VF-194 Fighter Squadron


Photo by Hal Barker








Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 94882
Subject: BUREAU NUMBER

ROBERT THAYER THAYER wrote on August 15, 2017


City and State: TACOMA WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am trying to the find the Bureau Number of Ken Schechter's AD-1 Skyraider that he was flying when he made a emergency landing at Jersey Bounce on March 22 1952. Also would like to know my Late Father's ( LTJG John Howard Thayer) AD Skyraider Bureau Number as well. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated Thank you.

ABF1(AW) Ret Robert L. Thayer

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Entry: 91565
Subject: LT. CDR DON BRUBAKER

Paul Brubaker wrote on July 18, 2015


City and State: BERTHOUD CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Lt Cdr Brubaker was in this squadron in the early 50's. He is my uncle, and i would love to hear from anyone who flew with him. Thank you.

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Entry: 88128
Subject: VF-194 10TH ANNUAL REUNION

Steve Davis wrote on January 15, 2014


City and State:

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: VF-194 is having their 10th annual reunion in Seattle. Check the VF-194 website for details http://vf-194.synthasite.com.

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Entry: 83881
Subject: VF194/ALAMEDA/EL CENTROVALLEY FORGE/FALLON/BOXER

Dale Crews wrote on August 12, 2012


City and State: MS

Unit: VF194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a Plane Captain on the Valley cruise, and in
the metal shop on the Boxer cruise.
Did the trips to El Centro, the first one, the crew
was flown down to the Salton Sea on one of the Martin
Mars aircraft ! They are a real part of Naval Air
History. Quite an experience !

Keywords: Remembrance : Ken Sheckter and Howie Thayer - - -
Brubaker and Broomhead's heroism



Entry: 82586
Subject: VF-194 FIGHTER SQUADRON

Donald Keesey wrote on March 25, 2012

Deceased

City and State: BENSENVILLE IL

Unit: VF-194 METALSHOP

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served aboard the USS Valley Forge from Jan. 1951 to Sep
1951 with VF194. Then went to sea with VF-194 on the USS
Boxer from May 1952 - Feb 1953. Stationed in Alameda when
not on cruises.

Keywords: Joe Akagi, Ens Schecter.



Entry: 80400
Subject: VF-194 8TH ANNUAL REUNION IN SAN DIEGO

Steve Davis wrote on September 16, 2011


City and State:

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: VF-194 is having their 8th annual reunion in San
Diego. Check the VF-194 website for details http://vf-
194.synthasite.com

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Entry: 76690
Subject: DIETS TIPS

James Christopher SR. wrote on November 11, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: These are great diet tips. Thank you I will share this

Keywords: Nicknames



Entry: 73930
Subject: VF-194 HISTORY IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 14, 2010


City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit: HISTORIAN

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: My book on F4U Corsair Operations in the Korean War was recently published. Currently, I am writing a hard bound book entitled "U.S. Naval Aviation Operations in the Korean War". It will include squadron / detachment histories, personal comments from squadron/air group personnel and plenty of color slides / photographs showing all the aircraft. If anyone has anything that they think might be helpful to me, please let me know.

Warren Thompson

Keywords: Naval Aviation History in the Korean War



Entry: 73198
Subject: 1953 KOREAN COMBAT

Thomas A. Smith wrote on January 19, 2010


City and State: POINCIANA FL

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Flew AD-4NA's off USS Boxer. 35 sorties. Last mission on the day of armistice signing...

Nominated for DFC, but never received. Three Air Medals. Navy Commendation Ribbon. Other awards.

Looking for missing members of ATG-1 (VF-194) who have never attended our
air group (ATG-1) reunions.

Only interested in Navy comrades or family members.

"TA"

Keywords: ATG-1 VF-194 Yellow Devils



Entry: 64860
Subject: VF-194 IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 22, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I have been a military aviation historian / writer / contributing editor for over 40 years. This has led to my having numerous books and articles published. You can get on line and go to either www.amazon.com or www.google.com and type in Warren Thompson where they ask for "search". Currently, I am writing a book on the F4U Corsair in the Korean War. I would like to hear from anyone that served in the squadron during that era.

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Entry: 64859
Subject: VF-194 IN THE KOREAN WAR

Warren Thompson wrote on March 22, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I have been a military aviation historian / writer / contributing editor for over 40 years. This has led to my having numerous books and articles published. You can get on line and go to either www.amazon.com or www.google.com and type in Warren Thompson where they ask for "search". Currently, I am writing a book on the F4U Corsair in the Korean War. I would like to hear from anyone that served in the squadron during that era.

