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Entry: 95419
Subject: W. E. STAVRO WROTE ON MARCH 24, 2018

William Stavro wrote on March 24, 2018


City and State: CUMMING GA

Unit: HU-1, ALF REAM FIELD

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was stationed with HU-1 at Ream Field in 1952 and 1953 until hostilities ended and I received a 2 month early discharge. I toured on 4 carriers , U.S.S. Yorktown, Sicily, Pt. Cruz and Bairoka. I was mechanic and flew as crewman on Sikorsky HO3S. I still Remember accident on Sicily when air officer turned carrier into wind before helicopter was launched and blades coned flipping helicopter over cutting one of our crew in half and cutting arm off another. I enjoyed flying with some of the best and craziest pilots in the navy, but incidences like this plus combat casualties made you aware of the seriousness of the job you were performing. When squadron received new Piasecki tandem rotor helicopters I was assigned plane captain for UP-14. I and my wife lived in trailer navy housing located at end of base. If any of my old Squadron members read this let me hear from you.

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Entry: 94774
Subject: HU-1 1962

Les Nearier wrote on July 5, 2017


City and State: LAKE WORTH FL

Unit: HU-1 NAAS REAM FIELD IMPERIAL BEACH FL

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am looking for members of HU-1 that served with me on the USS Oriskany long cruise from June 1962 to December 1962. I am also interested in finding out which HUP2 we lost off Hawaii when it was waved off of landing and hit the Vertical antenna's, then crashed off the starboard side of the carrier. Donald Brown was lost in the accident and LT. Webb, the pilot, was rescued after having obtained a broken wrist in the crash. I would like to be contacted by my fellow crewmen, especially John Leahy.

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Entry: 92766
Subject: HELP ÇREW

Donald Romine wrote on February 26, 2016


City and State: MOSCOW ID

Unit: HU¹

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Need a picture of the help crew from cruise book pilots name dewane thorne and Donal hollis ens USN I'm the person in the left in photo,

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Entry: 89679
Subject: HU-1 ALF REAM FIELD SAN YSIDRO, CALIF.

Jimmie Stanford wrote on September 19, 2014


City and State: CYPRESS TX

Unit: HU-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served in HU-1 based at ALF Ream Field near San Ysidro, Calif. 1953 - 1954. Hoping to find others that were there and deployed out of there during that time. Remember Lt. Coffey and ADC Rube Powell in particular. Know that Rube died some time ago.

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Entry: 88289
Subject: PAENGYONG-DO KOREAN ISLAND

Glenn Papasan wrote on February 8, 2014


City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit: HU-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I finally found the name of the Island in Korea, it was Paengyong-Do, I was there in 1951, any one out that was there let me hear from you, my email gpapasan1@gmail.com.Thanks

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Entry: 88177
Subject: HU=1

Glenn Papasan wrote on January 23, 2014


City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was in HU-1 from Aug 1949 to Apr 1952, I was on the USS Phil Sea in 1951, from there went to aboard a small British Ship that took us to a small Island on the west side of Korea' I remember being issued a box of Sea Rations, and it was a life saver as on the ship we had a lott of Mutton -LAMB.I do not remember the listed men on the Phil Sea, Here is their names., Bernard Samuels Ltjg, Raymond Karls, ADC (AP), George Moore AD1, George Morrell PO3, James Harkins AMM3,Charles Baker AM3, James Deatherage and me Glenn Papasan ADAN s. I remember being on the Island with some Marines, we had two (2) HO3S and we played pocker in our Tents, The Mess Sargent got orders back to the States, so I was made Mess Sarget as their Cook, I left some time in 1952 as I had orders for Shore Duty, if any one has been with me in the above statement , Pleas contac t

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Entry: 87544
Subject: KOREA, HU-1 & H.M.A.S. SYDNEY

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on November 3, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: ADCS-Arlene Keith Dick Babbitt,USN,(WW-II, Korea, Vietnam),from



Avon, Il, joined the US Navy in WW-II, married in 1948,fathered



3 daughters,and one son. He was an enlisted (AP) pilot with



HU-1. Unit#14, attached to the Australian aircraft carrier

H.M.A.S. Sydney. Chief Babbitt received word on 26,Oct.1951,

SBLT. Neil MacMillan, his observer CPO-Phillip Hancox, and their



downed RAN, Firey Fire Fly aircraft from RN Squadron 817, 21st.



