Category Archives: Fallen Shipmates

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Henry P. Krienke USN (Ret) VP-4 1962 – 1964

Henry Krienke served as PPC on Crew 3 and as ASW Tactical Officer in 1964.
Henry Paul Krienke, 84, of Spring Valley, California, passed away on April 13, 2018, following a brief stay at Scripps Mercy Hospital.
A military service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Miramar National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Featheringill Mortuary.
Henry was born in South Bend, Indiana, on January 13, 1934. He graduated as Valedictorian from Central High School and continued on to the University of Notre Dame where he was enrolled in the NROTC program. In 1955 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. On April 15, 1956, Henry married Christin Swaim. From this union, he was blessed with 3 sons. On December 24, 1969, Henry remarried. Marlene Alice Clifton brought the blessing of 3 children from a previous marriage into their union of 48 years. Henry loved to sing! He was a member of Skyline Church where he had the joy of singing with the Skyline Chorale for many years.
Henry, a Naval officer, and pilot retired as a Commander after 23½ years of service. He flew multi-engine airplanes and participated in carrier operations in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.
Returning to the States, he served as an instructor in operations and navigation at Alameda Naval Air Station and San Diego North Island Naval Air Station.
Henry is survived by his wife, Marlene Krienke, and six children: Kai Krienke, Kristopher Krienke, Kieron Krienke (Manuela), David Clifton (Phuc), Tamra Line, and Shari Moreno (Mario). Also surviving are 7
grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his brother, Loren Krienke (Carol). Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry William and Pauline Caroline Krienke of South Bend, Indiana.
In saying goodbye to Henry, the family rests in the certainty of “Absent from the body…present with the Lord.” (II Cor. 5:8)
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Orval Butcher Ministries,
11980 Woodside Ave.
Suite 1, Lakeside, CA 92040.
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Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Donald C. Klein VP-4 1962 – 1965

Don Klein served as PP3P on Crew 12 and as 1st Lieutenant in 1962.  He was PPC on Crew 11 and Assistant Standardization Officer in 1964-65.
Donald Craig Klein
April 16, 1937 – November 14, 2018
Donald “Don” C. Klein, 81, of Orange Park passed away November 14, 2018, at Orange Park Medical Center. Don was born on April 16, 1937, in Oak Park, Ill to the late William and Mildred Klein.
Don graduated from York Community High School, Elmhurst, IL 1955 and continued his education at the University of Miami (FL) where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration 1960. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy where he was a naval aviator and retired as a Commander with 20 years honorable service (P-3 maritime patrol aircraft pilot).
Don enjoyed playing bridge and Texas hold ’em, classic cars, playing guitar, friends & family, and traveling (especially world cruises). He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Foxridge HOA president, and Big Orange Chorus.
Don lives on in the hearts of his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol; children, Kerrie and Jason Bernardo, Lindsay and Chris Henderson, Craig Klein, Ken (predeceased) and Sandy Klein, 10 grandchildren and 3 and 1/2 great-grandchildren and sister, Shirley Hoover.
A Celebration of Don’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. December 28, 2018, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218. A reception will follow (Fleming Island, FL location TBD)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the City Rescue Mission (426 McDuff Ave. South, Jacksonville, FL 32254) or Quigley House (PO box 142, Orange Park, FL 32067-0142).
Condolences may be left at:

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AW2 Jerry L. Few VP-4 1968 – 1971

It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry Lee Few of Dickson, Tennessee announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the age of 70 years. Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his son Joey, sister Norma Wall, extended family, and countless friends. Jerry was born in February of 1948 to James and Elizabeth Few in Dickson, Tennessee. Jerry proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and attended college at the University of Tennessee. Jerry treasured his extensive music collection, was a great dancer and an avid football fan.

His friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Pond Church of Christ – 650 Pond Road, Dickson, TN 37055.

Condolences may be left at

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AVCM Carl L. Barber III USN (Ret) VP-4 1966 – 1969

Ray Frazer, VP-4 66-69, passed me this sad news.

BARBER, Carl L. III, US Navy, Master Chief (Ret.) 79, passed Oct. 13, 2018. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. We love you and we miss you. Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 17, 2018

AVCM Carl L. Barber III served as the Avionics Chief in VP-4 during his tour from 8/66 to 2/69.

His career included the following tours.

