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 Record Number: 7443 Posted: January 10, 2009, 8:38 am 
Name: Don "Sputnik'' Miller
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/57-09/59, 06/66-06/69, 11/71-06/73
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 3; Daze Analysis/Plans/Historian/Cmd Post NCOIC, SCRAMSCAN Analysis
Your AFSC in Misawa?
202 all three tours
Comments:
Tours and memories are made up by the people. So here are some of the most notable: 57-59: Waldo C. Kline, Frank D. Dover, John P. Domani, Kyle Emerson, Bill (Ernie) Schale, Femin "Pancho" Beltram, Jake Kortz, Tom Minez, Bret Buschelle, Deheart, "Cactus" Charlie Purcell, "Red" Opack, Dick Hitchcock, Lloyd "Red Graham, Timothy Frances Partrick Aloysus Goode, Lindsey Robertson, "Slim" Davis, Schelly Porter, etc, et al. 66-69: Lt Miley, Barry Decker, Maj. Doug Cook, Col. Harry Wilson, John T. Heffernan, Terry Carr, Charlie "Mike" Helderman III, Dick Korczak, Bill Zinn, Vic Lyndecker, etc, et al. 71-73: Hugo James, Jimmy Henshaw (R5 rep), "Weird" Harold Rosendahl, Bill McCarthy, Bob Costello, etc. et al. The people made the tours and life at 1st Radio a lasting memory. Great time, great fun, great parties, great hangovers. All of us have our stories and memories. Some of the best: horizontal snow storms, Dog Battery operations, the Alley (too many tales to relate), the great 1968 Tohoku Earthquake, Hugo James' analysis expertise. Frank Dover fire alarm drill in base housing, being marched back to the hill by the APs because of a too rousing Roll Call, too may good Roll Calls to remember with John Potts calling the roll on Trick Three, and I can go on forever but will stop here. Cheers. Give me a Call: 850-597-9661 or (cell) 850-443-5399

 Record Number: 7442 Posted: January 9, 2009, 6:22 pm 
Name: Phil Swan
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Beaumont, TX
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Nov. 1967-Nov. '69
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
203 Russian Language
Comments:
I just spent several minutes reminiscing with all of the interesting posts here. Saw a lot of familiar names and can still remember most of the faces. I don't think I could have served in a finer place or with any greater guys than I did with the 6921st. I was young and very impressionable, and that helped to form all the great memories. I didn't read any mention of the May '68 earthquake, but that was a real highlight. Trick 4 had just settled in at work that morning with our breakfast trays when it hit. A lot of stereos and camera equipment got knocked around, but we survived. I remember how great it was to wear the "short ribbon" (the black and yellow Seagram's ribbon), but sometimes I wish I had never left. It was truly a great time. Anyone interested can email me at drumsphil@aol.com.

 Record Number: 7441 Posted: January 8, 2009, 7:51 am 
Name: Frank Worley
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Norfolk,VA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/93-09/97
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6920th ESG/301IS Comm center
Your AFSC in Misawa?
3C0X1
Comments:
Good times at Misawa. Working on the hill in a fun "joint" command. Would love to hear from those who remember me.

fworley3@cox.net

 Record Number: 7440 Posted: December 31, 2008, 11:52 am 
Name: Jim Moorehead
Found: help from Jeff Hetchler
Location: Dallas, Penna (USA)
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Sept 68 to Sept 71
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921st Trick Three
Your AFSC in Misawa?
202 (manned the 'fish bowl')
Comments:
I lived to talk about the "Alley" The T-13 lives on and will have a re-union in June. Our 'mini' get together last summer proved that you can't go back, but you sure can relive some of the experiences.

I've been is sales for close to 30 years with a few years left before I retire. I've traveled back and forth accross the U.S. and appreciate this country and glad I put in the four years I did.

 Record Number: 7439 Posted: December 31, 2008, 8:05 am 
Name: Jerry Matsueda
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
My father served ?? I was born in Misawa in 65
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
NA
Your AFSC in Misawa?
N/A
Comments:
Rather unusal comment but here it goes. I am searching for my biological father. My name is Jerry Katsutoshi Matsueda (formally Sasaki). I was born Aug-65, in Misawa. My mothers name is Ryuko. I have a sister who I just found out about several years ago. We were seperated at a very young age. We were both adopted by seperate families(she is still in contact with her adaptive parents). My step dad is CMSGT(Ret)Donald Y. Matsueda. We were in Misawa from what I recall up to 1971-72 then transfered state side to March AFB, California. I never had the oppt to meet my biological father. My sister and I have several documents but we have hit a wall, again. Anyone with any info would be greatly apreciated. You can contact me via email at jerrym552@yahoo.com. Please reply on the subject line "Your Family" so I will not consider it junk mail and delete it. Again any info would help us with our search. I thank you all and "HAPPY NEW YEAR"

