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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


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.
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