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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

    I received word from Harry Bound that David H. Partridge passed away on March 21, 2016.
    David was an ATR2 while in VP40 from 1961-1963. David was not a member of our group and so I do not have any
    contact info for him
    Guy

  2. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to welcome our newest member to our group
    Dick Wilcox
    Dick was in VP40 from 1958-1961
    He was an AE2 and in crew 1.
    Dick has a brother who was in VP40 also, some of it at the same time.
    Harry Wilcox is his brother, Harry has been a member for some time and we welcome his brother and hope
    we see them both at the reunion in San Diego this October

  3. Guy Fisk

    I have been informed by his wife that Jimmy Gard passed away in Feb. 2015. Jimmy
    was in VP40 from 1959-1960. He was an AT3 while in the squadron.
    I do not have any other information.

  4. Guy Fisk

    Welcome to our newest member
    Dale Wietzke
    Dale was in VP40 from August 1971 to August 1974. He worked in the Avionics shop and was an AT2 while there
    We are finally getting some P3V members. I hope the word gets spread that we are accepting and welcoming
    ALL past and current VP40 people.
    Dale lives in CA. and plans on attending our reunion this year.
    WELCOME ABOARD DALE
    give him a shout out. His email is wietzke@aol.com
    His info is in the members only section of this web site.

  5. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to welcome an old crewmember of mine.

    Dick Pennington
    Dick was in VP40 from 1964-1966 He was an AMS3, we were in crew 2 together in 1965.
    He will try and attend the next reunion.
    Welcome aboard Dick.
    His info is in the members only pages on this site. Reach out to him and welcome him aboard

  6. Guy Fisk

    Welcome our newest member to our group.
    Phillip F. Smith (PFSMITH) was in VP40 from June 1966-Dec 1967. He was an AX2 when he departed the squadron.
    He resides with his wife Erlinda in OLONGAPO CITY 2200, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES.
    His info is on our Members Only Pages. Drop him a line if you remember him.
    WELCOME ABOARD Phil

  7. Guy Fisk

    Welcome our newest member
    Thomas (Tom) Lewis to our group.
    Tom was in VP40 for 2 tours.
    1st tour 1/64-8/67 He was an AX2
    2nd tour 12/68-5/72 He was an AW1
    He was in crews 12/4/7/1
    His info is posted on our web site in the members only pages.
    He and his wife Tina reside in Florida.
    WELCOME ABOARD Tom.

  8. Guy Fisk

    I was recently informed by Rick Carrell that Bill Hammatt passed away July 15,2013.
    Bill was an AX3 while in VP40 from 1965-1967. Here is his OBIT

    In Memory of
    William R. Hammatt
    April 28, 1943 – July 15, 2013
    Obituary

    William Hammatt, a well-known local attorney, town volunteer and North Beach camp owner, passed away peacefully Monday, July 15, after a long illness.
    Proud of being a native Cape Codder, Mr. Hammatt was born at Cape Cod Hospital on April 28, 1943, to Francis Parkman “Papa” Hammatt and Elizabeth “Chick” Hatch Hammatt. The youngest of 11 children, he grew up in Marshfield and graduated high school in Baton Rouge, La., where he’d gone for his senior year to live with members of his extended family.
    His grandparents had founded sailing camps in Orleans and Mr. Hammatt spent many summers there. He served in the Navy in Vietnam as a flight navigator. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and from New England School of Law in Boston in 1974, moving to Chatham to open a law practice in 1975.
    He practiced law in Chatham his entire career with a variety of partners and representing clients in real estate, estate planning, zoning and many other aspects of the profession.
    He first began going to North Beach in the early 1970s, serving as caretaker for Camp Viking’s North Beach camp. He then bought the former Old Harbor Station Boathouse. After this camp was destroyed by a storm in 1991, he bought Camp Viking’s North Beach camp and rebuilt it. This camp became known as Hammatt’s Hanger.
    Mr. Hammatt loved the beach and spent as much time as he could there. He met his wife, Mary, there in 1978, and hosted an annual party that was a highlight of the summer; the last one was held in 2009 and attended by more than 150 people.
    He served as a spokesman for the First Village of camps when they came under attack by erosion and had to be dismantled one by one. His was the last camp standing, and a flagpole still stands on the small remaining slice of his property on the beach.
    Mr. Hammatt was a dedicated town volunteer, serving on the conservation commission and North Beach advisory committee, as well as for many years representing the town on the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Committee. He always made sure that the voice of camp owners and the town was heard on the committee.
    Mr. Hammatt was also a dedicated Mason, serving as master of St. Martin’s Lodge in Chatham four times and master of Nauset Light Lodge twice. During his 30-plus years as a Mason, he also served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District of Massachusetts.
    Mr. Hammatt is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter Jessica Hammatt Wrubleski, her husband James and children Hannah and Cooper; daughters Dana and Susan; sister Elizabeth Hawes and her husband George; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he dearly loved.
    A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Rd. in Orleans. At 2 p.m., friends are invited to a celebration of his life at Bill’s home in North Chatham.
    In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Hammatt’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For online condolences, please visit http://www.nickersonfunerals.com

