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Date:

07/19/2006

Guest:

481 (Reference ID: 1176094)

Name:

C.W. 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?:

'53-'67

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

Yes #51

Comments:

All,
Much to my sorrow, I must announce the death of our Reunion Chairman Monte Umphress' wife Anne. For those of you who don't know her, she was a much present person at our reunions for the 1st 10-15 years of our existence, and had attended several of our reunions since. She and Monte met while serving in VR-3. She was ex-Navy, a Flight Orderly and he, a Flight Engineer. We wish to pass our condolences to Monte on his loss, and mourn to passing of a fellow shipmate Wave.

Chuck Horner
Webmaster Navymats

 

 

 

Date:

07/18/2006

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1175661)

Name:

Tony Morelli

Email Address:

anthonymorelli@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22

Duties?:

Electronics Tec/Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1962 -1964

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/17/2006

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1175090)

Name:

Tommy Johnson

Email Address:

tboyjohn@aol.com

Location:

Plano, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE3 - Electric Shop - Grave Shift

Dates in MATS?:

03/63 - 08/66

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

Yes

Comments:

I was from Hopkinsville, KY so I made all the training trips to Ft. Campbell, KY. Many good friends and fond memories were the results of those TDY missions. We even dropped a couple of my old high school buddies out the back of the Herks.

I completed a 34 year career in telecommunications and last February I bought an eighteen wheeler and am now seeing the country. I have also seen three old VR-8 buddies: Joe Carr, Steve Grantham, and Rudy Goree.

Would love to hear from anyone from the good old NAVY days.

 

 

 

Date:

07/17/2006

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1174690)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

McGuire

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '57

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

no

Comments:

A picture in the latest issue of mag. Airliners Illustrated shows an R6D parked in the weeds. It is at Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. and still has Navy markings with BUNO 131594. If I am not mistaken, that was in VR-6 when I was, in '55 - '57. Can anyone confirm? We had several in that number sequence including of course 131588 which crashed enroute to Lages. Any of you live near there? Sure would be nice to see that A/C restored.

 

 

 

Date:

07/08/2006

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1169470)

Name:

Nick Messina

Email Address:

nmvr3@yahoo.com

Location:

San Jose, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

radio/teleman - communications

Dates in MATS?:

1955 to 1957

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

no

Comments:

My VR-3 years were the best ever. I was only 18 when I was assigned there out of boot camp and NTC Norman, OK.
I would like to hear from John Dougherty, Bill Miller, or Vince Leitz if they are looking through these pages.
I served aboard a heavy guided missile cruiser, USS Canberra CAG-2 after my VR-3 service.

 

 

 

Date:

07/07/2006

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1168730)

Name:

Vincent F. Splain

Email Address:

vfs@pokynet.com

Location:

Ravenden Springs, AR

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VX-6 1958-59 VR-3 1963-67,VA-195 1974-75

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

20

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

Believe so

Comments:

Very enjoyable duty with VR 3.

 

 

 

Date:

07/06/2006

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1168367)

Name:

Dean R Dunaway

Email Address:

ddunaway@qceinc.com

Location:

Woodstock, GA 30188

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1954 - 1956

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

No

Comments:

Looking around for someone who was there in 54-56

 

 

 

Date:

06/30/2006

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1165402)

Name:

Rich Mahoney

Email Address:

rmahoney@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Radio operator C118, LM tr C130

Dates in MATS?:

62-64

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

no

Comments:

Some good times at McGuire, Brownsmill, Preswick, Rhein Main etc. would like to hear from anyone who served during that time.

 

 

 

Date:

06/21/2006

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1159748)

Name:

George E. Williams

Email Address:

comstockgeorge@yahoo.com

Location:

Sonora Ca.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR_7

Duties?:

Flight Attendant

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1963

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

no

Comments:

Trying to find any crew members that were on the C-121 that went down on Guamin 1962.

 

 

 

Date:

06/14/2006

Guest:

490 (Reference ID: 1154362)

Name:

dick sappenfield

Email Address:

rich9204@comcast.net

Location:

Nashville, tennessee

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator/instructor

Dates in MATS?:

1956-1959

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

no

Comments:

Served in VR-3 at Moffett Field and transfered with the squadron to McGuire AFB in NJ in '57. Had a great time, flew with great people and enjoyed every minute of my time in VR-3. Had the opportunity to vist many countries in the western pacific and most of Europe before I was 21 years old.

