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Date:

03/12/2010

Guest:

301 (Reference ID: 1808931)

Name:

Charles Wood

Email Address:

cwood@hctc.com

Location:

Shelton, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 & VR-8

Duties?:

Loadmaster/Scheduler

Dates in MATS?:

1963/1966

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

N/A

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

03/04/2010

Guest:

302 (Reference ID: 1808274)

Name:

Melvin A Bonds Jr

Email Address:

mabonds2@sbcglobal.net

Location:

St. Louis, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aircraft Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1962

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

Mo

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/19/2010

Guest:

303 (Reference ID: 1806908)

Name:

Morris Felt

Email Address:

mfelt@twcny.rr.com

Location:

Clayton, NY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

radioman

Dates in MATS?:

62-64

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

yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/28/2010

Guest:

304 (Reference ID: 1804391)

Name:

Billy G Crawford

Email Address:

None

Location:

Whitney Tx

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7Det A

Duties?:

Personnel

Dates in MATS?:

1963 PN3

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

No

Comments:

Good to see something about my old squdron.

 

 

 

Date:

01/16/2010

Guest:

305 (Reference ID: 1803233)

Name:

Bob Farmer

Email Address:

1farmey@att.net

Location:

Milton,FL.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

Metalsmith

Dates in MATS?:

1962 1963

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/08/2010

Guest:

306 (Reference ID: 1802428)

Name:

Clyde Cozad

Email Address:

ccozad1002@esagelink.com

Location:

Lansing Ks.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-det A

Duties?:

Load Master

Dates in MATS?:

1965/66

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

No

Comments:

I was a load master VR7-A under the command of Commander Bernard F. Gerdes. Remember a few names i.e. Nalley, Milton Onekea (kind of a simple Hawaiian), Whipple, (mainly because he was standing at the window one time thinking it Was Commander Gerdes taxiing the plane around saying "no no Bernie, not that way" as Commander Gerdes had walked in behind him)Also, Bochet (sp) the parachute rigger. Usually flew with LCDR Ed Toner who I believe became a TWA pilot flying out of New York. He was a great guy and probably still is if still alive! One of the best Irishmen I ever knew. He and his wife would have crew members over once in a while for a home cooked meal and a little veno. Nally was a 2nd class studious type with a wry sense of humor and a wry mustache! I had one Captain's mast while stationed at Tachi. One night I had fire watch from 1200/0200. While making my rounds I decided to buy a candy bar from the vending machine. I pulled the plunger, my money was taken but no candy! Can't remember the guy's name, but a friend was sitting on the couch close to the machine. I said " help me lay this thing over to see if the candy will fall out". As we laid it on its face all the change fell out of the machine. Being rational sailors, we decided the money spewing from the horizontal machine was probably what we had lost over time in this particular critter. The next day CID was in dusting the machine. This was done just before the Japaneese removed their machine. I told my partner in crime we had better put a stop to this investigation before too much time was spent on catching the culprits. We went down to flight opps to see the Chief. The chief said "what can I do for you boys"? I said, "Chief, hear your looking for the guys who hit the vending machine in the barracks"? Chief said "yes I am and anything you can tell me will be held in the strictist of confidence"! I said "Thats great since we did it"! We both got 14 days restriction to post but strangely, never had to give the money back! My most emotional moments on every flight from Viet Nam to Clark was when that little 8 piece band would run out to greet us and play the National Anthem as we offloaded litter patients. I think of that scene often. I also remember vividly being on the A/C that flew Marry Martin around doing Hello Dolly for the troops. When I gave them flight information on the plane, they would applaud. Feel free to contact me any time, those were very meaningful times in my life.

 

 

 

Date:

12/29/2009

Guest:

307 (Reference ID: 1801600)

Name:

Dave Nunes ATN3

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 & VR-6

Duties?:

Radio Operator Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

1961/62

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

12/26/2009

Guest:

308 (Reference ID: 1801302)

Name:

Gary Larson

Email Address:

garygonfish@yahoo.com

Location:

Bend, Or.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det. A

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

6/62-6/64

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

No

Comments:

Loved the squadron and tour of duty in Japan. Have to agree with the sailor that was in the squadron when it was transferred to Tachi. The Air Force food SUCKED!!! Of course, houseboys and own room wasn't such a bad deal. Use to go to Atsugi for C-121 parts and was given lots of shit...

