VP-731 Patrol Squadron


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Entry: 90455
Subject: 50S VP 731 / VP48

Joseph (Fred) Weitlauf wrote on January 24, 2015


City and State: GRANTS PASS OR

Unit: VP 731 / VP 48 USN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Iwakuni, Caviti, Formosa, North Island, All just memories now, But, in those days they were all very real and were all connected to that KOREAN War. We were too young to be afraid of those big blue twin tailed seaplanes even tho we had a right to be. Those old Martin Mariners carried us through thousands of hours in the air and most of it was over endless waters of the Pacific.
I'm in the mid 80s now and still kicking. If any of you guys are still out there I would like a call or e-mail from you any time, or if you ever come through Grants pass Oregon call me at:
541- 956 9171. Well, til then good luck. J. Fred Weitlauf

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Entry: 89940
Subject: CREW 1 PATCH

David Wisecarver wrote on November 9, 2014

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City and State: VALRICO FL

Unit: VP 731

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Does anyone have a picture of VP 731 Crew 1's patch they can send? I'm trying to reconstruct Albert Pruett's flight jacket for the family. Thanks. Dave Wisecarver

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Entry: 89935
Subject: INFORMATION

David Wisecarver wrote on November 8, 2014

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City and State: VALRICO FL

Unit: VP-731

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I'm trying find anyone who served with Albert Forrest Pruett in VP 731 during the Korean War or during his service. Mr. Pruett passed away 22 Oct 14 in Mobile, Alabama. I'm a friend of the family and would like to build a shadow box to recognize his service to the nation for his wife and family. I helped the family request his official service records and they have sent me several pictures. He was buried with military honors and the Navy Honor Guard did an exceptional job. Any specific story or memories that you can share would be appreciated. His family doesn't know much about his time in uniform. Thank you all for your honorable and faithful service to the nation. V/r, Dave Wisecarver

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Entry: 89253
Subject: JAMES H. MOREY

John Morey wrote on July 1, 2014


City and State: ROSWELL GA

Unit: VP731

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, James H. Morey of Granville, Ohio, will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery on July 8, 2014 at 9:00 am. God bless all of you courageous men who served with him during WW2 aboard the U.S.S. Hancock and VP 731 during the Korean War. For those of us that appreciate your sacrifices, we are forever in your debt. For those who do not, go somewhere else and take your leader with you...

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Entry: 88862
Subject: VP 731 VP 48 PBM SQUADRON

Joseph (Fred) Weitlauf wrote on May 9, 2014


City and State: GRANTS PASS OR

Unit: VP 731 / VP 48 USN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hello to any of the guys still left from the squadron. Anyone passing near Grants Pass
OR
call me at ( 541 ) 956 9171 . Lunch ? VP 48 crew SF 8

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Entry: 87738
Subject: VP-731 / VP48

Joseph (Fred) Weitlauf wrote on November 16, 2013


City and State: GRANTS PASS OR

Unit: VP 731, VP 48

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Crew 8 , Radio/Radar. Iwakuni, Japan. Cavite, Phillipines

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Entry: 78291
Subject: AVIATION RADIOMAN 3RD CLASS 1950- 1952

Donald C. Courtney wrote on March 22, 2011


City and State: FARMINGTON HILLS MI

Unit: VP 731

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Aviation Radioman 3rd Class (AL3)

I was a member of VP-731 and flew as a radio operator for a short time with Crew 9 and later on with Crew 3 for the first deployment. While on the second deployment I flew as First Radio Operator for Crew 9. Our PPC was Lt. Calvin and our Commanding Officer was Commander W. T. O'dowd, the "Captain". We had two of our people killed in action by two Mig fighters on July 31, 1952. Harlan Gay Goodroad and Claude Playforth. We shall remember. They took away our two 50 caliper deck turret machine guns and gave us a "searchlight". Whoopee..just what we needed.

Keywords: SF9, SF3, SF9



Entry: 42814
Subject: VP-731 FIRST DEPLOYMENT

Thomas N. (Tom) JOnes wrote on May 4, 2004

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City and State:

Unit: VP-731

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was one of the pilots in Crew 3 during the first deploment. We were based at Sangley Point, RP, with detachments at Hong Kong, Buckner Bay, Okinawa, and the Pescadores.

Keywords: VP-731



Entry: 31245
Subject: VP-731 MIG ENCOUNTER

Joe Brennan wrote on January 14, 2003


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am trying to gather information about the air combat operations of USN squadrons in Korea. In case of VP-731 I am interested in any information on the encounter between a VP-731 a/c and MiG’s 31 July 1952. Any further info on this encounter, or others, first hand or not, would be helpful.

Keywords: units, aircraft



Entry: 27874
Subject: IWAKUNI,JUNE - DEC, 1952

Glen Winterscheidt SR. wrote on August 28, 2002

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City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: VP-731

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was a member of Crew 12 as pictured in the tour book, Iwakuni, June/Dec, 1952. Also flew in Sam Bailey,s crew.

Keywords: Flying PBM-5S2,s from Iwakuni, Japan, May to Dec,1952.



Entry: 27704
Subject: RADARMAN ON PBM JUNE 52 TILL SEPT 53

William Quick wrote on August 19, 2002

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City and State: MARISSA IL

Unit: VP 731

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Flew with the Iron Duke 52 thru 53. Was with VP 731 during their second deployment. Have some old pictures of base at Iwakuni and a few of plane inside and out. I'm talking about the true patrol plane the PBM.

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Entry: 23054
Subject: DEPLOYMENT MEMORIES

Lawrence Neumann wrote on February 10, 2002


City and State: TRUMBULL CT

Unit: VP731

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was squadron electronic officer on the first deployment to Sangley Point after return to USA I also was in Vu-3a (target drone) with Chubby Lyons the top drone pilot in the us military. I also served in FAW-14, Nas Pt Mugu, and in 1955/56 I was in VW-2 det A which became VQ- in sept 55. I was went to inacdu in July 1956.

Keywords: Sangley point, Kerama Rhetto, Formosa strait







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