(CAG) commanded by Commander Mike Fell,RN, were in a frozen rice



paddy, 50 miles behind enemy lines, holding attacking enemy

troops at bay with their Owen sub-machine guns, then other Sea



Furies, and RAAF Meteor jets from RAAF-77 Squadron, put up a



protective barrage around the downed men. A rescue helicopter was



sent from Kimpo airbase, but was forced to turn back. Chief



Babbitt's air crewman, AD3-Callis C. Gooding, was given a hurried



lesson in the use of the Australian Owen sub-machine gun, and

they turned over their UP-28 helicopter, they called Uncle

Peter, at 16:30, and began a 176km flight, against fading light.



Dick Babbitt kicked his helicopter up to 120kph, and set a speed



record for his aircraft's model. In the dusk, Chief Babbitt was



guided to the downed airmen's position in a rice paddy ditch, by



tracers of incoming enemy machine gun fire. When they landed,

Callis Gooding jumped out of the helicopter, and shot down two



enemy troops with his Owen sub-machine gun. He got the grounded

men in the chopper, and as they lifted off, Sea Furie aircraft



laid down a shielding barrage, and Uncle Peter made it safely to



Kimpo airfield. They flew back to the Sydney the next day.

Babbitt, and Gooding,at age 30, both were awarded Navy Cross

Medals. Chief Babbitt was also awarded The Commonwealth

Distinguished Service Medal,the only UN serviceman in Korea to



receive the awards of two nations, for the same action. In 1956,



AD3-Gooding was awarded The Navy and Marine Corps Medal, for

another helicopter rescue. All in a days work, for HU-1 crews.



ADCS-Arlene K. Babbitt, d/o/b/-Feb.28,1921, d/o/d/-Nov.11,2006,



is buried at: Section-6A, Site-67, in Northern Nevada Veteran's



Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, NV 89408. God bless these brave men.

Keywords: HU-1 Unit#14 H.M.A.S. Sidney 26,Oct.1951 Korea Yellow Sea



ADCS Babbitt AD3 Gooding USN Navy Cross D.S.M.



Entry: 86561
Subject: HU-1 1964 TO HC-1 1973

Roger Johnson wrote on June 20, 2013


City and State: GIG HARBOR WA

Unit: HU-1, HC-1, HC-5, HS-773, HS-84

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: HU-1 1964-68, 1971-73. Cruised on Ticonderoga (1965),
Enterprise (1967), and Midway (1972-73)



Entry: 86560
Subject: HU-1 1964 TO HC-1 1973

Roger Johnson wrote on June 20, 2013


City and State: GIG HARBOR WA

Unit: HU-1 AND HC-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Does anybody have the old HU-1 Squadron History
that tells
about the rescue of the downed Navy Pilot in the
movie Bridges
at Toko Ri, featuring William Holden and Mickey
Rooney. I read
the history while temporarily assigned as
assistant PIO officer
in early 1965 but have not been able to acquire a
copy of it
yet.

I was one of the pilots that manned the search
helo when on 5
December 1965 a Hydrogen Bomb was lost in the Sea
of Japan
during a Nuclear Weapon Loading Exercise. That was
secret until
it cam out in the newspapers in 1989.

Keywords: Ticonderoga, Enterprise, Midway, UH-2A/B/C, SH-3,
HS-773 at NAS
Los Alamitos, HS-84 at NAS North Island



Entry: 83227
Subject: HU-1 AKAN CREWMEMBER

Oscar Haynes wrote on June 2, 2012


City and State: JOHNSTOWN PA

Unit: NAVY HU1 1958 TO 1960

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: LIFE MEMBER VFW POST 5867 LAKESIDE
CALIFORNIA jOINED THE NAVY IN SYRACUSE NEW
YORK IN 1956 TOOK BOOT AT BAINBRIDGE MY. CO 32

Keywords: 1956 TO 1958 BLUE ANGLES SQUADRON STOREKEEPER PEN.
FLA 1958 TO 1960 HU-1 REAM FIELD CALIFORNIA.



