Category Archives: Fallen Shipmates

Rothman, David L. MS1 USN (Ret) VP-4 1974 – 1977

Fallen ShipmateMS1 David L. Rothman served in VP-4 as AW3 then AW2 from 1974 to 1977. He flew with Crew 11
MS1 David L. Rothman – US Navy Veteran, Susanville, CA The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited by the family of fallen US Navy Veteran, MS1 David L. Rothman, to stand and honor during his Interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. 96130. MS1 David L. Rothman served his country proudly from 21 Dec 1973 to 30 Apr 1994. MS1 David L. Rothman entered the US Navy at the end of the Vietnam War and served as an Aircraft Acoustic Operator flying in US Navy P-3’s. Later in his career, he became an instructor in Anti Submarine Warfare until his separation in Apr 1994. After serving in the US Navy, David Rothman was actively involved with the VFW and American Legion in Susanville, serving as the Van Ride Coordinator for Veterans needing travel arrangements to the VA Hospital in Reno, NV. until his retirement. MS1 David L. Rothman was a proud US Navy veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family, he will be missed by many.”

Victoria Rothman loving wife of David Rothman died on November 13, 2014 after a long battle with Lung Disease.
While flying as an AW, Dave was assigned to VP-4 (74-77), VP-6 (78-82), VP-31 (82-85) and VP-48 (85-89)

Passing of VP-4 Vet Richard L. TODD AN VP-4 1963 – 1965

Todd, Richard L. 2 Todd, Richard L. 1Richard Lee Todd, born May 4, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, resident of Santa Barbara County, California for the last 34 years, passed away January 12, 2015 in Santa Barbara at the age of 69. He is survived by his spouse, Katharina Todd, their daughter, Elizabeth Wright, a son and daughter from a previous marriage, Michael, Ginger and step-daughter Tammy, as well as a younger sister, Patricia Tiffany, four older brothers, Ralph, George, Robert and James Todd and their families.

Richard grew up in Redondo Beach, California, attending Aviation High School. He enlisted in the Navy for three years on May 14, 1962, serving in VP-4 from Feb 1963 to Mar 1965 as an Airman working in Power Plants. His tour took him to Washington, Hawaii and Okinawa.

Richard’s civilian life in California included working for two different telephone companies as an installer, ten years as Assistant Ground Crew Chief of Goodyear Airship Operations (the “Blimp”) in Carson, and twenty years as an Assistant Manager for his oldest brother Ralph’s plumbing business, Todd Pipe & Supply in Buellton.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 17, at Loper Funeral Chapel with Military Funeral Honors rendered at the graveside at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. Family and friends gathered at the Mendenhall Museum afterwards in Buellton.

Residing in Solvang, California, for the last 33 years, Richard loved fishing, gardening, genealogy, poetry and tinkering with old radios and clocks. Above all else he loved his family and made it his life’s mission to make sure they were happy. His sense of humor and his unconditional willingness to help others will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations can be made to Richard’s favorite charity, Camp del Corazon (campdelcorazon.org) (818-754-0312).
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newspress/obituary.aspx?pid=173862090

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

Passing of VP-4 Vet Harry Hill HUDGINS LCDR USN (Ret) VP-4 1947 – 1949

July 25, 1928 – June 09, 2013

Fallen ShipmateLCDR Harry Hill Hudgins, 84, retired from USN as Aviation Maintenance Instructor passed away June 9, 2013. He is survived by his children, Richard Hudgins (Diane Deason), Carol Perry (Mike), Susan Rinehart (Bill) and Mark Hudgins (Angela). Also the mother of his children Sally Hudgins, and longtime companion, Lela Willette. He leaves four grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Bartlett Funeral Home, 5803 Stage Rd, Bartlett, TN has charge of services. Visitation Wednesday, June 12 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, June 13, from 6-7 p.m. with memorial service following. Interment will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, TN.
Harry enlisted in the Navy 13 Nov 1946 at the age of 18. He served in VP-4 from 1947 to 1949 as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He left the enlisted ranks on 25 June 1958 when he was commissioned an ENS LDO Aviation Maintenance Officer. His career progressed in that field and led to his advancement to LCDR on 1 July 1967.

