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BALDWIN, LT(jg) Benjamin G. III "BG" benbaldwin3@comcast.net "...I am a plankholder of VR-24 NS Rota, Spain from 1985 to 1987. Ensign to LT(jg), at NS Rota, Spain, left Navy after tour as an instructor at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Atlantic (FASOTRAGRULANT) in VA Beach, VA. Had a great time but I was an idiot in those days!..." [10MAR2010]

BARLIEB, AT1 Michael Retired barliebmj@gmail.com "...I started my navy career with VQ-4 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Then moved on to VP-23 in 1981. I was just a ground pounder and worked on P-3CUII for a short while before being moved to AIMD in the ComNav shop. I deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily before being transferred back to VQ-4, where is served until my last 3 years in the Navy at NAEC Lakehurst, New Jersey. I volunteered for forward support service during Operation Desert Storm in NS Rota, Spain, augmenting VR-24 and the KC-130Fs they flew, along with VQ-4 and the 2 trash haulers they had sent over, EC-130Ts that had been stripped of mission equipment and returned to cargo hauling and training duties. I retired in 1997 as an AT1. I met up with my buddy, ATC Jim Tilton there, along with a few folks from VP-23 and VQ-4 whose names I can no longer remember. I was assisting loading cargo and doing ground pounder avionics maintenance. I will always remember my deployments and time in VP-23. They were fun times and we had good camaraderie. Long live the P-8 Poseidon. The P-8 will surely be missed, as the P2 was..." [22FEB2017]

BEEBE, Robert D. robbyd59@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-2 from 1962 to 1963 on Crew 10 (P2V-7) with LCDR Florin, AD2 Dombroski and ATN3 Whipple. Previously had tours at NAS Johnsville, Pennsylvania Research/Development Center (1958 to 1960) and AEWBarRonPac flying out of Midway (1960 to 1961). Went from VP-2 to VR-24 and AIMD at NS Rota, Spain (1963 to 1967), QA Representative at NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida (1967 to 1970), USS Forrestal and Independence ships company till July 1973, then AIMD NAS Norfolk, Virginia till retirement in October 1977. Now live in Yorktown, VA. Have lost track of a Shipmate AT3 Henry Van Aller. Appreciate any assistance..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24APR2011 | E-Mail Updated 15NOV2003 | 03JUN99]

BLATT, AE1 Edward A. Retired edblatt@hotmail.com "...Served in VXE-6 79-82 and 84-88. Also did two tours at NAS Sigonella, Sicily 88-91 (AIMD) and 95-98 (OMD)/ Warminster PA 91-94 / NS Rota, Spain VR-24 det NS Rota, Spain 82-84. Loved ChCh and married a kiwi. Retired in 98 now living in Memphis..." [27NOV2005]

BROCK, PNC Darrell E. Retired roccobrocko@gmail.com "...I served with VR-24 (11/1954-10/1955) at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco with a Detachment to NALCOELMREP and FASRON (SPECIAL) 200 (04/1957-04/1960) at Blackbushe Airport, Hants, England. I retired September 1973 and now living in Vero Beach, FL. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2015 | E-Mail Updated 10OCT2012 | E-Mail Updated 03APR2011 | BIO Updated 04MAR2010 | 15SEP2009]


CLARKE, CDR Tom Retired frederic.clarke@navy.mil "...Served as a pilot with VP-18, VP-24, VP-30, VP-45, and TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Broke ranks and flew Herks with VR-24 and NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retired and flew a Convair 880 for a while and am now a contractor pilot flying C-130 and P-3 for Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Work as assistant Ops when not flying! C301-757-3317 or DSN 757-3317..." [E-Mail Updated 21SEP2004]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Retired 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]


DeLANGE, Ralph E. redelange@hotmail.com "...I served with VR-24 Det and FASRON-77 from 1953 to 1955. Since retirement in 1999 we have been dividing our time between San Jose and Bigfork, Montana. Still find time to connect with old shipmates and reminisce about great times in Bella Napoli with VR-24 Det (FASRON-77)..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAY2011 | BIO Updated 19JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 26NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 11NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 05APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02DEC2000 | 25APR2000]

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]

DUNNING, Chuck Evechuckd@juno.com "...I served with VR-24 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco from 1951-1953. I worked in the Navigation Office over the OD's Office. Did some DJ work at the station radio. Love to hear from old Shipmates..." [07APR2003]