Entry: 82313
Subject: HU-2 DET--35 CVB 41 WORLD CRUISE 1954/1955

Richard Griswold wrote on March 2, 2012


City and State: HAMLIN NY

Unit: HELO DET 35 1954 / 1955

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: WORLD CRUISE 1954 / 1955

Keywords: CVA 41 MIDWAY HUP-TWO FLT ANGEL



Entry: 81329
Subject: HC-1 NOW ON FACEBOOK

John Birch wrote on December 16, 2011


City and State:

Unit: HC-1, HC-3, HC-5, HC-7, HC-11 AND HSL-31

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I flew Combat SAR both in HC-1 and HC-7 during the
Vietnam war, We operated off Guided Missile
Destroyers and Cruisers.

Keywords: While I was in HC-1 I was a crewman on the UH2
Seasprite



Entry: 80273
Subject: HU-1 AIRCREW

John Birch SR. wrote on September 5, 2011


City and State:

Unit: HC-1, HC-3, HC-5, HC-7, HC-11 AND HSL-31

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: My son in laws grandfather Keith Cook in his 80s told
me he was aircrew in HU-1 during the Korean war, does
any one remember him?

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Entry: 77531
Subject: HU-1 NAVY CROSS MEDALS

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on January 20, 2011


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: ADC.ARLENE K.BABBITT-(9/29/1950)---AM2.ERNIE L.CRAWFORD-(1/22/1952)---AM3.CALLIS C.GOODING-(10/26/1951)---LT.(jg).HAROLD O.McEACHERN-(8/5/1952)---AM3.GEORGE M.NEAL-(POW)-(7/3/1951)---LT.(jg).JONH W.
THORNTON-(POW)-(3/31/1951)---

Keywords: HU-1 KOREAN WAR NAVY CROSS MEDAL RECIPIENCE-----------



Entry: 77105
Subject: LOOKING FOR DOUG FROLING HU-1

John Triplett wrote on December 11, 2010


City and State: DERBY KS

Unit: HU-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am interested in contacting Doug Froling who hosted an HU-1 website that appears to currently be down. Also interested in crewmembers of HU-1 Unit 24, 1953; Lt(jg) Bill Stuyvesant O-in-C, I was Asst O-in-C (Ens. John F. Triplett)

Keywords: HU-1 Website Unit-24 HO3S-1 HRS-1 HU-1 1952-1955



Entry: 76089
Subject: AP1 J.M. THOMPSON

Charles Fuss JR. wrote on September 8, 2010


City and State: ST. PETE BEACH FL

Unit: USS BATAAN, 1950-52

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Does anyone know if AP1 J.M. Thompson of the USS Bataan det. received a medal for rescuing a Marine pilot from behind enemy lines in March/April 1951? Thank you. Charles

Keywords: USS Bataan, CVL-29



Entry: 73924
Subject: NAVAL AVIATION IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 14, 2010


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit: HISTORIAN

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I just had my book on F4U Corsair Ops in the Korean War published. Currently, I am writing a hard bound/ coffee table book on U.S. Naval Aviation in the Korean War. The book will contain unit histories, personal comments from squadron/detachment personnel and color slides / photographs of the aircraft.If any of HU-1's detachment members have anything that might help me, please let me know.

