Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #137
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 09:03:29 -0500
MAIL-call - PRESERVING FORGOTTEN MEMORIES
This newsletter is intended only for the use of the ASA TURKEY Veteran's. Your memoirs are most welcome to the DAYS OF OUR LIVES and is an effort on my part to preserve the stories and memories of ASA veterans who served in Turkey. Certainly my goal is to collect and to preserve the stories -- that we honor the ASA Turkey veterans and that we educate future generations about what it was like for us COLD WAR veteran's. When sending an email to me - PLEASE include the word ASA in the subject line to insure that I open it and not mistake it for SPAM. Please send along a foto with your BIO that will be included in the DOOL. Go to http://dool-1.tripod.com to view the foto's in their proper sequence thanks be to Bill Simons, the Det 4 webmaster.
**See FaithandAction attachment.
GREEN, Elder RC (gH), DOB: 1936, RA13513638, E7, 982/98C, Det
27, 1-15MY61, Det 120, MY-JL65, Det 27, JN66-OC67 & Det 4-4,
OC67-NO68, (Patty), 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701,
**See Elder RC Green 20 year ASA Career attachment
ESLER, Robert C., CW2, Det 4, 68-69, DOB: 4 June 1931 DOD: 9 February 1996 at Colorado Springs, CO., SSN: 166-24-9876 issued Pennsylvania
GRAMMER, Oscar G., CW4, Det 4, 68-69, DOB: 10 October 1920 DOD: 22 January 1990 at Wash, DC., SSN: 438-14-9926 issued Louisiana
JONES, Larry E 056 Det 4, 64-65, DOB: 29 May 1944 in KY., DOD:
11 July 2003 at Beattyville, KY. SSN: 406-58-7115 issued KY. MSG,
E8, Ret, 1962-1984. Widow: Tina, 453 Old Hopewell Rd., N.
Beattyville, KY 41311, 606-464-2748, email@example.com -
Dear Elder. I have the sad task of informing you that one of the
056s (05D's) I served with at the Point Site of Tuslog Det 4 in
1964 has died of cancer this past July. Larry E. Jones came to
Sinop from Adak. After Sinop in 1965, Larry went to the 5th RRU
in Udorn Thailand (later changed to the 7th RRFS in Ubon) from
June 65 to January 67. After a tour in Vietnam he returned to
Thailand for another three year tour and was at Det B 83rd RRSOU
and Det A (Minburi). Before retiring from the Army, Larry had
various other stateside posts and a posting in Korea. Larry was
diagnosed with cancer and retired as a GS-11 from his civilian
job at Fort Gordon, Georgia and moved back to his native state of
Kentucky. Larry was 59 years old. His widow Tina would like this
added: They were married 14 October 1992. He was a loving husband
not only to Tina but was also a loving father to three step
children: John H. Rogers (Beattyville, Ky), Sonya A. Rogers
(Augusta, GA) and Robert D. Rogers (Beattyville, Ky) for the past
twelve years. Larry always took care of everything, even the
appropriate paper work after his death. After he passed, Tina
found the forms, already filled out to claim death benefits on
the computer printer. He was unable to speak very much during his
final moments, however, with his family at his bedside, he wrote
requests of who he wanted to preach at his funeral and how to
take care of his family. Larry was strong until the end. When he
knew it was time, he called Tina to his side and told her he was
ready. Shortly after, he passed away. Larry was quite a unique
individual. Not only did he serve his country for his entire life
but also was a very dedicated individual to all he loved. He will
be greatly missed. All who served with Larry will miss him also.
Tina M. Jones who now resides in his home town of Beattyville, Kentucky.
SELBY, Richard (Dick) 982 Det 27, 62-63, DOB: 27 September
1939, DOD: 12 December 2000, widow, Barbara, 6710 Anderson St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19119, 215-842-3721 - Bill Hartranft: I roomed
at Det 27 with Billy Bailiff, Vern Negus, Walt Dowdy (now there
was a quiet dude) and Dick Selby (may he rest in peace). You guys
may remember Dick Selby? We stayed good friends until he passed
away in 2000. His life was a troubled one, sad to say. Dick Selby
was born "around" 1940. As far as I know, he always
lived in the Philadelphia area. His mom, Lucy, is still
living.... Dick Selby was like a brother to me. His mom adopted
me and welcomed me into their home when I returned from Det 27. I
think Dick went to Asmara after Det 27. When he returned, we
caused quite a stir in 1965 because of our close friendship.
Often we both stood out when we double dated. He in my
neighborhood and me in his. Fortunately times have changed (but
not enough). I think Dick Selby was a graduate Pennsylvania
University, an electrical engineer. While in Turkey, he taught
English in a Turkish school. Funny how he conned me into marking
test papers. He was the guy who introduced me to Jazz. One of the
last times I saw him and Barbara was at a jazz festival in Cape
May, NJ. He was terribly thin, could hardly walk. I think we both
knew we were meeting for the last time. Dick died just a month
later on 12 December 2000. Sadly, someone stole his wedding ring
and watch. His road was tough and ended tough. Dick's wife
Barbara and daughter are well and still living in the
Philadelphia area. I haven't kept in touch. I have some pictures
of Barbara and Dick at our wedding and will try to find them to
forward to you. In the meantime, attached is a group shot at one
of our Trick #1 parties. Dick is standing off to the right
hoisting a glass of, if I knew him, Johnny Walker. Now it is our
time to hoist one to Dick Selby.
**See the Det 27 -1963-Tk#1 party attachment.
WOODS, Daniel F., DOB: 1920, DOD: 27 September 2003 at
Bedford, TX from COPD from smoking, CW4, A/Adj, Det 4, FE69-FE70,
widow, Carolyn. Information received from his son, Daniel, III,
who resides at 110 Bentley Way, Fayetteville, GA 30214,
770-461-1370. Dan informed that Det 4 was his Dad's one and only
ASA assignment during his 33 year Army career that included
service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam in the Airborne Infantry.
A FORT DEVENS MEMORY TRIP
The Fort Devens Hospital was a most complete medical treatment facility in the New England area and during the Vietnam War provided 155 beds for Vietnam evacues requiring orthopedic surgery and treatment. All of you ex-ASA'er veteran's went thru the Fort Devens Hosp, either on sick-call at the Outpatient Clinic; to the Dentist; to get "SHOTS" or to pick up your medical records when clearing post for destination Turkey.
See the Ft Devens Hosp attachment.
The 2004 ASA TURKEY REUNION at Huntsville, Alabama
The Marriott Hotel-Resort-Suites will host the 2004 ASA Turkey Reunion. Their address is Five Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805. Rooms will be $70.00 per night. An 11% state lodging tax and a city surcharge of $1.00 per room per night will be added to your bill. This price is good for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (16-18 Sept) nights only. You may make your reservation by calling 1-888-299-5174 or 256-830-2222. When you call in, you must mention that you are coming for the ASA Turkey Reunion. If you would like to arrive early or stay later than these three days call Mrs Monica Yearick at 256-830-2222 ext 6100 and she will work with you on a rate other than the normal rate of $139.00. The normal rates for this time of year are Singles $139.00 + and Parlor 275.00. For additional information go to http://dool-1.tripod.com or contact Ernie Carrick at ecbccar@surfbest
NOTE: PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY. IF WE NEED MORE THAN 70 ROOMS WE WILL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING THEM EARLY. IF WE SHOULD NEED MORE ROOMS IN LATE JULY-AUGUST, I MIGHT HAVE TO PUT YOU IN ANOTHER HOTEL
1963 MSC TRACK & FIELD TEAM
The 1963 MSC Track and Field Team was selected at a meet in Ankara and for 3 weeks the team practiced in Athens, Greece for the European Championship in Wiesbaden Germany. The MSC team was coached by an Air Force Captain named Larry Means and consisted of 11 athletes, seven being ASA'ers, six from Det 27 and one from Det 4 (Ken Katzer). While in Athens Ken Katzer and Hank Neill trained with a Marine Lieutenant named Billy Mills. At that time Katzer and Neill were aware that Mills in 1958, 1959 and 1960 was an All-American in cross country at the University of Kansas. Later they learned that Mills' won the GOLD MEDAL in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. At that time it was one of the most shocking upsets in modern sports. The 1984 movie "Running Brave" was based on Mills victory. To date, no other American has won a gold medal in the 10,000 meters. The USAFE track meet was held 19-20 July 1963 at the Berliner Strasse Stadium, Wiesbaden, Germany. The 11 man squad from the Mediterranean Conference, the smallest of the meets five competing teams, surprised everyone on the first day of the two day meet by taking second place just ahead of the U.K. Conference. Here is what Stars and Stripes had to say about Ted Nelson's (Det 27) performance: "A great effort was turned in by Mediterraniean's Ted Nelson who shaved almost two seconds off the former USAFE mark by running the 1,500 meters in 4:03.6. In so doing, he outclassed his own coach, former record-holder Larry Means, who won the event in 1962 but couldn't do better than third this time."
During the first day, here is how the Mediterranean team finished:
400 meter relay: 3rd (I don't know who was on the team.)
1,500 meter run: 1st (Ted Nelson, Det 27), 3rd (Larry Means, USAF, Athens)
3,000 meter steeplechase: 1st (Ken Katzer, Det 4), 4th (Hank Neill)
Shot Put: 4th (Lew Smallwood)
During the second day, these are the only results I have:
5,000 meter run: 2nd (Ken Katzer, Det 4)
Hank Neill: Ted Nelson won the 800 meters and, perhaps, the 400 meters on day two. We may have had others who placed in various events but I have no record of them. I believe Ted qualified to go on to the Conseil International du Sports Militaire (CISM) Championships while the rest of us headed back to Turkey ... and that was not easy. I remember sitting around the airport in Germany for days, finally flying to Chatereaux, France, and finally getting a hop to Athens on an old transport plane the U. S. was transferring to Pakistan to help them with their troubles with India. The plane was so old, one of us sitting in the back on the web seats had to keep a headset on to stay in communication with the pilot ... and we all had to wear or sit on parachutes! (This I can prove as I have a picture of three of us in the plane.) As I remember it, we somehow then flew from Athens to Ankara. It was a great adventure for a young soldier.
**See the 1963 MSC Track&Field Team attachment. Front Row, L-R: Unknown-Det 27, Ted Nelson-Det 27, Lonny Couvillon-Det 27, Hank Neill-Det 27, Clark Andridge-Det 27 & Unknown-Det 27. Standing: Unknown, Larry Means-USAF - team captain from Athens, Unknown, Unknown, Ken Katzer-Det 4 & Unknown.
