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Memorial Picture "...IRION, Eugene "Gene"...Shipmate Pix...Eugene "Gene" Irion, 75, Fargo, N.D., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at his home. Mr. Irion was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Fredonia, N.D., the son of Otto and Anna (Haag) Irion. He graduated from Kulm (N.D.) High School in 1950. He taught elementary school for a year in the Holland School District and a year in the Lautt School District. He moved to Jamestown and worked as a bookkeeper for Nasch Finch Co. before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Ill. and New Port, R.I. He married Viola Wolf on March 24, 1954, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Fredonia. Four days later, he boarded the carrier ship Bennington, as a member of VP-16. He was stationed in NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, North Africa, ZP-2 Brunswick, Ga., NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Portsmith Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, USS Wasp Homeport, Boston, Mass., and Epdoconus, Bainbridge, Md. He retired from the Navy in 1971. They moved to Fredonia, and farmed for nine years. In 1980 they moved to Kulm and he began working for Kulm State Bank as the Fredonia Branch manager. They also owned and operated the Kulm Hotel from 1980 to 1995. During the summers of 1977 to 1980, they served as caretakers of Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historic Site. He retired in 1995 and they moved to Fargo. He was a member of Fredonia American Legion, Lions Club, Fleet Reserve Association, Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Fredonia, Zion Lutheran Church, Kulm, and Peace Lutheran Church, Fargo. He enjoyed playing board games, watching baseball, dining out, playing cards and telling stories..." WebSite: The Jamestown Sun http://www.jamestownsun.com/..." [16AUG2008]

Memorial Picture "...IRWIN, Floyd "Don"...My grandfather, Floyd "Don" Irwin, was an aircrewman on PBM-5s. In a journal that I found, he said that his plane was called the Georgia Peach. He flew out of San Diego on 8 Oct 1945 and was in MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii until 8 Nov 1945. He served with VPB-100, VPB-205 and VPB-25. He also mentioned the names Cokus and Zimker in his journal. I've also been told that he had a monkey as a pet, and the monkey was sort of the mascot. If anyone has information, I'd love to know it. I've not had much luck finding information..." Contributed by Chris Offield chrisoffield@sbcglobal.net [20FEB2012]

Memorial Picture "...IRWIN, AVCM Richard M...I am sorry to report that Rich passed away October 31, 2010 in Hawaii. Rich served with VP-4, VP-19, VPU-2 and ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, ..." Contributed by KUSMIERZ, CWO4 Richard T. Retired kusi555@hotmail.com [21JAN2011]


IRELAND, ADCS William (Bill) A. Retired gummadoom@comcast.net "...I served with HT-18 (1971 to 1974), VP-6 (1974 to 1977), HT-18 (1978 to 1980), VP-44 (1980 to 1983), VF-45 (1983 to 1987), VP-56 (1987 to 1990), AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida from (1990 to 1993) and retired after 22 years of service..." [E-Mail Updated 02DEC2007 | 18AUG98]

IRELAND, AD1 Steve Retired ridesafe@tds.net "...Just wanted to say hello again out there to all the VP'ers as I was fortunate to homestead in NAS Brunswick, Maine for 17 of my 20 year career. I retired in 1998 from AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine. Went to NAS Brunswick, Maine Fire Department for 4 years after retirement and then took a job at the Cutler Naval Station (yes it's still open!) as their Safety Manager. That lasted almost two years and came back to NAS Brunswick, Maine as a Traffic Safety Contractor. Working all over the Northeast and loving it. I did manage to take a 3-month break and work at the Togus VA Hospital. Got bored and wanted to get back to my passion of teaching. Would like to hear from any Shipmates out there from VP-8, VP-11, VP-44, FASO/SERE School Brunswick, and also from my very first Navy tour with VF-143 Pukin' Dogs onboard the USS Eisenhower. Life is good in Maine, the way life should be!..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2011 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 01OCT2003 | 26SEP98]

IRVINE, ARM3 Laurence lirvine@live.com "...ARM- NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Gunnery-Yellow Water, SBD Ops- NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Assigned NAAS Camp Kearny, California PB4Y2s VPB-122. NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Attu, Alaska and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Terminal Island for discharge ARM3/c. 1947 Navy Reserve NAS Alameda, California SB2Cs. 1951 2nd LT USAF. 1969 Retire Lt.Col. Going to visit NAS Whidbey Island, Washington next week. NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida closed. Don't think NAS Attu, Alaska is practical. Miss Naval Air. My son was on Bon Homme Richard. Regards to any WWII guys..." [24AUG2009]

IRWIN, Albert H. patmac@centurytel.net "...I served with VP-57 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington during Korea era and beyond. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [18APR2008]

IRWIN, Blair G. bgirwin@sbcglobal.net "...I joined the Navy at NAS Dallas, Texas and was assigned to a NARMU Unit, and shortly after boot, returned to my home in Fort Worth to pack up and move to Kansas City, where I drilled at NAS Olathe, Kansas. While at NAS Olathe, Kansas, I was talked into flying, and loved it from the start, and felt right at home in the P2V and was assigned to VP-891, and later VP-883. After a year or so there, I moved to Chicago and drilled at NAS Glenview, Illinois where I was part of the first overseas deployment of a reserve unit to Europe in 1968 with VP- (VP-723). I also participated in a SUBEX (TRANSITEX) with VP-723 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida April 6-7 1968, leaving Chicago on April 4th 1964, flying over what looked like the whole of Chicago burning below me a result of the riots after Martin Luther King’s shooting. After several years I moved to Los Angles, and drilled at NAS Los NAS Los Alamitos, California. Leaving the Navy when NAS Los Alamitos, California was decommissioned in 1970...." [14MAY2012]

IRWIN, Don donirwin@earthlink.net "...I served with VQ-1 (1981 to 1983) and SPOD (1987 to 1993) as Radio Operator and FE..." [16SEP2010]

IRWIN, AVCM Richard M. Retired aloharich@gmail.com "...I served with VP-19 from 1971 to 1979, ASATD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1979 to 1982, VP-4 Special Projects in 1982; VPU-2 Plankowner from 1982 to 1989 (Crew 14 Dark Forces) and September 1989 to present double-dipping sandcrab at Pacific Missile Range, Barking Sands, Kauai. Would like to hear from VP-19 Admin Officer LT Johnson; VPU-2 Jim Riley..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08FEB2006]


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