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Date:

04/11/2007

Guest:

481 (Reference ID: 1492139)

Name:

Joe Hurst

Email Address:

joedonnahurst@msn.com

Location:

The Villages, Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Check Maintenance

Dates in MATS?:

53-54

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

???

Comments:

VR-8 was my first duty assignment after A&P school at Norman, OK. I have fond memories of the PSP walkways around the baracks and the fence around the grass made of PSP. Made AD3 and later stationed at NATC Memphis, TN.

 

 

 

Date:

04/02/2007

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1476203)

Name:

Milo J Miles

Email Address:

mjjamiles@juno.com

Location:

Hickam AFB, Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Engine Mechanic/Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1949 - 1952

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

1540

Comments:

I would like to have any old old timers that have pictures of the VR-8 nose docks and barracks/area taken during the 49-52 time frame to please e-mail some to me. Thanks in advance. Also is there anyone out there that was on Johnston Island detachment from late 1949 to May 1950. The detachment commander was Ens. Rosenfeld and senior elisted man was Chief Goddard during my 6-months tour there. Anyone with info, shoot me an e-mail. Thanks, Milo MIles

 

 

 

Date:

03/17/2007

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1445670)

Name:

Betty L. Ludwig

Email Address:

None

Location:

Columbia, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Navy Flight nurse

Dates in MATS?:

May '51- Nov '53

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

N/A

Comments:

'Just browsing--was checking on when Gen Curtis LeMay, SAC Commander, was touring MATS @ Hickam AFB, Hawaii, then decided to see if Mats was on the web. An AF flight nurse & I were chosen to be the hostesses to greet Gen LeMay aboard for a tour of the aircraft--she on the C97 & I on the R7V Super Constellation--thrill of a lifetime. As he departed the aircraft, he asked which I preferred flying in--but of course, my reply was "The Super Constellation, Sir!" He smiled. It was a memorable tour of duty.

 

 

 

Date:

03/11/2007

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1433350)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Squadron Commander

Dates in MATS?:

1963 to 1965

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

N/A

Comments:

Just wanted to make everyone aware that the Navy Expeditionary Medal is now approved by the CNO for service in Thailand from May 16 1962 to August 23 1962 and in Cuba January 3 1961 to October 23 1962. I am not sure if MATS was involved in these operations but seems to me you guys were probabaly there (I know my dad flew into Thailand many times when he was CO). Hope this info will be of use to someone.

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2007

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1426525)

Name:

Don Jaquess

Email Address:

subscriptions24047@verizon.net

Location:

Murrieta, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3-NAS Moffett Fld, Ca

Duties?:

Operations Office

Dates in MATS?:

1950-1953

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/04/2007

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1423657)

Name:

Charles Culbertson

Email Address:

c705cub@aol.com

Location:

Glenn Heights Texas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Check Crew

Dates in MATS?:

1952--1954

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

1170

Comments:

Really enjoyed my 2 year in VR-8 in Hawaii, Enjoyed my trips for Engine changes to the other Islands with Dewy Owens and others, I have never been able to get to one of the reunions, but have located alot of shipmates thru the website here.I talked to AL Parker just today. A big thank you to Chuck Honer for all the work here.

 

 

 

Date:

03/03/2007

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1421189)

Name:

W L Johnson ADR3

Email Address:

wjohnson56@cox.net

Location:

Fayetteville , Arkansas

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

Flt Att FX

Dates in MATS?:

58 61

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

N/A

Comments:

I just talked to Chuck Horner today and he is sending me the information to join . Hope tomake the next Reunion Would like to hear from any of you.

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2007

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1415649)

Name:

Billy E. Ingalls

Email Address:

pilabrah@hawaii.rr.com

Location:

Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

Flight Attended

Dates in MATS?:

1948-1952

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for old shipmates. Know a few all ready.

 

 

 

Date:

02/18/2007

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1404527)

Name:

Jim Rochefort

Email Address:

rocky1950@msn.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3 VR8

Duties?:

Maintenance

Dates in MATS?:

VR3 1952-1953 VR8 1961-1964

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

1383

Comments:

VR3 spent 19 months out of 23 on graveyard shift check crew. Made AD3 while in squadron. I used to cruise the Santa Cruz mountains on my Harley.
VR8 spent last 19 months on swing shift pre flight crew. Made ADR1 in squadron thanks to the ground school on Power Plants I went through right after checking in to the squadron. I consider both tours as my most enjoyable tours and loved the Bay area back in those days.

