From: "ercgreen" <>
Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #135
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 09:30:49 -0500


This newsletter is intended only for the use of the ASA TURKEY Veteran's. If you are not an intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately. 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. On the importance of the ASA Turkey BIO's - that not too many years from now people will be able to look back and understand what the ASA was all about and why ASA personnel served in Turkey and have a better understanding of the experience of veterans who went through the Cold War. Whether you choose to share your BIO is a personal choice. However, information not shared is the same as information lost. Keep in mind that the Internet is a universe unto itself and is a dang near veritable hell-hole filled with scams, scam artists, frauds, thieves, and greedy people, etc. In the old days, back when mail crossed the country in days, identity theft still took place. Today, e-mail crosses the country at the speed of light. The crooks do too. Your privacy is extremely important.
Therefore, if you wish not to receive future DAYS OF OUR LIVES, please send that request to - When you send 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. Thank you- - -gH

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, 724-349-7395,


This is my third Christmas message and it remains the same today - so here it is again: I have your names ...... all stored in my Master Roster's and almost every day......I scan the list. Each name stands for someone... who has either crossed my path while on active duty or at the three reunions or via the phone lines, and in that timeframe have become my friends...... Although it sounds unreal ......, but I remember each name and can attach a face to those that I've met. You're all on the list......of folks I'm indebted to. So whether I have known you......for many days or few, in some ways you have a part...... in shaping the DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I am but a total......of many folks I've met, you are friends I prefer...... never to forget. Thank you for being my friend and keep sending me your BIO's and other newsworthy items. Patty and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and have a prosperous and happy 2004.


BERGMANN, Chuck (JC), DOB: 1943, RA15733827, E4, 058, Det 27, MY66-DE67, (Helen), 29813 Foote Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140, 440-871-5346 &


SIMONS, Bill, DOB: 1936 RA13655..., E3, 058, DE59-DE60, (Patricia Anne), 155 Newbolds Corner Rd., Southampton, NJ 08088,

Happy Holidays from Anne and Bill Simons to all subscribers of the DAYS OF OUR LIVES newsletters and the many visitors to the Sinop website. I would like to express my appreciation to all those who have contributed to the Det 4 website over the past five years. You have made it a memorable experience for me and added your input to the history of an interesting period in the cold war.

My appreciation also goes out to Elder Green for all the effort he has put into the DOOL newsletters and my thanks for allowing me to post each new issue on the website. All of us who read the newsletter would like to thank you Elder for all the hard work involved in setting up the reunions, contacting new people who served with the US Military in Turkey and compiling the Memory Books. Anne and I would like to wish all of you out there a very prosperous New Year with many more to come.

The attached photo of Bill and Anne Simons was taken in 1997 in front of Lincoln Cathedral in the UK.

Bill Simons at the 2002 Hershey reunion.

and the Det 4 Vet's who attended the first reunion that Det 4 Vet's were invited.

ID of those in that photo shown below: L-R: Fran Van Erem, John Kern, Bill Simons, Harry Lance and Bob Van Erem. In the background is Det 27'ers, Jimmy Nolan and Norman Mau.


THE 2004 REUNION WILL BE HELD IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA ON 16-18 SEPTEMBER 2004. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. You may make your reservation by calling 1-888-299-5174 or 256-830-2222. If you need to send a FAX - 256-830-1336. I would suggest that you call the 256 number rather than the national reservation desk. For additional information on the 2004 reunion go to: and click on the reunion ICON.


BURGOYNE, Marvin K., Maj, Det 4, 1962, DOB: 21 September 1928, DOD: 10 May 1998 at Odenton, Anne Arundel County, MD SSN: 375-26-2777 issued Michigan. I have no information regarding Major Burgoyne's Tour of Duty at Det 4 and will appreciated comments from those who remember him.

MARVIN K BURGOYNE 21 Sep 1928 10 May 1998 (V) 21113 (Odenton, Anne Arundel, MD) (none specified) 375-26-2777 Michigan

CRAM, Eugene C., (Gene), W2, W2215309, OIC T/A, Det 27, 66-67, (Phyllis), 5180 SW Gardenia Ct., Dunnellon, FL 34431, 352-489-9085,,

It is with a sad heart that we, Elder RC and Patty Green, report the death of a dear friend - EUGENE CHARLES CRAM. There was not a dry eye in the Green home when we received word from Phyllis Cram that her beloved husband had passed away. Gene was a regular relayer and contributor to the DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The Cram's have been our friends since 1955 when I first met Gene and his brother, Sam, at Ogi Camp in Tokyo and then we worked together 1960-63 at Bad Aibling, Germany, then at Manzarali 66-67.

Gene was born on 27 February 1931 in the rural area of North Berwick, Maine, the son of righteous parents, Rev & Mrs Eugene D. Cram, and his life-tree, rich-laden with fruits of righteousness, and passed peacefully away at MRMC, Ocala, Florida on 28 November 2003. For the most of 2003 he was in and out of the hospital and he had been steadily sinking, and his condition for some time had been such that his physician and family had been forced to practically abandon hope of his recovery. He had been a sufferer from diabetes, heart disease the last few years of his life, and frequently suffered acute attacks which threatened to prove fatal in their termination. Gene's illness finally caused him to quit the cigars, but not until February of 2003.

After receiving a rudimentary education in such schools as were then open in the rural area of Maine - Gene joined the US Army on 17 August 1949 at Portland, Maine. Gene and Phyllis Armes had dated on and off through high school in Brunswick, Maine and Phyllis attended the church that Gene's father was the pastor. After high school Gene joined the Army and Phyllis went to college. They corresponded, and decided to marry when Phyllis finished college. Gene was put on orders for Korea, so they decided not to wait. They were married on 30 September 1950. As it turned out, Gene didn't go to Korea until 1963, but a year after they were married Gene went to Germany and Phyllis spent the year in Lockport, NY with her folks This partnership lasted 53 years and throughout that period the Cram's have been friends with Donald and Pat Bradley and their family(

Gene Cram was devoted to his three children: Eugene Douglass Cram and wife Deborah, Dunnellon; Lisa Cram Lorenzo and husband George, Dunnellon and Marc Dexter Cram, Atlanta, GA. They had a great 53 years together, and for their 50th wedding anniversary their children sent them on a Caribbean cruise. To make it even more special their 3 off-spring, Gene's sister, Laura and their husbands and wives went with them on the cruise. In Gene's words, "It was great". Gene's ability and integrity, both of the highest order, and his worth to the Army Security Agency was fully recognized by his receiving the Legion of Merit while and for his 1966-68 duty at Manzarali Station; the Bronze Star for duty at Phu Bai, Vietnam, 1968-69, the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Good Conduct Medals; the WWII Occupation Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the US Vietnam Service Medal; the RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm; Vietnam Campaign Medal and numerous other letters of commendation.

In reference to Gene Cram's humor and of the many contributions he made to the DOOL - I submit a item that Gene remembered about the Bulgarian linguists that appears in DOOL#31. "It must be remembered that several of those BULGARIAN LINGUISTS at Det 27 became excellent T/A men when it was DISCOVERED that there was not much need for the Bulgarian linguists to wait for their obsolete tanks to talk to each other. Of those re-treads - only Dennis Fransted and Jesse Watson made it as T/A men while Clark 'Mixie' Bryan, Dave Canby and 'TRASH-CAN' Baker kept turning the R-390 knobs looking for those tanks. I chuckled when I read Mixie's account of his Tour at Manzarali as a Bulgar linguist and, now, understand why the Hornet did not recommend him to me. About the Hornet -When I was alerted that I would be assigned to Det 27 - I requested that Elder RC Green be sent there as my NCOIC. AHS complied. It seems that some people were completely taken in by youse Bulgarian guys -- but not the Hornet and the WOPA (that's the Warrant Officers Protective Association for the uninitiated). I recall the Hornet telling me about the existence of a group within the ranks who were masquerading as of all things BULGARIAN LINGUISTS! Of course I recognized chicanery when I saw it and decided to play it cool until I found out about this bunch of charletons. Rapidly I composed a TWX to WOPA questioning this startling state of affairs, and anxiously awaited an answer. It came in very soon and you'll believe me if I say I was not too startled to discover that our so called bulgars were in actuality CIA spies set on us to determine if we were in cahoots with the Red Menace we were targeting. Now you know why I didn't hassle you Bulgarians while you were performing your "Mission" in operations -- by the way since the mere existence of WOPA was classified as strict needless codeword, I never let even the Green Hornet in on my discovery, but he may have figured it out since the Bulgarian Language lends itself so poorly to intelligence. Never did know why all those 'SATELLITE" LINGUISTS were trained anyway when we all knew that only those of us who were trained in the Russian language were really linguists".

Gene's account of 9/11: "Phyl and I will remember forever where we were in 9/11 2001. PA. We were with the Hornet and his pretty wife Patty eating breakfast at Perkins in Indiana, PA when the young waitress came to take our order - she was crying. We ask what was wrong and she said that the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon were flown into by terrorists and that a plane had just crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania and that it was suspected of being part of the plot and that the TV assumed that the target for it was the White House. Needless to say, we were stunned... We had not turned on the TV or radio that morning as we were too busy getting each other up to date as we had arrived the day before on our way to the Fort Devens reunion...We hurriedly ate the hearty breakfast and hurried to the Green's residence at 3094 Warren Road to watch TV and catch up on what had taken place. The Pennsylvania governor, Tom Ridge, really impressed me with his knowledge and President Bush couldn't have picked a better person to head up the Homeland Security Department."

Gene also wrote: "The ASA was an incredible experience, I enjoyed the business years, teaching was fun and the easiest thing I ever did - can't imagine why they pay people to do it, but retirement is definitely the best job I never had! Its only drawback is - no weekends!"

Gene Cram was always firm in his views and his life was never marked by extended bitterness to those whose lives were less consecrated than his own. If ever a man lived without enemies, he did, and his death is mourned by many. He indeed had "a heart of pure gold" and will yet live in the hearts of those of us who are still making the weary and toilsome life's journey. Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, And the roll is called up yonder, we'll be there to meet the Cram's. When the roll, is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder Gene Cram will be there. In the words General Douglas MacArthur who was one of the most prominent military leaders ever who in his farewell speech remembered and quoted the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads he had heard as a cadet at West Point which proclaimed most proudly that OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE; THEY JUST FADE AWAY. In a like manner I apply this often-used phrase to Gene Cram who did his duty as GOD gave him the light to see that duty. Goodby Gene Cram. Donations may be made to Timber Ridge Community Church, The Salvation Army or The American Heart Association in Gene Cram's name. See The Cram Family attachment.

Gene Cram's BIO is included in the 700+ page 2004 ASA Turkey Memory Book. The Memory Book was reproduced by Chuck Bergmann on a mini-disk and if anyone needs a FREE copy - just send me your name and address

The following sent their condolences: Dear Ones, I was saddened by the news from my Aunt Phyllis today about Uncle Gene Cram. I knew them both from the time I was a little girl. We were all in Germany with the Army, many years younger. My Mom and Dad, Donald and Pat Bradley, became friends with them years before in the U.S. They were without children at the time, and they became my "Aunt" and "Uncle." As you all know them so well, it was love at first sight. How could it have been otherwise? They are two of the sweetest people on earth. The reason I write now to you good people, whom I've never met, is to hopefully find out from each of you a little more about my Uncle Gene. How did you all come to know him and maybe you could tell me a little something... a little of your history with him and Aunt Phyllis. I have an ulterior motive, underneath the personal need, I'd like to share your stories of Uncle Gene and Aunt Phyllis too with my Dad who is very sad at the passing of his old, longtime friend. I'll close now and thank you in advance for any input you care to send my way.Regards, Beth Ann Bradley-Feng,

DUNNAM, Gary (Duck) E3-E5 98C Det 27 & 4-4, (Sharon Steen),104 N Liberty St., Victoria, TX 77901, 361-575-2160, - Dear G. Hornet - I am really sorry to hear that Gene Cram passed away. He looked so thin in the recent pictures I saw of him. It is a wrenching experience when those we have been close to for so long slip away. I will always remember him as having a marvelous sense of humor and an easy laugh. Gary Dunnam

NEILL, Henry W., (Hank), PVT-2LT, Det 27, AU62-JA64, (Judy), 7417 Jenna Rd Springfield, VA 22153, 708-569-5163, - Retired Colonel Elder, I only knew Gene Cram through the reunions you arranged for us. However, in my short conversations with him, I can see why you felt so close to him. Clearly, he was a fine person and an interesting man to speak with. It is always sad to lose a friend but it is particularly difficult to do so near the holiday season. I shall remember him in my prayers.

WALTERS, William P., (Bill), 1LT-CPT, AIS, Det 27, DE65-DE67 & CPT, Det 4-4, DE67-JL68, COL, Det 4, ?, (Susan), 529 Walking Ln Fayetteville NC 28311, 910-822-0629, or - Retired Colonel. Elder, Sure sorry to hear about Gene Cram, a really fine man.....Don't know if you had gotten my previous e-mail, I am at Bad Aibling as the site manager here. Our company won the contract for all of the electronic maintenance here....Take care and again thank you for letting me know about Gene, he will be sorely missed by a lot of us who had the privilege of knowing him....BillW

DONSTON, Alan, DOB: 13 February 1935, DOD: 5 September 1998 of cancer. Det 4, 1961 & in the 70's, widow Marilyn, 101 St. Martin St., Fitchburg, MA 01420, 978-343-3916, Talked with Marilyn Donston once before and again on 2 December 2003. Alan retired as a SFC, E7 and was a civilian instructor at USASATC&S for nearly 20 years. Alan Donston posted the following on the internet: "Bill Simons has a great Det 4 page and you sure can find a lot of lost friends. Seems like a long time ago and we still have ASA meetings in Ayer, MA..... Great times by all whether they are ASA or INSCOMERS but most of the time the INSCOM people think we are lying when we tell them about burning out the Sergeant Major in Sinop for f-----g with the troops. What Fire".

ALAN H DONSTON 13 Feb 1935 05 Sep 1998 (V) 01420 (Fitchburg, Worcester, MA) (none specified) 046-26-0848 Connecticut

Donston was refering to Crawford L. Boyd. Here is a repeat of Boyd's TAP entry:
BOYD, Crawford L., (Turkey Neck), E8, 98Z, Det 4, 60-MY61, born 9 Dec 1926, died 11 Feb 1998, 71y at Burgaw, Pender Co., NC., SSN 260-34-2837 issued GA - Crawford Boyd was the First Sergeant or acting Sgt Major at Det 4 in the 1960-61 timeframe. There certainly has been a lot of story-telling about Sgt. Boyd, and most are not polite. Many Sinoper's remember this BROWN SHOE Infantry Army veteran. For many, his methods were not to their liking. However, Sgt Boyd should be remembered as a career soldier who followed the Det 4 commanders directives and that made him a nasty NCO in the eyes of many and at the same time was considered a scapegoat by many at Det 4. He had a job to do and he did it the way the LEADERSHIP manuals required it to be accomplished, even though it was a remote outpost, and many thought that the book should be overlooked. It is almost a certainty that of all his duty assignments - that Det 4 was the least liked of them all. A short time before his departure his hootch was padlocked 13 straight days and each time he had to hacksaw the locks off, then his hootch was set afire and all of his belongings were lost. He departed Sinop the next morning via L-20 transport to Ankara and then on to Ft Bragg, NC. Is it possible that the epitath on his tombstone reads: "SO LONG, YOU SINOP BASTARDS". Earlier in 1958 a "mutiny of a few weeks" took place at Sinop and by and large, mum was the word, but what happened was the CO had tried to impose regular Army discipline and routine on the men and they too rebelled.

