Sorry to have to pass along this sad news from Dee Perry, Billy’s daughter.
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Sorry to have to pass along this sad news from Dee Perry, Billy’s daughter.
Ray served as Plane Captain on Crew 3 in 1959/1960. After his advancement to ADC he worked in Power Plants.
After his tour in VP-4 he transferred to Attack Squadron 122 at USNAS Moffett Field and USNAS Lemoore. He retired October 1963, settling in San Jose, California. Ray then spent the next 28 years in the private sector working for FMC Corp. and ESD Corp.
Upon retiring from the private sector Ray and his family moved to Mission Viejo, California where he passed away 4/21/16
No obituary has been published. Condolence cards may be sent to:
Mrs. Raymond F. Newhouse
21952 Buena Suerte Apt 154
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-3928
Tommy was an AE2 flying as Flight Engineer on Crew 8 in 1967 and AE1 on Crew 9 in 1968-69.
Command Master Chief Tommy Jones Templeton Jr., 73, of Lawton, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Oklahoma City.
A memorial service with military honors for U.S Navy, Command Master Chief T.J. Templeton will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
T.J. was born May 22, 1943, in Bastrop, Texas, to Evie Boatright Templeton and Tom Jones Templeton, who preceded him in death, as did his sister, Joyce Marie.
T.J. is survived by his wife of 37 years, Birdie Domebo Templeton, of Lawton; two stepchildren: Kevin Squarcia and Monica Lannon; five grandchildren of California; his son, Eric of Washington; daughter, Theresa of Texas; brother, Bob Boatright; and sister-in-law, Sharon; and many nieces and nephews.
T.J. retired from the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Magu, Calif., as a Command Master Chief in 1992 after 30 years of distinguished service to our nation, earning many awards and medals. He was proud of his 13,000 hours of flying. His awards and medals include Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (5 awards), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Citation (with operational conditions service), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (7 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards), Navy Artic Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal ( 4 awards).
T.J. never met a stranger and was a great storyteller and fun-loving person who will be missed by many.
“High Flight by John McGee:”
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-Silvered Wings, Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung high in sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.”
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warriors.
Captain Walter David West III USN (Ret) of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Sigsbee Naval Base in Key West, Fla. He was 75 years old.
Walt was born on June 9, 1941, to Walter David West Jr. and Eva Marie Lawton West. He grew up in Utica, N.Y. as the oldest of seven children. Throughout his youth, he worked on the family farm where his parents taught him the values of hard work and determination. He went to college for two years at the State University of New York at Delhi, where he majored in civil engineering. He would later earn his degree at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterrey.
In February of 1963, he finished flight training and accepted a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. During his commission as a Naval Officer, he served in Vietnam and later was Commanding Officer of VP4 and Commanding Officer of Barber’s Point Naval Air Station, Hawaii. He finished his active duty at USSOCOM in Tampa, Fla. He retired in March of 1990.
After retiring from the Navy, he opened what he would cal la non-profit organization – a hardware store in Apollo Beach, Fla. He was then employed by J.A. Jones in Diego Garcia as Director of Base Operations. He completed his working career as Deputy Director of Base Operations at Naval Submarine Base – Kings Bay.
Though many of his proudest moments involved those spent with his family, he was always happy to help his friends, church, community and fellow vets.
An avid traveler, cyclist, and “Mr. Fix It,” Walt’s real and abiding passion were his family and friends. Walt sought to instill in his children and grandchildren a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends, and the power of a smile.
Walt is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Ardy. His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of their three daughters: Terri, Tina and Wendy. He is survived by his three son-in-laws: Charlie, Glen and LaRoy. He will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren: Dustin, Drew, Hannah, Leah and Jessie. He is also survived by each of his brothers and sisters: Peggy, Shirley, Tom, Mike, Ken and Don.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request that donations be sent to the Fisher House and the Salvation Army Hope House on Amelia Island. His service will be held Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 9 N. Sixth St., Fernandina Beach, Fla.