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

Passing of VP-4 Vet Howard “Rex” Lincoln AFCM USN (Ret) VP-4 1965 – 1969

Howard Lincoln 1965 -1969 Howard Lincoln 1965 -1969Howard “Rex” Lincoln, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away Oct. 8, 2012. The eldest of two sons, he was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Winfield, Kan., to Marcella and Weldon Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his mother. Rex served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, retiring as command master chief of the USS Abraham Lincoln. While in the U.S. Navy, he lived all over the country, as well as in Italy, leaving an indelible mark on everyone he met. He spent the last 10 years in Las Vegas. He is survived by his father, Weldon “Abe” Lincoln of Las Vegas; his wife, of 35 years, Suzanna Lincoln; sons, Joshua Lincoln of Las Vegas, and Thomas Lincoln of New York City; brother, Weldon “Linc” Lincoln (Cindy) of Ione, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family whom he loved. His many friends and family will all miss his wit, humor and keen intellect. He’s gone too soon. There will be a private family service and Naval burial at sea.

While serving in VP-4, Rex was an ADJ1 flying as a Flight Engineer on Crew 11 on the 1967 deployment and on Crew 2 during the 68-69 deployment.

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

Passing of VP-4 Vet Stephen S. MELNICK AO2 VP-4 1966 – 1970

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Stephen Melnick(February 05, 1948 – December 27, 2014), 66, of Port Richey, Florida, died December 27, 2014.

He was a US Navy, Viet Nam Veteran and is survived by his companion, Lorraine; sons, Peter and Rob; brothers, Bruce, Peter; sister, Rita Ventura; and 8 grandchildren.
While assigned to VP-4, Stephen, known to his friends as “Toad”, flew as Ordnanceman on Crew 5.
Visitation was on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. There was a service at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Condolences may be posted at http://www.prevattfuneralhome.com/obit.php

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

Passing of VP-4 Vet Howard J. Krogh AO1 VP-4 1951 – 1955

I received the sad news yesterday that another VP-4 Vet has passed away.


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Howard J. Krogh died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center on
August 20, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born to Howard P. and Hazel J. Krogh in Kennewick, Washington, on June 19, 1923. After his parents divorced when he was 4, Howard and his sister were raised by their father in Omak, Washington, and his two brothers went to live with their mother.

Howard worked as a dairy hand in Omak before joining the US Navy in February 1941. He served his country during World War II and the Korean War and was awarded several good conduct medals. It was in the navy that he learned to identify any ocean based on its color and chop, a skill he was quick to remind folks of.

Although described by his commanding officer in 1959 as “an excellent leader, firm in decision, and yet considerate and understanding,” Howard was perhaps best known for his sense of humor. He was a witty joker who sent original, and sometimes ribald, poetry to his appreciative siblings and friends.

Howard retired from active duty in 1960 as an Aviation Ordnanceman First Class. He spent the next 27 years employed by Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., first in Sunnyvale, California, and later in Austin, Texas. Howard was a skilled bowler, carpenter, and fisherman. During his California days, he enjoyed time spent with good friends at Lake McClure, especially when it involved his beloved Boston Whaler.

Howard and the love of his life, Julia Bell, married in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1949. They spent the next 65 years together, mainly residing in Austin, Texas.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roy Krogh and Glen Krogh, sister Blanche (Krogh) Hastings, and nephew Steve Krogh. He is survived by his wife Julia Krogh, daughter Holly Krogh and her husband Ross Whitwam, grandkids Lucy Whitwam and Henrietta Krogh, as well as several nieces and a nephew. His family feels fortunate that before his death Howard had the opportunity to reconnect with his nieces Sharon (Krogh) Pearson and Judie (Hastings) Doonan. The family also appreciates the care provided by the wonderful staff at Querencia Barton Creek during his short residency there.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Querencia Barton Creek on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 2:00 P.M.

