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Date:

08/25/2012

Guest:

181 (Reference ID: 1856662)

Name:

Mark Dodge

Email Address:

K7PBYMark@gmail.com

Location:

Keizer, Oregon

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-13

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

NA

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

No

Comments:

Greetings from Mark Dodge,
I am trying to gather details on a Navy R4D-5 that may have been assigned to VR-13. The BuNo for this aircraft is noted as: 39090 and had arrived in Brisbane in November, 1943.
At this time, I have not been able to locate any formal MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) or other comprehensive packet that will help me understand the loss of this aircraft.
Conflicting reports make it appear as if the plane was southbound for Cairns from Port Moresby and other reports show that the flight-plan was northbound for Momote Aerodrome.
Aboard the flight of 23JUL44 was my cousin Frank H. Dodge (AM1c) and that last known navigation fix placed the aircraft over the Coral Sea, south of Port Moresby.
After being declared missing and overdue, surface vessels and allied aircraft initiated a search for the next 5-days, but no trace of wreckage was found - until 1970.
There is indication that Australian Military forces may have been dispatched to the crash-site and remains were recovered for examination and forensic artifacts removed for evaluation.
Of the 15 passengers and crew, 11 were verified and returned stateside for interment. The 4 sailors who were unidentified were interred in a common grave at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.
If anyone within the NAVY-MATS groups has knowledge about details to help me understand some of the facts and operational history of this transport aircraft and those who flew her.
In advance, thank you for your time to review this letter. I am composing a family history album for Frank's younger brother and would appreciate any help your can offer in this search.
With best regards,
Mark Dodge

 

 

 

Date:

08/15/2012

Guest:

182 (Reference ID: 1856259)

Name:

William Nelson

Email Address:

williamrnelson@yahoo.com

Location:

Oakland, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Not sure

Dates in MATS?:

Late 50s-early 60s

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

No

Comments:

Hello. My dad, William (Bill) R. Nelson, recently passed away. He was from Oakland, CA and served in VR-7. Is there anyone out there who knew him? I'm trying to learn more about his time in the Navy. Thank you very much.

 

 

 

Date:

08/12/2012

Guest:

183 (Reference ID: 1856152)

Name:

anna baselice (samuel)

Email Address:

nosceteipsum863@aol.com

Location:

new york , ny

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 NAS Miami Fl and VR9 Olathe Kansas

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

1943 - 1946

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

N/A

Comments:

Hello, My father was Navy veteran from 1943 through 1953. I recently obtain some documentation that lists VR7 NAS Miami, Fl and VR 9 Olathe , KS as part of his service. I am trying to find out more information about this. I am hoping to find someone who can help explain this to me.
Thank you.

 

 

 

Date:

08/05/2012

Guest:

184 (Reference ID: 1855870)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jjsponies@aol.com

Location:

Sun City, AZ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3--7--8

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1956

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

Yes

Comments:

Reunion member---shipmate---and longtime good friend---Einar Chole took his last flight on August 3rd 2012.

 

 

 

Date:

08/05/2012

Guest:

185 (Reference ID: 1855858)

Name:

Barbara Renica

Email Address:

barbis2@cox.net

Location:

United States

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Mess cooking, Bldg. & Grounds, Periodic Maint., Line Maint

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1961

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

No

Comments:

This was my first squadron. McGuire was an interesting place to begin a Naval career.

 

 

 

Date:

06/27/2012

Guest:

186 (Reference ID: 1854018)

Name:

Donald D. Reed

Email Address:

rmotter@aol.com

Location:

Sun City, CA 92586

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8 & VR 21

Duties?:

Chief

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

My dad does not have an email

Comments:

My step dad Donald D. Reed who for lived in Hawaii while with VR 21 & VR 8 and then moved to Moffett in Northern CA is almost 91 years old he would love to hear from those that served with him, he also was part of the crew for the Berlin Airlife. He now lives in Southern CA his address is Donald D. Reed 27119 Fairlane Drive, Sun City, CA 92586
He is in good health, uses a walker but gets around and his favorite times and memories are the times he was in the NAVY he retired as a chief and I believe served almost 30 years in the NAVY he will be 91 on July 25th. If you have a mailout list for reunions it would be great to keep my dad on your mailing list as he would love to hear about what is happening and for years when he was getting info he did attend lots of the reunions.

