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Date:

10/21/2005

Guest:

601 (Reference ID: 1068212)

Name:

Gene "Doggie" Hilvers

Email Address:

ehilvers@woh.rr.com

Location:

OHIO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7/8

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

3/55-5.64

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

#56

Comments:

HERE IT IS THE LAST OF OCTOBER AND USUALLY WE ARE GETTING READY TO LEAVE FOR THE ANNUAL MATS REUNION. KATRINA HAS PUT THE KABOSH ON THIS YEARS REUNION, WE WILL MISS SEEING ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND PINOCHLE PLAYING PARTNERS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 24 YEARS THAT IS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. WE HAVE HAD EXTREMELY GOOD TURN OUT AT ALL REUNIONS, IT IS THE TIME TO VISIT WITH OLD SHIPMATES AND SWAP SEA STORIES LIKE ALWAYS. NO MATTER WHERE IT IS BEING HELD, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO AND SEE. MY WIFE, JOAN ALWAYS LIKES TO VISIT WITH OTHER WIVES AND CATCH UP ON THE YEAR'S GONE BY. JOAN AND I HAVE MISSED THE FIRST THREE REUNIONS AND THE CANCELLED ONE IN GULFPORT. MAKING THE TRIPS TO THE REUNION IS ONE OF OUR YEARLY PLANS. WE HOPE TO MAKE MANY MORE IN TIME TO COME. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW MEMBERS BUT NOT ENOUGH NEW ONES SHOW UP. HOPE TO SEE A LOT OF YOU IN TUCSON NOV 2006

 

 

 

Date:

10/14/2005

Guest:

602 (Reference ID: 1065011)

Name:

robert sponhower

Email Address:

joannbob@cybergap.net

Location:

lebanon pa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-22

Duties?:

electronics shop

Dates in MATS?:

1961-1963

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

no

Comments:

Have been looking for fellow shipmates from mats,namely gary sheets ,robert massey and anyone else at the same time frame.I belong to the vr-22 asoc. we just had our reunion in pittsburg, pa.There wasn't anyone there from when i served

 

 

 

Date:

10/11/2005

Guest:

603 (Reference ID: 1062198)

Name:

Gerard "Murph" Murphy

Email Address:

gfmurphy@verizon.net

Location:

Oak Harbor WA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-DETA & VR-7

Duties?:

Flighjt Orderly (R5D) Loadmaster Examiner (C-130)

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961 Det A 1964-1967 VR-7

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

No

Comments:

Does anyone know where we can locate records to prove we flew in country Viet Nam? The VA needs actual proof of boots on the ground to process and approve claims for Agent Orange. I have lost all records and log books 20+ years ago and the navy Department has not helped. Hopefully some one has solved the riddle and knows where to go.

 

 

 

Date:

10/10/2005

Guest:

604 (Reference ID: 1062019)

Name:

Lee Nelson

Email Address:

leenelson@nc.rr.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 22

Duties?:

AEM3 (E-4)

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1960

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

NO

Comments:

I was a kiddie-cruiser, spent 3 1/2 years in NAVY, and last 1 1/2 at VR 22. Initially placed in charge of the electric shop (pending assigment to one of the plane crews), but spent a lot of time working for AM Chief Wilkes in Engine Build Up. Some shipmates were Cross, Ludwiczak, Muscarella, Cooper, DeNolfo. I drew flight skins most of my time in AR22 (stops in Naples, Morroco, Azores, etc). We usually utilized Air Force facilities at stops and layovers, but rarely used their techs for routine maintenance problems, which were usually delegated to us crew-members "to save time" (we only had one rating "jacks of all trades"). Enjoyed the Air Force housing and chow halls (who said the NAVY gets the gravy - apparently they never ate in an Air Force Mess Hall). In 1960 I participated in Air Lift Operation that was based in Puerto Rico; think we had 20 minute ground time target for each flight in order to hit the airlift targets that were established for the operation (we would alternate maintenance checks with refueling tasks on each incoming aircraft). I only recall Douglas R4Ds' and the loss of one aircraft and crew (occurred right after I left the squadron). Would like to hear from anyone in VR22, along with any info on future reunions.

 

 

 

Date:

09/28/2005

Guest:

605 (Reference ID: 1053763)

Name:

Karl Fowler

Email Address:

karode@mindspring.com

Location:

Charleston, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AD- Engine Check Crew & Pre-flight

Dates in MATS?:

1952-1954

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

Yes

Comments:

First duty station after AD School.Worked for an AD Chief Ed Harmouth. Great guy that took the "kids" under his wing. Glad to have spent time in old Hawaii before it became the Coney Island of the Pacific. Like to hear from J C Mann, Bill Marks or Joe Donathan if they're still out there.
As usual a great job Studs.

