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Date:

06/11/2012

Guest:

181 (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:

182 (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:

183 (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:

184 (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:

185 (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:

186 (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:

187 (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:

188 (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:

189 (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:

190 (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:

191 (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:

192 (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:

193 (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:

194 (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:

195 (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:

196 (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:

197 (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:

198 (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:

199 (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:

200 (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:

201 (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:

202 (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

 

 

 

Date:

12/04/2011

Guest:

203 (Reference ID: 1843710)

Name:

Bill Thompson

Email Address:

athom40566@aol.com

Location:

Richmond VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 6 VR 7 VR 8

Duties?:

Aviation Structual Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

Aircraft Maintanance

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

No

Comments:

Served VR 8 Moffett Field Nov 1960 Thru Sept 1961
Served VR 6 Mcquire AFB NJ Oct 1961 Thru Jan 1962
Served VR 7 Mcguire AFB NJ Jan 1962 Thru Dec 1962
Served VR 6 Mcquire AFB NJ Dec 1962 Thru Feb 1963

 

 

 

Date:

11/20/2011

Guest:

204 (Reference ID: 1843221)

Name:

Jack L. Biggs Sr.

Email Address:

bigpop@q.com

Location:

Ankeny,Ia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aviation Mant. Admin. Airman

Dates in MATS?:

July 65 to June 67

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

No

Comments:

email bigpop@q.com I worked for LCDR R.T. Marion Department head and pilot-I was assigned to Quality Control. For those of you that were Moffett Field, I loved it found a wife an we're still happily married after 44 years. I'd love to find David Gardner he was Airman in my Department. And AE2 or 3 named Dennis Erb, Dennis worked in the Electricain shop, not sure if it was VR8 or not. Big guy at least 6'7" tall. I loved it there. I'd like to hear from anybody that remembers the day's so long ago.

 

 

 

Date:

11/18/2011

Guest:

205 (Reference ID: 1843109)

Name:

George K. Streeter

Email Address:

teltechinc@bellsouth.net

Location:

Rutherfordton NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 VR-3

Duties?:

Avionics maintainence/Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes

Comments:

Great 2011 reunion

 

 

 

Date:

10/29/2011

Guest:

206 (Reference ID: 1842059)

Name:

James Fleming

Email Address:

flemingjjames@gmail.com

Location:

Minneapolis MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7&8

Duties?:

flight att

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1962

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

no

Comments:

Happy to have found this sight after spending 3 years flying as crew on the connies I have nothing but good memories
Thanks to all who put this sight together

 

 

 

Date:

10/29/2011

Guest:

207 (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:

208 (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:

209 (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:

210 (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!

 

 

 

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