Upon Discharge (3-11-55), I got my Masters Degree from Ga.Sou. U., Married the sweetest girl in the world and taught school (teacher, coach, dept. head, administrator) for 26 years in Brantley County Ga. living in Hoboken, Ga. I then went to work with the State as Education Supervisor at a Large Prison in Waycross, GA. Retired from there in 96 and nowstay home to enjoy my Church, Wife, three children and their families (6 grandchildren). The Lord has blessed my life many ways.
Dick has been a member of the VPB-111/ VP-21 Veterans Association since the Orlando reunion in 1987, and has been Treasurer since the Indianapolis reunion in 1989. Dick was responsible for the preparation of the Articles of Association for our organization and submitted them to the IRS in August of 1989 to obtain our "Not-for-Profit" tax status. Dick has also had the privelige of having been a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the VPB-111/ VP-21 Veterans Association.
1948, NATTC Memphis
2002, Patricia & Roy
50th. Wedding Anniversary
Roy Wolfe 17 July 2003
Harold G. Watkins
Published in The
Daily Local on November 9, 2010. Harold G. Watkins of West Chester Harold G.Watkins, 72, of West Chester,
passed away peacefully at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville on Saturday morning.
Born in Coaldale, on June 14, 1938, Harold was the son of the late Willard
and Esther (Groves) Watkins. He was a 1955 graduate of Girard College, Philadelphia and later went on to Penn State University where he received an associate degree in electronic engineering. Harold enjoyed spending his spare time sailing the Chesapeake Bay. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Harold was employed as an electronics salesman for PSA Inc., Philadelphia. In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by brothers: Wesley, Calvin, Donald, and William Watkins and sister, Thelma Herring. Harold is survived by a brother, Lester Watkins of S. Paris, Maine; niece, Jayne Devlin, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private at the convenience of the family and are being handled by Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., Pottsville.
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Email from Pauline Wilt of December 28, 2010. "While looking through your pictures today, I discovered pictures of my husband Melvin Wilt who was in the Navy during 1962-1966 & stationed in Brunswick, Maine. I believe his rank was AE3 (AC) VP21 Squadron.
Published in the Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH, November 14, 2010
"HAMPTON — Melvin C. "Mel" Wilt, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was a 1959 graduate of Vermillion High School in Ohio and he served in the U.S. Navy as an air combat crew member with VP 21 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, until his discharge in 1966.
Mr. Wilt had a longtime career in the printing industry and was the owner of a Seacoast printing company for many years before retiring in 2008.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Pauline (Potvin) Wilt; a son, Steven Wilt of Dover; two daughters, Karen Wilt of Windsor, Vt., and Michelle Shaw, her husband Michael and three granddaughters, Meghan, Emily and Amanda, all of Pewaukee, Wisc.
Also surviving are his feline companions, Baxter, Bentley and Sophie.
WE REMEMBER: Mel loved the N.H. coastal waters, never tiring of its wondrous beauty. His great sense of humor, kindness and love of life will be missed by all who knew him. His accomplishments with architectural designs, gardening and home improvement endeavors were remarkable for being self-taught, and he was truly happiest pounding nails with his hammer or planting flowers and trees.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. He will be buried at sea privately with his beloved canine soulmate, Sheeba, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mel's name may be made to the N.H. SPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885, or the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., Attn: National Young Onset Center, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.
Arrangements were by the Remick & Gendron Funeral-Crematory, Hampton. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to sign the online guest book."
William passed away October 12, 2012 under the compassionate care of the Madrid Home staff and community."
From the obituary for Robert Wopert.
Pascack Valley Community Life, New Jersey.
Robert L. Wolpert of
Harrington Park, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at
the age of 85.
"Robert was a veteran of the Navy and served as a Naval Aviator in World War II. In October of 1942, he was sworn into the Navy's V-5 flight program. After further training, he was assigned to VPB 111, flying PB-47 planes in the South Pacific, where he served until VJ Day. He returned home with 10 air medals, including a Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1948, he met and married the love of his life, Virginia Graham. He graduated from Rutgers University with high honors in 1952. Almost of all of his working life was spent in the marketing profession. He was a gifted artist and enjoyed oil painting. One of his paintings was a still-life featuring a copy of the Bergen Record; it hung for several years in the paper's home office."
