Category Archives: Fallen Shipmates

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

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

Myers, G.D.
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

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

AT1 Gary A. Nelson VP-4 1966 – 1969

During his tour in VP-4, Gary served as Radio Operator or 1st Tech on Crew 12 and Crew 5.  After his time in the Navy, Gary went to work for the FAA and retired from there.

Fallen ShipmateGary was born in Nov 1944 and passed away on 15 May 2013. He thought he had food poisoning, however it was his appendix.  He did not go to the hospital in time and it ruptured. They couldn’t fight the infection.
It was all very sudden and quick!!
His funeral is on June 27,2013 @ 11 AM At Willamette National Cemetery  in Portland, Oregon.
Condolence cards can be sent to:
Trevan & Jill Nelson
335 S. 7th St.
Saint Helens, OR 97051

CDR George R. HENRY VP-4 1961-62

 

Henry, George R. 1

I just received the following email from Dana Henry Young, daughter of George R. Henry, who served as Crew 7 PPC and Quality Control Officer while assigned to VP-4 during 1961 and 1962.

 

 

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This is Dana Henry Young, George’s daughter.  It is with great sorrow that I inform you that tonight (28 May 2013, Tues, 10:30pm) at his home, your dear Navy buddy, George, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior.
I will be arriving in Hot Springs Village tomorrow to be with Mom, my brother, Richard and my sister, Sharon.   Feel free to call me at [removed for OPSEC] later in the day if you would like share your condolences.  Not sure what shape Mom will be in since Dad was her rock but if she is taking calls I will put you through.
I am praying Dad’s contact list is still on his computer when I arrive.  Please share this news with any other Navy friends of Dad’s that aren’t on this email.  He loved you all so much and cherished the friendships he made with each of you.
If you have any G rated stories you want to share with the family, please feel free to email me.  If you have R rated stories, you can send them to me and I will share them with Richard. J  Dad and Richard were best friends, please keep him in your prayers as well.
Since Dad became ill, as a family we were by Dad’s side through 2 hospital visits (2.5 months each) and 2 rehab stays (2 months each) + time at brother’s home and their beautiful home in Hot Springs Village for a total of 17 months.
The 10 months that I was helping care for Dad was the best time of my life.  I am so grateful that I had this precious time with my sweet Daddy.
If you want to send Mom a card, her address is:
Email Database @ vp4association . com for address information
Mom’s email is denehenry @ yahoo . com
All our love,
Dene, Sharon, Richard and Dana
Henry, George R. - Mom Dad Christmas 2012 Henry, George R. - Mom and Dad Officer Club

Larry Hames
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
database @ vp4association . com
(503) 688-9804