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ADAME, Manny elchevo@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1966 to 1968 (June) then on to Project Trim which became VAH-21 stationed in the PI and also incountry out of NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, finished up at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii with VP-21 flying supplies into the NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam..." [01DEC2003]

ADRION, CAPT Robert J. Shipmate Pix http://www.cprfp.navy.mil/BioCommodore.asp "...CAPT Robert J. Adrion - CPRW-2 - Captain Robert J. Adrion was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Pine Bush, NY and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1984, his first operational assignment was with VP-24. During this tour as a "Batman", he completed deployments to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily and served as the Pilot Training, Pilot NATOPS, and Safety/NATOPS Officer. In March 1988, Captain Adrion transferred to the "Pro's Nest" of VP-30 serving as Tactical Training Team Pilot, Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Training Officer. His following sea duty was as the Operations Administration Officer aboard the USS SARATOGA where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO operations in Bosnia. In August 1993, Captain Adrion reported to the "Screaming Eagles" of VP-1 in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, serving as the Command Services and Maintenance Officer. During his tour, he deployed to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans in support of United Nations' sanctions against Iraq. Following his Department Head tour, Captain Adrion was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC to serve as the VP / VQ Combat Placement Officer. In July 1997, he was selected to attend the Marine Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA where he completed a Masters Degree in Military Science. Captain Adrion reported to NAS Brunswick, Maine in March of 1999, serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26. From April 2001 to March 2003, he was Training Officer for Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Atlantic and from March 2003 to March 2005 he was assigned to the Joint Staff as the Deputy Division Chief and Division Chief for the J-3 Reconnaissance Operations Division..." [08DEC2005]

ALKIRE, AOAN Glen Tazman71472@msn.com "...I served with VP-26 from December 1992 to February 1996. I join the squadron as an undesignated Airman Apprentice and was put to the LINE to "earn" my Yellow shirt. I earnd my Yellow shirt and became an AOAN. I am very proud to have served in the squadron and hope to hear from everyone I knew while I was there. TSOT..." [04JUN2003]

ALLEN, AZ Joseph W. Jr. OSTALLEN@AOL.COM "...I was an AZ with VP-26, 1977-78, and VP-23, 1978-dec.79. I remember being a pain in the side of several shipmate's but allways had my heart in the right place. Would like to hear from ex-Shipmates of both squadrons. Hope all of you are well and wish Cmdr. Medara, and Cmdr. Davis the best of retirement..." [04APR2001]

ALLEN, Michael G. badgorilla@iname.com "...My first VP squadron was VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine from 04-85 to 10-89, transfered to NAWC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland AIMD, left NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to go back to NAS Brunswick, Maine to VP-10. Left VP-10 in 03-97 to go to Force Warfare. I am now in HM-15 The Blackhawks Corpus Christie..." [05MAR99]

ALLIN, Bob rwaj@msn.com "...I served with VP-26 (1974 to 1977), Naval Postgraduate School, USS Constellation (CV-64), CPW-10 (1981 to 1984) at NAS Moffett Field, California and VP-46 (1984 to 1986). I finished my naval career as a Naval Attaché in Tunisia (1988 to 1991) and Algeria (1992 to 1993)..." [31DEC2009]

AMLANER, AZ2 Joe jamlaner@yahoo.com "...I toured with VP-26 in 1985 till 1988. Deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Det to NSF Diego Garcia and split to NAS Misawa, Japan. Also deployed to NS Rota, Spain, TAD to U. S. Customs Service, where I met my lovely wife of 13 years. Would like to catch up with old Shipmates particularly AMH1 Barry Gregory. Feel free to E-mail especially if you know B. Gregorys whereabouts..." [04APR2001]

ANGELOS, IS2 Jeff jlangelos@live.com "...I served with VP-26 (01/1978-06/1981) with deployments to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NS Rota, Spain and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. I worked in the Air Intelligence Office with Leo "Mike" Blake and LT(jg) Linda C. Hall-Kuehne. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 28MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 28APR2008 | 17JAN99]

ARMSTRONG, CTICS Tom Retired tom.armstrong@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (04/1979-10/1981) Special Projects at NAS Brunswick, Maine and Navy Reserves (01/1982-09/2008) to retirement. Went to college right after active duty and moved into the IT field. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22MAR2012]

ARNOLD, ADR1 Clarence "Dutch" Retired dutch434@aol.com "...My first tour of duty was with ATU-601 3rd Division. At that time the unit was at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas. The 3rd Division was the Navigation Training Section. We flew PB4Y-2's. Division 1 and 2 flew P2V-1-2-3s. My tour was from December 1954 to May 1956. I then served with VP-2 from June 1956 to March 1957 and VP-26 from April 1961 till September 1964 (flew as 2nd Mechanic and Plane Captain on YC-1 BUNO: 140984). Our skipper was R. J. Minton. I was a AD3 and made AD2. Deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and NAS Adak, Alaska in 1956 to 1957. Wanted to make the Japan deployment but BUPERS said no. Got out for about 2 years the came back in..." [BIO Updated 21NOV2003 | BIO Updated 07MAR2000 | 06MAR2000]

AUGUSTYN, AO1 Walter Retired waltaugustyn@juno.com "...I served with VP-26. The pictures of P2V Neptunes brings back memories. I flew on them in 1964 to 1965 till our squadron transitioned over to P-33B late in 1965. Flew with them (P-3's) till 1968 and was transfered to VP-30 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland till 1971 when I got off active duty. Finished out the next 17 years mostly in Minnesota with the Naval Reserve..." [27JAN2007]

AVERY, CPO Chuck Retired ccchuckret@aol.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1956 to 1959 at NAS Brunswick, Maine and 1961 to 1967. I was a Plane Captain on the P2V's. I also served on Shore Duty at FASSO (Survival School) from 1967 to 1971. I was with VP-26 from 1971 to I retired in 1976. I flew as a Flight Engineer with CAC-3 and CAC-7. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06MAR2011 | 30OCT2005]

AYLMER, John JMullet@ix.netcom.com "...AK3 served VP-26 1966 to 1969. Did NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Sangley Point, Philippines trips. Did NS Sangley Point, Philippines cruise book for squadron. Also, in contact with PH3 Scott Tremaine. Welcome, all chat on the best years of my life..." WebSite: http://www.orlandonetcruisers.com/ehlb/ [Updated WebSite Link 28OCT98 | 26OCT98]


BABINS, Stuart A. sababins@tampabay.rr.com "...I served with VP-45 (1959-1961), VP-56 (1961-1963), VP-10 (1965-1968), VP-26 (1968-1970), VX-1 (1970-1973), VP-45 (1975-1978), VX-1 (1978-1982), FAW-1 Detachment NSF Diego Garcia (1982-1983) ASMOD and ASWOC..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2011 | E-Mail Updated 04MAY2006 | E-Mail Updated 23DEC2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 19MAY2004 | BIO Updated 28JAN2002 | E-Mail Updated 21OCT2001 | E-Mail Updated 25MAY2000 | Updated 15FEB98]

GABORIAULT, ATCS Philip Retired pgaboria@peoplepc.com "...I served with VP-1 (1955-1958), 1958 AT "B" School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, AT "B" School Instructor duty at NAS Millington, Tennessee, 1962 Attended Advanced Avionics (AVB) School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, 1963 VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, 1966 Instructor duty Advanced Avionics (AVB) School at NAS Millington, Tennessee, 1969 VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (Division Chief and Maintenance Chief), (1972-1974) helped close NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and retired June 1974. Finished College (GI Bill). Became an engineer for different electronic companies (last 15 years where with Cisco Systems, Inc.) retiring October 2006 at age 69. I'm now enjoying 6 summer months at our Lake house at Maidstone Lake, Maidstone, Vermont and 6 winter months in North Port, FL..." [BIO Updated 01MAY2013 | 09APR2012]

BAKER, Fred irswift@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 91-95 and then I was with VP-10 from 97-01. I was one one the the first mavrick shoot with twenty-six and the first Harpoon with ten and the first strike flight with the slam! I'm trying to get in touch with any one that might know where Ken Janez is he was in twenty-six with me til 96. Or if you might know Alex Fakeri he was a YN in twenty-six. Thanks..." [09JUL2001]

BALOG, AE2 Gene bilgepump26@cfl.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 (1957-1960). Looking for "Blackie Blackburn" who made rank of ENSIGN while in NAS Brunswick, Maine (VP-26). He was shop chief and one of the smartest and nicest guys I ever met..." [E-Mail Updated 17JAN2013 | E-Mail Updated 21JUL2011 | E-Mail Updated 25APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 26MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 20JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 23FEB2001 | 31JAN99]

BARBEE, ATCS(AC) Stephen N. Retired stephenbarbee@comcast.net "...VP-21 ('67-'69 decommissioning), VP-44 ('69-'71), NAMTRA ('72-'75), VP-45 ('75-'78), Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) ('78-'81), VP-26 ('81-'84), BUPERS ('84-'88). Recently heard of the web page and appreciate someone talking the initiative and having the courage to develop such a page. I love reading the stories, especially from Shipmates I've served with in the respective squadrons. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and I will try to respond..." [E-Mail Updated 13APR2005 | 05NOV98]

BARNA, AD1 Bob Retired barna@fairpoint.net "...I served with VP-44 (1971-1974), VP-26 (1979-1984), VP-10 (1986-1988) and retired in 1988. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [05SEP2013]

BARRETT, CPO Denny Retired dcbmjb@blazenetme.net "...I served with VP-26 (1962-1972) P2 Plane Captain / P-3 FE, NAS Brunswick, Maine Staff (1972-1975), VP-44 (1975-1976) P-3 FE, CPWL NAS Brunswick, Maine Staff (1976-1981) Aircrew Training Coordinator and retired in 1981. I have been Manager of the NAS Brunswick, Maine Fuel Farm (1986-Present) and will retire when base closes in 2011..." [20DEC2007]

BARSTAD, CDR David D. Retired hiflyer@starstream.net "...I served with VP-26, VP-46, VP-9 and VP-31 from 1963 until retiring n 1989. I am trying to locate Thomas R. Ryan, a naval aviator, rank unknown. If you have any information, please e-mail me. Thanks..." [24FEB2009]

BAYER, LT John jrbayer3@yahoo.com "...I entered via NTC San Diego in 1978, and served with VP-26 (CAC-1 and CAC-3) from 1982 to 1984 and in VP-4549 from 1984 to 1987 as a non-acoustic. In the reserve, later became a QM1, IS1, and then an Intel LDO. I was recalled to active duty in 2002, and later converted to FTS, then RL Intel O'. Back to the reserves for me in FEB '13, and only 8 more years 'til I'm 60! I'd like to hear from any former Shipmates including those that served with me in USS HUNLEY (AS-31) in 1979-80..." [BIO Updated 15JAN2013 | BIO Updated 07NOV2009 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23JAN2007 | BIO Updated 28JAN2006 | BIO Updated 20JUN2002 | WebSite Updated 06JAN98 | 28DEC98]

BAYSTER, Carl cbayster@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1964 to 1966 with my twin brothers Richard and Robert. I served as the Mail Orderly and Administration then to Operations Yeoman till tour was up. I served under CDR Cullen and LCDR Prehn. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29MAY2010]

BAYSTER, ABAN Robert M. awgee1945@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1964 to 1966. I served with 2 other brothers Rich & little Carl Bayster. Like to hear from some old buddies. Best years of my childhood..." [16FEB2009]

BECK, YN3 Mike max1842@twcny.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 in 1961 (for one year) with a deployment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine with a deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, left active duty and served 2 more years in the Naval Reserve. I spent the next 20 to 25 years vacationing in Maine and Boothbay Harbor. I always remembered my time with VP-11 and VP-26. Those were the best years of my life and some of the best personnel ever. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [17SEP2010]

BECKMAN, AD1 Aaron Gregory aaron.beckman@intel.com "...I started out as an ADAN in 1996 with VP-10 on NAS Brunswick, Maine, a few years later I recieved my next set of orders to AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine as an E-5, I moved up to E-6 while I was at AIMD and after that my father AFCM Gregory R Beckman Ret. was diagnosed with Cancer. I requested for orders to stay at BNAS for one more tour, WISH granted...Went next door to VP-26. I did this so I could spend time with my father before he passed. He was a great man. He survived one more year after the diagnosis and passed on July 14, 2004. I left service on 21JAN06 as AD1 Aaron G Beckman. Thank you to all my P-3 buddies, I loved and will always cherish the time I spent with you all. You were the best!..." [07JUN2007]

BENNETT, AMSC Chuck Retired chuckndi@webtv.net "...Duty stations were; VP-26 1972-1975, NADC Warminster 1975-1978, NAS Keflavik, Iceland 1978-1981, VQ-2 1981-1984, VP-11 1984-1989, AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1989-1992. Living now in Florida doing what every Chief dreams of, drinking coffee for a living working for Maxwell House Coffees in Jax. Any OLD Shipmates drop me a line. Would love to hear from you..." [06NOV98]

BLAKLEY, Lowell lblakley@charter.net "...I served with VP-26 from November of 1971 thru February 1974 ATC at the outset of the Inflight Technician progam. I retired from the squadron and would enjoy hearing from Shipmates..." [24MAR2004]

BLALOCK, Loren loranblalock@msn.com "...I spent 12 years flying on P-3's as an Aircrew Ordnanceman in VP-46 out of NAS Moffett Field, California, then over to VP-30 as an aircrew instructor then up to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1980 to 1992. The best years of my life. As a former trident would say...TSOT..." [20FEB2002]

BLANKENSHIP, Jim awchief@home.com "...Attatched to VP-31, VP-1, VP-30, VP-44, VP-23, and VP-26 over the years. I also did tours in AW "A" (instructor) and ASWOC/TSC NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Retired in '86 after logging time in P5M's, P2V7's and P-3A/B/C(Update II)'s. Would like to hear from any "old" (we are all a bit older now) Shipmates from any of those squadrons..." [10NOV2000]

BLEDSOE, Devin devo5786@cox.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1976 to 1979 as Inflight Comms. on the B mod and later super B. I served under CDR Yow, Geck and Petrucci..." [21JUL2009]

BONSALL, AO3 Leroy H. III "Boing" lasnob@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (FAW-3) at NAS Brunswick, Maine (Crew 9) from 1960 to 1964. Hit all the garden spots East Coast VP squardons went and as they say - a good time was had by all..." [07MAR2009]

BONT, Amy L. AMYBONT23@aol.com "...I was in VP-26 from January 1987 through October 1990. I was an AZ and worked in Maintance Control. Some of my commanders were Sr. Chief Pazzelli, Sr. Chief Boutott, and Sr. Chief Boeson. Some of the deployments were to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, and Amsterdam. I am proud to have served with the entire squadron. It was an experience I will remember for my entire life..." [11MAR2000]

BOWEN, CDR Kenneth J. II Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/cobio.html "...Commander Bowen, a native of South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 1986. He received his commission from AOCS in April 1987. Earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in June 1988, he was placed on the Commodore's List of Distinguished Graduates. Commander Bowen reported to VT-3 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) Flight Instructor where he instructed students in primary and intermediate flight training. During his tour, he received every flight instructor qualification and received the coveted Red Max award for flight instructional excellence and earned his Masters Degree from Troy State University. From 1990 to 1993, Commander Bowen served with the "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8. He completed a split site deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia flying missions in Desert Storm. His next deployment was in the Caribbean theater conducting counter-narcotic operations in support of JTF-4. In 1993, Commander Bowen reported to the Commander, Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Flag Lieutenant and personal aide to Rear Admirals Granuzzo and Mobley. His next assignment was onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as V-2 Division Officer qualifying as Catapult/Arresting Gear Officer and Primary Flight Control Officer. He completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Commander Bowen returned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community joining VP-30 where he qualified as an FRS Instructor Pilot. There he served as the VP-30 Safety Officer and Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet Safety Officer. In 1998, he reported to "Tridents" of VP-26 deploying to the Mediterranean theater. He flew missions in Operations Deliberate Guard and Deliberate Forge. In addition, he served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patron NS Rota, Spain detachment. His second deployment with the "Tridents" was a split site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Patron NAS Keflavik, Iceland. His other assignments with the "Tridents" included CTG Operations Officer in Caribbean theater and the squadron Operations Officer. In 2000, Commander Bowen reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. In 2002, he reported to VP-30, the MPRA FRS, in NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In 2004, he reported to the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 as Executive Officer. Commander Bowen's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign, service and unit awards..." [23APR2005]

BOWMAN, LT(jg) Robert Earl Shipmate Pix Circa 1943 c/o His Daughter Carolyn Jo Snow snow0011@msn.com "...My father LT(jg) Robert Earl Bowman was with VP-26 and VP-207, and VPB-2 OTU-3. He flew the PBM5's in China, Bermuda, and he said that he flew out after the 5 planes that were lost in the Berrmda triangle. One seaplane didn't return. It blew up. He said that on a training mission he had a navigator report, "I'm sorry sir, but I don't know our location." Dad said that he told him that he wasn't lost. He said that you could always tune in to a Florida radio station and fly towards the strong signal if nothing else! In the Pacific he was with the 7th. He said he flew the NW corner of the Pacific. He can tell alot of interesting stories. He said that he even flew over Japan about a month after they dropped the atom bombs. My dad is 75 now and one heck of a "great guy"..." WebSite: http://www.navypbm5bowman.homestead.com/pbm5.html [URL Updated 07MAR2001 | 20FEB2001]

BRAY, Ron Shipmate Pix... datapro@comcast.net "...Served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1963 to 1967. I was an Aircraft Electrician. Flew on CAC 11, P2V-7s for about a year and 6 months. Had a lot of good times, in NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and other ports of call. Probably the best years of my life. Would enjoy hearing from other crew members or squadron members as well..." [BIO Updated 01MAY2007 | E-Mail Updated 25APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 19JUL2002 | E-Mail Updated 21APR99 | 16SEP97]

BRAYMER, CDR Theresa Retired tbraymer@aol.com "...An Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO), I was one of the "groundpounders" with VP-26 from January 1987 to January 1990. Again supported the P-3 community through PMA-290, Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Program Office, as a member of the P-3C Class desk at NAVAIRSYSOM from March 1994 to March 1996. Again supported PMA-290 as the P-3C Assistant Program Manager for Logistics (APML) 2000. Retired from the Navy in 2004, returned to Colorado, currently a consultant to defense contractors in program and proposal support..." [17AUG2006]

BREITHAUPT, Ron ronnbarb@epix.net "...Served with VP-26 from December 1952 to June 1956. I was Plane Captain of Easy Baker 10 before discharge. Ended up as an Electronic Instructor for thr Federal Government for 27 years. Retired in September 1988. Now live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pa..." [E-Mail Updated 02MAR2003 | 00XXX97]

BRESNAN, AO Richard L. ta2eagles@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1956-1960) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I crewed as an Ordnanceman aboard crews 1 and 6. What a great ride. I wish I was 50 years younger so I could do it all over again..." [30JUN2010]

BREWER, ADCS(AW) George george@corporatejetcenter.com "...VT-86 NAS Pensacola, Florida 1976-1980, (E-2 -E-5) started out as a TA-4J and T-39 Plane Captain. Went to the Powerplant shop around 1978. VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine 1980-1984, (E-5-E-6) Powerplant shop and Quality Assurance. Deployed to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, and NAS Bermuda along with a few dets to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. This was the best duty station I had. RTC Great Lakes Il, 1984-1987 (E-6-CPO). Pushed 9 Recurit Companies and 7 ATD Classes. This was the worsted duty station I had. VP-17 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1987-1990, (CPO-SCPO) Started out running the powerplant shop then moved into Maintenance Control. Deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Philippinest and NAS Adak, Alaska. NAESU Det NAS Point Mugu, California 1990-1994, (SCPO) Assistant Officer in charge and then Officer in charge. What borning duty that was. VXE-6 NAS Point Mugu, California, Maintenance Control CPO. Two deployments to Christchurch NZ and one to Mc Mudro. What a great tour, NZ is a beautiful place and a person cannot even begin to what it is like on the "ice" you have to be there! I really don't miss the Navy, but I sure miss Navy people..." [29JAN2009]

BREWSTER, CPO Brian Retired ezduzitinmaine@verizon.net "...I was a brand new AMSAA checking aboard VP-16 in July '64. I am Brian Brewster and we had P2's that kept dropping screws and fasteners every flight. We transitioned to P-3A's and did BDA a couple of times then on to the PI.I wound up in a Quonset hut in Okinawa for three months as check crew. I left 16 may 67 to go to NAS Brunswick, Maine then B school 72. Then I went to VP-24 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida again. Back to NAS Brunswick, Maine VP-26 73-75. NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal alot..next as a AMS1 went to NAF Washington, D.C. 76-79 Maintaining PFP for the Pentagon. Sea Duty Brand new CPO Attack Squadron 35 USS Nimitz ( they caught me ...) and Carl Vinson ...Two Med/Indian oceans back to back worked hard and played some.. Left haze grey for inst duty Millington.PD KING Where are you ? 82-85 Retired back to Brunswick.. Oh! Point worth mentioning became a friend of BILL W Oct 78..this helped me see parts of the world that I surely would of missed just like the first 13 years of my journey. I could list many people that helped me throughout my time but they know who they are and I say Thank you... I certainly appreciate you.. Civilian life was diff finally fell into a job with Lockheed spar cap work BORING. Worked as a contractor for power company and got into sales...So if you need a new Buick,Pontiac or GMC truck give me a ring.. Life is good...." [18NOV2004]

BRITTING, Bill opd9@megalink.net "...Former Flight Engineer AMH-1 served VP-10, VP-23, and VP-26. Retired 1993. Now a cop living in Oxford, Me. I figured that would be the only way anyone would ever use the word "officer", and my name in the same sentence. I've flown more than 7000 hours in the P-3 A, B, and C. Wouldn't have done it any different..." [16FEB99]

BROOKS, AT1 Jeff trident26@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-23 from September 1977 to July 1980 (AIMD) deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AIMD) December 1980 to October 1983 and then to VP-26 from October 1983 to February 1986 (AIMD) deployments to NAS Bermuda and Okinawa..." [E-Mail Updated 21APR2005 | E-Mail Updated 23SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV98]

BROWN, Larry lwbrown@ev1.net "...I was in VP-26 from 1985-1989 and a good time it was. Just thought I would say hi..." [E-Mail Updated 24JUN2000 | 24AUG98]

BROWN, AXCS Todd Retired gslts@netscape.net "...I was the first Update I data handler for VP-19 in 1974 and picked up all the squadron aircraft from Burbank. I manages to qualify as an Inflight Tech through OJT and as far as I know I was the only IFT that never went to school. I then when to NATC Pax river and the R&M secrion of the Force Warfare Directorate from 79 to 81. From there to VP-26 in Brunswick ME. I retired in 1989 on the USS Constitution as an AXCS..." [Updated E-Mail 28OCT98]

BUCK, E. Guy bbuck3@Juno.com "...I was in VP-26 when it moved from Patuxent to Brunswick in Winter '52. Bebe and I were to go up and find housing in Brunswick - There wasn't any so that was a bad mission!!! Cold Too. I also was in the P2V that crashed at Brunswick in April '52 and lost 6 of 10 with the old 3350-30W engine, ugh. As my son mentioned in the previous comments, we are kinda unique in that I started the project that resulted in the avionics suite for the P-3 while in BuAer and then we both served in VX-1 and VP-26. Small world. Guy Buck 7/97..."

BUCK, Sean S. bucks4@erols.com "...I AM CURRENTLY THE CARRIER PLACEMENT OFFICER AT BUPERS. I AM A FORMER MEMBER OF VP-40, THE FIGHTING MARLINS, STATIONED IN MOFFETT FIELD, CA ; VX-1, THE PIONEERS, IN 1989-91, AND A DEPARTMENT HEAD IN VP-26, THE TRIDENTS IN BRUNSWICK, ME. MY DAD AND I HAVE UNIQUE HISTORY IN THAT HE TO WAS IN VX-1 AND VP-26..."

