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Date:

11/19/2008

Guest:

361 (Reference ID: 1749255)

Name:

Ron Gill

Email Address:

ron.gill41@yahoo.com

Location:

Chestertown New York

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22

Duties?:

AE2/FTS/LOAD MASTER

Dates in MATS?:

1962/1965

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/17/2008

Guest:

362 (Reference ID: 1749050)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

Jupiter, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AEAN - AE2

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '57

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

No

Comments:

I have been monitoring and submitting to this site for many years and just now discovered a descrepancy with the biograpy of VR-6 accessed from the Home Page. It references the R6D crash over the Atlantic as being the first. I was there at the time but not sure if it was in '56 or '57. The last line of the bio states that another crash was in '53 which would make it the first, not the Atlantic crash.

 

 

 

Date:

11/17/2008

Guest:

363 (Reference ID: 1749045)

Name:

Ron Gill

Email Address:

ron.gill41@yahoo.com

Location:

Chestertown New York

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22

Duties?:

AE2/F.T.S./Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1962/1965

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

NO

Comments:

WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SHIPMATES. WE FLEW R6DS THEN IN ABOUT 1964 C130S

 

 

 

Date:

11/13/2008

Guest:

364 (Reference ID: 1748447)

Name:

Allen D. Ateman

Email Address:

larmand1@cox.net

Location:

New Orleans, La

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22

Duties?:

AD3

Dates in MATS?:

1960-62

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/12/2008

Guest:

365 (Reference ID: 1748334)

Name:

Dennis Koch

Email Address:

koch6187@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Noth Windham, Conn

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 Det Alfa

Duties?:

Flight Mech C-54, Flifght Eng C121

Dates in MATS?:

1959 to 1963

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/12/2008

Guest:

366 (Reference ID: 1748280)

Name:

William Halbmaier

Email Address:

pedalmore@yahoo.com

Location:

California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det 'A'

Duties?:

AD3 - Aircraft Engine Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

1960 - 1963

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/12/2008

Guest:

367 (Reference ID: 1748238)

Name:

Samuel Swenson Jr.

Email Address:

sswenson@tscnet.com

Location:

Belfair WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det"A"

Duties?:

MAA, ASDO, Roads&grounds, Flight crew

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1964

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

1328

Comments:

The reunion in Corpus Christi was outstanding and had a great time. This was the third one to be at. I was a BM3 and started out as BKS MAA, then doing roads and grounds clean up, then ASDO for a while then I got to go on flights. I ended up staying in the Navy and Retired 30 Nov 1987 as a CWO-4 Warrant Bos'n with 30 years. I will tell more people about the web site.
Sam Swenson Jr. CWO4 USN Retired

 

 

 

Date:

11/12/2008

Guest:

368 (Reference ID: 1748212)

Name:

tom muench

Email Address:

tommuench@verizon.net

Location:

oxford pa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-6 /vr-3 1959 to63

Duties?:

mechanic /flight enginer

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

it was a great experience for a young guy,only wish i had made more of it.the 118 was a great plane,only a few problems.went to a lot of places all over the world.

 

 

 

Date:

11/08/2008

Guest:

369 (Reference ID: 1747622)

Name:

L.T. Miller ADR-3

Email Address:

tjbones@yahoo.com

Location:

Mankato, Mn.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 Nov. 56 to Jan. 60

Duties?:

Maintenence control

Dates in MATS?:

Nov. 1956 to Jan. 21 1960Would like to here from, or learn about any

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

N/A

Comments:

Would to here from, or learn about any who served in VR8 at Hickam and Moffet during my time in Vr8. I have many fond memories from that time with lots of great guys. L.T. (TOM) Miller ADR3 Maintenence control VR8

 

 

 

Date:

11/06/2008

Guest:

370 (Reference ID: 1747424)

Name:

Jack Hodson

Email Address:

jmhodson@aol.com

Location:

Cleveland, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

Sep 1963 to Jan 1967

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

Yes / 1551-09

Comments:

Robert Bergstrom

I saw your posting about medals. When I was discharged from the Naval Reserve, the policy was to forward an officer’s service record to him. Reviewing my service record, I see that I was awarded all of the following during my tour in VR-7.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic)
Viet Nam Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon

I agree with you that the Coast Guard medals appear to be a mistake. Also, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal actually consist only of a ribbon, as the medal was not made available for issue

 

 

 

Date:

11/03/2008

Guest:

371 (Reference ID: 1746829)

Name:

Al Parker

Email Address:

Aparker202@aol.com

Location:

Drummonds, TN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Check Crew & Preflight Crew

Dates in MATS?:

1953 - 1956

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

yes

Comments:

Was an AD and worked for AD1 Jack Duncan and ADC Al Myers. Rode in rodeos. Would like to gat in contact with any of you folks still out there. We were a hard working bunch and the Connie was a great airplane. I was fortunate to stay with it most of my career and retired in 1974 as an ADCS.

 

 

 

Date:

10/27/2008

Guest:

372 (Reference ID: 1745782)

Name:

William D. Rezac (deceased)Judy Pfeifer (daughter)

Email Address:

Bpfeifer@swbell.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-11, VR-10, VR-3

Duties?:

Aviation metalsmith

Dates in MATS?:

1941-1946

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

no

Comments:

I am just looking for information on what VR-11, VR 10, VR-3 units did, and where they served during WWII.

 

 

 

Date:

10/26/2008

Guest:

373 (Reference ID: 1745547)

Name:

Bernie Cieslak

Email Address:

doorman115@verizon.net

Location:

Brunswick,Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

AE1-electrial maint/crew member

Dates in MATS?:

1954-57

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

no member

Comments:

VR-3 was a great Squadron with great planes (R6D's) and Guys. Had it made and didn't know it then!!!

 

 

 

Date:

10/20/2008

Guest:

374 (Reference ID: 1744642)

Name:

Roland LoCascio

Email Address:

rplocas@comcast.net

Location:

Burnsville, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AT

Dates in MATS?:

1959 -1961

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

N/A

Comments:

It was a great experince for a young man. I enjoyed it all. Spent 3 months at Clack Air force on operation Long Pass.

 

 

 

Date:

10/13/2008

Guest:

375 (Reference ID: 1743412)

Name:

LCDR Donald A. Gilliamsen,USN Retired

Email Address:

dgilly@bellsouth.net

Location:

Jacksonville, Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator AL2-AT2

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1954

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/12/2008

Guest:

376 (Reference ID: 1743138)

Name:

Eugene J. Laughrey Jr.

Email Address:

None

Location:

Henrico NC.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 3

Duties?:

Flight Specialist / Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1962 Thru 1966

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

No

Comments:

Just recieved this info on web page by my daughter. It might be to short of notice to sign up for Texas reunion will see what me and my wife can arrange. Keep up the good work.

 

 

 

Date:

09/30/2008

Guest:

377 (Reference ID: 1741089)

Name:

Gene E. Graham

Email Address:

Normae@sccoast.net

Location:

Loris, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7-Det A

Duties?:

pwer plants

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

N/A

Comments:

I am very gladd to have been told of this web-site by good buddy Dennis Koch, Would like to hear from ole friends. Gene E, Graham

 

 

 

Date:

09/30/2008

Guest:

378 (Reference ID: 1741082)

Name:

Gene E. Graham

Email Address:

Normae@sccoast.net

Location:

Loris, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/19/2008

Guest:

379 (Reference ID: 1739408)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Father CO

Dates in MATS?:

1963 to 1965

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

no

Comments:

I just received back a letter from the Navy Personnel Command. I inquired about which awards that he and VR-7 were eligible for the years 1963 to 1965. They sent back a form saying that VR-7 is eligible for:

Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Navy "E" w/2 Silver stars (was this for VR-7?)

