April 7, 2010

Welcome to the VP-69 Forum. The goal of this website is to strengthen the bonds among squadron members and to celebrate VP-69’s past, as well as other Patrol Squadrons of the Northwest, and the Navy’s role in sea patrols over the years.

This site was designed to allow old shipmates to have a dialog with each other on-line rather than  individual questions and discussions via e-mail. This provides an avenue for all members to join a discussion on all topics.

You may comment on an active topic or you may like to start a new discussion of interest. At this time the Forum is set up to start new discussions or topics by way of “Authors” currently designated by the administrator.  If you have a topic you would like to post, you may send it to darylp2p3@gmail.com . During the posting it may be edited for clarity and brevity.

Daryl “Flip” Phillippi … PH1

May 25, 2017

Attendees for Reunion 2017

Last             First   Rank/Rate      Spouse/Guest

Baldwin       Mike AK1
Beauchamp Rich CWO4      Kathy Johnson
Bergstrom   Karl AWC (SS/AC)
Blaylock        Mark CDR             Kathy
Christianson Don LCDR
Cummins      Ron CDR               Bunny
Furfaro         Vince AOC
Gudmestad   Bob AVCM
Hammond     Ed AOCS              Darlene
Hodgin           Larry ABHC        Rose
Hurst             Rich   CAPT         Maureen
Mc Guiness   Brian CAPT         Judy Donoghue
Morse            Bill AE1
Pananen        Lauren  CDR       Nora Lashbrook
Paylor            Rick    LCDR       Joan
Peck               Andy  CDR          JoAnn
Phillippi         Daryl PH1(AC)   Marie
Solin              John   CDR          Sharon
Spees            Gary CAPT
Stafford        Dick ADCS           Pat
Thornton Sr. Jerry ADR1
Wall               Dan    AVCM       Jody
Waugh           Charlie LCDR     Beverly
Wiggins         Glenn   CAPT      Mimi
Young            Ron A.   AVCM (AW)

Total 41

April 6, 2017

Shipmates and guests will gather in beautiful Oak Harbor, Washington for the upcoming semi-annual Patrol Squadron NW Reunion.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island‘s largest incorporated city. While you are in town for the reunion, visit the newly renovated bay front or take a short drive south to Coupeville, where every lover of history, nature and art will enjoy a memorable experience. This quiet waterfront still reflects the character of a frontier seaport when Puget Sound was being settled. You will find art galleries and antique shops along with its many dining establishments. The coffee and ice cream shops, hot dog stand, cafes and restaurants provide a dozen sources of great food to consider, you’ll find something to meet your tastes.
Reunion Activities schedule:
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Joe Beam’s Passing

April 1, 2017

I do not have any information on services for Master Chief Beam other than the date and time of interment. I talked to the funeral director in-charge and he told me the family wanted it to be a private family affair.

Joe’s committal service will be at TAHOMA NATIONAL CEMETERY, Thursday April 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


VP-69 Alumni hosts NW Patron Reunion 2017

March 6, 2017

We are finalizing the plans for the upcoming  NW Patrol Squadron Reunion 2017.
The Reunion is scheduled to be held in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island on August 18, 19 & 20.  Note, since it is VP-69’s drill weekend they will be invited to attend our reunion events as well.
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Roger Hansen’s passing

February 15, 2017

Roger Hansen 
August 29, 1935- February 3, 2017



Roger was born in San Fransisco, CA to Walter and Agnes M. (Sue) Hansen. They divorced and his mother married Earl Kamhout in 1937. The family came to live in Seattle.

Roger attended schools in Seattle, and joined the National Guard. During the Korean War, his his unit was stationed in Fort Richardson, in Alaska, where he served as a radar operator. The unit was activated and sent to Korea, but the war ended two weeks later.

Roger returned to Seattle and finished his education, attending the University of Washington on the GI Bill, graduating in 1965. While attending the University, Roger was employed part time as an electronics technician in the Cardiology Department at the University Hospital. He met an married Kathy Hoshaw in 1960, and they had two sons, Eric and Arne
Roger worked for Boeing for a few years, until the big reduction in force in 1969. The family moved to San Diego, where Roger went to work for Control Data.

Roger was transferred to Santa Maria, and worked at Vandenberg Air base for seven years. While in California, he joined the Naval Air Reserve unit VP-65. The unit trained at point Magu. Roger was in-flight technician on the P-3 Orion when they went on patrols. They searched for submarines an also for boat people escaping Vietnam. They were able to find and obtain a rescue for one boatload of refugees.

Roger continued to work at Vandenberg AFB until 1979, when he re-hired at Boeing. He worked in Flight Test as in -flight- technician on various planes, including the 767 and the 777. He was very good at documentation, and some of his work in that area is still in use.

Roger was a Ham Radio operator, having gotten his license in 1959. His original call sign was K7YKC. During his time in California, he let the license lap and had to re-test for new a call sign. His new call was W6TOZ. His friends called him “Six Toes”. When the family returned to Seattle, Roger got a lot of flack because of his California sign…”Why don’t you back where you came from” until he reminded them that indeed he was returning to Seattle, and had lived there when SeaTac was called Bow Lake Airport.

Roger was offered a good retirement package from Boeing in 1995. so officially retired. That didn’t last long, as he stepped sideways and went back to work for Lockheed Martin, under contract to the FAA. He supervised the installation of air-to-ground communications at various airports in the western region. For Roger, that was like being a kid in a candy store. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2005, and this time retirement stuck.

Roger and Kathy moved to Mount Vernon in November of 2005. They began putting down roots by joining First Evangelical Lutheran Church, taking the citizens’ Academy class and subsequently becoming members of COPP (citizens of Proactive Patrol) with the Mount Vernon Police Dept. Roger retired COPP in 2016, after more than 1700 hours of service. He was then active in Radio Amateurs of Skagit County as well as other Ham Radio organizations.

Roger was preceded death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kathy and sons, Eric W. (Barbara) and Arne C. Hansen. There will be a memorial service on Sunday February 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2015 Blackburn Rd. Mount Vernon. IN lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to to the Memorial Fund at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity .

Passing of a Shipmate

October 20, 2016


Memorial service will be held at Woodland Village Retirement Center in Chehalis, WA, on Saturday November 5th at 1:00 PM. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a card be sent to June or if a donation is made, please make it to your charity of choice.

Harry Denny Obituary


Reunion 2017

August 4, 2016

Keep up to-date on the planning for Reunion 2017

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Original VP- 69 CO passes

July 13, 2016

Wendell P. Hurlbut     1932 – 2016

Wendell P. Hurlbut Obituary

A 1949 graduate of West Seattle HS. He was skipper of VP 892, 3 or 4 and the founding CO of VP 69.
The obituary does not include any funeral/memorial information.

Loss of another shipmate

March 13, 2016

Reunion 2017 planning meeting

March 10, 2016

July 23rd …. 1200 to 1700    Lunch provided

Reunion Planning Mtg: Looking for participation at the planning meeting and their input on the 501(c)(19) proposal.

At the planning meeting:  The decisions will need to be made as to when and where Reunion 2017 will be held. Then we need to get volunteers assigned to the tasks to bring it about.

Meeting place:

Mark & Kathy Blaylock’s  home
6716 Lower Peoh Point Rd
Cle Elum, WA   98922
Phone ..  253.259.6019

Map to location