Shemya Web Site
Archived Guestbook Files

(17 July 2004 - 17 April 2005)


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

Comments

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


Last:
Clutter
First:
Clarence
From:
Camas, WA
Email:
sonny@radiolaguy.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.radiolaguy.com
Remote Name:
24.20.102.34
Date:
21 Jul 2004
Time:
13:47:42

Comments

Served in the USAF 6981st Radio Group Mobile Jan, 1961 for 1 year.
 


Last:
Ostrowski
First:
Gene
From:
Largo,Florida
Email:
ozzie6@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
209.240.205.68
Date:
24 Jul 2004
Time:
01:21:59

Comments

It's great to see his site going on.I made my first entry a few years back and still enjoy reading about the "Rock".I worked for Northwest Airlines and spent 1956-57 living in the "K" building.At the time we had approximately 30 employees,a handful of men that operated the power plant and an AF detachment of about 40 men,commanded by a Captain Joe Dzurencik,all great guys.I recall re-doing the bowling alley and having watched the movies in the AF barracks,the lounge and shuffle board and the excellent food prepared in the flight kitchen by the Filipino staff and advising the new comers of the Friday night dances with the girls on Agattu at the salmon factory,Ha Ha,great fun.You had to be half crazy after a spell out there.


Last:
Douglass
First:
Darryl
From:
Atlanta, Ga
Email:
darrylwd@us.ibm.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.215.212.47
Date:
24 Jul 2004
Time:
10:24:34

Comments

I was stationed at "The Rock", from May '84 - May '85. I'm saddened a bit that it's no longer Shemya AFB, but my memories of my history there will live forever. SRA Douglass


Last:
Douglass
First:
Darryl
From:
Atlanta, Ga
Email:
darrylwd@us.ibm.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.215.212.47
Date:
24 Jul 2004
Time:
10:25:05

Comments

I was stationed at "The Rock", from May '84 - May '85. I'm saddened a bit that it's no longer Shemya AFB, but my memories of my history there will live forever. SRA Douglass


Last:
Wilson
First:
Dale
From:
Yorktown, VA
Email:
dalewilson@cox.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.10.118.149
Date:
24 Jul 2004
Time:
23:19:18

Comments

I was on Shemya from May 1973 to May 1974


Last:
habig
First:
frank m.
From:
houston,texas
Email:
fhabig@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
207.218.229.123
Date:
26 Jul 2004
Time:
04:52:56

Comments


Last:
vandemore
First:
greg
From:
Huntington Beach, Ca
Email:
vandemore@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.74.155.241
Date:
28 Jul 2004
Time:
22:58:33

Comments

Spent 2 years on ''The Rock" mar/87 to Mar/89 working for Bendix Field Engineering Corp. Would love to hear from anybody there during that time frame that worked in the Blue room.


Last:
vandemore
First:
greg
From:
Huntington Beach, Ca
Email:
vandemore@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.74.155.241
Date:
29 Jul 2004
Time:
00:19:29

Comments

Spent 2 years on ''The Rock" mar/87 to Mar/89 working for Bendix Field Engineering Corp. Would love to hear from anybody there during that time frame that worked in the Blue room.


Last:
TIMMONS
First:
DON
From:
DILLINGHAM,AK
Email:
DONWTIMMONS2000@YAHOO.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
209.165.158.254
Date:
29 Jul 2004
Time:
21:53:59

Comments

I WAS TDY TO SHEMYA IN 1963 AND ONLY STAYED THERE 3 MONTHS. NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING THERE FOR A WHOLE YEAR. I GOT TO REVISIT THE ISLAND IN 1998 WHILE TDY TO KODIAK FOR A CIVILIAN COMPANY. WAS THAT EVER AN EXPERIENCE. IT WAS WAY INTO THE MYSTICAL. MY WIFE'S EMPLOYER JUST FINISHED AN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONTRACT FOR THE FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM IN AN UPGREADE OF THE POWERHOUSE. THIS IS BEING UPGRADED FOR THE GROUND BASED MISSLE DEFENCE SYSTEM. THEY MADE A VIDEO. I AM TRYING TO GET A COPY. I HAVE DONE A FEW MORE TDY'S FOR CIVILAIN CONTRACTORS. ONE TO KOTZEBUE IN 2003, AND NOW ONE TO DILLINGHAM,AK. I HAVE TICKETS TO FLY OVER TO KING SALMON NEXT MONTH. I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT OUR LITTLE ISLAND IS STILL ACTIVE AND PROBABLY WILL BECOME MORE SO. WHEN I WAS THERE IN 1998 IT WAS SO QUIET. THERE WERE ONLY 150-200 CIVILIAN CARETAKERS THERE...I WALKED ABOUT THE ISLAND FOR 4 HOURS AND SAW ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON.


Last:
Betti
First:
Kevin
From:
Jessup, Pennsylvania
Email:
capracollina@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
149.174.164.19
Date:
03 Aug 2004
Time:
21:05:55

Comments

Served on Shemya 1959-1960 with the United States Army Security Agency as a joint operation with Air Force servicemen.


Last:
Dancisin
First:
Steve
From:
Dec 1963-Nov 1964
Email:
sjdancisin@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.3.78.130
Date:
04 Aug 2004
Time:
12:40:30

Comments

Served on Shemya with 79thUSASASOU. Was one of the people "killed" during the Good Friday earthquake. My wife was not too happy about that one. Still happy to be alive and kicking. Have fond memories of some of the characters I met there and remember Boozer and all the good times we think he had at our various drinking get togethers.


Last:
Rubin
First:
Bruce
From:
NY
Email:
barubin_asa@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
128.132.172.129
Date:
04 Aug 2004
Time:
23:44:02

Comments

I arrived in January 1974 in time to watch the tape delay of the Super Bowl. I was a 98J20 ASA grunt. The most significant thing I can remember was being bitten by a Shemya blue fox kitten that I was feeding our leftovers while waiting for the bus back to the barracks. The corpmen made get the entire rabies series of shots just in case a rabid mouse infected the fox! I remember Mike "Mr. Sput" Greer and Mike Miller who was from LA. I got visit Miller at his home in 1975 when I was at Fort Huachuca which we fondly referred to as "Fort Hoo-chi-coo-chi".


Last:
Freeman
First:
Jerry
From:
;
Email:
Willyj999@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.12.116.80
Date:
06 Aug 2004
Time:
04:43:12

Comments

On the rock from Feb, 1958 when it was 'Operation Small Fry', to Dec, 1958.


Last:
Landry
First:
Scott Wayne
From:
Nov.1973 to Dec.1973
Email:
Mercy33@Juno.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.232.18.58
Date:
07 Aug 2004
Time:
12:12:57

Comments

I was Station in one of Wooded Hangers there and an Crewchief RC-135S -663 Tail Number during the months of Nov.-Dec.1973. Main Base Eielson Air Force near Fairfanks I live there Sept.1972 to Nov.1974 Crewchief RC-135 D & S Models. I am Retired Aircraft and Shipfitter Mechanic from Long Beach Naval Shipyard 1996, Age 45. Now


Last:
Connelly
First:
Ken
From:
Houston Texas
Email:
kdconnelly2003@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
none
Remote Name:
69.150.94.226
Date:
07 Aug 2004
Time:
18:05:53

Comments

Bruce, I remember you and Mike Miller. I had fond memories of the rock. I don't want to go back for a year, but would go for a week. I was there as a 205 (formerly at the time 294) with the AAFJOG group. I was one of the last military personnel for that mission before Bendix took it over. I left in February 74, just after the big earthquake. I had to leave on a C130 due to a damaged runway. I made some great friends in the AF and the Army. The Terry twins, Mike Miller, Sput, Mike Miller, Bruce Malone, Pineapple aka Mike Cornelio, Scott Brice, Bruce Rubin, TSgt Rabe, and many many more. There were only 2 females on the island when I was there. Poor pickins for 1000 GIs. The good lookin one was an officer and many hounds followiing her. Take care...get in contact if you remember me or just want to discuss the Rock. USAFSS Squadron 6984.


Last:
NELSON
First:
BOB
From:
IOWA
Email:
bobsrc@forbin.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
208.149.197.48
Date:
07 Aug 2004
Time:
22:32:09

Comments

Guest of USAF Jan. to Dec. 1964 A/2c POL Maintenance - C.E. Squadron NCOIC- MIKE ROMES A/1C RAY ALFORD A/2C T. K. BROCKUS


Last:
Litchfield
First:
Arthur
From:
Southern Idaho
Email:
artl@rxelite.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.82.246.50
Date:
11 Aug 2004
Time:
14:56:20

Comments

Was on the Rock from 1 Dec 82 - 1 Dec 83. NCOIC of Teletype maintenance, COMSEC section of the then 2064th Comm Squadron. Any of you old comm folks still out there?


Last:
Saxon
First:
Ken
From:
Arkansas
Email:
rodcap@peoplepc.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
207.69.139.10
Date:
14 Aug 2004
Time:
10:44:55

Comments

I spent my year there 12/73 to12/74. I was with the 2064th CS. I worked everywhere there were teletype machines. I hated it there and counted the days I had left until it was over. The funny thing is, from reading other guys storys, I've found that if you hated it there or liked it, there's something about the "Rock" that draws you back there mentally. It stays in your dreams, little things click in your brain that trigger memories of that God forsaken place. Like powdered milk, fog, the sound of waves crashing, etc. I tend to remember the good times I had there with friends rather than the bitter cold and depression. Like so many others have posted, I'd like to go back but only for a day or two. Some of the names I remember....Gary Cooper, Tsgt Corbin, Vernon Kirby, Dave Pelava, Kirk Kauder, Jim Niles, Ssgt Riddle, .... I've forgotten more than I can remember. My hat is off to all those who served there.


Last:
Helzer
First:
Norman
From:
Fort Mohave AZ
Email:
1norman_h@frontiernet.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
67.136.91.247
Date:
14 Aug 2004
Time:
18:20:09

Comments

I was on Shemya from late Dec 58 to early Dec 59. USAF Radio Intercept Operator. Guy Peletier was my shift leader. Remember the stories about the C-124 that dropped off a case of rubbers? When going to my next assignment 2038th AACS Larson AFB WA I picked up some airmen and telling them I was at Shemya a young black guy said he was their as a crew on a C-124 that dropped off a case of rubbers and laughed. I guess the story was true. Norman Helzer 


Last:
Harbridge
First:
Rick
From:
Trippstadt, Germany
Email:
richard.harbridge@ramstein.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
132.25.0.206
Date:
20 Aug 2004
Time:
03:47:09

Comments

I was at Shemya from April 89 to April 90. I was the NCOIC of the Weather Maintenance work center for the Comm Sq. Might as well have been on the moon for a year!


Last:
Emmert
First:
Thomas
From:
Columbus, Ohio
Email:
eemmert@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.27.53.67
Date:
20 Aug 2004
Time:
14:09:03

Comments

I was stationed on the Black Pearl from June 1964 to June 1965. The thing I will never forget about Shemya is Boozer. That dog could out drink anyone on the island.


Last:
Whitehouse
First:
Rock
From:
Cleveland, Oh
Email:
ohiorock@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
None
Remote Name:
68.76.97.38
Date:
24 Aug 2004
Time:
02:51:53

Comments

I was there Dec 73 to Nov 75, 6894th SSQ, AAFJOG E-Ops, came from Ft Meade. Great job. Crappy location. I remember Bruce Rubin and Ken Connelly (see above) clearly. AF sent me to SAC (Offutt) after that and culture shock was such I was out by June '75. I wrote M.L.K. Cornelio a couple of times but lost track. What ever did come of Mister Sput? I used to worry about that boy. Anybody care to write, feel free. It was a time I really value...not that I'd want to repeat it, mind you... Great site - good pictures.


