Last:
Denham
First:
David
From:
Cambria Wi
Email:
ctn45786@centurytel.net
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Date:
03 Feb 2001
Time:
06:12

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Cobria Ball 1987-1988 Moved into new hanger and barracks while there what an improvement. Best year of 23 in the USAF


Last:
Mersing
First:
Jerry
From:
Charles Town Wv.
Email:
mersingx4@earthlink.net
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Date:
04 Feb 2001
Time:
10:03

Comments

I was the NCOIC of METNAV from Nov. 92 to 93, looking to the rest of you!!! Travis, Kelly Dow, Al, Ken Mckillip, Deanna, Does anybody remember "The Queen of Memphis" or the Magic chicken bones on Bingo night.


Last:
McEwen
First:
Duane
From:
Washington State
Email:
duanemc@aracnet.com
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Date:
04 Feb 2001
Time:
14:25

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I retired a year ago after 30+ years in Alaska, and moved down to Washington State 6 months ago. Recently, while digging through my old "stuff," I found a copy of the USAF Alaskan Communications Region Newssheet "The Circuit" dated Dec 1968/Jan 1969. There is about a page and a half article in there from TSgt, Earl Dye, Information NCO, 2064 Comm Sq., Shemya, Alaska. One of the main parts of the article concerns the demise of Boozer. That portion of the article follows:

TRIBUTE TO BOOZER - - At 1200 hours on the last day of 1968, a living legend, Boozer, was put to sleep on Shemya following a long illness. The 2064th Comm Sq., together with other organizations of the base, turned out in mourning when Col. Ashworth, Base Commander and Lt. Col. Slesinger, USASA Commander, acting on the advice of the Base Surgeon's Office, authorized Boozer's demise. Although at different times Boozer was claimed by both the Army and the Air Force units as their mascot, it is generally conceded that he belonged to the entire island. The island also belonged to Boozer; there was nowhere that he was not welcome. He was so popular that US Army Security Agency Field Station, Shemya, appointed Boozer a Command Sergeant Major. It is believed he also carried a colonelcy in the Air Force Reserve. (more)


Last:
McEwen
First:
Duane
From:
Washington State
Email:
duanemc@aracnet.com
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Date:
04 Feb 2001
Time:
14:35

Comments

(more on Boozer)

"Often touted as the greatest morale factor on Shemya, Boozer, the island's oldest and longest steady resident was laid to rest on New Year's Day 1969 in a place of honor next to the Shemya "plug." The dog, who was at least part Husky, had a somewhat nebulous history. It is commonly thought that he was brought to the island in 1956 by the Army commander at the time and was somewhere between 12 and 16 years old. Anyone having information concerning Boozer's history is encouraged to submit it so that a factual history can be developed.

A collection has already been started for a bronze plaque commemorating Boozer. It will be affixed to the wall at the main entrance to the Composite Building where Boozer could be found when alive. Donations for the plaque and information concerning Boozer may be sent to CO, USAFS, Shemya, APO Seattle 98736."

 


Last:
Thompson
First:
Charlie
From:
Mississippi
Email:
Charlie@parkwoodplace.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.parkwoodplace.com
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Date:
05 Feb 2001
Time:
00:23

Comments

My dad, Charlie Thompson, now 94 and still kicking, was a civilian on Shemya in the early 50's. He eventually transferred to Elmendorf AFB after a couple of years. He was an oil burner repairman and has often wondered if any old timers still exist from that era.


Last:
Ryan
First:
Thomas
From:
surfing
Email:
ocerous@optonline.net
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Date:
07 Feb 2001
Time:
17:19

Comments

I served on Shemya with the USAFSS from 11/65 to 11/66. We lived in the consolidated building, the one with a totem pole and worked at AAF/JOG. Army/Air Force/Joint Operations Group. I was a 2T NCOIC from Misawa. I have many old flicks...let me know where to send them. TSgt Tim Muennich also admins a site that you can look up as Eareckson. Not nearly as extensive as this one but pretty up to date.


Last:
Boutelier
First:
Gerry
From:
Spangdahlem, Germany
Email:
gerald.boutelier@spangdahlem.af.mil
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Date:
08 Feb 2001
Time:
04:06

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from 1993 to 1994. I was the Chief of Operations for the 673 Comm Flight. It was the best assignment of my career. I had the pleasure knowing great people like Jon Crawford (saw your comments on the guestbook, Jon), Renee Dallimore (actually she really ran Comm, I just sat there and got a suntan), Mitch Miller, Jim Terrien, and so many others. I've talked to and ran into a few of these guys since I left.


Last:
williams
First:
walter
From:
Michigan
Email:
283williams@qtm.net
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Date:
10 Feb 2001
Time:
00:27

Comments

USAFSS Shemya Station - April 1958-May 1959. Boozer was two years old and maintained by the ASA. I helped maintain the three other island dogs, Squirt, Scar, and Squeaky. Boozer loved suds and snickers, and had to be lifted into the weapons carrier. FPS 17 built. AF Maj Harriger (the AF CO) and my best friend Cal Cavalcanti (202) aboard the aircraft that crashed up chain, on way to mainland. Major was on business at Elmendorf for a week, and cal was on 30 days leave, and comming back for another tour. AiC 203xxR Tommy Young still owes me $600.00 from the Alaskan craps crap game. I lived in the broom closet in the T-building. SSgt Moon was the barracks chief. He always bought all of the aqua velva when the supply aircraft came in. He developed a technique for getting it out of those funny shaped little bottles and into the glass of coke. The snow never landed on the ground-always come down horizontal, even if that does not make sense. Navy aircraft delivered movies and supplies. Chaplain at Elmendorf blocked the Playboys. WAR IS HELL! Bud Williams USAFSS Trick 3


Last:
Jari
First:
Peltonen
From:
Finland
Email:
jari111@excite.com
WebsiteURL:
http://sivut.koti.tpo.fi/polit
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Date:
11 Feb 2001
Time:
16:36

Comments

Hi, Greetings from Finland.


Last:
Gluschick
First:
John
From:
Live Oak, Florida
Email:
jj8384@lani.net
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Date:
12 Feb 2001
Time:
16:44

Comments

Enjoyed your site. Was stationed on Shemya from '64 to '66 with the 6984th SS. The whole year was one big party.


Last:
Stahl
First:
Ron
From:
Oklahoma City
Email:
ronstahl49@cs.com
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Date:
14 Feb 2001
Time:
20:57

Comments

AFRTS-Shemya, 1970 & 71. I miss the emerald ocean.


Last:
DECH
First:
TIMOTHY
From:
SOUTH DAKOTA
Email:
tdech@triotel.net
WebsiteURL:
www.timdech.dreamhost.com
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Date:
15 Feb 2001
Time:
15:25

Comments

was station on the rock from 69-71 does anyone remember Mr Gillian? or about the Plug? or the only lady on the rock?


Last:
Gamboa-Flores
First:
Sharron
From:
California
Email:
martndahln@aol.com
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Date:
15 Feb 2001
Time:
20:08

Comments

Can you please direct me to where the items are that were archived after 8/28/2000? I am looking for a name of Guido o Grady that was archived on 9/25/00 at 19:44. Also last name of De Borba that was archived at the same time. Please help. Thanks


Last:
TIMMONS
First:
DON
From:
HERMISTON, OR
Email:
NEED CORRECT E-MAIL ADDRESS!
WebsiteURL:
NEED CORRECT E-MAIL ADDRESS!
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Date:
16 Feb 2001
Time:
10:29

Comments

STATIONED ON SHEMY IN 1963, AND I KNEW BOOZER. I GOT A CHANCE TO REVISIT THE ROCK IN 1998 AND BOOZER WAS LONG DEAD, BUT A PLAQUE HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE WALL BY THE MAIN ENTRANCE IN COMMERATION OF HIM. I GOT A BARELY READABLE PICTURE OF IT, AND I CAN MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ANY WHO WANT A COPY AT NOMINAL COST. Phone 541-567-4069


Last:
Fernandez
First:
Arturo
From:
ARINC, Inc., El Segundo CA
Email:
afernand@arinc.com
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Date:
16 Feb 2001
Time:
11:14

Comments

Stationed at Shemya Jun 79 thru Jun 80.

Post: Corba Dane Operations. As a former USAF Officer, was Chief, Foreign Technology Division (FTD) Operating Location for Air Force Systems Command (AFSC). Reported to Commander, 16th Surveillance Squadron.

Responsibilities: Post-process wideband and narrow band radar data collected on Soviet ICBM/SLBM testing and passed along to FTD at Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Also generated quick-look reports.


Last:
Wiggins
First:
Keith
From:
Carthage, NY
Email:
wigginsd-kw@northnet.org
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Date:
17 Feb 2001
Time:
21:45

Comments

I was on the Rock from Jan thru Dec 1980. Met some great people there, hope to see some familiar names some time in the future in the guest book. Couldn't wait to get out of there, but now would love to go back for a SHORT visit. Remember catching some of the weirdest fish I've ever seen between the rock formations on the north shore. I worked in the Comm Center (2064CS) on the top floor of Cobra Dane, mostly on the midnight shift. I remember waking up for the first couple of months thinking at first I was still at home, then getting that sinking feeling when I realized where I was. After going back home, I woke up thinking I was still on the island, and what a great feeling it was to realize I wasn't ! I've been working as a civilian for the Army since I came back from the island. I've been at Fort Drum, NY since 1983. I've got quite a few pictures from 1980 on Shemya. If anyone is interested in any of them let me know and I can scan them in and send via e-mail. They used to have a shirt you could buy on the island that had a picture of the island on the front with a caption "No Slack On The Rock". If those are still available from anywhere, I'd love to pick one up.


Last:
Neitzel
First:
Ken
From:
Milwaukee,WI
Email:
kmneitzel@voyager.net
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Date:
17 Feb 2001
Time:
22:23

Comments

I was stationed at the Rock with the 6984th from '68 to '69. Now that all this time has passed, the memories of the Rock seem get better as time goes on. Sure was miserable at the time however. I'm looking for a Paul Laffey who was my roommate and drinking buddy there. Anyone with info, please e-mail me.


Last:
Sealock
First:
Paul E.
From:
Seattle, Wa
Email:
Zephyr375@Aol.Com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
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Date:
21 Feb 2001
Time:
19:39

Comments

I was an Air Force TSgt TDY on Shemya from Oct-Dec 1967. We brought an Air Traffic Control Radar TPN-17 to replace the local MPN-11 (GCA) radar that was being overhauled. We lived in the "K" house transit facility up on the cliff over looking the runway. I garnered many an old war story concerning many adventures and misadventures while on the i. I can't say I enjoyed the time there but will always remember with fondness the time there.


Last:
bryant
First:
clifford
From:
wv.
Email:
clifftb@ntelos.net
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Date:
22 Feb 2001
Time:
01:06

Comments

I was stationed at shemya in 1979&1980 as NCOIC of heavy equipment & snow removel.


Last:
BRYANT
First:
CLIFFORD (old dad)
From:
Lake  WV.
Email:
clifftb@ntelos.net
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Date:
22 Feb 2001
Time:
03:43

Comments

I am one of the chosen few to have served on the ROCK . I had a load of fun while there in 79&80.Iwas NCOIC of heavy equipment. We had more time on the runway pushing snow than the aircraft had landing and taking off. Sorry to here about POP,s


Last:
Baretincic
First:
Joseph
From:
North Carolina
Email:
jmbaret@bellsouth.net
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Date:
22 Feb 2001
Time:
15:13

Comments

Chief of Maintenance, MSgt, Comm Squadron 93-94. Witnessed the renaming to Eareckson AFS so congress could close it. Last duty assignment, best in 20 years. Miss all of the comradery of Saturday night "country night"!!!! Hello to future visitors from "BEAR"!!


Last:
Wood
First:
Arthur R.
From:
Phoenix, AZ
Email:
artrwood@aol.com
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Date:
24 Feb 2001
Time:
20:43

Comments

1968 and 1975 with General Electric/USAF as electronic technician maintaining AN/FPS-80(M) satellite tracking radar(antenna,servos,transmitter chain and TX cooling system). I'd like to Email someone on The Rock today (Feb 2001). RSVP


Last:
Boyes
First:
Neil
From:
CFB Comox
Email:
skeena98@hotmail.com
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Date:
26 Feb 2001
Time:
00:30

Comments

I was lucky enough to have been to the Black Pearl in May of 2000. I saw weather there that defies any explination. Fog so thick I could have taken some home for a souvenir while at the same time a gale wind blew the foxes over. My time was well spent with some nice people and great food. Take care. Neil


Last:
Kocis
First:
John
From:
Los Angeles California
Email:
kocis1@earthlink.net
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Date:
27 Feb 2001
Time:
03:07

Comments

Winter nights were cold and dismal during my tour from 1960-61. We made our own Christmas Cards in the photo lab and sent them home. They were hilarious cards in the style of "Mad" magazine and referred to the island as the "Black Eye" of the Aleutians, a take off on the "Black Pearl." I kept a few and still have them somewhere.


Last:
Schofield
First:
Dick
From:
Idaho
Email:
richard.schofield@gte.net
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Date:
03 Mar 2001
Time:
13:32

Comments

Put my name in the guest book some time ago...looking for any of the 11th Weather jokers who were there in 5/48-12/48


Last:
Likus
First:
paul  likus
From:
Vermont
Email:
lplikus@sover.net
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Date:
05 Mar 2001
Time:
15:13

Comments

I'm trying to find anyone who was stationed with the 6912 RSM in Bingen Germany during 1957/1958 or the 6910 RGM at Sembach Germany 1959/1960. Tks


Last:
Van Erem
First:
Roger
From:
AF.mil
Email:
vann@emcst.com
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Date:
06 Mar 2001
Time:
16:51

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya in 1962-63. I flew on the Nancy Rae project aircraft.

Great Pictures. I'll see if I can find some to donate.

Great Job.. Thanks


Last:
Patton
First:
David
From:
Offutt AFB, NE
Email:
dcnottap@hotmail.com
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Date:
07 Mar 2001
Time:
16:10

Comments

Great site to peruse and rekindle old memories. Flew the "Ball" '85-'88 and ended up on the "ROCK" as the 6th SW DET 1 CC March '91-May '92. Would like to hear from any of the ROCK/Eielson/Elmendorf personnel from this time period.


Last:
Blunt
First:
Phillip D.
From:
www.hilswilliwaw.com
Email:
mjllama@juno.com
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Date:
08 Mar 2001
Time:
12:54

Comments

"Chief of Transportation" Jan 90 - 91. Served under Maj. Nunnery in the 5073 Logistic's Sqd./ Col Crab/ 5073 ABG. Remeber Shemeya well! Looking for anyone who was in the 5073rd Log Sqd durning this time. Retired 1994 - moved to Montrose, CO.


Last:
Norton
First:
Art
From:
Fort Worth, Texas
Email:
awnorton@Home.com
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Date:
09 Mar 2001
Time:
10:26

Comments

Was stationed on Shemya 71 -72. Was with the ASA Eops maint. Interested to hear from others who were there during that time.


Last:
Beard
First:
Rob
From:
Raytheon Co.
Email:
robert.e.beard@lmco.com
WebsiteURL:
 
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Date:
09 Mar 2001
Time:
15:56

Comments

Worked on the upgrade to the Dane site. My buddy Bryan and myself, conducted the operations courses. (Bryan left the rock as undefeated Belly-Buckin' champ, I might add.) Great bunch of people! They kept us sane.


Last:
Presley
First:
Doug
From:
Memphis, TN
Email:
dpresley@midsouth.rr.com
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Date:
09 Mar 2001
Time:
19:32

Comments

I was on Shemya from Jan 77 to Jan 78. While surfing the web the other day I found something that might be of interest to you folks. Check it out. http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagepump/archive.php?category=NorthAmerica&index=9


Last:
Lang
First:
Derrick (D-Smoove)
From:
Newark (Brick City) N.J.
Email:
derrick.lang@luke.af.mil
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Date:
15 Mar 2001
Time:
11:08

Comments

Wassup Shemyains...... I had the honor of experiencing Shemya from Jun 89'- Jun 90'... I was in the 2064th Communications Squad, METNAV troop.... Big Woods wassup....And it is true that it definitely is a memmorable time... I had the pleasure of traveling with the Base Basketball team to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Adak while there.... We were the first in a long time to when the Smalls Sites Tournement.... Aside from playing basketball we partied like there was no tomorrow...... I made lots of friends and tell anyone to this day that being stationed there was a hidden excursion......If you want to reminisce hit me back.... Oh yeah for all of you who knew him Pops died a few years back.... He was a good man and a wonderful cook.... R.I.P. Pops.....


Last:
Cutler
First:
Timothy
From:
Offutt AFB
Email:
cutman135@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
 
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Date:
16 Mar 2001
Time:
11:11

Comments

I flew the Ball out of Shemya from 1988-1991 as a copilot. Where else could grown men be so bored but have so much fun!


Last:
Anderson
First:
Joel
From:
Wash.
Email:
jolsky@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
 
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Date:
16 Mar 2001
Time:
15:46

Comments

I was in civilian const summer of 1990 it seemed like forever. Met some nice people had some fun' I bet winters are intresting.


Last:
stern
First:
bruce
From:
east meadow, long island, new york
Email:
bstern4@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
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Date:
18 Mar 2001
Time:
14:31

Comments

i was on the rock from april 68 to april 69. i worked in the orderly room under col. ashworth and capt dorsey. when i arrived boozer was still walking around. on new years day i and the rest of the base attended boozer's funeral. i just talked to one of my roomate after 32 years and brought back a lot of fond memories of our stay on the rock. i have a photo album of shemya somewhere in my attic, i'll go find it.


Last:
stern
First:
bruce
From:
east meadow, long island, new york
Email:
bstern4@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
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Date:
18 Mar 2001
Time:
14:31

Comments

i was on the rock from april 68 to april 69. i worked in the orderly room under col. ashworth and capt dorsey. when i arrived boozer was still walking around. on new years day i and the rest of the base attended boozer's funeral. i just talked to one of my roomate after 32 years and brought back a lot of fond memories of our stay on the rock. i have a photo album of shemya somewhere in my attic, i'll go find it.


