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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


Ken Collins Email
Oct 10, 2016

City, State: Broken Arrow, OK

Comments:
Just wanted to thank Susan and Mary Jo for the great job they did in getting the Branson re-union together.  i know that it was a monumental task for them traveling all the way from California. Also want to give Virgil and Bob credit for their contribution.   It went off without a hitch and was very organized and enjoyable. If you missed it there is always next year.  l would like to hook up with some of the folks stationed in Naples from 1969-1973. 


Lt David Ricksecker, USN Ret 
Oct 9, 2016

City, State: Pace, Florida

Comments:
Stationed in VR-24 at Sigonella from mid 1977 to 1979. Got there as a freshly minted AT-3 before the first RH-53D showed up. Lots of trips in those old helos as they took the ground support crew everywhere to keep them flying.


Ken Knight Email
Oct 7, 2016

City, State: Highlands, NC

Comments:
I was assigned to VR-24 from Oct 82 as a new CWO 2 until Oct 84.  I served with VP 24 at NAS JAX for 4 years and was promoted to CWO 3and 4. I then was assigned as OIC NAESU Det JAX 2 years.  I was sent to the USS Midway in YKO Japan as the AIMD Div Officer.  Went through Desert Storm and decommissioned  her in San Diego, where she is now a floating Museum.  My last duty station before I retired was Logistic/Maintenance Officer for Commander Patrol Wing 11 at NAS JAX.  I retired on 1 Dec 1994 with over 30 years active duty. I now live in the mountains of Western NC with my wife of 22 years Sarah.    

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