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Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Joseph E. McDaniels USN (Ret) VP-4 1961 – 1965

LCDR McDaniels was an LDO Avionics Officer who served in VP-4 from 1961 – 1965 as a Navigator/TACCO and Avionics Division Officer. Photos are from the 1962 Okinawa book.

McDaniels, Joseph E. 2 McDaniels, Joseph ESAN ANTONIO, TX – Joseph Eugene McDaniels LCDR (Ret.), 83, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Springfield, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
He was born April 26, 1932, in Buffalo Hart, the son of Joseph Lee and Marcella Stanfield McDaniel. He married Helen Douglass on Nov. 18, 1952.
Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he retired after 27 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beverly Ann Azra and Ellen Fancher.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; one daughter, Patricia Geraty of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and two sons, Joseph Lee McDaniels of Jacksonville, Fla., and James Robert McDaniels of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at Mechanicsburg Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Wounded Warrior Project.
Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 530 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL 62702 is in charge of arrangements. Visit our online obituary at
Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 15, 2015
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Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) Commemorative Coin

From: Brian LaFlamme

After over a year in the making, it is finally here and ready for you or a special Christmas gift to someone. This coin is exceptional with nice color on the front, 3-D design of a P-3 flying over Oahu on the back, a diagonal cut edge, and a good heft to it. I only had 50 made so as not to conflict with Tommy Johnson and there are only 44 left. The price was slightly higher because of the smaller order yet you will not be disappointed. I am tagging on to a friend’s website to sell these coins, so to purchase your coin go to

The coins will be shipped via USPS with insurance and tracking. Please check out the rest of the Chupamacabre website for unique gifts.

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This coin may have special meaning to you if you know someone that served on Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) based in Hawaii. “The Skinny Dragons” are a highly recognized and honored squadron of the United States Navy, playing key roles in the Vietnam War and Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The coin is two-dimensional on the colorful dragon side with a three-dimensional embossment on the back. Quantities are very limited. This order qualifies for free shipping!

These products will be fulfilled by an outside vendor.