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
By LTJG Matthew Johnston
Patrol Squadron (VP) FOUR participated in the NATO Exercise BALTOPS 16 from 3-18 June. BALTOPS is an annually occurring exercise that is designed to enhance interoperability and demonstrate the ability of partner and allied nations to defend the Baltic region. The Skinny Dragons of VP-4 deployed two Combat Aircrews, 18 aircraft maintenance professionals, and one P-3C Orion to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and established Task Group (CTG) 67.2. Joining the Skinny Dragons as members of CTG 67.2 was a P-8A Poseidon from VP-26, a P-3C from VP-62, and numerous aircraft maintainers from both squadrons. Combat Aircrew Seven (VP-4) also flew one mission out of Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia.
CTG 67.2 aircraft flew 18 missions during the exercise, totally over 67 hours of on station training with NATO and partner forces. The Poseidon and Orion crews flew a diverse set of missions but their primary focus was Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare. The aircrews honed their ASW skills working with three submarines and over 40 surface combatants. The well trained NATO submarine crews and challenging environmental conditions in the Baltic Sea created excellent training opportunities for the P-3C and P-8A aircrews.
“BALTOPS provided our entire team a fantastic training opportunity. The dynamic mission scenarios challenged us and we are now better prepared for combined operations with our NATO allies and partners” remarked Combat Aircrew Ten Mission Commander and Detachment Officer-in-Charge, LCDR Brian Blaschke. “Additionally, a key to our success was our hard working and talented aircraft maintainers; they put our aircrews in a mission ready aircraft every time, on time.”
The Skinny Dragons of VP-4 worked tirelessly to support BALTOPS 16 and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to train with such talented NATO forces and build interoperability. VP-4 looks forward to future operations with NATO allies and partners as we exercise our mutual commitment to Baltic Security.
By: CDR Chris Smith, Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron FOUR
Over the course of one 24 hour period from the 13th through the 14th of June, the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) did something amazing; they launched six different aircraft spread across five different locations around the world on six very different missions.
In Comalapa, El Salvador, the 70 person detachment launched their 35th counter-drug mission of the deployment. The men and women of this detachment work closely with several other units of the Joint Interagency Task Force, South (JIATF-S) to stop the distribution and sale of illegal drugs. Money from the sale of these drugs is often used to support international terrorist organizations and the efforts of JIATF-S have a direct and meaningful impact on national defense. To date, VP-4 has contributed to 21 busts totaling 19,808 kilos of illegal drugs with a street value of over $501,170,000.
VP-4 also has a permanent detachment stationed in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. This team of Skinny Dragons operates in the sweltering heat of Africa to fly overland intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of counter-terrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa. Their flight on this day represented VP-4’s presence on a third continent and demonstrates the P-3C’s ability to operate in extreme conditions.
Simultaneously, VP-4 participated in Exercise BALTOPS 2016 from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. With one aircraft, two aircrews, and 18 maintenance professionals, the detachment is a small part of the large multinational maritime exercise. BALTOPS 2016 included approximately 6,100 maritime, ground, and air force troops from 17 participating nations. The exercise is designed to allow the participants to hone their maritime interdiction, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, and air defense tactics, techniques, and procedures in a combined and joint environment. On this particular day, Combat Aircrew TEN conducted an anti-submarine warfare flight demonstrating the primary mission area of the P-3C Orion.
Operating out of Naval Air Station Rota, Spain, Combat Aircrew FIVE supported by several maintenance professionals provided airborne support for the USS Eisenhower as she made her way into the Mediterranean Sea. This kind of support to a Carrier Strike Group is another critical mission of the P-3C. An airborne P-3C gives the Strike Group Commander visibility on threats beyond his horizon and the ability to destroy those threats if the need arises.
In a rare feat, VP-4 provided support to a second Carrier Strike Group on the same day. Flying out of NAS Sigonella, Italy, Combat Aircrew EIGHT flew in support of the USS Truman as she conducted operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Even in the face of all these rigorous operational demands, the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 made time to continue training for tomorrow’s fight as well. The vision of VP-4 is to “Do right to fight, today and tomorrow”. To do that, the most experienced Sailors of this squadron must pass on the lessons they have learned to the next generation of warriors. On this day, the squadron also executed an important Pilot Training Flight to ensure that the long line of outstanding Skinny Dragon Aviators continues into the future.
