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Memorial Picture "...DEAN, William J. Sr. "Bill"...Bill passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011. He served ZX-11 WebSite: The Tributes http://www.tributes.com/..." [25NOV2013]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix DEATHERAGE, Paul E...I have a sad update to pass along; my dad, Paul E. Deatherage (ART 1c, VPB-119, 1944-45) passed away Sunday, 21 September 2008 - he was 83 years old. Dad was one of very few remaining WWII veterans who served with VPB-119. He was 17 years old when he enlisted in the navy in June of 1943 and served through the end of the War and received his honorable discharge in July of 1946. Dad was very proud of his time with VPB-119 and his WWII service. David C. Deatherage satx_dave@flash.net..." [23SEP2008]

Memorial Picture "...DeCELLE, George E....The following obituary was published in today's (01-29-03) edition of the Troy (NY) The Record - ALBANY - George E. DeCelle of Albany died Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at Albany Medical Center Hospital. George was educated in St. Jean's School in Troy and Troy Business College and La Salette College in Hartford, CT. He was employed by the American Hotel Corp. and the Schine Hotel Corp. as night manager of the Ten Eyck Hotel in Albany. He retired as legislative librarian in the State Capitol. Mr. DeCelle served in the Air Force during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations, FAW-2. He served four years in the Naval Reserve and nine years in the New York Guard, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. At the time of his demise, Mr. DeCelle was a lieutenant colonel Reserve officer, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Albany Blanchard Veterans Post. Active in Republican politics, Mr. DeCelle was a former committeeman in the Sixth Ward in Albany. He was a life member of the Albany University Club, life member of the old Saratoga Historical Society and held a fellowship in the Washington Smithsonian Society. Mr. DeCelle is survived by his beloved wife Estelle F. DeCelle. He is also survived by his niece Joan Porter of Fort Wayne, IN. No funeral or memorial service is planned at this time. If desired, contributions may be made in his memory to the Powers Fellowship Fund, Albany Medical College, PO Box 8928, Albany, New York 12208...Frederick R. Miller, PH1, USN Ret 55-73 joker528@nycap.rr.com..." [29JAN2003]

Memorial Picture "...DeCONTO, Gerald Francis...11SEP2001 (NYC World Trade Center/Pentagon) loss: Gerald Francis Deconto, Home of Record: Sandwich, Mass., Commissioned: United States Naval Academy, May 30, 1979, Rank: Captain, Date of Rank: September 1, 2000, Designator: Surface Warfare Officer, Age: 44. Duty Stations: USS Excel (MSO 439) - 07/79 - 07/79, Surface Warfare Officer Schools Command, Detachment, Coronado, Calif. - 07/79 - 11/79, USS Excel (MSO 439) - 11/79 - 02/82, USS Fresno (LST 1182) - 02/82 - 01/84, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. - 01/84 - 04/86, Surface Warfare Officer Schools Command, Newport, R.I. - 04/86 - 12/86, USS Hewitt (DD 966) - 12/86 - 07/89, Chief of Naval Operations - 07/89 - 08/91, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) - 11/91 - 02/94, Commander Carrier Group SEVEN - 02/94 - 03/97, Naval War College, Newport, R.I. - 03/97 - 03/98, USS Simpson (FFG 56) - 08/98 - 04/00, Standing Naval Force Mediterranean - 04/00 - 05/01, and Chief of Naval Operations - 06/01. Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal..." Contributed by John W. Hood, ATC, Retired JOHNWHOOD@prodigy.net [18SEP2001]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix...DeFEBBO, YN1 Nicholas Jr...Dad served with VP-7 (02/1961-12/1964) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Recruiter Duty in Allentown, PA, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, USS Norris (DD-859), Great Lakes, IL, NAF Naples, Italy and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. After 33 years of active duty, he retired from the Navy in 1979 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and returned to Summit Hill in Northeastern, PA. Dad passed away September 28, 1985 at the age of 57..." Contributed by Dan DeFebbo daniel.n.defebbo@verizon.com [15OCT2011]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix...DEYHLE, Charles Edgar...We recently lost my dad, Charles Edgar Deyhle, age 87. He was served with VPB-24 from 1941-1945. His service during WW II was one accomplishment he was proudest of..." Contributed by Jenny Deyhle Rapp jenrapp77@gmail.com [06FEB2011]

Memorial Picture "...DELGADO, Charles...My Father, Charles Delgado, passed away in 2001. Dad served aboard the USS St. George (AV-16) during WWII. I would love to hear from any of Dad's former Shipmates..." Contributed by Charles B. Delgado cdelgado@kc.rr.com [14JAN2012]

Memorial Picture "...DELLAGALLA, Raymond M...Mr. Raymond M. Della Gala, age 89, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare Center with his loving family by his side. Raymond was born in Utica on December 4, 1923, the son of the late Dionisio and Filomena (Geruntino) Della Gala. He was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School. Ray was a highly decorated World War II Navy war hero, earning several medals for dedicated service and valor, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, among many others. He was a turret gunner with the VP-26. His was the first squad to secure Tokyo Bay for the USS Missouri. The event is memorialized on a plaque in the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Of special note, Ray took one of the very first photos of the original U.S. flag being hoisted on Mount Suribachi at the battle of Iwo Jima. On September 13, 1947 he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Congetta Connie Aceto, with whom he shared 65 years of true love in a long and happy marriage; they held each other in high admiration in their hearts, and were good and kind to one another. In 1976, Ray founded the annual VPB-26 Squadron Reunion together with fellow squadron member Joseph Zannelli. The Reunion exists to this day and Ray and his wife are the only couple to have attended every reunion since its inception. In recognition of his tireless efforts to organize and keep this group together, Ray was elected its permanent president. As a young man, Ray worked as his father's helper in the family pastry shop, Café Nationale. In later life, Ray delighted in passing along to his children and grandchildren the techniques and many delicious secret recipes he learned at his father's side. Raymond's main occupation in life was with the US Postal Service where he was a Letter Carrier; his service spanned 27 years until his retirement in 1985. His affiliations included being a member of the Postal Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch #375, and the National American Legion. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church. Ray had a great love of all kinds of music, especially rock and roll, and took special pride in following the many different bands in which his son Michael was a member. The consummate family man, Ray devoted his life to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their friends. Raymond is survived by his beloved wife, Connie; his sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond D. and Michele A. (O'Connor) Della Gala of Frankfort, and Michael D. and LaDonna Della Gala of CA; his daughter and son-in-law, Michele A. and Anthony Ricci of Utica; his grandchildren, Rhiannon, Chelsea and husband Chad Stockbridge; Daniele, Gina, Maria, and Michael; Alison Ricci and fiancé Walter Wadas, and Meredith Ricci; and his great-grandchildren, Michael Raymond and Mia (Pia), and Jadon. He also leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Millie Della Gala of Utica; many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and in-laws, Gloria Della Gala, Mary Della Gala, Dan and Faith Aceto, Jane Saporito, Delores Babe Luizzi, and Albert Grossi. He was also blessed in his life with many wonderful friendships. He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses, Louise and Anthony Falange, Henry Chick Della Gala, Anthony P. Gellie Della Gala, and Isabel A. Della Gala; and his in-laws, Frank and Angela Aceto, Marge Grossi, Eleanor and Patsy Chuck Zammiello, Salvatore Saporito and Lawrence Luizzi. A special thank-you is extended to Raymond's neighbor and friend, Tom Carcone, the Utica EMT's, and the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center nurses and staff, especially Patty L., for their compassion and dedication. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00-7:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in lieu of floral offerings; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Raymond's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Saturday morning at 10:00 from the funeral home and at 11:00 at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church where his Mass of Christian Burial, committal prayers, and Naval Honors will be conferred. Rev. Mark Kaminski, Pastor will be officiating the services. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond M. Della Gala please visit our Sympathy Store. Additional information can be found on http://www.vp26vets.org/..." Contributed by BALOG, AE2 Gene bilgepump26@cfl.rr.com [14FEB2013]

Memorial Picture "...DeLORENZO, CAPTAIN Frank L...1914-2011 VPB-4 1945 - Captain DeLorenzo passed away on May 27, 2011. He was 96 Years old. Known as "DeLo" to his many friends, he was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 1 August, 1914. He graduated from Marquette University with B.S. and J.D. degrees in 1939. While in Law School there he was a contributor to, and on the staff of, the Marquette Law Review. He came to NAS Pensacola, Florida later in 1939 and entered flight training as an Aviation Cadet in class 130-C. He received his wings from Adm. A.C. Read, the first man to fly the Atlantic Ocean. DeLo was commissioned as an Ensign in May of 1940. He was designated Naval Aviator Number 6449. His first assignment was to VP-12, flying PBY CATALINA's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California. He was later ordered to VP-13 and flew the four engine PB2Y CORONADO seaplane throughout the Pacific during WW II. He was extremely proud to have been one of the pilots that flew Admiral Chester Nimitz to Honolulu on Christmas Day, 1941 in order for him to become the new Chief of all Naval Forces in the Pacific, early in WW II. DeLo was the last surviving pilot of that crew. Captain DeLorenzo also flew in the strikes on Wake Island, Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Saipan during the Marshall and Gilbert campaigns and was awarded the Air Medal with four gold stars. Later during WW II he flew patrols out of NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, Eniwetok and NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands and his squadron finally returned to the U.S. in December of 1944. After the cessation of WWII hostilities he was assigned to the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) and was a plane commander in R5D aircraft while attached to VR-12 and VR-8 in Honolulu. VR-8 flew the route from NAS Oakland, California. To NAS Agana, Guam in the Marianas. He returned to NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1948 and was assigned as Senior Aircraft Engines Instructor in the Naval School of Pre-Flight. It was during this tour that he and his wife, Helen, met many prominent and "old" NAS Pensacola, Florida families that would bring them back to Pensacola where they would happily retire!! After that he was assigned to the Staff of the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in NAS Norfolk, Virginia where he was associated with various NATO Naval exercises that took him to England, Scotland and Norway. In 1953 and 1954 he commanded VP-34, flying PBM-5's out of NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. Under his command, the squadron won the Fleet Battle Efficiency Pennant marking it as the best patrol squadron in the Atlantic Fleet! He returned to NAS Pensacola, Florida once again, later in 1954 and served as the Administrative Officer of the Naval Air Station until 1956 when he was ordered to the attack carrier USS KEARSARGE (CVA-33) as Operations Officer and later as Executive Officer, with the carrier operating in the Western Pacific. Prior to reporting to the KEARSARGE he carrier qualified in SNJ's aboard USS SAIPAN. He was next assigned to the Senior Naval War College in Newport, R.I. where he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1959. Upon graduation from War College he was assigned as the Missile and Satellite Range Operations Officer of the Pacific Missile Range at NAS Point Mugu, California where he was associated with numerous early space projects. His next assignment was to recommission and Command a ship, the fleet oiler, USS KENNEBEC (AO-36) in Brooklyn, NY. After transiting the Panama Canal and operating in the Pacific Fleet, he was detached from KENNEBEC in 1962 and reported as Chief of Staff to the Commander Middle East Force operating out of Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf. In that capacity he traveled all throughout the Middle East in several small seaplane tender known as the "LITTLE WHITE FLEET" and met many Heads of State including the late Shah of Iran and the Rulers of Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Dubai. His next two assignments were as Commanding Officer of the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas from 1964 to 1966 and Commanding Officer of the Headquarters Support Activity, Taipei, Taiwan in the Republic of China from 1966 to 1968. He was also Chief of Staff to the Commandant, Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco where he and His family lived in beautiful Government Quarters on the top of Yerba Buena Island in the center of San Francisco Bay where the two sections of the Bay Bridge are anchored. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Pensacola Country Club and a past member of the Board of Directors of the PCC. During his golfing career DeLo was credited with four "holes in one". He was one of the original founders of the Ex-Aviation Cadet Organization and EMCEE'd many of its Reunions. He was an active and ardent supporter of the National Museum of Naval Aviation and Alzheimer's research and support activities. In addition to his Air Medals, he was awarded numerous Campaign Medals as well as the Army Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He retired in 1970 after accumulating 6000 plus flight hours and completing 31 continuous years of active duty in the Navy. He was pre-deceased by his dear and lovely wife of 60 years, Helen Baker DeLorenzo. He is survived by his son, Tony, and daughter in law, Linda Binion DeLorenzo, a grandson, Tony, Jr. and wife, Faith, and great granddaughters, Lily and Ceili. Memorials may be made to the Nat'l Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Ste C, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508 or Covenant Hospice, 5401 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504 or to St. John Catholic Church, 303 So. Navy Blvd. Pensacola, Fl. 32507. He was buried at Barrancas National Cemetery. Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements..." Contributed by Larry Hames (VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager) database@vp4association.com [15AUG2011]