Thank you, Robbie Motter, step daughter of Donald D. Reed

 

 

 

Date:

06/19/2012

Guest:

187 (Reference ID: 1853704)

Name:

leonard t miller

Email Address:

tjbones12345@yahoo.com

Location:

madison lk. mn. 56063

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

maint. control

Dates in MATS?:

nov 1956 to jan 1960

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/18/2012

Guest:

188 (Reference ID: 1853635)

Name:

Earl Stutes

Email Address:

estutes@me.com

Location:

San Jose,CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1953 - 1958

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2012

Guest:

189 (Reference ID: 1853321)

Name:

L.W. Brackeen

Email Address:

luther_brackeen@bellsouth.net

Location:

Fulton, MS 38843

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det. A

Duties?:

AK-3/Flight Attendent/Emergence Flght Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

Yes

Comments:

I served at Tachikawa, AB, Japan, from May of 62, till Dec. 63. I was in the flight crew, as a flight attendant, & worked in the Supply Dept.

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2012

Guest:

190 (Reference ID: 1853253)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

dnmllr196@aol.com

Location:

odessa FL.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NAS KODAK AL. VR,8 VR7

Duties?:

AE FLIGHT ATT.

Dates in MATS?:

AE FL.ATT.

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

YES 1496-11 ?

Comments:

great good to see more signing up glad to se berry kimes in here and also james flemming when i was checking out joe whittecar was comming in we all had a good time then they were the good old days too i;m still trying to find some of the good old boys too E.E BAGGETT ED CLANCY R L BEEL AND WHAT EVER HAPPENED to MR.CHIAMPAS he was the best ass kisser i ever meet he should he should have run for pres. or congress by now . j. collachi ret as CHEIF A/B. It was still a good experance for all i would still like to know how come with all of the flying we did and the troops we moved and independents cargo , drums and etc. we never got any medals we all did a lot of flying with alot of hours anyway good to see some of ya,ll on the weeb soooo seee ya soon don

 

 

 

Date:

05/22/2012

Guest:

191 (Reference ID: 1852227)

Name:

joseph whittecar

Email Address:

a4d2skyhawk@gmail.com

Location:

mount angel, oregon

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

seven

Duties?:

flight traffic specilist

Dates in MATS?:

janruary 1962 - october 1963

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

past member 1980's

Comments:

I get cold sweats when I watch a video of a connie, I also remember every flight like it was yesterday, especially those to vietnam. Wake Island was a favorite stop. After 50 years one might think we would forget alot of it. CDR Brasser was the AC on my first trip into Saigon what a rush that was. CDR Brasser could set a connie on the runway and reverse props so smooth you didn't know you were on the ground.
One flight we went to karatchi, picked up a full load of UN troops and took them to Biak New Guinea, I learned real fast how to say fasten seat belts and no smoking in pakistani, about half got out of their seats when the skipper turned off overhead seatbelt and no smoking and beat feet to the rear. Needless to say there was an instant oh s-------.
the biggest mistake I ever made was not staying in the navy, second biggest mistake was getting married. I am looking forward to the reunion. take care everybody, wheels and flaps up!

 

 

 

Date:

05/20/2012

Guest:

192 (Reference ID: 1852162)

Name:

AMHC/AC willie C. Barr

Email Address:

wbarr13@comcast.net

Location:

Woodbridge VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 VR-8

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

VR22 1957-1960 VR-8 1963-1966

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/27/2012

Guest:

193 (Reference ID: 1850166)

Name:

Tom Miles

Email Address:

thomasmiles193@msn.com

Location:

Spokane, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

Yoeman

Dates in MATS?:

1952 to 1954

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

Not yet

Comments:

This is a correction post. My email was incorrect in the first one. Looking forward to reconnecting!

 

 

 

Date:

04/26/2012

Guest:

194 (Reference ID: 1850119)

Name:

Tom Miles

Email Address:

thomasmiles193@hotmail.com

Location:

Spokane, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

2-1953 to 12-1954

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

Not yet

Comments:

Served at Hickam from 2-1953 to 12-1954. Was Yoeman officer of personnel records/ Captain's office. Served under Capt. Bernard M Stream, Ex O was Comm Anderson, Comm. Mike Volpatak, Lt Comm Gene Hansen,, Dr. Nauman Flt. Surgeon. Would love to hear from folks I served with.

