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Date:

12/22/2007

Guest:

451 (Reference ID: 1694327)

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:

I would like to wish all my old shipmates and all MATS personnel a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I would also like to pass on a bit of information. If you flew in and out of Vietnam make sure you get check ups for cancer as I had a case of Penumia and when they did a CAT scan they found a nodule that turned out to be Cancer and was traced back to Agent Orange as the cause. Looks like the surgery and radiation treatments have put me in remission for now. So please each and everyone of you get checked as it seems I caught this early enough to hold it at bay for awhile.
The wife and I are going to try and make the next Re-union so please lets us know when and where it will be.
Again to one and all Happy Holidays to you.

 

 

 

Date:

12/19/2007

Guest:

452 (Reference ID: 1693834)

Name:

GARY A. COOK

Email Address:

maverickcook@bellsouth.net

Location:

NEW SMYRNA, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

ENG.MECH ADJ

Dates in MATS?:

2 1965-1967

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

N/A

Comments:

SPENT MANY GREAT HOURS WORKING ON C-130S. MY TIME AT MOFFIT WAS THE BEST I HAD IN THE NAVY

 

 

 

Date:

12/18/2007

Guest:

453 (Reference ID: 1693769)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8/VR-7/VR-3

Duties?:

Radioman AL

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1956

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

326

Comments:

Had a great time in Charleston..............Hope to repeat the

experiences in Corpus.


MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

 

 

 

Date:

12/15/2007

Guest:

454 (Reference ID: 1693276)

Name:

Clint Wolford

Email Address:

cwweaw@yahoo.com

Location:

Jackson, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6, VR-3

Duties?:

Avionics (AT), Flight Radio Operator Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

20 yrs Navy, 4yrs4months in MATS

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

N/A

Comments:

In my 20 year career, MATS was my favorite.

 

 

 

Date:

11/28/2007

Guest:

455 (Reference ID: 1690921)

Name:

Roland

Email Address:

rplocas@comcast.net

Location:

Burnsville, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Avionics maintenance

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

N/A

Comments:

Served at Moffet from July 59 thru August 61, discharged AT-2. It was a great learning experience for a youg guy. The electronics training enabled me to go on to a career in the computer world. I remember some great squadron parties at the ACEY-DUCEY club.

 

 

 

Date:

11/20/2007

Guest:

456 (Reference ID: 1689830)

Name:

Teddy Huval

Email Address:

teddy.myrtle@gmail.com

Location:

St. Martinville, LA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight Line

Dates in MATS?:

2.5

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for shipmates served in 1957 to 1959

 

 

 

Date:

11/20/2007

Guest:

457 (Reference ID: 1689677)

Name:

Billy Ingalls

Email Address:

pilabrah@hawaii.rr.com

Location:

Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 Airbarson2

Duties?:

Flight Attended

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

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Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/03/2007

Guest:

458 (Reference ID: 1687261)

Name:

Tracey Kelly

Email Address:

tlenocker@hotmail.com

Location:

Fresno, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

father John Kelly VR3 ++

Duties?:

flight engineer

Dates in MATS?:

'53 - '75

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

N/A

Comments:

I am sorry that my father and I missed this years' reunion - we had planned on it and then thought (much to his dismay) we would pick it up next year.....he started the fight against cancer (his third round of lung cancer) in March and early October thought he better cancel our reservations.... He passed away Tuesday, October 30th.
I am very thankful for the time i spent with him in Tucson meeting all of you and hearing about the history and seeing a different side of my father. I know he really wanted to make it back east this year but the cancer kicked him one last time.
God Bless all of you and your families and thank you for your memories. It was my pleasure to meet you all.
Sincerely, Tracey Kelly Lenocker daughter of John Robert Kelly of Groveland, CA.

 

 

 

Date:

09/27/2007

Guest:

459 (Reference ID: 1681301)

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?:

Jan 14, 1960 to Jan 3, 1964

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

1328

Comments:

Had a great time.