 

 

 

Date:

12/24/2009

Guest:

309 (Reference ID: 1801131)

Name:

John C. Sestok (A2C USAF)

Email Address:

johnnyboy219622@yahoo.com

Location:

Mountville, PA

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:

I was on Google Earth last night and decided to look at exactly where Wake Island was. When I saw where it was, I was really amazed and thankful to God and the crew of my RV7-1 Super Connie flight heading for Guam. I have no precise date but it was in the June 1956 - Dec 1957 time frame. I forgot where we originated from but it had to be either Okinawa or Japan.
Enroute we were struck by lightening and the cabin filled with smoke. The Captain advised he was going to land at Wake. I sat there looking out the window and seeing only darkness. We must have been in a thunderhead as hail rattled the fuselage. We were all sweating out finding such a small island in the middle of the night. Soon the aircraft slowed and the engines grew quiet and we were all pleased to hear the familiar scritch of tires hitting tarmack.
When we disembarked to allow an inspection of the aircraft we all could see that the radio antenna had snapped an was caught up in the tail of aircraft. I can still remember the relief of standing there and smelling a sweet tropical breeze and being glad to be alive.
My hats off to that crew and all of the other professionals of The Military Air Transport Service.

 

 

 

Date:

11/24/2009

Guest:

310 (Reference ID: 1798219)

Name:

Theron (Tom) Winchell

Email Address:

winchellt@gmail.com

Location:

Battle Creek, Mi.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 Moffett Field CA

Duties?:

Parachute Rigger

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1967

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

NO

Comments:

I was not aware of this web site and I became very interested.

 

 

 

Date:

11/16/2009

Guest:

311 (Reference ID: 1797337)

Name:

Robert Mandel

Email Address:

rimad3@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Ventura CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-23,VR-21,VR-7

Duties?:

Plane Captain,Tire shop LPO

Dates in MATS?:

11/56 - 1/59

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

No

Comments:

I was in the COD Unit of VR-23,which became VR-21 Det Atsugi,and then finished my enlistment at VR-7 Moffat Field.

 

 

 

Date:

11/14/2009

Guest:

312 (Reference ID: 1797058)

Name:

Leonard (Buzz) Tate

Email Address:

butate@comcast.net

Location:

Onsted, Mi

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AE3

Dates in MATS?:

54-56

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

no

Comments:

I was at Hickam from June of 54 til June of 56. Spent 6mo TAD at Clark AFB. Just a kid at the time. What memories!!

 

 

 

Date:

11/13/2009

Guest:

313 (Reference ID: 1796917)

Name:

miller, l.t.

Email Address:

tjbones12345@yahoo.com

Location:

madison lake, mn.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr8

Duties?:

maintenence control

Dates in MATS?:

nov 56 to jan 60

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/11/2009

Guest:

314 (Reference ID: 1796649)

Name:

Roger Bell

Email Address:

rmbell1@earthlink.net

Location:

Sun Lakes, AZ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

Flight Attendant, AT3 in Maint

Dates in MATS?:

61 - 62

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

Not Yet

Comments:

Just discovered this website. It was nice to look at the entries and reminisce. I remember working for "Bigert Airlines"! Chief Bigert owned those airplanes. I learned a lot in that squadron. This brought back a lot of names I wonder about, Alvis Thomas Boone, J.D. Boone, Vickers, Gary Davie, Chief McCracken, Lt Ball, Charlie Royer. And those I saw in this guestbook, Nastali, Dennis Koch, Sam Swensen, Charlie Varnell, Gene Graham. When I where is the next reunion?

