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Date:

10/29/2011

Guest:

181 (Reference ID: 1842055)

Name:

Ric

Email Address:

rmdeez@aol.com

Location:

Redlands, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Instr Flt Engr

Dates in MATS?:

3/63 to 7/67

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

Yes/None

Comments:

Enjoyed the duties and friendships while in VR-3 at McGuire AFB. Shed a tear when we were forced to decommission. Flew both the C-118B and the C-130E with an instructor rating in the latter. Loved to fly with a total of 19 out of 23 years in a flight status. I retired in '75 at NAS, North Island. Would appreciate anyone who knew me wayback to drop a line if so interested. My best to all....

 

 

 

Date:

10/23/2011

Guest:

182 (Reference ID: 1841737)

Name:

Randy Fuller

Email Address:

RfullerRCSCW@aol.com

Location:

Sun City West, AZ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A, VR-7. NATWP Staff.

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1959 to 1967

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

Yes/276-11

Comments:

Hoping we will have a good turn-out at the Pensacola reunion next month.

 

 

 

Date:

10/03/2011

Guest:

183 (Reference ID: 1840861)

Name:

John Hankins

Email Address:

imginc@aol.com

Location:

United States

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

Flt Mech C118.Flt Eng C130

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1967

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

Yes

Comments:

I retired from the Navy in 1985 as a AFCM at Jacksonville Fl, I currently live in Fleming Island Fl 15 miles south of Jacksonville FL. Would like to hear from any shipmates. Due to illness have been unable to attend last few reunions but will be in Pensacola.

 

 

 

Date:

09/29/2011

Guest:

184 (Reference ID: 1840645)

Name:

Michael Horner

Email Address:

MHorner@Tx.rr.com

Location:

None

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:

I just to thank everyone responsible for keeping the web site going as my father did a a hell of a job with it and enjoyed doing it!

 

 

 

Date:

09/06/2011

Guest:

185 (Reference ID: 1839625)

Name:

Arnold Dewain McDonald

Email Address:

admlane@yahoo.com

Location:

United States

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Traffic Specalist

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

No

Comments:

Great Duty, would do it again, would just be a better tourist instead of a sailor.

 

 

 

Date:

08/28/2011

Guest:

186 (Reference ID: 1839308)

Name:

Richard Draper

Email Address:

rldd178@aol.com

Location:

Lincoln Ne

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Ran Connie flight simulator

Dates in MATS?:

Aug 58-Aug61

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

N/A

Comments:

I was a TD2 in VR7. I worked in the flight simulator room maintaining and giving training hops.

 

 

 

Date:

08/27/2011

Guest:

187 (Reference ID: 1839250)

Name:

John Davenport

Email Address:

johndavenport@cox.net

Location:

San Diego, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr-8

Duties?:

Power Plant CPO, Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1968

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/24/2011

Guest:

188 (Reference ID: 1839102)

Name:

Gerard F. Murphy

Email Address:

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Location:

Oak Harbor, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Dett A VR-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1958 1961 1964--1967

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

N/A

Comments:

After five years six months I finally won my case with the VA over Agent Orange. The key to success is your stste Senator. I contacted my state senator and within two weeks the senators office, in Seattle was hammering the VA.
Two months later I was scheduled for a physical and was approved. 40 % for prostrate cancer and 100% FOR NON HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. wITH THE LYMPHOMA, THEY TAKE THE BENEFIT BACK 6 MONTHS AFTER CEMO IF YOUR IN REMISSION. SINCE I HAD FIRST PUT MY CLAIM IN 3 YEARS BEFORE CEMO, I WAS BACK PAID 100% for that period. received a high 6 figure check!!! I FOUGHT THE FIGHT11 IFYOUR IN THE SAME SITUATION I WAS, DON'T QUIT IF I CAN HELP CALL ME 360-679-9105

 

 

 

Date:

08/19/2011

Guest:

189 (Reference ID: 1838938)

Name:

Robert "Bob" L. Richardson

Email Address:

bobandcarrol@hotmail.com

Location:

Booneville, Arkansas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 Det Alfa

Duties?:

ADR3 Flight Attendant

Dates in MATS?:

9/62 to 9/64

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

No

Comments:

Sorry to register again so soon but I was unable to reach former shipmates Samuel Swenson and Luther Brackeen by their email addresses.
My emails came back undelievered. If you two guys read this comment page contact me at bobandcarrol@hotmail.com. I would also love to hear from Guy "Black Jack" Reeves. I only ran on to this website when I was searching for ways to prove I was on the ground in Vietnam.
I have prostate cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange. Thanks to the person/persons who started this website! Carry on!!!!!!