Last:
Corder
First:
Aaron
From:
Huntsville, Al; GMD, IFICS IDT
Email:
Aaron.Corder@mda.mi.
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
130.76.32.15
Date:
24 Aug 2004
Time:
20:55:38

Comments

Interested in understanding and keeping Track of Air Transportation on/off island, shipping requirements to EAS for GMD, possible communication upgrades to island infrastructure.


Last:
Rock
First:
Whitehouse
From:
Cleveland, OH
Email:
ohiorock@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.76.97.38
Date:
25 Aug 2004
Time:
23:09:48

Comments

It was later than I thought when I posted the other day. I was at Shemya Nov 73 to Dec 74, not 75. And, it the was 6984th not the 6894th. Just can't find good typists anymore.


Last:
Cox
First:
Bret
From:
Lancaster, Ohio
Email:
baaadbret@columbus.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.210.36.92
Date:
27 Aug 2004
Time:
23:44:42

Comments

May '80 - May '81. What a trip! That was probably the heaviest drinking and drugging out of my entire alcoholic career. I was a 603X0 - Motor Pool Driver. Spent most of the time driving the shuttle bus, 'cause it kept me the most out of trouble. There was this one contractor who had been there for like forever, who wore viking horns all the time - nice guy. The night I got there, there's was a huge bonfire party on the beach for all the newbies. I remember it in flashes - at one point I was walking across a beam in the fire, flames singeing all my hair. I'm told that I climbed up the cliff with the rope in the dark. Months later, I was arrested and detained in a cold-ass room for 4 or 5 hours after I showed up blitzed at Midnight Chow and started screaming and threatening a Chief Master Sergeant in line, for no apparent reason - I only vaguely remember it. Management tolerance was incredibly high, and I came away from that with only a chewing out, a forced apology and a written reprimand or something (not my first, or last, by far!). I did a short stint as a Jesus Freak, but the substances won out. I feel like the other Christians were highly disappointed in me. They often gave me disapproving or sympathetic looks. Somehow Asti Spumonti was all the rage at the time. I never really understood why, but I went along with it (with a vengeance). During my year there, the State of Alaska outlawed pull-top tabs that separated from the can. Being Winter, the BX warehouse had a huge stockpile of cases of beer, and they unloaded it for a couple bucks a case. Our Transportation floor really got a workout that week, having to tote dolly after dolly of the brew up to our rooms. But, we studiously applied ourselves to the task of consuming it all expeditiously, and were victorious. Many brain cells perished, though. Hey, how about that great AFARTS entertainment? Lastly, was my late-night experience in the chapel - I'll never fully comprehend whether it was all an hallucination or not, but, jeeez....it all seemed so real. If it wasn't the drugs, then it just had to be Satan.....all the tapping and raging organ tones just don't strike me as God's style. Cheers, you all.


Last:
Evans
First:
Joe
From:
Las Vegas, NV
Email:
UMCJoe@AOL.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
205.188.116.78
Date:
30 Aug 2004
Time:
22:44:03

Comments

Wow, just saw a Discovery Wings program about the war in the Aleutians, and thought, for the first time, I think I'll see if there is anything about Shemya on the web. This is a shock. I was on Shemya Aug 83 to Aug 84 as one of two Systems Commands reps to the "Dane". Loved the job, but constant fog and wind, and so far from home and family spoiled it(twin sons got on their first school bus the day after I left). Wouldnt trade the experience for anything, but seriously considered turning down the assignment. However, getting discharged at 16 yrs as an E-7 seemed like a bad idea. I wish you guys wouldnt feed those foxes at the door, that is apparently the reason there was always fox poop at all the doors. Got bit by a snow snake on the way to the theatre. I can remember seeing "Barbarella" and "Heavy Metal" more than once on the islands TV system. Funny enough cant remember getting drunk too many times, though I know I did. I was there as a 205 also, but the job in my opinion had nothing to do with my AFSC. As another individual mentioned, I'd love to go back and take a look, but I think a couple of days would be more than enough time. Land on one "Reever" and leave on the next. When I was there, I think there were approx 30 women to about 700 guys in the winter, more civilians in the summer, mostly men. Not to run anyone down, but I saw some really not that good looking women who always had a guy with them. Something about supply and demand I guess. I remember wearing sunglasses about three days during the whole time I was there. You got pretty close up there, as everyone was in the same boat I guess. Even the base commander would come and sit down with me in the chow hall (he would also sneak up behind me and grab the antenna of my radio and throw it in the corner, really) Crazy recollections. My thanks to the people who run this site, I enjoyed the comments of others so blessed to have enjoyed the rock. Any one else get annoyed at those jackets about "not the end of the world but we can see it from here" and they were on the mainland 1500miles east of us? I think they must have been looking at Shemya.


Last:
Jones
First:
Carol
From:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Email:
lvcarol@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
152.163.252.194
Date:
30 Aug 2004
Time:
23:56:51

Comments

My best friend did a remote one-year tour in Shemya in 1984-5. I've heard many stories about it and have been fascinated, so finding this site was great fun. Thanks for all the neat information..


Last:
Ron
First:
Long
From:
Tacoma,wa
Email:
ronald.w.long@boeing.com
WebsiteURL:
None
Remote Name:
130.76.32.16
Date:
01 Sep 2004
Time:
15:17:26

Last:
Tice
First:
Dave
From:
ventura cal
Email:
dticesr@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.53.39.114
Date:
03 Sep 2004
Time:
01:39:10

Comments

My father was on shemya in 1944-1945 working for Guy f Atkinson. My dad is now 97 years old and in pretty good health although doesnt see to well. I made some printed copys of some of the things on your web site and put them in a binder and gave it to him and he is thrilled and recalling many memories of his work there. if you care to email me that would be ok. Dave


Last:
tice
First:
dave
From:
ventura,ca
Email:
dticesr1@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.53.39.114
Date:
03 Sep 2004
Time:
01:43:18

Comments

I posted a coment about my father and i gave you the wrong email it is dticesr1@juno.com sorry about that


Last:
Cline
First:
Rick
From:
Colorado Springs CO
Email:
ricky.cline@schriever.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
199.31.3.197
Date:
03 Sep 2004
Time:
15:56:49

Comments

I was stationed on the Pearl from Feb 91 - Feb 92. Iwas lucky to be stationed with a great group. I will never forget my time there.


Last:
Peters
First:
William
From:
Freedom through Vigalence
Email:
gottooo2000@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.242.16.209
Date:
10 Sep 2004
Time:
00:05:30

Comments

I spent a great year on Shemya with USAFSS from Oct 64 to Oct 65 (I think). Spent lots of extra hours at AAF/JOG as POI Team NCOIC. Remember the earthquake (I was in the barber chair), searching the beach for jugs and the smoke houses. Would like to hear from others around my time there.


Last:
Driscoll
First:
Matthew
From:
Sheboygan Falls WI
Email:
artimitlfe@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
63.246.89.163
Date:
11 Sep 2004
Time:
11:22:13

Comments

Served July 81-82 in the Security Police Sqd.

 


Last:
Milburn
First:
Alvin
From:
California
Email:
alm1943@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.179.179.89
Date:
12 Sep 2004
Time:
22:52:00

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya,USAF, Det 205 from Jun 1970 to Jun 1971. Like to hear from other 205 members. My father was also on Shemya with Guy F. Atkinson Co. in 1942-1943 putting in some of the original water mains and other construction. They lived in tents back then. Fathers name is Lewis Henry Milburn.


Last:
Morris
First:
Clement
From:
Colorado Springs
Email:
clement.morris@schriever.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
199.31.3.197
Date:
13 Sep 2004
Time:
18:15:29

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from Feb 85 to Feb 86 at the Cobra Dane. I was a young Staff Sergeant back then. I retired from the Air Force in 2004. I now work with a person who was the DO back then. I still see a few of the folks here in the Springs who was stationed there with me. I worked in the chow hall quite a bit on a part time basis. The extra pay was great for my brand new wife and child.


Last:
Morris
First:
Clement
From:
Colorado Springs
Email:
clement.morris@schriever.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
199.31.3.197
Date:
13 Sep 2004
Time:
18:16:09

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from Feb 85 to Feb 86 at the Cobra Dane. I was a young Staff Sergeant back then. I retired from the Air Force in 2004. I now work with a person who was the DO back then. I still see a few of the folks here in the Springs who was stationed there with me. I worked in the chow hall quite a bit on a part time basis. The extra pay was great for my brand new wife and child.


Last:
White
First:
Christopher
From:
Kansas
Email:
caw391@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
162.24.9.254
Date:
14 Sep 2004
Time:
18:19:21

Comments

Was stationed on "The Rock" from April 1980-1981. Satellite Communications 304X6. Looking back on it, it was one of the best years of my Air Force career, even though at the time it didn't seem like it. I met some really great people there and spent a lot of time in the gym playing racquetball and basketball. The chapel staff was great, the Rec Center was ok, the movie theatre was ok too.


Last:
Osuch
First:
Tim
From:
San Luis Obispo, CA
Email:
tim@jabezs-prayer.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.176.175.218
Date:
18 Sep 2004
Time:
09:55:45

Comments

Thank you for creating this site. My year on the "Rock" began March 72 and ended April 73. The postings exhibit the range of contridictions that have stayed with me ever since--it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I've often said, "how can you explain it to anyone who hasn't been?" I was in communications at the edge of the cliffs in the space command. Many who I worked with were controllers. Even though I was a 29150 much of my time I spent as squadron photographer (volunteer) as well as volunteering to assist in putting up the mail into the PO Boxes. Some of my favorite times were putting up the mail because everyone wanted to receive mail. Of course there were always long shifts locked in the communication room on the site, alone for double shifts because of the wind (red flag conditions), kicking back in the club house on the west shore, listening to music in one of the dorm rooms in the basement (where most of of lived most of the time regardless of our room assignments) and just trying to stay alive (remembering the day that my Tsgt whose name I won't type here had received a dear john letter from his wife who I remember was in San Francisco, experienced a breakdown and did his very best to choke me to death when I approached him in the day room. I was only saved by two SP's striking him on the head to get him to loose his grip on my neck. That strange feeling of looking into a friends eyes and seeing no one home but still not comprehending the seriousness of his loss of self until it would be to late to have the strength to stop him myself). All memories, not all good but all memories of a year spent between age 20 and 21. God bless all who served. - Tim


Last:
Clark
First:
Charles
From:
West Virginia
Email:
chuckdclark@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.190.118.176
Date:
22 Sep 2004
Time:
23:11:40

Comments

This was my first assignment in the sir force from Dec '89 to Dec '90. It was a great assignemtn. 2064th communications squadron.


Last:
Dameron
First:
Kenneth
From:
Kentucky
Email:
kenneth_dameron
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
216.135.32.226
Date:
23 Sep 2004
Time:
10:30:41

Comments

I worked in vehicle maintencance in the Air Force from October 1991 to March 1992. If you know who I am please email me so we can keep in touch.


Last:
Landers
First:
Rosalind
From:
New Hampshire
Email:
wozzie1@netzero.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.233.206.187
Date:
23 Sep 2004
Time:
11:11:07

Comments

I was there at the Aid Station in 1985. I think Wouls love to go back there, really neat place.


