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 Record Number: 3156 Posted: March 30, 2008, 10:41 am 
Name: Ronald Peak
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Monroe, N.C.
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
04/73-04/76
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6921 SW Trick 2
Comments:
Helen and I have communicated in the past. This web page is very good.

 Record Number: 3155 Posted: March 28, 2008, 2:03 am 
Name: Richard Wheelock
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Chehalis, WA.
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/55-11/55
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6921st RSM
Comments:
A brief stay at Misawa, but I had a great time! I w;ish I could remember some of the guys I met there. I was 20330.

 Record Number: 3154 Posted: March 27, 2008, 8:08 pm 
Name: Dean&mary hawkins
Found: A friend sent me
Location: sumter,sc
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
oct.86--oct89-
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
14amu
Comments:
we are looking forward to hearing from everyone,it's been a long time.mary&hawk.

 Record Number: 3153 Posted: March 27, 2008, 5:11 pm 
Name: Bruce Ball
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Ohio
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May/1984-May1988
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6112/432 CES
Comments:
When I arived at Misawa it was still an airbase wing. We came over for the build up to make it a fighter base. It was a sleepy little base when we got there. Four years later we were one of the best bases in the air force. I look back at Misawa as the best 4 years I spent in the AF. really enjoyed your site.

 Record Number: 3152 Posted: March 23, 2008, 3:15 pm 
Name: Ron Weidner
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Sebring, Florida
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
2/1/1957 - 2/1/1958
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Hq. Sqd. 39th A.D. Control Center
Comments:
I left Misawa early 1958 and went to Ominato Site 42 for one year. I loved my time in Japan and all the life-long friends I have made.

 Record Number: 3151 Posted: March 22, 2008, 11:06 pm 
Name: Cheri Howell (Merchant)
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Port Orchard, Washington
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/1976 - 03/1979
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Trick 4 DAWG Flight
Comments:
Happy Easter to all you USAFSSers out there. Safe travels to everyone and God Bless. It's great to have found so many of my old friends again. Hi Heidi!!!

 Record Number: 3150 Posted: March 22, 2008, 3:46 pm 
Name: Heidi Findler (Sonnenberg)
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Huber Heights, Oh
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
75-79 and 82-86
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6920th Dawg Flt
Comments:
My 24 year old son found this site and saw an old friend of mine, Cheri (Merchant) Howell, mentioned my name. I agree, my first tour at Misawa was the best time of my life!!! I would love to get together with the people that I was stationed there with,if by no other means than through an e-emil. Please respond.

 Record Number: 3149 Posted: March 19, 2008, 1:52 pm 
Name: Cleland Thorpe
Found: Listed in the DAV Magazine
Location: Corbin Ky in the summer and Weslaco Texas in the winter.
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1973-1975
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6921st Dog Trick
Comments:
Retired and doing absolutely nothing.

 Record Number: 3148 Posted: March 18, 2008, 4:54 pm 
Name: John Cox
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Charlotte, NC
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
03/15/84-04/16/87
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Operations Management - DOL
Comments:
I managed the quality control department for the 207X1 operations analysis. Japan was by far, my most enjoyable life experience and the best assignment I've ever had. This includes follow-on years later as I transitioned into the C-130H Hercules and flew around the globe. Misawa Japan was surely the "good life" and the best four years of my life!

 Record Number: 3147 Posted: March 17, 2008, 8:00 pm 
Name: William N. Carter
Found: American Legion P.54 Feb. 2006
Location: Albany, Albany County, New York
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
March 1955-January 1957
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Trick # 2 Communications
Comments:
I first served at Misawa as 1st RSM Later 6921st after tour at Det.
#2 Wakkanai 6-months. I would like to know if my former Comdrs. Col. Novy, Lt.Col. Wm.H.Madole, NCOIC M/Sgt. Gibbson, Ass't. NCOIC
T/Sgt. McGrath, maintenance personnel James L. Reed, Robert Robinson, CW-Oprs. Sgt. Fabius Milburn, Bill Harding, Photo-Ops.
Bill Jansen are still around and kicking. These were great people to work with and be around. If you Have any info I would appreciate hearing from you. Of the many jobs I have had since
my active military service, I have been working as a Veterans Service Officer for Albany County. We also have a great staff.

