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Date:

03/06/2006

Guest:

481 (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

 

 

 

Date:

03/02/2006

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1113743)

Name:

Jim Moffet

Email Address:

jimoffet@aol.com

Location:

Minneapolis MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Plane cleaner, mess cook, log yeoman, part-time flight orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1953

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

No

Comments:

Anybody out there old enough to remember VR-6's days at Westover A.F.B.? It's an ARB now but the hangars and other permanent buildings make it look like the old days. We lived in left-over World War II barracks not far from the flight line. Two COs while I was there, Captains Konrad and Robertson. There was also a very senior Ensign who drove a 12-cylindar 30s-era Lincoln, name of Ware. I went TDY to AC School (in Olathe, Kansas) while I was in VR-6. The squadon was transitioning from R5Ds to R6s when I got back in early '53. They were both great airplanes. Some of the R5D cargo versions had traces of coal dust left over from the Berlin airlift.

 

 

 

Date:

03/01/2006

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1113313)

Name:

FRANK CIANCOTTI

Email Address:

f.ciancotti@mail.ci.westfield.ma.us

Location:

Westfield, Mass.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1956

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

no

Comments:

Would like to find some old shipmates.

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2006

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1112423)

Name:

Gary Sayles

Email Address:

scotty66@iowatelecom.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight attendent

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

N/A

Comments:

Looking for the VR-8 patches--winged whitewall tire & elephant with 8 ball. Would like to buy one of each. Or get good pictures so I could print and have some made. Thanks

 

 

 

Date:

02/23/2006

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1111158)

Name:

LTJG Don Garrison

Email Address:

don1942@aol.com

Location:

Willingboro, NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

A/C C130E

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1967

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/22/2006

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1110787)

Name:

Hal Leedom

Email Address:

leterbuc@earthlink.net

Location:

Moffett Field

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8/VR-7

Duties?:

PR

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1966

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2006

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1109940)

Name:

CAPT Ivan Hughes, USN (Ret)

Email Address:

IEHughes@aol.com

Location:

Northern Virginia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6, VR-3

Duties?:

A/C Maint I was an AE)

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1963

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

No

Comments:

Checked into VR-6 in November of 1959 right after AE "A" School. Went from AEIAN to AE2 in 2 1/2 years and then got "caught" by the Cuban Missile Blockade extension in 1962,so I shipped over for "B" School orders and got transferred to VR-3 while waiting for orders. Made AE1 in "B" School (at the age of 23!) and shortly after completing "B" School, I was selected for the "Seaman to Admiral" Program, went to OCS, and then on to Naval Fight Officer training. Retired as a Captain after commanding VQ-1 on Guam and surviving two Pentagon Tours. Look back on my time at McGuire with nothing but the fondest memories!

 

 

 

Date:

02/17/2006

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1108588)

Name:

Byron loek

Email Address:

None

Location:

manteca ca.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8 & VR7 or 3

Duties?:

AD

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1954

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

no

Comments:

Served VR-8 Hickham AFB 51-52 Either VR 7 or VR3 at Moffett field 53 & 54 ENgine Meck on #4 engine at hickhamI believe nose dock #4. Engine # 4 at Moffet also but did engine runup and taxied to the terminal. Remember working for AD-1 SENISAC At Moffett email is brnyloek@inreach.com

 

 

 

Date:

02/15/2006

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1108169)

Name:

JACK BARRETT

Email Address:

POOGIEBB@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7/VR 8 ADR3

Duties?:

ORDERLY/INSTRUCTOR/EXAMINER

Dates in MATS?:

1957-1959

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

NO

Comments:

TWO OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE

 

 

 

Date:

02/14/2006

Guest:

490 (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:

491 (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:

492 (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:

493 (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:

494 (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:

495 (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:

496 (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:

497 (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:

498 (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:

499 (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:

500 (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:

501 (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:

502 (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:

503 (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:

504 (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:

505 (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:

506 (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:

507 (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:

508 (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:

509 (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:

510 (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.

 

 

 

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