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 Carpenter Y. Arpa-V
 Washington Dc, District of Columbia

THE MAHARLIKA ISLANDS: THE TRUE STORY (A Position Paper by HRH. Al-Sharif (Ashrf) Maulana Paduka Ahmad Carpenter Yu Tiamco Arpa-V Ibni Maharaja Adinda Taup Angging (Anddin) Zein (Zainal) Ul-Abidin ULRijal Bolkiah Tagean Al-Marhum Sultan Shariful Hashim Abu’Bkr Mohamad Shah of the Maharlika Sultanates) BRIEF STATEMENT OF FACTS: “During the Majapahit Empire which is entirely part of Southeast Asia, and the capital surrounding the islands of Sulu, the name Maharlika was respected by the Datus and Rahas, and all the leaders of the society. The name also empowers strength, winning not only in battles, but in morals and love among people….Moreover, the word is deeply grounded within the Dravidian and Austronesian ancestral traditions and heritage of the peoples in the region.“ It is a historical fact that long before Spanish occupation of the Philippines, this great archipelago was ruled by Royal families and nobilities. However, this historical fact has been buried into oblivion and forgetfulness and had been passed on to the people’s consciousness as myths and legends that whenever one talks of a once great kingdom, the story seems so fantastical to warrant any belief. To correct such a great mistake in history, there must be a collective effort on our part to bring out the true story. Such a herculean task must be begun so that every Maharlikan-Filipino can take pride knowing their historical roots and learning the giants whose shoulder we are all sitting. THE BEGINNING. Long before the Spaniards came to Philippines shores, the Philippine archipelago consisting of 7,169 islands with an area of 1,049,212,962 nautical square miles, including Guam and Hawaii was known as Maharlika. It was populated by Malays and ruled by the Tagean Tallano clans from the ninth to the fifteenth century. When the Spaniards started ruling the Philippines archipelago, they renamed it Hacienda Filipina. Of the many kingdoms in Asia, Maharlika was one of them under King Luisong Tagean Tallano, the father of Raja Lapu-Lapu and Raja Soliman, the successors of King Marikudo of the Sri Vishayan Empire. Its principal products at that time were peanuts (mani) exported to Mexico and European countries and Herbal plants known as “Nilad” with some medicinal qualities which were exported to Mainland China. With the passage of time, the Chinese traders changed the name Maharlika to Maynilad or Maynila. As in olden days, the kings and their families own their kingdoms and distribute portions to their subjects, especially to the members of the royal clans. The reign of the royal family of the Philippines had started as early in the l3th century, about 200 years yet before the Spanish came to our shores. The noble family was headed then by the late King Luisong Tagean married to Lamayan Bowan. According to the Philippine Historical Commission; the entire Greater Manila area was under the territories of Namayan then some five (5) centuries ago which was divided into seven (7) districts which included said Greater Manila areas including the former Karilaya Island (now Quezon province), which include the whole region of Kawit (now Cavite) and that lake region; the province of Laguna including portions of Batangas (Bumbon province before). The origin of their inhabitants from mentioned places came from the noble family names Lacan-Tagean centuries ago and by his wife Lamayan Bowan. The noble tribes were the owners of said territories and they controlled the areas and inhabited it themselves for more than five (5) centuries ago and it was passed by more than ten (10) generations of their clans. Some of these were their children and grand children, like the names of Rajah Lacan-Tagean, the 11th son of Rajah Soliman who is married to Mary Anne Dent, the beautiful daughter of Alfred Dent, a British Lord. Rajah Soliman is the second son of the King who controlled the entire area of Manila and its suburbs including the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna