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Date:

02/14/2005

Guest:

691 (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:

692 (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:

693 (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:

694 (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:

695 (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:

696 (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:

697 (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:

698 (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:

699 (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:

700 (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:

701 (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.

 

 

 

Date:

12/10/2004

Guest:

702 (Reference ID: 875814)

Name:

Pat Hoffman

Email Address:

pathoffman1@msn.com

Location:

Wetumpka,AL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 3 .5 years

Duties?:

N/A

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no how do I Join

Comments:

This is a private message.

 

 

 

Date:

12/10/2004

Guest:

703 (Reference ID: 875809)

Name:

Pat Hoffman

Email Address:

pathoffman1@msn.com

Location:

Wetumpka,AL

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:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

12/10/2004

Guest:

704 (Reference ID: 875808)

Name:

Pat Hoffman

Email Address:

pathoffman1@msn.com

Location:

Wetumpka,AL

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:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

12/10/2004

Guest:

705 (Reference ID: 875688)

Name:

Jack Draper

Email Address:

jaripper@hotmail.com

Location:

San Diego

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 60-64

Duties?:

A/C C118, CDR

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

as soon as I pay

Comments:

Here is a salute to the finest group of men I have ever worked with. Making it happen, with sometimes little support. David Ely, Dennis Mc Grath, Joe Maxwell (we flew GTMO together), Larry Kitts and Bud Motgomery I am glad you are alive and still kicking!

I flew VR on active duty for 4 years and then went to NAS Willow Grove for 16 more.Flew for UAL for 33 years (thanks to VR) The entire time was spent on the C-118.
Argentia (cargo) Harmon (pax), Azores, Port Lauety, Naples. GTMO and Rosy Roads. Taking Santa to the Island of YAP and greeted by topless ladies with lays, Christ Church NZ via every island imaginable. I am having lunch with Herb Montgomery on Monday to catch up on you all. We live in SAn Diego, NJ (summer), and New Zealand North Island for the Winter months. jaripper@hotmail.com gets me in all 3 places. Long live the memories of VR !
Jack

 

 

 

Date:

12/09/2004

Guest:

706 (Reference ID: 875422)

Name:

Phillip A. Nolan

Email Address:

nolanpa41@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22/60-61

Duties?:

AE Power plant/crew

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

?

Comments:

I was sent to VP-22 after AE school in Jacksonville. Looking back I learned alot and enjoyed my time with VP-22. I don't remenber the acft. number but we lost our sister ship in late 60 or early 61 on its way back from Moracco. If anyone knows what happened I would appreciate your input.

 

 

 

Date:

12/07/2004

Guest:

707 (Reference ID: 874181)

Name:

Chuck Horner

Email Address:

webmaster@navymats.org

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 #::

Yes, #51

Comments:

I have received a notice that this web site returns an error message on one of our members computers. If any of our members are having a problem accessing this site, send me an email at the above email address, so I can see if this is a common problem.

Webmaster

 

 

 

Date:

12/05/2004

Guest:

708 (Reference ID: 873294)

Name:

Jerry J. Turner

Email Address:

JerBobit@aol.com

Location:

Independence.Mo.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1953-54`

Duties?:

Personnel Department

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

In 1953-54 I was attached to VR-8 AT HICKMAN FIELD THIS WAS WHEN THE SQUARDON WAS SPLIT INTO TO MAKE ROOM for VR-7 This was the best duty anyone could ask for,especially since I had two years of ship dutyon a seaplane tender(Pine Island AV-12.) It would be great to hear from some of the personnel that I worked wit w I remmber HOFF,GOETTIG,BRASINGTON, BUT THERE WERE OTHERS THAT I CANT RECALL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

 

 

 

Date:

12/01/2004

Guest:

709 (Reference ID: 871404)

Name:

James Boyce

Email Address:

abbeenrml@earthlink.net

Location:

Lake Whitney, Tx.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8

Duties?:

flight line maint.