 

 

 

Date:

11/10/2009

Guest:

315 (Reference ID: 1796538)

Name:

David L. Newlon

Email Address:

mu1221@aol.com

Location:

Huntington, WV 25720

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 McGuire

Duties?:

AD-3 Engine Build Up & Testing

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1960

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

No

Comments:

I would like to sign up for reunion member an obtain any additional information regarding MATS. I am also looking for McGuire Military patch for McGuire Air Force Base and a VR-6 patch if possible or pictures of the same.

 

 

 

Date:

11/06/2009

Guest:

316 (Reference ID: 1796150)

Name:

Richard N. Flinn

Email Address:

dflinn1@msn.com

Location:

Harwick, PA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-!

Duties?:

Engin mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

AD-2

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

NO

Comments:

Looking for shipmates who served in VR-1 PAX RIVER 1951 to 1953.

 

 

 

Date:

10/29/2009

Guest:

317 (Reference ID: 1795312)

Name:

Gene Hilvers

Email Address:

locheed1649@woh.rr.com

Location:

Huber Heights OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 VR-8

Duties?:

Instr Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1964

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

56

Comments:

I want to express my thanks to all who attended the 2009 Navy Mats VRs reunion, specially to Howard and Carol McQuire, Phyliss Fannery who wrapped all of the gifts for drawing of gifts. I was not in the best of health. I was very glad to see our 1st chairman and reunion originator attend and to present the plaque to the Air Force Museum. My Son & Daughter was a great help to me making sure every one was served drinks and what ever was needed to make the reunion a success. This was BILL COX's first reunion as Chairman, I enjoyed working with him and I think that future hosts will enjoy it also.
Thanks Again and here is hoping to see all of you in Nevada next year

 

 

 

Date:

10/27/2009

Guest:

318 (Reference ID: 1795046)

Name:

Howard McGuire

Email Address:

docvr7@northstate.net

Location:

Jamestown NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Corpsman

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1964

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

Yes #661

Comments:

Had a good time at Dayton. Our thanks to Doggie Hilvers.

 

 

 

Date:

10/26/2009

Guest:

319 (Reference ID: 1794936)

Name:

ROBERT G FARMER

Email Address:

farmey@yahoo.com

Location:

McQUIRE AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 VR-22

Duties?:

SHEET METAL MECH

Dates in MATS?:

1962 1963

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/19/2009

Guest:

320 (Reference ID: 1794218)

Name:

Lynn Feuling

Email Address:

lfeuling@hotmail.com

Location:

Boston,MA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3 & VR6

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1960-62

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

Yes

Comments:

Enjoyed the 27th Navy MATS Reunion in Dayton, OH. Great to see lots of old friends and meet some new ones. If you haven't visited the Wright-Patterson AFB Museum it's definitly worth the trip to Dayton!

 

 

 

Date:

10/17/2009

Guest:

321 (Reference ID: 1793947)

Name:

James Gsell

Email Address:

jim41@roadrunner.com

Location:

Clarence, NY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 & VR-6

Duties?:

Avionics Shop & Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

12/61-07/64

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

1011

Comments:

Reunions only happen because dedicated people are devoted to their task and are rarely appreciated or thanked for the work they do. A small group of us from VR-6 & VR-3 have been getting togeather since 1966 and understand this. Recently we learned of NAVY MATS and were glad to become a part of it. Great job on the Dayton reunion....our many thanks to the reunion crew .

Bronner, Gsell, Streeter, & Weber......

 

 

 

Date:

10/16/2009

Guest:

322 (Reference ID: 1793858)

Name:

Robert T. Hayes

Email Address:

zante.nan.rth.usnr@charter.net

Location:

Williams Bay, WI 53191

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

Pilot/Navigator/ C-118 A/C Commander

Dates in MATS?:

Sept 1959 to March 1963

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/10/2009

Guest:

323 (Reference ID: 1793176)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

Jupiter, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

A/C Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '57

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

no

Comments:

What's going on here? Is this thing working? No one has a sea story to tell? Wake-up guys. We did good stuff. Remember!!!

