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 Record Number: 2894 Posted: August 24, 2006, 3:47 pm 
Name: Bob Church
Location: Clio, Michigan
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Sept 1950 until 1954
Misawa organization(s)?
!st RSM
Comments:
Johnson AFB before Misawa

 Record Number: 2893 Posted: August 22, 2006, 1:47 pm 
Name: skip walden
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Bristol, Ct, USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/70-02/73
Misawa organization(s)?
MARS operator , 29250, intramural football
Comments:
My first overseas tour. Spent 21st birthday at the NCO club with buddies and 21 whiskey sours. Made it halfway up the hill and disembarked in a blizzard. Walked the rest of the way back and woke up on top of a washer the next day. Saw the Blue Angels, Lake Towada, and Mt. Fuji. A great tour!! Was on duty for the breaking of the Pin Yin code. Most exciting time of my life. Lots of good friends like Doc, Dave, Brian, and many more that I lost touch with and regret to this day.

 Record Number: 2892 Posted: August 22, 2006, 11:29 am 
Name: tom newsom
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: murfreesboro tenn
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/55 to 08/57 six months at wakkanai
Misawa organization(s)?
trick one
Comments:
great time of my life at 19 to 21 years of age. we had some great guys.... the six months up north were the longest days of my life but a great experience. i left misawa and went to bremerhaven germany for my last year in the service.

 Record Number: 2891 Posted: August 21, 2006, 9:26 am 
Name: Donald C. Reifsteck
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Monterey, CA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1956-1957
Comments:
My mother (Rosemarie Reifsteck) and I (Cindy Rybkowski) would like to sign this guestbook in honor of my father, Donald C. Reifsteck who passed away last year (August 5, 2005).

He was very proud to have served his country. We are sure he would have loved to be re-united with those with whom he served.

 Record Number: 2890 Posted: August 20, 2006, 12:53 pm 
Name: Patrick Smith - Smitty
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Leesburg, FL USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/64 to 01/66
Comments:
I want to find my old buddies and hopefully get things going again.

 Record Number: 2889 Posted: August 15, 2006, 5:06 pm 
Name: Karl Simmeth
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Boston, New York
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Sept. 1977-March 1979
Misawa organization(s)?
6920th
Comments:
Its been about 30 years, but I can still remember the hill and all the good times I had. I worked Baker Flight. SSgt. Dan Seip was my boss. I can still recall all the softball games, bowling leagues, golf games, and water-skiing. Not to metion all the sight-seeing. I still keep in touch with my good friend Mark Mazzoni who now lives in Iowa.

 Record Number: 2888 Posted: August 15, 2006, 4:04 am 
Name: Ronald L. Taylor
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: 10828 Monticello Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
02/61-07/63
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th RSM, Trick 1, X1
Comments:
Great to surf this web site. Brings back fond memories!!! Noticed a number of folks in various gestbook entries that I would like to contact if I had the e-mail address. Would like to find out what ever happened to the likes of Leo Trahan (RI), Jake Reiseinger (SP) (PA), Bill Ratliff, and others that were on Trick 1.

 Record Number: 2887 Posted: August 14, 2006, 11:41 am 
Name: leo bouknight
Found: Helen sent me
Location: gaston sc
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
fall of 77 thru all of 78
Misawa organization(s)?
ditty bob
Comments:
still miss all those earthquakes after all these years! also the drum festival and sapporo ice festival!

 Record Number: 2886 Posted: August 8, 2006, 8:18 pm 
Name: Robert Burns Jr.
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Sandy Eggo, California
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
June 3rd 1963 through January 12th 1967
Misawa organization(s)?
6968 Spt Sq USAFSS
Comments:
My father, Bob Burns from Omaha, Nebraska, was stationed at Misawa from 1963 through 1967. He passed away in 1980. I have only a few memories of him. My uncles and aunt have little knowledge about his military career. If anyone remembers him, please let me know. My e-mail address is robertburnsjr101@yahoo.com. I'm glad I found the website. Thank you.

