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ABRETSKE, AX1 Anthony I Retired aabret@juno.com "...From 1962 till 1979 I served in VP-7, VP-30, VP-5, VX-1, VP-24, and retired from VP-49 in Sept 1979. Most of my shore duty was at NAS Jacksonville, Florida AMD. I was a "Madman". These were the best years of my life..." [E-Mail Updated 18FEB2000 | 29JUL98]

ADAMS, AWC James J. "JJ" Retired jimadamz@hotmail.com "...I served aboard NAS Atsugi, Japan from September 1965 to January 1967, VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from June 1967 to 1969, Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center at NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1969 through 1971, FAETUPAC NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey from 1972 to 1975, HSL-34 (Plankowner) frin 1976 through 1978, COMHELSEACONWING ONE from 1978 through 1982 and retired AWC in 1982..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUN2009 | BIO Updated 10NOV2000 | E-Mail Updated 03AUG2000 | 02NOV99]

ALEXANDER, Larry (Little Doc) L.ALEXANDER@THORNWELL.ORG "...I was served with VP-49 from 1972 through 1976. I would like to hear from anyone from that time frame or information of others..." [31MAY2000]

ALIDAG, Olandino alidagfamily@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1979-1982) and worked in Powerplants. I am currently living in San Diego enjoying retirement at age 65..." [12JAN2014]

ALLEN, Duane "Sleeper" dallen@nch.com "...Joined VP-49 Summer of 1976 until October of 1980. Had some of the best times of my life. Still in contact with some guys from those days. Keith Gregg, Brian Bruns, Terry Sellers and Steve Barrett. Would like to contact Steve Kowalski, Ron Weiland, Pat Coughlin, Bob Felkamp and Earl Jackson and Don Levalley. Any help with this would be appericated..." [19OCT2002]

ALLEN, AOC (NAC/AW) Steve (Snuffy) Retired SaSteveCPO@aol.com "...Hello FELLOW Shipmates. I have some outstanding memories of numerous deployments with some of the most outstanding people in the world - P-3 SAILORS. Served with VP-49 1979-82, VP-16 1982-85, VP-1 1985-88, VP-17 1993-95, and CPWP 1995-98. Never under-estimate the usefulness of ordnance!!!!!!..." [E-Mail Updated 29SEP99 | 13JUL98]

ALSTROM, Ray rayray@viptx.net "...Was AME2 Ray Alstrom in VP-49 from 1975 through 1978. Made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily - 1976 & 1977 respectively. Worked in the Aviator's Equipment Shop..." [30MAR98]

AMBURGEY, AT1 Robert C. ramburgey94@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1960-1964), VP-18 (1964-1968), VP-21 (1968-1969), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee (1970-1973), VP-11 (1973-1978) as a Radio Operator and NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (1978-1981)..." [BIO Updated 16MAY2013 | 10MAY2013]

ANDERSON, BARRY "ANDY" ANDERSONBK@PSNS.NAVY.MIL "...WAS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER AT NS Sangley Point, Philippines 1968-70. HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF VP-1, VP-49, VP-50, VW-1, AND ALL THE REST. ALSO HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF "LIBERTY." LOVE TO HEAR FROM OLD Shipmates..." [18SEP98]

ANDERSON, Vernon vernon_and@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1954-1955) at NAS Bermuda..." [23JUN2012]

ANDERSON, PN3 William E. "Andy" william.e.anderson@excite.com "...I served with VP-9 (1967-1969) with deployments to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Bermuda, VP-49 and VF squadrons. I hung around with AO1 Fant and Sip. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [10AUG2011]

ARBAUGH, AO Johnny "Smoky" navyjohn@cox.net "...I served with VP-49 from January 1958 to June 1961 as a crew member, ordnanceman on 9 Boat and for a while and then on 3 Boat..." [08FEB2010]

AUDET, P. tomcat_230@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1989 to 1993 then VP-11 from 1993 till 1995 then got stuck going to the fighter comunity at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland untill 98. Now I am seperated and would love to here from any one that I might have served with during these times..." [02MAR2000]


BAILEY, AE2 Wayne wayne.bailey@navy.mil "...I served with VP-49 (02/1967) after a Med cruise on the USS Independence(CVA-62). I worked out of the shop and flew with Crew-12 (Bob Koster) as the 2nd Mech while deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I was honorably discharged in November 1969 and started a career as an electrician until 1973. Started a Civil Service career as an Elect. Eng Tech an am still at it..." [08DEC2011]

BALK, ADJ3 John JBalk15428@aol.com "...I was stationed with VP-49 from 1972-1975. My rate was ADJ3. I had a great time with some of the best bunch of guys in the world. I'd do it again. Thanks for some great memories..." [24FEB2001]

BANKS, AW2 Chuck riverview350@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1968-1972)..." [14MAR2014]

BANKS, William williambanks@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 in the early 1970s and VP-90 in the 1980's. It's amazing how many of my old crew mates and avionics types have shown up through this service..." [30OCT2003]

BARRY, Rick Shipmate Pix rickbarry@aol.com "...Served in VP-49 from 1/57 to 2/60, leaving as LT after a most memorable wetting down party at Ireland's Island RN Officers' Club. My wife Linda and I gave truth to the saying that there was a baby in each water well. We moved 3 times and had 3 kids there. Great tour. We are looking forward very much to the November reunion in Pensacola. (See Bob Griffin's comments.)...Richard E. Barry, Barry Associates 3808 North Albemarle Street; Arlington, Virginia 22207 USA Tel:+703/241-3808; Fax: +703/241-7968..." WEBSITE: http://www.rbarry.com/"

BARTON-WHITE, Janelle (Jan) Lboc@digitalexp.com "...I served in VP-49 from 1986 through 1989. I would love to hear from any enlisted or officers who might remember me. Especially from the corrosion (rust busters) team, or airframes who served through the 1987 NAS Bermuda and the 1988 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments. If anyone should know the whereabouts of Cecelia "Cee" Vaughn or AMSC Dave Carter, please contact me for certain! Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!..." [10FEB2002]

BATES, AO2 Fred turguson@optonline.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1965-1968 home based in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was discharged in January 1969 as a Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd class. Was deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Bermuda, Newfoundland, Azores, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, & U-Tapao Thailand. Was a Ordnance Aircrewman with crew #5 from 1966-69..." [E-Mail Updated 15DEC2002 | 18AUG98]

BEAVER, AN Charles M. cbeaver2@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 (06/1966-05/1968) as a Metalsmit and reserves (05/1968-05/1971). Enlisted in Army (04/1982) as a Carpenter, Commo Chief, Truck Driver, Personnel Sergeant and retired with 32yrs total service. I am now living in Colorado..." [19OCT2012]

BECKER, AE Robert J. bbb3351@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (AE) from 1972 to 1975. I wish I could do it all over again..." [21AUG2010]

BELCHER, AT2 Kenneth R. kbelcher@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from 1961 to 1963. I was was on flight crew operating and repairing all ASW electronics gear. Also worked on P5M flight deck simulator at NAS Bermuda. Discharged April 1663 as AT2..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2010 | 25MAR2006]

Memorial Picture "...BENNETT, CAPTAIN Art...This message is to inform friends and squadron mates of the death of CAPT Art Bennett, USN (Ret.). Captain Bennett served with VP-49 (late 50s early 60's) and VP-4 (early 60's). Don Richardson, a USNA classmate of Art's, is sending the information to the USNA group. I would be grateful to any recipients for passing this information on to others who are not email users and for informing others who served with Art in VP-42 or other commands not noted above. I was informed in a phone call from his only remaining child, Lynn Bennett-Campbell, who works for the World Bank and is living in Katmandu, Nepal, of Art's death in the early hours of Wednesday, December 8, following hospitalization on December 7 relating to an accidental fall while putting up pictures in his condo in Marquette, Michigan. The preliminary death notice in The Mining Journal in Marquette http://www.miningjournal.net/obit/story/128202004_obt02-o1208.asp reads: Arthur Bennett, Jr. - MARQUETTE Arthur Bennett Jr., 83, of 205 Lakeshore Blvd., and Conway Lake, passed away early this morning at Marquette General Hospital. Services will be held at a later date. The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home handling arrangements has a website at http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/. The schedule and obituary (when posted) can be viewed at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/service.jsp?domain_id=140. A guest book where you can leave messages for Art's daughter Lynn and his companion of several years, Marion Sonderegger is at: http://www.swanson-lundquist.com/ASIMAS/swanson/guestbook.jsp?domain_id=140&deceased_id=34051. Marion Sonderegger's address is: 7 Middle Island Point, Marquette, MI. 49855. As I understand it, following a memorial service in Marquette that is yet to be announced, Art will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) with his son, King who died years ago in an aircraft carrier accident. Because of the waiting period for military funerals at ANC, I'm told that the burial service could take a month or longer. I will post to this list again with any further information I have on the subject. Regards, Rick Barry...John Larson johnlar1@cox.net..." [14DEC2004]

BENNETT, Heather (McCollister) bhmccolli@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1985 to 1989 with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. I would love to connect with prior Shipmates. Living in Napa, CA with husband and our dog Teal. Life is good..." [09JUN2009]

BENNETT, Ray Ray_Bennett@EES.enron.com "...VP-49 from 67 to 70. AE2, WestPac, Iceland. Hey Budda, are you there?..." [01JUL98]

BETSKO, Bob mdbetsko@onemain.com "...I was a member of VP-49 from 1963 to 1966 when I was discharged. My rate was AZ(2) and I worked in the Maint./Quality Control Office. I was also a member Of crew 3 and flew at the Julie/ECM position. Also served as the crews cook on flights. Spent alot of time in NAS Bermuda, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and made the NAS Adak, Alaska deployment in 66. I heve lost touch with everyone and would like to find some Shipmates we can share memories with. I don't have any idea what happened to Rinny?..." [31AUG2000]

BINKS, AMS2 Doug djbn53db@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-49 in May 1967 directly from Great Lakes and NAS Memphis, Tennessee. After a few months in the shop, and a tour through SERE school, I transferred to flight crew 9 as a FE in training. We immediately deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and flew Market Time missions from June 1968 till December 1968. The squadron that we replaced had lost two planes to enemy fire, but we were able to complete the deployment without major incident. Although there were more than a few "interesting" flights and extracurricular activities in the Philippines, Thailand and Japan. Upon return, I went through the FE training at VP-30, returning to VP-49 and crew 9 as a qualified FE. We transitioned to the P-3C and I became an instructor engineer before deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from June 1970 till November 1970. We spent many hours tracking Russian nuclear subs out of the North Sea and had the opportunity to visit many interesting places in Iceland and Europe. Crew 9 was the NATOPS crew, I was the FE on nearly every check and test flight from 1969 till I got out in February 1971, to return to college. Many of those flights were memorable..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2003 | 19NOV99]

BLAND, ADCS John E. Retired nba121@foothills.net "...Served with (ADJ2) VP-17 (Power Plants Branch) from 1961 to 1963 and VP-49 from November 1967 to January 1971 (Power Plants Branch and Detachment CPO). What a wonderful experience to have served with some of the most talented, dedicated men ever. Would appreciate hearing from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAY2004 | BIO Updated 30NOV99 | 27MAR99]

BORING, AT1 Keith sploiker@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-49 from 1987 to 1991 as an IFT on CAC-9. I got out after my tour there and now live in Bandera Texas, and work as an electrician on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. I am intrested in finding some of my old Shipmates..." [23DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...BORTMES, Norman "Sonny"...It is with deepest regrets that I inform all VP-49ers of the passing into glory of my life long friend Norman "Sonny" Bortmes, in January 2005. He was extremely ill the past couple of years suffering from diabetsis, heart problems and was on kidney dialysis too. He is survived by his wife Shirley and two married children. Sonny was the second Mech on EA1, CAPTAIN Fisher's plane and was very proud of that. I really miss him...Jim Gilpin ocvjim@netzero.com..." [19SEP2005]

BRADFIELD, Robert robertbradfield1942@yahoo.com "...I served VP-49 (1961-1963) and flew aboard Woodpecker-2. Now living in Rochester, NY..." [18DEC2012]

BRAND, Charles T. brand@rowan.edu "...I served in VP-49 from 1955 to 1957. I was in NAS Bermuda when EA8 went down..." [05JAN2002]

BRIGANCE, AE1 Donald drbnc@aol.com "...I was an AEAN-AE3 from 1955 to 1957 and went on Van Team 40 aboard the USS Oriskany, AE2 at NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida from 1956 to 1959, AE1 with VP-49 from 1959 to 1962, and AEC with VC-5 from 1967 to 1968. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [30MAR2004]

BRITT, CHRIS J. cbritt49@n-link.com "...Former AW3 EWO Chris Britt,I served with VP-49 from April 88-August 91, World Famous Woodpeckers. CAC 9, Bad to the Bone Crew Got out in '91,(A BIG MISTAKE) got into law enforcement as a police officer for about three years. Figured I could do better so I went to college and got a degree. I got a commission from the Army as a communications/information management officer. Love the military, but it's just not the same anymore. Would really like to hear from some old buddies, also I have tried for years to get information about the cruise book for the '90 deployment to NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. If anyone has an extra one or knows the publisher I would really appreciate it, I'm slowly but surely passing most of my Navy stuff down to my nine year old son, and this would complete his collection. Best of luck to you ex-fortyniners..." [27NOV99]

BROCK, Richard Hoyet c/o his son Russell H. Brock rbrockn@email.msn.com "...My father (Richard Hoyet Brock) was a FE in VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I still have a manual for the P-3..." [27JUN99]

BROGDON, AWC(AW/NAC) Rob Retired rbrogdon@mindspring.com "...VP-49 (76-79); VP-1 (82-86); VP-44 (88-91); VP-23 (91-92); VX-1 (92-95). Mostly Non-Acoustic, P-3s: BMod SuperBEES, C Baseline; CMod, CUIII/IV. I could not ever speak of my career without attributing the credit to three very specific influences: AOCS Harold D. Connor (yeah, I know.. a bb stacker); AWC Don Perkins and AWCS Rod Pitts..." [ICQ# 8327021] [15JUL98]

BROWN, AT A. Dale Browndale343@aol.com "...I served on a flight crew with VP-49 stationed in NAS Bermuda as an AT (radar and ECM operator) from l952 to l954. During this period the squadron made the transition from PBM to P5M's. I certainly enjoyed the time I spent on this lovely island. We had some long boring patrol flights, but the P5M was a beautiful aircraft to fly on..." [30SEP2002]

BROWN, CDR Duane L. Retired Bzelbob@aol.com "...Completed PreFlt Nov '65. joined VP-45 Jan '67 remained thru Dec 69. All time spent in P-3A aircraft with deployments to NAS Bermuda Jul -Dec 67; NS Sangley Point, Philippines Dec '68 June '69. Was number two for departure behind the P-3A we left on NAS Adak, Alaska. Went on to VP-30 for NFO Instructor tour at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, tours in ASWOC/TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland and ASWOC/TSC NAS Jacksonville, Florida an Dept Head tour in Maint at VP-49 flying in P-3Cs. A really good plane. I was an aviator at heart. Got all my pilot certificates while still on active duty and since retirement have been employed as a Pilot Examiner by the FAA for the last 11 years. Conduct Private through ATP tests as well as a lot of different Rating exams in both single and multi eng aircraft.Look me up on the FAA WEB site PIlot Examiner listing if you need a pilot. Being a pilot is sure a lot easier than NFO work! Left the Navy with about 4500 NFO P-3 hours an since have 2000 Pilot hours in L-188s flying Cargo for the Military (Log Air) and now have conducted more than 2000 flight examinations, and have a Single Pilot Air Taxi Certificate, am cheif pilot for small FAR 141 flight school. Look forward to hearing from former Patron members..." [05OCT2001]

BROWN, Richard vanman155@yahoo.com "...I flew on LQ-4 (crew-4) with Barney, Tom, Mack, chief Jake, lt Bondi, CDR Stetz, LT Snick, Chief Coonrod, and others in VP-56 from 1967 to 1968. Paul Crockett was my AO shop chief. It was so nice to see some of their comments and know that they are still around. In 1968 I cross-decked to VP-49 and saw duty at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and Utapao, Thai. In 1972 I rejoined the Navy and saw duty with the Mighty "O" Oriskany of the coast of Vietnam. Would like to attend a Reunion with VP-56 next year..." [E-Mail Updated 14SEp2003 | 30OCT2002]

BROWN, AO Richard vanman303@yahoo.com "...I flew with Crew 4 1967 and 1968 then cross decked to VP-49. Did the SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) school thing at Warner Springs, Ca. then on to Utapao, Thailand. Is anyone having problems with claustro-phobia from those perverbial black boxes in SERE school? Looking foreward to attending a Reunion soon..." [01OCT2002]

BROWNING, STEVE gunsmith11@yahoo.com "...I was stationed with VP-48 from 1962 to 1963. I then transferred to VP-49 1963 during aircraft transition from the P5M to P-3. I went TAD to BDA for a year and a half. I transferred to NAS Memphis, Tennessee for shore duty and was discharged August 1968 at the rank of AMH2..." [23MAY99]

BUCKLES, Ray r.rebuck@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 from September 1960 to 1961..." [19JAN2009]

BURGESS, John "Bandit" Johnnybluehair@AOL.com "... I served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from March 1956 to December 1957. I was a "RampRat" working for Chief "Redeye". I am looking for Mike McClellan (from Ohio), Bob Brown (VP-45 from Pennsylvania) and Bob Williams (from Scranton, PA). I'm getting old so any help would be very much appreciated..." [BIO Updated 04JUL2010 | 01AUG2000]

BURNS, AO1 Barnie ao1p3fe@yahoo.com "...I have been in VP aviation from July 1973 to April 1988 doing inflight Ord duties out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Had alot of fun with VP's VP-24, VP-16, VP-5, VP-45, VP-56, and VP-49. Then out for 8 years and sure missed the flying. Returned in August 1988 to fly with VP-62, still in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Went Flight Engineer in 1999 and now am attached to VP-94 here in NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. Couldn't begin to describe the times (both good and bad) I had in the trusty P-3. She always brought me home, sometimes with less than 4 engines, but still brought me home. Wouldn't trade pratforms for anything! Am looking forward to swapping sea stories with old Shipmates. Remember...IYAOYAS!..." [05MAR2003]

BURNS, Joe paburns@goinghot.com "...I served VP-46 (1966-1970), VX-1 (1970-1975), VP-49 (1975-1979), VC-1 (1979-1985), NAS Pensacola, Florida (1985-1987), VP-22 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1987-1990), and NADEP NAS Alameda, California (1990-1994)..." [25MAR2001]

BUSBEE, AE2 Christopher metalsqid@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1993 until its disestablishment in 1994. I was a non-rated airman at that time, but eventually made AE2 before I got out. I'm just looking to see who may be on here from my squadron. Thanks!..." [18NOV2006]

BUTLER, YNCS James W. ozonajim@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1970-1973) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida including three deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09DEC2010]


CAIN, ADJ Phillip M. Retired Bearsvws@aol.com "...I was in VF-161 (1958-62,) VP-49(1962-64), VP-30 (1964-69), VP-11 (1969-73), and VP-30 (1973-77). Enjoyed the whole time in the VP world as a FE. Does anyone rember me?..." [22NOV2001]

CALERO, AMS Rosa M. "Hennessy" rmcalero89@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1983-1988)..." [03OCT2011]

CALHOUN, ADJ2 Wade H. wade@sccoast.net "...I attended "A" School (1962) at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VR-1 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Had some good times while in both outfits being 69 years young now I can think back over the years I served my Country and those were the best years of my life..." [13MAR2014]

CALLISON, Dan agfdanny@nbsmail.net "...I served in VP-49 from 1971 to 1972 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [10MAY2011]

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CAMPBELL, John "JJ" Safehands4u@aol.com "...I spent some time in VP-1, VP-23, VP-49, COMICEASWGROUP in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and at the TSC in Sig..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUL2001]

CAREL, Randy randycarel@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (Airframes) from 1975 to 1979 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda. Does anyone have any spare cruisbooks? After VP-49 I reported to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (AIMD). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14MAY2011]

CARLSON, PH Daniel L. dan_carlson1@juno.com "...I served with VP-49 (06/1966-06/1969) with deployments to NAS Bermuda (1967), NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand (1968) and NAS Norfolk, Virginia (1969)..." [30SEP2014]

CARMAN, Jim jacdec@erols.com "...I was a junior officer pilot in VP-49 from 1978 to 1981; VP-30 flight instructor from 1981 to 1983; Maintenance Officer and NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal OinC in VP-23 from 1986 to 1988; XO and CO of VP-10 from 1988 to 1990; and Commodore of Patrol Wing Ten in 1995 and 1996..." [18AUG98]

CARTER, AMCS Dave Retired truck72454@yahoo.com "...I served with VA-65 (1971-1975), Non-Destructive Inspection Lab (NDI) at NAS Oceana, VA (1975-1978), VP-30 (1979) FE School, VP-16 (1979-1983), VP-31, VT-26, VQ-1 (1983-1986), VP-49 (1986-1991), NAval DEPot (NADEP) (1991-1993), VQ-1 (1993-1995) and retired early 1995. I now live in NE Ohio..." [08MAR2013]

CARTHEN, AVCM Roy B. Retired roycar@outlook.com "...I entered in February 1941 and served with VP-55, VP-56, VP-74, VP-45, VP-49, VP-84, etc. and retired October 1963. In NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1941 with the Geo B. Badger for the trip and with VP-55 at that time to December 1941. Came back in l942 with VP-84 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. VP-84 was the top submarine sinking squadron in WW2 and I was with Lt Milliard when we got the first submarine. He went on to get a second one and is now deceased. I entered as a RM3 with my first promotion and then they started aviation rates and I became a ARM2 and eventually a chief radio tech and later AVCM as maintenance chief and leading chief in VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. Some of us in VP-84 have met, had one Reunion in Pensacola. While in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, a german submarine was captured, the crew was turned over to a Norwegian group and I believe they were killed. The capture was by a navy plane and assisted by a navy ship with the submarine being brought into Iceland. A book listing all the sub activity by VP-84 has been written and all the sub kills are listed therein. I would like to hear from anyone and especially anyone who remembers the capture of the sub in the fall of l941...The truth is that the sub was captured by the English and brought to the south shore of Iceland where they worked on it. The crew was interred as POW and all but one of these was turned over to Germans at the end of the war. The one man tried to escape and was killed. The story went on to say the name was changed and it became a British submarine, BUT, I had seen the sub and it was brought into fjord near Reyjkavik and apparently this was not a known partof the situation. Also, we found that two US planes were on the scene when it was captured but it was noted that the British were the oneswho captured it... Thanks for such a great job you have done..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 13MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 28JUL2003 | BIO Updated 28JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 01SEP2001 | 15SEP2000]

CARVALHO, Gil brooklynct2003@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1986 to 1987. Some may remember me being brought to Captains Mast for DUI while riding a bicycle on NAS Bermuda. Anyhow, hello to my friends, especially Alpha Pi Mongo fellows, Derm, Joe, etc..." [02MAY2004]

CASTEEN, J. Douglas jcasteen@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1965) at NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland , VP-31 (1965-1968) Det Alpha at NAS Moffett Field, California, VP-44 (1969-1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Brunswick, Maine, TSC (1972-1975) at NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, TSC (1978-1980) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (Flight Training - NFO/LDO), VS-31 (1980-1984) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, Warrant/LDO School (1985-1986) at NAS Pensacola, Florida, NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1986-1990) and retired in 1990. I am now living in Orange Park, Florida and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 04MAR2013 | 24NOV98]

CHESLEY, CDR James F. (JIM) c/o his Daughter twobythec@worldnet.att.net "...I am writing for my Father who does not have a computer yet. But he will when his Granddaughter is online! To the point Dad loved flying P5M. We lived in Bermuda around 1961-1963. It was a very ahappy time for our family! If anyone from those times would like to get in touch with my parents, please e-mail me. Jim and Marie are living in Patuxent River, Maryland. Happy, healthy, and loving retired life...I know my Dad flew the P5M with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. I think he flew P2's with VP-45 and I think he was in VP-5, not sure what he flew with them..." [22JUN99]

CHOWANSKI, ADR3 George caleb8123@att.net "...I served with VP-49 (06/1963-07/1966)..." [25SEP2013]

CLARK, AXC Joanna M. mary.elizabeth@aegis.com "...I served with VP-49 at NOB Bermuda from 1958 to 61 (ATS3-ATS2), and VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point from 1965-69 (AXC, NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator and SeaSurvival instructor)..." WebSite: http://www.aegis.com/

CLEARY, Pat Pat2304@aol.com "...I served in VP-46 from '66 - '68; FAW-8 from "68 - '70 and VP-9 from '73 - '75..." [04FEB99]

CINTRON, AS1 Pedro tronusn@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1987-1990) as Line Supervisor and Duty Office..." [08MAR2014]

Memorial Picture "...CLOONAN, ABHC John T...ABHC John T. Cloonan died peacefully at his home in Headford, Ireland on December 31, 2003. Mr. Cloonan was Beachmaster in VP-49 at NAS Bermuda in 1962. He retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1982...Jack Crawford airdale03@aol.com..." [28NOV2004]

COAN, AW1 John J. jcoanvp49@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 on CAC-7 (Killer Group 7) as a Sensor 2 Operator (1983-1985) and did a split deployment between NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal the summer of 1984..." [07MAY2012]

COFFEY, John jcoffey@netset.com "...I was in VP-49 1978-1981 as a non-acoustic sensor operator..."