Warren Thompson

Keywords: History of Naval Aviation in the Korean War



Entry: 72456
Subject: USN--HU-I--KOREA

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on November 21, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: SQUADRON HU-1 LOCATIONS,KOREAN WAR-1952; HU-1,
HOMEPORT, USN AUXILIARY LANDING FIELD REAM, SAN YSIDRO,CA---DETACHMENT-ONE,(OPPAMA)YOKOSUKA,JAPAN---
DETACHMENT-TWO,NAS BARBER'S POINT,HAWAII----------
UNITS:-UNIT-3,USS SICILY(CVE-118)--UNIT-5,USS ORISKANY
(CVA-34)--UNIT-6,USS VALLEY FORGE(CVA-45)--UNIT-7,
USS LST-735--UNIT-8,USS PHILIPPINE SEA(CVA-47)--UNIT-9,TO DET.-1 FOR ASSIGNMENT--UNIT-10,PAENGNYONG-DO ISLAND,KOREA(TASK-ELEMENT 95.15)--UNIT-11,USS ESSEX(CVA-9)--UNIT-12,USS MISSOURI(BB-63)--UNIT-14,USS
BATAAN(CVL-29)--UNIT-15,USS KEARSARGE(CVA-33)--UNIT-16,USS BADOENG STRAIT(CVE-116)--UNIT-17,USS TOLEDO(CA-
133)--UNIT-18,USS LOS ANGELES(CA-135)--UNIT-20,USS
BON HOMME RICHARD(CVA-31)--UNIT-22,USS HELENA(CA-75)--
UNIT-25,NAVAL AIR FACILITY(OPPAMA)YOKOSUKA,JAPAN.-----
MORE THAN 450 MILITARY MEN WERE RESCUED VIA HU-1
HELICOPTERS IN THE KOREAN WAR. FROM THE KOREAN WAR,
SOME DECORATIONS AWARDED HU-1 MEN: ONE,MEDAL OF HONOR,
FOUR, NAVY CROSS, ONE,SILVER STAR, TWELVE, DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, MORE THAN SEVENTY-FIVE, AIR MEDAL, AND THREE, PURPLE HEART AWARDS.-----------
SQUADRON HU-1 COMMANDING OFFICERS: M.A.PETERS-APRIL-
1948--E.B.NOBLE-SEPT.-1949--D.S.BILLET-DEC.-1950--
H.M.KOSCIUSKO-FEB.-1952--E.F.HAYES-JUNE-1953--V.U.
MUIRHEAD-MAR.-1955--R.S.KILCOURSE-AUG.-1956--A.C.
SNIDER-DEC.-1957--J.F.WUNDERLICH-DEC.-1958--W.F.
CULLEY-DEC.-1959--W.D.TRACEY-NOV.-1960--J.D.KUSER-
OCT.-1961--W.C.CASEY-JUNE-1962--R.C.OLIVE-JUNE-1963--
W.D.FISHER-APRIL-1964--D.A.WENTE-FEB.-1965.------
THE SQUADRON WAS REDESIGNATED HC-1, ON 1,JULY 1965,
HOMEPORT, NAS NORTH ISLAND,CA.

Keywords: USNALF-REAM,SAN YSIDRO,CA--(OPPAMA)YOKOSUKA,JAPAN--
NAS BARBER'S POINT,HAWAII--(SCAJAP) OUEEN BOATS--



Entry: 72449
Subject: NAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON-ONE

