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Newly found VET's

ARTHUR, Tom, E3-E5, 05K, Det 27, OC66-AP68, (Marilyn), 804 Humphrey St., Medford, OR 97501, 541-779-1858,

BAKER-CHILDS, Karen, ex-wife of Rocky Childs, Cottage Grove, WI. Karen keeps in touch with Ron White and the Skinners.

Fm: href=""> Roger Staffin, Det. 4

Definitely sign me up to continue to receive your newsletter. Your efforts are well appreciated from here.
Merhaba Roger, You were the first of the Sinoper's to respond to my email regarding Det 4 veterans joining our ASA Turkey group which includes my newsletter and the reunion. Over half of those included as addressees to #65 were returned as undeliverable, but yet here you are in Kyrgyzstan and still with the same ISP. . My knowledge of the former Soviet Empire is warped in the old age time clock and it truly amazes me to recall that back in the 50's and 60's the USSR was our arch enemy, but I don't recall any Soviet Military Units in the Kyrgyzstan area as being of high-priority, unless that area was grouped into the Transcaucasus or Tashkent Military District's, etc where a famous (to us) Airborne Division was located in the Tblisi area of the Georgia Republic. Boy things have changed since 1991 haven't they?

Yes; since 1991 there have been great changes in this part of the world. Kyrgyzstan is now independent after over 80 years of Soviet rule, but more than that they were totally closed off. No tourists and no other visitors from the outside world, so they were a closed culture. The Soviets did manage to defuse religion here, so while religion still exists and the Koran is still read the muslims here are more like munchkins. A fairly happy people, really, though the Soviets pulled out with a vengence, raping the factories and most towns of anything of any value. Many empty buildings and high unemployment. Yet Kyrgyzstan, with 75% of its land mass in mountains is one of the most beautiful and not totally accessable countries. Travel from north to south is hampered by mountainous passages and few roads. Afghanistan is only about 250 airmiles away, but in terms of footmiles it is hard to measure and the distance for any army would be incredible. Ten years of freedom has left the people somewhat confused and they are still grappling with this thing called free-economy, but slowly they are making progress. Bishkek is a fairly modern city. Lots of traffic, restaurants of many nationalities abound and the population here is about 1 million, while all of Kyrgyzstan is only about 5 million people. I'm happy to be here. I find the people friendly. How is the cost of living there? Cost of living is cheap but so are wages. I'm still struggling to make a comfortable living, but then in another year I will be on Social Security and that is more than enough to live on. My rent here is $100.00 a month for a two bedroom furnished apartment with sound system and television. Public transportation is likewise very cheap at about 10 cents to go anywhere throughout Bishkek, 35 cents to 75 cents for a pack of cigarettes, 80 cents for a fifth of vodka, cognac is about $1.50 a bottle, beer is 25-50 cents a bottle, bread is 10-15 cents a loaf, vegetables in the summer are incredibly cheap. It is easy to eat hardy in the summertime for about $20 USD per month. If you want to look up something interesting on the internet, try Lake Issyk-Kul. I taught at Balykche on the lake when I was with the Peace Corps. Good luck. Rog

After receiving Roger's email I did a little search for Kyrgystan and Bishkent - and the first thing I found was a page for tours to Kyrgystan for single men and then 4 pages of eligible females with their photo's. WOW, to be young again, but I've been happily married for 42 years. Sorry I won't be able to attend the festivities and reunion but I am tied up 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. Currently 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. I'm happy to announce that I soon will get married and plan on staying in this part of the world for years to come. And of course I will plan a trip or two to old Sinop. Good luck to all. Roger Staffin . ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

TAPS Eulogy For a Veteran from Clark Bryan

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance at 3PM. On May 27th, 2002, pause at 3:00pm local time for a minute of silence for those who died while serving our nation. During this minute, television and radio stations throughout America will air simultaneously a 60-second spot which includes "Taps". ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fm: Ron Morgan Hi Elder - I don't remember if I gave you Clay Lifto's address or not. I know you two knew each other. Here is his email: . I enjoy getting "Days of Our Lives". I was never in Turkey but can relate to many of the stories I read in the newsletter. I would have enjoyed being part of that crowd there. I joined NASAA and will be going to the 2002 Berlin Reunion. Field Station Berlin: September 13-14 2002, Bethesda MD: Hyatt Bethesda at, phone 800-233-1234. Dinner on the 14th, tour of the NSA museum, White House and Capitol. POC is Jeff Gammon, email . See website at Maybe I can work in a visit to your neck of the woods if I have time to schedule it. I sure would like to visit. I understand you will be at the reunion at Hershey Park about the same time. Certainly if you ever get out to the "Left" coast you would be welcomed to visit us here in Salem. Talk to you later. Stay well. Ron Morgan

The CC-1 is from Chuck Carpenter. Are you the bearded Harley rider in that photo? - That's me! Not much has changed in 30 plus years. Ha! - My wife rides a Harley Heritage Soft Tail. She is a school teacher and rides it to school with her leathers during the last week. The kids love it. We ride a lot of the runs in the midwest as well as the veterans runs. I want to ride the Run for the Wall one of these years and will but haven't yet. Ride Free!


