I transfered to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland September 2000. I am currently still at NRL. Retirement is in the near future. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 17APR2002 | BIO Updated 10APR2002 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 18MAR2002 | 10MAY98]

LINAM, AFCM Ray Retired jlinam@net1inc.net "...Served in VP-8, 1962-65, and VP6-, 1970-74. I would appreciate hearing from old Shipmates. Retired in 1976, and continued my career at NAS Pensacola NADEP. Retired Civil Service as Division Director in 1993..." [26APR98]

Memorial Picture "...LINDLEY, AX1 Ken...Passed away last year..." Contributed by BAIRD, AEC Roy H. Retired roybaird1@earthlink.net [07MAY2002]

LINDLEY, Kenneth W. KWLAX1@AOL.com "...Would like to hear from some old shipmates VP-6... I served with VP-6 from 1966 to 1970. Made dets to NAS Adak, Alaska, Okinawa and the PI. I have made contact with two guys so far..."

LITTLE, Joe joe.little@tinker.af.mil "...I served with VP-6 from 1983-1987 as a member of the World Famous "ZOO TWO." It'd be nice to hear from all of the old Sharks. The best "intramural" sports teams I ever had the pleasure to be a part of and by FAR the best Skipper (Billy Leon Temple) from Knobknoster Missouri..." [01JUL2002]

Memorial Picture "...LOPEZ, CAPTAIN Gary S....Died May 16th, 2003 from pancreatic cancer. Gary's first P-3 assignment was with the Blue Sharks of VP-6. He then affiliated with the Reserves and was a PPC/MC with VP-92 at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He screened for Command and became the Commanding Officer of the Northern Sabre's Patrol Squadron Master Augment Unit (VP-MAU), NAS Brunswick, Maine. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and in October 1994 retired after 27 years of Naval Service. Gary worked for the FAA for the last 25 years and most recently was the Boston Flight Standards District Office Manager. He was named the FAA National Manager of the year two times and the Regional Manager of the Year four times. He leaves behind his wife Christina, and sons Scott, Todd, Chad and daughter Gina. Kevin Cahill kevin1fe@aol.com..." [27MAY2003]

LUBENOW, Joe ssheba147@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1960 to 1963. I would like to hear from other Blue Sharks..." [22DEC2006]

LUCAS, AOCS Gary c/o His Friend Roger E. Bezayiff jarebez@tele-net.net "...I am a friend of Gary Lucas, AOCS. Gary would have loved to go to the VO-67 Reunion, but will be unable to. He lost both of his legs due to diabetes. Gary has many fond memories of VO-67 in Vietnam, and would very much like to hear from his old Shipmates. Gary enlisted in 1951, served in VP-6 from 53-55, VP-9 from 56-60, VP-19 from 65-67, and VO-67 from 67-68. He retired as an AOCS in 1972. His address is: Gary Lucas, Camelot Acres #4, Yeringtion, NV 89447, (775)-463-2341. I would be very happy to pass along any emails that you would send to Gary. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Roger E. Bezayiff jarebez@tele-net.net, AMAN, served with VW-4 1955-1957..." [13FEB99]

LUCE, AO3 Michael G. mluce4@msn.com "...I served from 1967-71 in VP-28 and in VP-6. I am trying to find any of my crewmates. Crew 8 VP-28 or Crew 10 VP-6. Boobs, G.D., Banville, are you guys out there? Anyone still alive from the Odanance shops? I was shocked to find out that NAS Adak, Alaska, and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii have both been decommissioned. I wonder If Bar V.O. is still there in NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan? I retired from teaching and I am now working in the Seattle area teaching teachers. Drop me a line. I am full of "What ever happened" questions and the "Battle of the Airmans Club stories...I was in crew 10 of VP-6 October 1969 to December of 1970. I am looking for any of my squadron that made the deployment to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. I was an AO-3 whose birthday party and getting out party turned into the "battle of the Airmans Club." The Capt. let me go home and I think that Curt 'Gurdy' Armstrong was the only one that got busted. VP-6 was of course banned from the air force facilities at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan. It was a great party and a better fight. Drop me a line guys..." [E-Mail Updated 27OCT2012 | BIO Updated 30MAY2001 | 23MAY2001]

LUKEN, AX2 Tom tomluken@comcast.net "...I served with VP-6 as a AX-2 from 1963 to 1965 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NS Subic Bay, Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, etc. I joined the navy and saw the world. Any of my Shipmates still out there?..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 19MAY2004 | 09JAN99]

LYNCH, AO2 Jeffrey D. jrjklynch@cs.com "...I served with VP-6 from November 1987 to September 1991. I would like to hear from anyone who served with VP-6 during the dame time period..." [03MAR2002]

Memorial Picture "...LYNN, CAPTAIN Joseph Sr...My father, CAPTAIN Joseph Lynn Sr., Retired recently died of what he called 'general breakdown'. He did so with all of his 6 children surviving, and as a recent great grandfather. After the death of his beloved wife Janet in 1995, my father remarried, and my dearly beloved step-mom Peggy is now graced with more children than she can control. I'm hoping to create a webpage in honor of one of the most impressive persons I've ever met, and I would appreciate any comments, photos or information that any of the thousands of people who've had the fortune to meet him might add. I would especially like to hear from his old squadron members (CO VP-6, CO USS Albemarle (AV-5), XO NAS Pensacola, Florida, CO NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida, Naval War College, and then to staff NAS Norfolk, Virginia) and Dewey Ostrom, if anyone knows whether he's still around. Joe Lynn (very junior) joe@idatic.net..." [25JAN2003]

MAGRAW, John abeech90l@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 Crew 11 from 1968-1971 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Any info on my FE AE1 D. K. Hughes would be appreciated. I would also like to get a squadron patch and would like to obtain a model of a SP5B Martin Marlin from my time in VP-48..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2005 | 05JUL99]

MAHAFFEY, Sterry D. Sr. otetz@aol.com "...I was in VP-6 from 1947-49. I would appreciate hearing from my old 'mates!..." [07FEB98]

MANN, ADC Mark A. Retired mmann1@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-5 in April, 1972 as an ADJAN. VP-5 was on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily at the time. I was first assigned the duties of Duty Driver. In those months, I met many of the aircrew when I delivered food, coffee, and water to the flights. That led me to riding along on a tactical flight one day and I thought that was the neatest thing since sliced bread. Then I heard about the second mech program and started lobbying to be allowed to enter that program. I was allowed and when the squadron next deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, I was there as a NATOPS qualified second mech. Another deployment back to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and then I was up for orders. Wanting to continue flying, I reported to VP-31 for FE school, where I finished #1 in my class. My next assignment was VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. From there, I went back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and taught ground pounders at NAMTD1011. My next assignment was VP-30 FE refresher followed by VP-45. While at VP-45, my wife got really sick and I took a humanitarian transfer to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Fortunately, she recovered quickly and I terminated my humanitarian status and reported to VP-16. When that tour ended, I reported to RTC Orlando and pushed boots for 3 years. After RTC, I went back west to VP-31 for another FE refresher course and on to VP-47. I retired from the Navy in 1993 and went to work for United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney Division and then on to their Hamilton Sunstrand (formerly Hamilton Standard) Division. I retired from there in 2013 and currently live in the Charlotte, NC area. I loved the VP community and everyone in it, and I loved flying the greatest airplane ever built...." [28FEB2019]

MANNING, ATC Joseph B. Retired josephbman@aol.com "...I served with ATU-12 (1948-1951), VP-6 (1951-1954), VW-1 / VW-3 (1958-1961) and VP-19 (1963-1968). I retired as a ATC. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10APR2006]

MAPPEL, AW2 Marlan mappel@att.com "...I served with VP-6 from June 1968 to March 1971. Flew in crew 1,2, and 4. Would like to hear from anyone in VP-6 at that time. Made deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 1969 and NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan 1970. Would like to hear from anyone that was in VP-6 at that time. Let me know if you will make the Reunion..." [10DEC2002]

MARGESON, CDR http://www.navy.mil/homepages/vrc30/XO.htm "...Commander Margeson graduated from the University of Washington in 1985. He was commissioned through the Naval Aviation Officer Commisioning Program in Pensacola, Florida and designated a Naval Aviator in April 1987. After completion of flight training and initial fleet replacement training in the P-3B Orion, CDR Margeson reported aboard VP-6, the "World Famous Blue Sharks" in Barbers Point, Hawaii. While attached to VP-6, he served as Schedules Officer, Nuclear Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer completing two NORPAC deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and one WESTPAC deployment operating from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. After completion of his first sea tour, CDR Margeson reported to VP-31 for FRS Instructor Pilot duty where he earned a transition to the E-2C Hawkeye. Immediately following initial carrier qualification aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) he reported to VAW-110 for fleet replacement training in the E-2C Hawkeye followed by fleet duty attached to the "World Famous Hormel Hawgs" of VAW-114. While attached to VAW-114 he served as Pilot Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer completing two WESTPAC deployments based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Following CDR Margeson's second sea tour and fifth sea service deployment, he reported for shore duty as a "Red Knight" Primary Flight Instructor attached to VT-3 based at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. While at VT-3 he served as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer and received his second fleet transition, this time to the C-2A Greyhound. Following a quick fleet transition training cycle at VAW-120 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, CDR Margeson reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron THREE ZERO. He assumed the duties as Detachment TWO Officer-in-Charge based aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) completing a RIMPAC exercise and WESTPAC deployment in support of Operations DESERT FOX and SOUTHERN WATCH. He completed his tour as the Squadron Operations Officer overseeing one of the most successful and safest operational years in VRC-30 history. Following his tour in VRC-30, CDR Margeson volunteered for a second straight C-2A Officer-in-Charge sea duty assignment transferring to the Navy's only forward deployed C-2A detachment, VRC-30 Detachment FIVE based in NAS Atsugi, Japan. As the Det FIVE OIC, CDR Margeson led the Detachment during three at-sea periods based aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and prior to his departure successfully prepared the Detachment for their role in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Margeson's most recent assignment was a Chief Staff Officer to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, Pacific..." [11JUL2003]

MARINO, Greg gmdoc1@icloud.com "...I served with VP-6 (1971-1974) flying as a FE..." [21MAR2016]

MARTINEZ, Carlos mehmcpm@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-6 from March 1990 to just before decom, my first and best tour! I hope my old squadron mates are well. I'd really like to hear from anybody who knows where Fred Marazita or Celeste Harnish are. I lost track of them a while back. I was stationed around Hawaii until May, 2000. I'm now in San Diego working with the brown-water Navy. Sure miss the VP days...take care all!..." [10SEP2000]

MARTINEZ, Ricardo A. "Marty" ramart51@aol.com "...I served with VP-6, VP-9, VX-20 and VX-30. Working as a Maintenance Manager (LAWTFC Fueling Operations) at Los Angeles International Airport since retirement in 2004..." [05MAY2017]

MASSENBURG, REAR ADMIRAL Walter B. http://www.mid-atlantic-log.net/KeySpeaker.htm "...A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rear Admiral Massenburg graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics and was commissioned in November 1970. He commenced flight training in January 1971 and was designated a Naval Aviator the following November. After recruiting duty at Naval District, Pittsburgh as part of Operation Feedback, Rear Admiral Massenburg was detailed to VP-45 from August 1972 until January 1976. He participated in one Atlantic and two Mediterranean deployments while assigned as Legal Officer, ASW Attack Officer, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. From February 1976 to June 1978, he served in VX-1, participating in the operational evaluation of the P-3C Update II, Harpoon Missile System, DICASS Sonobuoy and numerous detachments in support of special operations. While at VX-1, he obtained a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. In August 1978, Rear Admiral Massenburg reported to Naval Facility, Antigua, West Indies, as the Executive Officer. Two years later, in October 1980, he was assigned to VP-30 as the Team Leader of the COMPATWINGSLANT Tactical Training Team. In January 1983, he again reported to VP-45. During his tenure as the Operations Officer he deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; the squadron was awarded the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle "E" award. Rear Admiral Massenburg was later selected as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations sponsored Antisubmarine Warfare Continuum (OP-113C) in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training. In February 1986, he was assigned to the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare) as the Antisubmarine Warfare Aircraft Inventory Coordinator (OP-508C2). He reported to VP-6 as the Executive Officer in March 1987. Rear Admiral Massenburg commanded VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from March 1988 until March 1989. During this time, the squadron deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and participated in RIMPAC 88. Rear Admiral Massenburg subsequently attended the Naval War College where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with distinction in June 1990. He then served on the staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Branch Chief, Tactical Forces Branch in the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8). Rear Admiral Massenburg was selected as a Material Professional in May 1992 and completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Following his graduation, he reported to the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office as Deputy Program Manager for the P-3 Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP). In April 1995 he assumed command of the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290), responsibilities included: the acquisition, support, engineering, and logistics for all P-3, S-3, EP-3, ES-3, VP Special Projects, and Foreign Military Sales of the P-3 aircraft for fifteen countries. Rear Admiral Massenburg assumed the leadership and management responsibility of the Assistant Commander for Logistics (AIR-3.0) on 22 February 1999. Rear Admiral Massenburg's Decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and numerous campaign and service awards..." [24JUN2003]

MASTERS, CDR David R. Retired dmasters@comline.com "...A native of Phoenix, Arizona, with 2 years 8 months in the United Stated Marine Corps reserves CDR Masters graduated from Phoenix College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aeronautics. He entered flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) in 1958 and was commissioned Ensign USNR and designated a Naval Aviator in October 1959. Initial operational assignment was flying the P2V-5FS in VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Nov 1959 to Jan 1963. Participated in 3 Western Pacific deployments while assigned as Navigation Officer, Classified Material Control Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Patrol Plane Commander and augmented to USN. His next assignment was VT-29 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as Navigation Flight Instructor and Power Plants Division Officer and he attained Aircraft Commander Designation in the C-117, C-118 and T-29 aircraft. Selected for USNPS, Monterey, California in 1963 CDR Masters attained Aircraft Commander Designation in S-2 type Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft and completed college courses in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Warfare and Industrial Safety and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree May 1966. CDR MASTERS next received orders to the Aircraft Carrier U.S. Ranger CVA-61 as Ships Assistant Navigator in 1966 to 1968. During this tour CDR MASTERS qualified as Navigator, Deep Draft Command, Officer of the Deck in-Port and Underway, Boating Officer, Command Duty Officer and Conning alongside during Underway Replenishment. He also undertook the development and the rewriting of all boating, ships control, duty officer and emergency ship handling books for the U.S. Ranger. During this tour he completed several deployments to the South China Sea operating from Yankee Station in combat support of U.S. Forces in Vietnam. In 1968 CDR MASTERS next received orders to the ARMED FORCES SENIOR STAFF COLLEGE, Norfolk, VA completing studies in World affairs, Political assessment, Major Staff Warfare planning and War Plans Development. CDR MASTERS next tour of duty was with the NAVAL AVIATION SAFETY CENTER as assistant editor of Naval Safety publications for Surface Ships, Submarines and Aircraft from 1968 to 1969. CDR MASTERS then began his second tour with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1969 to 1972. Prior to reporting to VP-6 in November, 1968 as Maintenance Officer, CDR MASTERS attended P-3 Orion aircraft transition training in VP-31 at NAS Moffett Field, California earning Patrol Plane Commander designation. He served as Aviation Safety Officer, Maintenance Department Head and Patrol Plane Commander in the P-3A Orion aircraft. During this assignment CDR MASTERS completed several deployments to Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. He served as Officer-In-Charge of Naval Air Forces Vietnam at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He then received orders to COMPATWINGTWO as staff Maintenance officer achieving the highest levels of Pacific Fleet Operational Readiness and Full Systems Capability for all assigned Patrol Squadrons. For his final career assignment CDR MASTERS received orders to NAS Lemoore, California to implement a new method of Weapons System Development (FIT) for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter. The F/A-18 Hornet was developed to replace the former F-4 Phantom fighter and the A-7E attack aircraft. As a result of the Maintainability and Reliability improvement of the F/A-18 strike fighter, maintenance man-hours per flight hour were reduced by over 80%. After completing this most satisfying assignment CDR MASTERS retired with 25 years of military service. Since his retirement CDR MASTERS had participated in many entrepreneurial endeavors in which he obtained US patents for some of them. He enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife Diana..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JUL2007 | 07DEC2001]