Brian Alpert, Det 4, 64-65
David Bass, Det 4, 70-71, 80-81, 83-84 & 87-88
Preston Bell, Det 27, 65-66
Chuck Bergmann, Det 27, 66-67
Brad Bowrey, Det 4, 68-69
*Jim Brock, Det 4, 68-69
Dennis Brooke, Det 27, 62-64
Ernie Carrick, Det 4, 57-58
Richard Daniels, Det 4, 62
*Jim DeFord, Det 4, 68-69
Melvin Edwards, Det 4, 57-58
Bob Elkins, Det 4, 68-69
Arthur Ellis, Det 27, 60-62
Peter Erber, Det 4, 64-65
Jim Forbus, Det 4, 58-59
Ron Galloni, Det 4, 80-81
*Bill Garner, Det 4, 68
Gary Glahn, Det 4, 68-69
*Jerry Glaser, Det 4, 60-61
Doug Hanewinckel, Det 4, 70-71
Jim Hannah, Det 4, 74-75
*Jim Harber, Det 27, 62-63
Bill Hartranft, Det 27, 62-64
Paul Hopkins, Det 27, 62-64
Dwight Jenkins, Det 4, 57-58
Ed Jones, Det 27, 62-65
*Ken Katzer, Det 4, 63-64
George Kincannon, Det 4, 68-69 & 84-85
Jon Kjoller, Det 4, 58-59
Joe Lanier, Det 4, 57-58
*Norman Mau, Det 27
Ed McChord, Det 4, 66-67
Ted Midtaune, Det 27, 62-64
Tom Mitcheltree, Det 4, 66-67
*T.K (Kirk) Nelson, Det 27, 60-63
Lenny Nezuch, Det 4, 81-82
Richard Riedy, Det 4, 57-59
Charlie Rodrigues, Det 4, 59-60
Robert Sandlin, Det 4, 69-70
Dave Sheehan, Det 4, 68-69
George Staiti, NAVDET 4, 68-69
*Dwayne Stoos, Det 4, 63-64
Bill Swenson, Det 4-2, 66-68
Andy Wacendak, Det 4, 66-67
Ed (Wags) Wagner, Det 27, 62-64
*Ted Willingham, Det 27, 66-68
* Denotes photo attached
ALPERT, Brian DOB 1944 RA19766940 E3-E4 056 Det 4,
29MY64-30AP65, (Sakoto), 202 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017,
Dear Elder, A while back you sent out an e-mail with the names of people on The Hill in the 1964-65 time period. I recently lost the hard drive on my computer so I no longer have that list. I recently managed to contact an old Sinop Buddy who has a great memory and I would love to run those names by him.
BASS, David K., (Dave), DOB: 1943, RA18705126, E6, 98J, Det 4, MR70-MR71, & WO1 Det 4, JL80-AU81, CW2 83-84 CW3 87-88, (Sandra), Rte 3 Bx 268N, Seminole, OK 74868, 405-382-1361, firstname.lastname@example.org - Contacted on 8 February 2004. Dave served at Sinop for a total of 4 plus years, once as a E6 and later as Warrant Officer. Each tour was full of anecdotes which he promised to put to words and submit for inclusion in the DOOL. Enlisted in August 1965 at Albuquerque, New Mexico for duty with the ASA and 24 years later retired as a CW3. He had spent 14.5 years as EM rising to SFC E7. Took basic training at Fort Ord, California, then sent to Fort Devens. During the code testing in basic he deliberately flunked. At Devens completed the 19 weeks of 98J ELINT school and was promoted to SP4. The previous MOS for 98J was 993 and his class was the first to be classified as 98J's. In January 1967 was sent to Weisbaden, Germany and duty with tri-service unit there. Was advanced to SP6 there, then back to Devens as a instructor. In March 1970 arrived via PAN AM Clipper at Esenboga Airport in Ankara. Was met by liaison personnel at the airport and after processing found himself loading his duffel bag onto the top of a small Turkish bus destined for Samsun. The 12 hour cramped bus ride was interesting in that his knees got to know his chin quite well in the small spaces between seats, etc. At Samsun they were fed & later boarded a military bus for the 4-5 hour trip to Sinop. During the trip the GI escort said they were stopping at a roadside eatery and recommended that all of us sample the food. We did and didn't get the Turkey trots that most said we would. Promised to write BIO and send photo's
BELL, Preston L., E2-E5 982 Det 27, MY65-DE66, 25445 Jasper
Rd., Barstow, CA 92311, email@example.com -gH. Thanks amigo.
Looks like somebody spoofed Clark Bryan's email. What concerned
me was it appeared to be out of place and did not all fit
together. I was afraid someone was trying to either get info from
me or planting a virus. After further inspection, I don't believe
it was a virus but an administrative function of my virus
checker. It thought the file was a hidden file, which is a common
method for viruses to get planted on computers. Also all the
parts are there (TUSLOG Veterans/'those who haven't provided a
mini autobiography, or favorite memories of TURKEY, OR an
Occupational Title'/the @nsa.gov part of the spoofed email
address). Currious, heh? :-) Anyway, I guess all is well, but you
might want to keep an eye out for this particular message. Thanks
again and also thanks for the pictures in the DOOL's. They came
through just fine. Don't lament about your internet connection. I
am in the same boat. Large files don't do well on a dial-up, heh?
:-) Some day though!!! Preston of the Mojave I am adding Tom
Bodine to my relay list for DOOL. We are old friends and had a
super reunion in 2003 along with Al Lafo. He was inquiring about
DOOL and I told him I would add him back in. His email account
went belly up when he came back to the states. He is at
By the way, I am into natural building and my next workshop is in New Mexico. If you know of anyone that is interested in this sort of thing I have attached a flyer on it:
Please join us and participate in the creative learning process of natural building. We will be constructing a straw bale entrance wall, waiting area and bulletin board cover from the ground up. In addition, the first day, Friday, 4 June 2004 will be an all day Natural Building House Tour. Included will be an earthship, an adobe, a straw bale and perhaps others all located within El Morro Ranches. This workshop and tour will allow you the opportunity to come away with a working understanding of how the use of natural materials (straw bale in this case) can be incorporated with recycled materials for a low cost and beautiful structure. We will have a follow-on workshop 26/27 June 2004 to apply a natural earthen plaster using a proprietary system. Schedule: 4 June 2004: 0830-4:30 Natural Building Tour (Incl. morning coffee and lunch). 5 June 2004: 0830-0500 Instruction/hands-on straw bale workshop Incl. Coffee/lunch. 0700:0900 Two-hour introduction to earthen and straw bale building Includes slides and 'touch and feel' samples. 6 June 2004: 0830-0500 2nd day of hands-on straw bale workshop. Incl. Coffee/lunch. 7 June 2004: Optional 'No-Fee' day. Lunch on your own. Nice restaurants close by. Fees: $20 per day. This includes morning coffee, a mid day potluck lunch provided by the residents of the ranch, and free primitive camping (tents and RVs).
BERGMANN, Chuck (JC) DOB 1943 RA15733827 E4 058 Det 27,
MY66-DE67, (Helen), 29813 Foote Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140,
440-871-5346 firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
[edited] Hi Elder - 2/16/2004 - I have been thinking how we can prepare the 2004 MEMORY BOOK. Since the 2003 MEMORY BOOK was and is so big at this time maybe what we should do is start a Volume II or Book II. In other words, I'm suggesting, that you break it off from the last one and start another one that is a continuation. That will keep the size of the file you work on down to a more reasonable size. For the most part the CD's I've been sending out have been working just fine. It is a little too early yet for me to let you know if Helen and I are going to be able to make the 2004 reunion. I have been trying to keep my schedule clear for that date. Chuck Bergmann
BOWREY, Bradley (Brad) YOB 1948 RA16992891 E3-E4 98B/98C Det 4, JL68-JL69, (Helena), Beverly, WV 26253, 304-636-1472, firstname.lastname@example.org. - The manner in which I found that Brad Bowrey was stationed at Det 4 is simply a stroke of luck. Brad was a 98B instructor at Fort Devens while I was the NCOIC of "B" Division (Cryptanalysis). Brad was the line coach on my 1971 champion Fort Devens Youth Football Team called the LIONS. I found Brad Bowrey on switchboard.com and called. During the conversation Brad informed that he had retired as a E7 in 1987 and when asked if he was ever stationed in Turkey said, Yes, in Sinop. Said that there was not much need for a C/A man and was cross-trained as a T/A man. Remembers only a Jennings Elkins from WV.
BROCK, Jim, DOB: 1924, RA14489409, E7, 98Z, Det 4, JN68-MY69,
(Caroline), 1668 Silverwood Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-877-2445, email@example.com - Elder, I was in Sinop from June
1968-Apr 1969. Ops Sgt, Acting First Sgt, and NCO Club Custodian.
One heck of a tour. Lt Col John O'Connor was the CO and Jim
Bobette was the CSM there when I left. MSG Howard (Gabby) Fenton
was 1SG when I arrived. SFC Eldon Screws was there. SFC Bill
Garner, now president of 13th USASA Reunion group. SSG Otis
Wilbon, SFC Mack Calhoun, was the NCO Club Custodian until
medically returned to the USA. I retired as a E9 in 1979 with 26
years active duty. I may have a set of orders somewhere, with
more Det 4 names and will sit down and write my BIO for the ASA
**See the ASA Picnic Blobs Park 2003 attachment. ID of those in foto, L-R: Val Antonello, Jim Brock, Elder and Patty Green
BROOKE, Dennis D., (DD), DOB: 1943, RA17608528, E3-E4, 058,
Det 27, SE62-3MR64, (Barbara), 1720 Fender Rd., Naperville, IL
60565, 630-983-7296, firstname.lastname@example.org
**See Bumpa&Duh attachment.
CARRICK, Ernie, DOB: 1936, RA25358534, E3-E4, Personnel, Det
4, NO57-OC58, (Betty), 6111 Fairfield Dr., Huntsville, AL 35811,
256-852- 6180, email@example.com ELDER - THESE ARE NEW PEOPLE
THAT I HAVE TALKED TO. YOU MIGHT WANT TO TALK TO THEM ALSO. WILL
KEEP YOU UP ON WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. GOOD TO TALK TO YOU THIS
EVENING. TELL PATTY HELLO AND I HOPE YOUR DOG DOES OK. ERN &
BETTY ELDER, PLEASE ADD THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR DATA FILES
James (Jim) Forbus, 665 Bynum Acres Drive, Anniston, AL, 256-237-3345, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Wife Sara, Det 4, Sinop, 1958-1959. Will attend Reunion 2004.
