VQ Association's Log Book

Note from Mr. Clint Epley, Association Board Member: This is an effort to keep the VQ community more in touch with each other. Right now we have to put up with some rather unsavory pop-ups. Add your comments and stay in touch.



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December 16th 2017
05:43:57 AM
What is your name?  

Terry S Wanner

How did you find this Web Site?  

google search

Where are you from?  

Maryland

Do you have any comments?  

Do you have details on the next reunion for 2018, I believe it\'s in Arizona. We are extending our vacation and need to know the particulars for the reunion. thanks.

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October 1st 2017
03:38:03 PM
What is your name?  

W Lindsay Smith

Do you have any comments?  

Clint I cannot go to Dayton Reunion this year and will cancel my reservations. Can you pass this on to Bob Jones? I have lost his phone numbers.
I caught a sinus infection of a cruise last month and the effort to see the Museum will be too hard this year. I look forward to the future events.
Lindsay

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February 28th 2017
07:29:24 AM
What is your name?  

Ronald (Ron) Pensel

How did you find this Web Site?  

A mutual friend told me about it.

Where are you from?  

Originally from Missouri but now living in Southwest Washington State

Do you have any comments?  

I served in VQ-1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was present when VQ-1 and VW-1 became one squadron. I was an AT working on Guam and part of the flight crews, flying in the A3s. I served on Guam from 1969-1972 and would love to hear from anyone from that time period or who may remembered me.
Ron Pensel-rjpensel@comcast.net

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February 20th 2017
04:22:17 PM
What is your name?  

Clint Epley

Where are you from?  

texas

Do you have any comments?  

BRIGHTMAN, Capt. James Morris (\"Jim\") (Ret.)
Age 81, of Fairview, Texas, passed away February 13, 2017 after a tough battle with Dementia. He was born July 20, 1935, in Harlingen, Texas, to Lieuen Morris and Mary Virginia (Loomis) Brightman. He grew up primarily in Sherman, TX. After graduating from North Texas State University (now UNT), he entered the US Navy and completed OCS in Newport, RI in 1957. On April 24, 1958, he married the love of his life, Sarah Sue Compton in Sherman, as he began his distinguished 29 year Naval Career and their world-wide adventure together.

Jim\'s Naval service took him and the family all over the world, including Iwakuni, Japan; Arlington, TX; Pensacola, FL; Rota, Spain; San Diego, CA; Washington, D.C.; Whidbey Island, WA; Mayport, FL; Guam; and, San Antonio, TX. Jim was a pioneer in Electronic Warfare and Electronic Countermeasures for the Navy. His work led directly to the development of the Shrike Missile during Viet Nam, saving countless aviators\' lives. Jim was one of the first officers selected to start up the EA-6B program in 1970 and was Commanding Officer of VAQ-134. He was a graduate of the National War College and then served as Air Ops and Ops Officer on the USS Forrestal. After his time on the Forrestal, he served as Commanding Officer of VQ-1, at the time, the largest aviation squadron in the Navy. He ended his career serving as Vice Commander of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center in San Antonio. While serving in the Navy, he spent time deployed on the USS Forrestal, USS Saratoga, USS Ranger, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Constellation, and the USS Enterprise. In addition to other medals and awards during his service, he was the recipient of multiple Navy Commendation Medals and the Legion of Merit.

Following his Naval Career, Jim worked for the State of Texas as Director of Health and Safety for the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin from 1988 until he retired for good. He and Sarah resided in Austin until 2015. He as a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Jim could be a taskmaster, but he loved his family, dogs and horses and making sure those around him performed their best. He enjoyed good food and wine, particularly Sarah\'s culinary talents; and, had a sharp and sarcastic sense of humor and never failed to tell an attractive woman that she was just that. He was an avid reader and never stopped his learning.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Brightman of Fairview, Texas; son, Tim Brightman and wife, Tracy of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Sue Morrow and husband, Bob of Brandon, Mississippi and Jennifer Brightman of Fairview; grandchildren, Emily Brightman, Jack Brightman, Molly Morrow, Nicholas Morrow, and Matthew Moschel; and sister, Lieuen Boyington and husband, L.R. of Sherman Texas.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2017 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=james-morris-brightman&pid=184184644#sthash.JAUJfOHe.dpuf

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November 20th 2016
05:34:36 PM
What is your name?  

Clint Epley

Where are you from?  

Texas

Do you have any comments?  

Welcome to Dayton, Ohio the “Birthplace of Aviation” and host to the
2017 VQ Association Reunion.