Last:
stern
First:
bruce
From:
east meadow, long island, new york
Email:
bstern4@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
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Date:
18 Mar 2001
Time:
14:31

Comments

i was on the rock from april 68 to april 69. i worked in the orderly room under col. ashworth and capt dorsey. when i arrived boozer was still walking around. on new years day i and the rest of the base attended boozer's funeral. i just talked to one of my roomate after 32 years and brought back a lot of fond memories of our stay on the rock. i have a photo album of shemya somewhere in my attic, i'll go find it.


Last:
Berryman
First:
Al
From:
Offutt AFB, NE
Email:
alphatangobravo@navix.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
19 Mar 2001
Time:
11:57

Comments

COBRA BALL Raven 3 and TC from 1986 to 1988. I have many memories of "The Rock"...playing poker for days--drinking shots till we couldn't see and climbing to the top of hanger 2 to ride the beacon (some say we were naked) in temps of 20 degrees--the fire supression system blowing up in hanger 6--"double-dipping"--fox fishing--Dick Holder bringing his three-wheeler to the island in pieces (and his raft trip)--Macy's barge beer (I never drank that swill)--the hanger 2 door falling in on the BALL's tale...a lot of crazy times, and a lot of great memories.

For those of you who shared those times, with me or others, I hope you're well and that your memories of The Rock" are as special to you as mine are to me.


Last:
Roach
First:
Lloyd
From:
West Chester, PA (Near Philly)
Email:
w3qt@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
21 Mar 2001
Time:
16:51

Comments

What a page! Never thought I'd ever see Shemya again!

In August of 1965, I was deposited in front of building #600. (I remember the totem mostly) for a short stay. My ship was heading south and a helocopter dropped me off at your place. I watched a pilot cut open a whale or something on beach. Wild place!

Lloyd Roach formerly RM-2, USN


Last:
Roach
First:
Lloyd
From:
West Chester, PA (Near Philly)
Email:
w3qt@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
21 Mar 2001
Time:
16:51

Comments

What a page! Never thought I'd ever see Shemya again!

In August of 1965, I was deposited in front of building #600. (I remember the totem mostly) for a short stay. My ship was heading south and a helocopter dropped me off at your place. I watched a pilot cut open a whale or something on beach. Wild place!

Lloyd Roach formerly RM-2, USN


Last:
Roach
First:
Lloyd
From:
West Chester, PA (Near Philly)
Email:
w3qt@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
21 Mar 2001
Time:
16:52

Comments

What a page! Never thought I'd ever see Shemya again!

In August of 1965, I was deposited in front of building #600. (I remember the totem mostly) for a short stay. My ship was heading south and a helocopter dropped me off at your place. I watched a pilot cut open a whale or something on beach. Wild place!

Lloyd Roach formerly RM-2, USN


Last:
LAZAGA
First:
FERDINAND
From:
Long Beach, CA
Email:
trt99@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
22 Mar 2001
Time:
01:06

Comments

I served my time there June '92 to June 93 with the most enjoyable and interesting people. I worked on the Cobra Ball and Cobra Eye. I wish one of this days I'd go back and see the place again. A lot of memories and parties during that time. I was there with Blaine Thompson, VW, Mark Ares, Chris Sather,Myra Dierks, Jim Brown, Chris, PJ Jones,Amyee Kissinger, anf more...God Bless you all!


Last:
LAZAGA
First:
FERDINAND
From:
Long Beach, CA
Email:
trt99@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
22 Mar 2001
Time:
01:07

Comments

I served my time there June '92 to June 93 with the most enjoyable and interesting people. I worked on the Cobra Ball and Cobra Eye. I wish one of this days I'd go back and see the place again. A lot of memories and parties during that time. I was there with Blaine Thompson, VW, Mark Ares, Chris Sather,Myra Dierks, Jim Brown, Chris, PJ Jones,Amyee Kissinger, anf more...God Bless you all!


Last:
Rucinski
First:
Bernard
From:
Mildenhall, England
Email:
brucinski@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
22 Mar 2001
Time:
06:24

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya in 1987-1988. I was a RC-135S/X Cobra Ball/Eye Crew Chief. The Cobra Eye never made it to the island while I was there though. I lived with my unit next to the runway near the fire department. I had a great time.

Ben


Last:
Nelson
First:
Michael
From:
Washington State
Email:
mondokayo@hotmail.com
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Date:
22 Mar 2001
Time:
11:24

Comments

My father, Jack Nelson, served with the U.S. Army on Shemya during WWII.


Last:
jordan
First:
george
From:
florida
Email:
gwjpanther@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
23 Mar 2001
Time:
01:03

Comments

stationed here from 1961 to 1962


Last:
Goedeke
First:
Donald
From:
Ada Minnesota
Email:
dgoedeke@loretel.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
24 Mar 2001
Time:
12:26

Comments

Was on the rock in 1950-51 in 1929 AACS Det Liked the pictures. Some things have changed or the memory is shot. Probably both


Last:
Hawes
First:
Kingdon
From:
Omaha, NE
Email:
KingdonAviation@gmail.com
WebsiteURL:
http://community-2.webtv.net/KingdonAviation/RivetBallAmberShemya/
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Date:
26 Mar 2001
Time:
00:39

Comments

Here's a photo of Boozer taken in 1967 by Maj Alan R.Hansen. <a href="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=137147&a =1590261&p=15250681&Sequence=2&res=high">Click Here</a> or CCP this URL: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=137147&a=15902 61&p=15250681&Sequence=2&res=high


Last:
Clark
First:
Casey
From:
june 1960 to January 1961
Email:
Clark01@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
26 Mar 2001
Time:
08:33

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A pleasure to visit the Black Pearl of the Pacific once again!


Last:
LaMarque
First:
Ronald
From:
Hudson Falls, NY
Email:
patron@capitalnet.com
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Date:
30 Mar 2001
Time:
20:17

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WAS A Shemya from Jan 60 to Dec 60. Spent the last night on the rock as the last resident of the "old" trick barracks as everyone else moved to the then new composite building the previous day. Have read your guest book but didn't recognize any of the names. I knew a Jerry Sutkus from Roseville Mich and my roommate was a kid by the name of Marquez. He had been an AP at the 6981st but had shot a moose and got sent out to the "Rock". Great Site!


Last:
Taylor
First:
Jim
From:
Athens, Georgia
Email:
zoopark@bellsouth.net
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Date:
04 Apr 2001
Time:
21:30

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Stationed at 6985SS and then ESS from 1978-80 and 82-85 at Eielson but spent plenty of time TDY on the rock flying on Cobra Ball. Retired in 1996. Love to hear from any old AF acquaintances.


Last:
fontaine
First:
steve (Tiny)
From:
Hong Kong
Email:
font@netvigator.com
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Date:
06 Apr 2001
Time:
19:32

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6984 - C-ops Maintenance Jul 71 - Jul 72. Worked with Roy Dilsaver, H, Charles Rogers, Ptak, Zeman, Bob Tudor, in Radio Maint. Commanders were LCol Ecklund and Martin. Chief of Maintenance filled by Capt Knafla and Capt (later Major) Conners. Pinky Goodaire ran the smoke house. He found an old piano and turned it into Honkytonk Col Townsend was 5073d ABG commander. He liked his Jeep-like SCOUT. He also named the chow hall "Blue Fox Inn" which eventually came to be known as the "FOX BLEW IN".

Anyone else out there from that time frame? Charlie Parker? ANyone?

tiny


Last:
Litsinger
First:
David
From:
www.6924SS.Homestead.com
Email:
litsinger@excite.com
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Date:
08 Apr 2001
Time:
15:23

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First oferseas assignment in the A.F. Jan 63 to Jan 64 at 6984RSM later S.S., part of AAFJOG, Army Air Force Joint Operation Group. BURRR! Thought it interesting that the summer high was about 55*. Dave Litsinger, Austin, TX. litsinger@excite.com


Last:
Lester
First:
Chris
From:
Just surfed in...
Email:
lester@usadatanet.net
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Date:
08 Apr 2001
Time:
21:13

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Kinda funny how that places creeps up on ya from time to time. I was there from Dec'90-Dec'91. Part of METNAV and the "crack" weather balloon squad. I have plenty of memories of that time: bonfires, double dippin', plush accomodations in bldg.600, tundra truckin, losing my hat the first "day", the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Cobra DEN, Wally World, Surfin' Shemya, trip to Attu, "QUIT SCREWIN' WITH THE LIGHTS MINNIS!", Beetle, Caz, Hoov, Schlipf (hey you guyys!), Bic, Jodi, Jim Abshire, Minnis, Mean Dean, Dewey, Fettkether, Toast (he actually broke the SP's breathalyzer,I was from then on in awe of that feat), Sandra B, J Jenkins, N Estrom, Father Bob, Doc, Zulu, Crazy Mark, Pops and the 'sixpack' of redroot, never going in the jademine, never leave the vehicle door open, Heartbreak Ridge (UGHHHHH!). I regret that I probably have forgotten more than I remembered. Nothing ever compared to that place or the people I met there, and I doubt ever will. One thing for sure, you just can't understand it unless you were there.


Last:
Heisey
First:
John
From:
Marion Heights, Pennsylvania
Email:
raz69@ptd.net
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Date:
11 Apr 2001
Time:
09:38

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I was stationed on The Rock from Dec. 92 to Dec. 93 with the 673rd Security Police Squadron. I had many good times at this unique place.


Last:
Higgins
First:
Harry
From:
Seattle
Email:
P38er@aol.com
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none
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Date:
12 Apr 2001
Time:
00:29

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In 1943 the enlisted men of the Fighting 54th, the 54th Fighter Squadron, had a dog named Rags. He had little to do with officers (I was a second louie fluing P-38's against Kiska and Attu back then).

Rags made it up to Tech Sgt when a lady (?) dog showed up and he was busted back to Pvt.


Last:
harshfield
First:
larry
From:
Seattle Wa
Email:
lhmjb@qwest.net
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Date:
12 Apr 2001
Time:
12:07

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I worked on Wanda Belle, Revit Ball all of from Dec1996 through Dec 1997 and spent 3 3 month tours working on her replacement. My last tour a Shemya was Feb 72.


Last:
harshfield
First:
larry
From:
Seattle Wa
Email:
lhmjb@qwest.net
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Date:
12 Apr 2001
Time:
12:08

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I worked on Wanda Belle, Revit Ball all of from Dec1996 through Dec 1997 and spent 3 3 month tours working on her replacement. My last tour a Shemya was Feb 72.


Last:
Hafer
First:
Cameron
From:
Sacramento, CA
Email:
CAMHAFER@AOL.COM
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Date:
14 Apr 2001
Time:
17:54

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Shemya Fire Dept JAN 1979-DEC 1979. And oh what an experience. If we only had computers, heck even videos! We had the one thing that kept us from going completely crazy, "happy hour" at the NCO club and the daily movie at the theater. Parties were a way of life on the rock. For all you clowns who knew me would be surprised to know I later went on to be a super-troop, stayed in 9 years, changed AFSC and became an aircrew member with E-3A AWACS. As I vaguely recall, Shemya was part of my "bad-boy" period. I wonder why!!!???


Last:
rawson
First:
leonard
From:
Salt Lake City, Ut
Email:
lrawson@freedomnet2000.com
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Date:
16 Apr 2001
Time:
22:06

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I was stationed at the worlds largest aircraft carrier from April 89 to April 90. I had alot of fun and memorable moments there. Like almost everyone I saw the sun a total of three times. One favorite story of mine is, on Xmas 1989 the guys and myself were playing football at night in the dark and the snow and for an instant something stopped our play and it was snow falling straight to the earth. You ask, whats so incredible about that? Well if you've ever been to Shemya, you know the darn snow fly's sideways!


Last:
Karaff
First:
Gary
From:
Nebraska
Email:
gkaraff@excite.com
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Date:
17 Apr 2001
Time:
14:02

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Black Pearl vet with USASAFS as 98J E-Ops `71/72

e-mail addy change

Last:
Percival
First:
Garry
From:
Moss Point, MS
Email:
percival@datasync.com
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Date:
06 Jun 2001
Time:
02:17

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Last:
Brown
First:
Lloyd W. (Bill)
From:
Springfield, VA
Email:
bbrn@erols.com
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Date:
06 Jun 2001
Time:
17:23

Comments

Great site. Brings back a lot of good memories of some interesting flying in Cobra Ball. Thanks for all your work putting the site together.


Last:
Perrine
First:
Bob
From:
Delaware
Email:
rperrine@mail.dot.state.de.us
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Date:
07 Jun 2001
Time:
10:38

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This rekindles many memories. Served from 88 - 89.


Last:
Weego
First:
Alex
From:
Hewitt, Minnesota
Email:
akweego@wcta.net
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Date:
10 Jun 2001
Time:
22:02

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Servied with the 79th USASASOU in the bubble at AAf/JOG or what was known a "E Ops" from Oct '65 - Sep '66. I was part of the group that when "E Ops Go" was flashed in the composite, clubs, theater, etc., we would dash to the composite front door, jump on a 3/4 ton (AF Supplied) and make a wild ride to the Bubble. Many a time Boozer would join us for the ride (being helped up of course). We even had a badge to get him into the compound. (Who has it ???). It's true that Boozer was made a Full Col. in the USAF Reserve, therefore we of the USASA made him the Station's US Army Command Sargent-Major, figuring the two ranks being about equal. Many picnics and cookouts in the Smokehouses, on the beaches and at Seal Rock (always with Boozer along) - looking for our share of glass balls and watching the 1965 beached whale "melt" into the beach. The AF kitchen always prepared the very best platters of everything for our excursions. I recall having to crawl on the road to the theater one night 'cause of the wind and several times stuck at the Bubble due to wind conditions. The old WWII hospital, the Million $ Dump, the old WWII airplane wrecks, salmon fishing (R&R) on Attu, the time a JAL 707 made an emergency landing at 1:30 AM with a load of Japanese college kids and they wouldn't let them off - or us on !!! Alaskan Airlines seldom making it on the first try and going back to Adak and Bob Reeves and his guys never missing. Many wonderful memories - but once was enough.


Last:
Weego
First:
Alex
From:
Hewitt, Minnesota
Email:
akweego@wcta.net
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Date:
10 Jun 2001
Time:
22:03

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Servied with the 79th USASASOU in the bubble at AAf/JOG or what was known a "E Ops" from Oct '65 - Sep '66. I was part of the group that when "E Ops Go" was flashed in the composite, clubs, theater, etc., we would dash to the composite front door, jump on a 3/4 ton (AF Supplied) and make a wild ride to the Bubble. Many a time Boozer would join us for the ride (being helped up of course). We even had a badge to get him into the compound. (Who has it ???). It's true that Boozer was made a Full Col. in the USAF Reserve, therefore we of the USASA made him the Station's US Army Command Sargent-Major, figuring the two ranks being about equal. Many picnics and cookouts in the Smokehouses, on the beaches and at Seal Rock (always with Boozer along) - looking for our share of glass balls and watching the 1965 beached whale "melt" into the beach. The AF kitchen always prepared the very best platters of everything for our excursions. I recall having to crawl on the road to the theater one night 'cause of the wind and several times stuck at the Bubble due to wind conditions. The old WWII hospital, the Million $ Dump, the old WWII airplane wrecks, salmon fishing (R&R) on Attu, the time a JAL 707 made an emergency landing at 1:30 AM with a load of Japanese college kids and they wouldn't let them off - or us on !!! Alaskan Airlines seldom making it on the first try and going back to Adak and Bob Reeves and his guys never missing. Many wonderful memories - but once was enough.


Last:
Reichman
First:
Robert
From:
Ohio
Email:
robert.reichman@att.net
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Date:
12 Jun 2001
Time:
12:23

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I was at Shemya in 2064th Com. as a NAVAIDS tech from June 1978 to June 1979. I wish I would have kept a journal and written down names of people I knew. I remember my roomate Frank Gingrich and a few others. The rest are gone from my memory. I did a lot of exploring, I remember building a lean to and camping out on the beach. I worked in the chow hall part time washing dishes during midnight chow.


Last:
Opperman
First:
Larry
From:
Elmendorf AFB
Email:
larry.opperman@elmendorf.af.mil
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Date:
12 Jun 2001
Time:
20:08

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I'm a civilian employee with the 611th Civil Engineers and the environmental restoration program manager for Shemya (Eareckson AS). We do projects to monitor or clean up old environmental contamination on the island. The most frequent type of contamination we deal with is fuel. Also working to monitor and clean up old barrels, solvents, UXO, solid waste, and any other nasty we might find. It's been fun working these issues and the trips to the island aren't too bad. Reeve Aleutian went out of business so the current flights are on a C-130, otherwise known as the Four Fans of Freedom. Just a little update on what's going for my part of the island activities. I doubt non-military can visit the island. The current rules only allow people with mission essential requirements to travel to Shemya.


Last:
La Marca
First:
Donald
From:
LaBelle, Florida
Email:
DJPLAM@YAHOO.COM
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Date:
16 Jun 2001
Time:
11:09

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Stationed on Shemya from May of 1965 to 1966. USAFSS. Pictures of Boozer bring back so many memories.


Last:
Ullman
First:
John
From:
North Carolina
Email:
jjuman@aol.com
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Date:
18 Jun 2001
Time:
15:15

Comments

It was a pleasant surprise to come across this website. I served on the Rock in 1972-73 as a 98J20.

I think we all went a little "stir" crazy.

I mailed home a WW11 Bomb from the million dollar dump. Insured it for $50.00 and the Post Office delivered to my parents. In fact they hung it from the roadside mailbox.

I always thought it would make a nice lamp...but it is still sitting in the attic.

I can't remember who all was with me now...but a noteworthy story was over a few days when the electric went out. The mess hall sold steaks and me and 3 others took the steaks to a underground bunker. We fired up the stove and was gonna have a great time.

Unfortunately the smokestack got hot and caught the tundra grass on fire. The field was ablaze. We crawled out of the buker and tried to "beat" the flames down with our parkas. It did not work

The Air Force fire trucks from the Airport came with sirens blaring and put out the fire. THe four of us were "detained" by the Air Force and released to our Captain. After they determined that it was indeed not a deliberate fire...we were still given a mode of discipline. The following weekend we had to field strip the Army's 100 M-16s and clean and oil them.

Oh what fun...thanks for the website !


