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Date:

07/05/2005

Guest:

631 (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:

632 (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:

633 (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:

634 (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:

635 (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:

636 (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:

637 (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:

638 (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:

639 (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:

640 (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:

641 (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:

642 (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:

643 (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:

644 (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:

645 (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:

646 (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:

647 (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:

648 (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:

649 (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.

 

 

 

Date:

05/28/2005

Guest:

650 (Reference ID: 966439)

Name:

Scott Mayfield

Email Address:

babdis@yahoo.com

Location:

Dallas, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AD3/Plane Crew/Periodic Maint.

Dates in MATS?:

1956-59

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

05/24/2005

Guest:

651 (Reference ID: 964011)

Name:

Thomas Dennis

Email Address:

abhu@horizonview.net

Location:

Frankfort, Ohio

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 & VR-8

Duties?:

Loaded and unloated aircraft at the Hickman terminal

Dates in MATS?:

1953 and 1954 in Hawaii

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

No

Comments:

Like to hear from any old mates that can remember a brief period in time 50 years ago.

 

 

 

Date:

05/17/2005

Guest:

652 (Reference ID: 958985)

Name:

kenneth e. mcmurray

Email Address:

webpilot@prodigy.net

Location:

3411 buckner dr.san jose,ca95127

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr7&vr8

Duties?:

engine mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

57-60

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

05/12/2005

Guest:

653 (Reference ID: 955831)

Name:

brandon joe dixon 4

Email Address:

bouncinghightigger@msn.com

Location:

slc,ut

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:

looking for any one whom might have served with my grampa on ec-121-d around 1967 his name was Joseph T.Dixon jr. cheaf peddey officer

 

 

 

Date:

05/11/2005

Guest:

654 (Reference ID: 955243)

Name:

John Wilma

Email Address:

jwilma@pacbell.net

Location:

SF Bay Area, Calif.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 2, NAS Alameda

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

My father, William Eugene Wilma, "Bill" or "Gene", flew PBY's in the Pacific
during WW2. I would like to find any information or other personel from VR2
during that time. Thanks for any help. John Wilma

 

 

 

Date:

05/07/2005

Guest:

655 (Reference ID: 953165)

Name:

Joe Box Jr

Email Address:

jbx757@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 1 ?

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

3

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

no

Comments:

My dad Joe Don Box who passed away in 1996 always kept me entertained with his stories of being in NATS and how much he loved to fly his beloved C-54. I remember dad said he flew from Hawaii to Guam and to Kwajelin,as well as some other places in the Pacific, If any of his crewmates see this or anyone who remebered him I would love to here from you!!

 

 

 

Date:

05/06/2005

Guest:

656 (Reference ID: 952720)

Name:

Jack Goold

Email Address:

jag1944@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Kansas City Mo.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vR-8

Duties?:

flight crew

Dates in MATS?:

1952 - 1955

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

no

Comments:

ALC Radio operator. In crew who transpacked the first R7V. to Hickam AFB.

Transferred to the Fleet Reserve IN November 1960.

 

 

 

Date:

05/01/2005

Guest:

657 (Reference ID: 949068)

Name:

reedyreed

Email Address:

reedyreed@webtv.net

Location:

Surf City NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

SAC&Mats

Duties?:

aircraft engine mech

Dates in MATS?:

1958-1962/1972-1993

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

no

Comments:

now retired 12yrs USAF NJANG. Presently member of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation out of Toms River NJ. Flying crew member on our C-54/R5D preserved proptransport "Flying Museum" named the "Spirit Of Freedom" Assigned loadmaster duties & flight mech. as needed. This aircraft in March 2005 had its 60th birthday & still fly's as beautiful as ever in HER Senior yrs!! 2 low time engines installed this past winter along with the schedueled inspection & maintenance. Started flying the 2005 airshow season in April. Look for us at an airshow near you! The BAHF is a nonprofit,all volunteer membership coorporation on misions of History/Education & Rememberance of the BIG LIFT back in 1948/49. We take pride & are proud to present this fantastic aircraft to all the folks who take interest in aviation history & just love being around & inside the big prop transports of yesteryear!

 

 

 

Date:

05/01/2005

Guest:

658 (Reference ID: 948580)

Name:

Harry Clark

Email Address:

harc499@aol.com

Location:

Byron Ga

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr6-vu10-vr3

Duties?:

Metalsmith

Dates in MATS?:

6

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

04/26/2005

Guest:

659 (Reference ID: 945922)

Name:

c.w.wesson

Email Address:

cwww@cafes.net

Location:

pacific

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR2,VR4,VR12

Duties?:

aviation electrician

Dates in MATS?:

1942-1946

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

no

Comments:

Served with NATS Squadrons in WWII before the merger with MATS. Had never seen a reference to the VR squadrons until I noticed the reunion of the VRMATS in the Legion magazine. Possibly a former member of VR Squadrons VR2,VR4 or VR12, years 43 to 46, might see this and Email me at cwww@cafes.net.

 

 

 

Date:

04/26/2005

Guest:

660 (Reference ID: 945884)

Name:

Rutz, Donald F.

Email Address:

DonFRutz@aol.com

Location:

Erie,Pennsylvania

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

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

Duties?:

1 st Radioman ARM 1/c

Dates in MATS?:

1943-1946

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

No N.A.T.S.

Comments:

After radio school at NATTC Memphis I was assigned to VR-8 at NAS Patuxent River, Md.
Served as aviation radioman on PBM flights to Bermuda, W.I., San Juan,Puerto Rico, Trinidad, B.W.I., Cayenne, Fr. Guiana (S.A.), Georgetown, British Guiana (S.A.), Belem, Brazil(S.A.), NAS Natal Brazil (S.A.) and Receife, Brazil (S.A.). We also served a multitude of Navy Blimp installations in the Caribbean and South America, landing any place that we could set a PBM down without hitting caribes, crocodiles, anacondas or rum distilleries. It was an adventure, when we could keep the engines running without siezing up due to oil leaks. It was the best Liberty Area in the world. The best Cerveza, Pan American Staff Houses to live in and eat in plus an absolute plethora of Rum Distilleries. Of course the senioritas were the most beautiful creatures God ever put on this earth. War was Hell !
In late 1944, I was reassigned to VRF-4 at NAS Floyd Bdennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.
We picked up, checked out and delivered PBM's all over hell and half of Georgia, from Baltimore, Norfolk to Banana River, Elizabeth City,Corpus Christi, Texas and NAS Alameda, CA. All Stateside until they shut down VR-8 and sent us to VR-2 in Alameda,flying the milk run to Honolulu, Johnson's Island, Majuro, Tanapag, Saipan and on to Sangley Point near Manila. After gthe war ended. were sent back ( I was) to
man the Radio Tech Shop at VR-1 at (you got it) god old NAS Pax River.
What goes around, comes around! Between Patuxent and reporting to the Pentagon, time elapsed quickly until discharge in 1946. I attended and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1950, married a Navy Nurse and proceeded to "begat" 3 fine off spring; One Chemical Engineer, One a Metallurgical Engineer (Masters in Ceramics) who worked at Los Alamos (She glows in the dark) and married a USAF Officer, from a B-52 Squadron....now Retired and One brainy daughter who just finished her Doctorate in Psychology. It must have been the Navy Chow.
At Patuxent, we had the finest

 

 

 

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