and Quezon. Another grandson is Rajah Lakandula who took over Tondo during the untimely demise of Rajah Soliman. The 3rd eldest grandson is Rajah Gat Mauban who is married to the daughter of Bornean Sultan Abdul Kahar, the Sultan of Brunei. Rajah Soliman had a son named Prince Lacan Tagean that was adopted from his grandmother Margarett Acuña Macleod Tagean. The Prince was married to Princess Rowena Ma. Elizabeth Overbeck of Austria and in the same manner has a begotten son who is the Prince Julian Macleod Tallano who is married to Princess Aminah Kiram and their descendant Rajah Magat Salamat took over the area of Cagayan Valley, while Rajah Baginda, another grandson had covered the area of Bohol, and Rajah Lapulapu, the eldest son of the King took over the Island of Mactan, while Rajah Kolambo, the 8th grandson is the ruler of the Island of Cebu. Rajah Gat Mauban took the eastern part of the Province of Quezon including Mauban, Sampaloc and Lukban to protect the interest of his grandson Vicente Lukban. For reference, Manila started some thousand years ago, born out from the very womb of Rio de Tagean (now Pasig) river. The seat of the most powerful Datu, the King Luisong Tagean, which was inherited by his son Rajah Soliman and later by his grandson Lacan Tagean and his Royal Family, was not in Manila but in Lamayan District, now the Malacanang Palace. The evolution of Tagean Clan into Tallano Clan served as catalyst in their claims and interest in land against the Spanish government until such time when foreign intervention, like the British Royal Government started in l76l, had successfully invaded and liberated the Filipino people from the Spanish colonization in October l4, l764. The American government took its role and settled the inhabitants\' perennial land problems by cessation treaty at the acquisition cost of U.S. Dollar 20 million. Such amount had been provided by Tallano Tagean Clan through the King\'s son, Lacan-Tagean Tallano. One condition in the said accord, the British and the Spanish governments, and the US government as well, and any foreign dominion, should respect the inhabitants\' private ownership and interest in land. As a result of this treaty, another treaty, the Treaty of Paris, came into being, also containing the precondition that private rights and interest in lands in the Philippines would be respected. The Treaty of Paris was signed April 4, l894. Upon signing it, the Spanish Royal Crown through its Queen sent Hermogenes and Miguel Rodriguez to the Philippines to assist the recovery of the Hacienda Quebega together with Hacienda Filipina by the Tagean Tallanos. Instead, they connived to carve out some of the best land for themselves. The Queen commanded them to cease and desist and reconvey from their landholdings the whole Hacienda Filipina, the archipelago with title OCT 0l-4 in the name of Prince Lacan Acuña Tagean-Tallano or to his son Prince Julian Macleod Tallano, the grandson of Alfred Dent, a British Lord and London merchant and part owner of Royal British North Borneo Company. The court had ruled that the invaders were not the Spanish Royal Crown and neither the Great Americans but merely the Spanish Filipino mestizos who have vested interest to grab the archipelago. A further evidence that the archipelago was the property of the Royal Family was written in Sung and Ming dynasty between the year l368 to l644 AD by the Chinese Emperor Yung Lo. As a symbol for the respect and due recognition of the Chinese Empire to the nobility of the King over his land ownership and rulership of the archipelago, the Chinese Emperor gave him a gift of silk cloth and several tons of precious metals like gold and jewels as a token of tribute to the Noble King whose name, King Luisong Tagean, was adapted in the naming of the largest island in his honor, the island of Luzon. Foreign traders regarded him as the sole ruler over the Archipelago; his ownership remained as an historic landmark; he never gained any resistance or opposition of any kind from various tribes of the inhabitants, meaning