1992 VP-4 Squadron Roster

No Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Commanding Officers
1 Cashbaugh, David CDR 2 C.O. Apr 1992 – 16 Apr 1993
2 Hall, Marshall A. CDR 3 XO – CO 16 Apr 1993 – 1 Apr 1994
3 Angeli LT 16 Crew 1
4 Art LT 32, 51 Crew 9 SMO/NSO
5 Ausman LT 28 Crew 7
6 Banard LCDR 18 Crew 2 HSO/DAPA
7 Bennett LT 26 Crew 6 Safety Natops
8 Bienvenue LT 43 Medical
9 Boerger LCDR 34 Crew 10
10 Brennan LT 16, 47 Crew 1 Tactics
11 Brickman LT 36 Crew 11
12 Burleigh LTJG
13 Carey LT 30 Crew 8
14 Carlisle LT 30, 36 Crew 8, Crew 11
15 Carrol LT 20 Crew 3 Safety Natops
16 Chinman LTJG 36 Crew 11
17 Clautice LT 26, 47 Crew 6 Tactics
18 Colmen CWO3 57 Material Control
19 Daniel LT
20 Danielson LT 34 Crew 10
21 De La Garza LT 28, 34, 61 Crew 7, Crew 10 SMO/NSO
22 Delaney LT 18 Crew 2
23 Easterling LCDR 26, 54 Crew 6 AMO
24 Eastman LT 34 Crew 10
25 Elston LT 28 Crew 7 Safety Natops
26 Fleming LTJG 24 Crew 5
27 Foppiano LTJG 41 HSO/DAPA
28 Frye LT 26 Crew 6 Safety Natops
29 Fulgham LT 30, 52 Crew 8 COMM/CMS
30 Gardinal LT 54 MMCO
31 Gilmer LT
32 Gnibus LT 50 AIO
33 Grunder LT 28, 42 Crew 7 Legal
34 Haloburdo LT 30 Crew 8
35 Harrington LTJG 22 Crew 4
36 Hill LT
37 Holbrook CWO4 57 Material Control
38 Hulse ENS
39 Jenson LT 22 Crew 4
40 Johnson LCDR 36. 54 Crew 11 MO
41 Kelly LTJG 32 Crew 9
42 Kim LT 34, 41 Crew 10 HSO/DAPA
43 Klepper LCDR 46 Operations
44 Lanoue LT 20 Crew 3
45 Lawson LCDR 18 Crew 2 Safety Natops
46 Lewis LT 16 Crew 1 Safety Natops
47 Lilienstein ENS
48 Macquoid LT 24 Crew 5
49 Mantay LT 36, 46 Crew 11 Operations
50 McGee LT 20 Crew 3 Operations
51 O’Connor LT 28 Crew 7
52 Phillips LTJG
53 Ralston LT 22 Crew 4
54 Robinson LT 16 Crew 1
55 Saiki LT 26, 47 Crew 6 Tactics
56 Salomon LCDR 32, 47 Crew 9 Tactics
57 Sapsis LTJG 18 Crew 2
58 Scanlon LT 22, 47 Crew 4 Tactics
59 Scarry LT 16 Crew 1
60 Slocum LT 18, 47 Crew 2 Tactics
61 Smith LCDR 36, 46 Crew 11 Operations
62 Spiers LT 22, 51 Crew 4 SMO/NSO
63 Springer LT 20 Crew 3 HSO/DAPA
64 Swanson LT 34 Crew 10
65 Tamashiro LT 20 Crew 3
66 Thomure LT 32, 51 Crew 9 SMO/NSO
67 Tregoning LT 32 Crew 9 HSO/DAPA
68 Westerkom ENS 24 Crew 5
69 Wooden LT 24 Crew 5
70 Baranda ASC 58 Tool Room
71 Barbour AMHC 55 Maint Control
72 Boroughs AWC 24, 47, 48/49 Crew 5 Tactics AW’s
73 Cheyney ADCS 55 Maint Control
74 Clark PRC PR/AME Shop
75 Davis PRCS
76 Gorman ATC 36 Crew 11
77 Grogan AWC 48/49 Operations AW’s Safety Natops
78 Hagood AWC 34, 48/49 Crew 10 AW’s Safety Natops
79 Hollingworth AEC 55 Maint Control
80 Holzboog AVCM 4
81 Hunt ADCS 34 Crew 10 FE
82 Kascsak ADC 41 HSO/DAPA FE
83 Kelley AEC FE
84 Land YNC 38 Administration
85 McEntee ATCS QA
86 Quiogue ADC 55, 67 Maint Control Power Plants
87 Read AWC 30, 48/49 Crew 8 AW’s
88 Rhoads AZC 56 Maint Admin
89 Sanftner ADC 55 Maint Control
90 Shields ATC 56 Maint Admin
91 Stair AVCM 54 MMCPO
92 Adams YN3 38 Administration
93 Adams ATAN 70 AIMD
94 Aitken HM3 43 Medical
95 Akiona AE2 30, 59, 60 Crew 8 FE AE’s
96 Allen ADAN
97 Anderson PN1 42 CC
98 Anderson AE1 60 AE’s
99 Anderson AD2 62 Line Shop
100 Angel AD2 18, 59 Crew 2 FE
101 Armendariz AE2 70 AIMD
102 Ashby AWAN 62 Line Shop
103 Ates AW1 26, 48/49 Crew 6 AW’s
104 Avery AT3 61 AT’s
105 Badger AT3 61 AT’s
106 Bailey AA 62 Line Shop
107 Barney AE1 69 QA
108 Barnstein AO3 70 AIMD
109 Baskin PR3 68 PR/AME Shop
110 Baumgardner AW3 24, 32, 47, 48/49 Crew 5, Crew 9 Tactics AW’s
111 Bayani PR3 68 PR/AME Shop
112 Beabes AME1 68 PR/AME Shop
113 Beauman AN
114 Beeson AD2
115 Berryman AK3 57 Material Control
116 Bertram AE1 60, AE’s
117 Bertsch AO2 24, 64/65 Crew 5 Ordnance Shop
118 Bitzelberger AW2 16, 47, 48/49 Crew 1 Tactics AW’s
119 Bitzer AN
120 Blain IS3 50 AIO
121 Booker AN 39 Personnel
122 Brown AO3 64/65 Ordnance Shop
123 Brown AW2 16, 34, 47, 48/49 Crew 1, Crew 10 Tactics AW’s
124 Buel AMH3 70 AIMD
125 Byrne AT2 20, 61 Crew 3 AT’s
126 Callaghan AE3 20, 59 Crew 3 FE
127 Camacho AT1 16, 61 Crew 1 AT’s
128 Cambell AN 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
129 Campbell AW1 36, 48/49 Crew 11 AW’s
130 Carden AN
131 Carter AT3 18 Crew 2
132 Castle AT3 61 AT’s
133 Cathey AW2 16, 48/49 Crew 1 AW’s
134 Chaffin YN3 38 Administration
135 Clark AT2 70 AIMD
136 Clark AZ2 55 Maint Control
137 Clay AO3 66 Corrosion Shop
138 Coffelt AW3 20, 48/49 Crew 3 AW’s
139 Coladonato AMS3 59 FE
140 Cole ADAN
141 Colmer AW3 22, 48/49 Crew 4 AW’s
142 Cook AD2 67 Power Plants
143 Courtney DK1 40
144 Cousins AMH2 63 Airframes
145 Cuento AD3 66, 67 Corrosion Shop Power Plants
146 Cunningham AW3 28, 48/49 Crew 7 AW’s
147 Davis AO1 64/65 Ordnance Shop
148 Davis ADAN 36, 59 Crew 11 FE
149 Davis AMH2 34, 59 Crew 10 FE
150 Demarino AO2
151 Depew AMH2 63 Airframes
152 Derrington AO3 64/65 Ordnance Shop
153 Dewald AO2 64/65 Ordnance Shop
154 Dorpinghaus AE2 30, 59 Crew 8 FE
155 Dozier AE1 20, 59 Crew 3 FE
156 Duplito AD3 70 AIMD
157 Durante AW2 18, 48/49 Crew 2 Operations AW’s
158 Durrance AW2 28, 48/49, 53 Crew 7 AW’s Safety Natops
159 Duszkiewicz AMS2 66 Corrosion Shop
160 Dutrieux AMS2 18, 59 Crew 2 FE
161 Dwyer AMS1 52, 66 COMM/CMS Corrosion Shop
162 Eagle AO1 22, 64/65 Crew 4 Ordnance Shop
163 Edgren AW2 18, 48/49 Crew 2 AW’s
164 Edwards AME3 68 PR/AME Shop
165 Esteves AMSAN 66 Corrosion Shop
166 Ferguson AT2 70 AIMD
167 Ferrera AMS1 63 Airframes
168 Festervand AT3 70 AIMD
169 Fischer PRAN 68, 70 PR/AME Shop AIMD