COLDE, Ruth Ann (Cole) Andrella ruthaa65@yahoo.com "...I was stationed in VP-49 from 1990-1992. I was an AD3 and would like very much to hear from my old Shipmates. I was known as Ruth A. Cole and have since married Dan Andrella who was also stationed in VP-49..." [14FEB2000]

CORRELL, MS3 James Teddy II jtcorrell2@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1989-1991)..." [07MAR2014]

CORSON, ADJC Arthur W. Jr. Retired ehcorson@osprey.smcm.edu "...NATC Flight Test 1959-63, VP-49 F/E 1963-67, VP-30 F/E Inst 1967-71, and retired June 30, 1971..." [06AUG2000]

COUCH, Bill [W4VY] billcouch@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 (60/63 AEAN-AE2 Radioman Crew 3), VP-16 (63/64), VP-21 (64/65), FAETUJAX( 65/67), VXN-8 (67/70), ADCOP (70/71) VXE-6 (72/75) CWO, Choctaw(75/78), VR-24 Det NS Rota, Spain (78/81), CTW-5 (81/84), USS Midway CV 41 & VA-93 (84/87), CTW-5 (87/90), USS ESSEX (LHD 2) (90/93 - CDR USN Ret 5/93), UNC Aviation Services, Inc. until 5/96 Where and how is everyone???..." [18AUG98]

CRACCHIOLO, Tony louschu427@aol.com "...I was in the VP-49 from 63 to 65 and had a great time working as an AD. I am looking for a squadron patch of that time Logo: No Sanctuary in the Deep. If you have any info - please contact me - Thanks..." [01JAN98]

CRAWFORD, NCCS(AW) AL "Big Daddy" adc_al@hotmail.com "...I startee my P-3 tour with VP-30 STU, went to the Fighting Forty-Niners (W.F.W.P) VP-49 in January 1985. The next stop was AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida for a few, then went on to become a member of the Mad Foxes of VP-5 until January 1995 were I'm a Recruiter stationed in Motown. This site brought back a lot of smiles. Just remember guys, I'm still the President of the G.O.B.C. For you guys still on active duty hope to get with you in NAS Jacksonville, Florida in about a year...Well Shipmates - looks like I won't be going back anytime soon. I picked up the new rate as an NCCS(AW). So for now I am in charge the middle of Michigan to the Upper Penusula. Will see what happens next. Keep in touch..." [BIO Updated 23DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 19DEC97]

CRAWFORD, Jack "JC" airdale03@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 as ADJ3 power plants mech. in 1963-65. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Bermuda. Would like to thank all former squadron members for a wonderfull experience. The 1964 NAS Bermuda deployment was a blast! Any oldtime WOODPECKERS can drop me a line..." [04MAR98]

CROSS, CWO3 James E. Retired hwvwjec@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 Woodpeckers from June 1960 until June 1963. I reported as AE1 and put the hat on in May 1962. I have many Happy Memories of my time in NAS Bermuda. I retired from NAS Memphis, Tennessee in August 1975 after heart surgery. I remain in contact with AEC C. F. Fogg and AEC D.R. Brigance. Would like to hear from any and all Woodpeckers from that era..." [31MAR2004]

CYPRET, Jack jackc11@aol.com "...I served with VP-10 from 1952 to 1955. It was a great outfit and I will always remember the places we went and the great times I had. I also served with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda in 1957 into 1959. This was also a great outfit to be connected with. Then I was in VP-11 from 1963 to 1966. After that I had my 20 in and retired. I do believe that my Navy career taught me more than any schools could..." [E-Mail Updated 18DEC2003 | 12DEC2000]


DAVIS, CAPTAIN Robert "Bob" Retired r.w.davis828@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49, VP-30, VP-68 (1973-1980) and Commanding Officer VP-93 NAF Detroit, Michigan..." [17DEC2013]

DAWES, Stephen Gary irishace@citlink.net "...I served with VP-49 (12/1966-10/1969)..." [E-Mail Updated 19DEC2013 | 28AUG98]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

DIERINGER, ABH1 Ed Retired WRIGHT49@SSSNET.COM "...I served as a Master-at-Arms with VP-49 NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [23JUN2002]

DiFIORE, AD1 John JOHNP3.difiore@netchannel.net "...I am currently with VP-62 as a recent graduate of flight enginner school.I served with VP-49 from 82-85 and in VP-30 from 85-89 I'd love to here from anybody who served with these squadrons..." [05JAN98]

DORSCH, AT2 Frank FutDir@aol.com "...I would like to hear from any members of VP 49 during the time frame 1952 thru 1955...stationed at NAS Bermuda....I was crew.. (AT2)..on 10 and 7..." [25AUG2001]

DRAKE, CDR John "Charlie Duck" / "Harvy Mallard" Retired johnodrake@triad.rr.com "...I served two tours in VP-49 (06/1971-08/1974 and 06/1980-03/1982). It was during this last tour that Jay R. Beasley stuck me with the moniker "Charlie Duck." Prior to that, I was often referred to as "Harvy Mallard", courtesy of Joe Harford ;). I also had tours at VT-31 as an Instructor Pilot, FASO as an ASW Instructor and 2F87 instructor. My last VP Tour was 1982 to 1984 as the CPW-11 Admin O. I left NAS Jacksonville, Florida for DC and Navy Recruiting Command (CRUITCOM) where I retired in 1988. I see some VP- guys locally from time to time but would love to hear from old Shipmates. I am currently retired living in Stokesdale, NC..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 03AUG2011 | 09APR2007]

DROLET, Ken kendrolet@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49..." [29NOV2012]

DUEKER, CDR Scott http://www.nasjax.navy.mil/vp5/foxes.htm "...Commander Dueker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in June 1987. Following P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-49, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1987. During this tour he served as CMS Custodian, Nuclear Weapons Training Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Assistant Tactics Officer and deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In April 1991, Commander Dueker reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, TACCO and NFO Training Syllabus Coordinator, and Assistant Administrative Officer. In April 1994, Commander Dueker reported to USS AMERICA (CV 66), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Communications Officer. During this tour he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (Underway) and completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Following en route training, Commander Dueker reported to VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in December 1996. During this tour he served as Assistant Administrative Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while completing two Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf deployments. In April 1999, Commander Dueker reported to the Secretary of Defense Cable Divison, Washington DC. During this tour he served as the Deputy Chief for the Secretary of Defense's Communications and Watch Center. Commander Dueker assumed the duties of Executive Officer at VP-5 in May 2002. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various other unit and service awards..." [02JUN2003]

DuFRESNE, AMS2 Jerry A. "JD" DR308@hotmail.com "...I served in the airframes shop in VP-49 from 81-84. The NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment of 82-83 was the best! Shaving the Marines dog, LT. Hines [all 6'5" of him] in that little tiny Fiat,[god what a sight!]. The trips to Massina and Naples and Suda Bay. The christmas party, and last but not least,MT. ETNA BLOWING OFF!!! to Pete Bracato, Glen Stapelton, Dave {tex} Wilkerson, Chip May {The World Famous Chipparuuw!} Ams-2 Shelly, Chief Young, all the guys in corrosion control, and Bruce {Tenessee} Dunn, and the skipper, Commander Dyvorak, And the rest of the officers and men I served with. A heart felt hello and the best to you all. I have heard from a few of my shipmates over the last 10 years, but I would like to here from more. Glen Stapleton e-mailed me a while back. Tried to e-mail back right away, but recieved no answer. Glen! try again buddy. Would love to hear from you. And others also. The more, the MO better! Thanks all. Hope you are all doing well..." [BIO Updated 24JUL2010 | 27APR2001]

DUNTON, YN3 Joseph Ira joeatthebeach1@verizon.net "...I was with VP-49 from 1957/58. At that time I was YN3. Would like to get in contact with either enlisted or offiers who were in the squadron at that time..." [27MAR2007]

DVORAK, CAPTAIN Jim Retired jimdvorak@msn.com "...I served in VP-1 (68-71), VP-9 (77-80) and VP-49 as CO (82-84). While I've heard and seen many of my VP-1 Shipmates, I'd sure like to hear from folks from the other squadrons..." [27AUG99]

DYE, AWCM (NAC/AW) Robert "Bob" r.dye@mchsi.com "...I served with VP-49 (1975-1980) on CAC-5 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda, VP-30 with TTT (1980-1981) then went to FJC (1981-1983) via Enlisted Education Advancement Program (Thanks CWB!), VP-17 (1983-1987) with deployments to the Philippines and NAS Adak, Alaska, ASWOC NAS Bermuda (1987-1989), VQ-2 (1989-1991), CHSLW-2 (1991-1993), VP-16 (1993-1997), VP-30 (1997-2000), NATTC AW-A1 (2000-2003) and Center for Navy Aviation Technical Training Unit (5VM) 2003-2005. Retired in Pace, FL across the bay from NAS Pensacola, Florida..." [05SEP2011]

Memorial Picture "...DYER, Robert D...Please fly your flags at half-mast on Wednesday, July 1st in honor of my Father, Cdr. Robert D. Dyer, USN (Ret'd.) who passed away today (June 27th). Dad made the Navy his life and retired after 32 years of service. During his career he was with VP-5, VP-7, VP-30 and VP-49. I was, and still am, extremely proud of my Dad's service to our country and to all of you who have sacrificed so much in defense of this nation we call AMERICA. In true Navy fashion, his ashes will be cast upon the waters of the Atlantic if we can find a P-3 going on patrol that is willing. God bless you all!...Bobby Dyer decals@worldnet.att.net [28JUN98]

UPDATE "...Bobby has received numerous letters from former shipmates of his Dad. He has provided a link to one of many at http://griefnet.org/memorials/rddyer0798.html. He sends his thanks and appreciation for everyones thoughfulness..." [Link Updated 29JUL2000 | Link Updated 24MAY2000 | 19SEP98]

DYER, CDR Robert D. Dyer Retired cdrdyer@worldnet.att.net "...I served in five VP Squadrons. VP-5, VP-7, VP-49, VP-30, and VP-5 again. I've been on so many crews I have difficulty in remembering all of you, but I have lot's of memorabilia that could be of great interest to those of you who served with me. I just found your site this evening courtesy of Woody Woodruff, an ole Black Falcon buddy. I have some crew lists, squadron social rosters, and deployment orders for some of the squadrons and photos that may be of interest to some of you. Looking forward to talking to those of you who read this..." [04APR98]


EDWARDS, Shawn edwardsp@eisenhower.navy.mil "...Served with VP-5 from 1987-1990 and VP-49 from 1990-1993 as an aircrew ordie..." [04JUN2002]

EHMKE, LeRoy leroyleo@cox.net "...Served with VP-49 from 1965 to 1969 as a jet mechanic. Stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [05FEB2011]

ELLIOTT, Ernie JUMBOEE@AOL.COM "...I was an AT2 in VP-49 from May 1982 through July 1985. I went to VP-30, and later to VP-16. Currently in VPU-1. Really miss some of those old days. Please drop me a line..." [05DEC99]

ELMORE, AX1 Mike Retired elmosfire1@comcast.net "...I served with the USAF from 1969 to 1974 (Mobile Combat Unit), USS Saratoga (1979 to 1981), VP-49 (1981 to 1986), VP-24 (1986 to 1989), ASWOC NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1989 to 1991) and finally retired..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUL2007 | E-Mail Updated 13APR2002 | E-Mail Updated 16DEC2000 | 27DEC99]

ELSTER, AOC Ed Retired kawrider@fair.net "...Spent two tours in VP-49. 63-65 in NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Transitioned from "boats" to the P-3A. Returned to VP-49 from 76 to 79 after a tour with VP-30. Had a great time in VP Navy. Sure as hell beat working on F4B's..." [E-Mail Updated 05NOV99 | 17MAR98]

ESCARZAGA, Carlos A. CEscarzaga@msn.com "...I was in VP-30 from 1978 - 1982 and VP-49 from 1982 through 1985. I loved every minute of it and would like to say hi to all my ex-Shipmates. Please e-mail me if you were assigned to these squadrons at that time. Thanks..." [03AUG2001]

ESCHE, PO6 Mark Retired readman51@aol.com "...Joined VP-49 in 1976, just before we deployed for 6 months to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Worked the Comm/Nav IMA as one of the lost sheep of the TAD zone. Same with the next two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and then to NAS Bermuda. Liked the P-3 community so much. I worked on 'em in Naval Air Development Center Warminster. Returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida and VP-24 ('82-'85). I then took orders to NS Rota, Spain AIMD. Took wife. Came back with Preg wife, and son. Did AVIC7, met daughter, and then took orders to NAS Bermuda (AAhhhh!) AIMD, then base Safety Office. Retired after twenty out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, as an E-6. So what? I never did any boat time! I lived in Spain! I spent a total of four years in Bermuda! So, I ended my twenty years in Norfolk. I was on shore duty!..." [27JAN2006]

ESCOBAR, Robert "Esky" Jr. fra45@earthlink.net "...I was in VP-50 from about February 1957 (ATAN) through August 1963 (AT1). Went to FAETUPAC for instructor duty where I taught maintenance on the ASA-16 Integrated Display System. Advanced to E-7; AXC. Orders to NATTC, Millington (dreamsheet requested "any spanish speaking country") for AT-B School then on to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-44. Picked up E-8 and transferred across the ramp to VP-49 where we made the first deployment in the P-3C's to "beautiful downtown NAS Keflavik, Iceland". Generated many "UR's" against the tech manuals. Made two deployments then received orders to NAVPRO, Burbank where I got to process all those "UR's" I'd generated while in the Fleet! Who says there's no justice? Retired from the Nav in August 1975..." [28JUN2000]

EUBANKS, AECS John N. Retired fesa@leading.net "...I was in other VP Squadrons through out my career. My first VP squadron was VP-23 from Jan. of 1961 until Feb of 1964. Then came my VP-49 tour after which I went to VP-30 and worked in maint control in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until March of 1975 when I was the first and Senior Enlisted man to be assigned to the VP-30 det in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The VP30 det/ NAS Jacksonville, Florida OIC was Commander Chuck Picard until the entire squadron eventually moved into the spaces of hangar 1000 that had been previously occupied by the decommissioned VW-4. n February of 1976 I received orders to VP-56 where I flew and was Line Division Chief until assigned to be the squadron Maintenance Chief where I continued through until returning early from a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Icelandreturning the VP-56 NAS Jacksonville, Florida Det. in March of 1978 until I retired on August of 1978..." [17MAR2000]

EVANS, ADCS Al Retired lae2412@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 as an ADJ1 Flight Engineer from 1966-1967. After a tour of instructor duty I returned to VP-49 in 1971 as an ADCS Flight Engineer and also worked as Maintenance Control CPO until 1975 . Moved upstairs to CPW-11 until I retired in 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB2001 | E-Mail Updated 18APR2000 | 12MAR98]

EVANS, Roderick evansrc@gvl.esys.com "...AX - ATC, Ret. 1987. VP-49 1966-1969; A/C. Home Base: NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Deployed: NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Bermuda; Newfoundland; Azores. NS Sangley Point, Philippines; U-Tapao, Thailand. NAS Brunswick, Maine 1970-1975. VP-44 1975-1978. Deployed: Spain; NAS Bermuda; Azores. COMFAIR NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1981-1984. Would like to hear WestPAC /Market Time VP tales and from any shipmates during periods listed..."

EZELL, AT1 Chuck eze52882@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from May 82 to May 85. Sure would like to hear from of those World Famous Woodpeckers. Trons from the past send mail..." [15APR99]


FARMER, AW Joseph brendafarmer94@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 in the 1990's with CAC-11. I very proud to served with VP-49 and have some good memories and proud to have served our country. I now work in corrections..." [13MAY2011]

FARNSWORTH, AOCM(AW/NAC) Edward A. Retired tadiespa@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from September 1980 to October 1982 as an Aircrewman Ordnanceman. I was the Ordnance Branch CPO and also worked in QA. I deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily with the World Famous Woodpeckers (81/82 Dployment). I also served in VP-8 (1975 to 1978), VP-5 (1987 to 1993), VA-174 (1978 to 1980) and VFA-106 (1993 to 1996). I was ships company on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) (1968 to 1969), USS Saratoga (CV-60) (1970 to 1971) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) (1982 to 1984). I did shore tours in Weapons Departments at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1971 to 1974) and NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida (1984 to 1987). I thank CDR Nash, CDR Minderline, AFCM Bob Foote and AVCM Jack Crabtree for helping make my tour in VP-49 enjoyable and successful. I retired from the Navy June 30, 1996 after 28 plus years of Naval Service. My Wife Deborah and I live in Orange Park, FL. I now work for DS/2 (Contractor) at VP-30 as QA Inspector for the VP-30 IMC (Phase) Workcenter. Still Serving the Navy!..." [18APR2009]

FARRELL, HMC Elaine Carey (formerly Athey) Retired ecfarr@ptd.net "...Was the squadron corpsman for VP-49 (WFWP!) (1986-1990) and VP-16 (1992 -1996). Best time in my Naval career. Miss my Woodpecker Shipmates. Hope to hear from anyone who served with me. Any other squadron HMs or Flight Surgeons out there?..." [04MAY2006]

FARRELL, ATC Patrick Retired pddgm@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (IFT) from April 1978 to August 1981. We made deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain. I've run into a few WFWP (World Famous Woodpeckers) from time to time as I still reside in Jacksonville. I did a tour in VP-45 and VP-30 as well as NS Rota, Spain. Retired in 1993. Techie is in my blood. I own a Computer Business in Jacksonville today. I've sent some emails to the names I recognize. Would love to hear from others I was stationed with..." [20JUN2009]

FARRELL, ATN3 Pete petefarrell@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 April 1968 through WESTPAC and Icelandic deployments. Flew on Maintenance Officer's crew..." [16OCT2010]

FASNACHT, Jeff jeff_fasnacht@hempfieldsd.org "...I served with VP-49 as a Sensor 3 from 1972 to 1977..." [18APR2008]

FEDOR, Joyce joycefedor@aol.com "...I served with the VP Navy from 1982-1995. VP-30, VP-49, VP-16, and ended the career with CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I would love to hear from any squadron mates and friends. Take care and be safe..." [23OCT2000]

FENSTERMACHER, AE Dolly "Hester" FENSTYSNC@EARTHLINK.NET "...I would very much like to get in touch with members from VP-49 1988-1992. I was an AE during that time and made MANY friends. I would love to hear from some of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 24AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 26NOV2001 | 20OCT99]

FITZGERRELL, AT1 Richard "Fitz" rgfitz@earthlink.net "...I was stationed at NAS Bermuda with VP-49 from 1954 through 1956 and would be pleased to communicate with old buddies. The great electronics training led to my ending up as an electrical engineer with the National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, CO for 30 years..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 12MAY2000 | 10FEB2000]

FLOW, ADCS Ed Retired vinnfizz@aol.com "...Hi there to all of my fellow VP'ers. This site has really been a trip down memory lane and a name dropping episode. I served with VP-22 (73-76) as my first command as a 2nd Mech on Crew 11, a member of "Platt's Rats" for the infamous Hobie Cat raid on Diego Grcia and then went on to VP-31, where I graduated to full F.E. status and then went to the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 (77-79). Has anyone heard anything out of AD1 Jim Crow lately? It was there that I had the unfortunate episode of ditching PD-2 in the bearing Sea flying out of NAS Adak, Alaska in Oct 78. From there I went to the Naval Research Laboratory Flight Support Detachment. Following a per diem laden tour there I transfered to the "World Famous Woodpeckers" of VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The school house at VP-30 captured me from 85-89 and then I did the "Batmen" of VP-24 as my last flying tour. I transfered from there back to VP-30 as the QA Supervisor during the transition/consolidation with VP-31 and moved into Maintenance Control before leaving to join the "Black Raven's " of VQ-6 and going to the boat for my first time in 24 years. I just retired after 26.5 years active and my VP days will always be the highlight of my career...It has brought back many memories and names that I had forgotten over the years. Please contact me if you want to relive some of the good old days or just catch up..." [28FEB99]

FOOS, AE2 David dafoos2@toast.net "...I served with VP-49 during a 6 month deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1968. Anyone out there that was there?..." [09JUN2009]

FORSYTH, Gene E. gef001@zipnet.us "...I served with VP-49 from December 1969 to April 1971 as an AE2. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [13JUN2008]

FOWINKLE, AX3 Charles charles.fowinkle@hatchmott.com "...I was in VP-49 from 87-90. And we deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and the NAS Bermuda. If any one remembers me please send me an e-mail..." [E-Mail Updated 23MAR2007 | 11AUG2000]

FRASER, Wilfred (Will) c/o his wife Susan Fraser SFraser277@aol.com "...My husband Wilfred (Will) is looking for his buddies from VP-49, NAS Bermuda, 1951 - 1955, Martin Marlin. Please e-mail and I'll teach him how to e-mail back to you! Thank you!..." [26MAR99]

FREEMAN, LCDR John S. Retired starwood@rof.net "...First time I have seen the VP-49 Logo since I left the squadron in March of 1955! Memories abound re my very first sea duty in the USN, '52-'55, as a fresh-caught ATAN-to-AT2. Vividly remember the transition from PBM-5S2 to P5M-1, then -2. I retired from active duty as a NFO/LDO in '77..." [19JUN98]

