John G. Esposito, Editor SPRING 2008
A MESSAGE FROM THE LEFT SEAT:
18 May 2008 was the 40th anniversary of the Memorial Garden at NAS Brunswick. It was celebrated with a rededication ceremony at the station chapel attended by about 200 people. The commemorative address was given by Admiral Gregory Johnson, USN (Ret), the Friendship Garden was rededicated by Master Chief Bill Waite, USN (Ret), and the Memorial Garden was rededicated by Commander Peter Garvin, USN, commanding officer of VP-8 (have you noticed how young commanders are now a days?). Admiral Johnson's address centered on the fact that in 1968, at a time when it wasn't safe in many parts of the country for a serviceman to wear his uniform in public, there were civilians in the Brunswick area who recognized the sacrifices made by our Navy personnel and honored them with a beautiful memorial garden on the air station, the only one on any military reservation in the U.S. that's totally supported by a civilian garden club. He noted that the Harpswell Garden Club has committed to maintaining the gardens even after NASB closes in 2011. Many of you will remember our 1999 reunion when the VPB-111/VP-21 squadron plaque was added to the garden. I used the occasion of the rededication service to pay homage to our shipmates who have passed on. May they rest in peace.
One of our squadron members, Jerry Owens (63-65), recently sent me some squadron duty officer logbooks from the 1961-1962 era. He's generously contributing them to our museum (we won't ask how he acquired them). Which brings up a suggestion, if any of you have any squadron artifacts in your possession, how about considering adding them to the squadron's collection. Not if you're really using them, but if they've been packed in a box in the cellar for the past 40 years, maybe you'll consider parting with them.
Have a great Navy summer and we'll see you in Branson next spring.
The following persons have generously made contributions to our organization since the last issue of the newsletter:
Wallace E. Amling - Eugene D. Dunn - Robert S. Gelles - Glenn A. Harkleroad -
Carrie D. Huber - H. Clark Island - Donald W. Noltner - Gordon L. Peterson -
Gerald N. Punches - Patrick M. Schnauffer - William S. Weber -Shealy O. Whigham -
Mrs. Robert Wolen
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:
Since the last newsletter and my call for biographies and photos, I have received a 1963 Med-cruise book from Manfred "Moosejaw" Lenz. Thanks Moosejaw! Unfortunately, I've been unable to scan and publish it to our website due to time, and several lightening related thunderstorms which have wreaked havoc with my computer system. Also, it is possible I've lost emails sent to me in the last three weeks (Last half of May and first part of June), so if you've sent anything to me during that period, would you please resend? I believe my system is now up to par, and I will scan and publish Moosejaw's Med-cruise book soon.
I am still interested in receiving biographies particularly. Biographies are the most important part of the squadron website because they supply both the brick and mortar of its foundation. My thanks again to all of you who have taken the time and effort to send me your bios. Unsurprisingly, the Biography pages are the most read section of our website. Please send me yours!
Also, for those of you with already published bios, you may add to, or edit your present biography. After all, some of these bios are many years old, and many of us have lived to extend those biographies, so an UPDATE may well be in order. Just email or send me your changes/ additions.
My best wishes to all for a pleasant summer, and my hopes in seeing as many of you as possible at the reunion in Branson next year.
Keep 'er trimmed & level,
1749 Burroughs Dr.
Dayton, OH 45406
It is with deep regret that I make mention of the passing of James H. Adcock, AD3, 50-53, deceased 12/2007.
May he rest in peace.
LOST MAVERICKS ROUNDED UP:
No new mavericks have been rounded-up this quarter:
No sick, lame, or lazy reported in this quarter.
FROM THE ON-LINE COORDINATOR:
As a result of a recent transmittal of the newsletter, we have received rejections from the email addresses on file from the following members' service providers. If you wish to have your correct email address reinstated to the roster, please provide your new email address to Dan Dwyer at DDwyer1@Maine.RR.Com
Longer term, we have lost contact with the following members due to their email address on file having been
repeatedly rejected over the past several months. Please provide a current email address to Dan Dwyer at
DUESING Ms. Toni
JONES Roger (Si)
WALL F. Lynn
FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT:
I had many returns of the newsletter bearing the notation “Temporarily Away”. I guess this means vacations or many of you have a summer address and a winter address. It would be a great help if those who have dual addresses would let me know what they are and when you are in residence at each.
Thank you in advance
5480 W. Arrowhead Lakes Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308
623-376-8851 (ph and fax)
JUNE SPRING 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.
VPB-111/VP21 VETERANS ASSOCIATION Nonprofit Org.
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Glendale, AZ 85308 PAID Permit #61
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