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Circa 1969

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraMeritorious Unit Citation "...Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross)..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [14DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 34 to 35 - Naval Aviation News - September 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/sep69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - June 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/jun69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - April 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/apr69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - February 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/feb69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation January 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - January 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/jan69.pdf [16SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...Taken April 1969 just before WesPac Deployment! We're installing Bull Pup rack's for some live run's!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [22DEC2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...03OCT69--VISITORS--AMS1 Perry G. White, and ADJ1 Dale A. Graves, of PatRon 9, show off their "trawler" on a visit to Barbers Point. The VP-9 crewman said their squadron spotted the,first such ship off Vietnam in more than a year and tracked it. VP-9 visited Barbers Point this week en route home to NAS Moffett Field, California from a WestPac deployment. The squadron planned a full 9-place fly-over of its home station on its return Wednesday morning..." The Pointer Fri., Oct. 3, 1969 Contributed by Peter Lindberg plindberg@surfnetusa.com


Circa 1968

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1968 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - September 1968..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1968/sep68.pdf [15SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9's PD-7 (BUNO: 152737) Flying Close Formation with PD-8 (BUNO: 152738) at Adak, Alaska on 7 January, 1968! We had to stay Qualified, but at this distance!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9/NAS Adak "...February 1968 during the VP-9 Air Show and Welcome Aboard at NAS Adak, Alaska! The P-3 is PD-3 (BUNO: 152733) in Company of Adak's SP2H (BUNO: 135569), setting up for a Fly-By!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [29DEC2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9/NAS Adak "...February 1968 during the VP-9 Air Show and Welcome Aboard at NAS Adak, Alaska! PD-3 (BUNO: 152733) and PD-5 (BUNO: 152735) in Company with NAS Adak, Alaska's SP2H (BUNO: 135569)! We put on a decent Air Show not to be Blue Angel's!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [29DEC2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 History ThumbnailCameraVP-9/NAS Adak "...This is the WESPAC famous "Tigertail" of VP-9! This is 152723 (PD-1) taken sometime in late '68 in check at NAS Adak, Alaska! There's a long, long story that goe's with this bird, I'll tell you later! Somehow the "Tailcone" got misplaced for a few weeks! "I know nothing, I see Nothing"!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10NOV2001]


Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - November 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/nov67.pdf [13SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1967 "...The Continental Divide - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - October 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/oct67.pdf [12SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - July 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/jul67.pdf [11SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...Taken in September 1967 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Here's what happens when a Junior Flight Officer lands a P3, VP-9's PD-3 (Buno: 152733) with the Parking Brake set! Four, count 'em, four flat Main Mount's!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [01FEB2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9's PD-2 (153732) and PD-3 (152733) headed east toward Home from NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii on 9 September 1967 after ORI!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [01FEB2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Barbers Point ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9 Aircraft parked on the VP Ramp at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii during out ORI in September of 1967! We took Six (6) with us and came Home with Six (6), Luck I guess!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [01FEB2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9 VP-9 Returns to NAS Moffett Field, California after ORI at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii! Taken September 9, 1967! Sure made a lot of Noise!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [15JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...A little High Altitude, Flyover Formation Practice on the way from Barbers Point to NAS Moffett Field, California on return from deployment in January of 1967! PD-2 (152732) and PD-8 (BUNO: 152738)! Picture taken from PD-5 (BUNO: 152735)!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...This is VP-9's return from Deployment to WestPac in January of 1967! Notice the Two front rows of Aircraft parking spots in front of Hanger Two (2) are Vacant except for one Plane! We all Nine (9) Airplanes did a fly over, landed in order, taxied in in order, parked, Shut down by E-Handle and we were done with that One!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...Taken on 9 September 1967, VP-9 return's to NAS Moffett Field, California after Six Day's of ORI in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii! The Aircraft are In order, Left to Right: PD-1, PD-3, PD-4, PD-5, PD-8 and PD-9! All went well and we are ready for deployment to WestPac!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...Taken May 1967 while passing through Elmendorf AFB on the way to Adak to set up our Deployment! ..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [22DEC2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Awards..." Contributed by Mahlon K. Miller mkwsmiller@cox.net [23APR2001]