Last:
Sellmeyer
First:
Ed
From:
New York
Email:
esellmey@jd.cnyric.org
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.58.79.18
Date:
23 Sep 2004
Time:
17:15:31

Comments

I was at the 6985th from November, 1964 to February, 1967; deployed for Nancy Rae to the Rock; remember one of my cellmates bringing a suit for the dances; think it was Jake Coy; my neighbor here has a flight simulator that has Shemya on it; looks about the same; just no hognoses etc


Last:
Stanford
First:
Charles
From:
Liverpool, NY
Email:
lambda@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.92.252.79
Date:
23 Sep 2004
Time:
17:36:33

Comments

July 1964 thru Sept 1967 General Electric Operations Supervisor for the FPS-17 detection radar & FPS-80 tracking radar. We had the best smoke house on Shemya.


Last:
smedley
First:
albert
From:
terceira island, azores
Email:
maxq57@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
192.115.106.236
Date:
24 Sep 2004
Time:
17:15:11

Comments

Was stationed on the island in 1979. Station chief of the weather station. Launched balloons and Super Loki met. rockets. The best tour in the twenty years in the USAF. Wild is a misnomer. My boss was, half the time locked up...elevator between the two floors. Made the weather station Hq. into my barrack room. Will not talk anymore. What a memory. jeff


Last:
Jerry
First:
Latham
From:
Oklahoma City, OK
Email:
jlatham@jlathamsite.com
WebsiteURL:
http://www.jlathamsite.com
Remote Name:
68.97.226.105
Date:
25 Sep 2004
Time:
01:23:07

Comments

March 80 - March 81 as an air traffic controller at Shemya. I left just 2 weeks before the crash of '664. All I can say is I hope I never go back. But it was a year firmly etched in my memories.


Last:
Lee
First:
Marshall
From:
Wetumpka, AL
Email:
mlee1@elmore.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.175.154.19
Date:
25 Sep 2004
Time:
09:02:51

Comments

I spent a lifetime one year (1966) on Shemya.


Last:
LaCour
First:
Lance
From:
Gardena, California
Email:
ltlacour@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
-none-
Remote Name:
4.232.24.93
Date:
26 Sep 2004
Time:
17:47:00

Comments

I was on Shemya as an Airman and A1C for 1 year March 1977-8. I was a 645XX Material Facilities Specialist in OLFC Base Supply. I was assigned straight out of Tech School. Memories abound of the Rock. There were a great bunch of characters out there at the time. Mostly drunks and hop-heads. I fit right in! I remember my room dog Sgt. Bob Fitch, Country Greer, Speedy Norton, Mark Manus, Mark Kirchkastler, Rick and Roy the AGE Rangers. Tsgt. Gilstrap. I still have an award letter, Airman of the Quarter, signed by Col. Ingram, Base Commander. Damn, I lost all of my pictures from the Rock. Hey, we all survived the Rock. Is there still a woman behind every tree?


Last:
Guy
First:
Man
From:
USA
Email:
mugu@maga.com
WebsiteURL:
www.cashmoney.org
Remote Name:
81.199.73.40
Date:
29 Sep 2004
Time:
09:00:22

Comments

I DON LAND HEREO OOOOOOO HANDS UP


Last:
Burney
First:
Truett
From:
Greenville, Texas
Email:
Truett1120@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.0.208.44
Date:
29 Sep 2004
Time:
22:46:02

Comments

E-Systems field team for the "BALL" from 83-89. What a place!!!!!!!!!!!


Last:
Reed
First:
Mark
From:
Safford Arizona
Email:
mereed@phelpsdodge.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
198.176.208.75
Date:
06 Oct 2004
Time:
17:55:19

Comments

Was checking out a job posting for powerhouse Tech which I work in an Arizona powerhouse now. I spent 8 years in Dutch Harbor 86-93 and have thought of going back to Alaska. Liked the pictures of the area makes me want to see more. Thanks Mark


Last:
CLESH
First:
PETE
From:
URL
Email:
jmesereau@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
206.183.25.66
Date:
07 Oct 2004
Time:
12:39:29

Comments

SPENT THREE YRS ON THE ROCK (75-78) WITH BENDIX FLD ENG. LOTS OF CHEAP OLY AND ALWAYS A POKER/BLACKJACK GAME GOING IN VERN THE TRASHTRUCK DRIVERS QRTRS. IS REEVE AIRLINE STILL FLYING THAT SAME ELECTRA? DOES THE SMOKEHOUSE STILL STAND? WHAT A PLACE...


Last:
Blama
First:
Robert
From:
Baltimore, Maryland
Email:
civilwar1@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
155.78.77.253
Date:
08 Oct 2004
Time:
09:57:17

Comments

On the Rock from 1969 to 1970 in the Army Security Agency. Remember lining runway to get a glimpse of a female, boozer the best drinker on the island, a bowling alley that burned down and hunting for glass balls. It was a long cold 13 months


Last:
Hernandez
First:
Hector
From:
San Antonio, Texas USA
Email:
hector@ultraradcorp.com
WebsiteURL:
www.ultraradcorp.com
Remote Name:
66.25.94.163
Date:
10 Oct 2004
Time:
01:27:29

Comments

Hi there, I am visiting your site because I wanted to know more about Shemya, AK. I will be visiting Shemia Oct. 13th Tuesday. Hope it's not too cold over there. The weather here in texas is 89 degrees. Hope to find a friendly environment in shemya.. See ya'll soon. Hector


Last:
Crawford
First:
Ken
From:
Texas
Email:
KCSY20042000@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
Remote Name:
209.30.72.226
Date:
10 Oct 2004
Time:
17:52:08

Comments

Stationed on Shemya from Jan. 1964 to Dec 1964 and worked in Air Freight for the 5073rd Squadron(transportation)


Last:
Crawford
First:
Ken
From:
Texas
Email:
KCSY20042000@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
Remote Name:
209.30.72.226
Date:
10 Oct 2004
Time:
17:52:55

Comments

Stationed on Shemya from Jan. 1964 to Dec 1964 and worked in Air Freight for the 5073rd Squadron(transportation)


Last:
Hardy
First:
David
From:
8-72-9-73
Email:
dave__hardy@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.63.254.121
Date:
12 Oct 2004
Time:
09:12:15

Comments

The Rock will always be remembered


Last:
Jeff
First:
Seneca
From:
Elmendorf
Email:
jester@blujester.com
WebsiteURL:
www.blujester.com
Remote Name:
24.237.54.205
Date:
13 Oct 2004
Time:
22:08:06

Comments

I am active duty Navy and come out there every now and again. I love it and can't wait to go and spend some more time out on the barren wasteland! lol


Last:
LaMotte
First:
Arnold
From:
Dale Texas
Email:
arlamotte@austin.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
161.114.1.183
Date:
14 Oct 2004
Time:
13:43:36

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya with Det 2 1931CG Feb 62 to Feb 63. Lived in the old baracks, was a Comm Center Operator. I remember the garbage contractor but can not recall his name right now, he was a riot. I volunteered and returned to Shemya July 80 to July 81 with the 2064th commsq as a plans and programs manager, I frequently think of the rock had some good times there, if you were sports orientated Shemya was the place to be, played basketball, volleyball, raquetball, etc,. I'll bet there is still those who remember the Kujo on the basketball court Comm won everything. ha'ha'ha.


Last:
Collert
First:
Jay
From:
Houston, TX
Email:
jcollert@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.54.184.41
Date:
14 Oct 2004
Time:
16:26:16

Comments

I was stationed on the Rock from Jun 82-83. I worked water, wastewater and trash. I also worked with my good friend Bob Henninger at the base theater for most of that time. I enjoyed looking at the old pictures; most of which look exactly as I remember Shemya. I will always remember this place!


Last:
DeCastro
First:
William
From:
San Antonio, TX
Email:
w.decastro@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.94.175.177
Date:
20 Oct 2004
Time:
16:55:53

Comments

I was temprorary Island Comdr in 1956. Took place of a Captain Belisle who was rotating to the states. I was there for about a month and a half until a permanent Officer arrived. What a tour - Shemya - in those years!


Last:
Griggs
First:
James J
From:
Arkansas
Email:
LaCowboy26@saol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.12.116.72
Date:
28 Oct 2004
Time:
17:29:21

Comments

329th Station Hospital 1946 & 47


Last:
uptain
First:
tommy
From:
conway arkansas
Email:
tru1051@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.88.188.187
Date:
01 Nov 2004
Time:
19:23:16

Comments

i was stationed at the rock from oct 78-79 and loved it so much i went back from oct 88-89. first assignment i was the fire truck mechanic and the second time i was the vehicle maintenance superintendent. would like to hear from anyone who was there in that time frame


Last:
Weaver
First:
Terry
From:
Medina, New York
Email:
tweaver5@rochester.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.169.219.228
Date:
06 Nov 2004
Time:
23:34:10

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from Nov 1985 to Nov 1986, with the 2064ISS. It was an interesting year that would have lasted forever if it werent for all the great guys stationed there at the same time.


Last:
Koppen
First:
Robert
From:
Crest Hill, IL
Email:
koppen3@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.158.186.33
Date:
09 Nov 2004
Time:
21:02:46

Comments

Served on the rock from Jan. 1946 To Nov. 1946. was assigned to the 626th AC&W Radar unit. The only one on the island at the time. Worked as a supply NCO while there. Remembered being snowed in for three days. We had to shovel our way out 3 times a day to get to thebathrooms and mess hall. We all lived in Pacific huts then. Let me know if anyone is still around from that outfit. Thanks , Bob


Last:
CLESH
First:
MARK
From:
Annapolis, Maryland
Email:
mclesh@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.48.248.146
Date:
14 Nov 2004
Time:
20:08:31

Comments

1973 - 1974 US Army Security Agency working at the AAFJOG.


Last:
Beaton
First:
Ian
From:
AZ
Email:
iwbeat324@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.84.204.164
Date:
16 Nov 2004
Time:
23:15:27

Comments

please note new email address Ian Beaton, author, "They Also Serve", my WW2 story of building Shemya Island into a major military installation.


Last:
Lightle
First:
Todd
From:
Coast Guard Air Station Kodaik, AK
Email:
XTweet@gci.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
65.74.89.185
Date:
16 Nov 2004
Time:
23:42:57

Comments

A lovely place I'd like to surf.... if I can just get the security folks to let me.


Last:
Elek
First:
Timothy
From:
USAF May 81-May 82
Email:
timothyelek@charter.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
63.77.247.130
Date:
18 Nov 2004
Time:
04:58:41

Comments

If you knew me up there drop me a line.


Last:
Larry
First:
Evans
From:
Texas
Email:
bwhntr004@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
208.188.175.148
Date:
19 Nov 2004
Time:
22:00:32

Comments

"Ball" and "eye" support. 90-92


Last:
Green
First:
Willis
From:
Cheyenne, WY
Email:
dgreen@frontieroil-chey.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
205.247.207.211
Date:
22 Nov 2004
Time:
17:46:07

Comments

Just finished browsing through pictures of the old rock. I was stationed with the 16th Surveillance Sqd, 1969. I have some great stories from my year there, and served with some good guys.


Last:
Cousley
First:
Craig
From:
San Fernando Valley CA
Email:
craig@starmania.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.162.72.5
Date:
30 Nov 2004
Time:
14:24:00

Comments

Served on the ROCK from July 80 to Juky 81. Was a year I will never forget. Worked in POL (fuel) and was there for the crash on SNOOPY. Also spent time in a Bible Study. Went from Shemya to George AFB (high Desert) in the middle of the summer, what a change.


