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


Hawaii Muster 2018

March 9, 2018

Thinking of joining us? Watch this short video for some enlightening info on the health effects of a beach visit. 

Check for accommodations at the Hale Koa .

Hawaiian Muster

February 8, 2018


Alumni that have reservations:

Last First Rank Guest Dates
Christianson Don LCDR 10/31-11/07
Phillippi Daryl PH1 Marie 10/31-11/07
Smith Marlene AK1 10/31-11/06
Folkstad Dale AVCM (AW) Patty 10/31-11/08

More information

Alumni Long Range Planning

December 19, 2017

Your Alumni Association Plans at a Glance

The following is a brief snapshot of some future plans for those of us that like to look ahead.


The discussion was started at Reunion 2017 that maybe we should have a Hawaiian Muster” in Hawaii. This would not be an official reunion but just, “shipmates” enjoying some relaxing time. The date has been set for Nov 1 -5 at the Hale Koa. You can plan your vacation to either start early or stay late. You also could plan to spend some time on another island and join in the “muster” as your schedule fits.



The planning is for the reunion to take place 11 May 2019. This would be  a one-day event to take place at the Sand Point “Officers Club”.

The theme will be “The transition from Sand Point to Whidbey.”


The fiftieth reunion date is set for early November of 2020. The plan is to have the actual date closely coincide with the date the squadron was commissioned. Details are being worked out with the active squadron personnel.


These items have been discussed by your alumni association committee and are in the planning stages. Mark your calendars for the various dates and plan to attend. Make your comments and ideas known here to assist in making these events a meaningful get together.

Watch for an email and posting of final plans for the above mentioned events. Start your preliminary planning to join us.

The Cold War and the P-3

November 26, 2017

The following is a recollection of the Cold War
as some of us lived it.

The following  article appeared in the  
Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola) Foundation

 Hunting Soviet Submarines on a P-3C

Two Shipmates passed

September 4, 2017

Chuck Wood  AK1
June 20, 1940 –  Feb 3, 2017

636226811972925419-0215-kslo-wood.jpgChuck (Charles Edward), age 76, passed away in his home early Friday morning (2/3/17). Born in Bremerton, Washington, he is proceeded in death by his parents, Margaret and Charles Wood; and sister, MaryAnn. Survivors include his longtime partner, Joanne Kingsbury; brother, Ray; daughters, Doreene and Margaret; sons, Charlie and Paul; two grandsons; and niece, Linda.

A U.S. veteran, Chuck served in the Navy for 21 years, after which he worked at the Vitro Corp – NUWC Keyport Division until his retirement in 1995.  Chuck had a passion for music and for the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He played drums with the Rhythm Rockets Band; and was a State H.O.M.E. Chairman with the F.O.E. His home Aerie was the North Mason Eagles #4226. Chuck was proud to assist with the organization of the National F.O.E. Museum in Chehalis, Washington.

Wayne Cottingham  CDR
Oct. 19, 1931 – Aug. 27, 2017

Wayne R. Cottingham was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Oak Park Illinois during the depths of the Great Depression. His parents, Edward and Helen Cottingham, had moved to Chicago from Montana in the late 1920s. Due to the depression, searching for work took the young family to Portland Oregon when Wayne was around 4 years old.  Several years later, the family moved to the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle Washington where Wayne graduated from Ballard High School in 1949.

Wayne then attended the University of Washington. He majored in mechanical and industrial engineering, as well as being involved in U.S. Navy ROTC.  He met his future wife, Marilyn Butterworth, in 1951 in the stands of Husky Stadium during an Oregon State- Washington football game. Football would become a major focus of their fall activities for the rest of their lives.

In June 12, 1954, Wayne graduated from the University of Washington, was commissioned in the US Navy, and got married to his college sweetheart Marilyn.  Their honeymoon was the trip across country to his first posting in the Navy, flight school in Pensacola Florida.  After a short stay in Hutchison Kansas for advanced flight training, Wayne was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Adak Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.  He was a pilot and squadron leader, flying a P2V Neptune, which was a long range maritime patrol aircraft used for detecting enemy submarines. He also flew an A-3 “Sky Warrior” from the deck of the USS Ticonderoga, one of the largest ever aircraft carrier based planes.

