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Kenneth L. Noll,
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Kenneth L. Noll,
75, of Lake Street, North Manheim Township, died Monday morning at home.
Pottsville, Oct. 10, 1930, he was a son of the late John V. and Minnie R.
Korean War, Ken served in the Navy Patrol Squadron, VP-21, from 1950 to
1953, homeport Brunswick, Maine, as an Aviation Machinists
He was last
employed by Coca Cola Bottling Company, Pottsville, as a service manager until
retiring in 1993.
He was a member
of Second Mountain Rod and Gun Club and Cressona American Legion. He was also a
life member of Pottsville VFW.
He was preceded
in death by a brother, Robert Noll,
Surviving is his
wife, Phyllis M. Schaeffer Noll. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary
are two daughters, Kyle Schwenk, Auburn, and Stacie Urban, Port Carbon; a
brother, Charles Noll, Coal Castle; five grandchildren, Carla Wingle, Aletha
Viars, Eric Alvarez, Letitia Watson and Anthony Alvarez; 11
and interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There
will be no public viewing. Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill
Haven, is in charge of arrangements.
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Went USN (age 17) (in June of '49. Out in March of '53 as an AB3.Two years of college and then back in (1955) as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Wings in January of '57 and reported onboard VP-21 in February. Became PPC of LH-12 and had the best damn bunch of guys as my flight crew and the most capable ASW aircrew in the squadron! If someone would put the WX on the Flight Plan, we could fly it!
Subsequent tours in VP-30, FAW-3, VP-11 and ASWFORLANT.
Then CO NAVFAC Ramey and CO NRD Memphis. After a tour in BUPERS went to Naples, Italy, as Chief of Staff MARAIRMED (NATO). Was tired so retired IN 1980!
To Crew 12 - MUCHO THANKS - YOU GUYS WERE THE GREATEST
Robert E Nelson, of Tequesta and the
Villages, FL, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015. He was born in Yonkers, NY
on May 18, 1932. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years,
Patricia Ford Nelson, and he is survived by his wife of 3 years, Joyce
McMullen.He retired as a Captain after 31 years
of service in the Navy. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge,
Elks, and the Wings of Gold, and he had a passion for cruises, travel and
Robert is survived by his daughter, Pamela
(Forrest) Fenton; his son, Eric (Victoria) Nelson; his grandchildren, Dustin
Fenton, Tara Woodworth, Breanna Nelson, and Kallie Nelson; his brothers, Edwin
Nelson, and Jon Nelson; and his great-grandchildren, Lennox, Kelyn, Evan, and
A visitation will be held on Thursday,
October 29 from 3:00-5:00pm at Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center,
1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458. A service will be held on Friday,
October 30 at 11:00am at Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Road,
Tequesta, FL 33469. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
To express condolences and/or make
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Tom Nicholson, 58-61, LH-2
Tom Nicholson, 58-61. Brunswick Diner, 2001
THOMAS J. NICHOLSON JR. – of Manchester, NH, died July 3, 2005, at Kindred Hospital in Brighton, MA. Tom was born 24 August 1939 in Beverly, MA, son of the late Florence (Anderberg) and Thomas J. Nicholson Sr. Tom graduated from high school in Newburyport, MA, and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.
Tom joined the Navy and flew as an aircrewman on the Lockheed Neptune P2V-7, from 1958 to 1962 while in Navy Patrol Squadron VP-21, based in Brunswick, ME, Tom also saw duty in-country during the Vietnam War. Tom was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation. Tom was very proud of his service and enjoyed all things Navy.
After eight years in the Navy, Tom worked for the FAA Boston Center in Nashua, NH for 30 years, retiring in 2000 as an Automation Manager. Tom was also a member of the ATA.
Tom loved old radio programs like "The Shadow", and also had a vast comic book collection. Prior to his 14 month long illness, Tom enjoyed playing golf.