BUCKLER, Paul buckler@nosc.mil "...I served in many VP units VP-46 twice and NADC and VP-26 and I really do miss the Navy..." [04DEC2004]

BUELL, Bob rbuell@excelonline.com "...I did a tour of duty with VP-26, from Sept. 1957 thru Aug. 1959. Flew with Crew 7 & Crew 1, Capt. Brand was the pilot, XO when I came aboard and became CO of VP-26 during my last two employements. I would like to hear from anyone that may be out there..." [08FEB99]

BURKER, AO1 Kevin kburke69@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-26 from May 1994 to November 1998. Had good and bad times but 4 1/2 yrs!! That was too long!..." [16MAR2000]

BUSH, ATR/AX2 Laurier Ross lrossbush@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26, VP-743 and VP-741. I was serving with VP-741 during the Berlin Crisis (1961) and VP-26 durring the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). After graduating from the University of Florida I was comissioned in the Seabees (CEC). My time with the squadrons was the greatest time of my life..." [19JAN2009]

BYRNS, ATS Paul pjbyrns@sbcglobal.net "...VP-26 1961-65..." [12MAR2010]


CAMP, ETC Eugene D. Retired ecamp078@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-26 (Personnel) from 1974 to 1977 as a PN2. Worked with Jon Underwood, Chief OBrien and others..." [23AUG2009]

CAMPBELL, CAPTAIN James L. (Jim) campbelljl@olg.com "...I served in VT-3 (75-77); VP-44 (78-81); Commander CPW-5 (81-83); VP-26 (86-88) and was XO/CO of VP-23 (90-92). I am still on active duty and am stationed in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I work as the Program Manager for Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems in the Naval Air Systems Command. I plan on retiring in two years and going back to my beloved Tennessee. Anyone out there who remembers the "Bad Boys of Brunswick?" The best times of my career were the two years I spent with VP-23. Like John "Pony" Horsman, I would go back tomorrow and do it all over again..." [10APR2000]

CANHAN, Rod rod_canham@csnw.com "...Served with VP-4 '68-'70, VP-26 '70-'73, and Naval Air Development Center Warminster '73-'76..." [21AUG2000]

CARLSON, Gary gary@garycarlson.com "...I served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1961 to 1963. I flew with Crew-9 (LK 8) - best times of my life. I remember more of those times than of any other - good and bad. I just visited with Dick Davis in Minneapolis, Mn this summer and exchanged many old good time memories. I am retired now and living in Surprise, AZ. If possible, I will try and make the upcoming VP-26 Reunion in Portland in September 2009. I have also have exchanged emails and photos with Greg Grehawick, a good buddy and friend from those days..." [BIO Updated 02JUL2009 | 25MAY2008]

CARLTON, AE3 Richard golface@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1960 to 1962. We deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Rota, Spain and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I was an AE3. Looking back,we had some great times..." [22JUL2004]

CARONNA, AW3 Chris jbcaronna@yahoo.com "...I did two deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily with VP-26 between the years of 1991-1994. If you we're there you probably remember me. The pain with tattoos. I would love to hear from all my Shipmates. I'm still in contact with Jeff Melton, and a few other AW's. Drop me a line to let me know how you are doing. If anyone has any information on Tommy Ceperano or Mike Trembley..." [14MAY2002]

CARRASCO, BM2 B. (USS Norton Sound AVM-1) "...Just checking out the site looking for info on VPB-26 that was assigned to the USS Norton Sound AV-11/AVM-1. I was a crew member from 83-86. WebSite: http://maddcomputer.cjb.net..." [10DEC99]

CECIL, Tom tomcecilsr@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from summer of '69 until '71. They were the most enjoyable years of my young life. I joined the squadron shortly after their return from the Phillipines and losing 2 crews. My first deployment was split between the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I was on the line crew working mostly graveyard. I was a pretty good artist and painted many flight helmets for the guys. We also enjoyed sneeking over to the SAC hanger and tagging their fighters with a beautiful "Trident"! P-3's were the toughest aircraft flying back then and after the recent midair with the Chinese mig, I see they're still the toughest aircraft flying! Thanks for the memories VP-26 and Lt. Barker and crew 11..." [18MAY2001]

CHARLES, Wes bert541@optonline.net "...I served with VP-26 from June 1960 through December 1963. Had a great time. ADJ2 and senior Plane Captain in the squadron when I was discharged from NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I would like to hear from any of my Shipmates..." [27JUN2003]

CHICK, Scott btmline@ime.net "...I was an Aviation Electronics Technician with VP-26 from '79 - '82. I was TAD to AIMD and made deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Had some really good times and just found this awesome web site. I'm still in contact with some old "Buds" but have lost track of a bunch, too..." [21SEP2000]

CHURCH, AWCM Don don_church@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1987 to 1990, VP-30 from 1990 to 1993, USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1993 to 1997, NAVAIR from 1997 to 2000, VP-16 frm 2000 to 2003 and currently with COMPATRECONWING 11..." [13SEP2004]

CIESLAK, Tom tecslak@yahoo.com "...I flew with VP-26, CAC-6 during that memorable deployment to the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf way back in 1980, I'd like to hear from anybody who was there. I'd especially like to know the whereabouts of Willy Wilson, Andy Ord, or Kevin Elwin. I was with VP-26 from Dec.'78 until Oct. '81 as a SS-3. Had some good times and I don't want to fill the rest of this up with cliches. Also interested in hearing from Karl Lampe if he's out there..." [E-Mail Updated 28JUL2006 | 17APR99]

CLARK, ATCS David J. http://force.navair.navy.mil/BioPgforCSC.htm "...After completing recruit training at Great Lakes , Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Air Warfare/Naval Aircrewman) David J. Clark attended Avionics "A" school and the Advanced First Term Avionics Course in Millington, Tennessee where he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. In December 1981 he proceeded to NAS Pensacola, Florida where he completed the Naval Aircrewman Candidate School at the top of his class. In February 1982 he completed SERE school in San Diego, California and proceeded to the Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Moffett Field, California to attend the P-3C Integrated Avionics Maintenance/In-Flight Technician Course at VP-31's "Black Lightning Camp". His first operational squadron was VP-40. While assigned to the "Fighting Marlins", he was designated a Naval Aircrewman and primary IFT NATOPS instructor. He deployed to NAS Adak, Alaska, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Misawa, Japan where he participated in the KAL-007 Search and Rescue/Salvage Operations. He was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class. In October 1985, it was back to VP-31 for a challenging assignment as an IFT/DACM instructor. During this tour he trained over 80 IFT students, and 35 Maritime Patrol Aircrews in Defensive Air Combat Maneuvers. He was also the CNAP P-3C IFT Evaluator and was designated an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He was advanced to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Clark's next sea duty assignment was with VP-19. While in "Big Red", he was the command DAPA and was twice selected as Aircrewman of the Year. He deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia, The Philippines, and Misira Oman where he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After VP-19 disestablished in May of 1991, he moved to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Dallas, Texas where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Training Officer. Shortly after his arrival, he was selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer. In October of 1994 he transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he was the Contract Field Team Project Officer at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and the senior Research, Development, Test and Evaluation QAR at VX-20. He reported to VP-26 in October 1997 and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Sigonella, Sicily where he flew combat missions over Bosnia. During his tour with "Team Trident", he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the AV/ARM Division CPO and Command Master Chief. In October 2000, Senior Chief Clark transferred to VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he now serves as the Command Senior Chief. Senior Chief Clark's military decorations include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit/campaign awards and service medals..." [17JUN2003]

CLARK, AEC James E. Jr. Retired jamese.clark@kctcs.edu "...A member of the VP Community from 1972 thru 1992, serving in order: VP-10, VP-26, VP-11, VP-30, and VP-8. A long and wonderful career in VP's..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 29SEP2002 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | Updated 24JAN98]

CLOUSE, Wayne F clousewd@ligtel.com "...Served in VP-26 '70-'73, two NAS Sigonella, Sicily and one NAS Bermuda. Great times shared with shipmates. Flew SS1 on crew 9 and crew 6. Like to hear from Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 06DEC2000 | 13JUN98]

COHN, Pete Shipmate Pix Circa 1962 PECOH@aol.com "...Love to hear from anyone on our crew or others from VP-26 during the 62-65 era..." [01JUL98]

COHN, CAPTAIN Peter Retired pecoh@tds.net "...I served with VP-26 (1962-1965), VP-915 (1965-1968), VP-63-Z1 (1968-1970) and VP-92 (1970-1976) where I am a plank member nd was a NAV/TACCO on the first skippers crew (Jeff Neville). I retired in 1984..." [21DEC2011]

COLACINO, AT3 Joseph D. Joeco7777@aol.com "...I was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1952 thru 1954. I was an AT 3 assigned to aircraft EB6 in VP-26..." [28MAY2001]

COLGROVE, Stephen Allen steveandcher@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1973 to 1976. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23DEC2006]

CONNER, AMH3 Harold haroldconner@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 from August 1962 to August 1964. Would love to hear from any Shipmates who also served during that time. Also would like to know of any Reunions..." [28AUG2008]

COOKE, BRENDAN VP26@AOL.COM "...WAS IN VP-26 1966-67 AS AN AE IN THE SHOP. WENT TO NEW FOUNDLAND & ICELAND ON DEPLOYMENT DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OF ANY FUTURE REUNIONS OF THE SQUADRON FOR THOSE WHO SERVED DURING THIS TIME PERIOD..." [10JAN98]

CORRIGAN, Mike mike64@javanet.com "...Previous VP Commands: VP-9 (89-92) and VP-30 (93-96) and currently serving with VP-26..." [01JAN98]

CORTNER, AOC(AW) John Retired jmcortner@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (03/1986-05/1990) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain (twice) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland, VFA-192 on the USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Independence (CVA-62), Naval Air Maintenance TRAining GRoUp DETachment (NAMTRAGRUDET) NAS Lemoore, California, VFA-151, AIMD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and retired in 2007 after 22 years..." [29JUN2012]

COTIER, Matthew exit135@excite.com "...I served in VP-44 from 88-decom then in VP-26 till 92 from there I went to VX-1 till 95 and then back to NAS Brunswick, Maine where I am currently stationed with VP-10..." [27MAR99]

COULTAS, ADC Steven R. Retired stedeb@frontier.com "...I served with RTC, VT-21, VA-65, VP-30, VP-44, VX-1, VP-26 (SP), VPU-1, CPWL and retired..." [E-Mail Updated 06JUN2011 | 16MAR98]

COY, Richard S. (Rapid Richard) Coymanor@aol.com "...July, 1950 - June, 1953..."

CUNNINGHAM, AW2 Paul prcunningham123@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from January 1973 to December 1976. I loved every minute of it. Great place for a kid to grow up. I sure would love to hear Fritz Miller, Skippy Hobba, Bob Kyle, Chief Read Rich, LT Jeff Brainard, LT Mike Griffin, AWCS Wilson and my old "Sea Daddy" Elf Fossett who was my friend my mentor and the person who helped me grow up. There are many many more names I could mention but there isn't enough room nor time. I would be remiss if I failed to mention AW2 Tommy D. Scott. He was class leader in NAS Memphis, Tennessee (he transitioned from RM2)..." [E-Mail Updated 02JAN2008 | 18APR99]

CUSTARD, Lloyd A. cussy00@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from June 1971 to October 1972..." [E-Mail Updated 02OCT2004 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 13JUN2002 | 26APR2000]

CUTTER, CDR David C. Shipmate Pix http://www.naswi.navy.mil/vp-40/xobio.html "...Commander Cutter graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Following graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in NAS Pensacola, Florida. Completing AOCS as Regimental Commander, he earned a regular Navy commission under the Distinguished Naval Graduate program. Following commissioning, he attended flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida and Sacramento, California where he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1988. After completing FRS training at VP-30, Commander Cutter began his first squadron tour with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Qualifying as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator and ISAR Radar Mission Commander, he made deployments to NS Rota, Spain; NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Panama. During this tour, he served as Asst. Tactics, NFO NATOPS, and Schedules Officer. In 1992, Commander Cutter reported for instructor duty at the Fleet Replacement Squadron VP-30 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While there, he served as NFO Training Officer, COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator and Public Affairs Officer during the VP FRS consolidation and the Republic of Korea Navy foreign military training program. Commander Cutter was next assigned as Operations Admin Officer aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in August 1995. Homeported in Bremerton, Washington, USS NIMITZ deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and later participated in the Strait of Taiwan crisis during April 1996. Qualifying as both Command Duty Officer Underway and Officer of the Deck Underway, Commander Cutter also earned his Surface Warfare designation aboard USS NIMITZ. In June 1997, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy's staff in Washington D.C. where he served as the Personal Aide to SECNAV. Following FRS refresher training, Commander Cutter reported to VP-16 in May 1999 for his department head tour. Serving as Tactics, Administration, and Operations Officer, VP-16 deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NAS Keflavik, Iceland; and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. During his tour, VP-16 was awarded the Jay Isbell Award for ASW excellence and the CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award. Upon completion of his department head tour, he was assigned as Asst. Washington DC Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in June 2001. In January 2003, CDR Cutter enrolled in the Financial Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Earning a Masters of Business Administration, he graduated with distinction and was recognized as a Conrad Scholar for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Financial Management. Additionally, he was awarded the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Management, the Department of the Navy Award for Academic Excellence in Financial Management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R. McClellan Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. During this tour, CDR Cutter completed the Naval War College Command and Staff Course, also graduating with distinction. Before joining VP-40 as the Executive Officer, CDR Cutter most recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for CPRW-10 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His awards include the Meritorious Service medal (2), Navy Commendation medal (3), Navy Achievement medal (3) and various campaign and operational awards..." [23APR2005]


DANNA, Stephen J. nanadanna@peoplepc.com "...I served my active years in VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I did the standard rotations in and out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Phillipine Islands. Would like to hear from crewmates who shared these times from 1966 to 1968..." [26MAR2006]

Memorial Picture "...DAVIDSON, CDR Hubbell Y. "Hub"...CDR. Hubbell Y. Davidson, Retired, age 91, passed away on September 1st, 2013, at the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1945 and received a Masters Degree in Personnel Administration from George Washington University in 1970. Hub served with VP-26 (1947-1949) and VP-10 (1952-1954 and 1959-1961), ..." Contributed by WILSON, AT2 Robert T. Jr. vp10_archives@juno.com [17SEP2013]

DAVIDSON, CDR H. Y. (Hub) Retired HYD45@aol.com "...I had two great tours in VP-10, 1952-54, 1959-61, P2V-3 and P2V-5F respectively. I'd be pleased to hear from any squadron mates from then. My 1st tour was in VP-26 in PB4Y-2s 1947-1949..."

DAVIS, Bob bandtghs1@juno.com "...I served with VP-26 (1956-1959) and flew as a Radio Operator with Crew-8 and Crew-9. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [01JUL2011]

DAVIS, Steve scifier99@comcast.net "...Looking for old crewmembers from any of the outfits I was with...VP-4, VP-10,VP-17, VP-23 and VP-26..." [BIO Updated 10FEB2005 | 21AUG2001]

DEAL, CDR Gary L. Shipmate Pix http://www.cnsl.spear.navy.mil/ctf-67/Command/CSO%20Bio.htm "...A native of La Verne, California, Commander Deal received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1989 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. Following designation as a Naval Flight Officer in September 1990, his first operational assignment was with VP-6 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour with the "Blue Sharks" he served as Ground Safety Officer, PR/AME Branch Officer and AV/ARM Division Officer. He completed one split-site deployment to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAF Misawa, Japan and was designated NAV/COMM NATOPS Evaluator and Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator. Upon the disestablishment of VP-6 in February 1993, Commander Deal completed his first sea-tour with the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9 where he held the billets of Command Security Manager, Assistant Tactics Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He made one tri-site deployment to NSF Diego Garcia, Masirah, Oman and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. In April 1995, Commander Deal transferred to shore duty assigned to the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany. While assigned to the NATO Component, his primary billet was Maritime Exercise Coordinator and he qualified as a Surveillance Controller in the E-3A Sentry, AWACS. While stationed in Germany, he completed all requirements for his Masters degree in International Relations through Troy State University, European Region and subsequently completed his thesis and received his degree in December 1999 while on his disassociated sea-tour. Commander Deal reported to USS JOHN F. KENNEDY stationed in Mayport, FL in March 1998, where he served as Assistant Air Operations Officer. During his disassociated sea-tour he completed one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf and qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway). In June 2001, Commander Deal reported to the "Tridents" of VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. During his tour, he deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and qualified as Patrol Plane Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander. Following his Department Head tour, Commander Deal reported to Tactical Support Center NAS Sigonella, Sicily to assume the position of Officer-in-Charge in February 2003. He assumed his current position of Chief Staff Officer, Commander Task Force 67 in October 2004 when CTF-67 relocated from Naples to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Commander Deal has been awarded the Aerial Achievement Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and service awards..." [05DEC2005]

DeBERRY, AO1(AC) Hank Retired hdeberry@mindspring.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine in VP-26 from Oct '70-July '76. This was my first VP squadron and will always remain the "best" in my heart. Too many good times, good deployments, and good memories to list here. Any former crew mates and Shipmates, give me a holler on the net. Safe Flight!..." [28MAY99]

Memorial Picture "...DELLAGALLA, Raymond M...Mr. Raymond M. Della Gala, age 89, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare Center with his loving family by his side. Raymond was born in Utica on December 4, 1923, the son of the late Dionisio and Filomena (Geruntino) Della Gala. He was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School. Ray was a highly decorated World War II Navy war hero, earning several medals for dedicated service and valor, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, among many others. He was a turret gunner with the VP-26. His was the first squad to secure Tokyo Bay for the USS Missouri. The event is memorialized on a plaque in the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Of special note, Ray took one of the very first photos of the original U.S. flag being hoisted on Mount Suribachi at the battle of Iwo Jima. On September 13, 1947 he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Congetta Connie Aceto, with whom he shared 65 years of true love in a long and happy marriage; they held each other in high admiration in their hearts, and were good and kind to one another. In 1976, Ray founded the annual VPB-26 Squadron Reunion together with fellow squadron member Joseph Zannelli. The Reunion exists to this day and Ray and his wife are the only couple to have attended every reunion since its inception. In recognition of his tireless efforts to organize and keep this group together, Ray was elected its permanent president. As a young man, Ray worked as his father's helper in the family pastry shop, Café Nationale. In later life, Ray delighted in passing along to his children and grandchildren the techniques and many delicious secret recipes he learned at his father's side. Raymond's main occupation in life was with the US Postal Service where he was a Letter Carrier; his service spanned 27 years until his retirement in 1985. His affiliations included being a member of the Postal Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch #375, and the National American Legion. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church. Ray had a great love of all kinds of music, especially rock and roll, and took special pride in following the many different bands in which his son Michael was a member. The consummate family man, Ray devoted his life to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their friends. Raymond is survived by his beloved wife, Connie; his sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond D. and Michele A. (O'Connor) Della Gala of Frankfort, and Michael D. and LaDonna Della Gala of CA; his daughter and son-in-law, Michele A. and Anthony Ricci of Utica; his grandchildren, Rhiannon, Chelsea and husband Chad Stockbridge; Daniele, Gina, Maria, and Michael; Alison Ricci and fiancé Walter Wadas, and Meredith Ricci; and his great-grandchildren, Michael Raymond and Mia (Pia), and Jadon. He also leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Millie Della Gala of Utica; many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and in-laws, Gloria Della Gala, Mary Della Gala, Dan and Faith Aceto, Jane Saporito, Delores Babe Luizzi, and Albert Grossi. He was also blessed in his life with many wonderful friendships. He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses, Louise and Anthony Falange, Henry Chick Della Gala, Anthony P. Gellie Della Gala, and Isabel A. Della Gala; and his in-laws, Frank and Angela Aceto, Marge Grossi, Eleanor and Patsy Chuck Zammiello, Salvatore Saporito and Lawrence Luizzi. A special thank-you is extended to Raymond's neighbor and friend, Tom Carcone, the Utica EMT's, and the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center nurses and staff, especially Patty L., for their compassion and dedication. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00-7:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in lieu of floral offerings; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Raymond's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Saturday morning at 10:00 from the funeral home and at 11:00 at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church where his Mass of Christian Burial, committal prayers, and Naval Honors will be conferred. Rev. Mark Kaminski, Pastor will be officiating the services. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond M. Della Gala please visit our Sympathy Store. Additional information can be found on http://www.vp26vets.org/..." Contributed by BALOG, AE2 Gene bilgepump26@cfl.rr.com [14FEB2013]

DEMPSEY, ADC Leroy L. Retired lldempsey@live.com "...I served with VP-44 (1968 to 1970), NATOPS F/E at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-26 (1975 to 1978) F/E Line Division CPO NAS Brunswick, Maine. I'd like to hear from any of my old Shipmates and talk over old times..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2008 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2007 | E-Mail Updated 24JUN2002 | 05NOV98]

DENEU, YN3 Frank fwden@yahoo.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine and attached to VP-26 from 2/1955 to 1/1957. The best 2 years of my life! I did some air time as an "observer" but was in the Admin office as a yeoman (YN3). I rememger the "FAM Hops" out of Keflavik specifically, a trip to Amsterdam allowed me and a good budy Dick Cole to spend 2 days with my Grandfathers sister and husband in Amsterdam. I remember all the good times on liberty with so many swell guys, also the winters in NAS Keflavik, Iceland & NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and the summer TDY'S to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Would love to hear from any old Shipmates. I have added a link to open to my webshots album titled "Navy Days with VP-26" which once opened contains 45 pictures of faces and places encountered while serving in VP-26. I'd like to share it with all Shipmates. The link is: http://community.webshots.com/user/frankden..." [E-Mail Updated 03FEB2006 | BIO Updated 11DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 05FEB2005 | 28SEP2001]

DENNY, CDR Don Retired donaldjdenny@cox.net "...I was a LT(jg)/LT VP-26 from 1971 to 1974. That was my only VP tour. I served VQ-4 and VQ-3, and retired as a Commander from the Naval War College in 1990, settling in Narragansett, RI, and teaching Chemistry at Westerly High School..." [02MAR2004]

DePACE, AMCS (AW) Jimmy Retired jimmyde@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1984-1988. Made the NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Transfered from VP-26 to SDC Dallas Tx for 4 years. Became a BUPERS DETAILER for three years and transfered from Washington, DC to VQ-4. I retired October 2003..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 13MAR2004 | E-Mail Updated 21APR2003 | 22NOV1997]

DEROSTYNE, Rick Van redsporster99@yahoo.com "...I was in VP-26 from Feb 94 through Feb 97. CAC -4 and CAC-5. I also was stashed at VP-9 from Dec 90-Sep 91 and worked as PAO. Did NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployments. Currently serving as CTF-67 weapons officer in NAF Naples, Italy..." [E-Mail Updated 08APR2001 | 01JAN97]

DIXON, Donald ddixon5562@aol.com "...Shortly after I joined VP-26 in the fall of 1958, LK8 went down (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Crew "Lost at Sea" September 29th, 1958) in the gulf just west of NAS Key West, Florida. All hands were lost. I did not get to know the crew well but found them to be fine men. In the spring of 1959 I was aboard the new LK8 just off of NAS Key West, Florida when the starboard engine sucked in a valve and had to be shut down and the prop feathered. We made it safely back to the station and were thankful that we were alive in light of what happened to the previous LK8. We all were mindful of the loss of those good men and prayerful for our Shipmates and their families. I often think of them and their sacrifice...especially as I sit here on this Memorial Day..." [29MAY2012]

DIXON, Jim jimmy_d_dixon@yahoo.com "...I was in the Electric Shop in VP-26 from 1972-July 1975 and VP-30 from July 1975-August 1979. I sure would like to hear from any of the old gang..." [E-Mail Updated 21MAR2000 | 31JUL98]

DONOVAN, Bill BillDeeJr@AOL.COM"...I'm an east coast VP'er, spent eleven years with VP-26 out of Brunswick, Me. I was there from '76-'91 (with 3 years a Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) for good behavior) If I served with you or you just wanna say howdy, give me a holler. I'm currently with VPU-2 and am more than ready to be put out to pasture. TSOT!..."

DOWNEY, YN1 Tim Retired tgdowney@clinic.net "...SERVED ONBOARD USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) '73-'75, USS DAVIS (DD 937) '75-75, USS GLENNON (DD-840)'75-76, VP-23 '76-78, COMSUBLANT '78-'82, VP-26 '82-86, PERSUPDET NLON '86-'90, USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) '90-'93..." [14JUN98]

DUBAIL, Richard Papadee@javanet.com "...Served in VP-26 1959-61 @ NAS Brunswick, Maine, NS Rota, Spain and Det 13 NAS Keflavik, Iceland in Admin. Would like to hear from others..." [03NOV98]

DUCKER, AW3 Michael airduck84@hotmail.com "...I am an AW currently assigned to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [01DEC2004]

DUFFY, Greg chiefduffy@aol.com "...I served in VP-26 '86-'90, VP-30 '90-'94 as an IFT instructor, am now IFT with VP-47 CAC 7..." [23NOV2000]

DUMESNIL, AWC Bob Retired dumes27@charter.net "...I started by "dub" career with VP-26 (1974), VP-92, VP-64, COMRESPATWINGLANT and finally retired out of VP-68 (1995). Miss all the good times had by all but have a lot of great memories. Any buds out there - drop me a line!..." [E-Mmail Updated 04DEC2005 | 31DEC97]

DUNLAP, John jdunlap@amdiss1.dm.af.mil "...My best tour in the Navy was in VP-11 Oct 79 thru Dec 85. This was a once in a Navy carreer experience. Just a group of over-achiever's willing to make the squadron and the Navy look good. VP-30 FRAMP, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, VP-44 Feb 73-Dec 76, AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine Power Plants Dec 76-Oct 79. Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) Dec 85-May 89, VP-26 May 89-Feb 93, NADEP NAS Jacksonville, Florida Feb 93-Sep 96. Every one of these tours was great fun and hard work. My first flight as ai 2nd mech under training was with VP-11 in Buno: 153415, Sep 1980. My last flight in May 1996 was a delivery of an aircraft purchased by the Greek Navy. I took it from storage at Tucson to Waco, TX for overhaul. The BUNO was 153415. Here's to great friends and as many landings as takeoffs. Look forward to hearing from you..." [10FEB98]

DUMONT, MMCM(SS/AW) Roger Retired rdumont@bath.tmac.com "...Served 34 years in our great Navy. I served on surface ships (11 yrs) submarines (20 yrs) and completed my last 3years as the Command Master Chief for VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine on 01 Oct. 2000..." [02JAN2001]


EANES, YN2 Rosealinda rosealinda@gmail.com "...I served my first 4 years at the United States Naval Academy. I didn't think I'd like squadron life, but had a blast! I was on the observing plane when we shot the first Maverick Missile. Time has surely flown by quickly! Anyone that may remember me, feel free to shoot me an email!..." [01SEP2009]

EASTMAN, CMCPO Harold J. Retired HEASTMAN1@JUNO.COM "...I served with VP-26 from 1956 through 1957 as an AD3 second mechanic. I ended up in Connie Flight Engineers School, then onto VW-11, RRL Flight Support Det, a couple of carriers and other squadrons. I retired in 1984 as CMCPO of HSL-32..." [07SEP99]

EDGE, John gordonedge@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 (12/1967-07/1968) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I flew with CAC-11..." [24MAY2012]

Memorial Picture "...EDMONDS, AMS1 L. A...My Grandfather, AMS1 L. A. EDMONDS, passed away last Easter and he never talked much about his military carear. He was a FE and served with VP-24, VP-26, VP-30 and VP-44 from 1955 to 1975. I am looking for challenge coins from that time im trying to put together a memorial of his military service and just find out a lilte but more about my Grandfather. Ashlee fear_personfied@bellsouth.net..." [02APR2009]

EICHELBERGER, John Retired ichelbod@undata.com "...I joined the Navy in 1957. My first squadron was VW-4 Hurricane Hunters with WC121N's. We were homeported in NAS Jacksonville, Florida and then NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. In 63 I went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas with VT-30 in A1H's & T28's.Decomm. VT-30 and went to VT-31 and S2F's. Then to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and VP-40 with P5M's. Deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam then turn in the last P5M. and Tx. to NAS Moffett Field, California and transitioned to P-3B's. Went to F/E school and deployed to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Returned to NAS Moffett Field, California and transferred to VT-3 in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Decommisioned the T28's and finished my tour in VT-6 and T34's. TX. to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and back to P-3 F/E school and on to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Deployed to NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and back home to Retire to my home in Boonville Mo. Went to work for the Mo State Dept. of Corrections. I just retired from there as a Captain..." [BIO Updated 31MAR2005 | 06DEC2004]

ELBERT, Theo AseiTheo@aol.com "...I am an ex-P2V pilot (four years active duty and seventeen years reserve) and am currently a University professor in pensacola, FL. I am also a volunteer tour guide at the National Museum of Naval Aviation here in pensacola. The museum has the one and only Truculent Turtle on display, as well as an ASW configured SP-2H (P2V-7), We also have PBY, PB2Y, PB4Y-2, and PV-2 patrol aircraft. My active duty squadron was VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and my reserve duty was at Naval Air Stations at Columbus, Ohio; NAS Glenview, Illinois; and NAS Los Alamitos, California. All are now closed..." [17DEC97]

ELMORE, ATCS Dan Retired volfandan@att.net "...I served with VP-26 from June 1982 to July 1985, VP-30 from August 1985 to December 1988, VP-56 from December 1988 to June 1991, VP-5 from June 1991 to June 1992 and NAMTGD 1011 NAS Jacksonville, Florida from June 1992 until I retired as an ATCS in July 1995. I would like to hear from anyone I served with just to catch up on old times..." [E-Mail Updated 20FEB2009 | E-Mail Updated 01APR2002 | 15MAR99]

ELWIN, Kevin kevsanso@optonline.net "...I joined VP-26 in 1977 and became a 2nd Mech in the summer of 1978. I flew on Med and WestPac deployments with VP-26 until I got off of active duty in 1981. I joined the reserves, VP-64 as soon as I left VP-26 and remained with them as a P-3 FE until 1987. I transfered to VP-65 out of NAS Point Mugu, California in 1987 and flew with them until 1991. I then transfered back to the east coast and affiliated with VP-66 until 1997. I consider VP-64 my real home and miss all the good times I had in the VP community. I have to say, I didn't ever have a bad time..." [19MAY2009]

EMERSON, Robert D. (Tex) texmad2@intermediatn.net "...I was a member of this squadron from May 1944 until August 1945 when my crew, CAC 8 was relived and returned to the US..." [01JAN99]

EMERSON, Robert c/o his son: Emersonrb@aol.com "...In 1943 we flew the PBM aircraft made by Martin...served as an AO2 in these planes..."

