In his memory
Capt. Eugene "Bz" Bezore
VFP-62 Circa 1958-60
Updated: October 21, 2014
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Photos - Mac Warnell circa 1960
Memories and Tributes
"Bz" enlisted in the Navy circa 1944 - did boot camp at Great Lakes I believe
and then got into the V-5 program at the University of Washington.
Evidence indicates that he was still a Flying Midshipman on the USS Valley
Forge (CV-45?) during the 1948 round the world cruise. EXTERNAL LINK:
Navy's Flying Mid-Shipmen--Adobe (.pdf) format
He was commissioned sometime thereafter and later RIF'd into the USNR. Korea
found him on active duty flying Panthers (USS Boxer & USS Kearsarge).
When he met and married Betty he was a flight instructor at Saufley Field
(that's where I came into the picture in April of '56). The move to JAX
occured shortly thereafter and he was assigned to Squandrons/CAG at Cecil
Field & NAS Jacksonville where his participation with VFP-62 occurred.
Bz was assigned to New River/Cherry Point in the early '60s where he was
qualified on Stage 34's (H-34) with the USMC (HMM-262?) and deployed on the
USS Boxer to the Dominican Republic Crisis.
In 1965 my Papa was assigned as XO of VF-103 during the transition to
Phantom II's and was CO during their cruise on the Saratoga.
In 1968 he completed his degree in International Relations at Jacksonville
University (Boot Strap Program).
Later years found him as the Air Warfare Officer on 6th Fleet Staff (USS
Little Rock/Gaeta), CO, Fighter Wing One (Oceana), and XO Naval Missile
Center (Point Mugu).
I am proud that you're taking the time to catalog all this for history.
Jeffrey Bezore (son)
- (10/21/14): Captain Bezore was XO Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu CA, 1974-1978. Good sense of humor and tolerance for us enlisted guys. Lucky Strike non-filter smoker, kind of quiet. I thought he was partial to F8 Crusaders. He used to come into the EM Club and buy a couple of beers listen to the guys. Occasionally he would gripe about a plane being down for a prolonged period. The next day the plane would be up with parts "comshawed" from planes all over the base.
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