Last:
Mersing
First:
Jerry
From:
Charles Town WV.
Email:
mersingx4@earthlink.net
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Date:
20 Jun 2001
Time:
05:30

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I was on Shemya , in the METNAV shop Nov 92/93. What I'm trying to find out is if anybody has the real story on the coke bottles we were digging up. Legend has it that a P-38 over shot the short runway and crashed into a wharehouse full of Coke bottles waiting to go back to the mainland. This was supposed to have happened in the late 40's or early 50's. Does anybody out there know the real story... .....Jerry.......


Last:
Mersing
First:
Jerry
From:
Charles Town WV.
Email:
mersingx4@earthlink.net
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Date:
20 Jun 2001
Time:
05:31

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I was on Shemya , in the METNAV shop Nov 92/93. What I'm trying to find out is, if anybody has the real story on the coke bottles we were digging up. Legend has it that a P-38 over shot the short runway and crashed into a warehouse full of Coke bottles waiting to go back to the mainland. This was supposed to have happened in the late 40's or early 50's. Does anybody out there know the real story... .....Jerry.......


Last:
dddddddd
First:
jjjjjjjjj
From:
dddd
Email:
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Date:
20 Jun 2001
Time:
20:25

Comments

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Last:
Sherman
First:
Pete
From:
New York
Email:
psherma2@mail.nysed.gov
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Date:
22 Jun 2001
Time:
16:15

Comments

I spent one year on the Black Pearl from Jan 70 to Jan 80 as a traffic analyst with the ASA. I have never complained of being bored since then. It was a year I'll never forget.


Last:
Mays
First:
Edgar
From:
Texas
Email:
elmpmm@wf,quik.com
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Date:
27 Jun 2001
Time:
00:30

Comments

I was on Shemya 1974to1975 , was there during quake ,NCOIC of heavy equipment section.lot of work and a lot of memories.


Last:
Gillett
First:
Fred
From:
Orange, CA
Email:
FGillett@Xordium.com
WebsiteURL:
Xordium.com
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Date:
27 Jun 2001
Time:
21:42

Comments

Served the USAF Alaskan Air Command on Shemya in 1964-65. Was there for the Siberian Earthquake that sent a Tsunami toward Island threatening to wipe it from the face of the Bering Sea with no hope of survival. The Tsunami broke on Attu and we only received a 10 footer instead of the expected 50 footer. Were you there?


Last:
Deffler
First:
Bruce
From:
Parker, Colo
Email:
bhdeffler@aol.com
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Date:
27 Jun 2001
Time:
22:35

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Shemya 67-68 AFTAC Det 205. Still trying to find Wayne Hill, Rich Cassidy. This june marks 35 years since I was there, you never forget...


Last:
Gillett
First:
Fred
From:
Orange, California
Email:
FGillett@Xordium.com
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Date:
28 Jun 2001
Time:
19:04

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I was on "The Rock" from June or July of 1964 to 1965. Flew to the rock sitting in a cargo net aboard an "old shakey". Served as Sgt of Transportation Safety and Inclement Weather Driving Training Instructor. Remember "Boozer" well. Was there the day we thought Shemya was to be wiped from the face of the map. A 50 foot Tsunami was poised to put Shemya under water. The Tsunami was generated by an earthquake off the Siberian Coast. The earthquake slit the runway and damaged the main Composite Building. My quarters was in the Transportation wood building just south of the Gymnasium. I remember it was late in the evening and I was joking on the phone with the base operator sitting on the end of Jim Bowlin's bunk. The room began to shake violently. Jim was out of bed, in his cold weather gear and out the door before I could hang up. I am a Southern Californian and had experienced several earthquakes but this was the first for the North Carolinian. John Matuzak was another room mate. I remember Jade Beach, the Mona Lisa, the Thursday mail runs from Reeves Aluetian Airlines, glimpses of Attu, the warm summer day when it got to 40 degrees. The icy chill of a foggy, yet cold piercing wind that could whip up to 80 miles an hour in a moment. Glimpses of the blue Simichi Foxes. The day that Bob Hope stopped by but never got off the plane. The Northwest Airlines plane that experienced engine trouble and had to spend a few days with us. Other than the Thursday stewardesses aboard Reeves the passengers aboard Northwest included women, the only visual contact, to my recollection, we had with women during my 363 days on the rock. The time that Reeves Aluetian mail plane was forced to by-pass us because of fog and wind to make a drop at the USCG station on ATTU. Then when they radioed that they need instructions the FAA visitor informed them that we were fogged in with zero visibility and that they would have to come back next Thursday. The pilot of Reeves said he was not looking for landing instructions but Taxi instructions because he could not see anything. Thought when I made NCO that I wouldn't ever have to pull KP again but got it for seven days straight, all four serving periods and clean-up in between. Powdered milk and dried eggs mixed together make horrible tasting scrambled eggs.


Last:
CARNIEWSKI
First:
RANDY
From:
Washington DC
Email:
randy.carniewski@bolling.af.mil
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Date:
30 Jun 2001
Time:
17:27

Comments

There in "93" an experience i'll never foget!! Alaska was Awsome!!! Long year but learned allot about life!


Last:
Donahue
First:
Mike
From:
San Diego, CA
Email:
mikeydonahue1@yahoo.com
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Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
00:43

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What a great website, I was at Shemya 10 years ago, November 1990-Noveember 1991. Many knew me as "Toast" since I pretty much stayed that way the entire time! I was the NCOIC of the Ground Radio shop, we had a great group there-Caz, Mac, Mo, and Geno. I especially remember the great parties at Wally World and on the 3rd floor of 599 and down in the dayroom, and our monthly bash at the Cobra Den. Also tundra hopping, exploring the rocks at low tide, and going in that cave up on the side of the hill on the south side of the island. And cruising with "Doc" Holliday around the dorms looking for parties, beer and whatever else we could find. I was saddened to hear they ripped out Wally World and got rid of those hundreds of fishing floats marked with years and names of people who had hung thiers over 30 years, I remember looking at those floats every day and wishing for the day I could hang mine! I can't believe it's been 10 years, I remember that year so well. Thanks for keeping Shemya alive here. BTW, I don't remember breaking the SP's breathalyzer, but I have no doubt it happened! Love to get an E-Mail from anyone who knew me.


Last:
Jackus
First:
Jay
From:
Holiday, FL
Email:
jackusj@yahoo.com
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Date:
03 Jul 2001
Time:
13:49

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I visited during 74 & 75 and experienced the earthquake as well as subsequent shakes a week later. I also celebrated my 21st birthday looking through windowpane while walking the beach. There was also a supply of '62 Schlitz floating around however I cannot remember the circumstances surrounding that. Happy to find the site, brought back some strange memorys.


Last:
Whale
First:
Jerry
From:
stephens city,virgina
Email:
femaman@hotmail.com
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Date:
05 Jul 2001
Time:
14:24

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I was on Shemya Aug. 1969 - Aug 1970. I have some found memories there but on the whole it was a nightmare and I never would wish that on anyone. I do remember getting arrested for being a Russian spy until they found out smitty and I were just left out there after the Alert was finished. it would be nice to get back in contact with my friens Jim - smitty - gary wray - rick - etc.


Last:
HOAGLAND
First:
MAX     E.
From:
WASHINGTON STATE
Email:
mxradar@aol.com
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Date:
05 Jul 2001
Time:
18:15

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Arrived on the rock Jan 1975 and spent my 1975 vacation on the rock as part of the 2064th Comm. sq. (AFCS). Started out as GCA Radar Supv. and finished the tour as Maintenance Control Supv. Almost kissed the dirt when Reeves landed back in Anchorage Jan. 1966. Many took a 30 day mid tour leave but I toughed it out for the whole year. Something about going back to the world for 30 days and having to come back to Shemya for another 6 months made it easier to just hang in there. I wanted to leave only once. A week after arriving we had a major shake, 7.5 on the Richter Scale they said. The runway cracked all the way across about the 5000 ft point and sank on the side next to the GCA Radar, a window fell out of the Control Tower, and all water was out on the island for over a week, power for a day or two. The composite bldg suffered no visible damage but I can tell you for a fact concrete buildings get cold without heat in the wintertime out there. I do remember it not getting light till about 10:30 AM and then the light going away like somone had pulled the plug about 3:00 PM. There was no long haul TV, only the theatre and canned tv from the local ministation, reruns and reruns of "stuff". They did sem to have a fair number of old movies but after 7-8 months even they were getting old. The best part was climbing aboard the Reeves Aleutian Pollution Turbo Prop for the flight back to Anchorage even with the stop at Adak. It was definitely a different experience.


Last:
Weise
First:
Donald "Tex"
From:
georgia
Email:
wdk@eagnet.com
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Date:
09 Jul 2001
Time:
13:49

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I was one of the first 25 USASA to be sent to the island in 1957/58. I had been station at Keni Wildwood Station then [7th. USASA Fld Sta] When we got to shemya N.W. Airlines "K" building is where we ate, and much more I can tell we did to the island. But all for now. Does anyone else remember with me?


Last:
Krueger
First:
Wayne
From:
Atlanta, GA
Email:
whkrueg@hotmail.com
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Date:
10 Jul 2001
Time:
20:41

Comments

Great Site. I was stationed on Shemya from Jan 1969 to Jan 1970.


Last:
Kackley
First:
John
From:
Serfing the net
Email:
jvk4200@1st.net
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Date:
12 Jul 2001
Time:
21:59

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Stationed on "Rock" Feb. 66 to 67 6984th commcenter like to here from anyone who was there with me..


Last:
Burhans
First:
Bill
From:
Moscow, Russian Federation
Email:
russeng@co.ru
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Date:
13 Jul 2001
Time:
15:45

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Great site! The same is true of Shemya. One of the most interesting, challenging, and enjoyable assignments in my 28+ years of USAF active duty.

I am a former Russian linguist with USAFSS, commissioned in 1963 and assigned to 6984th SS from July '66 through April '67. Major Tom Flynn (79ASASOU) and Major John Q. Potter (6984th SS)as the two unit commanders shared the AAFJOG leadership positions.

Great memories of Boozer, LISA ANN and WANDA BELLE, SAC B-47s trailing dark black smoke on takeoff, VP-1 aircraft grabbing the logging chain at night trailing sparks during simulated night carrier landings, Major Regis Urschler making a tactical approach and landing following the first and hugely successful big radar bird. Ziba Ogden and Bob Banks (I think those names are correct) were SAC det CO and Ops Officer, as I recall. I could go on and on.

Anyone out there from my time frame on The Rock? If so, give me a holler.


Last:
Moeser
First:
J.D (Mrs. Wm Bradford)
From:
San Diego, CA
Email:
moeser@tnl-online.net
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Date:
15 Jul 2001
Time:
18:43

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I am an Editor and Historian. Presently transcribing oral tapes of Veterans of WW 11. Husband served as Pilot (404th BG) and Operations Officer l944-45 on Shemya. Am in contact with a few who served there. Our stories will be published in near future. Your Web site is excellent and have referred it to many others. Have couple books to add to your Bibliography re The Aleutians, soon. Regard, JDM.


Last:
gillentine
First:
dwayne
From:
mildenhall uk
Email:
bigmotorhead@altavista.com
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Date:
16 Jul 2001
Time:
09:56

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I was stationed at eielson from 1985-1989 I was a com nav troop and would stay on the rock for 2 weeks out of every 3rd month. things were not the greatest there but the feeling of brotherhood made it all worth while and strangely satisfing. I would like to pass on my thanks to MSgt Rick Bertz he taught me a lot about the aircraft and life. My hat is off to all who made this a memorable time in my life. Peace, Dwayne


Last:
Williams
First:
Michael
From:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Email:
mike1@williams.sh
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
16 Jul 2001
Time:
17:59

Comments

Fantastic website. I like the new updated look too. I was on Shemya in '81. Your website reminded me of many things I'd forgotten. Thanks for the memories!


Last:
Kitchen
First:
Frank
From:
Sacramento California
Email:
kitchen@pplant.ucdavis.edu
WebsiteURL:
fwkitchen@aol.com
Remote User:
Date:
19 Jul 2001
Time:
13:29

Last:
Axe
First:
Joe
From:
Minneapolis
Email:
jaxe@anacomp.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
19 Jul 2001
Time:
15:25

Comments

Thanks for putting this together. It's fun to browse through, see if you recognize anyone. Will keep coming back.


Last:
Uglow/
First:
richard
From:
Richmond Va
Email:
richanddiane@mediaone.net
WebsiteURL:
at&t broudband
Remote User:
Date:
19 Jul 2001
Time:
21:02

Comments

Spent 1979 at the rock, I was a Flight Chief with the security police,I still get nightmares about being there again!. Can't say it was a high point in my life.


Last:
Blake
First:
Bill
From:
Medford, Ma. 02155
Email:
WilliamJohnBlake@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
20 Jul 2001
Time:
21:36

Comments

I saw Semichi Sam's comment about the least we can do is sign the guest book. I thought I had but scrolled thru and did not see my name. I was on the Island of Shemya in 1946 served with the 404th Bomb Squadron. I thought I might see some familar names but I guess a lot of old timers don't have or don't want to have anything to do with computers. I have not had mine to long but i really enjoy it especially reading all about the guys who served on Shemya. I never knew it had the nickname "the rock"


Last:
Danley
First:
Bill
From:
Peoria Illinois
Email:
wpdanley@bwsys.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
21 Jul 2001
Time:
21:48

Comments

Was on the Island 74/74 There during the big quake 7.6 Was part of Weather with Ben Reidy and was tracking the first big roman candle lauched By Bruce and Rick with a close watch from Pelly. I hope I was not the first to try and drive back from midnight chow to the weather station, to join the club of many who did with no lights on. I got there in Dec and old timers just laughed


Last:
Beach
First:
D.
From:
surfing
Email:
dbb@castles.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
27 Jul 2001
Time:
00:24

Comments

Was on the "Rock" with ASA End of 1970 - 71. Thanks for the website. Some years ago, I lost the many pictures I had taken of Shemya. Love to hear from anyone that new me. It was a small group.


Last:
McCumber
First:
Larry
From:
Jacksonville, FL
Email:
mccumber@mediaone.net
WebsiteURL:
www.jacksonville.net/~mccumber
Remote User:
Date:
29 Jul 2001
Time:
23:31

Comments

Great site. As a former resident of "the Rock" from Aug. 65 to Aug 66, I have really enjoyed reading the stories of former residents and seeing all of the photos that have been submitted. Keep up the good work.


Last:
myers
First:
ronald k
From:
sharon, pa
Email:
noneat this time
WebsiteURL:
will be flick it mfg
Remote User:
Date:
02 Aug 2001
Time:
21:04

Comments

was on shemya 1965 through 1966 was there when the atomic underground test called long shot was detonated on amchitka. this test was said to be fully contained however the people on shemya and unclassified documents from los alomos prove that the long shot test did vent radiation into the air and the permanent low pressure system carried the radiation to shemya and into the open air water reservoir for us to enjoy. I was with the 79th usasasousad. other veterans I was with on the rock were james keener, mike mcchoneghy, roger vavroskey, donald pigman, sgt stewart, rv elmore, and others. have information about radiation exposure dose that puts dose rate over 5 rem needed for a va claim. also this year the va has recomended that amchitka island test become a radiation risk activity. that is all for now.


Last:
myers
First:
ronald k
From:
sharon, pa
Email:
noneat this time
WebsiteURL:
will be flick it mfg
Remote User:
Date:
02 Aug 2001
Time:
21:05

Comments

was on shemya 1965 through 1966 was there when the atomic underground test called long shot was detonated on amchitka. this test was said to be fully contained however the people on shemya and unclassified documents from los alomos prove that the long shot test did vent radiation into the air and the permanent low pressure system carried the radiation to shemya and into the open air water reservoir for us to enjoy. I was with the 79th usasasousad. other veterans I was with on the rock were james keener, mike mcchoneghy, roger vavroskey, donald pigman, sgt stewart, rv elmore, and others. have information about radiation exposure dose that puts dose rate over 5 rem needed for a va claim. also this year the va has recomended that amchitka island test become a radiation risk activity. that is all for now.


Last:
myers
First:
ronald k
From:
sharon, pa
Email:
noneat this time
WebsiteURL:
will be flick it mfg
Remote User:
Date:
02 Aug 2001
Time:
21:05

Comments

was on shemya 1965 through 1966 was there when the atomic underground test called long shot was detonated on amchitka. this test was said to be fully contained however the people on shemya and unclassified documents from los alomos prove that the long shot test did vent radiation into the air and the permanent low pressure system carried the radiation to shemya and into the open air water reservoir for us to enjoy. I was with the 79th usasasousad. other veterans I was with on the rock were james keener, mike mcchoneghy, roger vavroskey, donald pigman, sgt stewart, rv elmore, and others. have information about radiation exposure dose that puts dose rate over 5 rem needed for a va claim. also this year the va has recomended that amchitka island test become a radiation risk activity. that is all for now.


Last:
Grosch
First:
Thomas
From:
AZ too much time on Shemya
Email:
groscht@theriver.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
06 Aug 2001
Time:
19:26

Last:
Moran
First:
Dennis
From:
Chidlow, Western Australia
Email:
dwmoran67@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
07 Aug 2001
Time:
20:34

Comments

Stationed at Shemya Mar 1973-Mar1974 with 16ss. It was a truely memorable experience.


Last:
galena
First:
randall
From:
fowlerville mi
Email:
00000
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
10 Aug 2001
Time:
23:29

Comments

6.cams 12 aug 85 .31 may 93 i turnd the lights out


Last:
Holstine
First:
Jim
From:
West Virginia
Email:
jholst1399@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
15 Aug 2001
Time:
15:58

Comments

I was a resident of the "Rock" form August 1978 until October 1979......an unforgettable experience that I would not give up for anything.....Did want to be there but I am glad I got to be there..I met a lot of friends there and would like to here from anyone that was there during the above period......I was the 2019 Comm Squadron..Training Administrator during this time frame..Looking forward to hearing from some of you.......


Last:
DeMassey
First:
David
From:
El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC)
Email:
wavedave_99@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
17 Aug 2001
Time:
14:02

Comments

I was an Intel Analyst with ASA in 74/75, until the army left...I vividly remember the big quake, 1 FEB 75. The brown water coming from the faucets and the green powdered eggs from the mess hall, such memories... Does anyone know about Shemya being #1on the Superfund, Toxic waste clean up, in 1986...The Veterans Administration and I want the results of the cleanup.