  9. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to announce a new member to our group.
    Jerry Bowman was an AX3 in crew 9 during his tour with VP40 from 1965-1966.
    Jerry and his wife Shirley travel full time over the USA in their mobile home. His email is
    jwb2243@gmail.com. Give him a shoutout. They will try and attend the next reunion in San Diego next year.
    WELCOME ABOARD

  10. Guy Fisk

    I have been in contact with Davids son and he provided this Obit to me.
    Obituary: Captain David E. Dearolph

    Captain David E. Dearolph of Oviedo, Florida peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his children, grandchildren and brother on July 2, 2015 — two days short of his 89th birthday. His life was one of complete dedication to the Navy, its officers, its sailors and the nation they defend. David was born in Foxburg, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1926 as the eldest child of Edwin James Dearolph and Florence Mae Dearolph (née Rupert) of Parker, Pennsylvania. He earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Rochester in June of 1947 and was commissioned in the United States Navy where he ultimately served for more than 34 years, defending his country in peace and war. After designation as a naval aviator in 1950, and recently married to Patricia Jean Shirey of Butler, Pennsylvania, he completed his first of eight overseas deployments during the Korean Conflict, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In the course of his military career, he accumulated more than 5,600 flight hours in nine different types of naval aircraft, spanning the gamut from seaplanes to the supersonic RA-5C Vigilante and earned three individual Air Medals for aerial combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. As he progressed in rank from Ensign to Captain, he was privileged to command Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Five aboard the USS America and later served as Operations Officer aboard the USS Forrestal. As a senior officer, he served in Washington, D.C. on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and later as the Navy Liaison Officer to the Federal Aviation Administration, where his service was recognized with the Legion of Merit, our country’s second highest peacetime award. Dave left active duty in June 1978, and he and Patricia returned to central Florida where he was active in civic affairs and the leadership and music program of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida. During this period, Patricia and Dave alternated their time between his Florida home and his family roots in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and his sister Jean and is survived by his brother Edward A. Dearolph of College Park, Georgia, daughter Dianne E. Carman of Clifton, Virginia, sons David J. Dearolph of Lynchburg, Virginia, Douglas J. Dearolph of Augusta, Georgia, Daniel J. Dearolph of Oviedo, Florida, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His life will be honored at a memorial service at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida on July 25 at 1:00 PM and internment will take place alongside his beloved bride at a future date in Parker, Pennsylvania. The family requests donations to the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida in lieu of flowers.
    > Funeral service Holy Cross Episcopal Church Sanford, FL. 11:00 AM July 25, 2015
    Burial August 15, 2015 at 1 PM at Parker Presbyterian church Parker Pennsylvania.
    Gramkow Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

  11. Charles J Sindelar

    Charles J Sindelar AO-5 1967 – 1969 Best unit in the Navy cjrs@netzero.com Be safe !!!!!!!!

  12. Guy Fisk

    I was informed by Bob Foss that
    David Dearolph passed away he believes in July 2015. Dave
    was in VP40 from 1951-1953 as a LTJG.
    I was unable to find an Obit for him, but if I find anything I will post it here
    Guy Fisk

  13. Guy Fisk

    I have been notified by Mike Stevens that his father James Stevens passed away on 7/4/2014.
    Jim was an ATCS while in VP40 from 1965-1969. Mike is sending me pictures and more info on his father and I will post them on our web site for all .

  14. Guy Fisk

    I am sorry to report that LCDR Mike Crownover passed away in Oct. 2014. I just found this out from Jim Staes, so I do not have any curent data on locating his widow (Willie) to offer. He was in VP40 from 1962-1964. He was at the San Diego reunion in 2012 with his family, but I talked to him in Sept and he could not make the last reunion.