FOURQUREAN, Ludwell N., RO14662922, SGT E5, Det 27, 61-63, BPED 12FE34 ETS 3JA63 DOB: 31 January 1918, DOD: 11 June 1999 at Smithfield, NC., SSN: 229-01-0877 issued VA

Nothing is known about Ludwell N. Fourqurean other that his Basic Pay Entry date into the military was 12 February 1934 and that he was a Reserve Officer and had 27 years in the Army in 1961.

LUDWELL N FOURQUREAN 31 Jan 1918 11 Jun 1999 (V) 27577 (Smithfield, Johnston, NC) (none specified) 229-01-0877 Virginia

GILMAN, Frank H., DOB: 25AP33, DOD: 7NO2003, 058, US Embassy Istanbul & Ankara, 56-57, (Jacquie), PO Box 1660 Dolan Springs, AZ 86441, 928-767-3200, I knew Frank Gilman at Fort Devens. His son played on my champion Midget Football team at Devens in 1970. I went hunting with Frank Gilman and Vergil Rearick in Vermont in 1970. From Jess James: "Frank H. Gilman, Jr. Passed away on 7 November 2003. He had been in and out of a nursing home for the last few weeks; however, he had been home since the first of November. The specific cause of death is not known. He had been a senior NCO with Detachment V and Unit 10. Those caring to send expressions of sympathy to the family should address them to: Mrs. Jacquie M. Gilman, P. O. Box 1660, Dolan Springs, AZ 86441-1660."

FRANK H GILMAN 25 Apr 1933 07 Nov 2003 (P) 86441 (Dolan Springs, Mohave, AZ) (none specified) 030-24-3687 Massachusetts

THEOBALD, Richard A (Rick), 33Z, Det 4, 70, (Eugenia), 3 Woodland Drive,Townsend, MA 01469 DOB: 7NO33 DOD: 8OC03. Dan Taylor advised that Richard "Rick" A. Theobald, age 69, passed away on 8 October 2003 after suffering a massive stroke while vacationing in Las Vegas. Rick was a 33Z. He served at the 13th USASA Field Station during the early 1960's, at Sinop in 1970, and taught at the Intelligence School for many years. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: 3 Woodland Drive, Townsend, MA 01469

RICHARD A THEOBALD 07 Nov 1933 08 Oct 2003 (V) 01469 (Townsend, Middlesex, MA) (none specified) 469-32-6205 Minnesota


In this issue, in alphabetical order:

Tom Abrials, Det 4, 57-58 & Det 4-1, 58-59
Brian Alpert, Det 4, 64-65
Richard Arena, Det 27 & 4, 62-63
Jerry Box, Det 4, 64-65 & 72-73
Bill Balusek, Det 4, 64-65
Jim Bomar, Det 27, 62-64
Joe Botta, Det 27, 63-64
Ivey Brinson, Det 4, 61-62
Robert T. Boyer, Det 27, 60-62
Donald E. Broaddus, Det 27, 60-62
Robert V. Brown, Det 27, 61-62
Clark Bryan, Det 27 & 4-4, 67-69
Maurice Cammack, Det 27, 57-59
Rocky Childs, Det 27, 65-68
Charles W. Cloke, Det 27, 63-65
William J. Cook, Det 27, 62-64
John Dake, Det 27, 61-62
Roy Des Ruisseaux, Det 27, 61-62
Jerry Dill, Det 4, 58-59 & 63-64
George P. Elsberry, Det 27, 63-64
Richard Funkhouser, Det 4, 67-68
Ronnie Graham, Det 27, 60-62
Randy Greenip, Det 27, 63-64
Nelson Groome, Det 4, 68-69
John M. Hall, Det 27, 63-64
Mark Hamilton, Det 27, 64-66
Jim Harber, Det 27, 62-63
Ed Harrison, Det 4, 59-60
Mark Heltzel, Det 120, 70-72
George Kinser, Det 4, 69-70 & 4-4, 70-72
Don Kjoller, Det 4, 58-59
Harry Lance, Det 4, 59-60
Walt Las, Det 27, 62-64
Jan Peter Londahl, Det 27, 63-64
Ken Long, Det 4, 64-65
Jim Mulholland, Det 4, 56-57
Hank Neill, Det 27, 62-64
John Obrien, Det 4, 64-65
Joe Ochmann, Det 4, 59-69
Jack Packard, Det 4, 65-66
Bill Peak, Det 4, 61-62
David Polhemus, Det 27, 64-66
Doug Potts, Det 27, 62-64
Jim Princehorn, Det 4, 69-70
Ted Rasmussen, Det 27, 63-64
Floyd Roberts, Det 4, 58
Charlie Rodrigues, Det 4, 59-60
Jim Scarborough, Det 4, 73-74 & 76-77
Tom Seaman, Det 4, 65-66
Bill Simons, Det 4, 59-60
Christopher Strauss, Det 4, 64-65
Rob Welsh, Det 4, 63-64


ABRIALS, Tom, DOB: 1936, E4, Cook & Supply Driver, Det 4, OC57-JN58 & 4-1, JN58-JA59, (Beverly),1901 Somersby Ln., VA Beach, VA 23456 757-427-3016, - Good show. Knew Joe Shinstock and passed on his obit to the people in AZ.

ALPERT, Brian DOB: 1944, RA19766940, E4, 056, Det 4, 29MY64-30AP65, (Satoko), 202 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 212-490-2232, I am a native of the Bronx, New York. After high school I attended the University of Utah as a zoology major. I enlisted for a 3 year tour in the Army Security Agency in April 1963 at Fort Douglas, Utah. I was one of the last who was able to enlist for a 3 year tour in the ASA. Seems to me that the 4 year requirement was started o/a the 25th of April 1963. Took basic at Fort Ord, California, then on to Fort Devens for schooling in the Radio Direction Finding (056) MOS. There I met Wayne E. Inman and we both got orders for Det 4 in Sinop, Turkey. Flew PAN AM to Turkey in May 1964. My first impression of Turkey at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul was the terrible tobacco stench. Spent several days in Ankara before boarding the back of a iki pachuk for the 14 hour ride to Samsun where they put us on a L-20 for the flight to Sinop. I was a PFC 056 RDF operator assigned to the point site. Others that I remember who worked at the point were Wayne Inman, Lee Skinner from St Louis area. I remember a SP5 Lohr as being the NCOIC and CPT Rocco Novarro as the OIC, who also was the Operations Officer at the main opns bldg. Though I spent most of my time at TUSLOG Det 4 - I was sent TDY with Wayne E. Inman to Det 27. While in Ankara I visited with my Det 4 roommate, Bill Balusek who was recuperating in the USAF hospital with a broken ankle. I've been trying for years to contact Inman, but without success. I heard that he re-enlisted and was sent to Vietnam. I left Turkey on 30 April 1965 enroute to my next and last Duty Assignment the 600th US ASA Co in Vicenza, Italy. While in Italy I served at Det B both in Lecce and after its move to San Vito and later I served at Det A in Ravenna. I would love to hear from anyone who was stationed at Sinop during that time and of course from any 056 guys who were at the point site including any Navy (Squids) from that time, no matter what lies they may have written about me or my trick in the Point Site Log Book.

I received an overseas discharge on 25 April 1966 and bummed around Europe and the Middle East for a while and then returned to New York City where I still live. I attended New York University but dropped out my senior year and became a photo journalist. Your sending me to to do a search for Bill Simons website started me searching for other ASA sites. It was the first time I learned there were any ASA sites on the web. My searches soon led me to Tom Harris's great DF site. By the way I really enjoyed the DOOL with Jim Baker's story about setting up the Point Site in Sinop (the radio direction finding site.) Anyway just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what a great job you're doing and to tell you to keep up the good work and thank you for now including us refugees from the HILL - we should really get together to make you an honorary member of Det 4. Got my Det 4 patches and they sure bring back memories. It’s hard to believe that you are publishing the DOOL's with just a phone line connection and considering the price we pay and the invaluable information we get I think we have to be very thankful for whatever you decide to do to keep the DOOL's coming. There should be a medal for good works because you certainly are earning it.

ARENA, Richard J., DOB: 1942, RA15638677, E4, 059, Det 27 & 4, JA62-MR63, (Maxine), 830 Jones Rd., Roswell, GA 30075, 770-992-3263, Elder - I read and savor every "DOOL". Through you I've been in touch with several lost buddies from those bygone days and that has been very rewarding. The ASA chapter is so disconnected from everything else I've done that those experiences sometimes don't seem real. Reading the experiences of others and hearing from old friends puts them in good perspective. One thing that has become very clear to me is that it is an honor to serve your country in the military. Far from losing interest, I look forward to every issue. Do what you must, but for my part, I hope you continue.

BALUSEK, William C., (Bill), DOB: 1940, RA18687431, E3-E4, 058, Det 4, (Martha), SE64-OC65, 3799 Summer Ln, Huntsville, TX 77340, 936-435-9412, Name remembered by Brian Alpert who was a roommate with Bill Balusek and Wayne Inman at Det 4. Found on and called him on 5 December 2003. Said that he has only kept in touch with Brian Alpert. Enlisted for the ASA and a 4 year enlistment in October 1963. Said that the recruiter guaranteed him to attend language school in California. Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and was sent to Fort Devens for what he thought was a delay in-route to DLI in California. But, no they told him that there was a waiting list for attending language school and that he would be trained as a morse code interceptor. Was very tired when he finally arrived in Ankara, Turkey for onward transport to Det 4 at Sinop. Said that he was one of the lucky or unlucky ones to fly to Sinop. His flight was marked with a memory that he has not forgotten. The pilot (name unknown) was a crazy SOB who flew low over the beach area of the Black Sea and that he can still see the frightened faces of the Turks on the beach as they flew over them and that when landed on the make-shift airfield missed his mark on the first pass. Said that this same pilot had the reputation of putting tire marks on the Det 4 water tower! Remembers the Post commander as being the Silver Fox Fletchman who did not like DOGS and don't remember any DOGS on the main post. Said that when the Silver Fox was out at the DF Point site during a regular inspection, one of the point dogs reared up and got Silver Fox uniform dirty. Needless to say, that was the end of the point site dogs. Said that Turkey was a fascinating country and wished that he would have had the opportunity to visit the historical sites during his ASA tour in Turkey. While at Det 4 there was very little to do - no library, etc. Once he and Brian Alpert walked out near the DF point site for a picnic type excursion. On their way back to the main site, a Turk, in a 1962 M151-A1 jeep, picked them up and was driving them back to post at a high rate of speed - when one of the tires on the NEW jeep blew out and all the occupants were thrown from the jeep. Everyone in the jeep was battered, but I suffered a broken ankle that still has not properly healed. I remember being picked up by the Det 4 ambulance and later being flown to the USAF hosp in Ankara for treatment. I remember Cpt Novarro, the Operations officer, visiting me in the Ankara hospital several times as he was the officer in charge of investigating the jeep accident. He told me that the Turk who was driving the jeep was not authorized to take the jeep from the Motor Pool that day and that he had been terminated. I spent 12 weeks in a long cast and it did not heal properly and then 6 weeks in a low cast and it still did not heal properly at Ankara. They med-evacuated me to the Landstuhl hosp in West Germany. The Kaiserslautern area of which Landstuhl is a part, encompasses one of the largest concentration of Americans living outside the United States. LARMC provides comprehensive health care services to the approximately 100,000 people in the K-Town military community and also serves as a referral center for an additional half million eligible personnel throughout USAREUR, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

BOMAR, James L., III, (Jim),
DOB: 1941, E3-E5, 058, Tk#3, Det 27, NO62-JL64, PO Box 490, Bell Buckle, TN 37020, 931-389-6792, . Jim owns a Real Estate business in the Shelbyville, TN area. He has a ton of remembrances of his time in Turkey (being 'rolled' and left with nothing but a bedsheet to get from Ankara to Manzarali! His late father served in the Tennessee State Legislature between 1947-1965 and was the LT Governor of Tennessee at one time. Hopefully Jim Bomar will write a BIO for the DOOL..

BOTTA, Joe, DOB: 1939, RA13750982, E3-E4, 058, Tk#3, Det 27, OC62-64, (Cass), 462 Northcroft Rd., Springfield, PA 19064, 610-328-6479, Talked to Joe Botta in December 2003 about his Tour of 058 duty at Det 27 on Trick#3. Wanted to be stationed at Homestead after 058 school, instead was sent to Det 27 Joe's roommates were Lanny Couvillon and Ed Cummings. Participated in almost all of the sports programs offered at Manzarali and has many fond memories of the shenanigans that he and Lanny Couvillon participated in and their TDY trips to Athens and Amsterdam. Said that Couvillon was a DEVIL. When asked about the Trick#3 Wolfcocks Flag Football team members offered the following: The QB was Gary Stewart who was an ex-GRUNT and the oldest GI on the trick and a good 058; Joe played halfback and blocking back most of the time; Joe and Calvin Pope returned kicks. Said that he and Pope shaved their heads before one of the important games; Pope was the Fullback and a bruiser; Doug Potts played End and Defensive Back; Ted Nelson was the sprinting wide receiver; once filled in for Jay Hunter at QB before Hunter transferred to Hq's Co when Hunter's wife arrived in Turkey. Remembers being Couvillon's partner in the 1963 Det 27 Badminton double elimination tournament. Said that they lost their first game to 2 Lieutenants, but with the determined Couvillon surged back thru the loser's bracket to defeat Doug Potts and Ken Ryder to win the Badminton Doubles championship. Potts defeated Couvillon for the singles title, but let Lanny represent Det 27 at the MSC championship games at Athers in 1963 as Potts had won the Handball title even though there was no handball court in the Det 27 gym - just two walls and no ceiling. Remembers departing Manzarali with a GI whose face was badly bruised and bandaged and had a broken nose courtesy of John Lampe. Said that Lampe was a tall wiry guy who was a good basketball player for the Manzarali Post team and thinks that he once played for the Textile College team. Also mentioned Tom and Mary Broumel and Bob "MOON" Mullins. Both were on the 1963 Manzarali Championship Flag Football team that won the MSC championship. Said that Broumel was a graduate of Maryland University and during the MSC championship game - he knocked the teeth out of a defensive lineman during the game. Said that he organized and participated in boxing matches in the gym. Much more info available, but will let Joe Botta write about it in a BIO which he promised to write and also to send photo's. Joe has been employed at the University of Pennsylvania for over 30 years and plans to retire soon. There you have it Joe - Get busy with the BIO.