The Co A FSB is me, Elder RC Green when I was 36 years old and was the 1SG of Co A, Field Station Berlin and was at the softball field watching a game. I played 3B for Co A.

The 73 CG Trophy is me again holding the Berlin Brigade Commanders Trophy which Co A won in 1973.


BIO of William M. Biscomb

Elder Green: Having seen a couple of people mention my name in the last bulletin you put out, and realizing many might be interested in my BIO, here it is. A lot of MPs came through Det. 27 during my tenure. Also as Asst. S-2 , I gave the incoming briefing almost once a week to many other troops. So here goes: BISCOMB, William M. Det. 27 Provost Marshal, Dec. 1962 to June 1965, as lLT and CPT. After leaving Turkey, attended the MP Officers' Career Course at Ft. Gordon, GA, then reported to Ft. Ord, CA, as CO of the CID (I was CID at Ft. Carson, CO, prior to Manzarali). Left active duty in the Fall of 1967 and was hired as a Special Agent in the U.S. Naval Investigative Service (NIS) (recently the name has been changed to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, or NCIS). During the next 21 years, was assigned to offices in Chicago, IL; Danang, RVN; MCAS El Toro (Irvine), CA; NAS Whiting Field (Milton) FL; NAS Pensacola, FL; Manila, RP; NISHQ Washington, D.C.; SUBASE Bangor (Silverdale) WA; New Orleans, LA; NISHQ Washington, D.C. (again); and San Francisco, CA. I stayed in the Army Reserve, and served in many locations. Along the way, I completed the Command & General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Army War College, retiring to the AUS as a COLONEL (0-6). With my wife of 39 years, Liza, I reside on Bainbridge Island, WA, and play on 20 acres on the Olympic Peninsula. Two children and one grandchild. I am a private investigator, licensed in the State of Washington as BISCOMB, P.I. and do contract work for the FBI as a Special Investigator.

BIO OF Colman R. Lalka

Got out of army in December, 1965, worked in my hometown area for about nine months, and then went to Tokyo, Japan for a little over a year. Completed my first year of college while there. Returned to the USA, worked in the coke plant of a local steel mill, and then returned to college. Worked and attended college, ending up on the Cleveland Fire Department four courses shy of graduation. After five years with the Cleveland Fire Department, decided to return to college, graduated, and went on to law school. Worked during the day and attended law school in the evening. After graduating law school, opened a private practice in a small town near my home. Practice consisted primarily of civil trial work, with some work as a labor arbitrator. The labor arbitration portion of the practice grew, and in 1997 I closed the law practice. Have been working solely as a labor arbitrator/mediator since. In the meantime, got married in December, 1969, raised six kids, the youngest graduating high school this year and is on her way to college. The kids are doing well, and I hope to wind down and relax for the next twenty years.
BIO of Marvin Holland

Marvin Holland, E6, 98J, Det 4, 87-88,
Elder, - In 1983 I enlisted in the US Army, going to Ft.Dix, NJ for basic training. From there my orders carried me to Ft. Devens, MA for Non-Communications Interceptor Training. The next leg of my military experience took me to Wurzburg, W.Germany. I reenlisted in 1985 and went to Ft. Huachuca, AZ. In 1987 I went to Ft. Bliss, TX for PLDC (Primary Leadership Developmental Course). In 1987 I received orders for Sinop, Turkey. The following year I went to Ft.Cambell, KY. In 1989 I went to Ft. Devens for BNOC (Basic Non-Commisioned Officers Course), and then back to Ft. Campbell for the AIr Assault Course. In 1990 I left the Army and started school in 1991, graduating from the University of Arizona in 1995. After working several jobs from 1990-1998, I was hired by Raytheon Co. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From: Julian (Zip) Hargus, 059/711, SP4, Det 27, DE60-SE62, (Linda), Jefferson City, MO
Hi Elder. - Just a quick note. will send out 25 business cards with their email address on one side and a "Thanks for Serving your Country" message on the front. I've given out tons of them :(they will send more when you ask but in increments of 25) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: Daryl Waite <> Civil War Story about Albert Cashier - Co. D 95th Inf. Illinois Volunteers Elder: - I find this story to be of interest because part of it played out in my home county (Adams county Illinois). -

