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Jim Donaldson Email
9 hours ago

City, State: Wilsonville, OR

Assigned to VR-24 Det. in Naples late 1959 to late 1961.
AE2 TF1 COD plane captain .

Darrell Brock Email
Jan 10

City, State: Foley, Alabama

In Naples, Italy (NALCOELMREP) from 12/54 to 10/55.  Also served under CDR  Maclaren,  LCDR Piersall, Lt Dryfoose, ALC Pappy Lynn, ADC Shinn.  My crew was AB1 Flannigan PO3s Johnson and York.  I was a YN3 at that time.  Returned to VR24 Port Lyauteyfor completion of tour, but returned for 3 months  1/57 to 4/57 - then FASRON 200, Blackbushe, UK for 3 years.  Retired 09/73 (PNC)

harold hayes 
Jan 6

City, State: Rotonda West, florida 33947

Just correcting my initial entry, had a nice party before, should have waited to sober up before typing it.

harold hayes 
Jan 6

City, State: rotonda swest, florfida

I was in Nalcoelmrep Naples Italy from 1955 to 1959. Worked with some very fine guys like General Harp and officers like Lt. Merritt, Lt.Spurgeon, Lt. Richuardson and of course Commander McLaren. Hope they all continued in the service and or are happily retired. Yes they fledw TBM's and R5D,s then.


Jan 1

City, State: Hooks, Texas

Happy new year to all the fantastic shipmates who made our beloved VR-24 into the very best squadron in the USN. I was lucky enough to serve under Captain James Sperling who I fondly remember to this day.

Kenneth Collins Email
Dec 9, 2019

City, State: kmath4949@gmail.com

i would like to thank Randy Coates and Susan Woods for their work in putting together another successful VR-24 Reunion in Jacksonville. Everything went off without a hitch and it was really great to see some of my old friends and shipmates again. If you didn't go, you missed a great time. 

Ricardo izuierdo Email
Oct 25, 2019

City, State: Chandler, az

Please let me know whereabouts of CDR Palma, XO-CO, 1979/1982. V/r... Thank you.

Richard Prather Email
Oct 13, 2019

City, State: Albuquerque, NM

A message from Randy Coates: Hello Lifting Eagle shipmates. The reunion is fast approaching. I want to remind everyone October 23 is the deadline to pay and mail in your registration form to Susan Woods & book your hotel reservation at the Group Rate. Thanks for your cooperation, I look forward to seeing everyone in November.

Thanks to Tess Wolstenholme and Randy Coates for their ongoing efforts to make this year's reunion happen. Please contact Randy for questions and answers about this year's reunion. His email address is: randycoates8251@gmail.com

Wishing everyone a great reunion in Jacksonville!

Richard Prather, VR-24 web manager/editor

Ray Dalton Email
Oct 6, 2019

City, State: Louisville, KY

Served at Capo during 1973/74.  AMS3.  Was original maintenance crew for the T-39's; 361, 362, 363.  Arrived in Naples and was barely there a month and they sent me back to St. Louis for 2 weeks of T-39 training at Rockwell (at my request).  Wish I could do it again.  Great duty station with lots to do in Naples and surrounding area.  We were always fearful when we heard stories about moving to Sig.  Guess it finally happened a few years later! Two of the best years of my life.  Spent last year in VR-1 Norfolk. Thank you Uncle Sam for putting me through Engineering school in Youngstown Ohio.  In Louisville Ky for past 35+ years.  Will share some photos when I figure out how to do that.

Dave Khan Email
Oct 3, 2019

City, State: Fort Worth, TX

Hello all, I’m currently an AWFCS at VR-59. Flown the C-9B and currently the C-40A. I’m a also a big history nerd so when I acquired a VR-24 plaque that belonged to AFCM Gerencser I wanted to learn more about the background of this squadron. My grandfather was in NATS (VR-3 was his last unit) so I have a family history in Naval Air Logistics. Thanks for all who have served before and please feel free to reach out of you know of any old plaques or items that would otherwise get lost as I’m always looking for them to add to my collection. Thanks!
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