BOX, Gerald E., (Jerry), DOB: 1938, RA12496428, E5, 059, Det 4, AP64-AP65 & E7 05K MR72-MR73, (Yvonne), RR3 Box 117D Susquehanna, PA 18847, 570-853-4968, Contacted on 2 December 2003. Enlisted in the Regular US Army on 31 July 1956 and took basic at Fort Dix, NJ and took AIT at Fort Knox, KY where he served in the 11th Armored Cav Regiment. More later.

BOYER, Robert T., DOB: 1937, RA16473393, ADC 6y, E5, Dental Clinic, Hq Co, Det 27, FE60-NO62, (Patricia), 4504 Drayton Ct., Indianapolis, IN 46254, 317-297-2170, Contacted on 11 December 2003. Det 27 was his one and only assignment with the ASA. Enlisted in Chicago for Medical Corps training. Took basic at Fort Chafee, Arkansas, then AIT at Fort Sam Houston, Texas

as a Dental Technician. After tours in Germany was sent to Manzarali Station with his family and lived in Ankara, where one of his daughters was born. Retired from the army in 1977 as a E7 with 23 years of active duty.

BROADDUS, Donald E., DOB: 1937, US55686077, E3-E5, Clk typist, Hq Co, Det 83 & 27, DE60-JL62, 10 President Point Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-990-0059, no e-mail BPED 25JL60 ETS 24JL62 per SO#46 dtd 26MR62 & by Zip Hargus. Contacted on 11 December 2003. Was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the ASA. Remember Zip Hargus, Roger Fain and Glenn Getty. Later attended Bradley University and is now retired.

BRINSON, Ivey, DOB: 1939, E3-E4, 345.10, Det 4, DE61-DE62, (Cora Lou),311 S 4th Highlands, TX 77562, 281-426-3491 - I contacted Ivey Brinson on 3 December 2003 and he said that I am the first ex-ASA'er to contact him since he was discharged from the Army in January 1964 and that he enjoyed remembering and talking about his Tour of Duty in Sinop and his time in the ASA. Is a native of Highlands, Texas where he still resides. Enlisted in January 1961 for duty with the ASA - took Basic at Fort Leonard Wood - then to Fort Monmouth, NJ for crypto maintenance repair (MOS 345). Flew MATS from McGuire AFB, NJ to Frankfurt, Germany where he spent a week waiting for a PAN AM flight to Turkey. Spent XMAS 1961 in Frankfurt. Flew to Istanbul, then to Ankara where he spent 2-3 days waiting for a RIDE to Sinop. Finally boarded the back of a deuce and half with his duffel bag for the ROUGH and COLD 14 hour ride to Samsun. There were 9 or 10 other GI's in the back of that canvas covered transport! Nearly all, also sat on their duffel bags. They left Ankara before daylight and arrived at Sinop after dark. A USO SHOW was taking place when the group arrived. Was on guard duty while waiting for security clearance to arrive. Later was assigned as crypto maintenance in the COMM CENTER for his duty place. Remembers hearing about the Turk soldier was shot at the front gate in May 1961, but did not know the details. Heard that the Turk soldier was shot in the leg and bled to death. While at Det 4 Ivey Brinson and 2 others from the COMM CENTER bought a 18 foot sailboat from a Turk in Sinop for $33 dollars per person. None of them had any sailing experience and never ventured far from Sinop when they took it out, which wasn't too often. Sometime during his tour the boat got loose from its berth docking point during a storm and was smashed to smithereens. Remembers waking up in the mornings to sunshine and look down to where Sinop town was and only see the top of clouds - FOG. Has forgotten most of the old friends from Det 4. Donald Pierce from KY and ? Walcott from Washington State are two that he did mention. Enjoyed his TOUR at Det 4 and said that it went too FAST. Departed Det 4 on a iki pachuk to Samsun where he caught a two engine THY aircraft to Ankara. Had to spend a week in Ankara waiting for a PAN AM flight homeward. Was assigned to Two Rock Ranch. Didn't like that assignment. Extended his enlistment one month so that he could be sent overseas.

Radio Research Units (RRU) operated in Vietnam under the direction of the U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) Group. During this time, these operations were classified and operated under the auspices of the 3rd RRU, activated on 23 May 1961. Its ASA nomenclature was the 400th USASA Operations Unit (provisional) until 23 September 1961 when it was redesignated the 82nd USASA Special Operations unit. The 3rd RRU assets included detachments specifically incorporating the RU-6A, RU-1A, and the RU-8D platforms, mission gear, and crews. On 1 November 1964, the unit was redesignated as the 53rd USASA Special Operations Command and on 1 June 1966 was again redesignated as the 509th USASA Group and as the 509th Radio Research Group (RRG).

BROWN, Robert V (Bob), DOB: 1942, RA11375284, MP, Det 27, JA61-AU62, (Carol-Kandy),503 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701, 301-662-6625, - Reference to Days of Our Lives. HILBURN, Herbert E RA14718101 E5 765.10 Det 27, 61-62, Irving, TX, 972-253-4969, would like to be put back on the mailing list. He changed servers and stopped receiving the newsletter. Bob Brown sent me Hq Co Special Orders#46, dtd 26 March 1962 that contained the Basic Pay Entry and ETS dates

ALLEN, Donald W., RA19689706 E3 MP Det 27, 62-63, BPED 1DE60 ETS 30NO63 - See DesRuisseaux entry below

ANDREWS, Joe R RA18614402 E3-E4 MP Det 27, 60-61, BPED 7FE61 ETS 6FE64 fm OK Eadens - See DesRuisseaux entry below

APPLEBY, Jas E RA12639282 E2-E3 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 17AU61 ETS 16AU64

ARDEN, Alvin E RA53171228 E6 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 23AP53 ETS 3SE62

ARTLEY, Roy S RA18614445 E3 MP Det 27, 62-63, BPED 13FE61 ETS 12FE64 - See DesRuisseaux entry below

AWBREY, Jas G RA16659797 E2-E4 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 13AU52 ETS 29AP63

BARNHIL, Allen D RA16663464 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-62, BPED3JN60 ETS 2JN63 - See DesRuissewaux entry below

BEAUDOIN, Armand D RA11189386 SFC E6 Det 27, 60-62, BPED 3OC48 ETS 31OC64

BEHYMER, Thos E RA15543425 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-62, BPED 21JA57 ETS 17JA63

BELL, Harold E RA16292400 SSG E6 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 23SE48 ETS 10SE65

BELLER, Jas E RA16638943 E4-E5 716.1 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 17AU59 ETS 16AU62, 245 Belaire Dr., Panama City FL 32413, 850-233-0399,

BLAIR, Marvin J RA16210332 MSG E8 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 6MY46 ETS 14JL63

BOYER, Robt T RA16473393 E5 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 9JL54 ETS 7JL64 - See entry below

BRADLEY, Robt C RA11387776 E3 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 16MR61 ETS 15MR64 -father was E9 Zip

BRENNEN, John H III RA12638930 E2-E3 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 7AU61 ETS 6AU64 BROADDUS, Donald E US55686077 E3-E5 Det 83 & 27, 61-62 BPED 25JL60 ETS 24JL62 per Zip

BROWN, Jackie D RA18606723 E3-E4 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 18OC60 ETS 17OC63

BROWN, Robert V (Bob) DOB 1942 RA11375284 E2-E4 MP Det 27, JA61-AU62, (Carol-Kandy),503 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701, 301-662-6625,

BRUBAKER, Michael L (Mike) RA19677443 E3-E4 Det 27,61-63 BPED 10NO60 ETS 9NO63

BURKETT, Chas R RA14434836 Sgt E5 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 7NO51 ETS 14OC63

BURROWS, Robt W RA19641827 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-62,BPED 20NO59 ETS 20NO62

BURTON, Mahlon L III RA16624068 E2-E4 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 24FE59 ETS 24AP62

CAIN, Wm E Jr RA43019978 SFC E6 Mess Sgt Det 27, 60-62, BPED 6MY46 ETS 12FE64

CHERMAK, Allan M RA17590098 E3-E4 MP Det 27, 27DE61-MR64, (Dorothy), 101 12th Ave NW, Kasson, MN 55944, 507-634-7271,

CHESSER, Joseph C., II RA13732184 E2-E4 Postal Clk Det 27, 60-61, (Helen), 24 Out of Bounds Rd., Lake Monticello, VA 22963, 434-589-2133,

CHRISTMAN, Charles W Jr DOB 1930 RA13266361 SFC E7 71L Det 27, 59-61, NCO Club Mgr., (Elizabeth), 1000 W Mulberry St., Coal Township, PA 17866, 570-648-6944, no e-mail, BPED 26FE48 ETS 24JN63

CHRISTMAS, Jas H Jr (Jim) RA14738648 E3-E4 Chaplain asst Det 27, 60-62 fm TX per Arena & Eby

CLARK, Billie R RA24991775 SSG E6 Det 27, 61-62 BPED 21SE54 ETS 7JN63

COMMONS, Harry G Jr RA19652923 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 20NO59 ETS 19NO62

CONNAUGHTON, Thos E RA19706715 E3-E5 Det 27, 62-JA64, BPED 19JL61 ETS 18JL64

COPSEY, Frederick H US55676546 E3-E4 Det 27, 62-63

COULOMBE, Paul A RA11376732 E4-E5 717.10 Det 27, 61-64 BPED 12FE60 ETS 11FE63 E5 DOR 19SE62

COX, William E RA19667056 E1 Det 27, 61 BPED 17JN60 ETS 16JN63 see TAPS

CRILLY, Vincent J RA1260945 E3-E4 Det 27, 61-62 BPED 27JL60 ETS 26JL63, 1403 Townview Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95405, 707-535-0337,

DAKE, John D RA16672836 E3-E4 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 30SE60 ETS 29SE63

DAVIES, Thos A RA16555746 E3-E4 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 18FE57 ETS 3OC63

DEMPSEY, Raymond J RA11394203 E3-E4 Det 27, 62-64, BPED 5JL61 ETS 4JL64

Des RUISSEAUX, Roy DOB: 1941 RA13668334 E3 MP Det 27, JN61-AU62, BPED 22SE59 ETS 21SE62, (Josie),176 Springton Rd Upper Darby, PA 19802, 610-622-3343, - See DesRuisseaux entry below.

DOOMAN, Robt E RA16644729 058 Det 27, 61-,62, BPED 1OC59 ETS 30SE62, PO Bx 295 Glenview, IL 60225, 312-396-6621, (Rqstd deletion fm newsletters)

DOZIER, Cecil F RA14732916 E3-E4 Det 27, BPED 2AU60 ETS 1AU63

DURYEA, Warren RA12595190 E3-E4 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 14JA60 ETS 13JA63

EADENS, David M (Dave) RA15638980 E3-E4 MP Det 27, 61-62, BPED 27JA61 ETS 26JA64 (Nova - div), 280 Eadens Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101, 270-777-3786, contacted, no e-mail

ELLIS, Wm A RA39846881 SSG E6 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 9JN45 WTS 4AU63

ESTEP, Burl D RA25324846 SFC E7 Acting 1SG Hq Co Det 27 61-63, BPED 29JN49 ETS 24MR62 NCO Open Mess Bd of Governors in 62 - See DesRuisseaux entry below.

FAIN, Roger W US54229003 E5 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 8JN60 ETS 7JN62

FERGUSON, Joseph D RA13686017 E5 714.10 Mail Clk Hq Co Det 27, 60-NO62, (19m), (Rte 5, Box 79 Danville, Pittsylvania Co., VA) per zip

FISHMAN, Barry L RA15617610 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-63 BPED 13JA60 ETS 12JA63

FORD, Gerald (Jerry) RA16280836 E5-E6 272 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 17FE48 ETS 18DE65

FORGEY, Harold RA16618880 MP Det 27, 60-62 BPED 30JA60 ETS 29JA63, 300 N Prairie St., Hamilton, MO 64644, 816-583-7915 - See DesRuisseaux entry below

FORTUNE, Joseph III Det 27, 62-63, BPED 16MR61 ETS 15MR64 PER sp#4 dtd 26MR62

FOURQUREAN, Ludwell N RO14662922 SGT E5 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 12FE34 ETS 3JA63 DOB 31 January 1918 DOD 11 June 1999 at Smithfield, NC., SSN: 229-01-0877 issued Virginia

FOWLER, Frank L RA13567845 E4 Det 27, 62-63, BPED 21JN56 ETS 2NO63

GADSON, Sammy Jr RA14656269 E5 Det 27, 61-62 BPED 22AU57 ETS 5OC65

GALIFUS, Gary G RA17580488 E4 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 27SE60 ETS 26SE63, 850 Daniel St., Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 608-837-8348

GALLETTA, Benjamin Jr RA19310941 Sfc E6 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 8SE47 ETS 7SE62

GEMBALA, Matthew S RA16647564 E5 Det 27, 61-63, BPED 12FE60 ETS 11FE63

GENTRY, Merle A RA20759410 E8 DOR 21MY62 717.80 Det 27, 60-SE62, (18m), (2045 Rhode Island St., Lawrence, KS?), BPED 23OC59 ETS 31JA63 Merle Gentry, 722 Meadowgreen Village, Eden, NC 27288, 336-635-1718

GIBSON, Jessie E RA18580329 E3-E4 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 19AU59 ETS 18AU62, Cyclone, WV, 24827, 304-682-6300 - See DesRuisseaux entry below

GILCHRIST, Chas B Jr RA 19679248 E4 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 3OC60 ETS 2OC63

GLOVER, Ernest E RA 15604038 E4-E5 770 Det 27, 61-62, BPED 30DE58 ETS 8AU64 29D Larch Plaza, Monroe Tp, NJ 08831, 609-408-6186,

GOLD, Neil M RA14699126 E4 Det 27, 60-62 BPED 15JN59 ETS 14JN62

GRAHAM, Ronnie B DOB 1943 RA17561419 E3-E4 641 (Driver, Motor Pool), Det 27, NO60-AU62, (Lillie), 5040 Skeeter Pond Rd., Grifton, NC 28530, 252-524-5462, no e-mail

GREGORY, George A RA19188427 Sfc E6 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 23DE57 ETS 15JA66 (8)

GROBE, James J (Jim) DOB: 1940 RA18576330 E3-E5 Spec Svcs Hq Co Det 27, 61-62, BPED 16JL59 ETS 15JL62, (Peggy Sue), 155 Cherry St., P.O.Box 951, Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674, 256-381-5351,

HARRIS, Russell W RA13280769 E5 Supply Det 27, 61-63, BPED 29JL53 ETS 11AP66 (9)

HART, William H RA17262353 Sgt E5 Det 27, 61-63 BPED 29DE48 ETS 28DE66

BRYAN, Clark L., (Mixie), E4-E5, 988Bulg, Det 27, 66-67, & 4-4, 67-69, (Althea), 918 Dibbles Trail, Webster, NY 14580, 716-671-8906, . So sorry to hear about your friend's death [Gene Cram]. Something about holidays - my mother in law died last Thanksgiving - brings people/friends together to enjoy the season and remember the good times with those passed. - mixie

CAMMACK, Maurice, E3-E5, 722, Det 27, 57-59, (Katie), 3024 E. Gallman Rd., PO Box 118, Gallman, MS 39077, 601-892-4597, Elder - I don't know why I thought of this, but cold winter days give me more time to reflect, I guess. In the Spring or Summer of 1958, a group of Det 4 guys formed a singing group and toured the night clubs in Ankara, among other places. I cannot for the life of me remember their names, or the name of their group, but they were pretty good. As I recall, they sang a really fine rendition of "Where are You Little Star?" by the Elegants. Whenever they sang that song, the GIs and the Turks gave them a standing ovation in the clubs. Does anyone else remember this group or is my mind playing tricks? I don't recall ever reading about them in any of the DOOLs that I have been through. Happy holidays to you and your family.