they directly admitted that the vast land of the archipelago was owned by the Tagean-Tallano Royal Clan, who discovered, rebuilt, glorified and fortified it for thousands of years. The inhabitants of the islands of Visayas and Mindanao acknowledged his rule by paying their share of their harvest from the lands they were tilling for and in behalf of the Royal Family. King Luisong Tagean died in December 17, 1764 who left of nothing but noble teachings and his bounty of bullion of gold, 720,000 metric tons, as legacies to his royal children and descendants, and to the inhabitants of Maharlika Islands. He died nine (9) months after the issuance of the declaration of said treaty, died in peace and happiness. He died upon learning the positive fruits of his efforts which was the issuance of land title over the archipelago in his honor issued by the British Government embracing 7,169 islands and around 503,877 square nautical miles under OCT No. T-0l-4 and in the name of his grandson, Prince Lacan Tagean on January 17, 1764 and later to l6 year-old Prince Julian Macleod Tallano in 1780. THE SPANIARDS. When the Spaniards came, full control of the islands remained with the descendants of King Luisong, specifically Raja Lapu-Lapu and his successors for Visayas and Mindanao and Raja Soliman and his successors for Luzon. Like conquerors of all kinds, the Spaniards started grabbing lands and distributed them to favored members of the conquering group, thereafter named Haciendas. Because of the land grabbing activities of the Spanish conquistadores, the descendants of King Luisong brought these questionable activities of the conquering armies of Spain to the attention of the Spanish Queen leading to the setting aside of many royal land grants and the issuance of titulo possessorio to become titulo de compra embracing the whole Philippine archipelago in favor of the Tallano clans. THE BRITISH. In 1762, the British Royal Armies came to Manila with the purpose of defeating the abusive Spanish armies. Finally, in 1764 the British won over the Spaniards. The British Royal Government then issued a Royal Decree, Protocol 01-4 based on the Laws of the West Indies, amending the property rights of King Philip of Spain over the Philippines and granting ownership of the Philippine archipelago to the Tagean Tallano clans. After the signing of the peace accord between the royal governments of Spain and Britain, the Queen of Spain recognized the property rights over the Philippine archipelago based on the Maura Law. THE TREATY OF PARIS. With the defeat of the Spanish Armada to the forces of the United States of America in the Battle of Manila Bay, Spain and America concluded the end of the War by signing the Treaty of Paris where the Philippines was sold for $20 Million U.S. Dollars. The winning bidder who paid the said amount in U.S. gold coins was DON ESTEBAN BENITEZ TALLANO, the predecessor in interest of PRINCE JULIAN MORDEN TALLANO. By virtue of the said payment, the Oficina de Cabildo recognized and affirmed Royal Decree 01-4 Protocol and registered as TITULO DE COMPRA in favor of PRINCE LACAN ACUNA ULRIJAL BOLKIAH (TAGEAN) TALLANO. TORRENS TITLE. With the American administration in the Philippines, the ownership of the TALLANO CLANS was strengthened further by the passage of Act No. 496 which gave rise to the Torrens Title. Land registration proceedings based on the said law were undertaken which affirmed the ownership and title of the Tallano Clans over the Philippine archipelago on October 3, 1904 as Original Certificate of Title (OCT) 01-4. Furthermore, when Cadastral Act No. 2259 of 1913 was passed, again the cadastral court recognized the ownership and title of the TALLANO CLANS over the whole Philippine Archipelago, still as OCT 01-4. A Torrens title is indefeasible which means it cannot be defeated by any claimant who has no title or whose title is issued later. It is also imprescriptibly which means that it does not prescribe. Even if a person who has no title or a fake title occupies a land duly titled for a million years, the