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Name: KIM W. Schillig  Click Name to Contact

Date:   May 15, 2017

Relationship:   Family of AG-31 Member

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My father Roger W. Schillig AM 1c was an enlisted man whose skipper was Commander Bruce Weber of VF31. He passed away in July 1991. He left me with a lot of documents including a year book for the entire squadron. I am in the process of scanning the entire book and would like to share it with this website. I also remember him telling that he designed the logos for the both te "Flying Meat Axe" and "Woody Wood Pecker on the Torpedo". I have the original renderings for these and would like to also share them. There is also other documents to share. I am not sure how to do this. Please contact me if you are interested.

Kim W. Schillig


Name: Robert Rubino  Click Name to Contact

Date:   April 10, 2016

Relationship:   Family of AG-31 Member

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My father Ensign A.P. Rubino was a pilot assigned to VT-31 December 1944 for a 2nd tour of duty. He was a pilot with Torpedo Squadron 31. He will be celebrating his 94th birthday on May 11, 2016. We are having a family reunion the weekend of May 6th - 8th and surprise birthday party.

As part of the events I am putting together pictures from his flight training and time on the U.S.S.Belleau Wood and information from your website about VT-31. Thanks for compiling all of this information. It is amazing what this Air Group accomplished not to mention their dedication to our country.

Rob Rubino, oldest son of Ens. A.P. Rubino


Name: Gerry McMillan  Click Name to Contact

Date:   March 24, 2016

Relationship:   Family of USS Belleau Wood Crew Member

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Hi, Just found the sight. Great memories. My dad, Howard McMillan served on the Belleau Wood in the South Pacific, flying the F6. Take a look at the VF-31 squadron picture (Flying Meataxes), locate the absolutely smallest guy in the picture; that's dad at age 22. He went on to fly the Navy's first combat jet,the F9F, VF-781,from the carrier Bon Homme Richard in Korea and later flew for Western Airlines, based in Los Angeles, CA.His dad, also named Howard, was among the first SeaBees in WWII,also serving in the South Pacific on Tulagi; he was 48 when he volunteered. As an aside, when the Korean conflict broke,the entire VF-781 squadron at Los Alamitos NAS and most of its support personnel volunteered en- masse to go to Korea; the only such event in Naval history at the time: see Time Magazine,1951. It's quite a thrill to see the names of some of the pilots I grew up around. I owe them everything. Thank you and take care. Gerry


Name: David W. Dunn  Click Name to Contact

Date:   January 18, 2016

Relationship:   Family of USS Cabot Crew Member

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I am looking for information on AMM3c William S. Koch, who was killed in a training mishap on September 19, 1943 while serving on board the USS Cabot, CVL 28 during its second month of operation while on its shakedown cruise in Trinidad, British West Indies. He may have been involved when Ens. Robert Vance BENNETT died as his plane crashed. Not reported in the ship's log were others killed the same day.

He was part of VT31 group. Any information anyone would have about the incident or if there is any information about the circumstances would be appreciated. He was my wife's mother's brother and the family never heard what really happened that day.

Thanks for looking. David W. Dunn, Strasburg, PA


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