170 Flinn AO1 34, 64/65 Crew 10 Ordnance Shop
171 Fluegel PH2 26, 50 Crew 6 AIO
172 Fox AT3 61, 70 AT’s AIMD
173 Frees AO2 36, 53, 64/65 Crew 11 Safety Natops Ordnance Shop
174 Garrett AA 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
175 Garver AW2 18, 48/49 Crew 2 AW’s
176 Glenn AE3 60 AE’s
177 Godboldte AD2 67 Power Plants
178 Gonzales AW2 20, 48/49 Crew 3 AW’s
179 Grady MS3 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
180 Grant AA 66 Corrosion Shop
181 Grider ATAN 61 AT’s
182 Grisham AD1 59 FE
183 Hannah AE3 60 AE’s
184 Hanson AWAN 32, 48/49 Crew 9 AW’s
185 Harn AT3 61 AT’s
186 Harris AK3 57 Material Control
187 Hart AW2 48/49 AW’s
188 Hill AO3 16, 64/65 Crew 1 Ordnance Shop
189 Houck AD2 67 Power Plants
190 House PR1 68 PR/AME Shop
191 Housley AN 60 AE’s
192 Howard AMS2
193 Huitt AT2 70 AIMD
194 Hume AT1
195 Jackson AE3 60 AE’s
196 Jacobs AD2 67 Power Plants
197 Jacques AO3 64/65 Ordnance Shop
198 Jones PR3 68, 70 PR/AME Shop AIMD
199 Jones AMSAN
200 Jordan AT3 61 AT’s
201 Julian AE2 28, 59 Crew 7 FE
202 Kidson AO1 28, 64/65 Crew 7 Ordnance Shop
203 Kilmartin AMSAN 63 Airframes
204 Kinchen YN3 38 Administration Operations
205 Kinney AMHAN 63 Airframes
206 Kinney AMH1 36, 59 Crew 11 FE
207 Kirk YN1 38. 52 Administration COMM/CMS
208 Knight AK1 57 Material Control
209 Kosler AMH2 32, 59 Crew 9 FE
210 Lamothe AD1 24, 59 Crew 5 FE
211 Lancaster ADAN 22, 59 Crew 4 FE
212 Lapierre AMS1 24, 59 Crew 5 FE
213 Lee AO1 32 Crew 9
214 Lefemine AW3 20, 48/49 Crew 3 AW’s
215 Leslie PN1 39 Personnel
216 Ling AW1 48/49 AW’s
217 Loge AMSAN 70 AIMD
218 Lundborg AW2 48/49 AW’s
219 Lunsford AN 62 Line Shop
220 Lyles MS2 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
221 Maddock AE3 60 AE’s
222 Marini AE3 60 AE’s
223 Marty AW2 30, 48/49 Crew 8 AW’s
224 Mayberry AW2 26 Crew 6
225 Mayer AD1 67 Power Plants
226 McClafferty ATAN 61, 70 AT’s AIMD
227 McClellan AN 62 Line Shop
228 McClintock AW2 16 Crew 1 Operations
229 McDaniel YN2 38 Administration
230 McDaniel AMS2 63 Airframes
231 McGregor AD3 70 AIMD
232 McLearran AT3 61 AT’s
233 McMullen AD3 67 Power Plants
234 McNeal AZ2 56 Maint Admin
235 Meath AE1 22, 59 Crew 4 FE
236 Medows ADAN 67 Power Plants
237 Mejia MS2 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
238 Metcalfe AT1 22, 61 Crew 4 AT’s
239 Michalak AW3 48/49 AW’s
240 Miller PH3 50 AIO
241 Montana ATAN 70 AIMD
242 Montez AK3 57 Material Control
243 Moore AW2 32, 48/49 Crew 9 AW’s
244 Moss AK3 57 Material Control
245 Moyd ADAN
246 Mullins AN 60 AE’s
247 Neilson AT3 61 AT’s
248 Nelson AME3 68 PR/AME Shop
249 Neri AD1
250 Nguyen ADAN
251 Nuebling AT3
252 O’Leary AE2 59 FE
253 Odell AD2 67 Power Plants
254 Pabona AE3 60 AE’s
255 Pakaki AZ1 56 Maint Admin
256 Perry AN 62 Line Shop
257 Peterson AT2
258 Pettis AMS1 69 QA
259 Plauman ATAN 34, 61 Crew 10 AT’s
260 Prather AW3 28, 48/49 Crew 7 AW’s
261 Probansky AZ1 69 QA
262 Quesada AD2 67 Power Plants
263 Quinones AT1 61 AT’s
264 Ramey AT3 66 Corrosion Shop
265 Ramirez PN3 39 Personnel
266 Randolph AT3 28, 53 Crew 7 Safety Natops
267 Rash AT3 70 AIMD
268 Reynolds AE1 24 Crew 5
269 Reynolds MSSN 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
270 Robinson AKAN 57 Material Control
271 Roper IS2 50 AIO
272 Rovreit AT3 24, 61 Crew 5 AT’s
273 Rowell AE2 70 AIMD
274 Ruleau AME1 68 PR/AME Shop
275 Russ AO2 18, 58 Crew 2 Tool Room
276 Salcido AMH1 28, 59, 69 Crew 7 FE QA
277 Salter AZ2 55 Maint Control
278 Saramo DK2 40
279 Schiele AW3 36, 48/49 Crew 11 AW’s
280 Schmies YNSN 38 Administration Operations
281 Schneider AT3 61 AT’s
282 Schneider AMSAN 66 Corrosion Shop
283 Schraven ADAN 16, 59 Crew 1 FE
284 Seedorf HM2 43 Medical
285 Sevier AT3 61 AT’s
286 Shaffer AT2 70 AIMD
287 Shaw AO2 64/65 Ordnance Shop
288 Sims AW2 48/49 AW’s
289 Sims YN2 38 Administration
290 Singletary AMS1
291 Slone PH3 50 AIO
292 Smith AT2 70 AIMD
293 Snyder AN 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
294 Souls AZ2 69 QA
295 Staley ADAN 58 Tool Room
296 Stamey YN2 38 Administration
297 Stewart AD1
298 Stoddard AW1 48/49 AW’s
299 Stone AS2 62 Line Shop
300 Stroud AT3 70 AIMD
301 Sumerall AO2 26, 64/65 Crew 6 Ordnance Shop
302 Swanson DP1 52 COMM/CMS
303 Takase PN1 39 Personnel
304 Talamoa AE2 60 AE’s
305 Terwilliger AW3 30, 48/49 Crew 8 AW’s
306 Thoemmes AMSAN
307 Thompson AT3 32, 61 Crew 9 AT’s
308 Thompson AT3
309 Thompson AO1 69 QA
310 Towk AOAN 20, 64/65 Crew 3 Ordnance Shop
311 Trimble AW1 47, 48/49 Operations Tactics AW’s
312 Tuggle AMEAN 68 PR/AME Shop
313 Uter AK2 57 Material Control
314 Vanvalkenburgh PC3 42 PC
315 Vaughn AMH2 26, 53, 59 Crew 6 FE Safety Natops
316 Villa AT3 30 Crew 8
317 Wallace AWAN 24, 48/49 Crew 5 AW’s
318 Wareham ATAN 61 AT’s
319 Wareham AW1 22, 48/49 Crew 4 AW’s
320 Warren ATAN 26 Crew 6
321 Warringer AWAN 34 Crew 10
322 Watson AMS3 70 AIMD
323 Wilkins MS3 44/45 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
324 Williams AD2 67 Power Plants
325 Wilson AMS1 63 Airframes
326 Wingate AW2 36, 48/49 Crew 11 AW’s
327 Winget AMSAN 63 Airframes
328 Winslow YN3 38 Administration Operations
329 Wiseman MS1 Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant
330 Wood AT2 61 AT’s
331 Wren AE3 70 AIMD
332 Wynn AWAN 48/49 AW’s
333 Yarrington AT1 53 Safety Natops
334 Zavodny AO1 30, 64/65 Crew 8 Ordnance Shop
335 Zuniga AT3 61, 70 AT’s AIMD