MASTERS, Jack JAMAPARTY@WEBTV.NET "...June 1947 BOOT CAMP SAN DIEGO company 42 Oct. 1947 Av. fundimental school, NAS Jacksonville, Florida Dec. 1947 NATTC Millington, Tn. Aug. 1947 AL3 ATU-10 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas flt. crew, Maint. stores Apr. 1951 AL2 FAW-6 staff. Pearl H. July 1951 VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii P2V's Aug. 1951 VP-6 NAS Atsugi, Japan flt. crew Jan. 1952 AL1 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1952 VP-6 NAS Kodiak, Alaska (Flt crews 1953 VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Nov. 1953 VR3 NAS Moffett Field, California R6D's Inspection & test & flt.crew Feb. 1957 Left navy, worked at Stanford U. in elctronic research. Got teaching degree and taught for 27 years, mostly public secondary school as well as doing real estate and other but my fondest memories are N A V A L AVIATION AND its wonderful people. I, like many of you, joined at 17 and grew up there...our proms. & "frat parties" stuff happened in the navy. I would not trade or sell that exprience or the memories for all the gold (or stock options) in California!..." [31JUL2001]

MAURER, Ed emaurer@atlantic1.com "...I'm a retired AW1 (1978-1997); looking at my old squadron's page (VP-6 & VP-62) I saw mentioned some old Shipmates. That was nice; especially reading about the wheels-up landing VP-6 performed on Kawaui back in 1980. I never know too many details about it till now. PS: We've an old Soviet Juliet class sub here in the bay area that has been restored and is open as a static display. Haven't been to it yet but it looks like something to go see when the boy gets a little bigger. Aloha..." [14JUN99]

MAXWELL, AE2 Colleen colleen@sailsantacruz.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1985 to 1989. I have great memories and often think about everyone I served with. If your out there send me an email..." [07JUN2004]

McCANN, YN3 Dennis L. dmc9601686@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 67 to 71. Deployments: (2) Naha, Okinawa & (1) NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Would like email or street addresses of any officers or enlisted personnel in squadron..." [06JAN99]

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McCULLOUGH, Don Shipmate PixCirca 1968 dmac1147@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1966-11/1968) as a "Julie" Operator with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 19APR2015 | E-Mail Updated 07AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 24OCT98 | Updated 25JAN98]

McCUNE, TERRY mack@thevision.net"..I am seeking old navy buddies that served with me at NOTS, China Lake (1948 - 1952 and VP6 (Blue Sharks)(1952 - 1954). We were all AD1 at the time. Names are GEORGE ZINGLER and LOUIS CAMERSON HALL. Would be delighted to hear from any one that knew me any time during my Navy career. (1942 - 1966). Give me a call at 209-526-1218 or give me an e-mail message." [E-Mail Updated 16MAY2001]

McDONALD, ATC(AW/NAC) Doug McDonald.DouglasC@tacamo.navy.mil "...I served as P-3A/B IFT/Radio Operator. VP-6 Jun-84 to Sep-87. VAQ-44 Oct-87 to Oct 91. BUPERS SDC Oct 91 to Sep 96. SERE NAS Brunswick, Maine Oct 96 to Present. Would love to hear from anyone that remembers me...Currently at VQ-4 doing the TACAMO thing..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 22JUN2000 | 11APR98]

McEACHERN, AMH1 Kenneth W. werunamck@att.net "...I served (FE) with VP-6, VP-31 and VP-48..." [30NOV2014]

McGUIRE, Clarence D. pappymac@bellsouth.net "...I started out in Jan 1959 in San Diego. Joined VP-6 in March 1959. Started flying P-2V's as an AO. Transfer'd in Jan 64 to Fall Brook Cl., Seal Beach Annex. Out in Aug 64. Back in Oct 68 with the TARS in NAS Jacksonville, Florida then as a VP-62Plank Owner. Transfer'd Oct62 to VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as an AW2. Then to HAS-30 to HSL-36 Mayport. Transfer'd to VP-30 as a AW1 instructer in non acustic P-3C II. RETIRED Aug 83 AWC. Would like to contact anyone who may have crossed paths with me. Also looking for those who participated in Operation Dominic Spring of 62..." [E-Mail Updated 24FEB99 | 17MAR98]

McGUIRE, David pappymac@bellsouth.net "...I was in vp 6 Feb 59 until October 63. I do not have the numbers about the aircraft but someone might know. During operation Dominica we were returning from a patrol when we had a fire in the starboard receip. We were unable to maintain flight on one engine so we exercised the jettison bill. Then we took it a little beyond and stripped the aircraft of every thing plus wiring. We were being followed by a rescue aircraft that was directly over head when the PPC told me to fire the flare. (did not know that the Dumbo was overhead)) The flair missed the plane but scared them enough for them to move back. We flew on one engine for many many hours at an altitude of 25 to 50 feet. When we landed at Christmas Island we ran out of fuel at touchdown. The Aircraft was a strike. If any one remembers please E Mail me. Thanks. This took place in the spring of 61 or 62. (Old Age memory)..." [12MAR99]]

McGUIRE, Ronald Lee mcguire@gte.net "...I was stationed with VP-6 from 1961-1964. Flew with various crews. AOAN at the time. Contiuned my military career retired in 1982. Worked until 1998 for Raytheon as Senior field engineer in the middle east. Really nice to see this page and book. My brother and I were statationed together in VP-6 such fond memories" A special hello to "Big Squirley." Now live in Maud, Tx RR2 Box 228 75567 903-585-2205..." [22JUN98]

McKAY, AW1 Byron byron_mckay@flashcom.net Shipmate PixCirca 1974 Shipmate PixCirca 2000 "...I was an AW with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1973 to 1976, and an Instructor at FASOTRAGRUPAC NAS Moffett Field, California from 1976 to 1979, and spent 1980 on board USS Ranger out of San Diego as a member of the CIC ASW team, during which I got my flight time in SH-3 and S-3A/B aircraft. I was on around 3 deployments to WestPac during my stay at VP-6. I left the Nav in 1980 for personal reasons, and have always missed the sense of family with my Shipmates and squadron members. I've never had a better job since..." [Picture Updated 07JUL2000 | 11MAY2000]

McKENNA, Doug "DougieMac" Retired dhmckii64@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1977 to 1983, VP-1 from 1983 to 1986, VP-22 from 1986 to 1988 including TAD to VP-17 NAS Adak, Alaska in 1987, VP-31 (2nd Mech School) in 1979 and FE School 1981 and VP-62 (Reserve) from 1989 to 1996. I got a few degrees from Embry-Riddle and an A & P Cert and currently have my own consulting company. I travel extensively so let's communicate a hook-up. Aloha!..." [E-Mail Updated 19MAY2011 | E-Mail Updated 22JAN2003 | 27DEC98]

McMILLIN, Jerry L. mpatjer@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1950 to 1953 and TWA from 1963 to 2003..." [24JUL2003]

McMILLAN, Jasper jmcmil12@netscape.net "...I served with VP-1 and then with VP-6 (1983 through 1987). Would like to hear from anyone interested..." [27MAY2000]

MEGOW, Randy rmegow@hotmail.com "...Would love to hear from any old Shipmates. Started out in VQ-1 from 1985 till 1990. Went Flight Engineer and have been in VP-6, VP-4, VP-11, VP-10, VP-26, and now find myself here at CPRW-5. Can't say "shore duty is for fags" anymore. Take Care, and God's speed to all..." [12DEC2002]

MENSEN, ADCS Scott Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 2001 porsche413@aol.com "...I joined the Naval Air Reserves in Dec 1972 on the delayed entry program. Just two weeks out of high school and after a short Reserve boot camp in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I completed T-56 "I" level repair training and was sent to AIMD NS Rota, Spain where I spent two years in the shop as well as at the jet test cell (and 6 mos in the crash crew), while in NS Rota, Spain I completed training for a Private Pilots License and flew all over southern Spain in the flying club's two Cherokees, 150's and the T-34. It was a great time for a young teenager living off base and touring around Spain. I spent many a weekend in Torremolinos, or at the various Ferias. I joined the Navy with the desire to fly and when my time was up in Spain I was given orders to Second Mech training at VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California and then across the runways to VP-46 where I deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 1976 ( back to ‘31 for FE trng.) and later NAS Misawa, Japan in 1979, both great deployments with a lot of flying and a lot of traveling to other countries, P.I., Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong , Australia, Indonesia, and many more. In 1980 I moved to the other coast with VP-24 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and low and behold my next deployment took me back to the Pacific with the first 2 + months of the NAS Bermuda deployment in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and various points in that AOR. In 1982 I moved across the street to VP-30 as an FE Instructor doing Alt NATOPS and Fleet IUT. I missed WestPac though and in '85 transferred to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and to VP-6, my first deployment there in '86 to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, the pinnacle of deployments especially since I had become a CPO by that time. You can't top being a CPO in Cubi!! The next VP-6 deployment was to NAS Adak, Alaska and that was obviously the payback for a great NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment, it sucked really bad and the only good thing was the dets to Elmendorf for training flights, Chillkoots is da bomb!! In '88 I got my wish to go to Special Projects (VPU-2) and that is the best place to be as an FE! I spent the next 5 years there and felt like I was stationed in NAS Misawa, Japan and made frequent dets to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. We spent Christmas and New Years in NSA Bahrain during the Gulf war in 90/91. In '93 I left Hawaii for NAS Jacksonville, Florida again, this time in VP-30 as the FE Airlant Evaluator and then with the decommissioning of VP-31 we became the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation team, It was a great job and I really met a lot of people but I missed WestPac so at the end of the tour in NAS Jacksonville, Florida I moved back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and VPU-2. Shortly after checking in I found myself at Entebbe, Uganda during the Ruwandan refugee crisis, followed the next year with a NAS Sigonella, Sicily det flying over Bosnia and then a year and a half later in NAS Sigonella, Sicily again for Kosovo, this time with the whole squadron! In between were many dets to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NSA Bahrain and a lot of Utaphao Thailand stopovers. In Oct. 2000 I completed my last det and in May 2001 I flew my last P-3 flight which put me at 25 years to the day and 14,050 flight hours, and 28 years of Naval Service. During my terminal leave I accepted a position with Hawaiian Airlines in the pilot training department as a DC-10 ground school instructor. In late 2002 we transitioned to the B-767 and taught all of the various pilot ground school classes on that aircraft. In 2007 I moved to the Safety department at Hawaiian as a Flight Safety Analyst for which I manage the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Program (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). My wife and I are still living in Kapolei, Hawaii. Any old squadron mates please drop me an email, I love to hear from old friends. Mahalo..." [BIO Updated 27JAN2014 | BIO/Pix Updated 04FEB2007 | BIO Updated 15OCT2001 | BIO Updated 10SEP2000 | 00XXX97]

MICK, William B. bmick@frontier.com "...I served with VP-6 (1968-07/1971) in the Maintenance Division as a Storekeeper. Still speak with Pete Milito Aviation shop. Retired 2013 from State of WV..." [31MAR2017]

MILDREN, Dwight 'Ike' ikem@erols.com "...VP-31 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California for P2V (5) aircrew training, VP-6 Blue Sharks 1964-1967. When I joined the squadron in Hawaii, it was the day after an emergency deployment in support of early Vietnam operations. I met up with the squadron in Naha, Okinawa. After B School, was transferred back to VP-6 1968-1968 and served one deployment in Vietnam (Utapo), Thailand. My brother, Bob Mildren, received 'brother duty' orders to VP-6 the same day that I received orders to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Weapon System Division. Plankholder in the Tactical Support Project, Dec 69. Served as ASWOC/TSC analyst, installer, trainer for TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland, TSC NAS Moffett Field, California, TSC Jacksonville, TSC NAS Adak, Alaska. Ended Navy tour during NAS Adak, Alaska and worked as a contractor for installations of TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily, TSC NS Rota, Spain, TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, TSC NAS Bermuda, TSC NAS Agana, Guam, TSC NAS Misawa, Japan, TSC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. TSC renamed to TSC and subsequently reversed name to TSC due to ASW being out of vogue. I served in VP-68 in USNR and various Reserve ASWOC/TSC and ASWOC/TSC (ASWOC 468) units. Currently working at EMA, Inc. on ASWOC/TSC and other Tactical Mobile GCCS-M projects..." [01APR2000]

MILDREN, Robert bobmildren@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (1969-01/1971)..." [07AUG2014]

MILLER, Robert B. p3orionb@aol.com "...I served in VP-1 (74-77) and VP-6 (85-87) and did some work with the guys in Dallas in between. I retired in '94 but my times in the squadrons were still the best I ever had. Well, almost the best :) but I have never met etter people or had better friends. For you guys out there still taking the Orion in harms way, good luck and following winds. (Remember, thoswe following winds will be in your face on the way home)..." [18MAR2002]

MILLS, AOCM(AW) Ron Retired mcpo9e@aol.com"...I served with VP-6 (1973-1976), VP-31 (1976-1979), VP-46 (1979-1982) and VP-19 (1985-1990)..." [BIO Updated 08FEB2012]

MINYARD, PO1 Edward D. Retired EMinyard54613704@aol.com "...I served with the Navy from 1969 to August 31, 1993. I have spent most of my time in the Hawaiian Island serving with VR-21, VC-1, VP-6, VP-22, VP-17, NAS Pensacola, Florida Test Cell Operator, NS Mayport Florida (USS Saratoga), NAF St. Louis Mo. Douglas Corp. A-12, and Naval Recruiting Office St. Louis, Mo. I would like to talk to any one of my former Shipmates just to know how you are doing and to let them know that I am thinking of them. Hey Doc - how is the old Watermellon Gang doing? Fair wings and good sailing..." [18MAR2001]

MISCHEL, Jim jmischel@wbcable.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1973 to 1975. I flew with Crew 9 although I made a "circuit" with Crew 4 during the 1974 NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment. Transferred to PMTC in July of 1975 where I was aircrew on the one P-3 in that command. Our primary tasking was testing of the Harpoon missle..." [18NOV2007]

MOLINO, Cathy L. (Purdy) molino2@myway.com "...Hi everyone. I served with VP-6 from 1989 to 1992. Just saying hello to everyone..." [01OCT2003]

