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VFP-62 Hanger - Circa 1962-63
Photo by John Sees



Memorabilia from VFP-62 crew members, dusting off memories from decades ago, when we were all that much younger. As Greg Engler says, "At this point in life we have much more to look back at than we have to look forward to, in both time and in events as well."

Updated March 25, 2014

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    Memories of Navy & Shipmates

    I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.

    I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.

    I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrade's drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand.

    As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades ... such good men.

    Taken from Michael Norman, "These Good Men"



  • Good Memories of the Navy:_ "I Like The Navy" -Contributed by Bill Newby.


  • (1/27/13): 5 min. YouTube video I am the American Sailor with Ernest Borgnine (former chief petty officer) and the United States Navy Band. R.I.P. Chief Borgnine. You were a good man. Contributed by Ernie Halley.


  • (8/22/13): U.S. Navy "All Hands" Online website Select from the archives or use this direct link: Digital Magazine Archives from 1922 Adobe (.pdf) format files of each issue of "All Hands Magazine." --Contributed by Jim Brussell (CVA-59 Assn.)

It sure brings back a lot of good memories when I browse the site... memories of a time when things seemed to be a lot simpler.---Jerry Smith

    Memories of Life at VFP-62

    One of the best things we had at Cecil, I thought, was that the EM club was right across the street from the back door to the barracks which made the crawl back to the barracks that much easier and that much less confusing after an evening of 10 cents a can beer. -- Greg Engler

    (1/7/14): VFP-62 flightline early 1960s
    Photo panorama by Vinnie Zabicki
    Click photo to enlarge

  • Greg Engler's discovery of: VFP-62 Time Capsule--NAS Cecil Field [Webmaster's Note: New pages showing the recovery and slavage of the VFP-62 Time Capsule (5/18/11)


  • Fabulous --Collection of NAS Cecil Field Memorabilia __Photos---Past & Present


  • On 8 August 1962 -Miss Florida (Gloria Brodie) pic.#1 -Paid a visit to the "FLYING UBANGIS" - VA-12 at NAS CECIL FIELD. They flew A-4 Skyhawks.Miss Florida (Gloria Brodie) pic.#2 - --Contributed by Frank Buesing

  • 1960 USS Intrepid: Prices Pups - Roster Contributed by: J.J. McKenna

  • Poem to VFP-62 ---CAN BE ENLARGED IN BROWSER WINDOW-- submitted: Capt. Bob Kiem son of VFP-62 CO (1958)Capt Ed Kiem


  • VFP-62 DET 33 Coffee Mug -OINC LCDR Frank "FANG" Liberato. ( Note the fangs on Snoopy ). Submitted by: Jim "SKI" Trenoskie AME2 1960-1963


  • Here's a photo of a:-VFP-62 F8U-1P BuNo 144613--taken by me at the NAS JAX airshow in 1958--J.J. McKenna


  • Photo taken in mid-1960 as our VFP-62 Det.33 was arriving at NAS Norva from NAS Cecil Field, FL.: Unloading Det gear at Norfolk-We were taking our three F8U-1P Crusaders aboard USS Intrepid CVA-11 for carquals, first Crusader unit to operate aboard the Mighty I. Never could figure out why, when we traveled by military cargo, that we had to have our dress uniforms on and then be expected to load/offload our gear - at the aircraft and then at the ship! -J.J. McKenna


  • Det 33-60-Gitmo crew "At Work!!" RF8 927 BuNo 146872)--J.J. McKenna


  • Organized choirs and routy singing were wide-spread activities in the squadrons of the 60's. Check out:_VFP-62 Song Book --Submitted by Jay Kirkland son of LT James T. Kirkland Jr. (VFP-62 pilot 1958 - 1960)


  • (12/18/10)Click to see: Cecil Field C1--Photo 1 and Cecil Field C1--Photo 2..located at Grissom AFB. The plane was used to transport personnel, equipment, at Cecil Field. Photos: Frank Buesing


  • (5/2/12)FOR VFP62 PHOTOMATES:Navy Photo School Given A New Life --Many photomates from VFP-62 have started their careers here. Check it out. Contributed by Bill Newby PHCM


  • (5/9/12)Fun look-back at:JAX Air News/Afterburner Issues --Articles about VFP-62 but there is a link to all pages of each issue. Check out the advertisements. Contributed by Greg Engler


  • (3/25/14)[Webmaster's note: This link has been updated to give all of the cruise books.] EXTERNAL LINK Click to see: Navy Cruise Books --Many cruise books organized by ship and cruise. Contributed by Gerald Musgrove

I was a kid at the time and wish I had been wise enough to appreciate all the experience more. I am grateful to those who led us and kept us safe.--Robert (Bob) Lane (circa 1969 FDR ships company ABF-3)

Webmaster's Note: VFP-62 was a large squadron that supplied detachments (DET) to the fleet carriers. These detachments usually had 30-40 crew members with 2-3 planes. The senior officer was the Officer in Charge (OinC) and senior petty officers would be the leaders of the enlisted maintenance and support crews.