EMMANUELLI, REV. Fr. Ivan W. IWEC@AOL.COM "...I was assigned to VP-26 from 1974-77 and VP-44 from 1981-84. I am interested in contacting some of my old Shipmates. After serving two different tours at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, I went on to VFA-131 at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and retired at NAS Norfolk, Virginia HC-6. To my enjoyment I have seen some old Shipmates while brousing through your site. Hopefully I will have an opportunity to contact others as well, people who's life touched mine in such a way that I have many fond memories of them. If you recognize my name - drop me a line..." [12AUG99]

ENO, Robert "Bob" bobeno@att.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1955 to 1959 and again from 1965 to 1970 Combat Air Crew 2 FE. My Crew was Ball PC, Larlick Co-Pilot, Barrett Radio, Stegman JEZ, Gray Radio, Dickens Nav, Rutan Julie, Chase Radar, Snow Ord Sellers Tacco, Stottlemeyer FE. This was my Crew WestPac..." [E-Mail Updated 22MAR2009 | E-Mail Updated 21MAR2003 | 12AUG2000]

EWING, Jim jewing@kilstock.com "...I was in VP-26 from 9/74 till 8/77, CAC 8. I was a tacco/nav/mc. Does anybody remember the 3 jacks signal? Do any of the old Tridents know where that came from?..." [02FEB2000]


FALLS, AOC(AW) Tim thfalls@gte.net "...I served in VP-6 from Jul 87 to Jul 91 on Crews 7 and 1 for two NAS Adak, Alaska deployments and one NAS Cubi Point, Philippines deployment. Went to NSF DGAR for a year before finishing up a NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment with VP-26 in '92. Any old Sharks or Tridents out there feel free to drop me a line..." [18MAY2001]

FANT, CDR Robert St. Clair Retired http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/f/f003.htm "...ROBERT ST. CLAIR FANT - Lieutenant Commander- United States Navy - Shot Down: July 25,1968 - Released: March 14,1973. USS Yorktown (CVS-10) January 1961 to September 1961. Officer Candidate School August 1961 to February 1962. USS Waller (DD-466) February 1962 to June 1964. Naval Flight Officer Training July 1964 to June 1965. VP-26 July 1965 to January 1967. Fighter Squadron One Hundred One (VF-101) January 1967 to June 1967. Fighter Squadron One Hundred Two (VF-102) June 1967 to July 1968. I was on a bombing mission flying from the USS America when I was shot down on 25 July 1968 near Vinh. I was captured immediately and imprisoned for 56 months. Robert Fant Jr. retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and Becky reside in Maine...." [17APR2004]

FARINA, Thomas A. tfarina@flash.net "...Served with VP-26 from February 1962 to February 1965. I was assigned to crews 6, then 7, then 1, before tour ended. Will be glad to reminiss with anyone there at those times..." [14OCT99]

FIEGL, CAPTAIN Bob fieglr@bellsouth.net "...Former AMEC and P-3 flight engineer. Served in VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1970 to 1972, VP-8 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1972 to 1976, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1979 to 1980, and VP-30 NAS Jacksonville, Florida as Maint. Officer from 1997 to 2000. Commissioned in 1980 as an LDO. Follow on assignments in helos, AIMD, fighters, USS JFK/Forrestal/Eisenhower, LDO and CWO Detailer, CO NAMTRAU NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, Navy's LDO/CWO Community Manager, OpNav Washington, D.C. Will assume command of Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL in April 2005..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 02DEC2004 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 23OCT2003 | 14DEC2000]

FORD, LT Glenn gwford@whidbey.net "...I am currently MMCO of VP-46. Former AD served in VP-26 81-85, VXN-8 85-88, VP-11 88-93. Looking for any Shipmates especially my Mechs...." [15APR99]

FOSSETT, Earl L ELFoss41@aol.com "...Served with VW-11 JAN63 - JUL64, VP-26 AUG64 - MAR66, DEC66 - NOV69, VX-1 DEC69 - JUN71, VP-26 JAN72 - OCT77, ASWOC NS Rota, Spain MAR78 - JUN81, and VP-11 JAN82 - DEC83. I would enjoy hearing from any old Shipmates..." [03SEP98]

FOWLER, CAPTAIN Charles W. III http://www.nrl.navy.mil/content.php?P=IG "...CAPT Fowler reported to NRL in September 2002, from the Pentagon, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program at Pensacola, Florida, in June 1980. He began flight training that same month and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1981. In November 1981, after completion of the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30, CAPT Fowler reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, and subsequently completed deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NAS Bermuda. During this tour, he was designated a Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator, Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. In February 1985, CAPT Fowler was ordered to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Joint Planning Staff for Space (JPS) and Office of the Director, Joint Staff as a JCS Intern and Action Officer. After completing the internship, he was assigned in March 1986 to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff in the Strategy, Plans, and Policy Division (OP-60), as the Air Warfare and Space Warfare Capabilities and Objectives Officer. In 1987, he reported to Commander, Carrier Group Three, homeported at NAS Alameda, California, as Aide and Flag Lieutenant. During this tour, he deployed with Battle Group CHARLIE to the North Arabian Sea aboard US Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation EARNEST WILL. CAPT Fowler received orders in July 1989 to serve as a P-3C Instructor TACCO/Mission Commander at VP-30, the east coast FRS, at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In 1991, he returned to sea duty as a Department Head and joined the "Batmen" of VP-24 on a tri-site deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Bermuda, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. In May 1993, CAPT Fowler was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO). After completing a 27-month tour in VCNO's ofice, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies as a selectee for the FY96 Pol/Mil Masters Program. In May 1996, he received a master's degree in International Public Policy. CAPT Fowler next reported as Executive Officer of the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and subsequently assumed command of the squadron in December 1997. During his tenure, VP-40 earned a Meritorious Unit Citation, COMNAVAIRPAC Batte "E," CNO Safety "S," the Golden Wrench, two consecutive Isbell trophies for ASW Excellence from CNO, and deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. While in the SEVENTHFLT area of responsibility, he served as Commander, Task Group 72.4. In August 1999, CAPT Fowler reported as a student to the National War College and graduated in June 2000 with a master's degree in National Security Studies. He subsequently was selected to serve as Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the midst of this tour of duty, he was sent to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Operations Officer for Task Force 57, in NSA Bahrain, during November/December 2001..." [25JUN2003]

FROEHLIG, Dean DRFROG68@aol.com "...VP-26 (71-73), VP-60 (73-80), VP-67 (80-82), and VP-60 (82-86). Lots of great memories here! Mission accomplished - we held off the Red Tide. Hope to hear from more of you as I already have been in contact with long lost shipmates. POD note: I hear there is a VP-60 reunion in Hawaii in 2000..." [E-Mail Updated 07AUG99 | 27SEP97]

FRIEL, Dave dftwav8r@compuserve.com "...I served with VP-26 JAN66-SEP68, VP-31 NOV70-JUN72 and VP-46 JUL72-AUG78. Stationed at NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from JUL81-JUL84. I would love to hear from any former Shipmates..." [12DEC98]


GAFF, AT2 Tom tfg@metrocast.net Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-26 (1963-1965) and flew with Crew 11, 7 and 1 with CDR Cullen. I am in NH in the summer and FL in the winter. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23JUL2012]

GALLOWAY, ATCS Creighton "Craig" Retired c3gallo56@charter.net "...I served with VP-48, VP-47, VP-31, CPRW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California from 1976 until decommissioning of VP-31 in 1993, VP-26 from August 1993 until August 1996 and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Retured September 1998. Would enjoy hearing from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 17MAR2011 | E-Mail Updated 27DEC2002 | E-Mail Updated 02NOV98 | 04MAR98]

Memorial Picture "...GANZER, Larry...I am looking for anyone who remembers my Father, Larry Ganzer. He enlisted in 1958 and served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine. We lost him April of 2004.He was a big man, with an infectious laugh. He also snored really bad...Jennie Ganzer msdixie816@sbcglobal.net..." [17OCT2005]

GEDDES, LT James J. Retired jjgeddes@verizon.net "...Electronics Test NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1953, VQ-2 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco (1951 to 1953), VF-33 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1953 to 1954), HU-2 NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey (1955 - 1958), FASRON-10 NAS Moffett Field, California (1958 to 1959), VS-37 NAS North Island, San Diego, California (1960 to 1964), Philadelphia, PA (1965 to 1967), VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine (1967 to 1968) and Retired February 6, 1969..." [BIO Updated 15JUL2006 | 09JUL2006]

GEORGE, Joseph joegeorge@nc.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 from October 1950 to May 1954. We flew P2V-4's. We originally had PB4Y-2's and then we received our first P2V-1. We left NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in February 1952 to open NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [17JAN2009]

GERHAN, Chuck candpgerhan@mindspring.com "...I served with VP-18 from 1956 to 1959 and VP-26 from 1962 to 1965..." [21MAR2011]

GIBSON, ATC(AW/NAC/MTS) Les Retired lesg45@yahoo.com "...I would love to hear from any of my old Shipmates from my days as an IFT with VP-45 (1978 to 1981), VP-48 (1984 to 1988) and VP-26 (1992 to 1994). Also, anyone who may remember me from NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland ('81-'84) and NAMTGD 1012 (1988 to 1991). Here's the best to all of you!..." [E-Mail Updated 16JAN2004 | E-Mail Updated 30JUN2000 | 05DEC99]

GILLIAMSEN, LCDR Donald A. Retired dgilly@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1955 to 1958 (first squadron after earning my wings) flying (PPC Crew 12), NAS Johnsville, Pennsylvania from 1958 to 1961, Naval PG School from 1961 to 1962, VW-13 from 1962 to 1964, VW-4 from 1964 to 1966, Naval PG School from 1968 to 1970, NATTC NAS Glynco, Georgia Administrative Aide COMTRAWING 8 from 1970 to 1974 and Safety Officer NS Mayport from 1974 to 1975..." [14JAN2009]

GILLIES, AD3 Bill telcombill@juno.com "...I was stationed at VAH-15 (NAS Norfolk, Virginia) in 1958. I was there when "Wing-over Wilson" crashed due to fuel contamination. Also stationed in NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-26 in 1959 and 1960. (2nd Mech. LK-3)..." [08FEB2011]

Memorial Picture "...GOBEN, PN2 Victor "Vic"...My brother PN2 Victor Goben served with VP-26 during I believe 67-68. Vic passed away last week and we are trying to see if we can talk to any of his Shipmates during that time. We are trying to gather information of areas you served and any other enjoyable information we can gather. If you served with Vic please contact me. We would appreciate any information we can collect. Thanks...Michael L. Goben mg93viper@gmail.com..." [04APR2005]

GOEHNER, AZ1 John M. Retired johngoehner@live.com "...I enlisted in the Navy in July 1970. After boot camp in NAS North Island, San Diego, California and AZ "A" School in NAS Millington, Tennessee, I transferred to VR-30 in NAS Alameda, California where I worked in Maintenance Control. In 1975 I transferred to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. In 1978 I transferred to NAF Washington, D.C. co-located on NAF Andrews, Maryland where I first worked the 1900-0700 shift as AOOD in the Quarterdeck for 3 months, then maintaining engine logbooks and the technical library in the Engine Shop, and finally in Maintenance Control. I was discharged on 5 Jan 1980 and returned to Illinois. On 31 Mar 1980 I was hired as a civilian Military Personnel Specialist for the 932 Aeromedical Airlift Group (Air Force Reserve) at Scott AFB IL. In July 1982 I enlisted as a fulltime Air Reserve Technician (ART) at the rank of TSgt (E-6). I retired in 2005 from both the Air Force Reserve and Civil Service having worked 19 years in Personnel and my last 6 years as a Communications Specialist (Networking/Computers). I now reside in O'Fallon Illinois..." [E-Mail Updated 08AUG2009 | 26JUL2006]

GOMEX gangel@nadn.navy.mil "...Sir Paco is alive and well. VP-26 83-87; VP-10 90-99. Just want to say Hi to all those Lancers. Yes I'm one of those plankowners..." [08DEC99]

GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com "...I served with NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, VP-10, VP-11, VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, VP-30, VP-45, VQ-2, NAS Brunswick, Maine and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. I was an R4D and P2 Plane Captain, P-3 F/E, Maint. MCPO, and later did 5 CMC tours. The best to all my former Shipmates. Feel free to Email me..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 08APR2006 | 19FEB2004]

GREEN, AT1(NAC) Richard (Rich) J. Sr. Retired richard.j.green@lmco.com "...I started out with VP-30 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (I'm dating myself!) for aircrew training in late 1972/early 1973, joined VP-26 Crew 2 as a Flight Communications Operator in P-3Bs from 1973 to 1976, did a short (2 months) stint with NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, then on to VP-31 as an FCO Instructor in Bs and Bmods (Super Bees) from 1977 to 1979, went to NAS Pensacola, Florida for Aircrew Candidate School and ended up going into the Reserves! Joined VP-0810 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts then moved across the hall to VP-92 as an FCO/Instructor in P-3As and P-3Bmods from 1979 to 1985. Broke service for a few years then I then went to VP-64 NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as FCO/Instructor/IFT in P-3As again then P-3C Update 2s as IFT from 1989 to 1994, and finally down the hall to VP-66 in P-3C Update 2s and EP-3Js (we got them from VAQ-33 when they were distestablished) as IFT until I retired in July 1998. Didn't stop working on P-3s then, though, went to Lockheed Martin Greenville, SC for the next 5 1/2 years working on the P-3 AIP Mod program as an Avionics Post Mod tester until this last March, when I moved to Marietta, GA to work on the F/A-22 program. I will miss being around the old P-3. I've seen a lot of stuff from a lot of people I knew back when. Y'all keep in touch!..." [08JUL2004]

GREENBERG, Mark markgreenberg11@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1970-1974) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland than NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I worked in Airframes Shop and AIMD..." [28JUL2013]

GREENFIELD, Rick rick.d.greenfield@lmco.com "...I served with VP-26 during the period 76-79 as a second wrench on CAC's 5, 8 & 11. I made deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Bermuda and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and would love to hear from the guys I flew and served with. I currently work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth Texas. Would be especially interested in tracking down guys like Don Barber, Larry Thompkins, Paul Del Papa, and Bob Forsythe, to name a few. If you have information or you would be interested in conducting a Reunion please let me know..." [12DEC2000]

GREHAWICK, Greg ggrehawick@aol.com "...I joined VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in the summer of 1960-flying P2v-5's. Left to Penn State on the old NESEP program right before before they transitioned to P-3's. Looking for Gary Carlson, Tom Stoner, Tom Harmon, Gary Alcorn and any other Shipmates from that time. Funny I can remember you guys like yesterday but I'm not sure what I had for breakfast today. After Penn State I joined VP-49. Would love to hear from Al Anzini. Anyone know of his whearabouts please contact me. After the VP Navy the rest of my career was rather non-descript. Those were the days!..." [11OCT99]

GRIGGS, AO1(AW) Forrest Retired fgriggs@sprynet.com "...I served with VP-47 from 1979 to 1981 and VP-26 from 1990 to1 1994. Would love to hear from any Shipmates from either squadron. Now working for the BLM as a geologist (see what happens when you call us rocks!). Sorry if you sent mail to the trex e-mail address, it is no longer active (I graduated). Drop a line anytime..." [Updated E-Mail/BIO 17FEB2004 | 01FEB99]

GRIM, AFCM Ernest L. Retired Egrim10648@aol.com

GRUMBOSKI, Jeff gumbi17@hotmail.com "...I was an FE in VP-26 from 1994-1998, I transfered from there to VPU-1..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUN2000 | 00DEC96]

GRUTADAURIA, Steve sgruttad@rochester.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1978 to 1982. We deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [06JAN2009]

GUILLAUME, AWC Christopher Retired diver_cjg@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from September 1980 to July 1986, CPW-5 from October 1986 to January 1991, ONI from January 1991 to December 1993, NR TSC-966 from December 1993 to December 1998 and VP-62 from December 1998 to July 2000. I currently live in Charleston, SC and working at SPAWAR..." [05JAN2007]


HALBERT, ADR2 Bernard "Hal" bhalbert2002@yahoo.com "...I served with VR-1 (Zebra Division) from 1955 to 1958, VAW-12 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, VP-26 from 1962 to 1965 and flew on Crew 1 with CDR Miller, LT Selzer, LT Fowler, and Larry Young (don't remember names of rest of crew). Flew as 2nd Mech then made PC (1963 to 1965). Had good times there. Went on to Weapons System Test (WST) Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland then to NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Any info on any Reunions or Larry Young or Frank Prease..." [E-Mail Updated 09JUL2010 | 07MAR2000]

Memorial Picture "...HALPIN, Chet...My dad AO1 Chet Halpin flew with VPB-26 during WWII as an aerial gunner, bow turret on PBMs. Chet flew as a Combat Aircrewman during the Saipan Iwo Jima Okinawa campaigns and air attacks against the Japanese home islands. His sqdn. sunk numerous enemy vessels, rescued downed NAVY/MARINE aircrews, and was the first US sqdn. to operate out of Japan (Tokyo Bay). For his actions he was awarded The D.F.C. the AIR MEDAL w/ 3 Gold stars Combat Air Crew Wings, and numerous unit and campaign citations. Dad died on 21 July 2000 and is missed more than words can describe. Because of my dads love of Naval Aviation I to joined Mother Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Aircrewman with VR 21 C-130s and off the Helicopter Assault Ship New Orleans LPH 11 . For this I will be forever proud to have FLY NAVY..Thanks for your efforts in preserving our proud heritage of serving our country in some of the most trying of times. SEMPER FI to our fellow Marine brothers of the air...Sincerely Tim Halpin. halpint@nibco.com..." [06OCT2000]

HALPIN, AO1 Chet c/o His Son Tim Halpin halpint@nibco.com "...My dad AO1 Chet Halpin flew with VPB-26 during WWII as an aerial gunner, bow turret on PBMs. Chet flew as a Combat Aircrewman during the Saipan Iwo Jima Okinawa campaigns and air attacks against the Japanese home islands. His sqdn. sunk numerous enemy vessels, rescued downed NAVY/MARINE aircrews, and was the first US sqdn. to operate out of Japan (Tokyo Bay). For his actions he was awarded The D.F.C. the AIR MEDAL w/ 3 Gold stars Combat Air Crew Wings, and numerous unit and campaign citations. Dad died on 21 July 2000 and is missed more than words can describe. Because of my dads love of Naval Aviation I to joined Mother Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Aircrewman with VR 21 C-130s and off the Helicopter Assault Ship New Orleans LPH 11 . For this I will be forever proud to have FLY NAVY..Thanks for your efforts in preserving our proud heritage of serving our country in some of the most trying of times. SEMPER FI to our fellow Marine brothers of the air..." [06OCT2000]

HAMMOND, Gerald gmh71123@aol.com "...If anyone can help me get in touch with VP-53 vets who were with the squadron in the Gilbert and Marshal Islands in WW2. Thanks much!...Looking for WWII mates of VP-83 (2/42 to 8/43), HEDRON 11, (1943-1944), VP-53 (1944-1945), VP-26 (1945-1946). Lemme hear from you please!..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 09JUL2001 | 23JUL2000]

HANBERRY, AW2 Homer hhanberry@sc.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 (11/1967 to 07/1968) at NAS Brunswick, Maine (Crew-9) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [14JUL2011]

HAND, William c/o his daughter-in-law Sonya Hand jrhand@rtmc.net "...My father-in-law William Hand served in VP-26 in the 1960's. He is looking for Robert Shelton and others who served with him..." [24APR99]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix HANNER, CPO Richard "Rick" Retired...CPO Richard A. Hanner (VP-26 and VAQ-33) lost his battle to Colon Cancer 10/10/2011. My husband brought insight - a wicked sense of humor - joy to many that knew him. He is sadly missed to this day..." Contributed by Sherry Hanner sherry_hanner@yahoo.com [PIX Added 16SEP23012 | 15SEP2012]

HANNER, Rick RHA8905@aol.com "...Shipmates! Really good to see all these names once again, served 7 years at NAS Brunswick, Maine 1977 - 80, AIMD and 1980 - 84 with VP-26. Couldn't get enough of the P-3 so I ended up at NAS KEY WEST with VAQ-33 from 84 - 87, did atour with the Kitty Hawk and after her decommisioning went back to VAQ-33 until it's decom. Made my way to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and tried my hand at the A-6 with VA-52 until it decommisioned and then on to NAS Lemoore, California and VFA-25. After two years I headed to San Diego, and presently assigned to NAESU Headquaters. Would like to here from old Shipmates..." [03OCT98]

HANSEN, Brian qfunster@charter.net "...I was in VP-26 from Feb. 1996 to Aug. 1979. I deployed to NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda and did a little tour in "Special Projects" (VPU). I would like to hear from people who were there with me....Master Chief Ollie...you still kicking? One of the biggest thrills we had was when we went to NS Rota, Spain, the F-14 Tomcats from the USS America were put in our hangar so their crews could work on them. What a beautiful plane! Our work stopped as soon as on of the Tomcats was towed out and was to do a test flight. What an awesome plane! It saddens me that NAS Brunswick, Maine is closing down...one has to wonder who will be safeguarding the northern passage now..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 10NOV2005 | 20DEC2000]

HANSON, Ray RHanson10@compuserve.com "...It's hard to believe that I have been flying as an IFT on P-3's for 21 years now. First with VP-26 from 1976 to 1979. Then with VP-68 from 1981 to 1996 and now with VP-92. I have had the pleasure of being qualified on the P-3A, P-3B, P-3B Mod, P-3C, P-3CUI, P-3-CUII, and now the P-3-CUII.5. Soon I will try the P-3-CUIII..." [30DEC97]

HARBOUR, AD3 Foy James fjh@mcloudteleco.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1956 to 1959. I was pc on crew 2 until I was transfred to ATU-301 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I completed my tour in the January 1960..." [16FEB2007]

HARDIN, Carol carol.hardin@rrc.state.tx.us "...Served with VP-26 63/65 in line crew, went to U.S.S. AMERICA CVA66 FLT DECK DIRECTOR, and then went to VP-22 in 67/69 as line crew. I flew with CREW 3 the last 18 months of my enlistment. I have located Hicks, Gill, and Willette from the crew. I'm still looking for Duncan, Fonville, Kirk, and Conrad. Enjoy your site...NOTE: Conrad located! 01MAR99" [21JAN98]

HARDMAN, Larry pladjuster@earthlink.net "...I served two tours in VP-50 75-78 as a ground pounder and 82-85 as F/E on crew 1 and 2. Enjoyed my day as a Blue Dragon. served in VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 85-92 where i made ADC and transfered to NADC in Warminster where I finally retired from the Navy. Looking throught the list of fromer Blue Dragon's. Noticed quite a few names that were familar. Anyone wishing to get in contact me send a email..." [25AUG98]

HARRIS, John E. Jr. john.e.harris.jr@lmco.com "...I would like to hear from some of the people who flew in the 1962-64 timeframe with VP-26. I was on Crew 11 and deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, Key West for the Cuban Crisis, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Had a great tims and re-enlisted. After B school did a tour on the A-NEW program at Naval Air Development Center Johnsville and then VP-56 before I got out and went to work for Lockheed. Hope some of you are out there..." [18JUN2003]

HARTER, ATC Jeffrey "JC" Retired jharter50@att.net "...I served with VP-9 (1970 to 1974), VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine (1977 to 1981), VP-19 at NAS Moffett Field, California (1985 to 1989). My best friends were AO1 T.J. Carr and AWCS Steve Orrell..." [E-Mail Updated 16APR2009 | E-Mail Updated 11MAY2008 | E-Mail/BIO 08NOV2006 | 16JAN2000]

HARTER, ADJ2 Louis Douglas (Doug) jetmek50@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-11 from 1971 to 1974 and VP-26 from 1974 to 1975. Any old Shipmates, give me a call, I'd love to chat about old times!!!..." [E-Mail Updated 24OCT2006 | 27JAN99]

HAUSER, AE2 Richard A. rickhaus@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 (AE2) from 1968 to 1971..." [24MAY2008]

HEICHEL, CS3 Donald A. donsjoyce@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1966 to 1968. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21FEB2009 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 11MAY2005 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 29AUG2004 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 04JUL2000 | 28FEB98]

HENDERSON, AT3 Pete PHENDERSON@FAIRCHILDPRODUCTS.COM "...VP-26 Crew 12. I was an AT-3 and made all the deployments from 1959--1961. I would enjoy hearing from anyone in the squadron at that time and getting caught up. I would particularly like to hear from Paul Cico or Jim Gettle. If anyone can help please let me know..." [02MAR2001]

HENRY, AMHC William (Bill) henri66ret@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from January 1959 to June 1963. Arrived as AMH1 and made the "Hat" in 1960. Best duty of my 20 years and had many very special friends. Joe Glidwell and Ken Spooner if you see this I hope you are well. VP people are very special folks in the make up of the good ole USN..." [27NOV2003]

HIGHTOWER, Steve E. galaxy12@usa.com "...I served in VP-21 from 1968 to decomissioned in 1969'. I was a Julie ECM Operator AW3. After VP-21 I went over to VP-26 flying the P-3B. Jim Omalley and George Blue were my closest friends. Also had a Radio Operator named Steve Barbee from Tyler, Texas. Great guy as well as Fritz Miller. Best time of my life. Two deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicilyand one cold one to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [09FEB2000]

HIXSON, AXCS Bill "Wild Bill" abhix1@wildblue.net "...I served with VP-26 (NATOPS Chief) from 1975 to 1979. Now in Apple Valley, MN with Wife Alice. I enjoy good health, roasting coffee and baking bread and other things I can't mention for a multitude of reasons..." [13JAN2009]

HODGE, CDR Robert "Bert" Retired lonesomebert@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1969-1971), VP-62 (1971-1973) and VP-92 (1974-1982). Compliments of the Cold War I deployed to places like NAS Bermuda, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. I am living in St. Augustine, FL and have a second career as a musician underway - want to jam? I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15NOV2013 | 23JUL2004]

HOFF, AT1 Dan Retired Home: dhoff2@yahoo.com Work: hoff@mail1.monmouth.army.mil "...Served with VP-40 in the SP5B's out of NAS North Island, San Diego, California from 1965-1967 and with the P-3A's in VP-40 from 1969-1971 (Flight Communicator in both A/C). After a tour of shore duty at NAS Lakehurst, NJ went back to thew P-3 Navy in VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1976-1979. Final tour of shore duty with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, retiring from there on Dec. 31, 1982..." [01DEC98]

HOLE, AWC Bob Retired bob@bugorama.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1960-1963, VP-23 from 1963-1965, COMFAIRALASKA from 1966-1967, VP-31 from 1967-1971, VP-47 from 1971-1975, and FASO from 1976-1978..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2003]

HODGES, ATC(AC) Bill Retired bhodges497@aol.com"...VP-26 68-71, VP-60 72-76, VP-23 76-79, NAS Brunswick, Maine 79-82, VQ-2 11/82-2/87, and VP-31 87-89 (RET)..."

