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 Record Number: 2747 Posted: December 29, 2005, 1:30 am 
Name: Rich Tribout
Found: Helen sent me
Location: St. Peters, Mo. 63376
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/67-10/69
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st t3
Comments:
Arrived in 10/67, was surprised and uneasly to the life I've been introduce to in Japan 1967 being from the mid-west. Enjoyed the people who took care of the dorm's and remember the mesh hall, movie's, and the walk from dorm's to work station in the big block building in the rain, snow and cold. Also remember the big shake in 5/1968 earthquake, the next 48 hrs of small quake's to follow.
Remember the Mr. Larry's for tailor made suite's, water skiing on the lake and watching people snow ski on base slop's. Remember taking trip's on the big island, loud music in the dorm's and the 10 cent beers on base. Misawa was 2 years out of my life but I remember alot and enjoy the tour. Cann't beleive that was 36 years ago.

 Record Number: 2746 Posted: December 28, 2005, 4:41 pm 
Name: Wally Cole
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Portland, Oregon
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1958-1962
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th RSM. Too old to remember anything elso!
Comments:
Was a 202 something analyst and "day lady" for the first part of my tour. Worked under "Big John" Neeley. Was assigned to trick work after that. Can't remember which trick. God, how can anyone forget the times in Misawa. Sonetimes just getting through the JASDAF guys at the entrance to The Hill was a miracle. Learned to detest snow and wind over there. Remember weightlifting (1 oz at a time) in the Standbar. Getting chased through the snow after curfew by the AP (part of why it was called
AP Alley); Dick Teeslink taking Alka Seltzer prior to drinking so he would take longer to get drunk; combat jugs of Sake and a whole bunch of other things. You had to be crazy or drunk to survive. Many of us were both. We even had an underground newspaper that drove Sgt. Cook and others nuts. They never did find out who wrote it. Had lots of fun with that.
Anyways, this is a great site and sure (obviously) brings back a lot of fond memories. Keep up the good work.

 Record Number: 2745 Posted: December 27, 2005, 6:15 am 
Name: Warren Bellm
Found: A friend sent me
Location: New Hope, Minnesota
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1966-1968
Misawa organization(s)?
Trick 2 292x1
Comments:
I learned of this site from Ned Bandy a fellow room mate in Misawa. What a call that was when I heard his voice and we discussed some of the things back then. I read his bio and the earthquake was in the 7's on the Richter scale and very scary.

I played both football and softball with the Trick and basically had the time of my life. We spent many a nights in the "alley" listening to the Trick band and chasing the women around. I can't remember the name of the band but they were great and drew huge crowds both on the base and in the alley. It would really be great to get together with the guys again one more time. We had such a tight group but by being young guys we did not think about the future and exchange infomation as to how to contact each other.

It is very difficult to remember the names at this time. I do remember a David Mollica who lives in Bean Town who was with our group. I went to Braintree a few years back and located him finding him to be a school teacher and coach. We had a great visit. When I left Misawa I went to Brindisi, Italy and spent 18 mos fulfilling my committment.

After the Air Force I became a police officer in Minneapolis and now am a Detective with the District Attorney's office. Thanks so much for the web site.

 Record Number: 2744 Posted: December 26, 2005, 8:34 pm 
Name: Robert "Pablo" Gecias
Found: Post Card
Location: Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/69-05/72
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st SS Trick 4
Comments:
292 operator, President of the Flight social club

 Record Number: 2743 Posted: December 25, 2005, 9:19 am 
Name: Ned A Bandy
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
6/1966--6/1968
Comments:
I really enjoyed the 2 year tour "on the Hill" Have not been able to find my roommate, Warren Bellm who originally came from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Anyone who knows his whereabouts give me a holler. Spent a few days and nights in the "Alley", traveled a lot of Japan when the time allowed and survived a 6.3 earthquake about 2 months prior to shipping out to Karmursel, Turkey.

 Record Number: 2742 Posted: December 24, 2005, 11:11 pm 
Name: Clay Garrett
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Salem, Oregon 97306
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/82 to 8/85
Misawa organization(s)?
GTE Contractor on Security Hill
Comments:
I have fond memories of my time at Misawa. I was very active in the Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club while there. I still maintain my lodge membership at Aomori Lodge #10 in Misawa and receive mail from Gary Grishaver on occasion. I have maintained contact with Richard Rarich (AF), Larry Owen (Navy) Bing Barro (navy) and John Smidt (AF) who were there when I was. I was pleased to revisit Misawa AB in 1994. I couldn't believe the changes that had been made since I left in 1985. We lived out by Towada Corner in what we called Newtown. I couldn't believe the highway from the Towada corner to Hachinohe. Sure beats the 50 KM speed limit in 1985.
You have a new BX and even a Burger King. Gosh we had to go drive over 100 miles just to get a Big Mac. To top it all off, I found a new shopping center at Shimoda complete with a bowling alley.

