A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT HAND SEAT:
At the 2005 reunion in Portland, the following changes to the Board of Directors became official: Dale Woods relieved Ron Lenhoff as Secretary, Dan Dwyer relieved Bob Nelson as On-line Coordinator, and Ron Novay relieved Gary Gross as Storekeeper. Ron, Bob and Gary stayed on as Directors. Ron, Bob and Gary have supported the Association and, in so doing, all of us, for many years. They did a great job and deserve our gratitude. BZ.
At the reunion we raffled off some "Two-Turning-Two Burning" ball caps that were generously contributed by Bill Scherbon. At the time, many people asked if we could stock them in our Gear Locker. Well, again through the good offices of Bill Scherbon, that has now been accomplished. Bill contacted the manufacturer and made arrangements to acquire a supply. Anyone interested in owning one of these great caps, please contact our Storekeeper,
The 2007 reunion will be held at Hilton Head Island, SC on 7-9 May. Originally, we planned to meet in Savannah, but were unable to acquire suitable facilities. Hilton Head is beautiful, the Holiday Inn is offering us an excellent deal, and we're close to Savannah anyway. Information regarding the reunion will be provided as it's developed.
As most of you are aware, your Board of Directors routinely meets on the years between reunions. This is done in order to complete any necessary Association business that can't wait until the next full business meeting. The location of the meeting is always at the site of the next reunion. This gives the Board the opportunity to inspect the facilities and review the plans and schedules established by the Reunion Committee. The 2006 Business meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn on 13 March. All Association members are welcome. Reservations can be made at http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/rates/hbisc?&_GPC=VPI&
The Holiday Inn is offering a special room rate of $69.00 per night (plus tax). Be sure to mention the VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association in order to get the group rate.
NAS Brunswick has requested that your Association assist in providing it with a biography of one of the Navy's most famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) officers, VP-21's own LT Irving Glick. So far, over 18 pages have been written. But LT Glick's story is nowhere near complete. Please send in your own Irving Glick stories to Bill Locke so they may be added to this important historical document.
If you have some photos to share, Reunion 2005 or otherwise, please email them to me at the address below and I'll add them to the Gallery.
The following persons have generously made contributions:
Charles M. Brune
Richard R. Cattrysse
B. Walter Grazulis
Fred O. Keller
Bertha L. Magoon
Wayne E. Sanders
F. J. Strasser
William S. Weber
Thanks for your help in keeping our association airborne.
It is with deep regret that I make mention of our following who have recently passed on:
Tom Nicholson, AT2 '58-'62. Passed away June '05. Cause of death was a heart attack.
George “Red” Ruch. VP21 from '49 to '52. Cause of death unknown.
Joseph T. Simard, ADC of Brunswick, ME. Passed away at the age of 92. Cause of death unknown.
Ron Magoon of Woodsville, OH. Passed away 5 June 05. Cause of death was brain cancer.
Bill Drain of Delray, FL. VP21 from '60 to '64.Passed away on his birthday at the age of 64. Cause of death was a massive coronary attack.
Robert C. Scott. VPB111 from '43 to '45. Passed away 26 May '05. Cause of death unknown.
Tonyers Martin Shaleuhy VP21 from May '63 to Jan '67. Passed away November '86. Cause of death unknown.
Raymond "Bud" Baber VP21 as pilot from '53 to '55. Passed away in Lake Orion, MI, on September 4, 2005. Passed away at the age of 76. Cause of death unknown.
Tom Griffin (56-58) ALC. He lives in Columbus, OH and may be reached at 614-866-2917. He would enjoy talking with you.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
Bill Scherbon (66-69) ADJ3, is recovering from knee replacement surgery (he's now VP-21's answer to the six million dollar man) and would love to hear from old friends. His phone number is 978-346-8098.
LOST AND FOUND:
The following persons have been recently located, and have been piped back on board:
Don Albert, Middleton, MA
Grover A. Durant, Mobile, AL
Grover Durant, Jr., Hattisburg, MS
Howard Gearhardt, Gibbon, NE
Thomas J. Griffin, Columbus, OH
Wm. Grimm, Coronado, CA
Wm. (Jerry) Miller, Cuba, MO
Joe Beland, Berlin, MD
William Cates, Ocean Pines, MD
Edward Stacy, Adamstown, MD
Adam Green, Virginia Beach, VA
Welcome back to the fold, guys!
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
In the last newsletter, I announced that members could get a copy of the roster for $5.00. I didn't expect the wonderful response that followed. After sending dozens of rosters, I then received phone calls and letters of thanks for reuniting old shipmates because of the information that they received. To those that sent more than the requested $5.00, the extra monies have been sent to our treasurer, Dick Webb, as a donation in your name.
The rosters are still available for your personal use only and not available to anyone outside of our Veteran's Association.
5480 W. Arrowhead Lakes Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308-6290
BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDLUED FOR THE '07 REUNION:
A business meeting has been scheduled to help plan the `07 reunion. It is scheduled to be held on 13 March '05 at the Holiday Inn at Hilton Head Island., SC. The cost will be $69.00 per night. (arrive on Sunday the 12th, depart on 14th). The hotel will raffle off one night stay, as was done in Portland. Interested persons should contact Jule Mosley ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome to attend.
ON-LINE COORDINATOR REPORTS:
The following persons were found to have invalid email addresses. It is therefore requested that you contact Dan Dwyer at onlinecoordinator@VP-21.org
to either have your email address corrected, or deleted:
CORCINO, Tony l
DUESING, Ms. Toni
GABRIEL , Henry
JONES, Roger (Si)
WALL, F. Lynn
SEPTEMBER EDITION: 2005
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 Mere Point Rd., Brunswick, ME 04011
Dale Woods, Secretary, 5480 W. Arrowhead Lake Dr. Glendale, AZ 85306
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
Dan Dwyer, Online Coordinator, Director, #6 Sarah Liberty Lane, Scarborough, ME 04074
Robert Nelson, Special Projects, 49 Woodland Drive, Tequesta FL 33469
Harry Dunlap, Director, 5803 Eastshore Dr., Pensacola FL 32505
Ron Novay, Director/Storekeeper, 7775 LakeHardeman Rd., Saulsburry, TN 38067
Frank Balogh, Web-site/Director, 1749 Burroughs Dr, Dayton, OH 45406
Garry Gross, Director, 8660 East Rosemont Court, Inverness, FL 34450
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.