 

 

 

Date:

09/26/2007

Guest:

460 (Reference ID: 1681062)

Name:

Bob Setter

Email Address:

frabo1@msn.com

Location:

Seattle

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aviation Electrician (AE2)

Dates in MATS?:

About two years

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

N/A

Comments:

I woulk like to join the VR-8 reunion group and receive your newsletter.

Bob Setter

 

 

 

Date:

09/26/2007

Guest:

461 (Reference ID: 1681061)

Name:

Bob Setter

Email Address:

frabo1@msn.com

Location:

Seattle

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Aviation Electrician (AE2)

Dates in MATS?:

About two years

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

N/A

Comments:

I woulk like to join the VR-8 reunion group and receive your newsletter.

Bob Setter

 

 

 

Date:

09/02/2007

Guest:

462 (Reference ID: 1676472)

Name:

larry beck

Email Address:

ruadearry2@centurytel.net

Location:

la crosse wisconsin

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 Moffett Field

Duties?:

Worked on the Connie Simulator

Dates in MATS?:

61-64

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

na

Comments:

Of the 20 years I spent in the Navy, Moffett Field was one of the best tours. The Connie was a great airplane and VR7 had some of the best pilots in the Navy

 

 

 

Date:

08/12/2007

Guest:

463 (Reference ID: 1672347)

Name:

Richard McPherson

Email Address:

rmcphe8888@aol.com

Location:

Laguna Niguel, California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

Navy Brat of Ed McPherson

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1959

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

N/A

Comments:

My Dad joined VR 7 in 1955 from VU 1 at Barbers Point. We flew from Hickam to California in August 1957. Then lived in Sunnyvale, while Dad fly Connies in VR7 until being transferred to PAX River in September 1959. Richard McPherson LCDR, USN (Ret) rmcphe8888@aol.com

 

 

 

Date:

07/31/2007

Guest:

464 (Reference ID: 1670275)

Name:

Ed. Palka

Email Address:

Eppal@Verizon.net

Location:

Huntington Sta. L.I. N.Y.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 Maguire AFB

Duties?:

Storekeeper

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1957

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

?????

Comments:

Was aviation storekeeper.Did a lot of growing up at Maguire AFB N.J.Had a lot of fun.

 

 

 

Date:

07/19/2007

Guest:

465 (Reference ID: 1666497)

Name:

D. E. "Gene" Bell

Email Address:

golfingene@aol.com

Location:

Placerville, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 and VR-8

Duties?:

Flight Radioman AT2

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961

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

???

Comments:

Spent two of the greatest years (all of 59-60) of my life on the flight line with VR-7. Was in Operation Big Slam and accumulated about 2000 hours flight time...but was too stupid to take my logbook with me. Still miss some of my friends, like Yogi and the great Captain Campbell. Almost 5000 hours as pilot of my own plane (Bonanza) now and still have Connie pictures all over my office.
Good luck to you all and thanks for the memories.

 

 

 

Date:

07/03/2007

Guest:

466 (Reference ID: 1658155)

Name:

David L. Williams

Email Address:

dlwms1@verizon.net

Location:

Silver Spring, MD

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7, NAS, Agana, Guam

Duties?:

Personnel yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

Six months. July 1946-January 1947

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

N/A

Comments:

The info on VR-7 states that it was restablished in November 1946. I was flown from Moffitt Field, California, to NAS Agana, Guam, on an R5D in July 1946. We had stops in Hawaii, Johnston, and Kwajalein Islands before our Guam touchdown. All of our buildings were quonset huts with plywood decks which were required to be oiled to deter the termites. The oiled decks and whites were not compatible. I was a YN3. One of my duties was Mast yeoman.

 

 

 

Date:

07/01/2007

Guest:

467 (Reference ID: 1653751)

Name:

Dennis L Fetzer

Email Address:

dennis6456@sitestar.net

Location:

Boise, Idaho

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

maintenance and photography

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

N/A

Comments:

I worked in the maintenance tool room until I passed the exam for Photographer's Mate.