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on November 20, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: NAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRONS HU-1 AND HU-2 WERE
COMMISSIONED AT NAS LAKEHURST,NJ IN 1948, AND DUBBED
"FLEET ANGELS". HU-1 TO THE WEST COAST, HU-2 TO THE
EAST COAST.WHEN THE KOREAN WAR STARTED IN JUNE,1950,
HU-1 WAS BASED AT MIRAMAR,CA, AND HELICOPTERS WERE
NEW TO THE FLEET. AT THAT TIME THE SIKORSKY HO3S-1
HELICOPTER WAS THE ONLY HELICOPTER AVAILABLE TO THE
US NAVY WITH A HOIST FOR RESCUING DOWNED PILOTS.
TEN SQUADRON DETACHMENTS WERE DEPLOYED TO THE KOREAN
WAR BY THE END OF 1950. AT THE START OF THE WAR,HU-1
HAD ABOUT 20 SIKORSKY HO3S-1'S, ABOUT 26 OFFICER PILOTS, AND ABOUT 15 ENLISTED AVIATION PILOTS(A/P'S)
CHIEFS, AND 1ST. CLASSES. MOST SQUADRON DETACHMENTS
CONSISTED OF; 2 PILOTS, 4 ENLISTED AIRCRAFT MECHANICS, 1 RADIO TECHNICIAN, AND 1 METALSMITH. BY
THE END OF 1952 HU-1 HAD 22 DETACHMENTS DEPLOYED TO
KOREA, ON AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, BATTLESHIPS,CRUISERS,
LST'S, AND ON SMALL KOREAN ISLANDS. FROM 3,JULY 1950
TO 27,JULY 1953 HU-1 PARTICIPATED IN EVERY MAJOR
BATTLE AGAINST THE ENEMY. HU-1 PIONEERED THE EMPLOYMENT OF HELICOPTERS UNDER COMBAT CONDITIONS.
THEY DEVELOPED THEIR OWN TACTICS, AND OPERATIONAL
PROCEDURES. SQUADRON HU-1 SPOTTED, AND DIRECTED NAVAL
GUNFIRE IN COMBAT, SPOTTED AND DESTROYED ENEMY
MINES, TRANSPORTED PERSONNEL, AND MAIL AND MATERIAL AT
SEA, FLEW PLANE GUARD DUTY, AND EFFECTED THE RESCUE
OF PERSONS, MANY RESCUES WERE CARRIED OUT OVER HOSTILE
TERRITORY, IN THE FACE OF ENEMY GUNFIRE. SQUADRON HU-1
WAS PRESENTED "THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION". FOUR
PILOTS, AND THEIR CREWMEN WERE CAPTURED, AND BECAME
POW'S. PILOTS CAPTURED; LT.(jg)JOHN W. THORNTON(NAVY
CROSS)-MARCH,1951---LT.(jg)JOHN K. KOELSCH-JULY,1951-
**DIED IN A POW CAMP OCT.1951-AWARDED "THE MEDAL OF HONOR"POSTHUMOUSLY-DE-1049 WAS NAMED AFTER HIM---
AMC(A/P)DUANE THORIN-FEB.1952---LT.EDWARD C.MOORE-
FEB.1952.-----OF THE 100 HO3S-1 HELICOPTERS PURCHASED
BY THE US NAVY FROM 1947 TO 1954, NONE APPEAR TO
HAVE SURVIVED.

Keywords: --FLEET ANGELS--SIKORSKY-HO3S-1--MIRAMAR,CA--HU-1--
KOREAN WAR--



Entry: 71271
Subject: DONAL HOLLIS

Paul and Diana Hollis wrote on August 14, 2009


City and State: STONE MOUNTAIN GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Thank you

Keywords: USS Rochester
Donal Hollis
HU1



Entry: 69281
Subject: HU-1 ALF REAM FIELD 1953-54

Bill Presley wrote on February 26, 2009

Deceased

City and State: BOISE ID

Unit: HX-2 ?

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a sonar operator on helicopters at Ream Field in 1953-54. Fresh
from electronics school at Memphis (Millington) TN I was trained to
interpret sonar echo responses in the Pacific Ocean off the Southern
California coast. We would let the sonar (ball) down about 100 feet from
the bottom of the helicopter and view 360 degrees. Thankfully, all we ever
found were whales which would surface to see what the disturbance was. I
noticed the other commenters used HU-1 thru HU-4, but as I remember
our unit was known as HX-2. Does anybody know why? Also, didn't we
have the Marines on this base to fly the TBM's and drop bombs on any
subs we could find? My nephew says our helicopters were Hueys. Does
anyone know what kind of copters we were flying in?

Keywords: Sub searchers. But found only whales.



Entry: 68432
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS FROM HU-1 REAM FIELD 1960'S

Noel Hubbard wrote on December 29, 2008


City and State: MCCALLA AL

Unit: HU-1 SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Nickname Hub



Entry: 68206
Subject: RESCUE INFORMATION

Johnny Hale wrote on December 10, 2008


City and State: PLANO TX

Unit: HU-1 DET ALPHA (USS MIDWAY 1965)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on the Midway wespac 1965. There was a inland rescue made flow from the destroyer USS Reeves, I can't find any reference to that rescue anywhere. Anyone having any info. please contact me.

Keywords: Inland Rescue



Entry: 64643
Subject: USS MIDWAY MUSEUM SHIP, SAN DIEGO SEEKS VINTAGE SIKORSKY HO3S-1 HELO OR A VARIENT FOR STATIC DISPLA

Doug Traylor SR. wrote on March 7, 2008


City and State: SOMERVILLE TX

Unit: ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT ONE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: USS Midway museum ship, San Diego seeks vintage Sikorsky HO3S-1 Helo or a varient for static display on the flight deck.. Marine or USN

Please contact me at doug.traylor@cebridge.net or cell 713 502 7706 Houston cell line.. if you can help locating the helo type.

