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2018 Reunion

The time is almost here for the 2018 Reunion.

I hope to see you all there.


I am still planning on having a P8A flyin on Friday 7/7 for us to tour.

I have an old Navy/FAA friend who has his own winery and he has graciously decided to provide his Wine with our VP40 labels on it.

They should be collector items, so be sure to come and try it.

I have created a Challenge Coin for VP40, They will be for sale at the reunion. These will be a must have for all VP40 people.

I have posted the FINAL Attendee list on the 2018 REUNION tab on this site. 

I have hired a music group to perform for the  Sat night dinner and after. They will also be in the Ready Room Thurs night.

Be sure to bring your “dancin shoes” or Boots

Any questions contact me

 (828)423-2106 or ggfisk@vp40.com


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I am waiting to verify if VP30 will be able to bring a P8A, which is the P3 replacement to our reunion for a tour for us.

I am asking for it on Friday 9/7/18, It will be at the airport BNA and sometime around noon. I will post it here if it is a go.

We stil have some people who have NOT made their hotel reservations, and NOT returned their registration forms back to me..

IT is time to “shit or get off the pot” as my grandpa used to say.

If you do not get this done by July 30 you will probably not get to go to the events planned and will have to pay more for rooms if even available.

I also have a good friend that is making us wine from his winery in Houston with our VP40 logo labels on them. A great keepsake….

see ya there

Guy Fisk

(828)505-8013 or (828)423-2106



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July 4th 2018


Remember why we celebrate this day ?

The founding of the greatest country ever, under the Constitution of the United States of America



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I am please to announce a new member to our group.

Neal Freeman was a PNSN while in VP40 from 12/57 to 9/58

Please welcome Neal to our group. He added this comment:

I was 17 when I arrived at Sangley Point,  and I knew it all at that point- grew up that year.

Neal I think that could be said of a LOT of our members. The NAVY will do that for you.

That is one reason I am in favor of reinstating the DRAFT for ALL young men and  women.

Guy Fisk


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2018 Reunion

I have updated the attendee roster as of 6/25/18.

Here is the link to the reunion info.


Time is running out to insure you will have our special hotel room rate AND to insure you will 

be included on our day/night trips.

do not delay any longer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lets have a GREAT reunion while we can still enjoy them.

Any questions please contact me

Guy Fisk



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Russell Fredrick

I am sorry to announce that Rus Fredrick passed away on 6/20/2018 after a long bout of illness.

Rus was a LTJG while in VP40 from 1956-1958. 
He had many fiends in our group and will be missed by us all.

here is his OBIT:


Russell E. Fredrick, 84, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Columbus Health & Rehab, Columbus, WI. He was born on July 28, 1933, in Columbus, WI to Reuben and Lavina (Biel) Fredrick. He graduated from Columbus High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Naval Postgraduate School. He was married to Peggy Owen on Feb. 11, 1956, in Columbus. Russ was a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, serving as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron One, VP-1, and as a pilot in VP-40 and VP-21. Flew with the Royal Air Force training pilots in Scotland and served diplomatically as the Naval Attache to Yugoslavia and Romania. After 27 years in the Navy, he became a successful businessman with Allied Signal/Bendix/Honeywell and an active community philanthropist. Russ and Peggy returned to Columbus in December, 1994. He worked tirelessly for the Columbus Community Hospital as a member of the Board of Directors and Hospital Foundation Board for nine years each, spent two years as Police and Fire Commissioner, presided as President for the Columbus-Fall River Rotary Club and Assistant Governor for the Rotary district while leading fundraising for the new community pool in Columbus. He was especially active at the Olivet Congregational United Church of Christ. Survivors include one daughter, Pat (Mike) Turba of Platteville; two sons, Rolf (Mary), Campton Hills, Illinois, and Drew (Lisa), Knoxville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Tim (Ellie) Turba, John Turba, Tracy Turba, Amy Fredrick, Ryan Fredrick, Kevin Fredrick, Karen Fredrick, Carl Fredrick and Jack Fredrick; five great-grandchildren, Lyndsay, Kaitlyn, Daniel, Justin and Matthew Turba; a sister-in-law, Sally Owen; and a nephew, Jeff Van Allen. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a sister, Jeanne Berg, and niece Cheri Van Allen. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., with visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M., on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Olivet Congregational United Church of Christ, Columbus. Rev. Sandra Schieble will officiate. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus with full military honors. Memorials may be directed to the Olivet Church Endowment Fund or the Columbus Area Endowment.


