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Prior months' guestbooks:
Name: Gary A. Hutchinson
Just discovered this site and have read every posting starting with the year 1998. This scopedope served at the 772AC&W, Claysburg, Pa. from Aug.1957 to Apr.1959. Then on to the `gulag` of Alaska, the 708AC&W AT Indian Mountain until July 1959. Was fortunate to be transferred to the Combat Operations Center at Elmendorf AFB, and served until Sept.1960. Quite an experience for a kid out of high school and a lot of stories I can tell my golfing buddies today.
Name: Bill Wells
I arrived at Lackland in Sept 1951, a very green 17 year old. Spent 10 days there in a tent getting shots and uniforms. Then went to Sheppard AFB for 5 weeks. After that it was Air Police school at Camp Gordon Ga. Spent 10 years in the AF-discharged as a S/Sgt and went into civilian law enforcement. Retired as a Chief of Police after 35 years service.
Name: Larry Law
First, I want to say what a nice site this is. I enjoyed seeing pictures of the two places I was assigned. I especially appreciated the commentary titled “the 30352”, by Hartman. I wasn’t always a radar tech but, rather, started out as a power lineman in CE. When I enlisted in “70” my choices for jobs was first radar tech, then power lineman. I can`t remember what my third choice was. I drew the latter and ended up very pleased with my fate. During my training, I learned of Red Horse and spent all my time trying to get into it. The minimum requirement, in those days, was to be at a journeyman level of experience and at least a Buck Sgt. I finally get into the 554th and spent a year of amazing duty. When I got back to the “world”, I became disillusioned with CE and it was time for a change. I found a slot in AC&W (303X2) and seized the opportunity to retrain. After my time at Keesler (another good place) I got my assignment to Caswell, ME. One of my classmates had orders to the 758th at Makah AFS, WA so we traded sites through a job swap. He was from the East Coast and wanted to be closer to home and I love the North West so it was a good trade for both. I made out better, I think. I wasn’t a top notch electronics tech but had very good mechanical skills. I spent a lot of time around the antenna and doing a lot of PM. As with most sites, I had the pleasure of working with some excellent people, both military and the tech reps. I learned a lot although there is not much demand for tube technology these days. I kept pretty busy at Makah. I worked the 12 hour night shift but got got myself Coast Guard certified to operate the squadron’s fishing boats. We fished free if we took people out fishing. If you were an outdoorsman, Makah was the place for you. I spent as much time as possible fishing and hiking the area (looking for Sasquatch). During those days, we had GI’s who were married to Pilipinos, Vietnamese, and Thai women who were more than happy to get fresh fish (not big on Salmon though). In turn, they would prepare for me their respective home cooking (I love Asian food). I also bartended at the club and made some friends from town, who adopted me as a nephew and were committed to fattening me up. That said I also had all the smoked and kippered Salmon I could eat plus clams and octopus. Do you see an eating theme to my existence there? Needless to say, that was one of the best two years of my Air Force career. My only regret is that it was 30 years ago and I can’t remember the names of those great people I was stationed with there and from the town of Neah Bay. I left Makah in November of 1978 and went to the 785th at Finley AS, North Dakota. I spent less than a year there. This was the beginning of the end for AC&W radar. We were all offered position in AWACS at Altus AFB in Oklahoma. I declined and went back to CE at Grand Forks. All things said, I had an experience of a lifetime in radar and worked with some pretty good people. Thanks for letting me ramble.
Name: Ormand Reynolds
Stationed at Chandler AFS 1963 - 1964
Name: Dannie Allen Caldwell
I`m looking for pictures or any information on the 745th ACW sqdn, 33rd air division in Duncanville, Texas. I was stationed there from 1954 thru 1957. I worked at the radar site.
Name: Roger Fazenbaker
769th AC&W Sqdn Continental Divide N.M. 1956-1960 917th AC&W Sqdn Puntzi Mtn. B.C. Canada 1960-1962 960th AEW&C Sqdn.Otis AFB Cape Cod MA 1962-1965
Name: James Varga
I was in Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon, Vietnam with the 619th TCS as a radar operator in 1971-1972. It was known as `PARIS Control` and it controlled the skys around Saigon. Anyone else out there from the 619th TCS in Saigon....
Name: E. Dumas
So it was the Americans who built those giant icecream cones in Ramore, Ontario Canada eh! The reason I mention this, has to do with living in that village in the sixties and seventies. To a little kid with quite the imagination the radomes looked like huges scoops of icecream way out in the distance looking east from the church hill on the way to school. Someday, I would not mind getting a plaque put there to celebrate it`s history. Perhaps with the names of the U.S. Forces and Canadian Forces comanding officers, who were in charge. Thanks for the memories!