Steward Hammett, 16222 Crego Road, Dekalb, IL 60115, 815-756-9095, No Email, Wife Linda, Det 4, Sinop, 1958-1959. Will attend Reunion 2004
Benny G. Mitchell, PO Box 493, Bynum, AL 36253, 256-237- 6394, Email: email@example.com, Wife: Linda, Det 4, Sinop, 1972-1973, Will attend Reunion 2004
Dwight Jenkins, 13881 Road 614, Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350, 601-650-9156, No Email, Det 4, Sinop, E4, MOS 058, 1958-1959. Will attend Reunion 2004.
Melvin Edwards, 66103 Royal Court, Brandon, Mississippi, 601-420-5110, No Email, Det 4, Sinop, E4, MOS: Motor Pool, 1958-1959
Joe Lanier, 216 Valley One Drive, Winnsboro, SC 29180, 803-482-6954, No Email, Det 4, Sinop, E4, Signal Supply, 1958-1959
James (Jim) Rogers Hannah, 145 Robinson Cove Road, Leicester, NC 28748, 828-683-1668, - Will attend Reunion 2004
DANIELS, Richard R., E3-E4, 059, Det 4, 62,
Greensboro, NC. "318 th , 183rd?, 1962-1964. ASA survivors, I was at Herzo Base from Mar. or April of 1962-1964. My MOS was 059. Shortly after arriving, 20 of us (troops who were MOS 059) were sent to Turkey, to Diogenes Station for about 3 months. Don't remember everyone, but there was BENNIE Dale RENICK (from Oklahoma 580-276-5191 Marietta, OK), DAILY (from Chicargo); Daily dated a young lady from Herzogenaurach, don't know if he married her, ROGER COTTRELL (from Indiania), SPADACHINO, I think ED MASSALERO (from NY) and other faces I see but cannot put a name to. There was a tall, red haired SP5 in charge of the group. Some of us missed our first Oktoberfest because of this. I later crossed-trained in another MOS (don't recall its number) and was sent to a base which was within one long days drive from Herzo, was located in a mountainous region, was in the 5K Zone, and its perimeter was patrolled by armed Deutsch soldiers accompanied by german shepards (who scared h**l out of me one night). I would like to know the name and location of this post if what I've said rings a bell with anyone. It very much resembles the base mentioned by an unidentified subscriber who registered on 9/?/99 (I think; I can't find where I read about this base on the Czech border) Anyway, if anyone knows where this base might have been, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org , or send info to this feedback. Having read some of the Gablingen History Page, I would like to visit the area. I hope to go to Germany sometime in 2005. Would like to hear from anyone who was a Herzo Base or just in Germany. Contact Requested"
DeFORD, James W., YOB: 1934, RA14542921, E4-E6, 98C, Det 4,
JN68-JN69, 2055 Hamburg Loop, Savannah, TN 38372, 731-925-2173,
email@example.com E5 DOR 14AU68 E6 DOR 20FE69
Elder, I only vaguely remember Eric Masters. I believe he was on straight days and worked on some special project.
**See Det 4 TK2 98C's 68 attachment. The people in the T/A photo that I remember are front row, left to right: Carlson, Dye, and Steve Coston. That's me, Jim DeFord in back row, 4th from left. Carlson stayed in the ASA and was stationed at Ft Meade in 1976.
EDWARDS, Melvin (Fobby & Eddie), YOB: 1935, RA24906073, E4, Motor Pool, Det 4, AP57-1MR58, (Doris), 210 Bradford Pl., West, Richland, MS 39128, 601-420-5110, no email
ELKINS, Robt E (Bob) E5 Det 4, 68-69, firstname.lastname@example.org per Taylor
ELLIS, Arthur L (Art) DOB 1936 RA14627775 E5-E6 P2 286.2 Det
27, 60-MY62, (Sally),759B Cedar Crest Dr., Warrenton, VA 20186,
540-347-0540, email@example.com BPED 26JN56 ETS 1AP65
I have recently unpacked my slides of my tour in Turkey and will have photos made of the slide and see if I can send them to you. I will also try to split the pictures I sent you before a send them as single shots. Fond Regards and KTF.
ERBER, Peter DOB: 1941, 1LT, Post Engr., Det 4, SE64-SE65, (Suzan), 70 Pine Cove, Senantobia, MS 38668, 662-562-5975, firstname.lastname@example.org - Merhaba Elder, The SINOP 1964 model ship on ebay was mine but I sold it a month ago at a garage sale. The man who bought it must have offered it up on ebay. It had been gathering dust in our attic for 24 years and it was damaged so it was time to let it go. I still have some other momentos from Sinop that I keep on display in my living room. I recently came across a picture of the officers and civilian contractors at Sinop dated 31 August 1965 a month before I left there. No names on the picture unfortunately and I remember only one or two of the men. I am getting the DOOL's from Chuck Bergmann. When I left Sinop in September 1965 I was discharged immediately after having served three years. Went to work for Armstrong Cork in Boston where I met my wife and was married. Then I went back to school at the U. of Virginia to get my MBA graduating in 1969. Took a job with Continental Can Co. in N.Y.C. and then from there to Cleveland, OH, McRae, GA., Corbin, KY, Bradley, IL and finally Senatobia, MS. Worked for a number of companies over those years. We have three children and four grandchildren, the latest born this past week. Also have one on the way. I am now retired for the last four years and trying to enjoy life and my grandchildren, 3 of whom live within an hours drive. Don't know about the ASA Turkey reunion in September. Huntsville is only about 3 hours so I may try to make it over there. I will make a copy of the picture I have and send it to you. Peter Erber
FORBUS, James (Jim) YOB 1938 RA14611142 E4 Supply Det 4, MR58-MY59, (Sara), 665 Bynum Acres Dr., Anniston, AL 36201, 256-237-3345, email@example.com - Contacted on 28 February 2004 after being located by Ernie Carrick. Jim Forbus was a lifer serving in the ASA from 1956-1976 retiring as a 76Z E8 at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. Native of Sylacauga, Alabama. Took basic at Fort Jackson, then off to Fort Devens for about 6 months and worked as a clerk before sending him to Fort Gordon for schooling in parts identifying. Then to Fort Bragg - then to Det 4 in Sinop via 2 1/2 ton in March 1958. At Sinop worked in Supply with Stu Hammett. Fondly remembers the outhouses, GIMP Hall, hauling water to the hill, the rationing of water resulting in once a week date with the shower. Remembers Jack Dunlap working in the Motor Pool, but never heard that Dunlap was recruited by the KGB while at Det 4 and that he continued spying for the Soviet Union until caught in 1963. Doesn't remember too many names from that tour. Does however, remember Dutch Cronk who was hurriedly shipped out of Det 4 in a courier bag. Rumor had it that Cronk had a affair with either the Police Chief or Fire Chief's wife and everyone knew that that was a NO, NO! Often wondered what happened to Cronk. Other assignments after Det 4 were Vint Hill Farms; Chitose, Japan; ASA Field Rep at Amarillo, TX.; Udorn, Thailand; Hakata, Japan; Fort Bragg; Vietnam; Fort Devens and lastly at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. As a civilian worked as a General Manager for a Chevrolet, Olds and Buick dealership from 1976 to 2000. Said that he had a good life until he reached age 60 when he suffered a stroke to his left side and now more-or-less relies on his faithful wife, Sara, for the necessities of daily life. Plans to attend the 2004 reunion at Huntsville.
GALLONI, Ron DOB 1948 W1-W2 Maint Det 4, OC80-OC81, (Barbara),
7 Jonathan Ln., Townsend, MA 01474, 978-597-2286,
firstname.lastname@example.org - Contacted on 11 February 2004. His name
was given to me by Dave Bass.
GARNER, Bill, YOB: 1940, RA18541472, E7, 059, Det 4, JA68-DE68, (Sylvia, married March 1958), 609 S. Main St., Red Springs, NC 28377, 910-843-3553, email@example.com - Contacted on 27 February 2004. Bill is a native of Oklahoma. Enlisted in 1957 for 3 years in the ASA. Took basic at Fort Carson, CO and then on to Fort Devens where he graduated from the 058 school. His first assignment was to Wildwood Station in Kenai, Alaska. Wildwood was closed in July 1959 and Bill was sent to Fort Richardson in Ankorage, Alaska and then to a ASA detachment at Eielson AFB which was about 30 miles from Fairbanks where he worked in COMSEC (MOS 055). After the Alaska tour was sent to Fort Bragg, but declined Airborne training, and 4 months later in October 1960 was on orders for ASA duty at Menwith Hill Station (13th FS) , England where he stayed until May 1965. It was there that his PMOS was changed to 059. After England was sent to Vint Hill Farms for two years and then to Pensacola, Florida for 6 months training in the 059 field. After this was sent to Det 4 in Sinop. Took the overnight Black Sea Steamer to Sinop from Istanbul and on return trip. At Det 4 served, at different times, as the Watch NCO on all four rotating tricks. He was also the Acting First Sergeant of Hqs Co for the 3 months. Considered SINOP a GOOD TOUR. Remembers 1SG Gabby Fenton, CSM James Boyette, 1SG Don Hotchkiss, MSG's Harry Craft, Charlie Shannon, SFC's Jim Brock, Floyd Keefer, James Flowers, and Eldon Screws, WO1 Courtney Sampson, 2lt Ken Furlow, Major Alvin Sprehe, LtCol's John O'Connor and Hank LaBrecque, et al. Assignments after Sinop were 3 years at NSA; 3 years in Cheltenham, England working for SUSLO (L); to bootstrap in August 1974 to Oklahoma City University; then to the Sgt Maj Academy at Fort Bliss, August 1975-February 1976; then to Fort McPherson as the ASA Liaison NCO; then to Augsburg; then Fort Stewart, GA; and to a final assignment with the 207th MI Brigade in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Retired as a Command Sergeant Major in December 1987 with 30 years active duty. The official retirement station was Fort Sill, OK, but I was never assigned to Fort Sill. The retirement ceremony was held Indoors at Kulturhaus, Kornwestheim, Germany. During the 30 years active service received the Legion of Merit, 3 Meritorious Swervice Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (10 awds), plus several service ribbons. Promotions dates: E5 (Jun 61), E6 (Nov 62), E7 (Oct 65), E8 (May 72), and E9 (Jun 77 w/appt to CSM Sep 79)
Considers Menwith Hill Station, England as his BEST assignment - because he grew from a young soldier to NCO there. All assignments were good, just a couple he would not want to repeat. Following retirement, completed MBA at University of Central Oklahoma, followed by 13 ½ years employment by DOD as investigator for security clearances. Enjoying full retirement since August 2003. Beginning in 1990, organized the 13th USASA Field Station Association, and serves as the president of the organization.
