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Date:

09/28/2004

Guest:

721 (Reference ID: 844623)

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

 

 

 

Date:

09/28/2004

Guest:

722 (Reference ID: 844611)

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 P

 

 

 

Date:

09/21/2004

Guest:

723 (Reference ID: 841520)

Name:

PATRICK MC CLOSKEY

Email Address:

ADCSPSM@AOL.COM

Location:

MOUNT PROSPECT IL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 3 1949-1952

Duties?:

FLIGHT ORDERLY THEN ENGINEER

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

YES

Comments:

I WENT TO VR 3 DIRECTLY OUT OF BOOT CAMP IN MID 1949 I BECAME A FLIGHT ORDERLY AND THEN A FLIGHT ENGINEER . SERVED ON R5D &R6D AIRCRAFT, FOLLOWING DISCHARGE I AFILLIATED WITH THE VR PROGRAMS A N.A.S. GLENVIEW FLEW AS AIRCREW ON R 5 D & R 6 D AND C 9 B AIRCRAFT STAYED IN THE VR PROGRAM AT GLENVIEW FROM 1954 TILL 1989 AND WHICH TIME I WAS REQIURED TO RETIRE [AGE 60]
I DRILLED ON SATURDAY AND DREW RETIREMENT ON SUNDAY!!!! RETIRED AS SENIOR CHIEF [ADCS]
I REALLY MISS IT!!!!

VR FLYING WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIHTS OF MY LIFE!!!!

 

 

 

Date:

09/18/2004

Guest:

724 (Reference ID: 840424)

Name:

Joseph C Maxwell

Email Address:

JsphMxwll@aol.com

Location:

New York

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1961-1962

Duties?:

AMS metal shop and plane crew

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

VR-22

Comments:

I was assighned to the Belle Of Naples aircraft and made the Dependents Evac after flying in supplies to Gitmo during the Cubam Missle Crisis. Had a memorable time in this squdron and really enjoyed the foreign port,excellant duty.If Distafono AMS-3 reads this ,get in touch with me. I spent 1963-1965 aboard the Essex as COD plane crew,excellant duty there as well.

 

 

 

Date:

09/16/2004

Guest:

725 (Reference ID: 839719)

Name:

LeRoy (Lee) Hanson

Email Address:

jhansonia@aol.com

Location:

Des Moines, Iowa

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 (4 Mos) VR-6 (4 MOS)VR-21

Duties?:

ADR 3

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

09/14/2004

Guest:

726 (Reference ID: 838811)

Name:

Scott Mayfield

Email Address:

babdis@classicnet.net

Location:

Clarksville, TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6

Duties?:

AD3 Plane Crew/Check Crew

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No

Comments:

A great site. I was transfered from VR-24 to VR-6 arriving Jan. 1957 and stayed until Aug. 1959. I went to Guam from there. I think I recognized some names, but can't put faces to them. Must be old age! If I saw a "Ding-Dong" Bell there, Curley Miller will be familiar to you.

 

 

 

Date:

09/07/2004

Guest:

727 (Reference ID: 835739)

Name:

D. E. "GENE" BELL

Email Address:

golfingene@aol.com

Location:

Placerville, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 1959-1960

Duties?:

Flight Radioman I (AT 2)

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes

Comments:

The best duty in the U.S. Service! Great time on trips as a youngster (19-21) but wished I'd taken more advice from those who went to the Taj Mahal, and other sites...rather than those who frequented the Bon Ton back home. The Connie was the best, it adorns the walls of my office and home. Now a Bonanza pilot with 4500+ hours, using it in my HR consulting business. Thanks to Doggie, Red, et al for providing this home.