VAHM-13/VP-24 8/57-9/60
VW-15/VW-13 1/61-7/62
NATTC NAS Memphis, Tennessee 3/63-3/66
VP-4 8/66-2/69
NAMTD12 NAS Moffett Field, California 3/69-5/72
CPWP 5/72-10/76
NAMTRAGRU NAS Memphis, Tennessee 10/76-11/79

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet LT Richard F. Keller VP-4 1982 – 1985

LT Richard F. Keller VP-4 1982 – 1985

Rick Keller served as 3P on Crew 3 in 1983/84. In 1985 he worked in AW Training and flew on Crew 3.

Richard F. Keller, age 55, of New Paltz, NY, died Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Richard was born on May 15, 1958, in Queens, NY. Richard was the son of the late Richard J. and the late Mary (McElroy) Keller.

At the time of his death, Richard was employed as an airline pilot for American Airlines.

“Our father was a wonderful man who loved each of us immensely and unconditionally. He was an amazing Dad and friend who left us too soon. We will miss him tremendously.”

Surviving are a daughter & son-in-law, Kristen & Ryan Auchmoody of Ulster Park, NY and two sons, Eric Keller of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Adam Keller of Pleasant Valley, NY.

Friends and relatives may call on Thursday, August 15, 2013, from 4pm to 7pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 10:00 am, at the gravesite, at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, 81 Plains Road, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Veteran LCDR Roger A. Lammers VP-4 1971 – 1974

Another VP-4 vet has passed away. Roger Lammers passed away February 15, 2016. His wife, Christine, passed away December 25, 2017.

Roger served as Crew 8 Navigator in 1971, Crew 8 3P in 1972 and as the Assistant Admin Officer in 1974.

December 07, 1946 ~ February 15, 2016

Roger Anthony Lammers was born in Findlay, Ohio on December 7th, 1946 as the first of five children to Robert Sylvester Lammers & Nora Stella Yates Lammers. Raised in Northern Ohio, Roger was a standout student & athlete earning the Northern Ohio “Football Player of the Year” in 1964. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 with a major in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Roger assisted in coaching football and recruiting players for the Naval Academy. He then trained as a pilot in Pensacola, Florida. He flew P3 Orions during three Vietnam War tours. He later received an MBA from Wharton.

Roger and Christine “Tina” Alexandra Winiarz Lammers met at a party in Washington, D.C. while Roger was at the Naval Academy. When Roger was away for Pilot Training in Pensacola, Tina came for a visit. He handed her his laundry bag full of dirty laundry and told her there was something in there for her. She discovered a big, sparkling engagement ring and couldn’t possibly say “no”. They were married on Labor Day in 1969 at a beautiful campus chapel in Annapolis. Roger shared Tina’s father’s love for history and the two of them enjoyed many lively conversations. Roger and Tina were married 47 years and raised three wonderful children. Andy, Becky, and Natalie have brought them much happiness and are a source of great pride. Roger leaves behind their three lovely and bright granddaughters, Megan, Aubrey, and Ella, who have proven to share his love of learning and athleticism.

Roger’s career was in Industry & Consulting where he led a group to the acquisition of existing companies for 10 years. More recently, he has been an independent consulting & investor.

You cannot describe Roger Lammers without using the word “optimist”. He had a great vision for the business and couldn’t resist pepping his conversations with words “millions and billions”. Coming up with ways to grow a business came as a natural to him as living and breathing.

Roger was always interested in people and made a point of asking them how their life was going. “How are you doing?” “How are your kids?” “How is the job going?” Roger always took time to listen and offer encouragement.

We will all miss this joyful, larger-than-life man who left us far too soon. Rest in peace, Roger.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Timothy W. Duffy USN (Ret) VP-4 1969 – 1972

We lost another VP-4 Vet last November but I just found his obituary.

Although our database shows that Tim Duffy served in VP-4 1969 to 1972, I only found pictures of him in the 1971 and 1972 cruise books.

Tim flew on Crew 4 as Navigator in 1971 and was PPC of Crew 6 in 1972.

Timothy W. Duffy of Churchville, Pa. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Abington Jefferson Health Hospice at Warminster. He was 71.

Timothy was the beloved husband of 48 years to Laureen M. (Butella).

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of the late James A. and Dorothy A. (Englert) Duffy.

Timothy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with degrees in aeronautical engineering. He was a Naval Aviator and career Naval officer.

He loved flying, earning his “Wings of Gold” in Pensacola, Fla., followed by duty assignments with VP-4 in Barbers Point, Hawaii and Patrol Wing 1 Cubi Point, Philippines flying the P-3 Orion.

