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 Record Number: 2644 Posted: March 16, 2005, 8:15 am 
Name: Debbie Pickens Friend
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: San Angelo, TX
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1957-1960
Comments:
I was born in Misawa in 1960, by father was stationed there during that time and played basketball. I'd like to say hello to Jean Simerely, who is and was a good friend of my family.

 Record Number: 2643 Posted: March 13, 2005, 9:27 am 
Name: Art Bedford
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Seguin, TX
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
62-64, 69-73
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th RSM, Trick 2, 62-64; 6989SS, Trick 4, 69-73.
Comments:
Was an X2. Maybe some of you old guys may remember me and send me an email. Anyone remember "Davenport's Ditch?"

 Record Number: 2642 Posted: March 12, 2005, 7:00 pm 
Name: Michael Fleyzor
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Clark, New Jersey
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/68-07/70
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 SS, Trick 2
Comments:
Would like to hear from anyone who was in Misawa from July 1968 to July 1970 especially anyone in Super 2. Does anyone know the whereabouts of then SSgt Wendel Holmes? He was the greatest supervisor. After my four years in the AF, went to the University of Texas at Austin for a degree in Business Accounting, then to Seton Hall University for my MBA in Finance. If anyone needs a tax man, contact me. I would be glad to help. I am looking to visit the Dallas area very soon. Thought Austin was a great college town.
Regards to all of my friends and family who shared the incredible Misawa experience.

 Record Number: 2641 Posted: March 11, 2005, 4:44 am 
Name: Fred M. Rankin
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Culpeper, Virginia
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
October 1972 - November 1974
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 ESG Charlie Flight
Comments:
Kay and I have two children (girl and boy)and three grandchildren (two girls and a boy). We retired in 1992 and moved back to hometown USA. I got a job with the school system and have been here for 13 years. Boy have children changed. My son and I are getting ready to build another house. That might be the next profession after school. Take care of your self.

 Record Number: 2640 Posted: March 6, 2005, 10:24 pm 
Name: gary henson
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: bellflower,california
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1961-1963
Misawa organization(s)?
6989rsm-morse operator-292
Comments:
I was on trick 2. everyone knew me as foxie. Misawa was the best duty an airman could have,I remember AP alley and the binjo ditches. Thanks for a trip down memory lane

 Record Number: 2639 Posted: March 6, 2005, 7:12 pm 
Name: Rick Roerig
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Prattville, AL USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/64 - 06/67 - 07/68 - 0971
Misawa organization(s)?
1st Radio 6921st
Comments:
I will get some pictures off soon. Charlie Olds told me about the site. Its great. I remember(Really) a few roll calls in the alley.

 Record Number: 2638 Posted: March 2, 2005, 7:46 am 
Name: JEAN SIMERLY RICE
Found: ,,,Thru B.J.
Location: DALLAS, TX
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Husband, Gary Simerly in the 60s
Misawa organization(s)?
USAF Radioman
Comments:
Pictures of Gary and his Country Gentlemen Band are posted here, somewhere...




Jean Simerly Rice

 Record Number: 2637 Posted: February 28, 2005, 9:45 am 
Name: cynthia coleman
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: athens tn. /usa
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1970-1973
Misawa organization(s)?
GRADUATED FROM MISAWA DEPENDENTS HIGH SCHOOL IN 73
Comments:
HEY, ANYBODY OUT THERE FROM CLASS OF 73? ANYBODY GOT YEARBOOK PHOTOS FROM 73? HELP A SISTER GIRL OUT! i KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE!