MOLINO, ADC Tony tbmolino@msn.com "...Was in VP-6 from 1990 until decomm. Great parties at the Coastie Club and even better ones in Ewa Beach. To all Bluesharks from that time in my life "ALOHA". Been out of the community for awhile but still see some of you around. Any Sharks that want to share old times just email me. I also served with VP-9.." [E-Mail/Promotion 01OCT2003 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19OCT2000 | 05AUG98]

MONDY, Bill Bmondy002@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from December 1950 through May 1953. I was a crewman with Crew 9 and 11. I would like to hear from anyone from those years. Enjoyed my tour with VP-6..." [12MAY2000]

MOONEY, Larry lmooney@freewwweb.com "...VP-6 1964-1966 ATN Radioman I would like to contact my old Shipmates..." [31JUL99]

MOORE, ATCS Bill Retired oldwrestler@aol.com "...I've contacted some of you but if you remember me, VP-6 December 1976 to July 1981. Drop me a line or two. I look forward to hearing from you. Retired and loving it..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAY2002 | 26AUG2000]

MOORE, Bob Rmoorewi@aol.com "...VP-6 July '84 to Aug '87. ETD at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from Aug '87 to Oct. '91. VQ-3 April '92 until I retired in '97. Currently residing in Wisconsin A.K.A. ice planet Hoth! Would like to hear from past squadron mates..." [05FEB2000]

MOORE, LT John c/o His Wife Alison Moore shark.11@att.net "...I'm looking for shipmates of my husband, Lt. John Moore of VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He served there from 1987-1992..." [28AUG2000]

MOORE, ATCS(NAC) William F. "Bill" Retired oldwrestler@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-6 (December 1976 to July 1981), NATTC NAS Millington, Tennessee AVA Instructor (October 1981 to October 1984), VPU-1 (November 1984 to October 1989), VP-31 (November 1989 to October 1992), VP-46 (Oceober 1992 to December 1995) and retired after returing from NSF Diego Garcia. I now reside in Monmouth, ME. I would like to hear from anyone who may have any pictures of my reitrement ceremony in November 1995 (no pictures were ever provide by the squadron). I would also like to hear from all Shipmates from any of the outfits I was stationed at. My oldest son is currently serving with VP-10 as NAVCOM LT(jg) and my youngest just completed ARMY MP school and is haeding to South Korea in February 2009..." [19JAN2009]

MOREHOUSE, YNC Marvin Retired marvinmorehouse@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (Admin Office) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from April 1955 to April 1957 with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and retired December 1976. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23JUN2011 | 01JUN2001]

MORRIS, Richard "Dick" dmorris@mosquitonet.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1964 to 1966 as a Jez Operator on Crew-1. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11APR2011]

MORRISON, YN3 Steve stevem.92929@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (12/1965-09/1967) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska (1966)..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2012 | 08JAN98]

MOSK, CDR William F. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-35/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-35 - Commander William F. Mosk is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles, with a degree in Economics. Entering the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program, he was commissioned an Ensign in May 1985. Designated as a Naval Flight Officer in March 1986, his initial fleet assignment was to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While there he served as Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Tactics Branch Officer and NFO/Aircrew NATOPS Officer. As a Blue Shark, he flew the P-3B(Mod) achieving designation as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. His deployment sites were throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia including NAS Misawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1990 Commander Mosk was selected for the Pilot Transition program and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1991. After fleet replacement training at VP-30, he reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in March 1992. There he served as Command Services Officer and Tactics Officer and was designated Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander in the P-3C. With the World Famous Woodpeckers, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1993. Upon VP-49's disestablishment in 1993, Commander Mosk reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as Quality Assurance Officer and Command Services Officer, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Beartrap Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C. He deployed with the Mad Foxes to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1994. In January 1995, Commander Mosk was assigned to PCU JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in Norfolk, VA as Operations Administrative Officer and Officer of the Deck (underway). After the ship was commissioned in December 1995, he deployed for several Builders' and Acceptance trials as well as the initial shakedown cruise. Upon completion of refresher training at VP-30, Commander Mosk reported to Patrol Squadron TEN for his Department Head tour. While a Red Lancer, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. His deployments included a split site to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997 and to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1999. While deployed to the Mediterranean theater in 1999, Commander Mosk flew 44 combat missions in support of Operation Allied Forces. In August 1999, Commander Mosk reported to United States Atlantic Command in Norfolk, VA. Redesignated as United States Joint Forces Command in 2000, he served as C4I Systems Modernization Branch Chief and was responsible for the Theater Air Missile Defense Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. Commander Mosk reported to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 2001 as Executive Officer of VT-35. Commander Mosk's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as numerous other unit and service decorations..." [02JUL2003]

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]

MULLINS, AMS2 Robert robertmullins@lycos.com "...I was with VP-6 from 71-75. I have seen several names I remember well Price, Ski and a few others. Randy Cade and I keep in touch from time to time (Photo Lab). I have tried to locate a few others with little success so maybe someone I know will get back to me. It would be great to hear from some of the crew that was there when I was. If anyone knows where Yvan Duranleau (AJ) is please let me know. We all sure had some times. I still have cruse books from 1971-72 PI. and 1972-73 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan deployments..." [03NOV2000]

MURKEN, AX2 Walter "Walt" dodlawman@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-6 (1970-1973) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2014 | 24DEC98]

MURPHY, ADC (AW) Glen Retired makoa87745@acninc.net "...I served in VP-6 (90-decom), VP-4 (84-87 and 92-95) and at WINGSPAC (95-99) all at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would like to hear from all lads and women I served with. I have my own business now and would like offer my services to all my Shipmates. To everyone still on active duty, keep up the great job and remember "IF" is in the middle of "LIFE"..." [22SEP2000]

MURPHY, Seibert L. seib_m@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 and VP-60..." [E_Mail Updated 08JUL2009 | 14FEB2000]

MURPHY, AMS3 Tom Murph6148@aol.com "...I served in VP-6 1969-1971. Worked in the airframes shop and on the "check crew". Was on deployment to the Philippines and Thailand in 1969 and then to Okinawa in 1970. Home base was NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Break out those old cruise books and send me an e-mail..." [08FEB2002]

MYERS, AO3 Mark seadog411979@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1984 to February 1988 in the Corrosion Control and Ordnance Shop. Would Like to hear from anyone that was in the squadron then. I saw Bill Davis 10 years ago at my wedding. Is there any one else from the Ordnance Shop out there? Drop me a line. I would like to hear from ya..." [02NOV2003]

MYERS, Richard L hlmyers@aol.com"...I was a member of VP-6 when we first arrived in NAS Atsugi, Japan, and prior at Tachikawa and Johnson AFB..."

NEAL, Don c/o His Son Michael Neal chase.neal@mciworld.com "...My father was in VP-6 in the early fifties. He is Don Neal and his address is 369 37th St., Astoria OR 97103. I'm sure he'd appreciate hearing from others in his unit..." [25MAR2000]

NELSON, AW2 Gregory A. roadsscholar@gateway.net "...Served with VP-6 from 1969-1972. I flew with Crews 5, 6, and 11 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. My time including deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Naha, Okinawa, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines with various detachments to Utapao, Thailand, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, etc. This is a great web site. I'll be happy to return contact to anyone interested..." [15NOV99]

NELSON, AK2 James B. jn@armaster.com "...I served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as an Aviation Storekeeper (AK) from 1987 to 1990. VP-6 was a great family. I miss my friends and those I've lost contact with over the years. I would enjoy hearing from any VP-6 Shipmates or those I served with at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Supply. NAS Adak, Alaska, NSF Diego Garcia, and who could forget NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. My NAVY days where the glory days. Best wishes to you all..." [30JUN2007]

NICHOLS, PNC Larry ldnichols@starpower.net "...I was in VP-22 and then VP-6 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a PN1 when reporting to VP-22 and, if I remember correctly, was with VP-22 deployed at NAS Adak, Alaska when I made PNC ..." [03JUL2001]

NICHOLS, Michael timbercamo1@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 (07/1978 to 09/1981) as a Cook..." [16JUL2011]

NOVETZKE, LCDR Richard C. N999N@aol.com "...From Pensacola it was Hutchinson Ks for multiengine and the PB4Y-2 thense to first squadron duty with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Certain events made that a memorable tour. Sally gave birth to two beautiful daughters now both married and parents to two each of our four grand children. Dick did his obligatory tour at the nav table of the P2V5-F while at the same time moonlighting with the local FASRON flying fleet airplanes FASRON was too lazy to pickle. It was great sport and included the F6F, F4U, AD-5, F9F-5,6, Panther and Courger, F2H-4 Banshee and some other minor sports and little known religions that I have since forgotton. . . .I think the SNJ was in there somewhere. Coming off a P2V training flight on the nav table and going to the FASRON line and "checking out" whatever looked like fun to fly was truely a wonderful experience and I will forever be thankful to the Navy and a series of FASRON operations personnel who believed me every time they would asked me if I was checked out in the airplane. Yea Sure. I have fond memories of walking slowly down the stairs from the Ops Office with the flight manual in my hand looking for the chapter titled "How to Start the Airplane". Serveral times I had to have a Plane Captain make the start but from there it was just plain fun. While in VP-6 I skipped the right seat and got a job as PPC with a crew of my own, I was so impressed with myself I figured this was the life for me. Accordingly, I applied for Regular Navy, but with the stipulation that I be sent back to college to complete work toward a degree. The Navy agreed but said it would be 1965 before that would happen so I took my discharge after four years and put myself in school at the University of Minnesota where I finally did complete my undergrad work. That was 1956 and I continued to want to be around airplanes so when the Navy called and offered me augmentation to Regular Navy from civilian life I opted to become a lifer and put the uniform back on and joined my second squadron, VP-10 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Two signal events occured during my VP-10 tour which incidently only lasted about 18 months. The first event occured because I was the Fleet Air Wings "personal" pilot and as such spent time in Washington while he was on business. At BUPERS I learned that I was doomed to be on sea duty non stop for the next 8 years. Ugg I said to myself. When I got back to Brunswick, several days Iater, I had a nite launch over the Atlantic looking for a oil drum or something that looked like a Russian sub. It was 3AM, 100 feet off the water, flying the same Bureau Number P2V that I had soloed in Kodiak Alaska 5 years earlier. . . .and I decided then and there that I had to leave the Navy. It took me 9 months to get out so back to civilian life I went as a military sales rep for Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For the next 2 years I flew with the Naval Reserve out of NAS Minneapolis (VP-814). One day I got a call from Aero Commander Inc. in Olkahoma with a offer to come to work for them. . . .which I did. I checked out of VP-814, packed my family in the station wagon and headed for Oklahoma City to find a house then on to NAS Dallas, Texas to check into another VP. Never got there. While on the road, the Berlin crisis hit and I heard on the car radio VP-814 had been called to duty. I figured if I was gonna take thier money I better be ready to do the duty and since I didn't want to go back in the Navy, I never did check into NAS Dallas, Texas and that was the end of my flying of Navy airplanes. I missed it but to me family came first and the two simply were not compatable. At Aero Commander Inc I was called National Accounts Sales Manager which meant I got lots of flying in on various demo tours of new models of the Commander. I got into experimental and production flight test and worked with the turboprop version of the Commander as well as the Jet Commander. After 7 years there, I got a phone call one day from Collins asking me to come back to work for them. . . . I accepted and back to Cedar Rapids we went. Two years into my new job as Director of Sales for Collins, I got fired from the job in what I recall to be one of the classiest political confrontations one could ask out of the corporate world. It was great sport as well as great theatre. Two days later, I was "recalled" and went to work with Arthur Collins at the "think tank" in Dallas. Since I am not all that bright, sitting around thinking all day was not my cup of tea but the gods of corporate life smiled on me and a head hunter connected me with McGraw-Edison and suddenly I was in the station wagon again, this time headed for Ft. Lauderdale to head the Instrument Division. Ft. Lauderale is no place to raise children. Cedar Rapids Iowa is. A call to a banker friend of mine in Cedar Rapids pleading with him to find me a distressed business I could buy (cuz I didn't have any money) led me to the purchase of a company called Midwest Nameplate Co. I formed a corp to acquire the assets and U.S. Nameplate Co. was born. (http://www.usnameplate.com). That was 1970. We have been here ever since. As I grew old the company became more prosperous and on balance I could say life has been good. During the interim, we added two more children. . . .both boys. . .one is here working with me in the company and the other is in SLC in the movie business as a camera sorta person. Wife Sally when not raising kids was the consumate volunteer and had her nose in just about anything that had to do with making kids happier than they were. Meantime she brushed off her political disappointment at Goldwaters failure and ran the Iowa Republican Party for several year as Chairman (person). In 1989 George Bush tapped her for a Ambassador post and she took up residence in Malta for the next four years. I was on the commute from Malta to CID during that time and racked up a ton of Frequent Flyer miles with TWA. All in all it was a grand experience and we were looking forward to Sally's next posting in Austria when Clinton upset the applecart. So now were are Cedar Rapids and Naples Florida citizens. I am in the process of turning my company over to my kids and hoping and praying I can keep my mouth shut and hands off and let them see what they can do with it. I still fly airplanes. I currently have a Cheyenne for serious travel but up until last year had a N2S-4 Stearman for fun and games. It was a beautiful airplane. . .in Navy colors of course..." [BIO Updated 21AUG2000 | 15JUL2000]

NOS, Scott P. sgnos@worldnet.att.net "...VP-6 1989-1992, TSC Iceland 1992-1994, USS Kitty Hawk 1994-1996, VPU-2 1996-1997, OIC FASO Det NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1997-NOW. Getting ready to get out! Married to Mo Vargas' Sister Gianna and one great son!..." [21APR98]

NOWOSAD, Walter M. w13n7starview@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (10/1958-09/1961). This was my first and the best of assignment of my twenty years in the Navy. I have since retired from civilian pursuits. Please feel free to contact me..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2012 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 23AUG2004 | 22APR99]

OBBINK, Bruce J. bruceobbink@comcast.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1958 to 1962. Served with some of the very best men that I have ever known. I had a long tour with the squadron and have relived all those moments with great reverence. We have retired and moved to the California coast..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAR2008 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JAN99 | 07FEB98]

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O'BRIEN, Mike OB419@aol.com "...I served in VP-6 from 1954 to 1958. I was Patrol Plane Commander for crew five in "PAPA CHARLIE' 5, and also known as "Fight'n Five", and without a doubt the very best in the fleet..with the best men that ever flew the Neptune..Kloac, Harris, Lytle, Mibb, Mason, Allen, Walker, Boese, Kemp and Fredenberg. We proved it..." [20JUL2000]

OSTROFF, Jeff Retired jeffostroff@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-31 in October 1974, VP-6 (IFT on Crew 3) from January 1975 through December 1976, VP-23 NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flying P-3Bs as an IFT and Radio Operator), and VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Flew an EP-3A as IFT). I went civilian and got a job flying specially modified P-3As for General Offshoe Corp. out of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Re-entered acive duty in 1984 as a P-3C IFT student at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1998, TAR with VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1988 to 1992, VP-68 NAF Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1996, and VR-53 NAF Washington, D.C. until I retired October. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates. Thanx!..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 11JUN2006 | E-Mail Updated 21JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 08JUL2001 | 16AUG98]

