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Memorial Picture "...ANDREASEN, AT2 Marion...AT2 Marion Andreasen passed away November 25, 1954. Marion served with VP-892 and flew with Crew-9. Marion died in a three-car crash near Vale, OR on Thanksgiving day with his two brother's and sister WebSite: Deseret News and Telegram - Salt Lake City - Monday November 29, 1954..." Contributed by TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net [05DEC2013]

Memorial Picture "...ASPINALL, AD1 William F. "Bill"...I just learned that Bill Aspinal passed away on November 13, 2008. He was an AD1 and served as our flight engineer on SE-9, VP-892, during 1951-1952. I spoke with his widow, Grace, near Memphis, TN..." Contributed by TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net [06MAR2009]


Memorial Picture "...BRANLUND, Rudy...Rudy Branlund passed away in 1997. Rudy was a member our Crew 9 of VP-892 (1951-1952)...TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@juno.com..." [21MAR2005]


CATCHING, John Jcatch@aol.com "...I Served in VP-892 / VP-50 from Aug. 1951 thru Mar. 1955 as a aviation storekeeper. My first overseas tour was to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, aboard the D E Aultman (What a trip). Also time station aboard the Seaplane Tender USS Pine Island (AV-12) in Okinawa as duty storekeeper. Made two (2) deployment to Iwakuni, Japan. I still remember that you could see daylight through the walls of the barrecks. The squadron had training stops at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in Hawaii. Does any shipmates remembers me - Drop me a line..." [20DEC97]

CLINE, Frederick E. Retired ClineFecline@aol.com "...Bombardier, Navigator/Gunner VPB-135-first squadron in Alutians. Served with VP-892 Japan-Korea 1950, Would love to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05OCT2001 | 19NOV98]

CHAFFEE, ATC(CA) Jack E. Retired jechahi@hawaii.rr.com "...I served with VPB-2(OTU) NAS Hutchinson, Kansas in 1945, VP-6 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii - First Navy Patron in the Korean War (we were due to relieve VP-28 on Guam January 7th, 1950 - arrived on the 25th and serviced our aircraft and headed for Johnson AFB, Japan - Navy didn't have an NAS for land based aircraft until NAS Atsugi, Japan later opened and I was on the first aircraft that landed wheels up there! Asked for shore duty after a long and tough tour and got a set of orders to VP-892 in NAS Alameda, California. (Up to this day, when I read the history I thought it was from NAS Glenview, Illinois) arrived with my wife and two kids on 12/21/51 and left again for NS Sangley Point, Philippines on January 2nd, 1952 for another tour in Korea. Fortunately, made chief out there, and remember our two losses well, I believe within about 18 hours of each other. My crew was swinging off the hook in Buckner Bay being serviced by USS Pine Island (AV-12). Finally got my shore duty at NAS Point Mugu, California and at the end of 1955 returned to VP-28 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, then to VU-1 (59?) and onto VR-21. Retired in Hawaii in 1964. Would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates and just learned this week that http://www.patron28.org is on the web due to the outstanding effort of Bob Self AT3 and we're having a Reunion in September. Look it up on the website and contact himself to muster in and finish filling out the roster, if you were in VP-28 any time from '53 to '64. ALOHA..." [E-Mail Updated 11DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 18JUN2002 | 29APR2001]

CVITKOVICH, ADC LARRY Retired lawcvit@cox.net "...I served with FAW-6, aboard the USS Curtiss (AV-4) and USS Pine Island (AV-12) from December 1950 to January 1951. Transferred to VP-892 in January 1951 in NAS Iwakuni, Japan. We subsisted on Aussi food while there. I was assigned to the Maint. Office as log Yoeman. When the reserves were sent home around the 1st weeks of August, I was assigned to SE 5 as 2nd Mech. Transpac"d to NS Sangley Point, Philippines in February 1952. Flew with crew 5 until I broke my right hand during an intramural softball game and was grounded. Returned with the squadron to NAS Alameda, California in August 1952 and flew trainig flights until I was transferred to VP-50 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in February 1953. Was than transfered to NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, Plane Captain, P2V3 and transfered back to NAS Alameda, California to VA-93 which was getting ready to WesPac on the USS Oriskany. We made the last cruise on her as a straight deck. She was later lenghtend and the angle deck added, I stayed in the Attack and Fighter Navy until I retired as the Jet Shop Chief in AMD, NAS North Island, San Diego, California January 1971 with 20 years, 6 mos. 3 days active duty and 11 months constructive time..." [E-Mail Updated 14JAN2002 | BIO Updated 08JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 24APR2001 | 05JAN99]


GLOVER, Leo M. gloverlm@sbcglobal.net "...During the Korean conflict I served with VP-892 from the time they were called on active duty from NAS Seattle, Washington and repositioned to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was with the squadron in NAS Iwakuni, Japan on their first tour. I later served with the Squadron at NAS Alameda, California, and returned with the squadron to NS Sangley Point, Philippines, Pescadores, and Okinawa. I left the Navy in 1952..." [16MAR2007]