 Record Number: 2885 Posted: August 7, 2006, 4:07 pm 
Name: Kenneth Vandelac
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Bonney Lake Wa.
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1955-1957 Wakkani--Nov 1955-june 1956
Misawa organization(s)?
First Radio
Comments:
I remember Miaswa as dirt streets mostly,really muddy when it rained.There was a J C Penny store on the main street.Not to much to do in town lots of bars,movie theater.On base movie theater.In winter we made a huge snow woman,had to use ladder to reach top.Wakkani was a very cold place.The winter of 1955/56 the ocean froze out by the base.The water froze on base, so you took showers when ever the water was on.There were 300 or so stationed there when I was there.It had more to do than Misawa as the town was a lot bigger. I enjoyed my time in Japan and was proud to serve in 1st. Radio

 Record Number: 2884 Posted: August 6, 2006, 4:19 pm 
Name: george still
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: huntersville nc, usa
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
oct 59-oct61
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th rsm tk 1 bowling league
Comments:
Remember the 6ft snowfalls and jns marching to keep the snow down? Also the "new" bowling center close to the static club. How about all the remingtons and royals, huh. Brings back memories huh?

 Record Number: 2883 Posted: August 5, 2006, 3:13 pm 
Name: Carl Sharp (SSgt)
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Bailey, CO
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
02/80 - 02/83
Misawa organization(s)?
6920th ESG Baker Flight
Comments:
Arrived in Feb 80 and assigned to the 6920th as a 207x1 Morse Operator. Loved my tour there. Cross-trained to weather when I left...big mistake. Should have stayed in the command. Spent my first few months living in a dorm on The Hill. Moved to the old sub-standard base housing for the rest of the tour. They had a name for it but I don't remember. I still pull out a few momentos like my "Horse" all my friends signed for me when I left, a few photos and news clippings. My son is in the AF now as a TACP.

 Record Number: 2882 Posted: August 3, 2006, 5:48 am 
Name: Louis E. Bartrand
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1957 - 1960
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st RGM
Comments:
Jim Phillips was also stationed at Misawa but has died since. I retired in 1990 after 38 years in the AF. Retired as a Col.

 Record Number: 2881 Posted: August 2, 2006, 4:33 pm 
Name: Jerry Connor
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Morton, IL
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/1959 through 6/1962
Misawa organization(s)?
6989th RSM, Trick 3
Comments:
Great time with many fond memories (and a few that are a little shaky). Especially remember my long-time roommate, Tom Dygert as well as "Louie" Thoen (MN), Tony Maggio (LA), J D Potts (KY), Bill Ryan (MA), Leo Trahan (MA), Charlie Baker (CA), Sam Snell, Harry Donaldson (IL), Bob Brown (OH), Jake & Bill (?) Reisinger (PA), Bob Baker (CO) and many others whose names I can't recall at the moment. If any of you guys are out there and want to contact me, it'd be great to hear from you.

 Record Number: 2880 Posted: August 1, 2006, 7:40 am 
Name: Steve Motyka
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Clifton, NJ
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/81 - 03/83
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st ESG, Dawg flt
Comments:
I lived on the hill during my tour. Half way though is when they started moving everyone to the main base. It wasn't the same. Great memories of the bands at the Static club and after swings bowling.
Papasan's bar in the alley and trying not to fall into benjo ditchs.

 Record Number: 2879 Posted: July 30, 2006, 11:06 pm 
Name: Clayton Otterstetter
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Phoenix, Arizona good Ol' USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1975-1977
Misawa organization(s)?
6921st SW
Comments:
Worked on the "hill" rotating shift. Don't remember what "trick" I worked on. My AFSC was 20850/20870. I remember Jim Fetzner who is listed on the Fallen Eagles list, but I don't remember what he did. Two other people on my trick were SSgts Hollingsworth and JOseph Roginski. SSgt Roginski was married to a local. I also remember working in the club on the "hill" as a bartender sometimes working all night until the wee hours for last night swing shifters who wanted to "hang" for the first mid shift.

 Record Number: 2878 Posted: July 28, 2006, 4:27 pm 
Name: Jim Payne
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
7/53-7/55
Misawa organization(s)?
1953 AACS
Comments:
Served as a GCA operator. Enjoyed the tour and made lots of friends but have lost contact with all but one. I remember the city had dirt streets and only one or two buildings with more than one story. Came back to the states and finished my tour at Foster AFB in Victoria, Texas.

 Record Number: 2877 Posted: July 27, 2006, 2:25 pm 
Name: Jim Evarts
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Oregon
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/87-12/90
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 ESG Charlie
Comments:
If anyone from the 6920th wants to email me, please feel free. jimevarts@hotmail.com. Put your name in the subject line or "Misawa" or something so I can tell it's not junk. I'd especially like to hear from Gary Schroeder, Wendy the Brit, Bill Stanek, Walt Assur, Tracie (Young?), that buff guy that I supervised for a few months, Joe Grimmer, Bob Absher, or anyone that remembers me but I can't remember their name. I am in contact with Marty Ewer and Dave Boggs.