See Bill & Sylvia Garner attachment.
GLAHN, Gary R., 98C E2-E4 Det 4, 68-69, (Neta), 807 E. Ash St., Marceline, MO 64658, 660-376-2996, no email. Talked to Neta on 3 February 2004. Gave her my phone number and info on the DOOL website and also the Det 4 website. Said that Gary has kept in touch with Bill Rea. per Madison
GLASER, Gerald (Jerry) DOB: 1940 RA15612661 E3-E4 056 Det 4,
60-61, (Joan), 1211 Lakerise Overlook, Gallatin, TN 37066,
615-822-3672, firstname.lastname@example.org - [edited] Recently I spent
some time going through some old SINOP photo's and slides.
Needless to say, it brought back a lot of smiles and memories of
my unforgetable tour on the HILL. I'm sending along a photo of
two unidentified SP4's taking a BREAK on one of the infamous
1960-1961 iki-pachuk convoys from Sinop to Samsun to Ankara and
vice versus. These SP4's had to be my friends as I took their
photo as a memory. Now I've forgotten their names and kick myself
in the butt for not writing names on the back of the photo. For
those who remember - give me and gH a hoot. Thought someone would
know who they are. Jerry Glaser - The hill 1960-1961.
((Photo attachment missing))
HANEWINCKEL, Doug YOB 1946 RA: ??, E4-E5 33C Det 4, OC70-OC71, (Linda), 6579 Dovecote Dr., Columbia, MD 21044, 410-964-0225, email@example.com - Had a interesting chat with Doug Hanewinckel on 8 February 2004. Promised to send BIO and photo's.
HANNAH, James Rogers (Pappy) YOB 1935 RA14663535 Det 4, 74-75,
(Mary Ann), 145 Robinson Cove Rd., Leicester, NC 28748,
828-683-1668, firstname.lastname@example.org - Birth certificate and given
name was Jimmie Rogers Hannah. Was named after the Railroad
country singer Jimmie Rogers, but the Army insisted for an
unknown reason that Jimmie Rogers Hannah was not acceptable and
had him change it to James Rogers Hannah. Enlisted for duty with
the ASA on 16 September 1957 at Charlotte, North Carolina. After
basic training at Camp Gordon, Georgia was sent to Devens and
completed 058 training, but never worked as a ditty-bopper,
instead worked in the clerical field for most of his 26 year ASA
career that ended on 1 October 1983 as a Sergeant Major at
Arlington Hall, VA. See below for a listing of Pappy Hannah's ASA
Elder, Jim enjoyed talking to on the phone the other evening. He doesn't do much on the computer but he does like to get news from friends with the e-mail. He has me write return messages. Jim told me you are interested in info on his Army career. I have attached a listing of his duty stations that may be of interest to you. An addition to the "This is Your Life" story follows. We moved from Manassas, Virginia to Asheville, NC in '93. Both our sons had finished college and were married and on their own. With no college bills to pay we retired. At first we had a house in town and Jim worked part-time at Lowes. We have 45 acres at a community called Big Sandy Mush - this is where Jim's family lived and he grew up. About 5 years ago we built a house at Sandy Mush and moved here. We have to drive about 30 minutes to a grocery store and 45 into downtown Asheville. Jim has some beef cattle and honey bees. We live next door to his cousin, who has always farmed. The cows are all pastured together and Jim works with his cousins most everyday doing farm chores. We love it here in the
mountains. Our place is in a cove and very private and peaceful. We enjoy watching the wild birds at our feeders. We have 9 cats (only 1 inside) that amuse us. The outside ones are suppose to be barn cats but have taken up residence on our front porch. Lately a small possum has been coming to gobble up some of their dry food in the evening. We enjoy attending ASA Reunions in order to keep in touch with old Army friends. We have made a number of trips south to join the Florida ASA and Friends (FASAF) get togethers. In the fall seasons we have gone to a number of Chitose reunions in different parts of the US. This fall we are signed up to attend the ASA Turkey Reunion in Huntsville. We have never been to a Turkey Reunion and Jim is really looking forward to seeing some buddies from his time at Sinop in '74. Hope this is the info you were looking for. Let me know if you need anything else. Maybe we will get to meet you in Huntsville in September.
The 26 year listing of Duty Stations for retired Sergeant Major Hannah follows:
1957 - Basic at Gordon, then Training, Fort Devans, Mass.
58-61 - HQ's Co, Two Rock Ranch Station, Calif.
61-64 - P&C & Ops, 12th USASAFS, Chitose, Japan
64-67 - NSA, Fort Meade, Maryland
67-68 - DOD Spec Rep, Davis Station, Siagon, RVN
68-69 - S-2, Two Rock Ranch Station, Petaluma, Calif.
69-71 - HQ's Co, 12th USASAFS, Chitose, Japan
71-72 - ASA Det, Misawa AFB, Japan
72-74 - PP&P Det, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
1974 - Det 4, Sinop, Turkey
76-78 - NSA Spt Gp, Fort Meade, Maryland
78-83 - DESPER, Arlington Hall, Virginia
1 October 1983 Retired as SGM E-9
83-93 - Worked for the Hecht Company in Manassas, Virginia
93-99 - Worked part time at Lowes in Asheville, North Carolina
99 present Live on farm with beef cows and honey bees in the mountain community of Big Sandy Mush, North Carolina
HARBER, Jim YOB: 1943, RA14770172, E3-E5 058-Tk#1 Det 27,
19MY62-27OC63, (Becky), 1326 Oakmont Dr., Acworth, GA 30102,
404-771-3074, email@example.com - When you bring up the 058 ops
ID's that we used at Det 27.... Well, my ID letters were JF....
Someone was using JH... I remember we had a real nice guy come on
board on Trick-1, probably in Mid 1963.... and he thought for a
long time that I was Jim Farber... even though those fatiques had
your name spelled out... His name was, I think, Craig
Aldridge.... He was blondish and wore glasses... I sat in Room-1,
I think about 3rd from front on left side... Andridge sat behind
me... I think maybe Ward Wells sat in back position behind
Andridge.... looking forward to Huntsville.... You have finally
sent a picture from my era at Det-27 [it was of the 1963 MSC
Track & Field team] which I can definitely assist you
with.... the first unknown, just after Hank Neill, is one of my
old 058 buddies on Trick-1... Clark P. Andridge.... I spoke with
Clark just before Christmas... He is a retired Los Angeles
policeman. I will attempt to get him to the Huntsville reunion
this year. More later... I will get you another image of Clark..
Here are some pictures that I promised Elder... a good one of the
"village Gi's" - need help with first GI, then Al
(Almon, I think) Poland and Walter Dowdy. Airplane picture has
Tony Haas & Ken Spano.. Joseph Vinovich who had his wife over
with him, was from Albuquerque, NM. Well, I got carried away
since most of these images are very small in size....Robert Dance
left prematurely after being accepted to West Point...
See 2002 ASA Turkey reunion at Hershey attachment.
ID of those in the foto, L-R: Jim Van Brocklin, Det 4, Patty Green, Elder Green, Gene Cram, Josie & Roy DesRussseaux, Beverly Dubicki and Jim Harber. Roy wants it known that that's a soft drink and not a Iron City that he's drinking
HARTRANFT, Bill YOB: 1943 RA13735181 E3-E5 058 TK#1 Det 27, 18OC62-27JL64, (Sheila), 69 Manor Ave., Oaklyn, NJ 08107, 856-858-6756, firstname.lastname@example.org - This gem is from Delbert Dumbf$#%. His real ID is Dennis D. Brooke, ops ID was DD...(funny how the mind works, I always remember him as DD Brooks. Anyway, Patrick J. Wallace (Wally) sat in front of me on Trick 1. There were so many damn flies we were plagued. Out of boredom, we'd have fly races. We'd each catch a fly, pull off their wings and race them down my ops table between straws. What Wally didn't know was that I pulled off his flies' legs when he turned to copy an Rxxx. We had to be careful to pull off an equal number of legs from each side, otherwise they'd run in circles. Wally always got pissed when his fly would lose. His comment was, "F$%#in' fly", then a thumb on it. In Room 130, Vern Negus, Jim ( Moms) Mabry and I kept a score sheet of the flies we killed. This was right after the base fertilized. We each had over a hundred flies killed in our room a month. Guess it was cruel but flies were a plague. Another thing we did was to learn a word a day, post it, use it in conversation. I mean, how many people use the words, internecine or mutational? In thinking back, those were really fun times. We just didn't appreciate it then. My Det 27 ops ID was WD. I think somewhere in the archives of our notes, we discussed Craig Aldridge about 2 years ago. Let's see.... California? Grew himself a mustache (as we all did) whilst there. Nice guy, quiet and muscular but not like Walt Dowdy. Craig was on the Post Track team in 1963 and spent some time in Wiesbaden, Germany. Anybody remember Walt Dowdy? Now there was a quiet dude. He roomed with me, Billy Bailiff, Vern Negus and Dick Selby (may he rest in peace). Billy Bailiff was quite the character and we played many a trick on him. Billy was a hillbilly and had FALSE TEETH. Once we rubbed sheep shit on Billy's false teeth and mixed it in his tobacco pouch? Billy used to slip out his dentures and put them on the window sill before sacking out. When he woke up each day, he'd pop them in his mouth. We paid for the sheep shit in the tobacco because he smoked it in the 058 intercept room. Walt Dowdry was an 058 and would puff furiously on his pipe when he copied code. You guys may remember Dick Selby. We stayed good friends until he passed away in 2000. His life was a troubled one, sad to say. Enough..... Dick Selby was born "around" 1940. As far as I know, he always lived in the Philadelphia area. His mom, Lucy, is still living.... Richard Selby was like a brother to me. Richard's mom adopted me and welcomed me into their home when I returned from Det 27. I think Dick went to Asmara after Det 27. When he returned, we caused quite a stir in 1965 because of our close friendship. Often we both stood out when we double dated. He in my neighborhood and me in his. Fortunately times have changed (but not enough). Dick Selby was a Univ of Pennsylvania Grad, an electrical engineer. While in Turkey, he taught English in a Turkish school. Funny how he conned me into marking test papers. He was the guy who introduced me to Jazz. One of the last times I saw him and Barbara was at a jazz festival in Cape May, NJ. He was terribly thin, could hardly walk. I think we both knew we were meeting for the last time. Richard died just a month later on 12 December 2000. Sadly, someone stole his wedding ring and watch. His road was tough and ended tough. Dick's wife Barbara and daughter are well as far as I know. I haven't kept in touch. I have some pictures of Barbara and Dick at our wedding and will try to find them to forward to you. In the meantime, attached is a group shot at one of our Det 27 parties. Dick is standing off to the