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First 2011 reunion recap

Subject: 2011 VP4 Reunion (JAX, Fl)

By Carl D. Moore
Date Tue, Oct 18, 2011

Just returned from my first VP4 Association “reunion” held in Jacksonville, Florida.

I’m so glad I went. It was more fun than I’d even anticipated!

Approximately 160 VP4 vets showed up (many with their wives).
Of course, I hadn’t seen these guys in 44 years. It was a good thing some of them brought their “’64-’65 Cruise Book,” because once someone shows you their picture in the book, you’ll say “Oh, yeah… ” and the stories begin.

Among those of my crew 9, were Mike Turkington (Nav/TACCO) and his wife Gerri, Bill Tantlinger (1st tech) who says he’ll have his wife Elsie with him next time, and Dave Cheek (2nd tech) with his wife Marvlyn.

All the ladies were lovely and the fellows… good and true gentlemen… all.

People drifted in and out of the “ready room” (an open-bar meeting room on the second floor) throughout the stay. It was sure fun reminiscing about the “good ole days” in Naha, Iwakuni, Atsugi, the P.I., Saigon, Osan (Korea), Hong Kong, Taipai, Johnson and Canton Islands, etc., etc. and of course Barber’s Point.

I took the tour to St Augustine (a nice tourist-trap) one day, then the really good one to Jacksonville NAS.
I gotta tell you — when we served, we were in the “sweet spot” of time to be in the Navy. Today’s Naval Air is different. These two Chief’s (seemed like really young guys and of whom we all can be proud), gave us a slide presentation of where VP4 has been over the last two decades. Iraq, Bahrain, tents in Afghanistan, drug interdiction in our southern hemisphere, just all over the world. And now the defense budget is really changing things. We had 12 birds, they said they should have 9, however only have 3 and need to borrow P3’s from other local squadrons. Since the crews don’t have their own planes (due to the swapping around), those they do have are pretty beat-up (and 30 years old). Getting into an aircrew now requires a 6-year enlistment and the in-flight responsibilities have changed considerably. I was radio and now that’s assigned to an officer. Yes, it’s very different now. And the uniforms, well… they’re different too.

The next VP4 reunion will be held September 2013 in Seattle (with a tour of the new P8 at the Boeing plant).
I’ll be working on my crew mates; Dwight Kau and Charlie Leonard (tried to contact Darv Taylor with no luck, yet) and anyone else I can locate, to be certain they put that one on their calendars. See you in Seattle! Carl

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Navy League of the United States :: Madison Council :: Front.

Hello Fellow Skinny Dragons,

I wanted to make sure you knew about this important event. This is another celebration this year to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. The Navy kicked it off with the parade of flight in San Diego. Then there was the celebration of Patrol Aviation in Jacksonville.

A Master Chief from my reserve squadron is the chairman of the Madison Navy League council. He is organizing the Navy Night Flight Suit Reception. So I wanted to send you this flyer concerning the reception on the 27th of July at Oshkosh, WI. The last I heard there might be two P-3’s there during the week, not sure if they be there on the 27th. There are a lot of heritage paint scheme current Naval aircraft coming to the Air Venture in Oshkosh. It would be nice to have the heritage painted P-3 from Hawaii come. It is done up in VP-6 markings.

If you come to the reception you will need to stop by the Navy League table to get that free ticket to get into the tents.

Hope to see some of you there,


John Larson

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Web traffic report

Hey folks,

Thought I’d share how we are doing on web traffic hits to the VP-4 Veterans Association web site. The site went live on April third and since that time we have had an average of 90 hits per day, and a growth of nearly 244% in just two weeks.
Here is a breakdown for the month of April.

Recent Weeks

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Mar 21

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Mar 25

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Mar 27

0 0
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Mar 31

Apr 1

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Apr 3

23 3
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Apr 10

168 24 +630.43%
Apr 11

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Apr 17

428 61 +154.76%
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Apr 24

1,353 193 +216.12%

Web site updates


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Planning now underway for 2011 Reunion Jacksonville, FL.

Reunion to be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Jacksonville

Reunion dates: Oct 13th thru the 16th 2011 Check here periodically for further developments. If you have any suggestions or comments please submit them to: Bruce Worthington, the Reunion Planning Coordinator.


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