CHILDS, Rodney D. (Rocky), E4-E6, 98GRU, Det 27, SE65-JA68, 267 Misty Meadows, Menasha, WI 54952, 920-725-7073, I would be happy with one a month (or even less for that matter) - perhaps about every three months? Just a thought. Rocky Childs

CLOKE, Charles William, DOB: 1943, RA17644724, E3-E4, 059, Tk#2, Det 27, SE63-FE65, 713 E Main St, Garden Grove, IA 50103, 641-443-2915, - Charles Bill Cloke was a roommate of Bill Cook and Randy Greenip at Det 27. All were on Trick#2 and have kept in touch since becoming friends at Manzarali Station. Charles enlisted in December 1962 at Ottumwa, Iowa for a 3 year contract with the ASA. Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood, MO - then was off to Devens for Morse Code training. Was able to copy 25 wpm when his whole class was sent to Non-Morse school. Received the MOS 059 and along with Dean Baird was sent to Det 27. The tobacco aroma was the first thing that he remembers when he walked into the terminal at Esenboga Airport. He was a smoker and took several packs of yenni harmon cigarettes back to the states. Likes to tell the story of going to a tavern or bar and light up a yenni harmon or a mercham pipe with Turkish tobacco. Needless to say, it got the attention of the others in the tavern and was a good conversation topic, which he enjoyed. After in-processing was assigned to Trick #2 where he was a roomie of Cook and Greenip. Played outfield on the Tk#2 softball team. Looking back he remembers buying a 20 guage shotgun and a 243 Manlicker at the USAF Rod and Gun Club in Ankara. Hunted ducks and fished on Lake Golbasi and boar in the mountains near Mengen. For the trip to Mengen they rented a 1953 Chevy station wagon (DOLMUS) from a Turk in Ankara. There were 3 hunters, one being Terry Barnhart, 059, from Iowa Falls, IA who is now a Deputy Sheriff in Montana. Looking further back he remembers visiting the hari-kari compound in Ankara for ONLY a look see. Remembers visiting a penthouse apartment in Ankara that was rented, from a Turk doctor, by about 12 GI's from Det 27. Others that he remembers from his tour at Det 27 are: John Lampe, CWO O'Neill (sp?) who was the OIC of the Comm Center; Timmy Neas who was a 059 supervisor who made SSG E6 there. They later were assigned to Vint Hill where they did a lot of fishing. Was surprised to hear of the accident that killed Tim Neas. Thinks that Neas went to Language School from Vint Hill; Ken Ritchie, a repair expert who built a small wooden box and painted it a bright red color for the 059 section. On it was printed DO NOT THROW or something similar. It was a conversation piece for the yenni's. It just set there until the curiosity of the yenni's got the best of them and the box started flying in the section. Enjoyed his 18 month tour at Det 27 and was sent to Vint Hill where he got a 3 month early out to attend a 2 year program at the Centerville Community College. After college he went to work for the Rock Island Railroad for 15 years, Please add the rest of the jobs, etc. Has a very interesting hobby. Panning for GOLD in the streams, etc of Iowa. His oldest son has 16 years in the US Army (add more) and his youngest is a reservist waiting at Fort Riley for duty in Iraq. Promised to re-write this haphazard BIO and get it back to me, along with photo's of his family for the DOOL and Memory Book


Det 27! Well, what can you say about it other than a unique place to visit. Good friends, cheap booze, a couple of hunting trips, a couple fishing trips, a couple of songs and the 18 months went by. If I remember correctly we could eat 4 meals a day and the food could have been worse. The duty was very relaxed and I don't think we were issued weapons until about half-way through my tour. Very few formations and CQ once in a while. Someone once said time makes fond memories. The bus ride back from Ankara after a night of celebrating was a hoot, that bus made more stops than an Amtrak passenger train. Anyway, I was there early to mid 1963 thru late 1964 and all-in-all a positive experience. Wouldn't have changed a thing.

After completing my tour of duty in Turkey I was assigned to VHFS at Warrenton, Virginia. I fell in love with the state and a little blue eyed dependent that belonged to Staff Sergeant Charles Buchanan. I brought her back to Iowa to show her the good times. I think she still resents it, but hides it well. She gave me 6 wonderful children, a lot of sass and put my nose to the proverbial grindstone. Wouldn't have changed a thing.

I was given an early out in September 1965 to go back to school at a Community College in Centerville, Iowa. I started working for the Rock Island Railroad after school and held several different positions with them; yard clerk, switchman, maintenance gang, brakeman, detective in Chicago (that city is not all bright lights) welder, welding foreman and before they went out of business in the early 1980's I was the System Supervisor of Welding. I then went to work for the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. as a cooker operator in their rendering department (this job taught me to keep my mouth shut) when I left there in 1990 I was the Supervisor of Maintenance. From Jimmy Dean I went to the American National Can Co. in Des Moines, Iowa as a Maintenance Supervisor. When I got the last kid out the door I went back to my old habits of hunting, fishing, metal detecting and gold prospecting. I currently work 6 months of the year for Hormel Foods in Osceola, Iowa, in their Industrial Maintenance Department and I'm planning on hanging it all up in about 15 months. I was and still am bad at remembering names. But, when I recall the faces and the good times had with my fellow soldiers in the ASA a good feeling stills comes over me. I don't recall a bad egg in the bunch but time has a way. Due to a limited vocabulary I'm a man of few words and my friend - you have about got it all.

PS. Our oldest son is currently a SFC in the Army and is the Recriuting Station Commander in Des Moines, Iowa. Our youngest son is in the Army Active Reserve and will be leaving Fort Riley in February for the land of "The Mother Of All Battles". See cw & cb Cloke attachment.

COOK, William J. Sr., (Bill), DOB: 1942, RA15675174, E3-E4, 058, Tk#2, Det 27, AP63-OC64, Sherrills Ford, NC., Hey gH...Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. My former roommates at Det 27, Randy Greenip and Charlie Bill Cloke, are both aware of Days of Our Lives newsletter. In fact Randy sent you his BIO some time back. I read the DOOL with much interest but rarely find familiar names. Randy also now lives in North Carolina and we have gotten together and played golf on a couple of occasions. Randy just had back surgery and had to retire from the Post Office. He plans on moving back to Pennsylvania to be near his children. I'll take a little time now and fill you in on my recollections of my tour of duty in the ASA.


I'll never forget my arrival in Ankara or my subsequent introduction to Manzarali Station. When the plane door opened, I noticed immediately that there was an odd, I'll call it aroma, to Turkey. It was either the Yeni Harmin (sp?) cigarettes or sheep dung.. not sure which. While waiting for transporttion we were offered rides by various Turkish taxi drivers. Our transportation was a 3/4 ton truck and we sat in the back. Once we cleared the Det 27 front gate we were taken to the PMO station, put in a cell and asked, make that told, to remove all of our insignia from our uniforms. I thought that strange at the time.


The basketball team. I was a big fan. I remember John Lampe, aka Lampy and Lamppost. There was also a guy named Skip Boone, who I believe was from Kentucky, and he was a set shot artist. Another by the name of Ron Cox. Cox was from Denver and the only black on Trick #2. I scrimmaged with the POST team a few times. I played 1B & outfield on the Tk#2 softball team and it was a blast. Our Tk#2 pitcher was a redneck from Georgia named Gaston who pitched barefooted. Can't remember his full name but he was a good old boy! Great fun. My roommates were Charlie Bill Cloke and Randy Greenip. Cloke was a 8-ball shooter and he beat just about everybody any time he wanted to. I also remember a guy named Beaman (sp) who was from I believe Detroit. He was the absolute best ping pong player on the post and perhaps within thousands of miles.He was something to watch. I remember he carried his own paddle. There were tournaments on post and he won every one of them. They had to change the rules so some others could win. I remembers two wrestlers, names unknown, one BIG and one LITTLE at Det 27 who were training wrestling holds, etc in the gym and one day the BIG wrestler fell on the LITTLE wrestler resulting in the LITTLE guy getting his left arm shattered.The LITTLE guy was sent to Greece for repair. They had to take shin bones to fix the LITTLE guy's arm and he returned to Manzarali when I was ROD.


I remember while back at Fort Devens, one of the guys that was supposed to go to Turkey with us had his jaw broken in several places by a big native American guy whose name was Ward. He arrived at Turkey a long time after I did after finally recovering from the jaw breaking incident. Down the trick #2 hall, we had some friends, the names Wally Allen, Reed Lallier, Bloom, and Bentley come to mind. Some of us belonged to a flying club and built and flew control line airplanes. Wally & Lallier formed another club that was called the Stag Lounge. You know what we did there . . . drank! Wally Allen's wife had a baby while he was there and when he got the picture we opened the Stag Lounge and celebrated with him.


I remember the "Elephant Trackers," coming to the post and a bunch of guys being "reassigned to other bases. Sam Fore, who was a nervous little guy, always fidgeting, was a friend of mine and he was one of those reassigned. Sam was a ARMY brat in his childhood and moved from base to base as I recall. He was sent somewhere in Germany. I never knew the full circumstances of that deal but I understood that it involved homosexual activity. My friend Sam was a victim rather than a participant in those activities. One night he came to my room and was shaking. He had been "touched" by a respected linguist. He was really scared. I advised Sam to go to one of the post Chaplain's and tell his story. The rest is history.


I remember a huge German Shepherd that patrolled our perimeter with the MP's and the Turk Security Guards in the antenna field. The new post commander,"Black Bart," Barton ordered the dog removed and as I recall he was to be destroyed. We took up a collection to pay for shipping the dog to an MP who was going home to Denver. I trust the dog lived a long and happy life in the USA.

Hummmmmmmmmmm JOB

I was a room supervisor in the 058 section, trick 2, and we had a "nuke," what we called new guys, come to the trick. He was a Sergeant and his name was Leonard B. Noel. I think he was an E7 but Randy Greenip says that he was a 3 strip Buck Sergeant. Randy is wrong as usual, I know this much, he had at least 1 rocker under his sergeant stripes. Regardless, we set up a transmitting key in the radio repair room and patched it to his console. We sent him all kinds of Russian cleartext and had a linguist stand at his station and read what he was getting. He was saving the free world! We gave him the hum-job for sometime before sending his name to him several times, and it took several times before he realized he had typed his own name.

We closed the message with HUMMMMMMMMMMM.


I remember bowling in Ankara.. we had a league. I still have a patch from the league. It was a good form of distraction. I'll see what I can do about sending you a picture of it.


I went hunting with several guys, Gene Atkins was one of those and a good friend of mine. Gene and I spent a great deal of time together later in Homestead, Florida. We hunted Hungarian Partridge and with a good deal of success. Gene and his wife Gloria lived off base and after we cleaned the birds we took them to his place and Gloria prepared us a feast. We obtained our weapons from the "Rod and Gun Club."


I remember shortly after arriving that it was a kind of hazing tradition to take new guys to the "Kara Hani," I have no idea of the spelling, but it was the Turkish Women's Prison. A walled village where Turkish women, or I suppose any women convicted of a crime was sent to pay her debt as a prostitute. It was a sickening place and I turned around and left in a hurry.


When we arrived, a set of our orders was stamped as some sort of record of our entering the country. We had to have it when we left. Mine got lost, (for a time, I have since found it), so when I attempted to go through the boarding process at Esenboga I was "rejected." My worse fear!! I was going to have to spend the rest of my life in Turkey! EGAD! A Turkish woman in uniform saw what happened and ushered me into a room. She asked for a copy of my orders. I complied. She stamped them and sent me on my way. I never knew her name but I'll never forget her kindness.


I remember being at work when Kennedy was shot. My roomie Randy Greenip was the first to know since it came in over the teletype and he was an 059. Shocking to be in another country and learn that your president has been assisinated. I still have copies of the Stars and Stripes covering that story, the Oswald story, etc.


Speaking of stripes, they were abundant when I first arrived. Guys were making E-4 in four months and E-5 in 8. That "fountain" was turned off before I could benefit. I made E-4 before I left.


First and foremost the great guys that I had the opportunity to serve with. Finishing 1st in the PT-Test in Basic; still have the trophy. Being proficient in morse intercept. 34 WPM alph and 38 numeric. Snake hunting and bass fishing in Florida with my buddies.

Certainly I remember the cold war, the Russian space launches and sputnik. I remember that I didn't go to Viet Nam... and I remember, and will never forget, those who did. That's a composite of what I can remember. When I left, I was reassigned to Homestead, Florida for my last 9 months of service.

After being mustered out I returned to Toledo, Ohio and after 4 months took a job as a meter reader for a natural gas company. I retired from that company some 32 years later as Director of Administration for the Ohio operations in Columbus. Moved to North Carolina, worked as a Dock Master and a marina on Lake Norman for 3 years and retired again, (still).


I bought a Harley in April, have already put more than 10,000 miles on it and am building a custom 1954 Ford pickup truck. I am rebuilding the pick-up in Greg Biffle's shop. He lives across the street from me. Greg Biffle was the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series Champion in 2000 and the BUSCH champion in 2002. He now is a driver for Jack Roush's #16 race team. It was recently announced that Greg's 2004 Sponsor will be the National Guard and Subway. Also look for Greg and his dog on Milk Bone Dog Bisquit boxes in February. My next door neighbor is the Team Manager and catch can man on race days for Michael Waltrip's #15 NAPA race car owned by the Earnhardt's. And, yes I am a NASCAR and George W. Bush fan. In fact I've cancelled the local newspaper because of their liberal bias.


Just remembered.....Most will remember the TV show M*A*S*H. Well on that show was a character named Klinger. Klinger, both in the show and in reality, was from Toledo, Ohio. Another character in the show was Radar O'Rielly. Radar was from Ottumwa, Iowa.. what's funny... I'm from Toledo, Charlie Bill Cloke was from Ottumwa, Iowa. To add to the connection, my wife and I used to manage an apartment complex in Toledo... one of the owners was none other than Jamie Farr, better known as Klinger. Had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with him.


