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Date:

07/27/2009

Guest:

331 (Reference ID: 1784688)

Name:

Connie Rifenburg

Email Address:

rifenbcjr@msn.com

Location:

St. Petersburg, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

1

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

N/A

Comments:

I recently found many pristine copies of "Nats Packet" in my father's belongings. He was in the Pacific Wing. I also have photos and many copies of the "The Skycracker" from his pre-flight school times, as well as many other items and pictures related to his flight training schedule in St. Petersburg, FL and some newspaper articles from San Franscisco during that time also.

Does your group collect this type of information for historical purposes? I would consider donating some, if not all, the items that are not private if they would serve any purpose for that WWII era history.

If you would like to contact me, please write me at rifenbcjr@msn.com My father's name was Paul Rifenburg, Jr. serving in 1945

 

 

 

Date:

07/24/2009

Guest:

332 (Reference ID: 1784397)

Name:

ROBERT DAVID MASON

Email Address:

masonrd38@verizon.net

Location:

KENMORE, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

FLIGHT RADIO

Dates in MATS?:

3/59 - 5/62

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/18/2009

Guest:

333 (Reference ID: 1783751)

Name:

BRENT MOSBARGER

Email Address:

btmosbarger@q.com

Location:

COLORADO SPRINGS,CO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

ADR-2 RECIPROCATING&JET MECHANIC

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1963

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

NO

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

07/10/2009

Guest:

334 (Reference ID: 1782787)

Name:

Byron F.J. Glime AMC Ret.

Email Address:

bylaine@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage grove, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Maint. & R7V Ground School Instr.

Dates in MATS?:

1955 - 1957

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

Yes / 1280

Comments:

What a happy time it was to function with so many wonderful and intelligent people. Soon
after checking into the squadren I was assiged to Crew 12 on Aircraft 131649. Naturally I must say that the mighty 649 was the flyenest R7V in both VR-7 & VR-8. After approximatly one your of A/C maint. duties, I was recruted for duties as an instructor in the R7V ground school under the outstanding Leadership of Herbert E. Montgomery AM1, who became a Navy commissined officer a year later. We had the best and most effective R7V Ground school in military aviation. We even had Airforce people attend. In late 1957 our squadrons were relocated to Moffet Field Calif.. Helped set up the ground school at Moffet Field and was transfered to NATTC Norman,OK and then to NATTC Millinton, Tenn. for Instructor Duty.

 

 

 

Date:

07/07/2009

Guest:

335 (Reference ID: 1782439)

Name:

Clinton Bond

Email Address:

shomangreen@yahoo.com

Location:

Biloxi, Ms.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 McGuire AFB

Duties?:

Administrative

Dates in MATS?:

Aug62-Jul64

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

no

Comments:

I was assigned to VR-3 from the destroyer USS Norris DD-859 out of Newport, Rhode Island. As an RMSN I was assigned the duties of typing all the upcoming assigned flights that VR-3 had been assigned. This included all the Cuban Blockade flights. I did have several flights locally as a "Scanner" so the flight pay was appreciated. After making RM3 I was transferred to NAVAIRTRANSWINGLANT on the other side of the base at McGuire AFB. VR-6 was also there providing all the maintenance of the C-118, then the C-130 aircraft that was flown by VR-3. My term of service ended on 4 August 1964, and I departed McGuire.

 

 

 

Date:

07/07/2009

Guest:

336 (Reference ID: 1782364)

Name:

William H Davis 345-74-08

Email Address:

billdavis31@earthlink.net

Location:

Lancaster, California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AT-2

Dates in MATS?:

Jan 1954 to May 1955

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

No

Comments:

I shipped out on the USS Anderson from San Francisco on December 7, 1953, arriving in Honolulu Harbor 6 days later on December 13. I was assigned a room in a barracks on Pearl Harbor until early January, 1954, stood shore patrol in downtown Honolulu on New Years eve with a Marine gate guard from Pearl Harbor, spending most of my energy keeping him out of trouble. I was then assigned to VR-7 on Hickam AFB. I took the test and was promoted from AT-3 to At-2 and later passed the AT-1 test but took discharge before being promoted. My wife and I rented an apartment up on the side of Punchbowl for about 6 months then found a unit in NHA-3 just outside of the back gate of Hickam. I was released from VR-7 for discharge in May, 1955 and we were flown to Travis AFB in a C-97. We spent about 2 weeks in the Marine Hotel in S.F in late May 1955 before I was discharged and mustered out of the service from Treasure Island Navy Station.

