Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 12:26:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #155
MAIL-call - PRESERVING FORGOTTEN ASA MEMORIES
This newsletter is intended only for the use of the ASA TURKEY Veteran's. Comments or submissions to the DAYS OF OUR LIVES are most welcome. I will respond to all e-mails and will assist whenever needed, but reserve the right to edit for content and clarity and welcome any errors that may appear
The Editor: GREEN, Elder RC (gH), YOB: 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, 724-349-7395, firstname.lastname@example.org Ret 1SG, E8
SOLDIER BOY, at play in the ASA
see bazzett1 attachment
Tim Bazzett's 340 page book should be a required read for any ASA veteran. It is rated R. The book is full of photos from those times too. See www.rathole.com/soldierboy and click on icons at the top This book will help you pull out priceless memories you'd long forgotten. His memoirs are touching and an honest memoir that will make you veterans smile as in a lot of instances you could easily replace his name with yourrs as he captures the quips and twists of what it was like on a day-to-day basis in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, then at Fort's Devens and Meade, then in Turkey and Germany. Its all there in a whimsey style with chicken crap and Mickey Mouse events scattered throughout the book. The years have fuzzied up our memories, but reading this book will make most say, "! Holy cow! I'd totally forgotten that and now it triggers my memory bank of old buddies." I guarantee that each will have a different version of similar events in one's memory. What it will do is kick-in silly things and help your memories show you what was important way back when you were in your late teens or early 20's. For those who served on the HILL - the desire for female companship had to be suppressed one way or the other. Some vented their desires at the Kara-hani's while others did it the cheaper way. But how, you ask! Tim spells the answer by asking: "How do you spell, mas-tur-ba-tion". No one should be upset by that entry. In fact he asks the rhetoric question: "What will you miss most about Sinop"? The consensul answer was: "No-thing!" But one of his friends replied that he'd miss the last stall in the latrine where he'd beat off so many times that now every time he goes there to take a cra! p he gets a hard on.
Holy cow - How the time does fly! It is hard to believe that its time for the ASA Turkey 2005 reunion already and even harder to believe that this marks the 5th anniversary of The ASA Turkey reunions.
See ftdevens1963 attachment.
The training of personnel, that later became ASA, had its beginnings in 1941 as a new branch of the Signal Corps School at Fort Monmouth, NJ. In 1942 the training was moved to Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton, VA. In 1945 the ASA was organized and took control of the Vint Hill Farms branch of the Signal School and in 1946 was officially designated the U.S. Army Security Agency School. In August 1947 part of the training school was moved to Arlington Hall Station in Arlington, VA. In 1949 the entire ASA Training School was moved to Carlisle Barracks, PA. The Korean War made it apparent that the Carlisle facilities could not train the 1707's (058's) and 1719's (982's) to name only a few and a decision was made to find a home for the overall training of ASA enlisted personnel and in November 1950 Fort Devens was selected to be the Training Center for ASA and the task was comple! ted in April 1951 and Revere Hall became the Commandants Hqs. In 1957, the school was officially redesignated the U.S. Army Security Agency Training Center and School. The ASA officers were also trained at Fort Devens. . See ft devens-3 attachment
See Ft Devens attachment
See ft devens-1,
ft devens-2 and
ft devens-4 attachments for the Jackson and Ayer entrances and the Map of Fort Devens as it was in 1963.
In 1955 I was at Fort Devens being trained as a 1719 (982/98C) and later sent to 8612 DU in Chitose. See ft devens-5 attachment
The end of ASA
The massive drawdown of the Army after the Vietnam war led to a wholesale reorganization of Army Intelligence in 1975. As a result, ASA was effectively dismembered and on 1 January 1977, ASA was redesignated as INSCOM. INSCOM moved its hqs from Arlington Hall Station to Fort Belvoir, VA in 1989. Its move paved the way for the eventual closure of the training at Fort Devens and the consolidation of almost all MI training at Fort Huachuca. Closure of Fort Devens as an active duty installation came about as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) process in 1991, and was completed on March 31, 1996 after 79 years of service. The land and infrastructure of Fort Devens was turned over to a semi-private development authority and was given the task of turning Devens into a residential and business community.