 

 

 

Date:

09/06/2004

Guest:

728 (Reference ID: 835166)

Name:

Charles Culbertson

Email Address:

c705cub@aol.com

Location:

Glenn Heights TX.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1952-1954

Duties?:

Check Crew#3

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

1170

Comments:

This is a new e-mail address up date and have moved to another city

 

 

 

Date:

09/01/2004

Guest:

729 (Reference ID: 832891)

Name:

Donald Campbell

Email Address:

dcampbell1@stx.rr.com

Location:

Corpus Christi,TX

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR7 -VR8 58-61

Duties?:

MAA, F/E Training, Logs & Records

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

I enjoyed my time with both squadrons. Couldn't make the grade as F/E but the training served me well. I left Moffett and went to AD(B) School, became an ADR when they split the Rate and then went to Hawaii with AEWBARRONPAC as F/E. Stayed in the Connie ( W//V) for 5,000 hours and loved every minute of it. Am now retired from NAS Corpus, and retired from everything else too. Ran into Chuck Horner at CAF Air Show in Midland and found this Website. Love it!!!

 

 

 

Date:

08/30/2004

Guest:

730 (Reference ID: 831704)

Name:

James O'Leary

Email Address:

JIMOL@WEBTV.NET

Location:

n.y.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7 54-55

Duties?:

AM3

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

no

Comments:

Assigned to VR-7 in March of 54. Worked over at the terminal in fleet service for a few months then back to the nose docks.Went there a few years ago but the navy side is gone.Hickam was great,where else in the Navy did you have your own room.

 

 

 

Date:

08/26/2004

Guest:

731 (Reference ID: 830431)

Name:

Doggie

Email Address:

None

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 & 7

Duties?:

Flight Engineer

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

56

Comments:

Good to ssee you bsck on line again Stud. A great idea of showing earlier reunion photos, It brings back memories of old shipmates and pictures of those who have fone to the hangar in the sky. Kep up the good work on the web site

 

 

 

Date:

08/23/2004

Guest:

732 (Reference ID: 829129)

Name:

Ronald T. Glab

Email Address:

mspeggyg@yahoo.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR6 1958 =60

Duties?:

AE power plants div.

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

08/04/2004

Guest:

733 (Reference ID: 821458)

Name:

John Glasgow

Email Address:

sundeviljohn@cox.net

Location:

Scottsdale, Arizona

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR 8 1948-1950

Duties?:

Maintained Service Records

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

VR 8 was my First duty station after YN"A" School. Changed to PN after graduating from school. I can remember looking out the Personnel Office window in the hangar and watch this BIG Navy plane land in the water - was it the MARS?? This was before we moved to Hickam. Was one of the few that stayed at Hickam when the Squadron went to the Berlin Airlift. The service records stayed with me. Jumpin Joe Clifton was the CO. Was on the basketball team that won the Pacific Division basketball tournament, I think it was in 1949. My next duty station was on the Staff of Chief of Naval Air Technical Training in Millington. Tenn. Retired as a PNCS in 1969.

 

 

 

Date:

07/29/2004

Guest:

734 (Reference ID: 818765)

Name:

Benny J.Rutledge

Email Address:

c121a4e@Yahoo.com

Location:

Belleville,Mich

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 was with you guys.(AMM1 James A.Rutledge)I know he was a "Connie" crew dog and flew the Family to Honolulu from Oakland on the JRM "Hawaii" Mars.I'm Trying to get his Super 8 movies put onto disc to share with his Shipmates.He spent a good deal of time in the Air between Honolulu and Japan and points in between.He was very proud of his time in the Berlin Airlift and later with the "Hurricane Hunters".If you flew with "Jimmy" E-mail me(I have photos)

 

 

 

Date:

07/23/2004

Guest:

735 (Reference ID: 816097)

Name:

Warren Munkasy

Email Address:

machmaster727@earthlink.net

Location:

Miami FL

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3, March 1964-July 1967

Duties?:

Pilot

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

It's a fine surprise to find a place remembering the Navy in MATS. Ours was a little-known corner of the Military that nevertheless covered the world, did it's job very well, and gave me the most valuable and memorable experiences of my flying career. The catch phrase was always, "This ain't the REAL Navy, Kid", and for that we thanked the stars we navigated by.

