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Contributed by Robert Zafran vpfourever@gmail.com

Note NOTICE: "...The Patrol Squadron Four Veteran's Association is sponsoring the creation and mounting of the plaque (shown here) on the Commemorative Plaque Wall at the U.S Navy Memorial and Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. There are currently over 400 ship, squadron, individual and family plaques displayed on the wall. The existing plaques can be personally viewed at the U.S. Navy Memorial, or their website: http://www.navymemorial.org. I encourage each of our members, veterans, families and friends, to join us in donating to this tax deductible memorial plaque project, the total cost being $3000. This is an excellent way to celebrate the Squadron's over 60 years of active duty service to our country. The plaque will be a lasting testimony to all who served. Please respond using this form so we may completely fund this project, and soon hold a Dedication Ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. SEE: VP-4 Veterans Association for addition (form, etc.)..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [24MAR2009]
VP-4 Plaque (Contribution) Form 690KB PDF File.

UPDATE "...Ceremony for the dedication of the Patrol Squadron Four Commemorative Plaque..." Contributed by ANDRUSZKEWICZ, Steve "Andy" sgpa2zfmly@aol.com [03NOV2009]

The ceremony for the dedication of the Patrol Squadron Four Commemorative Plaque will be begin at 1:00pm on November 18, 2009 in the theater of the U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue N. W., Washington, DC. The plaque honors all who have served in the squadron in its over six decades of continuing active duty.

The plaque was sponsored by the VP-4 Veterans Association, with contributions from current active duty personnel and veterans of service in the squadron.

Participants in the ceremony will include staff of the Navy Memorial Foundation, the current commanding officer of the squadron, and representatives of the VP-4 Veterans Association.

All VP-4 veterans and guests are encouraged to attend this dedication ceremony. Following the ceremony the plaque may be viewed on the Commemorative Wall or on the U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation Website at http://www.navylog.org/.

Note NOTICE: "...VP-4 The Neptune Years Booklet..." Contributed by ZAFRAN, Bob vpfourever@gmail.com [11OCT2008]

1998 VP-4 Neptune Era History Again Available...

VP Vets,

At the 1998 Reno Reunion, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of VP-ML-4, later VP-4. To commemorate that accomplishment, Richard Douglass, AX2 61-63, interviewed a large number of VP-4 veterans (including Captains Thomas Pollock and Dale Hilton, the 1st and 2nd CO's of VP-4) to obtain accurate information about VP-4's Neptune years. Richard then authored a 34 page, chronological history of VP-4 that was distributed to attendees at the Reno Reunion. Only 100 copies of this history were printed.

Following the Reno Reunion, we have received numerous queries from VP-4 veterans as to how they could obtain a copy of this history. Prompted by some recent inquiries, I discussed the possibility of a Reprint with Richard and we decided that a Reprint was doable at this time. The VP-4 Veterans Association will fund the Reprint which is now in production here in Salem Oregon.

We will advertise the availability of this Second Printing in several ways: Email notification using the VP-4 P2V Officers Group, the VP-4 Veterans Association, and Yahoo! Group vp4ever'. Availability will also be posted on VP-4 Veterans Association. The Second Printing will also be available for purchase on site at the VP-4 P2V Officers Group Reunion at NAS Jacksonville, Florida this coming October and the VP-4 Veterans Association All Hands Reunion next October in Ft. Worth TX. Details of the Ft. Worth All Hands Reunion will be posted on the Association web site as they become available.

Best, Bob Zafran vpfourever@gmail.com, ATR3 Aircrewman 59-62 and Lt. Tacco 71-74

To order your VP-4 Neptune Years Reprint, send an Email to:

    Robert Zafran

    Subject Line: X' VP-4 Neptune Years (Note: X' is number of copies wanted)

    Message Body:

    Full Name

    Enclose $10 per copy (Includes Packaging/Postage)

    Make check payable to: VP-4 Association'

    Mail to:
      LCDR Robert Zafran USN (Ret)
      4011 Alderbrook Ave SE
      Salem, OR 97302-3819
God Bless America & Our Troops in Harm's Way!!!

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