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Date:

05/01/2008

Guest:

421 (Reference ID: 1717482)

Name:

George Bement

Email Address:

pavogrande@earethlink.net

Location:

San Jose, Calif

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Hickam

Duties?:

Prop Shop & Engine Change AD2

Dates in MATS?:

'53-'55

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

No

Comments:

VR-7 Hickam was my first duty station - Bainbridge Md, Norman Ok, Millington tn, to Hickam -- Great tour of all the exotic south sea Islands - Johnston, Kwajalien, Guam, Midway, and Clark. Being a newlywed I was not allowed to see the sights in Japan. On a TAD to Clark from Hickam, I told my wife I would be back in about a week or so. On the eighth day she began calling the OD wanting to know where I was! When I returned a few days later I was met at the terminal and told in no uncertain terms to call my wife immediately. Had an interesting trip to Midway, Connie had been fueled with JP and lost two engines just after take off, limped around to return, just made it over the sea wall onto the runway. We changed all four engines. Another incident, written up in the MATS magazine was a take off from Hickam, apparently without sufficient flaps, settled back on runway scraping belly, tearing off piss tube and shortening the inboard props about 12". Returned several hours later when cabin would not hold pressure -- Had holes in belly from pieces of props. Changed all engines and props, which were still in balance! Thanks for the memories

 

 

 

Date:

04/26/2008

Guest:

422 (Reference ID: 1716715)

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

Dates in MATS?:

61-64

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

1328

Comments:

I was a BM3 and started in the BKS as the MAA. also had the road & Grounds detail, started standing ASDO watches and got to fly on the R5D and the 121s. Peter Calgero, Larry Hagen, Lt Novarra, Boo Farris, Guy Reeves (Black Jack), and LT Fred Fuller are just of the men I remembered. Had a great time there but hard a hard time with the bes stop at the Base Exchange.LOL see you at the reunion in Corpus Christi TX

 

 

 

Date:

04/20/2008

Guest:

423 (Reference ID: 1715472)

Name:

Donald W. Ihrig

Email Address:

dwihrig@yahoo.com

Location:

Springfield, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3, VR-6

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

55-61

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

193

Comments:

I retired in 1972, from VP-44 located in Patuxent River, MD, as a senior chief. The last three years I was in the Navy I sold Real Estate part time and continued selling after retiring for the next 8 years. In 1980 I formed my own real estate appraisal company and continued in this business until I retired in 2002. I retired to Springfield, Missouri where I currently live. email address: dwihrig@yahoo.com 417-742-2281

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2008

Guest:

424 (Reference ID: 1715430)

Name:

Eugene "Doggie" Hilvers

Email Address:

locheed1649@woh.rr.com

Location:

Huber Heights, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

9+

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

56

Comments:

I have been running through the write ups in the guestbook and saw that there were many people signed the book who has not joined the MATS VR group, The group has over 1300 people listed and there is only a little over 400 who had paid up dues. Lately we have had only about 150 show up at the reunion sites and there are several attendees that came who was not in the best of condition, health wise to attend.
The reunion is in Corpus this year and we have always have had a most enjoyable time, This will mark the third time it has been held in
Corpus. I realize that we are all getting older and every reunion may be the last one for some of us, but I have seen many attend that it took all they had to be there
I am hoping that there is the largest turn out in a long time.I have missed the 1st three and the one in Gulfport and I plan to make several
more

 

 

 

Date:

04/19/2008

Guest:

425 (Reference ID: 1715425)

Name:

ROLAND G KUEBRICH

Email Address:

BU401D@YAHOO.COM

Location:

VALPARAISO IND.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

LINE CRAWE

Dates in MATS?:

1YR

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/10/2008

Guest:

426 (Reference ID: 1713688)

Name:

Robert D. Webb USN Retired

Email Address:

gagrip@earthlink.net

Location:

Westminster CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1962-65

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

no

Comments:

Best duty in the Navy

 

 

 

Date:

04/07/2008

Guest:

427 (Reference ID: 1712950)

Name:

R (Dick) McColley

Email Address:

rmccol7437@aol.com

Location:

Winder , Ga

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 6 1955-1958

Duties?:

Fligth attendent

Dates in MATS?:

3 yeard

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/07/2008

Guest:

428 (Reference ID: 1712901)

Name:

Joseph Chitty

Email Address:

mstjc@juno.com

Location:

Napa, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Air Craft Mech - AMM2/C

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/01/2008

Guest:

429 (Reference ID: 1711842)

Name:

Wayne A. Cronos

Email Address:

waynestheone@gmail.com

Location:

calif (temporarily)

