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 Record Number: 2627 Posted: February 1, 2005, 10:19 am 
Name: Joe (Nikka Joe) Koester, W4NSA
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Crossville, TN
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
00/62 - 08/64
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th SS, Trick 4
Comments:
What great memories from such a fabulous place and time! I was a 202 in the fishbowl and all kinds of other places. Worked for Jake (Richard J.) Bishop - where is he now?!?? and Willie "Lump" Gadson. Ran into Lump in Vietnam and back at NSA. I spent about 2 years on flight and enjoyed the work and the place. Came there from Shemya and a few months at Anchorage, so Misawa was best. The work was fantastic and I would howl at the moon with Don Lehman and Ron "Big'n" Shusta, Sid Davis, Ron Doranski, and a bunch of the 203's. My main bar was the Rhythm, plus Stand and New Stand, and when it got drunk out any were fine! Went to work at the Agency in 1966, pulled a tour in Vietnam as a civilian and worked with former Misawa Alumni Ron Hoyt. He was Squadron Ops Officer at Misawa, and was still in as a Major in Vietnam. Good guy and we survived Vietnam together riding on my motor scooter. Enjoyed my career, and capped it off by surviving 3 years of a 4-year tour with AIA at Medina. Retired in 1999, called back in 2001 (MD) and 2003 (GA) and hung it up for good. I still miss it, and the good people I was privileged to work with. What great memories and a super start on a fun career. In retirement I like boating, woodworking, working on my antique radio collection, and enjoying ham radio as W4NSA - neat call, huh? Married my high school sweetheart 30 years ago - one daughter and a new grand daughter. Life is good. Would like to hear from any old friends.

 Record Number: 2626 Posted: January 27, 2005, 5:03 pm 
Name: John Montgomesry
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Warsaw, Mo
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/58-07/63
Misawa organization(s)?
6989 and 6921
Comments:
Spent 5 and 1/2 years at Misawa on the hill. Was one of thoes W202. Left Misawa for a 3 year tour at the 6910 in Darmstat from there to the 6970th at Ft Meade where I retired Jan 1969.

 Record Number: 2625 Posted: January 26, 2005, 10:33 am 
Name: Ubence Quevedo
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Atwater, CA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1972-1975 (Trk 2 Deuce)
Comments:
Just searching as usual and found this site. It's good to see familiar names. Yes, Misawa was a great place and it's to bad that I only had the opportunity to see it once, but did go back to visit Japan in 1996. Met some great people and as you all know got to see them again thoughout the different assignments in Security Service. Can wait for the Misawa reunion being held in Chattanooga, Tn this June of 2005. Hope to see ya.

 Record Number: 2624 Posted: January 24, 2005, 12:58 pm 
Name: Bill Kusky
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Birch Run, MI.
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Oct.58-Oct.60 6989th. TRK 3, 292
Misawa organization(s)?
Denshii Baseball team, Drum and Bugle Corp,Bowling league
Comments:
Enjoyed my time on the hill. Some great memories. Remember old friends like Sonny Ellis, Russ Tranbarger, Steve Minahan, Billie Rhea, Mike Inman, Dick Gazda,Harry Williams

 Record Number: 2623 Posted: January 18, 2005, 12:08 pm 
Name: Ray Hatfield
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Kingsport, TN
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
78-79
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 ESG ("Dawg" Flight)
Comments:
What an interesting time… I remember going into the movie theater on the “Hill” (no snow on the ground going in) and coming outside to 4 feet of snow. Hey, Stuart, were are you? Punches, safety, no backs… does anyone remember the rules?

Dang --- time flies and now we are too old to have fun.

 Record Number: 2622 Posted: January 11, 2005, 12:15 am 
Name: Johnnie Maya
Found: mayajohn@aol.com
Location: Cypress CA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1966-68
Misawa organization(s)?
Trick 4, Slaves, Taxmen Bands, Base Basketball Team, Wing Team
Comments:
2 great years that flew by with unforgettable memories. What an experience. Highlights include starting on the Base Basketball team, travelling all over Japan and playing with the band everywhere from the Alley to the Officer's Club to a gig in a city whose name escapes me, but I do remember we all had to wear long hair wigs to hide the fact we were GI's! Ah, yes and then there was romance too, warm summer nights and long train rides up the coast. Tailored clothes, haircuts that took 3 people, mamasans that kept my brog's shiny and fat's pressed. Oh yeah, and powdered milk in the chow hall. Buddie's whose names are fuzzy but whose faces aren't. And the job, on a rack, changing tapes, scribing and pullling in stateside stations with help from the awesome elephant cage. It's a pleasant surprise to see that memories live on and sites like this exist. Regard to all!

