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Name:
Ralph Papa (@papa3878@bellsouth.net)
Date:8/11/2017 4:44:07 PM
Subject:Inquiry regarding Susan Spalding's Dad, Myron Thompson VP-8 c1951 to 55
  Ralph Papa Today at 4:30 PM To Susan Spalding CC CarolynMagee Beth Perry Alfred Shiller RICHARD SCOTTI Santo Adams Tony Anzevino Message body Hi Susan, I copied Carolyn Magee, Beth Perry and Al Shiller and several others on this email reply, who were in VP8 in the early 1950's in case the have any info on your Dad, Myron Thompson. Scotti, Adams, Anzevino and I were in VP8 in the late 1950's, but may also have a contact for you. If you can email the image you have of the P2V aircraft HD 12 that he was a crew-member in, I'd be glad to add it to our 1950s photo archives on our website at the link below. (Note that we have images there of HD-1, HD-2, HD-4, HD-8 and 9, but not 12. It was around 1957 that the our aircraft designation for VP-8 changed from "HD" to "LC". Also note that you can see a larger view of each image by clicking on it. There's also images there of a number of your Dad's shipmates of that period). Thanks for contacting us and sharing your inquiry which I added to our "Guestbook" on our website.. Hope you hear back from folks that had known him. Best Regards, Ralph Ralph Papa/ Historian and Web Administrator - VP8Alumni.org
 
 
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Name:
Susan Spalding (@sust18@aol.com)
Date:8/10/2017 10:54:48 PM
Subject:Dads history
  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Susan Spalding Today at 9:21 AM To artistpapa@bellsouth.net Message body to Ralph Papa from Susan Spalding sent on 8-11-17 Hey Ralph- I'm looking into my Dads history and was hoping you could help. I'm thinking my Dad flew with your group-I have a picture of his plane. It's a p2v with HD tail code and 12 on the nose. He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955. He passed away in 2012. I'm wanting to get a tattoo with that plane on it and am hoping for a better picture. Thank you for any help-and for your service! Susan Spalding Sent from my iPhone >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Susan Spalding (sust18@aol.com) Dad's History My Dad, Myron Thompson, flew in a p2v with the tail code HD and the number 12 on the nose. Would he have flown with this incredible group? He was enlisted 1951-1955. He told stories, but I didn't listen as closely as I wished I had...😪 We lost him 5 1/2 years ago and I find myself searching for his history. Thank you for any help!
 
 
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Name:
Henry Herbig (VP-8 1950-1953 Quonset Point, RI) (hfhiii@yahoo.com)
Date:3/23/2017 3:38:58 PM
Subject:Hello
 I was one of three Aviation Midshipmen in the squadron, along with Dick Fling and Ralph Colby. Commissioned Ensign in July 1951. Retired after 34 years-USN. Does anyone remember me? Interested in reunion information.
 
 
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Name:
Pat Williams (patwilliams3980@sbcglobal.net)
Date:9/5/2016 12:52:12 AM
Subject:Photo of Crew 5
 Person standing between Freddy & Moon is Mike Morris in pic of crew 5 1963. My roommate at St. Mary's College dated Mike, I dated Jack Kacik until his death. So nice to see a picture of all the guys so many years ago. Thanks, Pat Williams
 