Thanks
Chief Doug Traylor ret. Assault Craft Unit One, Amphib Base Coronado.

Keywords: Aircraft need USS Midway CVA



Entry: 64361
Subject: NAVY HELO COMBAT SAR REUNION

John Birch SR. wrote on February 18, 2008


City and State: MILLINGTON TN

Unit: HC-1 - HC-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Come one come all to another great Navy Combat SAR reunion hosted by the "Seadevils" of HC-7 at the Gold Coast hotel in Las Vegas APRIL 20 THRU 24, 2008. For additional information see hc7seadevils.org

Keywords:



Entry: 63347
Subject: HU-1, ALF REAM FIELD, 1953-1954

Billy (Bill) Shepherd wrote on December 9, 2007


City and State: ROCK HILL SC

Unit: US NAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was the squadron's storekeeper and also flew as crewman on the squadron's HUP-2 helicopters.



Entry: 62054
Subject: HU1 SQUADRON VET, BONIOL, SEEKING MEMBERS FROM EARLY 50'S-PLEASE CONTACT

Robert L. Boniol JR. wrote on August 22, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: HU1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Naval Vet Robert (Bob) L. Boniol interested in making contact with former HU1 Squadron members from the early 1950's and/or learning of their whereabouts and any related information. Please contact with any information! Thank you in advance.

Keywords: Personal friends: Washburn Wier (HU1), Duggan Roberts (HU1), Clayton Thayer (HU2)





Entry: 57065
Subject: HU-1 UNIT 6 CA-124 USS ROCHESTER 1957-58

Jon Miller wrote on May 8, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: am seeking information re: HU-1, UNIT 6 and it's relationship with the USS ROCHESTER CA-124 DURING CRUISE 1957-58

Keywords: HM-1 USS ROCHESTER CA-124



Entry: 52492
Subject: PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

Lee Kampstad wrote on August 7, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Seeking copy of Presidential Unit Citation awarded to HU-1 during Korean War.

Keywords: HU-1 PUC



Entry: 49388
Subject: HU-1 UNIT 13

Bob Hunt wrote on March 6, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: PRESCOTT AZ

Unit: HU-1, LST'S AT WONSAN HARBOR

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 49382
Subject: UNIT 13, HU-1, USS BOXER AND LST'S AT WONSAN HARBOR 1953

Bob Hunt wrote on March 6, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: PRESCOTT AZ

Unit: HU-1, LST'S AT WONSAN HARBOR

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: like to exchange emails with fellow unit members,, reunion ??

Keywords:



Entry: 48699
Subject: HU1 UNIT 13 USS BOXER CVA21

Dick Aubert wrote on February 4, 2005


City and State: CALISTOGA CA

Unit: HU1 KOREA 1951-1955

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: any members of unit 13 uss boxer 1953-1954



Entry: 46842
Subject: LT DUANE THORIN HONORED

Maurice Gibbs wrote on November 13, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: NANTUCKET ISLAND MA

Unit: NAVY

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Came to know LT Duane Thorin at NAS Lakehurst in
60-61 when I was a First Class and then Chief. Kept in
touch until 64 and then lost touch. Sad to hear of his
passing. I dedicated Nov 11, 2004 Veterans Day
keynote presentation to the memory of LT Duane
Thorin and in honor of a Vietnam POW, VADM William
P. Lawrence, then a CDR and CO of VA 143, who
retired as a VADM. Both kept the faith and served their
country with uncommon valor in the face of their awful
prison experiences.

Keywords: CDR Mo Gibbs, 34 year Navy veteran (not in Korea)



Entry: 46841
Subject: LT DUANE THORIN HONORED

Maurice Gibbs wrote on November 13, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: NANTUCKET ISLAND MA

Unit: NAVY

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Came to know LT Duane Thorin at NAS Lakehurst in
60-61 when I was a First Class and then Chief. Kept in
touch until 64 and then lost touch. Sad to hear of his
passing. I dedicated Nov 11, 2004 Veterans Day
keynote presentation to the memory of LT Duane
Thorin and in honor of a Vietnam POW, VADM William
P. Lawrence, then a CDR and CO of VA 143, who
retired as a VADM. Both kept the faith and served their
country with uncommon valor in the face of their awful
prison experiences.