KEN BALDWIN UPDATE
Elder Green, - I found your site
while trying to track down Ken Baldwin. I worked with Ken in
Saudi Arabia from 1993 until late 1996. When I first met him, he
had led a team of TCNs erecting microwave and radio site antennas
for the Peace Shield Program since the late 80's. He then
transitioned to leading communications and radar site
installation teams. His last job was leading a roving team
main-taining radar tower radomes. He was a real wheeler
dealer and we all enjoyed his stories of his Turkish adventures
including his fond memories of his incarceration in the prison
and his banishment afterward. He proudly gave me a copy of
the July 30, 1965, Time article as part of his CV. He was
also building a large sailboat, in an Italian yard, for his
planned retirement to Turkey. I believe he actually completed the
boat and was chartering it out while he was still in KSA. His
home was actually in South Florida and he was married to a! Cuban
lady with whom he had a tumultuous relationship. Ken is one
of the brightest and funniest people I've met and a true joy to
work with. If you track him down, please let me know.
Cheers, Gary Cash, email@example.com
THE 2005 ASA TURKEY REUNION WILL BE HELD 29 September - 2 October at the Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio. IF YOU ARE COMING, PLEASE CALL YOUR RESERVATIONS TO THE MENGER HOTEL (1-800-345-9285) AND THEN CALL THE REUNION HOST, JON KJOLLER, AT 1-830-625-1064 FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, ETC. General Rod Isler will be the guest speaker and he will up-date the INTELLIGENCE techniques, etc
RESERVATIONS 2005 ASA TURKEY REUNION Old memories will be flowing .
Please bring your Turkey albums and mementos with you. Sadly, we're disappointed that a lot of Texans and ex-ASAers who served in Turkey have decided not to to attend the San Antonio reunion.
1. ARMSTRONG, Ataturk & Dot, Det 27, 60-62, New Bern, NC 252-637-2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. ASPINWALL, Paul C., Det 4, 65, Madison, WI 608-831-0670, email@example.com
3. BALDERSON, Eric & Ramona, Det 27, 62-63, Mendham, NJ 07945, 973-543-2093, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. BARNDT, Ernest & Fran, Det 4, 56-57 & E5-WO1, Det 27, 59-61, Eagle River, AK, 907-694-3645, email@example.com
5. BENDER, Bill & Dawn, Det 4-4 , 70-71, Ocala, FL, 352-854-9122, firstname.lastname@example.org
6. BERGMANN, Chuck & Helen, Det 27, 66-67, Bay Village, OH, 440-871-5346, email@example.com
7. BINNEY, Bill & Carole, Det 27, 66-67, Severn, MD, 410-551-9175, firstname.lastname@example.org
8. CALLAHAN, Joe & Peg, Det 27, 63-64, Universal City, TX 78148, email@example.com
9. CARRICK, Ernie & Betty, Det 4, 57-58, Huntsville, AL 256-852- 6180, firstname.lastname@example.org
10. COWIE, Bill & Loretta, Det 27, 60-61, Valley Park, MO 63088, 636-861-2512, email@example.com
11. DUNNAM, Gary, Det 27 & 4-4, Victoria, TX., 361-575-2160, firstname.lastname@example.org
12. ELDRIDGE, Frank & Arlie, Det 4, 61-62, Humble, TX 281-540-3478, email@example.com
13. ERICKSON, Ron & Kathy, Det 27, 61-62, Independence, MO 816-373-3349, firstname.lastname@example.org
14. FULTON, Don, Det 4, 67, San Antonio, TX 210-481-9565, email@example.com
15. GLUBKA, Roger, Det 27, 64-65, El Paso, TX. 915-562-9560, firstname.lastname@example.org
16. GOODMAN, Jay & Kathy, Det 4, 72-73, Finleyville, PA, 724-348-0358, email@example.com
17. GREEN, Elder & Patty, Det 27, 61, 66-67 & 4-4, 67-68, Indiana, PA. 724-349-7395, firstname.lastname@example.org
18. HAGAMON, John, Det 27, 62-63, San Antonio, TX., 210-829-8872, email@example.com