GOODELL, Billie N. Shipmate Pix ...Circa 2006 goodkemp@aol.com "...I joined the Navy at 17 and attended Boot Camp (Platoon 56) at NS Norfolk, Virginia followed by Aviation Machinist school. I reported to VP-83 in May 1941. VP-83 was flying PBY's. After training we departed for NAF Natal, Brazil (June 1942) and returned to NAS Norfolk, Virginia (May 1943). We exchanged our PBY's for PB6Y-1 and formed VPB-107. I reported to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas for Combat Aircrewman School. We formed a crew known as M68. After graduation we were sent to VPB-197 NAAS Camp Kearny, California. We arrived June 1945 to train for VPB-109 on Okinawa, Japan. We deployed July 1945 for VPB-200 at NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for additional training. I left VPB-200 for VPB-109 August 1945. They were disestablishing VPB-109 and reassigned us to NAS Alameda, California (December 1945). I was then assigned to VPB-197 NAAS Camp Kearny, California. VPB-197 was disestablished April 1946. I was assigned to FAETUPAC NAAS Ream Field, San Ysidro, California. I was then assigned to BTU 2 NAAS Corry Field, Pensacola, Florida (January 1950). I then reported to VR-24 Det 1 NAF Naples, Italy (July 1955). I reported to VPB-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida December 1959 until retired in September 1962. Along the way I collected a Combat Aircrew Wings, Distinguished Flying Cross, Presidential Unit Citation with Star, Good Conduct Medal with Four Stars American Defense with Star, American Campaign, European African Mid Eastern Campaign Asiatic Pacific Campaign, World War II, and the Occupation Medal Europe and American Defense. After retirement, I got on civilian job at the Naval Air Rework Facility as a Production Controller where I retired after 18 years. I now live in Pleasant Grove, Alabama and enjoying life. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 25OCT2006 | E-Mail Updated 08MAR2005 | 27MAR99]

GOSA, AMCS Johnny M. "Mike" Retired jmgosa@hotmail.com "...I served with AIMD at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1967), VP-45 (1970-1971), VP-48 (1971-1973) at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-19 (1984-1987), VT-23, VT-24, VT-31, VR-24, VRC-30, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, CTW3 Staff at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Texas and retired in 1991..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2013 | 20JUN2003]

GRAY, AZCM(AW) Michael C. mikegray@nqi.net "...I am currently the VP-8 MMCPO, have served in VP-23, CPW-5, and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine. Also served a few "disassociated tours" in VR-24, BUPERs and onboard IKE..." [12MAR2000]


HAUBER, ADRC Gene ehauber@me.com "...I served with VR-24 at NS Rota, Spain in 1966 (Flight Mechanic aboard the C-118) and VQ-2 (Jet Shop)..." [09JUN2011]

HOFFMAN, Jeff jeff-hoffman@excite.com "...I was in VP-56 from 1983-1985. I actually started off on the USS Forrestal in 1981. After the Dragons, I spent 3 years at AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Then to VR-24 in NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1989-1991. I finished up at HC-2 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia in 1992..." [26SEP2002]

HUTCHESON, Tony tchutch@stx.rr.com "...Would like to hear from any Shipmates with whom I had the pleasure of serving during my career which began in 1956 and ended in 1976. Aviation commands in which I served were U.S.S Wasp (CVS-18), July 1957 until Feb. 1958; VR-24 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, March 1958 until March 1960; VU-2 & VU-2 Det., NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, April 1960 until Nov. 1961; VAH-3 NAS Sanford, Florida Aug. 1962 until Sep. 1963; VAH-6 & RVAH-6 NAS Sanford, Florida & NAS Albany, Georgia June 1965 until Nov. 1969; NAVSTA NS Rota, Spain AIMD (T-56 Shop) Dec. 1969 until Sep. 1970; HS-1 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and NAS Jacksonville, Florida Oct. 1970 until Dec. 1973; VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida & NAS Keflavik, Iceland March '75 until March '76. Smooth seas and following winds to all and may God Bless you all. If I served with you, I was blessed - hope you were, too..." [08JAN2005]


JACOBS, Dan jake@capecodmouse.com "...Am a Navy vet of the fifties, having served with VR-24 at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, VR-22 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and aboard the USS Valley Forge (CVS-45), which we have a web site for at http://capecodmouse.com/jacobs/dan. Fair Winds & Following Seas to All..." [08NOV2002]

