|This page is for notices of interest to all or some of our members. nvsoar|
|While Bill Smith was awaiting his delayed VP2 Association membership card, he and Sandra quieted the angst with a cruise on a tall masted sailing ship in the Western Mediterranean. See the pictures here. [nvsoar_25Nov2006]|
|Updated association rosters are available. Those active members with internet access can receive a roster by email attachment that will open in a browser or spreadsheet program, your choice. A printed roster is available for those person who are not happy with an electronic file. Please advise your "druthers." [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|Vic Gulliver is collecting items for the mid December newsletter. Patrol Squadron Two squadron mates are invited to submit articles/items for inclusion. The sooner the stuff gets to Vic the better for all. [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|No longer available since Picasa Web has be scuttled. Bob Champoux has posted some Reunion2006 and Tillamook Museum images. [nvsoar 25Sep2006]|
|Lloyd Olds reports that Sal & Max Lucero both deceased and that he has located Mark Goldy, Victor Snow, Steven Zerbel & Paul Sinkovitz. All served in 67-68. [nvsoar 02sep2006]|
|From Doug - Every once in a while a current events image
comes along that is worth sharing, Here
is the link
|Vic and Pat Gulliver will be attending son David's graduation from the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, OR this month. [nvsoar 09May2006]|
|Joe Ryan sent in a pictorial report from his pirate's lair at Londell MO. See it here! [nvsoar 11Apr2006]|
|Vic Gulliver advises: The Ship's Store is selling off all its VP-2 shirts to reduce the cost of inventory. See the Ship's Store section of the website for details on how to buy any of the remaining styles, sizes and colors of shirts that will no longer be stocked. [nvsoar 25Mar2006]|
|Here's an attempt to get 2006 off to a good start. Take
a look at this "Hooters Calendar" sent
by Newt Biggers. Enjoy!
|Not really a notice, but something to break up the string of
Joe Ryan sends a question - "What is the difference between a shipmate and a running mate?"
Here goes - "A shipmate will stand good for your bail when you're in jail. A running mate will be sitting next to you saying "damn that was fun!"" [nvsoar__21Nov2005]
|Bob Wolfe, 2006 Reunion Chair
sends: Bow Washington, Where is that?
That is where VP-2 squadron mates, their spouses, significant others and/or friends will rendezvous September 11-15, 2006 to reminisce about the good-ole-days. [nvsoar 05May2005]
|This came in over the transom
from Bob Kline - If interested in the 2" by 4" stickers below (or
others) please visit the link posted below and from there the group's
http://www.vetsignia.org/navy.htm [nvsoar 30Jan2005]
|Ernie Fillipucci (VP2_1969) at email@example.com
advises that he is looking for a 1969 Cruise
|James Alsop (VPB-130) has
submitted a personal recollection of the sinking of U-615 off Curacao
in August 1943. Well worth reading. http://www.patron2.com/files/recollect.html#Alsop
Dewey Mawson's recollection of the 15Jun1951 Kodiak P2V-4 landing
accident. nvsoar 13July2004
|Jmichael Moore, AZ1 ret, V???,
is looking for a copy or information on a picture posted in the North
Island AIMD ofiice, circa 1975. The picture depicted a P2 or S2 flying at
over water at night, with a Sub visible under the water. The striking
about the picture were the cat eyes in the background. The caption
alluded to the fact that ASW can see at
night. Please reply to nvsoar.
|Here is Mike Maione stirring the
pot: "does anyone remember this is your life party??????my name
is mike maione i was a parachute rigger in vp2 from 1961 to
1964...does anyone remember who the other dancer was/////i'll give you
a hint he is on the board
|Battle of Midway: I ran
across an image of the sole surviving Avenger at the Battle of Midway
at the website mentioned at the bottom. Harry
Ferrier flew as a crewman in this ship. Here are his comments -
Hi Doug, That is a photo of the TBF that I flew in at the Battle of
Midway. There are four other pictures of the plane showing it
right after landing with the right gear still in its well, then closeup
of the plane on both wheels, then close up of tail damage, and one of
the turret's damage. Navair Museum at Pensacola should have all
of them. There is also a photo of the plane at Norfolk when it was
new. It was painted up as 8-T-1, the Skipper's plane. It
still had that side number when we flew it at BOM. Harry
http://www.richard-seaman.com/index.html nvsoar 28Jun2004
the Executive Board - The
VP-2 Association Executive Board has extended a "dues optional"
privilege to all Association members who served in VP-2 (and
predecessor squadrons) prior to December 31, 1946. Full
Association membership benefits will be accorded to these VP-2 veterans
provided they fulfill all other requirements for membership in good
standing. Donations to maintain association operations are
gratefully accepted. For all, please maintain current contact
information. For those who have yet to provide their military
service dates (see the notice
below dated 03Nov2003), please do so in
order to protect us from the talons of the IRS.
|From James Baxter - Served in the first
Navy aircraft squadron to bear the name VP-2 from 1934 to 1936.