 Record Number: 2621 Posted: January 10, 2005, 10:37 pm 
Name: Bill "Willie" Gindlesperger
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Lake Alfred, Florida (Orlando Area)
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
03/64 - 03/66, 05/68 - 07/72, 05/73 - 09/75
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th, 6920th, 6921st
Comments:
Came across this site and ran throught all the submitted entries. Saw so many names I have long forgotten and, sadly, several good men who have passed on. I arrived at Misawa in 1964 and seemed to spend all of my young life there. With exceptions of a few breaks I was there for 8 1/2 years. I remember standing in line in the old photo shop when we got paid in cash, yen when it was 360 to 1, working in the old compound, the great Misawa fire (must have been in 66), watching the elephant cage being erected, moving to the new compound and Great Shakes day in 1968 to mention a few. I took a few minutes after I found this site and went into the back of my closet. Lo and behold I still have my Trick 3 jacket from 1964. No, it does not fit anymore, but it is in the same condition as when I got it so many years ago.

Oddly, my wife and I have speculated retirement in a few years and I told her one of my dreams is to return to Misawa for a visit. I am sure it has changed 100%, but it would still be interesting.

For you Machi rats, do you remember getting off the last mid shift and going downtown for roll call. Then after you had a few warm up drinks you could go to the local store, buy a bottle of akadama and go to a double feature at the off base theater. By the time you rolled out of there it was time to go to the off base snack bar and have a quick burger, catch the shuttle back to the hill and sleep until the morning day watch.

I also remember going to the "Dimey Palace" which was located in the building where the snack bar, post office and chapel was located. We would stop in after the mid shift to have a cold beer (cost was 10 cents, hence the name Dimey Palace). Unfortunately they closed it down after just a few months of operation. Seems the chorus coming from the palace was drownding out the voices from the minister in the chapel.

Remember Al Foster and the Yellow Jackets?

I don't think any experience I have had during my life had as much an impact as my tours at Misawa. I grew up (and out) and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I have a word of advise to you who are serving there now. As you get older you often use the term "In the good old days," these are your good old days of the future, enjoy it while you can.

I hope anyone who I spent time with will feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you. Alive and well in sunny Florida


Bill "Willie" Gindlesperger

 Record Number: 2620 Posted: January 7, 2005, 9:03 am 
Name: Steve Palmacci
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Massachusetts
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/78--11/80
Misawa organization(s)?
6920th ESG, Dawg Flight
Comments:
I'm sorry to say I found this site while looking to reconnect with my old buddy from our days at Keesler and Misawa, Larry Alire, only to find that he recently passed away. At least Larry and I did have the chance to catch up with each other about 4 years ago and reminisce about the fun we had back in 1978-80 and what a great assignment Misawa was. Larry, thanks for the memories.

Anyone remember the Marques Brothers? Drop me a line.

 Record Number: 2619 Posted: January 3, 2005, 6:33 pm 
Name: Gene Negstad
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Bellfower, California
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/62-09/64
Misawa organization(s)?
Trick 1
Comments:
Just got a call from Helen, but will take some time to put together things I can remember. I was a 292 on Trick 1. Besides the good people I worked with, one thing comes to mind - the "Prince" on AP Alley where a lot of us spent time when not on duty. I also did a "2-T" tour at Wakanai (sp?) after I left Misawa. More later.

 Record Number: 2618 Posted: January 1, 2005, 10:24 pm 
Name: John "JJ" James
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Riverhead, New York
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/66 -07/68 Trick 3
Misawa organization(s)?
1st class passenger back "to the hill"
Comments:
But with a blink, -35 years have gone "sayonara". Started as a 292 & switched (in house) to 202. As a "rookie" my first assignment was to requisition a very sophisticated classified instrument known as an "A-S-H" receiver. I spent half the tour gathering signatures, further direction and clearance to finally take possession of an ashtray! I guess I performed so well my buddies also decided to send me to the snack bar for "chimpo" sandwiches Still recall the "Pueblo" and the big quake, but best of all is recalling the best of times @ TOYS ! Ray "Pappy" Ivey-(hey Sarge), Art Leahy, Jim Hutchinson, Tom Neadenthal, "Andy" Anderson (W.Va), "Stick", Blakely et al. Went to Pleiku with the 6994th to finish my 4. Found it strange to have "0" contact after it was all over, glad I've found the site. I have a vintage '67 8X10 of trick III that I'll digitize and share. Happy 2005

 Record Number: 2617 Posted: December 29, 2004, 10:09 am 
Name: Bob Banzai Chase
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Ft Walton Beach Fl
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Jan 85 - Jun 89 and Dec 92 - Dec 96
Comments:
i enjoyed my time: the first time during the "busy time" before the wall fell. the first time thru i grew up and learned with ray mackenzie, ken rountree, beau mosley and king kohn (DO). sploit my time with baker, then able and finally doa. the second time thru the bear had packed up his toys and the unit went joint, but the people on 31D made the time go by and made it easier for me to enjoy the sights and sounds of saudi arabia and turkey. during both tours left plastic presents for all - the model airplanes and ships. have fun and enjoyed the time.