OWNEY, IS1 Lee leeowney@hotmail.com "...I was a member of VP-6 "Blue Sharks" from 1982 to 1985. I served in the Intelligence Division IS1 Lee Owney. I left in 1985 and went to Fleet Intelligence Center Europe and Atlantic in NAS Norfolk, Virginia until 1988 and then became an Civilian (Sandcrab) at the same location until 2003 when I retired as a GS-12. I look forward to hearing from some of my old VP buddies..." [09AUG2006]

PADILLA, CMDCM Leo Retired vp47cmc@aol.com "...Yo Shipmates, finally removed my khakis after 33 years of service 1 June 03. My last tour was with NSAWC in NAS Fallon, Nevada, sadly not with a P-3 command. Twenty-seven years with P2Vs and P-3A/B/Cs, I was like a fish out of water in Fallon. Luckily, Shipmates at K-Bay persuaded me to do a retirement ceremony there with my community. Mahalo to CMDCM Mo Radke and YNCM Larry Box. The finishing touch to the day was some painted label San Miguel and Red Horse, compliments from AECS Ron Wood, mahalo Mate. I'm now a college student working towards a degree in Golf Course and Sports Turf Management and a househusband. Life is GREAT, and transition has been smooth. My only hang-up is missing the great times and sea stories with the gang. I'd love to hear from friends during tours in VP-4, VP-6, VP-22, VP-31, VP-46, VP-47, VP-48, CPW-2, CPWP, CPRFP, VQ-3, and PMTC, NAS Point Mugu, California. Final destination is Mesquite, NV, but temporarily in San Diego for school..." [BIO Updated 24OCT2003 | BIO Updated 18APR2000 | 22OCT98]

PARKER, Ronald rrjparker@aol.com "...I served two years as a Parachute Rigger in FASRON-119 from April 1952 until APril 1954 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. It was a growing up period for me. I was only 17 when I arrived fresh out of Lakehurst. I later served in FASRON-119 and VP-6 at Oak Harbor, Washington. As I retire I have to give thanks to all the training and guidance given me by the older people I served with. This made the tour fruitful and leaves me with many good memories. One thing that has always bothered me is why I was sent on a 30 day TDA to the USS ORCA CVA 249, a tender. They also sent a second class storekeeper. M. Able. They had no parachute loft, they didn't seem to have an assignment for me and the ship went to odd place. It went up the Saigon river (remember the French were still fighting there in 1953) and picked up Vietnamese sailors, then the ship went to Bangkok. Afte thirty days it returned to the Phillipines. As I guess it happens in the military some things don't have an explanation. Such as why would we go to Saigon and why did they send us. Anyone got a clue?..." [02JAN2001]

PAVLOW, Mark Pavlow@execpc.com "...I started out my duty in VF-121 at NAS Miramar. Then to VP-6 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [05DEC2000]

PEARSE, LT Robert T. b747rtp@yahoo.com "...I joined VP-6 in February 1964. We deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan in June of the same year. We were a replacement for VP-42 out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was in LCDR Bruce Campbells crew. Since he was a senior officer the second in command and myself were sent with the airplane and crew all over the place. We were detached to Guam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and ended up in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. In February of 1965 we returned home to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [02JUN2001]

PECK, AME3 Jim fuzzybare47@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 from just prior to deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska in 1966 until leaving for "B" school in early 1968. I worked in the Av-equipment shop. Unfortunately, 41 years doesn't do the memory any good..." [08NOV2009]

PENNINGTON, Will pennie59@comcast.net "..."Hello fellow VP travelers. It has to end someday and for me that day is February 6th, 2006. I'm retiring after 27 years of VP fellowship. It's been a great honor to serve with so many fine people in such great squadrons: VP-8 (1977 to 1981), VP-6 (1982 to 1986), VX-1 (1986 to 1989), VP-11 (1989 to 1992), Force Warfare (1997 to 2000), VP-4 (2000 to 2003) and NAVAIR (2003 to 2006). The riches I've accumulated over the years cannot be measured in terms of per diem, but in memories. The people were the best part, the Orion the best aircraft in the Navy, and the deployment sites unbelievable: NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, PI, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NSF Diego Garcia, NAF Misawa, Japan and all the detachment sites. Some of the people I will never forget: STGS1 John Phillips; AWCS Mike Glenn, Red Phillips and Jim Piepkorn; Steve Velde, Dave Metzger, Rick Leitch (Rick e-mail me) and Bob Brown; Brian Fraser, Phil Seifert, and Glenn Atwell; Glenn Ford, CWO Baird, John Wolfe, and Bob Lishness; Mike Cherry; Jim (WO) Lee and Craig Springman; Heidi Davis, AT1 Hamelton and all the maintenance folks; and, of course, Tank. Thanks to Nevins Frankel for this GR8 VP website. Thanks to all my Skippers, esp. CDRs Riffle, Sikes, Miller, Hill, Horsman, Skinner and Hollyer, for their confidence and support. Most of all, thanks to AFCM Bud Leady and ABCM Sam (4.0) Underwood: they exemplified the type of Sailor I wanted to be. Fair winds and following seas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 22OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 13OCT2000 | 07MAR99]

PEREBOOM, Rob thebooms@sprintmail.com "...I served in VP-6 from 1991-1993. I was in the squadron when it decommisioned. From there I served in VP-9 for a year. I made deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAF Misawa, Japan, and Diego Garcia..."

PERRON, Bill abper@chartermi.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1970-1971. I worked in the airframes shop in Hawaii, Philippines, & Vietnam. Chief in charge was named Olson..." [08JAN2002]


PICKERING, Richard Charles "Papa Rich" Retired Shipmate Pix paparich@comcast.net "...Joined the Navy - Flying Midshipmen Program (03/1946), Preflight at NAS Pensacola, Florida (08/1948–03/1949), Basic Flight Training at various NAS (03/1949–10/1949), Advanced Flight Training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (11/1949-02/1950), Navigation Training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California (03/1950–04/1950), VP-6 (Maintenance Department) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (05/1950–01/1953), Advanced Training Command (Flight Instructor in PB4Y2 and P2V) at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas (03/1953–09/1955), Maintenance School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee (10/1955–12/1955), VP-22 (Maintenance Officer) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (01/1956–09/1957), FAW-2 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (10/1957–02/1960), Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey, California (03/1960–03/1962), Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS F) at Arlington, Virginia (04/1962–03/1964), Naval Air Technical Training Center at NAS Glynco, Georgia (04/1964–06/1964), USS Essex (CV-9) (CIC and Operations Officer) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island (07/1964–07/1966), Office of Naval Operations (Aircraft Carrier Assignment - World Wide) at Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia (08/1966–07/1968), U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island (08/1968-07/1969), Staff, Commander-In-Chief ((CINCPAC), Camp H, M, Smith, Oahu, Hawaii, Briefing officer for Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr.) U.S. Pacific Command (08/1969–06/1972), NAS Moffett Field, California (Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer) (07/1972–07/1976) and retired (with 6000 pilot hours) on July 1, 1976..." [12AUG2013]

PINHO, Joseph M. josephpinho1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1970-1972) and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06MAY2015]

PITTMAN, Gerald (Jerry) TGPittman@aol.com "...I served in VP-6 from Apr 1966 until Aug 1969. Made three deployments NAS Adak, Alaska 66, Okinawa 68, The P.I. 69. Served with a great bunch of guys in Crew 9, PPC Lt. Fred Holt, Crew 4, PPC LCDR Jesse Heywood, and Crew 2 & 1, PPC CDR James A. Loberger. I'm probably best remembered as the idiot that walked away from a $10,000+ tax free Re-Enlistment bonus in 1969. Like to hear from my Shipmates and friends from those wonderful years..." [01SEP98]

PLANK, AWCS Chuck (CW) Retired cwp47@yahoo.com "...Served in VP-6 and VP-56; ASWOC/TSC NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily; CPW-11. Retired in sunny Fla in 92. Have lost contact with almost everyone and would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [22MAR2005]

POMEROY, Charles charlesp@coffee.ocn.ne.jp"...I served in VP-27 (PB4Y2s) from November of 1948 until the squadron Disestablished in December of 1949, starting as an AL3 (flew with Lt. Cdr. Wiley Hunt) and doing one tour flying out of Kodiak. Served in VP-6 from January of 1950 (again flying with PPC Hunt, and then with Lt. Sullivan in our second tour in Japan) to 1953. Yes, I was one of the original "Blue Sharks" and flew a total of 79 missions during the Korean war, doing two tours of duty. (By the way, P.R. Foster and "Rags" Raglan, both of whom I had flown with in VP-27, were MIA in the patrol lost near Vladivostok during our second tour in 1951 I served one more tour in Kodiak with VP-6 in late 1952 (Lt. jg Scott Carpenter was our Navigator, Lt. John St. Marie our PPC), after which I was transferred to Alameda, where I joined VP-9. VP-9 brought me out to Japan again for a third tour of duty in 1953, just after the shooting stopped. But the Navy decided that La Dolce Vita was what I needed, so it was a transfer to Naval Attache duty in Rome, Italy, for two years. Then back to my beloved P2Vs. this time P2V-7s, with VP-11 at Brunswick, Maine. We did a tour in Malta, from where I was again able to visit old friends in Rome. I left the Navy in November of 1956, after almost nine years of service, to continue my eduction. I have been in Tokyo most of the past 40 years working as a correspondent for various publications..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 11OCT99]

POWELL, Gary gary.powell@home.com "...Served as a DK2 in VP-6 from '84-'86. Feel free to drop me a line. Would really like to get in contact with old buddies like Jim Murray, Van Steekley, Dean Mayers, and other YNs/PNs/DKs (groundpounders). But hearing from any old Shipmates will be great!..." [09AUG2000]

POWERS, AW3 Sam sam@sgtpowers.com "...I served with VP-6 from (1977-1980) with a deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10SEP2014 | 15MAR2001]

PRICE, Kenneth KPriceKen@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from May, 1971 to Feb. 1975 . Would love to hear from Shipmates who served at the same time..." [30MAR2000]


PROEHL, AW1 Anthony (Tony) Retired tproehl@meekercoop.net "...I served with VP-1 (1980-1983), FASO DET NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1983-1986). VP-6 (1986-1990) FASO DET NAS Moffett Field, California (1990-1992). Retired 1992. Alive and well living in the frozen tundra..." [E-Mail Updated 10JAN2006 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT98 | 31MAR98]

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PUCA, Stephen Retired vio1@comcast.net "...I had the pleasure to serve as an IFT with VP-6 from 1975 to 1978 and VP-4 from 1982 to 1985. I retired at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in June 1985. It's been way too many years since I have heard from any of my old Shipmates/flight crew members. I don't remember too many names now but some of the ones I do are: LT Dick Settles, the best officer I ever knew and my PPC on Crew 5 with the world famous Blue Sharks; LT Gary Cramer with the platinum blond hair who loved to sail; an AW named T.K. Hohl;, a FE named George Fields, and another AW named Chuck Johnson. Some of the best years of my life and the best times I ever had were spent with you guys in the VPNavy. Got my "mumbles qual" in 1975 and never looked back!..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2007 | 19APR2006]

RADULSKI, Stan mompop8@verizon.net "...I served with a great bunch of guys as a line crewman with VP-6 from 1949 to 1952. Would be glad to hear from any and all..." [21APR2006]

RANDALL, AW3 Kevin "Scooder" kevin@randallconsulting.net "...I served with VP-6 through the decom in 1993. I would love to hear from any of you that I served with. I was an AW3 and went to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Misawa, Japan with VP-6. My nickname was Scooder. Hope to hear from any of you..." [07DEC2002]

RAUSCHER, ATC Jerry j2crausch@msn.com "...I first joined VP-22 in August of 1956 and spent the next 7 and a half wonderful exciting years with them. I then went to Florida to a heavy rag and 3 years later returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii VP-6 some years later returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii to join VP-1. All wonderful years. Looking for anyone that has a few minutes to swap email..." [22APR2007]

Memorial Picture "...RAY, CDR Willard Douglas "Doug"...CDR Willard Douglas "Doug" Ray passed away November 25th, 2011 in Creston, IA. Cdr Ray served with VR-8, VR-7, VP-6, VP-46, Naval Missile Center (NMC), VR-30. Celebration of life services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Merlin Wilkins and the Rev. Dianna Clark will officiate. Inurnment will be in Graceland Cemetery with military honors. There will be no public viewing..." [30NOV2011]

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]

RICHERZHAGEN, Rich kcir2591@aol.com "...I am looking for members of VP-6 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1975 to 1978. I worked VP line and Ground support. Did Philippines deployment in 78 also several NAS Agana, Guam and NSF Diego Garcia dets..." [20NOV2001]

Memorial Picture "...RICHTER, AECS Dennis...I am sad to report my long time friend and Shipmate passed away October 30, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Dennis was assigned to VP squadrons / AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii as Mainenance Control Senior Chief where he retired 1986 and moved to the Philippines. He eventually returned to his home town in Iowa where he has resided since the mid 1990's. He is suvived by his wife, 3 grown children and one granddaughter. He will be missed by all that know Dennis..." Contributed by TILLIS, AFCM Donald dtillis1@yahoo.com [31OCT2014]

ROACH, ADR3 TM troachsr@aol.com "...I was in ATU-614 from 1957 until it closed. Prior to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas I was in VP-6 from 1955 to 1957. I would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [10OCT2006]

ROACH, ADR3 Tom troachsr@aol.com "...Would like to hear from all Blue Sharks who served during 1955-57. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Tom Russell, John Lemley, Larry Lambeth, Eugene Heiney and Dave Fins dfuzzycat@aol.com. If you want to contact any of the above I will forward any notes to them..." [27JUL99]

RODRIGUEZ, AD3 Felix feliz.o.rodriguez@us.army.mil "...I served in VP-6 from 1991 until decom, then I served in VP-22 from 1993 until decom. Now I am in the Army as a Legalman SSG. I would like to hear from the powerplants shop specially the onorthodox mechanics..." [E-Mail Updated 11FEB2009 | 25APR2001]

RESPONDEK, Nick nicker61@yahoo.com "...looking for buddies. I was in VP-6 from 85 to 89 as an AO on crews 5 and 11..." [21FEB2000]


Memorial Picture "...ROSE, AE1 Ronald Edward...I am sad to report that my friend, Ron Rose (VP-1, VP-6 and VP-31), passed away December 23, 2014 in Winter Park, FL. SEE: In Memory of Ronald Edward Rose..." Contributed by SALAS, AECS Rick rbsalas@msn.com [27JAN2016]

ROSE, AE1 Ron Retired ronbren4@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1972 to 1980, VP-31 from 1980 to 1983, and VP-1 from 1983 to 1989 as a Flight Engineer. I could of never made it in the regular navy, but the VP Navy - now that was a party that lasted for 16 yrs of my 20 years four months and six days of service. I flew with a lot of crews and enjoyed them all. Really miss all those I flew with and those who supported the air crews..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 14FEB2001 | 29NOV98]

ROSENBERG, Leo lechro@yahoo.com "...My VP tours were in VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1959-1963, VP-6, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1967-1969, VP-44, NAS Brunswick 1974-1977 and CPW-11, NAS JAX 1977-1980. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates...I served in ATU-614, Hutchinson, Kansas. I worked in the Elecric shop, working on P2V-4,s. As a civilian I have worked the last fifteen years on the staff of Commander, Sea Control Wing, Atlantic at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and now NAS Jacksonville, Florida" [BIO Updated 25APR2000 | 24AUG98]

ROSSMAN, AW2 Ken Retired kenr64@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (1965-1970) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Julie/Jez) and VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Bermuda, Utapao, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUL2012 | 19FEB2000]

Memorial Picture "...ROTHMAN, MS1/AW1 David L...ROTHMAN, David L. MS1 formerly AW1 USN (Ret) passed away 8 Sep 2014 at the age of 65. The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited by the family of fallen US Navy Veteran, MS1 David L. Rothman, to stand and honor during his Interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. 96130. MS1 David L. Rothman served his country proudly from 21 Dec 1973 to 30 Apr 1994. MS1 David L. Rothman entered the US Navy at the end of the Vietnam War and served as an Aircraft Acoustic Operator flying in US Navy P-3's. Later in his career, he became an instructor in Anti Submarine Warfare until his separation in Apr 1994. After serving in the US Navy, David Rothman was actively involved with the VFW and American Legion in Susanville, serving as the Van Ride Coordinator for Veterans needing travel arrangements to the VA Hospital in Reno, NV. until his retirement. MS1 David L. Rothman was a proud US Navy veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family, he will be missed by many." While flying as an AW, Dave was assigned to VP-4 (74-77), VP-6 (78-82), VP-31 (82-85) and VP-48 (85-89)..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [30NOV2014]

ROTHMAN, Dave [(209)858-2990] "...SS3; VP-4 (November 1974 through February 1978), VP-6 (October 1978 through September 1982), VP-31 (January 1983 through December 1985), VP-48 (December 1985 through October 1989), and retired May 1994. Old Shipmates passing through the Central Valley can contact me at (209)858-2990..." [28MAY2000]

ROWAN, Tim milrow@webtv.net "...First I flew as a ss-3 in VP-6 out of Barbers Point Hawaii from July 1984 to May 1988 (crew five) two Philippine and one NAS Adak, Alaska deployment. I was wondering if there are any old shipmates out there, officer or enlisted...would love to get in contact with you!!..."