He writes "Trans from VP-2 (old PM-2's) to VP- 9, North Island,
CA. Got the 1st PBY-1's. Was a Lieutenant in WWII, and
served as 1st LT on USS Victoria (AO-48) in the South Pacific, in
Manila at end of War. My time with VP-2 was in Coco Solo, Panama.
On the Reunion > > > Sorry - can't make it - age 92 is keeping me at home most of the time." nvsoar 19Jun2004
|From Mike Maione - a stream of
consciousness report - part 1-
hello to everyone..this is from mike maione pr2 vp2 1961-1964///i worked in the duty office, was a bus driver, bartender and i lived on the highway before you came into oak harbor..i had a burgandy mustang...does anyone remember me???i had a long date with a girl in kodiak name cerlett, does anyone remember her????we had a this is your life for i think joe lapham, and i was one of the girls( i think gleason was one too)i remember putting grapefruits in my jersey hahaha////anyway im retired , live in upstate ny go to florida 3 months of the year and life is good...have 8 grand children and love them all//still happily married//if someone remembers me and remembers the guy i lived with who had a buick special and lived in washington let me know..id love to email or write him..one of these years i'm gonna make a reunion//i remembe a lot of the names here but can't seem to put faces to them..i carried a picture of a sailor named willie shew around with me ever since 1963 and kept it always on the wall..when i got a computer i put the picture by it..would you believe one day in i think 2001 i got a email from will and he asked me if i remembered him.. in 5 minutes i sent him the picture and i hope to see him very soon..well listen everyone i have to go now but hope to hear from anyone or everyone who would like to email me and bring up all the good and bad times we had. remember all the fishing we did and canned the fish, does anyone remember irma la duce the movie and going back to the club and we invented a drink in the name of the movie...how about japan for rr&r...man were them the days..we had so much junk in the tail we thought it was gonna fall off///see you all soon mike maione
part 2- good morning to all// since i went through the roster of vp2rs my mind started remembering some things///remember when the president got shot??we were in kodiak//was anyone as scared as me??/had no idea what was happening with russia and if it came to war all we had was box lunches to throw at them//how about the first p3v to come to kodiak and would not fit in the hanger// how about the earthquake and the news that a giant tidal wave was coming. do you remember the battleship bouy that came ashore with the wave and when the wave left it left it there..i sometimes wondered what happened to it//the people that stayed in alaska as"volunteers" with me had to eat everything powered. remember the gas that came up under the runway and we were afraid that the island was going to catch fire//or the hills that came down and were flat after the tremors. here's one for you all, you had to be there to believe it. the entire runway came up and at the very end of it it shattered into little pieces//i was a bartender at the time of the quake and had no idea what it was until the left wall fell out of the club//and how about EVERCLEAR/// we tried to drink like the fishermen and really never could..some people fell off the stools...hahahahahaha well now that i bored all of you i feel great to remember all of this it was a big part of my life/// i have been back to whidbey island a few times over the years to see a couple that used to fix food for me and i called the mom and pop. unfortunately they both died last year..happy fathers day to all
|From Jack D. Cooke: I served with
VP-2 during the 59-60 Kodiak deployment as 2nd radio. I was
assigned to YC-2, the XO's crew. I 'm not sure....was his name
Foster? I believe the Plane Captain's last name was
Vaccaro....ADR-1. He used to store up his most rotten Italian
food gas in his poopy suit and dump his side vent on us half way thru
one those long "radio silence" flights between Russia and Alaska.
My first radio's last name was Sakiyama or Sakihama.
I have about 400 feet of 8mm color celluloid film that depicts a "typical" day in the air....take-off and landing and ship rigging and the Halibut fleet, a brief glimpse of a WWII P-38 ditched on an island somewhere in the Aleutians, Kiska's bomb pocked runway, and an adventure around the WWII section of Adak. I have yet to clean it up and transfer to video tape/DVD. I also have about a dozen black and white Brownie photo's of some of us goofing off in the barracks during that deployment. I don't remember many names but I remember the adventure quite well.