Survivors include his fiance' Meggen Hamel of Manchester; NH, a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Patrick Williams of Merrimac, NH; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas J. III and Jennifer Nicholson of Brea, CA, and Timothy Nicholson of Nashua; sblings Maureen Craven and husband Charles of Dover, Edwin Nicholson of Deering, Richard Nicholson of Cambridge, MA, and Cheryl Smith and husband Jay of Newburyport, MA; three grandchildren, Zachary S. Nicholson of Derry, and Hannah and Matthew Williams of Merrimac; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Burial at Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack. We are requesting that donations be made to the American Heart Association www.americanheart.org in lieu of flowers but if people would just remember the wonderful man that he was, that is all that we would want.....Kelly (Nicholson) Williams, daughter. email@example.com
A graduate of Ambridge High School, June 1st 1952, I enlisted at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recruiting office at Conway, Pennsylvania, July 27th 1952 at 17 years of age. On August 6th I would turn 18. I was able to enlist for three years as a “Kiddy Cruiser.” I was sent with others to Bainbridge, Maryland naval base to change my way of life from a civilian to military person. Upon graduation, in October 1952 I was assigned to the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Tarawa/CVA-40, anchored in Boston, Massachusetts Harbor.
I was a recruit Airman and three days on board when I was put in the Quartermaster Signalman Division. We went on a shakedown cruise to Haiti, Cuba in the Caribbean. I was now receiving on the job training in flag codes, and Morse code by flashing light-hand semaphore signals! I became very good sending semaphore and flashing-light (Running from a voodoo group in Haiti).
In 1953, we (U.S.S. Tarawa) joined the Sixth Fleet. We were the first carrier to enter Mayport, Florida. The Skipper was Captain Monroe, the Executive was Commander Russell. For six months, we went to ports in Algiers, Iran, French Morocco, Malta, Nicosia, Athens, Greece-Corsica, Naples, Italy; Marseilles and Nice, France. I took a week off from the Nice docking and, by train, I went to Paris and Versailles; stopping on the return to Lourdes, France. I visited the Follies Berge and Club Lido, the Eiffel Tower and the King Louis 14th Palace. I also saw the tomb of Napoleon.
Upon returning to the Mediterranean Sea we were awarded the Navy Occupation Medal. I recall being cold and wet, riding around our ship in the Dardanelles Straight, (It's the mouth of the entrance to the Black Sea) with a 45 caliber pistol and three other sailors with submachine guns, alert for Russian Frogmen.
On return to the States, at Norfolk, Virginia I was promoted to a Quartermaster SN, only to find out my name was on the compliment list of Seamen to be transferred and asked my division officer, Lieutenant J.G. Kinney to remove my Quartermaster designation. He refused, and then I went to his superior with my request for transfer.
While at Pax River, Indiana Base, I was given a chance to apply for the U.S. Coastguard Academy, I received the Base Commander's recommendation. Having furnished supervisors in Washington with all required information I was short ¼ credit in physics. After I was asked if I wanted to take one year of prep school, I decided not to spend my life in the U.S. Navy.
This started my career, from 1953 to 1955 as a member of VP 21. I traveled to Pax River, Maryland. VP 21 had been overseas in Malta. I was a Quartermaster now in an `airdale' squadron. Not knowing what to do with me, (I knew Morse Code by flashing-light), I was assigned temporarily to Fasron 103 Base Radio where I learned procedures and radio CW circuits until the squadron's return. Shortly after, I qualified as a crewmember radioman in VP21, aircraft HC-7, radio call-sign 7N98, and flew with Executive Commander, William E. Comer, an Annapolis graduate.
In 1954, VP-21 departed Brunswick, Maine for the island of Malta, and three months I can never forget. We made trips to England, Paris, Copenhagen, Naples. You name it, I was there.
Memories include: Athens/Greek Sculptures and the Parthenon. In Malta-Having a woman Navy officer take two others and myself in a rubber raft in the harbor, going into the water. Being hauled up by cable into the helicopter, then told to jump back in to the water from the helicopter. Going down into the ocean was a long way down. The next memory was when I was with two nuns in the catacombs of Sicily, seeing a young girl, approximately thirteen years of age with long hair, dead, but preserved since early life. She was in a glass coffin with a connected hose used to create a vacuum.
I was now put back from Quartermaster to plain AN. I was then promoted to ATAN, upon notice that VP-21 would soon be leaving Malta.
I asked my friend AT3, Auggie Brenner to try and retrieve my class ring from my soon-to-be forgotten girlfriend. Auggie later stated, “Sorry, she expects you to return.” Enough of that, it now was close to Christmastime and for departure to Port Lyautey, Morocco, North Africa, and then to the States. Little did I know what fate had in store for me.