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

stationed at Moffett from 1959 to 1962 worked on C121

 

 

 

Date:

11/28/2004

Guest:

710 (Reference ID: 869883)

Name:

Bob Coyle

Email Address:

rfcoyle@aol.com

Location:

State College, PA

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'm the son-in-law of Charles (Chuck) Getman. He served as a loadmaster in VR-8 or 9 at Patuxent River in 1943-45. I'd appreciate any info regarding Chuck. He wife, Connie, was a WAVE at Pax during the same time frame. Their daughter and I are both retired Navy CDR's.

 

 

 

Date:

11/12/2004

Guest:

711 (Reference ID: 863545)

Name:

Rod Dinkins

Email Address:

rodac6v@cox.net

Location:

Oceanside,Ca

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 1953-1955

Duties?:

AT1

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes

Comments:

Served at Hickam AFB 1953-1955, Last rate AT1. Aircrew and Maintenance shop R7V-1 and R5D. I recall Chief Glenn Lane and Chief Bibee, AT's Huggins, Stover, Matson, Dickson, Kowski and others. Worked on most of the Avioics at URL:
http://www.ac6v.com/mats.htm

R7V-1 Photos at URL:
http://ac6v.com/brag.htm

It was a great esprit de corp squadron -- was proud to have been a part of it.
Rod Dinkins, Oceanside,Ca

 

 

 

Date:

11/11/2004

Guest:

712 (Reference ID: 863149)

Name:

dale heggie

Email Address:

daleheg1@aol.com

Location:

normal,il

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1969-1971

Duties?:

plane captin

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

i am trying to find a VR-1 fleet tatical support squadron one patch to buy, squadron was based at nas norfolk late sixties early seventies would appreicate any help in finding a patch and ball cap

 

 

 

Date:

11/04/2004

Guest:

713 (Reference ID: 860105)

Name:

R.W.Fisher ADR-1,AC .RET.

Email Address:

RonDor2@Aol.Com

Location:

Sunny Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7A.VR21,VRF31.1954 To 1972

Duties?:

FLT.MECH. Beer Connissour?

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life as much as they did their "VR experience". What happened to the old GUESTBOOK? BALLS TO THE WALL.

 

 

 

Date:

11/04/2004

Guest:

714 (Reference ID: 860098)

Name:

R.W.Fisher ADR-1,AC .RET.

Email Address:

RonDor2@Aol.Com

Location:

Sunny Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7A.VR21,VRF31.1954 To 1972

Duties?:

FLT.MECH. Beer Connissour?

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life as much as they did their "VR experience". What happened to the old GUESTBOOK?

 

 

 

Date:

10/28/2004

Guest:

715 (Reference ID: 857097)

Name:

David G Ely

Email Address:

djely@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 11/60 to 3/64

Duties?:

FTS 1st----FTS ex

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

n/a

Comments:

Flying all over the world for almost four years it could not have been better!!!

 

 

 

Date:

10/15/2004

Guest:

716 (Reference ID: 851862)

Name:

Jim Moffet

Email Address:

jimoffet@aol.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6, 1951-1954

Duties?:

Plane Cleaner (R5D), Mess Cook, Operations Yeoman and Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

I was sent to VR-6 from boot camp at Great Lakes in October, 1951 (the month Mazeroski hit the "shot heard round the world"). I had qualified for air controlman school and hoped to be sent there, but something happened to my dental records and Westover Air Force Base became my billet until 1954 when I was sent to "shore duty" at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. (I went TAD from Westover to AC school in Olathe, Kansas, in 1953.) Westover memories abound. Among them: My first airplane ride (an an R5D on a search and rescue hop over the Atlantic right after I got there; the filthiest job I've ever had (wiping engine oil slicks from R5D bellies, wings and nacelles with kerosine rags and living with the odor for the entire stint); several turnaround R-5 and R-6 hops to Rhine-Main via the Azores, Prestwick and Keflavik as a temporary flight crew member, and a bunch of good friends.

