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Arrivals & Departures

This page will contain new members who have joined and members who have passed away.  It  will be updated weekly if necessary or monthly

NEW MEMBERS                                                                                                             DECEASED MEMBERS

Richard J. Unger  1960-1962 AT2                                                                              Sherrill Wade  10/26/11    ADR2 1955-1957

Stanley E. Skupien  1956-1960  AEAN                                                                     Billy Joe Mars   02/2011   AE3    1962-1965

Michael J. Kane    1964-1968     AK3                                                                        Thomas Rice           05/2011    AK3   1950-1953

Phillip R. Frank     1966-1969     ATR2                                                                    Rayford Carter         08/2010    AK3   1957-1958

Henry Young          1965-1967      AO3                                                                      Hugh Longino          08/2010    CDR XO/CO    1964-1967

Richard D Boyer     1961-1963     LTJG                                                                    Valarius (Larry) Kugler       08/2010      CDR    1964-1966

Fred Malick             1964-1967    AT3                                                                       David Wilson           08/2010     AEC   1956-1959

Jack Mason              1961-1963    ATN3                                                                   Ted Hergenrader     12/2007       LTJG   1963-1965

Joseph Harman       1964-1967    LT                                                                        Gene Haun               1/2012             AD2     1952-1955

Richard Magnuson     1961-1963  AT2                                                                    John DeSantis         2/19/2012      AN     1965-1967

Harmon Neatfeld     1965-1968   AME2                                                                 John Malcik            6/26, 2011       AN     1956-1957

Howard Stephens    1947-1949    AL3                                                                    Calvin Kammeyer     8/2010         LT      1967-1970

Roland Edmunds      1953-1957    AD2                                                                      Bob Hook                 2011             ABU3   1957-1961

Robert Harvey         1956-1959      PH3                                                                   Robert G. Vance      ????              AD1       1962-1967

Harvey Simmons      1962-1965     AT1                                                                 Robert H. Alves       9/4/2012    AETM1    1950-1951

John Masterson          1958-1961     AMS2                                                             Audie R. Perkins    9/3/2012     ATCM       1963-1964

Mike Buckels                1963-1964      ATR3                                                          Eugene Wisenbaker     11/16/2012   LCDR   1962-1964

Joseph Mavilia             1959-1961       AN                                                              Glenn Errington       2/12/2013    AEAN    1951-1953

Paul Renoud                  1966-1967       AX3                                                           Frank Beamon            5/11/2013   AM2 1955-1958

Gary W. Armstrong      1966-1967      AX3                                                          William VanLandingham   5/18/2013      AT1 1955-1958

Richard Carrel              1965-1967      AX3                                                            Ralph Buesking                 8/19/2013    AM2  1953-1957

Arlen Shire                    1961-1962      AK3                                                             Gerald (Jerry) Holmes    8/25/2013     AD3  1956-1959

Kenneth Colson           1965-1967      ATN2                                                         James Carrigan              6/2011     PN3  1965-1968

Carl Brooks                   1966-1967      ATR3                                                         William Martin              6/11/2013    AMAN    1950-1954

David Molnar              1960-1961       ATS3                                                       Terry Durst                   5/2013     AMS3 1964-1967

Tom Jessen                 1962-1965        AO2                                                         Leon Peachie             9/23/2013     AO1 1952-1954

Robert Blechle            1953-1955       AMS3                                                     Marvin Register       12/13/2013     LT 1956-1959

Kirby Hamm               1962-1965        AO2                                                       Archie Bigwood        9/2013         ??   ??

