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Bob Marley comments

Dates with VP40: 16 June 1951 to 12 Oct. 1951  Rate: AL3; Crew No. 4 under Lt.Cdr. Leon Freeman; AL3 Highest rate;

Comments:  I was a WW2 veteran recalled to duty in Oct. 1950, assigned to FASRON 110  when VP 40 was being assembled and trained for overseas duty in the Korean War the following June.  Our planes were salvaged from WW2, one of which had been with Adm. Byrd on his post WW2 polar expedition. That plane had 3 bladed props.  The rest of the VP40’s planes had 4 bladed props. (CA3 was the side no., if my memory serves me right.  Our plane was CA4 (Charlie-Able Four) and our squadron radio call sign was “Queen Bee”, hence the Queen Bee in our squadron insignia for which I received $15 for designing.

At the end of our tour in Japan, Lt. Cdr. Leon Freeman and I were assigned to be instructors on a flight with a crew from the squadron relieving VP40.  Weather conditions at 5:AM being what they are at that time of year in the Inland Sea of Japan hampering visibility, our plane had just fired its first JATO and was running on the step ready to fire the second when it hit a channel buoy and caught fire and sank in the seaway.  There were no casualties fortunately, although we had a full load of fuel and depth charges in the bomb bays.  Upon VP40’s return to San Diego, I was discharged to civilian life once more.  For that tour of duty I was awarded the Air Medal.

Robert L. Maley.

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Reunion Reminder

We are now less than 90 days from our 2016 Reunion start.

If you have not made your arrangements, i.e.(hotel reservations, sent your registration forms back to me, travel plans)

do not delay, get it done and enjoy the summer and that will be 1 less thing you will have to think/worry about.

We currently have 42 people who have signed up. The list is on the 2016 Reunion page.

If anyone needs help let me know

Guy Fisk

 

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Happy Independence Day 2016

Please watch and listen to this YOUTUBE Clip

 

It’s not the 4th of July. We don’t say “Merry Dec. 25th”. It’s INDEPENDENCE DAY.

When legislation of
the holiday was first being planned by Congress, they had no name for it and
referred to it as the 4th of July. That term has always been more common than
the name Independence Day, which was coined slightly later. When Congress created
the 1st Federal holidays in 1870, they wrote,“the first day of
January, commonly called New Year’s day, the fourth
day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas
day, and any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States
as a day of public fast or thanksgiving.” They referred to the other holidays by their names (yes, including Christmas), but not 4th of July. That shows how uncommon it was to use the name Independence Day.

Discounts for Vets.

I have a section for discounts on this web site but here is a few more for you.

All shoe stores …footlocker, champs,finish line, journeys as well as old Navy, clairs, bath and body
These stores offer between 10&20% discount everyday of the year …just ask n show any kind of proof of prior or current service. and u get it. Many more too

Sears has a discount as well all year, 20% off regular price and 5% off promotional price items in tools and lawn & garden.

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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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