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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-772 photos from Sabrina Birney. Her Grandfather, M. A. Dodson, served with VP-772..." Forwarded by McLaughlin banddmcl1964@msn.com [02DEC2009]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-772 History "...Loading ammunition in a VP-772 PB4Y-2 (BuNo 59930), date unknown. Photo courtesy of Chuck Cavanaugh..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-772 History "...Nose art on the covering of a VP-772 PB4Y-2, date unknown. Courtesy of Chuck Cavanaugh. Photo courtesy of Chuck Cavanaugh..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [17JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-772 AwardCameraVP-772 Commemorative Community Award "...This certificate from Secretary of Defense Cohen to the squadron was presented to VP-772 veterans at the Seattle reunion on September 3 by a representative of the Secretary, LCDR Jeffrey Bender..." Contributed by Frank Tatu seagoing@erols.com [07SEP2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I have found a note that indicates VP-772 furnished pilots and crews to ferry PB4Y-2 aircraft to French Indo-China in late 1950. Can anyone verify this? The names I have are Byron Morgan, Al Spund, Dudley Dewey, Blair Whitelaw, Dick Smith, and McCord (no first name). I was the lead navigator, fresh out of flight training, and still an Aviation Midshipman in Nov & Dec 1950 when we flew from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to Saigon...Mel Davidow meldavidow@earthlink.net..." [17DEC98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-772 HONORED FOR KOREAN SERVICE..."

"Forgotten War" Forgotten No Longer Seattle 50-Year Reunion to Commemorate War

August 31 - September 3


URGENT

A Defense Department joint-service committee has designated veterans of Navy Patrol Squadron VP-772 a "Commemorative Community" in terms of observing the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. Under a DoD program, the 50-year anniversary of the war will be observed 25 June 2000 - 11 November 20003. Shipmates can learn more about this program on http://www.korea50.army.mil (sic. There is no "www")

In acknowledgment of VP-772's record, and unique status, a representative of the Defense Department's Commemorative Committee will attend the reunion, make special presentations, and deliver a statement from Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. A great program is being planned. The old hanger 30, at Sand Point, has been secured as the site for a memorial service to our lost and departed shipmates. The Navy will provide a color guard and band for the services.

You won't want to miss this nostalgic and meaningful event.

In view of this dramatic development, we now need to know ASAP, in order to advise the Pentagon, how many shipmates and guests will attend the reunion..

So please, if you have not already done so, get your $40 registration fee, and $40 per person banquet costs, in the mail as soon as possible to:

Sandy Sandstrom
13321 248 Avenue, SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
(make checks payable to VP-772)
(425) 391-8574
ofudge@email.msn.com


Arrangements have been made at the Double Tree Hotel for a substantial reduction in room rates for 772 members. There will also be a hospitality suite at the hotel .where we can gather to exchange sea stories. Call early for reservations: 1 -800-222-TREE04/30/00 Contributed by Bob McLaughlin banddmcl1964@msn.com [13MAY2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Originally this was a reserve unit from Hayward, CA. We were at Sand Point (Seattle) for a couple of tours, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and NAS Iwakuni, Japan..." Contributed by Wilmer L. Kerns wkerns4@comcast.net [05AUG99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VPML-66 became VP-772 then VP-17. As far as nose markings for PB4Ys we had some dandys. All nine were different and looked like Disney cartoon centipeeds.I am now searching for pics to create a photo montage for our 50th Reunion in 2000..." Contributed by William H Sandstrom ofudge@msn.com [11JUL99]


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