Joe Favreau                 1965-1967       AX2                                                         John King            12/27/2013        AO3 1965-1968

Jim Feflie                     1964-1966       AKAN                                                     Richard Romano    11/2013      ATN2 1962-1963

Edward Williams        1961-1964      AM1                                                         Ralph VanderNaillen    2/14/2014     LTJG 1953-1955

Richard Strimel           1961-1963      AT1                                                          George O’Bryan             8/24/2013     CDR 1957-1958

Harry Bound                1961-1963      AT2                                                           Walter Smith             3/14/2014     AD3 1957-1959

John Honaker                1965-1966     ADR2                                                          Dan Hoff             4/24/2014     AT1 1965-1967

Bryce Billings                1964-1967       LT                                                          Richard Roggansack             11/9/2012     1st Ordinance 1950’s

Don Yancey                1963-1966       AE3                                                          F.L. (Joe) Bartlett             8/10/2013     HM3 1951-1952

Ronnie Bozeman                1965-1967      AX3                                                          John Fetros             5/19/2014     YN3 1956-1957

David Seltzer                1962-1964     ADR3                                                          Mike Crownover             10/2014     LCDR 1962-1964

Thomas McLees                1953-1954      AT3                                                        James Stevens            7/04/2014     ATCS 1965-1969

Jim Fleming                1964-1966      AE4                                                             David Dearolph            7/2015     LTJG  1951-1953

Jerry Bowman                1965-1966      AX3                                                         Bill Hammatt                7/15/2013     AX3 1965-1967

Thomas Lewis             1964-67 and 1968-1972  AX2 -AW1                              Jim Gard                       2/2015           AT2 1959-1960

Phillip F. Smith           1966-1967          AX2                                                         David H. Partridge     3/21/2016       ATR2 1961-1963

Dick Pennington          1964-1966        AMS3                                                       Gorman Ponds           11/11/2013       E3     1964-1967

Dale Wietzke                 1971-1974         AT2                                                          Richard Magnuson     2015                 AT2   1961-1963

Dick Wilcox                   1958-1961         AE2                                                          Ed Feeney                     1/31/2016      LTJG   1959-1960

Tom McClelland           1961-1964          AX2                                                         Harvey Simmons         6/27/2014    AT1       1962-1965

Raymond Wegrzyn       1961-1963         AE1                                                          James Barr                   8/27/2016    AO2     1952-1054

Robert Maley                 1951-1951         AL3                                                          Jack Laney                    5/12/2016     CDR     1961-1962

Paul Dorman                 1967-1970        RM3                                                         Harry Hindon              2/25/2016      CDR    1964-1966

Robert Buie                    1966-1969       LT                                                            Anthony Lazzaretti       9/29/2016      LT       1963-1966

Joe Leatherwood           1966-70           ATR2                                                       John Honaker               9/27/2016     ADR2   1965-1966

David Mathes                 1967-1968        ATR3                                                      Fred Turbeville             12/20/2016     LTJG   1964-1966

Richard Kilmer               1968-1969       ADJ2                                               Richard Freeman          2/11/2017        LT        1959-1962       


138 Responses to Arrivals & Departures

  1. Guy Fisk

    Welcome our latest addition to our group please.
    Richard Kilmer (Rick) and his wife Cindy.
    Rick was in VP40 from 1968 to 1969. He was an aircrewman as a ADJ2/2nd mech.
    Welcome Aboard Richard.

  2. Guy Fisk

    Another former VP40 person passed away
    Richard Freeman was in VP40 from 1959-1962. He was a LT while there.
    Here is an email I received from his son Steve Freeman. Followed by his Obit.

    Subject: Richard C. Freeman lll
    Guy, here is the notice of Dad’s Memorial Service/Funeral/Celebration of Life, and Obituary of Dad.
    Dad was for My Best Friend!!

    Please share with any and all Friends of Dad’s. Please, if anyone would like to reach out to me, and share stories, ask questions, please feel free to.
    Not only a Great Man, Incredible Husband of over 52 yrs to my Mom, Anne K. Freeman, and the Greatest Father anyone could ever have!
    I talked to Dad several times a day Every day of my Life! I miss Dad so much, but I am thankful for the 49yrs I had him with me here on earth.
    I know Dad will always be with me and watching over me, and we will All be together in Heaven!
    I am truly sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.
    Sincerely
    Stephen Freeman (middle Son)
    404-808-3603. Or email me @
    Skater28.skf@gmail.com

    In Memory of
    Richard Columbus Freeman III
    January 21, 1936 – February 11, 2017
    Obituary

    Richard “Dick” Columbus Freeman, III, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Piedmont Hospital. He was 81.