Last:
Carroll
First:
Harvey
From:
Barre, Vermont
Email:
hcarroll35@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
18 Aug 2001
Time:
18:55

Comments

I was stationed on the Rock from March 71-March 72 in P.O.L. (refueling, AC, hangers, barracks, Smoke Houses! are they still there?) We survived the Amchikia Bomb test, Japanese fishing boat where a crew member severed his arm and was Med-I-Vac'ed out.


Last:
Johnston
First:
Paul
From:
Little Rock Ar
Email:
armandaleg@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
27 Aug 2001
Time:
23:43

Comments

I was the 616 ALSS/OLE and 632 AMSS/OLE Chief from Aug 93 to Jan 95. It is always great to read stories about the Diamond at the end of the chain. Hope to get a chance to visit again someday.


Last:
MAGGETTI
First:
GENE
From:
MANCHESTER , MICHIGAN
Email:
GMAGGETTI@YAHOO.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
28 Aug 2001
Time:
20:59

Comments

I AM ATTEMPTING TO RESTORE A 1962 THIOKOL TRACKMASTER WHICH HAS AIRFORCE MARKINGS. I NEED INFO, PARTS, OR JUST SOME PICTURES OF THIS THING SO I HAVE A REFERENCE TO GO BY. I CAN'T FIND ANY INFO ON IT EXCEPT IN THE BOOK "US MILITARY TRACKED VEHICLES" BY FRED CRISMON, WHICH SAYS "THE US AIRFORCE OWNED SOME MODEL 601 THIOKOLS, WHICH HAD AN ALUMINUM, FULLY ENCLOSED, 10 PASSENGER BODY." MY DATA PLATE SAYS IT'S A MODEL 4T10. I HOPE THERE ARE SOME OF THESE STILL IN USE BY CIVILIANS IN ALASKA. ANY HELP OR INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS! MVPA MEMBER 23217


Last:
STROUD
First:
DESSIE
From:
GEORGIA
Email:
des1@charter.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
02 Sep 2001
Time:
23:45

Comments

On "the rock" from Dec 59 til Dec 60. Worked in the "bubble". Would like to hear from anyone there at same time.


Last:
STROUD
First:
DESSIE
From:
GEORGIA
Email:
des1@charter.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
02 Sep 2001
Time:
23:46

Comments

On "the rock" from Dec 59 til Dec 60. Worked in the "bubble". Would like to hear from anyone there at same time.


Last:
Batchelor
First:
Rick
From:
Flora, IL
Email:
rbatch@wabash.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
03 Sep 2001
Time:
21:30

Comments

I served the Rock from Oct. 75 - Oct. 76. I worked in communications at Cobra Dane and in the 2064th.


Last:
Dwight
First:
Herndon
From:
Eglin AFB, FL
Email:
dwight.herndon@eglin.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
04 Sep 2001
Time:
11:14

Comments

Member of the 1988 CLUB at Shemya


Last:
Taylor
First:
Douglas "Scotty"
From:
Hell
Email:
dglstaylor@home.com
WebsiteURL:
Too Many
Remote User:
Date:
05 Sep 2001
Time:
22:22

Comments

Damn! It just goes to show you that a wretched man does not have to wait until judgement day to be sentanced! Hey I was there from Nov 89 through Nov 90 and I got to tell you I think people on death-row have an easier time. Hey but I had fun, spent most everday getting loaded with "Nuke", "Caz" and god, I can't remember all the other guys. Hindsight is 20-20, but mine is a bit fuzzy. Say do anyone know what happened to Larry Hahn or the gang?


Last:
WOOD, III
First:
Thomas
From:
Fremont, CA
Email:
Junelle7@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
Remote User:
Date:
09 Sep 2001
Time:
22:14

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya (6984 SS) 04-68 -12-68. Nothing but bad memories. I was only 21 at the time.


Last:
stern
First:
bruce
From:
east meadow, new york
Email:
bstern4@yahoo
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
12 Sep 2001
Time:
17:19

Comments

stationed on the rock from april68 to april69. i worked in the orderly room and was there for Boozer's funeral. it was an experience i won't forget and made friends with a couple of good guys. i also got two glass balls that i got to bring home and still have


Last:
Zappa
First:
Mark
From:
Gilroy, California
Email:
mark@zappaform.com
WebsiteURL:
zappaform.com
Remote User:
Date:
14 Sep 2001
Time:
02:40

Comments

Feb 2, 1979- Jan 1, 1980

I have great memories as a Security Policeman, breaking up fighting drunks, most of which were fellow cops. Miss some of my old buddies and great parties.

Mark


Last:
Zappa
First:
Mark
From:
Gilroy, California
Email:
mark@zappaform.com
WebsiteURL:
zappaform.com
Remote User:
Date:
14 Sep 2001
Time:
02:50

Comments

Feb 2, 1979- Jan 1, 1980

I have great memories as a Security Policeman, breaking up fighting drunks, most of which were fellow cops. Miss some of my old buddies and great parties.

Mark


Last:
Zappa
First:
Mark
From:
Gilroy, California
Email:
mark@zappaform.com
WebsiteURL:
zappaform.com
Remote User:
Date:
14 Sep 2001
Time:
02:51

Comments

Feb 2, 1979- Jan 1, 1980

I have great memories as a Security Policeman, breaking up fighting drunks, most of which were fellow cops. Miss some of my old buddies and great parties.

Mark


Last:
dendler
First:
jerome (jerry)
From:
maryland
Email:
jjopus@cablespeed.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
15 Sep 2001
Time:
12:16

Comments

worked in gafjog march 71-72. loved the smokehouse


Last:
Ellison
First:
Edward
From:
United States of America
Email:
ellison398@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
none
Remote User:
Date:
17 Sep 2001
Time:
17:14

Comments

I was stationed there in Nov of 1962


Last:
Bryant
First:
Larry
From:
Ohio
Email:
laca@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
17 Sep 2001
Time:
20:15

Comments

I was on Shemya from Apr 67 to Apr 68. Lots of memories


Last:
Hall
First:
Joe
From:
Haughton, LA
Email:
cefjoehall@worldnet.att.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
17 Sep 2001
Time:
21:28

Comments

Thanks for the memories. Rivet Ball 1967 - 1-13-69


Last:
Humphreys
First:
Charley
From:
Kirkland, WA 98034
Email:
charleydhumphreys@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Night Writer.net
Remote User:
Date:
21 Sep 2001
Time:
01:42

Comments

Shemya tourof duty October 1960-October 1961 with USAFSS 6984th RSM voice op and trafic analyst


Last:
Butts
First:
James
From:
Arizona,Benson
Email:
jimni@theriver.com
WebsiteURL:
NA
Remote User:
Date:
21 Sep 2001
Time:
18:31

Comments

Was tdy to Shemya on Cobra Ball from Eielson AFB on regular basis from 1974 thru 1979. As an IMT. Would like to hear from anyone I flew with during this period.


Last:
JORDAN
First:
george
From:
florida
Email:
gwjpanther@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
25 Sep 2001
Time:
00:53

Comments


Last:
Spiewak
First:
Daryl
From:
Waco, Texas
Email:
daryls@brazos.org
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
25 Sep 2001
Time:
10:30

Comments

I was stationed at USASAFS Shemya Jan - Dec 1973. What a year that was! I served with AAF/JOG and E-Operations as a complex receiving systems technician (33C20).


Last:
Chastain
First:
James E.
From:
Washington State
Email:
Jimchastain@home.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
26 Sep 2001
Time:
19:47

Comments

Was stationed on Shemya from January 1961 to December 1961. Remember Sqeaky, Scar and the Alaskan Airlines plane that did a pancake landing on the end of the runway. Great bunch of guys to work with.


Last:
Bowen
First:
Bob
From:
Scranton, Penna.
Email:
rbowen@hillier.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
27 Sep 2001
Time:
13:06

Comments

Hi Everyone, I am an aluminus of Shemya AFS. Class of 1063-64. Just reaing some current news and came across an article which caught my attention. The House of Represetatives just approved more Military spending. Included in the Bill was $4.6 Million for a Sewage System for Shemya... Evidentialy, there still is a lot of interest in "Our Little Black Pearl" out there. Thought some of you may be interested...


Last:
Bowen
First:
Bob
From:
Scranton, Penna.
Email:
rbowen@hillier.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
27 Sep 2001
Time:
13:08

Comments

Hi Everyone, I am an aluminus of Shemya AFS. Class of 1063-64. Just reaing some current news and came across an article which caught my attention. The House of Represetatives just approved more Military spending. Included in the Bill was $4.6 Million for a Sewage System for Shemya... Evidentialy, there still is a lot of interest in "Our Little Black Pearl" out there, esp w/ the current & devasting terror activities. Thought some of you may be interested...


Last:
Swan
First:
Brian
From:
Colorado
Email:
brian.swan@saic.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
28 Sep 2001
Time:
13:13

Comments

Stationed 71-72 Det 205/461

Will look at look photos and submit


Last:
Kelly
First:
Willy (Bill)
From:
Gladstone, Ore
Email:
psent@wwdb.org
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
02 Oct 2001
Time:
14:53

Comments

Spent from August 1976 thru August 1977 in the 2064 Comm. Sq. Shemya is one of those places you never forget. Some good memories and some bad. But I will never forget the year I spent on the Rock.


Last:
Webb
First:
Jim
From:
Redondo Beach Ca.
Email:
REDBCH!@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
03 Oct 2001
Time:
23:33

Last:
Webb
First:
Jim
From:
Redondo Beach Ca.
Email:
REDBCH!@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
03 Oct 2001
Time:
23:33

Last:
Gilbert
First:
Robert
From:
Oviedo, Florida
Email:
bgsrol@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
09 Oct 2001
Time:
19:47

Comments

I am very pleased to find this web site. I was stationed on Shemya for 6 or 7 months in 1946 and early 1947. I was in the Air Force, then known as the Army Air Corps. There were P-38's left sitting near the Air Transportation Office. I believe they were note being used at the time. Just left over from the war.


Last:
Hall
First:
Robert
From:
Palm Springs Calif
Email:
rhall@raytheon.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
11 Oct 2001
Time:
02:02

Last:
Mortenson
First:
Irv
From:
Olympic Peninsula of Washington
Email:
irvmort@olypen.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
12 Oct 2001
Time:
18:47

Comments

Hullo! I was on Shemya May 1963 to May 1964 with the 79th USASASOU - worked in the "Bubble" with the elint types. Fondly remember the halibut fishing, and sharing the catch with the foxes. Was on the Island when the mainland was hit with the Good Friday earthquake. If memory serves, the good ole USAF and USN scrambled all aircraft off the Island, leaving us Army types to our fate. I think we drank a bunch, and were most sorry the next day when we awoke and found ourselves yet alive. The tsunami was a small surge by the time it hit Shemya!


Last:
Macionski
First:
Lawrence
From:
Hampton Falls, NH
Email:
larmac17@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.qsl.net/w8lm
Remote User:
Date:
13 Oct 2001
Time:
03:43

Last:
Macionski
First:
Lawrence
From:
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Email:
larmac17@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.qsl.net/w8lm
Remote User:
Date:
13 Oct 2001
Time:
03:58

Last:
Macionski
First:
Lawrence
From:
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Email:
larmac17@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.qsl.net/w8lm
Remote User:
Date:
13 Oct 2001
Time:
03:58

Last:
Loose
First:
Tim
From:
Tucson AZ
Email:
n8vcal@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
13 Oct 2001
Time:
19:56

Last:
Augustine
First:
Edward
From:
Newark, De
Email:
AugustineSr@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
14 Oct 2001
Time:
19:32

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya on two occasions during 1958-1959, as a morse operator with the USAF. This was pre-composite building times and we lived in shacks called Mark III's, and some old WWII buildings, some of which were buried low into the ground to avoid wind damage. Major Harriger was the AF commander at the time and MSgt Herb 1st Shirt. We had no Security personnel at the time and it wasn't unusual for assigned troops to carry their own sidearms for plunking birds, which were impossible to hit because they were all feathers. On my first trip out to Shemya the walls of our new barracks actually blew down and Airman Brown and myself, the first two occupants of this great new building, had to take refuge under a dozen or so mattresses until the morning. At that time snow had piled all around us inside the building. Boozer was cared for by both Army and AF personnel, he had the run of the place. It wasn't unusual to see him lapping up a bowl of beer. In addition to my primary duties I also volunteered as a disk jockey with AFRS, working for AF A2C Fred (Derf) Collins, part time radio station chief. Shemya was the most desolated and God forsaken place to ever be stationed, the experience certainly instilled a strong appreciation for the better things in life. There was no chaplin, doctor, bowling alley or theater or chow hall. We ate our meals in the civilian mess at the K Building, run at the time by Northwest Airlines. Food was outstanding. There was a small building that served as a club. Seeems like all we did was work or drink beer. Both assignments were very memorable.


Last:
Davidson
First:
Gilbert  (Dave)
From:
Windsor Ontario Canada
Email:
GM.Davidson@3web.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
20 Oct 2001
Time:
21:03

Comments

I was there in either 52 or 53. What a place. We spent 3 months on that island and lost a lot of monet in the Sgts Mess. I was with the royal Canadian Air Force and were part of the Korean Airlift. I like this website.


Last:
Fenwick
First:
Jim
From:
Apache Jct. Az.
Email:
JimCrabshack@AOL.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
26 Oct 2001
Time:
23:03

Comments

Worked for Bendix Field Engineering at DOD Anders from 1979-1981. I had a great time up there except I had to leave my family at home. I have been looking for a website about Shemya and this is a great one!


Last:
Frye
First:
Lonnie
From:
Roanoke Va
Email:
lfrye51@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
29 Oct 2001
Time:
10:03

Comments

I was an electrician at the "resort" from June '69 to June '70. My memories are the fog, the totem pole the plug and going to the NCO club on mon. and fri nite hoping for a glimpse of " thunder thighs" (the stewardess on the mail plane.


Last:
Wolfe
First:
Tim
From:
surfs up
Email:
wolfelair@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
01 Nov 2001
Time:
16:14

Comments

Was w/ BFEC june 76-june 77 and sept 79-mar80...great memories and great friends..WHERE ARE ALL THE BFEC'ers hiding at? Hugh Hartman, Ed Roach, jenny our secretary...don blomquist....


Last:
Orbin
First:
Don
From:
St. Louis, MO
Email:
don@completetransport.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
01 Nov 2001
Time:
22:07

Comments

Hi! I am looking for an ex-roommate from Karamursel, Turkey by name of Dave Todd. He went to Shemya in 1968 to 1969 and I went to Phillipines. (I won that one!)

He was from southern California. If anyone knows or knew him please let me know. Thanks a lot.

DON


Last:
Orbin
First:
Don
From:
St. Louis, MO
Email:
don@completetransport.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
01 Nov 2001
Time:
22:08

Comments

Hi! I am looking for an ex-roommate from Karamursel, Turkey by name of Dave Todd. He went to Shemya in 1968 to 1969 and I went to Philippines. (I won that one!)

He was from southern California. If anyone knows or knew him please let me know. Thanks a lot.

DON


Last:
Kitchen
First:
Glenn
From:
Kentucky
Email:
kitch@email.kcc.edu
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
03 Nov 2001
Time:
12:54

Comments

I was at Shemya from Mar 84--Mar 85. Stationed with the 5073 ABG/ SP. Remember the horizontal snow, Phase Storms, met watches, truck tag, fog so thick the Reever couldn't land so the mail didn't either. Aug 84, the fog was so thick the Reever only made 1-2 landings that month. My roomate was supposed to PCS and his follow on base was calling Shemya wanting to know where the airman was. Even they couldn't believe the weather conditions there. I have to say the Rock was the best assignment I had. The people were what made it a great assignment.


Last:
Kevin
First:
Jamison
From:
Web surfin
Email:
kjamison@insight.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
none
Remote User:
Date:
05 Nov 2001
Time:
16:32

Comments

I was at Shemya from Aug 90 to aug 91. 5073 ABG/FD. I remeber a very bad wind storm, horizontal snow, great people overall a good asignment.I was one of the very first to move into the new dorms. At one time everyone was housed in the main building.

Fire dwags ruled the rock!!!!!!


Last:
Knight
First:
Floyd
From:
Island City, Oregon
Email:
fknight@oregontrail.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
11 Nov 2001
Time:
01:03

Comments

I was on Shemya in l950-51 and was in the aircraft maint.sqdn, I have enjoyed reading all the info on your site, keep up the good work.


Last:
stacey
First:
dick
From:
east liverpol ohio . scottsdale az
Email:
rws50@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
11 Nov 2001
Time:
02:13

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shemya nov 1962 to dec 1963


Last:
stacey
First:
dick
From:
east liverpol ohio . scottsdale az
Email:
rws50@webtv.net
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Date:
11 Nov 2001
Time:
02:14

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shemya nov 1962 to dec 1963 air rescue firefighter


Last:
McSwain
First:
George
From:
GA
Email:
geomcswain@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
none
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Date:
12 Nov 2001
Time:
16:07

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79th asa sou from July to October '62 Long enough)


Last:
gay
First:
william o.
From:
wilson, nc
Email:
wogay@simflex.com
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Date:
12 Nov 2001
Time:
23:14

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I was stationed on Shemya during june 1954. I must say that month was the longest year of my life. I was a one "striper" and I believe that they closed Shemya at that time...because the sent me to Northeast Cape, St. lawrence Island to complete my tour. While on Shemya, we, the weather people, we quartered in one wing of the old hospital building where the walls were thicker than normal. (psycho ward). There really wasn't much there in those days. Pinochle at night and fox watching during the day. Form what I am reading here, it sounds as if you had it better than we did. I really don"t have any desire to return to that location or to St Lawrence Island. It is nice to hear that some of you have good thoughts about the place.


