VPB-111/VP-21

VAGABOND NEWS

www.VP-21.org and www.VPB-111.org

John G. Esposito, Editor                                    SPRING EDITION ‘10


A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT SEAT:

There are two ways that our members receive their copies of the newsletter.  One is by snail mail.  The other is electronically.  When our web site was up and operating, those who had signed up to receive the newsletter electronically were sent an email stating that the newsletter was available on the web site.  Now that our web site is temporarily (hopefully) unable to be updated, the emails sent to you by Dan Dwyer actually include copies of the newsletter.  Obviously, the more members receiving the newsletter electronically, the less expensive it is for the Association.  The 500 who have signed up to receive the newsletter electronically save us over $200 for each issue.

 

Some of you who have signed up to get the emails may be wondering why you’re receiving this issue by snail mail.  The reason is simple.  It’s because you’ve changed your email address without notifying us and when Dan attempted to send the last newsletter to you, the email bounced.  This happens to about 30 emails each issue.  In an attempt to get you back on track, we’re providing this hard copy this one time.  We’re hoping that you’ll immediately send Dan a message at ddwyer1@maine.rr.com providing your correct email address.  Please include your name and your old email address.  Dan goes nuts when he receives a message that simply says “Please use my new address from now on,” and he has absolutely no idea who it’s from.

 

Also, with the snail mailing of each issue, we average about 40 returns.  This happens because our members move (or relocate for the season) and neglects to let us know.  This is doubly expensive because the USPS charges us an additional 44 cents for each returned newsletter.  In the case of those who have changed their address with the Post Office, the newsletter is still returned to us.  So, when you change your mailing address, please let us know.  Either drop me a note at William Locke, 255 Mere Point Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 or send me an email at cac8ppc@suscom-maine.net. 

 

As you’re aware, our next reunion is scheduled for Charleston, SC and is being coordinated by Tiny Ledford.  The dates of the reunion are 17 - 21 April 2011 so start your planning.  Tiny will be providing us with more information as it develops.

 

FYI, NASB is down to little more than a reduced size NEX and Commissary.  Even the chow hall has been closed.  Our sailors have to go to McDonalds or KFC for their meals.  There are only about 50 sailors left.  They’re mostly involved with station security.  The remaining civilians are busy packing up and moving out everything of value.  They’re still talking about turning the chapel into a naval aviation museum and keeping the P2 and P3 on display.  If they do, the Memorial Garden will remain intact.  We’ll see.  I’ll keep you informed.

 

Keep well, keep safe, and have a great summer.

 

Bill

 

DONATIONS RECEIVED:

The following named persons have generously made contributions to our

Organization since the last issue of the newsletter:

 

In the Winter Edition issue of the Newsletter the names of the persons who had made a donation to our organization were garbled. The error was mine and I apologize. The corrected names are as follows:

 

Henry C. Balicki, Jr. - Fred Barr -Joseph Brigati - Richard R. Cattrysse - Raymond H. Gaus - James L. Huber - H. Clark Island - David E. Johnson - Gerald N. Punches - Geraldine M. Raab Dewey Rainey - Harold J. Vaughn - William S. Weber and Bruce T. Willey

 

In addition, the following named persons have also generously made a contribution to our

organization since the last issue of the newsletter:

 

Keith B. Brekke - Daniel Carew - Scott R. Kieper - Joseph Perron

 

Thanks to each of you for helping to keep our organization airborne.

 

Dick

PLEASE NOTE: The VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association charges no dues. Our operations are totally supported by the generous contributions of our membership, and by the sale of our squadron products. The association comes under section 501(C) 19, of the Internal Revenue Code as a "Not for Profit" organization.   As such, contributions are legitimate tax deductions. Please make your contribution checks payable to the "VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association" and forward them to the Treasurer, Richard S. Webb, 219 Montoya Drive, Lady Lake, Florida, 32159-8642.

 

A SAD DAY INDEED:

From: "Hoke, James B CAPT PEO(U&W) Chief of Staff" <james.hoke@navy.mil>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:26:26 -0400
Subject: CPRW-5....the final log entry

All,
  Today I have the honor of hauling down the CPRW-5 pennant for the final time as the 20th and last Commodore.  I would be remiss of me if I did not highlight some of the command's history and how it has touched nearly every maritime patrol aviator in our great Navy.  From Wing FIVE's origin in 1937 onboard the flagships USS Owl and seaplane-tenders USS Gannet and USS Goldsborough, through transitions ashore to Norfolk, Boca Chica, Patuxent River, and finally Brunswick, Wing FIVE has had one goal: to prepare squadrons to support and defend our national interests both abroad and off our own shores.   Wing Five squadron tail flashes have proudly adorned aircraft nicknamed Catalina, Marlin, Neptune, Orion and most recently, Global Hawk.  Wing Five based aircrews have always strived to answer the call of duty, whether it be: Atlantic neutrality patrols; coastal ASW patrols after Pearl Harbor; Gulf Coast Frontier patrols; 38th parallel patrols; Cold War patrols from Keflavic to Rota/Lajes to Bermuda to the Caribbean; Cuban Missile Crisis surveillance patrols; Mercury and Gemini support; Vietnam patrols; Mediterranean patrols; Desert Shield and Storm; Yugoslavia/Kosovo; and finally, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Our squadron mates have operated from the North Pole to the most southern tip of South America...and on any given day, any latitude and longitude between the International Date Line and Greenwich Meridian.
  