Upon returning to the United States he transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer community and worked at the former Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pa., the former Naval Air Propulsion Center in Trenton, N.J., and finally the Naval Air Engineering Center in Lakehurst, N.J. before retiring as a Commander.

Following his Naval service, he began his second career in defense contracting and worked with, among other things, the world’s largest human centrifuge used to train astronauts and later, fighter pilots to manage the strenuous demands of high g-forces on the body.

In addition to his wife, Laureen, Timothy is survived by his loving children, Christopher P. Duffy and his wife, Anita of Brunswick, Maine, Nora Duffy Decker and her husband, Keil of Princeton, N.J., and Rosalyn M. Duffy of Collegeville, Pa. He also is survived by his seven grandchildren; Kassandra, Shannah, Ryan, Phoebe, Catherine, Winifred, and Augustus; his brother James B. Duffy (Sandy) and sister, Patricia Callaway (David); his brothers-in-law, William Butella and Robert Butella (Susan Weigold); and his seven nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 9:30 a.m. until his funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Rd. Richboro, PA 18954. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Theodore A. Santuae USN (Ret) VP-4 1954 – 1957

Fallen ShipmateThis sad news was received by Pete Bernardin, VP-4 55-58, who passed it to Bob Davis, VP-4 62-63, of the P2V Officers group. Bob forwarded it to me so I could send it to others who may have known Ted Santuae. A quick research found that Ted became a pilot through the NAVCAD program and he served in VP-4 as an Ensign and LTJG.
Dear Friends’

Yesterday, I got a call from Ted’s daughter Ann Marie, advising me that Ted passed away on Monday. Not entirely unexpected; he has been dealing with a number of serious health issues these past few years. Nonetheless, a very sad piece of news….he was 88.

The details of his memorial follow:

September 16th
Rosary 5PM-7PM
Crist Mortuary
3395 Penrose Place
Boulder,CO 80301

September 17th
Funeral Service 10AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
330 Table Mesa Dr.
Boulder CO 80305

September 18th
Burial 9AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Ave
Denver CO 80236

The Bernardins will send flowers from “His Old Shipmates at Patrol Squadron Four (VP 4) USN”.

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad tidings…..very best, Pete and Barbara Bernardin.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow VP-4 1956 – 1957

Robert E. Morrow, Sr., age 81 of West View, on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Beloved husband for 59 years of Norma (Hunter) Morrow; father of Kimberly (Thomas) Dering and Robert E. (Sonja) Morrow, Jr.; grandfather of Christopher (Rachel), Shannon, Kara Dering, Casey and John Morrow; brother of John W. (Jace) Morrow, Sr., the late Hazel Karwoski and Velois Lemmon.

Robert was born and raised in Kittanning, PA, a graduate of Kittanning High School, and Cambria-Rowe Business College of Johnstown, PA. He served in the US Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman where he was a Flight Crewman in a Blimp training squadron in Brunswick, GA and also served as a Flight Crewman in Patrol Squadron VP-4 in Okinawa. He worked for United States Steel Corporation, USS Chemical, and Aristech Chemical Corporation for over 35 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Robert enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader but mostly loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, and sister.

No Viewing. Friends invited to memorial service in North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh 15237 on August 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. (West View).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

CDR Corwin A. Olds USN (Ret) VP-4 1958 – 1960

Corwin Anson Olds, M.D., Commander USN Ret., 92, husband of Patricia Allen Olds, died on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Sussman House in Rockport. A complete obituary will be published later. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, Friday, July 6, 2018, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, 55 Elm Street, Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating. Condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.

In 1958 LCDR Olds served as Gunnery Officer in VP-4. Later he served as the ASW Officer and PPC of Crew 3

Passing of VP-4 Vet CAPT William Jerry Fogle, USN (Ret.) VP-4 1962 – 1965

CAPT William Jerry Fogle USN (Ret) who served as a TACCO in VP-4 from 1962 to 1965.

Capt. William Jerry Fogle, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was born October 12, 1936, in Aurora, Missouri. He was the son of Arthur A. and Marjorie Fogle. As he frequently told people, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, 8 months and 4 days, and retired as a Captain on March 31, 1989. He Jerry served on the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea, and defended our country in Vietnam, where he received numerous medals, including a Bronze Star with Combat V and a Purple Heart. During his career, he was stationed in many places throughout the world, including Okinawa, Hawaii, Iceland, and England. He retired in Portland, Tennessee, and was very active as a community volunteer, and worked with the youth athletic soccer network as a referee for many years. He loved living in Portland and enjoyed his wide many friends in the community.