  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    01 Oct 66 - 14 Jan 67
    15 Apr 69 - 15 May 69
    01 Jul 97 - 30 Sep 97

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    01 Dec 67 - 31 May 68
    01 Jun 70 - 30 Nov 70
    01 Jun 71 - 20 Jul 71
    08 Dec 81 - 08 Jan 82
    03 Oct 87 - 15 Oct 88
    10 May 95 - 15 Nov 95

  • Navy "E" Ribbon (Battle "E")
    01 Jan 95 - 31 Dec 95

  • Navy Unit Commendation
    19 Mar 67 - 01 Apr 67

  • Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry)
    01 Mar 69 - 30 Sep 69

  • SECNAV Letter of Commendation
    04 Jun 98 - 10 Dec 98

    VP-9 Combat Aircrew 11
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
    04 May 90 - 05 May 90

    VP-9 Det
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    01 Jan 97 - 20 May 97

    VP-9 Det Cubi Point
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    01 Feb 72 - 15 Jul 72

    VP-9 Det OF
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    Winter 69

    VP-9 Participating Aircrew
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    10 Nov 93 - 10 May 94

    VP-9 Participating Crewmembers
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    01 Apr 97 - 20 Jun 97
    04 Jun 98 - 30 Jun 98

    Circa 1966

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1966 "...On Patrol With Fleet Air Wings - Page 22 to 23 - Naval Aviation News - April 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/apr66.pdf [05SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...VP-9 NS Sangley Point, Philippines Line Shack taken in August of 1966! The building on the right was the Ordnance Hut! Worked many a Pre Flight out of this Line Shack!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [19JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...This is the Aft. Section (Business Section) of VP-9's PD-8 (BUNO: 152738),taken by crew 8 for Crew 8 while on a Tactical Flight out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines in July of 1966! This shot is looking Aft!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...This is the Aft. Section (Business Section) of VP-9's PD-8 (BUNO: 152738), taken by Crew 8 of Crew 8 while on a Tactical Flight out of NS Sangley Point, Philippines in July of 1966! This shot is looking forward! Note the High Speed Pencil Sharpener on the Forward Wall!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [10JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraNAS Sangley "...August of 1966! VP-9 Flight Line at NS Sangley Point, Philippines while I was doing my Pre-Flight!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [09JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraNAS Sangley "...August of 1966! VP-9 takeoff roll ( NS Sangley Point, Philippines) of the Flight Line and the Ready Alert Bird!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [09JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraNAS Sangley "...August of 1966! VP-9 ( NS Sangley Point, Philippines) Maintenance and Wash Rack..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [09JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 with Don Thoresen "...This is a picture of the "Copa Cabana Hill Bunch" taken in July of 1966 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan! Cast of the "Bunch" include: L to R, Kneeling Front Row - Donald N. Thoresen, ADJ-2, 2N/D F/E, Crew Seven (7), of VP-9 - Jim Curry, AMH-2, 2N/D F/E, Crew Two (2) of VP-9 - L to R, Back Row (Almost Standing) - BulletBob Nettles, ADJ-1, F/E, Crew Eight (8) of VP-9 - "Mean" Joe Green, DK-2, Disbursing Clerk (He handled the $$MONEY$$, that's why he's here) of VP-9 and Last But Not Least - Harry Thompson, ABF-2, VP-9 Line! About a month later, Don Thoresen left VP-9 to join VO-67! "WE MISS YOU FRIEND"!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...Taken in July of 1966 of My Bird PD-8 ( BUNO: 152738)! PD-8 on the washrack at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. These were good time's at NS Sangley Point, Philippines!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [24DEC2002]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...This picture was taken in June 1966 of the VP Line at NS Sangley Point, Philippines! We (VP-9) were in the process of relieving (VP-8)! They were going home and we had 6 1/2 month's to go!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [24DEC2002]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVP-9 History "...This was taken in August of 1966 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines! It's of the Skipper's Plane PD-1 (BUNO: 152739) commonly known at "Tiger Tail"! Note PD-8 in the background!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [24DEC2002]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraVO-67 Flightline "...This is the VO-67 Flight Line at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam in 1966! They (VO-67) were just getting into Operation at this time! Dedicated to My Friend, ADJ-2 Donald N. Thoresen, Plane Captain, Crew Two (2), VO-67 (KIA)!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]

