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Date:

02/14/2006

Guest:

481 (Reference ID: 1107743)

Name:

Charles J. Flenniken

Email Address:

unclegrantv@aol.com

Location:

Knoxville, TN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

780 shop PO

Dates in MATS?:

1965-9167

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

No

Comments:

Just wondering if there were any old shipmates out there.

 

 

 

Date:

02/14/2006

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1107633)

Name:

HOWARD (DOC) MCGUIRE

Email Address:

docvr7@northstate.net

Location:

Jamestown, North Carolina

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Flight Corpsmen

Dates in MATS?:

1960-1964

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

Yes #551

Comments:

Many thanks go out to Stud Horner for all his hard work to keep the website going. Lets all show him how much he is appreciated. Hope to see all in Tucson. Doc McGuire

 

 

 

Date:

02/13/2006

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1107390)

Name:

HOWARD (DOC MCGUIRE)

Email Address:

docvr7@northstate.net

Location:

jamestown nc

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr7

Duties?:

Corpsman

Dates in MATS?:

1960-64

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

yes

Comments:

I like Doggie would like for all to express there appreciation to Stud for all his good work. We really look forward to Tucson.

 

 

 

Date:

02/09/2006

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1106040)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Vr-8---7---and 3 in that order

Duties?:

Radioman (AL)

Dates in MATS?:

4 1952-1956

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

Yes

Comments:

I miss the web site info-----checked it frequently in the past.

LOOKING FORWARD TO TUCSON IN 06.

 

 

 

Date:

02/08/2006

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1105642)

Name:

Milo Miles

Email Address:

mjjamiles@juno.com

Location:

Arvada, Colorado

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 #::

In Process

Comments:

VR-8 was my first duty assignment out of class-A (AD) school. Arrived at Hickam AFB in the Fall of 1949 and was sent to Johnston Island for 6 months. ADC Goddard was the Chief in charge and ENS Rosenfeld was the detachment commander.
Returned to Hickam AFB and worked in the nose docks for AD1 Hopkins. I think the leading chief was ADC Bradshaw. Later went to work as a Flight Orderly. Capt Joseph (Jumpin Joe) Clifton was the CO and CDR Horton was the Executive Officer. Marine Squadron VMR-352 was supporting VR-8 while they were gone on the Berlin Airlift. They had several Enlisted Pilots. VR-8 had one Enlisted Pilot that I recall; ADC(AP) Martin, I think. I transfered from the Squadron in 1952 to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. VR-8 and Hickam AFB was undoubtedly the choice assignment in the US-Navy at the time.

 

 

 

Date:

02/07/2006

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1105265)

Name:

Gene "Doggie" Hilvers

Email Address:

ehilvers@woh.rr.com

Location:

Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8-7

Duties?:

Flight Engineer Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1964

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

yes #56

Comments:

I would like to see all MATS Sailors would take the time to show Stud that we appreciate him estabishing this web site by checking in once in awhile even if you make a private message. He has taken his time and money to support this program and so far has done a spectacular job of it. I know there are a lot of you out there who have computers has knowledge of this site. If anything just sign your name to let people know that you are among the living. It is a nice thing that we have Stud doing this to keep us in touch between reunions of what is happening. If you have anything in your memoirs that can be posted. please send it to Stud to publish it. LET' KEEP THIS SITE ALIVE!!!!!!

 

 

 

Date:

01/26/2006

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1100719)

Name:

Tom Lawlor

Email Address:

tlawlor@cfl.rr.com

Location:

Sanford, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 & 8

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

4.5yrs in Sqd / 20yrs Navy

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

Yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/19/2006

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1098072)

Name:

ken peterson

Email Address:

None

Location:

bloomington,mn

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr8

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

22

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

yes 53

Comments:

see you at next reunion 2006

 

 

 

Date:

01/19/2006

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1097992)

Name:

William (Nick) Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@earthlink.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

Aviation Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

1949 to 1951

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

Yes

Comments:

Was in VR 8 at Hickam and then on Guam. Looking for Richard Sieg.

 

 

 

Date:

01/18/2006

Guest:

490 (Reference ID: 1097766)

Name:

Byron F.J. Glime AM

Email Address:

bylaine@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage Grove, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Maint. & R7V Airframes Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

!955-1958

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

Yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/18/2006

Guest:

491 (Reference ID: 1097451)

Name:

ABHC WILLIAM C. SCHMIDT

Email Address:

BILLMIRA@COMCAST.NET

Location:

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

LOADMASTER EXAMINER

Dates in MATS?:

NOV.1963 TO NOV.1967

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

YES

Comments:

IAM REENTERING COMMENTS TO NOTIFY EVERYONE I HAVE A NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS(BILLMIRA@COMCAST.NET). ALSO TO LET EVERYONE WHO KNEW ABHC BOB O'MALLEY , VR-22 LOADMASTER , THAT HE PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 3,2003. I MISS A DEAR FRIEND.