Albert Cashier enlisted Aug 6, 1862 - under a false name. (the real name would have meant instant disqualification). Albert participated in at least 40 battles and skirmishes, including Vicksburg - being among the first to enter that city. Other battles included Nashville and the siege of Mobile. It is said that Cashier was taken prisoner, but overpowered a guard and fled back to Union lines. Cashier's heroic fighting won the admiration of fellow soldiers, and was never injured. Although inclined to be offish, Cashier was always chosen when dependable men were necessary. After the war, Cashier went to Saunemia, Il being a herdsman among other odd jobs. Applied for a pension in 1899, but was refused for not appearing for a physical exam. In 1910, Albert suffered a leg fracture in an auto accident. A doctor was called, and only then - fifty years after the war was was it discovered that Albert had used a false name to enter the Army. However, the doctor agreed to keep the true identity secret, and gained admission to Illinois Soldier's and Sailor Home at Quincy, Il (Adams County seat) informing only the superintendant of the secret identity. However, in 1913 Cashier was declared insane and sent to Watertown State Hospital, being in a chronic state of confusion and in feeble health. Died in 1915, buried at Saunemia with military services by the GAR. By now you may be wondering how a soldier with such an admirable record managed to keep a secret identity - one that would have been automatic disqualification from the Union Army for over fifty years. And why? Well, it seems she took that secret to grave with her - She was born in Ireland in 1843 as Jenny Hodgers. Was she the only woman to serve in the Civil War? -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From: <>Bill Hartranft, SP5, 058, Det 27, 18OC62-27JL64, (Sheila), Phila PA, Hey. - Been up to my butt in buying and selling our home. I can't imagine how I managed a busy career and got retired (except for tending bar in an Irish Pub) and have NO TIME!!!!! Hey, how'd that happen? - I'm packing stuff and have tons of albums I bought when stationed at Det 27. Anybody want 33 1/3 vinyl's? Also got into recording live Celtic Performances and have well over 500 - 90 minute chrome tape recordings...and that's after hours of editing and filtering.. I have more than I could ever replay and want to share.... Anyone interested can email me at Tell me your preference and I'll share with you.... I'd be a gazillion years old if I played them non stop.... I would ask you pay for shipping.. the stuff is free to you... Unless, of course, you wanted to tip me a case of HARP lager. Smile and enjoy life.
From: Bill Simons <> Hi Elder, - My phone number is VVV-XXX-XXXX but I'm hard to catch. I'm on the computer doing stock trades most of the day then take a nap in the afternoon (retired, doncha know). If possible, let's set a date and time in advance for a phone call, then I'll try and get off the phone line at the right time and be awake as well. Afternoons are best, 2-4PM EST. Thanks for sending additional newsletters #66, 67 and 68. Is it Ok to post those for the visitors at my Sinop site? Besides the meal (what time of day?), what else is being planned for the reunion? I haven't read all the news-letters yet, perhaps the info is in there.

[[Thanks for the response. Sure go ahead and put the reunion notice on your website and U can edit it to your liking. The Saturday meal will be $35. per person and that will cover the tip, bartender and room rental.... Have the meal money sent to Elder RC Green, 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701

Please send me your # so that I can call U and get our heads together regarding the ASA Turkey veteran's. - - -gH ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: gH, I haven't heard from you for about 10 days so am wondering if the system is skipping again.I am looking forward to the 2002 version of the Memory book. I was paging through the 2001 version and still chuckle at the antics of the old days. Do you have an updated list or anything of the attendees for this years reunion? Last week I had a big black bear walk down my street about 11 at night. I don't think the City of Duluth would let me put a bait pile out in the street for this falls hunting though. No sense of humor. [[Gary - DOOL #65 is on its way again to U. Anyone else not getting the newsletters?]] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fm: Phil Hotton, Det 4, Hello - Haven't received info on ASA Turkey reunion . Did I accidentally delete it? regards, -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fm: - Dear Elder RC Green: We found your Military reunion posted on the web and would like permission to post the information on the soon to be released REUNION section on . Please let us know by simply hitting reply to this message with your response. Thank you.

TUSLOG Det 27, 4, 4-2, 4-4 and 66 - Posted by: Elder RC Green - Service: Army - Date: Sep 13, 2002 - Sep 15, 2002 - Place: Holiday Inn - City: Harrisburg/Hershey - State: PA - Country: USA
Person to Contact: Elder RC Green - Email: - Phone: 724-349-7395
Address: 3094 Warren Rd - City: Indiana - State: PA - Zip: 15701 Country: USA
Description: With the exception of Det 66, this is a Army Security Agency (ASA) vets reunion who served at Manzarali, Sinop and Karamursel Turkey. The first reunion was held 14-16 Sept 2001 at Ft Devens, MA. A newsletter for this group is published on-line to all who have internet service. Any and all inquiries will be answered ASAP.