HOLLIN, AD2 Ottis ottishollon@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1953 until 1956. I flew with Crew 4. Was a great experince. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [22MAR2009]

HORNE, CAPTAIN Fred B. U. S. Naval War College "...Captain Fred B. Horne, a native of Bristol, Virginia, is a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation he attended flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1978. Captain Horne's first operational assignment was with VP-19 based at NAS Moffett Field, California where he participated in fleet operations at deployment sites in Alaska, Japan and the Republic of the Philippines. In August 1981 Captain Horne reported to the Naval Academy where he served on the staff of the Commandant of Midshipmen. Captain Horne was next assigned to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik and assumed the duties of Flag Secretary and later Mission Control and Evaluation Officer. Additionally he served as staff liaison to the Royal Navy onboard HMS Ark Royal for significant NATO operations in the North Sea in 1986. Following this tour Captain Horne was ordered to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon his graduation in March 1988 he joined VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour he served as squadron Operations Officer and participated in deployed operations in the Mediterranean and Black Seas and the North Atlantic. He reported to VP-50 at NAS Moffett Field, California in November 1990 and assumed the duties of squadron Executive Officer. He assumed command of the squadron in October 1991. In June 1992 Captain Horne decommissioned VP-50 and reported for a second time to the Naval Academy where he served on the Commandant's Staff as a Battalion Officer. In October 1995 Captain Horne was assigned to the Joint Staff where he served in the Operations Directorate as Deputy Chief, Counternarcotics, Division. He was assigned to the Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama as a student in August 1998. After graduation in June 1999, he reported once again to Commander, Fleet Air Keflavik in Iceland where he served as Chief of Staff. He was also assigned additional duty as the Naval Component Commander for the Iceland Defense Force. Captain Horne became the eleventh Director of the Naval Staff College in August 2001. Captain Horne's awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star and the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College..." [31MAY2003]

HOUDE, Al billsfan4093@aol.com Shipmate PixShipmate Pix Circa 1978 Shipmate Pix Circa 1983 "...I served as an IFO with VP-10, VP-8, and VP-26. I also did tours as a Recruit Company Commander at RTC Orlando, Recruiter in Charge, NRD Buffalo, N.Y. And a highly educational tour onboard U.S.S. Saipan (LHA-2). I transferred to Fleet Reserve in July, 1998. I reside in Hampton, Va. with my wife Helen, and I continue to serve our country as a Firearms Enforcement Specialist with the Treasury Dept - Living in Stafford, Virginia. I now work as Curator of Ordnance at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Kind regards..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 11SEP2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 22JUN99 | 14SEP98]

HOWARD, AOAN Charles choward4@maine.rr.com "...Was in VP-26 from Spring of '72 till I was discharged in May of '73. That included a tour in NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Any one on that one remembers th operations out of the tents at the Catania Airport while ours was repaved. Can't remember names but if I saw faces it would probably work. Remember endless hours in the line shack "on watch" playing spades. My Daughter was born in Naples after flying there on the duty plane. The C-3 wouldn't start. Anyone remember the plane that went into the dirt at the end of the runway and we all spent the night diging it out enough so it could be towed back to the hanger for repairs. I believe 'somebody" had cut power on 2 engines while trying to take off. Didn't work..." [04NOV2004]

HOWELL, AW William "Red" wahowell11@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (09/1973-08/1976) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain and NAS Bermuda. I am looking for Robert J. HILL "Bob" and AWC DRUMWRIGHT "Dudley Doo Right"..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB2013 | E-Mail Updated 20SEP2001 | 27FEB98]

HOYT, AW2 TIM (LONEWOLF) Retired THOYT@AG-CHEM.COM "...SENIOR 2ND CLASS OF THE VP-26 80-83, VP-30 I PRETEND I WAS NEVER THERE IN 83, VP-10 87-90, VP-5 93-94. RETIRED PATWING ONE DET NSF Diego Garcia 86-87. HELLO LANCE'E POOH..." [02MAR98]

HUFFMAN, AWCM Edward J. Retired EHuff50971@aol.com "...I was stationed VT-3 from 70-74, VP-30, VP-26 74-78, NRS Pascagoula, Ms, 78-81, VP-1, 81-84, and NSWC Crane 84-89. The best time I had in the Navy was VP-1. The Screaming Eagles always had the flair for doing everything in STYLE..." [13FEB2000]

HUGHES, CAPTAIN Ivan E. Retired IEHughes@aol.com "...Joined the Navy in 1958 and went to Boot Camp at Great Lakes then AVPREP School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma and AE "A" School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Served with VR-6 at McGuire AFB from November 1959 until December 1961. Assigned first to the Engine Build Up Shop (EBU), then to the AE shop, and finally to a "Pre-Flight/Block-Out Crew" where I worked until I was transferred to VR-3 while awaiting orders to AE "B" School after re-enlisting. Made AE1 right after I got to "B" School, and then on to HU-2/HC-2 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Selected for the Integration Program (Seaman to Admiral Program) in 1965, went to OCS in Newport, RI, and then to Naval Flight Officer Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, NAS Glynco, Georgia, and finally to VAH-123, the A-3 RAG at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. VQ-2 was my first assignment as an officer, and I flew EA-3Bs and EC-121s as a Navigator. Leaving NS Rota, Spain as an LT, I next went to NAS Pensacola, Florida for three years of Instructor duty, and then to VAQ-33 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia where I flew ERA-3Bs, EA-4Fs, and EF-4s, and left the Squadron as a LCDR. Did a three year tour as the Staff Electronic Warfare Officer at the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) in NAS Norfolk, Virginia then was selected as OinC of the VP-26 Special Projects Detachment in NAS Brunswick, Maine where I made CDR in 1980. In 1981, I was screened for Aviation Command and was ordered to VQ-1 on NAS Agana, Guam as Executive Officer and later became Commanding Officer. After NAS Agana, Guam, I was ordered to Washington DC to OP-05 (DCNO Air) on the CNO Staff where I was selected for CAPT in 1986. In 1987 I was ordered to the Naval War College in Newport, RI where I earned two Master's Degrees; one in Strategic Studies and International Affairs from the War College and another in Personnel Management from Salve Regina University in Newport. I guess I do things the hard way! I still do not have a bachelor's degree, but I do have an MA and an MS! After Newport I received orders to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where I was assigned as the Command Support Plans and Programs Branch Chief until I retired in 1990. Now living in Pensacola, FL and enjoy fishing at least three or four days a week! Email me if you get the time!..." [BIO Updated 27SEP2013 } 22DEC98]

HURWITZ, Paul rxmn67@yahoo.com "...I flew the P2V-5 with VP-26 during the early 1960s. I co-piloted with Ed Doherty and Tom Vigorito for a couple of years, then got my own aircraft (LK8). Flew the P-3B with VP-40 in the late 1960's. The last few years in the Navy got into air traffic control, headed up units in Oceana, Morocco, Japan, Iceland. Retired in 1978, re-careered as a hospital pharmacist, retired from that after 25 years. Don't feel old a bit!..." [04APR2004]


INMAN, ATC Harold (Buck) Retired bucki@ime.net "...1967 thru 1970..."

ISBELL, James Hoonakwa@worldnet.att.net "...I was with VP-47 from 76-79 and with VP-26 from 80-82 anyone out wanna remember those old days?..." [15NOV98]


Memorial Picture "...JENSEN, Oliver F...It is with sadness that I report to you that Oliver F. Jensen who was with VPB-26 and crewed a PBM during WWII passed away on October 20, 2012. His services are scheduled for 10:00am on 10/27/2012 at Youngs Funeral Home in El Dorado, Arkansas. Additional information is avialable on Rev. Oliver Francis Jensen..." Contributed by James Walls jwalls@lsuhsc.edu [27OCT2012]

JOHNSON, AW3 Jeffrey J. jeffjjjohnson@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1978-1981) on CAC-1 SS3, station police, etc..." [04MAR2013]

JOHNSTON, Harvey E. hjohnston@centurylink.net "...I attended at Bootcamp at in Great Lakes, IL from June 1966 to Febuary 1970, AE-A School at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Flight Schools at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from November 1967 to Febuary 1970 flying with Crew-10..." [05JAN2010]


KALIN, Bob Retired kalin@brinet.com "...I was a pilot with VP-26 Dec 56-May 59..." [12OCT98]

KASER, CAPTAIN Robert Dale Jr. http://www.marquette.edu/rotc/navy/command.htm "...Captain Dale Kaser was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and entered the Navy through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in June 1974. Upon completion of naval flight training he was designated a naval aviator in September 1975. Initial operational tour was with VP-4 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. There he served as line division and NATOPS officer. In 1979 he reported for instructor duty to VT-31 in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981 he received a Master of Arts degree with a management major from Webster University. In 1982 he reported aboard USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) as Assistant Navigator. Captain Kaser served as the Carrier Placement Officer assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command and in November 1986 reported to VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. During this tour he served as Training Officer and Maintenance Department Head. He was then assigned to CPW-11 as Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. Selected for operational command he served as Executive Officer of VP-44 until disestablished and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Graduating from the Naval War College in 1994, he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then reported to the Staff of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in Casteau, Belgium where he served as the Section Coordinator for NATO Maritime Requirements. Additionally, from December 1995 to May 1996 he was temporarily assigned to the Implementation Forces (IFOR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Joint Operation Center Shift Director. In July 1997 he reported to CINCPACFLT as Deputy Director for Operations. In August 2000 he became the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at Marquette University. Captain Kaser has been awarded numerous personal, unit, campaign and service awards..." [13JUN2003]

KELSEY, ADC (AW) ALAN cinalk@msn.com "...I was with VP-26 from July 84 till Oct 87, also with VP-11 from April 91 till February 95...I am now in HM-53 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas...I am now retired and working for GE Aircraft Engine Services in Kansas. I am a Production Supervisor in charge of rework for the T-700 GE Engines. Would really like to hear from anyone that I proudly served with..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27DEC2001 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 10DEC99]

KENNEDY, CDR Craig M. http://www.unl.edu/nrotc/Instructors/instructors.htm "...Commander Kennedy received his commission in 1979 upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, earning his "Wings of Gold" in September 1980. Following initial training at VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Kennedy reported to VP-5, where he served as Human Relations Officer, Personnel Officer and NFO Training Officer. During this tour, he deployed twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and completed a split deployment to NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School where is received a Masters of Science in Systems Technology in September 1986. CDR Kennedy next served as Air Transfer Officer and Assistant Air Operations Officer onboard USS RANGER (CV-61), deploying to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Following his disassociated sea tour, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), where he served as Training Officer and worked on several Operational Test and Evaluation (OTE) projects including the MK 50 Lightweight Torpedo. This tour was followed by his department head tour with VP-26, where he was OIC of the squadron's 3 plane, five crew drug interdiction detachment to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and again deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. CDR Kennedy then reported to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in April 1993, where he was in charge of the command's two Automated Data Processing centers and three Special Communications Centers. After ONI's reorganization, CDR Kennedy become the Operations Officer for the Systems Directorate, ensuring the smooth daily operation of an organization of over 300 military and civilian workers. He then spent 18 months in training before reporting in January 1998 to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria as U.S. Naval Attaché. He arrived as the Executive Officer of the NROTC Unit, University of Nebraska in February 2000. He became Commanding Officer in Aug 2002..." [13JUN2003]

KERSEY, YN2 Phil pkersey@southernco.com "...I served with VP-8 from 77-82 with various stints in VP-11, VP-23, VP-26 and VP-44. Deployed NAS Bermuda/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 78, NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal 79-82. Great memories. Hoping old Shipmates will drop a line..." [19JAN2000]

KESTERSON, Aubrey aubrey@ppt4drs.com "...I served with VP-21 and VP-26. I was one of the VP-21ers shipped off to NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1969 to VP-26 as the Neptune's bit the dust. There were about 60 of us that arrived to face a sunless winter in the country where "there was a woman behind every tree". At 20 years old, it was a terrible fate!..." [E-Mail Updated 29AUG2003 | 22APR2002]

KILDAY, AT2 (NAC) KEN KENKILDAY@HOTMAIL.COM "...I SERVED IN VP-26 FROM FEB '92-FEB '97. I DID FOUR DEPLOYMENTS WITH VP-26: (3) NAS Sigonella, Sicily, AND (1) TRI SITE, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone. I LEFT VP-26 AS THE SAFETY NATOPS EVALUATOR. I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK ATC DAVE "COLEMAN" HERTZOG AND ATCS BUTCH EVERETT FOR ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY BESTOWED UPON ME..." [16MAY99]

KILZ, Raymond RKilz@aol.com "...I was a plank owner on the Norton Sound, AV-11, and as an Aerographer's Mate (weather man). I flew with VPB-26 many times, and have the Mariner paper that we published aboard our ship. I believe that my first flight with VPB-26 was in March 1945 or early April 1945 when we flew out of Enewitok into the Ponape area. I went through Kerama Retto & Okinawa with the squadron, went to Sasebo, Japan, Shanghai and Tsingtao also. I also flew with VPB-13 & VPB-22 due to problems that came to 3 of our Seaplane Tenders (USS Curtiss (AV-4), VPB-26 is impressive, and I'm glad to have been a small part of this valiant effort by the crews of these planes. It's good to see the comararaderie still going today. The best to everyone. The PBM squadrons in Kerama Retto used JATO for our take offs. My records show flights with VPB-22, on 28 July 1945 and with VPB-13, on 10 August 1945 wherein we tracked typhoons. I believe that we were among the first to track typhoons with aircraft..." [13JUN99]

KINCAID, AT3 John "Mark" john.kincaid@afncr.af.mil "...I served with VP-26 from January 1975 to Febuary 1978. I was an AT3 inflight radioman with CAC-7 and CAC-1. Was nick named Space. Then was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine from Feb 1978 to May of 1980. I got out and moved back home to Ohio and went to work for the AirForce as an electronic tech. I now live in Maryland still working for the Air Force here at Andrews AFB. Soon to retire (I hope). Feel free to contact me..." [02JUL2008]

KOELNDORFER, ADJ3 Ron rekoelndor@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 as ADJ3 and worked in the power plant shop with CPO Branch. I was in VP-26 from 1971 through January 1975. I sure would like to here from anyone that was there the same time I was..." [06MAR2002]

KOIS, ADCS(AC) Robert "Bob" Retired p2vairdale@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1956-1960) CAC-6, VP-30 (1960-1964) PC Instructor P2 and P5M, VP-16 (1964-1967) P-3 FE and VP-44 (1971-1974) P-3 FE. I was a "plank owner" in VP-30 first assigned to VP-30 Det A, NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P5M Seaplanes, moved in 1961 to NAS Jacksonville, Florida operating the seaplanes on the St. Johns River training the VP Seaplane crews from NAS Bermuda. When the P5M's were phased out I returned to the P2 flight line. I was in VP-30 when the squadron was ordered to "Operational Status" to participate in the Cuban Missle Crisis. Retired in 1978. Currently residing in SW Florida enjoying life..." [30OCT2010]

KONVALINKA, John jkonvalinka@email.msn.com "...I was a pilot in VP-26 from March 1957 until January 1959, (stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine with 2 deployments to Iceland) and then a PPC in VP-833 ( NAS Floyd Bennett, Brooklyn, NY) from Jan 1959 until early in 1965..." WebSite: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jkonvalinka/[24APR98]

KRAMER, Robert E. bobk1608@aol.com "...Looking for any one from NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1951 or 1952. I was in VP-26 and spent time in NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco..." [26SEP2000]

KRATFEL, AT2 Norman nkratfel@enter.net "...I served with VP-26 from March 1953 to December 1955 as a Radio Operator with Crew-4..." [00DEC96]

JOHNSON, AOM2 Maurice mauricejohnson@charter.net "...I was a member of VPB-26 from May 1, 1944 to November 1945. We left Tokyo Bay on the USS Matanikau (CVE-101) to Ohau then on to the Golden Gate on another Jeep Carrier. I was in Crew #10 and my rank was AOM2C..." [23AUG2006]

JONES, AZ3 Alfred avjones26@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (06/1965-06/1968). I was assigned to the 3M system working for Chief Moore, Chief Klien and Chief Applegate. I would like to hear from former shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29JUN2013 | E-Mail Updated 23SEP2005 | E-Mail Updated 02MAY99 | E-Mail Updated 25DEC98 | 27NOV87]

JONES, Ted TJones5413@aol.com "...Served with VPB-26 February 1946 to December 1946, VPMS-2 February 1947 to August 1948, VP-46 March 1950 to July 1952, and VP-47 June 1956 to November 1958. In addition I was a shipboard member of the USS Onslow (AVP-48) from November 1954 to May 1956..."

JONES, Tom tjones57@tampabay.rr.com "... NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York FASRON-832 volunteer reported to VP-26 early 52 to late 53. Plane Capt Crew 7 NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal Pilot was LtCom Schramm. Unlucky 7 (three lost) never had a crew 7 aboard..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAR2000 | 15JUL98]


LADD, AW2 Michael mzladd@bellsouth.net "...Had a wonderful time in VP-26 from 1983 through 1987. Made two deployments Okinawa (1985) and NS Rota, Spain (1987). I can still taist the San Migul in the P.I.! Drop me a line and we'll tell some sea stories..." [E-Mail Updated 11FEB2009 | 16OCT2000]

Lamme, Darrell E. dlamme@rainbowtel.net "...I served with VP-26 (01/1976-07/1979) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21JUL2012 | 20MAY98]

LANE, ADJ3 Barry gantfan1@AOL.com "...I was in VP26 from 71-74 most of the time in the p/p shop for CPO branch. Would like to here from any old shipmates..." [15ICT99]

LAWSON, ADC(AW/NAC) Rick (VERN) Retired rickslabs@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 and VP-10...Currently working at the local bus manufacturing facility as a Quality Engineer. Had a blast in VP-10 throughout the tour 87-95. Had awesome crew members on CAC-8 Wooley Boogers and the last crew CAC-1 the NAPA "Parts are Parts" crew for the 94-95 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment. Shipmates, drop me a line! ..." [BIO Updated 09SEP2000 | 14DEC98]

LEBIEDZ, Mike mlebiedz@mediaone.net "...P-3CII Nav/Comm and Tacco, P-3B mod Nav and Tacco...UBUNO: VP-26 05/80 thru 05/83, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) 06/83 thru 10/85...USNR: VP-MAU 11/85 thru 03/91, and VP-66 04/91 thru 10/94..." [E-Mail Updated 17NOV2000 | 18JAN98]

LECHNER, AT Jay jaylech@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-10 (CAC 2 Radioman/Tech) 58-61, NATTC Millington 61-62, VP-7 (CAC 2 Tech) 62-63, VX-1 (P-3 Crew) 63-65, and VP-26 65-66..." [E-Mail Updated 13AUG2001 | 20JAN98]

LEE, AE Jack jackwlee1939@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1959-12/1962) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Key West, Florida (during the Cuban Crisis). I flew with Crew-9. I now live in Montgomery, AL..." [27MAR2014]

LEE, AE2 Jack jackwlee1939@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1959-11/1962) flying aboard LK-9. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [31JAN2014]

LEGGETT, AW1 Ray Retired rayleggett@bajabb.com "...I attended Boot Camp at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and CTR "A" School at NAS Pensacola, Florida. My first tour I had asked for "anywhere" in Europe and got NAS Keflavik, Iceland (I guess my detailer had a sense of humor!) and NS Rota, Spain. I requested a rate change from CTR to AW (1972) while attached to ASCAC NS Rota, Spain for OJT (Thanks AWC Kangas!) until I could get into AW "A" School. While at the ASCAC I was awarded a flight status. January 1973 I was TAD to Souda Bay, Crete during the Arab/Israeli conflict. Finally, in January 1974, I made it to AW "A" School. Next, I went to VP-31 for P-3C flight training and FASO at NAS Moffett Field, California. Following SERE and DWEST training at Warner Springs/San Diego, I joined VP-47 on deployment to NAS Adak, Alaska (09/1974-01/1975). Deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan (02/1976-07/1976). After ASWOC Operators training at Dam Neck I was assigned to ASWOC (11/1977-11/1979) NAS Agana, Guam, ASWOC (12/1979-12/1982) NAS North Island, San Diego, California, ASWOC (01/1983-12/1985) NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, VP-30 (01/1986-04/1986) P-3C UII Training, VP-26 (04/1986-08/1988) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal (06/1986-11/1986) and NAS Keflavik, Iceland (12/1987-05/1988), Instructor Training (taught oceanography and gram analysis) at Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Atlantic (FASOTRAGRULANT) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and on September 30, 1990 - Fleet Reserve!..." [29JUL2011]

LIGHTFRITZ, AT1(AW) Shawn selightfrtiz@yahoo.com "...Former Seahawk (VP-23) 90-94 and Trident (VP-26) 94-98 Now on the left coast in VP-40 had a great time seeing Shipmates here, drop a line..." [29JUN99]

LINDNER, Carl A. its4us2@bcglobal.net "...I served with VP-26 during World War II flying PBM Martin Mariners. I joined the squadron jsut before the Okinawa invasion and served through the occupation of China and Japan. I would be interested in finding other members of this group..." [17FEB2006]

LINDSLEY, ADR1 Ralph (Red) Retired judyralph@stx.rr.com "...I served two tours with P2's VP-5 from 1956-1959 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida (was PC on LK3). I also served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1962-1964 as PC on LK2. I would like to hear from anyone who might have served with me..." [E-Mail Updated 10OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 27JAN2001 | E-Mail Updated 25MAR2000 | 27DEC99]

LITTLEFIELD, AW1 Thomas tbed@clinic.net "...I am currently serving in the VP-10 Training Dept. I have done tours in VP-11 (88-92), VP-26 (93-94) and CPW5 (94-97). I'd be glad to hear from any old Pegasi, Trident, Lobster or Lancers..." [26MAY98]

LITTLEFORD, Mike mjlittleford@hotmail.com "...I was involved VP-23 (1991-02/1995), multiple tours in CPRW-5 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, CPRW-1 Det NSF Diego Garcia, VP-26, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (took the last shop of AW's on deployment as there LPO/Acting CPO before we were replace on the ships after that deployment by OS's and STG's), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational TRAining GroUp AtLANTic (FASOTRAGRULANT) to being decom'ed and swallowed up by CNATTU where I finally retired in 2010 on a Medical retirement..." [29APR2012]

