FALL 2003 John G. Esposito, Editor
REUNION -GO FOR IT!
As my mother aged, she kept telling me to, “Go while your legs will still take you”. Once again on November 5, 6, &7, I shall heed her sage advice and attend the reunion in Pensacola.
Think about it- three days visiting with former “Airmates” that you haven't seen for, maybe 30 years! Maybe a trip to Biloxi.
Watching the Blue Angels show. Have you seen them lately? They're not flying the Bearcats, Panthers, Cougers, Tigers, Phantoms, or Skyhawks that we might have seen in our younger days. It's now the F/A-18 Hornet with two engines burning at 16,000 pounds of thrust, each! The word DYNAMIC does not do justice to their performance! That show alone is worth the trip. But there's more.
Individually, each one of us is a part of the history of Naval Aviation. We are the ones who made it happen when we had the watch - we turned wrenches, flew long night flights, worked in an old wooden fire trap of a hanger, shoveled snow, pushed paper, had duty over the holidays, were cold, had long family separations and the list goes on. However, we did it with pride in ourselves, in our squadron, in our Navy, and in our Nation. Well, The National Museum of Naval Aviation, located on NAS Pensacola, is a stirring tribute to you! With over 130 restored aircraft, all sorts of exhibits and displays, it's one of the premier aviation museums in the USA. The motto is, “Admission is free, but the memories are priceless”.
Invitations and information sheets about the Reunion were mailed out to All Hands in July. If you did not receive one, or need more information, here's a variety of options: write Ron Lenhoff, our Association Secretary-his address is on the last page of this newsletter, or e-mail him at email@example.com,
or you can call us toll free
at 1-800-434-2128. Finally, if you are on-line, you can go to our web site at vp-21.org for reunion information.
The bottom line is that we're truly looking forward to seeing you and yours in November at the Pensacola Reunion.
A MESSAGE FROM THE WEBMASTERS CORNER:
The VPB-111/VP-21 On-Line Chatroom (ScuttleButt Quarters) is now regularly scheduled for Thursday nights at 2100EST, 1800 PST.
Just go to the website at www.vp-21.org, and then click on `Scuttle-Butt Quarters' link (located on the left border of the homepage). Now you can swap sea stories with those equally as qualified as yourself and those who have also “been there, done that”.
Bill Locke reports:
The '03 reunion is just around the corner, and it's time to start drawing up the agenda for our business meeting. In addition to our normal discussions regarding composition/election of your Board of Directors, recommendations/selection of future sites, and reports from the respective board members, we've got a few other agenda items. These include: the possibility of receiving your newsletter via our web site rather than by hard copy in the mail, a response to our request for updated personal information (form has been included in the earlier newsletter, and it also appears below), and a recommendation for the revision of the “Two Bell Ceremony”.
If you have anything you'd like discussed at the meeting, please let me know so that I can add it to the agenda. I can be reached by e:mail at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
, by phone at 207-725-6522 (if I don't answer, leave a message and I'll get back to you), or at 255 Mere Point Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.
The request in our last newsletter for updated information generated some response, but according to our secretary, Ron Lenhoff, many of you have not sent your forms in. In case you have misplaced the last one, we're including it once again.
Hope to see all of you at the reunion.
Thanks and fly safely.
NAME: ____________________ __________________ ___ __________________________
LAST FIRST MI NICKNAME / PREFERRED NAME
SPOUSE'S NAME: _________________________
ADDRESS: _______________________ _____________________ _________ _______
STREET CITY STATE ZIP
PHONE: _________________________ E-MAIL: ______________________________
SQUADRON: (CIRCLE ONE) VPB-111 VP21
YEARS IN SQUADRON: ______________ _________________
FROM DATE TO DATE
IF SECOND TOUR: ______________ _________________
FROM DATE TO DATE
RANK/RATE HELD IN SQUADRON: _________ HIGHEST NAVY RANK/RATE HELD: _________
(CIRCLE ONE) GLOBE DUMBO TURTLE BLACKJACK
LOST MEMBERS FOUND:
The following lost sheep have been rounded up, and have now (after many years) been brought back into our fold:
- Robert Craig, 8433 N. Pottawapomie, Harrah, OK 73045. Served in VP21 from '65 to '66. He was an AOC. Retired in '72.
- Gordon J. Saindon. No other information available.
- Bill Spaulding, AT2. Served in VP21 from `59 to '62. Flew on LH10 as the radio operator.
- Jimmie R. Cable, ADR1. Served in VP21 from '60 to '64. 4228 Shiloh Rd. Milton, FL 32853
- Charles M. Gibson, AOM3. Served in VPB-111 from '43 to '45. 12700 Red Maple Circle, #51 Sonora, CA 95370. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Phone (209) 536-1700.
Welcome back aboard, guys.
It is with great regret that I make mention of the following passing:
- Gary Zuber. Son of Harold `Zipgun' and Sissy Zuber. Passed away in February '03.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his surviving parents.
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 © (19) of the Internal Revenue Code as “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 Treasurer, Richard S. Webb, 219 Montoya Drive, Lady Lake, FL, 32159-8642.
STOREKEEPER /DIRECTOR, GARY GROSS, REPORTS:
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES ARE AVAILABLE FROM SMALL STORES:
The following items continue to remain on sale:
Khaki hats with your choice: Blackjack, Turtle, or Dumbo patch. $18.00.
White golf shirts: super quality VPB111/VP21 Veterans Association. $25.00.
White ball caps with Black Jack logo. $10.00. Very limited supply!
White ball caps with Flight Wings and VPB111/VP21. $10.00.
Patches: Blackjack, Dumbo, or Turtle. $6.34.
Buttons: Blackjack (OUT OF STOCK), Dumbo or Turtle. $1.84
License Plate. VPB 111/VP21 Veterans Assn. Blackjack logo. $10.00.
The Story of VPB-111 $29.00. Now back in stock.
Low Level Liberators $29.00. Now back in stock.
Black and white print of P2V7 signed and numbered by artist Robert Howath. $10.00
NEW ITEM: Customized coffee mugs $25.00. Please print your name as you wish it to appear and your choice of rate, or flight wings.
All prices include postage.
4595 S. Robert Blake Ave.
Inverness, FL 34452-7820
SEPTEMBER EDITION: 2003
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!
Wallace L. Lightfoot, Chairman Emeritus, 349 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073
William Locke, Chairman, 255 Merepoint Point Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011
Ron Lenhoff, Director/Secretary, 972 Wedgewood Dr., Independence KY 41051
Richard S. Webb, Dir/Treasurer, 219 Montoya Dr., Lady Lake FL 32159-8642
John G. Esposito, Editor/Director, 862 Central Ave., Southampton, PA 18966
Edward Lafontaine, Museum Director, 161 Jackson Dr., Frankfort, KY 40601
Fred Schuster, Dir/Historian, 2713Cabin Creek Rd., Edwardsville IL 62025
Robert Nelson, Online Coordinator, Director,49 Woodland Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
Harry Dunlap, 2003 Reunion Coordinator, 5803 Eastshore Dr., Pensacola, FL 32505
Gary Gross Director/Storekeeper 4595S Robert Blake Ave., Inverness, FL 34452-7820.
Frank Balogh, Web-site/Director1749 Burroughs Dr, Dayton OH 45406
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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