[see the photos in gallery 60; nvsoar 04Jun2004]
|James Alsop (VB130, 43-45)
reports: "I've run across the original photos for Cmdr G G Price
with white uniformed officers and one with white uniformed air crew men
and one with his white uniformed crew. Really great photos.
Further, I am in contact with Richard Zahl, one of the original VB-130
radiomen and Kenrick Healy, an AOM and member of our Crew #5 who were
on board also with Lt. Holmes. (Lt Holmes has been deceased for
years). The other members of crew #5 were Jens Oli Madsen, AMM,
now deceased and the co-pilot Robert Tonner." nvsoar 01Jun2004
|George Jenista (2004 Reunion
Host) reports that he recently received a call from Ron Graham.
"Ron was Ops Officer of VP-2 when I checked in in June, 1956.
Went to Alaska in 56 and Iwakuni in 58. Was the OinC of the cadet
Barracks in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1955-56 when I
graduated." nvsoar 01Jun2004
|Robert M McKnight (VP2 56-59,
Crew 8 with Bob Anderson, Jack Dodson, Gerry Lynch and John Willcuts)
advises that barring big problems, he and Nancy will see all who come
to the San Antonio reunion late this September.
from Satch Beasley: The Cold War Veterans Association 2004
calendar features a photo of LT Jesse Beasley (3 Cape Cod) on the
|Update from Brooks Noel (earlier
reports below): Dear Doug,
In Dec my reading was 8......and the Dr said most people walking around ran 4 to 8....so they took me off the hospice program saying that's only for people who are dying,. but in Jan it was 15, Feb 21 and in March 42 which was just double, so the Dr put me back on the hospice program.....and cautioned that we could look forward to lost of stamina...
I would have loved to attend the San Antonio reunion, but will have to play it by ear now...My WWII carrier has one in rar east Tenn on Sept 12......right in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountian Park.....
Wife cannot walk very far without wheel chair....so this year may not be our best......will reach 80 on April 21st... nvsoar 09Apr2004 [Your prayers appreciated]
|Korea Defense Service Medal
Submit requests for the KDSM to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 9700 PAGE AVE ST LOUIS MO 63132-5100. Include documents supporting service in Korea from 28 July 1954 to a date to be determined.
Eligibility. Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive, or for 60 nonconsecutive days, or
(a) be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility, or
(b) is wounded or injured in the line of duty and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility, or
(c) while participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, or within the area of eligibility in direct support of military operations; (Each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with these criteria shall count as one day toward the 30 or 60-day requirement.) or
(d) served in operations and exercises conducted in the area of eligibility as long as the basic time criteria is met.
nvsoar 18Feb 2004 (Thanks to Alex for the info.)
|Catamaran for USN?:
EMAIL from shipmates: Those who are receiving email from
shipmates that is unwanted have several choices to deal with the
situation. Of the messages that I have seen, the sender and
subject have been clearly identified - thus the delete function can
dispose of the unwanted message. Or set up a filter so that
undesired messages are automatically rejected. Or send a request
to the sender to be removed from their address list. Please
remember that the messages that come from shipmates contain material
that they think is important to share with the rest of us.
Bailey advises that Bruce Weber
(Crew 3, 67-68) is working in Iraq and can be contacted by email.
nvsoar 14Feb2004 Followup note from
Bruce to Beetle: Beetle, Great to hear from you.
Hope to see you at the reunion in
September. I'm coming home to Texas March 15 returning to Iraq March
26th. My mail address is Bruce Weber--KBR--CAMP ANACONDA--BALAD,
IRAQ--APO AE 09391...I don't get on a computer
much, just every couple of weeks. Think about you guys
Tell Mrs. Beetle I said HOWDY. Having a great time over here.