Last:
williams
First:
greg
From:
georgia
Email:
gregbwilliams@bellsouth.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
216.78.55.172
Date:
03 Dec 2004
Time:
23:19:54

Comments

I was stationed at the ROCK from JUN 85 -86 in the 5073rd ABG Civil Eng / Material Control. I also worked at the COM waiting tables and drinking cocktails. Anyone there during this time, please respond...


Last:
HOYT
First:
ARNIE
From:
OREGON
Email:
TROPESCAPE@AOL.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.12.116.72
Date:
06 Dec 2004
Time:
16:48:38

Comments

JUST UPDATING E-MAIL ADDRESS. WAS ON SHEMYA SEP 65- SEP 66, USAF, CRYOGENICS OPERATOR (LOX) I WAS ONLY OPERATOR ON THE ISLAND FOR 2 MONTHS....HAD IT MADE...OWN TRUCK...OWN BOSS....AND NO ONE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE JOB...THEN ASSIGNED TO POL...LOST MY TRUCK, HAD SEVERAL BOSSES....LOL....REMEMBER ARTHER GODFREY LANDING...HAVE SOME PICS SOMEWHERE....AND MANY OF BOOZER. SEP 66 ASSIGNED TO CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA AIR FORCE STATION...WAS THE BEST DUTY IN THE AIR FORCE....GREAT FOOD AND PERSONEL.


Last:
ehret
First:
jim
From:
mesquite,nv
Email:
jimmpat@netzero.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.123.185.6
Date:
08 Dec 2004
Time:
17:46:30

Comments

was an electrician on shemya in 2002 welcome replys


Last:
Ierardi, Jr
First:
Thomas
From:
North Port Florida
Email:
BTIERARDI @AOL.COM
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
205.188.116.10
Date:
12 Dec 2004
Time:
10:17:18

Comments

STATION SHEMYA FOR THE LONG YEAR IN 1961,1962 BEFORE BUILDING 600 WAS COMPLETED. IT WAS JUST STARTING CONSTRUCTION, WE LIVED IN "TRICK BARRACKS THAT WERE MADE OF WOOD AND 3/4 UNDER GROUND IN A SCOOPED OUT DITCH WITH A BERM ON BOTH SIDES. STARTED AS ELINT OPERATOR AND CROSS TRAINED TO ANALYSIS. WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST MAN IN SPACE AND THE DOGS BEFORE HIM. wORKED DOWNSTAIRS IN THE DOME WITH A GUY FROM JPL SETTING UP AN OSCILLOSCOPE TO ACT AS A RUSSIAN TV. WE THEN RECORD ON A VIDO RECORDER, AND CALLED UP TO LT. MATHSON THAT THEIR WAS A" MAN IS SPACE" HE SENT A FLASH TO WASHINTON BUT FAILED TO USE A SECURE LINE AND AP PICK IT UP.. GOT GO WILL DIG OUT SOME OLD PICTURES OF TRICK PARTYS AND LIFE IN THE EARILY 60'S SENT ME AN ADDRESS TO JPEG TO. TOM


Last:
Torres
First:
Ruben
From:
Chattanooga, TN
Email:
ruben_torres@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.241.141.122
Date:
15 Dec 2004
Time:
14:33:30

Comments

I was there from Aug79 to Aug80


Last:
Hinze
First:
Ron
From:
Spanaway Washington
Email:
ron@hinzeheating.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
67.171.59.177
Date:
15 Dec 2004
Time:
22:15:18

Comments

I was stationed on the island in the fire department June 1982 thru feburary 1983


Last:
Stephens
First:
James
From:
Greensboro, NC
Email:
jameswstep@myexcel.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
208.0.118.1
Date:
16 Dec 2004
Time:
14:50:24

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya Jan 91 - Jan 92. NCOIC, Administration, 16th Surv Sq. Retired from the Air Force in 1995.


Last:
THOMAS
First:
DYAN KAI
From:
GOOGLE SEARCH
Email:
DKTAZ@PRODIGY.NET
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.246.254.133
Date:
16 Dec 2004
Time:
21:22:46

Comments

I AM EXCITED, THOUGHT I'D SIGN IN BEFORE I SEEK THE END OF A LONG JOURNEY...I HOPE IT IS TRUELY HERE! MY STORY-IN SHORT...MY GRANDFATHER "PER VICTOR PETERSON"(PER VIKTOR PERSSON:BEFORE ELLIS ISL.) A SWEDISH FINISH CARPENTER;NOT ENLISTED,BUT A CIVILLIAN ASSISTED THE AMERICAN MILITARY ON SHIMYA, ADAK AND ATTU (PLUS OTHERS) DURING THE EARLY TO MID 1940's. I AM IN SEARCH OF ONE OF HIS HAND CRAFTED WORKS OF ART...(PROBABLY WITHERED AWAY TO NIL) THE TOTEM REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN MILITARY OCCUPATION DURING WWII. HE MADE THE TOTEM AND - I BELIEVE - IT IS ON THE MILITARY BASE THERE (ADAK ?). ATOP THE TOTEM OF LOCAL CREATURES SITS A "NOSE CONE AND PROPELLER" REPRESENTING OUR AMERICAN MILITARY AT THAT TIME. INSIDE THE BASE OF THE TOTEM (IN A HOLLOW,AND LIKELY NOT WELL PROTECTED) MY GRANDFATHER PLACED A SWEDISH NEWSPAPER HE RECIEVED AROUND THE TIME; MONTH AND YEAR HE FINISHED THE TOTEM. HE HAS PASSED AND I HAVE HIS COLLECTION OF TREASURED FINDS TO INCLUDE ALL THE WONDERFUL STORIES OF HIS LIFES ADVENTURES OF 89 YRS. YOUNG! PICTURES TOO! HAVE A PICTURE OF THE ONE & ONLY TREE GROWING ON ADAK...JUST A COUPLE FEET TALL AND WELL TWISTED BY NATURES EXTREMES!......ANYWAY, LOTS TO SHARE IF IT SEEMS OF ANY INTEREST-MAY JUST BE NEW AND WONDEROUS FOR ME;THINK I'LL KEEP MY "MORPHAR" UP THERE!!! ANYONE HAVE A PIC OF HIS TOTEM? OF ALL HIS MEMOIRS, HAVE BUT A MINITURE REPLICA,AND THE NOTE (COPY OF WHAT HE COULD RECALL-DESCRIPTION) HE PUT INSIDE W/NEWSPAPER. WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF SITES, SEE YA-ALL,VERY FONDLY- KAI.


Last:
Naylor
First:
Rocky
From:
Portland, Oregon
Email:
rocky.naylor@providence.org
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
170.220.2.13
Date:
17 Dec 2004
Time:
17:55:40

Comments

Stationed there between 68 & 69. Spent approx 11 months like most everyone else. I was an 05H20 Seach Op. Did a lot of walking around the Island, drinking beer (which we stuck outside our windows). Meet many unforgettable charactors. Took lots of pictures, ran the late night phone line for my group. The one skill I brought back was a better game of ping pong.


Last:
wittersheim
First:
tom
From:
houghton lake, michigan
Email:
heirloomantiques@netpenny.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
65.148.90.17
Date:
19 Dec 2004
Time:
16:34:35

Comments

I was stationed on the Rock in 65 to 66. This was considered a remote isolated tour of duty and as such we did not have any R&R. I did have the opportunity to go to Attu on two occasions and feel honored to have visited the site of where a significant WWII battle took place. I recall the "Smoke Houses" Also I felt lucky to be assigned to the K-House as it was less hectic than the big concrete monster which i cannot recall what we called it.Any who wishes to e-mail please do so. Regards, Tom


Last:
Bisson
First:
Normand
From:
Dayton, OH
Email:
ndbisson01@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
192.127.94.7
Date:
20 Dec 2004
Time:
10:43:11

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya in January 1963 - December 64. I was with the Army Security Agency. Used to maintain the CW transmitters. Sleep, work, drink was how we spent the days.


Last:
schaefer
First:
richard
From:
Chicago IL
Email:
dschaefer@komatsuna.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
206.155.22.2
Date:
20 Dec 2004
Time:
18:33:59

Comments

I was there and never really left. I have found myself reliving Shemya in my mind countless times and somehow miss the place. I would return on my terms!


Last:
schaefer
First:
richard
From:
chicago IL
Email:
dschaefer@komatsuna.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
206.155.22.2
Date:
21 Dec 2004
Time:
10:46:51

Comments

Thanks for the site. I was there and part of me never really left. I would like to return for a visit but only on my terms.


Last:
Johnson
First:
Stu
From:
Belgium
Email:
stujohnson2929@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
81.240.133.15
Date:
21 Dec 2004
Time:
16:13:10

Comments

I was stationed at Shemya from Dec 91 to Dec 92 and made great friends but hating being away from my family. This website brings back some great memories.


Last:
LaMotte
First:
Arnold
From:
Dale, Texas
Email:
arlamotte@austin.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
None
Remote Name:
161.114.1.181
Date:
21 Dec 2004
Time:
16:37:51

Comments

Hi gang this message is just to inform you that there is a Shemya Group web site on yahoo.com under groups, that would be a good place to put contact information, there are very few members there at this time, not many are awaqre of the site. Ray 62-63 and 80-81 on the Rock.


Last:
Jones
First:
Brian
From:
Shemya, AK
Email:
akaco107@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.178.29.70
Date:
21 Dec 2004
Time:
23:30:32

Comments

My name is Brian Jones and I am currently assigned to EAS Shemya as a private contractor providing Law Enforcement on the "Rock". Thanks for a website that allows me to see what the original purpose of the island was and to see some of the old pictures showing the history of what I now see every day. Take care and God bless.


Last:
Jones
First:
Brian
From:
Shemya, AK
Email:
akaco107@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.178.29.70
Date:
21 Dec 2004
Time:
23:31:07

Comments

My name is Brian Jones and I am currently assigned to EAS Shemya as a private contractor providing Law Enforcement on the "Rock". Thanks for a website that allows me to see what the original purpose of the island was and to see some of the old pictures showing the history of what I now see every day. Take care and God bless.


Last:
Brown
First:
M
From:
Alabama
Email:
langford1025@charter.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.184.66.143
Date:
27 Dec 2004
Time:
00:40:41

Comments

My father, Norman Brown, was stationed on Shemya from March 1963 - June 1963 with the ASA. He always spoke affectionately of his time in Alaska. He recalled a funny story about listening to Petula Clark's "Downtown" a lot while in Shemya. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I'd love to hear from anyone who might remember my dad during their time at Shemya. Thanks


Last:
schunk
First:
glenn
From:
rochester minnesota
Email:
gschunk@email.usps.gov
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
56.0.143.25
Date:
27 Dec 2004
Time:
16:32:37

Comments

tdy many times from 1963-65 and 67-70 was on the environmental inspection team (medic) i was lucky to just be tdy, i remember the awful milk and terrible produce/resupply was tough


Last:
schunk
First:
glenn
From:
rochester minnesota
Email:
gschunk@email.usps.gov
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
56.0.143.25
Date:
27 Dec 2004
Time:
16:33:09

Comments

tdy many times from 1963-65 and 67-70 was on the environmental inspection team (medic) i was lucky to just be tdy, i remember the awful milk and terrible produce/resupply was tough


Last:
Howard
First:
Lanny
From:
New London, Wi
Email:
lannyhoward@excite.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.168.2.6
Date:
28 Dec 2004
Time:
09:17:14

Comments

I enjoyed several visits to "The Black Pearl" from 1961 to 1964 while attached to VP-1 out of Whidbey Island, Wa. I remember "Boozer" very well.