 

 

 

Date:

10/01/2009

Guest:

324 (Reference ID: 1792103)

Name:

Ken Lee Hassett

Email Address:

ken.hassett@wcghotels.com

Location:

Modjesta Canyon, California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1957-1959

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

no

Comments:

Good times and great memories. Time goes by fast,it seems like only yesterday that we drank beer at the Drifters Reef on Wake Island or cheep wine in Japan. The missions were alway noble the causes great and the crews up for the challange. If it was't the MATS pouchases for Calcutta or the supplies for Da Nang/Cu Chi it was transporting a USO troop to one of the forward bases. I hope this message fines everyone in the best health and spirits.
Ken Hassett

 

 

 

Date:

09/25/2009

Guest:

325 (Reference ID: 1791302)

Name:

john mcdonald

Email Address:

bigmacnofries@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr 8

Duties?:

AE3

Dates in MATS?:

sept 1955-dec 1956

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

no

Comments:

Was on Guam in summer of 56 and am looking for any other shipmates that were with me at that time. I thought the duty was great and had some good times. About ten years ago, I talked Bob ? who was living in Texas and knew of me from the Guam days. He was to call me after he moved back east with his daughter but I never heard from him again. I have some pictures I took of VR8 shipmates on Guam in 1956 and would be glad send anyone interested in.

 

 

 

Date:

08/27/2009

Guest:

326 (Reference ID: 1787835)

Name:

Richard (Dick) Watt

Email Address:

r-watt@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Penn Valley,ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1951 to 1954

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

N/A

Comments:

Just checking in to see if any old shipmates are still around and kicking....
Enjoyed my time in VR3 as an experience I will never forget.....

 

 

 

Date:

08/27/2009

Guest:

327 (Reference ID: 1787834)

Name:

Richard (Dick) Watt

Email Address:

r-watt@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Penn Valley,ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1951 to 1954

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/21/2009

Guest:

328 (Reference ID: 1787325)

Name:

Gerard murphy

Email Address:

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Location:

Oak Harbor, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A -VR-7

Duties?:

FE/LM

Dates in MATS?:

58/61-64/69

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

1533-09

Comments:

Yester I asked for help in establishing my claim with the VA, but failede how I can be contacted;

GF Murphy
1583 SW Stremler DR
Oak Harbor WA 98277

(360) 679-9105

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Again, thank you for your help and support
gf Murphy

 

 

 

Date:

08/21/2009

Guest:

329 (Reference ID: 1787237)

Name:

Gerard Murphy

Email Address:

gmurphy34@comcast.net

Location:

oak aharbor WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr-7A - VR-7

Duties?:

FE/LM

Dates in MATS?:

58-61-64-67

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

yes 1533

Comments:

Gentlmen, I desperately need some assistance with my five year struggel with the Veterens Administration. I have two types of cancer that qualify under the Agent Orange legislation but cannot prove, to their satisfaction,
"boots on the ground". From 12/64 to 1/67, as a loadmaster, I made 20 trips in to Vietnam but like most of us have lost any paper work or records over the last 42 years, ( yes it's been that long) to prove I was in country. Who really nthought log books would be so important one day! The only thing left for me is to submit letters from former crewmateds who would be willing to write a letter that they knew or remenber me having been on the aforementioned missions.

The reason I'm fighting for the benefites, we are all entitled, when one of these cancers kills me, my wife will receive a pension from the VA. It is very difficult tracking former shipmates after all these years, and I"m not alone with this problem. There are many veterns fighting with the VA who figures if they can hold us off for another 10 years, there won't be any more agent orange cases filed. I hope someone rteads this and rtembers me and can be of assistance. thank you, GF Murphy PR1- RET

 

 

 

Date:

08/19/2009

Guest:

330 (Reference ID: 1787030)

Name:

Howard McGuire

Email Address:

docvr7@northstate.net

Location:

Jamestown NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Corpsman

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1964

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

661

Comments:

Thanks Bill for bringing the web page back up. Looking forward to Dayton. Doc Mac

 

 

 

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