 

 

 

Date:

07/19/2004

Guest:

736 (Reference ID: 814046)

Name:

Larry A. Kitts

Email Address:

larryk11@bellsouth.net

Location:

VR-22 Norfolk,VA Moffett, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22 62-65 65-67

Duties?:

LM LMI FM FE

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

07/14/2004

Guest:

737 (Reference ID: 812133)

Name:

H.E. "Bud" MONTGOMERY

Email Address:

HEBUD@AOL.COM

Location:

LA MESA, CA

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-2/VR-8/VR-22/

Duties?:

Aviation Maintenance

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

Yes Sir!

Comments:

Looking forward to seeing many old shipmates at the Nov 04 Reunion.
Also want to pass on the word that Bob Marshall, AMO in VR-22
has joined the Big Hangar in the Sky.

 

 

 

Date:

07/11/2004

Guest:

738 (Reference ID: 810402)

Name:

Ralph E Huffman

Email Address:

redfox@clas.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1951 1955

Duties?:

personnel office

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

n/a

Comments:

2 years at Moffett field, VR-5,51 to early 53.Loved the "whiskey gulch" hy 101, st jose to sanfran. 2 years at Atsugi NAS, VR-23, Tokyo in those days was a blast. Never dreamed the navy had such choice duty. Would do it again in a heart beat. God bless the Naval Air Transport Service.

 

 

 

Date:

07/10/2004

Guest:

739 (Reference ID: 810332)

Name:

william o ward

Email Address:

wowymw@mtco.com

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1959-1963 vr 6

Duties?:

mech

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

n/a

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/28/2004

Guest:

740 (Reference ID: 804480)

Name:

Dave Martinez

Email Address:

Dave.Martinez@hill.af.mil

Location:

OO-ALC/HAFB

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:

Great Site

 

 

 

Date:

06/28/2004

Guest:

741 (Reference ID: 804479)

Name:

Dave Martinez

Email Address:

Dave.Martinez@hill.af.mil

Location:

OO-ALC/HAFB

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:

Great Site

 

 

 

Date:

06/13/2004

Guest:

742 (Reference ID: 797419)

Name:

Bill Bickel (USAF)

Email Address:

wbickel@msn.com

Location:

Tachikawa AFB

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

1503 OMS

Duties?:

C-124 Mechanic

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

No.

Comments:

I'm trying to locate a VR-7 Det-A Navy troop that I had as a friend in 1963. We traveled around the Tokyo-Yokohama-Yokosuka area extensively by train and by motorcycle. His name was C. A. (red) Chapman. I never knew what C. A. meant but the "Red" referred to his hair color. I believe that he may have made PO2 prior to leaving Tachikawa.

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2004

Guest:

743 (Reference ID: 794980)

Name:

Robert Ward

Email Address:

robertward3@verizon.net

Location:

Southern California...High desert

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-8 1950-52...VR-2 1952-54

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

would like to be

Comments:

I couldn't believe my luck to be stationed in Hawaii....and...the opertunity to fly all over the South Pacific and see parts of the world I never would have otherwise.... My last two years flying on the MARS ayt VR-2 was a unique experience in itself...would like to hear other members of the BIG BLUE BEAST

 

 

 

Date:

06/06/2004

Guest:

744 (Reference ID: 793386)

Name:

Tom LAWLOR

Email Address:

tlawlor@cfl.rr.com

Location:

Florida

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-7&8 82-67

Duties?:

FE

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

302

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

06/03/2004

Guest:

745 (Reference ID: 791518)

Name:

Carl (Danny) Daniel

Email Address:

dan4825@aol.com

Location:

Evans, Georgia

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 1951-1954

Duties?:

Flight Orderly

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

yes

Comments:

Arrived in squadron spring of '51 from AE school in Memphis, Tn. I couldn't work in hangar so they stuck me in the personnel office where I met Chief Womack who was the Flight Orderly chief and he asked me if i would like to go flying. So from about three weeks into the squadron I was on my way to Germany. It was so nice, having two lockers. One regulation and one civilian. Keep booze and liberty clothes in civilian locker. Captain Badger was the skipper for most of my time and then we got Captain Conrad the last few months. Badger was a great skipper and Conrad was an ass. The sport teams were the VR-6 Badgers.... but when Conrad came on board.. the Badgers were history. I enjoyed flying except the flights to Thule..... I've been to the last two reunions but may miss this coming one.