 

 

 

Date:

09/28/2005

Guest:

606 (Reference ID: 1053757)

Name:

Karl Fowler

Email Address:

karode@mindspring.com

Location:

Charleston, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AD Engine Check crew & Pre-flight

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/22/2005

Guest:

607 (Reference ID: 1048672)

Name:

wade meriwether

Email Address:

wade36@aol.com

Location:

tx

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Operations

Dates in MATS?:

1956 1959

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

yes

Comments:

After finishing Air Traffic Control A school at Olathe Ks I was assigned to AirTransron Seven Hickham AFB Hawaii. After the bureau realized I was working out of a critical rate.I was transfered across the Island to Barbers Point for 2 years.The time I spent in VR7 was the greatest tour a person could have experienced

 

 

 

Date:

09/15/2005

Guest:

608 (Reference ID: 1044485)

Name:

Roger C. Bunch

Email Address:

rogerbunch@inteliport.com

Location:

PO BOX 249, Tyner, N.C.27980

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

FO

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1956

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

No

Comments:

I was looking forward to the Reunion, however maybe next time. The best to you in the future.

 

 

 

Date:

09/15/2005

Guest:

609 (Reference ID: 1044125)

Name:

Alan Galbraith

Email Address:

umpire50@mchsi.com

Location:

Sac City, Iowa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 Honolulu

Duties?:

Flight Log Yeoman, etc.

Dates in MATS?:

1947-49

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

No

Comments:

I served two years in NATS/MATS from February '47 to February '49 on flight line, ship's equipment and flight log yeoman in Honolulu with an interruption of 9 months TDY on Kwajalein Island as 'weight & balance' yeoman. I have looked for reunion notices of VR-8 personnel in American Legion and VFW magazines but have never found any. Many fond memories remain of good service in "Paradise" and on the Equator (which was no form of 'paradise'). Unfortunately, TDY in Frankfort was missed by the non-sanction of one officer (XO) at John Rodgers Airfield. Time has dulled the names of most shipmates but the names of Ens. Ed Feifert (sp?)and his SNJ on Kwaj and Jim Parker in Honolulu remains. Would like to hear from any shipmates from that era of service that are still alive. Since I was only 17 when I enlisted, and since that was almost 60 years ago, most of the survivors of that time of service are probably dead by now or, at best, too weak to write anymore. Best contact is by E-Mail.

 

 

 

Date:

09/12/2005

Guest:

610 (Reference ID: 1042522)

Name:

Chuck Horner

Email Address:

webmaster@navymats.org

Location:

Dallas, TX

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:

I know our members are disappointed at the cancelling of the 2005 reunion, but it just couldn't be helped. At short notice, it was so hard to contact all our members and notify them of any change, and for them to re-route any pre-purchased airfares plus trying to get a place suitable to members, it just was logistically impossible. The good news is that our planned host George Weeks is in good condition physically, but I know he must be mentally challenged on trying to relocate and get his affairs back in order. We all wish him the best, and hope he is settled and available for our reunion in 2005. For you members who read these messages but never log on, PLEASE DO! Our members are always happy to hear of past shipmates, their welfare and just to say hello. Don't be shy! Drop sign on to our ships log and let us hear from you.
WEBMASTER

 

 

 

Date:

09/10/2005

Guest:

611 (Reference ID: 1041524)

Name:

Ron Young

Email Address:

ryoung9@pacbell.net

Location:

California

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7

Duties?:

Pilot, Flight Examiner Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

Yes

Comments:

This was my first squadron assignment after flight school. I spent most of my time on the Embassy Route (1958-1960). After leaving active duty I transferred back for a short time as a reserve pilot from Alameda, but that didn't last long as a Reservist did not get enough flight time to keep current in the aircraft, let alone advance in pilot qualifications.

Most of my time at Moffett was spent in navigation as a flight examiner checking flight packets or teaching refresher navigation courses.

 

 

 

Date:

09/05/2005

Guest:

612 (Reference ID: 1038593)

Name:

Stan Davison

Email Address:

stan70@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Pre Flite

Dates in MATS?:

1953

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

No

Comments:

Chuck,

I have two copies of "Trans Pacifican" March and july 1953.
Have articals about getting the R7V-1
If you would like them send me a mailing address.