 

 

 

Date:

07/04/2009

Guest:

337 (Reference ID: 1782055)

Name:

Dick Chambers

Email Address:

joyceandsarah@msn.com

Location:

Damascus, OR

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

aviation electronics AT3

Dates in MATS?:

1956-57

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

no

Comments:

I'm looking for VR 8 patch that goes on flight jacket. Also interested in connecting with those who served at Hickam and alss when VR 8 relocated to Moffit NAS, CA in 1957.

That should do it.

Dick Chambers

 

 

 

Date:

06/28/2009

Guest:

338 (Reference ID: 1781489)

Name:

Doug Thurn

Email Address:

boppasun@aol.com

Location:

Ellenton Fl

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Tool Room & Ussage reports

Dates in MATS?:

mar53 to july 56

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

no

Comments:

Hi would like to get in contact with any body that worked for Chief Holt or Warant Randy Turpin

 

 

 

Date:

06/18/2009

Guest:

339 (Reference ID: 1780393)

Name:

Dennis Koch

Email Address:

koch6187@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Connecticut

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7Det Alfa

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

Oct 1959 to Aug 1963

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/16/2009

Guest:

340 (Reference ID: 1780207)

Name:

Alfred A.Silano

Email Address:

assilano@uark.edu

Location:

Fayetteville,AR

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-1

Duties?:

Aviation Electricians Mate

Dates in MATS?:

July 1944-May1946

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

No

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

06/05/2009

Guest:

341 (Reference ID: 1779089)

Name:

Bill (Nick) Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@verizon.net

Location:

Middletown, De

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE 3

Dates in MATS?:

1949 to 1951

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

?

Comments:

Transferred from FAWTUPAC at Barbers Point to VR-8 at Hickam Field in 1949. Sent to NAS Agana, Guam, Worked with the USAF and shared nose docks. Worked with a Sgt Aggers. Our leading sweeper was an AF Mstr.Sgt. Also shared a nose dock with a Marine R5D Sqd. Can not remember the ID. Played baseball for the MATS team and later the NAS Agana Flyers. Before going to Guam I was at Hickam when the airplanes returned from Berlin. They were filthy and full of coal dust. Towed one aircraft away from the lights of the nose dock area and watched them unload a generals jeep that Jumpin' Joe Clifton, the Sqd Commander, had made himself a present of. Also both outboard nacelles had some stuff hidden inside. Later to be picked up by the flight crews.

 

 

 

Date:

06/05/2009

Guest:

342 (Reference ID: 1779088)

Name:

Bill (Nick) Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@verizon.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aviation Electricion

Dates in MATS?:

1949/1951

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

?

Comments:

Transfered from FAWTUPAC Barbers Point to VR-8 Hickam in 1949. Was there when the planes returned from Berlin. Most were filthy and full of coal dust. Watched them unload a generals jeep that our skipper Captain Jumpin' Joe Clifton made himself a present of. Sent to NAS Agana. Played baseball for the MATS team and later for the NAS Agana Flyers. Worked along side the Air Force. Called them "Rappies" I'm not sure why but it might have had something to do with leggings they wore years before. The leading sweeper for both the Navy and Air Force was a Master Sgt. Can not recall his name. Our Maintenance officer was Lt. Hall. I remember a Sgt Aggers. who lived two Q huts away.

 

 

 

Date:

06/04/2009

Guest:

343 (Reference ID: 1778912)

Name:

Russell C.(Chris) Bingley

Email Address:

chrismaryb@aol.com

Location:

Hickam and Moffett

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

AT radio operator and ground maintance

Dates in MATS?:

Jan 1957 to sept 11, 1959

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

05/25/2009

Guest:

344 (Reference ID: 1777592)

Name:

john l yates

Email Address:

dhyat3@aol.com

Location:

carmi,ill

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr6/vr3 dec 55 to apr 59

Duties?:

flight traffic spec

Dates in MATS?:

dec55-apr59

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

?????

