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VP-47 Patrol Squadron


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Entry: 79189
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP 47

JOSEPH SIMMONS III wrote on June 3, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father Served with VP 47 1951-1952 LT. Simmons. I belive with Boat 8 or 9. I would like to here from any one who knew my father or others in the sqadron. Our family Lost my father almost 10 years ago. I have only memories of stories he told me as a boy. All his photo Albums and most journals from that era have been lost to time. I would love to here from anyone who may have pictures or memories to share.

Keywords: LT. Pedrojetti, Gmachowski, Golson, Hess, Berttrand. Knight McClelland, Grove Warren, White, Hobart, LT. Simmons, LTJG Hackney, RAY JONES Eager Beavers, BA-8, Dean, Bedgood, Lyons, Lt. Simmons, PBM, Rocco Salessa, Iwakuni, Alameda,  


Entry: 75328
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
A KID'S LESSONS

KENNETH ECKERD wrote on July 3, 2010


City and State: LAKELAND MI

Unit: VP47/48

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I want to thank the great chuefs of the Navy, most especially, Joe GEISLER-VP47, POWELL-VP48, HONCHURIK-VP47 who took my skinny frame under control after Boot Camp and showed me the right way to be a sailor. Known as Egg-Head by Geisler I returned top
San Diego after VP-47 as a new Ensign-aviator in VP-48. I had great respect for Joe Geisler first taking my date to see him before proposing marriage. He call it right as Kathryn and I just celebrated our 56th Wedding
Anniversary.

To the Chiefs of VP-48 thanks a million for providing me with a plane unequaled in "UP" Status. Pappani(AD1), my crew captain did a great job leading the Crew 4 team in 55-56.


Keywords: AK-VP47,ENS-VP-48


Entry: 74719
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
1965 -1969 VP-47 STOREKEEPER

PETE LANDON wrote on May 17, 2010


City and State: WICKENBURG AZ

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I was in Material Control from Sept.65 tru May 69
We went to Naha,Sangley Pt.,Cahm Ran Bay,Utapao,Guam.
What a great time in my life.I hope to hear from some of the guys I served with.Thanks to this web site


Keywords: Looking for anyone in VP-47 from 65-69


Entry: 73414
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
JAMES E. DODD VP47 1951-54

REGINA DODD wrote on February 3, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Searching for anyone who knew my father James (Jim) Edward Dodd. He served in the Korean War and was in Iwakuni, Japan 1953. I have a wonderful picture of him along with 13 other gentlemen. If interested email me

Keywords:


Entry: 64231
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

MAURICE SHERMAN wrote on February 9, 2008


City and State: RENO NV

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Searching on previous posts has produced the following
contacts. Please e-mail me and I will try to put you in touch with shipmates.

Joe Ashby,1955-1957; Melvin P. Tull,1951-1953; Chuck Mathews,1952-1955; Charles Medicus,1950-1953; Jack Serena,1952-1954; Lee Marshal,1951-1953; Richard Florence,1950-1952; Don Mayhew,1951-1955; Paul Schlagheck,1951-1955; Richard "Dick" Reinhardt,1948-1951; Carl Overman,1949-1952; Henry "Mr. Seaplane" Beck,1946-1955; Sebastian (Bud) Cicero, C.O.(Spoon)Graverson,1952-1955; Walter Golsan,1952-1952; Glenn Ridall,1955-1957; John Grove,1951-1955; Bill Boggs,1954-1958;Don Dicks,1955-1956; David Puddington, 1951-1955; Orville Seal; Jim Sossaman; Still looking for more shipmates from WWII era to present day. Please see VP-47 Reunion site/link posted within The Korean War Project.
Thanks to the above mentiond VP-47 shipmates who contributed/assisted me in locating shipmates

Maurice Sherman
VP-47 1959-1962


Keywords: Iwakuni, Japan 1959/60, RD-11


Entry: 63743
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
LOOKING FOR RICH CRAWLEY

ALLEN MOROUSE wrote on January 9, 2008


City and State:

Unit: PATRON47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: hope to see my bestman rich crawley

Keywords: mouse


Entry: 60841
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
ROCCO

GERALDINE BROWN wrote on April 30, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Would like to hear from anyone that flew with my uncle
Rocco "Roy" Rocky" Sallesa during Korean War.
He was killed in naval mishap, 12/21/1960.