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]

SALOMON, CAPTAIN Ferdinand L. FerdSalomon@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-5 from 1980-1983. I joined the squadron in NAS Jacksonville, Florida right after the NAS Bermuda deployment and then made back-to-back NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments with the Mad Foxes. My brother, Gate was also in VP-5 from 1981-1984 (I think) and I had the opportunity to fly with his crew on week-long det to NS Rota, Spain (I was the PPC and MC, he was the TACCO!! Lots of fun). I then served with VT-6 from 1983-1986, VPU-2 from 1986-1989, VP-6 as Ops Officer from 1990-1991 (deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska during that time and had to watch Desert Storm on CNN with everyone else), CPW-2 from 1991-1993, VRC-30 from 1993-1996 XO/CO CODs (81 traps), NATO (London!) from 1996-1999, and NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida 1999-2001 Base XO. I am still active, now the Chief of Staff for Chief of Naval Education and Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, probably retire in 2004. Would be interested to hear from any Shipmates I served with!..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 27JAN2003 | 02DEC2002]


SAWYERS, PH1 (NAC) John islandcop@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1983 to 1987), PMTC (1987 to 1991) and VP-69 (present)..." [21SEP2003]

SAXTON, Jim jfs0758@eagle.sbeach.navy.mil "...I served in VP-6 from 65-70, VP-31 from 74-77 and VP-47 from 77-80. I threw in a little shore duty in-between at NAS Bermuda, NAF El Centro, and NAS Key West. Two tours onboard the USS Kitty Hawk 83-87 and 92-93 and one tour onboard USS Tarawa. Retired in 93. Would like to hear from any of my former Shipmates. "AO's forever..." [21OCT98]

SAYE, Robert (Bob) P. Saye c/o his son Jim Saye jwsaye@negia.net or james.w.saye@lmco.com "...My father served as an electrician in VP-6 from 52-53 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and in NAS Kodiak, Alaska. His name is Robert (Bob) P. Saye and he was from Athens, Ga. and still living in Ga. If you served with him or know anyone who may have please e-mail me. Thanks..." [08SEP98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixObit "...SCHAMP, ATC Herb Retired...Herb was a terrific individual. His heartattack on the morning of the 21st shocked everyone...he walked when he played golf, three times a week. He was the Miramar Men's Golf Club. He dedicated a lot of time to San Diego Jr. Golf. He sang in his church chior. Our Mother of Confidence Catholic church in University City (San Diego) was packed for his memorial service, a testament to a wonderful man and shipmate. Respectfully, AXC Dennis "Fetch" FETSCHER Retired dfetscher@cox.net..." [30DEC2006]

SCHAMP, ATC Herb Retired (Deceased 2001) WILLYV2@AOL.COM "...I arrived in NAS Kodiak, Alaska in March 1963 after ASA-16 and crew training at NORIS. Since I had spent 3 years in VW-12/AEWBarRonPac at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii flying radio in the Willy Victor (hence the e-mail address), I was assigned to Crew Six the next day for a flight out to NAS Adak, Alaska. Returning from the NAS Kodiak, Alaska deployment in July, I was assigned to Crew-8 with Lcdr. Conklin as PPC, Ray Jensen as Julie and Tony Mano as Jezz and the rest of a crew which trained together at NORIS. As a crew, we worked all of the Electronics and had it all covered. My APS-20 school in Biloxi in 1958 helped out a lot. We flew 13614 for 1 year as we kept the same plane with the crew. On our way over we ron at Kwajelien and on take-off the pilots nesa cracked. We had to wait for a new one and had a good week of deep sea fishing. Fianlly made it to NAHA and VP-6 departed for NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Lots of young ladies left crying at the gate! We made many trips through the Tainan Straits which was exciting and/or boring depending what happened. Together with Crew 1, we went to Saigon for the first of the Market Time deployments in July 1964. We were the first two aircraft to fly the recon's and had a good time in Saigon. Both of the crews painted "Nose Art" on the planes and that became the fad for the deployment. Crew ONE had Snoopy sitting on top of a Tori Gate looking for Subs. Crew 8 had Johnny Oinen (our AO) paint a large swordfish with one of the "go to hell" hats from Saigon on its sword in rememberance of the good fishing on Kwaj. I remember the day ZE-6 (135555 or "triple nickle five") landed at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan with a stuck gear. They jacked it up, dropped the gear and pinned it, replaced the props, ran up the 3350's and with a min crew returned to NAHA. And it made the flight back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Returning to Ault Field the 135614 was sent to PAR (commonly called "paint and return"). I stayed in Crew 8 and picked up Buno 140971 as our "new" plane. If any of you remember me, you will remember I painted the radio compartment gold. We made the 1965 NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Again making 2 trips down to Saigon for Market time. After some time back at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, I left for VR-21 in Oct '66, went to VFP-63 at NAS Miramar in Oct'69, AVIB SCHOOL in June of 73, NAMTD-1013 MIRAMAR in March '74, CVW-11 STAFF as AVIONICS/FLIGHT DECK CHIEF in June'77 and retired in November 1978. Worked for Lockheed Marine Systems in San Diego for 16 years on the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles and retired from there in 1996. So, now all I do is play golf and keep house as my wife Sharon is still working for the San Diego City Schools. If any of you recognize the name or time, please drop an e-mail. I keep up on all of the Reunion and have been to quit a few. VR/AEW/VP etc. So, drop a line and let me know how it goes..." [03JAN2000]

SCHLAEFER, Dan dschlaef@acnet.net "...Member of VP-6 1960-1964 We flew P2V-5s all over the South Pacific. Would like some more pictures of P2Vs..." [29JUN98]

SCHOENHOLTZ, Roy royandcarole@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-6 from August of 1964 to September 1966 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii throughout the Pacific and finally at NAS Adak, Alaska. I was an ADR 3 and was lucky enough to attend the decommissioning at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [04MAY2005]

SCHULTZ, Jim jcschultz@aol.com "...My first VP squadron was VP-22 from 72-75. Had the best times of my career with crew 8 and Stanley Morton Brown and John "Squatty Body" Fenton. You too, Glen "Goodtime" Brodie. Got out and made potato chips for Frito Lay for 3 years and re-entered the VP Navy as a TAR with VP-6. Thanks to all the pilots I flew with for keeping me alive. Went to VP-90 as Officer in Charge. Off to COMRESPATWINGPAC for a while and back as CO of VP-60. (Anybody get the idea that I liked Glenview?) A tour at RESASWTRACEN and back to NAS Glenview, Illinois as CO with the job of closing the base. Saw a lot of great units disappear during the "downsizing." I retired when offered the "opportunity" to go to the staff in New Orleans. What a fun career, and all without a single day on a boat at sea. I served with hundreds of great folks and had LOTS of great skippers. I would enjoy hearing from any squadron mates..." [22DEC2000]

SCHULWITZ, AMS2 Wayne R. wrs924@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-6 from 1977 to 1978. I joined the command in NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I also was with VP-40 from 1978 to 1980. Join the reserves drilled with other commands. In 1991 drilled with VP-93 untill 1993. I retired in July 1999..." [06MAR2010]

SCONTRAS, Andy Retired andyscontras@mac.com "...I served with VP-11 (PPC) from 1975 to 1979 and VP-6 in 1986. I'm always happy to hear from former VP-6, VP-11, ASWOC NAS Bermuda or NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Shipmates. Life is still great! Did my 20 years before they threw me out and now doing the airline thing with NorthWest..." [E-Mail Updated 01JUN2004 | 18APR2002]

SECHRIST, Dan Dan4Renee@cox.net "...I was with VP-6 from 1975-1978. Spent most of my time with crew 6 operating the JEZ and radar. Would like to hear from any one who was with the squadron at the time..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAY2002 | 05FEB99]

SETCHFIELD, AMCS Glenn Retired seabat60@yahoo.com "...Joined VP-6 from VW-1 just before the 1953/1954 NAS Agana, Guam / NS Sangley Point, Philippines deployment as an AM1 Worked mostly night check as POIC. Flew some with Scott Carpenter's crew. When I left VP-6, I went toVP-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Six months there, then 2 years NAS Memphis, Tennessee before close to 8 years in heavy attack, A3s as an enlisted BN. Then to VP-28 as a Flight Engineer. Finished my Navy career at EISO/MEAD mostly on the road out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [E-Mail Updated 02AUG2009 | 20AUG2004]

SEVERSON, ADC Arne E. Retired arne_92@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (06/1956-12/1959) with deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan 1958), VP-42 (06/1962-1965) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (08/1964) at beginning of that Era, Naval Missile Center Oxnard, CA (1965-1968) Power Plant E2A mechanic/inflight tests, AD “B” School (1968) at NAS Millington, Tennessee, VP-42 (1968-late 1969), VRC-50 Det NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1970-01/1971) (13 month tour), VP-48 (1971-10/1973) P-3 FE Crew 4, Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO) (07/1976-08/1978) at NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and retired August 1978 out of CFAO..." [BIO Updated 24APR2020 | 16SEP2018]

SEWELL, AFCM Donald A. Retired dsewell2@austin.rr.com "...I was VP for almost 30 years. Started in 1965 with VP-47, VP-10 in 1972, VP-31 in 1973, VP-47 in 1973, VP-6 in 1985 Also NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Moffett Field, California. Served as F/E for 14 years. Removed from Flight upon making E9. Served as CMC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-47, VP-6 and at AIMSO NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Did a tour with VXE-6 as Maintenance MCPO..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2004 | 29SEP99]

SHANK, Gerald (Jerry) Jerry3Putt@aol.com "...VP-6. June 57 to Oct 60. Second radio Niner Transplant 1958 deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. 1st radio Six Transplant 1960 NAS Iwakuni, Japan deployment. Some of the best times and memories I ever had. Especially 1959 Austrailian trip..." [20NOV2001]

SHUART, AT1 Jerry M. c/o his son David R. Shuart d16940shua@aol.com "...My father AT1 Jerry M. Shuart served from 1947 to 1968 in various squadrons. VP-112 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-9 Cecil Field, VP-32 NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VP-176 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-109 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-6 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-10 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and VP-9 Sanford, Fl. If you know him please let me know..." [20APR99]

SILBAUGH, AT1 Randy ransil@sgi.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1985 - 1990 then to NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1990-1994..." [10OCT2001]

SISK, AO1 DAVID Retired bbstacker67_69@sbcglobal.net "...I joined the Navy in 1963. I served with VR-21 (1964 to 1966), VA-27 NAS Lemoore, California (made the May 1968 to January 1969 WesPac aboard the aboard the USS Constellation), VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1969 to 1970), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (1971 to 1974), VP-6 (1974 to 1977), VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California (1977 to 1980), USS Tripoli LPH-10 (1980 to 1982), USS Ranger CV-61 Ships Company AIMD (made 1982 WesPac Cruise), NAS Moffett Field, California and retired as AO1 in May 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2006 | 04MAR2005]

SKELLIE, Mike mikeskellie@charter.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1987 to 1992. I would like to hear from fellow "BB stackers" and bluesharks..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2004 | E-Mail Updated 09AUG2003 | E-Mail Updated 02MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 16OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 23AUG99 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV98 | 09JUN98]

SKINNER, Rear Admiral W. Mark http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/skinnerwm.html "...Rear Admiral W. Mark Skinner - Commander - Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division - NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California - Rear Admiral Mark Skinner is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1977. He completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1979. He reported first to VP-23. He then served as an FRS Instructor Pilot aboard VP-31 until 1984. After graduating from Test Pilot School in 1985, he reported to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate where he was recognized as Directorate Test Pilot of the Year in 1986. He served as the Communications Officer in USS Ranger and then went to VP-6 as the Safety/NATOPS Officer, then Maintenance Officer. In 1991, Rear Adm Skinner joined the staff of CPW-2, serving as Current Operations Officer. He served as Executive Officer for VP-47 and subsequently took command in 1994. He then reported to Combined Task Force 72/57 as Operations Officer, directing VP forces participating in Operations Vigilant Sentinel and Southern Watch, and PRC-Taiwan Contingency Operations. After graduating from Naval Postgraduate School as a Conrad Scholar, he was awarded the Department of the Navy award for excellence in financial management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan award for excellence in administrative sciences. After completing the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager Course, he joined Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as Chief Test Pilot in 1996. As Commanding Officer of Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1998, he was later selected as Program Manager for a Chief of Naval Operations Special Project. He served as the Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs until February 2002. Rear Adm. Skinner assumed command of NAVAIR Weapons Division in August 2004 with responsibility for Navy weapons and systems RDT&E and fleet support capabilities at NAS China Lake, California and NAS Point Mugu, California. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and other unit deployment citations and ribbons..." [20MAR2005]

SLADKY, Ken sladky@aol.com"...Served in VP6 as an AT2. Flew as Radar Op. aboard P2V 1950-1952 Kodiak, Whidbey, Barbers Point, Tachikowa, Johnson, NAS Atsugi, Japan. Would like to here from old buddies..."

