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NEW MEMBER

I am pleased to announce that we have a NEW member to our group.

Robert Maley has joined us.

Bob was in VP40 from 16 June 1951 to 12 Oct 1951.

He was an AL3 while in VP40.

He has sent some pictures from his time in the squadron and I have posted them on our web site.

Look under the 1950’s Era TAB for them.

Bob is  91 years young, so he should be one of our elders, anyone older let me know…..

His info is posted in our Members Only section. Log on and send him a WELCOME ABOARD message.

Hope he can attend the reunion.

 

 

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New Pictures added

I just received some OLD pictures of VP40 from Steve Maley, Bob Maley’s son.

Goto the Pictures Video & More TAB, under 1950’s Era and have a look

 

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Updated Reunion Roster

I have updated the list of people who have sent their registration forms and money to me, as of 6/17/2016.

It is posted on the 2016 reunion @ San Diego TAB .

do not forget to make your hotel reservations, and use our code VP4 to get the special rates.

see ys there

Guy

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Invitation to Release Party for Ice Station Nautilus – hosted by Rick Campbell

I received this invite the other day, I cannot make it but if any of our members are in the area’s please free free to attend. BTW Rick Campbell has donated a signed copy of his book to be handed out at our reunion.

“Hi Guy,

You are cordially invited to attend a release party for Ice Station Nautilus. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks (beer / wine / cocktails, etc.) will be served. It’s a great way to get a book signed and socialize at the same time. If you’d like to attend one of the events, click on the appropriate link below, which will take you to an invitation with more details that you can RSVP to.

I hope to see you at one of the events! Also, please share this invitiation with others who might be interested in attending. They can click one of the links below and RSVP, so I’ll have a head count for food, drinks, and book purposes.”

RELEASE PARTIES – supported by Barnes & Noble (B&N)

MARYLAND – Gaithersburg: Saturday, June 25th at Bonefish Grill in the Kentlands (noon – 2 p.m.)
VIRGINIA – Fairfax: Sunday, June 26th at Fair Lakes Promenade B&N at 2 p.m, party at adjacent Romano’s Macaroni Grill
WASHINGTON – Silverdale: Sunday, July 10th at Yacht Club Broiler (1 p.m – 3 p.m.)
RHODE ISLAND – Middletown: Saturday, July 16th at Coddington Brewing Company (noon – 2 p.m.)
FLORIDA – Merritt Island / Cocoa Beach: Saturday, August 20 at Merritt Island B&N at noon, party at Sunset Waterfront Grill & Bar in Cocoa Beach

OTHER EVENTS

BOOKS & BEER! – Saturday, July 2nd at Chesapeake Brewing Co in Annapolis, Maryland (noon – 3 p.m.).
– Buy a book, get a free pint!
FUNDRAISER – Tuesday, June 28th in the Washington Navy Yard Town Center (Book signing with George Wallace, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
– All profit donated to Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society
BOOK SIGNING – Sunday, August 21st in The Villages, Florida Barnes & Noble (2 p.m.)
– Signing only

Best Regards,
Rick

PRAISE FOR The Trident Deception and Empire Rising — Barnes & Noble Top-20 Bestsellers!
— “The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy’s classic The Hunt For Red October.” — Booklist (Trident Deception)
— “Another riveting thriller by Rick Campbell. A MUST READ!” — Publishers Weekly (Empire Rising)

Ice Station Nautilus – on sale June 28th, 2016 at bookstores everywhere (hardcover, eBook, and audiobook).
— Available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Apple iTunes, GooglePlay, and many more!
— Pre-order today

Hi Guy,

I’m sorry to hear you won’t be able to make one of the events, but posting something on your VP40 website would be great! They can click on the links and RSVP if they can make it.

Best Regards,
Rick

Author of military thrillers published by Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press. Find out more at – rickcampbellauthor.com

PRAISE FOR The Trident Deception and Empire Rising — Barnes & Noble Top-20 Bestsellers!
— “The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy’s classic The Hunt For Red October.” — Booklist (Trident Deception)
— “Another riveting thriller by Rick Campbell. A MUST READ!” — Publishers Weekly (Empire Rising)

Ice Station Nautilus – on sale June 28th, 2016 at bookstores everywhere (hardcover, eBook, and audiobook).
— Available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Apple iTunes, GooglePlay, and many more!
— Pre-order today

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Agent Orange Update

I have been receiving email and calls from members and it appears that the VA is finally

approving claims and are doing it a little quicker.

A increasing number of members seem to be having prostate problems and are filing and obtaining approval from the VA.

Also if you are receiving a permanent 100% disability and it is service connected, your wive is entitled to receive VA health benefits as well.

If you die she is also entitled to receive your pension.
Here is the form they will need.
VBA-21-534-ARE

remember to NOT give up, the VA will before you should !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guy

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2016 Reunion Update

I have updated the reunion attendee list as of 6/9/16.

If you have not made your hotel reservations and or not sent me your registration form,

as an OLD saying goes “shit or get off the pot”

in other words do not wait, if you miss out you will be the loser, the rest of us will enjoy the fun without you.

see ya there

Guy

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PSA Flag Day Ceremony

If you live in or near Florida you might want to attend this event

SA12

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Reunion hotel phone

I have been informed that the Holiday Inn reservation phone # is (800)662-8899

please use this # when making your reservations

don’t forget to mention our code VP4 to ensure you get our discount

thanks

Guy Fisk

see ya there.

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GORMAN PONDS

Gordon served in VP40 from 1964-1967 as an E3. I do not have any other info on him.

I have lost contact with Gordon and believe that he might be deceased. His last address was in Jacksonville, FL.

If anyone has info on him Please forward it to me and I will publish it

thank you

Guy Fisk

UPDATE

I received the obit from Jim Feflie today. Here it is:

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

thank you Jim for the reply. This is the way we former VP40 members can find out about other members, Jim took the time to reply to me,

I encourage others to do likewise if you know of someone who has passed, OR if you know of VP40 people to contact and join our group

Guy Fisk

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NEW MEMBER

We have a new member to our group

RAYMOND WEGRZYN.

Ray was in VP40 from JUly 1961 – July 1963. He was in the Electric Shop and he was an AE1.

He was also SAILOR of the Month in April 1963.

Please welcome him and his wife Carol. they will be attending the reunion in San Diego this year.

 

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