right hoisting a glass of, if I knew him, Johnny Walker. Dick was not an 058 but a 982 analyst. Patrick J Wallace was a Kentuckian. He sat in front of me. I remember him as a really good guy. Craig Andridge was from California and Moms Mabey from Oklahoma City, OK. We had some really fun times together. He had a warped sense of humor as most of us had. He drove a little sports car at home and told me that the ideal woman for him would be one free enough to pee on his garage door at night while standing in the headlights of his car. I always hoped he was joking. I remember we went to town the night before he left for Germany. I was mostly a beer drinker but that night he convinced me to drink the same as him, Tom Collins. I remember sitting and chatting with him until I had to hit the head. Well, as soon as I stood up, I fell flat on my ass. I was blind drunk and I remember his spinning face laughing. Haven't had gin since 1964. The 058 ops tables were (I think) not much larger than a typewriter table with two drop leaves for output. The cabinet that held the two R390's had a shelf and I think we used to slide one side of the table under the shelf to stay close to our tethered love, the R390A. We raced the flies on the aisle side of the table.Ok, here's another "thing"... long ago in a place far away, we hung Larry Roten from his belt on a clothes hook on the right hand side of his wall locker. His locker was the last on a row of 6. I think I remember we went to the movies after we did it and came back afterwards to find him asleep. Sorry Larry but that's my memory. Was your ID RR? Remember the nickname we tagged you with? Luther Mack Jones....who remembers this young 18 year old? Actually, I believe he celebrated his 18th at the NCO club at TUSLOG Det 27. I remember we each bought him a drink for every one we had. There were quite a few of us.... Master Sgt Lowry was there... He was the Ops NCOIC. I don't remember who else but I'm reasonably sure Moms Mabry was there. We carried Jones back to his rack on our shoulders. Next morning we heard terrible sounds. It was Luther holding on to the walls trying to get to the head to unload some foul stuff. His moans woke us all. Who remembers Nelson Leroy Miller tearing a urinal off the wall? Bear Miller was fine till he shitfaced. Who remembers Vern Negus and Moms Mabry wrapping me in masking tape in a curled up position, dumping me on a rack in an empty room with the windows open in the middle of winter then taking snap shots of me? Stupid me, I went into the hot shower to help get the tape off and pulled most of my body hair off. If anyone remembers, I'll tell you how I sought and achieved revenge against Moms. I was too afraid to tackle Vern. I remember what I did to piss them off...... the punish-ment was greater than the provocation. Grate rubs........... Did they ever end? We're just back from AZ and now packing for a weekend festival of Scottish/Irish music and frolicking in King of Prussia, PA. Just getting around to this. Man, did I love VW's. Had a 1961 with no gas gauge, had to flick a lever when it sputtered to get me to the spare gallon and a 1965 that was even better. They got around 25 mpg then and man, did I think I was economical with gas at 16.9 a gal. Had several cars after that... one, a 70 Dodge Coronet 440 got 9-11 mpg, 18 on the open road. Couldn't keep the ass end on the ground, all engine and no weight. Wife is a red headed beauty, the car was Plum Crazy(purple). She had many offers to buy it. Had a Honda CRX that got 52 on the open road. What a gem. Sold it at 118k miles, flawless. Bought a Mitsubishi Eclipse and it got 32 mpg. Fast ass buggy. Bought a 2003 Chevy S10 when I started my little business. It's 5 speed and man did I have a hard time getting stick. Figured that automatics were for sissies...... Business is called, "Sheila's Husband". I do all kinds of stuff for widows and divorcees at $35 an hour. No shortage of work here in NJ. The darlings think I'm funny. Besides that, I do nice work. Funny, as a Manager with Bell Atlantic, I had up to 100 people working for me and I thought it was ok. Now, I have no one except me and I love it. Since I'm 60 years old now, I don't see a long term future but, I love my pickup. First one I ever had. I always had small cars; my honey, Saint Sheila always drove the family buggy. She's been in Volvos for the last 15 years. Be well, treat yourselves to something nice.
HOPKINS, Paul R., YOB: 1940, RA, 058, Det 27, JN62-JA64,
(Sonora), NW 6 Ann Rd., Mineral Wells TX 76067, 940-325-5882,
email@example.com Called 26DE03 and talked to Sonora. Paul wkg
Howdy! I am Paul Hopkins, My Ham call is K7PH, I was formally WA5RXA. More info at http://www.qsl.net/k7ph. I was born in the fall of the early 40s, in Kentucky. My Dad (K4BDL) got me started in HAM radio and electronics, as he owned a Radio/TV repair shop and I hung around all the time building and tearing apart stuff.. (Can you say TUBES?") I joined the military in October 1961 and due to my knowledge of electronics and Morse code, I was able to be accepted into the Army Security Agency (ASA) as a Morse code interceptor. In June 1962 I was assigned overseas to small base called DET-27 in Cerkezhuyuk, Turkey. In Jan 1964, I returned to the USA and was assigned to the 330th ASA at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells,TX. I met my future wife in a small town about 30 miles west from Mineral Wells called Gordon, TX, She was an 3rd generation Polish girl. My wife's name is Sonora, a kewl polish name ain't it! (lol) She has tolerated me and my ham hobby since I met her back in 1964. We where married in June1965 and we have two boys. Chris (KC5ANV) and Todd. I started an civil service career in 1967 working for the DOD. In 1971 I transferred to the DOT-FAA in Fort Worth, TX. where I worked until 1980. From 1980 -1987 I was employed by Edo-Aire that made general aviation autopilots. In 1987 I returned to the Civil Service working for the USAF. In 1990 I transfer to the DOT and I am currently employed with the FAA as an National Airways Systems Operations Manager at the Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center. I have been a radio operator in the state of Texas since 1965. My first (5) call was WN5RXA (novice class) you old timers remember the time served we had to spend in different grades before we could move to the next level, well anyway I continued to upgrade and held the WA5RXA call up until the late 90's when I applied for one of those Vanity calls and by gosh I ended up with an K7PH call. I just recently began to ride motorcycles as I purchased a Yamaha V-Star in the spring of 2002 and fell in love with riding. I wanted to move up so I managed to purchase my first big bike, a Black 1998 Goldwing Aspencade in December 2002 for Christmas. I'm presently in the process of trying to add a CB & HAM radio to my Goldwing which lead me to find MARC. I had just about given up on amateur radio as I slowly withdrew from the hobby. Finding MARC gave me a new light with the combination of HAM radio with my new found love of Motorcycling. Even though I live way down here in Texas, I joined MARC to show my support. I am looking forward to meeting many of you via e-mail or Echolink as I become more familiar with MARC and to cycling with a ham radio on my Goldwing. I also look forward to hearing from you all and maybe an occasional Eye-Ball during our travels.
JENKINS, Dwight L., YOB: 1936, RA, E4, 711, Det 4, AP57-MR58, (Carol), 13881 Rd 614, Philadelphia, MS 39350, 601-650-9156, no email. Promised to write BIO and mail them to me.
JONES, Ed, YOB: 1944, RA18664602, E5, 059, Det 27, OC62-MR65, (Florence), 30 Woodland Hills Dr., Bismarck, IL 61814, 217-759-7773, firstname.lastname@example.org - I met Frank Armstrong yesterday and he is the Commander of American Legion Post 193, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. I forwarded your new letter to him this morning. His email is: email@example.com. He was at Det. 4 I believe around 1968-69 timeframe. Anyway, I hope he comes to the reunion. EJ
KJOLLER, Jon, YOB: 1938, RA15578113, E3, 058, Det 4, JL58-AU59,, (Darlene), 993 Rosemary Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130, 830-625-1064, firstname.lastname@example.org. - Just got into the DOOL#136. Had to tell you what great pics, even tho' I didn't know any of them I enjoyed the shots.....
KATZER, Kenneth J., YOB: 1941, US55673905, E3-E5, 058, Det 4,
63-64, (Mary Jane), 1420 Benton, Lincoln, NE 68521, 402-435-6506,
email@example.com . Ken Katzer was the Nebraska High School
Mile Champion and had a scholarship offer from Mankato State
University in Minnesota, but elected to attend Wayne State in
Nebraska. Was member of the 1963 MSC Track team at Wiesbaden. To
this day I am grateful for having had the opportunity to meet and
spend time with so many wonderful people while serving at SINOP
and those on the 1963 MSC Track Team. Ken Katzer is in the
process of writing his BIO and sending it to me.
See the Ken Katzer attachment.
KINCANNON George J., YOB: 1947, RA18853878, E3-E4, 05H Tk#2, Det 4, NO68-NO69 & E8 JL84-AU85, (Nancy), 1265 Ashby State Rd., Fitchburg MA 01420, 978-342-7125, firstname.lastname@example.org. Had a long conversation with George Kincannon on 4 February 2004. More later from him.
LANCE, Harry E., RA1369173, E3-E4, 058, Det 4, AP59-JN60, (Frances), 50 S. Fairview St., Nazareth, PA 18064, 610-746-9141, email@example.com - Elder, I noticed the name of Robert Alexander in Days of our Lives #136. I believe I know him. I tried to send an email but got a message that he has a spam blocker and only if he looks in another file can he see the message, Are know in communication with him? If so will you relay to him that I sent him an email?
LANIER, Joe YOB: 1936, RA14567428, E4, Signal Supply, Det 4, AP57-MR58, 216 Valley One Dr., Winnsboro, SC 29180, 803-482-6954, no email. Ernie Carrick gave me Lanier's data and I called him on 29 February 2004. Joe Lanier graduated from High School in 1954 and joined the ASA on 12 April 1955. Took basic at Fort Jackson and then sent to Fort Devens where he worked in supply. Got married in 1955 and lived in Ayer, MA until getting orders for Det 4 in March 1957. Went by ship to Istanbul, then to Sinop on a Turkish bus. When he arrived and was signing into the Orderly Room said that therein was a bloody medic who had just received a Dear John letter and had slit both wrists. Thinks that the medic was a Sergeant and said that this incident stands out in his memory. Anyone remember this incident? Said that they flew the Sgt out the next day in the mail plane. Was friends with Dwight Jenkins and Melvin Edwards who were from Philadelphia, Mississippi and he called them YANKEES as Philadelphia was in Pennsylvania per Lanier.
