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Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II - Revised, Updated Edition, 2011


Squadron 4:
A Cockpit
View of
World War II

(First Edition)

Squadron 4:
The Red



Air Group 4 - Casablanca to Tokyo

Dedicated to those who
served in VT-4, VB-4, VF-4,
VMF-124 and VMF-213

Recent Events and Reunions

The 2021 Ranger Reunion will be held in Annapolis, MD, September 14 thru September 17,  2021, at the Double Tree by Hilton, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21401. Click here for more details.

The 2002 Torpedo Four/AG-4 Reunion was held in Las Cruces, NM on October 15-19. Among the 35-40 who attended were pilots, crew members, wives, widows, and some younger generation relatives and friends.

On October 16 White Sands Missile Range hosted the group with excellent Command briefings by General William Engel and staff, visits to missile launch sites, orientation at the USS Desert Ship and tours of the Museum. Lunch at the base was highlighted by comments from Admiral Paul Arthur. Back in Las Cruces at 4 pm a ceremony was held at New Mexico State University to unveil a plaque at Gerald Thomas Hall. The day was concluded with a banquet featuring General Jerry Laws, former Commander of WSMR.


Top Row: Lloyd "Cozy" Cole, Gerald Thomas, Will Souza, John Aldrich, Walter Hopkins, Brad Hovey, G. M. "Joe" Bell, Cliff White, WSMR Personnel. Bottom Row: WSMR Personnel, Gene Ganley, George Gilbert, G. M. "Buck" Barnett, WSMR Personnel, Dave Huston, Bob Ruth, WSMR Personnel.

A bus trip on October 17 took us to the War Eagles Museum at Santa Terresa with the opportunity to struggle into the turret and cockpit of a TBM Avenger. The other WWII vintage planes also brought back memories. Lunch at the Sunland Park Casino and back to Old Mesilla for another banquet with Cozy Cole as MC.

A memorial breakfast on October 18 to remember fallen comrades was conducted by Cozy Cole for Torpedo 4 and Cliff White for Fighting 4. Most of the reunion group stayed for the bus trip on October 18 to White Sands National Monument and the International Space Hall of Fame at Alamogordo. Another group dinner at La Posta in Old Mesilla concluded a very successful reunion.

The "Top Hatters," formerly VB-4 and now Fighting Squadron Fourteen, celebrated their 80th Anniversary on November 16, 1999 at the Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Claiming to be "the oldest and the boldest," former members can contact the Commanding Officer, Fighting Squadron Fourteen, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA 23460 for information on the next reunion.

Ted Foresberg has donated to the World War II Memorial for Torpedo Squadron Four in memory of his uncle, Lt(jg) William H. Canty, a TBM pilot killed in the Pacific during World War II. More information on the memorial is available here.

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