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ANDERSON, AE2 Donald "Andy" prayers4u2@aol.com "...I served with VP-57 (1955-1957) at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with a deployment to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (1955) flying the P2V-5s and VAH-4 (1957-12/1957) until my discharge. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [06JUL2012]

ASH, Tom tomcat@whidbey.net "...Served with VP-29 from 1953 through 1955. Stoud down VP-29 and reformed as VAH-2 . I then transfered to VP-4 and then to VP-2. After completing my only tour of shore duty I was transfered to VAH-4..." [03MAY98]

FORBES, CAPTAIN Donald. K. (Deke) Retired http://www.anawhidbey.org/forbesbio.htm "...Deke Forbes enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July1944. He attended Boot Camp at Farragut, Idaho. Prior to his assignment to the pre-commissioning crew of he USS PROVIDENCE, CL-82, he attended Fire Control Operator's School at Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was subsequently ordered to the Naval Academy Prep School, Bainbridge, MD in September 1945. He was admitted to the U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY on a Fleet Appointment in June 1946. Graduating with Distinction from the Naval Academy in June 1950, he reported for flight training at Pensacola, FL in September 1950, earning his wings in February 1952. He then attended All-weather Flight School at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and Jet Transitional Training at NAS Kingsville, Texas prior to reporting to VF-61, the "Jolly Rogers", based at Oceana, VA. While attached to VF-61 he made two extended deployments to the Mediterranean and several shorter deployments. While in VF-61 he flew the F9F-2, F9F-5, F9F-6, F9F-7 and F9F-8. In July 1955, he reported to the U.S. NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL, Monterey, CA., earning his BS, Aeronautical Engineering in June 1957. The following year he was awarded an MS, Aeronautical Engineering form the University of Michigan. After completing his postgraduate education, he was ordered to VX-4 at Point Mugu, CA., where he participated in air-to-ground missile projects and the APG-53A Terrain Clearance and Ryan Doppler Radar Navigator project. While in VX-4 he flew the A4A, A4B, F9F-8T, FJ-4B and the F3D-2, as well as the squadron "Bugsmasher"--SNB. Deke was assigned to the Command and Staff Course, NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, as a student in August 1960. After completing that course, he and several other NWC fighter/attack classmates were ordered to VAH-123, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for A-3 training. Upon completion of VAH-123 training he was ordered to VAH-4 where he became the Officer-in-Charge, VAH4-DETACHMENT GOLF, part of CVG-16 in USS ORISKANY, CVA-34. He completed an extended WESTPAC cruise in ORISKANY in December 1962, while flying the A3B-2. Leaving VAH-4 in February, 1964, he reported to USS CORAL SEA, CVA-43 as Nuclear Weapons Officer. He deployed with CORAL SEA in December 1964, returning to CONUS in November 1965. While deployed, he was heavily involved in Strike Planning for air operations against North Vietnam from carrier decks in the Tonkin Gulf. While in CORAL SEA he qualified as OOD and CDO Underway(Task Force Steaming). He also flew the C1A, T-33B and A3B while attached to CORAL SEA. He was ordered to VAH-2 as XO in November 1965. He became Officer-in Charge of VAH-2 DETACHMENT FOXTROT, joining them on USS RANGER,CVA-61 in the Tonkin Gulf in January 1966. Completing the USS RANGER cruise in August 1966, he became C.O. VAH-2 in January 1967. In December 1967 he was ordered to report to the NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Washington, DC where he became the Assistant Project Manager, Logistics for the VFX(F-14) and VSX(S-3A). One year later he was ordered back to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to serve as C.O. VAH-123. In January 1970, he was detached as C.O. VAH-123 and reported to COMCARDIV TWO as Operations Officer, serving in that role until August 1971. He was then ordered to the INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE of the ARMED FORCES(ICAF), Washington, DC for a course of study. Graduating with Distinction from ICAF in June 1972, he then reported to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island as Commanding Officer. A year later he reported to the Superintendent, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY as the 65th Commandant of Midshipmen. Upon being relieved as Commandant, USNA in July 1976 he reported to OPNAV to become Head, OP-602. Captain Forbes chose to retire in June 1977, after 27 years of Commissioned service and 33 years of continuous naval service. He immediately joined Dean Witter Reynolds as an Account Executive and 18 months later joined Booz, Allen & Hamilton, subsequently becoming a Principal in the company and Project Manager of the multibillion Saudi Naval Expansion Program He retired from Booz,Allen in 1986 and has since spent his time relaxing at golf and travel. Forbes is a former member, SOCIETY of EXPERIMENTAL TEST PILOTS, and a current TRUSTEE, U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION..." [14JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...MOORE, William "Russ"...My father,William (Russ) Moore, was OIC of VAH-4 Det Lima. He was killed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1961. I didn't have much time to come to know him, as he and my mother divorced when I was young. My siblings and I spent part of the summer before he was killed with him and Martha, my step-mother at Coupeville. I am interested in contacting anyone who knew him. Thanks to all of you out there for your service and dedication..." Contributed by Bill Moore wmoore@uoregon.edu [01MAY2013]

GRIM, AFCM Ernest L. Retired ernieg@cox-internet.com"...I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington 1955-1960 with VP-57. Served in VAH-4 from commissioning to Dec. 1958. Made 1 WestPac deployment on board CVA-38..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 31JAN2005]