MAU, Norman R., E2-E4, Finance, Det 27, JA65-JN66, (Theresa),
11225 Broad Green Dr., Potomac, MD 20854, 301-983-8469,
firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com - [edited] To my ASA Turkey
Relay vet's: It was my fault to send you DOOL#136 from China when
ER said he would subsitute for me. I just wanted to see what
would happen from an internet cafe where I paid 26 cents for an
hour. I will be sending the next DOOL's from Maryland. Cheers,
See Norman Mau attachment
McCHORD, Ed, YOB: 1944, RA15717282, E5, 98GRU, Tk#4, Det 4, MR66-MR67, (Nanette), 2038 Rambler Rd., Lexington, KY 40503, 859-278-6522, firstname.lastname@example.org - Ken Koob recently gave me your email address. I was attending the University of Kentucky at Lexington when I decided to enlist in the US Army. After studying the options, opted for ASA duty on 20 November 1964 at Louisville, KY. Took basic at Fort Jackson, SC., then was off to Monterey, CA for the 9 months FE65-DE65) of Russian Language training. In that class was Tom Mitcheltree, Rick Bach and Bill Hardin. After graduating therefrom was sent to Vint Hill Farms in Warrenton, VA for 3 months of security training and then to Fort Meade and special training at NSA for what we would encounter at Sinop. We four were promoted to SP5 at Fort Meade. I had 19 months in the ASA when promoted to E5. Arrived at Det 4 in March 1966 via the twin engine Beachcraft that was named "Clyde the camel". Anyone remember it? We four were assigned as Trick Chief's. I believe that SFC Pete Woods was the NCOIC of the linguist's at Det 4. I took a Christmas leave in 1966 to Athens via a MATS DC4 flight from the USAF side of Esenbogan Airport. The pilot was a USAF LtCol. When we landed in Athens - gathered us together and told us that he 'expected' engine trouble in Germany and that he 'might' be 5 days late in picking us up. Sure enough, he was. We landed at the Ankara MATS terminal and no-one was there to pick us up as planned. The four of us hired a Turk taxi and rode that way to Sinop. Think that it cost us $80., but not sure. I remember the Operations Officer. We called him "Sadovnik". His name was Captain John Gardner. Sadovnik is gardner in Russian. I remember Jack Chelik, Mike Galizewski, Al Chilla, Pete Woods, Horace Fleming and Andy Harris. I also remember Andy Wacendak and Paige Reed as ops sergeants. After my tour on the HILL was sent to Fort Meade and duty at NSA. Got an early out in August 1968 and was discharged at Fort Meade, Went back to the University of Kentucky at Lexington and graduated in 1972. Since October 1974 I've been working for the State of Kentucky as a Vocational Rehab specialist. I would appreciate hearing from you and others who remember me.
MIDTAUNE, Ted B., E4, 058, Det 27, 24OC62-64, (Merry), 3859
Santa Clara Way, Livermore, CA 94550, 925-443-3210/3250, 51895
White Flower Loop, Bemidji, MN 56601, 218-751-8844,
email@example.com - Hey Green Hornet. Looks like we may be
able to make the 2004 reunion in Alabama. Great picture of the
1963 MSC Track Team, but the only one that I could recognize was
P.S. The author W.E.B. Griffin has some fiction (supposedly based on fact) regarding ASA intercept-ors being attached to Green Berets in the '60s. Down in South America, etc. Know of any of those exploits that one can talk about?
MITCHELTREE, Thomas J. (Tom), YOB: 1946, RA19817204, E5,
98GRU, Det 4, MR66-MR67, 448 4th St, Woodburn, OR 97071,
503-982-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org -
Contacted on 23 February 2004 after receiving name from Ed McChord. With the possibility of being drafted imminent - went to Portland, OR to check on what the military could offer in the Flight Training field. Soon discovered that he did not qualify because of eye/sight requirements. On the way out - was stopped by a officer who stopped me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Army Security Agency. I listened and was impressed with his pitch, especially that of going to language school in Monterey, California. It wasn't long until I signed on the dotted line at Portland, OR for a 4 year tour with the ASA. Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood, MO., then to DWLI at Monterey and assigned to the 9 month Russian language course where I got PMOS 98G2L63. In this class were Rick Bach, Bill Hardin and Ed McChord and we four were selected for duty at a place called Sinop, Turkey. We all scrambled to find out what was known about Sinop. It didn't sound too good, but what the heck that's where we were headed. At least there we would be using our Russian language skills. We four were sent to Vint Hill Farms for additional ASA training and then on to NSA for specialized training. We completed that training early and the Officer-in-Charge, a Major, off the record told us that it would be nice if we could stay for 2 more weeks. That excited us and we asked who we had to see to get that approval. He hemed and hawed and finally gave us several names that could approve the extension. We checked and was told that this Major was the final authority. We informed him. His response "I can't do that". From then on, his name was "MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR". So we were stuck in the ASA Student Company at Meade for those 2 weeks. While there the company was switching from wooden furniture to the metal type and we were detailed to haul the 'old' furniture off post and we came to the conclusion that a lot of the deliveries were illegal, but had no proof. Finally we were off from the Washington/Baltimore Friendship Airport with destination being Ankara, Turkey. We processed in Ankara and soon were aboard a twin engine Beachcraft on the Esenboga runway waiting to get airborne. The name painted in the airplane was CLYDE THE CAMEL. While waiting we were dwarfed by the huge 707's that passed by. The flight to Sinop was picturesque and the pilot, Warrant officer Beard approached Sinop in a way that we got a good view of the HILL and also the coastline and harbor of Sinop. The station is 2 miles west of the town and is a 300-acre facility on a bleak 700-foot hill at the end of a peninsula.
After in-processing we four were assigned to different tricks as the 98G trick chiefs and since there were so few linguists, we worked 12 on and 12 off for an extended period of time. It was a interesting TOUR of DUTY at Det 4. I remember the first time I visited the PX, oops it was a AFEX run by the Air Force. The GI I was with took the time to explain that the gal running the AFEX was ugly and was known as "AFEX Annie," Sure enough - she was homely, but later her appearance didn't seem to matter as there were no other females on the HILL. Later a dentist brought his wife to Sinop and she was the center of attraction when on the hill. Some of the hi-lites that I recall about Sinop include, but is not limited to what I've forgotten until someone else brings it to my attention. Once I was on a bus with others that included a Turk Major. The bus was waved thru a guard post by a Turk askeri. It seemed like a normal exit, but this Turk Major didn't think so. He immediately had the driver stop the bus. he got off and proceeded back to the askeri, slapped him in the face, then grabbed his rifle and hit him in the head with the butt of the rifle, knocking him down and then threw the rifle onto the askeri's body. The askeri's fault was that he DID NOT salute the bus. WOW. At least once, but probably more often, when we were off duty we'd sneak at nite out to the askeri guard spots on post and scare the heck out of them. It got so bad that the Turk commander informed the Det 4 commander to inform his subordinates that from thence forward the askeri's would shoot first and ask questions later. Needless to say the spoofing stopped cold turkey! Once a GI fell off the cliff near the lighthouse path and fell to his death on the rocks and into the Black sea. His body was later found washed up into the coastline caves or whatever they are called. His body was brought back to the HILL and placed in the Mess Hall freezer!! Another time the base photographer and another GI were involved in a boating accident and were lost in the Black Sea. I remember the photographer because he took my picture for a passport that I needed to travel to Germany. Sorry forgot their names. I remember a US Navy GI nicknamed 'OGER' or something like that that was a Russian linguist on the Hill. The Navy Detachment left the HILL in December 1966 [1961-1966] and I believe that he was assigned to the USS LIBERTY listening ship, then in Spain. I later learned that he was one of the 34 sailors that was killed by the ISRAEL jets that strafed and bombed the Liberty ship on 6 June 1967. That incident still leaves a legacy of suspicion on a cover up from the TOP of our government..... Often while surfing the airwaves we'd come across taxi chatter within the Soviet Union and other times we'd listen to Radio Moscow and Radio Luxemburg and even WBZ in Boston. I recall the time that a Soviet MIG flew over the HILL while I was on duty in operations. It resulted in a BIG and loud SWISH sound that ripped the papers from the section bulletin board. It gave us all a quick reminder of why we were on the HILL doing what we were to make the world a safer place during the COLD WAR with the USSR. These flyovers happened several times during my tour. Also, the Soviet subs would surface on the Black Sea and tune into what was being received on the antenna's. I believe that there were GI's who were posted as sub look-outs. We had a gullable Russian linguist named Christinella (sp?) who was the target of many so-called friendly pranks. We all knew him as wearing Error Flynn type shirts and was reduced in rank several times for odds and ends mis-deeds. Once on a slow midnite shift we patched into his R390 and onto the control frequency of his priority target. I don't remember what the spoofer started chatting about, but it was in the same format that the real Russian on the other side of the Black Sea normally used. Therefore, it seemed real to Christinella (sp?) and he started the tape recording. The chatter was all one sided, with pauses, that was normal between the control station and its outstations who utilized different freq's. The spoofer, barely able to hold back the laughter, then proceeded to say that he knew that Christinella (sp?) was on duty at the US listening post in Sinop and that it didn't matter because Christinella (sp?) was the worse Russian linguist there and that he should be reduced in rank, and so on and so on. After the spoofer signed off, Christinella filled out the required data for later translation - jumped up slammed his headsets down and started ranting and raving and was more or less ashamed to tell anybody what was on the tape. Several times I was detailed to act as a courier about the hill. They issued me a .45, but no clip. The briefcase had a handcuff attached to the handle, but there was no key to the cuffs, thus no security and the ride around post was in a taxi driven by a Turk. Once several of us were out on a Turk fishing boat and were next to shore near the beach just relaxing and tipping a few beers, etc. Soon we heard this putt, putt and a boat load of Turk gals jumped off for a swim near the beach. We stayed glued to the deck as we sure did not want to get involved with those gals. They had their fun and soon were gone. Still don't know if they had other intentions and gave up on us meeting them or the sharks scared them away, and the 'sharks' weren't us! To mingle and fraternize with females, some of my friends visited the Samsun, Ankara and Istanbul brothels that were smilingly referred to as Kari-hani's. I only visited a kari-hani once during my one time trip to Ankara in the laundry truck. There I visited a high school friend who was in the USAF and assigned to Det 30 and he took me there for entertain-ment. I remember Horace Fleming, another 98GRU, telling me that he was going home to North Carolina after Sinop and just sit on the porch!. I believe it was Horace who, when asked by a visiting General what his job was, replied "Do you have the need to know?".
