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I wish all of you and your families a
se ya’ll for our 2024 reunion in Branson, Mo. sept/oct time frame.
more info when available.

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Agent Orange Newsletter 2023

Here is link for more info published by VA

please read and pass it on

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2023 Reunion

Another successful reunion comes to a close.
We had 30 people attend our 2023 reunion in Nashville, Tn.
Although I must say our drinking has vastly diminished. (which is probably good for us).
The Grand Ole Opry was great as usual.
At our business meeting we voted on hosting our 2024 reunion in Branson, MS.
We had been there a few years ago and it is a great military reunion town.
I have requested an RFP and I will post the findings and dates when it is decided, probably end of Sept or early Oct, 2024.
I hope everyone made it home OK from the reunion and it was decided to continue as long as we have people attend. We had 2 new P3 people sign up for it but unfortunately 1 couple had to cancel due to health problems. Remember we are now accepting ALL VP squadrons and ( active and inactive).
thanks to all attendees and I look forward to seeing you again in Branson in 2024
Guy Fisk

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2023 Reunion Update

Our VP40 reunion is a month away and we only have 30 people signed up.
The time is NOW to “get er done”.
or as my grandad used to say “shit or get off the pot”
We still need 15 more room nights to make our minimum. Otherwise they will charge us
$400/day for our Ready Room. (this is something new for us)
So if you are planning on coming, do it now. Also fill out the attached registration form
and return to me ASAP. I have to have final meal count and Grand Old Opry count by 8/11.
Hope to see you all there this year
Guy Fisk

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VP40 Reunion Update

The web site is back up and running. Still some repair work to do, but it is working now.
TheVP40 reunion is still on for Sept 11-13 in Nashville, TN.
We are staying at The Inn at Opryland (615)231-8808. Tell them you are with the VP40 reunion for a special rate.
If you plan on attending call me (828)423-2106 or email me ggfisk@vp40.com
I am posting the reservation form here. fill it out mail it to me along with the money
Do Not wait as I have made obligations to the hotel and WE will have to incur costs if we do not make the quota.
thanks and hope to see ya all there
Guy Fisk

2023 reunion registration and meals form

2023 reunion registration and meals form

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Fred Malick

Fred Malick has had a surgery that was very unexpected.

He went in for a hernia  operation and because of blood clots,

he wok up with his right leg amputated just above the knee.

Please get in touch with him and wish him well.  He was in VP40 from 1964-66

He is a good friend and shipmate.


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VP40 Reunion 2023

Our 2023 Reunion will be in Nashville, TN. Sept 11-13. The hotel is the The INN at Opryland. More info will be posted on this website. It will also be emailed to all our members. SO make sure I have your current email address or you will miss out on all the fun.
If you are interested in attending contact me
Guy Fisk

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I was informed from Bud Taylor that Bob Foss passed away.

He dies Friday 11/11/2022 at home. He had fought cancer a few years ago and won,

but this time it beat him.  He will be missed by us all. RIP my friend.
Robert Royce Foss
FEBRUARY 25, 1931 – NOVEMBER 11, 2022


McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary & Resthaven Cemetery

Robert Royce Foss, 91, passed away on November 11, 2022, at home surrounded by loved ones.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1627 Grand Ave, West Des Moines). Visitation will begin at 9:30 am until service time on Thursday.

Robert was born to Roy and Emma (Wahe) Foss on February 25, 1931, in Adair, IA. He grew up on a farm and graduated from Adair High School in 1949 and served in the US Navy from 1950-1954, where he manned military planes during the Korean War, where he received the Air Medal for his 20 aerial flights during 1952-1953 with Patrol Squadron 40.

On December 5, 1953, Robert married Martha Dilks at the Little Chapel of the Roses in Chula Vista, CA. After leaving the service, Robert worked at the US Postal Service until 1986. He retired from the Naval Reserves in 1990. Robert was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Knights of Columbus, and the church choir. He kept busy in retirement working part-time jobs and enjoying his family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Martha of 68 years; daughters Debbie Foss of Waukee and Janet (Dan) Dylla of Wells, MN; grandchildren, Whitney (Mike) Sheely of Mapleton, MN, Dustin (Kristie) Dylla of Wells, MN, William (Crystal) Hummer of Kansas City, MO, and Alexxis Hummer of Missouri; great-grandchildren Charlotte, Elsie & Emma Sheely, Peyton & Kacie Dylla, Karson Herston, Madison & William Jr. Hummer; along with numerous nieces and nephews and a very special cat named Snickers.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com for the Foss family.

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2022 Reunion

We had a great reunion in San Diego. Although we only had 27 people show up we made up for it.

Sorry for all those that could not make it.

We voted at our business meeting to have our reunions EVERY year from now on. The reasons should be evident to everyone.

We will also  start having reunions somewhere in the middle of the USA, i.e. Nashville-San Antonio- Branson

etc. voted on and decided at the reunions.

The reunion for 2023 will be in Nashville, TN in Sept. I do not have the dates yet. Will try and book the same hotel as 2016. The Opryland Hotel.

Here is the link to download or view the pictures from the 2022 reunion.


2022 Reunion

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I talked to the Ops Officer in VP40 yesterday.

I was hoping  that VP40 could fly a P8a down for our reunion, but they will be on deployment at that time.

damned   it would have been nice to pull that off. Maybe next time. We discussed the possibility of holding the next reunion at Whidbey Island or Seattle. H said try about 1 year out as the officers should be still there at reunion time.

I will try and get another squadron to attend this year.

IF you have not made your hotel reservations the date has passed to ensure our rate. It will be 1st come 1st served now.  Please contact former VP40 people and ask them to attend. We are still far short of our usual turnout. We WILL hold our reunion this year, next time ????????? maybe. OR this might be the end of an ERA.  Join us for a trip down memory lane.

There is an info file on the reunion tab for attendees to use. 


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