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Note NOTICE: "...Just noticed the squadron patch for VPU-1 show on this web site. When I was attached to the VP-8 (and later VP-26) Special Projects Unit (the forerunners of VPU-1) in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the 1975-79 time frame as Ops, AOIC and OIC, Chief Bob Ayello came up with the Old Buzzard name and patch and it is said that he used me as the model! The original patch however differs from the "sanitized" version shown for VPU-1 on this web site in that the original Old Buzzard held a shot of booze in his claw instead of the lightning bolts of today and he had a cigar stub in his beak which is absent today. Since drinking and smoking are frowned on in todays navy, I guess they had to clean the Old Buzzard up a bit to get it accepted as the official VPU-1 patch. I still have a cloth one (of the original style) on my flight jacket and a stick on version on the side of my old grumman aluminum canoe...EAST, Don C. Retired creekstreefarms2@yahoo.com..." [23MAY2005]

UPDATE "...VPU-1 Old Buzzard patch history. Cdr Don East was partly correct (see this page, Don East May 22,2005) in guessing that the Old Buzzard image was based on him. The portion of the patch that was attributed to his persona was the cigar.....the "model" for the Buzzard caricature was taken from an observation of a Marabou Stork in the San Antonio Zoo during the Christmas Holidays in 1974. This bird has the exaggerated appearance of a Buzzard and the cigar and glass of scotch were added to create the morphology of a human. (aka party animal)...The Old Buzzard Artist dannymoyers@bellsouth.net..." [05JUN2005]

VP LogosLOGOs: Logo ThumbnailCameraVPU-1 Logo Contributed by Tom Grannis grannis1@earthlink.net [26JUL2004]

VP LogosLOGOs: Logo ThumbnailCameraVPU-1 Logo Contributed by Robert F. Dugger, Jr. YRHMM161@prodigy.net [25FEB2002]

VP LogosLOGOs: VPU-1 Logo ThumbnailCameraVPU-1 Logo Insignia approved: 8 May 19895 "...VPU (Special Projects Patrol Squadron) Insignia that have been officially approved by OPNAVINST. 5030.4E..." http://www.history.navy.mil/insignia/vpu/vpu-i.html [18NOV2000]

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