Stan Davison stan70@comcast.net

 

 

 

Date:

09/04/2005

Guest:

613 (Reference ID: 1038041)

Name:

FORREST PONTENBERG

Email Address:

usn2forrest@msn.com

Location:

BRADENTON FL 34202

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7-8

Duties?:

FLIGHT LINE

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1955

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

YES

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/03/2005

Guest:

614 (Reference ID: 1037406)

Name:

Al Parker

Email Address:

Aparker202@aol.com

Location:

Memphis, TN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

AD - Engine Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

!953 - 1956

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

yes

Comments:

I looking for any members I served with. I am "Aparker202@aol.com" if you wish to contact me. After mess cooking I worked in check crews and preflight crews. For a while I was in a crew assigned to A/C 632. Some of the ones I worked with were Al Myers, J. P. Duncan, Dewey Owens, Dean Searle, Charlie Culbertson, Gerhardt, Jim Dunham (deceased), George Wixom (deceased), Doc Denton (deceased), Jim Stout, Denver Flannery, and Gene Ralston. That is all I can think of for now but if I overlooked you I still would like to hear from you. A great squadron, airplane and bunch of people I will never forget.

 

 

 

Date:

09/02/2005

Guest:

615 (Reference ID: 1037204)

Name:

Jess Markle

Email Address:

jessm@frontier.net

Location:

Mancos, CO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 7 Det A

Duties?:

AM1

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1962

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

yes

Comments:

Was a member of the Squadron in Atsugi and Tachi. Saw Murph's entry above, good to see him alive and kicking. Good days

 

 

 

Date:

09/01/2005

Guest:

616 (Reference ID: 1036292)

Name:

Wade Meriwether

Email Address:

Wade36@aol.com

Location:

Nederland tx

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Operations {Nav Dept}

Dates in MATS?:

1955 1958

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

Yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/24/2005

Guest:

617 (Reference ID: 1031649)

Name:

John Richardson

Email Address:

jrichard@siu.edu

Location:

Carbondale, Il

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Flight crew

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/23/2005

Guest:

618 (Reference ID: 1030623)

Name:

John Howe

Email Address:

jmhwa01@comcast.net

Location:

Washington State

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Yeoman in the Admin Office

Dates in MATS?:

1955-1957

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

N/A

Comments:

It was a great time. The best and only 'sea duty' I ever had. There are still a few of us around from the squadron and era.

 

 

 

Date:

08/19/2005

Guest:

619 (Reference ID: 1028540)

Name:

Bob Daley

Email Address:

bobdaley@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Dallas TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

USAF

Duties?:

Hercules Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

20

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

No

Comments:

Does anyone have any pictures of Navy MATS Herks especially 63-7785 lost off Cam Ranh Bay?
Thanks
Bob Daley
bobdaley@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

Date:

08/17/2005

Guest:

620 (Reference ID: 1027645)

Name:

David L. Dunnavant

Email Address:

HawaiianKoa@AOL.com

Location:

Nanakuli, Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

N/A

Duties?:

Just a Friend

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

On August 15, 2005, I posted comments reguarding an aircraft mishap of a VR 3 aircraft on March 22, 1955 in the Hawaiian Islands. E-Mail have been recieved as to who was on that flight. Pilot-LCDR Harold M. O'Leary, CoPilot-LCDR Marx M. Teaque, Navigator- Lt Lee Anthony Theroux, Radio Operator-AT3 Charles E. Sheehan Jr., Radio Operator 2nd-AT3 Charles M. Preston, Flight Mechanic-AD1 Charles Lee Osborne, Flight Mechanic 2nd-AE3 Alfred Dewey Schroeder, Flight Orderly-AN Charles Wayne Enloe, Flight Orderly-AN William R. Rimer and additional personnel ADAN Gerald D. White, and AN James B. Quinn jr. Take care guys, ALOHA.

 

 

 

Date:

08/17/2005

Guest:

621 (Reference ID: 1027454)

Name:

C.W. Horner

Email Address:

srslr@navymats.org

Location:

Desoto, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7, VR-8. VR-22

Duties?:

F/M, F/E

Dates in MATS?:

1953-1956, 1957-1967

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

Yes

Comments:

Due to the spammers utilizing our guestbook to obtain e-mail address', I have blocked that entry from being shown with the messages. If you wish to have your e-mail address published, but it in the body of your message. You may still fill out the blank when you sign the guestbook, but I am the only one that will be able to view it, and I do not publish it without the signers consent.