 
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Name:
Ralph Papa (artistpapa@bellsouth.net)
Date:5/27/2016 5:16:10 PM
Subject:Input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter
 Following is input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter From: Robert Fiegl Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:12 PM To: santoadams@gmail.com Subject: Re: Request Dear Santo, I finally have a quiet evening to write a reply to you. I'm sorry to hear that attendance at the VP-8 reunion was so small. I know it takes a lot of work and planning, usually done by only a few people, to bring an event like this to fruition and it's more than a little disappointing when the celebration is not as big as hoped. I can only write about this from my personal perspective, obviously. First, as I type this, I can clearly see my retirement shadow box, presented to me by my CPO mess when I left (retired from) NATTC Pensacola in 2007. The engraved plate lists 16 permanent duty stations over my 38 years of active duty. I receive invitations to reunions to nearly all of them over the course of about every 5 years or so. Although I had great tours at virtually all of the commands/ships/squadrons, there's no way I can come even close to being able to attend a fraction of them. To tell you the truth, I've not attended any of them. This is based primarily upon the job requirements of my second career as a university professor and my limited time available to travel. I'm retiring this year. I try to keep in touch with some Shipmates from the past, but even that is sometimes a challenge. I trust you can relate? The next issue would be physical ability to attend a reunion. If you take just the permanently retired people (usually age 65+) there are so many who cannot either financially afford to make such trips or their health prevents them from making such a trip. I know that "Where there's a will, there's a way" is sometimes true, but it's not always true. Bud Leady is a prime example. I have to tip my hat to you for your leadership of the VP-8 alumni group! Of all my tours of duty, I put my VP-8 tour near the very top (with my two command tours, my VP-30 and CAG 3 Maintenance Officer tours!). I was most fortunate along the way....truly blessed! As for the best methods to get the word out to group members, I'm all for electronic communications. It's efficient, easy, no cost and instant. I imagine if you took a poll of alumni members, there's no one who doesn't own a computer and have Internet connectivity. I'd probably move away from paper. As far as other opinions, I have very few, Santo. I don't know enough about the group's membership to provide sound advice. Demographic information is important (age, location, employment status, etc.) would seem important when tweaking the activities of this group. Not sure if you have that info at your disposal. It would be easy, with electronic communications, to poll people to see if they'd like to have a reunion at Pax River, Brunswick or Jax. That may help you. I bet you could hold a reunion in many people's back yards and they would not attend.... it's just how some folks are. For me, I'd like to attend one, if I knew enough people there to make it a true Shipmate reunion. I think you need help from your membership to really get a successful turnout. Membership support is key. Friends have to ask and encourage their Shipmates/friends.....and hopefully the word and enthusiasm for reunion events spreads and people view it as a really good thing for them. Standing by for your questions, if you'd like to discuss any of these points further. Thanks for asking. Not sure I've given you anything of great value here. I'm flattered that you requested my input on this, though. Warm regards and good health! Bob
 
 
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Name:
Jim McDermott (McDermott.Jim@gmail.com)
Date:2/10/2016 10:17:48 PM
Subject:1964 crew photo with Larry Miller
 Sir, I have a crew photo from VP-8 in 1964 with Larry Miller in it. The crew ID provided by Russ Horsley, LCdr. How can I send it to the alumni page?
 
 
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Name:
Jim McDermott (McDermott.Jim@gmail.com)
Date:1/19/2016 10:22:28 PM
Subject:CMC Bob 'OD' O'Donnel passed away - VP-8 Avionics Shop, mid 1960s
 AVCMC Robert John “OD” O’Donnell, III, 79, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on July 8, 1936 in Reading, PA to the late Robert J. O’Donnell, Jr. and Marie Jost. He was married Dorothy “Peggy” Jordan on August 28, 1957 and had over 37 wonderful years until her passing in September 1994. OD proudly served in the United States Navy from 1957 to his retirement in 1983 as a Command Master Chief. When I was a newly minted E-3 AT(S), fresh out of NATTC Memphis, I reported to VP-8 at NAS PAX River. The first person I encountered in the Avionics Shop was AT1 O'Donnell. His first, and only question was "Did you come here to screw up my Avionics Shop?" 'No, I came here to do my job.' His response was "Alright,if you need help, find me. My name's OD." That was the fastest, most successful contract I ever made. His obit follows: He began his naval career after graduating from boot camp at Great Lakes, IL and was assigned to “A” school training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), Memphis, TN. Subsequent assignments included VR-22 NAS Norfolk, VA; AT “B” school NATTC, Memphis, TN; VP-8 Patuxent River Naval Air Station (PAX), MD; VP-30 PAX; VP-49 PAX, VP-30 Naval Aviation Integrated Logistics Support Center, PAX; VP-16 Jacksonville, FL; and the Naval Aviation Logistics Center, PAX. OD was assigned to the Logistics Systems Development Directorate as the division head, maintenance plans and logistics support analysis division, and also served as the NAVANLOGCEN Command Master Chief. OD was awarded six awards of the Good Conduct Medal; The National Defense Service Medal; two awards of the Navy Unit Commendation; the Meritorious Unit Commendation; two awards of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; the Navy Achievement Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
 
 
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Name:
Charles R. Harris, Jr. (crharris@bellsouth.net)
Date:1/16/2016 6:37:46 PM
Subject:passage
 on 7/13/13 My father passed away. He was chief C R Harris E-7 AZ. I understand he was in charged of the maintenance of the entire squadron. If I remember correctly it was for the period of 1968 thru 1973. I tried to look through your web page for a rooster of the squadron and could not find it. I thought I would pass this information along. Charles R. Harris Jr.
 
