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Glenn Schumann Email
April 19

City, State: Grand Meadow, MN

Comments:
Wow, didn't realize there was an association for VR24. I was stationed with VR24 DET Rota, late 78 to late 81. I see there is a reunion planned for Nov, hope I can make it, would be nice to renew old friendships.
How do I go about joining the association?


C. B. Kracht Email
April 5

City, State: Connecticut

Homepage URL: recycledscientist.com

Comments:
Was privileged to fly aboard the "World's Biggest Little Airline" several times in 1973-1975 while stationed at NSGD, Naples.  One memorable approach flying into Capo in a thunderstorm - BIG thunderstorm:  our CT-39G was hit twice by lightning, lost engine power and electrics both times.  Two good restarts, and a safe landing in Naples.  I love Navy pilots!  Some shaky knees after that one, though.


Richard Prather Email
April 2

City, State: Albuquerque, NM

Comments:

Hello, Former VR-24 Shipmates and Friends,

Susan and retired ADRC Virgil Woods have announced plans for another VR-24 Reunion in 2017!  This year's reunion will be held 2 to 5 November  in Norfolk, Virginia at the Quality Suites & Sleep Inn, Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport,6280 Northampton Blvd.,Norfolk, VA 23502.

From all reports attendees at the 2016 reunion in Branson, MO really enjoyed themselves. There are many reasons to visit Norfolk. Meeting with old shipmates ranks at the top of the list. So mark your calendars  and plan to join former shipmates and renew friendships in Norfolk this November!

More information will be sent out as details become available.

Dick Prather, VR-24 webmanager/editor


Darrell E Brock Email
March 24

City, State: VEROBBEACH FLORIDA

Comments:
WITH FOND PAST MEMORIES OF HIM, I FOUND THAT AN OLD SHIPMATE I SERVED WITH IN THE UK PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY 2015 IN EXETER N.H.  ROBERT (BOB) BROADBENT SERVED IN VR-24 FROM 1961-1964.  HE WAS AN AVIATION STOREKEEPER, AND RETIRED AS AN AKCM.


Thomas Ratcliffe Email
Feb 17

City, State: Waynesboro, VA

Comments:
I was a Navy dependent while my father was stationed at Naval Base Rota.  My parents best friends flew with VR-24 between 1978-1981.  I just wanted to say thanks for the photos of some of the places I visited during my time there.  


darrell e brock Email
Dec 22, 2016

City, State: Vero Beach FL

Comments:
JUST WANT TO WISH A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GREAT NEW YEAR TO ALL VR-24 SHIPMATES, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE I SERVED WITH IN BOTH NAPOLI AND PORT LYAUTEY BETWEEN 1954 AND 1957


Harold W. Rarden Email
Dec 19, 2016

City, State: Flemingsburg, Ky

Comments:
Just checking back in after a few years.  New Email and address.


Johnny Egan Email
Nov 23, 2016

City, State: Boston, Ma

Comments:
Where are all my squadron 82-84 anyone know or hear from Master Chief Robert Durmant


Bill Lester Email
Oct 19, 2016

City, State: Johnson City, Tn

Comments:
Where are all my shipmates from VR 24 det. Napoli 1956-58?


Mike Carpenter Email
Oct 11, 2016

City, State: Portland, Oregon

Homepage URL: carpenterstax.com

Comments:
Hi -
I just realized that Yom Kippur is coming up, and remember the Unit Commendation Medal? that we (VR-24 Det Rota) earned during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
I was stationed at VR-24 Det Rota from April 1972 until August 1975, arriving as an E-2 fresh out of AK school in Millington TN, and left as an AK-2 after three years, nine months, and 15 days in Rota.  Some of the best years and memories I have.
At the height of the Vietnam War, I was drafted out of High School in Feb 1971, drawing a low number in the first ever national lottery.  Joined the Navy, and spent my Vietnam Era service in Rota.  Maybe I did win the lottery!

Mike
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