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Date:

02/11/2008

Guest:

451 (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:

452 (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:

453 (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:

454 (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.

 

 

 

Date:

01/03/2008

Guest:

455 (Reference ID: 1696047)

Name:

Richard Carpenter

Email Address:

richardcrp@aol.com

Location:

Trenton, MI

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-1 NAS Paxtuxent River, MD

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1968

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

N/A

Comments:

Are there any reunions scheduled for VR-1 or it's Tacamo det scheduled for 2008?

 

 

 

Date:

01/01/2008

Guest:

456 (Reference ID: 1695580)

Name:

Alan E Zink

Email Address:

azink38@aol.com

Location:

Columbus, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

NAO/Chief Navigator/1964 Cruise Book Editor

Dates in MATS?:

1963 -- 1966

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

N/A

Comments:

Very glad to find this site and info about VR-3. While serving as the Chief Navigator of VR-3, I also was the editor of the 1964 VR-3 Cruise Book that recorded our transition to the C-130. I am initiating action to donate a copy of it to the Naval Aviation Museum, and to get some other record of VR-3's history into the Naval Aviation Museum. My years in VR-3 were among the best years of my life.

 

 

 

Date:

01/01/2008

Guest:

457 (Reference ID: 1695578)

Name:

Alan E Zink

Email Address:

azink38@aol.com

Location:

Columbus, OH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

NAO/Chief Navigator/1964 Cruise Book Editor

Dates in MATS?:

1963 -- 1966

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

N/A

Comments:

Very glad to find this site and info about VR-3. While serving as the Chief Navigator of VR-3, I also was the editor of the 1964 VR-3 Cruise Book that recorded our trransition to the C-130. I am initiating action to donate a copy of it to the Naval Aviation Museum, and to get some other record of VR-3's history into the Naval Aviation Museum.

 

 

 

Date:

12/22/2007

Guest:

458 (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:

459 (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:

460 (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:

461 (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:

462 (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:

463 (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:

464 (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:

465 (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:

466 (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:

467 (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:

468 (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:

469 (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 #::

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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:

470 (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:

471 (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:

472 (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:

473 (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:

474 (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:

475 (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:

476 (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:

477 (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:

478 (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:

479 (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:

480 (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

 

 

 

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