titled owner of the land concerned can drive away any occupant who has no title or a later title over the land. In the Philippines, there is no titled issued earlier than OCT 01-4. DOCUMENTS ATTESTING TO THE EXISTENCE AND GENUINENESS OF THE TITLES OF THE TALLANO CLANS OVER THE PHILIPPINE ARCHIPELAGO. The following are the official documents duly certified attesting to and confirming the genuineness and validity of the TALLANO ownership and title over the lands embracing the Republic of the Philippines: Registration of Decree 01-4 protocol by virtue of the Supreme Order of the Royal Crown of England was done through Case No. 571 of the Royal Audiencia decreeing that PRINCE LACAN ACUNA TALLANO TAGEAN is the owner in fee simple of certain lands known as HACIENDA FILIPINA on January 17, 1764 at 10:45 in the morning, by authority of King George III of the Royal Crown of England, signed by GOVERNOR GENERAL DOWNSSONE DRAKE, British Governor, Philippine Islands. NUMBER OF ANNOTATIONS: There are about 19 pages of annotations describing the transactions involving the land registered under OCT T-01-4. Other than the ones quoted in the preceding paragraphs you have the following interesting annotations: Entry ODC-074, S-2-7, 1899 confirms the previous mortgage of U.S. $20,000,000.00 and later paid with the money of General Miguel Malvar who paid the amount of U.S. $3,300,000.00 for the area of Tanauan, Batangas; General Antonio Luna acquired the whole San Miguel and La Paz, Tarlac and paid U.S. $2,000,000.00 for it and giving the land as a gift to his sweetheart Miss Luisita Cojuangco; Don Mariano Tayag acquired 1,500 hectares of Kuliat and Mabiga, Pampanga and paid U.S.$3,300,000.00 for it; Don Francisco Macabulos acquired the area of Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac and paid U.S. $2,400,000.00; Don Juan Ejercito acquired the area of San Juan del Monte Hacienda embracing up to Sitio, Manduluyong consisting of 3,154 hectares for U.S. $3,154,000.00 and the remaining un-acquired areas were retained by Don Esteban Benitez Tallano and paid the amount of U.S. $6,600,000.00 for the remaining balance of the loan. This was inscribed on February 7, 1899 by Benito Legarda, Ad Interin. Land Registrar. Entry EDC-096, S-1900 Real estate mortgage by Don Esteban Benitez Tallano of a commercial lot of 250 hectares in Centro Intramuros in favor of Banco-Filipino Español for P1,500,000.00 for the establishment of the Manila Daily Bulletin which sum was received by Messrs. H. G. Farris and Carson Taylor Date of document is February 3, 1902 and inscribed on November 13, 1902 by H. K. Sleepper, Land Registration Officer. Entry PLA-061, S-6-1, 1903. Deed of Assignment made by Don Esteban Benitez Tallano in favor of the Sultanates of Mindanao/Sulu of the direct bloodline lineage of the three Datu-Sultans of Mindanao/Sulu under the 1825 Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram-I (father of 1858-1861 Sulu Sultan Pulalun and cousin Maharaja Adinda Taup) heirs, relatives of Don Esteban Benitez Tallano, the whole lands of the provinces of Sulu, Lanao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga to prevent the escalation of hostilities in the South. There are many more interesting annotations at the back of OCT 01-4 like Entry CLRO-01123, S-1904 regarding the yearly rental paid by the US Government to Don Esteban Benitez Tallano in Baguio City for the site now known as Camp John Hay. OCT NO. 01-4 was certified true, correct and genuine and existing at the Office of the Register of Deeds of Pasig, Rizal with the caveat that the original document was forwarded to the Office of the Register of Deeds of Manila in 1960 for jurisdictional purpose. The certification was issued by JOSE D. SANTOS, Register of Deeds of the Province of Rizal at Pasig on March 4, 1965. DERIVATIVE TITLES AND CERTIFICATION OF GENUINENESS AND THEIR EXISTENCE IN OFFICIAL FILES: There are two Transfer Certificates of Title based on OCT 01-4 they are TCT NO. 498 issued in the name of DON ESTEBAN BENITEZ TALLANO on June 7, 1932 by Register of