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

Batey, William S. W. LCDR USN (Ret) VP-4 1954 – 1955

Batey, William S. W.Lt. Cmdr. William S. Batey, 93, passed away July 4, 2014; quick with a joke, quick with a smile. Bill Batey was born August 9, 1920 in Lewis, Delaware. He served our country proudly in both World War II and The Korean Conflict. While serving in the Pacific, his supervisors gave their difficult students to Bill, teaching them how to fly from aircraft carriers.
While teaching them he found out two things about himself, the first, was the naval officer’s lack of math expertise needed, and second, that he was both good at teaching and enjoyed teaching others. This began his second career.
After retiring from the Navy, he went back to the University of Texas earning his teaching credentials and began teaching math to middle school students. He kept teaching on & on. In fact, he was ‘Educator of the Year’ in 1991-1992.
Bill finally retired at the age of 81 years young. He left a positive imprint those who came in contact with him and on those he taught.
May Bill rest in peace with his wife, Jane and daughter, Barbara.
Family links:
Spouse:
Mary Jane Batey (1923 – 2006)
Children:
Barbara Anne Batey Chakales (1944 – 2011)*

Pezzei, Engelbert G. CAPT USN (Ret) VP-4 1962 – 1964

Pezzei, Engelbert 01 Pezzei, Engelbert 02CAPT Engelbert G. Pezzei USN (Ret) passed away in early June 2014. His daughter, Alice Tanita, told me that there is no additional info and an obituary was not published.

He was a LCDR and PPC of crew 5 while he served in VP-4 fron 1962 to 1964. He graduated from the School of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College in June of 1967. His later tours included duty as the Navigation Officer aboard USS Forrestal CVA-59 and as SECURITY/ADMIN OFFICER on the staff of GEN A.M. HAIG, JR., US ARMY SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE. CAPT Pezzei retired 1 Sept 1975.

Photos are from VP-4 1962 Cruise Book and CVA-59 1971 Cruise book.

Wilcox, Gary D. AT3 VP-4 1957 – 1962

Wilcox 1958 Wilcox, Gary D.Gary Wilcox, 75, of Oakland, died May 23, 2014, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Roy and Gladys Lichty Wilcox and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as an AT3 in VP-4 from 1957 to 1962.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Roy Michael.

Mr. Wilcox is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Jerri” Wilcox; his daughter, Suzanne (Jeff) of Lewisburg, Tenn.; his sister, Arlene Davis, Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Heidi and Valin; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Visitation for Mr. Gary Wilcox will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cone Funeral Home, with the funeral service at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. The family has chosen cremation.

Passing of VP-4 Vet Thomas, Robert V. VP-4 1952 – 1954

Fallen ShipmateWhile searching for VP-4 vets to notify about our upcoming reunion, I ran across this sad news. I have not found an obituary or contact info for any family members.

I had Bob in our database but have no info about his Rank/ rating or duties in the squadron.  If anyone remembers him, please send any info you have about him.

Robert (Bob) V. Thomas, 92, of Yuba City, CA, passed away on May 11, 2014. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, Inc., (530) 673-9542.

His wife, Barbara L. Thomas, 76 of Yuba City passed away December 19, 2013.

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database@vp4association.com

CDR BARNETT, Gordon Richard – USN (Ret) – CO VP-4 1962 – 1963

CDR Barnett and COsBARNETT, CDR Gordon Richard  USN (Ret) CO VP-4 1962 – 1963 passed away 28 Jan 2014.  Gordon R. Barnett joined the Navy in 1942.  After earning his wings and commissioning, he served as a pilot with Composite Squadron 15, Torpedo Squadron 97, Torpedo Squadron 44 and Air Development Squadron 1.  Later assignments included tours in VP-21 and VP-45.  Graduation from General Line School at Newport was followed by a tour as an instructor at the Aerial Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia.  A tour on the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wings, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Aerial Mining Officer and Advanced Undersea Weapons Officer followed.  After a tour at the training command at Pensacola, he reported in 1957 to Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Allowance/Complement Officer for the Pacific Fleet.  In March 1959 his career in ASW patrol plane aviation was renewed with a tour as Administrative Officer of VP-28 followed by a tour as Executive Officer of VP-31 and culminated by a tour as Commanding Officer of VP-4.  He retired shortly after completing that tour.
A celebration of his life was held at 10:00am on 8 Feb 2014 at the Alamo City Church, 6500 IH 35N, San Antonio, TX 78218.

