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Date:

04/20/2005

Guest:

661 (Reference ID: 942394)

Name:

Frank Ciancotti

Email Address:

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

Location:

Westfield, Ma 01085

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7

Duties?:

Electrician

Dates in MATS?:

4

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

no

Comments:

I flew as a crew member out of Hickam Field from approx. 1954 to 1956. We were one of two Naval squadrons attached to MATS.
I would like to hear from some of my mates.

 

 

 

Date:

03/27/2005

Guest:

662 (Reference ID: 924855)

Name:

bobby duke

Email Address:

dlsu7n@cablelynx.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr 7

Duties?:

air nav

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/26/2005

Guest:

663 (Reference ID: 924729)

Name:

Roy E. Jones

Email Address:

Tahoroy@aol.com

Location:

Hawaii & Guam

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

2

Duties?:

AD2

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Vr8 AT Hickam & Guam. 50 to 52

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2005

Guest:

664 (Reference ID: 922880)

Name:

Allen B. Babcock

Email Address:

allenbab31@aol.com

Location:

Marietta, Georgia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 at Westover AFB 1951 - 1955

Duties?:

Discharged as AE1

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes - Number 1437

Comments:

I'm calling for all former VR-6 members to attend the 2005 Reunion in Gulfport and get re-aquainted with former shipmates. Westover was great duty, the personnel top notch, and the "clock" is ticking as there probably is not that much time left. In addition to myself, there are four other former VR-6ers from Westover that I know are planning to attend . . . Danny Daniels - Flight Crew, Jim LePage and Leo McGinley also from the Electrical shop, and Darrell Seegraves - Mechanic's Shop. We hope to see you there.

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2005

Guest:

665 (Reference ID: 922868)

Name:

morgan laird

Email Address:

morganjlaird@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr8/vr7 1952/1954

Duties?:

airman /mech.

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

was at hickham afb with vr8july 1953 then went to kwajalein vr8 detachment until jan 1954. was reassigned to vr 7 when it was reactivated.

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2005

Guest:

666 (Reference ID: 922383)

Name:

John l. Moody

Email Address:

johnm255@hotmail.com

Location:

Pembroke, NH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 Aug 60- Oct 61

Duties?:

Avionics shop/flt line maint

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

Arrived in VR-8 as an AT2 from VW-1 so I spent my entire 4-year career in connies. Worked in the shop for a while and then spent most of my time in flight line maint where I logged many hours playing acey ducey with the mechs and metal benders and launching numerous C-121s on their round the world flights. Great duty for a second class, no watches and a 4 days on, 2 days off work schedule. Fun liberty at all the watering holes in Mt. View and Sunnyvale with side trips to San Fran. I liked it so much I ended up working and living in Mt View and Sunnyvale for 10 years. Many fond memories of Moffett Field and Navy aviation in general.

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2005

Guest:

667 (Reference ID: 922381)

Name:

John l. Moody

Email Address:

johnm255@hotmail.com

Location:

Pembroke, NH

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 Aug 60- Oct 61

Duties?:

Avionics shop/flt line maint

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2005

Guest:

668 (Reference ID: 922130)

Name:

Jim Reed

Email Address:

reedyreed@webtv.net

Location:

Surf City NJ(on LBI)

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

USAF 58/62 then 72/93 NJANG

Duties?:

A/C engine mech

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

Surfed in on this site & some good info on the VR NAVY squadrons flying with the old props transports. Our group out of Toms River NJ now flys a C-54/R5D Skymaster to airshows around the USA & Canada. SHE is on a mission of History,Education&Rememberance of the Great Berlin Airlift of 48/49. The "Spirit Of Freedom" is a flying museum exibit to the memory of all those who served during those early COLD WAR yrs & who also flew & worked on the great C-54/R5D propransport of NATS & MATS! Thanks to all, JR

 

 

 

Date:

03/21/2005

Guest:

669 (Reference ID: 921800)

Name:

Mike Kaufmann

Email Address:

mpkpaa@cruzio.com

Location:

Santa Cruz, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 NAS Moffett 1960-1963

Duties?:

Pilot, Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

In 1963, Plane Commander

Comments:

I arrived at Moffett Field in May of 1960. After orientation and groundschool, I went through a copilot's training course. Then out to the wide Pacific as a navigator/pilot until 1961. Then upgraded to copilot flying to Tachikawa, Clark AB, Bangkok, and had my first embassy run to Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. In 1963 I upgraded to Plane Commander and continued flying adding Kadena Okinawa and Saigon as regular stops as our efforts in Viet Nam increased. Then my time on active duty ended and I went to work for Pan Am at SFO flying as Flight Engineer and First Officer on 707s and then 747s all over the world. What a great life! I went over to United Airlines in 1986 as part of the Pacific Route Sale and then flew 757s and 747s until I retired in 1998. Those 3.5 years at VR-7 shaped my life flying for the airlines 32 years!