John was born on April 27, 1921 and passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
John was a resident of Louisville, Kentucky at the time of his passing.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
CDR Perry R. Winn Jr. U.S.Navy (Ret). I grew up North of Kansas City, MO Graduated from the University of Missouri in 1956. I join the Navy June 6, 1952 at Naval Air Reserve, NAS, Olathe, KS. I was stationed at VP-21 from 1957 to1959. During my assignment to VP-21 some of my job in addition to flying included; Classified Material Control Officer and Air Frames Division Officer
Memorable events during that period included; deployed to Malta during the Lebanese Crisis and then moved to Adana, Turkey, as Tactical Coordinator/Navigator on Crew 5, with Tim Healey as PPC. And Crew 5’s attendance at the NATO Antisubmarine School in Londenderry, Northern Ireland
My career assignments were:
1952-1956 Ready Reserve, NAS Olathe, KS
1956 -AOC Pensacola
1957-1959 - VP- 21
1959-1961 - CINCUSNAVEUR - Communications Officer
(I married in 1961 while stationed in England)
1962-1964 - NAS Norfolk - Personnel Officer
1964 - 1965 - VP-56 - Admin Officer
1965- 1967 - NATC Patuxent River, MD (Project TRIM)
1968 - VAH21- Camh Rahn Bay, Vietnam
1969 -1971- Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Antigua, West Indies
1972 - 1973 - Commanding Officer, Recruiting District Cleveland, OH
1974 -1977 – CINCPACTFLT, Fleet Admin Officer
Commanding Officer, Headquarters Support Activity
1977 - Retired September 1, 1977 with 25 years of service.
After retiring from the Navy, I worked in Kansas City for The Gas Service Company and Western Resources for 13 years and also as a Real Estate Salesman and Broker
My family includes my wife Pamela (married 52 years), 2 children and 5 grandchildren
Joseph William Walsh Sr. of Hanover Township passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
He was born in Scranton, son of the late Michael and Sara Walsh.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Walsh; daughter, Josephine and her husband, Steven Donovan; son, Joseph W. Jr. and his wife, Lisa Walsh; grandchildren, Stephanie and Matthew Donovan, Brianna and Kaitlyn Walsh; and sister, Eileen Fox, Naples, Fla.Mr. Walsh graduated from Scranton High School in 1950. After high school, Mr. Walsh enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an armament mechanic until 1958. During his service, he received a Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his service with Patrol Squadron 21 in a Lockheed 2V Neptune naval patrol plane during theKorean War.Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he relocated to New Jersey, where he joined the Newark, N.J., Police Department. Mr. Walsh served the City of Newark for 25 years in many capacities until his retirement. Upon retiring, Mr. Walsh continued in public service as an employee of the state of New Jersey as a probation officer.Mr. Walsh was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Newark PBA Local 3, where he served as delegate. Mr. Walsh remained active after retirement with the Morris County Health Department, where he frequently volunteered his time and services. Mr. Walsh was a member of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church in Hanover TownShip.
Winfield John Whitcomb, 88, passed away Monday, September 13, 2010. Born June 14, 1922 in Tanta, Egypt to the late Norris and Ethel (Miller) Whitcomb, Mr. Whitcomb was a retired veteran of the U. S. Navy and served during WWII. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Whitcomb and his loving wife AnnaLee Whitcomb. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Rehel (Maurice); son, Richard Whitcomb (Debbie); daughter-in-law, Carol Whitcomb; 6 grandchildren, Heather Cox, Shannon Ledgerwood, Gregory, John, Jennifer and Michael Whitcomb; 5 great grandchildren; a niece, Joan Schaefer and special family friends, Wayne and Annie Oglesbee
CDR Alfred L. Ufer, USN Ret., 92, of St. Simons Island, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at SGHS in Brunswick, Ga. Memorial Mass will be held 11AM Friday, May 30, 2014at St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island with Msgr. John Kenneally officiating. Inurnment will follow in St. William Columbarium with Military Honors. Born January 1, 1922, in New York City, New York to the late Daniel and Elizabeth B. Ufer. He grew up in New York City and Deal, NJ. He graduated from George Washington, H.S. and Villanova College. He retired after 28 years as a Naval Aviator with tours of duty as a Hurricane Hunter, Anti-submarine patrol, in Iceland on the NATO staff as well as tours in the Pentagon, at the Post Graduate School in Monterrey, Ca. He served during the time of WWII, and the Korean War. Al was very involved in community and military organizations as an active working member, serving on the boards of the Kiwanis Club of Brunswick, The Navy League, MOAA, The Boys and Girls Club, United Way, serving as President of them at least one time. He was also active on the Church Parish Council, and served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Usher and other church organizations. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Lorraine Ufer Dooley, his first wife Betty Dowden Ufer – the mother of his daughter, and his second wife, Mary McCarthy Ufer and granddaughter Jacqueline Manion. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Louise Lehman Henry Ufer, Daughter Barbara Ufer Pittman (Paul) of Raleigh, NC, stepchildren Denise Henry Borasky (Ed) of Chesapeake, Va., Therese Henry Raimondo of St. Simons Is. Ga., Richard J. Henry (Starr) of Auburn, Ca., Stephen L. Henry (Linda) of Yaphank, N.Y., 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nephews Tom Dooley (Marge) and Edward Dooley (Dorothy), both of Middletown, N. J., niece Lorraine Dooley O'Shaunacy, (Barry) and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Brunswick or the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.edomillerandsons.com
“Bob” Waldron, AOCS, VP-21, ‘51-‘53 passed away on 29 August, 2008. He served as an aviation ordnance man during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a Sr. Chief after 24 years of service. He received many medals of commendation for his service in war zones and elsewhere.