JONES, AFCM Marshall C. Retired marjo17@bellsouth.net "...I served with VR-24, NAS Key West, Florida from 1955 to 1957 as AD2 in Power Plants and as Flight Mechanic followed by a tour with VA-75 until selected for Connie FE School. I spent the next 7 years in Connies (VW-4 and Admirals plane in NAS Memphis, Tennessee). I went back to VA when promoted to E-8 ( VA-176 and VA-81) and served as AIMD Maintenance Chief for VP squadrons at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Retired in 1974 as AFCM..." [22FEB2009]

JONES, ATN3 Robert "Bob" rjones1648@aol.com "...Attended basic training in NAS Norfolk, Virginia / NAS North Island, San Diego, California, shore duty at NS Rota, Spain, VR-24 (1968-1972) and VF-32. I had many, many adventures in southern Spain and served in the Mediterranean during the middle eastern crisis, at that time. Went all over Europe and to Denmark - it was the adventure of a life time..." [23JAN2021]


LEGG, AVCM Richard Francis Retired rflegg1205@gmail.com "...I served with ZP-1 (09/1955-06/1957) at NAF Weeksville, NC, ZP-2 (07/1957-02/1959) at NAS Glynco, Georgia, VR-24 (07/1971-07/1974) at NAF Naples, Italy and retired in November 1983. The ZP duty was the most memorable of my career (especially the trips to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15APR2017 | BIO Updated 21MAR2007 | 20MAR2007]

LIVELY, ENSIGN Paul paulberrylively@kingwoodcable.net "...Worked with VP a lot. I served with VR-24. What a long time it has been since I lived in Sicily next to a Volcano. VP was there. I was with VR-24 from October 19 87 thru October 1990. What a fantastic part of my life. I arrived as an AMSAA and left an AMS3. I remember good friends like Chad Nanfito, Tad Fisher, Troy Hudson, and Lyndel Carmen. I have searched for these guys ever since I left. I miss them dearly just as one would a brother. I missed being a part of the Navy so I joined back up with the USNR and will be commissioned on board the Battleship Texas next week May 22, 2004 at 2:00PM. I wish my VR-24 brothers could be there. Ever since I set foot in the squadron at VR-24 I was inspired to do more by the professional leaders therein. I will be in the Intel community as an Ensign and I will forever tell the stories of the people, places, friends, and loved ones I had the priveledge of knowing in VR-24 - The best squadron in the Navy..." [22JUN2004]

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

LORE, AD3 Howard N. Jr. storminnorman5@verizon.net "...I served with FASRON-6 from May 1951 until to 1953 and VR-24 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. Worked on the line crew and got 3rd class. Spent much good time in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Enjoyed my time while there..." [BIO Updated 30DEC2009 | 30AUG2008]


NELSON, Frederick M. Jr. fredandsusan@att.net "...I attenended "A" School as a ATAN then went to VP-45 in NAS Bermuda then went to "B" School after NAS Key West, Florida (VX-1) after 2 1/2 years. Then went to AVIB7 then to VR-24 in NS Rota, Spain, after that I went to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then to VQ-1, then quit the Navy..." [12APR2007]


O'CONNOR, ADR1 Roy M. c/o His Daughter Linda O'Connor leoconnor@yahoo.com "...My dad, Roy M. O'Connor, served with VP-45 ( NAS Bermuda) as a Plane Captain/FE. From there he was sent to NAS Memphis, Tennessee. Also spent some interesting time with VR-24 in NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. He is working on getting a computer so he can get in touch with old friends. Thanks!..." [28DEC2001]


PRATHER, Dick rprather@pacbell.net "...I would like to say Hi to the many friends I served with in the squadrons and units I was assigned to during my 24 year stint that ended in August 1980. Those who care to reminisce please feel free to email me at home or work. I flew as either enlisted aircrew, navigator, or ASW TACCO in the following squadrons: VS-32, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island + USS TARAWA CVS-40 (AUG - NOV '57); VR-24, NAS Port Lyautey, Morocco (DEC 57 - OCT 60); VW-15, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NOV 60 - APR 61); NARTU, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (JUN 61 - OCT 61); VP-741, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (OCT 61 - AUG 62); VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AUG 62 - AUG 64); NFO Traing (AUG 64 - OCT 65); VR-22, NAS Moffett Field, California (OCT 65 - MAY 67); VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California (MAY 67 - OCT 69); VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (DEC 69 - DEC 71); NAVFAC, Cape Hatteras, NC (Dec 71 - DEC 73); VS-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California + USS KENNEDY CV-67 + USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (JAN 74 - JUL 77); ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AUG 77 - AUG 80)> retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2000 | 23NOV98]