 
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Name:
Jim McDermott (mcdermott.jim@gmail.com)
Date:11/29/2015 9:53:01 PM
Subject:NAS Brunswick reunion
 The Brunswick Naval Air Station Reunion Committee invites you to the 5th year reunion of the closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Dates are the weekend of Friday, July 15 through 17, 2016. This event will be held near the Museum and Chapel.   The reunion is open to all military personnel who served on the base or worked there as civilian employees at any time in the 68 year history of the base. Spouses and children are welcome. Please check with your former civilian co-workers and shipmates to make sure they know about this reunion.   The over-all event schedule and the menu for Saturday Evening’s catered dinner are being worked out. Please note: The reunion and events will not be open to the general public. A website is under design that will have all the information and forms that will be needed for the reunion.   If you have any questions please contact: Jeffrey Simpson, co-chairman, on Facebook or EMAIL: jeffthebubby2@aol.com   Put BNAS Reunion in the SUBJECT line  
 
 
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Name:
Joey Bielaska Jr. (cloudtocloud@me.com)
Date:11/15/2015 12:45:15 AM
Subject:LTJG Joseph Francis Bielaska
 My father passed away on Verterans Day (11-11-15). Viewing is at the Schrader Funeral home in Plymouth Michigan on Sunday (11-15-15). 734-453-3333 / (LtJG Bielaska was with VP-8 from 1955-59.)
 
 
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Name:
mcdermott.jim@gmail.com (mcdermott.jim@gmail.com)
Date:11/11/2015 8:38:02 PM
Subject:Frank Dobing, FE
  I was stunned by the obituary for Frank Dobing. In 1962 -63 he became the first certified Flight Engineer in the P3A Orion aircraft. I was the newly minted ASW Operator on Crew 1, Cdr Creighton Cook was Squadron CO and PPC. AT1 Don Kulacz was 1st Tech, and Frank was our FE, and in those days the FE was senior enlisted man on the crew. While he acknowledged that we were each probably expert in our own systems, he was responsible for the entire aircraft. He was tough on us to ensure we really were ready, and he was meticuous at his FE responsibilities. I remember he often called in the Lockheed Reps (Ruben Mack and others) to discuss some quirk in the aircraft that didn't show up in the manuals. As a smart-mouthed Boston Irishman" I know I gave Frank some bad moments, but he was a true leader, and smoothed out a lot of my rough edges. I'll always remember him calling me aside, starting the butt-chewing with "Now MacDammit, you've got to shape up." Be well, be safe, be strong, Jim McDermott
 