  15. Guy Fisk

    Welcome our newest member to our group
    Jim Fleming and his wife Teresa. Jim served in VP40 from 1964-1966. He was a AE4 in crew 6.
    WELCOME ABOARD Jim.
    His info is posted on our members only pages for those that want to reach out to him.
    DO NOT FORGET———————
    We are now accepting members of VP40 from ANY time frame, in other words we are now taking in P3 members and will soon be taking in P8a members also.

  16. Guy Fisk

    I received word from Jim Staes that Tom Hanner passed away on 10/1/2013. Although Tom was not a member of our group, many people will remember him. He was a LTJG while in VP40 from 1961-1963. He resided in Atlanta, GA, and was a pilot with Delta airlines. I do not have any other information.

  17. Guy Fisk

    am pleased to announce a new member to our group,
    Thomas W. McLees. Thomas was in VP40 from May 1953- August 1954. He was an AT3. WELCOME ABOARD Thomas.
    He lives in Rocester, MN, and he will be attending our upcoming reunion in Oct. He should be the oldest member at the reunion. (Do I hear a challenge??)
    You can find his info on our MEMBERS ONLY page. If you remember him or just want to say welcome aboard, give him a shout.

  18. Guy Fisk

    I received word from Mike Kane that CARMEN YEAGER passed away in 2010.. Although Carmen was not a member of our group, many people remember him. He was an ADR3 while in VP40 from 1964-1967. He resided in Seattle, WA. I do not have any other information.

    • michael kane

      thank you guy for remembering CARMEN YEAGER ADR 3 JUST A SMALL MISSPELLING OF HIS LAST NAME YEAGER THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ADMIN WORK FOR OUR GROUP MIKE

  19. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to announce a new member to our group,
    David Seltzer. David was in VP40 from 1962-1964. He was an ADR3 and served as a plane captain in a flight crew
    WELCOME ABOARD David.
    He lives in Georgia and will be attending our upcoming reunion in Oct.
    You can find his info on our MEMBERS ONLY page. If you remember him give him a shout

  20. Guy Fisk

    I was informed last week from the Morgester Family that John Fetros passed away on May 19,2014. He was a YN3 while in VP40 fom 1956-1957. I did not receive any cause of death.

  21. Guy Fisk

    I have returned back to me 2 packages of the July 2014 Newsletters that I mailed out last month. The names are:
    Marvin Boone in Sioux Center, IA
    Gorman Ponds in Jacksonville, FL
    Can anyone provide any information on these two people?
    If I do not get any responses I will assume they are deceased and drop them from the active member list.

  22. Guy Fisk

    I received news this week from Martha Bartlett that her husband F.L. (Joe) Bartlett passed away on 8/10/2013 from COPD.
    He was an HM3 while in VP40 from 1951-1952. Joe was one of the oldest active members of our group. He did not have an email address but his mail address/phone is on our roster in the MEMBERS ONLY page if you want to send your condolences.

  23. Guy Fisk

    I received this emai lfrom Cecil Cowling today.

    I noticed in the news letter that you didn’t have Cdr George (Gunsmoke)
    Gregory as a member departed. “Gunner” passed away 27 November 2013.
    In Plymouth California after a long bout with Parkinsons disease. When
    he departed vp40 he was a lieutenant in ’59 or ’59. He was one of the
    best pilots I ever flew with! I don’t have the dates of his time with 40
    but he was there when I arrived in ’57. He retired as a Cdr and
    maintenance officer at NAS Monterey.
    Cecil Cowling

    Although George was not a member of our group I have posted his departure in our comment section
    Guy Fisk

  24. Guy Fisk

    I received notice from Mrs Richard Roggansack that her husband Richard Roggansack passed away on 11/9/2012 from COPD after a short illness.
    Richard was in VP40 in the 50’s I do not have his dates of service, he is listed as 1st ordinance only in my database, his wife did not know the dates either. If anyone remembers him and can send me his info I will post it here.
    thanks
    Guy

  25. Guy Fisk

    I have received this email and decided to post it for our members. I also hae invited their family to attend our upcoming reunion.
    Guy Fisk