 

 

 

Date:

06/26/2007

Guest:

468 (Reference ID: 1642740)

Name:

James R. Harrington

Email Address:

concas@aol.com

Location:

Maine

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Ships Equipment

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1959

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for old members of vr-6

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2007

Guest:

469 (Reference ID: 1613322)

Name:

Ron Franken

Email Address:

ronfranken@sbcglobal.net

Location:

San Jose, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7Det A

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1963-1967

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

N/A

Comments:

I flew Connies from 1963 to 1971 when I was commissioned WO-1. Jerry Steele, Wilbur Lee Pinnel, and I attended the last FE class in 63 at Tachikawa AFB. VR7A was one of the best tours of duty o0f my twenty year career.
Ron Franken
CWO USN ret.

 

 

 

Date:

06/07/2007

Guest:

470 (Reference ID: 1606701)

Name:

ALTON G. "BUD" VOLK

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

FLIGHT ENGINEER

Dates in MATS?:

1943-1946

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

N/A

Comments:

ALTON G. "BUD" VOLK 83 PASSED AWAY ON 06-05-07 IN GLENDALE AZ, HE SERVED IN NAVAL AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON EIGHT AT PATUXENT RIVER ON THE MARS JRM FLYING BOATS, HE WILL BE MISSED

 

 

 

Date:

06/07/2007

Guest:

471 (Reference ID: 1606471)

Name:

Bill "Nick" Mernhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@verizon.net

Location:

Middletown De

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

AE 3

Dates in MATS?:

1949 to 1951

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

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Comments:

Served in FAWTUPAC at Barbers Point, Xfered to VR8 Hickam Field for a while then to NAS Agana Guam.Looking for Richard Sieg who I served with on Guam. He returned to VR8 in the early 1960s as a Warrant officer {I think}.Came from St Cloud Mn. He and EJ Hollenbeck and me were the three Swabbies that climbed down the ladder from General McArthurs' Connie named SCAP {Supreme Commander Allied Powers}when it arrived at NAS Agana' Guam from Japan around Christmas 1950. McArthur was not on the aircraft. We were told there was another generals body aboard being flown back to the states for burial.He was killed in Korea.

 

 

 

Date:

05/31/2007

Guest:

472 (Reference ID: 1593770)

Name:

Chuck Horner

Email Address:

c.w.horner@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Desoto, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7,8,22

Duties?:

F/E

Dates in MATS?:

13

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

51

Comments:

Due to declining health and physical issues, I will not be able to continue as chairman following the Nov. business meeting. If any of our members are willing to do the work, has computer skills, and has regularly attended our reunions please send a note to me. c.w.horner@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks,

 

 

 

Date:

05/26/2007

Guest:

473 (Reference ID: 1579328)

Name:

AL Larton

Email Address:

dlarton@yahoo.com

Location:

Brookings, Oregon

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Flight Engineer on R5D's (AD)

Dates in MATS?:

4 1952-2956 Moffett NAS, CA

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

N/A

Comments:

My dad, Al 'Limey' Larton served in VR-3 at Moffett Field, CA during the early 1950's...He isnt what you'd call computer literate, but he would like to to invite anyone from his old squadron to contact him through me at dlarton@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance -- Dave Larton

 

 

 

Date:

05/23/2007

Guest:

474 (Reference ID: 1573213)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom for Edward

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, Washington

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

CO

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

N/A

Comments:

The book can be found by searching in the ABE books or Amazon website under the title "Aircraft of the Military Air Transport Service 1948-1966" I found it with no problem. On a side note, the last medal my father received upon retirement in July 1965 was the Air Force Commendation medal for the outstanding saftey record VR-7 had the three years he was the CO (I think they also gave the medal to the base commander Capt Bowker) I just recently had the Secretary of the navy award my father the Bronze Star decoration for his actions with VP-102 at the start of WW II. He was awarded it 65 years after the fact! I am now trying to get the Navy to award him the Navy Cross for his actions during the "Kiska Blitz" in the Aleutians, June 1942. Due to an error by the Wing secretary the recommendation letter was never sent to the awards branch. I am in the process of "convincing" the Secretary of the Navy to award it. It has not been smooth sailing so far with them.

