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RADM Gerald W. MacKay, USN (Ret)
April 7, 1936 ~ August 10, 2017


Rear Admiral Gerald Wallace MacKay, USN Ret. passed away peacefully at his home in San Carlos, his wife Linda, at his side.
Jerry was born in Truro, Nova Scotia Canada, moving to Boston at age 8. There he attended Boston Technical H.S. After graduation he joined the United States Navy Reserve Submarine Service. At age 20 he was commissioned an Ensign and designated as a Naval Aviator at Hutchinson Kansas, October 16, 1956.
RADM MacKay flew multiple aircraft while performing Anti-Submarine and Patrol missions amassing over 4500 flight hours flying P-2V and P-3 aircraft over the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
His first duty assignment was with Patrol Squadron Sixteen flying the P-2 Neptune. Here he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander while serving as Avionics Officer as well as Air Intelligence Officer. Deployments were to Iceland, Africa and Newfoundland. In 1959, MacKay reported to Naval Air Development at South Weymouth, Massachusetts where he served as a Research and Development Project Officer. He then worked at Grumman Aircraft as an aircraft acceptance test pilot. Next he was ordered to the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain and received his qualification as Officer of the Deck Underway. In June 1967, Jerry joined Patrol Squadron Thirty-One first as Operations Officer and then as Training Officer.
RADM Mackay held Command of six aviation organizations during his distinguished Naval career including Patrol Squadron Six, Patrol Squadron Thirty-One, Commander Patrol Wing One/ Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet/ CTF 72, Commander Patrol Wings Pacific, and Commander of U S Naval Forces Japan. He considered his coordination of the sea rescue of thousands of refugees fleeing Vietnam to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Jerry's final Navy assignment was as Deputy Comptroller of the Navy.
RADM MacKay's military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honored in Japan and Korea with the Second Class Medal of the Sacred Treasure, and the Third Class Medal of the Rising Sun and the Order of National Security Merit, respectively. His Navy career spanned thirty-two years, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral. 
Jerry retired from the Navy in 1986 in San Carlos, CA. He then began his career in the electronics industry. He closed out his civilian career as President of Advent Systems in 2005. Jerry was an active member of the Fellowship Forum, the Naval Order of the United States, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Coyote Point Yacht Club, the St. Andrews Society, and the Sons in Retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Seaton of Richland Washington. Our family includes the Patricia Ford family, the Finnegan family, the Seaton family and the Henton family. We would also like to acknowledge our extended families: the Havens, Stamms, Sullivans and Castros. 
A funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church, San Carlos CA on Thursday, September 21st, 4:00 pm. Military honors for Admiral MacKay will be conducted at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Friday September 22nd at 10:00, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA.



Little, George
AVCM 1964-66 "Navy-Ret AVCM Hewlett Packard-Ret"
Received word that the following VP-6 vet passed away on June 2.
Phone message from his Daughter in law Debra Little

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Obituary for David L. Zinda

DAVID L. ZINDA
AMHERST JCT., WISCONSIN

Age 74, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, WI. He was born July 5, 1942 in Stevens Point, WI; son of Leo and Katherine (Keen) Zinda. On July 10, 1965, David married Judith Dombrowski at St. James Catholic Church in Amherst, WI. David was employed at UW-Stevens Point for twenty years. He was also employed by the US Post Office, retired from the US Navy, and loved his farm. David enjoyed entertaining people and inviting them for a drink at “Dave’s Bar”. TEDA MOSH! He will be deeply missed by all of his loving family and many friends.

David is survived by his wife, Judith “Judy” Zinda of Amherst Jct.; a son, David “Davy” Zinda, II of Stevens Point; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Zinda of Almond; six grandsons, Robert (Cortney) Zinda of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Amanda) Zinda of Stevens Point, Jared Zinda of Stevens Point; Allan, Alex, and Austin Zinda of Almond; and one great-granddaughter, Kyla Zinda of Stevens Point. He is also survived by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Katherine Zinda; a daughter, Jody Sue Zinda; a son, Thomas “Tommy” Zinda; two brothers, Gerald Zinda and Ben Zinda; and four sisters, Ramona Gunsolley, Edwina Caldwell, Dorothy Zinda, and Bernadette Printz.

A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church – Fancher in Amherst, WI. Father Dan Hackel will preside. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening, February 19th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst with a Rosary Service to be at 4:30 PM. A visitation will also be held on Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the church. Burial with full military honors will be at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery following the mass on Monday. The Jungers-Holly Funeral Home of Amherst is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Alvin Morris Miller: VP-6 1960-1963.