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Entry: 53399
Subject: VF-194 YELLOW DEVILS

Kenneth Parker SR. wrote on October 2, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: FRESNO CA

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I joined VF-194 on board the USS Boxer, CVA-21 in Alameda after attending Combat Aircrewman School(VP-1 NAS Whidbey Island)in Dec.1952. They were loading our planes for early departure for the 1953 war cruise (my first)to Korea and Task Force 77. We proceeded to Hawaii for special training, on to Yokuska, Japan for "War Loads" where I was introduced to the "Cherry Bar" in Yokuska and saw my first bar fight(from under the table)...they lost the big mirror that night, the Shore Patrol broke it up, and I learned what "Marine Green" meant on the LST ride back to the ship after dark. I was 18 yrs. old and a new Airman itching to fight the communist and protect America. I learned the value of total teamwork, high moral, dedication to duty and full attention to keeping our Skyraiders operational and getting our pilots safely back. Sadly, we lost some and some were buried at sea. A kid no more, a man made by serving our Nation in time of war. Three more Carrier cruises to Korea with VC-3 Team Mike and newly formed VF-194 (F2h-3 Banshees)out of Moffet Field ended my regular Navy commitment. The next four years I was assigned to VP-19, VP-871 and VP-872 (P2V-5 Neptunes)out of NAS Oakland as Radarman flying Anti-Submarine Warfare patrols off California (Weekend Warriors USNR). Photos of my Yellow Devil days provide a continuing reminder of the sacrifices made by all of us who served our country so well during that time and place. I am a proud Yellow Devil and this old "Airdale" would do it all over again if called. I hope to be at the next reunion to see some of my squadron mates again and exchange "war stories" about those exciting times.

Keywords: "Peaceful Parker", AD-4,-NA Skyraiders, VF-111, VF-152, (F9F Panther Jets), Peter Peter (VC-3 F2H-2 Photo Jocks), Lt. Joe Akagi-cool Pilot),VF-194 "Baker"; Nose Art: "Miss Collatta Lou"- A/C#420, "Jole-Blon"-A/C#407,Van Puckett (Norman, OK), "Dear John" Colvin (Rome, GA), Almanza, Joe Cotton (Guitar picker), USS Boxer CVA-21, "Cherokee Strike", Task Force 77 March-August 1953 Korean War Cruise



Entry: 46105
Subject: VF-194 REUNION

Jim Crumly wrote on October 1, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: VF-194 Reunion will be held March 25, 26, 27, 2005 at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Laughlin Nevada. For more information check the VF-194 webpage at http://hometown.aol.com/hogbody46/vf-194LEGENDARYREDLIGHTNINGS.html or contact Jim Crumly at vf-194_reunion@hotmail.com

Keywords: VF-194 Reunion



Entry: 25553
Subject: BOXER CRUISE 1953

Jerry McMillin wrote on May 17, 2002


City and State: PUNTA GORDA FL

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 22691
Subject: GUY('TURN-TOO') THRAILKILL

Guy Thrailkill wrote on January 27, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: COLUMBIA SC

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served on the USS Boxer from Sept. 1950 - Dec. 1952.

Keywords: USS Boxer, VF-194,



Entry: 16723
Subject: ROY A. ERWIN

Roy Erwin wrote on May 22, 2001


City and State: SUN CITY AZ

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I made the trips to Korea on the Boxer, in '53, and the Wasp, in '54/'55. I was an AT in the squadron, and was discharged in May, 1955. Don Whittemore and I maintained, among other equipments, the toss-bombing equipment our Exec used to knock out a bridge from 20,000 feet.

Keywords: Personal friends were Don Whittemore, Don Morrow, Gerry Brown, Will Harvey, Bob Harrelson, Bob Brost, J.D. Harris, etal.



Entry: 11552
Subject: YELLOW DEVILS

Deward (Terry) Huff wrote on September 7, 2000

Deceased

City and State: WOODCREST CA

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served with VF-194 from July 1950, through the end of 1952, as a plane captain, and later as a parachute rigger. Was aboard when we chose the squadron emblem, a yellow devil, with a spade for background, holding .50 cal machine guns, rockets, and belts of ammo. We chose it from several emblems that had been given for consideration. Back in the early days, we had slot machines in our line shack.

Keywords: VF-194



Entry: 8234
Subject: VF-194

Steve Davis wrote on April 25, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I was in VF-194 in 65-66 and would like to start a web page on VF-194. On my web page I would like to list date established, what carriers it was on with dates, and what land bases it was assigned to with dates. I think it was established sometime during ww2 and disestablished after WW2. I think 194 was established for Korea and disestablished after. I think it was established for the Vietnam war and now it is disestablished again. Any information about VF-194 that you can recall would help. Any documents interesting about VF-194 that you could email to me would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Steve Davis
Spokane Washington
Site of the 2001 Bon Homme Richard Reunion

Keywords: VF-194



Entry: 5156
Subject: VF 194 LOWELL SHATTO

Danny Owen wrote on November 20, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: PARIS TN

Unit: VF 194

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I would like to know more about my friend's time in Korea. He doesn't much like to talk about it, but I am intertested in knowing more about what he did. I believe he flew a Skyraider.
Any help would be appreciated.
I am a Vietnam vet, myself.

Keywords: USS Boxer, VF 194



Entry: 3872
Subject: ORDNANCE CREW

Frank R. Patterson wrote on November 3, 1999


City and State: SAN MATEO CA

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship: Navy

Comments: I was a member of the of the VF-194 ordinance crew.

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Entry: 2923
Subject: JOSEPH COTTRELL

Joseph Cottrell wrote on April 14, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: MESQUITE TX

Unit: VF-194

Service or Relationship:

Comments: VF-194

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