Keywords: CDR Mo Gibbs, 34 year Navy veteran (not in Korea)



Entry: 45142
Subject: KOREAN WAS HELICOPTER VET

John Ferreira wrote on August 11, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: My Father George Ferreira AD1, was assigned to either or both HU-1 and HU-2 during the 50's. He was a crewman and was in the Korea War. He is still alive and well living in Pensacola Fl. I am his son. Also I am a Rotor Head. Was in HC-2 (1975-79) and HT-18 . Would like my dad to have communication with any living Helo Vets from that time.



Entry: 43663
Subject: CRASH OF UP39

Rioh Hewer wrote on June 9, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: YUCAIPA CA

Unit: HU-1, VU-7, VU5. VU5A

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I'm interested in any information regarding the crash of the 2 seat HO3S1 UP-39 out of NAS Miramar. If I recall correctly it occured in 1952, when it hit a 50,000 volt powerline.

Keywords: UP-39



Entry: 41782
Subject: HU-1 DET IN SASEBO 1960

Phil Eakins wrote on March 16, 2004


City and State: FPO AP

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I'm the volunteer curator for the naval museum at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan. I'm interested in photos showing the squadron markings of the HU-1 detachment's HUP-2 Retriever that was assigned to MINEFLOT One at Sasebo, Japan in 1960. Would like to build a model for the museum featuring these squadron markings. Also interested in viewing the squadron patch of this same HU-1 detachment. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Keywords: HU-1, Sasebo, Japan, MINEFLOT One



Entry: 40109
Subject: LAST CHANCE TAXI

Jack Wigley wrote on January 20, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: VC 35

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was on the Phil Sea with VC 35 in 52-53. Seems like one of the rescue helicoptors had a sign THE LAST CHANCE TAXI Is this true or is my old memory that bad?

Keywords:



Entry: 38042
Subject: RE: MSG NR. 37994

James W. Deatherage wrote on November 5, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I would ask that the keeper of this forum remove the referenced message in its entirety, or at least, excise the first paragraph of it.

Following the receipt of several eamils from the readers of the referenced message and the search through my personal papers, I can but offer an apology for my comment. It was MY own 72 year old memory at fault, not theirs, and if there were any indication of slighting of the memories of or the actions of either Ltjg Koelsch or Duane Thorin, I can but state that it was not intended.

Too many pilots and crews served bravely and with little fanfare in that war to have me demean their efforts and courage.

Jim Deatherage

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Entry: 37994
Subject: HU-1 NAS MIRAMAR TO ALF REAM

James W. Deatherage wrote on November 3, 2003

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Someone has a poor memory on Chief Thorin. He was flying as crewman (not pilot) on an HO3S-1 Sikorsky helicopter, with pilot LT(jg) Koelsch, and I think they were flying off the Princeton (CV-37) or had just been replaced off that carrier. I think the assistant crew chief to Chief Thorin was one John Bernard Bennett. My recollection of the affair was that a second chopper tried several times to retrieve both chopper crew and downed pilot, but the ground fire was so heavy as to make it impossible.

I will share photos of the 1951 crew from the Phil Sea, the (52)Iowa, and the (53)Manchester, on request. Names were Bernard Samuels, Ltjg; Raymond Karls, ADC(AP); AD1s George Moore and George Morrell, PO3 (ET) James Harkins; AMM3 Charles Baker; ADANs Glen Papasan and James Deatherage. From the Iowa, pilots David Lumsden and Lt. Ben Leathers; AD1 Lonnie Walters, W. Myers, Tyburski. From the Toledo-Manchester, Ens. Paul Johnson; Lt. Sullivan; ET3 Turner.

And, for all the 'ready room round tablers" from Miramar and Ream, I told you so--that the chopper could do a loop and survive!!"

Keywords: Phil Sea then Princeton(Jan 51-Sep 51); Iowa (Apr 52-Sep 52); Toledo and Manchester (early 53- Sep 53)temp duty from (Nov 1950) first, Miramar, then from ALF Ream.



