John G. Esposito, Editor FALL 2008
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT SEAT:
With May 2009 and the next reunion getting closer, it's time to start thinking about topics for discussion at our business meeting. Any policy changes are certainly fair subjects. Even if you won't actually be attending the reunion, your thoughts are still welcome. Anyone with a subject that you'd like to have discussed, please write it up and forward it to me. I'll see that it gets a fair hearing.
I know I've said it before (and you can bet I'll be saying it again) but we're still looking for your biographies for our web site. Also, more Irving Glick stories. Please, let's hear from you.
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. Be well.
UPCOMING REUNION 2009 17-21 May, 2009 Branson, MO
SAVE THE DATE! Plans are complete for an exciting Reunion 2009 in Branson, Missouri, beginning with check-in/registration on Sunday, 17 May through check-out on Thursday, 21 May 2009. The Branson Grand Plaza Hotel, centrally located on the main strip of exciting Branson activities, is our Reunion Headquarters.
Reunion coordinators Jim Mattson and Carter Nute (Bill Locke-trained JO's) have coordinated a fun-filled package that begins with a Welcome Reception late Sunday afternoon and dinner on your own that evening.
Monday morning kicks off with a Branson Country Motor coach tour, a shopping stop and lunch on your own at Branson Landing River walk and an afternoon cruise and dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle.
Tuesday morning following breakfast we will hold our Association Business Meeting with the afternoon and evening open for Branson activities at your leisure.
Wednesday morning is set aside for entertainment with the Yakov Smirnoff Show (reserved seats), Uptown Café lunch (on own) followed by a visit to the Veterans Memorial Museum. We will close the day activities with individual/group reunion photos, a Cocktail Hour and Banquet Dinner at our hotel with live entertainment TBD.
Bring your squadron cruise books, scrapbooks, photos and other memorabilia to share with your shipmates in our Reunion Hospitality Suite.
Watch the mail shortly following the Thanksgiving holiday for your Detailed Reunion 2009 brochure and registration form. So mark your calendar now with plans to join us in Branson 17 to 21 May 2009.
FROM THE WEBMASTER:
As of this writing, our website has had just short of 25,000 visits (how many of those are yours?). We (primarily Bill Locke, Dan Dwyer, Dale Woods, John Esposito, and myself) try to keep the site accurate, current, informative, and easy to use. From time of receipt, information/ data is published to the site within that week. Photos can take a bit longer, especially if I have to scan them.
Here's a brief synopsis of some of what the VPB-111/ VP-21 Veterans Association website has to offer.
Contains all VP-21 and VPB-111 veterans who are known to the Association by way of a postal address, email address, or whom we have tracked down through investigation or referral from other members.
VPB-111 and VP-21 Rosters
Each of these rosters contains the names, rank/ rate, and period of service for members of their respective squadrons. These rosters were compiled from various sources, including squadron microfiche records, other websites, and members' memories and records.
Contains formal history, rosters by year, flight crew lists, training schedules, social rosters, and more.
Contains all members, VP-21 and VPB-111, who are known to be deceased. Deceased date is listed if known.
Lost and Found Page
Newly found and recently deceased members are listed here. Newly found members who supplied an email address can be contacted by clicking on their names. If an obituary was available for a recently deceased member, clicking on their name will take you to their obituary in the Departed Shipmates Page.
Contains autobiographies or profiles of our members, past and present. Presently there are only 52 entries on this page. I encourage all of you to please send me your biography/ profiles so that our membership and your family may be enriched further.
There are 229 entries here by ex-VPers who surfed the web and found our site. You'll find many interesting comments. Please visit and leave your own "Kilroy" statement.
There are presently 34 gallery contributions here, spanning the entire history of VPB-111 and VP-21 from 1943 to 1969, plus past reunions. These galleries contain literally thousands of photos of people you knew, places you've been, and the aircraft you flew, maintained, or otherwise supported. It's a great 'memory lane' trip.
Keep abreast of everything you need to know about upcoming reunions here. Dates, location, hotel info, prices and more can always be found here.
My thanks to all who have contributed to our website over the years.
Recently, Manfred J. "Moosejaw" Lenz sent me his copy of the 1963 Med Cruise book. You can view it at Photo Gallery #25.
This week I also received a letter and packet of biographical info from Donald K. Johnson. Some of you will no doubt recall Don as "Chief Johnson" who ran the AT shop in `58-`59. The chief just celebrated his 90th birthday at his home in Esparto, CA. Some of you may know the chief as W6AAQ, since he is a legendary Ham Radio Operator who has been continuously licensed and operating since1935. Putting this packet of info together into a biography will take a bit of time, but keep tabs on the Biographies Page where it will appear soon. If you want me to send you an email when it is finally published, drop me an email to that effect.
Frank Balogh Jr.
1749 Burroughs Drive
Dayton, OH 45406
The following named persons have generously made a contribution to our organization since the last issue of the Newsletter:
B. Walter Grazulis
Leonard I. Parent
Geri (Hubner) Raab
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(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.
It is with deep regret that I make mention of the passing of our following shipmates:
James C. White, World War II Navy radioman
veteran, died on Feb.21, 2008. He was 84 years young.
Rodger Silas Jones. No details available.
Doug Evans. No details available.
May they rest in peace.
ERRATTA to the TAPS article which appeared in the summer edition of our newsletter: George Milkowski served in VP21 from '52 to '54, not '62 to '64 as originally stated.
Your prayers are continually requested for the speedy recovery of Donna Locke, wife of our Chairman, Bill Locke. She is presently hospitalized.
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
Nov. 6, 2008 was a memorable day. I was asked to participate in a Veteran's Day Celebration by a local school that teaches K-8 grade.
To experience over 1000 youngsters ages 5 - 15 gathered for the purpose of remembering veterans, was extremely warming.
We were treated like royalty, given escorts, applauded, sung to, and hugged.
All branches of service were recognized and the respective songs were played in honor of each. Anchors Aweigh never sounded better.
I was asked to sign autograph books and personally thanked by children that never heard of Cuba or Viet Nam. Some were aware of Iraq as they had relatives there and became quite outspoken about their feelings and concerns.
I will remember this day for a long time. The tears were genuine on our part and appreciation swelled our chests. I'll do it next year and all years to come.
Dale Woods, 5480 W. Arrowhead Lakes Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308
623-376-8851 (ph and fax)
As this year comes to a close, Nancy and I wish to extend to you and yours our very best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
JUNE FALL 2008 EDITION
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!
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/Director1749 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.
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