 

 

 

Date:

08/18/2011

Guest:

190 (Reference ID: 1838888)

Name:

Robert "Bob" L. Richardson

Email Address:

bobandcarrol@hotmail.com

Location:

Tachikawa, Japan

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7, Det Alfa

Duties?:

Flight Attendant, ADR3

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

No

Comments:

Arrived in Japan an AA. Wasn't very motivated. Later woke up and left two years late ADR3. First person I worked for was Samuel Swenson
swabbing decks in the barracks. Noticed he made a career of 30 and retired as CWO-4. Way to go Sam! I served four years and four months actrive duty and then mustered out May 2nd, 1966. I became a Baptist preacher and pastored Baptist churches in Arkansas and California for over 40 years. I will be 70 September 4, 2011. I am now retired and doing pulpit supply now and then.

 

 

 

Date:

08/16/2011

Guest:

191 (Reference ID: 1838763)

Name:

adcs patrick mc closkey

Email Address:

adcspsm@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr3

Duties?:

flight attendant flight engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1949 1952

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/04/2011

Guest:

192 (Reference ID: 1838183)

Name:

Michael B. Lowe

Email Address:

mlowe@cfl.rr.com

Location:

Orlando, FL

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:

My grandfather, LtCmdr Fred B. Lowe was the pilot of the plane that went down on Oct. 10, 1956. My aunt is looking for any information she can find or anyone who may have served with him.

 

 

 

Date:

08/03/2011

Guest:

193 (Reference ID: 1838163)

Name:

John Cook

Email Address:

jdcook56@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

none

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

No

Comments:

Which VR squadron was assigned to the Frankfurt Germany during the Berlin Air Lift? They were billeted at the Freidberg Kascern Barrackso(SP) outside of Frankfurt 1948-1949. Is there a listing of those members assigned? The person I am looking for would have been from Pennsylvania. thank you

 

 

 

Date:

08/03/2011

Guest:

194 (Reference ID: 1838133)

Name:

Bob Reynolds

Email Address:

VOSixtySeven@aol.com

Location:

Oceanside , Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Tweet shop

Dates in MATS?:

Nov. 65 - Jan. 67

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

no

Comments:

Hi,

Served with VR-8 from Nov. 1965 till Jan. 1967 when squadron was decommissioned. That was great duty. Volunteered for the soon to be secret squadron VO-67. Flew as combat aircrew man, Second Tech and window gunner (M-60), with Crew-5. Modified P-2V5 aircraft (OP-2E)were used to implant sensors along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Vietnam at very low levels. Many folks from VR-8 ended up in VO-67 and perhaps some were among our 20 KIA’s. Check out the VO-67 web site at WWW.VO-67.org . Check out the roster pages to see if you knew anyone.

 

 

 

Date:

07/30/2011

Guest:

195 (Reference ID: 1837950)

Name:

Richard Rosa

Email Address:

RrosaRcmr@aol.com

Location:

McGuire AFB, NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

ATN3 Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1958 - 1960

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

No

Comments:

VR-3 Flights were very memorable and were a bright spot in my life.

 

 

 

Date:

07/16/2011

Guest:

196 (Reference ID: 1837401)

Name:

Ralph Carroll

Email Address:

iceman.carroll6@gmail.com

Location:

Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr.22

Duties?:

Flt. Eng.

Dates in MATS?:

'58-61

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

no

Comments:

I served as a Flt. Eng. at VR-22, Norfolk, Va. from '58-61, flying to Newfoundland, Lajes/Azores, Port Lyote/Morocco, Stockholm/Sweden, Gitmo/Cuba, Arnhem/Holland, Germany, Tripoli/Libya. People I remember
there-D.R. Smith, O.D. Riggs/Okla. Prior to this assignment I served as FE in VP56/Norfolk for 2 1/2 yrs. The last year there I was the First Flight Engineer for #1Boat, the Commanding Officer's plane. I resigned the Navy in '61 after 10 years to attend the SBC Seminary/Ft. Worth,TX. I pastored several churchs in Texas, owned/operated a home improvement business and retired in '92. I am married for '62 yrs., with 4 children. My pastor at the time I entered the Christian Ministry was William R.(Bill) Smith who was originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.. He pastored at one time in Richmond, Va.. I would like to contact him if possible.