JMSDF Detachment visits Kaneohe Bay

LT Jan R. Krsak
Public Affairs Officer
VP-4 Kaneohe Bay, HI

On Monday, September 21 2015, The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Detachment 50 from Patrol Squadron 5 arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. JMSDF Patrol Squadron 5 is based in Naha Air Base on the island of Okinawa and currently flies the P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Over a span of 4,500 miles, the squadron managed to bring two aircraft and full maintenance support. JMSDF will be working in conjunction with Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4) for about three weeks aiming to foster international relations and cohesiveness between the JMSDF and United States Navy.

On Friday, September 25, the JMSDF conducted a local area familiarization flight with one of VP-4’s combat air crews. “I was impressed with their professionalism and crew cohesiveness. I was also fascinated by how well maintained and clean their aircraft was.” Said LT Jack Turner, a pilot assigned to VP-4.

The detachment is projected to conduct a torpedo exercise and joint coordinated operations with U.S. Navy ships and aircraft. The exercises designed to continuously contribute to honorable international relations between the JMSDF and United States Navy.

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Survey coming for the attendees of the 2015 Reunion

Hi folks,

There will be a survey coming out VERY soon about the 2015 VP-4 Association All Hands Reunion that was held in New Orleans.  I’m putting out this post to let you all know it’s coming, and to let you know the super secret password to fill out the survey.  We’ll be publishing the survey here and through Facebook.

The password is ….  VP4Ever

If you access the survey through the website here, and not the Facebook link that’s coming you will need that password.  If you access the survey through Facebook, you will not need the password.




2017 VP-4 Reunion?

When’s the next reunion you ask? Where will it be held? Will there be free booze and soda/coffee in the “Ready Room”? Will Chad be there?
These are all great questions, and I (your humble web admin) will try and answer them for you.
The next VP-4 All Hands Reunion will be held sometime in the late summer or early fall (think September to Mid October) of 2017 in Washington DC. As always with this squadron, there will be a no host bar in the hospitality/”ready room”, so make sure you have paid your membership dues so we’re not stuck drinking Pepsi Blue and rotgut whiskey.
Start planning and putting the word out to your shipmates so we can make this the best reunion in the history of reunions!

Patrol Squadron Four conducted a search and rescue mission September 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and good Samaritans aboard a fishing boat helped rescue a sailing vessel that was taking on water Wednesday, September 9th approximately 30 miles north of the island of Maui. At around 11:45 a.m., the 36-foot Honey Cutter enroute from Hawaii to San Diego sent a SOS message that stated the vessel had suffered a keel fracture and was taking on water.

The Coast Guard requested help last week from Patrol Squadron Four based in Kaneohe Bay and good Samaritans on board the Captain Kenneth, located approximately 40 miles from the Honey Cutter. The Navy’s P-3C Orion arrived on scene and quickly established communications with the distressed vessel. The crew remained overhead for several hours and coordinated the arrival of the Captain Kenneth to the scene. The efforts of the aircrew helped ensure a successful meet up and tow with the two boats. Were it not for the capabilities and training of the aircraft and crew, the distressed boat may have capsized into the ocean stranding the crew. The Honey Cutter crew said they were prepared to abandon ship and were manually dewatering the vessel. The Captain Kenneth arrived on scene and was able to start towing the Honey Cutter at around 11 p.m. No injuries have been reported.

-LT Krsak
Patrol Squadron Four PAO.

VP-4 P-3

Emerson, John “Jack” Robert, CAPT, VP-4 Pilot and XO/CO – 1954-1956 and 1968/1969-1970

1969-1970 Cruise Book Page 02 PG-007 886739Captain John R. Emerson USN (Ret), age 93, was born March 26, 1922 and passed August 11, 2015 at home in Bend, Oregon. Born in Busby, Alberta, Canada to John Robert MacDonald Ritchie and Jessie Whitson Carmichael (Emerson) (Ritchie) (Urquhart). Mother and sons moved to Oakland, California in 1924, becoming US citizen in 1940. He is survived by Alice, his wife and childhood sweetheart of 70 years to whom he gives much credit for her support and adaptability, and his six children John, Janice, Phillip, Kenneth, Scott. His son Ross preceded him.

He joined the Navy in July 1942 in hopes of becoming a Naval Aviation Pilot. Trained as an aviation machinist mate, southwest pacific bases became his assignment. In 1944, he was offered a temporary officer commission or enlisted flight training. He joined the Navy to fly. One of his first aircraft was a Stearman biplane, wearing a leather helmet and a pigskin jacket, which is still wearable today. In the latter years, when someone asked for a new flight jacket, Capt. Emerson said “Have a seat, let me tell you about my jacket.”