 Record Number: 7438 Posted: December 30, 2008, 5:29 pm 
Name: Earl Van Beek
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Joplin Missouri
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Udorn RTAFB 1972 Sep-1973Sep
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
432 TFW/432OMS are pilots 13th TFS: Blue Section, F4D tail code OC
Your AFSC in Misawa?
43151C/Crew Chief F4D
Comments:
Was Crew Chief to some of the good,better,BEST Fighter Pilots in the AF that means the WORLD!!! Was at Udorn during the Max efforts of late 72 early 73. Remember the faces of the young pilots but not the names. Understand Misawa Japan is where the 432TFW/13th TFS ended up. If the F4D ever comes back? Please let me know? This time I will use a check list to preflight/launch I'm 60 years old my have forgot a step or two. my name is EARL

 Record Number: 7437 Posted: December 30, 2008, 6:27 am 
Name: Jack Shaw
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Brookfield, WI, USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1961-1963
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989 Trick 4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
Voice Intercept Processor
Comments:
Wow, this really brings back memories. I have in the last year come in contact with the first love of my life whom I met in Misawa. She was the daughter of the commander of the officer's club on the main base. We have been reminiscing some just recently about happenings there. I see there have been some changes in the machi.

Guestbook Administrator's Comment:
[DutchNote - Jack, I remember you from T4 ... we worked in R/T together. Good to see your name again! Expect an invitation soon to our members-only website where your onbase adventures have already been discussed. :) Welcome home! -Dutch Wiest]


 Record Number: 7436 Posted: December 28, 2008, 7:22 am 
Name: Dave "Dobie" Gillis
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Peabody, MA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1/72-1/73
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 1
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292X2
Comments:
Would not have remembered Trick except I recently had comm with Jim Klima, who I worked for there. Worked with Bernie "Butch" Corser, Bill Hill, Bruce Calkins (recently in contact with him, also.) Really enjoyed all of the pics on the site. I wanted to stay in Misawa until I got out, but after first ok'ing it, the AF then said no and sent me to San Vito. No regrets, had a great time in San Vito, also. Just saw the name Jerry Lazardo while scrolling down, and that sounds really familiar. Do you remember me,Jerry? Gotta tell ya, the pic of Toys actually brought a tear to my eye.

 Record Number: 7435 Posted: December 25, 2008, 7:36 pm 
Name: jerry carroll
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: NAPLES,FL.
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/1955-061957
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
1ST RADIO, WAS JUST TURNING INTO 6921RSM
Your AFSC in Misawa?
!!!
Comments:
WAS ON BAKER TRICK OR DOG TRICK,, WE HAD A SGT,DEMELLO(FIRST SGT)nother m/sgt was chick hailey, great guys,,, i had a great time for my 2 years over there... memories a fantastic about the town and people

 Record Number: 7434 Posted: December 24, 2008, 10:33 am 
Name: Willaim Skaug
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Sun City West Arizona
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
12/1963-12/1965 7/1967-7/1972
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921 sw
Your AFSC in Misawa?
202
Comments:
Loved my time in Misawa, some of the best days and friends of my life.

 Record Number: 7433 Posted: December 24, 2008, 7:09 am 
Name: Rich "Buddha" Stromske
Found: A friend sent me
Location: Devine, Tx
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
09/66-0968
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921 Tricks 1 and 2
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292X1 and 202
Comments:
Started out as an X1 on Trick 1. Guys I remember are Terry Curley, Jake Boyer, Mike "Rookie" Turner, Little Joe Bajornas. I cross-trained to 202 and was assigned to Trick 2. Names I remember are Mike Mckinley, Keith Miller, Moose Shapendonck, Paul Pedrick, Dave Mollica, Tyler Brown Blackie Bellm. Had some memorable times in the Alley after softball games. Retired from AF in 85 and retired from Civil Service in 07. Would be great to hear from you guys.

 Record Number: 7432 Posted: December 23, 2008, 7:55 pm 
Name: Willie Smith
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Federal Way, WA, United States
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Oct 76 - Apr 78; Jun 80 - Dec 81 and TDY Sep 86, Feb 87, Jun 88
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Block 5 and Charlie Flight (1st Tour) and don't remember (2nd tour)
Your AFSC in Misawa?
One of the best - X2
Comments:
Good tours as I learned Shotokan, joined a band (Choice Connection) that not only provided good entertainment at NCO, Static and Officers Clubs but represented Misawa and PACAF at Tops In Blue Regional (Clark AB) Worldwise Talent Contest (McGuire AFB). Got to know "Lucky-san" and enjoyed the "living off base (outside POL gate) adventure. Second time saw me organizing a band again (this time called Ebony) comprising Air Force and Navy personnel (and a high school student). Got to dance as part of "Bubbling Brown Sugar" (a Vivian production); Worked the Block 5 area again and became dorm chief of Dorm 10 (what a trip). Good memories. TDY was as one of HQs' special projects implementation officers to handle oversee the services' upgrade of their respective operational capabilities (except for Ladylove). One of the few to be put on international hold during TDY to the Philippines (2nd tour).