Last:
Byler
First:
Larry
From:
Vancouver, Washington
Email:
lbyler5@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.20.176.88
Date:
28 Dec 2004
Time:
22:42:44

Comments

I was U.S.Navy (CT) on "the Rock" 1966-67. Being 17 and away from home for the first time, this was not a really great experience. But funny how time can rearrange memories and give one a different look at the same picture. Would love to go back for a visit but can't find anyone that can tell me if, or how?????? Did 25 years in law enforcement and then retired, now running a private investigation co. of my own, part-time. Thanx Larry Byler


Last:
Alaniz
First:
Dave
From:
C.C. Texas
Email:
dalaniz1@ccad.army.mil
WebsiteURL:
yahoo
Remote Name:
155.150.124.161
Date:
29 Dec 2004
Time:
09:21:14

Comments

Greetings to all former Rockmates! I was part of the Aerial Port crew that closed the place down. I did 7 months, Nov94-May95. We were the last military to leave the Island and of course we were happy and sad at the same time. Jerry,Steve,Buck,Cynthia,Rob,Rick,Arron,Mark,and J. Grier.Thanks for being my family during our stay. We had some good ones. I would also like to thank the 4 beautiful ladies I was lucky enough to keep warm with a few times during the course of my stay. I'm truly a lucky man. What a place, What a time. D. A. MSgt U.S.A.F. (retired)


Last:
Francis
First:
Steve
From:
Naples, Italy
Email:
steven.p.francis@us.army.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
138.180.190.67
Date:
29 Dec 2004
Time:
12:42:13

Comments

I was on the Rock from 87-89, boxed up the blue room and sent it home when Allied Signal ended the contract there. Hope to hear from some of the Alumni during that time. Ciao


Last:
Moses
First:
Bernie
From:
Virginia,
Email:
bm35741@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.234.124.32
Date:
29 Dec 2004
Time:
16:46:12

Comments

I had the privilege to work on the DSCS project. I worked on the East and West Pac power systems, (blame Capstone). Luckily I was there during the Summer months, er weeks. From July 27, 2004 to September 16th 2004. I have never worked with a nicer bunch of people. Thanks to all


Last:
Mersing
First:
Jerry
From:
Washington DC
Email:
gmersing@bop.gov
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
206.138.130.2
Date:
03 Jan 2005
Time:
13:30:43

Comments

Hi Stu ! Jerry Mersing NCOIC METNAV 92-93, have you heard from anybody else


Last:
Wolf
First:
Heidi
From:
Detroit, Michigan
Email:
twogreywolfs@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
67.149.103.40
Date:
04 Jan 2005
Time:
20:13:19

Comments

The best year of my life in the 2064th! Met some great folks who I still keep in touch with today. Remember the Rocker Lounge with the cloth name tags stapled on the wall, the BX, theater, K house. Best midnight chow anywhere especially after playing racquetball. Trying to walk in the wind without assistance. Ha Ha Watching the weather change before your eyes every 15 minutes. Remember AAC coming in to tell us "women" that our numbers were being doubled to help satisfy the men! Went from 20 military to about 50 in a short time. Remember Duke the dog; the best sunsets and sunrises I've ever known. Oh yeah, the 4 bowling lanes all down hill towards the pins!! Remember the prediction from Jean Dixon for that year. She said the last 4 islands in the Aleutian chain would disappear from an earthquake on Oct 1. Wouldln't you know it, we had a small one; scared Most of all, I cherish the friendships that were formed over 20 years ago on the Rock.


Last:
Donahue
First:
Mike AKA Toast
From:
San Diego, CA
Email:
michael DOT donahue AT prodigy DOT net
WebsiteURL:
http://www.geocities.com/donahuemike/obpierrat.htm
Remote Name:
68.125.238.228
Date:
04 Jan 2005
Time:
20:44:15

Comments

Wow I last visited here 5 years ago, has it really been that long? Great to see the site still kickin' it, I enjoyed catching up on the guestbook and the pictures. I was on the Rock Nov. 90-91, NCOIC of Radio Maint., 2064 CS. still consider Shemya one of my most memorable assignments, tundra hoppin', cobra den parties, fishin' at the dock, drinking games in the dorm-remember it all like yesterday! Caz, Mac, Geno, Mo, Doc, list goes on- anyone wants to drop me a line please do...


Last:
Rogers
First:
Bill
From:
Minnesota
Email:
webrogers1@frontiernet.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
170.215.0.126
Date:
06 Jan 2005
Time:
21:18:22

Comments

Served with ASA at 5th RRU in Bangkok from 1962-64 as 058 (ditty bopper), My Sgt always used to threaten us if we fell asleep on mids with a tour to Shemya. Not wanting to leave Bangkok for the snows of Alaska, we always got alert. You guys earned your $$ up there. Bill


Last:
Kitchen
First:
Glenn
From:
Kentucky
Email:
kitch@utionline.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.32.64.243
Date:
08 Jan 2005
Time:
14:58:52

Comments

I was stationed on the Rock from Mar 84- Mar 85. I was with the 5073 ABG/ SP/ Security Controller. I was there when the roof was blown off of the SAC hanger. Memories: working security detail on the Houston Oilers Cheerleaders when they came there for a USO tour. GREAT DETAIL. 3am food run from the chow hall because they were just as bored as we were and wanting to do something . Some of the names I remember are Larry Chase, Harry Adams, Mike Stogsdil, Dave Carnachan, Don Campbell, SMSgt's Peterson & Pachman, Col Walton. The thing that made it enjoyable was the people that were there. Everyone got along pretty good because , out there, it was a small world.


Last:
Brewster
First:
Larry
From:
Montana
Email:
larry05@bresnan.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.144.222.75
Date:
08 Jan 2005
Time:
23:06:05

Comments

ASA o5k late 1970 to sep 1971, search op at AFFJOG


Last:
Higgins
First:
Chuck
From:
Aug 69 to Aug 70
Email:
CHiggins444@adelphia.net
WebsiteURL:
Adelphia
Remote Name:
68.169.152.67
Date:
10 Jan 2005
Time:
00:52:05

Comments

Good to See This Site


Last:
Jerry
First:
Alex
From:
Nov73-Aug74
Email:
ajjerry@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
207.241.132.118
Date:
12 Jan 2005
Time:
20:01:38

Comments

I was with the Army Security Agency


Last:
RALPH
First:
BALLARIO
From:
MEDIA PA
Email:
RAY2000@COMCAST.NET
WebsiteURL:
COMCAST.NET
Remote Name:
69.142.164.65
Date:
13 Jan 2005
Time:
14:47:58

Comments

I was station from 1965-1966(AF) .I was NCOIC of crypto/teletpye maint. I enjoyed my tour there, and was sorry to hear about the pass of Boozer.He gave us a feeling of home just having him there. I was told that a SAC crew took him up to the main land but he did like it there so they had to bring him back. AF personal didn't get any leave from there.It has change a lot since my tour, But was so glad to see all of about them. msgt Ralph Ballario Ret


Last:
RALPH
First:
BALLARIO
From:
MEDIA PA
Email:
RAY2000@COMCAST.NET
WebsiteURL:
COMCAST.NET
Remote Name:
69.142.164.65
Date:
13 Jan 2005
Time:
14:53:53

Comments

I was station from 1965-1966(AF) .I was NCOIC of crypto/teletype maint. I enjoyed my tour there, and was sorry to hear about the pass of Boozer.He gave us a feeling of home just having him there. I was told that a SAC crew took him up to the main land but he did like it there so they had to bring him back. AF personal didn't get any leave from there.It has change a lot since my tour, But was so glad to see all of about them. msgt Ralph Ballario Ret


Last:
Shirey
First:
Tom
From:
Spokane, WA
Email:
tgpdi@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
207.69.139.134
Date:
13 Jan 2005
Time:
19:30:23

Comments

I was on the rock from 1989 to 1990. I was in the Security Police Squadron. I met my wife there and 15 years we are still together. I had a great time there


Last:
Castanza
First:
Joel
From:
Washington State
Email:
j_castanza@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
www.alaskanartifacts.com
Remote Name:
67.183.169.2
Date:
15 Jan 2005
Time:
18:41:45

Comments

I'm looking to purchase aleut artifacts from Shemya and surrounding Islands Regards Joel CAstanza


Last:
Samples
First:
Gladys
From:
Spokane, WA
Email:
gladys.shirey@wafair.ang.af.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
207.69.139.146
Date:
15 Jan 2005
Time:
19:20:57

Comments

Was in Transportation from 88 - 89 (Sep). One of the few women there, met my husband of 15 years now and have 3 great kids. Interesing year with wonderful memories and pictures. Would love to share our pictures with anyone interested. Loved the wavy lanes - bowling, the wicked wind and friends that we survived with. Teta James write me!!


Last:
Spangler
First:
Steve
From:
Sacramento, California
Email:
ToxicAvenger@email2me.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
168.71.5.204
Date:
18 Jan 2005
Time:
15:20:18

Comments

I was on Shemya from Sept 1964 to Sept 1965 with USAFSS as a 292X1 (ditty bopper). I recall it took 2 tries to get from Elmendorf to The Rock due to plane malfunctions, and 3 tries to get off the damn thing, same reason. Finally they chartered a commercial plane for us to leave. I recall the big Feb 1965 quake that dropped part of the island into the ocean and cracked the runways; Boozer attending all the "Squadron Parties"; hunting for Japanese glass balls and nets; the Japanese fishing boat that went aground on the island during a storm; Condition 4's; 3 days of sunlight the entire year; Reeves Aleutian Airways pilots and co-pilots in the NCO club drunk off their asses 2 hours before takeoff; many many hours of KP..... My sister still has the whale fluke that I found, cleaned up, painted metallic blue and sent to her. I remember all that stuff and more, and it still gripes me that I pulled that duty fresh out of Tech School and then, as a reward, got stationed in San Antonio instead of Japan.


Last:
Le Roy
First:
Ken
From:
SW Colorado-Bayfield
Email:
kpleroy@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
67.4.17.82
Date:
19 Jan 2005
Time:
13:26:27

Comments

Saw several postings from Ed Thomas, class of Dec. 59-60. I was there on the same dates, an 056, morse code intercept operator...not much call for that job specialty now. I would like to contact Ed Thomas, but can't bring up an email address for him. If Ed is the same guy I remember, I think he was from PA, and cut hair in the barracks. Like others, I remember shooting pool in the day room, the frantic activity when there was a "launch", crossing off the days on my Reeves Aleutian Airlines calendar, checking out pistols for target practice (I was sure tempted to shoot a fox, but did not), even fishing, and building a raft. The buildings were all WW2, and we Army types suffered more inspections and military ... .... .. - than our Air Force counterparts. As a newlywed 21 year old, I was very appreciative of the ham radio facility and Lenora Kingston Cohn in southern California, who ran phone patches from our station KL7FBI. Thanks for a good site...if Ed Thomas sees this, or others of my alumni class, its kpleroy@msn.comI


Last:
Gilbert
First:
Mike
From:
Charleston, SC
Email:
mikey12346@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.58.235.227
Date:
21 Jan 2005
Time:
20:06:38

Comments

I was on the Rock 1981-1982; 2064 Comm Sq; CRYPTO -DSTE Maintenance. Watch out for the "Snow Snakes".