SLEMKO, John jslemko@rcn.com "...I was a Blue Shark (VP-6) from 1953 through 1955. Deployed to NAS Agana, Guam, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, back to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, then NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I am trying to locate, Angelo DePersis AT2, Tom Nichols AT2, Bob Steen AT2, R. Rakoce AT2, D. Lambrecht AT2. I invite any Blue Shark veteran to visit my Web Site: http://dwp.bigplanet.com/ezpick/door/. Mention that you were a Blue Shark for a complimentary subscription..." [22DEC99]

SMALL, Andrew Captnred1@aol.com "...I was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at the ASWOC from 1984-1986 then with VP-6 from 1996 to 1990. I am looking for any of my Shipmates during that time and find out how things are going. Especially any of the members of Crew 8 that were there for the big crash. I would like to know how everyone is doing these days..." [16JUN99]

SMITH, Larry soarlarry@ttlc.net "...Served in VP-6 From 1965 to 1969. TAD to NAS Adak, Alaska 1966, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan 1968, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1969. Worked in Airframes shop, flew as 2nd mech. and Flight Eng. on crews 7 and 9. Hi to all my Shipmates..." [09MAY2002]

SMITH, AKCS Levene (Smithy) smith_levene@yahoo.com "...I served with the Blue Sharks VP-6 from February 1981 through November 1986. After VP-6 FASO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1986 through 1990, USS Abraham Lincoln from 1991 through 1995, Exam writer NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1995 through 1998, and now the USS Dwight Eisenhower from 1998 to present. I would like to get in touch with anyone that work with me. Looking forward to hearing from the VP Finest year..." [11DEC2000]

SNELLING, LCDR Bob http://www.friendsofbob.org/meet.htm "...In June of 1965, as a newly commissioned Ensign, Bob reported aboard the USS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781), a World War II vintage Destroyer, stationed at Mayport, Florida, and served there for two years as Gunnery Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer with collateral responsibilities of Public Affairs and Personal Financial Affairs. The Huntington made one Mediterranean Sea deployment and several short cruises to the Caribbean during Bob's tour. Upon completing all associated flight training, he reported in 1969 to VP-28, The Hawaiian Warriors, at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as pilot and Flight Line Officer. Later in 1969, VP-28 was decommissioned so he immediately reported to VP-6, The Blue Sharks, also at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While serving in the patrol navy he spent three short periods in Vietnam flying in Operation Market Time, an operation designed to keep supplies from arriving to help the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. While his primary responsibility was to fly as a Patrol Plane Commander in P-3, aircraft he also served VP-6 as Assistant Administrative Officer and Personnel Officer. During his time of service he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal all for service during the Vietnam war. Upon leaving active duty he joined VP-64, a reserve patrol squadron, at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Bob earned the rank of Lieutenant-Commander which he held upon resigning from the Naval Reserves in 1975. Bob joined Delta Air Lines as a pilot in 1972. He has flown as Flight Engineer, Co-pilot, and Captain on many of Delta's jets. He has spent most of his twenty-five year career flying the Boeing-727 and Lockheed's L-1011. He is currently an L-1011 Captain based in Atlanta, GA. He specialized as a flight instructor for 13 years with Delta. Most recently he taught pilots and co-pilots on the Boeing-727. Bob was promoted to Senior Flight Instructor, a position he held for about two years before returning to full time flying in late 1996..." [17APR2004]

SNYDER, AW1(AW) Terry Retired sensorone@roadrunner.com "...Bitchmaster Lives. I served with VP-6 (1982 to 1987), VP-30 (1987-1990), Naval Oceanography Command Facility (NOCF) NAS Bermuda (1990 to 1993) and VP-11 (1993-1995). Retirement is bliss..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUL2008| E-Mail Updated 05MAY2002 | Updated 17JUL98 | 00XXX97] [ICQ# 2443136]

SORENSEN, Marty maddmart@netzero.net "...I served with VP-4 and VP-6 from 1981-1985..." [12MAY2002]

STANOFF, Jerrold G. "Jerbo" greggregbo@yahoo.com "...Any Blue Sharks from VP-6 who served from 1958 to 1961 contact me and let me know who else from that time you are in contact with, thanks..." [27DEC2006]

STEPHENSON, AO1 Mark "Vito" Abyss2020@aol.com "...To all you VP-6 Crew 6 guys from Nov 81 - Apr 85 "Midnight Mushroom," 88 Oct - 91 Oct Voo Doo Vikings. I will be retiring in June of 99, currently in VP-4, lets have one last party for us old guys! Talk story and remember the days of the PI, Thailand, good friends, and the times when we made a difference. Has any one seen the Shark? If there are any PMTC Blood Hounds from Apr 85-88 Oct drop me a line I will be moving to Oxnard next year. Take care folks..." [26APR98]

STEVENS, AZ3 Gunnar gunns@cox.net "...I served VP-6 (1968-1971) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, NAS Agana, Guam, Japan and NAS Midway Island. Nothing has come close to the camaraderie that I experienced back then. Not even my 26 yrs in law enforcement. We may have been young and foolish but we were always there for each other. I'm trying to locate aerial photos of U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand that would show the Naval Det location. We were down at the end of the runway just across the street from the Red Horse (Air Force version of our SeaBees). God Bless you all and hope you all had a great Christmas!..." [27DEC2012]

STODDARD, Jerry VP6VET@aol.com"...I would like to locate other members of VP-6 who served between 1961-1964, especially those who were part of Operation Dominic. Thanks alot and keep up the good work..." [E-Mail Updated 29JAN99]

STRINGER, AW1(AW) Kenneth W. Retired ken.stringer@outlook.com "...Retired in summer of 2005. Served with VP-6 Crew-2 from 1987 - 1991, FASO DET NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1991 - 1995, VP-16 Crew-3 from 1995 - 1999, VP-30 1999 - 2002, and VP-4 Crew 7 from 2002 until 2005. I racked up nearly 6000 hours upon retirement, with my final flight over central Iraq, and within 24 hours I was headed home to begin terminal leave. I will always miss the crews, flying, and comradely, but certainly not the office politics. I am currently working as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), flying the CRJ-200. I'm based out of Atlanta, but still living in Hawaii. Always interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JAN2024 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 17OCT2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 26JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 22NOV2004 | BIO Updated 18DEC2002 | BIO Updated 04DEC99 | E-Mail Updated 03OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 21AUG99 | 25AUG98]

STRONG, Bill Bstrong@sonixtech.com "...First served with VP-6 Crew 11 1993-1996. Shore tour with VP-31 as IFT instructor and CNAP Evaluator go out in late 1989. Looking for any of the old crew or squadron mates. Feel free to E-mail me its always good to hear from old friends..." [18FEB98]

STRONG, Donald C. II dstrong@cnetech.com "...I served in VP-6 from Mar. '83 to Mar. '86. I was an Aviation Electrician's Mate Second Class. I made two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines during my assignment to VP-6 while stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I am proud to have been a Blue Shark, and have many fond memories of some of the detatchments we made to places like Midway Island, NAS Adak, Alaska, and Pataya Beach Thailand. I would love to hear from any Shipmates I served with..." [07JAN2001]

SULLIVAN, John A. SULLIVAN.JOHNA@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV "...I was a member of VP-6 1952-1955 flew in BE1(1I50), BE8(8I50). My rating at the time was AL3..."

Memorial Picture "...SULLIVAN, John J. (JJ)...Just wanted to notify you that John J. (JJ) Sullivan died a couple of days ago from pneumonia and emphysema..." Contributed by DeVARNEY, AWCS David "Devo" Retired navydevo@aol.com [23JAN2002]

SULLIVAN, John J. (JJ) jj1313@hotmail.com "... NAS Glenview, Illinois (1955-1960), VS-72 NAS Los Alamitos, California (1960-1962), ASWTAC School (1966-1970), VP-6 (1970-1974), VP-31 (1974-1975), and retired (9-75). Worked for McDonnell Douglas Hellicopters and retired in 1993. Loved those P-3's except the one I swam out of on 5 DEC 71..." [07NOV2000]

Memorial Picture "...SUMNER, AO Charles "Frank"...My Beloved Father, AO Charles "Frank" Sumner, has passed away July 12th, 2011 from his battle with cancer. Dad served with VP-6 and VP-48. He and our family loved the Navy. He will be put to rest with full honors at the National Cemetery in Riverside CA on Monday July 18th 2011 at 12:30pm. If you knew my father and would like to attend his service please contact me. "Good Hunting Father"..." Contributed by Robert Sumner rsumner2062@roadrunner.com [15JUL2011]

SUMNER, Frank CFrankSumner@aol.com "...I served with VP-48 at NAS Moffett Field, California from June 1967 until December 1970. I was an aviation Ordanceman. I flew with crews 3 and 8. I was also stationed in VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, from Febuary 1972 to December 1974..." [16DEC2000]

SURETTE, Jim jimsurette@verizon.net "...I served with VP-6 (1980-1983) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31AUG2011]

SVETE, CTR3(PN) Ed edsvete@preformed.com "...I came to VP-6 in the middle of 1972 as a "Converted CT" CTR3(PN). Didn't like the Personnel Office job, but enjoyed the people and the squadron. AWCS Chuck Clevenger helped me get my private pilot license in 1973, and I was able to do a little flying with the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines Flying Club. Today, 14,000 flight hours later, I still miss the good times we had at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. By the way, if you're going to be in the North Florida area, check out the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida you can easilly spend a day there. I'd definately like to hear from some of the VP-6 gang from 1972 to 1974..." [31AUG2001]

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]

SWENSON, AT2 Dave Wdswenson@aol.com "...I was stationed with VP-6 from December 1971 (a day after the P-3 went into Subic Bay, until mid 1974 when I went back to Millington TN for "B" School. I finished up my tour with a couple of years at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington AIMD electronics. I had a great time with VP-6. Tours in NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Utapo Thailand, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, and back to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. While at Barbers Pt. Lived our in Makaha, and later Pearl City. I would like to hear from any old friends from those good old days..." [11SEP2002]

Memorial Picture "...SWANSON, ADCS (AW) Dennis...I'm the daughter of ADCS (AW) Dennis Swanson. My father passed away on August 5, 2008 from cancer, which was determined by the VA to be service-related. He is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. He served with BC-10 (23JUL79-05AUG80) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VP-30 (05SEP80-31OCT83) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-6 (07FEB84-15FFEB87) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-23 (13NOV90-15NOV94) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and VPU-1 (15NOV94-15OCT96) at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." Contributed by Amanda Dillon amanda.ce.dillon@gmail.com [21MAR2023]

SWINDLER, Darren darren.swindler@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (1986-1989) with Crew-8 (Nomads). I was also on the infamous "lost prop" flight. I would like to hear from formerShipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2012 | 18AUG2003]

THANE, Daryl dwthane@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (FE), VP-31 and VP-48..." [23JAN2016]

Memorial Picture "...THOMAS, James (JT or Red)...My Dad, James Thomas (JT or Red), past away at the age of 49. Dad served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. If anyone knew him (I believe he was a Senior Chief at that time) please feel free to leave me a message at neobie75@hotmail.com. He past away april 16th, 2002 at the OSU Medical Center. Thank you...Mike Thomas Dogbone321@yahoo.com..." [18APR2003]

Memorial Picture "...THOMPSON, MCPO Micheal W...My Father, MCPO Micheal W. Thompson (Retired), passed away on November 17, 2003. In his 28 years of service he served with VP-46, VP-6, VP-24, along with many other squadrons. He had many friends in the Navy and his family is trying to spread the word to them. Also, can anyone tell me how I can get a copy of the Navy Times? Thank You...Arron Thompson mvcali88@hotmail.com..." [27NOV2003]

THOMPSON, AVCM Micheal mwt100@swbell.net "...I served with VP-6, VP-22, VP-31, and VP-46. Currently seving as CPOIC NAMTRADET Tinker, AFB. Going to retire in May 2003 after 28 years of service..." [12DEC2002]

THOMPSON, LT Robert (BT) drbt2000@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1974-1978 as a NFO. I graduated from Dental School in 1983, and I am praciticing dentistry in the St. Louis area. I would like to say "HI" to all my JOPA Friends..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04SEP2001 | 11JUN2000]

TOMLINSON, AZ2 Dean "Tom" deantomlinson@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-6 (1966-1969) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [12MAR2016]

TOOLE, AT2 (AW) Tom TooleT@Mugu.Navy.mil "...I serverd in VP-6 from 91 till Decomm. And in VP-17 as the IFT Bluecard till they Decommed. Went to PMTC for Shore duty got out of the Navy and now work there as a GS-11 Network Administrator. Still Fly as a Civilian with NWTS on the NP-3D's on occasion..." [04JUN98]

TOURVILLE, Brian bdtourv@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-6 (1987-1991) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska (twice) and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I worked in Phase, W/C 110 and QA..." [28OCT2015]

TOWNSEND, Glen E. gtowns33@yahoo.com "...Went to VP-6 (is there any other?) out of AO-A school in 53. Was a groundpounder but got my flight-skins with a lot of different crews. Left the Blue Sharks as an AO3 for VF-92 and the Shangri-La (CVA-38) in 55. Took discharge as AO2 in 56..." [26OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...TUCK, Ellery F...I am sad to report that Ellery F Tuck (served with VPB-108 in WW II and VP-6 in Korean War) passed away June 25..." Contributed by Avery Booth Stone astone@prexar.com [04JUL2006]

TUCK, Ellery F. (Deceased) c/o Avery Booth Stone astone@prexar.com "...My brother, Ellery F Tuck, served VPB-108 (WWII) and VP-6 (Korea). I'd like to connect him with former Shipmates. He was at NAS Pensacola, Florida for some of his training. Any info re: his service, and any Shipmates who wish to get in touch, will appreciate it. Thanks..." [Deceased 04JUL2006 | 14JUN2006]

TUK-SCOTT, Barbara p3mamabear@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1986 and 1989. I am looking to share some sea stories with old Shipmates..." [10JUL2003]

TURVOLD, CDR Wade D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp4/xo/ExecutiveOfficer.htm "...Commander Wade D. Turvold was raised in Aiea, Hawaii. He attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1989, graduating with Merit. After completing flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather AFB, California, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1990. Commander Turvold then completed initial P-3 training in VP-31, at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following this training, Commander Turvold reported to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in March 1991. He served as Public Affairs Officer and Legal Officer while attached to VP-6. During this tour, Commander Turvold deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Following the decommissioning of VP-6 in March, 1993, Commander Turvold reported to VP-9, also based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While assigned to VP-9, Commander Turvold completed a NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Omandeployment, and served as Readiness Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. In July 1994, Commander Turvold reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to VP-30 he served as the NFO Schedules Officer, Fleet NATOPS Primary NFO Evaluator, and NFO Training Officer. Commander Turvold reported to the United States SIXTH Fleet Staff in July 1997, embarked in USS LASALLE (AGF 3), homeported in Gaeta, Italy. There he served as the Assistant Undersea Warfare Officer, Maritime Patrol Aircraft Operations Officer and Assistant Submarine Operations Officer while deployed to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Commander Turvold also performed duties as Operations Division Officer, Admiral's Barge Officer, and served as Battle Watch Officer during the Kosovo conflict. Commander Turvold reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1999, graduating with Distinction in June 2000. There he earned a Masters Degree in National Defense and Security Affairs. Following this tour, he underwent P-3 refresher training at VP-30. In December 2000, Commander Turvold joined VP-47 based at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. While at VP-47, he completed two deployments, one to NSF Diego Garcia, NSA Bahrain, and Oman, and the second to NAF Misawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In February 2003, Commander Turvold became the Weapons Tactics Unit Officer in Charge for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, serving in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In April 2005, Commander Turvold assumed the duties as Executive Officer, VP-4 while deployed to NSA Bahrain. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars), and numerous unit and campaign awards..." [19APR2005]

