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Date:

11/10/2018

Guest:

1 (Reference ID: 2216980)

Name:

Craig Horner

Email Address:

gtsmustang@msn.com

Location:

Desoto Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

Next year marks 10 years since I lost my dad to Cancer. He loved the Navy and serving his Country. This Sunday is Veterans Day. I would like to wish all Veterans a Happy Veterans Day.

 

 

 

Date:

11/09/2018

Guest:

2 (Reference ID: 2216977)

Name:

Wayne McDonald (Mac)

Email Address:

wmcd1020@yahoo.com

Location:

Cairo,Ga.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AK3 Aviation Storekeeper

Dates in MATS?:

1962-63

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

None

 

 

 

Date:

10/29/2018

Guest:

3 (Reference ID: 2216902)

Name:

Jack Hodson

Email Address:

jmhodson@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

Jan 64 - Dec 1966

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

Yes

Comments:

If you were in VR-7 during the period from January 1964 through December 1966 (my time in VR-7) and you are looking for documentation for the VA regarding visits made to Vietnam, for the purpose of verifying exposure to Agent Orange, perhaps I can help. We may have been on some of the same air crews.

Of the 51 missions I flew on while in VR-7, twenty five 25 landed at various Vietnamese airbases. I kept a copy of all but one of the crew duty orders for the 51 missions I flew on

Of those 25 trips to Vietnam only 5 went to the Vietnam destination listed on the crew orders. Many crew orders simply listed “As Directed” for the destination. The actual destinations for all 25 missions I have extracted from my Aviators Flight Log Book. Three other missions went to various Royal Thai Air Force Bases but I believe the VA’s rules regarding exposure to Agent Orange do not apply to Thailand.

I have compiled a list of the names of every crew member, officer and enlisted, with whom I flew on trips that actually went to Vietnam. The list contains 142 unique names and I will e-mail you a PDF copy of the list and the pertinent crew orders listing your name if you will e-mail me a request to do so.

The VA has accepted my submission of crew duty orders and my Aviators Flight Log Book as proof of service in Vietnam and my claim for exposure to Agent Orange resulting in Type 2 Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy has been granted.

A moral for this story could be, don’t throw away all that old Navy stuff about which your wife says: “Why will you ever need this, throw it away!”

I can be reached at jmhodson@aol.com or my cell phone 216-381-4180

 

 

 

Date:

08/20/2018

Guest:

4 (Reference ID: 2213892)

Name:

Russell C.(Chris) Bingley

Email Address:

geochrisb@aol.com

Location:

Cody Wyoming

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

AT2 rdio operator and then ground mtce.

Dates in MATS?:

Janurary 1957- Sept 11, 1959

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/19/2018

Guest:

5 (Reference ID: 2213809)

Name:

Ronald Mowrer

Email Address:

ronmow@rkymtn.com

Location:

Thermopolis, WY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

'63-'67

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

N201808

Comments:

Hope to locate a few that I haven't kept track of over the years.

 

 

 

Date:

08/13/2018

Guest:

6 (Reference ID: 2212775)

Name:

Michael liechty son of Morris Dean liechty

Email Address:

Michaelscottliechty@gmail.com

Location:

Oramge county ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr8

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

60-64

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

N/A

Comments:

Found my dads log book was hoping to find more info on his time at moffett

 

 

 

Date:

06/30/2018

Guest:

7 (Reference ID: 2206424)

Name:

Leo John Costigan

Email Address:

nagitsoc@comcast.net

Location:

Santa Clara, California, 95051

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Electronic Maintaince

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1967

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

05/07/2018

Guest:

8 (Reference ID: 2198374)

Name:

John Howe

Email Address:

jmhwa01@comcast.net

Location:

Washington, State

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

Office staff

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1956

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No?

Comments:

It has been so many years since I served in VR7. The recent eruptions in Kiluea brought to mind my stay at KMC and our hike across the volcano floor and looking down into the hale mau mau fire pit. A group of us from VR7 and VR 8 made the trip in a C47 from Hickam Air Force Base to Hilo. Hawaii was a true paradise then. I still have many fond memories of VR7 and would enjoy chatting with anyone that is still around from back then.

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2018

Guest:

9 (Reference ID: 2195918)

Name:

James Knabb

Email Address:

RKnabb@yahoo.com

Location:

Belle, WV

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 & VR8

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

61-63

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

N

Comments:

Flew on C121 Tachikawa, Vietnam, New Delhi. Looking for anyone who can help with Vietnam flights. Lots of records missing from file. Need help with Agent Orange claim. Must prove boots on ground.

 

 

 

Date:

03/05/2018

Guest:

10 (Reference ID: 2189545)

Name:

Will Carter

Email Address:

wilyard@hotmail.com

Location:

Mercedes, Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Aviation machinest Mate

Dates in MATS?:

1959 - 1962

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

I have searched for info on line a few times before, but never found anything until now. Apparently I never did a proper search.

