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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  1952-1954, AD-0000, NAS Moffett Field

AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

From Month/Year
August / 1952

To Month/Year
December / 1954

NAS Moffett Field Unit Page

Chief Petty Officer

AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate

NAS Moffett Field,VR-5

 NAS Moffett Field Details

NAS Moffett Field

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Naval Air Stations


Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2017
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
I was in VR-5 attached to NAS Modffett Field.I was trnsfeerred from VP-871.We had just returned from duty on Japan and Korea.I started out in the traffic office overseeing sdeight aznd balance on outgoing flights.After xsix months myself and 2 other chiefs were zassigned to prepare a ground school to teach R6D-1 aircraft systems to overage fighter pilots in prerparation for their qualifying in gthe R6D-1 aircraft. taught.Air Conditioning,Engine Management,aznd Cruisew Control.During that time I qualified for a Commercial Flight Engineers License,qwhich included passing a ground and flight check by a  CAA licensed inspector.After several mongths I was assigned as senior flight engineer and started flying routes out to the far east.I requested to start University courses in Aero Engineerin=g and was put in charge of Night Maintenance.After one  semester I requested return to active reserve and was so assigned.

Best Moment
Best moment was my qualifying for a Commercial Flight Engineers license.


Worst Moment
A flight to NAS Atsugi,Japan.
We had a load of 65 Marines commanded by a Chief Warrant Gunner .I was flying as Flight Engineer and immediately after takeoff from NAS Barbers Point the number 1  baggage compartment fire watrning light came  on and I immediately actuated the fire contfrol system and requested the Command pilot that I go aft and see if I could get access to the compartment,in the mean time the pilots had turned the airctraft around and reqested an emergency down wind full gross landing.I started back and I grabbed the Gunner and gave him a brief check on what was happening and requested that none of his people move from their seats.He gave me a quick affifrmative and drew his .45 and anounced that the first SOB that moved from his seat was going to get a bullet in the head.I was not able to get access to the compartment so I went back to the flight deck and we made a beuatiful landing,full gross.As soon as we got off the runway we were met by the fire control gang and  they opened the compartment and as they started getting the baggage out one of the bags burst into flame and was immediately put out.The marines checked all their bags.It was determined that somehow a cigarette had gotten lodged in one of the bags.We  trook off the next morning and had a good trip to Japan.

Other Memories
It was vdery good duty we went to some interesting places.It was almost like shore duty but we got sea pay as well as flight skins.

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15 Members Also There at Same Time
NAS Moffett Field

Henderson, Raymon, CPO, (1941-1961) AD AD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Clifton, Donald, PO2, (1950-1954) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Duacsek, Ada Lou Reed, LT, (1949-1957) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Morgan, William, LCDR, (1943-1974) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hallenbeck, Elizabeth, PO2, (1951-1955) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Carpenter, E. L., SCPO, (1947-1968) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Stokes, Paul Amos, LCDR, (1949-1971) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Voelker, William, PO3, (1951-1954) PH PH-8288 Petty Officer Third Class
Bradnick, Dot, S1c, (1951-1955) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Thornburg, Margaret, SN, (1952-1954) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Conger, Arthur, SCPO, (1952-1973) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman
Rogers, William, AN, (1950-1953) ABU ABU-0000 Airman
Williams, Robert, PO3, (1952-1960) AN AN-0000 Airman
Hays, Ronald, ADM, (1950-1988) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Morgan, William, LCDR, (1943-1974) Petty Officer First Class
Mansfield, Harry L., PO3, (1950-1959) Petty Officer Third Class

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