|This page is for notices of interest to all or some of our members. nvsoar|
|While Bill Smith was awaiting his delayed VP2 Association membership card, he and Sandra quieted the angst with a cruise on a tall masted sailing ship in the Western Mediterranean. See the pictures here. [nvsoar_25Nov2006]|
|Updated association rosters are available. Those active members with internet access can receive a roster by email attachment that will open in a browser or spreadsheet program, your choice. A printed roster is available for those person who are not happy with an electronic file. Please advise your "druthers." [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|Vic Gulliver is collecting items for the mid December newsletter. Patrol Squadron Two squadron mates are invited to submit articles/items for inclusion. The sooner the stuff gets to Vic the better for all. [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|No longer available since Picasa Web has be scuttled. Bob Champoux has posted some Reunion2006 and Tillamook Museum images. [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|Lloyd Olds reports that Sal & Max Lucero both deceased and that he has located Mark Goldy, Victor Snow, Steven Zerbel & Paul Sinkovitz. All served in 67-68. [nvsoar 02sep2006]|
|From Doug - Every once in a while a current events
image comes along that is worth sharing, Here is the link
|Vic and Pat Gulliver will be attending son David's graduation from the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, OR this month. [nvsoar 09May2006]|
|Joe Ryan sent in a pictorial report from his pirate's lair at Londell MO. See it here! [nvsoar 11Apr2006]|
|Vic Gulliver advises: The Ship's Store is selling off all its VP-2 shirts to reduce the cost of inventory. See the Ship's Store section of the website for details on how to buy any of the remaining styles, sizes and colors of shirts that will no longer be stocked. [nvsoar 25Mar2006]|
|Here's an attempt to get 2006 off to a good start.
Take a look at this "Hooters
Calendar" sent by Newt Biggers. Enjoy!
|Not really a notice, but something to break up the
string of obits -
Joe Ryan sends a question - "What is the difference between a shipmate and a running mate?"
Here goes - "A shipmate will stand good for your bail when you're in jail. A running mate will be sitting next to you saying "damn that was fun!"" [nvsoar__21Nov2005]
|Bob Wolfe, 2006
Reunion Chair sends: Bow Washington, Where is
That is where VP-2 squadron mates, their spouses, significant others and/or friends will rendezvous September 11-15, 2006 to reminisce about the good-ole-days. [nvsoar 05May2005]
|This came in over
the transom from Bob Kline - If interested in the 2" by 4" stickers
below (or others) please visit the link posted below and from there the
group's home page.
http://www.vetsignia.org/navy.htm [nvsoar 30Jan2005]
(VP2_1969) at firstname.lastname@example.org
advises that he is looking for a 1969 Cruise Book.
(VPB-130) has submitted a personal recollection of the sinking of U-615
off Curacao in August 1943. Well worth reading. http://www.patron2.com/files/recollect.html#Alsop
|Read Dewey Mawson's
recollection of the 15Jun1951 Kodiak P2V-4 landing
|Jmichael Moore, AZ1
ret, V???, is looking for a copy or information on a picture posted in
the North Island AIMD ofiice, circa 1975. The picture
depicted a P2 or S2 flying at over water at
night, with a Sub visible under the water. The striking thing about the
picture were the cat eyes in the background. The caption alluded to the
fact that ASW can see at night. Please reply to nvsoar.
is Mike Maione stirring the pot: "does anyone remember this
is your life party??????my name is mike maione i was a parachute
rigger in vp2 from 1961 to 1964...does anyone remember who
the other dancer was/////i'll give you a hint he is on the board
Midway: I ran across an image of the sole surviving Avenger
at the Battle of Midway at the website
mentioned at the bottom. Harry Ferrier flew as a crewman in
this ship. Here are his comments - Hi Doug, That is a photo
of the TBF that I flew in at the Battle of Midway. There are
four other pictures of the plane showing it right after landing with
the right gear still in its well, then closeup of the plane on both
wheels, then close up of tail damage, and one of the turret's
damage. Navair Museum at Pensacola should have all of them.
There is also a photo of the plane at Norfolk when it was
new. It was painted up as 8-T-1, the Skipper's
plane. It still had that side number when we flew it at
http://www.richard-seaman.com/index.html nvsoar 28Jun2004
the Executive Board - The VP-2 Association Executive Board has extended
a "dues optional" privilege to all Association members who served in
VP-2 (and predecessor squadrons) prior to December 31, 1946.