Memorial Picture "...DEROSETT, AOCM Joshua "Red"...1924-2008 - It saddens me greatly to report that Joshua "Red" Derosett AOCM USN Ret., a truly "Great American" passed on Feb. 29, 2008 in Lemoore, CA. A 30 year veteran of the US Navy, Red was one of my most "Unforgettable Shipmates". His distinguished career included tours of duty in VP-14, VH-4, VF-193, CVW-21, VA-125, VP-4 and VF-152. Among his awards are the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 Stars, the Navy Air Medal with 24 Stars, the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 8 Stars. I encourage all to view his tribute and his "Service Memories" on The Navy Log section of the United States Navy Memorial web site http://www.lonesailor.org/index.php...Respectfully submitted by Steve "Andy" Andruszkewicz sgpa2zfmly@aol.com..." [02MAR2008]

Memorial Picture "...DEYHLE, Charles...My Dad, Charles Deyhle, passed away December 29, 2011. Dad served with VPB-24 in the South Pacific. Thanks to all of you who bravely served!..." Contributed by Jenny Deyhle Rapp jenrapp77@gmail.com [28JAN2012]


DEAL, AX1 John 73232.424@compuserve.com "...VP-7 still lives! I have a squadron patch from my year (1967) with the squadron that isn't on the VP-7 web page. If someone will tell me how to do it, I will upload it to the site. This is the patch showing two Black Falcons carrying torpedoes with yellow rays coming out of their eyes and lightning bolts coming out of their !@@#@... I mean their MAD booms. I worked in the tweet shop under the guiidance of Chief Berge. I still owe Airman Osuna five dollars. Osuna: If you see this, I will pay you back, assuming you can find me. If the plane captain with whom I had a discussion/fist fight at Ilio's pizza palace across the street from the NAS Sigonella, Sicily will get in touch with me I will be glad to give him some pointers on self-defense. Ilio's is the only place in the word where you could get a pizza with eggs and green peas on it and then have a great workout afterwards. Does anyone remember the det to Crete and the raggedy-ass tent that served as the E.M. club? Or the night Yogi clubbed an owl that had gotten into a P-2's mad boom? Yours truly, AX1 John Deal USNR-Expired (my enlistment, not me)..." [26MAR98]

DEAN, AD2 Bill dean1176@aol.com "...I was assigned to ZX-11 as an aviation machinist mate in the fall of 1952 after graduating Mech school at NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I think I was in CAC 4 and remember we flew every fourth day if the ship was up. During my tour of duty there we lost two ships to a water spout. Both were moored at their mooring masts. Each ship had a man on board as pressure watch. They and the ships were blown into the mangrove swamp to the east of the runways. We were able to recover both guys unhurt a few minutes after the incident. I was transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1954 after making third class and was assigned to Electronics Test which had almost the same mission, ASW evaluation, as ZX-11. I was plane chief and flew on a P2V-5 for the rest of my time in the Navy. Discharged in November 1955 as a Second class AD. I have now completed a 37 year career and retired from General Electric Aircraft Engine..." [23JAN2007]

DEAN, ATN2 Brian (Phil) brianddean@comcast.net "...I served with VP-24. I joined the squadron in 1967, in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, when they were flying P2s, and remained with it through the transition to P3As. Deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (never got to Spain!) and was discharged in 1969..." [E-Mail Updated 02JUL2006 | E-Mail Updated 14AUG2002 | 22SEP97]

DEAN, ADCS George R. Retired g.dean@comcast.net "...Served in VP-45 52-54. Flew as mech/Fe on crew 12. I was pleased to find a lot of names I recognize from then. Also had a great 2000 Reunion in Jax. We flew PBM5s2's. I had Lt Hunt and Lt Mould. Couldn't ask for better. Also Ens DeButts Rest of my flying time was in Connies about 6000 hrs. Was in VW-14, Matron 2 which was changed to BarsRon & finally AEW BarRonPac. Spent two tours chasing typhoons with VW-1 in NAS Agana, Guam. Was the last Power Plants CPO before the sqdn was absorbed into VQ-1, which was my last sqdn. Then went to NAS Agana, Guam. Retired in Memphis as ADCS in 74. Was wounded in DaNang, 1 Feb 71. Only "hero" VW-1 had, though operating in country for about 6 years. Currently barbering in Augusta, Ga. Got shot there, too, thru the shoulder on Christmas Eve, no less. I insisted on going after them cause I was NAVY TRAINED, but was restrained. Too old, I guess. Anyway, the time in VP-45 was about the best ever, anywhere. Smooth Sailing..." [E-Mail Updated 10FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 01AUG2001 | 20MAR2001]

DEAN, Gerald (Jerry) Jerrybeulah@aol.com "...I have researched this site from to date thru January 2001. It's great! I was a crew member of the USS Pine Island (AV-12) in the years 1952 through 1954. I was in the AV Metal Shop and later a Master-of-Arms until January 1955. I would like to hear from anyone who served aboard the USS Pine Island (AV-12) during this time. I remember servicing VP-40, VP-41, and VP-42 in the Pescadores Straits during the Formasa patrol era..." [19OCT2002]

DEAN, PN John jdpreacher@yahoo.com "...I served with VQ-2 (1972-1976) at NS Rota, Spain. We lost seven men in a crash. Still sticks in my mind. Still see their faces..." [03MAR2014]

DEAN, ATN3 Paul L. pldeansr@aol.com "...I served with VAP-62 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1962 to 1964 as a Communications Petty Officer..." [10FEB2010]

DEAN, AMS3 Ray raymonddean@att.net "...I served with VP-11 from 1966 to 1968 in the Airframes Shop and 1st Lt. Div. under Lt. Rech. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, also to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR roads. Served with Ron, Jim Jenner, Wayne Caplan (we went on leave to London while in NAS Keflavik, Iceland), Jerry Brundidge, Bucci, Bass and Storm. We lost the AO kid in that Corvette accident, terrible. Lots of good times though!..." [E-Mail Updated 07APR2009 | 07NOV2005]

DEAN, CDR Robert (Bob) Retired dino48@gmpexpress.net "...I was the MO with VR-61 from 1994 to 1997. Hoping to hear from any of you out that way..." [13JUN2006]

DEANS, PNC(SW) Thomas M. Retired grsctr@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-31 from 1969 to 1972. I remember CDR Tom Maurer, CDR Tasker, R. Hedges and Palmer. I would like to hear from any fellow Shipmates..." [08MAR2008]

DeANGELIS, PN2 Joe joedeangelis1000@yahoo.com "...VP-8 - December 1977 - June 1981..." [20APR2005]

DEARIE, John Sr. jdearie@comcast.net Shipmate PixShipmate Pix ...1967 NS Sangley Point, Philippines..."...I served with VP-5 (11/1964-10/1967). I flew thirty years for Delta Air Lines, instructed for a Delta subsidiary for thirteen years and now fully retired. I am involved in my church, work out, read and visit alot with our four sons and thirteen grandkids dispersed around the eastern US. Our youngest son graduated from the Naval Academy and is currently CO of VP-62 and flies for FedEx. Would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 30MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2012 | 16MAY99]

DEAS, ATN2 Glen gdeas@dishmail.net "...I served with VXN-8 (1970) as an Avionics Tech and Airborne Radio Operator. I was on the JB627 crew that went to NAS Souda Bay, Crete, Greece for a couple of weeks and got to spend a great week in Shannon, Ireland after our engines caught fire over the North Atlantic. Now retired from teaching college and flying as Mission Pilot with Civil Air Patrol..." [23MAR2012]

DEASON, AX2 Charles deason52@gmail.com "...I served with VP-22 (09/1974-09/1976) with depolyments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Most of my time was spent TAD to AIMD repairing DIFAR equipment..." [21FEB2013]

DEASON, William P. williamdeason@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1963 to 1966. I flew with Crew 10 and made 2 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments..." [29MAY2007]

