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Date:

08/17/2005

Guest:

631 (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:

632 (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You may still fill out the blank when you sign the guestbook, but I am the only one that will be able to view it, and I do not publish it without the signers consent.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:

633 (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:

634 (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:

635 (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:

636 (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:

637 (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:

638 (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:

639 (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:

640 (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:

641 (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

 

 

 

Date:

07/05/2005

Guest:

642 (Reference ID: 994276)

Name:

Tommy Johnson

Email Address:

tboyjohn@aol.com

Location:

Plano, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

AE2 - Electric Shop

Dates in MATS?:

APR 63 / AUG 66

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

Yes

Comments:

I was on the Moffett Field football team in the fall of 63 and remember playing a game in San Quentin.
I made all the TDY trips to Fort Campbell, KY as it is ten miles from where I grew up. Took several "drunken sailors" to my folks place to spend the night and enjoy some of mom's great breakfasts.
I tended bar at the Cottage 3/66 to 6/66 and made a little money and got several free drinks by jumping flat-footed up on the bar.
I retired from a career in telecommunications and I now drive an eighteen wheeler throughtout the 48 states.
Love to hear from anyone about the 'good ole days'.

 

 

 

Date:

07/04/2005

Guest:

643 (Reference ID: 993553)

Name:

Robert Echols

Email Address:

robertec@cox.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-2, VR-3, VR-4, VR-13

Duties?:

Pilot, Personnel Officer

Dates in MATS?:

6

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

no

Comments:

Was in VR-2 at Alameda NAS when it split, resulting in the VR-4 spinoff that moved to Oakland Airport. While in VR-4 as co-pilot, VR-3 was organized and established at Fairfax Airport, Kansas City, then transferred to NAS Olathe, Kansas. Was there for a year or so, became Command Pilot, then six of us received orders to the west coast, where we picked up six R4D's and flew them to Brisbane, Australia, to form VR-13. The R4D's were modified with six fuel tanks mounted on 2X4 racks in the cabin, with jury-rigged valves, etc., extending our range from 800 miles to about 2100 miles. So with a co-pilot who had just graduated in fighters, we took off. Thirteen hours and 10 minutes later we landed in Hawaii. From there on it was a snap.
We island-hopped all the way down to Brisbane. Started flying up into the islands, and when Manus was taken and secured,
VR-13 moved up to the Admiralties. We were still operating well after VJ-Day, until I was the first one sent home--had the most points. Put on inactive duty, then recalled for the Korean conflict. By then we had R6D's and flew over a better part of the world. Many fond memories of all the squadrons and all of my many friends and compatriots. Many memories not so fond. What interests me is the complete lack of information or history of VR-13, which I think was one of the most colorful units in NATS, with the most interesting history.

 

 

 

Date:

07/02/2005

Guest:

644 (Reference ID: 992316)

Name:

Donald Deatherage

Email Address:

donrobert@copper.net

Location:

Albuquerque NM

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8, VR7

Duties?:

AD

Dates in MATS?:

2

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

yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/29/2005

Guest:

645 (Reference ID: 990837)

Name:

Joseph Newman

Email Address:

gomanew@hotmail.com

Location:

Bronx, NY

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Personnelman 3rd Class

Dates in MATS?:

1959-1961

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/28/2005

Guest:

646 (Reference ID: 989138)

Name:

Ray Koperwhats

Email Address:

rtk37@aol.com

Location:

Edison NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8-7

Duties?:

AE 2

Dates in MATS?:

1960-62

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

yes

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

06/25/2005

Guest:

647 (Reference ID: 987527)

Name:

jim pittman

Email Address:

sgtkiuowa@aol.com

Location:

Fayetteville NC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR3 NATS

Duties?:

Aviator

Dates in MATS?:

1942-1946

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/22/2005

Guest:

648 (Reference ID: 985476)

Name:

Billy E. Ingalls

Email Address:

pilabrah@hawaii.rr.com

Location:

Kapolei, Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1949 - 1952

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

no

Comments:

Sorry that I haven't found this site before now. Still have some very fond memories of my flying days. Spent many hours in the air with Jumping Joe. Before retiring I was aboard USS Kitty Hawk and one day they piped aboard Admiral Cliffton. We past on the flight deck and I said welcome aboard Admiral and he replyed thank you Chief Ingalls. No name tags on and it was in 1952 the last time I saw him and it was in 1966 or 1967 on the Hawk. So we talked about VR8. Really surprised me.