My son is doing a project on him.

Thank you,

Geraldine Brown


Keywords: I have a picture of him in front of VP-47 plane with crew, names on back: Deal AD1 Lt Simmons, LTJG Martin, LTJG Charls, Lyon AL2, Garwood AD#, Holbret, Bedgood, Olson, Thielen AM3, Photo not dated.




Entry: 56244
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
MELVIN P TULL FLIGHT ENGINEER #5 BOAT

MELVIN TULL wrote on March 15, 2006


City and State: MILES TX

Unit: VP 47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: served during Korean War; looking for other members of squadron


Entry: 43313
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
DOWNED BA-1/MEMOPIES

SEBASTIAN (BUD) CICERO wrote on May 29, 2004


City and State: QUEENSBURY NY

Unit: VP-47/BA-1/1952TO1954

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE#26132/PAUL SCHLAGHECH. I REMEMBER YOU WELL FROM THOSE DAYS. THE CRASH HAPPENED AFTER OUR TOUR OF DUTY IN JAPAN@KOREA. oF THE NAMES YOU MEMTIONED I REMEMBER WALTER RABB VERY WELL. WE WERE GOOD FRIENDS IN THOSE DAYS.i WAS DISCHARGED BEFORE THAT TOUR. MY PILOT WAS COMMANDER THAYER@LT.PETROCELLI AND I THINK A LT. ANDERSON. HOPE THIS FINDS YOU IN GOOD HEALTH. BUD CICERO

Keywords: BUD....BA-1 1952 TO 1954/PHILLIPINES,JAPAN @ KOREA


Entry: 43047
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
HEDRON 12,BOMBING SQUAD. 147

VICKI CHRISTIAN wrote on May 14, 2004


City and State: GILMER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My father

Keywords: USNTS,San Diego,Cali; Hedron 12 Detachment, NAS, Deland, Fla; Bombing Squad. One hundred Forty Seven; NATTC. Norman, Okla.


Entry: 43046
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
HEDRON 12,BOMBING SQUAD. 147

VICKI CHRISTIAN wrote on May 14, 2004


City and State: GILMER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My father

Keywords: USNTS,San Diego,Cali; Hedron 12 Detachment, NAS, Deland, Fla; Bombing Squad. One hundred Forty Seven; NATTC. Norman, Okla.


Entry: 41723
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP47 (52-55) AND , BA7 IN 53-54

CHUCK (MATT) MATHEWS wrote on March 14, 2004


City and State:

Unit: VP47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to hear from any one who remembers me. I flew in BA 7 for about a year as an ATAN and was at the ECM station. I recently made contact with Bob Lucas and Jack Serena...he was our radioman. I would also like to hear from others and especially from John Grove from Ontario, Oregon and O'Leary from the Boston area.

Keywords:


Entry: 37614
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
55-57

JOE ASHBY wrote on October 16, 2003


City and State: OCEANSIDE CA

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: crews 1 and 9 AT

Keywords:


Entry: 36753
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP 47 MEMBERS IN THE 50'S

BOB LUCAS wrote on September 6, 2003


City and State: CA

Unit: BA5 ANDBA7

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am looking for plane crew members from the 50's in VP47, in particular from BA5 and BA7. I'm planning to attend the squadron reunion in San Diego and would like to communicate.

Keywords:


Entry: 33654
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
INFORMATION ON SQUADRON

ROGER MCCLENATHAN wrote on April 17, 2003


City and State: LIVERMORE CA

Unit: VP-47 1955-1956

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was with VP-47 1955-to 1956 and then with FASRON 116. I have been in contact with Darryl and Donald lives in Fremont (he may have moved by now)and Bob lived in the Bay Area (San Leandro?)for awhile. Any one who has email from past members write me.

Roger


Keywords: R. C. Morris, Darryl Denevue, Donald Dicks etc. They used to call me Little Mac.


Entry: 33471
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
BA10

JOHN DAVIS wrote on April 7, 2003


City and State: MERCED CA

Unit: BA-10

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: MY FATHER,JOHN DAVIS, SERVED FROM 1952-1955 ON BA 10. HE WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT OTHER MEMBERS FROM THE CREW HE SERVED WITH.

Keywords: BA10




Entry: 32674
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP 47 1952-53

BRAXTON BRADFORD wrote on March 11, 2003


City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: greetings. looking for info and picts for William
A Bedard, AD 1 1952-53. thanks


Keywords: William A Bedard, AD 1
1952-53, crew 7(?).



