Bill B Pemberton

Joined Oct 3 2010
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74 years old
Hulett, Wy.
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About Me

USMC '64-'68, ADJ"A" '65, MAD, NAS Memphis '65-'66, VMGR 152 & SubUnit#1 Danang '66-'67, H&MS27 MCAS Cherry Point, NC. ''68.

TWS Member 177899.

TWS Unit Page Admin for: VMGR 152 and VMGR 152 SubUnit#1 Danang.

Lockheed Georgia C130 prop shop and C5A Galaxy Final Assembly Flight Line '68-'72

Then mundane things till I retired 2008.

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Reply jim.potter2109
10:17 AM on July 25, 2016 
I got this email the other day, just thought I would Post It
Forest was a good friend. Jim Potter
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 11:41 AM
To: Jim Potter
Subject: Re: RT Foster

Hello Jim,

I wanted to let you know that RT Foster from VMGR 152 passed on Monday, July 18, due to complications related to his cancer and heart disease. I'm sorry you couldn't be more in touch with him over the years. Thank you for your service and Semper Fi.


Heather Foster
Reply J.H. KLICE lostgump
8:51 AM on July 6, 2013 
Dear Bill,
I may have sent this before, but in my h-A.L.F. a mind; this is one of the better poems I have written. Thank you for support and encouragement for me to continue to continue...

Sincerely John Howard Klice


A Little John graying soldier
From memory's silent silhouettes?

A boy forced ?to be? a man
with a geography of scars;;;
His history of hurt,
His limbs stuffed now
with artificial things?

In what part of his eyes?
In what part of his heart?
In what part of his soul?
Does acceptance,
Redemption, and
Salvation for Little John,
the soldier, wait?

Inside his cage,
The cage of his heart,
Something throbs,
With both fists, and
Knows; only what
Little John the soldier knows?

Inside that body,
Too old now to react,
Too small to contain,
The hundred balloons
Of unrequited happiness?

And with a thousand yard stare,
He hears only
The single guitar of grief;
And the bugle of Taps?

Little John is a boy,
Like any other boy,
Sent off to war?

He grows smaller and smaller
To the eye of society,
And dissolves
Into the twilight
Of the setting sun,
Fluttering in the air
Like a solitary white feather
Disappearing silently
like a memory of kites?


Inspired by a short story by
Sandra Cisneros ?Salvador Late or Early.?
Paraphrased and transformed by a veteran...
Reply Bruce Priddy
12:10 AM on January 22, 2013 
Hey Bill Thanks for the info on my dad. I will be posting some pics of the VMGR-152 that my dad had. Maybe you or someone you know or is on this site might be in the pics:)
Reply Bruce Priddy
12:51 PM on January 21, 2013 
Bill. Hi Sorry I didn t see what you posted in the Gallery.. Iam new and lost..LOL
Reply Melody Romaker-Smiddy
1:03 AM on November 28, 2012 
Yes Bill I sure do. Sorry I didn't get back sooner I just don't get on here very much.
Reply Roe, D.J.
3:05 PM on February 17, 2012 
Hey Bill,
Thanks for the note.

I went to jet A at NAS Millington. I was there in early '67.

Al Toca was at 252 in the summer of 67. This was right before he left for recruiters school. John Landolfi took over after him. Jack Berkquist was there during that time as well.