ADAMS, ATC Charles David. VP-4 1971-1975

Fallen ShipmateADAMS, ATC Charles David, age 61, passed away March 25, 2013 in San Antonio. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy.  Known as “Dave” while assigned to VP-4 from 1971 to 1975, he flew with several crews as an Inflight Technician.  He was a former Scout Master with Troop 513. Mr. Adams was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, TX, and served with the Guadalupana Society. He is survived by his wife, Nora Adams; Sons and Daughters-in-law: Matthew & Kari Adams, Andrew & Anne Adams; Daughter, Allison Adams; Brothers: Mike and Norman Adams; Sisters: Judi Tometich and Jaime Kindermann; Also surviving are 3 Grandsons: Landry, Garrett, and Luke.
Burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas

Swanson, Ronald R. LCDR USN (Ret) VP-4 1949 – 1950

Swanson, Ronald R.Ronald R. Swanson passed away April 8, 2014. Ron was born in Tacoma, Washington July 30, 1926 to Fred and Helen Swanson. Ron had one brother Carl who preceded him in death. Ron was a career Navy man who enlisted at the age of 17 in 1943. Ron earned his Combat Air Crewman wings and was assigned to a torpedo squad where he served throughout the war. Serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam he earned his commission as Ensign and retired as a Lt. Commander. Ron served on the East and West coasts, Asiatic and Mediterranean fleets. In Ron’s retirement he enjoyed his home with his lovely wife Belva and beloved dog Ole. Ron was an avid gardener and a graduate Master Gardener. He enjoyed his greenhouse, yard and large garden sharing his “bounty” with friends and neighbors. For several years he operated a “freebie” veggie stand meeting and greeting all who stopped by. Ron also loved wood working in his shop. Ron is survived by his wife Belva, dog Ole, daughter Sandy (Steve) Davenport, son Ron (Cel) Jr. of Florida, 3 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The family wants to thank Avamere Bellingham Health and Rehabilitation for their wonderful care. At Ron’s request there will not be a service.

Published in Bellingham Herald on Apr. 20, 2014

AT3 Gerald D. “Gary” Myers VP-4 1959 – 1961

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VP-4 Vet Gerald Duane “Gary” Myers passed away on 8 March 2014.  He served as Radio Operator on Crew 1 during 1959 to 1961.
Military Services are set for Gary Myers cremains on April 11. 1330 Hours at:
Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 SE 240th Street
Kent, WA 98042-4868
Phone: 425-413-9614
His daughter, Deborah Kuno, has not yet decided on where contributions in Gary’s name are to be sent.
Condolence cards may be sent to:
Ms. Deborah Kuno
25135 110th Pl SE Apt B
Kent, WA 98030-6478
Watch this site for more info and to leave messages in Guestbook.

Passing of CWO4 Kent H. GUNN USN (Ret) VP-4 1978 – 1982

Fallen Shipmate

CW04 Kent Harold Gunn USN Ret. 75 of Covington passed away 2/18/2014 and is now with our Lord. A service celebrating his life will be held at Bethel Christian Church in Conyers on March 23rd 2014 at 2:00pm.

Kent was born and raised in Monroe. He was a Graduate of Monroe High School Class of 56, University of West Florida Batchelor of Science 1974. Kent proudly served his country for thirty years in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. He Owned and Operated Gunn Brothers Truss Company of Covington from 1987 to 2003.

Kent was preceded in Death by Jessie Harold Gunn (father), Gladys Virginia McClure (Mother) He is Survived by Rick and Robin Haynes (daughter) of Conyers, Michael Kent Gunn (son) of Conyers, Alvin and Robin Gunn (brother) of Covington, James and Joyce Gunn of Rutlege (brother), Grand Daughters Megan Brown, Shannacy Morton and Jada Gunn. Great Grand Daughter Keiley Morton. In Lieu of flowers family request donations to Bethel Christian Church. 1930 Bethel Rd. NE Conyers, GA 30012.

