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BOLLEGAR, AT2 Chuck cbollegar@charter.net "...I was assigned to VP-861 NAS Jacksonville, Florida October 1950. Discharged March, 1953. The squadron had become VP-18 and the VP-861 reserves were returned to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I'm reaching out to se if any other of my fellow Shipmates are still around..." [27APR2006]

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

CHANCELLOR, Brian K. p3bkc@aol.com "...In VP-24 89-91. Deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Some of the best years of my life. Looking for AW2 (MAYBE AW1 by now) Micheal Ted Johnson..." [20MAR98]

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


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

HOGGENMILLER, Herman "Hogie" ehoggenmiller@ppld.org "...I served with VP-861 from September 15, 1950 until May 31, 1952. I was released to Inactive Duty. I'd like to hear from other Shipmates but I don't have an email address (the one I'm using is my daughter's). Shipmates can contact me at 5320 Galena Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 or at telephone (719) 599-5995. I'd love to hear from some of the guys! Thanks very much - "Sky Anchors Aweigh."..." [31JUL2002]

Memorial Picture Shipmate Pix "...JENKINS, AVCM William H...William H. Jenkins passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, March 7th following a long battle with cancer. Harvey was born in Washington, DC August 12, 1938 but resided the last 33 years in Orange Park having retired from a 30 year Naval Career. He is survived by his devoted wife, Elbreta (Al) Jenkins; daughters: Wendy and Kelley Jenkins; son, William and his wife, Jill and their sons: Fenn, Jack and Will Jenkins and their daughter, Meredith "Meri" and her husband, Robert Pyle and their daughter Erin and son William Pyle. He is also survived by his cousin, Linda Martin. He was a past Master of Orange Park Lodge #267 F&AM, a past Patron of Orange Park OES #226, and a member of the Middleburg Presbyterian Church. A viewing will be held Thursday, 6-8 PM on March 9th and funeral services will be held Friday, 11 AM, March 10th at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to OP Lodge #267 F&AM and Middleburg Presbyterian Church. AWCM Jenkins, a native of Washington D.C., began his naval career in September 1955 with tours of duty in VP-622, NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. and later VP-861 at NAS New York, New York. His next assignment included NAS Pensacola, Florida at "A" and "B" schools at NATTC Memphis, Tennessee and VP-8. He then served with the Federal German Naval Air Wing at FGNAS Nordholz, West Germany, where he earned designation as an ASW aircrewman in the BR-1150 Atlantic ASW aircraft. Following a tour with VP-30 he was transferred to the staff of Commander Fleet Air, Keflavik, Iceland, where he served as Tactical Support Center Watch Officer. He joined the USS Saratoga (CV-60) as ASW Watch Officer in 1974, following his tour with service on the staff of Commander Air ASW Wing One, Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. He reported to VP-24 in January 1980 and assumed the duties of Command Master Chief until June 1985 retiring with 30 years of Naval Service..." Contributed by Bruce Barney ibbarney@comcast.net [03APR2006]

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

LUCIANO, AT3 Sylvester "Lucky" swc82b1@verizon.net "...I served with Naval Reserve Squadron VP-ML-64 from 1948 to 1950 when the squadron was called to active duty in September 15, 1950. The squadron was then designated VP-861. I was an AT3 and was discharged in August 1952. I would like to correspond with any Shipmates who served with VP-861 during the period September 1950 till September 1952..." [E-Mail Updated 30MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 11SEP2005 | 18SEP98]

MARCHANT, M. S. "March" msm0122@livenet.net "...I was an ADE1 with VP861 from 1946 to 1950 when I was called on active duty. I remained on active duty until 1952 when I was separated from the service. I was with VP861 the entire time. If anyone wishes to write I would appreciate correspondence..." [21JUL99]

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

PAGE, William Gordon "Bill" williampage968@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-861 (1950-1953). I was the radar operator on aircraft number seven LCDR Dottie was the pilot of that aircraft after I was discharged from the Navy. Attended numerous squadron Reunions from Norfolk to Jacksonville Florida. I am a retired Air Force chaplain Colonel living in Little Rock Arkansas. Donít know how many of my fellowship bites are still here but would be glad to hear from any. My email address. I am 90 years old so I may have outlived most of them..." [09JUL2021]

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

WAGNER, Dale R. dwag@juno.com "...VP-861 was a Reserve Squadron called to active duty on 15 Sept 1950. I joined the squadron about 30 Oct 1950, as an AT3, fresh out of AT school and Faetulant. I left the squadron in March 1953 as an AT1. I flew as Radar Operator on HF6 (the best crew in the squadron) most of that time. We deployed twice to Port Lyautey and once to Malta. I was there when the VP-861 designation was returned to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and the squadron was re-commissioned as VP-18..." [02APR98]

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

WHITE, Monroe Franklin barwhite@ewol.com "...I served with VP-861 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. We were recalled to active duty at the beginning of the Korean War. Transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas to pick up new planes, then wento to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco then returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was discharged at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in 1952. Would like to correspond with anyone from that time period..." [31AUG2002]

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