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Steve DeLong Planning Edzell 1974/1978 Reunion for 2008
Hello: I was a Marine stationed at Edzell from October 75- October 77. I am trying to organize a reunion (along with Ron Payne) for folks that were stationed there during the 1974-1978 time frame. If you would be interested in getting together in 2008 please contact me. If you have contact information for anyone there during that time frame please pass it along. The reason for the small time frame is to ensure that most everyone that comes will know someone, or everyone or something in between. It doesn't matter if you were Marine or Sailor, or civilian, you are welcome. The hard part about this is locating the people. So please, contact me if you are interested at all. It may end up being a small reunion, but those that I have contacted so far are willing to get together even if it is a small affair, but the more the merrier. Thanks
Tuesday, July 24th 2007 - 11:48:23 AM
Mel Davidow, LT USNR (Ret) looking for those who served in VQ-1, VQ-2, or any of their predecessor units
(NAF Patrol Unit, VW-2 Det A at Port Lyautey, or Special Project Division, VW-1 Det A, VW-3 Det A at Sangley Point) while these squadrons operated P4M-1Q aircraft? See Photos for pix of P4M-1Q.
I am one of the original 12 pilots that received orders in January, 1951, to begin training that led to the formation of the Special Project Division of the Air Operations Department of NS Sangley Point flying P4M-1Qs. Later this became VW-1 Det A, VW-3 Det A and finally VQ-1. I left the squadron (VW-1 Det A by then) in Sept 1953. During my last year on active duty, 1954, I was a flight instructor at Pensacola where one of my students, Ned Rankin, later became a pilot in VQ-2.
In the past two years I have begun an extensive effort to contact any of the original members of the Special Project Division. I have been fortunate enough to have so far contacted all of the living pilots of the original 12 and many of the other crew members. I have located almost half of the crew of my plane, Buno 121451. In the process I have also made contact with many VQ-2 (or VQ-2 predecessor units) personnel.
Some of the people I've been in contact with have suggested I write up more stories about the early history of Special Project Division and its successors up to and thru VQ-1. I'm am asking anyone who flew P4M-1Qs to contribute stories, reminiscences, tales, or anything they can recall about those years.
I would especially like to get as many recollections of encounters with Chinese or Russian aircraft as I have slowly begun to get bits of the stories of incidents that happened while I was at Sangley and was not aware of. I would like to include any accidents (however minor) and incidents that occurred with P4M-1Q aircraft through out their world wide operations, VQ2 as well as VQ-1.
This could be a valuable addition to the history of the P4M. I have written a short article for last year's VQ Association newsletter relating a few of the tales of the beginnings of the Special Project Division. If you would like a copy via e-mail please let me know.
I moved from New Jersey to Miami two years ago and, between the move and a computer virus, have lost my records of those I have contacted about this in the past. If I had contacted you before please respond again.
Please reply to "Mel Davidow" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Looking for shipmates of CT DALE "BLACKIE" BLACKBURN
David Blackburn is looking for shipmates of his father
Dale "blackie" Blackburn, he was navsec 'round 68-74,
last years in Hawaii under flag unit. Came out of Marietta,WA (spook CT).
was on Flasher and maybe Grayback. Son David Blackburn is interested in
finding about his travels and service. reply to
for email forwarding to David Blackburn.
|Looking for CTACS DAVE ROGERS
"I was stationed in Wahiawa at NAVCOMSTAEASTPAC from 74-76, and am trying to locate a buddy/brother that I have not heard from in a long time, for many years we stayed in touch, he always made it a point to write, but strangely, (unlike him) he suddenly quit writing, and I am worried that something has happened to him. He was like the brother I never had, was my supvr in Wahiawa, always took care of me, his name was Dave Rogers, he retired from the NAV as a CTACS (cannot recall the year), I have done numerous searches via internet, and have come up empty. Any information or advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Am going to try and dig up some of my old pics for your site, thanks for brightening up an Old Squids Day!! God Bless, Mike Kitchen.