 

Condolence cards may be sent to his son, Michael, who has posted several pictures of “Gunner” on the VP-4 Veterans Association on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/VP4Vets/

 

Mr. Michael K. Gunn

2725 Westminister Ln.

Conyers, Ga. 30012

CDR Melvyn “Mel” Maxwell BROWN VP-4 Veteran 1954 – 1956

Melvyn BrownMelvyn “Mel” Maxwell Brown passed away December 4, 2013 in Carlsbad, CA. He was born in Lanty, Arkansas on January 7, 1921. Mel was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the Navy after 27 years as a Commander, USN, Pilot. After retiring from the Navy, he was a real estate broker in San Diego County for over 20 years. Mel is survived by Ruth, his wife of 58 years; and his two children, Nancy Cook and family of Redwood City, CA and Ken Brown and family of Carlsbad, CA. Two grandchildren, Amy Buckley of Richland, MI, and Eric Brown of Oceanside, CA, also survive him. The memorial service will be at 11a.m. on December 17 at Miramar National Cemetery with full military honors.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 15, 2013

CMDR. ALBERT L. DODSON VP-4 Veteran 1951-1953 – CO 1952-1953

Fallen ShipmateMemorial Services were Saturday at the George Belton Chapel, for retired Navy Cmdr. Albert LeRoy Dodson, 76, Raymore, who died April 29, 1992, at Research Belton Hospital.

Dodson was born in Cleveland and returned to this area in 1967. He served in the Navy from 1939 to 1967 and held five commands. He was a test and patrol pilot in World War II. He was a real estate broker for Kroh Brothers.

He attended Central Methodist College, Fayette, MO., and the Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Philipine Liberation Ribbon. He was past president of the Belton Historical Society and the Heart of America chapter of the Retired Officers Association. He was a member of the Navy League, the Quiet Birdmen, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the Association of Naval Aviation, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Disabled American Veterans, the American Meteorological Society and the Harry S. Truman chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a former board member of the Westport Historical Society. He was a Mason and a member of Ararat Shrine. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Raymore.

Survivors include his wife, Jane E. Dodson of the home; three sons, James L. Dodson, Lancaster, Calif., William B. Dodson, Ormond Beach, Fla., and Joseph G. Dodson, La Crescent, Minn.; a sister, Marie Curnett, Raymore; and nine grandchildren.

Burial with military honors will be in the Belton Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Belton Historical Society or the church.

Cyrus S. Lee VP-4 Veteran 1956 -1958

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Passing of VP-4 Vet David T. PITTS CDR USN (Ret) VP-4 1956 – 1958

