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COTTONE, Bernie scpobernie@juno.com "...When I came off Active Duty in Dec. 1957 I went right into VP-723 NAS Glenview, Illinois. I became a Plane Captain shortly thereafter. I stayed with VP-723 until all the Reserve VP Units at NAS Glenview, Illinois merged into VP-70V-1, VP-70V-3 and VP-70V-3. I stayed with VP-70 until 1970 when we became VP-90. I stayed with VP-90 until retirement in 1993. The leading chief in VP-723 1958, was ADC Leo Aten, whom I am sad to say passed away earlier this year. He was the best leading chief I ever worked for. I will miss him. I am proud of my Naval service and still miss the flying..." [BIO Updated 12MAY2006 | 11OCT98]

IRWIN, Blair G. bgirwin@sbcglobal.net "...I joined the Navy at NAS Dallas, Texas and was assigned to a NARMU Unit, and shortly after boot, returned to my home in Fort Worth to pack up and move to Kansas City, where I drilled at NAS Olathe, Kansas. While at NAS Olathe, Kansas, I was talked into flying, and loved it from the start, and felt right at home in the P2V and was assigned to VP-891, and later VP-883. After a year or so there, I moved to Chicago and drilled at NAS Glenview, Illinois where I was part of the first overseas deployment of a reserve unit to Europe in 1968 with VP- (VP-723). I also participated in a SUBEX (TRANSITEX) with VP-723 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida April 6-7 1968, leaving Chicago on April 4th 1964, flying over what looked like the whole of Chicago burning below me a result of the riots after Martin Luther King’s shooting. After several years I moved to Los Angles, and drilled at NAS Los NAS Los Alamitos, California. Leaving the Navy when NAS Los Alamitos, California was decommissioned in 1970...." [14MAY2012]

YOUNG, Terry twyone@hotmail.com "...After they closed NAS St. Louis in 1957 I was transferred to VP-723 in NAS Glenview, Illinois. Shortly thereafter 1958 September went active duty to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Returned to Glenview this year which is being made into an industrial park..." [25SEP2001]

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