 

 

 

Date:

02/17/2007

Guest:

490 (Reference ID: 1403034)

Name:

Donald Deatherage

Email Address:

donrobert@comcast.net

Location:

Albuquerque New Mexico

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 & VR7

Duties?:

AM Striker

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

N/A

Comments:

Was in VR8 and later VR7 at Hickam Air Force Base starting in 1952 annd ending in 1954.

 

 

 

Date:

02/06/2007

Guest:

491 (Reference ID: 1388012)

Name:

Craig Ulrich ADC RET

Email Address:

jandc_ulrich@msn.com

Location:

Conrad, MT.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

Crew Chief & Inflight maint.

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1966

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

1541

Comments:

I would like to thank Monte"Red" Umphress and everyoone that had anything to do with putting this site together. From the information that I gathered here about VR-7A and our mission I was able to prove my case for Agent Orange with the VA. I would like to wish each and everyone of you and your families a wonderful NEW Year. If I can ever help one of you please write and let me know and I will do all that I can to try and Help!!!! Hope to be able to make it to the next Reunion. Again Thank You all so much for the help.

 

 

 

Date:

01/18/2007

Guest:

492 (Reference ID: 1362926)

Name:

Al Parker

Email Address:

Aparker202@aol.com

Location:

Drummonds, Tn 38023

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Check Crew

Dates in MATS?:

1954 - 1956

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

1193

Comments:

The web site is still looking good, thanks for all your good work, Chuck. Charles Culbertson, if you read this I have been looking for you. Give me a call at 901-489-8411. I would be glad to hear from any of the old bunch that spent many long hours in the nose docks.

 

 

 

Date:

01/15/2007

Guest:

493 (Reference ID: 1359784)

Name:

John R Kelly

Email Address:

johnr@kellyemail.us

Location:

Groveland, Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 VR-6

Duties?:

Maint,FTS<FlightMech

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1958

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

913

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/13/2007

Guest:

494 (Reference ID: 1357611)

Name:

Floyd Peloquin

Email Address:

bunniedeq@aol.com

Location:

DeQuincy, LA

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:

Would like to hear from anyone connected with VR3

 

 

 

Date:

01/03/2007

Guest:

495 (Reference ID: 1339663)

Name:

Donald W. Ihrig

Email Address:

wihrig1668@aol.com

Location:

3215 N State Hwy Ab, Springfield, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 & VR-6

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1961

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

193

Comments:

I went to McGuire AFB just after they moved from Westover in 1955. I transferred from Mats to VP-44 in 1961. I retired in 1972 as a Senior Chief after 20 years. After retiring I was in the Real Estate business for 30 years. The last 20 years I had my own Real Estate Appraisal Co in Springfield, MO. We are about 45 miles north of Branson, MO which has several country shows as well as Navy Reunions.

 

 

 

Date:

12/31/2006

Guest:

496 (Reference ID: 1335971)

Name:

Darrell Seegraves

Email Address:

ddsvr6@hotmail.com

Location:

Palm Bay Fl.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-6

Duties?:

mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

52-55

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

1429

Comments:

Happy New Year To all former vr`s members and their families!!

 

 

 

Date:

12/31/2006

Guest:

497 (Reference ID: 1335942)

Name:

Darrell Seegraves

Email Address:

ddsvr6@hotmail.com

Location:

Palm Bay Fl.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR_6

Duties?:

Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

52 -55

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

1429

Comments:

We wish all the former Vr members all the best in the New YEAR!!

 

 

 

Date:

12/29/2006

Guest:

498 (Reference ID: 1333337)

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 #::

326

Comments:

Happy New Year to All Shipmates Out There.

Hope to see you in South Carolina in 2007.

 

 

 

Date:

12/20/2006

Guest:

499 (Reference ID: 1324037)

Name:

David Pierce

Email Address:

dpiercejr@bellsouth.net

Location:

Georgia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

N/A

Comments:

Can anyone direct me to a source for photos of VR3/438MAW C130 pictures, preferably in color?

Thanks,

Dave...

 

 

 

Date:

12/19/2006

Guest:

500 (Reference ID: 1323196)

Name:

Craig Ulrich ADR 2

Email Address:

jandc_ulrich@msn.com

Location:

Conrad, MT.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

Crew Chief & Inflight maint.