Bruce Willey was born on April 25, 1935 to Bettie and Theodore Willey in Cleveland, Ohio. As a young man in high school, he participated in varsity and intramural sports, was a member of the student council, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the University of South Carolina on a Naval ROTC scholarship, majored in Mechanical Engineering, and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Following graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 7, 1957 and assigned to the Naval Aviation Training Command. He was designated a Naval Aviator and received his wings on Nov 13, 1957. Assigned to VP-21 flying the P2V-7 aircraft, Bruce became a qualified plane commander participating in numerous exercises including the quarantine of shipping to and from Cuba in October 1962. He was next assigned to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California and subsequently to Stanford University to complete the curricula for a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation he reported to VP-9 at Moffett Field, California for training in the P-3 patrol aircraft. During his time there, he participated in several deployments to Adak, Alaska and Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam earning an Air Medal for his time and missions in combat operations in Vietnam. After returning stateside, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught weapons and systems engineering classes as well as served as an instructor to the Academy's rifle marksmanship team. He was next assigned to VXE-6 at Quonset Pt., Rhode Island and later Pt. Mugu, California, flying C-130 aircraft equipped with skis for landing on the ice and snow in support of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. Following 3 deployments to the "ice", he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the Naval Parachute Test Range in El Centro, California. During his tour, he flew several different types of aircraft supporting parachute testing and recovery operations in the California desert. His final assignment was at the Naval Air System Command in Crystal City, Virginia. He retired at the rank of Commander in January, 1980 after proudly serving nearly 23 years of service. His awards include the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Korea and Cuba, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, and the Antarctic Service Medal.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Bruce continued to work as a civilian contractor with the Naval Air Systems Command at Crystal City, VA and NAS Patuxent River, MD, working on several electronic warfare and electronic self-protection programs until his permanent retirement in 1991.
In retirement, Bruce continued to remain active in the community, volunteering in the neighborhood watch program, as an AARP tax counselor assisting individuals in completing their tax returns, and working as an election official during local, state, and national elections. He was an avid golfer, active in the Burke Lake Seniors Golf Club, and enjoyed working on his award winning yard and tinkering with his award winning, movie star 1977 Datsun 280Z.
A proud and devoted "Granddad", he was an ever-present fan and booster of his grandkids sporting and school events, and as an original Washington Nationals supporter he instilled his enthusiasm into his family creating three generations of fans.
Bruce is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Martie; sister Susan "Bunny" Shelton; sons, Dale and David; and daughter, Diane. He was a loving grandparent to six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that blood be donated to the American Red Cross Society. Those not able to give blood are encouraged to volunteer their time at a blood drive or make a contribution to Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society.
Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a time to be determined.
Jasper B. Watts, of Rockland, follower of Jesus Christ and a US Navy Pilot went home to be with the Lord at the age of 84 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Marie Watts of 61 years, sons David L. Watts and Jody of Kapolei, Hawaii, Alan J. Watts and Annie of Big Pine Key, Fla, Daryl T. Watts and Paula of St Johnsbury, Vt; also 2 grandchildren, James C. Watts of Arlington, Vt. Amanda R. Watts of Manchester,Vt. and twin great-grandsons, Rowen and Hunter, also of Manchester, Vt. Jasper grew up in Little Falls, N.Y., son of Elnora and Philip Watts. He graduated from State University of New York at Oswego, and then went on to an illustrious career as a Naval aviator for 21 years, retiring as a LT. Commander.
He was a member of the South Shore Baptist Church for 46 years, serving as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and Missions chairman. His missions work included primarily the building of 8 churches in Central America. He will be eternally missed by those who knew him and the family that loved him! Services held at South Shore Baptist Church, 578 Main Street (Route 228) Hingham, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at High Street Cemetery in Hingham. Arrangements are under the care of Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please donate to South Shore Baptist Church Missions CTME; 578 Main Street Hingham, Mass. 02043. For complete obituary and online condolences, please visit www.downingchapel.com.