 Record Number: 2876 Posted: July 27, 2006, 2:09 pm 
Name: Art Bedford
Found: A friend sent me
Location: San Augustine, TX
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
62-64; 69-73
Misawa organization(s)?
6989RSM Trick 2 (62-64) 6989SS Trick 4 (69-73)
Comments:
Misawa was my first assignment as an X2 out of tech school in Goodbuddy. A lot of guys left in 64 when I did with lots of stuff they bought. I left with the shirt on my back but lots of great memories. It was the best tour of my 28 year enlisted career. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who knew me back then.

 Record Number: 2875 Posted: July 26, 2006, 8:20 pm 
Name: Maynard Szopinski
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Pensacola, FL
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
04/67-04/69
Misawa organization(s)?
Trick 3 on the hill
Comments:
Enjoyed my time at Misawa, had a Honda motorcycle while there and with a few buddies we used to ride the countryside on our off time. Many trips to Lake Towada, beautiful spot with those hugh bolders along the rushing mountain streams that fed the lake. Of course will never forget the experience of going through an earth quake. Still have many pictures and sketches of my time there. All the festives I attended. The Japanese sure had their share of festives, the Star festival, cheery blossom and the snowfest in Sapporo,yep got up there too. And I still speak the Japanese I picked up every chance I get. I spoke to a native Japanese monk now living in the US and he said my Japanese had no accent, just got it from the people and going to the Japanese films downtown. Still remember my first experience with fish sausage,looked like beef, but oh so salty. Used to go on the trains and sing with the people too, I don't know if everyone got this much out of it, but I really got into the people. I think it came from the fact that I came to Misawa right from serving in Viet-Nam. Still in Asia, but what a difference, just to be alive...after...well I won't write about that here. Take care all!

 Record Number: 2874 Posted: July 20, 2006, 5:18 pm 
Name: Ray Palma
Location: Ft Dix, NJ
Comments:
To chuck furtaw
I worked in Heavy Equipment, mostly runway sno-blowers and plows.
Located in the CE yard just off the flight line.

Lived a couple of blocks out the main gate in E 75 A.
I don't think I'm your guy, but glad to hear from you.

 Record Number: 2873 Posted: July 20, 2006, 6:15 am 
Name: chuck furtaw
Found: I been here before
Location: Sparks, NV
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/73 to 07/76
Misawa organization(s)?
6920 ABG, DP shop
Comments:
For Mr. Palma......Where did you work on main base. I was in the personnel shop and it seems i recall a Palma from CE who i also ran into in Spokane on an elevator while there on business. Glad to hear you are well.

 Record Number: 2872 Posted: July 19, 2006, 6:22 pm 
Name: Ray Palma
Location: Ft Dix, NJ
Comments:
Robert Tilley,
I read you comments and when I got tto the Mazda with the Machine Gun, I had a MIsawa Flashback. Yes, my friend I remember, little black 30 Cal with a tripod. Pisser.

Stay well.

 Record Number: 2871 Posted: July 19, 2006, 5:29 pm 
Name: Ray Palma
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Ft Dix, NJ
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
07/71-01/73
Misawa organization(s)?
6920Air Base Group/6921 ABG
Comments:
The best tour of duty in my career. I served on main post, my best friends were from the hill. Does anybody remember John Kelly? He was a "Dit Chaser" from 70 to 72. He served in Turkey before Misawa.
Personally I was discharged in Misawa, stayed in Japan for some time, teaching English. Upon returning to the States I entered the Army Reserve. I was mobilized after 9-11 and am currently a Lieutenant Colonel directing Battle Command Network Operations for a unit training AF and Army personnel deploying overseas. I will retire in 2009 with 40 years of Military service. But nothing, NOTHING, will ever compare to the memory of my time in Misawa.
Great sight, fond memories and wonderful photos.

PS: I have my Misawa drivers license from 1971 in my desk drawer.

 Record Number: 2870 Posted: July 19, 2006, 12:41 pm 
Name: Richard R. House
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Buford, GA USA
Misawa tour(s) of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
05/58 07/58
Comments:
I was in Misawa during this period temporarely awaiting security clearance and from there on to Wakkanai. I had lots of friends there that I knew from schools, etc. I also passed through Misawa several times over the years going back and forth to Wakkanai. I served two tours there.

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