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Date:

02/22/2009

Guest:

361 (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:

362 (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:

363 (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:

364 (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:

365 (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:

366 (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:

367 (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

 

 

 

Date:

12/11/2008

Guest:

368 (Reference ID: 1752205)

Name:

SSG Jonathan Esposito

Email Address:

southern4501@msn.com

Location:

Lawton, OK

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:

Thank you for the great site. I would like to talk to someone in your group concerning an R4D-6S. Can someone please contact me. Thank you. SSG Jonathan Esposito

 

 

 

Date:

12/01/2008

Guest:

369 (Reference ID: 1750965)

Name:

Charles Culbertson

Email Address:

c705cub@aol.com

Location:

Glenn Heights TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Check Crew #4

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

yes # 1170

Comments:

I loved the time in Mats VR-8 and serving with great people like AL Parker and Dewy Owens and Van Penbroke Working on 3350's on the Connie's. Made some great trips with these guys on engine changes

 

 

 

Date:

11/30/2008

Guest:

370 (Reference ID: 1750822)

Name:

Chuck Umland

Email Address:

cwumland@bmts.com

Location:

Barrie, Ontario Canada

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Attendent Examiner

Dates in MATS?:

1961/1963

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

no

Comments:

Anybody out there from the old Super Connie's? I was flight crew for three years and worked in the office scheduling flight crews.

 

 

 

Date:

11/30/2008

Guest:

371 (Reference ID: 1750820)

Name:

Chuck Umland

Email Address:

cwumland@bmts.com

Location:

Barrie, Ontario Canada

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Examiner on Super Connie

Dates in MATS?:

1961 to 1963

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

No

Comments:

Flew many hours as a flight attendent/examiner for almost three years on the Super connie. The best duty in my 12 years in the Navy. Was introduced to a girl from Canada while in Mountain View,married her and moved to Canada in 1969.

 

 

 

Date:

11/24/2008

Guest:

372 (Reference ID: 1750121)

Name:

Eugene Hilvers " Doggie"

Email Address:

locheed1649@woh.rr.com

Location:

Huber Heights, OH 45424

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8/VR-7

Duties?:

Instructor Flt engineer

Dates in MATS?:

Mar 55 to May64

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

yes #56

Comments:

This is to notify all interested members that the 2009 has been set back one week and is now scheduled for Oct.1st thru 3rd 2009. There was a conflict in scheduling with Museum and we had to switch dates. If you have any questions please contact me at the above e-mail address

 

 

 

Date:

11/24/2008

Guest:

373 (Reference ID: 1750111)

Name:

Ivan Leon Murphy

Email Address:

leonlnmurphy@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 MoffitField, Calif.

Duties?:

Airman, Painter

Dates in MATS?:

1950-1954

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

No

Comments:

I mserved all four years in VR-3 Paint Shop. Never advanced above airman so I could stay in VR-3. Was great duty.

 

 

 

Date:

11/20/2008

Guest:

374 (Reference ID: 1749437)

Name:

Donald Satterfield

Email Address:

sattdon@aol.com

Location:

Jacksonville, Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aviation Electrician's Mate

Dates in MATS?:

1966 to 1967

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

no

Comments:

I loved working on the C-130 aircraft. I went to El Torro Marine air base and received
training on that wonderful flying bird.
I really get a kick out of seeing one of these aircraft flying over head and to know at
one time this old man worked as a young 25 year old sailor on this plane. To know that my
unit VR-8 had received the Airforce Outstanding Unit Commendation for not missing a flying mission into South Vietnam for over 1.5 years. I am very proud of being a member
of this unit.
I am now 67 years old and still have a lot of great memories of my days with the VR-8 squadron at NAS MOFFETT FIELD California.

 

 

 

Date:

11/19/2008

Guest:

375 (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:

376 (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:

377 (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:

378 (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:

379 (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:

380 (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:

381 (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:

382 (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:

383 (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:

384 (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:

385 (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:

386 (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:

387 (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:

388 (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:

389 (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:

390 (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.

 

 

 

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