 

 

 

Date:

06/22/2005

Guest:

649 (Reference ID: 985465)

Name:

Billy E. Ingalls

Email Address:

pilabrah@hawaii.rr.com

Location:

Kapolei, Hawaii

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

1949 - 1952

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

no

Comments:

Sorry that I haven't found this site before now. Still have some very fond memories of my flying days.

 

 

 

Date:

06/18/2005

Guest:

650 (Reference ID: 982253)

Name:

Audley Shaffer

Email Address:

vr8audg@sbcglobal.net

Location:

North Lima, Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8

Duties?:

Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

no

Comments:

A few of the other radio operators I have a private reunion every year.

 

 

 

Date:

06/16/2005

Guest:

651 (Reference ID: 981358)

Name:

Gene E. Jopplin

Email Address:

Poppa375@AOL.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7; 1955-1957

Duties?:

Aircraft Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

1954-1959

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

No

Comments:

I've been looking for a site like this for a long time. Really would like to see and/or hear from everyone I served with at Hickam Field and Clark Field from 1955-1957.

 

 

 

Date:

06/11/2005

Guest:

652 (Reference ID: 976631)

Name:

Frank Hobson

Email Address:

pupafran@aol.com

Location:

Travis AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 1949-52

Duties?:

Engine Mtc e Hanger#4

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

no

Comments:

Served with VR8 during last days of Berlin Airlift. Squadron moved to Hickam AFB Hawaii a couple months after reporting. I remember lots of shipmates there between 1950-52: Leading Chief Bradshaw, Chiefs Stevens, Erwin, Lundberg, and St John who was selected and promoted to ENS as special duty Officer in 1950. I also had a friend Art Eastman who worked in Operations. My division officer was LCDR Cactus Jack Lafferty, also the Engineering Mtc Department Head. I flew aircrew to Kwaj, Guam, Johnston Isl and on check rides around Hawaiian Isls. Most of the time I worked in the Engr mtc offices there in hanger #4. I would welcome an update on anyone of that period who remembers VR8 and Jumping Joe Clifton, the CO. I have been in contact with 4 or 5 shipmates already. I found the address of one of them in this guest book.

 

 

 

Date:

06/06/2005

Guest:

653 (Reference ID: 972138)

Name:

Dick Sappenfield

Email Address:

rich9204@comcast.net

Location:

Nashville, Tennessee

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3

Duties?:

Flight Radio

Dates in MATS?:

1956-1959

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

no

Comments:

Was flight radio operator and trainor from August 1956 to July 1957 with VR-3 at Moffit Field and transferred with the squadron to McGuire AFB in New Jersey and continued flying until July 1959 when I was discharged. JD Miles recently made we aware of the organization and gave me the scoop on the upcoming reunion.

 

 

 

Date:

06/06/2005

Guest:

654 (Reference ID: 972131)

Name:

j.d. miles

Email Address:

jigdogmiles@hotmail.com

Location:

oxnard,ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-3 vr-7a

Duties?:

radioman - maintenance

Dates in MATS?:

54-57 63-66

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

yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/04/2005

Guest:

655 (Reference ID: 971033)

Name:

Robert S. Kempton

Email Address:

rskempton@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage Grove MN 55016

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

RM2

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1954

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

Yes

Comments:

I joined VR-6 as a seaman apprentice in 51 and worked my way up from working the Coffee shop in the hanger to Teleman 2 Which is now RM2 in the radio shack. Good friend of Ed Davenport. Dick Zipp, Mike Meek, Walley Boser etc......... Lived on Westover for awhile then got married and lived in Holyoke. Those were the Operation BlueJay days.