  Many of you have fond memories of cutting your teeth on anti-submarine patrols in the local warning areas and flying home marveling at the beautiful Maine coast.  There was no better feeling than when driving by Fat Boy's on Old Bath Road, seeing your squadron's tail flash pass overhead on final approach.
   

 On behalf of the last Sailors at CPRW-5, we salute all our squadron mates from units present and past (VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-14, VP-15, VP-21, VP-23, VP-26, VP-44, VP-92, VPU-1, TSC Brunswick, FMP MOCC ALFA, FSU-5, NAVCOMTELDET, NCTAMSLANTDET, ASD and AIMD).  The bonds of Sailors serving at Wing Five and in Brunswick, Maine have strongly influenced our maritime community and we hope it will remain an enduring legacy of excellence for many operations and missions to come.
  

  Best wishes to all in the future as we haul down our pennant for the final time. It has been an honor to serve in this capacity and with so many phenomenal people.  Fly safe and Godspeed.  Wing Five....out.

 

V/r, Jim   

Captain Jim Hoke
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE

TAPS:

It is with deep regret that I make mention of the passing of our following shipmates:

May they rest in peace.

 

From the Storekeeper:

 

From the Storekeeper: Sales have been brisk since the Association Small Stores has replenished its supply of the popular P-2 Neptune "Two Turning  VP  Two Burning" gold embroidered Navy Blue color ball caps with a gold "scrambled egg" design on the cap visor. This handsome ball cap can be yours for a modest $18.00 cost that includes shipping and handling. Other popular Small Stores items include the VP-21 Squadron "Blackjack" Patch (5" Large at $10 or a 3" Small at $6); VP-21 "Blackjack" Lapel/Hat Pin at $4; VPB-111 "Dumbo" or "Truculent Turtle" 3" Small Squadron Patches at $6; White Outer Banks brand Polo Shirts with embroidered Naval Aviator Gold Wings and VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association lettering at $25 (available in medium, large, X Large and 3X Large sizes), and an incredible book, The Story of One Eleven, about our rich heritage as a Navy PB4Y squadron that served in England, North Africa and the far Pacific during World War II. We also have a related book, Low Level Liberators, that tells the story of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104 in the South Pacific during World War II. Both books sells for $29 each and each tell incredible stories about the brave young men who fought valiant battles in these marvelous flying machines. For further information or to place your order, contact Storekeeper, Carter Nute, at (352) 335-1293 or by e-mail at ccnute@earthlink.net.

 

    Thank you.

 

Carter

 

 

REUNION 2011

 

As you all know, our 2011 reunion will be held in beautiful Charleston, SC.  Tiny Ledford, our reunion coordinator has provided the following information:  The reunion dates are 17 – 21 April.  We’ll be staying at the Embassy Suites Convention Center.  Cost will be $122.00 per night for the rooms.  That includes all taxes ($99.00 plus tax).  Tiny talked them down from $139 plus taxes.  Free breakfast buffet each day is included.  This is just preliminary but:

 

Sunday 17th – Arrival and registration

 

Monday 18th – Hunley submarine and Charleston/Citadel tour and free 2 hour Hotel Managers reception which includes drinks

 

Tuesday 19th – Tour of the USS Yorktown and cruise to Fort Sumter.  Lunch in the Yorktown CPO mess

 

Wednesday 20th – Tour of the Boone Hall Plantation and the banquet will be a Dinner Cruise of Charleston Harbor

 

Thursday 21st – Business meeting and departure.

 

More information will follow subsequent Newsletter issues.

 

Bill Locke

 

SPRING 2010

VPB-111/VP-21 VETERANS ASSOCIATION

A non-profit, fraternal, and historical association devoted to the reestablishment of contact with shipmates of the past, to strengthen the camaraderie among its members, to record and preserve the memories and incidents of the Association, to preserve the memory of departed shipmates, and to promote the comfort and welfare of its members and survivors. No dues are assessed!

 

Directors:

 

The ‘Vagabond News’ is the official publication of the Association, and is circulated quarterly in the Winter (January/March), Spring (April/June), Summer (July/September), and Fall (October/December), as a third class bulk-rate mail from Southampton, PA, Post Office (Permit #61). All costs of the publication are supported by voluntary contribution only. To ensure that materials of interest are promptly published, members should submit same prior to the publishing quarter to John G. Esposito, 862 Central Ave., Southampton, PA 18966. All inputs will be published in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

 

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