 

 

 

Date:

01/16/2006

Guest:

492 (Reference ID: 1096710)

Name:

AD 2 PATRICK MC CLOSKEY

Email Address:

adcspsm@aol.com

Location:

MT PROSPECT IL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 3

Duties?:

FLIGHT ORDERLY/FLIGHT MECHANIC

Dates in MATS?:

1949 1952

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

YES

Comments:

GREAT ORGANIZATION
HOPE TO MAKE THE NEXT REUNION 2006
PLEASE ADVISE OF DATE 7 LOCATION

 

 

 

Date:

01/16/2006

Guest:

493 (Reference ID: 1096641)

Name:

Leslie Parton

Email Address:

carlespar@msn.com

Location:

Prineville, Oregon

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3

Duties?:

Personnel/Legal

Dates in MATS?:

1956-1958

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

No

Comments:

After moving from Moffet Field, very different living on an Air Force Base (Mcguire) in the middle of an Army Base (Ft.Dix). A lot of wonderful memories.

 

 

 

Date:

01/14/2006

Guest:

494 (Reference ID: 1096097)

Name:

CHARLES BYRNE

Email Address:

CBYRNE1936@MSN.COM

Location:

NEW JERSEY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 22 1956.YO 1958

Duties?:

PR RIGGER LOFT

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/11/2006

Guest:

495 (Reference ID: 1094927)

Name:

Jim Fowler

Email Address:

jim0936@bellsouth.net

Location:

Apex, NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1954 1956

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/06/2006

Guest:

496 (Reference ID: 1093225)

Name:

Robert Kempton

Email Address:

rskempton@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage Grove MN.55016

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 Westover AFB

Duties?:

TE2-RM2

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1955

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

yes

Comments:

It,s been a while since i checked the site and was wondering where all the VR-6 guys are?
Remembering Operation Blue Jay and Queen Aura Borea alis.."Queen of all things Fridgidly Ridgid". I still have my Certificate of the Operation. It would be nice to hear from anyone. esp. guys from the Radio Shack on the Hanger balcony...

 

 

 

Date:

12/28/2005

Guest:

497 (Reference ID: 1090348)

Name:

Ronald M. Sauter

Email Address:

peg-ronsauter@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Houston, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Instructor Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

1963-1966

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

No

Comments:

Wow! This is great. I look forward to getting more involved. Unfortuantely, I left VR-7 in September of 1966, and missed the decommissioning. What a great 3 years those were.

Ron Sauter, LT., USNR

 

 

 

Date:

12/24/2005

Guest:

498 (Reference ID: 1088999)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3---7---& 8

Duties?:

Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

4 1952-1956

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

Yes

Comments:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all shipmates.

Hope to see you in TUS in 06.

 

 

 

Date:

12/21/2005

Guest:

499 (Reference ID: 1088069)

Name:

Les Horell

Email Address:

Olddog72@aol.com

Location:

Kankakee,Illinois

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

Flight Mech AEC

Dates in MATS?:

21

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

No

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

12/21/2005

Guest:

500 (Reference ID: 1087984)

Name:

Richard C. Rosa

Email Address:

RosaRcmr@aol.com

Location:

Bainbridge, NY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Flight Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

Yes

Comments:

I served at McGuire AFB as a Flight Radio Operator aboard an R6D and as a part of VR-3. I have always valued this experience and have worked in the Aerospace Industry all of my life. I am currently employed by DOD and heavily involved with Flight Control Computers for several military aircraft.

 

 

 

Date:

12/02/2005

Guest:

501 (Reference ID: 1081843)

Name:

EDWARD T EVANS SR

Email Address:

edbess@earthlink.net

Location:

2425 caring way 106 pt.charlotte fl

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

7th LOG SQD.

Duties?:

LOADMASTER

Dates in MATS?:

20

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

NO

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

12/02/2005

Guest:

502 (Reference ID: 1081841)

Name:

Harold Wayne Fawcett ATCS Ret.

Email Address:

waynefawcett@earthlink.net

Location:

Leesburg, Fl.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VA-10A, VA-95, VC-22, VP-28, VR-5,VP-7

Duties?:

Radio/Radar Operator

Dates in MATS?:

1947-1966

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

No VR-5 was Fleet Logistics Sq.