DEATHERAGE, Paul E. c/o David C. Deatherage Shipmate Pix satx_dave@flash.net "...My dad, Paul E. Deatherage, served as an aviation radio technician (ART) with squadron VPB-119, operating out of Clark Field, Luzon during WWII. The squadron was the 1st to fly the newly issued PB4Y-2 "Privateer" patrol bomber out of the Philippines. Dad was still in high school at Salem, Missouri when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. As soon as he graduated (June, 1943), he enlisted in the Navy and entered basic training at Camp Waldron of the Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho. After basic training, dad spent the next year and a half in various training schools [Chicago; Stillwater, OK; NAS Corpus Christi, Texas; San Clemente Is., CA] and was assigned to the squadron as an ART, 2c. His primary duty was a radar and counter measures technician. He caught up with VPB-119 at NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii just prior to the unit's deployment to the Philippines in February, 1945. He was assigned to crew #4, commanded by PPC LT John W. Holt. Although he was assigned to Holt's crew, dad reported to the squadron's radar counter measures officer, LT(jg) Kent Comman, for duty instructions. On 1 May 1945, dad was on other assignment when LT Holt and crew #4 went on an offensive search mission over Hainan, Island. The plane failed to return and they were listed as MIA through the end of the war. The plane's crash site was eventually located in Ling Shui province, Hainan after the war and the crew remains repatriated to the States in 1949, see http://www.vpnavy.org/vp119_mishap_1940.html. Dad continued to fly with various crews of the squadron through the end of the war, receiving his 1st class rating prior to returning to the States in November, 1945. Dad finished his enlistment in California and was Honorably Discharged on 1 July 1946. He was 21 years old when discharged. During his enlistment, dad received the Air Medal (+ Gold Star); Also, the Navy, Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and WWII Victory ribbons/medals. Also, the Philippine Liberation Medal (+ Bronze Star). After the War, he went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from Austin College in Sherman Texas with a dual degree in mathematics and physics. He went to work in the burgeoning oil exploration business of north Texas and Oklahoma in the early 1950s. He became one of the top geophysicists for Shell Oil Company and eventually retired from them in the late 1980's. Dad had a stroke a few years ago and is disabled; he currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah. We did manage to make it to the VPB-119/VP-7 Reunion in 2005 at the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL where he was honored with a plaque, commemorating his service during WWII..." [21JAN2007]

DEATON, PO1 Joe jsdeaton@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-16 (1991-1995) with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I now live in Gastonia, NC and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [16MAY2014]

DeBAECKE, Ivan ijdeb@wevtv.net "...I served with VPML-3 located in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone in early 1948. At that time, we were flying PV-2's. Later on we transisted to P2V's and in early 1950, relocated to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and the squadron designation became VP-3. In December 1950, I was briefly assigned to VC-6 and shortly thereafter, in early 1951, was assigned to VP-10 recommissioning, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. This was my last VP squadron assignment..." [17JUL2003]

DeBAUN, Joe DeBaunJL2@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1979ish to June 1982. Looking for old friends and Shipmates. I moved from Texas to Colorado..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26NOV2002 | 23OCT98]

DeBERRY, Sanford c/o Renita Chambers rchambers6777@comcast.net "...My Dad, Sanford DeBerry, served with VP-731 Crew 2 From November 1951 to December 1952. He and My Mom are having thier 50th wedding anniversary October 9th, 2004 and I was hoping to locate any or all crew from his squadron. I thought this would be a wonderful suprise for him. If you have any information regarding VP-731 crew 2 please E mail me. My Dad's name is Sanford DeBerry. Thanks..." [18JUN2004]

DeBERRY, AO1 Hank Retired hdeberry@mindspring.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine in VP-26 from Oct '70-July '76. This was my first VP squadron and will always remain the "best" in my heart. Too many good times, good deployments, and good memories to list here. Any former crew mates and Shipmates, give me a holler on the net. Safe Flight!..." [28MAY99]

DEBLEY, Harold R. Jr. sunny_64@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-661 and VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from March 1952 to June 1954. I worked in the Personnel Office and then on Beach Crew..." [21JAN2010]

DeBOLD, CDR James R. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforXO.htm "...Commander DeBold attended the University of Missouri-Columbia on an NROTC scholarship. Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned in December 1986. Following Surface Warfare Officer training, Commander DeBold reported aboard the USS ELLIOT (DD-967), homeported in San Diego, in August 1987. During this tour, he served as Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. Accepted for the Surface-to-Pilot Transition Program, Commander DeBold began flight training in January 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1991. Following initial P-3C ORION training with VP-30, Commander DeBold joined the WAR EAGLES of VP-16 in May 1992 where he served as Command Security Manager, Assistant Administration Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. While assigned to the WAR EAGLES, he deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Commander DeBold reported to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in August 1995, where he was assigned duties as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. Qualifying as an Air Operations Watch Officer, he conducted numerous carrier qualification operations for initial student pilots from CNATRA Training Commands in addition to the F-14, F/A-18, and E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadrons. He deployed in 1997 to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Task Force 60 and Task Force 50. After completing P-3C refresher training, he joined the MAD FOXES of VP-5 in September 1998, where he served as the Maintenance Officer. Additionally, he held billets as P-3 Liaison Officer for NATO Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE and DETERMINE FORGE, Safety/NATOPS Officer and Administrative Officer. Commander DeBold is currently serving as the Executive Officer, VX-20. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star..." [17JUN2003]

DeBROCKE, AW2 Robert trvlmail@cox.net "...I served with VP-4 (1968-1970) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii..." [15AUG2012]

DECHAINE, AMCS(AW) Leigh F. Retired Laneind@aol.com "...NAS Sandpoint, Wa 67-69, HS-74 QP RI 69-70, VP-65 Pt. Mugu 70-76, NAS WI, Wa 76-78, NAS Glenview 78-80, NAS Atlanta,VA-205 80-85, VA/VFA 305 NAS Point Mugu, California 85-87. Met and married Sandy at NAS Point Mugu, California. Spent wedding night on beach. Remember that party???..." [28APR98]

DECHANT, Wilma J. Retired cbed1968@yahoo.com "...I was with VP-42 in 1950 at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and then on two NAS Iwakuni, Japan. I have a few pictures of the 77th fighter Wing club. Some of the Shipmates that I can't recall one of the Ramp Crew. I was with FAW-6 on board the USS Pine Island (AV-12), then to NAS Atsugi, Japan. I have been trying to get in touch with Bud Norris. I retired in 1968 as a Seabee..." [12APR2001]

DECK, James A. goalie1958@AOL.com "...I'd just like to say it's good to be able to look back at all the squadron info and patches. I was a member of VP-56, VP-24, Beartrap, and two tours with staff of VP-30..." [05SEP99]

DECKER, Clarence E. cedecker@email.msn.com "...I came to the squadron in July of 1965 and was the 7th person in the squadron..." [26NOV98]

DECKER, AD2 Duane S. baddpj@yahoo.com "...Assigned to AOM/AIMD, NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1983 to 1986, VP-11 from 1986-89, and NRL NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1989 to 1992. Currently with VR-48 as a mobilized reservist. Otherwise, I am an Engineering Tech on the V-22 Osprey at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. All Shipmates please feel free to email me and say "hi". Anyone know where I can find Charles Niccum? VP-10? Thanks!..." [15JAN2004]

DECKER, ARM2 Jim Jdecker113@cs.com "...Was an ARM2/c with FAW-4, HEDRON and a loaner to VPB-62 for a time back in 43 - 45 on Amchitka. Also filled in on PV patrols, top turret. What a ride compared to the PBY's. Used to laugh at the Army P40 guys mess with our homecoming from patrol. We could easily out-turn them in a circle and nail 'em.....By the way, since the underground atomic test explosion on Amchitka, the place is now known as Amka".....(They blew the "chit" out of it !!!) Best regards and good health to all the guys who flew the "Empire Express" hops and to all the "fix-it" guys that kept 'em flying..." [10MAR2001]

DECKER, Joe jjdecker27@yahoo.com "...I served with VU-10 (1952) at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Plain Captain on JD-27..." [22FEB2012]

DECKER, Richard E. richedecker@msn.com "...I worked on the VP-16 line crew with R. J. Miller. Joined the squadron in late 1969 til 1971. Went on deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Does anyone know whatever happened to RJ? Sure was a great guy..." [16NOV2007]

DECKER, William "Bill" J. [Deceased] C/O His Daughter Jan Driscoll deeohdee@yahoo.com "...My father, William "Bill" J. Decker, was a PBY flyer and Patrol Commander of VP-43 in Alaska. He was killed 10/44. My uncle, Emil "Hans" B. Hanson was also in that squadron..." [10DEC2002]

DeCLUE, Steve sdeclue@bellsouth.net "...I'm an AOC now. I just checked into VP-5. Was in VP-6 Jul 84 to Jul 87, AOA school Instructor Aug 97 to Apr 91, VP-49 May 91 to Feb 94, HS-3 Feb 94 to Oct 95 and Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) NAS Brunswick, Maine Oct 95 to Feb 99. Looking for anyone that served with during any of those times. Please send email to listed address..." [02APR99]

DeCOLORES, Lynn (Riggs) lriggs@military.com "...I served from 1975 thru 1976 with VRF-31, as an aircrewman. From 1977 to the end of 1979 I worked in the engine shop. Both duties were at "Breezy Point," NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would like to contact any fellow "Ferrys and Agent Orange" squadron mates for possible Reunion news..." [13APR2005]

DeCONZA, Kenny kjbear2@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-42 (1965-1968) aboard Crew-9 and Crew-10. I remember so many of you guys but the only person I've been able to contact is Maurice Goff. Best years of my life. Cavite City (NS Sangley Point, Philippines) monkey meat, the Swallow Bar (NAS Iwakuni, Japan) and the China Doll in Saigon. Hard to believe all these years have passed. Anybody hears about a Reunion, let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2013 | 15APR2008]

DECOOPMAN, BOB ChevyBob55@msn.com "...I SERVED IN VP-22 FROM 1963-1966 CREW 12 P2V5 CREWS 2 & 1 IN P-3A. NOTICED RICK CHAMBERLIN LISTED WE WERE CREW MATES..." [08FEB2002]

DeCOSTA, CAPTAIN Daniel L. Retired sandidande@cox.net "...I served with VP-19 from November 1981 to December 1984, CPW-10, COMASWWINGPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California, XO/CO ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California, and XO/CO Reserve Forces NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I retired in 1998 and currently living in La Mesa, (San Diego) CA with my son AJ (11). Would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [25JAN2004]

DeCOTEAU, Bob bbdecoto@townisp.com "...I served with VAP-62 from 1957 to 1960 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [24FEB2006]

DECOTEAUX, Robert S. bobdecoteaux@gmail.com "...I served with VU-3 (1963-1965) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California with two deployments aboard the USS Kalmia (ATA-184)..." [15AUG2014]

DeCROSTA, E. L. ED794@aol.com "...As a retired NFO TACCO, I want people to be aware of the valuable work done by our VP squadrons. I first was with VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, with the P2V-7. After Monterrey, an instructor with VP-30, det NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Later an exchange tour with the Canadians (Canadian Forces (CF)) in VP-449 at Greenwood in the Argus..." [21NOV98]

DeCUIR, AZC(AW) Dennis V. Retired dvd@decuir.net "...I was an AZ2 in VP-22 from 1974 to 1976 and worked in Maintenance Control. I retired as an AZC(AW) in 1992. Would love to hear from other former Blue Geese!..." [E-Mail Updated 14MAY2002 | 20MAR98]

DEENEY, ADCS(AW) John J. Retired john_deeney@icpphil.navy.mil "...I was a SELRES in VP-66 from Feb. 1976 until I retired in Nov. 1998. Over 22 years of great times, especially the dets in the 80's. Work around P-3's as a civilian also at the Naval Inventory Control Point (formally ASO). Great airplane, Huh?..." [12APR99]