 
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Name:
Tim Nasworthy (tim@arsenal401k.com)
Date:9/27/2015 7:59:06 PM
Subject:Former CO of VP-8 death
 My father, Captain George F. Nasworthy, USN was the commanding officer of VP-8 in the late 1950's when the squadron still flew the P-2V Neptune. He passed away in 2013 at the age on 93. I was unaware of the VP-8 Assoication util recently or would have informed you earlier. I have pasted his obituary below if you are interested. George Franklin Nasworthy, Sr., 93, of Atlantic Beach, FL, died at home on April 8, 2013, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on April 7, 1920, in Jacksonville, FL, to Walter Whitney and Eva McAuliffe Nasworthy. He graduated from West Palm Beach High School and Palm Beach Junior College, received his naval officer’s commission under FDR’s AVCAD program and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator from Navy Flight School at Pensacola Naval Air Station in October 1941. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1941 to 1973, and retired at the rank of Captain. During WW II, he was assigned to the VP-12 “Black Cats,” in which he flew the PBY-2A Catalina. VP-12 took part in the Battle of Midway, was one of the first squadrons based on Guadalcanal and received a Presidential Unit Citation for its participation in that campaign. Later in the war, George flew the PB2Y3 Coronado and was awarded the Air Medal. He served on two lengthy WestPac deployments aboard the USS Suisun immediately after the war. In 1952 he served as exec of VP-23, based in Miami, FL; Brunswick, ME; and Argentia, Newfoundland. After attending Staff College, George was given command of VP-8, flying the P-2V Neptune. He then served in the Pentagon and on the SACLANT staff in Norfolk, VA, before finishing his naval career as the NATO Liaison for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. George obtained his B.S. from the University of Maryland. He graduated from Navy Line School in Monterey, CA; the Armed Forces Joint Staff College in Norfolk, VA; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. George was blessed by two wonderful marriages, the first to Florence Davis Hartsfield, from 1943 until her death, in 1971. They are survived by son George Franklin Nasworthy, Jr., of Encinitas, CA; daughter Nancy Lynn Nasworthy, of Bend, OR; son Timothy Hartsfield Nasworthy, of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. George married Geneva Ingram Barner in 1973; they moved in 1992 from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to the Fleet Landing Continuing Care Community of Atlantic Beach, FL. Geneva died June 1, 2009. Geneva is survived by daughter Gay R. Barner of Santa Rosa, CA: daughter Cynthia L. Albright of Palmyra, VA; son Bruce I. Barner of Blue Bell, PA; daughter Candyce E. Hollingsworth of Manassas, VA; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. George’s interment and celebration-of-life gathering are currently planned for Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:00am, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in West Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite B, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508 or the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FA 32233.
 
 
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Name:
Terrence Bell (tpbellsr@comcast.net )
Date:7/16/2015 1:33:32 PM
Subject:VP-8
 Was with VP 8 for 3 years from until June of 1980 when I got out of the Navy. Best Time
 
 
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Name:
Clinton Parks (usndp1@hotmail.com)
Date:5/6/2015 9:52:33 AM
Subject:Good Morning to all my VP-8 Shipmates
 I was there from 1975-1978. Didn't start out well but I was schooled by the best. AZC "Wild" Bill Curtis, AVCS Vogt, Bobby Burfitt, Tommy Booker. Left with great memories, Retired Navy now and getting ready to retire completely. Living in Maine with my NY Doll and 4 cats. Just wanted to give everyone a great big hello and a thanks to all of those shipmates that but up with my drunkenness in the early days and helped me and stuck with me when I sobered up
 
 
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Name:
Anna (3zbvyavb2@hotmail.com)
Date:11/15/2014 4:53:20 AM
Subject:PQThePtZNltRRGEtLw
 Going to put this artlice to good use now.
 
 
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Name:
Howard S. Hoover (@bahshoover@centurylink.net)
Date:11/4/2014 3:45:52 PM
Subject:VP-8
 I was with the squadron from 1957-1961, was a 2nd class structural mechanic on LC-11. Ralph Papa also was on our crew.
 
 
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Name:
Santo (santoadams@aol.com)
Date:5/6/2014 11:29:13 PM
Subject:Entry 54
 Had some time on my hands and was reading some of the comments. Didn't realize you spent so much time in the Squadron. Did Theresa know you were in the navy till 1968?? I didn't LOL
 
 
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Name:
David E. Lundgren (dlund022956@gmail.com)
Date:4/19/2014 1:06:33 PM
Subject:V P 8
 I served with the squadron from 1977 to1979
 
 
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Name:
Eric Hall (ehall14@carolina.rr.com)
Date:1/20/2014 9:51:07 AM
Subject:VPB-201
 My father, George Marvin Hall served with VPB-201 during WW2.
 