Entry: 37856
Subject: USS KEARSARGE

C. Ray McMillan wrote on October 28, 2003

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am interested in other pilots and other Navy personnel who served aboard the Kearsarge during the Korean conflict. I flew the HO3S from that carrier in 1952-53 with an Ensign Henry, I believe. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who served on that illustrious ship at that time.

Keywords: USS Kearsarge, HU-1, Sikorsky HO3S



Entry: 32022
Subject: HU-1 INFORMATION

Mark Bennett wrote on February 14, 2003


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Comments: I am seeking information and insignia related to Helicoptor Utility Squadron 1 (HU-1). My father, Lt. Commander Charles Bennett, was assinged to this squadron in the late 50's or early sixties. At that time, the squadron was temporarily based ashore at Ream Field, Ca. Please forward any info or contacts. Thank you.

Mark Bennett

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Entry: 31821
Subject: HU-1 UNIT 9 CREW

William (Bill) Dixon wrote on February 8, 2003


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Comments: Lt. William C. Dixon, O-in-C Unit 9 seeking information on my crew members AD-1 Joe Daly, NY; AD-2 Don Schwab, IN; AD-3 Ed Kyllonen, Seattle; ADAN Mc Daniel, IN; ADAN A.J. Lienczewski, Detroit; AMAN Ray Zook, Kansas City; Lt. Harold (Harry) F. Snowden, San Diego. I have recently contacted ATAN Bill Covington, Ft Worth, TX. We were did many "behind the lines" rescues of pilots from several carriers, VMF and South African pilots based ashore and hunted/sunk mines at Wonsan. Capt. William Dixon USN (Retired)

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Entry: 30413
Subject: SEARCH FOR UNIT MEMBERS

George Bender wrote on December 15, 2002

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City and State: REEDSPORT OR

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Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments: searching for helicopter crew who were on board the u.s.s. sicily on march 4 1953 off the coast of san clemente island, and were involved in helicopter crash, names are, LT. KEMP, and AD-1 PRONICHIN. Please contact George Bender at dragonfly2@harborside.com or call 1-541-271-1524

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Entry: 29608
Subject: DUANE THORIN

Joel Bader wrote on November 15, 2002

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City and State: WEST DES MOINES IA

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Comments: I might be mistaken, but I think Lt. Duane Thorin, USN, who passed away recently, was the basis for the Mike Forney character in James Michener's novel The Bridges At Toko-Ri. In the movie version, Forney was played by Mickey Rooney.

Please advise me on the accuracy of this info. (I found much of it on the internet--I happen to be interested in military history and the works of James Michener.)

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Entry: 29175
Subject: DONAL R. HOLLIS

Diana Roe Hollis wrote on October 30, 2002

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Comments: This is to inform you that Donal R. Hollis passed away this past weekend. His funeral will be 11-2-02 in Port Jefferson Station, New York

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Entry: 29096
Subject: LT. DUANE THORIN

Earl Lanning wrote on October 27, 2002

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Unit: U.S.S. ROCHESTER

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Comments: Lt. Duane Thorin passed away Oct.24,2002 He was a Chief,flying helicopters during the Korean war. Captured Feb. 7,1952 at Wonsan. Was enturned in camp annex #2 on the Yalu river until Pamunjom. Earl F. Lanning

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Entry: 28277
Subject: DONAL RANDALL HOLLIS,HELO PILOT

Diana Roe Hollis wrote on September 15, 2002

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Comments: ships,flight crew,friends. anyone who has information about his Korean experience

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Entry: 28183
Subject: WILLIAM 'HORSECOLLAR' HARGRAVE

Todd Hargrave wrote on September 11, 2002

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Comments: Looking for Air Sea Rescuemen (ADE) who served with my Grandfather (ADE1 William S. Hargrave) aboard the USS Yorktown (1953-1954). Any other shipmates in his helo detachment or who knew him please respond.

Keywords: HU-1, Hargrave, Helo, Arnicar, USS Yorktown, Fighting Lady, 1953, 1954, West Pac.



Entry: 27938
Subject: HELO PILOT DONAL R HOLLIS

D.R. Hollis wrote on August 31, 2002

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Comments: seeking updated info on his korea experience

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