HAMMOND, AOCS Edwin G. Retired 67sled@comcast.net "...I was stationed with VQ-1 in 1962-63 in NAS Atsugi, Japan. I was Aide-De-Camp to Master Chief Renner and worked in the Ordnance Shop. I served with Heavy Attack squadrons VAH-4, VAH-10 and VAH-123 and A6A's in VA-145 from 1960 til 1969, on Active Duty. I was with VP-69 as an Ordnance Aircrewman from Feb 1970 til retirement in Dec of 1989. Active with the PBY Memorial Foundation Command Display at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington Seaplane base as a Docent for the Command Display..." [BIO Updated 24NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 24JUL2007 | 01FEB98]

KENNEDY, Bill aqua165@cfaith.com "...Went to VP-57, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from Aviation Prep School, NAS Norman, Oklahoma in 1955. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska as 2nd Radioman with Crew 8, LCDR Brown I think. Still remember all the missed (GCA) approaches. Was with the squadron when it was redesignated VAH-4. Left in 1957 for NATTU at NAS Olathe, Kansas, then to VF-213, NAS Moffett Field, California and WESTPAC Cruise aboard USS Lexington (CVA-16), then to VU-5 NAS Atsugi, Japan then VT-3, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and out. Great memories. Still attend USS Lexington (CVA-16) and VF-213 Reunions..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2004 | 26DEC2001]

LAMPE, AT2 Rod rlampe0438@aol.com "...I was assigned to VP-2 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from August 1957 to January 1959. I was in Crew 5 when we deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan from Aug 1958 to Jan 1959. I have a cruise book to prove it! We flew P2V-7's. I was trained as an airborne radio operator. I was an AT-2 and when we returned and immediately received orders to VAH-4 also stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. In that squadron we had A3 Skywarriors and I made one deployment on the USS Hancock. I was discharged from the Navy in Aug 1960 and in 1961 went to work for Hewlett-Packard in Loveland Colo where I worked for them for 37 years. I just retired about 2 1/2 years ago In Loveland. I would sure like to hear from anyone that served in VP-2 during that time!..." [04SEP2001]

McKAY, AQ1 Robert A. Retired macsie@atlantic.net "...After "A" school I served with ATU-212 NAS Kingsville, Texastwo years later I transfered to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and after an orientation period with VAH-123 I went to permanate assignment with VAH-4. Three years later and after a cruise with Det Lima on board the USS Hancock, I transfered to VAH-123. In 1967 I left the Heavies and joined the A6 progran in module repair with VA-42 then VA-75 then VA-85. Made WestPac's on the Kitty in 68/69 and Connie 69/70. Made 1st Class AQ on the Kitty. Last assignment was Ships Company on the USS Forrestal where I retired in 1976. Would like to hear from any of the old crew..." [15SEP2003]

PRINGLE, AFCM James Retired jrpfishpond@awsomenet.net "...I served with VU-5 from 1958 to 1960. My step brother, Richard Chambers, was also in VU-5 and transfered in 1959. What a great time it was in Japan back in those days. Loved the JD-1. I was an a non-designated striker when I check on board VU-5 working out of airfames and the liberty was so good I was still a non-designated airman when I transfered to VAH-4 two years later. I retired from the Navy in 1990 as an AFCM. Would to hear from anyone was in VU-5 during the same time period that might remember me..." [11OCT2003]

ROSSDEUTCHER, William (Lil Red) betboop@alliedaccess.net "...I was on Det Golf 1962 on the USS Oriskany with VAH-4. I am looking for Clarence Little, Ernie Kalsen or any other Shipmates that are around. I was also on the O Boat in 63/64 on Independence 65 all in heavy 4 detatachments. I was known as Lil Red as Red Winslow was Big Red. Remember guys we've done so much with so little. We can do anything with nothing. Bary Cutlip can I get a ten spot till payday?..." [23MAR2005]

SCHNETZER, AZ3 James D. jschnetzer@new.rr.com "...I was attached to the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) with VAH-4 Det E during out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington seving as an AZ-3. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates..." [26MAY2002]

THOMAS, Alfred R. ffrugal@comcast.net "...I served with FASRON-4 during most of 1956. My first assignment with the squadron was the Tech Library working for a First Class by the name of Snook I think he was an AD. My second assignment was the tool room. I don't remember the First Class that I worked for's name but I remember he drank "I. W. Harper" whiskey. I had the privlege of flying with Chief White whom was I think the last Enlisted Naval Pilot from WWII. He could fly our R4D like it was a part of him. I left FASRON-4 when I was assigned to AM "A" school in NAS Millington Tenn. and after completeing "A" school I finished my 4 year enlistment assigned to VAH-4 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [08APR2003]

TRAVERS, AZ3 Errol erroltravers@hotmail.com "...I served with VAH-4 (1965-1968) with deployments aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) (1965-1966), USS Hancock (CV-19) (1966-1967) and the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (1967-1968)..." [20DEC2010]

TYNES, YN Walter "Pete" wptynes@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-57 (1956) and VAH-4 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and TAD to NAS Kodiak, Alaska (01/1957-06/1957). I was a Yeoman in the Admin Office with YN Walter L. Bush, LCDR John Ballew and CDR Weiss. I live near Jackson, MS. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [30JUL2012]

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