19. HATHAWAY, Milt, Det 27, 60-62, Clinton tp MI , 586-285-1894, firstname.lastname@example.org
20. HUNT, Carlos & Frankie, Det 4, 58-59, Henderson, TX 903-889-2391, email@example.com
21. ISLER, Rod & Kyuhee, Det 4-4, 68-70, Annapolis, MD 410-849-3482, firstname.lastname@example.org
22. KINDERMANN, Charlie & Sue, N. Potomac, MD 301-977-2434, email@example.com
23. KJOLLER, Jon & Darlene, Det 4, 58-59, New Braunfels, TX 830-625-1064, firstname.lastname@example.org
24. JONES, Ed & Flo, Det 27, 62-65, Bismarck, IL 217-759-7773, email@example.com
25. LADY, Ken & Donna, Det 27, 61-62, Santa Monica, CA 310-828-3139, firstname.lastname@example.org
26. LEONARD, Thom, Det 27, 64-65 & Det 4, 66-67, Mascotte, FL 352-429-4511, email@example.com
27. LEVY, Dan, Det 27, 61-62, Many, LA 318-586-7584, no email
28. MATIAS, Matt & Gloria, Det 4, 70-73, San Antonio, TX 210-680-5450
29. McCREARY, Mac & Evelyn , Det 4, 58-59, Horicon, WI 920-485-4366
30. MONTEITH, Bob & Carole, Det 27, 65-67, Silver Lake, OH 330-688-5822, firstname.lastname@example.org
31. MURPHY, Bob & Peg, Det 27, 60-62, Glen Burnie, MD 410-255-0320, email@example.com
32. MURRAY, Nelson & Sandy, Det 27, 60-62, Cypress,TX 281-855-4255, firstname.lastname@example.org
33. NEARPASS, Bob & Lorraine, Det 27, 64-66, Belvidere, NJ 908-475-3461, email@example.com
34. NEILL, Hank & Judy, Det 27, 62-64, Springfield, VA 703-569-5163, firstname.lastname@example.org
35. NORMAN, Roy & Mary, Det 27, 61-63, Caldwell, TX, 979-567-9406 email@example.com
36. OBRIEN, Jack & Kay, Det 4, 64-65, Beaver Creek, OH, 937-426-4433, no email
37. PETERSEN, Jim Det 4, 67-68, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-3879, firstname.lastname@example.org
38. PRYOR, Vic & Pat, Det 27, 60-62, Mesa, AZ 85206, 480-924-2487, email@example.com
39. SALCIDO, Don & daughter Mary Jo, Det 27, 66-67, San Diego, CA, 619-207-6054, firstname.lastname@example.org
40. SCHOPPE, Dan & Marjorie, Det 27, 65-67, Leander, TX., email@example.com
41. SIMONS, Bill, Det 4, 59-60, Southampton, NJ., 609-859-9483, firstname.lastname@example.org
42. SINOR, Walt, Det 27, 62-63, Valley Head, AL 877-453-5097, email@example.com
43. STEFFEN, Arnold & Janet, Det 4, 58-59, Jackson, TN 731-664-5058, firstname.lastname@example.org
44. STOLP, Gary & Phyllis, Det 27, 64-67, San Antonio, TX. 210-496-9365,email@example.com
45. TAVERNETTI, Dave & Sue, Det 27, 62-63, King City, CA., 831-385-4458, firstname.lastname@example.org
46. TESCHKER, Chuck & Penny, Det 27, 60-62, Hartland, MI, 248-887-1620, email@example.com
47. TIER, Dale, Det 4, 58-59, Mt Vernon, OH 43050, 740-392-6581, no email
48. WADLEY, Jeff & Marcia, Det 27, 62-64, Oro Valley, AZ, 520-498-5078, firstname.lastname@example.org
49. WALTER, Ron & Jan, Det 4, 59-60, Boerne, TX 78, 830-249-2446, email@example.com
50. WINKLER, Hal & Bobbie, Det 4, 60-61, Cincinnati, OH, 513-489-5308, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?" The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear and sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around, except to calm their fears. If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand cause I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand." There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly for the judgment ! of his God. "Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell." ~Author Unknown~ email@example.com writes: "I see it as part of the United States Military Academy's Cadet Prayer. "And when your work is done, your course on earth is run; May it be said Well Done. Be thou at peace". No gallant warrior standing at Hell's Gate for his country ever asks for more."
