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Memorial Picture "...ZELINGER, AW3 Rick "Zippy"...Shipmate AW3 Rick "Zippy" Zelinger recently passed away. Zippy served with VP-22 in the mid to late 1980's. He is survived by a Wife and two children. He passed away at the young age of 46. You may contact his daugther Crystal Zelinger crys.zeli@gmail.com. He will be missed...Brian "Muddy" Watters posjeep@yahoo.com..." [10FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...ZERCIE, Jeffrey...Need to report the death of MSGT Jeffrey Zercie from direct enemy fire on August 8, 2006. While injured he maintained suppressive fire during an ambush, allowing his team to regroup and form a defensive position. He routinely talked about his exploits in his younger years with VP-40 and the Fighting Marlins. I will leave his stories of the western pacific to the imagination of those who experienced it themselves. He died protecting as he called them, the only kids he had..." Contributed by Anonymous [31MAR2007]


ZEBROWSKI, Donald P. carolbeb@gogtt.net "...I served with VS-27 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia from January 1960 to November 1963 in the Airframe Shop. I was onboard the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) during the Bay of Pigs..." [28JUL2010]

ZECHMEIR, Lewis "Zeke" zechmeir@excitemail.com "...Served in VP-50 66-67 during deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and points west. Have several good photos of P-5's on ramp in San Diego and NS Sangley Point, Philippines if anyone is interested. Also served in AEW BARRON PAC during decommisioning, NAS Kodiak, Alaska 65-66. Lots of memories drug up out of the sub-conscience by planes and places..." [22JUN98]

ZECIRI, PN2 Omar zecirio@spawar.navy.mil "...I served with the finest VP Squadron (VP-17) White Lightnings, at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii during the 1983-1987 timeframe. I was a PN2, and deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and NAS Adak, Alaska. I considered my years with VP-17 as my best years in the Navy. I retire next year and was hoping to hear from some of my fellow white lightnings that I proudly served with. WAZZUPP..." [02APR2001]

ZEIGER, AZ2 Steve (Zig/Ziggy) mentorins@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 in Maintenance Control from 1985 to 1988 and AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1988 to 1992. Great to see some old Shipmates on this site (John Lawton, SCPO Meaney, and CWO Cornish). I would be great to hear from some of my old friends. Shoot me an email. Hope everyone is well..." [16FEB2004]

ZEILER, Charles G. cgz@sbcglobal.net "...I served with FAETUPAC at NAS Atsugi, Japan in 1969/70 and worked with VQ-1 & VP-17. I was in charge of the ASTA shop which took care of the gear to train aircrew all over westpac. I also went to FASU/NSA DaNang, Republic of Vietnam with VQ-1..." [14JAN2005]

ZEISEL, CAPTAIN Dick Retired eldoz@msn.com "...I served (in chronological order) in the following squadrons: VP-47 (1951-53); VP-8 (1961-64); VP-30 (1964-67); VP-49 (XO/CO 1967-68); VP-31 (CO 1970-71)...Having been involved in the very first P3V-1 (P-3A) introduction in 1962 and still involved with the P-3 in 1970-71 (first west coast P-3C)..." [E-Mail Updated 05FEB99]

ZELENYAK, AME2 Danny J. DannBev@Alaska.com "...I served with VX-4 from 1972-1975 then on to VS-33. Then onto VF-202 for 4 years. I would really like to hear from any of my old Shipmates..." [30NOV2001]

ZELINSKI, AMS1 Wally wallyzel@gmail.com "...I served with VP-11 (1971-1974) TAD to AIMD for 6 months and then back to the squadron airframes shop for the duration. Remember the NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NAS Bermuda deployments. Chief Young, Ray Vega, Bones, Bob Kutzel, Charlie McCray, Bob Wesley and Bob Ziegler are some I remember serving with at the time. Good times and memories for sure. Got out after 9 years and 4 months as an AMS1 stationed at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida..." [07DEC2015]

ZELL, AX3 Gerry Puccini@home.com "...I served in VP-44. 1964 to 1966. AX3 attached to AMD department..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2000 | 00XXX96]

ZELLER, AMHC Robert "Fuzzy" csfwl41_at_csfwl@airlant.navy.mil "...I was in the VP-17, "World Famous White Lightnings" from Oct-79 thru Feb-83. It was an excellent tour. I am currently stationed at STRIKEFIGHTERWINGLANT NAS Cecil field, Jacksonville, Fl. I've been with F/A-18 since 1986. When I left VP-17 in '83 I went to aircrew school, got NPQ for blood pressure, went back to Hawaii stationed in VC-1, working on 2 VIP P-3's Buno's 149675 & 150605, as well as 7 TA-4J's and 2 SH-3G's, look at those helos and you get filthy....YUK..Anyway, I hope to hear from some of the guys from back then...I am going to retire Nov 1999 after 23 years of service..." [05OCT98]