Comments:

I think I signed up once but a long time ago.
The Navy saved my life. It gave me a home,food,clothes and a chance at life. The Navy was a friend I never had before. It was a father I didn't have to teach me. A mother who was to busy working to show me attention. The Navy filled that gap. I loved the navy as a way of life.
I arrived at McGuire,AFB one bitter cold Dec day. I left 3yrs and 9mo later on a hot April 18th 1959
I will never forget my flights all over the world on a DC6 The crew that went down in the atlantic just after leaveing Shannon,Ireland were my friends and Co Workers. My God bless all them and a special tribute to Lt Smith. Bless you Lt Smith. Lt Smith was on the plane that went down.
Thanks to the USAF Lt that gave me the ride in a F-86 super sabre. We went rideing 4hrs over new England. LOVE THE NAVY john l yates carmi,ill 62821

 

 

 

Date:

05/13/2009

Guest:

345 (Reference ID: 1776256)

Name:

John Cornacchione

Email Address:

John_Cornacchione@yahoo.com

Location:

Georgia

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'm looking for information about Air Transport Squadron VR-13. My Uncle, Joseph A. Cornacchione served as a Radioman Third Class until his death on 12 Nov 1945. I know it may be a long shot but like to hear from anyone that served with him or knew him.

 

 

 

Date:

05/05/2009

Guest:

346 (Reference ID: 1775378)

Name:

JD Jones

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Attendent

Dates in MATS?:

Sep.1958-July 1960

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

No

Comments:

Logged about 3000 hours in R7V-1s. Very good aircraft. Once two of four engines were feathered and went back to Hickam okay.
Hit a big bird in India and spent the night in Calcutta while repairing.
Sunny Shato was big club in Bankok.
Moffett Field had a HUGE hanger.

 

 

 

Date:

05/03/2009

Guest:

347 (Reference ID: 1775118)

Name:

ROBERT P. KRUGER

Email Address:

RPKRUG29@AOL.COM

Location:

WINDER, GEORGIA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 VR-3

Duties?:

FLIGHT MECHANIC

Dates in MATS?:

DEC 1961 - JAN 1966

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

NO

Comments:

At present I'm not a member,But would like to join your group.
I was only in VR-6 a couple weeks and transfered to VR-3 went for flight yrain at Tinker ABF for C-118 and then to Stwart AFB in Nashville for training on the C-130
Retired at McGuire AFB Jan. 1966 went to work at Boeing in Seattle building 737's
Also worked at Northrop Aircraft in Hathorne,Calif building the Tigershark.
Retired from Gwinnett County Georgia Sheiff's department 1991

 

 

 

Date:

04/23/2009

Guest:

348 (Reference ID: 1773951)

Name:

Robert J. Hampel

Email Address:

rjh2944@yahoo.com

Location:

Cincinnati, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Base Services

Dates in MATS?:

Oct. 1961 to Mar. 1963

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

No

Comments:

Would like to hear from anyone from VR6 or VR3 at McGuire AFB between 1961 - 1963.
Have been trying to locate a David Pierce (Radioman)

 

 

 

Date:

04/16/2009

Guest:

349 (Reference ID: 1773101)

Name:

Theodore L. Moisides (the Greek)

Email Address:

yxmoisides@gmail.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Enlisted personnel

Dates in MATS?:

1955-56

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/07/2009

Guest:

350 (Reference ID: 1771924)

Name:

W. L. Johnson

Email Address:

wjohnson56@cox.net

Location:

Fayetteville Arkansas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

V R- 7

Duties?:

Flt Att F/X

Dates in MATS?:

58 -61

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

N/A

Comments:

Some of the best times of My life . Was the time Ispent in V R - 7. Would like to hear from any of My Old Friends.

 

 

 

Date:

03/23/2009

Guest:

351 (Reference ID: 1770052)

Name:

Robert Kempton

Email Address:

rskempton@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage Grove MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

RM2--TE2

Dates in MATS?:

March 51-July 55

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

No

Comments:

I worked in the Post Office and in the "Radio Shack". When I first joined the squadron I was a SN and worked in the donut locker in the hanger. Looking for Ed. Davenport and Dick Zipp and any other of the radio gang.