It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politician that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
MAIL CALL INDEX
BARNDT, Ernest, Det 4, 56-57 & Det 27, 59-61
BAZZETT, Tim, Det 4, 63-64
HOTTON, Phil, Det 4, 55-56
ISLER, Rod, Det 4-4, 68-70
RICHTER, Ralph, Det 27, 66-67
SCHMIDT, Bill, Det 4, 63-64
WADLEY, Jeff, Det 27, 62-64
BARNDT, Ernest E., YOB:1935, RA13474888, Rank E3, Det 4, AP56-MY57 and Det 27, MR59-JL61, Rank E5-W1, (Fran), 18107 Meadow Creek Dr, Eagle River, AK 99577; (907) 694-3645; firstname.lastname@example.org
See barndts & houghtons attachment.
The Barndt's are attending the 2005 ASA Turkey reunion from Alaska. .
BIO of Ernest Barndt Born in Quecreek, PA.
I enlisted in the Army January 1954 at Pittsburgh, PA. Completed Basic Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, with further assignment to Fort Devens. I was then assigned to ASA, Arlington Hall Station in late 1954. Additional assignments include: Sinop, Turkey; Ankara, Turkey where I received appointment as Warrant Officer in the Automotive Maintenance field in 1961; Fort Riley, KS; Berlin Germany; Fort Richardson, AK (4 tours); Fort Lewis, WA; Hanau, Germany; Vietnam and Korea. My awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Berlin); Army of Occupation Medal (Germany); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea); Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster); Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award); Vietnam Counteroffensive; Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II; Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster); Korean Defense Medal; Civilian Service Medal. I retired at Fort Richardson, Alaska after 28 years of military service as CW4 and continued working for the Department of Army, Civilian Service as an Environmental Specialist for 15 years, retired again in 1996, and currently reside with my family in Eagle River, Alaska. My wife Frances and I have 7 children and 13 grandchildren with one more on the way. We are enjoying retirement with fishing, hunting and traveling
BAZZETT, Tim YOB 1944 E3 058 Det 4, AU63-AU64, (Terri), 330 W. Todd Ave., Reed City, MI 49677, 231-832-2692, email@example.com - See bazzett2 attachment [edited]
Dear Elder, My name is Tim Bazzett. I've been in touch with Ron Sowinski recently who maintains the Sinop lists. I have just published a book of memoirs called "Soldier Boy: At Play in the ASA." It is my second book and details my first hitch in the ASA from 1962-65. Took basic at Ft Leonard Wood, learned dits and dahs at Fort Devens, then did tours in Sinop and Rothwesten, Germany. All those places are reflected in my book as I try to remember all the military misadventures I had in those years. I was at Det 4 from Aug 63 to Aug 64. I know it was a cesshole, but we managed to have some fun. My roommates were Joe Capozzi, Al Trott and Norm Yurong, from NY, OH and HI. Joe was a great guitar picker and Al played sax and they played at the club, along w/SSG Bud Clark (another great picker i! n the Chet Atkins mode) and a couple other guys. Lots of stories in the book. Hope you can pass this along for anyone who might be interested. Purchase details can be found at: www.rathole.com/soldierboy or by contacting Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, ASA all the way, Tim Bazzett
I called Tim on 15 September 2005 and had an interesting chat with him regarding his year tour at Det 4. Tim holds degrees from Ferris State, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan Universities. He taught English for five years at Monroe County Community College and served eight years in the U.S. Army. He is retired from NSA and lives with his wife and two dogs in Michigan, where he continues to work on his memoirs and other stories
ISLER, Rod, YOB: 1945, US/RA, E4-E5, 05H Det 4-4,15OC68-70, (Kyuhee), 1703 Mansion Ridge Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-849-3482, email@example.com Ret Maj Gen
See isler9 attachment
Thats Rod in the background as a youngster
During the first week in August we spent three days in the Salisbury/Ocean City, Maryland area and a day at the Naval Academy guest house in Annapolis, MD. While in Annapolis we visited the Isler's immaculate home for two hours and enjoyed the warm welcome and hospitality directed our way. We found the visit quite intoxicating. Patty enjoyed chatting with Kyuhee and playing with their two dogs, Beauty and Tory. See isler2 attachment.
Thats Kyuhee holding Tory and Rod holding Beauty..
See isler1 attachment for a photo of a wonderful couple.