Name: Robert Roulston
Looking for anyone stationed at SPARREVOHN AFS on April 28, 1978. My father perished that day making an approach to the runway in a C-130. I am looking for any eyewitness accounts, photographs or other information concerning the crash. Official Air Force reports are sketchy, although I have had some luck getting opinions from my father`s old squadron (the 17th TAS). Hoping anyone out there might be able to help out. many thanks in advance.
Name: John D. (Dan) Cameron Jr.
March 1958 laid of job,same day received Draft notice. Joined Air Force April 14 about 11AM at Jacksonville Florida Induction Center. about 1PM I was sitting in reception area waiting on Buss to take us to Airport, Army Master Sargent called my name to take physical for Draftees. I told him I had joined Air Force and was waiting for the Buss. He told me you better be on that buss or your going to jail. He came back a couple of times to check and was madder each time. Last Time he wanted when the buss was due. The bus came around 4:30 I was given orders because I was older to be in charge of the two of us that day. We left Airport about sundown on Southern Airways DC-3 for Atlanta and connections to Lackland. It was my first airplane flight. Bumpy flight to Atlanta lots of up & Down Drafts. Long layover in Atlanta around midnight got on Constellation(C-121)taxi out to runway engine quit taxi back to terminal another wait. Another plane C-121 to Lackland better ride slept until Landing we were late getting to Lackland held up buss to base. Ti`s chewed buss driver. Next week training in civilian clothes. The guy who was with me from Jacksonville was from Waycross,GA. The head TI Knew his father. That may be the reason TI left for another flight after the next week. S/Sgt Stafford really got the Waycross troop after that. 2nd week we got head shaved uniforms and some shots. Then we were told official training was starting then and we had 8 more weeks. 2nd week I saw the base newspaper where a Colonel was being Court Martialed for Insubordination to Base Commander because Colonel wanted more Physical training for basic. Part of training included swimming,bowling,roller skateing,horseback riding & other similar activities which we had to pay for. Colonel was found not guilty then we got more PT & cut out the fun stuff. Once on KP I was on Garbage cans,hot day got permission to take off shirt got Sun Burn had to go to hospital got out of PT for two days. Got first gig while in formation at chow hall for looking at a F-86 Saber jet making a very low and slow banked turn pass over chow hall. T/SGT Deese said clean Latrine Shower with tooth brush. Wilson a troop from Van Nys, California said we will tell him you did but clean this brass on toilets instead. This cause me to get permanently assigned to Latrine duty. This turned out to be the best GI Party job in the barracks. It didn`t take long and every day I had twice as long in Latrine for S.S.S. Wilson was Latrine chief for flight. His grandfather worked for Republic Pictures in Hollywood. When he found out Wilson had been given job as Latrine Chief he had The Art Department draw up a cartoon about Wilson being a Latrine Chief and sent it to him at Lackland. Wilson & I were at Kesseler Radar Operator School and both went to Winslow AFS Arizona. He was still there when I left for Cartwright AFS Labrador, Canada. When we went on Field Duty training everybody remember Tear Gas Room I was last on out WOW!!. I was used to camping. On Obstacle course our flight was last one to run. I was in first element of our flight we caught up to passed completely through the flight in front of us and half way through the next in front of them at end of course The rear man in our flight was in middle of the first flight we went through at the end of the course. We all wanted to run it again. It rained and we missed out on the 10 mile hike we were supposed to take. I didn`t mind at all. At shooting range I was paired with two Sargent`s and I came in third highest in flight. Two guys from Miami, Florida were tops. One was collector of snakes from Everglades for anti venom laboratory. There was a guy in flight from Germany had only been in US for about a year had never held a gun before. He didn`t do very good shooting. After that week back to squadron. After 4 weeks about half Flight were sent to schools. Not me I had to take test for language school, radio operator and see head shrinker before going to Radar Operator school to see if I would crack up on Isolated duty. Failed Language school test by 1 point glad I did as in Fall that year A Fire at the Air Force Barracks at Syracuse University NY killed over 20 people. Flunked Radio operator by 5 points on to Radar operator school. TI T/Sgt Deese was on Lacklands Silent Drill Show Team. After we transfered to another flight SGT Deese trained eight of us to do some of the movements of the drill and we put on a demonstration at afternoon chow one day. We got a big hand from the troops of the other flights and several wanted to get Sgt Deese to train them but Squadron Commander told him to stop. After two weeks some of us got orders to report to Radar Operators School at Keesler. On night before we left the next morning we got up at midnight to go over to the assembly building. Wilson hadn`t finished packing as he went to the Airmans club. We had in our original flight and he was still with us a ARR Man (that is what he called everybody) he was from San Antonio Texas had more of a southern accent than I did. Lights were out so Wilson picked up his full duffle bag and dropped it on what he thought was his bunk. It landed on the ARR Man. It startled him awake and he yelled out what the Hell are you doing ARR Man. It woke up the barracks and everybody burst out laughing at what had happened as ARR Man was a little irritating. Wilson got his stuff and we went to Pickup Building and Cleared out of Lackland. Got on bus for Keesler. That trip is another story
Name: Richard Stroner
I was in the 694th Radar Sqdn. in Lewistown, Mt. in 1971 and in the 752nd Radar Sqdn. in Empire Mich. in 1971 thru 1973. I have a unit cloth patch for the 752nd, but not for the 694th. Does anyone where a person can get a cloth unit patch for the 694th? Thanks.