Jerry is survived by his five sons: Barry Fogle, (and his wife Angie) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Brett Fogle (and his wife Debbie) of White House, Tennessee, Eric Fogle of Nashville, Tennessee, Sgt. Lance Fogle (and his wife Sara), currently stationed in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and LCDR Corey Fogle, USN, (and his wife Katie), currently stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also is survived by 8 eight grandchildren: Drew, Kara, Niki, Brock, Logan, Bella, Ryder and McClane. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon many years ago and, more recently, by his wife Maureen.

The family would like to thank the staff at NHC Place, Sumner in Gallatin, Tennessee, who took such wonderful care of Jerry in his final days.

Visitation will be at Austin and Bell Funeral Funeral Home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, He will receive a Full Honors Military Funeral at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, located at 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN, at 1 p.m. on July 31.

You may view the obituary or offer your Condolences online at The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442.


Passing of V-4 Vet CDR Samuel Bruce Walker USN (Ret) VP-4 1961 – 1963

Samuel Bruce Walker was born on December 15, 1930, in the town of Andrews, Cherokee County, North Carolina. He was the oldest child of Gerald Benjamin Walker and Margaret Everett Walker, and brother to William Hudson Walker (b.  1933), and Kathryn Louise Walker Scott (b. 1935, d. 1969). He was raised in the Presbyterian Church.

By the time he was five, Sam had decided he wanted to be a minister on Sundays who ran a filling station and garage during the week. Then one day he saw a large, single-engine biplane pass overhead carrying airmail, and the ministry gave way to the flying bug. While building stick-and-tissue flying models, Sam decided at a young age the only way he was going to be able to fly was to join the service, preferably the Navy. At some point, Sam built a crystal set radio which added an interest in electronics to his fascination with aviation.

The family moved to Savannah, Georgia for better work opportunities for Sam’s father, and it was in Savannah that Sam attended elementary through high school, graduating from Savannah High in 1947. It was also in Savannah where Phyllis Epperson, then 14 and visiting family in Savannah, first saw her future husband, then age 16, emerging from a chicken coop after cleaning it.

Sam applied for appointment to the US Naval Academy and was chosen as an alternate. At seventeen, not convinced an appointment would come through, his parents signed for him to enlist. Sam used to tell of getting on the train in Savannah that winter, wearing a light coat that that was fine for Georgia weather, and his shock at getting off the train in an Illinois winter for the last part of his trip to Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Depending on when he told the story, the snow was anywhere from ankle deep to knee deep.

While at Great Lakes, Sam received his appointment and proceeded to Annapolis by way of the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland. He graduated in the Class of 1952. Sam and Phyllis dated throughout his four years at the Naval Academy, marrying in 1953. USS Coral Sea, Pensacola, Jacksonville (VP-5), Monterey (Naval Postgraduate School), Washington DC, North Island, Okinawa (VP-4), North Island again, Annapolis, Norfolk, and Philadelphia. It was a Navy life. Sam and Phyllis’ son, Scott, was born in 1955, in Jacksonville. Sam’s favorite duty station was Annapolis, where he taught classes and coached the Shields sailing team.

After twenty-two years in the Navy, he retired with the rank of Commander in 1974, and Sam and Phyllis returned to Coronado. Out of the Navy, Sam worked in the computer industry at SAIC and Cubic Corporation. He became a long-time member of the Optimist Club of Coronado and volunteered as a tax preparer on Coronado and at Naval Base San Diego. Sam retired from Cubic in 1995 and he and Phyllis took the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Alaska, the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Sam’s love of airplanes took them to the EAA airshow in Oshkosh several times. In 2000, their son Scott married Nancy Freeman, and in 2005 Sam and Phyllis’ granddaughter Cecelia was born. Phyllis Walker passed away in 2013, and in 2015 Sam moved from Coronado to Evanston, Illinois to be closer to his Son’s family. Sam died on March 31, 2018, after a long illness.

Sam’s family will remember him for his wide-ranging interests, voracious reading, and a rye sense of humor. He is survived by his brother Bill, son Scott, daughter-in-law Nancy, and granddaughter Cecelia. Donations in Sam’s name may be made to Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society through their website.

Visitation was at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 on April 12, 2018, and the funeral service was at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122 on April 13, 2018.

Samuel Bruce Walker


Passing of VP-4 Vet AE1 Alan K. Harrod VP-4 1981 – 1984

I recently received a note that another VP-4 vet has passed away.  I located the following obituary for AE1 Alan K. Harrod who served in VP-4 from 1981 to 1984 as a Flight Engineer on Crew 1.


