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Date:

09/20/2006

Guest:

481 (Reference ID: 1225115)

Name:

Charles Culbertson

Email Address:

c705cub@aol.com

Location:

Glenn Heights TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Check Crew # 4

Dates in MATS?:

1952 - 1954

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

1170

Comments:

Remember getting the new R7V's, Enjoyed many hours in and on them, I am the sailor that took the picture of the Connie on its tail at Midway Island in February of 1954.

 

 

 

Date:

09/15/2006

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1221708)

Name:

Paul Tobergte

Email Address:

ptobergte@hotmail.com

Location:

Yankeetown, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7

Duties?:

Aircraft Maint. and Embassy Flights

Dates in MATS?:

1954 - 1955

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

1453

Comments:

I was an AD3 and worked for Chet Shafer on aircraft 828. He was an outstanding Chief and I was very fortunate to have been assigned to his crew. I was also an AD on a number of embassy flights and that was another wonderful experience. When my 4 year enlistment was up I tried to reenlist for another tour in VR 7 but was turned down.

 

 

 

Date:

08/26/2006

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1208071)

Name:

Dennis Rice

Email Address:

ddrice1940@gmail.com

Location:

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961

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

none

Comments:

I worked in the HVR shop and pre and post docks.

 

 

 

Date:

08/24/2006

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1206363)

Name:

John M. Prophet

Email Address:

jprophet@earthlink.net

Location:

Harwich, MA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Student Air Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

8 weeks

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

N/A

Comments:

My duty station was Barbers Point, HI in 1957 where I served in Airborne Early Warning Squadron 12 (VW-12). I was a student navigator assigned to VR-7 for my overwater navigation check flight after having completed the ground work with the Air Force. I flew from Hickam to Kwajalein to Guam to Manila to Wake Island and back to Hickam with VR-7. Upon return, I took up duties as Air Navigator flying out of Midway to Alaska and back, completing 3000 hours in the WV-2. I was fortunate to have flown with the best of the best, pilots who had flown the Berlin Airlift.

 

 

 

Date:

08/22/2006

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1205300)

Name:

Arch Kennedy

Email Address:

archdk@aol.com

Location:

Atlanta, GA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

Line Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

June 1959 - Dec 1962

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/08/2006

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1192077)

Name:

Ivan Hughes

Email Address:

IEHughes@aol.com

Location:

Northern Virginia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 and VR-3

Duties?:

Electrician (AE)

Dates in MATS?:

1959 - 62 in VR-6, 1962 - 63 in VR-3

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

No

Comments:

Would love to hear from squadron mates who were in VR-6 between 1959 and 1962. You can't all be dead!

 

 

 

Date:

08/07/2006

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1189006)

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 #::

no

Comments:

Looking for anyone that flew with me to prove I was on the Ground in Saigon.

 

 

 

Date:

08/01/2006

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1183367)

Name:

THOMAS E. KIEHNE

Email Address:

None

Location:

KELLYVILLE, OK

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22

Duties?:

LOADMASTER

Dates in MATS?:

65-67

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/27/2006

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1180769)

Name:

Robert Jackson Walker, Sr.

Email Address:

mwnana34@bellsouth.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 #::

no

Comments:

Hello,
I am contacting this site on behalf of my father who is a Marine attached to the 6th Marine Division,
Fox Company, 29th Marine Regiment. He was medical air evacuated from Okinawa May 21, 1945. Thanks for the
safe ride home.

 

 

 

Date:

07/26/2006

Guest:

490 (Reference ID: 1179910)

Name:

charles (bud) johnson

Email Address:

bud@montrose.net

Location:

bud@montrose.net

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7,VR-21, VRC-50

Duties?:

flt eng, check crew supervisor

Dates in MATS?:

1956 to 1968

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

yes # 474

Comments:

great tour with the greatest people ajnd the greatest aircraft

 

 

 

Date:

07/25/2006

Guest:

491 (Reference ID: 1179361)

Name:

Guy "BJ" Reeves

Email Address:

G4999185@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7,VR-7A

Duties?:

check crew 1, check crew 5, mess cook, pre-flight, flight engineer

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1965

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

Yes #465

Comments:

I received notice of the second annual VR-7,VR-8 reunion to be held in Nesbit,MS the 6th and 7th of Sept 2006. This info is also in the latest American Legion Magazine.For more info on this contact
Dave Wimpelberg
PO Box 234
Amboy, Indiana 46911
765-395-7935
cell 765-434-4412
e-mail dwimpelberg@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Date:

07/20/2006

Guest:

492 (Reference ID: 1176855)

Name:

Larry Johnson

Email Address:

larryjohnson155@juno.com

Location:

Alabama

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Yeoman

Dates in MATS?:

1956-1957

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

yes

Comments:

Reported in Feb 1956 and transferred in Feb 1957. Black Shoe Navy as an E3. Promoted to E4 at time of transfer to HS-6 at NAAS Ream Field. Transferred to VF-143 at NAS Miramar.
Retired in 1990 as Master Chief Yeoman/Command Master Chief. Served with some great folks at VR-3. YN1 R. J. White, YN2 J. B. Mitchell. Would like to hear from anyone in Admin/Personnel during the 56-57 years.

 

 

 

Date:

07/19/2006

Guest:

493 (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:

494 (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:

495 (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:

496 (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:

497 (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:

498 (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:

499 (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:

500 (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:

501 (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:

502 (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:

503 (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:

504 (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:

505 (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:

506 (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:

507 (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:

508 (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:

509 (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:

510 (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!!!

 

 

 

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