Last:
gay
First:
william o.
From:
wilson, nc
Email:
wogay@simflex.com
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Date:
12 Nov 2001
Time:
23:17

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I was stationed on Shemya during june 1954. I must say that month was the longest year of my life. I was a one "striper" and I believe that they closed Shemya at that time...because the sent me to Northeast Cape, St. lawrence Island to complete my tour. While on Shemya, we, the weather people, we quartered in one wing of the old hospital building where the walls were thicker than normal. (psycho ward). There really wasn't much there in those days. Pinochle at night and fox watching during the day. Form what I am reading here, it sounds as if you had it better than we did. I really don"t have any desire to return to that location or to St Lawrence Island. It is nice to hear that some of you have good thoughts about the place.


Last:
Hoffman
First:
Harold
From:
Pineville Louisiana
Email:
gredwings@aol.com
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Date:
14 Nov 2001
Time:
20:32

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I'm also a surver of the "rock"! I to remember some wind and earth quakes. Sept. 1990 til Sept. 1991 i was with 5073 ABS/TRANS. loved the fishing on the dock. running the jade mine. and the artic foxes.


Last:
Light
First:
Michael
From:
TX
Email:
mdlight1@cleanweb.net
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N/A
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Date:
15 Nov 2001
Time:
04:24

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Great site. Spent a fun filled year there from Sept 78 to Sept 79. Michael


Last:
Light
First:
Michael
From:
TX
Email:
mdlight1@cleanweb.net
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N/A
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Date:
15 Nov 2001
Time:
04:26

Comments

Great site. Spent a fun filled year there from Sept 78 to Sept 79. Michael


Last:
NORTHROP
First:
TIFFANY
From:
KLAMATH FALLS, OR
Email:
tnorthrop@columbiaforestproducts.com
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Date:
18 Nov 2001
Time:
11:57

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WEATHER OBSERVER 1993, DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHERE BILLY MURTAGH IS AT LAST I KNOW WAS WASHINGTON. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS!


Last:
Johnson
First:
Reginald
From:
Dallas, Tx
Email:
rvjohnson54@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
I was in 2064th Com from Nov 75 to Nov 76. The picture of the bra on the totum pole (#71) is near and dear to my heart because the Cable Maintaince guy who did this was my room mate, short, brandy drinking Tony Vance. Here’s a toast to you Tony.
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Date:
20 Nov 2001
Time:
17:04

Last:
crowe
First:
hoyt
From:
Georgia , USA
Email:
clh1@planttel.net
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Date:
22 Nov 2001
Time:
22:10

Last:
W.
First:
Mark
From:
USA
Email:
oldcakes39@gotomy.com
WebsiteURL:
http://mawusa.tripod.com/index.html
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Date:
22 Nov 2001
Time:
22:30

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Nice site


Last:
Knight
First:
Walter
From:
Warren,Mi.
Email:
craftsman@netperson.net
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Date:
23 Nov 2001
Time:
19:15

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The Web site is interesting and well done. I especially enjoyed viewing the photos of the places I once experenced as home for 2 years of my young life. The remarks from those who experienced the same were also helpful and would be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about this unusual place we call the Aleutian Islands.


Last:
McKinnon
First:
George Bruce
From:
Bethany, Louisiana
Email:
Cttndr9302@aol.com
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Date:
28 Nov 2001
Time:
13:14

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NCOIC at the power-plant Apr51-Apr-52. We supplied electricity for the rock. We lived in quarters close to the plant. On days off we explored the rock, found Aleutian artifacts, glass balls and a suppy of ammo for M-1's. We enjoyed shooting gulls on the beach. We stole a 6x6 load of ber and buried it in the snow around our quarters and had to step up the pace of drinking it to avoid being discovered as snow began to thaw. Thanks for the web-site!!!!!!!!!!


Last:
Wonders
First:
Jen
From:
Rhinelander, WI
Email:
tacojen@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.tacojens-site.cityslide.com
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Date:
28 Nov 2001
Time:
20:16

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Just checking out your site once again. I also wanted to thank you again Smitty for all that you have done for me. Between you and King, I feel that I have made a wonderful connection with my father. I realize now why he truely loved the Air Force. It was not only the love he had for his country, or Rivet Amber, but the love that is felt between all of you fellow airmen. Even after someone has been lost, the bond between each other lasts forever. God Bless and keep up the wonderful site. You and King are always in my prayers.


Last:
tTIMMONS
First:
DON
From:
HERMISTON ,OREGON
Email:
SNAIL MAIL   82620 C. ST., HERMISTON, OR
WebsiteURL:
97838  (541)5674069
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Date:
01 Dec 2001
Time:
12:53

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I WAS TDY MEDIC ALONG WITH DR ALFRED R DANIELS IN THE SPRING OF 1963. I RETAIN VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY 3 MOS ON SHEMYA. I OFTEN TRAVEL BACK IN MY IMAGINATION TO HELP ME GET TO SLEEP. I WAS YOUNG THEN AND LIFE WAS NOT SO COMPLEX, LONG BEFORE TIME , WIFE, KIDS, AND CAREER GOT ME WORN OUT. I LOVED TDY, AND TO THIS DAY CAN'T SEEM TO WORK ONE PLACE TOO LONG. I HAVE BEEN WORKING THE CIVILIAN EQUIVALENT OF TDY, ITS CALLED LOCUM TENENS , AS AN ULTRASOUND TECH FOR PAST 5 YRS. I REMEMBER 1963, BU GOT A TRIP BACK TO SHEMYA IN 1998 AS A GUEST OF THE YMCA IN ANCHORAGE DURING THE CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOMETHING OR OTHER. IT WAS A VERY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE TO VISIT THE ROCK AFTER 35 YEARS. MUCH WAS AS I LEFT IT. I PRODUCED A PHOTO ALBUM OF MY VISIT FOR THE BARANOV MUSEUM IN KODIAK, AK. IF YOU AREN'T FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE THE ROCK AGAIN AND YOU DO GET UP TO KODIAK, ASK TO SEE MY PICTURE ALBUM AT THE MUSEUM. I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS CONTACTS WITH EX-ROCKIANS AND WANNA BEES FROM MY USE OF THIS WEB PAGE. THE PAGE HELPS ME KEEP IN TOUCH.


Last:
Byler
First:
Larry
From:
Vancouver, Washington
Email:
lbyler@pacifier.com
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Date:
03 Dec 2001
Time:
23:12

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I was U.S. Navy - one of only 10 at a time stationed on "the rock." 1966-67. Chief Paul Poole (Pappy) was our OIC. I too remember Boozer and was sad to read of his passing. I was just reading through some of my old stuff and ran into a publication called "The Rag" which was published by a Sgt. Kunkel - USA.


Last:
Richardson
First:
Wayne
From:
Albuquerque, NM
Email:
me-in-nm@home.com
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Date:
08 Dec 2001
Time:
16:25

Comments

Was stationed at Eielson with the 6th Strat. Wg (Jul. 72 to Jul. 77) as an 'engine man'. Spent quite a lot of time TDY on Shemya. Maintenance support for the "Balls", you know. It was a great 'visit' to your site, brought back all kinds of 'memories'! Would love to hear from anybody that remembers me. Thanks.


Last:
Chiaradio
First:
Dominic [Tom]
From:
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
Email:
domri@localnet.com
WebsiteURL:
http://homepage.mac.com/dominic76/Personal/.html
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Date:
09 Dec 2001
Time:
14:15

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On Shemya 1944 to 1945 with the 730thCA, at gun inplacement just up hill from the dock and short of the fighter strip. Would like to hear from any Shemya Vets, espe my old outfit. Capt Ryan, Lt Long, Luke Varchetta, Joe Esposito, John Clarie. Tom


Last:
naylor
First:
michael
From:
minnesota
Email:
wheatiesdad@hotmail.com
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Date:
13 Dec 2001
Time:
20:19

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I was on the rock 1970-71. AAF/JOG 34D20TG37H the experience really prepared me for Ethiopia (at least as how to spend your off time) Does anyone remember the Bering-Pacific Band and their infamous tunes? Let me Know. Wouldn't it be nice to walk around the island one more time?


Last:
Mirda
First:
George
From:
Florida
Email:
gmirda@commtechinc.com
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N/A
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Date:
13 Dec 2001
Time:
23:30

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First USAF tour, 11 months, 18 days, 8 and 1/2 hours in 1974-75. Amn/A1C working at Det 461, best buddies with Sniffy and Bulldozer, spent much time in the "smokehouse" learning the ropes and the shortest distance between a chair and the floor. Remember Whit and Doc from the Snoopy bird. TSgt Albert B. "Ben" Franklin remains in my mind the epitome of the what an electronics maintenance supervisor should be. God rest his soul.

I think I have some photos somewhere ...

Nice website, I really enjoyed the time warp. GMM


Last:
Wach
First:
Bob
From:
Tucson, AZ
Email:
rwach@mailandnews.com
WebsiteURL:
na
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Date:
15 Dec 2001
Time:
13:41

Comments

Served as Supt. Ed. Servs. 1989-1990

Most unique experience of my life !!


Last:
Wach
First:
Bob
From:
Tucson, AZ
Email:
rwach@mailandnews.com
WebsiteURL:
na
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Date:
15 Dec 2001
Time:
15:35

Comments

Stationed on Shemya 1989-90. Was Supt. Ed. Servs. Also worked at the club as nt. mgr/bartender. I won a contest by giving the club its last name -"Club 365". Anyone remember the infamous "Hot Legs Contest"? If Wade Green, Bruce Cilley, Gary Bessler, Jeanie, Gus, Lisa or Connie see this and remember me please contact @ my e-mail address. What a year it was !!!


Last:
McSwain
First:
George
From:
GA
Email:
geomcswain@mindspring.com
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Date:
21 Dec 2001
Time:
15:15

Comments

Enjoyed the web page. I was on Shemya (ASA) for a short visit in 1962.


Last:
Strong
First:
Ron
From:
Omaha
Email:
ronstrong@juno.com
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Date:
22 Dec 2001
Time:
17:07

Comments

Shemya EWO Ops Officer, Mar 81-Mar 82. Part of original Lisa Ann/Rivet Amber test crew during 1965-67

Does anyone have my two 7" reels of 8mm film about Shemya? They were loaned to someone going to Shemya in about 1978.


Last:
Johnson
First:
Nick
From:
Sept 94 - April 95 (now in Cols, OH
Email:
wing5fan@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
http://WWW.HorseHockey.Com
Remote User:
Date:
26 Dec 2001
Time:
13:30

Comments

I arrived in Sept 1994 and left on the last plane out in April 1995. I only spent 6 months on the Rock and actually had a good time. Now that I see all that I missed (historical stuff), I wish I could get back out there. Anyone who knewme there, write me.


Last:
Sheppard
First:
Gary
From:
browsing
Email:
OPgary@AOL.com
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Date:
26 Dec 2001
Time:
17:02

Comments

Excellent site.Found a couple of old buddies in archives.


Last:
Crawford
First:
Jon
From:
Hurlburt Field FL
Email:
crawfjon@home.com
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Date:
27 Dec 2001
Time:
07:50

Comments

A new year is coming (2002). I still run into a few Shemya-ites here at Hurlburt Fld. I have some fond memories of what I did there. I am still looing for someone who has a copy of the video we made when we put on the musical "The Fantastiks". Any one have a copy?? For all those who knew me (OPR 13) have a safe New Year!!


Last:
DeHaven
First:
Tom
From:
Jefferson City, MO
Email:
mrcats@yahoo.com
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Date:
27 Dec 2001
Time:
23:17

Comments

Visited Shemya in 71-72. I came back state-side with 7 months so I couldn't get an early out. Very much enjoyed my time on the rock. Like wall-wall Oregon coast but wilder. I've never seen wind like that anywhere else. I was supply sgt. for commissary w/ truck at my disposal. Had to make those runs to the flightline to pick up the groceries. Gotta run. Nice to see Black Pearl news on the web.


Last:
Hyer
First:
John
From:
Great State of Ohio
Email:
jlhyer@ameritech.net
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Date:
07 Jan 2002
Time:
01:29

Last:
GORDEY
First:
MIKE
From:
PANAMA CITY, FL
Email:
MBGORDEY@AOL.COM
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Date:
10 Jan 2002
Time:
14:54

Comments

I WAS STATIONED ON SHEMYA FROM 1 APRIL 76 TO 1 APRIL 77. IT WAS THE 5073RD AIR BASE GROUP. I WAS PART OF A 3 MAN AGE SHOP ASSIGNED TO BASE OPERATIONS.


Last:
GORDEY
First:
MIKE
From:
PANAMA CITY, FL.
Email:
MBGORDEY@AOL.COM
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
10 Jan 2002
Time:
15:24

Comments

While part of the AGE Shop from April 76 to April 77, I also worked at the NCO Club and on Tuesdays and Fridays for Reeve Aleution Airlines. I was 21 and single. What a bumer. I will never forget some of the people, the weather, the artic foxs, the day I arrived and most of all the day I left.


Last:
Austin
First:
Ronnie
From:
Jackson, Tn.
Email:
RonnieSusan@cs.com
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Date:
11 Jan 2002
Time:
18:18

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I was an AF Staff Sergeant with the 6984th. Served from Sept 65 to Sept 66. Would like to re-visit for a couple of days, but that would be enough. Arthur Godfrey landed his plane for a fuel stop while I was there. I have a picture of him kneeling down petting Boozer. Had some good times with a lot of great guys and would like to hear from anyone from those days, Bob Dean and Roy Tolbert in particular.


Last:
MIchael
First:
Ridenour
From:
Warner Robins Ga.
Email:
wa8kcz@mindspring.com
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Date:
12 Jan 2002
Time:
16:49

Comments

i was stationed on shemya in i think 1961-62 not sure helped set up and operate mars staion when not in the bubble


Last:
MIchael
First:
Ridenour
From:
Warner Robins Ga.
Email:
wa8kcz@mindspring.com
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Date:
12 Jan 2002
Time:
16:50

Comments

i was stationed on shemya in i think 1961-62 not sure helped set up and operate mars staion when not in the bubble


Last:
Dorman
First:
Jim
From:
Around the net
Email:
jim.dorman@home.com
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Date:
13 Jan 2002
Time:
14:36

Comments

Was stationed at "The Rock" with the 2064th Comm Squadron Oct 87-Oct 88. As the saying goes, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Made GREAT friends there, saw nature's beauty and it's massive power, and clearly understood we were on the front lines of defending America. During that year we renovated the control tower, opened Hanger 7 (I think that was the #), and shot the Queen Match "sounding rocket". The pictures always bring back fond and no-so-fond memories.


Last:
Keller
First:
Bill
From:
Fort Worth, Texas
Email:
kellerfamily01@charter.net
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Date:
16 Jan 2002
Time:
02:20

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I was on Shemya for 13 months in 1957 & 1958 working as a Voice Intercept Operator. Back then, it was known only as Detachment One of the 6981st RGM. Not many of us were on the island back then, and we did not have many perks except for those we provided for ourselves. We built the first theater while I was there and made the screen by putting two ping-pong table tops together. The Navy gave us a projector, and they would fly movies over to us from Adak when they were finished with them there. We put in the AFRS during that time, too, and even built a small library. My roommate, Richard Gage was the driving force behind the library. Some of us were able to fix up our living quarters (buildings left over from the war) really nice with furniture we scrounged from the old abandoned hospital. Many pleasant off-duty hours were spent exploring the island with Boozer. I also remember another dog named Squirt, but he was more shy. Boozer was truly one of a kind. We may have showed a severe lack of military discipline while off duty, but we were deadly serious about the mission. I remember going two or three days without sleep more than once when our friends on the other side of the fence were up to something exciting, like the launching of Sputnik, for example. When my tour was up, I tried to get reassigned to flying recon out of Misawa. The comander there even wrote a letter requesting me, but they sent me instead to USAFSS headquarters in San Antonio to work as an analyst. I enjoyed every bit of my time on Shemya, and I still think about it often. But the thing I remember most is the caliber of the people I served with. They were the finest bunch of men I have ever worked with. They established the standard that I have used ever since to judge the worth of myself and other men. Bill Keller


Last:
Erdman
First:
Roger
From:
Spokane, Washington
Email:
nerdmann@peoplepc.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
26 Jan 2002
Time:
22:51

Comments

Haven't checked this site for a while. Good to see it is still active and even better than before. My email address changed from the last time I was here, so I felt I had better update it. I was on Shemya from 1 October 1979 to 2 October 1980. I WAS the Finance Office up there, and had additional duty as Public Affairs Officer and Postal Augmentee (with my good buddy Ernie Oppizi.). Too many fond memories to mention all of them here, but some special kudos to good buddies "Father Mike" Collins, "Pops", "Rocker Ron" Atkins and Bill Boland of Raytheon!


Last:
Ortwein
First:
Edward
From:
Pa
Email:
ortweinej@aol.com
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Date:
01 Feb 2002
Time:
16:13

Comments

Was stationed there from 12/59 to 12/60 with the 281st ASA. Worked in Co. Headquarters. Lived in the old barracks at the end of the runway.Remember some names - Dessie Stroud, Peter Lindsey,Capt. Hanson,


Last:
Reed
First:
Richard
From:
Independence, Missouri
Email:
rcr_scr@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
01 Feb 2002
Time:
19:43

Comments

Several radio operators just out of school at Keesler arrived and four of us wanted the short tour and there were four positions at sites in the Aleutians. One at Cold Bay, 2 at Adak and one at Shemya. I got the Cold Bay assignments and my buddy Vincent Simmura got Shemya. This would have been late 52 and most of 53. Any one on line from that era and do you remember A/2c or A/1C Simmura? Would love to hear from you if you do.


Last:
Allan
First:
Michael
From:
Oak Creek, WI
Email:
michaelallan_prodigy.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
01 Feb 2002
Time:
22:06

Comments

I spent some good and bad times at the "rock" Alaskan Tanker Task Forces kept me there alot. I always hated the BAD weather approaches, they never got routine for us. Cobra was a fun time. Mike Allan 28th ARS Ellsworth AFB (80-86)


Last:
Albright
First:
Tim
From:
Potsdam, NY
Email:
palbrigh@twcny.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
02 Feb 2002
Time:
22:00

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from July 1996-1997. Your website has brought back a lot of memories. I enjoyed walking around the island, and exploring some of the old bunkers built with 55 gal drums filled with dirt. During my tour the 5099th did a lot of environmental cleanup, removing some of the old oil tanks, dismantling some of the old radar towers, etc.