 Record Number: 7431 Posted: December 21, 2008, 5:14 pm 
Name: John Potts
Found: Linked from another site
Location: London, KY USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
06/57-06/60
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989th RSM Trick 3, 6921st RGM Daze
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20351
Comments:
Like most, I now realize those were some of the best days of my life.

 Record Number: 7430 Posted: December 21, 2008, 3:09 pm 
Name: PAUL KEPERLING
Found: Helen sent me
Location: NARBERTH, PA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
02/70-09/72
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921st SG
Your AFSC in Misawa?
ADMIN
Comments:
Learned to ski in Misawa, at the on base ski slope, and then ventured out to some great Japanese ski areas.

Loved to travel and enjoyed Expo 70 and the 72 Olympics while there

 Record Number: 7429 Posted: December 21, 2008, 10:15 am 
Name: Myles Walsh
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Pembroke, Massachusetts
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
01-72-o6-73
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Dog Flight, T-4
Your AFSC in Misawa?
X-2
Comments:
Thanks to Helen I've been an active reader in the Misawa site. I'm looking to connect with anyone you remembers me from the old days. I'd like to share the memories from yesteryear.

 Record Number: 7428 Posted: December 20, 2008, 2:32 pm 
Name: Tyler Evarts
Found: Loves Misawa
Location: Misawa Still
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Oct 07 cnt.
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
My Dad is in the 331st Intelligence Sq. Yes the Elephant Cage
Your AFSC in Misawa?
Dad at the Hill
Comments:
Wow. I never thought any cared about Misawa, or Japan for that matter. This site doesn't seem that up to date so I'll help a bit. Okay they redid the theater, the AP alley no longer exists, well not at my age, I've never heard of it They have three schools a North Area, oh, and they don't use the Elephant cage anymore.(but yes its still there) Well thats it.

Any questions just drop me an e-mail at tylerevart@hotmail.com
if you want pictures make the subject Misawa pics

 Record Number: 7427 Posted: December 19, 2008, 1:34 pm 
Name: Jerry Hogan
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Feb. 1965 - Feb. 1967
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 1
Your AFSC in Misawa?
292x1
Comments:
For John Loncar,

Hey, John, I don't know if you remember me but I remember you pretty well. I worked in Super 1 in front of the fish bowl from Feb. 1965 to Feb. 1967. As I recall, you worked in Super 4 and I thought I remembered you going to Nam TDY during the time I was there besides the earlier tour you mentioned. You will find a lot of the old Trick 1 gang from our era on the sister Misawa Website (kept up by Helen Henderson). A group of us Trick 1 guys have been having mini-reunions (mostly in the west) since 2001. Among the guys: myself, Terry Curley, Mike "Rookie" Turner, Ron Parham, Dave Schave, Paul Fearing, Jake Boyer, and several more of our old friends. Another guy you might know who signs on Helen's site frequently is Oly Harrison who was a 202 on Trick 1 during our time and who spent some TDY tours in Nam as well.

Jerry "Hogie" Hogan

 Record Number: 7426 Posted: December 19, 2008, 5:45 am 
Name: Skip Brown
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Midland, TX
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Aug 1965 - 1969
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Main Base
Your AFSC in Misawa?
46150
Comments:
Played Bass guitar in "The Taxmen" band. Great fun !! Noticed the post from Chuck Stancil, fellow band member in "The Taxmen". Would like to get in touch with him. Charlie, if you see this, and want to, you can contact me at mgbrown820@suddenlink.net. It's been what, 40 years ?? I have pictures to share !!!

 Record Number: 7425 Posted: December 17, 2008, 5:41 pm 
Name: Daniel Lueking
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Plano TX
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
08/71-09/75
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921st
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20752
Comments:
Thanks Helen for the link. Always was amazed by the Elephant cage and loved the snow. Some of my most fond memories of my younger years were from this site.

 Record Number: 7424 Posted: December 17, 2008, 1:09 pm 
Name: John Loncar
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Aug 63-Oct 64 and Dec 65-Feb 67
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 1
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29231
Comments:
Between the 2 tours I was at Misawa, I was in a detachment at Danang in Vietnam. Many pleasant memories of my time in Japan. I loved to make trips around Northern Honshu. Aomori, Hirosaki, Hachinohe, Sendai, and many other places I visited.