After the tour at SINOP I was sent to the 12th USASA Field Station in Chitose, Hokaido, Japan. Was discharged and went back to college. Have been married several times and now am batching it. Have four kids. I am a writer and my last book is "BLINK OF AN EYE". Would enjoy hearing from those who remember me or want to know about my published books.
I arrived in Turkey in the early spring of 1967. I knew I was in for something special when I stepped off a 707 and into a four passenger Beachcraft. I didn't think the tiny plane would ever get off the runway. The warrant officer flying the plane (Beard) gave us a quick tour of the post when we arrived by tilting one wing maybe a hundred feet above the peninsula and then doing a tight turn around the base.
Life was chaotic for the four of us, the first replacements for a depleted staff that had been working 12 hours on and 12 hours off. Because most of the staff was about to leave, we were quickly promoted to trick chiefs to take charge of the replacements who followed us. I have a number of sharp memories from those days. One of the guys about to leave took me downtown for a tour. We found a way up on the wall that surrounded the city, and then came down steps inside the wall and walked along a path through someone's garden back to the street. As soon as we reached the street, a woman came out of her house and started screaming at us. We were soon surrounded by a mob that began to threaten us. I was stunned. I didn't know what was going on, but it was apparently old hat to my companion. As soon as a teen stepped too close, the Tit with me knocked the guy ass over teakettle. The mob parted and we walked through with them still yelling at us. Once we were away from the scene, the Sinop vet said, "Remember this: the only thing the Turks respect is force." Most of us won't forget the workers strike that took place the year I was there. The Turks wanted something like a dollar more a week in pay. They blocked off the main gate, blew up our water supply line, and, as rumor had it, poisoned our only other source of water. I don't remember how it ended, but I knew there was a lot of shouting and banging on trucks coming in at the front gate, and eventually everything calmed down. I lived in the old brick compound at first, and the courtyard grass was kept short by sheep that grazed there. We called them the commander's girl friends. Eventually I moved into a newer barracks that had been completed. I remember my first inspection in the newer building. Just before the officers arrived, we noticed a piece of paper taped over the light. We pulled down the paper to find a batman sticker on the bulb which cast a bat shadow on the floor. I don't remember being written up for a bat shadow on the floor, though. I was living in this building when we had a big snow storm. I was walking back from work when conditions turned to a white-out. I guessed about where I was, turned right, and walked into a ditch, up to my neck in snow. Fortunately the barracks wasn't far away.Time on the base was slow. We watched movies in the theater, played basketball in the gym, and played in a softball league. A lot of the time was spent at the club. We played a game called 31 for nickels. The game ended when someone won all the nickels. We then would break to get food and drinks while the winner lost his nickels in the slot machines, and then we would start all over again. One good thing about the time was that I brought with me a college reading list, and I read a lot of those books at the time. The AFEX was a popular place, too. When I first arrived I was told that AFEX Annie, a homely Turkish girl who worked there, would start looking pretty good after a few months. And she did. I was fortunate to be friends with a couple of guys who bought a 35' Turkish fishing boat. We spent a lot of time on that boat, usually down at Old Sinop, which was under about twenty feet of water. The ruins had been there, I was told, for over 2000 years. I saw my first shark in the water there which was unnerving. We don't get a lot of sharks in the lakes and rivers of Oregon. I remember once we were anchored off the peninsula, having just finished spear fishing, when we heard a boat coming around the point. It was full of young Turkish girls, who, once they landed, stripped out of their clothes and into swimming suits. We spent the whole time with our heads down waiting for them to leave. We had a lot of respect for the volatile Turks, and we didn't want to find out what they would do if they had known that we had seen some of their girls naked. I made one trip to Ankara on a five-day leave to spend time with a high school buddy who was a medic in the Air Force there. He took me on tour of the city, including a visit to the famous prison/brothels. Tragedy sometimes struck while we were there. One of the fellows from another section slipped off a path at the back of the peninsula by the lighthouse there and fell about five hundred feet to his death. His body washed into a cave so it took time to recover it. When he was recovered, they kept him in the kitchen cooler until he could be shipped home. One of the Nav Dets. we called Ogre got orders to go to sea. We thought it was funny because he had been in the Navy for two and half years and had never been on a ship. Unfortunately the ship was the Liberty, and he was killed when the Israelis attacked it. One day when the ferry came in, it caught up one of the boats that went out to meet it in its screws and a Turk was killed. They also had a public execution in Sinop that year, but we were restricted to post when it took place. When I got ready to leave, I got a passport because I was going to meet Tom Walton, one of my Monterey classmates, for a three week vacation in Europe. The guy who took my passport photo later drowned along with a companion when their sailboat overturned. All in all, Sinop was an interesting tour of duty. I met some good people there. I remember once asking Horace Flemming what he was going to do when he got out of the military. He said he was going to go home, sit on his back porch in a rocking chair, nurse a fifth of whiskey, and sing "Justine." I asked him for how long he was going to do that, and he said "for about a year." I also remember that we had to rush (I think it was Bach) out the door when it was time for him to leave Turkey. He was reading WAR AND PEACE in Russian and he wanted to finish before he left. He wasn't even completely packed when it was time to go and his nose was still buried in the book. I finished my tour in Turkey as an assistant to the NCOIC, working days and having weekends and holidays off, including the Turkish holidays. I don't think I put in a five-day week because of it. I had more fun in Japan at Chitose, my next duty station, mainly because there they had women who didn't wear veils and didn't get you killed if you tried to talk to them. I got out of the army in 1968, used the G.I. Bill to get a B.A. and a Masters Degree and became a life-long educator. I retired from full- time teaching over a year ago, but I am still teach writing at a community college on a part-time basis. I'm also a writer. My sixth book just came out in hardback, a mystery called BLINK OF AN EYE. The fifth book, KATIE'S GOLD, will be out this summer in paperback. The three things I got out of the military that I will always cherish were self-discipline, the G.I. Bill, and lot of fond memories.
NELSON, Kirk, YOB: 1939, RA11369570, E3-E4, 058, Det 27,
OC60-FE63, (Sylvia), PO Bx 444, 204 Neuse St., Oriental, NC
28571, 252-249-0443, email@example.com - Typed
"Golbasi" in Google and surprised to find some old
discussion regarding a long ago reunion. I was there (Oct 1960-
Feb 1963), first as an 058 fresh out of Fort Devens and then as
Comm Center Opns Clerk for Capt. Carl Humphries, MSgt Jack Lowrey
and a wacko but delightful Captain (whose name I forget) who was
NSA liaison. When I first arrived, we had literally nothing. I
remember waiting weeks for foot lockers so when two large crates
arrived we were quite excited. Alas we got two jet engines in
error. Things were always interesting there ... a wonderful
experience. Is there any documentation for tracking other who
were there? Thanks for your help. We always kept the spare radio
set tuned to Radio Moscow's English language channel, hearing the
latest American pop music six months before the records showed up
at the PX to purchase ! They also, of course, reported the U-2
flights from Turkey. Plus the never-ending "five year
plans" re cotton production, ad finim. Occasionally, they'd
throw in a "have a great trip home" message concerning
some serviceman about to return home from Turkey, giving name and
new duty station assignment.!! At first this was quite startling,
but Russia was number one in the spy business in Turkey and we
learned to accept this as a fact of life.
See Det 27 Kirk Nelson & Segway attachment.
NEZUCH, Leonard (Lenny), E6, 33M, Maint Det 4, JN81-JN82, (Charlotte), 5040 Via De Lomas, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, 520-459-7937, firstname.lastname@example.org - Contacted on 11 February 2004
RIEDY, Richard D., DOB: 1936, RA19549080, E-4, 965.1676 (Turk
Det 4, OC57-MR59, 260 Gensen Drive SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031, 505-865-3874,
email@example.com. Note the new email address.
RODRIGUES, Charlie E4 Supply Det 4, 59-60, (Patricia), 210 Benham Ave., Syracuse, NY 13219, 315-487-1195, firstname.lastname@example.org - Hi n Pal....It's me....Abi Rodrigues!! V-necks are coming good! Should have done by the end of March. Have you ever seen a SPOOK patch? Or know where I can get some? Vince Caruso would like to have one on his V neck. Where was Det 27, Ankara? I know 4-4 was in Karamursel per your note. Did I spell it right? Hope you both are healthy!! Still fighting the crappy weather here! Did you here from Capt Pauley? I directed him to you for some info. Sinop 1985 vet. CR
SAMMIS, Jesse F. III, DOB: 1938 E4 059 & Gym Det 27, NO61-63, (Jinny), 432 Round Hill Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831, 203-661-5143, sammis@newenglandland,com. - Jesse Sammis is the Chairman and founder of New England Land Company, Ltd.. Mr. Sammis' primary business is leasing and sales brokerage, but he oversees all aspects of New England Land Company's activities, including commercial leasing and sales brokerage, development and investment activities, and property management. Jesse began his real estate career in 1963, after his 3 year stint with the Army Security Agency in Turkey, as a leasing agent with Cross & Brown in New York City, where he was part of the leasing team for major office buildings such as 277 Park Avenue, 777 Third Avenue, 437 Madison Avenue, and 1633 Broadway. Jesse joined Laird Properties in 1968, becoming responsible for leasing and development of major developments in New York City, Greenwich, Connecticut and central Vermont. He founded New England Land Company, Ltd. in 1971 as a land development company, subsequently expanding the company into a broad based real estate services company. Highlights of the company's 30 year history include major lease transactions with IBM, GTE, Eastman Kodak, Control Data, and General Reinsurance; the sale of Conyers Farm (the single largest land transaction in the history of Greenwich); the development/leasing of The Center at Purchase, an 850,000 square foot Westchester County corporate office park; and the development/leasing of The Center at Greenwich, a 750,000 mixed use hotel and office building.
SANDLIN, Robert N., YOB: ??, RA: ??, 98C, Det 4, ??69-??70,
201 Fern Ln.,
Houma, LA 70364, 985-851-4592, email@example.com
SHEEHAN, Dave YOB 1946 RA11462479 98C Det 4, OC68-NO69,
(Carrie), 27 Sheehan
Ln, Harrisville, NH 03450, 603-827-3077, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPIVEY, John C. Jr., YOB: 1932, RA: ??, CPT, Det 4, ??61-??62,
(never married), 1400 S. Joyce St., Apt 1136, Arlington, VA
22202, 703-521-7581, email@example.com. - SPIVEY IN KOREA.