Don't quote me on these dates. It's my best recollection, but the memory keeps developing these black holes.
Reply F.J. O'Connor
9:10 AM on February 13, 2012 
Bill, it's nice to be missed. Took a break from FB--Everything is fine. Still waiting for Rob Ridgeway to send the photos he promised. Hope all is well with you.
Reply Bill B Pemberton
11:24 AM on February 10, 2012 
Febuary was a costly month during Vietnam War for VMGR 152;
Two Aircraft total loss, and Ten Marine Airmen, Semper Fi.
Feb. 01,1966 VMGR152, KC130F Bu# 149809, Shot down near near Dong Hoi/Tiger Island, All Lost.
1st Lt. A. M. Prevost
Maj. R. A. Alm
GySgt. G. F. Humphrey
SSgt. P. G. Vlahakos
SSgt D. L. Coates
SSgt.R. B. Luker
Feb. 10, 1968 VMGR152, KC130F Bu# 149813. Shot down on approach KheSahn. 3 Crew, 5 Passengers Lost.
Crew ; MSgt. J. D'Adamo
LCpl. D. R. Devik
LCpl J. W. Ferren (DOI 03/01/1968)
Passengers; Col. C. E. Peterson
1stLt. John K. Woods (DOI 02/11/1968)
SSgt W. L. Brown
SSgt G. W. Walbridge
Pfc Reggie L. Vance, (DOI 02/22/1968)
Feb. 28, 1968 Cpl. Jim Baucom VMGR152 Ordanceman.
Was killed by premature ignition of Flare in the aircraft.
Reply Erl Syverstad
5:58 PM on February 7, 2012 

Connect with "KC" Davis. He was the FE flying the El Toro flip ..and the only survivor. He said he read the accident report.
Reply Robin
12:47 PM on November 13, 2011 
Hey Bill, I appreciate your riding herd on this site and the activities. I will get my rear in gear and work on captions for my photos........ depends on how up to speed my memory is.
Reply Magic
10:47 AM on November 7, 2011 

Yes. I'm on Popasmoke and other squadron forums.

Reply Magic
9:35 AM on November 7, 2011 

I'm sorry, but the answer is No and No.

Back in the day when Jerry and I were working together we didn't do much picture taking as 17-18 year old teens. And I actually never saw Jerry after he joined the Marines a few months before me in '66.

RE: Bill Cagel, the name doesn't ring a bell. However, I have no recollection of names of people I knew in HMM-165 except for Charlie Vessey who was killed on Apirl 19, 1969. I was a member of 165 from April through August of '69 - and that short stint was interrupted by my 30 day extension leave. It bugs the hell out of me that I cann't remember any of these people, and my efforts to locate members of the squadron during that timeframe have also failed.
Reply Bill B Pemberton
11:16 AM on November 6, 2011 
Hey Magic would you happen to have any pics of Ferren, before or during USMC times? & do you remember a Billy Cagel in 163 or 165?
Reply Monte Guinn
8:25 PM on October 18, 2011 
I remember doing that but thought it was one of our birds not someone another 130. also do you rmember top Ellis? Have any idea if he is still alive? I remember when we got back to El Toro we had big plans to fly milk and eggs from washington to alaska on a regular basis. Had all the plans ready but when i left that was it.
Reply Bill B Pemberton
12:29 AM on October 17, 2011 
Right above the chevrons there is an edit button youcan change your rank there.
Reply Monte Guinn
11:42 PM on October 16, 2011 
Hey Bill, on together we serve it showes as a gunny not sgt. how do i change that.
Reply Monte Guinn
11:55 PM on October 15, 2011 
email is
Reply Monte Guinn
11:14 PM on October 15, 2011 
I'm trying to remember Hinkley. Was he the sgt in charge of the shop in 352? Definitly remember Slick and Pierce though. This does bring back memories. Too bad i had to wait until 66 to try to look back. I have a ton of pics from those days. All on old slides. I will look thru and convert some of them.
Reply Monte Guinn
10:17 PM on October 15, 2011 
Hi bill, I think i might remember you at vmgr-152, I was same place in 67. I was there as a hydraulics mech. Okinawa and da nang, 67-68, Did you know top Ellis.
Reply Mike
11:07 PM on August 31, 2011 
I was also in H&MS 27 in 1968, but was in Avionics. Can't say that I remember you, but "Hi" anyway.
By the way, you probably don't know this, but you have a namesake in Nebraska who is very well known in the Viper community. He races all over the place, and for years has been the 'goto' guy when people buy, upgrade or race Vipers.