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Date:

01/19/2006

Guest:

481 (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:

482 (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:

483 (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:

484 (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:

485 (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:

486 (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:

487 (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:

488 (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:

489 (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:

490 (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:

491 (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:

492 (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:

493 (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:

494 (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:

495 (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:

496 (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:

497 (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:

498 (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:

499 (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:

500 (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:

501 (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:

502 (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.

 

 

 

Date:

11/09/2005

Guest:

503 (Reference ID: 1074352)

Name:

Chuck Horner

Email Address:

webmaster@navymats.org

Location:

Dallas, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7, VR-8, VR-22, VR-21, VW-15

Duties?:

Flt. Mech, Flt. Eng.

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1970

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

Yes - #51

Comments:

CAN ANYONE HELP OUT ON THESE VA QUESTIONS? CHECK YOUR LOG BOOKS TO SEE IF YOU HAVE DATES SHOWING VIET NAM GROUND TIME. I.E. LANDING AND LOCATION,TAKE-OFF AND LOCATION. NORMAL AREAS WE ENTERED AND DEPARTED WERE CAM RHAN BAY, TAN SON NHUT. WE WOULD NOT BE VERIFYING HIS ENTRY, BUT A LEAST THE FACT VR-7, VR-8 AND VR-22 PERSONNEL DID ENTER THESE AREAS. IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, WE HAD TO MAKE A MINIMUM OF 5 TRIPS INTO A CERTIFIED COMBAT ZONE (WHICH INCLUDED THE TWO SITES ABOVE), TO BE AWARDED THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL. (OR WAS THAT A STAR ON THE VIETNAM RIBBON?)

 

 

 

Date:

11/09/2005

Guest:

504 (Reference ID: 1074239)

Name:

Gerald richards

Email Address:

rich1307@cox.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VR-7 and VR-21

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

1. where can I get a copy of my flight record????
2. How can I get a letter or manifests of flights that shows the VA that I carried body bags in Viet Nam?????

rich1307@cox.net

Gerald F Richards AMS1 NATOPS LOADMASTER RET
1908 Sirocco ct
Las Vegas NV. 89117
702 228-2477

Six tours Viet Nam
I have been fighting the VA for about 7 years
I have PTSD but they say not from the Navy 20 years

Naval Air Transport Service Moffett Field Ca.
VR-8 7-24-61 to 2-6-65

Naval Air Transport Service Moffett Field Ca.
VR-7 6-11-65 to 1-31-67

Fleet Tactical Support Squadron VR-21
Barbers point Hawaii

8-2-71 to 7-26-74

One of my chief engineers Gibbs ADC E8 on the C-130 wrote
a letter stating he was with me on the ground in both north and south Viet Nam This is the only thing that the VA would take to show I was on the ground in Viet Nam

Now I have a letter from Chief Gibbs that we Carried body bags on the aircraft in Nam

Chief Gibbs was with me in VR-21
I need some thing from VR-7

I need a statement certified and to the VA in three days they gave me 10 days I will be glade to pay the cost of over night and next day and any other cost

It needs to say you were on a flight in VR-7 or VR-21 and you carried body bags or coffins in Viet Nam

Gerald Richards
1908 Sirocco Ct.
Las Vegas NV.

702 228 2477
rich1307@cox.net

THANKS FOR TAKING TIME TO READ THIS

 

 

 

Date:

11/06/2005

Guest:

505 (Reference ID: 1073473)

Name:

Robert Bergstrom

Email Address:

pbybergstrom@comcast.net

Location:

Vancouver, WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

father was CO

Dates in MATS?:

1963 to 1965

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

no

Comments:

This is for Mr. Murphy, interesting that you are asking about Vietnam and VR-7. Since my father Capt Edward W. Bergstrom retired as the CO of VR-7 in 1965 and passed away in 1967 he did not "get" either the Vietnam Service or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. I have a request into the US Navy for these medals due to his service in VR-7 (and on the USS Salisbury Sound-AV-13). Luckilly I kept his log book for this period and identified three times he landed in Vietnam (He may have went other times as a passager). I also have his "Three Good Years" album that was given to him upon retirement that may also have some records in it. I do not know if this documentation will do any good for you since it does not name you. It does prove that VR-7 was in Vietnam though. Thanks Bob Bergstrom

 

 

 

Date:

11/04/2005

Guest:

506 (Reference ID: 1072749)

Name:

Gary Sayles

Email Address:

scotty66@iowatelecom.net

Location:

IA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Flight Atendent

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

no

Comments:

What the hell is verification test??I served as loadmaster from some where in 1952 to somewhere in 1954.

 

 

 

Date:

11/04/2005

Guest:

507 (Reference ID: 1072747)

Name:

Gary Sayles

Email Address:

scotty66@iowatelecom.net

Location:

IA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Flight Atendent

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

no

Comments:

What the hell is verification test??

 

 

 

Date:

10/25/2005

Guest:

508 (Reference ID: 1069236)

Name:

Noel Roberts

Email Address:

nrob171089@aol.com

Location:

Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

HS-3- and VR-22

Duties?:

Aviation Storekeeper

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

yes

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

10/24/2005

Guest:

509 (Reference ID: 1068942)

Name:

Bob Daley

Email Address:

bobdaley@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Dallas TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

USAF

Duties?:

C130 Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

20

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

No

Comments:

Hi
I flew USAF C130E's. A lot of which came from Navy MATS.
Does anyone have any Navy MATS 130 pictures, They'd like to share?
Thanks
Bob Daley
bobdaley@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

Date:

10/23/2005

Guest:

510 (Reference ID: 1068724)

Name:

William B. "Bill" Wilson

Email Address:

Kybill1@aol.com

Location:

Stanford, Kentucky

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AT-1

Dates in MATS?:

Oct 1955 thru Oct 1958

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

Yes

Comments:

I arrived at Hickam AFB on Oct. 31, 1955. I was assigned to the electronics shop which was located in one of the nose-docks on the back side od Hickam. Names I remember were Ray Christian, ATC - Howard Boshers, ATC - EW Horn, AT1 - Herman Frazier, ATC - Howard Boshers, ATC - Calvin Thompson, ATC - VR Marriott, ATC - Raymond Wilson, AT2 - James Millar, LtCdr - Bob Roberts, AT2 -

Those were the most memorable days of my Navy career. The rest of my time was spent in VP squadrons teaching ASW tactics. I wish that I could contact any of those with whom I served. I'm 69 now and I find myself reminiscing quite a bit. I remember moving the squadron back to Moffett Field in 1957. Those blimp hangers were just monsters. Again, my time in VR-7 was the best in my Navy years. Our oldest daughter was born there in 1958 in Redwood City. We lived in Mtn. View. Thank you for maintaining this wonderful site.

William Wilson, ATC retired

 

 

 

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