I have the utmost respect for General Isler and didn't know exactly how I would ask questions, keeping in mind that I'm a old retired First Sergeant. I was aware of the promotion odds that General Isler had to hurdle in his quest for higher rank in that less than 2 percent of Colonels get promoted to Brigadier General and fewer than half of those BG's get promoted to MG. Rod informed me that there were so many who contributed to his Army career and that it would be impossible to list them all and besides he did not want to overlook anyone. He did state that in retrospect that starting as a PVT was a plus and he used that experience as a jumping-off to his 33 year army career. Ever since he was a youngster he cherished and long idealized the American dream of success. To Rod the American dream meant working hard to develop his natural talents and to persevere when the going got tough by working his butt off. During the visit I asked the retired General if there were some occasions that stood out above others and surprisingly he informed that his enlisted time wearing headsets and tuning the R-390's in search of a priority signal and completing his Business Degree at the University of Maryland at Karamursel stands out in his memory. Of course there were many other significant leadership events that stand out in his memory bank. In OCS at Fort Benning he quickly learned that leadership is the highest form of responsibility and the ultimate test of one's mettle. Also as we 'lifers' know - there was and probably still is a prevailing mind set that only those who couldn't make it in civilian life would stay in the military. Rod decided to stay and its a decision he never regretted. A proud family legacy helped Rod very early in life to formulate a strong desire to get a good education and serve his country. One of his proudest moments was seeing the smile on his father's face as he was promoted to BG and MG. During his climb to wearing 2-stars he always set high standards and genuine care and concern to subordinates, no matter their rank, race or gender to perform honorably, with integrity, courage, loyalty, duty and respect.
Rod was born in 1945 in Oklahoma City, OK. and was a Army BRAT. His father, Colonel Jack J. Isler, was a highly decorated Combat Infantry Officer and Special Forces veteran who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Jack Isler was a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BS degree in Education and was a standout baseball player there and in 1992 was inducted into the Oklahoma City University Hall of Fame as a baseball player. Later he received a MS in Counseling and Guidance from New York University-Siena College. Jack Isler was very pleased with Rod's EM tour career path and was pleased to see his only son follow him to OCS at Fort Benning and later be promoted to BG and MG before he passed away in 2000 of Lung Cancer. In a nutshell, Jack Isler was a soldiers soldi! er who served in all EM ranks before going to OCS at Fort Benning. Jack Isler retired in 1971 as a Colonel with 29 years active duty and was highly decorated
See isler12 attachment for photo of Rod Isler being promoted to Major General. That's Jack Isler standing on Rod's right.
Rod graduated from High School in Colorado and attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO for 3 years. After completing 3 years of college he received his DRAFT notice in March 1968 and after exploring his options decided to fulfill a sense of duty, obligation and family honor. All along he wanted to belong to the military that had shaped his father's values. Looking back 1968 was a time when there was widespread anti-military fervor and the War in Vietnam was not a catalyst for military duty. This fervency was unsettling for Rod and he was convinced that serving his country was absolutely the right thing to do. His parents helped him sort through his options and was aware that he would not be sent to Vietnam as his father was there and the policy was not to send a sole surviving son to a combat zone.
Enlist for MORSE CODE training in the Army Security Agency. It was Col Jack Isler who suggested that his son not be drafted and be cannon fodder, but enlist for duty in the Army Security Agency. Rod Isler enlisted at Denver. Took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and then was sent to Fort Devens for MORSE CODE training. Rod was already a skilled typist (but had to learn the mechanics of the mill) and proficient in the dits and dahs as he was a HAM OPERATOR beginning at age 12 in the Boy Scouts.. At Devens he TRIED to explain that he could take the final code test and pass it, but the instructors would not listen - so he attended the classes - took and maxed each WPM exam. It wasn't long before the instructors realized that Rod Isler was, indeed, a fully qualified ditty bopper. And, yes Rod also pulled KP, CQ and guard duty. From then until graduation Rod graded the code papers and was declared #1 in his class.