The morning of departure we loaded a large fuel tank into the Bombay of our P2V6 (HC-7). We departed and `somewhere' en route over the Mediterranean Sea and sitting mid-wing in the radio compartment I saw fire and smoke explode from one of the engines. Commander Comer tried all means to extinguish the blaze, but to no avail. He then called, by voice, “Mayday, mayday-7N98 mayday!”
The crew was then told that anyone wanting to bail out should. Each station, over voice, stated we would chance riding it down. I started to send S.O.S. by CW on the ART-13 HF transmitter. I was interrupted by Commander Comer: “Contact on mayday-15 minutes to land.” A French fighter field, I believe it was “Lartique,” near Alexandria -too short for bombers, a grass and dirt field. There was no flight pattern. I reversed my seat for ditching. I recall the wheels crashing off, skidding and grinding of metal, (nose of the plane went down-mostly on fire). I hit the window escape hatch on the way out.
I looked through the plane passageway, heard screams and saw the chief (forgot his name), knock someone with his shoulder. The plane was really burning and after all the crew got out, fire trucks from the French Military tried to put flames out, but to no avail-it was a total loss. I then found out the chief had saved the life of my buddy Fred (Delbert) Hubert, 1st Class Mechanic. Fred hit his hand on the radar relay and by placing his hand there he was electrocuted. Since he was being electrocuted he was stuck there and couldn't get free. Fast and unsafe action by the chief saved Fred who had a hole on the back of his hand and there was a hole blown out around his elbow.
Fred went to sick bay and we were picked up by a Navy R4D, and I believe three days later, we finally arrived in Port Lyautey. While others were on maneuvers we flew to Copenhagen and England and to Paris. What a memorable sight Paris was from the air-as well as the volcano in NE Sicily (Mt. Etna).
We returned to Brunswick, Maine. I was sent to P2V6 Flight Survival School. I had been given a sendoff by the local girls and my good friend, Fred Hubert, who was last seen by me in Brunswick, Maine. I was discharged in New London, Connecticut July 27, 1955.
Thank you VP21 for a lifetime of memories.
Carter Nute VP-21, January 1965 to December 1967
entered the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Program in December 1962 and
earned his Wings of Gold in June 1964. I first served in Patrol Squadron
TWENTY-ONE (VP-21) from January 1965 to December 1967 flying the
P-2 Neptune. During my VP-21 tour, I flew with CAC-8 under the leadership
of the world famous PPC, LCDR Bill Locke, along with co-pilot, LT Bob O'Connor,
and TACCO, LTJG Jim Mattson. VP-21 deployments to Keflavik, Iceland; Rota, Spain;
and Sigonella, Sicily were operational highlights.
NAVCAD Carter Nute, 1962
|In subsequent assignments, I flew the P-3 Orion in Patrol Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VP-23) from April 1971
to June 1973, Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31) from August 1974 to June 1977 and Patrol Squadron NINE
(VP-9) from March 1979 to May 1981. I was honored to hold command assignments as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Facility, Guam (NAVFAC Guam) from July 1978 to October 1979; Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron
NINE (VP-9) from May 1980 to May 1981; and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet
(CTF-72)/Commander Patrol Wing ONE (CPW-1) in Kamiseya, Japan from June 1986 to June 1988.
My shore assignments included Land-Based Air Operations Officer, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet
(CINCPACFLT) from June 1981 to June 1984; Head, East Asia/Pacific Plans and Policy Branch (OP-6l2) from
July 1985 to May 1986; Deputy Director, ASW Division (OP-7lB) from July 1988 to June 1990; Deputy
Commander, ASW Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMASWFORPAC) from June 1990 to May 1992; and Director,
Naval Command College (NCC) from June 1992 to July 1994 at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI.
LTJG Nute, 1966, rigging Soviet trawler
|Following my July 1994 retirement from the navy, I worked at my alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy and College, as Director of Alumni Affairs from August 1994 to December 2001. Fully retired grandparents and volunteer workers in our community and church, my wife, Barbara, and I reside in Gainesville, Florida. We have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren.