 Record Number: 7423 Posted: December 15, 2008, 7:56 am 
Name: Ken Kraft
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Bethlehem, PA, USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
September 1980 to January 1983
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Co E Marine Support Battalion USMC
Comments:
I was here assigned to the hill back in the early 80s and would love to come back and see what has all changed in the past 25 years

 Record Number: 7422 Posted: December 1, 2008, 9:06 pm 
Name: Rodney R Dorsey
Found: Helen sent me a long time ago
Location: Iloilo City, Philippines
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May62-Sep64 (The Hill), Oct64-Jul66 (Main base)
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Trick 2, R/T Section
Your AFSC in Misawa?
203X1
Comments:
A few additional thoughts --

Misawa in the early 1960's --
- was a rather remote place
- the barracks were very old
- with no insulation & no air conditioning
- the heating systems were antiquated
- the old Gig was already condemned
- it had big cracks in the walls
- we use no green dollars, only monopoly money (MPC)
- for some strange reason, we often had a "recall"
- sirens sounded & folks off base hurried back on
- they locked all the gates & changed the MPC script.
- earthquakes were frequent
- in bad weather Misawa streets became mud-fields
- northern Japan had very few paved roads
- the town burnt down several times
- the winters were worse than Syracuse, NY

BUT...

I always had a warm fuzzy feeling about Misawa.
I loved that place. After 4 yrs, 2 months, 3 days,
I didn't want to leave and my Japanese wife cried
on the flight all the way to Tachikawa.

For years after, I felt like Misawa was my real home.
I was homesick & wanted to return. Then, 26 yrs later
(Mar 92) I took an Army civ job at Camp Zama, southwest
of Tokyo. I made numerous trips to Misawa from 1992-2007.

The place changed a lot. All the streets in town paved,
no more open benjo ditches, AP Alley is hardly a shadow
of it's former glory. In the early 1990's I counted only
4 or 5 bars still catering to the troops. In the early
1960's I had counted 45 bars in the alley alone.

Like many of you, I could tell many stories about Misawa
then and now. I retired (2nd time) & left Japan in July 07
and PCS'd to the P.I. It is merely the fulfillment of my
childhood dream of living in a tropical island paradise.

I'll never forget my Misawa tour. The greatest enjoyment,
of course, was the Gig and the dedicated professionals who
created the focused work ethic, the positive environment,
and made it all happen. A fabulous growing experience.

I salute all the Cold Warriors who served at Misawa and at
other locations around the world. We are indeed a family.

Anyone who remembers me, please drop me an email:

rand@muchomail.com.

 Record Number: 7421 Posted: December 1, 2008, 12:23 am 
Name: Rodney R Dorsey
Found: Helen sent me
Location: Iloilo City, Philippines
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May62-Sep64(The Hill), Oct64-Jul66(Main base)
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
OPR-PB (Trick 2)
Your AFSC in Misawa?
203X1 (scribe)
Comments:
Worked for Ray Chandonnet (who now lives in Denver, Colo.) Worked with Jack Sukenik, Perry Keeton, Howard Smith, Voince Benedict, Claude Painter, Hank Mioduski. Rode Honda motorcycles and traveled around Japan a lot. Married a gorgeous local girl from Ominato, 2 kids, divorced after 20 yrs. Left AF in June 67, worked for Honda in Ohio for 10 yrs, then went into civil service as a technical translator (Japanese, Chinese, Russian) Retired in April 2000 in Japan as a military intelligence spec (GS-13), Moved to Cebu, RP, with my 3rd wife. Escaped to Thailand in Apr 01. Taught 2 yrs at large private univ in Bangkok, after 9/11 got rehired back to Japan on 1-yr contract, stayed 4 yrs, retired again June 07, moved to Boracay Island, RP, for 1 yr, now living in Iloilo City, Philippines with adopted 6-yr-old son. Presently writing my first adventure novel based on own experiences.

 Record Number: 7420 Posted: November 26, 2008, 8:57 am 
Name: Mike (Jonnie B) Good
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
72-74
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921 SG Trick 3
Your AFSC in Misawa?
Ditty Bop
Comments:
What a great place to be.

 Record Number: 7419 Posted: November 23, 2008, 7:40 am 
Name: edward m. o'donnell
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: johnston,rhode island,02919
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
oct57-oct59
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921st-6989th trick2
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29251
Comments:
still searching for any trk2 people who were in misawa with me.
new email address is edpatod2@yahoo.com

Guestbook Administrator's Comment:
[DutchNote -
Ed - I just attempted to email you at your yahoo email address and it bounced with "This user doesn't have a yahoo.com account". Double check it and send any correction to the Admin on this website. Thanks.]


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