Dates in MATS?:

1964-1966

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

1541

Comments:

Just saw your message John Williams ID # 1322453. Were you in VR-7A during 1964-1966 and if so could you please e-mail me at jandc_ulrich@msn.com as I am having trouble showing I was on The Ground in Vietnam. Thank you For Your Help John. I would also like to wish one and all and their familes a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

 

Date:

12/19/2006

Guest:

501 (Reference ID: 1322804)

Name:

Gene "Doggie" Hilvers

Email Address:

None

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 #::

#56

Comments:

Wishing all NAVY MATS VRS members a MELE KAHLIKIMAKA and a HAPPY AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR. Hoping to see all in 2007 in Charleston or where ever Doc McGuire lines it up,

 

 

 

Date:

12/19/2006

Guest:

502 (Reference ID: 1322453)

Name:

John Williams

Email Address:

jbwlms@msn.com

Location:

Yuma, AZ (for the winter)

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7A

Duties?:

FA/Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

N/A

Comments:

Golfed with Jack Hawkins today and he told me about the website. VR-7A was my first Navy squadron. I flew as FA/Loadmaster. I remember the flight to Bangkok with a jug and a sack of mail to rescue the plane that was down there for a jug change. Overflew SVN at Danang and drew combat pay for that month... I also remember the Misawa flights to bring the pregnant AF wives to Tachikawa for their checkups. Lot and lots of sicksacks. On a sad note, I heard that Bill Russey died in the P3/Convair 880 crash at Moffett some years ago. I think that Franz Schnieder was working tn ATC there at the time. I saw him at Adak several years later. I retired in '82 as an ATCS with lots of P3 hours.

 

 

 

Date:

12/01/2006

Guest:

503 (Reference ID: 1303753)

Name:

Chuck Horner

Email Address:

webmaster@navymats.org

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 #::

51

Comments:

Another fine reunion. Had a great time. Thanks to Charlie and Geana Craig our hosts. Looking forward to 2007 in Charleston SC. Doc McGuire and his wife Carol will be our hosts.

 

 

 

Date:

11/29/2006

Guest:

504 (Reference ID: 1300485)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom (son of Capt Edward bergstrom)

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, Washington

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Commanding Officer

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

N/A

Comments:

Well I finally heard back from the Navy Retired Records Section in St. Louis. I received a Bronze Star medal for my fathers service in the Philippines at the start of WW II (yes that was 65 years ago!) At the same time they supplied a list of vendors who could supply the Vietnam Service medal. It seems that they do not supply that medal to dependents of deceased veterans. I do not know if they would award it to living veterans. All I know is that if you meet the criteria for the Vietnam Service medal then you can get it. Any veterans of VR-7 who flew to Vietnam are eligible for it and the Vietnam Campaign medal from the Vietnam government (South Vietnam). If you flew over Vietnam then you are eligble for both medals. You are also eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal if you were involved in some other conflits during that time (see the US Navy awards manual for which operations). Good luck.

 

 

 

Date:

11/17/2006

Guest:

505 (Reference ID: 1284357)

Name:

Dick WAtt

Email Address:

r-watt@sbcglobal.net

Location:

penn Valley,Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

AL-Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1950-1953

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

N/A

Comments:

Served in VR3 as Flight Radio Operator .Division Chief was Chief Gilmore.....
Also played on Moffet Field footbal team for two years.........
Looking for any members of VR3 from, that time period....Bob Pate.Floyd Peloquin.

 

 

 

Date:

11/10/2006

Guest:

506 (Reference ID: 1277213)

Name:

ROBERT A PERKINS

Email Address:

BOBUSNAE2@AOL.COM

Location:

MCGUIRE AFB.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6

Duties?:

AE2

Dates in MATS?:

1958-59-60

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/08/2006

Guest:

507 (Reference ID: 1275239)

Name:

Doc McGuire

Email Address:

docvr7@northstate.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Corpsman

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

661

Comments:

Good to see all the people at the Tucson Reunion. Congratulation to Chuck Horner as the new chairman. Thanks to Red Umphress for all the great years. Look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion next yr.

 

 

 

Date:

11/01/2006

Guest:

508 (Reference ID: 1267462)

Name:

Billy L. Whitfield

Email Address:

drbwhit@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 and Guam Detachment

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

1953-55

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for anyone who was a member of Guam Detachment from December 1953 to May 1954. Expecially looking for medical personnel who treated me for malaria. A claim is pending. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

Date:

10/24/2006

Guest:

509 (Reference ID: 1259158)

Name:

Samuel Swenson Jr.

Email Address:

sswenson@tscnet.com

Location:

Belfair WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 Det. "A"

Duties?:

MAA , Roads & Grounds, ASST SDO, Armory. Cerw member

Dates in MATS?:

Jan 1961 to Jan 1964

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

1328

Comments:

I enjoyed my time there, and all the duties. I learned a lot then

 

 

 

Date:

10/16/2006

Guest:

510 (Reference ID: 1249887)

Name:

Russ Brammer

Email Address:

russy2k1@cox.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Maint

Dates in MATS?:

33

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

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