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Date:

04/13/2011

Guest:

181 (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:

182 (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:

183 (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:

184 (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:

185 (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!!!

 

 

 

Date:

03/07/2011

Guest:

186 (Reference ID: 1831478)

Name:

Monte "Red" Umphress

Email Address:

monteumphress@att.net

Location:

Fremont, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3,7&8

Duties?:

Maint.F/M &F/E

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1966

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

yes #ONE

Comments:

FINE!! Web Page.
We had about 40 people at the first meeting in 1981 and the first reunion in 1982, at the Marriott hotel in Santa Clara, we had 402 people for the dinner/dance. I had a few people say that this would never go,but when I turned the books over to Stud Horner in 2006, we had over 1500 signed up.
I spent 37 years at Moffett Field, 15 in vrs and 22 at Ames Research Center. GOOD duty.

 

 

 

Date:

03/01/2011

Guest:

187 (Reference ID: 1830868)

Name:

Robert Blohm

Email Address:

ke6zwo@att.net

Location:

Redding, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight Line electrician/Senior PO El Centro detachments

Dates in MATS?:

7/59 to 6/62

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

yes 909-12

Comments:

Really enjoyed my tour at VR8. Still in contact with Dan Hall who worked in the Avionics store room. Went to El Centro several times during the winter for pilot training, remember when the Navy set up the shooting Stars as a parachute team at El Centro and they used our aircraft before they got there own. GOOD MEMORIES bOB

 

 

 

Date:

02/14/2011

Guest:

188 (Reference ID: 1829806)

Name:

DON MULLER

Email Address:

DNMLLR196@AOL.COM

Location:

ODESSA FL.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NAS KODIAK AL. VR-8 -VR-7

Duties?:

AE-FLIGHT TRAFFIC SPECIALIST

Dates in MATS?:

1957-59 1959-1961

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

YES-1496-07

Comments:

GREAT GLAD TO SEE THE GUEST BOOK;I HOPE IT WILL CONTACT THE PEOPLE THAT WE ALL FLEW WITH. WE ALL HAD GOOD TIMES AND A BAD TIMES BUT DARN GOOD MEMORIES I DID I;M STILL LOOKING FOR SOME OF THE FELLOWS I FLEW WITH ESPECIALLY ON THE EMBESEY TRIPS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS DID OUR SQD. EVER GET RECONIZED FOR THE VIET NAM ERA WE FLEW THERE A LOT I EVAN REMEMBER SOME OF THE DRUMS I HELPEDTAKE OFF THE PLANE HOPPING TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THOSE CREWS MY LAST FLIGHT WAS WITHCDR. BOOKHAMER AND HILVERS WAS THE 1 FE I WAS WITH E D CLANCY AND WE WENT TO TACHIKAWA GOOD OLD MEMORIES HA

 

 

 

Date:

02/09/2011

Guest:

189 (Reference ID: 1829588)

Name:

Wendell Johnson

Email Address:

wjohnson56@cox.net

Location:

Fayetteville Arkansas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

FLT ATT F/X

Dates in MATS?:

58 - 61

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

N/A

Comments:

I had a long telephone talk with Gene Bell a few days ago .it brought back alot of memories. The time we were on KWJ and he and Bill Maier sunburnt their feet so bad both got real sick. It does Us Old Boys a lot of good to get in touch with Friends .My phone #is 479 409 8688 .If any of you are out there remember me I would Like to hear from you.

 

 

 

Date:

02/09/2011

Guest:

190 (Reference ID: 1829581)

Name:

Tommy Johnson

Email Address:

tboyjohn@aol.com

Location:

Plano, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Electrician - AE3

Dates in MATS?:

3/63-8/66

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

Yes

Comments:

Got out of the NAVY 8-66 and went to work with Ma Bell. Retired BellSouth in 91 and went to work for DSC in Texas in 96. They sold out to a French company called Alcatel and I was laid off in 02. I bought an eighteen wheeler in 06 and am still driving the U.S.
Would really like to hear from anyone from NAVYMATS and would especially like to get some pics of any of the 121s or 130s.
Thank each and everyone of you for your service and never forget our shipmates that were on 637785.