    His funeral service will be held on Friday, February 24th, at 10:30am in the sanctuary of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, located at: 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. His viewing will precede the service that morning, and will also be conducted in the sanctuary, beginning at 9. His burial will follow the funeral, and will be conducted that afternoon at 1:30, at the Georgia National Military Cemetery located at: 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, GA 30114.

    Born in Washington, DC on January 21, 1936, to Mr. James Newton Buck Freeman, ESQ. and Mrs. Lillian Perry at the Columbia Hospital for Women, he was raised in Mount Airy, NC, where he was a Boy Scout. He graduated from Mount Airy High School with the class of 1954, completing his high school course work early to enlist in the United States Navy in 1953. He then received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy (class of 1958), from United States Congressman Ralph Scott of the Fifth Congressional District for North Carolina.

    Upon graduation from USNA with a Bachelor of Science, he entered flight school in Pensacola, where he trained in multiple aircraft, including the T-34 and T28. Upon becoming a Naval Aviator on March 04, 1960, he served in Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40, Crew 5), at Naval Station Sangley Point in the Philippines, where he was a pilot and ordnance officer on a Martin P5M Marlin float plane, conducting air patrols during the Vietnam War. He was later a Patrol Plane Commander. He also attended Military Justice training, and received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Cold War Service Medal, among other awards. It was during his time in the Navy, that he met his beloved wife, of 52 years, Martha Anne Kemp on St. Simons Island, GA in 1963, and married on January 29th, 1965, at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

    Upon his medical retirement from the Navy, Mr. Freeman attended law school at the University of North Carolina, during which time his first two sons were born in Chapel Hill. Upon graduation on June 2nd, 1969, he became licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and Georgia, electing to move to Atlanta to join Haas, Holland, Levison & Gilbert. He then started a successful sole proprietorship, Richard C. Freeman III, PC, where he pracitced law for over 40 years, specializing in complex business litigation. During this time, he became well known in the area for his keen wit, compelling storytelling abilities, courtroom tenacity and dedication to his clients, with cases throughout local, state and federal courts, including: Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States Court of Appeals (Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits) and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

    When not practicing law, he was a devoted husband and father, spending as much time as he could with his family, including his kids’ sporting events and activities, and numerous family trips, as well as an annual family vacation to Sanibel Island, FL. He also enjoyed watching Navy football, Tar Heel basketball, and Braves baseball, and reading the Sunday Comics.

    He is survived by his beloved wife, Mrs. Anne Kemp Freeman, brother, James Newton Freeman, Jr., his sons, Richard Columbus Freeman, IV., Stephen Kemp Freeman and Duncan Perry Freeman, his daughters-in-law, Karen Marie Freeman, Cynthia Sanders Freeman and Rachel LaRue Freeman, and four grandchildren: Stella Ann Freeman, Calista Marie Freeman, Duncan Perry Freeman, II., and Parker LaRue Freeman, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He will be sorely missed.

    I talked with his son Steve and the family wishes to remain with the group and he plans on attending our next reunion in Nashville Tn in 2018. He had attended the 2000 reunion in Pensacola with Dick and enjoyed it.

  3. Phillip Mayer

    Just noticed a name from my past. Paul E. Dorman. lived on the beach with him Quebec Court, Sunnyvale, CA while stationed Moffett Field

  4. Guy Fisk

    I have some more sad news to report.
    Fred Turbeville passed away on 12/20/2016
    Fred was a LTJG while in VP40 from 1964-1966.
    I will miss his emails and I am sure Tom Bigley will also.
    I received his Obit from his daughter Deanie and here it is.

    Fred Morton Turbeville, Jr. (Buster to his family and friends), 76, of Pensacola, Florida, took his last flight, a heavenly mission that is hard to reject, a permanent deployment, to re-unite with family and friends on December 20th, 2016. Fred’s wonderful new residence is in a fabulous location where he will be socializing, dancing, playing piano and being the life of the party to his heart’s delight.

    A military service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 4th at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida at the Barrancas National Cemetery followed by a celebration of his amazing life filled with music and stories back at his home in Pensacola, Florida.