July 06, 1943 - March 03, 2017

Alvin M. Miller, 73, Wamego, KS passed away at his home Friday, March 3, 2017.

  Al was born on July 6, 1943 in Colby, KS to Harree and Martha (Stoeker) Miller.  Al ran Al's Barbershop in Wamego for over 30 years.

  He is survived by two daughters: Kelli Miller, Colorado Springs, CO, and Staci (Scott) Coleman, Wichita, KS; a sister: Marlene Carpenter, Colby, KS; a brother: Jarree (Nancy) Miller, Wichita, KS; his faithful companion: Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor; a handful of loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of wonderful friends.

  He is preceded in death by his wife, Rita, parents, and a brother, Harree.


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From his daughter May Contreras:

On 09/18/18, this world lost a truly beautiful source of light — My father, Joseph Gross.

This proud Navy veteran had endless stories of his experiences and the knowledge he accrued and generously shared over the years was beyond plentiful, to say the least.
He could make a friend as easy as a handshake and “hello” and took pride in every part of his life. He was a man who radiated positivity and always found the humor even in a somber situation.
He touched the lives of so many and brought a joy and warmth to my own life that I never imagined I’d find myself living without so soon.

If my father impacted your life in some way, whether great or little, my family and I humbly invite you to attend his memorial service on Friday September 28, 2018 from 11am - 3pm.

Service will be held at the Marlatt Funeral Home (713 Central Ave N, Kent WA 98032).

His final resting place and service will be in Elgin, Illinois and will be announced at a later time.

ATC Bill Margerum (Margerum, William E.) 
ATC Bill Margerum (Margerum, William E.) in VF-114, WesPac '62-'63. Friend & Shipmate.
Obituary: William E Margerum
Birth    23 March 1914
Death    8 March 1971
Residence: San Diego,  CA
Address:  Dawson Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
Known Residences: San Diego, CA
Relatives of William:  Betty Margerum, Robert Keil Margerum
Cemetery El Camino Memorial Park
San Diego, California, United States
Transcription:  ETCA US Navy World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Branch(es):  US Navy
Conflict(s):  Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II.
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Citation: Margerum, CAET William E.
General Orders: All Hands - June 1953
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Aviation Electronics Technician William E. Margerum, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Patrol Squadron SIX (VP-6), during operations against enemy aggressor force in Korea from 8 July 1950 to 28 January 1951. Completing thirty-five missions during this period, he participated in patrol and reconnaissance flights over an active combat area in the face of grave hazards and contributed materially to the success of his squadron. His skill, courage and devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


Don Doneldson

Stanley V. Donelson,
who served in VP-6 during the Korean War, died in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, at the age of 95 on June 8, 2018. He was born in Braggs, Oklahoma, according to the obit in Honolulu’s Star-Advertiser posted on June 15, 2018.

 

Known as “Don” to his squadron mates of 1950-51, the years I served with him, he was an AD1 and a key man in VP-6 Maintenance, the people who kept our aircraft flyable. Digging through my files, I found photos of him taken at Tachikawa AFB and NAF Atsugi in 1950. I also recall that in 1950 he led the detachment of maintenance personnel in Iwakuni, which was an Australian airbase at the time, that we used as a forward base for missions into the Yellow Sea and along the west coast of Korea.




REMEMBERING JIM MARTIN, RADIO OPERATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

REMEMBERING JIM MARTIN,
RADIO OPERATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

 Jim was already at VP 6 when I joined the squadron in 1961.  A devil-may-care free spirit and one of 2 radio operators that I know of that used a “bug” to send code.  A bug was a special radio key that allowed for faster speed and was outlawed for use in Navy communications at that time.  The other operator was Dave? Blunt, who somehow got the moniker Baby Huey.  Anyway, Jim could send and receive code at a rate that I could never read.  I think the Wing radio operators who were all highly skilled black-shoe radiomen enjoyed Jim because they really got a chance exercise their skills.  They would haul out their bugs and they and Jim would ratchet up the speed until someone had to send an IMI (repeat) because they couldn’t copy that fast. Guys like me were doing well to do 16-20 words a minute while Jim was up at the 50 wpm area.  My wife Sherrie and I had some of the guys over for Thanksgivings and Jim was always a live wire.  He and Hopkins, PJ McDonald, Curt and Carol Martin, Blunt, Ben Fewell and others I can’t remember would enjoy a good meal and the telling of lies and sea stories.  Jim bought a huge AKAI stereo system in Japan that was top of the line at that time.  I don’t know that Jim ever took the ratings exams because he seemed happy being who he was.   I hope he never lost that elan.