|A note from John Rushin: "I am in
Copenhagen visiting an old exchange student. This is a very safe
and enjoyable city. Enjoying exploring by bicycle, a primary mode
of transport here." Best, John Rushin, VP2, 63-64 02Feb2004|
Champoux has agreed to lead the membership development
effort. Since he has the last two cruise books he will likely
start with those names. It's a big job to locate these
persons. Please contact Bob if you are able to
assist. nvsoar 28Jan2004
HW Petersen submitted an article from the King County Journal about the Boeing proposal for the next maritime patrol aircraft. nvsoar 03Jan2004
|Update from Brooks Noel: On 2 Dec wife and I told the Hospics nurse that we wanted a new blood test...last one was Mar 01, and when it came back, there was not a trace of leukemia....but nurse said it was probably a fluke,,,,,lets do another test....It came in Friday...still no leukemia... So now we have put our eggs in the lap of the oncologist...hoping she says "Remission"!!!!!!!! Should know sometime next week.....but we are very thankful this Christmas....I was suppose to have died in August.... 25Dec2003 (in msg to Vic G.)(previous note 21Sep) nvsoar|
Grappone reports: "I was attached to VPML-2 in Miramar in 47/48.
would like to hear from anyone serving during that time."
Van Leeuwen advises that he has cruise books from VP-2 deployments
to Iwakuni and Sangley Point in 65, 66, 67 with crew lists and
photos. "If they would help someone fill in a few blanks, I'd be
happy to help." 22Dec2003
(Take a look at Fred's report on the "Status Reports" page. nvsoar)
|Cica 1968 Officer's roster
found. Bob Champoux has taken on the task of
running down their current locations. If you have contact
information for any of these folks please advise Bob or nvsoar. 20Dec2003
|A note from John Kauth:
Greetings: I served in VP-2 from 1948 (when it was stationed at NAS
Miramar) until 1951. I was a LT(JG); the squadron was soon home
ported at NAS Whidbey; I qualified as a PPC and was given a crew and
aircraft; the normal rotation was to deploy to Kodiak for three months;
VP-2 deployed but because of the Korean War we stayed for nine months
before a reserve squadron from Minneapolis was recalled and trained to
relieve us; we flew out of Kodiak, Nome, Adak, Fairbanks (ice patrols)
Ellison AFB; and had no major problems.
My recollection is that I had an XO named Paul Engle (Engel); two CO's -- Connie Karaberis ([may have relieved Kercheval] who became a Rear Admiral and has since passed away) and a Turner who may have relieved Karaberis.
Sincerely, John L. Kauth Captain-USNavy (Ret.) 20Dec2003
|A note from George
Dill: I came in the Navy Jan. 20 1946 and stayed until Nov.
26 1976. I was in VP-2 from 1953 until Jan 1956. I was in
our XO's CDR. Danner's crew SB-2 for the complete tour. My Lady's
Name is Vicki. I retired as a Master Chief. Don
Melton and Bill Mcpherson was assigned to our crew. If I
remember, Raymond Bryant had SB-7 or 12. Henry Knepp is here in
Corpus Christi with me, I know him well. 18Dec2003
|Any shipmates who have copies of
squadron rosters or crew lists please advise nvsoar. 05Dec2003
| Jim Goheen
is looking for Charlie
Schneider who served in the AT shop at Iwakuni in the spring of 1965.
|Dave Bowen advised that
Trader Jon's, Pensacola watering hole, has closed. Links to
articles below. http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/news/111003/Local/ST003.shtml
advises that DD214 copies are available online to veterans and family
members at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs
out the request form online and then submit a signature via fax or USPS
Walker - Korea Defense Service Medal update: Established by
Congress and signed into law by President George W Bush on 02 Dec 2002,
the medal will be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United
States of America who have served for a qualifying period of time on or
after 28 July 1954 in the Republic of Korea (or adjacent waters).
design for the medal has been approved (May 2003). Development
production could take up to a year. 08Nov2003
Gulliver on "War Veteran" Status: The VP2
Association’s status as a tax exempt
organization depends on the number of members who can be classified as
veterans”, which in turn depends on the period of a member’s service. The members named below are requested to send
their beginning and ending service dates [include training, cadet or
midshipman status, active and reserve duty (active or inactive)] to Vic
at 1900 Franklin Drive, Glenview, IL 60025 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
so that this information can be entered into the
association’s records. (Approximate dates are better than no
response. [or a poke in the eye - nvsoar]) 03Nov2003
|Clifton Brooks Noel, ADC USN (
Ret.) [Chief Noel reports that he is on the
Binnacle List.] Squadron:
July 1955 to August 1957 worked in the Maint Office until Flight
Surgean took me out and was plane captain until transferred to NAS
Corpus Chisti... Am now a Hospizs Patiant...with Leukemia.....was given
weeks to live but am now on week 25.....hope to make it to
Christimas....God willing....please let all me friend from that era
I was in VP-2 in 1956 amd 1957. I flew in crew 10 with Dallas
Blair [Plane Captain]. He was an AD2 I believe. I made a
deployment to Alaska which was quite an experience for a 18 yr old farm
boy. I remember polishing our silver P2v-7s with
Never-Dull. I thought it was fun. I also served in
VP-40 when they had P5M Marlins and I was a Flight Engineer on P3B
Orions when VP-40 transitioned to P3s. I ended up staying in the
Navy and retired in 1986 as an AFCM. That's about it. Hope
to keep hearing from you through the various media resources.