 

 

 

Date:

06/03/2006

Guest:

491 (Reference ID: 1148988)

Name:

Richard C. Weaver

Email Address:

cpoweaver@gmail.com

Location:

St George, UT

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Avionics Inspector

Dates in MATS?:

Feb 1964 - Feb 1967

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

no

Comments:

A great tour of duty and a great aircraft (C130). Played golf at Moffett course almost every day! Went on to VR21 and more C130s!

 

 

 

Date:

05/28/2006

Guest:

492 (Reference ID: 1146191)

Name:

Les Horrell

Email Address:

OLDDOG72@AOL.COM

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

Flight Mech

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1955 & 1959-1963

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

No

Comments:

Tomorrow being Memorial Day let us all have a moment of silence for all of our shipmates that are no longer with us.

 

 

 

Date:

05/24/2006

Guest:

493 (Reference ID: 1144051)

Name:

John Shutack

Email Address:

jshu3046@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-!0; VR-2

Duties?:

Flight Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

1942-1946

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

No

Comments:

Flew most of the Pacific. Have reached and contacted one of my old plane ccommanders who stayed in and retired as a Captain.
Would appreciate hearing from old shipmates.

 

 

 

Date:

05/16/2006

Guest:

494 (Reference ID: 1141225)

Name:

Wayne Williams

Email Address:

williamsw@esi.com

Location:

Portland Or.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-21

Duties?:

Flight Attendant / Loadmaster / ADR-3

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

No

Comments:

Looking for info.............Anyone fly into Palm Desert California?

 

 

 

Date:

05/16/2006

Guest:

495 (Reference ID: 1140976)

Name:

jerry richards

Email Address:

rich1307@cox.net

Location:

las vegas nv

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-21'vr-8 and vr-7

Duties?:

maintance and loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

8 yrs

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

N/A

Comments:

G F MURPHY get in touch rich1307@cox.net jerry richards

 

 

 

Date:

05/13/2006

Guest:

496 (Reference ID: 1139873)

Name:

Joseph S Reeves

Email Address:

Joseph_Reeves@msn.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3,VR-8(3 times),VR-6

Duties?:

Pilot/Flight Examiner & Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

14 years in MATS

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

yes

Comments:

I've also signed as guest #87. In that signing I explained that my book "Before The Jets" is for sale. I now revise my price. In fact I am clearing the remaining inventory of this book and will send it to you for just handling and postage. Send me $3 and I will send you a signed copy of this book about flying Navy transports between 1947 and 1960. Everything you ever wanted to know about flying "big props"!! Send to:3840 Valley View Rd, Zanesville, OH, 43701.

 

 

 

Date:

05/06/2006

Guest:

497 (Reference ID: 1137330)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Squadron Commander

Dates in MATS?:

1962 to 1965

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

no

Comments:

GF Murphy
My father was the CO for VR-7 1962 to 1965. I have his log book that does show flights into Vietnam during this time. I do not see crew lists on the flights. I am sure either the National Archives (NARA) or the Naval Historical center would have any unit histories. I would also check with the Air Force since they were the head of MATS an may have some records. I know that if you were in a plane that flew within the territory of Vietnam you automatically qualify for the Vietnam Service Medal (or the Armed Forces Service medal). I have a request into the Navy Retired Records office in St Louis right now to get these medals for my father (it takes a year). I will keep this site posted to my progress. I will look thru my fathers things from that time to see if I can locate anything else.

 

 

 

Date:

05/06/2006

Guest:

498 (Reference ID: 1137312)

Name:

Anthony Frazier

Email Address:

dalejrfan0806@charter.net

Location:

California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-61

Duties?:

Engine Mech

Dates in MATS?:

1995-1999

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

No

Comments:

I just happened upon this site but I'm glad I did!!!

 

 

 

Date:

05/02/2006

Guest:

499 (Reference ID: 1136054)

Name:

(Ltjg) Don Garrison

Email Address:

don1942@aol.com

Location:

McGuire AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

pilot/aircraft commander

Dates in MATS?:

65-67

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

no

Comments:

for Mr GF Murphy VR7------as i was in VR3 would not have any flight orders ---but did keep them for all my flights in VR3---Suggest you contact any pilots that you may remember to see if they have done the same as I.---Good Luck

 

 

 

Date:

05/02/2006

Guest:

500 (Reference ID: 1136040)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8----7----& 3

Duties?:

AL----Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1956

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

Yes # 326

Comments:

Good Job Stud-----see you in Tucson

 

 

 

Date:

04/23/2006

Guest:

501 (Reference ID: 1132956)

Name:

Myron E Zorger

Email Address:

zebraone@cccomm.net

Location:

Fallon, NV

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VU-7,VF-94

Duties?:

AD

Dates in MATS?:

9

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

Yes

Comments:

Fresh out of AMM school... Messcookin', TDY to Johnson, Kwajalein,Guam. Frankfurt am Main.I do recollect the beer parties at Ewa whilst stationed at Hickam! Xferred to USAF and finished my service 19+6.
I do remember the good stuff,tho it was outnumbered by the bad.