 

 

 

Date:

06/03/2005

Guest:

656 (Reference ID: 970875)

Name:

Bill Shepherd

Email Address:

shep74@comporium.net

Location:

Rock Hill, SC

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

HU-1 (Helicopter Utility Squadron 1 USN)

Duties?:

Air/Sea Rescue Helicopter Crewman AK1

Dates in MATS?:

1951-1955

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

No

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

06/02/2005

Guest:

657 (Reference ID: 970179)

Name:

Doug Ramagos

Email Address:

DRAMOOOO@aol.com

Location:

Metairie, La. 70003

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8

Duties?:

mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

1950-52

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

no

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

06/01/2005

Guest:

658 (Reference ID: 968788)

Name:

RON KOEBLER

Email Address:

None

Location:

JANESVILLE WI

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 & VR-3

Duties?:

flight traffic specalist

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

no

Comments:

Sent to Mcguire air force base TAD waiting for orders to air traffic control school.in 1962 and got involed with traing and maint. hops. I then was offered F.T.S. school in Oaklahoma. and I accepted. I sure got to see the world from the cockpit window of a R6D. I woud not trade my time in M.A.T.S for anything. Europe , all of U.S.A. south Pacific during the atomic test's .Went to Christ church New Zealand and several islands in between. My main plane commander was a old mustanger named Jim Beam. Made many a three engine landings but always made them .

 

 

 

Date:

05/30/2005

Guest:

659 (Reference ID: 967628)

Name:

Robert B. Germaine

Email Address:

germrb@comcast.net

Location:

Riverdale, UT

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6, VR3

Duties?:

Aviation Electronics Tech, Aircrew Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

1960- 1964

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

No

Comments:

I went to NTTC, Memphis shortly after boot camp at Great Lakes for Aviation Electronic Tech training. Got assigned to VR6 at McGuire AFB, NJ in 1961 and worked on C-118 electronics for about 18 months. VR6 provided maintenence for VR3, which supplied flight crews for MATS. In 1963 VR6 was decommissioned and I transferred to VR3 and flew as a radioman mainly from McGuire to Europe/Africa on C118s and then C130s. Spent 3 months TDY flying the Pacific to SE Asia, specifically Vietnam. Jumped ship in late 1964 after my hitch was up and went to Penn State & Colorado State and got degrees in Electrical Engineering. I retired last year after working for Thiokol Corporation for 30 years making rockets for Shuttle, Trident, and commercial launch vheicles.

 

 

 

Date:

05/30/2005

Guest:

660 (Reference ID: 967626)

Name:

Frank "Dutch" Wiesler

Email Address:

FWIESLER@AOL.COM

Location:

Jupiter, FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AE3, AE2 Elect. & Pressurization

Dates in MATS?:

'55 - '57

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

no

Comments:

Might as well list in this new guestbook. From AE'A' school to VR-6 in '55 at McGuire. Two great years with great guys in the Elect. and Pressurization shops. Then onto VS-32 (S2F's) at NAS Quonset Point and in 11 months I did 3 cruises on 2 carriers ALL OF IT ON THE FLITE DECK, AT NITE!!! Discharged at QP and stayed on as Civil Service for 9 more years overhauling AD Skyraiders, A4 Skyhawks & A6 Intruders. Then 23 years in MIA with Eastern Airlines as an Avionics Instrument Mech. and Tech. Writer. When EAL folded I moved to Carnival Airlines and finally the resurrected Pan Am. By then I was Mgr. of B727 Scheduled Maintenence. One of my A/C was the team plane for the Miami Heat (NBA). Retired now living in beautiful wooded area of Palm Beach Co. 12 miles from the beach. Navy MATS was a definite hi-lite of my life.

 

 

 

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