 Record Number: 2741 Posted: December 24, 2005, 4:08 pm 
Name: Gary W. Bay
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Asheville, NC
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/75 - 06/78
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st
Comments:
Very fond memeories of Misawa! My first base out of Goodfellow. Went on to serve 20 years and retired from active duty 10/1995. I need to find my old pictures!

 Record Number: 2740 Posted: December 24, 2005, 11:24 am 
Name: Ron Gifford
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Waterford , Wisconsin
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
61-64
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th T4
Comments:
Its been a long time and names have left this old head after 40 some years. One guy I remember was with me from basic is Allen R Clark from California. We started together and left the service together. Spent the first part of service in Pakistan and then I got talked into going to Japan for the promotion. The guys that talked me into it failed their test and had to stay in Pakistan until they passed. I got to Misawa 3 months before them. Had a great time there and enjoy this site.

 Record Number: 2739 Posted: December 24, 2005, 3:56 am 
Name: Larry Fitzkee
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Dover Pa.
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Nov 1970 to Feb 1974
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 Security wing trick 1
Comments:
I had a really great time in Misawa. I am sorry to hear that AP alley is no longer there.

 Record Number: 2738 Posted: December 23, 2005, 12:37 pm 
Name: Lawrence (Ski) Jasinski
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Tonawanda, NY
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/65 - 9/67
Misawa organization(s)?
T2 (X2); football; softball; operation eyesight; beer guzzling; mach ratting
Comments:
Arrived in Misawa on a cold day in Nov. 65. As soon as I got unpacked on 1st day, I proceeded to the Snack Bar to grab a bite. Ran into guys I knew from Goodfellow AFB (San Angelo) Texas whereby we drank as many 10 cent beers as they would let us. I am not sure I was the best ambassador to Japan, but I enjoyed my tour in Misawa. Unfotunately, Security Service decided to send me to Pakistan after my Misawa tour which solidified my decision to return to civilian life.

 Record Number: 2737 Posted: December 22, 2005, 11:37 am 
Name: James B. Dieck
Found: Postcard
Location: Waukegan, IL
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/61 - 11/63
Comments:
Left Misawa for Barksdale AFB, La. Discharged Feb 65. Entered Elsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls, Ia on a football scholarship. Left after one year to attend and graduate from University of Illinois. Go ILLINI. Am currently a CPA and partner in a local CPA firm. Currently married to Gretta for 36 years, have one married son and two daughters getting married in the next six months.

Love to contact some of the people I served with in Misawa.

 Record Number: 2736 Posted: December 21, 2005, 2:59 pm 
Name: Elliot Fujisaki
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
January 1960 to July 1962
Misawa organization(s)?
6989 RSM T3
Comments:
served at Misawa AB for 2 1/2 years. Had a great time. Have a few pictures from my tour there. Let me know if you would like to have them.

 Record Number: 2735 Posted: December 21, 2005, 2:38 pm 
Name: Chod Hedinger
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/62-07/64
Comments:
I remember having a good time there. Had some great roommates. One of the things that I regret, is that I didn't get out and see more of Japan. I remember hunting pheasants in the country side close to the Hill. I also took a special services trip to Korea (on small island south of Korea)to hunt pheasants for two days.

 Record Number: 2734 Posted: December 20, 2005, 9:16 am 
Name: William DaVall
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Binghamton, NY
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/63-02/65
Misawa organization(s)?
6921
Comments:
I was stationed on the HILL. Non-Morse intercept operator. My memories are varied. Getting used to 'Hush - Hush'. Getting used to the 'Smell' prior to getting up the nerve of going into Misawa City. Being careful not to walk into the snow covered ditches in and around AP alley. The constant rotation of shift changes. Getting stuck out on the water with a dead boat engine, and having to row into dock - well past the time when no one was there. Having my tour cut from 24 to 21 months after I had asked for an extention. Meeting lots of really great people once I got away from the base and Misawa proper. Meeting a really nice girl while attending a function of Operation Eyesight. I'm sure there were many more, but receiving Helen's post card kicked off some of my initial memories.

 Record Number: 2733 Posted: December 19, 2005, 11:56 am 
Name: Dan Fekety
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Jacksonville, Fla
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1972 - 1974
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st
Comments:
A 202 on Trick 4, worked in the "Fishbowl". Came up from Hakata when that base closed.