Your Webmaster
C.W. "Stud" Horner

 

 

 

Date:

08/15/2005

Guest:

622 (Reference ID: 1026485)

Name:

David L. Dunnavant

Email Address:

HawaiianKoa@AOL.com

Location:

Nanakuli, Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

None

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

Found this site while cruising the internet. You people of the NATS/MATS era are very unique,I feel. I retired from the USMC in 1983 as a Gunnery Sergeant. Full time with the Navy on the Fleet side or combat striking arm of the Navy. I never got to the air side. However, caught a few rides now and then. I presently work at US Naval Magazine, Lualualei, Hawaii in the Physical Security/Law Enforcement. The place will close eventually as the Navy modernizes in time. Old Babers Point has been gone since the year 2000 now, I believe. What they could was shifted to K-Bay side. The P-3 Squadrons. Sine, I have been at Lualualei. I took interest in an old crash site of a US Navy R6D1 that belonged to VR-3. The unfortunate mishap occured on March 22, 1955 at about 0216 am of that morning. Through much research and some time. To pay all that were on that flight proper respect. A total of 66 people died. I posted all on the "Find a Grave" web site. I even obtained the crash report that was compl;eted a year later. The final few seconds of that aircraft. Anyway, just thought I would stop by and say hello. I will keep checking now and then for those of you that were in the squadron and knew the crew of that bird. Always interested to hear. Take care guys. Semper Fi!

 

 

 

Date:

08/10/2005

Guest:

623 (Reference ID: 1023484)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

fwiesler@aol.com

Location:

Jupiter FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AE

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '57

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

no

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

08/02/2005

Guest:

624 (Reference ID: 1018758)

Name:

Donald Rutz

Email Address:

DonFRutz@aol.com

Location:

Erie, PA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8, VRF-4,VR-2, VR-1

Duties?:

Aviation Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1942 - 1946

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

No

Comments:

Ahoy Matey -
I be the one of the last surviving "Ancient Mariners", from VR-8, who flew onboard PBM - 3R's....our beloved "Martin Mariners".

Any more of you, from NAS Patuxent River, still alive and kicking?

Drop me an eMail. It is getting awfully lonely.

 

 

 

Date:

07/26/2005

Guest:

625 (Reference ID: 1006128)

Name:

Don Pettengill

Email Address:

dbpette@netzero.net

Location:

Haverhill, MA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 (my father did Agenchia Star

Duties?:

Jump Seat Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

50s

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

Yes he was

Comments:

My father served in VR-22 aboard the Agencia Star, probably not spelled right. He was a jump seat pilot and flew to North Africa and the Azores regularly. Shortly after he transfered to VS-27 his acft #601 went down in the Atlantic with all hands.

 

 

 

Date:

07/22/2005

Guest:

626 (Reference ID: 1003462)

Name:

Frank Wiesler

Email Address:

FWIESLER@AOL.COM

Location:

Jupiter, FL (Palm Beach Co.)

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AE3, AE2

Dates in MATS?:

'55-'57

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

no

Comments:

Any Navy MATS guys have interest in the AD (A1) Skyraiders. After VR-6 I was in an antisub squadron with S2F's. On cruises, we always had a Spad det. aboard also. After discharge I worked on them for 9 years at the NAS Quonset Point O & R. Anyway, they have a great site called www.abledogs.com.

 

 

 

Date:

07/22/2005

Guest:

627 (Reference ID: 1003280)

Name:

Joseph S Reeves

Email Address:

Joseph_Reeves@msn.com

Location:

Ohio/Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3,VR-8(3 times),VR-6

Duties?:

Pilot/Flight Examiner

Dates in MATS?:

14 years in MATS

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

yes

Comments:

Read my book "Before The Jets". Sold by me. I have discounted my book and will now sell it to you for $15 + $3 postage and handling: total $18.
This is a fictionalized version of many, many flying stories from 1947 to 1960. Lots of R5Ds, R6Ds, and Superconnies. Of great interest to any crewmember, especially pilots, navigators, flight engineers. Also included are radiomen and orderlies. Write to my email address or send check for $18 to me at 3840 Valley View Rd, Zanesville, OH, 43701. This book will tell your grandkids what it was like to "fly the line" on worldwide MATS routes (including the Berlin Airlift).

 

 

 

Date:

07/15/2005

Guest:

628 (Reference ID: 999594)

Name:

James Thormahlen

Email Address:

JLT@mvn.net

Location:

Mt. Vernon, Illinois

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

Yoeman---Nose Dock Keeping track of Maint.

Dates in MATS?:

2 years

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

Yes

Comments:

I worked in the Nose Dock area for Cheif Bradshaw Keeping track of maint.

 

 

 

Date:

07/08/2005

Guest:

629 (Reference ID: 996230)

Name:

Gerard Murphy PR1

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 Det A / VR7

Duties?:

Flight Orderly/Loadmaster Instructer

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1961/1964-1967

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

N/A

Comments:

Was in VR7 Det A when when commisioned at Atsugi,And moved to Tachikawa. Was in VR7 when it was decommisioned, at Moffit Field. lots of great memories

 

 

 

Date:

07/06/2005

Guest:

630 (Reference ID: 994742)

Name:

Leo A. Drozdowski

Email Address:

leodardroz1@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE3

Dates in MATS?:

January,54 to July, 55 VR8

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

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