Aviation Pilot First Class Emerson flew with FASRON 119 in Saipan, Marianas Islands taking on the roles of maintenance officer, technical librarian and operations officer. The squadron received a perfect audit for the first time. Assigned to VR-3 (Moffett Field), he made chief in 1951 and was one of the Navy’s first pilots to fly and instruct in the R6D (C-118) aircraft. From 1953-55, he was one of 15 APs to acquire a regular officer commission, completing 2 years of college equivalency in 1 to graduate as a Naval Aviator. In 1962 he received his BS degree and in 1971 two Masters degrees at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

20+ aircraft later, became Commanding Officer of VP-4, a Pentagon Navy planner, CinC-PacFlt staff in Hawaii until 1981, his last assignment was as CO of Naval Air Reserve Unit, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.

With his retirement in Sept 1982, Capt. Emerson brought to a close 40 years of continuous naval service, marking the end of a special breed of Navy flyers – Naval Aviation Pilots (NAPs) whose national association is known as the Silver Eagles. Occasionally someone would look at his original flight jacket and ask “What is an AP1?”. The ex-enlisted pilot would smile and say, “Have a seat, let me tell you all about it.”
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VP-4 Coins

From a Facebook post by Brian LaFlamme

I saw a post almost a year ago about a VP-4 coin. I would like to see this happen so I have been working with to come up with a design (Skinny Dragon on the front and a P-3 flying over Oahu on the back. The attached photos show the design, the diagonal edge, and an example of the 3D look.
I am not selling these coins as I do not want to make a profit, so I am looking for “donations” to cover the cost of the coin, packaging, and postage. However, I need a minimum of 100 people to make this happen. Based on the cost of the coin, packaging, postage, I expect the per coin cost at ~$15.00. The only thing I do not have worked out is the “donation”, e.g., payment by check to a PO Box or by PayPay through a friend’s website. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Let’s do this!!!

Coin Specifics:
Material: Bronze soft enamel;
Size:1.75″, diameter, round shape;
Color: 5c on front, without color on back;
Diagonal cut edge (as attached photo);
Antique silver plating; and
3 sides polishing.

VP-4 moving to NAS Whidbey Island, WA

Time for another chapter in the history of Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4).  As reported in SeaPower magazine on July 17th 2015,  VP-4 will be transitioning to the P-8A and changing duty stations from MCAS Kaneohe Bay to NAS Whidbey Island.

Here is the link to the article on the SeaPaower web site: and the article itself.

Posted: July 17, 2015 12:07 PM

Navy Shift of Hawaii-Based Patrol Squadrons to Whidbey Island Set for 2016

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has set in motion its plan to shift its patrol squadrons based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to Whidbey Island, Wash., as they make the transition to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) is scheduled to change duty stations on Oct. 1, 2016, from Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island. The squadron will go through transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.

VP-4 will begin the transition as the last of six active-duty VP squadrons based at Jacksonville completes transition to the P-8A. VP-4 will join three VP squadrons at Whidbey Island and will be followed in succession by the other two VP squadrons based at Kaneohe Bay, VP-9 and VP-47.

The Navy’s strategic laydown plan calls for 12 active-duty VP squadrons and two Reserve VP squadrons divided between Jacksonville and Whidbey Island. When completed, it will end more than 80 years of permanent basing of patrol squadrons in Hawaii.

This move is a bit of a coming home for  VP-4 as it was our first duty station after being formed up at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Miramar, CA.  The squadron was first stationed at NAS Whidbey Island in the spring of 1948 and stayed there until our move to Naha, Okinawa in 1956.


Igniting the Spark: VP-4 participates in ‘Discover Your Future in Aviation’

Navy LT Julie Reichel
Patrol Squadron FOUR

VP-4 Discover your future in Aviation 2015Recently four pilots from Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) represented the United States Navy at the Pacific Aviation Museum’s sixth annual “Discover Your Future in Aviation.”

The purpose of this year’s “Discover Your Future in Aviation” was to expose young people to the thrills and joys of a career in aviation. For many people, the highlights of the event were the guest speakers, including Jessica Cox, the first licensed armless pilot; Rob Kelso, a former NASA flight director; and Lt. Col. Karen Fuller Brannen, the first female Marine F-18 pilot. In addition to the guest speakers the event also showcased a handful of both active and retired aircraft accompanied by their respective pilots and volunteers.

To help play their part in exposing young people to aviation, the pilots of VP-4 spent the afternoon in front of a bright yellow RC-3 “Seabee,” a post-World War II amphibious aircraft, and helped children climb in and out of the cockpit. Additionally, the pilots also took the time to pin “wings of gold” on the children’s chests.  Noting how knowledgeable some of the children were, many of the VP-4 pilots realized that this wasn’t their first exposure to aviation or aircraft.

Corbin Lewis, 11, knew enough about planes to finish one of the pilot’s sentences. When his mother, Nola, was asked where his fascination comes from, she replied “His whole life is flying. We take him to every air show we can find, we come to the museum a lot, and he even walks around the house in a flight suit.” Corbin Lewis is also the youngest person to ever request to volunteer at the Pacific Aviation Museum and dreams of one day becoming a military pilot.

Another visitor, 3-year-old Henry, hardly spoke a word that was not related to his toy planes or his pilot uncle. Looking at the yellow amphibious plane, he became so excited that he, uncharacteristically, was hardly able to speak. Watching Henry, as well as many other children, climb into the plane was like watching a person’s first taste of chocolate. The smile that transformed their faces and the excitement that shown from their eyes conveyed the beginning spark of passion that has captured aviators for more than 100 years.

The VP-4 pilots said they truly enjoyed their time at the “Discover Your Future in Aviation” event and they felt fortunate to play a part in exposing the thrills of aviation to so many young people.

“I really enjoyed introducing children to aviation,” said LTJG Branden Roy, a VP-4 pilot. “It was great to see how enthusiastic the kids felt about learning to fly and becoming pilots someday.”

LTJG Katie Medford-Davis agreed.  “It was great to represent VP-4 (in) the community and to see how many kids are excited about aviation today,” she said.

VP-4 Celebrates 50 Years as Skinny Dragons

By LT Trent M. Pietsch
VP-4 Public Affairs Officer

In 1965 Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) deployed to Iwakuni, Japan sporting a black Griffin patch but returned home with their current namesake the “Skinny Dragons.” Since that deployment, VP-4 has been carrying this unintentional nickname for 50 years.

A former VP-4 Skipper from 1966-1967, CAPT Charles (Chuck) Walker, USN, Ret. and a fellow officer who he flew with, CAPT Jerry Crumly, USN, Ret. were part of that 1965 deployment. Recently they reached out to their former squadron in regards to the current squadron patch. The history of the squadron patch is detailed both on the VP-4 command website and on placards hung in squadron spaces in Kaneohe Bay, HI. These placards only cover some of the history behind the evolution of VP-4’s squadron patch and the nickname “Skinny Dragons.”

By 1963-64, the decision was made to bring squadrons based overseas back to the United States because the Department of the Navy knew they would all eventually transition from P-5M/P-2V to P-3A’s so seaplanes went to San Diego and land based planes (VP-4) went to Barbers Point, Hawaii. A light blue patch with a skinny black Griffin had recently won a vote by squadron members to replace the previous patch of Poseidon riding a “Truculent Turtle,” as this patch was deemed not appropriate for P-3As. The skinny black Griffin, featured in front of a white four was homage to the patch before the Truculent Turtle patch which featured an orange Griffin. Although as with any vote there was dissention and some squadron members referred to the skinny black figure as an “intestinal virus.”

In March 1965 VP-4 deployed to Iwakuni sporting their black Griffin patch. On arrival, 5 crews were sent to Sangley, Phillipines for briefings to go to Saigon, Vietnam as a detachment, and 7 crews remained in Iwakuni.

CAPT Walker, USN, ret. with O Club waitresses Samiko (left) and Komiko (right).

