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Date:

11/23/2013

Guest:

121 (Reference ID: 1886588)

Name:

Theron (Tom) Winchell

Email Address:

winchellt@tds.net

Location:

Augusta, MI 49012

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

PR

Dates in MATS?:

1964 - 1967

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

yes VR1673-13

Comments:

I went to my first reunion in Savannah, GA and had a great time. Met a lot of new friends and didn't see any old ones. Hopefully next year we can interest a few more VR members to come. I would like very much to see some members of VR-8 that was at Moffett Field from 1964 to 1967.

 

 

 

Date:

11/23/2013

Guest:

122 (Reference ID: 1886475)

Name:

Larry Moskalik AT2

Email Address:

lmoskalik@yahoo.com

Location:

Champlin Mn, Punta Gorda Fl

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det. Alfa

Duties?:

Flight Radio

Dates in MATS?:

1958-60

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

no

Comments:

Really enjoyed seeing entries from old squadron mates. Flew with Nastali, & Fisher. Second Embassy flight with Dennis Koch. Paul Trestrail, Pete Limperes and I were the first guys in HISTORY to eat Pizza for breakfast on top of Mt Fuji. Joined VR-7A just after they split off from VR-21 at Atsugi in late summer 1958. Murphy was trying to start up a sky diving club. No thanks. Wally Pocher drinking a lot of beer in Sagami Otsuka bars. Then they moved us to Tachikawa Air force base and wrote U.S. Air Force on our planes. They were now C-54's but had a small SWD marking for "salt water division" on them. Enjoyed every minute of it. Still married after 54 years to my lovely Kiyoko. Luckiest move I ever made. We flew home on a VR-7 Connie with CDR. Andersons' crew in late summer 1960. Low rank, we loaded late, but with "Reserved seats". Lots of funny looks from officers and higher enlisted. We still laugh over that. Thanks VR-7 crew.

 

 

 

Date:

11/19/2013

Guest:

123 (Reference ID: 1885989)

Name:

William W. Bellah

Email Address:

wwbellah@yahoo.com

Location:

Grand Blanc, Mi.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Cost Accounting

Dates in MATS?:

7/51-4/53

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

No

Comments:

Made some great friends at Westover AFB. Have totally lost contact with them all with the exception of T.J. Sherank who passed away earlier this year.

 

 

 

Date:

11/19/2013

Guest:

124 (Reference ID: 1885966)

Name:

morris keck

Email Address:

mkeck@sc.rr.com

Location:

south carolina

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr7det a and vr8

Duties?:

ams

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1968

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

no

Comments:

my first duty station was at tachi, started with r5, then changed out to r7, i cant tell you what i had for breakfast ,but i can still remember the side numbers,159,168,174,and 181 on the 4 connies, i was on the 174 crew. feb 64 transferred to vr8 till it was decommissoned in 1968.

 

 

 

Date:

11/13/2013

Guest:

125 (Reference ID: 1885387)

Name:

George K. Streeter

Email Address:

teltechinc@bellsouth.net

Location:

Rutherfordton, NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 VR-3 VR-733 (Reserves)

Duties?:

Radio/radar repair, Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964 VR-6 & 3

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

Yes 1564

Comments:

We had a real good time in Savannah this year. The group was small but very enjoyable, looking forward to next year.

 

 

 

Date:

11/04/2013

Guest:

126 (Reference ID: 1884267)

Name:

fred desilva

Email Address:

fredthegree@gmail.com

Location:

henderson nv

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr8

Duties?:

yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

1956 to 1958

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/23/2013

Guest:

127 (Reference ID: 1883033)

Name:

thomas radlinsky

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr3

Duties?:

squadron duty office

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1966

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/20/2013

Guest:

128 (Reference ID: 1882734)

Name:

Paul R Hakim

Email Address:

paulnpam2@gmail.com

Location:

Bloomfield Hills, Mi

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1963-1966

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/19/2013

Guest:

129 (Reference ID: 1882660)

Name:

Mort Eckhouse

Email Address:

mortusn@yahoo.com

Location:

Pensacola, Fl

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1959 to 1962

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

yes 554

Comments:

I have to catch up on my dues.

 

 

 

Date:

10/12/2013

Guest:

130 (Reference ID: 1882153)

Name:

Gerard Murphy

Email Address:

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Location:

Green valley AZ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A -VR7

Duties?:

lOADMASTER

Dates in MATS?:

VR-7A ( 58-61) VR-7 (64-67)

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

N/A

Comments:

For Don Muller, both VR-7A and VR-7 received the AF Outstanding Unit award while I was assigned to both units. Not many of us have both of them.

 

 

 

Date:

09/30/2013

Guest:

131 (Reference ID: 1881313)

Name:

Joseph S Reeves

Email Address:

josephreeves@ymail.com

Location:

Ormond Beach, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3,VR5,VR6,VR7,VR8

Duties?:

Pilot/Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

1948 to 1961

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

213

Comments:

I'm getting old (87)
I have a few books I have written "Before the Jets" send me $10 bucks - I will mail to you. Send me an email.