FRY, Chuck chuck@usveteran.net "...I was stationed with the WFWP's of VP-49 from March 1981 - April 1986. During that time we went to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal once. In NS Rota, Spain, someone had a civilian chick in the barracks and locked her out of the room with no clothes on. We were transitioning to P-3 Update III's when I left and went to FASOTRAGRULANT (Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Atlantic Fleet) DET JACKSONVILLE where I retired in 1990..." [08MAY2003]


GABRIEL, Captain Andy Retired Shipmate Pix gabrielcharles@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-8 from 1974-1978 as TACCO and 1983-1986 as XO/CO. Other tours with VP-49 "World Famous Woodpeckers", VP-30 as Team Leader of "TTT", OPS O at Wing Eleven under Jake Tobin and first tour in VQ-4. Other tours at Pentagon working for a black shoe I would just as soon forget. Retired 1994 as CO Naval Media Center..." [PIX Added 14MAY2008 | E-Mail Updated 14NOV2006 | 18NOV2002]

GADALETA, Tony agadaleta@woh.rr.com "...Served aboard VP-49 from 1980-1983. Two deployments to sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Great Shipmates, great ASW. Left the Woodpeckers for BUPERS, then served as ASW Officer and Assistant CDC Officer aboard USS CORAL SEA (CV 43). Left for the west coast, and instructed with VP-31, DH tour with VP-50, and then shore duty with COMPATWINGSPAC. Returned to east coast, served as COMSECONDFLT Air ASW Officer. Retired in 1999 after serving as as XO of NROTC Miami University..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08DEC2002 | 16JUL98]

GARY, HM John jfgary55@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-49 (junior HM) from 1976 to 1979. It was the greatest time of my 6 years in the Navy and I wouldn't trade it of anything. I can be e-mailed or found on Facebook..." [11MAY2011]

GENDRON, Henri P. henrig@icubed.com "...I was a member of VP-49 in 1954 and 1955. I was a crew member of 5 boat and 8 boat..." [13MAR2002]

GILLETT, Robert J. Retired chief7@tds.net "...I attended Boot Camp at Bainbridge, Maryland, A&P School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, ADA School at Millington, Tennessee, VS-31 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island from 1953 to 1956, NAS Point Mugu, California from 1956 to 1958, ADB School at Millington, Tennessee in 1958, FASRON-107 NAS Keflavik, Iceland from January 1959 to January 1960, VU-4 NAS Oceana, Virginia from 1960 to 1962, Instructor School at Millington, Tennessee in 1962, NAMTRADET 2002 at NAS Sanford, Florida from 1962 to 1966, VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for Flight Engineer Training in 1966, VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1966 to1968, USS Yellowstone AD-27 DASH Program from 1968 to 1970, HT-8 and HT-18 NAAS Ellyson Field, Pensacola, Florida from 1970 to 1972, and retired from US Navy in 1972..." [27NOV2003]

GILLOOLY, Michael J. cpo7890@aol.com OR mjgillooly@aol.com "...Still browsing,looking to find anyone from VP-23 from 1978 to 1981, VP-24 from 1972 to 1975, and VP-49 from 1965 to 1966..." [25SEP98]

GILPIN, Jim ocvjim@netzero.com "...I was a Beach Master with VP-49 stationed in NAS Bermuda from 1951 to late 1954, and launched and beached LITERALLY hundreds of both the PBM-5, and it's replacement P5M. Tough duty, but some one had to do it..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 25AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 29JUN2001 | E-Mail Updated 22MAY2001 | 29NOV99]

GODSIL, Steve rtr6211@aol.com "...I was in VP-49 from 79-82. I would like to hear from my old runnin buddies..." [23MAR99]

GOLDENSTEIN, AME2 George W. gwgoldensteina10@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (05/1964-06/1966) with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NAS Adak, Alaska and Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16JUL2013 | E-Mail Updated 26DEC2001 | 17MAY2000]

GONZALES, RM3 Frank lisa@acworthpoolsinc.com "...I served with VP-49 from March 1966 thru May 1968. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06SEP2009]

GONZALES, John jonzales@netzero.com "...I served with VP-49 (1975-1978) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and NAS Key West, Florida..." [22JUN2012]

GOOD, AO2 Alfred H. purporchid@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 (03/1956-09/1958) at NAS Bermuda and VAH-9 (10/1958-05/1959) at NAS Sanford, Florida. While serving with VP-49 - I was assigned to Crew-1 (The Old Man's Boat) and flew with CPO ED Renwick (Plane captain), AL Randall (Radio), Don Porter (Radar), Jim Wilburn (Metalsmith), D. A. Monds (Electrician), "Rusty" Barr (Radio) And Al Aponick (Crew Chief). We were first on scene to search for survivors (SEE: In Memorial for VP-49 lost friends November 9th, 1956). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUL2013 | 10JAN99]

GRANT, Larry grant@uninets.net "...I served with VP-49 1970-1973, 2 deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, moved with squadron from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [25APR99]

GRAVES, Ed (Tony) gfx@brightok.net "...I proudly served as a World Famous Woodpecker (VP-49) from 1976 to 1977. I would sure love to hear from some of the old crew - Leroy?, Rob?, Mick?, and Genaro?..." [11DEC2002]

GRAY, Bunn F. G4-DIVO@enterprise.navy.mil "...Flew with VP-49, Crew 7, then Crew 1(83-87), LCDR Punches was our PPC (Great Guy). Aircrew Instructor at VP-30 (87-91), at that time there were only 12 - AO aircrew instructors, and AW's had problems maintaining 4 hours a month, flight time?!! Moved on to VA-34 (A6 Bomber). Selected as an AOC in 92, Spent 1 year in NAS Brunswick, Maine Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5). Selected as an LDO (6362), and currently on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and do we have a great web page, check it out! LTJG Bunn F. Gray, Weapons Elevator Officer on the BIG "E."..." [23APR98]

GRAY, AT1 Charles L. Retired charju@twcny.rr.com "...I served with FASRON-107 from 1958 thru 1959. I thought it was the "armpit of creation" What a difference! I traveled to Iceland last fall. It is beautiful. We were able to travel about the Island with our son, who is stationed there now. Met Iceland Family and toured with them. Beautiful in starkness. Recommend a return trip if you are able. I also served with VP-49 from 1963 - 1967 as an AT1. I joined the squadron shortly after their transition to the P-3 from the P5M. I retired from the Navy in 1974 and from Federal Civil Service in 1996. My wife, Judy, is also retired. We have two grown children and five grandchildren..." [27APR2003]

GREEN, CS1 David W. Retired djhauls@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 (1977-1981) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and two to NAS Bermuda..." [02NOV2013]

GREENHAW, Jim jimmyg1@earthlink.net "...NAS Patuxent River, Maryland VP-49 1966/68..." [07MAR2010]

GREHAWICK, Greg ggrehawick@aol.com "...I joined VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the summer of 1960-flying P2v-5's. Left to Penn State on the old NESEP program right before before they transitioned to P-3's. Looking for Gary Carlson, Tom Stoner, Tom Harmon, Gary Alcorn and any other Shipmates from that time. Funny I can remember you guys like yesterday but I'm not sure what I had for breakfast today. After Penn State I joined VP-49. Would love to hear from Al Anzini. Anyone know of his whearabouts please contact me. After the VP Navy the rest of my career was rather non-descript. Those were the days!..." [11OCT99]

GRIFFIN, LT Robert B. seminole52@aol.com "...served with VP-49 seaplane squadron based in a href="nasbermuda.html"> NAS Bermuda in 1950's..."

GRIMM, Mike mc_grimm@yahoo.com "...Served with VP-49 Avionics shop from 1970 through '73. Made 3 deployments to lovely NAS Keflavik, Iceland. It's nice to see the response from all the old "woodpeckers". There seems to be a whole generation missing. Does anybody know about all the E3s and E4's that made those trips to 'The Rock'? These are the guys who probably ended up dead of an OD or are millionaire computer execs. Where are: Bill Banks, Jim Hipealius, Mike Ellerton, Mike Bryan, Chris Emery, Arthur"Archie" Bell, Billie Delarne Pendergras, Tom Bagley, Bill Elizardo, Rick(?) Batdorf, Jeff Hayes, ATC Gary Lyon, or any members of the squadron band? Hope you guys are still out there..." [E-Mail Updated 04JAN2002 | 14AUG2000]

GROTH, AVCM(AW) Carl vravcm@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-49 (1976 to 1979), VP-30 (1979 to 1982), HS-9 (1982 to 1984), VP-56 (1984 to 1988), NAS Bermuda (1988 to 1992) and FTC Mayport (1992 to 1993). I flew in VP as an IFT. I currently work for BellSouth Mobility. I am also in the Naval Reserve and drill with VR-54 as the Maintenance MCPO. I will always remember my years spent in VP and the people who made those times great..." [E-Mail Updated 20JAN2007 | 21MAY2000]

GRUE, WO Merlin Retired mgrue@wi.rr.com "...I served with VW-11 from 1961-62. I would like to hear from anyone who also served at that time. I was an AT1 at the time and flew as a First Tech. and Radar Operator...I was an AT1 assigned to VP-8 in 1964. I am trying to locate the CO who recommended me for the Warrant Officer Program. After making Warrant in 1966, I was assigned to VP-49, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and CVA-66. I retired in 1975, and currently run my own Private Detective Agency. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who served in the VPNavy..." [BIO Updated 03JUN2005 | 26JAN2002]

GULLEY,ADCS Larry G. larryg@sicily.navy.mil "...Was with WFWP's (VP-49) from 82-85, also VP-30 79-82. If any of you are wondering where Chip May is I can tell you he is in Memphis Tennessee. I am in VP-10 as of 1996 until I retire in May of 2000, we are presently in Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily out on patrol watching the cruise missles being launched! Will be here in NAS Sigonella, Sicily until Aug 99..." [26MAR99]

GULLIVER, Victor S. c/o his daughter Anne Gulliver gulliver@wwa.com "...Joined VP-2 in September 1959, just weeks before we deployed for the usual six month deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska/ NAS Adak, Alaska. The PPC of my first crew was LT George Silberstein, who was given the task of training two PP3P's to be co-pilot: Don Hindorf and Bill Sterton were both Connie pilots who'd transferred to VP-2 on split tour only a few months before I arrived. I was a "PPnoP," with no hope of moving up during the winter deployment because we didn't conduct any training fights in the Alaskan winter. George Silberstein was a great PPC. He shared the seat time equally with all of us, and he trained us to the very best of his ability. The most common complaint among my nugget contemporaries was probably that their PPC's wouldn't give them enough pilot time. They spent way too much time chained to the navigation table. I followed George's lead in training the young pilots under me in the years that followed George's departure. Several years after Bill Sterton left the squadron, he was killed landing a C-2 on an aircraft carrier as a member of the ship's company. In my second six mouth deployment to Alaska, I flew with LCDR Paul Tripp, and LT Dick Seng. On my third deployment to Alaska, I had my own crew and we had LCDR Don Florin, LTJG Dave Bowen, and ENS Jerry Russell, one of the first NFO's in the squadron.. Also on my last crew were AD2 Ric Dombrowski, ADJ3 Floyd Palmer and ATN2 Dick Whipple, all of whom attended the 1996 reunion. I left VP-2 in May 1963, but stayed in the Navy for a thirty year career. I had two tours in VP-49, the last of which was an XO/CO tour from 1972-1974..." [21JUL98]

GUYETTE, Raymond "Ray" rayguy@myfairpoint.net "...I served aboard the Lake Champlain (CVA-39) and VP-49 (1958-1959) at NAS Bermuda and worked in the Public Information and Education Office (ran the Coffee Shop). I am looking for Jack (Turtle) Clemets and Gabby Bedard as well as any other former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 25JUL2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 09DEC2011 | Updated 27APR98]


Memorial Picture "...HAGY, Captain Jim...For those of us that knew Jim, we are much the better for it. His sincere friendship, quick wit, superior intelligence, and willingness to get any job well done was the composition of an exceptional Naval Officer and fine man. Without exception Jim was one of the very best TACCOs that ever flew a ASW mission. Jim was also very instrumental in VP-49 receiving a record three Meritorious Units Commendations for its 1975 deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, its 1976 Ascension Island Operations, and its deployment to Iceland in 1976 (a periord of only 22 months). Jim was surely one of the very best - and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to Judy and family. Service would be held next Saturday August 1, 2009 at the Duke U. Chapel at 1100 hours...." Contributed by BRITTINGHAM, CAPTAIN Mike Retired captemb@comcast.net [27JUL2009]

HAHN, LCDR Gerald L. Retired hahnretreat@juno.com "...I'm the son of LCDR Gerald L. Hahn (ret). He served from '57 to '79 in VP-49, Pensacola ground school instruction, Short Haul Interisland Transport ( NAS Agana, Guam), VP-56 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAW-3 Staff, ComFairWingSlant Staff (both NAS Brunswick, Maine), VXE-6 ( NAS Point Mugu, California and McMurdo Station) and finally retired as Range Ops Officer for PMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. The Navy life treated us well. Any of my dad's squadron mates may e-mail him at hahnretreat@juno.com. Thanks for the great site and tons of memories...David M. Hahn downhillfast@juno.com..." [16MAR2001]

HARDIN, AMEC Mike "Mikey" ame1coonass@aol.com "...Hello fellow "PECKERS." I served with VP-49 from April 1990 to September 1993. From there I went to VP-30 and was there from September 1993 until December 1996. I'm now an AMEC currently serving with VP-45 here in sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I will be tranfering to VP-30 in Mar 2001. It would be great to here from some of my "WORLD FAMOUS WOODPECKER PER DIEM MATES" Thank you..." [02JAN2001]

HARRINGTON, AD2 Jose F. sweetcaroline2@earthlink.net "...I was in FASRON-111 1953-1954. Exchanged duty to VP-49 air crew. Became air crew 4 Boat thru 1959. Made emergency landing in Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C. on October 24, 1956. Member of Navy Ruger team, the Navy Blue Devils, 1954 -1956. Anybody out there with pictures or information about this squadron, contact me..." [19JUL2001]

HART, Marshall "Frog" Retired jester.56@att.net "...I served with VP-45, VP-56, VP-49, VP-11 (deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily) and VP-10 (January 1991 to December 1995) as an Inflight Ordnaceman. I hope to visit NAS Jacksonville, Florida soon..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated | 04AUG2003]

HASKER, AZ2 Terri harleyrider97@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-49 from 1991 to 1993. I was AZ2 Terri Campbell "Winnie". I would love to hear from my old Shipmates...I probably would be OK hearing from AVCM Rumpf too......We worked hard and we played hard!!!!!! Email me..." [14JAN2005]

HASKINS, Vice Admiral Michael D. Retired U. S. Naval Academy "...Vice Admiral Michael D. Haskins was born in Angels Camp, California. He graduated first in his class from the Naval Academy in June 1966 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study history at the University of LaPlata, Argentina. Following his studies in Argentina and flight training, he received his wings in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, in September 1968. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and deployed twice to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. In July 1972, he was assigned to the Naval Academy, where he taught History of Seapower. In July 1973, he was selected as a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Scholar. He attended Oxford University, England, where he received a Masters Degree in international relations and international economics. In December 1975 Vice Admiral Haskins reported to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group TWELVE in Mayport, Florida, as Assistant Plans/Operations Officer. In July 1978, he was assigned to VP-45 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During the period, VP-45 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda. Vice Admiral Haskins reported to CPW-2 staff as Training Officer in July 1980 and joined VP-22 as Executive Officer in May 1981. He served as Commanding Officer from May 1982 until June 1983. During this period, VP-22 deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and conducted detachment operations from NAS Agana, Guam. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for special operations. In June 1983, Vice Admiral Haskins assumed command of VP-1 where he served until May 1984. The squadron deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and was awarded the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Anti-Submarine Warfare excellence. In June 1984, he was assigned to the staff of Commander THIRD Fleet, where he served as the Current Operations Officer. In June 1985, he assumed command of VP-31, the West Coast P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and served until July 1986. During this period, the squadron was awarded the CNO Safety Award. From August 1986 to March 1988, he was Deputy Director of the CNO Executive Panel (OP-00K) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. From June 1988 to July 1990, he was CPW-1 and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet. IN August 1990, he reported to the National War College and in December 1990, he became the 74th Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. From August 1992 to August 1994 Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, Iceland Defense Force; Commander, Fleet Air, Keflavik; Island Commander, Iceland; and Commander, Iceland Anti-Submarine Warfare Group. While serving in Iceland, he was presented with the Order of the Falcon, Commander's Cross, by the President of Iceland. In October 1994, he assumed the position of Commander, Patrol Wings U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Task Force EIGHT FOUR. In addition to this assignment, he deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from July to November 1995 as Commander, Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO in charge of Cuban and Haitian migrant operations. From June 1996 to July 1998, Vice Admiral Haskins served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver, by the Emperor of Japan. In August 1998, he reported to London, England, for duty as the Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe. During his tenure, he additionally served as Deputy to Commander, Joint Task Force NOBLE ANVIL from March to July 1999 directing operations in the Kosovo conflict. From March to June 1999 he also served as COMFAIRMED/CTF 67. He reported to Washington, DC in July 2000 where he served as the Naval Inspector General until January 2003. He is currently the Distinguished Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. Vice Admiral Haskins' awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with Three Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and NATO Medal..." [31MAY2003]

HAUGH, Granger gmh@tfb.com "...Joined VP-49 1961 and flew one of the last P5M's to Weeksvill in 1963. Major excitement was finding the first Foxtrot submarine during the Cuban crisis. Jack Lewis found number two. After a 3 year tour at FATULANT I was posted to the USS Bennington as Assistant CIC Oficer. I left the Navy in 1969 for the business world. In 1974 I started my own Biotechnology business and am still at it. I'm still flying,my current aircraft is a 1944 Beach Staggerwing. The last BDA VP-49 Reunion was great. I wish more of the BDA gang could have made it. Love to hear from anyone, especially my old crew..." [08APR2001]

HAYES, Billy "Will" ouch1344@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-40 from 1980 to 1984, ASWOC NAS Bermuda from 1985 to 1988, USS Saratoga CV-60 (payback tour) from 1988 to 1990, VP-30 (Instructor tour) from 1990 to 1993, VP-49 from 1993 to 1994 (disestablishment), VP-45 from 1993 to 1996 VP-30 from 1996 to my retirement in 1999. The whole ball of wax as a SS-3, with a short but feeble attempt at the acoustic side, would love to hear from Shipmates I've had the pleasure to serve with along the way. I bounce between Jacksonville and South Carolina where I'm working with the railroad these days..." [10DEC2009]

HAYES, CDR Peter S. K. "Pete" http://www.nafec.navy.mil/NAF_xo.htm "...Commander Peter S. K. "Pete" Hayes graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1982, where he was commissioned a Naval Officer. Upon completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School, Basic Course in New Port, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) in October 1982. While aboard AYLWIN he completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, during which the AYLWIN was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes entered flight training in June 1985 and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1986. Following initial training in the P-3C aircraft, Commander Hayes reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in January 1987. While attached to VP-49, Commander Hayes served as the Training Officer and completed deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and a split NAS Bermuda - NAS Keflavik, Iceland. During his tour the squadron was awarded the Battle "E" twice and two Commander, SIXTH Fleet "Hookem" awards for Anti-Submarine Excellence. In October 1990 he transferred to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as the Operations Officer. Commander Hayes reported to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in August 1992 and completed the initial advanced "Air Campaign Course." Following graduation in June 1993, he transferred to NAS Jacksonville, Florida for refresher training in the P-3C aircraft. In February 1994, he reported to VP-17 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Commander Hayes served as the Administrative Officer, deployed to NSF Diego Garcia and when the squadron disestablished in March 1995, transferred to VP-4. While in VP-4 he served as the Training Officer and Operations Officer, deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan and the squadron was awarded the Battle "E." Commander Hayes reported to the Plans and Policy Directorate for the Staff, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in April 1996 where he was the Southeast Asia Political/Military Desk Officer. In August 1999 Commander Hayes reported to NAF El Centro, California as the Air Operations Officer. In June 2002 he assumed duties as the Executive Officer where he is currently assigned. Commander Hayes' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Battle Efficiency "E" ribbon (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Media and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (sixth award)..." [19JUN2003]

HAYNES, Bill wahaynes@comcast.net "...I was in Naval Aviation from 1955 to 1959 and spent two years at NAS Bermuda flying as aircrew with VP-45 and VP-49. I was assigned to FASRON-111 which supported the two patrol squadrons and I flew with them, also. PBM, P5M, UF-1 aircraft. I have many photographs of aircraft, activities and the naval station I would be happy to share. Would also like to contact FASRON-111 folks who were stationed there at the time..." [13DEC2004]

HAZLETT, AW2 Brian A. "Hazy" tubah1@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (09/1979-10/1982) with CAC-5 (SS1) with deployment to NAS Bermuda (UNITAS) in 1980 and NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1981..." [13AUG2011]

HEIN, Rob robhein@att.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1980 to 1983 with some fine Shipmates. If anyone remembers me, I sure would like to hear from you. Drop me an email..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2009 | 12FEB2000]

HEMINGER, Steve sheminger@theglobalnet.net "...I served with VP-23 (1971-1978), VX-1, VP-4, AWA School, NSF Diego Garcia, VP-16, FASO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-49, VP-5 and retired after 26 years..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB2014 | 18SEP98]

HERRING, Paul pherring@woh.rr.com "...I served with VP-18 (1956-1960), VP-30 DetAlpha NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1962-1964), VP-49 (1962-1965), 6003RD Support Squadron Taiwan (1965-1967), VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1967-1968), Monterey Post Graduate School (1969-1970), VP-45 (1971-1973), Second Fleet Staff (1974-1976), and Retired 1976. Enjoyed all of my flying time in the VPNAVY..." [30MAY2003]

HESSE, AW1 James diverjim_jr@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 CAC-7 from 1980 to 1986. I was NATOPS Evaluator and AW Training Petty Officer..." [BIO Updated 17FEB2011 | 17JUN2006]

HESS, AO1 Paul P. Retired phess@sun-link.com "...I flew in the P5M's/P2V-7/P-3A/B. VP-8 twice, VP-10, VP-24, and VP-49..."