So there ya are... and it's the best I can do without writing a book. My wife is deceased, and I have 3 children and 8 grandchildren all in Ohio. Thanks for the opportunity and I'd like to hear from any of the guys you're in contact with who might remember me. I'll no doubt think of a lot of other things after I hit the send! See Bill Cook-1 attachment.

DAKE, John D., DOB: 1937, RA16672836, E2-E4, 765, (Sig Supply), Hq Co, Det 27, JN61-DE62, (JoAnn), 1401 Kessler Pl South Bend, IN 46616 574-233-1481, BPED 30SE60 ETS 29SE63. Contacted on 11 December 2003. Received his DRAFT notice and was at the induction center in Indianapolis, Indiana and had just completed his physical when he was notified that he qualified for duty with the Army Security Agency. He listened intently and agreed to enlist for 3 years.

Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood and AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he was trained in the Signal Supply Field (765). Said that Burl Estep was the First Sergeant of Hq Co when he got there in June 1961. More later as John Dake promised to write a BIO for the DOOL.

Des RUISSEAUX, Roy, DOB: 1941, RA13668334, E3, MP, Hq Co BPED: 22SE59, ETS: 21SE62, Det 27, JN61-AU62, (Josie),176 Springton Rd Upper Darby, PA 19802, 610-622-3343, Hi Elder:

Here's what I can tell you about the guys I know on the Hq Co Det 27 list that Bob Brown sent to gH.


Donald Allen was an MP not 100% sure but he may have been from California. Don was a big guy and could throw a football about as far as anyone I've ever seen. I think Daryl Wiltse tried to work out a play with Don for flag football but he couldn't run fast enough to get under the ball. You see Don could throw far but not too accurate. I'm not sure but I don't think he ever played football in high school. Don told me he wanted to be a pilot but he had a medical problem that prevented him from realizing his dream. The Air Force recruiter told him he could be in air traffic or some other job as an officer. He was telling me as he was realizing that, hey, maybe he should of taken them up on this rather that being an MP in Turkey. The biggest thing I remember about Don Allen was one payday he went and got his pay and signed Don Allen instead of Donald. He went back and changed to civvies to head into town. When he went back to get his pass the First Shirt Burl Estep told him that he needed to sign it Donald not Don. Well Allen went to do it but Estep told him he had to go back and put on his uniform to do this. I wasn't there but I was told Allen was threatening to fight Estep outside etc. etc. I guess I must have seen Don when he was coming back or something, probably swearing etc. and asked what was happening and someone who was there told me the story.


Joe Andrews was a nice guy from Oklahoma. He was on the same MP squad as David Eadens. Joe was the one who discovered that Eadens talked in his sleep and entertained several of us with various comical conversations with the sleeping Eadens. I think it was in late 1963 or 1964 I went over to Arlington Hall Va. to see a few guys I knew and to see who might be there from Turkey. Joe Andrews was there. He asked me if I'd remembered a plane crash near Cumberland Md. that had happened a few weeks earlier. I told him yes as I was working for United Press at the time & we had sent a photographer up there. He told me that he was driving on a highway & looked up and saw it happen said it was pretty gruesome. He also told me the story about Roy Artley. Roy was a young newlywed whose wife was in the States. At some point his young bride sent him some 8xl0 B&W prints of herself sans clothing. Roy would take these over to the Arts & Crafts Room to hand color them. He kept them pretty well hidden from everyone. However one of his fellow MP squad members was a guy named Melle. He stole one of the prints. Andrews told me that Melle came back to the States (same flight as me). He had someone at Det 27 write him to tell them where Artley was going to be reassigned in the States. (Vint Hill Farms) Melle knew a couple of MPs at Vint Hill Farms and sent the picture to one of them with the inscription "To the Guys at Vint Hills Farms thanks for the great times while Roy was away". It was hung in the MP barracks for Artley to see when he got there. OK end of Part One. By the way Elder I'm not sure if we should put this up on the web or not. I know it's 40 plus years ago but I sure wouldn't want to have anyone "hurt" by this stuff. It's just I remember the story.


Allen Barnhil. If this is who I think it is he was a switchboard operator working in Hqs building and roomed with me for the last month or 2 of my tour at Det 27. We called him Barney. I liked him a lot because he would laugh at any of my weak attempts at humor. I see you located Harold Forgey. He is the MP sitting in the guardshack in the picture on my webpage - just a silhouette but it's him. He had one of the nicer cars on post a very clean 1955 Ford. After we watched a very poor racing movie (with Rory Calhoun perhaps) several of us MPs got a ride to Ankara in Harold's car. We used the dirt road shortcut to save his suspension & we were all trying to get Harold to demonstrate his racing technique similar to the film. Harold however was too smart to fall for it. I am going to reach Paul Kampier and let him know you located Forgey. They were roommates. Another guy you've found is Jessie Gibson he was a typical Texan who wanted to take on the world when he had a couple too many. Well that's all I can remember at this time . So I'll stop for now.

DILL, Jerry L., DOB: 1928, RA17149652, E6, 982, Det 4, AP58-AP59, MR63-MR64, (Betty), 205 Chamberlin Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719-576-6243,, -To all: We send all ASAers our very best wishes for a good holiday season and an even better new year. Hope that everything is well with everyone. All healthy and happy. Betty and I and all our family are getting along great. No complaints and life couldn't be better. So be good. Jerry & Betty Dill

ELSBERRY, George P., (Joe), DOB: 1942, RA14758836, E3-E5, 054.20, Det 27, JA63-OC64, (Darby Ann), 2228 Military Rd., Columbus, MS 39705, 662-327-4300, - I have a hard time remembering a lot about my tour in Turkey, but what I do remember brings a smile to my face. I signed up for the Regular Army in January 1961 at Tampa, FL. Took basic at Fort Jackson, SC While in basic I was approached about being assigned to the ASA and I agreed. Was sent to Fort Devens and started 058 training, but was not too swift with the dits and dahs and placed into 054 school. Liked it much better. Darby and I got married at Fort Devens. Our friends at Fort Devens were Phil and Sharon McClumpha, Oran and Linda Clemons and Jim Bomar. Phil and I went to the Univ of Florida in 1960. We all were sent to Turkey. Phil went to Sinop.


When told that I was going to Turkey - My first reaction was how am I going to get my wife and new daughter to Turkey. I was a 20 year old with a wife and daughter born in December 1962. As a PFC I had to buy plane tickets for two to get to Turkey and three to get home (we had a baby in Ankara). Even though I was a SP5 - Uncle Sam considered Darby and daughters as "unauthorized dependents". We were told that if an emergency should arise, I was responsible for their care.


I do remember arriving at Manzarali on a Sunday afternoon in January 1963 after a long hard trip. I was the only person checking in on that day. They took me to the PMO to check-in. They did not have info on me or could not find it, so I left my gear in the PMO and went to find Jim Bomar. I had met and became friends with Jim Bomar at Fort Devens. His father was the Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee at that time. He was sleeping off a Midnight shift and was starting on break so he was easily talked into going to the NCO Club for a couple of beers. After the club closed we went to someones room and continued to drink until the "low level liquor lamp" went out. The next morning I heard broken glass being swept across the floor. I rolled over to see a shirt sleeve with many stripes and a diamond in the middle sweeping the floor. Can't remember the first sergeant's name, but remember that he was big and was liked by the troops. Not a good start at Det 27 and I had not officially signed into the Operations Company.


Jim Bomar and I got non-judicial punishment for that outing. Later I got a Article 15 from the company commander for an incident at the NCO Club and was reduced from a SP4 to a PFC. It was my 21st birthday. I got into 5 fights that night. Only lost 4 of them. I paid for some snack bar chairs and tables and a vat of chilli that was laced with a broken beer bottle that was thrown at me. The Company commander was Captain Gerald G. Gibbs, a West Point graduate.


After my family arrived I settled down, a bit. John and Sue Gazaway lived upstairs from us. Our apartments were furnished and cost more than we could afford. We later moved to an unfurnished apartment which were much cheaper. We shared a ice box and several other household items. Our only other furniture was a baby bed. We had a mattress on the floor. As people rotated back to the states we would pick up a few items. One such item was an ironing board with a broken leg. We glued it together and wrapped it with cord. We still use it today. Also nearby was another Det 27 member, Tom and Mary Broumel. Tom was a big broad guy who played Division I football for the Maryland Terrapins prior to joining the ASA.


Our most memorable event occurred a couple of weeks after Darby arrived in Ankara. We were awaken one morning by loud noises. Our apartment had a balcony that looked out toward the American Embassy and the Turkish War College beyond. Planes were flying low and shooting at the war college. They would fly straight toward our building. It looked like they were coming to breakfast. I told Darby that the Turks did not have planes like that and the Americans would not do such a thing, so it must be the Russians. We packed up some supplies and waited to see what would develop. I saw our landlords son-in-law outside. He was a Turkish Frogman in the Turk Navy. In broken English he said "revolution". It was on the anniversary of one of their revolutions so I thought he meant they were celebrating. I got dressed for work and went to catch the bus to the base. Oran Clemons lived close to the bus stop and came running and said to get off the street before I got shot. Fortunately the revolt was short lived. I did have some thoughts of how to care for my "unaurthorized dependents".


I was in Special Ops as a Radio Fingerprinting Operator. My boss was Sgt David Cohen. David and Marva Cohen lived in the same building that we moved to. One of the pranks pulled on new arrivals by the 058's was to send them on laughable errands - like going up on the roof and look for any antenna's that looked stretched! Others that I remember who were at Manzarali: Oran Clemons, a 054; Jamie Kempf, Obie ??, Frank and Lucy Carrier.


We were able to fly home together. I was discharged at Fort Hamilton, NY. Prior to joining the army had spent 1960-61 at the Univ of Florida. After my ASA stint went to St. Petersburg Junior College for a year (that made up for year of partying in 1960 at Univ of Florida.) Then spent 2 years at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before enrolling in Dental School .at U of TN at Memphis. Have been a dentist since 1975 here in Columbus, MS. I am fortunate in that I now am able to pick and choose what I want to do. When you first get out of school you do it all just to be able to pay back all the school loans. My office is a "3 wood away from the 17th green. (It used to be a "5 iron"). We have two successful daughters and 5 grandchildren. Thanks for keeping that period alive for so many folks. Hope to see and meet you at the 2004 ASA Turkey reunion at Huntsville, Alabama. See Joe and Darby and Grandsons attachment.

FITZHENRY, Frank, E5, 283/286, Det 4, JN63-SE64, (Patricia), 3304 San Gabriel St., Clearwater, FL 33759, 727-726-7385, Hello. Here's 3 people to add to your 63-64 era list. William Lovell...believe home state was CA., MOS286; Dudley Berry... from FL., Company clerk, and Steve Stubbs from KY MOS 286. Will put Stubbs in touch with you..

FUNKHOUSER, Richard L., DOB 1934, RA13491222, E5, 982, Det 4, 67-68, (Catherine), PO Box 33, Broadway, VA 22815, 540-896-2584, no e-mail. - Happy Holidays. We're sorry that we couldn't get to any of the ASA reunions this year. September is a bad month for us as that is the time when we are really busy with the apple business. We made our usual 5 or 6 Christian trips to Lancaster County, PA. Our orchards produced the most apples ever this year. They yielded over 1 million bushels for both packing and processing. Here's hoping that all have a Happy Holiday Season and nice New Year. Take care

GARLAND, Noel, a regular contributor to the DOOL:

GRAHAM, Ronnie B., DOB: 1943, RA17561419, E3-E4, 641, (Motor Pool), Hq Co Det 27, NO60-AU62, (Lillie), 5040 Skeeter Pond Rd., Grifton, NC 28530, 252-524-5462, no e-mail. Ronnie Graham reports that he enjoyed the 22 months that he served at Det 27 while working in the Motor Pool where Sgt Hutter was the NCOIC. Ronnie joined the army for 3 years on 14 June 1960 at Taylorville, Illinois. He says that he was a greenhorn 17 year old farm kid when he was sent off toi Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training. After basic - was trained at Leonard Wood as a Light Vehicle Driver (MOS 641), - then sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey for a month of processing - then to Frankfurt, Germany for another month of processing before flying off to Ankara, Turkey for duty at Det 27. It was during this processing that his background check was completed and he received a TOP SECRET clearance. Was assigned as a GI driver for approximately a year and then worked as the ration breakdown person at Det 27. As a driver he had made the long convoy trips to Det 4 at Sinop. Said that he sorta looked forward to those long trips. On one of those Sinop trips a driver named Brantley or Bradley rolled over a deuce and a half. More later.

GREENIP, Randy, DOB: 1944, RA12664618, E3-E4, 059, Det 27, JN63-OC64, (Carole), 101 New Castle Ct., Youngsville, NC 27596, 919-554-9357, Enlisted for the ASA in his native New Jersey on ?? - took basic at Fort Dix, then onward to Fort Devens for 058 code school. Only passed about 11 wpm and was sent to non-morse and MOS 059. Said that being dismissed from 058 didn't bother him one iota. Randy and ?? from his class were sent to Det 27. Still remembers the stale tobacco smell that greeted him when he entered the airport terminal at Esenboga Airport outside Ankara..... Promised to submit BIO for the DOOL.

GROOME, Nelson, DOB: 1943, 1LT-CPT, Aviation Officer, Det 4 FE68-FE69, (Bridget7934 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia SC 29209 803-695-9727 & 803-751-1918, - Gents - There was another incident - 1968-1969 - pilots name may have been Maj Russell - that actually landed in Russia - airfield just next door - West of Trabzon, there was a Flag Officer and an Aide on board- I heard later that they were released 5 months later.

HALL, John M., (Mike & Hamburg), DOB: 1937, RA16743226, E3-E4, 059, Det 27, AP63-AU64, (Gail), 658 Royal Crest Dr., Saint Joseph, MI 49085, 269-429-8046, Hall had a friend named Ivan Kiessel send me a photo (without any message) of the 1963 Trick #3 flag football team which really confused me. Eventually I was able to track Hall to St. Joseph, MI and had a lengthy discussion of his tour at Det 27. Everytime I would mention a name that he remembered, he would say, "Oh, my God". John Hall graduated from Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, MI in June 1962. While in college he had a student deferment and knew that he would be drafted. Two weeks later he signed on the dotted line for a 3 year stint in the ASA and to get the army out of the way so that he could get on with his life. Took basic at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and then on to Devens for initial training as a 058. He reports that he was smarter than a fox and sandbagged his code skills so that he would be placed in non-morse school. After getting the 059 MOS was on orders for duty at Det 27 in Turkey. More later as John Hall promised to write a BIO.