Wayne left active duty 1957, transitioned to the Navy Reserves, and was  stationed at Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle Washington. He was the last pilot to land at Sand Point before it was converted to Magnuson Park, even after much of the asphalt runways had been removed. His squadron was moved to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for the next two decades, until he retired from the military in the mid-1970s. He retired with the rank of Commander.

In his civilian life, starting in 1957, he worked as a manufacturers’ representative for industrial heating and cooling systems, mostly for large industrial complexes, like Hanford Nuclear facilities, pulp and paper mills, oil and gas refineries, seafood processors, and dams around the Northwest. Wayne retired in 2000.

Wayne led an active social life. He was a member of Rotary International for more than 50 years, serving as president of the Shoreline Rotary, a member of the Ballard Rotary, and a founder of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary. Wayne and Marilyn were very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, hosting dozens of exchange students in their Shoreline home over the years. He was also instrumental in the intercultural exchange during the Goodwill Games in Seattle, hosting visiting Russian citizens. He also lead Rotary’s efforts to deliver a fire truck to Piura, Peru.

Wayne was a very active outdoorsman, and raised a family that loved to play outside. Most weekends or vacations involved backpacking, camping, skiing, rafting, sailing or boating. One of the most memorable trips was the trip to the 1967 Montreal World’s fair. After the world’s fair, the family drove throughout the East Coast stopping at all the historical spots along the way. The destination was to pick up the brand new 1968 Volkswagen Microbus from the warehouse in Pennsylvania and drive it back home to Seattle.

Wayne is survived by his wife Marilyn and five children — Kaleen, Tracey (Povl Lasbo), Kelly (Renee), Marni Heffron (Mike Heffron), Rani Kettel (Ken Kettel) — and nine grandchildren — Nikolaj, Trey (Sara), Sebastian, Mallory, Margo, Peyton, Hailey, Jackson, and Zachary. Wayne and Marilyn were married 63 years and he died at home surrounded by his loving family.

The family is so appreciative of the hospice care Wayne received. To make a donation in his honor with Providence Hospice of Seattle, go to www.providence.org/hosdonate or mail to Providence Hospice of Seattle, 2811 S. 102nd St., Tukwila, WA, 98168

Reunion 2017

August 28, 2017
The Totems had another successful reunion, with 103 shipmates and guests in attendance, on August 18-19-20. If you could not be there … you were missed.
Click the  link for your copy of the Totempole 2017 . You will need a PDF reader to view it. If you attended, it is for your memories. If you were not there, hopefully it will make you want to join us next time.
I mentioned at the reunion that maybe we should get together in Hawaii to enjoy the islands and also to discuss our next reunion. I have contacted the Hale Koa, and although they do not make special bookings for reunions I did get a small concession from the reservation office to help us out. We were thinking of the 1st week of November 2018, when the weather is good there and starting to get “sour” here.
If you ever had the opportunity to operate out of Hawaii or just pulled R&R there, you may have some fond memories of the BareFoot Bar and the beautiful grounds of the Hale Koa. It gets better each year.
If you think you might like to join in on the “Hawaiian Fling”, respond to this post, send me an email or give me a call at 503-765-4648. There are issues that need to be worked out and your input will help make the final decisions.
Daryl “Flip” Phillippi