Comments:

I have many fond memories flying in TBM's P2V'S and R6D type aircraft and still get nostalgic when viewing pictures of Naval aircraft from past and present.

 

 

 

Date:

12/01/2005

Guest:

503 (Reference ID: 1081423)

Name:

Ron Eggert

Email Address:

ronald.eggert@navy.mil

Location:

Andrews AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-1

Duties?:

AVCM

Dates in MATS?:

20 and counting

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

no

Comments:

Hi! I'm the current Command Master Chief at VR-1. In the passageway outside of my office are a framed AIRTRANSRON ONE patch and a Fleet Tactical Support Squadron One insignia. I don't know if our current lineage can be traced back to either squadron, but either way it's interesting to me to find out more information about both so that I can pass it on to my shipmates. I'm also interested in any other patches or pictures so I can put together a sort of "history board" on each. Any help keeping our heritage alive would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

Date:

11/30/2005

Guest:

504 (Reference ID: 1081038)

Name:

Billy L. Whitfield

Email Address:

drbwhit@yahoo.net

Location:

Mountain View, AR 72560

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 Guam Detachment

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1954

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

N/A

Comments:

While serving on Guam I was taken to the sick bay with malaria. There is no documentation in my medical records. I need to verify the sickness by someone who knowes me and the episode. I have filed a claim for compensation and need this information desparately. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

Date:

11/26/2005

Guest:

505 (Reference ID: 1079957)

Name:

D. E. "Gene" Bell

Email Address:

golfingene@aol.com

Location:

Placerville, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AT2 Flight Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1960

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

Yes

Comments:

Having been at Moffett for two years from 12/58 to 12/60 and flying the line most of that time, it is heartwarming to be able to check this website each month and relive the best military service ever. Unfortunately, I've also seen the passing of many of my mates. Without any other records but for my horrible memory, the roster we get every year helps me remember. I attended the San Jose reunion several years ago and took some pictures that I'm not sure I ever sent in, but will do that. I wonder if some kind soul would publish the names of the pilots of that era, I remember only a few...Capt Campbell was one of the best. Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

 

 

Date:

11/22/2005

Guest:

506 (Reference ID: 1078823)

Name:

Ed. Palka

Email Address:

eppal@optonline.net

Location:

Huntington Sta. L.I. N.Y.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Supply(AKAN)

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1957

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

No

Comments:

Great duty at McGuire AFB. Great bunch of guys.Did a lot of growing up there.Loved the 2 hour lunch time.Would love to do it over again,but age creeps up on you.

 

 

 

Date:

11/21/2005

Guest:

507 (Reference ID: 1078493)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

Jupiter (Palm Beach County) FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Electrical/Pressurization-Heating

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1957

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

no

Comments:

Have not checked the guestbook in a while. Where are all the VR-6 guys from McGuire? I can't be the only one left!!!

 

 

 

Date:

11/19/2005

Guest:

508 (Reference ID: 1077587)

Name:

WILLIAM C. SCHMIDT

Email Address:

BILLMIR@AOL.COM

Location:

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 ABHC

Duties?:

LOADMASTER EXAMINER

Dates in MATS?:

1963-1967

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

YES

Comments:

I HAD A WONDERFUL TOUR OF DUTY IN MATS/MAC AND MET SOME FINE PEOPLE. 1HAVE ALWAYS WANTED SOME PICTURES OF THE C-130E BUT I NEVER GOT AROUND TO TAKING ANY. IF ANYONE HAS SOME THEY WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT BILL@AOL.COM.

 

 

 

Date:

11/13/2005

Guest:

509 (Reference ID: 1075664)

Name:

Ralph Calo

Email Address:

cal1166@sbcglobal.net

Location:

CT

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-21 Barbers Point

Duties?:

mechanic/flight crew member

Dates in MATS?:

2 '60-'61

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

yes

Comments:

I had unforgetable times in Hawaii and VR-21 Wespac flights.
Much better than my one year (AIRBARSRON) on Midway Island.
I am trying to locate flight crew members:
Ziegler, Bruel, Simms, Celli, and Guidry.
Best regards to all,
Ralph Calo

 

 

 

Date:

11/11/2005

Guest:

510 (Reference ID: 1074967)

Name:

dallas grady

Email Address:

islandkava@hotmail.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 McGuire AFB

Duties?:

TAD to Air Force Ops, flight duties

Dates in MATS?:

1961 to 1963

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

no

Comments:

My first time to visit this site. It brings back many good memories. VR-3 was my first duty station from bootcamp.

 

 

 

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