Days like this are not unique to this squadron or this moment in history. Days like this represent any given day in the long and venerable history of the mighty P-3C Orion and the entire Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Community.
Skinny Dragons… Breathe Fire.
Ray Frazer, (VP-4 66-69), sent me the sad news of the passing of another Skinny Dragon.
John W. Robertson, ATC, passed at 11:50 AM. June 3, 2016 at the age of 79. CPO Robertson and his wife would have celebrated their 56th Anniversary on June 11, 2016.
While a member of VP-4 John was assigned to AMD Department at Barbers Point, HI and IMA in MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. Photo is from the 1967 cruise book.
John William Robertson, 79, of Olney, died Friday, June 3, 2016, at his residence.
Graveside services with full military rites were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6 in Haven Hill Memorial Garden. Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home in Olney was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Robertson was born March 22, 1937, in Indianapolis, the son of Ray and Kathryn (Ziegner) Robertson. He married Priscilla Robertson on June 11, 1960, in Imperial Valley, Calif. She survives.
John was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. Once he retired, he was employed at West Salem Champion Laboratories for 10 years. He was a member of American Legion in Olney. John enjoyed fishing, operating a ham radio, and woodworking. He took pleasure in camping and photography. John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mr. Robertson is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Priscilla Robertson, of Olney; daughter, Ginger Thoms and husband Mark, of Olney; son, Ray Robertson and wife Isabel, of Olney; son, Kevin Robertson and wife Marna, of Mancelona, Mich.; grandchildren, Nathan, Mandy, and Nick, Heather, Terri, Ale, and Becky, and Angus and Caleb; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Brody, Madison, and Emily; nephew, Mike Myers; and niece, Stacey Sims.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Judy Myers.
Online condolences may be left at www.kistler-patterson.com.
Cards may be sent to:
Mrs. Priscilla Robertson
600 South Baltimore Street
Olney, IL 62450-1750
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
In Memory of
John A Dodd
July 23, 1947 – May 25, 2016
Senior Chief John Allen Dodd II, US Navy Retired died Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Riverdale Cemetery, according to Striffler-Hamby, Phenix City, AL. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Mr. Dodd was born July 23, 1947 in Bethesda, Maryland; son of the late John Allen Dodd, Sr. and Patricia Murphy Dodd. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service and was later retired from IIG Insulation Group with 20 years of service. Mr. Dodd was a member of Central Baptist Church in Phenix City and a member of the Wilson-Williams Masonic Lodge 351. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Greathouse and her husband, Robert Greathouse.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elaine Pearrow Dodd of Phenix City, AL, son; John Allen Dodd, III and his wife, Kristy Ann Dodd of Salem, AL, daughter; Heather Dodd Harris and her husband, Chad Harris of Marietta, GA, sister; Barbara Dodd Galloway and her husband, Morris of Canton, GA, grandchildren; Britny Carter (Anthony), Haley Lynn Dodd, Hannah Nichole Dodd, Brenden Chase Harris, Braxton Cooper Harris, great grandchildren; Sebastian Carter, Kaleb Winslow, Hayden McVay and Rachel Carter.
Please sign the online registry at www.shphenixcity.com
Patrol Squadron FOUR Change of Command
LTJG Matthew Johnston
Public Affairs Officer, VP-4
Commander Jonathan E. Spore was relieved by Commander Christopher E. Smith as Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) on April 21, 2016. The ceremony was held in Hanger 426 on NAS Sigonella, Sicily.
Commander Spore reported to VP-4 in June 2014 as the Executive Officer and relieved Commander Eric M. Hanks as Commanding Officer in June 2015. 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 both the Navy and the Joint Staff. Under his guidance, Patrol Squadron FOUR certainly lived up to their reputation as “Hawaii’s Best.” CDR Spore and the Skinny Dragons set the standard for maritime excellence, completing nine exercises and over 5,000 flight hours during his time as Commanding Officer. In March 2016, he led the way on VP-4’s last P-3C ‘Aloha Deployment’, and the Skinny Dragons are already achieving success executing their mission in the 4th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
CDR Spore’s wife Jennifer and their three children, Mitchell, Landon, and Marion currently live in Hawaii. The family’s remaining time in Hawaii is short however, as Commander Spore has received orders to report to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. The Skinny Dragons bid a fond Aloha and say Mahalo to Commander Spore for his leadership and guidance.
