VP40 SEAPLANE ERA squadron site
I am pleased to announce we have a new member to our group.
Wilson R. Sutton joined our group. Willie was an AT3 while serving in VP40 from 10/1957 to 6/1959.
He flew in several crews as 1st radio.
WELCOME ABOARD Willie. He lives in Nashua, NH, where I lived for awhile
before I retired from the FAA.
I talked to the World Golf Village Hotel this week and they will be open and we can have our reunion as planned. I am getting the final pricing and agenda and I will send you the reservation forms soon. I will also post a phone number for you to book your hotel reservations yourself. So if you are debating to attend. WAIT no longer it will happen.
stay safe and I will see ya’ll at the reunion
Asheville North Carolina will have a Virtual Memorial Service Monday 11:00 AM on YouTube. Please watch it if you are available.
Memorial Day Ceremony streamed live on YouTube
This year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will be held as a virtual ceremony, because of the need for physical distance with the State of Emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son Matthew during his active duty in Iraq.
The ceremony, planned in concert with the Buncombe County Veterans Council, will be streamed live from Asheville City Hall. Tune into the City of Asheville’s YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2vzG4gZ) at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, May 25, to view the ceremony live in real time. Following the ceremony, it will be archived for later viewing on the City’s YouTube channel.Expected to last about 40 minutes, the ceremony will serve in place of both the City and the State Veterans Cemetery in-person events. There will be no attendees other than the individuals with active roles in the program. The program will consist of the following:
The National Anthem will be sung by Ric Ledford, USMC.
Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ted Minnick, US Army, Vietnam
Stephanie Young, Director, Charles George VA Medical Center
The Keynote Speaker will be Anne Adkins, Gold Star Mother whose son, Matthew, made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.
There will be two readings from the Brothers and Sisters Like These writing group
Followed by the playing of taps by Ric Ledford to conclude the ceremony
Please tune in to this virtual Memorial Day Ceremony in remembrance of the fallen, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Here’s the VA’s 3-Part Plan to Resume Full Services for Veterans
Patricia Kime , Military.com• May 9, 2020
As the number of active COVID-19 cases among its patients declined slightly this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a three-part plan for resuming operations at its facilities in the coming months.The effort will largely depend on local COVID-19 conditions, including a declining number of patients with symptoms, a reduction in those testing positive and widespread availability of testing.While the VA’s Central Office has drafted a tiered plan for operations, decisions will be made at the local level and may not be in line with other state or federal reopening goals, VA officials said.Related: They Survived World War II and Korea; Now at State-Run Homes, They are Fighting for Their Lives“A central planning solution for resuming regular operations makes no sense here because some areas of the country will take longer to recover, while other areas have seen minimal cases,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a release. “That’s why we’re letting local conditions dictate our next steps.”The first phase, to occur within the next month, will largely consist of assessments by VA facilities to determine the risks and impact of increasing operations, such as non-emergency procedures like clinical visits and lab tests and admissions to spinal cord injury units. Officials will also explore the capacity for community health care providers to resume seeing veteran patients.In this phase, the Veterans Benefits Administration will increase virtual hearings and formulate plans to resume face-to-face compensation and pension exams, while the National Cemetery Administration will prepare for resuming memorial services and burials that will be held later.Phase 2 will include expanding non-emergency procedures and medical visits to hospitals and clinics; reopening the department’s Fisher Houses; resuming memorial services and burials with military honors, with limited attendance based on local conditions; and in-person services at VBA regional offices, by appointment.The final phase will build on the others: resuming visitor access to all VA health facilities, including nursing homes, expanding services at VHA and VBA locations, and resuming all other normal operations.VA officials said the work will be done with employee health and safety in mind, and all criteria and parameters “must be met before starting the phases and may precipitate a return to an earlier phase.””The pandemic is not over, and VA continues to provide response efforts,” the plan notes. “The timeline for moving through this transition process will be dependent on the ability to minimize and control exposure and infection levels and maintain a constant decrease over time.”As of Friday, 8,137 veteran VA patients were confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and 619 had died. An additional 212 veterans deaths were reported to the VA.The number of new patient cases at VA facilities declined in the past week, with no new cases reported Friday from the previous day and 56 cases between Wednesday and Thursday. On Monday, the VA reported 261 new cases in 24 hours.More than 1,200 VA employees have been diagnosed with the illness, including 26 who have died.
I was informed yesterday that Adam Komisarcik passed away April 2,2020
Hal Pepper called me to inform me. He had went into the hospital with Pneumonia however they listed Coronavirus 19 as the cause of death. That meant his wife Gerry had to be quarantined for 14 days. She is back home in Va. and there is not an Obit yet. He is awaiting burial in Arlington Cemetery with date to be determined. I will post more when I have it.
This is another sad day for VP40. There were 4 members that I called the 4 horsemen. Adam Komisarcik, Hal Pepper, Bill Bettis, and Bob Collins. They attended all reunions and got together other than that for their own reunions. A GREAT group of guys. Bob and Hal are the only members left. I hope and pray that they can attend our next reunion (in Oct if we are allowed to have it). We will have a presentation for all the members we have lost in our group.
The August 24, 2020 USS Salisbury Sound reunion in San Diego has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Virus. For more info contact :
Victor Fischer USS Salisbury Sound AV13 – Secretary
Here is a link to the latest on the Blue Water Navy Bill
Please read and apply if applicable to you or your family.
The reunion in Oct 7-11 is STILL ON for now.
Here is the hyperlink to our reunion pages.
So far I have received very little response from people about attendence.
The sooner I can confirm numbers the sooner I can lock in prices for you.
lets “get er done” people
I have added a tab for the 2020 reunion.
I have added a tab for the 2020 reunion. I have added a tab for the 2020 reunion.
click the link on the next line togo to it.
I will update it until the reunion, SO
keep checking it for updates. I have locked in the hotel.
Assuming we will be able to travel in the USA in Oct, the reunion is ON for now.
remember the dates are 10/7 to 10/11/2020
PLEASE let me know ASAP if you plan on attending and the number of attendees.
see ya there
OK folks we are about 7 months out from our reunion.
I have about completed our hotel booking. I will post the hotel info and the itinerary soon
so checkin often and make your hotel reservations dd send me thee reevtion
BTW still most of the members have not paid their 2019-2020 dues.
My mailing address is
575 Sandy Flat Mountain Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 483-6422 home