HAMILTON, Mark, DOB: 1943, E5, 71B, S4, Det 27, JL64-DE66, (Marilyn), 5891 Countryview Dr., Hamilton, OH 45011, 513-892-2270, [edited] Chaplain Polhemus: Thanks for your note. It's [the ASA Turkey -DOOL] kind of a very loose knit organization - we've had three reunions now - the most recent being in PA last September. You may not remember me, but I was the young private from HQ Co that came down with Typhoid Fever in September of 1964. I was moved to the USAF hospital downtown Ankara where I went critical for a while. I remember a visit from our CO, CPT Musgrove, you, and some others during my ordeal. I recovered, went back to work and also left in November 1966. The Det 27 roster page on my website is not working at this time (I have to enter them manually and can't because provider doesn't support the program I use) - looking for a provider that supports Front Page server extensions. It was good to hear from you. I have taken the liberty of forwarding this communication to Elder Green who has done wonderful things with the reunions and monthly newsletters for Manzarali and Turkey ASA veterans. I know he would like to hear from you also as would many others.

HARBER, Jim, E3-E5, 058, Tk#1, Det 27, 19MY62-27OC63, (Becky), 1326 Oakmont Dr., Acworth, GA 30102, 404-771-3074, We missed not being able to get to the 2003 ASA Turkey reunion in 7 Springs, PA... The new house is great... I bought Becky all new furniture/appliances, etc to go along with the house. She deserves it for putting up with me
since 1966 (37 years...) I told her I would retire (again... and maybe for good) on my 62nd birthday - March 29th, 2005. That will complete 37 years with the big Blue.. (IBM). I plan on getting a big boys toy for my 61st birthday... a white Corvette!!! I hope my plans work out...We are really looking forward to the 2004 reunion at Huntsville, AL...... who knows, we may drive over in the vette. Not that far from us.... plus I have a sister who lives not too far from Huntsville. I think we may have some newcomers from around the Tennessee and Alabama area who have not attended before. Looks like a good plan in the works again. We were very saddened to hear of Gene Cram's passing. We had spoken many times since meeting at the first ASA Turkey at Fort Devens in '01.... I can vaguely remember him while I was stationed at Homestead during my last 9 months of service, after Turkey. But being there only 9 months and being in the 058 truck.. not did see much of the other trucks... yes, worked in deuce & halfs out near the taxi ways... quite an assignment after being in Turkey. I don't remember the Table Tennis champ at Manzarali that Bill Cook mentioned. If you remember, there were times that we would hardly see one of the other tricks.... If we followed a trick, they were playing while we were working and sleeping while we were playing... and then they would be working while we were sleeping...... etc etc etc... and if we went into town on our off days.... we never even saw them when they were on their play time. In fact, Brian Hennessey and I were in the same class at Devens... then flew over together... but he ended up on Trick#4 and we seldom saw each other during that 18 month tour... I previously mentioned that Brian and his wife flew in from Northern California (to San Antonio) in March 2001... and Becky & I met them along with Jack Bailey... and had a blast. He must have gained about 10 pounds since Turkey...!!!! and has not changed at all... well the hair is a little different shade! I guess I had better close... I am still about 6 months behind in my life, after the move this year. I hope to get back into the e-mail thing a little more as things settle down after the holidays...

HARRISON, Ed, Det 4, 59-60 Philadelphia, PA, (postcards)per Lance (see photo fm McKenzie)- I'd really appreciate the "memory book" on the disk. Whom do I contact or will this e-mail do it? [The Memory Book is too BIG for e-mail transmission. Chuck Bergmann burns the Memory Book onto mini-disks and forwards it FREE via USPS. To get a mini-disk send email to: and include your mailing address]

HARTRANFT, Bill E3-E5 058 Det 27, 18OC62-27JL64, (Sheila), 69 Manor Ave., Oaklyn, NJ 08107, 856-858-6756, - Greetings to the SNOW BUNNY up there in cold country. Had about 6 inches down here the first week of December 2003. First time I drove my pick up in the nasty weather. I didn't especially like the way it handled. Too skittish compared to my front wheeled Eclipse. Guess I better get used to it. My PC is down and I'm working off the wife's MAC. Bought a ne monitor, downloaded a driver and now the new monitor goes blank as soon as Windows 98 SE goes to the log-in screen. Have to figure a way around that piece of ass ache. Be well....

HELTZEL, Martin C., (Mark), DOB: 1935, 982A, CW2, Det 120, 70-72, (Dorothy),710 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, NE 68005, 402-733-5637, - I graduated in June 1953 from Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Michigan. In high school was a member of the Junior Navy ROTC program. After graduating received a DRAFT notice from the US Navy. Didn't want any part of the Navy DRAFT and went to Kalzmazoo and enlisted for the ASA in August 1953. Took basic at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I remember running up and down AGONY and MISERY hills and my time on the obstacle course was 1 second off the record. After basic went to Fort Devens for Traffic Analysis training and was awarded MOS 1709. Retired as a CW3 with 20 years in the ASA. Was a classmate and friend of Elder RC Green at NSA attending the Senior Cryptologic Course, CY-155. This past October was able to hook up with Elder and Patty Green at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha when they were returning from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Took several photo's and will submit them for the DOOL and Memory Book. Other than the Green's, I've recognized only one name in the DOOL's and that being Captain John S. O'Connor who was my commander at White Sands, New Mexico. My 2 years with NSA Det 120 was one of my better assignments. I enjoy reading the DOOL's and will write a complete BIO soon and submit it to Elder.

KEARNEY, Greg P., E5 05H Det 4-4 SE68-OC71, (Lonnie), 11426 Brawley Rd., Hesperia, CA 92345, 760-949-5731, - gH, Hope you and Patty have a great Holiday Season and Santa brings you everything you want. Merry Christmas, Greg and Lonnie Kearney

KINSER, George E., DOB: 1946, E5, 05K, Det 4, SE69-AU70, Det 4-4, AU70-21AP72, (Debby), 381 S. Davis Dr., Purcellville, VA 20132, 703-777-8267, Elder, Next time I'm in Indiana, PA I'll call you and we'll have a cup of coffee. Thanks for everything and may all of your holiday wishes come true! George and Debby. Please note the new address.

KJOLLER, Jon, DOB: 1938, RA15578113, E3-E4, 058, Det 4, JL58-AU59,, (Darlene), 993 Rosemary Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130, 830-625-1064, - Dear Elder, Just wanted to touch base and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Let me tell you how much I appreciate all the work you do keeping the rest of the old ASA guys informed, many thanks.....Jon

LARKIN, Herbert (Dale), 058 Det 4, 65, 12347 N 400 East Rd., Stanford, IL 61774, 309-766-5095, or dalelarkinrace38@aol,com Changes are indicated by ** and blanks on each end. Dale The purpose of this email is to TRY and locate the below listed vet's who served at SINOP during 1964-1965. Of course the list is far from complete, but is a start and I did not list those who served 1965-1966. Please review the list and ADD and information that will assist in finding those vet's, such as what state each was a native of, mailing and e-mail addresses.
BRIDGMAN, Leland (Lee) Det 4, 65,
GATES, David D., 28 Garden Ln., Hanover, PA 17331, 717-632-5146,
LARKIN, Herbert (Dale) 058 Det 4, 65, 12347 N 400 East Rd., Stanford, IL., 61774, 309-766-5095, or
RUDGE, Jeffery W. Det 4, 65, (Chitra), 2903 W. KAMA , McHENRY, IL 60050, 815-385-6844

LANCE, Harry E., RA1369173, E3-E5, 058, Det 4, AP59-JN60, (Frances), 50 S. Fairview St., Nazareth, PA 18064, 610-746-9141, - This John McKenna fellow. He is the one I remember writing the history of Sinop not Delaney. Joe Ochmann - do you know if I am right or wrong?

LAS, Walt, DOB: 1939, RA12645469, E3-E5, 058, Det 27, NO62-AU64, (Theresa), 2 Vincent Dr., Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-263-0911, looking back, my nearly 2 years at Det 27 provided some of the best and funniest memories of my life. However I am grateful just to have been alive to have been there. When I was drafted I decided to enlist so I would at least be able to have a choice of what I wanted to do. Luckily, I was offered the opportunity to take further tests for the ASA. At the time I was drafted, a group of men I had gone to school with, Passaic and Clifton High School classmates., were also drafted. For some reason since I was accepted into the ASA, I was to be sent to Fort Dix, NJ for my basic training instead of Fort Jackson, SC with my classmates. The plane my classmates were on left Newark Airport on 8 November 1961. It picked up other recruits in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Baltimore, MD. The plane crashed and burned 10 miles south of Richmond, VA. The 74 recruits and 3 crew members perished. Only the pilot and flight engineer survived. I still get chills when I think how fortunate I am. Perhaps, that is why I enjoyed my time with the guys of Det 27 so much. I really enjoyed the phone conversation we had, it brought back a lot a memories of my TOUR at Manzarali Station. I received the Memory Book mini disc from Chuck Bergmann and took a quick look at it. As soon as I have some free time I'll go through it slowly. I'll also try to reach Ted Rasmussen and some of the others. Thanks again,

LONDAHL, Jan Peter, 059, Det 27, 63-64, 1710 Ne Irving St., #45, Portland, OR 97232, 503-235-6463, [Jan was the 1st to respond to the Det 27, Tk#3, Flag Football photo in 1963]

Elder: I don't get a very good image and can't help much, but I do know that number 26 is Dick Littler (not Gene Littler). Third to the right of Dick Littler, in a white T-shirt, might have sat I, though I wasn't sure until I zoomed in - and yep that's me. Forty years on, my recollection of that nearly complete waste of 18 months is a bit vague. Thanks for the picture. Cheers. Jan Peter Londahl

LONG, Kenneth M., E3-E4, 059, Det 4, 64-65, (Arlene), 3554 Ashling Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803 863 619 9823, My MASTER ROSTER entry information is correct, thanks Ken

MULHOLLAND, James J., DOB: 1934, 04052476, 2Lt-1Lt Elint O Det 4, AP56-JN57, (Joan), 4702 Hedgewood, Bloomfield Hills. MI 48301, 248-855-9213, - Reference DOOK #134 and Maj Groome's remembrance of a Det 4 pilot almost flying to Russia reminds me of the time that I was on a plane that almost did it too. That pilot was CPT Eugene Dow and I was with him when we took off from Ankara, encountered clouds and kept flying north to Sinop. About 30 minutes over our flight time, I told Dow, I saw water. He did a 180 and headed back to Ankara. The incident happened during the early months of 1957.

NEILL, Henry W., (Hank), E1-01, Det 27, AU62-JA64, (Judy), 7417 Jenna Rd Springfield, VA 22153, 708-569-5163, - Since I think I am one of the "old timers" you refer too, I'm responding to your comment regarding the status if the DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I enjoy reading Days of Our Lives and have relived a lot of memories through your efforts. But, I also know how much effort you put into getting it out ... and to arranging the reunions ... so I would suggest you don't commit to once or twice a month. I'd recommend you simply send one whenever you get enough input from "the troops" to warrant distribution. You have done a helluva lot of work for all of us ... and it is apprecitated! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

NODOREK, John J., DOB:1946, E3-E4, 76P 76T 95B, Det 27, AP67-NO67, Det 4-3, NO67-NO68, 504 Johnson Rd., Albany, GA 31705, 229-436-8588, Had PC trouble and new email address is:

OBRIEN, John S., (Jack), DOB: 1939, RA15663403, E4-E5 988RU, Det 4, 64-65, (Kathy), 3801 Lujon Dr., Beaver Creek, OH 45431, 937-426-4433, - Sorry that we missed the 2003 ASA Turkey reunion at 7 Springs, PA. Our trip to Turkey was a eye opener. We arrived at Sinop in the FOG, but during lunch it rose like a curtain. The town of Sinop is greatly changed. It was difficult to find the buildings that were typical in 1965. Two Turk college girls met us on the pier wanting to guide us in order to practice their English. They did take us around for a while, but their CELL PHONES went off and they had to leave. The town of Sinop is generally modern in its look and outlook as opposed to the farming town of ancient Nicaea, now called Iznik, which is still very traditional. We took a fast catamaran ferry in the morning from Istanbul's Yenikapi ferry terminal across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, then a bus to Iznik, and after seeing the walls, mosques and churches of Iznik, took a minibus to Bursa and stayed overnight.

OCHMANN, Joseph C., (Joe), DOB: 1938, RA12563480, PFC, 059, Det 4, AP59-AP60, (Carol), 116 Goodwin Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314, 718-727-6848, & winter home: 3282 NE Spinnaker Way, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, 772-232-0219,
I was born Dec 10, 1938 on Staten Island, NY and still live there. I went to P.S. 21 Grammar School and then to Port Richmond High School. I was a wise guy and it took me four and a half years to graduate. I took advantage of the GI Bill and went to 2 years of college after my tour in the army and while I was a correction officer at the Manhattan House of Detention for men (The Tombs) in 1976-77. The program was the Capp program and the college was the New York Institude of Technology. I married my wife on 29 January 1959 and lived off post in East Pepperale, MA while stationed at Fort Devens. Another couple lived by us (Phil and Sandy Kulick) also ASA and we car pooled to Devens everyday. After 45 years. they are visiting us this second week of February and we will hook up with the Vitales in West Palm after picking them up at airport.

I enlisted in the Army on 1 July 1958 after taking a special test at recruiters office. I scored high on it and he informed me that I could enlist in the ASA which only accepted the upper 10 per cent of the enlistees and that only 12 a month could be accepted a month from the New York City area. At Fort Dix, NJ I can remember getting off the bus and then my whole world fell apart. The Drill Instructor (DI) started screaming at us and I was terrified and said 'what the f... did you get youself into Joe'. I was told by friends, never volunteer for anything. When the DI asked for volunteers for kitchen police, to step forward and those who did not would report to the base hospital to wash a..holes and dicks of the army veterans who were disabled. Guess who volunteered for KP? Yep, I did! Then we took alot of tests. I was taking the morse code test and I got lost and way behind so I just went down the list and filled in the blanks... Guess what test I scored the highest? Yep, you are right. That was how I got assigned to morse code school at Fort Devens. While taking training for code, if you passed a certain words per minute, you would get ahead of the game passes to the coffee shop. Boy they had good bananna cream pie in there. When I passed a certain amount of words per minute ahead of the class I was diverted into 059 (all modes of intercept communications). I loved it and found it very interesting. I finished 4th in class and picked and got assigned to Kassel, Rothweastern Germany as I was German and Irish.

I was only there for several days though because some Warrant Officer wanted to make clerk typists out of myself and Max Hunt as they had too many 059's at that post. We refused and told him we wanted to work our MOS... Another big mistake. He informed us, he had just the place for us, there was a very short supply of 059's in the most isolated part of the world, yep Det 4 at Sinop, Turkey...