“As a former Skinny Dragon Skipper, there was no way that I would miss this change of command,” stated Captain Steve Newlund, Commodore of Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO (CPRW2). “VP-4 is a premier outfit and has long been ‘Hawaii’s Best.’ Skipper Spore is an outstanding officer and has taken VP-4 to new heights.”
Commander Smith was raised in Brunswick, Maine and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He went on to earn his wings as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) and after completing training at VP-30 in Jacksonville, Florida, Commander Smith reported to the Golden Swordsmen of VP-47. Following his first tour at VP-47, Commander Smith went on to have successful tours at VP-30, the USS JOHN C. STENNIS, Navy Personnel Command, and another tour at VP-47 as a Department Head. As the next Skipper of VP-4, Commander Smith will have the opportunity to lead the Skinny Dragons through the transition to their next Fleet aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.
CDR Smith and his wife Sarah now call Whidbey Island home with their four children Wyatt, Owen, Evan, and Elizabeth. Relieving Commander Smith as Executive Officer is Commander Bryan P. Hager. He is originally from Bangs, Texas and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution. Commander Hager completed flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator in December 2001. His Fleet assignments include tours at VP-16 as a Junior Officer and Department Head, VP-30 as an instructor, a tour on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHHOWER (CVN-69), and lastly a tour with Naval Operations (OPNAV) working to facilitate future transitions to the P-8A. His wife Kristen and their three sons, Kenan, Sladen , and Stetson currently reside in Anacortes, Washington.
Story by LT j.g. Matthew Johnston, VP-4 Public Affairs Officer
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (NNS) — P-3C Orion planes from Patrol Squadron (VP) Four, departed Kaneohe from Marine Corps Base Hawaii for the last time, March 18. The Skinny Dragons of VP-4 began a challenging tri-site deployment to three different areas of responsibility (AORs).
The theme, ‘Aloha Deployment,’ was adopted by VP-4 and its meaning is two-fold. VP-4 says Aloha and Mahalo to their Hawaii home and will be saying Aloha to the P-3C in favor of the P-8A Poseidon.
Since 1964, VP-4 has a long and decorated history as a permanent fixture in Hawaii, so leaving is certainly bittersweet.
Upon return from deployment, VP-4 will execute a permanent duty station change to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington, and transition to the P-8A. The Skinny Dragons began flying the Orion 50 years ago, and the transition to the Poseidon is the next step in ensuring they remain the Navy’s premier maritime squadron.
“This deployment is an exciting time for our squadron and our families,” said VP-4 Commanding Officer Cdr. Jon Spore. “Between the move to Whidbey Island and the upcoming transition to the P-8A Poseidon, we have a lot to look forward to, but remain focused on our immediate goal of completing our last P-3C Orion deployment. That being said, our time in Hawaii was very special and we look forward to making new memories in a new location and with a new aircraft.”
Patrol Squadron Four is the first of three Hawaii-based squadrons to make the move to Whidbey Island and transition to the P-8A, and they will continue their standard of excellence in the new aircraft. The Skinny Dragons are motivated to face that challenge, however, their focus is currently on the deployment and executing the mission.
“VP-4 has enjoyed great success for many years in Hawaii. Our Sailors from today and years gone by have fantastic memories of serving in the Aloha State,” remarked VP-4 Executive Officer Cdr. Christopher Smith. “While it’s bittersweet to leave, we look forward to starting our next chapter in our new home after this deployment. We fondly say Mahalo to this wonderful community for all the great memories.”
After flying the P-3 for 50 years, the Skinny Dragons are committed to ensuring this last Orion ‘Aloha Deployment’ is a resounding success that sees them all return home safely.
For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.
I just got back from Hawaii this weekend.
