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Veterans Day 2015


Here is a list of Veterans Day Military Discounts for 2015.

enjoy them..


Have a healthy Veterans Day


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Agent Orange Update

This was on Military.com today.

Senate Hearings on Agent Orange | Military.com

Senate Hearings on Agent Orange

At a recent oversight hearing held to examine the impact of exposure to toxic chemicals, particularly veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, stressed the importance of having a standardized, scientific approach at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine which veterans should receive disability benefits based on their exposure to toxic chemicals. Also, the hearing examined efforts to expand disability benefits for veterans who served in ships offshore Vietnam, also known as the "Blue Water Navy Veterans." A video and testimonies from the hearing are available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs website at www.veterans.senate.gov/hearings/exposures09292015.

For more on veteran benefits, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.

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Phillip Smith

Hello Guy,   Please add me as user  PFSMITH

I am Philip Fred Smith.  I was an AXAN and AX3 in VP-40 from about June 1966 to Nov or December 67.  I made part of the 66 deployment – joined at Sangley in 66 and all of the 67 deployment. I made AX2 and Transferred to HS-10 not long before the end at NORIS.
I made the deployment to Cam Ranh in 66 to Salisbury Sound and in 67 to Currituck.  Flew out of NAF Cam Ranh on night of 11 April 67. No seats just a pile of cargo nets on the deck.  Was looking for some record of that too but no luck.
Am in process of VA AO IHD claim.  I submitted my orders and Travel Claim for the Currituck trip. Along with statement that I went ashore (The VA asked me for that).
I have nothing on the 66 trip.
Last night I located the Currituck Deck Logs for March and April on the National Archive site and downloaded them. they are listed by month and are quite large pdf files (100mb). No mention of boats or people going to shore. just ship arriving 19 March 67 and anchored, daily flight ops by A/C and Pilot – then Ship Departure on 12 April for Hong Kong.
I uploaded pertinent pages to Ebenefits.  I can email those to you if you like. It’s about 1.5MB.
Not sure but I think they have accepted my Vietnam Service – says no longer needed on my AO Blue water statement request.
I will keep you posted.
Oh, I live in Olongapo. retired Civil Service in 03. I was with NAESU / NATEC for 18 yrs as S3 and SH-60 Avionics rep at NORIS, CUBI and ATSUGI.
Haven’t been back to Sangley since 67
Please add me as user  PFSMITH
Philip Smith
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VP40 Roster

I have updated the VP40 members roster today 8/15/2015.

It is on our MEMBERS ONLY page. It is in PDF, XLS, and XLSX formats.

I you cannot access it or view the roster please contact me at

ggfisk@vp40.com or call me.

Remember you must be a member and LOG IN to view this page.

Guy Fisk

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Newest Member

Welcome our newest member
Thomas (Tom) Lewis to our group.
Tom was in VP40 for 2 tours.
1st tour 1/64-8/67. He was an AX2
2nd tour 12/68-5/72. He was an AW1
He was in crews 12/4/7/1
His info is posted on our web site in the members only pages.
He and his wife Tina reside in Florida.

His email is tlewis1030@bellsouth.net


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Bill Hammatt

I was recently informed by Rick Carrell that Bill Hammatt passed away July 15, 2013.
Bill was an AX3 while in VP40 from 1965-1967.

His OBIT is posted on our Arrivals/Departure Page in the comments section.

I remember Bill, he was in the squadron in my time.

We are losing  members from the 1960 ERA now much to rapidly.

It is time to recruit new members to keep our group alive and kicking ……………


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I am pleased to add another new member to our group.
Jerry Bowman was in VP40 from 1965-1966.
He was an AX3 while in crew 9.
give him a shout at jwb2243@gmail.com

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David Dearolph

Bob Foss informed me of Davids passing and I have been in contact with Captain Dearolphs son David Jr. He provided me with his obit today.