Published in The Abington Mariner from June 19 to June 30, 2017
Kenneth Earl Wilson passed away peacefully at Sequoia Springs on January 19, 2014 with his wife, Barbara Glass-Wilson, his daughter, Barbara Anderson, and his loving pet, Missy, by his side. He was born October 5, 1922 in Huntington Beach, California to Earl Hugh Wilson and Grady Louise West. He spent his youth in his hometown, and in December of 1942 Ken enlisted in the Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant during his service as a pilot in the Pacific theater of WWII. Following his honorary discharge, Ken attended USC and graduated with a degree in industrial relations in 1949. Following college, Ken took a job with Caltrans, starting in L.A., then to Eureka, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and finally Sacramento. Each relocation came with a promotion. When he retired in 1980, he had risen to the position of Principle Senior Right of Way Agent. He loved the outdoors and spent many years camping and fishing with his buddies from San Luis Obispo. Never wanting to be idle for too long, though, Ken continued to work following his retirement. Ken gave his time to be a part of the Retired Public Employees association where he represented retired state, county and city employees. In 1992, Ken became the president of the association and worked tirelessly to pass vital legislation within the association, resulting in the improvement of guaranteed pension benefits for retired public employees. This was Ken's nature, to serve and to support, to give of himself fully and selflessly. Every moment of Ken's life was spent as empathetically, lovingly and earnestly. His kindness was not only reserved for his friends and family, it extended to strangers, too. He could never walk past someone in need without giving them something to ease their pain. His generosity always came without judgment, from the purest place of love and open-mindedness. Ken met his wife Barbara at a meeting of the CSEA/Golden One Credit Union Building Corporation Committee, where Ken was president. They were both devoted to service and politics and it wasn't long before Ken relocated to Fortuna, CA to be with Barbara. His love for her could be seen from across the room; it radiated in a way that made it impossible to miss. Ken loved to travel and he and Barbara spent most of their years together travelling with family and friends. Every photo album of their travels is a record of their love for each other and their love for shared experiences. Ken had a wonderful sense of humor and wit. His friends and family loved to hear his stories nearly as much as he loved to tell them. Two stories, in particular, were his favorites. The first story is about a squirrel. Ken was transferred from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo as a Senior Right of Way Agent. His new co-workers all went out to coffee each morning. It was their custom to shag quarters to determine who would pay. When Ken threw his quarter, it only made it halfway to the finish line. All of a sudden, a squirrel dashed out from the bushes to follow the quarter. The squirrel pushed the quarter passed the finish line. His new co-workers immediately accepted Ken and he claimed that no one messed with him after that. The second story was a bit more dramatic. Ken and an attorney from Caltrans were sent to L.A. to testify. The air conditioning in their motel did not work, so when Ken went to the attorney's room to prepare for the next day, they left the door ajar. Seeing the open door, two men with guns entered the room, ordered them to disrobe and then tied them together with bed sheets. While the armed men were robbing them, they told Ken and the attorney not to look at what they were doing. Ken couldn't resist and he turned to look at the man who was holding them at gunpoint. The man said, "I told you not to look." Ken's curiosity got the best of him and he turned to look at the man a second time. "Can't you follow simple directions? I told you not to look!" Once the men had left, Ken remarked that the robbers must have been pretty smart. In two minutes they had figured out that Ken couldn't follow directions, but it had taken his boss over 20 years. He also remarked that once the robbers had left, the attorney never stopped talking the entire time they were tied up together. Ken said, "You don't know what torture is until you've been tied up with an attorney." Ken was always able to take a heart-stopping and fearful situation and turn it into something hilarious. He refused to take anything too seriously. His laughter and smile will be especially missed. In those days right before his final moments, he thought not of his own pain, but of the pain of his wife and daughter. He soothed their fears by letting them know there was no need to worry, God had already welcomed him into the kingdom of heaven. That was the man Ken was: immeasurably considerate and magnanimous. He is survived by his brother, Ralph Wilson, his stepchildren Brad and Carmen Glass, Ron and Jackie Glass, April and Greg Sproule, his brother-in-law Bart Crews, sister-in-law Verna McKnight, several grandchildren and his favorite dog, Missy Glass-Wilson. Missy spent every possible moment of every day at Ken's side, nuzzling up against him in his hospital bed while they both napped. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera, in 1992 and his son, Richard, in 2011. Ken's family would like to thank Hospice of Humboldt and the staff at Sequoia Springs for the wonderful and loving care he received. Ken did not want his family to hold a memorial service; however, anyone wishing to make a contribution in Ken's name may do so by giving to the NRDC at P.O. Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 22116, or at the Food Bank at 307 W. 14th St., Eureka, CA 95501. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.comand click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Mar. 5 to Mar. 9, 2014