 Record Number: 3146 Posted: March 16, 2008, 2:33 pm 
Name: Ira Joe Fisher (Joey)
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Connecticut
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May 1968-April 1970
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Trick II
Comments:
Really happy time (playing softball all night after swing shift) and eatinch cheeseburgers at the bowling alley (never bowled). Great food in town at Miyaki's. Buying a great stereo at Obina"s (spelling?). Visiting Lake Tawada and Morioka and Hachinohe. Great friendships. And I created the burn-bag posters called "Hernt Signs, Ltd." Remember the staff sargeant AP guard at Security building whom we called "Pappy." The friendships were great. The wing had a splendid library and a theater and the NCO Club (with abundant bean soup and large burgers). Mike (Sasaki, Makoto-san) was the friendly maitre d' of our barracks, supervising three kind and smiling mama-sans.

 Record Number: 3145 Posted: March 16, 2008, 1:55 am 
Name: Bob Carnahan
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: EWA Beach Honolulu Hawaii
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
83-85, 98-01
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
NSGA
Comments:
Misawa was my first duty station (1983-1985) as a Navy person and I've since retoured as a civilian (1998-2001). I remember and miss all those old times around the AP Alley and the Stagger-Inn Pub. I knew Rosy from almost the beginning but haven't heard from him in over 2 years now. Anyone knowing anything I would greatly appreciate an update. I'm hoping to go back for one more tour before retiring.

Bob Carnahan

 Record Number: 3144 Posted: March 15, 2008, 6:11 pm 
Name: Samuel V. Schmitz
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Celina, Ohio
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01/76-07/77
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6920 Security Group, Baker Flight, AFSC 207x1
Comments:
I can't believe I stumbled onto this website! I saw some names I recognized: Mary Ptacek (pretty lady!), my supervisor Harry Lawrence, and the officer in charge over our area (block 12 I believe-the same one Harry Lawrence supervised) George M. Sledge, Jr.! Misawa was my first assignment and I fully enjoyed the duty as well as the off time touring the surrounding area: Lake Towada, Sapporo snow festival, Miyakis restaurant, boneless fried chicken, fried rice, Sapporo beer. Also worked with John Long, Terry Ross and others I can't remember. I lived in dorm 12 for a while and then dorm 10 for the rest of my tour. I was surplussed and went into aircraft structural maintenance which I performed until retirement as a Master Sergeant in August 1994. Now I own and operate my own lawn care business. I would like to hear from anyone who worked with me at Misawa. Great Website!! By the way, I still have my Baker Flight jacket!!

 Record Number: 3143 Posted: March 11, 2008, 7:15 am 
Name: David Pillman
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Muntinlupa City, Philippines (20 miles south of Manila)
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/73-04/78
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6920 ESS
Comments:
Worked Charlie flight 73 to 75 as an x1. then dayshop 75 to 78 working for fred teschner and bill marshall. some time working for john resetar, ed beningfield, ed bendinelli, ed erkinger, jimmie white, dave sterrett, jim mitchell. had a great time, lived in w area off base half the time and still remember those frigid winters when the heating oil ran out.... brrrrr. I am retired from usaf 93

 Record Number: 3142 Posted: March 7, 2008, 8:22 am 
Name: Tom Startin
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Portland, Oregon
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
"83-'85
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
ESC/6920th ESG/30454
Comments:
Looking around to see who's out there. Would like to talk. Seeking people from the Maint. shop on the hill. Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon.

 Record Number: 3141 Posted: March 4, 2008, 7:57 am 
Name: Jim Anderson
Found: been here before and now returning
Location: Minneapolis, Mn
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1965-1968
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Trick 3
Comments:
I remember vividly the night the town burned down. I was working up on the hill, and my wife and 1st born were in off-base housing.
I streamed down to try to find them, but they were gone. I was frantic, but luckily a master sergeant and his wife went around the neighborhood and brought in several families to on-base housing. The on-base TV station began to broadcast who had been picked up and where they were, and we eventually linked up...whew! I think the whole fire started by a space heater being knocked over in AP alley...
I also remember vividly the '68 earthquake. I was qualifying on the M16 (I believe the firing range was between the main base and the hill. Anyway, we were live-firing when the earthquake hit. Needless to say, guys were bouncing all over the place with live rounds in their rifle(s)!!! Yikes...
It was amusing, though, to witness the bus-driver, who took us to the range, attempting to get off the bus, while it was bouncing all over the parking lot. When we tried to get back to the hill, the road between the 2 lakes had broken off and we had to go ALLLL the way around to the back side entrance. But even scarier than that were the after-shocks, one big one which hit while we were back in the com-center...lights, tiles, file-cabinets, etc. falling all over the place. I also remember a HUGE sinkhole right next to one of the main barracks...AAHHH, memories!
I remember a guy named Jim Dear (I think) that actually ran around and took pictures of all the devastation, and then sold packages of them to the guys. I wouldn't mind having one of those packages of pictures now to show my family what actually happened that week!
Peace to all, and if you remember me, drop me a line.

