John G. Esposito, Editor FEBRUARY (WINTER) EDITION: 2006
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT HAND SEAT:
For this issue of the Vagabond News, I'd like to discuss three subjects:
The first is the Association's 13 March, 2006 Business Meeting at the Holiday Inn on Hilton Head Island, home of our 2007 reunion. Although this is a scheduled meeting of your board of directors, it is open to all members of the Association, and you certainly are cordially invited. If you live in the area, you may want to just drop in for the morning meeting. If you're looking for a mini-vacation to get away from the winter blahs, the hotel is offering us a great rate of $69.00 per night (plus taxes, of course) that will be good from 10 March through 16 March, but hurry; rooms may not be available if you delay. The hotel can be reached by calling (843) 785-5126 Ext: 120. During the meeting, in addition to discussing normal business that shouldn't wait until the next reunion to be resolved, this get together will provide us with an opportunity to review the plans for the 2007 Reunion, and everyone's input is welcome.
My second issue is that of the BIOGRAPHY section of our squadron web site. Although we have over 1300 identified members on our Association roster, and over 500 on our email list (proving that at least that many have access to the internet), only 50 biographies have been provided to date (and that includes Lt. Irving H. Glick's). Please go to the site, which can be found at http://www.vp-21.org/biographies/
and add your biography to those of your squadron mates. We're all interested in hearing what you've been doing since you left the squadron.
My third subject is the biography of the above-mentioned Lt. Irving H. Glick, USNR. Not the overly modest one that Irving provided for himself, but rather the more comprehensive (though certainly not complete) one that has been developed by your board of directors. It can be reached by going to http://www.vp-21.org/GLICK/
. In the last few newsletters I requested that those of you who know and love Irv send me your stories. Only five people have to date (one will be entered during the next update), and one of them is from VP-10. I know we can do better, and hope that when you've had the opportunity to read about Irv's adventures, you'll be reminded of other exploits and will be more willing to contribute to this vital piece of our squadron's history. So send in your stories, please. If you're uncertain of your writing skills, don't worry. Just provide the gist of the story, and I'll be happy to smooth it up for you. Send all entries or ideas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by snail mail to Bill Locke, 255 Mere Point Road, Brunswick, ME 04011. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
FROM THE WEB MASTER:
You can find the details for the 13 March meeting at Hilton Head Island on our website at the “What's New” page, or at http://www.vp-21.org/id152.htm
. You can also contact Jule Mosley,
Meeting Coordinator, at 912-537-8692, or email him at email@example.com
, or Jule's XO, Bill Kearney
, at 757-498-4389 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bob Nelson
has also volunteered his help. Contact Bob at SUDABAY@aol.com
, or call him at 561-746-2664.
Frank Balogh Jr
The following people have made a donation to our Association since the last issue
of the Newsletter:
Richard F. Bates
W. Schafer Bean
Peter P. Bresciano
Richard C. Connor
Julian A. Franklin
Raymond H. Gaus
David C. Graham
William J. Klage
R. J. McMahon
Aurthor G. Polstein
Joseph E. Sheehan
Peggy M. Turner
David E. Webster
Bruce T. Willey
Thanks for your help in keeping our association airborne.
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.
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
This is another gentle reminder to keep your address information up to date with the association. As you know, the postal rates have gone up as of January of this year. This means that in addition to the cost of the initial mailing, each returned newsletter costs the association an additional $.75 to $1.00 in return postage. Thanks for those of you who have been kind enough to include the VPB-111/VP-21 Veteran's Association in your change of address packet with the post office.
There are still rosters to be had (for member use only) at a small fee of $5.00. Please remit your request to me and I will get it to you as fast as I can.
Robert Wolen. Served in VP21 from '54 to '57. He was a long time member of our association. Those persons requiring additional information should contact either Bill Gerber at (214) 341-0698, or Lee Royal at (330) 405-5562.
Bob “Zeke” Martineau. Passed away of cancer on November 10, 2005.
No sick, lame or lazy were reported to be in the `Sick Bay' this quarter. Thanks be to God.
LOST SHEEP FOUND:
The following persons have recently been rounded up, and have been piped back on board:
Mike Lanham, Lt. Served in VP 21 from '62 to '65.
William F. Aspinall, ADRC. Served in VP21 from '62 to '66. He was Plane Captain on LH 9. Bill is now 80 years old and would love hearing from his old shipmates.
782 North Haven Drive
Memphis, TN. 38127
David A. Bunting, Airman. Served in VP 21 from '56 to '57.
510 N. Walnut Street in Olney, IL 62450.
Bill Carigan, LT. Served in VP 21 from '63 to '66.
12959 Glenn Hollow Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone: (904) 696-6864
Wm. Gwin, PH3. Served in VP21 from '54 to '56. Flew with HC 10.
Email address is: email@example.com
MILTARY WORDS OF WISDOM:
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."
- U.S. Air Force Manual
A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: That's it for now, guys. Start making plans for next year's reunion. For those of you who have attended our reunions in the past, I'm sure that you'll agree that they become progressively better each time. If you have not attended any of our reunions, I would like to suggest that you consider doing so. It is a great experience to see and meet with your shipmates from years gone by. I look forward to seeing all of you at Hilton Head. Until then, I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe New Year.
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 85308-6290
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 Mgr./ 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 it prior to the publishing quarter to John G. Esposito, 862 Central Ave., Southampton, PA 18966. All inputs will be published in a timely manner.