Last:
Stuart
First:
Douglas
From:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Email:
doug_stuart@fws.gov
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
164.159.157.60
Date:
24 Jan 2005
Time:
14:10:26

Comments

Hello - I am putting a program together about Shemya during WWII to present to the current residents/workers on the "Rock". I'm particularly interested in pictures taken during that period of and about Shemya. I work for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer Alaska. Thanks Doug Stuart


Last:
Wilson
First:
Chris
From:
Missouri
Email:
christopher.a.wilson@us.army.mil
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
168.166.62.17
Date:
26 Jan 2005
Time:
16:40:28

Comments

Anybody remeber the HAMBO LATHAM SHOW"? They were a DoD/USO Show that frequented Shemya between 1989 -1991


Last:
Begaye
First:
Asa
From:
Albuquerque NM
Email:
asabegaye@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
www.asabegaye.com
Remote Name:
63.227.105.169
Date:
26 Jan 2005
Time:
23:27:11

Comments

Wow! This site has brought back good memories. Was stationed at Shemya from 1973 to 1974, Remembering the blue fox, tundra, phase 111 fog, card games at Supply, Feb 74 earthquake, forgetting that the tide is coming in and rushing back to land, and more. Worked at Base Ops, theater....what a site to think back to those years. Remembering whether or not to ring the bell prior to getting on plane back to lower 48. It was great to go from Shemya to Nellis. Thanks, Asa.


Last:
Opp
First:
Willis
From:
Denver, Co.
Email:
billropp@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
n/a
Remote Name:
65.170.76.122
Date:
02 Feb 2005
Time:
17:21:25

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya from 3/63 to 3/64. I was a VIO OPERATOR/RUSSIAN LINGUIST. I was on duty when President Kennedy was assasinated..I couldn't think of a worse place for a 23 year old to be stationed. We used to rotate shifts. Four days, forty-eight hour break, four eve shifts, forty-eight hour break, four mid shifts, forty-eight hour break and then start the process all over again. There were many many drinking parties all over the Island. I remember many poker games and many 4-5-6 DICE games, the various organized basketball leagues, the lousy milk and eggs we used to get. The highlight of my year their was getting in line for the fresh milk and cookies the Elmendorf Wives sent us for Xmas in '63. If we ever got a glimpse of a stewardess we thought we had died and gone to heaven. There also used to be a poem listing numerous reasons why Alcatraz would have been far better duty than Shemya.....Did meet some outstanding people there but sincerely believe there is no way I am going to hell as I already spent a year there. The things I missed the most while there was seeing old people, children, women in general and never seeing any city lights, car lights whatever...just a few rambling thoughts.


Last:
Sparrow
First:
Ed
From:
the blue grass state
Email:
fuzzymoss2@yahoo.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
63.19.91.107
Date:
02 Feb 2005
Time:
18:30:56

Comments

I was on Shemya from 71-72, while in the ASA. I still have some of the glass fish-net-floats we use to find. Was there when the roof blew off on the third floor. There was a black and white dog whose name was Penny ( I think ). Was on the Island during the countrys last underground atomic bomb testing they had a few hundred miles away on another aluetian island. Hated the concentrated milk they gave us in the mess hall. Last of all... still have a necklace of the Jack-in-the-Box short timers whistles.


Last:
Hataway
First:
Thomas R
From:
Pasadena, Tx
Email:
patiopapawpa@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.230.24.123
Date:
02 Feb 2005
Time:
22:28:44

Comments

Stationed Shemya, Dec 46 to Aug 47. T/5 , Co Clerk,232 MP Co. Have photos would gladly share. Seeing old photos and reading comments have brought back many fond and some not so fond memories. Thanks to all. Tom


Last:
Reed
First:
Robert
From:
McLean, VA
Email:
bob.reed@mindspring.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
199.196.144.12
Date:
04 Feb 2005
Time:
12:30:13

Comments

Served in the 2064 Comm Sq during 1983 -1984, supporting Base Comm Center, Cobra Dane Comm Center and DOD Anders.


Last:
Marbury
First:
Ben
From:
California
Email:
bentdm@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.82.9.62
Date:
04 Feb 2005
Time:
12:54:15

Comments

I stopped over here in 1952 on the way to Korea. Military Air Canada Flight from Anchorage to Tokyo.


Last:
Lindstrom
First:
Mark
From:
Chicago, IL
Email:
Mark_Lindstrom@urscorp.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
65.43.109.158
Date:
08 Feb 2005
Time:
12:38:43

Comments

I was there from April 78 to April 79. Anybody out there at the same time? Mark, Justin, Dave and Tim? Col Thoden was Commander at the time.


Last:
Kidd
First:
David
From:
Dayton, Ohio
Email:
dlkidd70@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
63.153.90.228
Date:
10 Feb 2005
Time:
01:40:09

Comments

I was on the rock two times in my 24 year career Nov 77-78 and again Dec 80-81. Crypto maint with the 2064CS. Is there ever going to be a reunion??? Thanks for the site If anyone remembers me drop me a line


Last:
Kassing
First:
John
From:
Columbia, SC
Email:
jkassing@sc.rr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.211.104.103
Date:
10 Feb 2005
Time:
20:03:53

Comments

Just a quick note... I was a programmer at Cobra Dane from 6-80 to 6-81 and my father, Jack, was stationed there during WWII. Some of my memories include volcanic ash covering the island, fishing, the polar bear club that I was NOT a member of, the Russian ravens and the foxes, the smoke house, and the fishing boats surrounding the island during the Super Bowl. Most of all I remember the 'crash' and the many good people helping those in need.


Last:
Dumont
First:
Steve
From:
Seattle, WA
Email:
seaduus@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.22.231.157
Date:
12 Feb 2005
Time:
18:31:14

Comments

I was at Shemya from Nov 92 until Nov93. I worked in the PMEL lab next to the Dane. Before entering this comment, I've spent the last hour or so reading over and scanning the other archived entries for the guestbook. There is a very strong recurring sentiment in all of these entries....although you may never want to go there, and never want to go back, the year that we spent out there is the home for some of the strongest memories of our lives. I now wish I had taken "just a few more pictures" and jotted down just a few more thoughts while I was there. I fondly remember those friends I was close to, my time rehearsing and performing in the play "Rumors" by Neil Simon, the long night in April 93 when the Chinese airliner came to visit with over 200 injured passengers, and learning how to two step at the Club. Too many of the names have faded away, but not the images. Thanks to all the guests for their entries for refreshing some of them!


Last:
Young
First:
Terry
From:
Dover, DE 19904
Email:
Terryyoung_224@msn.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
132.24.126.26
Date:
15 Feb 2005
Time:
08:39:39

Comments

I was TDY to the Rock two times - Nov to Feb 69-70 and Mar to Jun 70. Assigned to Offutt AFB, NB - 55 AMS maintaining the cameras on Rivet Ball. I have one artifact left - an orange float and several photos that almost fill an album. I can's say I liked being away from home during that time but wouldn't trade the experience for anything. At the time we were all hoping that Rivet Amber would be found. My heart goes out to the surviving family members. t


Last:
wray
First:
paul gob
From:
delphi,in
Email:
risbog@webtv.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
209.240.205.63
Date:
17 Feb 2005
Time:
11:55:54

Comments

was on shemya in 1958. was there when barge washed ashore. had to unload fuel in 55 gal. drums that were flown in by plane to keep power going.


Last:
Seneca
First:
Jeffery
From:
Elmendorf
Email:
jester@blujester.com
WebsiteURL:
www.blujester.com
Remote Name:
209.112.210.219
Date:
17 Feb 2005
Time:
13:59:12

Comments

LOVE YOU GUYS! I WILL BE BACK SOON!


Last:
Kidd
First:
Brian
From:
Dayton Ohio
Email:
brian.kidd@ncr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
192.127.94.7
Date:
17 Feb 2005
Time:
14:34:40

Comments

What a great year. Aug 92-93. I bartended at the club where I worked harded than my AF job. That was the best year of my AF Career.


Last:
Kidd
First:
Brian
From:
Dayton Ohio
Email:
brian.kidd@ncr.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
192.127.94.7
Date:
17 Feb 2005
Time:
14:34:48

Comments

What a great year. Aug 92-93. I bartended at the club where I worked harded than my AF job. That was the best year of my AF Career.


Last:
Mancine
First:
Ralph
From:
Peoria IL, was Chicago
Email:
ralphmancine@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.221.223.246
Date:
17 Feb 2005
Time:
21:40:27

Comments

A guest of the USAF on Shemya at HQ Cmd's Detatchment 205 from Feb 1964 to Feb 1965. Dubbed "Hank" and worked on Q3 and Q4. We used the WW II below-grade barracks and roped across the tundra on a wooden walkway to the det. Old saying," The wind doesn't blow, Shemya sucks!" Also, IHTFP, " I have truely found paradise?" I remember digging out the barracks' vestibule after the door was ajar during a horizontal snow storm. The door jammed between snow drifts and we piled snow in the hallway until we could shovel it out the door once it was cleared. ...loved it!


Last:
Butler
First:
Jerry
From:
MA.
Email:
gbuexasa@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.131.132.141
Date:
19 Feb 2005
Time:
18:55:31

Comments

Fellow Shemya 1962-1963 vets: It saddened me to learn of Boozer's demise years back - and what a character! That fabulous dog could sense when a trooper had a set of Air Force truck keys! He loved to go for a ride - mostly in the back of an Air Force International or in rare cases - rode in the cab. I have so very many pleasant memories of that big pooch - he just kept all of the Army and Air Force personnel in synch! I have three photographs of Booozer - one in front of the composite building: one lying down (probably with a hangover) and the last - my favorite - with me patting his head at the flight line with AF/and A pals. I have to admit - and I am not a dog person - BUT, "Boozer" was just so special to every one on Shemya that it was impossible not to feel something for him. There were two other dogs that I remember ("Neal" and ?) who howled when the "cadillac" took off or when an alert was called. As I fondly remember, only "Boozer" was the top and most favored dog. Yes, Shemya was quite a place - something you will never forget. If you were there in 1943 or 1993 (Wowzers - you guys in the 1980 & 1990s had females on board.) My memories of the island as I near retirement age are great. I met wonderful people -sprinkled with the usual few doinks - but that's life in a nutshell. In the real word, I have authored a number of military books and illustrated them as well but I still cartoon and illustrate for a living - I dearly miss the old inkless ballpoint pen that many of "The Rag" issues for the 79th ASASOU were printed by. (Master Sergeant Fox gave it to me.) I should have kept it for a treasure. Who knew what was important when you were at the tender age of 19? (Good Lord were any of us that young). Somewhere on Shemya - probably in the dump -lies my pen and if it could bring back all of the great and wonderful characters that I met and knew from August 1962 through August 1963 what a find that would be! The daily life on a weekly basis along with the "Shemya Wind Up Doll" would certainly shake up the "goody two-shoes" of today! What was considered bad conditions then has now become now good and very special memories - with very special people who tried and did so much for our country. I was stationed with the 79th ASASOU on the "Black Pearl" from August 1962 - 1963. Probably one of the few, I had no ill feelings about my station, and totally enjoyed the exploration of the island for a year. (I will only admit now at 61 - that I did volunteer.) However, nothing will ever replace the 10-cent Olympia beer in the real word! Most of which were stuck out on the window sills of the composite building to keep cool. For those that were on the island, you might remember the very unauthorized flight by our brother-in-arms on the "Big Bird" to re-supply our cache of "Olympia." Now THAT would upset the "non-Shemya-ites.!" The US Army Security Agency has now faded into military history becoming an active part part of the 82nd Airborne Division, for those that were at Fort Bragg back in 1962. For those that took training at Fort Devens in the early 1960s, that site is now abandoned and "civilianized" as "DEVENS." If any former "ditty-boppers" out there want photos of what the site now looks now like drop me a line - I live but an hour away from that former ASA site. This is an update on this site for me. God Bless all of you and for the new guys in town keep you head down and stay from harm's way. Screw the media and all the rest - we were and are amongst America's best! (I can say that 'cause i'm a vet! :) ) God Bless you all Jerry Butler Nahant, MA. (GBUEXASA@COMCAST.NET) Jerry Butler (gbuexasa@comcastnet) OR gerald.w.butler@verizon.com


Last:
Gerry
First:
Steve
From:
Port Angeles, Washington
Email:
sueandsteve271@mac.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
168.103.158.82
Date:
19 Feb 2005
Time:
22:51:07

Comments

I now work at NAVMAG Indian Island, Poet Hadlock, Wa. I am part of the civilian security force. I would love to work on the "rock." Any info would help. Thank You Steve Gerry


Last:
roberts
First:
dave
From:
west virginia
Email:
kayaker173@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
69.162.240.149
Date:
20 Feb 2005
Time:
22:06:39

Comments

Was a fire protection specialist (the Air Force always did have a way of glorifing our jobs) from Sept. 87--Sept 88. During my stay I graduated from being a "social drinker" to a alcohol consumption specialist (Air Force job classification). Please feel free to e-mail if you remember the name.