 

 

 

Date:

09/24/2013

Guest:

132 (Reference ID: 1880967)

Name:

Ellie McQuarrie

Email Address:

elm@sti.net

Location:

Mariposa CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr8

Duties?:

air maintance

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

My father George McQuarrie passed away I have Reunion mugs from 1983-98 If someone wants to pay the postage I will send them to you

 

 

 

Date:

09/08/2013

Guest:

133 (Reference ID: 1880001)

Name:

john a wood

Email Address:

woodja43@yahoo.com

Location:

roseville,mi.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

ATN3

Dates in MATS?:

1963-196

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/05/2013

Guest:

134 (Reference ID: 1879870)

Name:

Ron Thompson

Email Address:

ronkathythompson@yahoo.com

Location:

wyoming mi

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

AE2

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1956

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

N/A

Comments:

I was at westover ,then maguire,also was in a small detachment on a french navy base in port lyautey north africa(french were in vietnam at that time) A buddy of mine and I bought a 1947 tailorcraft and kept it at trenton robbinsville airport.Have a lot of good memories ,would like to hear from ralph templeman ,tom cucchi or anyone who remembers me ,I have seen dick sellers ,(who I owned the tailorcraft with)

 

 

 

Date:

08/10/2013

Guest:

135 (Reference ID: 1878637)

Name:

Donald Stanbro

Email Address:

hangerdon@aol.com

Location:

Canton, Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

crewed on training flights and communications

Dates in MATS?:

1964 to late 66

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

no

Comments:

Would like to hear from anyone that was there during that period.

 

 

 

Date:

07/17/2013

Guest:

136 (Reference ID: 1877553)

Name:

Craig Dougherty, for James H.

Email Address:

cwdloneranger@yahoo.com

Location:

Kent, Washington

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

My Father - James H. VR-7 & 8

Duties?:

AMCS (Crew/Maintnance Chief)

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1961

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

NA

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/13/2013

Guest:

137 (Reference ID: 1877419)

Name:

Thomas L. Wallace

Email Address:

flytomaso@gmail.com

Location:

Henderson, Nevada, 89044

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Moffett Field, California

Duties?:

pilot - ground school instructor

Dates in MATS?:

Dec 1960 to June 1963

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/10/2013

Guest:

138 (Reference ID: 1877221)

Name:

Theron (Tom) Winchell

Email Address:

winchellt@tds.net

Location:

Augusta,Michigan

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Parachute Rigger PR-3

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1967

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

VR1673-13

Comments:

I have registered before however updated my profile. Address and email address have changed, and now a member.

 

 

 

Date:

07/05/2013

Guest:

139 (Reference ID: 1877030)

Name:

Luther Brackeen

Email Address:

luther_brackeen@bellsouth.net

Location:

9747 John Rankin Hwy, Fulton, MS

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det. A

Duties?:

F/A, Supply Dept.

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

yes/1504

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/29/2013

Guest:

140 (Reference ID: 1876756)

Name:

Jim Rochefort

Email Address:

rocky1950@msn.com

Location:

Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3 VR8

Duties?:

Mainternance Pre flight

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1953 1961-1964

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

Yes

Comments:

Enjoyed both tours at Moffett. Same hangar both times. My favorite job was the pre-flight crew in VR8, especially on the C130s.

 

 

 

Date:

06/26/2013

Guest:

141 (Reference ID: 1876424)

Name:

Ralph Brown

Email Address:

brownbernie@hotmail.com

Location:

Bremerton WA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1951 to 1954

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

no

Comments:

Arrived from boot camp & was assigned to VR3 as a flight orderly & bunked at SPLINTER CITY.Had a great time in VR3 made some great flights in R5D & R6D.
Ralph

 

 

 

Date:

06/06/2013

Guest:

142 (Reference ID: 1875224)

Name:

Guadalupe Negrete

Email Address:

lupe4844905@aol.com

Location:

Pico Rivera, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

AK3-Supply

Dates in MATS?:

Dec 1960-Aug 1961

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

No

Comments:

Known as "GREEK". To answer Don Muller question. VR-7A was the unit that rec'd outstanding award certificate, cannot find but i do have corresponence that came with it. I see some on this site were in VR-7A after I left, please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

 

Date:

06/02/2013

Guest:

143 (Reference ID: 1874970)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

dnmllr196@aol.com

Location:

odessa. fla.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NAS KODIAK AL. VR-8 VR-7

Duties?:

AE /FLT ATTD.