They say this unit is not eligible for the Vietnam Service Medal. I disagree since per the regulations you only have to be in an airplane that flies over the Vietnam air space to be eligible for it. Also I will write them again on the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in the Dominican Republic. I had no idea that these other awards were awarded to VR-7. Does anyone know if this is true (yes, I do not trust the answers I am getting from the Navy Personnel Command). Please help.

 

 

 

Date:

09/10/2008

Guest:

380 (Reference ID: 1737694)

Name:

LeRoy "Tim" Timmons

Email Address:

mrhandcar@gmail.com

Location:

Sacramento, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Chief Aviation Metalsmith, flight engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1948-1954

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

no

Comments:

My name is Bill Timmons and I am Tim's son. My dad died in 1984. I only have bits and pieces of his 26 year career. I THINK he was the flight engineer for the VR3 skipper 1953-54. I know we lived @ NAS PAX River 1947-49 and he participated in the Berlin AirLift. I know we moved with VR3 to Moffitt Field in 1949 (can you just imagine how HUGE Hanger #1 was to a young boy?)

I know he was transfered to Beeville, Tx, my mom refused to leave Sunnyvale, and he came home six months later after taking a pass on his final four to reach 30 years service. (-:

Does anyone have any memories of my dad they could share? My e-mail is mrhandcar@gmail.com. You may also telephone me COLLECT @ 916-688-1206.
He was proud of his career and I'd like to fill in the gaps.

Thanks!

 

 

 

Date:

09/03/2008

Guest:

381 (Reference ID: 1736676)

Name:

Charlie Varnell

Email Address:

cev81540@cox.net

Location:

Pensacola, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det A

Duties?:

Flight Attendant

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

No

Comments:

Arrived as an AN; lucky to leave as an ATR3. Of course I only remember the good memories and have forgotten any of the bad (few and far between). Thankfully, I eventually cleaned up my act and retired on 30. My sincerest apologies to all the good people I succeeded in alienating.

 

 

 

Date:

08/31/2008

Guest:

382 (Reference ID: 1736212)

Name:

David J Griffiths

Email Address:

davidg618@aol.com

Location:

Morriston, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Electronic Tech./Radioman: Guam Det. 11/55-4/56

Dates in MATS?:

9/1955-6/1958

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

No

Comments:

Left VR-8 for NS San Diego (NESEP Prep School) and subsequently to University of Washington, Seattle. Graduated 1962, commissioned, and spent the rest of my Navy career in jobs related to destroyers and aircraft carriers. Retired CDR in 1980. The Navy was one of the best things I ever chose.

 

 

 

Date:

08/31/2008

Guest:

383 (Reference ID: 1736171)

Name:

Les Parton

Email Address:

carlespar@msn.com

Location:

Prineville, OR

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Personnel/Legal yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

no

Comments:

8/30/08 - Just noticed the MATS reunion in the summer Shift Colors Bulletin. Hope all will have a good time as I am unable to get there on such short notice.. Was with VR-3 from October 56 through October 58. Helped with the paperwork to get VR-3 moved to Mcguire. Wonderful squadron and have a lot of good memories. Especially being snowed in during the winter at Mcguire. I left the navy in 58 and re-enlisted later. Eventually became an RD1 on Admiral Thomas Moore's Seventh Fleet staff during Vietnam. Left active duty after 12 years to take a management position for a major telephone company, and later retired as an IC1 from the Naval Reserve. I remember Lt. Brzinski very well and still have a lot of admiration for him. As I said, hope all will have a good time. Les

 

 

 

Date:

08/30/2008

Guest:

384 (Reference ID: 1736134)

Name:

andrew whitaker

Email Address:

shirandy@gmail.com

Location:

Southaven,MS

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 & VR7

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1950-1953

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

no

Comments:

Was in VR8 for 18mounths then formed VR7 fo another 18 months. Was sent to lockheed plant in Burbank for Qualifying in R7V while in VR7. We returned to the squadron to qualify all other pilots.
FDound this web site in Shift Colors. Glad to see it, and would like info to join the reunion
. Thanks
Andrew W. "Andy" Whitaker, Lcdr, USN Retired
PO Box 1318 Southaven, MS 38671
Phone 662-349-7368

 

 

 

Date:

08/29/2008

Guest:

385 (Reference ID: 1736018)

Name:

Daniel Kauffman

Email Address:

dwkman@mchsi.com

Location:

Clearlake Park,CA-Congress, AZ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7. VR-22

Duties?:

Flt Eng

Dates in MATS?:

5

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

Yes - 162

Comments:

Wow, I luckily found this site. How great it is! Didn't get in the R7V operations at Moffett, too busy flying WVs out of Guam. Transitioned into C130's at Travis, then flew 4+ yrs until decommissioning VR-7, then Shufelt and I surfed across the hangar to VR-22 'till they quit. Finished career at 20 in VP-9, Moffett. Starting with PB4Y2's in the Advanced Training Command and ending with P3's, I hung my tail-bone in the air for many hours.
Reading some comments brings back memories of times at Corpus Christi at O&R where we did the R5D overhauls.
Oh! those dirty coal hauling ***! But test flying afterward was sweet.
Regardless of prior and subsequent jobs, a Navy career holds the spotlight, even though more years were entailed in other pursuits. The friends and duties are lifelong cherished memories and can never be forgotten. I still have one more long flight to make, but I hope it won't be soon, at least 'till after September, '08.

 

 

 

Date:

08/28/2008

Guest:

386 (Reference ID: 1735790)

Name:

Robert (Bob) Lillie

Email Address:

lillierb@salamander.com

Location:

Decorah, Iowa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AC

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1965

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

No

Comments:

Been out of touch.. welcome any old shipmates to send greetings.

 

 

 

Date:

08/28/2008

Guest:

387 (Reference ID: 1735743)

Name:

William Thompson

Email Address:

athom40566@aol.com

Location:

Mechanicsville VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 6 and VR8 and VR751

Duties?:

Flt Maint. PO

Dates in MATS?:

5

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

No

Comments:

Ran across your web page strickly by chance and it caught my interest. Especially when I saw something from my past that I have not given any thought for years. Thanks for the memory jog, it was a good lift. Bill

 

 

 

Date:

08/27/2008

Guest:

388 (Reference ID: 1735541)

Name:

Billy l. Whitfield

Email Address:

drbwhit@yahoo.com

Location:

Mtn. View, AR 72560

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 and Guam Detachment

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

no

Comments:

I was stationed at Hickam and Guam. In December
1953 I was sent to NAS Guam (VR-8 detachment). While there I was taken to sick bay one night with chills and high fever (malaria). It was never recorded in medical records. Anyone kinowing of the incident is urgently requested to verify incident as a claim is depending upon it. I have been diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia. Your response would be most helpful and deeply appreciated.

 

 

 

Date:

08/27/2008

Guest:

389 (Reference ID: 1735537)

Name:

Billy l. Whitfield

Email Address:

drbwhit@yahoo.com

Location:

Mtn. View, AR 72560

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 and Guam Detachment

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

no

Comments:

I am looking for anyone who served on Guam from December 1953 to May 1954. One night I was taken to the sick bay with chills and high fever (malaria). Does anyone out there know about the incident? Are there others who were exposed to ionizing radiation and suffer from cancer or leukemia? Your response is desperately needed to support a claim. Thank you.

 

 

 

Date:

08/26/2008

Guest:

390 (Reference ID: 1735366)

Name:

Ed Bottum

Email Address:

mbottum@aol.com

Location:

Chesapeake, VA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6, VR22, VR3

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

61-67

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

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