"Son, the North Carolina revonooer said --- you have three
options ---one, come with me, second, go with the sheriff, or
three, join the army." Thus began an army career of 23 years
for Lt Col (Ret) John Spivey. Korea became his first foreign
service -- landing with the marines in the Inchon invasion in
mid-September 1950. He was 17 at the time. His small army unit
advanced with the marines from Inchon, Yong Dong Po, crossed the
Hahn, and after several days and stiffened resistance, took
Seoul. "The marines couldn't have done it without us,"
he says ---(typical young army newly promoted PFC braggadocia!!).
After a short time in the Seoul area, his unit, again with the
marines, boarded ship and made the second invasion in Korea,
Wonson, North Korea. (No bragging rights here however; Bob Hope
and a couple of his troupe inadvertently beat them to the small
airport/strip on the edge of town!). His unit made it up to
Hambung where after a few days rehab of person and equipment,
Spivey became a member of a team supporting the Republic of Korea
(ROK) Capital Division. This division, probably Korea's best at
the time -- with a hard-charging Commanding General was racing up
the East Coast of North Korea. With light resistence they reached
a point north of the coastal town of Songjin. (Because of the
NE-SW geographical direction/slant of the Yalu, this may have
been the further most penetration of the North.) Spivey states
that his team operated independently out on a peninsula suddenly
realized one morning that they were the only troops in the area.
During the night, the ROK's had become aware that the Chinese
"volunteers" had begun their trek South, and had pulled
out about 02:30 that morning. Spivey further iterates that in
their loneliness his team leader, a newly promoted Lt., quickly
decided their laundry had also been done -- and they, too,
immediately "bugged out" south. The aforementioned team
leader, (now a retired Colonel in the FFX area) in a praise
worthy effort got his team - with all their equipment, down to
the evacuation port of Hungnam. There, they joined marine
elements just out of the Chosen Reservoir in our own version of
Dunkirk. The evacuation at Hungnam has to be one of the greater
actions during the Korean War yet goes little recognized or
heralded. (Perhaps because of its Dunkirk similarities.) Spivey
says 4th of July fireworks can never be fully appreciated after
the fire- power experienced there -- artillery hub to hub along
the shore, mortar fire, ships salvos of guns and rockets, fighter
planes strafing, bombers dropping their armaments (including
napalm), most of this impacting in direct view on the slopes and
maountain tops surrounding the harbor. ('Twas a sight to remember
-- and one which probably gave the "volunteers" a hint
of what they could encounter in the near furture!). Many kudos
are due the US Navy for that operation. Even a young Army PFC had
to wonder how they could get so many ships/boats/floaters of many
types there in such quantity and timeliness. Spivey states that
he and his team boarded a Japanese fishing boat of some unknown
class and vintage -- (one whereon the lucky ones found a place to
sleep on deck!). he further confides that they were probably on
the boat 3-5 days but he cannot remember anything of the trip
until debarking down in South Korea -- (effluvium and landlubber
proclivities not withstanding). As US and UN Forces subsequently
stopped the 'volunteers' drive into South Korea, Spivey was along
for the drive North to the eventual stalemated 38th Parallel. But
not before taking R&R in Japan. (Incidentally, his propensity
for being in the wrong place at the wrong time continued. On the
trip from his unit to Pusan his train was ambushed. However, the
R&R was preserved by the fireman/stoker -- after the demise
of the engineer and conductor. No Teamster Union there at that
time!). Spivey iterated his desire to make comment on his return
to the states. Many words have been written about the Korean
being the Forgotten War and the inability of arousing a high
degree of patriotic fervor. He refutes that in his experience
wherein the people of Seattle gave them a rousing/vigorous
welcoming motorcade through the center of town. The sidewalks
were filled with cheering citizenry and ticker tape so thick it
was sometimes frustratingly difficult to ascertain where the
prettiest girls were!
A closing comment. Recently, after the WTC -- Pentagon debacle Spivey volunteered to serve again. However, in a return letter from his old Army Military Intelligence unit his options have been reduced to two -- joing the Army probably not one of them. (He's wondering if that revonooer one is still available?!)
STAITI, George, CTI3 E4, RU Linguist, NAVDET 4, JN68-JL69, (Anna), 32 Walnut St., Ware, MA 01082, 413-967-5822, firstname.lastname@example.org
STOOS, Dwayne F., YOB: 1944, RA17625643, E3-E4, 058, Det 4,
JN63-JN64, (Nancy), 2661 Northwood Dr, Muscatine, IA 52761,
563-264-8045, email@example.com - Contacted on 1 March 2004.
Dwayne informed me that I am the only one to contact him about
his tour at Sinop.Enlisted for 3 years ASA duty in June 1962 at
Omaha, Nebraska. Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri then
on to Devens for 058 training. Was sent to Fort Meade for 2
months advanced training at NSA and then was on orders for duty
at Det 4 in Sinop, Turkey. Dwayne has the distinction of riding
to and from Sinop in the back of a deuce and a half. Does not
remember any names, but will go thru his albums/records and send
the names and a few photo's to me. Remembers to/from Samsun on
courier duty in a 3/4 ton. Said that he remembers hearing about a
older sergeant who got grunk on RAKI in downtown Sinop and was
caught urinating on a statue of Ataturk and was immediately
thrown into the Sinop prison. That happened about May 1964. Any
one remember that incident? Also mentioned that a Turkish woman
was HUNG in the Sinop Square in 1964 for killing one of her
children. Remembers viewing photo's of the event that was taken
by a pipe smoking GI who was constantly taking pictures on and
off post. Enjoyed the time spent at Det 4. Was sent to Bad
Aibling, Germany for the remainder of his enlistment contract. As
a civilian attended computer training at Iowa Tech in Ottumwa,
Iowa. Later compled 4 years at Marycrest College in Davenport,
Iowa. Received a MBA from University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa.
Retired in December 2001.
See Dwayne & Nancy Stoos attachment.
SWENSON, Dave, E5, 98J30, Det 4-2, MR66-68, (Michy), 40
Kennedy Dr., Keene, NH 03431, 603-357-5651, firstname.lastname@example.org
& email@example.com - Hi Hound (Bill Baskervill),
I stopped by the NSA Museum at Ft. Meade last month and
followed-up on the progress of the EA3B Memorial at Vigilance
Park. I just finished talking with the Public Affairs Department
at NSA and they advised that they want to have the
memorial/dedication service sometime this summer. They are not
quite sure how or when it will be announced. I suggested that
they include it as a "press release" on the NSA Museum
web site. They seemed to think that was a good idea. I will be
following-up with them every few weeks and will keep you in the
"loop". In any event, I am planning on working this
into my schedule. Hope to see you there.
THOMAS, Jos. W II, P.A., E5 Det 27, MR60-AU61, (Paulette), 1SG, USAR(Ret), 950 S Winter Pk Dr., Suite 112, Casselberry, FL 32707, 407-834-8871, firstname.lastname@example.org - I used to get the DOOL regularly, and enjoyed it very much. About a month or two ago it stopped until your email. I would like to be back on the list. Thanks.
WACENDAK, Andrew, (Andy), YOB: 1925, RA12285540, E7-WO1,
98GRU/988A, Det 4, 66-67, (Winifred), 66 E Maine Rd., Johnson
City, NY 13790, 607-797-6483, no email. Received Andy's name from
Ed McChord and called him on 24 February 2004. Andy Wacendak is a
native of Scranton, PA.
He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and took Basic Training at Camp Pickett, Virginia with the 17th Airborne Division. Said that his basic pay was $50. dollars a month and later raised to $78. dollars per month. Served in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division, then was sent to Korea in 1950 as a Infantryman with the 9th Regimental Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. Finally wised up and joined the ASA in 1954 and served at Fort Meade, Bad Aibling, Herzo, Shemya, Sinop, etc. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, two purple hearts, the Meritorious Service; the ARCOM; the Joint Service ARCOM. Does not have a PC, but took my name and address and promised to go through his army foot locker and send some documents to me.
WAGNER, Edwin R., (Wags), DOB: 1939, RA17620046, 058, Det 27, SE62-AU64, (Phyllis), 12 Juneau Pl., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-776-8690, email@example.com - Merhaba Elder, - I noticed in the latest dool that Ron Couvillon of tk 3 said that he had heard that our tk 4 Moon Mullins was in Ohio. I knew that he was from some place back there but I wasn't sure where. That sounds about right. Also, that picture I sent you of the three MPs taking a leak outside of the bus on a trip that we made, Im 90% sure that one of them is DesRuisseaux. Send him a copy of the picture , if its him he will remember and get a kick out of it. If its not him, at least he will know who those guys are. They were of the 63 bunch and they were all good guys but because they were HQ we didn't get to know them well and I can't recall their names. I'm still having fun learning. Wags.
WILLINGHAM, Ted YOB: 1944 RA18737230 E5 33C (Sugar Tree) Det
27, SE66-JN68 (Susan), 3 Chestnut St., Easthampton, MA 01027
413-527-9687 firstname.lastname@example.org - HI! Elder & Patty. After the
2003 ASA Turkey Reunion at 7 Springs, PA - things have not been
going exactly good for us - Both of us had numerous problems - we
are taking it day by day. - - I got sick on 7 January thought it
was only the bug going around. During that period Sue was sick
for three weeks. On 9 January I went to Dr. feeling little better
- result ER surgical on 11 January - - inflected gallbladder
removed and spent 9 days in hospital. In the mean time they find
cancer growing inside my left kidney. I am getting strong and
will have surgical procedure to remove the kidney on 18 February.
If all goes well I should be OK! - Had bone scan on 12 February
(so far the cancer has not spread). If they can get the kidney
out in tack, I should be good for now. But with God's will, I
will be, but I do not know what next. These two events has been
only the tip of the iceberg that's been going on with us. We both
are taking it day by day. So for now, we are not planning on
making the 2004 reunion in Huntsville unless our Luck really
changes. Up to this point - we've attended all three ASA Turkey
reunions and certainly were looking forward to driving to
Huntsville. I will sort and send you some pictures of Det 27 from
66-68 while I'm recouping. I am taking the time to go through
sorting all my picture (slide&prints) and making books up for
my kids and grandkids, and will send pictures that I did not see
others show at the reunions. I will keep in touch , really only
touched this computer 3 times from October 2003 until January
2004 because I did not have the time with every thing that was
happening. So hopefully things will settle down and we both get
stronger.Take Care, Peace Ted & Sue.
See Ted&Sue#2 attachment/