Alan Kimberly Harrod, a long time resident of Beeville, Texas passed away peacefully on May 2, 2017, at the age of 63, surrounded by family and friends.  He was born in Cherry Point, NC on June 14, 1953, to Ronald Harrod and Joy (Aucoin) Harrod.

Alan graduated from Hoover High school in San Diego CA and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer in the field of electrical aviation. He excelled in the field of electronics and mechanics thru out his life and was considered a Jack of all trades and Master of all.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer (Ramirez) Harrod; daughter Vanessa and Paul Kramer of Vista, CA; grandchildren Westley and Piper Kramer; parents Ronald and Simone Harrod; sisters Roxane and husband Arlo Anderson, Laurie Harrod and Christine Dansereau; Kareen and husband Sameer Bhasin, Sabrina Lee; Grace Vanderhagen, Javier Ramirez and family; the Butchart family and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beeville, TX, at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Saint Joseph Catholic Church Beeville, Saint Joseph’s Charities, noting “Alan Harrod’s Memorial Fund”.

Arrangements were made by Galloway and Sons Funeral home.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AMH3 Darvin E.Taylor VP-4 1962 – 1966

Darvin Taylor
(May 16, 1944 – July 24, 2017)

Darvin Edward Taylor, 73, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born in Pierce County and had lived most of his life in Wayne and Long Counties. He was retired from ITT Rayonier in Jesup as a shift supervisor with 39 years of service. A US Navy veteran, he was a member of The Enforcers Motorcycle Club and a devoted, God-fearing family man. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanton and Lois Taylor.

Survivors are his daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Robert Hughes of Ludowici; son, Terry Taylor of Ludowici; step-daughter, Elizabeth Smith of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelyn Chapman and Barbara and Eddie Dasher of Ludowici; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 27 at 1:30 PM at the Howard Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Georgia Veteran’s Cemetery in Glennville.

Active pallbearers will be Jim Chapman, Russ Mitcham, Lee Mitcham, Jose Fuentes, Ryan Herndon, and Zach Thorn.

Honorary pallbearers will be The Enforcers Motorcycle Club members.

Remembrances are suggested to The Enforcers Club, 32 Spaniel Trail, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

Family and friends may sign the online register at

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.

Darvin worked in Maintenance Control in 1962 and later worked in Airframes.

Guest book available at

Passing of VP-4 Vet CDR Earl C. Carpenter USN (Ret) VP-4 1960 – 1962

I want to let you and the VP-4 Community know that CDR Earl C. Carpenter passed away on May 19 in Norman, Oklahoma, of natural causes.  He was comfortable and surrounded by family.
Even I remember the early 60’s in Naha when Dad was in VP-4.  It was an important time for him and he treasured it for his entire life.  Dad was on Crew 4 and Crew 7 and served as the Maintenance Officer.  Your recent communications to him provided a reminder of the important work he had done and of the enduring friendships he made.
As a VP-4 Alumni myself thanks for your work keeping the squadron informed.  Please pass this information to those members you feel will be interested.
Thanks.  Carp
John Carpenter, CDR USN (Ret)
carp @
Earl Chester Carpenter, Jr.
May 7, 1925 – May 19, 2017
Earl C. Carpenter, Jr., 92, of Norman, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. Memorial Services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, May 26, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Services are under the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home.
Published in The Norman Transcript
Havenbrook Funeral Home
Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet LCDR Richard S. Kure USNR (Ret) VP-4 1952 – 1954

My name is Peter Kure and I am the son of Lieutenant Commander Richard Kure who I believe was in VP4 Squadron.  I was going through his email and I came across this message.
I am sad to report my father himself passed away back on April 30.  He had a renal failure for the last several years and broke a hip in February.  He never quite recovered from that.
In any event, if I can ask you to let the rest of the VP4 group know of his passing I’d appreciate it!  Thanks in advance!
Peter Kure
Richard Svend Kure passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017, in Petaluma, CA at the age of 88. He attended Ross Grammar School, Tamalpais High School (’47) and UC Berkeley (’56). He served his country during the Korean War as a Naval Aviator; retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He is survived by his son Peter Kure (Larisa) of San Francisco, CA, daughter Nicole Kure-Hill (David) of Novato, CA, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Depot Hotel Restaurant in Sonoma, CA on June 8, 2017, from 12 PM to 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County. “Four years flying the unfriendly skies of the Western Pacific.”
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 14, 2017

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AFCM Zane F. Turgeon USN (Ret) VP-4 1957 – 1961





Zane worked in Power Plants During his tour in VP-4 he advanced from AD1 to ADC.