 

 

 

Date:

03/17/2005

Guest:

670 (Reference ID: 920167)

Name:

Darrell Davis

Email Address:

kc6old@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Near san diego

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

62-64

Duties?:

Ball-bearing stewardess

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

03/12/2005

Guest:

671 (Reference ID: 917396)

Name:

John Rue

Email Address:

rueetal@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:

My dad ,Jack Rue was a member of a VR squadron. (VR 3?). He got out of the Navy in 46 and started the tavern Rue's Roost at Pax River were he lived until his death in 1997. I would be interested in hearing of stories of those years and any experiences that any member may have had with him or The Roost

 

 

 

Date:

03/09/2005

Guest:

672 (Reference ID: 915859)

Name:

Raymond Kennedy

Email Address:

wrenches33@aol.com

Location:

florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 1951- 1955

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

Good sight, no complaints, saw Jim Moffits, coments, same thing, left service in 1955,good gang of guys, took of for DC just befor, the dc6b crashed at Westover, never forgot that day.Lot of good times in the air. thanks
Raymond Kennedy

 

 

 

Date:

03/05/2005

Guest:

673 (Reference ID: 914061)

Name:

Dale Watson

Email Address:

dwatsons@cox.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

Comnatwingpac

Duties?:

Draftsman/Lithography

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

inadvertently found your web site. I have looked for sites about (navymats)not much out there. Great Site! Served from 1965-1967 at Mottett Field. Worked in the reproduction room We were assigned staff duty and were responsible for forms design and the printing requirements for VR-7, VR-8, VR-22 and ComnatwingPac. It was great duty on a beautiful base.

 

 

 

Date:

03/01/2005

Guest:

674 (Reference ID: 911935)

Name:

Sue Claydon

Email Address:

suec@vea.com.au

Location:

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

NA

Duties?:

NA

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

NA

Comments:

Thanks for a great website!!

 

 

 

Date:

02/28/2005

Guest:

675 (Reference ID: 911475)

Name:

John Glasgow

Email Address:

sundeviljohn@cox.net

Location:

Scottsdale, Arizona

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 1948-1949-1950

Duties?:

Personnel Office PNSA-PN2 - handled service records and did reenlistments etc

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

The following is taken from the home page about VR-8:
Estab. 09/01/43 - NAS Oakland, CA as VR-11
Moved 11/01/43 - NAF Honolulu as VR-8
Moved 11/48 - Templehof, Germany
Moved 10/49 - Hickam AFB, HI
Moved 09/21/57 - NAS Moffett Fld, CA
Disestablished 04/30/67 - NAS Moffett, CA

Here is what I remember about it: VR-8 moved from NAF Honolulu to Hickam AFB (my office was in the hangar which was close to Honolulu Airport and I remember looking out the window amd seeing the MARS land in the water) before the squadron went to Templehof. I stayed at Hickam and kept the service records and even did reenlistments from there. What I rememeber was that VR-8 stayed at Hickam and the unit that went to Templehof was known as VR-8 Detachment. The closest I ever got to a plane was they had a storm coming in and they turned all the planes to face the wind, and assigned me to sit in the plane and keep pumpkng the brakes - or whatever they were called.

 

 

 

Date:

02/26/2005

Guest:

676 (Reference ID: 910403)

Name:

Denver D. Flanery

Email Address:

kywildcat@charter.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 two , 1955&1956

Duties?:

aircraft engine mechanic ,CC-1 ,engine #1

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

yes, since 1997

Comments:

I have enjoyed the association I've had with all the shipmates I've meet during the reunions.

 

 

 

Date:

02/20/2005

Guest:

677 (Reference ID: 907480)

Name:

Bob Reynolds

Email Address:

VOSixtySeven@aol.com

Location:

San Jose , CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1966-67

Duties?:

Avionics shop

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

VR-8

Comments:

Greetings,

Didn't know you this site existed. I was with VR-8 when it was disestablished. I and many VR-8'rs volunteered for a special new squadron VO-67. As it turned out being a member of VO-67 was quite an adventure. We implanted electronic sensors along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Vietnam using modified P-2 Neptune gun ships. We lost 20 brave aircrew several of which were with VR-8. I enjoyed my duty with VR-8 and Moffett Field was great . Met my wife at the bubble gum club. I am very involved with the VO-67 Association now but would like information on joining your bunch. Come by the VO-67 web site at WWW.VO-67.org and check out the roster. You may know some of these guys who were past VR-8.