HEYDEN, Jim Van Der Jym@bigfoot.com "...My first duty out of AE 'A' school was VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. I was there from January 1959 to January 1961. I flew for about a year on 11 boat as ECM operator. I have many fond memories of my time with the squadron. I don't know if it was because the age I was going through of if it was something else. I do know I was a real tenderfoot and have many things in life that I am grateful for; partly because of the friends that I made in VP-49. I arrived in BDA as a 17 year-old AEAA and left two years later as an AE2 and a full blown acoholic! Only the good lord and AA has allowed me to live and prosper. Hope to hear from old friends!..." [22MAY2000]

HICKS, AMS3 Dobie (Blake) mrbreeze62@excite.com "...I served with VP-49 from February 1986 to October 1989 and VX-1 from 1989 to 1992. I am a manager with Union Pacific Railroad traveling the U.S..." [E-Mail Updated 07OCT2004 | 30SEP2002]

HIGHAM, AMSC(AW) Ronald J. highamrj@caewwl.spear.navy.mil "...I started my Navy career with VR-51 at the now disestablished NAS Glenview, Illinois. Joined the World Famous Woodpeckers of VP-49 in September 1981 and made two deployments, NAS Sigonella, Sicily (How did the Marines Bulldog get VP-49 shaved in it?) and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (George Crook rest in peace)and transfered to VP-30. I was a member of the finest airframes workcenter from August 1985 to January 1989. (Thanks AMSC Marage for teaching me how an airframes workcenter should be ran). From there the tailhook Navy got me and have been there ever since. My first "hook" experience was with VFA-137 at old NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida from May 1989 to December 1992. Made deployments on USS Coral Sea and USS Forrestal. (yep I missed the P-3) From there I left aviation and went to the surface/Gator Navy at ACU-4 at NAB Little Creek. Working with the LCAC and the surface mentality was different but I did meet and work with some fine people. February 1996 I cheked into VAW-125 where I picked up Chief. ( I have more than one person to thank for that. To the "kids" that worked for me in the line shack - THANKS AGAIN.) I made deployments on USS Enterprise and USS Eisenhower. I am now on the staff at COMAEWWINGLANT in Norfolk. I'll have 21 when this is over but I'm still having fun and my wife and kids still support me. I see another sea tour on the horizon. Besides someone has to get my girls through college. To everyone I've served with over the years - thanks for the memories...." [10JAN2001]

HOKANSON, LCDR Andy Retired andyhokanson@sprintmail.com "...VP-49 1958-59 ATAN-ATR2, NESEP 1959-63, VP-49 1964-66 LTJG-LT, VP-30 1966-68 LT, USS Bennington 1969 LT, USS Hornet 1970 LT, NAS Adak, Alaska 1971 LT, USNPGS 1971-72 LT, COMPATWINGSPAC 1973-74 LCDR, VP-47 1975-77 LCDR... I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 23NOV2000 | 21NOV2000]

HOWARD, Jerry SGT0614@aol.com "...I BEGAN MY TOUR OF DUTY WITH THE WOODPECKER (VP-49) IN JUNE OF 1985 AND ENDED IT IN JUNE OF 1990. I WAS A FLIGHT ENGINEER ON CREWS 1,2,7 AND 9. FLEW WITH A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM PAST SQUADRON MATES...I am a retired AEC/FE. I was stationed in VQ-2 from May have 72 until May of 75 . Then I went to shore duty in Pensacola until 78 when I transferred to VQ-1. I flew with crew 34 mostly but we were short on engineers and you flew with whoever. I retired in 93 and am now a deputy sheriff in Florida..." [BIO Updated 25FEB99 | 13AUG98]

HUGHES, AT2 Bill billh107@netzero.com "...I served with VP-49 from June 1980 to 1982. Would like to here from former Shipmates..." [21SEP2006]

HUTCHISON, Mike Retired mh00049@msn.com "...I was a for-real impressionable ensign then LTjg in VP-49 (World Famous Woodpeckers) from 1970-1973 as a NavCom and then TACCO on Crew 3 with the likes of Mike Williams, Dave Edwards, Scott Atkinson, Tim Bostaph, Larry Gibson, Bill Tuite and some great sensor operators who could hear a shrimp pass gas at 2000 yards. Did two tours in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, then got out and went to the Reserves and retired in 1993. Some of my greatest memories were times in the Brass Nut..." [10OCT2002]


IPAR, Laurie Shipmate Pix lripar1957@aol.com "...As we look upon a New Year I would like to wish all my old squadron mates from VP-49 during the years of 1985 to 1990 A Very Happy New Year. 'Tis amazing how this page has reunited some old friends. I see old squadron mates and those strong ties of family are still there. I was so pleased that this page helped me find my old friend Michelle Quinn (now Michelle Ford) (Congratulations GF) who know has a beautiful family and is happily married. I want to thank all the World Famous Woodpeckers that made it to my retirement ceremony. You guys made it a lot better! I just want all of you to know that everything is wonderful and I want all of you to have a wonderful 2004. May this year be mishap free and bring our troops home and keep them safe! (PS WE FINALLY GOT HIM!)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JAN2004 | PIX/BIO Updated 25JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 13JAN2001 | 25AUG97]


JEWELER, Norman W3NRS@AOL.COM "...SERVED AS RADIOMAN ON CREW 7 (VP-49 NS Sangley Point, Philippines/U-tapole) FROM 1968-1970, STILL IN CONTACT WITH OUR PPC JOE PORT WHO LIVES IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND. PLEASE ADVISE IF ANY Reunion ARE PLANNED..." [03OCT98]

JOHNSON, ANDRE DDAWG71@aol.com "...HM-12 1990, VP-31 1991, VP-49 1993, VP-11 1994..." [24MAR99]

JOHNSON, David H. "Hector" LP849@AOL.com "...Not much on NAS Bermuda, as it was called Marlin's Roost, not NAS, while we flew P5Ms. I was on crew LP-8, called the Huslers. AT that time I was AMS3. WE flew in rotation with VP-45 between NAS Bermuda, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Blockaid, from fall 1962 to August 1963. In that year the squadron Logo, was changed from flying whale to "No Sanc.in the Deep." A 2nd class by the Name of Caldwell, designed it and painted on the Bda hanger. I have a leather tooled briefcase he maded for me. My Plane LP-8 5542, was the last plane flown into NAS Norfolk, Virginia August 28, 1963. I was last one off, and said my Goodbyes, and took our Pinup girl from under Navigation Table. As we worked with these planes, we called them; 2-boat or 8-boat ect. If sick of them we called them Pig Boats. I remember many flights during our early space shots. We then transported to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to catch up with the rest of the men and new ones from P-3A school. I went back to the shop, and setup the squadron Corrosion Control Program for our A/C. I recall placing alot of Lighting Bolts and decals of our new Logo on the nose of our dark sea plane gray P-3As. The first deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, March of 1965, a base truck hit the wing of our new plane. It was down the whole time as we repaired it. I figured God forgot that area of the world after being in NAS Bermuda. We where restricted to base because of the Red Bear was our enemy. Im looking for any old flight buddies of LP-8 that may recall me. I was Nicked name "Hector". If you are one of the following crew nicknames check in. Moose, Big John, Burt, Mike, Carp, Burp Bag Folyd, Mr. Jacobs Plane Commander, Mr. Higginbothm Ens., and Warren Navigator. Good Luck to you all where ever you are. I was proud to serve with you in Naval Air at that time when "WE" made the planes fly..." [16APR2000]

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JONES, LT Buck P. Retired bpj1927@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-45 (April 1963 to February 1970 and April 1979 to September 1981), VP-49, VP-62, VT-7 and AIMD Meridian, MS. I attended Aviation "P" School in NAS Norman, Oklahoma, OK, AMS "A" and "B" School in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-30 P5M Plane Captain RAG, VP-30 Det "A" P-3 FE RAG, and Warrant Officer Academy NAS Pensacola, Florida. I retired in Sep 1981. I am currently President of the Patron Four Five Association (http://www.vp45association.org). The very best to all my former Shipmates..." [05FEB2010]

JONES, J. Miles c/o Dawn Reedy valdawn84@hotmail.com "...My father, J. Miles Jones, served with VP-49 NAS Bermuda (July 1951 to July 1954) and VR-31 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (August 1954 - January 1955). He would love to hear from anyone who knew him or was in his squadron..." [21JAN2007]


KAMINSKI, Thomas tkamin9831@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1970 to 1971..." [01MAY2010]

KATZ, ATR2 Joseph D. jochkatz@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from November 1958 to September 1963 in the radar shop at NAS Bermuda..." [20OCT2008]

KELLEY, William T. IV rebelsax6569@aol.com "...I served in VP-49 between 1966-'67. We were based out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and our squadron patch was the 4 quadrant " No Sanctuary in the Deep " Participated in Nato exercise at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in '67. Really enjoyed my time with the squadron! Can still hear the sound of those turbos. Went from VP-49 to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and finished my tour there until end of summer in 69. Had a blast there too. Only shock was I left sunny,warm NAS Bermuda and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR in February and went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. What a take up! Ha Ha..." [26FEB2005]

KIMMEY, AWC(NAC) Russ Retired RKimmeyP3C@aol.com "...Duty stations include: ASWOC/TSC NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 1976 - 1977, VP-49 1978 - 1979, VP-30 1979 - 1983, VP-56 1983-1987, AW (A1) School NATTC Millington 1987 - 1992, Line of Duty Investigator & Physical Security Officer NATTC Millington 1992 - 1994. Now working for Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. Facilities Management Services..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 13OCT2001]

KIPHORN, AE2 John kingkip0925@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 (01/1968-08/1970) with a WESTPAC deployment in 1968 (Crew-9 - Julie/ECM). Ray Bennett - let me know know what you're doing now? Hey Budda - 125 in a 25 mph zone in your Roadrunner?..." [BIO Updated 03AUG2011 | 30JUL2011]

KLAPKA, CDR Ted "TK" ted@klapka.com "...I served aboard NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-49 (1983-1986), VP-4 (1991-1993) (First Gulf War), BUPERS Sea Duty Component DC (1996-2000), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and CPW-2..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14AUG2012]

KOLATAC, Bob jnrkola@optonline.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1/63 to 6/65. Started at NAS Bermuda with P5M's then transitioned to P-3A at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. We had a great softball team in Bda, kicking everybody's ass, with a great mix of officers and enlisted men. Capt. Gayle at first base, LtCdr Paz catching, Ed pitching, etc. Was an AM working a great tour in the "Tool Room" then as an AC member on WoodPecker 9. Did the NATO excersize up at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Met some fine people while there, Jim Singletary, Tom Russom, the Hamilton brothers, TJ Ball, LT Rudy, Capt. Gayle, Jim MacArthur, Jim Avey and others. Too bad the squadron has been disbanded. "No Sanctuary in the Deep!"..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2005 | 12OCT2000]

KOTOFF, AO1(AW/NAC) James W. Retired ordiejim@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-49 from Feburary 1980 to September 1983 (Crew 6 - participated in the only 9 P-3 formation flight ever coming home from NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1982), VP-4 from October 1983 to December 1986 (Crews 7 and 11), VP-1 from February 1987 to April 1991 (Crew 6), PMTC/NAWC NAS Point Mugu, California from May 1991 December 1994, USS New Orleans LPH-11 from January 1995 to October 1997 and USS Constellation CV-64 from October 1997 to May 1999. I would like to hear from old Shipmates and am looking to purchase cruise books from VP-49..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2008 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2000 | 09DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...KRAUSE, William "Charlie" Joseph...My father (William "Charlie" Joseph Krause) served with VP-49. He was stationed in NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Naples, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He retired from the Navy in 1975 and passed away September 7th, 1996. He was put out to sea as his wish because the Navy meant that much to him. It was more than his career - it was his life. Do you have a list of all Shipmates from the Woodpeckers (VP-49) so I may look up his name? It would be nice to see his name on a list with other Shipmates that felt the way he did. Thank you...Lori Krause mich6@tds.net..." [24MAY2001]

KRUEGER, CDR Michael J. Shipmate PixCirca 2005 http://reserves.navy.mil/ "...Commander Michael (Freddy) Krueger was born in Moorhead, MN and grew up in Bloomington, MN. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1985. Following P-3 fleet replacement training at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to VP-49, homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He held several positions at VP-49 including Aviation Electric Branch Officer, Power Plants Branch Officer, Personnel Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. He qualified as a P-3C Plane Commander and Instructor Pilot. During this tour he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, along with numerous detachments in Europe and the Caribbean. After leaving VP-49 in 1989, Commander Krueger served as a Primary and Intermediate Flight Instructor at Training Squadron Two, NAS Whiting Field. There he instructed in Basic Familiarization, Basic Instruments, Aerobatics, Radio Instruments, Night Familiarization, Airways Navigation, Visual Navigation and Intermediate Radio Instruments. Commander Krueger reported on board USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in January 1992 as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. He served as Arresting Gear Branch Officer, Waist Catapult Branch Officer, Bow Catapult Branch Officer and V-1 Division Officer during a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. He qualified as a Helicopter Control Officer and Assistant Command Duty Officer. In January 1995, following release from active duty, Commander Krueger joined VP-69, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He has qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. He completed detachments in the Pacific, Caribbean, South American and European theaters. He served as Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Administration Officer, Executive Assistant and Executive Officer prior to his recent selection as Commanding Officer. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various other personal and unit awards. In civilian life, Commander Krueger is employed by Southwest Airlines as a B-737 First Officer based in Oakland, California. He is married to the former Jennifer Willey of Centralia, Washington, and they reside in Woodinville, Washington..." [19JUN2005]

KWIATKOWSKI, LT Paul Retired pmk_125@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1977 to 1982 as an AW. I flew with CAC 5. See some old names here, brings back alot of good memories. Earned a commission in 1988 and retired as a LT in 1996..." [29OCT2002]


LAFAYETTE, Jim jlaf@capital.net "...I served in VP-49 from late 68-Feb.70 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I remember we had a lot of down time transitioning from A's to C's. The C's kept getting delayed. We also had a pretty good touch football team..." [07JUL98]

LANCASTER, CWO2 William F. (Bill) Retired pusan330@yahoo.com "...I served in VP-49 1962 - 1965 at NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Crew Ordanceman, AO2 and AO1 on LP-8 P5M and LP-6 P3A. Retired from the Navy on 31 December 1977 from Naval Station Mayport, FL. Crew 8 was the alert crew the night Kennedy set the Cuban Blockade and first crew to arrive at Gitmo. LCDR Jacobs was PPC. Presently work as a General Supply Specialist for the Army in Pusan, Korea. Would like to hear from any Shipmates during my VP-49. Presently working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, FL as Chief, Logistics Management..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13JUN2003 | 13OCT99]

LASSEN, CPO Otto "Frank" Retired ironduke@lassen.ws "...I served with VP-49 from 1968 to 1972, Naval Research Lab. at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1972 to 1975 and VP-11 as a FE. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." Personal WebSite: http://blade-knives.com/ [E-Mail Updated 08SEP2009 | 25NOV1997]

LAZARCHECK, Edward W. "Laz" EagleTC1@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1969 - 1970. I was an AO2 and flew with Crew 8. Lt Grady was PPC, and LCDR R. Dyer was my TACCO. Of course who could forget ole' Ed "Barney" Blair as our beloved FE. That sucker got us through some rough times. Made 2 deployments to sunny downtown NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I'll will admit this now, but if anyone remembers, who painted the Woodpeckers on the Marine Corps" beloved white rock in front of their barracks? I'll give you one guess!..." [05AUG2000]

LEVANDER, Barry Cheyfinn@aol.com "...I was USNR VP-812 NAS Twin Cities, Minnesota 1/65 to 6/66 Reserve, VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 6/66 to 5/68 active duty. Deployed to Kindley Airforce Base, Bermuda 1/67 to 6/67 inactive resever 5/68..." [26DEC98]

LEE, Donald donald.lee@ksmcco.ang.af.mil "...Was assigned to VP-49 from January 1977 to August 1980. I'm looking for any of my old Shipmates. Worked in the Parachute shop normally TDY to the AIMD shop. Miss the ol days and deployments. Now currently in the Air National Guard as a Life Support Superintendent. Feel free to email me and contact me..." [04JAN2001]

LEE, James K. kcmc03@juno.com "...Served with with VP-10 1961-62, VP-19 1962-64, VP-49 1968-70, VP-1 1970-73, and VP-48 1976-77..." [Updated 08JAN98]

LEONARD, Paul L. zapit2me@deltanet.com "...I served with VP-49 from 4-54 till my discharge in 11-56. I was a crewmen on EA-5, serving as 2nd tech or radioman. Unfortunately we had the bad luck to be deployed at NAS Bermuda, woe is me..." [14JUN98]

LEPORE, John D. jdlepore@msn.com "...Was in beach crew VP-49 Dec 59 - Dec 61. Have many great memories of NAS Bermuda and some sober ones too. Any Shipmates or beach rat can email me at call at 717-763-8741..." [02JAN98]

LEDFORD, T. J. "Skip" Paladin@surfsouth.com "...I left VP-49 in June of 79 for NATC Patuxent River, Maryland. SS1 on crew 8 while deployed to Sig and Bermuda..."

LESTER, ATCS (NAC/AW) Albert "Al" Retired sakotrg@md.metrocast.net "...I served with VP-8 (IFT) from 1979 to 1987, VQ-2 (EW Operator) from 1987 to 1990, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (AIMD AV/ARM DIV Chief) from 1990 to 1993, VP-49 (IFT) 1994 to its disestablishment, VP-24 from 1994 to 1995 for their last deployment and then I hung it up and went to work with Raytheon Systems still supporting the P-3. I am still supporting the P-3 as the LSRS FST Avionics Representative out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 02MAY2011 | 22NOV98]

LeVALLY, ATCS Donn Retired dlevally@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975 to 1979 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania, AIMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland (P-3 Support) and NAMTRADET NAS Jacksonville, Florida (P-3 Support) and retired while serving at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1997. I am now supporting NAVAIR as a contractor managing the Central Kitting Activity in Orange Park, FL and Lexingtion Park, MD..." [04JAN2010]

LEWIS, Brian Lee Jr. Blewis@tng.net or Brianlewis@juno.com "...I served in VP-49 from April 89 to Mar. 92. I also spent a short time in VP-56 From 88 to april 89. I was an acoustic AW2 on board CAC1 VP-49. I cross rated in 92 to an air traffic controller. Looking to speak with a great bunch of guys that I had the privilege to fly with..." [ICQ #17456768] [11SEP98]

LEWIS, CDR Jack Retired [Phone Number: (360)897-6265] "...VP-49 as Safety Officer and PPC of Woodpecker Two from 1961 to 1963. Many slow hours between NAS Bermuda and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Reward for positive Soviet Foxtrot in Cuban quarantine was 3 yr tour at FAETULANT, NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Then Maintenance off., VP-28, 66-68, ALSEAFRON air ops, NAS Kodiak, Alaska baseops, VIP pilot NAF Washington, D.C. and retirement on 21 in 1974. Enjoyed next 16 yrs barnstorming around western states in a travel trailer, working seasonal pilot/mech jobs at resorts. Now happily settled in Wa. state, always happy to hear from old friends..." [Phone Number Replaced E-Mail 19DEC2004 | E-Mail Updated 12NOV2000 | 21JUN2000]

LIMBRICK, Bob rabrick@ix.netcom.com "...They say you only remember the good times...and good people. GREAT to see some old names still pingin'! I was in VP-30 for AW nuggget training in early 76, then to VP-49, SS3/CAC4 from Dec 76 - 79 - Made those damn deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuuuuuda! Sure would love to hear from any of ya'll who remember me. And for those that do, NO, I haven't written the book yet, but it's never too late..." [03DEC98]

LINDNER, Max lindner3@worldnet.att.net "...Served with VP-5, VP-30, VP-49, VP-56, and CPW-11..." [04FEB2002]

LOGAN, CAPTAIN Royal H. Retired royal07@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from March 1996 to December 1970 (CAC 1 and 2 as TACCO the whole time), VX-1 (S3), VS-31, two year tour as maintenance advisor to Kuwait Air Force (A4, C-9, C-130) and retired in August 1991 in Tallahassee. Now working for Florida legislature as policy analyst. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 07JAN2006 | 13NOV98]

LONGCHAMPS, Armand JeanNArm@aol.com "...I was stationed in VP-49 NAS Bermuda from 1952 thru 1956. I was also a crew member as a metalsmith on EA-3 for three years, and enjoyed every minute of it. (well almost every minute. Had a few Hairy moments.) If any of my crew mates are still around, I would like to hear from them..." [03JUN99]

LORENTZ,AWC/AEC Scott S. Retired SSLORENTZ@AOL.COM "...I served in the following squadrons: VP-30 1969 , VP-24 1969-1972, VP-30 1975-1979, VP-49 1979-1984, and also CPW-11 1984-1986. I started out as an MSR (Mad/Sniffer/Radar) operator, and cross trained as a Julie/ECM operator, and a Jezebel operator in the P-3B platform. After the P-3C was introduced I was a SS-3 (Non-Acoustic) operator and crosstrained again as a SS-1 (Acoustic) operator. I was an instructor at VP-30 and the AirLant NATOPS evalutaor for both P-3B and P-3C Non-Acoustics. I made deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (2), NAS Bermuda (2), and Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily (2), as well as numerous Dets to the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and other fine places. I truly miss the excitement of flying and mostly the many friends I made over the years. I was forced to change rate to AEC due to knee injury and was permanently grounded in 1986. I completed my last few years as a Recruiter (Pennsylvania) and at AIMD NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. For those I left behind I send my regards, and those that have followed since I wish them the Best of Luck and Safe Flying..." [12AUG99]

LOVE, CAPTAIN Craig R. Shipmate Pix http://reserves.navy.mil/ Public/ Staff/ Centers/ Forces+Command/Centers/ Naval+Air+Reserves/ Centers/ NAR+Jacksonville/ WelcomeAboard/ CommandingOfficer/ default.htm "...Captain Craig R. Love was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania in 1953. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Technical University and a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. Prior to commissioning in 1980, he was enlisted in both the Air Force and later in the Navy. During his enlisted Navy career he was attached to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as a non-acoustic operator on the P-3C aircraft. After graduating from Aviation Officer Candidate School and Naval Flight Officer training, he reported to VP-24. In August 1984, he was selected for the Training and Administration of Reserves (TAR) program. From 1985 to 1988, Captain Love was assigned to TSC NAS Bermuda. He served as Mission Control and Evaluation Officer responsible for the effective tactical employment of assigned U.S. and allied air and surfaces assets. In April 1988, Captain Love reported to Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as a program manager and as the Deputy Reserve Program Director. He joined VP-62 in February 1989. While attached to VP-62, he was designated as a Naval Air Reserve Force P-3C UIII NATOPS evaluator and was selected by the Association of Naval Aviation as the 1990 Jacksonville Reserve Naval Flight Officer of the Year. Captain Love detached from VP-62 in May 1991 to join the staff of Commander, Reserve Patrol Wing Pacific. While attached to the wing he served as Operations Officer. It was during this tour he was selected to serve as a squadron Officer-in-Charge. He reported to VP-69 in July 1993 where he served as Officer-in-Charge from October 1993 to July 1995. In August 1995, he reported to CPW-11 as the Operational Support Officer. In July 1997, he reported to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations responsible for 19,000 Naval Air Reservists and over 250 aircraft. In September 1999, he was assigned as Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth. Captain Love reported back to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve in September 2001 where he was assigned as Chief of Staff. Captain Love has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various unit awards. Captain Love assumed command of Naval Air Reserve Jacksonville on June 12, 2004..." [25APR2005]

LOVE, Warren Lovie1028@cox.net "...I served with VP-49 from January 14, 1949 to October 10, 1952. Stationed at NAS Norfolk, Virginia (Breezy Point), our squadron was transferred to NAS Bermuda at the start of Korean War. Last CO was CDR E. J. Fisher prior CDR J.B.Wallace. Anyone still around during that period? Often think of the good times and bad times..." [12SEP2002]

LOVELLETTE, Stephen F. docgrubber@aol.com "...I was in VP-49 from 1961-1965, initially stationed in NAS Bermuda with P5M-2S type aircraft and transitioned through VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to P-3A type aircraft stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. The time-span was from 61-65. I was an aircrewmember and knew guys from Maine to Florida. I was aware that VP-49 was disestablished but am not aware of the details..." [30AUG2005]