    Subject: Richard F. Romano ATN2 62-63
    Good Day Mr. Fisk,
    My name is Paul Romano and I am the son of Richard F. Romano. I’m sorry to report that my father died on October 26, 2013 three days shy of his 74th birthday. He was laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on November 4, 2013 where he had his military funeral. He is survived by his wife Elise A. Romano, five children and six grandchildren.
    I myself am a Navy veteran and served onboard the U.S.S. Mauna Kea AE-22 as a Radioman Third Class, RM3, from 1985-1988. I know my father would have enjoyed attending theVP40 reunion on October 8, 2014. Please keep him in mind on that date and please add him to your TAPS list. If you could send a copy of the newsletter with him listed on TAPS I would appreciate it.
    If you wish to contact me my address and information is:

    Paul Romano
    4840 N.E. 6th Street
    Ocala, FL 34470
    pjromano@cox.net
    (352) 425-6682
    Thank you Mr. Fisk and I wish you, your family and the rest of the members of VP40 all the best.
    Best Regards,
    Paul Romano

  26. Guy Fisk

    I am sorry to announce that DAN HOFF passed away on 4/24/2014 after a long bout with cancer. His wife informed me of this last week. If you want to contact her they are listed on our roster in the MEMBERS ONLY section of this website.

  27. Guy Fisk

    Welcome aboard our newest member.
    RONNIE BOZEMAN. Ron was in VP40 from 1965-June 1967. He was in crew 10 and a AX3. His email is sr@fairpoint.net. Send him a welcome. He lives in Florida and maybe he will make the reunion this year.

  28. Guy Fisk

    Welcome aboard a NEW MEMBER to our group
    DON YANCEY Don was in VP40 from 10/1963 – 8/1966. He was an AE3 in crew 8.
    If you want to give him a shout-out,his email address is yancey8804@aol.com. His information is posted on our members only pages here on this site.

  29. Guy Fisk

    We have a NEW MEMBER in our group.
    BRYCE BILLINGS is our newest member. Brice was in VP40 from 1964 to 1967. He was a LT and was in crew 7 & crew 12.
    WELCOME ABOARD Brice. If folks want to welcome him his email address is mmbgbill@centurylink.net

  30. Guy Fisk

    I was informed today from his daughter that Walter Smith passed away on 3/14/2014. He was an AD3 in VP40 from 1957-1959. His family might attend our next reunion. His phone # is listed on our members only page and it is still a valid #.

  31. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to announce our newest member to our VP40 group.
    JOHN HONAKER
    He served in VP40 from 6/1965 to 6/1966 in the powerplants shop as a ADR2.
    WELCOME ABOARD John.
    He lives in
    Green Bay, WI and he and his wife Elizabeth will be attending our upcoming reunion. His email is jjwh@yahoo.com

  32. Guy Fisk

    I received this email today from Paul Romano.

    Good Day Mr. Fisk,
    My name is Paul Romano and I am the son of Richard F. Romano. I’m sorry to report that my father died on October 26, 2013 three days shy of his 74th birthday. He was laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on November 4, 2013 where he had his military funeral. He is survived by his wife Elise A. Romano, five children and six grandchildren.

    I myself am a Navy veteran and served onboard the U.S.S. Mauna Kea AE-22 as a Radioman Third Class, RM3, from 1985-1988. I know my father would have enjoyed attending theVP40 reunion on October 8, 2014. Please keep him in mind on that date and please add him to your TAPS list. If you could send a copy of the newsletter with him listed on TAPS I would appreciate it.

    If you wish to contact me my address and information is:

    Paul Romano
    4840 N.E. 6th Street
    Ocala, FL 34470
    pjromano@cox.net
    (352) 425-6682

    Thank you Mr. Fisk and I wish you, your family and the rest of the members of VP40 all the best.
    Best Regards,
    Paul Romano

  33. Guy Fisk

    We have a NEW MEMBER in our group.
    HARRY BOUND is our newest member. Harry was in VP40 from June 1961 to Jan 1963. He was an AT2 and was in crew 1.
    WELCOME ABOARD Harry. If folks want to welcome him his email address is hhbound@gmail.com

  34. Guy Fisk

    I recieved notice today from his wife that GEORGE O’BRYAN passed away 8/24/2013. He was a CDR while in VP40 from 1957-1958.