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2018

Guest:

11 (Reference ID: 2188734)

Name:

Ralph D Edwards

Email Address:

ralph.e@hotmail.com

Location:

Pleasanton, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1966-67

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/05/2018

Guest:

12 (Reference ID: 2182016)

Name:

Dean Dunaway

Email Address:

twidgit5357@comcast.net

Location:

Woodstock, GA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

AT 3 Radio operator

Dates in MATS?:

3/54 - 3/56

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

N/A

Comments:

Would like to hear from anyone who was in Navy VR 8 at same time.

 

 

 

Date:

12/31/2017

Guest:

13 (Reference ID: 2181294)

Name:

Daniel Hayes

Email Address:

Gabbyhadit@yahoo.com

Location:

Lawton,Okla.73505

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-Det.alpha

Duties?:

ADRAN flight line mech,

Dates in MATS?:

Feb 62-Dec63

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

Just wanted to update my e-mail add. All the other info in my previous posts are the same. Would love to hear from any of my old ship mates. Morris Keck, Rick Myers., And my room mate Gerald Karnigh. Probly spelled that wrong tho. To many years under the bridg. I do get text from Luther Bracken. Didn’t hang with him but did have flights to and from Nam. But never did make any runs with him into town. I use to hang out in the Club NewYorker across the street from main gate. My old buddy keck I think married one of the Josans from that club. I think her name was Fumico. I was hanging with a woman almost twice my age named was Naomi. My regular payment was some $ and a carton of cigs. That was back when the ¥en was 365 to one dollar. A good night on liberty cost around $10-20 with change left over. My cell# is 580-583-7754 if anyone would like to talk and reminisce.

 

 

 

Date:

12/18/2017

Guest:

14 (Reference ID: 2179653)

Name:

Darrell Seegraves

Email Address:

ddsvr1931@hotmail.com

Location:

Palm Bay Fla.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr 6

Duties?:

ad 2

Dates in MATS?:

may 5i may 55

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/12/2017

Guest:

15 (Reference ID: 2169470)

Name:

Ed Mendiola Jr.

Email Address:

edjrnmar@teleguam.net

Location:

Guam

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Not applicable

Duties?:

Not applicable

Dates in MATS?:

Not applicable

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

I am glad that VR-7 as well as other Naval Air units have an opportunity to share and preserve a bit of Naval History. I have tried contacting members regarding a crash on 4 December 1962 involving a VR-7 crew flying a C-121G to Guam. A sister of one of the crew members who perished was inquiring about a monument erected on the island. Would anyone have information concerning the placement of a memorial? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Date:

10/05/2017

Guest:

16 (Reference ID: 2168622)

Name:

jshimko

Email Address:

jimshimko@aol.com

Location:

akron, oh

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

AE2

Dates in MATS?:

1955-57

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/04/2017

Guest:

17 (Reference ID: 2168506)

Name:

Wilbur Burnworth

Email Address:

lucinburn@gmail.com

Location:

pahrump,nv.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

flight attendant

Dates in MATS?:

1961- 1962

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

2151272

Comments:

need any info. on flights to south vietnam, delivering combat soldiers to fight zone.

 

 

 

Date:

09/01/2017

Guest:

18 (Reference ID: 2163553)

Name:

D. E. Gene Bell

Email Address:

golfingene@aol.com

Location:

Rocklin, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Flight Radioman, AT2

Dates in MATS?:

12/58-12/60

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

Yes

Comments:

Flew 2000+ hours with some of the best pilots and flight crews and on one of the best airplanes (C-121G/R7V-1) in the Navy. Later in life flew 5000+ hours as pilot of my own V-Tail Bonanza. Hundreds of IFR, but no match for the IFR going in and out of Guam, Clark, or Tachikawa. VR-7 was excellent training. I signed back in 2008 with some other comments. I've often said that if I could have been assured our Flight Radio jobs would continue (they were being eliminated with the advancement in electronics) I would have stayed in. God Bless Capt. Campbell for leading us then and Capt. Bergman's family for sharing his Moffett pictures. Like the young idiot I was then, I didn't save any pictures or cruise books.