LOWE, SS1/2/3 John W. Retired johnlowe2000@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1979 to 1982), VP-0516 (1983 to 1984), VP-62 (1984 to 1987), VP-68 (1987 to 1991), RESASWTRACEN (1991 to 1995) and VP-66 (1995 to 1998). Those they remember me know that I was one of the best practical jokers ever!..." [08NOV2009]

LUMLEY, Robert robert.lumley@att.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1987 to 1990 some of the greatest adventures and Shipmates that I have ever been around. I never will forget VP-49 and its Shipmates..." [10FEB2010]

LUNDBLAD, ATC Bryan brain@mediaone.net "...I served in VP-49 from 82-85 as an IFT. Transfered to VP-30 in 85 until 88. Then I started my VP-30 VR DET tour until 92 as a n Inflight Communicator. After many trips around the world I transfered to NAS Jacksonville, Florida AIMD fom 92-95. Then I received a second opportunity to serve this great Navy a VP-30 VR DET again. I've got a lot of stories Iwould like to share with some of my old friends..." [10FEB98]

LUTZ, AW2 Alan E. lutz48@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (1968-1972) with two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I flew with Crew-7 (Radar Operator). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 19OCT2010 | 24OCT2000]


MACCARONE, George Jr. Hellcat_0645@att.net "...I served with VP-49 as a photo officer during the 1970 deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, so I am very familiar with the ramp photo of the VP-49 P-3Cs. I was also a proud member of "Grady's Gorillas," the first crew of the BUNO: 157318..." [07MAR2003]

MACK, AT3 James "Mac" jamesjmack@gmail.com "....I served with VP-49 (1989-1993) as a IFT with the World Famous "Smokin' Joe Camel Crew", VP-60 at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18SEP2014 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18APR2005 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2004 | 22MAY99]

MAITEN, Renita M. maifo4@bellsouth.net "...I served in VP-49 from 1988 until 1992. I still reside in Jacksonville, Fl. with my family and would love to heard from the Airframes/Corrosion crew who served during the adventurous years as I did..." [26FEB2000]

MAJESKY, Ed emajesky@gmail.com "...I served with HSL-30, VP-49, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational (FASO) Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida, VP-23, VX-1 and out. Currently Mission Systems Test Lead on the P-8 Acoustic Subsystem..." [15APR2014]

MANCINI, AT1 Victor J. vjmancini@erols.com "...Hi all. I had spent my first tour in VP-49 from '89-'92 were we deployed to NAS Bermuda/ NAS Bermuda and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal/Puerto Rico, which included dets to all points. From there I transfered to NAWC Warminster, Pa. were I had the oppurtunity to see how all of the P-3 hardware and software gets developed and has the bugs hammered out. I left the Navy in '95 and have currently been rehired by the reserves to drill with VP-64 at sunny NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. I also currently work as a contractor for Eagle Systems at the P-3 hardware and software development facility at NAWC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I've met alot of people at all locales mentioned above and would like to say that it was and is a pleasure to serve with everyone who likes to work hard and play hard. Drop me a line to say Hi..." [08NOV98]

MARION, Jim jimgwen952@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1960 to 1962 at NAS Bermuda. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07MAR2011]

MARRERO, Lou lmarrvp49@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1956 to 1959 at NAS Bermuda flying P5M Marlins. I was an AT3 radio/radar operator on LP-12. I would love to hear from my old Shipmates. I have some official Navy and personal photographs and other memorabilia, including a squadron crest and a report in the local paper about a record LP-12 BUNO: 135467 set for Seaplane Tender controlled approachs (USS Albemarle AV-5). I am looking for other memorabilia, particularly the loss of one of our planes in November 1956..." [E-Mail Updated 22JUN98]

MARTINEZ, RM2 R. J. grandparon43@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1966-1968) Crew-8 (CDR Molina Pilot). I left in 1968 and returned to Watsonville, CA..." [06MAY2013]

MARTENS, LCDR Jim jmart123@aol.com "...was AX1 in VP-49 1976-1980 and at NAMTRA Jax 1980-1982. First tour VP-45 1984-1987=TACCO VP-30 1987-1989=NFO INST VP-16 1995-1997=DEPT HD..."

MARTIN, AC1 Alan martina@nasb.navy.mil "...Formerly AW3 Martin. I served in VP-49 from 1989 to 1991. I had two great deployments ( NAS Bermuda/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal) and some great memories. I'm still in the Navy although not an AW, I'm an AC1 now, stationed an NAS Brunswick, Maine. I miss the flying and crew camaraderie. I would love to hear from anyone in CAC 9 "Bad to the bone crew" or CAC (Seagram) 7... and any other friends from VP-49. Feel free to drop me a line!!..." [03AUG2000]

MARTINEZ, RM2 Ronald "Marty" MartyVP49@netscape.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1966 through 1968 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska and NAS Bermuda with Crew 8 AYSM..." [26AUG2001]

MASTERSON, LT Keith "Batman" Shipmates Pix kbatmast@aol.com "...VP-49: Jun 1990-Oct 1993. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland (twice) and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. Detachments to Panama, Thule, Andoya, Souda Bay, Nordholz and Nimes. Instructor pilot. CAC-7 (The Uncrew). VT-10: Oct 1993-Sep 1996. Currently: United Airlines: Nov 1996-June 2025 :-) Looking to hear from anyone I flew with or any WFWP who remembers disliking Womble ...."

MATEJKA, Jim "Maytag" jmmatejka@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-49..." [10MAY2007]

MATHIEU, AO3 Ted tedmathieu@usa.com "...I served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from 1954 to 1957. I flew with 5 Boat as the Ordnanceman. We had some great times at Elbow Beach. I remember we talked the pilot into buzzing the beach - it wasn't 1 minute later he got a call from the Executive Officer to return to base. We never buzzed Elbow Beach again..." [BIO Updated 26APR2009 | 09JUL2003]

MAYS, ADJ2 Mile mrmays@sofast.net "...I served with VP-49 from June 1963 to November 1964. Would like to find enlisted buddies. I was an ADJ2 and worked in Powerplant Shop. Work mates were George Chowenski, David Jenkins, and Frank Langbien. George and David were ADJ's and Frank was an AT. Any information would be appreciated..." [30MAR2003]

McARTHUR, Jim mcarthurjim@yahoo.com "...I reported to VP-49 June 1963 NAS Bermuda - NAS Patuxent River, Maryland following year when we got the P-3. Ended Career at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana June 1997 with VP-94. What a great run..." [E-Mail Updated 07FEB2006 | 31JAN2004]

McCALL, Jim mccallja@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1975 to 1977, and made the NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip and NAS Keflavik, Iceland trip. Looking for news from anyone that served during that time. Great squadron, received two MUC's, one from JCS and we had fun..." [13MAR2000]

McCALL, Jim jim@jimmccall.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1975 through 1976 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Great squadron and great times. Hoping to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12MAR2005 | E-Mail Updated 01JAN2001 | 13MAR2000]

McCARTHY, Mike mcwdisp@hal-pc.org "...I was in VP-49 from Jan 1963 to Apr 1965, Some of my greatest memories are flying in the P5M's...several people that remember. Hope to hear about another Reunion..." [21NOV98]

McCLELLAN, Bill billmcsr@erols.com "...I flew P-3's in VP-49 from 1965-1969..." [06DEC2002]

McCOLLISTER, Heather Bennett bhmccolli@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1985 to 1998 then in Reserve Squadron VP-91. Looking to find fellow Shipmates that I hung out with on deployments and/or that live in the bay area. Thinking a Reunion would be kinda nice..." [E-Mail Updated 25SEP2008 | 24JAN2002]

McCOLLISTER, CDR John T. Shipmate Pix John@TheMcCollister.com "...I joined the ranks of VP Sailors in 1969 when I reported aboard VP-49 as the 3P for CAC 6. With VP-49, I participated in one of the first operational deployments of the "new" P-3C to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. After leaving VP-49, I accepted orders to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, as an instructor pilot in the P-3. I left active duty in 1973, and finished my career serving with VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and VP-64, at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. A "legend in my own mind," I'm best known for my "VP Album", a collection of original Navy songs that ended up pressed onto vinyl in 1982. This album was stuffed into a SSQ-53 sonobuoy container and dropped aboard a Russian Victor-class submarine in 1982. It spread quickly throughout the Soviet Union, ultimately leading to the collapse of the "Evil Empire" in 1989. Best regards to all my Shipmates!..." [E-Mail Updated 06AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 16DEC99 | BIO Updated 21OCT98 | 05OCT98]

McGARRY, Charles N. cnmcgarry@yahoo.com "...I received my wings at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1967 and flew P-3A's with VP-49 (1968-1971) until 1970 when we transitioned to P-3C's. Made deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand in 1968 and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1970. Crew 12 PPC. Flew TS2A's & T28's with VT-27 (1971-1974) at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Taught multi engine flying, including carrier landings, and T28 formation. Reported to USS Independence (1974-1976). Served Air department and flew C1A. Recently retired from Corhart Refractories (formerly Corning) after 29 years in R&D. Received 9 patents..." [16DEC2005]

Memorial Picture "...McLANE, Jack L.(BEAR)...It is with deep regret that I am submitting this note to all of those who served with AEC Jack L.(BEAR) McLane (Ret April 1978.) He passed away on August 4, 2000 after a battle with a service connected heart condition. He spent 26 years in the Navy and was a flight engineer on the P-3. He served in VP-10, VP-49, VP-30, VXN-8 and ASW most of the squadrons shile stationed at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." Contributed by Jeffrey L. McLane mclanejl4@olg.com [17OCT2000]

UPDATE "...I would like to express my condolences and sadness to the family of AECS Jack McLane. He was with a doubt the best Flight Engineer I ever had the pleasure to know and serve with. He tought me all that he knew about the aircraft as I was his Second Mech in 1968 and 1969 in VP-49 and we got seperated when we were relocated to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1969...SINES, AMS2 Chuck charlessines65@gmail.com..." [21JAN2002]

McKEE, AEC Homer R. Retired mckee_homer@bellsouth.net "...My first tour of duty VAH-3 Sanford Fl. after AE B school. I started VP duty with VP-49 NAS Bermuda from 1962-1964 (P-3 F/E school in 1963), VP-30 F/E Inst. from 1965-1967, TAR VP-68 from 1971-1974 NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-90 from 1974-1977, VP-62 from 1977-1980, VP-60 from 1980-1981, and retired August 1981. I am still employed at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida as a P-3 ASI..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2002 | E-Mail Updated 25MAY2001 | 07SEP98]

McLEAN, Bill bilmclean@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from early 1953 to late August 1954. I worked in the supply office there on the hanger deck along with Clyde Anderson, Roger Chambers, Ken Doig and Robert Landrum. The supply officers were LCDR C.C. Gatling and LT Kehoe. When I got to the squadron they were making the transition from the PBMS to the P5MS. Being in VP-49 was a great experience for me and being stationed at NAS Bermuda was paradise. How could you ever forget that crystal clear water and those beautiful beaches?..." [30DEC2003]

MEAHL, AMSC Carl A. Retired dad_mom_58@frontier.com "...I served with VP-49 (1964-1966)..." [03MAY2012]

MEISENHEIMER, LT Curtis Retired curtism@future.judson.edu "...I was in the navy from Dec 84 to Aug 94, when I recieved a disablity retirement. I flew with VP-49 from 1986 to 1990, starting as a NAV/COMM with "Slammin" CAC-7 and TC and MC for the "Mutants" of CAC-11. Had a blast with the NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments, but I left just before the split to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1990. Love to hear from any other squadronmates that might find me. As far as what happened since then, I went to ComPatWingsPac as Aircrew Training Officer for 16 months, then went to NPGS and got my Master's there. I graduated in 1993 and stayed there a year as Assist. USW Curriculum Officer. After my retirement, I worked as a Defense Analyst for Frost & Sullivan, a Market Research firm in Mountain View, California. I then put my degree to work for me, and am now a Professor of Physics at Judson College in Marion, Alabama. Judson is a Baptist Women's college in the middle of Alabama...a wonderful place with small classes so everyone gets to know everyone..." [28MAY2001]

MERCER, Ron conron@ec.rr.com "...I recognize some of the names there. I was in VP-49 from 1962 till September 1964 and was part of the aircrew that accepted the very first P-3A from Lockheed aircraft. I also assisted in moving the squadron to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. If there are any crewmembers out there that were in 1962 till 1964, let me know. I have loads of pics and memorabalia still on the den bulkheads..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2001 | 30NOV99]

MEUNIER, Darrell Retired demnav@aol.com "...I served with VP-8 from 1981 to 1985, instructor time with VP-30 from December 1985 to 1989, after that joyful experience served with VP-49 until just weeks before disestablishment, and COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Had a blast there, then moved further West and went to Japan (CV-62 and CV-63 Independence and Kitty Hawk respectively) in Yokosuka from 1997 to 1999, then Okinawa till I retired in 2002. Anyone want to get hold of me? Drop a line at my e-mail. Oh, now I'm a Harley mechanic. Weird world, huh?..." [12JAN2004]

MIELE, Jim jimmiele1@cs.com "...I was on a flight crew with VP-49 from 1961 to 1964 at NAS Bermuda flying P5Ms and later at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland flying P-3As. Would like to hear from any of you guys that are still around..." [23JUN2003]

MILLER, AWC Daniel P. danomedia@yahoo.com "...Aloha, Shipmates.I have served with VP-26 (Crew 3)Aug 82-Mar 89 "Cold War nugget tour", FASO Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Apr 89-Apr 92 "Recovery tour", VP-49 (Crew 4) May 92-Jan 94 "Decommissioning crew", USS Enterprise May 94-Mar 96 "VP appreciation tour", COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Apr 96-Jun 99 "Polishing tour", and VP-4 (Crew 5) Oct 99-Oct 02 "Great to back in VP tour." I have seen too many former shipmates here not to throw my name into the mix. While I enjoyed each of my commands, my formative years spent with the "Tridents" will always have a special place in the memory book. Please drop me a line and/or or visit http://home.hawaii.rr.com/danomedia/work/navyav8r.htm for a shot of LK5/161005..." [29OCT2000]

MILLER, Joe golf42miller@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1963) assigned to the Beach Crew and then COM/NAV Avionics Shop with deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (missle crisis) and Mercury Space Flights recovery (flying aboard the P5M). We transitioned from the P5M to the P-3 (08/1963) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Later in my Navy career, I would spend a year with VP-42 (1969-Disestablishment) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington flying aboard the P2..." [14OCT2012]

MILLER, Matt mhmiller87@comcast.net "...I was in VP-49 from May 91 through September 93. I joined the squadron right before the NS Rota, Spain deployment and had the fortune of serving with LCDR Ken Haislip on CAC-2. I was downsized in 94 and after a stint as a programmer in Jax, and FBI agent in Dallas, and a First Officer with American Eagle in Boston (2001 was not a good year to get into the industry), I am now a school teacher and basketball coach here in the Boston area. Just missed Todd Chase here in Cambridge by a few years! Best wishes to all..." [02JAN2005]

MILLER, ADEAN Paul G. paulgmil@msn.com "...ADEAN VP49 51-52-43, upon our arrival in Bermuda in late aug 1951 after being greeted by t the Squadren Comander Bill Hemple and I were assinged to EA7. I thought i was smart and when the AD1 crew chief started training us. Asked if we knew what a sea anchor was I said I did and responded it was an anchor to hold the boat! He responded son you have a lot to learn! from thet point on i listened and asked questions I must it was a wounderful education. An experance i'll never forget. I spent many hours on watch trying to identify targets on a vast ocion. also became proficent as a flight eng. Went to norway on operation Mainebrace. Wounderful memories! As I looked back I marvled at how much they trusted young 20 year olds..." [BIO Updated 18JUN2012 | 06DEC2011]

MILLER, Roger PDK1@gate.net "...I used to relieve VP-5 on deployments when I was in VP-49. I was stationed there from Feb 10 1988 to March 31 1992..." [10DEC98]

MITCHELL, LCDR Douglas M. (Pooh Bear) Retired poobearmit@aol.com "...Flight Engineer and CWO/LDO Maintenance Officer. I served as a F/E with VP-56 from 1968-1971, VP-45 from 1972-1975, VP-30 instructor from 1975-1978, VP-5 from 1978-1981, and CPW-11 from 1981-1983 when I was selected to CWO-2. I was assigned to CPW-2 from 1983-1985, got selected for LDO and transferred to VP-22 from 1985-1988. I returned to VP-30 as MMCO from 1988-1991, was assigned to VP-49 from 1991-1994 and retired from CPW-11 on 1 December 1994. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the VP-Navy Shipmates summary and would love to hear from past crewmembers and maintenance personnel. Twenty-seven years in the P-3 Navy was definitely the highlight of my Thirty year career!!..." [19FEB99]

MITCHELL, AO1(AW/NAC) Michael S. "Mitch" iyaoyaspcola@yahoo.com "...I flew with VP-49 from August 1988 to May 1992 with CAC-3 Armed and Dangerous. I made the 1988 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment, and the 1990 Split in NAS Bermuda / NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment. I transferred from VP-49 to VAQ-33 in Key West, from there to NAS Norfolk, Virginia security. Then Ships Company onboard the IKE. I'm currently serving at NAS Pensacola, Florida as an instructor at AO-A1 school. I'll be transferring to NSA Souda Bay Crete November this year. Just looking at the page brought back alot of good times. Feel free to contact me at my e-mail be safe and stay outta trouble..." [26MAR2004]

MITCHELL, LT Ralph L. Retired rmitchell@esc5.net "...I came to NAS Jacksonville, Florida as an AEAA spent my first six years in VP-49 from 1976-1982. Transferred to VP-30 as an AE1. Assigned to VP 30 from 1982-1986. Worked the AE shop, went to Material Control and later end my tour as Maintenance Control Day shift supervisor. Was selected to Chief in 1985 and selected to LDO in 1986. After Officer Indoc in Aug 1986, I was ordered to VP-56 as the Maintenance Control Officer and the Material Control Officer. After the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 1989, I transferred to AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida as the Support Equipment Officer. One year later I terminated shore duty for orders to VR-22 in NS Rota, Spain. Two years as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and one year as Department Head, we decommisioned VR-22 in the summer of 1993. My last tour took me to Meridian Mississippi as the Assistant Air operations Officer. For a squadron Maintenance Officer to be able to work at a NAS Base Operations was an enjoyable tour of duty. After 21 years and my selection to LCDR, I retired as a LT. That was a family decision to turn down LCDR and retire. I enjoyed the time that I spent in each duty station and all the good friends that I have remembered. My heart goes out to the families of lost friends and I look forward to hear from those whom with I served..." [11NOV2004]

MORGAN, Joli Brian LFJBM@UAF.EDU "...I served with VP-49 as a AT3 assigned to the MAD shop in NAS Bermuda from 1957 to 1959. Great memories of NAS Bermuda and our squadron visits to Cuba and Key West..." [15NOV99]

MOSK, CDR William F. https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil/ctw-4/vt-35/cmdsuite.shtm "...Commanding Officer VT-35 - Commander William F. Mosk is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles, with a degree in Economics. Entering the Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program, he was commissioned an Ensign in May 1985. Designated as a Naval Flight Officer in March 1986, his initial fleet assignment was to VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While there he served as Phase/Corrosion Branch Officer, Tactics Branch Officer and NFO/Aircrew NATOPS Officer. As a Blue Shark, he flew the P-3B(Mod) achieving designation as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. His deployment sites were throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia including NAS Misawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Cubi Point, Philippines and NSF Diego Garcia. In 1990 Commander Mosk was selected for the Pilot Transition program and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1991. After fleet replacement training at VP-30, he reported to VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in March 1992. There he served as Command Services Officer and Tactics Officer and was designated Patrol Plane Commander and Mission Commander in the P-3C. With the World Famous Woodpeckers, he deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1993. Upon VP-49's disestablishment in 1993, Commander Mosk reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Serving as Quality Assurance Officer and Command Services Officer, he achieved designation as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, Beartrap Pilot and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C. He deployed with the Mad Foxes to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1994. In January 1995, Commander Mosk was assigned to PCU JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in Norfolk, VA as Operations Administrative Officer and Officer of the Deck (underway). After the ship was commissioned in December 1995, he deployed for several Builders' and Acceptance trials as well as the initial shakedown cruise. Upon completion of refresher training at VP-30, Commander Mosk reported to Patrol Squadron TEN for his Department Head tour. While a Red Lancer, he served as Safety/NATOPS Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Officer. His deployments included a split site to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1997 and to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 1999. While deployed to the Mediterranean theater in 1999, Commander Mosk flew 44 combat missions in support of Operation Allied Forces. In August 1999, Commander Mosk reported to United States Atlantic Command in Norfolk, VA. Redesignated as United States Joint Forces Command in 2000, he served as C4I Systems Modernization Branch Chief and was responsible for the Theater Air Missile Defense Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. Commander Mosk reported to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 2001 as Executive Officer of VT-35. Commander Mosk's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as numerous other unit and service decorations..." [02JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...MOUTON, William J...It is with sadness that I report the death, of cancer, of William J. Mouton who was a pilot with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from 1954 to 1957. An broad announcement was sent to those with emails who served in the VP-49 seaplane era. If you need additional details you can contact me...Robert B. Griffin, Jr. seminole52@aol.com..." [16JUL2001]

MULICH, AWC Nick Retired nicknjax@gmail.com "...I entered the navy February 1958. After completing AE "A" school, my first assignment was Service Test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from November 1958 through November 1960. I attended S3H factory school and was transferred to VP-5 in April 1961. I was assigned to Crew 11 for the NS Rota, Spain/ NAS Keflavik, Iceland split deployment. VP-5 was was heavily involved in the Cuban crisis. I departed the Navy in February 1963 to work for TWA at the KC overhaul Plant. In October 1965 I returned to the Navy as an AX2 after completing "A" school. I was then sent to NAS North Island, San Diego, California for assignment with VP-50 after completing P5M Maintenance schools. I was in VP-50 from January 1967 through April 1969. I checked in 8 days after the P5M crashed. As an AX2, I was assigned to P5M Crew 5 until we transitioned to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California. As an AX1 I was assigned to Crew 12 and remained there until transfer to "B" school. I changed rates to AW while attending "B" school and was assigned to VP-23 from January 1970 through January 1973. For 3 months I was the only enlisted qualified Aircrewman. I passed the AWC test and was transferred to Naval Air Development Center Warminster until June 1973 when I was selected for ADCOP at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. After ADCOP, I was transferred to VP-49 from April 1975 through October 1977. My final tour was NTEC Orlando where I led the factory acceptance team for the 14B44 and Weapons System Test (WST) trainers. I retired in December 1980 and now live in Jacksonville..." [E-Mail Updated 14APR2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV99]

MURPHY, CAPTAIN John F. "Murph" murfjfm@msn.com "...Currently the Deputy CoS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously was assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After being CO of Navy Recruiting District Portland attended the Naval War College. Have had more than my share fun in the VP Navy. Served with VP-49 (1984-1988) and then as an IP with VP-30 (1988-1990), VPU-1 (1990-1993) before switching to the PACFLT and serving with VP-4 as OPSO with a great bunch of folks and then as the last CNAP P-3 Evaluator in Hawaii (1995-1998) before starting to fly desks instead of airplanes with a great tour at RHQ SOUTHLANT in Portugal. Would be happy to hear from any old buds or Shipmates from either coast..." [BIO Updated 01DEC2010 | 06APR2002]