CAPT Walker, USN, ret. with O Club waitresses Samiko (left) and Komiko (right).

CAPT Walker described how a waitress named Samiko changed the history of VP-4 forever. From the fateful conversation which led to the confusion: “As I remember we had the logo/patch on display but pretty and popular waitress Samiko asked a pilot what the black image on the patch was (it was intended to be a Griffin). Samiko said in reply, ‘Huh, don’t look like Griffin to me, look more like Skinny Dragon.’ The story circulated and before it could be corrected to be a Griffin, every one called it a Dragon. As you know Dragons are very popular in Japan.”


All previous VP-4 squadron patches and Capt. Walker’s son’s designed patch on top of the 1967 Cruise Book.

All previous VP-4 squadron patches and Capt. Walker’s son’s designed patch on top of the 1967 Cruise Book.

CAPT Walker’s son, now 64 years old, designed a patch during that deployment which contained all of the previous four squadron patches on a four leaf clover. This patch is extremely rare and contains the first two squadron patches. These patches aren’t maintained in any history of VP-4. Clockwise the patches are a four leaf clover (~1928-~1935), number four with orange Griffin (~1935-1947), Truculent Turtle with Poseidon (1947-1964), and four with black Griffin/Dragon (1964-1993).



CAPT Walker, USN, ret. with O Club waitresses Samiko (right) and Komiko (left).

CAPT Walker, USN, ret. with O Club waitresses Samiko (right) and Komiko (left).

CAPT Walker served as CO in VP-4 from December 1966-November 1967. He became a Captain 1969 when he reported to Naval War College. He now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and is an active member of the VP-4 Association and Maritime Patrol Association. CAPT Crumly flew as CAPT Walker’s copilot when they were in VP-4 together. CAPT Crumly retired following PG school and tours in VP-56, overseas joint staff, and a command in the Naval Air Training Command.


Squadron Awards

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A discussion on Facebook made me think:   What awards has VP-4 gotten throughout the years, and if VP-4 was a person, what would the Medals or Ribbons look like. Well, after search through the information US NAVY AWARDS (the Chief … Continue reading

GRIFFIN, Paul A. USN (Ret) VP-4 1979 -1981

Passing of Former VP-4 CO CAPT Paul A. GRIFFIN USN (Ret) VP-4 1979 -1981

This sad news was passed to me by Fred Lohden, VP-4 1978 – 1981.
Griffin, Paul ACAPT Griffin reported to VP-4 in June 1979 to serve as Executive Officer.  He assumed command in June 1980 and was relieved by CDR Hilary J. Nickel in June 1981.
Paul A. Griffin was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania on September 30, 1941 to Irene Griffin and Paul Fryer. He died in Brunswick, Georgia on May 31, 2015.
Paul was known for his intellect, calm demeanor and laconic sense of humor. As his volunteer work illustrates, his compassion was linked to a no-nonsense approach to life: when he saw a problem, he found a way to fix it.
Paul was a graduate of Centre College, Danville Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After college, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he earned a Masters of Science in Oceanography at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Later he earned a post-graduate degree from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He earned an additional Masters Degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National University, Washington, D.C. When he was a squadron commander, his squadrons were consistently ranked the best in the Navy. He retired from the Navy as a Captain after 27 years of distinguished service. He earned a Navy Achievement Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Legion of Merit award and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
After retiring from the Navy, Paul had a second career at Lockheed Martin in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as project manager for the avionics suite of the F-22 aircraft. In that capacity, he managed a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars.
While Paul was practical, he also was a romantic. His wife, Linda Lamb, was his heart and soul, and he looked for ways to let her know she was the center of his universe. For their 9th anniversary, Paul surprised Linda with a dawn concert in the back yard, featuring Michael Hulett. They married in 2002, and moved to McIntosh County in 2003, where Paul initiated his third career as a volunteer in the community.
Paul served as chairman of the McIntosh County, Georgia Board of Tax Assessors from December, 2005 to December 2012. Under his leadership, the board became the best-run and most professional office in the county. Paul also was a founding board member of Coastal WildScapes, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and restoring the biodiversity of Southeastern coastal ecosystems. He served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer and was named CASA Volunteer of the Year in 2012. Paul was a member of the McIntosh County YMCA board, and a founding Board Member of McCARES a nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy for McIntosh County’s children and their families.
Paul’s third – and most precious – career was as a grandfather. Paul’s 10 beloved grandchildren – Michael, Stephanie, Roan, Renee, Rosalie, Patrick, Lena, Jackson, Sam and Griffin – who called him Ahpa, were his overwhelming passion. Every summer, Paul and Linda transformed their home into the headquarters of what they called Camp Tolomato, filling the days with education disguised as summer hijinks and adventures. As one of the two camp counselors, Paul’s goal was to spend time with his grandchildren and let them have fun together, broaden their horizons and open them to the beauties and mystery of nature. Paul was an avid outdoorsman who loved boating, hiking, catch-and-release fly fishing and travel.
Paul was predeceased by his mother Irene Griffin, his father Paul Fryer, and his adoptive father, George Griffin. Paul is survived by his wife, Linda Lamb of Darien, Georgia; children Matt Griffin (Jennifer), Michele Turner Chris Lamb (Palmer), Melissa Kiser (Scott); sister, Penny Wells, and brother Carl Griffin (Christine Johnson).
Arrangements have been entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, 3321 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM followed by the memorial service at 11:00 AM at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, June 5, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal WildScapes, Inc., P.O. Box 1106, Darien, GA 31305, Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692, Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525 or the donor’s charity of choice.

Patrol Squadron FOUR Change of Command 2015

LT Trent Pietsch
VP-4 Public Affairs Officer

002 VP-4 CoC 6-4-15Commander Jonathan E. Spore relieved Commander Eric M. Hanks as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) on June 4, 2015. The ceremony was held at Hangar 104 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

Commander Hanks, originally from Jennings, Louisiana, detached U.S. Africa Command in June 2013 to report for duty as Executive Officer with the “Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron FOUR. On June 18, 2014, Commander Hanks became their 65th Commanding Officer.

The Change of Command ceremony culminated a highly successful tour for Hanks. Hanks led the Skinny Dragons through an arduous and challenging multi-site, seven-month deployment covering much of the EUCOM and AFRICOM AORs. Under his command, Patrol Squadron FOUR continued its tradition of excellence surpassing 265,000 hours of mishap-free flying, spanning 42 years of operations. Patrol Squadron FOUR and Hanks were recognized for their mission accomplishment at the national level. Commander Hanks will continue his career in Washington D.C. at the National War College. He and his family are excited at the prospect of continuing their journey together as a part of the Navy. Commander Hanks had this to say about serving as Skipper of VP-4, “This tour has been outstanding in many ways. The Sailors of VP-4 haven’t missed a beat from the time I stepped in to be their Commanding Officer before deployment. We’ve accomplished above and beyond what was required and all credit should go to their workmanship and professionalism.”
Commander Spore reported to VP-4 in June 2014 as the Executive Officer. A native of Chantilly, Virginia, he graduated the United States Naval Academy in 1997. His previous flying tours include assignments in VP-5 as a Junior Officer, VP-30 and a Department Head in VP-16. Commander Spore’s other assignments include a tour on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, and most recently in the Pentagon, serving on the Navy Staff and on the Joint Staff.

Commander Spore lives in Kailua with his wife Jennifer and their three children, Mitchell, Landon, and Marian. When asked about becoming the newest Skinny Dragon Skipper, Commander Spore commented, “With the last home cycle in Hawaii and final P-3C deployment for the Skinny Dragons before moving to Whidbey Island and transitioning to the P-8A, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this great squadron through the challenges ahead. VP-4 has always been a leader in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

Relieving Commander Spore as Executive Officer is Commander Christopher E. Smith. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998. His most recent assignment was in support of the Director of Intelligence at Cruise Missile Support Activity, Pacific. Commander Smith is married to Sarah and they have four children, Wyatt, Owen, Evan, and Elizabeth.