I wanted to report to you that VP-4 has left Hawaii for their deployment. The first picture is the Skipper departing on Friday March 18th. They created a commemorative challenge coin for this significant event. This picture was taken from their Facebook.
The other picture is of the same plane the day before. It is the latest update P-3C. It is the AIP version. Also notice the nose art. It is a dragon’s claw opening up the aircraft.
I had a chance to talk to the XO and wanted to pass on some of what he said. The squadron will be flying out of multiple sites. They will be in Africa, Central America and Europe in one place and possible another sight off of the continent. This year marks the 50th anniversary that the P-3 has been in the squadron.
The P-8 is operating well, no major issues. When the squadron is finished with their deployment they will end up at NAS Whidbey Is. WA, where they will transition to the P-8A. That will begin on Halloween. I guess they will have to put on their dragon costumes. The only rate for the aircrew will be AW’s. The F/E’s, AT’s and in flight Ord will be gone. They will offer to transition to AW, go to the remaining P-3 squadrons, or stay in Hawaii doing other things.
It was good to get back to Oahu. I had to take a trip out to Barbers Pt and reminisce about the days when I was in VP-4. When all the Kaneohe have transitioned to the P-8, there will be no permanent squadrons based there. There will be dets to Hawaii for homeland security duties.
VP-4 Veterans Assn PAO
Walter Louis Schneider died peacefully at the VA hospital in San Francisco on December 24th 2015. He was 81 years old.
Born in Upstate New York on July 19 th , 1934, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and served as US Navy Patrol Plane Commander of VP-4 Crew 6 between 1964 – 1968.
Regarding his years of service, he wrote: “…. On the way to my career, a notice popped up on the bulletin board saying the navy needed more transport pilots. That sounded great to me. During our youngster summer, I toured Europe, traveling back and forth on military transports, and it seemed like a dream assignment. So, still at Corpus Christi, I requested a new set of orders—much to the consternation of the CO who told me it was an awful career move. Maybe so, it didn’t matter in the long run, but did usher me into some of the finest years of my life with a bunch of WW II and Berlin Airlift veterans. I was sent to VR-22 in Norfolk, a squadron that prided itself on going anywhere in the world and had regular routes to Morocco and Naples, New Zealand, and a two day shuttle to Guantanamo Bay and Roosevelt Roads. We flew the four engine DC-6s configured for cargo and/or passengers. After that it was the postgraduate school for a year, then two and a half at UC Berkeley, before my second squadron, VP-4 at Barbers Point. This got me lots of hours over the Pacific and a stint in Vietnam where I had a good war—if there is such a thing—living in a hotel in downtown Saigon and flying coastal patrols from south of the DMZ to Cambodia, during which, occasionally, we got shot at but, thankfully, never had to shoot back.
Next, I went to Washington, to OP-91 in the Pentagon and the Center for Naval Analysis in Arlington. After getting out of the service, I
finished a PhD. in Political Science at UC Berkeley…”
In 1968, he purchased 140 acres of pristine Redwood forests in Albion, Northern California with visions of forming an idyllic commune. It was there that he spent most of his life as a prolific writer and poet, publishing under the nom de plume David Anirman: http://www.skycloudmountain.com He never married. His ashes remain among the Redwoods.
Ruby Li Long 2016
I am passing this sad news to those of you who may have known Walt Schneider while he was attached to VP-4. He served as PP2P then PPC on Crew 6 and as Air Intelligence Officer. I am not sure what years he actually served in the squadron. His photos were only in the 64-65 cruise book. I found an entry in the United States Naval Academy Class of 1956 Fiftieth Reunion.
Jere Brinkley, VP-4 63-66, sent me this obituary provided courtesy of Ruby Li, a long time friend of Walt Schneider.
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
Another Skinny Dragon has fallen.
Ron Buchnat, age 70, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Ron is survived by his wife: Ursula; daughter: Anastasia “Stacey”; and sister: Ruth Ann Buchnat of Jones, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents: Jerome and Charlotte Buchnat. Ron taught reading and communications for 34 years at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, IL. He was a member of St. Michael Church in Schererville, IN, a member of the Sauk Village Moose Lodge and served in the U.S. Navy as an airplane mechanic during the Vietnam Conflict. Ron was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed competitive shooting matches. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at the c from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Memorial offerings may be given in Ron’s name to: The Nature Conservancy, 620 East Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Arrangements entrusted to Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre in Crown Point, IN. View and/or sign guestbook at www.GeisenFuneralHome.com or contact 219-663-2500.