Deeds TEODORO GONZALEZ of the Province of Rizal and TCT NO. 408 issued in the name of DON GREGORIO MADRIGAL ACOP on June 7, 1932 by Register of Deeds of the Province of Rizal, TEODORO GONZALEZ. Certification issued by LAND REGISTRATION COMMISSIONER ANTONIO NOBLEJAS of the Land Registration Commission on January 3, 1964 in reply to a request of Solicitor General Felix Makasiar certifying that OCT-01-4, TCT Nos. 408 and 498 are in their files and genuine Torrens Titles and all other titles issued after OCT 01-4 and not derived from it are fake and fraudulent. Certification of Acting Register of Deeds VICTORIANO S. TORRENS of the Province of Rizal dated December 10, 1980 in response to a subpoena duces tecum issued by request of Solicitor General FELIX MAKASIAR in relation to LRC/Civil Case No. 3957-P, before Branch 28 of the Court of First of Pasay City (now RTC Branch 111) stating that OCT 01-4 and TCT Nos. 408 and 498 are in their files, genuine and issued in accordance with law and with probative value. TAX DECLARATIONS AND TAX PAYMENTS: The Tallano heirs declared the properties indicated in their titles and paid taxes for them, namely: 1) Tax Declaration No. 00111212-69 for OCT 01-4 in the names of Prince (Lacan) Tagean (Tallano) Ul Rijal Bolkiah with Don Esteban Benitez Tallano as Administrator, 2) TD No. 002-4450-69 in the name of Don Esteban Benitez Tallano with Benito Agustin Tallano as administrator for TCT No. 498; and 3) TD No. 003 (illegible) in the name of DON GREGORIO MADRIGAL ACOP. All real estate taxes were paid from 1948 up to 1969 when there was a request for a moratorium due to the pendency of the case. COURT DECISION AND ACTIONS: There are two cases to talk about – the escheat proceedings, meaning for the government to take back the lands under OCT NO. 01-4 because of the absence of heirs and LRC/Civil Case No. 3957-P. The Government represented by the Solicitor General and the Tallano heirs entered into a compromise agreement. Not being contrary to law, the same was embodied in a decision of Judge Enrique Agana of Branch 28 of the Court of First Instance of Pasay City dated February 4, 1972. The same became final and executory. It was partially executed as shown by a number of sheriffs’ returns. After a series of motions, Judge Agana rendered a clarificatory decision dated January 19, 1976. The same also became final and executory. On representation of the Solicitor General and some private parties affected by the decision, in 1991 a moratorium of the enforcement of the un-enforced portion of the decision was entered into by the parties to operate within a period of 15 years ending in January 2006. In the meanwhile, the Pasay City Hall was burned including the records of this case. The Tallano filed for reconstitution. The Solicitor General and the other private parties were represented in the reconstitution case. The Regional Trial Court of Pasay City, Branch 111, decided in favor of the Tallano heirs. The decision also became final and executory because nobody appealed including the government. Long after the decision became final and executory, the Government, surprisingly represented by the Office of the Solicitor General wants the partially executed decision declared null and void in a case filed before the Court of Appeals under CA-GR. No. 70014. This case is already submitted for final resolution before the said Court. Considering the foregoing, it must be noted that in the said title, there is an important annotation of encumbrance found therein giving rise to the claim of the undersigned to the part of Maharlika which is reverted back to the undersigned’s forefathers, whom by blood lineage, rightfully belongs to them. ISSUE: Being the progeny of the three Sultans of Sulu and Mindanao, does the undersigned have a valid claim? DISCUSSION: The undersigned’s claim is valid. The undersigned is the direct descendant of the rightful owner of Maharlika Mindanao/Sulu Negaras tracing his lineage to the Muslim Royal Families descending to Sultan Moh. Fad’lun (Faud Abdulla) known as the 1839-1861 Sulu