    Fred Morton Turbeville, Jr. was the son of Dr. & Mrs. Fred Morton Turbeville, Sr. Fred’s brother is Dr. David Franklin Turbeville of Fort Worth, Texas (sister-in-law Priscilla, and nephews Mark and Jason). Fred was born July 14th, 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama (November 14th if you ask his brother David). He grew-up in Greenville, Texas and attended Greenville High School (home of the Greenville Lions, where Fred is considered a “Lion for Life”), and graduated in 1957. He attended Texas A&M, and later graduated from East Texas State University in 1961.

    Fred became an Ensign in the United States Navy in October of 1961, and completed his United States Navy Aviation Officer Training in November of the same year. In February of 1962, Fred did, alone and unassisted, take off and return to U.S. Naval Air Station Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida, thereby completing his first solo flight. On the 27th day of May,1963, Fred was designated as a Naval Aviator with his father doing the honor of pinning on his Gold Naval Aviator Wings. Fred completed the U.S. Naval Justice School in August of 1963…and then came the big event in his life…he got married!

    On August 30th, 1963, he married the former Deane Bennett Sullivan at the Church of Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following a honeymoon in Las Vegas, Nevada, the newly married couple started on a life-long journey of love, affection, dancing (just ask his wife Deane about the “Disco” years), entertaining and just a few disagreements (here and there) and then building a family. Besides raising a family, and moving around from places like Houston, Texas (where Fred was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Rice University) to Honolulu, Hawaii, Raleigh, North Carolina and even Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Over Fred’s 23 years as an aviator, he flew the Navy’s T—28 Trojan, T-2 Buckeye, Martin P5M Marlin, the Lockheed P-3 Orion and the Convair C-131 Samaratin amounting over 19,000 flight hours. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1984, Fred spent the remaining years as one of the best-darned salesmen you would ever meet (a trait that he passed on to his children).

    Fred has three children: Fred Morton Turbeville III (known as Trey to everyone), Christopher Wentworth Turbeville (just Chris) and Deane Turbeville Sexton (you can call her Deanie). Fred also has five beautiful grandchildren, two from Chris (and his wife, Bonnie), Sarah (17) & Jack (15), as well as three from Deanie and (her husband Jeff Sexton), Lily (13), Colleen (9) and Natalie (7).

    Fred is preceded in the final journey of his life by his parents, grandparents and nephews John and Justin.

    Because Fred was such a lifelong animal lover- in lieu of flowers, please make checks or donations to Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter or via PayPal to ecasfriends@gmail.com Payment may be sent to P.O. Box 11553, Pensacola, FL 32524. There is also a “Donate Now” button on the official facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ecasfriends/

  5. Guy Fisk

    John J. W. Honaker
    1942 – 2016 Obituary Condolences

    John J. W. Honaker Obituary
    Honaker, John J. W.

    John J. W. Honaker, 74, Green Bay, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 27, 2016. He was born on August 28, 1942, in Winchester Center, CT to Marshall Vanmeter and Elizabeth (Bement) Honaker.

    Following graduation from Oliver Wolcott Technical School, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country for 22 years and retired in 1982 with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. John served for four years in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. He survived both a plane and a helicopter crash. John visited 135 countries and had been around the world four times, including trips to both the North and South Poles.

    On January 8, 1983, John was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Hindmon in the chapel at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, GA. After his military career, he worked in industrial maintenance until his retirement in 2004. John and Mary Elizabeth moved to Green Bay in 2004. He was very active in the Disabled Veterans Chapter 3. John served as past Commander and past District Commander. He was an ordained Minister and served as Chapter 3 and Wisconsin State Chapter Chaplain. John was a member of the Desert Vets, Vietnam Veterans Association, the Trench Rats, and served in the D.A.V. Honor Guard.