  35. Guy Fisk

    We have gained another new member.
    WELCOME ABOARD RICHARD STRIMEL.
    He was in VP40 from 1961-1963. He was an AT1 and flew in crew 1 & crew 4. Give him a welcome shout-out. His email is rstrimel@hotmail.com

  36. Guy Fisk

    I received this notice from Mary VanderNaillen today.
    Ralph passed away on 2/14/2014. She stated “I wanted you to know Ralph had great memories of his VP40 days and I do too. We were married 62 years. ”
    Ralph was a LTJG in VP40 from 1953-1955. His Obit is posted on our Plan of the Day TAB dated 3/20/14

  37. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to announce our newest member to our VP40 group.
    EDWARD WILLIAMS
    He served in VP40 from 9/1961 to 3/1964 in the airframes shop as a AM1.
    WELCOME ABOARD Ed.
    He lives in Pensacola, FL and will be attending our upcomiing reunion. His email is willie4902@gmail.com, send him a Howdy if you remember him or just because you are a nice fellow.

  38. Guy Fisk

    I was informed by Don Lauderbaugh that Richard Romano pased away in November 2013. He was an ATN2 while serving in VP40 from 1962-1963.

  39. Guy Fisk

    We have a new member today.
    WELCOME ABOARD JIM FEFLIE
    He was in VP40 from 1964-1966 as a AK-AN. Send him a greeting, his email address is jfeflie2010@yahoo.com

  40. Guy Fisk

    We have another new member
    WELCOME ABOARD JOE FAVREAU. He had 2 tours with VP40. His seaplane time was from 4/1965 – 6/1967
    He was an AX2 for that tour. If you remember him or just want to say Howdy, send him a greeting, his email address is jlfav2@gmail.com

  41. Guy Fisk

    Thanks to Jim Thayer ,he found a former VP40 member.
    WELCOME ABOARD KIRBY HAMM. He served in VP40 from 1962-1965. He was an AO2 in crew 1 with me.
    If you remember him welcome him , his email address is hamm.kirby@yahoo.com

  42. Guy Fisk

    I received the Obit for John King from James Stull and it is posted on the PLAN of the DAY tab .

  43. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to add a new member to our group
    ROBERT A. BLECHLE. He was in VP40 from 11/1953 to 1/1955 as a AMS3. He was in crew 12.
    He recognized a few of the people and names from our web site, so if anyone remembers him please welcome him aboard. His email address is rblechle2@charter.net. He asked if there was a Cruise Book for the 1954 deployment? Does anyone know or remember this Cruise Book. If it does exist, send it to me and I will publish it on this website and return it to you.

  44. Guy Fisk

    It was reported to me today from James Stull that John King AO3 (1965-1968) passed away on 12/27/2013. Folks we are losing more members than we are gaining. Somehow we must reverse this trend.

  45. jJames L, Stull

    i am sorry to report the passing of John F. King 12/27/13 he is on our roster and was in vp40 65_68

  46. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to spread the word……
    We have a new member to our group
    THOMAS (TOM) JESSEN
    He served in VP40 from 1962-1965.
    He was an AO2 then but went on to OCS and retired as a LT.
    WELCOME ABOARD Tom.
    everyone please say HOWDY to him. His email is
    jessentp@comcast.net

  47. Guy Fisk

    I was informed today that Archie Bigwood passed in Sept. 2013 from a brief bout of cancer. His son-in -law requested he be removed form our list.
    I do not have any info on his dates in VP40 but he is on our roster. perhaps someone can fill in the blanks for us.

  48. Richard Held

    I am Sorry to announce that my Father Lt.(jg) Elmer W Held passed away on 2 Dec 2013.
    World War II Navy pilot served with VP-74, VPB-18, VPB-98, Vh-4, FAW-2, OTU-3 until Aug of 1946.
    Elmer was buried with Military Honors at Jefferson barracks National cemetery with his wife Jean, who had passed in Feb of 2009.

  49. Guy Fisk

    I am pleased to announce a new member to our group.
    David L. Molnar.
    He was in VP40 from 1960-1961.
    He was in crew 4 as an ATS3
    WELCOME ABOARD DAVID.
    give him a shout if you remember him or if you just want to say HOWDY. He is now listed on our roster in the VP40 MEMBERS ONLY section of this web site.

  50. Guy Fisk

    I am sorry to announce that Marvin Register passed away on 12/13/2013. He was an AK3 and served in VP40 from 1950-1953. His obit is posted on our PLAN of the DAY TAB.

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