001 VP-4 CoC 6-4-15

Hardware Replacement Options Paper

The IT department is implementing a new customer relationship management (CRM) solution to its corporate offices. The current hardware is outdated, and cannot support the new CRM application. The hardware must be replaced prior to deployment.  This paper will discuss the issues related to this project.

  • How do the five major variables of project management—scope, time, cost, quality, and risk—relate to this scenario?
    • Scope: All work related to the hardware replacement must be correctly defined prior to purchasing any equipment. With a proper Scope of Work (SOW), each step of the project is clearly defined, and cost overruns can be limited. A SOW. Details out the project scope, that is what items are going to be installed and why, project assumptions, responsibilities for the different people, groups, or departments, criteria for the project completion, and documentation for project Change Control Management (CCM).
    • Time: Businesses must ensure that the procurement timeline is well-defined, and adhered to. If the timeline is rushed, some items may not be configured correctly or fully tested. If time deadlines are not met, the project budget could be wasted needlessly.
    • Cost: Cost analysis must include information beyond just the price of hardware and operating systems. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to: Server rack storage space, additional costs for data center cooling and increased power consumption. Using Microsoft CRM as an example the minimum hardware specifications include five different server platforms. Depending on the size of the company involved the capital expenditures can easily outweigh the benefits of new hardware. Consideration must also be given to secondary software applications like backup solutions and virus protection.
    • Quality: Hardware replacement project needs to identify if the business will benefit from an on premise solution, or if going with a hosted or cloud solution would provide a better quality CRM environment. The project will need to identify if the hardware being purchased meets or exceeds the minimum specifications for the CRM software, and will continue to be a viable platform for an extended period of time (3 to 5 years).
    • Risk: The project plan needs to identify if bringing new hardware systems into the existing environment could adversely affect the existing network infrastructure. For example: if the businesses current network environment is a Windows 2000 active directory domain, how will bringing in new servers (Windows 2008 R2) affect or even work with the existing active directory infrastructure.
  • What considerations must be applied when selecting projects that deliver the best business value?
    • There are many project costs and benefits considerations that must be applied to ensure that business value is enhanced, and not degraded by hardware upgrade project. Are the internal rate of return (IRR), and the return on investment (ROI) values high enough across the short-term and long-term to outweigh the capital investment for new equipment. Costs include: Implementation costs such as networking equipment, operating system licensing, and server chassis costs. Operational costs such as operating staff load with new servers to manage, hardware maintenance contracts, facility cost increases, and administrator and in the user training for the new CRM application. Tangible benefits include: increased productivity due to faster servers and improvements in CRM applications, and reduce costs in maintaining outdated server equipment. Intangible benefits include: Increased organizational flexibility, and improved operations due to the new features included in a modern CRM system.
  • What factors that influence project risk? What strategies would you recommend for minimizing this project’s risks?
    • Project risk is influenced by the structure of the project, the project size, and the technical expertise of the project team and IS staff (Laudon & Laudon, 2009). The larger the project, the higher the risks associated with that project. In turn, a very complex project is also a higher rate of risk than a simple project. For example, the project plan for changing brakes on a car has a much lower risk rate than the project plan for building a kit car. The skill level or technical expertise of the IT staff and project team also affect the risks in a given IT project like a CRM hardware replacement plan.

To help alleviate some of the risks associated with this project. I would recommend assigning a project manager to oversee the entire hardware purchase process. The use of a Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) chart will help ensure that the entire plan remains on task and on time. A PERT chart not only lists out the start and completion dates for assigned activities, but it also lists out the various task dependencies and how each task can be affected by the success or failure of one of the dependencies. The use of an application like Microsoft project includes tools to help automate the creation of a Gantt or PERT chart. Status updates can easily be generated from Microsoft project to help keep all of the teams involved in the hardware replacement plan informed of where the project is at any given time. Early on in the process it should be determined if having the CRM system hosted on premise makes good business sense in comparison to having the CRM hosted in the cloud.

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I hope you all enjoy this test post.  Not all post get to be real posts, and sometimes you have to fill space with useless information to make a test post.  I will now fill this post with bits of text that don’t seem to go together.


Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Vet tee just released and we have free shipping available until Tuesday (2 JUN 15).

This paper will cover some of the issues surrounding the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) project, and steps that can be taken to control the risks associated with developing new technology on a national scale. According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO) the cost of collecting the United States Census data has increased by 56% from $8.1 billion in the year 2000 to about $13 billion for the 2010 census (“Decennial Census: Additional Actions Could Improve the Census Bureau’s Ability to Control Costs for the 2020 Census,” 2012) . To help save costs the US Census Bureau contracted with Harris Corporation “to implement handheld devices that make census participation as simple as signing for a package” (Laudon & Laudon, 2009). Numerous issues plagued FDCA, including, but not limited to: inadequate testing procedures, poor communication, lack of executive oversight, and the inexperience of the contractor assigned to implement the mobile technology required. In 2006 when the Harris Corporation was contracted by the US Census Bureau to implement a mobile computing solution, the handheld market was still in its infancy. US Census Bureau did not adequately inform the Harris Corporation of the requirements for the mobile platform, according to this week’s readings, there were 600 initial requirements and the Census Bureau added 814 more. Most if not all of the requirements for the mobile computing platform should have been laid out at the beginning of the program. In this way, the contractor would have adequate information to procure the necessary technology.

To implement a successful mobile platform for the Census Bureau to use the FDCA project should have been assigned an oversight person or committee. By having an executive level oversight issues with the project could have been answered in a timelier manner, thereby alleviating cost overruns. Another spot that could have been improved to help alleviate issues before they arise would have been a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) from the US Census Bureau two available and reliable US government contractors.

CAPT Allen Horace Balch USN (Ret) VP-4 1953 – 1954


CAPT Allen Horace Balch USN (Ret) VP-4 1953 - 1954 2Capt. Allen H Balch, U.S. Navy (Ret), passed away May 5, 2015 in Green Valley, AZ. Al was born in Abilene, Texas on March 10, 1927, the son of Amos Henry and Barbara Allen Stone Balch. The family later moved to Tyler, Texas where he and his sister, Ruby Virginia “Sunshine” Smith, grew up.

Known for his wonderful speaking voice, Al gained his first radio experience at age 16 in Tyler, where before school he opened KGKB, a 250-watt radio station, broadcast the morning and evening drive and music, and closed the station. On weekends he was announcer for his high school sporting events and football games.

CAPT Allen Horace Balch USN (Ret) VP-4 1953 - 1954 1Al was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945 and graduated with distinction in June 1949. He married his first wife, Jean Roach, in June 1949, before reporting to NAS Pensacola for flight training. He completed training in multi-engine aircraft, earning his wings at NAS Corpus Christi, TX and was ordered to VP-4 and flew P-2V NEPTUNE aircraft during the Korean War. Al served during three deployments, rising from navigator to PPC, earning the China Service medal. During the Vietnam conflict, Al served as commander of a P3-A ORION squadron, earning the Vietnam Campaign Medal and an Air Medal. Duty afloat included service aboard the aircraft carrier USS INTREPID. Other awards included World War II Victory Medal, the Naval Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Ribbon – Cuba.

Duty ashore included General Line School in Monterey, CA, Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and 5 years in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and a Legion of Merit. Al retired from the Navy in 1973.

Working for KRLD in Dallas, he interviewed Sen. John Tower (R) from Texas, who invited him to return to Washington, D.C., as his communications and press secretary. Allen accepted the position, and while there married his second wife, Lindsay.

Following his political days, Allen avoided the beltway rush by living aboard a 55-foot houseboat in the Washington Marina, just below the Jefferson Memorial, and he became a full-time anchor on WTOP, a CBS affiliate station in the Washington area, for 6 years. During this time O’Connor Productions was producing the syndicated pre-presidential Reagan spots, and approached Allen about creating and syndicating a series of interviews to be entitled “The Senators,” as he was becoming a “voice on the hill,” respected for his professional handling of important issues of the day.