 

 

 

Date:

04/16/2012

Guest:

195 (Reference ID: 1849634)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom (son of of Captain EW Bergstrom)

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

CO

Dates in MATS?:

1963 to 1965

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

no

Comments:

Well after 10 years of trying I finally received from the US Navy the Vietnam Service Medal for my dad (CO of VR-7 Captain Edward. W. Bergstrom). He qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary because he flew into Saigon and other areas in SEA during 1963 to 1965. The VSM was not approved for the military until after he retired in July 1965. Any pilot or crewmember who received the AFEM due to service in Vietnam before 1965 had the option to change it to the VSM (this is what I did) He passed away in 1967 and it has been up to me to get all of his medals which he was eligible for. The big hold up was dealing with the civilian employees. They lost my requests on many occasions and pretty much did not care. It was not until I had the luck of finding a Navy Chief who worked in the awards department. That person was able to get many medals awarded to my dad for me and also some Air Force and Coast Guard unit awards of which I never knew about. My next project is getting him the Navy Cross medal which he should have received in 1942 but was not because the wing secretary lost the paperwork. That will be a challenge to say the least.

 

 

 

Date:

03/30/2012

Guest:

196 (Reference ID: 1848956)

Name:

Jerry Sweitzer

Email Address:

jlssps@verizon.net

Location:

Great Mills,Md

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

AT Radio Operator/Instructor/Examiner

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/15/2012

Guest:

197 (Reference ID: 1848236)

Name:

BARRY KIMES

Email Address:

BART.KIM@VERIZON.NET

Location:

COATESVILLE,PENNA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

MATS,VR-8

Duties?:

FLIGHT CREW,AEI,

Dates in MATS?:

1957-1961

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

NO

Comments:

FFOUND SITEBY MISTAKE--FOUND TWO GUYS WHO I KNOW --BEST OF LUCK TOO ALL,GOD BLESS

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2012

Guest:

198 (Reference ID: 1847313)

Name:

Marion Strick

Email Address:

strick9@sunflower.com

Location:

Kansas City Kamsas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for someone that was in my fathers squadron at Olathe Naval Air station VR-3 His Name was John Strick.he was also comander of VF-881

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2012

Guest:

199 (Reference ID: 1847311)

Name:

Harry Belflower

Email Address:

hbelflower@aol.com

Location:

Bowie, MD

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22/VR-1 Det.

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1949-1952

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

No

Comments:

Served with VR-22, NAS Norfolk, as co-pilot (ENS) and PC (LTJG). Flew R4D airplanes. The TBM COD airplanes were introduced while I was in the squadron. CO's were CDR Byrd followed by CDR Cox. The XO was CDR Burbage. The R4D-8 airplane was assigned to the squadron in 1950-51. The squadron was assigned to NATS during the Berlin airlift and became a detachment of VR-1 during that period. VR-1 wirh the R5D airplanes was in Europe flying the airlift. We expanded our routes to include scheduled flights to Argentia and San Juan. We had about 12 Flying Midshipmen in the squadron at the same time that I was there.

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2012

Guest:

200 (Reference ID: 1847107)

Name:

Kenneth Carpenter

Email Address:

kenvp4@yahoo.com

Location:

Fr.anklin,N.C

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7&8

Duties?:

Pressurization Shop

Dates in MATS?:

57-59 My Chief Was ADC Davis

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

No

Comments:

Looking to find Marvin Wooldridge.He was an AMH Hydraulic Second class in VR-7,He flew many missions.He was from Texas.
Last contact I had with him was in Moffett Field CA.in 1959.Any information about him would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Date:

01/27/2012

Guest:

201 (Reference ID: 1846159)

Name:

Thomas Wortman

Email Address:

None

Location:

Tipp City Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

radio operator

Dates in MATS?:

1954-56

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/24/2012

Guest:

202 (Reference ID: 1846022)

Name:

Rick Dombrowski

Email Address:

rmdeez@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Instructor Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1963 to 1967

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

Yes/None

Comments:

When will the details of the proposed 2012 Reunion in San Jose be posted?

 

 

 

Date:

01/22/2012

Guest:

203 (Reference ID: 1845920)

Name:

LCDR Donald A. Gilliamsen, USN(Ret)

Email Address:

dgilly@bellsouth.net

Location:

Jacksonville, Fl

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

09/1950 to 01/1054

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

No

Comments:

After leaving VR-6 I went on to become a Naval Aviator. I retired in 1975.
I would like to become a member of the Reunions Group. I would also appreciate information on how to obtain a VR-6 Patch.