DEES, CDR Andy Retired frade34@aol.com "...I served (Active Duty) with VP-16 (1980-1983) and Reserve with VP-66, VP-67 (1990-1995), TSC-1079 (Plank Owner), Technical Projects Officer for Commander In Chief United States Pacific Command (USCINCPAC) War Gaming/Simulation Facility and retired from the United States Navy Reserve after serving as the Surveillance and Warning Tactical Applications Officer assigned to United States Space Command, Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Colorado..." [31JAN2012]

DeFIO, Roy roy@nqi.net "...I served in VP-44 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 78-81. I was a Photographers Mate and Im looking to contact anyone during that period. It was a great 3 years..." [31MAY99]

DEFOOR, AMS Lanny LDEFOOR@MSN.COM "...I came onboard (VP-6) in 1973 til 1977. It was a great trip. Our squadron CO was E. K. Anderson followed by P. O'Connor with a short stay with R. E. Sorna. I was a AMS. I had a great time flying with Crew 8. I flew all over the WestPac from Hawaii to NSF Diego Garcia. Everybody know what that was like. Please contact me if you have any updates with people in VP-6 at this time. BTW - I have the last photo of a guy with his "butt" in the front right window of P-3 BUNO: 152165 which was PC1. Thanks..." [13JAN2002]

DeGAN, William H. c/o His Son David M. DeGan dave@ticnet.com "...Just posting to let anyone from VS-66 Scouting Squadron (Majuro Air Group) know that I would be honored to talk with the men who flew with my father William H. DeGan. Dad was a Radioman VS-66/Victor 312/SBW-3 and flew on aircraft 14. He passed away 2 years ago (March 2, 1997] . I only know a few of the other pilots and crews last names. Pilot 312-14 Privitelli, Lt. Kern, Lt Drysdale, Lt Ovitt, and Ensign Miller. Also on May 8th 1945 my fathers aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire. I would like to thank the above named and the following air groups for saving my father on that day! Air Cover: VS-66 aircraft 13, 15, and 16 from V312. The 5 SB2C's from VMSB 231, Air Sea Rescue PHM of VH-5. Sincerely..." [28MAY2000]

DeGIDIO, George Jr. vdegidio@bellsouth.net "...I served with VXN-8 from October 1968 to November 1971 as the first ADJ. I was transfered to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in August 1969 doing split tours in Saigon and FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. When I returned I was assigned to the Artic Fox as 2nd Flight Mech. This was one of my best tours. I served 24 years with the Navy..." [08SEP2008]

DEGLER, AK1 Paul Retired pddegler@msn.com "...I served with VP-69 and retired in 1994. There have been many memories of the times spent with my Shipmates there. I have a picture of BUNO: 151386 on my wall as a reminder of my Navy career..." [06MAY2010]

DeGLIOMINI, Vincent mrd@csionline.net "...I served at NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1957 with VP-10 I had some very good memories of Brunswick and I would like to hear from Shipmates who knew me..." [06MAR99]

DEGONISH, AW2 Paul pdegonish@yahoo.com "...I served with CPW-2 Tactical Support Center (09/1974-1977) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [21JAN2012]

DeGRAFF, Leonard dotnlen@juno.com "...I served with VPB-17 from 1944-1945 in the South Pacific. I would love to hear from anyone in the squadron and especially Crew 4 and Crew 18. My captain's name was LT Nixon and our Navigator was LTjg Griswald. Thanks..." [07JUN2003]

DeGRAUWE, AO1 Michael captbeyond@mindspring.com "...Still flying in the reserves and see many of the squadrons patches on the old flight jackets, that is, of squadrons long gone including my old one of VP-65...I flew with VP-56, 78-80 and still flying with VP-62 today. Jets are for kids!!..." [BIO Updated 30DEC98 | 27NOV98]

DeHATE, ADR3(AC) Michael casadehate@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam (09/1966-03/1967). I was a Plane Captain (Crew-7) aboard the SP5-B. Looking for proof of feet on the ground (water) for the VA for Agent Orange /Parkinsons Disease. CDR O.A. Kidd was my PPC but has passed away. CDR Purdy was CO, LT Eugene Chapman 3P, AE2 Tommy Dean crew leader. Any help appreciated..." [04AUG2012]

DeHOYOS, Gilbert "Gil" Gil.E.Dehoyos@lmtas.lmco.com "...Was stationed in VQ-2 from 1980 to 1983. Flew in the whales as an EWOP and worked in the "Whale Shop" and Special Projects back at the "Q"..."

DEICHER, AT2 Ken kdeicher@danet.net "...I served with VP-11 from September 1953 - March 1955, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, Malta, and NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [31JAN2000]

DEILKE, William bdeilke@hotmail.com "...I served with VT-25 in February 1962 in the Line Division as a Plane Captain. The Line PO was ADJ1 Simone and the Division Officer was CAPT Summe. Mostly the CAPT was in hack for stunt flying or straffing the extra cattle he found to be wondering on the King Ranch. He and I did several cats and traps together on the USS Wasp or USS Lexington during CarQuals. Airobatics and gunnery hops with the students were also exciting. My G suit inflated during a Cuban 8 and tripped the speedbrake switch with a student belly to belly. That was exciting. In 1966 I was the Senior Plane Captain on the base. Although at that time I worked for ADCM Rogers in Maintenance Control. We lost about 1 pilot a month, base wide, and my biggest regret was the loss of Major Winn at Alice Orange. If you remember me you know that against all odds I am still alive at the age of 59 and in the year 2003. I think it was due to finishing my 20 in the reserve with SBU 11 and the Seal Teams of Special Warefare. I always went for the safe jobs. If you rememberr me or want to talk about 1962 to 1966 give me an E-mail..." [27NOV2003]

DEITCHMAN, CAPT Vincent https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=128 "...CAPT Vincent Deitchman, USN - NFL Number: 128 - Date of Birth: 5/18/1921 - Date In: 6/23/1941 - Date Out: 10/1/1967 - City, State: Los Altos, CA - School Attended: Rockhurst College - Aircraft Flown: R3Y, JRM, PB2Y, P2V, C-130 - Ship or Unit: Naval Air Test Ctr - VR-8, CO and VP-9, CO - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WWII Pac,Kor,Viet. - Associations/Service Organizations: Ret. Officers Assn NatlAssnUniformedSer Nav Av Museum Fdn - Highest personal decoration or award: USAF Commend. Medal - Significant Achievements: 11,511 Navy flight hours. U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class #12. In Memoriam? No..." [08DEC2005]

DEITRICK, William Kenneth c/o Jon Wassil thunderboltace44@aol.com "...I just found out that my grandfather, William Kenneth Deitrick, was in CASU(F)-34 on NAS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands in Feb. 44 and then on Parry Island Eniwetok atoll April of 44. I was wondering if anyone could please give me some information about that and what they did there or if there is anyone who might have servered with him. Thank you..." [08MAY2005]

DEJARNETTE, Ronald G. ronmatt12@wmconnect.com "...I served with VS-36 from 1955 to 1957 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and was aboard the USS Valley Forge (was on and off this ship numerous times, USS Antienam (spent time in sick bay w/tonsilitis on this ship), and the USS Essex (we lost 8 of our good men in the north atlantic on September 24th,1957 while on operation strikeback). This was the last ship I served on. I remember, while on the USS Valley Forge, we loaded a 2,200 lb. bomb and it was drop'd 2 1/2 miles off the Starboard side. The fellow officers said that it had a Atomic Warhead (I was in Aviation Ordnance). There was another time that I on the flight deck of the Valley Forge we hit something solid in the water (somewhere in the Atlantic). We thought that maybe it was a submarine (maybe Russian). We didn't find any answers as to what it was. As of now, I am 65 years old and think of friends in the Navy. My buddy AO2 James C. Brown passed away March 2nd, 2003. He lived in Unidilla, GA. Brown was flying aircrew the night we lost 8 men in the north atlantic. Another buddy Walter Meadows passed away in 1993. Now I have been trying to locate AO3 Jack Sublett from Beckley WVA. I got out of the Navy December 21st, 1957 and got a job as a machanic at Lynchburg Hosiery Mills for six years then joined the Lynchburg Police Department, went to college partime, got a degree in Police Science. I retired from the LPD in 1991. If there is anyone that served with VS-36 and reads this please drop me an e-mail..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAR2005 | 01DEC2003]

DEKKER, LCDR Donald G. Retired dekkerdo@msu.edu "...I entered the Navy in 1981, earned my commission through AOCS in 1982. I was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1983. I served with VP-8 ('84-'87) deploying to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I was on CAC's 1, 10, 4 and 2. I served with VP-93 ('89-'92) deploying to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda and the Carribean. I was on CAC 2. I served with VP-66 ('95-'97) flying the EP-3J's. We made detachments to NAS Agana, Guam, Hawaii, East & West coast. I transfered to CPRW-5 in NAS Brunswick, Maine where I retired in 2001 from NAR Brunswick. Currently working for the US Forest Service in Minnesota. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates..." [18SEP2010]

DELAHOUSSAYE, Thomas W. flyingd@eatel.net "...I served with Cmdr. "Bus" Miller on VB-109 as the starboard waist gunner on crew #1 between 1943 and 1944..." [10JAN99]

DELANEY, AMHC Richard Retired richard.m.delaney@navy.mil "...I served with VP-49 from 1963 to 1965, VP-6 from 1965 to 1967, VT-27 from 1967 to 1970, Shore Duty from 1967 to 1970, VP-46 from 1970 to 1974, VX-1 from 1974 to 1977, and VXN-8 from 1977 to 1980. I sure miss bounce flights (especially the 35 T.O./LDG 4 Hour Type!). I am still here at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (25 years now). I would like to hear from (old) Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2006 | 13APR99]

DeLANGE, YN2 Joel joel.delange@ey.com "...VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1983-1987..." [31JAN2011]

DeLANGE, Ralph E. redelange@hotmail.com "...I served with VR-24 Det and FASRON-77 from 1953 to 1955. Since retirement in 1999 we have been dividing our time between San Jose and Bigfork, Montana. Still find time to connect with old shipmates and reminisce about great times in Bella Napoli with VR-24 Det (FASRON-77)..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAY2011 | BIO Updated 19JAN2009 | E-Mail Updated 26NOV2007 | E-Mail Updated 11NOV2003 | E-Mail Updated 05APR2001 | E-Mail Updated 02DEC2000 | 25APR2000]

DELANO, John W. tuckaway@surfmore.net "...1969 to 1971 at TARRON 25 NAS Chase Field, started as a plane captain and later in maintanance control. I think back to one of the best teams that I had ever been part of . Retired now, 36 yrs General Motors Saturn and still apply ideals that were used in VT-25. To the structure of The Saturn Corp running there business. The people are what makes it happen..." [16SEP2005]