 Record Number: 2636 Posted: February 27, 2005, 7:49 am 
Name: Mike Schroeder
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Wichita, KS
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Dec 1961-April 1965
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th RSM & 6921 Security Wing
Comments:
It's been a few years since I visited this site. We recently heard from an old friend from our Misawa days and it rekindled my interest. In fact, I came across a recent entry from Al Foster and it was just great to read his comments. I arrived in Misawa a few days before Christmas in 1961 leaving a pregnant wife and little girl in Kansas. It took almost a year but we finally saved enough to bring them over by ship. We lived in C Battery at D200 for the next 2 1/2 years. During that time we developed wonderful friendships. Gloria and I enjoyed dancing so we followed a great local group called the "Yellow Jackets". In fact, somewhere, I still have some old reel to reel recordings of some of their music. Al was the lead singer and to listen to him belt out a Roy Orbison song or sing "Soldier Boy" was a memorable experience. We also enjoyed the friendship of the drummer, Jack Bishop. In fact, "Bish" was the only one we were able to make contact with after leaving Misawa. So, this site is great. It offers us an opportunity to find out what old friends are doing. It helps us reflect back on wonderful memories of a beautiful country with beautiful people. Thanks for making it possible.

 Record Number: 2635 Posted: February 21, 2005, 1:44 pm 
Name: Janette Torres
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1983-1985
Comments:
My best AF assignment. I loved Japan and recently went there on vacation. Not much has changed in Northern Japan-- still the beautiful rice patty fields and the very kind people.

 Record Number: 2634 Posted: February 20, 2005, 5:29 pm 
Name: Frank Bell
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Warsaw, Indiana
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/63-02/66
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st Security Wing
Comments:
Three of us came from Goodfellow Air Base to Misawa together. All of us were friends. Pat Jury was from my home town in Ellendale, North Dakota and joined the Air Force with me. The other was Mike Cook who was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We remained friends through the first two years at Misawa. Both of them went 2T and left me behind. I was unable to go 2T because married airman were not eligible. Pat Jury went to Turkey and I think that Mike went to Alaska. Those were good years for Karen and me. We enjoyed bowling and the fellowship of the families there. Karen taught on base. After the fire big fire that burned so many homes we spent some time living with others until we were shipped home. I was involved in sports teams during most of my stay. I played football with a team that won the base championship. Dean Welch was our quarterback, he was from Kansas or Nebraska and had played a lot of 6 man football. Later I played on a Basketball team that won the base championship...it was a pick up team called the "C" team. And I also played on a slow pitch softball team that won the base championship. My wife and I bowled on several leagues during the time we were in Misawa. I bowled with a mixed couples league as well as a men's league.
It will be really great to see again some of the men I served with. One of my best friends was Steve Voss. We had a lot of great times together. Of course Mike Cook, who was so gracious to us. Mike baby sat our son Rhett so we could get out together from time to time. Mike always liked home cooked meals and we really enjoyed having him in our home. Another wonderful time was going to the beach with Sargent Popovitch and his wife. There were so many wonderful people that we got to know. I remember being invited to Sgt. Lloyd's home for dinner one evening and he told me that one of his family wouldn't be able to eat because I was there. I was so embarassed that I didn't want to eat, then he laughed and we all sat down to a great meal. Sgt. Doyle was another friend. I remember talking with him a lot. I do remember not getting along with Sgt. Jackson when I first arrived. We got along better after I got to know him.
Thanks for allowing me to reminisce.

 Record Number: 2633 Posted: February 17, 2005, 2:31 pm 
Name: Bob Grzanka
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/65-12/66
Misawa organization(s)?
Wakkanai 6986th
Comments:
Jerry,

I was in Wakkanai during the same time frame as you. I you have time, check the www.Wakkanaiwasmyhome.citymax.com website and/or the 6986th site (found in the related links here) for some interesting messages. I occasionaly monitor all three sites for good memories.

 Record Number: 2632 Posted: February 13, 2005, 4:51 am 
Name: Jerry Deal
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Lakeland fl
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
6986th Wakkanai Japan 64-66
Misawa organization(s)?
I wish
Comments:
Just hoping to stumble on some friends from my previous life 65-66