 

 

 

Date:

02/05/2011

Guest:

191 (Reference ID: 1829426)

Name:

Forrest Holdeman

Email Address:

forrestholdeman@mindspring.com

Location:

Lansing, Ks

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 & 8

Duties?:

Avionics

Dates in MATS?:

61 - 64

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

Yes 1523-05

Comments:

I was sent to VR 7 at Moffett Field and was transferred to the Avionics Shop in VR 8 and worked there in all 3 areas of Communications, Navigation, and Radar check and repair. I also worked on Avionics check and repair and replacement on the C 121 and the phase in of the C 130 begining in late 1963. My memories of people (and they are fading)are of only Avionics personnel. I guess we didn't socialize out of the shop. I enjoyed those years. Forrest Holdeman

 

 

 

Date:

02/05/2011

Guest:

192 (Reference ID: 1829401)

Name:

James R. LePage

Email Address:

jlepg@email.net

Location:

Knoxville, TN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1955

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

YES/#1497

Comments:

I have signed the book before, but don't find my name in the roles. Came to VR6 from JAX NAS AE school. Tony Bennett singing "I left my heart in San Francisco" in the lockers in JAX city where we all changed from our whites to our civvies for a big night on the town. Multilayered rum "zombies" in the local. Chose VR6 when I was the first in line to choose a duty station from AE school. Thought multi-engines would give me more chance to fly (and was correct). Left VR6 before it went to NJ. Left while we were just starting to get the R6D's. Have really fond (bizarre) memories of snow coming in through the cracks around the windows in the antiquated barracks and piling up on my bed while I slept. Watched the McCarthy hearings in the day room. Our mascot "Weisbaden" the german shepherd (or whatever he was for sure). Can't remember a better time in my life, except for the 2-4 watch on the flight line in the winter. That sucked! Shore patrol in Springfield and Chicopee Falls was a great get away from the base. Never did encounter any problems. Was life just less hostile and violent then?

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

193 (Reference ID: 1829400)

Name:

Charles A Culbertson

Email Address:

c705cub@aol.com

Location:

Ferris TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Stricker AD

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

Yes # 1170

Comments:

Got to Hickam AFB at Christmas time and what a beautiful place and signed in to VR-8. As most of you will remember the mat side walks around the barracks with the holes in them. Was asigned to Check crew 4 and served with the best group of sailors there was. We had R5D's when I first joined the group and then in the spring we started getting the R7V's and what a great plane that was. Went to the Lockheed school there in the armory building between the nose docks and barracks. I was asigned to a engine change unit and we would go TAD to alot of places for engine change, The first change we did at Midway Island for our first and the plane that flew our spare engine to us drop the tail on the ramp as the engine slid to the back door. Burnt off the fuel and the weight and balance was to much off. Some of you might have seen my picture of it. Good to see the group still hanging togeather. I went to a small reunion 3 years with a small group in Branson MO. Alot of friends are gone now and May God Bless all of You

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

194 (Reference ID: 1829385)

Name:

ADCS(AW/NAC) PATRICK MC CLOSKEY USN (RET0

Email Address:

adcspsm@aol.com

Location:

MOUNT PROSPECT ILLINOIS

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 3

Duties?:

FLIGHT ORDERLY /FLT MECHANIC

Dates in MATS?:

JANUARY 1949 OCTOBER 1952

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

YES CAN NOT LOCATE FILE NUMBER

Comments:

ENTERED VR3 AT PATUXENT RIVER NAS RIGHT OUT OF BOOT CAMP JANUARY 1949 BECAME FLIGHT CREW IN JUNE 1949 TRANSITIONED TO NAS MOFFET FIELD DECEMBER 1949

FLEW AS ORDERLY AND FLIGHT MECHANIC UNTIL JULY 1951 TRNSFERED TO NAVAL STATION KWAJALEIN MARSHALL ISLAND FLEW AS FLIGHT ENGINERR PBM 5A FOR ONE YEAR

RETURNED TO VR3 JULY 1952 BECAME FLIGHT ENGINEER ON C118 DISCHARGED OCTOBER 1952



JOINED NAVAL AIR RESERVE AT NAS GLENVIEW OCTOBER 1953 SERVED IN THE VR PROGRAMS AT GLENVIEW FOR 35 YEARS AS FLIGHT ENGINEER/ CREW CHIEF ON C54 C118 C9B AIRCRAFT MANDATORY RETIREMENT OCTOBER 8 1989
I HAD A FANTASTIC CAREER IN THE NAVY VR PROGRAMS!!!!!