    UPDATE VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 with Don Thoresen "..."WE MISS YOU FRIEND"..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04FEB2003]

    UPDATE VP-9 ThumbnailCameraVP-9 with Don Thoresen "...This is a picture of the "Copa Cabana Hill Bunch" taken in July of 1966 at NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan! Cast of the "Bunch" include: L to R, Kneeling Front Row - Donald N. Thoresen, ADJ-2, 2N/D F/E, Crew Seven (7), of VP-9 - Jim Curry, AMH-2, 2N/D F/E, Crew Two (2) of VP-9 - L to R, Back Row (Almost Standing) - BulletBob Nettles, ADJ-1, F/E, Crew Eight (8) of VP-9 - "Mean" Joe Green, DK-2, Disbursing Clerk (He handled the $$MONEY$$, that's why he's here) of VP-9 and Last But Not Least - Harry Thompson, ABF-2, VP-9 Line! About a month later, Don Thoresen left VP-9 to join VO-67! "WE MISS YOU FRIEND"!..." Contributed by NETTLES, Bullet Bob bulletbob_1@email.msn.com [04JAN2003]


    Circa 1965

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation December 1965 "...On Patrol With Pacific Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - December 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/dec65.pdf [03SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1965 "...On Patrol With Pacific Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - June 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jun65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Viet Nam era... The golden eagles took the first P-3s to SE asia, and won the Air medal for it. Sadly, we lost one crew over Subic Bay when they blew the tail feathers off testing new flairs and one bird (150509) locked a brake on the runway at Sangley Point and hit the sea wall after 136 hours of flight time for the month...On return from our first trip in '65, all 9 planes were over gross from all the contraband books and tapes we got there..." Contributed by John M. McCarty john_mccarty@wireless.adc.com


    Circa 1964

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation February 1964 "...Arrivals At Moffett Field - Page 3 - Naval Aviation News - February 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/feb64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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    Circa 1962

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1956 "...VP-9 Wins AirPac Award - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - November 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/nov56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Here is a little goody our navigator wrote while we were flying with Joint Task Force Eight at Johnson Island. As you can tell by the limerick it was not a good day for us. Our navigator's name was Lt. Baker. Don't remember his first name..." Contributed by Kent Hopkins kent@kent-acct.com [19DEC99]


    Crew Two's Lament

    Here we are again at 4.5
    Wondering how the hell we stay alive

    Number 3 engine burning orange,
    The PRT may be shot.
    But the plane captain says not.

    Radar's gadget is slightly bent,
    And targets we won't get,
    Cause Pingry is on the set,
    Reports radar ghosts yet.

    Navigator can't get a fix,
    So we're probably off track.
    If radio will get off the air
    We can try Loran to get back,
    But must likely we'll DR there.

    160 hours this month have we,
    and need a rest you see.
    These long days we'll are remember,
    As we go thru November, then December.

    And when June comes along,
    we shall head for Adak with a song.
    Enough, enough, enough,
    Crew 2 needs a rest.
    And they'll say, Along with you,
    or you are the best.

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    Circa 1960

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(FAETU (PACific/AtLANtic), VP-9, VP-19 and VP-47) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [12MAR2007]

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    Circa 1960-1961

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-9 Patch "...VP-9 1966-1967 Jim - Aviator's Equipment Patch..." Contributed by Jack jack@ljmilitaria.com of Lee-Jackson Militaria http://ljmilitaria.com/ [23APR2013]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...My Father, ATN3 Jack Ray Watts, served with VP-9 from November 1960 to August 1961 at NAS Alameda, California. Dad recently passed away. I was going through some of his photograph's and thought I would share them with his old squadron..." Contributed by Tim Watts blue72mustang@yahoo.com [09APR2011]

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