 

 

 

Date:

06/01/2004

Guest:

746 (Reference ID: 790316)

Name:

Bob Wingender

Email Address:

wingender1@mchsi.com

Location:

Springfield, MO

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-22, 53-57 & 60-67

Duties?:

Mech, PC/FM/FE, R5D, R6D, C-130

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

1374

Comments:

VR-22 was my "home" for 11 1/2 years ! The best duty ever and I enjoyed all my shipmates !!
Also, wanted, all VR-22 members to join the VR-22 site on www.military.com !
Take care friends!!

 

 

 

Date:

05/27/2004

Guest:

747 (Reference ID: 788182)

Name:

Frank "Dutch" Wiesler

Email Address:

FWIESLER@AOL.COM

Location:

Jupiter,FL (Palm Beach Co.)

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 10/55 - 10/57

Duties?:

AE, Elect. & Presurization

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Arrived right out of AE"A" school (Jax) with Joe Szmer (Brooklyn) and Don (?) from Mich. Worked in Elect shop for first few months then Pressurization shop. Best duty ever and it seems like yesterday. Good memories always last. Spent next year at NAS Quonset Point in VS-32 with S2F's. Made 3 cruises on 2 carriers in 11 months, all nites on flite deck. THAT WAS EXCITING!!Then 9 years as civilian employee of USN at O & R at QP. After that 30 years with the airlines in So. Fla. Eastern, Carnival, Pan Am.

 

 

 

Date:

05/27/2004

Guest:

748 (Reference ID: 788023)

Name:

Ed. Palka

Email Address:

EPPAL@OPTONLINE.NET

Location:

Huntington Sta.L.I.N.Y.

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-6 / 1955-1957

Duties?:

Supply Warehouse

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

Worked in supply, chow hall,seamen guard.Great duty,great guys. Had a lot of fun and did a lot of growing up. I'd do it all over again if I could.

 

 

 

Date:

05/24/2004

Guest:

749 (Reference ID: 786681)

Name:

John Glasgow

Email Address:

sundeviljohn@cox.net

Location:

Scottsdale, Arizona

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR8 1948-1950

Duties?:

Personnel Office

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

N/A

Comments:

First duty station after YN"A" School. Changed to PN after graduating from scool. First office was in the hangar near the Honolulu airport - before we moved to Hickam. Was one of the few that stayed at Hickam when the Squadron went to the Berlin Airlift. The service records stayed with me. Jumpin Joe Clifton was the CO. Was on the basketball team that won the Pacific Division basketball tournament, I think it was in 1949. My next duty station was on the Staff of Chief of Naval Air Technical Training in Millington. Tenn. Retired as a PNCS in 1969.

 

 

 

Date:

05/23/2004

Guest:

750 (Reference ID: 786361)

Name:

Morgan, William A.(Bill)

Email Address:

mcpomorgan@comcast.net

Location:

None

MATS Squadron/s served in?:

VR-3 1949-1953, VR-22 1957-1962

Duties?:

VR-3 Check Crew/Shore Patrol VR22- Flight Radioman/ AT shop supervisor

Dates in MATS?:

N/A

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

626

Comments:

Enjoyed both tours in MATS. The Air Force sure operates different than the Navy Airdales though. I have attended most, but not all of the reunions and and have not regretted attending wherever it was held. I have met many shipmates that I did not know before, but over the years it is like I had known them all my life.
I would also like to thank Red Umpress for his devotion to keeping the reunion records an also his assistance to those individuals who host the reunions in the different cities. If you are not a member contact Red, sign up with him, and join us at the next reunion.

 

 

 

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