Watson, Richard G., Jr., LTJG

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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Current/Last Primary NEC
135X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Aviation Support
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1968, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Previously Held NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
AD-8243-A-3 Plane Captain (Flight Crew)
AWF-0000-Naval Aircrewman Mechanical
Service Years
1939 - 1968
Voice Edition
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)VP-44  Golden Pelicans AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
WW II Memorial National RegistryNaval Aviation Museum FoundationNavy League of the United StatesUnited States Navy Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)United States Naval InstituteAssociation of Aviation OrdnancemenLas Vegas Wings Chapter
American LegionMaritime Patrol Association
  1958, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1979, VP-44 Golden Pelicans Association - Assoc. Page
  1993, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) [Verified]
  1995, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1995, WW II Memorial National Registry [Verified]
  1995, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation [Verified]
  1996, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1996, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Association of Aviation Ordnancemen [Verified]
  2009, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS), Las Vegas Wings Chapter (Finance Officer) (Las Vegas, NV , Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2011, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Maritime Patrol Association1

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am enjolying retirement with family and friends.
Other Comments:
My Naval Assignments have included many reserve squadrons that are not listed in the matrix. They are as follows:

VP-907, Plankowner, commissioned July 4, 1946 and redesignated VP-ML-57 on November 15, 1946. In February 1950, the unit was redesignated to VP-871 at which time I transferred back to active duty in February 1951. The unit was redesignated VP-19 in February 1953.

I was subsequently transferred from VP-871 to VR-5, Moffet Field, CA in September 1952 and remained there until December 1954, upon going to the active reserve with VP-871 until 1957. I was then transferred to ZP-871 (Blimp Squadron) as A/C Maintenence Officer from 1958-1960 and went inactive in 1960.
I am a qualified Flight Engineer in the following aircraft:PBY-5& 5A,PB2Y-3,PB4Y-2,R6D-1,PV-2,and the R6V.While in VR-5 I recieved a FAA Flight Engineers License and a FAA A&E license.I had already gotten my pilots license in 1949.

On November 7 2007 I was honored to be inducted into the Combat Aircrew Roll of honor on the USS Yorktown
CV 10.

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  1946-1951, AD-0000, VP-19 Big Red

AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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VP-19 Big Red Unit Page

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AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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 VP-19 Big Red Details

VP-19 Big Red

NAME: Big Red
TAIL CODES: CH ('53 to mid '57) /PE (from mid '57)
Established: 4. February 1953
Disestablished: Active 
Latest update: April 19, 2008
Changed format February 17, 2002.
Photo of CH-1 added 30. January 2000.
All 135xx series histories updated 19. April 2000.
Photo of 143172 and patch added 27. June 2000.
Three new photos of 135584 added 4. August 2000.
Photos of 142545, 145902, 145923 and 147948 added 26. March 2001.
Photo of 145903 added Sept. 18, 2001
Photos of 135590 and CH-12 added 17. February 2002.
Photo of 145901 added October 19, 2002.
Photo of CH-5 added February 11, 2003.
Photos of CH-2CH-3, CH-5, and CH-7 added October 13, 2003.
Additional photos from Tom Bryant added October 17, 2003.
1000 pixel photos of 135590 formation with CH12 and 145923 added January 28, 2004.
Photo of 147948 added November 01, 2004.
Photo of 145923 added January 30, 2008.
1000 pixel photos of 135584 added April 19, 2008.

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Known Neptunes of VP-19 as of February 13, 2002.

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Air Units - Fixed Wing


Parent Unit
Fixed Wing

Air Squadron

Created/Owned By
PN Brooks, Roger (PNCS Brooks Initiated 16 Jan, 1976), PNCS 1720

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Bill Keller AMSC,Jim Gosnell ADEC,T.P."Stretch" Pillips AD3,Tom Degnan ARM1

Best Moment
Return home from Korea


Worst Moment
Night raid in which we were almost attacked by an enemy nightfighter.He was shot down by our companion aircraft a F7F equipped with night fighter gear.

Other Memories
VP-19 was originally VP-907 in 1946, then redsignated VP-ML57 from 46-50. From 1950-53 it was VP-871. Then in 1953 it was again changed to VP-19.

My Photos For This Duty Station
VP-871 PB4Y-2 # 6 Tail No CH
The Return of VP-871 from Japan and Korea
VP-871 History
Members Also There at Same Time

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