the assorted works of G. H. Spaulding

PATROL SQUADRON SEVENTEEN

 

Home page for VP-17 alumni

(1970-75 or thereabouts, but all vintages welcome)

 

 

This site last updated  10 Dec 2016

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CHATTANOOGA 2016 - COMMENTS AND PHOTOS

2016 REUNION  ATTN TO ATTENDANCE LIST

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Passing of Oak Osborn

 

Excellent article

Russia's submarine activities are at their highest since the cold war

http://www.businessinsider.com/russias-submarine-activities-are-at-their-highest-since-the-cold-war-2016-4

 

Kaneohe PBY pilot from CO was first American WWII casualty

 

Damned good artwork by Don Purdy

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More of Don's work can be seen at:  https://www.facebook.com/Don-Purdy-Studio-626827564001260/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel. Check it out!

And here's the link to an awesome Vietnam-War related video on which Don Purdy is a co-narrator:

http://doseckes.com/q/Vs80zKkaqQkRWI2k1SlAdg

 

 

Mark Byars marries Pam; three photos.

Bullet Bob Barclay marries Anna; one photo

Passing of J.T. Jackson (six years ago)

Passing of Frank Mikusi

Passing of Bill Schrager

Bon Voyage, Janice Ketchum

Mary at the Oscars

Mary's Mini Reunion

FINAL P-3C EAST COAST DEPLOYMENT ENDS  (Scroll down to VP Squadron Activities Department)

LAST VP SQUADRONS SET TO LEAVE HAWAII (Scroll down to VP Squadron Activities Department)

What the Barbers Pt BOQ looks like today - http://www.wakeagardenapts.com/

VP-17 CRUISE BOOK 1972 (the whole enchilada) -- Far East 1972

......And here is that same Cruise Book in video format and set to music on YouTube:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYrAs_FBXrM

Thanks to Lee Trotter for all his hard work on both of the above!

 

2013 REUNION PHOTOS

CONGRATS TO JOHN B. CARTER ON HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

BEFORE YOU'RE TOO DAMNED OLD

MAD-EQUIPPED USAAF BOMBER IN 1942

GUAD HERO TURNS 100 - CHRISTMAS 2012

Some of John's Cherished 100th Birthday Surprises 

Evading Mao and His People's Liberation Army (Features list below)

Marta's Poem to Baby Eleanor (Features list below)

NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES (2010 REUNION PICS button)

Final list of Who's Coming (2010 REUNION button)

Two grrrrrreat new "Hot Links" (2010 REUNION button

Death of Lynne Byars (BULLETIN BOARD button)

VP-17 U-Tube video (Features list below)

GREAT N.O. INFO FROM GUY LEARY & DANNY MEYER (2010 REUNION button

Death of Kent Link (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Justin Wilson Cajun humor (2010 REUNION button

Chance meeting in San Diego (2010 REUNION button

 2010 Reunion set (2010 REUNION button

State of Nevada Historic Places Reg Form (ZE-6)  (Features list below)

VIDEO of P-8A's maiden flight 25 Apr 09  (P-3, P-8 UPDATES button)

Be sure to check for recently added bios  (BIOS & PHOTOS button)

LOST CONTACT List (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Slide show - EP-3 removal from China (Features list below)

Updated origins of VP-17 (Features list below)

Departed Shipmates Update (IN MEMORIAM button)

Upcoming reunions - 2008, 2010 (relevant button)

Kishie Bushnell update (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Death of AWC Chuck Embach (BULLETIN BOARD button)

*** 2007 Reunion Photos  (2007 REUNION PICS button)

More 1970s photos from Doug McWhorter (1970s Photos page)

More 1970s photos provided by Marta Heffner (1970s Photos page)

Great newspaper article about Hans Bakken (BULLETIN BOARD button)

1970s photos provided by Doug McWhorter (1970s Photos page)

Meaning and derivation of "Bravo Zulu" ("BZ") (Features list below)

Six VP personnel killed on 9/11 VP fatalities-Pentagon

Wives' famous deployment recipes (Features list below)  

VP-17's final cruise book - Corrected (Features list below)

VP-17 alums from all eras (Features list below)

(List updated constantly as more alums check in)

Leo Dete Mission Complete (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Web site seeks okay to visit Midway Atoll (Features list below)

Battle-of-Midway Gooneys (Features list below)

Doc Bakken's son treats Bob Woodruff in Iraq (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Memorial for lost crew of ZE-06 (BULLETIN BOARD button)

Cubi Bar/Cubi Cat Shot (Features list below)

 

DEPARTMENTS

1970s PHOTOS

BULLETIN BOARD

IN MEMORIAM

BIOS & PHOTOS

  72-3 DEPLOYMENT JRNLS

BARBERS, IROQUOIS PTS

P-3, P-8 UPDATES

VP SQUADRON ACTIVITIES

 JOKES & SUCH

                                