 

 

 

Date:

01/21/2012

Guest:

204 (Reference ID: 1845916)

Name:

William Gehlert

Email Address:

Barbillg@Verizon.net

Location:

Delaware

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NATS VR 12

Duties?:

AFRS WVTZ RADIO Station

Dates in MATS?:

NATS 1945 -46

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

No

Comments:

Started AFRS station and ran it til discharge in Sept 46.VR12 was !
NATSPAC HQ WW.

 

 

 

Date:

01/16/2012

Guest:

205 (Reference ID: 1845702)

Name:

Don O'Toole

Email Address:

kismet51@optonline.net

Location:

Long Island N.Y.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8.VR7

Duties?:

AE 3 Air crew @ Hickem AF Base

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1953

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

?

Comments:

Those were the best years of my 1950-1954 U.S.Navy tour.My last year was in Fasron 4 in San Diego.I hoped to become a Navy pilot as I had flowned Piper Cubs as a teen,but didn't have enough solo hours for a private pilots license.Fas.4 wasn't as close nit as the VR,but I did become an AE2 B4 discharge in late '54.

 

 

 

Date:

01/12/2012

Guest:

206 (Reference ID: 1845498)

Name:

Paul Rainville

Email Address:

prainvil@aol.com

Location:

Virginia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

My brother-in-law, John Loughran, served with VR-6 at Westover AFB circa '50-51 with a F. J. Eddy. They later (circa '55-56) served together in Norfolk. John has passed, but my sister Solange would appreciate any information about AD F. J. Eddy. Thanks in advance.

 

 

 

Date:

01/08/2012

Guest:

207 (Reference ID: 1845350)

Name:

George K. Streeter

Email Address:

teltechinc@bellsouth.net

Location:

Rutherfordton NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 & VR-3

Duties?:

Avionics maintenance/FRO

Dates in MATS?:

1962/1964

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

Yes VR61564

Comments:

I would have to say that everyone had a great time at the 2011 reunion. I am glad I was able to visit the Naval Air Museum, not once but twice. Good Job Bill and those involved with the reunion planning
George Streeter

 

 

 

Date:

12/25/2011

Guest:

208 (Reference ID: 1844591)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

DNMLLR196@aol.com

Location:

ODESSA FLA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NAS KODAK AL. VR-8 VR-7

Duties?:

AE FLIGHT ATTENDET

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961

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

YES 1496-11

Comments:

OK ya,all HAVENT HEARD TOO MUCH FOM ANYONE WE HAD A GOOD TIME AT PENSACOLA REUNION IT WAS GREAT SEEN BLACK JACK EVAN A MR. FULLER EX PILOT AND A FEW OTHERS IT WAS A LONG DRIVE HOME BUT I MADE IT I,M HOPPING TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE ONES THERE MR. BILL DID A FAN TASTIC JOB IT ALL RAN DAMN GOOD IT WAS FUN TOO SEE YA,LL HOPPING TO HEAR FROM SOME MAYBEE MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEY YEAR TOO YA,LL DON M

 

 

 

Date:

12/23/2011

Guest:

209 (Reference ID: 1844484)

Name:

David L. Newlon

Email Address:

mu1221@aol.com

Location:

Barboursville,WV 25504

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AD-3

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1960

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

No

Comments:

I would like to get in touch with other members of my MATS VR-6 Squadron. I would like to become a member of the reunion group.

 

 

 

Date:

12/07/2011

Guest:

210 (Reference ID: 1843842)

Name:

Fred Siegel

Email Address:

fsiegel1@nyc.rr.com

Location:

Forest Hills, NY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Airman-flight attendant

Dates in MATS?:

April 56 - Dec 57

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

no

Comments:

Ahh - old age; didn't recognize any names of squadron mates. Just found out VR-6 disestablished in '63. Would like to get a squadron patch - anyone have any ideas how to get one? To: F(Dutch)Wiesler-Don't know if you got your answer re the r6d you saw in Calif - if not it was a vr-6 plane at McGuire in '56. The plane we lost was in '57 & I believe was piloted by Lt G.Harris (may have been L/CDR) - can't recall. Smooth sailing to all

 

 

 

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