PVT E-2 to SP4 in two days All #1 05H students were promoted to SP4, but Rod was still a PVT E2. So they promoted him to PFC and the next day to SP4. Half of his class went to Vietnam and the other half to Turkey. Since his father was in Vietnam and Rod was the surviving son - he was sent to Turkey. When the group arrived in Istanbul in October 1968 - they were processed and put on a boat headed for Sinop. All of a sudden the boat reversed course and returned to Istanbul where they boarded a waiting bus and were taken around the horn to Karamursel. Needless to say everyone was pleased with the turn of events. After 4-4 in-processing he was assigned to a swing shift for the familiar 058 side-saddle training. Within 30 minutes he had mastered the 058 OJT requirements of how to insert and properly fill out the 6-ply color coded onion skin paper in a MILL. He requested that he be given a position. The Trick Chief immediately recognized his morse skills, but shrugged him off and said that #1 05H grads don't do very good in the field and that he was considered a yeni newk. In a day or two the Soviet's had a callsign and frequency change and the T/A men could not break the code from the trainer's copy until one of the T/A men looked at Rod's copy and BINGO the callsign keys were known and reported to higher authorities.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF TWO COLD WAR
THE ANSWER FROM IVAN WAS YES
Rod informs that during his 4-4 tour he copied the 104th Guards Airborne Division net and that he got to know the fist of each sender. Many years later while serving in the 210th Aviation Bn in Panama Rod was communicating on a Ham set in CW and established contact with an unknown, but immediately recognized the FIST on the other end as a Soviet Morse operator for the headquarters station for the 104th Gds Abn Div. After chatting in English the other end informed that he was transmi! tting from the Soviet Union and this confirmed Rod's initial identification. Without hesitation Rod asked, in morse code, the other end if he had been a morse code operator in the Soviet Army in Tblisi. The answer was YES and he ID'd himself as IVAN and they exchanged many tidbits about that time in their military service.
While at Det 4-4 Rod was Soldier of the Month and Soldier of the Quarter.
The isler11 attachment is Rod receiving the Soldier of the Quarter award from Maj Edward Cima in 1969.
Rod also was a member of the 4-4
Softball team in 1969/70.
See isler10 attachment.
ID of the team, L-R Front row: Greg Trembley, Chuck Carpenter, Rod Isler, unk and unk.
Back Row: 1SG Stan Owens, Jim Glick, Al Bullock, unk, unk and Robert Stewart.
Rod also played a lot of golf at Karamürsel. Roomed with Chuck Carpenter and was friends with Chriss Andress, Mike Findley, Jerry Carter, Jim Glick, Greg Kearney and Phil Taggart and others that time has erased from his memory. Remembers, of course, the CO, Maj Edward Cima and 1SG Wilbur Rodkey, both of whom he held in high esteem.
Rod took advantage of the Det 94 education program at Karamürsel and obtained a Business Degree from the University of Maryland. He credits and holds in high esteem Dr. Berlin with providing the guidance and arranging the necessary courses for him to complete his degree. Still later Rod received a MS degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Rods military education includes the MI Officers Advanced Course; the prestigious Air Command and Staff College and the War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.
While at Det 4-4 Rod put in a 1049 for OCS and was sent to Vint Hill Farms pending acceptance of his OCS request. His OCS application was granted and he was sent to Fort Benning where he was commissioned in 1971 as a MI 2LT. One might say that his initial commissioned assignment was not by casual chance but by design. You guessed it - he was assigned to USASATC&S at Fort Devens as the Chief, Advanced Morse Division.
Rod Isler's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM); the Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) with 3 Oak Leaf clusters; the ARCOM with Oak Leaf cluster; the Army Senior Aviation Badge and Parachutist Badge. The DDSM was awarded by the Secretary of Defense to officers whose exceptional performance of duty and contributions to national security or defense have been at the highest levels. The DSSM was also awarded by the Secretary of Defense to those who rendered superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility
HOTTON, Phil YOB 1933 RA13503989 E3-E4 204 Det 4, AP55-MR56, (Aubrey), 4745 Cardinal Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804, 410-742-1639, firstname.lastname@example.org
See hotton1 attachment which shows Phil Hotton holding his WORRY BEADS which most Turk men use as a hand instrument in the Muslim religion and prayer.
Most have 33 beads attached, each with a different meaning. The Greeks prayer beads or fidget toy is called a komboloi. Wherever you first notice them, they are bound to be strangely compelling. Once you touch them, and feel the smooth beads sliding through your fingers, you may find yourself hooked. We brought the worry beads and the evil eye back with us from our tour in Turkey. How many of you veteran's also have the worry beads as a memento from Turkey?
Phil Hotton was among the first troops to serve at Sinop. He was there from April 1955-March 1956 when Sinop was a small Signal Corps satellite operation HQ'd from Samsun. The unit consisted of one officer and 15 enlisted personnel. Others there were Al Cantrell, Buck Goss, Jim Julius, Wallace Lonsway, John Musick, Phil Pavlik, Jim Peron, Pete Stephany, and the OIC was 1LT Llewellyn P. Rose who Go on-line to http://dool-1.tripod.com and click on DOOL's #70 and #93 to read Phil Hotton's memories of his TOUR OF DUTY on the hill when there were no bennies and that later became known as Det 4.