In 1992 he and Lindsay discovered Green Valley, AZ, and built their dream home. He became active in the Green Valley Coordinating Council, tried to incorporate Green Valley several times, and then joined the Ross Perot bid for the Presidency, which took him back to Dallas for a time.

His third career began in 2005 when his health began to fail, and he and Lindsay joined a great new life at La Posada. He not only emceed “The Allen Balch Show” for 6 years, but he also joined the La Posada Singers, became their manager, and discovered his beautiful solo bass voice. You can find him on Facebook, if you are so inclined.

He is survived by his five children from his first marriage: Paulanne Balch, MD of Boulder, CO, Deborah LaCivita of Greenwich, CT, Patricia Tracy of Manassas, VA, Allen (Skip) Balch of Austin, TX, and Karen Sue Pittman, of Ruston, LA, and Lindsay’s two sons George R. Miller of Los Gatos, CA and Col. Randolph P. Miller USAF (Ret) of Washington, D.C., plus 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Ruby Virginia Smith, of Dalhart, TX.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Green Valley Mortuary. A Memorial Celebration of his Life will be held at La Posada on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. A burial service with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on May 31, 2015
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1990 – 1991 VP-4 Squadron Roster


No Name Rank Photos on Page(s) Position
Commanding Officers
1 Cunningham, Robert L. CDR 2, 3, 12, 18, 19 C. O. 27 Apr 1990 – Apr 1991
2 Badger, Carlos S. CDR 4, 5, 12,18, 19 C. O. 10 Apr 1991 – Apr 1992
3 Cashbaugh, David CDR 6, 7, X. O. – C. O. Apr 1992 – Apr 1993
4 Anderson LT
5 Ausman LT 32 Crew 1
6 Baker LT 44 Crew 7
7 Banes LT 36, 59 Legal, Crew 3
8 Boerger LCDR
9 Bolich LCDR 46 Crew 8
10 Carey LT 48 Crew 9
11 Carlisle ENS
12 Carroll LT
13 Clark LTJG 40, 50 Crew 5, Crew 10
14 Cole LT 38, 46 Crew 4, Crew 8
15 Delaney LTJG 42, 58 HSO, Crew 6
16 Dugan LCDR 34 Crew 2
17 Eldridge LT 48 Crew 9
18 Elston LTJG 34, 64 Operations, Crew 2
19 Fogarty LT 42, 58 HSO, Crew 6
20 Frye LTJG 48 Crew 9
21 Fulgham LTJG
22 Gardinal LTJG 70 Maintenance
23 Gilman LT 52 Crew 11
24 Gilmer LTJG 38, 40, 52 Crew 4, 5, 11
25 Grunder ENS 58 HSO
26 Harris LCDR 48, 64 Operations, Crew 9
27 Kelly LT 40 Crew 5
28 Klapka LCDR 34 Crew 2
29 Klepper LCDR 58 HSO
30 Klinger LT
31 Kraft LT 46 Crew 8
32 Lanoue LT 52, 56 Personnel, Crew 11
33 Lewis LT 56 Personnel
34 Lewis LCDR 36 Crew 3
35 Lopez LT 52 Crew 11
36 Macquoid LT
37 Marquardt LTJG 32 Crew 1
38 Marshall LT 38, 65 Crew 4, AIO/SMO/NSO
39 McAleenan LCDR 69 Safety NATOPS
40 Mead LCDR 42, 70 Crew 6, Maintenance
41 Olsen LT
42 Perry LT 44 Crew 7
43 Perry LT 44, 54 Admin, Crew 7
44 Pocklington LT 50 Crew 10
45 Pytel LT 46 Crew 8
46 Rieck LT 52 Crew 11
47 Robertson LT 32 Crew 1
48 Robinson LT 36, 64 Operations, Crew 3
49 Scanlon LTJG 32 Crew 1
50 Schriver ENS 64, 65 Operations, AIO/SMO/NSO
51 Smitherman LCDR 60 Medical
52 Soer LT 42 Crew 6
53 Soper LTJG 58 HSO
54 Speirs LT 34 Crew 2
55 Swanson LT 52 Crew 11
56 Thomas LT 70 Maintenance
57 Thomure LT
58 Tiplady LT
59 Urbano LT 42 Crew 6
60 Walker LCDR 54 Admin
61 Warner LCDR 34 Crew 2
62 Whitten LT 38 Crew 4
63 Wimmer LT 40 Crew 5
64 Winfield LT 36, 65 Crew 3, AIO/SMO/NSO
65 Witten LTJG 32 Crew 1
66 Wooden LT 52, 61 1st LT, Crew 11
67 Woodwin LT 38 Crew 4
68 Chapman ATC
69 Davis PRCS 73 Material Control
70 Downs AMHC 52 Crew 11
71 Fails AWCS 64, 66 Operations
72 Gorman ATC 52 Crew 11
73 Grogan AWC 66 AW Shop
74 Hall AOC 78 Ordnance
75 Hickey ATCS
76 Hollingsworth AEC
77 Holzboog, D. P. AVCM 8 Command Master Chief
78 Joyner AMSC
79 Kascsak ADC 48 Crew 9
80 Kauffman AOC
81 Land YNC 54, 62 Admin
82 Lauser AFCM 40 Crew 5
83 Long AECS 82 QA
84 Olsson AMHC
85 Read AWC 46, 66 Crew 8
86 Rhoads AZC 68 Comm/CMS
87 Schutte ADCS 61 1st LT
88 Stair AVCM 70 Maintenance
89 Adams AXAN
90 Akiona AE2 32 Crew 1
91 Alderman AX2
92 Amano AO2 78 Ordnance
93 Ancog AD2
94 Anderson AN
95 Angel AD2
96 Arend YN 54 Admin
97 Ashby AWAN 66
98 Ates AW1 42 Crew 6
99 Avery AT3 76 AT’S/AE’S
100 Badger AX3
101 Bailey AA
102 Barney AE1 76 AT’S/AE’S
103 Barnsifin AO3
104 Baugh PR3 86 PR’S/AME’S
105 Baumgardner AWAA 40 Crew 5
106 Beabes AME1
107 Beeson AD2
108 Bequbay AN
109 Berquist AX2 46 Crew 8
110 Berryman AKAN 73 Material Control
111 Bertram AE1 76 AT’S/AE’S
112 Bertsch AO2 78 Ordnance
113 Billington ATAN
114 Bitzelberger AW2 32, 66 Crew 1
115 Bitzer AA 61 1st LT
116 Blain ISSAN 64, 65 Operations, AIO/SMO/NSO
117 Brown AO3 80 Phase Corrosion
118 Brown AW2 50, 64 Crew 10, Operations
119 Buel AMHAN
120 Burns AW2 50, 66 Crew 10
121 Callaghan AE3 36 Crew 3
122 Camacho AT1 76 AT’S/AE’S
123 Cambell AW1 52 Crew 11
124 Cappella AD2
125 Carroll PR2 86 PR’S/AME’S
126 Castle AXAN 76 AT’S/AE’S
127 Chandler HM3 60 Medical
128 Clark PR1 70 Maintenance
129 Coffelt AWAN 36, 66 Crew 3
130 Cole ADAN 52 Crew 11
131 Colmer AWAA 38, 66 Crew 4
132 Cook AD2
133 Cothran AMS2 42, 50 Crew 6, Crew 10
134 Cotter AO3 78 Ordnance
135 Cousins AMH3
136 Cromley AME3 86 PR’S/AME’S
137 Curasi DK3 57
138 Cusher AW2 38 Crew 4
139 Cusick IS2 64, 65 Operations, AIO/SMO/NSO
140 Dang MS3 61 1st LT
141 Day AZAN
142 Depew AMH3 85 Airframes
143 Derrington AO3 84 Line
144 Despopoulos AT1 76 AT’S/AE’S
145 Dewald AO3 78 Ordnance
146 Dozier AE2
147 Duplito AD3
148 Duranie AW2
149 Durrance AW2 44 Crew 7
150 Dutrieux AMS2
151 Dwyer AMS1
152 Early AMS3 46 Crew 8
153 Fay AD2
154 Felker AX2 32 Crew 1
155 Ferguson AT2
156 Ferrera AMS2 85 Airframes
157 Fisher YN2 54 Admin
158 Fluegel PH3 64, 65 Operations, AIO/SMO/NSO
159 Fox AT3 76 AT’S/AE’S
160 Frees AO3 52, 78 Crew 11, Ordnance
161 Gari AE3 76 AT’S/AE’S
162 Gari AO3 78 Ordnance
163 Glenn AEAA
164 Gonzales AW2 44, 66 Crew 7
165 Grady AN 61 1st LT
166 Grider ATAA 76, 80 AT’S/AE’S, Phase Corrosion
167 Grizzard PC2
168 Guy AMS2
169 Hagood AW1 50, 66 Crew 10
170 Haleamau AO2 40, 69, 78 Crew 5, Safety NATOPS, Ordnance
171 Hannah AEAN
172 Harrell AT1
173 Harris AKAA 73 Material Control
174 Hasty AMS3
175 Hennigan AX3
176 Henry MS2 61 1st LT
177 Hicks AMS3 80 Phase Corrosion
178 Hill AT2 76 AT’S/AE’S
179 Hollingsworth AMH3 80 Phase Corrosion
180 Houck AD3
181 Hously AA 84 Line
182 Hudson AT2 36, 40 Crew 3, Crew 5
183 Huitt AT3
184 Hunter YN1 54 Admin
185 Jackson AEAN 76 AT’S/AE’S
186 Jacques AO3 78 Ordnance
187 Jensen PR3 86 PR’S/AME’S
188 Johnson AW2 42, 64 Crew 6, Operations
189 Jones AE3 76 AT’S/AE’S
190 Jones AT3
191 Jordan AW2 34 Crew 2
192 Kane AME2 86 PR’S/AME’S
193 Kelly AZ3
194 Kinchen AN 54, 64 Admin, Operations
195 Kindred AKAR
196 Kinney AMH1 40 Crew 5
197 Kiser AME1 68 Comm/CMS
198 Kish AD1
199 Kuhn AMS2 85 Airframes
200 Lee AO1 48, 78 Crew 9, Ordnance
201 Leeper AT1 76 AT’S/AE’S
202 Leslie PN1 56 Personnel
203 Liden HA
204 Lloyd AW2
205 Lopez AD1
206 Lunsford AN 84 Line
207 Lyles MS2 61 1st LT
208 Manning AE2
209 Martin DK1 57
210 Marty AW2 46, 66 Crew 8
211 Mayberry AW2 42, 66 Crew 6
212 Mayer AD2
213 McClellan AA 74 Tool Room
214 McClintock AW3 32 Crew 1
215 McDaniel YN3 54 Admin
216 McDaniel AMS2
217 McLean AMH1
218 McLearran ATAN
219 McManigal AW2 52 Crew 11
220 McNeal AZ2 72 Maintenance Admin
221 Meadows ADAA
222 Meath AE1 38 Crew 4
223 Mejia MS2 61 1st LT
224 Miller PH2 65 AIO/SMO/NSO
225 Montez AKAN 73 Material Control
226 Moore AMSAR 80 Phase Corrosion
227 Moore AW2 48 Crew 9
228 Moss AKAN 73 Material Control
229 Mullins AA
230 Mullis AW2 64 Operations
231 Needham AMHAR 80 Phase Corrosion
232 Neilson AT3 76 AT’S/AE’S
233 Nelson NC1 59 Career Counselor
234 Nelson AMEAN
235 Nendze AMH3 85 Airframes
236 Neri AD1
237 Newson AMSAA
238 Nuebling AT3
239 Odel AD3
240 Orcutt AT1 68 Comm/CMS
241 Osteen AD2
242 Owens AMS3
243 Pabona AE3 76 AT’S/AE’S
244 Padilla AS3
245 Pakaki AZ1 72 Maintenance Admin
246 Parker AW3 38, 66 Crew 4
247 Perry AO2 32, 78 Crew 1, Ordnance
248 Pettis AMS1
249 Porbansky AZ1
250 Preston AX2 76, 82 AT’S/AE’S, QA
251 Quesada AD3
252 Randolph ATAN 44 Crew 7
253 Reavis AX2 34 Crew 2
254 Reimer AT2 5 Crew 10
255 Reynolds AE1 46 Crew 8
256 Robinson AA
257 Rodriguez AMS1 69 Safety NATOPS
258 Roediger AD1 44, 69, 82 Crew 7, Safety NATOPS, QA
259 Rovrett AT3 40, 42 Crew 5, Crew 6
260 Rowell AE2
261 Rubert AMS3
262 Russ AO3 34, 78 Crew 2, Ordnance
263 Russell AMS1
264 Salcido AMH1 44 Crew 7
265 Salter AZ2
266 Schiele AWAN 34 Crew 2
267 Schneider AT3 76 AT’S/AE’S
268 Schraven ADAA 42 Crew 6
269 Schultz YN3 54, 64, 68 Admin, Operations, Comm/CMS
270 Seedorf HM3 60 Medical
271 Sevier ATAN
272 Shaffer AT3
273 Simpson AD2
274 Sims YN2 54 Admin
275 Singletary AMS2 80 Phase Corrosion
276 Sinko AT3 48 Crew 9
277 Smith AD2 38 Crew 4
278 Smith AR
279 Souders PN3 56 Personnel
280 Souls AZ2 82 QA
281 Speirs AD1
282 Stamey YN2 54, 64 Admin, Operations
283 Stelzig AE2 34 Crew 2
284 Stewart AD1 84 Line
285 Stone AS2 74 Tool Room
286 Stroud AT3
287 Stultz AD3 61 1st LT
288 Sumerall AO2 42, 78 Crew 6, Ordnance
289 Swanson DP1 65, 68 AIO/SMO/NSO, Comm/CMS
290 Tabieros AD1 ,
291 Takamine AWAN 32 Crew 1
292 Takase PN3 56 Personnel
293 Terwillger AWAN 40 Crew 5
294 Thompson AO1 78, 82 Ordnance, QA
295 Tingen PN1 56, 68 Personnel, Comm/CMS
296 Towk AO3 36, 78 Crew 3, Ordnance
297 Tuggle AA 74 Tool Room
298 Tyskewicz MS2 61 1st LT
299 Unruh AOAN 78 Ordnance
300 Uter AK2 73 Material Control
301 Vaughn AME2 32, 46 Crew 1, Crew 8
302 Velazquez PN3 56 Personnel
303 Wallace AWAA 48, 66 Crew 9
304 Wareham AW1 66 AW Shop
305 Weaver AK1 73 Material Control
306 Webb AX3
307 Westling AMS3 85 Airframes
308 Weston AT1
309 Wicks ADAN
310 Williams AN
311 Williams AX2 76 AT’S/AE’S
312 Williams AD2
313 Wilson AW2 52, 66 Crew 11
314 Wilson AMS2
315 Wingate AW3 36, 52 Crew 3, 11
316 Wiseman MS1 61 1st LT
317 Wood AT2
318 Woolley AW3 46, 64, 66 Operations, Crew 8
319 Wren AEAA
320 Wunder AW2
321 Wynn AWAA 34, 66 Crew 2
322 Zavodny AO1 46, 78 Crew 8, Ordnance
323 Zorn AW2 48 Crew 9
324 Zuchowski AME2 86 PR’S/AME’S
325 Zuniga ATAN 38 Crew 4