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

195 (Reference ID: 1829381)

Name:

Donald O'Toole AE 3 MATS @Hickam-1951-53.Navy

Email Address:

kismet51@optonline.net

Location:

Syosset,New York

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8.VR7

Duties?:

Pre flight,Air crew

Dates in MATS?:

Dec.1951-Oct.54

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

527-12

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

196 (Reference ID: 1829380)

Name:

Eugene Hilvers

Email Address:

locheed1649@woh.rr.com

Location:

Huber Heights, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8/VR7

Duties?:

Inst. FLT ENG

Dates in MATS?:

3/55-5/64

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

57

Comments:

Good to see the page back on line. I ;am hoping to make it to Pensacola this year and if 2012
comes around and am still able to navigate we will be there also I have missed only the first three and the one Katrina blew away. The pinochle games still go on with George Weeks,Glen Farrel and Jack Hawkins. We need more players

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

197 (Reference ID: 1829378)

Name:

Melvin (Doc) Blanton

Email Address:

kateblanton@sbcglobal.net

Location:

San Jose, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

3 & 7

Duties?:

Hospitalcorpsman

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1958

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

Yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2011

Guest:

198 (Reference ID: 1829376)

Name:

Harley N. Cook

Email Address:

thecooks60@veriznon.net

Location:

Hollywood MD

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

F/E

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1967

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

Yes/ #275

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

199 (Reference ID: 1829355)

Name:

nathaniel Ortiz

Email Address:

n.ortiz@comcast.net

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

3 7 8

Duties?:

rm a/c QC

Dates in MATS?:

1948-1967

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

YES / 1143

Comments:

Good review about MATS activities. Brings a lot of dates back to memory.

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

200 (Reference ID: 1829345)

Name:

Pat Hoffman

Email Address:

hoff1420@bellsouth.net

Location:

Wetumpka, AL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 6

Duties?:

Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

1954 1956

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

yes 1527-05

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

201 (Reference ID: 1829343)

Name:

Paul Gundolff

Email Address:

Seanav@comcast.net

Location:

close toSacramento CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 VR7

Duties?:

Flt Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

55 - 66

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

Yes 138

Comments:

maybe Flag Officers had it better.......

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

202 (Reference ID: 1829337)

Name:

fred strasser

Email Address:

usnyret@cox.net

Location:

PENSACOLA,FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22

Duties?:

FLIGHT ENGINEER

Dates in MATS?:

1962 TO 1967

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

YES ?

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

203 (Reference ID: 1829335)

Name:

Richard E Lee

Email Address:

ptllees@windstream.net

Location:

New Mexico

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 & 8

Duties?:

Flight Eng

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1955

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

Yes=252

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

204 (Reference ID: 1829334)

Name:

Howard McGuire

Email Address:

doocvr7@northstate.net

Location:

Jamestown NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Hospital Corpsman

Dates in MATS?:

Flight Corpsman

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

yes #661

Comments:

Good to see the new web page. Good job to all that worked on it. Look forward to Pensacola.

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

205 (Reference ID: 1829333)

Name:

Melvin (Doc) Blanton

Email Address:

kateblantona@sbcglobal.net

Location:

San Jose, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3,5,7

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/03/2011

Guest:

206 (Reference ID: 1829328)

Name:

Robert Erickson

Email Address:

rerick2@cox.net

Location:

Tempe

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

AM2

Dates in MATS?:

6/1950 to May 1954

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

885-09

Comments:

Great to see this program.

 

 

 

Date:

01/20/2011

Guest:

207 (Reference ID: 1828580)

Name:

Morris Dean Liechty

Email Address:

MSliechty@Yahoo.Com

Location:

Orange County, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-1

Duties?:

Load Master

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1962

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/13/2011

Guest:

208 (Reference ID: 1828265)

Name:

Denny Wilkes

Email Address:

cookie144@live.com

Location:

Penna.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 McGuire AFB

Duties?:

Line Shack & Tool Room

Dates in MATS?:

55-57

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

no

Comments:

Came to McGuire and was put in the old barracks until the new ones were finished. Backed R6D`s in and out of the hanger. Also worked in the tool room. Took many rides in the C-118 Many fond memories of VR-6 and Liberty in Trenton with Jim Purcell (Long John)
Left VR-6 for HU-2 Lakehurst 58-59. Went to school for Helicopter Air Rescue Crewman (Angels) Served as a Rescue Crewman on the USS Wasp & the USS Valley Forge on a Kamin HU-K Helicopter.

 

 

 

Date:

01/13/2011

Guest:

209 (Reference ID: 1828211)

Name:

Jack Short

Email Address:

guidesvc@inreach.com

Location:

Napa California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aircrew/radioman

Dates in MATS?:

49/50

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

not yet

Comments:

The best squadron I served in, hated the transfer

 

 

 

Date:

01/08/2011

Guest:

210 (Reference ID: 1827953)

Name:

Arnold Dewain McDonald (MAC)

Email Address:

admlane@yahoo.com

Location:

Lane, OK

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:

Have change email address. Shipmates, email me.

 

 

 

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