Last:
Taylor
First:
Greg
From:
Connecticut
Email:
Gtaylor8960@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
192.249.47.8
Date:
21 Feb 2005
Time:
15:02:51

Comments

Army, 05k first duty assignment out of school, We all thought "At least no body is shooting at us". On the Rock in 1968-69. I remember Boozer, pink Black Label cans (deck cargo on the barge) Reeves stews, and fishing on ATTU. Not a year to repeat, but not one to forget either!


Last:
Wisooker
First:
David
From:
Wichita Ks
Email:
WisookerRacing@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
152.163.100.72
Date:
23 Feb 2005
Time:
14:33:07

Comments

Cool website! Was on the Rock for 18 months, 1977-78 assigned to 5073rd ABG/SPs. Was a young gung ho troop then and did some stupid stuff while on the Rock, I can only hope that some of the things I was involved with (the big drug bust) did not have an adverse affect on peoples lives. I remember the UFO sighting, the OIC of The Dane that evening confirmed it on radar, an entry was made on the Security Police Desk Blotter that night stating what had happened, the next morning we were made to re-do the Desk Blotter omitting any mentioning of the sighting, I still have copies of both the before and after blotters, LOL! Some folks I rememeber would be James Johnson, Kevin Howells, J. P. Languis, Jerry (can't remember her last name), and I definatly remember Billy Taylor (saw an entry in the guestbook from her), she was the hottest lady on the island for sure! There was also my boss, Tsgt Tagolima Tagalovolia, he used to go down on the beach pick up those urchants and bring them back to his room cook them and eat them! YUCK! Stunk the whole place up! Was not a bad 18 months, worked in the snack bar part time, played a lot of blackjack even got laid! Couple of days before I was to ship out I went up cable hill and spray painted my name on the roof of the smokehouse at the top of the hill, next day I was in the base commanders office, told me if I didn't cover it up I wasn't leaving! Covered it up with black paint but you could still read it, wonder if its still there? Well, enjoyed reminising, be good to hear from anyone that was there at the same time. Again, my apologies to the ones that got caught up in the legal mess that fateful evening. Billy I'd like to hear from you, we aren't that far apart from each other right now, sorry to hear of your husbands passing.


Last:
Malone
First:
Pat
From:
Buffalo NY
Email:
retirmal@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
152.163.100.72
Date:
26 Feb 2005
Time:
11:25:26

Comments

I am a former ASA vet 59-62. When I finished schol at Deven in early60 was assigned to ASAPAC in Hawaii (Helemano) a long way from Shemya! I have always been intrested in Shemya and almost ended up there! The pictures are great. Our site in Helemano was HQ ASAPacific and then was transferred with HQ ASA to Camp Zama Japan loved it there. I returned to Camp Zama last year and had a ball. keep up the history of us all as ASA LIVES Pat MOS 984.10


Last:
Harshman
First:
Clifford
From:
Vashon Island, Washington 98070
Email:
vashon2001@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
24.17.40.223
Date:
01 Mar 2005
Time:
18:56:38

Comments

I worked the summers of 1960-61 on Shemya for BECK Construction Co. We built the Composite Building, Rehabed most of the Barricks, rehabed Sewer system. repaved two runways, and installed radar for DEW Line. I was a college student from Valdez, Alaska, working as a labor earning money for College expenses. I have some pictures of the work. If I can find them, might you want copies?


Last:
Yonkman
First:
Harry
From:
Boon, michigan
Email:
hyonkman@u-r-on.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.103.254.7
Date:
01 Mar 2005
Time:
20:47:11

Comments

Hello, I flew into Shemya a number of times in 1949/50 with the 54th troop carrier sq. didn't get to see much of Shemya, it was dark when we arrived and early morning when we left, I do have about a dozen pictures, some of pulling out a PBY out of one of the B-29 hangers with a gas truck, we opened the doors also with the truck, as the doors didn't work.we then drove our C-54 Out. thanks Harry


Last:
Tifft
First:
Chuck
From:
Arlington, TX
Email:
chucktifft@sbcglobal.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.141.171.75
Date:
02 Mar 2005
Time:
13:31:32

Comments

I spent 6 months on rock, about Jan. '58 to June '58 after 12 months at Elmendorf. Was 1931st Radio Relay. Remember Plan 1's? We were in old hospital buildings and ate at Northwest Airlines. We helped build first library. Many memories of jamming into weapons carrier and 6x6. Also, horizonal snow, trips to transmitter site, tundra holes. Was there when Navy started weather station and then Marines arrived for some reason.


Last:
gallagher
First:
frank
From:
Levittown ,Pa.
Email:
frankanddot@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
172.160.72.128
Date:
07 Mar 2005
Time:
12:26:01

Comments

I spent 1946 on Shemya as a traffic controller and tower operator. We lived in two quanset huts next to the tower called Shemya We also had another tower called Semichi which handled two fighter strips (4800 and 5600 feet in length. Shemya tower handled the main runway (10,000 ft.) I was promoted to chief controller and tower operator sonn after arriving. Benifits of that included my own jeep and my own room plus a 24hr.pass for the main mess-hall.(we were on 24 hr alert hence that privilige) there were about 25 0r 36 0f us assigned to 120th AACS squadron on detached service..We had one chopper that was hardly ever allowed to fly because of the prevailing winds of 35 mph We had our own dark-room in the barracks and were able to get equipment and chemicals from the afs dept. We also signed out for musical instruments (banjo , drums , guitar and trumpet. We weren't any good but we had fun. I made some fine friends while there. I was also able because of my job to hitch a ride to Attu and visit wit the Navy tower operators. They would take me up to the beer-hall and we would throw back a couple. Not too many women back then---two Red Cross workers and some nurses which we never saw much of. They hung around the officers'club. If anyone from the 120th should see this ,please get in touch. It's been fun remembering some of this stuff again


Last:
gallagher
First:
frank
From:
Levittown ,Pa.
Email:
frankanddot@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
172.160.72.128
Date:
07 Mar 2005
Time:
12:26:43

Comments

I spent 1946 on Shemya as a traffic controller and tower operator. We lived in two quanset huts next to the tower called Shemya We also had another tower called Semichi which handled two fighter strips (4800 and 5600 feet in length. Shemya tower handled the main runway (10,000 ft.) I was promoted to chief controller and tower operator sonn after arriving. Benifits of that included my own jeep and my own room plus a 24hr.pass for the main mess-hall.(we were on 24 hr alert hence that privilige) there were about 25 0r 36 0f us assigned to 120th AACS squadron on detached service..We had one chopper that was hardly ever allowed to fly because of the prevailing winds of 35 mph We had our own dark-room in the barracks and were able to get equipment and chemicals from the afs dept. We also signed out for musical instruments (banjo , drums , guitar and trumpet. We weren't any good but we had fun. I made some fine friends while there. I was also able because of my job to hitch a ride to Attu and visit wit the Navy tower operators. They would take me up to the beer-hall and we would throw back a couple. Not too many women back then---two Red Cross workers and some nurses which we never saw much of. They hung around the officers'club. If anyone from the 120th should see this ,please get in touch. It's been fun remembering some of this stuff again


Last:
Cordis
First:
Thomas
From:
Pittsburgh, PA
Email:
tcordi\
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.181.22.35
Date:
07 Mar 2005
Time:
15:37:41

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Last:
Ellis
First:
William
From:
Warroad Minneosta
Email:
william@lakesideprotect.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.106.6.136
Date:
09 Mar 2005
Time:
15:14:07

Comments

Great Web site, I worked for Reeve in Cold Bay as a Radio Operator from 1970-1973. It was a great job and missed it after I left. To bad that Reeve went out of business. Flew with the Electras many times. Flew to Adak and Shemya with the guys during some very stormy days. Great pilots they were, some have passed away now. Take care all and have a great day.


Last:
Fetty
First:
Jim
From:
Woodinville, Wa
Email:
jrfetty@tnstaafl.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.41.223.96
Date:
09 Mar 2005
Time:
16:46:45

Comments

I was on the rock from July 66 through June 67. Served as Security Police. Best of times / worst of times. Hated to hear that Boozer died a few years after I left, he was a good ol' boy and a friend to all. Has anyone heard about new construction planned for Shemya? I got this from the 'Kwajalein' island newpaper, online: "The GBR-P differs primarily in size from the proposed XBR that will be installed in Shemya, Alaska, in the 2005 timeframe, according to Cummings. It will be twice as tall, twice as wide, with four times the antenna aperture." I've seen other comments about some new construction beginning this year, 2005, on Shemya. Seems there will always be rock rats on Shemya. Thanks for all the great memories, - JR


Last:
Fetty
First:
Jim
From:
Woodinville, Wa
Email:
jrfetty@tnstaafl.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.41.223.96
Date:
09 Mar 2005
Time:
16:47:43

Comments

I was on the rock from July 66 through June 67. Served as Security Police. Best of times / worst of times. Hated to hear that Boozer died a few years after I left, he was a good ol' boy and a friend to all. Has anyone heard about new construction planned for Shemya? I got this from the 'Kwajalein' island newpaper, online: "The GBR-P differs primarily in size from the proposed XBR that will be installed in Shemya, Alaska, in the 2005 timeframe, according to Cummings. It will be twice as tall, twice as wide, with four times the antenna aperture." I've seen other comments about some new construction beginning this year, 2005, on Shemya. Seems there will always be rock rats on Shemya. Thanks for all the great memories, - JR


Last:
Eric
First:
Wilson
From:
South Carolina
Email:
scewilson@att.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.76.228.238
Date:
09 Mar 2005
Time:
22:49:41

Comments

I was on the rock from July 1976-July1977. I was a 205 in the soi section of the 16 Sur Sq. Don Sullivan was the OIC and Mike Smith, Jack Kowalske, Jim ??, Howard were some of the guys in the shop.


Last:
Welch
First:
Dale
From:
Yuba City, CA
Email:
alleykat@clear-cxn.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.66.212.112
Date:
10 Mar 2005
Time:
18:29:43

Comments

I was stationed on Shemya May 1974 to April 1975 as a Major with the USAF. I was there during the 1975 earthquake that measured 7.6. Fun was had by all.