Entry: 32245
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

C.O. (SPOON) GRAVERSEN wrote on February 21, 2003


City and State: SIOUX FALLS SD

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Served VP47 l952=l955. Radio/Radar man BA-l0 and B-4.Served with Mayhew(Message 66149) and other members:Ray Jones(message 36644), Golson(message 59589) and Schlagheck(Message66149). In fact I should have been on the aircraft he mentions in his messasge. Would like to hear from anyone who served during this time.

Keywords:


Entry: 32244
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

C.O. (SPOON) GRAVERSEN wrote on February 21, 2003


City and State: SIOUX FALLS SD

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Served VP47 l952=l955. Radio/Radar man BA-l0 and B-4.Served with Mayhew(Message 66149) and other members:Ray Jones(message 36644), Golson(message 59589) and Schlagheck(Message66149). In fact I should have been on the aircraft he mentions in his messasge. Would like to hear from anyone who served during this time.

Keywords:


Entry: 28561
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
CRASH OF BA1 OF VP47 DEC.31, 1951

STEVEN NEVILLE wrote on September 30, 2002


City and State: BRIGHAM CITY UT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My uncle Shelby Vaughn Neville, nickname "Nellie",
died on the Crash of BA1 of VP47 Dec.31, 1951. I am looking for any information about the circumstances, causes, and personal information about him and his crew. After the crash crewmen D.E. Tripp and Orville O. Seal wrote to my family expressing their condolences. I have those letters and desire to know more.


Keywords: VP-47, BA1, Nellie, Vaughn Neville, D.E. Tripp,
Orville Seal, Hong Kong Harbor



Entry: 27932
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
CRASH OF BA1 OF VP47 DEC.31, 1951

MIKE TRIPP wrote on August 31, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for information about the crash of BA1 of VP47 Dec. 31, 1951 at Hong Kong Harbor. Have information, records and pictures to share. Looking for information about Jolly Britton and Al Baxter [crewmembers KIA] who wouldn't let my father, Doris Edward Tripp [Trippy or Ed to his friends] on the fatal flight, saving his life [and mine!]. Would especially like to contact their families and discover the location of their graves.

Keywords: VP47, Eager Beaver, The Skippers Barge, Hong Kong Harbor, Jolly Britton, Al Baxter


Entry: 27465
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

DON MAYHEW wrote on August 7, 2002


City and State: CROCKER MO

Unit: BA-6,BA-10,BA-4

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I serven with Wayne Nelson Charles(spoon)Graverson,Henry Beck,Lcdr.BobHayes,Ltjg Paul Bryeans Ltjg Annderson,Bull Smith Scotty Baird Doug Shaver JackTaylor,Chuck Salchli Lt. Dave Puddington and others.
Some of my frends beside crew members were R.L.Jones raidoman B.L. warren,J. O.Smith mech.Steve Sanders.
We served with a fine bunch of loyal dedicated men
I loved those old PBM's They alwas got us there and back with few mishaps. Remember the last ones made was in 1941.
Keep in touch fellow Sailors,let me know about anyreunions
As always your shipmate,Don


Keywords: Greetings,to all,
I served with VP-47 during the Korean war from 1952 to my discharge in May 1955. Spending two tours over to Iwakuni,Japan.




Entry: 26235
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
ENGLAND

TROY SEALY wrote on June 13, 2002


City and State: SYRACUSE NY

Unit: GUYANA

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 26132
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
48 YEARS TODAY

PAUL SCHLAGHECK wrote on June 9, 2002


City and State: THE VILLAGES FL

Unit: VP-47 BA-1

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: TODAY MARKS THE 48 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ALL MEMBERS ABOARD VP-47 PBM BA-1 FLYING FROM IWAKUNI,JAPAN TO HONG KONG FOR AN R and R TRIP. I WAS RADAR OPERATOR AND STAYED BACK WITH PLANE CAPTAIN DUETCH AND CREWMEMBER CIMENO.OUR FRINDS AND CREW MEMBERS JIM AND DON LANDON, DOUG CAMBELL,JERRY EDWARDS, LARRY STONE,WALT RABB AND PILKOTS MC CARTHY AND WERTZ WERE ALKLL KILLED ALONG WITH PASSENGERS WHEN THEY HIT A NMOUNTAIN SOUTH OF JAPAN CALLED YAKU SHIMA ON JUNE 9, 1954-GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