 

 

 

Date:

08/17/2017

Guest:

19 (Reference ID: 2161788)

Name:

jim Fleming

Email Address:

flemingjjames@gmail.com

Location:

Edina, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 & VR8

Duties?:

AMH2 Flight Attendent

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1962

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

yes

Comments:

Its been June since any new additions to our log book I feel bad that we will be ending this web sight so I just wanted to enter my feelings

 

 

 

Date:

06/02/2017

Guest:

20 (Reference ID: 2153739)

Name:

Daniel Hayes

Email Address:

dhayes165@Yahoo.com

Location:

Lawton Okla

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-det A

Duties?:

Line Mech/ Aircrewman

Dates in MATS?:

Feb.62- Dec.63

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

NopbZu

Comments:

Same comments/ personal info as the previous listing on 1-23-2017 name D Hayes old email add. Gabbygitzit@yahoo.com. No longer valid add. Old Ref.ID#2148100

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2017

Guest:

21 (Reference ID: 2151276)

Name:

Rich Tercero

Email Address:

None

Location:

CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

C-130 FE

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

thank you for the information listed on your site. Also to the many brave men and women whom served before us paving the way to a successful VR community I serve in today

Respectfully,
Rich Tercero

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2017

Guest:

22 (Reference ID: 2151272)

Name:

Wilbur C Burnworth

Email Address:

lucinburn@gmail.com

Location:

pahrump,nv.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Flight Attendant

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1962

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

N/A

Comments:

I was crew member on C121 in 1962 who flew combat soldiers into vietnam, landing on dirt runway with engines running. Off loading soldiers with jacobs ladder onto running flatbed trucks and quickly taking off while snipers were firing on us. Does that qualify for any type of military benefits?

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2017

Guest:

23 (Reference ID: 2151261)

Name:

Wilbur C Burnworth

Email Address:

lucinburn@gmail.com

Location:

pahrump, nv.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Flight Attendant

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1962

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

want to be

Comments:

VR8 two months then trans to VR7 flight Attendant

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2017

Guest:

24 (Reference ID: 2150833)

Name:

Viola Holmes

Email Address:

avalintsf15@hotmail.com

Location:

Tucson

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

3

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1944 - 1949

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

Unsure

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/14/2017

Guest:

25 (Reference ID: 2150484)

Name:

Denny Wilkes

Email Address:

cookie144@live.com

Location:

Lancaster County, Pa.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 McGuire AFB

Duties?:

Tool Room & Line Shack

Dates in MATS?:

1955-thru 1957

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

First Arrived to the old coal fired barracks Wrightstown Entrance on McGuire AFB, . Later we moved to the new US Navy barracks #1-#2-#3 with the big white anchor out front. Was in charge of the tool room. Then moved to the Line Shack two days on and two days off moving R6-D`s in and out of the hanger. Left in 1958 To NAS Lakehurst and to Helicopter Air Rescue Crewman School. Spent two tours as a Helicopter Air Rescue Crewman (Swimmer) aboard the USS Wasp and the USS Valley Forge.

 

 

 

Date:

03/08/2017

Guest:

26 (Reference ID: 2150265)

Name:

Hal Smith

Email Address:

dsmith32708@verizon.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Parachute rigger

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1953

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

Found this log while looking for fellow service member Neil Wood (and any other who might remember me) VR3, VR7

 

 

 

Date:

02/23/2017

Guest:

27 (Reference ID: 2149713)

Name:

Allen Hunt

Email Address:

alhd2203@indra.com

Location:

Windsor, Colorado

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

flight line mech.

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1963

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/05/2017

Guest:

28 (Reference ID: 2148803)

Name:

Rolllin Russell

Email Address:

nillor4@gmail.com

Location:

Post Falls, ID

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Ast. Personal Officer/Legal Officer

Dates in MATS?:

1964-67

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

no

Comments:

My First duty station, had a good time, learned a lot. Rather funny, sent to Maintenance Offers School, then got the job of Asst. Personal Officer when I got to VR-8

 

 

 

Date:

01/23/2017

Guest:

29 (Reference ID: 2148100)

Name:

Daniel Hayes

Email Address:

gabbygitzit@yahoo.com

Location:

Lawton, Oklahoma

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-Det.A

Duties?:

ADRAN / aircraft engine mech.

Dates in MATS?:

Flight line Mech.

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

Arrived in VR7-Det.A in Jan 62--Dec 63 Started my tour of duty as an AA on the flight line. The Detachment had (4) C54 A/C. After cutting my teeth on those. We received word that we would be trading the C54's out with the C121 super connies. So my Division Officer Lt. Balsey sent myself and a couple of other new men to the 1503rd maint. dept.for some hands on training with some of their C121's. After receiving the newly assigned C121's I was assigned to A/C tail# &rt;&rt;181. Stayed with that A/C til end of tour. Was promoted to E4striker. Then was transferred to the Sixth Fleet. USS Ranger CVA-61. Spent the rest of my time on active duty on that ship.

 

 

 

Date:

01/20/2017

Guest:

30 (Reference ID: 2147934)

Name:

Daniel Hayes

Email Address:

gabbygitzit@yahoo.com

Location:

Lawton Okla

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Airtransron 7 Det.Alpha (VR7-Det.A)

Duties?:

ADRAN

Dates in MATS?:

Jan62-Dec63

Are you a reunion member? Yes / No Member #::

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

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