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Date:

04/23/2006

Guest:

481 (Reference ID: 1132956)

Name:

Myron E Zorger

Email Address:

zebraone@cccomm.net

Location:

Fallon, NV

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VU-7,VF-94

Duties?:

AD

Dates in MATS?:

9

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

Yes

Comments:

Fresh out of AMM school... Messcookin', TDY to Johnson, Kwajalein,Guam. Frankfurt am Main.I do recollect the beer parties at Ewa whilst stationed at Hickam! Xferred to USAF and finished my service 19+6.
I do remember the good stuff,tho it was outnumbered by the bad.

 

 

 

Date:

04/11/2006

Guest:

482 (Reference ID: 1128825)

Name:

GF Murphy

Email Address:

gfmurphy@verizon.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 #::

N/A

Comments:

Found the answer to my previous question but did not solve the problem with the VA. Under the Naval Avation Flight Records: Crew and Passanger Manifests, in the Department of the Navy-Naval Historical Center, "no records in the Navy Records System exist that will provide documentation listing flight manifests that are more than three months old." The fight with the VA continues!

 

 

 

Date:

04/10/2006

Guest:

483 (Reference ID: 1128514)

Name:

GF Murphy

Email Address:

gfmurphy@verizon.net

Location:

Oak Harbor WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

64-67

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

no

Comments:

Still looking for the key to solve the VA requirements for serving in country Viet Nam. I have sent every possable piece of information I can muster up including copies of cruise books medal awards etc. The VA wants actual proof such as flight orders. I give up! After 39 years does anyone know where one can find flight orders on Navy crews, flying Air Force aircraft, from a squadron that was decommissioned in 1967??? All help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated

 

 

 

Date:

04/03/2006

Guest:

484 (Reference ID: 1125901)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

McGuire AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

Electric & Pressurization shops

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - -'57

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

no

Comments:

Time for a few laughs. We can all laugh now about some of the crazy things that happened when we were "young and foolish".

We had an R6D in the engine stands one nite with people working on all 4. I was sitting in the cockpit when an AD striker sat in the seat next to me. They were going to do a compression check on #4 and they had the swing-away sections of the stand opened so the prop could spin. Someone yelled ok and the kid squeezed the starter and safety switches with his thumb and forefinger. Silence! Then he noticed the starter selector was in the OFF position. With his other hand he clicked the selector switch clockwise thru #1,#2,#3 and finally #4. Starters whined and all four props ticked over a few degrees followed by much yelling. Fortunately no one was hurt and not a blade touched a stand.
I'm not sure if it was famed aviation writer Ernest K. Gann or not but someone much wiser than me once said " If I have a choice between skill and luck, Ill take luck every time".

 

 

 

Date:

03/25/2006

Guest:

485 (Reference ID: 1122739)

Name:

ARNOLD DEWAIN MCDONALD (MAC)

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Dates in MATS?:

1962-1964

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

NO

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2006

Guest:

486 (Reference ID: 1121429)

Name:

D. W. "Dave" Davis

Email Address:

kc6old@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Near San Diego

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Ball-bearing stewardess/loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

62-63

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2006

Guest:

487 (Reference ID: 1120912)

Name:

James M. Sparks

Email Address:

minijo@onewest.net

Location:

Idaho Falls, Idaho

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Loadmaster

Dates in MATS?:

1965-1967

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/20/2006

Guest:

488 (Reference ID: 1120825)

Name:

Nick Menhinick

Email Address:

ilmwam@earthink.net

Location:

Middletown De

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

Total 4 yrs.49-'50 in VR8

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

?

Comments:

Hello, Looking for old buddie from VR 8, Richie Sieg. He came from St. Cloud, Minn. Together at Hickam and Guam.
I think he became an officer. Last I saw him he was driving a dead buddies Volks from Beeville,Tx. to someplace
in NJ or Penn. That was anound 1960. He then went back to VR 8 Hickam and the new Connies.

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2006

Guest:

489 (Reference ID: 1115450)

Name:

darrell seegraves

Email Address:

ddsvr6@hotmail.com

Location:

Westover afb

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr6

Duties?:

mess cooking, then mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

52_ 55

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

yes

Comments:

There are a few still around in the know about this site.I`m sure there are more around,but not in touch.Still remember Westover afb as a fine duty station.Spent a little over three years there. Darrell

 

 

 

Date:

03/06/2006

Guest:

490 (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:

491 (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:

492 (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:

493 (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:

494 (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:

495 (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:

496 (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:

497 (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:

498 (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:

499 (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:

500 (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:

501 (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:

502 (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:

503 (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:

504 (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:

505 (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:

506 (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:

507 (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:

508 (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:

509 (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:

510 (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

 

 

 

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