Mark your calendar now reserving the dates October 12-15, 2017 for a great reunion in Dayton. We will be staying in downtown Dayton at the Crowne Plaza Dayton where we have reserved rooms for the reunion at the rate of $119 per day which will include a complimentary breakfast, valet parking and transportation to and from the Dayton Airport. You need to make your own reservation at 937-229-9835 (hotel) or 800-689-5586 (central booking) and that rate is good for three days prior to the reunion dates and three days after. Notify them you are with the VQ Association. Hot breakfast includes juice, pastries, fruit, eggs, bacon/sausage, potatoes and coffee. Breakfast will be in the Wilber Rm and the Hospitality (Ready Rm) will be in the Orville /Wilber Rm. Transportation by complimentary shuttle to/from the airport and based on availability within a 5 mile radius of the hotel (this would include the AF Museum).
Special Note - Our banquet night will be on Friday night the 13th, instead of the usual Saturday in order to have a special night at the Air Force Museum UNDER THE WINGS. For anyone who loves airplanes this is a museum and event not to be missed.
Saturday will be the normal Golf Tournament followed that evening by a reception at the hotel. Sunday event is as yet undetermined.
The city offers a multitude of events and venues to keep shoppers, explorers, museum goers and culinary experts fully occupied. Make your plans and reservations NOW.

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November 8th 2016
12:00:40 PM
What is your name?  

Keith May

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VQ Association Members,

I have some good news about our efforts to help our Vietnam era Veterans get their VA benefits.

The issue and some history – Many of our Vietnam era VQ Veterans have started to suffer from conditions associated with Agent Orange. The VA has determined a positive association exists between exposure to herbicides and subsequent development of these conditions. Specifically:
o Chloracne
o non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
o Soft tissue sarcoma
o Hodgkin’s disease
o Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT)
o Multiple myeloma
o Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
o Diabetes mellitus Type 2
o Prostate cancer
o Cancers of the lung, bronchus, larynx and trachea
- For more on the law go to http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:38%20section:1116%20edition:prelim).
- Our VQ Vietnam era Veterans have been reaching out to the Association for help finding “buddies” to sign letters affirming they were in country together which was the only thing the VA would accept unless the Veteran could prove he was in country with other documentation (specifically orders). Some have been successful. Others have not. Our Vietnam era Veterans are dwindling because of their conditions and fewer “buddies” are available to sign letters.
- The VQ community did not keep specific records of deployments because of the secrecy of our missions or other reasons. In some cases orders were never written. Even if a Veteran did receive orders to Vietnam they might have been classified or the Veteran didn’t think he needed to keep copies.
- The VQ Association as a group has no standing with the VA to affirm a member’s deployment to Agent Orange areas. The only help we could provide our Veterans was to send out mass emails in an attempt to locate their “buddies.”

I am happy to report that after about 3 years of work we had a breakthrough recently. CAPT Rico Sauve is a Fellow in Senator Session’s office and a former VQ-1 Skipper. Senator Sessions is on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. CAPT Sauve called me to say that Nancy Turner, BC Turner’s widow, had contacted their office for help with BC’s Agent Orange VA claim. We had already been working with BC and Nancy to try to find “buddies.” We found one, unfortunately not in time for BC. He passed away earlier this year. CAPT Sauve offered to coordinate a meeting with a Senior Senate VA Committee staffer. We met in the Russell Senate Office Building in DC.

After pleading our case to the staffer the Agent Orange experts at VA headquarters called me within 2 days. We now have a playbook for our members which is a lot clearer than before. Now it’s a matter of educating the VA district offices. The VQ representatives pointed out that the law says, “tie goes to the runner (paraphrased).” If there ISN’T solid proof of a Veteran being in country (such as orders) but they can show enough evidence, the VA should allow their claim. The same goes for spouses.

Essentially, our members need to have SOME evidence. It doesn’t have to be buddy letters. Evidence could be medical record entries, DD-214, flight log book or medal citation, for example, that show them as having been assigned to VQ-1 during that time. An important thing to include with the claim is the VQ-1 squadron history which is well documented and accepted thanks to CAPT Don East - http://www.coldwar.org/histories/HistoryofUSNavyFleetAirReconnaissance.asp. I stress the Don East history is important to include with your claim because it establishes that VQ-1 was in Vietnam during that era and is strong evidence that has helped several of our Veterans get their claim approved. You can also cite an official Navy website which lists aircraft accidents in Vietnam - https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/naval-aviation-history/involvement-by-conflict/vietnam-war/aircraft-losses-in-vietnam.html.

I have contact information for the VA headquarters experts. If you are having trouble with a VA regional office filing your Agent Orange benefits claim they will intervene on the your behalf. Those VA Agent Orange experts also happen to be Vietnam Veterans. We have VA advocates at the headquarters now!

Shortly after calls from the VA I had a long conversation with Nancy Turner and gave her the good news. Nancy was about to lose her home because she was unable to pay the bills. I’m happy to report she got her first check from VA recently and was able to stay in her home.

Respectfully,
Keith May
VQ Association
President
kwmay@mayfamily.com
240-899-7137
www.vqassociation.org

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September 28th 2016
10:14:20 AM
What is your name?  

Dan Rader

Do you have any comments?  