Bob Reynolds
VO-67 Crew-5 Roadrunner

 

 

 

Date:

02/17/2005

Guest:

678 (Reference ID: 905536)

Name:

John Fleming AT3

Email Address:

None

Location:

Seguin TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VP50 1959-1961

Duties?:

Aircrewman/Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

02/15/2005

Guest:

679 (Reference ID: 904901)

Name:

Walter Pocher

Email Address:

mrwally@worldnet.att.net

Location:

Livingston, NJ

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7det. A -1958-1960

Duties?:

Flt. Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

Just found this site. Have many good memories of being stationed at Atsugi in '58. Who can forget Sagmi Otska? Then moving to Tachikawa in '59 and complaining about the chow (which was crap compared to Atsugi).The town otside the base brings back fond memories. Hope some of the guys I was stationed with are still around. I would like to hear from them.

 

 

 

Date:

02/14/2005

Guest:

680 (Reference ID: 904205)

Name:

CHARLIE 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?:

N/A

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

NO

Comments:

JUST FOUND VR22 AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

 

 

 

Date:

02/07/2005

Guest:

681 (Reference ID: 900594)

Name:

Diane Kuhn

Email Address:

shidi45@swbell.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:

Hello:

I am looking for information on what my dad did as a NATS pilot during WWII. He would never talk about the War much and the records I have from discharge papers and such don't tell me much. I have a few pictures at home of him and according to his paperwork I believe it said he was in VR-6 and VR-ll. I know he was stationed in Guam for a time.

My dad's name was Paul Kuhn. He was from Topeka, Kansas. I would love to hear from anyone that served with my dad and to learn what he did in the war. Thanks!

 

 

 

Date:

02/04/2005

Guest:

682 (Reference ID: 899349)

Name:

Paul Boellner

Email Address:

p.boellner@att.net

Location:

10155 Hobsons Choice Lane

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 1958-1960

Duties?:

Avaition Electronics Technican/1st Radio Operator

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

I reported to VR-22,located at Breezy Point, Norfolk Naval Air Station, August 1958. Shortly after reporting I was asked to serve as the electronic Technician aboard the C118-A, named City of Midrid. The Crew Chief's last name was Sheets. In November of that year I was one of the crew members on the trip to Christchurch New Zealand. Spent many hours flying to all of the "Ports-of-Call". Still have good memories of my time with VR-22.

 

 

 

Date:

02/01/2005

Guest:

683 (Reference ID: 897965)

Name:

JOHN R. SHEEHAN

Email Address:

shrike@earthlink.net

Location:

Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-5 '47 - "48

Duties?:

Aerographer

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/26/2005

Guest:

684 (Reference ID: 895133)

Name:

Les Bailey

Email Address:

kh6vc@mchsi.com

Location:

Sun City, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 1952-1955

Duties?:

Flight Radio

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/19/2005

Guest:

685 (Reference ID: 892220)

Name:

Daniel A. Scadlock

Email Address:

danbarb@runbox.com

Location:

Olympia, Wa.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-23 1956 to 1957

Duties?:

YNSN

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Member of VR-23 squadron at Naval Air Station Aguna, Guam from 2/56 to 12/57. Is there anybody else out there??? This was my first tour of duty.

 

 

 

Date:

01/15/2005

Guest:

686 (Reference ID: 889880)

Name:

Byron F.J. Glime

Email Address:

bylaine@comcast.net

Location:

Cottage Grove, MN

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 ,1955-1958

Duties?:

Maint.A/C#131649 & Maint. Instructor

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

1280

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

01/01/2005

Guest:

687 (Reference ID: 884359)

Name:

Lorraine Hargan

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 l946-l949

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

1037

Comments:

I just read your 2005 News Update. VR-3 moved from Olathe to Patuxent River in the summer of l946.
I joined the Squadron in June 1946 when the Famous HOTSHOT and U ROUTE daily flights began. The sqdn had just moved to Pax from Olathe.

 

 

 

Date:

12/28/2004

Guest:

688 (Reference ID: 882777)

Name:

Richard B. (Bruce) Leiby

Email Address:

rbleiby@lookoutcomputer.net

Location:

Camas, WA.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8/1965-1967/ADJ-3

Duties?:

480 Shop/Configured A/C for cargo or passengers.

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No, but would like to be!!

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

12/25/2004

Guest:

689 (Reference ID: 882175)

Name:

William E.(Bill) Ransom

Email Address:

ransombill@mindspring.com

Location:

Atlanta,GA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 1962-1966

Duties?:

Navigator

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

I would like to get info on VR-7 members.

 

 

 

Date:

12/22/2004

Guest:

690 (Reference ID: 880907)

Name:

Joe Brubaker

Email Address:

jsponies@wmconnect.com

Location:

Sun City, Az.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

vr-8-7 & 3 1952-56

Duties?:

Radioman

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes #326

Comments:

Happy Holidays to all Shipmates.

Looking forward to Biloxi in __05.

 

 

 

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