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Donald Glaub

I have been notified by Joe Chandler that Donald Glaub passed away on May 15,2018

Don passed away from a heart attack while in the hospital undergoing tests. Don was one of the group of squadron members that met at the Mexican Village in Coronado to initialize a VP-40 reunion. That might have been in 1959 or soon thereafter. Some of the others at that meeting were Chief Humphries, Bill Bettis, Hal Peper, Mike Swall, Frank Bottoms, and Joe Chandler. 
Don was an AT1 while in VP40 from 1956-1959
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2018 Reunion

As of 5/30/2018 I have received responses and payment from 41 people

that will be attending the reunion in Sept this year. I know some of you have told me you will be attending

but have NOT sent me the paperwork and payment to verify this.

It is time to get er done folks .  

If you are still procrastinating about coming, you will miss out on one of the best reunions we have had if 

you decide to not attend. After all we are getting older every year and our memories are growing fainter each year.

Now is the time to renew those fond years of old. 

Do not delay on reserving your hotel reservation any longer.

I have to have a head count AND payment to the hotel and the tour agency by August 5,2018

If you are not on that list by then you may miss out on your hotel rooms AND the trips also.

thank you and I hope to see you all there !!

Guy Fisk





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Bernie Daugherty

I am very sorry to report that Joseph Bernard Daugherty Jr (Bernie)  passed away May 3, 2018.

He has had some health issues for a few months and it finally caught up with him. A P5M plane could not get him

but his health did.

Here is his OBIT.

Joseph B. Daugherty Jr. Obituary

Joseph Daughtery Jr.

Joseph Bernard Daugherty Jr., 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Highland Health Care in Highland, IL.

He was born Jan. 19, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to the late Joseph Bernard and Lucille, nee Byrd, Daugherty Sr.

On Jan. 21, 1967, he and Jean Zimmerman were married in Madison, IL, and she survives in Granite City.

Mr. Daugherty was a U.S Navy Vietnam veteran (Aviation Electrician) and after his military service had been a Quality Insurance Inspector for the Civil Service. He was a member of VP-40 and was the sole survivor of a QE-1 VP-40 crash Aug. 2, 1962 in the Philippines. He had a passion for genealogy and inventing, enjoyed fishing, and was an entrepreneur. He was a strong veterans’ advocate, assisting other vets on disability.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons: Devon and Matthew Daugherty; 2 sisters: Donna Carter and Connie Crippen; and his step-father: Wally Crippen.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are 3 sons: Joseph Bernard (Tamara) Daugherty III of St. Louis, MO, John Daugherty of Worden, IL and Gerald Daugherty of San Leon, TX; 6 grandchildren: Brendyn, Megan, Nathan, Katelyn, Erin and Cody; 2 brothers: Bill and Bruce Daugherty; and 3 sisters: Barb Coonce, Bonnie (Kenny) Hamontree and Beverly (Lee) Asher.

Memorials may be made to Disable American Veterans. Arrangements with online information available at www.wojstrom.com.

Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory, Granite City, IL.

Funeral: Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 8, 2018

I enjoyed Bernie’s wit and he will be missed by us all at our reunions.
 I hope Jean and the family can attend our reunion this year. We will make them feel welcome.
Guy Fisk
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Reunion Info

I have received info from the hotel on booking your rooms, I hope this will 

fix the problems some people are having about the reservations and rates .

Here is link to info   http://vp40.com/reunions/2018-reunion-nashville-tn/

I have also updated the reunion roster as of 5/8/2018

see ya all there


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