I was informed by Susan Pitts of the passing of her husband, VP-4 Vet CDR David T. Pitts, who served in VP-4 from 1956 – 1958.
Condolence cards may be sent to :
Mrs. David T. Pitts
715 Chipandie Drive
Augusta, GA 30909
Pitts, David TPitts, David T. 2 AUGUSTA, Ga. – David Terrill Pitts, Sr., beloved husband of Susan B. Pitts, entered into rest July 2, 2013, and in exultation: For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Friends are invited to call at the home July 18th, between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 PM, for a celebration of David’s life. A private family gathering will be held at the Pitts home the morning of July 19th under the leadership of Rev. Alan Smith, Associate Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Known early on as Skipper, and later as Davey, his youth was spent in a happy, competitive, and seemingly unwashed pursuit of fun, sports and adventure. He and his brother Petey were deprived of nothing since their parents had nothing, nothing material, but an abundance of love, and a concerted quest for excellence in education, more than made up for it. In addition to his wife of 33 years, other survivors are sons: LTC David Terrill Pitts, Ret. (Melissa), Augusta, GA; Rowland Whitney Pitts (Ryma), Bristow, VA; LTC Esli Terrill Pitts (Faith), Ft. Hood, TX; and daughter, Sarah R. Pitts, Augusta, GA; grandchildren: Chelsie of Auburn, WA; Sean and Kellie of Augusta, GA; Jessica and Angel, of Bristow, VA; Ashley and Alyssa, Ft. Hood, TX, Kelly and Veronica of Everett, WA; great-grandchildren: Lucas and Blaine; sister-in-law, Jocelyn Milner Pitts, Pasadena, CA, and nephews: Dr. Andrew Pitts (Sara), Dover, DE and Jonathan Pitts (Jiho), Baltimore, MD; niece, Amy Pitts Buckner (Matthew), Pasadena, CA; great-nephews: Will and Hank; and great-niece: Johanna. Also survived by special furry friend, Butch, and special family friend, Wesley T. Pearson (daughter’s companion). He was preceded in death by parents: Ferris Newcomb and Florence Austin Morris Pitts of Webster Groves, MO; brother: Dr. Ferris N. (Pete) Pitts, Jr. of Pasadena, CA; and former wife, Mary Ann Barden Pitts of Oak Harbor, WA; and son, Thomas Barden Pitts (Tanya), of Everett, WA. After graduating from Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School in Maplewood, MO, he received a full scholarship to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in English and Naval Science. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree from the University of South Carolina where he enjoyed a year’s attendance with his wife. Upon completion of flight training at Pensacola, FL, he was designated a Naval Aviator and he experienced a variety of squadron assignments culminating in duties as a fighter pilot, primarily flying his favorite aircraft, the McDonnell-Douglass F-4 Phantom II. He was interested in aviation safety and completed a twenty-six year career without accident or injury, which led to a job as acceptance test pilot at the Rockwell International production facility at Columbus, OH. David and Susan were married in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. After arriving in Augusta, David became the Naval Science Instructor at both Westside and Glenn Hills High Schools, and the couple found a wonderful community of loving friends through their church home: Aldersgate United Methodist. Once both became librarians, David and Susan were affiliated with several local libraries. Their primary pursuit was Christian mission work, and their greatest achievement will always remain putting down family roots in their adopted hometown, Augusta, GA. Loving thanks and recognition to the following individuals and organizations for their unmatched professional care: Dr. Nasha Nayak and staff of the Georgia Health Sciences Cancer Center; Dr. Roger Fincher, Gastroenterology Dept., and Dr. Derek Baudoin, Family Care Center, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Thanks and appreciation also to Augusta Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, of which David was a founding member; Magnolia Garden Club; College Hill Chapter, DAR; Susannah Wesley Circle, Good News Gospel Choir, Leigh Cupp, the Youth Group under Shelly Martin, and the rest of our church family at Aldersgate. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Military Missions, Aldersgate U.M.C., 3185 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 7, 2013

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

Passing of VP-4 Vet AFCM Quinten T. Starren USN (Ret) VP-4 1959 – 1960

Starren, Quinten T. ADCSLarry Scott, who served as an AK-3 in VP-4 from 1961-62, sent me a note about a 1959-1960 VP-4 Cruise Book available for purchase on Ebay.  He queried the seller about the source of the book and was told that it came from the estate of Quinten T. Starren who served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1972.
Quinten T. Starren served as an ADCS in VP-4 during 1959 – 1960 and retired as an AFCM in 1972.  He may have served longer in VP-4 but I could only find him in the 1959-60 Cruise Book and have no other record of him.
I located the following obituary.
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Quinten T Starren
Birth: Mar. 6, 1923
Death: Sep. 2, 2012
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Quinten T. Starren
Posted on: September 4, 2012
Brainerd Dispatch
Quinten T. Starren, 89, Lower Sylvan Lake resident, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Essentia-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born March 6, 1923, in Warroad, Minn., to Erick and Esther (Toombs) Starren. He was a graduate of Warroad High School. Quinten served in the US Navy for 30 years, retiring in 1972.
Surviving are his daughter, Diane Valenti, of Arkansas; and grandson, Patrick; and great-grandson, Alek.
His wife Clarisa died in 2010.
Graveside services with military honors will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Nelson-Doran Funeral Home & Crematory

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