MURPHY, AE Lowell C. lowellcmurphy@drs-pct.com "...I served with both VP-45 and VP-49 at NAS Bermuda (1958-1961) as a crew member followed by AE "B" School..." [16NOV2010]

MURRAY, CDR Robert L. Retired murray59@verizon.net "...Enlisted 1956: ATU-105/ATU-205, VF-73 - USS Randolph, VF-61 - USS Saratoga, VF-13 - USS Essex, VW-13 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, FAETULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida, AE-1 Integration Program 1963. VP-49 1965 - 1968; VT-2 1968 - 1970; USS Forrestal: Cat. & AG Officer, 1970 - 1973; Naval Electronics T&E Activity NAS Patuxent River, Maryland XO, 1973 - 1975; VP-23: Maint. Officer, 1976 - 1978; NAF Mildenhall UK: Ops Officer, 1978-1979; CINCUSNAVEUR Command Center: 1979 - 1980; NAF Mildenhall UK: CO, 1980 - 1982; JCS Joint Staff : C3I Action Officer , 1982 - 1984. Retired 1984. Consultant to NRL 1984 - 1998 - retired again to St. Michaels MD, Active with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Engineer/Driver...." [06FEB2009]

Memorial Picture "...MUSSELLWHITE, AE3 Jim...Rest in peace AE3 Jim Mussellwhite. Almost 49 years since you spun in at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. In the spring of 1964 you and I hung out at the Hickory House bar in Lexington Park, Md. At that time we were both in VP-49 and had good fun shooting pool at Hickory House. I remember that you said that you wanted to move closer to family members in NAS Jacksonville, Florida (VP-45) iI deployed to NAS Bermuda and then you were gone but not forgotten airdale bud. Best regards to family and friends..." Contributed by CRAWFORD, Jack "JC" airdale03@aol.com [12NOV2013]


NEAL, AD1 ROB ROBN85@HOTMAIL.COM "...I SERVED IN VP-49 FROM JAN 90 TO JAN 94. WOODPECKERS SENT ME OFF TO ENGINEER SCHOOL AFTER THE NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NAS Bermuda DEPLOYMENT. I RETURNED TO FINISH MY TOUR UP TO THE DECOMISSIONING. WENT OFF TO VP-30 FOR INSTRUCTOR DUTY AND TRANSFERED TO VP-10 IN JULY 97. I'M CURRENTLY IN SUNNY NAS Sigonella, Sicily DOING THE YUGOSLAVIA THING. (LOOKING TO BOMB SOME YUGO FACTORIES) HOPE TO HERE FROM MY OLD Shipmates!!!..." [30MAR99]

NEWTON, Dick dnewton@hto.net "...I served with VP-49 from '70-'72 out of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland & NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Are they still going to NAS Keflavik, Iceland? Great web page. I have some photos from NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [13MAR99]

NORTON, AXC Tommy Retired tnorton6@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-49 (Woodpeckers). Retired October 1975 from VP-49 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Made the 1974 NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment and the 1975 NAS Sigonella, Sicily trip. Enjoyed my surfing trip back to memory lane today. Found Earl Delfel, Al Evans, Capt Howie Rundell, and Eddie Wells listed here. Lots of GOOD GUYS still around!! Also spent a very good year with VP-24 in 1960. PS That I'm final really retired as of May 2003..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 08JAN2003 | 22OCT99]

NUNLEY, SK2 Fred freddie@mtaonline.net "...I served aboard VP-49 from July 1958 to early 1960, when I transferred out of Airdales into the black shoes. Was transferred aboard the USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32). I went back to Civies after four years, but never forgot all the neat people and places I got to see. If you have a connection to this time, e-mail me, if for any other reason mail-me anyway..." [26MAY2002]

NYLAND, AVCM Ken Retired avcmkn@tds.net "...I served with VP-49 from May 1951 to August 1954 as an AT and aircrewman on the PBM-5S2 and then on the P5MM. It was a great tour. After leaving VP-49 I was transferred to VS-39 NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where I served until getting out the first time in 1955. I re-entered the Navy in 1956 and served in FAETUATL NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1956 - 1958 then in VS-21 from 1960 to 1964 flying in S2F's and being a part of the recovery team for the recovery of Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper in the one man Mercury space program. In 1961 I made CPO. Then in 1964 I transferred to VP-31 NAS North Island, San Diego, California and served there as a Division Chief. In 1967 I joined VS-722 as a reserve in NAS Glenview, Illinois. and then went to VP where I became a plankowner of VP-90 in 1970 and retired from there in 1990 as Master Chief. I had a fabulous career and am proud of being able to serve our Navy all of those 38 years plus. I do love hearing from Shipmates and look forward to hearing from more..." [BIO Updated 05MAY2002 | 04MAR2002]


OCHOA, ROBERT robert.ochoa@gecapital.com "...I was in VP-49 from 88-92. Last deployment was to NS Rota, Spain with the great guys of CAC-7. I remember some great partying at the Salad Bar and the 5 star in Jerez and our R & R in Palma. What happened to Bugs, Burma, Sponge, Martin, and Carter. If any of you CAC Seagram's 7 guys or anyone else I've drank with sees this go ahead and e/m me. Hope to hear from you. Those years were some of the best of my life..." [19JUN98]

OHDE, AMS3 Dan daniel.ohde@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1967 to 1970..." [02SEP2010]

O'NEILL, AMH2 Dan doneill_1@att.net "...I served with VP-49 (09/1969-09/1971) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [17NOV2011]

OSTRANDER, A. I. III "Ozzie" oscar-3@charter.net "...I served with VP-49 (01/1959-01/1963) at NAS Bermuda. I flew with Crew-4 (Radar, 2nd Technician, 1st Technician, Julie/Jez and MAD) aboard the P5M. I extended my "Minority Cruise" enlistement twice for one year just to stay in Bermuda. My daughter was born there - what wonderful memeories..." [27MAR2012]


PACIELLA, Frank "Pacman" pacmanusn@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1989 to 1992 in airframes. After VP-49 I went to VFA-106 from 1992 to 1995 and onto VP-45 from 1995 to 1998 where I got out of the navy. I would love to hear from fellow Shipmates..." [24JUN2002]

PALMUCCI, AX2 Carl Retired sputteringneeds@yahoo.com "...I served with VX-1 (1978-1982), VP-49 (1982-1983), ASWOC at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1983-1984), VP-91 (1986-1997) and retired 1997..." [07AUG2012]

PALUBICKI, Tony TONYPALUBICKI@worldnet.att.net "...I was with VP-49 from May 1975 through November 1978. As best as I can tell I am the only AB to sign in on this page. VP-49 was one of the best commands I served with during my naval career. I retired as an ABHCS (AW) in '91 following the gulf war. Prior to VP-49 I served as a crash crewman at NAS Pensacola, Florida. Following my tour with VP-49 I went to RTC Great Lakes, then I served aboard USS Eisenhower CVN-69, did a tour at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and retired after a tour aboard USS Nassau LHA-4. This is a great site, glad to see someone has provided a way for old buddies to find each other and stay in touch..." [05MAR2000]

PANKRATZ, AL2 Alan G. machogator@aol.com "...I was a crewmember, AL2 and 2nd radio on EA-9 with VP-49 from May 1950 until my discharge in July 1952. Our squadron was initially based at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in the seaplane area. We flew PBM-5S aircraft. When the Korean war broke out we reactivated the base at NOB Bermuda. We were an ASW squadron and had frequent deployments to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. I sure would like to hear from any old Shipmates from my era..." [BIO Updated 25JAN2008 | 16SEP2003]

PARKS, ATC Shaun D. sparks_in_jax@bellsouth.net "...Served with VP-49 from 1987-1992 as an IFT. This site sure brings back memories reading the "Woodpecker" guestbook..." [02JAN2003]

PATTON, ARTHUR L. pattona@sicily.navy.mil "...I served in VP-49 from Dec 80 to July 84. I'd love to hear from any former Woodpeckers. I'm presently in VP-10 until Jun 99..." [27MAR99]

PATTON, CWO Keith E. Retired avcwo@cox.net "...I was an AT IFT and was later commissioned as a Mustang CWO. Here are my duty assignments: NAMTD-1011 from 1978-1979, VP-49 from 1979-1983, VP-5 1983-1985, NAMTD 1012 from 1985-1989, VP-48 from 1989-1991 (DECOMISSIONED), NTC GREAT LAKES from 1991-1994, VP-9 from 1994-1997, and OIC NATEC OKINAWA from1997-1998. Anyone wanting to contact me PLEASE DO SO. I would love to hear from old Shipmates and CAC members. I look forward to hearing from you!..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUN2003 | 06NOV2002]

PAYNE, Jim Jim Payne/ANTHONYROSS@ANTHONYROSS.COM "...I was Air Crew PH in VP-48 from 1984 to 1987 then went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. CDR Bushnell asked me to design a patch without the bird. I took the P-3 out of the front of the NATOPS. When it was submitted as our "official" patch it was not approved because it had a picture of the aircraft on it and only one fold was allowed in each end of the top and bottom banners. We all wore them. It's a kick to see them on this website. Shipwrecks, get in touch and we'll talk about Lt. Johnsons broken nose..." [11AUG2000]

PEREZ, Casimiro F. "Pancho" panchoellen@webtv.net "...I served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from July 1958 to July 1960. I was a crew member on LP12. I retired in 1976 and still reside in Pensacola, Fl..." [BIO Updated 18AUG2009 | 08AUG2001]

Memorial Picture "...PERRY, Bill...It's with deepest regrets that I annouce the passing on of my friend Bill Perry. He had been suffering from lung cancer for several years, but is pain free at last. Rest in Peace. Bill served with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda and was in the Beach Crew with me. He was one of the Beach Masters during the mid 1950's. He is survived by his wife Barb, who was a Canadian Nurse in Bermuda where he met and married her, two children and loving grand children...GILPIN, Jim ocvjim@netzero.com..." [19JAN2007]

PERRY, William (Bill) PERRY.WILLIAM@worldnet.att.net "...I served in VP-49 1952-1954 at NAS Bermuda. I, Jim Gilpin, and Chuck Walls were the Beach Masters Launching and beaching P5M's would like to hear from anyone that served in Bermuda at that time..." [23APR2000]

PETERS, AW2 Timothy ttpeters@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-49 from January 1987 till December 1993. Then I did a shore tour at FASOTRAGRU DET NAS Jacksonville, Florida till May 1997, then transfered to VP-5 till December 1999 where I got out of the Navy. I missed it so much that in May 2000 I re-enlisted and now I am in VP-47 on the West coast. God bless the mighty P-3!..." [14OCT2000]

PETERSON, Dave W. southbound@top.monad.net "...I served 1969-1973 starting at VT-3 69-70, then was assigned to VP-49 70-73 an a AMH3. 2 Tours at NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I visited the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. This is a must for any sailor to see and be proud of. You can visit by web at http://www.lonesailor.org..." [02MAR99]

PETERSON, H. E. Pete margecottonwood@sedona.net "...I was an Electronics Tech on VP-49's EA-8, NAS Bermuda 1954 to 1956. I would like to hear from any Shipmates..." [09JAN99]

PETERSON, Mike konakai2@hotmail.com"...I served with VP-49 from 1976 to 1980. I flew with CAC-11 as an ASW2..." [07NOV2003]

PETTITT, Dan Dapetman@Webtv.net "...I hit the VP Navy in early 67 with school in VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, and then on to VP-49 until August of 68 in the P.I. Was an AME-3 uder the "Comshaw King" Chief George Seachrest, worked in airframes on the P-3 A & B models, and probably had a better experience than I would ever admit to. Cussed the Navy the whole time I was in but would probably tatoo the Squadron insignia if I could find it. I see a few familiar names here and hope a few find mine too!!..." [28APR99]

PHILLIPS, Bill PhilBil@PeoplePc.com "...I was a member of VP-49 in 62-63 with the old flying boats. We deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the missle crisis and later transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with the P-3V's. I was a member of the "Ramp Rats" who were responcible for launching and recovering the sea planes. Would like to hear from anyone who was in NAS Bermuda or NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the beach crew..." [08JUN2001]

PIERCE, PNCM Joe D. Retired PNCMPIERCE@AOL.COM "...Served in VP-49 (Personnel Office) at NAS Bermuda from July 1960 to August 1963 when squadron flew P5M-2S seaplanes. Retired 31 May 1978 after 30 years active duty, then worked for the Navy another 18 years as civilian employee. Would appreciate hearing from Shipmates who served in VP-49, especially during 1960-1963..." [18DEC98]

PIKE, David S. dspikevp49@yahoo.com "...Attached to VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from '52-'55. Flew PBM's & P5M's on EA 12, EA 9, & EA 7. Had great times at Elbow Beach. My son Paul owns the Helmet Diving boat at Flatts Village. Only friend I've heard from is Charrles W. Ray, living in Indiana. If any Reunions are planned, please let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAR2005 | 19APR98]

PITTS, Danny DPitts727@aol.com "...I served as an ABH in the Line Division from 78 to 79(I was the one with the rebel flag on my helment). I have many fond memories of the people of VP-49. Would like to find my former Div. Officer Lt. Dave Smith to thank him for encouraging me to learn to fly,(Im now a DC10 Captain) and my old AO buddy Willy Wilson,and ABHC Dale Groves, to name a few. We had a Great Squadron!..." [19JUN99]

POOLE, Jack Douglas II "Doug" jack.poole@africom.mil "...I served served with VP-49 from June 1987 to October 1990. Still serving currently at US Africa Command in Stuttgart Germany. Am now a Foreign Area Officer. Glad to get in touch with old Shipmates..." [25NOV2008]

Memorial Picture "...POSPESHILL, Donald...It is with regret that I am reporting the death of Donald Pospeshill of VP-49. His e-mail Address was dposp@webtv.net..." Contributed by NYLAND, AVCM Ken Retired avcmkn@tds.net [17NOV2004]

POSPESHIL, Donald dposp@webtv.net "...I served with FASRON-102 (1948-1949), VP-7 (1949-1952), NAOTS (1952-1954), VP-49 NAS Bermuda (1954-1958), NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1958-1961), VP-8 (1961-1963), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR (1963-1967), VP-30 (1967-1968), and retired and living the good life..." [20MAY2000]

POWERS, ATC George K. Retired powerswin@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 twice. My first tour in the Navy 1959-1961, assigned to hanger queen crew LP-13. Bermuda's beaches and sneaky pete. A good sailor could spend ten years in one night at horse shoe. Final tour with Woodpeckers at NAS Jacksonville, Florida being 1974-1976, retired June 10, 1976. Made the 1975 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Other assignments were, USS Intrepid, CVS-11 out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia, Flight Demonstration Team-Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola, Florida, Helicoptor Squadron-2 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (West Pac deployment on USS Intrepid CVA-11), Instructor duty at NAATC NAS Memphis, Tennessee..." [04FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...PRALL, LCDR Gary W. "Prowler" Shipmate Pix...I am the widowed wife of Gary W. Prall. Most knew him as "Prowler" or LT Gary W. Prall. Gary served with VP-49, VP-45, Tactical Support Center NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, ASWOC officer 7th Comfleet and NAS Fort Worth JRB. I am sorry to say that he passed away in May 20, 2003 of Melanoma Cancer. Intracranial pressure took him down just before the Melanoma did. I was 4 months pregnant w/our daughter Skylar. We live in Jacksonville, Fl. and would like to hear from former Shipmates. Christy L. Prall clprall@bellsouth.net..." [05JUN2010]

PRESLEY, NCCS Terry Retired tpresley@garberautomall.com "...I served with VP-49 from April 1974 to 1976, VP-24 from 1986 to 1988, and CPRW-11 April 1988 to June 1992 retired as a NCCS..." [24SEP2006]

PRESTON, PNSN Curt cpreston@samnet.net "...After all these years it was truly great to see this site and see familiar names from VP-49 1968 and the Westpac Cruise. Ahoy and smooth sailing to Fred Bates, Ray Bennett, Doug Binks, John Bland, John Eubanks, Rod Evans, Jim Lafayette, Otto Lassen, Dan Pettitt, Ken Rossman, Dave Vezina, and especially Dick Zeisel. Hopefully we will hear from Ben Suriben, Harold Francis, Al Gholson, Chris White, Barry Fake, Steve Harris, Willie Falk, Leonard Cross, "Chief" Legare, and who could forget Dan Carlson, who had a Nikon way before Paul Simon sang about it. All the comments posted simply mean one thing-"Ship Over!" Most likely the PN gang is remembered as slugging away behind the counter and sometimes deserved the "Honey Bucket" but we did try to get the leave basket cleaned out before typing STOs..." [09AUG2000]

PRINSEN, ATCS(AW) Karl "Skip" Retired w7pn@rtconnect.net "...I served with VP-49 (1961 to 1964), VP-30 (1964 to 1967), VP-44 (1967 to 1970), NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee AFTA School (1970 to 1974), VAW-113 (1975 to 1978), NAMTRA 1098 & 1013 (1978 to 1981), VF-213 (1981 to 1985), COMFITAEWWINGSPAC (1985 to 1988) a retired in June 1988. I miss the old days and have had many changes in my life. I finished my Masters Degree and am looking for a job that reflects my recent training..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2009 | BIO and E-Mail Updated 30NOV98 | 24AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...PUNCHES, CAPTAIN Jack D Jr...TOWER HILL -- Capt. Jack D. Punches Jr., 50, of Clifton, Va., retired from the Navy, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville, Va. Jack Punches was a native of Tower Hill and held a bachelor's degree from Missouri University, a master's degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a master's degree from Salve Regina in international relations. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1975, Capt. Punches received orders to VP-16 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida flying the P-3C. He completed three deployments before reporting as an instructor pilot to the FRS (VP-30) in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In July 1982, Capt. Punches returned to sea duty when he reported to VPU-1 (Special Projects) in NAS Brunswick, Maine. After two years of intelligence collection duties, he reported to the Navy War College in November 1984. Upon graduation from Naval War College in November 1985, he returned to NAS Jacksonville, Florida, to VP-49 as the Maintenance Officer. After one operational deployment and a UNITAS deployment, he received orders as the OIC NAMTRAGRUDET JAX in July 1988. After an abbreviated tour, Capt. Punches joined the Lifting Eagles of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR-24) in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, as the Executive Officer in October 1989. He assumed command of VR-24 in January and then deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations Desert Storm and Shield. In June 1992, he reported to the new Unified Command USSTRATCOM as Chief, Airborne Operations. In August 1995, he proceeded to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations as the Head of Navy Counterdrug and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy for Counterdrug Matters. In June 1996, he assumed duties of Deputy Director, Operations and Interagency Support Division under the newly assigned Coast Guard flag officer. Capt. Punches retired from the Navy in July 2000. From July until November 2000, Jack Punches served as Senior Consultant with Blue Stone Consulting of Alexandria, Va., with principal duties assigned as senior advisor for Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Command in Puerto Rico. In November 2000, Jack Punches returned to the Navy as a senior civilian employee when he was appointed as Deputy Head, Navy Interagency Support Branch in the Pentagon. In the Navy, Capt. Punches accumulated more than 7,000 flight hours and 50 carrier landings. His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation and various other service/campaign medals..." http://www.herald-review.com/rednews/2001/10/06/build/Obituaries/obits.php [22JUN2003]


RAY, Bob AW1 (Budda) rray3@austin.rr.com "...I served in VP-49 from 1964-1971. I flew on crew 1 or 2 as skippers changed. I was both a AE and AW. I left VP-49 in 1971 and transferred to FASOTRAGRULANT det. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would enjoy hearing from any my old fiends..." [E-Mail Updated 03JAN2003 | 00XXX97]

READ, Lee read@amaonline.com "...I was in VP-49 1971-1972 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. AE shop. Were you?..." [06MAY98]

REBMAN, GSCM George Retired georger@nwlink.com "...I served in the Navy from '63 to '89 and was a member of VP-49 and VP-10. I have great memories of Patrol squadrons. If any one remembers AOC Leroy Brown or AO-1 Jerry Brown I would like to know what ever became of them..." [03SEP2000]

REITZ, George F. Reitz_G@mediasoft.net "...Ex crew member LP-9 Squadron VP-49 1956-58. Does this Squadron have reunions? If so, where & when??..." [05JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...RITTER, Robin "Tex"...Robin "Tex" Ritter passed away April 2008. Tex served with VP-5, VP-30 and VP-49..." WebSite: CenterSeat (CENTERSEAT FORUM - Main Category - IN MEMORY) http://www.centerseat.net/ [08AUG2008]

ROBERTS, Charles B. tinbender1@comcast.net "...I served with VP-16 (1974 to 1978), VP-49 (1978 to 1980), VQ-2 (1968 to 1970) and VAQ-33 with the "whales" and last C-121 on active duty (1980 to 1983). Throw in tours inbetween in VF-13, VF-162, VC-2, VS-22 and HS-1 you end up with an enjoyable 30 year career..." [E-Mail Updated 24MAR2009]

Memorial Picture "...ROBERTSON, James...James Robertson didn't cotton to life in a submarine. Too claustrophobic, he said. He joined the Navy and learned to fly instead. He trained in Pensacola and spent four years in the military during the Korean War. He was assigned to the VP-49 patrol squadron, stationed in NAS Bermuda. He patrolled the waters in search of enemy submarines. He got the "tough assignment," joked a son, James Douglas Robertson of Snellville. "He flew a big twin-engine seaplane." "The seaplanes would come back from maneuvers and we could see them landing from the house," said Irene Robertson, his wife of 55 years. "They would taxi around the base and, when they landed, the wives would go pick up their husbands." After the military, Mr. Robertson sought employment with a major airline. Pan Am and Eastern wouldn't give him a shot, but he found a job he wanted. In 1956, he joined Delta. After training in Atlanta, the pilot flew out of hubs in New Jersey and Miami before he returned to the city in 1961. In 1986, he retired after a 30-year career. "He just loved it because he felt he was closer to God up there with the remarkable sunsets and all the beauty he would see," his wife said. "He missed that when he retired." In October, James Frederick Robertson was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died March 8 from complications of the disease at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. He was 78. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper. Mr. Robertson was born in Orange, N.J., but grew up in the Jersey town of Westfield. He attended Brown University for three years, where he was in the Navy Reserves. He'd received notice that at some point he would have to join his squadron on a submarine in Japan. He elected to become a naval aviation cadet instead. Mr. Robertson never regretted not completing college. "He felt his education was with the military and Delta," his wife said. "He said that's what they gave him. He had never thought much about flying before the military. He was very satisfied with the time he spent in service." In 1986, Mr. Robertson retired to provide opportunity at Delta for his pilot son, James. In the 1980s, the company had a nepotism policy that prevented the hiring of the younger Robertson. "He was at the top of his career, in his mid-50s, but he sacrificially laid it all down and allowed me to be interviewed," said his son, who spent 22 years with Delta. "Fortunately, I was hired. I was thankful to him in that he was willing to sacrifice his last five years and everything else for me." The Robertsons lived in Sandy Spring for 35 years before they settled in Bent Tree, a retirement community in Jasper. Before his health prevented it, Mr. Robertson enjoyed golf. . He combined his love for reading and the stock market by reading investment materials. "The ticker tape was always on," his wife said. "He was content with that." Additional survivors include two daughters, Diane Robertson Little of Fairmount and Dawn Robertson Hartert of Marietta; another son, William Scott Robertson of Forest Park; a sister, Joyce Lowell of Albuquerque, N.M., and five grandchildren..." WebSite: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://www.ajc.com/news/ [15MAR2010]

