VP40 SEAPLANE ERA squadron site
I am sad to announce another of our members has passed away.
JOHN HONAKER passed away on 9/27/2016.
John was an ADR2 while in VP40 from 1965-1966. John and his wife Elizabeth
were planning on attending our reunion in Oct this year but at the last moment he called and had to cancel
due to health issues. He never made it to the reunion date. His OBIT is posted on our ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES page
I was informed today that because I have a tooth abscess,
they will not operate on my heart Tuesday. It has been rescheduled until 10/31/2016.
I guess it is bad to have heart valve repair(replacement) when you have an abscessed tooth.
WHO KNEW ???????? I guess it was good I called them today and informed them about it.
Oh well 2 more weeks of not playing golf bah bah
Well we pulled it off. The 2016 reunion was a huge success.
I will post some info about it this weekend.
Unfortunately I am going under the knife next Tues 10/18/16.
I will have triple heart by-pass along with a heart valve replacement and a repair of an aneurysm
on my ascending artery. Not exactly an out patient operation. I will keep you all updated when I can.
I will post some pictures etc from the reunion in the next couple of weeks.
On a good note our next reunion will be in Nashville, TN in Sept of 2018. A lot
more to follow about that in the future.
Thank you for all who attended the reunion and for those who wanted to but could not for various reasons.
I received news last night from Tom Bigley that
ANTHONY (TONY) LAZZARETTI passed away Sept/29/2016.
Tony was in VP40 from 1963-1966 as a LT. He retired from the US Navy as a Captain.
Tony and Sharon were looking forward to attending the reunion but He called last month and
had to cancel as his cancer had surfaced again. Tony had been battling Melanoma
for a long time and it finally won.
He will be missed by us all that knew and flew with him.
He was one of the good ones.
There is an updated reunion agenda posted in the Reunions Tab. It will be the last revision
before the reunion. Please read it.
We now have 100 people signed up to attend. GREAT NEWS
See you all there.
If anyone needs to contact me my cell # is
I will be there Monday 10/3/16
I have been informed that VP30 cannot fly a P8a out to San Diego for our reunion.
The budget is to tight and it is end of the year for the Feds.
Maybe for the next reunion. Hopefully VP40 will have the birds by then and can accommodate us.
Bob Richter called me tonight and he will attend the reunion . He will join our group.
He was an ADR3 in VP40 from 1961-1965. He was in Crew 9. He retired from the Navy as a Chief.
He is looking forward to seeing us and vice versa
We will have the Samahan Dance Group perform various Philippine dances after our dinner Friday night.
They will wear the costumes appropriate for the dance.
Come and enjoy.
I am still awaiting word if VP30 will be able to fly a P8A over to North Island for our reunion.
Hope they can make it.
We now have VP40 P3V/C merchandise.
We have coffee cups, T-shirts and Ball Caps with the P3 logo on them.
They will be available at the reunion and after that on our web site.
In addition at the reunion we will have the VP40 P5m coffee cups, T-shirts, and Ball Caps
We have some additional goodies for sale there also.
bring your checkbooks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been able to purchase some things that will be on display only. They are 1 of a kind
and they are not for sale. I also have added some hanging pictures for display.
It is still not to late to register with me and the hotel, so get off the fence and join the fun.
I cannot tell you the people I have been in contact with that CANNOT attend the reunion due to health problems,
and wish they could attend or have had to cancel due to medical problems. So if this is NOT your excuse GET ER DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wait no more, I for one am not getting any younger and if you are please share your secret with us…
see you all there
getting close now !!!!!!!!!!!!hooray hooray
I have had a few questions about parking fees at the hotel during our reunion.
Our contract specifies PARKING FEES ARE WAIVED.
So do not pay for parking at the hotel.
Remember the hotel also provides an Airport Shuttle free of charge.