    John is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth; son, John Joseph Wesley Honaker II; two stepsons, Alvin Leroy “Skip” Davis Jr., and Alan (D.J.) Davis; five grandchildren, Ashley Honaker, John Joseph Honaker III, Danielle Davis, Brianna (Mack) Koebach, and Tyler Davis; two great-grandchildren, Rylie and Harper; brother, Allen David Honaker; two sisters, Roberta Singleton and Susan Ruth Honaker, aka Sr. St. Paul Augustine; other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A D.A.V. Auxiliary Unit 3 Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gerry Mathisen officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to http://www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s name to benefit the D.A.V. Honor Guard.
    Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2016

  6. Guy Fisk

    Here is Tony Lazzaretti’s OBIT:

    Lazzaretti, Anthony F. Apr 26, 1939 – Sep 29, 2016 Survived by wife, Sharon; sons, Anthony and Victor Lazzaretti; daughter, Laurene (David) Richards; 5 Grandchildren, Anthony and Kaelyn Richards, Fiona, Eliza and Victor Lazzaretti; sister, Pauline (Bob) Kouba; many nieces and nephews. FUNERAL Monday 6pm, Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Chapel. VISITATION Monday 4-6pm at Funeral Home. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME 5108 “F” St. 402-731-1234 http://www.klsfuneralhome.com

  7. Guy Fisk

    I am sad to announce that Anthony (Tony) Lazzaretti passed away on 9/29/2016.
    Tony was a LT while in VP40 from 1963-1966. He had been battling Melanoma for a long time
    and it finally won the battle.
    I will post his OBIT when I receive it. For members who knew him please reach out to his wife Sharon and his family.
    HE WAS ONE OF THE GOOD ONES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Guy Fisk

    Just a gentle reminder that according to my records,
    we have LOST 14 VP40 members from death since our last reunion in 2014.
    We also have added 16 New members to our group.
    I have empirically derived (how do you like that statement ??)
    that at that rate, our group will start rapidly reducing, unless 1 of 2 things take place.(or both)
    1. Someone invents a MAGIC PILL that will let us live longer and better.
    2. WE ALL need to beat the bushes and increase our membership.

    WE changed our bylaws to now include ALL VP40 personnel, past and present.
    Lets get the word out there folks.
    WE have to much fun at our reunions to have them go away.

    See you all at the reunion and lets discuss ways to make this happen.
    Guy Fisk
    Laging Handa

  9. Guy Fisk

    I want to welcome aboard our newest member

    DAVID MATHES

    Dave was in VP40 from 1967-1968

    He was an ATR3 while in crew 4.

    Dave and his wife Jenon will be attending our reunion this year.

    His info is posted in our members only section of our web site.

  10. Guy Fisk

    I called CDR Harry Hindon and was notified by his wife that CDR Hindon
    passed away on 2/25/2016. He died peacefully at home.
    I talked to Harry just before our last reunion and he was bedridden at that time.
    He wished us a great reunion.
    CDR Hindon was in VP40 from 1964-1966 and was our skipper during part of that time period

  11. Guy Fisk

    I was notified by his caregiver that Jack Laney passed away on May 12,2016 from a stroke.
    Jack retired from the Navy as a captain. Jack was 95 and his wife Alma is still living at the ripe old age of 96.
    They have lived in San Diego for years.
    His caregiver might attend our reunion and her former husband served on the UI.S.S. Currituck when it was decommissioned., he
    might attend as well.

  12. Guy Fisk

    I was notified by his wife that James Barr passed away on 8/27/2016.
    Jim was an AO2 while in VP40 from 1952-1954.
    If I obtain more information I will post it here

  13. Guy Fisk

    We have another new member in our group
    JOE LEATHERWOOD
    Joe was in VP40 from 1966-1970. He was an ATR2 while in VP40.. He flew as crew member
    in both the P5M and the P3V.
    Welcome him aboard.
    He will attend the reunion in San Diego, you can catch up on old times with him there.
    (providing YOU ARE FORTUNATE TO BE THERE ALSO)

  14. Guy Fisk

    Please welcome another member to our group.
    Robert Buie was in VP40 from 3/1966 to 8/1969.
    He was a LT and flew as a Tacco in the great P5M2’s
    Bob and his wife Pamela reside in CA. I am hoping they can attend our reunion this Oct. in san Diego
    WELCOME ABOARD Robert

  15. Guy Fisk

    Harvey Simmons
    AT1 Harvey was in VP40 from 1962-1965.
    After getting my August 2016 newsletter email sent back to me, I called
    and talked to Harvey Simmons wife. I found out he passed away June 27,2014 from
    colon cancer. I remember Harvey as he was my family sponsor when I first arrived at Sangley Point in Jan 1963.
    I ran into him at what is now called Reagan Airport in VA around 1974, I was in town for FAA business and he was working at the NAval
    Armory in town for business also. He called my name out from across the room, I did not recognize him however. We chatted for a few minutes.
    It is good to see old friends now and then.
    that is a very good reason to attend our reunions as you never when we will see each other again in this life.

