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Questions Received

If you have questions of a general nature, please contact me and I will post them here. Someone visiting the site might be able to answer the question. If you know the answer to a question, please send the information and I will post it here.  Questions about specific individuals or other specific questions will be posted on the appropriate pages. Thank you, Connie

Question:  Is it possible to have corrections made to the spelling of names on The Wall?  What is the procedure, if it is possible?
LCDR HARRY C. Martin; to anyone who knew or has info on my father, would be appreciated. I'm still trying to find out how to change the misspelling of his name on "the Wall" after 26 yrs. of service in the Navy. Thanks,..his son,former Marine,Naval Reservist,DOD Police...Jon Martin - jonam55 (AT symbol)

Question:  Were all of the servicemen who were on PR 26 members of the PR 26 crew or were some being ferried to Danang?

Question:  What was the crew number of the servicemen on PR26?

Question:  What would be some ways to locate crew pictures?

Question:  If I understand correctly, the men of PR 26 were stationed at Atsugi, but would fly to Danang.  Would they stay in Danang and do missions from there or was this one of the stops on a series of stops?
Answer: Both.  Danang was a deployment site for VQ-1 just as aircraft carriers are deployment sites for 'tail hook' aircraft.   Late 60's, deployments were 10-20 days and got longer as the years moved on.  After returning to Atsugi, we'd return in 10-20 days to Danang.  For about 2yrs, I deployed with crews about every 2-3 weeks.

Question: Would some remain at Danang while the others went out on a mission? Are these things that can be told?
Answer:  Both the EP-3B and EC-121 aircraft crews deployed with 2-3 trainee aircrewman (normally AT's) and 2-3 'ground pounders' (AE, ADR, AM).  Rotation of the operators was 'normal ops'.  Missions were flown Danang-Danang, Danang-PI, Danang-Thailand(Korat),  Danang-Saigon, (and in reverse route) or whatever was requirement of  the day but most were Danang-Danang.  Crews flew whatever was assigned for aircraft type.  The 'Whale' and EP-3 crews could make the 'hump' to Thailand  if needed  but the 'Willy' crews sometimes had to fill 11-12 hours 'on station' time for their 'buddies' to 'rest' in Thailand for next flight. Between the 3 aircraft type, VQ-1 crews provided 24hr/7day coverage.  EA-3 crews were usually the 'filler' and short notice launches if a 'big bird' had problems in-flight.  I crewed on the EP-3Bs and was always in awe of my EA-3 Whale buddies.  What  magnificent aircraft we flew as a squadron.  I returned for more twice.
Dorian H. O'Daniels, ATC(retired), Crew 32 & others; alias' - SFO, "O'D", Chief "O'D" - DorianOD2 (AT symbol)

Question: received 17 Feb 2003:  My husband's record show an overseas assignment ART this was in 1948 can anyone tell me where that was and also looking to Find out what was the US Army Base at Ft Churchill, Canada also in that time period.1949-50;  ThankYou, Grace Sinclair  SSCgrace (AT symbol)


Tips on Finding Information

about Family Members or Other Information

Vietnam Memorial Websites

These sites have links to each name on the wall. You can leave a tribute for your loved one hear. You may find a tribute left from someone else:

  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page - - "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation's history."

  • The Virtual Wall - - "Welcome to the Virtual Wall, a digital, interactive legacy memorializing the men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam.

Message Boards

Sometimes you will be successful in contacting someone who knew your loved one by posting on Message Boards. You can post on the Message Board or Guestbook here at my site. Here are some excellent sites where you can post. You can also view the entries left by others:

  1. U. S. Navy Patrol Squadrons -  Click where it says "Yes, I would like to ADD "MY" COMMENTS to the U. S. Navy Patrol Squadrons Site! All Guestbook Entries will be moved to the appropriate Squadron(s) and Summary Page(s)." Your entry will appear in the guestbook and will be added where determined appropriate by the webmaster.

  2. The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall Page Message Center -

Government Websites

The following sites will help you obtain various kinds of information:

  • U. S. Navy Safety Center Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - -This site has a link that explains how to send a written request by e-mail or snail mail.

  • Department of the Navy - Naval History and Heritage Command -
  • Naval Safety Center - Forged by the Sea -

  • Naval Safety Center - Public -

  • Department of Defense - - The official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding US military information online.

  • National Archives and Records Administration - I was able to obtain my brothers military records since my parents are both deceased.

  • Stars and Stripes official site - I was able to obtain copies of the articles and permission to use them on the site by contacting:

      • Lee Ewing -  who gave me permission to use the articles and directed me to contact Mr. Chida, librarian.

      • Mr. Chida - who found the articles and gave me the information I would need to contact

      • C. Neuwiller  - at the central office to have copies made.

      • Please note:The links to the individuals are from about the year 2000 and may no longer link you to the correct person to contact.

  • National Archives and Records Administration - I was able to obtain my brothers military records since my parents are both deceased. The information at the following site will tell you how to do this.

VQ-1 and VQ-2 Fatalities

You can find links to much information at DIRSUP Aircrew Operations, including a list of "VQ-1 and VQ-2 Fatalities 1950 - 1987" compiled by Chuck Huber