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BECKWITH, CAPTAIN Reynolds Retired http://boatcoach.tripod.com/flightline/id55.html "...Service dates: September, 1943 to September, 1975. Graduated USNA, 1949, USNPGS, MSEE (1953-1956) and Armed Forces Staff College. Aircraft flown: P4Y-2, P2V-3, SP2H, SNB, SH-3A/D, H-34, UH-1B (gunship) Squadrons: VP-871 / VP-19, VX-1, VP-24, HS-7, HS-10, and HA(L)-3. Commands: CO/XO HS-7, CO HS-10, and CO HA(L)-3. Served in Korean and Vietnam Wars; as Director, Air Division, OP-95; Operations Officer on USS Princeton (LPH-7). Awards: Legion of Merit (V), DFC, Air Medals, Vietnamese Navy DSO, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry..." [05JUL2003]

BECRAFT, Billy R. b_becraft@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-871/VP-19 Crew #4 ((December 1951 to May 1955) and ATU-206 until my discharge in March 1957. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that served with VP-871 and/or VP-19 during those years..." [BIO Updated 25AUG2006 | 06JUL2001]

BRIDGEWATER, Mel horsey@netusa1.net "...I got out of aircraft school at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, went to Sand Point Wash. Joined VP-871, back to NAS Alameda, California. Then we went to Japan and Korea, came back to NAS Alameda, California with the PB4Y-2's and we picked up P2V'S, we were changed to VP-19. I have been in contact with Whitey Barrett, T. P. Phillips, Jewel Short, Kenny Wilson. Bob Briney, Chief Willis Young, Wayne Jones, Robert H. Smith, Royce Shepherd, R, L. Jones. Would love to hear from anyone with the squadron from 1951 to 1954. I would like to locate W. A. McCall..." [21MAR2005]


COLLINS, ATC R. L. Retired W6WBY@ISAT.COM "...Greetings from another long time VP crew member. Served in PatWing Four, PatWing Six, VP-61, VP-200, VPB-104, VP-871, VP-19, and VP-28. Retired in 1963 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would very much appreciate any information to the address of William "Bill" Brown AEC(?) and/or wife Maury. Bill and I were shipmates at NAS Alameda, California while attached to VP Squadrons there. Bill, his wife Maury (Maurie?), and I also worked off-duty at the NAS Alameda, California CPO Club during the latter 1950's. I will value any information allowing me to get in contact with them. Thanks fellows, see you at one Re-Union or another in the future. My Very Best To All From: R.L."Pinky" Collins ATC (Ret), 11-5-97, 3251 W. Simkins Rd. E-Mail w6wby@isat.com, Pahrump, NV 89048..."


DURBIN, CWO Frank III Retired Fatface@webtv.net "...Served with VP-28, VP-871, VP-91, and VP-ML-57..." [Updated 28DEC97]


GRISHAM, ALAN Mearl mearl.grisham@verizon.net "...I was a member of VP-871 and VP-19 from October 1951 through May 1954. Radio Op & waist gunner on Lt Westburgs crew. We flew 47 missions, rotating 2 weeks dropping flares out of Kimpo, Korea and patroling the China Sea. Also on Lt Pierre's crew in VP-19. I was in NAS Atsugi, Japan when the PB4Y2 went down Lt Johnson's crew. I would be glad to hear from anyone..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAY2002 | 28JUN2000]


HENNING, LCDR Harvey Retired harvhenn@erols.com Shipmate Pix Circa 1954 "...Served with VP-871 from September 1952 through March 1953 and VP-19 from April 1953 through November 1954 ..." [18JUN2000]


JOHNSON, AT3 Charles "Johnny" Shipmate Pix j7131@aol.com "...I am looking for any one who served VP-871 from 1951 to 1952. I was an AT3 in the Electonic Shack. Would love to hear from any former Shipmates. I have from Grisome..." [BIO Updated 06MAR2007 | PIX Added 04JAN2002 | 03JAN2002]


LINDBERG, Ron RGLindy@aol.com "...Served USN 1945 - 1949. USNR 1950 - 1954, VP-812 NAS Minneapolis. Called to active duty 1950 - 1952 augmented into FASRON 895, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Sandpoint. PB4Y2 training with VP-772 and VP-871. My rate was AO2..." [26JUL98]


MILLER, Byron ByronM@mettravel.com "...I noticed that a Capt. Guthrie close by in Kirkland, Wa was interested in any details regarding a crash near Atsugi/Yokohama-VP-871. That was my Squadron from May '51 through July '52. I remember Lt. Seymour, his good friend who was the F/P to Lt. Johnson, the Squadron Maintenance Officer. I would like to hear from anyone who was involved in the flare drops over Korea in conjunction with the "Skytrain" Marines flying F7Fs, F4Us, ADs., etc..."