 Record Number: 2616 Posted: December 28, 2004, 1:55 pm 
Name: Ken Jackson
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Kansas City, Mo. USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May 1970-Dec.1970
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st Security Police
Comments:
Misawa was the shortest and the best assignment I had.My assignment there was cut short and I was sent to Clark AB,P.I. I remember vividly AP alley and Covered alley.I spent alot of money in those places ginkin', God knows. Also the Star Festival and the terror of all drunkin' G.I.s-the dreaded benjo ditch! The countryside was absolutely beautiful and the locals were just fine people. After I was at Clark AB for about 6 months, I took some leave time and got hops via Air America and went back to Misawa for about 2 weeks. Great times back then-I think about them often.

 Record Number: 2615 Posted: December 27, 2004, 7:28 pm 
Name: Mike "Whiskey" Walker
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Columbia, MD
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Nov 66 - Jan 68 (T3); Sep 69 - Feb 72 (T2)
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st
Comments:
A two-oh-she fresh in from tech school, I fell in love with the machi, and spent WAY too much time and money there. Had my tour cut short in 68 and was sent to Trabzon, Turkey, for 18 months. I missed Misawa so much I reenlisted and went back for seconds 8-) That got to be a bad habit, and the next thing I knew I was retiring (1985) with two tours in Berlin and two in Maryland along the way. Love your site, and reliving old memories--especially finding myself in one of the roll calls pictures (1971 Trick II). I saw a lot of familiar faces there, but dissapointingly few of the names have stuck with me...

 Record Number: 2614 Posted: December 27, 2004, 12:18 pm 
Name: Bob L. Gilland
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Orlando Florida
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
December 1955 - November 1957
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st radio squadron mobile
Comments:
Worked as a intercept radio opt.Trick #2 Spent lots of time on the alley...Enjoyed my time in Misawa very much. After leaving Misawa spent the rest of enlistment at the National Security Agency in Maryland. Would love to hear from any one who might have known me.

 Record Number: 2613 Posted: December 17, 2004, 6:21 am 
Name: Paul Duplessis
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Ashburn, VA 20247
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
04/54 - 10/55
Misawa organization(s)?
1st RSM; 6921st RSM; Det 4, 6921st RSM (Henashi); Det 2, 6921st RSM (Wakkanai)
Comments:
I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me during my USAFSS assignments. In August 1954, I was assigned to the 1st RSM, later designated 692lst Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM) Misawa AB, Honshu, Japan as Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) officer. My additional duties included: military pay officer, courier officer and security violation investigative officer in support of 2 USAFSS remote sites on the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

During Aug-Oct 1955, I served as Commander of Det 4, 6921st RSM, a 15-man test team at Henashi Saki, at a remote location on the west coast of Honshu, Japan, until Oct 1955 when the site was closed. As you see by the following photos, the site was quite primitive and had little to offer the personnel there.

I was reassigned to remote duty at Det 2, 6921st RSM at Wakkanai Air Station on the most northern tip of Hokkaido, Japan. My primary duty was ECM Officer. During my short tour at Det 2, I was given several additional duties, including: Detachment Supply Officer, Motor Pool Officer, Alternate Crypto Custodian, Fire Marshal, Ground Power Officer, Ground Defense Officer, Alternate Custodian of Registered Documents, Alternate Top Secret Control Officer for Top Secret COMSEC Materials, and miscellaneous other duties as assigned.

I returned pre-maturedly to the United States on Emergency Leave to attend my father's funeral. Aug 1956 I got a permanent Change of Station (PCS) to the 9th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (TRS) at Shaw AFB, SC as an Electronic Warfare Officer.

 Record Number: 2612 Posted: December 13, 2004, 9:43 am 
Name: Don Bowie
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/68-01/71
Misawa organization(s)?
6921SW Trick 3, Mike Foxes
Comments:
Would like to hear from anyone who might remember me, especially the Mike Foxes, i.e. Mike Shell(record#140 on this web site), Monk, Jeff, Doc Holliday, J.R. Johnson, Mac, Demon, Andy, Bert. I coached 7th & 8th grade flag football. Also led the 6921SW Drill Team organized by Col. Harry Wilson. Other than working as an X1 and X2, I was a day lady working for Msgt. Billy J. Walker and CMSgt. Jim Goode. I will forever be indebted to Col Nicolas Niezek for making it possible for my wife Cheryl and I to keep our base issued refrigerator and household goods when Misawa was shipping household goods to Korea after the Pueblo was captured.