UHRLAUB, AE1 James A. II juhrlaubii@msn.com "...I served with VP-31 in 1975 (training), VP-4 and VP-6 from 1975 to 1979, VP-MAU NAS Moffett Field, California from 1987 to 1991 (plank owner) and several other reserve VP squadrons in between..." [07JAN2009]

VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net "...I served with VP-6 (flight technician) from 1988 to 1992 and Force Warfare/VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1993 to 1997. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22SEP2010]

VETTE, Greg gregvette@aol.com "...I was an AW aircrewman with VP-6 the Blue Sharks out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1973-1975. I fondly remember some of my fellow crewmembers (crew 8) and how professional and supportive they were to me, a very young fellow with enthusiasm but not a lot of experience. If any of you remember me and read this note, I want to say thank you! Some of your names are Lt. Dick Borowick, pilot; Lt. Doug Bellows, pilot, Ens. Wingert, navigator, and others who I just can't put a name with your smiling face. I would love to here from any of you that remember those times..." [02FEB2001]

VIGUS, AWC(AW) Nolan Duane (Dewey) usnawc@hotmail.com "...VP-1 (Aug 76- Sep 79), VX-1 (Feb 80-Feb 83), VP-6 (Apr 83 - Nov 87), FASO NAS North Island, San Diego, California (Feb 88 - Mar 91), ASWOC/TSC NAS Adak, Alaska (May 91 - Feb 94), FASO NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (Mar 94 - Jun 97), SERE Instructor NAS Brunswick, Maine Jul 97 - Present). I retired from Maine in October 1999 and moved to Pilot Point Texas..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14JUL2000 | E-Mail Updated 13JUL2000 | 11MAY98]

VOGT, AW2 Michael mvogt@wbkansas.com "...I was a SS-3 with VP-6 from 1988 to 1991 with Crew 11. I now work in the TV business in Wichita Ks. Looking forward to hearing from fellow Shipmates. Anyone out there know the whereabouts of Steve Woodard, Mike Connelly or Chuck Michaels?..." [12JUL2004]

VOLK, AWC(AW/NAC/IUSS) Bill Retired bill _volk.bill@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 (1987-1991), VP-22 (1991-1993), CPRW-10 (1993-1996), VP-1 (1996-2001), JMF St. Mawgan (2001-2005), FASOTRAGRULANT-DET NAS Brunswick, Maine (2005-2008) and retired in 2008. Had a great time in the Navy with some fantastic memories and experiences, just imagine if I could remember them all! HA! Take care and be safe everyone..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27SEP2019 | 28OCT2005]

WALDOW, AMH2 Robert waldow37@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-6 (1956-1958) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan. Was in a flight crew and loved the P2V. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [18JAN2018]

WARD, FROST frostw@bellsouth.net "...I was in VP-6 in the early 1950s. When it was the Blue Shark stationed in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with tours to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Guam and the NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I want to get into touch with any one from that time. Thanks..." [03FEB99]

WATERS, CDR Wayne Retired wwaters@slonet.org "...DOB 4/19/19 at St. Louis Park , MN. Attended U of Minnesota. In January 1941 enlisted in the Navy V-5 (flight training) Program at USNRAB Minneapolis. Underwent elimination flight training in N3N's at Minneapolis in March 1941. Having survived my first encounter with the Navy, in April 1941 I was sent to a personnel pool at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. This NAS had just opened and started flight training. In May 1941 I was sent to NAS Pensacola, FL, designated an Aviation Cadet in Class 5C-41-PC. Primary training was at NAAS Saufley Field, Florida. Chose and was placed in multi-engined training. Other choices were Carrier aircraft training and VO/VS training (cruiser/battleship scouting). I had completed all flight training except for two navigation flights on December 7th. I received my commission and wings on December 15, 1941. My orders were to proceed to an advanced training unit at NAS San Diego and upon completion report to the CO Utility Squadron Two (VJ-2). I got my advanced training 5 days later aboard a ship in a 5-ship convoy headed for Pearl Harbor. On January 15 1942 I reported to the CO VJ-2 at NAS Ford Island. The squadron had about 8 J2F's and three PBY-1's. For you young buckos the J2F was a amphibian biplane equipped for landing on aircraft carriers, land or water. Tasks consisted mostly of inshore patrol, task unit and convoy air coverage, subarine escort and torpedo chasing, ship photos, target towing, delivering mail and pay to outlying units on other Hawaiian Islands, etc. In November 1942 the squadron received three PBY-5A's (amphibians) and in January 1943 the squadron departed for the South Pacific on the way we found out that our destination was the New Hebrides Islands. The route south was Palmyra Island, Canton Island, Fiji Islands to Efate Island in the New Hebrides. Two detachments were located at Espiritu Santos and Noumea, New Caledonia. Headquarters remained at Efate where operations took place from Havana Harbor as there was no nearby field to operate from. Each location had one PBY and one J2F. The J2F proved to be a very versitle aircraft as it could take personnel and/or equipment to remote island locations, land in the water and deliver or pick up whatever was required in a matter of hours. No other method of transportation could do that, I was located at Bomber Strip Two on Espitiru Santos. There was a FABU (Carrier aircraft repair Unit) outfit located there so our detachmant pilots checked themselves out in various carrier aircraft that were awaiting overhaul. As a result of that we did extra duty picking up aircraft that were orphaned at various locations (TBM's at Fiji Islands) and delivered repaired aircraft F4F' to Guadalcanal). The F4F cockpit and landing gear was almost identical to that in the J2F's but had awful short wings. In addition to these two aircraft types we also flew SBD's. In September we returned to the West Coast, USA (19 days on a liberty ship across the South Pacific alone), After 30 days leave I was assigned to Utility Squadron Seven (VJ-7) at NAS San Diego. Here the primary aircraft was newly acquired JM-2's (B-26's). In June 1944 the squadron deployed to NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, TH. In February 1944 I departed for Aerology PG school at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (one year course). In March 1945 I was assigned as Staff Aerological Officer to COMNATSASIA at NAS Agana, Guam, MI. In November 1947 I was assigned to the Naval Air Technical Training Unit, Lakehurst, NJ after 3 months TAD at the Instrument Filght School at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. NATTU Lakehurst consisted of the parachute riggers school and the aerographers matesschools. My job was flying an R4D flying classroom for the aerographers mate schools and providing for graduation jumps for the parachute riggers. The R4D was the largest heavier-than-air craft at the NAS among many blimps and helicopters. In 1950 I was assigned to the General Line School at Monterey, CA for the one year course. Upon completion I was ordered to the Seaplane Tender, USS Pine Island (AV-12) which just happened to be at Iwakuni Japan, The Pine Island also operated from Buckner Bay, Okinawa and the Pescadores Islands in the Formosa (Taiman) Straits. The seaplane tended tasks were to operate a seadrome for seaplanes. In this case PBMs My job aboard ship was Operations Officer. After 18 months I was ordered back to Fleet Air Wing One at NAS San Diego where I was placed in charge of the physical plant while the FAW deployed to the Western Pacific. They returned in a year and I was ordered to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as senior Aerological Officer. In August 1959 I received orders to Airborne Early Warning Squadron 12 (VW-12) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. A few months after reporting, VW-12, VW-14 and the VW maintenance squadron were combined into the Airboren Early Warning Barrier Squadron Pacific (AEWBARRINPAC). This was the largest aircraft squadron in the Navy with 36 WV-2's and 3 R7v's (Lockheed Super Constellations). The "Barrier" was a 1500 mile extension of the DEW Line that extended from the Aleutian Islands to Midway Island. Crews rotated from Barbers Point to Midway on a 15 day basis and flew the Barrier about every 18 hours. These were 15+ or- hour flights and ended right where they began at Midway Island. The goal was to keep 4 AEW aircraft airborne on the Barrier at all times. Every so often familiarization flights were made to emergency alternate airfields at NAS Adak, Alaska, King Salmon, NAS Kodiak, Alaska and Elmendorf AFB. After 3 years on the Barrier, I became the squadron XO and rarely flew the Barrier after that. I extended my tour for one year and then retired from the Navy on August 31, 1963..." [12AUG98]

WELDEN, CMDMC (NAC/AW) Lawrence Thomas https://www.cnet.navy.mil/vp30home/cmc_weldon_bio.htm "...Master Chief Welden joined the Navy in July 1977. After completing recruit training in Orlando, FL, he reported to AD-A school in Millington, TN. In November 1977 he received his first orders to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, AIMD Power Plants. In September 1980, he received orders to VP-24 onboard NAS Jacksonville, Florida, assigned to Power Plants. While in VP-24 he became a P-3 Flight Engineer. He completed five deployments with VP-24 and was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. In November 1987, he reported to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate, Power Plants Division. He was selected for Chief Petty Officer during this tour. In October 1991, he received orders to VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After reporting to VP-6, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Upon his return from deployment with VP-6, he was instrumental with the decommissioning of the squadron. In March 1993, he reported to Executive Transport Department, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in support of CINCPACFLT. He was assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer and completed a successful tour. In April 1995, he returned to NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he was assigned to Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate and served as the VS Division Officer in Charge. While serving this tour, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer. In November 1997, he accepted orders as Command Master Chief to VS-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He completed two successful cruises with the squadron. In September 1999 he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in Rhode Island. He was awarded a citation from the Fleet Reserve Association for "Outstanding" Physical Readiness Training. In March 2001, he received orders to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he is currently the Command Master Chief. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit citations..." [15JUN2003]

WELKER, Charlie P. magicman1102@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 Crew 9 as a Radio Operator from 1968 to 1971...." [30DEC2008]

WERTZ, AWC Gary R. Retired airprof@comcast.net "...I served with VR-883 and AWS-88L (1963-1965) at NAS Olathe, Kansas 1975 did a short tour on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1976), AW "A" School, VP-6 (1977-1980) with deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1978) and NAS Agana, Guam (1979), ASWOC CPRW-2 (1980-1983), VP-1 (1983-1987) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan/NAF Misawa, Japan, CPRW-2 at TRAFAC and retired in June 1991. I taught for Embry Riddle (1983-2002) both in Hawaii and Washington State and recently retired as a Department of the Army Civilian in December 2012. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 09SEP2013 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 22FEB2004 | 00XX97]

WEST, AW3 Glenn Gwest@mauimail.com "...I was in VP6 from "91 until decommisioning, looking for anyone in the squadron during that time! especially Crew 8, (Frank, Ron, Pete, Chief Rock and the O's you know who you are! E-mail me..." [17SEP98]

WEST, AW3 Ray ray@dixiegen.com "...Served in VP-6 1969 to 1972. Would like to hear from anyone from that timeframe..." [07MAR2002]

WHEELER, Dale F. dwheeler@iserv.net "...Served with VP-6 from March 1952 to June 1955. I sure would like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 22FEB2002 | 20JAN99]


WHITE, CDR Scott R. http://www.patronsix.com/html/white_vp-6.html "...A native of Milton, Florida, Commander Scott R. White graduated from the University of West Florida in June 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his commission through NROTC. He commenced flight training in August 1975 and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1976. Commander White reported to VP-44 homebased at NAS Brunswick, Maine in February 1977. He completed two deployments to the North Atlantic and qualified as a P-3C Update II Patrol Plane Commander, Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander. His billets in VP-44 included Pilot Training Officer, Schedules Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. In March 1980, Commander White reported aboard VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida where he qualified as a Primary and Intermediate stage flight instructor in the T-34C aircraft. He taught student naval aviators radio instrument and precision aerobatic flying until July 1982. Assigned to USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) in November 1982, Commander White qualified as a Tactical Action Officer and made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment with Battle Group BRAVO. From November 1984 to November 1985 he was a student at the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He concurrently earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College in November 1985. Reporting to CPW-2 in December 1985, Commander White served as the Administration Officer and as Officer in Charge of an extended joint service detachment to Midway Island. Following refresher training, Commander White reported to VP-22, homebased at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii where he served as the Operations Officer, Executive Assistant and Quality Assurance Officer. With VP-22, he deployed in P-3B (MOD) aircraft to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. In June 1989, Commander White reported to the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served as Assistant for International Security Affairs and Assistant for Command Relations. On March 15, 1991, Commander White reported aboard VP-6 as the Executive Officer and assumed the command on March 27, 1992. Commander White's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal,National Defense Service Medal and other unit and deployment citations and ribbons..." [17APR2004]

WHITAKER, AX2 toni_k@attglobal.net "...I served in VP-6 from 1969 - 1973..." [09APR2000]

WILCOX, AWCS Bob Retired vienna1420@gmail.com "...I served at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 64-66, VP-44 66-69, VP-30 69-71, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland 71-73, VP-6 74-78, TSC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 78-79, VP-23 79-83 and Finally using all my P-3 experience I Instructed in S-3As at VS-41 83-86. I would do it all again but at almost 70 years old I don't think I'd pass the Aircrew physical. Great friends, Great memories."..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUN2015 | 26DEC2000]

WILCOX, PH3 Richard R. randbwilcox@comcast.net "...I served in VP-6 from 1963 to 1966 as a PH3 (photographers mate). Flew in P2V's and P-3A's. I was always TAD to the base lab, but took most of the photos for the cuise books, official photos and a ton of BUPERS photos of personnel. I just retired from the California Highway Patrol after 30 years as a peace officer. I still photograph (big into digital). My time in the Navy and with VP-6 was the best time in my life. God Bless..." [02DEC2004]

WILDE, John john.wilde@navy.mil "...I served with VP-6, VP-31, VP-94 and VP-67. I'm interested in hearing from any Shipmates out there..." [E-Mail Updated 30DEC2010 | 26DEC2001]

WILLIAMS, ATCS J. B. Retired jbwlms@attbi.com "...Served with VP-1, VX-1, and VP-6..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 31JUL98]

WILLIAMS, Darrel "WILLIE" carmelitaw@hotmail.com "...I would like to say that I am happy to see some of my old Shipmates name again. I served in VP-6 from 1974 to 1981 and from there I served VQ-2 from 1981 to 1985. Then on to VAQ to VC and till retirement. I hope to hear from someone in the future. Thanks for the memories..." [12MAR2000]

WILLOUGHBY, Dean W deanwilloughby@msn.com"...I was in VP-6 53-54, was a AE, would like to hear from any old squadron members I knew. Enjoyed my hitch in the Navy especially the tour with VP-6. Would like to be notified of and attend a reunion. (ex AE1 50-54)..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC98 | 00DEC96]

WILSON, ADC Stephen James Retired wilson_75@msn.com "...I served with VP-17 (1971 to 1979 and 1982 to 1986), NRL (1987 to 1988) and VP-6 (1989 to 1991). I've been going through the list of Shipmates and it sure brings back a lot of great memories..." [25JAN2008]