There is a book of cartoons around somewhere written about life on Shemya and probably ATTU during WWII. It would make a great addition to your website if anyone still has a copy/


Last:
westgor
First:
dennis
From:
wisconsin
Email:
jvilleden@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
03 Feb 2002
Time:
02:12

Comments

I was AFRTS on the air everywhere...from Apr 76 - Apr 77. TV Sports & AM radio . Where the Baring meets the Pacific and the music is terrific !!!


Last:
Albright
First:
Tim
From:
Potsdam NY
Email:
palbrigh@twcny.rr.com
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Date:
03 Feb 2002
Time:
14:26

Comments

This is my second entry. Guess it seems like just a couple of years ago since I was stationed at Shemya. I was really there in 1986-87. Have a lot of good memories. Does anyone know if the Softball field is still there. We had a rush job to complete it before the Base Commander left. He even considered flying in turf on C-5s. I was fortunate to get off the island several times during my year to go TDY to Elmendorf for design reivews for the new dorm.


Last:
Hancock
First:
Randy
From:
Colorado Springs, CO
Email:
randy.hancock@lmco.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
04 Feb 2002
Time:
13:43

Comments

Was a Security Policeman from Jan '79 - Jan '80. Probably the longest year of my life on Shemya. Lots of memories, and probably a lot of forgotten ones as well. Saw that Mark Zappa (Zap) posted down below. Remember when 'Cobra Dane' Kiber left and we honored him with all flight members parting their hair in the middle, wearing shades in-doors, and drinking grape Nehi (our flight commander's idea of what a 'druggy' was) during guard mount? Or the burned-out K-9 after taking a stroll through the Security Police dorm (glad I had just got back from leave and couldn't be blamed for that one)? Anyway, great site... definitely brings up memories as well as nightmares. I'll keep visiting to see who else posts.


Last:
Thompson
First:
Gerald   ( Jerry )
From:
Washington, DC
Email:
cwdancingdj@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
05 Feb 2002
Time:
18:34

Comments

Was stationed on the "Rock" from Feb 1967 - Feb 1968, 352 days 6 hours and 10 minutes...to be exact. Army Security Agency, Voice Intercept Operator. Was there with Bill Thomas, John Uhler, --- Yates, etc. God, was it cold for an old Texas boy like myself. 1967 was an exiting year...details I'm not sure I can describe here. But after 4 years in the Army, and 30 more years with the Dept. of Defense, am glad to find this site. Will check back soon and on other links.


Last:
Wiening
First:
Bob
From:
Chicago, IL
Email:
boblisawie@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
URL
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Date:
06 Feb 2002
Time:
20:23

Comments

71-72 U.S.A.F 16th. Surv. Squadron Great basketball players, freinds, workers, and of course (drinkers).


Last:
Foriest
First:
Frank
From:
Nashville,Tenn.
Email:
REDHOG@PeoplePC.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
08 Feb 2002
Time:
00:07

Comments

Iwas on the Rock 1966-67.I was USAF,drove bus in motor pool.Boozer was a passinger many times. It was a tough year but one I will never forget.


Last:
Tom
First:
Tollefsen
From:
Fort Knox, KY
Email:
tollefsent@bluegrass.net
WebsiteURL:
NA
Remote User:
Date:
14 Feb 2002
Time:
16:09

Comments

Was stationed with the Army Security Agency on Shemy from 1968 to 1969. I was there when Boozer died, Rivet Ball slid off the runway, and Rivet Amber disappeared. We searched the frequencies for Amber's distress call but heard nothing.

I found a spool and magnetic tape all over a beach and turned both in to the guard shack at AAFJOG. Always wondered if they were from Rivet Ball.

Also reported several ships moving west to east on the day of the Amchika test. It was a beautiful day and I walked from the composit building to AAFJOG. I checked in at the guard shack and walked around the building before punching into operations. I thought the view would be beautiful on such a clear day.

There were ships all over the place. I went into operations and asked the night trick supervisor if anyone was getting unusual traffic. I asked him to come outside. His eyes got real big and his mouth dropped open. I guess he reported the ships to whomever. I heard nothing more about the incident. I always figured the Soviets were on their way to checkout our test.


Last:
Moranski
First:
Ron
From:
Arizona
Email:
rmoranski@cox.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
17 Feb 2002
Time:
09:15

Comments

Was at Shemya 1969 USAFSS. Not a very exciting place, very few good memories, except when the Russian Trawler used to sit off the white alice system....or the island had a quake,more a tremor than a quake and everyone went to see the tidal wave....


Last:
Blama
First:
Robert Blama
From:
Baltimore
Email:
rebel1863@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
17 Feb 2002
Time:
10:21

Comments

There from 1969-1970, foggy all the time, thank God for Bush Pilots who brought the mail


Last:
Blama
First:
Robert Blama
From:
Baltimore
Email:
rebel1863@comcast.net
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Date:
17 Feb 2002
Time:
10:22

Comments

There from 1969-1970, foggy all the time, thank God for Bush Pilots who brought the mail


Last:
earl
First:
john
From:
california
Email:
jdeinsocal@prodigy.net
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Date:
21 Feb 2002
Time:
02:31

Last:
creery
First:
clark
From:
Melbourne, Florida
Email:
Clark312@metrolink.net
WebsiteURL:
www.csihq.com/aftac
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Date:
23 Feb 2002
Time:
19:30

Comments

I actually miss Shemya.....it was lonely, we worked hard, we played hard, and it is way out there in the middle of nowhere. Remember SNFE, the dog who was Boozer's somewhere along the line. We lived in the contractor shacks and not the C-building. I was there in 1972 and 1973.


Last:
Mitchell
First:
Keith
From:
York U.K.
Email:
keith.mitchell3@ntlworld.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
25 Feb 2002
Time:
11:18

Comments

Hi, I was browsing the net last week and out of interest I looked up Shemya to see what, if anything the system would throw up not really expecting to find anything. I was guide to the site which I found fascinating, surprising, when you consider the size and remoteness of the island, just the kind of place anybody serving on it would want to forget. My interest derives from the fact that I'm one of the rare individuals that served on the Island in 1970/71 as a member of a British Army Unit, 512 Specialist Team Royal Engineers. The unit was seconded to what was then the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, I believe it is now known as N.O.A.A. Our purpose, to operate specialist optical cameras and associated equipment to obtain photographic records of the orbital path of the satellite PAGEOS 'A' as part of a world wide survey being carried out by the US government. The unit consisted of the BC4 Team and the Doppler Team, commanded from HQ at Washington DC. by a Lt Colonel H.G.W.Crawford, Royal Engineers, the BC4 Team was split between Shemya and Cold Bay, the Cold Bay detachment controlled by the O.C Maj David Baker, and the Shemya detachment, WO1 Keith Mitchell, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Cpl Paul Gardener Royal Engineers and Mr Woody Woods NOAA. We were accommodated in the 'K' house and didn't wear uniform so it was quite likely that most people on the island at the time were unaware that we were military although some realised we talked with an odd accent and I'm sure seemed to have some odd habits. We were transported to the island by C141, curtesy of USAF, the second or third week in October 1970 an experience that I have to say was not the nicest I have ever had. I had never experienced such feeling of remoteness and desolation in all my 20 years service in the forces, not even in the deserts of Egypt, the whole place looked grey and miserable and seemed not really a part of this world, I thought , "Just my luck." I had been lucky enough to pull a posting to the USA for a year and I get Shemya. The feeling didn't last long though, we were too busy setting up the BC4 station, which arrived soon after us and establishing radio contact with Beltsville Maryland our operational HQ, finding somewhere to set up a darkroom and an office and a telex terminal to relay the daily analysis results to Washington. The location of the site was and still is, is on a pad behind hanger 3 I think it was, it was the last hanger just off the east end of the runway. There's a survey point marked on the ground. The unit stayed there until about May 1971 although I left to join the team in Cold Bay in Feb of that year.


Last:
Crabtree
First:
Dick
From:
Erie, PA
Email:
rctree1@aol.com
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Date:
03 Mar 2002
Time:
20:04

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Disaster Preparedness Officer/Nco Jan 82 - Jan 83. I was also the Assistant Wild Life Officer (Scare the gulls off the runway, conduct experiments on getting the sea gulls and the Blue Fox drunk), Forest Miester (Kept the trees from being molested), and assorted other duties as assigned. One earthquake, one plane crash (on Attu), Largest Navel Operation since WWll, several whale beachings and a lot of Austi Spumanti Parties.


Last:
Harris
First:
John
From:
Decatur, Georgia
Email:
jharris@gsu.edu
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Date:
03 Mar 2002
Time:
22:40

Comments

AFRTS engineer Feb 72 to Dec 72. Worked with great people and the work help the rest of my career in the operation and maint. of television equipment.

I would like to visit the island again one of these days.


Last:
Clark
First:
Larry
From:
Van Alstyne, TX
Email:
LDClark45@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
06 Mar 2002
Time:
16:52

Comments

The most miserable year of my life was spent on this hunk of rock. Still, it's fun to go back and take a look. I especially liked the section on Boozer. Since I was there in 1966-67, I knew and loved Boozer II. I was the shop chief of the Aerospace Ground Equipment shop which was located right down on the Flight Line. Was anybody else amazed that the tires in the old trucks shoved off into the ocean after WWII still had air in them?


Last:
Clark
First:
Larry
From:
Van Alstyne, TX
Email:
LDClark45@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
06 Mar 2002
Time:
17:06

Comments

The most miserable year of my life was spent on this hunk of rock. Still, it's fun to go back and take a look. I especially liked the section on Boozer. Since I was there in 1966-67, I knew and loved Boozer II. I was the shop chief of the Aerospace Ground Equipment shop which was located right down on the Flight Line. Was anybody else amazed that the tires in the old trucks shoved off into the ocean after WWII still had air in them?


Last:
Gifford
First:
David
From:
Gaylord Michigan
Email:
Clubtanner@core.com
WebsiteURL:
NONE
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Date:
07 Mar 2002
Time:
11:35

Comments

I Just Love your web site! My Grandpa was a mechanic on the P-38 Lightning on Shemya Island. hes name is Homer Gifford. And lives in Travere City Michigan. My Grandfather served the last two years of WWII. I am 12 years old and love the P-38 Lightning.


Last:
emerson
First:
don
From:
dyess
Email:
dc.emerson@att.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
08 Mar 2002
Time:
21:23

Comments

i was stationed there when it was shemya in 1987 and as earckson in 1995 to hand the keys of the island to the contractor. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN WAS DONE BY ME. I WAS A FIRE DOG

GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE IS STILL THERE, GOOD MEMORIES...GREAT FRIENDS


Last:
Mitchell
First:
Jimmy
From:
Klamath Falls,  Oregon
Email:
JimmyVM@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.open.org/bcll/korea/
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Date:
09 Mar 2002
Time:
20:07

Comments

It is my pleasure to add my memories of Shemya. My first trip to "Shemmie," was Christmas time, December of 1960. I was on active duty with the USAF, stationed with a Communication Maintenance Group, at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage.

A Pacific storm had crossed the Island, tearing down and destroying our antenna fields and communication cables, vital to the mission of the Command.

We were finally able to touch down at Shemya, landing in a C-54 with all our crews and equipment, during a strorm, with out GCA.

The Island was history! Total history! There were five mess halls, I visted......serving lines still intact! Movie theatres, like they just left yesterday!

On the beach, trucks all lined up in a row..keys still in the on position! Old rubber tires still full of air! Floor boards and passenger areas full of old punched out beer cans!

THEY WERE CELEBRATING....The War had ended! I heard that there were 40,000 stationed on the Island! It had to be a Grand Time for those Warriors!

I made a lot of flights to "Shemmie," over the following 5 years. They built the new "Composite Building," but I often visited my first TDY quarters, an old "Hut" below the tundra level!

Fishing on the north side was not all that bad, up from the "grave yard," of left over equipment (to expensive to haul back), we caught perch!

Someone callled them "Japanese Perch," probably for the lack of a better name. For a fact..their flesh was GREEN! But they fried well.

Hoping some old trooper will tell me about his fishing trip!

Shemya! Only if you have been there! It's a memory! A fond memory for me! I visited it ,seen it first hand in the raw....and thought about all of those that were there, before me!

Saluting, My Fellow Comrades, who Served on Sheyma!

Jimmie V. Mitchell United States Air Force, Retired


Last:
Mitchell
First:
Jimmy
From:
Klamath Falls,  Oregon
Email:
JimmyVM@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.open.org/bcll/korea/
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Date:
09 Mar 2002
Time:
20:12

Comments

It is my pleasure to add my memories of Shemya. My first trip to "Shemmie," was Christmas time, December of 1960. I was on active duty with the USAF, stationed with a Communication Maintenance Group, at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage.

A Pacific storm had crossed the Island, tearing down and destroying our antenna fields and communication cables, vital to the mission of the Command.

We were finally able to touch down at Shemya, landing in a C-54 with all our crews and equipment, during a strorm, with out GCA.

The Island was history! Total history! There were five mess halls, I visited......serving lines still intact! Movie theatres, like they just left yesterday!

On the beach, trucks all lined up in a row..keys still in the on position! Old rubber tires still full of air! Floor boards and passenger areas full of old punched out beer cans!

THEY WERE CELEBRATING....The War had ended! IWe heard that there were 40,000 stationed on the Island! It had to be a Grand Time for those Warriors!

I made a lot of flights to "Shemmie," over the following 5 years. They built the new "Composite Building," but I often visited my first TDY quarters, an old "Hut" below the tundra level!

Fishing on the north side was not all that bad, up from the "grave yard," of left over equipment (to expensive to haul back), we caught perch!

Someone callled them "Japanese Perch," probably for the lack of a better name. For a fact..their flesh was GREEN! But they fried well.

Hoping some old trooper will tell me about his fishing trip!

Shemya! Only if you have been there! It's a memory! A fond memory for me! I visited it ,seen it first hand in the raw....and thought about all of those that were there, before me!

Saluting, My Fellow Comrades, who Served on Sheyma!

Jimmie V. Mitchell United States Air Force, Retired


Last:
Mitchell
First:
Jimmy
From:
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Email:
JimmyVM@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.open.org/bcll/korea/
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Date:
09 Mar 2002
Time:
21:14

Comments

It is my pleasure to share with you, my memories of Shemya!

I was stationed with the USAF, Communications Maintenace Group, at Elmendorf AFB. For Commucication Maintenace, our area of responsibility, included from Shemya to Barrow, and all sites and bases in between!

My first visit to "Shemmie" was Christmas Time, December, 1960. A heavy North Pacific storm had hit and crossed the Island. Heavy damage, especially to our antenna fields and telephone cable systems, vital to the USAF and mission.

We finally were able to land at Sheyma, on a C-54, with personnel and equiptment, during a new storm, without GCA.

They housed us in old W W ll hut quarters, just fine, just as the old troops had left them a few years before!

The Island was a History Trip for me! Nothing had changed since the war had ended! I visited five old mess halls! Still intact...serving lines, kitchens, knives forks and all!

And even their old movie theatres were still there! I could just feel their presence! A movie, or Commanders Call!

On the beach! What they left behind! Row, after row of military vehicles! It was amazing! All types of vehicles, lined up, side by side...old rubber tires still full of air! ALL, All ignition switchs till on the ON position!

THE WAR HAD ENDED! ALL FLOOR BOARDS AND PASSENGER AREAS WERE FILLED WITH PUNCHED OUT BEER CANS!

TOTAL CELEBRATION, THEY WERE GOING HOME. All you had to do was look at Shemya, having the pleasure of standing where they stood!

I made alot of visits to "Shemmie," during the next four years. Five times alone in June of 1962, hot shot civilian contractor, tearing up com cables. They build the new "Composite," (all branches) building.

Had the funkie club....down the slope from the quarters! Not to far from the runway!

Did any of you guys ever catch Japanese Perch? Off the northside, way past the "metal graveyard?" They had green meat....but fried well!

Saluting, Any and All that ever had the Shemya Trip!

Regards,

Jimmie V. Mitchell United States Air Force, Retired


Last:
Becker
First:
Amy
From:
North Carolina
Email:
barahn@bww.com
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Date:
09 Mar 2002
Time:
21:21

Comments

Feb 91-Feb 92 Part of the Weather Detactment .... Hey anyone know what happened to Ivy B. ?? We had alot of fun that year...


Last:
Mitchell
First:
Jimmy
From:
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Email:
JimmyVM@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.open.org/bcll/korea/
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Date:
09 Mar 2002
Time:
21:22

Comments

It is my pleasure to share with you, my memories of Shemya!

I was stationed with the USAF, Communications Maintenace Group, at Elmendorf AFB. For Commucication Maintenace, our area of responsibility, included from Shemya to Barrow, and all sites and bases in between!

My first visit to "Shemmie" was Christmas Time, December, 1960. A heavy North Pacific storm had hit and crossed the Island. Heavy damage, especially to our antenna fields and telephone cable systems, vital to the USAF and mission.

We finally were able to land at Sheyma, on a C-54, with personnel and equiptment, during a new storm, without GCA.

They housed us in old W W ll hut quarters, just fine, just as the old troops had left them a few years before!

The Island was a History Trip for me! Nothing had changed since the war had ended! I visited five old mess halls! Still intact...serving lines, kitchens, knives forks and all!

And even their old movie theatres were still there! I could just feel their presence! A movie, or Commanders Call!

On the beach! What they left behind! Row, after row of military vehicles! It was amazing! All types of vehicles, lined up, side by side...old rubber tires still full of air! ALL, All ignition switchs till on the ON position!

THE WAR HAD ENDED! ALL FLOOR BOARDS AND PASSENGER AREAS WERE FILLED WITH PUNCHED OUT BEER CANS!

TOTAL CELEBRATION, THEY WERE GOING HOME. All you had to do was look at Shemya, having the pleasure of standing where they stood!

I made alot of visits to "Shemmie," during the next four years. Five times alone in June of 1962, hot shot civilian contractor, tearing up com cables. They build the new "Composite," (all branches) building.

Had the funkie club....down the slope from the quarters! Not to far from the runway!

Did any of you guys ever catch Japanese Perch? Off the northside, way past the "metal graveyard?" They had green meat....but fried well!

Saluting, Any and All that ever had the Shemya Trip!