LOVE, AXC(AC) William R. (Bill) Jr. Retired Shipmate Pix bilbiker@suscom-maine.net"...I joined VP-34 in July 1949 as an AOAN straight out of AO(A) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. We were in NAS Norfolk, Virginia at Breezy Point in hangar SP-31. We had 9 PBM-5E aircraft. The squadron had just finished transitioning from the PBY-6A and had changed designations from VP-AM-4 to VP-34. I went to NAS Trinidad, British West Indies with them and stayed in the squadron until 1953. Going from AOAN when I joined them to AO1 by the time that I transfered. I still remember a lot of good things about that outfit and recently received a picture from Norm Roinstad that was taken in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies of the "White Hats" in the Aviation Ordnance Division. After VP-34 I went to FAWTULANT, now VF-101 in Key West Fl. Then to VP-8 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Task Group Alfa, and Project Little Joe. Flew recovery missions for the "monkey in space" low orbit rides. Left there in Feb 1960 and went to VA-125 at NAS Moffett Field, California made AOC in September 1960 and moved to NAS Lemoore, California, when that base opened. Instructed "Light Jet Attack" A4 aircraft, Conventional Weapons loading and delivery. Changed my rate to AX on the first AX list and in 1963 went to VP-24 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia as and AXC. Went through Task Group Delta (the best deal a sailor ever had) and left there in 1967 for VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. 1967 to 1970 VP-23. Changed rate to AWC on the first AW list, took over as the first AW Division Chief. Transitioned VP-23 from P-2 to P-3 A/C I flew Radio and we borrowed an F/E from Lovin' 11 until we got some qualified people. 1970 to 1971 FAETUATL Det NAS Brunswick, Maine, taught MAD, Radar and worked at Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School (SERE). 1971 to 1974 transferred to VP-8 when they moved up from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I was their second AW division CPO. Quit flying in 1973 after 10,500 hours and 20 years in 8 different aircraft types and returned to AXC. I went to VP-26 as Night Maintenance CPO, then to First Lt. and left there in 1976 for "Shore Duty" Twilight Cruise. Assigned to the Counselling and Assistance Center at NAS Brunswick, Maine, as Leading Chief until I retired in July 1977..." [E-Mail Updated 19JUN2002 | 18JAN2000]

LUHRS, AMS2 Bob st.bob@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1964 to 1968. We deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Sangley Point, Philippines. I got married to a sweetheart from Houltom Me. We moved to Lemoore, Ca. and from there to Portland Or, to attend Bible college. We raised our family there and are now in MD. I really enjoyed my hitch with VP-26..." [E-Mail Updated 16OCT2007 | 07FEB99]


MacFARLANE, ABH3 Bill namandwrm2@myfairpoint.net "...I served with VP-26 (12/1960-12/1964)..." [BIO Updated 03APR2013 | 31MAR2013]

MAINS, Doug dmains@hsc.unt.edu "...I served with VP-26 Special Projects from 1976 to 1978 before it was desginated VPU-1. I would like to hear from fellow "Old Buzzards" and swap some sea stories..." {E-Mail Updated 13JUL98]

MAPES, AFCM Bob Retired ramapes@erols.com "...Shipmates. I was in VP-26 from Jan 93 til Dec 96. Back to Back NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments with a side trip to Thule Greenland. Just saying hello, retired life is great in the Pax River area..." [30NOV98]

MASSA, Emiddio emiddiomassa@adelphia.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1949 to 1952. We flew PB4Y2's and P2V's. I would like to hear from Tom Pole or anyone who knows where he is!..." [18AUG2006]

MAY, CAPTAIN Robert C. Retired may@rivnet.net "...I joined VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1957. Designated NAO(S) number one (now called NFO). Plank owner in VP-30. Served at NAVFAC San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Served in VX-1 Key West FL followed by a tour in VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California before heading to Washington D.C.. Enjoyed the total VP Anti-Submarine adventure..." [03DEC2001]

MAXWELL, AMCS(AW) Jim Retired madmax@penn.com "...I served in VP-23 (74-78), Naval Air Development Center (74-81), VA-85 (81-84 Forrestal CV-59 and Kennedy CV-67), HC-6 (84-87 Det-3 Milwaukee AOR-2 1986), VA-36 (87-90 Roosevelt CV-71 and Lincoln CV72), VP-26 (90-93), NAWC Warminster (93-94). Enjoyed serving in NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [14SEP99]

MAXWELL, Stephen H. shmaxwell529@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (TACCO) from 1971 to 1974. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 09OCT2010 | 02DEC98]

Memorial Picture "...McBRIDE, Bill...Shipmate Pix "...McBRIDE, Bill...My father, Bill McBride, served with VP-26 (Detachment 17) in the 1960's. He died in a plane crash in 1991. Anybody that knows him or served with him please e-mail me. I would love to chat about him and what he did. Thanks...West McBride wmcbride@triad.rr.com..." [E-Mail Updated 05AUG2008 | 08SEP2003]

McBRIDE, LT Bob bobmcbride1@gmail.com "...I joined VP-26 in summer of 78 just in time to go to NS Rota, Spain in September 78. We then came back and transitioned to P-3C II , We were supposed to go to NAS Keflavik, Iceland but at the last minute we went to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan because we were the one of the first to have Harpoon Missles. I was with VP-26 until May 1981 when I went to VT-10 as an instructor. I left the Navy in June 1983..." [E-Mail Updated 02DEC2010 | 14JUN2005]

McCAUGHEY, Thom (Gopher) thom.mac@verizon.net "...I was in the last AX class at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in '68 before they temporarily closed down and tried to make us all AW's. I was then in the last class to go through P-2V training in VP-30 Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '68. After joining VP-21 flying P-2V7's in November '68, like many others I was forced to change to the AW rate in order to keep flying. I was the Julie/ECM operator on CAC-XIV and made the final NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment before they decomissioned us in November '69. I think the two worst things you could hear were "EXTEND PLE" and "WE'RE GOING TO SIG." I don't remember anyone pulling a WESTPAC deployment complaining as much as anyone that had been to Sicily. It seemed for a while that the best way to get decomissioned was to send me there. After the decomissioning, I was transferred to VP-26 already on a split deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Lajes. I converted to the P-3B RADAR/MAD position and later qualified in Accoustics. I made another trip to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and finished up with a NAS Bermuda deployment and a UNITAS trip in '71. I was a P-3C Sensor 3 ground phase and in-flight instructor with VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '72 until their move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in '75. I spent my final 10 months back in NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-11 and separated from the Navy in July '76. Since then I have worked at NAWCAD NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at the Chesapeake Test Range. It has kept me close to naval aviation and I get to see the latest and greatest of what is heading to the fleet. It's amazing how many old squadron mates still pass through here..." [E-Mail Updated 22DEC2004 | Updated 05FEB98]

McCLUNG, AWCS Mike Retired mudd62@gmail.com "...Served I served with VP-26 from March 1978 to April 1981. I retired January 1988..." [E-Mail Updated 07OCT2007 | 26JUL2005]

McCUTCHEN, Peter pmccutchen@izonflight.com "...Former VP-26'er 1983-86 AirCrew..." [E-Mail Updated 13FEB2007]

McDONOUGH, AWCS Bill Jr. Retired wjmcdjr27@comcast.net "...I served with VP-7 (1957-1960), VP-30 (1960-1962), VP-26 (1962-1969), VX-1- (1969-1972), VP-11 (1972-1977), CPW-5 (1977-1980) and Retired. I am looking for Mike Solley (AE) VP-26 from Alabama and would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12AUG2012 | E-Mail Updated 26JUN2000 | 11JUL98]

McGUIRE, Mike "Grits" CMflydelta@aol.com "...VP-26 from 84-87... NAS Bermuda, WestPac ( NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan/Misawa), and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal... Enjoyed it then but doing what I went in to do...Delta Airlines!! Yall Come!!!!..." [29OCT98]

McNERNEY, J. P. jpdee@netzero.com "...I served with VP-23 from 1961 to 1963 and (across the hanger deck) to VP-23 from 1964 to 1966 with 3 deployments to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and one to NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [BIO Updated 04APR2009 | 02APR2009]

MEEKS, AMCS Lewis A. Retired lewmeeks@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 from December 1965 to June 1968. I was with the squadron when we lost the two aircraft in Southeast Asia 1968. I knew all the crewmembers very well and a lot of them were my very close friends. Two of the guys had worked for me prior (AMH2 Homer Mckay and AME2 Don Burnside). In reference to his daughters inquiry, I also knew Chief Don Kulacs, he was a super guy. I transfered to NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee for instructor duty in June 1968. After a tour there I went to VF-14 "TOP HATTERS" aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. From there i did my last tour at the Naval Safety Center NAS Norfolk, Virginia and retired April 1981. I attend 2 years of Airframe and powerplants school and obtained my A&P license in 1983. I then worked for Zantop Airlines on the Lockheed Electra in Macon Ga. From there I took an Airframe Tech Rep. job with CPW-10 at NAS Moffett Field, California, which took me to a Tech Rep. position with VP-68 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. From 1986 to 1989 i worked for a few different contractors in that area. In 1989 I went Civil Service and retired in Nov 2000 fron NAVAIRSYSCOM as a GS-13 Project Team leader for The Analysis Center..." [18AUG2004 | 22DEC2003]

MEGOW, Randy rmegow@hotmail.com "...Would love to hear from any old Shipmates. Started out in VQ-1 from 1985 till 1990. Went Flight Engineer and have been in VP-6, VP-4, VP-11, VP-10, VP-26, and now find myself here at CPRW-5. Can't say "shore duty is for fags" anymore. Take Care, and God's speed to all..." [12DEC2002]

MEGSON, Gary M. trackingpres@myway.com "...I served 6 years in VP-47 at NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, then another 4 in VP-26. I was a Flight Engineer the whole ten years and I must say that I don't miss the Navy but I do miss the aircraft. I have just over 5000 hours in the aircraft and would give anything for just one more..." [21DEC2004]

MEHRINGER, CAPTAIN Thomas R. http://www.ncts.navy.mil/homepages/vx-1/co1.htm "...Captain Thomas R. Mehringer was born in Waco, Texas in May 1958. A graduate of University of Oregon, he received his commission in 1981 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program. Captain Mehringer completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1982. After transition training for the P-3 Orion, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-19 stationed in NAS Moffett Field, California in December 1982. He participated in VP-19 "Big Red" deployments to NAS Misawa, Japan, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan and Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. In May 1985, Captain Mehringer transferred to VP-31 (West Coast P-3 FRS) where he served as the Pilot Training Officer and was qualified as an Instructor Pilot in all models of the P-3 aircraft. In January 1989, Captain Mehringer reported to VPU-1. While attached, VPU-1 completed numerous detachments in support of fleet operations including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In July 1991, Captain Mehringer reported to Montgomery, Alabama, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. Following P-3 refresher training, Captain Mehringer reported to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine in January 1993. He served as the Safety/NATOPS Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In November 1994, Captain Mehringer was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Officer Performance Division (PERS-82). Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer on 20 June 1996 and assumed duties as Commanding Officer VT-31 on 30 May 1997. During his Command tour, VT-31 successfully integrated a new multi-engine training aircraft (TC-12B) and flew more than 43,600 mishap free hours. In March 1998, VT-31 was awarded the prestigious Chief of Naval Air Training, Training Excellence Award. After VT-31, Captain Mehringer reported to NAVAIR, PMA-290 as the Assistant Program Manager P-3 Logistics in June 1998 and transitioned to Deputy Program Manager P-3C Update III in March 2000. Captain Mehringer reported as Executive Officer VX-1 on 29 October 2001. On April 4, 2003, Captain Mehringer assumed command of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One. Captain Mehringer's awards include Meritorious Service Medals, a Strike/Flight Air Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievements and various other unit and national campaign awards..." [12JUN2003]

MELLEN, PH2 Jacqueline D. jdbone_98@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (1985-1989)..." [05JUN2013]

MESSER, Randall S. rmesser@lsijax.com "...I served with AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (1983 to 1985), VP-26 (1985 to 1988), VXN-8 (1988 to 1991), VP-24 (1992 to 1995), VQ-1 (1995 to 1997), Naval Research Lab (1998 to 2000) and VP-16 (2000 to 2002). I am now retired and working with LSI as a P-3 Enlisted Aircrew/Maintenance SME..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01AUG2008 | E-Mail Updated 15AUG2001 | 22OCT98]

Memorial Picture Shipmate PixCirca 1945 "...MIKITA, ARM2 Ted E. "Theo"...My father, ARM2 Theo E. Mikita, passed away May 26th, 2004. Dad served with VPB-2 OTU 3 as a radio operator aboard the PBM-3 out of in out of NAS Banana River, Florida until reassigned to VPB-2 OTU 4 prior to shipping out (August 1944) to train on new PBM-5 at the Radar School in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Attached to crew 72C, PPC LT(jg) Harold J. McKibben. After NAS Corpus Christi, Texas flew to NAF Salton Sea, then to NAS Alameda, California VPB-99 for crew ASW and Navigation training. Next the crew traveled to MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and attached to VPB-100 for advanced training covering sleeve gunnery, ASW sonobuoy, and radar bombing. They were finishing this up when the atomic bombs were dropped in Japan. They made preparations for shipping out to the war zone, and reached Kerama Retto, Okinawa to join VPB-208 and the USS Hamlin (AV-15) on August 21. Crewmates were copilot Ensign Koch, S2 Lawrence "Smokey'' J. Verstraete, AOM3 Douglas H Watts, Sidney Lee Hawkins, AOM3 Donald Roy Battenschlag, Joseph L Mugnolo, and Arthur B Street. By then offensive operations had ceased for the most part while negotiations for the surrender of Japan were being carried out. On August 24, 1945 they tracked and bombed a Japanese trawler in the Chusan Archipelego. Flew in squadron formation over Tokyo bay as part of surrender ceremonies on September 2, then participated in occupation duties in Tokyo. The crew spent the squadron’s final days in theatre providing VIP, courier and passenger service between major water accessible cities in Japan including Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Sasebo. When the squadron transferred out in November Ted was reassigned to a new crew in VPB-26. VPB-26 was based initially out of Tokyo, and was serviced by the USS Hamlin (AV-15) (Yokosuka) and USS Bering Strait (AVP-34) (Sasebo) until the end of January when it relieved VPB-25 in Shanghai for service between Shanghai (USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)) and Tsing Tao. He flew with PPC’s LT(jg) Eymann, LT(jg) Roussey, LT Bedford and LCDR Demarest. Anyone with interest in or ties to VPB-208 and VPB-26 during this period are invited to email me..." Contributed by MIKITA, Ted E. ted@lwranch.com [17NOV2012]

MIKOLAY, AE John northcountryenterprises@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1984 to 1988 (TAD to AIMD I level repair facilities) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [24JUN2010]

MILLER, AWC Daniel P. danomedia@yahoo.com "...Aloha, Shipmates.I have served with VP-26 (Crew 3)Aug 82-Mar 89 "Cold War nugget tour", FASO Det NAS Jacksonville, Florida Apr 89-Apr 92 "Recovery tour", VP-49 (Crew 4) May 92-Jan 94 "Decommissioning crew", USS Enterprise May 94-Mar 96 "VP appreciation tour", COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii Apr 96-Jun 99 "Polishing tour", and VP-4 (Crew 5) Oct 99-Oct 02 "Great to back in VP tour." I have seen too many former shipmates here not to throw my name into the mix. While I enjoyed each of my commands, my formative years spent with the "Tridents" will always have a special place in the memory book. Please drop me a line and/or or visit http://home.hawaii.rr.com/danomedia/work/navyav8r.htm for a shot of LK5/161005..." [29OCT2000]

MILLER, ATCS Johnny Retired skipper@panola.com "...After Boot and A schools assigned NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida 63-66 AMD. Was in VP-11 66-69 (AT2-1) though the transition to P-3Bs assign to AIMD mostly. Made deployment split to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Member with special 3 plane detachment to Africa, Mauritius in 69 with VP-11. Mphs 69-71 instructor duty AFUN P and AT A schools was assign back to NAS Brunswick, Maine in VP-26 72-73, made deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Crete. Selected for ADCOP went to State Technical Institute at Memphis 73-75 earned AE degree -majored Electronic Eng. Iceland 75-77 AIMD in support of deployed P-3 squadrons - running Tron Shop. Mphs Instuctor AV A (ATC) and AMO 77-79 (ATCS). HSL-36 as H2 Det Chief on the USS Paul and USS Estocin 80-83, retired 83. Completed BS with Southern Illinois U in 86. Presently Facility Engineer 11 years at The Thermos Co. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers the good times..." [25APR2005]

MILLIMACI, Sam smillimaci@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-48 (SS3) from 1975 to 1978, VP-46 (SS1) from 1981 to 1984, VP-26 (SS1) from 1991 to 1993 FASO NAS Moffett Field, California from 1985 to 1988, VP-30 (SS3) from 1993 to 1996 as well as a tour aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Great times and memories..." [28MAY2009]

MILLS, AWC Phil mills_phil@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-10 from 88-93, then to CPRW-5 from 93-96, TSC NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 96-98, back to CPRW-5 from 98-01, then went to the dark side and served as an EWOP with VQ-1 out in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for a few years...loved that! I'm now with VP-26, can't enough of Maine! Looking toward retirement in a couple years and settling down in Brunswick. I reguarly see or talk with alot of the old VP-10 folks...look forward to hearing from some more!..." [BIO Updated 28DEC2005 | 22JUL2000]

Memorial Picture "...MINARDI, Reno...I am sorry to have to report that Shipmate Reno Minardi of VPB-26 passed away on 1-27-2011. He will be missed and the condolences of The Mariners of VP/VPB-26 go out to his family..." Contributed by BALOG, AE2 Gene bilgepump26@cfl.rr.com [29JAN2011]

MITCHELL, ADCS Joe Retired gsmitch@uninets.net "...I was in VP-26 from June 1981 thru June 1984. I would like to contact former Shipmates. Please e mail or call at (508)339-7656 Monday thru Friday..." [21FEB99]

MLECZKO, PR3 Jeffrey jeffmleczko@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (01/198007/1982) with deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (WesPac) and NS Rota, Spain. I worked with A/C and Survival Equipment..." [27OCT2011]

MONKS, ANDY Shipmate Pix...Circa 1966... MonksA@NAVONT3.NAVO.NAVY.MIL "...Served with VP-26 65-67, I was on CAC-10, it was a very memorable time in my life, a real experience..."

MONROE, Bill billmonroe@suscom-maine.net "...Photo of SP-2E BUNO: 131488 (Incorrectly identified as an SP-2H) on the VP-26 page shows her in the light grey livery. 131488 carried the side number LK-2 during the period May 1963 to October 1964 while our superb Crew 2 and I accumulated about 650 hours in her while I was the PPC , much of the hours in the Med, operating out of NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Athens and many other locations. During those very enjoyable months with a fine crew, she wore the dark blue and white top paint job. I have a picture of her hanging on my office wall with me in the left seat and our outstanding AO Molnar in the aft station window, taken over Maine. I re-enlisted our radioman, John Coles, currently retired and living in Lexington Park, in flight during a patrol over the North Atlantic, during which he announced over the intercom that President Kennedy had been shot. My wife and I retired here to Harpswell, right under the base leg to the BNAS north runway with these clunky new P-3s passing overhead to keep the memories alive. Would like to hear from anyone that was on our crew, or in VP-26, during those years - or in VAHM-13/VP-24 from 1956 through 1958..." [04JUN2001]

MORRIS, ADCS A. Woodie Retired woodiemorris@charter.net "...ADJC in Power Plants Shop from Feb 1968 to middle of the Bermuda deployment summer of 1971. Men and machines of VP-26 best I served with in my career..." [E-Mail Updated 14AUG2001 | E-Mail Updated 10OCT2000]

MORROW, David p3orion@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1970 thru 1972 on CAC-6..." [11FEB2002]

MOSSER, CAPTAIN Donald D. Retired http://www.ndu.edu/inss/staff/INSS_Bios.html "...Capt. Donald D. Mosser (USN, Ret) is the INSS Dean of Administration. An experienced Naval Aviator with significant operational experience across the spectrum of patrol aviation mission capabilities, he has operated in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean theaters. His mission area expertise includes: anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare; counter-drug detection and monitoring operations; and surface surveillance, including over-land, electro-optical missions over the Former Yugoslavian Republics. Following his tour as Commanding Officer, VP-26, he served at the Defense Intelligence Agency as Chief of the HUMINT Collections, Requirements, and Reports branch. A distinguished graduate of the College of Command and Staff at Newport, Rhode Island, he holds masters degrees in General Management and National Security and Strategic Studies..." [28JUN2003]

MURPHY, Dave truckndave@roadrunner.com "...I served with VP-26 (08/1985-11/1990)..." [23SEP2011]

MUTTER, AKCS KURT B. Retired KBMUTTER@AOL.COM "...I WAS IN VP-26 FROM 81-84, AS A AK, TRANSFERED TO ASWOC/TSC NAS Bermuda, THEN WENT BACK TO SEA ON THE USS GUAM, DID A TOUR AS AN INSTRUCTOR FASO NAS NORFOLK, MATERIAL CHIEF HC-8 NAS Norfolk, Virginia, THEN BACK TO SEA USS GUADALCANAL AND USS AMERICA. I HAVE TO SAY MY TOUR WITH VP-26 WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER. I TRANSFERED TO FLEET RESERVE AS AN AKCS IN 96. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY Shipmates..." [04SEP2001]


NEIMAN, William C. iaq@bellatlantic.net "...Serverd VP-26 Special Projects, 76-79, at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I never got my wings but flew alot of pilot trainers (bounces)..." [04JAN99]

Memorial Picture "...NEILSON, AW1 Robert Burns "Bob" Sr...AUBURN -- Auburn – Robert Burns Neilson, Sr., 67, of New Gloucester died Wednesday January 30, 2013 at the Hospice House in Auburn after a period of declining health. He was born on January 6, 1946 in St. Louis, MO, a son of Arthur and Janet (Bulger) Neilson. He was educated in St. Louis schools and graduated from Taylor School, Class of 1964. Shortly after graduating Bob enlisted in the US Navy (VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, NAS Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Memphis, Tennessee) and enjoyed a 20 year career in education and antisubmarine warfare. After his enlistment the family returned to Maine and Bob began a 23 year career with LL Bean. Bob enjoyed sailing and fly fishing. He was known to be able to fix just about anything and was an engineer at heart. He had a great sense of humor and was known as a first rate punster – every pun intended. He possessed a poet's eye and ear and the generosity and heart of a teacher. Bob had a special fondness for the family retreat in Pentwater, MI. Bob will be remembered for his great love of his wife Maggie, his fairness in all things, his openness and acceptance of others, his practicality, diplomacy and overall generosity of spirit. Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Maggie" (Shenk) Neilson of New Gloucester; his daughter Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Mazzillo and her husband Christopher of Mechanic Falls; his son Robert Burns Neilson, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Danville; his four grandchildren: Megan, Arthur, Christopher and Robert III; his great-grandson Louis V; his brother Hugh Neilson and his wife Pat; his sister Janet Wells and his brother Bill, all of St. Louis, MO; his sisters-in-law: Karen Neilson, Carmen Neilson, Janet Chipman and her husband Keith, Jamie Shenk and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa Neilson and his brothers Arthur and Dennie and his brother-in-law Bill Shenk. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church, 19 New Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Bob's family. For those who wish, donations may be made in Bob's memory to: Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. WebSite: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/...." Contributed by MIXON, AT1 Tom tom@tommixon.com [04FEB2013]

NEILSON, AW1 Bob Retired neilson@maine.rr.com "...I served in VP-34 at Breezy Point, NAS Norfolk, Virginia from 1947 to 1950. My nickname at the time was "Lefty" because I played baseball for the NAS Flyers baseball team. VP-34 was located in hangar SP2 along with a sister PBY squadron VP-34 and a PBM5 squadron VP-49. Any one in the squadron that remembers me, I would like to hear from you. It has been a long time..." [05NOV98]

NELSON, AT2 Larry lnelson@itctel.com "...I served in VP-26 from 1/58-3/61 as an AT2 on flight crew 4 [ NAS Keflavik, Iceland/ NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada Deployment 12/58-5/59] and on crew 12 [ NS Rota, Spain deployment 1/60-6/60]. My favorite aircraft was LK-12 BUNO 131516. My 3 years in the fleet took me from NAS Olathe, Kansas to Athens Greece and from the 82nd parrallel north of Thule to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Our mission included monitoring the Russian fishing fleet off Iceland and Newfoundland, delivering the mail to the Norweigians on Jan Mayn, monitoring the icebergs and ice pak north of Iceland and on both sides of Greenland, rigging shipping whereever we found it, and ASW. Interspersed were lots of liberty in lots of ports. The Navy kept their part of the bargain when they enticed me to join the Navy and see the world. I joined the squadron fresh out of "A" school in Millington trained in nothing but vaccum tubes into an aircraft whose electronics was 100% vaccum tubes.In 3 short years the electronics in the P2V evolved from 100% vaccum tubes into nearly 100% transistors I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who was in the squadron during my era..." [09MAR2001]

NEUMANN, Bill Shipmate Pix wneumannjr@netscape.net "...My first and only squadron was VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was an AT2 and flew with VP-26 CAC-12 as Radio/Inflight Tech from March 1970 to September 1973. We did 2 tours of NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Bermuda and several trips to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and Springboard to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. PPC LCDR John K. Taylor presented me my gold A/C wings at NAS Sigonella, Sicily on October 16, 1972. My secondary job was working the Avionics shop with AX3 Coward, AT2 Williams, AT3 "Heavy Duty" Bott, ATAN Fox, AT2 Bocz, ATC Sparks, AT1 Somers, AT1 Myers, ATC Blakley, AX3 Martin, ATAN Richards, AX1 Dehner, and the unbelievable AXCS Greene. I still wonder if the Hole-In-The-Wall watering hole is standing outside the base? Still wonder why my nickname was "Number One East Coast" -- could it be those NATOPS tests? I still have the Patrol Squadron Twenty-Six 1971-1972 Year Book if anyone needs a scanned picture. CAC-1 thru CAC-12, Shops and UNITAS XII pictures. Good Memories!!..." [E-Mail Updated 06APR2005 | 22FEB2000]