 

 

 

Date:

03/23/2009

Guest:

352 (Reference ID: 1769993)

Name:

VBALLANTONI

Email Address:

VBALLANTONI@byramhills.com

Location:

BYRAMHILLSTRANSPORT

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6MCGUIREAFB

Duties?:

MAINTCOROD

Dates in MATS?:

1956 1958

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

no

Comments:

vincent ballantont ams3

 

 

 

Date:

03/17/2009

Guest:

353 (Reference ID: 1769099)

Name:

JIMMIE C. SHIRLEY

Email Address:

jcshirley701@sbcglobal.net

Location:

sherwood, ar

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-3

Duties?:

electronics technician AT-3

Dates in MATS?:

1954- 1955

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

no

Comments:

I SERVED WITH VR-3 IN LATE 1954 UNTIL MY DISCHARGE IN JULY, 1955. WORKED OUT OF THE ELECTRONICS SHOP IN THE BIG
HANGER. OUR MAIN JOB WAS TO SERVICE THE TRANSPORT PLANES THAT WERE USED IN THE BERLIN AIR LIFT AND FLIGHTS THAT
WERE FLYING TO JAPAN ON A REGULAR FLIGHTS. I WAS IN THE SQUADRON WHEN THE FLIGHT RETURNING FROM JAPAN CRASHED INTO
THE MOUNTAINS OF OAHU, HAWAII, KILLING ALL ON BOARD. I BELIEVE THE LOSS WAS ABOUT 60 LIVES. I WAS STATIONED AT BARBERS POINT AND FORD ISLAND BEFORE VR-3. NOW RETIRED FROM FEDERAL AVIATION ADMN AND LIVING IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS.

 

 

 

Date:

02/22/2009

Guest:

354 (Reference ID: 1765628)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

Jupiter, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AEAN- AE2 Electric& Pressurization Shops

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '58

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

no

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2009

Guest:

355 (Reference ID: 1765191)

Name:

R (Dick) McColley

Email Address:

rmccol7437@aol.com

Location:

Ga

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 6 1955-1958

Duties?:

Fligth attendent

Dates in MATS?:

3 years

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

no

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

02/19/2009

Guest:

356 (Reference ID: 1764887)

Name:

paul trestrail

Email Address:

zorroprtxxx@yahoo.com

Location:

chico ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 DET 'A'

Duties?:

YN3

Dates in MATS?:

yeoman

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

no

Comments:

arrived in atsugi nas the day i was 20. enjoyed almost 2 years of paradise. wish i could do it again! (remember club new yorker?) departed tachikawa air base late summer 1960

 

 

 

Date:

02/16/2009

Guest:

357 (Reference ID: 1764040)

Name:

Nick Messina

Email Address:

nmvr3@yahoo.com

Location:

San Jose, CA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

communications - TE/RM 3

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1957

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

no

Comments:

would like to hear from Bill Miller, John Dougherty, Walt Benton, or others from the same years I served at Moffett Field, and McGuire AFB. I was transferred to the heavy cruiser USS Canberra CAG-2 after my VR-3 service.

 

 

 

Date:

02/13/2009

Guest:

358 (Reference ID: 1763240)

Name:

Donald W. Ihrig

Email Address:

dwihrig@yahoo.com

Location:

Springfield, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr3,vr6

Duties?:

Chief

Dates in MATS?:

1955-61

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

193

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

12/14/2008

Guest:

359 (Reference ID: 1753095)

Name:

AE2 William Morse

Email Address:

bnkwellness@hotmail.com

Location:

Marysville Wa.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-8

Duties?:

Electrician, Flight electrician

Dates in MATS?:

late '59-'62

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

No

Comments:

I have fond memories of my FIRST squadron in the Navy.

 

 

 

Date:

12/13/2008

Guest:

360 (Reference ID: 1752826)

Name:

William Halbmaier

Email Address:

pedalmore@yahoo.com

Location:

Cypress Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 DET 'A'

Duties?:

ADR3

Dates in MATS?:

1960 - 1963

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

NO

Comments:

I REMEMBER WORKING MANY NIGHTS GETTING THE R5D's /C54'S READY FOR THE NEXT DAY'S FLIGHTS. I REMEMBER A FEW OF THE NAMES ON THE LIST THAT WERE THERE DURING MY YEARS IN TACHIKAWA. I LOOK BACK WITH FOND MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE. I WAS ONLY 18 WHEN I ARRIVED THERE SO I'M SURE MANY OF THE OLDER FOLKS I MADE FRIENDS WITH HAVE PASSED ON. I STILL HAVE MY CRUISE BOOK AND MANY SLIDES OF THE AIRCRAFT, C54's AND THE HANGER WE WORKED IN. IF ANY OF YOU FOLKS REMEMBER ME FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT PEDALMORE@YAHOO.COM

 

 

 

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