Keywords:


Entry: 25436
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

BOB THOMAS wrote on May 13, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY MEMBER ESPECIALY
ONE REMEMBERING OUR FORCED LANDING IN KOREA ONE
NIGHT IN LATER MONTH OF 1950


Keywords: BA-8 CREW MEMBERS FROM 1950-51


Entry: 23044
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
INFORMATION

JACK SERENA wrote on February 10, 2002


City and State: CHESTERFIELD VA

Unit: VP47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Tour in the Navy will always be remembered as one of the best periods of my life

Keywords: Crew member BA7


Entry: 22776
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
CDR RANDALL T BOYD JR BURIED IN ARLINGTON NATL

STEPHEN BOYD wrote on January 30, 2002


City and State: MARSHFIELD MA

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: CDR Randall T. Boyd Jr., Executive Officer of VP-47 (1950-51)passed away and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 29th, 2001. CDR Boyd was awarded a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Crosses (3 citations),Air Medals (5 citations) and many campaign medals. More information about CDR Boyd can be found at: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/rtboyd.htm

The Boyd family would love to hear from any who remember him to help us with biographical notes about his military career.


Keywords: VP-47, XO, Sasebo, PBM, PBY


Entry: 21935
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP47

WALTER GOLSAN wrote on January 1, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT MEMBERS OF CREW 9 VP47
12/1/52 TO 3/4/53
SNAG BERTRAND WAS THE TAIL GUNNER


Keywords:


Entry: 21714
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

GLENN RIDALL wrote on December 24, 2001


City and State: STEWARTSTOWN PA

Unit: VP-47 (CREW #7)

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was a member of VP-47 1955-57. Served as the radar operator in crew #7. I have pictures of several overseas tours and would be willing to share them with anyone interested. Would like to hear from any of my former shipmates. I have one of our tour annuals that has pictures of all the flight crews plus some of the ground crews.

Keywords:


Entry: 21303
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47, TOURS 52 THRU 54

RAY JONES wrote on December 8, 2001


City and State: SAN MARCOS TX

Unit: VP-47, 9 BOAT

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was an AL2C on BA9, first radio 2 tours. Anyone that served during this period I would like to hear from.

Keywords: PBM 5S, 5S2-BA9,ARGO,LT. Pedrojetti, Gmachowski, Golson, Hess, Berttrand. Knight McClelland, Grove Warren, White, Hobart, LT. Simmons, LTJG Hackney(deceased).


Entry: 20067
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
CDR RANDALL T BOYD ILL IN HOUSTON

STEPHEN BOYD wrote on October 21, 2001


City and State: MARSHFIELD MA

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My dad is Cdr Randall T. Boyd Jr (ret). He was in VP-47 in 1950 during the Korean War. He was awarded the DFC (2 Gold stars) and the Air Medal (4 Gold Stars) while he was a member of VP-47. I am one of his 5 sons. Our dad is very ill with cancer. If any of you remember him from Korea or Trinidad (VP-34)or Rota or Pensacola or ONI DC or USS Dallas, etc - please send him a card at his Houston home. The address is
Cdr Randall Boyd Jr. ret.
780 W. Bay Area Blvd
Apt 2314
Webster, TX 77598


Keywords: VP-47, VP-34, VS-53, DFC, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Randy, Boyd, Trinidad


Entry: 17088
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
VP-47

STEVE ANDERSON wrote on June 3, 2001


City and State: FT. WORTH TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My dad, Robert O. "Andy" Anderson, was a member of VP-47 during the Korean War; stationed in Iwakuni, Japan; flew as a tail gunner in a PBM Baker Dog 7. Would enjoy hearing from any of his squadron mates, and forwarding any info to him.


Keywords: Baker Dog 7 (PBM)


Entry: 4693
VP-47 PATROL SQDN
CREW OF BA-8

RICK HONSTRATER wrote on November 10, 1999


City and State: LOS ANGELES CA

Unit: VP-47

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Certainly would like to contact members of my crew on BA-8 in 1953 and 1945

Keywords: Eager Beavers, BA-8, Dean, Bedgood, Lyons,
Lt. Simmons, PBM, Rocco Salessa, Iwakuni, Alameda,




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