Squadron Two Assn


Dedicated to preserving the memories of our VP2 shipmates

The Brotherhood

    "I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite.  Not to tell stories or look at old pictures.  Not to laugh or weep.  Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped of their humanity.  I did not pick these men.  They were delivered by fate and the military.  But I know them in a way I know no other men.  I have never given anyone such trust.  They were willing to guard something more precious than my life.  They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me.  It was part of the bargain we all made,  the reason we were so willing to die for one another.  As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day.  I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades... Such good men."

--Author Unknown--  (submitted by Dino Vlahakis via Vic Gulliver, 17Jan2007)

2018 Reunion San Diego; Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley
18-21 October 2018; Another great reunion.
Nic Niccum's R2018 report is in the December newsletter
December Newsletter link
Next - R2020 in Jacksonville

====> Truculent Turtle - 29Jan2016  <====
Some Turtle Links
Perth - preparations and takeoff -
From the Old Fliers Group, Western Australia  -
Video on the flight of the Turtle -
Turtle Images at Garbutt Airfield enroute to Perth
(taken by RAAF Flight Sergeant Ivor W Fisher, Courtesy of  his  grandson, Les Miller)

New to the Patrol Squadron Two Association
A Big Welcome to

Jul2018 - #613 - James and Gloria Copeland (57-59)
Aug2018 - #614 - John and Phyllis Snook (68-69)
Aug2018 - #615 - Phil Ray (??_??)
Aug2018 - #616 - Jim and Helen Parrott (??-??)
Sep2018 - #617 - Jay Roberts (65-68)

Recently Deceased:
Reid F Carter, (VPB-130 43-45; VP-2 47-49) Dec2017; (notification rec'd Dec2018 )
James B "Jimmy" Pugh, (59-63) Jan2018
Albert "Bert" Howard, (68-69; CO) Jan2018
Dwight Lane, (64-66; CO) Feb2018
AG "Alex" Alexander, (59-61) Apr2018
Peter C Wols, Jr, (58-62) May2018
Richard "Dick" Gregory, (57-58) Jul2018
William D "Smitty" Smith, (56-59) Jul2018
Marie Hart, (59-62) Jul2018
Carole Crouse; spouse of Dave Crouse, (57-61) Aug2018
Homer Ragsdale, (65-66; CO) Sep2018
JM "Jim" Stackhouse, (65-68) Oct2018
Jim Welch, (56-58), Jan2019

==> May God Bless America and all those serving to defend our freedom. <==

VP-2 Squadronmates are encouraged to register with and to join the Association.

(click on the image for a larger version)
The Whidbey Patrol Squadron Memorial; Oak Harbor, WA
Sponsored by the Patrol Squadron Two Assn; Dedicated in Sep2006

History VP-2
In Memoriam
Military History
Turtle Project
Tall Tales

Patrol Squadron Two:  At first, in the 1930s, there was the PM-4, and then, with a second beginning in 1943 (VPB-130) there was the Ventura, then the Harpoon, and then the Neptune!

The Truculent Turtle was one of the first Neptunes, setting the 1946 non refueled non-stop distance record on a flight from Perth, Australia to Columbus, Ohio that persisted for years.

The 2010 gathering of Patrol Squadron Two Association veterans decided to take on the task of sponsoring the Truculent Turtle; now perched in the new hangar at the National Naval Aviation Museum; Sherman Field, Pensacola, Florida.  A painting of the Truculent Turtle in flight by Robert Fiacco has been donated to the Turtle endowment.  It is posted below the sponsors listing on the endowment page.  More on the Turtle here.

The Post Neptune Era

PV-1 Ventura
PV-2 Harpoon
PV-3 Ventura II (recycled from UK)

P2V-1_SB2  Miramar
Art Hoffman, 1948    
P2V-2_SB2  Miramar
Art Hoffman, 1948

Baldur Sveinsson Collection



Silver P2V-7


Maintained by Doug Donohue  PO Box 2894  Gardnerville  NV  89410
  Contributions and constructive comments are welcome.