Name: STAN GROTE
Iwas stationed at the 785 ACW sqd.in Finley N.D 1957& 1958
Name: STAN GROTE
Iwas stationed at the 785 ACW sqd.in Finley N.D 1957& 1958
Name: james morales
served @ 741st ACW squadron, Lackland AFB from 56/58. Anyone out there that served at the same time? Just would like to know for old times sake!
Name: Johnny Snow
I was stationed at the 777th. Radar Squadron in Klamath, Califonia from May 1962 to February 1965. I was a radar technician on the old tube type heightfinders and search radars. The FST-2 Burroughs Computer was even tube driven. Have times changed!!! Great Site!
Name: Gary Jacobs
Milestone: On May 6 the last C-141 Starlifter will be flown to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and retired. This will close the book on its 43-year career. But until then, the Hanoi Taxi, the flagship of the 445th Airlift Wing will be flown over the museum, on missions around the country. The C-141 was first flown on Dec. 17, 1963, the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Brothers. One mission still stands above the rest. With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on Jan. 17, 1973, the U.S. involvement in Vietnam ended. On Feb. 12, crews flying three C-141As landed at Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Their mission: repatriate the first U.S. servicemen held as prisoners of war, some for close to seven years. The first aircraft to land that day was serial number 66-0177. The aircraft quickly picked up the nickname Hanoi Taxi. The aircraft was repainted in 2003 in the same paint scheme it wore 32 years ago to commemorate that event.
Name: Mike Benish
I spent tine in Keesler, Manassas,Va,Cape Lisbourne and Murphy Dome AC&W Squadrons from 1956 to 1959.
Name: james morales
stationed @ lackland afb, 741st ac&w squadron from 56 to 58. anyone out there that could help me find some of my old buddies??
Name: Robert Reeves
OPHEIM MONTANA 779th! Congratulations on such a great website for taking a stroll down memory lane! We were stationed at Opheim,AFS from 1967-1969. Boy howdy folks...IT WAS COLD!!! And primitive too. The bowling alley in the town of Opheim only had ONE LANE! We watched the latest movies(I remember watching BULLITT with Steve McQueen) on a tarp that was put on the wall at the tiny NCO club. My father was John Reeves, radar maintenance specialist for the 779th. John bought an orange 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 SIX PACK that somehow showed up in a Glasgow car dealers showroom. I was only 10 years old then and I have many high performance memories of that car going down the road from Opheim to Glasgow(no speed limit:-) Sadly John is deceased now, and I was very proud and honored to add his name to the Opheim site roster. I also saw many names we had lost track of on the site roster and their email address. Thanks Radomes and all the contributors for making my Air Force brat day.
Jay Davis says there is a new roster. Where do I find it??? The only roster I can find is on each squadron page.
Name: Jay Davis
Glad to see you have updated the roster it looks good. Did you keep the old roster with all of the names? It is a shame we can`t get some of the guys interestead in letting eveyone know a little about where the are and what has happened in their lives on one of the 786th sites. 786th Minot AFS ND,mILITARY. COM OR 786TH-Minot-AFS-ND@yahoo .com or RadarVeteransASS. I would like info on guys 61-63 and any others we all went thru the same things Good and Bad
Name: Gary Jacobs
Radar Antiques Road Show: I have a white coffee mug that reads on one side, “AN/CUP-1 Auxiliary Equip. Coffee, Serial No. 303, for use with AN/POT-1, Raytheon, Lexington, Massachusetts.” On the other side is what appears to be a radar sail. I think the writing is a tongue-in-cheek send-up of military designations. Then, again, with the military one is never sure. Does not look especially old. Anyone know the story on this item? By the way, does anyone have lamps made from those old big glass tubes or other such memorabilia? Last thing, I have an old PSM-6 spotted in a yard sail. Didn’t have the probes with it, and now it’s a bookend.