 Record Number: 2631 Posted: February 10, 2005, 10:52 am 
Name: Vince (Las) Lastella
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Raleigh NC
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/68 to 10/70
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 SQ Trick 1
Comments:
What a GREAT tour!! Great friends, friendly people good drinking and a few good all day card games. Trick, Toys, Metro and the hundreds of other bars to have a friendly drink. Once in awhile I pull out the pictures Steve L took after aour last midshift. It made a hell of a first day shift. Who could forget the stuff James(Tex) Dennis pulled, wonder if he passed that little chick yet?
The trick Christmas parties, with Charlie Company providing the good sounds. Although I was never a "Rock Club Member, love to watch them scramble when one of them "dropped" their rock. 360 to the dollar was a bargin and bought plenty or tories and coke.. Worm, if your are out there,we did have some great nights running and I thank Toy for not killing us when she found out it was us who helped ourselves to the ice and booze, in what was really after hours 4am or so. You do crazy things when you want to continue to drink and can't find an open bar..I glad Toy left the window unlocked...would love to go back now and see all the changes and do some running again...For the ones who are in Misawa now say Hi to Tyco (Tiger) because she had burn scars on her forearm,last worked in the Metro..

 Record Number: 2630 Posted: February 6, 2005, 11:57 am 
Name: Gene A. Tate
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Los Lunas, New Mexico
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/1959 - 09 /1961
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th R.S.M. Trick 2
Comments:
And a wild time was had by all:-), good friends, earthquakes, A.P. Alley, Stand Bars, Moosin, Stateside Snack Bar, Static Club, was a 292, worked and played with among others, Charlie Moran, Tom P. Dorris, Phil Blue, Russ Perry, Gary Miller, Daryl Amity, Claude Day, Larry Case, Wil Wilhite, and Michiko:-), well after all, 40 plus years is an awfully long time to remember squat, much less names:-)and I have had CRS for many years now. Thanks to Dutch and all who have helped make this site.

 Record Number: 2629 Posted: February 6, 2005, 9:49 am 
Name: Al Foster
Found: Don't understand this entry?
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
04/64 - 04/66, and 08/67 - 01/68
Misawa organization(s)?
6989 Radio Sq Mobile & 6921 Security Wg
Comments:
Finding this site is a dream come true for me. Some of my most memorable 21 years in the Air Force were spent at Misawa-shi. I was the lead singer for the "famous:-)" Yellow Jackets band. I can't remember all the folks I lived and partied with all those years ago, but I'll never forget some of the guys in the band (like Mich Grow, "Bish" Bishop, "Stew" Stewart, Ray Turk, Chuck Jones, Jack Skutchall, (?) Snellgrove and numerous others whose names are teasing me from just beyond the edges of my memory.) I "think" I spent most of my time on Trick 3. I'll never forget the great fire that that started in AP Alley and burned most of Misawa down, all the way to B Battery (where I lived in "Dee-noh, nee-hyaku, go-ju hatchi 'D-258') with my first wife on my 2nd tour). I'll never forget watching the Air Force folks fighting side-by-side with the totally overwhelmed Misawa fire department and all their leaking hoses, trying to save the machi from total destruction. I remember the new water tower on Security Hill, that collapsed it's top the first time they tried to fill it with water (somebody left a valve open and the water rushed out of the tank so fast that the suction caved in the top!). I remember the great quake of 1967 (Oh what I'd give to have my old red windbreaker back, with the beautiful "Survivor - Great Quake of '67" words and picture embroidered on the back!) I remember the amazing dependents that I had the great privilege to know - Theda Shaw, Suzie Jones, Candy Clark, et al. My God . . . you've opened the maw of a gigantic memory dump here. I'd better stop before I overload the web server AND my poor brain:-) I hope some of you out there remember me and will hook up and share some of these old but warm and wonderful memories with me. Incidentally, I still dabble in singing and have posted some of my home recordings in MP3 format at www.buick1968.net if anyone is interested. I guess I'll die with a tune in my head. That won't be so bad:-) Take care, and get in touch.
Oh-yas meenasai.

 Record Number: 2628 Posted: February 1, 2005, 3:50 pm 
Name: Mike Rooney
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Sparks, Nevada
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/76 - 02/79
Misawa organization(s)?
6920th USAFSS
Comments:
A 27+ year USAFSS/ESC guy; retired in 11/87 after 27+ years. Met beaucoup great people at Misawa and kept on meeting them throughout my career. Many fond memories :O)

 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.

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