DELGADO, AD2 Richard kosherpatrol@aol.com "...I served with VP-65 from 1979 to 1981 and deployed to NAS Agana, Guam..." [22AUG2007]

DELANO, Sandy srd43@tidewater.net "...It is amazing to see how many men and women share the experiences of the brown shoe navy. For me, Boot camp Great Lakes Il. Sept-Nov 1962, (Cuban Crisis was nothing but a rumor). NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee Nov 62-July 63, and NAS Brunswick, Maine 1963-1966. Four years and one month without setting foot on a U.S. Navy Ship. I worked in Tron shop NAS Brunswick, Maine AMD for Chiefs Walsh, Goffin, Division Chief Watt and Joe Rogal AT1. Eric Lee Brannon AT3 was in charge of the coffee mess and other social activities. Someone in the shop built a metal detector to locate the aircraft tie downs on the ramps and save shoveling the ice and snow to find them. Great concept except for the steel stressed concrete under the entire ramp. Later several of us trons (Helgaard, Shaw, Lentz, and myself) , were assigned to NAS Brunswick, Maine operations line division and flew crew on the station SP2H (code name "STOP SIGN"), C117D (side #17140), HU16C, and CH34? LCDR's Nesbett and Altman were a couple of our regular chauffers. I got involuntarily extended 1 month due to something happening in Viet-Nam but, got out in Oct. 1966. We often complained about old " NAS Brunswick, Maine Broomstick" but, it was a really great experience. If any Reunions for NAS Brunswick, Maine are planned I would appreciate hearing about them..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 05NOV2004 | 23OCT99]

DeLANY, David C. delgeo@infoblvd.net "...I served with VP-8 from 1970-1973 as a Communications Yeoman 3. Two deployments to sunny NAS Bermuda and home port in snowy NAS Brunswick, Maine. Looking for old Shipmates. Feel free to e-mail. GO FLYING TIGERS!..." [08JAN98]

DeLANEY, TD2 Ed schukyl@bellsouth.net "...I served with VF-931 (1953-1955) aboard NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Served as a TAR in Main Gate Security later at Technical Training in Link Shack (1955-1959) and finihsed with AWS-93. During my enlistment I flew as crew aboard the AF-2 Guardian, P2 and S-2F...." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 16APR2012 | E-Mail Updated 05FEB2003 | E-Mail Updated 20JUL2001 | 04NOV2000]

DeLANY, Gerry (Griz) gerdelaney@hotmail.com "...Served in VP-56 from 3/1973 to 6/1976 as 2nd Mech crew 4 and 12. Charged rate to DS from AMS and made DSC in 1983. Got out as DSC/AC/SS in 1989..." [09DEC98]

DeLAO, ADJ1 Donald dondel05@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-6 from 1966 to 1972 as a FE and mechanic. I would love to hear from any former "Blue Sharks"..." [E-Mail Updated 15FEB2006 | 19AUG2000]

DELENE, DAVID P. NUMU91A@PRODIGY.COM "...VP-28 from '57 to '60. 2nd Radio, Crew One at Kwaj and 1st Radio, Crew One at Iwakuni. Made the 1958 Australian cruise..." [05JAN98]

DELFEL, Earl EDelfel@aol.com "...I served in VP-49 as a flight engineer. I joined the squadron in Mar. 72 as an ADJ1 and checked out in Sept. 77 as an ADJC. I joined the Navy in Feb. 62, served in VW-4, USS O'Brien (DD-725), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, HS-7 "Dusty Dogs", HS-11 "Dragonslayers", HSW-1, and retired off USS America (CV-66) Apr. 89 as an ADCS..." [06MAY99]

DELGADO, Benjamin mypapa59@yahoo.com "...I served with VA(AW)-33 in 1957 at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey with a NATO cruise aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60)..." [09FEB2010]

DELGADO, Steve stevedelgado@juno.com "...VP-22 Line Shack 1981-85. Bye Bye You, VP-22. We will miss you, along with the entire free world. Drop a e-line and let me know how you are, the crew from Tubby's Drive Inn et al. Mabuhay..." [18MAY2000]

DELGADO, ADC(AW) Rafael rafaelito7108@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-10 from November 2002 till Jun3 2006. I'm currently recruiting out of Cincinnati, OH. I would love to hear from anyone that has been stationed with me during the last 16 years..." [10JAN2007]

DELIH, Manuel dldelih@sbcglobal.net "...I served aboard the USS Hamlin (AV-15)..." [10APR2011]

DeLISLE, AMS3 Neil ndsuzuz@aol.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1962 to 1966 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew 12 at first and switched to Crew 3. My pilots were LCDR Cooper, LT Bigley, LT Svensgaard and LT Hampt. My enlisted were AD3 Kauble, AX2 Martinson, AX2 Barrows, AO3 Shelton, AX3 Stallsmith and AE3 Martin. We Flew in Market Time operations up and down the straits of Formosa. We operated with the Seaplane Tenders (USS Pine Island (AV-12) and USS Currituck (AV-7)) at FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. We had a good time in spite of the 10 hour hops and hot weather. We met up for it on R and R. I would like to hear from the old crew or anybody from VP-40..." [19JUL2008]

DELK, Don sddelk@bellsouth.net "...I served with VC-8 in the AE shop from 1974 to 1977. I have seen some of the old gang's names posted on this site. It has brought back many a fond memory. Hope all of you I was stationed with are well!..." [13APR2004]

DELL, Bob thedells@ctaz.com "...Saw a few familar names, faces & planes. Have tons of slides from my stint in VP-6 from 1956 to 1959. Have already posted a few on Verslo's site. I am anxious to find old friends from VP-6 especially Donald "Duck" Shaw an AT during the same time period as I. Have already located a few other twigits from VP-6..." [23DEC2000]

DELL, Frank fdell@cswnet.com "...Flew with VW-1 from Sep 69 until Sep 71 when we were absorbed by VQ-1. Transferred to FWC NAS Agana, Guam from there and then to Olympic College in the ADCOP program before going to PMTC Pt Mugu for a tour. Flew with the PMTC range special ops downrange while there from 94 to 97. I was an AG1 when in VW-1, flew with Crew 3 in TE-3. ADC Dave Brundage, AD1 Don Clark, AD1 Red Batson and AD1 Roy Zimmerman flew as engineers. AGC Al Upton was our METRO. Sure would like to know what happened to some of the crew..." [28DEC97]

DELLAPENNA, James jdellapenna@nc.rr.com "...Served in VP-19 from 1969 to 1972 as Crew 10 Radar/Mad. First deployment was NAS Iwakuni, Japan and second trip was NAS Cubi Point, Philippines with detachment to Utapao, Thailand. Moved to coastal Maine in 1975, then to Raleigh, NC in 1994. Very interested in hearing from VP-19 friends..." [E-Mail Updated 17OCT2001 | 17FEB99]

[Shipmate Listing Removed By Request Of Shipmate 11MAR2000] [06MAY98]

DELLWO, CDR Richard E. Retired calrancho@aol.com "...I served with FASRON-812, NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, NAS Alameda, California, NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota, VA-125, VA-127, VA-93, VA-195, VA-811, VA-813, VC-7 (Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer), USS Ranger (CVA-61), USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), USS Hancock (CVA-19), USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), USS Benningtion (CVS-20) and the USS Ranger (CVA-61). I retired January 1, 1978 after twenty-five (25) years of Naval Service which included both Enlisted and Officer. During my Naval Career I have accumulated in excess of 5,000 flight hours in single engine carrier aircraft, 226 combat missions in North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam in the A-4C, Skyhawk aircraft and has accumulated 587 arrested carrier landings. I have flown the F9F-5, T-33B, T-1A, T-28, T-34B, P2 (P2V-5F, 6 & 7), C-1A, US-2B & D, UH-16 and SH-34J..." [27DEC2011]

DeLOACH, Ed deloach1285@comcast.net "...I served with VP-8 for 4 years from 1989 to 1993. I would like to here from some old friends if your on the site. I was an AO and was in Saudi from December 1990 till February 1991. I was on CAC-1..." [E-Mail Updated 21OCT2003 | 02DEC2000]

DELOACHE, CDR T. P. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander DeLoache entered Naval service in 1984 as an Electrician's Mate (EM) in the Nuclear Power program. After Basic Electricity and Electronics School and EM "A" School, he completed Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL, and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Windsor Locks, CT, qualifying as a Nuclear Plant Electrical Operator. After finishing nuclear power training, he was selected for Aviation Officer Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, Florida. He was commissioned as an Ensign in 1986. After flight training Commander DeLoache reported to VP-10 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. At VP-10 he qualified as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, primary NFO NATOPS instructor (blue card), and Commander Patrol Wing Five weapons system trainer (WST) instructor. His ground duties included Ground Safety, Educational Services, Ordnance, NFO Training, and NFO NATOPS Officer. Commander DeLoache completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. These deployments included operational detachments to Andoya, Norway; NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAF Naples, Italy; and Lann Bihue and Nimes Garon, France, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 1991 Commander DeLoache reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As an Operational Test Director, he directed the development and execution of operational test and evaluation of airborne weapons, sensor and software systems. In 1993 Commander DeLoache reported as a Selected Reservist to Patrol Squadron Six Eight (VP-68) at NAF Washington, D.C.. At VP-68 Commander DeLoache qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NFO NATOPS instructor. He completed Active Duty for Training (AT) periods in NS Rota, Spain; NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 1996 Commander DeLoache reported to Patrol Squadron Six Six (VP-66) at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He qualified as TACCO, Mission Commander, and primary NATOPS instructor. He completed operational detachments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR; NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii; and NAF Misawa, Japan..." [18JUL2005]

DeLONG, AT2 Jack jnjdel@juno.com "...I served in FAETUPAC, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1953 thru 1955 as an AT2. Anyone reading this who was serving with me, give me a shout thru the email address..." [14MAY2005]

DeLONG, AZ3 Kenneth L. kdloren@bellsouth.net "...After requesting orders, I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-91, from October 1981 to October 1983, for the first few months I was assigned to the line shack, then I took over the technical publications library until my EAOS, then returned to Florida and started a residential contracting company, Later I earned a Bachelor of science degree in avaition technical management from Embry Riddle, and am once again around the P-3 Orion's..." [13DEC2008]

DeLORENZO, CAPTAIN Frank L. Retired shipmate pix circa...05JUL53 frankdelo@cox.net "...I was an Ensign in VP-12 in NAS San Diego, California from July 1940 to August 1941. Left VP-12 to join Gen Chennaults AVG Flying Tigers. Never got there but my CO LCDR J. P. Fitsimmon's was so peeohed at me for signing up with AVG, he wouldn't have me back in his squadron. Moved next door in the big barrel hangars on NAS North Island, San Diego, California and went to VP-13 from August 1941 to January 1943 flying the 4 engine PB2Y Coronado. Spent the rest of WW II flying PB2Y's in VP-102 and VPB-4. Was CO of VP-34 in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies from April 1953 to June 1954 flying PBM-5's. Had a great squadron and we won the "Meatball" i.e. best squadron in the Atlantic Fleet! Stayed in the Navy for 31 years retiring as a Captain. What a great career I had and it all started in the VP community..." [E-Mail Updated 11SEP2002 | E-Mail Updated 23FEB99]