Reunion 2017 Attendees

August 5, 2017

Up dated 8/14/17
Attendees for Reunion 2017

  81   102        
  Fri   Sat       Attendees
BBQ dinners Last First Rank Spouse/Guest
2 2 Asbjornsen Douglas RADM Sue
1 1 Baldwin Mike AK1
2 2 Beauchamp Rich CWO4 Kathy Johnson
1 1 Bean Bill LT.
2 2 Beck Bill AOC Kathy
2 2 Bergstrom Karl AWC (SS/AC) Susan
2 2 Blaylock Mark CDR Kathy
1 1 Bloom Jeff AD1
2 2 Bower Lynn AWCS Martin
2 2 Braun Peter CDR Dianne
2 2 Briscoe Ken ATCS Merry (AT3)
2 2 Bueing Marv AFCM May
2 2 Burrell John MSGT Linda
2 2 Callahan John AFCM Dorte (PNC)
1 1 Christianson Don LCDR
1 1 Colvin John P. CDR
2 2 Cummins Ron CDR Bunny
1 2 Folkstad Dale AVCM (AW) Patty
1 1 Furfaro Vince AOC
1 1 Goodman Bill CDR
1 1 Gudmestad Bob AVCM
2 Hammond Ed AOCS Darlene
2 2 Hart Glen AOC Nancy
2 2 Hodgin Larry ABHC Rose
1 Hollenbach Paul CAPT
2 2 Hurst Rich CAPT Maureen
1 1 Kelly Dave AWCS
2 2 Kravitz Ron AEC(AW) Joyce Curtier
1 Laing Bruce CAPT
2 2 Leighner Mike HM1 Pam
1 1 Lizama ( Hixson) Lynda AT3
1 1 Lowenkron Larry CWO3
2 Mc Guiness Brian CAPT Judy Donoghue
1 McMahon John P. CDR
1 Michelsen Joseph LCDR
1 1 Mintz Darrell CDR
1 1 Morse Bill AE1
2 2 Nevels Nick AEC Pam
1 1 Nichols Patty ADCS
2 2 Paddock AJ AWCS Marilee
2 2 Pananen Lauren CDR Nora Lashbrook
1 Passmore Bob RADM Janet
2 2 Paylor Rick LCDR Joan
Peck Andy   CDR JoAnn
1 2 Pederson Bob CAPT Edie
1 Peffley Alan AW3
2 2 Phillippi Daryl PH1(AC) Marie
2 Pierson Ed CAPT Michelle
1 1 Reeder Russell AT2
2 2 Robertson Dan LCDR Carolyn
2 2 Solin John CDR Sharon
1 1 Smith Marlene AK1
1 Spees Gary CAPT
2 2 Stafford Dick ADCS Pat
1 1 Stensland Jim ADC
2 Stewart Dick AOC Robyn Strozinsky
2 Thornton Sr. Jerry ADR1
2 2 Turbeville Dan CAPT Diane
2 2 Wall Dan AVCM Jody
2 2 Waugh Charlie LCDR Beverly
1 1 West Marylyn YNC
2 2 Wiggins Glenn CAPT Mimi
1 1 Young Ron A. AVCM (AW)
2 Lauder Peter CDR / CO VP-69 Lauren
1 McKinnie Stephinie CDR
1 Paul Scott CDR / XO VP-69
2 Osborn Randy VP-69 CMC Lisa


Marty Berg Passed Away

July 3, 2017

Marty Berg passed away June 29, 2017

                     Martin Walter Berg … CAPT USN ret

Martin Berg passed away peacefully at home on June 29,
2017. He is survived by his wife, Holly Kennell, and brother, Michael Berg.
After graduating from Bellevue Christian School, Martin joined the Navy. Enjoying the flying and the camaraderie, he continued with the Naval Reserve for 39 years achieving the rank of Captain.
Martin graduated from UW and worked at Boeing for many years in several different programs. He loved puttering at the Hansville cabin, target shooting, and was into HAM radio. Martin will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 8 at Lake City Presbyterian Church.

June 12, 2017

CWO Dieter Peplinski

Dieter PeplinskiJanuary 1, 1943 – June 7, 2017

Dieter was the VP69 TAR  Maintenance Officer, a USN CWO4 serving his last tour before retirement in about 1991.  Later, following his retirement, he moved to Colorado for a few years and returned to Oak Harbor about 8 or 10 years ago.
His wife Jan passed away a few years ago.  He will be remembered as a good friend and shipmate to many of us.  Rest in Peace Dieter!
( Information from LCDR Don Christianson)

A viewing for Dieter will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 2-5 pm at Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday the June 17, 10am at St Augustine Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Complete obituary.

Reunion info

April 6, 2017

Registration Form 
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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