REUNION PHOTOS

 

2016 - Chattanooga

 

2013 - Chattanooga

 

2010 - New Orleans

 

2007 - Colorado Springs

 

2004 - Atlanta

1998 - Pensacola

 

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FEATURES

Evading Mao and His People's Liberation Army

 

Poem for Eleanor

 

VP-17 U-TUBE VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHnYCwQ_aTA

State of Nevada Historic Places Reg Form (re ZE-6) 

EP-3 removal from China - pps

Meaning and derivation of "Bravo Zulu" ("BZ")

Wives' famous deployment recipes

 

VP-17's Final Cruise Book (corrected)

 

Origins & History of VP-17

 

VP-17 alums from all eras

 

C'mon, let us visit Midway!

 

(Related VP-17 short story) Battle-of-Midway Gooneys

 

P-2V Neptune: Forgotten Warbird

 

And here's a link to a P-2 story that proves the old adage:

"VP sailors are sly and cunning and bear watching at all times."

VP-6 Crew 12 The Imagination and Cunning by Dick Novetzke

 

Cubi Bar/Cubi Cat Shot

 

Honest Boss

  http://www.hallmark.com/wcsstore/HallmarkStore/images/products/ecards/nfg1969.swf

ZE-6 and the Mayaguez - by Bill O'Brien (great story)

New Cubi, Subic today photos

Romantic dinner

Naha -- Big doin's at the old base

VP-17 party photos from the Susi Ray collection

Cubi Point BOQ now a tourist getaway destination 

Great Blue Angels pics

Wisdom from Grandpa Joe Rasfeld

What is an American?

What he say?

VP Squadron Activities

Exact time, neat clock -- http://yugop.com/ver3/stuff/03/fla.html

 

 

1972 Naha & 1973 Cubi deployment journals

These were hand-written daily journals which I kept through most of the 72 Naha deployment and all of the 73 Cubi deployment. Last year, former crewmember Sid Hanisee asked for a copy of the Cubi journal, so I typed it up in order to make it legible for him. And since I also had notes from the '72 Naha deployment, I typed them up as well. Fortunately, Sid was able to read both journals and to recall a few happier moments during the final months of his life. Jenene said it cheered him up immensely at a time when he was extremely ill. And so, these journals are dedicated to Sid.   

Here's one sample entry from the 1972 Naha journal

Tuesday 7 Mar 1972Noted log entry that a VP-17 1st Class Petty Officer (Snake Stoglin) was arrested by base air police for riding his motorcycle without a license. He was placed in the custody of Lt Purdy.  The next morning, Lt Purdy is reported to be in the custody of the air police for: a) riding his motorcycle without a license; b) no license plates; c) no title, bill of sale or registration. Purdy is released, the motorcycle impounded.

To read more, click here.

 

Hand-carved P-3 model. Click here for details and a note from Pat Maley.

 

 

VP-17 SHORT STORIES ON THIS WEB SITE

 Waddlethromp

Zero-g

Battle-of-Midway Gooneys

 

VP-23 SHORT STORIES ON THIS WEB SITE

Before Red October

Sub on the Rocks

Loch Ness Revisited

 

also

"MISTER BEASLEY"

 

 

LAUNCH 'EM (the movie)

Ever wanted to own a copy of that crazy old Navy film called LAUNCH 'EM? It was filmed in 1956 in black and white by VF-121 (flying F9F-8 Cougars) on board USS Hancock while heading home to San Diego from a WestPac deployment. Personally, I hadn't seen it since the early 1970s and wondered if perhaps it had simply disappeared into a black hole somewhere. Then someone directed me to the web site maintained by the Association of Naval Aviation. While there, I went to the "Store" page and, bingo, there was LAUNCH 'EM. I ordered it ($5.00 total including shipping) and received it via U.S. Mail three days later.  It's only 12 minutes long, cornier than any Three Stooges movie, but has a couple of very good moments. It really is a classic. One star, but recommended nevertheless. If interested, here's the link to the ANA web site. Look for the "Store" page or contact the ANA via the e-mail address listed. 

http://www.anahq.org/index.htm

Sorry, the ANA no longer exists. The ANA "Store" has closed. No idea whether or where Launch 'em is available nowadays. 

 

Launch 'Em e-mail Aug 11, 2010

 

Dear Sir, at the bottom of your webpage, you mention "Launch 'Em!" the 50's-era silent short spoof of carrier naval aviation. Someone put a copy [not the best quality, but at least freely available] on You Tube Video at the following URL:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnlVy8IPUm0

You might wish to update your web page with the link.
V/r

George Jenista
Fort Worth, Texas

hi-plains@juno.com

 

 

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