DELOUGHERY, Michael J. mjd5513@gmail.com "...I served with VP-16 (1978-1981), VP-0516 (1982-1984) and VP-94 (1984-1995) and retired. I was hired by Delta Air Lines (1985) and took an early retirement in 2005. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/PIX Removed 12AUG2014 | PIX Added 30DEC2005 | 21DEC2005]

DeLUCA, Armand (Luke) spatdad@optonline.net "...I served with VP-11 from November 1954 through September 1957. I was the radio operator in Crews 5, 1, and 2 during that period. Our PPC for most of that time was the VP-11 skipper, CDR Bill Hodges. I made two deployments to Malta, three Springboards, Londonderry and numerous other exercises. I would love to hear from any other VP-11 Shipmates from that era. I just returned from a VP-11 Reunion in Virginia Beach which was a wonderful experience after all these years..." [E-Mail Updated 03DEC2004 | 03MAY2000]

DeLUCA, ADCS Fernando Retired delucasherrard@mindspring.com "...I was a member of VP-7 from April, 1960 to April, 1963. I was operations Chief and later, when we deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, I was Maintenance Planning Chief. I reported at NAS Brunswick, Maine and left the Squadron at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [13MAR2010]

DeMADALER, Kirk capt.kirk@erols.com "...I was in VP-5 located at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1976 untill 1980. I served in three deployements, first to Italy, then to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and finished my duty in NAS Bermuda in 1980. I was mostly TAD to AIMD as the squadrons Crypto Tech. I was one of the "unsung" people behind the scene. I also worked many of the com nav repair stations and the sono area when they had particularly ugly problems, and although I spent little time directly with the squadron personnel almost every piece of electronic equipment that was on the aircraft I fixed at one time or another over the four years. I wish I had had a closer relationship with the squadron people as being TAD all the time resulted in not really being part of anything. This resulted in me terminating my relationship at the end of my first tour I can't help but believe that if I had been closer to the others I would have reinlisted. I enjoyed the travel and found the officers and crews to be very friendly, I have not located many stories from the people in the squadron at the time I was in on your web site. So I'll pass on a brief one I remember as very funny. It was at the "over the hump party" in Italy when we got the bus driver totally drunk and he must have sideswiped about ten cars getting us out of the beach area i remember him flooring the bus and laughing like hell as he careened from side to side I thought it was very amusing and wonder if anyone else remembers the incident? Good Luck to all..." [08JUL2002]

DEMALON, AT3 Mark m.demalon@gmail.com "...My first duty station after my A school and C school was NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-11, 1984. The squadron was already deployed to NAS Bermuda. I caught up with them there we I sent was TAD to Corrosion Control and met a few guys that were just great! Rusty, Joe and the Chief I worked for Chuck Bennett. Rusty, Joe and I roomed together ad had a great time. Other deployments were to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was always sent TAD to AIMD as I worked on HF, VHF radios. I left VP-11 in 1988 and transferred to AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and worked for CDR Jack Mills. I left the Navy and started my civilian career in television and have been working in it ever since. I would like to hear from my former Shipmates from my days in VP-11. As many have said that was my best duty station..." [08MAR2009]

DeMARIO, Anthony J (Tony) dana633@usaor.net "...Served in VW-2 from June 58 to June 60. Arrived as an "AN" and discharged as ACW2. I was fortunate enough to make three Med Criuses, two to Malta in 58 and 59 and the last to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 60. All three were great experiences, except for the extended stay at Suda Bay Crete, during the first one. I was just recently contacted and made aware of the web site. It will be great to hear from former crewmembers and friends..." [20APR99]

DeMEESTER, Jack Retired DEMEESTER@prodigy.net "...Living in Dallas, GA working for Delta Airlines. Spent the majority of my twenty years as a P-3 Flight Engineer, serving in VP-5, VP-62, VP-60, and VP-90. I would love to hear from past Shipmates to remember these great days of VP-NAVY..." [26OCT99]

DEMERY, ADJ3 Gerald gldemery@charter.net "...I served with VP-11 from March 1964 to June 1967. I worked in the Engine Shop then flew as a 2nd Mechanic with Crew-11 on BUNO: 147962. CDR Nelson was our PPC..." [E-Mail Updated 09AUG2009 | 07MAR2002]

DeMIERRE, AMS John jdemierre@post-dispatch.com "...I was in the service from 1989 thru 1993 with VS-37 Sawbucks in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AMS but did most my work in Corrosion Control Dept. Haven't kept in touch with my friends but hope to change that. I was in the Persian Gulf War, stayed in Dubai for a few days. Even got the opportunity to go Around The Horn. Chile and Argentina are just a few of the port visits on that cruise. My good friends come to mind. Benson Aricayos, Torres, Gomez, Asoua. Hope to hear from someone. Can you believe it , I'm a Graphic Designer. I have no problem with people emailing me. Thank You..." [31MAY2005]

DEMMICK, RALPH demmickr@mail.acilink.org "...I was at VQ-2 from 89-94, and yes there is life after retirement..."

DeMOTT, Robert bond_jamesbond_@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-17 from 78-80 and would like to hear from any of my friends from that time, especially anyone in the AW shop from the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment 78-79. I hope your all doing well and have great memories of our adventures together!..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2001 | 06JUN99]

DEMPSEY, BILL FIREMEC113@AOL.COM "...HOW ARE ALL YOU GUYS DOING? LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE FROM VJ-62. I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW HAPPY WE WERE ABOUT 15 OF US WERE GETTING OF THE ROCK, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada AFTER BEING THERE FOR OUR NORMAL 18 MONTH TOUR AT THE NAVAL STATION. THEY DIDN'T EVEN GIVE US AIRDALES THE BENEFIT OF CALLING IT AN AIR STATION. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE AIRCRAFT THE PLACE WOULD ONLY HAVE BEEN A FISHING VILLAGE. A FEW MONTHS BEFORE OUR TOUR ENDED A COUPLE OF AJ2P'S HAD PASSED THROUGH "THE ROCK." WE TALKED WITH THE CREW AND HEARD ABOUT THEIR HOME AIR STATION, SANFORD FLA. WHAT AN ASSIGNMENT! THEN MONTHS LATER WE WERE ALL (15 0F IS) BEING TRANFERED TO THIS SQUADRON WITH THE CRAZY PLANE WITH THREE ENGINES, WOW FLORIDA. AFTER THE ROCK, GREAT, WAIT CANCEL THAT THE SQUADRON IS BEING TRANSFERED TO NAS Norfolk, Virginia, ALL ORDERS ON HOLD TILL TRANSFER IS COMPLETE, DONT WANT TO MOVE US TWICE, THEN WE FINALLY GET TO COME BACK TO THE STATES BUT NOT TO FLA. BELIEVE ME MOST OF US 15 HIT THE BEACH OFTEN AND HARD ANY LIBERTY AT ALL TO US WAS GREAT. THE GUYS WHO CAME UP WITH THE SQUADRON THOUGHT WE WERE NUTS. THEN I GOT ORDERS ABOUT 6 MONTHS LATER FOR ANOTHER CHANGE, DARN IT. I WAS ASSIGNED TO NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.. TALK ABOUT LIBERTY. YOU WERE ABLE TO WALK TO DOWNTOWN D.C. AND A BAR ON EVERY CORNER, I FELT BLESSED. LOTS OF FUN IN NAVAL AIR. I MET A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE. SOMEONE FROM VJ-62 GIVE ME A SHOUT..." [20AUG2001]

DEMPSEY, ADC Leroy L. Retired lldempsey@live.com "...I served with VP-44 (1968 to 1970), NATOPS F/E at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-26 (1975 to 1978) F/E Line Division CPO NAS Brunswick, Maine. I'd like to hear from any of my old Shipmates and talk over old times..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2008 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 24JUN2002 | 05NOV98]

DEMPSKI, AMS2 Robert W. rdempski@centurytel.net "...I served with VC-8 at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR from February 1967 to March 1968 and VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from March 1968 to October 1969. I loved my time at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and really enjoyed the people I worked with. I would like to get in touch with Dick Weltzin and hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 06MAY2009 | 12JAN2007]

DeNARDO, Dave underbird@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-92 from 92-98, P-3 mechs are the best in the Navy, found that out soon after I left. Bob Caron rules!..." [10SEP2000]

DENDAUW, Russ rrden@charter.net "...I would like to hear from old VP-56 buds from 1982-1985 and VP-17 from 1985-1988. I'm currently working at NAS Fallon, Nv transiet line for past 9 years and work as a part-time EMT for local ambulance service for the past 6 years..." [E-Mail Updated 09JAN2003 | 01SEP98]

DENEU, YN3 Frank fwden@yahoo.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine and attached to VP-26 from 2/1955 to 1/1957. The best 2 years of my life! I did some air time as an "observer" but was in the Admin office as a yeoman (YN3). I rememger the "FAM Hops" out of Keflavik specifically, a trip to Amsterdam allowed me and a good budy Dick Cole to spend 2 days with my Grandfathers sister and husband in Amsterdam. I remember all the good times on liberty with so many swell guys, also the winters in NAS Keflavik, Iceland & NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and the summer TDY'S to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates. I have added a link to open to my webshots album titled "Navy Days with VP-26" which once opened contains 45 pictures of faces and places encountered while serving in VP-26. I'd like to share it with all Shipmates. The link is: http://community.webshots.com/user/frankden..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB2006 | BIO Updated 11DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 05FEB2005 | 28SEP2001]

DENEHY, R. T. rose_terry74011@cox.net "...I reported VP-11 in 1980 while the squadron was deployed to NS Rota, Spain and left the squadron in 1981 when I was Honorably discharged..." [20DEC2010]

DENISON, Charles T. ctd5@bellsouth.net "...I am a plank owner and the first Maintenance Chief of VP-62 from September 1970 to 1974. I would like to hear from any of you out their who were in the squadron during this period. I would also like to know of any plans for a squadron Reunion. Thanks and smooth flying..." [29JUL2006]

DENNETT, Oliver F. [Deceased] c/o His Son John Dennett jdenn@totalnetnh.net "...My father (Oliver F. Dennett) served with VS-56 1942-1943 and I would like to hear from anyone who served with him during his Alaskan/Aleutian days. He passed away when I was young and I would like to know more about him and his early War years from those who knew him. I also have pictures of his days there for those who would like e-mails of them. Thank you..." [01DEC2001]