On 12 June 1959 Max Hunt and I were bused from the 319th ASA Bn to Frankfurt and flew First Class to Ankara via PAN AM. We flew in back of plane (then first class). Two PFC's and one civilian construction worker. In front of plane were Turkish Generals, Air Force Majors and Colonels with family... For some reason when they saw the crests on our shoulders for ASA they looked scared of us and I think they thought we were part of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). They would ask us for permission to use our bathrooms. The flight attendants would ask us to pour all open bottles of booze down the toilet everytime we landed in a different country. They claimed it was International Law. We said what a waste of good booze, give it to us... By the time we landed in Ankara we had 5 bottles of booze, the flight attendants hotel addresses and they took food from plane for a wild nite in Turkey. Boy were they beautiful and HOT... That was when I said what a f..ked up country we are in. We checked into our hotel, took taxi to their hotel and almost got arrested our first nite in Turkey. They would not let me and Max go to the girls room and said it was their custom. We told them we were not Turks but Americans and demanded to go to the girls room. They called the Turkish police. Finally, they allowed us to sit in the lobby across from the girls, not hold hands, kiss or do anything. That was the beginning of a years time with BLUE BALLS.... We flew to Sinop in the L-20, bird dog plane. We were issued parachutes but I said to myself who would find us in all these mountains if we ever went down... The plane was slow and it seemed like it took forever.. And that landing on the beach on a metal runway was scarry. However it was faster than taking a deuce and a half (iki pachuk) to Ankara on a three day pass which I took with a dozen other buddies. We rode in the back, on those hard wooden seats, ate K-rations and sat close together to keep warm.. Going around those mountains on those skinny roads had us all shitting our pants.. Also alot of the guys blew up rubbers (condoms) and threw them to the Turkish kids as balloons... Another time we went to Samsun Air Force Base for R&R by iki pachuks. Being married only a short time, I did not go to the compound (kari-hani) to get layed. I enjoyed taking a dump and flushing those toilets, not like our outhouses.


One of my favorite SINOP stories involved the OUTHOUSE. There was an OLD TIMER at Det 4 who was an absolute alcoholic. Can't remember his name, but knew that he had a lot of years in the Army and was always getting BUSTED, mostly involved BOOZE. Once while drunk and while in the outhouse BARFED up his FALSE TEETH. The next day we had to TIP OVER THE OUTHOUSE so he could retrieve his teeth - -WOW, and I think that he did this TWO times while I was at Sinop.


During my TOUR on the HILL I remember a BIG SNOWSTORM had Det 4 isolated and no supply vehicles could get to Sinop. We ate SPAM for every meal for weeks on end, plus no movies, so for entertainment we watched VD movies from the dispensary.


I remember playing soccer in Sinop against the Turks. I also remember a buddy named John McNamarra who coached our trick flag foorball team and playing against Vitales team. McNamarra played sax and his buddy played trombone at the EM Club They were good and made the EM Club rock with a lot of jazz.. They also liked playing dice, which reminds me of a funny DICE story. I frequented the EM Club often and most times left LOADED. One nite at the EM Club, at the Dice Table, I lost 3 months pay and to this day refuse to play CRAPS even though I go to Atlantic City twice a month.- but that nite - one Det 4 guy won so much money he had to put it in a footlocker and locked it up in the Orderly Room for safekeeping. The story goes that there was close to 39K dollars in that footlocker. Later this 'POOR' dude takes a leave to Athens, Greece to celebrate and he over did it with the prostitutes and ripped his foreskin and had to be hospitalized to be circumcized. Can't remember his name either.


I shared a Jamesway hut with Max Hunt and a Donald L....... (forgot last name). I remember getting shots at the dispensary for a experimental program they had for hepatitis. We were the GUINEA PIGS. We were good friends with Joe, the cook who lived in a nearby hut. Also, can't remember his last name. Anyway, once we dressed Joe up as a female and took him to nearly all the HUTS. - Everyone thought he was a girl and wanted a piece of him and were willing to pay anything. It was hilarious. Joe was a good friend and would bring us hot bread with butter and jam at nite from the mess hall kitchen. One of these days Joe's last name will return to my memory. My wife being Italian, used to send alot of Italian food items. I made a oven out of wooden coat hangers and put aluminum foil around it and put it over a electric hot plate. I would make pizzas from the mix we bought at the PX and had many pizza parties in our hut with buddies. Another time I and a Jewish buddy named Cohen (I think) cooked pizza and a spaghetti dinner at the British messhall with loads of buddies. We had a wild time that nite and everyone was crashing the party.


I had a cat named Suzie who slept with me. I remember an MP Sergeant who gave a speech that he was going to kill alot of our animals by gassing them with a barrel hooked up to the exhaust of a iki pachuk. He sparred some but killed alot. Max Hunt and I left the HILL on 7 May 1960. It is noteworthy to note that Maxwell E. Hunt was with me at every duty station for my 3 years in the Army; starting at Fort Dix, Fort Devens, Kassel, Sinop and lastly at Vint Hill Farms, VA. I went home with Turkish towels and still have my Sinop lighter. I left many items at Det 4 which I won playing cards but did not have bon ammi to get them out of country. I also worked for the base radio station after my 4-12 trick gathering the news off the teletypes for the day time. It was a short stint. At Vint Hill Farms we lived off post in the town of Warrenton, VA. We lived on Culpepper St., along with a Spanish couple next door and the Vitales also next door. We played many card games and shared holidays together. We all put food together and had one big meal.. We were living on $60 a month for food then.


Upon discharge I had a job lined up with the CIA. They had a office also on Culpepper St., but across Highway 29. I knew where I was going for the next 3 years. However, due to the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the president JFK ordered a investigation of the CIA. I was sent a letter, that they could not hire and was told to report back in a year. Back on Staten Island I got a city job with the New York City Department of Correction and worked at New York City's most notorious and historic jail - officially the Manhattan House of Detention but better known by its nickname The Tombs -- The toughest and worst detention jail in the USA. While there I was taken hostage in the riots from 1-3 October 1970. It was a very bad experience, was almost killed many times, also the same ring leaders led the Attica riot the following September. Three years later we went to trial against the inmates and lost every case as they had that radical lawyer William Kunstler.


After 20 years and 4 months I retired as a Captain and was second in command of Belluvue Prison Ward in April 1984. We had a vacation home in Galilee Pa. in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, above Honsdale and across from Callicoon, NY. We sold after 25 years and bought a house in Hutchinson Island, Jensen Beach, Florida. We snowbird for the winter. I ran into a Dave Marrandette at the Wicked Stick - John Daly Golf course in Myrtle Beach. He is the Golf Pro there and said that he was a Russian linguist and had served at Det 4. The golf course telephone number is 1-800- 797-8425. email is I really enjoyed my 18 months on the HILL and will be pleased if you will put my addresses and phone numbers in the DOOL, so maybe if any old buddies see this and are close we can hook up......Thanks again JOE OCHMANN, ex-059 and proud of it, ALL MODES OF COMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPTOR.

PACKARD, Jack, DOB 1936, CPT., 'A' Co Cdr Det 4, JL65-JN66, 2288 Gulf Links Rd., Sierra Vista, AZ 35635, 520-458-7183, The following received from Dave Waldmann, Good News! Jack Packard is at home and taking phone calls at (520) 458-7183. He is getting out some and has come a long way. He'd enjoy hearing from you.Our best wishes to all of you and yours for a blessed and Merry Christmas and a great New Year. I called Jack Packard on 18 December 2003. Said that he served at Det 4 as the Company Commander of the Opns Co and also was the Deputy Opns Officer to Captain-Major Larry Moberley. Jack retired in December 1978 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona as a Major with 20 years and 3 months active duty. He promised to send his BIO for inclusion in the DOOL.

PEAK, Wm A. (Bill), 058, Det 4, 61-62, 800 lucabaugh Mill Rd., Westminster MD 21157, 410-848-2617 or - I am looking for anyone who served with me during my ASA experience. I was in radio school at Ft. Devens Fall of 1960 to Spring of 1961. Went to NSA at Ft. Meade, Maryland for training till August 1961. Went to Det. 4, Sinop,Turkey till June of 1962. I don't know any details of the riot because I arrived at the tail end of it. Tempers were still hot at the time, but the action was calming down. Since I was "yeni" no-one was talking to me much. Orders were cut for Ft. Worth, Texas, but were changed when I got stateside to Vint Hill Farms where I stayed until August of 1963. . I've been checking out the DOOL for those I served with. I have good memories of the people there. I recently got out my old slides I took and scaned some to pictures. I made up a memories book of sorts to give to my kids. Those slides brought up old memories and that prompted me to do the project. It also made me think about the people in those slides, some of whom I have emailed with. I would like to wish all those who served their time and are still with us a peaceful, relaxing Memorial Day. Love to hear from anyone out there who remembers me. Of those no longer with us, may they rest in peace and love in the hearts of their families.

POLHEMUS, David W., DOB: 1932, CPT-Maj, Protestant Chaplain, Det 27, JL64-NO66, (Gwenneth), 208C Creekside Cir,, Prescott, AZ 86303, 928-717-8824, - To: Mark Hamilton. What a surprise to come across a Manzarali Vets page while looking for something else. Is it an organization? I was chaplain there with my family from July 64 to Nov 66. The pictures brought back many memories. Thanks for your work. What memories you have all stirred up for Gwen and me. The pictures were wonderful and we have sent the address on to our children who lived there with us. We'll be in touch. A Merry Christmas to you all. Dave Polhemus

POTTS, Douglas R., (Doug), DOB: 1942, RA19722774, E3-E5 058, Tk#3, Det 27, SE62-3MR64, (Sara van Ammelrooy), 10404 White Birch Dr., San Diego, CA 92131, 858-271-5776, Called Doug Potts on 18 December 2003 and had a long and enjoyable chat with him. Doug was one of the better jock straps to serve at Det 27. Later he played short field on the KING AND HIS COURT 4-man touring softball team. Also on that team was Jay Hunter, another Det 27 - 058, who was the KINGS catcher. Doug says that he has his BIO saved in WORD and will get it along with photo's of his 1968-69 and 1982-83 tenure with the KING. Said that his salary in 1968 was 18K a year and that the Major League Baseball minimum in 1968 was 12K. Wow! The BIO of Doug Potts will, hopefully, be in DOOL #136.

PRINCEHORN, Jim, E4, 98J/95B, Det 4, JN69-JN70, (Marilyn), PO Box 410, Rush, NY 14543, 585-0533-1022, Just a quick note, Elder. I noticed, with interest your last posting with the mention of Roy DesRUISSEAUX who was an MP at Det 27, but was from Upper Darby, PA. Many years later, when I was in Sinop, I worked with another MP who also was from Upper Darby. I can't remember his full name, but recall ( I think, ) that his first name was John. I don't know how big Upper Darby is, but maybe those two should try to hook up. Best regards,

RASMUSSEN, Theodore C., (Ted), DOB: 1944, RA13765437, E3-E4, 058, Det 27, 5AP63-16SE64, (Marianna), 1182 Maple Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-394-7026,

Hi Elder – I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful phone call today, the 7th of December, a day that will be forever remembered by those WWII Vet’s! I got nostalgic!! You brought back many memories of the 18 months I served at Manzarali Station from April 1963 to September 1964. In thinking about all we talked about during the phone interview, several more names slithered from my memory bank which I will share with you shortly.


I graduated from Dundalk High School in Baltimore, MD in 1962 and enlisted for duty in the ASA on 13 July 1962 at Fort Holabird, MD. Two years prior to enlisting, my stepfather took our Boy Scout troop to Fort Holabird for a night of learning Morse code. I seemed to have a real knack for taking code and I really enjoyed it. That is why I thought the ASA would be the best bet for me during my stint in the Army. I took basic training with the 4th platoon, 2nd Training Regiment at Fort Dix, NJ. The unit was known as the Proud Rifles.


After basic I was sent to Fort Devens on 30 September, 1962, and spent 23 weeks in Morse code schooling where I finished 3rd or 4th in my class. My first choice was Germany as I had lived in Regensburg and later Berlin as a dependent child with my stepfather during the early 50’s. Even though I didn’t get Germany, I was not unhappy with my assignment to TURKEY and Det 27 at Manzarali Station. After graduation my mother came to Fort Devens for a short visit and then I flew from Logan Airport in Boston in April 1963 to Turkey.


My first impression of Turkey was – gee, I’ve stepped back 20 years. The people dressed rather shabbily and some were walking around with donkeys (ashaks?). The smells of Turkish tobacco and coal (Sulfur) heat really made me wonder what I was getting into!!!

Most guys I hung around with received their TOP SECRET CRYTO clearance in several months, but because of my living all over the world prior to my army years, I didn’t receive my clearance until the end of my tour at Manzarali. After several days of orientation, I was assigned to Trick 4 where Lt Dave Tavernetti was the Watch Officer and Sgt John Hagaman was the senior NCO in charge. I arrived as a PFC and left as a SP4. I considered myself a pretty good 058 and for the last 2 months of my TOUR was chosen to sit at the head console position and assist the other 058’s search for their targets. Yes, I did get involved in pranks with yenni’s by hooking up a key and sending signals to their receivers and enjoyed seeing their reactions when I started sending clear text to them with various texts that I’ve now forgotten. I also carboned my share of headsets for those new men as well. Of course I learned this trick when it happened to me during my first week at Operations!!!

At Manzarali I utilized the Craft Shop on occasion, attended movies on post, and hung out at the gym when I could. I participated in Trick 4 softball as a catcher and in football as the center for our talented quarterback, Bob Dinas (sp?) who had attended Dartmouth College back home. Trick 4 won the football title in 1963 and I still have my trophy as a fond reminder of those great times.

My two best buddies on Trick 4 were Lloyd Criddlebaugh from Kansas City, Missouri and Larry Burgess from Dearborn, Michigan. My two fondest memories were of trick 4 trips that we took to Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea to the south (we all got a good sunburn on a sailboat we rented from the local Turks) and to Bursa in the northwest corner of Turkey where we downhill skied for several days. These were great trips with trick 4 buddies and they gave all of us a good time away from the dits and dahs for a few days. Thanks to Lt. Tavernetti and Sgt. Hagaman for organizing these great trips. I also participated in a spring 1964 track meet in Ankara where I threw the javelin and ran the 440. Clark Andridge from California was an 058 on Trick 4 and was a big, muscular, and exceptional athlete. He, too, participated in that track meet as a sprinter. Clark later got into serious trouble while intoxicated at the Yenni Bar in downtown Ankara. He was accused of making fun of two Turk conscripts who happened to be in the area. The incident got reported to the Turkish authorities and Clark Andridge was shipped from Turkey early and the incident was forgotten. I certainly would like to make contact with Clark again.


Clark Andridge

Dennis Baran

BARAN, Dennis F Det 27 @61, 2319 Greenlawn Ave., Bloomfield Hills MI 48302 248-334-5292

Bill Parton (sp?)

Don Bowen, a farmer fron Snow Hill, MD. 6815 Public Landing Rd, Snow Hill, MD 21863, 410-632-1927

Larry Burgess from Dearborn, Michigan.

