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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The original patch was used from the establishment of VP-92 (or perhaps re-establishment since there was a VP-92 back in WW2 with no connection at all to the present reserve squadron!) in 1970 up to about the 1976 bicentennial, when the present 'minuteman' patch came into use... I was told that the original VP-92 patch came from one of VP-92's direct predecessor reserve units, VP-911, VP-912, VP-913, or VP-914 and that it may have actually been a crew patch and not a squadron patch with whatever predecessor unit it came from. I do not know this for sure. A few of us VP-92 guys pooled our resources a few months ago and had 100% accurate copies made of an old VP-92 patch that an 'old timer' loaned us...the Navy brought out the new rules that limit squadron patches to no more than 4.5 inches in diameter. Unfortunately, the old VP-92 patch is closer to 4.75 inches in diameter so technically, it is 'illegal' to wear the original VP-92 squadron patch...Incidentally, Navy rules since the 70s at least have 'outlawed' any patches that have a 'morbid' theme so the original VP-92 patch with the guillotine could not have been done today...these rules are supposed to grandfather in any existing patch designs so I think a case can be made that the original VP-92 guillotine squadron patch, even after about 27 years of 'broken service', could still be 'legally' brought back into use today if the unit really wanted to do so..." Contributed by AW1 Marc "Frat" J. Frattasio, USNR vpassociation2@gmail.com WEBSITE: http://www.gis.net/~fm

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...It may interest...what caused the establishment of VP-92 back in 1970. It all had to do with the so called Pueblo incident. Back when the USS Pueblo was captured by the North Koreans (1968 or 1969?) the US activated a number of naval air reserve units as part of a show of force. When these units were activated, they were found to be essentially useless. In fact, they were stood down within months of being called up. The reserve pilots were flying aircraft that were in many cases many years obsolete and their training had not kept pace with the active duty Navy. Many reserve fighter pilots had never made night carrier landings and stuff like that. Because most reserve aircraft were assigned to bases and not to squadrons and were maintained by active duty caretakers, there was a shortage of reserve maintenance people. An investigation done shortly afterwards recommended that the air reserve be completely reorganized, to be more aligned with the active duty units. This brought about the end of the reserve station aircraft fleet and the reassignment of aircraft to individual reserve squadrons. As part of this reorganization, South Weymouth reserve patrol squadrons VP-911, VP-912, VP-913, and VP-914 were disestablished in 1970 and replaced by a 'new' unit, VP-92..." Contributed by AW1 Marc "Frat" J. Frattasio, USNR vpassociation2@gmail.com WEBSITE: http://www.gis.net/~fm

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