WINN, AEC Tom easy501@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-6 from 1970 to 1974, DW Taylor Research/Development (Hovercraft), VP-19 from 1980 to 1984 and retired from NAMTG Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1987. Currently I'm with Continental Airlines teaching ground school to B737 crews. I Would love to hear from all my old Shipmates who were in these outfits with me..." [08JUN2004]

WINNS, Rear Admiral Anthony L. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/winnsal.html "...Rear Admiral Winns is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in June 1978. He completed initial flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, Calif., where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1980. Following initial P-3 training at VP-31, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in July 1980. Flying the P-3B MOD aircraft, he served as Legal Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. He completed two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and detachments throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In January 1984, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C. During his tour, he served in the Aviation Junior Officer Assignment Branch as Fixed Wing Initial Assignment Officer and VP Community Shore Duty Detailer. In April 1986, Rear Adm. Winns reported aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), homeported in Mayport, Fla., as Operations Administration Officer. He qualified as Fleet Officer of the Deck Underway and Tactical Action Officer, and deployed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Following this tour, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He graduated with distinction in December 1989, earning a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management. After refresher training in VP-30, Rear Adm. Winns reported to VP-56 at NAS Jacksonville, Floridae in June 1990. During this assignment, he served as Special Projects Officer and Administrative Officer, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He then reported to CPW-11, as CNO Special Projects Officer. Rear Adm. Winns served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-11 from August 1992 to July 1994. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Eleven deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and participated in Bosnian Sharp Guard/Sharp Edge and Caribbean Drug operations. During the Sigonella deployment, the squadron became the first patrol squadron to employ the Maverick Missile System. During his command tour, VP-11 was awarded the coveted Battle "E", Golden Wrench Award for aircraft maintenance (4th consecutive), and numerous unit awards. From August 1994 to March 1995 Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Roles and Missions Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Guam (LPH 9) from August 1995 to December 1996 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He reported aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) in December 1996 as the ship's Executive Officer and assumed command as Commanding Officer in May 1997. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Essex was awarded the Battle "E" and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch. Rear Adm. Winns was then assigned as the Policy Division Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He became the first officer in his Naval Academy class to select for Flag rank in May 2000. He assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32 on 22 June 2001. Rear Adm. Winns has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards..." [01JUN2003]

WISE, Glenn scorp1@siu.edu "...I was in VP-6 from 1989-Decom, I was the last AW in VP-6. I am currently in the reserves attached to VP-94 Crawfishers aboard NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I am about to graduate college with as B.S in Aviation Management and my Commercial/Multi-Engine Pilots License. Remember the kicking parties in Ewa Beach!! Anyway Im still in touch w/ a few guys from the old days, drop me a line..." [30SEP99]

WISE, AMS3 John L. m1tanker90@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VT-3 in August 69. Randy Zache and myself was the Fst. Lts. Div. PO's. Our leader was Chief Warret Officer James Posey. Our Old Man was Codr. Daly. I got transfered in August 72. I joined VP-6 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in Oct 71 Got out of the Navy Nov 72. I was the corrosion control shop PO. I rebuilt the mascott the Blue Shark at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [17MAR2010]

WOKOUN, Dennis wokoun@texas.net"..YNC 4211 Colonneh Trail San Antonio TX 78218 210 822 1357 VP-6."

WOLF, AX2 Noel leonflow2002@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1962 to 1964 as an AX2 crewmember in aircraft PC-8. It was a great time in my life with many wonderful memories and accomplishments. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [31DEC2003]

Memorial Picture "...WOLF, ADCS Raymond "Skip"...I must inform all that Skip Wolf passed away in February 2008. Skip served with VP-6, VP-11, VP-26 and VW-12. His ashes were scattered at sea by a Crew from VP-26, made up of Active Duty Trident CPO's...GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com..." [14JAN2009]

WOLF, ADCS Raymond "SKIP" Retired swolf@suscom-maine.net ".... I was attached to VP-6 in December 1958 until mid 1959 when I was transferred to the VW Navy attached to VW-12 for training. Back to VP-11 from June 1964 until September 1967, I was attached to VP-26 in September 1972 while deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and remained on board until retirement in June 1975..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25MAR2002 | 11SEP98]

WOODS, David woodsy@javanet.com"...I'm an IFT on the P-3C UIII in VP-10 right now. I've been with VP-6, VP-22, and VX-1..."

WOOD, LCPO Ron w4woody@comcast.net "...Curently at BUPERS. Looking for Shipmates and FEs who served with VP-1 from 1982 to 1985, VP-6 from 1989 to 1992, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii ETD from 1992 to 1996, VX-1 from 1996 to 1999, AIMD NSF Diego Garcia from 1999 to 2000, and VP-47 from 2000 to 2003. Lets hook up just to tell some old sea stories. Later Folks!..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01JUL2004 | BIO Updated 21APR2000 | 30DEC97]

Memorial Picture "...WORRAL, CAPTAIN David Jason...Just thought that you all should know that my Father, Captain David Jason Worrall, Retired passed away on February 27, 2003 the day before his 80th birthday. He was the Commanding Officer of VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii when I was a small child. He died from cancer and we are trying to see if any other of his fellow officers who went on special bombing missions over Johnston Island also have died of like cancer. I would appreciate hearing any information you may have regarding this. I am trying to get a case similar to the Agent Orange case for Vietnam. Thanks for your time in this matter. My Dad relished the times he spent with his men in this squadron. Many great stories have filled my life revolving around VP-6. If you have any nice tales to share about my Dad I would appreciate hearing about them. I am trying to put together a memory book for the family about my Dad. Much regards...Rachel Worrall White Rlwhite423@aol.com..." [27MAY2003]

WORRY, Stephanie Airman youngmom70@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 (1989-1992). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUL2011 | 04AUG98]

WRIGHT, Bill RACEPARTS@aol.com "...Served with VP-6. Would like to hear from A. J. Sullivan, Stan Greenwald, and Doug Bensing..." [16APR2000]

WRIGHT, Jim jim2wright@bellsouth.net "...Hey all you VP-6 Cobat Air Crew #5 warlords! I was Crew 5 TACCO from 83 to 85 and the Nav before that. Retired after the russians quit in 95. I saw Tim Rowan's post, my sponsor Andy Winn's and some other guys. My daughter who was born during my tour is graduating with high honors this weekend from Univ. of Florida tomorrow. I work for a small financial organization called CitiGroup, maybe you've heard of it? I'm a Senior Vice Preident in the IT field. My jobs in the squadron Ord branch officer, Nuclear Safety Officer, NFO Training Officer and Asst Training Officer. I remember the outstanding crew we had in Crew 5. We did the impossible time and again and made many other crews look pretty lame just be succeeding time and again. We screwed up a few small details now and then but brought home the bacon when it was really important. I have this sick hobby of road racing bicycles now, and for the last 13 years. It's fun and it keeps me tired and skinny. I've won some state championships and placed at nationals 4 times. I never raced against Lance but have raced against guys who raced against him last year in the Tour of Georgia. Bikes are my passion now. Work just pays for tires and chains. Drop me a line if you want. I still see Denny Lybarger from VP-1 now and then and Bob Vanmeter from the East Coast. Joe Lovelace lived near us in Orange Park for awhile, but I never saw him. I saw AOC Anderson at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in the 90s as well as Andy Winns. We still send cards to Jeff Bange at Christmas time, he was OinC ata NAS Cubi Point, Philippines ASWOC when I was Ops Boss there..." [08AUG2005]

YAW, CDR Perry D. Shipmate Pix http://www.nol.navy.mil/homepages/vp9/co_bio.htm "...Commander Yaw was born in Binghampton, NY and was raised in Long Beach, NY. After graduating from Long Beach High School, Commander Yaw was accepted into the ROTC program at Auburn University where he graduated with honors in August 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. In February 1989, he received his "Wings of Gold" after completing training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. CDR Yaw reported to the West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-31 for initial training in the P-3C aircraft. Upon completion of training, he reported to the "World Famous Blue Sharks" of VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in May 1991. During his tour with the "Blue Sharks" he qualified as Patrol Plane Commander and made one deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan. Following the disestablishment of the "Blue Sharks" in 1993, CDR Yaw transferred to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 for the first time, where he qualified as Patrol Plane Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. During his first tour with the Golden Eagles, he deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and Masirah, Oman, flying missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. In October 1994, CDR Yaw was selected to attend FRS instructor training at the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30 enroute to the West Coast NATOPS evaluation team for Commander Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPWP), at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He reported to CPWP in February 1995 and served as a NATOPS evaluation team member, Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot instructor, and Maverick Missile System Introduction lead Pilot. In February 1996, CDR Yaw reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), in Norfolk, as the Operations Administration Officer. While aboard ENTERPRISE he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and deployed to the Mediterranean, and Arabian Gulf. In May 1998, CDR Yaw returned to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and reported once again to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9. During this tour at VP-9 CDR Yaw served as the Training Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During this tour in VP-9, he completed a Tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman, and NSA Bahrain, and a dual-site deployment to NAF Misawa, Japan, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. The 1998 tri-site deployment was the first ever deployment of the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) variant of the P-3C aircraft. It was also during this tour that VP-9 completed its homeport change from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In July 2000, CDR Yaw reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, home ported at MCBH. CDR Yaw served as the Force Training Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff for Training. In May 2004 he reported, for the third time, to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 as the Executive Officer one month before their deployment to NSF Diego Garcia and NSA Bahrain in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and other FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet tasking. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign and unit awards..." [05DEC2005]

YOUNG, AZC Arthur Retired seadog381@comcast.net "...Reported to NAS Moffett Field, California in late April 1955, right out of Boot camp in San Diego. San Jose was a very exciting place for a poor, 16 year old black kid, from the red clay hill of Cobb county Georgia. I feel in love with the Bay area at first sight. And what luck, my next duty station was aboard the USS Bon Homme Richards (CVA 31) in V2 division, home ported at NAS Alameda, California (from Feb 1957 to July 1958). My flight station aboard was on the LSO platform. A perfect place to learn Carrier operations, but I had a very close call when the first A3D aircraft crashed aboard and aircraft parts scattered all over the LSO area. The ship deployed to the Far east from August 1957 to FEB 1958 In those days a Carrier did six months on deployment & JUST SIX months home. My next duty station was at NAS Alameda, California - man what luck. I was there from August 1958 to August 1961. Next PCS was VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with a six month deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. We were called home early to take part in the last open air nuclear test operations out of Johnston Island. I was on Johnston the night they made that famous, first test shot in space. If anyone ever tell you that Nuclear warfare can be handle, you tell that person to visit my nightmares - nightmares I have to this day. After the bomb went off above at around 200 miles up, we were told we could look up. The sky from horizon to horizon was cover with fire that changed colors every 30 seconds or so. I don't remember the order of the colors - Red - Green, Blue, purple - just the final color was yellow which slowly faded. One of the older guys standing near me said: Old my God, this should never happen again. A few months later, the world went through the Cuban Missile crises. You can imagine the bad dreams I had during that period. My next PCS was to VAW-11 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. My Detachment (Lima) deployed aboard the USS Hancock (CVA19). Two close calls on the flight deck convince me to try get the hell out of harm's way. During this deployment the date November 22 (23 local Asian time) 1962 occurred while we were off on Vietnam. It happen after 0100 hours, while most of us were sleeping. That date changed my life. I got serious with my career. I was a 2nd class when that happen and would become a Chief by 1968. My next PCS was at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines as a AZ2. I would spent one year at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and then be transferred to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, across the bay from Manila - the PCS gods were always smiling on me. My next PCS (Feb 1967) was at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York, in Brooklyn New York, training reservers. My wife loved New York City, but I was bored in a training people. After two years, I asked to return to duty in WESTPAC. VQ-3 at NAS Agana, Guam came up. A great command. After two year I was back at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. This time as a AZC. 12 to 15 hours work days - 6 day work week were the norm this time around. My next tour was at VF-124 at NAS Miramar, California. When I got to the squadron, Dec 1972) they had just transferred their last F8 aircraft and were awaiting the new F-14 Aircraft. We got the first one in Feb 1973. I had a good crew and was my own Division officer - no problems, except my twenty years was coming up and I needed to buy a house while on active duty. I called my detailer to agree to stay on active duty for another tour if I could be transferred to the Bay area. He said okay and I got order to VP-48 at (lets hear the drum roll) NAS Moffett Field, California. Life is NOT FAIR. Hey this is where I came in at. The Squadron was due for a WESTPAC deployment in Sept 1974 to the Misawa Air Force base on the extreme tip of northern Honshu Island. We would be the first Naval Air squadron to go there. We were told it would start to snow (like clock work) on 15 Oct. I don't recall if it started to snow on that date, but it was close enough and it started snow in a way a Georgia boy should never have to endure. Right before the deployment begin, BUPERS started a major reduction in force and I made the cut. In mid-Jan 1976 I packed my bags and headed back to NAS Moffett Field, California from retirement. But I was not finish with the Navy. Many months later, I would sign up with the Military Sealift Command Pacific (MSCPAC) and become a REAL Sailor. I would sail on eight ships before getting my dream Job - A shipboard Inspector / Instructor in logistic & Desktop Computers. In this job I would travel the world, inspecting ships and training crew members and best of all staying in 4 star hotel with great room serve. Since no one in my department had ever been aboard a ship, I wrote up my own trip tickets deciding where, when and how to go. The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, All over Japan, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Israel, Australia , Kenya, Canada, Up & down the West , Gulf and East coasts of America. The only place I never made it to was Brazel & New Zealand. Since our ships never went to those places, it was hard slipping a trip through our travel department - God knows I tried a few times. And they paid me good money to have me do this. Not bad for a poor country kid from Georgia, whos main abition in the early 1950s was to make it up north to the midwest and get a job in the Auto industry..." [17AUG2007]

YOUNG, ADR3 Richard G. Trover33@aol.com "...I served with VP-6 from January 1959 to Jaunary 1962 as a prop engine mechanic (ADR3). Really enjoyed my tour in Hawaii. Made two deployments to Japan. Have lots of photos as momentos. Still use a pair of binoculars and a drafting set that I purchased in NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1960. Those were the "GOOD OLD DAYS."..." [04MAR2002]

ZANIEWSKI, AW2(SS-1) Steve s.zaniewski@comcast.net "...I served in VP-6, VP-31, and VP-23 and pretty much love every minute of it. Any Team Bohica members give me a shout. You know who you are. Also am looking for squadron patches from VP-23's last deployment..." [E-Mail Updated 01JAN2005 | E-Mail Updated 14OCT2000 | 03JUL2000]

ZEISEL, CAPTAIN Dick Retired eldoz@msn.com "...I served (in chronological order) in the following squadrons: VP-47 (1951-53); VP-8 (1961-64); VP-30 (1964-67); VP-49 (XO/CO 1967-68); VP-31 (CO 1970-71)...Having been involved in the very first P3V-1 (P-3A) introduction in 1962 and still involved with the P-3 in 1970-71 (first west coast P-3C)..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB99]

ZIMMERMAN, Jim orwinjim@aol.com "...Would like to hear from members of Crew 4 VP-17 70-74. Shire, Murphy, Nickleson, Moran, Demsphy, Thompson, Stagner. I served in VT-2, VT-3, VT-6, METG 6 VAH-1, RVAH-1 and finally I got it right, VP-17, VP-1, VP-6, CPW-2 and finally VP-1..." [24OCT2000]

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