When the carrier returned from deployment, the detachment would return to base at Cecil Field. There was high competition among the various detachments "to be the best". You can see that in the writings of the varous newsletters, which was written by the crew. Very good writing if I might add.




    (9/14/13) VC-62 Korean War Detachment
    USS Leyte (CV 32)
    September 6, 1950 - February 25, 1951

    Photo contributed by Roy Abraham

    Click to see more information: VC-62 Detachments 1950-52

    LT. Marlin Vincent Egert's F2H-2P

    Cruise Report Det 31-56 Med Cruise
    USS Coral Sea
    August 13, 1956 - Feb. 11, 1957

  • (12/8/12) Warning: 9MB Adobe (.pdf) file: Det 32-56 Cruise Report Contributed by the family of Lt. Marlin Vincent Egert: Tom, Mike, Mark & Geoffrey Egert, sons

    Mrs. Egert aboard Coral Sea with F2H-2P


  • (Adobe .pdf format) file: Aircraft Accident Board Appointment

Years ago, I took it for granted but as we age, those VFP-62 days take on new significance.
--Pete Hanner (VFP-62 AE2/ LCOL USMC)

    November 1957 VFP-62 Newsletter
    The arrival of the F8U-1P (RF-8) Crusader

    submitted by Daryl Phillippi

  • 1.5MB Adobe (.pdf) file: VFP-62 enters the supersonic era A good read!! USE BROWSER "BACK ARROW" TO RETURN TO THIS PAGE

"It was an exciting time to be on the FDR with F8s in burner leaving the deck."
--John Dwyer (FDR Det. 37-59)

    Det 42-58 (USS Forrestal) Newsletters
    The first Detachment with F8U-1P's on the USS Forrestal

    submitted by James Taylor USN Ret.

  • Click to see: August 1958 Newsletter

    Det 45-58 (USS Essex) Photos

    submitted by Richard Maioriello

    (7/15/13) Introduction: In July 1958 Lebanon was threatened by a civil war between Maronite Chistians and Muslims. Lebanese Muslims pushed the government to join the newly created United Arab Republic while the Christians wanted to keep Lebanon aligned with the Western powers. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev threatened to use nuclear weapons in the event of an American intervention.

    President Eisenhower responded by authorizing Operation Blue Bat in July 15, 1958. The plan was to occupy and secure the Beirut International Airport, then secure the port of Beirut and appoaches to the city.

    At the end-of-June the USS Essex was anchored at Piraeus, Greece. Also, the carriers USS Saratoga (CVA-60) [see Det 43-58 above] and Wasp were in the Mediterranean.

    The U.S. withdrew its forces in October 1958. [Source: Wikipedia]

  • Click to see: Det 45-58 Photos


    Det 42 (USS Franklin D. Roosevelt) 1962-63

    submitted by Richard Chilton

  • Adobe (pdf format) 2MB file: Page 1 photos -Pilot is Lt. j.g. Rodney Rogers

  • Adobe (pdf format) 2MB file: Page 2 photos -Photomate Harper

    USS Enterprise Det 65 Feb-July 1963


    click to enlarge

    The "Umbilly Cords"---(L-R) Jack Lingley, Don (a Raytheon Rep), LCDR Frank Liberato, Tucker Taylor (pilot form VA 64 or 164 A-4 squadron), LCDR Newby Kelt, LT Jim Curry, a RIO from VF-102. The head in the back was a LTV rep---CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE...photo Cdr. Newby Kelt

    "We were just a group of guys with VFP 62 including Frank Liberato, Newby and me leading the group. We did not call ourselves a chorus, but used to sing or perform at Air Wing parties and special events in the Wardroom."---Jim Curry

  • Det 65 (Feb-Apr 1963) Newsletter--submitted by John Sees

  • Click to see: Det 65 (July 1963) Newsletter--submitted by Jim Trenoskie

"I'm 58 years old. My earliest memory as a child is the smell of jet fuel. My father, LtCmdr. Joe Pline USN Ret. (deceased) served with VFP-62 in or around 1957. I still wear his squadron patch on my riding jacket (with his permission of course)." -- Dale Pline

    YouTube Video -- VFP-62 circa 1964

    submitted by Frank Buesing

    Description of scenes in the video:

  • FLIGHT SCHOOL - T-34 MENTOR SAUFLEY FIELD - NAS PENSACOLA 1964!

  • USS FORRESTAL ARRIVING AT NAS ROOSEVELT ROADS - FEB/1964 "21 GUN SALUTE"

  • "OPERATION SPRINGBOARD" FLIGHT OPERATIONS - FEB/1964 USS FORRESTAL - VFP-62

  • SCENES FROM NAS CECIL FIELD 1964

  • EXTERNAL LINK to You.Tube: Video of VFP-62 circa 1964)

    1967-68 FDR Det 42 Cruise Book Photos

    submitted by Ken Keber


  • Click to see: FDR Det 42 1967-68 Cruise Book Photos

  • [Webmaster's Note: VFP-62 was disestablished in January 1968. This detachment originated as VFP-62 but became VFP-63 in 1968.]

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