 Record Number: 2732 Posted: December 18, 2005, 6:48 pm 
Name: Ron Horn
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: London, KY
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/80-09/83
Misawa organization(s)?
6920th ESG
Comments:
Was on "Trick 3". Played for the base softball team. 207x2. Loved my tour there. Would like to come back and bring my family.

Guestbook Administrator's Comment:
Hi, Ron! There is an excellent site run by Lee Martin for people who are moving to Misawa: www.misawajapan.com. He will give you good information about what is there now. Be sure to check out the "Security Hill" section, but have a box of kleenex handy because things have sure changed!


 Record Number: 2731 Posted: December 16, 2005, 8:53 am 
Name: John Festge
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Mansfield, Ohio
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/69-07/71 and 08/73-02/76
Misawa organization(s)?
6921
Comments:
First tour yen at 360 to the dollar not bad second forget it. Now in Mansfield and back in the snow after 25 years in Miami? No smarter with age. Loved the tours in good old Misawa

 Record Number: 2730 Posted: December 13, 2005, 3:24 pm 
Name: Chuck Turner
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Soldotna, Ak
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/55 - 10/57
Misawa organization(s)?
6921 RGM
Comments:
Trick 4, high speed 292

 Record Number: 2729 Posted: December 13, 2005, 12:14 pm 
Name: richard paulhamus
Found: Helen sent me
Location: San Diego, CA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/73 to 06/75
Comments:
Had a great time in Japan and enjoyed my time with USAFSS there and Turkey.

 Record Number: 2728 Posted: December 12, 2005, 12:24 pm 
Name: Mort Gearhart
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Gallatin, Tn.
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/70-01/72
Comments:
Hello to all there during these dates.

 Record Number: 2727 Posted: December 12, 2005, 10:39 am 
Name: Bob "Kuma San" Feltman
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1970 - 1972 T2 202xx
Misawa organization(s)?
Base Champs 1971 T2 football
Comments:
Looking for anyone that played football with me on T2

 Record Number: 2726 Posted: December 11, 2005, 6:47 am 
Name: Sue Garner (Walker, Parsons)
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Oxnard, CA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1975-1977
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st
Comments:
I don't know how some of you guys remember things from so long ago? I'll have to go look up the dates just to get them right. I know I was there in 1976 though because I met Jim Walker (maint) at Goodfellow AFB during tech school (1975) and we both went to Misawa and we married in 1976. I remember shift work, AP Alley and lots of snow! From Misawa we went to Kelly AFB and then to San Vito, Italy.
That was two life-times ago!! It's kind of fun to see all the memories though. Does anyone know if we can still get a Security Hall coin?

 Record Number: 2725 Posted: December 9, 2005, 9:46 am 
Name: Allen Day (Doday)
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Prescott, Arizona
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/57 through 12/60
Comments:
I arrived at Misawa with many great friends, Bob Wynn (Skosh), John Grimes, Cecil Smith, and others I can't remember names of (can't be age related can it?) The four of us were assigned to Trick 1 and started on Christmas Eve,or very close to it. These were wonderful years and I look back on them with fond memories. Skosh contacted me just the other day - what a wonderful and great surprise after not talking with each other for 25 years or more. Hopefully, I'll hear from more old friends.

 Record Number: 2724 Posted: December 9, 2005, 4:02 am 
Name: Williamd P. Dora
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Rancho Cordova, Ca
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
2/10/73 - 5/10/76
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 SG
Comments:
Just entering info.

 Record Number: 2723 Posted: December 8, 2005, 12:15 pm 
Name: Le Roy Cranfill
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Canyon Lake, Texas
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
9/52-1/54
Misawa organization(s)?
1st RSM
Comments:
Arrived Sept. 1952 Johnson AFB, shortly after 1st RSM moved to Misawa Jan. 1953. Landed at Misawa AFB in a snow storm (softest landing I ever experienced. Loaded on a 6x which took us out to 1st RSM which at the time was dirt road, Mud most of the time. Upon arrival a fellow by the name of Hornsby with footlocker in hand jumped out the back of the truck, feet slipped out from under him, landed flat of his back with footlocker in the middle of his chest. Welcome to the hill. Enjoyed my tour of duty there. Played a lot of baseball. Was an intercept operator (maybe trick 3, dont remember for sure. Remember names like Burnley, Bowker, Disbennett, Cook, Dokter, Golden, "The Woo", Hornsby. Would like to hear from anyone who might remember me. Oh, by the way I remember a big guy from wisconsin who dived out the back door, into a snow bank, one night of midnights during a tremor, after someone called out that the building was coming down.

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