Name: t debar
anyone out there who was at kadena afb 1957
Name: Mary J Cashman (Rott)
1950-1955 radar operator, 27350. Stationed at Otis, Selfridge, Willow Run and Stewart. Would enjoy hearing from any WAFS in that time frame
Name: Karl D. Fleming
I was stationed at the 913th AC&W Squadron from June 58 - June 59. I would be very interested in communicating with anyone stationed there during this period.
Name: Jeff States
A new year, but my same old request. Looking for anyone who worked at the cave in Kindsbach, Germany from 1962-1966. The weapons control system was 412L. Also seeking any photographs of the cave.
Name: Tom Page
For Jeff States: There is one photo and some floor plans for ``The Cave`` at Kindsbach at http://usarmygermany.com/USAFE%20TACS.htm (scroll down until near the bottom). There is also a brief write-up about the operations center there.
Name: John L. Gladden
931st + Icecap (Iceworm and Bluenose) and 752nd AC&W 1956 thru 1959, Radio Maintenance
Name: Bill Wells
Does anyone know of a complete roster of the 767th AC&W at Tierra Amarilla NM? If so plz write me.--Thanks!
Name: Walter C. Thomas
Stationed at Baudette AFS 61 & 62 then to Port Austin, MI
Name: jerry tucker
Just searching info & or photos etc. from Murphy Dome AFS.Was there from 4-67-to 4-68 as a radar operator.
Name: Bob Fisher
To anyone who might remember, my dad, Bob Fisher, served at the 681st AC&W Sq, in Cut Bank, Mt from 59-63, and the 706th in Dickinson, ND, from 63-65. He was a SSGT and medic, also worked in the club in both sites. I have been interested in my childhood at these places and would love to hear from anyone who might remember. I can rember meeting a lot of wonderful people during my dad`s Air Force career.
Name: Jimmie Fender
726 TCS Homestead AFB 1977 - 1980
Name: Bob Workman
Roger if you will go to www.pinetreeline.org You will find what you want, Anyone from the 794th Ac&w Cape Newenham go to www.msnnusers.com/capenewenham
Name: Carlos Trujillo
Just doing some research for a briefing. Enjoyed the site.
Name: Jerry R. Owen
I was stationed at cottonwood afb from 1960 to 1962 before going to wheelus afb in tripoli. Someone contact me.....please..I would honor hearing from you!!! Yours Truly; Jerry R. Owen afsn 14703020
Name: R. Fowler
Looking for photos of the 921st ACWRON Base and the town of St. Anthony NFLD. Research Project.
Name: Robert N. Nerz
I served at the 725th AC&W Squadron 1956-1957; 923rd AC&W Squadron 1957-1958; 676th AC&W Squadron 1958-1960.
Name: Gene Montalbano
I served at `P` Mountain,931st AC&W squadron,in radio maintenance, at Thule Air Base from 1961-62. I would like to hear from anyone that served during the same time. I am also looking for a 931st AC&W Squadron patch. If any knows where I can get one, please advise.
Name: Charles M. Griffith
Was stationed at Saitozaki/Shikanoshima Site 3 of 610th ACWRON May,1955 then up to Site 43 Seburiyama to about Dec, 1956. Senior Director of Easy Crew, Site 43. Light-years ago, right? Best to all, Charlie Griffith.
Name: saby chico
This past summer I was in Gettysburg,S.D. Went to visit what once was our home for almost 4 years. There isn,t much left of the sqadron. I was told that a reunion took place just weeks before my visit. Hope to make the next one.
Name: Tom Page
For sale on ebay: 1954 Yearbook for the 28th Air Divsion (Defense), Hamilton AFB, CA. Item number: 6601707049. (Radomes, Inc., already owns one copy.) If interested, see http://cgi.ebay.com/USAF-28th-Air-Division-1954-Yearbook-Nice_W0QQitemZ6601707049QQcategoryZ13982QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem/. One day left!
Name: Carol J. Widenhofer
My dad was stationed at the 754th Radar Squadron Air Force Base in Port Austin, Michigan during the very late 1950s til the mid-1960s. His name was Ray Widenhofer; some called him George. If you remember him, please let me know.
Name: Charles lazzara
I was at ton son nhut with the 377th air police on feb 1st 1968 when hell came calling in all its horrors as the tet offensive began it was0300. I am looking for the cd that was recorded that has all the sounds of battle.I am totally disabled because of agent orange exposure. God bless and no matter how bad it gets, don`t mean nothing.