Sultan Pulalun, who was the son of the 1825 Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram-I (Muwalil Wasit) and cousin Maharaja Adinda Taup (father of 1915 Sharif Sultan Imam Ul-Alam Arpa who replaced Sultan Kiram-II), them being the progenies of the three datu Sultans of 1752 Maharlika/Mindanao Sulu. TRACING THE UNDERINED’S LINEAGE Sultan Pulalun was childless. Thus, the heir apparent to the Sulu Sultanate was handed down to his cousin, Prince and heir apparent, Maharaja Adinda Taup, who is the father of Sharif Imam Ul-Alam Arpa, the grandfather of the undersigned. Maharaja Adinda Taup was the son of Brunei’s Nakhoda (Laksamana or Admiral) Sayyid Perkasa Angging who is the grandson of the second Brunei Sultan Ahmad. Sultan Ahmad has a nephew, Seri Ali, who later became the third sultan of Brunei. Although sultan Ahmad has a son, Prince Amir Alatas, the latter did not succeed after his father because they married in Mindanao and Sulu (they were supposedly going to Mecca for pilgrimage but was not able to reach Mecca, instead they settled in Mindanao and Sulu). Prince Amir Alatas had a son, Brunei’s Nakhoda (Laksamana or Admiral) Sayyid Perkasa Angging. He was the very defender of North Borneo-Sabah, together with his brother, Nakhoda Sangkalang, against the usurper, Sultan Mobin. As recorded in Malaysian and Brunei annuals, because of their feat, North Borneo-Sabah was given to the Sulu Sultanate as a Tribute. Nakhoda Sayyid Perkasa Angging then became the Maharaja in Sulu and his brother, Nakhoda Sangkalang, is the Maharaja in North Borneo. As Maharaja for Sulu, he maintains his seat of power at Subah Buaya, Siasi Sulu with his official flag bearing the emblem of a twin-headed crocodile symbolizing his twin authority from Brunei. He was known as Maharaja Anddin of Sulu. Maharaja Anddin begot a son, Adinda Taup, cousin of Sultan Pulalun-Moh. Fad’lun. Adinda Taup then begotted a son, Sharif Imam Ul-Alam Arpa, the grandfather of the undersigned. In 1915, Jamalul Kiram II signed the 1915 Carpenter Memorandum, surrendering his temporal powers to the American Government in exchange for a lifetime pension and amenities. However, what Jamalul Kiram II ceded was only his temporal power, the high spiritual power over the subjects was retained with the undersigned’s grandfather who became the High spiritual Leader of the Sulu Archipelago. In 1967, the undersigned’s father, Sharif Carpenter Arpa I, established the Sultanate of Zamboanga (representing Mindanao) and Basilan (representing Sulu) and spearheaded the Royal Houses of Mindanao and Sulu in signing a manifesto for unity ratified by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, now a senator. Having now established his lineage from the Royal family of Maharlika Sulu and being then the direct descendants of the three sultans of Mindanao and Sulu whose ownership over the same was explicitly recognized and recorded in historical documents pertaining to therein, the undersigned has valid claims of ownership over the same and must be duly recognized as such. To turn a blind eye to this fact is to forget our history. If our history then is forgotten, when our roots are buried in the rough sands of the sea, we cannot have a sense of national consciousness. And when we do not have a sense of national consciousness, we cannot have any identity and emerge as a truly proud nation. It is only when we recognize our past that we can create our future. HRH. AL-SHARIF (Ashrf) MAULANA PADUKA AHMAD CARPENTER YU TIAMCO ARPA-V IBNI MAHARAJA ADINDA TAUP ANGGING (Anddin) ZEIN (Zainal) UL-ABIDIN ULRIJAL BOLKIAH TAGEAN AL-MARHUM SULTAN SHARIF UL-HASHIM ABU’BKR MOHAMAD SHAH
05/23/2014 @ 08:10 [ref: 55608]
 David F Henderson AME3 USN
 , New Mexico

My first duty station was NAS Miramar AIMD Lox Farm 1976-79.I worked for AME1 John Sutton. AMEC Clark was the Chief-in-Charge. The only people I remember well are AMEAN Tom Gilmore, AME3 David Hollowell and AME2 Scott Murray. I worked day shift 1976-77 and Top Off shift 77-79. I worked a short stint at the AIMD Paraloft for PR1 Nelson.