Full Association membership benefits will be accorded to these VP-2
veterans provided they fulfill all other requirements for membership in
good standing. Donations to maintain association operations
are gratefully accepted. For all, please maintain current
contact information. For those who have yet to provide their
military service dates (see the notice
below dated 03Nov2003), please do so in order to protect us from the
talons of the IRS. [nvsoar
|From James Baxter -
Served in the first Navy aircraft squadron to bear the name VP-2 from
1934 to 1936. He writes "Trans from VP-2 (old PM-2's) to VP-
9, North Island, CA. Got the 1st PBY-1's. Was a
Lieutenant in WWII, and served as 1st LT on USS Victoria (AO-48) in the
South Pacific, in Manila at end of War. My time with VP-2 was
in Coco Solo, Panama.
On the Reunion > > > Sorry - can't make it - age 92 is keeping me at home most of the time." nvsoar 19Jun2004
|From Mike Maione - a
stream of consciousness report - part 1-
hello to everyone..this is from mike maione pr2 vp2 1961-1964///i worked in the duty office, was a bus driver, bartender and i lived on the highway before you came into oak harbor..i had a burgandy mustang...does anyone remember me???i had a long date with a girl in kodiak name cerlett, does anyone remember her????we had a this is your life for i think joe lapham, and i was one of the girls( i think gleason was one too)i remember putting grapefruits in my jersey hahaha////anyway im retired , live in upstate ny go to florida 3 months of the year and life is good...have 8 grand children and love them all//still happily married//if someone remembers me and remembers the guy i lived with who had a buick special and lived in washington let me know..id love to email or write him..one of these years i'm gonna make a reunion//i remembe a lot of the names here but can't seem to put faces to them..i carried a picture of a sailor named willie shew around with me ever since 1963 and kept it always on the wall..when i got a computer i put the picture by it..would you believe one day in i think 2001 i got a email from will and he asked me if i remembered him.. in 5 minutes i sent him the picture and i hope to see him very soon..well listen everyone i have to go now but hope to hear from anyone or everyone who would like to email me and bring up all the good and bad times we had. remember all the fishing we did and canned the fish, does anyone remember irma la duce the movie and going back to the club and we invented a drink in the name of the movie...how about japan for rr&r...man were them the days..we had so much junk in the tail we thought it was gonna fall off///see you all soon mike maione
part 2- good morning to all// since i went through the roster of vp2rs my mind started remembering some things///remember when the president got shot??we were in kodiak//was anyone as scared as me??/had no idea what was happening with russia and if it came to war all we had was box lunches to throw at them//how about the first p3v to come to kodiak and would not fit in the hanger// how about the earthquake and the news that a giant tidal wave was coming. do you remember the battleship bouy that came ashore with the wave and when the wave left it left it there..i sometimes wondered what happened to it//the people that stayed in alaska as"volunteers" with me had to eat everything powered. remember the gas that came up under the runway and we were afraid that the island was going to catch fire//or the hills that came down and were flat after the tremors. here's one for you all, you had to be there to believe it. the entire runway came up and at the very end of it it shattered into little pieces//i was a bartender at the time of the quake and had no idea what it was until the left wall fell out of the club//and how about EVERCLEAR/// we tried to drink like the fishermen and really never could..some people fell off the stools...hahahahahaha well now that i bored all of you i feel great to remember all of this it was a big part of my life/// i have been back to whidbey island a few times over the years to see a couple that used to fix food for me and i called the mom and pop. unfortunately they both died last year..happy fathers day to all
|From Jack D. Cooke:
I served with VP-2 during the 59-60 Kodiak deployment as 2nd
radio. I was assigned to YC-2, the XO's crew. I 'm
not sure....was his name Foster? I believe the Plane
Captain's last name was Vaccaro....ADR-1. He used to store up
his most rotten Italian food gas in his poopy suit and dump his side
vent on us half way thru one those long "radio silence" flights between
Russia and Alaska. My first radio's last name was Sakiyama or
I have about 400 feet of 8mm color celluloid film that depicts a "typical" day in the air....take-off and landing and ship rigging and the Halibut fleet, a brief glimpse of a WWII P-38 ditched on an island somewhere in the Aleutians, Kiska's bomb pocked runway, and an adventure around the WWII section of Adak. I have yet to clean it up and transfer to video tape/DVD. I also have about a dozen black and white Brownie photo's of some of us goofing off in the barracks during that deployment. I don't remember many names but I remember the adventure quite well.