Regards,

Jimmie V. Mitchell United States Air Force, Retired


Last:
Tudor
First:
Clarence
From:
? On Shemya 1957-58
Email:
ctudor@vci.net
WebsiteURL:
?
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Date:
10 Mar 2002
Time:
21:36

Comments

Enjoyed web site, not many from my era. Still looking!


Last:
Schaefer
First:
Richard
From:
google.com
Email:
dschaefer@email.com
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Date:
13 Mar 2002
Time:
00:12

Comments

I was assigned to Shemya from Oct '69 >Oct '70. Once you have been on the "Rock" you never completely leave. I only wish I would have enjoyed it more while I was there. Thanks for the site


Last:
Schaefer
First:
Richard A.
From:
Burnsville MS
Email:
dschaefer@komint.com
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Date:
13 Mar 2002
Time:
00:48

Comments

What a trip!! Once you've been to the "Rock" do you ever completely leave?


Last:
Reichman
First:
Bob
From:
"Radar"
Email:
robert.reichman@notes.udayton.edu
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
15 Mar 2002
Time:
11:13

Comments

Was there. -2064th comm, Nav Aids shop. 6-78 to 6-79. "You can check out any time you want but you can never leave" (The Eagles).


Last:
Gebhardt
First:
Chris
From:
Columbia, Missouri
Email:
gebhar8@attglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
16 Mar 2002
Time:
11:29

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from July 86- July 87. It is amazing to see all of the alumni and to read their stories. I guess you never really leave the "rock". I had an amazing year there as part of the Security Police Squadron. We worked hard, played very hard(walking the boardwalk home from the Cobra Den was often interesting.), and made a lot of friends. I had the fortune of a fishing trip to the Coast Guard LORAN station at Attu in Aug 86, best salmon fishing I have ever seen. I also remember spending super bowl Sunday with my roommate and some Marine NCOs drinking beer, eating crab, and watching the game. We had been in an exercise called Arctic Frost with the Navy, Marines, and Air Force but had been forced in by white out conditions and 70 plus winds. It was a fine super bowl... ha, ha. I don't remember who won, but it beat the hell out of playing games outside. Thanks for the site and I hope to hear from some of the guys.


Last:
Manuel
First:
John
From:
Lake Charles, La.
Email:
jrmanuel@cox-internet.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
19 Mar 2002
Time:
10:41

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I was stationed on Shemya from July '72 to May '73. Assigned to 16th Surveillance Squadron as a Scope Dope. Just my luck, when Bob Hope came to the island, I was sick and couldn't attend. What can I say, it was an experience I wouldn't repeat, but wouldn't trade for anything. When I talk about my time in the Air Force, Shemya always comes up. I remember the stag films at the Smokehouse and can still remember the reindeer sausage we used to order by way of GE. I still keep in touch with one of my roommates, Reid Caldwell, and I'd like to hear from some of the guys, namely Robert Hoops from Oklahoma (one of my roommates), Bob Brownstead and Lt. J. D. (Sneaky) Miller. If you guys are out there, give me a holler.

I read someones posting that said we ought to have a reunion on the island. I'd love to do something like that. My wife has heard of Shemya from me so many times, I know she'd love to see the place. Is the "C" building still there?

Take care and God bless all who served on "The Rock". John


Last:
Sheppard
First:
Gary
From:
Ocean Park,WA
Email:
OPgary@AOL.com
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Date:
19 Mar 2002
Time:
11:08

Comments

I was ASA at the Black Pearl 11/59 to 12/60. It was an adventure. Definitely a weather basket. I was in the old operations bldg as an 059 and worked under SSgt Pelletier. At the time M<aj. D'orsey was ASA CO and Capt Visnaw was exec.Msgt Taggart was First Sgt. The weight room was a renovated quanset hut. The NCO club, gym finally made it into the new bldg just before I left.


Last:
Bragg
First:
Tamara
From:
Germany
Email:
Cafe_aula1t@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
23 Mar 2002
Time:
04:58

Comments

Hello All,

I am in Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base with USAF... I am in search of METNAV technician, first name Ricardo, I can't recall his last name, he was stationed with me at Incirlik Air Base Turkey during 96-98' time... anyway, it's very important that I find him, he was big help to me while at Incirlik, please if you have any information, please respond to me by email... I last heard he was in Oklahoma... he goes by the name "Rick"... drives blue BMW... has wife and one child, last time I saw him... if you know of this very nice man, please tell him about me... thanks,

xTami


Last:
Ivey
First:
Ray
From:
Gaffney, SC
Email:
ivyb@cherokee1.k12.sc.us
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
29 Mar 2002
Time:
09:07

Comments

I didn't make it to Shemya, but I spent a very long year on St. Lawrence Island in 1966. I went there 2-T. I was planning to get out after that tour but a bunch of us from Misawa thought it would be great to go back for another tour. Soooo- 30 years later in 1993 I finally said so long to the Air Force and switched that uniform for a police uniform. Is there any Web Sites for St. Lawrence Island?


Last:
Alfreds
First:
Frederick
From:
Skaneateles, New York
Email:
fmalfreds@adelphia.net
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
01 Apr 2002
Time:
16:03

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from mid 1959 to mid 1960 as part of the 6981st Radio Squadron Det.#3. I have a lot of memories from that place and wouldn't change it for anything. I also worked at the AFRS on my off time for something to do. I remember the wind storms, the movie theater/chapel that burned down and "Boozer." We sometimes had an awful time finding the barracks after an over night snow storm while we were working as a "Morse Intercept Operator." This is a great site and hopefully some of the people I was there with will see this and respond. Keep up the good work.


Last:
Cunningham
First:
Earl
From:
Palmdale, California
Email:
k6se@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
08 Apr 2002
Time:
19:24

Comments

I was on Shemya with GE from August 1966 to December 1967.

I remember Boozer exactly as the photo on your Web site shows him.

I remember jaunts to "Seal Rocks" and to the "Million Dollar dump"

I remeber going.down to base ops when Alaska Airlines flew in to ogle at the stewardesses.

I remember when they aimed the FPS-80 dish at the moon to see what the echoes looked like (they were BIG!).

I remember the Shemya "plug" and am thankful that nobody pulled it while I was on the Island.

I remember the Air Force Protestant chaplain on his knees in the O club shooting craps with the troops, hoping that, by befriending them, they would show up for Sunday services.

I remember the Air Force Catholic chaplain tearing down the Playboy centerfolds that hung on the wall in the lounge (as soon as he turned his back, others would go up).

I remember the Alaska Airlines Super Connie that carried us all to and from the island (and its low success rate) and the big boost in moral of all troops when Alaska Airlines replaced the Super Connie with a 727.

I remember walking the "boardwalk" from ythe composite building to the FPS-17 building and back, and being soaken wet on one side from the blowing fog.

Many other memories of Shemya, but, for some strange reason, I don't miss the place too much.

Enjoyed your Web site.


Last:
TIMMONS
First:
DON
From:
OREGON
Email:
LARRY TIMMONS @ JUNO.COM
WebsiteURL:
NONE
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Date:
11 Apr 2002
Time:
17:19

Comments

I GOT A CALL FROM AN EX-ROCKIAN WHO MISSED IT SO MUCH THAT HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MY OFFER TO DUPLICATE MY COPY OF SURF SHEMYA. HE HAS BEEN ONLY THE SECOND ONE TO REQUEST A COPY. I SENT IT GRATIS. I CANT GIVE AWAY TOO MANY, WHICH INCLUDES MAILINGMBUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY CALL ME AT 541-567-4069 AND WE CAN WORK OUT SOMETHING. ITS NOT A GOOD TAPE, QUALITY IS GOOD TO POOR BUT IT WILL TAKE YOU BACK.


Last:
Iske
First:
John
From:
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Email:
John.iske@warren.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
16 Apr 2002
Time:
11:24

Comments

Stationed there as my FIRST assignment in the Air Force from Nov 1981-1982. Many people wonder why I stayed in after that experience and drawing such bad luck, but if you think about it, I had no previous experiences to compare it to. Worked in the chow hall for the full year. I remember collecting oil barrels on days off and standing out on post as a security augee dgo, watching for trawlers and submarines--what a joke!! Hope to hear from anyone there at the same time.


Last:
Anderson
First:
Chad
From:
Florida
Email:
anderscc@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
17 Apr 2002
Time:
17:27

Comments

I arrived at Shemya AFB, later becoming Shemya AFS, and even later becoming Eareckson AFS on August 5 1993. I was paroled on June 6, 1994. I was part of the PMEL closure team, and one of the first of my team to leave it. Thanks for bringing it back to life for me. Lots of things have changed in my life since then, but I can honestly say that I am better for the experience of being there. Like I remember saying, "It ain't the end of the world, but you can see it from there!" You actually make it look like a rather nice place to visit.


Last:
Rooney
First:
Wallace
From:
New York,N.Y.
Email:
wcroon@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
18 Apr 2002
Time:
20:41

Comments

I laid over for five plus days on Shemya enroute from Japan to EielsonAFB - during the summer-fall of 1958 - Couldn't get out because of the everlasting fog the weather was damp,damp damp and cool (qbout 40 degrees) - The control tower was constructed of wood beams, - listed some 10 degrees ro the side, the USAF Doctor was rebuilding a whale from dis- carded boones in a Nisson Hut --- It was one of the loneliest, craziest stations I've ever passsed through


Last:
Cliff
First:
Bragg
From:
SEE BELOW !
Email:
kj7yb@cs.com
WebsiteURL:
e-mail update to my listing in the archived book
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Date:
19 Apr 2002
Time:
11:26

Last:
coleman
First:
arthur
From:
new jersey
Email:
artbluie2@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
19 Apr 2002
Time:
15:49

Comments

i was in the 15th tow target squdron for 10 months of 1945. it was not a nice place!!


Last:
Ogden
First:
David
From:
Cincinnati OH
Email:
letters@one.net
WebsiteURL:
http://w3.one.net/~letters/
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Date:
27 Apr 2002
Time:
22:30

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya as an 05K20 with the USASA from 73-74... anyone else?


Last:
Wooden
First:
Lawrence
From:
Shawneetown, Illinois
Email:
boonewoden@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
28 Apr 2002
Time:
21:15

Last:
Wooden
First:
Lawrence
From:
Shawneetown, Illinois
Email:
boonewooden@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
A/1c, 2001st AACS Sqdn, Feb 53 to March 54
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Date:
28 Apr 2002
Time:
21:19

Last:
kelly
First:
jim
From:
14 wing, greenwood,ns
Email:
mjkelly@ns.sympatico.ca
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
29 Apr 2002
Time:
20:20

Comments

say hi to my wife capt mary cameron-kelly who is there now with cp140 aurora a/c which is a p3 type a/c.from her husban jim kelly.


Last:
Shepler
First:
Herb
From:
Seattle
Email:
herbshepler@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
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Date:
30 Apr 2002
Time:
23:25

Comments

How in the world did I get here ? What an interesting plkace. Thanks for posting this web page.


Last:
Ostrowski
First:
Gene (Ozzie)
From:
Largo,Florida
Email:
ozzie6@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
05 May 2002
Time:
00:59

Comments

I was employed by Northwest Airlines and spent 1956 & 57 on "The Rock".We used Shemya as a fuel stop between Anchorage/Seattle and Tokyo.We were berthed in what we called the "K" building that ran parallel with the long runway.At that time we were the sole occupants with approximately 40 Air Force personnel.Nice site,good luck.


Last:
Ostrowski
First:
Gene (Ozzie)
From:
Largo,Florida
Email:
ozzie6@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
05 May 2002
Time:
01:00

Comments

I was employed by Northwest Airlines and spent 1956 & 57 on "The Rock".We used Shemya as a fuel stop between Anchorage/Seattle and Tokyo.We were berthed in what we called the "K" building that ran parallel with the long runway.At that time we were the sole occupants with approximately 40 Air Force personnel.Nice site,good luck.


Last:
Blumm
First:
Charles
From:
Santa Maria,Ca 93454
Email:
Bakercb@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
06 May 2002
Time:
13:09

Comments

Your site brought back many memories. I was stationed on Shemya from August 1946 to December 1947.I was the CO of the truck company-478th. We evacuated 11 Liberty ships of material to be used back in the states- the operation was called PACKRAT. AL KING of Florida writes a news letter called WILLAWA--he keeps us well informed.


Last:
Naccarato
First:
Anthony
From:
Jersey
Email:
a324tony@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
07 May 2002
Time:
18:43

Comments

6th CAMS, Avionics Guidance and Control Systems Tech. '90-'92.


Last:
Kidd
First:
Brian
From:
Ohio
Email:
briankidd@spherion.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
08 May 2002
Time:
17:00

Comments

I was on the Rock from Aug 92 to Aug 93. It was the best assignment I had in my 11 years in the Air Force. Please give me a call if you were there with me.


Last:
Kidd
First:
Brian
From:
Ohio
Email:
briankidd@spherion.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
08 May 2002
Time:
17:01

Comments

I was on the Rock from Aug 92 to Aug 93. It was the best assignment I had in my 11 years in the Air Force. Please give me a call if you were there with me.


Last:
Hise
First:
Daryl
From:
Colorado Springs
Email:
bigd13@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
MSBL Soco Dodgers http://www.home.earthlink.net/~bigd13/Dodgers.html
Remote User:
Date:
09 May 2002
Time:
17:54

Comments

Stationed at "The Rock" 1990-91 with Det 1, 6 SRW, Cobra Ball/Cobra Eye. Was the supply boss and "Acting" 1st Sgt for the unit. Was actually one of the most rewarding assignments I had during my Air Force career. Dealt with several super people and had an outstanding team of suppliers working with me. Club "365" was the busiest spot on the island on Fridays and Saturdays. Coached the base basketball team with Ira Kruger (Mr. K).


Last:
Patton
First:
Richard (Rick)
From:
Dayton, Ohio
Email:
Richard.Patton@AFIT.EDU
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
14 May 2002
Time:
14:32

Comments

Was on the Rock April 80 to Mar 81, worked at Cobra Dane in the PMEL Lab. Was the worst and best time of my life. I trusted Jesus Christ as my savior while I was there. It still is the best thing that ever happened to me. If you were in the PMEL lab contact me. Would love to hear from you...


Last:
Davis
First:
Don
From:
Stanfield, AZ
Email:
pckerdon@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
16 May 2002
Time:
18:30

Comments

GE employee, Data Collection Center Suprvisor, '68/'69. Anyone remember the "strange animal" in the overhead of the supply area? Contract stay of 12 months stretched to 13 months because of bad weather!


Last:
Whitten
First:
Ben
From:
Germantown, TN
Email:
Benwhit@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
16 May 2002
Time:
18:57

Comments

6984th from December 61 through November 62. Supervised a trick (darned if I remember which one) as a 292. Good to find another site dedicated to former USAFSS types and our bases. Just happened to see a documentary on PBS last night about the Aleutions where I discovered for the first time that all military operations had been closed. Found you through another site and search engine. Keep us the good work and THANKS!


Last:
GLISCH
First:
ROBERT
From:
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Email:
vidservra@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
NONE
Remote User:
Date:
20 May 2002
Time:
02:38

Comments

Served on Shemya from Jan. 1953 to Jan. 1954 as a switchboard operater at the Telephone Exchange on the north side of the Island. Is there anybody out there from that time frame ? Hello to George W. Boyd and Bill Honaker - let's hear from you, it's been many years. Anyone who has been there knows what kind of place the Rock is, yet I recall many fond memories of the people I worked with, the ocean and it's beaches, and, last but not least - weather.


Last:
Nenninger
First:
Matt
From:
Portland, OR
Email:
matt.nenninger@titan.com
WebsiteURL:
http://titansystemscorp.com/groups/cgsg/
Remote User:
Date:
20 May 2002
Time:
14:35

Comments

I'm working on a bid to do some digital mapping of the island and I was just curious to know a little about the location and history. A very informative site. Thanks!


Last:
Solomon
First:
Lawrence
From:
Glencoe, Il. 60022
Email:
Lorry@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
Remote User:
Date:
21 May 2002
Time:
17:10

Comments

Pilot - 54th Troop Carrier Sqdn 1944-45. out of Elmendork (Anchorage). lew in mail, replacements, etc. In winter flew shuttle from Attu bribging in all kinds of supplies and food. No docks at Shemya. No P-38's..those at Pt. Alexis, Attu. Tired P-40's at Shemya......code name "Pittsburgh"Call letters PF


Last:
Solomon
First:
Lawrence
From:
Glencoe, Il. 60022
Email:
Lorry@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
Remote User:
Date:
21 May 2002
Time:
17:14

Comments

Pilot - 54th Troop Carrier Sqdn 1944-45. out of Elmendorf (Anchorage). Flew in mail, replacements, etc. In winter flew shuttle from Attu bringing in all kinds of supplies and food. No docks at Shemya. No P-38's..those at Pt. Alexis, Attu. Tired P-40's at Shemya......code name "Pittsburgh"Call letters PF


Last:
Stephens
First:
Mark
From:
Yorktown, VA
Email:
mark7983@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
22 May 2002
Time:
13:46

Comments

Served in the 16th Surveillance Squadron Nov 89 through Nov 90. 1 year 13 days. Was the resident comm/computer and Cobra Dane Tour provider. Anyone take my tour and enjoy the view from the roof? I miss the Cobra Den - lots of good times with great people.


Last:
Dailey
First:
John
From:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Email:
mayor86@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
22 May 2002
Time:
13:51

Comments

I worked air cargo and passenger service on Shemya during 1968.....I lived in the composite building, the K house and the hangar just east of the air cargo/passenger building.....this was my first station out of tech school......