Dates in MATS?:

AE/ FLT AYYD

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

YES 1496-07

Comments:

HELLO
I AM LOOKING FOR THE INFORMATION ONTHE US NAVYVR SGD THAT WAS AWARDED THE AIR FORCE UNIT COMMENDATION .I READ THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE AND THAT VERY UNUSALL THANK YOU DON MULLER

 

 

 

Date:

05/27/2013

Guest:

144 (Reference ID: 1874692)

Name:

Edward Gibson

Email Address:

conndiver@aol.com

Location:

Oxford Ct

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1964- 1967

Duties?:

jet mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

780 shop and mechanic

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/22/2013

Guest:

145 (Reference ID: 1871088)

Name:

Ivy Murdock

Email Address:

imurdock@comcast.net

Location:

Ca.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Mantance

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1962, 1963-1965

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

N/A

Comments:

looking at history AMHC retired

 

 

 

Date:

04/12/2013

Guest:

146 (Reference ID: 1869506)

Name:

Paul Boellner

Email Address:

paboellner@gmail.com

Location:

USA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr-22

Duties?:

Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1960

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

No

Comments:

Great memories of my time served in VR-22. Currently attend VR-22 reunions. Next one is scheduled in September 2013 at Lake Wright, Norfolk, VA. Would like to find a roster of people who served during 1958-1960.

 

 

 

Date:

04/11/2013

Guest:

147 (Reference ID: 1869442)

Name:

Fred Hoover

Email Address:

f.2138@aol.com

Location:

Fulton, Tx.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AE2 ACM Air Crew, Test flt crew

Dates in MATS?:

Feb.56-Oct.59

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

yes 1580

Comments:

After 17 hrs. flt. time on my first plane ride on the flying boat MARS out of Alameda, This 17 yr. old kid arrived at Kihi Lagoon in Honolulu with slightly damp feet. I was soon introduced to the the U.S. Navy Air Force MATS VIA the wash rack and chasing down buckets of prop wash, Welcome aboard. Eventually, with a short stint in engine build up followed by some time working on the plane crew with Al Wallen AD (AP) 1, I was ready to see the world. First an Embassy run then TAD to Clark, followed by more Embassy runs. Memorable guidance from my brother Art, Al, AECs Reed, Davis, Lobdell and LtCdr. Gill I survived with a solid foundation that helped me through a 4yr. tour in Air search and Rescue with the Coast Guard followed by 14 yrs. in both MATS and the Tactical Air Coommand with the Air Force. Probably not very well known in the Sqdn. due to lots of TAD in Clark. The temporay duty folloed throughout my career, Coast Guard duty took my to detatcments in Alvin Calendar Fld. N.O. La., NAS Corpus Christ, Tx., NAS Kodiak, Ak., Air Force TDYs too numerous to list, major assignments, Scott Fld., Ill., Elmendorf AFB, Ak., Shaw AFB., S.C., CCK Taiwan (E Flight team) combat aircrewman, Utipa, Thailand, Korat,Thailand, DaNang and back to Clark. My final assignment was as an Air Advisor to the Pittsburg Air Guard in Penn. Through the traing and guidance of those named and others I survived and suceeded. Thank you gentlemen and to VR-7 which provided me with the skills that carried me through my career.

 

 

 

Date:

04/10/2013

Guest:

148 (Reference ID: 1869352)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

dnmllr196@aol.com

Location:

odessa,fl.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

naskodak/vr,8 vr7

Duties?:

AE FLIGHT ATT

Dates in MATS?:

AE, FLIGHT ATT.

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

YES1496-O7

Comments:

OK SO FAR I HAVENT HEARD FROM ANYONE I KNOW THERS GONNA BE ANOTHER REUNION SOON I,M HOPING TO HEAR SOON SUMMERS HEAR AND I,M TRAVELING WILL BE IN THE FL.PANHANDLE AND THERE ABOUT . I,M LOOKING FOR A W.P. MC KENZIE ALSO LAST I HEARD HE WAS IN MT. VERNON ILL. SO IF ANYONE KNOWS HIM OR TELL. NO OR E-MAIL E-MAIL ME I,D LOVE TO HEAR FROM HIM .THANK YOUALL. DON MULLER

 

 

 

Date:

04/10/2013

Guest:

149 (Reference ID: 1869318)

Name:

Jerry Usery

Email Address:

j.usery@att.net

Location:

Pensacola

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR - 6

Duties?:

preflight and blockout crew

Dates in MATS?:

1961 - 1962

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

no

Comments:

Worked with Ivan Hughes who was an AE2 at the time. Became an AE and stayed in the Navy because of him..... and now he's a retired Captain.
What a different world McGuire AFB was after having just left the USS Essex CVS 9.

 

 

 

Date:

04/07/2013

Guest:

150 (Reference ID: 1869146)

Name:

HAL LEEDOM

Email Address:

leterbuc@eltopia.com

Location:

COLVILLE, WA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 &VR-8

Duties?:

PR-2

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1966

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

069923

Comments:

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