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 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.]


 Record Number: 7418 Posted: November 18, 2008, 9:25 am 
Name: Bill Curtis
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Valdosta, Georgia
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1985-1988
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
432 TFW 432 CRS
Your AFSC in Misawa?
42372 Egress
Comments:
Misawa was the best tour of my career. I was the NCOIC of the Egree shop. I race radio controlled cars, bowled in the Hoot n holler league, president of the Shrine club, worked at the monthly bazars. Our shop built and ran the snack bar in the Egress shop. My guys were the best of the best. My wife was a manager at the main BX. I was the Santa for the base and all the difrferent parties. I really enjoyed Misawa and the community. If you served with me and would like to contact me, my emal address is: curtis4738@bellsouth.net

 Record Number: 7417 Posted: November 15, 2008, 10:24 pm 
Name: James Olinger
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Winston, GA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
May 1988 - May 91
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
432 CES / 6920 ESC MEAR Team Superintendent
Your AFSC in Misawa?
55200
Comments:
WOW. I was just messing around this AM & found this SITE. We enjoyed Misawa. My Mom is Japanese. I had been trying to get to Japan for 18 years when the opportunity finally came. It was great for all us of to meet our Uncle & Grandfather. Uncle Nobu & Grandpa lived 2 train stops from the Foussa station. Trips to Yokota were even more fun.

I was assigned to 432 CES Deputy Chief of Operations. My last 6 months @ Misawa was with the 6920 ESC MEAR Team. Col Williams hired me. We were involved with a major renovation project. Forgot the project name, but the electrical power requirements were tremendous. Interesting with the project managers & engineers @ Kelly. Retired in July '98

Chief Rass where are Ya. Met your son @ D-M.

Just moved to the Atlanta Area -- APR 08. Working at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Never thought we would leave Tucson AZ.

What a great Great Site.

Jim & Terry

PS didn't snow much in the 3 years we were there.

 Record Number: 7416 Posted: November 12, 2008, 4:17 pm 
Name: Russell Jordan
Found: retirees afterburner
Location: Colorado Springs CO
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
08/73-03/75
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Dawg Flight, AIT Lead
Your AFSC in Misawa?
207x2
Comments:
Great time at Misawa. Great time as far as off duty time. Many a night spent at the static club plaing cards. Golf course wasn't special but passable. Marathon softball game in 74 trying to get into guiness book of records, don't thnik we made it though. Didn't get into AIT until after TDY to Ft Devons in 74. While TDY apparently my CJR was given to someone else so had to crosstrin in 75. Went to Bergstrom AFB, Auston Tx from 75 to 76, after re-enlistment transfered to Homestead Fl from 76 to Dec 78. In Dec 78 was PCS'd, hard duty location at 6950th at RAF Chicksands. Married Brit and tranferred to Kelly AFB back into contracting from the 207x field. From Kelly PCS in 85 to the 6915th at Bad Aibling Stn GE. From there to Peterson AFB as a member of the congtracting community once again prior to retirement in 1991. Since then I have worked at the USAF Academy since then as a contracting officer.

 Record Number: 7415 Posted: November 12, 2008, 7:59 am 
Name: Mike McKinley
Found: Just surfed on in
Location: Bullhead City, Arizona
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
11/67-11/69
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6921, Trick 2, Super 2
Your AFSC in Misawa?
Ditty Bop-X1
Comments:
Great website. I remember many guys here, John Wellenburger, Michael Fleyzor, Paul Pedrick (nubbers), Keith Miller & others. Remember many roll calls at Toys's & the football & softball games. Great 2 years on "The Hill". Would be great to hear from some of the Trick 2 guys, I have some contact with others you may remember.

 Record Number: 7414 Posted: November 7, 2008, 6:44 am 
Name: Bob Jones
Found: searched for AP Alley
Location: Norfolk, VA
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
10/59 to 10/64, 12/72 to 5/74
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
6989th RSM, Trick 3 and 6921st SW Trick (?) Wall Williams SWC, and daze
Your AFSC in Misawa?
20250-20290
Comments:
Ah, memories. First time on daze for John Neely, then on Trick 3 for a very cool and sedate gentleman name B J COOK. What a learning experience!!Bill Eckhardt and I were assistants to BJ until he got married. Then Al Thompson, then me, then Ray Speegle did the SWC bit. Bill Barnhart, John Thompson, and David Kolander were Flight commanders during my time. Dave Steele, Bob Bishop, Ronnie Barnett, CJ Fuller were some of the analysts. Dit chasers were Teeslink, Resetar, C K Davis and other outstanding individuals.Charlie and I took a trip Fussa-machi once, outside Yokota AB. Learned some big-city culture!!! But as the man said, you can never go home again. And as the old Bob Wills song says, time changes everything. But man, was it good!!

 Record Number: 7413 Posted: November 6, 2008, 4:18 pm 
Name: Jerry Lizardo
Found: Linked from another site
Location: Vista, California
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
1971 to 1972
Misawa organization/s (include Flight or Trick if you remember)?
Cannot remember
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29251
Comments:
Worked as a ditty-bopper on the hill. As with most people, in hindsight, a really special time in my life. But, at the time most of us just wanted out. Now, I am searching for more memories and looking to connect with long lost friends. Funny how life is :)

 Record Number: 7412 Posted: November 6, 2008, 9:45 am 
Name: John E. Dunn
Found: Found using a search engine
Location: Poland, Ohio
Misawa tour/s of duty (mm/yy-mm/yy)?
Karamursel Turkey
Your AFSC in Misawa?
29252
Comments:
Looking for more info on Karamursel Jan 62 thru Jun 63 roommates Bernie Orthman, Carl Miller, Harry Yocum, Bob Pappalardo and Sam Kelly. Going to visit Instanbul Nov 2008.

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