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Circa 1969

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 34 to 35 - Naval Aviation News - September 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/sep69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - January 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/jan69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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Circa 1968

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00XXX68--I was a member of Navy Patrol Squadron 48 from 1968 until I re-enlisted as an AT-2 at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines in 1972. I was a crewmember (Radio Operator) on Crew 5, LCDR Jim Lohr, Aircraft Commander. Commander Ben Pitts was the squadron CO at this time. I made deployments with VP-48 to NAS Adak, Alaska, Sangley Point RP/det. Cam Ranh Bay RVN, Back to Sangley Point/Cam Ranh/U Tapao, Thailand, And NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. (we were the last active deployed VP Squadron at NAS Sangley Point, Philippines). After Re-enlisting, I went to AVI "B" in Memphis, and returned to NAS Moffett Field, California as a Radio Instructor for awhile, and was subsequently selected to fly with the crew of RP-31, COMNAVAIRPAC's VIP configured P-3A (150511), where I remained until 1977, when I left the Navy. The patch/logo for VP-48 (first known as the "Pregnant Pelicans") represented by the pelican with a submarine in her mouth. Later, the Red and Blue "Boomerangs" were added, and we were known as the "Boomerangers", because "we always came back..." Contributed by (former) AT-1 Michael "Scotty" Foster, USN (1967-1977)" moose2@nextdim.com


Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-48 Deployment Mug WebSite: EBay [05MAY2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation December 1967 "...End Of Seaplane Tenders - Page 13 - Naval Aviation News - December 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/dec67.pdf [13SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1967 "...Pacific, Atlantic 'E' Winnders Named - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - April 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/apr67.pdf [09SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Awards..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23APR2001]

  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    31 Jul 67 31 Jan 68

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    01 Dec 68 31 May 69
    01 Apr 70 01 Oct 70

  • Navy "E" Ribbon (Battle "E")
    01 Jul 77 31 Dec 78

  • Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry)
    01 Apr 70 30 Sep 70
    01 Nov 70 21 Nov 70

  • SECNAV Letter of Commendation
    27 Oct 90 24 Nov 90

    VP-48 Det OF
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    Winter 69

    VP-48 Participating Aircrew
  • Navy Expeditionary Service Medal
    21 Nov 79 15 Mar 80
    10 Feb 81 10 Aug 81

    Circa 1966

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...United States Naval Operations Vietnam, Highlights; (No. 8): May 1966..." WebSite: Mobile Riverine Force Association http://www.mrfa2.org/MRFA%20'Highlights'%20copies/mrfa-08/high-8.htm [03DEC2005]

    MARKET TIME Units

    Three Patrol Air Cushion Vehicles (PACV) arrived at Vung Tau on 1 May to form PACV Division 107 and on 2 May proceeded to the MARKET TIME base at Cat Lo, thus introducing this type craft for the first time into a combat zone. During the rest of the month, maintenance and logistic support equipment was set up and the PACVs were prepared for operations.

    In aerial surveillance operations, USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) with CTF 72 embarked, arrived at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam on 15 May, set up a seadrome and activated Task Group 72.5. SP-5B aircraft immediately began flying patrols from the seadrome in support of MARKET TIME. VP-40 and VP-48 had aircraft detachments at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam supported by USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) for the remainder of the month. Fifty two MARKET TIME flights were flown by TG 72.5 during this period. The aircraft on patrol investigated contacts for MARKET TIME ships and reported all contacts and suspicious activity discovered. A detachment of seven P2 aircraft from VP-2 relieved VP-1 as TG 115.6 on 29 May. They were based at Tan Son Nhut Air Base at Saigon and flew in support of MARKET TIME operations.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1966 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - August 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/aug66.pdf

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    Circa 1965

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-48 History "...Starboard aft hatch of SF-1, VP-48, sometime in 1965, Buckner Bay, Okinawa. Submitted by Lee Anderson AX2..." WebSite: USS Currituck (AV-7) http://www.usscurrituck.org/ [03JUN2009]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation December 1965 "...On Patrol With Pacific Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - December 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/dec65.pdf [03SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1965 "...Pacific Air Wings On Patrol - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - August 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/aug65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1965 "...On Patrol With Pacific Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - June 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jun65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCameraVP-48 History "...VP-48's P5M's parked on the Seaplane ramp at NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1965! VP-50 was there also, so we had plenty of P5M's!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [01FEB2003]


    Circa 1964

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1964 "...The Royal Australian - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - August 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/aug64.pdf [29AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1964 "...Off To The Philippines - Page 9 - Naval Aviation News - May 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/may64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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    Circa 1962

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1962 "...Journey's End - Page 21 - Naval Aviation News - November 1962..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1962/nov62.pdf [24AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Forty-Eight Bell Ringer Newsletter VOL-1 NO-9 3 FEBRUARY 1961..." Contributed by ROBERT [N] BELL captbell@tampabay.rr.com [02APR99]

    48 TO GET LAST P5M -- MAYBE


    There is a good deal of hope that PATRON 48 will acquire the last P5M-2S built by the Martin Aircraft Company, which, incidently, is the last aircraft of any kind to be built by that company since they will deal strictly in missles and space vehicles in the future.

    This last P5M, number 147937, has been delivered to the Navy, but is being delayed at the Martin plant due to servere icing conditions. They are taking advantage of the delay by installing all the latest service changes and modifications.

    The first P5M was built in 1951, and the last one was completed 20 December 1960. Delivery to VP-48 has not been guaranteed, but we have hopes.

    PATRON PLAQUE GOES TO PENTAGON


    The VP-48 squadron plaque will emblazon the hallowed halls of the Pentagon soon. The plaque has been sent and will hang in the "E-ring" between the offices of Admiral Burke (CNO) and Vice Admiral Pirie (DCNO for Sir). Contributed by ROBERT [N] BELL captbell@tampabay.rr.com [02APR99]

    Circa 1961

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) - Circa 1961. Squadrons Mentioned: FAW-6, VP-40, VP-42, VP-48 and VP-50..." WebSite: USS Salisbury Sound http://www.salisburysound.com/index_Page555.htm [09JAN2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News June 1961 "...Stand By To Hoist - Page 39 - Naval Aviation News - June 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/jun61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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    Circa 1960

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(FAETU (PACific/AtLANtic), FASRON-4, FASRON-110, VP-42, VP-46 and VP-48) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [11MAR2007]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1960 "...Eleven Flight Crews - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - October 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1960/oct60.pdf [18AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News January 1960 "...Arnold J. Isbell Trophy - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - January 1960..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1960/jan60.pdf [17AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The U.S. Navy/U.S. Coast Guard Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument, will be located on the Council International Sport Military Field on the US Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA. This monument will be a personal detailed, and heart-felt tribute to all Naval & Coast Guard personnel who died serving their country in the South East Asia Theater of the Vietnam War from 1960-1975. A few of the military squadrons represented are: VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-17, VP-26, VP-40, VP-42, VP-48, VP-50, VAH-21, VAP-61, and VO-67. WebSite: Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument..." Contributed by BAILEY, AO3 Bob flynavy10@comcast.net [Updated 21DEC2000 | Updated 02JUL2000 | Updated 14APR2000 | 03APR2000]


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