ZELLMER, AO3 Keith keith@zaxisracing.com "...I served with VP-9 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1970 to 1974. We made two deployments to NAS Iwakuni, Japan during that time frame. I was the "BB-Stacker" on Crews 1 and 4. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." WebSite: http://www.zaxisracing.com/ [E-Mail Updated 23MAY2006 | 09APR2001]

ZELMS, AME2 Bill zelmscrs41@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-28 (1959-1963) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was a crewman aboard the P2V5 and P2V7..." [19SEP2014]

ZEMAN, AXAN Darrel E. "Zee" bowtiez@frontier.com "...I served as an AXAN attached to VP-10 from 1971-1974 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily (1971), NAS Bermuda (1972) and NS Rota, Spain (1972 & 1973) primary duties were TAD to AIMD on the RADAR, ECM & MAD benches. We sure had some great times around NAS Brunswick, Maine and especially the parties at "Indian Rest" and "The Snake Ranch" but you would have to have been there to appreciate those events. Greatly enjoyed were "Chas" & "Howie" jamming on the guitars and harp in the barracks. A good laugh was always had when another release of the "Z-Grams" came out and how Chief (AVCM-David) Carr would cringe everytime he saw a new beard or someone's hair bulging out of our caps. I also remember the tragic date of 15MAR73 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends March 16, 1973). When we lost a crew of friends in the bay off NASB.I would really like to know if anyone knows the whereabouts of AT2 Gerald R. Howard or "Howie" who left NAS Brunswick, Maine to return to Iowa and AE2 Thomas Diamantidis "Tommy" of NYC..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAY2011 | E-Mail Updated 13FEB2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2002 | 23NOV2001]

ZENI, AXC Richard USNR Retired grasshopper1924@yahoo.com "...I served with VS-31 (HedRon 5 and 12), VS-62, VS-833 VS-835 and VP-833 until I retired from the Naval Reserve. I am going on 85 and would love to hear from any of my former Shipmates..." [15NOV2008]

ZERBY, AFCM(AC) Kermit (Little "Z") Retired zerbkr@ispec.com or fpond@us.hsanet.net "...Hello to all who have felt the mighty LIGHTNING BOLT! VP-17 68-72 Flight Engineer crews 5 and 12. ASW, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 74-77. VXN-8 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland Flight Engineer 77-81. ASW, NATC Flight Engineer 81-84. I supported the NAVAIR APML for the Royal Thai Navy P-3 program 94-98. I got to go to Utapao, boy has that place changed. The wash rack and the NAESU butler huts are about the only things that are left. Has anyone heard from Jim Blakely? I would like to get ahold of him..." [07OCT98]

ZERCIE, Jeffrey W. jkzercie@jps.net "...I was with VP-40 1988-1993 EWO Crew 1. Pete Silva was my sea daddy for a while. Looking back now, I'll have to say that my time with VP-40 was the best time of my life. Miss all the great people I worked with. Still in contact with Jeff Davis, Jorge Santiago, Dominic Jones, and many others Drop me a line when you can..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 18JUL99]

ZEILER, LT Terry J. "Tango" songmaker@usa.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1976 to 1979. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. TACCO CAC-11. USN from 1966 to 1986 and primary duty assignments included USS James Madison (SSBN627)1967-1970; University of Oklahoma NESEP program 1970-1974; VP-49 1976-79; NAS Lemoore, California 1979-82; Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) 1982-1984; and Pacific Missile Test Center NAS Point Mugu, California 1984-1986. Currently: Enjoying the good life in sunny Southern California..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 19DEC2004 | 21DEC97]

ZELINGER, AW3 Richard (Zippy) Scott zeli5725@blue.unco.edu "...Does anyone remember AW3 Zippy? If you do, give me a hello at The University of Northern Colorado Physics Department. I would be suprised if you don't as I'm sure that I owe most of you money. VP-22 RULES!...Just graduated from the University Of Northern Colorado with a BA in Physics" [BIO Updated 15DEC2001 | 08FEB2000]

ZEMBER, James R. marnjimz@gateway.net "...Served with VQ-2...served as ECM Tech on Connies and flew some in the A-3s from 12/63 - 8/66. They were the best of times and the worst of times. Loved every minute of it. Part of the GAF purple hat crew..." [21MAR98]


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