Last:
Blama
First:
Robert
From:
69-70
Email:
civilwar1@comcast.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.55.75.138
Date:
12 Mar 2005
Time:
10:34:02

Comments

MOre fog and wind than you need in a lifetime. Remember hunting for the glass ball along the shore.


Last:
Juszkiewicz
First:
John
From:
California
Email:
ski01871@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
68.105.79.59
Date:
14 Mar 2005
Time:
00:57:26

Comments

was station on the rock from jan 74 till dec 74 with the 16 sur sq like to hear from any of the guys that worked in the comm center


Last:
Lewis
First:
CJ
From:
Bossier City, LA Barksdale AFB
Email:
cjs_world@juno.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.231.87.196
Date:
14 Mar 2005
Time:
21:32:24

Comments

Sept 84 to Sept 85 The 1963 Com Sq Job Control The Chapel Group and the Friday Night Bible Study We were there, and actually look back with the best of memories. I was blessed to bewith the best the Air Force had to offer! Strange as it may seem, we had the best food the Air Force had to offcer too! I miss you guys! CJ Lewis ret USAF, 1994


Last:
Averette
First:
Marion
From:
None
Email:
AFONE_@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
None
Remote Name:
209.247.222.44
Date:
15 Mar 2005
Time:
06:54:47

Comments

I served my year on the Rock from Jun 70 to Jun 71 as NCOIC of Base Training, 5073rd Air Base Sq. Like most, I have lots of memories. For those interested the following is the "SHEMYA PRAYER" Quote: ACROSS THIS GREAT UNITED STATES SHEMYA IS THE SPOT WHERE WE ARE DOOMED TO SPEND OUR TIME IN THE LAND THAT GOD FORGOT SO HERE AMONG THE DOGS AND RATS WHERE MEN HAVE SET THEIR BREW RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE A MILLION MILES FROM YOU. WE SWEAT, WE STARVE, WE STINK, AND FREEZE, IT'S MORE THAN MEN CAN STAND, WE'RE NOT EXACATLY CONVICTS, JUST DEFENDERS OF OUR LAND. AY UP NORTH, IN THE LAND OF ICE AND SNOW THIS ISLAND LIES, WHERE I ONCE HAD TO GO TWO BY FOUR, AN AIRSTRIP AND A DOCK A TINY PLACE THAT WE ALL CALLED THE 'ROCK'. WE BELONG TO THE UNITED STATES AIR EARNING OUR MONTHLY PAY GUARDING PEOPLE WITH MILLIONS, FOR A MEASLY $2.50 A DAY. WE STAY UP HERE FOR 12 LONG MONTHS A SENTENCE WE ALL HATE AND WE ONLY LIVE FOR OUR RETURN TO THE SUNNY 'SOUTH' 48. NOBODY KNOWS WE'RE HERE NOBODY GIVES A DAMN, WE'RE JUST A BUNCH OF FLYBOYS WHO BELONG TO UNCLE SAM. BUT WHEN WE PASS THOSE PERALY GATES, WE'LL HEAR ST. PETER YELL, 'STEP UP YOU MEN OF SHEMYA, YOU'VE SPENT YOUR TIME IN HELL'. UnQuote. Hope the above is enjoyed by those who served on Shemya. I almost died during my first month on the Rock from an unknown infection but was saved by the assigned "medic" even though we did have 2 Officer Dentists assigned. They had just finished cleaning up all the 50 gallon barrels on the island before I arrived and had also switched from the Kool Barge for food supplies to twice weekly C-141 supply flights. Boozer was still alive when I was there. I distincly remember a very young Airman who became so depressed during his first month on the Rock that he committed suicide! They completed the seperate and new small Dormitory to house military females which started arriving the last two months of my tour. The Reeves Aleutian Airlines Stewardess' were still the "in" thing and especially for those who were lucky enough and could afford a "good" time. Mr Reeves, who was in his 80s was still honored each year with a Formal Dining In held in his honor each year in the All Ranks Club and attended by him the year I was there. He was legally blind, yet allowed to "retain" his pilots license. He was one of the founding fathers of Alaska. I remember most of the Organizations assigned to the Rock each had what they referred to as their own "Smokehouse" (Club). Getting a good steak to eat was never a problem. I was housed in the isolated Senior NCO Bay and remember the gamblng problems that lead to the Base Commander going on the closed circuit TV and stating the new policy of NO More Gambling being allowed, and then coming down to our bay to participate on his knees in a game of Craps. Like most, I remember looking for Japanese Glass Balls that had broken loose from their fishing nets. I also remember looking (digging with spoons) for artifacts. I distinctly remember one individual who happened to be entering the seperate All Ranks Club and spotting a hand carved "ivory" figure of a native Aleut which he kept. The weather the year I was there was considered good based on the island's weather history, but we did have the usual FOG, Wind and Snow. During my year we only had one airplane assigned (TDY from Eillson AFB, AK) which was an RC-135. I also remember that Bob Hope put on a Huge Show at Elmemdorf AFB and we could only attend if given permisson and took leave to do so. Bob Hope did not even go to the trouble to send some of his troop to the various remote sites to entertain, unlike the dependable USO Troops that did so! As I read in another posted comment: "It was the worst of times", "It was the best of times". Those on the island represented a micro view of "man" from one extreme to the other and unfourtantely many became Alcoholics. I too wish I had kept a visual and written diary of my time there. I only have one picture taken in my Office of the Base Staff along with the Air Force Commendation Medal I was awarded by AAC for the job I did during my year there. I now wish I had taken AAC up on the follow-on assignment to AAC they asked me to take. I will always remember my year on Shemya, wich was one of many hi-lights of my 20 year Air Force Career, ending in Aug 1980 when I retired.


Last:
Lang
First:
David
From:
Anchorage, Alaska
Email:
sorry
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.230.110.210
Date:
18 Mar 2005
Time:
16:44:53

Comments

Special thanks to all who have placed your memories on this web page. History on Shemya will continue. My stay on Shemya from April 2003 till present has been an unforgettable one. Starting as a contracted Security Task Force and now as a contracted maintanence team with CESS. I want to answer some of the guests questions first. Ronald Piersen, I will say hi to Pete for you. Still on island as Mess Hall Lead and making great meals for all residents and visitors. Jim Vincent, Lonnie still works as POL Lead. Getting really good at the dart tournaments. Jarrod McDonough, thanks for fixing Hangar 6, still works and makes my job easier. Linda Josefsdottir, spoke to connie today, she says "hi". Connie and I are the Crazy Eights of Shemya. Spann Brett, what did you mean or know about the "Giants"? Very interested in events of the past involving the Giant Race. As general topics; Phase II is still common and Phase I is when you yell, "Is that all you've got". LOL. There are trees ( though stubby shrubs they may be) and the women outnumber them. Thank god. Cant feed the fox (scruffies) any more. Serios trouble if caught. The Totem Pole has been restored in the fall of 2004 and an additional pole placed in front of the barracks. There are monumental plaques in front of Billeting containing Col. Eareckson and Boozer. Bad news for the "Cobra Den" and "Cliff House". Continual Phase II weather has done severe damage to both buildings. The Den's sign will be restored and kept on the island to preserve its history. The "Cobra Ball" raccquet ball court in hangar 7 has been damaged and will come down soon. The insignia on its outer wall is will be burned or buried when torn down. This sight has been great reading. Nice to see that Debra Krug, Sharon Bradford, Stephen Staska and David Hayes made thier presence known.


Last:
Cress
First:
Thomas
From:
Illinois
Email:
supersarge4@earthlink.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
64.107.125.50
Date:
21 Mar 2005
Time:
20:44:56

Comments

I was on the "ROCK" from August 1969 to August 1970. I was NCOIC of crypto maintenance with the 1964the Comm Sqdn. Although it was not the nicest place to spend a year I guess there were worse places (Tin City, etc,). I retired from the A.F. in 1975, but still miss it.


Last:
Dwelley
First:
Lloyd T. Buzz
From:
Alexander, Maine
Email:
tdwelley@midmaine.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
66.252.38.4
Date:
22 Mar 2005
Time:
13:22:58

Comments

On Shemya 1963-1964.....@ Det 205 - 1155 TOS... Played bass with Gilley and the boys at the NCO Club on Friday night..


Last:
Williams
First:
John
From:
Oregon
Email:
clonejerec@hotmail.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
216.99.204.50
Date:
24 Mar 2005
Time:
03:27:21

Comments

There is a rumor that when the air field on Shemya was being built in 1943, some very large ancient mounds were excavated in order to make way. Allegedly, some enormous human craniums and bones were found by some of the service men. Giants were excavated, as the story goes. Does anyone remember such findings on Shemya? The Washington Post reported in 1944 that a skeleton of an ancient chief over 7 foot tall was uncovered on one of the Aleutian Islands by a service man. Anyways, I just thought that was curious. John

 
 
 

Last:
Christopher
First:
Chris
From:
Tampa Florida
Email:
christop830@netzero.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
4.247.224.126
Date:
02 Apr 2005
Time:
10:48:01

Comments

I served with the 79th USASA from Dec1963-November 1964. Was an interesting place. I did a lot of walking/fishing and beach combing. Caught a serpent like fish approx 4 ft length with many teeth and 1 inch "fangs" in both upper and lower jaws. So far I Found one input from someone I served with on Shemya. IHS Gidday


Last:
Stimson
First:
Tom
From:
web search 673rd Bombardment Squadr
Email:
n3tui@arrl.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.169.107.67
Date:
06 Apr 2005
Time:
23:10:21

Comments

My dad served with the 673rd in the Philippines in WWII. Wanting to read what ever is available of his unit back then. Thanks for any help you may be able to provide. Tom


Last:
Hiott
First:
Steve
From:
Round O SC
Email:
smhiott@lowcountry.com
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
204.116.39.82
Date:
14 Apr 2005
Time:
13:00:53

Comments

just surfing, Was stationed at Shemya April 1980, to April 1981. one hell of a year. Crew Chief on the Cobra Ball that crashed. A long time a go but some things still fresh in my mind. I also have a few picutes. Interested in hearing from my old sac buddies that were there.


Last:
Spivak
First:
Caroline
From:
Anchorage
Email:
caroline@mtaonline.net
WebsiteURL:
Remote Name:
12.110.75.117
Date:
14 Apr 2005
Time:
13:24:37

Comments

Have there been any famous or not so famous women that have died on Shemya? Any ghost stories? A friend of mine is on Shemya and has had two encounters and recently found a photograph with a ghost peering out of the window. Any such knowledge to such a thing on this island? Thank you, Caroline


Last:
Armstrong
First:
Steve
From:
Kentucky
Email:
jivetalk88@aol.com
WebsiteURL:
none
Remote Name:
153.2.247.33
Date:
17 Apr 2005
Time:
14:45:54

Comments

Was shocked to see the picture #71 of the totem with the bra. I was there when one of the comm guys did that. Word was that the CO wouldn't let anyone climb up to remove it for "safety reasons". I remember Hair Bear from the MARS station too. I worked at the Satellite site at the end of the boardwalk down the hill from Bldg 600. We had the best trading material around: access to phone calls home (illegal of course). Thanks for a great trip to my past. I may have some photos to send on as well. I'll look and see. The SATCOM guys adopted an old dog named Duke, who was near death when I left (Apr 77). Kept him at the site near the heater. Great fun. Keep it up. (former) Sgt Armstrong//SATCOM site//Shemya


 

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