|Forrest Paine: I was in VP-2 from Sept 1956 thru Dec 1957 as an AK2 at Whidbey Island, Washington and Kodiak, Alaska. Further, I noticed George Silbersteins name and that his son had reported his death due to cancer. I worked for Arthur Stark, George Silberstein and another Officer named Moran, all Aircraft Commanders I believe. I think the CO at that time was named Carlton. While at Kodiak, as leading 2nd class P. O., I roomed with Melvin Nelson, Jack Dodson, McKay, Dinger and Lower, all members of flight crews. Directly across the hall the remainder of the squadrons second class petty officers were billeted. 20Sep2003|
|Eric Silberstein reports that
his father, George Silberstein
passed away in July 2003 due to liver cancer. Mom is doing
ok. If you email Eric about his dad, please ensure that dad's
name is in the subject line. nvsoar-18Sep2003
October Project: Construct a flight crew list for the '61 Kodiak
Please advise new info and corrections. Pictures? nvsoar 17Sep2003, rev 17Sep
Crew 1: Pierre,
Crew 2: Lanaghan,
Crew 6: Tripp(OinC-Adak), Seng, Vlahakis(begin), Gulliver(end), Smith
Crew 10: Hanson, Ward, Tatro, Farris
Crew 12: McKinney, Gulliver(at start), Bender, Garrett, Moore, Smith, Durnal, Heltzel, Williams (from Mike Heltzel)
|Vic Gulliver's September
Project: Construct a flight crew list for the 59-60 Kodiak deployment.
Please advise new info and corrections. Pictures? nvsoar 12Sep2003, rev 15Sep
Crew 1: Johnson, Jones,
Crew 2: Foster, Anderson,
Crew 3: Black(Sherm), Riebe
Crew 4: Alexander, Donohue, Erickson, Tatro (early), Hart, Courtney, Chesnut, Tabor, Dorrheim, Barrett, Crozier, Flukey?
Crew 5: Farwell,
Crew 6: Black(Pete), Myers, Vlahakis, Renning, Gill, Behan, Morrison
Crew 7: Crouse, Hanson, Seng, Lamer,
Crew 8: Branscomb, Runette (early), O'Donnell, Tatro (later)
Crew 9: Silberstein, Hindorff, Sterton, Gulliver, Orr, Cooper
Crew 10: Miyagawa,
Crew 11: Beydler, Jackson, Haeckler, Klett, 1st radio, Jerry Kluth, AT2----2nd radio, John J. Davis, AT2---- Plane Captain, Lonnie D. Hatcher, AD3----2nd Mech, Joseph J. Brown, ADAN----Ordnance, Dave Michel, AOAN
|Please share appropriate items
for the website. Send stuff to me or the Content Editor or both.
Clay Howe (email@example.com ) reports that he has finished scanning a P2V-7 operating manual and has it available on CD. Anyone who's interested in their own copy can get one from him for $19.95 which includes shipping. He opines that it turned out better than his earlier P5M-2 manual (which is also still available for the same cost) which I have and can affirm is very well done and of commercial quality.
Alex ~ early
A.G. Alexander Jr. 02 Oct 2003, updated
15Jan2005, updated 23Jun2009 by nvsoar
Member of VP2 from Jan1 to Dec 23 1952. Went to Kwaj with Squadran for Operation Ivy. On short active duty time as Reservist Rate AOU3c flight crew until Kwaj then Station MA on Kwaj. Interested in any info activity etc and VP2 baseball cap if available. Now living in Columbus OH.
| Al Grappone
Attached to VPML2 from 10/7/47 to 7/20/48 Miramar Naval Air Station San Diego CA.
I was in maintenance not a crew member. AM1.