Ralph, YOB: 1944, RA15734622, E5, 059, Det 27, NO66-NO67,
(Linda), 9152 Burgett Rd., Orient, OH 43146, 614-877-4890, email@example.com - Elder, I just returned from
Baton Rouge, driving trucks to and from shelters and churches to
distribute supplies. Worked out of a church next door to
Womans Hospital. Ladies released from the hospital are
taken care of at St Lukes Episcopal Church.Transported a
mother, eight months pregnant, with her four young children, to a
relatives house in Memphis. They had just been rescued in
New Orleans the day before by boat, helicopter and ambulance. She
was having contractions, so was taken to the hospital in Baton
Rouge. They were a beautiful family. Their husband stayed behind
to guard their house. We are all Gods children. What
we do for the least of us we are doing for Christ. Its just
that simple. And, we all cant do everything, but we all
must do something, and do it in the name of Christ. Otherwise we
are hypocrites. Yours truly, Ralph
SCHMIDT, Bill, YOB: 1943, RA13776600, E4, 058, Det 4, 63-64, (Gretchen), 11199 Snapdragon St., Ventura, CA 93004, 805-647-8219, firstname.lastname@example.org - Thx Elder! Your story, and 3 day experience packing and shipping reminds me of when our girls were in the Girl Scouts, and the cookie drive was in full swing. They asked if they could sell to me clients, to which I agreed. WELL - when the cookies came in, they took over the garage! nevertheless - thx for all you done - I'm not even going to try and say thanks in Turkish! Bill Schmidt, Ventura, Calif.
WADLEY, Jeff, DOB: 1940, RA16713260, E3-E5, 058, Trk#4, Det 27, SE62-FE64,(Marcia), Oro Valley, AZ 85755, 520-498-5078, email@example.com - Dear Elder, I want to thank you for contacting me about my time at Manzarali Station. I can't believe it's been over 40 years. I have really enjoyed your informative e-mails. My wife Marcia and I are looking forward to meeting you at the reunion in San Antonio. From the list of attendees I see many people who where at Det 27 when I was there. I really enjoyed my 17 months and 10 days in Turkey. I was very fortunate to have had such a positive experience. I made many good friends and was able to travel all over the region. I enlisted in the Army in Chicago and wanted to travel and was told that the ASA placed most of their people overseas. I took basic at Fort Leonard Wood - went to Devens for 058 schooling. I had a friend from Chicago who joined the Army Reserve because he didn't want to spend 3 years in the Army. It! was sort of ironic that after his basic he was assigned to ASA and sent with his unit to Fort Devens. While at Deven's his unit was called up and extended for six months or a year. With his initial six months plus the year extension and monthly meetings for the next few years he spent almost as much time in the Army as I did but with much less enjoyment. There are lots of things that I remember about Ayer and Fort Deven's. Used to go into town and visit a place called the Little Club. Went into Boston several times and for some reason I remember the big Consolidated Mess Hall on post. After graduation took a bus to New York and flew on Pan Am from New York to Paris, Rome, Istanbul and finally Ankara. We got into Ankara late in the afternoon.. We were driven to a place in downtown Ankara to wait for our ride to Site 23. I remember taking in all the sights and smells while riding through town. Remember the oily smell that was in the air. We finally hooked up with our ride and! remember riding in a deuce and half out to Manzarali. It was now dark and it seemed like a long ride before we got to base. When we finally got to base I recall getting out of the truck and seeing some of my classmates from Deven's. A couple of days later was assigned to Tk#4. During my OJT, I remember Lt Dave Tavernetti coming into the 058 intercept bay and announcing that the Cuban Embargo took effect at 2400 hours and to be especially vigilant as to what we were doing and if we heard anything unusual we were to let the trick chief know right away. Didn't put much stock into it at the time but realized later how serious things could have been.