Zane Francis Turgeon

Birth: Feb. 19, 1929

Death: Dec. 6, 2015

Zane F. Turgeon is the ninth of ten children.

After graduating from high school in 1947, he joined the US Navy, and spent nearly 24 years serving our country. He retired as Master Chief, AFCM in 1970 with many achievements and awards.

He began a second career with Fresno County. After 14 years of employment, he retired as a Supervising Rehabilitation Specialist in 1985.

He was preceded in death by Juanita, his wife of 63 years; his parents and eight of his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his eight children; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his sister, Beatrice LeMair, and many nieces and nephews.

A Recitation of the Holy Rosary and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church 4870 E. Belmont, Fresno on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hinds Hospice.

Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 12, 2015





Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet AOC Bill Parris USN (Ret) VP-4 1962 – 1965

Bill was the Ordnanceman in Crew 6 and was in the AO shop while in VP-4. He also served in VP-42 and VP-45.

Bill Parris, age 83, of Ellijay, GA passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at his home. Mr. Parris was born on July 7, 1933, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late William Lester Parris and Lillie Davis Parris. He was retired from the United States Navy and was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Sowers Parris of Ellijay, GA; stepdaughters and their husbands, Gale and John Dover of Clarksville, GA, Judy and Maborn Worley of Cornelia, GA, Joan Burch of Ellijay, GA, Melodie Colbert of Blue Ridge, GA, Teresa and Norman Norwood of Blairsville, GA, and Glenda and Danny Crooke of Ellijay, GA; sister, Ruby Sowers of Blue Ridge, GA; nephews, Max Parris and Bill Sowers both of Blue Ridge, GA; 15 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. from the Akins Chapel with Norman Norwood and Rev. Ed O’Neal officiating. Music will be by Lori O’Neal. Pallbearers will be Buck Dover, Josh Dover, John Dover, William Lee Parris, Eric Sowers, and Nathan Sowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Savage, David English, Michael Grier, and Terry Davis. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service hour of 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. from the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with military honors by the United States Navy. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.





Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet ADC William O. Tuite USN (Ret) VP-4 1978 – 1982

Bill served in VP-4 from 1978 to 1982 flying as a Flight Engineer.

TUITE, William Oliver, of Hackensack, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the age of 69 years. He served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He then went on to work for General Electric Company in Italy, France, Lynn Massachusetts and White Plains, NY as an engineer. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R. C. Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Beloved husband of Carla M. (nee Viola). Loving father of Michele Brown and her husband Tommy of Jacksonville and David Osimo and his wife Laia of Barcelona, Spain. Cherished grandfather of Kristin, Justin, Theti, Fiamma, Ona and Maria. Dearest brother of the late Thomas Tuite. The funeral on Saturday, December 31st [2016], at 9:15 AM from the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 34 Maple Avenue, Hackensack with cremation following at Cedar Lawn Crematory. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 – 9 PM. The family prefers in lieu of flowers that you honor his memory with a memorial donation to the John Theu-rer Cancer Center, 92 Second Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. To send condolences, directions, or further information visit
Published in The Record on Dec. 29, 2016
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Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager

Passing of VP-4 Vet YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

glasscock-leland-r-2 YN2 Leland R. Glasscock VP-4 1982 – 1985

Leland Randall Glasscock of Mountain View, Missouri was born November 28, 1962 in Catania, Italy and went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his home in Mountain View. He was the son of Leland Rosco and Ruby Christine (Mullenax) Glasscock, who precede him in death.

He was united in marriage to Thresa Ann Moores on May 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two children were born to this union, Leland Andrew and Christine Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Thresa Ann; one son, Leland Andrew Glasscock and wife, Chelsea, of Mountain View; one daughter, Christine Lynn Kimbrough and husband, Cody, of Birch Tree, Missouri; one brother, Steve Glasscock of Washington; and one grandson, Remington Duke Kimbrough, on the way.

Leland grew up in Alabama, where he entered service in the U.S. Navy in 1982. After serving his country for five years, he was honorably discharged having received the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two Bronze Stars.

Leland was a Boy Scout Leader for his son’s troop and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #637. He was currently the manager of RNR Tire Express in West Plains, Missouri. He loved just about anything that had to do with the outdoors including golfing, camping, and woodworking.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Masonic funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made Masonic Lodge #637. Condolences may be expressed at