 

 

 

Date:

04/11/2006

Guest:

502 (Reference ID: 1128825)

Name:

GF Murphy

Email Address:

gfmurphy@verizon.net

Location:

None

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:

Found the answer to my previous question but did not solve the problem with the VA. Under the Naval Avation Flight Records: Crew and Passanger Manifests, in the Department of the Navy-Naval Historical Center, "no records in the Navy Records System exist that will provide documentation listing flight manifests that are more than three months old." The fight with the VA continues!

 

 

 

Date:

04/10/2006

Guest:

503 (Reference ID: 1128514)

Name:

GF Murphy

Email Address:

gfmurphy@verizon.net

Location:

Oak Harbor WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

64-67

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

no

Comments:

Still looking for the key to solve the VA requirements for serving in country Viet Nam. I have sent every possable piece of information I can muster up including copies of cruise books medal awards etc. The VA wants actual proof such as flight orders. I give up! After 39 years does anyone know where one can find flight orders on Navy crews, flying Air Force aircraft, from a squadron that was decommissioned in 1967??? All help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2006

Guest:

504 (Reference ID: 1125901)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

McGuire AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Electric & Pressurization shops

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - -'57

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

no

Comments:

Time for a few laughs. We can all laugh now about some of the crazy things that happened when we were "young and foolish".

We had an R6D in the engine stands one nite with people working on all 4. I was sitting in the cockpit when an AD striker sat in the seat next to me. They were going to do a compression check on #4 and they had the swing-away sections of the stand opened so the prop could spin. Someone yelled ok and the kid squeezed the starter and safety switches with his thumb and forefinger. Silence! Then he noticed the starter selector was in the OFF position. With his other hand he clicked the selector switch clockwise thru #1,#2,#3 and finally #4. Starters whined and all four props ticked over a few degrees followed by much yelling. Fortunately no one was hurt and not a blade touched a stand.
I'm not sure if it was famed aviation writer Ernest K. Gann or not but someone much wiser than me once said " If I have a choice between skill and luck, Ill take luck every time".

 

 

 

Date:

03/25/2006

Guest:

505 (Reference ID: 1122739)

Name:

ARNOLD DEWAIN MCDONALD (MAC)

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2006

Guest:

506 (Reference ID: 1121429)

Name:

D. W. "Dave" Davis

Email Address:

kc6old@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Near San Diego

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Ball-bearing stewardess/loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

62-63

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2006

Guest:

507 (Reference ID: 1120912)

Name:

James M. Sparks

Email Address:

minijo@onewest.net

Location:

Idaho Falls, Idaho

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1967

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2006

Guest:

508 (Reference ID: 1120825)

Name:

Nick Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@earthink.net

Location:

Middletown De

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

Total 4 yrs.49-'50 in VR8

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

?

Comments:

Hello, Looking for old buddie from VR 8, Richie Sieg. He came from St. Cloud, Minn. Together at Hickam and Guam.
I think he became an officer. Last I saw him he was driving a dead buddies Volks from Beeville,Tx. to someplace
in NJ or Penn. That was anound 1960. He then went back to VR 8 Hickam and the new Connies.

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2006

Guest:

509 (Reference ID: 1115450)

Name:

darrell seegraves

Email Address:

ddsvr6@hotmail.com

Location:

Westover afb

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr6

Duties?:

mess cooking, then mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

52_ 55

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

yes

Comments:

There are a few still around in the know about this site.I`m sure there are more around,but not in touch.Still remember Westover afb as a fine duty station.Spent a little over three years there. Darrell

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2006

Guest:

510 (Reference ID: 1115251)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City,Az.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8---7---3

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1956

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

yes

Comments:

I'm also looking for the VR-8 Elephant/eight ball patches----

Gary Sayles---if you find them---my e-mail is jsponies@wmconnect.com

 

 

 

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