Ron had been active in recruiting VP-4 vets to attend our reunions. He made these entries on his Rallypoint.com profile
I was a structural mechanic and I was an air crewman for a short time. I flew the bow/mad position in the old P2V7 Neptune. After our 1st deployment to Iwakuni, Japan & Southeast Asia my squadron transitioned to the P3-A Orion Aircraft. On our 2nd deployment to the same places, we lost a P3 (YD-6) in April 28, 1967. All hand were lost, the cause of crash was never determined. While in VP-4, I did some work in the line crew, night check, check crew and airframes. I left the squadron in Dec. , 1967 and was discharged from the Navy in Jan. 1968 from Great Lakes Naval training Center.
I retired in 2005 from the education field. I taught high school in Chicago for 1 year and junior high for 1 year. I then went and taught Remedial Reading and Communications in Sunnybrook School District #171 for the next 31 years. I really enjoyed my years in the education field. While teaching, I also worked in general aviation.
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager
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.
SAN 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 www.ellingerkunzfuneralhome.com.
Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 15, 2015
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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.
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!
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|No||Name||Rank||Photos on Page(s)||Position|
|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|
|4||Art||LT||32, 51||Crew 9 SMO/NSO|
|6||Banard||LCDR||18||Crew 2 HSO/DAPA|
|7||Bennett||LT||26||Crew 6 Safety Natops|
|10||Brennan||LT||16, 47||Crew 1 Tactics|
|14||Carlisle||LT||30, 36||Crew 8, Crew 11|
|15||Carrol||LT||20||Crew 3 Safety Natops|
|17||Clautice||LT||26, 47||Crew 6 Tactics|
|21||De La Garza||LT||28, 34, 61||Crew 7, Crew 10 SMO/NSO|
|23||Easterling||LCDR||26, 54||Crew 6 AMO|
|25||Elston||LT||28||Crew 7 Safety Natops|
|28||Frye||LT||26||Crew 6 Safety Natops|
|29||Fulgham||LT||30, 52||Crew 8 COMM/CMS|
|33||Grunder||LT||28, 42||Crew 7 Legal|
|40||Johnson||LCDR||36. 54||Crew 11 MO|
|42||Kim||LT||34, 41||Crew 10 HSO/DAPA|
|45||Lawson||LCDR||18||Crew 2 Safety Natops|
|46||Lewis||LT||16||Crew 1 Safety Natops|
|49||Mantay||LT||36, 46||Crew 11 Operations|
|50||McGee||LT||20||Crew 3 Operations|
|55||Saiki||LT||26, 47||Crew 6 Tactics|
|56||Salomon||LCDR||32, 47||Crew 9 Tactics|
|58||Scanlon||LT||22, 47||Crew 4 Tactics|
|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|
|66||Thomure||LT||32, 51||Crew 9 SMO/NSO|
|67||Tregoning||LT||32||Crew 9 HSO/DAPA|
|72||Boroughs||AWC||24, 47, 48/49||Crew 5 Tactics AW’s|
|77||Grogan||AWC||48/49||Operations AW’s Safety Natops|
|78||Hagood||AWC||34, 48/49||Crew 10 AW’s Safety Natops|
|81||Hunt||ADCS||34||Crew 10 FE|
|86||Quiogue||ADC||55, 67||Maint Control Power Plants|
|87||Read||AWC||30, 48/49||Crew 8 AW’s|
|95||Akiona||AE2||30, 59, 60||Crew 8 FE AE’s|
|100||Angel||AD2||18, 59||Crew 2 FE|
|103||Ates||AW1||26, 48/49||Crew 6 AW’s|
