John G. Esposito, Editor FALL 2007
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT SEAT:
For those of you, who have not yet done so, please consider providing Frank Balogh with a copy of your bios for inclusion on our web site. It's the best way I can think of bringing your old friends up to date on your life after the squadron (other than attending our reunions, that is). Also, anyone with potential "Irving Glick" stories, please send them on to me.
Other than that, I just want to wish all my VPB-111/VP-21 brothers happy holidays and express the hope that you'll enjoy a wonderful new year. Donna wants me to pass on her best to all the spouses, as well.
Fair winds and following seas,
The following persons have generously made contributions to our organization since the last issue of the newsletter:
Merrill Churchill, H. Clark Island, William B. O'Connell, Geri (Hubner) Raab, James F. Stark, and Christian D. Witteveld
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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE WEBMASTER:
All hands are again encouraged to visit the website regularly to stay up to date between Vagabond editions.
Keep 'er trimmed & level,
1749 Burroughs Dr., Dayton, OH 45406
It is with deep regret that I make mention of our following who have recently passed on:
Donald Donaldson. Born 08 Jan 1920, passed away on 28 Apr 1996 48125 (Dearborn Heights, Wayne, MI) No other details available. (None specified)
James Edward Oberg has past away 15 July 2007 at his home in Klawock, Alaska. No other details available.
John Wheeler of Quincy, FL. No other details available.
George Lane. Passed away 7 July 2007. No other details available.
Samuel Bowden, 82. Passed away, 27 Jan. 2007, from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Edward W. Rivette Sr. Passed away 08 May, 2007. Born 5 January 1933. Not other details available.
May they rest in peace.
LOST MAVERICKS ROUNDED UP:
The following lost mavericks have now been rounded-up:
Michael V. Williams, LT. He was in VP-21, and a Naval Aviator/PPC. . . probably arrived in `65 and left in `67 or `68.
Paul D. Herman ATR2
Welcome back, guys.
No sick, lame, or lazy reported in this quarter.
FROM THE ON-LINE COORDINATOR:
There remain many squadron mates who undoubtedly have an Email or Snail Mail address but those squadron mates and their addresses, for whatever reason(s), are unknown to the association. Over the holidays, how about taking some time to print out a copy of the roster and the on-line directory and check your incoming Christmas and Chanukah cards to see if you receive either email or snail mail address information from a ""missing"" squadron mate. Send any new contact information along to either Dan Dwyer or Dale Woods, and they'll establish contact so as to ensure that the missing squadron mate gets included in the association's mailings. As a "fer instance, we've been looking for LT Mike Williams for seemingly years, and just recently had the good luck to find him due to the constant asking of, "Do you ever hear from Mike Williams?". . . and here it is, 39 years later, and we've finally found Mike!!!
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
Now that we have gone forward with the newsletter on line, it is more imperative than ever that you keep your snail mail address up to date. We send mailings for the reunions and other special occasions that do not go to the website first. Most of you have been very faithful in fulfilling this request. Please continue to do so. (It helps keep my roster straight so the left seat doesn't yell at me.)
5480 W. Arrowhead Lakes Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308
623-376-8851 (ph and fax)
It is with great pleasure that my wife, Nancy, and I wish to extend to you and all of your families, the very best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.
May God bless all of you.
DECEMBER 2007 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.