DENNINGTON, Jerry "Boy Radio" jercat@gmail.com "...I served with VXN-8 (Radio/Radar Operator and Instructor) from May 1990 to October 1993 and then served with VQ-4. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAY2010 | 01DEC1997]

DENNIS, David 70264.3466@compuserve.com "...CDR, VP-10 from 81-84. VT-27 Boomers from 84-86, Reserves, VP-93 from 86-89, Naval Air Reserve Center Minneapolis until 1994. Flying for Northwest Airlines..." [13MAR99]

DENNIS, Lester J. dennislj@swbell.net "...I served with VP-44 from February 1961 through February 1964 as a Navigator and TACCO on P-3A aircraft. We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1961 with P2V aircraft with CDR Pierce as CO. We subsequently moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where we received our new P-3A aircraft with CDR J. Ball & A. Serrell as skippers. I still remember the many wonderful people of this squadron. Its been 40 years now and I have often wondered what has happened to them since then. Would love to hear from anyone from VP-44 who was a member during this period. Thanks to Marty Duling and Ray Estes for starting the reunion process..." [13JAN2000]

DENNY, CDR Don Retired donaldjdenny@cox.net "...I was a LT(jg)/LT VP-26 from 1971 to 1974. That was my only VP tour. I served VQ-4 and VQ-3, and retired as a Commander from the Naval War College in 1990, settling in Narragansett, RI, and teaching Chemistry at Westerly High School..." [02MAR2004]

De NOYER, Jim jbdenoyer8@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-22 (10/1948-08/1951) and live in San Jose, CA. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [Last Name Corrected 20MAY2014 | 02MAY2014]

DENSFORD, Ted E. teddensford@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-11 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1957 to 1960. I was the radio operator on flight crew 10. Littlefield was my plane captain and Headburg was my pilot. It would be nice to hear from some of my Shipmates..." [17OCT2004]

DENT, Lee LDent@OlyWa.Net "...I served with VP-42 from 1967 until decommissioning in 1969. Loved the "Old P-2". It was a great aircraft. I would have stayed in VP-42 for several more tours if we haden't closed down. Would like to hear from some VP-42 shipmates..." [14DEC97]

DENT, AW2 Michael L. "Mick" pablotejas@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-10 from October 1989 to August 1993. I flew SS-1 on CAC's 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, and 11. I then served at NATTC Pensacola AW "A1" from August 1993 to August 1997. Decided it was time to join the family business in NYC (Envirotech Solutions). After 3 years of smelling Dewatered Residuals (a P.C. name for S$#T), I ventured into the area of transporting frozen and perishable commodities coast to coast. We have earned the reputation as a "3rd day" delivery from east to west or visa versa which makes thing interesting and keeps us on our toes. Since I departed the Navy, I have managed to keep in contact with Ron Sandlin and Clay McDaniel. We are looking for AW1 Jason "The Rookie" Pollard. I am always glad to hear from any of the old Shipmates. Drop me a line. E.F.K, Jagermeister, CAC-3 MULES...The Conductor Lives..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 26AUG2003]

DENT, William aka Dog wdent@rancocasvalley.k12.nj.us "...I can not say enough about the experiences I had during my tour of duty with VP-23, Feb.66 - Dec. 22, 1967. I am proud to say I was the Radio Operator on CAC-11 and would certainly enjoy hearing from other crew members and "ground pounders."..." [05MAY99]

DENYER, AE2 Al siddiq_63935@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from 1957 to 1959. I flew as crew member on LP-2 and was then AE-3 and later AE-2. Flew power panel, and ECM. Made operational trips to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Key West, Florida, NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Transferred to VAW-12 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island for three months before discharge December 1959..." [14JUN2005]

DePACE, AMCS (AW) Jimmy Retired jimmyde@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1984-1988. Made the NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Transfered from VP-26 to SDC Dallas Tx for 4 years. Became a BUPERS DETAILER for three years and transfered from Washington, DC to VQ-4. I retired October 2003..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 21APR2003 | 22NOV1997]

D'EPAGNIER, CDR William S. Retired bijadep@msn.com "...LCDR Officer in charge VAW-12 Detachment 45 from January 9, 1958 to December 18, 1958 aboard the USS Essex (CVA-9)..." [27DEC2006]

DePAUL, AW2 Joseph deltapapjoe@hotmail.com "...I served from 1972 to 1978 as a AW2 with VP-90. I would like to hear from anyone serving during that time in the squardron. I would really like to get in contact with Ed (Tinker) Hill..." [23AUG2001]

DePIANTE, James R. "Jim" (Contact via Facebook or LinkedIn) "...I served with VP-49 from 1976 to 1980. I am currently in Charlote, North Carolina. You can find me on Facebook, LinkedIn or my Website (http://depiante.com/)..." [31DEC2009]

DERISE, PR Frank frankinavonohio@aol.com "...I reported to NAF Belem, Brazil October 1943 as a S 1/C right out of Parachute Rigger School. I was assigned to mess cooking and then in ships store. While we were unloading a NATS aircraft a crewman named Hoffman who was also a PR asked me why I wasn't assigned to a quadron. I said I didn't know. He said he would look into it. I was called to take the test for PR 3/c and that's how I got into VP-94..." [21AUG2005]

DeRIVERA, AT1 Thomas Retired derivera1@gmail.com "...NS Rota, Spain (1977-1980 and 1999-2006), VP-62 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1980-1982), VP-68 at both NAWC-AD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAF Washington, D.C. (Andrews AFB) (1983-1984), VP-65 NAS Point Mugu, California (1985-1988) and VP-66 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (1990-1999). I was an "I-level" Avionics Mmaintainer, but did my share of preflights and vacuuming out the electric bays of P-3's as well! My most interesting P-3 related assignment was as a contractor at Naval Air Development Center Warminster where we moved over 100 research labs to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as a result of a BRAC closure. We found some pretty interesting stuff tucked away in that base!! BTW, now I direct a Hospitality House here in NS Rota, Spain. We work with the Base chapel to provide a home away from home atmosphere for the military community. We love seeing our Navy friends whenever they pass through. Updated: Moved back to NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania area from NS Rota, Spain in 2006 and finally retired from Reserves after 30 years. We moved from Philadelphia to NSA Naples, Italy..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAR2010 | BIO Updated 04SEP2006 | BIO Updated 02NOV2005 | BIO Updated 03JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 05JUN2002 | 23MAY99]

DERMODY, Ray J. rjva66@aol.com "...Served with VT-31 from February 1964 to November 1965 on the line, also as air crewman..." [14FEB2002]

DEROSTYNE, Rick Van redsporster99@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-26 from Feb 94 through Feb 97. CAC -4 and CAC-5. I also was stashed at VP-9 from Dec 90-Sep 91 and worked as PAO. Did NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Currently serving as CTF-67 weapons officer in NAF Naples, Italy..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2001 | 01JAN97]

DeROUCHEY, Gary gary@madfoamer.com "...I served with VP-17 from 1970 to 1972 with the ground crew. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [11DEC2009]

DERRINGTON, AO3 Chad webmaster@vp4association.com "...Attached to VP-4 from May 1989 thru September 1992 including '89 NAS Adak, Alaska deployment and both NSF Diego Garcia Deployments in 1990/91 and 1992. I finnished my Tour with the Navy in VP-17 during Oct/Nov 1992. Looking to make contact with any of my Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 10FEB2000 | 18FEB98]

DERTING, Martin sdert@flash.net "...I was with VP-48 Crew 8 1971. I am looking for friends: Andrew Leitner {Jez}, Michael Markille JEZ, Chuck Clemmons, Lt. Deimler, Johnny, Stone, Bullis FE. I would like any information available on a squadron Reunion. Thanks..." [10OCT99]

DeSALVO, JIM jdesalvo12@aol.com "...Had the great pleasure of serving in VP-17 as an AO in Crews 1 ,6, 7, 11, & 12 from 1961-1964. Arrived as airman & left as AO2. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington was great duty. Transfered to reserves in Miami Oct 64. In 85 tried to buy P2V-7 in mothball New Mexico but it didn't work out. Was really sad to see aircraft chopped up. At least some went to Japan to be refitted with turbo props. Would like to hear from anyone from VP-17 during my term..." [22JUL2001]

DeSANTIS, Ed eddyd123@eticomm.net "...Served with VS-27 NAS Norfolk, Virginia, 1955 thru 59. Any of you old AT's out there still able to make muster? Drop a line just to say hello..." [23DEC2001]

DeSANTIS, John desantis323@msn.com "...I served on in the US Navy with my brother Michael DeSantis from 1965 to 1967 with VP-40. I am looking for anyone who was on my squadron during that time. Please feel to contact me via phone at 954-978-0803 or send me a letter at 3239 Carambola Circle South, Coconut Creek, FL 33066. I look forward to your responses..." [25APR2004]

DeSANTIS, Michael S. msdesan@msn.com "...Have special request for anyone who served with VP-40 from 1965 to 1967. My brother and I were both in the squadron those years, and aside from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, they were some of the best times in both our lives. Mainly because of all the friends-Shipmates that we had. Really for some reason these guys were the best. Everyone worked together, and looked after one another..it was one big family. Need help now! My brother is a candidate for kidney transplant. The V.A. is saying they have no records of VP-40 in NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. I know and I agree with what everyone just said about the V.A. Anyway aside from a ton of pictures to throw in there face from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, USS Pine Island (AV-12), etc. If anyone knows were we can get a copy of our Cruise Book for 1966 and 1967 (1965 we have) we would greatly appreciate it ASAP. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates from then. We were the last squadron to fly the P5M, and end to an era..." [20APR2004]

DeSANTO, Ellery "Don" Jr. JUELKDH@aol.com "...I served with VW-2 early 60's, VS-29 63-64, VP-17 74-77..." [14OCT2000]

DESCHAMBAULT, Robert (Frenchy) abh1@bellsouth.net "...I was in VP-11 from 6/52 to 7/57 as a groundpounder. I would like to hear from anyone of that era. Especially if anyone remembers me?..." [07NOV99]

DESCHENES, ABH2 Ronnie Abh2vp8@aol.com "...I was VP-8's line branch LPO from later 1982-early 1984. During that time we won many Betsy Wwards (sorry VP-10!) and a Battle-E. I joined VP-8 as an AA and left ABH-2. The people, the place, the experience were wonderful! Good to see so many Shipmates in contact. Still. God Bless America..." [19SEP2001]

DeSHAZO, Bob bjdeshazo@fedex.com "...I served with VP-17 from late 1966 to mid 1967 where we deployed to Westpac twice out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Hello to any of you guys out there I served with! Any of you still out there?..." [23JUL98]

DeSOCIO, AK Mark desocio@uakron.edu "...I served with VP-17 from 1988 to 1991 as an Aviation Storekeeper and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (Supply) from 1991 to 1994. I am currently living in Cleveland, Ohio area..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19AUG2006 | BIO Updated 06FEB2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2004 | 06JAN2000]