  16. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to welcome our newest member into our group.
    PAUL DORMAN
    Paul was in VP40 from 1967-1970
    He was an RM3, communications/relief radioman.
    WELCOME ABOARD PAUL

    We are finally having some newer ???? VP40 people join our group. That is what we need to stay
    a group, so please welcome him.
    Paul and his wife live in Indianapolis, IN.
    his email is pdor48@gmail.com
    I hope they can attend our reunion.

  17. tompaden

    I want to join the groupVP-40 5/57-7/60===12/65-8/66
    ATN3 === AX3

    tompaden@pacbell.net

  18. Guy Fisk

    I was informed today by Adam Komisarcik that Ed Feeney passed away in 1/31/2016.
    Ed was a LTJG while in VP40 from 1959-1960.
    here is his OBIT

    Edward Joseph Feeney

    1933 – 2016

    Edward Joseph Feeney was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 31, 1933. He was the youngest son of Michael J. Feeney and Bridget Devaney Feeney. Eddie, as he was known to his friends and family, attended St John’s University in Brooklyn, New York and St. Joseph’s College in New Jersey. He began his career as a Naval Aviator in 1952 and married Naval Nurse Eleanor Theresa Hanley at Sangley Point in the Philippines on February 27, 1960. His last duty assignment and major command was with the Antarctica Development Squadron. During the course of his U.S. Naval career, Lt. Commander Edward Feeney was awarded the Air Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Antarctica Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, National Defense service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Notably, a six nautical mile long, mainly ice free crest in the Wilson Hills of Antarctica is named Feeney Ridge to honor and commemorate Lt. Commander Edward Feeney’s remarkable career. He retired from the Navy in 1975.

    Eleanor and Eddie moved to Pensacola in 1970 and have resided there ever since. Eddie has been an active and devoted member of the Catholic Church, a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and an avid golfer.

    Edward Feeney was a devoted husband and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Hanley Feeney as well as by his nieces and nephews including Fran Hanley, John Hanley, Mary Ann Feeney Spinner, Barbara Hanley Kramer, Loretta Feeney Garvey, Thomas Gall and Kelley Gall D’Olivo as well as their spouses and children.

    Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm with the Rosary at 5 pm at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel, 3351 Scenic Highway.

    The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola. Entombment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park. –

  19. Guy Fisk

    9/11/2016
    I received this email today from Dick’s wife
    Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner to give you some info about Dick that can be forwarded to his navy friends. I know Dick enjoyed his stint in the navy and told me of some of his escapades while serving in the Philippines.

    Dick passed away on April 13, 2015 of a glio blastoma. He was a healthy man all his life until the diagnosis, of which he had had no symptoms. He was diagnosed in November of 20l4, just a week after we arrived in Florida for the winter months. He had brain surgery in which they took out 80% of his tumor. He came through the surgery beautifully and then underwent chemo, radiation and then double chemo. The tumor grew despite all the treatment. All together, he lived 5 months after his initial diagnosis.

    Dick was a wonderful person, kind, caring and he had a quick wit. He was liked/loved by so many people. He earned his doctorate and became superintendent of schools, a job he was vey proud of and worked hard at.

    Before retirement we had a lake home where we spent a great deal of time. Dick enjoyed boating, photography, reading and traveling. After retirement we lived in Minnesota 5 months of the year and Florida 7 months of the year

    I could not have had a more wonderful husband. He always said we were soulmates, and indeed we were. We have a son who is married and lives in San Francisco, and a daughter who is married and has our only grandchild, Ingrid – 9 years old, living in London, England. We would have been married 50 years in June of 20l5, not nearly long enough. Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of someone you love more than life itself.