 

 

 

Date:

06/17/2011

Guest:

197 (Reference ID: 1836262)

Name:

F. E.King

Email Address:

salvo46@grm.net

Location:

Rt. 1 Box 191 Princeton, MO 64673

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8/VR-7

Duties?:

Prop Shop/Instr Flt.Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1962

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

No

Comments:

By far the best job I had during my 30 years in the Navy.

 

 

 

Date:

05/30/2011

Guest:

198 (Reference ID: 1835691)

Name:

Douglas MacArthur

Email Address:

anvrdq@yahoo.com

Location:

Freeport Minnesota

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

780 shop

Dates in MATS?:

Jan 66-june 1 1967

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

N/A

Comments:

Was there at the end.

Many names I still remember---------------Thomas, "Big Steve', Marty, Phil Marlowe, Phil Senna, Monti, Chief Johnson, ABE2 Mouldon

Sipped a fews beers at Bon Ton,318, and Someplace Else

GREAT WEATHER, also.


"Mac"

 

 

 

Date:

05/22/2011

Guest:

199 (Reference ID: 1835317)

Name:

Gene Richards

Email Address:

genensue@gmail.com

Location:

Modesto, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7/8

Duties?:

Aircraft Commander

Dates in MATS?:

'56-'59 '61-'63

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/30/2011

Guest:

200 (Reference ID: 1834326)

Name:

Kellogg, Harold

Email Address:

hgkellogg@nomadinter.net

Location:

Carson City, Michigan

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, Moffett Field

Duties?:

Flightline-Avionics Shop

Dates in MATS?:

July 1959 to Oct. 1961

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

No

Comments:

Wow, I didn't know about this organization until now. If possible, I would like to attend the next reunion. I would like to look up a couple of friends that were in VR-8 at the same time, George Losee and Tom Alston. Most of the time in the squadron, I was on the graveyard flight line shift. We pre-flighted and blocked out the morning flights and what ever maintenance problems that would come up. I transferred to VP-48/31 at NAS North Island in November of 1961, crew member in P5-M's. After mustering out in March of '62'. I returned to the SF Bay area and worked many years in the aerospace industry. Lived in Sunnyvale and San Jose until 1975. Moved to Gardnerville Nevada from '75 to '85' then returned to home farm in Carson City Michigan.

 

 

 

Date:

04/22/2011

Guest:

201 (Reference ID: 1834083)

Name:

Brian Everett

Email Address:

brian_everett@earthlink.net

Location:

Reston, VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961

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

NO

Comments:

My father CMDR William J. Everett was a pilot in VR-3 from 1958-1961.
I ran into Tony Chirico last week and he served with my father. Small world.
I was looking for some photographs of the squadron. My father flew Super Connies
before he joined this outfit. And I think he flew DC-6s with this squadron.
Good Luck to all of you. Fair winds and following seas.

Brian Everett

 

 

 

Date:

04/21/2011

Guest:

202 (Reference ID: 1834077)

Name:

Leo A. Hoffman

Email Address:

lhoff0228@aol.com

Location:

Waterloo Iowa 50702

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Leading PO of Special Services

Dates in MATS?:

06-55 To 06-57

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

Was a member but not now

Comments:

I was under ADC Joe Murray in special services setting up fishing trips, meeting new personal reporting aboard VR-7 from cruise ships or airliners,Making sure all officers were signed in Navy Housing as well as enlisted that were married, We operated the laundry service from Pearl Harbor ,set up baseball games between VR-7 and VR-8 and the air force, and pearl harbor, The best two years in the Navy

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2011

Guest:

203 (Reference ID: 1833980)

Name:

Gerard F. Murphy

Email Address:

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Location:

Oak Harbor, Washington

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 DET A and VR-7

Duties?:

LOADMASTER

Dates in MATS?:

DET A 1958-1961 VR-7 1964-1967

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

yes 1533

Comments:

I am the middle of a 5 year struggle with an agent orange claim with the Veterans Administration proving I was in-country Vietnam. I don't have flight orders or a log book and despite the volumes of information i have submitted to the VA, I can not proove "boots on the ground". Even a document from the Wing stating I had made twenty combat support missions was dismissed as evidence as it did not state we landed in Vietnam. I'm also fighting a losing battle with two types of cancer, both approved as caused from exposure to agent orange. At this point, the only evidence I can provide to prove my claim is "buddy letters". If there is anyone oput there who remembers flying with me to Vietnam, or can vouch they knew I flew into Vietnam and would be willing to write a letter would be the only way I can win my case. I would be extremely gratfull. If you can help, please call me at (360) 679-9105

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2011

Guest:

204 (Reference ID: 1833945)

Name:

Loren D. Curtis

Email Address:

curt.curtis@argotech.net

Location:

Long Beach CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1503 OMS

Duties?:

C-124 Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

1961 to 1964

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

No

Comments:

I was Air Force but somehow started running with VR-7A personnel in Tachikawa Japan 1961 to 1963. I even sided with the Navy in a Downtown Tachi brawl once.
When I rotated back to the states they "piped me over the side" causing lots of strange looks from other passengers. At the time I was known as "Preacher". Anyone remember a skinny drunk airman?

 

 

 

Date:

04/16/2011

Guest:

205 (Reference ID: 1833837)

Name:

Donald Quinn

Email Address:

ironeagle_odouls@yahoo.com

Location:

NAS Rota,Spain

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-24det/VR-22

Duties?:

loadmaster( NAC)

Dates in MATS?:

1979-1986

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

N/A

Comments:

we were Our parent command being in Sigonnella,Sicily. we were Re-commissioned as VR-22, to become our own command, and acquired 2 refueling kc130 from the marines to join our already c130f cargo aircraft. We all but put the air force out of business around the med!

 

 

 

Date:

04/13/2011

Guest:

206 (Reference ID: 1833690)

Name:

John Davenport

Email Address:

johndavenport@cox.net

Location:

San Diego, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr-8

Duties?:

ADJC Engine Shop/ Test Cell

Dates in MATS?:

1964 1968

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/28/2011

Guest:

207 (Reference ID: 1832696)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

DNMLLR196@AOL.COM

Location:

ODESSA FL.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NAS KODIAK AL. VR8-VR7-

Duties?:

AE-

Dates in MATS?:

AE-FLIGHT TRAFIC SPEC.

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

YES

Comments:

GREAT PAGE WE WILL BE AT THE REUNION COME NOV ALREADY MADE ARRANGMENTS MR. COX SEE YOU IN PENSACOLA AND MR.W.L. JOHNSONIT WAS ON 11/29/59 SIR THATYOUGAVE ME A FAIRREPORT YOU SAID I NEED MORE STUDY AND I MIGHT MAKE IT O WELL I DID ANYWAY SEE YA AT THE REUNION?????????

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2011

Guest:

208 (Reference ID: 1832200)

Name:

Jim Nugent

Email Address:

jnugenk@hotmail.com

Location:

Albuquerque,N.M.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 VR7

Duties?:

Flight Line FTS F/X LM F/X

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1965

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

No

Comments:

Great times had.

 

 

 

Date:

03/19/2011

Guest:

209 (Reference ID: 1832197)

Name:

Bruce Crosby

Email Address:

Bruce2Edie@aol.com

Location:

Minden, NV

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Mechanic (ADR-3)

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1962

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/16/2011

Guest:

210 (Reference ID: 1832024)

Name:

Stan Gray

Email Address:

gray@ellijay.com

Location:

Ellijay, GA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1952-54

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

No

Comments:

Hello fellow VR's. It sure is great to scroll through this log book and view all you great guys. Sure brings back some great memories. I sighned into to 8 in March of '52 under Captain Bernard Strean. What a great Skipper he was and the best Plane Commander I ever flew with. I'm sure he is gone b now as he was at least 10 years older than me. Not to long after I joined 8 they split us and created VR-7. We shared the same facilities and some of my buddies went into 7 while I stayed in 8. I'm not a currently paid up member of this reunion group, but would like to get current. I attended a reunion a couple years ago in Tunica Mississippi and really had a great time. That reunion was only attended by VR-7 and 8 guys. I'll be planning on the 2011 in Pensacola if health permits. I visited the Museim in Pensacol this past year and really enjoyed it. They had a baby Connie on display with the radar gear installed. The R5D's and R7V's "Super Connies" were great planes. Hope to see some of you guys soon, GOD BLESS YOU EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!

 

 

 

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