ROBICHAUD, AMH2 Edward Eli c/o his son Edward Robichaud IV robo44@gmail.com "...My Father, AMH2 Edward Eli ROBICHAUD, served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from August 8, 1956 to May 15, 1960. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him..." [E-Mail Updated 02FEB2010 | 14DEC98]

ROBSON, David robieone@se.rr.com "...Seeking VP-49 mates from 59-61 NAS Bermuda I was 6 boat electrician, looking for Dick Beckley, Al Mactavish, Bobby Anderson or any and all other 6 boaters! OOHHH those Canadian nurses!..." [18JAN2005]

RODGERS, Dick drodgers@livingstongroupdc.com "...Served in VP-24 '72-'76 ( NAS Keflavik, Iceland 2 times and NAS Sigonella, Sicily), VP-30 '76'-'79, USS NIMITZ '79-'81, BUPERS '81-'83, VP-49 '83-'85 ( NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal), CPW-11 '85-'86, VP-24 XO/CO '86-'88 ( NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda), Office of the Secretary of Defense '88 -'91, SECNAV Staff '91- '93, Commander, CPW-10 '93-'95, and CNO & SECNAV Staff '95-'00. Retired Feb 1 2000. What a great ride! Working now as a DC lobbyist. Miss all of you. Would love to trade stories..." [E-Mail Updated 07MAY2005 | 11DEC2000]

ROIDT, AM2 Mike lvmroidt@aol.com "...I was stationed with VP-49 from '51 to '53 when I was transfered to VF-14 Cecil Field. I was an AM2 and a crew member on Easy Able 8, during the transition from PBM's to the P5M's. I was assigned to the crew of the first P5M, which had no radar installed, and so became one of the first AM's to be a PBM crewmember when we reverted to the old PBM 8-Boat while the radar was installed at the Martin plant in Baltimore. The metal shop was run by Chief "Shakey" Gimbert and "Red Eye" Morrison was transferred to VF-14 with me...I was in VP-49 during operation MAINBRACE in about 1952. We crossed the Atlantic in about ten days aboard the (AV-7) USS Currituck. I remember that there had been a mix-up about films and we ended up with only one, "The Thing" starring James Arness, which we watched every night in the hanger deck until everybody knew every word. The trip up the fijord to Trondhiem was spectacular with the vertical mountain walls about fifty feet away from each side of the ship. Squadron personnel bunked in a hole called "Hobby Lobby" deep into the bowels of the ship. It was right below the deck which the extra duty brigade chipped and repainted every night. Last winter I was in Florida and saw a picture of a seaplane tender of the (AV-7) USS Currituck Class hanging in a dive shop. It was to be sunk as an artificial reef. Was that the (AV-7) USS Currituck?..." [BIO Updated 26APR2001 | 25MAR2001]

ROMAN, Larry somerspoint7@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1958 to 1960. I was a pilot and the squadron Legal Officer..." [04APR2011]

ROSSMAN, AW2 Ken Retired kenr64@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 (1965-1970) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (Julie/Jez) and VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with deployments to NAS Bermuda, Utapao, NS Sangley Point, Philippines, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan..." [E-Mail Updated 27JUL2012 | 19FEB2000]

ROTUNDO, AVCM Bill Retired brotundo@comcast.net "...Tours of the good olde P-3 world included VP-49 (1973 to 1975), VX-1 (1975 to 1978), VP-24 (1978 to 1981), VP-30 (1981 to 1984), VP-24 (1984 to 1986), VS-28 (1986 to 1989), NAMTRA-1037 (1989 to 1991) and retired in 1991. It was a great career, would do it again in a heart beat. Now a contractor designing Flight Simulator mods for the S-3 program. Would love to hear from the old gang. Keep them safe..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2006 | 16DEC99]

ROWBACK, AECS John E. Retired jonrowb@aol.com "...My VP tours were in VP-49 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1972-1975 and CPW-11 NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1975-1978. I am still serving VP as a Land Based, Side Stepping Contractor Crab at CPW-11 NAS JAX 1978- Present. Would enjoy hearing from some of my old Shipmates..." [07APR99]

RUNDELL, CAPTAIN Howard "Hobart" g5av8or@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from August 1973-July 1976 (CAC-11/3P), NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1974 (CAC-9/PPC/MC) NAS Sigonella, Sicily 1975, VP-5 July 1976-September 1976 PPC (three months (?) it's an interesting story!), VP-93, VP-2473 (SAU) September 1976-April 1989 (CAC-10A/PPC/MC), CO VP-2473 June 1985-March 1986, CO VP-93 September 1987-April 1989. CO NR VR-24 (C-12's) February 1990-July 1991, CO NR NAS Sigonella, Sicily September 1991-September 1993, CO NR CVN69 "IKE" September 1993-September 1995, XO NR DCNO N4 Pentagon September 1995-September 1998, and XO NR SACLANT DET 113 Battle Creek September 1998-October 1999 - 30 years! A great "run" made possible by the support of my many crewmates and squadronmates. True "Shipmates" all! ASW WAS OUR LIFE! BZ!..." [E-Mail Updated 26AUG2002 | 13OCT98]


SAMPLES, Billy billsamp@juno.com "...I served with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from mid 1952 until May 1956. I was a crewmember of EA-10 as an electronics technician. Buddy Beloit was Crew Chief. Would love to hear from fellow crew members or other VP-49 personnel who were in Bermuda during that time..." [02AUG2002]

SANDERS, Earle L. spanamac@bellsouth.net "...I was stationed with VP-49 NAS Bermuda from 1957 to 1958. I served as a Photographers Mate. At that time there was VP-49, FASRON-111 and a Coast Guard detachment, later VP-45 moved in. At that time there were only seaplanes there, mostly P5Ms. From what I have been reading, four engine land planes were used at a later time. Obviousely the old NAS had been moved, they could not have landed a Piper cub on our base. I have not been able to find out to where it was moved. I can only assume it was around Kindley Field..." [E-Mail Updated 17APR2005 | 05AUG2002]

SCHATZ, John jschatz3@juno.com "...I started in OT div. on the USS RANGER 79 to 81 learning what AW'S actually did. Then to Aircrew Cchool in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Then on to Millington, TN to learn the AW trade. I enjoyed my time in VP-30. I was assigned to VP-49 from 82 to 84 when we were in the middle of our NS Rota, Spain deployment. We had a really great Crew "11" and a lot of good liberty times. I would like to hear from anyone on the crew or from the ship..." [11JAN2000]

SCHRECENGOST, ADC Darrel (SCHRECK) darrelschreck@hotmail.com "...I am an old VP troop, I was assigned to VP-49 from October 1968 to October 71. At that time I was a ADJ1 working in the power plant shop and later went to QA. I made part of the West PAC deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and the first P-3C squadron to deploy to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I retired from the Navy in April 1980 as a ADC. If there are any VP-49'ers out there who was in the squadron during that time give me a buz..." [27FEB2001]

SCHREIBER, YNCS(SW) Darrell R. Retired judar1@bellsouth.net "...Did not know how great the Navy could be until I did a tour with VP-49 from February 1979 through May 1980, HP Jax. CO, CDR Tobin; XO, CDR Payne; CMC, AVCM Jones. Deployed to NAS Bermuda and did a stint in Bodo, Norway. Would like to hear from Shipmates who served with me during that time. Retired at EPMAC, New Orleans December 1982. I have web page at http://togetherweserved.com/..." [02SEP2010]

SCHMIT, AT3 Ken kgsmes@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from January 1954 till October 1955 as an AT3 in the electronics shop and aboard several aircraft. I am interested in making contact with anyone from the squadron during that time period. We had operational tours aboard the USS Currituck II (AV-7) at San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. John's, Virgin Is. and Narragansett Bay, Quonset Point, RI. I also remember spending a night hanging onto wing tip lines holding the planes down during a hurricane in 1954. Before my tour ended, I married a local girl, Mary Rogers, and we have lived in California for all but three years in New Jersey. We have since enjoyed many trips back to the island..." [E-Mail Updated 01NOV2003 | 01AUG2002]

SHARP, ABU Dwayn sharpusnret@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (04/1955-07/1957) at NAS Bermuda. I was an ABU on the Seaplane Ramp. I am looking for the other 11 that arrived together aboard an LST from NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [E-Mail Updated 09NOV2011 | 13APR2004]

SHRYOCK, AT1 George slyfox@erols.com "...I enlisted in ' 64 and after a tour of duty with VAW-11 Det Delta aboard USS Constellation (think WESPAC) and a tour with NSA, I was transferred to VX-1 in ' 68. I served with VX-1 in Key West from ' 68 to ' 71 on P-3Cs. I was detached to Burbank for training, and to pick up A/C Buno 156506 and again to pick up 156507, which were the two birds that we took through OPEVAL. I was one of the original In-Flight Techs trained at Burbank, and one of the few AT's to ever qualify as a Second Engineer in P-3s. I was the IFT on Crew 5. Chief J. T. Strickland was the Crew Chief, and ADJ-1 Joe Logue was the F/E. I left VX-1 in ' 71 and was transferred to VP-49, and made a couple of deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I got out after 8 years, in ' 72, and worked for Lockheed for nearly 26 years. I'm in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland now, working on the E-6B program. Would love to hear from any and all VX-1 or VP-49 Shipmates..." [25APR2001]

SELL, Chuck wa8orr@provide.net Shipmate Pix "...Served in VP-49 from 62 thru 65 as AE and Radio Operator. Got to see the change from P5s in NAS Bermuda to P-3s in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Had a great tour..." [24DEC97]

SERIANNE, AE2(AW/NAC) David W. Superdave@ilnk.com "...Commands: VAQ-33, VP-49, VP-16, VP-45, and Presently at VP-30 as a FRS Flight Engineer Instructor. I would like here from others that I was stationed with..." [22APR98]

SHEA, AT1 Tom Retired TDShea@aol.com "...I started my Navy career in VP-16 from '77 to '79 back when they were just "The Eagles". From there I went to VP-9, '81 to '83. VP-30 was next where I had a great time, despite working for a few "E-7's." I wrote the first CNO approved P-3C IFT course, which I'm happy to say they are still teaching today. Had a great time as an instructor. From browsing your pages, I see some of those slugs are still flying!! After 30, spent a sunny year in ASWOC Diego Garica. I do miss the fishing there. My next tour was NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '88 to 91. That was a very interesting tour working with prototype equipment. To bad they shut down the Update IV program. In December of '91 was transfered to VP-49 until they were disestablished in '94. From there I went to VFA-87, the "Golden Warriors". They didn't really know what to do with a VP sailor, but with in 3 months I was running the IWT shop having a great time. My tour there was cut short when I blew my knee out on the Flight Deck. Back to VP's. This time VP-31 where I stayed until I retired in April of '96. Now I have to work for a living. Glad I spent so much time in VP "Wheels up, Heels up." Had to save my energy for civilan life!!!..." [30JAN98]

SIDEL, PNC(AW) Phyllis PSIDEL@juno.com "...Attached to VP-49 from December 1986 to July 1991. Currently stationed at VAW-113 onboard MCAS Miramar, CA..."

SIGRIST, BOBBY bobblue@sprintmail.com "...Hi there, I started with VP-49 (77-81); started flying in '81 with VP-30; Rolled to VP-45 (84-89), then did a tour in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with VX-1 (89-91). Changed coasts with VP-46 until '93, did the "BATMENS" last deployment and rolled back to VP-30 and will enter the ranks of the FLT RES. on 22 May 98. IT HAS BEEN A BLAST, I regret nothing!!!..."

SIKKINK, AM3 Nate danebonow@aol.com "...I was an AM3 and served with VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from 1958 - 1960. I would like to hear from any one who served in VP-49 at that time..." [11FEB2002]

SINES, AMS2 Chuck charlessines65@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (FE) on CDR Jerry Schroders Crew along with MCPO Jack McClain with two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VP-62 and VP-30..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 28MAR2012 | 21JAN2002]

SINGLETARY, James Michael JMSJAYCO@AOL.COM "...I served in VP-49 Sept. 1962 until discharged in July 1965. Started flyiing in P5M's in NAS Bermuda and transtioned to the P-3`s at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I flew with Woodpecker 11 crew most of my flights. I was an AX2 when discharged. I have many great memories of those years and would like tohear from any of my former Shipmates..." [17FEB2000]

SISK, AO1 DAVID Retired bbstacker67_69@sbcglobal.net "...I joined the Navy in 1963. I served with VR-21 (1964 to 1966), VA-27 NAS Lemoore, California (made the May 1968 to January 1969 WesPac aboard the aboard the USS Constellation), VP-49 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (1969 to 1970), AIMD NAS Lemoore, California (1971 to 1974), VP-6 (1974 to 1977), VP-31 NAS Moffett Field, California (1977 to 1980), USS Tripoli LPH-10 (1980 to 1982), USS Ranger CV-61 Ships Company AIMD (made 1982 WesPac Cruise), NAS Moffett Field, California and retired as AO1 in May 1985..." [E-Mail Updated 12JUL2006 | 04MAR2005]

SKLARK, AT2 Dick "Sky" dsklark@nethere.com "...I was an air crewman on the #8 crew (8 boat), P5M seaplane, Squadron VP-49, from 1956 to 1959, rank of AT-2 stationed at NAS Bermuda and an air crewman on a P2V Neptune, Squadron VP-23, based in NAS Brunswick, Maine during 1959. Would like to get in touch with some of my former Shipmates, in particular, Don Hardin, AT-2, VP-49..." [29JAN2001]

SLIEPCEVIC, Mark sliepcevic58@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [15JUL2013]

SMITH, AMS3 Dennis (Mike) dennis.smith@usarc-emh2.army.mil "...VP-49 (69-71). Enjoyed the deployment pictures. Worked Depot Maint, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after return from NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Still bumming around the world with the government..." [31AUG2000]

SMITH, Karen L. ksmith6764@comcast.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1992 to 1994 until the squadron was disestablished. Enjoyed my time in Hangar 1000. Never made it to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Well wishes to all veterans!..." [30DEC2008]

SMITH, Kerry R. shipmate picture kerbear@deskmedia.com "...I served with VP-49 from March of 86 through a Deployment to Bermuda in SPRING of 87 deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in fall of 88 and transfered to NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal and then to Spain before Left the service after 10 years..." WebSite: http://www.deskmedia.com/~kerbear/ [14DEC97]

SMITH, Sammy W. sammys@beamans.com "...I was in VP-49 from 1972 -1976 and would like to hear from some old Shipmates email me and I will reply..." [28JUL2001]

SPICKERMAN, Don betchan@majik-net.com "...Looking for Shipmates of the LP-12 VP-49 between January 1957 through December 1959. Please call me after June 3 at 1-800-750-4641..." [02JUN98]

SPRINGER, Steven E. sspringer@k-glaw.com "...On active duty I was in VP-49 CAC 6 as a TACCO 1972 through 1975. Later finished out with the Reserves including several years with VP-60 in NAS Glenview, Illinois. Just practice law now back home in Indiana..." [30JUN2000]

SRALIK, ATN2 Mike mbsralik@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 (1962) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with a deployment NAS Bermuda and VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I served during the Cuban Crisis and also participated in the Mercury Space Shot Landing near Bermuda..." [29MAR2013]

STEFANIAK, AMS3 Dennis dorisduke@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1960 to 1962. What a hell of a time I had! Anybody remember the Travlers Club, Elbow Beach, Horseshoe beach or the chinese resturant in Hamilton and Sneakey Pete by the bottle for 89 cents? To this day I still drink black rum and ginger beer. I've walked that Island from St. George to Irelands Island and loved every bit of it. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02MAY2009]

STIFFLER, ADCS Bill Retired shipmate pix bstiff@mediaone.net "...STARTED MY FINE NAVAL CAREER AUGUST 1972 MY FIRST SQUADRON WAS VP-30 WHICH WAS STATIONED IN NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. REPORTED TO CUBA IN AUGUST 1974 WITH VC-10. MOVED BACK TO VP-30 ONE YEAR LATER, WHICH HAD MOVED TO NAS Jacksonville, Florida, THANK GOD. MANAGED TO GET ORDERS TO VP-49 IN FEB.84, THEN AGAIN STROLLED ACROSS HANGAR 1000 TO VP-30 FOR THE 3RD TIME. STROLLED BACK ACROSS HANGAR 1000 AGAIN IN 1990 TO VP-5. MANAGED TO RETURN TO VP-30 IN 1993 FOR THE 4TH TIME WHERE I RETIRED ON JANUARY 1997. MY VP TOURS WERE THE BEST OF MY NAVAL CAREER. FEEL FREE TO DROP ME A LINE ANYTIME. GO VP, WERE A DYING BREED!..." [19DEC97]

STOKES, AT2 Robert "Francis" dropkickem@yahoo.com "...After I finished my 1st tour in A-7s I went to VP-49. I was there from early '92 to the decom. I really do miss flying at 200ft shooting buoys, especially with those new TACCOs. It just wasn't a good day if you could see the galley thru the smoke. We were a "kickem when they're down" squadron. Unforunatly timetables and politics snuffed us out. I'm at the VQ side of the P-3 now. I just completed a 5 1/2 year tour with VQ-2 over in sunny NS Rota, Spain. I went there right after we got our squadron (VP-49) decommissioned out from underneath us. You gotta love it!!! I do miss Spain alot, but it's good to be back over here in the "New World". It's nice having right-turn-on-red, screens in your windows, central heat, Taco Bell, Walmart, ETC!!!!! I'm up in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington now instructing aircrew nuggets at FASO. It's fun teaching some of them that there is more to the job then just looking cool in your flight suit and your Raybands while you're putting the plugs and covers on the warbird. Well anyway, I just wanted to say "HEY YALL!"..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24MAY2000 | 10OCT978]

Memorial Picture "...STONECIPHER, CAPTAIN E. Thomas...Shipmate Pix (CO VP-56 - Circa 1950)...I regret to inform his old squadron mates of the passing of my father, CAPTAIN E. Thomas Stonecipher Retired, 83, on December 3, 2003, in San Antonio, TX. Dad entered the Navy in 1940 and was commissioned in March 1941. He served as a black shoe officer aboard the USS Altair in the Pacific and Caribbean, attended flight school in 1943 at NAS Dallas, Texas and NAS Pensacola, Florida, and served the rest of the war flying PBM Mariners with VP-215 and VP-204 in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Post-war he served with the Atlantic fleet aviation training unit, with VP-49, and was Commanding Officer of VP-56 in 1955 when it earned the Navy "E." In those later years he was flying P5M Marlins. For most of the rest of his naval career he was in the nuclear weapons program in landlocked New Mexico and Germany, so had to grab what flight time he could get with the Air Force or Army -- and he always marveled at how comparatively easy land planes were to fly and operate! After retiring from the Navy in 1965, he went on to a great second career in youth training programs, but always looked back with profound satisfaction to his years with the patrol squadron Navy. A final farewell and "bravo zulu" to all VP'ers from Tom Stonecipher...Charles Stonecipher stonecipherca@yahoo.com [PIX Added 16JAN2004 | 23DEC2003]

STRICKLAND, Jerry jas415@swbell.net "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1963). I flew as First Technician aboard LP-9 with CDR Chesley, LT Larzalere, ENSIGN Benson, Smackover Spain, Eppy Pruett, Martin Conn, George Stein and Zalek. I now live in Spring Texas..." [02SEP2014]

STROMBERG, Dave david.stromberg@lmco.com "...Just to Chime in and say an old VP-49'er is still kicking. I retired after 20 years spending 18 years in ASW. Spent the last two years in the Tomohawk Cruise Missle business. Presently with Lockheed Martin and probably have the distinction of being the last VP'er to have been part of the team to build the last new P-3C Update III aircraft. I was Engineering Program Manager for the Korean Navy P-3C. We delivered the last P-3C to the Korean Navy in January 1996. Had many good experiences in VP-49 from 1970-72. Serving with John McCollester, the squadron first deployed the P-3C to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1970. We were quite successfull tracking the Evil Empire's nuclear submarines..." [07OCT98]

Memorial Picture "...STRUBIN, Bob "Slick"...There were only three guys in the Baltimore area stationed with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda. Norman "Sonny" Bortmes has since passed away. Now also my friend Bob "Slick" Strubin has passed into glory on October 26, 2008. Bob because of his typing ability was assigned to the Operations Office. He was the one to see if you wanted to know when a flight was going to the States, hence the nickname "Slick". After our Navy days, Sonny, Slick and I met for lunch once a month and relived those wonderful NAS Bermuda days. One of my fondest photos is a composite that shows the three of us sitting outside on the balconey of the "Long Tail Club" in Hamilton (1951). The overlay is a shot of the three of us at the "Mini Reunion" in Memphis fifty years later. Bermuda was definitly "the good old days". Norm and Bob are gone but not forgotten...AB3 Jim Gilpin ocv75@netzero.com..." [26APR2009]

STRUBIN, Bob Popgolucky@aol.com "...Served with VP-49, NAS Bermuda from 1951 - 1953.Was assigned to the operations Office maintaining pilots flight logs, typing flight schedules, etc. Always went on most operations as support personnel when the squadron operated from a Seaplane Tender. Anyone remember Operation "Mainbrace" operating in Norway, Shetland Islands,Iceland?..." [01AUG2000]

Memorial Picture "...STUBBLEFIELD, CW3 Tom "Stubby"...( NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 1st Radio Research Company and VP-49) Retired CW3 Tommy L. Stubblefield was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in Lake Charles, Louisiana on March 5, 2008. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, later entering the Army and retiring in 1999 with the First Calvary in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and loved serving his country. He is survived by his wife Wanda Stubblefield of San Antonio; two sons, Cody Stubblefield, also of San Antonio, and Tommy Nicola, his wife Stacy and their two children Troy and Grace of Corona, California; two daughters, Kristi Bass, her husband Erik Bass and their two children Lyndsi and Coy of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Kari Stubblefield of Austin, Texas; his brother, Joe Stubblefield and wife Candi Stubblefield; sisters, Kathy Ott and her husband Robert Ott, and Linda Frautschi, all of San Antonio; step-sister Cindy Gayle of Houston; step-brother Tommy Davis of Lubbock, TX; and his mother Naomi Livesay and step-mother Sylvia Stubblefield of Dimmitt, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father Ted Stubblefield; brother Jackie Davis; grandparents Fred and Goldia Stubblefield, Ina Mae McClanahan and Fred Southworth; and granddaughter Erika Bass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Coalition to Salute America's Hero Foundation at (toll free) 888-447-2588 in honor of CW3 Tommy L. Stubblefield..." WebSite: Porter Loring Mortuary http://obit.porterloring.com/obit-512735 [28DEC2011]

STUBBLEFIELD, Tom "Stubby" stubby@satx.rr.com "...My first assignment was at the NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. I was a PR (Parachute Rigger) and packed the first parachute at the new paraloft there. I was assigned for a short time to the 1st Radio Research Company to help get their survial equipment in order. The parachutes have not been repack or inspected for quit awhile and the life rafts had holes and missing supplies. My last assignment was with VP-49 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Did two deployments to Iceland. I got out of the Navy in 1971. I went into the Army in 1981 and just retired August 1999 as a CW3. Would love to hear from anyone from NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam or VP-49..." [23DEC2000]