NIKOLAIEV, Nick vniko@juno.com "...When I got out of boot camp I was assigned to VPHL-6 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland which was redesignated VP-26. I served with VP-26 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco from 1948 to 1950 flying the PB4Y-2 Privateer. Anyone who was part of my squadron please say hello with an email to me. God bless our troops and the USA..." [10DEC2003]

NILES, "Ensign" John jniles@alum.mit.edu Shipmate Pix "...I served with VP-26 from 1971 to 1974..." WebSite: CivLant life at http://www.globaltelematics.com/ [E-Mail Updated 21OCT2003 | 02FEB98]

NOVAK, CAPTAIN Bob bnovak3478@gmail.com "...I served with VP-24 (February 1981 to February 1984), VX-1 (1988 to 1990), VP-44 (1990 to 1991), VP-26 (1991 to 1992) and NAVAIR and the test world since 1992. I will be closing out on 30 years in Naval Aviation -- retire 01 JUL 08. It has been a great ride..." [15APR2008]

Memorial Picture "...NULL, CDR Robert...My Father, CDR Robert Null, who went home to be with the Lord at an early age in 1958 from a heart failure. Dad went through flight training in NAS Pensacola, Florida (1938), NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for training (1939-1940) and also served with VP-26 and VP-205. I followed Dad's footsteps and was in the US Navy (1957-1962) and had the pleasure of serving with RADM Hartman as his driver in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Went on to become a DM3 and spent some time with the Sea Bees. My wife didn't like the idea of being a military wife so I left. However, still have a very soft spot in my heart for the military. My son-in-law is a Lt. Col. flying F-16's..." Contributed by John G. Null jnull1@cox.net [15SEP2011]


OWINGS, John E. ktaadn@mindspring.com "...I was First Tech on CAC-12 in VP-26, 1962-1963. Did Cuban Blockade with PPC Mills, Gary Gauntt, Harv Huyser, Mike Sklarin, BJ Clark, Larry 'Dink' Hammersley, Butch Shafer, EB Brown, John Boling...and others - Loveless, Edge...what a great crew of guys...wonderful times at BNAS...great bass fishing...remember 'Andy's'? Must have been the best gang in the fleet...still in touch with a few..." [E-Mail Updated 14FEB2000 | 25AUG99]


PAIGE, Kim "Patti" kimrpaige@yahoo.com "...I served (FE) with VP-23, VP-30, VPU-1, VX-1 and VP-26. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20MAR2012]

PALKOVICK, CDR Frederick A. II http://navyrotc.mit.edu/www/staff/xo.stm "...Executive Officer - MIT Harvard - Commander Palkovic, a native of Rhode Island, graduated from Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in May 1977. At Cornell, he was commissioned an Ensign, United States Navy through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He attended Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and Mather Air Force Base, California before earning his wings of gold in March 1979. He then attended initial training in the P-3C Orion aircraft at VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Commander Palkovic reported in July 1979 to VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine where he served as Educational Services Officer, Readiness Training Officer and NFO Naval Aviation Training and Operations Standardization (NATOPS) Officer. During this tour, he qualified as Instructor NFO, NATOPS evaluator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P-3C aircraft. He deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in 1980; NS Rota, Spain and NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal in 1981; and NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Western Pacific in 1982. He then reported to VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida where he served as NFO Training Officer. In this capacity, he supervised initial and refresher training of NFOs destined for duty with Atlantic Fleet P-3C squadrons. From 1985 to 1987, CDR Palkovic served as Assistant Air Operations Officer, Commander, Carrier Group FIVE, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. There, he qualified as Flag Tactical Action Officer and Flag Command Duty Officer. He also participated in Operation Earnest Will, the protection of tankers during the Iran-Iraq war in 1987 as a member of Joint Task Force Middle East. He then attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, RI, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning. During this tour, he also attended Salve Regina University, earning a Master of Arts in International Relations. In 1989, he reported to VP-56, NAS Jacksonville, Florida for his department head tour, requalifying as Instructor NFO, Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. He served as Training Officer during the squadron's transition to the P-3C Update III aircraft, then as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer during a six month deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Following this deployment, he assisted with disestablishment of the squadron in 1991. Commander Palkovic reported to Commander, Patrol Wings, US Atlantic Fleet as Tactical Development and Evaluation officer. In this assignment, he oversaw Tactical Development programs for the East Coast P-3 squadrons and coordinated completion of numerous research projects supporting Anti-submarine and Anti-surface warfare. He also assumed the additional duties of Training Officer. From 1993 to 1996, Commander Palkovic served as Chief Staff Officer and Administrative Officer for the staff of CPW-1 and Commander Task Force SEVENTY-TWO, Kamiseya, Japan. Commander Palkovic served at United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska from 1996 to 1999 as Chief, War Plans Analysis Branch. He responsible for completion of analyses and studies relating to the effectiveness of United States nuclear war plans and the consequences of use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He also served as Acting Chief, Force Assessments Division during the absence of the incumbent. Commander Palkovic reported onboard the Naval Reserve Officers Corps Unit, Boston Consortium in August 1999. Commander Palkovic's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal..." [17JUN2003]

Memorial Picture "...PALMER, LCDR Edward J...This is announce the passing of Edward J. Palmer, age 77, who passed away on March 5, 2008. He served part of his career in VP-26 and retired as a LCDR after 28 years of service. Our condolences go out to the family. BALOG, AE2 Gene bilgepump26@cfl.rr.com..." [18MAR2008]

PAYNE, AVCM Bill Retired wap166@artelco.com "...I served with VP-28 (1968 to 1969), VP-23 (1975 to 1979), VP-26 (1982 to 1985), VP-30 (1985 to 1989) and VP-1 (1989 to 1992). I would like to hear from old Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 29DEC2008 | E-Mail Updated 03FEB2006 | E-Mail Updated 16MAY2005 | E-Mail Updated 29MAR2003 | E-Mail Updated 22JUN2001 | 22FEB98]

PARK, AT3 Henry h_park@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1949 to 1952. NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to Lyautey, back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to NAS Brunswick, Maine. Am very interested in contacting squadron mates that were in NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco from 1949 to 1950. I was AT3, crewed on HB-8, as radar operator flying "up north flights". Would particularly like to hear from someone that knows about the incident of HB-9 - that ditched off the coast of Italy in early 1950. I think it was in March. I've had only sketchy, differing bits of information as to what happened. Would like to hear from a surviving crewmember, or someone that knew some of the crew..." [E-Mail Updated 16OCT2009 | 14OCT99] .

PATTESON, Beau digity74@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1993 to 1995. Hoping to find former Shipmates..." [24NOV2003]

PAZZELLI, "CRAZY JOE" jjpazz@newflorence.com "...P-3C IFT all models. I served with NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 70-73, VP-45 73-76, VX-1 76-79 and 82-85, NMPC S/D Det 79-82, VP-26 85-89, CIVLANT FLT-MIDWEST- 89-PRESENT. Hello to all you VP'ers. I really don't miss the "adventure" just the people..." [26NOV99]

PECK, HM1 John H. Retired jpeck4@cox.net "...Was a crew member of VP-26 in 1954, at NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco and NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, HM1 USN Retired, worked with Flight Surgeons..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 03NOV2004 | 22APR98]

PELO, ATC(AW/NAC) SCOTT Retired swjpelo@nwlink.com "...I erved with VQ-1 (Crew 34) from 1975 to 1978, VP-26 from 1987 to 1990, Naval Air Development Center from 1990 to 1993, BUPERS SDC Dallas from 1993-1997, CPW-10 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 1997 to 2000, and Retired. Now serving as Avionics Technical Representative for a VP reserve squadron NAS Whidbey Island, Washington..." [BIO Updated 31MAY2003 | E-Mail Updated 09JAN99 | 30MAR98]

PETERSON, ALLAN B. (PETE) ABPETE@JUNO.COM "...I served in VP-26 from June, 1949 until October 1953. The squadron was in NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco when I joined it and then went to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where we transitioned to the P-2V2 from the PB4Y2. We went to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1952. I was an AEAN when I joined the squadron and AE1 when I left in 1953. It was a great tour of duty. I also served in VP-23 in NAS Brunswick, Maine and VP-24 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia during my 20 year career in the Navy..." [12JAN98]

PETERSON, AO1 BRIAN (PETE) stanley011@centurytel.net "...VP-26 1982-85 AND 1988-91, VX-1 1979-82 AND 1985-88, S.E.R.E. HEY ALL YOU "ORDIES" ITS ME "AO EXTRAORDINAIRE" PETE. DROP ME A LINE SO WE CAN CATCH UP ON OLD TIMES..." [03NOV2004]

PETERSON, Phil Kaverlvr@aol.com "...I was in VP-50 (Nifty Fifty) or something like that from January 1980 to June 1983. I was on (FTN9) Fine Time Crew Nine as a Flight Engineer. I can't believe Charley (BBC), Timmy Cates, Tony, and a lot of other names that ring a bell are still around! Of course I can't believe I'm still around. Anyhow I'm retired now after 26 years and 7500 hrs. Working for Lockheed Martin in Greenville, SC. I can't seem to get away from these airplanes. Anyone know where CDR. Quigley got off too? Drop me a line if you care too......I was in VP-5 from 1983 thru 1985. If I remember correctly I was on Crew 4. Made a couple of deployments and had a lot of good times. Then on to VP-30 for the manditory instructor tour. Left in 1988 for the PEP program and a tour with the Dutch. Now that was a good time. Left in 1993 for a non flying job which wasn't so bad. Finished up in VP-26 from 1996 to 1998 which wasn't a lot of fun. The PC monster had raised its ugly head by then. Did enjoy flying with Crew 8 and the deployment beers we shared. Retired now and enjoying life after the Navy. Drop me a line if we might of crossed paths..." [BIO Updated 04FEB2000 |29JAN2000]

POUTREE, CW04 Doug Retired (Deceased) dpoutree@home.com "...Served in VP-26 from 1960 til 1969, AOAA-AO1, Crew 3 from 60-65 Shop PO from 65-69. AOA School instructor 69-72, USS Ranger 72-75, NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 75-76, NWTGW San Diego 76-82, VF-111 82-85. Retired 1985 CWO4..." [Deceased 2004 |15MAY2000]

PIERCE, Chuck c/o John Konvalinka jkonvalinka@email.msn.com "...I've found Chuck Pierce, who was the skipper of VP-26 in 1957 (as well as having been in VP-23). He's well, living near Gettysburg PA, and I'm sure would like to hear from any of his old buddies. Rather than post his snailmail, however, perhaps it would be better for people to email me and I'll put them in touch..." WebSite: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jkonvalinka/[24APR98]

PIERCE, AWC John R (Randy) Retired pierceporter@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1972 to 1976), FASOTRAGRULANT NAS Jacksonville, Florida (1976 to 1979), USS Nimitz (1979 to 1980) and VP-62 (1984 to 2003)..." [E-Mail Updated 31DEC2008 | 15FEB2007]

PITTS, Bill bpcfd@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1989-1993. I worked on the line. This is just a shout out to my boys - "Raisn C. Caronna," "Train," Afton Hill, and anyone else who rolled with the big boys..." [22JAN2003]

POLLOCK, CAPTAIN Thomas F. http://www.history.navy.mil/ar/papa/pollock.htm "...Captain Thomas Franklin Pollock was born in Saticoy, California, on 8 August 1911. He attended Chaffee High School and Chaffee Junior College in Ontario, California and the University of California at Berkeley. For eighteen months, during 1933 and 1934, he was employed by the General Electric Company in Ontario, California. From 1934 to 1935, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve, attached the 9th Corps. Enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve in August 1936, Captain Pollock had elimination flight training at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Long Beach, California. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet in the Naval Reserve in December 1936 and after flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1938. He was commissioned as an Ensign to date from 1 January 1938. He joined the Regular Navy in 1941, and continued to advance in rank to Captain, to date from 1 July 1956. From February 1938 to February 1943, Pollock served with VP-18, VP-13, VP-26, VP-102, and VP-101 operating from Pearl Harbor, San Diego, the Philippine Islands and the Java-Australia areas. In 1939, he participated in the mass flights of PBY squadrons to the Philippine Islands with CPW-10-. After the loss of his aircraft by enemy action in 1941, he became a member of a Navy Bluejacket Battalion (Infantry) on Bataan. In January 1942, he escaped from Corregidor to Java on the submarine USS Seawolf and in April 1942, four days prior to the fall of the Philippines, flew a PBY seven thousand miles from Perth to Corregidor, and returned to deliver medicine and evacuate nurses and civilians. For these actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, and he earned the right to wear the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon awarded to VP-101 and VP-102. During the period of February 1943 to December 1944, Captain Pollock was the Officer-in-Charge of the Experimental Unit of the Headquarters Squadron, FAW-14, and Officer-in-Charge of the Air Unit at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, California. In 1943, he fired the first rockets from naval aircraft, including the 1,200 lb Tiny Tim and assisted in the development of magnetic detection techniques for antisubmarine warfare. He received a Letter of Commendation, with authorization to wear the commendation ribbon. He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Government of Great Britain. He was then the Officer-in-Charge of Air Support Training Unit 6 and as such developed air support tactics for amphibious operations in the Pacific. In July 1945, he assumed command of Air Support Control Unit #9, which, under his command, participated in the occupation of Japan. From January 1946 to May 1947, he was a student at the Naval War College and General Line School, Newport, Rhode Island, and between June and September 1947, attended a refresher course in multi-engine aircraft at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. He had Prospective Executive Officer/Prospective Commanding Officer training at Ream Field, Imperial Beach, California until November 1947. He then became Commanding Officer of VP-4. As such, he completed the first aerial mapping survey of Southeast Alaska, covering over 50,000 square miles for the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. He received a special award for winning the Flight Safety Award for three consecutive quarters. From June 1949 to July 1952, Captain Pollock was an instructor at the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in that assignment, participated in the early atomic tests at Desert Rock, Nevada. Following duty as Special Assistant (plans for atomic matters) to the Commander Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he reported in February 1953 as executive officer of the escort carrier, USS Mindoro. After the carrier conducted early U.S. Marine Corps helicopter troop landing operations for the development of vertical envelopment concepts, Pollock was reassigned to the Staff of Commander, Carrier Division 16, as Operations Officer. In that post, he developed antisubmarine warfare tactics and advanced magnetic detection techniques and participated in the NATO antisubmarine warfare exercise CENTERBOARD critique in Lisbon. He was Atomic Plans Officer on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific, from February 1956 to May 1958, after which he served as Aviation Budget Officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. In that capacity he participated in Congressional appropriations committee budget hearings. In June 1959, he assumed command of USS Canisteo. In June 1960, he was detached to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations to the Commander, Antisubmarine Defense Force, Pacific. On 19 October 1961, he reported as Commander, FAW-14 and in May 1963, he became Commander Fleet Air, Southwest Pacific. In March 1964, he joined the Joint Staff of the Commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, with headquarters in Saigon and in March 1965, he was ordered to duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. In addition the Army Silver Star Medal, the Commendation Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with two stars, and Order of the British Empire decoration, Captain Pollock earned the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; and the Philippine Defense Ribbon..." [21JUL2003]

Memorial Picture "...POUTREE, CW04 Doug Retired...It is sad to report that Doug had a heart transplant in 1994 and passed away in 2004...Walter F. Augustyn waltaugustyn@juno.com
..." [16FEB2007]

PRATHER, Dick rprather@pacbell.net "...I would like to say Hi to the many friends I served with in the squadrons and units I was assigned to during my 24 year stint that ended in August 1980. Those who care to reminisce please feel free to email me at home or work. I flew as either enlisted aircrew, navigator, or ASW TACCO in the following squadrons: VS-32, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island + USS TARAWA CVS-40 (AUG - NOV '57); VR-24, NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco (DEC 57 - OCT 60); VW-15, NATC NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (NOV 60 - APR 61); NARTU, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (JUN 61 - OCT 61); VP-741, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (OCT 61 - AUG 62); VP-26, NAS Brunswick, Maine (AUG 62 - AUG 64); NFO Traing (AUG 64 - OCT 65); VR-22, NAS Moffett Field, California (OCT 65 - MAY 67); VP-31, NAS Moffett Field, California (MAY 67 - OCT 69); VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida (DEC 69 - DEC 71); NAVFAC, Cape Hatteras, NC (Dec 71 - DEC 73); VS-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California + USS KENNEDY CV-67 + USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (JAN 74 - JUL 77); ASWOC NAS North Island, San Diego, California (AUG 77 - AUG 80)> retirement..." [E-Mail Updated 02NOV2000 | 23NOV98]

PRICE, Gary E. (GWrench) gary.price@evergreenaviation.com "...I was with VP-26 from 74-79 and then VP-10 from 81-87 pushin power levers in both tours. I also did a tour with OMD NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 87-90 flying the Station Bird (Hagar) then retired out of NATTC Millington teaching AE"A" there. I am now teaching heavy metal (B747's) for Evergreen International out of Oregon. I would love to hear from any and all of the old timers. For those true VP tenners, they will know who came up with "Its Hard to be Humble, When your a TEN!" Also, looking for Joe Barrera and PM Elliott (if anyone knows of they're whereabouts). Best wishes to all the old Shipmates, and here's looking toward bigger and better times!..." [13DEC99]

PRIMAVERA, LTJG Nicholas (Nick) c/o John Konvalinka njprima@earthlink.net "...DELETE_..." [14OCT2002]

PROCTOR, Joe vp26@webtv.net "...I served with VP-26 Oct '64-June'66. I was an AZ3 in the Maintenance Office with Maintenance Chief was Chief Pickens. VP-26 was sent to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba early '65. I stayed behind because I just left NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after 18 months. I had one deployment to Key West in June '65 with P-2s. Anybody been to BNAS recently? You wouldn't know the place. Hope to hear from anybody who was in VP-26 from 10/64 thru 6/66..." [10MAY98]

PULICHENE, Bob seapower@optonline.net "...Served with VP-26 from January 1970 to February 1971 catching end of NAS Keflavik, Iceland deployment and deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in June of 1970. Worked as YN (YN2) under Chief O'Connor. Searching for Denny Knapp, YN3 from PA, and Bob Richter, AZ3..." [19MAR2004]


RAMSDEN, CDR Christopher P. Shipmate Pix http://vp8.pub.ffc.navy.mil/?id=355 "...Currently XO of VP-8...In April of 1991, after FRS training at VP-30 Jacksonville, Florida he reported to VP-26 Brunswick, Maine and deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and twice to NAS Sigonella, Sicily supporting Operations DESERT CALM, SOUTHERN WATCH and SHARP GUARD. His assignments included Readiness/SORTS Officer and NFO NATOPS Officer. In 1994 he was selected to fire the first Navy Maverick Missile (War-shot) launched from a fleet operational P-3C Orion. From October 1994 to August 1996 he was assigned to the staff of Commander, Patrol Wings Atlantic/Task Force Eight Four in Norfolk, Virginia as Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he deployed from July to November 1995 to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Joint Task Force ONE SIX ZERO during Operation SEA SIGNAL where he assumed the additional duties of Flag Secretary and Security Officer. In September 1996 he reported aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS where he served as Operations Administration Officer, Command Security Manager and Officer of the Deck, completing a six month Arabian Gulf deployment and home port change to San Diego, CA. In October 1998 upon transfer to VP-30, he qualified as a Fleet Replacement Squadron NFO Instructor and served as Fleet Training Officer in the newly established Weapons Tactics Unit. His duties included leadership of the AIP Fleet Introduction Team, the Combined Fleet Instructor Under Training Team, the Aircrew Coordination Training Model Manager and the Special Projects Team. From June 2000 to August 2002 he served as a Department Head in VP-5 and was assigned as CTG 84.1 Operations Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer, CTG 67.1 Operations Officer and Squadron Operations Officer. Following his department head tour, he reported to PMA-205/290 where he served as the Assistant Program Manager for Training Systems for the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (P-8A) where he developed the training structure for the follow-on aircraft to the P-3C. CDR Ramsden has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Six Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit and individual awards. Additionally he is authorized to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Submarine Warfare Insignia..." [05DEC2005]

RANDAZZO, AO3 Robert bar409@netzero.net "...I served with VP-26 (08/1962-07/1964) and flew with CAC-3. I would like to contact AT1 Richard Prather (Radioman until 12/1963)..." [05DEC2012]

REARICK, LT Anderson (Andy) Retired andy.rearick@juno.com "...Served with VP-26..." [E-Mail Updated 18OCT2003 | 22JUN98]

REED, Tim MCREED@WCTC.NET "...I was stationed with VP-26 for 11 years (3 tours) ranging from 1978-1994 (AW SS-3). I had a great time and made a lot of friends. Wouldn't trade it for anything. AW1 Jim Blackwell (Retired), if you see this...drop me a line..." [18FEB2000]

RICH, NC1(NAC) Kevin nc1rich@hotmail.com "...I started life as AW (non- acoustic, I was the one who didn't sleep) with VP-26 from 1983-1985, then transfered to VP-56. I finished my first hitch and go out. Joined VP-90 in NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1988 to 1989 and then I recalled to recruit for the Reserves in 1989 and have been at it ever since. I was with VP-26 when we deployed to NAS Bermuda, then NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan, (we came back the long way around Saudi/ NS Rota, Spain). I made the NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment in 86 when we hit Libya. Drop me a line..." [13MAR2001]

RICHARDS, Dave drichrds@nep-pub.affiliate.nortel.net "...Served with VP-26 form 1970 -73. Lastly flying with CAC-11. Engineers Leroy Wright & Morris Carter were part of the Red Barons. Dean Froehlig was radar op. I flew radio. Looking to hear from anyone in VP-26 at that time. Did the Bermuda, Rota, Sig deployments and also a Unitas tour. Had a great time and a helluva lot of great memories. Thanks to all that made it possible..."

RICHARDSON, AE1 H. A. c/o AO1 Norman J. Roinestad Retired nroinestad@highstream.net "...I am writting this for an old Shipmate, by the name of AE1 H. A. Richardson. He served with VP-26 from 1952 to 1955. He is in good health and happy up here in Maine. He would like to get in touch with former Shipmates, upcoming Reunion, Newsletters, etc. I will forward all E-mails to him..." [E-Mail Updated 03APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 28MAY2004 | E-Mail Updated 22MAR2001 | 28AUG2000]

RICHARDSON, Jack JAR61@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine as a "Nav/Tacco" on LK-10 from 1961-1964. Was also known as AWOL. I still look on that period of my life with a great deal of enjoyment, even though I feel we worked pretty hard. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain, NAS Sigonella, Sicily and the Carribian. My wife has never forgotten having to stay in Brunswick and shovel snow in January and February while I was in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Key West, or Antigua..." [09AUG2001]

ROBBINS, AOCS Howell "Robbie" HROB3629@aol.com "...I was in VP 26 from 1956 to 1960, VP-30 1963, VP-10 1963 to 1967 (transition from P2'S to P3'S lots of good times), VP-31 1970 and VP-4 1970 to 1973..."