    Enjoy life, never take for granted each day you are given.
    Judi Magnuson

    8/7/2016
    “Please take Dick’s name off your list as he passed away last year from a glib blastoma.
    He was looking forward to finally being able to attend a reunion.
    Judi Magnuson

    Richard Magnuson joined our group in 2/2012. He was an AT2 while in VP40 from 1961-1963

    I will post more info here if I receive any.
    Guy

  20. Guy Fisk

    An update from Bob Marley.
    Dates with VP40: 16 June 1951 to 12 Oct. 1951 Rate: AL3; Crew No. 4 under Lt.Cdr. Leon Freeman; AL3 Highest rate;

    Comments: I was a WW2 veteran recalled to duty in Oct. 1950, assigned to FASRON 110 when VP 40 was being assembled and trained for overseas duty in the Korean War the following June. Our planes were salvaged from WW2, one of which had been with Adm. Byrd on his post WW2 polar expedition. That plane had 3 bladed props. The rest of the VP40’s planes had 4 bladed props. (CA3 was the side no., if my memory serves me right. Our plane was CA4 (Charlie-Able Four) and our squadron radio call sign was “Queen Bee”, hence the Queen Bee in our squadron insignia for which I received $15 for designing.

    At the end of our tour in Japan, Lt. Cdr. Leon Freeman and I were assigned to be instructors on a flight with a crew from the squadron relieving VP40. Weather conditions at 5:AM being what they are at that time of year in the Inland Sea of Japan hampering visibility, our plane had just fired its first JATO and was running on the step ready to fire the second when it hit a channel buoy and caught fire and sank in the seaway. There were no casualties fortunately, although we had a full load of fuel and depth charges in the bomb bays. Upon VP40’s return to San Diego, I was discharged to civilian life once more. For that tour of duty I was awarded the Air Medal.

    Robert L. Maley.

  21. Guy Fisk

    WE have a new member.
    Robert (Bob) Maley has joined our group
    Bob was in VP40 from 6/16/1951 to 10/12/1951
    He was an AL3 while in the squadron. He lives in La. with his wife Ann.
    He is 91 years young.
    I have posted some pictures that his son sent me.
    WELCOME ABOARD Robert.
    members give him a shout out.
    His info is posted on our members only section, but here is his email address
    papamaley@cox.net

  22. Guy Fisk

    I believe that we lost a member of our group.
    GORMAN PONDS. He was in VP40 from 1964-1967. as an E3.
    I have not been able to reach him and his mail comes back to me as undeliverable “deceased”
    If anyone has any info on him please forward it to me and I will publish it here.
    UPDATE:
    Jim Feflie
    sent me the link to Gorman’s OBIT, thank you Jim
    PONDS GORMAN LEON
    Passed, Monday, November, 11, 2013, Jacksonville, FL. Father of Simone “BB” Gorman-Shawn and Antwaun “PJ” (Amakeda) of Florida; sisters, Shirley, Maudlin, and Ruby; and a loving extended family. Predeceased by parents, Elizabeth and Charles; grandson, Shakkeem; brother and sister, Charles and Jeanette; six grandchildren; three great- grandchildren. A Pittsburgh memorial will be Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 3 p.m. South Avenue U.M. Church, 733 South Ave.
    Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb
    Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Nov. 18, 2013
    – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?pid=168081201#sthash.npWPOVza.dpuf

  23. Guy Fisk

    We have a new member to our group
    Raymond Wegrzyn. Ray was in VP40 from July 1961 to July 1963.
    He was an AE1 in the Electric Shop and was sailor of the month in April 1963.
    WELCOME ABOARD Ray.
    Ray and his wife Carol will be attending our reunion this Oct. Please welcome them to our group.
    His info is posted on our members only pages

  24. Guy Fisk

    I am very pleased to announce the addition of our newest member
    Tom A. McClelland (MAC) Mac was in VP40 from 1961 to 1964. He was an AX2 in crews 7 and crew 1, while I was in them also.
    He got out of the Navy after VP40 and joined the US Army and retired from the Army. He lives in Texas and he is planning
    on attending our reunion in San Diego this Oct. His contact info is listed in our MEMBERS ONLY section. Give him a shout if you remember him or just want to say Howdy.
    WELCOME ABOARD TOM

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