Roland Carter

? Francis. He had rare 1st name and called my parents when he rotated from Turkey.

Frank Garner

Dick Hart from Fort Wayne, Indiana.260-744-2727 or 260-456-6056

Walt Las

LAS, Walt Det 27, 63-64, 2 Vincent Dr., Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-263-0911 per Rasmussen

Gene Littler from Grand Island, Nebraska. Before he entered the Army he was a Golden Glove Boxer.

Bob (Moon) Mullins

MULLINS, Bob (Moon) Tk#4 Det 27, 63-64, 723 Prospect St., Fort Morgan, CO 80701, 970-867-2399, per D'auteuil

Gerry Redd from Alabama.

Dave Schultz from Utah who was an excellent photographer.

Tony Schumpf from NJ

Edward (Froggy) Smith, possibly a 988 Russian Linguist. He was very a very naive person.

Keith Stevers, 058 from Baltimore, MD

I'm sure more names will come back to me as I focus on those days in Turkey.


Both Tavernetti and Hagaman were excellent leaders. I remember the 1963 Christmas party that was organized by Tavernetti and Hagaman and held for Trick 4 after a swing shift in the dayroom of our barracks. There were a lot of spirits available and MANY got bloated and pie-eyed drunk and feisty. A vivid memory about that party and the worse incident that I witnessed during my tour at Manzarali involved a rowdy fellow Trick 4 member named Roland Carter. This Carter roughneck always had a chip on his shoulder and many on our trick feared him because he was known to slug people who he thought looked at him the wrong way. I think he was an 058 and was from Michigan. Once I saw him drop a big guy at the NCO Club one evening, then calmly sit down and finish his drink. I have no clue what the altercation was about. On another occasion in 1963, Roland Carter was the pitcher in a softball game and there was one guy in the stands heckling him throughout the game, calling him things like rag arm, etc. During the game I mentioned to a friend who was watching the game with me that Carter would take care of him after the game. Sure enough, immediately following the game Carter walked up to him (a big guy) and sucker punched him. The guy did not go down but called Carter a "real poor sport." Nothing further happened. My buddy was amazed that I had predicted what Carter would do. At the 1963 Christmas party bad blood had been brewing for sometime between a tall guy 6’4", named Dye and Carter. Most of us were three sheets to the wind and feeling pretty happy and tried to talk Carter out of fighting this guy. Carter insisted the two of them go outside to settle whatever it was between them. Outside we all went. Carter and Dye danced around for half a minute, sizing each other up, when Carter landed a full roundhouse right into Dye’s left eye. It was a sickening sound when he made contact. I will never forget it. Dye was done and his eye injury was very serious, He had to be sent somewhere for specialized eye treatment.


Another friend who participated in the Det 30 sponsored track meet was a world class sprinter named Ted Nelson who also participated in the Ankara track meet that was sponsored by Det 30. Nelson was always running with Ed Edwards when he was not working as an 058. Nelson later was the third person to break the 4 minute mile barrier; he also ran the 400 or 440.


During my out processing I received a Letter of Commendation from the Det 27 Operations Officer, Major Lynch, Jr. which I still have. After Turkey I was assigned to the 6th Seminole USASA Field Station, Homestead AFB, Florida for the last eight months of my enlistment. The FS was not located on Homestead AFB, but about 15 miles south of the AFB on the Naval Security Group site. It was on the edge of the Everglades. The AFB was once a SAC base that housed B47’s, B52’s, and KC97 tankers. I was told that Seminole Station was one of the more agreeable stateside duty stations in the ASA. While there I worked as an 058, but the mission was not exciting like it was at Det 27. I played catcher on the ASA intramural team and did a lot of swimming. While there I took several courses at Florida State University which later were transferred to Millersville University. I visited Biscayne Bay which was a favorite spot for sunbathing, water skiing, and deep sea fishing. I was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia three days early and was discharged on 12 July, 1965. I spent those three days swimming and simply enjoying life.

I never thought I’d say it at the time, but ASA was good for me. I got most of the wild oats out of my system, and what’s left hasn’t killed me yet! I still miss those good old days at Manzarali. As a former 058 ditty bopper, let me say – ASA ALL THE WAY!!!


In 1967 I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with an AS Degree in Secondary Education. I transferred to Millersville University and graduated in 1969 with a BS Degree in Industrial Arts. I became an industrial engineer at NCR and then entered education. I became an industrial arts teacher in several school districts. I retired from the School District of Lancaster in 1999. In 1994 I was named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. I am a woodworker where I build many different projects but my passion is woodturning. I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and am president of the local chapter, Lancaster Designer Craftsmen. I am also a member of the Susquehanna Woodturners Club. I also work as support staff in several funeral homes. I enjoy playing the piano and presently take lessons. I still weight lift, bike, cross country ski, fish, and golf. I ran until I injured my knee. I enjoy my wife and 2 children. I am active in my church where I am a choir member and a youth advisor. I live life to the fullest!

RICHTER, Ralph, DOB 1944 RA15734622 E5 05K Det 27, NO66-NO67, (Linda), 9152 Burgett Rd., Orient, OH 43146, 614-877-4890, - Top. Merry Christmas to you and Patty. We also wish you both all the best during the New Year. Yours truly, Ralph

ROBERTS, Floyd E., DOB: 1938, RA16598704, E3-E4, 058, Det 4, 1958, (Marilyn), 1995 11th Ave., Friendship, WI 53934, 608-339-9012, - Subject Dear John Letter. Best Dear John Letter Ever. A Marine stationed in Iraq recently received a "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend back home. It read as follows: Dear Ricky, I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice, since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you. Love, Becky

The Marine, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow Marines for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins etc. In addition to the picture of Becky,

Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies. There were 57 photos in that envelope....along with this note: Dear Becky, I'm so sorry, but I can't quite remember who you are. Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me. Take Care, Ricky

RODRIGUES, Charlie, E4, Supply, Det 4, 59-60, (Patricia), 210 Benham Ave., Syracuse, NY 13219, 315-487-1195, - Elder.....I'd like to reply to your item about the future of the DOOL. Don't ya dare think about ending. For the few who don't care, there are
many of us who do, and appreciate your time and effort! Again, keep up the good work, and many thanx! In one of your DOOL's I asked for imput on V-Neck pullovers instead of hats for the reunion, and got one response. I ask again for more imput, even a short yes or no, and your opinion and others if the guys would pay $30.00 to $40.00 for a emblemed and emb V-neck, before I put anymore time and effort into researching a purchase of the item. I hope your hunting trip was sucessful!

SCARBOROUGH, Jim (Scars) SSG 98J30 Det 4, 73-74 & 76-77, (Ellen), 5511 Tobego Ct., Fairfax, VA 22032, 703-249-9470, & [edited] Here's my 2 kurush worth , 7 Nov 2003. Mera-howdy, offensive, As we corrupted the Turkish language. I am Jim "Scars" Scarborough, 2 tours at lovely, sexless Sinop-by-the-Sea, 73-74 and 76-77, or, thereabouts. First tour 98J on Trick One @ Hippy, Second during the Embargo where I picked up SMOS of CommCen Op and Finance Clerk. Actually, I defaulted to NCOIC of Finance, taking all my pointers from PFC Abe Cortinas, a true school-trained finance weenie. As a side job, I also got to burn the tapes left over at Hippy and Main Ops after the 'shutdown'. Sinop was a unique place, a very challenging duty assignment and also cultural opportunity. As a History major, the Chapel tours were extremely interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the two I went on. We had the first 3 (4?) 98J WACS during my first tour, I think only one stayed at Hippy her entire tour. Returning for my second tour, it was a riot getting off the bus from Samsun at the APO, there was a small crowd waiting to greet and haze the "Yenis". This came to an abrupt halt when they spotted the Sinop Sportsman's Club and Starship Hippodrome patches on my jacket. I already had more time in the fart-sack than they had on the Hill. It was funny. After getting out, I worked for E-Systems, Greenville Division, where I was a Field Rep for Cobra Ball. E-Sys is where Bankhead III was born, and ran for her first year before delivery. Now I'm with Lockheed-Martin, first in Sunnyvale, CA, now in "Northern VA". These are a few names I remember off the top of my head: SP5 Drew Appling, Sp6 Gil Bouffard, SFC "Mac" McDanel, SFC Jim Coates, SFC Harry Hampton, SSG Tony Battista, SP5 Mike Whitehouse, SP5 Don Combs, SSG Charlie Urban, SSG "Taco" Joe Martinez, SP4s Mike Mangan, Mike "Mr OZ" Mroz, HG "Butch" Williams, John Kores, Bart "Wolfman" Bowling, Troy Priest, Mike Bednarck, "Gen." Patton, Gary Lara, and Vern "Top" Cooke and the "Wombat". I have a photo of MSG Mark the Dog's last "wife", Crypto, the Wonderbitch. I'll scan and send. Yikes! After all this yapping, I'd be surprised if anyone was awake. Alas Marladik (??)

SEAMAN, Tom, E5, PMOS: 059, SMOS: 711, Det 4, 65-66, per Teti
Hi! I am so glad you sent me a message. I have searched in vain for Jim Konopka's location for quite some time. By the way, my PMOS was 059 and SMOS 711 (If memory serves). I am in MY final re-write of my novel "Turkish Delight and The Flower Child," a two-part novel with part 1 set in Sinop and part 2 set in the Two Rock Ranch Station/San Francisco/Sausalito area. Of course the odds of getting it published are less than favorable (about 99 to 1 against). Again, thank you. I'll check out your web site. ""Merhaba Elder, The KONOPKA, Donald J (Jim) of the list below is not the Jim Konopka stationed at Sinop in 64-65. All the information about Donald J. Konopka is correct except he was not in Sinop in '65 and his email address is not valid. I talked with Donald last evening and surprisingly he was in Sinop in 1958 and was an 058 as well as Jim. Donald liked the Sinop web site with the photos of the area and commented the barracks he had were nothing like the two-story dorms we had. Jim was a roommate with Angelo Teti, and his room was across the hall from the room I shared with Elliot Bristol. When I communicated with Angelo last, he had not been able to locate Jim. Tom Seaman

KONOPKA, Donald J (Jim) 058 Det 4, 58 & 65, Box 492, Southampton PA 18966, 215-396-8962,

SIMONS, Bill, E3-E4, 058, DE59-DE60, (Patricia Anne), 155 Newbolds Corner Rd., Southampton, NJ 08088, Hi Elder, Received and posted DOOL #134 Had some problems with the Turkey Day gif but finally got it inserted. The Owls Nest photo of you and your hunting buddies is excellent!

SMITH, Ted Det 4, 64-65, Hi, Ted Smith here. I can't give you much. Jerry Crabtree and John McCloskey may have been there then. The both live in Bowie, Maryland. Woody Demitz (Woodrow) was there and subsequently worked for the State Department. Another name is Pat Dennehy. I have no idea where he is. Another try is Jim Conway, who lives in Odenton, Maryland. Thanks for trying to put all this together. As for me, after leaving Sinop, which I really liked, I joined NSA and over time rose to the Senior Cryptologic Executive level, managing over 900 Russian linguists and computer specialists during the final years of the cold war. Sinop was good to me! How did you get my name and what was your speciality?

STAFFIN Roger K., DOB: 1940, RA15598940, E4, 058 Det 4, 59-60, (Guldeste), American Studies Department, % American University-Central Asia, 205 Abdumomunov Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720040

[edited] Greetings to you and to all as the holidays approach, I wish you all a splendid New Year with much prosperity, health, happiness, good will, and a good and bright future, Boktolu Bolulu, Ermalu Bolulu, Ahman Bolulu, Kakdilla and Dosvadonya (Kyrgyz and Russian). I married Guldeste, a local girl, who sends her Muslim best into your world and wishes all prosperity, health and understanding. Our world in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (now the Kyrgyz Republic) looks forward to a prosperous holiday season which will be celebrated in this part of the year long into the new year, through January for the Russians and Kyrgyz New Year in March. So you see, much celebrating to do, many toasts to good health and good all. Who said this part of the world is so dangerous. Very confusing sometimes for a westerner, but I'm trying to get the hang of it. I'm still learning the Russian and Kyrgyz languages. I'm enjoying this part of the world, though not yet too prosperous, and am gaining a better understanding of this small planet, Earth and our too quick passing through the time frame that represents History past and History to be. I wasn't able to attend the ASA Turkey reunion's as I'm here in Kyrgyzstan, not far from Turkey. Please say hello to the gang for me and wish them well and much happiness and future prosperity. I decided after many years to make an effort to return to this part of the world and I am enjoying the people and the mountains. I am teaching Literature and Composition at American University Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek) where I have been since November 2001. I joined the Peace Corps at the ripe age of 60 and served in Balykche, Kyrgyzstan teaching World Literature and TEFL English at the Balykche Institute of Law and Management on Lake Issyk-Kul. But after 9-11 all Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were evacuated (311 total) back to the United States and discharged. I stubbornly turned around and came back 3 weeks later. And of course I will plan a trip or two to old Sinop. Please send me the ASA Turkey Memory Book mini-disk. I/we will be in the USA in 2004 and will send pictures at that time and hope to attend the Huntsville reunion. Love to all and to all a very good night! Thanx and Happy Holidays. Rog K. Staffin

STRAUSS, Christopher, Det 4, 64-65, 45 Roma Orchard Rd., Peekskill NY 10566 Note my new address at 45 Roma Orchard Road, Peekskill, NY 10566.

WADLEY, Jeff, DOB: 1940, RA16713260 E3-E5, 058, Tk#4, Det 27, SE62-FE64, (Marcia), Oro Valley, Tucson, AZ 85737, 520-498-5078, I was very glad to hear from you. I have seen some of the photo's using the google search engine and then going to Det 27 Manzarali Turkey. Thanks again Jeff Wadley. Promised to send a BIO.

WAGNER, Edwin R., (Ed), DOB: 1939, RA17620046, E3-E5, 058, Tk#4,Det 27, SE62-AU64, (Phyllis), 12 Juneau Pl., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-776-8690, More later.

WELSH, Robert (Rob) 283 Det 4,JA63-FE64,48 Rembrandt Ln., Holland, PA 18966, - Merhaba ERC Green, I am on the list posted in the email, subject above. My last name is spelled Welsh, not Welch. I changed duty stations about early Feb '64. I went to USASA FS Two Rock as one of the 283's there. While at Sinop, I became good friends with Thomas Ward, also 283. Tom left Sinop about June/July '64 and also transferred to Two Rock. Tom, my wife and I spent many an enjoyable evening/weekend traveling around the Bay area. We kept in touch but eventually lost touch. I travel to California about once a year and I've tried to find him. No luck. I sure would like to know how he's doing. As a point of interest, I just received an email from Russ Dow, who was at Sinop during my time there in '63. Russ was a 988 (Russ linguist). He emailed me based on my 'Kennedy assassination' response. His email is: Allah ismarledik, Rob Welsh, ex ASA 283 and darn proud of it!!!!