[see the photos in gallery 60; nvsoar 04Jun2004]
(VB130, 43-45) reports: "I've run across the original photos
for Cmdr G G Price with white uniformed officers and one with white
uniformed air crew men and one with his white uniformed crew.
Really great photos. Further, I am in contact with Richard
Zahl, one of the original VB-130 radiomen and Kenrick Healy, an AOM and
member of our Crew #5 who were on board also with Lt. Holmes.
(Lt Holmes has been deceased for years). The other members of
crew #5 were Jens Oli Madsen, AMM, now deceased and the co-pilot Robert
Tonner." nvsoar 01Jun2004
(2004 Reunion Host) reports that he recently received a call from Ron
Graham. "Ron was Ops Officer of VP-2 when I checked in in
June, 1956. Went to Alaska in 56 and Iwakuni in 58.
Was the OinC of the cadet Barracks in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1955-56
when I graduated." nvsoar 01Jun2004
|Robert M McKnight
(VP2 56-59, Crew 8 with Bob Anderson, Jack Dodson, Gerry Lynch and John
Willcuts) advises that barring big problems, he and Nancy will see all
who come to the San Antonio reunion late this September.
from Satch Beasley: The Cold War Veterans Association 2004
calendar features a photo of LT Jesse Beasley (3 Cape Cod) on the
cover. [nvsoar 21Apr2004]
|Update from Brooks
Noel (earlier reports below): Dear Doug,
In Dec my reading was 8......and the Dr said most people walking around ran 4 to 8....so they took me off the hospice program saying that's only for people who are dying,. but in Jan it was 15, Feb 21 and in March 42 which was just double, so the Dr put me back on the hospice program.....and cautioned that we could look forward to lost of stamina...
I would have loved to attend the San Antonio reunion, but will have to play it by ear now...My WWII carrier has one in rar east Tenn on Sept 12......right in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountian Park.....
Wife cannot walk very far without wheel chair....so this year may not be our best......will reach 80 on April 21st... nvsoar 09Apr2004 [Your prayers appreciated]
Service Medal Update:
Submit requests for the KDSM to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 9700 PAGE AVE ST LOUIS MO 63132-5100. Include documents supporting service in Korea from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined.
Eligibility. Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive, or for 60 nonconsecutive days, or
(a) be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility, or
(b) is wounded or injured in the line of duty and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility, or
(c) while participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, or within the area of eligibility in direct support of military operations; (Each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with these criteria shall count as one day toward the 30 or 60-day requirement.) or
(d) served in operations and exercises conducted in the area of eligibility as long as the basic time criteria is met.
nvsoar 18Feb 2004 (Thanks to Alex for the info.)
USN?: nvsoar 17Feb2004
|UNWANTED EMAIL from
shipmates: Those who are receiving email from shipmates that
is unwanted have several choices to deal with the situation.
Of the messages that I have seen, the sender and subject have been
clearly identified - thus the delete function can dispose of the
unwanted message. Or set up a filter so that undesired
messages are automatically rejected. Or send a request to the
sender to be removed from their address list. Please remember
that the messages that come from shipmates contain material that they
think is important to share with the rest of us. Comment?
advises that Bruce Weber
(Crew 3, 67-68) is working in Iraq and can be contacted by
email. nvsoar 14Feb2004
Followup note from Bruce to Beetle: Beetle,
Great to hear from you. Hope to see you at the reunion in
September. I'm coming home to Texas March 15 returning to Iraq March
26th. My mail address is Bruce Weber--KBR--CAMP
ANACONDA--BALAD, IRAQ--APO AE 09391...I don't get on a
computer much, just every couple of weeks. Think about you
guys often. Tell Mrs. Beetle I said HOWDY. Having a
great time over here.
