VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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DILLARD, Ken kdillard@cox.net "...I served with VP-776 (1958-09/1961) at NAS Los Alamitos, California per my request because I knew Joe Taperro who was a 1st Class Airframe Mechanic and Air Crewman. I was a weekend warrior for 3 years in this squadron as an Airman -ATR striker. I went on active duty (09/1961) with VS-771 a S2F squadron which had been activated for the Cuban Crisis and stayed at NAS Los Alamitos, California for the 1st year of my 2 year active duty. I still can remember going up in the P2V Neptune for the 1st time and being ask to be the "forward observer" and crawling down the access tunnel and coming out to sit in that chair which gave you the feeling that you were suspended out in front of the aircraft and having the feeling that I was just about to fall to my death. We were flying at around 9,000 feet over Catalina Island and remember seeing how beautiful it was from the air..." [14MAR2013]

HARLOW, Duane S. dumar888@msn.com "...I served with VP-776 1958-1959) at NAS Los Alamitos, California, VP-2, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and got out in 1964..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 31JAN2012 | 28JUN2000]

HARRIS, CWO5 John M. Retired john.m.harris1@us.army.mil "...I served with VP-776 (12/1965)..." [08MAY2014]

KIEBLER, AMH2 George M. kmail@mho.com "...I served with VP-776 (01/1968-08/1979) as a Bow observer and MAD/Radar operator. Moved to Denver to complete college and finished my reserve duty at Buckley ANG base..." [27DEC2011]

NEUFELD, Dick rneufeld@impulse.net "...I flew in P2V-2's, 3's, 3W's 1952 and 1953; then P2V-5F's out of NAS Los Alamitos, California in VP-773 and VP-776 '54 - '59. Retired, now. Our crew in NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS Kodiak, Alaska tours was PPC: Fred (Snide) Etherton (now in Peoria, IL), PP2P: Ralph Nuber (probably now in Maryland or IL), I was Navigator, PC: A.M. Silva, Radar: H.R. Herrick, Radio: G.R. Hutchinson, 2nd Mech: B.W. Mitchell, and Ordnanceman: E.C. Tennant. As Special Services Officer in NAS Kodiak, Alaska, I directed the publication of a NAS Kodiak, Alaska Tour Book 52 - 53. I still have many photos used in that book, though official Navy Photo Lab pictures were available only for that publication. My daughter's scanner is probably available for sharing of any of those photos for squadron members who have mislaid their tour books. Let me know, with descriptions of what you remember of photos you need, and I'll see if I can find a negative or print..." [E-Mail Updated 27DEC2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 02JAN2002 | 29MAR98]

TAFT, Fred H. freddiefreestyle@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-776 (04/1964-02/1968) at NAS Los Alamitos, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [03DEC2011]

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