 Record Number: 3140 Posted: February 29, 2008, 5:16 am 
Name: David J. Skjonsby
Found: Legion magazine reunion notice
Location: Lisbon, North Dakota, US of A
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Didn't quite get there but put in for it from PI (Clark)
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
N/A - But my buddies were there.
Comments:
I was in the 6925th Radio Squadron Mobile, Clark AFB, PI in 1961-62. 29252 A1c. My room-mates in the PI and Goodfellow AFB were John D. Potts, TX (Misawa tour), and Joe N. Hornsby, Dallas, TX (Misawa tour.) I put in for Misawa to be there for the Olympics but was sent back to "Goodbuddy" as an instructor. Capt. Billy Wray offered me Ssgt. to re-up and go to Misawa but I elected to finish college instead and took an (honorable) discharge.

I have been looking for 6925th "Cobras" now that I'm a resident of the North Dakota Veterans Home (NDVH), awaiting surgery at the Fargo, ND VAMC.

Anybody out there from AFSS? Dan Magoon (MI), Clint Ripley (MI), Alonzo Ramirez (TX and Misawa), Kelly Key (CA), Gary Sogard (IOWA), Verne Babcock (ILLINOIS), Roger Chambers (PA), Melvin (Mel) Underwood (MO), Ssgt Bill Benson (MI), Ssgt "Tom Dooley" (IL?), Thomas Abercrombie (NY), John D. Hepworth (ID), David Hubler (CA), ad infinitem etc etc.

Come on guys, answer up. We're all getting older. 66 in the new 46.

Dave Skjonsby (The non-morse "HAWK")
6925th RSM -Det. 1

 Record Number: 3139 Posted: February 28, 2008, 3:09 pm 
Name: jerry koehl
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: findlay ohio
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
june 1960 to 1962
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
trick 4
Comments:
i really enjoyed the two years at misawa. spent a lot of time in the al ley. also enjoyed traveling around on my motorcycle. sad thing is I dont remember any of my buddys names. i remember traveling around in a pontiac stationwagen with a lot of beer in the back seat. be nice if possable if any body cound remember and maybe get in touch,

 Record Number: 3138 Posted: February 28, 2008, 8:52 am 
Name: Robert Emmick
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Dallas, Texas 75218
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/1955 - 06/1947
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Linguist - Trick 2 (I Think) Captain Cresap
Comments:
Glad to have found this site. I haven't been to any of your reunions yet, but 2008 may be my year to attend. Looking forward to meet some of you "youngsters" that we paved the way for. Actually, I wasn't really in Misawa when it was REALLY primative - I got there just after we moved indoors from the tents. However, AP Alley was a mud hole. Do any of you remember Det 5?

 Record Number: 3137 Posted: February 27, 2008, 10:19 am 
Name: Herb LaRue
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Apache Junction, Arizona
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
lst RSM, Johnson AFB,
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
During my time it was Det A
Comments:
Forgot to mention I trained M/Sgt Bennie Hon as Pers Sgt Major at Johnson before we xferred him to Misawa in, I believe, 1952. He was the Personnel Guru there when I left Johnson AFB in March 1953 for stateside.

 Record Number: 3136 Posted: February 27, 2008, 10:10 am 
Name: Herb LaRue
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Apache Junction, Arizona
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
lst RSM, Johnson AFB, 08/50-03/53
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Durning my time it was Det A.
Comments:
In reading memories Ralph Pittenger mentions moving lst RSM from Johnson AFB to Misawa in Dec 52. I was Personnel Sgt Major at lst RSM from Oct 50 to Mar 53 and when I left for stateside 1st RSM was sill going strong at Johnson AFB and Misawa was still Det A. It was during my tour 6920th Scty Grp was formed at Johnson AFB.During the big buildup in, I believe, 1952, as Pers Sgt Major I was sent to Yokohama with all the orders for a large group arriving on a ship. I went out to the ship with the harbor captain and as he brought the ship into the dock I organized all the incoming scty personnel into the various groups that were put on busses for further asgmt to Johnson and the other 3 dets we had at that time. It was the most memorable assignment of my 24 years in the USAF. I treasure my tour with the USAFSS. I can honestly say it was the best assignment of all my military assignments.