DESPOPOULOS, Steve sdespop@hotmail.com "...I've spent the last 13 years in the P-3 Navy, loving most every minute of it. VP-4 86-91 deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska (twice), NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, Dodge/Masirah. NAMTRA NAS Moffett Field, California 91-95. VP-46 95 until I retire in 2000..." [12OCT98]

DESROSIERS, Ed eleod@cox.net "...I served with VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1979 to 1983..." [20JUL2009]

DESSELLE, Hans poinman821@aol.com "...I served with VAQ-33 from 1989 to 1992. Met a lot of great folks while there. If anyone who was there during that time knows the whereabouts of AME3 Dan Thaler or ADAN Robert "Woody" Greninger? Would also like to hear from anyone who was there during that time..." [05DEC2001]

DESSIFY, Bob "Navy" shazam1015@aol.com "...I served with VP-50 from 1977-1981...brings back a lot of memories (good and Bad). I lost some good friends during this period, but the good times keep on rolling. I spent a lot of time in NAS Adak, Alaska puting the Low-Rider back together. The crew did a great job holding her togather. If there is any interest in a Reunion, count me in. Good luck Patron 50 Shipmates..." [01JUN2000]

DEURR, AZ3 John P. jdeurr@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1966/1967..." [01DEC2010]

DEUTSCH, REAR ADMIRAL (Select) Kenneth William http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/people/flags/biographies/deutschkw.html "...Rear Admiral (Select) Kenneth William Deutsch is a native of Burlington, Ill. He attended Illinois State University, graduating in June 1978, and received his commission in August 1978 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program. In July 1979 Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch was designated a Naval Flight Officer. In February of 1980, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-16 and completed deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Bermuda / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines; and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported in July 1983 to VP-30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as Communications Officer, Tactical Training Team (TTT) Instructor, and NFO Training Officer. In July 1986, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to Commander, Battle Force Seventh Fleet/Commander, Carrier Group Five, homeported in Cubi Point, R.P., where he served as Flag Secretary and Flag Lieutenant. While on board the staff, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and served on several flagships, including USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Ranger (CV 61). In September 1987 the Carrier Group Five staff became the first Joint Task Force Middle East staff. During this tour, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch served as Flag Lieutenant for the Commander, completing a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on board USS Long Beach (CGN 9) and USS Iowa (BB 61) during the Iran/Iraq War and Operation Earnest Will. Following his tour in the Philippines, he was assigned in August 1988 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as the VP Shore and then Sea Detailer in the Aviation Assignment Branch. In November 1990, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch joined VP-5 where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployment. Upon completion of this tour in February 1992, he reported to CPW-11 as Operations Officer until January, 1994. In April 1994, Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to VP-24 as the Executive Officer, completing a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, prior to the squadron's decommissioning in May 1995. He then reported to VP-45 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, deploying to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. In June 1997 he reported to the Commander of Task Force Sixty Seven, homeported in NAF Naples, Italy, where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch assumed command of CRPW-5, homeported in NAS Brunswick, Maine, in May 1999. As Commodore, he directed the training and operations of four Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons until his Change of Command in October, 2000. Rear Adm. (sel) Deutsch reported to The Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2000 where he served as the Chief, Communications and Computer Networks Division, J6T, in the C4 Systems Directorate, J6. Following his selection for promotion to Rear Admiral (Lower Half), he reported to the OPNAV staff in October 2002 where he is currently serving as the Deputy for Resources and Requirements in the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Division, CNO N-61..." [22JUN2003]

DEVANEY, CDR C.W. (Bill) https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=658 "...CDR C.W. (Bill) Devaney, USNR - NFL Number: 658 - Date of Birth: 12/25/1925 - Date In: 6/1/1943 - Date Out: 12/1/1950 - City, State: Houston, TX - School Attended: Temple University - Aircraft Flown: TBM3, PBY5A, PV-2, SNB, JRB - Ship or Unit: USS Cabot, CVL28 VP-ML-70 - Pilot Desg.: Air crewman - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: American, Pacific - Associations/Service Organizations: Ret. Officers Assn Assn of Nav Aviation U.S. Naval Institute - Highest personal decoration or award: Bronze Star Medal - In Memoriam? No..." [06DEC2005]

DeVARNEY, AWCS David "Devo" Retired navydevo@aol.com "...I was in VP-23 from 5-74 to 7-77, VP-19 from 11-78 to 5-82, FASO Det NAS Moffett Field, California from 7-82 to 10-85, VS-41 and VS-35 from 11-85 to 5-88, VP-50 from 5-88 to 4-90, AW Rate Training Manual/Advancement Exam writer (I still check for bombs) 5-90 to 5-93, VP-11 from 8-93 to 1-95, PMA-264 (sonobuoy office) from 2-95 to 1-98, and CNAP Aircrew Training 2-98 to 11-99. Currently organizing the Fleet AW Association..stop by at http://fleetaw.tripod.com..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 20JUN2000 | 02JUN98]

DeVAULT, Thomas tw_devault@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-11 (1960-1963) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23MAR2014]

DeVAUX, Marcel kaymarc@mindspring.com "...I was in the old VP-71 aboard the USS Albemarle assigned to the Radio gang when NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada was first opened in 1941. Later to be transferred to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island . When the war broke out we were all shipped to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii . Later I was transfered to VP-72 and moved to Espirito Santo aboard the USS Tangier, and operated out of there until 1943. I would like to hear from any of the old gang, either VP-71, VP-72 or anyone from the Radio gang aboard the Albemarle or NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Does anyone know what happened to Charlie Cearley who was transfered from VP-71 to VPB-104 in 1942?..." [11JUN2000]

DEVERS, Donald DDevers@aol.com "...I was in VPB-71 from April 1944 to April 1945. Crew 4, first pilot. PPC Ralph Trejo. Owi Island, Morotai, Tacloban, Mindoro, Luzon. First crew relieved in April 1945. Could that have been 57 years ago? Seems like yesterday. Recalled during Korea, decided to make a career of it and retired from NAS Pensacola, Florida where it all started 28 years prior!..." [03JUN2001]

DeVEY, Graham kulakidz@maui.net "...I was in VP-48 from 1972-1976, assigned to crew 12 all that time. We deployed to Adak, Guam, Misawa. Looking for former crew mates, please get in touch or stop by next time you're in Maui. Yes, I married Diane Connell and we're still together after 20 years and have one son. Aloha!..."

DEVINE, AT3 Thomas James devine1tj@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-5 (1976-1979) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and flew as an IFT..." [19JUL2012]

DEVINE, IS1 Fred J. roscobus@i2k.net "...Looking for buddies from 1962/1966, VP-40..." [03DEC2001]

DEVINE, John andydevine@earthlink.net "...Served my last 2 years with VP-16 1968 to May 1970 (Power Plants)..." [23DEC2001]

DEVINE, ADCS RICHARD M. Retired RDEVINE@GATEWAY.NET "...VPNAVY BRINGS BACK MANY MEMORIES, BOTH GOOD AND BAD.SURE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD Shipmates FROM VP-4, VP-6, VP-45, VP-17, and VP-31..." [15OCT98]

DeVITA, AE2 Michael mdevitaedp@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-66 (10/1968-1974). I recently made up a "memorial" shirt that shows the four squadron patches over time and the two planes (I was there for the P2V and the early transition to P-3). Really neat item to have - I intend to put the same display on my old navy work jacket. If you want to see the display please email me so I can attach a picture..." [BIO Updated 28AUG2014 | 12NOV2013]

DEVLIN, Tosha Branham toshabranham@yahoo.com "...I have served in 2 VP squadrons plus an E2/C2 squadron and a H46 squadron. I served in VP-5 from DEC 99 - MAY 02 and VP-30 from Sep 02 to FEB 03. I will be however transitioning to another VP squadron VP-8 at the end of the year..." [12APR2005]

DeVOSS Francis (Deceased) c/o His Son Bruce De Voss bdevoss@knoxnet.net "...My father, Francis De Voss, served in VP-82 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and in Key West. Dad died in 1998 and I'm sure sorry he didn't get to see you pictures and articles..." [14APR2002]

DeVRIES, Jim jimdev@interaccess.com "...I reported to VW-16 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii right out of Hutchinson. We didn't even have airplanes at that time. I think they arrived in December...I went to VW-14. I had been legal officer in VW-16 but became Asst. Legal officer in VW-14 under LCDR Estes..." [05DEC98]

DeVRIES, ADJ3 Robert bdevries52@hotmail.com "...Attended ADJ "A" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines (1966-1967) in the Operations Deparment, Flight Line and Jet Engine Repair Shop and VP-40 (1967-1968) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the PBM "Pig Boat." We changed homeports to NAS Moffett Field, California where we recieved our "new" P-3 Orion and stayed there till I left the Navy in 1968..." [BIO Updated 05JAN2011 | 29DEC2010]

DEW, Dawn dawn1dew@aol.com "...I was in VP-46 from Dec. 88-Oct. 92. I was an AT2 and my last job was as the Quality Assurance Rep for the Avionics shop. I have a lot of great memories and I still keep in touch with my closest friends from VP-46, but I'd love to talk to more people! I'm still a civilian living in Minneapolis, MN where I am a Registered Nurse working on an Organ Transplant floor at Fairview University Medical Center (It's a far cry from carrying toolboxes and fixing avionics gear!) ..." [12DEC98]

DEWEY, William E. wedewey@aol.com "...I was aboard the USS Albemarle (AV-5) for precommissioning and commissioning in October ,1957 with Capt. William Dean. I served under Capt. Charles Minter and Capt. Vincent de Poix. (Both Captains later became Vice Admirals). I have some great memories of being the OOD entering and leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and the cruise up the St. Lawrence Seaway..." [11MAR2001]

DEWHIRST, AE3 Edward R. edwardd664@aol.com "...I served with VP-31, VP-9, VO-67 and VP-40. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 27NOV2012 | E-Mail Updated 06MAR2009 | 31JAN99]

DeWIRE, AW2 Michael mdewire@satx.rr.com "...I served with VP-45 from 1973 to 1977 as a AW2. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2004 | 25AUG98]

DeWISPELAERE, Thomas J. "Dewey" tjdewisp@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1978 to 1981 with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I am now living in Manassas, Virginia, working as a computer network engineer. I would love to hear from all my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 15FEB2010 | 15MAR98]

DeWYZE, Jim JjbvDew@aol.com "...Brought back many memories. Served with VP-22 '64 through '67 as plane commander..."

DEY, AMH3 Tim patimdey@sbcglobal.net "...I served aboard NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (1963-1964) and VP-8 (1964-1967) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [28FEB2012]

DEYO, AWCS(AC/AWS) Ralph M. Retired Rotor-Head@msn.com "...out of Barbers Point from 68 to 71..."


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