Memorial Picture "...PUNCHES, CAPTAIN Jack D. Punches Jr...TOWER HILL -- Capt. Jack D. Punches Jr., 50, of Clifton, Va., retired from the Navy, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville, Va. Jack Punches was a native of Tower Hill and held a bachelor's degree from Missouri University, a master's degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a master's degree from Salve Regina in international relations. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1975, Capt. Punches received orders to VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying the P-3C. He completed three deployments before reporting as an instructor pilot to the FRS (VP-30) in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In July 1982, Capt. Punches returned to sea duty when he reported to VPU-1 (Special Projects) in NAS Brunswick, Maine. After two years of intelligence collection duties, he reported to the Navy War College in November 1984. Upon graduation from Naval War College in November 1985, he returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, to VP-49 as the Maintenance Officer. After one operational deployment and a UNITAS deployment, he received orders as the OIC NAMTRAGRUDET JAX in July 1988. After an abbreviated tour, Capt. Punches joined the Lifting Eagles of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR-24) in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, as the Executive Officer in October 1989. He assumed command of VR-24 in January and then deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations Desert Storm and Shield. In June 1992, he reported to the new Unified Command USSTRATCOM as Chief, Airborne Operations. In August 1995, he proceeded to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations as the Head of Navy Counterdrug and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy for Counterdrug Matters. In June 1996, he assumed duties of Deputy Director, Operations and Interagency Support Division under the newly assigned Coast Guard flag officer. Capt. Punches retired from the Navy in July 2000. From July until November 2000, Jack Punches served as Senior Consultant with Blue Stone Consulting of Alexandria, Va., with principal duties assigned as senior advisor for Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Command in Puerto Rico. In November 2000, Jack Punches returned to the Navy as a senior civilian employee when he was appointed as Deputy Head, Navy Interagency Support Branch in the Pentagon. In the Navy, Capt. Punches accumulated more than 7,000 flight hours and 50 carrier landings. His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation and various other service/campaign medals..." http://www.herald-review.com/rednews/2001/10/06/build/Obituaries/obits.php [22JUN2003]


RARDEN, Harold W. hrarden1@gmail.com "...I served with FAETULANT (1951-1953) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1953) "A" School and VR-24 (12/1953-01/1955) at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco..." [E-Mail Updated 20DEC2016 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2008 | 25OCT2006]

REED, AL1 Jack jackreedsr@hotmail.com "...I am one of the last 2 survivor's of the VP-56 P5M April 9th, 1955 mishap. I was on the panel when we started the fatal take off. I served with VP-56 from 1952 to 1957 and then transfer'd to VR-24 in NAF Naples, Italy. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06SEP2009]

RUNDELL, CAPTAIN Howard "Hobart" Retired g5av8or@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from August 1973-July 1976 (CAC-11/3P), NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1974 (CAC-9/PPC/MC) NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1975, VP-5 July 1976-September 1976 PPC (three months (?) it's an interesting story!), VP-93, VP-2473 (SAU) September 1976-April 1989 (CAC-10A/PPC/MC), CO VP-2473 June 1985-March 1986, CO VP-93 September 1987-April 1989. CO NR VR-24 (C-12's) February 1990-July 1991, CO NR NAS Sigonella, Sicily September 1991-September 1993, CO NR CVN69 "IKE" September 1993-September 1995, XO NR DCNO N4 Pentagon September 1995-September 1998, and XO NR SACLANT DET 113 Battle Creek September 1998-October 1999 - 30 years! A great "run" made possible by the support of my many crewmates and squadronmates. True "Shipmates" all! ASW WAS OUR LIFE! BZ!..." [E-Mail Updated 26AUG2002 | 13OCT98]