HOFFMAN, CAPTAIN Richard A. Retired dickdot@san.rr.com "...Graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and then served aboard the USS Dennis J. Buckley (DDR-808), VR-2, VP-892, VP-50, Naval Postgraduate School, VX-1, COMASWFORLANT, USNTPS, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-8, USS Austin (LPD-4), Naval Air Systems Command, U.S. Air Force War College, COMOCEANSYSPAC and retired in 1974. Worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace, Lockheed Aircraft and McDonnel Douglas Astronautics until complete retirement in 1992..." [BIO Updated 26APR2010 | E-Mail Updated 03JAN2001 | 03APR98]


KELLEY, Larry ckelley@mcn.net "...All you guys from PBM-5 squadron VP-892, especially Crew 5, hope to see you in July at Seattle. Come back at me when and if able..." [18MAY2000]

KEPKA, CDR Robert L. Retired VP-892/VP-69/VP-0122 roblk@wa.freei.net "...Was in USNR-R for 42 years, with 30-some years on flight status. I was told it was a NAS Whidbey Island, Washington record..." [16SEP99]

Memorial Picture "...KITT, AD3 George L...I regret to inform you that our Shipmate, George L. Kitt, passed away December 2008 in Catoosa, OK. George served with VP-892 from 1951 through 1952..." Contributed by TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net [09MAR2009]

KITT, AD3 George L. gka@ionet.net "...I was in VP-892 in 1951 & 1952. I wonder if any of my air crew remembers me? I made AD3 just before i was discharged in May and the squadron left for NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [23FEB2001]


LOCKHART, Charles clockhart@sio.midco.net "...I served with VR-21 (September 1950 to May of 1951), VP-892 (June 1951 to February 1953) then VP-50 when the designation was changed. I was a radioman on SE8. Joined VP-892 at NAS Alameda, California & served with the squadron until being discharged in 1954. I have serveral pictures of our planes, the USS Pine Island (AV-12), NS Sangley Point, Philippines, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, Pescadores, White Beach, Guam. Also have a picture of CO and Exec. I think the CO was Capt. McClure. Would like to hear from any others who served during this time..." [E-Mail Updated 20OCT2006 | BIO Updated 29NOV2005 | 11MAY2005]


MAHON, Everitt "Little Willie" emahon@satx.rr.com "...Attended Recruit Training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and reported to VP-61 at NAS Miramar, California (Carpenter Shop in the 1st LT's Division), VP-892 at NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-50 NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1953. I took an early out in November 1954 and attended UT-Austin graduating in 1957. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 18OCT2009 | 16OCT2009]

MOGK, Charles W. "Chuck" Jr. dmogk@earthlink.net "...Dad joined VP-892 in September '50 when an urgent call was posted for radio operators to fill empty billets in the activated Seattle, WA area reserve squadron. Flying aboard 3SE boat as 2nd radio operator, he was in theatre from December '50 to July '51. The squadron was based at Iwakuni, Japan, and flew anti-submarine and weather recconaisance patrols. He is active in the Mariner/Marlin Association and looks forward to seeing shipmates at the Palm Springs meeting next year!..." [22AUG98]

Memorial Picture "...MOORE, Richard N...Richard N. Moore passed away in 1993. Richard was a member our Crew 9 of VP-892 (1951-1952)...TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net..." [21MAR2005]

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]


NEWELL, ADJ2 Ken kenandike@msn.com "...I served in VP-892 (USNR-R) at NAS Seattle, Washington from 1956-57 and 1959-60. I was stationed at NAS Moffett Field, California from the spring of 1958 to July 1959 in FASRON-10. I see no mention of FASRON-10 in your history. Is there a history of FASRON-10 or VP-892 anywhere? While in VP-892, I crewed in PB4Y-2's and later in P2V-5's..." [30OCT2000]


Memorial Picture "...REARDON, Earl L...Earl L. Reardon passed away in 1993. Earl was a member our Crew 9 of VP-892 (1951-1952)...TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net..." [21MAR2005]

ROWE, Richard (Dick) c/o His Son Jerry Rowe jedda@olypen.com "...My Dad, Richard (Dick) Rowe served in VP-891 in the early 60s, and flew in the P2V, as a Radar Operator. I dont know specificly what type, I know there were many sencing systems on board. I will find out. He currently lives in Port Angeles. I can remember the Neptune flying over our house in north Seattle. I would love a picture of his aircraft..." [02NOV2000]

RUTZ, Charles "David" c/o his son Meryl Rutz mrutz@verizon.net "...My dad, Charles D. Rutz (often went by David), was an aviation electronics tech in VP-892. Prior to deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan, he was an instructor at NTTC Memphis, Tennessee. This is the first information I've been able to find on the squadron. Dad doesn't remember a lot of names but I would love to hear from anyone who was at NAS Iwakuni, Japan with him..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUN2006 | 29JAN99]