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR -7 Moffett Field

Duties?:

loadmaster/flight attendant

Dates in MATS?:

4 +

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

not yet

Comments:

would like to locate other crewmembers of VR 7 from years 1960 to 1966 as flight engineers. load masters and flight attendants while statioined at Moffett Field Ca. my email is: waynestheone@gmail.com

 

 

 

Date:

03/28/2008

Guest:

430 (Reference ID: 1711048)

Name:

jack hudson

Email Address:

turk104again@yahoo.com

Location:

calumet mi

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22 nas norfolk VR 8 nas moffett

Duties?:

C130 crew chief

Dates in MATS?:

NOV 63-JULY 67

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

no

Comments:

would love to hear from any who i served with . VR 22 was the start of my VR careel ended up serving with VR 22. VR8, VR51, VR51, VR52, VR57, and VR 56. and a ball with all of them.

 

 

 

Date:

03/23/2008

Guest:

431 (Reference ID: 1710299)

Name:

Patrick Fleming

Email Address:

flemingpd@verizon.net

Location:

California, MD

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AMH-3 Tire shop & Periodics Division

Dates in MATS?:

April 1956 to the end

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

N/A

Comments:

VR-8 was my first duty, picked it after seeing an article in Naval Aviation News about VR-8 and ended up a couple months later in the tire shop working on the other side of the tire from AMH-3 Jameson who was pictured in the article.

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2008

Guest:

432 (Reference ID: 1709763)

Name:

Charles Horner

Email Address:

rdy4dty@yahoo.net

Location:

Dallas, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7, VR-8, VR-22

Duties?:

F/E

Dates in MATS?:

13

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

Yes #51

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/18/2008

Guest:

433 (Reference ID: 1709430)

Name:

Melvin A. Bonds Jr

Email Address:

mabonds2@sbcglobal.net

Location:

St. Louis, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aircraft Electrican (AE3)

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1962

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

N/A

Comments:

Outstanding website! My time in VR-8 was something I've never forgot. After being discharged in 62, I lived and worked in San Jose and the Bay Area as a jukebox, pinball & vending machine mechanic. I serviced the clubs at Moffett and surrounding areas.

 

 

 

Date:

03/16/2008

Guest:

434 (Reference ID: 1709090)

Name:

Roy E. Jones

Email Address:

REJ9141931@aol.com

Location:

Lake Tahoe Ca.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

AD2

Dates in MATS?:

2 in mats 2 VP29

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/13/2008

Guest:

435 (Reference ID: 1708486)

Name:

Duane Myers

Email Address:

l-bear@att.net

Location:

Albuquerque, NM

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

AT2 Radar (APS-42B) tech

Dates in MATS?:

3.3 (Kitty cruise)

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/11/2008

Guest:

436 (Reference ID: 1707887)

Name:

Ron Franken, ADR-2

Email Address:

ronfranken@sbcglobal.net

Location:

San Jose, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-Det Alpha

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1963-1966

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

N/A

Comments:

Lee Pinnel, Jerry Steele, and myself attended the last Navy Connie Flight Engineer school and served at Tachikawa until the squadron was decommissioned. I last saw Jerry a few years back, he was the flight engineer on the last airworthy connie still flying, out of Camarillo airport near Pt. Mugu. Lee retired and became a fire fighter,unfortunately, he died of a heart attack while fighting a fire in his home town in Tenn.
I had a great career, flew connies for several years until I made Warrant. Retired CWO3 in 78.

 

 

 

Date:

03/09/2008

Guest:

437 (Reference ID: 1707655)

Name:

Gary Helderlein

Email Address:

swisscheese@toast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Aviation Electrician 2nd Class

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1962

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2008

Guest:

438 (Reference ID: 1707195)

Name:

Clifton Miller

Email Address:

clifmiller@mindspring.com

Location:

Douglasville, GA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 VR-11

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

1943-1946

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/02/2008

Guest:

439 (Reference ID: 1706439)

Name:

Milo Miles

Email Address:

mjjamiles@juno.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 & VR-21

Duties?:

Maint/Flt Ord & Maint/Flt Mech

Dates in MATS?:

1949 - 1952 & 1954 - 1957

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

1540

Comments:

I neglected to insert my e-mail address on previous comment on 2-20-2008. It is mjjamiles@juno.com. Thanks for any response.

 

 

 

Date:

02/29/2008

Guest:

440 (Reference ID: 1706102)

Name:

Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret

Email Address:

veteranprograms@aol.com

Location:

Highland, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1990

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

N/A

Comments:

GREAT WEB SITE! We have added a link to our monthly newsletter so that more veterans can be made aware of this tremendous resource. Also, please visit our web site to learn about hidden benefits you are eligible for and how to increase your service-connected compensation or VA pension.