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2007

Guest:

475 (Reference ID: 1570487)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VR-7, VR-3

Duties?:

Radioman (AL)

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1956

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

326

Comments:

To Nick Williams------I would be interested in the book, however I can't find it on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. jsponies@wmconnect.com

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2007

Guest:

476 (Reference ID: 1569673)

Name:

Del Partridge

Email Address:

inapeartree.del@gmail.com

Location:

Katy, Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1955, 56 & 57

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

No Number

Comments:

I came to VR-8 at Hickam AFB in August 1955 from AT"A" School at NATTC Memphis. Great duty with some great people and many very fond memories. I stayed in the Navy and retired in 1974 as a LCdr. The Navy was very good to me and I wish I could live it all over again.

 

 

 

Date:

05/19/2007

Guest:

477 (Reference ID: 1565645)

Name:

Nick Williams

Email Address:

williamsnlcl@aol.com

Location:

Waverly, Iowa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-21 and Detachments with VRC-50 and VR-30

Duties?:

ATN2

Dates in MATS?:

1967-1969

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

N/A

Comments:

You Navy MATS folks might be interested in a book I had published in 1999, "Aircraft of the Military Air Transport Service 1948-1966", which gives the most thorough history of MATS - including the Navy's contributions - to appear in print. I also have included quite a few photographs of Navy MATS aircraft: R5Ds, R6Ds, R7Vs, C-130s, etc. The book is still available from Amazon.com and several other booksellers.

 

 

 

Date:

04/20/2007

Guest:

478 (Reference ID: 1507858)

Name:

Karl Fowler

Email Address:

karode@mindspring.com

Location:

Hanahan, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AD - Check crew & Pre-flight

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

1427

Comments:

Two GREAT years in Hawaii, 1952-1954. A shame what progress has done to the islands. I still think Connie was a great airplane with or without leaking inter-cylinder drain lines. Would like to find John Mann, Joe Donathan and ME Miller.

 

 

 

Date:

04/15/2007

Guest:

479 (Reference ID: 1498243)

Name:

Cdr. William A. Cantrell USNR-Ret

Email Address:

wacantrell@windstream.net

Location:

Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Pilot/Navigator Operations

Dates in MATS?:

Nov. 1961-Apr. 1965

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

what's a member number?

Comments:

Just found this sight. Anyone remember Ltjg. Chuck Rose? Chuck was assigned as Nav instructor on the "Connie" flight that crashed in NAS Agana, Guam. The fuselage broke open over the seat he was strapped into and he and the seat were ejected through the opening. He tumbled down the mountainside, breaking a leg. Was that in 1962? I didn't see much of Chuck after that. Thirty some-odd years later I was a B767 Captain with Delta Airlines; there had been a severe hurricane that hit Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and I was told to "deadhead" there to fly the first flight out. As a courtesy, I went to the cockpit to introduce myself to the Captain flying us there. I don't remember names well, but noticed he was a stout, white-headed, friendly chap. A bit later his name came back to mind because something seemed familiar; it was Chuck Rose. We visited a lot that night. After leaving the Navy, Chuck had been hired by Western Airlines, which Delta later bought. I regret that Chuck passed away a short time later.
Regards to all of my old shipmates,
Bill Cantrell

 

 

 

Date:

04/14/2007

Guest:

480 (Reference ID: 1496909)

Name:

Frank Loughridge

Email Address:

ironfly28@yahoo.com

Location:

Los Angeles

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Air Force

Duties?:

Crew Chief

Dates in MATS?:

5

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

N/A

Comments:

My Grandfather was in VR-7 or 8 at both Hickam and Moffett, Frank Stapleton was his name, he passed away before I was born
I have many old photos from 47 on and was hoping someone may have some info on him or point me in the right direction as to where to obtain it. I believe he was a Super Connie(coincidentally, my Aunt's name) flight engineer but My mother's military knowledge is novice at best.I have somewhat accidently followed in his foot steps and this has become very important to me.

 

 

 

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