|110||Baumgardner||AW3||24, 32, 47, 48/49||Crew 5, Crew 9 Tactics AW’s|
|117||Bertsch||AO2||24, 64/65||Crew 5 Ordnance Shop|
|118||Bitzelberger||AW2||16, 47, 48/49||Crew 1 Tactics AW’s|
|123||Brown||AW2||16, 34, 47, 48/49||Crew 1, Crew 10 Tactics AW’s|
|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|
|133||Cathey||AW2||16, 48/49||Crew 1 AW’s|
|138||Coffelt||AW3||20, 48/49||Crew 3 AW’s|
|141||Colmer||AW3||22, 48/49||Crew 4 AW’s|
|145||Cuento||AD3||66, 67||Corrosion Shop Power Plants|
|146||Cunningham||AW3||28, 48/49||Crew 7 AW’s|
|148||Davis||ADAN||36, 59||Crew 11 FE|
|149||Davis||AMH2||34, 59||Crew 10 FE|
|154||Dorpinghaus||AE2||30, 59||Crew 8 FE|
|155||Dozier||AE1||20, 59||Crew 3 FE|
|157||Durante||AW2||18, 48/49||Crew 2 Operations AW’s|
|158||Durrance||AW2||28, 48/49, 53||Crew 7 AW’s Safety Natops|
|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|
|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|
|178||Gonzales||AW2||20, 48/49||Crew 3 AW’s|
|179||Grady||MS3||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|184||Hanson||AWAN||32, 48/49||Crew 9 AW’s|
|188||Hill||AO3||16, 64/65||Crew 1 Ordnance Shop|
|198||Jones||PR3||68, 70||PR/AME Shop AIMD|
|201||Julian||AE2||28, 59||Crew 7 FE|
|202||Kidson||AO1||28, 64/65||Crew 7 Ordnance Shop|
|206||Kinney||AMH1||36, 59||Crew 11 FE|
|207||Kirk||YN1||38. 52||Administration COMM/CMS|
|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|
|214||Lefemine||AW3||20, 48/49||Crew 3 AW’s|
|220||Lyles||MS2||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|223||Marty||AW2||30, 48/49||Crew 8 AW’s|
|226||McClafferty||ATAN||61, 70||AT’s AIMD|
|228||McClintock||AW2||16||Crew 1 Operations|
|235||Meath||AE1||22, 59||Crew 4 FE|
|237||Mejia||MS2||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|238||Metcalfe||AT1||22, 61||Crew 4 AT’s|
|243||Moore||AW2||32, 48/49||Crew 9 AW’s|
|259||Plauman||ATAN||34, 61||Crew 10 AT’s|
|260||Prather||AW3||28, 48/49||Crew 7 AW’s|
|266||Randolph||AT3||28, 53||Crew 7 Safety Natops|
|269||Reynolds||MSSN||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|272||Rovreit||AT3||24, 61||Crew 5 AT’s|
|275||Russ||AO2||18, 58||Crew 2 Tool Room|
|276||Salcido||AMH1||28, 59, 69||Crew 7 FE QA|
|279||Schiele||AW3||36, 48/49||Crew 11 AW’s|
|283||Schraven||ADAN||16, 59||Crew 1 FE|
|293||Snyder||AN||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|301||Sumerall||AO2||26, 64/65||Crew 6 Ordnance Shop|
|305||Terwilliger||AW3||30, 48/49||Crew 8 AW’s|
|307||Thompson||AT3||32, 61||Crew 9 AT’s|
|310||Towk||AOAN||20, 64/65||Crew 3 Ordnance Shop|
|311||Trimble||AW1||47, 48/49||Operations Tactics AW’s|
|315||Vaughn||AMH2||26, 53, 59||Crew 6 FE Safety Natops|
|317||Wallace||AWAN||24, 48/49||Crew 5 AW’s|
|319||Wareham||AW1||22, 48/49||Crew 4 AW’s|
|323||Wilkins||MS3||44/45||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|326||Wingate||AW2||36, 48/49||Crew 11 AW’s|
|329||Wiseman||MS1||Coffee Mess / First Lieutenant|
|334||Zavodny||AO1||30, 64/65||Crew 8 Ordnance Shop|
|335||Zuniga||AT3||61, 70||AT’s AIMD|
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.
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.