SULLIVAN, AD3 Bill c/o Denise Averett dlaverett@msn.com "...My Dad, Bill Sullivan, served with VP-49 from 1956 to 1960..." [12APR2004]


TANSEY, CAPTAIN Eugene c/o HMC Chris Gates gatortanz1@roadrunner.com "...My father-in-law, CAPTAIN Eugene Tansey, served with VP-49. He is doing great. I will forward any E-Mail from former Shipmates..." [17FEB2009]

TATHAM, AW3 Greg gtatham@uidaho.edu "...I served in VP-49 from '74-'76. I was in NAS Sigonella, Sicily in '75, and made the trip to Ascention Island in '76. I was an AW3. Had some great times and lots of good friends while serving my country. I Would like to here from any of you I served with and catch up on life. If any one has a way to contact Fred Adam I would appreciate it. I'm with the University of Idaho..." [08FEB2001]

TATA, AE2 Pasquale L. "Pat" pattata@msn.com "...I served with VP-49 (09/1971-09/1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked night shift on aircraft inspections..." [26AUG2013 | 04OCT2001]

TAYLOR, Dave dwtaylor@northnet.org "...I served with VP-49 from 1975-1976, with great memories of the friends and places visited. As a IS, or Intelligence Specialist, I helped with the communications department when on emergency deployment for the Angolan Crisis in January 76'. Also I spent the summer of 76 in sunny NAS Keflavik, Iceland and helped with the Photo Club on base there. I say Hi to all on the Woodpecker Squadrons from those years and hope to hear from friends in time!..." [19MAY2001]

TEED, Dave dbt1957@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1980-1984). Anybody remember the December 1980 (returning from NAS Bermuda) VP-49 9 P-3 Plane Formation over NAS Jacksonville, Florida?..." [E-Mail Updated 06JAN2011 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2004 | 23JUL98]

UPDATE "...To Dave Teed VP-49 81-86: I tried to get in touch with you using your last e-mail address on the VP-49 Shipmates Summary Page, but it is no good any more. If you remember the hikes to Mota from NAV1, and almost getting into a fight with the Italian-commies at there meeting hall, then you will remember me. Please get in touch with me. I would like to hear from you...DuFRESNE, AMS2 Jerry DR308@hotmail.com..." [30OCT2002]

TENNANT, AD1 Wilson R. Retired juntnn_52@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1977 to 1980, VP-11 from 1980 t 1983, NAS Bermuda from 1983 to 1986, VS-31 from 1986 to 1990 and VXN-8 from 1990-1993 when I retired. Would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31MAR2006 | 09AUG2004]

THORSEN, BRYCE A THORSENBA@AOL.COM "...RETIRED IN JUNE OF 87 AS A AMCS. FIRST HITCH WAS WITH TAIL-HOOKERS ALONG WITH A DEPLOYMENT ON THE U.S.S. KENNEDY (CVN-80). 70 TO 76 WAS ASSIGNED TO VP-23 (I DO KNOW THE VP-23 FIGHT SONG). SPENT THE REST OF MY CAREER AT NAS Jacksonville, Florida IN VP SQUADRONS VP-30 AND VP VP-49 THE WOODPECKERS. RETIRED FROM NAM TRA DET, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. RECOGNIZED ALOT OF OLD Shipmates..." [28JAN99]

THURM, AT2 Mark dfthurm@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 (1960-1963) at NAS Bermuda. I served on CDR GAYLE's crew. Plane Captain Larry King, Radio Operator Dusty Rhodes, Pilot Granger Haugh and LT(jg) Wren and Navigator Carpenter. Other crew members Musselwaite, John Hawkins and David Niana. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02JAN2011]

TIBBETTS, ACRM James G. Retired sparks@fea.net "...Have been looking for years for a Shipmate who was with me in VPB-16 during 1944 in the central pacific. He is G.E. Shehane. ACRM VP-16 (PBM's) is having a Reunion in May 99. Believe he is from Georgia. Thanks much...Started out in PBMs at TTSA NAS Banana River, Florida. Went to VP-212, then to the forming of VP-16. Stayed with VP-16 from start to finish. Started in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, then to NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina, Eagle Mountain Lake near Forth Worth, San Diego, San Francisco, Hawaii, NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands, Paulau and back to NAS Banana River, Florida to disband. Later VP-49 for my last tour in PBMs. Rate was ACRM throughout. Retired in 1956..." [BIO Updated 10DEC2001 | 28MAR99]

TORREY, ROCK Richard.E.Torrey@noaa.gov "...After finishing FE school in 1980 checked in VP-49 WPWF and promptly left for Sunny NAS Sigonella, Sicily for the first of two summer vacations, then it was off to NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal for more sun and fun then in 1985 transfered to VP30- for a tour as an FE instructer until 1988. I retired and flew the L-188 Electra for few companies. Now I back where I belong on my butt flying the WP3D chasing Hurricanes and other Weather related projects, If you think 200 ft AGL is low, try 50' AGL over the Ice Packs in Alaska. Hope to hear from some old friends soon..." [13FEB98]

TUITE, ADC Bill Retired BillTtuite@CS.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1971 to 1974, NADC from 1974 to 1977, VP-4 from 1978 to 1982, back to NADC from 1982 to 1985, and from 1985 to December 1987 I was with VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flight Engineer at all those places). I had a great time flying with all those crews and seeing most all of the free world..." [24NOV2000]

TUNNELL, ADR2 T M TUNNELLX2@aol.com "...VP-49 From Sept 1961 until Oct 1964. NAS Bermuda and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. P5M and P-3A..." [30DEC2000]

TWEDT, AT Lloyd ljtwedt@cetlink.net "...I served with VP-33 NAS Norfolk, Virginia from September 1948 to September 1949. From September 1949 to February 1950, I was sent to AT School in Millington, TN at which time VP-33 was disestablished and I was transferred to VP-49 NAS Norfolk, Virginia. The squadron was moved to NAS Bermuda in 1951. I served as Radar Operator on Nine Boat (EA-9) until I left in September 1952. I used to hear from Ken Schroder but lost contact several years ago. I was in contact and visited with Don (D.E.) Tucker in GA until he paassed away a couple of years ago. Would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [05JAN2004]


VALENTINO, Joseph mcporetire@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1972 to 1976), VP-17 (1979 to 1982 and 1985 to 1988) and retired in 1991 and now iving in Texas..." [23AUG2008]

VANDERHOOF, Darryl Darrylv@aol.com "...I was in VP-49 from early 1958 to 1962. I was very dissapointed that the squadron has now ceased to exist. Typical USN. I am now living as a civy in England. Flew on board Woodpecker 5 with Wilson, Rollie Shepard, Mike Bartow and others. Hogfat Felder, are you out there anywhere?..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2001 | 13DEC98]

VEASEY, William M. (Bill) wveasey@citcom.net "...I enter the naval service in 1959 as an Airman Apprentice. After spending the first year of my enlistment 'spinning my wheels' trying to get into some type of commissioned officers program, I gave up and finished the remainder of my tour as an Airman. Assigned to VP-49 in August 1961. I initially went to the Beach crew and from there 'graduated' to the position of 'Logs and Records Yoeman. It was not exactly exciting duty but I did get to 'GITMO' and also made a trip to Trinidad with (then) LCDR Jim Chesley. while I was the Logs and Records yeoman, the Navy, in its infinite wisdom, changed the designation of the Marlin P5M to 'SP5B.'..." [22DEC2000]

VEZINA, David cajun@oasisol.com "...AO-3( 2 ) Ret. 1987. VP-49 Jan 1965- Apr 1970; Home Base: NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Deployed: NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Bermuda; NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. NS Sangley Point, Philippines; U-Tapao, Thailand. Would like to hear from any Shipmates..." [15MAY99]

VOYTEK, CAPTAIN Rick Mongov@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1980-1982, VX-1 from 1982-1985, Comcargru TWO from 1986-1987, Naval War College 1988-1989, VP-40 1989-1991, CPW-10 1991-1992. I left active duty and transferred to the Reserve where I served with NR TSC-1080 from 1993-1994, then as CO of NR TSC-0887 from 1994-1996. Although I came to NAS Moffett Field, California screaming and kicking in 1989, since then I have never left. I would be interested in hearing from old Shipmates..." [31MAR2000]


WADE, Bill bebaw1@msn.com "...I served wth VP-49 in NAS Bermuda from 1950-1953. Would like to hear from any one that was there in that time frame. Please get in contact with me..." [16AUG2002]

WAJDA, AT1 George J. buster79@cox.net "...Hello, to all my fellow flight crew members of VP-49, flight crews # 3 and # 9. My name is George J. Wajda, AT first class electronics, anti sub stations, back when I was a good deal younger, so young that I have forgotten all your names, but I have never forgotten what a fine crew you all were and I miss you all very much. I will help you to remember who I am, I was the one who got the biggest fish when we went to Key West and I was the one who provided the girls and music player at a hanger dance. I went into Hamilton with a bus and picked up about 25 gorgeous females and the skipper was feeling his oaks, sitting on the hanger deck drinking his beer. Does anyone remember the Ramey brothers? They worked in the radar shop. That should help some of you old timers. That's all I'm going to say, but if the light over your head comes on, say hello and let me know how things are with you. I can be reached at buster79@cox.net Take care of yourselves, old timers. P.S. I went to the base not to long ago and found nothing left of VP-45 or VP-49..." [24NOV2006]

WALKER, AO2 James "Zeke" jzwalk@aol.com "...I served with VP-49 (1969-1971). I am trying to locate AW Alan Lutz and AW Ed Boling - any help would be appreciated..." [19OCT2010]

WALLING, LCDR Ken Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1974... kewalling@verizon.net "...I served with VP-49 from 1961 to 1964 in P-5's and then P-3's. I was on Crew 3 most of the time. I left the squadron as an AT2 when I was selected for NESEP and attended North Carolina State University. I made AT1 while in school. I couldn't make Chief so I went up for Ensign. After commissioning I went through flight training (multi-engine) then plowed back as a Flight Instructor at VT-1 from 1969 to 1971. From there I went through VP-30 RAG then on to VP-23 from 1972 to 1975. I was the PPC of Crew 9. I then served a tour at COMOPTEVFOR and spent my last tour on the USS Saratoga as the EW Officer from 1977 until I retired in 1980 at the age of 37 as an LCDR..." [11FEB2008]

WALLIS, Fred fredwallis@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-49 in 1976 and 1977 as second mech on crew 2, (Canadian crew). Made both NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments. Would like to hear from anyone..." [19JUL2002]

WALLOPS, I. M. HossTrlr@AOL.COM "...I served in VP-49 from 1963-1978, as an AEAN and later as an AWAN. Would love to hear any old friends..." [13JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...WALLS, Chuck...Tonight i received a disheartening phone call from California. It was Ruthy Walls, wife of Chuck Walls. After a prolonged illness, and a strong fight, chuck passed away last night. Chuck, Bill Perry, Bill Hammonds and myself were the Beach Masters for VP-49 (NAS Bermuda) during the 1953 to 1954 period. I considered him one of my dearest friends. though separated by 3000 miles we maintained our friendship these many years. We got to see each other every couple of years, with him and ruth here in Baltimore, just last summer. Rest in peace dear friend..." Contributed by GILPIN, Jim ocvjim@netzero.com [07JUN2009]

WALTON, Jerry jw2579@aol.com "...Served with VP-49 1976-79. Deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda. PPC/MC CAC 6. Fond memories of big plane, blue water and great folks..." [24JAN98]

WARD, AMHC Keith W. Retired sogbu6030@aol.com "...Served as a Flight Engineer with VP-45 Pelicans from 1976-1979, VP-30 as a FRS Flight Engineer Instructor from 1979-1981, VP-49 Woodpeckers from 1981-1986, VP-30 from 1986-1990 then retired. Sure miss Flying! Met alot of Hero's and made some friends. Working at NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida now and looking for old Shipmates I served with through out my short Naval career. More than proud to have been a part of the Flight Engineer family. Drop a line I would love to hear from everyone. "The Flying Circus Lives." Rock are ya out there?..." [E-Mail Updated 24OCT2003 | 26AUG2000]

WARE, ADAA Tracy back2south@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1990-1991)..." [15AUG2011]

WASS, AECS Mark wmsburgoh@verizon.net "...1962-1965 1070-1985 VP-8 1962 ( First with P-3A), VP-49 1963-1965 W/C 220 AE3, 1966-1969 Played baseball in Reds Farm System, Recalled Jan 1970-1973 Plank owner VP-91 W/C 220 AE2 ( I think I'm the only member of both USN VP-8 (1962) & USNR VP-91 (1970) the first squadrons to get the P-3A ), 1974-1976 NARDET NAS Columbus, Ohio AE1, 1976-1979 VF-302 AEC 200, 300, QA Division Chief "E" "S", 1979-1980 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts AIMD AECS AIMD Maintenance Chief (Noel Davis-best AIMD), 1981-1985 HC-9 Maintenance Chief/Command Senior Chief "E" "S" Class "4" Senior Enlisted Academy, 1985 VA-304 (6mo) retired June '85 as AECS at 18 years (kiddie cruiser- I put my papers for retirement in at 16 years and that made me ineligible for advancement to AVCM). A/C P5M, P-3A, P2V, F4N, HH3, A7E. I had the pleasure to be in all aspects of the Naval Aviation Community. VP-49 / VP-91 patrol, VF-302 fighter, VA-304 attack, HC-9 helicopter, NAS AIMD, NARDET NAS Fallon, Nevada, 3 Dets on the USS Enterprise, 1 Det USS Ranger, 2 Dets USS New Jersey, 1 Det USS Iwo Jima..." [BIO Updated 08DEC2010 | 19NOV2010]

WEISENBECK, AMCS Carl Retired CWEISENB@BELLSOUTH.NET "...I served in VP-21, VP-10, and VP-49.I flew as second ordinance in VP-21 (they wanted an AM on each crew). In VP-10 I made the leap to FE in the P-3,(a lot of fun). In VP-49 I worked in Mainteance and gave up flying. In response to Shipmates Dick Gray I was one of the crewmembers that he could not recall. I have a photo of Mary Ann and the crew in front of our aircraft. And I remember Chief Dilishaw When I checked In I wondered what a BMC was doing in an VP squadron, I found out when I was on my knees scrubing the hanger deck with a ki brush. I don't have a Turtle patch, but I do have a cruise cup from the 58 Malta deployment that has the Turtle logo..." [09MAR98]

WELLS, AMS1 Eddie Retired smart602@aol.com "...Found this great site and saw quite a few names I haven't heard in years. I retired in Mar 90 after tours in VA174/67-71, VP-49/71-75, NAS Key West AIMD/75-76, broken service until VP-24/79-83, VRF-31/83-86, and VS-22/86-90. Anyone from any of those outfits please contact me and we'll try to remember some of the old times. I move around the country all the time so let me know where you are and I may just give you a call sometime to meet for a cold one..." [02JUN98]

WELLS, CWO4 Ray Retired rwells@gwi.net "...I served in VP-21 from October 1965 to December 1969, I was one of the last enlisted men to depart after decommisioning. I served as second mech on crew 12 then Plane Captain of crew 12 for the majority of my tour. My career has taken me to VT-2 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida from 70-75, VP-49 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1975-1978, VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from 1978-1982, VP-10 from 1982-1985, and finished up my 27 years as OIC NAESU det NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1985-1989. I retired as a CWO4 and settled in Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 31MAR2002 | 25JAN95]

WESTBROOK, Robert F. whetrock@bellsouth.net "...I was a graduate of NAO Class 1 at NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1959. Saw the seaplanes (P5M) landing on the bay and thought they were beautiful. Requested seaplanes when I completed training and served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda 1961 -1963 as Navigator/Tactical Coordinator on Woodpecker 6. We participated in the Mercury space flights and the Cuban blockade. We rotated a 6 plane detachment out of NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Served briefly with the USS Lake Champlain at the end of the blockade. The P5M was a fun plane. VP-49 was a great squadron and I served with a fine group of men. I am trying to locate LT James R. Arnold who was the copilot on Woodpecker 6. Jim left the Navy in about 1965 and flew for United. The last time I heard from him he was living near Denver - I am trying to locate J. P. A Maldonado, a pilot who served during that same period. I would appreciate any information. John if you happen upon this site drop a line..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23MAY2005 | 09JUN99]

WHITE, Jeff jwhite3@visus.jnj.com "...I served in VP-49 as mech. from 1982-1985. I would like to hear from any one who was in this squadron at that time..." [19SEP2001]

WIGHT, ATC Dennis W. Retired dennis.wight@navy.mil "...I served with VP-9 from 1981 to 1984, VP-49 from 1984 to 1987, Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1987 to 1991, VP-11 from 1991 to 1995 and then back to Force Warfare at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland till I retired in July 1999. I had an absolute blast in every command I was in and flying with the Navy's finest aircrewman. I spent the last 10 years working in Maintenance Control watching the worlds best maintenance personnel keeping those Orion's in the air. As a civilian, I'm still supporting the VP Navy as a Project Specialist with the P-3 Retrofits and Special Projects Group at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I would love to hear from my fellow Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 26MAY2011 | 10DEC99]

WILBER, AW1(AW) Dell rylb@bellatlantic.net "...Salutations all!! I started out with VP-49, the "World Famous Woodpeckers" before wising up and going to VP-92 (I'm still proud to have been a Minuteman), then VP-62 and now RESASWTRACEN, where I am currently working for AEC Mike Peluso as the CNARF Acoustic Evaluator. Feel free to write, anytime..." [26AUG98]

WILLIAMS, CAPTAIN David dwilliams@lsijax.com "...Wife, Karen, and sons - Joshua and Kyle. I served with VP-49 from 1984 to 1986, VP-10 from 1990 to 1992, OIC, ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1992 to 1994, and VP-11 Commanding Officer from 1995 to 1997 (disestablishment). The privilege of a lifetime to serve alongside the Navy's greatest Sailors. Dean of Students/faculty, Naval War College, Newport, RI from 2000 to 2004. Retired from the Navy 2004. Currently living in Jacksonville, FL and working with Logistic Services International (LSI)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JUN2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 05APR2002]

WILLIAMS, Greg Retiredwillms@koyote.com "...Did VP-22 from 79 to 82, VP-45 from 82 to 85, VP-30 from 85 to 89 and VP-49 from 89 to 92. Retired from CPW-11 in 95. Stuck out here in "injun" country with Raytheon E-Systems and the P-3 SRP contract. Give us a shout !!..."

WILLIAMS, Robert J. bridge39@ix.netcom.com "...I served from 1955-1958 with VP-49 in Bermuda..."

WILLIAMS, Tommy tommywilliams3@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (Crew-10) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 1971 to 1974. Great duty. Easy to look back now and realize what a great job! I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience. Hope to hear from former Shipmates..." [26MAY2009]

WILLIAMS, Wayne wlwilliams@juno.com "...I was a junior officer pilot with VP-49 May 1980 to May 1983, CAC 1. VP-30 Instructor Pilot from May 1983- November 1984. VR-56 NAS Norfolk, Virginia March 1985 to Sept 1985. VR-46 NAS Atlanta, Georgia Sept 1985-Jun 1995. Presently with Delta Air Lines, living in the Atlanta area. Would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [02FEB2001]

WILLIAMSON, YN3 Tex tex.j.williamson@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1982 to 1983 in Communications. I was part of the advance party to NAS Sigonella, Sicily for the 1983 deployment (2nd half of back-to-back). Most memorable events was trips to Messina, back and forth between NAF-1 and NAF-2, shaving the Marines dog (hiliarious), the nightly brawls between the Marines and the SeaBees, loading LP-7 up with the wrong crypto codes one night (boy, did I hear about that one!), learniing how to play the card game BooRay (sp?) at a great monetary cost to me and of course and the Mt. Etna blowing!..." [10NOV2009]

WILSON, Andy wilsona@spawar.navy.mil or ahwilson@compuserve.com "...VP-49 ('84 to '88), CNET ('88-'89), NPGS ('89-'91), Kitty Hawk CV-63 ('91-'93), VP-65 ('93 - present)..." [26FEB99]

WIRE, John F. jfwire@campsys.com "...Looking for fellow air crew members serving in VP-49 from '57 thru Nov. '59. Flew radio on 7 Boat..." [08JUL99]

WISEMAN, CYOSN Thomas E. Retired twiseman1999@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-49 (1969-1973) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Jacksonville, Florida with two deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and retired October 1999. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07AUG2012]

WOLD, PAULA PJWOLD@AOL.COM "...WENT TO FRAMP AND NAMTRADET AT VP-31 FROM MAY 92-JAN 93, THEN TO AIRCREW SCHOOL. I WAS IN VP-30 AS A MAINTAINER (AT-TYPE) FOR A VERY SHORT STINT FROM MAY 93-MAY 93, THEN WENT TO FLIGHT PHASE. WENT TO VP-49 FROM JULY 93-DECOM AS AN IFT. ONTO VP-47 FROM MAR 94-FEB 97. NOW WORKING AS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR AT TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HAWAII. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM FOLKS FROM THE PAST! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT A SOCIAL OCCASION, AND NOT AS ONE OF MY PATIENTS!..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2001 | 13NOV97]

WOLFF, Warren wvwolff@juno.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1956 - 1957 in NAS Bermuda. I was an aircrewman on 12 boat during that period. It would be nice to hear from other Shipmates during that period..." [05MAR2000]

WOOD, AW2(AW) Pete pvwood@earthlink.net "...>What a long, strange trip it's been! And it all started as a young, impressionable airman with VP-49 in January of 1987. I spent four years with the Woodpeckers, to include three deployments to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and NAS Bermuda- NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I met some great friends along the way: George Metcalf, Bob Rymsa, Brian Cook, Casey Bennett, Pat Zeigler, Rob Hazelip, Jamie Sippel, Chuck Milhollen, Bryce Merrill, Rob Ochoa, Neil Smith, only to name a few. Unfortunately, I've lost contact with most of these folks. If any of you miscreants are out there or if you know how to get a hold of them, please let me know!...I received overseas orders to NOCC NS Rota, Spain in January 1991. I was there for about two and a half years when I was lucky enough to be selected for ECP. From there, I went home to Boulder, Colorado and completed my degree, earned my commission, and started flight school in July 1996. Now I'm an Electronic Countermeasures Officer (NFO) stationed up at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with VAQ-131. We did a Westpac on board the USS Constellation last summer and flew many sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch. We set sail for the Connie's last cruise next March. Rumor has it that it's going to be a world cruise - that should be fun! I've got another two years left with the Lancers before I rotate to shore duty, which will be my twilight tour! Oh, by the way another good friend that I've lost contact with is AW2 Mark Oliver. The last place I knew he went was North Carolina for recruiting duty..." [18JUL2000]

WURTH, David dlw315@gmail.com "...I served with VP-49 (1961-1963) with deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..." [12APR2014]


YANES, Richard "Dick" c/o His Daughter Nora Yanes Best info@norabest.com "...My Dad, Richard "Dick" Yanes, served with VP-49 at NAS Bermuda from 1954 to 1957. Dad is looking for Ronald R. Brown, Ralph Kuhns and John J. Yuhas but would also love to hear from any of his former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 18MAY2009 | E-Mail Updated 30MAR2003 | 07NOV2000]


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]

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]


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