ROBERTS, Steven orionfe@comcast.net "...I served with VP-46 from 1985 to 1989. I started on "Comedy Aircrew 10" and the ended up on Mark Doyle's Crew 2. That was the crew, we spent 28 days in Australia. The plane kept breaking down, "It was the perfect crime". I also served in VP-10 from 1978 to 1981 and in VP-26 from 1992 to 1996 when I retired. VP-46 was by far the craziest times I ever had, in fact I was told later that our exploits were legendary, especially the Omha, Nebraska stunt..." [10DEC2003]

ROBITAILEE, Ed edwardr@marvell.com "...I was a Air Crew man in VP-26 from 1970 through 1972 and VP-68 from 1972 through 1976..." [20MAR2001]

RODGERS, Mark (Buck) mrodgers@crosslink.net "...I joined VP-24 in November 1983 in NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I made two more deployments, one each to NAS Bermuda and NAS Sigonella, Sicily before transfering to CPW-11 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I was a TSC (ASWOC) Watch Officer for 9 months, then took over as Weapons Officer. Harpoon was new back then and we had long before lost Bullpup. I got to bring 5" Zuni rockets, MK-20 Rockeye clusterbombs, and Mk-82 GP bombs back into the inventory. I left CPW-11 for my P-3 appreciation tour aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY, and was qualified Tactical Action Officer in time to launch the first strikes of DESERT STORM. I completed the course at the Naval War College and did my Department Head tour in VP-26 ( NAS Brunswick, Maine). I was Safety, Training, and Admin and deployed twice more to NAS Sigonella, Sicily before detaching for Naval Space Command. I just retired on 31 July, and now have to find one of those "Jobs!" ..." [01SEP98]

RONEY, Dane daneroney@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from June 1970 to August 1971 as a Yeoman in the Operations/CommunicationsOffice..." [10AUG2002]

ROSE, Barry E. bearsden@iquest.net "...Served with VP-8, VP-26, and VP-30..." [22JUN98]

ROSS, Todd orionpc12@msn.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1981 to 1984. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 11MAY2007 | 09NOV97]

ROWLAND, AD1 CHARLES rowlandcharlie@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1985-1990, NAS Brunswick, Maine AIMD from 1990-1993, VP-11 from 1993-1996 and now at Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5). I would like to hear from any and all old Shipmates and talk about old times..." [E-Mail Updated 16MAR2003 | 27MAR98]

RUIZ, ADCS (AW/SW) Jose Rene renrealestate@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-26 (1979 to 1983), VQ-2 (1983 to 1986), VP-23 (1986 to 1990), RTC Orlando (1990 to 1993), USS Saratoga/VFA-81 (1993 to 1997), VP-16 (1997 to 2002), VC-8 2002-2003 and VP-30 (2003 to 2005)..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 27AUG2010 | 07APR2003]

RYAN, VICE ADMIRAL John R. http://www.sunymaritime.edu/zpt/z04/z0404.makka?z=1144 "...Vice Admiral John R. Ryan assumed the presidency of the State University of New York Maritime College during a ceremony held aboard Empire State VI while it was docked in Dublin, Ireland. Formerly the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan is the College's 32nd president since its founding in 1874. Prior to serving as the 56th Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Ryan was the Commander of the Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force, U.S. Sixth Fleet/Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/Commander, Maritime Air Forces located in NAF Naples, Italy. Before earning flag rank, Vice Admiral Ryan commanded VP-11, VP-31, and CPW-10. Previous shore assignments included the Strategic Concepts Group in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary in the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), and Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In March 1991, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and served as the Director, Logistics and Security Assistance for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. His rapid ascendancy continued when he assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet/Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet in August 1993. Vice Admiral Ryan graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1967. After designation as a naval aviator, his initial assignment was to VP-8. From 1972-75, he was assigned to the Candidate Guidance Office at the Naval Academy. He then served two years on the USS Nimitz as Assistant Navigator followed by a department head tour in VP-26. While fulfilling those assignments, Vice Admiral Ryan attended George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master of Science degree in Administration in 1975. He has also completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Vice Admiral Ryan's decorations include the distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars) and other service awards. A native of Mountainhome, Pa., Vice Admiral Ryan and his wife, Diane, have three daughters: Tricia, Kelly and Julie. Maritime College faculty, administration, alumni and friends and SUNY officials were joined by state and local officials and maritime industry leaders at a reception held July 18 at Maritime College to officially welcome Vice Admiral Ryan. As part of the day's ceremonies, Vice Admiral Ryan welcomed back the College's cadets from their eight-week, summer term at sea and joined Assemblyman Steve Kaufman and John D'Agati, special aide to Senator Kenneth LaValle, to introduce the Cadet Appointment Scholarship Program (click here for more information)..." [22JUN2003]

RYNERSON, David dryne88172@aol.com "...Served in VP-26 from August 1978 till Febuary 1982. Made 3 deployments. NS Rota, Spain, Sept 78-Mar 79. WestPac/I.O. Mar 80-Sept 80, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NSF Diego Garcia. NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, April 81-Oct 81. Dets to NAS Bermuda & NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Worked in the Electric shop where AE1 Bob Williams & AE1 Joe Nicklaus showed me the ropes, put up with my crap, and made it possible for me to make AE2. If fellow 26'ers Jim Raney or Jeff Lovelady or Clarke McCleave see this, drop me a line, or anybody else for that matter..." [21JUN2001]


SALMON, AW1 Gart H. Retired ultramed@colton.com "...I served with VT-2 NAS Pensacola, Florida from 1962 to 1966, AX School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in 1966, VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1967 to 1971, VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida and which was moved to Pax River Maryland from 1971 to 1974, VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, California from 1974 to 1979, and moved across the field to VP-31 from 1979 until I retired on November 1981..." [24JAN2003]

SAVIEO, AT3 Gene gsavieo@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1953 to 1956. I flew as a Radioman on numerous crews ending up on Crew-2. and other crews as well. We deployed NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco (1953), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1955), NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and others..." [09DEC2009]

SCARSON, ADC Larry Retired lscarson@aol.com "...I flew as a Flight Engineer in VP-23, VP-26, and VP-44. It is great to see all the work that has been presented, showing the VP Navy in all its glory. I would be interested in hearing from any of my old crewmates, specially from among the FE community..." [09JUN2001]

SCHAFFER, Chris clschaff@micron.net "...I transfered from the CV-ASWM on CVN69 to VP-26 in August 1980 and transfered to NAMTD 1011 in NAS Jacksonville, Florida on September 1983. I was a AX2-1 (tweet)..." [23JAN99]

SCHLOTTERER, AMH1 James P. jampsch@q.com "...I served with VP-26 (1965-1969) and got out of the Navy in 1974. I am retired (65 years old) and working on motercycles..." [30SEP2011]

SCHNEIDER, David alyssaconnor@verizon.net "...I spent nearly 5 years with VP-11 from 1992 through late 1996. I flew with CAC-8, CAC-9 and CAC-11. I am currently serving with VP-26 on deployment to NAS Sigonella, Sicily!..." [12MAR2006]

SCHOENEMANN, AT3 George L. Jr. glspj@att.net "...I served with VP-26 from March 1953 to December 1954. I was assigned to Night Check for several months and then went aircrew as 2nd Radar aboard EB-1. Our CO was P.J. George and other Shipmates I remember included LT E.A. Boyd (1P), AD1 L.D. Craig (Plane Captain), Ken Rauschke (2nd Mechanic) and Dutch Holland (1st Radar). I left the Navy in December 1954..." [E-Mail Updated 22JUN2011 | 16MAR2000]

SCHORN, David P. (Animal) Dschorn@usa.net "...Flight Eng. in VP-10 (1968-1973), VC-8 (1973-1976), Flight Eng. VP-26 (1976-1985), Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) (1985-1989), and F/E VP-26 (1989-1993). Spent most of my navy career in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Made it to ADCS. Any old mates out there drop a line. Have a great day..." [24FEB98]

SCHORR, AW1/AZ1 Roger Retired Shipmate Pix zztop926@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1974-1977), VP-90 (1978-1984) and SELRES/TAR) (1988-1991), CRPWP Detachment NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (1984-1988), VR-54 (1991-1994) and retired. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 05JUN2012 | E-Mail Updated 03MAR2000 | E-Mail Updated 03SEP99 | Updated 11JUN98][ICQ #13843490]

SCHULTZ, Michael mbgschultz@aol.com "...My name is Mike Schultz currently stationed at Randolph AFB as an instructor for future P-3 NFO's. I was in VP-26 from Oct 1993 to Mar 1997. I served on CAC-02, CAC-10 and CAC-03. While in VP-26 I was fortunate enough (yeah right) to do 2 Sig deployments and 1 NAS Keflavik, Iceland/Roosey/Panama tri-site deployment. It was great finding this website! It made me miss the P-3 and my crew. Can't wait to see an AIP bird!..." [27AUG98]

SCHWAB, AMH2 David L. dddj6@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 WesPac tour in 1968 as an AMH-2. I knew and flew with most of the crews members involved in the 2 downings. I also went through SERE school with Crew 8 (SEE: In Memorial for lost friends Crew EIGHT "Lost at Sea" 05 FEB 68) before deploying..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUN2011 | 20APR2008]

SEALS, CHRIS cseals@tnaccess.com"...I WAS AN ACOUSTIC SENSOR OPERATOR WITH VP-26 FROM 04/83 UNTIL 08/87. DID A TOUR WITH FASO IN JACKSONVILLE, 3 YEARS WITH SPECIAL PROJECTS UNIT ONE (VPU-1) IN BRUNSWICK AND 2 YEARS WITH VP-10 ALSO IN BRUNSWICK..."

SEIDLER, Richard RTSEIDLER@webtv.net "...I served with in VP-26 from December 1954 through September 1956..." [13DEC99]

SELL, Jack jsell727@verizon.net "...Tours included VP-31 (Student) (July 1969 to November 1969), VP-23 (November 1969 to October 1972), VP-30 (Instructor) (October 1972 to August 1975) VP-26 (Special Projects - now VPU-1) (August 1975 to September 1977), CINCLNTFLT VP Air Ops (CTF84) (September 1977 to January 1980), VP-11 (July 1980 to September 1982), Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) (September 1982 to May 1985), Commander, Oceanographic System, Atlantic (COMOCEANSYSLANT) (May 1985 to August 1989) and retired in 1989. I retired from American Airlines February 2005..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2007 | 07MAR98]

SHARPE, Ron Retired ibnfe8251@earthling.net"...AMH1 VP-5 F/E 90-93, AMH1 VP-9 F/E 84-87, AMH1 VP-26 F/E 79-82, AMH2 VP-46 G/P 75-76, and AMH3 VQ-1 G/P 73-75..."

SHAW, AT2 Bruce beachbums14@att.net "...I served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine form 1958 to 1961 flying with Crew-8 (Radio Radar/Mad Operator - P2V 131510) with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NS Rota, Spain and side trips to Norway, Denmark, France and all around the Med. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 16AUG2010 | BIO Updated 23MAY2000 | 12OCT99]

SHEEHY, AT3 Robert E. Jr. resheehyjr@sesaline.com "...I served with VP-26 as a radioman (AT3) on 10 Hurdy Gurdy, (Easy Baker 10). EB10's CW callsign was 10W71. Regards to all my Shipmates..." [03MAR2007]

SHERWOOD, George GSherwood@compuserve.com "...Served with VP-26 and VP-46..." WEBSITE: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/gsherwood [WebSite Updated 20SEP98]

SHIPLEY, CMDCM(AW/SW) Aaron aaron.shipley@navy.mil "...Started in VP-10 (1984-1987); FASO SERE Instructor, (1987-1991); Headed west to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-1 (1991-1994); Headed north to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, CPW-10 (1994-1997); Then took the leap, headed to Yokosuka, Japan to the USS Independence (CV 62)(1997-1998 DECOMM); Crossdecked to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) bringing her back to Japan (1998-2000); Came back to NAS Brunswick, Maine with CPRW-5 until July 2003; Currently the CMC of VP-26 -- It's Good to be a TRIDENT!. Drop a line..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09DEC2004 | 10DEC2000]

SHOOK, Gary B. jgshook@kih.net "...I am looking for Shipmates from VP-21 from 1967-69 when we were decommissioned. I then went to VP-26 until I was discharged in February 1971. I was stationed out of NAS Brunswick, Maine. I am especially looking for Brian Munger, Bob Dan, Dale Wolfe, and Aubry Kesterson. Please respond if you were stationed with me..." [23MAY99]

SHOPE, Gene genesflyline@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 1953-56 NAS Brunswick, Maine. I was on crew 12. Six weeks after I got out #12 went down in NAS Brunswick, Maine. Would like to hear from anyone..." [12JAN2002]

SIMON, AO2 Stephen stsimon@adelphia.net "...I served with VP-26 (CAC-13) from 1974 to 1978. Met a lot of good people and made some great memories in NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, Crete, Barbados, Africa, and NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [06APR2004]

SIMPSON, AW2 Jim "Simbo" steamcrane42@netscape.net "...I served with VP-26 (Radar Operator CAC-9) from 1967 to 1974 with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, Med, NS Sangley Point, Philippines and U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. I loved it the whole time I was on flight crew. The P-3 is a great aircraft. I served with (Butch) Hall (Radio), Ken Smith (FE), Gary Blindt, Conrad Green (Navigator) and Wayne Clouse (Jez). I can still remember almost all the faces. I remember many more names and I wish I could remember all the names of my Shipmates and the Pilots and Officers whom I liked and respected too. Sad to lose two crews off Viet Nam. Still remember them also. I would love to hear from former Shipmates..." [02JUN2011]

UPDATE "...SIMPSON, AW2 Jim "Simbo" - Shipmates sending and receiving: "Your mail could not be delivered because the recipient is only accepting mail from specific email addresses"..." [20JUL2011]

SIMS, Greg gsimsdds@juno.com "...I served with VP-26 from June 1986 to December 1989. Flew with CAC-9 the entire time (TACCO/MC). We deployed to NS Rota, Spain / NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal twice NAS Keflavik, Iceland during that timeframe. These were some great years for me and the Tridents. I then served with VP-30 from January 1990 to March 1992, then left active duty. Went back to school and became a dentist now practicing in Colorado. I would go VP all over again!..." [22MAR2003]

SIMS, AX2 Robert A. "Tony" tony@griefinc.com "...I served with VP-702 from April 1965 to June 1966, VP-10 from 1967 to 1968 and VP-26 as part of a replacement crew in 1968. I returned to VP-702 in 1968 as an AX2 and went to college. In 1971 I went to the USAF as a B-52 RADAR Navigator. I retired from the Army as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1992..." [BIO Updated 28JUL2010 | 26AUG2008]

SLAYMAN, Clark dcslayman@embarqmail.com "...I served with VP-208 and VP-26 / VPB-26 (PPC) from 1944 to 1945 (Crew 9). We and shook down in Charleston, S.C., went aboard in Okinawa - Karama Rhetto and relocated to USNB Buckner Bay. We encountered heavy Kamikaze attacks but the USS Norton Sound (AV-11) survived..." [15JUN2009]

SLOWIK, David solsurf@ltis.net "...Served in VP-26 from Jan87 to Sept89. Did NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain/ NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal deployments and numerous ASW detactment to hot and exotic places. I was an AW2 sensor one operator on CAC-9. Would love to hear from anyone from that bygone era. Especially Don Church who probably hasn't retired yet so if any is stationed with him now (either he is still an AW or and officer) or knows how to get a hold of him. I would appreciate you telling him my e-mail address..." [27JAN99]

SMITH, CAPTAIN Barton L. Retired baco@northlink.com "...I was in VP-11 as a first tour after getting my Wings of Gold, and it could not have been better. Tour was Jan. 1957 to Jun 1960. That was followed by joining the commissoning group for VP-30, Jun 1960 to Feb 1962. My other Fleet VP tour was with VP-26, Jun 1964 to March 1966. Then followed a tour on the COMFLEETAIRWINGS Pacific Staff and I later changed designator to AEDO and was P-3 APML. Then followed tours as Naval Plant Rep, Burbank (P-3 Production) and Naval Air Depot, Alameda (P-3 Rework). In summary probably 80% of my career was in or in direct support of the VP Forces..." [14JUN99]

SMITH, AW2 Duane SmithDu@colheights.k12.mn.us "...I served in VP-26 from June 1971 to March 1974. I was the SS1 operator on CAC-3A. Made deployments to NAS Bermuda NAS Sigonella, Sicily, and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal/ NS Rota, Spain. If anybody know the whereabouts of Skip Hobba, Bill Raling, or Warren Martin please let me know..." [03APR2001]

SMITH, AD1 Michael L. Retired oldfehomenh@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (01/1970), NADC (Warminister) Johnsville, Pennsylvania (05/1978) and VP-10 (06/1981) as FE and retired (11/1986)..." [03FEB2013]

SNYDER, ATC Stuart "Duke" Retired ssnyder10@hotmail.com "...After Boot Camp in Bainbridge, MD, AN "P" school in NAS Norman, Oklahoma and AT "A" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee. I recieved orders to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey where I was assigne to AT&D and had the opportunity to fly as Radioman in several models of Blimps. In December 1957 I was ordered to VW-2 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until my release from active duty in September 1959. Reenlisted in November 1959 and was assigned to VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Transferred to NRL at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in March 1961 until September 1961 at which time I was again ordered back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Then on to AT "B" school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee from March 1964 to November 1964. My next assignment was to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from December 1964 to December 1965 and then on to VAW-33 in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Served in VAW-33 from January 1966 to October 1967 at which time I reported for duty to VP-30 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until transferring to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine where I finished out my career in June 1976..." [BIO Updated 23MAR2006 | E-Mail Updated 08JUN2004 | 23FEB2000]

SOPHER, Doug doug_sopher@pechiney.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1964 through 1965. Anyone remember Andy's and the Andy's Wolf Pack? I have one of the first beer mugs made with the Wolf's head embosed on it. If anyone out there remembers, the model for the mug was a picture that was riped off from the comm office in Cuba. Let me know..." [28NOV2000]

SPADACCINO, Martin spadman61@hotmail.com "...Started out in AE "A" school, NAS Millington, Tennessee, then on to P-3 FRAMP at VP-30, 1982. Assigned to VP-24, 1983-86, and deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Bermuda. Next assigned to AIMD NAS Bermuda, 1986-90. Then VX-1, 1990-93. Move North to VP-26 , 1993-97, deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily twice and NAS Keflavik, Iceland again. Moved back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland with Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, 1997-2000. Last trip North back to VP-26, and a last deployment to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, again. Transferred to the Fleet Reserve Feb, 2002, and moved back home to Levittown, PA..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 23APR2007 | 30JUN98]

SPRINKLE, Mike mdsprinkle@hotmail.com "...Started pushing powerlevers back in '78 with VP-10 then served with VX-1, VP-26, Commander, Patrol Wing Five (CPW-5) back to VP-26. Currently in VP-10 as MMCPO. Got to love this stuff, still with my true love Cyndi (Smyrl) also of '78-80 VP-10 fame and having the time of my life. Would like to hear from some former Shipmates. The Red Lancer Camp Rocks the Sky tonight..." [25MAR99]

STAMPS, CDR Roy Retired roykstamps@gmail.com "...I served with VP-26 (1969-01/1972) TACCO and Avionics Officer, Naval Reserve (1972), ASWOC 1080 as a Fleet Qualified Watch Officer and retired in 1991..." [28OCT2013]

STEPHANSKY, ATCS Mike Retired mstephansky@cox.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1980 to 1982 (AT2) and NAS Misawa, Japan from 1982 to 1983 (AT1)..." WebSite: http://angelfire.com/rock/3mbox [BIO/E-Mail Updated 09APR2003 | 25JAN2000]

STEGALL, Kenny mech8319@hotmail.com "...I was in VP-26 from 1984 to 1987 and VP-11 from 1989 to 1994. I checked onboard VP-8 in 1997 and am currently there now. If anyone remembers me, drop me a line. I'd be glad to hear from ya'll..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 04FEB2000 |14FEB98]

STEVENS, Gerald gerald.stevens1@navy.mil "...I served in VP-26 from October 1974 until December 1976. Retired from Navy in September 1993 and am currently working for Anteon Corporation on contract to COMNAVAIRPAC NAS North Island, San Diego, California..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29JUN2004 | 24FEB99]

STEVENS, CAPTAIN Jack M. Retired captjack47@hctc.net "...I served with VP-26 (1955-1958) as a LT with deployments to Ramey AFB, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. I also served with VS-28 (Commanding Officer), CVSG-50 and USS Wichita (CA-45). Many, many great memories with the Little Rascals of VP-26. Retired in 1976..." [09NOV2012]

STEVENS, AD1 Jeff jstevens1021@yahoo.com "...Am currently serving in VP-26 as a Flight Engineer working in QA..." [30MAR2000]

STILTNER, Gabriele (Leslie) gabi@hawaii.rr.com "...I served in CPW-5 from 84-85, VP-26 85-88, Recruiting Nrd Louisville 88-92, VP-1 92-93, AIMD NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 93-97, and here I sit at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii awaiting my Husbands retirement. Loved the times I had in VP-26 and would love to rehash memories with anyone intersted. I would be interested in any information about VP-26 Reunions..." [10SEP2000]

STINSON, CDR Michael fishnfly2002@yahoo.com "...Hello to fellow Tridents! I was in VP-26 from April 85 to Dec 88 and did some interesting deployments to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, NS Rota, Spain and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Afterwards did a two year stint/boondoggle flying the TC-4c at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington with VA-128. And finally finished my Navy career as a Commander out of VP-69 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Currently living in Salt Lake and commuting to NYC/JFK to fly the 767-er for Delta to Europe, Africa and the mid east. I sure had a great time in Brunswick and remember the good friends. Keep me in mind if you are passing through SLC or on the way to Europe out of JFK. Cheers..." [12FEB2009]

STONE, Douglas H. dstone1116@aol.com "...USNA 79/Pilot/VP-10/VP-26..." [21SEP98]

STONER, AT2 Tom dtstoner@msn.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1961 to 1963 as an AT2 aboard LK2 and LK7 at NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [13SEP2008]

STOTTLEMYER, ADJC Donald Retired Gezer65@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1967 through 1970. I was Q/C and flew with Crew 2 as F/E. I retired in 1975 as ADJC. i would love to hear from anyone that was in during that time..." [E-Mail Updated 19APR2000 | 07JAN2000]

STRONG, Brian strong@butlercom.net "...I served with VP-26 from August 1986 through December 1990. I worked in airframes for Bob King, Jimmy Depace and Mark Marzella . Drop me a line so we can talk about the old times..." [24MAR2002]

STUART, AX1 Fred fstuart1@maine.rr.com "...I was in VP-26 from Mar 73 to Sept 77. Served on CAC6 under CDR Palombo PPC as Inflight tech also flew with Nick Zorn and "Rocky Vonvett", Maurice Carter, the Ryes brothers, Crewman Neuman, Radioman AT3 Lynch. I had a ball with them all and enjoyed the squadron. I didn't want to leave, but the detailer forced me to go to B School in Memphis because I was guaranteed a school and I couldn't get away from not going. I went back to Brunswick in the TSC with ATC Sullivan And AXC Jim Johnston were I got out of Navy as I missed VP-26 and comradery of the crews and couldn't wit 3 years for the rotation back to squadron..."

SWAIN, ABH3 Jack charpal4@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 (1959-1963) with deployments to NS Rota, Spain (1959), NAS Keflavik, Iceland (1960), NS Rota, Spain (1961) and NAS Boca Chica, Florida (1962) particapating in the Cuban missle crisis. I was an AOAN on LK-7 under CDR Richard Sims. I left the Navy in 1963 as an ABH3..." [28NOV2010]

SWAIN, John R. EChar44@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1959 to 1963. I have many fond memories of my tour. From the Cuban missle crisis to NS Rota, Spain, to the Isle of Crete, NAS Keflavik, Iceland..." [27JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...SWAIN, AOAN Ron...My brother, Ron Swain, (and I) served with VP-26 (1956-1960). We were one of three sets of brothers serving in the same squadron. My brother Ron passed away August 2008. He was a crewmember on LK-4 as aviation ordanceman. LCDR Hackett was plane commander..." Contributed by SWAIN, ABH3 Jack charpal4@comcast.net [28NOV2010]

SWATSWORTH, AZC Randy pabred68@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from January 1998 to November 2001. This was best command I have ever had the pleasure to been in. We had the best of times on deployments and detachments. I will never forget some of them, others I already have. Being part of the millenium deployment of 2000 at NAS Keflavik, Iceland was something I'll always remember along with having 40+ inches of snow. Once a Trident, always a Trident. TSOT!..." [25JUL2003]

SZABO, CDR Dennis M. Retired Submitted by Nick Selk (CDR Szabo is Nick's Uncle) mselk@tenet.edu "...Served with VPW-1...Cdr Szabo received a DFC for (I think) service in the Philippines...He was an AVCAD with VP-13 in the late 30's (around '39)...He was an Ensign with VP-26 in '40 w/ LCDR (then) A. N. Perkins as CO and LT A. D. Gray as Flight Officer...J.J. Hyland, also a recipient of the DFC, was with VP-26 at the same time..." [05APR98]


TAYLOR, CAPTAIN John Keith Retired jtaylor6@nctv.com "...I was in VW-15 and VW-13 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada where we flew the "SUPER CONNIES" WV (called willie victors). VW-11 also flew the same aircraft. Was later in VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 12FEB2005 | E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 05JAN98]

TAYLOR, CAPTAIN John K. jtaylor6@alltel.net "...I was in VW-15 and VW-13 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and Argentia, NFLD where we flew the "SUPER CONNIES" WV (called willie victors). VW-11 also flew the same aircraft. Was later in VP-24 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine..." [E-Mail Updated 16FEB99 | 05JAN98]

TAYLOR, AZ Nick sgtnkt@msn.com "...AZ, Maint Control in VP-26, 1970-72. NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and NAS Bermuda..." [21MAY2001]

TEETZ,AX1 Doral H. (Dutch) Retired DHTeetz@aol.com "...Hi Shipmates. I served with VP-26 from Aug 64 until sometime in 66 when I went to Avionics B school. I was part of the transition from SP2E's to P-3B's (the first in the fleet). From B school I went to VP-4 in Hawaii and made a deployment to Iwakuni with a couple of visits to Nam. From there, I went to NAMTG at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, then to VP-30, TAD to AIMD. I met my wife, Linda and got married. After a short tour in VA-83, I got orders to NAS Misawa, Japan (plankowner) for 3 1/2 years. From there to NAMTG 1012 at NAS Moffett Field, California. Retired in June 81 and moved to Orange Park, Fl for about a year and then to Gainesville, Fl. I'd like to hear from anyone I've served with over the years. Fair Winds and Following Seas to all..." [05NOV98]

TENER, Dick dicktener@cs.com "...I flew P-3's from 1968 til 1981. Started in VP-26 where I went TAR. I left VP-26 for VP-66 where I helped transition them from the P2 to P-3. Next to VP-94 for another transition. Them out to VP-91, and finally a department head tour in VP-16. Spent time at NAS Jacksonville, Florida the NRPC. Retired in 1988 as instructor at VT-10. Still flying commercially, but never a day goes by that I don't recall life in the Orion. I would have flown it til I died of old age if the Navy had been smart enough to let me. Those were the best days with the best people. Would love to hear from squadron mates, crew members, and friends..." [28APR2001]

THEISS, Jim jtheiss@ci.lewiston.me.us "...I served with VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1984 to 1990 as an inflight Ordnance. I flew with CAC-8. Still have contact with Zim. AO shop was tops. Would not trade for anything..." [10APR2010]

THOMAS, MCPO (AECM) Robert W. Retired waconn@aol.com "...I retired as a MCPO (AECM) in Feb 97 after 30 years of service. My first tour in VP was with VP-2 from 1966-1969. VP-2 disestablished in Dec 69. Following 18 mo as a civilian I returned to the Navy. In 1975, I was fortunate enough to be selected for P-3 flight Engineer school. I spent from April 1977-April 1981 in VP-26 and then in VP-8 till July 1987. I then transferred to NAS Point Mugu, California PMTC flying modified P-3s..." [28DEC98]

THORNBERRY, Jay B. jbtpmt@rhtc.net "...I served with VP-26 from 1974 through 1976, AW Sensor-3, CAC-7 and in "Special Projects" for a short while. I've seen quite-a-few names that remember. Its been a long time though! Would like to hear from anyone who served during the same period. I would like to say hello to "Space", Paul Cunningham, Rodger Shorr, and Chief Rich, who tried his best to keep me out of trouble! I'm sure I was named a lot of things, but most of the crew and AWshop fefered to me as "Thumper"..." [E-Mail Updated 31JAN2001 | 21MAY2000]

THORNTON, Barry 75060.404@compuserve.com "...VP-26 F/E 1973-1976. VQ-2 (many jobs) 1976-1980. Currently with U.S. Customs P-3's in Corpus along with dozens of ex-VP/VQ dudes..." [04MAR98]

THORNTON, AE2 Richard "Big Dick" rkrmthornton@msn.com "...I was in VP-26 from 2002 to 2005 as an aviation electritians mate. I met a lot of people and had a lot of fun. Anyone who remembers me drop me an email. I was on the NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployments in 2002 and 2003..." [01JUL2007]

TIEDT, Donald R. drtiedt@worldnet.att.net "...VP-26 1965-1979. Flight engineer CAC-6. Currently with Lockheed in Corpus Christi TX..." [08FEB98]

TOTH, AD2(AW) Stephen E. stephen.toth@yahoo.com "...I was a CDQAR, Engine Ground Turn Operator, Nightcheck & Midcheck POWERPLANT Supervisor (Oct 2001 - June 2006)with VP-26. "ONCE A TRIDENT, ALWAYS A TRIDENT" HOOHRAH MECHS!..." [27FEB2007]

TREMAINE, PH3 Scott scoby@execpc.com "...VP-26Shipmates - I was attached to VP-26 1965 thru 1969 NAS Brunswick, Maine and had the time of my life. I am in contact with John Aylmer Daily jmullet@ix.netcom.com. I also have been searching for PH-2 Richard Rooney via email and white pages No luck as yet. If anyone has information about him or just to say hello drop me a note..." [06JUN99]

TUITE, ADC Bill Retired BillTtuite@CS.com "...I served with VP-49 from 1971 to 1974, NADC from 1974 to 1977, VP-4 from 1978 to 1982, back to NADC from 1982 to 1985, and from 1985 to December 1987 I was with VP-26 out of NAS Brunswick, Maine (Flight Engineer at all those places). I had a great time flying with all those crews and seeing most all of the free world..." [24NOV2000]

TULLOS, ATC James R. (Jim) Retired jimdottull@aol.com "...I served in VP-26 from 1962 through 1963. Retired ATC at NAS Brunswick, Maine June 13, 1963. I would like to hear from anyone that might know the where abouts of ATCM (Leading Chief) Ted Johnson, Shop Chief ATCS George Gutridge, FAW Staff member CDR Albert Barre, and Danny Ferreira AT1 in VP23. Would like to hear from anyone serving in VP-26 during that time frame..."


