The Navy Hymn
Sailor Aviators Version
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its' own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.
Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In dark'ning storms or sunlight fair.
O, Hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air.
But when at length our course is run,
Our work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that flew and sailed,
Let not one life in thee be failed,
But hear from heaven our sailors cry,
And grant eternal life on high.
May all our departed shipmates rest in peace.
"...AO3 James P. Franklin replaced me on that flight (In Memorial for VP-42 lost friends Christmas 1967). 46 years later I still cry for my Shipmates..." Contributed by DeCONZA, Kenny email@example.com [13OCT2013]
Mishap Correspondence "...letter I received concerning the loss of our Crew 9 in 1967. Four of our crews were sent to the Coast Guard station on Annette Island, Alaska to aid in the search and rescue effort. Sadly, we had to return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington without finding a trace of our lost Shipmates. A very sad time for our whole squadron..." Contributed by Contributed by Ronnie McGriff firstname.lastname@example.org [26JUN2012]
VP-42 Mishap "...Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to a VP-42 SP-2H crew lost on 14 December 1967. Location is Section 34 Gravesite 4422..." Contributed by Stephen Miller email@example.com [20NOV2007]
"...I had many good friends in VP-42. I heard that the P2 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Christmas 1967) that crashed returning from Alaska in 1967. A very good friend (LT(jg) Gary A. Klessig) was aboard. Gary was just married...McDANIEL, Kenneth P. firstname.lastname@example.org..." [06APR2004]
"...VP-42 The Neptune that crashed in Alaska in dec67 was SP-2H 135594. Exact date of the crash was 14dec67..." Contributed by Jan van Waarde email@example.com, Navy/USMC/USCG/NASA Updates Editor WebSite: http://www.scramble.nl Dutch Aviation Society / Scramble [01DEC2004]
"...My father, Captain H. L. Beesley was the CO of VP-42 at the time the crew (SEE In Memorial for lost friends...Christmas 1967) was lost coming back from Alaska in 1967. It was the first time as a lad of 13, I saw my father cry. It was almost unbelieveable to me to find that they had finally found the lost plane after so many years. I hope it brought some measure of closure to family and many squad mates. Thanks for an opportunity to share...Scott Beesley firstname.lastname@example.org..." [01OCT2003]
"...Our son was in VP-42 when the aircraft carring 14 people crashed into Sea Otter glacier in Alaska on Christmas 1967 during a storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Services were conducted 14 years later after remaines of the plane sighted. We would appreciate anyone from the Squadron or anyone else that might have knowledge as to if any more remains have been sighted. My step-sons name was Dale Allen Armour. My wife and I thank you very much...Lawrence R. Fay SR. email@example.com..." [27SEP99]
"...The Memorial to the crew we lost in Alaska, December 1967 really hit the heart. I spent several anxious days flying around the mountain peaks on search and rescue looking for that crew. I only found out about ten years ago that the crash site had been discovered. One of my co-workers mentioned that his brother, a navy forensics doctor, was in Alaska trying to identify the remains of a crew that was lost there in the 60's. Senator Denton, Ex-Navy and Ex-POW, had an office in the same building where I worked. I went to his office and asked him to check to see if that might be our lost crew. I received a letter shortly after confirming that it was. Even though it was some twenty years later. I was relieved to know that they were found and returned to their families. One loss had really hit close to home. My wife and I had semi-adopted a young ordinanceman, Jim Franklin. He was quite homesick and we had him over for Thanksgiving to keep him from spending the holidays in some lonely barracks. He was not a member of the crew and had been a last minute substitution for the crew ordinancemen, who was sick at the time. It seemed so ironic that we had spent a tour in a war zone with not a scratch only to lose a crew on a mountainside in Alaska. Another irony of the crash was that a soldier who was heading home from a year's tour in Viet Nam had been bumped from his flight in Alaska and had hitched a ride with our crew to get back home ..." Contributed by RONNIE (ROB) M. MCGRIFF firstname.lastname@example.org [31OCT98]
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