Howdy. The patch you are using as the central patch on your homepage (the one that combines the two patches) was designed by me as a challenge coin and created by an artist I commissioned named Bart Cel. I don\'t mind at all and I\'m honored you like it, but if you could put a tag on it that it was done by Bart Cel, I would appreciate it! He will be thrilled to see he is getting credit for it on your website! Thanks! CDR Dan Rader, VQ-1 1993-1997, 2003-2005

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March 20th 2016
05:30:02 PM
What is your name?  

David Siglin

How did you find this Web Site?  

Pure luck via Facebook

Where are you from?  

Originally NY

Do you have any comments?  

I was in VQ1 from 69 - 73 Atsugi Japan. I was on the line crew, Det Bravo, Turned A3 AC later (Much) I was the NAS Agana AIMD power plants division chief and test stand operator. I was also the QA Officer until Ens. Atkins arrived. The OinC was LCDR Ebon Barnett. The NAS CO was Capt Butterfield.

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January 29th 2016
06:35:11 PM
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Clint Epley

Do you have any comments?  

We should remember the loss of crew and passengers of PR-111 on January 23, 1985. A crew who will be sorely missed. Cdr John Mitchell the commanding officer of VQ-1 at the time, Lcdr Bob Delateur, Lt Carlos Miller, Lt Marshall Laird, Ltjg Richard Thomson, AMSC John Clark, AEC David Nichols, AT3 Thomas Jorgensen and AD3 Thomas Degryse. The crew Cdr Mitchell, Marshall Laird, and AT3 Thomas Jorgensen were ferrying a P-3 crew back to Guam Pilots Delateur, Miller, Nav Thomson, FE\'s Clark and Nichols and a ground crewman and promising mech promoted the day before AD3 Degryse. God bless and rest in peace.

P.S. Today we learned of the lost another VQ-1 stalwart Cdr Dave Wallace has made the final trip West. God Speed Dave

   
November 14th 2015
09:27:03 AM
What is your name?  

Keith May

Do you have any comments?  

VQ-er\'s and Crypies,

Need a little assistance. See the email below I got from Ken Hintz. Ken is an Associate Professor at George Mason University. He was an Aircraft Commander in VQ-2. And by the way, Ken designed and built the AN/ULQ-16 for those of you who remember that incredible piece of gear.

He acquired some electronics that were used on Super Connies and EP-3s and donated it to the Cold War Museum. The museum asked for a write-up on the gear and how it was used.

We need to find a collaborator for Ken who operated the gear or someone who knows some detail. The list of gear is at the bottom along with Ken\'s contact info.

Please let us know if you can help.

Keith May​
VQ Association
President

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Keith,

As background, I served one tour w/ VQ-2, Rota Spain (’69-72) and was designated EWAC in both the EC-121M and EP3E. As such, I became familiar with the equipment in the back end. Some years later I had the opportunity to acquire surplus equipment and ran across several COMINT receivers that I recognized from the back end of both planes.

This past weekend, I donated the equipment (the list is after my signature) to the Cold War Museum at Vint Hill Farms, VA. I live nearby in Fairfax Station, VA.

The curator asked if I could provide a writeup on the equipment, its use, etc. I demurred as I was a Naval Aviator flying the A/C. I thought that this kind of documentation would be better written by an eval who worked directly with the equipment.

Through my son and Facebook, I tracked down Don East who I flew with during my tour w/ VQ-2. We corresponded last week and he confirmed that the equipment was what I thought it was, but said he was “written out” having written a book, a chapter in another book and several other articles for the Cold War museum. He suggested I contact you.

So my request is that you put me in touch with an eval from that time period who would be willing to write a short piece for the Cold War museum about the equipment and what it was used for.

As most of their exhibit is Air Force and Vint Hill Farms history, they were ecstatic to receive the equipment representative of the Navy’s contribution to keeping the peace during the Cold War.

I do hope you can help me, and the Cold War Museum, document the Navy role. I look forward to hearing from you.

Equipment list follows signature.

Ken

Kenneth J. Hintz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
m/s1G5
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
Office: 703.993.1592
Fax: 703.993.1601
Web: http://mason.gmu.edu/~khintz

Here is a list of the equipment:
1. ACL VHF/UHF receiver: SR209-12
2. ACL VHF/UHF receiver: SR209-1
3. ELF Rx: R1401 A/G
4. ACL HF Receiver: SR501-1
5. HF Receiver (two): R390A
6. Plugins for SR-209 RX above:
a. FRO 501P1
b. TU 5212P
c. TN 458
d. SDU (Pan display) 102AP
e. SH 201P1: 30-100 MHz
f. SH 202P1: 90-300 MHz
g. ESH 201P: 30-100 MHz
h. ESH 202P: 100-300 MHz
i. ESH 204P: 500-1000 MHz
j. TN 456: 20-45 MHz
k. BP-201P: Battery Pack

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