I was also in Turkey the day President Kennedy was assassinated. We all went to work early that evening trying to get information on what was going on. I remember the Russians were trying to figure it all out also. I really enjoyed my time at Det 27. Roomed with Paul (Rod) Tully and Bill Shortridge. Kept in touch wit! h Paul and Bill for a while but have lost track of them. I used to see Paul when I would go into New York on business. We both worked at advertising agencies at that time. I eventually ended up in sales (graphic arts, Printing and Film Separations). Paul was an account executive at the time for Foote Cone and Belding. Billy Shortridge visited my wife and I in Chicago but have lost contact with them. Bill owned a Red Wing shoe store in Indiana. Paul and I used to do a lot of traveling when we were in Turkey. We took a ten day trip to the Holy Land where we got to go to Egypt, Syria , Lebanon Jerusalem and Jordan. Their were two sisters who worked for our government on that trip. Paul got along pretty well with one of the sisters and they took off together when we stopped for a few hours to visit Damascus, Syria. Our tour plane was ready to take off and no Paul or this girl. Her sister was in tears and things were getting tense when up in a cab came Paul and this girl. They ha! d found this wonderful shop where they picked up these wool sheepskins. Things were great until about 4 days later. We had this horrible smell coming out of Paul's locker. Seems the sheepskin he had purchased had not been cured. Uggh! Don't know what happen to Paul's friend or her sheepskin. Bill Shortridge and I used to take out some student nurses from Iran who where going to school in Ankara. We used to get a lot of flak from the locals when they would see us on the street or in a restaurant with these girls. Bill was always falling in love. Shortly before he went to Germany he bought a ring for the Iranian girl. Her family panicked and rushed some high ranking officer from the Iranian army up to see the girl and to make sure she didn't have anything more to do with this guy. Later Bill met a girl from Germany and married her. They came to Chicago to visit us once, but we have lost contact. In addition to the Holy Land trip Paul and I took, we also took a 26 day trip throu! gh Europe. An MP from Det 27 went with us on this trip but I can't recall his name. We took a USAF hop out of Ankara to Nancy, France and then took the USAF base bus into Luxemburg. What a trip that was. We were in a bar having a
beer and something to eat when a gentleman who was with another man and two ladies came over to our table and starting asking questions about where we were from and where we were going. He was a tour guide and was taking these two women around Europe. His friend who was with him was a salesman from Amsterdam who was going back home the next day. When the man found out we were traveling to Amsterdam he immediately called his friend over, introduced us and said his friend would drive us to Amsterdam. Sure enough the next morning the man picked us up at our hotel in a new white Mercedes and away we went. The man was almost apologetic saying he had to stop and make some sales call on the way. No Problem for us. We had mentioned we had not ha! d any whole milk as the milk at the post in Turkey was reconstituted from powder. All of a sudden the driver pulls over and runs into a grocery store. Out he comes with three bottles of milk. When we got closer to Amsterdam we asked if we could take him and his wife who was six months pregnant out to dinner as a way to show our appreciation for the ride and all the niceties. He said that would be great. When we pulled into Amsterdam he drove us to a rooming house and got us set up for an amazing price of $3.50 a night with breakfast included. We took them to dinner at an Asia restaurant and had a great time. They drove us around Amsterdam that night, showing us some of the sights. When we got back to Turkey we sent the man and woman some gifts in appreciation of their kindness. We were very fortunate in the fact that we were able to visit many countries including England, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Greece Luxemburg, Austria and later on Germany. Det 27, had a great sports pro! gram. There was something for everyone. Softball, Flag Football, Basketball. I played on the base Flag Football team, and softball and basketball on the the Tk #4 teams. We used to play lots of practical jokes on each other. Paul Tully and I used to drive Bob "Moon" Mullins crazy with all the jokes we played on him. He was a good sport and took them well. He also had a few jokes up his sleeve. Another time coming off duty during the winter when there was some snow. We got off about 2330 hours and went to have midnight chow. We then decided it would be fun to attack another trick who was sleeping and had to get up for the early morning shift. We made snow balls and proceeded to wake them up with some cold snow. Don't think they took it too kindly as they started using the fire extinguishers on us. Some of the names of people I remember are Larry Meade, Bill Parton, Dennis Baron,Dick Biondi, Richard Wagner, Bob Deines, Joe Vinovich, Walt Las and John Hagamon. ! I hope to see and or hear about all of these people when my wife and I attend the reunion in San Antonio September 29th, 2005. I spent 17 months and 10 days at Det 27 in Turkey and 6 months at Bad Aibling, Germany. All of it good. I enjoyed it and look at it as a very positive experience. I don't know of anything that I would trade for this experience. Hope to see many of you in San Antonio.
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