04/25/2014 @ 07:24 [ref: 55603]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

My first duty station after "A" school was with VA-116 at N.A.S. Miramar. I was there from OCT. 1957 until I received orders for N.S.Midway Island in May 1958
03/01/2014 @ 08:06 [ref: 55584]
 Mel Penrod
 Russells Point, Ohio

Stationed at NWSED Miramar (Weather Office in OPS Bldg.) My tour from 74 to 76 was one of the pearls in my memories of my Navy carrier. It was great when the fog came in and the Planes from San Diego Bingo at Miramar (Great Eyeball Liberty). Lost track of AD2 Tom Gaynor (made Chief in 83 I think) he was with VFP 63 then the RAG before going to CVN69 anyone know of him now. Mel Penrod
10/17/2013 @ 05:18 [ref: 55533]
 Mike Staggs
 San Diego, California

I was in the Navy from 1967 to 1971 (VF-121 AND VF-154) then I went to SDSU and later to work for the Navy as a civilian. I retired with 37 years total Navy time. Does anyone remember the fuel truck that caught on fire while being defueled at the Miramar fuel farm in 1968 or the C-2 that went down after a cat shot on the USS Ranger in 1970?
09/08/2013 @ 14:41 [ref: 55521]
 Mike Staggs
 San Diego, California

I was in the Navy from 1967 to 1971 (VF-121 AND VF-154) then I went to SDSU and later to work for the Navy as a civilian. I retired with 37 years total Navy time. Does anyone remember the fuel truck that caught on fire while being defueled at the Miramar fuel farm in 1968 or the C-2 that went down after a cat shot on the USS Ranger in 1970?
09/08/2013 @ 14:40 [ref: 55520]
 Mike Staggs
 San Diego, California

I was in the Navy from 1967 to 1971 (VF-121 AND VF-154) then I went to SDSU and later to work for the Navy as a civilian. I retired with 37 years total Navy time. Does anyone remember the fuel truck that caught on fire while being defueled at the Miramar fuel farm in 1968 or the C-2 that went down after a cat shot on the USS Ranger in 1970?
09/08/2013 @ 14:39 [ref: 55519]
 Ken King
 Marblehead, Massachusetts

I enjoy this site. I only have one question, I was a plane captain in VF 114 from 1962-1964. We were off the USS Kitty Hawk. We flew the McDonnell/Douglas F4B "Phantom." Several other squadrons from the were also billetted @ Miramar. Is this site only for those, both personnel and units who were permanently stationed @ Miramar? Many of us have great memories of the base and San Diego. Thanks.
02/26/2013 @ 02:30 [ref: 55432]
 Carpenter Y. Arpa-V
 Zamboanga City, Prince Edward Island

A Maharlika and Sulu Nobility, Mr. Arpa was aboard Miramar Top Gun\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Fighter Town as Naval Supply Response Team Member and Liaison Expeditor of Avaition Supplies. His Father was a U.S. Army Captain in WW-II and was his mentor and having him join the Navy, instead. A three year tour aboard, he had volunteered predominantly for Stand-by status for shipmates in mastering the Supply Systems and Suadps or Shipboard Uniformed Automated Data Processing Systems in Avaition Support.
01/12/2013 @ 22:58 [ref: 55399]
 glenn dunham
 Redlands, California

After AD school in Memphis I was assigned to NALF Miramar in 1952. I was the plane capt on an SNJ & SNB, the two A/C permanately based there then. Traffic there was mainly from NAS North Island based squadrons practising carrier landings. I went to NAS Barbers Pt and joined KD- 28, flying target drones off the beach and off USS Princeton and a Navy tug. Then back to NAS Miramar to join Project Cutlass flying F7U3. Project Cutlass was joind with VF124/Top Gun. We went to sea on the Hancock to test the steam cats. Discharged in 1955. Years later when 124 was disestablished and 111 became Top Gun at NAS Fallon my wife and I were invited to be part of the disestablishment ceremony because we had restored a PT-18 Stearman and the squadron wanted it to be the flight line center piece among the F-16\'. I remember spending a lot of time on the concrete flight line and loved every minute of it. I met my wife while I was at Miramar, she lived in Linda Vista where a budy of mine and I rented an apartment. I have great memories of my time in the Navy and flying our PT-18 to many Military air shows. The first show was at Miramar--when I landed our baby on that huge runway I was laughing and crying, both at the same time. I taxied up to the quanset hut line shack and there was a Lieutenant waiting to guide me to a stop---wow, my turn!
12/04/2012 @ 12:25 [ref: 55377]

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