UNGERMAN, AWCS Lon T. Retired daddybear5050@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-1, VP-26, VS-41, NMPC NAS Dallas, Texas and FASOTRAGRULANT NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [20DEC2009]


VALLONE, Phil pvallone@hotmail.com "...I served with VP-44 (November 1988 through June 1991), VP-26 (June 1991 through Auguest 1992), and VX-1 (August 1992 through December 1994). I am looking for some of my old Shipmates..." [18DEC99]

VanDIVER, AECS/(FE) Harold "Kris" Retired scpohv@aol.com "...I served with VPU-2 (05/1982-11/1985). Countless bear hunts and PE ops. Good times. Never quite mastered the 9 hole course on Midway. Goonies often in the way. Retired 1995 while assigned to VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. Now teach public school. National Board Certified Teacher since 2006. Still have, after all of these years, P-3 performance numbers in my head. Miss the flying and my Shipmates. In the landing pattern here in Jax. Will miss the purr of those dash-14's when the P-8 assumes the watch. I served with VP-44, VXN-8, VPU-2, VP-45, VP-30 and VP-26. Flew aboard the P-3A/B/C, RP-3A/D, EP-3 and UP-3A..." [BIO Updated 06SEP2011 | 10JUN98]

VANCE, Britt mbvance@tantella.com "...I served in VP-26 from 1976-80 as an acoustic AW. Had a lot of fun back then, deployments to NAS Bermuda, NS Rota, Spain, and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan. Would love to hear from any of the old buddies out there Joe Lafave, Dennis Dunham, Paul Del Papa, Don Barber etc. Have never been back to Broomstick or the cool old houses in Bath and Wiscasset but I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could see some old chums..." [E-Mail Updated 13OCT2004 | 27MAR99]

VanNOSTRAND, AZC Donald J. Retired dvannos@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 (June 1963 to July 1968), AIMD NAS Brunswick, Maine (August 1968 to June 1971), NAS Oceana VF-103 (July 1971 to March 1975), VA-42 (March 1975 to April 1980), VA-176 (April 1980 to November 1981) and retired AZC November 30, 1981. I tried several times to return to NAS Brunswick, Maine but the detailers would have nothing to do with that. Former VP-26 Shipmates give me a heads up and hopefully I'll remember..." [17FEB2008]

Memorial Picture "...VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H...Mark H. VanReken, 53, of Lexington Park died July 26, 2006, in San Diego after a courageous battle with cancer. A retired master chief with 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy (VP-23, VP-26, VP-56 and VPU-1), he continued to serve his country as a defense department employee at NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Many of the family's closest friends came from his time in uniform. He took great pride in his career. His dedication was such that he continued to work a nearly full schedule as he fought the disease that ultimately cost him his life. An active church member, he enjoyed singing in the choir, playing church league softball and served in several church leadership positions over the years. He was a devoted Christian to his last days, and believed completely in God's purpose for him. He also served the community for many years as a Little League baseball coach and as a supporter of many programs at Great Mills High School. He had a special love and respect for life. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel by RV, Red Sox baseball, country music, sharing his home with family and friends and eating ice cream. He is survived by Kris (DeJong), his wife of 33 years; three children with their spouses, Tim VanReken and Serena Chung of Longmont, Colo., Mike VanReken and DeeAnna Wales of Portland, Ore., and Sara and Aaron Niverba of San Diego; his father, Donald vanReken; and four sisters, Mary vanReken, Judy Herweyer, Donna Hoogendoorn and Peggy Nienhuis; his sisters-in-law, Beth DeJong and Gayle Schreiber; and brothers-in-law, James DeJong, Alan Herweyer, Andy Hoogendoorn and Calvin Taylor. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsa (deWind) vanReken. One of his greatest desires for his last year was accomplished in seeing the birth of his first grandchild, Jonathan Mark Niverba, six months ago. He made a positive impression on many and handled situations with a gentle, honest and loyal heart. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. in Holland, Mich., at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. A funeral service will be held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Leonardtown Baptist Church in Leonardtown. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown..." Contributed by VACEK, Glen glen.vacek@verizon.net [21SEP2010]

VanREKEN, AVCM Mark H. Retired mvanreken@hotmail.com "...P-3B(D) Radio operator, VP-23 76-79; P-3C UII IFT, VP-26 80-81; P-3B Sensor operator, VP-26 (VPU-1) Special Projects, 81-84; NAMTGD 1011 IFT/WST Instructor, 84-87; P-3C(NUD) IFT, VP-56 87-91. Retired in 93 as AVCM...." [E-Mail Updated 13SEP2003 | E-Mail Updated 23MAY2000]

VAUGHN, LCDR Mike Retired cmvaughn_o4@hotmail.com "...Yo! VP-26 Tridents (78-81), CPW10 "Brand X" Staff Weenies (86-88), and VP-6 Blue Sharks (88-90). Love to hear from anyone that remembers the good times..." [14FEB99]

VEATCH, Phil Veatrident@aol.com "...Would enjoy hearing from old squadron mates..."

VETICK, Don c/o Carolyn Vetick Brown cbrown@doublestarinc.com "...I'm an ex-navy wife, stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1962/63 with Don Vetick. He was a member of VP-26, Crew 8. Most of the wives of the crewmembers were pregnant at that time. I remember we all stayed together at Pauline (and JO) Wright's house (along with Deanna (Wes) Charles, Carol (Dick) Davis and Donna (Bud) Kolodgy) when the guys were deployed during the Cuban missle crisis. That's when our son decided it was time to enter the world. I'll never forget walking into Parkside Memorial Hospital to deliver my son, with 4 women escorting me who were as pregnant as I was! The nurse was in shock! I know Don would love to hear from any crewmates out there who remember him - especially Chill (Harold) Wills and JO Wright. He has recently been in touch with Dick Davis and Bert Ducey (sp?). Althought we're not married now, I'd be happy to forward any information to him or provide you with a way to contact him..." [05MAR2001]

VIGORITO, Tom rogiv@ix.netcom.com Shipmate PixShipmate Pix "...I was a TACCO first with VP-26 ('62-'64) CAC 8 - Lt. "Easy Ed" Doherty, Lt Paul Hurwitz, Lt Burt Ducey, Lt Tom Husband and later with Cdr Harley Wilbur and Lcdr Chuck Gehrin...also served with VP-18..." [01MAR98]

VIVLAMORE, Jack Shipmate Pix Circa 1956 jvroadrunner@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine from November 1953 to November 1956 as an AE2 Flight Crew. Members included LCDR Virgle McCormick, Pete Stamus, Hamrick, Wilson, Yulle, Latimer, and Krebs. Our Shop Chief Wilkes, AE1 Brown, and Division Officer LT Aron..." [Updated PIX 20OCT2000 | E-Mail Added 10DEC99 | 24JUN99]


WAITE, AW1 Bill Retired byerowndog@highstream.net "...I flew with VP-26 Crew 8 (Its Great to Be Ate!) from the 1977 NAS Bermuda deployment to NSF Diego Garcia in 1980 I had some great times. I'm wonder how I ever lived through it! Live here in San Diego working as a Technical Writer. Love Maine though. Sherry is from Harpswell and we just built a cedar log cabin there. I stay in touch with some old Shipmates including Greg Turner, Don McIntyre, Tom Cieslak and a few others. Other commands include ASWOC/TSC NAS Cubi Point, Philippines 81-82, VP-17 82-86 (SS3), EEAP, VP-19, VP-46, and NAVSTAD San Diego. Look forward to contact from old Shipmates. Had a lot of great times in the VP world, but I never did like sweeping snow off the wings!..." [E-Mail Updated 03JUN2004 | 26SEP2000]

WALDEN, Michael walden39@netzero.com "...I served in the Navy from August 1999 through August 2003. I was stationed at NAS Oceana for 2 years then was assigned to VP-26 NAS Brunswick, Maine. We deployed to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from August 2002 through February 2003. I had a great time serving with my fellow Shipmates. I just wanted to wish every a Safe and Happy Holiday..." [25DEC2003]

WALSH, M. P. D. MWALSH900@aol.com "...Came to the best VP squadron around Nov'67. Was first assigned to crew 13, then took the reins on J. R. C. Taylor's crew. What a GREAT time that was. Hey JRC, did we kill some subs or what? Happy to hear from any and all Shipmates that were there at decom. Remember Knobby #1? I was #2...and not Knobby #3. I served with VP-5 '56 to '60, VC-8 (Roos Rds) P-2V '60 to '63, NADC NAS Jacksonville, Florida, Special Projects, P-2V '66 to '67, VP-21 '67 to '69, VP-26 '69 to '71, and VP-31 for two tours..." [18APR98]

WARMACK, PH1 JD Retired retnavyphoto@frontiernet.net "...I served with VP-26 (01/1973-03/1976), AIMD W/C 685 at NAS Key West, Florida (03/1976-02/1980) in the Camera Repair and VP-24 (02/1980-09/1985). Prior to joining the Navy I was an Air Force weenie but got smart, got out and joined the Navy. I am currently living in Ranson, WV..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 01NOV2011 | E-Mail Updated 16OCT2005 | E-Mail Updated 12AUG2001 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 24JUN2000]

WATSON, AT1(AW/NAC) George Retired Shipmate Pix Circa 1995 Lost_guy57@yahoo.com "...I was an IFT on 2 tours with VP-26 (1986-1989 and 1993-1996). After 20 yrs of DOD service, I finally graduated to civilian life. Not much has changed for me, I remain closely associated with the VP community working at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics out of Marietta, GA. Always looking forward to hearing from former Shipmates. TSOT..." [E-Mail/BIO/PIX Updated 11OCT2002 | E-Mail Updated 20JUL98 | 00XX97]

WEBB, AD1 Stan Retired P3dude@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1980 to 1983, VP-19 from 1987 to 1990, and VPU-1 from 1993 to 1994. Took early 15 year retirement in 1994. Worked on P-3's again for Kay & Associates (Navy contractor) from 1994 to 1998 at NAS Point Mugu, California. Now I'm at Delta Airlines. Any old buds out there drop me a line..." [E-Mail Updated 12OCT2002 | 20MAY98]

WEIDENHAMMER, Chris chrisw@bergquistcompany.com "...I served in VP-1 from 1986 to 1989. I am looking for J. T. Brown, Or Ralph Camacho they worked in the Avionics shop. Have had recent contact with Lt. Mike Plowman former (AW1) and Paul Adams. Just looking for old friends to say hello..." [13MAR2001]

WEIR, CAPTAIN Jack T. Retired jackweir@sbcglobal.net "...I was stationed at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas in October 1956 (P2V-1/2), VP-26 from November 1956 to December 1959 ( NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Moraco), VP-31 (Plank Owner) from January 1961 to November 1963 (Instructor Pilot), VP-46 (first west coast P-3 squadron) from January 1964 to May 1967 ( NAS Moffett Field, California, NAS Adak, Alaska , Shimia, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, and NS Sangley Point, Philippines), COMPATWINGSPAC Staff from January 1969 to December 1970, Commanding Officer VP-40 from March 1971 to March 1972 ( NAS Moffett Field, California, NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan, (Rain Makers), NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, NAS Agana, Guam, and NSF Diego Garcia), COMPATFORSEVENTHFLT/CTF-72/COMFARIWING ONE Staff from April 1972 to April 1974, OPNAV 95, COMNAVICE and Commanding Officer NAS Keflavik, Iceland from September 1976 to September 1978, OPNAV 94 till May 1, 1980. So many good memories, so many good Shipmates love to hear from you..." [E-Mail Updated 25MAR2004 | 12JAN2000]

WELCH, John W. seacobra@gvtc.com "...I was on board VP-10 from 1966 to 1968. I then transfered to VP-26 as replacement F/E in 1968 to 1969. I also was stationed with VP-23 and VP-17. I was F/E with all four squadrons..." [16APR99]

WELCH, Terry (TJ) sjwelding@feist.com"...AX3-VP-26--Dec. '66 to May '69, Radio Operator CAC 6--Leonard Messerli, Bob Budden, Dennis Teemley, Marvin Koenig, Al Ness, Dave Sieruta, Tom Broome, Tom Cato, Don Tiedt, Grady Bush---Hope you're still going strong..."

WEIR, Bob weirrealty@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 (07/1957-07/1959) at NAS Brunswick, Maine with deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I came from Brooklyn, NY and I still live in New York City..." [19DEC2013]

WHEELER, AMS2 Aaron III airon3@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-26 (05/1972-09/1975) with deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Rota, Spain, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Bermuda and NAS Keflavik, Iceland for a couple of weeks. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 25AUG2012 | 19FEB99]

WHEELER, Fred E. mdwfew@comcast.net "...I served with VP-26 and VP-11 at NAS Brunswick, Maine as well as some time in Base Supply. I retired in November 1974. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [09JAN2011]

WHITEHOUSE, PHCS Frank Retired frankw@worldpath.net "...Served in VP-26 in the 70's..." [29JUL2001]

WIELAND, AE James F. jimwieland@sbcglobal.net "...I served with VP-26 from November 1959 till December 1962. I was a crew member on LK 3 for a short time then on LK 5. I was an Electronics Technician..." [23JUN2006]

WILLIAMS, CDR Dave Retired davew26@msn.com "...I joined VP-26 in March 1962. For 14 months I had the pleasure of being the BULL Ensign of the squadron. I spent many an hour at the nav table on Crew 6 because our TACCO was too lazy to navigate. Learned alot from the plane commander, Bill Culhane, CP Norm Ross, TACCO Ed Clover, Plane Captain Brunskill and the rest of the crew. Finally promoted to LT(jg) and became PPC of Crew 12. Left the squadron in June 1965. After a few more years, I retired from the Navy in 1981 as a CDR. Never forgot the experiences at my first and best squadron, VP-26..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 15JUN2004 | 12OCT98]

WILLIAMS, Ron photo9@adelphia.net "...My first navy tour was VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, (June 1953 to June 1956)where I made AT3 and several friends amoung the local population. Most of these at the time, like myself, were too young for the bars. I am now 66 and live with my daughter and grandchildren in Virginia. From VP-26 I moved on to other squadrons. Wintered over on Deepfreeze 4 with VX-6 as an AT2 and on to AEW-11 & AEW-13 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada as an AT1. Than to HS-5 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island where I was the command career counselor and the leading PO of the admin division. Than on to shore duty at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1968 I traded AT1 for UT3 in the seabees. My first tour of duty with the seabees was Danang, Viet Nam where I Made UT2. Than served as assistant athletic director at CBC Davisville and made UT1 (back to E6 again). A short tour with a CB detachment at NAS Jacksonville, Florida than back to Davisville as petty officer in charge of special services. Than training petty officer of the 21st Naval Construction Regiment. Than wintered over at McMurdo followed by three summer supports at McMurdo. I transfered to the Fleet Reserve in June 1976 and than to the retired list on March 1st 1980. I would like to say hi to all Shipmates who may remember me, both aviation personnel and seabees. For anyone who may wish to contact me by e-mail or snail mail at 260 Red Oak Road, Cross Junction, VA 22625-2269. To those who may remember me. I now spend my time teaching my seven year old granddaughter to hike, ski and paddle a canoe..." [02JAN99][ICQ # 31902485]

WILLIAMS, AE Steve steve_williams@klein-tools.com "...I was stationed NAS Brunswick, Maine with VP-26 from 1963 to 1966, as an AE. Was assigned to LK7 and then LK1. Cmd. Cullen was our PPC. AS Exec and CO he didnt fly with us often. I have been trying to locate Don Sullivan, Tom Gaff,Paul Loveless, Joe Lomastro, who crewed on LK2. Also Clayton Foye, another crew AE. I located his address in Wiscasset, Me. but havent been able to contact him. I would like to hear from anybody that was in the squadren at that time..." [07MAR2001]

WILSON, LT A. Scott ASCTWILSON@aol.com "...VP-26 June ' 65 to Jun ' 68. PPC of CAC-12, "The Dirty Dozen", during Westpac deployment starting Nov ' 67. Crew -- Copilot, Ltjg Stu McLellan until moved to CAC-1 as PPC, then Ltjg Ken Bidlake; 3p/Nav, Ltjg Paul Miller; TACCO, LT Bob "Bubs" Devine; F/E, ADJ1 Al McInnis; F/E, AME1 Arnold Shepardson; Comm, AX2 Cliff Stone; Radio, AX2 Ricky Mardula; Radio, ATN3 Harold Croft; Jez, AX1 Ken McDaniels; Julie, AE2 Tom Cato; Ordinance, AO2 Tom Broome..." [31OCT98]

WITT, AK3 Roger rogerwitt169@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 (09/1955-09/1957) with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR and Ramey Air Force Base near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 29JUL2013 | 01JUN2009]

Memorial Picture "...WOLF, ADCS Raymond "Skip"...I must inform all that Skip Wolf passed away in February 2008. Skip served with VP-6, VP-11, VP-26 and VW-12. His ashes were scattered at sea by a Crew from VP-26, made up of Active Duty Trident CPO's...GRAY, AFCM Richard W. "Dick" Retired dickgray@brooksendway.com..." [14JAN2009]

WOLF, ADCS Raymond "SKIP" Retired swolf@suscom-maine.net ".... I was attached to VP-6 in December 1958 until mid 1959 when I was transferred to the VW Navy attached to VW-12 for training. Back to VP-11 from June 1964 until September 1967, I was attached to VP-26 in September 1972 while deployed to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and remained on board until retirement in June 1975..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25MAR2002 | 11SEP98]

WOOD, AT3 DAVID A. GEMINC@TDS.NET "...AT3 1966-1969 VP-26 SIDNEY O. NEWTON-DAMON OSGOOD- RON GREENE-RON HOMER-ETC. NAS Keflavik, Iceland - NS Sangley Point, Philippines -Utapao - NS Rota, Spain..." [13JUL2001]

WOODS, PR2 Russell E. Jr. rwoods1@maine.rr.com "...I served with VP-26 from 14APR67 to 04JUN69..." [09AUG2007]

WRIGHT, Marvin marvnruth@hotmail.com "...Served with VP-62(A)from 1970 to 1972. Anyone remembering "King George", "Gooseneck" Westmoreland, "Drip Pan" Case, or "Tom " Dooley drop me a line..." [24MAR2000]

WYLY, CDR James R. Retired bobandrozy@sofnet.com "...In the history of VP International it notes that the original P-2000 club was formed with one American, one Australian, and RCAF members of 407 Maritime Squadron. I was the American mentioned. As a Navy LCDR I was on exchange duty with the RCAF at Comox, B.C. from 1965-1967. I would like to hear from any members of 407 Squadron from that time. During my career, I had two tours in VP-26, One tour in VP-30 and a tour as XO-CO of VP-44...." [E-Mail Updated 31MAY2003 | 15SEP98]


UHDE, PH1 (NAC) Steve Retired uhdinator@aol.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1984-87, USS E. S. Land AS-39 from 1987 to 1988, FLT Imaging NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1989 to 1991, VPU-1 from 1992 to 1995, FLT Imaging NAS Brunswick, Maine from 1996 to 1998 and VPU-1 from 1998 to 2003. Retired December 31st, 2003..." [31DEC2003]

UPTON, ABH Charles "Andy" cupton47@netscape.net "...I was in VP-26 from September 1971 to January 10, 1975. I was an ABH the entire time. I launched and recovered the aircraft, towed them in and out of the hangars and did the "yellow gear." I was on all the deployments, NAS Bermuda, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Crete, NAF Naples, Italy and loved NAS Brunswick, Maine. Does anyone know how I can get the Patrol Emblem?..." [21OCT2001]


YARCK, AECS (AW/SW) Michael R. michael.yarck@navy.mil "...I served with VP-56 from 1984 to 1988, "A" School, VPU-1 from 1988 to 1990, Naval Aviation Maintenance Office (NAMO) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1990 to 1993, VP-26 from 1993 - 1998, NATTC NAS Pensacola, Florida (Instructor) from 1998 to 2001, VS-24 from 2001 to 2004, (2001 and 2003 deployments on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and TR respectively), CNATTU HQ NAS Pensacola, Florida from 2004 to 2007, VS-32 from 2007 to 2009 (2007 deployment on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Disestablishment) and reported to VP-10 February 2009..." [12MAR2009]

YODER, Fred fjyoder1938@webtv.net "...I was in VP-26 from 1956 to 1960. I would iike to hear from some Shipmates that served in the Squadron during that time as well as any Reunion information..." [07JAN99]

YOUNG, William M. (Rusty) rusty10058@aol.com "...I was in VP-26 from April 1968 until April 1970. Started as a ground pounder on the line during the WESPAC cruise and went on CAC 11 as radio after the return to NAS Brunswick, Maine. Deployed to NS Rota, Spain and then NAS Keflavik, Iceland and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. Would love to hear from anyone. Went thre SERE school with several guys in VP-49 who later relieved us in NS Sangley Point, Philippines..." [17JUL2000]


ZALLNICK, LT Deidre http://iowa.rotc.rpi.edu/nrotc/meetbn/zallnick.html "...LT Zallnick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in Ocean Engineering. Upon graduation she attended Initial Flight School Training NAS Pensacola, Florida. She completed Primary and Intermediate Flight Training in NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida with the VT-3 Red Knights. Upon completion, she went to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for Advanced Training with the VT-31 Wise Owls. There she received her Wings of Gold on 7 May 1999. Her next assignment was to the P-3 FRS, VP-30, NAS Jacksonville, Florida. From there she reported to VP-26 in NAS Brunswick, Maine. While assigned to VP-26 she served as the Airframes Branch Officer, Indoctrination Officer, Plans Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. Her qualifications included Patrol Plane Pilot, Patrol Plane Commander, Functional Check Flight Pilot, and Mission Commander. She completed two six month deployments with the Tridents. The first was to NAS Sigonella, Sicily in 2000. There she participated in Operation Joint Guardian over Kosovo and Operation Deliberate Force over Bosnia. She also participated in several allied exercises is the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. Her second deployment was split between NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Ecuador, and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Operations included support missions for the War on Drugs and Operation Enduring Freedom. LT Zallnick is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. LT Zallnick is authorized to wear the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle "E" Ribbon, National Defense Medal (Two awards), Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Two awards), Pistol Marksmanship Medal and several campaign ribbons..." [17APR2004]

ZIMMERMAN, Kevin kz1111@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-26 from 1985 to 1988. I've managed to stay in touch with Kevin Shanahan, Ken Smiley, Jim Theiss and Jeff Cole. I presently work for American Airlines at Dallas-Fort Worth. Anybody who wants to stay in touch can e-mail me..." [11AUG2007]

ZORN, Nicholas D. (Nick) (Deceased) zorn@pcola.gulf.net "...I started out in VP-10 as an ATAN in late 1952. Left for "B" school as an AT1 in summer of 1955. Shore duty after that at NAS NAAS Saufley Field, Florida until selected for the "Seaman to Admiral" program in '58. After OCS I spent a year on the USS Davis (DD-937). Then flight school, rag and on to VP-23 in mid 1961. Made many deployments to NAS Sigonella, Sicily, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, along with NAS Keflavik, Iceland in October, 1964. I was PPC of Crew 2. Copilot and wonderful human being was Tom Case, Tacco was Frank Natchez. First tech was Wild Bill Orral. Anybody remember or know where ADRC Rose is? Or having to pull our plane in with a tracked tractor after we landed in a 55 knots gusting 70 cross wind? It's great to see so much info here about the VPNavy. I later went back to Saufley as a flight instructor then ComCruDesFlot Six staff and then two tours in VP-26 as Maintenance Officer (first tour) and XO (second time). Came down with Guillian Barre' Syndrom after a trip to Lima, Peru and finally retired Sep 30, 1975 after 24 years one month and 9 days active duty. I still miss it!..." [Deceased Notice 05MAR2003 | 21NOV99]

ZUMBACK, Jackie (Ort) zumbackja@aimdjax.navy.mil "...I served with VP-26 from June 1987 to October 1989. I transfered to VPU-1 and stayed there until June 1992. I left the community then and have been trying to get back there ever since! I really do miss those big hunks of junk - lol. Actually, spending 4 years at an E-2/C-2 Rag outfit made me appreciate them. I've seen a few of the people who where there when I was, and I've been trying to locate a few more. So - if you served in either VP-26 or VPU-1 when I did and you remember me please e-mail me. I am currently serving with AIMD NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 08AUG2002 | 30MAR2000]


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