Memorial Picture "...SADLER, TV2 Bobby L...My father served with VP-892 between 1950 and 1956. He passed away in 1991. I noticed an entry on his navy records stating his service with the unit. His name is TV2 Bobby L. Sadler. Does anyone know him? Thanks...Bobby L. Sadler sadlerb_98@comcast.net..." [18AUG2006]

Memorial Picture "...SCOVILLE, Carl E... I just learned and confirmed that Carl E. Scoville, a member of Crew 9, VP-892, 1951-1952, passed away in Terre Haute, Indiana on 29 August, 2005. Forwarded by TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net..." [20JUN2006]

Memorial Picture "...SWANSON, "Big Ed"...Big Ed" Swanson, Skipper of VP-892 during its deployment to Japan as the first US Naval Reserve PBM Squadron activated for the Korean war, passed away on 14 Dec. 2006. A memorial service will be held at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle at 13:00 hours, Friday, Dec 29th. My brother and I (4 years old) watched as Dad took off from San Diego enroute to Korea via Hawaii. As Dad took off loaded down with fuel and gear for the long flight to Hawaii he used JATO assit. The smoke was considerable but unknown to my brother and I a fog bank rolled in over the bay just as Dad took off. We said to each other..."Look what Dad did." Dad has now rejoined his beloved wife Margaret and they are dancing up a storm to God's big band. He is survived his 2 sons and daughter as well as those who still remain from his squadron. David Swanson..." WebSite: Korean War Project http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/navy/vp892.htm [27JAN2007]

SWANSON, David L. dls1924@aol.com "...I was a pilot with VB-112 (Africa/England 1944/1945) and VPB-892 (Japan 1950/1951)..." [E-Mail Updated 11OCT2003 | 07OCT99]

Memorial Picture "...SWOPE, LT John R....It is with deep regrets that I report the passing (March 23rd, 2011) of LT John R. SWOPE. John was a VP-892 PPC aboard SE-9 from 1951-1952. The last time I called for a visit, I spoke with his widow, Arlene. He will be missed..." Contributed by TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net [07DEC2013]


TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net "...I was an AT2 with VP-892, SE-9, BUNO: #84786, circa 1951-1952. Have been attempting to locate former crewmembers and have found, spoken with, or have visited with seven of fourteen so far. It's still an open project for me. The names open are Aspinall, Stowers, McCoy, Wright (Updated - Deceased), Reardon (Updated - Deceased), Gilmore, and Andreason. Hello! After Great Lakes I was sent to FASRON-3 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and assigned to the Ordnance Division. AOC's Ferguson, Wride and Clum; plus AO1's MacKay and Boemig are some men I recall. I recently located Theron MacKay in California and have also been in contact with Don Vecsey, Willis Lundy, Joe Thompson and Tom Terranova from the squadron. Louis DeBord passed away in 1996. I was in FASRON-3 for one year before being sent to NATTC Memphis. VP-892 followed..." [BIO Updated 24OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 29AUG2005 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 17NOV2001 | 00XX97]

UPDATE "...Aspinall has been located. He lives in Memphis, TN. Thanks! ..." [20MAR2005]


Memorial Picture "...WOLF, Julius "Jule"...My father, Jule Wolf, passed on Thursday evening, January 3, 2013. He has been hospitalized since November battling infection and advanced Parkinsonís disease. Jule served with VP-50 and VP-892. Julius "Jule," loving husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Wolf; father of Judi (Bob) Thompson, Tom (Bonnie), Jerry (Diane), Mike (Cathy), and Don (Pam) Wolf; grandfather of eight; brother of Miriam "Sis" Ebel. One of Cincinnatiís best custom meat cutters for over 40 years, a great gourmet cook, gardener, and model train enthusiast. Passed away January 3, 2013 at the age of 81 years. Visitation at St. Gabriel Church, 48 W. Sharon Road, Glendale, OH on Monday, January 7, 2013 from 9:30 AM until time of Mass of Eternal Rest at 10:30 AM. Memorials may be made to St. Gabriel Church. Thank you for your prayers. On behalf of Betty Wolf, 462 Dimmick Avenue, Springdale, Ohio 45246..." Contributed by Judi Thompson judi.thompson59@gmail.com [06JAN2013]

Memorial Picture "...WRIGHT, Albert...Albert Wright passed away in 1981. Albert was a member our Crew 9 of VP-892 (1951-1952)...TIMMER, AT2 Harold w8hgt@sbcglobal.net..." [21MAR2005]


YURICICH, Joe joemar@adelphia.ne "...I enlisted US Navy summer of 1950. Boot Camp @Great lakes, then on to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Was in FAETUPAC for a time then transfered to VP-892 (PBM Squadron) and then into VP-50 (PBM's) as Crew Member (MECH). We flew to NAS Iwakuni, Japan and flew patrols out of there. Our PPC was Lt. Abernathy (none better). VP-50 was full of great Shipmates. Discharged 1954. Wonderful experience..." [08MAR2005]


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