MORGAN, Leslie c/o his family johnfan@earthink.net "...Leslie Morgan (now deceased) proudly served with FASRON-66, VP-28, and VP-871. His family is very proud of his time as a top turrett gunner during the Korean Conflict..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 04FEB2002 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP2000 | 06AUG99]

MURDOCK, ADR2 Alan N. alan.murdock@verizon.net "...I entered the 8 year USNR-R program in June of 1955 and was sworn in at NAS Seattle, Washington and attended a 90 day boot camp (attended during the summer) at that station between my junior and senior year of high school. During high school I was assigned to VA-891 at NAS Seattle, Washington and hitched many rides in AD5N Skyraiders. After graduation from high school I was sent to Class A school at NAS Oakland, California for Aviation Machinist Mate Radial (ADR) rating. Following completion of training and attaining the rating of ADR3 I returned to NAS Seattle, Washington and joined VP-892. Due to a shortage of air crew radar operators I voluntered for radar school and was sent to NAS Los Alamitos, California for one month of training flying PB4Y's. I returned to VP-892 as an aircrew radar operator. In February of 1957 I moved to California and joined VP-871 at NAS Oakland, California and flew one year there as a 2nd mech and radar operator in P2V5's. I returned to VP-892 in March 1958 as an ADR2 in order to attend the University of Washington and continued to fly P2 V5's as 2nd mech and radar aircrewman augmenting Fleet ASW missions on weekends. At the conclusion on my enlistment, graduation from the U of W I was able to convert to the only P2V6 assigned to VP-892. I would very much like to hear from any other VP-892 or VP-871 shipmates that may have served between June of 1955 and June of 1963..." [BIO Updated 22OCT2009 | 21OCT2009]


PIERCE, A. D. (970)874-1018 "...I served with VP-871 from 1950 to 1953 and VP-19 to 1954. I would love to talk (user my home phone number listed) former Shipmates. I am trying to locate (I will pay!) two VP-871 patches. Thanks!..." [30MAY2005]


RAINS, George click@tcjc.cc.tx.us "...Former member of VP-871, 1951-52, and plank owner when we were redesignated VP-19 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Does anyone know of any remaining P4Y2's left in the world? Dr. William Hospers of Vintage Flying Museum, would like to have one for the museum here in Ft. Worth, as a stable mate for his B-17, "Chuckie". As I remember, 6, P4's were transfered to the Chinese on Tiwan. There is one P4, a former fire bomber, at Lone Star in Galveston, but that one has been re-engined with R 2600's, shame, shame. Any help or assistance would be appreicated. Thanks..." [06MAY99]


SCOTT, ATCS Robert C. Retired greatscott2bl@msn.com "...I reported to VP-871 September 1952 and was redesignated VP-19 1953. I was assigned as gunner and cook to Crew-11 with Pappy Bloom as our pilot. I transferred out in late 1955 for Ordnance Class B School in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I ended up doing 20 great years..." [E-Mail Updated 07JAN2004 | 15NOV2001]

SHAPIRO, TE1 Maurice "Shep" twonavyvets@gmail.com "...I served with VP-871 / VP-19 (01/1951-04/1954) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAS Agana, Guam and Automated Information Systems (AIS) as a Instructor (04/1954-10/1954) at NAS Alameda, California. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23APR2016 | E-Mail Updated 13JAN2015 | 21JUL99]

SMITH, AO2 John A. street_10505@wbhsi.net "...I joined VP-871 at NAS Oakland, California in March 1950. The squadron was activated April 1951 and went NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington. We lost one PB4Y-2 in training of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on August 6, 1951 (hit water during low altitude bombing flight). My brother-in-law, AL3 Fred E. Partain was in that crew. 4 crews were sent to NAS Atsugi, Japan. The first night of our tour we lost another plan during a landing in a very bad rainstorm. We had two different assignments during our tour. Patrol the coast of USSR (Sea of Japan). These were at least a 14-hour flight. Then we went to Korea for a two-week period of Lamplighter flights - then back around to repeat the cycle. I flew with Crew-9 aboard CH-9 (PB4Y2). During our tour I don't remember how many flight we made but it seemed that we were always in the air. We returned to the states in June and July 1952..." [E-Mail Updated 11JUN2009 | E-Mail Updated 24JUN2000 | 01MAY99]

Shipmate Removed By Request Of Shipmate [Removed By Request 03SEP2000 | E-Mail Removed Per Request | 14SEP98]


WATSON, LT(jg) Richard G. Jr. blucat44@gmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (February 1942 to December 1944), VP-907 (March 1946 to November 1946) as a ACMM (first squadron Leading Chief), Redesignated VP-ML-57 (November 1946 - February 1950) and then we were Redesignated VP-871 (March 1950) where I stayed Leading Chief when we were recalled to active dutry in March 1951. We deployed to NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington where I decided to rejoin a flight crew. When we deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan I became Plane Captain of Crew-6. I remained until we returned to NAS Alameda, California in August 1952. I transferred to VR-5 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Would like to contact any of my old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 01SEP2016 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 12NOV2009 | 23JUN2006]


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