|A note from John Rushin:
"I am in Copenhagen visiting an old exchange student. This is
a very safe and enjoyable city. Enjoying exploring by
bicycle, a primary mode of transport here." Best, John
Rushin, VP2, 63-64 02Feb2004
Champoux has agreed to lead the membership development
effort. Since he has the last two cruise books he will likely
start with those names. It's a big job to locate these
persons. Please contact Bob if you are able to
assist. nvsoar 28Jan2004
HW Petersen submitted an article from the King County Journal about the Boeing proposal for the next maritime patrol aircraft. nvsoar 03Jan2004
|Update from Brooks Noel: On 2 Dec wife and I told the Hospics nurse that we wanted a new blood test...last one was Mar 01, and when it came back, there was not a trace of leukemia....but nurse said it was probably a fluke,,,,,lets do another test....It came in Friday...still no leukemia... So now we have put our eggs in the lap of the oncologist...hoping she says "Remission"!!!!!!!! Should know sometime next week.....but we are very thankful this Christmas....I was suppose to have died in August.... 25Dec2003 (in msg to Vic G.)(previous note 21Sep) nvsoar|
Grappone reports: "I was attached to VPML-2 in Miramar in
47/48. would like to hear from anyone serving during that time."
|Fred Van Leeuwen
advises that he has cruise books from VP-2 deployments to Iwakuni and
Sangley Point in 65, 66, 67 with crew lists and photos. "If
they would help someone fill in a few blanks, I'd be happy to help."
(Take a look at Fred's report on the "Status Reports" page. nvsoar)
|Cica 1968 Officer's
roster found. Bob Champoux has taken
on the task of running down their current locations. If you
have contact information for any of these folks please advise Bob or nvsoar.
|A note from John
Kauth: Greetings: I served in VP-2 from 1948 (when
it was stationed at NAS Miramar) until 1951. I was a LT(JG);
the squadron was soon home ported at NAS Whidbey; I qualified as a PPC
and was given a crew and aircraft; the normal rotation was to deploy to
Kodiak for three months; VP-2 deployed but because of the Korean War we
stayed for nine months before a reserve squadron from Minneapolis was
recalled and trained to relieve us; we flew out of Kodiak, Nome, Adak,
Fairbanks (ice patrols) Ellison AFB; and had no major problems.
My recollection is that I had an XO named Paul Engle (Engel); two CO's -- Connie Karaberis ([may have relieved Kercheval] who became a Rear Admiral and has since passed away) and a Turner who may have relieved Karaberis.
Sincerely, John L. Kauth Captain-USNavy (Ret.) 20Dec2003
|A note from George
Dill: I came in the Navy Jan. 20 1946 and stayed
until Nov. 26 1976. I was in VP-2 from 1953 until Jan
1956. I was in our XO's CDR. Danner's crew SB-2 for the
complete tour. My Lady's Name is Vicki. I retired
as a Master Chief. Don Melton and Bill Mcpherson
was assigned to our crew. If I remember, Raymond
Bryant had SB-7 or 12. Henry Knepp is here in Corpus Christi
with me, I know him well. 18Dec2003
|Any shipmates who
have copies of squadron rosters or crew lists please advise nvsoar.
Goheen is looking for Charlie Schneider who served in the AT
shop at Iwakuni in the spring of 1965. 05Dec2003
|Dave Bowen advised
that Trader Jon's, Pensacola watering hole, has closed.
|Alex advises that
DD214 copies are available online to veterans and family members at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs
out the request form online and then submit a signature via fax or USPS
Walker - Korea Defense Service Medal update: Established by
Congress and signed into law by President George W Bush on 02 Dec 2002,
the medal will be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United
States of America who have served for a qualifying period of time on or
after 28 July 1954 in the Republic of Korea (or adjacent
waters). The design for the medal has been approved (May
2003). Development and production could take up to a
Gulliver on "War Veteran" Status: The
VP2 Association’s status as a tax exempt organization depends
on the number of members who can be classified as “war
veterans”, which in turn depends on the period of a
member’s service. The
members named below are requested to send their beginning and ending
service dates [include training, cadet or midshipman status, active and
reserve duty (active or inactive)] to Vic Gulliver at 1900 Franklin
Drive, Glenview, IL 60025 or email@example.com,
so that this information can be entered into the
association’s records. (Approximate dates are
better than no response. [or a poke in the eye - nvsoar])
|Clifton Brooks Noel,
ADC USN ( Ret.) [Chief
Noel reports that he is on the Binnacle List.] Squadron:
July 1955 to August 1957 worked in the Maint Office until
Flight Surgean took me out and was plane captain until transferred to
NAS Corpus Chisti... Am now a Hospizs Patiant...with Leukemia.....was
given 20 weeks to live but am now on week 25.....hope to make it to
Christimas....God willing....please let all me friend from that era
Magsamen: I was in VP-2 in 1956 amd 1957. I flew in
crew 10 with Dallas Blair [Plane Captain]. He was an AD2 I
believe. I made a deployment to Alaska which was quite an
experience for a 18 yr old farm boy. I remember polishing our
silver P2v-7s with Never-Dull. I thought it was
fun. I also served in VP-40 when they had
P5M Marlins and I was a Flight Engineer on P3B Orions when VP-40
transitioned to P3s. I ended up staying in the Navy and
retired in 1986 as an AFCM. That's about it. Hope
to keep hearing from you through the various media resources.