SAUNDERS, AT2 Hogie Hogie@yadtel.com "...I wasn't in a VP squadron, but I had a good friend Daniel Atkinson "Boone" that was. I was stationed at NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1988 to 1991. I was with VR-24 "Lifting Eagles". I transfered to VQ-4 just before the move to Tinker. My EAOS came up and I decided to go civilian. Anyhow, I miss good old NAS Sigonella, Sicily. What a time. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland was fun too. Hey Boone if your out there give me a ring. With a name like Hogie you can't forget me, so if you know me drop me a line. 1986 -1992..." [12MAY2001]

SEDERQUIST, Carl A. csederquist@questele.com "...I to was an alumni of FASRON-108. I joined the Navy out of high school 1954 (BAngor, Maine). I did boot at Bainbridge, Md and was sent to NAS Norman, Oklahoma end of August. From NAS Norman, Oklahoma to Millington (Memphis) and AT school in end of December. Finished AT school mid summer 1955 and was shipped to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco assigned to VR-24 as a AT. While in VR-24 I became an AT3 and flight time on the Squadron's R5D runs to the eastern Med and throughout Europe, besides maintaining ARC1, ARC5 ART13 and ART27 communications equipment and APX6 transponder. March or April of 1957 I joined FASRON-108 and remained with the Squadron until I got out the end of June 1958. I was one of the early occupants of the new brick barracks. I was also a witness to the VP-26 Mishap that went into the woods on the left side of where the golf course is today. I remember liberty in Portland and Monday early morning returns to make muster. Also remember trying to get a couple of winks behind the sonobouy lockers on horsehair packing material. I got training on APS 28 and the MAD gear while in FASRON-108 was sent to NAS Norfolk, Virginia for this if I recall correctly. I wound up taking advantage of the Korean GI Bill, went back to school and eventually had and still have a carreer in the satellite communications industry (now 37 years). I am retired from corporate life and now have my own business http://www.questele.com. I still remember my Navy days and FASRON-108 fondly..." [05OCT99]

SMITH, Wayne Retired wayne75146@yahoo.com "...I joined the Navy in 1974. After schooling, my first tour was with VA-83 in FL. After that, I went to VR-24 Det in NS Rota, Spain. From there, I joined VQ-3 in November 1981 as an IFT. I was there until November 1985. I did a tour in HT-8 in FL, then returned to VQ-3 in 1989. I was there until VQ-3 went to OK, when I joined ETD at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I retired in 1994 and moved to Dallas, TX. I have kept in contact with a few of the old crewdogs, but would love to here from anyone who remembers me and want to hear from me..." [20JUL2002]


VANDERBERG, ADJ David W. van4@cox.net "...I served with VQ-2 from January 1974 to November 1977 and VR-24 from November 1977 to November 1979. I was the Power Plants Swing Shift Supervisor. C-1A's and C-2As ruled at that time..." [23AUG2009]


WOLF, AVCM Ron Retired padutch@bellsouth.net "...Served in VP-2 from 1963-1966, on crews 1 and 2 as radioman. Looking for Tom Asmus (AX2) Jez operator on crew. I also served with VR-24 from 1959-1961, VP-30 from 1961-1962, VP-2 from 1963-1966, VP-8 from 1971-1974, and the USS Independence CV-62 from 1977-1978..." [16DEC2002]

Memorial Picture "...WOODEN, CDR William W...My Father, William W. Wooden, passed away December, 29, 2011. Dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia in 1939 as apprentice seaman and served in each enlisted grade. He served aboard the USS Arkansas (BB-33) and USS Wyoming (BB-32). Dad graduated from Lighter than Air Maintenance School, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey and NAS Pensacola, Florida as a Naval Aviation Pilot on May 1942. Dad then reported for duty with the VP-33 Black Cat Squadron. Dad commanded rescue missions, patrolling the battlefield and witnessing ground action during the Biak campaign. During this campaign, he landed and rescued downed pilots from the ocean. He was promoted from Ensign to LT(jg). He then served at NAS Jacksonville, Florida as flight Instructor in patrol type aircraft from October 1944 to February 1947. He then served with VR-24 as a plane commander supporting Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean 1947-1949, then promoted to LT and transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1951. He was assigned to USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) and completed three Mediterranean cruises and ordered back to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Special Services Officer, then ordered to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he served as Deputy Commander for Security Forces during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired in July 1966..." Contributed by Family violin77usa@yahoo.com [04FEB2012]


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