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Date:

05/07/2018

Guest:

1 (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:

2 (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:

3 (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:

4 (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:

5 (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:

6 (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:

7 (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:

8 (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:

9 (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:

10 (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:

11 (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:

12 (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:

13 (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:

14 (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:

15 (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:

16 (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:

17 (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:

18 (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:

19 (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:

20 (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:

21 (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:

22 (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:

23 (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

 

 

 

Date:

01/17/2017

Guest:

24 (Reference ID: 2147623)

Name:

Don Pettengill son of Donald Pettengill

Email Address:

don4908@comcast.net

Location:

Haverhill, MA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Father was in VR-22

Duties?:

flight engineer (jump-seat pilot) acft 601

Dates in MATS?:

59 - 61 I think went to VS-27

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

No my father passed away in 1999

Comments:

I remember my dad flying to the Azores, Lybia and Morocco. "The Agenchia Star" was his plane, R6D, #601. He took me to work with him a couple of times. I was 9 or 10. He retired an ADJat after heading up the jet engine shop at Oceana NAS. He used to talk about his time in VR-22 and truely loved flying and working there.

 

 

 

Date:

12/27/2016

Guest:

25 (Reference ID: 2146181)

Name:

JERROLD L. FRANK

Email Address:

jlfrank2@aol.com

Location:

PITTSBURGH, PA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Flight Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1959

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

No

Comments:

Just happened to cross your webpage while looking up my old Navy Squadron VR-3 stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ in the late 50's. It brought back old memories.

 

 

 

Date:

12/13/2016

Guest:

26 (Reference ID: 2145552)

Name:

thomas radlinsky

Email Address:

tradlinsky@gmail.com

Location:

floyd virginia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-3

Duties?:

squadron duty office

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1966

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

N/A

Comments:

lived in Lawrenceville so I commuted to the base worked 3 days then off three days

 

 

 

Date:

12/07/2016

Guest:

27 (Reference ID: 2145179)

Name:

Linda Sheeran

Email Address:

Wausie@cox.net

Location:

Iowa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

My husband, John, often spoke of his time in MATS. He was part of the Berlin Airlift in VP 8. He died November 8, 2015 at the age of 96 If there is anyone who remembers him, I would like to hear from you.

 

 

 

Date:

11/05/2016

Guest:

28 (Reference ID: 2142585)

Name:

Luther Brackeen

Email Address:

luther_brackeen@bellsouth.net

Location:

Fulton, MS 38843

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Airtransron 7 Det,A

Duties?:

Flight Attendent/Supply Dept.

Dates in MATS?:

May, 1962-Jan. 1964

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

1507

Comments:

As an enlisted man, I feel like I had the very best duty the Navy had to offer.

 

 

 

Date:

10/28/2016

Guest:

29 (Reference ID: 2142016)

Name:

Anthony DePaul

Email Address:

hapytrkr@aol.com

Location:

Midlothian VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

brother Load Master

Dates in MATS?:

1960/1963

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

No

Comments:

I'm writing for my brother Louis DePaul to inform you that he has passed away 2015.

 

 

 

Date:

10/19/2016

Guest:

30 (Reference ID: 2141091)

Name:

Robert Erickson

Email Address:

rerick2@cox.net

Location:

Tempe Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Aviation Structural mechanic1950

Dates in MATS?:

1950-1954

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

Yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

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