Last:
Heilig
First:
Jennings
From:
Staunton, VA
Email:
jrh@velocitus.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
22 May 2002
Time:
22:03

Comments

I'm looking to get in contact with anyone who flew on, worked on, or had personal dealings with any of the USAF airborne platforms which operated from Shema in the 1960s and 70s. I'm particularly interested in the RC-135S Wanda Belle/Rivet Ball and RC-135E Lisa Ann/Rivet Amber airplanes. My uncle was a USAFSS Russian linguist who flew missions on both, as well as the RC-135D Cotton Candy airplanes from both Eielson and Shemya. I'm in search of photos or other documentation on these highly elusive airplanes so they will stand NO chance of being lost to history. So much misinformation has been published to date, I'd like to try to do my bit to correct the injustice. Thanks! JRH


Last:
Dailey
First:
John
From:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Email:
mayor86@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
23 May 2002
Time:
10:10

Comments

After reading about the loss of Rivet Amber, I can remember that we had names for both of the aircraft....Rivet Amber we called the Cadillac because of the relative quiet of the newer, fanjet engines and the older aircraft we called the Bitch because of how noisy it was.....also, in regards to Boozer (II), I think I may have some pictures of his family.......we had two husky type pups running around in the terminal one day.......not sure where they came from or where they ended up.......I will submit them


Last:
Dailey
First:
John
From:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Email:
mayor86@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
23 May 2002
Time:
10:12

Comments

After reading about the loss of Rivet Amber, I can remember that we had names for both of the aircraft....Rivet Amber we called the Cadillac because of the relative quiet of the newer, fanjet engines and the older aircraft we called the Bitch because of how noisy it was.....also, in regards to Boozer (II), I think I may have some pictures of his family.......we had two husky type pups running around in the terminal one day.......not sure where they came from or where they ended up.......I will submit them


Last:
Williams
First:
Paul
From:
South Carolina
Email:
paulwilliams@compuzone.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
23 May 2002
Time:
20:21

Comments

Hey! USASAFS Shemya C-OPS from Nov. 68- Nov. 69. Chaplain Hermanson, Sargeant Hawkins, Ralph, Doug. Bruce, Dave, Sherman.. I can't believe its all history now. Maybe we did something good huh? I still have my glass balls.. haha Thanks for the memories guys.


Last:
Siminski
First:
Mark
From:
Indianapolis, IN
Email:
msiminski@openglobe.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
24 May 2002
Time:
08:42

Comments

I lived on Shemya for 1 year from 1973-1974. It was quite an adventure. I was in the survailence group that was housed in the concrete building with no windows that was out away from the main building. We had our own clubhouse and we were housed in old WW II baracks. I spent a year there with my friend Dave Stone.


Last:
Siminski
First:
Mark
From:
Indianapolis, IN
Email:
msiminski@openglobe.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
24 May 2002
Time:
08:47

Comments

Reading a couple of these brought back old memories. I was with Det 461 during my stay.


Last:
Korich
First:
Richard
From:
Illinois
Email:
richardkorich@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
24 May 2002
Time:
12:13

Comments

Was stationed at the Rock from Jun 81- Jun 82. Was one of the weather guys there. Was in charge of the Weather Rocketsonde section. Alot of fond memories from there. Went back 10 years later to teach some weather guys there. Got off the plane and it was like I had never left. Couldn't wait to get off again. But looking at the pictures on this site bring back some fond memories. WOuld love to hear from anyone from the old unit.


Last:
Neu
First:
Porter M. (Mike)
From:
Glendora, CA
Email:
TWONEUS@MSN.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
25 May 2002
Time:
16:17

Comments

Was looking for sites on Shemya and fortunately found yours. Great site. Brings back a lot of memories. I was in the USAFSS and stationed on Shemya from May 1956 to May 1957 as a voice intercept operater. After two weeks TDY at Elmendorf we were flown to Shemya by Northwest Airlines who at the time had a refueling stop on the island for their great Northern route to Japan. There were less than 20 of us there including one officer and two NCOS. We were housed in two WWII buildings--the Captain and later a Lieutenant in one and the enlisted personnel in the T building. We were fed by Northwest. We had no BX when we first arrived and were looking forward to supplies being delivered. I remember the first supply plane contained a large supply of Ranier Ale which we promply nick named "Green Death". We off loaded flat bed trailer and a 6 X 6. I remember learning to bowl on Shemya. We rehabilitated a two lane alley left over from the War years and the pilots from Nortwest brought us used equipment from Seattle. Low score had to set pins. As more personnel were assigned to the island a civilian contractor was sent from Anchorage to convert one of the old buildings to BX-Theater-Club-Bar. We had some good times there. The best times were when one of the Northwest planes were held over for emergency maintainence and the passengers would be brought to the movies. I rotated back on my 21st birthday. Was stationed with the USAFSS at March AFB for approximately three months (the only time I got the duty station I requested) then was transfered to Kelly AFB when they closed the detachment at March. Thanks for the memory trip I really enjoyed it.


Last:
Gorman
First:
Henry
From:
Surfing
Email:
hgorm@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
none
Remote User:
Date:
25 May 2002
Time:
17:33

Last:
Littke
First:
Philip
From:
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Very warm!)
Email:
plittke@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
Remote User:
Date:
27 May 2002
Time:
13:14

Comments

Hi there. Writing for the second time, with more info about my Dad, who died right after I was born. He was stationed in Shemya back in 1946. His name was Roy P. Littke, and according to a letter he wrote to his my grandparents, he was a PFC with the 344th Fighter Squadron, APO 729. He mentions in the letter about talking to buddies from the 11th Squadron, and from the 713 Signal Co. Hope anyone reading this knew my dad and can forward any info (or better yet, any pics) of the Shemya experience!


Last:
Tsuda
First:
Richard (Dick)
From:
Las Vegas, NV
Email:
rmtsuda@lvcm.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
27 May 2002
Time:
17:59

Comments

I made an entry several years ago, but I could not find it in the archives. Just as well since my email address has changed several times. I was one of the priviledged to be associated with Nancy Rae from the "ground up". In other words, right from the start. After months of preparation, we test flighted Nancy Rae (named after one of General Dynamics, Fort Worth's engineer's grand daughter) first in the Fort Worth area, then to Hawaii, and finally to Morocco. We deployed "for real" on New Year's Eve, 1961, from Wright-Patterson AFB, OH to the "Pearl Of The Black Lagoon" -- Shemya! We staged out of Hangar 2 and although I can't recall the exact date of our first mission, it was an exciting one! After our initial deployment, our project split into two crews and we began those long, long, TDYs, alternating crews every 90 days. I guess it beat staying on the rock for a year at a time, but we never did get any credit for a remote tour with all the TDYs we had spent there. We had several close calls -- we once landed in almost zero visibility and a tremendous cross wind. Our approach was at an angle to the runway for some reason, but at the last second, our pilot, Major David M. Critchlow, was able to bank the plane and "drop" onto the runway. We all had to go back to our quarters and change our underwears! Another close call was when we were departing Shemya after one of our tours. The plane was fully loaded and as we lifted off, we hit several of those big birds that nested off the cliffs and immediately lost an engine. We all held our breaths as the plane momentarily lost altitude. Again, our great pilot got us out of the jam as we slowly regained altitude. The first assessment was made to dump fuel and return to Shemya......BOO!! The second was to head for GD and Ft Worth (better than returning to Shemya). Finally, the third was to continue on to Wright-Patt. Yeah! Upon landing, we discovered a bird in the front wheel well and that the #2 engine nacelle was crushed in by the impact with the bird. Someone said they were albatrosses. In the Spring (I think) of 1963, Nancy Rae was transferred from Systems Command to Strategic Air Command. The aircraft was redesignated as Wanda Belle, but that's another story. Some of the permanent party personnel looked down on our crew, blaming us for being stand-offish. But due to the nature of our missions (highly classified at the time), we were "forced" to hang around together as a team. We were almost always on alert and subject to recall back to Hangar 2 at a moment's notice. Some of you might recall being at the theater sometime during 1962 during the midnight showing of "Breakfast At Tiffany's" and the sign being flashed off to the right side of the screen, "Hangar 2 personnel, report for duty". Groan, right when the movie was getting good, too!! Got to meet Boozer and flew with a great bunch of officers and enlisted men. I wouldn't trade my tours at Shemya for the world. GAS LIGHT, GAS LIGHT, GAS LIGHT!!


Last:
Dave
First:
Osterberg, MSgt USAF Ret
From:
Belmont, Ma
Email:
sparky24@erols.com
WebsiteURL:
Fire Dept Apr 80-Apr 81 RIP Pops Was working night the Ball crashed
Remote User:
Date:
28 May 2002
Time:
18:19

Last:
Dave
First:
Osterberg, MSgt USAF Ret
From:
Belmont, Ma
Email:
sparky24@erols.com
WebsiteURL:
Fire Dept Apr 80-Apr 81 RIP Pops Was working night the Ball crashed
Remote User:
Date:
28 May 2002
Time:
18:20

Last:
Boxberger
First:
Bob
From:
Tacoma, WA
Email:
boxtrow@cs.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
31 May 2002
Time:
22:24

Comments

Herb Holzman, a best friend, was an AACS cryptographer on Shimya about 1947. He rotated to Great Falls, MT the winter of 1948. I looked him up there while flying back to Cold Bay. He thought Great Falls such a hole then that he was ready to return to Shemya. If anyone knows Herb's whereabouts, I'd be most grateful to hear where he is.


Last:
Thomas
First:
Ed
From:
1959-1960
Email:
mcrdrwi@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
02 Jun 2002
Time:
23:37

Comments

Interesting to see all the Shemya sites coming up. Someday someone may write a complete history of us and what we did for the country on this rock. At this time, we're all part of the great unknown.


Last:
Wilkins
First:
Chris
From:
Little Rock, AR
Email:
cwka@excite.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
04 Jun 2002
Time:
10:14

Comments

Was sentenced to the rock in Nov. 89 with the 2064 Comm. Sq. and paroled in Nov. 90. Turned out to be a great assignment, had a lot of fun.


Last:
Anderson
First:
Andy
From:
TX
Email:
Steve.Anderson2@HSV.Boeing.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
04 Jun 2002
Time:
12:26

Comments

Was there June 87- to June 88 with Det 1 SAC. Crewed The Ball. Had a great year. Seems like I caught the hell for all the incidents in and around the hanger. Met some great people. Would like to see it as it is today.


Last:
Anderson
First:
Andy
From:
TX
Email:
Steve.Anderson2@HSV.Boeing.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
04 Jun 2002
Time:
12:27

Comments

Was there June 87- to June 88 with Det 1 SAC. Crewed The Ball. Had a great year. Seems like I caught the hell for all the incidents in and around the hanger. Met some great people. Would like to see it as it is today.


Last:
Sims
First:
Charles
From:
Southern California
Email:
chucksims1@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
N/A
Remote User:
Date:
08 Jun 2002
Time:
00:15

Comments

I hadn't visited this site since 2000, a couple of years ago. I was on Shemya from September of '58 to December of '59 (extended for three months for an early out!). I was with the Army's 281 USASA Company. I like the changes that you've made to the site. Keep it up, as it's great! I would like to hear from anyone who was on the island, as we are all unique for the experience. Regards, C


Last:
Vincent
First:
Jim ( Vince)
From:
Indiana
Email:
jimvincent101@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
09 Jun 2002
Time:
11:40

Comments

My visit was from Feb 70 - Mar 71. I was a electrician in the Civil Engineers Squadron. I remember watching movies at the theater while wearing a Parka and seeing my breath. I can never forget the NCO CLub and the Sixing and Twelveing we did to each other during Happy Hour. I'll never forget the guys from the ROCK. It would be great to here from them. Thanks for the site and the memories.


Last:
Hadaway
First:
David
From:
Oklahoma City, OK
Email:
CalvarysChurch@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
19 Jun 2002
Time:
13:54

Comments


Last:
Hadaway
First:
David
From:
Oklahoma City, OK
Email:
CalvarysChurch@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
19 Jun 2002
Time:
13:59

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya from September 1965 through August 1966 in with ASA. I have many memories, some sad, some happy. I have had many changes in my life since leaving the "Black Pearl" but I would have liked to have seen theold field station one more time.


Last:
Garrett
First:
Jeffrey
From:
Travis AFB CA
Email:
JGCGBGJG@aol.com jeffrey.garrett@travisi
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
20 Jun 2002
Time:
02:20

Comments

Stationed at Eielson in July 89. Been to Shemya more times than I can count. Worked as a crew chief on Cobra Ball/Cobra Eye. Became primary Cobra Trainer (TC-135 S 62-4133 North Star) Dedicated Crew Chief on July 92. Still going in and out of Shemya. Became Cobra Ball-1 (RC-135 S 61-2663) Dedicated Crew Chief between Jan 85 to Aug 89. 10 years of being a Cobra Ball Crew Chief. Best time of my life. The free world will never know the differance these very few aircraft made to keeping the peace and ending of the cold war. To the flight crews who drove them, to the backenders who operated the equipment to the maintainers who keep them flying, I salute you. Without your sacrifices, and the sacrifices of those who came befor us, the world would surly be a different place. All of you will forever be burned in my memory. Memories to be passed on to my childern with pride. From your Dedicated Crew Chief MSgt Jeffrey W. Garrett..........Thank you


Last:
Garrett
First:
Jeffrey
From:
correction to dates
Email:
JGCGBGJG@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
20 Jun 2002
Time:
02:24

Comments

Stationed at Eielson in July 89. Been to Shemya more times than I can count. Worked as a crew chief on Cobra Ball/Cobra Eye. Became primary Cobra Trainer (TC-135 S 62-4133 North Star) Dedicated Crew Chief on July 92. Still going in and out of Shemya. Became Cobra Ball-1 (RC-135 S 61-2663) Dedicated Crew Chief between Jan 95 to Aug 99. 10 years of being a Cobra Ball Crew Chief. Best time of my life. The free world will never know the differance these very few aircraft made to keeping the peace and ending of the cold war. To the flight crews who drove them, to the backenders who operated the equipment to the maintainers who keep them flying, I salute you. Without your sacrifices, and the sacrifices of those who came befor us, the world would surly be a different place. All of you will forever be burned in my memory. Memories to be passed on to my childern with pride. From your Dedicated Crew Chief MSgt Jeffrey W. Garrett..........Thank you


Last:
Clabo
First:
Richard E.J.
From:
Dandridge,Tn.
Email:
cobra-7@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote User:
Date:
20 Jun 2002
Time:
12:56

Comments

Do you know if they are going to put part of the new missle defense shield on the rock? If they are--We should tell them about the earthquakes and 100+ mph winds-along with fog that lasts for weeks. I was on the Rock working for Bendix Field Engineering Corp.--From June 76-Mar-78--With a six month break. We were contracted to N.S.A.---What I do not understand is---"WHY CLEAN UP THE ROCK?"--IT HAD 0% IMPACT ON ANYTHING---MAYBE A RAVEN STUBBED IT'S TOE!!! IT IS KIND OF COOL TO BE THE FIRST VISITOR!!


Last:
TAGLIANETTI
First:
JOHN
From:
PHILADELPHIA  PA
Email:
JOHN@TAGLIANETTI.COM
WebsiteURL:
TAGLIANETTI.COM
Remote User:
Date:
20 Jun 2002
Time:
16:50

Comments

MY SISTER IN LAW JUST RETURNED FROM A VACATION IN ANCHORAGE. IT MADE ME THINK BACK AGAIN TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS ON SHEMYA BACK IN 1965


Last:
Cleary
First:
Mike
From:
Denver, CO
Email:
cleary1155@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
23 Jun 2004
Time:
15:17

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from June '67 - '68. I served in the 2064 CS as an Air Traffic Controller (Tower/GCA). Chief Carney was my immediate boss. I was also part of a singing group (J. C and the Boys), who did some of the promos from the AFRTV studios ( Studio "B") and performed at some of the "smokehouse" and moral functions at the theater. One of my most memorable events was meeting Mr. Reeves, of Reeves Aleutian Airlines, at a formal dining in, and performing for him. Keeping busy with the job, working out, and the music made the time fly while I was there. I also remember “Boozer” and how he used to greet all with a friendly wag of the tail. The entire year was a memorable one and I wouldn't mind visiting the island again. By the way, this site is a great tribute to the web designer, and to all who served on “The Rock”. Thanks!


Last:
mcmahan
First:
joann
From:
shemya ak
Email:
joannkholsted@cs.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
17 Jul 2004
Time:
15:09

Comments

i have been 4 years i like it here iam superviser over billeting joann


Last:
Moore
First:
Kevin
From:
bountyhunterii@peoplepc.com
Email:
bountyhunterii@peoplepc.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote User:
Date:
06 Aug 2004
Time:
19:19

Comments

I WAS STATIONED ON SHEMYA FROM 3/74 TO 3/75 WITH 5073 TRANSPORTATION SQUD WRECKER OPERATOR,BUS DRIVER ETC., AND I MUST SAY IT WAS INTERESTING PLACE TO VISIT BUT WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO BUILD ON WOULD HAVE A HELL OF A BAYWINDOW VIEW OF THE OCEAN, BUT SUGGEST A LIVING ROOM MOUNTED VIDEO CAMERA WITH A SATELLITE FEED TO YOUR REAL HOME AWAY FROM THE ROCK.IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME FIND A WAY TO LOCATE LEAVE RECORD FOR THE TIME PERIOD WRITE ME AT bountyhunterii@peoplepc.com P.S. OH YES I FORGOT ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKES MAKE SURE YOUR TRIPOLD IS BOLTED TO THE FLOOR LOL LOL.


Last:
Sam
First:
Wallace
From:
Houston, Texas
Email:
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11 Sep 2004
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12:06

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Looked and looked but saw no one in the original group of 35 who began the detachment there. I was the senoir NCO for the initipal crew who raised the first antennas, DF site, installed the first communications and analysis in the abandoned WWII buildings. One of our first and major projects was to revamp an old cooler so that we could cool all the beer shipped out on the first C-130 we rattled around in. We arrived in May '56. Given 90 days to get installed and operational, we were in operation in less than 60. We had a good crew with nothing to do but get things in order. We were fed by Nortwest airlines personnel who had a refueling stop there for flights to the Far East, primarily Japan. We all gained weight there. Good food! Evidence of WWII occupation by U.S. troops were still quite evident on the island. Parts of aircraft, vehicles of all descriptions were scattered over the island in various states of disrepair. With an improvised fishing pole I caught what I lesarned was a fish called a Japanese catfish it had skin like a catfish, but was freckeled. The NW Airlines cook prepared it for me. It dis not taste like any catfish I'd ever tasted before - not bad, though. Can't say I'd like to revisit the island of vertical snow and the cold Bering Strait current. My tour was up in July 56, and went from there to Bremerhaven, Germany


George L. Smith
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