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Tomcatters (VF 31) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Tomcatters (VF 31). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 39 crew members registered for the Tomcatters (VF 31).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Abadie, ElmoreAO31958 – 1959I was on the first Med. Cruise.
Johnson, BobAQ5Apr 1963 – Aug 1965Great group of men that I worked with.
Burgess, KennethPO-3/E-4Jan 11, 1966 – Aug 1969Initially assigned to Bomb Shop, was there several months, later in tour, was a plane captain. Before leaving was working in avionics.
Watson, Mefford WayneAMH3Jul 1968 – Oct 1970Was initially assigned to airframe/hydraulics shop, upon arrival to the squadron my records indicated I had flight deck experience. From that day on I was a Troubleshooter till I completed my 4 yrs. Left squadron @Athens
Beck, RobertAT11969 – 1971Made a couple of cruises to the Med and was proud to be in a great squadron with the best crew of my career.
McConnell, Paul (Mac)amh-31969 – May 20, 1971Joined vf-31 on uss SARATOGA in Palma . assigned to airframes shop for a short time, requested flightdeck duty and was assigned duty as a trouble shooter (white shirt) where i experienced the most exciting job ever.
Eichmeier, Byron (Ike)AO2/E-5Sep 1969 – Sep 1971We had the F4J Phantom. I made 2 Med Cruises. CDR Geronime was our CO. AOC Adams and AO1 Kibby, Smith Landis and Van Horn were our shop Leaders. AO2 Denny, Dunlavy and Hughes were our team Leaders. I was an AO3 then.
Beck, RobertDec 1969 – Jul 2, 1971
Ott, John (DoughboyE41970 – 1973
Anys, ThomasAms3Jan 1970 – Oct 27, 1972MY best times with this squadron.I think my butt still stings from crossing the equator on that cruise.Still remember exact time when cap bird from vf 103 was shot down by a nv mig. Had Great Time in Sinapore,Subic Bay
McPherson, DouglasAT 2Jun 1, 1970 – Oct 31, 1971In memory of Donavan R Parnell
Gause, Ronald profile iconAO31972 – 1975Went aboard 1972-1973 from Mayport , Fl. to Gulf of Tonkin. !974-1975 on board again for a 71/2 month "vacation" to the MED.
Smith, Dennis profile iconDK3Jul 1972 – Nov 1975Joined when the Sara pulled into Subic Bay, got to see Hong Kong, Singapore, the Equator and Mayport. As a DK was assigned to either ships company or the finance office. Great men, great planes, great times.
Smalling, JohnE-3 busted to E-1Aug 1972 – Feb 1973Vf-31 attached to the USS Saratoga..Gulf of Tonkin
Jennings, Jim / SlimE-4Nov 27, 1972 – Aug 27, 1976Worked on flight line as a plane captain , Aircraft 103 , F4-J Phantom...fighter, squadron assigned to USS Saratoga CV-60, and satationed @ NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach , Va.Later transferred to airframe shop as an AMH ...
Labella, NickAMSSep 1, 1973 – Jun 1, 1976
Sanchez, ChezE3Sep 25, 1973 – Jun 18, 1976Plane captain 74-75 for A/C 107 F-4J Phantom Med cruise on the Uss Saratoga....then AIMD mechanic/ jet shop for the G.E J79-10 that power the Phantom from 75-76
Nunnally, Davidazcm1977 – 1980my favorite squadron while in the navy. davazcm@aol.com
McGinnis, CharlieAQ2Jun 10, 1977 – Oct 8, 1979Worked int the AQ Shop
Zimmerman, James(Red)E-4Jan 1, 1978 – Jul 26, 1982ALWAYS A LINE RAT!!!
Gustafson, Dave (Gus)AT2Apr 1979 – Jun 1982
Lawson, GeorgeAOCOct 13, 1979 – Dec 16, 1980
Labounty, KirbyAQ2Jun 1981 – Aug 1983Had a great time.
Tucker, MikeAT2Jun 30, 1981 – Jul 24, 1982Looking for the other members of the VAST shop assigned to AIMD for the 1982 MED/IO cruise.
Shapiro, DougAT3Sep 29, 1981 – Jul 20, 1982
Sharpe, TimAO2Sep 15, 1982 – Jul 24, 1986
Kennedy, CecilAMS3Mar 10, 1985 – Oct 18, 1988It was really the best time of my life I was just too young to realize it. A lot of great friends.
Anderson, SamAO2Jul 5, 1986 – Aug 25, 1989What a crew!! Good times and a great bunch of people, in the AO shop and the Line shack.
Whispel, RobAD3May 1987 – Oct 1989An unbelievable experience.
Boody, RobAQAN1989 – 1992
Newsom, LarryE-4 / AO 31989 – 1993
Haring, ChrisAMH3Feb 1989 –108 days straight Indian Ocean ... Nice.. F -14 RIP to bad... FID RIP ...to bad awsesome equipment ..
Pennington, JasonHM3Sep 1989 – Mar 1993
Torres, JavierE31991 – 1993THIS IS ADAN JAVIER TORRES. .. WAS ABOARD CARL VINCENT 6 MOS IN 1992. WOULD LOVE TO MEET UP WITH OLD MILITARY BUDDIES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN LIFE AFTER SERVICE. WAS BASED AT MIRAMAR CALIFORNIA. .. AVIATION MECHANIC. .
Blackburn, Michael (Toney) profile iconAME2Jul 1, 1993 – Jan 1, 1998
Tarrant, MichaelAME31994 – Jan 1998
Arnett, David profile iconHN1996 – 1997I arrived just in time for a West-Pac on CVN-70, and just before the Squadron moved from Miramar to Oceana. Great experience.
Morrison, BrianAME 2Sep 1997 – Jun 30, 1999I was assigned to seat shop for VF 31 with F14D aircraft at NAS Oceana, and was deployed to the Persian Gulf on The Abraham Lincoln. I was medically retired after an injury sustained while deployed.
Haas, PaulCAPT2001 – 2003VF-154, VC-1, VF-126, VF-2, VF-101, VF-31, VF-101

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