 Record Number: 3135 Posted: February 24, 2008, 2:48 pm 
Name: Jerry Gething
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Severn, MD USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/1999 - 07/2002
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
301 IS, 373 IG, Misawa Cryptologic Operations Center
Comments:
I was searching for the USAFSS in Misawa group on the MyFamily.com pages and found yours. It was nice to see the photos of Heritage Hall still hanging on the site. Building that tribute to those who served on Misawa up on Security Hill was a labor of love and cutting the ribbon just days before our family PCSd to Ft Meade (for our third tour) was a blessing. It was good to meet BJ Cook and I hope the Gething family travels find us with opportunities to meet other Misawa AB alum ...

All the best,
Jerry Gething, CMSgt, USAF (ret)

 Record Number: 3134 Posted: February 23, 2008, 2:11 pm 
Name: John(Jack) Walsh
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Tolono, IL
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/61-06/64
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6989th Scty Sqn-Trick 2
Comments:
Never thought I am finally reaching out back to my youth. It has been a long long time ago. Thanks, Helen.

 Record Number: 3133 Posted: February 23, 2008, 8:24 am 
Name: Bill Morgan
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Dallas, Texas
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
August 1963 to August 1965
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
6989 RSM 6921Sec Wing Trick 2
Comments:
Me again. I just realized that in my two previous messages I forgot to mention that in the rock & roll bands that I played in; I played the electric organ.
At the time that I was at Misawa the other band that I remember being very popular was "The Yellow Jackets". A band that ended at about the time that I arrived in Misawa was "The Highlighters". These bands all formed by people on "the hill" was an added adventure to those that played in the bands and all of those that were groupies of the bands. We had many!

 Record Number: 3132 Posted: February 23, 2008, 7:20 am 
Name: Bill Morgan
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Dallas, Texas
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
August 1963 to August 1965
Misawa organization/s (include Trick if you remember)?
Trick 2
Comments:
I am so glad that I have got this website. Memories are flashing back like magic.
While at Misawa I had the pleasure of meeting some really neat guys and we ended up forming two rock and roll bands. I have previously mentioned this but I have just recalled two incidents that everyone involved will surely remember.
Our Bands were called "The Valiants". A really popular place that we played often was the bar EIKO which was located in AP Alley. That place was always hopping and the girls that worked there were extremely good looking. One particular exciting night was when the Eiko decided to have a "Pink Show". For anyone that remembers that was basically a strip show. They asked our band to play the background music for the show. Of course we said sure and everything was going great until in the middle of the show the excitement really started when the Air Police arrived blowing whistles and scaring everyone. Needless to say the strip show was stopped and I remember the Air Police officer that was in charge lecturing me on how we should never do that again since we would be corrupting the morals of the airmen that attended. Can you imagine the airman at Misawa being corrupted by something like that? We did not play for anymore strip shows however.
Another incident was when our band was going to play at a Japanese club in the nearby town of Kuji City. We decided to rent a car and drive to the city for the event. Big mistake. About 2 miles out of Misawa City all of the signs were no longer in English. We had no idea how to find Kuji City and of course no one brought a map. After several hours of driving in every direction we ended up on a really odd road. The road was really scary in that it was narrow and had big drop-offs on both sides. Finally we came to the end of the road and discovered that we had been driving on the beginnings of a new railroad track. Had to back up for many miles. Believe it or not we eventually made it to Kuji City about 30 minutes before it was time to play the music. Great fun!
Another funny thing that happed (funny to us anyway) was when the hill decided to have a new water tower built which I am glad to say that I saw that it was eventually finished. My roommate and I observed the Japanese crew that was attempting to build the tower and it was like a movie rendation of the 3 stooges. Each day they worked on the tower and the next day it fell down. I don't know how long this continued but it was never finished when I left Misawa in 1965.
Memories, memories and most of them good. Take care everyone.

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