|Forrest Paine: I was in VP-2 from Sept 1956 thru Dec 1957 as an AK2 at Whidbey Island, Washington and Kodiak, Alaska. Further, I noticed George Silbersteins name and that his son had reported his death due to cancer. I worked for Arthur Stark, George Silberstein and another Officer named Moran, all Aircraft Commanders I believe. I think the CO at that time was named Carlton. While at Kodiak, as leading 2nd class P. O., I roomed with Melvin Nelson, Jack Dodson, McKay, Dinger and Lower, all members of flight crews. Directly across the hall the remainder of the squadrons second class petty officers were billeted. 20Sep2003|
reports that his father, George
Silberstein passed away in July 2003 due to liver
cancer. Mom is doing ok. If you email Eric about
his dad, please ensure that dad's name is in the subject
|The October Project: Construct a
flight crew list for the '61 Kodiak deployment.
Please advise new info and corrections. Pictures? nvsoar 17Sep2003, rev 17Sep
Crew 1: Pierre,
Crew 2: Lanaghan,
Crew 6: Tripp(OinC-Adak), Seng, Vlahakis(begin), Gulliver(end), Smith
Crew 10: Hanson, Ward, Tatro, Farris
Crew 12: McKinney, Gulliver(at start), Bender, Garrett, Moore, Smith, Durnal, Heltzel, Williams (from Mike Heltzel)
Gulliver's September Project: Construct a flight crew list for the
59-60 Kodiak deployment.
Please advise new info and corrections. Pictures? nvsoar 12Sep2003, rev 15Sep
Crew 1: Johnson, Jones,
Crew 2: Foster, Anderson,
Crew 3: Black(Sherm), Riebe
Crew 4: Alexander, Donohue, Erickson, Tatro (early), Hart, Courtney, Chesnut, Tabor, Dorrheim, Barrett, Crozier, Flukey?
Crew 5: Farwell,
Crew 6: Black(Pete), Myers, Vlahakis, Renning, Gill, Behan, Morrison
Crew 7: Crouse, Hanson, Seng, Lamer,
Crew 8: Branscomb, Runette (early), O'Donnell, Tatro (later)
Crew 9: Silberstein, Hindorff, Sterton, Gulliver, Orr, Cooper
Crew 10: Miyagawa,
Crew 11: Beydler, Jackson, Haeckler, Klett, 1st radio, Jerry Kluth, AT2----2nd radio, John J. Davis, AT2---- Plane Captain, Lonnie D. Hatcher, AD3----2nd Mech, Joseph J. Brown, ADAN----Ordnance, Dave Michel, AOAN
appropriate items for the website. Send stuff to me or the Content Editor or
Clay Howe (firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports that he has finished scanning a P2V-7 operating manual and has it available on CD. Anyone who's interested in their own copy can get one from him for $19.95 which includes shipping. He opines that it turned out better than his earlier P5M-2 manual (which is also still available for the same cost) which I have and can affirm is very well done and of commercial quality.
~ early 2003
A.G. Alexander Jr.
02 Oct 2003, updated 15Jan2005, updated 23Jun2009 by nvsoar
Member of VP2 from Jan1 to Dec 23 1952. Went to Kwaj with Squadran for Operation Ivy. On short active duty time as Reservist Rate AOU3c flight crew until Kwaj then Station MA on Kwaj. Interested in any info activity etc and VP2 baseball cap if available. Now living in Columbus OH.
Attached to VPML2 from 10/7/47 to 7/20/48 Miramar Naval Air Station San Diego CA.
I was in maintenance not a crew member. AM1.