 

 

 

Date:

10/15/2004

Guest:

717 (Reference ID: 851807)

Name:

Denver D. Flanery

Email Address:

kywildcat@charter.net

Location:

Tunnel Hill, GA 30755

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 1955-56

Duties?:

mechanic, engine #1, check crew one

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

yes

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

10/03/2004

Guest:

718 (Reference ID: 846745)

Name:

TOMMY JOHNSON - AE2

Email Address:

tboyjohn@aol.com

Location:

PLANO, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 / MAR 63 - AUG 66

Duties?:

AE2 - ELECTRIC SHOP - GRAVE SHIFT

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

YES

Comments:

My time at Moffett Field with VR-8 has been the highlight of my life, except for my wife and son. I still have very fond memories of many places, events, and shipmates that I encountered there. Unfortunately most of them are only memories, but through this website and the efforts of all the people responsible I hope to establish contact with some of the folks that served during those times.

I tended bar at the Cottage with a guy that I will never forget, Bill 'Yogi' Maier. I also won several dollars, and drinks, by jumping flat-footed up on the bar and B.J. Thomas had a few side bets on me.

I was from Hopkinsville, KY which was only fifteen miles from Ft. Campbell and I made most of the training TDYs there. My mom fixed hangover breakfasts for more than a few red-eyed airdales. Dad also went bar hopping with several drunken sailors, some of which would spend the night at our home.

Would appreciate hearing from anyone of the NavyMats Veterans

 

 

 

Date:

09/28/2004

Guest:

719 (Reference ID: 844826)

Name:

DENNIS J. MCGRATH

Email Address:

DENNIS7036@AOL.COM

Location:

MORRISTOWN,N.J.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR22 1962-1965

Duties?:

FTS-LOADMASTER

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

YES

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/28/2004

Guest:

720 (Reference ID: 844624)

Name:

David L. Dunnavant

Email Address:

HawaiianKoa@AOL.com

Location:

Nanakuli, Hawaii

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:

Gentlemen, I presently work for the US Government at US Naval Magazine Lualualei, Hawaii. My occupation is Physical Security/Federal Law Enforcement for the US NAVY. That, I have been doing for about twenty years now. I know the NAVY very well from my previous twenty years I spent with the NAVY on the fleet side with Fleet MArine Force or combat striking arm of the NAVY. I retired a Gunnery Sergeant and was very proud to have been with the USN those years.
While, I have been assigned at Lualualei from Peearl Harbor since 1991. I took interest in an old crash site just outside Lualualei on the side of a mountain called PaliKea. One of VR3's aircraft impacted it early in the morning of March 22,1955 at 0216 am. All personnel on-board were killed. Sixty Six people lost there lives. The debree field is still noticable but, remains like a forgotten thing of the past to todays generation.
For respect to the aircrew and passengers on that aircraft with a lot of research involved. They all have been posted on the Fine a Grave web site. The cemeteries noted are Jefferson Barracks Cem. in Missouri, Zachary Taylor National Cem. in Kentucky, Fort Bliss National Cem. in Texas, and one of the crewman at Deer Creek Cem. in Indfiana.
To pick on your knowledge and rememberance now. If, anyone should posses photographs of the following personnel. Please, E-Mail them to me for inclusion to the Fine a Grave site. They are: LtCdr Harold M. O'Leary, Lt. Lee Anthony Theroux, ADAN Gerald D. White, AN Charles Wayne Enloe, AN James Brice Quinn Jr, and AN William R. Rimer. Should, you visit the Find a Grave site. The pictures you noticed of some of the crew was taken from VR3's 1954 Squadron Year Book. Also, if you notice something on the individuals that may be wrong. Please, E-Mail me that I may correct it. One more thing, please. I need to know should anyone out there know. The birthdate of Airman Quinn Jr. I will even take a year. Thank you for your time guys. ALOHA, David L. Dunnavant

 

 

 

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