John G. Esposito, Editor FALL 2006
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT HAND SEAT:
In my last report I stated "It may seem a little early, but I suggest that you start to think about making your reservations at the Holiday Inn Oceanside on Hilton Head Island for the May 2007 reunion." Well, it's no longer "a little early." Jule Mosley has already sent out the invitation/registration forms (if you haven't received yours by now, contact Jule at reunion@VP-21.org or write to him at 104 Central Drive, Vidalia, GA 30474-3014. Several of our members have already made their hotel reservations. If you hope to get your choice of room location/bed types/etc., I suggest that you call today. The number is 1-800-423-9897, and be sure to mention the VP-21 Reunion in order to get the special rate. If there's any problem, ask to talk to Peggy Romeo.
The program has been established and it's a great one. Between the luncheon cruise and the trip to Savannah, golf, and the banquet, it's going to be a reunion to remember. As an extra highlight, at the business meeting, Duke Dubuc (`56-`59) will discuss his participation in the 9/11 family lawsuits. After leaving VP-21 Duke attended law school and then spent his years in DC specializing in aviation related law cases. He's graciously agreed to give us some of his insights into this extremely notable experience.
Mea culpa, mea culpa. A while back I had a PC problem that caused me to lose the email file I was keeping of the Irving Glick stories that our members had sent to me. After months of asking (begging) our members to submit their Irving Glick stories to me for addition (and attribution) to the Irving Glick History on our web site, I finally did receive some, including the one about the time one of our planes (Irving was copilot - I won't mention the name of the PPC) accidentally dropped some mines just off the beach of one of Italy's major resort areas just before the beginning of the tourist season (I remember the story but can't remember who it was that reminded me about it). So, those of you who did contact me with Irving stories, please do it again. This time I'll save them in Word - I promise.
If anyone would like a subject to be included in the agenda for the business meeting, please email me at chairman@VP-21.org or call me at 207-725-6522.
I hope to see you all in May at Hilton Head for the VPB-111/VP-21 2007 Reunion.
FROM THE WEB MASTER:
All hands are encouraged to visit the website regularly to stay up to date between Vagabond editions.
'07 REUNION UPDATE:
To receive a discount for the room reservation you must register by 5 April 06. By the contract, it would go from $89.00 to the regular daily rate. Last time I checked that rate for October was $149.00 a room.
The following persons have graciously made donations during the past quarter:
C. E. Armstrong - William F. Aspinall - Richard C. Connor - William J. Gerber -
D. K. Johnson - George Kapolka - William J. Locke - Glen N. O'Steen -
Gerald N. Punches - William J. Reiner - Robert W. Smith - William S. Weber -
Chris Witteveld - Harold (Bud) Zuber
Thanks to each of you for helping to keep 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© 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:
I wish to thank those who opted to receive the newsletter via our website. It sure has made an impact on postage and the returns.
Please keep me informed if you do change address or phone number so as to maintain a valid roster.
Rosters are still available for $5.00 payable to Dale Woods. They contain lots of good information about your shipmates. These are intended for information only and are NOT available for any commercial uses whatsoever.
It is with great regret that I make mention of the following shipmates who have been reported to have passed away:
Louis Harland Gignac, 78, died Wednesday, 23 August 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, from complications of Diabetes He was an AD3 and served in VP21 from '52 to '55.
He was born on 28 July 1928, in Portland, Maine and served in the U.S. Navy with honor for 29 years.
AD3 Ken Noll passed away on 22 May 2006. He served with VP-21 from `50 -`53.
AMS1 John V. Aquilino, age 76, passed away on 18 Aug. 06 at his home which was located at PO Box 191 in Kent Hill, ME. with his loving family by his side. He served in VP21 from '62 to '66. He retired from the United States Navy and Bath Iron Works. He loved to cook and sang while doing so.
Walt Sadowski: Passed away 28 January 2005.
Kenneth Kemper. Served in VPB-111 from '43- `45. Passed away 8 June 1995.
Jim Besse: Passed away 30 October, 20005.
Durwood Wiley: AOC. Served in VP21 from '47 to '51. Passed away 9 October 2006 at the age of 84 from natural causes.
Lt. John ("Jack") Batchelder died of natural causes on April 6, 2006. Served in VP-21 `57- `58. Upon leaving the service in 1960, He attained advanced degrees at the University of Michigan, taught there and the U of Iowa before teaching at Grand Valley State University in Michigan for nearly 30 years.
John Linendoli: AD2 `47-`51.He passed away 22 May 2006.
Elmer L. Calebro: passed away
20 September 2006. No reason was given. Served in VP21 from '59 - '61.
May they rest in peace.
The following persons were reported to be /remain in Sick Bay.
Both Harry Dunlap and his wife Annie Laurie are now confined to wheelchairs. They would enjoy hearing from you and can be reached at the following addresses:
5803 East Shore Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32505-2031
Ron Lenhoff has been moved from Hospice care to a nursing home. His condition has been reported to be deteriorating rapidly.
Harold `Bud' Zuber, AE2. Served with VP21 from '57 to '59. He has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer and is being treated accordingly. Bud would enjoy hearing from you. He can be reached at the following address/phone numbers:
214 Fox Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Phone: 570 345-0284
Cell: 610 413- 7979
Our thoughts and prayers are extended for their speedy recovery.
That's it for now guys. I, along with all of the other directors, wish to extend our very best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.
NOVEMBER (FALL) EDITION: 2006
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/Director1749 Burroughs Dr, Dayton, OH 45406
Garry Gross, Director, 8660 East Rosemont Court, Inverness, FL 34450
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