 Record Number: 2611 Posted: December 11, 2004, 10:59 am 
Name: Timothy Mills (Fireman TIm)
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Tyronza, AR
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1983-1997
Misawa organization(s)?
Base Civil Engineering, 6920th ESG/ 301st IS
Comments:
5 years in BCE, mostly in Prime BEEF. IPCOT to remain past initial tour, PCA to Security Hill in a Civil Engineer slot as the Engineering Superintendant. Over saw construction of SE, SF, SI, SJ, SK, and one more that was undesignated when I left in 1997. My kids still consider Misawa as their "home."

 Record Number: 2610 Posted: December 7, 2004, 6:19 pm 
Name: Kyle "Frog" Ringer
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/68 - 01/72
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 Security Wing/Group
Comments:
Assigned to Trick 4. Was a 292x1 ditty bop and now have serious hearing problems. Worked as projector operator in the old "Electron Theater". I always thought that winter was cold in West Virginia ... however, in Misawa, if I remember correctly, the only thing between us and Siberia was a barbed wire fence, and it was DOWN! Really had some fun times on the Hill. Believe it or not, I am listing to a tape recorded in 1969 on my old Tech A4010S, which still works! Talk about memories!

 Record Number: 2609 Posted: December 6, 2004, 3:51 am 
Name: David Latta
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/72-07/74
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st Security Group
Comments:
My first permanent duty station, 292x1 then....ditty bopper. was nicknamed homerow because I would rest my fingers on the keys...our flight also had the first female ditty-bopper, Karen Murrow I believe was her name.

 Record Number: 2608 Posted: December 3, 2004, 1:27 pm 
Name: Stuart Moss
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Manassas, VA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1977-1979
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 ESG Baker Flight 207X2
Comments:
I was a 207X2 and my time at Misawa was two of the best years of my life. I was on Baker flight and lived in dorm 2 (if I remember correctly). Tired to extend but couldn't. Some of my best memories are of my time in Misawa. Excellent site and I recognized several names which brought back many good memories. Thanks!

 Record Number: 2607 Posted: November 30, 2004, 6:14 pm 
Name: Cecil Edwards
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Chicago, Il
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Jul 1957-May 1960
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 RGM- 6921 RSM-6989 Security Squadron
Comments:
It was quite a shock to hear from Joe Finley after all these years,
however, it was also quite thrilling. Have also hooked up with
Ben Witten, Stan Morris, and was forwarded some old, precious
pictures by Stan. Will keep in touch, that's for sure!!

 Record Number: 2606 Posted: November 24, 2004, 4:52 pm 
Name: Charles W. (Chuck) Jones
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Muscatine, Iowa
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
From July of 1960 to October of 1964. I returned for a week for a school back in 1975
Misawa organization(s)?
A munitions squadron, and for the life of me I cannot recall the name..???? Fighter Squadron
Comments:
I had many friends and baseball playing buddies from "The Hill". We also traveled all over Japan playing baseball when allowed. I also worked as a bouncer and Night Manager at the Airman's Club.

 Record Number: 2605 Posted: November 22, 2004, 5:37 pm 
Name: William
Found: doing a report on the 6921st.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Comments:
My father was in the 6921st from 8/66-9/67. I am trying to find out information on Radio intercept operators for a report. I am a political science major at the University of South Florida. I would like to present this presentation to my father when I am done, kind of a keep sake for when he is gone. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If someone has a patch from the time period, if you could scan it in and send it to me I would greatly appreciate a picture of it. Thank you all for the time that you served, my generation is in your eternal debt, you are the definition of what it means to be an American.

 Record Number: 2604 Posted: November 21, 2004, 9:20 pm 
Name: Garland W. Ross
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Hampton, Virginia
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
April 1964 to May 1967
Misawa organization(s)?
6921Sw & 6989 SS
Comments:
First tour of duty overseas with my family. Wrote awarding winning USAFSS histories. An enjoyable tour of duty.

 Record Number: 2603 Posted: November 20, 2004, 9:06 am 
Name: Ray Lemmons
Found: Helen sent me
Location: New Braunfels, TX
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Jun '57 - Jun '59
Misawa organization(s)?
6988th, I think
Comments:
I was a 202 on Trick four from Jun '57 to Jun 59, played basketball, pitched softball for the Trick team and squadron team and learned to bowl while stationed there.

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