Obituary: Captain David E. Dearolph

Captain David E. Dearolph of Oviedo, Florida peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his children, grandchildren and brother on July 2, 2015 — two days short of his 89th birthday. His life was one of complete dedication to the Navy, its officers, its sailors and the nation they defend. David was born in Foxburg, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1926 as the eldest child of Edwin James Dearolph and Florence Mae Dearolph (née Rupert) of Parker, Pennsylvania. He earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Rochester in June of 1947 and was commissioned in the United States Navy where he ultimately served for more than 34 years, defending his country in peace and war. After designation as a naval aviator in 1950, and recently married to Patricia Jean Shirey of Butler, Pennsylvania, he completed his first of eight overseas deployments during the Korean Conflict, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. In the course of his military career, he accumulated more than 5,600 flight hours in nine different types of naval aircraft, spanning the gamut from seaplanes to the supersonic RA-5C Vigilante and earned three individual Air Medals for aerial combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. As he progressed in rank from Ensign to Captain, he was privileged to command Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Five aboard the USS America and later served as Operations Officer aboard the USS Forrestal. As a senior officer, he served in Washington, D.C. on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and later as the Navy Liaison Officer to the Federal Aviation Administration, where his service was recognized with the Legion of Merit, our country’s second highest peacetime award. Dave left active duty in June 1978, and he and Patricia returned to central Florida where he was active in civic affairs and the leadership and music program of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida. During this period, Patricia and Dave alternated their time between his Florida home and his family roots in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and his sister Jean and is survived by his brother Edward A. Dearolph of College Park, Georgia, daughter Dianne E. Carman of Clifton, Virginia, sons David J. Dearolph of Lynchburg, Virginia, Douglas J. Dearolph of Augusta, Georgia, Daniel J. Dearolph of Oviedo, Florida, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His life will be honored at a memorial service at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida on July 25 at 1:00 PM and internment will take place alongside his beloved bride at a future date in Parker, Pennsylvania. The family requests donations to the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford, Florida in lieu of flowers.
> Funeral service Holy Cross Episcopal Church Sanford, FL. 11:00 AM July 25, 2015
Burial August 15, 2015 at 1 PM at Parker Presbyterian church Parker Pennsylvania.
Gramkow Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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I received this yesterday and I thought it is worth sharing with you all.
Lengthy but worth the read

Here is something well worth reading as the 4th of July approaches. It is good to remind ourselves every now and then that America has done a lot of good in this world over the past 200+ years. Many people gave their lives in the service of this ideal.

Citizenship as viewed by a Vietnamese Immigrant

On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ , hosted
a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of
coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in
dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Here’s what he had to say.
Thirty five years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand
up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh
at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and
my family in the greatest country on earth.

I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I
am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my
experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather
speak to you as an American.

If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable
with my people. I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof. It took
me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am
very proud of it.

I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six
years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could
re member anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I
can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers;
10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.

35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had
ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or
may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the
first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the US. Somehow, my
family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California.
It was a miracle from God.

If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on
earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the
opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you
tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every
step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make
it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong.
I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little
boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I
took the opportunity and here I am.

This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a
socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is
the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a
one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only
difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your
head. That was my experience.

In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge
of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time
as an American. To this day, I can’t re member anything sweeter and
more patriotic than that moment in my life.

Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and
like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time
with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern
California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here
and why I was here.

One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the
other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I
walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said
yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I
walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was
emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew
something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to
be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn’t just a
physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an
American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this
concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this
concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I
am standing up here.

Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must
do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion,
you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the
language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages –
last I looked on the Internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation
of the US Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of
being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up
with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not
worth doing.

Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000
Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000
names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my
heroes. You are my founders.

At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please
stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I
thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now
ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand.
On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your
services and may God bless you all.

Quang Nguyen
Creative Director/Founder
Caddis Advertising, LLC
“God Bless America ”
“One Flag, One Language”
“One Nation Under God”

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July 4th

A very moving video from Ray Charles for the 4th

have a fun 4th

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