 
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Name:
Ralph Papa for John Quairoli (artistpapa@bellsouth.net)
Date:11/5/2013 7:38:08 AM
Subject:re:VP8 Capt. Richard A. Hoffman
 Dear Shipmate Papa, included herein is my commentary to the article regarding the passing of Captain R.A. Hoffman., as appeared in the Nov./Dec. newsletter. I sent this to Carolyn Magee as an item for the newsletter. She, in turn, suggested/directed I forward this to you, to be included on the VP-8 website so that the Hoffman family might see it, since they do not receive the newsletter. Therefore I'll forward this to you for your consideration of how to proceed. Carolyn suggested I send just the first part of the e-mail to you, but not being sure of the intended break-off point, I'll forward the entire e-mail to you and hopefully you can sort it out. If you need or require any additional information and/or clarification , do not hesitate to contact me. Most sincerely, JohnQ- VP-8 Alumni Subject: Commentary Re: Newsletter..................... I'd like to offer my sincere sympathy to the Richard A. Hoffman family on the passing of Captain Hoffman. I served under Captain Hoffman, in VP-8, when he was both XO and Then CO of the squadron. He led the squadron on our West Pac Deployment to The Philippines, 1966, including combat missions in direct support of the Viet Nam conflict. May have even stood before him at some reviews, short of Captain's Mast, for other Squadron shipmates (of Course)! I remember him as somewhat quirky, but a fair and good CO. I have had contact with him over the years, perhaps within the last ten years, as I attempted to ascertain and clarify any and all eligibility criteria for the awards that were presented to members of the Squadron for the participation in and support of the Viet Nam conflict, when the squadron was relocated to The Republic of The Philippines,(RPI) for that specific assignment. I knew Captain Hoffman was writing a book(s) about his Naval Aviation experience, but in addition to the book on "The Fighting Flying Boat" I thought that another book was being penned by him about the ASW experience. Anyone have any knowledge of that possibility? Regardless, my heartfelt sympathy to the family and if I should ever visit nearby Annapolis, anytime soon, I'll surely stop by the U.S. Naval Academy Colombarium to pay my sincere respects. And, thanks to his son, Robert for the adequate update! Captain R.A. as he was affectionately known , may he rest in peace! Somewhat dismayed that no mention in squadron history was included in the "Memorial" section of his passing, which brings me to another perplexing recent discovery related to another web site that is badly in need of a serious update/revision. That site would be the U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron site, www.vpnavy.com, therein is a "Shipmate Summary" page for every VP squadron. I had the recent leisure time to peruse this sight ( don't ask me what I was looking for specifically), but upon review of VP-8 Shipmate Summary page, I was very disappointed to find very few familiar names. I really only found one other "shipmate" from my era, and not many, if any at all of the Alumni Assoc. members. Most disappointing and somewhat alarming was that former CO's , like Cook, Bates, Johnson and Rich, most important cogs in the squadron history, were not even listed, quite erroneously. I fully intend to connect with the administrator/owner of this site to point out these obvious and glaring discrepancies., as soon as time permits. Anyone else reading this, who feels motivated can feel free to take the lead on this notification!!! Just was wondering if anyone else may have come across this website and discovered these glitches? Like I said, the only person I came across from my era was John (Jack) McDermott, AT-1, '61-'65. His listing included a e-mail address, and I intend to make contact and ask him if he ever considered joining the Alumni Assoc. Otherwise, I wish The Magee's and all other Alumni Assoc. members well, in all things! Footnote: Officially , for the squadron's effort in the West Pac assignment in Southeast Asia, the flight crews of VP-8 were awarded The U.S. Vietnamese Service Medal, The Republic of South Vietnam Campaign Medal and in 1967 the squadron was awaiting final word on disposition of the Navy Commendation and Air Medal requests, as per Captain Hoffman. As of 1984 it remained uncertain if any support troops of VP-8 were awarded any related Medals/Commendations. (Who do they think kept those flight crews and birds in the air?) JohnQ-Lebanon, Pa. P.S.- I'll forward to you "Other" information related to Captain Hoffman, such as his biography, as listed in a 1965 "Change of Command" ceremony program, listing him as XO, at that time! Plus a innovation that he implemented called "Familygram", a regular update letter to families back home letting them know how the squadron and their sailors were doing when on deployment. I'll let you decide if any of it might be usable in the newsletter. Additionally, I'm sending a photo of Arthur Godfrey, for those who remember him, who one day rather unannounced paid a visit to the hanger area in Sangley Point ,RPI, for a visit, as he was a pilot in his own right if any remember, and suppose his visit was a "Goodwill" gesture. No need to return any of it.
 
 


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