 

 

 

Date:

02/28/2008

Guest:

441 (Reference ID: 1705968)

Name:

Lisa

Email Address:

lisag44@woh.rr.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

air transport squadron three

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

N/A

Comments:

I was looking for information about my father Donnie B. Ellis I found this squadron listed on some military papers I had received after he died many years ago. My son now a US MARINE CORP WAR VETERAN :-) ( 2 tours in IRAQ )was interested in finding info about his grandfather. The only thing that I know is that he was in the NAVY and was in the Korean war. if you can help THANKS !!!! This is the first time I have searched. So if you can tell me any other sites to go to I would be grateful. Lisa G

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2008

Guest:

442 (Reference ID: 1705451)

Name:

Ronald W Fisher

Email Address:

rondor2@aol.com

Location:

Dunnellon, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-1,VR-7a,VR-21,VRF-31

Duties?:

Flt. Mech

Dates in MATS?:

20

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

54/56, 59/61, 65-68, 70-72

Comments:

Hello All. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, Whatta RIDE!

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2008

Guest:

443 (Reference ID: 1704558)

Name:

Milo Miles

Email Address:

mjjamiles@juno.com

Location:

Arvada, Colorado

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Maintenance/Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1949 - 1952

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

1540

Comments:

Does anyone out there that was in VR-8 at Hickam AFB have any pictures of the nose dock area and the squadron living area? Include the old coffee shop at the end of the nose dock area. Thanks for your response. Please e-mail them to me if possible or shoot me an e-mail for my address.

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2008

Guest:

444 (Reference ID: 1704476)

Name:

TONY GAMBARO

Email Address:

GOOMBAS17@AOL.COM

Location:

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22/VR833

Duties?:

RADIOMAN/FLIGHT ORDERLY

Dates in MATS?:

55-57/57-65ACTIVE RESERVE

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/18/2008

Guest:

445 (Reference ID: 1704125)

Name:

Craig Ulrich

Email Address:

jandc_ulrich@msn.com

Location:

Conrad, MT

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

Crew Chief, Flt Maint.

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1966

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

1541

Comments:

Hi Tom
Saw your message and tried looking up your phone number no luck. My e-mail is jandc_ulrich@msn.com
If you get a chance drop me a line. May all of you have a great year.
Take Care

Craig Ulrich ADC RET

 

 

 

Date:

02/14/2008

Guest:

446 (Reference ID: 1703524)

Name:

Gerard Murphy PR1

Email Address:

Gmurphy51@comcast.net

Location:

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det A -- Vr-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

58-61 Det A ----- 64-67 VR-7

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

N/A

Comments:

Need to know of VR-7 reunions

 

 

 

Date:

02/11/2008

Guest:

447 (Reference ID: 1703108)

Name:

Nick Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@verizon.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE-3

Dates in MATS?:

1949-50

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for Richie Sieg. He served at Hickam in 1950 and again at Hickam in the early 1960s. Came from St. Cloud, Mn

 

 

 

Date:

02/08/2008

Guest:

448 (Reference ID: 1702657)

Name:

William R. Knox ADR-3

Email Address:

buggiebill@frontiernet.net

Location:

Susanville, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VAH-4, VP-4 Lemoore Guam

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

1956-1967

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

N/A

Comments:

Enjoyed my tour of duty with VR-8 while in Hawaii. Didn't like Moffett Field.

 

 

 

Date:

01/21/2008

Guest:

449 (Reference ID: 1699385)

Name:

Tom Dougherty

Email Address:

tdough@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Mesquite, Tx

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

Crew Chief

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1966

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

N/A

Comments:

The only name I recognized was Craig Ulrich. Sorry to hear about the cancer, Sure hope it stays in remission. I keep up with the agent orange, and was screened. So far so good. Some of the ones that I knew of their whereabouts were Charlie Royer, And Bob Barnum. Charlie was living around Visalia, Ca, and Barney was living in Irvine, Ca., and was a co pilot with TA or ATA something like that.

 

 

 

Date:

01/10/2008

Guest:

450 (Reference ID: 1697139)

Name:

Bob Kaulbach

Email Address:

edsbrother@juno.co

Location:

Missouri

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

Putt Putt Shop

Dates in MATS?:

1950-53

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

N/A

Comments:

I have been in contact with one of my squadron mates, Jack Brusino, who went to McGuire and then to Florida. I was transferred to Chelsea Naval Hospital and discharged in 53.

 

 

 

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