Nearly 30 years after flying together on CAC-8 in VP-21, I was honored to have all three crew officers attend my July 1994 retirement ceremony at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Pictured from left to right are Jim Mattson, Carter Nute (holding a model of LH-8), Bob O'Connor and Bill Locke.
Captain Nute, retirement, July, 1994
Richard "Dick" Nilson
E-mail from Captain Jack (Past Skipper of VP-60) Dear fellow squadron mates at VP-60:
deeply regret that during this Christmas holiday, I must inform
you of the passing of former VP-60 Skipper Captain Dick Nilson.
As you may recall, Dick was my XO and relieved me as Skipper of
the Cobras in 1983. Unfortunately, Dick had not been in the best
of health during the past few years. He had recently moved into
a nursing home in Long Grove where he passed away on Saturday
morning, Christmas Eve. Capt Mike Mazurczak and I had just
visited him last Thursday (two days
earlier). I've been in touch
with Dick's wife, Jackie. She tells me that there will be a
Memorial Service for Dick on 3 January in
Arlington Heights as
St. John's United Church of
308 N. Evergreen
Memorials in Dick's name can be
St. John's United Church of
RADM, USNR, retired
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Lee Edward Norton Jr.
Lee Edward Norton, Jr. (CDR USN Ret), 84, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born March 14, 1935 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Eleanor and Lee Norton, Sr. As a Commander in the United States Navy, he was a Naval Aviator and an OPS Officer on the USS Independence. During his distinguished military career, Lee received several awards: the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and National Defense Service Medal. Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 62 years, Nancy; daughters, Susan E. Owens (Craig) and Debra L. Patrylak; son, Dean E. Norton; grandchildren, Michael Turner, Melissa Barnhill (Cameron), George Ray Bunch III (Ashley), Jennifer Deisch, Brittany Norton (Ciara Jean), Lindsey Norton (Madelyn), Melinda Patrylak, and Malleri Patrylak; great-grandchildren, Landon, Brayen, Benjamin, Tabitha, Hayden, Grayson, Charlie Grace, Ar’monie, Ma’leyah, Ny’colai, Jour’nie Faith; and a host of other friends and family members. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502. The service to celebrate his life will begin at 11 a.m. Following the service, he will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, where military honors will be rendered. Please visit his website at www.woodlawnnorfolk.com to leave a note of condolence to the family.
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Charles L. Norman III
Charles Laurence Norman III 1937 – 2020 BRUNSWICK – Charles Laurence Norman III, 82, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his home after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born on Nov. 7, 1937, the son of Charles L. Norman Jr. and Marie Klein Norman and grew up in Fort Lee, N.J. Charles graduated from Fort Lee High School and Rutgers University. After college, Charles joined the Navy and became a pilot, serving at Brunswick Naval Air Base in VP 21. The squadron was active in tracking Russian submarines and freighters during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Charles had also served in several overseas deployments. He then became a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Due to his experience and unflappable patient manner, he often was given flight students who were experiencing difficulties. After leaving the Navy he joined the Naval Reserves. Charles then joined TWA where he flew for 29 years on such planes as the Covair 880, the 707, the 727 and the L1011. In 1979 he started a farm which was a longtime dream of his and continued the stewarding of his farm and land ever since. Charles raised Black Angus cows and Belgian work horses. During this time he was active in the Maine Beef Council and was an 18 year member of the Brunswick Conservation Commission. He was also active on the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District until recently. Charles spent his early years on the water where he was an accomplished canoeist in which he nearly made the Olympics. He enjoyed sailing immensely and those on Casco Bay may remember a certain red and white spiral spinnaker pole. Whether he was haying or in his truck, he would often be found listening to classical music. He was Mr. Potato man at the St. Charles Lenten Suppers for many years. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, William; his uncle, Albert; and his stepfather, Egon Schartel. both of whom acted wonderfully as second fathers. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Donna; his sons, Charles IV and wife Gigi, David and wife Rhonda and Christopher, his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Jason Barnies; his sister, Carol Verhey and husband Mark and a brother, Peter Schartel and wife Jonne. Charles is also survived by eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the wonderful ladies of CHANS who helped care for Charles. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com Memorial donations may be made to CHANS 60 Baribeau Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011 in his memory.
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